There will be a debate tomorrow at 4 PM at Eastchester Town Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters between Democrat Greg Varian and Republican Sheila Marcotte. The two are competing in a special election to fill the 10th District seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. The special election was called after Democrat Vito Pinto vacated the seat to accept a position in the Astorino administration running the Veterans Service Agency and the Office of Drug Prevention and Stop-DWI.
Varian sent a campaign email warning of Republican dirty tricks and asking supporters to show and coordinate their questions with the campaign.
LWV Debate: Sunday, 4pm, Eastchester Town Hall
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate this Sunday at 4pm. I could use your support in the room, especially since audience questions will make up the bulk of the debate. I've been warned that the Eastchester Republicans take these things very seriously: they will have an army of citizens ready to beat me over the head with out-of-context quotes and made-up statistics. So, naturally, we have to be ready.
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
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains) introduced legislation against telemarketers that "spoof," or alter the number that appears on a person's Caller ID. The proposal has passed the Assembly and will now move on to the state senate.
Her communications director sent out a press release, which reads as follows:
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s legislation to ban telephone ‘spoofing’ has passed the Assembly. The legislation (A9390) would outlaw ‘spoofing,’ a practice where telemarketers and others seek to mask their true identity by altering the number that appears on a person’s Caller ID.
The ban will protect residents from deception, harassment and possible fraud over the phone lines.
Some telemarketing firms have used ‘spoofing’ to get users to pick up the phone, because the call seems to be a personal call from a local area code, rather than an 800 number.
I got this email today and thought some readers might have missed it:
For Immediate Release
Dated: January 5, 2009
Contact: Jim Maisano 995-2826 - Vito Pinto at 995-2817 or Phil Pepe 914-968-6303
COUNTY LEGISLATORS VITO PINTO & JIM MAISANO ANNOUNCE
PASSAGE OF $9.8 MILLION IN FUNDING TO UPGRADE
NEW ROCHELLE’S ‘CITY PARK’
Great news for New Rochelle’s kids and soccer, softball and baseball players!
New Rochelle, NY - County Legislators Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) and Vito Pinto (D, Eastchester) announced that in the final meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators for 2009, they pushed through legislation that the two legislators have worked on for several years together with the City of New Rochelle, which will provide New Rochelle with $9.8 Million in County Legacy funding to fully upgrade City Park’s athletic fields.
City Park, long in need of remediation, will now get it under a deal brought about by Maisano and Pinto’s leadership and persistence. Plans call for a state-of-the-art multi-use facility that will also serve football, field hockey and lacrosse players.Read more
As written below and as brought up by a caller to my radio show New Rochelle and other specific communities in Westchester County should be exempt from any taxes brought about from the Affordable housing settlement. If Andy Spano cannot see the logic in that how about the WHOLE county share the tax burden for the Sewer Treatment Upgrades that New Rochelle Residents will be hit with in the near future.
This is a serious issue in terms of tax implications for New Rochelle residents and it is NOW IS THE TIME for our elected officials to step up and say something about it. Do not let New Ro get steamrolled again. You are our voice go out there and protect your constituents, maybe with a little more gusto than that what you did for us in terms of fighting the sewer tax.
From Todays Journal News
County board challenger favors fighting Westchester housing deal
Candidates for Mount Vernon's county legislator seat are squaring off over the looming federal affordable-housing settlement with Westchester County - even though the city likely won't be targeted for such housing.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Christopher Welch, 32, of 45 Pleasant Street, New Rochelle, New York plead guilty to two counts of Persistent Sexual Abuse, class “E” Felonies.Read more