Monday, November 01, 2010

BAZZOMANIFESTO ENDORSES THESE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE NOVEMBER 2 2010

Dear Readers:

Here is where I am at this day before election day. I am totally ignoring positions on social issues. The only exception is United states Senate and that is where I add to the fiscal mix, who will vote for Supreme Court Justices that will be constitutionalists, not legislators. I do believe the New York state Senate will go to the Republicans, so I do not believe social issues will get to the next Governor's desk. So my votes will be cast on the premise who will best control the growth of government and who will best not only root out corruption but not be an enable by turning a blind eye when a colleague seems to be engaged at it regardless of party.

Governor:

Andrew Coumo is part and parcel a member of the establishment and the anointed prince of the status-quo. His silence regarding the leading Democrats caught up in the Aqueduct Racino scandal proves this point. His slap on the wrist style of justice for Steve Ratner and Alan Hevesi also prove this point. His silence as Attorney General regarding Congressman Rangels' breaking state law on owning rent stabilized apartments and tax issues on state taxes (if the IRS has problems the state must also), shows there is one rule for the people and another for the ruling class of which he has now shown he is a card carrying member. His acceptance of the Working Families party endorsement shows he will not stand up to the unions.

No my vote goes to Carl Paladino

United Stares Senate:

With their support of Obama Care, Cap and Trade, Banking and credit card regulations that have increased costs to the consumers for both, while not affecting the bottom line of banks or credit cards, and their willingness to let the "Bush tax cuts" expire show Senator's Schumer and Gillibrand have not the interests of New York as their priority but instead have put their ideology and party first.

My votes go to Jay Townsend and Joe DioGuardi

United States Congress:

John Hall also fits the above indictment of Schumer and Gillibrand's voting record and neglect of district he represents.

My vote goes to Dr. Nan Hayworth

New York State Senate:

Who will fight and not enable corruption? Who will not accept the premise that taxes have to go up but it just a matter of how high? Who will protect the two party system in regards to re-districting?

My vote goes to Greg Ball

New York State Assembly Districts 90 & 99:

Who will fight and not enable corruption? Who will not accept the premise that taxes have to go up but it just a matter of how high? Who will protect the two party system in regards to re-districting?

My votes go to Dr. Steve Katz (99) and William Gouldman (90)

Bazzo 11/01/10
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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

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

This week I discuss: Trends to look for in this years primary votes. 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. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link NCNLocal.com and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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SITES TO LINK TO:

ellabellahairclippies: www.ellabellahairclippies.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

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

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILL DAILY: peekskilldaily.com

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: http://www.ball4ny.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 9PM chanel 15 (Peek. and Cort.) chanel 74 at 6pm (York.& Put. Valley)
Hosted By: Domenic Volpe


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

11/01/10

Saturday, September 11, 2010

MY PRIMARY CHOICES FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

Dear Readers:

Tuesday September 14 is Primary Day. If you are a registered Republican, Democrat or Conservative you have a reason to go to the polls.

I have been writing this blog for 5 years. I am in my fourth year writing "In My Opinion" for the NCN. I am tired of hearing that there is no one on the other side to balance my opinion. Those who harp on this have had five years to step up to the plate.

You think it's easy running a business, and opining in 4 different forums (Bazzomanifesto, In My Opinion, Bazzo At Work and now weekly videos) week after week, through sickness, and death in the family and not miss a beat? You try it. Call NCN and say you want to be the next Bazzo. This is not a game and it takes commitment.

Why is it only conservative opinion that must be balanced? Is it to neuter any affect they may have? My opinions are up against the main stream media in many different forms. I do not need balance, I am the balance. So whether you like it or not, I will now make my endorsements for the Primary races on Tuesday.

FOR GOVERNOR:
Republican Voters:

Rick Lazio is the party endorsed candidate. He has had trouble raising money from these same people who endorsed him. This says even the party thinks in the end he is a loser in a race against Andrew Coumo. The trouble with party faithful (regardless of party) is they sit in a room of like minded people who validate each others opinion. They will not buck the media template because they want the media to say nice things about them should they actually win, or at least call them as experts should they lose.

The Governor's position is an executive position. That means they must lead. They must set the agenda. Then they must persuade a majority to go along. They must not follow the template, but instead create the template.

We are in perilous fiscal times and we need some one who is not adverse to risk. Some one who can think out of the box. Some one who knows how to create and produce. I believe that person is Carl Paladino. Anybody who is willing to put HIS money where his mouth is deserves a chance. I urge you to give him that chance.

UNITED STATES SENATE:
Republican Voters:

For the chance to challenge incumbent Senator Schumer in November, I say vote for Jay Townsend. He already has the Conservative Party Endorsement. He by not being the party nominee, has shown he has the courage to buck the system. You will need some one with that courage to have a fighting chance to beat another media anointed sure thing.

Kirsten Gillibrand is an empty suit. She is beatable. However you can not beat something with nothing. The candidate with that something that can beat Gillibrand is former Congressman Joe DioGuardi. He too has the Conservative Party line.

Democrat voters:

Here is what I said in this week column, I still stand by this:"In the seat currently held by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrats have a choice between her as party nominee and challenger Gail Goode, the only candidate the party establishment could not scare out of the race. Democrats have a chance to prove they are not just mind-numbed robots. Gillibrand has renounced every stance she took that got her elected to Congress. She has not tried to hide this fact. She is counting on the voter to ignore this inconvenient truth. The question is will Democrats vote for someone who stands for whatever will get her elected, or someone who stands for Democrat principles? Are Democrats the fools Gillibrand is playing them for?"

Gail Goodie could not be scared by the party enforcers. She should be the nominee. She has courage, that has to count for something.

ATTORNEY GENERAL:
Democrat voters:

There is only one candidate in this field of five who actually knows what the duties of this job is. Those duties are investigative and enforcement. It is not a legislative office where the law is used for social engineering. Nor is it a legislative office. The only candidate who knows this is Nassua County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 19:
Republican voters:

As much as I would like to advocate for Neil DiCarlo, I can't. Yes he stands for something and is not afraid to say it. He is certainly more Republican and Conservative in the true sense of their platforms. Nan Hayworth with her proposal to cap taxes at a maximum of 49%, where as if you add up Halls votes, they come to 60% truly makes her Democrat-lite.

Yes, I know she is talking about the Alternative Minimum Tax (ATM). However this is a tax that punishes success. It takes from those who create jobs, invest in other job producers and have the disposable income to purchase goods and serices, many at the high end (which also creates jobs). It is a classic form of classs warfare (again a tactic of the Democrats). It is a tax that should be repealed not contained. No true Republican or Conservative could ever consider acceptable 49% of a persons income should go to various forms of taxes. That being said, Hayworth will win this primary battle. In a just world it would be DiCarlo.

PUTNAM COUNTY EXECUTIVE...STATE SENATE DISTRICT 40....ASSEMBLYDISTRICT 99:
Republican voters:
Conservative voters(Senate District 40):

I have lumped these together because here is where true believers in Republican principals have a chance to finally put an end to the stranglehold of the party phooh-bahs. At least is this part of town. As it stands now, those is power and their endorsed candidates will always put the need of the party before the needs of the people.

Look at Senator Leibell who is running for Putnam County Executive and Somers Supervisor Marybeth Murphy. Under both taxes have risen, government control strengthened and liberties diminished.

In Leibell's case, he wishes the residents of Putnam County to thank him for his years of service in the legislature by promoting him to County Executive. When the Republicans controlled the Senate, and even the Governorship, there was not a tax, fee or surcharge he did not embrace. There was not a regulation, unfunded mandate or pension sweetener he did not love. Those taxes and fees born by Putnam County residents that he now says he will fight to lower, his votes made possible. Do not thank him for this. Do not let Senator Leibell do to Putnam County that which he had a hand in doing to New York State. If you really feel the need to thank the Senator, promote him to private citizen by voting for Mary Ellen Odell.

As for Somers, try being a business or property owner and do something where you do not have to ask the government for permission. She believes in government over regulation. She is certainly no real conservative. Just look at the growth of taxes and government under her watch.

No, the only candidate who is a true conservative and has stood up to the party phooh-bahs on both sides of the isle is Greg Ball. He has stood up to them every step of the way. By doing this Greg has made enemies. Those enemies are our enemies. People whose sole reason is the quest and retainment of power and control of the great unwashed. Our enemies are Supervisor Murphy's friends.

We need him to stay in Albany to continue this fight. Republican and Conservative voters in Senate District 40 the only choice is Greg Ball.

Finally in Assembly District 99, you need someone who has felt the punishment of success by government. By knowing that punishment, Dr. Steve Katz knows what has to be done to encourage businesses to come, grow and hire. It is only through that will we actually recover from this recession. That is why voters should pull the lever for Dr. Steve Katz.
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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

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

This week I discuss: Trends to look for in this years primary votes. 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. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link NCNLocal.com and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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SITES TO LINK TO:

ellabellahairclippies: www.ellabellahairclippies.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

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

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILL DAILY: peekskilldaily.com

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL: http://www.ball4ny.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 9PM chanel 15 (Peek. and Cort.) chanel 74 at 6pm (York.& Put. Valley)
Hosted By: Domenic Volpe


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

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

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

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

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

09/11/10

Sunday, April 11, 2010

SHOULD NEW YORK GO TO POT???

Dear Friends and E-Mail Buddies:

Don’t forget to check out my weekly editorial “BAZZO AT WORK” on
NCNLocal.com

You can now twitter me at Bazzomanifesto. Sign up at twitter and become a follower of my update notifications.

You can now LINKIN Anthony Bazzo. Sign up at LINKIN and become a follower of my updates

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1)my commentary
2)new restaurant opens in Peekskill, Ciro's on South
3)from NCNLocal.com
4)what's happening at 12 Grapes, N. Division Street, Peekskill,
5) New site to link to
6)message from Bob Myers
7)message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
8)message from Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco
************My “In My Opinion” column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************My weekly interview “Bazzo Grills”….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:

There is a proposal in the State Legislature to legalize medical marijuana. The language in this proposal is so broad that almost anyone with a doctor's note would be able to purchase this. California and Oregon to name a few states have already passed this kind of legislation. The intent, to ease the suffering of those in pain, is quite noble in my opinion. To many this is a no-brainer. I mean who can be in favor of pain that can be mitigated?

State Senator Vincent Leibell was ahead of his time when a number of years ago he tried to get this legislation passed. He took a lot of heat for this from his constituents, but held his ground. Obviously this never saw the light of day. The question now becomes has the time come to re-visit this issue? I say yes. I through the years have seen first hand the pain many terminal patients with various forms of cancer and yes, AIDS, have experienced. Between 1988 and 1995 I lost 26 friends and acquaintances to very painful deaths that legalized pot would have made their last days easier. It is because of this I would be in favor of this limited use of legalized pot.

How ever the hole in this argument to legalize pot for medical reasons is that it is really not the ultimate goal. As California is now showing, because of their fiscal problems, there is on their ballot for November a proposal to legalize pot entirely. The numbers show that this would bring in billions in tax revenue. It is always the money. Here in lies the problem. Like all government programs that start off well intentioned, elected officials never know when to stop. When one adds money into the mix, well, it is rare that an elected official does not try to find new ways to separate us from our money.

So the question is do we nip this in the bud now? After all our state legislature is probably more self-serving than California's. Our state is also in a fiscal mess. We can see the future and know that if we legalize pot for medical purposes that it would be only the first step. So do we allow people to be in pain because of what might be? Ten years ago, none other than William F. Buckley came out in favor of legalizing pot, pointing out the insanity of the present course of action. We are making criminals out of our younger generation and sending them to prison to learn how to be better criminals and making it harder to find meaningful work after they are let out.

Like alcohol, pot can be regulated, taxed and punishment meted out for those who abuse the privilege. So even though I know the end game, if we can ease the suffering of others, making their last days more comfortable, I believe the time has come for us to make this drug legal for medical purposes. At least the time has come to talk about it. In full discloser, I tired pot and all it did was make me sleepy, it was not my cup of tea and yes, I did inhale.
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NEW RESTAURANT OPENS IN PEEKSILL:

Former Executive Chef Louis Cilento of the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City and Leonardo's in Mohegan Lake is comming to Peekskill bring with him all his special dishes he learned at his father's kitchen at Ciro's in the Bronx.

With a grand opening this Friday April 16, Ciro's on South (in honor of his late father)great Itialian food comes to Peeksill. Tommy and I and blog contributor's Marty and Pam discovered Louis' fantastic cooking at Leonardo's.

So if you love Itialian food and want it done right, make Ciro's on South a must stop. Portions are huge, prices more than reasonable. Look for either Louis or owner Cosmo and tell them Tommy and Andy or Marty and Pam sent you. I promise you won't regret it.

Ciro's on South
911 South Street
Peekskill, N.Y. 10566
((14)831-3301
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This is on NCNLocal.com:

Peekskill police arrest seven in drug raids
By Art Cusano

acusano@ncnlocal.com


PEEKSKILL — Police arrested seven people on felony drug charges Thursday night following a month-long investigation into the sale of crack cocaine out of two city residences.

Members of the Peekskill Police Tactical Response Unit simultaneously raided two residences at about 10 p.m. April 8 at The Crossroads apartment complex on Brown Street and Patricia Gardens on Welcher Avenue, said city police Lt. Eric Johansen.

Laura Esposito, 60, Apt 7E 1107 Brown St., was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal nuisance, a class E felony, for allowing the sale and use of narcotics in her residence, Johansen said. She was also charged with third and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class B and C felonies.

Three people in Esposito’s apartment, William Kirkland, 48, and Gary Tinsley, 48, both of Peekskill, and Robert Johnson 25, of the Bronx, were arrested and charged with third-and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Johansen said.

Police arrested and charged Harold Nelson, 61, of Apt. A13 Welcher Ave., during the second raid and charged him with first-degree criminal nuisance, a class E felony, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, according to police.

Sharon Pittman, 35, of Montrose, and Alhuseney Trawally, 20, of the Bronx, who were at Nelson’s apartment during the raid, were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Johansen said.

“Out narcotics unit was able to make contacts that led to these apartments,” Johansen said. “We believe that dealers from the Bronx came to Peekskill and set up shop in these apartments. They took over the apartments of substance abusers and basically created crack dens.”

Detective Anthony Malfitano and Police Officer Joe McGann of the city’s Narcotics Unit lead the investigation and were assisted by members of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Narcotics and K-9 units.

“No longer are the people that live in these buildings sharing elevators and sidewalks with drug dealers,” Johansen said.

The seven defendants were scheduled to be arraigned April 9 in city court.

MY COMMENTS:

With the federal Governemnt, state governemt, county governemnt and Peekskill government all controled by Democrat, one could conclude that democratic economic policies are forcing senior citizens to sell drugs to make ends meet.
a.b.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N. DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL

Mark your calendars...Friday, April 16, 9:30 - 12:30

Jon Cobert & "The Guise"
with special guest, Mark Rivera
the Sax player for Billy Joel

Jon Cobert & The Guise is a group of extraordinary musicians with exceptional bios. On April 16, Jon welcomes another superstar to the group, Mark Rivera. As Billy Joel's sax player for the past 26 years, Mark's played some of the most memorable sax solos in pop music. He's also the musical director for Ringo Starr's "All Starr Band" and has performed with Hall & Oats, Foreigner, Simon & Garfunkel and more. Jon's performed with Harry and Tom Chapin, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and the "guys" have all performed with well-known pop stars like Whitney Houston, Marc Cohn, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross...
the list goes on and on. Jon Cobert & The Guise will be performing "eclectic" Rock & Roll. This is gonna be one incredible night.
*$10 Cover or $5 w/ dinner entrée*.


For more information or reservations,
call 914-737-6624 or email rich@12grapes.com
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NEW SITE TO LINK TO:

Hi Andy, it's Mary...I took a look at your blog...its great. I've enclosed my website and my blog for your review and my button. Would love for you to take a look and if you think its something you want to blog about, I would be honored...

www.ellabellahairclippies.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com

Regards,
Mary C. Moy
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A MESSAGE FROM BOB MYERS:

This Monday, Apr.5th @ 8PM and each Monday going forward , The Turning Point Cafe presents The MON.NIGHT JAZZ JAM.

Hosted by John Richmond, this Monday's rhythm section will feature Joe Vincent Tranchina on keyboard, Bill McCrossen on bass, with myself on drums & cymbals.

The Turning Point Cafe (a few minutes from Nyack) is located at:
468 Piermont Ave.
Piermont, NY 10968
845-359-1089
www.turningpointcafe.com
$5 cover
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This Tuesday, Apr. 13th from 8PM -12AM I am delighted to be part of The Chris Pasin group at The Old Fashion Restaurant.

Chris Pasin - trumpet
Rob Scheps - saxophones
David Budway - keyboard
Don Falzone - bass
Bob Meyer - drums

The Old Fashion Restaurant
81-83 South Broadway
Nyack, NY
www.rivertownpub.com
NO cover.

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Wed. Apr 14th sees me at my regular Jazz Jam led by trumpeter Kenny Lee, with Noriko Kamo on organ at
The Bungalow
523 So. Fulton Ave
Mt. Vernon,NY 10550
914-663-1912
7-11PM
All jazz musicians welcome to sit in.
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This Saturday, Apr. 17th, I am very happy to be performing with
The Hayes Greenfield Quartet at
Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th St.
New York, NY 10014
212-252-5091
www.smallsjazzclub.com
The band is: Hayes Greenfield, saxes, Neal Kirkwood,piano, Ratzo Harris, bass, Bob Meyer, drums & cymbals.
$20 for the entire evening; 3 Groups performing.

I hope to see you there.
Thanks,
Bob
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
Hello

I have sent a few emails, but have not heard back from you. Are you getting these? Hope so!
Want to make sure you know about:

April 22nd Event with Dick Morris honoring Chairman Colety at Travelers Rest $150pp www.gballevents.com

May 8th Trap Shoot and Game Luncheon at Putnam County Fish and Game $100pp www.gballevents.com

June 4th Golf Outing, Silent Auction, Lunch and Dinner at Hudson Hills $200pp www.gballevents.com

July 24 Country BBQ and Ribfest Competition $10pp (Free for kids, Petting Zoo and Birds of Prey Show)

All the info is at www.GBALLEVENTS.com


Think you can make any or all?

If not, or even if you can, please consider a donation at www.SupportGreg.com

This month is a hugely important month for fundraising!

Greg
917 681 9302
gball@ball4ny.com
Great New Website: www.Ball4NY.com
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A MESSAGE FROM YORKTOWN COUNCILMAN NICK BIANCO:

Life just got harder


No one can feel as a humanitarian as I do for those 32 million people who have no health insurance . However, the cost of providing this coverage is as follows:. Implications on you and me.

Starting in 2013 there will be a 62% Medicare tax increase. People who earn more than $200,000 couple $250,000 will pay new Medicare payroll tax from 1.45 % to 2.35%... New 3, 8 % investment tax for those earning more than 200,000 and married couple $250,000. This will include interest earnings, dividends, rent, annuities, capital gains and royalty. Capital gains tax will rise next year 33% from 15% to 20%. People who earn more than $200,000 married couple $250,000 The total tax on capital gains is jumping from 15% to 23.8 % a 63% increase.

Starting in 2018 if you have a family insurance plan that cost more than $ 27, 500 and individual cost more than $10,200 there will be a 40% excise tax. Plan sponsors will no doubt pass these costs on to you and me.

Starting in 2011 Pharmaceutical Manufacturers will pay a new excise tax of 2.5 billion dollars and will rise every year and no doubt will pass this on to you.

Starting in 2014 Companies that sell Health Insurance will pay a new excise tax of 8 Billion dollars which will rise each year and that cost will be passed on to you and me.

Starting in 2017 Medical Devices manufacturers will pay a new national sales tax of 2.9% this will be directly passed onto you and me except for eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Every one who has private health insurance will pay a new special tax of $2.00 per year per plan..

Starting in 2013 Employers will no longer receive subsidy for retiree prescription program as a result AT&T said it will cost them 1billion, Caterpillar 100 million; AJ steel 31 million and many of the fortune 500 companies will announce this cost in the future. As a result these companies will have to pass these costs on to you the consumer.

Starting in 2014 employers with more than 15 employees and who do not provide health insurance will pay a $2,000 a year per employee.

July 1, 2010. Tanning saloon 10% special tax.

Starting in 2013 taxpayers will not be able to deduct medical deduction on income taxes until 10% of adjusted gross income. It is now 7.5%. A 33% tax increase.

Starting in 2011 Non qualifying distributions from health savings account will be taxed 20% instead of 10% a 100% increase

Starting in 2013 contributions to flex spending accounts capped at $2500 per year andwill not be able to use them to buy over counter drugs

Starting in 2014 people who do not have health insurance will pay $95.00 per person per year or 1% of your income and it will rise to 2.5 % by 2016.

If you are an executive in the Health Insurance Industry in 2013 and earn more than ½ million dollars your income above that amount will be taxed double.

There will be Medicare cuts of 450billion dollars and it will be assessed to pay this plan.. What that means is that they will be shifting those costs to the States which will have no choice but to respond by increasing state income taxes in order to cover this. State taxpayers will have to pay.

Life just got a little harder.

Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco
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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

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

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

Dear Readers:

Until my roledex runs out of names, I will be iterviewing local political officials every week. I will be asking them five questions. The objective is to bring to information you do not have. Another reason to spend 75 cents a week on your local paper. You can find the unedited version on NCNLocal.com "Bazzo at Work"

THIS WEEKS SUBJECT:NATIONAL HEALTH CARE
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

ellabellahairclippies: www.ellabellahairclippies.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

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

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILL DAILY: peekskilldaily.com

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

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

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

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

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

THE VOLPE REPORT: Thursadys at 9PM 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

04/11/10

Sunday, March 14, 2010

AN ACCUSATION IS NOT EVIDENCE

Dear Friends and E-Mail Buddies:

Don't forget to check out my weekly editorial “BAZZO AT WORK”
on NCNLocal.com

You can now twitter me at Bazzomanifesto. Sign up at twitter and become a follower of my update notifications.

You can now LINKIN Anthony Bazzo. Sign up at LINKIN and become a follower of my updates

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1)my commentary on above topic
2)cable t.v. update
RE: the volpe Report
on topic with john testa
3)new site to link to
4)e-mail response to past post
************My “In My Opinion” column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************My weekly interview “Bazzo Grills”….in the NCN
************Atom Taxi Inc. Airport Service
************Contact me e-mail addresses
************Sites to link to for more information (to be a better voter)
************Cable shows to watch (to better inform)
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Dear Readers:

I received an e-mail from a member of the anti-DiBartolo crowd wishing to meet with me in an effort to win me over to their side in the Highway Superintendent Eric DiBartolo saga. I am answering this e-mail publicly to set matters straight once and for all. These are the reasons I will NOT meet with them:

a)Ibelieve there is an underlying agenda to blacken the character of the Highway Superintendent in an effort to bias the voting pool so when the referendum to eliminate the ELECTED position of Highway Superintendent is put on the ballot next year (which I believe is a real possibility), the voters will elect to eliminate the elected position and clear the way for the creation of an appointed position Director of Public Works which I am against.

b) He uses the term "evidence". We are not in a court of law, only the court of public opinion, so what they have are accusations, not evidence. These accusations have been vetted in last years election, and at the public forum at town board meetings. Some have already been addressed. I believe if there was any merit to their accusations the proper authorities would already be studying them. When and if they do, I will wait as I have done for the three years I have been writing my column, for the NCN to report on the findings then and only then will I opine on the matter. I will react to the same information that the readers have.

5) I believe in the presumption of innocence. This is what sets our judicial system apart from most other countries. The accuser must prove their case, the accused need not prove their innocence. I will not be a party to and at this time, a smear campaign.

This is how I feel and as both this blog, the "Bazzo at Work" blog on NCNLocal.com and my "In My Opinion" column in the NCN are based on my reactions to issues concerning my readers and the readers of NCN, I do not need anyone to tell me how I feel.

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CABLE T.V. UPDATE:
RE: THE VOLPE REPORT:

Andy- here is the info

The Volpe Report has resumed scheduling for 2010. The next showing is special guest Yorktown Highway Superintendent Eric DiBartolo. Eric gives us a rundown of the events of the recent snowstorm and also some of the concerns he has with Yorktown's new administration. I also would like to acknowledge I have asked Dave Paganelli, owner of the The Traveler's Rest, to co-host and he has gladly accepted.

The Volpe Report is aired on public access Channel 74 in Yorktown on Thursdays at 6:00pm. Peekskill/Cortlandt viewers can watch on Channed 15 on Thursdays at 9:00pm.

Dom
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ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA:

Sculptor Richard Masloski and the Wizard of Oz

In his first show as the newly elected Westchester County Legislator for District 1, John introduces artist and sculptor Richard Masloski. Masloski is well known world-wide for his high level of artistry and especially known for many works throughout Westchester, including the "Lincoln in Peekskill" statue at the Lincoln Depot historic site in Peekskill. In this show Masloski, along with City of Peekskill Historian John Curran, discusses the connection of the Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum to Peekskill and the project he hopes to complete which is inspired by this theme.
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NEW SITE TO LINK TO:

Hi Andy, it's Mary...I took a look at your blog...its great. I've enclosed my website and my blog for your review and my button. Would love for you to take a look and if you think its something you want to blog about, I would be honored...

www.ellabellahairclippies.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com

Here is my button link-



Regards,
Mary C. Moy
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E-MAIL RESPONSE TO PAST POST
FROM IMAGINARY COUSIN:

ImaginaryCousin said...
I'v got to take a moment to continue our conversation from the cab the other night on the Citizens United decision. As I stated, while I am not opposed to the result, that corporations should be able to spend money on political ads at any time about any candidate or issue, I have a big problem with the basis for the court's decision.

The court held in no uncertain terms that a corporation has first amendment rights. How can anyone who claims to be conservative not stand up and cry out in outrage about the massive change in our society that such a decision brings with it.

Corporations are now citizens, with the same rights citizens enjoy. Okay, so can GE register to vote, or petition to adopt a baby. If they are denied those rights because they are corporations, do they not have a case that such decisions are unconstitutional discrimination.

I am not prepared to have corporate persons enjoy the same rights that living people enjoy. Do corporations enjoy equal protection under the 14th amendment? This case suggests that they do.

It is such an insane position to take that I don;t understand how you can support it. I get that you like the result. You are in teh minority by the way, since recent polls suggest the 80% of american (including 755 of republicans and 85% of democrats) are opposed to the ruling.

That is all that should matter. If the majority supports telling businesses what they can and can not say, a law shoul dbe passed. Isn't it you who are always speaking otu against judicial activism. Is it only when the judicial activism produces a result that you disagree with that you complain about activist judges.

the problem with that is that you reap what you sow and allowing judges to take such leaps allows them to do other things when the make-up on the court is different.

This was a terrible mistake that should be corrected immediately with an amendment to the US Constitution. It seems we have the supermajority necessary to accomplish such an act.
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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

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

This week I discuss Citizens United vs. The FEC. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link NCNLocal.com and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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NEW REGULAR FEATURE:
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH:

Dear Readers:

Until my roledex runs out of names, I will be iterviewing local political officials every week. I will be asking them five questions. The objective is to bring to information you do not have. Another reason to spend 75 cents a week on your local paper. You can find the unedited version on NCNLocal.com "Bazzo at Work"

THIS WEEKS SUBJECT:PEEKSKILL POLICE LT. ERIC JOHANSEN
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

ellabellahairclippies: www.ellabellahairclippies.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

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

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILL DAILY: peekskilldaily.com

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

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

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

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

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

THE VOLPE REPORT: Thursadys at 9PM 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

03/14/10

Sunday, February 07, 2010

CLEANING OUT THE E-MAIL BOX

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”

You can now twitter me at Bazzomanifesto. Sign up at twitter and become a follower of my update notifications.

You can now LINKIN Anthony Bazzo. Sign up at LINKIN and become a follower of my updates

Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1)what's happening at the Division Street Grill
2)what's happening at 12 Grapes, N.Division Street, Peekskill
3)a message from Ossining Town Councilman Peter Tripodi
4)a message from the Yorktown Watchdog
5)a message from Patrick Malanaphy
7)a message from candidate for Congress Nan Hayworth
8)a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
9)a message from the NRCC
10)a message from Assemblywoman Sandra Galef
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
************Five Questions With....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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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE DIVISION STREET GRILL, PEEKSKILL:
VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE DIVISION STREET GRILL
4-Course Prix Fixe Menu
4:30 - 9:30

John Basile - Solo Guitar
Arrange a Special Singing Valentine by a Quartet from the
THE WESTCHESTER CHORDSMAN CHORUS
Call (914) 739-6380
for Reservations and Information

The Division Street Grill
Live Jazz Every Friday & Saturday
26 North Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
www.divisionstreetgrill.com
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N.DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:

Mon, Feb 8, 8:00 - 10:00
The Westchester Swing Band
12 Grapes is normally closed on Mondays, but the second Monday of each month we open at 6pm for dinner to feature this classic 18-piece Big Band. Call for reservations. $5 Cover goes directly to the band.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
Thu, Feb 11, 8:00 - 9:30
Joey Pero

He's being hailed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists in decades. Critics compare Pero to trumpet greats Wynton Marsalis and the late, great jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. Joey will be performing selections from his highly-acclaimed CD, "Resonance". Pero will be accompanied by pianist Jon Ware, bassist Jeff Little, drummer Pete Abazia, and acclaimed marimba player, Simon Boyar. Take a listen.
**$5 Entertainment Fee**
"Pero is a supreme master of the instrument in both jazz and classical disciplines, an achievement of grand (and near impossible) proportions." -AllAboutJazz.com

Make your Valentine's Weekend Reservations Now!
Fri, Feb 12, 9:30 - 12:30, Geoff Hartwell (Rock) ~$5
Sat, Feb 13, 9:30 - 12:30 ~ 3-Ton Jack (Classic Rock) ~ $5
Sun, Feb 14, 5:30 - 8:30 ~ Rhonda Denét (Soul/R&B)

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 OSSINING TOWN COUNCILMAN PETER TRIPODI:

Ossining Town Councilman Peter Tripodi is calling for the termination of Richard Leins as legal consultant to the Town of Ossining. Late today Peter had sent an email to all Village and Town Board members informing them that Mr. Leins should be removed from providing legal services to the Town of Ossining. Leins was appointed Interim Village Manager earlier today when Linda Cooper suddenly resigned as Village Manager. Leins is also the Village attorney. Tripodi stated, “It is imperative that we pass a resolution removing Mr. Leins as a legal consultant to the Town of Ossining to avoid any conflicts that will arise. The Village Manager or Interim Village Manager of any village has no business acting as a legal consultant for the Town in which that Village is located” Tripodi is urging that this be done immediately due to the fact that a conflict will arise if Mr. Leins is still retained as a consultant to the Town while also serving as Interim Village Manager. “The fact is that while Mr. Leins was a consultant to the Town he also was serving as Village attorney, something I was against; my colleagues had no problem with this. However, the position of Village Manager (interim or not) mixed with that very same individual also offering legal advice to a Town in which that village is located definitely with out a doubt is unsettling to any person concerned with good government policy and presents a blatant conflict of interest. I urge my colleagues to fix this situation by removing Richard Leins as legal consultant to the Town of Ossining immediately.”

Peter J. Tripodi IV
(914) 774-0373
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A MESSAGE FROM THE YORKTOWN WATCHDOG:

Dear members:
Cathy I accept your resignation with regret. Remember you are still a
UTY member. We need to full this opening. If anyone is interested give
me a call at 245-1018.

Ed Ciffone

Dear Ed,

I am sad to report that I cannot continue to act as vice chair of the
UTY. My teaching schedule interferes with my commitment to the UTY,
evening courses and weekend courses. It has been an honor to be
"protected" by you and the members. Maybe in my retirement I can be
more available. Thanks again and certainly I will attend and continue
my membership with the UTY when I can make the meetings.

Sincerely,
Catherine D'Amato
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A MESSAGE FROM PATRTICK MALANAPHY:

Patrick F. Malanaphy
Pat - below is information about a childrens play my mother puts on every year to raise money for a local women's shelter. Please post on message board for me.
thanks - mark

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Family show, it's going to be Fee, Fie ,Foe, FUN!
at the town Hall, Darien, 2 Renshaw Road, off of the Post Rd.
$10 advance booking
$12. at the door.
Tickets available through www.ywcadariennorwalk.org
or telephone 203 655 2535
Great raffle prizes of Jet Blue airline tickets good for anywhere they fly to.
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A MESSAGE FROM CNADIDATE FOR CONGRESS NAN HAYWORTH:
contact@nanhayworth.com
STATEMENT BY DR. NAN HAYWORTH ON THE
PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

"Taking the President at his word in the State of the Union address, I agree with his calls for more domestic energy; elimination of capital gains taxes on small business; tax incentives to buy equipment and build new plants; and a new emphasis on deficit reduction. But this Congress has dismally failed to show any understanding of fiscal restraint or accountability. If Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid continue to conduct backroom business as usual, if they fail to heed the President’s call for transparency and reduced spending, they’ll find themselves in very different seats for the State of the Union next year."
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HAYWORTH: KSM IS ENEMY COMBATANT,
NOT ENTITLED TO CIVILIAN TRIAL
“No trial in Manhattan, no trial in Lower Hudson,
no civilian trial. Period.”

Mt. Kisco – With the Obama administration looking to move the trial of accused 9/11 bombing mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed north to the Hudson River Valley, Republican Congressional hopeful Dr. Nan Hayworth said she will support legislation that would shut off funding for any civilian trial of the terrorists at all, so they can be tried as enemy combatants before a military tribunal.

“There should be no civilian trial in Manhattan, no civilian trial in the Lower Hudson, no civilian trial period for enemy combatants who staged an act of war against the United States on September 11, 2001,” said Dr. Hayworth this morning.

She endorsed efforts by Long Island Representative Peter King and South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham that would prohibit funding for civilian trials of accused 9/11 conspirators and require that they be tried in military tribunals instead.

“I can’t officially co-sponsor Rep. Peter King’s proposal to require military trials of 9/11 combatants, but Congressman John Hall can, and I urge him to do so – today,” said Hayworth.

“No community in the United States should have the trial for these terrorists forced upon them,” Dr. Hayworth said. “Besides the cost, disruption and obvious security risks, the simple fact is that these are terrorists who staged an act of war against the United States. They should be tried before a military tribunal, not given a platform in a civilian court.”

For his part, incumbent Congressman Hall told the Times Herald-Record today that "While I have the utmost confidence in Hudson Valley law enforcement, no proposed location in Orange County is equipped with the appropriate security for the trials."

“With all due respect, Congressman, this isn’t about the adequacy of our courtroom facilities in Orange County, and it isn’t about ‘Not-In-My-Backyard,’” Hayworth said. “It’s about whether enemy combatants who launch unprovoked attacks on the civilian population of the United States ought to be entitled to a civilian trial in the first place.”

Dr. Hayworth challenged Hall to “give this issue more than lip service, by co-sponsoring and actively supporting Representative Peter King’s proposal before the close of business today.”
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STATEMENT BY DR. NAN HAYWORTH ON THE
VOTE TO RAISE THE FEDERAL DEBT CEILING

"Yesterday Congressman John Hall joined fellow Congressional Democrats to raise the federal debt ceiling yet again, this time by $1.9 trillion. The total amount the federal government can now borrow is $14.3 trillion, which amounts to more than $46,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. This, just six weeks after Congress approved an extension of the debt ceiling to $12.4 trillion.

Tomorrow, February 6, is the 99th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan. And the question he asked after the disastrous presidency of Jimmy Carter must be asked again: Are you better off today than you were before the “stimulus,” bailouts, pork-barrel projects, and special deals? Has the mounting national debt made you and your loved ones more secure? Does the Hudson Valley have more jobs and more prosperity than it did before John Hall and this Congress and this Administration began converting the greatest free-market economy the world has ever known into a stagnant European-socialist state?

Sadly, the answer to all of these questions is “No.” This is a bad day for America; for our children; for the thousands in the Hudson Valley who have lost their jobs or cannot find work."
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010
BALL PLANS HISTORIC TAX DAY REVOLT
Unveils Symbolic April 15 Gesture as First Step

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) will make available a symbolic check for non-profit organizations, school districts, local governments, and small businesses as the first step in his plan for a historic Tax Revolt on the steps of the Putnam County Courthouse.

"This is the first step toward a historic tax revolt,” Ball said. “We will make available on my official web site a symbolic check for non-profits, schools, churches, and small businesses to write how much they are giving to the MTA, then bring those checks to the Putnam County Courthouse on April 15th.”

Participants at the April 15th Tax Revolt will submit their symbolic checks to Ball, who will calculate how much money is being taken from the Hudson Valley to bail out the mismanaged MTA when it could be used to create jobs. Participants can also mail their symbolic checks to the Assembly office at 2392 Route 6, Brewster, NY, 10509 prior to the rally.

After the symbolic checks are unveiled Monday, they will be available to employers through Ball’s assembly web site at “assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=099” or by calling his office at (845) 279-5301.

“We want this payroll tax rescinded. Period, end of story,” Ball said. “They know what we’re doing down here. But our message must be clear or this tax will be the final nail. We must work together to make sure this tax is rescinded.”

The details for MONDAY's press conferences are as follows:
WHO:Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson)
Local Business Leaders
Local Elected Officials

WHEN:(1) 8:30AM, Monday, February 8, 2010
2) 10:10AM, Monday, February 8, 2010

WHERE:(1) Yorktown Health and Wellness,
1853 Commerce Street, Yorktown, NY
(2)Village of Brewster Train Station
Brewster, NY
CONTACT: Assemblyman Ball’s District Office at 845-279-5301
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010
BALL PLANS HISTORIC TAX DAY REVOLT
Unveils Symbolic April 15 Gesture as First Step

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I - Patterson) will make available a symbolic check for non-profit organizations, school districts, local governments, and small businesses as the first step in his plan for a historic Tax Revolt on the steps of the Putnam County Courthouse.

"This is the first step toward a historic tax revolt,” Ball said. “We will make available on my official web site a symbolic check for non-profits, schools, churches, and small businesses to write how much they are giving to the MTA, then bring those checks to the Putnam County Courthouse on April 15th.”

Participants at the April 15th Tax Revolt will submit their symbolic checks to Ball, who will calculate how much money is being taken from the Hudson Valley to bail out the mismanaged MTA when it could be used to create jobs. Participants can also mail their symbolic checks to the Assembly office at 2392 Route 6, Brewster, NY, 10509 prior to the rally.

After the symbolic checks are unveiled Monday, they will be available to employers through Ball’s assembly web site at “assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=099” or by calling his office at (845) 279-5301.

“We want this payroll tax rescinded. Period, end of story,” Ball said. “They know what we’re doing down here. But our message must be clear or this tax will be the final nail. We must work together to make sure this tax is rescinded.”

Ball will hold three press conferences on THURSDAY, one in each county. Times and locations for each press conference will be announced Monday, February 8th.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE NRCC:
Will John Hall Vote for Another Budget that Spends Too Much, Borrows Too Much, and Taxes Too Much?
After Last Year’s Monstrosity, Obama Administration Asks Democrats to Back Even More Debt and Bigger Deficits

Washington- If New York taxpayers thought they had seen the worst of John Hall's fiscal recklessness, today’s White House budget proposal makes it clear that the worst could be yet to come. After backing last year’s $3.6 trillion monstrosity, the Obama administration will be leaning hard on Hall to rubber-stamp this year’s earth-shattering $3.8 trillion request. Hall already voted once to put the nation’s finances in the red for a generation and now his party leaders are pushing a plan that racks up over $5 trillion in debt over the next five years:

“President Barack Obama’s new $3.83 trillion budget — on its way to Congress Monday — anticipates an even worse deficit this year than last and no big improvement until the economy improves and the nation sheds the crushing costs of two wars overseas.”

“The strain shows itself in the new deficit projections, far worse than what the White House forecast in its first budget at this time a year ago.

“After a record $1.4 trillion shortfall in 2009, the administration now says the red ink will reach $1.56 trillion this year and be little better, $1.27 trillion in 2011.

“In fact, it’s not until 2014 and 2015— when Obama hopes to be in his second term— that he has any hope of deficits approaching a sustainable level.” (David Rogers, “Five Years, $5.08 Trillion in Debt,” Politico, 2/1/10)

“With the Obama White House and Washington Democrats pushing the country to the brink of bankruptcy, it’s time for John Hall to finally put an end to his fiscal recklessness,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Taxpayers are once again being asked to pay for Washington’s out-of-control spending spree, but Hall appears ready to sign off on another budget that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. New York families are looking to Hall for some relief from this massive financial burden, but all he’s providing is a rubber-stamp vote for his party’s spending addiction.”

Will this be the year John Hall takes a stand against his party’s big-spending ways and helps bring New York families out of the red? If his record thus far is any indication, his constituents shouldn’t hold their breath.
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John Hall Says Bring on the Debt: Rewards Pelosi with Credit Line Extension
New York Democrat Votes for $2 Trillion in New Debt, Continues to Embrace Job-Killing Agenda That Spends Too Much, Taxes Too Much, and Borrows Too Much

Washington- Democrat John Hall turned his back on New York families again today when he approved a measure to increase the country’s debt ceiling by nearly $2 trillion, allowing his party to continue passing off the tab for their runaway spending:

“Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are counting on new budget deficit curbs to help smooth the way for a bill allowing the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper into debt over the next year -- or about $6,000 more for every U.S. resident.

“The debt measure set for a House vote Thursday would raise the cap on federal borrowing to $14.3 trillion.” (“House Faces Tough Vote on $1.9T More Debt,” Associated Press, 2/4/10)

Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight for the taxpayers who are stuck with the bill for Hall's spending bonanza, as Democrats continue to rack up the debt:

“A 1.9 trillion-mile trip is about the same as 8 million trips to the moon.

“Unfortunately, the $1.9 trillion in new borrowing authority Congress is giving President Barack Obama won't take people quite that far. The additional $1.9 trillion raises the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion, but that limit may have to be increased again after the November election.” (“How Big Is $1.9 Trillion? Very,” Associated Press, 2/4/10)

“With Democrats sinking the country deep into the red, John Hall's vote to bring on more debt is simply reckless,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Hall and his party leaders have embraced a job-killing agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. Instead of backing away from his party’s runaway spending spree, Hall just handed them a credit card with a $1.9 trillion line of credit.”

After giving his party the green light to pile another $1.9 trillion on the backs of New York families, will he ever get the message that enough is enough?
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Focus on the Economy?
As Democrats Continue to Push Their Partisan Agenda, Americans Ask: Where Are the Jobs?

Washington- The economy just took another hit with this morning’s announcement from the Labor Department that America is stuck in a jobless recovery, but Democrats like John Hall continue to push forward with an agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. With party leaders continuing to favor their partisan spending spree at the expense of economic recovery, Democrats voted yesterday to take on nearly $1.9 trillion more in debt in order to clear the way for more runaway government spending. Despite White House promises that unemployment would be curbed at 8 percent, it’s clear that Hall's failure to rein in spending and slow the growth of government continues to undercut potential job growth:

“A sharp increase in the number of people giving up looking for work helped to depress the jobless rate. The number of 'discouraged job seekers' rose to 1.1 million in January from 734,000 a year ago.” (“Payrolls Fall in January, Jobless Rate at 5-Month Low,” Reuters, 2/5/10)

As Democrats kick around the idea of another ‘stimulus’ spending bill, Americans have overwhelmingly stated that their first stimulus was a failure:

“Only one-quarter of Americans think the federal stimulus plan has helped the middle class, while a majority say it has helped bankers and investors, according to a new national poll.

“A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday morning indicates that 25 percent of the public thinks the stimulus has benefited the middle class.” (Paul Steinhauser, “Poll: Most say stimulus has not helped middle class,” CNN, 1/27/10)

Even some Democrats know that it will take more than lip service to turn the economy around, but Hall and his party leaders continue to pile it on:

“’Other moderate Democrats are simply skeptical that a jobs bill can be effective regardless of how it’s funded. Alyson Heyrend, spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), another Blue Dog, said the congresssman ‘has concerns about just how much the federal government can do to create job growth.’ Although Matheson voted in favor of the Democrats’ $787 billion stimulus bill a year ago, he opposed December’s jobs bill. ‘It’s that balancing act,’ Heyrend said, referring to the need for job creation versus the push to rein in spending. ‘The devil’s always in the details.’” (Mike Lillis, “The Democrats’ Jobs Pickle,” Washington Independent, 2/4/10)

“Economic recovery is still struggling, but John Hall and his party leaders continue to pile on an agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Despite the obvious red flags, Hall and his party leaders can’t seem to stop sinking the economy further into the red. Thanks to Hall's failed economic policies, recovery continues to stall and the deficit is about to reach its highest point in history while Americans are still asking: Where are the jobs?”

As it becomes exceedingly clear that wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars on a partisan spending agenda does little to revive a slumping economy, how many more jobs will be lost before Hall finally rejects a job-killing agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much?
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Bonacic Call for
First Passage of Constitutional Amendment in 2010 to
Establish a Non-Partisan Apportionment Commission

February 5, 2010 Contact: Galef: 914-941-1111
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bonacic: 845-344-3311

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator John Bonacic are sponsoring legislation (A.6878 – S.2892) that will establish a non-partisan Apportionment Commission in New York State. This Commission will ensure that district lines for state and federal legislators are drawn fairly and without the purpose of favoring a particular political party, incumbent legislator or any other group.

The legislation would require that the only factor considered in the drawing of legislative districts will be the population of any given area. Political affiliations, addresses of individual persons presently in office, or any other demographic information will not be acknowledged. This will avoid the districts being drawn for the purpose of diluting the voting strength of any specific group of people. The Apportionment Commission created by this bill will divide the state into districts with an equal number of inhabitants.

The bill creates a non-partisan five-member apportionment committee, four members of which shall be appointed by the majority and minority officers of the legislature and the fifth to be selected as chairmen by these four appointees.

This bill is a constitutional amendment requiring passage by two successive legislatures and approval by the voters; it provides for a process that is far less vulnerable to politicization and exploitation. This bill also combats gerrymandering by requiring that each district be as compact as possible and barring the use of information other than that provided by the United States Census.

Assemblywoman Galef stated, “This Commission will avoid politically charged redistricting in the future, and is in the best interest of not only my constituents, but all New Yorkers. I strongly support first passage of this legislation in 2010 and again in 2011 so that the public will have the opportunity to vote on this constitutional amendment in November of 2011.”

Senator Bonacic said, "Changing the way Legislative Districts are drawn is real reform. This legislation should be taken up this year, and then again next year so it can be considered by the voters prior to the next re-districting. You cannot talk about reforming Albany without changing the way legislative districts are drawn. This legislation empowers voters and brings a fair system to re-districting. There is no reason it should not be acted on."

Redistricting of state and federal legislative lines will take place in 2012 after the U.S. Census is completed this year.
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Assemblywoman Galef’s Doors are Open
Constituents Invited to District Office to Discuss Issues & Topics of Interest

February 2, 2010) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host two Open Houses at her district office located at 2 Church Street in Ossining. The first will take place on Thursday, February 18th from 10am-2pm. The second one will be on Friday, February 26th from 12pm-5pm. The doors will be open to anyone, no appointment necessary. The Assemblywoman welcomes all to discuss issues and topics of interest, whether local, regional, or state related.

“I so enjoy speaking with my constituents to find out what is on their minds. I just completed my town hall-style meetings for this year which took place in and around my Assembly District throughout January. I heard a lot about property taxes, ethics, health care, and state budget proposals,” said Galef. “I look forward to having more one-on-one conversations with people who have ideas and suggestions for improvement or who may need help working with state agencies, as well as to discuss the state budget, legislation, and other areas of interest.”

Galef’s Assembly District includes the Towns of Ossining, Cortlandt, Kent, Philipstown and Putnam Valley, the City of Peekskill, and the Villages of Briarcliff Manor, Ossining, Croton, Buchanan, Nelsonville, and Cold Spring.

For more information about the Open House or to request directions, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at 914-941-1111 or e-mail galefs@assembly.state.ny.us.
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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

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

This week I discuss Citizens United vs. The FEC. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link NCNLocal.com and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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NEW REGULAR FEATURE:
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH:

Dear Readers:

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

THIS WEEKS SUBJECT: TOWN OF CORTLANDT SUPERVISOR LINDA PUGLISI
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

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

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILL DAILY: peekskilldaily.com

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

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

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONTACT: Assemblyman Ball’s District Office at 845-279-5301

Sunday, January 31, 2010

THE MEANING OF CITIZENS UNITED VS. THE F.E.C.

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”

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Issues Discussed in this weeks blog:
1)my commentary
2)what's happening at Graymoor, Garrison, N.Y.
3)what's happening at 12 Grapes, N.Division Street, Peekskill
4)a message from Bob Meyers
5)a message from Assemblyman Greg Ball
6)a message from the NRCC
7)a message from Assemblywoman Sandra galef
8)a message from Westchester Legislator John Testa
************My new In My Opinion column's topic of discussion in the NCN
*************Five Questions with....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)
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Dear Readers:

This is what the practical meaning of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the case of Citizens United vs.FEC.:

Domestic corporations, meaning chartered in the United States may now run ads advocating for a candidate that a corporation favors right up till election day. These are called advocacy ads. Up till now they could only run issue ads, advocacy ads could not be run 60 days before an election (30 days before a primary vote).

This means Phitzer, based in Rockland County can now answer back Congressman John Hall when he demonizes big pharmaceutical during his quest for re-election. Same is true for Entergy. Candidates for office can no longer act like school yard bullies picking on the class nerd who could not fight back in those last 60 days. These corporations can now fight back and tell their side of the story. This ruling evened the playing field. You get to decide what makes the most sense, not some politician nor the main stream media. That is why the incumbent political class is so vexed by this ruling.

Read my column in this weeks NCN on the lies the President said during his State Of the Union address regarding foreign corporations.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT GRAYMOOR, GARRISON, N.Y.

TUESDAY, February 2nd
CANDLEMAS / FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is popularly known as Candlemas Day. Candles for personal and family use will be blessed at the 11:30 mass in St. Pius X Chapel (6th floor).

WEDNESDAY, February 3rd
FEAST OF ST. BLAISE / BLESSING OF THROATS
The traditional blessing of throats will take place during the 11:30 AM mass in St. Pius X Chapel (6h floor)

SATURDAY, February 6th, 1:00-3:00 PM
ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP
The Preservation Company, Peekskill, will present an Energy Efficiency Workshop at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Peekskill. To register, call Rose Iavarone (914-734-8928).

THURSDAY, February 11th
WORLD DAY OF THE SICK
Thursday, Feb.11th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick. Sacramental Anointing of the Sick will take place during the 11:30 AM mass in Saint Pius X Chapel (6h floor).

SUNDAY, February 14th
BURNING OF PALM BRANCHES
Anticipating Ash Wednesday (Feb.17th), palm branches that were blessed last year will be burned OUTSIDE Pilgrim Hall immediately following the 11:00 AM Sunday Eucharist.

SHROVE TUESDAY, February 16th, 5:30-7:00 pm
MARDI GRAS PANCAKE SUPPER
A traditional Mardi Gras Pancake Supper will be held on Shrove Tuesday, Feb.16th, 5:30-7:00 PM in the Friars’ Dining Room. Cost is 10.00 per adult, 5.00 per child, under 6 free. Reservations (by Monday.Feb.15th) at 845-424-2111.

TUESDAY, February 23rd, at 7:00 PM
CAREER COACHING WORKSHOP
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York will present a free, two-part Career Coaching workshop at Graymoor on Tuesday, Feb.23rd, and Tuesday, Mar.16th, both beginning promptly at 7:00 PM. For information/registration, contact Karen Reynolds (914-476-2700 X212).

THANK YOU!
In addition to the $1646.00 contributed at the Sunday Eucharist on January 17th and the $575.00 from individual friars, $2100 in contributions has been received bringing the total for The Anne Clemande Julien Foundation to $4321.00. The foundation operates the ACJ School for orphans in Chambellan, Haiti (about 200 miles from Port-au-Prince). Additional contributions can be sent directly to Rev. Jean Ridly Julien, St. Patrick’s Church, 170 Thompson Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604. (All Checks should be made payable to “The Anne Clemande Julien Foundation.”)

Retreatant Michael DiPrima has posted his winter photos of Graymoor shot during the “New Year on the Mountain” retreat at http://jjackflash.zenfolio.com/p35221545.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 12 GRAPES, N.DIVISION STREET, PEEKSKILL:

Thu, Feb 4, 8:30 - 11:30
Open Mic Night hosted by Petey Hop
Petey's back... the inimitable host of our popular Open Mic night. Our Open Mics are mostly Acoustic, but most styles of music are welcome. We invite all talented artists to come take the stage and enjoy a night of surprises, some jammin' and some of the best live music in Westchester. Sign-up begins at 8pm.

Fri, Feb 5, 9:30 - 12:30, The Matt Rae Trio
with special guests
Blues Buddha & Ron Mirro
A guitar-driven band whose music can best be described as "Country Soul Music". With guest vocalist Tommy "Blues Buddha" and guitarist Ron Mirro.
**$5 Entertainment Fee**

Sat, Feb 6, 9:30 - 12:30
T. Ray & the Smokin' Section
Whether its classic horn-driven Rock from Chicago or Blood Sweat and Tears, classic Chicago Blues or Memphis Soul, this band smokes! Bandmembers are T. Ray Stevens, vocals; Tom Provenzano, guitar; Leslie Bloom, bass; Chris Burke, organ/piano; Matt Norris, drums; Bill Losier, trumpet; John Hahn, trombone; Marc Beladino, sax. Dinner Reservations Required!
**$10 Entertainment Fee**

Sun, Feb 7, 5:30 - 8:30
Kathleen Pemble
An amazing singer/songwriter, Kathleen Pemble
will treat us to her unique talents and the "astute observations about life and love that fill her songs".
**Free Admission**

Make your Valentine's Day Reservations Now!
Sat, Feb 13, 9:30 - 12:30 ~ 3-Ton Jack (Classic Rock)
Sun, Feb 14, 5:30 - 8:30 ~ Rhonda Denét (Soul/R&B)
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 MESSAGFE FROM BOB MEYERS:
Hi Every One,
I hope all is well!

I just want to invite you to my trio gig at the 55 Bar this Tuesday, Feb 2 for the early show - 7 to 9 PM.

No Cover and a great place to listen to the music.

Hayes Greenfield - Sax
Ratzo Harris - Bass
Bob Meyer - Drums

thanks, Hayes
55 Bar
55 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
(718) 965-9177
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYMAN GREG BALL:

Hello!
With Scott Brown's groundbreaking election, we witnessed a glimpse of what is possible when voters come together to declare in a united voice, Enough is Enough. We saw this groundswell in the Hudson Valley last November when the Republicans won convincingly in the local elections, including the upset victory for Rob Astorino in Westchester.

These victories sent a strong message that you and I have long known - Americans are furious with tax-and-spend politicians. However, the Democrats seem intent on sending their own message back to voters. Whether its the Massachusetts government's delays to certify Brown's election so that the Health Care bill can be shoved down our throats, or Albany's 3 men packaging $1 Billion in new taxes and a continued policy of unfunded mandates into the Governor's budget proposal, business-as-usual continues despite our calls that enough is enough!

As New Yorkers work to provide shelter and food for their families, a handful of New York City legislators continue to perch themselves in Albany and continue to feed Albany's addiction to spending on the backs of taxpayers and small businesses in districts like mine. Our concerns are not theirs and only a serious response will get their attention. If there has ever been a time in our history to take the talk and turn it into action, that time is now. My suggestion?

I am working to channel that criticism into action with a formalized taxpayer revolt.

In lieu of paying the Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll tax to the mismanaged MTA, employers throughout the 12-county service region should instead pool their payments into an escrow account, which would be managed by an independent, third party.

The goal from my perspective would not only be the implementation of a formalized tax rebellion to show that we have had enough, but also to show how big those collective dollars are, and to begin the discussion about what could be accomplished if we could keep that money in the Hudson Valley. With David Paterson's budget of $1 billion in new taxes, Albany has yet to get the message that we are thoroughly "overtaxed." Therefore, as citizens and taxpayers, we have been left with no choice but to take serious steps so the power brokers in Albany finally realize that we have reached our breaking point.

At noon on January 28 at Fratelli's in Mahopac, I am hosting a small business roundtable to discuss how taxpayers can organize and participate in the tax revolt. Business leaders and taxpayers will have the opportunity to share their own thoughts on ending the MTA tax. I hope to see you there and to implement your ideas into action!

For more information and to join the revolt, please call me at 845-582-0548 or send me an email.

The taxpayer revolt will culminate in the New York Tax Day Tea Party rally planned for April 15th in Carmel.

After you call or email me to join the revolt, please also take a moment to make a contribution to my campaign so that I can keep the ball rolling toward reforming Albany in the Senate.

Unless taxpayers in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess want to continue to be abused by tax and fee hikes from Albany, we must take a stand and make it clear that the goose laying the golden egg has been strangled and abused for the last time. This is why I will continue my efforts and I ask that every affected taxpayer and organization join the discussion.

Your friend,
Greg Ball
845-582-0548
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BALL: FORENSICALLY AUDIT THE MTA NOW
In light of two reports put out by the Comptroller’s office this month regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is renewing his call that the state immediately and forensically audit the MTA. Additionally, Ball is calling for the immediate suspension of the agency’s Payroll Tax until results of the forensic audit are made public.

“Every day we are learning more and more about the mismanagement of the MTA, the latest of which details how their response to 9/11 is years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget. Not one more taxpayer dollar should be given to the MTA until an independent forensic audit is completed,” said Ball, who was the first state legislator to call for such an audit.

This month, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released two reports: the first detailing how MTA ridership has dropped, costing the authority close to $100,000 in revenue; and the second, which was released earlier this week, which discloses how the authority’s efforts to complete an increased security project has been stalled at least four years. Additionally, the cost of the project has skyrocketed from roughly $500 million to over $800 million.

Tomorrow, Ball is hosting yet another small-business roundtable meeting to discuss the effects of the Payroll Tax on local businesses, the need for an independent and forensic audit and to call for a Tax Day Tea Party revolt, scheduled for April 15 in Carmel. For the tax revolt, Ball is and will continue to ask businesses to place their Payroll Tax checks into an escrow account until the authority can be better managed. Tomorrow’s event will take place at Fratelli’s Restaurant, located at 376 Route 6 in Mahopac, from noon until 2 pm, and will feature local area chambers of commerce as well as local businesses and concerned taxpayers.

All members of the public and media are invited to attend tomorrow’s event. Those who are unable to attend, or would like to help support the Assemblyman’s efforts to audit the MTA, should visit www.auditthemta.com to sign his online petition calling for the immediate and forensic audit.
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Assemblyman Ball Calls for Bipartisan Support to Repeal MTA Payroll Tax
Ball: MTA Tax is the Final Nail

At a bipartisan roundtable hosted by the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and attended by small business owners throughout Putnam, Westchester, and Dutchess Counties, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) called for immediate work toward a common goal, to rescind the MTA Payroll Tax.

“We want this payroll tax rescinded. Period, end of story,” Ball said. “They know what we’re doing down here. But our message must be clear or this tax will be the final nail. We must work together to make sure this tax is rescinded.”

Vincent Tamagna, Chairman of the Putnam County Legislature, asked the other counties hit by the MTA Payroll tax to join Putnam in a lawsuit.

I’m glad Assemblyman Ball called for a forensic audit,” said Tamagna. “Putnam County is looking to get Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess Counties to join us in a class-action suit. I want a judge to decide if a retroactive tax is fair. I want a judge to tell us that we have a quarter vote in Orange, Dutchess, and Putnam Counties while at the same time NYC gets one vote for each of its boroughs. When we go to a table where we have one solid vote while New York City has four, our vote does not matter.”

Putnam County Legislator Tony Fusco joined Tamagna’s call for an equal voice, and stated the MTA Payroll Tax must be rescinded.

“The people of Putnam County will not subsidize the MTA’s waste,” Fusco said. “We demand our Attorney General and our Comptroller audit the MTA and route out that waste. Today, give the Hudson Valley an equal voice in the decision process. Today, repeal the MTA Payroll tax and make due with your fair share of the federal bailout.”

“We are demanding a forensic accounting,” Ball said. “If you ran your books like the MTA runs its books, you'd be in jail, out of business, or in a third-world country. They have projects that overrun to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Somers Town Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy pointed out that nobody employed by the Town of Somers uses mass transportation to travel to work, yet her town is bound to pay the MTA Payroll Tax.

“The MTA Payroll Tax needs to be repealed. It’s that simple,” Murphy said. “Somers, just like all employers, is bound to pay the MTA Payroll Tax. Since we’re paying it, and you’re paying your town to operate, then you’re really paying twice. It’s not only a regressive tax, but it’s a tax that hits you over and over again because of its implementation as a payroll tax.”

Councilman Nick Bianco (C – Yorktown) spoke about the MTA Payroll tax hitting the Hudson Valley twice through its implications on school and town budgets.

“This tax actually reaches into the budgets of school districts and local towns,” Bianco said. “School districts were supposed to be exempt, but they are not seeing the money come back. And the whole bill is then passed on to taxpayers. New York taxpayers cannot catch a break.”

In addition to the continued discussion of a formalized tax revolt on April 15, Ball is also asking all elected officials from the Hudson Valley to join the fight against the Payroll Tax.

“We're going to ask our federal representative and all our state representatives to sign on our letter, asking for a forensic accounting of the MTA and asking to rescind the MTA Payroll Tax. We want to make sure everyone's on the same page, and that has to be bipartisan,” Ball said.

Assemblyman Ball distributed a letter in 2009 asking the Hudson Valley’s elected officials to join him in the call to rescind the MTA Payroll Tax and audit the MTA. Ball additionally sent letters to all New York’s statewide elected officials asking that they join the effort.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE NRCC:

One Year Later, Hall and Fellow Dems Finally Pay Lip Service to Middle-Class Families
Almost A Year Since Democrats Passed Failed Stimulus, New York Middle-Class Families Are Still Asking: Where Are the Jobs?

Washington- As John Hall prepares to mark the one-year anniversary of his party’s failed ‘stimulus’ bill, Democrats are trying to switch gears to deflect attention from their trillion-dollar spending debacle. After ignoring middle-class families and small businesses for the past year, President Obama, and his Democrat foot soldiers will now attempt to rebuild their credibility with the backbone of America’s economy. In Wednesday’s State of the Union, President Obama will preach a message highlighting a ‘new’ focus on the middle class – messages Republicans have been emphasizing for the past year. Could this newfound recognition of the middle-class be due to the Democrats’ devastating loss in the Massachusetts special election? Or could it be due to their plummeting approval ratings? Either way, Hall and his Democrat friends have the impossible task to rebuild the bridges they have set ablaze over the past year.

“Previewing a centerpiece of Wednesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Monday will announce an agenda for middle class families that includes tax credits for child care, lower payments for student loans and automated IRA deposits.”

“As we make our way out of this deep recession, the most important thing we can do for the middle class is strengthen the economy and help the private sector create jobs as quickly as possible. We also must begin to reverse the declines middle-class families saw not just these past few years, but have seen for over a decade: working harder for less; college becoming more unaffordable, health care costs skyrocketing; home values plummeting; and retirement savings dwindling and becoming less secure. There are immediate steps we can take to reduce the strain on family budgets by helping middle class families manage their child and elder care responsibilities, save for retirement, and pay for college.” (Mike Allen, “President Obama, Vice President Biden unveil middle-class agenda,” Politico, 1/25/2010)

Throughout the past year, Democrats failed ‘stimulus’ has continued to receive a failing grade from taxpayers:

“A majority of Americans oppose the economic stimulus program, according to a new national poll.

“Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday say they oppose the stimulus package, with 42 percent supporting it.” (“CNN poll: 56 percent oppose stimulus program,” CNN, 1/24/2010)

“For the past year, John Hall has been rubber-stamping his party’s failed economic policies while middle-class New York families are left to suffer the consequences,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Now, one year after throwing mountains of debt onto the backs of middle-class families, Hall's party is desperately scrambling to salvage the damage they have done with a trillion-dollar spending spree that was nothing more than a political giveaway. Unfortunately for John Hall, his party’s mere lip-service to the issue isn’t fooling anyone.”
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Question for John Hall: Would You Support the Failed ‘Stimulus’ Again?
One Year Later, New York Families Wait to Hear Hall Answer the Simple Question: Where are the Jobs?

Washington- It’s been a year since John Hall and his fellow House Democrats passed their trillion-dollar boondoggle through Congress and ultimately onto the backs of New York families. With unemployment climbing to over ten percent and the economy showing few signs of recovery, it’s time for Hall to admit that his so-called ‘stimulus’ is a failure. As Americans continue to seek relief during difficult times, Democrats refuse to admit their stimulus is a mistake as they charge full speed ahead with more partisan spending sprees. After a year of failed ‘stimulus,’ middle-class families in New York deserve to know: Would Hall support the stimulus boondoggle again?

In fact, the trillion-dollar stimulus has been such a failure that its sheer ineffectiveness will now cost taxpayers billions more than originally forecasted:

“The cost of President Obama's stimulus plan has jumped another $75 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, and part of the reason is more people are getting unemployment benefits because they've lost jobs the bill was supposed to preserve.

“The CBO now says the stimulus package, passed by Congress last February, will cost $862 billion over 10 years because of the added unemployment-related costs. The program had originally been estimated to cost $787 billion when Mr. Obama signed it in February. (Stephen Dinan, “Tab From Stimulus Program Jumps, CBO Says,” Washington Times, 1/26/010)

After blowing billions of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to stimulate the economy, the Democrats’ spending spree has not only managed to increase unemployment rates, but has led to the largest federal deficit since World War II.

“New deficit estimates Tuesday project a $1.35 trillion shortfall for the coming year even as Congress debates creation of a bipartisan commission to propose long range steps to relieve the mounting debt facing the nation.”

“CBO projects that unemployment will average slightly above 10 percent in the first half of 2010 and then turn downward in the second half. But the building debt carries with an added burden. Once the economy improves, CBO says, higher interest rates will come back and bite the Treasury trying to finance the accumulated deficits.” (David Rogers, “More red ink: CBO projects $1.35 trillion deficit,” Politico, 1/26/2010)

“The nonpartisan CBO, in a new report looking at the country's financial outlook, also found that the country faces giant budget deficits for the foreseeable future and has the biggest debt problem it has seen since just after World War II. The report is designed to give Congress guidance as it prepares to receive President Obama's budget for fiscal year 2011.” (Stephen Dinan, “Tab From Stimulus Program Jumps, CBO Says,” Washington Times, 1/26/010)

“One long year after House Democrats passed their trillion dollar ‘stimulus’ boondoggle, Americans are facing daunting double-digit unemployment numbers and a skyrocketing deficit,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Rather than putting the brakes on his party’s reckless tax-and-spend policies, Hall has continued to rubber-stamp their runaway spending, further pushing the federal deficit into the red. After a year of punishing middle-class families with mountains of debt fueled by partisan government giveaways, New York families deserve to know: Would John Hall do it again?”

With these dismal results, can New York families really afford to elect John Hall to another term?
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Spending Freeze or Tropical Breeze: Hall Approves Millions for Caribbean Beachfront Property
As Deficit Explodes, Democrats Throw Away Taxpayer Money on Tropical Pet Project

Washington- As if anyone needed more proof that John Hall just doesn’t get it, the New York Democrat just voted to let the government spend almost $50 million on beachfront property in the Virgin Islands. To make matters worse, the government agency in charge of maintaining the land still doesn’t know if it wants to:

“The National Park Service hasn't yet decided whether it wants beachfront land in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a new national historic site, but House Democrats for the second time in two weeks will try to push the Park Service to do it, at a potential eventual cost in the tens of millions of dollars.”

“Republicans said the site can wait until after the Park Service finishes a study it's in the middle of — and which Congress itself mandated several years ago at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars — to determine if it's worthwhile.

“That's what the Park Service wants, too...” (Stephen Dinan, “Virgin Islands Land Eyed for Historic Site,” Washington Times, 1/25/10)

Unfortunately for taxpayers, Hall's latest government giveaway doesn’t stop at the initial costs:

“The Congressional Budget Office said to acquire the land and begin to put a management plan in place would cost $26 million over the next five years, and total land acquisition could take 10 years and cost about $45 million.

“Managing the site would cost about $1 million a year.” (Dinan, 1/25/10)

“Is John Hall completely out-of-touch or has he just stopped trying to pretend that he can be trusted with taxpayer money?” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Even the President is calling for a spending freeze, but Hall and his fellow House Democrats just can’t stop wasting money. Beachfront property might make a nice place for a vacation when voters throw John Hall out of office in November, but New York taxpayers expect more.”
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New York Families’ Message to John Hall: Show Me the Jobs
One Year and Billions of Dollars Later, New York Families are Forced to Ask: Where are the Jobs?

Washington- A year after John Hall and his party passed their stimulus failure through the House, 49 out of 50 states suffer higher unemployment rates and the federal deficit has ballooned to its largest point since World War II. After wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on their partisan government giveaway, middle-class New York families have a message for John Hall: Show me the jobs.

Democrats promised to create jobs, but according to economists, that simply hasn’t happened:

“The $787 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is supposed to help jump-start the economy and especially put Americans back to work. But the truth is, relatively little of the stimulus spending has directly led to new hiring.

"’Most of the thrust has been in trying to prevent jobs from being lost,’ said Nigel Gault, Chief U.S. economist for Global Insight. ‘It probably hasn't created a lot of new jobs given where the money has gone.”

"’The vast majority of the saved/created jobs is on the saved side, probably 75% or more,’ said Dave Huether, chief economist of the National Association of Manufacturers.” (Allan Chernoff, “Stimulus but no jobs,” CNN, 1/27/2010)

Money that was supposed to go to the private sector has been spent stimulating the Democrats’ big-government agenda:

“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)

“After a year of bleeding jobs, New York families still aren’t getting answers from John Hall,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Instead of owning up to his stimulus failure, Hall has repeatedly offered a rubber-stamp seal of approval to his party’s big-government, big-spending agenda. With a mountain of debt in front of them and billions of their taxpayer dollars wasted, New York families want to know: Where are the jobs?”
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Will John Hall Continue His Party’s Empty Jobs Rhetoric?
Democrats Push Another Quick-Fix Jobs Bill Despite the Dismal Stimulus Results

Washington- As Americans continue to feel the pinch of high unemployment and a struggling economy, Democrats continue to deliver the same tired rhetoric that they’ve relied on for the past year. In his State of the Union address, President Obama repeatedly emphasized the importance of job creation and putting Americans back to work. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time struggling middle-class New York families have heard these empty promises from Washington Democrats. John Hall and his party leaders promised their quick-fix ‘stimulus’ was going to lead to economic recovery and job creation. But one year later, the outlook is still grim for the middle class. The question needs to be asked: Will John Hall continue to use his party’s empty jobs rhetoric?
“’People are out of work. They are hurting. They need our help. I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay,’ the president said during his State of the Union speech.’” (Jeanne Cummings, “Economists: Jobs fix won't be quick,” Politico, 1/27/2010)

Not surprisingly, the Democrats’ rhetoric sounds exactly the same as it did one year ago:

“’Only eight days after the President took the oath of office, the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will create and save 3 to 4 million jobs, cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers and make smart investments that will strengthen our economy for the long-term.

“’In his Inaugural Address, President Obama pledged, ‘action, bold and swift…not only to create new jobs, but to lay a foundation for growth.’ Congress will deliver on the President’s pledge by quickly sending the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to his desk.’” (“Pelosi: Today’s Report on Economy’s Contraction Underscores Need to Pass Economic Recovery Package,” Speaker Pelosi Press Release, 1/30/2009)

Economists aren’t buying the Democrats’ rhetoric and New York families won’t either:

“President Barack Obama’s job-creation program could produce a short-term political boost, but it’s unlikely to significantly stem job losses and reduce the unemployment rate anytime soon, according to economists.”

“’He’s trying to turn his microeconomic policies into some macroeconomic solution. He’s grasping at straws,’ said Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland.” (Jeanne Cummings, “Economists: Jobs fix won't be quick,” Politico, 1/27/2010)

“After struggling for the past year, middle-class New York families are still waiting for real answers while Washington Democrats continue to kick around the same tired anti-jobs policies that have driven the economy off a cliff,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “With almost 3.4 million jobs lost since John Hall first approved his party’s so-called stimulus bill, it’s abundantly clear that the Democrats’ quick-fix economic policies are a failure. After rubber-stamping his party’s first economic flop, will Hall continue pushing their empty rhetoric?”
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A MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDRA GALEF:
Assemblywoman Galef Forum Looks at Making Local Courts More Efficient
Consolidation Could Mean Tax Savings

(January 25, 2010) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host a panel of judges, lawyers and judicial experts from the area for a conversation about local court consolidation, on Thursday, February 4th at 7:30 pm at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor.

The experts include New York State 9th Judicial District Administrative Judge Alan D. Scheinkman, New York State Supreme Court Judge Francesca E. Connolly, Special Commission on the Future of New York State Courts’ Chief Counsel Elliot Moskowitz, and Fund for Modern Courts’ Deputy Executive Director and Director of Advocacy Denise Kronstadt.

“There are 12 local courts in my Assembly District alone,” Galef says. “This is the time to determine if and how we can coordinate our court systems to develop savings,” she asserts. “It is critical for our courts to operate efficiently and doing so should be able to help the bottom line as well.”

Administrative Judge Scheinkman said: “The city, town and village courts are the front-lines of our justice system. These are the courts that deal with the problems
of every day life, from traffic infractions to landlord/tenant disputes, to small claims cases. The judiciary is committed to improving the safety, accessibility and
efficiency of these courts. Our justice court facilities are, in too many cases, antiquated and, at times, there is duplication of effort between town and village courts.

We need to carefully examine opportunities for court consolidation so that we can modernize our justice courts and, simultaneously, conserve taxpayer resources,
with the goal of delivering quality justice at the lowest possible cost.” This forum is part of a continuing series of town hall-style meetings Galef has held which are intended to bring the community into the conversation about sharing services and reducing levels of government with the goal of achieving savings for taxpayers. Galef invites the public to join these esteemed judicial experts for this important and timely discussion on how local court consolidation could improve efficiency in the justice system and save taxpayers’ money.
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ASSEMBLYWOMAN GALEF, NY SECRETARY OF STATE LORRAINE CORTÉS-VÁZQUEZ, SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS, ANNOUNCE LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION GRANTS FOR WESTCHESTER COUNTY
Department of State releases annual Local Government Efficiency report,
highlighting millions of dollars in cost savings from shared services and consolidation

SLEEPY HOLLOW – Assemblywoman Sandy Galef joined New York Secretary of State Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, NY Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other state and local lawmakers and community leaders in Sleepy Hollow yesterday to announce the multiple Local Government Efficiency (LGE) and Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants that the Department of State recently awarded to municipalities across Westchester County .

Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez also released the 2008-2009 Annual Report for the Department of State’s Local Government Efficiency Program, highlighting ways in which the State has provided financial and technical assistance to local governments to reduce taxpayer costs through consolidation of services and improved fiscal efficiency.

As part of the Department of State’s LGE Program, Briarcliff Manor, Sleepy Hollow, and Tarrytown were awarded a grant to assess the benefits of consolidating their water departments, and the Putnam and Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) received funding to study the benefits of consolidating school bus services among its 18 component school districts for the disabled and out-of-district bused students. From EPF, Dobbs Ferry received two awards – to mitigate erosion and study how better to access its Hudson River waterfront – and Tarrytown received four – focusing on improved access to the Hudson and new scenic hiking trails.

“As a strong advocate for sharing services, I am pleased that two of the grants announced today will have a very positive impact on communities in my district. The studies funded to look at sharing water services and sharing out of district bus transportation have the potential to both lower costs and streamline services in and around the 90th Assembly District and can be used as examples throughout the state,” Assemblywoman Galef said at the press conference. “I applaud the efforts of Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez and her Department for the work they are doing in this area. The Annual Report the department released today which shows anticipated savings of over $400 million dollars across New York from a $45 million investment, is evidence that our state dollars are hard at work to fix the problems of our oversized government.”

“I am pleased to join with my partners in state and local government today, as we show our dedication to improving the quality of life in communities across this great county,” Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez said. “Thanks to these awards, Westchester residents will have greater access to scenic views of the Hudson and additional trails for hiking and biking along the water – not to mention the potential for taxpayer savings, as local governments look to share water and school bus services.”

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chair of the Senate Local Governments Committee, said, “The success of the Department of State's LGE Program has demonstrated how much can be achieved when every level of government works together to create taxpayer savings. Additionally, today's awards will provide enhanced access for all of our residents and visitors to one of our State's most important natural treasures, the Hudson River waterfront, enhancing economic development for the entire region. I commend Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez for her leadership on the important issues of government efficiency, reducing the burdens on taxpayers and protecting our environment.”

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, Chair of the Assembly Local Governments Committee, said, “The Local Government Efficiency and Environmental Protection grants provide communities with valuable resources to save money and to save our environment. I will continue to support the use of these grants that assist both the municipality and the local taxpayer in real cost savings and shared services for individual projects throughout the state.”

Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez yesterday also released the Department of State’s Local Government Efficiency Program Annual Report, highlighting ways in which the Department has provided financial and technical assistance to local governments to reduce taxpayer costs through consolidation of services and improved fiscal efficiency.

The Department of State has been administering New York’s Local Government Efficiency Program since 2005, and each year the Department produces a report outlining identifying new strategies to strengthen the LGE Program in response to the changing needs of local governments.

“This report tells us that local governments are effectively leveraging this incentive to complete projects that provide real taxpayer savings,” Secretary of State Cortés-Vázquez said. “The Department of State remains committed to building upon our long tradition as a partner with local government, and I am proud of our accomplishments and the work of New York’s local government leaders. We will continue to assist municipalities to explore options that produce cost saving and efficiencies, with the ultimate goal of reducing local property taxes while maintaining and improving services.”

Since the inception of the LGE program, DOS has received 1,014 applications, requesting more than $183 million. There have been 270 awards made to local governments totaling some $45 million – for an estimated savings of $418 million to taxpayers.

The report includes a summary of all LGE grant applications and awards, an assessment of project implementation and an estimate of overall financial savings achieved by municipalities participating in the Department of State’s shared services initiatives.

To download a copy of the report, please visit: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/lgss/sharedservices/index.html.

The following statements were given in support of the LGE and EPF grant awards:

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said: “These awards are well deserved and stand as a model for municipalities across New York State. Local governments can look to these grants as examples of effective and beneficial means of addressing the difficult economic climate. I commend those responsible for crafting these proposals and look forward to the positive impact they will have on the lives of the people of Westchester County.”

Briarcliff Manor Mayor Bill Vescio said: “Briarcliff Manor is currently involved with three other consolidation studies for police, DPW and local Courts. Briarcliff Manor will continue to be a leader in its effort to reduce the cost of government to its taxpayers, especially during these difficult economic times. This grant will continue that effort with Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow as we all seek additional cost effective means to provide quality water delivery for our residents through shared water services and or consolidation.”

Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Superintendent James T. Langlois said: “This grant supports BOCES in doing what it does best – working with school districts to save taxpayers money by finding new and innovative ways to share services. The grant will help us identify bus routes from different districts that can be combined, and any time routes can be combined there are significant savings. Fewer buses can provide the same amount of transportation. Because of the many different school start times, different destinations, and different types of students, the analysis is complex. Without the grant, it’s unlikely the school districts could have afforded to do the study. I’m confident that, because of the support provided by the grant, our districts will be able to provide for the transportation needs of our students and a lower cost to our taxpayers.”

Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell said: “These two programs represent state and local government at its best – not only are New York state and local governments working cooperatively to find less costly and more efficient ways of providing vital services, but also we are working together to fund critically important projects that will improve the environment and quality of life for all of our residents.”

Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray said: “I want to thank the State for giving us the opportunity to identify specific ways that we can both work together and work more efficiently.”

Steve Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Scenic Hudson, said: “State and local government in partnership can accomplish great outcomes with impressive efficiency. With Hudson River projects, the state’s investment is typically leveraged with the participation of nonprofits. Scenic Hudson is working with Tarrytown on a transformative waterfront access project as part of our longstanding commitment to connect people to the Hudson. Today's announcements underscore the importance of state funding of the Environmental Protection Fund – because new riverfront attractions create jobs and make our region an ever-greater place to live and do business.”

Bernard Molloy, Waterfront Director, Historic Hudson River Towns, said,“ The Local Government Efficiency and EPF grant programs are vital tools for our municipalities, never more so than during this challenging economy. These programs demonstrate what can be accomplished when all levels of government work together cooperatively. Indeed, I’d like to see these programs, the opportunities and most importantly the savings they generate expanded. Local leaders and taxpayers deserve nothing less.”
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A MESSAGE FROM WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATOR JOHN TESTA:
GOP Legislators Support Astorino Proposal to
Reduce the Cost of County Government

Freshman Legislator and former Peekskill Mayor John Testa joined fellow Republican County Legislative members Jim Maisano, Gordon Burrows and Bernice Spreckman in urging the adoption of County Executive Rob Astorino’s plan to require non-union Westchester County employees contribute 15% of their health care costs.

“When I was elected Mayor of Peekskill, I inherited a fiscal challenge similar to what we face today in the County. Through leadership, working with other elected officials and levels of government, we were able to restructure government, cut spending, and consolidate services. This is exactly what the citizens of Westchester County are demanding from us now! I applaud County Executive Astorino for his plan and for volunteering to personally participate. I urge the entire Board of Legislators to opt in as well,” Testa stated.

“County government spending has continued to escalate, unemployment and home foreclosures have continued to rise throughout Westchester, putting tremendous pressure on taxpayers. We need new leadership and new approaches on how we can most effectively and efficiently deliver the services that the County is responsible for. This is why County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposal is such an important first step. My fellow legislators and I urge our Democratic colleagues on the Board of Legislatures to consider this proposal as well as other future reforms we intend to put forth in the coming term. The time for thoughtful, responsible leadership is here in Westchester and I for one, am committed to it,” noted Testa.
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THIS WEEKS "IN MY OPINION COLUMN" IN THE NCN:
Dear Readers:

This week I reply to Yroktown Supervisor Siegel's letter to the editor in last weeks NCN. You can read my column on this topic exclusively on line(see link below)or in this weeks NORTH COUNTY NEWS on sale now. I am worth the seventy-five cents. Look for my column IN MY OPINION(page 10) in the editorial section. Better yet as this column is exclusive to the North County News on a regular basis and will be covering the local political scene, take out a subscription. Click on the North County News link NCNLocal.com and go to Subscribe. Between this blog and The North County News you will have all the information to make a vote based on substance.
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NEW REGULAR FEATURE:
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH:

Dear Readers:

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

THIS WEEKS SUBJECT: PEEKSKILL MAYOR MARY FOSTER
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SITES TO LINK TO:

LET'S TALK POLITICS: NCNlocal.com

ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com

JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com

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

CARS & US: www.doverracing.com

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

PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/

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

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

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

PEEKSKILL DAILY: peekskilldaily.com

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

PEEKSKILLREPUBLICANS:http://peekskillgop.com/

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

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org

PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com

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

SUSAN SIEGEL: www.wakeupyorktown.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01/31/10