Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bazzo Says: Economic Lies From The Left

Bazzo Says:

I am trying to understand the liberal re-write of the laws of economics: By raising the cost of doing business, businesses will flourish and the workers will reap the rewards; that business and life are one-dimensional; that a business, large or small, whether through mandate, regulation, or taxes (when those are increased), will be willing to eat the cost and make less profit. 

Liberals believe that these businesses will not raise prices and/or cut labor costs and people; that these businesses were created solely to provide jobs and benefits, and one can arbitrarily dictate what a particular job is worth; that business pays taxes—not the consumer—through the price of the goods and services received; that unskilled entry-level jobs are meant to feed a family, not train one in the work ethic whereby one receives more money and/or a promotion based on merit.

As far as this final dynamic is concerned, because we as a country and state turn a blind eye on the unskilled labor crossing our boarders illegally, businesses are being forced through government intervention to pay more than the jobs are worth. 

We are being told that raising the minimum wage will make it easier for low-skilled workers to live in high-cost-of-living states such as New York. This is where the one-dimensional theory comes in. Liberals and Democrats actually believe that these higher labor costs will not be offset by higher prices. It is a Catch-22 that the liberal brand of economics refuses to acknowledge. In real life, money will always find a way, and business will make the profit they believe they have earned. In real life, businesses are created to reward the creator and investor with a profit on their ideas and money, and they will only hire those necessary to reach that goal. So in real life, when the cost of doing business goes up, the cost of the product will also rise, and those on the lower rung of the economic scale will continue to be unable to make ends meet.

We are told that the only source of income low-rung workers receive is their wages. This, of course, is a falsehood. Because we are a compassionate people, there are certain safety nets that we who are higher on the economic rung pay for through our taxes. Lower-rung workers are eligible to receive rent subsidies, food stamps, child care, and welfare, among other safety nets. They also receive the earned income tax credit that, in effect, gives back the monies paid to Social Security and Medicare. According to Congressional Budget Office figures, a person who makes $13,000 a year, when the other safety nets are factored in, actually makes close to $35,000 a year, depending on their use of Medicaid.

Two years ago, when the minimum wage was raised to $9 an hour, it was deemed sufficient. Now the governor wishes to raise that to $10.15 an hour; more for New York City. The Working Families Party says that is not enough - it should be $15 an hour. Why stop there? Let’s make those wages $20 an hour, or better yet, $30 an hour. How much is enough?  How far before you price those jobs out of existence to the low-skilled worker?

It is the same when we are told the rich must pay their fair share of taxes?  How much more is their fair share? Already the top one percent pay 47 percent of all taxes. The top 3 percent pay 70 percent. The bottom 45 percent, through the earned income tax credit, pay no taxes. In fact, a great portion get rebates.

No matter how hard the Liberals and Democrats try, you cannot change the laws of economics. You cannot achieve an equal outcome regardless of skill without lowering the bar for all. You cannot make the poor rich by making the rich poor.

The only way to raise the bar for those on the lower rung is to make sure all have equal opportunity. Their initiative  is what and should determine whether they rise on the economic scale. It may not be fair, but life itself is not fair, and no law or laws can make it fair.

This is what I say. What say you?

Bazzo 01/22/15

Bazzo Says: Yorktown's Special Election: Retreads And Lunatics

Bazzo Says:
From “The Yorktown Democratic Committee has endorsed Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano in the upcoming March 10 special election for the two Town Board vacancies.

Brackett will face Republican Greg Bernard for the seat formerly held by Sen. Terrence Murphy and Giordano will face Republican Tom Diana for the seat formerly held by Councilman Nick Bianco. Murphy’s term expires Jan. 1, 2018 and Bianco’s term expires Jan. 1, 2016.”

So these are the names. Of the people who showed interest in their party’s nomination, these are the best and brightest Yorktown’s political class has to offer. Yuck! Retreads and ideologues.

In politics, the customer is always wrong. You can see this play out on the Republican side. How many times must a candidate be rejected by the voters in general elections? Or, in Greg Bernard’s case, rejected twice in primaries by his own party’s voters? The question then becomes, “Can any of these beat Susan Siegel in the general election come this November?” We already know Tom Diana cannot.  Greg Bernard cannot win over Republicans.

There is an interesting aspect to the candidacy of Councilwoman Siegel. Will she run for the council or supervisor? Multiple sources have told me it will be the latter. This would be a mistake. I am convinced of two things: 1) Voters want her to have a seat at the table. She is well-versed on the issues facing Yorktown. The problem is a good deal of her conclusions are wrong.  2) Voters do not want her setting the agenda. Her term as supervisor was a failure, begat with animosity and lawsuits. She cost the residents more than she says she saved them. No, her best chance to stay at the table is to run for the council, there are no vetoes and each person only has one vote, including the supervisor. 

Michael Grace is just as well-versed on the issues, and like Siegel can make his case. The difference is Mike usually makes the more compelling argument. He is always moving forward, looking how government can get things done. Susan is always looking how government can impede forward motion.  When one compares their terms as Supervisor, and it would be compared, Supervisor Grace has earned another term should he seek it. Numerous sources tell me he will.

I have been told the Supervisor Grace is vacillating on whether to run. He should not be doing so. He is a true public servant, knowing what that term means. He owes it to those people looking to invest in Yorktown’s future to make sure these projects in the pipeline are secure enough that whoever follows him cannot screw it up. He has a responsibility, and I believe he will own up to it.

A note to the Republican committee: Grace, Murphy and Paganelli put you back on the map. While you have always shown the love for Murphy, more times than not, you treat both Grace and Paganelli as the bastard step child. Neither were your first choices for the offices they sought; they had to go to the voters via primaries to earn their spots and eventual victory. You owe them more respect than you have shown—not only in the past but in Michael’s case just this past week. He should have been allowed to be heard at the nominating convention, damn your rules! After all, he will head the ticket. I have my sources (plural).

At least in Rosanne Brackett and Bob Giordano the Democrats have put new blood on the ballot. The bad news is that as both have been outspoken on recent issues facing Yorktown and, like Siegel, their conclusions are wrong. Just look at their opposition to the proposed pipeline. Their opposition is based on political science and fear mongering. The belief that a 60-year-old pipeline is safer than a new and larger one is ludicrous. Pipelines have been running under parks for years. I put fear mongering like this in the same category of sitting too close to the TV can cause you harm, cell phones can destroy your brain, microwave ovens can cause cancer and cell towers will harm children—none of which came to pass.

The Democrats should have looked to the past and nominated the more contemplative Ilan Gilbert and James Martorano. Both would listen to reason before making their opinions heard and their votes cast. 

These choices are what they are. It is too bad you cannot vote for none of the above. It is too bad there is not enough time for a primary. However, I would recommend to the candidates not chosen by their parties, after the March vote, you should seriously consider a primary run for the nomination for the November election.

By the way, Eric Dibartolo, the new president of the Yorktown Chamber Of Commerce, being true to his word, has informed me the Chamber will NOT be making endorsements for this special election. This is what I say, what say you?

 Bazzo 01/22/15

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bazzo Says: Tell gas taxers to go to hell

As I write this, oil is hovering about $48 a barrel. Around here, you can find gas going for as little as $2.56 to the rip-off prices of $2.79 a gallon and above. Basically, it comes down to a savings of $13 per 10 gallons from a year ago or even six months ago. This savings is money staying in your pocket. This savings is money you can spend on things you could not afford before. As the Obama Administration has recently touted, it is like a tax cut for the average American.

Other than Wall Street, which sees this as a bad thing because oil futures are tanking, this is a good thing for the consumer who has been taking it in the neck for the last six years. Economists are now saying you should feel sorry for these investors who instead of making hefty returns on their investments are only making nice returns on their investments. 

Oh yeah, there is another group that thinks this is a bad thing: the tree huggers. To them, lower gas prices mean you may actually go back to driving your car, enjoying the freedom of the road and coming and going as you like instead of taking mass transit where they get to tell you when to get on, where to get off and can control your movements. Worse, by enjoying the freedom of the road and being the selfish pig that you are, you will kill the planet by adding to man-made global warming.

Problem is, when too many people inside and outside of this administration keep saying this is like a tax cut for the average American, like Beetlejuice, if you say it too many times a nasty apparition appears, the dead rises again. The Beetlejuice here is the idea of raising gas taxes anywhere from 10 to 20 cents a gallon. Even the great Charles Krauthammer (a liberal turned conservative) has advocated raising the federal gas tax—which is now 18.4 cents on a gallon of gasoline and 24.4 cents on a gallon of diesel—a full dollar and use the added revenue to cut the Social Security tax. Remember, these taxes are per gallon, not total sale.

Do not be surprised about Krauthammer advocating a massive tax increase on the average American, because he made his bones as a speechwriter for Walter Mondale‘s sad presidential run against Ronald Reagan. Like all beltway-centrics, Krauthammer believes this extra money in your pockets is not a good thing because you will spend it incorrectly. Washington can spend this extra money more wisely than you. 

The last time Krauthammer floated this idea was 2008, (pre-Obama) when oil was going for about $40 a barrel. However, during Obama's regime oil has reached as high as $110 per gallon. It’s now around $48 a barrel. You see oil prices are cyclical, however the taxes are not. No one proposes that the tax expire when oil goes above a certain amount. No! Even if the price of gas goes up to $4 a gallon the new proposed extra tax stays to make the price even higher. Per-gallon!

These taxers wish to bribe you with the promise that this new increase will be dedicated to infrastructure or in Krauthammer’s plan, Social Security. Thing is, the gas tax we pay now is supposed to go for infrastructure but we have Obama and Cuomo telling us on a regular basis that more money is needed for infrastructure. We are buying gas. We are paying the taxes on that gas, so, why is there no money? There is no money because because like Social Security, the government takes your gas money and spends it elsewhere, leaving behind nothing but a worthless IOU.

Also, and this is important, Obama’s $1 trillion stimulus bill of 2009 was sold to us as money for shovel ready infrastructure jobs. Truth is, a lot of that money was sent to the states to shore up public sector union pension plans. They lied then and they are lying now.

This extra money belongs to you, to spend however you wish. You have been screwed enough! Do not let these taxers screw you again. It just kills them that you have money. You must remember that the beltway-centrics believe all money belongs to Washington, and Washington should get to tell you how much you can have and what you can spend it on. Tell these taxers to sit on it! You must remember prices will go higher once Saudi Arabia cuts back on production and domestic companies also cut back to drive up prices. 

This is what I say. What say you?



Tune in to channel 74 and see Chairman of the County Legislators Mike Kaplowitz and Yorktown News Editor-in-Chief Bryan Fumagalli discuss county issues at 9:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: Jan. 14, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28.
Bazzo 01/14/15

Monday, January 05, 2015

Bazzo Says: Mario Cuomo: A titan among midgets

A great man died last Thursday. A man who actually believed in the ideas and ideals he espoused, which is a rarity in today’s politics. A man of conviction who, through force of law and veto, tried to make those convictions our convictions. A man whose policies are still being felt all these years later. A true liberal that believed the intent of a policy was more important than the result of a policy. 

Yet, before we examine his policies and their results, we must first talk about "the speech." “The speech,” of course, refers to his address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. It put him on the national map. At the time of "the speech," the media told us it was an damning indictment of President Reagan, his policies and his vision of America as “A Shining City on a Hill.”

In those days all we had was the print and broadcast media, so it was even easier back then for “the deciders” running the various outlets to control the national narrative than it is now. Polls showed then, as now, that some 75 percent of “the deciders” were registered Democrats. 

It was therefore decided that "the speech" was an accurate indictment of Reagan and his policies. The media then, as now, only looked at the surface of things and decided that is how "the speech" would be forever known. However, this "tale of two cities" was not an indictment of Reagan and his policies because as one goes below the surface, it becomes an indictment of liberals and their policies. 

If one actually looks, those poor unfortunates described in "the speech' were the products of liberal policies. The failure of redistribution was being felt then and 30 years later it can be seen as an unmitigated disaster. To this day, we continue to be told that all failed policies need to be successful is more money, more rules and more income redistribution.   

Yes, Mario Matthew Cuomo was a great man, but we must remember that in his day, he was just one of many in New York politics who stood above others. Our crop of politicians back in his time was nothing like the sludge we have today.

So, as the obituaries of Mario Matthew Cuomo are written, they focus on his intents and overlook his results. So, just what are those results?

First is his meddling with the health insurance industry. After he broke the wall and decided New York insurance policies should be one size fits all, politicians after him continued to meddle with “me too” legislation. The system became so screwed up that to some, Obamacare looks reasonable. This is the most lasting effect of his policies.  

It was Mario Matthew Cuomo who started the creative accounting gimmick of having a quasi-state authority borrow money and give it to the state to purchase already state-owned property, and 30 years later are still paying off those bonds on property the state once owned free and clear. This has now been dubbed “back-door borrowing” and today's politicians have brought it to a fine art.  

It was under Mario Matthew Cuomo and his love for more and higher taxes that the flight of manufacturing from New York began. Not only that, but banks ended up leaving New York for states that did not seek to kill the goose that laid golden eggs. Who got hurt the most as he increased the cost of living in New York? Poor and miorities–the very people he spoke about in "the speech." 

Through a lot of hard work and good intentions, Mario Matthew Cuomo left our state worse off than he found it. I know this because when he tried for a fourth term, a little-known state senator defeated him. 

This is what I say. What say you?

 Bazzo 01/05/15

Monday, December 22, 2014

As I was saying (before we were so rudely interrupted)...

I go away for a few weeks and what happens? Eric DiBartolo is now head of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, which is a good thing. I knew the quiet life of anonymity was not for him. If he is as hands on as he was as highway superintendent, you will see a pro-active Chamber, which is also a good thing. I was not happy with how the past president politicized the organization. However, I do believe that Eric will bring the Chamber back to its original mission. Good luck Eric and welcome back to the arena.

I go away for a few weeks and what happens? Susan Siegel is elected to the Town Board. What the hell were the voters thinking? She was a failure as a supervisor. She was polarizing and does not play well with others. This was a step backwards for the future progress of Yorktown. Even though the voters overwhelmingly voted for special elections to fill future vacancies, Susan starts her term by ignoring their wishes and wants appointments to fill those vacancies. Like all liberals, she thinks she knows best and voters, when they disagree, just don’t know what is best for themselves. 

I go away for a few weeks and what happens? The Republicans take control of the Senate by winning 9 seats, an unheard of feat. They increase their majority Congress to the highest levels since Coolidge was president and they now hold 31 governorships. Yet, they are in such a bubble in Washington that they actually think the voters provided them this majority so they can work with Obama and help him enact his wildly unpopular agenda. If the voters really wanted the Obama agenda to move forward, they would have elected Democrats. Voters obviously want this president stopped! So what does this new Republican Party do? It funds the government through next September, thereby fully funding the president’s agenda. We may have elected new people to the House and Senate, but the leadership remains a bunch of quislings. 

I go away for a few weeks and what happens? The governor, as predicted, bans fracking in New York and in a gutless move as he hides behind his health commissioner. Merry Christmas to the denizens of the Southern Tier of New York…now drop dead! No thanks to the governor, we are now sending less money to those countries trying to do us harm. In fact, domestic drilling (fracking) has forced Saudi Arabia to keep pumping oil at record levels in an attempt to drive the cost of a barrel of oil so low as to make our domestic drilling unprofitable.

I have said for eight years that it was not cheap oil that was the life blood of our and the world’s economy, but instead the free flow of oil. That is why—in spite of the unrest in the Middle East and Russia—we are not seeing the upward spike in prices as we saw in recent years. Our dollar is getting stronger and we are becoming the lead exporter of oil. We see the price of gas dropping, and what happens? The government centrist talking heads say this is a bad thing for the economy because it hurts Wall Street. Well, screw Wall Street. It has made plenty of money off the backs of the middle class and poor with its rigging of oil prices through futures buying, which driving up the price of energy. Now Wall Street cannot influence the prices and is none too happy about it. Truth is, what is good for the consumer is good for the economy because now people can afford to spend on non-essential items as that money is no longer going into in the pockets of Wall Street investors.

I go way for a few weeks and what happens? The cops are now the enemy. In spite of the grand jury testimony in Ferguson being released in total, people still shout, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Wow, ya can’t fix stupid. I have a better slogan: “Go home, don’t loot!”

I am sure the Democrat National Committee was happy as it witnessed its voting base literally burn down a city and loot liquor stores on live TV. I mean that. The goal of Democrats is to keep the inner city black community in a constant rage about everything USA. That way, they will not realize that since they began voting for Democrats at a rate of 90 percent, their families have fallen apart and their neighborhoods have turned into war zones. What is it they say about the definition of insanity again...?

Most media members and racial pimps (in Rev. Al’s case, both) have so inflamed the emotions of the uniformed (Democrats) that truth is irrelevant. Speaking of irrelevant truths, Eric Garner’s death was a tragedy. The grand jury should have come back with an indictment of negligent manslaughter, the lowest of possible charges. The problem was that the district attorney did not give the grand jury that option. The truth is Eric Garner was killed because of the confiscatory taxes on cigarettes, a subject I wrote about many moons ago as an example of big government overreach that had created a black market for cigarettes in this state. The police had orders from on high to stop those who sell loosies. The city and state are so desperate for that tax money they have co-opted the police as tax collectors. It is those obscene taxes that have made bootlegging and the selling of loosies profitable. That is why Eric Garner died. That is why the police were there in the first place. The real blame belongs to the politicians who have treated a legal product as the doings of the devil. Lower the taxes to a more reasonable level and tragedies such as this will not happen.

In closing, I want to thank so many of you who have voiced concern about my recent health problems. They are not fully gone, but as you can see, I can type again. I was humbled by your e-mails saying you missed me. It was those e-mails that gave me the strength to fight back my illness-induced depression and go back to work.

Without the loving support of Tommy, Ann, Dave Paganelli, Joe, Rene, my wonderful mother Frances, Domenic, Eric DiBartolo, Eric Johansen and finally Bryan Fumagalli, Christina Scotti and Brett Freeman, I could not have made it this far. To them all I send my love. To you, my dear readers, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

To those hoping I was fired or dead, sorry to ruin your holiday. Oh, and Obamacare had nothing to do with my recovery!

This is what I say. What say you?

Bazzo Says: Spinning projected Democrat losses

Bazzo Says: Spinning projected Democrat losses

Monday, November 03, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 11/03/14: 11 Topics In Today's blog


1)  [PRESS RELEASE] Pataki endorses Dillon

2)  MEDIA ADVISORY] *Tomorrow* Election Day Schedule for Joe Dillon

3)  Yorktown Town Board discusses requirements under Affordable Care Act  10/28/14


5)  Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

6)  #3: Women's Equality Shell Game

7)  #2: #Cowardly Cuomo

8)  #1: The Moreland Mess

9)  Final Message to Voters: "Give Us Four Years and We'll Turn This State Around."

10)  Di iorio Featured on Front Page of Our Town Newspaper

11)  Please Vote for these Candidates on Tuesday
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - November 1, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-256


Governor George E. Pataki Endorses

Joe Dillon For New York State Senate

53rd Governor Of New York Says Joe Dillon Of Yonkers Is Exactly What Albany Needs For Change

Governor George Pataki endorsed Joe Dillon of Yonkers for NY State Senate’s 37th District Saturday in front of a packed house of supporters at the Club Car Restaurant in Mamaroneck.
Attorney John Verni, owner of the Club Car, introduced the 53rd Governor of New York by praising Pataki’s involvement in all levels of the Republican party from local to statewide races. He also noted the democratic governors since who have driven New York into the bottom tier of all economic categories.
Governor Pataki sang Joe Dillon’s praises saying, “Joe Dillon is not a career politician. He has worked with real people for years creating jobs both in America and around the world.”
Pataki continued, “Sadly, today when people hear ‘Albany’ they think of corruption. Joe Dillon is a good man, a family man who has the character and ethics to change the culture in Albany. Republicans in the 37th District must come out on election day and make Joe Dillon their next State Senator!”
Said Dillon, “What an honor to be endorsed by such a great leader. Governor Pataki has set such an example for those in public office. Personally, he has given me wonderful advice. He told me if I was going to run for office, to be honest; to be myself. I’m proud that our campaign has been above board and all about the issues. We’ve told the truth and stuck to our values.”
Dillon concluded, “We’ve got momentum on our side, and I’m looking forward to election day!”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - November 3, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-256


Tuesday November 4, 2014

Public Schedule For Joe Dillon

New York State Senate 37th District


1 P.M.   Voting at the West Center Church Music Room

              101 Pondfield Rd. W. Bronxville, NY


7 - 8:30    Phone Calls at Dillon Election Headquarters

                55 East Grassy Sprain Rd. Yonkers, NY


8:30 P.M. Election Returns At J.C. Fogarty’s

                 60 Kraft Ave, Bronxville, NY 10708

WHO: Joe Dillon Candidate For NY State Senate
WHAT: Election Day Public Schedule
WHERE: Various Locations Yonkers, NY
WHEN: Election Day, November 4

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Town Board
October 28, 2014

Meeting highlights.  For a summary of all agenda items, visit

1. Benefits administration
A benefits consulting firm made a presentation to the board about its software and technical support program that can assist the town handle its reporting and record keeping requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

2. Water Pollution Control Plant & UV Bid
The DEP will pay to replace the microfilter at the sewage treatment plant that is at the end of its useful life.

3. Sparkle Lake Dam
The project will cost $12,000 more because of design changes required by the DEC.

4. Small Business Association/Parking
Bob Giordano of the Small Business Association discussed creating more parking spaces in the Heights area for the benefit of local businesses.

5. Hallocks Mill Road traffic
A resident asked the board to do something about speeding on Hallocks Mill Rd.

6. Water Department issues
It was explained that some customers recently received bills that were higher than previous ones because the bill covered five months instead of the usual four.

7. Board meetings on website
The problem uploading videos of Town Board meetings to the town’s web site remain unresolved.

The next Town Board meeting will be November 18th.

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"Cuomo has ignored New York communities of color for too long."

New York--Oct. 31...Latino and African-American voters, who have traditionally supported Democrats in New York, are going to be the deciding factor in an upset victory on Tuesday by Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in his race for governor, the Astorino campaign today predicted.

"Governor Cuomo has completely ignored New York communities of color," Mr. Astorino said. "He has taken for granted the votes of millions of New Yorkers, and his last minute pandering tour only made his absence in those communities for the past four years all the more conspicuous.  My campaign started in the South Bronx because this state is failing as long as the least advantaged of us are not succeeding."
The Bronx has among the highest unemployment and childhood poverty rates in America, as do inner city communities in upstate and western, NY. Mr. Astorino and his African-American running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, have spent a great portion of their time campaigning in these non-traditional areas for Republican candidates.
"The corporate welfare Andrew Cuomo is dishing out isn't doing it for the working poor," Sheriff Moss said. "Mr. Cuomo may think blacks and Hispanics are automatic votes for him, but he has another thing coming on Tuesday. Every person in this state -- regardless of his or her color or ethnicity -- wants the same thing: Economic opportunity for themselves today and for their children tomorrow. That's what Rob and I are offering and what Andrew Cuomo has failed to deliver."
Mr. Astorino won a majority of the Hispanic vote in his re-election campaign last year and well over 25 percent of the African-American vote.
"In English and in Spanish I have been saying the same thing statewide," Mr. Astorino continued. "Give us four years, and we'll turn this state around."

On Friday, October 31, 2014 3:18 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Dear Neighbor,
Do you or a loved one have questions regarding the Medicare process?  On Monday, November 10th, from 6:30-9:30pm, Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) will be hosting a presentation on the myths surrounding Medicare at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center located at 95 Broadway in Ossining.  
This program will outline various parts of Medicare and will help to lay out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by both the government and private companies. Click here for a flyer with additional details.
The Topics to be covered include:
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  • Medicate Advantage Plus
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  • Medigaps (Supplemental Plans)
  • Various Cost-Saving Programs (MSPs, Extra Help, EPIC, Etc.)
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November 1, 2014
Last month, the NYGOP released "Andrew Cuomo's Bottom 10" to coincide with the Governor's appearance on David Letterman.  We'll be recapping one of those items every day for the final ten days before Election Day. Today, here's:
#3: Women's Equality Shel Game
Andrew Cuomo really, really wants you to think he cares about equality for women.  He wants you to think that so badly that he created a ballot line called the "Women's Equality Party" for himself.

Don't buy it. 

The WEP is Cuomo's revenge on the Working Families Party (WFP -- see what he did there?).  After the WFP forced Cuomo to accept a bribe in exchange for their ballot line, Cuomo created the WEP in an act of retribution.  If the WEP siphons enough votes from the WFP on Election Day, the WFP could be knocked down a few rows on the ballot next year, and lose some of its political clout.

Don't just take our word for it: the New York Post quoted a WFP operative as saying, "The Women's Equality Party is Cuomo's F U to the WFP."

The same report cites WFP co-founder Bertha Lewis as saying, "A Women's Equality Party run by men? Please!  The Women's Equality Party is unnecessary. I don't like it. It's cynical."

Capital New York quoted Democratic State Senator Liz Krueger calling the WEP "a mistake."

So that covers the politics. But let's take a look at where Andrew Cuomo fell on the biggest substantive women's rights issue of the last four years:

The Sheldon Silver sex abuse scandal
According to a Quinnipiac poll, almost 60% of New Yorkers wouldn't want their daughter interning in the New York State Assembly.  That's a disgusting statistic. 

Here's why:

The Democratic Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, has a history of protecting Assembly Democrats who are caught sexually abusing female staffers.  You read that right.

In 2001, Silver aide Michael Boxley was named in a sexual abuse complaint filed by a 24-year-old female staff member.  Silver refused to fire Boxley.  Two years later, Boxley was removed from the Assembly in handcuffs after a 22-year-old female staff member accused him of rape.

Enter Vito Lopez.  The Democratic Assemblyman was accused of sexual harassment by two young female interns. Sheldon Silver, with the help of Democratic AG Eric Schneiderman and Democratic Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, silenced the victims with hush money payouts funded with our tax dollars.  Lopez subsequently sexually harassed several other female staffers, including a 14-year-old girl.

By silencing Boxley and Lopez's earlier victims, Sheldon Silver is directly responsible for the later instances of sexual assault.

Sexual assault shouldn't be a partisan issue, and indeed, some Democrats called on Sheldon Silver to resign the Assembly Speakership for his disgraceful behavior.  But the vast majority didn't, even as editorial boards around the state condemned Silver for his unforgivable conduct and demanded he step down.

As for Andrew Cuomo?  He hid behind a flimsy separation of powers argument, insisting that it was up to the Assembly to select a leader, and that he wouldn't weigh in, even to take a stand against a man who protected rapists.  This from the man who once said, "I am the Government."  One more problem with that excuse: the New York Post reported that Cuomo apparently was considering ousting Silver at one point.

In the end, Cuomo refused to take on the Assembly Speaker.  Cuomo wanted to avoid a tough political fight, even if that meant allowing a man who knowingly protected serial sex abusers to remain one of the most powerful figures in state government.

So the next time someone tells you there's a "War on Women" going on, tell them they're right: it's being waged by Sheldon Silver and Assembly Democrats, and Andrew Cuomo is on the wrong side.
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November 2, 2014
Last month, the NYGOP released "Andrew Cuomo's Bottom 10" to coincide with the Governor's appearance on David Letterman.  We'll be recapping one of those items every day for the final ten days before Election Day. Today, here's:
#2: #CowardlyCuomo

Here's a quick multiple choice quiz:

Which politician (real or fictitious) called debates "a disservice to democracy?"

A. Frank Underwood
B. Tywin Lannister
C. Senator Palpatine
D. Andrew Cuomo
Yeah, we wish the answer weren't so obvious, too.

Andrew Cuomo refused to debate Zephyr Teachout during the Democratic primary campaign this year.  When pressed on the lack of debates, he responded that he thought debates were often a "disservice to democracy."

Think about that.  The Governor of the State of New York believe that debates are bad for democracy. 

The statement rightfully set off a firestorm of media criticism.  Here are two great pieces from the Daily News and New York Post taking Cuomo to task for his failure to participate in one of democracy's most celebrated traditions.

The New York Post ran our #CowardlyCuomo graphic on page 4.

Cuomo's statement was an act of hypocrisy, not just cowardice.  When Cuomo was running behind in the 2002 gubernatorial primary, he said of debates:

"This is what a campaign should be all about - a good, honest discussion on the issues."

Democrats punished Cuomo for his refusal to debate Teachout: he failed to win 2/3 support from his own Party on Primary Night.

Cuomo has done as great a disservice to democracy in the general election campaign as he did in the Democratic primary.

He agreed to debate Rob Astorino, but would only step in front of TV cameras if candidates from minor parties were also present.  He refused to debate Rob one-on-one on television, despite Rob's call for a series of regional debates and acceptance of debate invitations from several TV stations around the State.

Cuomo even waited until the day after the only debate to release his policy platform for a potential second term.  With the plan released, we called on him to debate its contents but - you guessed it - nada.

Andrew Cuomo took part in one debate in 2014, and spoke for a total of 12 minutes.  That's all he gave us.

Democracy demands debates, but Andrew Cuomo is too afraid of laying his record bare before a television audience and a talented candidate like Rob Astorino to participate in them.

There's no other way to put it: Andrew Cuomo is a coward.
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November 3, 2014
Last month, the NYGOP released "Andrew Cuomo's Bottom 10" to coincide with the Governor's appearance on David Letterman.  We'll be recapping one of those items every day for the final ten days before Election Day. Today, here's:
#1: The Moreland Mess

"Mess" doesn't do this one justice.

Andrew Cuomo launched a Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, ostensibly to investigate the culture of corruption that has made New York politics the laughing stock of the Nation.

But Andrew Cuomo tightly controlled the Commission from behind the scenes, and quashed subpoenas of his own campaign donors when the investigation got to close to him. 

Suddenly, Cuomo shut down the Commission before they could complete their work.

The story made national headlines this Summer: only in New York could a Governor corrupt his own corruption commission.

The New York Times called it a gift to cynics, and the Daily News and New York Post cheered US Attorney Preet Bharara's announcement that his office would pick up the investigations where the Moreland Commission left off. 

Nobody was persuaded by the excuse that Andrew Cuomo offered to the Crain's editorial board:

"It's my commission. My subpoena power, my Moreland Commission. I can appoint it, I can disband it. I appoint you, I can un-appoint you tomorrow.
"So, interference? It's my commission. I can't 'interfere' with it, because it is mine. It is controlled by me."
The Times called that one "Andrew Cuomo's tantrum." Sounds right to us. 
Mr. Bharara confirmed recently that his office is still running multiple investigations in Albany.  That leaves Andrew Cuomo as the only candidate for Governor who has retained a criminal defense team, and there's a very real possibility that Cuomo could be indicted by federal prosecutors if he's reelected. 

The more the press digs, the worse things get.  Just last week, the New York Times reported that Cuomo maintained tight control over a post-Hurricane Sandy Moreland Commission.  According to the Times, their investigation "reveals some of the same hallmarks: interference, efforts to shield his administration's role and a sense that the governor had a clear idea at the outset of what the commission should conclude."

Yes, even a commission to investigate the government's response to a devastating hurricane wasn't free from Andrew Cuomo's political manipulation.

This has been the hallmark of the last four years: on issue after issue, Andrew Cuomo articulates the problem, promises change, then merely scratches at the surface while declaring victory in a series of press releases. 

The Status Cuomo reigns.

After four years, Andrew Cuomo's New York is still the most taxed, most regulated, least free, least business-friendly state in America, just as it was when Andrew Cuomo took office.  It's time for new leadership.

Rob Astorino, Chris Moss, Bob Antonacci and John Cahill comprise one of the best teams of candidates we've had in years. 

Election Day is tomorrow, and there's only one thing left to do: get out and vote.  Check our Election Center if you need to find your polling place.
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On Sunday, November 2, 2014 9:48 PM, Nick for New York wrote:

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I wanted to share this front page article Our Town newspaper just published about my campaign!  Three selected quotes are below, followed by the full article, which has been published in print but not online at this time.
-  "Di iorio is pounding the pavement and meeting voters in the district.  One recent morning he visited subway stops throughout the 12th Congressional District and later addressed a group of seniors at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House."

-  "And Di iorio's claim to seriousness isn't all political puffery.  He spent six years in seminary training to become a Catholic priest before deciding it wasn't for him."

-  "And while it makes strategic sense for Maloney -- regarded as the standard-bearer of Manhattan's Democratic establishment -- to avoid legitimizing a political opponent through engagement, the move left her open to criticism for seemingly flouting the democratic process, a point that was recently made for the second time in a New York Post editorial."
Nick Di iorio
Congressional nominee, NY-12


By Daniel Fitzsimmons.  First published: 10/30/2014.

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UPPER EAST SIDE Nick Di iorio (dee-oreo) is finally getting the ink he contends has been denied him since launching his congressional campaign in January.  His opponent, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 12), has largely ignored his existence, with the tacit cooperation of the media, he says, leading him to claim the press is in her "back pocket."

And while it makes sense for Maloney -- regarded as the standard-bearer of Manhattan's Democratic establishment -- to avoid legitimizing a political opponent through engagement, the move left her open to criticism for seemingly flouting the democratic process, a point that was recently made for the second time in a New York Post editorial.

Other attention includes Business Insider's coverage of a press conference Di iorio held last week on the steps of City Hall, in which he vowed to focus on serious issues, in contrast to Maloney, he said.  He has criticized her for embarking on a trip to China earlier this year in a bid to bring a panda to the Central Park Zoo.  Di iorio's presser featured a costumed panda, which was not lost on Business Insider; their article highlighted the humor in claiming to focus on serious issues while a 6-foot panda is lollygagging in the background.  Di iorio's campaign promoted the article anyway.

The episode is illustrative of the trials and tribulations facing any first time candidate, especially a 28-year-old Republican trying to unseat an entrenched Democrat in a race where the GOP, in recent memory, hasn't bothered to field a candidate.

And Di iorio's claim to seriousness isn't all political puffery.  He spent six years in seminary training to become a Catholic priest before deciding it wasn't for him (he wants a wife and kids).  In August he embarked upon a fact-finding mission to Israel around the same time New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a delegation of state officials were there, and later positioned himself as the pro-Israel candidate by saying Maloney failed to support Israel during the latest conflict in Gaza.

"Even to this day she has not said a word about the most recent Gaza conflict," Di iorio said.  "That to me is a dereliction of duty."

And there are signs he's beginning to get under the veteran Congresswoman's skin.  Coincidentally or not, she announced this month a piece of pro-Israel legislation and a planned trip to Warsaw for the opening of the Museum of Polish Jews.

Maloney's camp sent a letter to the Post complaining about an unfavorable editorial they published on her decision not to debate Di iorio, which led them to incorporate the letter into another editorial reinforcing the point.  Last week, she agreed to debate Di iorio, less than a week before the general election.

In the meantime, Di iorio is pounding the pavement and meeting voters in the district.  One recent morning he visited subway stops throughout the 12th Congressional District and later addressed a group of seniors at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

"Carolyn Maloney is the ultimate Washington insider, she's been in office 22 years," he told the seniors.  "She's not actively campaigning because she doesn't feel the need to."

The point seemed to resonate with some of the seniors who said they haven't seen her around in a while.

Other times, his seriousness seemed a bit misdirected, such as when he launched into a foreign policy discussion about shipments of Hellfire missiles to Israel and the "need to fight terrorists in the Middle East" while the seniors waited for their lunch.

"In Stuyvesant Town the landlords are greedy, what's your position on taking care of seniors?" asked one woman.

Di iorio mentioned his 33-year-old brother, who has a nervous system disorder and is dependent on Social Security benefits, "and will be for the rest of his life," he said.  "Without those benefits I don't know where we'd be as a family."

He said he's committed to preserving Social Security benefits and other social programs but "making sure they're sustainable."

Di iorio seemed to be at his best when working the room one on one, personable and attentive.  Of the two-dozen tables in the room, he visited almost all of them, gaining traction at some and less at others, but always forging on to the next one.

One woman asked how she could volunteer for his campaign.  Another told him to get lost and that he had "some nerve."

"I didn't know there was another candidate, I like to see that," said a senior named Rita DeFaro, who's running to sit on the advisory committee at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.  Another man at her table, Frank Maltese, who is also running to sit on the advisory committee, liked to refer to Maloney as "Carol Mahoney."

By the end of the conversation Di iorio had secured their votes.

Later at a nearby diner he laid out his campaign strategy over fried eggs, which sat untouched throughout the conversation.  He's received endorsements from the Republican Party (automatically granted when he hit a certain number of petitions), the Queens County Libertarian Party, the Conservative Party and Independence Party.  Between those, he said, he should only have to make up about 20,000 more votes to win the election.

Questions about voter turnout or the district's heavily Democratic registration roles don't faze him.  But perhaps his biggest wedge is painting Maloney as out of touch and ineffective.  He said Maloney last year ranked fifth in Congress for the most bills introduced, but 392 out of 439 in getting bills signed into law.  In interactions with voters in the district he has a penchant for always bringing the conversation back to how entrenched Maloney is and asking people when they last saw her.

"I don't think she enjoys meeting new people, and to be honest that's what I thrive on," said Di iorio, who mentioned that his time in seminary taught him to be a great listener.  "There have been many low points during the campaign, whether it be the fundraising or the lack of support from other Republicans, but the high points that give me the energy to keep going are the subway visits and the trips like the one to Lenox Hill, where I get to meet people who just want to be listened to."

There are gaps in his platform that stand out in contrast to Maloney's record.  When asked about women's issues, he didn't seem to have a well-defined position on his priorities and spoke vaguely about empowering women through education.

Di iorio says he's against abortion but also that he's supportive of women being provided the full range of medical care and services they need.  Of the dozens of platforms on his website, women's issues aren't mentioned.

There are some similarities between Maloney and Di iorio. Both are from out of town; Maloney is from North Carolina and Di iorio grew up in Rhode Island.  Maloney launched her campaign over 20 years ago against an entrenched Republican incumbent and narrowly beat the odds to win the election.

Di iorio's people skills, and his exuberance and earnestness, were on display in an exchange he had with Frank Maltese at the senior center.  Maltese, a former official with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, was holding forth about corruption in the city.  Di iorio didn't add much to that part of the conversation, but brought it back to how many years Maloney's been in office and the need for change.  Before Di iorio stood up to go, Maltese commented that he knows who he's voting for on Nov. 4.

"You've got my vote kid," he said.


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