Times Editorial Comes on the Heels of Endorsement from Mayor Bloomberg
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) was today endorsed by the New York Times. In their endorsement, the Times wrote:
"The Republican candidate, Bob Cohen, dares to name United States Senator Jacob Javits — a voice of thoughtful moderation — as his hero. He is challenging Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, a Democrat, who has held the seat for 26 years.
A real estate executive and political newcomer, Mr. Cohen has promised to focus on straightening out the mess of a state budget. He wants to cap state spending with adjustments for inflation, set long-term targets for Medicaid and schools, and eliminate “all V.I.P. tax credits to politically connected insiders.” Mr. Cohen says he wants to work with both sides of the aisle, a revolutionary idea, especially in this polarized year. Senator Oppenheimer is a person of integrity, but she has too little to show for her years in Albany. "
We support Bob Cohen, the Republican, in District 37.
View the Times endorsement here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/opinion/29fri3.htmlRead more
New York City Mayor: We Need Fresh and Energetic New Leaders in Albany Like Bob Cohen.
WHITE PLAINS – Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Bob Cohen (R,I,C) to be the next state Senator representing the 37th District. To date, Cohen is the only challenger for state Senate that Mayor Bloomberg has endorsed.
“Albany is broken and it has been for too long,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It's time for a change. Bob Cohen is a businessman, not a career politician, and he is running to bring fiscal order to Albany. I’m an independent and I support candidates for office from both parties who I think are best for New York State. That’s why I’m strongly supporting Bob Cohen for State Senate in Westchester.”
Mr. Cohen said, “Mayor Bloomberg has been a model for independent leadership and has shown great courage and determination in taking on the special interests who have taken over Albany. From the Senate, I look forward to working with him to reform our corrupt government, reduce what has become the highest tax burden in the nation, and create more stable, good-paying jobs. I could not be more honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg and I thank him for his support and confidence in my campaign.”Read more
Mamaroneck, NY – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has endorsed Suzi Oppenheimer for State Senate, citing her ability to break through the Albany gridlock and her leadership on education reforms that will better prepare New York students for the challenges of the 21st century.
As the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Oppenheimer led the fight this year to pass landmark education reforms that were instrumental in delivering $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds to schools in New York State. She has also fought for a permanent state-level solution to Westchester’s property tax crisis and has worked to balance environmental issues with opportunities for economic development and job creation.
“Suzi Oppenheimer has been a knowledgeable and determined advocate for New York, especially on issues of importance to Westchester such as education, flood control, and lowering burdensome property taxes,” said Senator Schumer. “We have worked together to protect the citizens of Westchester County. Suzi’s leadership was critical to New York winning the federal Race to the Top competition. There is no question that Westchester needs her skilled service.”Read more
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today cited a new study by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation that singled out New York as having the worst tax climate in the nation as further support for the need of widespread change in Albany.
“People are voting with their feet and we are witnessing the depopulation of New York State because of the reckless string of fiscally irresponsible budgets that Senator Oppenheimer has supported over 26 years in the Senate,” said Cohen. “The policies of Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the spending lobby are destroying the state’s economy, and if this continues, more young people, more retirees, and more employers will look for opportunity elsewhere.”
According to the study New York fell to 50th in the nation in this year’s Tax Foundation rankings, down from 49th last year. New York now has a worse tax climate than California and New Jersey. View the full report here: http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/22658.html.
Kail Padgitt, a staff economist at the foundation who wrote the study, told the New York Post: “New York has a lot of things that tend to be indicative of bad tax policy.”
Just returned from East End Civic Association "Meet the Candidate Night." This was my fourth or fifth such extravaganza of this busy electoral season. Credit the good people of the association for trying to educate their loyal membership and members of the general public regarding the policies and personalities at stake on election day, November 2.
However, tonight I believe I have discerned a curious new custom permeating the political landscape, in events as diverse as those of the League of Women Voters of Mamaroneck and of New Rochelle, several neighborhood and civic groups and Temple Beth El and Temple Israel of New Rochelle. Have you noticed that every one of the recent "candidates night" events for local, state and federal office (without a single exception to the best of my knowledge) has stated as its procedural policy (explicitly or in effect) that the occasion is for the presentation of views only and not an opportunity for "debate?"Read more
Mamaroneck, NY – Yesterday, fresh on the heels of receiving his endorsement, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer joined Andrew Cuomo on stage at a campaign event in Westchester County, urging voters to support their mission to bring change to Albany.
Calling her “a great Senator,” Mr. Cuomo declared, “I need Suzi in the Senate to help me reform Albany.” He also credited her efforts to lower property taxes, a goal they both share.
“I am happy to be here with the person I fully expect will be the next governor of the great state of New York,” declared Senator Oppenheimer. “We need Andrew Cuomo’s leadership as we take on the important challenges we’re faced with today. Mr. Cuomo has developed a thorough plan that will push key reforms I have long fought to enact. I am excited about partnering with him to make our state government effective again.”
As Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most committed and successful public advocates. To learn more about his campaign for New York Governor, visit www.andrewcuomo.com.
Senator Oppenheimer represents the 37th Senate District, which includes the Cities of New Rochelle, Rye, and White Plains, and the Towns of Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, North Castle, Ossining, Rye, and Scarsdale.Read more
STATEMENT FROM BOB COHEN
The findings in the state Inspector General’s bombshell report on the bidding process for selecting a VLT operator at Aqueduct race course are appalling. While I am disgusted that politicians can’t even manage to keep their unethical activities within the bounds of Albany’s already lenient rules, what’s more distressing is that it happened right under Senator Oppenheimer’s nose and she didn’t have a clue.
The people implicated in this report are her long-time colleagues, her party leaders that she voted to put there. Indeed, she is a member of the so-called Ethics Committee that Senator Sampson chairs and his name is all over this report. I, for one, would like to know if she will continue to support them as the leaders of her conference.
From the beginning, Albany’s career politicians rigged the process, placing personal and political gain ahead of the taxpayers. Again, New Yorkers will pay millions for Albany’s incompetence and face further embarrassment from their state government. And again, Senator Oppenheimer is asleep at the switch and it is costing taxpayers millions.Read more
As President Obama said two years ago prior to the election, "It's silly season." New Rochelle is no different.
On Tuesday October 19th, silly season was revealed once again. Some time during that day, a Susan Kettner campaign sign was place directly in front of Cynthia Lobo's sign in southern New Rochelle. Kettner's sign was placed there without the permission of the homeowner. Kettner and Lobo are both vying for City Judge.
When I spoke to the homeowner she said, "Kettner's sign a foolish waste of signage and I threw it in the trash. I realize she's desperate. How can you want to be a judge and be uncomfortable around people as we saw in a Youtube video. If they put up another one, it's going wind up in the same place as the first one, the trash."
You can't make this stuff up, but this time, they're busted.
If you want to see a photo of the offending signage, visit my blog at: