Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/01/14: 15 Topics In Today's blog


1) Di iorio Endorsed by Libertarian Party of Queens County

2) One down, one to go

3) Bob Antonacci's Nine-Point Plan

4) Astorino Releases "Burned Again" for Statewide TV Buy

5) Accomplishment Tuesdays - Setting Albany's Priorities Straight

6) ABNY Remarks: New York Will Thrive Under an Astorino Administration

7) Happy Anniversary,

8) Lalor: Cuomo's Security Theater Ignores de Blasio's Poor Security Record

9) Cox: Like Spitzer, Cuomo corrupts everything he touches

10) Statement from Bob Antonacci CPA

11) 12 Grapes: We'd like your opinion (please).

12) Nan Hayworth Releases TV Ad Highlighting Maloney's Cuts to Veterans

13) Frank Vernuccio: Politics vs. True Environmentalism

14) Frank Vernuccio:  China's Navy Takes Aggressive Post
15) Frank Vernuccio:  Ignoring the Russian Military Threat

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On Monday, September 29, 2014 2:36 PM, Nick for New York wrote: 
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NEW YORK, NY -- The Libertarian Party of Queens County has endorsed Nick Di iorio for U.S. Congress in New York's 12th Congressional District.

"Nick understands the importance of liberty, smaller government, lower taxes and respect for everyone's individual rights. He understands that bigger government, higher taxes and more regulations will only stifle entrepreneurship and strangle our economic growth. Nick is a thoughtful candidate of sound judgment and principle and we are proud to back his bid for Congress," said Dr. Tom Stevens, Chair & Political Director the Libertarian Party of Queens County.

Di iorio was interviewed by Dr. Tom Stevens on the Blog Talk Radio Program "Rising Action" regarding Foreign Policy, Domestic Issues and Israel. Listen to those podcasts here:

Nick Di iorio, a Republican, 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, western Queens, and Greenpoint in Brooklyn. More at:

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September 29, 2014

Thanks to you, we are pleased to announce that we have reached the first threshold to qualifying for the new matching funds programs!

We just received our 2,000th contribution today and now the only obstacle that stands in our way is obtaining a total of $200,000 in small donations!

Your help right now is vital towards reaching our final goal. Your additional contribution of $50, $25 or even $15 will help us get there!

If our campaign can reach this $200,000 goal in the next few days, we will be able to tell our story to the voters of New York State. 

Please do not hesitate, we need your help today! If everybody receiving this email contributes $25 we will have reached our final goal!

With your help, we will get there and put a CPA in the Comptroller's Office!


Bob Antonacci CPA 

On Monday, September 29, 2014 6:09 PM, Antonacci for the People wrote:

Contact: Brian Renna (315) 420-0039

Bob Antonacci's Nine-Point Plan
It's Time for a Strong and Independent Voice in State Government 
SYRACUSE, NY - Today, Bob Antonacci released his nine-point plan for reforming the office of New York State Comptroller.

"A Comptroller's single greatest asset is the power to audit state and local agencies," said Antonacci.

"However, Tom DiNapoli has time after time failed to provide a strong and independent voice when it comes to investigating fraud, theft and corruption in state government."

In May, DiNapoli created the Division of Investigation within the Office of State Comptroller (OSC), which now oversees all audits and reviews pertaining to fraud and theft that are conducted by the OSC.

Instead of working directly with district attorneys and local law enforcement, as they have done effectively in the past, state auditors will now have a partisan political referee calling the shots on what does or does not get investigated.

Predictably, the Division has chosen to ignore investigating certain issues like legislative expenditures, member items or per diems.

"DiNapoli is clearly watching out for his friends in Albany and not the New York taxpayer," said Antonacci.

"He has allowed the audit process to become politicized and manipulated by the same cadre of corrupt crony politicians who appointed him, chief among those being State Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver.

"As State Comptroller I promise to do the following. I will:
  • Appoint qualified people to manage all audit operations.
  • Allow professionally qualified auditors to make decisions based on a real assessment of the risks that exist to the operations in New York State local governments, agencies, and public authorities.
  • Bring an improved focus at OSC to fraud, theft and corruption in New York State local governments, agencies, and public authorities. I will also work with the appropriate officials at the federal, state, and local levels to better coordinate the focus on fraud, theft and corruption.
  • Bring a renewed focus to financial management activities of State agencies and public authorities. This is crucial to addressing fraud and the waste of taxpayer dollars.
  • Ensure that qualified auditors have unfettered access to people and records at the agencies, authorities, or state and local governments being audited. When necessary, I will use the Comptroller's subpoena power to gain access to people and records when the agencies or governments being audited attempt to stall or stonewall.
  • Reassess and manage the audit operations that are scattered throughout the current State Comptroller's Office to make the best use of this important OSC function.
  • Reassess the current contract approval process. As it stands now, the process is labor intensive, cumbersome, and an impediment to state agency managers. I will modernize this key operation in order to make it more effective and efficient overall.
  • Coordinate with federal agencies to eliminate the incredible waste that occurs in our State Medicaid and Medicare programs through fraud, the cost of which is currently being passed on to the average taxpayer.
  • Reassess whether the Division of Investigations should even exist. I will work with the various prosecutorial agencies to determine the best investigative means for the OSC."
Bob Antonacci is the two-time elected Comptroller of Onondaga County, which has the highest credit rating in New York State. 

Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Andrew Cuomo purported to be a white knight galloping into Albany
to save New York from corruption, but he turned out to be a 
Trojan Horse with an insatiable appetite for money and power, 
leaving New Yorkers burned again."
Burned Again
Burned Again
New York--Sept. 30...The campaign of reform New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today announced that an ad entitled, "Burned Again," will begin airing on statewide cable and broadcast television beginning tomorrow. The 30-second advertisement highlights the federal probe into Governor Andrew Cuomo's involvement in the Moreland Commission Scandal, in which members of the Cuomo Administration are alleged to have interfered with criminal investigations that got too close to Mr. Cuomo and his political allies.
Mr. Astorino is running a provocative statewide ad today called, "Jail." That 30-second commercial is a remake of the most well-known political ad in U.S. history, "The Daisy Ad," which first ran 50 years ago this month.  "Jail" can be viewed here.
"Andrew Cuomo purported to be a white knight galloping into Albany to save New York from corruption, but he turned out to be a Trojan Horse with an insatiable appetite for money and power, leaving New Yorkers burned again," Mr. Astorino said. "But it also left Mr. Cuomo with a federal investigation over his head that could send him to jail. The more New Yorkers learn about this governor, the more they realize why they can't trust him."
"Burned Again" has run previously as a digital spot, but this is the first time it's going on television. Its script is below:
"Burned again.
"NY voters trusted Andrew Cuomo to clean up Albany. Now he's at the center of the biggest corruption scandal in years.
"The governor's office interfered with the [anti-corruption] commission when it was looking into groups politically close to him,' says the New York Times.
"'Scandal exposes Cuomo as a liar and a phony,' says the Post.
"Andrew Cuomo. Another phony.  Another Albany politician caught in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors."  

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:58 PM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote:

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Accomplishment Tuesdays - Setting Albany's Priorities Straight

Dear Friends,
Albany's priorities are out of order on almost every issue. Our state government just doesn't work. For Week 5 of Accomplishment Tuesdays I'd like to share with you my successful fight to set Albany's priorities straight on funding for the developmentally disabled.
Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 budget included $90 million in cuts to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Meanwhile, the budget included $420 million in tax credits for Hollywood filmmakers. Cuomo's budget passed and the OPWDD cuts were set to go into effect.

Albany put Hollywood millionaires and billionaires before the most vulnerable members of society. The developmentally disabled don't have high-powered lobbyists to pull strings in Albany. Albany's misplaced priorities don't get much worse than this.

I was proud to lead the fight to restore the OPWDD funding. I authored assembly bill A.7434 which proposed reducing the Hollywood tax credits by $90 million and using the savings to fund OPWDD. I fought for the funding in the press with an op-ed in the Albany Times-Union. The pressure contributed to the eventual success of a compromise bill that restored the funding. While the bill didn't cut the tax credit giveaway to Hollywood, we restored the funding that makes a difference in the lives of the developmentally disabled. By pointing to the glaring contrast between the Hollywood handout and the cuts for the developmental disabled, we were able to shame Albany into fixing its mistake.

"I’m grateful for Assemblyman Lalor's successful effort to restore OPWDD funding. In Assembylman Lalor, we have a representative who knows how this funding has an impact on lives. Assemblyman Lalor is fighting to set the right priorities in Albany."
- Celeste Rudberg, Wappingers Falls, mother of son with developmental disability

Sometimes, with determination and a fight, we're able to get Albany to do the right thing.

Previous Accomplishment Tuesdays Available Online
Accomplishment Tuesday 1 - Dedication to Constituent Service
Accomplishment Tuesday 2 - Delivering for our Children
Accomplishment Tuesday 3 - Legislation
Accomplishment Tuesday 4 - Fighting for Veterans


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 Hopewell Jct. 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

Remarks by New York Gubernatorial Candidate, 
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Warwick Hotel, New York, NY
Good morning.  

I wanted to start this morning by talking about two of New York's most famous governors - Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  

I'm sure many of you watched - or at least heard about the PBS series on "The Roosevelts."

It gives us renewed appreciation of two of our best Presidents, as well as our barrier-breaking humanitarian First Lady.

Theodore and Franklin were 5th cousins.

Theodore was a Republican and Franklin was a Democrat.

Teddy was from Long Island (by way of Manhattan).  Franklin was from the Hudson Valley.

Both were state legislators, and both were Governors.

Both were supporters of the other.  Franklin idolized Theodore... and Theodore, in turn, was supportive of Franklin's rise even though they didn't share political parties.

But they did share many things in common:
  • Their intestinal fortitude.
  • Their fearlessness.

Each man overcame disabilities - Theodore had childhood illness and severe asthma.  Franklin was afflicted with Polio at the age of 39.
Each refused to take "no" for an answer.  They overcame doubters.  
Never shied from the big moment... never shied from the arena.
And each man relentlessly attacked political corruption...especially during his time in Albany.
They attacked the party bosses.
They attacked the status quo.
I love to imagine how either man would react to the state of affairs today in Albany and Washington.
I'd like to think they'd react the way I am.
Rather, I like to think I'm reacting the way they would.
Now if I was born an Astor, even an Astor-Roosevelt, instead of an Astorino my reform plans might come a little easier.
Unfortunately I don't have the money of an Astor.
But I do have the commitment to reform of a Roosevelt and their fearlessness to combat corruption and the status quo.

And that's why I'm running for governor.


New York is on a losing path. To some I may sound like a broken record but the only thing broken is our state.
So entrenched in the status quo is our state government that corruption is an accepted business practice in Albany.
In 2012, the University of Illinois came out with a study that ranked New York as having the most corrupt government in the country.  
And it's only gotten worse. In just the past two years, nine state legislators have been removed from office due to unethical and/or criminal behavior...
And several more are under indictment or under investigation for corruption, including Andrew Cuomo who ironically once promised to "clean up Albany."  
Rampant corruption in government erodes the public trust, increases apathy and discourages good people from getting involved in the process.  
Also, when politicians look to help themselves unethically it often costs taxpayers.  Graft is expensive.  Bribery, theft of services, racketeering, and tax evasion all involve abuse of taxpayers and tax dollars.  
In addition, politicians involved in corruption aren't focusing their energies on what they should be focused on- protecting taxpayers and promoting economic growth... among others.
New York has the highest taxes in the nation and the worst economic outlook.  You don't think that can be at least partly attributable to having the nation's most corrupt government?
We see and hear it time and time again from Andrew Cuomo - everything is wonderful.
It is not.
New York is the highest taxed state in the nation.
We have the 3rd worst economy...
...And THE worst economic outlook.
Our business climate is 3rd worst in the country.
You already know we have the most corruption.
So what does it all add up to?
400,000 New Yorkers giving up and throwing in the towel during the past four years - No state lost more of its citizens than New York.
The election is on November 4th but 400,000 New Yorkers have already voted with their feet.

I was twice elected in Westchester because I governed in a bipartisan way.  
Together - Republicans and the Democrat majority on the Board of Legislators - we cut the county property tax levy more than any county in the state.
We reduced spending more than any other county and today have a $1.7 billion county budget, less than the $1.8 billion budget when I took office.
We have Triple A credit ratings.
And the 30,000 private sector jobs created over the past four years is one of the best job creation rates in the state.
We implemented tough reforms, but showed a willingness to compromise to achieve larger objectives.  While we cut spending we actually slightly increased the safety net programs to provide a helping hand to the least among us.

We asked our government unions to chip in a small portion for their own health care.  7 of our 8 unions have agreed.  Before I asked any of them we made sure the law was changed to require myself and every elected official and their staffs to contribute as well.
This is what leadership looks like.  Like Teddy and FDR, I was doubted but I knew what we could accomplish if we weren't worried about the next election.
Andrew Cuomo's leadership is in protecting the status quo.
He pats himself on the back for holding the state's operating budget to ONLY a 13.5% increase over his first four years.  In my first four years, the county's operating budget was CUT 3.4%.  If my level of spending restraint had been applied instead of Andrew Cuomo's, we would have a budget that is $13.9 billion less.
When you spend almost twice as much as Florida, yet have the same population, a 13.5% increase in spending is not responsible.  It's status quo at best.
Further, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has questioned the state budget's structural stability earlier this year due to its reliance on budget gimmicks and extraordinary federal aid.
We had the 3rd slowest rate of economic growth last year (0.7%) - less than half the anemic national average (1.8%).
If Upstate were its own state, it would rank dead last in job creation.
Many of New York's cities are impoverished.  Over half of the children living in Rochester and Buffalo live in poverty - the third and fourth highest rate of poverty in the country.
There are neighborhoods in the five boroughs with even higher rates of poverty.
According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Binghamton ranks dead last #363 out of 363 metropolitan areas for economic growth outlook.  Utica ranks #362.  New York has 5 metro areas in the bottom 10... and 10 metro areas are in the bottom 20.  There are rural areas with even worse outlooks.
I've been to all 62 counties.  I have seen it with my own eyes.  I have heard it from the people that remain.  They are hurting.
In spite of all of this, Cuomo says that New York has turned the corner?
Ok Astorino.  Everything is awful.  What are you going to do as governor?

I look at the state much the same way one would look at New York City 21 years ago when the murder rate was five times what it is today.  When people and businesses were fleeing.  When it appeared the city was ungovernable.
Back then, city voters did something unthinkable...unimaginable.  They took a chance on a Republican promising reform.  
The choice in this November's election is do we want to turn around the state like the city was turned around over the past 20 years or do we want to continue to pursue the path of mediocrity and status quo?
...One where pockets of NYC do fine, while other neighborhoods suffer...  The suburbs tread water and struggle with the highest property taxes in the nation.  And most of Upstate New York continues on their long and steady decline, where a college degree or even a high school diploma is a one-way ticket out of town.
Or do we take a different path - One where we pursue aggressive game changing and paradigm-shifting reforms.
This is largely what Andrew Cuomo promised four years ago.  In fact in his first State of the State address he promised "radical reform."  
We didn't get it.
We need it now more than ever.

So here's what I will do as governor:

Natural Gas

To rescue a large swath of Upstate New York we'll move forward with safe and clean natural gas exploration and extraction in the Southern Tier.  
President Obama supports hydrofracking.  The EPA has said it's safe.  We'll move forward with the proper environmental safeguards in place and join the 30 other states in harvesting this abundant energy resource beneath the ground....
...Creating TENS OF THOUSANDS of desperately needed good jobs for Upstate... billions in new tax revenue for the state coffers... lower electric rates for all ratepayers... and cleaner air for us all.
On day 1, I will sign an executive order instituting a moratorium on any new regulation, and a thorough review of the approximately 750,000 regulations currently on the books.  
Government doesn't create private sector jobs but they should partner with the business community helping to create the climate for growth, not relish throwing unnecessary obstacles in their way.
I sometimes think the politicians in Albany create regulations just so that you have to hire lobbyists and make  political contributions to get around them.

I will invest a large portion of the $5 billion in bank settlement money, from BNP Paribas and others, into the most desperately needed repairs to our roads, bridges and mass transit, improving safety and quality of life and creating thousands of good jobs. That includes the new Tappan Zee bridge.
We'll accelerate technology start-ups by modeling after what Silicon Valley does well - encouraging private capital; streamlining the tech-transfer process at state colleges and universities; passing a law that bans the enforceability of "non-compete agreements"; and supporting entrepreneurial networks.
There are 12,000 members of a San Francisco-based Cornell Alumni Group.  We have excellent colleges and universities and we need to retain that brainpower and empower them to start ventures in this city and in this state.

Speaking of education, we'll replace Common Core with better standards developed by New York education experts and with input from parents and teachers.  
The myth of Common Core is that the standards are high but many experts say they are not. The Mathematics and English Language Arts content experts on the Common Core validation committee refused to endorse the standards saying they were of poor quality.  
Dr. James Milgram and Dr. Sandra Stotsky HAVE endorsed my Education Plan and I ask you to go to and review it for yourself.  Learn about my proposals to have direct elections for the Board of Regents; increase the availability of vocational training and STEM study in schools; better prepare a student to succeed in college, career and in life; and give students and parents more choices for school and for study.
Please check out my comprehensive Jobs Plan and other plans while you are at  Feel free to donate as well.
As governor I will repeal the unconstitutional SafeAct, because as my running mate Sheriff Chris Moss has said - and nearly every other Sheriff in this state has said - it does nothing to make us any safer.  It only turns law-abiding citizens into criminals.  Even the New York Times recently wrote that the law does little.

As governor, we'll focus on real solutions to make our communities safer.  We'll emulate what we're doing in Westchester to tackle community violence - Focus on the breakdowns in the mental health system; improve coordination and collaboration among educators, law enforcement, parents and health and mental health professionals; and train all stakeholders to identify mental health and sociopathic symptoms early on and getting a young person the treatment they need.
Sheriff Chris Moss will also lead our efforts in cracking down on the growing heroin epidemic.
Speaking of cracking down... Chris and I will crack down on Albany corruption.  We'll increase transparency and accountability and demand term limits for all state lawmakers and a loss of taxpayer-funded pension for any public official convicted of felony corruption.   
Let me say that again: I will deliver term limits for all state officials through a 2017 constitutional convention ballot issue.
We'll also create a truly Independent State Commission on Public Ethics (I-SCOPE).  Five members appointed by the judiciary with an independent budget to receive and investigate complaints of official misconduct, including sexual harassment and assault.
We need to redefine compassion in this country and as governor we'll redefine it in this state.  We'll undertake an unprecedented effort to combat poverty but it will be guided by the goals of empowerment, self-reliance and opportunity - not by simply throwing more money into welfare programs.  Generational dependency is nothing to celebrate.  We'll celebrate independence and empowerment.
We will transform our public assistance programs, offer educational choice to the parents of children in failing schools, provide skills training and entrepreneurial assistance, and work with local Church and community leaders to help emphasize the critical, and often neglected, role of the father in the life of the child.
And last but not least.  We will lower taxes.  In 1993, Money Magazine called New York State a "Tax Hell."  Unfortunately, the Tax Foundation still ranks New York as #1 for the highest combined state and local taxes.  
If we are to turn our state around, we need to be competitive.  To be competitive we need to lower hellish tax rates.  To do so requires a bold approach and that is what I am unveiling today.
We will cut income taxes across the board.  I will direct my budget division and tax department on Day 1 to come up with a detailed plan for a flatter and fairer system that will have two brackets instead of eight and which will give New York one of the lowest tax rates in the Northeast, making New York much more competitive than it has been in over a generation.
My inclination is for two rates - 4% for all income under $200,000 ($300,000 for married couples) and 6% for all marginal income above $200,000 ($300,000 for married couples).
I also want to see New York's four-page tax form reduced to one single page. Taxes should be simple and transparent -- they should not be so complicated and convoluted that one has to hire an accountant or buy expensive software to figure out what they owe.
For those who work and live in the city, I'm sure you can appreciate that any reduction in state personal and business tax rates are especially beneficial in a city that imposes its own taxes in both categories.  
JUST THINK: If we got the top state PIT rate down to 6 percent, the combined marginal income tax rate in the city would be under 10 percent for the first time since 1960.  
We will move away from gimmicks and temporary cuts and put in place a pro-growth, pro-taxpayer long-term permanent improvement that will serve as the foundation for New York's rebirth.
The exact rates and timeline will be developed next year after careful review of the state finances and budget situation but this is where we will be going.  We have no choice if we are to turn the state around and compete with other states - some of which don't even have a state income tax.
Other highlights of my tax plan:
  • Cut the corporate franchise tax to 5.9% by 2019.
  • Eliminate the estate tax by 2020.
  • Make permanent the property tax cap.
  • Eliminate the 18a tax assessment on utility bills.

To help pay for these tax cuts we will pledge to reduce or hold flat state budget spending in each of the next four years, matching my record in Westchester.
We'll eliminate most of the $1.7 billion in business tax credits starting with the  $420 million New York Film Tax Credit.
We'll further tackle state and local costs - which will help lower property taxes -by reforming Medicaid:
  • Allowing counties to opt-out of non-mandated services provided under the state's program.
  • Eliminating spousal refusal.
  • Cutting down on long-term health care costs by incentivizing families to keep elderly seniors in their homes.
  • Increasing efforts to crack down on Medicaid fraud.

We'll reform the pension system by:
  • Offering new public employees a voluntary pension choice between the current "defined benefit" plan and a "defined contribution" plan (like a 401K).  SUNY has had such a choice since the 1960s and 71% of employees have chosen the 401K-style plan.

We'll reform public sector health benefits by:
  • Outlawing any further promise of future retiree health benefits that is not pre-funded.
  • Encouraging the creation of Retiree Medical Trusts for all employees.  

In addition, our pro-growth oriented tax cuts can be counted on for some revenue growth. And tax revenues from natural gas exploration will also help add to the state treasury.
While we reduce taxes and spending we must also reduce the nation's highest debt load.
I support the proposed Constitutional Amendment that would:
  • Ban "backdoor borrowing" by state authorities.
  • Restore voter control over debt as stipulated by the constitution.
  • Require that all state debt be issued by the Comptroller.
  • Impose a binding cap on the amount of state debt.
  • Prohibit the issuance of debt for noncapital purposes.

I would also use a portion of future budget surplus funds to pay down a portion of high-interest debt.
This won't be easy but we must move in this direction if we are to get the state moving in the right direction. We can't nibble at the margins and then declare a false victory.  We must attack the problem head on.
We can and we will do this.  I was elected on a mandate in 2009 and delivered on the 15 pledges I made during the campaign.  I didn't do it alone.  I worked with Republicans and the Democrat majority on the Board of Legislators.
We can do it again at the state level.  We have to.
Before I conclude I just want to touch on the relationship between the State Capitol and City Hall.
Historically, there has been a conflicted relationship between the two regardless of whether the principals share the same party.  Sometimes the conflict was actually greater when they shared the same party.
I recognize the importance of New York City to the state and to the country.
I want the city to succeed.  We need it to. On Election Night last November I called Mayor De Blasio to congratulate him and wish him well.  
I think one of the best decisions the Mayor made was in selecting Bill Bratton as Police Commissioner.  
Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg showed what unlimited potential the city has if its residents feel safe and secure and crime is kept under control.
In selecting Bratton, Mayor De Blasio showed that he does not want to go back to the bad old days when it comes to crime.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said when it comes to the city's finances, at least in the early going. The Mayor's first budget increased spending 7%.  That's a lot and hopefully it won't be the start of a trend.
The budget also contained gimmicks to help it pretend to be balanced when in fact it borrowed billions to pay for retroactive salary increases to reward his union backers.
His union payoffs have doubled next year's deficit, from $1.1 billion to $2.2 billion.  And in three years, from $370 million to $3.2 billion.

It's the type of budgeting that got New York City in major trouble back in the 70's.  I know you know this.  Bill's father (Lew) created ABNY because of this and helped get the city back on track.
A legacy from that time is the New York State Financial Control Board that still exists today to provide the state with powerful oversight over the city budget and finances.
As governor, I would appoint to the board the brightest minds in accounting and finance and I would make it publicly known that the board will be watching very closely, not just over the city's next budget, but examining closely their current budget.
Andrew Cuomo's indifference to the board is further evidenced by the fact that he hasn't even bothered to appoint new members to the board - all three appointed members are Spitzer holdovers.
And you should all be very wary about the deal that was cut between the Working Families Party, Mayor De Blasio and Andrew Cuomo.  What was promised?  We should all be very concerned about that.  Hopefully I can make it a moot point, but still.

Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt both died at relatively young ages.

Still, they each made their indelible marks on American history and New York history.
I got into this race because I know New York is on the wrong track.  I know we can do better.  
The forces of status quo are powerful and unrelenting, and they are Democrat and Republican alike.  
The challenge I face in this election is great but pales in comparison to the challenges that this state faces.
I'm undaunted because I know I am in the right.  And if afforded the opportunity... I will leave my indelible mark on the future of this great state and this great city.  
Not for my own sake but for the sake of future generations of New Yorkers who would love to stay if they can afford to and if opportunity is afforded to them.
That's our task.  And I'm ready to go.
Thank you.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 9:47 AM, NRCC Communications wrote:

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2014
Contact: Press Office
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Happy Anniversary,
A Year Since Its Disastrous Website Debut, Sean Patrick Maloney Still Standing Up For ObamaCare
WASHINGTON – One year ago today—with much fanfare—the ObamaCare website was unveiled…and promptly flopped.
The $2 billion website was just the start of the ObamaCare disaster. New York families will see even higher premiums in 2015 and even more cancelled plans. What’s Sean Patrick Maloney's answer? Keep voting with President Obama and rubberstamping his agenda. It’s time for someone in Washington who will put a check on the Obama Administration.  
“One year ago, New York voters saw very clearly what a government-run healthcare system looks like,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “The failure of the ObamaCare website is nothing compared to the failure of the law to keep healthcare costs down and let families keep the plans they were promised. All the while, Sean Patrick Maloney has offered nothing to dismantle this boondoggle of a law.”
Visit the NRCC’s website, Living Under ObamaCare, to learn more on how the law has impacted Americans.
Obamacare Website Costs Exceed $2 Billion, Study Finds. “The federal government’s Obamacare enrollment system has cost about $2.1 billion so far, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis of contracts related to the project.”
(Alex Wayne, “Obamacare Website Costs Exceed $2 Billion, Study Finds,” Bloomberg, 9/24/14)
Democrats vote to keep ObamaCare.
(H.R. 45, Roll Call Vote #154, 5/16/13)
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On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 9:52 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 1, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Cuomo's Security Theater Ignores de Blasio's Poor Security Record
East Fishkill, NY - (10/1/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling on Governor Cuomo to reverse Mayor de Blasio's weakening of homeland security efforts. In the past two weeks, Cuomo has launched a publicity campaign on homeland security , but he has made no effort to stop de Blasio's undermining of homeland security.

"From his scheme to give out official IDs to illegal immigrants, to eliminating the NYPD's unit monitoring groups suspected to have radical Islamic ties, to his apparent inability to get federal security clearance, Mayor de Blasio has undermined New York's safety," said Lalor. "If Governor Cuomo is serious about strengthening homeland security, he could start by holding de Blasio accountable. De Blasio's ID scheme is a recipe for fraud. Terrorists and criminals could easily obtain de Blasio IDs to open bank accounts and possibly slip past TSA security at airports under aliases. It undermines the REAL ID Act's security goals. Ending NYPD surveillance of groups with radical ties sent the wrong signal to terrorists. De Blasio was announcing that he's not watching. He's sending that signal right as ISIS is recruiting in the United States."

Lalor added, "The mayor couldn't even be bothered to apply for federal security clearance to be briefed on threats. Of course, it's possible that he lied about his trip to Cuba on his 1997 HUD background check and he was worried that lie would block him from receiving clearance."

"Clearly, security hasn't been a priority for the activist mayor," Lalor concluded. "If Cuomo's security talk is more than election-year spin, he needs to get tough with the mayor and stop de Blasio from further weakening our security."  
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 Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

October 1, 2014
Cox: Like Spitzer, Cuomo corrupts everything he touches
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY... The Daily News reported today that Andrew Cuomo has been caught interfering with the state government's ethics apparatus - again.
According to the exclusive report, Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman felt she had to include a Cuomo press aide on what should have been private emails to officials at the Board of Elections.
After promising the State Legislature that he would appoint an independent person Chief Enforcement Counsel, Cuomo appointed Sugarman, a political ally whose work with Cuomo dates back to his time as Attorney General. Sugarman is now including one of the Governor's key aides on emails about a matter regarding Republican Attorney General nominee John Cahill.
"Andrew Cuomo promised to combat corruption, and he's just been caught - again - manipulating government to serve his political interests," said NYGOP Chair Ed Cox. "Rather than appoint someone truly independent, he appointed one of his own, who feels she needs to keep his political aides informed about confidential Board of Elections matters.
"Just like power-hungry Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo just can't help himself: he corrupts everything he touches, from JCOPE to the Moreland Commission to the Board of Elections."
Andrew Cuomo is already under federal investigation for his role in corrupting his own corruption commission.
Head of unit investigating state election law violations kept Andrew Cuomo's office in loop   
By Ken Lovett
The New York Daily News
October 1, 2014   
ALBANY - The head of a supposedly independent unit created to investigate state election law violations has kept Gov. Cuomo's office in the loop about her work, the Daily News has learned.
Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman included Cuomo press aide Richard Azzopardi in a Sept. 22 email she sent to four Board of Elections officials.
The email related to a pending inquiry over whether Republican state attorney general candidate John Cahill's campaign should have publicly released an internal poll in its entirety after making a portion of it public.
"Please forward any material in reference to this matter to me immediately," Sugarman wrote in the email, which in its header declared the importance of the message as "high."
"In addition, any further inquiries should be directed to my attention."
The inclusion of Azzopardi raised questions whether Cuomo's team might be involving itself in the work of the new unit, as it controversially did with his Moreland anti-corruption panel.
"Did the governor not make assurances to the Legislature that he would appoint an independent person for the enforcement counsel?" said one insider. "Is this the Moreland Commission all over again?"
Cuomo appointed Sugarman - who served him during his days as governor and attorney general - this spring.
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On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 1:03 PM, Antonacci for the People wrote:

Contact: Brian Renna (315) 420-0039

Statement by Bob Antonacci CPA
Syracuse, NY -- Today Comptroller DiNapoli and Attorney General Schneiderman took an undeserved bow for their office's roles in the arrest of a corrupt Queens Democrat, something that took a much-publicized F.B.I raid to prod them into action.

Let's be clear: These two have done absolutely nothing to clean up corruption in Albany.  In fact, their disgraceful, head-in-the-sand approach to public corruption has allowed it to grow and flourish at the State Capitol. 

Why don't these two partisan downstate Democrats spend a few minutes discussing the scandal-scarred Moreland Commission, which Comptroller DiNapoli refuses to audit and the Attorney General won't even talk about?  And, while they are preening for the cameras, maybe they could also detail their roles in allowing Speaker Silver to use taxpayer hush money to silence the victims of sexual harassment in the State Assembly.

Mr. DiNapoli and Mr. Schneiderman are coming forward now because we're less than five weeks from Election Day.  But where were they when the hardworking families of New York State needed someone to stand up and fight corruption in Albany?  Sadly, DiNapoli and Schneiderman were out to lunch. 

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What an incredible lineup! Tonight's Sessions features JP on lead vocals, Blues harp & alto sax (and sometimes a little stand-up comedy!), JOHNNY FEDS on guitar, DAVE McDOWELL on sax, "ELMO" JOHN on bass, CHRIS BURKE on keys and MANNY HENRY on drums. The band explores the musical territory of Blues, R&B, Funk and Jazz. Every installment of "Sessions" is unique, and tonight is going to be off the hook! And it's FREE!

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Maloney cut billions in funding for veterans, while supporting lifetime healthcare for Congress.
September 30, 2014
Chester, NY - Dr. Nan Hayworth today released a television ad highlighting Sean Maloney's cuts to our nation's veterans and seniors. Art Hanley of Brewster, who served in Vietnam in the 23rd Infantry Division, narrates:
"I served in Vietnam for this country. What did Sean Maloney do? He voted to cut pensions for veterans and Medicare for seniors, while keeping fancy perks like first class airfare and lifetime healthcare for Congress. It's disgraceful. Nan Hayworth served veterans as a doctor in the VA; she fought to preserve funding for troops and veterans. It's an easy choice. 

You can view the video here:
Nan Hayworth and Sean Patrick Maloney will face each other again in the November 2014 election. Hayworth has the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party lines and Maloney has the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. Hayworth defeated Maloney in the Independence Party Primary on June 24th, and was named a Young Gun by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the top tier of the committee's three-level recruitment program, indicating that her campaign is one of the most competitive in the nation.
Dr. Nan Hayworth is a candidate for Congress in the 18th Congressional District in New York's Hudson Valley, which includes all of Orange and Putnam Counties and parts of Dutchess and Westchester Counties. An ophthalmologist for nearly 20 years, Dr. Hayworth was the only woman physician ever to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


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