SENATOR OPPENHEIMER JOINS WITH WESTCHESTER LIBRARY SYSTEM AND LOCAL LIBRARY DIRECTORS TO CALL FOR RESTORATION OF LIBRARY FUNDING IN NYS FY 2010-11 BUDGET
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today joined with representatives of the Westchester Library System (WLS) and local library directors to call for the restoration of library funding in the NYS FY 2010-11 budget.
The Governor’s proposed Executive Budget would cut state library funding to $84.5 million, a reduction of approximately $2.5 million over 2009-10 budget levels. If enacted, this would result in an $18 million reduction in state funding over the past three years and mark the fifth time that library funding has been cut over the same period. At Senator Oppenheimer’s insistence, the Senate budget resolution, adopted in March 2010, rejects the Governor’s proposal and would restore library funding to existing levels. But negotiations over the final budget are ongoing and injurious cuts to public libraries remain possible.Read more
WHITE PLAINS - State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R, I, C - 37th District) today condemned legislation passed by the Senate last week that threatens the supply of home heating oil and could increase costs by as much as $.90 per gallon in the event of a severe winter. Cohen called the measure another blow to Westchester families already suffering from out-of-control property taxes.
"With all of the attention focused on the Legislature's inability to negotiate a budget, it is easy to forget about the other lapses in common sense coming from Albany," said Cohen. "This one is inexcusable. People are having a hard enough time making ends meet. The last thing the Senate should be doing is finding ways to increase the cost of living."
The legislation (S.1145-C) would limit the sulfur content of heating oil to 15 parts per million by July 1, 2012. Engineering evaluations show that it will take a minimum of four years for refineries to have the proper infrastructure and processes in place to comply with the new mandate. A recent study found that the resulting shortage could lead to increases in costs of $.20 - $.30 per gallon in a mild winter, and as much as $.60 - $.90 per gallon in a severe winter. The added costs to New York home heating oil users ranges from $1 billion to $3 billion per winter and averages $600 per family.Read more
Talk of the Sound has obtained a copy of an IDA Audit Report of the New Rochelle IDA (NRIDA) which is expected to be released by the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) next month. The document is meant to be public, has been circulated within City Hall but is not on the agenda for the IDA meeting scheduled tomorrow. A brief review of the summary shows why the IDA would prefer to kick the report down the road into the summer months when they hope less people will notice -- it is a devastating report which confirms what many critics have long contended about an IDA with no defined process for approving projects, no effort to monitor ongoing projects and a generally sloppy, make-it-up-as-you-go approach while doling out tens of millions of dollars in bonds, tax incentives and other goodies to politically-connected developers with no particular concern over whether the projects deliver upon promised results.Read more
NEWS from The Westchester Independence Party
White Plains, N.Y. - Dr. Giulio Cavallo, Chairman of the Westchester Independence Party County Committee, announced the Party has endorsed Bob Cohen as their candidate for 37th State Senate District. The 37th Senate District covers large parts of Westchester County including Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, Ossining, Rye City, Rye Town, Scarsdale and White Plains.
Cohen will take on incumbent Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D), a 26-year member of the legislature who is seeking her 14th term.
Cohen, who is also an attorney, runs a real estate and construction company in Manhattan. He has been a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale for 17 years and is currently a member of the non-partisan Town and Village Civic Club Education Forum.
Cohen is running to bring real reform to Albany and real change to Westchester. His plan includes:
• Enact a spending cap and lower taxes
• Establish term limits and non-partisan redistricting
• Restore the STAR property tax rebate checks
• Repeal the MTA payroll tax
More biographical information is available on his campaign website: www.bobcohen2010.com.
2010 elections will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd. For more information about the Westchester County Independence Party or to volunteer for our candidates, Contact: Pat Lagana 914-447-0303Read more
Those in the political “ruling” class have become architects of deceit. We have become Taxslaves! It is time to get off the couch and rebel against the tax terrorists.
Social programs waste taxpayer dollars. The earned income of the working class has become the fuel for laziness and dependence. Government handouts are only meant to bridge the gap for a small percentage of legal Americans that are have been hit by hard times. Public assistance is only meant to assist them until they get back on their feet. The purpose is to bridge the gaps, not to encourage a lifestyle of dependence.
The system has been abused by too many people over long periods of time. It breaks my heart to watch so many people become enslaved by Big Government.
This is a waste of potential as much as it is a waste of our tax dollars.
Welfare has done more damage to the people of our country than any external threat has ever done.
Americans should never take assistance from the government unless it means the difference between life and death. If you depend on government for your needs I suggest that you get off the assistance as fast as you can. It is our duty as Americans and as free men to reject that kind of dependent, unacceptable lifestyle.Read more
In an advisory opinion sought by the Talk of the Sound and published on June 10, 2010, the New York State Committee on Open Government has informed the City Council of New Rochelle that the given reason for going into executive session is not valid.
Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government writes:
...the Open Meetings Law is based on a presumption of openness, and meetings of public bodies must be conducted open to the public, except to the extent that an executive session may properly be conducted in accordance with paragraphs (a) through (h) of§ 105(1). Consequently,
a public body, such as a city council, cannot enter into an executive session to discuss the subject of its choice.
Freeman continues:Read more
The Westchester County Board of Legislators will hold a public hearing on a bill to allow county employees to join in the New York State Early Retirement Incentive Program on Monday June 14th otherwise known as the "Double Dipping" Program.
The intent of this bill to allow retiring county employees to double dip (i.e., to get the benefits of both the county voluntary separation plan and the New York State early retirement plan). With the State of New York teetering on the brink of insolvency, it sounds like the County Board of Legislators has come up with a great way to push New York over the edge and into the abyss.
Taxpayer groups and good government advocates will want to be on hand to watch as the pigs line up at the trough.
148 Martine Avenue (Court Street entrance)
8:30 AM (Monday June 14) to sign up to speak at this public hearing.Read more
An entity controlled by Louis Capelli made an unauthorized $700,000 loan to itself, according to Capelli's partner in the New Roc Entertainment Retail Center. As a result of the unauthorized loan, the investor, Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT), terminated the management agreement with the Capelli entity and seized all bank accounts related to the project. EPT subsequently installed CB Richard Ellis as the day to day manager of the property.
UPDATE: Louis Capelli has responded to our story here, Entertainment Properties Trust Grossly Misrepresented New Roc Deal to Wall Street Analysts Says Capelli, Demands Retraction
Capelli is a partner with Entertainment Properties Trust in New Roc City and, through an affiliate, was also the property manager. EPT began legal action against various Capelli legal entities in 1Q10, including New Roc City in New Rochelle, City Center in White Plains and the Concord Resort in upstate New York.Read more