Sunday, April 11, 2010

SHOULD NEW YORK GO TO POT???

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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:

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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