Sunday, July 26, 2009

I AM NOT A REPORTER

Issues Discussed:
1) my commentary
2) a message from candidate for Westchester legislator Domenic Volpe
3) a message from candidate for Putnam Valley council Sam Davis
4) what's happening at Graymoor, Garrison, N.Y.
5) what's happening at 12 Grapes N. Division Street, Peekskill
6) a message from candidate for Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel
7) a message from candidate for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
8) 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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Dear Readers:

I am not a reporter. When others say I am, it degrades the profession of reporter. It short-shifts the hard work one must do to become, and perform to remain a reporter. Point of fact is that without the work of reporters, I would not have anything to opine on. 90% of my columns are based on reported stories.

A reporter must present both side of a story, so when both parties are upset, it usually means the reporter has done their job, as neither side thinks the story slants their way. Most news organizations require a person to have attended college and taken journalism. A reporter must track down leads for possible stories only to find they lead to dead ends. Only a small portion of their work reaches the printed page.

I am not a reporter, I write opinion. My column appears in the editorial section. Is there bias in the editorial section? You betcha! That is where it belongs, not in the stories, and that is why my column appears in this section. I have bias'. I make them known. I do not have to write a balanced opinion. I do not need to include someone else's opinion of an issue in my column. I write my opinion and it is biased. I need not have to call anyone before I write a column because I do not need anyone else to tell me what I think. The only thing necessary for me to do I prove where the premise of my column comes from. That I can not make up.

That is the point of my column. I write what I think of an individual or an issue. Hopefully I present a compelling enough argument that people will stop and think about it. Hopefully it inspires people to do more research on that particular topic. Hopefully it make people more informed. In the end that is all I can and try to do.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:

Andy-- Can you place on the blog as a letter from Domenic Volpe, candidate for Westchester County Legislator, District 1

Dear Editor:

I've found it interesting that people do not agree with their spouses or other family members all the time, yet they expect a candidate to agree with their party all the time. In good conscience I can not do that. Our Congressman John Hall and our County Executive wish to parcel off part of the Montrose V.A. Campus and lease the land to developers. Their are 172 acres of property which make up the Montrose V.A. and the plan is to lease 160 acres to developers and keep only 12 acres for our veterans. Recently the Town of Cortlandt Supervisor, Linda Puglisi traveled to Washington D.C. in hopes of convincing our Congressman and the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs dept. Chairman Shinseki the error of their ways.

I stand by Supervisor Puglisi and hope her argument wins the day. We are still fighting two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, and common sense dictates that there will be a greater need for not only physical but mental and rehab treatment for these returning veterans and this campus is necessary. Congressman Hall, who has done a great job righting the past wrongs of our previous Congresswoman Kelly in regards to our veterans, should instead fight for the monies necessary to fix up all the buildings and make the Montrose Campus fully operational for our returning veterans. Traveling to Castle Point in Beacon is an unnecessary hardship to place on those who have sacrificed much so we can be safe at home.

As for our county government, the reality is that the Democrats have a super majority and a member of the minority party has no say in what government does except sit on the sidelines and whine, accomplishing nothing for this district. I have no intention though of being a rubber stamp. As your Legislator I will stand up to our County Executive on this issue.

The truth is, people know me, and they know I will always fight for what I believe is right. My opponent on the other hand, who brags about his record of public service also has a record of sitting by silent when his party is on the wrong track so as not to offend his fellow Republicans and protect his interests over the people's. Fighting for the best interests of ones constituents is job one of a Legislator, not protecting the party's interests. I will be a trusted advocate for our veteran's and an ally of Supervisor Puglisi on this matter.

Sincerely,
Domenic Volpe
Candidate For Westchester County Legislator District 1
Democratic and Working Families Party nominee
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PUTNAM VALLEY COUNCIL SAM DAVIS:

Good morning Andy.

I just wanted to let you know that Dawn Powell, Chris Lieberman, and I have been endorsed by the Independence Party. Our Wilson Pakula certificates arrived at the Board of Elections this morning.

Have a great day.

Peace,
Sam
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COAL IS NOT -- AND NEVER WILL BE-- "CLEAN"!!!
HOW TO END AMERICA'S DEADLY COAL ADDICTION
By Robert F. Kennedy Jr

Converting rapidly from coal-generated energy to gas is President Barack
Obama's most obvious first step towards saving our planet and
jump-starting our economy. A revolution in natural gas production over
the past two years has left America awash with natural gas and has made
it possible to eliminate most of our dependence on deadly, destructive
coal practically overnight - and without the expense of building new
power plants. Whatever the slick campaign financed by the powerful coal
barons might claim, coal is neither cheap nor clean. Ozone and
particulates from coal plants kill tens of thousands of Americans each
year and cause widespread illnesses and disease. Acid rain has destroyed
millions of acres of valuable forests and sterilised one in five
Adirondack lakes. Neurotoxic mercury raining from these plants has
contaminated fish in every state and poisons over a million American
women and children annually. Coal industry strip mines have already
destroyed 500 mountains in Appalachia, buried 2,000 miles of rivers and
streams and will soon have flattened an area the size of Delaware.
Finally, coal, which supplies 46 per cent of our electric power, is the
most important source of America's greenhouse gases.

This article can befound at:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/58ec3258-748b-11de-8ad5-00144feabdc0,_i_email=y.html
"FT" and "Financial Times" are trademarks of The Financial Times.
Copyright The Financial Times Ltd 2009

MY COMMENTS:

Robert Kennedy is a fool and a hpocrite. As long as he flies charter, lives in slpendor, gets driven arround in gas guzzlers, his opinions on how we should deal with energy in any form or matter is meaningless. When he practices what he is preaching to us, then he will only be a fool.

a.b.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON, N.Y.

TUESDAY, July 28th, at 7:30 PM
ASSISI PILGRIMAGE
Why does the whole world come to Assisi, the birthplace of Saints Francis and Clare? What draws pilgrims and tourists, church and government leaders, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and those without any creed to this ancient city? "Assisi Pilgrimage" offers some insights. The video, the next installment in the Docs & Discussion summer series, will be screened in the seminar rooms (3rd floor).All are welcome.

SUNDAY, August 2nd
8th ANNUAL JUAN DIEGO SUNDAY
Celebrate St. Juan Diego and his response to Our Lady of Guadalupe at a bi-lingual mass in Pilgrim Hall at 11:00 AM. After the mass, a joyful procession will commemorate the three apparitions of Our Lady and conclude at the ball field with music, song, ethnic dancing and food. All are welcome!

TUESDAY, August 4th, at 7:30 PM
CREATIVITY: TOUCHING THE DIVINE
Artists and non-artists who have experienced the joyful tandem of spirituality and creativity share the possibility for creativity rgardless of circumstances and abilities. The video, the next installment in the Docs & Discussion summer series, will be screened in the seminar rooms (3rd floor).All are welcome.

THURSDAY, August 20th, at 7:00 PM
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
A block of tickets has been reserved for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's highly acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Gather at 5:00 PM for a summer supper and leave Graymoor for Boscobel, Route 9D, at 6:15 PM. $35.00 per person. Mail check, payable to "Friars of the Atonement," to the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, PO Box 300, Garrison, NY 10524-0300. First come, first served. Deadline for reservations is Monday, August 10th.

NOTE: The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center office will close on Friday, July 24th, and re-open on Monday, August 3rd.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL
Next Week's Highlights:
Thu, Jul 30, 8:30 - 11:30
Under the Rasta Influence (Reggae)

Fri, Jul 31, 9:30 - 12:30
Jerry Dugger & the Dugger Brothers (Funk/Soul)

Sat, Aug 1, 9:30 - 12:30
Duchess Di & The Distractions (Swing/Jump)
*$10 Cover*

Wine Pairings
Some favorite picks from our Wine List,and what to enjoy with them:

Seghesio '07 Zinfandel
93 Pts, Wine Spectator
#10 in Wine Spectator's
Top 100 Wines of 2008

Pair with our Herb Marinated Rack of Lamb

Escudo Rojo '07(Chile)
A delicious red wine with great character.
Pair with our Fettuccini Bolognese

Special Girls' Night Out(not for women only)
Mon, Aug 3

If you have tickets to see Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O'Donnell at The Paramount
12 Grapes has something special planned:

Prix Fixe
Buffet Dinner
$38 per person*(plus tax and tip)
Includes
One Drink, Salad,
Buffet Dinner
and Dessert.

*$5 will be donated to
The Paramount Center for the Arts

See our event calendar
for full details

Call
914-737-6624
for reservations
12 Grapes hosted a winner's table at Westchester Magazine's
"Best of Westchester" Party
It was a blast!

Editor's Pick
"Best New Live Music Spot"

Call for Reservations!
914-737-6624

Announcing the
Third Annual
Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival
Sat, Aug 8, 5-10pm
~Free Outdoor Concert
~Outdoor Dining
Entertainment:
John Basile & Fred Smith
Johnny Feds & da Bluez Boyz
David Amram
Duchess Di & the Distractions
The Mahavishnu Project

Join us at
12 Grapes for music & dancing with Blues Buddha
10pm - 1am
For reservations, call 914-737-6624
or email rich@12grapes.com

Thanks again for joining in the fun at 12 Grapes. To see our menus, calendar of events and photo gallery, please visit 12grapes.com.

As always, thank you for your patronage and friendship.
Sincerely,
Rich & Jeannie Credidio
12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar
12 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY
(914) 737-6624
12grapes.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR SUSAN SIEGEL:
Inflated Revenue Projections Jeopardize Yorktown’s Fiscal Health
Unrealistic Budget Projections and underestimated costs used to keep tax rate increase down

Charging the current supervisor with irresponsible financial management, Susan Siegel, Republican candidate for supervisor, said today that if her Democratic opponent takes credit for the lowest tax rate increase in a decade, he should also accept responsibility for a revenue shortfall that could reach as high as $1 million by the end of the year.

Calling the 2009 budget an exercise in reckless gimmickry, Siegel said, “The easiest way to keep the tax rate increase down is to inflate revenue projections. Then, when the actual revenue comes in lower than anticipated, you can always blame something else.” A budget, Siegel said, should be grounded in reality, not political expediency.

The existence of the serious budget shortfall was made public for the first time at the town board’s July 14th work session when town comptroller Joan Goldberg gave a six month financial update. Siegel had publicly asked for the financial update at the board’s June 2nd meeting, the second year in a row she has asked that this information be made available to the public.

The primary reason for the shortfall, Goldberg told the board, was that revenues in certain key budget lines were coming in well below what had been projected.

Pointing out that the town had revenue shortfalls in the exact same budget lines in 2008, Siegel, a regular attendee at budget meetings, asked “Didn’t the supervisor learn a lesson from last year? If he had removed his political rose colored glasses, it would have been obvious that given the state of the economy the projections were overly optimistic and dangerous for the long term fiscal health of the town.” .

In addition to recklessly inflating revenue projections in order to come in with a low tax rate increase, the budget also reduced expenditures by cutting services, a FACT that the supervisor conveniently ignores, Siegel added.

The much touted 2.57% tax rate increase represents a combination of three separate budgets approved by the town board, general, library and highway, and masks the fact that almost half the expenditure reductions were in the highway budget. In addition to a 49% reduction in planned paving, the highway budget grossly underestimated anticipated costs for snow removal materials based on past actual expenses.

According to Ms. Goldberg, the town has already overspent its $375,000 snow materials budget by $250,000, the equivalent of more than a 1.5% increase in the tax rate. In 2008, the town spent $570,126 for snow removal materials and $475,520 in 2007.

As a proponent of fiscal responsibility and open and transparent government, Siegel said, “Voters are entitled to know the FACTS, all the facts, even when the truth is inconvenient for incumbent officials.”

Susan Siegel for Supervisor
419 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-2661 Fax: (914) 245-2630
susan@wakeupyorktown.com
www.wakeupyorktown.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO:

Dear Friends,

Come on down to Bradhurst Park in Hawthorne on August 16th between 12pm and 4pm to enjoy a fun filled afternoon of food, beverages, and good times with friends. The event is free and is our way of thanking you for volunteering on our campaign. We couldn't do it without you. Bring your family for a day of fun!

Location: Route 100 @ Corner of Hospital Road Hawthorne, NY
www.robastorino.com
www.facebook.com/robastorino
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:

Dear Friend,

I visited Washington, DC last week, to attend the NRCC’s Candidate School and meet with various Members of Congress. I am happy to report that the national party is extremely excited about our grassroots efforts, to take this seat back. Please know how grateful I am for your financial support!

On July 15th we posted an impressive first filing: over $180,000 raised, over 1700 donors and from 47 states! You helped me make this happen and I am indebted and grateful for your support. In fact, I was one of the only challengers to outpace my incumbent opponent in fundraising...and YOU made that happen!

Unfortunately, my opponent still has more ‘cash on hand’…If each donor steps up to the plate one more time, we can easily double our ‘cash on hand’ number and become one of the top targeted races in the country.

Let me cut right to the chase: I need your support today! I need your help right now, www.SupportGreg.com to help get this nation back on track and show the NRCC that I have the financial wherewithal to win this fight!

I’ve sent you this letter today to personally ask for your help and leadership, again. If you’re wondering why I’m asking for your support, the answer is simple:

An $11 Trillion dollar debt, and a $2 trillion deficit…
An expansion beyond Iraq into Afghanistan…

Billions in new taxes and a planned takeover of healthcare…
A government takeover of the automobile industry and…
Intrusion into insurance, banking and other industries and…
An Iran that is back to 1979…

This madness demands action! What do I need from you?
I need every single one of my donors to match their past generosity (this week!!) so we can double our fundraising efforts and double my cash on hand number! Please donate right now at www.SupportGreg.com

Your support is vital...If you’re willing to help, I’m asking you to send a contribution within the next 7 days. And if there’s any way you can, please send more. But no matter what amount you can give, I’m asking that you please get involved at some level. And if you feel you are ‘tapped out’, maybe you can help me raise $25, $50 or $100 by enlisting your family, neighbors or associates in the cause.

The fact is that right now, every single dollar will help.But whatever you can send, please send it as soon as possible. There’s no time for delay. I’ve served our country in uniform, I have fought for the taxpayers and my constituents in Albany and now I look forward to having you by my side for this next adventure!

Thank you in advance,
Greg Ball
Republican for Congress

P.S.- Won’t you please let me know – either “YES” or “NO” – by clicking on www.SupportGreg.com within the next 72 hours?

PERSONAL NOTE: Keep me posted and don’t forget to call me on my cell at (917) 681-9302, to give me your thoughts.
MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP!!!!
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FYI:ATOM TAXI INC. AIRPORT SERVICE:
Dear Readers:

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

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

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

For immediate reply: atomtaxi@aol.com
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

This week I discuss incumbent Yorktown Councilamn Lou Campisi. 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:

DAVID PAGANELLI: www.paganelliforyorktown.com

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.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/

CORTLANDT MANOR CIVIC ASSOCIATION: www.cortlandtcivic.com

GOPAC: gohudblogs.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

CORTLANDT CHOICE: WWW.CORTLANDTCHOICE.COM
WWW.TWITTER.COM/CORTLANDTCHOICE

DAN SCHORR: dan@electdanschorr.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)

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

ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA: Thursdays at 9:30PM chanel 15 (Peekskill & Cortlant)
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

07/26/09

Sunday, July 19, 2009

BOY DO I GET E-MAIL!

Issues Discussed:
1) message from candidate for county legislator Domenic Volpe
2) message from candidate for county legislator John Testa
3) cable t.v. update
RE:Dear Sandy
4) message from candidate for Putnam Valley Town Council Sam Davis
5) message from the Winery At St. George
6) message from candidate for Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel
7) message from candidate for Westchester District Attorney Dan Schorr
8) message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
9) message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
************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 CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:

Andy-
As we all know, running for elected office can be quite expensive. Raising funds especially in such a down economy is probably one of the more difficult things to do during a campaign cycle. Therefore I won't be asking for donations of $75, $100, or higher as we see in so many political fundraising ads.

Instead my request is for whatever you can afford, even if it's only five dollars. That's all !!!!

I feel this is responding to the downsizing we see in so many companies which in turn means job losses for many in our area. It also is responding to working families that now are forced to settle for less and yet are putting in more hours than ever before. It's an insult to see political campaigns that in some cases raise five to ten times more than the salary for the office they run for. At the same time a small donation such as this shows a commitment to the candidate and I appreciate that wholeheartedly.

Donations can be sent to:
"FRIENDS OF DOMENIC VOLPE"
18 Red Mill Rd.
Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. 10567

There also other ways to help my campaign for legislator other than money:
*Request lawn signs
*Help with mailers
*Request a bumper sticker
*Hold a meet and greet
*Polling inspector
*Invitation to a community event

Contact information, questions or comments:
My email address----DC9184@aol.com or
call me at (914)-528-8434

Thanking you in kindness
Domenic Volpe
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR JOHN TESTA:
Campaign Issues Update
The Latest on the Commercial Assessment Bill and the MTA Bailout

Commercial Assessment Ratio Bill

As embarrassing and frustrating as it was, the deadlock for the control of the NY State Senate enabled us to learn about this legislation and mobilize to prevent it. Thanks to the tremendous teamwork between those of us working to educate the public and the hundreds of condo and co-op owners pitching in, we were able to force the legislators proposing this bill to pull it back… at least for now. Make no mistake about it; there is a plan to bring it back in the near future under a different guise and probably as secretly as before. We will be watching.

My opponent in this election for County Legislator publicly joined with a few local officials recently to express their call to return power to the democratic majority in the State Senate. My opponent and his running mate, Peekskill Mayor Foster, were upset that the “inaction in Albany has stalled the proposed commercial assessment ratio changes,” and that this was “affecting our assessment rolls” (NCN 7/1/09). So, when some people running for office tell you that they were against this bill don’t believe a word of it. They will tell you to your face what you want to hear but their inaction to prevent the legislation speaks volumes.

Recently, I was able to collect the various petitions that were distributed to the various condo and co-op locations around Northern Westchester and will present them to our State Senator Leibell. He assured me our grassroots effort made the difference and he would use the petitions to hopefully prevent this type of legislation in the future.

I want to express my thanks to all who helped me in this effort and I assure you that I will continue to be vigilant on preventing this type of legislation in the future.

MTA Bailout

Unfortunately, we are about to feel the effects of the most dramatic and outrageous example of how unchecked partisan politics impacts the lives of ordinary citizens. Westchester County is already labeled as the highest taxed county in the country, and the recent approval by the NY State Legislature to bailout the Metropolitan Transit Authority drives that point home with disastrous consequences. This is the type of hasty, questionable and unfair lawmaking that results when politicians of a single party control all levels of government. The financial hit to the working families of the county that may well be the fatal blow to their economic futures. When I initially spoke against this action back in May (Testa Voices Opposition to MTA Bailout) I spoke of not only the massive payroll tax this bailout put in place but the many additional surcharges and increased fees that will negatively affect the commuting residents of Northern Westchester. As I have gone around the district during this campaign I have heard the effects the bailout has imposed on not only commuters but the many who like to visit NY City from time to time. These added fees are making it harder on everyone to plan trips to visit museums, see shows or just sight see. Simply put: The taxpayers of Westchester can’t take any more!

Is it a coincidence that Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, without one party in absolute control of either the legislature or the county executive’s office, are discussing ways to withdraw from the MTA? In Westchester alone, the payroll tax will cost municipalities and school districts at least $13.6 million and the County itself an additional $1.6 million. That’s not counting the $130 million Westchester residents already pay the MTA annually from sales, mortgage taxes and a direct subsidy from the county budget!

The many residents of Northern Westchester who commute via mass transit for work will pay higher fares and join the rest of us in being forced to pay a new MTA payroll tax, retroactively. All for the privilege of living in what is already the county with the highest taxes in America!

So, when you hear my opponent talk about the benefits of being part of the “super-majority” in the Westchester County Legislature, remember to ask him; “Who benefits?” These days, it’s a question every Westchester taxpayer can’t afford not to ask.

For more information contact:
campaign@johngtesta.com
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE:
RE: DEAR SANDY:
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Discusses Deer Population Management on “Dear Sandy”

(July 13, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts Beth Herr, Program Administrator, Conservation from the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and George Morrison both of Westchester County’s Citizens’ Task Force on White-Tailed Deer and Forest Regeneration on her cable television show “Dear Sandy.” The task force, which began in 2006, is made up of environmentalists and wild-life experts and was charged with the task of coming up with suggestions for deer over-population in Westchester County. After two years of extensively studying the issue, the task force released their final report last November. Assemblywoman Galef discusses the final report with Herr and Morrison, including the task force’s suggestion to open some public forests to bow and arrow hunters on a trial basis as a way to control the deer population.

“The white-tailed deer population continues to grow every year in our community, which unfortunately can be a threat to both our environment and our safety,” Galef said. “We need to find ways to control this over-population, but whether that means hunting or other options remains to be seen.” Westchester County is not the first area to consider hunting as a method of controlling its deer population. As many as nine municipalities in neighboring New Jersey have deer-culling programs that involve local hunters.

Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.
“Dear Sandy” with Sandy Galef airs as follows:
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15 - Fridays at 9:00 pm
Wappingers Falls Channel 21- Fridays at 8:00 pm
Yorktown Channel 74 - Fridays at 7:30 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8 - Fridays at 7:30 pm

“Deer Task Force Report” airs on Cablevision (Channel 15, 21, 74)
July 17, 24, 31 & August 7
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PUTNAM VALLEY COUNCIL SAM DAVIS:
Answer the Wolf’s Distress Call
Join THE BIG HOWL

Take action, then hear the wolf howl.
It’s going to take a national outcry to block the massacre of hundreds of wolves in Idaho and Montana. Speak out now against the killing. Add your voice to The Big Howl, NRDC’s rapid-response mobilization campaign.


The hunting and mass killing of wolves will begin soon in Idaho and Montana -- and not even wolf pups and their mothers will be spared. We cannot stand by while this slaughter unfolds. On May 4, the Interior Department stripped wolves of their federal protection, and government agents are now free to open fire.

Even worse: Idaho and Montana will soon launch public hunts targeting wolves. Hundreds of wolves could be gunned down. When wolves lost their federal protection in 2008, 110 of them were killed in just 120 days!

NRDC is fighting in federal court to save the wolves, but it's critically important the Obama Administration hear directly from outraged Americans like you.

That's why NRDC is expanding "The Big Howl" campaign to mobilize Americans everywhere to save wolves in the Northern Rockies from the crossfire.

Please tell the Obama Administration to call off the guns. Call on Interior Secretary Salazar to reverse his decision to kick wolves off the endangered species list.

This is absolutely the wrong time to rip away federal protections from these struggling wolves. Over the past year, the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park has declined by 27 percent, with more than 70 percent of wolf pups succumbing to disease.

One pack alone lost all 24 of its pups! With federal protections lifted, wolf pups and their mothers traveling outside national parks will be in the line of fire.

That's why NRDC and our partners filed suit in federal court to block this disastrous policy. But we must do more: we must raise a nationwide outcry that the Obama Administration cannot ignore.

And so we're calling on everyone who cares about wolves to take part in "The Big Howl" campaign.

Please call on the Interior Department to go back to the drawing board and submit this cruel plan to the kind of rigorous scientific review the Obama Administration has promised.

Because you have always stood up for wildlife, I'm contacting you now to take part in "The Big Howl" campaign. After you send your own message, I will let you know about an easy way to spread the word to your friends and family. We need at least one million messages to save the wolves -- so get ready to rally your friends and family to add their own voices to "The Big Howl."

Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

P.S. Hearing the wolf howl after you take action is a poignant reminder of why we must act swiftly to save these treasured icons of the American West. So please speak out today, and then tell everyone you know to take part in "The Big Howl."
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A MESSAGE FROM THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE:
Dear Wine Enthusiast,

I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day.
Below, please find links to the latest Winery news:

1. Read the Winery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page: http://www.thewineryatstgeorge.com/FAQ1.html

2.Join the Winery Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=99304166567&ref=nf

3.Follow the Winery on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWASG

4.Yorktown Town Board uses taxpayer money to file lawsuit against Winery owner (Lawsuit filed in State Court on July 9th, 2009): http://www.thewineryatstgeorge.com/WineryResolution.pdf

Yorktown Needs Political Change!

It is very important that every Yorktown Resident register to vote in the upcoming Primary Election (September 15th, 2009) and the General Election (November 3rd, 2009). Register to vote here.

Political Action Committee (PAC) formed - People for Honest Government (P4HG) - http://www.P4HG.org

Sincerely
Tom

Tom DeChiaro
The Winery At St. George
PO Box 32
Baldwin Place, NY 10505-0032
(914) 455-4272
(914) 455-4273 - Fax
tomde@TheWineryAtStGeorge.com
www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com
http://blog.WineryAtStGeorge.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR SUSAN SIEGEL:

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted to the North County News and Journal News on July 17, 2009 by Serafina Mastro, Chairperson of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee.

To The Editor:
Don’t be diverted. Don’t be afraid of the truth.

Isn’t it interesting that the Yorktown Democratic Committee, rather than devoting its first press conference of the campaign to highlighting the achievements of its candidates, instead attacked the Republican team for telling the truth by shedding light on what’s been happening in Yorktown for the past year and a half.

As the Democratic chairwoman well knows, an incumbent candidate runs on his record. That record may be embarrassing – but, nonetheless, it’s still the truth.

We stand by our statements and challenge the Democrats to disprove them.

In recent weeks, several community organizations have expressed interest in sponsoring candidate debates this fall. We fully support these efforts and look forward to participating in as many debates as can be scheduled. Our goal is to foster an informed electorate. And between now and November 3rd, we encourage voters to listen, ask questions and challenge what they hear and read.

We hope the Democratic candidates share our commitment to the truth and will also participate in any and all opportunities that will encourage an open and honest debate.

Serafina Mastro
Chairperson, Yorktown Republican Town Committee

Susan Siegel for Supervisor
419 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-2661 Fax: (914) 245-2630
susan@wakeupyorktown.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN SCHORR:
STATEMENT FROM DAN SCHORR
July 14, 2009

"Janet DiFiore's decision to solicit the endorsement of Shelly Silver, who has been the principal obstructionist to enacting critical anti-crime legislation, such as the expansion of the DNA database and protections from sex offenders, is a shocking realization about where Ms. DiFiore's priorities lie. This endorsement should be a red flag to all voters who expect their district attorney to take a tough stance on crime."
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Friends and Supporters,

Just one week until our big event with Yonkers Mayor Philip A. Amicone and State Senate Leader Dean Skelos at La Lanterna in Yonkers. In addition to our great guests, La Lanterna has fantastic food and it is a guaranteed fun evening. I hope you will join us all on July 22 and please spread the word! Details are attached.

Thank you!
Best wishes,
Dan
www.electdanschorr.com
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Galef Hosts Commissioner John Egan of the Office of General Services for Shared Purchasing Panel Discussion
Event Takes Place on July 23, 2009 in Croton Village Hall

(July 16, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host a meeting with her Shared Services Task Force of the 90th Assembly District on July 23, 2009 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at Croton Village Hall, 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson. The meeting is open to the public, and will focus on how shared purchasing can lead to cost savings for taxpayers.


Assemblywoman Galef has assembled a panel of experts representing some of the shared purchasing models that are presently in existence. Commissioner John Egan of the Office of General Services will kick off the discussion about all the options available to local municipalities who wish to share services, including purchasing and procurement, through the State. The Office of General Services makes available to municipalities the procurement of more than $2 billion worth of supplies, materials and equipment annually as well as service and technology contracts, as a way for local governments to save costs.

“I am very excited to have Commissioner Egan representing the OGS on the panel next week. This meeting will provide municipalities and school districts an opportunity to learn more about how state and county contracts can offer even greater savings for our communities and taxpayers,” said Galef.


“We look forward to participating on Assemblywoman Galef's Shared Services Task Force Panel discussing Shared Purchasing Models,” said Egan.
“This is exactly the type of progress that Governor Paterson has asked for. By working together and aggregating anticipated purchases such as computers,
fuels, road materials, printers and (soon) wireless services, significant savings have been realized across the state. There are currently over 2,600 centralized
contracts in place for use by municipalities providing savings in both dollars and administrative expense. We appreciate the opportunity to discuss current and
future opportunities for additional savings.”

The other members of the panel will present the shared purchasing options their organizations already employ and offer. The panelists include New York State Office of General Services Deputy Commissioner, Information Technology and Procurement Services Carla Chiaro, as well as Chief Financial Officer for the Westchester Library System John Smith. Putnam County Director of Purchasing Alex Mazzotta and Westchester County Director of the Bureau of Purchase and Supply Jim Ferarra will talk about shared contracts and procurement through county governments, and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Business Manager Todd Currie will present some of the ways that BOCES assists local school districts with shared purchasing. After the presentations, there will be a brief question and answer period for the audience.

For more information or directions, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail depaolos@assembly.state.ny.us.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
BALL, 19th DISTRICT CANDIDATE,SHOWS BROAD SUPPORT ON FIRST FILING
Says over $180k in fundraising proves viability

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson), candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th district, today released what experts say are impressive fundraising numbers in second quarter filing report with the Federal Elections Commission that show Ball has over one hundred thousand dollars on hand.

Douglas Colety, Chairman of the Westchester County Republican Committee, said that “Assemblyman Ball has proven he is capable of winning decisively in the swing territory of Northern Westchester, and I think these numbers show that he is capable of providing a strong challenge to the current Congressman.”

Ball was able to raise $180,213.78 from over 1541 individuals in forty-seven states through out the country, which he says is indicative of the grassroots support for “restoring America’s promise” that he is building nationwide.

Vincent Reda, who serves as First Vice-Chairman of the New York State Republican Committee and Republican County Chairman in Rockland, commented that “raising most of these funds from individual donors shows that Assemblyman Ball is building a wide-base of support, throughout the district and beyond. The 19th district is one of the best opportunities for Republicans to regain a seat in the northeast, and it will be intriguing to watch what is sure to be one of the most hotly contested races in the country.”

Seventy-two percent (1310 individuals) of the contributions Ball received were from small donors who gave in denominations of $50 or less.

“Apples to apples, Assemblyman Ball has been able to raise nearly triple the amount that the current congressman did during his first filing three years ago,” noted Anthony Scannapieco, Chairman of the Putnam County Republican Committee. “Of course, Assemblyman Ball was able to do it without the aid of Hollywood big-wigs and rock stars, who comprised most of the twenty-nine total donors on the current congressman's first ever filing.”

Ball, who has a reputation as one of the best Republican fundraisers in the State Assembly, also showed prowess at raising money online, accepting well over a third of his contributions through the internet.

“From the sheer number of individual donors, especially those who gave digitally, it is clear that Assemblyman Ball is mounting an effective, viable challenge,” Chairman Michael McCormack of the Dutchess County Republican Committee said. “The bottom line is that at the end of the day, Ball's message about restoring America's promise seems to be resonating.”

Ball, a two-term lawmaker whose Assembly District comprises approximately 22% of the Westchester-Rockland-Putnam-Dutchess-Orange based 19th Congressional District, received the majority of his donations from inside the congressional district itself, and of his seven PAC donations, all were labor unions and sportsmen’s groups from the Hudson Valley.

“In a few short weeks, the people of Orange County have embraced Greg Ball and his work ethic,” Orange County Republican Chairman William DeProspo added. “I think it shows that the people here are hungry for new leadership in Washington, and they want a congressman who will stand up for them and restore America's promise.”
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PUTNAM COALITION TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS DWI, ILLEGAL HIRING-HOUSING

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has been working 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.

On July 23rd, after meetings with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices of Detention and Removal Operations, and Investigations, county officials, and local elected officials; the Assemblyman will solicit public input on a draft of action on both DWI and illegal housing and hiring at the local, county, state and federal levels at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 Union Hall.


WHO:Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson)
Concerned Residents of Putnam County
Local Elected Officials

WHAT:Brewster Town Hall Meeting
WHEN/WHERE:THURSDAY, July 23rd, 2009 7:00 p.m.
Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 Union Hall
38 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster, NY 10509
CONTACT:Assemblyman Ball’s District Office, (845) 279 5301
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Hello!
Greg Ball here, I wanted to invite you to my BBQ and fundraiser this Saturday!
Annual Rockin' Rib Fest & Battle of the Bands

We will have Lawn Bowling, Paint Ball, Horse Shoes...and more! All you can eat, fun rib competition (for best ribs of the Hudson Valley), and three live bands!

Saturday July 25th
Noon-7PM
683 RT 311 Patterson NY
On a Great Horse Farm

TWO LEVELS:
General Pass:
$10 per person, $20 per carload
Live Music, Free Ribs, Games

VIP Pass:
$75 VIP Congressional Tent
(Kids are Free)
Live Music, Full BBQ Lunch Selection, Open Bar, Games

Hope you can make it..
Greg Ball
EVENT: http://ballforcongress.com/eventDetail.aspx?eventID=2454
TICKETS: http://rockinribfest.eventbrite.com/
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FYI:ATOM TAXI INC. AIRPORT SERVICE:
Dear Readers:

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

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

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

For immediate reply: atomtaxi@aol.com
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

This week I discuss the fallot from the new MTA TAX. 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:

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.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/

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

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

CORTLANDT MANOR CIVIC ASSOCIATION: www.cortlandtcivic.com

GOPAC: gohudblogs.com

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

DAILY DOSE OF DUMB: http://www.dailydoseofdumb.com/

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

MARK DREXEL: www.ElectDrexel.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: www.Ball4NY.com

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

CORTLANDT CHOICE: WWW.CORTLANDTCHOICE.COM
WWW.TWITTER.COM/CORTLANDTCHOICE

DAN SCHORR: dan@electdanschorr.com

TERRENCE MURPHY: http://www.vote4murphy.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: Thursdays at 9:PM chanel 74 Peekskill Mondays at 8PM chanel 15
Hosted by; Sam Davis

ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA: Thursdays at 9:30PM chanel 15 (Peekskill & Cortlant)
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

07/18/09

Sunday, July 12, 2009

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE'S TIME HAS COME

Issues Discussed:
1) my commentary
2) a message from candidate for Westchester Legislator John Testa
3) op-ed in this weeks (07/08/09) NCN
4) a message from the Putnam County GOP
5) a message from candidate for Putnam Valley Council Sam Davis
6) what's happening at Graymoor, Garrison, N.Y,
7) a message from candidate for Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel
8) a message from candidate for Yorktown Council Terrence Murphy
9) a message from candidate for Yorktown Council David Paganelli
10)a message from candidate for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
11)a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
12)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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Dear Readers:

What if the State passed a tax and nobody paid? This is the approach Putnam County government is taking to the new MTA Payroll Tax. Putnam County is withholding payment. It's about damn time somebody stopped letting the state get away with ripping off local governments. This should be done with all un-funded mandates passed down to local governments. The State Legislature passes new taxes, fees, surcharges, regulations on local governments that these governments must implement on their residents so these governments get the blame for increasing local taxes. The State legislature does the same with schools also. The State Legislator's then take bows saying they have passed these mandates without raising state taxes. We, like idiots, say thank you very much by re-electing them. Is it any wonder why our state governments treats us with such contempt?

Finally a local government has said enough! Putnam County is saying before you impose this obscene tax on our residents, open the books and audit them first. We know that the MTA has played fast and loose with book keeping in the past, remember when it was found they kept two sets of books? We also know that the MTA is bloated with management over paid with benefits, perks, health care and pensions the private sector can only dream of. There is also a track record of mismanagement of billions of our monies paid through taxes, fares and tolls. Instead of first making sure the MTA starts running a tight fiscal ship, all this new tax does is allow the MTA to continue is path of fiscal insanity and unaccountability. Putnam County is saying put the horse before the cart.

This action is being portrayed as an effort in futility as the state will take that money anyway in the form of less money allocated to Putnam County. Actually Putnam County is still ahead of the game because they will not have to pay for the new book keeping this tax will require. Remember the computing, collecting and paying this tax takes people to perform the tasks. Somebody has to get paid for this and that pay is with tax dollars.

Putnam County will be faced with two choices by receiving less money form the state. They will either have to do more with less or raise taxes to make up the difference. The easy way is to raise taxes, not wise in this fiscal climate. Doing more with less runs the risk that by making hard choices somebody might not get re-elected, heaven forbid somebody does right by the people first instead of protecting the butt. There is a third choice, stop doing tasks mandated by the state that the state has not provided funding for. In for a dime in for a dollar. It is time for local governments to challenge the state's right to force increase costs on local municipalities with out providing the funding. It is time for our state legislators to take the blame instead of the bows.

Civil disobedience starts with the first shot across the bow. Putnam County has fired that shot. Are the rest of our local municipalities going to sit by silent? Are these other municipalities going to cower in the corner? We as a people have reached the tipping point. Other municipalities must stand with Putnam County, must stand up for thier residents and defy the state.

Putnam County is right on this. Putnam County is a majority Republican Government. The State is one party ruled by the Democrats. Most of our local governments are Democrat lead. A good idea has no political gender. We the people, our local governments already pay dedicated taxes to the MTA even though we do not directly use their services but do benefit form them. If this is not enough money for the MTA then open the books and explain why. Our local governments should not put party affiliation first. Their job is to fight for their residents no matter who the enemy is. On this issue it is time to fight back, who knows where it might lead? It is time to find out if our local elected officials are leaders or lemmings.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR JOHN TESTA:
The following letter from John appeared in the June 24th edition of the North County News:

If you thought the absurd level of spending in County government reached its peak, think again. Recently, the County Administration approved additional spending allocations for the Ardsley warehouse building purchased last year to store the county voting machines. This ill-conceived purchase is a perfect example of what is wrong with county government today.

The purchase of this unmarketable, dilapidated structure last year for an outrageous cost to taxpayers of $6 million was irresponsible enough. The additional $7 million in renovation costs approved soon after the purchase was still not the end of this "money pit" created by the board majority. Recently, the same group who approved the $13 million in spending a year ago have approved to spend over $2 million more in taxpayer funds for roof repair, demolition costs and asbestos abatement. What was the original $7 million in renovation costs for? County Legislator Oros and his colleagues Maisano and Burrows were justified in opposing this scheme. Oros was right on the money when he predicted that "the building was ignored for three years by prospective buyers for a reason" and predicted "no doubt there will be additional remediation work necessary that out paces the administration's estimates."

Now, the renovation requires additional "change orders" to allocate even more taxpayer funds to be used on this disaster. Close to $100,000 in additional funds are being allocated for asbestos abatement alone. Who knows when this will end? The building was deemed mold infested when purchased so be prepared for that change order soon.

Despite the lack of transparency that has been exposed with this deal the county board majority keeps throwing good money after bad. This is why we need someone who will continue to stand up to this kind of arrogance toward the taxpayer and represent District 1 at the County Board of Legislators with experience, leadership and integrity. We can't afford someone who will merely go along with the majority and rubber stamp this kind of mismanagement.

As your next County Legislator I will fight this kind of activity and work to bring transparency and accountability to County Government. I look forward to bringing my experience as a mayor of a city who has made tough decisions and kept tax increases at 0% for three years in a row as well as the leadership needed to stand up for the people who pay the bills, the taxpayer.

For more information contact:
campaign@johngtesta.com
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GUEST COMMENTARY IN THIS WEEKS (07/08/09) NORTH CONTY NEWS:
GUEST COMMENTARY: The Emperor’s new teleprompter
Thomas J. Annacone

Once upon a time there lived a community organizer. Now you may not know what a community organizer is or what he does, but that is the beauty of the position; the community organizer doesn’t really do anything in particular. This community organizer loved to make speeches. He was very good at reciting speeches to whoever would listen. His favorite speech was entitled, “I Have a Plan.” He recited this speech to the pillars of his community including William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Rod Blagojewich and others. The community was indeed, very well organized. When members of the community were asked where the community organizer was, the reply was always the same: “He’s planning.”

Shortly thereafter, with the help of the magic teleprompter, Barack was elected to the U.S. Senate where he established a pattern of always voting “present,” although he seldom was.
After a remarkably brief record as senator in which little legislation was introduced, and many “I Have a Plan” speeches were given, the freshman senator decided to run for president. During his campaign, he continued to make many fine speeches, some with Greek columns and some with fireworks, but none with a plan. The candidate, whose given name was Barack, stayed true to the agreement and always held out the promise of a plan. During the campaign, Barack attacked the bias of others for using his middle name of Hussein, but later, in speeches in other countries, he was always sure to include Hussein in the program.
So it came to pass that Barack was elected to the office of President of the United States. He, however, believed that he had been elected Emperor of the World, and Evan Thomas of Newsweek proclaimed him to be God, (though no wise men were ever in evidence). Chris Matthews exclaimed “...a thrill runneth up my leg!” Keith Olbermann nodded in agreement and Larry King nodded off as Rush Limbaugh wept. All this took place without a plan, but with the promise of a plan.

When the coronation was completed and Barack became the Emperor-President, problems began to surface. In an initial act he found the need to spend trillions of dollars. Since he had no plan, the bill to be voted on by the Congress presented a problem. In a brilliant stroke, the Emperor-President read his magic teleprompter and proclaimed, “No one must read the details of the bill before voting.” The Congress and the media readily agreed to this since the bill was long and tedious and not really a plan. In fact, they continued not reading the bill long after the vote — to this very day. Thus Barack’s brilliance was established and the treasury began its descent down a slippery slope. A few people noticed what was happening and whispered, “He has no plan!” But the media and Congress said, “Shhhh, Barack is planning.”
To spend trillions of dollars wisely, the Emperor-President looked for the perfect financial expert. He searched diligently for a politician who displayed the characteristics of honesty and responsibility and who was free from any hint of scandal; a difficult task, indeed! Barack read his magic teleprompter and proclaimed, “Since he has exhibited a remarkable ability to deal with government debts, Timothy Geithner will be my secretary of the treasury!” More people noticed. They said, “But Geithner doesn’t pay his taxes! Barack has no plan!” And the media and the Congress said, “Hush! Barack is planning!”

Again the Emperor-President read his magic teleprompter and proclaimed that there would be no “pork” included in bills that he would sign during his reign. The Congress, knowing that he had “no plan” to do that (or anything else) loaded his stimulus bills with so much pork that two major religions of the world were deeply offended. More people realized what was happening and exclaimed, “He has no plan!” But the Congress and the media insisted, “Be quiet, Barack is planning.”

The Emperor-President (by fiat) moved Chrysler into bankruptcy and converted GM into Government Motors. To repay union support, money legally intended for investors was converted into shares allowing the UAW to achieve control of Government Motors. And Barack read his magic teleprompter and appointed as head of Government Motors, Edward Whitacre. Mr. Whitacre proclaimed in his acceptance speech, “I don’t know anything about cars, but I have a plan.” And Barack beamed as many people exclaimed, “He has no plan!” But the media and Congress shouted, “Shut up, Barack is planning!”

Thus Barack continued to read his magic teleprompter and made many decisions and changes in our form of government and all these changes had one thing in common: they were done without a plan. Czars were appointed by decree of the magic teleprompter. Money was spent and more was promptly printed. Terrorists were freed from Gitmo and sent on expensive vacations to Bermuda. ACORN, having proved that it could not keep track of voter registration, was given the responsibility of taking the census. The caliber of Barack’s appointments was carefully monitored by the magic teleprompter. Thus his Supreme Court nominee confused “ethnic” with “ethics.” Townhall meetings were held where audiences were allowed to read only questions supplied by the magic teleprompter. Now many began to notice and cried out, “He has no plan!” And as always, the media and the Congress answered, “Barack is planning!”

But finally Barack read his magic teleprompter and proclaimed that he would take possession of the media and no voice in protest or opposition would be allowed to participate. ABC in deference to the Emperor-President assumed a new motto: “Fair not! ...and unbalanced.” Now some of the media whispered, “He has a plan!” and the population cried out, “He has a plan! and some in Congress proclaimed, “He has a plan!” And a meeting was held and there was general agreement that the media should not be part of the government but rather, independent and objective; and the Legislative and Judicial branches should be separate from the Executive Branch of government. In short, the discarded system of checks and balances should be reconstituted.
But no one had a plan for how this could be accomplished, for only Barack had a magic teleprompter.

Thomas J. Annacone is a resident of Yorktown Heights.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PUTNAM VALLEY GOP:
Come Join us for a Mid-Summer
Wine and Cheese Event

Supporting: Robert Tendy
Jackie Annabi
Esther McHenry
Candidates for Putnam Valley Town Officers

Thursday - July 16, 2009
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hanlon's Neighborhood Steak House
151 Bryant Pond Road
Mahopac, N.Y.

Donation - $50 per person
$90 per couple
Inquiries - 914-582-7290
Or e-mail - PutnamValleyGOP@gmail.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PUTNAM VALLEY COUNCIL SAM DAVIS:

It is with pleasure that I write to extol the virtues of Sam Davis for ANY office he chooses to seek. If that sounds like an old fashioned endorsement of a "Mr. Smith goes to Washington " type character, it's because it is. Sam is the best.

I've worked with Sam in the tax reform movement for several years and his participation is invaluable. He's worth three of most other organizational leaders.
Sam travels constantly -long distances- to speak up for people who are in danger of losing their homes to chaotic, irrational property taxes...and to meet with the other leaders and the powers -that- be in Albany.

We have traveled far and we are within striking distance of success because of Sam and the other relentless reform leaders. Meanwhile matters WILL get worse with pension shortfalls, loss of income for local governments, increases in county taxes due to the state's incompetence and neglect, and the recession we are experiencing.

Any government, but especially local government, will need an in-house property tax expert on call...more than ever before. To have one on the P.V.town board is a blessing. This is an extra added benefit with Sam.

His other qualities, among them: honesty, intelligence, creativity, relentlessness, and outside the box thinking are hard to duplicate...but to have a property tax fighter and Albany expert at this particular time is pure serendipity...

Keep Sam working for you especially-along with all the other taxpayers he's helping-. Elect him ASAP.

gioia shebar
Coordinator Taxnightmare.org
Member Omnibus Tax Solution Consortium
For more information please visit Taxnightmare.org.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON:
SUMMER DOCS & DISCUSSION SERIES
eight documentaries*
followed by discussion

TUESDAYS
during July and August
7:30 PM

GRAYMOOR SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER
1350 Route 9
Garrison, NY 10524-0300
(845)424-3671 X2111
www.graymoorcenter.org

TUESDAY, July 14th, at 7:30 PM
HIV PRIEST NEWS AT ELEVEN
The “Nothing Sacred” episode that never made it on the air.

TUESDAY, July 21st, at 7:30 PM
FROM JESUS TO CHRIST
The “Frontline” program that explores the life of Jesus and the movement he started, challenging familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins
of Christianity.

TUESDAY, July 28th, at 7:30 PM
ASSISI PILGRIMAGE
Why does the whole world come to Assisi, the birthplace of Saints Francis and Clare? What draws pilgrims and tourists, church and government leaders, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and those without any creed to this ancient city?

TUESDAY, August 4th, at 7:30 PM
CREATIVITY: TOUCHING THE DIVINE
Artists and non-artists who have experienced the joyful tandem of spirituality and creativity share the possibility for creativity regardless of circumstances or abilities.

TUESDAY, August 11th, at 7:30 PM
ON THE LINE
What happens when a group of activists, priests, celebrities and students risk arrest
to protest U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.

TUESDAY, August 18th, at 7:30 PM
DIVINING THE HUMAN
John Nava’s massive tapestries that grace the interior of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles integrate 21st century technology with centuries-old tradition.

TUESDAY, August 25th, at 7:30 PM
CHAMPIONS OF FAITH
Baseball’s biggest stars reveal how their faith guides and sustains
their spectacular major league careers.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR SUSAN SIEGEL:
From Susan Siegel, Republican candidate for Yorktown Town Supervisor
Web Site Highlights Yorktown Management Mishaps
How did Yorktown lose $50,000 in 2008?

That’s the first example of a “management mishap” made by the current Yorktown administration that’s been posted online at www.wakeupyorktown.com/mishaps. Additional examples of errors, mistakes, mismanagement and poor judgment will be posted on the site on an ongoing basis between July and Election Day.

Voters are invited to keep track of the mishaps until they begin to ask themselves whether they can afford two more years of mismanagement.

“We started the list as a way of waking up Yorktown voters,” explained Susan Siegel, Republican candidate for town supervisor. “Most residents are unaware of what’s happening in town. One mistake is acceptable. We’re all human. We can even accept two and three mistakes. But when a clear pattern emerges of continuing errors, mistakes, and misjudgments, then it’s time to start asking who’s managing our town and whether there’s any real leadership.”

A regular attendee at town board meetings for the past two years, Siegel says the mismanagement examples are based on what she has observed at meetings as well as documents she obtained by using the Freedom of Information Law. Each of the examples are reinforced with dates and facts.

Additional management mishaps posted on the web site include:
Neglecting to read a contract before signing it
Lack of leadership on the senior center issue
Lack of leadership on federal stimulus money
Lost town board resolutions
Town business takes second place to politics

Siegel said she believes that most Yorktown residents aren’t aware of at least five of the six mishaps. “The only issue that’s gotten any real publicity has been the confusion and lack of leadership on the senior citizen center."

Susan Siegel for Supervisor
419 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-2661 Fax: (914) 245-2630
susan@wakeupyorktown.com www.wakeupyorktown.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL TERRENCE MURPHY:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2009
CONTACT: Matthew Slater, (914) 582-2361
Murphy Defends Local Residents
Town Board Candidate Questions Rezoning Proposals

During this past week’s town board meeting in Yorktown, residents expressed their concerns over what they say is a continued abuse of open meetings laws, as well as the rezoning process, by the town board's Democratic led majority.


“The reality is the people of Yorktown were never given an opportunity to voice their concerns over the lands in question,” Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I - Yorktown), a candidate for the Yorktown Town Board, said. “That is exactly the reason why we have open meetings laws, and this closed door business being run by the town board needs to be looked into.”

On May 19, 2009 the town board reclassified nearly 120 pieces of land. Many of these parcels were removed from the tax rolls by rezoning them to parkland, with the rest remaining open space.

“It is clear the Democratic majority, which controls the town board, wishes to conduct this important business out of the public’s eye,” Murphy commented. “Anytime public officials deny citizens their right to an open process questions need to be asked and answers sought.”

When the issue of rezoning appeared before the town board this past May, Dr. Murphy provided one piece of advice, that the process needs to remain open to the public. In light of the most recent concerns by local residents regarding rezoning laws a troubling pattern has emerged.

“The Democratic majority's attempt to rezone residential properties is a joke,” Murphy continued. “Many of these families, like mine, have lived in this town, in the same house for generations. To rezone them now, despite a clear ruling from the State Supreme Court, just shows the backward thinking and noncompliance by the sitting majority of the town board.”


“The reality is these actions by the town will cost Yorktown residents more money they cannot afford to lose,” Murphy concluded. “Either by taking land off of the tax rolls or by paying more legal fees this scenario will only lead to increased taxes in a town which resides in the highest taxed county in America.”
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL DAVID PAGANELLI:
THIS LETTER WAS IN THIS WEEKS (07/08/09) NCN:
Paganelli ready to listen
To the Editor:

I believe that part of providing a pleasant dining experience is also getting to know our customers. I try to spend some time with everyone who patronizes my establishment. You try to find out their likes and dislikes, enjoy the compliments and listen to the critiques. What I am saying is that communication is essential in providing quality service. It is this lesson I now wish to bring to my campaign for Yorktown councilman.

It is in that vein that I have purchased ad space, starting with this issue, outlining my position on various issues facing our community. I will be doing this over the next 10 weeks. Each week in North County News, I intend to share with you my views and position on local matters. It is my hope that by doing this, when I come knocking on doors, seeking support and votes, we will be able to discuss these issues and I can find out how you feel. Also, during this period I can learn about issues under the radar that I can address in one of the upcoming ads.

Communication, essential in business, is also essential in serving the public as an elected official. In my business, I am always available to meet with customers and should I be fortunate enough to be your representative on the Yorktown Town Board, I will always be available to meet with you. So, it is my hope each week that you will look for my ad, and when we meet we can discuss these issues.

David Paganelli
Candidate for Yorktown Councilman
Democratic and Working
Families Parties
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO:
URGENT! URGENT! URGENT! URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!

Dear Friend of Rob Astorino,

An important milestone in Rob Astorino’s race for Westchester County Executive will be here one week from today.

July 15th is when quarterly contributions are reported, so if you have been planning to contribute to Rob’s campaign to reduce taxes, streamline government, and bring transparent, honest government to Westchester County, we ask that you do so now.

Perception is key in political races, and everything is moving in Rob’s favor. He is campaigning around the clock and is right on the issues. Furthermore, public response to his candidacy has been overwhelmingly supportive.

New York State is a mess. The Legislature is deadlocked. Taxes and spending are rising in the worst recession in memory. And Westchester is bearing the brunt of it with the highest taxes in America.

Westchester desperately needs a fresh new, energetic and honest voice for fiscal responsibility. We need someone who will stick up for taxpayers again.

Rob Astorino is that voice. Please help Rob build on that momentum by contributing to his campaign today. Contributions can be made in just a few seconds at www.robastorino.com.

Many thanks in advance for your generous—and timely—support!
Sincerely,
Friends of Rob Astorino

PS: Rob is going to win this race. Please join him in that victory by contributing at www.robastorino.com today. Thank you!!!
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Galef Investigates Shared Purchasing Models with Shared Services Task Force on July 23, 2009

(July 8, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host a meeting for her Shared Services Task Force of the 90th Assembly District on July 23, 2009 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at Croton Village Hall, 1 Van Wyck Street Croton-on-Hudson. The meeting is open to the public, and will focus on how shared purchasing can be beneficial for cost savings for taxpayers.


The July 23 meeting focuses on shared purchasing models that are already in existence. Assemblywoman Galef has assembled a panel of experts representing some of these paradigms, including New York State Office of General Services Commisioner John Egan and Deputy Commissioner, Information Technology and Procurement Services Carla Chiaro, CFO for the Westchester Library System John Smith, Putnam County Director of Purchasing Alex Mazzotta, Westchester County Director of the Bureau of Purchase and Supply Jim Fererra and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Business Manager Todd Currie.


Assemblywoman Galef founded the Shared Services Task Force in April of 2009 in an effort to bring community members together at the grassroots level to look more deeply into areas of sharing and consolidation. The members of the Task Force have a diverse and varied background including school board members, planning board members, representatives from private industry, town board members and interested residents from municipalities throughout her Assembly District.


“In light of these difficult economic times, we have an excellent opportunity right now to investigate how local municipalities can share more services. Sometimes these can be difficult changes to make, but they will ultimately lessen costs for our taxpayers,” said Galef. “I know our panel has a lot of important information to offer on ways for our communities to share and consolidate. This is an opportunity for the public to learn, encourage and advocate for changes or expansions to services in their own communities, which might help cut costs,” she concluded.

For more information or directions, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail depaolos@assembly.state.ny.us.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
PUTNAM COALITION DISCUSSES DWI, ILLEGAL HIRING-HOUSING

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has been working 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.

Over the past few weeks, Ball has brought together various elected officials from all levels and branches of government throughout Putnam County to begin developing a comprehensive plan of action. On June 29, the informal group met for the first time to discuss both DWI and illegal housing-hiring, and followed up with another session on July 2.

The drinking and driving forum featured alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitative and preventative subject matter experts and discussed implementing a designated driver program in Putnam County, along with county civil forfeiture initiatives, including vehicle seizure of repeat offenders, as well as mandatory ignition interlocks for first time offenders and social host liabilities for underage parties; state legislation to mandate education awareness seminars for bartenders and a uniform law for closing time; and town ordinances for local bar owner education and training seminars sponsored by the sheriff’s office compulsory for the acquisition of a liquor license through the clerk’s office.

The illegal hiring and 1099 misclassification forum consisted of subject matter expert input from regional labor unions, focused on project labor agreements for all towns in Putnam County; plus the expansion of the jurisdiction of the home improvement board to cover new housing, and an increase of fines and penalties for violators; and measures to allow code enforcers to work hand in hand with local authorities.

A follow up meeting is scheduled for this week to discuss rental registration, and trespass advisory programs and a joint task force meeting with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Offices of Detention and Removal Operations, and Investigations.

Once completed, the Assemblyman expects to present the package in an open forum to the public on July 23 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 Union Hall. The tentative hope is that by July 23, the group will be ready to unveil a draft of action on both DWI and illegal housing and hiring.
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

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

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

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

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

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

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.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/

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

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

CORTLANDT MANOR CIVIC ASSOCIATION: www.cortlandtcivic.com

GOPAC: gohudblogs.com

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

DAILY DOSE OF DUMB: http://www.dailydoseofdumb.com/

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

MARK DREXEL: www.ElectDrexel.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: www.Ball4NY.com

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

CORTLANDT CHOICE: WWW.CORTLANDTCHOICE.COM
WWW.TWITTER.COM/CORTLANDTCHOICE

DAN SCHORR: dan@electdanschorr.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: Thursdays at 9:PM chanel 74 Peekskill Mondays at 8PM chanel 15
Hosted by; Sam Davis

ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA: Thursdays at 9:30PM chanel 15 (Peekskill & Cortlant)
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

07/12/09

Saturday, July 04, 2009

WE HAVE GOTTEN WHAT WE DESERVE IN ALBANY

Issues Discussed:
1) my commentary
2) cable t.v. update
RE: The Volpe Report
3) e-mail from reader Vic Of Putnam Valley
4) a message fro candidate for Westchester County Legislator Domenic Volpe
5) a message from candidate for Putnam Valley town Council Sam Davis
6) What's Happening at 12 Grapes, N. Division Street, Peekskill
7) a message from candidate for Westchester District Attorney Dan Schorr
8) a message from the Peekskill GOP
9) a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
10) 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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Dear Readers:

History does not start when you wake up in the morning. In 2006 Alan Hevesi was overwhelmingly re-elected N.Y.S. Comptroller. He was overwhelmingly endorsed by most of the media. He admitted he abused the taxpayers trust before the election. This man who controlled the pension of all N.Y public employees was a crook. He was re-elected with 59% of the vote. The voters of N.Y , the media of N.Y did not mind. In fact to this day I have talked to many who voted for him and they still twist themselves in knots justifying their vote. So I find it more than amusing that these same people and media are upset at what is now going on in Albany.

Voters and the media did not mind a crook minding the mint, why should voters and the media mind selfish, self-centered representation in Albany now. Voters re-elect these people 99% of the time. When a tiger does what a tiger does, why get mad at the tiger? These people in Albany know you could not give a rat pattottie about the ethics or morals or even honesty about who represents you, you have already proven that. So why should they care about going about the people business, after all next year you will re-elect them again as long as they run under your preferred party banner, and they know that.

Oh sure you talk a good game, wait till I get in that booth, I'll show you. However when the time comes, you may want to remove the other parties crook, but your parties crook is okay. The plain fact is that the voters of N.Y. have no moral compass when it comes to their preferred party. Party trumps all. We deserve what we have because those people in Albany know we have lost our outrage. The voters can not pull the lever of a person of another party no matter what offense their party standard barer commits. If worse comes to worse the voter will justify their action on grounds of moral equivalency. Moral equivalency is the false god of justifying mediocrity.

So what if Albany is at a stand still. This only means various taxes new and old are not enacted. Mandates, regulations, surcharges and fees...limbo! I really cry over that, boo-hoo. This means our local governments will either have to do with less or raise our taxes and as this is a local election season, we can hold them directly accountable. We have already allowed Albany to pass unto us untold un-funded mandates our local governments can hide behind as the pick our pockets. Two-hundred and fifty years ago it was said nobody in N.Y. is safe as long as the State Legislature is in secession, it is still true today. I hope they never resolve this mess. Knowing that the voters of N.Y. will do nothing to change the culture in Albany, this is the best I can hope for.
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE:
RE: THE VOLPE REPORT:

Andy;
The Volpe Report
Hosted by Domenic Volpe

The Volpe Report is pleased to announce the special guest for this week is none other than John Curran, City of Peekskill Historian.
Just a side note- John is one of the more popular guests the Volpe Report continues to bring on and talk with. This week Mr. Curran's three topics are 1) Jackie Gleason and the Round House in Cortlandt, 2) The Liberty Ships which were docked across the river south of Bear Mountain Bridge- sometimes known as the Mothball fleet and 3) just a quick reference to the recession of 1920-1929 and similarities to the current one.

The Volpe Report can be seen on Public Access channel 15 in the Peekskill/Cortlandt area Thursday at 8:00pm. The Yorktown/Putnam Valley area can see them on Public Access channel 74 Thursdays at 6:0pm.

Thanking you and hope all enjoy a happy and safe July 4.--
Domneic Volpe
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E-MAIL FROM READER VIC OF PUTNAM COUNTY:

Hi Andy,
I would like to respond to previous comments on the Peekskill Hollow Road controversy posted under “Roadwork or Roadblocks?”, if I may. I have been a volunteer in opposition to the PHR project for years now, and have interviewed many residents, and both written and spoken in opposition to what I consider a needless, wasteful and destructive project that opponents believe will bring greater danger to them and their families, not more “safety”. This project has acquired a life of its own and has been both misrepresented and manipulated by those who back it.

Thanks,
Vic
Putnam Valley/Kent Cliffs
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:

VOLPE AND KAPLOWITZ: STATE SENATE GETS FAILING GRADE
FOR TERM – MUST ATTEND ‘SUMMER SCHOOL’!

Domenic Volpe (D-WF), candidate for Westchester County Legislator and County Legislator and Board Vice Chairman Michael B. Kaplowitz (D-I-WF, Somers), were joined by Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster (D-WF), angry local residents and business owners, at a press conference Tuesday June 30 outside the Westchester County’s Department of Social Services Building on Washington St. in Peekskill to present a year-end ‘report card’ on the performance of the NY State Senate.

“While the Senate fiddles, Westchester taxpayers are getting burned,” said Domenic Volpe, candidate an d local businessman. “Residents of northern Westchester County depend on their state senators to carry local legislation that supports town and city budgets. It’s time to put the politics aside and get down to business.”

“The cost of the State Senate’s immaturity and inaction is going to translate to real dollars for the taxpayers of Westchester County in an already struggling economy,” said Kaplowitz, the immediate past chair and current member of the County Board’s Budget & Appropriations Committee.

According to Kaplowitz, it is appropriate that the NY State Senate receive a report card, similar20to students, at the end of the year’s legislative session. Given the stalemate in Albany, and the incomplete assignment of doing the people’s business, it is no surprise that Kaplowitz gave the dueling state lawmakers a big, fat ‘F’.

“Passing these bills is serious business – the people’s business – and our state senators must stop this madness and get back to work,” stated the democratic county lawmaker. “Just like in school, if you don’t complete the assigned work within the scheduled school year – or in this case, legislative term – then you must go to summer school,” continued Kaplowitz.

“Enough is enough. The taxpayers are relying on their state representatives to discharge their duties and bring the relief they promised to Westchester County residents. They can fight and play games on their own time,” he concluded.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PUTNAM VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL SAM DAVIS:

Hi Andy,

On June 2nd, I was in Albany, with almost 100 others from around the state. We were there to lobby state legislators to adopt, and vote for our Circuit Breaker legislation (part of our comprehensive property tax relief and reform bill). You can see an article about our visit at: http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/newyorkteacher_13149.htm

I thought you might find this interesting. Of course, you're free to post it on your blog if you wish.

Have a great day. (I'll be out getting signatures)
Peace,
Sam
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N.DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:

12 Grapes Wins Westchester Magazine's
Best of Westchester®
Editors' Pick for "Best New Live Music Spot"


Zagat rated 12 Grapes "Very Good to Excellent".
Wine Enthusiast gave 12 Grapes their "Award of Distinction".
And now, the Editors of Westchester Magazine voted 12 Grapes
"Best New Live Music Spot".
Great food, great wine, great music.
How great is that?
For reservations, call 914-737-6624.

**JULY SPECIAL**
Free drink or dessert when you have an early dinner.

Now eating early is really good for you!
Join us for dinner between 5 and 6pm on Thursday, Friday
or Saturday nights and receive a free drink or dessert on the house.

The small print: Offer good July '09 only. Diners must arrive between 5pm and 6pm
and order one entree to receive free drink or dessert. Not valid July 10 or July 31.
Once again, thanks for your patronage and support. Hope to see you soon. Happy 4th of July!!

Rich & Jeannie
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A MESSSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN SCHORR:
PBA OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY, INC. ENDORSES
DAN SCHORR FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Pleasantville, NY- June 29...Dan Schorr, the former Westchester and New York City prosecutor running for the office of Westchester County District Attorney (D.A.), today received the coveted Police Benevolent Association of Westchester, Inc. endorsement in his race to replace incumbent D. A. Janet DiFiore.

Mr. Schorr received the endorsement in a unanimous vote.

"The PBA of Westchester endorses Dan Schorr because of his deep prosecutorial experience and his commitment to fully charging violent felons for their crimes," said Joseph Giustino, Chairman of the PBA of Westchester Endorsement Committee. "The PBA of Westchester is also impressed by Mr. Schorr's commitment to crack down on sexual predators in Westchester and provide essential services and protections to victims of domestic violence. The PBA of Westchester is confident that Mr. Schorr will back up the police work of our members and make an outstanding DA."

"The PBA of Westchester endorsement means a great deal to me and I am honored to be running for district attorney with its support," Mr. Schorr said. "Police officers in Westchester risk their lives to protect the public from dangerous criminals, but their arrests need to be backed up in court with vigorous prosecutions. Violent felons receive lenient sentences in easy plea-bargain deals way too often in this county. I am going to change that the day I take office. Public safety requires toughness and vigilance."

Founded in 1913, The PBA of Westchester County, Incorporated is the oldest fraternal organization in Westchester. Comprised of police officers from across Westchester County, the organization seeks to foster good relations between departments and encourages service to the community.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PEEKSKILL GOP:
HANZLIK CALLS 11th HOUR TAX MEETING " DISGRACEFUL"

The Republican candidate for Peekskill Mayor described a special meeting of the Peekskill Common Council Friday, June 19, "a disgrace" and declared that Mayor Foster owes every citizen of Peekskill an apology.

Christopher S. Hanzlik, who also has been designated as the candidate for Mayor by the Conservative and Independence parties, said "It is bad enough that the Foster Administration would push to impose new taxes on Peekskill's property owners and the one current business that offers overnight accommodations to residents and travelers, but to call for a special meeting of the Common Council at the 11th hour on a Friday evening is a disgrace and suggests that this administration has nothing but disdain for the citizens they were elected to serve."

He also challenged the way the meeting was called. "The responsibility for calling the special meeting is murky since the only notice given to city council members was in the form of an e-mail late Wednesday afternoon, an e-mail which was sent by a city hall secretary asking if the council members 'would be available' for a special meeting on Friday evening."

Hanzlik said the City Code allows for a special meeting to be called by the Mayor or any two council members upon notice to the entire council, at least two days prior to the date fixed for the meeting. It was not until Thursday, the day before the special meeting, that the council members were given notice that there would in fact be a meeting the following evening to deal with a Home Rule Message resolution to the city's State representatives requesting that the City be allowed to impose two new taxes. One of the new taxes would be a Transfer Tax on the sale of real estate and the other would be a Hotel/Motel tax which would be charged to those who stay at Peekskill's only such facility, the Peekskill Motor Inn and a possible second facility that has been approved to be constructed at Charles Point.

Hanzlik asked, "Who, would call for a meeting to be held on a Friday night with less than 24 hour notice to the council members and no public notice to speak of?"
He answered his own question: "Only someone with something to hide." "Mayor Foster and the council members who supported her have stooped to new lows in public accountability and transparency with this action. The Mayor, with the support of her council majority, introduced the idea of including these taxes in their 2009 budget discussions almost 9 months ago. To wake up last Wednesday and all of a sudden come to the realization that she needed a special meeting on a Friday night to ask for the State's permission to impose them shows how deceitful politicians can be," Mr. Hanzlik went on to say.

Hanzlik is running for mayor of Peekskill along with Sue Sheridan, Joe Torres and Tony Washington who are running for city council. Hanzlik concluded his statement by promising to repeal these taxes if the State were to allow Peekskill to impose them. "I and my running mates reject the request of Mayor Foster and her cohorts to impose more taxes on Peekskill's citizens and visitors. These taxes will make an already bad economic situation worse for our citizens and job producing businesses. I can tell you one thing for sure, when we are elected, one of our first acts will be to take whatever steps are necessary to repeal these taxes. And this will be done at a regular meeting of the Common Council on a regular day and time."

Go Peekskill
Contact Vincent C. Vesce
(914) 393-2241
http://www.peekskillgop.com
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PEEKSKILL REPUBLICAN SLATE EMBRACES OROS / TESTA POSITION ON ASSESSMENT BILL

Joining the position expressed by County Legislator George Oros and Peekskill's former mayor, John Testa, who is running to succeed Oros on the County Legislature, Peekskill Mayoral candidate Chris Hanzlik and his running mates called on the State Senate to reject the "Commercial Assessment Ratio Bill" (S.1706) that has already been approved by the State Assembly.

Hanzlik was joined by, Sue Sheridan, Joe Torres and Tony Washington in calling on the State Senate to reject this legislation and have also called on the Peekskill Common Council to pass a resolution expressing the City's opposition to the bill. "This is just one more outrage that a substantial portion of Peekskill's residents would be required to deal with by our state representatives. This selective legislation that targets certain residential and commercial property owners would result in higher taxes just when people are struggling the most. It must be rejected by the State Senate".

City Council candidate Sue Sheridan said, "George Oros and John Testa have it right...this pending legislation would be a disaster for hundreds of our residents and commercial enterprises. Why this selective legislation and why now especially during one of the worst recessions in recent memory"?

Joe Torres, another Republican City Council candidate added, "With my business, I am in and out of dozens and dozens of homes and businesses in Peekskill every single week. I get to talk with a lot of people who live in condos and other types of homes that this assessment bill would apply to and I can tell you they cannot afford to be hit with the type of tax increases this bill would cause. It will drive even more people out of Westchester and NY State. As Peekskill's former mayor, John Testa knows this better than most and I echo his sentiments."

Tony Washington, also a Republican City Council candidate, called on Peekskill's City Council to act in defense of Peekskill residents and business owners who would be affected by this bill. "Given the current economic climate, with people losing their homes and struggling to make ends meet, the Democrat Legislative majority in Albany is stepping on the very people they pretend to champion by adding to the already crushing tax burden faced by our residents and business owners. This bill, if it becomes law, will destroy Westchester's competitive position relative to neighboring counties, since the Democrats carefully crafted it to leave every other county in the state unaffected. Peekskill's current Council and Mayor should realize that this proposed bill will do nothing but hurt our city's ability to grow and prosper. So, in plain English, I call on them to strongly denounce this bill and oppose its' passage in the strongest possible terms."

Chris Hanzlik, Sue Sheridan, Joe Torres and Tony Washington are the designated candidates of the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties for this fall's elections in the City of Peekskill. Respectively, they are running for mayor and the three city council seats that are up for election this year.

Go Peekskill
Contact Vinne Vesce, (914) 393-2241
http://www.peekskillgop.com
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
*Assemblywoman Galef’s Annual Senior Citizen Forum Headlines Storyteller Jonathan Kruk*

Assemblywoman Galef announced that her annual Senior Citizen Forum will feature renowned storyteller Jonathan Kruk of Cold Spring, NY. The Forum will be held *Thursday, July 9 from **9 am** to **12 noon** at **Cortlandt** **Town Hall**, **1 Heady Street*. This year’s theme is *“Let’s Enjoy the **Hudson** **Valley** as We Celebrate the Quadricentennial”*, marking the 400^th anniversary of Henry Hudson sailing up the river that now bares his name. New Yorkers are celebrating this momentous occasion through the summer and fall months. Breakfast will be provided by the Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Jonathan Kruk will lead off the morning with an entertaining story about Henry Hudson and the Quadricentennial. Jonathan has been sharing his creative stories for many years, giving about 300 performances and workshops per year. Jonathan was selected /"Best Storyteller in the //Hudson// //Valley//"/ by Hudson Valley Magazine and The New York Times has described him as "Westchester’s intrepid storyteller". Jonathan has appeared on P.B.S., The Travel and History Channels.

The Forum will follow with a variety of speakers on the Quadricentennial, tourism in the Hudson Valley, and local events for both seniors and their families. Kim Sinistore, Director of the Westchester County Department of Tourism, will discuss local Quadricentennial events along with descriptions of local tourism sites for everyone to visit. Valerie Hickman, Director of the Putnam County Visitors Bureau, will discuss events coming up in Putnam County as well as tourism sites and local Quadricentennial events. Barbara Fratianni, Assistant Director of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission, will describe upcoming Quadricentennial Events in the region and throughout New York State. John Dennehey, Senior Planner of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Hudson River Valley Greenway will be presenting wonderful information on local historical sites. Lastly, Dr. Gary Phillips, a board certified endocrinologist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center, will share his knowledge of living healthy with diabetes and diabetes prevention.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is sponsoring the Forum. Co-sponsors are: Bethel Homes and Services, Briarcliff Manor Seniors, Buchanan Senior Citizen Club, Cold Spring Senior Nutrition Center, Cortlandt Seniors, Crompond Seniors, Croton Senior Citizens, Drum Hill Senior Living, Nor-Cort Seniors, Ossining Golden Age Club #1, Ossining Senior Center, Ossining Senior Citizens, Peekskill Senior Citizen’s Club, Philipstown Senior Citizens, Putnam County AARP Chapter 1183, Putnam County Office of the Aging, Putnam Valley Seniors, Verplanck Seniors, and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

For more information about the event please contact Sara Rubin in Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111 or by e-mailing rubins@assembly.state.ny.us .
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Sales Tax Extensions Made Automatic for Countie
Leaders Throughout New York Hail Legislation Introduction

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef introduced legislation (A.8754/S5922) permanently authorizing counties, cities, and school districts to impose up to a four percent rate of sales and compensating use taxes. If passed, these entities would not have to seek legislative approval for tax increases up to 4% every two years. Five counties would be authorized to impose sales and use taxes at rates in excess of 4% for two years.

“If this legislation were law, our city, town, county, and school district leaders and officials wouldn’t be as apprehensive and, quite frankly, distressed as they are right now given the stalemate in the New York State Senate,” said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. (The Senate is deadlocked at 31 votes for each party and no agreement regarding the leadership composition). “There are close to fifty bills in the Assembly and Senate that can’t be enacted because of the current impasse. As a consequence, municipal and school entities throughout the state are facing million dollar shortfalls in their budgets. This is an untenable position for local officials; they may be forced to raise property taxes on the already overburdened homeowner.”

Current state law authorizes counties, cities, and school districts to impose up to a three percent rate of tax, and also authorizes more than 50 counties and six cities to impose additional rates of tax in excess of three percent for two year periods. There are 57 counties outside New York City that impose general sales and use taxes at the current maximum authorized rate of three percent, with more than fifty counties imposing additional rates , ranging from 1/8% to ¼%. All must have their sales tax authority renewed by the New York State Legislature every other year.

“Under the current system, sales tax legislation is often rushed through the state Legislature at the last minute, leaving local governments uncertain about incoming revenues. This is especially true this year, given the gridlock in the State Senate,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo. “This is an attempt to streamline state government so that it is more efficient and user-friendly for municipalities.”

Putnam County Executive Bob Bondi today thanked Assemblywoman Sandra Galef for introducing the Putnam County Sales Tax extension bill. Putnam County will receive $ 13 million annually as a result of this Legislation. Without this Legislation, Putnam County property taxpayers would see their County tax bills rise by 36%. Bondi stated, “Assemblywoman Galef understands the tremendous burden that property taxpayers bear in the Hudson Valley , and we appreciate her efforts to provide real property tax relief while avoiding the devastating cuts in services that Putnam County residents want and need.”

"This is a common sense piece of legislation that will provide counties and taxpayers with greater certainty during an uncertain time," said Stephen J. Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties.
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Galef’s Legislation Permitting Electronic Court Appearances in Putnam County
Passes State Assembly
Putnam County Officials Praise Its Passage


(June 30, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced passage of her Assembly bill A8096/S5084, which would allow defendants to appear electronically at court proceedings in Putnam County. The Putnam County Executive, Board of Legislators and the County Sheriff requested the legislation to save taxpayer money and increase government efficiency by allowing defendants to appear electronically in connection with a criminal action (except for hearings and trials).

“With the passage of this bill Putnam County will join twenty-six other counties, including Westchester, in New York State that have the authority to conduct electronic court appearances,” said Galef. “Giving the courts in Putnam County the authority to decide whether or not it is necessary to see a defendant in connection with criminal actions will not only cut costs for taxpayers it will also enhance public safety. It also preserves the rights for those accused of a crime since they will still appear in person at critical junctures of the proceedings such as a hearing or trial.”

The legislation takes advantage of new technology that has proven effective in other parts of the state and country. By setting up a closed-circuit, audio-visual system inside a designated space in the Putnam County Correctional Facility, defendants can be present for many parts of the judicial process without being physically transported to the County Courthouse. Currently, Putnam County Correction Officers transport about two hundred detainees and prisoners to different courts across the county every year. The use of electronic court appearances would reduce the number of these transports, thereby reducing labor costs, transportation-related expenses, and has the additional advantage of protecting the environment through reduced vehicular emissions.

"This is a good example of how government at all levels can work together to accomplish the goal of making government more economic and efficient. We appreciate the hard work of everyone involved and are hopeful that all approvals will occur in time to realize savings during our next fiscal year," said Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi.

Mary Ellen Odell, Putnam County Legislator and Co-Chair of the Commission on Fiscal Vision and Accountability (Commission) said: “On behalf of my co-chair, Neil Sullivan and Commission members, I want to thank Assemblywoman Galef for this legislation that would allow defendants to appear before a judge electronically instead of in-person. It is gratifying when a state legislator takes our recommendation to streamline Putnam County government and transforms it into reality. It is also a testament to our Commission members who come from all walks of life, political parties, public, and private sectors to work together and find ways to make government more efficient and save Putnam County residents’ money. This bill is a grand slam; it reduces our payroll significantly, decreases field transportation costs, and enhances public safety. It is a significant achievement, reducing costs while still carrying out mandatory governmental functions.”

“There are so many new forms of technology available to us, and as a result it is no longer necessary to transport defendants to and from local courts for every appearance,” said Galef. “I know this legislation is going to relieve some of the economic burden placed on my constituents in Putnam. The measures provided in this legislation will go a long way to furthering my commitment to limiting waste in New York State , both economically and environmentally,” Galef concluded.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
ONE MISSED CALL: HALL CASTS DECIDING VOTE FOR JOB-KILLING CLIMATE BILL
Ball unleashes dialing campaign to sound alarm; Restore America’s Promise

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), a candidate for the House of Representatives in New York’s 19th congressional district, sent an automated message to residents of Dutchess and Putnam Counties yesterday, lambasting Congress for passing the Waxman-Markey ‘Cap and Tax’ bill (H.R. 2454), which he calls the “largest job killing bill ever.”

“Albany is a disaster, and in Washington, our own Congressman was one of the deciding votes for cap and trade, a national energy tax that will cost your family sixteen hundred dollars,” a Ball voiceover says during the call. “Have you had enough?”

The American Clean Energy and Security Act, otherwise know as ‘Cap and Trade’ or ‘Cap and Tax’ is major comprehensive energy legislation that many economists expect to cost tens of thousands of jobs in New York State. While some have launched misleading statements the bill would create jobs, even liberal economist Paul Krugman, a strong proponent of the bill, conceded to NPR yesterday that at best “employment would be as it would have been otherwise.”

Ball’s prospective 2010 opponent cast a deciding vote for the measure, which he calls “the largest tax hike in American history” and says would dramatically raise energy prices while New York is in the depths of an economic recession.

The calls, which reached over 40,000 households in the Hudson Valley, invite recipients to the July 6th Tax Day Tea Party at Dutchess Stadium, where Ball is slated to be a guest-speaker. The April Tax Day Tea Party at Dutchess Stadium drew over 4,000 angry taxpayers and was the 25th largest in the nation.

Listen to the call here: http://assemblymangball.com/gb062909b.wav
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TEA PARTY PATRIOTS PREPARE FOR ROUND 2 AT DUTCHESS STADIUM
July 6th event stands again to be one of nation's largest

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) has been invited to be a guest speaker at the July 6th Tax Day Tea Party at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.

Ball, a candidate for the House of Representatives in New York's 19th district, says the event is an opportunity to bolster his efforts to create a taxpayer resistance against the MTA payroll tax, and rally support around state and federal efforts for a comprehensive forensic accounting of the MTA and the Federal Reserve, respectively.

"The freedom to assemble and protest is something uniquely American," Ball said. "King George wanted only 10% and there was a revolt, and now our government is asking for over 50%. Not so far from Dutchess stadium, is a historic marker commemorating the Fishkill Tea Party in 1776. By banding together with blue collar workers and small business owners from all over the Hudson Valley, I'm confident we can duplicate their success."

During his speech, Ball is expected to call on the United States Senate to defeat the Waxman-Markey 'Cap and Tax' Bill, which many independent experts are calling the largest tax increase in American history, and was narrowly passed through the House of Representatives with a deciding vote from his opponent.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist, or a rock-star for that matter, to figure out that passing a job-killer like Cap and Tax during one of the deepest economic recessions in a generation is bad for everyone," Ball added. "Washington needs to wakeup. Throughout the Hudson Valley, I hear day after day how people are desperate for real leadership, someone who will take on the Washington insiders and provide a real, independent voice for the thousands of residents like those at the Hudson Valley Tea Party. I may only be an average American, but I know I can be that voice, and I am ready to help restore America's promise."

On April 15, 2009, the Fishkill Tea Party made history by being the 25th largest tea party in the nation out of the 750 events held nationwide. For more information on the event, visit www.fishkillteaparty.com .
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

This week I discuss national health care. 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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NORTH COUNTY NEWS:"http://northcountynews.com/

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

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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

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