WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today warned MTA commuters of another massive fare hike beginning on January first as part of the Legislature’s multi-billion dollar plan to bailout the troubled authority. Senator Oppenheimer cast the deciding vote on the measure in 2009.
“The obvious solution is to make the MTA run more efficiently, not to add new taxes on struggling employers and hike fares for commuters,” said Cohen. “But career politicians like Senator Oppenheimer always find it easier to throw more tax dollars at their problems – even as they become more and more scarce. She’s driving up costs for commuters while doing nothing to reform the deeply seeded problems of the MTA.”
In addition to adding a new payroll tax on every business, non-profit group, and municipality in Westchester County, the Oppenheimer plan raises fares for commuters by as much as 9.4 percent in January depending on their route.
“There is a whole list of new taxes and fees that would have been avoided had Senator Oppenheimer voted in the interest of her constituents instead of the Albany special interests and political bosses,” said Cohen. “Here is one more to add to the list. It seems that when your only commute is up the Taconic to Albany for 26 years, you lose sight of what the rest of us go through.”Read more
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen’s campaign today cited the lead article in today’s City Hall as further confirmation that Senator Oppenheimer’s smear campaign to discredit Bob Cohen is made up of unfounded accusations.
City Hall, which publishes a weekly column titled, ‘Winners and Losers,’ had this to say about the Oppenheimer team in this week’s edition:
So much for landing punches on the chin. In the last week, three very competitive races ended up centering around the unverified—and in some cases, just false—claims made by the Democratic candidates hoping to win next month. In Suzi Oppenheimer’s race, a tasty tidbit about Bob Cohen’s “slumlord” status made strong, but unsubstantiated claims which gave an opening for Cohen’s campaign to immediately refute them.
“You simply can’t believe a word Senator Oppenheimer’s campaign says,” said campaign spokesman Josh Hills. “Apparently, twenty-six years in the most dysfunctional Legislature in America is not enough and she will say anything to stay in office.
“While Bob Cohen has run a campaign on the issues Westchester residents care most about – property taxes, education, and jobs – Senator Oppenheimer has been running from them, trying to distract voters with a pack of lies.”Read more
26-year Incumbent Sends Out Another Self-promoting Mailer at Taxpayer Expense
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today sharply rebuked Senator Oppenheimer for sending yet another campaign-style mailer to thousands of Westchester households last week at taxpayer expense. Cohen demanded that the Senator reimburse the state for the self-promoting brochures she has had printed and distributed at taxpayer expense since she announced her campaign.
“Senator Oppenheimer has made it clear with announcements, fundraisers and attack ads that her campaign is up and running,” said Cohen. “Yet she continues to use state resources to boost her image with less than a month to Election Day and taxpayers are picking up the tab. Westchester families should not be expected to subsidize the campaigns of the career politicians responsible for the fiscal crisis the state is in.”
Cohen, who is running on a platform to reduce government spending and make Albany more accountable, said that government resources should not be used for such mailings after election campaigns begin, calling it ‘a misappropriation of funds’ and ‘welfare for politicians.’Read more
NY's Leading Fiscally Conservative PAC Pledges Money and Support in Targeted State Senate Races
New York-September 24...New Yorkers for Growth, the political action committee dedicated to bringing responsible fiscal policies back to New York State government, today announced its endorsement of Bob Cohen against incumbent Senator Suzi Oppenheimer in the 37th District.
Mr. Cohen, a proven business leader, currently owns and operates a small real estate and construction company in Manhattan. For over 25 years, he has dedicated himself to transforming underdeveloped residential properties into attractive, affordable spaces for families, students, and entrepreneurs. An active member of the community, Mr. Cohen served as a member of the Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Department for over 17 years.Read more
COHEN ENDORSED BY NEW YORK STATE PROFESSIONAL
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today announced the endorsement of the Fifth District of the New York State Professional Firefighters Association. Cohen was also endorsed by the Local 1394 Scarsdale Firefighters.
“I am proud to have the support of so many of New York’s hard working public safety professionals who put their lives on the line for us at a moment’s notice,” said Cohen. “I've worked very closely with these brave men and women and am honored that they are giving me the chance to represent them in Albany.”
Cohen has been a member of the Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years, and has served as a Lieutenant for six years.
Brian Robinson, President of the Scarsdale Firefighters Local 1394 said, “Bob has always shown a dedication to fire safety for the citizens of Scarsdale and a dedication to the safety of firefighters. He will be a strong advocate in Albany and we are proud to support him in his race for state Senate.”Read more
Just saw on WABC TV. Fire under 135th.street lift bridge shuts down metro north rail road. No service in or out of gct.Read more
The Westchester District Attorney's office is investigating the New Rochelle Department of Works over falsified billing records running into the tens of thousands of dollars and possibly much more, Talk of the Sound has learned. The investigation, which began in New Rochelle, has now expanded to Long Island.
The investigation began with a suspicious $12,000 invoice for maintenance and repair services on a City garbage truck submitted by an approved City vendor, a Long Island company that services industrial vehicles. Two independent evaluations of the vehicle concluded that no work had been done.
The Westchester DA's office issued a no-comment statement. "We don't discuss - by either confirming or denying - the existence of an investigation", said DA Spokesman Lucien Chalfen.. It is worth noting that for several weeks the DA's office did not respond to repeated request for information regarding this matter.Read more
Cohen Says Hearings Look More Like a Pre-Election Whitewash Than an Investigation
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to quit protecting the special interests bankrolling her political campaigns and use her full authority as Senate Education Chair to launch a comprehensive investigation into the unexplainable decline in education performance standards in recent years. Cohen called the Senator’s currently planned hearings ‘window dressing’ and an ‘attempt to cover up a scandal that occurred on her watch as Education chair.’
“Parents who thought their children were doing well in school are now shocked to learn that they are actually behind the curve,” said Cohen. “As a parent and a taxpayer, I am appalled. Senator Oppenheimer owes us a thorough investigation, but it looks to me like the Senator has already determined the outcome of her committee’s hearings.”Read more