Mamaroneck, NY – (October 22) Yesterday, New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo endorsed Suzi Oppenheimer for State Senate, citing her ability to break through the Albany gridlock and her continuing efforts to ensure that Westchester families, taxpayers, and schoolchildren get their fair share.
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.
“Senator Oppenheimer has established a stellar record of accomplishment as a true public servant,” stated Mr. Cuomo. “This year she played a key role in passing the Education Reform Law, which she sponsored and helped negotiate. Because of her proven ability to build coalitions and get results, I need Suzi as a partner in making government more effective. I enthusiastically endorse her re-election.”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.
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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