Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bazzo Says: Greg Ball & Terrence Murphy To Make Their Move?

Bazzo Says:
BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO
OF YORKTOWN NEWS & MAHOPAC NEWS
 
 
Let the political games begin
 
Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz and I play a game of political chess around this time of year. It involves speculation about who will run for which state office. The "king" piece is usually the state senator, in this case Greg Ball. I admit it is a game of inside baseball, but for readers of this column, it can be fun, as you are the most informed. Whether or not you agree with me, you are aware of not only the issues of the day but the candidates and where they stand on those issues. You are aware that it is the state, county and local governments that can pose greater dangers to your rights than even the federal government.
 
None of this column is carved in stone. There are outside variables that can change what is now only speculation. But it is a fun game to play and you as voters have a right to know what goes on behind the curtain. By the time someone announces their intent to run they spend weeks if not months putting out feelers, trial balloons and in some cases paying for internal polling. In politics, nothing happens by chance—it is all choreographed.
 
Let me state up front that the following is speculation at this point. Most of it is based on private conversations I've had with those "in the know." That being said, all politics is fluid and things can change. So, working from the rumor mill, lets us look at the playing field.

Ball vs. Odell for Republican nomination in Putnam?
 
My best sources tell me that State Sen. Greg Ball will announce his candidacy for Putnam County executive this month—possibly on May 15. If he does, he will have to primary incumbent MaryEllen Odell.
 
This is Ball at his best—risking it all on one toss of the dice. If he loses the primary, he goes home at the end of December when his term ends. Unfortunately for Ball, the Putnam County Republican Party recently endorsed Odell. As an incumbent, Odell will be judged on her record and it is my belief that MaryEllen has not made enough enemies to lose her job and that she has in fact done what the electorate and party honchos expected her to. It should be noted that if Ball does challenge her, it will not be his first race challenging the party power brokers, whom he has beaten every time. He is not to be underestimated.
 
His second big problem will be getting support from private sector unions like the Teamsters. On the top of the Republican ticket will be Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Astorino has come out in support of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Southern Tier. The federal EPA, not exactly a pro-fossil fuel bureaucracy, has already said this practice can be done safely, as did the original New York DEC report.
Ball had been outspoken in opposition to this practice, but he is now on record as being in favor of a fracking trial run in a couple of counties over a couple of years. The problem is that this is not a full commitment to the process and he will have a hard time convincing private sector companies to invest in New York. This is simply a political solution, not a practical one.
 
The Teamsters have questioned whether they will even support Gov. Cuomo due to his opposition to fracking. Teamsters leadership has seen for itself in other states that fracking can be a boon for their members in the form of well-paying jobs. 
 
On the Democrat side, their candidate will be Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio. 
Sam is popular and grounded in principle, but like most Democrats, he tends to champion laws that tell people what’s best for them. In full disclosure, Sam and I go back over 30 years and I have supported him in his races for Putnam County Legislature. I believe he is pure of heart and entered politics for the right reasons.
 
Murphy vs. Wagner for State Senate?
 
Should Ball primary Putnam County Executive Odell, then his state senate seat opens up. 
On the Republican side, I hear Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy is interested in the senate seat. In a run for the State Senate, Murphy would probably receive party support. This, even though the rumor mill tells me that former Assemblyman Robert Castelli also wants to run. If Castelli runs, it would be as an insurgent. 
 
Yet, Murphy would have the same trouble getting private sector union support because of his vocal opposition to fracking. It would be tough to run on an issue where he aligns with Cuomo instead of Astorino. On the Democrat side, Justin Wagner has announced he is running. Wagner, who lost to Ball two years ago, thinks Cuomo has put this state on the right track, even though the state is worse than it was when Cuomo took office. Wagner’s silence on the culture of corruption that plagues Albany means he too will leave it up to the federal prosecutors to root it out.
Head to head against Wagner, Murphy would be the better choice. Looking at the potential matchup at this point, I would call it a tossup. I would venture to guess this matchup with crystallize by the middle of May.
 
Stay tuned for the continued soap opera, "As the State Races Turn."

This leaves us with the continued embarrassment of the open seat on the Yorktown Town Board, which last week’s editorial rightly termed "pathetic." Most of the blame falls on Councilmen Nick Bianco and Vishnu Patel. However, since Michael Grace is the supervisor he must be held accountable like a teacher would when the class runs wild. 

When there were open seats in the past, boards had no problem with making an interim appointment until the voters had their say in November elections. Bianco has only unveiled his candidates to fill the seat in executive session, which means they cannot be made public. This keeps the field uneven because we do not know not if his choices are as open minded on the issues as the candidates that Grace has proposed. I suspect not.

Siegel to run on Democratic ticket for Town Board?

Sources tell me Susan Siegel, the former supervisor, seems to have a lock to win the race for the Democrat nomination to fill the open seat. Could this be what is keeping the seat vacant is to better her chances in November and avert a primary
 
I have to laugh when a leader of the Yorktown Democrat Party denounces the nomination of a candidate that the party not once but twice gave its support to. Whether the rumor about Rich Campanero changing parties is true or not, the fact remains he is a registered Democrat and did run twice under the Democrat banner. If he does change party affiliation, who could blame him after his own party twice threw him under the bus?

Bianco and Patel voting down Grace’s nomination of Ilan Gilbert, which they did at last week’s work session, tells me there are only political reasons behind what is going on on the Democrat side. Gilbert, a Democrat, is a person of unquestioned integrity who the party cannot even intimate being a turncoat.
 
I believe in his heart of hearts, Bianco is doing what he thinks is best. On this issue however, he should have made his choices public so we would know if he is trying to work with Grace in a good faith effort to fill the seat. 

In closing, there are no secrets in politics. For everything discussed in this column, I have spoken to at least five people in the know from various parties. Obviously, I trust their instincts and information. 
 
The only way two people can keep a secret is if one of them is dead, or so says my friend Dave Paganelli, in one of life's lessons he took the time to teach me. On this, he is more right than not. 
 
This is what I say. What say you?
 
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