Senator Oppenheimer Nets Minus 10 on 100-point Unshackle Upstate Rating
RYE – Against the backdrop of several abandoned storefronts in the City of Rye, State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District), joined by Mayor Doug French, today called for a change in New York’s policies toward small businesses and taxpayers, and expressed disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer’s abysmal record on jobs and the economy.
“Even in the midst of a recession, with many of our inner-cities in a death spiral, career politicians in Albany like Senator Oppenheimer persist with their hostile attitude toward small businesses and taxpayers,” said Cohen. “Employers know that policies from Albany can affect their bottom-line as much as any competitor, maybe even more so, and they’re moving on to places with a friendlier business climate. Some, as you can see from our surroundings, have given up altogether.”
“As the cost of government continues to rise, small business owners and taxpayers are being taxed out of the state, and it’s not happening just in Buffalo, Syracuse and Schenectady; it’s happening right here in Rye,” said Douglas French, mayor of the City of Rye. “Albany needs new ideas from new people who understand how difficult it is to create jobs in such a harsh business climate.”Read more
In a deliberate political maneuver, Mayor Noam Bramson plotted with his fellow council democrats to deny Council District 3 qualified representation for five months. This flies in the face of the democrat’s long standing policy of appointing a provisional council representative in a timely fashion. Council minutes reflect council representative Bramson was appointed provisional mayor three days after Mayor Idoni was sworn in as county clerk at the January 3, 2006 special council meeting. Seven days later, January 10, 2006, Barry Fertel was appointed provisional representative for council district 5 to replace Bramson. Later that year Councilman Jack Quinlan moved away from New Rochelle leaving Council District 2 unrepresented. Quinlan’s farewell council meeting was on June 29, 2006 and twelve days later on July 11, 2006 former councilwoman Chris Selin was appointed provisional representative for Council District 2.Read more
In dueling press releases, the Republican and Democratic Parties of New Rochelle yesterday offered two very different ideas on how to best serve the needs of District 3. The Republicans have called for a Special Meeting of the City Council to appoint former County Legislator and Board of Education President Pearl Quarles to immediately fill the seat with the understanding that Quarles will not run in any elections in 2010 or 2011. The Democrats have proposed waiting until after a winner is declared in the District 3 Special Election scheduled for November 2nd and then appointing the winner to immediately fill the seat.
The City Charter gives the City Council the authority to immediately appoint a successor in the event a seat on the Council is vacated.
Democratic Party Press Release
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Democrats on the New Rochelle City Council – Mayor Noam Bramson, Council Member Barry Fertel and Council Member Marianne Sussman – today issued the following joint statement concerning the vacancy in Council District Three:
Jim Stowe’ s sudden and tragic passing has set in motion a process defined under both the New Rochelle City Charter and New York State Public Officers Law for choosing a new Council representative in District Three.
We believe strongly that this critical choice should be made directly by the people of the Third District through their votes in a special election on November 2nd, and that the Council should not impose its will on District Three residents by making any appointment prior to the election.Read more
Looks like former president, and more recently, father of the bride, Bill Clinton will be joining Nita Lowey for a political fund raiser at our very own VIP Club on Davenport Neck. Tuesday, August 10 at 11:00 AM. Pretty exciting stuff.
Hope you called ahead, because it's reservation only. But you might get a glimpse of him as he motors through town. The area may be subject to traffic delays.Read more
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