NEWS from The Westchester Independence Party
White Plains, N.Y. - Dr. Giulio Cavallo, Chairman of the Westchester Independence Party County Committee, announced the Party has endorsed Bob Cohen as their candidate for 37th State Senate District. The 37th Senate District covers large parts of Westchester County including Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, Ossining, Rye City, Rye Town, Scarsdale and White Plains.
Cohen will take on incumbent Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D), a 26-year member of the legislature who is seeking her 14th term.
Cohen, who is also an attorney, runs a real estate and construction company in Manhattan. He has been a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale for 17 years and is currently a member of the non-partisan Town and Village Civic Club Education Forum.
Cohen is running to bring real reform to Albany and real change to Westchester. His plan includes:
• Enact a spending cap and lower taxes
• Establish term limits and non-partisan redistricting
• Restore the STAR property tax rebate checks
• Repeal the MTA payroll tax
More biographical information is available on his campaign website: www.bobcohen2010.com.
2010 elections will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd. For more information about the Westchester County Independence Party or to volunteer for our candidates, Contact: Pat Lagana 914-447-0303Read more
Those in the political “ruling” class have become architects of deceit. We have become Taxslaves! It is time to get off the couch and rebel against the tax terrorists.
Social programs waste taxpayer dollars. The earned income of the working class has become the fuel for laziness and dependence. Government handouts are only meant to bridge the gap for a small percentage of legal Americans that are have been hit by hard times. Public assistance is only meant to assist them until they get back on their feet. The purpose is to bridge the gaps, not to encourage a lifestyle of dependence.
The system has been abused by too many people over long periods of time. It breaks my heart to watch so many people become enslaved by Big Government.
This is a waste of potential as much as it is a waste of our tax dollars.
Welfare has done more damage to the people of our country than any external threat has ever done.
Americans should never take assistance from the government unless it means the difference between life and death. If you depend on government for your needs I suggest that you get off the assistance as fast as you can. It is our duty as Americans and as free men to reject that kind of dependent, unacceptable lifestyle.Read more
Not sure what meeting Hannan Adley was watching but she has a report in the Journal News on the New Rochelle City Council meeting earlier this week that paints a very Capelli-friendly picture of the outcome.
If you watch the video it is hard to see how Adley concludes that the vote was some sort of endorsement of Capelli and the LeCount Square project yet that is how it is presented. What Talk of the Sound saw was Barry Fertel calling Capelli a "highly litigious" person and his concern that Capelli will sue the City, Sussman is talking about the project in the past tense and the Mayor is clearly expressing his sorrow over a vote that effectively marks the end of a deal to which he staked his personal reputation. Not one council member voting for the resolution expressed any hope that Capelli would be able to buy the New Rochelle Post Office, a key provision of the deal.
Perhaps she will claim otherwise but it sure sounds like her primary (if not sole) source for her report was Joe Apicella who is the only person quoted in the piece.Read more
UPDATED: In what can only be called a Pyrrhic victory, the New Rochelle City Council came out of its second executive session in as many weeks to vote on the 14th extension of Capelli's LeCount Square MOU and approved the extension 4-3. This time, however, there were strings attached (see original post below).
VOTING on 14th MOU Extension for LeCount Square: Trangucci - NO; Stowe - YES; St. Paul - NO; Tarantino - NO; Fertel - YES; Sussman - YES; Bramson - YES
The air was definitely out of the Democrats balloon as Fertel, Sussamn and Bramson spoke of Capelli and LeCount in the past tense. Bramson looked like his dog just died.
ORIGINAL: City Council Unveils the Tables Terms of Capelli 14th MOU Extension on LeCount Square with Conditions....Developing...
The City Council tonight discussed proposed terms for a proposed 14th MOU Extension for the LeCount Square project but set the matter aside over concerns over whether the agreement provided the City sufficient protection in the event of litigation by Capelli against the City of New Rochelle.Read more
In an advisory opinion sought by the Talk of the Sound and published on June 10, 2010, the New York State Committee on Open Government has informed the City Council of New Rochelle that the given reason for going into executive session is not valid.
Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government writes:
...the Open Meetings Law is based on a presumption of openness, and meetings of public bodies must be conducted open to the public, except to the extent that an executive session may properly be conducted in accordance with paragraphs (a) through (h) of§ 105(1). Consequently,
a public body, such as a city council, cannot enter into an executive session to discuss the subject of its choice.
Freeman continues:Read more
Hannan Adley of the Journal News has published a brilliant story: In New Rochelle, five years in office gets health insurance in retirement. This is now the second time this year that the Journal News has scored with an article based on a FOIL request (the other was the security camera issue at the New Rochelle Public Library).
According to the article, no one seems to know when Joe Fosina, Fran Judge, Ruth Kitchen, Chris Selin, and Beuenia Brown are receiving taxpayer-funded health insurance. Kathy Gilwit is quoted saying "This practice had been in effect as long as anyone can remember until amended in 1998 to require an 18 percent contribution". Really? NO ONE KNOWS? I'll bet a nickel Len Paduano knows. I'll bet people who changed the practice to require that 18% contribution know. And I have little doubt that Joe Fosina, Fran Judge, Ruth Kitchen, Chris Selin, and Beuenia Brown know. That they are not quoted in the article speaks volumes.
Fosina, Judge, Kitchen and Selin paid nothing into the plan, Brown pays the 18% contribution. The insurance for the five costs $28,166 a year.Read more
There will be a debate tomorrow at 4 PM at Eastchester Town Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters between Democrat Greg Varian and Republican Sheila Marcotte. The two are competing in a special election to fill the 10th District seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. The special election was called after Democrat Vito Pinto vacated the seat to accept a position in the Astorino administration running the Veterans Service Agency and the Office of Drug Prevention and Stop-DWI.
Varian sent a campaign email warning of Republican dirty tricks and asking supporters to show and coordinate their questions with the campaign.
LWV Debate: Sunday, 4pm, Eastchester Town Hall
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate this Sunday at 4pm. I could use your support in the room, especially since audience questions will make up the bulk of the debate. I've been warned that the Eastchester Republicans take these things very seriously: they will have an army of citizens ready to beat me over the head with out-of-context quotes and made-up statistics. So, naturally, we have to be ready.
The Kettner Campaign issues the following press release:
The Working Families Party has announced the designation of New Rochelle attorney Susan I. Kettner for City Court Judge in this year's election. Kettner was previously designated by the Democratic Party after a competition with 5 other candidates before the Democratic City Committee's District Leaders.
"Susan will make an excellent City Judge", said Patrick Welsh, County Chairman of the Working Families Party, and a South End New Rochelle resident. "Our party backs good candidates from both major parties - in past years we have endorsed Republicans such as Jim Maisano, Michael Boyle and Al Tarantino, along with Democrats like Jim Stowe, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. We think Susan fits the model we look for: hard working, accessible, with solid legal credentials and an appropriate judicial temperament."
Kettner supporters will be collecting petition signatures in both parties during the next few weeks. The five major parties (Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families) will select their candidates through the petition process; independent ballot line petitioning will begin in July and August.Read more