Saturday, September 19, 2009

AN OPPONENT IS NOT AN ENEMY

Don't forget to check out my weekly editorial on "Let's Talk Politics". http://ncnlocal.com/politics/main.asp

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:

1) my commentary
2) e-mail responses
a)Kevin of Dutches County
b) Bill of Putnam County
3)a message from the Winery at St. George
4) a message from candidate for Peekskill council Andrew Torres
5) what's happening at the Division Street Grill, N. Division Street, Peekskill
6) a message from Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco
7) e-mail from Linda Winters
8) a message from candidate for Yorktown Council Terrence Murphy
9) a message from candidate fir Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
10) a message from candidate for Westchester District Attorney Dan Schorr
11) a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
************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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Dear Readers:

To have a political disagreement with one does not make them my enemy. I point of fact I have many(most?) friends with whom I disagree politically. Being in a room full of people who say yes Andy you are right would bore me to tears. Being around only people who validate your opinion teaches you nothing. I happen to be fortunate enough to know many politico's and have friends who respect my positions, and our differences as I do theirs.

It is those who treat political differences as heresy that make for nasty character assignation. Ones opponent is not ones enemy. I wrote recently in an "In My Opinion" column "Get Out And Vote" where I believe this modern form of political; warfare started. It has only gone down hill from there. Moral equivalency would say both parties are equally guilty. Not so. I have lived long enough to see the politics of personal destruction in its most obnoxious forms perpetrated on Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. The Republicans or Conservatives can not hold a candle to the Democrats and Liberals when it comes to character assignation.

One Congressman yells "you Lie" during a presidential speech to Congress and he is called everything from disrespectful to racist. The fact that the President did misinform at least, lie at worst, for you see there is no actual written health care plan put forth by the President, he has left the details to the congress, does not matter. What the Democrats in congress did to President George W. during his last four State Of The Union addresses makes what that lone congressman said pale in comparison.

The President and the Democrats in Congress are losing support for their plans for national health care because people do know when they are being played. The know when their intelligence is being insulted. Politics is a business being run by people in the Democratic leadership who think the customer is wrong or worse incompetent and ignorant or down right vile, calling you racist, if you disagree.

The Democratic leadership says we should have an honest debate on this subject. To have that both sides must be honest and one side, the Democrats have decidedly been not. If the Democrats truly want an honest debate(which I doubt) then it starts with them.
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E-MAIL FROM READER KEVIN OF DUTCHES COUNTY:
From my friends to the North! Maybe the only time Mr. Oboma will be this close! Call in sick, let the kids skip school, bring grandma.
PASS IT TO EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST…….PRINT IT AND POST IT EVERY PLACE YOU CAN!!

Tea Party Patriots
Action Alert

Who: President Obama
What: Speech at Hudson Valley Community College,
Where: 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY
When: Monday, September 21, 2009, 10am to 1pm

Be on-site before 10am before they close the road for the Presidential motorcade.
Concentrate on the intersection of Vandenburgh Avenue and North Drive as they will probably get the President onto the campus as soon as possible.
Bring Gadsden Flags and signs!

A second location that would ensure the president receives our message would be the curve on Burden Avenue as it comes off the Menands Bridge. He would see your flags from all the way across the bridge and then have to drive right by. It would be an excellent spot for large banners!

Bring cameras and video if you have them to record the event!
Please forward this email to anyone who may be able to attend!

Dan Maloney
NY State Coordinator
Gathering of Eagles
http://nygoe.wordpress.com/
http://libertyboy.wordpress.com/

p.s. Here are our reports on Walter Reed Troop Rally 9/11 and the March on Washington 9/12
http://nygoe.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/aar-walter-reed-troop-support-rally-9-11-09/
http://nygoe.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/aar-march-on-washington-91209/

p.s.s Our report on Senator Gillibrand Voting to Keep ACORN Pimping
http://nygoe.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/kirstin-gillibrand-votes-to-keep-acorn-pimping/
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E-MAIL FROM READER BILL OF PUTNAM COUNTY:
Subj: Cash for Clunkers results

I guess I must be on the wrong page…
A vehicle at 15 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 800 gallons a year of gasoline.
A vehicle at 25 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 480 gallons a year.
So, the average clunker transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.
They claim 700,000 vehicles – so that's 224 million gallons / year.
That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.
5 million barrels of oil is about ¼ of one day's US consumption.
And, 5 million barrels of oil costs about $350 million dollars at $75/bbl
So, we all contributed to spending $3 billion to save $350 million. How good a deal was that ???
They'll probably do a better job with health care though!!
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A MESSAGE FROM THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE:
Andy,
Please see the attached link to a website in Australia called, “THE AUSSIE WINE BLOG” , that picked up the story of my Winery…
Thanks Tom
http://wine.salientpoint.com.au/?tag=tom-dechiaro

Text of Story:
St George and the argument
Posted by Chris Champion On May - 13 - 2009

Evil stuff, wine. Just look how it has divided the good folk of Yorktown, in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York State.

On one side we have resident and would-be winery owner Tom DeChiaro. We’ll call him the Irresistible Force. On the other side we have the Yorktown municipal authority, which Tom DeChiaro would call the Immovable Object.

The Force wants to open his winery at the former St George’s Church in Mohegan Lake. He wants to call it The Winery at St George. The Object said certainly, you can do that, just as soon as we go through certain processes. The processes involved a building permit, a rezoning requirement, confusion, bitterness, accusations and recriminations. Followed by a US$30 million law suit, in which DeChiaro accused the council of bias and certain councillors of corruption.

Then the law suit was dismissed.

Then Mr DeChiaro arranged to have a drink with a councillor — not one of those accused of corruption — and had a conversation about bias towards the winery project on the council. The conversation, during which the councillor confirmed such bias existed, was secretly recorded by Mr DeChiaro.

Armed with his new evidence, he now plans to appeal the dismissal of the law suit. He is not answering questions about the ethics of secretly recording private conversations.

It’s a difficult case. We have followed it closely, researched it minutely, and concluded that we need a drink.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PEEKSKILL COUNCIL ANDREW TORRES:
Support the re-election of Andy Torres:
Dinner with Andy
Ruben’s CafĂ©
Thursday Sept. 24
7pm – 9pm
$45.00 per person
Hot buffet and cash bar
Make checks payable to “Friends of Andy Torres”
Send donations to 1625 Prospect Terrance Peekskill NY, 10566
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE DIVISION STREET GRILL, N.DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:

The ABCs’ of Jazz Quartet Friday September 25th 7:30-11:30
tba Saturday, September 26th
tba Friday, October 2nd
Bucky Pizzarelli & Gerry Bruno Saturday October 3rd
7:30 - 8:30 6:00/6:30 Reservations
9:15-10:15 8:45/9:00 Reservations
Stephanie Purcell Trio Friday October 16th, 7-10
Alexis Cole Trio Saturday October 17th, 7-10
Brian Conigliaro Trio Saturday October 24th, 7-10
Vince Corozine Trio Saturday October 31, 7-10

Bucky Pizzarelli & Gerry Bruno
Saturday October 3rd, 2009
Appearing at the
Division Street Grill
26 N Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
For reservations call 914-739-6380

Two Shows Two Seatings
7:30 - 8:30 6:00/6:30 Reservations
9:15-10:15 8:45/9:00 Reservations
No cover, $25.00 food and/or beverage minimum
Open reservations/two shows + $10.00 seat charge
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A MESSAGE FROM YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN NICK BIANCO:

Dear Bazzomanifesto readers:

With another election season upon us, we again have instances of campaign sign stealing in our area. What a waste of time, energy and taxpayer money. Yes, you read that correctly…..taxpayer money. Two police departments had to respond to this allegation and spend time investigating, taking statements, etc. Yorktown’s code inspector spends almost five full days each week taking down a trunk full of signs posted on the town’s public property. It is against the law to post signs on the town’s public property and easements. However, one can post them on private property. The code inspector is busy from August to Election Day in November investigating and removing unlawful signs. His time could be better spent doing something else. The town passed a law many years ago against placing signs on public property because it wanted to limit the litter and eyesore that campaign signs create.

When I first ran for office in 1995 there was an unofficial rule among candidates that no campaign signs would be placed on private or public land. Maybe I am old-fashioned, but campaigns appeared to be more civil, respectful, issue-oriented and not mean-spirited back then. In 2003, a candidate broke this rule and since then signs have overwhelmed our town. Neither party has yet to condemn them, even the illegal ones. This speaks volumes about our Yorktown’s political climate. Are campaign signs really necessary? Do they bring out the best or the worst behavior? If these signs contributed something valuable to the marketplace of ideas, I would be all for them. However, it appears that since they re-surfaced back in 2003, campaigns have become nastier, mean-spirited, uncivil, and non-issue oriented. So, it now boils down to who can “out sign” the other.

In our campaigns, Councilman James Martorano and I were the only candidates to sign the clean campaign pledge that stipulated that no campaign signs would be used, no matter where. We both kept our pledges.

Two recent incidents illustrate the lack of ----decency OR consideration OR considerate behavior ------ shown by some candidates. Campaign signs appeared in two of our public island planters, marring the beauty that our town’s garden club creates by decorating them with flowers in the first place. After I called the code inspector to request that he investigate, the candidate mentioned in the signs called to scold me for making the report as if I had done something wrong when his signs were the ones violating the law. As if that assault on the environment wasn’t enough, candidates now are nailing their signs to our trees. The other day I passed one such magnificent old tree and nailed to it was a candidate’s sign of enormous proportion. If the tree could talk, I’m sure it would scream out “Will someone please have the good sense to take these rusty nails out of me and stop doing this!” Since common sense and civility seem to be in short order, perhaps our new proposed tree ordinance will at least protect our trees from the never-ending onslaught of unsightly signs.

Nicholas J.Bianco
Yorktown Councilman
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E-MAIL FROM LINDA WINTERS:
Hello all
Please find information about my upcoming solo show at the Chappaqua Library Gallery below and in attached JPEG.
The opening will be Saturday, October 3rd.
Linda

Linda Winters
Abstract Paintings
At The Chappaqua Library Gallery

Chappaqua Library Gallery
195 South Greeley Ave.
Chappaqua, New York 10514

October 3 - November 21, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3, 3-5 pm

Gallery Hours:
M-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

For info: www.chappaqualibrary.org or (914) 238-4779

www.lindawinters.com

Driving Directions:
From the South: Go north on the Saw Mill Parkway, Exit #32 - Chappaqua, Rte. 120. Make left at end of exit ramp and a left at first light. Go over parkway and bear right at the fork onto S. Greeley Ave. Proceed quarter of mile. Library is on the left, across from Town Hall.
From the North: South on the Saw Mill Parkway, Exit #32 - Chappaqua, Rte. 120. Right at end of exit ramp. After 2nd stop sign, bear right. At traffic light, turn right onto Rte. 120. Go over parkway and bear right at the fork onto S. Greeley Ave. Proceed quarter of mile. Library is on the left, across from Town Hall.

By Metro North from NYC Grand Central Terminal:
Take Harlem Line to Chappaqua, walk east from station on Woodburn to South Greeley Ave. Turn right and follow South Greeley (about one long block) Library Gallery is on the left at intersection of Washington Ave.
For Metro North schedules: go to mta.nyc.ny.us or call
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL TERRENCE MURPHY:
Murphy Calls for Fair Campaign Pledge
Councilman Candidate Joins GOP Candidates on Issue Based Campaign

Citing more evidence of the negative mudslinging which has infected the early elections of 2009, Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) stood united with his fellow candidates to call for a fair campaign pledge. Joining him was supervisor candidate Susan Siegel, councilman candidate Mark Drexel, town justice candidate Salvatore Lagonia, and incumbent highway supervisor Eric DiBartolo.

“Yorktown is at a significant crossroads as to its future direction,” Dr. Murphy said. “This election needs to be about the issues facing the residents and business owners of this town as they are forced carry the greatest financial burden.”

Leading up to Tuesday’s primary elections there were already a number of reported instances of rude and unprofessional behavior by candidates across Westchester. The latest incident in Yorktown came from Democratic Chairwoman Patricia Mulligan who authored a letter chastising her own secretary’s bid for election.

“An open and honest government begins with an open and honest campaign,” Murphy continued. “As a candidate for elected office, in which we represent the voice and will of families across this town, we owe them the opportunity to choose who is best qualified to help lead Yorktown for the next four years. We have some very serious and tough obstacles ahead of us which require innovative solutions.”

In July, Yorktown Comptroller Joan Goldberg reported Yorktown, like much of Westchester County, had a severe revenue shortfall of $600,000. This past month, reports emerged that Yorktown would need to cut $1 million dollars from its budget to offset the increased pension payments of town officials. Meanwhile, both sales tax and mortgage tax revenue remain alarmingly low.

“This is a simple matter of transparency and honesty,” Murphy concluded. “I applaud my colleagues for joining me today as a united voice of integrity. This is not a matter of party politics but of right and wrong and I encourage those on the other side of the aisle to join us in signing this pledge for a fair campaign.”
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A MESSAGE FROM CANIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO:
Dear supporter,

This morning's Westchester County Association debate between the two candidates for Westchester County Executive, incumbent Andy Spano and challenger Rob Astorino is now available online!

This debate provided an opportunity for Westchester residents to hear the truth about high taxes, government mismanagement, and how Rob can help fix some of the problems that plague our fine county.

Here is a video link, courtesy of The Journal News:www.lohud.com/lohudlive1
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The Asian American Republican Committee
Cordially invites you to a reception honoring
Rob Astorino and Dan Schorr
Candidate for Westchester County Executive
Candidate for Westchester District Attorney
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Royal Palace
77 Knollwood Road, White Plains, NY 10602
Phone: 914-289-1988
$80 per person or $40 to each candidate
(includes open bar & dinner)
$250 Campaign Supporter~$500 Campaign Partner
$2,500 Grand Sponsor, $1,500 Gold Sponsor, $1,000 Sponsor
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN SCHORR:

Statement from Dan Schorr
September 15, 2009
"I congratulate Janet DiFiore on winning the Democratic primary for Westchester District Attorney. Unfortunately, Westchester voters were subjected to nasty and negative attacks in this race. I have been talking about the real issues in this campaign of bringing positive change to the DA's office by ending easy plea bargains for violent criminals, restoring trust with law enforcement officials, and reorganizing the DA's office to better serve crime victims. I look forward to continuing to discuss these important issues with voters across Westchester."
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Galef Hosts Two Upcoming Forums for Taxpayers
Galef Investigates Ways to Control High Taxes in New York

September 17, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host two forums in October with a view toward lessening the burden placed on New York taxpayers and making taxation more equitable throughout the state. One forum will focus on local government and school district consolidation, and another will be about property assessment

The first forum will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 from 7:30 – 9 pm at Croton Village Hall.* Assemblywoman Galef will host Executive Director of New York State Office of Real Property Services Lee Kyriacou to discuss “The Ups and Downs of Real Property Assessment.” Community members are encouraged to attend this special event to learn about the advantages of regular assessments and finding ways to develop fairer taxation.

The second forum will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 7:30 – 9 pm at Croton Village Hall.* New York State Attorney General Cuomo’s Legislative Policy Advisor Dr. James Malatras, New York State Education Department’s Coordinator for Educational Management Services Dr. Deborah Cunningham and former Executive Director of the State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness John Clarkson will join Assemblywoman Galef to talk about ways to consolidate local governments and school districts. Guests can learn the “How-To’s of Local Government and School Consolidation” and how a new law allows community members to initiate changes in their own municipalities and districts.

“I am thrilled to be hosting these forums in October. This is an opportunity for community members to really find out about how they can make changes in their own governmental structures and what avenues there are to reduce the overall tax burden. I know my panelists will have invaluable information to disseminate to my constituents and other attendees. I hope these discussions will motivate the public to go out and advocate for more equitable taxation in New York as well as sharing and consolidating services in our governmental and educational entities,” said Galef.

For more information about the October forums please call (914) 941-1111 or e-mail depaolos@assembly.state.ny.us.
*Croton Village Hall is located at
1 Van Wyck St.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
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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:

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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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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

This week I discuss more news regarding The Winery At St. George. 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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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

DAVID PAGANELLI: www.paganelliforyorktown.com

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.com

YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR DON PETERS: www.donpetersforyorktown.com/

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.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/

THE PEEKSILL NEWS:http://thepeekskillnews.blogspot.com/

PEEKSILL NEWS: http://peekskillnews.blogspot.com/

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

MARK DREXEL: www.ElectDrexel.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: www.Ball4NY.com

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

DAN SCHORR: dan@electdanschorr.com

TERRENCE MURPHY: http://www.vote4murphy.com/

PEEKSKILL BID: www.peekskillbid.com or
www.downtownpeekskill.com

CORTLANDT DEMOCRATS: cortlandtwins.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: Every Friday at 9:30 PM & Wednesday at 4:30PM on channel 74
Hosted By: ED CIFFON (yOrktown and Putnam Valley only)

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

THE VOLPE REPORT: Thursadys at 8PM chanel 15 (Peek. and Cort.) chanel 74 at 6pm (York.& Put. Valley)
Hosted By: Domenic Volpe

THE ISSUES: Tuesaday at 9:PM chanel 74(Put. Vlly. & Ykt.) Peekskill Mondays at 8PM chanel 15
Hosted by; Sam Davis

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

CARS & US: Fridays 10 PM chanel 15(Peek. & Cortlant) 74(York. & Put. Valley)
Hosted By: Dennis Tate

SPEAK OUT WITH SANDY GALEF: Yorktown chanel 74 Wednesdays at 7:30PM..Ossining/Peekskill chanel 15 Wednesdays at 8PM
Hosted by: Sandra Galef

DEAR SANDY: Yorktown chanel 74 Fridays 7:30PM...Ossining/Peeksill chanel 15 Fridays
9PM
Hosted by: Sandra Galef

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Yorktown chanel 74 wednesdays 8-9PM.
Hosted By: Mike Thomas & Bill Greenberg
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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

09/20/09

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