Friday, September 12, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 09/12/14: 24 Topics In Today's blog


1)  Sign Up for Harrison Apar YAC Columbus Day Family Golf Classic

2) Cuomo doesn't know the difference between WNY and Southern Tier

3)   Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government:

Black Americans Angry at Obama

4)   Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government:

The Speech Obama Should Have Given

5)   Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government:

 46 Senators Seek to LImit 1st Amendment
6) Westchester Legislators Establish "Cross-Age Collaboration" Policy to Strengthen Intergenerational Bonds
7) ***Media Advisory for MONDAY--Sept. 15***Westchester Legislator Boykin to Question Recent County Ethics Board Appointments and County Executive's Outside Income***
8) Westchester Legislator Lyndon Williams to Host Gas Pipeline Info Session with Mount Vernon City Council on September 16
9) 12 Grapes: Friday, we're Pumping Ethyl
10) [PRESS RELEASE] Joe Dillon Takes Up Fight For Yonkers Families
11) Koetz at NYC GOP Harlem Opening
12) Bullying Alert: "Gov. Cuomo Owes Prof. Teachout Apology"
13) ICYMI: National Review features NYGOP ad
14) Accomplishment Tuesday - Delivering for Our Children
15) Poll: 60% of 50+ New Yorkers May Flee "Vampire State"
16) Cox to DiNapoli and Schneiderman: Come clean on shady consultants
17) Astorino Statement: "I ask Teachout and Credico Voters to Join Me"
18) Cuomo Dissatisfaction Growing"
19) Moss Challenges Hochul to Debates
20) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Town Board  09/16/14
21) Weekend campaign schedule for Nick Di iorio (R-NY-12)
22) Statement from NYGOP Chair Ed Cox
23) : Antonacci: DiNapoli Playing Politics with Retiree's Money
24) ICYMI: New Blakeman ad slams Rice
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Join 2-time World Champion Yankee Mickey 'Mick the Quick' Rivers, Community Service honoree Detective Sgt. Jim Graham of Yorktown Police... plus our Official Greeters, Miss Westchester and Miss Hudson Valley, for a fun day with the family and friends. 

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Embarrassing Geographic Blunder Insulting to Binghamton Residents Who Have Been Left out to Dry

New York--September 5...The Astorino campaign today offered to send Governor Cuomo a map of New York State following a news report about his embarrassing geographical blunder that sent campaign mail about the city of Buffalo, which is part of Western New York to residents in the city of Binghamton, located in the Southern Tier, an entirely different region of the state.

"We know the Governor is preoccupied with criminal defense lawyers these days, but it's embarrassing that he doesn't understand the difference between Western New York and the Southern Tier," said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. "He's also insulting Binghamton residents who have been left out of the Governor's political spending spree that picks winners and losers. Under his policies, 10 of the 20 cities in the country with the worst economic outlook are in New York--and Binghamton is dead last in the nation."

The mailer highlighted his 'Buffalo Billion' initiative that has left other Upstate cities without any help and struggling under the highest taxes and worst economic outlook in the nation. If Upstate New York were a state in itself, it would be ranked dead last in economic recovery from the recession.
  Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government:

Black Americans Angry at Obama
  Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government:

The Speech Obama Should Have Given
  Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government:
 46 Senators Seek to LImit 1st Amendment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2014
Contact: Tom Staudter | | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)
Westchester Legislators Establish “Cross-Age Collaboration” Policy to Strengthen Intergenerational Bonds
White Plains, NY – In recognition of the growing need for connecting generations and creating “age-friendly” communities, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) has approved a resolution to establish a “Cross-Age Collaboration” policy for consideration in all County services and directives in order to promote and strengthen purposeful intergenerational bonds.
The “Cross-Age Collaboration” policy is meant to serve as an educational component that underscores the benefits of connecting generations and creating intergenerational strategies that contribute to the fiscal health, economic development and sustainability of Westchester County.
“Intergenerational programs make sense because they benefit both older adults and youth. There is long standing evidence that show that both groups achieve greater health and social benefits, which ultimately saves taxpayer dollars,” said BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), the sponsor of the “Cross-Age Collaboration” resolution. “The best public policies use municipal resources to create maximum benefit. Adding intergenerational components to our existing county programs is smart planning for Westchester’s residents.”
The resolution, which was unanimously approved at the BOL’s regular meeting this week, requests that the County Executive, County Commissioners and Department heads use the ideals and principles inherent in the “Cross-Age” policy when creating new programs and contracts so Westchester residents can live and work with opportunities to participate in cross-generational communication, interaction, education, advocacy and volunteerism.
“This new intergenerational policy will support ongoing and future efforts that will help bring our communities together,” said Legislator Bernice Spreckman (R-Yonkers), chair of the BOL Seniors & Constituencies Committee and a co-sponsor of the resolution. “We have to do everything possible to make sure we meet the needs of all generations and that we utilize resources to connect generations rather separate them.”
Added Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson), a co-sponsor of the resolution: “Nurturing productive, sustainable working relationships between individuals from younger and older generations improves the quality of life for all generations and creates a more vibrant, respectful society. The challenges ahead are best met with our generations cooperating and working together. It is also vital that we consider the needs of all generations when designing community programs, as well as capital projects for roads, transportation, parks and County buildings.”  
“I want to thank the Board of Legislators for approving this resolution, which acknowledges that we can be doing more to spotlight careers that advance all generations, as well as offer more support for kinship care families, intergenerational mentoring programs and other intergenerational support services,” said Janice Lubin Kirschner, senior director of JCY-Westchester Community Partners, which will be helping the County to present Inter-Gen Fest 2014 on September 20 at the Greenburgh Library in Elmsford. “A healthy Westchester is one where the generations learn from each other, help each other and support each other, thereby offsetting the myths and biases that keep us apart.”
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***Media Advisory for MONDAY—September 15***
***Legislator Boykin to Question Recent County Ethics Board Appointments and County Executive’s Outside Income***
Committee Has Requested that a Representative from the Astorino Administration Attend Meeting
White Plains, NY – Westchester Legislator Ben Boykin (D-White Plains), chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Appointments Committee, will be holding a committee meeting on MONDAY—September 15 at 4 PM to question the Astorino Administration about ongoing problems with the County Ethics Board. The Committee has requested that a representative from the Astorino Administration be present at the meeting.
Legislator Boykin is seeking an explanation from the County Executive’s Office as to why the County Ethics Board and its independent consultant in charge of personnel overview never received access to the County’s vendor lists to determine whether the County Executive’s outside income was a conflict of interest.
Also, Boykin is concerned that the July 16, 2014 meeting of the County Ethics Board, which was hastily convened in response to a report that County Executive Rob Astorino was earning $30,000 as an outside consultant, included attendance and voting by at least one individual who was never officially confirmed by the BOL.
Questions also exist with respect to how the County Ethics Board was able to vote at the previously mentioned meeting to re-hire independent consultant Steve Leventhal to conduct the annual ethics reviews of County officers with nearly seven months of the year already elapsed. Last year, Leventhal had been hired to conduct these reviews as well, but made no attempt to fulfill his duties, admitted Dennis Kremer, chair of Astorino’s Ethics Board, in a recent newspaper report.
The County Ethics Board is supposed to have seven members, with no more than four representing the same political party. Right now, it’s unclear how many members are serving actively on the board.
Boykin earlier suggested that the Ethics Board begin posting a meeting schedule for the rest of the year, along with agendas when completed. Minutes of the meetings should also be posted, he said.
“It’s time for the Ethics Board to start operating in the daylight of true governmental transparency,” said Boykin,  “and with legally appointed and confirmed members only.”
WHO: Legislator Ben Boykin and a representative from the Astorino Administration
WHAT: Meeting of the BOL Appointments Committee to discuss problems with the County Ethics Board
WHEN: MONDAY—September 15 at 4 PM
WHERE: BOL Committee Room
                Michaelian Office Building
                148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor
                White Plains, NY
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Legislator Lyndon Williams to Host Gas Pipeline Info Session with Mount Vernon City Council on September 16
Mount Vernon, NY – Westchester Legislator Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) announced today that he will be hosting a community meeting and information session with the Mount Vernon City Council on Tuesday, September 16 to discuss  the installation and replacement of gas pipelines by Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) in parts of the city, and he is urging all interested residents to attend.
The community meeting and information session, which will be held at 7 PM in the Mount Vernon City Council Chamber, is open to the public. Representatives from Con Ed will be attending the meeting as well.
“The major infrastructure work being undertaken in regard to the gas pipelines in Mount Vernon has generated a number of questions and concerns from community members, business owners and local officials,” said Williams, the Majority Whip of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL). “It’s important that people have an opportunity to express these concerns, and also learn more about this ongoing project.”
Williams noted that the upgrading of gas pipelines from 24” to 36” mains through the city may pose some inherent risks, and corrosion may make removal of old gas mains problematic.
In addition, the scope of the project has raised some eyebrows throughout Mount Vernon. It is not exactly clear if the gas pipelines are being replaced because of greater municipal and residential need in Mount Vernon itself, or whether the upgrades are being undertaken to satisfy regional needs. Moreover, a full plan of which pipes and mains are to be replaced hasn’t been made widely available to the public so far.
Williams also questioned how long the project will take, and why apparatus for the project is being stored on public streets.
“Residents have noticed that the project is disrupting normal life in Mount Vernon, and inconveniencing travel,” said Williams. “Also, they want to know if the streets, sidewalks and landscaping around the excavations will be restored, and at whose cost. These are legitimate concerns, and they all should be addressed. The people of Mount Vernon have a right to know more about this project.”
The Mount Vernon City Council Chamber is located in City Hall at 1 Roosevelt Square.
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As summer winds down, things heat up at 12 Grapes:
Open Mic with Jess Erick on Thursday
High-Octane Rock on Friday
"One of the [Hudson Valley's] finest guitar players" on Saturday
and... SWING BAND Sunday!
Open Mic Night w/ host, Jess Erick
It's a fun-filled night of acoustic song! Hosted by the talented and wonderful singer/ songwriter, Jess Erick. Jess opens the night with her original songs, then keeps the music flowing and spirits high. Sign up between 8pm and 10pm only so please get here early. 
$18 two-course dinner deal from 5:30 - 10:30.
A high-octane ROCK PARTY!
This band is a GAS!! If you love Rock, especially '80's Rock, Pumping Ethyl will get your engines revving and your heart pumping! The band performs songs from Journey, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Sublime, Maroon 5, Guns N' Roses, Imagine Dragons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, Incubus, Blink 182, Zepplin and more. With Pete Brown (vocals), Steve Massa (guitar), Steve Mansfield (drums), David Wilson (bass) and Mark Macilvane (rhythm guitar/vocals) $10 Cover or $5 with dinner.
Pete is a regular performer at the Ridgefield Playhouse, opening for such prestigious bands as Grand Funk Railroad and others. Pete's music runs the gamut from straight up Rock & Roll to Americana, Electric and Acoustic Blues to Singer/songwriter and Alternative. Petey's originals are powerfully written, musically intriguing and downright fun to listen to. Songs like "Little Johnny", "Westside" and the title track, "The Levee" have been met with high praise. Big Joe Fitz, radio host of of 100.1 Bluesbreak calls Pete "One of the finest guitar players in the Hudson Valley, hands down 
$10 Cover or $5 with dinner.

Sun Sept 14, 5:30 - 8:00
Greg Westhoff's 18-piece
Westchester Swing Band
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There's nothing like it in any small venue in Westchester! 5 sax's, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, double bass, keys, guitar and the inimitable talents of drummer and bandleader Greg Westhoff. The band performs classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '40's, '50's and more. 
$5 Cover or higher donation goes directly to the band. 
Dinner reservations are recommended. 
Fun is guaranteed.
Call for "Dinner & Show" Reservations:  914-737-6624
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Block Party on 
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Dine outdoors and enjoy live music in the beautiful night air.
7pm: LADY LAURA & Her Blues Band

SUN, Sept 14
6-9pm: Hey Baby Band
Live Band Karaoke
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Fri Sept 19

Sat Sept 20

Kids Open Mic    

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NY Senate Candidate Joe Dillon Takes Up Fight For Yonkers Families, Demands Return Of Taxpayer Money To City Schools

Dillon: “...the GEA withheld $1.4 Billion this year from our schools and George Latimer just let that happen.”

Joe Dillon of Yonkers established himself as the education candidate for families in the 37th Senate District yesterday when he stood with Liam McLaughlin and members of the Yonkers City Council to demand an end to Gap Elimination Adjustment which has denied Yonkers schools of more than $100 Million of taxpayers’ money to date.




Joe Dillon also announced a new website as well as a petition drive to help Yonkers families tell Albany that they want their money returned to their school district where it is so badly needed.


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On Friday, September 5, 2014 7:31 PM, Koetz for State Assembly wrote:
Koetz at NYC GOP Harlem Opening
"Gamechanger" Opens Republican Headquarters in Harlem
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Maureen Koetz Joins Manhattan Republicans For
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65th Assembly District Candidate
Can Change Game in November

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New York, NY  [September 6, 2014]: Maureen Koetz, the only candidate running in New York named a “Gamechanger” by the Women’s Campaign Fund, joined the New York Republican County Committee (NYRCC) and fellow candidates today for the opening of the NYRCC Harlem Headquarters.  Koetz, a veteran of active duty service in the US Navy and former federal senior executive, is challenging Sheldon Silver in response to his flagrant disregard for law and due process that caused multiple, compounding failures to protect women in the Albany workplace.

“I am proud to be among this diverse slate of candidates from every corner of Manhattan whose experience and dedication give voters an option for stemming  the tide of corruption, sexual abuse, and self-dealing that has overwhelmed Albany,” Koetz said.  “The Women’s Campaign Fund has listed me as one of ‘The Forty Women Across the Country Who Just Might Change Everything’ and I promise the residents of Lower Manhattan and all New Yorkers I will do my best to change the games in the New York Assembly.”

Koetz’s 30-year career in public service includes work as a US EPA attorney, Counsel to the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Office of the General Counsel of the Air Force, and single parent to her now grown daughter.  A native of Queens, Koetz attended college and law school at the American University in Washington, DC before being commissioned in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps.

“As the recent Moreland Commission report confirms yet again, my opponent has spent virtually his entire legislative career in a cloud of conflict of interest, insider dealing, and pay-to-play sellouts that have made New York the most expensive place to live, work, and retire for everyone except the privileged few,” Koetz continued.  “Principled progressivism guided by fiscal responsibility has been the hallmark of Manhattan Republicans since Theodore Roosevelt, and my colleagues and I will work to restore that proud tradition of inclusiveness and integrity to New York governance.  It's time."

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Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement by New York Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino 

September 7, 2014
"Andrew Cuomo's treatment of Zephyr Teachout is unacceptable. You don't treat people that way. Mr. Cuomo not only owes Professor Teachout a debate now; he owes her an apology. Video evidence of Mr. Cuomo's senior staff members physically bullying Professor Teachout at a Labor Day parade is difficult to watch. His later denial of seeing Ms. Teachout at the parade is preposterous. This governor is making a mockery of the democratic process and of the basic tenets of honesty and decency." 
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September 8, 2014
ICYMI: National Review features NYGOP ad
In case you missed it last week, we rolled out our latest campaign ad of the season.

The ad is titled "Above," a reference to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman treating his supporters as if they're above the law.  When Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman's Moreland Commission began investigating their own campaign donors, they abruptly shut the commission down.

The ad was featured in a post at National Review online on Thursday.  Check out the article below. You can also watch the ad at

Criminals Posing as Public Servants 
By Ciara Matthews
The National Review
September 4, 2014

The New York Republican Party has launched an ad calling Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo "criminals posing as public servants."
The ad criticizes the Democrats for shutting down the Moreland Commission which they established last year to investigate state government agencies and departments.
After the commission began looking into a media-buying firm hired to purchase airtime for Cuomo's campaign, Cuomo and Schneiderman disbanded the commission, the New York Times reports.
Republican AG candidate John Cahill's campaign has been heavily focused on the controversy.
See the whole article here.  
And here's another great piece about what the National Review calls Eric Schneiderman's willingness to surrender efficient - and Constitutional - state governance to federal meddlers. 
On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10:29 AM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote:

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Accomplishment Tuesdays

Dear Friends,

For the second round of Accomplishment Tuesday, let’s take a look at what we’ve done for education in the Hudson Valley.
Governor Cuomo’s education commissioner held an event in Poughkeepsie last year to discuss Common Core with parents and teachers. Instead of listening, he lectured the crowd and cut the event off when faced with tough questions. But, Common Core isn’t working. Our leaders need to hear from parents and teachers exactly why Common Core is broken. So, I organized the first local hearing to listen to parents, teachers and even students. We still have work to do to stop Common Core, but we’re making progress.
“When Governor Cuomo’s administration refused to hear from parents, Assemblyman Lalor stepped up to listen. His forum was a place for parents and teachers to share their concerns and frustrations. The forum helped expose why Common Core doesn’t work.”
 – Laura LiBassi, Wappingers Central School District parent

A local parent called my office last to discuss legislation to improve education for students struggling with dyslexia. After meeting with her, I decided to organize another forum to discuss how we can help dyslexic students. We brought together educators from several organizations and helped point parents in the right direction to get their kids the services they need.
“My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in the middle of 2nd grade and it was a struggle to get her the research-based interventions that she needed. Assemblyman Lalor was very receptive to our concerns and eager to begin a dialogue to improve our education system”
– Kathleen Dailey, Wappingers Central School District parent

We need to keep our kids safe on the roads. My children are still all under nine-years-old, but I can see the day when they’ll be out on their own on the road. In conjunction with AT&T and MADD, I organized “It Can Wait” forums at local schools to prevent texting and driving. I also helped Arlington High School qualify for a $25,000 grant from State Farm’s “Celebrate My Drive” program. 

"Every parent worries about their kids out on the road. Crashes are 100% Preventable! I am proud to have worked with Assemblyman Lalor in educating High School Students on the importance of Safe Driving."
Mary Pineiro, Dutchess County Chapter Lead M.A.D.D.

"Assemblyman Lalor understands the difference safe driving programs make in our community and for our students.  His efforts, in that regard,  helped put Arlington High School in a position to compete for and win State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive $25,000 grant."
Jen Dunn, Arlington Central School District parent I was proud to join the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education at John Jay High School for its forum on the heroin epidemic. Heroin addiction is a scourge to our communities. It can impact anyone, anywhere. We need to and we will end this epidemic.

I’m committed to improving our schools and delivering for our kids.



Accomplishment Tuesday - September 2, 2014:  Dedication to Constituent Services

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Astorino Again Asks: "Is New York Winning or Losing?"
"The Empire State Has Become the Vampire State"
New York--Sept. 9...Reform Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino launched his campaign in March with a simple question to New Yorkers:  "As a state," he asked, "is New York winning or is New York losing?" compared to other states.
That question was resoundingly answered -- again -- yesterday with a new survey released by the AARP that found, among other things, that 60 percent of New Yorkers are now "somewhat likely" to leave New York State after retirement. The AARP earlier this year ranked New York as the worst state in America in which to retire.
"Andrew Cuomo is spending $237.5 million of our tax dollars on television ads telling New Yorkers that everything is coming up roses, but the average New Yorker knows differently, as is evidenced in this striking AARP survey," Mr. Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, said. "The Empire State has turned into the Vampire State for millions of seniors, young people, and businesses, and until we face up to that fact with bold tax and regulatory reforms, New York will continue to suck dry its citizens and businesses and continue falling farther behind other states. Mr. Cuomo said the right words when he campaigned, but he lacked the conviction to act."
The AARP survey also reported that:
  • Almost a third of New Yorkers (27%) don't think they'll ever be able to retire;
  • Fifty-six percent (56%) say their retirement will be delayed for financial reasons;
  • Half of New Yorkers (49%) are worried they won't able to afford utility bills going forward, and  
  • More than half of New Yorkers (52%) are worried they won't be able to afford to pay their property taxes going forward.
New York already ranks:
  • Dead last 50th in economic outlook in America;
  • 47th in business climate;
  • Number one in corruption in state government;
  • Number one in out-migration of citizens to other states, losing 400,000 New Yorkers to other states under Governor Cuomo;
  • Number two in highest energy costs, and
  • Upstate New York has had the worst economic recovery in America since the Great Recession.
"New York's middle class was badly let down by this governor," Mr. Astorino continued. "Mr. Cuomo promised reforms that never occurred. Instead of working to make life easier for middle class New York families, he reverted to form as another Albany politician looking out solely for his personal and political interests. Andrew Cuomo is an historic disappointment."
September 9, 2014
NYGOP Chair demands release of contract or full emails 
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY...NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today called on Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to release any and all contracts between the Attorney General's office and the consulting firm SKD Knickerbocker.
Crain's New York Business reported this weekend that Jennifer Cunningham, Schneiderman's former wife and political consultant, an employee of SKD Knickerbocker, may be engaged in inappropriately lobbying the Attorney General's office, despite deregistering as a lobbyist almost four years ago.
"It's simple, Comptroller DiNapoli should release the contracts between the AG's office and SKD Knickerbocker, or Eric Schneiderman should release all of his exchanges with the firm," said Cox.
"This is exactly the kind of corruption the Moreland Commission was supposed to expose and exactly why Eric Schneiderman helped Andrew Cuomo to shut the Commission down. It's a sad state when we come to expect this sort of behavior from our state's top law enforcement official."
Crain's New York Business reported this weekend that SKD Knickerbocker has been operating "in the shadows," representing various business interests before both Schneiderman and Gov. Cuomo, despite not being registered to lobby.
Crain's produced the story after filing a Freedom of Information Act request for emails between Cunningham and the Attorney General's office. Schneiderman initially denied the request, saying "Ms. Cunningham had never represented clients before the attorney general's office."
But after Crain's wrote an article about the Attorney General ducking their FOIA request, Schneiderman changed his tune and released part of his office's email record with Cunningham. But according to Crain's, "the office continues to keep many of its communications with Ms. Cunningham under wraps." 
Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  Statement by New York Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino

September 9, 2014

"I congratulate Professor Zephyr Teachout and Randy Credico for an exciting and hard fought primary contest. I ask their voters to join me now in the fight to clean up the Albany corruption and pay-to-play politics that is dragging this state to its knees morally and economically.
"I won in Westchester twice with the help of Democrats and independents who were willing to join hands with me in cleaning up government, lowering taxes on struggling families, and in bringing good paying jobs back to Westchester. I give my word to voters thirsting for change -- of all political persuasions --  that I will deliver sweeping ethics reforms and government transparency to a capital that hasn't seen either in years. These are essential reforms toward making New York economically competitive again."
Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Mr. Cuomo Out of Touch with the People of New York"
Millions of New Yorkers Thinking of Fleeing State
"We have to get back to being Empire State by slaying Vampire State"

New York--Sept. 10...The nearly four out of 10 Democrats voting against Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday represents the intense and growing frustration New Yorkers are feeling with their corrupt state government, its highest-in-the-nation taxes, and its failure to retain businesses and attract new ones, New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today charged. Mr. Astorino called Governor Cuomo, "completely out of touch with the people of New York."

Mr. Cuomo vowed to tackle corruption when he ran for office, but is now under federal investigation himself for possible obstruction of justice and other crimes.  Mr. Cuomo vowed not to raise taxes, and then did. He vowed to clean up the pay-to-play culture in Albany, and then became its worst player. He failed utterly to reform the mandates in Albany that are driving up property taxes and gouging school and local budgets, and he is spending more than a quarter billion ($237.5) tax dollars on TV ads that falsely suggest New York York is doing well -- despite national data showing that the state is dead last in America in "Economic Outlook."

"The AARP announced Monday that 60% of New Yorkers over the age of 50 are 'somewhat likely' to move out of New York," Westchester County Executive Astorino said. "Four hundred thousand New Yorkers have fled New York already under this governor.  What we are seeing is a state in atrophy, and a governor who simply doesn't get it."

New York today ranks:
  • Dead last 50th in economic outlook in America;
  • 47th in business climate;
  • Worst place in America to retire;
  • Highest in property taxes;
  • Highest in overall taxes;
  • Number one in corruption in state government;
  • Number one in out-migration of citizens to other states, losing 400,000 New Yorkers to other states under Governor Cuomo;
  • Number two in highest energy costs, and
  • Upstate New York has had the worst economic recovery in America since the Great Recession.
Mr. Astorino said that ethics, tax, spending, and regulatory reforms -- together -- are what will move New York forward.

"Getting New York back on the right track won't be easy, but with courage and integrity it can be done," County Executive Astorino continued. "With the bold ethics reforms I will bring to Albany -- including term limits to drain the Albany swamp -- smart tax cuts, and real regulatory reform, we can get New York moving again. It is a national embarrassment that New York is ranked dead last in Economic Outlook. We have to get back to being the Empire State by slaying the Vampire State."
Contact:  Bijoy Datta (607) 768-7088                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement by Chemung County Sheriff
and Candidate for Lt. Governor Chris Moss
"The primary election is now behind us and the major party candidates are set. Now we start the sprint to the finish line.
"Today I'm challenging Kathy Hochul to publicly discuss the issues in a series of three debates - one in Buffalo, one in Syracuse and one in New York City. Despite what Andrew Cuomo thinks, I believe it's a service to democracy to give voters the opportunity to hear directly from us - letting us thoughtfully share our ideas and defend our records as elected officials.
"As the Governor and Mrs. Hochul have alluded over the past week, the Lt. Governor is a heartbeat from running the State. New Yorkers deserve to hear directly from the two major party candidates for this office about our records and qualifications."
On Thursday, September 11, 2014 4:06 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

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On Friday, September 12, 2014 7:41 AM, Nick for New York wrote:

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Congressional candidate Nick Di iorio's public campaign schedule includes the following events over the weekend:

Friday, September 12:
8:00am -- 9:30am: Campaigning at 59th Street at Lexington Ave
11:30am -- 12:30pm: Luncheon speaker at Carter Burden Center for the Aging (351 E. 74th St)
1:00pm -- 2:00pm: Serving community members at Bowery Mission (227 Bowery) #100DaysOfService
2:30pm -- 3:30pm: Midtown East Block Party (54th Street between Lexington and 3rd Ave)
5:00pm -- 6:30pm: Campaigning at 33rd Street / Lexington (6 train)

Saturday, September 13:
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Guardian Angels Fair at 54th and Broadway (stretches from 47th to 57th street)

Sunday, September 14:
11:30am -- 12:00pm: Meeting parishioners at Church of Heavenly Rest (2 East 90th St)

Nick Di iorio, the Republican nominee, is the sole challenger running in New York's 12th Congressional District against longtime incumbent Carolyn Maloney.  Di iorio has also received support from members of the Independence Party, Libertarian Party, and Conservative Party.  The district includes the east side of Manhattan, Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, & Williamsburg.  More at:
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Follow Nick Di iorio's campaign on social media: Facebook  |  Twitter

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Cox: Panepinto and Denenberg shouldn't be representing anybody
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY...NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement after Capital New York reported that two Democratic State Senate candidates had their law licenses suspended after pleading guilty to criminal charges:

"It's outrageous that two candidates supported by the Senate Democrats and NYSUT have both been convicted of serious crimes and stripped of their license to practice law in New York State.  The Democrats can talk about how they've cleaned up their traditionally corrupt and dysfunctional conference, but that's all it really is - talk. 

"Isn't there already enough corruption in Albany without the New York City-led Senate Democrats turning to individuals who have already been convicted of criminal acts?  Rather than clean up Albany, convicted lawbreakers Marc Panepinto and David Denenberg would fit right in.

"As for NYSUT, who is supposed to be concerned with educating our kids, what message does their support of these two convicted criminals send to impressionable young people?  The plain truth is that these two guys shouldn't be representing anybody.
On Friday, September 12, 2014 11:04 AM, Antonacci for the People wrote:

Contact: Brian Renna (315) 420-0039

Antonacci: DiNapoli Playing Politics with Retiree's Money
Cites Scathing Crains New York Op-Ed

SYRACUSE, NY - New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is once again proving the Comptroller's office is no place for a professional politician by misusing the office to promote his liberal agenda on the backs of the New York State Retirees and their pension fund.
"When did it become acceptable for a leader to use the New York State Pension fund as a weapon against private business leaders to advance someone's narrow  political agenda," questioned Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci, CPA. "There is no place for politics when is comes to securing the future of our state's retirees and Mr. DiNapoli should be ashamed of himself for using the fund in this way.  The Comptroller should focus on making sound financial decisions which grow the fund to ensure it is there when those who earned it will need it most."
In an op-ed published on September 7, 2014 by Crain's New York, James R. Copeland laid out a rather scathing indictment of Mr. Dinapoli's "shareholder activism," policies.  In his article he alludes to Mr. DiNapoli strategy of using threats to try and force shareholders into joining his liberal political cause. 
This type of activism is risky and can have disastrous effects on the pension fund.  Considered by Copeland to be a "ticking time bomb" set to detonate when the next bear market rolls around, it is this type of political finance planning that is likely to lead us to another financial crisis.
"New York needs to get the politics out of the Comptrollers office and replace it a professional who has the experience and credentials to get the job done right," said Antonacci.  
"As a certified public accountant and attorney at law, I will always make the best decision for the retirees of this state when it comes to their future.  I will not allow a political agenda to guide my office, because the people of New York deserve better - they deserve a qualified professional to steer the state away from financial crisis, not toward one."
Antonacci s the two-time elected Comptroller of Onondaga County, which has the highest credit rating in New York State.
Mr. Copeland's Crain's New York op-ed can be found here:
September 12, 2014
ICYMI: Bruce Blakeman - What's Wrong With Her?
In case you missed it, Bruce Blakeman,  the Republican-Independence-Conservative candidate for Congress in New York's 4th district, unleashed a scathing new ad slamming his opponent, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Upon assuming office in 2005, Rice fired 12 female employees, who were working part time while also raising their children.

You can check out the ad below, along with an accompanying article in yesterday's New York Observer condemning her action as well.


GOPer's Ad Slams Nassau Democratic Congressional Candidate on Women
by Will Bredderman
New York Observer
September 10, 2014

Bruce Blakeman, the Republican running to replace retiring Long Island Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, released an ad today blasting rival Kathleen Rice-Nassau County District Attorney and former co-chair of the anti-corruption Moreland Commission-for alleged mistreatment and disrespect of women.

The ad-entitled "What's Wrong With Her?"-hits Ms. Rice for firing 12 female lawyers who were working part-time in the Nassau D.A.'s office while raising their children shortly after she assumed the role of prosecutor in 2005. The New York Times criticized Ms. Rice's order for the lay-offs as "odd, not to say unnerving" and one "that could have been hatched in the 1970s."

"Upon becoming district attorney, without conscience or warning, Kathleen Rice eliminated the positions of twelve working mothers who worked flexible shifts to care for their children," the Blakeman ad's voiceover states.

The ad, provided early to the Observer, then cuts to a woman, who chimes in, "What's wrong with her?"
The ad continues then to rip Ms. Rice for keeping her campaign field director, Zach Tierney, on staff after he posted several racially and sexually tinged messages on Twitter. The ad calls attention to one particular tweet Mr. Tierney, who uses the Twitter handle "brotis redding," made where he jokes about assaulting and enslaving women.
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