As you know I no longer reside in New Rochelle but still consider myself a true-blue New Rochellean in that New Rochelle exists in my DNA. I am actively involved with issues like the Armory, Echo Bay and still receive calls from residents who request assistance with neighborhood issues.
Mr. William O’Shaughnessy, president WVOX 1460 AM radio, has endorsed County Executive Rob Astorino and legislators Jim Maisano, Sheila Marcotte and legislative candidate John Verni. Mr. O has refrained from endorsements in the past as they could negatively impact WVOX. A truly puzzling question is; why did Mr. O endorse Rob Astorino over Mayor Noam Bramson who had a regularly scheduled radio show on WVOX? Mr. O recognized that Bramson is running a national campaign that has no bearing on the duties of the county executive and Mr. O pointed out the Journal News endorsement of Bramson as a diversion. Mr. O was puzzled by the term “holistic” as used by the Journal News to define Bramson. I too must claim bewilderment as holistic refers to the complete treatment of an illness. I agree higher property taxes is an illness but Noam Bramson’s Voodoo “holistic” approach has been to raise taxes every year of his political tenure that he had the opportunity to do so. In stark contrast, Rob Astorino has reduced spending, lowered the tax levy by 2%, delivered three consecutive budgets with a ZERO TAX INCREASE and signed a bipartisan comprehensive 2013 budget that maintained essential services while protecting the most vulnerable.
Rob could not have accomplished these feats without the support of legislators like Jim Maisano and Sheila Marcotte. Mr. O describes Jim as the “indefatigable” Minority Leader. I must admit I had to look indefatigable up to realize it means unrelenting and Mr. O hit the nail on the head. Mr. O goes on to say that Maisano is a “very skillful consensus builder and a shrewd strategist and parliamentarian who merits your enthusiastic support”. There is nothing else I could possibly add.
Mr. O goes on to endorse legislator Sheila Marcotte defining Sheila as a legislator who has “served Eastchester and the north end of New Rochelle diligently and well.” Mr. O forgot about Tuckahoe but Sheila’s service is well documented and her record of delivering for the communities she represents is impeccable. Sheila’s opponent has no experience at any level of government nor does she have any experience in the political arena in reference to building bipartisan partnerships to make Westchester a better and more affordable place to live. This race can be summed up easily; The Westchester County Board of Legislators is no place for on-the-job-training!
While candidate John Verni is new to the County Board of Legislators, John is no novice when it comes to politics, bipartisan problem solving and protecting the environment. I have worked closely with John on major issues like Ikea, the NR Armory, eminent domain etc. and John has always taken a fair-minded approach to every issue. John has earned the respect from every side of the political spectrum. John comes from the; half a loaf is better than none at all mindset that realizes if no one can claim victory, the resolution is the right solution. John’s legal background, especially in defending local zoning and environmental issues is flawless and compliments his fair-minded, commonsense approach to problem solving. Mr. O’s endorsement; “John Verni, we can absolutely assure our listeners, will be a stand-out from the get-go on the County Board. He's a solid, balanced individual. And we can all be glad a fellow like Mr. Verni will not be deterred by the rigors of politics and will actually take the time to enter the arena of public service.” John’s life is a testament to public service, ask Jim Killoran, president of Habitat for Humanity.
In the past, I have had my disagreements with Mr. O publicly, especially on the seven words he banned from his airwaves, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. As you can see, I do the old-math in that Mr. O got it right four times.
My only regret with the WVOX Tax Busters is that I can only cast my vote for Rob Astorino. I respectfully request you to support Rob and the entire WVOX Tax Busters Team in your respective county legislative districts.