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.
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The New Rochelle League of Women Voters debate night for New Rochelle candidates in the upcoming November 2 election is tonight at City Hall, starting at 7:30 PM, in the City Council chamber of City Hall (1st floor).
The following candidates will debate each other:
New Rochelle City Council/District 3: Jared Rice v. Peter Parente
State Assembly District 88: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin v. Rene Atayan
State Assembly District 91: Assemblyman George Latimer v. Bill Reed
State Senate District 37: Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer v. Bob Cohen
State Senate District 34: Sen. Jeff Klein v. Frank Vernuccio Jr.
New Rochelle City Judge: Susan Kettner v. Cynthia Lobo ?
NOTE: Apparently the LWV did not invite the judicial candidates to appear but both are, apparently, intending to show up so it remains unclear what will happen except that both judicial candidates will be in the room. It is hard to imagine why the only two people running for citywide office in New Rochelle would be prevented from appearing at the LWV Debate but we will just have to wait and see.Read more
Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee Finds Oppenheimer Attacks are Intentionally Misleading and Factually Inaccurate
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen’s campaign today demanded that Senator Oppenheimer stop her campaign of negative, unfounded personal attacks after the bogus claims she makes in her first television advertisement were debunked by an independent review panel. Following a hearing yesterday evening, the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee ruled the advertisement an ‘unfair campaign practice.’ The ruling is below.
“The Committee basically confirmed what we’ve been saying all along – that the whole focus of Senator Oppenheimer’s campaign thus far has been based on a pack of lies,” said spokesman Josh Hills. “Her advertisements are fiction; complete with imaginary tenants and a fabricated a government agency. They even used a building that is not owned by Bob Cohen as a backdrop. Her whole campaign is based on untruths.Read more
The two candidates for City Council District 3, Peter Parente and Jared Rice, appeared before the NAACP New Rochelle Candidates Forum. The appearance went a little over and hour. Due to limitations on the length of YouTube videos, the video has been broken up into 5 parts.
NAACP New Rochelle Candidates Forum - City Council District 3 - Peter Parente v. Jared Rice (Part 1 of 5)
NAACP New Rochelle Candidates Forum - City Council District 3 - Peter Parente v. Jared Rice (Part 2 of 5)Read more
Cynthia Lobo appeared last night at the New Rochelle NAACP Candidate Forum to answer questions from the NAACP Political Action Committee and members of the community during an open Q&A session. Susan Kettner cancelled her appearance due to a scheduling conflict. She arrived towards the end of the evening and spoke briefly after the Parente v. Rice session.Read more
The NAACP of New Rochelle will host a candidate's forum tonight at 95 Lincoln Avenue. Judicial candidates Susan Kettner and Cynthia Lobo are scheduled for 7 PM. City Council District 3 candidates Jared Rice and Peter Parente are scheduled to appear at 8 PM. This is the only planned joint appearance between the two candidates for the City Council District 3 seat that will take place in District 3. All are welcome.Read more
The Business Council endorses Cohen for State Senate
ALBANY— The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is endorsing Bob Cohen for the New York State Senate in the 37th Senate district.
“Bob Cohen is a business man who knows how difficult it is to create jobs and grow in New York because of the burdens placed on our economy by Albany,” said Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.
“Bob’s opponent, Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, has consistently voted for higher taxes and costly mandates on business. To create jobs and move our economy forward we must lower the cost of doing business in New York. Bob Cohen understands that,” added Adams.
Cohen supports the Business Council’s Enough Already NY campaign’s Five to Survive economic reform agenda which includes: a property tax cap; a state spending cap; reducing the tax burden; reforming public employee pensions and limiting government borrowing.
Oppenheimer scored 15 percent on the Business Council’s Voters’ Guide consistently voting for higher taxes, including the MTA payroll tax. The voters' guide is available here.
The endorsement comes through the Business Council’s Political Action Committee. Kenneth Adams made the endorsement at a media conference in White Plains.Read more
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