Monday, July 28, 2008

THIS WEEKEND IS FOR FUN.....AND SOME POLITICS

Dear Readers:

This weekend do not plan to leave the area. Starting Friday there will be events for you and your family and friends. As you scroll down, mark you calendars. Especially this Friday thru Sunday is Peekskill celebration. This event attracts people from all over the area. Saturday night about 9:30PM fireworks!!!!!!
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A MESSAGE FROM PUTNAM VALLEY SUPERVISOR BOB TENDY:

BEACH PARTY/BARBECUE: LAKE PEEKSKILL RESDIENTS:
The date is Saturday,
August 2, with a rain date of
Sunday, August 3. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HELP PLEASE
EMAIL ME OR CALL ME AT
845-526-2121
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A MESSAGE FROM YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN NICK BIANCO:

I have been asked to moderate a debate between the candidates for State Assembly 99th District and Congressional candidates for the 19th district on Friday at 6:00 PM at Yorktown Town Hall.

The debate is being sponsored by the United Taxpayers of Yorktown.

Nick Bianco
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AN E-MAIL FROM PATTY V.
RE: PEEKSKILL PARKING:

Dear Bazzo:

I have been posting a lot of information on the Peekskill forum at lohud.com that may be of interest. I am trying to expose the hype and what is going on. In case you haven't noticed in your travels, things are not going well in our beloved Downtown and I have detailed some of the problems on lohud. A letter to the NCN will be coming out shortly. You are right that the GOP is practically dead or dying. What is WRONG with those guys?? THey can't even find someone to run against Mr. Torres. WHat's THAT about?

I really hope you read my posts, especially about the parking survey, and maybe can use some of the information in your wonderful column. I totally agree with most of what you say, especially the articles about the loony left enviro-wackos who think we should pay $10 a gallon for oil, FOR OUR OWN GOOD. I think these people have the Stockholm Syndrome.

** I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE PARKING SURVEY. I DON'T KNOW WHY IT'S SUCH A SECRET!

thanks and keep up the good work.

Patty V.
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A MESSAGE FROM ANDY POLAY:
RE: JAZZ BAND SCHEDULE:

August will be packed with great entertainment.

8/2:
Peekskill Celebration at the Riverfront Green at about 4:30 as I join members of the Swinging Set Jazz Collaborative. Great venue in the park by the water, and you'll see many talented artists that are on the roster.

8/6: The Swinging Set, back at the Riverfront Green for an evening concert.

8/9: The Peekskill Jazz and Blues Festival , smack dab in the middle of town. Last year the stage was alive with music as they played to a few thousand. This year, they anticipate many more guests. I will reprise 4 of the 5 players that you might've heard at the Peekskill First Friday Fest in the street a few weeks ago:
Rahn Burton on keys
Rick Krsika on sax (Temptations, 4 Tops, Artie Shaw, and currently touring with Ashford and Simpson)
Lester Harper is back on the bass
I'll be on the drums

I hope to see you out there and as always, want to thank you for your support.
Andy
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ROLLER DERBY COMES TO WESTCHESTER:
Subject: Suburbia All Female Roller Derby


Hi,

My derby name is Hard Core-vette, I am a skater with Suburbia Roller derby , Westchester’s 1st All Female Roller Derby league. We have a bout coming up August 16

We are trying to get the word out to everyone that Roller Derby is back and alive in Westchester. Suburbia All FemaleRoller Derby - Flat Track Fever

From August 16, 2008 7pm doors open 6pm
Location
E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Center
348 Tuckahoe Road
Yonkers, NY 10710

Country Clubbers take on the Indian Point Sirens in the final bout to determine which two teams are stayin' alive to compete for Suburbia Roller Derby's first ever championship title. Don't miss it!

At Murray's you'll see all the moves, all the flash and all the glamour as Suburbia Roller Derby goes retro. But tonight the rollergirls won't be strapping on their skates to disco, they'll be bringing all the hits and all the action of modern flat-track roller derby on a feverishly hot August Saturday Night.


Tickets are $12 General Admission (bring your own chair, sit on the floor, or sit on the bleachers behind the glass) / $15 VIP Silver (includes chair) / $25 VIP Gold (priority admission, chair, goodie bag and the best seats in the house!) http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producerevent/38754

Children under 8 are FREE!

Doors open at 6 PM and the bout starts at 7 PM
http://www.suburbiarollerderby.com/
for more infor: pr@suburbiarollerderby.com

The league would appreciate it very much if you could help us out by posting this. We are trying to get the league established (we are skater owned & operated), so that we can help out communities.

Thanking you in advance.

Yvette Scardera (Hard Core-vette)
Payroll Manager
Department of Finance
914-995-2742 fax 914- 995-3289
yps3@westchestergov.com
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PEEKSKILL BID DISTRICT:

SAVE THE DATE!
Aug. 9th, 5:00 - 10:00pm

Peekskill's second annual
Jazz & Blues Celebration
will honor CARMEN LEGGIO, for his contribution to music and the arts over the past 60 years.

FREE FIVE-HOUR CONCERT

IN DOWNTOWN PEEKSKILL AT
THE INTERSECTION OF PARK & DIVISION STREETS

ON STAGE
“TRADITION” MESSENGERS OF CLASSIC SOUL
JORGE SYLVESTER & THE AFRO CARIBBEAN EXPERIMENTAL COLLECTIVE (ACE) WITH NORA MCCARTHY
TOMMY DABBS & A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND THAT
DUCHESS DI & THE DISTRACTIONS
THE ANDY POLAY QUARTET
GREG WESTHOFF & THE WESTCHESTER SWING BAND
GRUPO LATIN VIBE
REEGAL BEEGAL
ROXY PERRY
THE ANDY POLAY QUARTET
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FROM THE NCN LIFESTLY SECTION:
RE; NEW RESTAURANT IN PEEKSKILL (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

Eclectic Italian served up in Peekskill

Your mother was right when she said, “Don’t judge a book by it cover.” When I first saw the takeout menu for Trattoria Valentia, I thought, “just what we need, another ordinary Italian restaurant.”|
I was wrong.

Louis Cilento of Mohegan Lake, one of the owners of Trattoria Valentia, was executive chef at the Sands in Atlantic City for 12 years and has cooked for many celebrities.
This is no ordinary Italian cooking. Cilento, and his partners Carmelo and Cosmo Bueti and James Downey, kicked Peekskill cuisine up a notch when they opened Trattoria Valentia on South Street in Peekskill.

“Peekskill is an up and coming area,” said Cilento, “and I thought people were ready for an upscale, different kind of cuisine.”
The d├ęcor is elegant, and Jessica Pena, the floor manager, makes sure everyone is comfortable, happy and well-fed.
You can find all the traditional Italian dishes on the menu (and everything is available for takeout or free delivery, too), but you’ll also find upscale items including quail, wild boar and duck.

One of their most popular dishes is the Three Musketeers, which combines veal, chicken and shrimp in a madeira wine sauce with mushrooms. Chicken luigi is a breast of chicken topped with prosciutto, cooked with shallots and scallions in a white wine cream sauce. Veal portofino is a veal scallop with shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and cooked with a brandy brown sauce. All entrees are also available family style.
For the kids, there are mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and pasta, all available in small portions. The restaurant is also available for private parties. It has a full bar.

Trattoria Valentia
911 South Street, Peekskill,
(914) 831-3301. Open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon – 1 a.m.; Sunday, noon – 9 p.m.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR STATE ASSEMBLY WILLIAM GOULDMAN:

BILL GOULDMAN Says We Can Help People Get Relief From Oppressive Summer Heat & Stifling New York Taxes By Exempting Sales Taxes on All Energy Star Appliances

Putnam Valley, New York: Bill Gouldman, candidate for the 90th Assembly District, called today for the exemption of New York State Sales Taxes on all energy star appliances.

"We are in the midst of a back breaking heat wave where health officials tell people the best way to remain healthy and avoid life threatening danger is to be in cool air conditioned areas. Ironically those with the greatest need; Senior citizens and people in poor health, have the most difficulty taking heed. Many simply can't afford the cost of running obsolete inefficient air conditioners," said Mr. Gouldman.

"Those who do run their old air conditioners use more electricity than our local utilities can produce. With every heat wave there are always some neighborhoods that suffer electrical blackouts. In the summer of 2004 the eastern half of the America suffered a nearly 48 blackout. Rising temperature bring more pleading from public officials plead to conserve electricity even as they warn of the risks of heat indexes that hover around 100 degrees. It's time to do more than talk, it's time to take action that will help people protect themselves from the heat and conserve energy," declared Mr. Gouldman.

"Studies show that star rated appliances can cut energy usage by up to 30%. We can and should make them more affordable by eliminating the New York State sales tax and encouraging local Counties to do the same," asserted Mr. Gouldman, "that's way I am urging the State Legislature to immediately act. This week The State Comptroller reported that revenue collected from business was down by $195 million during the first quarter of 2008. Go into any mall and you'll see people aren't shopping or buying, Getting rid of the sales tax on appliances that will save money and energy is a no brainer. It makes good common sense."

"New York needs more than platitudes; it needs new leadership that understands the hardships people are facing, one that will offer solutions. Eliminating the sales tax on energy star appliances is a common solution that is clearly missing in Albany."
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A MESSAGE FROM STATE ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Sandy Galef
(914) 941-1111
(518) 455-5348

Assemblywoman Galef Announces Results of Constituent Survey on
Property Tax Reform
Circuit Breaker Tops the Choices for Tax Relief


(July 14th, 2008) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s circuit breaker legislation scored tops on a questionnaire she sent to her constituents in March. The survey was part of a property tax analysis Galef is conducting to secure a better understanding of what would best help to combat rising property taxes in her legislative district. The questionnaire appeared in her March newsletter which described a number of measures the state legislature is considering to approach reducing the high property tax burden.

Constituents were asked to prioritize their choices from first to last. The most favored approach was the Middle Income Circuit Breaker (A1575A/S1053A) legislation, co-sponsored by Galef and Senator Betty Little. Following close behind, in second place was “Funding Schools on Income Tax Instead of Property Tax” (A4746 Cahill). Third place was a Consumer Price Index Tax Cap (similar to what the Commission on Property Tax Relief has proposed,) followed by Massachusetts Proposition 2 ½ (again, similar to the tax cap, but with a lower cap and other specifications.) In fifth place was an option for local districts to choose a combination of property and income tax (A9733 Galef). Sixth place was an optional system by school districts for the state to take over local education spending (S6119 Bruno/Saland). In last place was maintaining the system currently in place based on property tax values.

Not surprisingly, 80 percent of respondents felt that what they paid in property taxes compared to their household income was not fair. 78 percent said they paid more than 6, 7 or 8 percent of their household income in property taxes, and of those, 65 percent felt that Galef’s circuit breaker legislation would give them more relief than they currently receive through their STAR rebate check (which was based on 2005 household income.)


“This was really a very complicated questionnaire,” says Galef “It certainly made people think. I received so much feedback from this newsletter. People could not believe how difficult it was to just to figure out which would be more helpful to them. It makes it clear that we cannot just go for a quick fix but must understand what the most comprehensive solution would be to relieve the burden of high property taxes for the most people.”


In May, Galef sent out a follow up newsletter about cutting costs. “We need to look at the entire picture. Many of my constituents have contacted me about moving to an income based system of taxation, but I am not convinced that it would get us out of the hole we’re in. Now when our economy is hurting, it’s really the perfect opportunity to take a hard look at our costs to see where we can cut back. I know that is what everyone is doing at home. I believe this is what we need to do at the state, county, local and school district level as well,” said Galef. The results of the May questionnaire, focusing on sharing services to cut costs will be available in the next month.


For more information or to get a copy of the questionnaire, contact Dana Levenberg in Assemblywoman Galef’s office at (914) 941-1111 or levenbergd@assembly.state.ny.us.
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A MESSAGE FROM STATE ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:

DEGNAN SINKS TO NEW LOW!!!

View The Crazed Mayor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t77Gh_Cn6H4

BALL RESPONDS TO ATTACKS, STRIKES BACK
ASSEMBLYMAN DEMANDS AN IMMEDIATE APOLOGY

In last week’s Republican Primary Debate, Assemblyman Ball (R- Patterson) was unfairly attacked by his civilian opponent. Flyers and mailers have been distributed by the failed Brewster Mayor’s campaign attacking Greg Ball’s military service record. When confronted the Brewster Mayor refused to apologize.

Assemblyman Ball requested an apology, and the crowd joined the demand. Ball is still eligible for duty, and will continue to be eligible for military service, until 2009. Assemblyman Ball is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and currently a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Ready Reserve. Assemblyman Ball graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2001 and after serving 7 and a half years of active duty (including 4 at the Academy) his active duty service commitment transferred into a longer reserve commitment, until 2009. Therefore, the Assemblyman’s Air Force commitment was actually extended, not shortened.

On Wednesday, the Assemblyman will be standing with his parents and supporters, and will be backed by local veterans, to repeat his demand for an apology and defend his honor and time served in military uniform. “It’s amazing how low some in public life, including this man who never served, will go to attack and assassinate the character of their opponents. In the two years I have spent in politics I have developed thick skin, but these attacks, by a man who never served a single day in uniform are not only uncalled for, they are disgusting. The Brewster Mayor must issue a formal apology for his statements and disassociate himself completely from these blog postings, mailers and flyers,” the Assemblyman said.
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DEGNAN FAILS TO RECEIVE CONSERVATIVE AND INDEPENDENCE LINES
Opponent Stumbles as Ball Rolls

The failed Brewster Mayor’s failure to receive Conservative and Independence backing shows a lack of grassroots enthusiasm for his candidacy. Rank and file conservatives know that the failed Brewster Mayor supported using taxpayer dollars to aid illegal aliens and was hostile to the Second Amendment and grassroots independents know that the failed Brewster Mayor is just another puppet being backed by the special interests and power brokers in Albany.

Ball said, “I am really looking forward to Wednesday’s debate, and now that the wheels have fallen off of the Mayor’s campaign wagon, I hope this doesn’t mean that the failed Brewster Mayor will refuse to show up. The pro-illegal alien Mayor who doubled his own salary, should not only debate on Wednesday but should definitely stick with the campaign throughout the long haul, because the people deserve to have a choice.”
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JOHN DEGNAN
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE

View New Commercial, Click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmErZFBOraY
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Contact: Adam D. Kramer, (518) 441-5183

DISTURBING ALLEGATIONS COME TO LIGHT OF JOHN DEGNAN'S INVOLVEMENT IN ATTEMPTED SILENCING OF BREWSTER POLICE DEPARTMENT WHISTLEBLOWER

ALBANY, NY – On the heels of disturbing revelations related to cost overruns and the possible circumvention of State Civil Service Law that happened during his controversial tenure as Mayor for the Village of Brewster, voters across the 99th Assembly District are learning more troubling news about John Degnan. It was made public today that Mayor Degnan had been accused of being personally involved in the attempted silencing of a whistleblower, Police Officer Michael Pisano of the Brewster Police Department.

According to court documents, in 2007 Pisano shared with Degnan several concerns he had regarding the lack of formal qualifications of Brewster Police Chief Alex Mancone and the operations of the Brewster police force. Pisano informed Degnan that Mancone had not taken a competitive civil service exam and the legitimacy of his tenure as police chief was in question, as was his ordering subordinate police officers to repeatedly falsify their time records.

As specified in a formal complaint filed in federal court, Degnan reported Pisano's allegations to Mancone and, together, they attempted to silence Pisano by terminating his employment just one month after his having raised the concerns. After Pisano filed for unemployment and it became apparent the dispute would be brought before an employment hearing, Degnan and Mancone relented, rehiring Pisano in June of 2007.

Approximately one month after his rehiring, Pisano was promoted to detective with a commensurate salary increase. However, four days later, Pisano was summarily dismissed by Degnan and Mancone due to alleged "budgetary constraints." Curiously, the constraints did not prevent subsequent police hires authorized by Mancone and Degnan.

"John Degnan's alleged involvement in the silencing of a police department whistleblower should send a shudder down the spine of anyone who believes in the importance of governmental openness and accountability," said Adam Kramer, Spokesman for the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee (RACC).

"Whistleblowers play a critical role in exposing instances of corruption and malfeasance within the public sector. That John Degnan would try to punish a police officer who had raised legitimate questions is something he should be prepared to explain to voters. Ours is a government of laws, not of men. John Degnan would be well served to try to remember this. If the voters can't trust John Degnan as Mayor, why would they elect him to the State Assembly?" Kramer concluded.

Degnan is waging a Primary against the incumbent Assemblyman, Republican Greg Ball (R-Patterson) of the 99th Assembly District.

www.Ball4NY.com
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UPDATE ON NEW CABLE T.V.SHOWS:

ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA

Former Peekskill Mayor John Testa has started his cable show "On Topic with John Testa". It airs Thursdays 9:30PM on chanel 15 in Peekskill and Cortlandt. In Yorktown and Putnam Valley Tuesday's at 8:30 chanel 74. This show is on the Peekskill Robins
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THE VOLPE REPORT

Andy- here is the line-up for the next 4 weeks:

The Volpe Report is glad to announce the upcoming guests and dates are as follows:

Peekskill City Councilman Joe Schuder will air June 19, 26, and July 3. Joe brings his perspectives as a councilman for the last six months and commercial development is one of the topics he approaches.

Then on July 10, 17, and 24 Karen Gordon and Lynne Nayman, two representatives of the Preservation Co., are the guests and they bring their professional background as to home improvement through grants and talk about the process residents should know of.

As always the Volpe Report airs on Thursday nights, 8:00pm on Public access channnel 15 in the Peekskill/ Cortlandt area. As a reminder we will be airing in Yorktown and Putnam Valley very soon.

Domenic Volpe
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THE ISSUES WITH SAM DAVIS:
Posted by Dr. Powell:

Sam's guest will be Ken Harper, a regular on the Putnam County political scene. Ken was the County Democratic Chair until his run against Greg Ball in the last Assembly race. He has been an observer of Putnam politics for quite awhile.

Tonight @ 9PM on Channel 74.

The show is also aired in the Peekskill Cablevision area on Mondays at 8PM. It is aired in the Mahopac ComCast area, and it is available at the Mahopac library.


Check it out.
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:

Dear Readers:

This week I discuss more congressional inaction on petrolium. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link below and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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FYI:ATOM TAXI INC. AIRPORT SERVICE:

Dear Readers:

This gives me a chance to plug my business ATOM TAXI INC. As you are planning your holiday or business or vacation travel? Instead of the headache of trying to find Airport parking, we do Airport Service to The Westchester County Airport(and ALL other airports) 24/7. Just call 1(914)879-6121 and my partner Tommy, will be glad to take you in our Airport Taxi. You will also be provided with a free copy of your local paper of record The North County News. If this is a business trip we also provide a professional receipt, just tell Tommy at the time of booking. The cost of a one-way trip to LaGuardia Airport the cost is Ninety dollars plus tolls. The cost to JFK and Newark Airports is one hundred-twenty-five dollars plus tolls. The tolls are $10.00 Westchester County Airport and Stewart cost $75.00. We do not take credit cards, sorry.
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E-MAIL ME WITH YOUR COMMENTS:

Dear Readers:

It has come to my attention the difficulty in posting a comment on this blog. If you wish to comment, e-mail me at the link posted below, putting "Manifesto Reader" in the subject matter, and I will "cut and Paste" your comments myself. If you DO NOT wish your comments posted, but just wish to communicate with me, please make your wishes known in the e-mail.

LINKS: atom_taxi@yahoo.com(as this a yahoo address make sure you put an underscore (-) between atom and taxi)

For immediate reply: atomtaxi@aol.com
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SITES TO LINK TO:

ON TOPIC W/ JOHN TESTA: www.ontopicwithjt.com

THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

PEEKSKILL GUARDIAN: "http://peekskillguardian.blogspot.com/

NORTH COUNTY NEWS:"http://northcountynews.com/

THE JOURNAL NEWS:http://thejournalnews.com/

PEEKSKILL DEMOCRATS:http://www.peekskilldems.com/"

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR DON PETERS: http://www.donpetersforyorktown.com/

PUTNAM VALLEY SUPERVISOR BOB TENDY:http://www.bobtendyforsupervisor.com/

THE PEEKSILL NEWS:http://thepeekskillnews.blogspot.com/
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH

ON POINT ON PEEKSKILL: Every Tuesday at 8PM channel 15 (Peekskill only)
Hosted by:DARREN RIGGER

DON PETERS AND YORKTOWN: Various day and times on chanel 20(Ykt.only)
Hosted by: SUPERVISOR DON PETERS

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: Every Friday at 9:30 PM on channel 74
Hosted By: ED CHIFFON

LEGISLATORS REPORT: Saturday and Sunday at various times on chanel 20
Hosted By: COUNCILMEN NICK BIANCO AND LOU CAMPISI

THE VOLPE REPORT: Thursadys at 8PM chanel 15 (Peek. and Cort.) 74 (York.)
Hosted By: Dominec Volpe

THE ISSUES: Thursdays at 9:PM chanel 74 Peekskill Mondays at 8PM chanel 15
Hosted by; Sam Davis

ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA: Thursdays at 9:30PM chanel 15 (Peekskill & Cortlant)
Yorktown & Putnam Valley 8:30 chanel 74
Hosted by: John Testa

CARS & US: Fridays 10 PM chanel 15(Peek. & Cortlant) 74(York. & Put. Valley)
Hosted By: Dennis Tate
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EDITOR'S NOTE:
All articles re-printed in this blog from the North County News are with the permission of Bruce Apar Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

BAZZO 07/28/08

1 comment:

Jeff Green said...

From News That Matters, Monday July 28, 2008

News That Matters - July 28, 2008 - Energy Policy



"To be great is to be misunderstood." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good Monday Morning,

My apologies for being late this morning but an NtM fan took me out for breakfast this morning. My schedule is open for those also inclined.

If you've noticed, gasoline prices have dropped a bit now that all this attention is focused on speculators and oil company profits (read: government encouraged price gouging). Congress is tied up in knots over offshore drilling and pretty much every politician from Albany, NY to Xenia, Ohio is pushing for increased domestic petro-production but notably few are calling for conservation and fewer still for an immediate improvement in energy efficiency. Oh, we'll get to that, once the oceans are spoiled, mountains are leveled and the future bankrupt but, as the Vice President once said, the American lifestyle is non-negotiable and thus we're not going to have to make any sacrifices. Somehow, some magical, mystical force will keep your SUV's running and your homes heated.

Here's the truth: what's going to save this nation is sacrifice on our part as individuals and as communities. Even if we were to allow drilling on our coasts tomorrow morning and drilled right into the bottom of Lake Gleneida, you won't see any benefits and the sh*t will still hit the energy fan. And by that time the politicians you voted for today, those who promise an oil-rich future, will have garnered their wealth and power and retired safely able to blame someone else.

Both candidates for the 19th Congressional district have taken the wrong position on this issue. Mr. Lalor following the national Republican mantra, believes we can drill our way out of the energy crunch and Mr. Hall, following the Democrat line, wants additional flows of national reserves to help stabilize prices. But as I wrote the other day, you can flow all the oil you want but we do not have the refining capacity to put additional supplies into the distribution network and so the only people who will benefit from either approach will be the oil companies.

There are manufactured goods we depend on which make our lives livable and comfortable, items that with current technology cannot be made using any other source but petroleum products. Do we empty the earth to move our cars today or do we keep that oil in the ground for the future to use? In other words, do we satisfy an immediate political need or can we be mature enough as a society to resist temptation and look to the future instead? If we use that oil today to lower the cost of gasoline a dime or so - 4 years from now assuming consumption stays the same - what will our children be left with?

If you want to see a reduction in the cost of fuel, use less of it. It's that simple.

We have a choice to make:

Should national energy policy be to enrich the oil companies and garner votes with the promise of continuing a non-sustainable lifestyle or should we push the nation into a crash program of energy independence and make some sacrifices along the way?

If you remember back to the oil crisis of the 1970's we took the latter approach and built the economy while using less - dramatically less - fossil fuels. That should serve as a model for where we need to be today.

There are things we can do right here at home to help. The county, rather than looking for developers to build shopping malls, should be designating land and encouraging investors to build wind turbines on county, municipal and private lands. Local zoning and planning boards should create regulations to allow and encourage the use of personal wind turbines and require that all new construction provide a minimum of %75 of its energy needs from on-site sources. This can be as simple as using passive solar to heat homes and hot water, green-roofing or requiring super-insulation (18" thick outside walls) as part of local building codes. While there are some added costs to initial construction, those costs are recovered the very first time you realize you heated your home for the winter on 50 gallons - or less - of oil. You might have to forgo the "bonus room" or that 4th bathroom, but the benefits for you - and for the community - would be more than measurable and continue on year after year.

None of this is rocket science and all is available as proven, affordable technology that keeps getting better with each iteration.

We should be looking to the Hudson River as a source of power generated by its twice a day tides. We should be expanding the availability of mass transit by scheduling PART buses to run at convenient times to deliver - and pick up - commuters to and from our several Metro North stations. And the cost of mass transit into and out of NYC should be affordable - it is not so now. It should be cheaper to take the train than to drive. In fact, several European capitols are experimenting with free or near free mass transit.

As a matter of regional policy, we should be encouraging what's left of our local farms to grow consumer crops and make monies available for hydroponics and other advances in local agriculture rather than giving those dollars to out-of-county developers to build housing, hotels and shopping malls. When properties in the Ag District come up for renewal, we should require they be growing produce for local delivery for continued inclusion. Previously cleared open space lands should be producing food.

And I've said it before but will again, the county should be working Tilly Foster Farm to provide both cellulosic ethanol and bio-diesel to power the county trucking fleet. Solar panels should cover the Putnam National and Centennial golf courses to take those facilities off the grid and the open space in front of the Kent Town Center should likewise be used. There is no logical reason not to do this. If the county and towns cry "we don't have the money!" let them take a look at their electricity bills and do the math. We cannot afford NOT to do this.

Why we cannot get elected officials nor their competitor-hopefuls to take any of this seriously is not their fault, it's ours. We have become energy fat and lazy and complacent and expect government to give us what we want when we want it even if we know it's not practical. Feed me today and we'll worry about tomorrow... tomorrow. We will vote for the guy that promises us no pain - even though we know he cannot deliver - and then complain when it hurts anyway.

The rest of the industrialized world is taking all of this pretty seriously. In Germany and Spain any new construction needs to meet energy efficiency standards that are unknown in the United States. Both Sweden and Norway are working towards the removal of fossil fuels from their lives. Even Arab nations are light-years ahead of the United States on weaning themselves off fossil fuels. And, if they're doing it don't you think there's something we're not completely understanding? Yes, they are running out of oil and are preparing themselves for the near future and they're doing it on *your* petro-dollars. Why aren't we doing it on our petro-dollars?

We need to make a dramatic change in the way we think, work, build our communities and live our lives and we cannot look to Washington for help. The National government will only assist the oil industry in consolidating profits and will not work to see us through the coming energy crunch. This is something we're going to have to do without their help and will have to, (as federal policies keep changing to thwart alternative energy competition), fight against our own government to ensure a successful future.

Get active today. Call your Town Hall, call the County Legislature and pressure Albany to do the right thing energy-wise. And please, don't fall for the charlatans who tell you that we can drill our way out of this for they're lying to you and you know it. Deep down inside you know it to be the truth. Be brave for the future is scarier than you think and there's no one in Washington who is going to help us.

This is something we need to do on our own. Let's get to it.

Jeff Green