Sunday, December 13, 2009

CLEANING OUT THE E-MAIL BOX BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS

Dear Friends and E-Mail Buddies:

Don't forget to check out my weekly editorial on "Let's Talk Politics". http://ncnlocal.com/politics/main.asp
Look for “Andy Bazzo’s Blog”

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:

1)what's happening at Graymoor, Garrison, n.y.

2)what's happening at 12 Grapes, N. Division Street, Peekskill

3)a message from Peekskill Democratic Chairman Darren Rigger

4)a message from the Andy Polay Quartet

5)a message from Westchester Legislator-elect John Testa

6)a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball

7)a message from the N.Y.S. Republicans
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON, N.Y.

SUN.Dec.13th at 4:00 PM
ADVENT VESPERS
The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, Bishop of New York, offers an Advent reflection. The service takes place in Little Flower Chapel; refreshments follow the service. All are welcome.

WED.Dec.16th at 7:30 PM
CHRISTMAS: It's Origins and Evolution
Lou Brunelli's power-point presentation spans ancient Rome to the present day; a good way to ease into the celebration of Christmas. The presentation will be given in the John XXIII Parlor after which the Christmas tree will be blessed. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

THU.Dec.24th at 10:00 PM
MASS IN THE NIGHT
The traditional Christmas Mass in the Night will be celebrated in Pilgrim Hall at 10:00 PM. Join the Graymoor Chorale and your neighbors and friends in a joyful celebration of Christ's birth. Refreshments follow the mass.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:

New Year's Eve at 12 Grapes!
Thurs, Dec 31

6:00 pm Seating
Enjoy dinner from our 12 Grapes Menu

8:30 pm Seating
Special 4-Course
Prix Fixe Menu including
Filet Mignon with Prawns,
Potato Encrusted Halibut,
Duck Confit Risotto, Vegetable Lasagna,
and more ...

Dance the night away to 3 hours of Great Live Music withJohnny Feds & da Bluez Boyz
10:00 pm - 1:00 am

$100 Per Person
plus tax & tip
Includes
Champagne Toast and our exclusive
"12 Grapes at Midnight" Tradition.

Call 914-737-6624
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A MESSAGE FROM PEEKSKILL DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN DARREN RIGGER:

Hi Andy –

Great blog again this week. I was especially interested in reading the message from Greg Ball where he releases some polling data. As you may already know, NY State law dictates that when you release some polling data, you also have to make the entire poll and the cross tabulations available for public viewing. Often the contact information of the pollster and the full poll will be attached. I was wondering if the poll was attached with this message or if his full poll and cross tabulations were posted someplace where the public can view it – for example, as a PDF on the pollster’s website.

I am very interested in reading the entire poll now that he has released part of it. We can see how many full respondents participated – 100? 250? 1000? The more full respondents, the more accurate the poll and the lower margin of error. The cross tabulations allow us to see geographic and demographic information. From this we can see where Ball is more or less known ie: Putnam vs. Dutchess county. We can see how popular he is with men or women, blacks or latinos, seniors or young voters.

I find it fascinating that despite this poll being taken before Ball even announced his intention to run for State Senate that he claims to lead Vincent Leibell (a popular 15 year incumbent) by 5 percentage points.

Often in these types of polls, politicians will test negatives on themselves and others. Questions that test which “potential” problems may exist. For example questions like “If you thought Greg Ball once killed a goat for political gain, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote for him?” Interestingly, we will see if Ball tested negatives for his potential opponents George Oros and Vinnie Leibell.

Lastly, and most importantly, it is always interesting to see if any issue questions were polled. For most elected officials – these are truly the most important questions and the true purpose of the poll. I look forward to seeing which issues are on the minds of the voters. Taxes, jobs, healthcare? These are the questions that set the tone for the political debate that is sure to take place.

Sincerely,
Darren Rigger
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A MESSAGE FROM THE ANDY POLAY QUARTET:
Hello All,

I am excited to announce the next show- I'll have the Quartet at the Beanrunner in Peekskill. We'll be there this Saturday, 12/19, at 8:00PM. If you haven't seen us lately, you are in for a major surprise as of course, Rahn Burton will be on the keys, master of jazz and classical sax, Christopher Brellochs, will be on the sax's, the fantastic John Goldberg will be on the bass, and I'll be on the drums. Plus, we have some surprises in store.

I hope you'll join us in our little slice of Soho- the Beanrunner, as we play tunes from Monk, Miles, 'Trane, Herbie, and much more, including original material.

The Beanrunner is located at 201 S. Division St., at Esther St. in Peekskill. Reservations suggested. 914- 737-1701

Thanks!
Andy
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A MESSAGE FROM WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR-ELECT JOHN TESTA:


Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
John G. Testa, County Legislator-elect
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Save the date:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Victory Celebration for
County Legislator John G. Testa
with special guest:
County Executive Rob Astorino

Piazza Roma
Cortlandt Town Center, 3131 E. Main St.
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
6-9 PM
more details to follow
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2009
Contact: Chris Covucci, (845) 309-2654
BALL CALLS FOR TAX REVOLT: NO TAXES UNTIL MTA IS HELD RESPONSIBLE

In light of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) announcement this week that it is facing a $200 million budget shortfall, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), joining with local elected officials and business leaders, held a press conference to call for a formalized tax revolt to force a legal and political review of the agency’s mismanagement.

“The time for chatter is done, and I am willing to place my political career on the line to start a formalized tax revolt. We will replace pitchforks with online petitions, but the impact will be the same, and this gesture will be a wakeup call to the tax-and-spend crowd in Albany that we have reached our breaking point. Albany thinks folks in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess are rolling in dough, and the only things we are rolling in are bills and debt. The people of the Hudson Valley are golden geese being squeezed by a legislature that is hopelessly addicted to spending. We’re asking all those affected by this unconscionable tax to contact my office as we take steps as a community in crisis to place our MTA payroll tax checks into an escrow account. If they want our money they’ll have to come and get it,” said Ball, who has pushed to hold the MTA accountable as the first to call for the independent forensic audit.

As part of the 2009-10 State Budget, a payroll tax was instituted for the MTA at a rate of .34 cents per $100 of payroll on all employers, including non-profits, in the MTA’s 12-county service area. The MTA began collecting the tax earlier this fall, after it accepted a $1.8 billion bailout through legislation that gives legislative leaders the authority to conduct independent audits of the MTA (A.8180/S.55451) beginning in 2009 and every two years thereafter. Pursuant to the legislation, the MTA contracted for an audit 45 days after they began collection of the payroll tax and the Comptroller has stated that he will begin looking at the MTA’s finances, but Ball and local taxpayers contend that a formalized tax revolt will force an accounting for the criminal liability in the mismanagement of billions in taxpayer dollars.

Additionally, while Hudson Valley employers struggle with the payroll tax, residents are being hit twice more, with an increase in MTA fares (up from $2 to $2.25) and the Governor’s plan to increase driver’s license and license plate fees for those who can not commute via mass transit. The first phase of this plan went into affect in September with increased driver’s license fees and the second half was slated to take affect in April 2010; however, despite his pledge to rescind the plan during last month’s state budget deficit negotiations, the new license plates are still being printed and the plan has not been formally removed.
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MEDIA ADVISORY***
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2009
BALL UNVEILS
PASS THE PLAN, ENFORCE THE LAW’ INITIATIVE TO FIGHT DWI

This summer, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) worked behind the scenes to bring together a responsible coalition in Putnam County to combat the serious and distinct issues of drunken driving and illegal hiring in Putnam County.

On Monday, Ball will unveil his grassroots campaign to fight DWI: “Pass the Plan: Enforce the Law” The initiative comes after conducting months of negotiations, summits and public meetings with federal, state, county, and local officials as well members of the public to address these issues. Each anti-DWI initiative will be explained in detail with the expectation they will be brought forward for consideration at various levels of government.

The details for next MONDAY’s event are as follows:
WHO:Assemblyman Greg Ball
County & local elected officials
Concerned residents of Putnam County

WHAT:Official unveiling of ‘Pass the Plan, Enforce the Law’

WHEN:MONDAY December 10th 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:In front of the South Side Grille
(in the Mahopac Plaza)
927 South Lake Blvd.
Mahopac, NY 10541

CONTACT:Assemblyman Ball’s District Office
(845) 279-5301
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A MESSAGE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE REPUBLICANS:
Government Lacks “Capacity” to Manage Hall's Government-Run Healthcare Plan
Democrats’ Healthcare Plan Destined for Failure as Dems Struggle to Find New Options in the Senate

Washington- As Democrats struggle to sell their so-called “public option,” it’s not yet clear that the government even has the capacity to handle this new bureaucratic monstrosity. John Hall helped Nancy Pelosi muscle through this government-run health plan, but a top expert has raised concerns that the proposal is simply too big and burdensome to be administered by an already-bloated federal government. The “public option” would be modeled after The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which provides insurance coverage to more than eight million federal workers, including members of Congress and their dependents.

Similar to the public option plan that Hall supports, the Democrats’ new proposal would be regulated by legislation and overseen by a federal agency, the same way the federal employees’ coverage plan serves federal workers.

However, it seems that the government may lack the capacity to manage Hall's government-run healthcare plan:

“Former OPM Director Linda Springer told FederalNewsRadio it will literally take an act of Congress to pull that off. ‘I flat out think that OPM doesn't have the capacity to do this type of role,’ said Springer. ‘Furthermore, I don't believe that OPM has the statutory authority to do it as well. But on both those counts, I don't think it would be a good call….”’

“Even with a mission change, there's the question of the ability of the agency to get the work done.

“‘For anyone to think that OPM has the capacity, the staffing, or the mission to go beyond that, really, I think, shows a misunderstanding of the agency.’” (Linda Springer, “OPM not up to task of running public option health program,” Federal News Radio 1500 AM, 12/08/2009)

“As Democrats are scurrying to come up with new way to sell their government healthcare takeover, reports are confirming what we’ve known all along: Washington’s endless bureaucracy is incapable of managing a government-run healthcare program,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Hall continues to bow to his party leaders as they swindle their budget-busting healthcare takeover with the latest piece of Nancy Pelosi’s reckless agenda and now it turns out that he is backing a proposal that the government cannot even deliver.”
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John Hall Supports Another Massive Democrat Spending Bill, Moving Deficit Further into the Red
Democrats Force through $1.1 Trillion in Spending and Earmarks on Backs of New York Families

Washington- Today, John Hall proved once again that he is nothing more than a Pelosi Puppet by helping his party bosses rush a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill through Congress. The 1,088-page package contains over 5,000 earmarks to fund the Democrats’ reckless agenda, including provisions to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States and provisions to allow taxpayer funded abortions and the legalization of marijuana in the District of Columbia. After recklessly and hastily supporting his party bosses’ big-spending habits, Hall has once again let New Yorkers down.


“The House Thursday passed a huge spending measure combining major spending boosts for domestic agencies and foreign aid with more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers…The 1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure would provide $447 billion in operating budgets for 10 Cabinet departments, awarding increases averaging almost 10 percent.”


“The bill caps a heated debate over Obama's order to close the Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba. It would permit detainees held at Guantanamo to be transferred to the United States to stand trial but not to be released.” (“House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill,” Associated Press, 12/10/2009)


“The package includes the bill providing federal funds for the District of Columbia. City leaders rejoiced this week after a House-Senate conference committee agreed to remove a handful of controversial, longstanding riders from the D.C. budget, including language that banned needle-exchange programs, medical marijuana use and local government-funded abortions. The bill also ends a ban on using federal funds "for domestic partnership registration and benefits." (Ben Pershing, “House approves massive spending bill, D.C. budget,” Washington Post, 12/10/2009)


While middle class families struggle and are forced to deal with double-digit unemployment, Democrats supported a two percent pay increase for federal employees.


“Federal workers would receive pay increases averaging 2 percent, with people in areas where it's expensive to live receiving slightly more.” (“House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill,” Associated Press, 12/10/2009)

“Middle class families across America have been forced to cut their budgets in these tough economic times, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats in Washington like John Hall to continue spending money that we simply don’t have,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Somehow, Hall and his Democrat friends still haven’t received the message that it’s time to stop this reckless spending spree and time to start an economic recovery focused on real job creation.”
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John Hall Kills Plan to End TARP, Return Money to Taxpayers

New York Democrat Backs His Party’s Partisan Cash Grab, Paves the Way for Their Next Failed Spending Bill

Washington- John Hall voted today against a measure that would permanently end Washington’s unpopular bailout program and return all unused funds to their rightful owners – American taxpayers (House Roll Call 967). With Democrat leaders clamoring to get their hands on unused Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds to pay for their second ‘stimulus’ bill, Hall paved the way for his party’s latest failed spending experiment:

“President Barack Obama and his advisers, looking for ways to boost job creation, are considering using money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to help the economy as it emerges from a recession, he said. The idea of using money from the $700 billion financial bailout fund was endorsed yesterday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.”

“‘Investments that we have in jobs should be paid for by TARP funds,’ Pelosi said yesterday.” (Julianna Goldman, “Obama Won’t Seek Second Major Stimulus,” Bloomberg, 12/4/09)

“Handed the opportunity to end Washington’s ongoing bailout mentality and pay down a ballooning national debt, John Hall instead endorsed his party’s partisan cash grab in order to fund their next reckless spending binge,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “After touting multiple bailouts, failed spending sprees, and a government healthcare takeover, it’s clear that Democrats are on a quest to spend the country into bankruptcy. Hall and his party bosses’ big-spending policies are leading the country down a path toward fiscal insolvency. Hall's vote today only further highlights the fact that he is unwilling to pass up an opportunity to waste taxpayer money.”

With Democrats plotting their next wasteful ‘stimulus’ bill, New York taxpayers will have John Hall to thank for once again flushing their hard-earned money down the drain.
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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

AT NCN: abazzo@ncnlocal.com
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

This week I discuss why business exists. 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 NCNLocal.com 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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NEW REGULAR FEATURE:
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH:

Dear Readers:

Until my roledex runs out of names, I will be iterviewing local political officials every week. I will be asking them five questions. The objective is to bring to information you do not have. Another reason to spend 75 cents a week on your local paper.

THIS WEEKS SUBJECT: YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN-ELECT TERRENCE MURPHY
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.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/

BRUCE APAR'S NCN BLOG: http://theblogcabin.com/homebase/bapar

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

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

PEEKSKILL DAILY: peekskilldaily.com

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: http://www.ball4ny.com/

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

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

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

12/13/09

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