Sunday, November 22, 2009

BALL GIVES REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS FITS

Dear Friends and E-Mail Buddies:

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

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1) my commentary
2) cable t.v. update
3) a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
4) what's happening at Graymoor, Garrison, N.Y.
5) a message from the N.Y. State Republicans
6) e-mail from reader Bob of Putnam County
7) a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef:
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information (to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch (to better inform)
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Dear Readers:

One day you turn around and all you have to think about is how the Senate in the dark of night, Saturday night November 21 particularly, is going to tear up the constitution, just the same as the House did three weeks ago. Disregarding the will of the American people, disregarding the constitution you are sworn to uphold, passing a bill that will cause massive increases in taxes, rampant inflation, and utterly gut healthcare as we know it, resulting in rationing of care to seniors must be done in the dark of night.

The next day you turn around and the political landscape for next years New York State legislature elections is turned on its head. It had been speculated that Republican State Senator Vincent Leibell was interested in moving on to being a candidate for Putnam County Executive. This even though the present
Republican County Executive Robert Bondi has not shown an inclination not to run for re-election. The $64,000.00 question is would Leibell primary Bondi?

It has been speculated that Westchester County Legislator George Oros has his eye on the State Senate seat presently held by Leibell, which is why George did not run for re-election according to rumor. Of course this hinges on whether Senator Leibell wishes not to run for re-election to the State Senate, as I do not see George in a primary against Leibell. Now in breaking news, Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball has decided to not run for Congress, but instead has officially announced he is going to run for the State Senate seat held by Leibell, and would primary for it if necessary. As Greg has had to primary twice against the establishment Republican party and whipped them decisively, then gone on to decisively win the general election in spite of Democratic tsunami victories all around , makes Greg a force to be reckoned with. Would George or Vinny primary Greg?

We know that Democratic Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz is interested in this State Senate seat. Mike has shown he has no problem with whoever the Republican candidate might be. Now that Greg has announced his intentions, Democrat from all over this district are having conniptions. Greg is the Republican white whale to the Democratic Ahab's. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds and who will be swimming off into the sunset. There can be only one winner and the rest go home, except Kaplowitz who returns to the Westchester County Legislature.

This also opens up the Assembly Seat in District 99. Being a homer, meaning a pro-Yorktown resident, I can see on the Democratic side Yorktown Supervisor Don Peters or Councilman Matthew Metz qualified to run. On the Republican side the only name remotely qualified is Councilman Nick Bianco. Truth be told, if I was asked my opinion, I would encourage Restaurateur David Paganelli to return to his Republican roots,as in this level of government party label means something and explore this option. Let the political chess game begin.
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE:
“Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Presents Fall Forum on Ways to Make Real Property Taxation More Equitable

(November 20, 2009) On October 7th, 2009 Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosted Office of Real Property Services Executive Director Lee Kyriacou to discuss the importance of equity in property taxation. Starting on November 25th Galef will begin showing “The Ups and Downs of Real Property Assessment,” airing consecutively in three parts, on her public access show, “Speak Out.”

Galef, who is also the Chairwoman of the Real Property Taxation Committee in the Assembly, and Kyriacou stress the importance of regular reassessments as the only way to ensure that every New Yorker only pays his or her fair share in property taxes. Unfortunately, most municipalities in Westchester County, and some in Putnam, have not reassessed property values in almost forty years, leaving these municipalities with outdated assessments and therefore inequitable property tax rates.

Kyriacou also mentions the wastefulness of some villages in New York who assess, when the towns in which they reside already assess property values. There are over one-hundred villages in New York State that still pay taxes for double-assessing. One of them is in the 90th Assembly District. Kyriacou noted that this was unnecessary as one assessor could provide the assessments for both the town and village, eliminating the double assessments which sometimes conflict with each other although the same property is being assessed.

“I am happy that Mr. Kyriacou was able to come to my district and talk to constituents about why it is so important for local municipalities to reassess their properties. As the executive director of the Office of Real Property Services, he has seen the benefits of reassessment throughout the state,” said Galef. “I hope that constituents and municipalities will strongly consider the need for reassessment after hearing from Mr. Kyriacou.”

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
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls Channel 21 and Yorktown Channel 74 - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
(Channel 21: Cold Spring, Philipstown North; Channel 74: Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)
“Up’s and Down’s of Property Tax Assessment”
Part 1 Airs November 25, December 16, January 6 & 27
Part 2 Airs December 2 & 23, January 13 and February 3
Part 3 Airs December 9 & 30, January 20 and February 10
Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for air times
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
BALL RUNS FOR SENATE

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) today told supporters he has decided to run for the New York State Senate's 40th District in the 2010 election. Ball issued a statement reflecting on the extraordinary session of the legislature this week which read:

This week, I attended ‘extraordinary session'. Rank and file members were kept in the dark while Albany's insiders refused to take decisive action. This great state is being destroyed by a handful of insiders; insiders intent on using their public position for their private benefit.

As an Assemblyman in the minority, I headed to Albany to fight: Fight against the backroom deals, the systemic corruption, and the infamous dysfunction that is costing New Yorkers billions and forcing small businesses out of this state.

As a candidate for State Senate, I look forward to returning to Albany not simply to fight, but to lead. The local elections on November 3 illustrated, quite clearly, that there is a huge opportunity to reclaim this state, to rebuild New York in the image of smaller and more efficient government while proactively reversing our state's openly hostile business climate. In the State Senate, I intend to do exactly that.

From the overwhelming grassroots support to our continued fundraising successes I am thrilled at the community's response to my campaign. Yet as I have gone door to door, discussing national issues with voters throughout the Hudson Valley, the conversations have always come back to kitchen table issues.

Folks don't believe that their kids will have a better future than they have had. They are worried about making their next mortgage payment. They are drowning in debt and property taxes, and many are a few payments from having to sell their home or business and leave New York.

In 2006 I promised to head to Albany and shake things up, and I have by voting against billions in taxes, standing up to career politicians on both sides of the aisle, exposing irresponsible budgets and using my position in the super minority of the Assembly to be a voice for millions in New York who feel voiceless. But the job is not done.

From property tax reform to corruption in government, the job I set to do in 2006 is still incomplete, and it can only be accomplished by continuing to tackle our nation's most dysfunctional legislature.

"I have had the privilege of working with Assemblyman Greg Ball over the last eight months as he has pursued his dream of serving in The House of Representatives," said Chairman William DeProspo of the Orange County Republican Committee. "Greg's decision today, to set aside his own personal ambitions and aspirations speaks volumes of his character and integrity. His candidacy for the New York State Senate is an exciting one for all New Yorkers and one I personally look forward to seeing become a reality. He will have my full support."
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BALL LAYS OUT ROADMAP OF SOLUTIONS
TO END DEFICIT CRISIS, CUT SPENDING
Hudson Valley fiscal watchdog is ready to make the tough choices


Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) today unveiled a list of proposed solutions to close this year's budget deficit, as well as to help avoid such pitfalls in the future with long-term cost-savings initiatives. Highlighting the $130 million that legislative leaders are holding onto in unspent pork barrel accounts, Ball called on Albany's "3 men" to walk the walk by making the same spending sacrifices they are asking the people and businesses in our state to make.

"New York State is a financial mess," Ball said. "New York families have been tightening their belts for months now, and it is time for their government to do the same. We can no longer rely on the Albany insiders' business-as-usual tax-and-spend method of filling budget gaps, like the ridiculous deficit-reduction plan the Governor has offered, which would balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and the disabled, or the insane proposals from the same Senators who shut down the state government for a month, which would impose one billion dollars in new health insurance taxes."

If enacted, Ball's cost-saving initiatives provide at least $3.5 billion toward closing the $3.2 billion budget deficit. These proposals include eliminating the remaining $130 million in inappropriate member item funding and merging high-level administration in various state agencies, such as merging the Department of Transportation with the Thruway Authority as well as the Consumer Protection Board with the Department of Law. These administrative mergers would provide approximately $924.6 million.

"Early this year, the powers that be rammed through a disastrous budget, which contained $8 billion in new taxes and the nefarious MTA bailout, propped up on unrealistic revenue projections and reliance upon federal stimulus dollars to fill the remaining gaps," Ball said. "We now see that the tax, spend, and subsidize plan has run up a $3.2 billion deficit for this year, with even larger deficit projections on the horizon. It is time for real action to create jobs, cut spending, and lower taxes. I call on my colleagues to stand up and join me in making the tough decisions that we must face head-on before things get any worse."
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BALL PASSES TOUGHEST DWI LAW IN THE NATION:
STIFFER DWI PENALTIES, STATEWIDE
IGNITION INTERLOCKS PROGRAM
While pushing tough DWI laws locally, Ball hails passage of similar measures at state level

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) today applauded the passage of Assembly Bill 40008, known as Leandra's law, which stiffens the penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and enacts a statewide mandatory ignition interlock program. The bill also creates the toughest sentence for any first time DWI offense with a child passenger in the nation.

Ball said that he "has heard from countless families throughout the Hudson Valley who have been affected by the always-tragic outcomes of driving while intoxicated. It is long overdue that we, as Americas, adopt a zero tolerance approach to the heinous, selfish crime of DWI. I am now proud to say now that New York has the toughest laws in the nation. Ignition interlocks stop intoxicated drivers from starting vehicles. Period."

Recent statistics show that the frequency of DWI arrests has increased in recent years, and this legislation now requires that every person convicted of DWI and related crimes in New York have an ignition interlock installed as a condition of their sentence, which Ball says gives New Yorkers the assurance of knowing that drivers who have previously driven under the influence will be less likely to do so in the future.

"Our local ‘Pass the Plan: Enforce the Law' initiative to combat drunk driving following some of the tragedies of this summer caused by irresponsible drinking have helped rally the support necessary to ensure passage of this bill, and has also encouraged local governments to stiffen penalties and preventative measures." Ball noted. "While today, we have also ensured that stiff penalties will be in effect for those who would attempt to bypass or tamper with the interlocks, and addressed other serious DWI-related offenses, the hard work must continue, and it is our duty to the people of this great state that we continue to enact both punishments and deterrents to driving will intoxicated that will keep all of us safe."
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON, N.Y.

THURSDAY, November 26th
THANKSGIVING DAY
Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM in St. Pius X Chapel (6th floor). All are welcome.

FRIDAY, December 4th-SUNDAY, December 6th
MYSTICISM AND THE SPIRITUAL QUEST
Dr. Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence in the Department of Religion, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, leads this weekend retreat. Registration is required; information: (845)424-2111.

FRIDAY, December 4th-SUNDAY, December 6th
RELAPSE PRESENTION RETREAT
Fr. Carmen Giuliano, SA, leads this important weekend retreat for a limited number of people. Registration is required; information: (845)424-2111.

THURSDAY, December 24th, at 10:00 PM
MASS IN THE NIGHT
The traditional Mass in the Night is celebrated in Pilgrim Hall; please not the time change from midnight to 10:00 PM.

SUNDAYS (after 11:00 Mass): dried flower arrangements, many in etched vases, and organically grown lavender sachet bags are available on Sundays after the 11:00 mass in Pilgrim Hall. Donations (3.00-20.00) benefit the programs of the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE N.Y.STATE REPUBLICANS:
Suburban Voters to John Hall: Slow Down or Be Voted Out of Office
After Pushing a Reckless Big-Government Agenda, Suburban Democrats Are Losing Their Footing

Washington- Suburban Democrats like John Hall have a growing list of reasons to be concerned heading into next year’s elections. With voters, especially independents, fleeing the Democrat Party at an alarming rate and electing Republicans in two major races earlier this month, Democrats are already seeing the cracks in their suburban base:

“Suburban Democrats are bracing to defend their recent gains amid unmistakable signs of volatility among an electorate that is impatient with the pace of economic recovery.”

“That sentiment applied up and down the East Coast in the 2009 off-year elections, as suburbanites registered their discontent by rejecting Democratic incumbents, even in typically blue-tinted counties.”

“Some candidates already hitting the trail for 2010 say the worst may be yet to come, as voters grow frustrated with the sputtering economy and wary of the Democratic Party’s domestic agenda.” (Alex Burns, “Suburban Districts See Red,” Politico, 11/19/09)

The Democrats’ suburban defections are part of a mounting pile of evidence that Hall and his colleagues have managed to spurn key segments of voters with a tax-hiking, big-government agenda that continues to halt economic recovery in its tracks and lacks anything resembling accountability. Even Democrat leaders have taken notice that their constant push for more spending and fewer jobs has turned away independent voters at an alarming pace – but that didn’t stop them from forcing through their trillion-dollar government healthcare takeover:

“Following serious setbacks with independents in off-year elections earlier this month, White House officials attributed the defeats to local factors and said President Barack Obama sees no need to reposition his own image or the Democratic message.

“Since then, however, a flurry of new polls makes clear that Democrats are facing deeper problems with independents—the swing voters who swung dramatically toward the party in 2006 and 2008 but who now are registering deep unease with the amount of spending and debt called for under Obama's agenda in an era of one-party rule in Washington.” (Alex Isenstadt, “Dems Alarmed as Independents Bolt,” Politico, “11/18/09)

“After unapologetically supporting a reckless job-killing agenda that has put the screws to suburban New York families, it should be no surprise to John Hall that voters are ready to send him packing next November,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Despite the mounting evidence that key voters are turning against his party’s tax-hiking spending spree at an alarming pace, Hall and his party leaders are showing no signs of moderating their radical push for more government and fewer jobs. Suburban voters are clamoring for more jobs and sound economic policies, but Hall's arrogant and tone-deaf loyalty to his party’s agenda will have them seeing red when Election Day rolls around.”
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E-MAIL FROM READER BOB OF PUTNAM COUNTY:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,662401,00.html

Good morning, Andy:

I'm taking a long weekend for R&R and I came across this article with my morning coffee.

There's so much here which should anger any conservative, but I won't get into it. Just read it and get angry. Global Warming--sorry, climate change--is such an obvious global scam that I now believe it isn't just the result of well intentioned but mistaken people, it's an actual planned money grab by devious rulers. This may seem strong, but what else can one conclude? Look at the picture of the women balancing baskets (of water?) on their heads. The caption states they are living in one of the "developing" nations, an the implication is that the poor, especially poor women, are the victims of the big bad economic giants (i.e., mostly the free world). There is nothing "developing" in many of these nations--except greed and corruption by the leaders. That's why these poor women are still balancing water baskets on their heads. But the U.N. is drooling over the prospect of getting even more money poured into their socialist system. For that's what the U.N. really is: it's the overseer of a primarily world socialist system.

This really should be an eye opener. I can't believe it. "Gender" and climate change. Oh my god.

Have a good weekend.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Alerts Parents & Guardians About Amended Booster Seat Law for Children Under Age 8
New law improves safety for children; Takes effect November 24th

(November 18, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that New York State has expanded the booster seat law to require children under the age of 8 to sit in a booster seat while in an automobile. The previous law required children ages 4-6 to use booster seats. Most 7-year old children, however, are not yet physically mature enough to be adequately secured by a vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt. This often results in children being more seriously injured than if they were properly secured in a car seat. The new law will take effect on November 24th, 2009.

“This new law ensures that our children will be safely secured in cars, giving them an extra year to grow to the proper size required to safely use a seat belt without fear for the high level of harm that could be caused by an automobile crash,” Galef said. “Booster seats are proven to reduce the risk of injury and it’s important to do all that we can to make sure children aren’t using seat belts alone giving them a false sense of security when it is not safe for them to do so.”

Booster seats are effective because the seat lifts the child up to the reach the average adult’s sitting height. Seat belts were not designed for young children and the straps have become a hazard to children in accidents. Young children who only use seat belts rather than booster or child-safety seats are more likely to suffer life-threatening injuries in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, booster seats can reduce the risk of injury by 59 percent when compared to children who only use seat belts. In addition, children in booster seats are often more comfortable because they are correctly positioned in the seat. This will give fewer children the opportunity to move the shoulder strap to a more comfortable yet more dangerous position.

“I am pleased that this law will take effect. Booster seats give children better support and protection so we can be sure they travel more safely in our cars,” concluded Galef.
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

This week I interview Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz. 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

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

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

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

PEEKSKILL BID: www.peekskillbid.com or
www.downtownpeekskill.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/22/09

Saturday, November 14, 2009

HEALTH CARE: GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL, DO NOT PASS GO

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

Look for “Andy Bazzo’s Blog”

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1)my commentary
2)a message from the Chairman of the Peekskill Democratic Party Darren Rigger
3)a message from Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco
4)what's happening at Graymoor, Garrison, N.Y.
5)e-mail from reader Bill of Putnam County
6)a message from the New York State Republicans
7)a message from Westchester County Legislator-elect John Testa
8)a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information (to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch (to better inform)
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Dear Readers:

When the original proponents of medicare and medicaid voted for these measures, it was with the intent of protecting those in life who needed assistance the most. It was to protect the truly needy. In the original bills, congress was prohibited from interfering with people's who qualified for these programs choice of care, ie.: doctors and treatment. The original proponents intent was care, not control. They knew the difference between the truly needy and the wanting.

What this congress did in the dark of night on Saturday November 7, with the willing participation and vote of our Congressman John Hall, was a vote for control of our lives and one sixth of the American economy. This was not anything near about health care. It is no coincidence that on Monday after the vote, gold shot up to over $1000.00 an ounce and is still climbing. What this will do to the national debt, and do not believe the lies about this not increasing the debt, that argument insults the inelegance, is to cheapen the dollar and to make the prospect of run away inflation all but inevitable. Just an aside, two decades ago when Canada nationalized health care, it took only thirteen pages to do so. This plan is 2000 pages.

"Sec. 202 (p. 91-92) of the bill requires you to enroll in a 'qualified plan.' If you get your insurance at work, your employer will have a 'grace period' to switch you to a 'qualified plan". Which means a plan designed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Now if you buy your own insurance, there's no grace period. Obama was lying through his teeth when he says, "If you like your coverage you'll be able to keep it." The reality is and it's in the bill, you'll have to enroll in a qualified plan as soon as any term in your contract changes, such as the co-pay, deductible or benefit." You will be forced into the government option. For a party that is "pro-choice", it is amazing how much choice they wish you not to have. Choice is good when it comes to death, ie.: abortion, enuthinasia, but choice when it comes to life is a no-no.


"Sec. 224 (p. 118) provides that 18 months after the bill becomes law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will decide what a 'qualified plan' covers and how much you'll be legally required to pay for it. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the plan's likely cost. An individual earning $44,000 before taxes who purchases his own insurance will have to pay a $5,300 premium and an estimated $2,000 in out-of-pocket expenses, for a total of $7,300 a year, which is 17% of his pre-tax income. A family earning $102,100 a year before taxes will have to pay a $15,000 premium plus an estimated $5,300 out-of-pocket, for a $20,300 total, or 20% of its pre-tax income. You see, the government by mandating what insurers must cover, drive up the costs of those plans. Again another ruse to drive people into the public option.


Dave Camp (R-MI) the Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain 'acceptable health insurance coverage' and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax, are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years. You can go to jail if you don't buy the proper amount of insurance. I do not know where in the constitution congress is allowed to mandate the purchase of health insurance on penalty of imprisonment.

This congress has shown an all too willingness to pretend that the constitution they swore to uphold does not exist. Do not fall for the red-herring of "we require you to have car insurance", as you do not have a right to drive. There are alternatives, public transportation, taxis and buses. You can ride a bike or even walk. You do however have a right to life. That right allows you to make the choices of how you wish to live even if the government disapproves of your choices.

This is what John Hall voted for. This is the contempt he has for the constitution. This is the contempt he has for you. This is why John Hall must go. The hope and change you have been waiting for has turned in hope you have any change left after government is through.
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MESSAGE FROM PEEKSKILL DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN DARREN RIGGER:
RE: RESPONSE TO LAST WEEKS POST:
Hi Andy –

Please feel free to share this note. As always, I enjoyed your Blog update. Although not surprisingly, I disagree with your comments about Congressman Hall and Greg Ball.

You allude to Greg Ball being the “true fiscal conservative” in the race. But Ball has a primary fight. Dr. Nan Hayworth is also running to be the GOP nominee. She is a ‘fiscal conservative’ who already has $150,000 MORE than Greg Ball in her campaign coffers. Ball, with his pro-gun, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-choice, rhetoric is the “social conservative”.

I think it is important to see what happened in NY-23 Congressional District where, just a week ago, a Democrat won for the first time in over 100 years. The local GOP allowed them selves to be hijacked by the ultra conservative Sarah Palin / Glenn Beck wing of the party and sabotaged their own chances to win what should have been a sure thing.

I would not want to be Greg Ball right now. There is a very big fight beginning for the heart and soul of the Republican Party and his wing, although loud, might not win. I would not be surprised if he does not make it out of the primary.

Also, Hall should take comfort in what happened last Tuesday in Peekskill. While there was certainly an anti-incumbent trend, each election stands alone. In the City of Peekskill, not only were all the Democratic incumbents re-elected, but the Democrats were able to pick up the final Council seat.

If Hall continues to work hard, listen to the voters and legislate in a fair, sincere manner – he should do just fine on Election Day.

Sincerely,
Darren Rigger
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A MESSAGE FROM YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN NICK BIANCO:
NEW YORK STATE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
GREENBURGH LIBRARY, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2009

YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN NICHOLAS BIANCO AND
YORKTOWN TOWN CLERK ALICE ROKER

Yorktown Councilman Nicholas Bianco and Town Clerk Alice Roker presented to the New York State Senate Finance Committee approximately 300 petitions from the residents of Yorktown. Yorktown Supervisor Donald Peters and County Legislator Michael Kapolwitz accompanied them. The meeting in Greenburgh was presided over by Sen. Carl Kruger. D-Brooklyn, chairman of the Finance Committee, Sens. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers and Sen. Vincent Leibell, R-Patterson. Councilman Bianco read the Yorktown Town Board Resolution of September 22, 2009 which condemns the proposal to decrease aid to education which will have to be picked up by the local municipalities with increase taxes.

The speakers also told them that the anti-incumbency tsunami that occurred on Election Day throughout the Hudson Valley is now going to be headed to Albany unless they get their act together and provide our taxpayers with relief from their taxes especially their cuts to Star and the MTA tax.

For further information: contact Councilman Nick Bianco 914-438-9658
or Alice Roker at 962-8152
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON, N.Y.
ORDER OF SERVICE
Sunday, November 22nd

4:45 PM The Westchester Band (Ecuadoran Brass Ensemble)
greets arriving guests with music at the front entrance

5:00 PM PRELUDE (Karen Longwell selects)
Procession of vested clergy

5:10 PM GREETING (Fr. Francis Samoylo, pastor)

GATHERING HYMN: “All Are Welcome” (GC753)
Verse 1 is edited for inclusiveness; verse 3 is omitted

PRAYER (Bishop Michael Champion)

READING (Ven. Sak Dhammadipa)

PSALM (Cantor from Temple Israel, Croton-on-Hudson)

READING (Rev. Carlye Hughes selects)

HYMN/SOLO (soloist recommended by Rhonda Cruise)

SERMON/MESSAGE: Dr. Adolphus Lacey
SILENCE
OFFERING

INTERCESSIONS (offered in different languages)
cf. separate listing of “intentions” and languages; to be read by lay persons
sung congregational response

CLOSING PRAYER (Muslim representative)

ANNOUNCEMENTS/THANKS (Fr. Francis Samoylo)

BLESSING/DISMISSAL (assembled clergy)

HYMN: “America the Beautiful” (GC890)

RECESSIONAL (instrumental; Karen Longwell selects)

5:55 PM The Westchester Band (leads assembly to reception)

RECEPTION (school gym)
POSSIBLE LANGUAGES:
English
Hebrew
Gaelic
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Tagalog
Creole (Wilfredo?)
Ukrainian
Native American
Arabic
etc.

POSSIBLE INTENTIONS:
Peace/Peacekeepers
Immigrants and Migrants
Travelers
Prisoners
Chemical Dependencies
Unemployed and Underemployed
Environment
Justice/Human Rights
Families
Racism
Hunger
Homeless
HIV/AIDS
etc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information
Rev. James J. Gardiner, SA
(845)424-3671 X3505
jgardiner@atonementfriars.org

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING INTERRELIGIOUS SERVICE

The annual Thanksgiving Interreligious Service sponsored by the Peekskill Area Pastors Association (PAPA) will be Held on Sunday, November 22, at 5:00 PM at St. Columbanus RC Church,122 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor.

Representatives of area Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, Protestant,
Muslim and Buddhist congregations have been invited to participate.
The Rev. Dr. Adolphus Lacey, pastor of the Mt. Olivet Baptist
Church, Peekskill, and former PAPA president, will speak. Following the
Service, refreshments will be served in the school gym.
All are welcome to attend.
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E-MAIL FROM READER BILL OF PUTNAM COUNTY:
Just 4% Say Most Politicians Keep Their Campaign Promises

Some folks may be surprised that the number is this high, but only four percent (4%) of U.S. voters say most politicians keep their campaign promises.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 76% say the majority of politicians do not keep the promises they make on the campaign trail. Nearly one-out-of five voters (19%) aren’t sure.

Voters are evenly divided, however, over why the politicians break their promises. Forty-five percent (45%) believe it’s because they deliberately made a false promise to get elected. Forty-three percent (43%) take a more charitable approach and say unforeseen events after they took office forced the politicians to break their promises. .

Women are slightly more sympathetic than men, primarily because 23% of female voters say they’re not sure if most politicians keep their campaign promises.

While 58% of men say politicians deliberately make false promises to get elected, 55% of women say unforeseen circumstances after they took office are to blame when politicians break their vows.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of GOP voters and 52% of unaffliateds think that when politicians break campaign promises, it’s because they deliberately made false promises. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Democrats attribute it to unforeseen events after they took office.

One of the most famous broken promises was made by then-Vice President George H. W. Bush during the 1998 Presidential campaign. He urged voters to “Read My Lips, No New Taxes” and was defeated four years later after breaking that promise. In 2008, Barack Obama followed a similar path the White House. As noted in a Wall Street Journal column by Scott Rasmussen, by campaigning like Ronald Reagan and promising tax cuts for 95% of all Americans. Today, just 10% of now expect their taxes to go down under President Obama.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE N.Y.STATE REPUBLICANS:
PUBLIC OUTRAGE MOUNTS AGAINST NEW DMV FEE HIKES SUPPORTED BY ASSEMBLYMEN SPANO AND ZEBROWSKI
Spano, Zebrowski voted to increase consumer fees at the DMV for
driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and license plate renewals

While state officials spent the week unveiling new license plates, public outrage continued as New Yorkers learned more about the new DMV fee hikes passed into law by Assemblymen Mike Spano (D-Yonkers) and Ken Zebrowski (D-New City).

Taxpayers now must pay 25 percent more to obtain a driver’s license -- an increase for Class D driver’s licenses from $50 to $64.50. Registration fees for an automobile weighing 3500 lbs climbed from $45 to $56.

Starting April 1, 2010 New Yorkers will be required to get new license plates, which will cost $25. If a resident wishes to keep their current plate number they will need to pay the state an additional $20.

Assemblymen Spano and Zebrowski voted to raise all these fees in state budget bill A.159-B. The entire Assembly Republican Conference voted against the DMV fee hikes.

“New Yorkers are fed up, disgusted and just plain mad about the state continuing to raise taxes and fees on working families. People have a reason to be angry given that Assemblymen Spano and Zebrowski put the greedy special interests ahead of their constituents by voting to hike DMV fees for driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and license plate renewals. Assembly Republicans will continue to fight this law and to return taxpayer monies back where they belong -- into the pocketbooks and wallets of working families,” said Kathleen Hennessey, Spokeswoman for the New York Republican Assembly Campaign Committee (RACC).
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A MESSAGE FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR-ELECT JOHN TESTA:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of the 1st County Legislative District for overwhelmingly electing me as your next County Legislator. This decisive victory on Election Day sends a strong message that the residents of District 1, and all of Westchester for that matter, want to see fiscal responsibility and accountability restored to County Government.

You ignored the repeated personal, mean-spirited attacks against me by my opponent and his blatant misrepresentations about my record. Instead, you understood the importance of my experience in establishing fiscal discipline during my 3 terms as Mayor of Peekskill. That commitment I brought to Peekskill is what we need at the County level; to restructure government, eliminate wasteful spending, and lower taxes.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve again and I am confident I can help Rob Astorino and work with the other legislators to restore confidence in County government. We have a lot of work to do to get Westchester back on track. It will not be easy or accomplished overnight, but you can be sure I’ll be in the thick of it, and will keep you informed as things develop. I will bring the enthusiasm, dedication and effort to this position that all residents want and deserve. If, for whatever reason, you chose not to vote for me, I will work to earn your trust and support in the future. I look forward to the challenge ahead and will not let you down.

I would also like to thank the many people and organizations who endorsed me during my campaign, including former Governor George Pataki, State Senator Vincent Leibell, County Legislator George Oros, Former County Legislator and current Chairman of the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees Tim Carey, former Peekskill Mayors Fran Gibbs and Vincent Vesce, the 36 Locals of the Westchester Building and Trades Council, the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester, the Westchester County Police PBA and the Journal News.

I look forward to working closely with all the municipal governments in the District and will dedicate the time it takes in meeting with individuals and organizations that make Northern Westchester the tremendous place it is to live. You have my word on it.
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:

Friend,
As you know, I am fighting to raise the campaign cash needed to take back NY 19 in 2010!
With your support, I have raised over $500,000 and we have done it $20, $50, $75, and $100 at a time...and from thousands of patriots just like you.
We must keep this grassroots movement going!

Can you help me keep up this momentum by making a donation today?
I need you to take a moment right now, and make a donation at www.SupportGreg.com.

Together, we will take America back.
Greg Ball
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ATOM TAXI INC. AIRPORT SERVICE:
Dear Readers:

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

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

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

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

This week I interview Westchester County Legislator-elect John Testa. 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

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

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

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

PEEKSKILL BID: www.peekskillbid.com or
www.downtownpeekskill.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/15/09

Saturday, November 07, 2009

NEXT ENDANGERED SPECIES...DEMOCRATS

Dear Friends and E-Mail Buddies:

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

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1) my commentary
2) cable t.v. update
RE: Ask Sandy
3) a message from the Peekskill GOP
4) a message from county executive-elect Rob Astorino
5) a message from Dan Schorr
6) a message from the Winery at St. George
7) what's happening at 12 Grapes, N. Division Street, Peekskill
8) a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information (to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch (to better inform)
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Dear Readers:

I would not want to be John Hall next year. In fact I would not want to be any Democrat next year. I would not want to be a RINO(Republican in name only) next year. In fact I would not want to be an incumbent state legislator next year. The only thing I would want to be next year if I am seeking elected office, is a tried and true fiscal conservative. That is what won this year and what will win next year. Oh to be Greg Ball after this years election.

You see, the voters have already this year felt the tax bite from the county and partially from the state. Next year, the full punishment from the state kicks in and the last shoe to drop will be the hand picking your pocket from the federal government. If incumbent officials thought they saw the wrath of voters last Tuesday, wait till next November.

If national health care is signed into law, and "cap and trade", Democrats will not see any victories in this region, no matter how blue you are told the area is. Green is the color that will rule the day. The loss of green in your pocket. The loss of liberty in your lives. The loss of business and the jobs they provide. All brought to you from your friendly neighborhood Democrat.

For the dirty little secret you are not being told, tax increases from national health care and cap and trade kick in immediately, the proposed benefits maybe in three to four years. You know what a politicians promise is worth. They take the money first, then if they feel like it they will give you what you are paying for, ha!

Just to remind you, the various taxes and fees and fare increases from the MTA bailout was suppose to go to capital improvements and to keep the fares down. Now we are told 30% will go to salary and benefits increases totaling 11% and the fare goes up in 2011. There is your politician promise.

Incumbents, you have little time to change course. John Hall with his vote for national health care, it too late. I would suggest you pass laws that reward success. Encourage businesses to hire. Allow people to keep more disposable income. Last Tuesday you were warned, I urge you to heed that warning.
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CABLE T.V. UPDATE
RE: DEAR SANDY:
Assemblywoman Galef Discusses New Green Energy Concepts on “Dear Sandy”

(November 4, 2009) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts CEO of GENERGY Dario Gristina, of Putnam Valley, and Founder and President of Electric Cars of New York Eric Illowsky, of Ossining , on her latest episode of her television show “Dear Sandy.” They discuss new, environmentally friendly concepts that are at the core of these two business ventures, as well as the impact green businesses like these can have on the economy.

More attention is being paid to green energy ventures as a way for consumers to save money, and for entrepreneurs to kick-start the lagging economy. Illowsky, whose new company Electric Cars of New York converts municipal vehicles from gas to electric, and Gristina, who directs GENERGY, which sets-up energy-saving options for private homes and businesses, discuss both the environmental and economic gains that their companies provide to their communities. They focus on the potential new jobs that can be and have been created in the area, as well as the cost-savings these green energy concepts can provide for local municipalities and private residents.

In the interview Galef also investigates the role that government can play in assisting environmentally friendly businesses in New York . They discuss the availability of state and federal grants for people and businesses that are trying to promote green energy programs and ways for other individuals to apply for these grants.

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
“New Green Energy Concepts” airs on November 6, 13, 20 & 27

Comcast
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8 - Fridays at 7:30 pm
“New Green Energy Concepts” airs on November 13, 20, & 27

Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for specific air times.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PEEKSKILL GOP:
A MESSAGE FROM VINCENT C. VESCE
CHAIRMAN OF THE PEEKSKILL REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

Over the past few weeks, I have issued a number of messages and communications to our friends and supporters highlighting various issues and matters as the local political campaigns wound their way to a conclusion. It is time for one last message associated with the campaign as the Peekskill Republican Party now turns our attention to the future.

Obviously, we were hoping for a somewhat different result on Election Day than what the voters delivered. We celebrated two great victories with the elections of Rob Astorino as our new County Executive and our own John Testa as the new County Legislator representing District 1 on the County Board of Legislators. Unfortunately, Chris Hanzlik was beaten out for Mayor and Joe Torres, Sue Sheridan and Tony Washington were defeated in their runs at City Council seats. While all the votes have not been counted and finalized, it looks as though Sue may have come up less than 40 votes shy of gaining the last council seat.

We are very proud of the excellent job our candidates did as they ran an honest issues oriented campaign pointing out those issues that they believed to be of vital importance to the future of our city. Responsible management of the city's fiscal resources and sound economic development policies that will create real long term job opportunities and solid tax revenues in our community were two of their major themes. Both issues will not go away simply because the most recent election is a thing of the past. In fact, as time goes by, these two issues will gain an even greater significance as our homeowners and taxpayers will expect their government to deliver its' services in an ever increasing cost effective manner.

There have been a number of people that were energized by this past election who will help us carry our message into the future. Our number one job now is to make certain that those who were elected to lead our government do so in a respectful, honest, transparent and prudent manner. Being the "loyal opposition" is a very important role in a democracy and we will most assuredly carry out this tradition as the days, weeks and months unfold.

In closing, I want to thank all of you who helped during the campaign and all of you who supported our efforts in a multitude of ways. We are very grateful for your friendship and the trust that you have placed in us over the years. The Peekskill Republican Party will continue to care about our community and all of its citizens. At the end of the day, that is what matters most.

Go Peekskill
Contact Vinnie Vesce, (914) 737-6921
http://www.peekskillgop.com
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A MESSAGE FROM COUNTY EXECUTIVE-ELECT ROB ASTORINO:

I wanted to thank you all for your support over the past eight months. This could never have been accomplished without each and everyone of you. I feel greatly honored to be your next County Executive and I promise that when I serve I will remember all of you and your belief that things can be better in Westchester. I will work tirelessly to fulfill the promises I made on the campaign trail. This election was a call to action, and I am ready to lead.

Thank you again for all your support!
Rob Astorino
County Executive Elect
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A MESSAGE FROM DAN SCHORR:
Dear Friends,

I am writing to thank you for the amazing, invaluable, generous, wonderful support that you have given me over the course of this campaign! Whether it was generous campaign donations, volunteering at train stations and on the phones, getting the word out to your friends, or just sending me encouraging messages of support, I am so overwhelmingly grateful for your help and to have you in my life.

Unfortunately we were not able to win this election, but we started a conversation about supporting our police, fighting back against violent crime, and enhancing victim services that hopefully will lead to a better safer Westchester.

And I am so honored and thrilled to be on the team that saw Rob Astorino's historic win last night - it is undeniably a new day in Westchester and I am so optimistic about the future.

Thank you to all the friends who have known me for many years and were such a huge part of this campaign, and thank you to all the new friends that I made this year. You were there for me on the campaign's tough days and during its great successes. I will never forget all you did to support me and I am here for you for the rest of my life.

From the bottom of my heart: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Yours,
Dan
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A MESSAGE FROM THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE:

Dear Bazzomanifest Readers:

I hope all is well. Good luck with the election tomorrow, I’m sure it’s going to be exciting. I will be keeping a look at from my computer while I’m in China.

Speaking of China, my trip has been amazing. I met with three of the top 5 wineries in China, Dynasty Winery, LTD and Great Wall Wines, plus a small privately owned vineyard. Wine consumption is exploding in China and they are building tasting rooms and large wine cellars that rival California & Europe. They are also building castle like resorts all themed around wine & wine culture.

I have tasted many of their wines and they are beginning to understand how to make them more European/Napa like and will soon get to the upscale US market. I’m going to feature some of their wines in My Winery, when we open. These guys are very smart. When I was asked to taste their wines, they purposely took off the labels so that I can identify the grape variety and wine characteristics in a blind test. Seems like I was about 95% accurate which made me somewhat of a celebrity. Many banquets were held in my honor, all being hosted by the top official at the company. It was very exciting and education. The wine & food culture here is very different and unique from American & European culture and we had to consume lots of wine & booze at these events, its part of their culture.

I have some signed bottles of their most prestigious wines and pictures with the executives who signed the bottles for me. Shortly after I return next week. I have about 1000 pictures to share with you.

Thanks and I look forward to talking with you….
Tom
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:

NEW FALL DINNER MENU & NEW WINE OFFERINGS
Chef Dan has some new dishes on the menu...
and many Award-winning Wines have been added to our wine list.
See sidebars for details.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING
From large office parties to a small gathering of friends,
let 12 Grapes host your Holiday Party. See below right for details.

One less present to buy at the mall ~
A 12 Grapes Gift Certificate makes the perfect Holiday Gift.

Call 12 Grapes at 914-737-6624
or email rich@12grapes.com

Mon, Nov 9, 8:00 - 10:00
The Westchester Swing Band:
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing! And The Westchester Swing Band has got it all. This 18-piece Big Band features classic Swing music, wonderful vocals, full horn section and world-class musicians. Doors open at 6pm for Dinner. Reservations are recommended. Fun is guaranteed.
**$5 Cover goes directly to the Band**

Next Week's Line-Up:
Wed, Nov 11, 8:00 - 10:30, Steve Chizmadia (Acoustic)
Thu, Nov 12, 8:30 - 11:30, Open Mic Night with Petey Hop
Fri, Nov 13, 9:30 - 12:30, The Gil Parris Band ($5 Cover)
Sat, Nov 14, 9:30 - 12:30, Jerry Dugger & the Dugger Brothers
Sun, Nov 15, 6:00 - 9:00, Singer/Songwriter Showcase

For reservations, call 914-737-6624
or email rich@12grapes.com

Thanks again for joining in the fun at 12 Grapes. To see our menus, calendar of events and photo gallery, please visit 12grapes.com.
As always, thank you for your patronage and friendship.

Sincerely,
Rich & Jeannie Credidio
12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar
12 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY
(914) 737-6624
12grapes.com
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
Proof Positive: John Hall's Stimulus Still a Failure as Unemployment Skyrockets to 10.2 Percent
Will Democrats Forge Ahead with Government Takeover Agenda Even at the Expense of the Economy?

Washington- With unemployment at 10.2% for the first time since 1983, it’s painstakingly clear that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s anti-jobs crusade – backed by big-spending Democrat John Hall – is driving the economy into the ground. Unfortunately for Americans, there’s no sign that Democrats are ready to put a stop to their agenda of job-killing takeovers and government growth. After wasting $1 trillion of taxpayer money, Hall's stimulus has failed to produce the results that Washington Democrats promised. While the economy suffers and taxpayers feel the pinch, Pelosi and her Democrat comrades will attempt to ram yet another piece of their tax-hiking, job-killing agenda through congress tomorrow in the form of a massive government healthcare takeover. During these difficult times, it’s clear that the Democrats’ crusade for bigger government and higher taxes is standing in the way of economic recovery.

Thanks to his eagerness to spend billions of taxpayer dollars towards frivolous expenditures and stimulating the growth of the federal government, New York taxpayers will look to hold John Hall accountable for his role in this jobless recovery.

“The unemployment rate has surpassed 10 percent for the first time since 1983. Nearly 16 million people can't find jobs and employers cut a net total of 190,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department says.” (Jim Abrams, “Jobless Rate Tops 10 Pct. For First Time Since '83,” Associated Press, 11/06/09)

Democrats promised that 90 percent of stimulus jobs would come from the private sector. Instead, their government spending spree has given small businesses less than one percent of the stimulus funds, once again ignoring the engine of economic recovery.

“Although President Obama initially said that 90 percent of the jobs created by the stimulus program would be in the private sector, the data suggests that well over half of the jobs claimed so far have been in the public sector.” (Michael Cooper and Ron Nixon, “Reports Show Conflicting Number of Jobs Attributed to Stimulus Money,” The New York Times, 11/5/09)

"American small businesses need more than speeches from President Obama. Every day he`s been in office, government small business contracts have been diverted to Fortune 500 firms. He`s given small businesses less than one percent of the stimulus funds. That`s the real Obama plan for small business,’ ASBL President Lloyd Chapman said.’” (“Obama's First Year Short Changes Small Businesses, According to the American Small Business League,” Reuters, 11/05/09)

“Each and every lost job lost serves as a reminder to New York families that John Hall's support for Nancy Pelosi’s anti-job agenda has led this nation down the road to a jobless recovery,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “After imposing a National Energy Tax, $1 trillion failed stimulus, and attempting to shove a tax-hiking healthcare takeover through Congress, it’s clear that Democrats are eager to push ahead with their reckless agenda no matter what the cost to the country’s struggling economy. With Hall and his Democrat colleagues claiming that the failed 'stimulus' bill has saved or created a million jobs, today's report confirms what we have suspected for some time: Washington Democrats are living in a fantasy world.”
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REPUBLICAN VICTORIES
We did it!
Let's Keep the Ball Rolling!
Last night Americans of all political parties took the first step in 'Taking America Back'!

What a great election yesterday! It's refreshing and invigorating to wake up to headlines of conservative victories in the battleground elections in Virginia and New Jersey. The American people have sent a very strong message to the tax and spend, big government liberals in Washington, DC that big government is not the answer, and that grassroots activism to Take America Back is still alive and well.

My campaign placed dozens of volunteers in Orange County, Dutchess County, Putnam County and Westchester County. Republican Chairmen like Douglas Colety, Vincent Reda, William DeProspo, Michael McCormack and Anthony Scannapieco led their troops to stunning victories.

TODAY IS A NEW DAY: This morning Republicans have control of the county legislatures in Dutchess, Putnam and Orange and we have Republican County Executives in those counties, plus voters returned Republican Rock Star and County Executive Scott Vanderhoef to lead in democrat heavy Rockland County, while soundly embracing Republican Rob Astorino in Westchester County!

Yes, in Westchester County, Republican Rob Astorino sent Tax and Spend Andy Spano packing with a landslide victory that was beyond impressive.

Are you now ready to take this country back? It starts right now.

To meet this quarter's goal, please help me raise $75,000 by Nov 20th!
Let's keep this momentum going! The current Congressman will be holding $4800 fundraisers in Washington with Lobbyists in alligator skin loafers and with apologetic-American 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 in 2010! Take your country back!

With your donation we will be victorious in November 2010.
I simply can't thank you enough,
Greg Ball
Member of NY Legislature
Air Force Academy Graduate, 2001

Upcoming Events
November 14: Willow Wood Trap Shoot

You do not even need a shotgun, just come! This is a fantastic shooting event that fills up quickly, so purchase your tickets now! We have 60+ supporters signed up, of all ages and abilities! Room for 40+ more!

November 17: Primavera Inner-Circle Dinner
The Ball Campaign Finance Committee 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 31: A New Year's Eve Fox N' Hound Soiree
The best party north of Manhattan, we are bringing Little Italy to the Hudson Valley! All you can eat, family style Italian feast, martini and cigar bar, live DJ and much, much more!
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Most of us can agree that Americans enjoy a quality of care that most nations envy and the last thing most Americans want to see is a massive expansion of the federal government under the veil of a ‘crisis'.

The perceived crisis in healthcare is one of runaway costs, runaway lawsuits and the a crisis of the uninsured. Adressing those three issues skillfully, with immediate and solution driven models, that uphold and improve the quality of care, should be our mandate.

After trillions in spending, the US Congress has now taken our nation one step closer to becoming a fully socialized state. Sadly, a new report suggests that even before socialized, government run healthcare, the US has now surpassed France in government control. Pelosi and crew are taking this nation down a perilous path.

My campaign for US Congress is perfectly positioned to bring your voice to Washington, DC . . . but I need your immediate support! Please help me send John Hall and Nancy Pelosi a message, please donate right now at http://www.supportgreg.com/

Let's take it back!
Greg Ball
PS : I have two events planned (you around?):
Nov 14th Trap Shoot A Great Event! No need to bring your own shotgun, we have 'em! Fun! Nov 17th Dinner at Primavera A great night!!
Go to http://www.gballevents.com/ for more info on both, or shoot me an email!!
I am trying to raise $75k by my Nov 20th deadline....
http://www.supportgreg.com/
It means so much!
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Ball Responds to Current Congressman's
Betrayal on ObamaCare
NY-19's incumbent Rep. casts another deciding vote down the path to socialism

BREWSTER-Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) today criticized New York's 19th congressional district's incumbent Representative for his vote to pass HR 3962, the Democratic health care plan that experts are calling a deficit-busting, job-killing taxpayer boondoggle rife with steep cuts to Medicare, billions in new taxes and fees, and a public plan that heads down a path of single-payer socialized medicine.

The Bill passed the House late Saturday despite intensive opposition from the Republicans."The American people shouted 'stop' at the top of their lungs," Ball said. "Constituents in this district drove 300 miles to Washington on Thursday only to find John Hall's door closed, coupled with his complete unwillingness to hear their serious concerns for their families and for their country."

This is not the first time the incumbent Congressman from NY-19 has towed Nancy Pelosi's line to cast his vote for a controversial measure even as he represents a traditionally center-right district. This past July, he voted in favor of the cap and tax bill opposed overwhelmingly by his constituency.

Ball has called for specific, bi-partisan Health Care reforms, but says this bill does not accomplish those reforms."We need immediate health care reform that includes standing up to the insurance lobby," Ball said. "But we do not need to replace that insurance lobby with government bureaucrats and socialized medicine."
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ATOM TAXI INC. AIRPORT SERVICE:
Dear Readers:

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

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

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

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

This week we pay tribute to George Oros as his Westchester County legislative career winds down. 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

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

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

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

PEEKSKILL BID: www.peekskillbid.com or
www.downtownpeekskill.com
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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/08/09

Sunday, November 01, 2009

WHY IT MUST BE PETERS

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 candidate for Westchester Legislator Domenic Volpe
3) a message from candidate for Yorktown Supervisor Don Peters
4) a message from the Peekskill GOP
5) a message from the Putnam Valley GOP
6) a message from The Andy Polay Jazz Band
7) a message from the Yorktown Watchdog
8) a message from candidate for Yorktown Town Justice Matt Metz
9) 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:

If an incumbent running for office, this is important, a when an incumbent seeks re-election it is a referendum on their term, not the future, has produced a budget that had a lower tax increase then their predecessor (an un-canonized saint according to supporters). When that same incumbent who has not the ability to see into the future (unlike back benchers who saw the future after it became the past) made sure there was enough in reserve to keep the town solvent as the economy tanked worse than predicted.

When that incumbent saved the town money (questions abound on how much), but what is not in dispute is that the incumbent did save the town money. When that incumbent did all this without cutting services. When that incumbent did not come from the political class but was faced with a board populated by an "old boys" club". When despite this, that incumbent still managed to move the town forward.

When in January the board will be of a different make-up, a more fiscal conservative make-up. With this new board, that incumbent will not have as many entrenched obstacles to overcome. When that incumbent has a working relationship with higher governing officials that can affect the town financial structure.

When that incumbent has an acknowledged ability to form consensus, even amongst that incumbent's detractors. When that incumbent is Yorktown Supervisor Don Peters, there is no reason he should not be re-elected to a second term. I urge the voters of Yorktown to do so.
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR WESTCHESTER LEGISLATOR DOMENIC VOLPE:
Dear Manifesto Reader:

You may have noticed that during my campaign for Westchester County Legislator for District 1, I have been seen with numerous other elected officials from throughout the district. I have also been with other candidates seeking office throughout the area. This is done to show you that I will be willing and able to work with these people should they and I be elected.

A county legislator must be able to work with the local elected officials. District 1 is a complicated district as it encompasses three towns (Cortlandt, Peekskill and parts of Yorktown) that at times have competing interests. A legislator representing this district must be able to find common ground if possible or be able to explain and not lose support when tough choices have to be made. These officials and candidates, by standing with me, show they trust me to do the best and make the most informed decision I can.

As legislator we must also take into account the needs of the entire county and people who voted for another candidate. Make no mistake, I will not vote for any legislation that will place additional burdens on the local governments that make up District 1. There will be no unfunded mandates that will have my "yes" vote attached to it which in the end leads to higher taxes.

If you elect me as your legislator, I will be part of the majority and this is an important consideration for you the voter. I have shown by my recent letters and press conferences that I am willing to stand up to elected officials regardless of party label. You must ask yourself before you vote, what has our present representation been able to do in the last two years? The answer is very little. Being in the minority allows good headlines but no results. Should you elect me, I will be able to change that answer.

It is my hope you have received enough information through media outlets and debates ( which I encourage you to watch) to show you my position on actual issues facing us. I have tried to give you reasons to make me your choice for county legislator. We are faced with tough times and choices in our present economy. In less than a week you will have to make your choice. Please visit my Web site votefordomenicvolpe.com to make an informed decision. It is my hope that I will be your choice.

Domenic Volpe
Westchester County Legislator
candidate, District 1
Democratic and
Working Families party
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN SUPERVISOR DON PETERS:
RE:THIS WAS PRINTED IN THIS WEEKS(10/28/09)NCN:
Peters sets record straight

To the Editor,
There has been a lot of talk about my record as your supervisor for the past two years, but I want to set the record straight. In the past two years, I feel I have accomplished a great deal to benefit Yorktown and save taxpayers’ money. I was the first supervisor in 15 years to cut town government spending, and I did this without cutting town services or jobs. I helped save almost $1 million through consolidating labor departments and I achieved this in the same year that the town lost almost $1.5 million in revenue. I also kept the town’s tax rate increase the second lowest in the entire County, and I was the first government official in the county to refuse a pay raise last year. I have also worked aggressively to secure grants and other funding from the federal, state and county governments that will help Yorktown’s residents and taxpayers in numerous ways.
These are just some of the things that I have done while in office to help Yorktown in these tough economic times. In fact, the town’s auditors recently informed us that unlike many of our neighboring towns, Yorktown is financially strong and in good shape for the future, despite our current economy and the challenges it presents. But our work is not done. We need to continue to find new ways to do more for Yorktown with less. We need to keep fighting to save more money for our taxpayers so that Yorktown stays financially strong. I know that I can get this done, but I will need you support on Nov. 3 to make it happen. Thank you.

Don Peters
Yorktown Heights
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PEEKSKILL GOP:
October 26, 2009
Attention Editor:

During the almost three decades that I have been involved with politics and government in the City of Peekskill, I have witnessed a great deal. One might say that over such a long period of time you would probably get to see just about everything. I really thought that was the case...that was until this weekend.

Last Wednesday the NCN sponsored a candidate's debate for Peekskill's mayoral and City Council candidates as well as the candidates for County Legislator in District 1. With everyone's approval, the debates were videotaped and were going to be shown on a number of outlets so as many people as possible could witness them. Bruce Apar, Publisher of the NCN who acted as the moderator, even announced the video taping and where the debates were to be shown so those in attendance could spread the word. A truly admirable and appropriate goal in a democracy.

On Thursday, the day following the debates, the video feed was made available to the public on the City of Peekskill website as well as the local government cable channels. Then, just like magic, the debates disappeared off of the City website on Friday. The very next day, the same thing happened with the government cable TV channels...the debates were all of a sudden gone from the viewing public.

As it turns out, Mayor Foster and her City Manager "decided" that the debates were not appropriate for airing on the public's government channels or the City's website. They directed that the debates be removed and they were. The City Manager's role is to carry out the policy that is established by the Mayor and City Council and, in this case, he and the Mayor acted in concert, without discussion with the City Council, to deprive a large number of people the opportunity to observe an open, unedited discussion of the issues that are affecting our city.

This is an outrageous abuse of power and every citizen of Peekskill should be appalled by this action. It is pure unadulterated censorship that is akin to the worst found in a state controlled by any dictator you can mention. The Mayor was well aware of and whole heartedly supported the plan to show the debates on the government channels and the City website. Why the sudden change of heart? One can only surmise that upon viewing the debate, the Mayor did not like what she saw and heard and, therefore, directed that they be pulled.

The government channels and City website are owned by the citizens of Peekskill and not the Mayor. It is they who have paid for the equipment that allows them to view from their homes what is aired in order to gain an understanding of what is going on in their community. There is no more basic right in democracy than the right to vote and everyone involved in the process should want the public to be in a position to make an informed decision when they are deciding who best represents their way of thinking. To deny people that opportunity because you may not like the way you or your policies are perceived is self serving if not down right un-democratic.

The NCN, the candidates and the public should be outraged at this unprecedented action and demand that the debates be put back on the air and the City's website. Mayor Foster, are you listening?

Sincerely,
Vincent C. Vesce
Chairman, Peekskill Republican Committee
Go Peekskill
Contact Vinne Vesce, (914) 737-6921
http://www.peekskillgop.com
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PUTNAM VALLEY GOP:
Putnam Valley Republican Committee
VICTORY PARTY

Election Night - Tuesday, November 3rd.
Starting at 8:30 pm

Hanlon's Neighborhood Steakhouse
151 Bryant Pond Road
Mahopac, New York

Cash Bar - Appetizers will be provided
Come bring a friend and celebrate a Victory for the New Republican Elected Officials for ourTown and County.
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A MESSAGE FROM ANDY POLAY:
Hello Folks,

I am PUMPED to announce this next show! I'll be back at "our little slice of Soho", the Beanrunner in Peekskill (201 South Division St.and Esther St., 914-737-1701 ... reservations suggested) on Saturday evening, 11/07, at 8:00pm. I'll have another new look that night as I bring for you a quintet.

On that night, I am happy to bring back Christopher Brellochs on saxophones. He has played with many greats in many great venues including the likes of Birdland, Iridium, Smoke, Cecil's, and in Europe. He is a master of both jazz and classical and those who heard him last week were not disappointed by his prowess. Joining him in the horn section will be John Castleman.

John was a charter member with the Sam Rivers Orchestra both in the US and abroad. His credits also include Tito Puente' Jr., the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra and Clarence Cleamons! Presently the lead trumpet in the West Point Jazz Knights, it'll be a real treat to have him with us!

On the bass will be John Goldberg. He can be found playing the NY and CT. area's and I've had the pleasure of playing with John on several occasions. He leads his own bands is a member of local fave, The Papahawk Experience.

After a brief hiatus, Rahn Burton will be back on the keys! As many of you already know, Rahn's stellar career includes playing with the likes of Stanley Turrentine, Rassahn Roland Kirk, Mose Allison, Rashied Ali and many others including Buddy Guy and Jack Bruce!

The Beanrunner is a very cool place. For the show, they will add jerk chicken platters, patties, and more to their menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. On that night we'll serve up miles of Miles, no shortage of Shorter, Hunks of Herbie, and mounds of Monk. There'll be no stopping the 'Trane and as always, there'll be plenty of surprises.

Have other plans? SO WHAT? RECORDEME' as you know I'm no PINNOCHIO. I urge you to make FOOTPRINTS to this show. It'll certainly be one of the MILESTONES you'll remember for a long time!

I hope to see you there IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY as we play plenty of MY FAVORITE THINGS!
Thanks!
Andy
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A MESSAGE FROM THE YORKTOWN WATCHDOG:
A MESSAGE TO MY FRIENDS and NEIGHBORS

With 3 days before Election Day I ask you all to consider your vote for
Yorktown Justice very carefully. I decided to run for this position
because we need a judge who is familiar with our local court. We can
ill afford a candidate who will need on-the-job training in this
already over-burdened court.

I have practiced in this court for nearly 20 years and have spent over
30 years working in the Criminal Justice system - both in law
enforcement and as an attorney and bar association President. My
opponent does not practice in this court and is not at all familiar
with it.

But even more important than that is honesty. We need someone we can
trust to tell the truth on the bench of Yorktown. My opponent has
continuously stated that he "prepares the budget for the court". This
is simply not true. The court clerk prepares the budget, has it
approved by the judges and sends it to town hall for approval.He
continually states that he thoroughly familiar with the court -
obviously not true - given the facts above.

As most of you know, I have lived in Yorktown for over 30 years and
volunteered for nearly anything and everything in this town - because
it is my home and that of our neighbors. I have never felt more
strongly, that the results of our election Tuesday are critical for the
credibility of our court and the well being of our citizens.
I want to ask you all for your support - and ask that you contact your
friends, neighbors and relatives who live in our great town - and
explain what it means to hire a judge with a great deal of Experience -
a great deal of Community Involvement - and most of all - a judge who
will be honest and fair.

Thank you all and God Bless.
Sal Lagonia EsqCandidate for Yorktown Judge
www.LagoniaLaw.com
www.LagoniaForJustice.com
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Members of the UTY

I got around the new policy that I enclosed by inviting all candidates
as members of the public. Many candidates attended our meeting on
Wednesday the 28th of October at Town Hall. I sent out over 300 letters
to our members to come and meet the candidates. It was very
informative, I called on each candidate, if you did not attend you
missed your chance to talk to and listen to them. They came to our
meeting on their time, we should of had more people there. I thanked
them all for coming, please make your choices and vote on Nov 3
election day. You can here my choices on my cable show tonight at 9:30
PM on cable channel 74 or give me a call.

Ed
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To All:

With the election fast approaching, the past practice has shown
that people will listen to those whom they trust if they need
information on some of the candidates that are running for office.
With that in mind, I am asking you to take the time and e-mail forward
the following letter to at least 20 or more friends and family members
that will vote through Yorktown, Westchester County Districts 1 & 4 and
Westchester County itself. This letter, when forwarded through your
e-mail list will reach numerous people faster than any phone call or
"snail mail". Please read it and when forwarding, eliminate this
message and the "FWD" on the subject line so it looks like you sent it
personally (you can use the subject "Your help is needed" or "Please
take a moment to read this").

Your friends and family will always have their choice but your
information may help those who are not yet decided.

Thank you,
Mark Iannucci,
Secretry for the Yorktown Republican Town Committee

Hello,

As you may or may not know, I am a District Leader for the
Yorktown Republican Town Committee and I am asking for your help this
Election Day. Your help is needed, along with your spouse, other
family members, and all of your friends, to effect change in Yorktown
and Westchester County government. Locally, with businesses and
families leaving Yorktown at an alarmng rate, it is necessary to change
the opration of town management that has not worked over the past two
years. It is just as bad througout Westchester County, not to mention
that this county is NUMBER 1 in the NATION in taxing its residents!

I realize that your vote is your right to voice your opinion on
how things are being controlled in the town, county, state, and nation
in which you live. Whom you choose will always be your right. I am
asking you to consider our slate of candidates when you choose November
3, 2009 between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Some of these candidates will
be featured on a "Meet the Candidates" program that will be aired on
Channel 74 in Northern Westchester on these dates and times: Thursday
October 29th at 6:00 p.m.; Friday October 30th at 4:30 p.m.; and,
Monday November 2nd at 10:00 p.m. I trust your judgement! If you
consider them worthy please pass it on to your family and friends.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and possible vote for these
candidates:
Rob Astorino for County Executive
John Testa for County Legislator in District 1
Gregory Kane for County Legislator in District 4
Susan Siegel for Yorktown Supervisor
Terrence Murphy for Yorktown Town Board
J. Mark Drexel for Yorktown Town Board
Sal Lagonia for Yorktown Town Judge
Eric DiBartolo for Yorktown Highway Superintendent
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A MESSAGE FROM CANDIDATE FOR YORKTOWN TOWN JUSTICE MATT METZ:
Dear Fellow Yorktown Residents and Neighbors:

We were just forwarded the below email and thankfully have an opportunity to respond. Matthew Metz is far and away the most qualified candidate running.

First: He is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Buffalo Law School.

Second: Matthew Metz has been a full time practicing attorney for over 20 years.

Third: Matthew Metz has prosecutorial experience, having been a major offense-homicide assistant district attorney in Bronx County. He has tried over 40 cases, including homicides.

Fourth: Matthew Metz has been an administrative law judge for over 8 years, and has presided over hundreds of hearings.

Fifth: Prior to serving as a Yorktown Councilman Matthew Metz DID work in the Yorktown Justice court for several years, as did I. However, as his opponent is well aware, Matthew Metz is ethically precluded from practicing in the Yorktown Court while he serves as a Yorktown Councilman.

Sixth: Matthew does continue to practice in all of the justice courts throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Seventh: Contrary to his opponent's representations below, Matthew Metz , as a town board member, DOES help to prepare the budget for the Yorktown Justice Court and has done so every year since 2002.

Eighth: Speaking of HONESTY, there is not a person I know who doesn't have higher ethical values and honesty than Matthew Metz. Matthew works tirelessy at whatever he does and as a Yorktown COuncilman has always been a tireless worker, and a make it happen person, who is effective at bringing parties together for the good of our community and for getting things done.

Ninth: Matthew Metz also has Strong ties to our community. We are raising 4 beautiful children in Yorktown and also do our share of volunteer work and participation in various athletic leagues in Yorktown.

I am curious as to the on the job training Matthew Metz's opponent is referring to. I can only conclude that he is referring to himself given his lack of stated trial or judicial experience. Matthew Has judicial experience, trial experience and experience working in the Yorktown Justice Court. Matthew Metz has not only the knowledge and experience, but HE has the ethics, honesty and judicial tempermant that we should all want/expect from a judge/judicial candidate.

Shame on Matthew Metz's opponent for sending this misleading email filled with falsehoods. Please do come out to vote on November 3rd ...for Matthew Metz!

Sincerely,
Susan Metz
The Law Office of Matthew P. Metz
3535 Hill Boulevard- Suite M
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
Tel. (914)-243-5563
Fax. (914)-243-0296
Email: MPMetzEsq@aol.com
Website: www.MpMetzLaw.com
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A MMESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
Hall's Failed Stimulus Sends Deficit to New All-Time High
Federal Deficit Reaches $1.42 Trillion Thanks to Hall's Washington Spending Spree

Washington- John Hall's vote for his party’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ has failed to yield promised results as the nation’s economy continues to tumble, but it does appear that his Washington spending spree has finally helped produced something: the largest deficit in the country’s history. While Americans are still waiting to see any real recovery coming from Hall's reckless policies, they can pass the time by watching the hole in the federal budget grow larger and larger:

“The federal budget deficit has surged to an all-time high of $1.42 trillion as the recession caused tax revenues to plunge while the government was spending massive amounts to stabilize the financial system and jump-start the economy.”

“Government spending last year jumped to $3.52 trillion, up 18.2 percent over 2008, the biggest percentage increase since a 23.4 percent jump in 1975, another year in which the country was struggling with a painful recession. The $700 billion financial bailout fund and increased spending and tax relief from the $787 billion economic stimulus program that Obama pushed through Congress in February drove the 2009 increase.”

“Failure to curb runaway deficits could trigger a financial train wreck that would push interest rates and inflation higher, and send the dollar crashing if foreigners suddenly started dumping their holdings of Treasury securities.” (Martin Crutsinger, “Federal Deficit Hits All-Time High at $1.42 Trillion,” Associated Press, 10/17/09)

“At this point it’s clear that John Hall is buying into his party’s spending addiction at the expense of economic recovery and financial solvency for future generations,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “If Hall can’t figure out how to stop spending the country into further debt in the name of failed ‘recovery’ policies, New York voters will find someone who can.”

As the deficit continues to climb to new highs, the country has reached a turning point. It’s time for John Hall to either start cleaning up after his failed policies or cleaning out his desk in Washington.
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Time for DelBene to Take a Stance: Pelosi Unveils Trillion-Dollar Healthcare Bill
Where Does Suzan DelBene Stand on Healthcare Takeover’s Higher Costs, Increased Taxes, and Cuts to Medicare?

Washington- After months of horse trading and party infighting, Democrats have finally introduced their government healthcare takeover bill. Now that they’ve gotten around to putting something on the table, it’s time for Suzan DelBene to make her position on this final product known: Will she stand up against higher taxes, fewer jobs and sweeping cuts to Medicare? Or will DelBene side with Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her friends in Washington to support her party’s reckless march toward government-run healthcare?

Contrary to Democrat leaders’ claims that their bill for government-run healthcare is more palatable to the ‘moderate’ wing of the Democrat party, one senior liberal stated otherwise:

“But there were signs Tuesday that at least some prominent advocates of a left-leaning reform package were ready to deal in the interest of moving a bill. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who has introduced a measure to create a single-payer universal health care system every Congress since he was elected, pressed a closed-door huddle of House Democrats on the urgency of swift action...‘I want single payer, but I’m smart enough to know what we have here is progress.’” (Tory Newmyer, “House Leaders Ready to Unveil Moderate-Favored Plan,” Roll Call, 10/28/09)

Without question, the Democrats’ bill reeks of government-run healthcare. Priced at a whopping $1 trillion, it forces companies to comply with stringent regulations and imposes drastic fines for noncompliance.

“The final product in the House, reflecting many of President Barack Obama's priorities, includes new requirements for employers to offer insurance to their workers or face penalties, fines on Americans who don't purchase coverage and subsidies to help lower-income people do so. Insurance companies would face new prohibitions against charging much more to older people or denying coverage to people with health conditions…The price tag, topping $1 trillion over 10 years…” (Erica Werner, “House Democrats to unveil health bill with government-run insurance, hefty sign-up requirement,” Associated Press, 10/27/2009)

“Now that the Democrats’ takeover of healthcare has been revealed, Suzan DelBene owes Washington voters an answer: Will she side with them or her friends in Washington?” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Suzan DelBene's support for a massive healthcare takeover would be nothing more than a spineless attempt to appease her party bosses and line her own campaign coffers while Washington families are stuck with the price tag for a bill that raises taxes, kills jobs, and slashes Medicare. With the bill finally public, DelBene can either take a stand for Washington taxpayers or turn her back on them in an attempt to gain favor with her Washington party bosses.”
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All articles re-printed in this blog from the North County News are with the permission of Bruce Apar Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

11/01/09