Joel Mowbray, an award-winning investigative journalist, will give his take on what future U.S. policy toward Israel should be in a provocative lecture presented by the Israel Affairs Committee at Beth-El Synagogue Center on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
A leading expert on Iran, Iraq and North Korea, Saudia Arabia and Israel, Mr. Mowbray recently uncovered the fact that the Bureau of Priosons was allowing Islamic terrorists in federal prison to communicate with the outside world, although the agency lacked even a signle full-time Arabic translator to montior the calls and letters of more than 100 terrorists.
Mr. Mowbray is best known for his State Department expose of Visa Express, subsequently described as "an open-door policy for terrorists. His reporting of a policy that effectively allowed travel agencies in Saudia Arabia to hand out visas led to the end of the program. He is also the author of "Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threaten's America's Security."
Mr. Mowbray was named "Journalist of the Year'' at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2003. He also won the Eugene Katz award for excellence in immigration coverage.
Final State Budget Plan Includes Billions in Tax Increases and School Aid Cuts – Still No Cap on Local Property Taxes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today expressed deep disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer and her Democratic colleagues in the Legislature for adopting a late budget that includes $4 billion in new taxes while cutting $1.4 billion in state aid to schools.
“Somehow Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Legislature have contrived a spending scheme that includes increases in taxes and overall spending, but reduces state aid to schools,” said Cohen. “Even in the midst of a financial crisis they cannot get their priorities straight.”
The final budget eliminates tax credits for business, suspends the sales tax exemption on clothing, and allows state and local governments to borrow from the state pension fund to make required contributions to the same fund – resulting in a hidden $1,300 tax on homeowners outside New York City. Missing in the final plan is the reinstatement of $1.4 billion in state school aid previously cut and a cap on out-of-control local school property taxes.Read more
Assembly Representative George Latimer expects to act soon on a "home rule" request by the three Republican members of the City Council that would give the City Council final say in granting benefits to IDA applicants.
"My policy is to draft and submit any local bills requested, so after I touch base with [my colleagues here in Albany] I would expect we would do so again", Latimer told Talk of the Sound in an email, referencing he controversial New Rochelle Armory home rule request made last month by Mayor Noam Bramson.
"I will send it to the Legislative Bill Drafting Commission and will send the draft they develop to the three Council members for their review. If the language is OK, we would submit it for a number, and then the City Council can schedule a meeting to discuss a home rule resolution."Read more
Taxpayers Paid an Extra $230 for Senator to Drive to Albany and ‘Work’ for 12 Minutes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today blamed Senator Oppenheimer and her colleagues in the Senate leadership for the lack of a single accomplishment in the special session called by the Governor this week. Because of a parliamentary procedure that allows the Democratic majority to gavel into session and immediately gavel out without taking up a single bill, Senator Oppenheimer took a futile, all expenses paid trip to Albany courtesy of taxpayers.
“There is a lot of unfinished business that could have been taken care of – not the least of which being a property tax cap,” said Cohen. “But Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Democratic leadership chose to block the Governor’s agenda, take no actions of their own, and enjoy a free trip to Albany at taxpayer expense.”
Cohen noted that in addition to the property tax cap, there were several other important bills on the Governor’s agenda, including an extension of the Power for Jobs program and a proposed budget contingency plan should the state not receive $1 billion in federal Medicaid (FMAP) assistance.Read more
Candidate: With Westchester Households Paying the Highest Property Taxes in the Nation Senator Should Be Leading the Charge
WHITE PLAINS – Citing the growing momentum for a cap on local property taxes, state Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to put aside her covenants with the Working Families Party and other special interests opposed to the cap, and lead an effort to enact the plan during Wednesday’s special session.
“For many Westchester families this could be the first tangible, positive development from Albany in many years,” said Cohen. “We’ve reached a crisis situation here. The growth rate of property taxes is unsustainable, especially for the elderly, working families and small businesses. Senator Oppenheimer needs to stop burying her head in the sand and support this legislation.”Read more
Domenic Procopio has been receiving “Special Illegal Privileges” for over a decade. These privileges include property tax breaks, school tax breaks, parking and moving violation breaks, etc… It was discovered that Domenic Procopio was and still is receiving STAR Tax breaks on more then one of his properties. STAR Tax break is ONLY eligible for a person’s primary residence. It was also discovered that Domenic Procopio was also receiving Combat Veteran Tax Breaks on his properties. The funny thing here is that Mr. Precopio NEVER served in any of the Armed Forces of these Great United States. So how was it that he was grated such a break? If you ask Mayor Noam Bramson, he’ll tell you it was a clerical error. BULL!!!. There is no way this was an error. This was a deliberate illegal favor given to Domenic Procopio by Tim Idoni, the current County Clerk and carried out by City Manager Chuck Strome and current Mayor Noam Bramson. The issue here is why hasn’t Domenic Procopio been relinquished of his title? I’ll tell you why. Political connections run deep. The corruption in New Rochelle City Hall is so bad that sitting elected officials are afraid to do anything in fear of all the scandals and corruption being uncovered.Read more
The Save our Armory Committee made a presentation to the New Rochelle City Council on July 20, 2010 to describe their plans for a re-adaptive use of the New Rochelle Armory. Speakers including Save Our Armory Committee Co-Chairs Ron Tocci and Peter Parente and SOA Executive Committee members John Verni and John D'Alois. The entire presentation including Q&A ran to about 40 minutes; to meet the requirements of YouTube it is necessary to break the video into four parts.
Part 1 of 4: Introduction and Vision for the Armory, Ron Tocci.
Part 2 of 4: Tech & Uses, Peter Parente.Read more
Forest City Enterprises has granted permission for the City Council to hear an alternative plan for the preservation and adaptive re-use of the New Rochelle Armory. The new plan will be outlined by Save Our Armory committee members Ron Tocci and Peter Parente. The current agreement between the city and the developer grants exclusive rights to Forest City regarding the property included in the Echo Bay development project scope. The alternative plan will be unveiled on Tuesday, July 20 @ 7:00 PM, in the council conference room.
Waterfront access, youth and senior services, sports and veterans services are all part of the vision for a renewed Armory venue. Preliminary discussions with Monroe College have provided a glimpse into the possibilities available in the new facility. As to the question of a partnership between the College and proponents of the Armory Plan, Monroe spokesman Rob Seitz stated "Monroe would consider participation in a feasibility study with the veterans if they get City Council approval,".Read more