Saturday, February 14, 2009


Dear Readers:

It has been said that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. In politics this is especially true. That is why politics makes strange bedfellows. However the converse can also and in this case, be true. That being the enemy of my friend is my enemy. Today, February 14, 2009 the "Peeksksill Guardian" crossed the line. Their new post ( ) has totally discredited any good they might have accomplished in the past. Worse, they have made it impossible for me to defend them as I have in the past in print and in private. This new post has justified their detractors arguments about anonymous bloggers and nullified my defense of the good they try to accomplish. No, I will not remove their link from my "Sites To Link To" (as long as my site is continued to be linked to theirs), what I am now going to do is list "Peekskill News" ( ) which up to this point I have resisted. This way people will see that both are different sides of the same coin.

Their personal attacks on my friends, and I say that proudly, Bruce Apar, Kathleen Fitzpatrick and the Volpe family have crossed the line and as such lost my support. The personal attacks on the present Peekskill Mayor who every one who either reads my column or blog knows I have had my policy differences with, are also out of bounds, even in political discourse. I have said and written numerous times that politics is not for the faint of heart, however that relates to attacks from adversaries who are willing to go public and sign their names to their opinions such as Councilwoman Pisani and former Mayor Testa.

There are as we speak, numerous issues facing Peekskill residents. These issues come from the federal government, state government, county government and local government. Many are inter-related. Each of these issues are worthy of argument in the arena of ideas and as this is an election season for local and county government officials, arguments on point can be made for the defeat of the present sitting officials. None need over the top hyperbole, or personal attacks to make the point. Those over the top hyperbole and personal attacks discredit any point one might make. In my case, and I am probably not alone, they lose the support of those who would in other times support them.

The Peekskill Guardian takes the position that the NCN should have denied the Mayor of Peekskill the right to speak her mind because they have found fault in her arguments. They wish the NCN to do what the federal government is trying to do now, that is silence opinion. Censorship!!! That is what they are advocating, yet if someone, or even I, by removing their link would attempt to censor them, they would scream holy hell and would be right to do so. If they were so upset about the opinion piece the Mayor wrote, they should have contacted the paper to write a rebuttal, and I know this as a fact, they would have been permitted to do so. The NCN does not silence critics who are willing to sign their names to their critique. In fact, they encourage this kind of discourse as it informs the public of the issues facing them and the arguments of either side.

As for the attack on the Volpe family, it was totally irrelevant to the post and a gratuitous attack on a family that has given much to the community. Just because you disagree with one family member's politics does not mean the whole family is fair game. My father once told me there will be people on your side you wish were on the other side. This post by the Peekskill Guardian makes that case. I have made this post in public and my name is on it. I know I have let myself open to attack from the Peeskkill Guardian whose writers are anonymous and will be free to personally attack me with invective that they would not have the nerve to say to my face. So I will not censor them, and I will re-print any reply to the post. It is my hope they will be on point and not personal.

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Star Exemptions Reduced
Governor Paterson's budget not only reduces STAR benefits for all homeowners, but also ELIMINATES STAR rebate checks for both families and seniiors.

Governor Paterson's plan slashes state aid for local schools and will result in property tax hikes.

Senior's Forced Out of Their Homes
Young People Leaving Our Area


Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco
Hi Andy,
Your friend, Nick, has recommended this article entitled 'GOP: cost of new state taxes and fees $3,300 a year' to you.

Here is his/her remarks:
Andy Take a look

GOP: cost of new state taxes and fees $3,300 a year
Posted By Jay Gallagher On February 10, 2009 (12:21 pm) In Uncategorized

The 137 tax and fee increases proposed by Gov. David Paterson to close a budget hole would cost a middle-class family of four $3,300 a year, according to computations by Senate Republicans.
Such a hit would “not only exhaust any monthly savings for emergencies, but (also) force families to reduce spending to pay for additional taxes and fees,’’ Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said today.
Skelos wants the governor, who proposed the increases to help close a $13 billion state budget deficit for the fiscal year that starts April 1, to hold off on any tax-hike ideas until the state knows how much it is getting from the federal government’s stimulus package, which is being debated this week in Congress.
There was no immediate response to the GOP calculations from Paterson’s Budget Division.
Among the increased costs for the four-person family, according to the Senate GOP calculations:—At least $1.60 more every month to download Itunes.—$3 a month more for cellular phones (based on a family having three phones)—$8 for every $100 worth of tickets.—$13 more to rent a car for a week.—$12.50 more for two weeks of summer camp at a Department of Environmental Conservation facility.—$4.80 a month more for basic cable TV service.—$4.80 a week more for deposits on bottled water, assuming usage of 24 per week.—$400 more in property taxes because of the elimination of the STAR rebate program.—$1.80 per week more to buy a 12-pack of soda because of the 18 percent “obesity tax.’’—$21 per month more in medical-insurance premiums, assuming a monthly charge now of $194.—$8 per month in taxes on haircuts.—$2 a month more for child care.—$2 more for a license to fish for trout.—$.64 cents more for two bottles of wine and 52 cents per month for a six-pack of beer.— 80 cents per month for cigars, if you smoke five in that period.—$2.56 more per month for life insurance.—If your family has two cars, $3.70 a month more for insurance, $7.81 more annually to register it and $4.17 for a license plate. The monthly cost of an increase in the gas tax would amount to 45 cents.

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Yesterday, the Senate began debate on an economic stimulus package that is intended to get our economy back on track and help Americans who are suffering through these
difficult times.

Unfortunately, the proposal on the table is big on the
giveaways for the special interests and corporate high20rollers, yet short
on help for ordinary working Americans. I cannot and do not support the
package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration. Our
country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one
that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt.

We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs,
and provide a jolt to our economy. I believe we need to evaluate every bit of spending in this stimulus proposal with one important
criteria - does it really stimulate the economy and help create jobs - if
the answer is no, it does not belong in a so-called stimulus package.

Furthermore, the stimulus must include significant direct relief to American
workers in the form of payroll tax cuts and programs to help homeowners keep
their homes. Finally, we need an end game to this stimulus so that when
our economy recovers, these spending programs do not remain permanent
and saddle our children with a skyrocketing national debt.

I appreciate the discussions President Obama is having with my
Republican colleagues, but the time for talking has come to an end and we
must now begin some serious negotiation. But as of yet, Republicans have
not been given the opportunity to be involved.

The House of Representatives passed a stimulus bill without a single Republican supporting it. In the Senate, the Democrat leadership is trying to jam the existing proposal through regardless of reservations from a number of members. With so much at
stake, the last thing we need is partisanship driving our attempts to turn
the economy around.

I have long been a fighter against wasteful spending in Washington and long an advocate for a balanced budget. that will never change. I realize we face extraordinary challenges with our economy today, but that is not an excuse for more irresponsibly from Washington. I hope you will join me in saying no to this stimulus
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The staff of the Committee on Open Government is authorized to issue advisory opinions. The ensuing
staff advisory opinion is based solely upon the information presented in your

Dear Mr. Ciffone:

We are in receipt of your request for an advisory opinion regarding application
of the Open Meetings Law to proceedings of the Yorktown School Board that you
recorded on May 12, 2008. Please accept my apology for the delay in
responding. The recording that you submitted raised a number of issues, all of which we will attempt to address with the following comments.

First, to summarize the conversation recorded in the electronic file that you
submitted, during the public comment portion of a Board meeting, after you
requested that a Board member respond to20allegations of discriminatory and anti-semitic comments filed in a police incident report, you were repeatedly asked
to stop talking, and told that the issues you raised were not relevant to
District business. Eventually, you were granted an additional two minutes to
speak, informed that you would lose the ability to speak during public comment
periods at the discretion of the President if you did not maintain
professionalism and respect, and that you must limit your comments to District business.

While the Open Meetings Law clearly provides the public with the right "to observe the performance of public officials and attend and listen to the deliberations and
decisions that go into the making of public policy" (see Open Meetings
Law, '100), the law is silent with respect to public participation. Consequently, by means of example, if a public body, such as the Town Board, does not want to
answer questions or permit the public to speak or otherwise participate at its
meetings, we do not believe that it would be obliged to do so. On the
other hand, a public body may choose to answer questions and permit public
participation, and many do so. When a public body does permit the
public to speak, we believe that it should do so based upon reasonable rules that
treat members of the public equally.

Although public bodies have the right to adopt rules to govern their own proceedings (see e.g.,Town Law '63 and Education Law '1709),
the courts have found in a variety of contexts that such rules must be
reasonable. For example, although a board of education may "adopt by
laws and rules for its government and operations", in a case in which a
board's rule prohibited the use of tape recorders at its meetings, the Appellate
Division found that the rule was unreasonable, stating that the
authority to adopt rules "is not unbridled" and that "unreasonable rules will
not be sanctioned" [see Mitchell v. Garden City Union Free School
District, 113 AD 2d 924, 925 (1985)]. Similarly, if by rule, a public
body chose to permit certain citizens to address it for ten minutes while
permitting others to address it for three, or not at all, such a rule, in our
view, would be unreasonable.

There arefederal court decisions indicating that if commentary is permitted
within a certain subject area, negative commentary in the same area cannot be
prohibited. It has been held by the United States Supreme Court that a
school board meeting in which the public may speak is a Alimited@ public
forum, and that limited public fora involve Apublic
property which the State has opened for use by the public as a place for
expressive activity@ [Perry Education Association v. Perry Local Educators= Association, 460 US 37, 103. S.Ct. 954(1939); also see Baca v. Moreno Valley Unified School District, 936 F.Supp. 719 (1996)]. In Baca, a federal court invalidated a bylaw that Aallows expression of two
points of view (laudatory and neutral) while prohibiting a different
point ofview (negatively critical) on a particular subject matter (District
employees= conduct or performance)@ (id., 730). That
prohibition Aengenders discussion artificially geared toward praising (and maintaining) the status quo, thereby foreclosing meaningful public dialogue and ultimately, dynamic political change@ [Leventhal
v. Vista Unified School District, 973 F.Supp. 951, 960 (1997)]. In a
decision rendered by the United States District Court, Eastern District
of New York (1997 WL588876 E.D.N.Y.), Schuloff, v. Murphy, it was stated that:

In a traditional public forum, like a street or park, the government may enforce a content-based exclusion only if it is necessary to serve a compelling state interest
and is narrowly drawn to achieve that end. Perry Educ. Ass=n., 460 U.S. at
45. A designated or >limited= public forum is public
property >that the state has opened for use by the public as a place for expressive activity.= Id. So long as the government retains the facility open for speech, it is bound by the same standards that apply to a traditional public forum. Thus, any content-based
prohibition must be narrowly drawn to effectuate a=2 0compelling state interest.
Id. at 46.@

In the context of the specific issues that you raised, we believe that a court would determine that the Board may limit the amount of time allotted to persons who
wish to speak at a meeting, so long as the limitation is reasonable, and that
three minutes appears to be reasonable. Similarly, it is our view that the
Board may limit comments to matters involving District business. However, if the
Board permits the public to praise an individual Board member or an employee
during the public comment period, in our opinion, there would be no basis to
prohibit or prevent a person from making negative comments, or raising
allegations that would reflect in a negative manner on that person. Again, the Open
Meetings Law does not address whether and/or how an elected official responds to

Further, from our perspective, although the President presides at Board meetings, it is questionable whether s/he may validly determine unilaterally whether
the subject matter or comment proposed by a person desiring to speak involves
District business. S/he is but one member of the Board, and we believe that the
Board,if necessary, should determine by means of a majority vote of its total
membership if there is a question or disagreement regarding whether a
subject relates to District business. We believe that the Board in that
circumstance should determine whether the subject may be raised, rather than the
President doing so alone.

Finally, we advise you to inquire whether the School Board has adopted rules or
bylaws governing Aprofessionalism and respect@, or the decorum of those present during the public comment portion of public meetings.
In our opinion, if a police report has been filed about discriminatory
comments made by an elected official, it is not necessarily disrespectful or
unprofessional to raise the issue during a public comment period.

On behalf of the Committee on Open Government, we hope that this is helpful to you.

Camille S.
Assistant Director

cc: Board of Education
Camille S. Jobin-Davis
Assistant Director

Committee on Open Government
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Ave., Suite 650
Albany, NY 12231
(518) 474-2518
(518) 474-1927 - Fax

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Dear Readers:

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