Friday, August 30, 2013

Bazzomanifesto Update 08/30/13: 15 Topics In Today's blog


1)  MEDIA RELEASE] GOP Fights Off Frivolous Complaint

2)  OP-ED FROM SENATOR GREG BALL ON FRACKING: Ball: “Five years is long enough, the Governor had it right.”

3)  [Public Notices] Hello Yorktown Upcoming Events! 08/30 - 09/02/13

4)  Assemblywoman Galef Hosts TV Special Featuring High School Students Who Intern in her District Office

5)  Support Our Seniors Advocacy Organization Launched

6)  Bramson Insults Beleaguered New Rochelle Taxpayers

7)  Statement: Thanks, Mr. Bramson, for Highlighting Our TV Ad

8)  Fact Sheet on Specious Bramson Ad

9)  ICYMI: Spitzer Can't Be Trusted With Other People's Money

10)  You're Invited: A Reception for Thomas O'Mara  09/10/13

11)  12 Grapes:  NEW Bands and NEW dinner items on the menu

12)  The Frederick Douglass Foundation Condemns San Antonio anti-Christian Ordinance

13)   Westchester Legislators Jenkins and Harckham Host Meeting with International Multi-Casualty Expert


15)  Westchester Legislators: Board Meeting Preview and Media Schedule for Week of September 1

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Contact: Andrea Rendo, (914) 236-4551

August 12, 2013
Dems fail at suing away Republican ballot opposition
(Lewisboro, NY) Andrea Rendo, candidate for County Legislator (District 2), praised a Westchester County Court judge’s decision to dismiss a frivolous lawsuit brought by Democratic officials and insiders in an attempt to undermine the democratic process.

Judge Robert DiBella heard a complaint in which a group of local Democratic Party leaders, including Bedford party chairman Bruce Yablon, demanded that the judge invalidate all duly filed petitions from all Republican legislative candidates in Districts 1, 2, 5, 7, 9 and 14.  All are districts where either Democrats are trying to unseat Republican incumbents, or incumbent Democrats are facing strong challengers.

The Democrats complained that the Republican petitions were all submitted after the filing deadline, and so must be invalidated and the candidates’ names removed from the ballot.  However, Judge DiBella ruled that their reasons for challenging the petitions were “improper” and “oxymoronic,” that their challenge was “untimely,” and that their complaint “style[d] this circumvent the statutory time period.”

Rendo remarked, “I’m gratified that a transparent end-run around the election process has been given the swift dismissal it deserves.  Now the people of Westchester get what they deserve:  a ballot with the full range of choices, not one that’s been sued clean by one party.”

“It's telling that Chairman Yablon and his partisan cohorts conveniently forgot that petitions filed by many of their own party’s candidates suffered from the same ‘fatal defect’ they cite for disqualifying our petitions.  Apparently not only does their argument not hold up in court, but it strangely only applies to Republicans,” Rendo added.
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
Ball: “Five years is long enough, the Governor had it right.”
After the 2012 legislative session I visited Pennsylvania to see first-hand the process of high volume hydraulic fracturing and its effects on the health of the community, the environment and the economy. In Pennsylvania, a state that rushed to frack without putting the proper regulations, enforcement funding and manpower in place, the results were sometimes disastrous.
As I toured the region I met families that had their drinking water contaminated and the values of their homes drop by 90 percent, I saw former pristine natural resources that had been destroyed and natural wildlife that had been contaminated. Some in the industry suggested that most of these stories were “trumped up fabrications”, yet seeing them and speaking with the victims firsthand, I knew the concerns to be real. Quite frankly, Pennsylvania should be ashamed at how they rolled out fracking without taking the time to protect their people and their environment.
When I returned to New York State I spearheaded the call for a moratorium so we could put the proper regulations in place, and do so without repeating the mistakes of Pennsylvania and others. During this time I drafted the “Property Owner’s Bill of Rights”, which aimed at setting tough, new standards for hydro-fracking to prevent the issues I witnessed. Since this time, we have seen hundreds of thousands of comments involving important public input and New York State has moved forward to reinforce some of the stiffest regulations in the nation.
It has now been five years that New York State has maintained a virtual moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing. New York State has a track record of vigorous regulations and high environmental protection standards. As New York State moves into the fifth year since we have placed hydro-fracking on hold, I believe we are in a very unique position to do what Pennsylvania initially failed to do. While I have been the prime sponsor of legislation pushing for a moratorium, I believe it is now time to begin moving forward albeit cautiously.
Over the course of several months I have met with elected officials, industry representatives and citizens from Pennsylvania, but also states like Louisiana and Texas. You do not have to search long to see many of the key factors that make Texas appealing to economic drivers and job producers from around the world. There are hundreds of factors that make Texas more open for business than New York, but their experience with the extraction of natural gas mustn’t be overlooked. For both Louisiana and Texas, natural gas is a huge job creator. As a firsthand witness to the issues experienced in Pennsylvania, I was very surprised to learn that these states simply didn’t have the devastating environmental problems that I witnessed to the north. What these states have seen is great economic development and growth, while there environmental issues and water contamination have been nearly unheard of.
Let’s be frank, our friends upstate and in the Southern Tier are starving for job creation and without fracking will be left hopeless in a dying economy. In fact, a recent report by the state Comptroller’s office showed that the five counties that border the State of Pennsylvania and would benefit most from hydro-fracking, have all seen a steep sales tax revenue decline. Chemung County experienced the steepest decline at 6.4 percent.
As these struggling counties are seeing sales tax revenues decline, gas companies are seeing record profits. National Fuel Gas Co., which has holdings in the Marcellus Shale Region of Pennsylvania, said its third-quarter profits jumped by 35 percent as a result of a big jump in natural gas drilling. According to Bentek, a Colorado company that analyzes energy trends, both Pennsylvania and West Virginia have seen a 50 percent growth in natural gas production compared to last year. The report says that while the number of actual wells has declined, production has grown because of increased efficiency in drilling techniques.
Governor Cuomo has also acknowledge the great economic benefits fracking would bring to New York State. During a “Capitol Pressroom” public-radio interview Cuomo said, “every area that has participated in fracking will tell you that it’s increased commercial activity and it has an economic boost effect.”
This Governor was right when he initially spoke of a phased approach and I firmly believe it is now time for New York State to put in the proper protections and begin an incremental approach by allowing fracking in up to 6 counties. Let me also be very clear, that to do so, these protections and regulations must be backed with the funding and manpower necessary to hold the industry completely accountable.
In support of the Governor’s previous proposal, I believe that we should select several test counties in the Marcellus Shale Region that have already passed resolutions in favor of fracking to begin a three-year test. After this three-year period we can allow a respected New York State university or college to do a study on the environmental, health and economic impacts. Then based on this study we can make a final decision on fracking in New York State. Let the industry put their best foot forward and be judged exactly on their merits.

For more information contact or (845) 531-9796. 

Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114

Hello Yorktown Upcoming Events!

Summer Concerts at the Gazebo Presents 45 RPM

Date/Time: Sunday, September 1st from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Park Gazebo, Veterans Road, Yorktown Heights
Details: 45rpm is the band that plays the songs that time forgot – until now!  Voted Best Cover Band 2013 by the Long Island Press! Visit: for more info on them. Rain location is in the Yorktown Stage located adjacent to the Gazebo at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center.

Yorktown Grange Fair

Dates/Times: Thursday, Sept 5th, 5-10 pm
Friday, Sept 6th, 10 am - 11 pm
Saturday, Sept 7th, 10 am- 11 pm with a Tractor Parade Saturday at noon
Sunday, Sept 8th, 10 am - 9 pm
Admission: Adults - $8 ($1 less than last year!), Children under 12 - $4, Special admission for Thursday evening - $2
Free parking
 Grange Fairgrounds, Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights
Details: This year's fair – the 89th annual – will be held September 5th to the 8th. The theme is “Planting Memories.”  Come ride the ferris wheel, watch baby chicks being hatched and sheep being sheered, snack on funnel cake and cotton candy, walk through the livestock tents, or listen to one of the many local bands performing on the main stage – the Yorktown Grange Fair is a unique, family fun experience with lots to see, do and eat for people of all ages.
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Looking Ahead...

Fieldhome’s 9th Annual Fall Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, September 21st from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: The Seabury at Fieldhome, 2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Details: FREE Admission and Parking! There will be Arts & Crafts, a Car Show, Pumpkin Patch, Homemade Bake Sale, Fall Plants Sale, Great Food, Live Entertainment and a Kid’s Zone with Inflatable Rides, Pumpkin Decorating, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and Games and Prizes.  There will also be a FOOD DRIVE to benefit Yorktown Community Help, Inc.  Please bring canned and dried foods to donate.

Yorktown Alumni Musicians Group Show

Date/Time: Saturday, September 21st at 8:00 pm
Location: Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights
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Have a great week!

Assemblywoman Galef Hosts TV Special Featuring High School Students Who Intern in her District Office
(August 28, 2013) The latest installment of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s periodic television program “Dear Sandy” highlights the tremendous interning program that Assemblywoman Galef offers. To discuss their experiences while interning for the state, Assemblywoman Galef is joined by high school students Brendan Zarkower, Jeffrey Guzman, Ross Beroff, Alanna Powers and Cat Purdy. The students have interned in Assemblywoman Galef’s district office during the summer and elaborate upon their experiences on this half-hour long program. Mr. Beroff and Mr. Zarkower are first time college students headed to Northeastern University and Binghamton University to study computer science and business, respectively. Ms. Powers was an active member of the office who will be continuing her education at George Mason University this fall. Ms. Purdy will also be continuing her studies in mass communications at Franklin Pierce University and Mr. Guzman will be entering the eleventh grade at the Hackley School. Building upon their experiences in Assemblywoman Galef’s office, the five plan to remain active in political activities throughout their studies. This episode, entitled “Sandy’s Interns,” will air on Fridays in September.
Assemblywoman Galef is always looking for interns to work in her offices. After tuning in to this special episode of “Dear Sandy” to hear about all of the hands-on experiences interns are offered while working in her office, Assemblywoman Galef invites viewers to spread the word about her intern program to young students who may be interested. Opportunities are available for fall 2013 positions. For more information on Assemblywoman Galef’s intern program, please contact Dana Levenberg at (914)-941-1111 or
To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.
Sandy’s Interns airs as follows:
Friday, September 6, 13, 20 & 27
at 9:00 P.M. on
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls Channel 21
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown Channel 74
(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)
Friday, September 6, 13, & 20
at 7:30 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8
[See attached photo]
Caption for attached photo: Assemblywoman Galef (far left) with five of her recent interns, Jeffrey Guzman (back left), Ross Beroff (back right), Alanna Powers (front left), Brendan Zarkower (front center) and Cat Purdy (front right) on the set of “Dear Sandy.”

Tune in Friday for an in-depth look at Westchester County when County Legislator Catherine Borgia joins WVKR (91.3 FM and on tomorrow morning at 7am for an interview!
Support Our Seniors Advocacy Organization Launched Legislator Borgia Submits Close to 900 supporter signatures
Catherine Borgia (914) 262-8873
Omar Herrera (914) 318-4392
(August 27, 2013) Last week, supporters of a new advocacy  organization called Support Our Seniors filed petitions with the Westchester County Board of Legislators containing 875 signatures of registered voters in the 9th Legislative District designating incumbent County Legislator Catherine Borgia as the candidate on this new petition line.
Support Our Seniors is an advocacy organization created to help raise awareness in municipal and county government and local organizations about how to plan for the current and future needs of Westchester’s growing population of people 65 years and older. “We are very fortunate to have long life expectancies in Westchester, and a growing population of active seniors, including the largest number of persons 85 years and older in New York State living in Westchester,” said Catherine Borgia, “ This is very good news – people are able to live long and healthy lives in our county. All of our planning decisions should be made with this population shift in mind.”
There are many organizations working to help Westchester residents age in place in their own homes and communities. Most seniors indicate a preference for staying in the communities in which they have lived for many years and where their friends, doctors, houses of worship, and favorite stores are located. Aging in place, particularly when supported by a vibrant community that provides all residents ample opportunity to interact socially and recreationally, has been shown to increase quality of life for seniors and their caregivers and family members. It also leads to better health outcomes, increased economic development in communities where seniors spend their disposable income, and reduced taxpayer costs for Medicare expenses. When intergenerational activities between seniors and children/adolescents are added into the mix, the societal and economic benefits increase even further. Children who participate in intergenerational programs have increased school success and lower rates of drug use, teen pregnancy, and criminal behavior. Seniors who participate have improved mental and physical health and the satisfaction of contributing in a meaningful way to the younger generation.
“I’ve long been interested in ways to support our growing senior population from my decades of volunteer work and my work in various elected and government roles,” Borgia continued, “While campaigning this year, I was struck by how many people related to the needs of our senior citizen population. Support did not come only from seniors or near-seniors. Almost everyone has a personal story about a parent, grandparent, friend, neighbor, family member who has struggled to age in the way they wished. I’m very excited to work with all levels of government and our community organizations to help plan for a healthy future for all Westchester.”
Next steps for the Support Our Seniors organization includes gathering and distributing information about all senior programs and services, educational forums on healthy aging, and continued advocacy. “I hope many voters will consider supporting me on the Support Our Seniors line. A good turnout at the ballot box is one of the most effective advocacy tools,” Borgia concluded.
For more information, please contact Catherine Borgia at or 914-262-8873.

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Contact: Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Don't Dump Tax Hikes on New Rochelle Families and
Tell Them It's Raining"
Westchester--Aug. 29...Part-time New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson -- who raised New Rochelle property taxes 109% while in office, at the same time hiking his own salary 40% -- is being "too cute by half" in trying to explain away city tax and fee increases that he preposterously claims have nothing to do with him, the campaign spokeswoman of Friends of County Executive Rob Astorino today said.
Bramson -- who does not argue that his property tax hikes total 109% -- craftily voted to remove the New Rochelle library tax from the city budget, creating a new tax in the process that has risen 63% in seven years.  The same went for the town's garbage fee -- don't call it a tax! -- which Bramson also voted to remove from the city budget.  That tax fee has risen 254% since 2001, leading to a discrimination lawsuit and a suit maintaining that Bramson violated Governor Cuomo's 2% property tax. Bramson is disingenuously arguing that those off-the-balance-sheet tax increases have nothing to do with him.
"Noam Bramson's semantics don't pass the laugh test," said Friends of County Executive Rob Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. "A tax is a tax is a tax, and Noam Bramson is the king of them. You don't dump water on New Rochelle taxpayers all year long and tell them its raining at election time."
Mr. Bramson also accepted healthcare for life while in 30's -- as a part-time mayor!
"Mr. Bramson has created a cozy life for himself as a part-time mayor, courtesy of New Rochelle taxpayers. The public has a right to know the facts of his record."


Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Friends of County Executive Rob Astorino Campaign on Bramson TV Complaint
August 29, 2013
"We want to thank Mr. Bramson for highlighting our TV ad about his actions as the part-time mayor of New Rochelle.  Westchester voters deserve to know that Mr. Bramson raised his part-time salary 40% -- to almost $90,000 ($88,971), accepted healthcare for life  as a part-time New Rochelle employee, and raised property taxes 109% to pay for those perks.  The library tax, sewer tax, and garbage fee also went up dramatically under his watch, but evidently he knows nothing about them. The TV ad is accurate and it will remain running.  We welcome further discussion about Mr. Bramson's record in office." -- Jessica Proud, spokeswoman, Friends of County Executive Rob Astorino.
The ad is available for viewing here.


             Wednesday, August 28, 2013
To:                  Members of the News Media
            Friends of County Executive Rob Astorino
                 BRAMSON AD WATCH
Bramson must have scored an "A" in semantics and sophistry at Harvard. A claim
in his first campaign television ad would make Professor Harold Hill
how the part-time New Rochelle mayor is able to engineer the claim that he "kept
taxes lower than any other big city around."
He compares New Rochelle, population 77,000, with surrounding "big" cities --
presumably Yonkers, population 197,000 and New York, population 8.25
He excludes the New Rochelle library tax, which he voted to remove from the city
charter and budget, creating a new tax in the process that has risen 63% in
seven years.
Bramson excludes the New Rochelle garbage budget, which he voted to remove from
the city charter and budget, creating a new fee in the process that has risen
254% since 2001.  He is being sued by New Rochelle citizens for racial and
ethnic discrimination with this new fee and for circumventing Governor Cuomo's
2% property tax cap with this.
Bramson does not dispute that he has raised New Rochelle property taxes 109%
while in office, yet omits that he was restrained during much of that time by
the "Tocci Tax Cap," which exchanged a one percent sales tax increase for a cap
on property taxes. Soon after Assemblyman Tocci left office, Mr. Bramson
persuaded Albany to keep the sales tax hike, while ignoring the Tocci Cap. (Mr.
Tocci, a Democrat has endorsed County Executive Astorino.)
Bramson fails to mention that his claim would fall short without the gross
fiscal chicanery noted above.  And he  does not mention, of course,  that while
he was raising New Rochelle property taxes, he handed himself a 40% pay raise,
making good use of that extra revenue -- for himself.
you'd want the facts.
for your time, as always.
  Contact: Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117
August 29, 2013

ICYMI: Spitzer Can't Be Trusted With Other People's Money

Contact: David Laska
Yesterday, this great analytical piece by Bill Hammond of the Daily News reminded New Yorkers that as Governor, Eliot Spitzer was just as reckless with taxpayer money as he was with his personal life - and now he's lying about his record.
In only 15 months as Governor, he ramped up state spending by 8% and when he resigned, left his successor with an unprecedented $15 billion deficit to close the next year.
Mr. Hammond reminded voters that the New York City Comptroller "needs to be a tight-fisted, glass-half-empty kind of guy who obsesses about potential financial disasters around every corner."  
Only one candidate in the Comptroller's race has the requisite experience: Republican John Burnett.  Learn more about John and his campaign here.
Eliot Spitzer and other people's money
In office, the former governor took big fiscal risks with taxpayer dollars
By Bill Hammond
The New York Daily News
August 28, 2013
Eliot Spitzer is asking voters to forget what he did after dark and focus instead on the supposedly stellar way he handled his day job.
But a close look at Spitzer's dollar-and-cents track record shows that he could be just as reckless with the public's money as he was with his personal life - and raises further doubts about his fitness to be city controller.
As New York's chief fiscal watchdog and manager of five pension funds worth $140 billion, the controller needs to be a tight-fisted, glass-half-empty kind of guy who obsesses about potential financial disasters around every corner.
And the last time Spitzer was entrusted with large amounts of tax dollars - during his 15 roller-coaster months as governor - he was anything but that.
When he took office in January 2007, New York had just experienced four straight years of torrid economic growth - the inflation phase of what turned out to be a huge financial bubble. Tax money had poured into state coffers from Wall Street, and state lawmakers spent it almost as fast as it came in.
If Spitzer had been the fiscal whiz he cracks himself up to be, he would have known the flush times were too good to last - and braced for the inevitable downturn to come. Instead, he put the pedal to the metal, proposing a first budget that ramped up state-funded spending (not including federal aid) by almost 8%, about three times the inflation rate.
Included in it was a massive boost to school aid, increasing it $1.7 billion, or 10%, in the first year of a four-year, $7 billion plan. This was supposed to fix a long-standing imbalance in the school aid formula that shortchanged New York City and other high-need districts.
In truth, Spitzer sent more money to all schools, including the wealthier ones. On top of that, he threw another $1.3 billion into a school tax relief program that disproportionately benefited schools on Long Island and in the northern suburbs.
Whatever the pros and cons of this effort, it soon fell apart.
Before the year was out, a slowing economy threw Spitzer's budget out of balance, forcing him to dip into reserve funds inherited from Gov. George Pataki to make ends meet.
Despite that reality check, Spitzer stuck to his bullish ways in his second budget, proposing to increase spending by another 5%. He spun this as a fiscally responsible benchmark, claiming the state would be okay so long as spending was kept in line with the long-term average growth of personal income, which he projected at 5.3%.
"By following this approach, the state will build up reserves in good years that can help prevent harsh funding cuts when the economy slows," Spitzer's budget documents stated at the time.
There were, however, problems with his math. First, his own budget division's calculations showed that the average growth of personal income for the previous 20 years was 4.6%, not 5.3%.
Second, he was ignoring the reality that the Legislature would always push to spend more - especially in those "good years" he was anticipating.
Third, and most problematically, he missed signs that the state was heading into some of the worst years it had ever seen - which would tear massive holes in Spitzer's best-laid plans.
He resigned just two months after proposing this disaster-in-the-making, leaving the cleanup job to his successor, Gov. David Paterson. Despite calling two emergency budget-cutting sessions of the Legislature during his first nine months in office, Paterson still had an unprecedented $15 billion deficit to close the next year.
"The state would have confronted big fiscal problems under any governor once the economic meltdown began in 2007-08," says E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for New York State Police. "But Spitzer's lax management and rash promises made a bad situation worse - and dumped a mess in Paterson's lap."
How out of whack were Spitzer's projections? Had the state budget really kept tracking upward at 5.3% a year - as Spitzer intended and sketched out in his budget documents - it would stand today at $164 billion. That's $27 billion more than what New York is actually spending under Gov. Cuomo's third budget. To squeeze that much more money out of taxpayers - in what's already the highest-taxed state in the country - Albany would have had to hike income taxes by 57%.
As for that big investment in schools - which Spitzer so proudly touts in his current campaign ads - it turned out to be a chimera. To this day, school aid is $5 billion shy of where Spitzer promised it would be in 2010-11.
Despite all this, Spitzer recently told the Daily News Editorial Board: "I could not be prouder of the budget we passed in '07." He likewise rated his '08 proposal as "superb."
Apparently, the man who would be controller of New York City has not learned a lesson about overly rosy scenarios.
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Three talented young musicians make up the band--Alex Scigilio (guitar), Keith Knoppel (bass) and Tyler Galasso (drums)--and there's an undeniable chemistry between them... a musical "Trifecta". The band is a frequent performer at 12 Grapes' Open Jam and Band Showcase, and have performed at popular clubs in and around the Hudson Valley. They write their own music and perform popular Rock covers. Free Admission. 


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"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."                                        Frederick Douglass           




The Frederick Douglass Foundation Condemns San Antonio anti-Christian Ordinance


By Timothy Johnson, PhD
In San Antonio, Mayor Julian Castro and his band of merry pranksters in the City Council are trying to pass what they call an “anti-discrimination ordinance” that will criminalize the Judeo-Christian view of homosexuality.  In effect, it will discriminate against any person who’s ever said anything less than laudatory about the gay lifestyle.  It is their goal to disqualify anyone who’s even told a gay joke from holding city office, fulfilling any city contract or working for the city government. 
This is not an anti-discrimination ordinance.  It is an anti-Christian ordinance. 
Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, no, this is in no way Constitutional.  The First Amendment guarantees that the government has no business interpreting the Word of God.  But, that does not stop these godless orgy-frequenting pagan earth-worshippers from trying to destroy the Constitution in any way possible.
Their minions have already tried to put words of support for this in Pastor John Hagee’s mouth.  He had to come out and defend himself against accusations that he actually supported this ungodly monstrosity.
And then there’s the persistent persecution of Republican San Antonio Councilman Elisa Chan.  In a closed-door strategy meeting and discussion about how to prevent this ordinance from becoming reality, she spoke her opinions.  Essentially, she said on tape that she didn’t think homosexuals should be allowed to adopt children because it confuses them to see two men or two women kissing and going to the bedroom.  She also called pedophilia and bestiality disgusting.
This women received 82% of the vote in her district, so there’s no way she’s the only one in San Antonio who actually holds the opinions of homosexuality that the Bible instructs us to have.
But the minions want her scalp.  They’re hoping to charge her with a misdemeanor for the thoughts she said on tape in a confidential meeting.  They apparently took some of her comments out of context and suggested that she was saying that all homosexuals are disgusting.
While I cannot vouch for Elisa Chan’s politics as a whole, we at the Frederick Douglass Foundation wish more Republicans would stand their ground as well as she does.  At a conference addressing her critics, posted on August 20, 2013, Chan refused to offer apologies.  She explained how she was taken out of context without apologizing for her personal opinions of homosexuality.  She declared that they are her beliefs and that she has a right to have those beliefs.  She actually stood up for the First Amendment rather than cave and cower like most squishy Republicans.  Chan is a breath of fresh air, and we applaud her steadfastness.  The video of her address can be found at this link.
Nonetheless, this will not stop the Gay Agenda’s efforts to take over government.  They are trying to force all of us to pay taxes, while making sure only they get access to controlling the spending of those funds.  They’re looking to set up a government of the godless people, paid for by the God-fearing people, only for the benefit of the godless people.  That was not the intent of our Founding Fathers, and we must resist their efforts with the diligence of a multi-medaled Olympian.
It won’t be long before they will be attempting to strip churches of their tax-exempt status for reading Leviticus or Romans at the pulpit.  And God forbid the church refuses to perform a gay wedding once the Supreme Court magically creates gay marriage for the whole nation, thus declaring the Word of God null and void.  This is what they’re up to.  They will not stop.  Until every bit of your life is infused with gay propaganda and there are enough ACLU attorneys to sue you into the poor house for not enthusiastically smiling every time you see it, they will not stop.
That’s what this ordinance is.  And even if it’s overturned once and if they pass it, they’ll come back and do it again.  Maybe not in San Antonio right away, but eventually in your town.  Think about it, they believe Elisa Chan should be charged with a misdemeanor and lose her seat on the City Council.  As long as there’s a tax base to build the golden calf, these liberals will dance naked around it while scoffing at the Word of God and anyone who repeats it. 
But then again, maybe we’re wrong and San Antonio’s nothing more than a giant San Francisco Castro District with millions of faux cowboys floating around like Peter Pan in their pointed-toe cowpoke loafers, and this law really is appropriate.  If that’s what San Antonians would like the rest of the nation to think of them, then they should put their heads in the sand and let this ordinance pass.  But do us a favor and get rid of the “Don’t Mess With Texas” bumper stickers.                                                   


Founder and President/CEO of The Frederick Douglass Foundation with 24 state chapters across the country, US Army Major (Retired) Timothy Johnson made history on June 13, 2009, when he was elected Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, becoming the first Black American to hold the position since the party's inception March 27, 1867. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Timothy completed 23 years of military service. Twice elected Chairman of the Buncombe County, NC Republican Party, Dr. Johnson was elected to be a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention.  

Timothy has appeared on a number of television interviews, radio talk shows, and quoted in numerous news outlets to include: WVON ‘Talk of Chicago’ with Charles Butler, and ‘Launching Chicago’ with Lenny McAllister, Lou Dobbs Radio Show, Joy Behar TV Show, Wall Street Journal Radio Network with Matthew Passy, NewsMax with Kathleen Walker, Dr. Michael Dyson Show, Westwood One Radio Network John Bohannon Show, The Wilkow Majority With Andrew Wilkow, Sirius Radio ‘New School’ with Charles Ellison, CBS News, Daily Caller, Politico, Drudge Report, Washington Informers, Sean Hannity Show and Fox and Friends News.

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Frederick Douglass Foundation’s goals are to Educate, Enhance, and Empower.

• By being liaisons to Black, Faith Based organizations, Conservative candidates, party and elected officials. We will reach out to educate the social, cultural, spiritual, and civic rights needs of our nation. 

• We will train political workers, volunteers, and candidates as leaders in the political arena.

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Westchester Legislators Jenkins and Harckham Host Meeting with International Multi-Casualty Expert
Instructional Visit Benefits Area First Responders, Aids Emergency Preparedness
White Plains, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) and BOL Majority Leader Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) hosted a special meeting today for emergency first responders with Guy Caspi, the chief multi-casualty incident instructor and director of hazmat exercises for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s ambulance, disaster relief and blood-services organization.
Caspi, who has visited several cities around the United States and presented instructional information over the last two weeks, met with area first responders from all over the county, including police and fire commissioners, EMT and hospital emergency personnel, and representatives from the MTA, in the BOL Conference Room.
The event gave area first responders from police and fire departments, as well EMT units and ambulance corps, an opportunity to hear from Caspi about MDA protocols and his work, which includes development of training programs and educational drills to prepare the necessary responses to multi-casualty incidents and improve on-scene coordination and cooperation.
Because of the sheer number of rocket attacks, suicide bombers and other acts of terrorism that Israel has endured, MDA has emerged as the world’s most experienced paramedic organization in responding to multi-casualty incidents.
“Today’s instructional visit with Guy Caspi will provide far-reaching benefits to our first responders in terms of emergency preparedness,” said Jenkins. “His professional knowledge and experience are unmatched, and I’m grateful he was able to offer us his insights and advice.”
Caspi began his career at Magen David Adom as a youth volunteer in 1979. He’s been an EMT since 1986, a paramedic since 1995, and has been in his current position at MDA since 1999. He additionally serves as a faculty member for the paramedics program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Both Jenkins and Harckham were introduced to Caspi and his work at MDA during their respective visits to Israel in 2011 and 2012.
“Protecting public safety is the number one priority of government,” said Harckham. “This international exchange allows for an important dialogue where first responders from the United States and Israel can share ideas and best practices.”
MDA, a global pioneer in mass-casualty response stemming from years of dealing with terrorism
and rocket attacks, often sends officials abroad to share expertise and best practices. In April,
Boston EMTs used tactics learned from MDA in responding to the Boston Marathon terror attack.
“It doesn’t matter whether the source is terrorism or roadside car accidents, we need to be better
prepared for mass-casualty scenarios in Westchester County,” said Haina Just-Michael, chair of
American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) in Westchester County, who helped organize the event.
Adam Ochs, Director of Emergency Management of Lewisboro and on the Westchester County EMS Advisory Board,  found the opportunity to hear from someone who dealt with these type of experiences hands-on valuable, pointing out the Magen David Adom “perspective is a real-time, reality based experienced rather than theory.”
Lt. Cesar Perez of the Katonah Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp added, “We need to do a lot more here in Westchester to prevent injuries of this sort and train our people to be prepared. Training is the essential key I got out today.  While most people never see this and hopefully never will see it in their lifetime, but being so close to New York City, it’s there as a threat.”
“No matter where in the world we’re from, the instinct to save lives is universal, so it’s an honor to share MDA’s knowledge with Westchester County’s first-responders,” said Caspi.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:

“On this day 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. kindled Americans’ hopes that his dream of full equality could be achieved. While we have made great progress, we still haven’t achieved that laudable and necessary goal. And today’s march shows the dream that Dr. King spoke about is very much alive in the hearts and souls of America.”
-- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer


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Westchester Board of Legislators: Week of September 1st

Board & Committee Meeting Preview and Media Schedule



A preview of what is happening at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) next week:


Monday, September 2, 2013


Board of Legislators Closed for Labor Day


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


10:00 AM

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (914-995-2832)

1)      Karl Vollmer and Bill Fallon of Department of Corrections to discuss the Inter-municipal Agreement with New Rochelle for prisoner transportation to the County Jail

2)      Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth to discuss the Inter-municipal agreements with the Somers School District and the North Salem School District that provide uniformed police officers to act as School Resource Officers

3)      Department of Public Works to discuss Fleet Vehicle Replacement and Heavy Equipment Replacement Program

4)      Law Firm Retention of Stephen Einstein & Association for Westchester Community College delinquent account recoveries

5)      Budget Director Lawrence Soule to discuss 2nd quarter forecast of 2013 budget (operating, airport, districts and 6N and 6J with supporting schedules) and status of capital projects and list of close outs

1:30 PM

Community Services—Hon. Alfreda Williams, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Debby Linhardt (914-995-8163)

1)      Department of Public Works to discuss status of WestHELP site in Greenburgh



Environment & Energy—Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Debby Linhardt (914-995-8163)

1)      Herb Oringel, Chair of Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC) to discuss current energy issues.


7:00 PM

Regular Meeting of the Board of Legislators in the Chamber


Thursday, September 5, 2013


7:35 AM

Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins with WVOX Host T.J. McCormack

Weekly radio chat

Listen LIVE on WVOX radio 1460AM. Web streaming LIVE at

Listeners have the opportunity to call in with questions at 914-636-0110 or by emailing


Please note: Latest Board and committee meeting agendas (including “TBA” agendas) posted online at


*** All meetings are WEB STREAMED LIVE on the Legislature’s website at Just press the MEETING VIDEO-ON-DEMAND button and scroll down to the COMMITTEE section *** 


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