Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/29/14: 19 Topics In Today's blog


1)  10-1; A Tale of Two Campaigns

2) Cuomo uses Ebola to pitch his book

3)  HD VIDEO: Sandy Victims Fume at Cuomo Money Theft

4) Quarantine This Book

5) Breaking: Guess Where New York's Economy Ranks Now?

6) : Accomplishment Tuesdays - Fighting to Save Jobs at Saint Francis

7) #7: The Un-SAFE Act

8) Maloney Campaign Manager Covertly Videotapes Di iorio Speech

9) Hayworth Endorsed by All Four County Executives in NY-18

10) Katko for Congress: Get Out the Vote Rally!

11) Cuomo Failure Sparks Mass Senior Citizen Exodus

12) ICYMI: GOP Congressional challenger Nan Hayworth features her gay son in campaign ad

13) Sheila Astorino Speaks Out

14) Lalor: Skelos Did the Right Thing, Now Cuomo Needs to Sign the Bill

15) Westchester Legislator Shimsky Calls for Expanded Bus Service between Edgemont and Scarsdale

16) Westchester Legislators Lyndon Williams and Ken Jenkins to Announce Support of "Smart Schools Bond Act" to Fight Digital Divide

17)  Legislator Pete Harckham Tells Westchester "Stop Leaking Taxpayer Money"

18)  The Bob Meyer Trio at The Croton Free Library this Sunday, Nov.2nd at 2pm. FREE!

19) PRESS RELEASE] Latimer fears elevator encounter with Shelly Silver

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Astorino Exceeding Cuomo in 
"Real People" Donors This Year by 10-1 Margin

New York--Oct. 27...Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has approximately 10 times the individual donors that Governor Andrew Cuomo has in their respective campaigns for governor this year, and that massive disparity is growing wider by the day, the Astorino campaign today announced.
While Mr. Cuomo continues to amass a fortune in corporate contributions -- a record $45 million worth -- Mr. Astorino is outraising Mr. Cuomo among "real New Yorkers" who make smaller but more telling donations, the Astorino campaign says.  The median Astorino donation is $75. The Buffalo News recently reported that 80% of Mr. Cuomo's contributions are $10,000 or more.
"Andrew Cuomo has milked corporate cronyism and pay-to-play policies for every available dime of special interest money," said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. "But real New Yorkers -- average people trying to get by -- are overwhelmingly supporting Rob Astorino in this election with $5, $10, and $25 contributions.  The difference between the campaigns this year in 'real people' donations is extraordinary; it tells the story of what's happening in New York: Andrew Cuomo is the choice of the insider and Rob Astorino is the choice of the average citizen."

Between January and October 24, 2014, Mr. Cuomo had an estimated 811 individual donors to his campaign, while Mr. Astorino had 7,395.  The Astorino campaign now reports more than 8,200 individual donors.  In Mr. Cuomo's latest 21-day filing, he reported 112 individual donations.  Mr. Astorino reported 1,679, showing the gulf between the two campaigns in individual donations rapidly expanding.

"Someone writing a $5 check has the same vote and probably more passion than someone auto-penning a $50,000 corporate PAC check," Ms. Proud continued. "Mr. Cuomo may have more money, but we've got the people and the momentum on our side."

October 27, 2014
Cuomo uses Ebola to pitch his book 
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY ... The NYGOP today released the following statement after Andrew Cuomo recommended that those subject to an Ebola quarantine pass the time by reading his book:

"Ebola is serious," said NYGOP spokesman David Laska.  "Andrew Cuomo's book is not; they should not be mentioned in the same breath."

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Note: Sandy victims still out of their homes are available for comment on this story. HD video below can be downloaded for television use.
Gov. Cuomo Used Victim Money for Election Year TV Ads
New York--Oct. 28...Governor Andrew Cuomo siphoned $37.5 million in federal funds earmarked for victims of Hurricane Sandy into election year television ads, while hundreds of New Yorkers remain out of their homes two years after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, the campaign of Westchester County Executive and New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today charged.
Mr. Cuomo lobbied the Washington agency he once led, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for a special waiver to divert Hurricane relief funds to Mr. Cuomo's ad campaign rather than to Sandy victims struggling to get back on their feet. Mr. Cuomo has spent $237.5 million in all in taxpayer funds on television ads ostensibly to promote Start Up New York and other programs of dubious value. About half those ads ran within New York State, raising eyebrows as to their true intention.
"There are homeless Hurricane Sandy Victims today still wondering how Andrew Cuomo hijacked money intended for them," Mr. Astorino said. "They remain homeless, while Andrew Cuomo uses the money to try to boost his poll numbers. This is one of the most egregious examples of a government official gaming the system to his own advantage and to the tremendous harm of New Yorkers in need."
"Makes me want to throw my shoe at the TV"

"Are Your Ads More Important than My Family, Governor?"

October 28, 2014
Good morning. We want to make sure you saw this devastating Politico review of Andrew Cuomo's book.  Yesterday, Cuomo recommended that those subject to an Ebola quarantine pass the time by reading his book:

Quarantine This Book 

Andrew Cuomo wants Ebola patients to read his terrible memoir. I skimmed it, so you won't have to.

By Jeff Smith
October 27, 2014

You campaign in poetry and you govern in prose, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo once said. But what happens when the words get all jumbled up? This week was supposed to be the pinnacle of the political career of Mario's son, Andrew, the incumbent New York governor. The poetry was supposed to go something like this: His new big-budget memoir would top the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and be celebrated at an adoration-filled reelection coronation; the pageantry would help launch his national profile going into 2016 and set him up for the successful presidential bid his father never had.

The prose goes something like this: He couldn't even find a thousand people interested in purchasing his memoir in its first week; he had a panicky, bumbled response to New York's first Ebola case; and while, yes, he will be reelected next week, all anyone will remember from this campaign is how not once, but twice he had to grovel after strong showings by progressives. In fact, he's so botched the Ebola response that he advised people in quarantine to spend the time reading his book-as if they weren't already suffering.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had no official comment on this prescription, but we can only imagine what they were thinking after watching Cuomo's error-filled response. First, he instituted a quarantine policy that health experts called counterproductive and antithetical to scientific knowledge, then he followed that up by erroneously accusing a volunteer doctor who had contracted the disease of failing to follow proper protocol.
Now I know you haven't read Cuomo's memoir-almost no one has. BookScan showed it sold just 948 copies in its first week, approximately 99,052 fewer than Hillary Clinton sold earlier this year in her first week on the market. And since you don't have Ebola, you probably won't be reading his book anytime soon either.
So I went ahead and read it for you.
All Things Possible turns out to be the 2014 political analog to Splenda-a saccharine memoir about Cuomo's family, upbringing and political life meant to substitute for his actual presence on the campaign trail as he coasts to reelection. Its hagiographic gaze is certainly not unique among politicians, but even in the already low bar that is the political biography genre, Cuomo's book seems unique in the degree to which current controversies circling the governor are not just glossed over, but ignored completely. It's as if Larry Craig tried to write a memoir without mentioning the Minneapolis airport. (He actually did try to do that, but no publisher bit.)
Let's begin with the book's title. For someone who was tapped to run an $8 million dollar gubernatorial campaign at age 24; chosen to be an assistant district attorney in a prestigious jurisdiction after having failed the bar exam four times; picked to chair New York City's Homeless Commission after just a few years of housing policy work; nominated as a U.S. Cabinet secretary while still in his thirties; and then quickly viewed as a mega-state gubernatorial heir apparent-all due primarily to his lineage-the title All Things Possible is more than a little ironic. Yet Cuomo doesn't acknowledge the irony; quite the opposite, actually. He recently called his lineage "politically, a negative."
Cuomo clearly takes ample pride in the up-from-the-bootstraps story of his Italian immigrant ancestors, but the book's attempts to conflate his forebears' rise with his own gilded path as the son of a powerful three-term governor fall flat. Indeed, those less well-born-that is, approximately 99.99 percent of the population-may bristle at the insinuation, which might help account for the book's chilly reception to date.
But a more plausible explanation for the book's reception is evident once you get beyond the cover: It's just not that interesting.

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A New Ranking: State Ranks 49th in America in Business Friendliness; Suffers 'Anemic' .07% GDP Growth Under Andrew Cuomo

New York--Oct. 28...The Wall Street Journal today reports that, at .07 percent, New York State's economy is dragging far behind other U.S. states under Andrew Cuomo and ranks second to last among states, 49th, in business friendliness -- this after Mr. Cuomo spent $237.5 million tax dollars on television ads, telling New Yorkers that the state's economy is "on the move." Mr. Cuomo's election year television ad campaign includes $37.5 million that was siphoned from Hurricane Sandy relief funds.  Hundreds of New York Hurricane Sandy victims are still out of their homes.

The Journal writes:

On Tuesday the Tax Foundation releases its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index and once again Wyoming leads the nation in welcoming commerce. Last year the state's economy recorded real GDP growth of 7.6%, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.
You won't find growth like that in New York or New Jersey, the high-tax locales that once again finished 49th and 50th among the states. New Jersey eked out real GDP growth of 1.1% last year, while New York's economy grew an anemic 0.7%.
"Andrew Cuomo hijacked more than a quarter billion tax dollars to try to hide the truth with TV ads about his failed economic leadership, but the facts have caught up with him," New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today said. "New York is being left in the dust economically under Mr. Cuomo because our taxes and regulations make it prohibitive to do business here, and he has failed to address them. New Yorkers feel that with smaller paychecks, higher property taxes, and fewer opportunities. My plan to boldly cut taxes and jumpstart New York's economy is the right one."   
The Wall Street Journal editorial board recently praised County Executive Astorino's tax cut and economic development plan, calling it: "A Plan for New York Revival," and saying, "Astorino's tax reform would lift the state's flagging economy."

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:17 PM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote:

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Accomplishment Tuesdays - Fighting to Save Jobs at Saint Francis
Dear Friends,
With just one week left until the election, I'm wrapping up Accomplishment Tuesdays with our successful fight to save Saint Francis Hospital, its jobs and preserve healthcare competition.

Late last January I started receiving calls from constituents concerned about the future of Saint Francis Hospital. The hospital was in bankruptcy proceedings and it looked like it might be bought by the parent company of the other two hospitals in Dutchess County. If that group bought Saint Francis, it was likely the hospital would be significantly downsized, with hundreds of jobs lost. Consumers would lose out because there would be a monopoly on hospitals in the mid-Hudson Valley.

The calls to my office were from Saint Francis employees worried about their jobs, patients worried about access to healthcare and outside doctors and vendors worried about the impact a closure would have on area businesses. Saint Francis employs about 1,000 people. Local businesses rely on it as a customer. The loss would have been devastating.

The way to save the jobs would be for the bankruptcy court to accept Westchester Medical Center's bid for the hospital. I met with Saint Francis employees organizing to preserve the hospital. I urged the bankruptcy judge to accept Westchester Medical Center's offer to preserve jobs and competition. I worked with Saint Francis advocates to inform our community about what was at stake and why we needed to preserve Saint Francis.

Ultimately, the Westchester Medical Center bid was accepted. This wasn't a foregone conclusion. In fact, most had assumed Saint Francis would be bought by its nearby competitor and closed down or have its operations drastically reduced. I'm proud to have played an important part in preserving the hospital, its jobs and healthcare competition.
"Assemblyman Lalor stood up for the jobs at Saint Francis Hospital when other politicians were silent. His effort played an important role in preserving the jobs and saving the hospital. We're grateful for that. The hospital is an important part of our local healthcare network. Kieran recognized that and the importance of competition in local healthcare. He helped us communicate the hospital's value and that made a difference."
- Donald F. Murphy, CEO of St. Francis Hospital from 1976-2000
"Saint Francis Hospital, now MidHudson Regional Hospital, is vital to our community. The hospital has an outstanding reputation and dedicated staff. Losing it would have meant hundreds without jobs and a void in local healthcare services. Assemblyman Lalor's fight to save the hospital helped to prevent those loses. It was an important win for healthcare consumers in the Mid-Hudson Valley."- Dr. William Barrick, President, Dutchess County Medical Society

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 28, 2014
Earlier this month, the NYGOP released "Andrew Cuomo's Bottom 10" to coincide with the Governor's appearance on David Letterman.  We'll be recapping one of those items every day for the final ten days before Election Day. Today, here's:
#7: The Un-SAFE Act
"Never let a serious crisis go to waste."
-Rahm Emanuel.
Andrew Cuomo used the Newtown tragedy as justification for passing a massive gun control package in the middle of the night.   In his rush to be the first executive in America to pass gun control legislation after Newtown, Cuomo failed to notice that the law was so poorly written that it turned many New York law enforcement officers into criminals overnight.

Cuomo's heavy-handedness earned him massive grassroots protests around the state. This image of protestors at the Capitol in Albany was our most shared Facebook post of 2013:

Since passage, 52 counties and 340 cities, towns and villages have passed resolutions in opposition to the SAFE Act:

The Astorino-Moss plan for public safety contains a repeal of the SAFE Act and focuses on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill - not stripping law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment rights.

By the way, shootings are up in heavily-regulated New York City.

Feeling safer yet?

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 3:25 PM, Nick for New York wrote:

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NEW YORK, NY --  Rep. Carolyn Maloney's campaign manager, Grace Harman, attended and secretly videotaped Nick Di iorio's speech yesterday evening.  The event was held at Columbia University and hosted by the College Republicans.

It's a clear indication that Team Maloney is nervous about the Thursday debate hosted by The National Herald, which Nick Di iorio forced her into after a month of her dodging debates.  Di iorio has also requested a "No notes" rule for Thursday, in which the candidates will use no prepared notes, electronic devices, or printed materials except for blank paper and writing utensils. In recent years, Maloney has relied on her team to brief her with notes and has occasionally stumbled without them, as seen in June's oversight committee hearing when she appeared confused and puzzled:  She also used notes at the October Met Opera protest while virtually all other participants spoke out extemporaneously.

Maloney has taken great lengths to avoid debating Di iorio.  In late September, The National Herald invited Di iorio and Maloney to debate - Di iorio immediately accepted and Maloney refused. In early October, Columbia Unviersity College Democrats and Republicans jointly invited Maloney and Di iorio to a debate, suggesting a range of dates in October.  Maloney rejected the invitation. The Columbia University College Republicans followed up by inviting Di iorio to speak, which he did Monday.

Rep. Maloney will also be missing today's 17th Precinct Community Council Candidates' Night.  As a result, the 17th Precinct Community Council has prohibited Nick Di iorio from speaking from the podium during the planned forum for the two 12th District Congressional candidates. He will only be allowed to speak to people around the room ("work the room").

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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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 3:49 PM, Press Release - Nan Hayworth wrote:

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Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester agree Nan Hayworth is the best choice for the Hudson Valley
October 28, 2014
Chester, NY Dr. Nan Hayworth received the political endorsement of all four County Executives in NY-18, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today in her bid to represent the 18th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus
"Nan is the best person Orange County voters can send to Washington during these tough times.  She's an independent leader with a solid record of results," said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.  "She took the lead in calling on the President to restore impact aid to the Highland Falls School district, fought to allow our farmers to retroactively enroll to receive crop insurance after Hurricane Irene, and was responsible for bringing the various parties together that cut through the red tape that allowed long awaited work to be completed in the Wallkill River.  Nan is always in the district.  She is a friend and a colleague, and she's the person we need fighting for us in Washington."
Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell
"As Putnam County's first female Executive I'm excited not only to endorse Nan Hayworth for Congress but to be co-chairing the Women United for Nan coalition," said Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell.  "Nan cares deeply about Putnam County, our families and our veterans.  She's always here and always listening.  I need a partner in Washington who'll fight to lift burdens.  Nan has been a terrific representative for the people of Putnam County. Our current Congressman just doesn't get it.  He's quick to take a photo, or send out a press release but there's very little follow-up.  Nan is in the trenches fighting for people every single day, and she often does it without fanfare."
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
"Whether it's fighting against the overreach of federal regulators like FERC or working to strengthen social security and Medicare for our seniors, Nan Hayworth has been there and will be there again for the people of Dutchess County," said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.  "Nan is tirelessly dedicated to Southern Dutchess County and to the City of Poughkeepsie.  She will help bring back good paying jobs, and will fight to revitalize our communities.  I was proud to have partnered with my friend Nan in the past and I look forward to doing so again when she's sworn in next January."
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
"Nan Hayworth was the only federal elected official who stood with Westchester families against the federal government's overreach.  The current Congressman is missing in action," said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.  "People in Northern Westchester and throughout the Hudson Valley should return Nan Hayworth to Washington where she'll work to lower taxes, fight against cumbersome and often punitive regulations, and help fix a government that each year becomes more and more broken."
"In spite of all of the negative attack ads, Nan Hayworth has closed the gap with her opponent," said Terence Michos, a spokesman for the Hayworth campaign.  "She has the support of the County Executives in NY-18 because they believe the policies she supports would help revive our economy and bring back jobs to the Hudson Valley, something the Maloney-Pelosi-Obama agenda has failed to do."
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.


We hope you can join us for this GOTV rally for John Katko if you're in the Syracuse area on Thursday.  A new Siena poll has Katko up by ten points!  But let's not take anything for granted.  We're in the home stretch - see you in Syracuse on Thursday!
Katko for Congress 
Get Out the Vote Rally 
with special guests
Rep. Greg Walden, Chairman of the NRCC
 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Deputy NRCC Chair 
Rep. Tom Price and Rep. Chris Collins
Hosted by Chairman Tom Dadey
Onondaga County Republican Committee
Victory Center, 2910 Erie Blvd East in Syracuse
Thursday, October 30th 6:00 p.m. 

Contact:  Jessica Proud, (914) 438-5325                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
70% of Long Islanders and Buffalonians over Age 50; 60% of all New Yorkers over Age 50 Looking to Flee Highest Taxed State: AARP
"Cuomo's Crushing Property Taxes Tearing New York Families Apart"
New York--Oct. 29...The highest property taxes in the nation, driven by Andrew Cuomo's failure to curb unfunded state mandates on school districts and localities, are tearing New York families apart like never before, New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today charged.
A stunning new report released by the AARP this week showed that 70% of Long Islanders over age 50 are looking to move out of New York State because they can't afford to remain here. Earlier this month, the AARP reported that 60% of all New Yorkers over age 50, including 70% of Buffalo residents and 67% of Rochester residents, are likely or somewhat likely to flee New York in the coming years. The nation-leading property taxes coupled with some of the highest utility rates in America make it cost prohibitive to remain in New York on a fixed income.
"Families are literally being torn apart because Andrew Cuomo broke his promise and failed to address Albany's unfunded mandates on counties, localities, and school districts," County Executive Astorino said. "Mr. Cuomo has raised property taxes all over the state through these mandates, and no one feels the pain more than our fixed-income seniors.  The Cuomo driven property taxes are like a second mortgage for seniors, forcing them to leave New York and watch their children and grandchildren grow up from other states via Facetime and Skype."
Lowering property taxes has been a core platform for Mr. Astorino.  For five consecutive budgets in Westchester he has frozen or cut the county tax levy, and Westchester's budget today is smaller than it was in 2010 when he first came into office.  School and other taxes, over which Mr. Astorino has no authority, continue to go up, though, because of ever-increasing mandates coming from Governor Cuomo's Albany.
"Andrew Cuomo promised to combine a tax cap with mandate relief, but he infamously reneged on the mandate relief part," Mr. Astorino continued. "In doing so -- and this may be his most sinister move as governor -- Mr. Cuomo forced towns and school districts to raise taxes to make it appear that the increases weren't coming from him. This was diabolical Andrew Cuomo at his worst, and our seniors citizens are paying the price."
County Executive Astorino pledged to deliver bold mandate relief as governor, just as he delivered fiscal discipline to Westchester.  His highly praised tax reduction plan is available here.  

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:48 AM, Ian Prior wrote:

Good morning,
I just wanted to make sure you saw this story from the New York Daily News featuring Nan Hayworth’s new ad in NY-18. Thanks!
EXCLUSIVE: GOP Congressional challenger Nan Hayworth features her gay son in campaign ad
Trying to unseat the only openly gay member of Congress from New York, Republican Nan Hayworth is launching a new TV ad featuring an emotional testimonial from her gay son.
It’s an attempt to shield Hayworth against repeated attacks from Democrats who portray her as a right-wing Republican loyal to the Tea Party.
Hayworth’s tactic is made more notable by the identity of her opponent, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, as the first openly gay House member from New York.
Hayworth won the Hudson Valley seat in 2010, before losing it to Maloney two years later.
Her new ad begins with her son Will looking into the camera. "As a gay man, coming to terms with who I am wasn't easy," he says.
"But my parents love me for who I am and for whom I love. So when I hear viscous negative attacks against Nan Hayworth, I have to speak out.”
“Nan Hayworth is no extremist," he continues. "She's my mom. She's kind. She's compassionate. She's always been there for me. And she'll always be there for you.”
His mom then enters the frame and hugs Will, kissing the side of his face. "I'm Nan Hayworth, and I approve this message," she says.
"And I do too," Will says.
Hayworth lost in a year in which President Obama’s presence on the ballot drove increased turnout that lifted Democrats such as Maloney around the country. With a smaller midterm electorate that skews older, and Obama’s unpopularity dragging down Democrats, circumstances help Hayworth this year. She has whittled Maloney’s previous lead to a virtual dead heat in the campaign’s last days.
The new ad, likely the final one Hayworth will air, aims to make a final, upbeat appealing pitch to votes. It is airing on network T.V. ads in the New York City area in a buy a campaign spokesman said is worth $300,000 to $500,000.
Negative ads are also running, however. American Action Network, a conservative group, is spending heavily on an ad attacking Maloney for employing a drone at his June wedding. The FAA says the unlicensed use of drones for commercial purposes is prohibited. Maloney sits on a panel that oversees the FAA.
Ian Prior
Northeast Regional Press Secretary
National Republican Congressional Committee
Office: 202-646-6419
Cell: 617-584-3345
Twitter: @iprior1177

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:27 PM, Astorino TV wrote:

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Sheila Astorino: Cuomo's Dishonest Attack Ads are Unforgivable
Sheila Astorino: Cuomo's Dishonest Attack Ads are Unforgivable
I'm not political.
I'm a school teacher.
But I'm also Rob Astorino's wife.
And I have to speak out about the ugly and dishonest ads Governor Cuomo's been running.
Governor, you've got to be kidding me.
All summer and autumn long my children have had to watch you throw mud at their father.
We stopped watching TV for awhile, but then you started sending nasty mail.
The racial stuff, the soup ad.  We've seen it all. Do you really like trying to scare seniors?  
But now you've really gone too far for this mom and school teacher.
Telling people my husband wants guns in classrooms?
Guns in classrooms...You can't be serious.
You used an extracurricular rifle safety program in a rural Upstate county to make it sound like Rob would threaten the safety of school children?  
How dare you.
How dare you try to scare parents and teachers with something as serious as that.
Your own consultant said you would 'do anything or say anything -- including lie -- to win an election.'
But I had no idea.  
What you are doing is unforgivable.  

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:39 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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For Immediate ReleaseOctober 29, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Skelos Did the Right Thing, Now Cuomo Needs to Sign the Bill
East Fishkill, NY - (10/29/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) thanked Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for finally sending the veterans service credit buyback bill to Governor Cuomo's desk for his signature. Two days ago, Lalor issued a statement calling on Skelos and Cuomo to move the long-delayed bill forward.

"I'm grateful that Senator Skelos listened to the veterans who were demanding that he send the bill to Governor Cuomo before Election Day," said Lalor. "Now, Governor Cuomo needs to sign the bill before Election Day. The governor has 30 days to sign the bill or veto it. That would take him well past Election Day. But, there is no reason to wait. If he supports the bill, he should sign it now. If he opposes it, then he shouldn't play politics and he should tell the veterans he opposes it."

Lalor added, "This bill benefits the men and women who served in the military's post-draft era, volunteering for our country. Cuomo owes it to them to handle this bill fairly and act on it before Election Day."
Bill S.7839 had passed both houses of the legislature in June, but had not yet been forwarded to Governor Cuomo's office. Skelos forwarded the bill to the governor two days after Lalor's statement. The bill would allow veterans from any era to to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service. Currently, New York only allows veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit. The bill passed the State Senate 57-0 and the State Assembly 133-1. It is supported by the AFL-CIO, NYSUT, CSEA, Police Conference of New York, DC-37, PEF, Vietnam Veterans of America, and New York State Association of PBAs.
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..

Press release from: Legislator MaryJane Shimsky



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Legislator Shimsky Calls for Expanded

Bus Service between Edgemont and Scarsdale


White Plains, NY – Westchester Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson) called today for expanded service in Scarsdale during the morning rush hour on Route 65 of Westchester County’s Bee-Line bus system, which is used by residents of the Longview neighborhood in Edgemont  to travel back and forth to the Scarsdale train station.


Recently, a petition with 70 signatures from Scarsdale residents was delivered to the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) requesting the addition of an 8:23 AM run on the Bee-Line’s Route 65. This would accommodate residents who are dropping their children off at the local schools and still need to catch the train to commute into New York City for work.


“I think it is entirely reasonable to ask if an extra run on the Route 65 bus line is possible,” said Shimsky, chair of the BOL’s Infrastructure Committee. “An added bus during rush hour will increase public safety—and peace of mind—for residents trying to catch a train to work.”


At a recent meeting of the BOL’s Infrastructure Committee, Westchester County Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Transportation Patricia Chemka remarked that the normal process of expanding a bus route involves seeing how the proposed change would fit in the larger framework of service adjustments, and then the cost of the change would be factored into the decision. New or expanded bus service is discussed at a quarterly meeting of the Transportation Department and Liberty Lines, which the County contracts with the run its bus service. Route changes are deliberated also with input from the union representing the bus drivers.


A final decision about an added morning bus for Route 65 probably won’t be made until February 2015.


“I’m hopeful that the request from these residents will be taken up by the Administration as soon as possible,” said Shimsky. “This is yet another example of community members and county government working together to improve the quality of life here in Westchester.”


Legislator Ben Boykin (D-White Plains) said: “Using public transportation removes cars from our roadways and increases public safety. The extra bus from Edgemont will help alleviate traffic congestion at the Scarsdale train station, and since a significant number of residents are interested in this, let’s seriously consider its implementation.”

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Press release from Legislators Lyndon Williams and Ken Jenkins



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Legislators Lyndon Williams and Ken Jenkins to Announce Support of “Smart Schools Bond Act” to Fight Digital Divide


Bond Act will also support new classrooms for pre-kindergarteners now in temporary quarters


White Plains, NY – Westchester Legislators Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon) and Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) will be joining a number of other elected officials along with community leaders at a rally tomorrow to announce their support of the “Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014” to fight “digital divide.” The rally will be held at 1 PM in the parking lot of the Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education offices, 165 North Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY.


Featured speakers at the rally will include Legislators Williams and Jenkins; New York State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein and George Latimer; and New York State Assembly members Sandra Galef, Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow. Also speaking will be Derickson K. Lawrence, chair of the Westchester County Homeowners’ Coalition, the sponsoring organization of the event.


The “Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014” is Proposition #3 on the November 4 ballot.


“It is crucial that parents and members of the public know that this bond proposition, which will greatly benefit students in urban school districts around Westchester, will need support on Election Day,” said Williams.


Williams noted that school districts need to quickly develop ways to inform parents about why passing the proposition will benefit schoolchildren and help lower property taxes by paying for long-term technology infrastructure costs.


“This is an important opportunity to provide state-of-the-art technology and learning tools, plus new classrooms, for our students, and we cannot miss out on it,” said Jenkins.


The “Smart Schools Bond Act” is a plan initiated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and backed by the state legislature that will allow the State to borrow $2 billion for increased technological support for public school classrooms state-wide and permanent classrooms for pre-kindergarten students now in temporary quarters, as well high-tech security equipment for schools.


Larger, more urban school districts with historically lower dollar-to-pupil spending will receive greater proportions of the proposed funding in order to help alleviate what is known as a “digital divide,” in which students living in affluent communities have greater access to computers, advanced software and other technological learning enhancements in classrooms than students in less affluent communities.


In Westchester, the State will send $23,965,851 to Yonkers and $7,961,129 to Mount Vernon if the voters approve the “Smart Schools Bond Act” on the November 4 ballot. In total, Westchester public school districts will be sent $61,742,607 if the bond is passed. The funding is a one-time revenue source for spending within certain guidelines. A “Smart Schools Commission” will advise school districts on best funding targets for various educational technology needs, and districts will spend their money with competitive bidding. Allocations not spent will revert back to the State Treasury.

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Legislator Harckham Tells Westchester “Stop Leaking Taxpayer Money”


Calls for Audit of County’s Antiquated Plumbing Fixtures


White Plains, NY - Westchester County Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) has proposed a bill at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) that would direct the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) to conduct an audit of water fixtures in all County buildings, parks and other facilities to determine how much water—and taxpayer money—could be saved by the installation of no flow urinals and low flow toilets and sinks.


Harckham noted that since he first joined the BOL in 2008, taxpayers have spent $96.7 million on water for County use. In 2008, the County spent $10.2 million on water, but this year the cost for water is expected to be $16.1 million, an increase of 58%.


“I’m alarmed by the increased rate of spending for the County’s use of water,” said Harckham. “We can’t keep asking the taxpayers to pay tens of millions of dollars to subsidize our inefficient plumbing.”


The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that restrooms account for 37% of an average commercial building’s water use. They also estimate that no flow urinals can save, on average, 26,000 gallons of water per year. They also estimate that low flow toilets can reduce water consumption from 20% to 60% and low flow sinks reduce water consumption, on average, 30%.


The new legislation Harckham has proposed will determine just how much water—and money—could be saved with new plumbing fixtures in County-owned properties and facilities.


“No flow and low flow plumbing fixtures have been demonstrated to drastically reduce water consumption and rapidly repay the cost of installation,” said Harckham. “We owe it to the taxpayers of Westchester to spend their money cost effectively. Reducing water consumption is low hanging fruit.”

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The Bob Meyer Trio
at The Croton Free Library
This Sunday, Nov.2nd; 2pm  FREE 

The Bob Meyer Trio


Steven Frieder, saxes,

Luke Franco, guitar

and Bob Meyer, drums and cymbals

will be performing original and jazz standard compositions at

The Croton Free Library.

When: This Sunday, Nov. 2nd.

Time: 2pm.

Cost: FREE.

Location: 171 Cleveland Drive,

Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520


        (see front page of website,scroll down to                   Nov.2nd event)  

We hope to see you there. 



In Debate With Joe Dillon, George Latimer Suggests His Principles End At The Elevator Door

30 Year Career Politician Latimer Admits He Didn’t Call For Sheldon Silver To Resign Fearing an Awkward "Silent Moment" with the Speaker

During a debate in the campaign for New York State Senate’s 37th district on radio station WVOX in New Rochelle, candidate Joe Dillon of Yonkers noted that George Latimer STILL hasn’t called for the resignation of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver who 
covered up a sex assault scandal while Latimer was an assemblyman.
Latimer, a 30 year career politician, rebutted with one of the most telling statements of the election when he said: “It ain't hard to call for the guys in the other guy's party to resign. It's hard when its your own people, and when you call them out, you run into them in the elevator, and you have a very silent moment.”
Several years ago, young female interns were sexually assaulted within the walls of the New York State Assembly, by Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez. As those young women pursued justice, Speaker Sheldon Silver publically admitted to paying them hush money to make it go away, which then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo approved. As a member of Silver’s Assembly Democratic caucus, Latimer remained silent.
This week Latimer received the endorsement of Governor Cuomo, the top of the “so called” Women’s Equality Party ticket at a WEP rally in Port Chester. Cuomo’s and Latimer’s manufactured veneer of championing “women’s equality” is contradicted by their silence on this Silver-Lopez scandal.  
Silver was complicit in a plot to cover up sexual assaults carried out against women working in the Assembly by his cronies.
Dillon spokesman T.J. McCormack said, “When a career politician tacitly condones a cover up of sexual assault based upon who he’s going to see in the elevator, it’s well past their time to go.”
McCormack continued, “In one damning quote, George Latimer has exposed his own hypocrisy, that of his Democratic Party and of the "so called" Women's Equality Party.
“How can a politician claim to advocate for women, and NOT call for the resignation of a man who obstructed the justice sought by young women who had been groped by dirty old men in Albany? Latimer seeks refuge in his tepid call for Vito Lopez’s resignation. That wasn’t brave, that was a trend.”
“George Latimer’s putting political pals before justice for young women isn’t just poor judgement, that’s bad behavior, and the kind of corruption in Albany that Joe Dillon will fight as a State Senator.”
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