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Klein Proposes Expanding Video Lottery Gaming Options to Generate Millions for Education

January 15, 2009 - 13:40

YONKERS- In the face of New York State's $15 billion budget gap, Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), and the Director of the NYS Lottery, will propose the expansion of gaming options at the New York State's existing video lottery terminals (VLTs) and electronic gaming tables as a way to generate a projected $145 million in education funding. There are currently more than 13,000 VLTs at horse racing tracks across the state.

*NOTE: LIVE demonstrations of the new casino-style games and other b-roll will be available at Yonkers Raceway ALL DAY. This is the FIRST time that such games have ever been allowed to enter New York State. Media Outlets will be given exclusive coverage on Thursday only.

Who: Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Jeff Klein; the Director of the New York State Lottery; Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

What: Klein proposes raising revenue for education by expanding video lottery gaming options

When: Thursday, January 15th
3:30 pm

Where: Yonkers Raceway
810 Yonkers Avenue
Enter on Central Avenue at Clark Street
Follow Signs to Valet Parking
Greeters will direct media to press conference location inside

Anthony Bongo Reduces Vandalism at Isaac Young Middle School by 800%

January 15, 2009 - 12:35

Reading through my latest copy of "School News", a four-color propaganda rag put out periodically by the City School District of New Rochelle (you tax dollars at work!) I was impressed to see that Principal Anthony Bongo had written an article for "Middle Ground" published by the National Middle School Association. I am not sure what impressed me more - that his article was accepted or that he was able to string together enough words to submit one.

In the article Bongo makes the following claim:

At Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, New York, we have reduced incidents of graffiti and vandalism by more than 800% in two years.

Wow, quite a feat! Imagine being able to reduce ANYTHING by 800%.

- if you went to a department store and saw a dress for $100 at 800% off that would mean the store will PAY YOU $700 to take the dress off their hands.

- if Stop & Shop sold milk on sale for 800% off you could own the whole cow.

- if Obama reduced taxes by 800% we would all be getting massive checks from the Federal government. Our own personal Federal bailouts.

The State of Our Nation and the Hypocrisy of Our Leadership

January 11, 2009 - 15:03

The following cartoons were sent to us via e-mail and we could not resist but to share them with our readers. Their subject is one of the main reasons why NRCP exist. As our nation falls apart, many of us are still waiting for someone else to address the problem. Silence and non-action has been our worst enemy. While the Liars, Cheats and Thieves continue to run around without a care in the world.

The corrupt continue to gamble knowing that the payoff is high and the chances of getting caught is low. Were are a nation asleep at the wheel. There has not been a shortage of warning signs. Unfortunately, many times those who have had the courage to step forward are faced with personal attacks and ridicule. Obviously, in an attempt to draw complete attention away from the issue raised. Many do it under the cloak of anonymity. Many examples can be seen as anyone reads through the many articles on this site. These are the simple tools of the corrupt.

Artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

We were always taught that Government Welfare was for minorities. This is as true as is has always been. It is for the wealthiest 5% of our of our nation.

Journal News: Rye Neck teachers' union, district spar online, in mailers

January 11, 2009 - 12:51

The Journal News reports on contract negotiations between the district and its teacher's union (click here) and how things have escalated.

The union president Nick Pagliuca recently sent a letter to residents alleging the district administration employs intimidation tactics when dealing with employees and has not been true to the expired 2005-08 contract with its teachers.

The school district posted two lengthy responses on its Web site. One was a statement on behalf of the school board by President Nancy Tucci accusing the union of misrepresenting the facts and making "hurtful and unseemly" personal attacks on Superintendent Peter Mustich.

The Journal News Reporter, Christine Pizzuti described a response by Board of Education President as "vague." Did the Journal News actually challenge someone? We need that reporter here! Oddly enough, if someone is seeking the truth, that is what they should be doing, drilling down and exposing the lies.

Bed Bug Epidemic Plagues New Rochelle

January 08, 2009 - 16:20

Bed bug infestations are a growing problem in New Rochelle. The lack of attention to this problem is a cause for concern. Left unchecked, the problem will only get worse and ultimately become intractable.

People who are effected often feel helpless with nowhere to turn. The Westchester County Health Department claims it is not their problem. The City of New Rochelle has not addressed the issue nor have the schools.

People do not realize the severity of this problem. Bed bugs are not only a health hazard but extremely difficult to eradicate. Beyond bug bites, people dealing with bed bug infestations face anxiety, stress, and insomnia. In extreme cases, blood loss in humans can cause anemia.

It is a serious problem. The lack of understanding or concern among our local officials is disturbing. The failure to act to alleviate this problem is disappointing. I would call on them to take this matter seriously.

There are some resources out there:

Governor Patterson Says Schools Must Do More Without More

January 08, 2009 - 15:43

In his first State of the State address, New York Governor David Patterson focused on New York public schools and singled out the failure of public schools to graduate minority students, an issue raised at the recent school board meeting.

Another way we can protect our children and build a brighter future is to ensure that every child in New York receives a good education.
This current crisis should teach us that the only way to restore our long-term economic competitiveness is to build the world’s best system of education.

We can do it, but we have a long way to go. Today, three in ten New Yorkers do not graduate from high school and don’t even have a chance to go to college. The numbers are even worse for children of color and children from low-income families.

We must do better. We must ensure that every child is prepared for college — and that every child can afford to go.

Innovative educational models have raised high school graduation rates and prepared our most disadvantaged children for college. This year, through public-private partnerships, we should work together to establish new early college high schools throughout New York. And we must expand the SAY YES program, which offers free college tuition to students who meet educational standards.

Journal News Op-Ed: Book does not belong in classroom

January 08, 2009 - 15:37

Arthur Praete of New Rochelle has an Op-Ed in the Journal News today criticizing the New Rochelle school district not for having censored the book "Girl, Interrupted" but for having selected for use in the first place.

Praete writes:

This overtaxed, concerned resident would be interested to know, not who deleted the pages, but the person or persons responsible for the selection of this trashy, quasi-obscene, third-rate novel for the students. They should be severely disciplined or terminated as unfit to serve in the school system.

Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak was singled out by Praete as "the laissez-faire, big spending superintendent of schools" and described the incident as an example of "the sagging moral standards in our nation".

Read the entire Op-Ed here.