Friday, November 25, 2005

IS ANYBODY THERE...DOES ANYBODY CARE....DOES ANYBODY SEE WHAT I SEE???

DEAR READERS:

LET'S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT FIRST, I KNOW HOW BUSY THIS TIME OF YEAR IS FOR YOU. THE SHOPPING, THE PLANNING FOR WHO IS GOING OR COMMING FOR THE CHRISTMAS (YES I SAID CHRISTMAS) AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAY. THE MEALS AND WHERE THEY WILL BE, THE DECORATING, AND YES, FOR THOSE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, THE VISITING OF SANTA LAND. THEN THERE ARE THOSE PEOPLE IN CERTIAN JOBS THAT HAVE THE END OF THE YEAR RECONCILIATIONS THAT HAVE TO BE DONE ON TIME. SO WHO CARES ABOUT POLITICS, AND ELECTION THAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT NOVEMBER AND THE NOVEMBER AFTER THAT? WHO HAS THE TIME TO PAY ATTENTION? THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO BE DONE, RIGHT?
WELL, THOSE PEOPLE IN ELECTIVE OFFFICE ARE COUNTING ON YOU TO BE DISTRACTED. THEY PRAY THAT YOU WILL FEEL AS I HAVE JUST DISCRIBED, AND THEY ARE RIGHT, FOR THE MOST PART YOU ARE. I HAVE PEOPLE TELLING ME TO QUIT, GIVE UP THE FIGHT. NO ONES GOING TO CARE. NO ONES GOING TO WRITE.
PROBLEM IS YOU SEE, BY DOING MY MONTHLY LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND WRITING THIS BLOG, I HAVE ALREADY CROSSED THAT BRIDGE AND BURNED IT BEHIND ME. SO HOPEFULLY YOU WILL TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND SEE HOW YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE COUNTING ON YOU NOT TO CARE UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE.
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IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE SPANO TO ANNOUNCE HE WAS GOING TO RAISE TAXES. SEVEN DAYS TO BE EXACT. A POINT IN HISTORY, HE DID THAT THREE YEARS AGO ALSO. LUCKILY WE HAVE OUR COUNTY LEGISLATOR WHO IS THE MINORITY LEADER GEORGE OROS, WHO IS FIGHTING TO KEEP A ZERO TAX INCREASE. IT WOULD BE WISE FOR LEGISLATOR OROS TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR EXPLAINING HIS STANCE ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET, SO WE THE VOTING PUBLIC CAN VOICE OUR SUPPORT FOR HIS POSTION TO OUR COUNTY EXECUTIVE. I KNOW IF HE DID WRITE SUCH A LETTER, I WOULD MAKE SURE THE READERS OF THIS BLOG GOT A COPY IN CASE YOU MISS THE ISSUE IT APPEARS IN. I KNOW FROM MY CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY OF YOU READERS THAT YOU WOULD BE GLAD TO FIGHT TO KEEP YOUR MONEY WERE THE ISSUES EXPLAINED TO YOU BY YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO THE COUNTY LEGISLATOR. I AGREE WITH MANY OF YOU THAT THE SNIPPETS THAT THE LOCAL PAPERS HAVE ATTRIBUTED TO OUR LEGISATOR IS NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION. WE WOULD LIKE AN UNEDITED VERSION OF HIS POSTION.
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LIKE MANY OF YOU I AM TIRED OF BEING REPRESENTED BY MEDIOCRITY, YET THOSE ARE SOMETIMES THE ONLY CHOICES WE HAVE TO VOTE ON. I FIND THE EXPLINATION IN THE FACT THAT THE POWERS THAT BE, WHO NOMINATE THOSE FOR WHOM WE VOTE, MIGHT THEMSELVES BE MEDIOCRE. I SAY THIS WHEN I READ IN THE NORTH COUNTY NEWS THAT THE HEAD OF THE YORKTOWN REPUBLICAN COMMITEE SAYS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT LINDA COOPER HAD SUCH A CLOSE CALL WERE FACTORS OUT OF THE SUPERVISORS CONTROL. WEAK CANDIDATES ON OTHER LINES AND NEGATIVE BACKLASH AGAINST BUSH (NORTH COUNTY NEW 11/23/05). HEAVEN FORBID THE FACT THAT PEOPLE MIGHT ACTUALLY VOTE ON THE LOCAL ISSUES CONCERNING THEM. HEAVEN FORBID THE FACT THAT THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR THE TOWN COUNCIL WON BY AN ALMOST TWO TO ONE MARGIN, WHICH MIGHT BE A CRITISISM OF THE CANDIDATES THE COMMITEE NOMINATED, NO, IT WAS BUSH'S FAULT. JUST MABY THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVED IN THE MESSAGE THAT CANDIDATE PETERS WAS VOICING, AND THAT TOWN GOVERNMENT WAS GETTING TOO INTRUSIVE. MABY THE REPUBLICAN COMMITEE IS GETTING OUT OF TOUCH WITH THEIR CONSTITUANCY. MABY THE COMMITTEE SHOULD LOOK TO THEMSELVES, THEIR PLATFORM, AND THE PEOPLE THEY PUT ON THE BALLOT, RATHER THAN BUSH BASHING, THEN MABY INTHE NEXT YEARS ELECTION THEY MIGHT NOMINATE CADIDATES WHO CAN GET ELECTED. THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY LISTEN TO WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT. BOTH THE REPUBLICAN COMMITTE AND THE DEMOCRAT COMMITEE (WHICH ALMOST GOT IT RIGHT) MIGHT COME TO THE SAME REALIZATION THAT I CAME TO LONG AGO, THAT THE PRESENT OFFICIALS REPRESENTING US IN ALBANY AND WASHINGTON NO LONGER REPRESENT US, BUT ONLY REPRESENT THEMSELVES AND WHAT WILL KEEP THEM ON OFFICE AND IN THE GOOD GRACES OF THE PARTY LEADERSHIP. THAT WE THE PEOPLE WANT CANDIDATES THAT WILL NOT REMAIN SILENT ON ISSUES THAT CONCERN US IF IT WILL UPSET THEIR LEADERS (IE: THE SCHOOL TAXES BEING LEFT UP TO AN UNELECTED JUDGE, THE ON GOING COURT CASE REGARDING 100 MILLION OF OUR TAX DOLLARS, THE INSULT TO THE PUBLIC THAT WAS PROPOSITION ONE IN THE LAST ELECTION) WE WANT CANDIDATES THAT WILL PUT US, THE PEOPLE ABOVE PERKS. THOSE CANDIDATES ARE OUT THERE, THE BILL SCHMIDTS, THE DIANA BURRUSS', THE DOMINIC VOLPES, THE DON PETERS, THE DAVID FRITZ'S, THE RUTH WELLS, THE JAMES MARTORANOS, THE BEN SHULDINERS. THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENTS OF THEIR POLICY STANCES, AND/OR PUBLIC STATEMENTS, BUT RATHER AN ENDORSEMENT OF THEIR CHARACTER, IN THE BELIEF THAT THEY HAVE SHOWN THAT IN THEIR ACTIONS EITHER IN OFFICE OR IN THEIR PUBLIC INTERACTIONS, THEY WOULD PUT US, THE PEOPLE, ABOVE PARTY AND PERKS. I HAVE PURPOSELY LEFT OUT THOSE ALREADY IN OFFICE IN THE BELIEF THEIR PLATE IS ALREADY FULL. WE THE VOTING PUBLIC WILL NO LONGER SETTLE FOR MEDICOCRITY. WE THE PEOPLE WANT BETTER, AND DESERVE BETTER THAN WHAT YOU IN THE LEADERSHIP HAVE HOISTED UPON US IN THE PAST. I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT FIRST RATE PEOPLE HIRE FIRST RATE PEOPLE, SECOND RATE PEOPLE HIRE THIRD RATE PEOPLE.
WE THE VOTING PUBLIC ARE FIRST RATE PEOPLE AND DEMAND FIRST RATE CANDIDATES. THOSE ALREADY IN ALBANY AND WASHINGTON HAVE OVER STAYED THEIR WELCOME, WE THE PUBLIC ARE READY TO VOTE THEM INTO RETIREMENT. I KNOW THAT THE UNSEATING OF A SITTING INCUMBENT IS DIFFICULT, BUT WITH THEIR PRESENT VOTING RECORD AND THEIR DEAFENING SILENCE ON THE ISSUES THAT CONCERN US, IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE, IN FACT IT IS QUITE DOABLE. TO DO GREAT THINGS REQUIRES GREAT EFFORT. WE EXPECT THOSE IN PARTY LEADERSHIP TO EXPEND THAT EFFORT ON OUR BEHALF. IT IS NOW TIME TO SHOW THAT YOU IN THE LEADERSHIP ARE FIRST RATE PEOPLE.

BAZZO 12/03/05

6 comments:

ImaginaryCousin said...

Well said Andy. I too am tired of being represented by mediocrity and having to choose between two nearly identical, usually poor, candidates. I am tired of Albany and the insane leadership of Silver/Bruno, which we agree do more to ensure continued control over the senate and assembly that actually push through an agenda that helps the people of New York. I am a little less optimistic than you about our power to remedy these problems, but I think you are on the right track. Continuous public commentary about the issues being considered, or not considered, by the representative governments is the only way to accomplish any positive changes.

I thought you should take a look at a NY Times story in the 12/5 edition. I quote one part of it here: ""I think this year you're going to see a Silver-Bruno alliance running the government," said a Democratic assemblyman who was granted anonymity because he felt that publicly questioning the governor's power could jeopardize his chances of getting legislation enacted."

This is what we had talked about in our last cab ride. The Silver/Bruno alliance is going to run this state into the ground and the people elected to stop them are afraid to let their names be heard in public. The whole article can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/05/nyregion/05pataki.html Check it out.

andyland said...

DEAR IMAGINARY COUSIN:

THE REASON FOR THE SILENCE OF ELECTED OFFICALS IS CRASS SELF PRESERVATION OF THEIR PERKS. I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THESE PERVAYORS OF MEDIOCRATY WHO CHOOSE THEIR PERKS OVER WHAT IS RIGHT FOR US. EVEN IF THEY SPEAK AGAINST THE LEADERSHIP THEY CANNOT BE STRIPPED OF THEIR OFFICE, ONLY THEIR PERKS. IF THEY CHOSE SILENCE TO PROTECT THEIR PERKS OVER DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THOSE WHO ELECTED THEM, AFTER ALL IT IS US WHOM THEY WORK FOR, THEN THEY ARE ALSO PART OF THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION. YES, WHAT I PROPOSE IS DIFFICULT, BUT CHANGE STARTS WITH US THE VOTERS. IF IT IS ONLY MY VOICE AND LETTERS THEN WE WILL BE IGNORED. I NEED THE HELP OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU, WHO ARE ARTICULATE TO HELP MAKE THE CASE. THE READERS OF THIS BLOG WHO AGREE WITH ME MUST ALSO WRITE TO THE EDITORS OF THE LOCAL PAPERS SO THAT THE PEOPLE WHO MOMINATE THE CADIDATES SEE THAT WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THE STATUS QUO. IF YOU TAKE THE DEFEATIST ATTITUDE THAT NOTHING CAN BE DONE THAN NOTHING WILL BE DONE AND THE STATUS QUO WILL REMAIN. I KNOW THEY READ THIS BLOG, I KNOW THEY READ THE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. THEY MUST HERE MORE THAN MY VOICE DEMANDING CHANGE. TOGETHER, YOU, PEEKSKILLIAN AND I HAVE HELPED EDUCATE THE READERS ON THE ISSUES. IT IS TIME TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND ENCOURAGE THE OTHER READERS HOW IMPORTANT THAT THEY SPEWAK UP NOW. FOR IT DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS THAT THOSE DECISSIONS WILL BE MADE. THIS IS THE TIME WHEN WE CAN HAVE THE MOST IMPACT. ARE YOU READY TO GO ON?

BAZZO 12/06/05

Peekskillian said...

I think you give George Oros a bit too much credit though Mr. Bazzman. He, like other politicians, rewrites history to suit his needs. I remember, vividly, that he had cut a deal with the Spano boys to pump sewage from Yorktown to Peekskill and then when people in Peekskill realized what was going on, he found God. Be mindful that Mr. Oros is interested in the county executive's job first and foremost.

You are right though, we need to hold these people accountable. First though, I would suggest we push these guys to be more open about about the process. There is too much going on that is not done in the light of day. I know in Peekskill all the major decisions are done behind closed doors. I'd like to see something done out in the open. Attending town board meetings is not enough. Everything that happens there is already predetermined. Who ever is in charge gets to set the agenda and won't do anything they know won't fly.

Spekaing of Martarano, what do you think of his candidacy for Congress?

ImaginaryCousin said...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Andy and Peekskillian. Wish you much cheer and lots more bloging in the new year.

Peekskillian said...

Bazzman? Where are you? I know you like Mr. Testa, but surely you can criticize his decision to appoint the Republican Party Chairman to the Industrial development Agency.

andyland said...

DEAR PEEKSKILLIAN:

I HAVE BEEN SILENT ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES IN THE BELIEF THAT PEOPLE ARE TO PREOCCUPIED WITH THE HLOIDAYS TO PAY ATTENTION,MUCH TO THEIR DETRIMENT. I TOO HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF THE SAME. I WAS UN AWARE OF WHAT YOU HAVE JUST WRIITEN. AS YOU KNOW WHO I AM, THOUGH APPERENTLY, I KNOW NOT YOU, IF YOU CAN FOWARD ME SOME MORE INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT, I WILL BE HAPPY TO READ IT (MAKE SURE TO PUT PEEKSKILLIAN IN THE SUBJECT MATTER). I WILL NOT COMMENT ON IT TILL I KNOW MORE. I TRUST IN YOUR DESIRE TO BE A MEANINGFUL OPINER, YOU WILL GIVE IT TO ME WITHOUT SPIN.

BAZZO 12/30/05