Saturday, August 29, 2009

END OF SUMMER E-MAILS

Issues Discussed:
1)a message from Congressman John Hall
2)a message from candidate for Westchester Legislator Domenic Volpe
3)a message from Arnie Paglia
4)e-mail responses from readers
5)a message from candidate for Westchester Legislator John Testa
6)a message from candidate for Yorktown Council Mark Drexel
7)what's happening at 12 Grapes, N Division Street, Peekskill
8)a message from the New York State Republican Party
9)a message from candidate for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
10)a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
11)a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information(to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch(to better inform)
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A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN JOHN HALL:
Dear Friends,
I've just added two new events to my Health Care Listening Tour.

My listening tour has taken me to every corner of the Hudson Valley. I've heard from business owners both small and large, seniors and students, patients and doctors, nurses, farmers, and nearly everyone in between. But I wanted to make sure there was another chance to hear from you, so I'll be hosting two more Town Hall meetings before returning to Washington next week. These events are completely free and open to public.

Health Care Town Hall Events
Wednesday, September 2
7:00-8:30pm
Fox Lane High School
Route 172, just east of I-684, exit 4
Bedford, NY

Thursday, September 3
7:00–8:30pm
Orange County Emergency Services Center Auditorium
22 Wells Farm Road
Goshen, NY

Carefully and successfully reforming the heath care system is one of the most important issues facing our nation, and your input is essential. I hope you can join me.

Sincerely,
John Hall
Member of Congress
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:
Volpe Calls for Fiscal Responsibility
Dear Editor:

It has been reported in the latest filings that the county sales tax revenue is thirteen million dollars behind budgeted projections, and the fiscal year is not over yet. This means two things: one) this money budgeted to be spent is not there and two) local governments counting on their share of sales tax revenue, portions of which are sent to the local governments where the purchases were made, will be getting less money than anticipated.

This has now forced county and local governments two options to make up the difference-- either cut spending or raise taxes. We live in the highest taxed county in the nation, a dubious honor at best and one I would gladly like to pass on to someone else. 20% of our tax bill is county government, the rest in local and school budgets. Now county government is saying they are willing to listen to the concerns of its residents. Our County Executive says he is willing to listen to ways to share services within the county.

I have a question, why has county government waited so long? We clearly have a bloated government, husbands and wives(mine included) are forced to work just to make ends meet, and at the end of the week what's left? Not much.

Three years ago 53,000 people left the Hudson Valley region, last year another 72,000 more left for less taxing regions. In this precarious economic climate what has our county government done to ease our burden? Nothing! Instead they have been busy with red-herring issues. Laws such as ridiculous and unenforceable idling laws; who owns discarded cardboard boxes or debating laws trying to force landlords to rent to residents whether the landlord wants to or not, or whether a circus should be allowed at the County Center--then not enacting any proposal either for or against. These red-herring issues are used to fool you into thinking county government is doing their job when it really shows a clear lack of understanding as to the concerns and needs of its residents.

With your support and vote, I will fight to institute sound fiscal polices that will help us as taxpayers. My goal is to keep the county portion of your tax bill at 0% for at least three years. That means trim bloated government starting with the executive and legislative branch first. Finding waste, reducing duplication of services and scaling back on percs throughout the county would be the first order of business. That means fighting tooth and nail against state officials who wish to pass on to us unfunded mandates which we will be forced to pay at county level.

In November you have a choice, either elect someone who can only sit on the sidelines and complain and will accomplish nothing but getting headlines, or elect a candidate who will be part of the majority, sitting in the room where budgets are produced and able to get results that will benefit the district. I am that candidate. With your help we can make this happen.

Sincerely,
Domenic Volpe
Candidate for Westchester County Legislator District 1
Democratic and Working families Party Candidate
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A MESSAGE FROM ARNIE PAGLIA:
The Paul Robeson 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee

Invites you to join us in a celebration of one of the most significant individuals of the 20th century who had a great many friends in our community

September 4th 2009 8:00pm at Paramount Center for the Arts

An Evening with Friends
A Celebration of the Legacy of Paul Robeson
A benefit concert featuring
David Amram w Roy Haynes w Ty Jones
Tao Rodriguez-Seeger w Kenneth Anderson w Beth Lamont
Jon Batiste Band w Ray Blue w and special guests

The Paramount Center for the Arts is located at 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill, NY.
For tickets $25.-$100., students $10., and reservations, call 877-840-0457
Order online at www.paramountcenter.org
For more information visit www.robesoncelebration.org

The 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee Beneficiaries:
To support and acknowledge their work, in the interests and pursuit of social justice, in education, and in the preservation of the legacy of Paul Robeson.
HRHC Hudson River Health Care; CHOP Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill; Peekskill, Hendrick Hudson, Lakeland, and Putnam Valley School Districts; The Peekskill Area Pastors Association; The Preservation Company; The Field Library; and Paul Robeson Foundation, a non-profit education organization, headquartered in NY and dedicated to preserving the legacy of Paul Robeson, the world - renowned, artist, scholar, athlete and civil rights activist.
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E-MAIL RESPONSES:
RE: READER BILL:
Interesting....... Poverty in Our Cities.
City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level
1.Detroit,MI 32.5%
2.Buffalo,NY 29.9%
3.Cincinnati,OH 27.8%
4.Cleveland,OH 27.0%
5.Miami,FL 26.9%
5.St.Louis,MO 26.8%
7.El Paso,TX 26.4%
8.Milwaukee,WI 26.2%
9.Philadelphia,PA 25.1%
10.Newark,NJ 24.2%

U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007
What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?
Detroit,MI(1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961Buffalo,NY(2nd) hasn't elected one since 1954;
Cincinnati,OH(3rd)...since 1984;
Cleveland,OH(4th)...since 1989;
Miami,FL(5th) has never had a Republican mayor
St.Louis,MO(6th)....since 1949;
El Paso,TX(7th) has never had a Republican mayor;
Milwaukee,WI(8th)...since 1908;
Philadelphia,PA(9th)...since 1952;
Newark,NJ(10th)...since 1907.

Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats---yet they are still
POOR

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
Abraham Lincoln
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READER JOYCE:
Saturday September 12
"STOP OBAMA CARE"
March on Washington DC

if the Government will not listen to us in our home state -
WE WILL BE HEARD AT THEIR PLACE OF BUSINESS
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR JOHN TESTA:

As the President of the Lincoln Depot Foundation I want to extend the invitation below to stop by the depot on September 12th. Hope to see you there, John.

As part of the September 12, 2009 Quadricentennial Celebration in Peekskill, the Lincoln Depot Foundation invites you to a series of day-long events at the Depot:

Civil War Encampment
10 am - 4 pm
Admission is free

Evening Wine and Cheese Reception with Period Music
Watch the Fireworks With Us!
7 pm - 10 pm
$20.00 per person
This is a fundraiser for the Lincoln Depot Foundation.


Join us at the new Lincoln Depot Museum as we honor Abraham Lincoln and the
Civil War soldier with Music, a Play, Author appearances and book signings, Art and Artifact Displays and Soldier's Life and Drills.

Also come by to see the level of restoration of the depot building and the outstanding life-size statue of Abraham Lincoln by famous artist Richard Masloski.

Located at Water Street and Central Avenue in Peekskill
For more information go to:
Lincoln Depot Museum Official Site
Learn more about Lincoln's visit to Peekskill and the restoration of the depot
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN TOWN BOARD MARK DREXEL:
The Committee to Elect J. Mark Drexel Cordially Invites You to a
Saturday Night Out in support of
J. Mark Drexel for Town of Yorktown Councilman
Featuring the Band
Class Action Lawyers Who Rock
Classic rock from the 60's, 70's and 80's

Enjoy a Buffet Dinner
including wine, beer & soda
At The New

Miracles Restaurant & Grill
345 Kear Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
$30 Donation
R.S.V.P by email: Friends@ElectDrexel.com
or call: 914-962-7637
Please make checks payable to: Friends of J. Mark Drexel, 2424 Pinetree Place, Yorktown NY 10598
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In case you did not see this press release regarding the Town's plan to
allow for non-competitive bidding of "emergency" contracts, the text is
attached below. As justification, Peters cites that the school district
has a similar procedure. The district's procedure is very detailed and
only allows non competitive purchases under extremely rigid requirements
in accordance with State Education Department regulations. Under the
districts procedure, "emergency situations are where:
a. the situation arises out of an accident or unforeseen occurrence or
condition;
b. a district building, property, or the life, health, or safety of an
individual on district property is affected; or
c. the situation requires immediate action which cannot await
competitive bidding."

Peters contends that this short circuit of the competitive bidding
process will save time or is this just another attempt by the Town to
close the government to the taxpayers?
Peters will be presenting this plan at the September 1st meeting to be
held at Trump Residence @ 6:30PM.

Thanks Mark
"We can't change the past...the past changes us."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:Don Peters
Phone:(914) 962-5722, ext 201
Date:8/18/09
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Supervisor Peters to Present New Plan for Town's Contracts for
Emergency Services

In an effort to save taxpayers' money and protect the public
interest, Yorktown Supervisor Don Peters will present a new plan for
contracts for emergency services at the Town's work session on
September, 8 2009.
Peters hopes to gain Town Board approval to implement a plan to
put out bids for contracts with companies whose services the town may
require in case of emergency, before those services are needed. Peters
noted a similar process currently used by the Yorktown School District,
which approves contracts with vendors on an "as needed" basis at the
beginning of each fiscal year, as a model for the Town to consider in
developing the plan. Peters anticipates that bidding as needed
contracts at the beginning of the year would save both time and money if
and when the need for such services arises.

"I want to ensure that we are prepared to address emergency
situations that may come up before they happen," said Peters. "Right
now, if we are faced with an emergency and we do not have a contract for
outside services that we require, there is potential to run into red
tape before we can fix the situation. But if we take care of the
arrangements in advance, we can save time, act immediately and avoid
additional expense in correcting any problems we may face," Peters
added. "This benefits everyone."

In addition to emergency services, Peters intends to look into
whether the Town could benefit from such a plan for the purchase of
other services, including those anticipated by individual departments.
Peters will work with officials from the school district, as well as
department heads, in structuring his proposal to the board.
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Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the online petition:
"WE NEED PUBLIC HEARINGS NOW ON $62 MILLION WESTCHESTER HOUSING
SETTLEMENT!"
hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition
service, at:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/WCHS285/

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might
agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider
signing yourself.

Best wishes,
J Mark Drexel
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:
Far out, man...

Will Van Sise, Petey Hop and 12 Grapes
are proud to present
a night dedicated to the music that was
revered by a generation...

"A Tribute to the Fillmore:
The Church of Rock & Roll"
See sidebar for details...

A Little History:
It was the days of hippies and tie-dyed shirts and psychedelic rock music. It was the '60's, when rock promoter Bill Graham opened The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco (later the Fillmore West), then the Fillmore East in Greenwich Village. "The Church of Rock & Roll" was renowned for double-billed concerts several nights a week, with swirling light-show projections, strobe lights and uninhibited dancing, featuring legendary acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, The Band, Joe Cocker, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Aretha Franklin and on and on.

Join us for a "A Tribute to the Fillmore"
Sat, Sept. 12, 9:30 - 12:30

$15 Cover at the Door
$10 Cover with Dinner by the Stage
$5 Cover with Dinner by the French Doors

Make your Dinner Reservations early by calling
(914) 737-6624
For more info, visit 12grapes.com
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A MESSAGE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY:

NOTE: Records show at least 153 New Yorkers actively registered in both New York City and at their upstate homes voted in the 20th Congressional District's special election in March, 76 percent of whom were enrolled Democrats, according to elections records obtained by The Associated Press. Nearly 250 more in the district are actively registered upstate and down, but didn't vote in that particular election.

More NYC Dems voting at upstate residences
By VALERIE BAUMAN
The Associated Press
August 23, 2009
http://www.newsday.com/more-nyc-dems-voting-at-upstate-residences-1.1385026

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Mary Woods, a real estate manager in Greenwich Village, is a Democrat in Manhattan, where there are six Democratic votes for every Republican.
There, her ballot is a drop in a very blue bucket.

That was part of her recent decision to switch her registration to vote in a region where Republicans have a narrow enrollment advantage. She has a part-time home in Pine Plains, about 90 miles north of New York City.

"There's a gazillion people who vote like me in New York City," Woods said. "There's not so many up here."

These weekend and holiday upstaters may have helped seal a narrow win in March by newcomer Democrat Scott Murphy in the 20th Congressional District, a traditionally Republican and mostly rural district stretching from Dutchess County to near the Canadian border.

"Quite frankly, they're stealing my vote," said Joseph Mondello, chairman of the state Republican Committee and a Long Islander.

"It appears to me that their vote counts more than someone who has to vote where they live," said Christopher Callaghan, a Republican and former Saratoga County Treasurer who ran unsuccessfully for state comptroller in 2006.

Records show at least 153 New Yorkers actively registered in both New York City and at their upstate homes voted in the 20th Congressional District's special election in March, 76 percent of whom were enrolled Democrats, according to elections records obtained by The Associated Press. Nearly 250 more in the district are actively registered upstate and down, but didn't vote in that particular election.

It's illegal to be registered in two places at once, but the state Board of Elections said it probably happens because New York City boroughs are behind on eliminating voters from the city database after they switch their registration. The votes won't be thrown out and there aren't penalties to the voter.

The board said people are legally required to vote from their primary residence, but that's not clearly defined.

"Certainly if you voted in the morning in Manhattan and then drove to your summer home and voted there the same day, that would absolutely be illegal," said Bob Brehm, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections. "If you're at your summer home and there's a local election — that's where the debate (over registration) is."

Mondello said the party is investigating. He suspects at least some of the trend comes by design — an assertion Democrats deny.

Barry Burden, a professor of political science at University of Wisconsin-Madison who focuses his research on U.S. elections, says New York may be ripe for strategic voting, because it has a partisan split between upstate and downstate voters and a high volume of city residents owning upstate homes.

"Any election system is going to encourage that kind of thing if voters learn to maximize their leverage," he said. "I'm not surprised."

After a monthlong count, Murphy won by 726 votes of more than 160,000 cast in the 20th district. It has 70,000 more enrolled Republicans than Democrats.

"It did play a role in the 20th Congressional District (race)," said June O'Neill, the executive chair of the state Democratic Committee. "And, in that instance, it obviously accrued to our advantage, but people have the legal right to choose where they want to cast that vote."

O'Neill said she first heard about the issue when Republicans started complaining about imported votes during the 20th Congressional race. But she said it's hard to track and impossible to know voter motivation.

New York's Republican party has grown more concerned about these so-called imported votes with each passing election as their influence wanes. Democrats currently hold every statewide elected office and control both houses of the Legislature.

The effect of the exported New York City Democratic vote is magnified in rural Republican towns, like picturesque Pine Plains where Pine Plains United, a community group, has reached out to New York City voters with homes in the area, encouraging them to move their vote upstate.

That's were Woods got involved at her upstate home, pushing for a local politician who supported zoning laws. The candidate won.

"Some of those races go by 10 votes," said Mondello, the state GOP chairman. "You get 10 or 15 people to do that and you can change the outcome of an election."

Charles Napoli, chairman of the Town of Pine Plains Republican Committee, said he's aware of the increase in weekend home owners shifting their registration upstate, but that just means his party has to reach more people.

"When you're confronted with the opposition party increasing its numbers rapidly, you have to increase yours, too," he said.

Dale Peterson, 60, says he made the switch to vote upstate because he's gradually felt more connected to Columbia County, where he's owned a home in the 20th Congressional district for more than 20 years. He and his wife became increasingly interested in local issues and elections. He voted for Murphy.

He moved his registration to his upstate address in time for the general election in November.

"Certainly, as long-term property owners begin to retire and spend more and more time upstate, you get a bigger and bigger influence of people who are from the city — and I would expect that to continue," said the Democrat, who lives most of the time on Manhattan's West Side.

While he says the races upstate are "more competitive," he didn't have a strategy behind his switch.

"I'm not making the argument that you should sort of pick which district you're voting in, 'where it counts the most,'" he said. "I'm saying we identify with that district, and we want to be represented by people we agree with."

For Deborah Masters, the registration was practical and political. She and her boyfriend rented in Brooklyn, but owned property in Columbia County that they wanted to be eligible for a tax rebate. The 58-year-old artist has been spending most of her time in recent months at her upstate residence.

Concerned about the environment and agriculture industry in upstate New York, the Democrat was already considering changing her registration. The 20th Congressional race was the catalyst she needed.

"I just kind of knew it was a very Republican area when I moved here," said Masters, who voted for Murphy. "I knew my vote would count more, which was very exciting to me."
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO:
Astorino: Public Hearings Needed on
Federal Housing Settlement

ONLINE PETITION LAUNCHED
White Plains, NY--August 25...Reform Westchester county executive candidate Rob Astorino (R-I) today reiterated his call on County Executive Andy Spano (D-WFP) to schedule public town hall hearings on a $62.5 million federal housing settlement that came about after Mr. Spano's administration was sued under the federal "False Claims Act" for mismanaging and falsifying certification records on $50 million in federal housing and other grants.

Mr. Astorino also announced today the creation of an online petition urging public town hall meetings on the proposed settlement. The petition, which can be signed at www.robastorino.com, reads:

To: Andy Spano

Yes, I agree with Rob Astorino. Westchester taxpayers deserve to know how the $62.5 million Spano housing settlement will impact our communities before it's ratified. We have legitimate questions that must be answered prior to any vote. Please include my name on this petition calling for immediate public hearings on the plan.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

Mr. Spano is refusing to schedule public hearings on the 750-housing-unit plan before it is voted on by the Westchester County Board of Legislators. That vote must occur on or before September 25th.

"How can taxpayers be kept in the dark about a matter that Mr. Spano called the most important vote in Westchester County history?," Mr. Astorino asked. "Westchester residents deserve to know the details of this mandate: where are these homes going?; how much will they really cost taxpayers?; how many additional school seats will be needed in each community?; which towns will be affected?; who will pay the property taxes for these homes?; what developers will build them?; what will the homes look like?; how will local zoning laws will be affected?, etc. Andy Spano caused this mess, but taxpayers will have to pay for it. We deserve to know about this plan before any vote is taken."

Mr. Astorino called last week for public town hall hearings in each municipality slated to receive below-market-rate housing. They include: Ardsley, Bedford, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Buchanan, Eastchester, Hastings-on-Hudson, Harrison, Irvington, Larchmont, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, Mamaroneck, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pelham Manor, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Rye Brook, City of Rye, Somers, Scarsdale, and Yorktown.

Donate $20.09, $50, $100, $200, $500
Join Rob's Facebook Group
www.robastorino.com
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
To the Editor:

The impasse in the State Senate earlier this summer demonstrated that equity in the allocation of state revenues is imperative. In particular, we must pay close attention to the distribution of taxpayer resources such as member items and ensure that all New Yorkers benefit from this public money regardless of who their representatives are or their legislators’ party affiliation.

For many years I have been concerned with the way member items, or pork-barrel spending, is dealt with in New York. There is no transparency or oversight in a system that deals with approximately $200 million tax dollars a year. Member items are given out to programs and organizations with little government oversight. They are doled out solely at a legislator’s discretion, and are not distributed equally to all districts in the state.

I have proposed several pieces of legislation to reform the member item system and to infuse some equity and oversight into the process. My bills, A.1271 and A.1272, call for a bi-partisan task force to establish standards for allocation of member items, and also guarantee the equitable distribution of these funds to all members of the Assembly and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. Similarly, incumbent legislators often use member items to give them an advantage in elections. Right before an election a legislator can announce all of their legislative items and use public tax dollars to influence their own election results. I have introduced legislation that would prohibit representatives from publishing or distributing these discretionary funds up to 60 days before an election (A.6856).


If you agree that the member item process in New York State has to be improved, I would encourage you to contact your state elected officials to convey your concerns and express your support for some of my proposals.


Sincerely,
Sandy Galef
Member of Assembly
90th District
(914) 941-1111
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Paterson Signs into Law Galef’s Legislation Increasing Safety Measures on Graduated Drivers’ Licenses & Banning Text Messaging for Drivers

(August 28, 2009) Governor David Paterson signed into law yesterday Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s co-sponsored legislation, which will increase the required number of supervised driving hours for teenage drivers and will limit the number of teenage passengers in their cars. It will also ban the use of text messaging and the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs). The legislation, A.8568-B, incorporates concepts from two bills introduced by Assemblywoman Galef earlier in the year.

“This newly signed law will lead to enhanced security on the roads, as it will ensure greater safety among all drivers, and especially among our children, who need this protection during their most vulnerable years driving. While the recent wave of communications technology has changed the way we live, we must not let it change the way we drive, as study after study has shown the extremely dangerous impact of this combination,” Galef said. “In fact, the risks associated with driving and using hand held technology have been proven equally hazardous as those for drunk driving.”

The law includes two sections aimed to help new drivers focus on their driving in order to prevent greater danger to themselves and others on the road. This includes reducing the number from two to one non-family passengers under the age of 21 allowed in the car driven by a junior driver who is not accompanied by a specified supervising adult. Additionally, there would be an increase in the number of hours of supervised driving from the current 20 to 50 hours required for a teen with a learner’s permit to qualify for a driver’s license. It also requires that at least 15 of these hours are at night. Lastly, the legislation prohibits drivers of all ages from engaging in the often dangerous behavior of using portable electronic devices. This behavior is most commonly found in people who are texting while driving. The bill also bans drivers from accessing e-mail, playing games, transmitting images, using pagers, and using laptops. To enforce this ban, a $150 fine will face anyone convicted of such behavior.

“An automobile can be dangerous in the hands of any driver, but especially an inexperienced driver,” said Galef. “These new security measures are necessary to improve teenagers’ safety as well as to make roadways safer for all drivers. We need to increase supervised driving for our newest drivers and end the use of electronic devices while driving, which distracts drivers and leads to many preventable accidents and injuries.”

A report released by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that car accidents are the leading cause of death among 16-19 year olds. In New York State , 279 fatalities of 15-17 year old drivers occurred between 1995 and 2004. Almost 280 passengers of these drivers were killed during this time period. In this eight year span there were also 187 occupants of other vehicles that were killed along with 86 non-motorists, bringing the total number of fatalities caused by 15-17 year old drivers over 800, an average of 100 per year in New York State .

“I am so thrilled to see that this legislation which I believe in so strongly has been signed into law. We know that there are certain factors that contribute to higher crash rates among teens and adults, including distracting electronic devices, as well as the influence of other passengers. This law will make the state a safer place for all drivers, passengers and pedestrians.”
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:

Are you or is someone you know looking to make a difference for our country? Then help Assemblyman Greg Ball take back the 19th Congressional District! Join Greg in his fight to Restore America's Promise by applying today for one of these exciting opportunities:

CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR
Greg Ball for Congress seeks a reliable, energetic and organized individual as Campaign Coordinator for immediate start. Duration of position: through November 2010.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Develop and execute a volunteer recruitment plan
Cultivate relationships with volunteers
Coordinate and supervise volunteers at phone banks and campaign and fundraising events
Maintain volunteer database
Update volunteer schedule
Promote positive work environment
Strong interpersonal skills and proficiency in Microsoft Excel a must. District resident preferred.

Ideal candidate enjoys public speaking and meeting new people, is an excellent communicator, can operate under pressure and adapt to rapid response needs, and has an established political network with an interest in growing it further.
Flexible work schedule includes mostly evenings.

Compensation: Monthly stipend with opportunity for pay increase as the campaign progresses.
Email resume, three references and cover letter to bvanderlinden@ball4ny.com.

INTERNS
Greg Ball for Congress seeks hard working, dedicated undergraduate or graduate students with a positive attitude for internship positions.
Be a part of an exciting federal campaign
Build your resume
Learn the insides of campaigning and running for office
Minimum eight week commitment, 20 hours/week. Internships are available on a volunteer basis and are not paid.
Contact Britta at bvanderlinden@ball4ny.com or call 845-582-0548 to request an internship application.

VOLUNTEERS
Greg Ball for Congress seeks volunteers any day or night Monday through Sunday for any amount of time for these important tasks:
Help with phone calls
Work on mailings
Distribute literature at parades, train stations, etc.

Plan fundraising events and campaign activities
Contact Britta at bvanderlinden@ball4ny.com or 845-582-0548 today!

Our campaign office is conveniently located off of Route 84, in Brewster, NY.
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BALL ROLLING:
HANDICAPPERS SEE NY-19 AS TOP TIER RACE
After district visit, Roll Call says race could go either way

BREWSTER—With fourteen months to go until election day 2010, another national publication involved in political handicapping is already deeming New York's 19th Congressional District (NY-19) one of the most competitive races to watch in 2010.

Roll Call, whose masthead refers to it as the “Newspaper of Capitol Hill Since 1955,” joins Congressional Quarterly in ranking NY-19 as “leans democratic,” now that State Assemblyman Greg Ball (R-Patterson) is mounting a highly viable, aggressive challenge to sophomore lawmaker John Hal (D-Dover), who represents the traditionally Republican-leaning Hudson Valley seat.

Michael Edelman, a veteran Republican political consultant based in Westchester County New York, says Roll Call’s change in assessing the race “is a clear indication that the incumbent Democrat is vulnerable to a challenge by popular Assemblyman Greg Ball. Roll Call recognizes that in marginal districts like the 19th, there is a very good likelihood that the right Republican can win in November particularly in light of the precipitous fall in the President’s approval ratings due to the outrage over his health care plan, the failure of his stimulus package and his international apology tour.”

According to Congressional Quarterly, “One point that needs to be clearly understood is that the contests rated ‘leans’ are very competitive and could go either way. So it behooves those with partisan rooting interests to pay close attention and make no presumptions about the outcomes of those contests.”
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John Hall’s Idea of Fiscal Responsibility: White House Ratchets Up Deficit Projection by $2 Trillion
Yet Another Hit Delivered to Democrats’ Big-Spending Agenda

Washington- John Hall will surely be backpedaling today as yet another vote for his party’s ongoing government spending spree has come back to bite him. Hall, who voted in favor of his party’s egregious and bloated federal budget, is now on the hook for an additional $2 trillion as the White House attempts to quietly ratchet up its deficit projections in the midst of a slow August news cycle.

“As was reported last week, the Obama administration announced today that it has revised its 10-year cumulative budget deficit projection to around $9.051 trillion, up from its February projection of $7.1 trillion.

“Administration officials said Monday that these numbers put their projection in line with the Congressional Budget Office’s June projection. These out-year deficits are about 4 percent of GDP, which the administration says is ‘higher than desirable.’” (Karen Travers, “White House: Budget Deficit Will Be $2 Trillion Higher than Projected,” ABC News, 8/25/09)

Was this what Hall had in mind just a few short months ago when he cast his vote in favor of yet another one of President Obama’s and Speaker Pelosi’s runaway spending plans? After Hall supported the Democrats’ budget in April, he boldly bragged that he had helped strengthen a struggling economy:

“Today, U.S. Rep. John Hall (D-NY19) joined a majority of the House of Representatives in approving a vision for America's long-term economic success and fiscal responsibility by passing President Obama's budget blueprint. With smart, growth-targeted investments in health care, education, and clean, renewable energy sources, this blueprint will build upon the economic incentives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to ensure the nation's economic revival, while also managing to cut the federal deficit by more than half by 2013.” (Press Release, 4/2/09)

“Did John Hall recklessly misjudge the economy to the tune of two trillion dollars of deficit or was he simply duped by his party bosses into voting for a budget that they couldn’t pay for?” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Two trillion might not seem like much to someone as out-of-touch as John Hall, but the New York families who will be stuck paying down that deficit would probably prefer to disagree. Hall owes an explanation to the folks back home as to why he put a nine trillion dollar deficit on the backs of their children and grandchildren.”

Unfortunately for New York families, it looks like they’ll be stuck paying down John Hall’s reckless budget vote for a long time to come.
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