Saturday, October 24, 2009

CALLING IN THE CALVARY

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) a message from the Peekskill PBA
3) a joint message from candidate for Yorktown Council David Paganelli and
candidate for Westchester Legislator Domenic Volpe
4) a message from candidate for Yorktown Council David Paganelli
5) a message from candidate for Putnam Valley council Sam Davis
6) a message from candidate for Yorktown Council Terrence Murphy
7) a message from candidate for Yorktown Supervisor Susan Siegel
8) a message from the Peekskill GOP
9) a message from candidate for Westchester County Legislator John Testa
10) What's happening at Graymoor, Garrison
11) a message from the Lakeland graduating class of '73
12) what's happening at 12 Grapes, N. Division Street, Peekskill
13) message from the Yorktown Republican Committee
14) a message fromm candidate for Yorktown Council Mark Drexel
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Dear Readers:

I was right! I was right! I was right! Back in February in the NCN edition that came out on the 18, I wrote in my column "In My Opinion" titled "Democrats Objective is government Control" the following:

" Reality check on taxes
Taxes on cigarettes in New York are already confiscatory. Bootlegging and buying from Indian reservations has flourished. When taxes were a lot lower under Governor Pataki, the state tried to collect taxes from the Indian Reservations. The Indians fought back. When these new federal taxes(sixty-one cents a pack) are added and billions more in taxes are evaded, you will see bloodshed as the federal government tries to collect those taxes. Are we now going to wage war on the Indians because the state and federal government created confiscatory taxes in the first place? Where is John Wayne when we need him? Bootlegging and tax evasion will disappear once taxes are lowered to reasonable levels."

This week(10/22/09 N.Y. Post) Governor Patterson is getting ready to wage war on the Indian Nations. He has petitioned the U.S. Justice Department to back him up if any attempt to collect unpaid cigarette results in violence or civil unrest. Read this as asking for armed forces. Patterson is asking for the "calvary" to come to the rescue. I guess they are going to resurrect John Wayne to lead them. Ladies and gentlemen it is a "Twilight Zone" episode and we are being transported back to the 1800's.

We are going to war against the upstate Indian Nations over 400 million dollars a year in un-paid cigarette taxes. It's the 1920's fight against bootlegging again, this time it's cigarettes. I wrote in my column in the NCN on October 7 titled "Cigarette taxes driving smokers underground" the following:

"The courts in New York have ruled that Indian reservations cannot sell untaxed cigarettes to people out of their tribe. However the enforcement of the law is another thing. It is a costly enforcement, necessitated by putative taxation. People will always find a way around punitive laws and taxes. Just see the history lesson of prohibition, and more recently, campaign finance reform. Money always finds its way."

It seems nobody learns the lessons of history. This will be a costly endeavor. It will certainly cost more than the 400 million they are hoping to collect. Both in 1992 and 1997 the upstate tribes rioted following efforts to collect these taxes which were a lot lower than now. According to published reports at the time dozens of troopers were sent to the hospital. That is why governor's since then have been loath to enforce collection. That is why Patterson now wishes to send in the "calvary".

Our Governor and our state legislators wish you to think they are innocent bystanders. That it is the "injuns" that are solely at fault. That the government had the right to impose punitive taxes and that we had to shut up and take it lying down. The government figured wrong. As I said people will always find a way around punitive laws and taxes. Though the government does have the right to impose taxes, there always comes a tipping point.

We have reached that point. The government by its tax policy has made bootlegging a justifiable risk. Instead of recognizing this fact, recognizing they are to blame, and going back to the drawing board and lower the taxes to less punitive levels, the government is going to risk blood shed over this. These Indian Nation are by treaty sovereign nation. In spite of court rulings, the courts have no jurisdiction. The courts are imposing their jurisdiction at the point of guns. This is what the war on a legal product, tobacco has come to. To all you anti-smoking zealots out there, I hope you are happy. Any blood will be on your hands.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PEEKSKILL PBA
RE:THIS LETTER WAS IN THIS WEEKS(10/21/09)NCN
PBA negotiations stalled

To the Editor:
My name is Lou Denet and I am the president of the Peekskill Benevolent Association. I represent all of the members of the Peekskill PBA.
The City of Peekskill Police Department has been working without a contract for almost one year. After several months of negotiating with the city’s lawyers and coming close to an agreement, we have recently been advised that negotiations were being halted.
The city has made it clear to our union that they are suffering monetarily through these hard economic times. The Peekskill PBA understands that and asks that the council take into account that we, too, are feeling their burden as our property taxes rise and cost of living increases. What we are asking for monetarily is not unreasonable. The police department has focused our requests on non monetary items that would help improve the quality of life and working conditions of the officers rather than burden the taxpayers. These items include scheduling, time off and other issues within the police department that will not have an effect on the budget.
At our last negotiation both sides had come very close to a tentative agreement of a nonmonetary issues that is very important to the members of our union. It was fair for the city and would not affect the taxpayers. Our union was surprised to hear that the city suddenly decided to stop the negotiations. The city made our union an unreasonable offer and told us that they would no longer negotiate.
The city’s failure to be reasonable and refusal to negotiate will now cost our membership and the City of Peekskill taxpayers more money if negotiations are forced into state arbitration.
We are asking the mayor and the council not to push this matter into state binding arbitration. We have been fair, reasonable and willing to negotiate. It is this union’s belief that the mayor and the city council are looking to defer the negotiations to an arbitrator so not to be held accountable by the voters when we are finally awarded a contact.

Lou Denet
President, Peekskill PBA
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A JOINT MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKOTWN COUNCIL DAVID PAGANELL
AND CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:
Dear Yorktown Resident:

Let us introduce ourselves. Running for Yorktown Council on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines is David Paganelli, owner of the Travelers Rest restaurant. Running to be your representative for Westchester County Legislator on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines is Domenic Volpe , owner of Domenic's Cleaners. We are both local small business owners. We are reaching out to you this last time before the elections on Tuesday November 3 to urge you to go to the polls and vote.

One of the tricks politicians use is to fool you into believing an issue is dead only to bring it up at another time when you are pre-occupied with other concerns. It is this kind of political trick that prompts us to write this letter. Contrary to popular belief, condo and co-op re-evaluation is still on the table. This measure is designed to change the property tax formula and tax condo and co-op owners the same as single family residents.

Yes, it is true, Westchester County is still studying the feasibility of this measure. We have both been on the public record as being against re-evaluation. As condo and co-op owners do not receive the full benefits as private property owners, it is unfair to charge them a property tax at the same rate. Together with Supervisor Don Peters, we will fight to make sure your voice is heard at the County level.

Only by working as a team, can we fight to make sure county government does not add to your tax bourdon. So now we ask that on November 3 you vote for David Paganelli to be your representative on the Yorktown Council and Domenic Volpe to be your next County Legislator. Together we will fight to make sure neither the town or the county will pick your pockets for more money. Know in confidence that a vote for Paganelli and Volpe is a vote for fiscal prudence. Thank you for your time, consideration and hopefully your vote.

Sincerely,
David Paganelli--candidate for Yorktown Council
Domenic Volpe--candidate for Westchester County Legislator
'Democratic and Working Families Party nominees
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A MESSAGE FROM CANIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL DAVID PAGANELLI:
RE:THIS LETTER WAS IN THIS WEEKS(10/21/09)NCN
Paganelli lists endorsements

To the Editor:
What do endorsements mean? Someone recently told me they didn’t think endorsements had any meaning in a campaign. I disagree. While endorsements may not directly address certain pressing issues facing us, it is a form of political expression just as vital as an ad or letter to the editor. People in these organizations know their issues. People would be bored to death if a candidate kept talking only about these specific concerns, which could be many according to the number of endorsements. It would take away time necessary for a candidate to speak out on other concerns that affect the town.
You might say that an endorsement is shorthand for a candidate. Organizations go through an interview process with each candidate and choose the ones that best represent their needs. The endorsements serve the purpose of helping voters who are members of the organizations know that the endorsed candidates understand their issues and the organization is comfortable that the candidate can address them.
So I am honored to be endorsed, and accept the endorsements of the following organizations and their affiliates:
Yorktown Police Benevolent Association
Yorktown Congress of Teachers
Teamsters Local 456 Affiliated Police Assoc. of Westchester County
Westchester County Police Benevolent Assoc.
Westchester/Putnam AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
Westchester/Putnam Building Construction & Trades Council (consisting of 26+ local unions)
These organizations and their members can be sure that I will take their issues seriously. I will balance those needs with the needs of Yorktown. On Nov. 3 I ask for your endorsement. I ask for your vote. Let us together Stand For Yorktown.

David Paganelli
Democratic and
Working Families nominee
Owner of The Travelers Rest
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PUTNAM VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL SAM DAVIS:

Dear Bazzomanifesto Reader:

I am running for the Putnam Valley Town Board as an independent, beholden to no one but the residents and small business owners of our Town. I will work only for you, not for developers or other special interests. That is why I have been endorsed by several labor groups, Gioia Shebar, the coordinator of taxnightmare.org, the Putnam Valley Democratic Committee, and the New York State Independence Party.

There are numerous problems facing our town, and independent, bold, creative solutions must be used to solve them. We must do everything in our power to stop the increasing taxes. The budget proposed so far this year calls for an increase of over 11% and includes a $3500 increase for the Supervisor and raises for all management personnel. On top of that will be County and School tax increases. Many of our neighbors simply cannot cope with these excesses.

We must do everything possible to get the State to change the way schools are funded. We must eliminate all unnecessary jobs. We must modernize Town Hall to increase efficiency and recoup space lost to file cabinets. That will enable us to reduce employee numbers through attrition, and eliminate the need for a new Town Hall. We must fight for all available grant money. We must properly maintain roads and equipment to avoid extra costs caused by not doing so. We must start funds for all capital equipment to avoid the need for bonding and payment of interest. We must look for opportunities to share services to reduce costs. County assessing and tax collecting would be good places to start.

Other things we must do include:
Eliminating uneven enforcement in which some can do whatever they please, while others are hounded.
Comprehensive septic remediation to protect our drinking water and water bodies.
Passage of the zoning code to implement our Comprehensive Plan.
Eliminating Illegal meetings and executive sessions.
Returning civility to our Town Board meetings. Too many people won’t go to meetings any longer because they are afraid of being yelled at by the Supervisor while the Town Board members sit quietly and let it happen.

Vote for me, an independent voice, and that is what you will get.

Sam Davis
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VOTE SAM DAVIS
For PUTNAM VALLEY Town Board
Independence Party Row C
Elect an effective Councilman
Sam Davis is endorsed by:
•The Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO
•District Council No. 9, International Union of Painters And Allied Trades AFL- CIO
•Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties
•Coordinator of Taxnightmare.org
•The Putnam Valley Democratic Committee
•The New York State Independence Party

Ten things I will do to lower taxes
1. Work for new ways to fund schools.
2. Work to eliminate all unnecessary jobs at Town Hall and eliminate management raises.
3. Modernize Town Hall technologically to provide better service at lower cost. This would also free up a great deal of space, making a new Town Hall unnecessary.
4. Reduce Town Hall numbers by attrition.
5. Eliminate Parks and Rec programs that aren’t at least breaking even.
6. See that proper maintenance is done on roads, and equipment to reduce costs caused by lack of maintenance. Create an equipment fund instead of borrowing and paying interest.
7. Work to share services wherever we can reduce costs without sacrificing necessary services.
As a member of Assemblywoman Galef’s task force on shared services and consolidation, I am acutely aware of the value of shared services.
8. Investigate a Town wide garbage contract which could yield significant cost savings.
9. Advocate for a full service recycling center. Properly run this could save our residents money and provide greater recycling which would enhance our environment.
10. Obtain all possible grant money.

pvsamdavis@gmail.com
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Hi again Andy,

What follows is my opening remarks at the PVBA debate. Hope you find them interesting. Let me know.

Peace, Sam

I moved to Putnam Valley about 12 years ago. I chose PV because of its rural beauty and because, back then, it was affordable. A lot has changed since then. At that time, we were a Town of the 2nd class. Our population was well below 10,000. Now, it’s approaching 12,000. To put that in perspective, our population increased by about a third in a little over 10 years. I don’t know about you, but that scares me

I began getting involved in my community not long after I settled in. I started going to Lake Peekskill Civic Association meetings. I got involved in the lake testing, and ultimately I began going to Town Board meetings. That is not a surprise. My history is one of involvement. From the time I was a young boy I worked in campaigns for candidates I believed in, those that fought for human rights, civil rights, people in need. I worked in Schumer’s first campaign for Congress, in Brooklyn, where I grew up. I was involved in the civil rights movement, the anti Vietnam War movement (I wanted our soldiers home, alive), the migrant workers’ struggle, and tenants’ rights struggles. I believe that everyone deserves a fair deal. I studied Chiropractic, and later became a teacher so I could make a difference.

Back to Putnam Valley and the present. I see some real threats to this Town that I love. Perhaps the greatest of these is the steeply rising taxes. So many of our neighbors have been forced from their homes. And so many more are struggling to stay, but are on the brink. Every time I see a new for sale sign go up, my heart aches. These people are the fabric of our Town, our communities, our neighborhoods. When they leave, they take a little bit of us with them. We are all damaged by their departure. That is why I have been involved for years in the effort to get the state to change the way we fund schools, to make it fair, based on a person’s ability to pay, not the value placed on their home. There is nothing more important to our neighbors than changing that.

Additionally, we must do everything possible to slow the rising taxes. That means developing less, evaluating the tax implications to our residents of every development we approve, and working to reduce the impact as much as possible. An important step in that process is passage of the zoning code which has been stalled for the past two years by our current Board. Development causes other problems as well, including more traffic, litter, damage to our viewsheds, threats to our water supply and quality, loss of open space and biodiversity, and loss of our beautiful night sky to light pollution.

About 8 years ago, I was one of the founding members of Friends of Peekskill Hollow Road. What started as a small group of concerned residents has grown into a full blown movement. We may actually have persevered long enough, and steadfastly enough, that the county is really listening. I hope that one day soon, our concerns about Peekskill Hollow Road will be a thing of the past. Rest assured that saving Peekskill Hollow Road is not only important for the beauty and character of the road, but for the survival of our Town as we know it.

I have been a long time advocate of septic remediation, critical to the continued health of our lakes, streams, and drinking water. For the same reason, as Supervisor, I tried to get the Town to ban fertilizers with phosphors. Unfortunately, none of the members of the Board would go along. Now, finally, the Board is doing just that. While Supervisor, I also procured significant grant money to help with the Comprehensive Plan expenses, the Zoning Code expenses, new salt spreading machinery to save both money and our environment, and solar cells for Town Hall. I believe that keeping our environment healthy is critical to keeping ourselves healthy.

Vote for me, and I will continue to work for you, not for the special interests that all too often are the ones government serves.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL TERRENCE MURPHY

Dear Bazzomanifesto Readers:

What are the needs of the residents of Yorktown? After spending nearly six months knocking on all of your doors, and listening to your concerns, it seems to me there are three clear needs you desire: affordable living, continued safety, and common sense. I truly believe I am the only candidate who has the knowledge and experience to effectively fulfill these three important elements. As a resident of Westchester County we live in the number one taxed county in the country. The best way to ensure your local taxes do not continue to rise is by setting and honoring a reasonable budget.

When we outspend our set revenue, as this town has consistently done, the added tax burden is put on the shoulders of the families across this town. As a business owner here in Yorktown I have already accomplished this task. Both Murphy’s Restaurant and The Yorktown Health and Wellness Center stand as two of Yorktown’s preeminent businesses. Each year I set a budget for each business and successfully hold to it. I have provided jobs here in Yorktown as well as a number of services. Public safety is another issue I have fully tackled over the past three years.

As the founder and President of Keeping Westchester Safe, I have fought hard to bring Child Safety Zone legislation to our county and town. Our children are our future and we must do everything possible to ensure their safety. This legislation will prevent registered sexual predators from living or working within 1,000 feet of any child safety zone. These zones include schools, parks, churches, synagogues, and other child friendly areas. Saving one child from becoming a victim is in itself a great accomplishment. I am pleased to have the support of the Yorktown Police Benevolent Association and look forward to working with them to keep Yorktown safe.

Lastly, we need to restore common sense to our town government. Building mountains out of mole hills only expands our problems rather than finds solutions. Since 2008 we have spent nearly $500,000 on legal and litigation fees. Much of this could have been avoided if we had officials willing to sit down with others to explain the processes our town follows. As your councilman I will do just that. It is time for someone to defend you as the taxpayer. I will not make excuses or pass blame. I will do what I think is right for our town. Election Day is our time to reinvest in Yorktown. With your support we can do this together. Please remember to vote on Tuesday November 3rd.

Dr. Terrence Murphy
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Legislator Oros Boards Murphy Express
Minority Leader Cites Commitment, Business Sense

With Election Day less than three weeks away Legislator George Oros (Cortlandt – R, C, I) has formally endorsed Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy. Citing Dr. Murphy’s commitment to having Child Safety Zone legislation passed, as well as his success as a business owner in Yorktown, Mr. Oros believes Dr. Murphy possesses the knowledge and experience to solidify Yorktown as one of the preeminent towns in Westchester County.

“As a county legislator I have seen towns across our county begin to crumble under the intense financial pressure which have been placed on them,” Oros said. “What we need now more than ever, is an individual who has proven to his community that he can work, survive, and thrive under these conditions. Dr. Murphy has exhibited these traits through his two businesses which are here in Yorktown.”

Dr. Murphy opened his first business, the Yorktown Health and Wellness Center, nearly fifteen years ago. In 2006, Murphy’s Restaurant quickly became a common scene for local residents to enjoy its great food and service. In its short life, Murphy’s has become one of the largest small businesses in Yorktown.

“As a representative of Yorktown I have enjoyed working with Dr. Murphy on a number of issues facing this town and county,” Oros continued. “Most notably, Dr. Murphy has been the leading advocate for bringing Child Safety Zones to our county and one of the loudest voices against the dreadful MTA Payroll Tax. He understands the issues residents are facing and possesses the foresight to anticipate the need for certain measures.”

“As the founder of the Common Sense PAC I fully support Dr. Terrence Murphy as the common sense candidate,” Oros concluded. “While other candidates may know the issues facing Yorktown, Dr. Murphy is the only candidate to provide simple and effective solutions to those problems. The residents of Yorktown will be proud to call Dr. Murphy their next councilman.”

Recently, Dr. Murphy has proposed putting the $80,000 budgeted for an assistant engineer, a position which has gone unfulfilled for the past two years, towards the town’s $75,000 MTA Payroll bill.

“While this is only a temporary fix, it saves the taxpayers money,” Murphy commented. “The last time I checked, an increase is still an increase whether it be by 0.5% or 5.0%, however this buys us time to look for a long term solution which will cost taxpayers as little as possible.”

“Having the support of a well respected legislator like George Oros is a great honor,” Murphy concluded. “Having worked with George over the past few years I have nothing but the utmost respect for him and all he has given our community. I look forward to working with him in the future to ensure Yorktown prospers.”
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BALL BOARDS THE ‘MURPHY EXPRESS’
Endorses Dr. Terrence Murphy, citing experience, commitment to community

On Friday morning standing outside the Yorktown Town Hall, New York State Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) formally endorsed Yorktown Councilman Candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley), citing his lengthy experience as a small business owner and his commitment to the Yorktown community.

“Dr. Terrence Murphy is in the business of caring for people,” Ball said. “Doc Murphy knows what it takes to meet a payroll and try to raise a family in the nation’s most overtaxed county. He will be a hands on leaser with real world experience and will provide the vision Yorktown deserves.”

Dr. Murphy opened his first business, the Yorktown Health and Wellness Center located in the Underhill Avenue Plaza fifteen years ago. Murphy’s Restaurant has become a staple of the Yorktown community. Opened in honor of Jack Murphy, father of Dr. Terrence Murphy, Murphy’s Restaurant stands as one of the largest businesses in Yorktown.

“Right now the residents of Yorktown deserve a non partisan leader willing to cut through the clutter and able to chart a brighter course for taxpayers, small business owners and the moms and dads of Yorktown,” Ball continued.

“I know Terrence on both a professional and personal level,” Ball concluded. “For the past three years we have fought hard to bring Child Safety Zone legislation to Yorktown in an effort to better protect our children from sexual predators. Terrence has been the constant force behind this fight proving his commitment to make Yorktown a better place to live. I am proud to call him my friend and the residents and families of Yorktown will be proud to call him their next councilman.”
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR SUSAN SIEGEL:
Yorktown Supervisor Commits Unfair Campaign Practice

On September 25, 2009, both my opponent and I signed a pledge to abide by the principles of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee. One of those principles is not to misrepresent an opponent’s position.

Regrettably, I’m here today to report that five days after signing the Pledge, at the September 30th Candidate’s Debate, my opponent violated one of its key principles when he put false words into my mouth.

I’m pleased that after reviewing my complaint, the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee upheld my position and concluded that Mr. Peters was guilty of having committed an unfair campaign practice when, at the September 30th debate, he misrepresented my position on town administrator when he said that at the September 7, 1994 public hearing I said:

“She said, she said herself that making government bigger and more expensive for the taxpayers is the only way she can make Yorktown effective.”

Not only did I not say those words. The words Mr. Peters attributed to me are a complete distortion of my position on town administrator.

Mr. Peters did not attend the Committee’s hearing and submitted no proof that I said what he said I said. Which makes one wonder why and how his attorney can keep on saying that his client’s statement is true. If it’s true, then where’s the proof?

The Committee’s findings were based on a copy of what I did say on September 7, 1994. And it is clear that in no way could my statement be misconstrued to come out the way Mr. Peters portrayed my comments.

As I told the committee in writing when I submitted the complaint, and at the hearing, I have absolutely no problem with Mr. Peters bringing up my history of support for a town administrator. I have no problem with him attacking the idea of a town administrator. What I have a problem with is his putting words in my mouth – words I never said or ever would have said.

Regrettably, this incident is symptomatic of Mr. Peters’ entire campaign. As I’ve shown on numerous occasions during this campaign, many of Mr. Peters’ statements are exaggerations and misrepresentations of the facts -- not unlike what he tried to do on the town administrator issue when he totally misrepresented my position. It appears to be a clear pattern.

.His campaign literature claims he saved the town almost $1 million – when the actual savings is closer to $154,000.
•He’s claimed to have lowered sewer taxes, when 74% of sewered homeowners had their taxes increased.
•He’s claimed he’s cut spending when all he cut was the budget. And if you look at the last comptroller’s financial update, you’ll see that several areas where budget cuts were made are already way over budget.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to repeat my position on town administrator. Since becoming a candidate for supervisor in May, 2009, I have said over and over again that as there’s been little support for a town administrator in Yorktown, I am no longer promoting the idea. I’ve listened to the community. While I personally continue to believe that town administrator is in the best long term interests of Yorktown, I will not pursue an idea that does not have the support of the community. Instead, I’m moving on to Plan B -- which is giving Yorktown voters the opportunity to elect a more qualified person as their next town supervisor.
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A MESSAGE FROM VINCENT VESCE CHAIRMAN OF THE PEEKSKILL GOP:
A MESSAGE FROM PEEKSKILL REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN
VINCENT C. VESCE
DEMOCRAT PARTY CHAIR ATTACKS ON CHRIS HANZLIK ARE PITIFUL


"I suppose if I were the Chairman of the Peekskill Democrat Party I would be looking to divert the voter's attention from the facts that have been brought out during the Peekskill Mayoral campaign as well. No party leader would want to be in the shoes of Darren Rigger, Chairman of the Peekskill Democrats, in witnessing the reaction people are having to a serious examination of the record of the Foster Administration."

Vincent C. Vesce, Chairman of the Peekskill Republican Party, responding to a "message" that Rigger posted on the Peekskill Democrat Party website on October 21st, accusing Chris Hanzlik, the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate for Mayor of Peekskill, of disregarding "responsibility" for calling a meeting of an advisory commission the Peekskill City Council formed to recommend changes to the City Charter dealing with filling vacancies on the city council.

Vesce added, "People are sick and tired of the attack dog politics they get from Mr. Rigger who all too often feels compelled to react in this manner when he gets uncomfortable with the way things are going for his candidates. This is the second time in two weeks that he has attacked Mr. Hanzlik by attempting to make something out of nothing and playing fast and loose with the facts to create an issue that simply does not exist".

"The last time there was a vacancy on the city council, Mary Foster and the Democrat majority on the Peekskill City Council filled it with one of their own and then, after the fact and in an attempt to deflect criticism for doing so, they created an "advisory commission" to "study" how such actions should be taken in the future. In politics this is known as "taking cover". In the real world this is known as not having the guts to take responsibility for the actions you have taken."

"What Mr. Rigger failed to disclose in his latest attack on Chris was that while the City Council did "appoint" Chris Hanzlik to this sham advisory committee back in 2008, he was never given notice of this action by the City which Chris clearly stated at the candidates debate that was held last night. By the way, what a coincidence...the "filling the vacancy issue" is brought up in a question solicited from "the public" at last night's debate and Mr. Rigger posted his "message" on the Peekskill Democrat website attacking Chris on the very issue TWO HOURS BEFORE the debate was to begin ...hmmmm!!! Mr. Rigger, one question...ARE YOU KIDDING ME???"

"If this was such an important issue and there was no activity for almost two years by the "appointed advisory committee", then why didn't the Mayor and her City Council demand that the committee meet or at least ask why it had not met? If they had simply asked the question, they would have found out that Chris was not officially advised that he was on the committee and that was the reason why he did not call a meeting. The bottom line is that the "filling a city council vacancy committee" issue is a non-issue and will not change the facts associated with the real issues in this campaign. Those real issues that have been to the public's attention by Chris and his running mates include the obscene way in which the city's finances have been handled by the Foster Administration, how Peekskill has come to a dead stop when it comes to economic development activity and the obvious decline in the quality of life issues that are fundamental to the vitality of our beloved city."

"Like I said at the start of this response to Mr. Rigger's attack, if my candidates were responsible for the results associated with the real issues of this campaign, I guess I would look to change the subject as well. That said, I will offer some advice to Mary Foster and the Democrat Majority on the City Council and also some advice to Mr. Rigger. For the mayor and council, stop with the sham advisory committee routine to make a simple decision. If you are really concerned about taking the politics out of filling a vacancy, stop making a mountain out of a molehill and do as we did when I was on the city council. Fill such vacancies with the person of your choice who is competent and has the desire to serve the public. Only one thing, when choosing this person, make sure it is a person who is only interested in filling the vacancy until such time that the seat is to be filled by a regularly scheduled election. That way, the City does not have to go to the expense of running a special election and no person is "anointed" by the politicians in power and given a clear cut advantage of running for office as an incumbent when they did not earn that right from the voters."

"And for you Mr. Rigger...lose the "attack dog" political playbook. It's old, tired, transparent and undignified. It is not what a campaign for public office should be about."

Go Peekskill
Contact Vinne Vesce,
http://www.peekskillgop.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLAOTR JOHN TESTA:
Law Enforcement Backs Testa for County Legislator
Affiliated Police Association and Westchester County Police PBA Endorse Testa


John G. Testa, former Mayor of Peekskill and present candidate for County Legislator for has received two major endorsements from the law enforcement community. Both the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County (APA) and the Westchester County Police PBA have enthusiastically put their support behind Testa in his bid to become the next County Legislator for District 1.

The APA is the blanket organization that represents 53 PBA Law Enforcement Organizations from across Westchester County. They represent over 10,000 members and are a strong voice for law enforcement issues in Westchester County. The Westchester County Police PBA represents the police officers, detectives, and sergeants employed by the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.

As Mayor, John Testa built a record of support for the law enforcement community. His leadership in establishing specialized crime units for Community Policing and an Anti-Drug Task Force coupled with a zero tolerance for crime enabled the crime rate to be reduced by 40% during his tenure.

Perhaps Westchester County PBA President Michael Hagan summed it up best when describing why they are supporting John Testa for County Legislator. “After reviewing your position on matters of great importance to our membership, we have concluded that your record of accomplishment and commitment to the law enforcement community are of tremendous importance to the people you look to serve – the people of Westchester County. We are confident that you will be a fair, honest and effective Legislator and a continued friend to the Westchester County Police PBA,” Hagan said of Testa.

“I am extremely proud of these endorsements, Testa said. “The law enforcement community members risk their lives every day to protect us and keep us safe. I have always been a steadfast supporter of all they do and will make sure that, as a Legislator, I will continue to do all I can to provide them with the support they deserve to do the dangerous and critical service they provide to all they protect. I give my sincere appreciation to the APA and Westchester PBA for their endorsements,” Testa added.
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Testa Trounces Volpe in Paramount Debate
In a debate of Stark Contrasts, Testa Demonstrated he is the Only Viable Candidate
Volpe Used Prepared Answers as a Crutch to Avoid Direct Answers to Tough Questions
Volpe Refused to Answer for His Role in the Gary Kriss Ethics Scandal


On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, The North County News hosted a debate at Peekskill’s Paramount Theater between Westchester County Legislator Candidates John G. Testa, the former three-term Mayor of Peekskill, and Domenic Volpe, who has lost four prior bids for public office.

It was a debate of stark contrasts. Testa, a seasoned professional with a firm command of the issues, handily answered all the questions within his allotted time, while Volpe struggled to understand the issues, and asked for each question to be repeated, so he had adequate time to sift through a list of prepared responses, trying to find one that might address the question. Volpe’s tactic was an abysmal failure. He was clearly out of his element and obviously outclassed.

Speaking from the heart and without the need of prepared remarks, Testa concisely laid out his extensive experience in public office, his demonstrated commitment to the First District in improving open space acquisition and championing environmental issues, his unparalleled record of fiscal responsibility in turning Peekskill’s finances around and winning recognition from the State Comptroller’s Office, and his ability to work with members of all political parties to achieve the best interests of all of Northern Westchester.

Volpe could not point to a single thing he had done before, during, or after his four unsuccessful attempts at public office to help the First District. And his inability to discuss clearly and concisely the issues most important to taxpayers showed that he does not understand the requirements to be effective in public office.

Volpe’s responses to two questions were particularly unsettling. First, when the candidates were asked about the County’s recent “affordable housing settlement,” Testa explained how it violated the bedrock principle of local government, “home rule,” and was nothing but a bureaucratic mandate from Washington D.C., filtered through the Supermajority on the Board of Legislators, that would have no hope of implementation and saddled local municipalities with the unknown risk of additional litigation and potential open ended costs for compliance. Volpe said that Yorktown was “threatened” by the settlement, and Cortlandt could suffer fallout as well, but that he was not willing to do anything contrary to what the Super-majority had agreed to, claiming it was the best we could do.

Also unsettling was Volpe’s staunch refusal to answer a direct question about his role in the Gary Kriss ethics scandal uncovered by Journal News reporter Phil Reisman (read the article). Kriss, the chief adviser to Bill Ryan, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, was taken to task for his actions on Election Day 2007 in making more than 39 documented cell phone calls to Domenic Volpe. Volpe and Kriss used taxpayer resources in an attempt to gain unfair political advantage. Rather than accept responsibility for his past unethical activity, Volpe read a prepared statement, citing a litany of statistics about traffic on Peekskill’s streets! It was the lowest of many low moments for Volpe during the debate.

Watch the debate at the North County News website. It will also be shown on the Peekskill City Website and Government Channel 78 and Public Access through Cablevision.
For more information contact:
campaign@johngtesta.com
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A MESSAGE FROM THE YORKTOWN REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE:
Hi Anthony,

I would appreciate if you could include the following info on your blog and possibly in your NCN column.

"Yorktown Candidates take to the television on channel 74."

Times:
Thursday 10/29/09 at 6:00PM
Friday 10/30/09 at 4:30PM
Monday 11/2/09 at 10PM.

Get to know the Yorktown Republican candidates, Susan Siegel,Supervisor Candidate, Mark Drexel, Council Candidate and Sal Lagonia, Town Justice Candidate. and their position on the pressing issues facing Yorktown.

Moderated by Mark Iannucci, Secretary, Yorktown Republican Committee

Thanks
Larry Cassidy
Vice-Chairman
Yorktown Republican Committee
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL MARK DREXEL:

The campaign is in the home stretch and it is turning out to be a very close race. I am counting on your help get the vote out. On Election Day eve and Election Day, I ask that you contact your family, friends and neighbors to encourage them to vote. If any resident requests a call from Mark, let us know, Mark will be making calls right up till Election Day.

You have been a great supporter in the past. I realize times are tough, but things will not get better, if candidates with fiscally conservative values cannot demonstrate the financial support necessary in this critical election. This is why I am also asking for your contribution in the amount of $100, $50, $35 or other amount. We have received $10 and $20 dollar contributions, every little bit helps. We want to get some additional mail out by Election Day, any contribution will help.

With your help, we will be successful in returning to Yorktown, a local government that listens and responds to residents.

Thank you
Please make checks payable to: Friends of J. Mark Drexel, 2424 Pinetree Place, Yorktown NY 10598
For your convenience you may contribute to the campaign online via credit or Paypal. Go to: Donate Using PayPal
Elect Mark Drexel on Tuesday November 3rd
Website: www.ElectDrexel.com
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“It’s Time” to bring long needed change to Yorktown Town Hall.
“It’s Time” for decision making, not further delay.
“It’s Time” Town Hall worked constructively with the Chamber of Commerce to implement strategies that help drive growth and prosperity.”
“It’s Time” to support our police department and NOT allow the loss of local control that will put public safety decisions in the hands of others.
“It’s Time” for real local government action, not more empty promises.”

Real Solutions for Yorktown
Elect Mark Drexel
Tuesday November 3rd
www.ElectDrexel.com
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON:

SUNDAY, November 22nd, 8:00-11:00 AM
SHERIFF'S CADETS FIND-RAISING BREAKFAST
Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith will host the annual fund-raising breakfast for the Putnam County Sheriff's Cadets program. Donation is $12.00 adults/$5.00 children (5-12), under 5 free. Information: (845)225-4300 X489.

FRIDAY, December 4th-SUNDAY, December 6th
MYSTICISM AND THE SPIRITUAL QUEST
Dr. Phyllis Zagano, senior research asociate-in-residence in the Department of Religion at Hofstra Unviersity, Hempstead, NY, will lead a weekend retreat on Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest. Cost is $165.00 per person (single occupancy), $115.00 per person (double occupancy). Information/registration at (845)424-3671 X2111.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE LAKELAND GRADUATING CLASS OF '73

For all you "locals" - Saturday, November 14th meet us at 6pm at Cortlandt Lanes for a light dinner, and some "early" moonlight bowling! For a mere $20 you get food & soda, shoe rental, and lane privileges. Checks should be made out to Frank Sofo and can be sent to him at:
Frank Sofo
PO Box 1147
Yorktown Hgts., NY 10598

We need a head count so we can order enough food, so please send your reservation in as early as possible. Even if you can't bowl (like me - a score of 60 or so is a major feat!) come out and enjoy a good time. It's also an opportunity to share your ideas of what you would like to see as future events. We do have some tentative ideas that we are researching for the 40th - most likely to be held the week after the 4th of July in 2013 - so, SAVE THE DATE!
See you on Nov. 14th!

Karen
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:
Some New Dinnner Menu
Offerings for Fall

New Appetizer:
Lump Crabcakes with Black Bean Aioli

New Entrees:
Scallops with Limoncello & Parsley Risotto

Pan-Seared North Atlantic Halibut
with Smoked Chile Cream Sauce

Apple-Maple Pork Tenderloin
with Sauteed Arugula

Grilled Ribeye Steak
topped with a Gorgonzola Cheesecake

For
Reservations
Call 914-737-6624

Free for Brunch?
Our Mimosa's Are!
Come in for Brunch between
Oct 25 and Dec 20
and receive a Free Mimosa
with any Brunch entree.

Just mention this email to receive your
Free Mimosa!

Sunday Brunch
11:30 am - 3 pm
Call for reservations
914-737-6624

Let 12 Grapes make your Holiday Party special.
Many wonderful menu options available!

Call 914-737-6624 for details.
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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 kind of candidates you should vote for. 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

10/25/09

Saturday, October 10, 2009

THE WINNER OF THE DEBATES IS.......

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
3)a message from candidate for Yorktown Council David Paganelli
5)a message from candidate for Putnam Valley Supervisor Dawn Powell
6)a message from candidate for Westchester Legislator Domenic Volpe
7)a message from candidate for Westchester Legislator John Testa
8)a message from the Peekskill GOP
9)a message from candidate for Yorktown Council Terrence Murphy
10)a message from candidate for Yorktown Council Mark Drexel
11)a message from the Winery at St. George
12)what's happening at 12 Grapes N. Division Street, Peekskill
13)a message from candidate for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
14)a message from candidate for Westchester District Attorney Dan Schorr
15)a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
16)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:

On September 30 and October 1 the North County News and The New Yorktown Chamber of Commerce sponsored debates for Westchester County offices (County Executive, District Attorney and Districts 1 & 4) and Yorktown offices (Supervisor and town council). You can watch these videos on NCNLocal.com, click to NCNTV. I urge you to watch. I wrote recently that the candidates had a duty to provide information so you can be a more informed voter. In these debates they did so. Now it is your duty to watch these debates to be that informed voter. In regards to those candidates who were invited and chose not to attend, that you the voter was not worth their time of day, I say do not give them the time of day nor your vote.

So who won the debates? That's a good question, I am glad you asked. The winner of the county and town debates was some one not present, this is also true for the loser. The winner of the debate was Assemblyman Greg Ball. The loser Congressman John Hall. Don't be so surprised. You see the candidates seeking your vote were trying to pass themselves off as fiscal conservatives. Some actually were, others were election year epiphany conservatives ready to go back to their spendthrift ways after safely elected. The point is, that Assemblyman Ball being the first to throw his hat in the ring for next years congressional election realizes that this is a right of center district. Congressman Hall thinks he is running for a New York City district.

Both parties nominated candidates that stood for containing and in some cases lowering taxes. Conservatism ruled the debates. You heard no candidate advocate programs expanding government. No candidate proposing the liberal agenda of an ever reaching and liberty encroaching government. However you had candidates who say they have saved you money by not spending as much as they were going to do. What they want you to believe is that by spending $100.00 instead of $200.00 they saved you $100.00. This they say is fiscal conservatism. Actually it is a con job. Do not fall for it. The only way to save money, and to lower taxes is to spend less in the next budgets than the last budgets. Do not fall for the political canard that a cut in the proposed rate of spending is actually a cut in spending. Do not vote for a candidate who tries this.

You are being told that county taxes account for only 20% of your property taxes. What you are not being told is that in most other counties it is only 8-10%. You are being told by various local and county candidates that their hands are tied by un-funded mandates passed down by higher governing authorities. Yet next year these same candidates once elected will endorse and campaign for these people only because they are from their party. Do not vote for those who put party over people. Watch the debates. Do your job. Be an informed voter.
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE:
RE: THE YORKTOWN WATCHDOG

Your humble writer, Anthony Bazzo will be the guest Wednesday October 14 4:30pm on channel 74 shown in Yorktown and Putnam Valley

Hosted by: Ed Ciffon with guest host Greg Kane candidate fro Westchester Legislator District 4
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RE; THE VOLPE REPORT

The guest this for this installment is Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster. You can view this
on Thursadys at 8PM chanel 15 (Peek. and Cort.) chanel 74 at 6pm (York.& Put. Valley)

Hosted By: Domenic Volpe
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RE: ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA

Chris Hanzlik, Candidate for Mayor of Peekskill

You will be introduced to the possible next Mayor of the City of Peekskill, Chris Hanzlik. Chris is a Civil Engineer who has been very involved in the Peekskill community. He has been a long-time member of the City of Peekskill Planning Commission and spent time as an appointed member of the Common Council. Chris has been intimately involved in many of the projects completed in the City and hopes to "Get Peekskill Back on Track" as the next Mayor of the City. He is also the President of the Lapolla Little League and is involved in other community groups.

In this Part 1 of a series of shows to follow learn more about Chris and why he chose to make a run for the City's top governmental position.

Thursdays at 9:30PM chanel 15 (Peekskill & Cortlant)
Tuesdays in Yorktown & Putnam Valley 9:30 chanel 74
Hosted by: John Testa
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RE: SPEAK OUT WITH SANDY GALEF:
Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Presents Working Hard for Shared Services with Vincent Tamagna and Catherine Borgia

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts Putnam County Legislator Vincent Tamagna and Ossining Town Supervisor Catherine Borgia on her public access show, “Speak Out,” to discuss sharing and consolidating services in municipalities and county government.

Galef has long been a champion of governments sharing services in order to save taxpayers’ money. Last February she hosted a Shared Services Roundtable with local towns and villages, and in April she founded the Shared Services Task Force of the 90th Assembly District. In this episode, Tamagna and Borgia further illuminate the areas where they, and their governments, are working to consolidate and share. The three consider the necessity and effectiveness of state grants for sharing, as well as the public’s interest in this issue.

“Government officials working together with the support of residents in the community can make a big difference in changing the way we provide services for our taxpayers to lower our property taxes,” concluded Galef.

Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.
“Speak Out with Sandy Galef” airs as follows:
Cablevision
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15 – Wednesdays at 8:00 pm
Wappingers Falls Channel 21 and Yorktown Channel 74 - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
“Working Hard for Shared Services” airs on October 14, 21, November 11 & 18

Comcast
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8 - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
“Working Hard for Shared Services” airs on October 7, 14 & 21

Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for air time
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RE: DEAR SANDY:
Assemblywoman Galef Discusses VA Hospital in Montrose on “Dear Sandy”

(October 9, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts Gerald Culliton, Director of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, on her television show “Dear Sandy”. The discussion includes why the hospital is so important to today’s veterans, and how the role of the hospital has changed over the years. Recently rehabilitated buildings add to the hospital to better target today’s common ailments. Culliton urges friends and family members to encourage veterans to seek treatment if needed.

“The VA Hospital is important in helping our veterans readjust to society,” Galef said. “Soldiers come back from service and need a place to turn. That is when they need our help the most. We are so lucky to have such a great resource in Montrose to help people feel more comfortable coming home.”

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
“Hudson Valley Veteran’s Programs” airs on October 9, 16, 23 & 30
Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for air times.
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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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THIS APPEARED IN THIS WEEKS(10/07/09)ISSUES OF THE NCN:
Yes to shared services
Dear Editor:

I wrote my first letter on the topic of police consolidation. I said there was nothing too dangerous to talk about, and boy was there talk! There was misinformation, misdirection from a few, and downright fear-mongering to scare those unfamiliar with the issue. I advocated debate, the open exchange of ideas, and the give and take of opinion on the topic. At the end of the day after informed discussion, it was determined that the issue was not feasible. I am fine with that.
However, the continued conversation of sharing services is an entirely different issue. On this topic I am unequivocally in favor. Working with the county or other municipalities can save us money while maintaining services, roads and parkland. This is not pie in the sky political rhetoric. This makes sense and is doable. It makes no sense for the county to send people and equipment all the way to the northern-most reaches when we already have the people and equipment here.
Using resources from this area would save the county time, overtime, gas, and wear and tear. Yorktown would be reimbursed for the costs which would create a savings to everyone.
When I wrote about creative thinking, I meant it. The only way we can save money is by thinking outside the box. Most politicians have a knee-jerk reaction if the idea is not their idea. Unlike politicians, I do not care who gets the credit for a good idea. Being a businessman, I am trained to look at the bigger picture. It is not all about me, it’s about what is best for my business. As your councilman, it will not be about me, but what is best for Yorktown.
It will be my pleasure to work with County Legislator Kaplowitz and future County Legislator Volpe in finding services that we can share. In this economic climate, saving money is in everyone's best interest. Standing for Yorktown means embracing good ideas regardless of the source and saving the town money. As your councilman, I will do both.

David Paganelli
Democratic and Working Families Party nominee
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UPDATED ENDORSEMENTS:

Yorktown Democratic Party
Yorktown Working Families Party
Yorktown Police Benevolent Association
Yorktown Congress Of Teachers
Teamsters Local 456
Affiliated Police Assoc. of Westchester County
Westchester County Police Benevolent Assoc.
Westchester/Putnam AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
Westchester/Putnam Building Construction & Trades Council (consisting of 26+ local unions)

Affiliates of the Building Trades Council:
Asbestos Workers Local 91
Boilermakers Local 5
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
Bridge Painters Local 806
Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters
United Cement Masons’ Union
Dockbuilders Local 1456
Electricians Locals 3 and 363
Elevator Constructors Local 1
Glaziers Local 1281
Ironworkers District Council
Iron Workers Locals 40, 417 and 580
Building Laborers Local 235
Road Laborers Local 60
Lathers Local 46
Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A
Millwrights Local 740
Operating Engineers Locals 15, 30 and 137
Painters District Council No. 9
Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons’ Local 530
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
Resilient Floor Coverers Local 2287
Riggers Local 197
Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
Roofers & Waterproofers Local 8
Sheet Metal Workers Locals 38 & 137
Teamsters Locals 456, 813 and 814
Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Local 7
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PUTNAM VALLEY SUPERVISOR DAWN POWELL:

Sometimes the smallest things cause a firestorm. There was a post on Mr. Bazzo’s blog, that seemed innocuous enough, but it has ignited threats, and possibly successful attempts to suppress free speech.

Sam Davis' Financial Appeal:
A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR PUTNAM VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL SAM DAVIS:
Hi,

Up front I'll tell you that this is a plea for money. As you know, I am running for the Town Board. Putnam Valley is at a precipice right now. I fear that it may soon be unrecognizable if we don't achieve a change in its leadership.

Unfortunately, it takes money to run a campaign. Signs and ads are vital. Palm cards may be necessary as well. Hence my plea for help. Please, if you can, make a contribution to my campaign. Please give as generously as you can, but anything will be appreciated. There will be a fundraising party at Floradan, next Sunday, the 11th, 4PM to 6PM. I'd love to see you there.

Make checks payable to the Putnam Valley Democratic Committee and Write Sam Davis on the memo line. Send the checks to Putnam Valley Democratic Committee, PO Box 299, Putnam Valley, NY 10579.

Thank you so much for your help.
Peace, and love,
Sam

This post has elicited funds, as well as threats from Wendy Whetsel of criminal prosecution of the committee’s senior and gentle treasurer, as well as threats from the County Chair, long an enemy of the Putnam Valley Democrats (perhaps Democrats everywhere). State law is clear. A committee can support whoever they want, and accept funds, and expend them within the limitations of campaign finance. This is basic to the expression of free speech.

Without free speech, there can be no democracy. If we succumb to bullies, we may as well fold up our tents and go home.

{The basis of this denial of free speech:
RULES OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK 2009

The Democratic State Committee of the State of New York hereby adopts the following rules for the government of the Democratic Party of the State of New York:

Article 9: Section 7: Obligation of Candidates seeking or holding Party or Public Office.

All of those persons seeking or holding party or public office under the Democratic Party label or Democratic Party name, thereby undertake, while so serving or seeking to serve, not to oppose publicly the election of any Democratic nominee for the office in New York State.}


Aside from constitutional vagueness, this rule seems specifically to deny the right of free speech to Democrats running for office. It also seems to indicate that Ms. Whetsel was guilty of disloyalty to the party, when she ran a primary against the committee’s endorsed candidates. Having already been accused of disloyalty to the party myself, I’ll take my hits this time for speaking up against injustice, and for the right to free speech.
If being a Democrat in New York State and Putnam County means that I cannot oppose bullying, and I cannot advocate for free speech, then I am not a Democrat, for then I would be no better than Bob Tendy.

Dencerely,
Dr. Dawn Powell
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:
THIS APPEARED IN THIS WEEKS(10/07/09)NCN:

Volpe seeks support
Dear Editor:
It has been reported in the latest filings that actual sales revenues as of July 31, 2009 received from Westchester County Finance Department indicate a loss of $33,360, 597 or 15 percent compared to July 31, 2008 and the fiscal year is not over yet.
In fact, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a sales tax snapshot on Aug. 31 which showed that local sales tax revenues across New York state, including New York City, were down 8.9 percent or $640 million, for the first seven months of 2009 compared with the same period last year. For counties, the average decline from January to July was 7.6 percent. If this trend continues, counties may see their first annual decline in sales tax revenues in 18 years. Comptroller DiNapoli urged counties to closely monitor sales tax collections against budgeted revenues and to make adjustments as necessary. To view this analysis for yourself, here is the link: www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/pubs/research/snapshot/0809lgsnapshot.pdf
This means two things: 1) this money budgeted to be spent is not there and 2) local governments counting on their share of sales tax revenue, portions of which are sent to the local governments where the purchases were made, will be getting less money than anticipated. This has now forced county and local governments two options to make up the difference — either cut spending or raise taxes. We live in the highest-taxed county in the nation (as reported in Tuesday's Sept. 22, 2009 New York Post), a dubious honor at best and one I would gladly like to pass on to someone else. Twenty percent of our tax bill is county government, the rest in local and school budgets. Now our county executive is saying he is willing to listen to the concerns of residents. Our county executive says he is willing to listen to ways to share services within the county.
I have been talking about this for four years. I have a question, why has the county executive waited so long? Is this just election-year spin? We clearly have a bloated government. Husbands and wives (mine included) are forced to work just to make ends meet, and at the end of the week what's left? Not much.
Three years ago, 53,000 people left the Hudson Valley region, last year another 72,000 more left for less-taxing regions. In this precarious economic climate, what has our county government done to ease our burden? Nothing! Instead they have been busy with red-herring issues. Laws such as ridiculous and unenforceable idling laws; who owns discarded cardboard boxes or debating laws trying to force landlords to rent to residents whether the landlord wants to or not, or whether a circus should be allowed at the County Center — then not enacting any proposal either for or against. These red-herring issues are used to fool you into thinking county government is doing their job when it really shows a clear lack of understanding as to the concerns and needs of its residents.
With your support and vote, I will fight to institute sound fiscal polices that will help us as taxpayers. My goal is to keep the county portion of your tax bill at 0 percent for at least three years. To also start the discussion when I am elected, I will begin with these things that can be done as a “proactive/preventive” measures:
• Mid-year review of debts and their anticipated operating expenses/revenues
• Institute a ‘soft’ hiring freeze, meaning no new hires that aren’t essential, ie. police, etc., and no filling of vacancies
• Delay spending where ever possible (again, unless it is necessary).
In November you have a choice. Either elect someone who can only sit on the sidelines and complain (and echo me) but in the end will accomplish nothing but get headlines, or elect a candidate who will be part of the majority, sitting in the room where budgets are produced and able to get results that will benefit the district. I am that candidate. With your help we can make this happen.

Domenic Volpe
Candidate for Westchester County Legislator District 1
Democratic and Working Families Party Candidate
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VOLPE TO PUSH FOR INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Position Would be Responsible for Identifying Waste and Fraud in County Government –
Volpe Offers County Legislature Budget Reductions to Offset Costs --

Domenic Volpe, candidate for Westchester County Legislature, District 1, intends on introducing legislation to create an Inspector General position for Westchester County government if elected to the Westchester County Legislature. Last year, Legislator Mike Kaplowitz introduced a similar bill to establish a county Department of Investigations.

“One of the easiest ways to cut costs and identify waste is to put in place an independent county inspector general,” said Volpe, who has made reducing county spending a cornerstone of his campaign. “The days of the fox watching the hen house are over. If we want to get serious about reducing costs, than an independent inspector general, beholden to no one but the taxpayers, is the way to go.”

Volpe noted that a small investment in the position has the potential to provide significant returns to the taxpayers. In order to finance the position, he is proposing cutting the county board’s budget. He specifically cited cuts to travel stipends, constituent newsletters, and ‘special’ spending accounts for board leadership.

To ensure the independence of the Inspector General, Volpe is supporting a proposal, originally introduced by Mike Kaplowitz, that provides for a five-year term. The inspector general would be appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the Board of Legislators. The inspector could not be removed from his or her position without a 2/3 vote of the legislature. The 2/3 vote threshold would protect the inspector general from political pressure.

The position would be responsible for reviewing procurement practices, investigating conflicts of interest, issuing reports with respect to instances of non-compliance of county policy, uncovering abuse in county departments, and ensuring that the county code of ethics is both adhered to and enforced. It will also be provided with the legal power to compel witnesses and provide any documents to investigate potentially fraudulent activities.

“This small investment in good government will be a windfall for the taxpayers,” continued Volpe. “The creation of an independent inspector general’s office will cut costs by identifying existing waste while at the same time as serving as a deterrent to potentially reckless spending in the future.”

Volpe intends to introduce a bill to the County Legislature in the first three months of his term.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR JOHN TESTA:
Former Governor George E. Pataki Endorses Testa
Pataki touts Testa's leadership, experience and proven record as Mayor

Candidate for County Legislator for District 1, John G. Testa, recently received a boost for his election bid from former Governor of NY George E. Pataki. Pataki, also a former Mayor of Peekskill, recently hosted a special event packed with supporters from all over Northern Westchester to support John in his campaign and to officially endorse John for his election.

In his remarks Gov. Pataki spoke of his collaborations with John as Mayor and how he saw first-hand the level of leadership and accomplishment John was able to achieve. “John took on the job in politics that I still consider the most difficult one I ever had, Mayor of Peekskill. He did it exceptionally well, he is well known, well liked and respected throughout the district and the entire county,” Pataki added.

“We must make sure that John Testa, a great public servant with a proven record, gets a chance to not only lead Peekskill once again but to lead Westchester County and represent Cortlandt and Yorktown as well. He will be the next County Legislator for District 1,” added Pataki.

“I am honored that former Governor Pataki would take time out of his busy schedule to host this event and formally endorse me and my candidacy for County Legislator,” Testa said. “We accomplished so much together when he was Governor and he was able to witness the job I did as Mayor. For someone with his level of knowledge, experience and success to support me in this way says so much. I am looking forward to living up to this honor and working hard for the residents and communities of Northern Westchester as their next County Legislator for District 1,” Testa said.

For further information contact:
campaign@johngtesta.com
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PEEKSKILL GOP:
Hanzlik Receives Building & Construction Trades Council Endorsement
Affiliated with the A.F.L. - C.I.O with 36 Locals representing over 35,000 Workers

Chris Hanzlik, the Republican, Conservative and Independence party's mayoral candidate in the City of Peekskill, has been endorsed by the Building & Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties, N.Y. - AFL-CIO. The Council includes 36 different Local Union affiliates which represent over 35,000 Union workers in the two counties.

Hanzlik was advised of the endorsement in a letter that he received from Council President, Edward Doyle, which was dated September 24, 2009.

"I am very gratified by this major endorsement from the Building & Construction Trades Council. Our campaign believes that Peekskill has gotten off track under the current administration when it comes to smart growth and development in our small City. The endorsement by Mr. Doyle's group, which represents over 35,000 Union construction workers, acknowledges our approach as what is best for Peekskill's future. My running mates and I are very thankful for their trust and support."

The following Unions are affiliates of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties, N.Y. - AFL-CIO:

Asbestos Workers Local 91
Boilermakers Local 5
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
Bridge Painters Local 806
Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters
United Cement Masons' Union
Dockbuilders Local 1456
Electricians Local 3
Electricians Local 363
Elevator Constructors Local 1
Glaziers Local 1281
Ironworkers District Council
Iron Workers Local 40
Iron Workers Local 417
Iron Workers Local 580
Building Laborers Local 235
Road Laborers Local 60
Lathers Local 46
Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A
Millwrights Local 740
Operating Engineers Local 15
Operating Engineers Local 30
Operating Engineers Local 137
Painters District Council No. 9
Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons' Local 530
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
Resilient Floor Coverers Local 2287
Riggers Local 197
Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
Roofers & Waterproofers Local 8
Sheet Metal Workers Local 38
Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
Teamsters Local 456
Teamsters Local 813
Teamsters Local 814
Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Local 7

Hanzlik is running for Mayor in the City of Peekskill on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines along with City Council candidates Sue Sheridan, Joe Torres and Tony Washington.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE: www.peekskillgop.com
Go Peekskill
Contact Vinne Vesce, (914) 737-6921
http://www.peekskillgop.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL TERRENCE MURPHY:
Murphy Proves Worth
Councilman Candidate Takes Financial Lead in Crowded Town Board Race

With the 32-day pre general filings the all important finance race has a clear leader of the crowded field for Yorktown Town Board. Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) has pulled ahead of the other candidates in the finance department since the last filing in mid-July as he has raised over $11,000.

“I think this just confirms what I have been hearing when I knock on doors which is people in this town want a change,” Murphy said. “Raising money is always the worst part of politics and I am very grateful for all those who have given to my campaign.”

Of the seven candidates vying for two town board seats Murphy has received the most financial support since July giving him some much needed momentum as Election Day comes closer. According to the New York State Board of Elections Murphy has over $10,000 remaining in his account which is twice as much as any other candidate for town board.

“I said from the beginning this would be a grassroots campaign,” Murphy continued. “Since May I have been talking to voters on a daily basis in an attempt to understand what issues are most important to them. Clearly the financial state of the town is at the top of their list and it seems my message of common sense thinking and a pro-business attitude has taken hold.”

“With just under a month left I am pushing harder now than ever before,” Murphy concluded. “I will not stop running until the last poll closes on Election Day.”
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Yorktown Police Benevolence Association Boards Murphy Express
Councilman Candidate Keeps Momentum Going Towards Election Day

On Thursday evening Yorktown councilman candidate Dr. Terrence Murphy (R, I – Jefferson Valley) received the endorsement of the Yorktown PBA. Murphy, who is the founder and president of Keeping Westchester Safe, attributes this endorsement to his commitment to the protection of Yorktown’s children.

“Having the Yorktown PBA support my candidacy is very important to me,” Murphy said. “As the president of a children safety advocacy group, I look forward to working with our local police department to continue to successfully protect our children from the dangers within our society.”

At the beginning of the campaign season Supervisor Don Peters proposed consolidating Yorktown’s local police department with the county and state police force. A committee is still investigating the idea and its effect on the town.

“This is a very important issue our town is facing,” Murphy continued. “However, as I have been knocking on doors for the past five months, people have voiced their concerns to me about losing control of our local police department. I want to represent the voice and will of the people of this town.”

“I would like to thank the Yorktown PBA for its endorsement,” Murphy concluded. “I look forward to working with them to ensure our community remains a safe place to live and raise a family.”
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN COUNCIL MARK DREXEL:
Westchester County Legislator and Minority Leader George Oros Endorses Mark Drexel to Help Return Responsible Government to Yorktown

Westchester County Legislator and Minority Leader, George Oros, has endorsed Mark Drexel as the most qualified candidate for Yorktown councilman to help end the wasteful spending at town hall, lower taxes, and drive Yorktown to new prosperity.
Mr. Oros announced that Mr. Drexel had the skill and proven track record as an engineer and corporate administrator, to bring new ideas, strong leadership and administrative know-how to drive needed change in town hall.

“Yorktown is over taxed, facing severe budget shortfalls, and is facing huge legal bills nearing $1/2 million to contest a series of legal writs that could have been avoided, but for the town’s careless leadership,” said Mr. Drexel. “I am delighted to receive Legislator Oros’ endorsement, and as a councilman, I will seek out his help and experience to bring back to Yorktown sound and responsible town government,” he said. Oros said he had come to know Mark Drexel over the past four years and found him to be a person of the highest integrity, who knew how to listen, develop thoughtful solutions, and execute without delay.


“Mark Drexel is a man of impeccable integrity and honesty. From my work with Mark to protect Yorktown taxpayers, I know he has the background and intelligence to tackle the challenges ahead. Mark has impressed me with his solid commitment to listen and act on behalf of the Yorktown community,” said Mr. Oros. “He has a record of leadership as a Yorktown School District Trustee, a Boy Scout Leader and soccer coach, and his 28 years of corporate experience will prove invaluable in helping the Yorktown Council to become more efficient and effective.”

Mr. Drexel said he would use his corporate management experience and skills in change management to bring about transformation in Yorktown government that would result in immediate cost savings to improve the quality of life of Yorktown residents.

"Yorktown needs fresh leadership that responds to today’s needs, not old leadership where nothing is done, and decisions are made behind closed doors without careful thought, or in the best interests of the town and residents," he said.
Mr. Drexel and his family have been active residents of Yorktown for 27 years.

WWW.ElectDrexel.com
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Government to the People
Councilman Nick Bianco announced today he is encouraging all Yorktown voters to support Mark Drexel for councilman to help return to Yorktown a local government that listens and responds to residents.

Mr. Bianco said that Mark Drexel had the professional skills, experience in change management, and a proven record of community involvement to bring about needed administrative change to town hall, and return true open government in Yorktown.
“Mark's proven skills and experience on the Yorktown School Board will leave all constituent groups understanding that he has heard their concerns and will make the best decision possible after weighing all of the competing facts” said Mr. Bianco. “I need Mark at my side to make government more transparent.”

Mr. Drexel said he would use his corporate management experience and skills in change management and energy to bring about transformation in Yorktown government that would result in immediate cost savings and environmental benefits, as well as better safeguard Yorktown and improve its quality of life.
"What we need in Yorktown is fresh leadership that responds to today’s needs, and deliver results," he said. “Yorktown needs Mark Drexel.”
Mr. Bianco described Mr. Drexel as a consummate listener, a trait that would allow him to be reflective and not reactive when absorbing and processing information.
“As one of seven school district Trustee, Mr. Drexel understands the needs of the community during these tough fiscal times.

“He is a man of the highest integrity and can be counted on to be fair and judicious in his analysis of issues presented. He will be vigilant for his constituency and a tireless advocate for Yorktown,” said Mr. Bianco.
“I want to thank Councilman Bianco for supporting my candidacy for Yorktown Councilman, because this election is hugely important,” said Mr. Drexel. “I look forward to working with Nick on the Yorktown Town Board.”
“Our Town is stagnating, over taxed and growing too costly, due to careless government. Never before in Yorktown's history have we needed new ideas and fresh thinking in Town Hall than now,” he said.

WWW.ElectDrexel.com
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A MESSAGE FROM THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE:
“If nothing changes, nothing changes…”

I recently had the opportunity to hear my good friend Nick Donofrio, IBM Fellow & Executive VP Innovation and Technology alumnus, speak at an event in Ridgefield CT. Nick recently “graduated” from IBM and is now involved in philanthropic activities and continues to champion education initiatives.

During his speech, Nick discussed the need for everyone to embrace change. Not for the sake of change, but for our own survival and well being. He said, “We all want to be better off tomorrow than we are today. I don’t know a single person who wants to be worse off tomorrow than they are today.” In order to accomplish this, we must all be willing to change the way we think, solve problems, communicate, work and innovate. These principles apply to the way businesses work, governments govern and teachers teach.

In developing nations, such as Africa, most people live at the bottom of the pyramid. Because of this, they are very motivated to better their lives and therefore, are more eager to embrace innovation and change then we are. We can no longer afford to be complacent or resist change because we are comfortable. Given the state of our economy, we must be willing to openly accept change. And innovation is tool that enables change.

Innovation doesn’t always require technology. Look at way the town of South Hampton eliminated the bottleneck on route 39 by repainting lines and utilizing the shoulder lane. They saved millions of dollars, all resulting from innovative engineers who were thinking outside the box.

Technology innovations are another means to driver change. Everyday, each of us utilizes over 1 Billion transistors. In 2005, the LA Times reported that "This year, human beings produced more transistors (and at lower cost) than they did grains of rice. Transistors are in our phones, cars, computers, TV’s etc. In the near future, more and more devices will be interconnected. Social networking & massive multi-player gaming technologies are transforming the way we work and communicate. Individuals with common interests can easily find each other. They correspond instantaneously and they even police the behavior of members within their virtual communities.

As a reference, look at some of the disruptive technologies and innovations that have changed our lives forever; (MP3, Cell Phones, TXT Messaging, Social Networking, Fax Machines, e-mail, GPS, Computers, On-Demand, Internet…)

·Students who embrace change enhance their ability to land a job when they graduate.

·Businesses that evolve and respond quickly to change gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

·Politicians, who welcome change, will find creative ways to solve problem and will make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. With our help and vote, they will become the future leaders of our towns and country.

We must be thinking about change and innovation if we want our local towns to survive. Our taxes are out of control and many longtime residents are considering moving away. The cost of living index for Yorktown is 50% greater then the US average. It is becoming more & more difficult for young professional to afford to live in our neighborhoods. Our local governments discourage economic development and small businesses. They are systematically taking away our property rights with these outrageous comprehensive plans and it is too onerous, complicated and expensive to move projects through the numerous town boards & committees. These processes need to be streamlined and some eliminated. The level of duplication inside our government agencies must end.

Unemployment in Westchester County has doubled since 2007 and it’s becoming more and more difficult for our seniors to afford their property taxes. Where are the innovative solutions to these problems? Why are we not looking to attract businesses that can help our local economy? At the risk of sounding parochial, why not encourage agriculture and wine businesses? **The full economic impact of the US wine, grapes and grape products on the American economy is $162 Billion. How about encouraging investments in vineyards? How about creating a destination and tourist industry 45 miles north of New York City? Shouldn’t we be discussing and encouraging ideas like these? “Grapes & Government” - What a concept.

Our towns and our country are in jeopardy of loosing our leadership position in the global economy. We are truly at a tipping point! We must not be complacent anymore. Make a difference and help elect leaders who are innovative thinkers, problem solvers and will embrace change. “If nothing changes, nothing changes…”

Tom DeChiaro
Economic impact of wine facts at: http://TheWineryAtStGeorge.com/WineFacts.pdf

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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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL

Mon, Oct 12
THE WESTCHESTER SWING BAND
Doors Open at 6pm for Dinner
18-piece Swing Band Plays from 8pm - 10pm
Reservations are recommended. Fun is guaranteed.
$5 Cover goes directly to the band.

For reservations, call 914-737-6624.
For more on our live events, visit
12grapes.com
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO:
Mayor Phil Amicone
cordially invites you to a reception in honor of
our next county executive Rob Astorino

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Westchester Manor
140 Saw Mill River Road
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
$99 General Admission
$250 Patron
$500 Sponsor
Info/RSVP: John Cerino (914) 997-2009 or JC@RobAstorino.com
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Astorino Volunteer Action Alert
Dear Friends,

With just 28 days until Election Day, Rob Astorino’s campaign has all the momentum and victory is near! Volunteers are needed everyday between now and Election Day to make phone calls at headquarters (both White Plains and Yonkers), knock on doors, do train stations with Rob, march in parades and travel with Rob to events.

Rob Astorino needs volunteers to attend three parades with him this weekend:
Monday, October 12, 2009 – 9:30 am SHARP
West Street & Halstead Avenue, Harrison
Please let us know when you are available to help! The information for both of our headquarters is below:

White Plains HQ
214 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains (corner of Maple Avenue)
914-997-2009

Yonkers HQ
1915 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers (red brick building south side of Central Avenue, north of Raymour & Flanigan & across from Taco Bell)
914-361-1556

Yard Signs are also available and can be picked up at both locations or you can send us your address and we will have a sign delivered to you.

If you would like to make a contribution to Rob Astorino’s campaign, please go to www.robastorino.com. Thank you for your continued support of Rob’s campaign and we look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!!!
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN SCHORR:
WESTCHESTER COUNTY POLICE PBA ENDORSES DAN SCHORR FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Endorsement is First-Ever for Any Challenger of an Incumbent District Attorney in Westchester

White Plains, NY- October 5, 2009...Dan Schorr, an experienced prosecutor and candidate for Westchester District Attorney, today was endorsed by the Westchester County Police PBA. This significant endorsement marks the first time in the organization's history that a challenger to an incumbent has received an endorsement from the Westchester County Police PBA.


"The Westchester County Police Department of Public Safety PBA enthusiastically endorses the candidacy of Dan Schorr. Dan has pledged to be diligent in the handling of sensitive cases and information, vigorously prosecute the tough cases while not relying too heavily on plea bargains, and end the duplication of police services, resulting in significant savings to the taxpayers," said PBA President, Sergeant Michael Hagan.


He continued, "Dan Schorr understands the role of the district attorney. He is not afraid to take on a tough case and he has pledged to work with police departments, not compete against them. Dan has the experience and vision necessary to be the district attorney that Westchester County needs and we are proud to endorse him."


Said Schorr, "I'm honored to be endorsed by the Westchester County Police PBA. Our County police force is among the finest in the nation and I look forward to restoring the trust of the law enforcement community with the district attorney's office and working with them to fight crime. The brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep Westchester safe deserve a leader and a partner in the DA's office."


The Westchester County Police PBA is comprised of police officers, detectives, and sergeants employed by the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, better known as the Westchester County Police. The Westchester County Department of Public Safety was created on July 1, 1979 via merger of the Westchester County Sheriff's Department and the Westchester County Parkway Police.
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STATEMENT FROM DAN SCHORR
October 8, 2009

"The incumbent district attorney has failed in her responsibilities as Westchester's DA to fully investigate the Diane Schuler case. There are so many unanswered questions surrounding this accident, and the families of the victims deserve answers.

"Rushing to close this case was a terrible disservice to those families and the public. If we're serious about making Westchester's roads safer and preventing a tragedy like this from happening in the future, we must get answers.

"I fully support the call of the Bastardi family's attorney to convene a grand jury to investigate the missing information surrounding the alcohol, drugs, and phone calls made prior to the accident."
-Dan Schorr, candidate for Westchester District Attorney
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts
“The Ups and Downs of Real Property Assessment”
with
New York State Office of Real Property Services
Executive Director Lee Kyriacou

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
7:30 PM
Croton Village Hall
Municipal Building
1 Van Wyck Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Find out all about how the property taxes you pay may or may not be equitable with those of your neighbors, local businesses and why.
Media is encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity for public comment.


For more information or directions, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s District Office at 2 Church Street, Ossining, NY, call (914) 941-1111 or e-mail depaolos@assembly.state.ny.us. For night-of contact information, call Dana Levenberg at (914) 391-2303.
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Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts Forum on How-To’s of Local Government and School Consolidation

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host the second event in her Fall Forum series on Thursday, October 15th from 7:30 pm – 9 pm at Croton Village Hall at 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Galef’s guests for the "How-To’s of Local Government and School Consolidation" forum include New York State Attorney General Andrew 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.


This forum on consolidating school and municipal districts was inspired by the Assemblywoman’s Shared Services Task Force of the 90th Assembly District, which is made up of a group of committed community members interested in exploring sharing and consolidating services as a way to lessen exorbitantly high property taxes in New York.

“My forum provides an excellent opportunity to discuss what we all can do to initiate changes in our local governmental and educational structures, and the potential that consolidating and sharing services has for lessening the tax burden placed on all of our shoulders. I hope the people that attend this special event walk away motivated to think about and act on the reforms they believe need to be made in their own communities,” said Galef.


The October 15th forum will focus on a recently passed law that makes it easier for community members to initiate changes in their local governmental structures, as well as legislation already in existence that makes it possible to consolidate school districts. In addition, the panel will discuss the 2007 State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness and its recommendations for New York including the pros and cons associated with restructuring school districts and municipalities.

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:
We did it!
Friend,
Let's Keep the Ball Rolling!

Together, this last quarter, we raised close to $190,000 in three months!
In fact, during the past two quarters we have raised nearly $400,000...and we have 14months to go!

On September 29th, we even set a personal online record of $17,500 in one day. Yet as our country continues to be attacked by the enemies from within, we must not rest.

Please help me raise $50,000 this month!
The current congressman will be holding $4800 fundraisers in Washington with Lobbyists and Hollywood types next month. Help send the current Congressman and his mentor Nancy Pelosi a strong message by donating today!

Say no to socialized healthcare. Say no to more bailouts. Say no to wasteful government spending. Say no to amnesty. Say no to placing veterans on the Terrorist Watch List. Say no to this Congress Gone Wild.

Please, donate right now at www.supportgreg.com! Donate $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 or more...but please make whatever donation you can, right now!

Oh, and don't forget, we have some exciting upcoming events that will help our campaign build the momentum.

Campaigns are won or lost in the initial stages, not in the final weeks. All of the hard work and fundraising, right now, is setting the stage for a great upset victory! Take your country back!

With your donation we will be victorious in November.
I can't thank you enough,
Greg Ball
Member of NY Legislature
Air Force Academy Graduate, 2001
(845) 582 - 0548

Upcoming Events
October 15: Brewster Health Care Town Hall

A public meeting on health care will be held at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the state impacts of legislation that would create a national health insurance exchange, shifting decision-making to Washington and undermine states' oversight role in health care.

October 18: Albanian-American Party with Congressman Joseph DioGuardi
Join Congressman Joseph DioGuardi and the Albanian-American Public Affairs Committee for food and wine in support of Greg Ball for Congress.

November 7: Post-AFA/West Point Game Event at Jack Quinns
Join fellow Service Academy graduates and patriots, after the West Point - Air Force game for a drink and some great food in downtown Colorado Springs! Come meet Air Force Academy graduate Greg Ball for a great party and networking experience!

November 14: Willow Wood Trap Shoot
We are looking for host Committee Members for our second Willow Wood Trap Shoot. This is a fantastic shooting event that fills up quickly, so purchase your tickets now!

November 17: Primavera Inner-Circle Dinner
Jerry DeMartino invites you to meet Assemblyman Greg Ball, candidate for Congress in New York's 19th district, at Primavera Restaurant and Bar in Croton Falls, NY.

December 8: NYC Holiday Cocktail Party at Tiro a Segno
Join New York City's young professionals at the oldest Italian American club in America. This event is at the gorgeous and exclusive Tiro a Segno, which featuers a private shooting range. This is truly a once in a life time opportunity!

December 31: A New Year's Eve Fox N' Hound Soiree
The best party north of Manhattan! Our fourth annual New Year's Eve party will be revamped, and better than ever. So save the date toda!
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John Hall: Corruption? What Corruption?
Hall Blocks Measure Asking Tax-Cheating Dem Chairman to Step Down

Washington- With corruption running rampant through the ranks of the Democrat party as unemployment and deficits continue to rise, John Hall looked the other way today when he sided with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, a powerful New York political boss who has a long history of playing fast and loose with the law. Despite Rangel’s well-documented penchant for cheating on his taxes, failing to disclose income, and breaking House rules, Hall sided with his corrupt colleague when he voted to block consideration of a resolution on the House floor requiring Rangel to step down from his powerful committee chairmanship until the House Ethics Committee completes its seemingly endless investigation into Rangel’s dirty deeds (House Roll Call 759).

The vote came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continuously refuses to ask her crooked wingman to step down from his post:

“Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refusing a growing chorus of calls to drop the hammer on ethics-challenged Charlie Rangel?”

“Because, at the moment, doing nothing creates a lot less trouble for Pelosi than doing anything, current and former House aides tell POLITICO.”

“‘The speaker is totally behind him, and she told him that the last few times they have spoken,’ the person added.” (Glenn Thrush, “Pelosi Loath to Drop Hammer on Rangel,” Politico, 9/5/09)

"In this time of great economic uncertainty and mounting deficits, what kind of message are John Hall and his liberal party leadership sending when they openly endorse an individual who can't even manage his own personal finances?" said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Hall faced a clear choice today: stand with his friends in Washington or stand with the voters and taxpayers who have to shoulder the burden of his party’s corruption problem. Hall's decision to back his Washington political boss is a clear sign that it’s time for both him and Congressman Rangel to make way for someone who thinks that Washington politicians should be held to the same standards as the rest of us.”

Background:

Rangel’s Ethics Issues Have Been Mounting for Months: “Representative Charles B. Rangel has earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic since 1988, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns, according to a lawyer for the congressman and documents from the resort. Mr. Rangel’s three-bedroom villa at the Punta Cana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the federal tax code, bought the beachfront villa at the Punta Cana Yacht Club and has received twice-yearly payments from the resort, which rents the property for $500 or more per night.” (David Kocieniewski, “Rangel Failed to Report $75,000 in Income,” New York Times, 9/5/08)

“An oil-drilling company whose chief executive pledged $1 million last year to a school to be named for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) reportedly benefited from a tax loophole he helped preserve.” (“Congressman Charles Rangel Linked to Tax Loophole for Oil Executive,” Associated Press, 11/25/08)

“Already embroiled in an ethics probe now entering its tenth month, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, received more bad news Wednesday night as the House ethics committee announced it would look into Caribbean trips taken by the veteran lawmaker and four other Democrats.” (Josh Bresnahan, “Ten Months In, New Twist in Rangel Ethics Inquiry,” Politico, 6/25/09)

“House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel , already beset by a series of ethics investigations, has disclosed hundreds of thousands of dollars in previously unreported assets. Among the new items on Rangel’s amended 2007 financial disclosure report were an account at the Congressional Federal Credit Union worth at least $250,000, land in southern New Jersey and stock in PepsiCo and fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands. None of those investments appeared on the original report, which was filled out by hand and filed in May 2008.” (Richard Rubin and Alex Knott, “Rangel’s Wealth Jumps After Disclosure,” CQ Politics, 8/25/09)

“Representative Charles B. Rangel failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income and assets on his financial disclosure forms for 2002 through 2006, including tens of thousands of dollars in rental income from a Harlem brownstone he sold in 2004, according to records filed this month with the clerk of the House of Representatives.” (David Kocieniewski, “Rangel Failed to Disclose More Income and Assets, Forms Show,” New York Times, 8/28/09)

“Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, has failed to pay taxes on two plots of land he has in New Jersey, records show. Rangel's ownership of the small, undeveloped properties came to light on Tuesday only after he drastically amended at least six years of financial-disclosure forms he had filed annually with the House clerk as required by law. The corrected filings as much as doubled the amount of personal wealth Rangel has claimed going back years and revealed at least $780,000 in previously unreported assets. The Harlem Democrat concealed somewhere between $38,902 and $116,800 in 2007 income, according to the revised filings. Among the assets he failed to list was a checking account containing somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000. Also undisclosed for years were two lots he owns in Glassboro, NJ, about 100 miles from the city. Rangel is delinquent on his taxes on that property, according to the Gloucester County Clerk's office.” (Charles Hurt and Perry R. Chiamonte, “Tax Chief Charlie a Tax ‘Cheat’ Too,” New York Post, 9/13/09)

Meanwhile, Calls For Rangel to Resign Have Come from Far and Wide: “Want to understand why 2009 has witnessed the eruption of Tea Party and Town Hall protests of unprecedented intensity? Look no further than Rep. Charles Rangel, the New York Democrat who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee that writes tax law for the rest of us... It's not like he's got nowhere to go. There's always that little rental villa he owns at the Punta Canta Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic. He forgot to report $75,000 in income he derived from that asset but I am betting it's looking a lot more attractive to him as a retirement spot these days.” (“Stop Embarrassing Us, Mr. Rangel. Resign.” Washington Times Editorial, 8/28/09)

“This recommendation does not come easily, considering the New York Democrat’s four decades of service in Congress. But Mr. Rangel himself has felt obliged to request three separate House ethics inquiries of his behavior. While denying serious improprieties, Mr. Rangel concedes that he has not lived up to the “higher standard” expected of members of Congress... Committee posts are not bestowed by voters. They are partisan privileges granted by leaders in Congress, and Ms. Pelosi must not cut slack for an ally. If Mr. Rangel refuses a temporary hiatus from his chairmanship, Ms. Pelosi should remove him permanently.” (“Chairman Rangel,” New York Times Editorial, 9/14/09)

“The man who is in charge of writing the nation’s tax laws doesn’t pay his federal income or local property taxes. He has such a poor grasp of his own finances that he neglects to list half his assets on a disclosure form intended to keep members of Congress accountable and honest. ‘House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has shown no interest in removing Rangel from his post. Why should she? We can already hear the defense of the next tax deadbeat called into court. If Charlie Rangel doesn’t have to pay his taxes, why should I?’” (Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, “The Case Against Charlie Rangel,” New York Post, 9/4/09)
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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/

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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
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CORTLANDT DEMOCRATS: cortlandtwins.com
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LEGISLATORS REPORT: Saturday and Sunday at various times on chanel 20
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THE VOLPE REPORT: Thursadys at 8PM chanel 15 (Peek. and Cort.) chanel 74 at 6pm (York.& Put. Valley)
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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

10/11/09