Saturday, September 26, 2009

TAXI(ING) ONE'S INTELLIGENCE IN PEEKSKILL

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

Issues Discussed In Ths Weeks Blog:
1) my commentary
2) cable t.v. update
3) a message from candidate for Ossining town council Peter Tripodi
4) a message from candidate for Yorktown council Mark Drexel
5) a message from candidate for Yorktown council David Paganelli
6) a message from candidate for Yorktown council Terrence Murphy
7) a message from candidate for Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel
8) a message from Putnam Valley supervisor Bob Tendy
9) a message from candidate for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
10) a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
11) a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information (to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch (to better inform)
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Dear Readers:

It seems the City Of Peekskill wishes me to out of business. It seems the City Of Peekskill does want to help small business...go to hell. As most if not all you who have read my works know, I am part owner of taxi company. An incorporated taxi company. A tax paying (boy do I pay taxes) company. A genuine small business. How ever it is a business in an industry held in contempt by the powers that be in Peekskill.

I have for over twelve years been picking up passenger at the Peekskill train station. I am considered a train cab. 95% of my business comes from taking commuters home from a long days work. The other types of cabs are radio cabs, those who primary business comes from being dispatched. I have developed a solid customer base. In the beginning when the fare was $3.00 I would work 12 to 14 hour day only to come home with $30.00. That's how I built my business. What the powers that be do not understand is that commuters wish to have a regular driver, one they trust, to take them home. They are uncomfortable getting in cars with those they do not know, especially at night when I work. The City of Peekskill wishes them now to take other drivers whether they want to or not.

When I started and until about three years ago, you had maybe 4 or 5 cabs at these trains, on a slow night for radio cabs maybe 7. Now since the beginnings of this recession, which first hit the construction and home maintenance industry, the City of Peekskill is trying to all by itself lower the state unemployment rate by giving anybody anywhere a taxi licence, regardless of whether one can make a living in this economy. Also as an aside, this really has no affect on the unemployment rate as most of these drivers work off the books, so there is no record of employment. Actually you could say that the City Of Peekskill is an enabler of the underground economy.

So now you can have an average of 10 to 12 cabs per train. Driver who once worked a 12 hour shift to make a decent living now work 15 to 17 hours and still make less than working 12. If you have the $125.00 for a licence and $250.00 for a car licence your are in. Now this makes for a lot of at times confusion. How ever this confusion is all the making of the City Of Peekskill that only wants the money. It is always the money.

What is their solution, no not a moratorium on licence's, it is now to limit the number of cabs, from what I heard starting Monday or sometime early this week to 8 to 10. So now if I am 9 or 11 I am prohibited from doing business and my customers who I've worked 12 years to establish, must ride in another taxi. The City of Peekskill feels my 12 years of work and sweat should now benefit someone else. Oh, they'll take my money, but now they wish to limit my ability to earn a living. You know why, because they can.

Do you know who are the geniuses who thought of this, I do. It is people who never have ridden in a cab, people who's only knowledge of the train station is to drive past it on there way to eat something on Washington Street. People who have utter contempt for this industry and would rather it go away. People who smile to my face and now stab me in the back. What the hell do they care, they are paid by tax dollars and there jobs are secure, getting paid whether they show up to work or not. I do not work, I do not get paid. I get no passengers, I do not get paid.

This is totally an arbitrary decision. No one from the industry was consulted about the practical affects of this decision. At this moment all I can implore the powers that be is to hold off till we can discuss this. It has been done before, and I have been the one they have talked to as I do not just fight for my interests, but because I can see the whole picture and all interests. The powers that be have not thought this through. Please take a break, hold off and let's talk first. I will not take this threat to my business and 12 years of hard work lying down.
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE:
RE: SPEAK OUT WITH SANDY GALEF:
“Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Presents
Citizens Working for Community Change

( September 25, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts founding member and co-chair of Kent Fiscal Watch Joyce Mitchell and the Ossining School Board’s Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee member Daysi Briones on her television program “Speak Out with Sandy Galef.” Briones and Mitchell discuss their work with grassroots community groups and the reforms that these groups are trying to effect in their local municipalities and school districts.

The conversation touches on a variety of issues that local activists face when trying to change their communities for the better. Galef’s guests talk about how they first became involved with their committees and watchdog groups, the obstacles their groups have had to face, and the successes they have experienced. In addition, Galef, Mitchell and Briones explore the role that state government can play in assisting grassroots activists and local communities in reforms.

“I hope that this discussion helps people to understand that they can be a part of their municipalities and school districts in a more hands-on way, and empowers them to initiate the changes they would like to see in their local governments. My guests realized that something was missing in their communities and they are working hard to fix the problems they saw,” said Galef.

Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.

“Speak Out with Sandy Galef” airs as follows:
Ossining & Peekskill Channel 15 – Wednesdays at 8:00 pm
Wappingers Falls Channel 21 and Yorktown Channel 74 - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8 - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

“Citizens Working for Community Change” airs on Channels 15, 21 & 74
September 30, October 7, 28 & November 4
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR OSSINING TOWN COUNCIL PETER TRIPODI:
Peter J. Tripodi IV = Youth, Enegry, & Vision
September, 2009

Dear Neighbor:
Hello, my name is Peter Tripodi, and I am a candidate for the Ossining Town Council. I urge you to vote out all incumbents at every level of government this election year!

I am 23 yrs old and a 21-year resident of Ossining. I was lucky to grow up in this area, and I plan to raise a family here as well. However, I am concerned about the future of Ossining. Tax increases have been tough on everyone, and especially hard on senior citizens on fixed incomes.

Did You Know?
The current Town Board hired the Ossining Village attorney (already making $108,000.00 in the Village) as a consultant for $40,000.00.

The current Town Board member individually makes $10,000.00 annually including healthcare (working ONE night a week) when almost half of the municipal boards in Westchester are UNPAID, part-time jobs.

The inflation rate for 2008 was 3.85% and the budget increase for 2008 was 10% for the Town Outside and 19% for the Town General!!!

Did You Also Know?

Peter has successfully lobbied the current board to create an Ethics Board,WHICH THEY DID.

Peter had successfully lobbied the current board to take a pay cut,
WHICH THEY DID.

Peter has successfully lobbied the current board to create citizen-government programs, WHICH THEY DID.

During this campaign, I will visit every neighborhood, walk on every street and try to meet every resident. I look forward to meeting you soon so we can discuss the issues facing Ossining, I would also appreciate your support on Election Day.

Very truly yours,
Peter Tripodi IV

P.S. Please feel free to call me anytime at 914 774-0373 to discuss the campaign or any of your concerns.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL MARK DREXEL:
The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and
The North County News host
Local Political Candidates Debates
at Yorktown Stage
Wednesday, September 30, 7 PM

Peters/Siegal
Candidates for Town Supervisor

Patel/Murphy/Pagenelli/Drexel
Candidates for Councilmen

Lagonia/Metz
Yorktown Justice

Thursday, October 1, 7 PM

Spano/Asterino, Kaplowitz/Kane, DeFiori/Shorr
Volpe/Testa County Candidates

Please attend and show the candidates we are interested in what they have to say.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 10, 2009:
Yorktown Festival & Street Fair- 11am to 6pm.
www.yorktownfestival.com

Saturday, October 14, 2009:
11 Chamber Mixer
Holiday inn, Mt Kisco, NY - 5:30-9pm.

For additional information or to become a member, contact The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 632 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
914-245-4599 / www.yorktownchamber.org
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL DAVID PAGANELLI:
DAVE PAGANELLI FOR YORKTOWN TOWN COUNCIL
Pure of Heart Representation For The Citizens Of Yorktown

For our ‘rockin’ the vote’ primary fund raiser we danced to the past, now it’s time to dance for the future.

Your generous support to Dave’s primary campaign helped him win one of the Democratic nominations for Yorktown Councilman in the November 3rd election. Unfortunately, in an effort to get Dave’s name known to Yorktown Democrats for the primary vote, our funds were depleted. We now have to raise funds to continue getting Dave’s message out and to get him elected in November.

SO, WE’RE HAVING A PARTY - COME JOIN THE FUN!
Where: Travelers Rest
Date: October 14, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm to whenever
Cost: $75 per person
Dinner, Dancing, Open Bar

Please make checks payable to:
Friends For Dave Paganelli
1924 Commerce St., Yorktown Hts, NY 10598
RSVP Treasurer Jean Klaus 914-245-1419
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RE: THIS LETTER APPEARED IN THE NCN 09/23/09
Paganelli grateful
To the Editor:

I am proud that the Democratic voters in Yorktown have voted to support me as one of two candidates for the Yorktown Council on the Democratic line. To those who have shown their confidence in me I say from my heart, thank you very much. To my committee who worked on my behalf, I can not say thank you enough. I could never have made it without your support and guidance. To the Yorktown Democratic Committee I promise not to let you down.
Now the real work begins. In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election, I will continue our discussions on the issues that affect our town and where I stand. Together we will look at the proposed comprehensive plan. We will see how we can improve the dialogue between the residents and the town board at public hearings. We will have a discussion on how we are going to manage our declining revenues and our increasing expenditures. We will discuss the actions by the federal, state and county governments and how they will affect our town. Remember all issues trickle down and become local issues.
The Yorktown Democratic slate is now set. Together as a team we will show you how we will work to guide us through the economic storms ahead. We will show you our plans, and let you decide in November who is best to lead, we on the Democratic ticket or our Republican challengers. I promise you will be able to make an informed vote, and I am confident you will choose us.
Throughout my campaign I have demonstrated that my motives are pure of heart. When I am elected, I promise to help all the residents of Yorktown, regardless of where they stand. Continue to look for my ads and letters. Count on me coming to your door to hear what you have to say.
Thanks to your vote, the conversation continues!

David Paganelli
Democratic and Working Families Party candidate
Owner, Travelers Rest Restaurant
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL TERRENCE MURPHY:
Statement from Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy
Councilman Candidate Honored by Yorktown Teacher's Union Endorsement

I am proud to accept the endorsement of the Yorktown Teacher's Union. It is only fitting to have received this endorsement following my 25 year high school reunion this past weekend. Having been born and raised in this town I have many fond memories of my time going through the Yorktown school system.

The teacher's union recognizes that by raising two young children in this town I have a vested interest in its future direction. I truly believe the time is now upon us to reinvest in the future of Yorktown. This begins by ensuring the safety and future well being of our kids.

As the President of Keeping Westchester Safe, and as a concerned parent, I graciously accept this endorsement. I am confident that by combining the skills of our educators with my experience as a successful small business owner, we can advance the safety and well being of the children of Yorktown.
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Candidates Sign Fair Campaign Pledge
Democrats Join Republicans on Issue Based Campaign

In an unprecedented act of civil unity, local GOP and Democratic candidates stood together today in support of the republican proposed Fair Campaign Pledge. The pledge, which is being applauded by residents across town, calls for an issue based campaign and states candidates will refrain from personal attacks and unsubstantiated accusations. With local campaigns nearly in full stride, this pledge aims to have the issues facing the residents of Yorktown properly and professionally addressed.

"I'd like to thank my opponent, Supervisor Don Peters, for joining me in signing this fair campaign pledge," Yorktown Supervisor candidate Susan Siegel (R, C, I - Yorktown) said. "In the spirit of this pledge, I hope my opponent reconsiders his decision of not participating in the five scheduled debates and candidate forums. These events will allow us the opportunity to discuss the challenging issues confronting our town and answer questions from the public."

“The people of Yorktown want competent and qualified elected officials leading the town,” stated Yorktown Councilman Candidate Mark Drexel. “As I go door to door, it is clear to me that the people demand an open and transparent town hall. They expect that the campaigns will be conducted openly and publicly, will discuss the issues, and will focus on the candidates’ qualifications. Candidates that do not heed this message will be judged in the voting booth on November 3rd.”

“An open and honest government begins with an open and honest campaign,” Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) said. “By signing this pledge we have taken the first steps in ensuring the needs of the voters are addressed in a serious and transparent manner. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this movement.”

"The people of Yorktown deserve our best efforts to keep the campaigns relevant and respectful,” Yorktown Justice Candidate Sal Lagonia stated. “Let us remember that elections are not for candidates, they are for the people we serve."

"With this behind us the candidates can now focus solely on the issues facing our town," Yorktown GOP Chairwoman Serafina Mastro said. "For the next five weeks, solutions to the problems facing our town and qualifications of the candidates should be the only litmus test these individuals need to concern themselves with."
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Who is in Control?
Dear Bazzomanifest Reader,

As a local taxpayer I am always eager to see where my hard earned money is going. Putting in the time and effort to establish two successful small businesses here in town I would hope to enjoy some fruits of my labor. However, time and time again I feel a hand reach for my wallet to steal what I have worked so hard for. Whether it be the hand of Washington , the hand of Albany , or the hand of the county, some overbearing body continues to take advantage of all the hard working families in this town.

Two examples quickly come to mind which exhibit this. First is the MTA bailout which I and many other citizens, reporters, and politicians have been criticizing for months. You know the facts: a 0.34% payroll tax on all employers of the 12-county MTA region including small businesses, not for profits, and municipalities. If this is not enough, an additional fact which I feel has been continually overlooked is the MTA ’s arbitrary ability to raise this tax as they deem necessary.

This year Yorktown is being forced to pay $70,000 which means local taxes are increased by 0.5%. What about next year? Just another hand reaching for our wallets. A second example came last night when Westchester County Legislators voted 12-5 to approve the affordable housing settlement. Just know the facts: The federal government now has the authority to build 750 affordable homes anywhere in northern Westchester and sell them at below market rates. What does this mean for Yorktown ?

Two things: First the $62.5 million settlement between the United States Department of Justice and Westchester County will be paid with our hard earned tax dollars. Second, with Yorktown ’s mortgage tax revenue in disarray selling homes below the market value does not help us! The reality is as residents we have lost control of where our tax dollars are going. This November is our opportunity to reinvest in the future of Yorktown . This begins by regaining control of our wallets and standing up for what is right.

Dr. Terrence Murphy
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR SUSAN SIEGEL:
Democrats Hide From Debating Issues

The Democratic Town Committee has declined five invitations to join the Republican candidates in public debates on the critical issues confronting the Yorktown community. Why?

Why are the Democrats hiding from the public? Why are they restricting their contact with most voters to a 30 second knock at their door? Why are they limiting their public exposure?

Specifically, the Democratic Town Committee has declined to participate in debates in the Mohegan Lake, Huntersville and Sparkle Lake neighborhoods that would have included all candidates for local office.

The Committee, and specifically Don Peters, has also declined to appear with just Susan Siegel, the Republican, Conservative and Independence party candidate for supervisor, on two Channel 74 public access programs.

Are the Democrats afraid that under the scrutiny of public questioning, so many of their campaign claims about cost cutting and saving money will be shown to be exaggerations and misleading statements?

Are the Democrats afraid to face Mohegan residents because they haven’t lived up to their previous campaign promises to improve the traffic mess on Route 6? For years, Mohegan residents have complained that they are treated like step-children. A debate in Mohegan, possibly the very first to be held in the area, would have called attention to the area’s unique concerns.

To date, the Democratic candidates have agreed to appear in only a single public debate; the September 30th debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. In declining the other invitations, the Democratic Town Committee has said it was committed to participate in three “debates.” The three so-called “debates” they cite are the September 30th Chamber debate, the endorsement interviews with the Journal News and an appearance by the supervisor on Meet the Leaders, a one-on-one interview program on Channel 74.

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 PUTNAM VALLEY SUPERVISOR BOB TENDY:
CHECK THIS OUT:
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE58L6ID20090922
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO:
Dear Supporters,
Interested in helping Rob defeat Andy Spano on November 3rd?

With just 41 days until election Tuesday volunteers are needed at our White Plains and Yonkers headquarters. Phone banking, data entry, canvassing, and voter outreach will be vital to the campaign as Rob comes down the final stretch. Aside from financial donations, the campaign will also be accepting computers for temporary use during the final six weeks. Volunteers are instrumental in winning elections and we hope that you can help us achieve our goal of making Rob Astorino our next County Executive.

Friends of Rob Astorino
Donate Today!
www.robastorino.com
Join Rob's facebook group today!
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Dear Friend:
The time is now.

If you've been planning to help Rob Astorino defeat Andy Spano for County Executive, we need your help today.

Spano has got to go. The man who gave us the highest taxes in America has now gotten us sued by the federal government--to the tune of at least $62.5 million, and possibly double or triple that amount.

You can help defeat Andy Spano by making a contribution to Rob Astorino’s campaign at www.robastorino.com. Rob’s new commercial can be viewed here. Your donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, $1,000 – or whatever you can afford – can help keep commercials like this one running.

We've talked about Andy Spano's mismanagement of Westchester government before, but this time he's really crossed the line.Mr. Spano falsely signed federal housing documents to get “free” money and got caught.

Now, Westchester's towns and villages--and all of its taxpayers--are being forced to pay the price. This will not only cost us millions-possibly even hundreds of millions – but could also hand over control of our local zoning laws to the federal government.

It is a firing offense. But not even a word of apology from Mr. Spano. His only comment: "I signed whatever I had to get the money." This guy has to go.

In 38 days, Mr. Spano will attempt to be elected to a FOURTH TERM as Westchester County Executive (he promised to run for one).
Who knows how much more damage he could do with another term.
We can't let him succeed.

Mr. Spano has all the benefits of entrenched incumbency. He has a big campaign war chest and high name ID. But all the money in the world can't explain away his poor judgment. We can beat him.

The taxes and unbridled spending were bad enough (Mr. Spano more than doubled the size of the County Budget). But the position Mr. Spano has put us in with the federal government is unforgivable. He must be held accountable.

Rob Astorino will turn this county around. He’ll reduce taxes, streamline government services to make them efficient, and bring transparency and accountability to County government. Rob needs your help today. With your support, he'll send Andy Spano packing on Election Day. This race is expected to be decided by just a few votes, so your help is urgently needed.

Please go online today to www.robastorino.com and make a contribution to Rob’s campaign. Your donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, $1,000 – or whatever you can afford – will go a long way to defeating Andy Spano on November 3rd.

As Rob has an important financial filing deadline on September 28th, your timely contribution is especially appreciated! Huge thanks in advance for your generous support. Together, we're going to beat Andy Spano and get Westchester County back on track.

Sincerely,
Friends of Rob Astorino

PS: This election will be super-close, so every dollar counts. Please help Rob defeat Andy Spano with a contribution today by visiting www.robastorino.com!
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts Forum on Improving
Real Property Assessments

September 24, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host New York State Office of Real Property Services Executive Director Lee Kyriacou for her first fall forum of 2009 on Wednesday, October 7th from 7:30 pm – 9 pm at Croton Village Hall at 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY . The meeting is open to the public, and will investigate the value of regular property assessments to create equity in property taxes.

Kyriacou was appointed by the State Board of Real Property Services to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Real Property Services in 2007, and brings decades of experience from both the private and public sector to this position. Since his appointment he has advocated strongly for regular reassessing in all communities in New York State as an effective way of ensuring that New Yorkers only pay their fair share in taxes.

“I look forward to helping community members in Sandy’s district to understand their taxes and the assessment process and how to improve it,” said Kyriacou.

“Without frequent reassessments, taxation in New York will not be equitable for homes and businesses. Most communities Westchester County have not reassessed within the past 40 years. This forum will offer my constituents the opportunity to gain more insight into the assessment process and to get any of their questions answered by Lee Kyriacou, an expert in this field,” said Galef.

For more information or directions, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at depaolos@assembly.state.ny.us or (914) 941-1111.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
Only 5 days till the filing deadline!
Friend,

Midnight, September 30th is my next financial filing deadline.
Can you make a donation online, right now, and help take our country back?
Below, you'll find an article from today's Wall Street Journal with some exciting news about our campaign.

Now is the time to join our campaign so that we can keep the pressure on and be victorious next November.

I can't thank you enough,
Greg
(845) 582 - 0548

Obama's Empire of Ruin
by Brendan Miniter
The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2009

"I have no idea why the White House would do this," complained New York Rep.Charlie Rangel after reports that President Obama was trying to shove the state'sstumbling governor, David Paterson, out of the running for election next year.

Mr. Paterson had a few choice words too, as did his wife, who told NBC that the White House meddling was "very unfair" and that her husband is a "fighter."

New York may have become a bastion of liberalism in recent years, all but crushing the state's GOP. But despite its successes, the Democratic Party has been skating close to the edge of voters' patience. Notable examples include Gov. Paterson's shambolic handling of Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat and a recent short-lived "coup" in the state Senate. And recent Obamainterventions, judging from Republican glee, are only making matters worse.

Two of the most forceful players capable of imposing order were former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, but both were removed from the scene in short order (albeit for very different reasons). Mr Obama has clearly tried to fill the vacuum. He favored Caroline Kennedy for Ms. Clinton's senate seat, and reportedly sought (and received) assurances that it wouldn't be Kristen Gillibrand, an upstate congresswoman with a record of supporting gun rights. Then Gov. Paterson appointed Ms. Gillibrand anyway. Mr. Obama swallowed his displeasure and subsequently helped out Mr. Paterson by clearing the field of Democrats who might challenge Ms. Gillibrand next year.

Now a similar attempt to fix the Democratic gubernatorial nomination for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (and perhaps punish Mr. Paterson) is going a tad less smoothly. It's forcing many New York Democrats to make an overt choice that none want to make. Neither Ms. Gillibrand nor Chuck Schumer -- the state's other senator -- has been willing to go on the record in this fight. And some House members are beginning to worry about their own reelection chances in the shadow of Mr. Obama's declining popularity.

Rep. John Hall, who represents the Mid-Hudson Valley, voted in recent weeks for cutting off funds to the liberal organizing group ACORN even as more secure New York colleagues voted to defend the group. Mr. Hall, a songwriter and former member of the band Orleans, won his seat three years ago on anti-Bush fervor, but his district trends slightly Republican and lately has been host to rousing anti-Washington tea parties. In a telling episode, his Republican challenger, state Assemblyman Greg Ball, put Mr. Hall on the spot this summer over the latter's decision to skip any town halls and only hold one-sided rallies on health care. The Republican and dozens of his supporters forced Mr. Hall to open up what had been scheduled as a private local NAACP meeting to take health-care questions from voters.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is mulling a GOP run for governor next year. Former GOP Gov. George Pataki is a possible challenger to Ms. Gillibrand. A number of Democratic House members may face stronger-than-expected GOP challenges. While Republicans may not be ascendant in New York State quite yet, the Obama interventions clearly aren't hurting their cause.
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Good Morning!

This country is the greatest in the world, yet poised on the brink of a massive government takeover.

The trillions being spent will saddle future generations, the national security decisions and indecisions being made (or not being made) are weakening our security and the expansion of government power threatens to forever change the face of America.

But remaining frustrated and yelling at the television is not enough.Patriots of our founding pledged their liberty, property and lives for our freedom. Today, I am asking for something much easier, a simple contribution.

Oct 1st is my next financial filing deadline.
I need your loyal donation, today.

We need to raise $30,000 this week, and any size donation, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000, $2400 to $4800 would really help.

Can you make a donation online today, right now? www.SupportGreg.com

Thanks in advance!
Greg Ball
917 681 9302

**PS - Also, do not forget my Ari Fleischer event: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/423908923

*** PSS - Did you see this in Roll Call? http://www.rollcall.com/features/Health-Care_Hits-the-Road/health_hits_road/38170-1.html
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SABATO'S CRYSTAL BALL CALLS NY-19
PART OF 'GOP REVIVAL'
House outlook for Republicans bolstered by surging Ball candidacy

BREWSTER-As Republican congressional candidate Greg Ball gains momentum in his bid for congress, the University of Virginia's Center for Politics has joined other national handicappers in ranking Ball's bid to capture New York's 19th congressional district amongst the top pickup opportunities for Republicans in 2010.

The two term state legislator, who was buoyed this week by an endorsement from the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Orange County, seeks to unseat a sophomore incumbent Democrat who represents the traditionally Republican nineteenth district and is well known for voting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 98 percent of the time, according to the Washington Post.

Center Director Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball website now joins national publications including Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly in rating the 19th district as 'leans democratic.' Sabato predicts that Republicans will gain between 20 and 30 seats in 2010, and currently rates twenty-three incumbent or open seats held by Democrats as 'toss-up' and 'leans Democratic.'

According to Sabato, "If 2010 is a Republican year, as it now looks to be...many of these Democrats will perish."
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Dear Readers:

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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 race for November 3. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link below and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

DAVID PAGANELLI: www.paganelliforyorktown.com

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.com

YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR DON PETERS: www.donpetersforyorktown.com/

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

PEEKSKILL GUARDIAN: "http://peekskillguardian.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

MARK DREXEL: www.ElectDrexel.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: www.Ball4NY.com

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

DAN SCHORR: dan@electdanschorr.com

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

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

CORTLANDT DEMOCRATS: cortlandtwins.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Yorktown chanel 74 wednesdays 8-9PM.
Hosted By: Mike Thomas & Bill Greenberg
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EDITOR'S NOTE:
All articles re-printed in this blog from the North County News are with the permission of Bruce Apar Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

09/27/09

Saturday, September 19, 2009

AN OPPONENT IS NOT AN ENEMY

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

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:

1) my commentary
2) e-mail responses
a)Kevin of Dutches County
b) Bill of Putnam County
3)a message from the Winery at St. George
4) a message from candidate for Peekskill council Andrew Torres
5) what's happening at the Division Street Grill, N. Division Street, Peekskill
6) a message from Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco
7) e-mail from Linda Winters
8) a message from candidate for Yorktown Council Terrence Murphy
9) a message from candidate fir Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
10) a message from candidate for Westchester District Attorney Dan Schorr
11) a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information (to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch (to better inform)
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Dear Readers:

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

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

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

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

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

Tea Party Patriots
Action Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then the law suit was dismissed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Bazzomanifesto readers:

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Winters
Abstract Paintings
At The Chappaqua Library Gallery

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

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

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

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

www.lindawinters.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 more news regarding The Winery At St. George. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link below and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

DAVID PAGANELLI: www.paganelliforyorktown.com

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.com

YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR DON PETERS: www.donpetersforyorktown.com/

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

PEEKSKILL GUARDIAN: "http://peekskillguardian.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

MARK DREXEL: www.ElectDrexel.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: www.Ball4NY.com

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

DAN SCHORR: dan@electdanschorr.com

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

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

CORTLANDT DEMOCRATS: cortlandtwins.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Yorktown chanel 74 wednesdays 8-9PM.
Hosted By: Mike Thomas & Bill Greenberg
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EDITOR'S NOTE:
All articles re-printed in this blog from the North County News are with the permission of Bruce Apar Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

09/20/09

Saturday, September 12, 2009

THE FIGHT STARTS WITH YOU

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

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1) my commentary
2) cable t.v. update
a)The Volpe Report
b) Dear Sandy
3) a message from candidate for Westchester Legislator Domenic Volpe
4) a message from the Winery At St. George
5) a message from candidate for Peekskill Councilman Andrew Torres
6) what's happening at Graymoor, Garrison
7) what's happening at 12 Grapes, N. Division Street, Peekskill
8) a message from Yorktown Councilman NIck Bianco
9) e-mail from reader Bill of Putnam County
10) a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
11) a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information (to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch (to better inform)
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Dear Readers:

Stop the presses!!! All the candidates running in Tuesady's primary and in November say they are in favor of lower taxes, reasonable taxes, increases at the rate of inflation. Not one has comes out in favor of higher taxes. Yet in my life time either on the federal, state or county level, budgets increase and so do taxes. If its not property, its sales, cigarettes, booze, gas or any number of other taxes on anything that moves. Call them fees or surcharges, they are all taxes none the less. In the end it is the working middle or lower middle and poor who actually pay the taxes, not just the rich. Make no mistake, the rich pay more than their fare share, the top 5% of wage earners pay 75% of all income taxes.

The key word is income. No government taxes wealth. They would then have to tax themselves. Wealth is moveable. Shelters, deductions and other means are used to shield them. It is the rich who create jobs, make investments. They can not let their disposable monies lie dormant. It is that disposable income that supports charities, restaurants, theatre, boats, expensive cars high end cloths and jewelry. All those businesses create jobs. Their investments are the life blood of Wall Street. When you look at the individual states with higher than average unemployment, you will find they are lead by liberal Democratic governments whose redistribution policies have caused those with wealth to relocate to less taxing states.

By removing disposable income through taxation, the above mentioned businesses do not hire, in most cases fire people. Those now unemployed are no longer able to support restaurants, theatres and high end merchandise. New York is a prime example of governments gone wild. Both on the state and in our case Westchester County level, you have seen a massive growth in government bureaucracies. We are told they are necessary. Necessary to whom? Government should provide a safety net to those truly needy. But no, these governments are catering to the wanting. Well, we all want.

County duplicates services provided by the state. The state duplicates services provides by the federal government. Those duplications are there for the wanting, especially politicians wanting to be re-elected or elected. We face local elections this year. On Tuesday voters in Putnam Valley must elect on the Republican and Democratic sides council people who will stand for election in November. In Yorktown, Democratic voters will be doing the same. In the Town Of Cortlandt, it is will there be a choice on the November ballot for Supervisor. I covered the Yorktown Highway Superintendent race in theis wekks "In My Opinion" column.

Voters must elect those who are not linguini spined and will actually fight to lower their budgets. This is not the time for feel good grow government infinitives. This is not the time for the financially reckless. This is the time for candidates who believe profit is not a crime. Commercial enterprises are good for the towns. This is not the time for tax payer paid government work projects. They may sound good, but in reality they will only increase taxes. Putting people on the government payroll does not increase employment. It increases government. You must elect people who know the difference. The fight for your home starts with you. On Tuesday, go vote, start to fight to take your towns back.
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE:
THE VOLPE REPORT:

Andy- here is the update

The Volpe Report ,hosted by Domenic Volpe, is pleased to announce the next guest is Tom DeChairo- owner of the St. George Winery- sometimes referred as the Old Stone Church in Mohegan Lake on Rte. 6.
Viewers should check in as Mr. DeChairo explains the history of the Winery. Beginning with the historical background of the church to the work done to preserve this lovely building. Renovations include work done both inside and outside without disturbing much of the character of the building. Tom then gives a quick reference to his personal experiences that led his charge to open a winery and then culminating with the present plans Mr.DeChairo has with his proposed business venture.
The Volpe Report can be seen on Public Access Channel 15 on Thursday 8:00pm in the Peekskill/Cortlandt area- Sept. 17 and 24. The Yorktown/Putnam Valley area can view it on Public Access Channel 74 on Wednesday at 6:00pm. This show will be shown through September.
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DEAR SANDY:
Assemblywoman Galef Discusses Sustainability and Green School Curriculums on “Dear Sandy”

( September 8, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services Dr. Marla Gardner and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Consultant Mirla Morrison on her television program “Dear Sandy.” They discuss the BOCES Education for Sustainability Project that Gardner and Morrison developed, as well as the advantages of teaching children about the environment and sustainability and creating green curriculums.

The Education for Sustainability Project began last year for middle school students in grades six through eight, and this year it will expand into elementary schools for third, fourth and fifth graders. The successful program introduces children in Putnam and Northern Westchester to environmentalism, and how they can improve their lives and communities through sustainable living. Galef, Gardner and Morrison also talk about the role that learning about government and legislation can play in protecting the environment.

“I applaud the efforts of the BOCES Education for Sustainability Project,” said Galef. “Our school children are the future of New York State , and it will someday be their job to protect our wonderful natural resources. It is in their best interests that we integrate sustainability into curriculums across our community, so that New York and the Hudson River Valley will maintain a clean and healthy environment for years to come,” she concluded.

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.
“Dear Sandy” airs as follows:
Cablevision
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
“BOCES Sustainability Project” airs on September 11, 18, 25 & October 2

Comcast
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8 - Fridays at 7:30 pm
“BOCES Sustainability Project” airs on October 2, 9 & 16

Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for air times.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:
THIS APPEARED IN THIS WEEKS NCN:

Volpe endorses candidates
To the Editor:
You will notice in this week's paper my advertisement endorsing Democratic candidates facing off in primaries throughout District 1, of which I am running to be your Westchester County legislator.
The usual practice for a candidate not so engaged is to sit on the sidelines and mind his or her own business and then take a photo-op with the winner. However I think the issues facing District 1 are so great that sitting on the sidelines is not an option. If my public support can help my friends win their primary battle, it is my duty to help. At the end of the day I have to live with myself, and believe I did all that was possible to help a friend.
I believe Yorktown’s town board will be better served with David Paganelli on it. I have seen first-hand his business operation and as a small business owner, I can appreciate his accomplishments. Commitment to community as well as having the business acumen to make those tough decisions give Dave Paganelli the insight to follow through and lead in these tough economic times. At the same time you will need someone who will be approachable and willing not only to listen but then act on your behalf. I feel very comfortable and convinced that David’s perspective and lessons learned will be an important contribution to the Yorktown Town Board.
I believe that in the Town of Cortlandt, which I call home, Linda Puglisi is the only choice to lead us through this recession. Her management of past budgets with an eye on the future has put the Town of Cortlandt in great fiscal shape and far superior than most other municipalities in New York. She has not grown complacent on the job. Also an important point to consider, all residents of Cortlandt deserve a choice for supervisor in November. Her opponent wishes to deny us that choice. We cannot allow that to happen. Supervisor Puglisi has earned the right to be on the November ballot and I ask my fellow Democrats in Cortlandt to give her that opportunity.
I believe we are safer with Janet DiFiore as our district attorney. This is not a job that operates on political ideology. The law is the law and prosecuting offenders have no political ideology. She has been a leader in protecting our children from Internet predators, led the fight in reforms for wrongful convictions and initiated innovative prosecution of mortgage fraud and business crimes. For these reasons and because she has always acted with integrity I believe she has earned another term.
I urge my fellow Democrats through out District 1 (Peekskill/Cortlandt and Yorktown) to go to the polls Tuesday Sept. 15 and vote for David Paganelli in Yorktown, Linda Puglisi in Cortlandt and Janet DiFiore for district attorney. I will be honored to run on the same ticket with each of them. With your help and vote we can make that happen. See you at the polls.

Domenic Volpe
Cortlandt
Westchester County legislator Democratic Candidate- District 1
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A MESSAGE FROM THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE:
Bazzomanifest readers:

This segment of the Volpe Report is now streaming 24 hours a day on the Winery Website:

http://thewineryatstgeorge.com/Video.html

Let me know what you think…. 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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Dear Winery Supporter,

Please read the latest news on the Winery Website:
http://thewineryatstgeorge.com/

Watch the Volpe Report with Winery owner Tom DeChiaro at:
www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com/Video

PLEASE VOTE IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION ON SEPTEMBER 15th
See which candidates were endorced by People for Honest Government:
http://www.p4hg.org/Elections.html


You are cordially invited to an Evening at THE OLD STONE CHURCH on
Rt.6 in Mohegan Lake NY
Supporting People 4 Honest Government – www.p4hg.org

Enjoy an Exclusive Intimate Dining Experience
Take a tour of the Old Stone Church
Learn about the history of the building and the political controversy surrounding it.
View Invitation Here:
http://p4hg.org/P4HGInvitation.pdf

Please read Andy Bazzo’s Blog and position on the Winery:
http://bazzman.blogspot.com/2009/09/e-mail-response-from-reader-mike.html

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 PEEKSKILL COUNCIL ANDREW TORRES:
Support the re-election of Andy Torres:
Dinner with Andy
Ruben’s Café
Thursday Sept. 24
7pm – 9pm
$45.00 per person
Hot buffet and cash bar
Make checks payable to “Friends of Andy Torres”
Send donations to 1625 Prospect Terrance Peekskill NY, 10566
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON
MONDAY, September 14th, at 5:30 PM

ANNUAL U.N. PRAYER SERVICE

Join New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, at the annual Prayer Service on the eve of the opening of the Sixty-Fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Mon.Sep.14th, at 5:30 PM (musical prelude begins at 5:15 PM) at the Church of the Holy Family, 315 East 47th Street (between First & Second Avenues). A reception follows.

SUNDAY, September 27th, at noon
BOOK SIGNING
Franciscan Father Jack Wintz will autograph copes of his new book, Will I See My Dog in Heaven? wiimediately following the 11:00 AM Sunday Eucharist in Pilgrim Hall. Copies of the book are available at the Graymoor Book & Gift Center.

N.B. Efforts are underway to create a roster of cantors and musicians as well as recruit new members for the Graymoor Chorale in order to stabalize and hopefully expand the music ministry at Graymoor. Interested? Know someone who might be interested? Contact Fr. Jim Gardiner, SA at (845)424-3671 X3505 or jgardiner@atonementfriars.og.
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WHAT'S HAPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL
Mon, Sept 14, 8:00 - 10:00
The Westchester Swing Band

Greg Westhoff & the Westchester Swing Band are back...An 18-piece Big Band
of world-class calibre. Reservations are recommended. Fun is guaranteed.
$5 Cover goes directly to the band.

Next Week's Highlights:
Wed, Sept 16, 8:00 - 10:30, Steve Chizmadia (Acoustic)
Thu, Sept 17, 8:30 - 11:30, Abby Payne Trio
Fri, Sept 18, 9:30 - 12:30, Soul Tree Villains
Sat, Sept 19, 9:30 - 12:30, Johnny Feds & da Bluez Boyz ($5 Cover)
Sun, Sept 20, 6:30 - 9:30, Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Featuring Steve Chizmadia, Lisa Frieder and Mike Clifford

For reservations, call 914-737-6624
or email rich@12grapes.com
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A MESSAGE FROM YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN NICK BIANCO:
RESOLUTION: REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF THE METROPOLITAN COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT MOBILITY PAYROLL TAX ON REAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS

WHEREAS, There was duly presented and introduced to this Yorktown Town Board at a regular meeting held on 2009, a proposed resolution entitled REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF THE METROPOLITAN COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT MOBILITY PAYROLL TAX ON REAL PROPEERTY TAX BILLS; and said resolution in final form is the same as when presented and introduced; now therefore be it

RESOLVED. That said local resolution be enacted as follows

A LOCAL RESOLUTION REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF THE METROPOLITAN COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT MOBILITY PAYROLL TAX ON REAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS.

Be it enacted by the Town Board of Yorktown, Westchester County, as follows:

This town board finds that through no action of, and against the wishes of Yorktown officials, the State Legislature and the Governor recently approved legislation mandating a Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District Mobility Tax:

This town board also finds that this tax will be calculated at a rate of $3.40 per $1,000.00 of payroll for the Counties of Westchester, Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, and Rockland.

This town board also finds that this tax is an unfunded mandate levied against the taxpayers of Yorktown at a time of economic recession. It imposes a real wealth transfer from the Town of Yorktown to the State in the sum of approximately $70,000.

This board also finds that since this unfunded mandate takes money directly from Yorktown taxpayers with no source of reimbursement or replenishment to any other fund or program; this board also finds that it is in the public’s interest to continue the policy of clearly accounting for tax dollars by requiring a notation or line item on the Town tax bill which illustrates the impact of this payroll tax on real property taxes.

Therefore, the purpose of this resolution is to require the Town’s Receiver of Taxes to set forth by a notation and or separate line the tax due attributable to Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District mobility tax bill to clarify that this shift of money to the State is imposed by State lawmakers and illustrate the real property tax impact.
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E-MAIL FROM READER BILL OF PUTNAM COUNTY:
Dear All 535 voting members of Congress

The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - you have had 234 years to get it right;it is broke.

Social Security was established in 1935 - you have had 74 years to get it right;
it is broke.
Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - you have had 71 years to get it right;
it is broke..

War on Poverty started in 1964 - you have had 45 years to get it right;
$1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor"; it hasn't worked.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - you've had 44 years to get it right; they're broke.

Freddie Mac was established in 1970 - you have had 39 years to get it right;
it is broke

Trillions of dollars in the massive political payoff called the TARP bill of 2009 shows
NO sign of working.

And finally to set a new record:
"Cash for Clunkers" was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009! It took good dependable cars ( that were the best some people could afford) replaced them with high priced (people who couldn't afford to are now making payments) mostly Japanese models so a good percentage of the profits, from the sales, went out of the country.

And lastly, the American taxpayers are now going to be dinged with paying for yet 3
billion more dollars of our governments experiments to make our wallets even thinner.

So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that "services" you shove down our throats are failing faster and faster, you want Americans to believe you can be trusted with a government-run health care system?
15% of our economy? Are you crazy?


Truly, the inmates are running the asylum!
And what does this say about voters who put such pond scum in office?
Maybe we need to let others in on this brilliant record before 2010 and just
vote against incumbents......with a very few exceptions.

Only a government which is afraid of it's people tries to control them....
it's about CONTROL....
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Galef Announces Fall Internship Program

(September 8, 2009 ) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has just completed her summer internship program and will open the fall internship application process. This is the seventeenth year the program will be offered to high school and college students. Interns gain a unique educational experience by participating in the everyday activities of their state and local government.

Interns help run Assemblywoman Galef’s district office in downtown Ossining . During their time in the office, they will work on significant projects and gain first-hand knowledge in a number of different fields. Interns write letters, research bills, write press releases, work on newsletters, and assist with constituent issues. Many interns also focus on special projects and join Assemblywoman Galef at community events.

These unpaid internships offer a valuable opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in their community, and learn or improve skills that will be important throughout their lives. “Interns have a great opportunity to learn about government through their work in the office,” said Assemblywoman Galef. “They are able to utilize talents they possess, as well as improve and develop new abilities that can last them throughout their lives.”

“I have gained many unique experiences and interning at the office has inspired me to pursue a job in government,” says Shakwanza Crafton, an intern from Ossining High School . “During my time here, I’ve done research on health care, antibiotic use in farm animals, vaccination policies in schools, and proposed tax increases.” Alley Liang of Yorktown High School said, “Working here has given me invaluable first-hand experience on a wide range of topics.” Adds Richard Brown, also of Ossining High School , “I have learned new ways to research and it’s been a fun opportunity.”

This year’s summer internship program lasted from June to September, and interns included students: Richard Brown, Shakwanza Crafton, Steven Daprino, Jeremiah Davis, Andrew Dengler, Stephanie Elcock, Nabeed Hassan, Rebecca Hellmich, Caleb Hersh, Kanariya Hillier, Paul Levine, Alley Liang, Camilla Linneman, Jennifer Ojito, Seth Rubin, Rebecca Theodore, and Jessica Vidal.

If you are interested in more information about the internship program or you are looking to apply, please contact Dana Levenberg at (914) 941-1111 or email her at levenbergd@assembly.state.ny.us.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
FOR THIS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14th
HUDSON VALLEY RESIDENTS
RALLY FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM


Assemblyman Greg Ball (R-Patterson) will join a rapidly growing coalition of concerned residents, grassroots activists, physicians and health care providers at rally for health care reform outside Mt. Kisco Medical Group’s Carmel Office on Monday. There, Ball says he will be unveiling a set of proposals, asking the current Congressman to refuse to embrace a massive government takeover, but instead forge these ideas into a moderate, thoughtful and effective solution that can be accepted and adopted in a truly bipartisan manner.

Ball, a candidate for U.S. Congress in New York's 19th district, has been wrangling with the issue of health care since being elected, and says he has worked hard at a state level to bring about meaningful reforms in health care because he has a personal understanding of the current system’s impacts upon seniors, working families and veterans, and knows all too well that reform is certainly needed.

The details for this MONDAY’s event are as follows:
WHO: Assemblyman Greg Ball, candidate for Congress in New York’s 19th district
Concerned Residents of the Hudson Valley
WHAT: Health care reform rally
WHEN/WHERE: THIS MONDAY, September 14th
11:00 a.m.
Southeast Executive Park (http://www.mkmg.com/)
185 Route 312
Brewster NY 10509-2338
CONTACT: (845) 582-0548
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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 real late Senator Kennedy. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link below and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

DAVID PAGANELLI: www.paganelliforyorktown.com

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.com

YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR DON PETERS: www.donpetersforyorktown.com/

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

PEEKSKILL GUARDIAN: "http://peekskillguardian.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

MARK DREXEL: www.ElectDrexel.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: www.Ball4NY.com

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

DAN SCHORR: dan@electdanschorr.com

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

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

CORTLANDT DEMOCRATS: cortlandtwins.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Yorktown chanel 74 wednesdays 8-9PM.
Hosted By: Mike Thomas & Bill Greenberg
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EDITOR'S NOTE:
All articles re-printed in this blog from the North County News are with the permission of Bruce Apar Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

09/13/09

Saturday, September 05, 2009

TURNING TROUBLED WATERS INTO WINE

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

Issues Discussed:
1) my commentary
2) e-mail responses
a)reader Mike from Cortlandt
b)reader Tom from Cortlandt
****Late addition: a message from candidate for Westchester County Legislator
Domenic Volpe
3) cable t.v. update
a) The Issues with Sam Davis
4) a message from Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco
5) What's happening at 12 Grapes, N. Division Street, Peekskill
6) a message from the Yorktown Watchdog
7) a message from candidate for Yorktown Town Board David Paganelli
8) a message from candidate for Yorktown Town Board Terrence Murphy
9) a message from Peekskill Democratic Chairman Darren Rigger
10) a message from the Winery at St. George
11) a message from candidate for Westchester District Attorney Dan Schorr
12) a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
13) 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 received a phone call from Tom DeChairo owner of the Winery at St. George Friday evening. He wished to inform me that as of noon that Friday he had submitted the necessary paperwork the town requested in order to get the permits necessary to open his business. It's about damn time. As you are well aware, I have been a vocal advocate for this business to open. I have been against all the lawsuits. Even the judge in dismissing the suit noted that DeChairo had not submitted the necessary paper work, so there could not be civil rights violations. Now he has. It is the town board's move.

The question of the day is "will the board keep an open mind or will they throw the fact that they had and have been sued (Tom appealed the ruling) into the equation"? I know we are dealing with human beings, so I know the temptation to not separate the two will be difficult, especially if you were the one being sued. Though keeping them separate is a must. The paper work must be judged on the merits alone. With all the building along the Rt. 6 corridor in the past and still continuing (look at Mohegan Ave.) he should be granted the necessary variances to open this business. Anything else would be a violation of his civil rights and at that point I would support a lawsuit.

People in general never want to hear about the labor pains they just want to see the baby. All this nonsense about zoning and various environmental codes people understand to be the towns end-run around the "takings clause" in the constitution. They know that there is no reason other than board members thinking they are the ruling class of some kind of fiefdom, and it's there way or the highway. Because of action in the past, both by Yorktown and the Town of Cortlandt have led to the congestion along Rt. 6. To hold DeChairo hostage to actions of the past of which he had no control is unfair and the people know it. Would the town council know it too.

The overwhelming majority of the people want this business to open. It will create jobs for our residents. It will generate sales tax revenue the town will share in and in this economic downturn, needs. It will also generate money for the town in fees and permits. It will bring money from other areas into the town, instead of the towns people spending their money other places not Yorktown. There is no down side to this business opening, other than the wounded egos of those opposed.

Now that the paper work has been submitted, I urge Town Supervisor Don Peters to take the lead and do what is necessary to open this business, this is what you were elected to do, make Yorktown business friendly. To those running in primary races, to those already on the November ballot, both in town and county levels of government, I urge you to weigh in on this matter. I also urge Tom DeChairo to drop his appeal. If he is denied his variances, he can again go to court, and this time have an actual case of civil rights violations. I believe after reading the court ruling that this is the only reason why he lost in court. With all the building the naked eye can see, to deny him the variances would give him victory in court. Put your egos aside and let the winery open!
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E-MAIL RESPONSE FROM READER MIKE:

ImaginaryCousin said...
Andy,
When we were "talking" last night in the cab ride home (thank you again for the professional service you provide, to all readers, seriously consider using Atom Taxi, its the most reliable service available and you get free political debate), we briefly discussed the budget numbers released last Friday. You asked me how I could complain about the bush budget deficit of $400 billion last year and not complain about a 2 trillion deficit by obama. As I told you, I do complain about the obama budget, which is bloated and needs to be trimmed.

But I failed to raise two issues. When bush published a $482 billion projected deficit for the 2009 budget year, it was a single year deficit. Obama's $2 trillion is a ten year projection. That last bush budget, plus his years of opulent spending, greatly impacted that 10 year projection to the tune of 25% of it from the last year of the bush whitehouse alone. However, like the state and local budgets, when the economy improves, the tax base will rise and more people with have full employment, so the budget outlook should improve. I am optimistic that, if we continue to pressure our representatives, there is a great deal we can do to change the ten year projection.
Regards, Mike

MY COMMENT:

Dear Mike:

According to the CBO the TEN YEAR PROJECTION is a 9 trillion dollar deficit. With the one year projection of 1.8 tgrillon dollars, the possible passage of "cap and trade" and the possible passage of national health care, this economy will tank even further. Remember in 2010 all the Bush tax cuts expire and all tax brackets rise another 5%. Not to mention the cap for FICA rises from present levels Also major deduction for individuals, families and small businesses exipre leading to more and more layoffs at worst, and no new hires at best. In New York, with the new taxes and MTA taxes and fees, busniesses will not be hiring and more than likely be firing. Both on the national level and state level, those who depend on bonuses can forget about them. I do not see how under these conditions now and yet to come, you can believe the country can prosper. You can not tax your way out of a recession.

Bazzo 09/05/09
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READER TOM INFORMS US:

This is from an article in the St. Petersburg , FL Times
Newspaper on Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You
Fix the Economy?"
I think this guy nailed it!

Dear Mr. President:

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's economy.
Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will
squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the
following plan. You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.
Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with
the following stipulations:
1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings - Unemployment
fixed.
2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered
- Auto Industry fixed.
3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage -
Housing Crisis fixed.

It can't get any easier than that!
If more money is needed, have all members of Congress and their
constituents pay their taxes...

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you
know. If not, please disregard. Then shoot yourself!!!! 1 job opening
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A message from Domenic Volpe
Westchester County Legislator Candidate
Dear Editor:

You will notice in this week's paper my advertisement endorsing Democratic candidates facing off in primaries throughout District One of which I am running to be your Westchester County Legislator. The usual practice for a candidate not so engaged is to sit on the sidelines and mind his or her own business and then take a photo-op with the winner. However I think the issues facing District One are so great sitting on the side lines is not an option. If my public support can help my friends win their primary battle, it is my duty to help. At the end of the day I have to live with myself, and believe I did all that was possible to help a friend.

I believe Yorktown's town board will be better served with David Paganelli on it. I have seen first hand his business operation and as a small business owner I can appreciate his accomplishments. Commitment to community as well as having the business acumen to make those tough decisions give Dave Paganelli the insight to follow through and lead in these tough economic times. At the same time you will need someone who will be approachable and willing not only to listen but then act on your behalf. I feel very comfortable and convinced that David's perspective and lessons learned will be an important contribution to the Yorktown Town Board.

I believe that in the Town of Cortlandt which I call home --Linda Puglisi is the only choice to lead us through this recession. Her management of past budgets with an eye on the future have put the Town of Cortlandt in great fiscal shape and far superior than most other municipalities in New York. She has not grown complacent on the job. Also an important point to consider, all residents of Cortlandt deserve a choice for Supervisor in November. Her opponent wishes to deny us that choice. We can not allow that to happen. Supervisor Puglisi has earned the right to be on the November ballot and I ask my fellow Democrats in Cortlandt to give her that opportunity.

I believe we are safer with Janet DiFiore as our District Attorney. This is not a job that operates on political ideology. The law is the law and prosecuting offenders has no political ideology. She has been a leader in protecting our children from internet predators, led the fight in reforms for wrongful convictions and initiated innovative prosecution of mortgage fraud and business crimes. For these reasons and because she has always acted with integrity I believe she has earned another term.

I urge my fellow Democrats through out District One(Peekskill/Cortlandt and Yorktown) to go to the polls Tuesday September 15 and vote for David Paganelli in Yorktown, Linda Puglisi in Cortlandt and Janet DiFiore for District Attorney. I will be honored to run on the same ticket with each of them. With your help and vote we can make that happen. See you at the polls.

Domenic Volpe
Westchester County Legislator
Democratic Candidate- District 1
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE
RE: THE ISSUES WITH SAM DAVIS:

Hi Andy,

I wanted to let you know that the time of my show, The Issues, has changed. The new time is Tuesdays at 9PM.

Also, I'm proud to announce that my guest for this Tuesday's show is my running mate for the Putnam Valley Town Board, Chris Lieberman.

Thanks,
Sam Davis
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A MESSAGE FROM YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN NICK BIANCO:
School Tax Bills for 2009-2010

The following increases will be realized by Yorktown residents homeowners with their school tax bills which has been sent out September 1. 2009. An analysis reveals on the average assessment of a home at 10,000 the Yorktown School District tax increased to $230.00 and the Lakeland increased by $140.00. However, the real increase will be more drastic due to our New York State leaders and those who followed their direction. The school rebate program was abolished which brought depending on income a sum of $600.00 to $1,378 . This is gone and taxpayers will have to make it up especially enhance seniors which received $1,378. Two years ago our state leaders lowered the star assessment amount 10% last year and additional 10% this year. This came to a reduction for basic star from $2,370 to $1,900 or $470.00 lost . For star enhanced it went from $4470 to $3580 or $850.00 lost.

The average Yorktown resident will see the following increase his year.

Yorktown/Yorktown $230 + $1,378 + $470. = $2078
Yorktown/Yorktown senior $230 + $1,378 + $850 = $2458.

Yorktown/Lakeland $140 + $1378 + $470. = $1988
Yorktown/Lakeland senior $140. + $1378 + $850. = $2368

Councilman Nicholas J. Bianco
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL

COMING UP NEXT WEEK:
Wed, Sept 9, 8:00 - 10:30, Jason Gisser (Acoustic)
Thu, Sept 10, 8:30 - 11:30, Open Mic Night w/ Petey Hop
Fri, Sept 11, 9:30 - 12:30, Gil Parris ($5 Cover)
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Sat, Sept 12, 9:30 - 12:30
"A Tribute to the Fillmore: The Church of Rock & Roll"
$15 Cover at the door; $10 Cover w/ Dinner, by the stage;
$5 Cover w/ Dinner, by the French doors
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Sun, Sept 13, 6:30 - 9:30, Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Featuring Bill Kelly, Rich Kelly & Steven Wright-Mark

Mon, Sept 14, 8:00 - 10:00, The Westchester Swing Band ($5 Cover)

Visit 12grapes.com for more info.
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 THE YORTOWN WATCHDOG:

I only send emails I received that I think our members would be
interested in.
Most emails come from our members, keep them coming. My job is to get
out information to you. New Regulation on retirement credits that part-
time Yorktown councilmans and other public officials are recieiving
illegally. Go to www.osc.state.ny.us.
Ed Ciffone
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The following link is to John Stossel's ABC (20-20) special that
was delayed* by ABC until after Henry Waxman's House committee voted on
HR3200.

It was finally aired on July 31st. Possibly you have already seen it
because, thank goodness, a lot of people have discovered it and are
forwarding it to everyone they know. I am doing that and I urge you
to do the same.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9GMKK_fWKg
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL DAVID PAGANELLI:

Dear Editor:

My name is David Paganelli, owner of the Traveler's Rest Restaurant and I am running for Yorktown Town Council. Over the past few weeks, since I was overwhelmingly nominated by the Yorktown Democratic Party, I have tried to run a different kind of campaign. I wanted to show you I was a different kind of candidate. Through knocking on your door, issue oriented adds and periodic letters to the editor, I have tried to have a conversation with you.

I have tried to stay away from the obvious political platitudes and tell you exactly where I stand on certain issues facing Yorktown this year and next. I have tried to impart on you the seriousness of the economic climate we are now facing and the need for some one on the council who has actual experience in dealing with downturns in the economy in real time money. I have tried to show you how I can turn the lessons I learned in running a small business into practical solutions we will need to keep our services intact and produce a prudent budget that does not grow government.

I have tried to show you I am willing to listen and am humble enough not to think it is my way or the highway. Yet at the same time I have tried to show you at the end of the day I will not shrink from making the hard decisions that will be necessary in the face of this economic climate. It is my hope that I have succeeded in this endeavor and you will have for the most part agreed with me it is time for change in how we deal with our town budget.

On Tuesday September 15 Yorktown Democrats will be asked to go to the polls and vote for who will represent you on the November ballot for Yorktown Councilman. I want to be your choice. I want to be your Councilman. I want to help guide us through this economic down turn. If I am your candidate, make no mistake, this will not be the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning. I will through November, continue to keep the conversation going. I will continue to honestly tell you where I stand and what I think on the issues facing us. I ask now one more time for your vote so together we may keep the dialog going. On Tuesday vote for someone who stands for Yorktown, vote for me, David Paganelli.

Sincerely, David Paganelli
Democratic and Working families Party Nominee
Owner Traveler's Rest
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL TERRENCE MURPHY:

Murphy Teams Up With State & Local Officials to Save STAR

Councilman Candidate Cites Rising Property Taxes With No Relief In Sight





Standing in front of the Jefferson Village Senior Center, Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) joined New York State Assemblyman Greg Ball, State Senator Vincent Liebell, Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco, and Westchester County Legislator George Oros in an effort to shed light on the fact that local property taxes are rising out of control in Yorktown.



“Back in April, when the state legislature passed their budget, we knew what the fate of the STAR program would mean for local taxpayers,” Dr. Murphy said. “The delegation I am standing with today have been the only people to send a warning to their constituents of rising property tax hikes which the tax bills people received in their mailboxes this week confirmed.”



The STAR program is divided into two categories: Enhanced, for eligible seniors earning less than $73,000 a year, and Basic STAR, which offers tax exemptions to homeowners based on annual earnings regardless of age. The rebate provided tax relief, but the passage of the 2009-10 state budget in April eliminated the rebate.



In the beginning of April it was originally reported homeowners living in the Yorktown Central School District, and making less than $120,000, would see their property taxes increase on average from $5,630 to an estimated $7,274. This would translate into a 30% tax hike for such residents. Seniors enrolled in the Enhanced STAR program would see an increase on average of $1,894.



“Placing this financial burden on middle class families and seniors is a disgrace,” Murphy continued. “Middle class families like mine are struggling enough with tighter budgets during this latest financial crunch. Moreover, many of our senior residents, like my Mom, live on fixed incomes which cannot endure a tax increase this large.”



“I would like to applaud Assemblyman Ball, Senator Liebell, Councilman Bianco, and Legislator Oros for their commitment to taxpayers,” Murphy concluded. “The reality is, we knew about these tax hikes five months ago yet the democratic majorities which rule this town and state continued to outspend their incoming revenue. The end result is an uncontrollable deficit causing an unbearable tax burden on all residents of Yorktown.”

Murphy Teams Up With State & Local Officials to Save STAR
Councilman Candidate Cites Rising Property Taxes With No Relief In Sight

Standing in front of the Jefferson Village Senior Center, Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) joined New York State Assemblyman Greg Ball, State Senator Vincent Liebell, Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco, and Westchester County Legislator George Oros in an effort to shed light on the fact that local property taxes are rising out of control in Yorktown.

“Back in April, when the state legislature passed their budget, we knew what the fate of the STAR program would mean for local taxpayers,” Dr. Murphy said. “The delegation I am standing with today have been the only people to send a warning to their constituents of rising property tax hikes which the tax bills people received in their mailboxes this week confirmed.”

The STAR program is divided into two categories: Enhanced, for eligible seniors earning less than $73,000 a year, and Basic STAR, which offers tax exemptions to homeowners based on annual earnings regardless of age. The rebate provided tax relief, but the passage of the 2009-10 state budget in April eliminated the rebate.

In the beginning of April it was originally reported homeowners living in the Yorktown Central School District, and making less than $120,000, would see their property taxes increase on average from $5,630 to an estimated $7,274. This would translate into a 30% tax hike for such residents. Seniors enrolled in the Enhanced STAR program would see an increase on average of $1,894.

“Placing this financial burden on middle class families and seniors is a disgrace,” Murphy continued. “Middle class families like mine are struggling enough with tighter budgets during this latest financial crunch. Moreover, many of our senior residents, like my Mom, live on fixed incomes which cannot endure a tax increase this large.”

“I would like to applaud Assemblyman Ball, Senator Liebell, Councilman Bianco, and Legislator Oros for their commitment to taxpayers,” Murphy concluded. “The reality is, we knew about these tax hikes five months ago yet the democratic majorities which rule this town and state continued to outspend their incoming revenue. The end result is an uncontrollable deficit causing an unbearable tax burden on all residents of Yorktown.”
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Statement from Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy
Councilman Candidate Proudly Accepts AFL-CIO Endorsement

I am proud to accept the endorsement of the Westchester County AFL-CIO. Growing up in a union household, with my father working for ConEd for over 25 years, I understand the values of the dedicated working class families.

In the 50 years my family has lived here we have seen great change come to Yorktown. Looking to the future, we will need the tools of our laborers to ensure our town continues to emerge as a leading force in Westchester County. Hard work and dedication are invaluable assets during these tough economic times.

The reality is, the local tax burden placed on the men and women who have dedicated their lives to working is unbearable. We cannot continue to outspend our revenue and expect our taxes to remain at a constant level. Yorktown needs an individual who understands the pain of over taxation. As a small business owner and local resident I look forward to protecting the interests of the hard workers of our town
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A MESSAGE FROM PEEKSKILL DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN DARREN RIGGER:
RE: A LETTER FROM CONGRESSMAN HALL:
Dear Friend,

In the last two and a half years, I have held more than seventy meetings and events focusing on health care reform, meeting with patients and doctors, home health care aides and hospital CEOs, pharmacists and hospice workers, and representatives of the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimers Association, the Lyme Disease Association and other patient advocates. A week ago Thursday alone I had five meetings on our proposed House Resolution H.R. 3200, with groups ranging from Hudson Valley Health Care providers and patients to the Southern Dutchess NAACP.

There are people with legitimate concerns and questions to be addressed. However, a radical right-wing cadre of opponents of reform have dominated the conversation, shouting their object ions and carrying posters of President Obama with a hammer and sickle or a Hitler mustache superimposed on his face. Rational discussion of this complex issue is being held hostage by people who are angry and misinformed. Locally, they are being stirred up by a state Assemblyman who has been covered by taxpayer-funded healthcare all his adult life, but doesn't want you to have a public option.

HEALTH CARE REFORM NEEDS YOUR HELP!

If you believe in health care for all, if you want to see insurance premiums reigned in, if you believe a pre-existing condition should not exclude you from coverage, if you think we should join the rest of the developed world and have at least basic health coverage for all our citizens, NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION.

Attend our health care forums, which are announced in the media.

Write letters to the editor of newspapers you read, stating your support for reform.

If possible, please make a donation to my campaign for reelection in 2010 to help me continue to fight for you. We need to send a message to the defenders of the status quo that the majority in the 19th Congressional District believes in this cause.

Your Representative,
John Hall
NY-19
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A MESSAGE FROM THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE:
Dear Editor:

Yorktown Virginia 1781 -- General George Washington defeats General Cornwallis in the battle of Yorktown which proves to be the turning point of the revolutionary war. Today the Battle of Yorktown, New York parallels with that infamous battle. Our local government is practicing the same injustices that we saw in 1776.

Let me quote an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”

Let me explain these abuses, usurpations and absolute Despotism that the current Yorktown Board has thrust upon its inhabitants:

The proposed Comprehensive Plan strips property rights from Yorktown citizens without any regard for the owner’s investments in time, money and personal sentiment.

The proposed Tree Ordinance, albeit good intentioned by the environmentally responsible, still removes property rights from our citizens.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has utilized studies from the Army Core of Engineers to establish the NY State wetlands laws. Why is it then, that the Town of Yorktown instituted more restrictive, yet unconstitutional, wetlands laws? Is it to protect the environment? No – It is to exercise control over the citizens of the town. It is one thing to protect habitats and species; it is another to call a puddle a wetland area just to exercise power over the town’s people.

Power breeds corruption and absolute power breeds absolute corruption. Our elected officials have been in office too long. We need New Blood, Innovative Thinkers, Business Men and Problem Solvers. Four of our current board members work for Westchester County. Isn’t this a conflict of interest?

We need to end wasteful spending and unnecessary legal expenses. For 2009, our town board has spent approximately $600,000. With overwhelming opposition to the proposed Comprehensive Plan, expect that number to increase in 2010.

I encourage all Yorktown citizens to watch or attend Town Board meetings & Work Sessions. You will see first hand how rude the Board treats its constituents.

We are slowly loosing the rights and privileges our forefathers died for! A Yorktown resident recently told me that his family has owned property in Yorktown for many years. When he approached the Town Board to discuss developing his property, he said “I was treated like a criminal”. This behavior must stop!


The Battle of Yorktown is again upon us…
During the primary elections on September 15th and during the general election on November 3rd, please vote for CHANGE in Yorktown.

Sincerely,
Tom DeChiaro
Chairperson
People for Honest Government www.P4HG.org
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN SCHORR:
Newly Obtained Transcripts Prove DA Negotiated Lenient Five Year Sentence For Violent Felon

White Plains, NY- September 1...Experienced prosecutor and candidate for Westchester District Attorney, Dan Schorr, today released newly obtained official court transcripts refuting statements made by the Westchester District Attorney's office in response to Mr. Schorr's criticism of the plea bargain offered to David Sanchez.

On August 17th, Mr. Schorr strongly criticized District Attorney Janet DiFiore for offering a plea bargain carrying a sentence of merely five years in prison to David Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez was charged with attempted murder and assault after savagely beating his ex-girlfriend to near-death. The District Attorney's office issued a written response claiming there was no plea deal and the Court made the sentence determination, not the District Attorney's office.

"The court record clearly indicates that the sentencing Mr. Sanchez received was a result of a negotiated plea bargain that was orchestrated by the DA's office," said Mr. Schorr. "Not only did Janet DiFiore offer another lenient plea bargain to a violent felon, but she then issued false statements to the media in order to cover up her complicity."

The official court records from Mr. Sanchez's sentencing use the word "plea bargain" and "negotiated plea" repeatedly throughout the document, including by the prosecutor. The victim also criticized the plea deal, issuing a letter to the Court denouncing the minimal sentence and his return to society in five short years after his horrific crimes.

Furthermore, Janet DiFiore's office strongly objected to a motion for the case to proceed to trial at which the defendant would have faced twenty-five years in prison, instead insisting that the defendant receive the minimum sentence allowed by law for the crime charged.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Galef’s Legislation Banning Smoking on Playgrounds
Passes Assembly, Urges Senate Action
Smoking is prohibited during daylight hours when children under 12 are present

(September 1, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is urging state action on legislation (A.1137/S.5005) which prohibits any person from smoking at a playground during the day when children under the age of twelve are present. Galef’s bill passed the Assembly on June 18th, 2009. Children are at risk for developing many health problems associated with inhaling second-hand smoke. Galef has also written to local municipalities of the 90th A.D. urging them to consider enacting their own no-smoking bans.

“The effects of second-hand smoke have proven dangerous to all who are surrounded by it, and especially harmful to children,” Galef said. “These children are still growing and the second-hand smoke they inhale is a danger to their physical and mental growth. Allowing smoking on playgrounds sends the wrong signal to our kids.”

Second-hand smoke has significant harmful effects on children, putting them at risk of severe respiratory diseases and often hinders the growth of their lungs. Effects of second-hand smoke can severely alter their health throughout their lifetimes, causing permanent damaging health defects. Childhood asthma rates have increased in children who had not previously displayed symptoms, decreasing their ability to participate in many physical activities and developing an active, healthy lifestyle. In addition the level of second-hand smoke a child is exposed to is directly proportional to the likelihood of the child becoming a smoker as an adolescent or an adult. Public opinion polls have consistently shown that the majority of Americans believe that second-hand smoke is harmful, and public policy has reflected these views.

“Commissioner Lipsman could not be here today because of a scheduling conflict, but he strongly supports Assemblywoman Galef’s bill to ban smoking at all parks and encourages all municipalities to pass local laws to prohibit smoking at parks,'' said Frank Guido, Assistant Commissioner for the Westchester County Department of Health. "One of the health department’s major objectives is to prevent the next generation from becoming addicted to tobacco. Prohibiting smoking at parks will certainly help, because parks will be one less public place where children will see adults smoking. This also will improve the air quality for infants, children, their parents and caregivers, inviting them to linger longer and exercise more in the fresh air.''

“As women’s health care providers, we are proud to support this important piece of legislation,” said Scott D. Hayworth, MD, FACOG, Chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II in New York. “It is undeniable that the health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are dangerous. ACOG District II continues to support efforts to encourage smoking cessation and prevent young women from initiating smoking. This legislation is laudable and works to keep New York’s women and children healthy and safe.”

David Hannan, MD, MPA, MSSNY President said: "The Medical Society of The State of New York applauds Assemblywoman Galef for sponsoring Bill A1137, prohibiting smoking at playgrounds. The passage of this bill plays an important role in reducing the exposure to secondhand smoke in children. Second-hand smoke significantly affects children, and puts them at risk of severe respiratory diseases and compromises the growth of their lungs. Lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, are more prevalent in children who are exposed to second-hand smoke."

Robert Morrow, MD, NYSAFP Board Member said: “This legislation reflects our desire as an Academy to create a healthy, smoke-free society. We support it enthusiastically as a strong message of good health. After all, playgrounds are for play! We applaud parents who model healthy breathing habits. We strongly support the exclusion of smoking in public venues, which sends a strong message to our kids.”

Maureen Kenney, Director of POW’R Against Tobacco said: "Banning smoking in outdoor public places, especially where families gather, is an important step towards changing social norms and reducing the social modeling of smoking to children and youth."

Bill Burton, Westchester County Legislator said: “I support Sandy Galef's work to extend the prohibitions against smoking to playgrounds. Children and their families should have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and exercise available in our playgrounds uninhibited by second hand smoke.”

Catherine Borgia, Supervisor of the Town of Ossining said: “The Town of Ossining agrees with Assemblywoman Galef that public playgrounds should be safe, healthy places for our children to play. That is why we are currently considering a local law to ban smoking in the playground areas of Town parks, similar to legislation passed in other Westchester municipalities. We believe that giving our children a chance to grow up in the healthiest possible environment does a service to our entire community.”

“Children playing at a playground should not be subjected to these detrimental effects of smoking. I believe that prohibiting smokers from smoking at the playground while young, lively children play will help these children stay healthier by removing the harmful chemicals that pollute their air through tobacco products. Eliminating smoking at playgrounds creates a safe haven for children to have a fun, safe smoke-free environment,” concluded Galef.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:

Friend,

I was sitting at my desk last night, writing an email to send to you about some very encouraging news we got from Washington: that the National Republican Congressional Committee has labeled our campaign as "On the Radar" -- the next step in becoming a full-fledged part of their "Young Guns" program.

This may sound like a lot of "Inside-the-Beltway" talk, but it does mean that we're seen as having "already proven our ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve important fundraising goals," according to their press release. Read more here.

But as I was about to hit send, we received a bunch of emails from supporters all over our district -- from Rockland, Somers, Warwick and Bedford -- telling us about a "Health Care Listening Tour" being hastily thrown together this week by my opponent.

Well, I guess he wasn't "listening" to the hundreds of people who have filled school auditoriums and American Legion Halls in Fishkill, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake and Somers over the past few weeks at the meetings I've organized to hear what you have to say about health care, what needs to be changed and how Congress' current bill affects you.

I didn't need to go on "tour" (like I guess a rock star has to - old habits must die hard) to give everyone -- and I mean everyone -- a chance to respectfully voice your opinion about such an important issue -- no matter how long it took (we stayed for 4 hours in Somers). I encourage you to attend his two events this week. I hope you are given the opportunity to speak.

Wednesday, September 2 - 7:00-8:30pm
Fox Lane High School
Route 172
Bedford, NY

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

I also want to encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts with me. Just hit reply and let me know what you think. Every email goes right to me and I read each personally.

I also need your support. The NRCC is trusting me by making our race one of their targeted races for 2010. We have to prove to them that our support reaches every corner of the 19th Congressional District. Please go to http://www.supportgreg.com/ to make an important contribution.

This weekend, a couple of our supporters in Warwick threw us a party -- a star-studded cast came to support me including Congressman Peter King, all the way from Long Island. Rep. King is the ranking member on the Homeland Security Committee and an outspoken advocate for national security. I am honored that he came out to support me.

And later this month (9/30), former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is keynoting an event for us at Travelers Rest in Ossining. Ari grew up in our district so I'm doubly honored to have him do this for us. We'd love to have you there! Click here to RSVP.

As always thank you for your time. With your support, we can take back the 19th and take back America!
Greg
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Greg Ball Advances to 'On the Radar'
New York Candidate Takes First Step toward 'Young Gun' Status

Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has officially announced Assemblyman Greg Ball, candidate in New York's 19th congressional district, as an 'On the Radar' candidate, the first step of its Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide.

The Young Guns program is designed to assist Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives to achieve goals and benchmarks throughout the election cycle focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign. By achieving 'On the Radar' status, Ball has already proven his ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve important fundraising goals.

"The NRCC is committed to working with Greg Ball as he continues to meet the rigorous goals of the Young Guns program," said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. "With all that Greg Ball has accomplished in just a few short months, I am confident that he will be successful in his effort to defeat John Hall, who has acted as a mere rubber-stamp for Nancy Pelosi's reckless anti-jobs agenda."

Greg Ball has a proven track record of serving New Yorkers best interests in the New York State Assembly. Ball has worked as a leader to vigorously cut spending and reduce the state's bloated deficit while representing the interests of veterans, labor, and New Yorkers alike. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a retired captain, Ball has served his country with distinction.

The August heat Democrats are facing across the country has helped Ball build momentum and has made this race even more competitive. While already achieving certain benchmarks to place him on the road to victory, Greg Ball now faces a new set of rigorous benchmarks that will help him advance to the next level of the Young Guns program and help him build a competitive, effective and winning campaign.
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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 new costs to register your car. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link below and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

DAVID PAGANELLI: www.paganelliforyorktown.com

DOMENIC VOLPE: www.votefordomenicvolpe.com

YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR DON PETERS: www.donpetersforyorktown.com/

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

PEEKSKILL GUARDIAN: "http://peekskillguardian.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

CORTLANDT MANOR CIVIC ASSOCIATION: www.cortlandtcivic.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

CORTLANDT DEMOCRATS: cortlandtwins.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Yorktown chanel 74 wednesdays 8-9PM.
Hosted By: Mike Thomas & Bill Greenberg
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EDITOR'S NOTE:
All articles re-printed in this blog from the North County News are with the permission of Bruce Apar Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

09/06/09