Saturday, December 30, 2006
The Ulster County Republican website as many of you know (well maybe you don't , no one looks at there phony partisan stories) has decided to post a rumor that had circulated that Jeremy Blaber had contacted the BOE to see the process needed to run for mayor in an attempt to try and stat trouble between Mayor Sottile (who has not decided if he is running yet) and myself. As well as to cause trouble with the democratic party in general. As we all know the republican party in Kingston can't agree on anything and their is constant in house fighting and they are jealous the dems can work together and stand united. This hurts them and they will stop at nothing to try and pull us all apart.
Here is the actual insert from The Ulster Republican Blog :
Rumor #2: We've learned that a popular Democratic Committeeman, blogger and Kingston Public Access TV Host has contacted the Ulster County Board of Elections to find out the steps that need to be taken to run for Mayor of Kingston. This is an important rumor because it tells us that the same person may be interested in running for mayor himself, plus it tells us that Mayor Sottile won't be running.
Now the blog master who I know and he is not a bad guy could have called and asked me if this rumor was true or not but of course that would defeat there purpose of trying to discredit and pull Democrats apart. The site is regularly filled with partisan hate and lies about the democratic party. Yes, the kool aide flows freely over there. Now to address there comments, I am NOT running for mayor in 2007 or 2011 for that matter. At this time I have no desire to be the city's chief executive I think the current one is doing just fine. I also never went to the BOE to find out how to run for the position for the record I know the process all too well. As far as running for a spot on the Kingston Common Council? Maybe...who knows.
Some advice to my friends at ulstergop.blogspot.com stop being so partisan and stop politicizing everything. Also Public servants who work together with one another are not sellouts there democrats....No seriously there public servants and if we had more of them and less politicians with there fighting and backstabbing to promote there own agendas. Then the PEOPLE would be better off. Yes the keyword being the people as many republicans forget public service is not about Mayor Sottile or Alderman Cahill or Alderman Reynolds it is about the people the sooner our elected officials realize this and gets back to that mindset the better.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber heads to Albany to attend the inauguration of Governor-Elect Elliot Spitzer who will be sworn in January 1st at 12pm. He will become NY's 58th Governor. Governor-Elect Spitzer has promised to bring the passion back to Albany. Day 1 everything changes, I fell privileged to be able to witness this historic event. Please watch Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber Monday night at 1opm to watch our taped coverage from the event.
West Capitol Park will be the inauguration site for Governor-Elect Eliot Spitzer, Lt. Governor-Elect David Paterson, and Attorney General-Elect Andrew Cuomo. The oaths of office will take place promptly at noon, and Eliot will address New Yorkers for the first time as their governor. Entertainment includes Capital District Youth Chorale, Albany Pro Musica, Brass and Percussion from Empire State Youth Orchestra, soprano Camellia Johnson, and Judy Collins.
Alderman Clint Brown who represents Ward 4 on the Kingston Common Council has a record of community service in Kingston. From his work in neighborhood watch groups to his one on one constituant service approach. Alderman Brown represents a diverse ward that has it's share of problems, as many people know midtown has it's share of drugs and crime. Which is why Alderman Brown has fought diligently toward the hiring of new police and was successful in bringing in a mobile police station in Mid-Town Kingston that will operate on a grant through operation impact.
Also the kids are a top priority for Brown recognizing that our youth are the future leaders of this city and have to be a top priority. Alderman Brown volunteers his time at the Hodge center helping kids gain the skills necessary to become successful adolescents.
Alderman Brown recently joined forces with the neighboring Ward 2 Alderman Jennifer Ringwood to address the concerns of the stretch of disused railroad running under the bridge on Elmendorf Street and leased to the Catskill Mountain Railroad by Ulster County which has been a notorious thorn in the side of Midtown residents for its use as a drug and prostitution destination. As well as a place people throw their garbage. Alderman Brown and Ringwood and a group of volunteers cleaned up the are are moving refuse and cutting down out-of-control brush. This has been a significant improvement in the quality of life for residents in that area... it's the broken window theory.
I applaud Alderman Brown's efforts we need a few good alderman like Clint Brown.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Blaber News endorses Tom DiNapoli for NYS Comptroller. Assemblyman DiNapoli is a respected man in Albany by both sides of the political aisle, and has a superb record for transforming a dysfunctional office in to that of a functional one.
There is no question with Hevesi's removal there is dysfunction in the NYS Comptroller's office. The office of Comptroller will need a smooth transition and Mr. DiNapoli is the man to do lead that effort. Mr. DiNapoli is know in Albany as MR.CLEAN for his integrity and honesty. Serving in public service since 18, he became the youngest person ever to hold office in New York's history when elected to his local school Board at age 18. A man of Mr. Di Napoli's character would fit right in with Governor-elect Spitzer's commitment of a new Albany, free of corruption. Please stand with me in asking the Sheriff of Albany to urge the state legislature to appoint Mr. DiNapoli our new State Comptroller.
A lifelong resident of the Town of North Hempstead, Assemblyman DiNapoli grew up in
Albertson and graduated from Mineola High School. He holds a Master's degree in Human Resources Management from The New School University and a Bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) in History from Hofstra University.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
"I am proud of what I have accomplished and proud to say ... that people have put their trust in me, this job is a dream come true. It is a great job. It's difficult. It's diverse. It's fun, but it is tiring."
2006 Accomplishments :
A new tenant in the business park is expected early next year but all the work has been done this year; the company Armor Dynamics will create 560 factory jobs when at full capacity.
An increased bond rating shows the city is on the right track financially and allows the city to lower money at a lower interest rate, which in the long run lowers taxes.
Getting the Kirkland Hotel renovation project off the ground at Clinton Avenue and Main Street was a notable accomplishment, he said, as was starting a citywide property revaluation.
Also this year, he notes, the city moved to clean up junk yards along the Rondout Creek waterfront, got a 2007 budget approved with the lowest tax hike of his time in office and made progress on sewer-replacement projects.
The mayor also points out that working with agencies like the Rural Ulster Preservation Co. has paid off. Two new homes were built in Midtown, and a third on Clinton Avenue is being renovated and divided into condominiums for first-time homebuyers
The city is reaching beyond its borders, Sottile notes - selling water to the neighboring town of Ulster for the creation of the East Kingston Water district, and extending city sewer service to the area near Thruway Exit 19 (also in Ulster) to spur commercial development.Mayor Sottile has done wonders for this city these last 6 years and we would be so lucky to have him another 6.
Mayoral Rating A+
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Note: Ratings are based on a letter system A being the absolute highest and D being the absolute lowest.
Ward 1 Alderman Al Teetsil- Alderman Teetsil has been an ok alderman. I am not too familiar with his constituent services but from what I hear they are top notch. He was also instrumental in the budget process and able to work directly with the Mayor using his banking skills to develop a good initial budget. As well as work with the council to get the budget lower. However he is quite and has not really offered any new ideas or resolutions to the council. He has potential and I hope he works harder next year. Overall Rating C
Ward 2 Jennifer Ringwood- Alderman Ringwood has been an good alderman producing a succesful legislation that tackles the awful graffiti problem in this city. Alderman Ringwood has worked hard to clean up her ward working with the county legislator and Assemblyman Cahill to clean up the railroad tracks that have become a haven for drug users and other degenerates. She has also listened too her constituents and developed two successful neighborhood watch programs that meet regularly. Alderman Ringwood is also in the process of working with business owners to limit alcohol and tobacco signs in storefronts that target our youth. Alderman Ringwood is a great asset to Kingston. Overall Rating A
Ward 3 Lenny Walker- Alderman Walker, what can I say about Lenny I did not cover in the first paragraph of this review. Alderman Walker is a bright legislator with a promising carrer unfortunitly he chooses not to use his head. He makes stupid comments and stupids decisions. He has been such a distraction for the council. Alderman Walker needs to turn things around in 2007 and get back on track. I personally would be embarrassed if he was my legislator. Not to say he an't turn things around, he is not hopeless but it will take a lot of work and a lot of help from people he has alienated on both sides of the aisle. Overall Rating D
Ward 4 Clinton Brown- Alderman Brown is a good alderman in a ward that has a lot of problems. He works hard to improve the quality of life for residents that he represents. He holds neighborhood meetings and makes himself available to his constituents anyway he can. He is currently working on legislation to lower the curfew for children under the age of 16 to keep them of the streets after a certain hour to prevent them from getting into trouble and secure there safety. Overall Rating B
Ward 5 Anne Marie DiBella--aka the democrat's rising star. Alderman DiBella is just a breath of fresh air on the council. This past year she was elected whip and has worked hard to develop a bipartisan relationship with her colleges. Working with Alderman Teetsil to develop this years budget and working with Alderman Senor to rid the city of those rural mailboxes that kept popping up like weeds. Alderman DiBella is a community leader and the council is lucky to have someone of her leadership. Alderman DiBella will aspire to bigger things...Mayor DiBella? Overall Rating A
Ward 6 Richard Cahill- Alderman Cahill is the most political alderman on the council. He works with NO one, not even his own caucus. Alderman Cahill pushes his own personal agenda instead of pushing the agenda of the people he represents. Mr.Cahill will stop at nothing to make Democrats look bad and make himself look good. Alderman Cahill loves the Washington style attack dog politics but he puts on a good act outside of the council which makes him all the more dangerous. Overall Rating D
Ward 7 Bill Reynolds- Alderman Reynolds is without a doubt the best Alderman in Kingston's 300 year history. (except for former Ward 7 Alderman Tony Crespino) Alderman Reynolds serves as the council's Majority leader, this year he has been instrumental in developing a local development cooperation to oversee parking meters. Reynolds also has been working to bring in free internet access to Kingston, to bring Kingston into the 21st century. Overall Rating A
Ward 8 Bob Senor- Alderman Senor has worked on a variety of issue to make his Ward a better place and improving the quality of life for the residents that live there. Senor has worked in a bipartisan manner to get many projects in the city completed and has so in a manner that works for everyone. Alderman Senor also has impeccable constituant service, the best on the council. I truly am impresed with his service to the council this year. Overall Rating A
Ward 9 Mike Madsen- Alderman Madsen is by far the hardest working Alderman on the council. It is not unusual to see him out on Broadway changing municipal garbage cans or out cleaning up trash. Alderman Madsen also was given parking meters this year. For 3 long years he fought for them and took a lot of slack for doing so. This year he was vindicated by having the meters installed and his colleges admit that the system they passed up for meters had failed. Overall Rating B++
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
For the record I think the Alderman in Wards 4, 5, 7, are doing a fantastic job. Alderman Reynolds who is my Alderman shows great leadership and is an asset to this community. Same is true of Alderman DiBella and Alderman Brown. I wish them all and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday. I wish the same to Mr.Cahill and hope he apologizes to the alderman that he disrespected.
A few months back Blaber News started it's search for person of the year. We asked you the viewers to vote out of a list of qualified candidates that including a mayor, an assemblyman, members of the City Council and a write in feature were you could nominate your own candidate. After weeks of voting we had a clear winner. By 50 percent of the vote. Supervisor Nick Woerner our person of the year has made The town of Ulster proud and is the future of public service in New York State. Supervisor Woerner is our first person of the year and their will be a formal dedication on Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber in early January.
Blaber News Person of the Year :
Supervisor Nicky B. Woerner
Nick attended Kingston City Schools, including M. Clifford Miller school right here in the Town of Ulster, he also attended Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, and received a Diploma through an early admissions program at Suny Ulster. Nick is a current student at Hudson Valley Community College and Suny Ulster pursuing degrees in Mortuary Science and Business Administration. Nick has been referred to by many as " The new face of the Democratic Party in . "
In 1999 Nick was made Interim Chairman of the City of Kingston Democratic Party and in 2003 was the Democratic Candidate for Town Supervisor in Ulster. In 2005 running on bringing better leadership to Ulster, Nick was elected Town of Ulster Supervisor making him the youngest Supervisor ever elected in and bringing with him the first democratic majority in the history of the town.
Some of Nick's Accomplishments:
- Legal Citizens Police Commission
- Lowered Property taxes
- Economic Development Committee
- Increase in Essential Town services
-Settled and negotiated a contract with Local 17 that was equatable to both town employees and tax payers.
Nick Woerner takes seriously his role as a public servant, and has attempted to make a difference throughout , were he serves in many official and professional capacities where he has had the opportunity to interact with all levels of government, influence local, county and state policy, and improve the quality of life for residents throughout our region. Some of his roles included and included.
- Town of Ulster Police Commissioner
- Housing Consurshum
- Transport Council
- Division of Ancient Hibernians
- Lions Club
- Associate Member of the United Steel Worker's of America
-Associate Member of NYS Funeral Director's Association
-Town of Ulster Democratic Committee
We are proud you choose Supervisor Woerner to be our first annual Blaber News Person of the year. Supervisor Woerner is a leader and role model in this community and Ulster County is lucky to have him.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Dear Mayor Sottile,
A historic event took place January 23rd 2001. After the devastating loss of Mayor T.R. Gallo you took over and took a grieving, heart broken city and made it whole again. It has not always been easy their have been people committed to your failure, people that will say(true or untrue) and do anything to discredit you. Through it all you have remained a true professional and gone to work with one thing on your mind making the city a better place, and improving the quality of life for all Kingstonians.
In your six year tenure you have increased our bond rating. Paving the way for the city to borrow money at a lower interest rate that will in the end lower our taxes. You have addressed environmental concerns that past administrations have failed to address. Economic development has been a key goal in your administration with the re-birth of the Kirkland Hotel, a beautiful building that for so long has sat dormant will reopen soon, brining fourth new businesses thanks to your efforts. Speaking of business, Armor Dynamics, will open this spring in the Kingston Business Park and bring 560 high paying jobs to this area thanks to your administration's vision for economic development in this area.
In addition to your efforts to bring in business you have also worked hard to keep taxes in check. While it has not always been easy. You have kept taxes at an affordable rate while keeping the fund balance intact.
Kingston needs responsible leadership and while it is early and I know you are focused on your job, and the many projects that you are working on to improve Kingston. I formally ask that you run for re-election as Mayor of the City of Kingston for another term. You have been arguably one of the greatest mayors in our city's rich history. I am not asking you to make a decision now do that when you are ready. Kingston is lucky to have you and your service to this community is appreciated. Their is no one I can think of that should run this city for the next 4 years then yourself. Have a happy Holidays.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber welcomes Ulster County Legislator Gary Bischoff this Monday at 10pm to discuss Ulster County legislative issues. Among some of the topics of discussion will be the recently passed Charter that Legislator Biscoff chaired and the new appointment of Social Services Director. As well as what the future is for the County Legislator as they enter into a new session in a few weeks.
Legislator Bischoff serves on the Administrative Services Committee, Arts, Education, Tourism and Community Relations Committee, Public Works Committee, and the Efficiency, Reform and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee; in which he is chair.
As we have all heard Ulster County Legislator Peter Kraft was stopped for a dwi on Sunday Morning. Legislator Kraft was coming home from a Christmas party at the time and was stopped by the Ulster County sheriffs office. Legislator Kraft has taken responsibility for his actions and admitted that he used poor judgment and that he feels bad for what has happened. That is acceptable to me. Legislator Kraft is an exceptional legislator and an asset to Ulster County. We all make mistakes and Legislator Kraft is human like everyone else. For the betterment of Ulster County I think it is best we move on and focus on the pertinent issues facing this county.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
SHERIFF-ELECT PAUL VAN BLARCUM
cordially invites you to attend
his swearing in as the new Sheriff of
on January 1, 2007, at 2:30 PM at
, Rte 32,
All are welcome to come and share this important occasion with our new Sheriff and to celebrate the first day of a new era in the Sheriffs Department
This weeks Blaber News Person of the week is Alderman Bob Senor. Alderman Senor represents the eighth ward on the Kingston Common Council. Alderman Senor has set a fine example of how the council can work together in a bipartisan manner and is a true republican leader on the council. His LEADERSHIP on the council furthermore proves that public service does not have to be a blood sport. Working with the Majority Alderman Senor has accomplished several things that have benefited the city and Ward 8.
Why? Why has Alderman Senor been able to get along so well with the other side? As Minority Leader Cahill makes it seem the democrats are big, mean, and scary and can't be trusted. How could Alderman Senor possibly get anything done. Obviously Mr.Cahill's hypothesis is ridiculous, and that very thought process and his politicking is the reason to why Mr.Cahill is in the minority within the Minority caucus. (Mr. Cahill's words not mine.) Alderman Senor on the other hand has taken a diplomatic approach. He has done something that Alderman Cahill can't seem to do, he has kept politics out of city business and focused more on public service. Doing what is best for the people that elected him, and yes that includes working with ''those big mean democrats." I applaud Alderman Senor for his service to this city. Certain Republicans could learn from this community leader.
Friday, December 15, 2006
As many of you have heard Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota suffered a brain hemorrhage earlier this week and under went emergency brain surgery. The surgery was successful and Senator Johnson is doing well. However he is not out of the woods yet, his condition is stable but critical and will have a long recovery process. My thoughts are with his family at this time and I wish him a speedy recovery.
A Message from Majority Leader Harry Reid :
As you probably have heard by now, Senator Tim Johnson ofbecame ill on Wednesday and was taken to the hospital.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone here in the Senate are with Tim and his family.
Tim is getting the finest care in the world at George Washington University Hospital. I, along with Senator Daschle, were with his family on Wednesday and Thursday.
Admiral John Eisold, Attending Physician of thehas released a statement saying, "Senator Tim Johnson has continued to have an uncomplicated post-operative course. Specifically, he has been appropriately responsive to both word and touch. No further surgical intervention has been required."
As Senator Johnson continues his recovery, the Senate continues to prepare for the 110th Congress. There's a lot to do on behalf of the American people, and we are looking forward to getting to work next year.
Please keep Senator Johnson in your prayers.
Marcus Molinaro became Mayor of Tivoli twelve years ago just out of high school at 19 and quickly was thrown into the limelight being the youngest Mayor in the USA ever to be elected. During his tenure as Mayor and Dutchess County Legislator he developed a record of cutting property taxes, f ighting for residents rights, and improving the quality of life for the people he represents. On Thursday however Marc Molinaro resigned as Mayor and as a County legislator to head to Albany were he will take his seat as an Assemblyman of the 103rd district a position he was elected to in November. There is no doubt in my mind that Assemblyman elect will do a great job on a state level just as he has done on both a county and a village level. I wish him the best of luck. I know the people of the 103rd are in good hands.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
About 10 years ago our late Mayor T.R. Gallo and our current Mayor who was then Alderman- at-Large James Sottile had a vision for Kingston, and that vision was to bring in Economic Development into the City of Kingston by creating the Kingston Industrial Park. A municipality owned business park that would make business in Kingston and in Ulster County more desirable to potential developers. There vision was a great one currently the business park houses Huck Int. a fortune 500 company that employees approx. 200 full time employees.
Up until recently though that was the only company housed in the park. Many potential tenants had looked but none had gone through for whatever reason. It is a process it is not something that happens over night. It also does not help when the Republican party and members of the Republican leadership on the Kingston Common Council want the business park to fail. You see it is their goal to make sure that the business park stays empty and that business fails. They would rather keep business out then give credit to Mayor Sottile and Late Mayor Gallo.
About a year or so ago after Ameribag ( a potential tenant) failed to come into the business park the Minority Leader of the council was smiling ear to ear as if he were happy that Kingston had lost another business to the neighboring Town of Ulster. However the Minority leader underestimated Mayor Sottile and his determination to bring jobs to Kingston because just a few short months later there was a big announcement, Armor Dynamics a new company that would change the way in developing body armor for our troops had chosen Kingston's business park to develop there product and not only did they pick Kingston they vowed to bring in 570 new jobs at a living wage rate. If it had not been for Mayor Sottile's vision in creating the business park it is safe to say that Armor Dynamics would not be in Kingston and those 500 + jobs would be in another city other then our own.
It was announced on Tuesday that construction of Armor Dynamics will begin this spring. This is a big win for all Kingstonians and will help Kingston bring in much needed jobs to the area. As well as improve the quality of life. I applaud our Mayor Jim Sottile, our Alderman at Large Jim Noble. The Majority leader of the Kingston Common Council Bill Reynolds, (who also is the alderman that represents the business park) and all others that have made T.R.'s vision a reality.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
To the owner of the blog site: by all means please keep up the good work and continue putting out this garbage for the residents of Kingston and Ulster County. The thing that the republicans do not seem to get and to be fair some democrats as well, is that their are smart people living in Kingston and in Ulster County. So when they start with there lies and partisan attacks the people see right through it. The people know of the good works of the Sottile/Noble administration and how Sottile's vision to see outside the box and to look at the whole picture has made Kingston a great city. Is there problems in Kingston? Sure. But there are problems in every city. Mayor Sottile has worked to lower taxes, bring in economic development, and create a better quality of life for all Kingstonians. From were I am sitting he is a success and Kingston is lucky to have him.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Minority Leader of the Ulster County Legislator Glenn Noonan will join Jeremy Blaber this Monday night on his top rated show " Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber.'' Among the topics of conversation will be the Ulster County charter, the appointment of a new Ulster County Social Services Director, and the 2006 Ulster County budget.
Jeremy will also be on '' Keizer, Henry, and you'' to discuss new changes in the city of Kingston. As well as talk about early election 2007 races.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Mr. Cahill will chair the hearing, which will focus on the areas of the report pertaining to the Hudson Valley. Any persons wishing to participate may contact Mr. Cahill’s office at .
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Lenny Walker has been an exceptional role model to this community and has many accomplishments these last weeks. The successful completion of a group of Guardian Angels in which he is the chapter leader. As well as bipartisan work with the council to do what is best for the City of Kingston.
Alderman Walker and I do not always agree on the issues and that is healthy. You should not agree with everyone 100 percent of the time. However Lenny and I have a mutual respect and I know that he has the City's best interest at heart. Their is no other democrat I would rather have on that council representing the third ward then Alderman Walker.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Alderman and Minority Leader Rich Cahill will join Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber this Monday at 10pm. Mr. Cahill and myself will respectfully debate the issues going on in Kingston. The budget and meter plans are likely to be discussed. I look forward to having him on the show and I welcome your phone calls.
Another New edition to Late Night w/Jeremy Blaber starting next Monday will be live instant message. Were you will be able to ask live questions to our guests and myself via the internet. A special thanks to Robb Kinnin at www.calleveryone.com for making the KPA studio wireless which makes this new feature possible.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Alderman Bill Reynolds and the Kingston Common Council have lowered the budget to about a 1.8 % increase. A big relief for the taxpayers who originally were looking at a proposed budget that called for a 5.9 % increase. The cost of living lies around 3.3%. This is a positive thing said Blaber, the council has developed a budget that works for both the City and it's taxpaying residents.
Some of the major changes that caused such a decrease in the city budget was a savings of more then 200k in medical insurance for city employees. Also having the department heads work directly with the council on the budget of their respected departments gave a lot of insight to what is going on and what can be changed or added. The city also is discontinuing free trash service to tax exempt properties. This will save taxpayers around 75k.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
A sincere Thank You and Congratulations to my brother Barry and his wife Bridget. I went up to Maryland to there new house on the water for thanksgiving and we had a great time. While I was up their I had the opportunity to view their public access channels, as you of you know I serve on the KPA Board as the Vice- Chairman to the commission. I found a lot of interesting concepts on both channels, yes they have two. I will present some of the ideas I found from there channels to the commission. To see if we can incorporate some to ours to better the station. I also caught some of their government meetings on there station and jokingly told my brother next time I am down their I am going to convince him to run for there county legislature.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
This weeks person of the week is Chairman of the Ulster County Legislator David Donaldson. Chairman Donaldson has done wonders for Ulster County, whether it be as a Kingston Alderman or the Ulster County legislator. In both of those bodies he served as minority leader and witnessed both of them come part of the Majority under his leadership. In 2005 after the democrats took back the legislator after 26 years of being in the Minority Mr. Donaldson was elected chair of that body, rightfully so.
He has served Ulster County well this year. Under his leadership with the close work of the legislator a budget was passed that is right in line with the cost of living for Ulster County residents. Also under his leadership a more important thing happened, a milestone, the passing of the Ulster County charter. This important task that will transform Ulster County to the next level and bring accountability to Ulster County was put on the ballot to be voted on. Their were great obstacles to try and prevent this including a powerful financial machine that poured thousands into seeing the charter fail. In the end that did not happen because of Chairman Donaldson and the Ulster County legislators tireless efforts the charter was successful and passed in both Kingston and Ulster County respectively.
Link of your Ulster County Legislators and contact information:
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I would like to wish all Kingstonians a happy thanksgiving this holiday season.
I think we need Thanksgiving this year! We need time to slow down, reflect and count our blessings. We need time to distance ourselves and to catch our breath after all the happenings of the past year.
There is much to be grateful for this November. Each of you in, your own setting, is aware of the gifts and blessings you have in family and friends, neighbors and co-workers.
We are thankful for this country, with its beauty and bounty, which allows us so many opportunities and protections. Yet, we are aware of the intractable war in Iraq and the pain and disruption this war causes many of our families and friends; aware, too, that national security is ever fragile. We also acknowledge the instability in the Middle East, the suffering in Darfur, and the plight of the world’s refugees. Closer to home, we have to adjust to a new alignment of congressional power, as well as deal with a temperamental economy.
So we pray that our political, church, and corporate leadership be endowed with wisdom and wise counsel in the decisions before them. In these fragile times we pray for peace, stability, and goodwill among peoples.
As George Washington wrote in his first Presidential Proclamation of Thanksgiving:
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
Let that be our prayer – as individual and as community – this Thanksgiving season.
You, your family and friends are in my prayers and thoughts during this annual celebration of gratitude.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Alderman Richard Cahill will host a tell all story on Kingston Public Access television tonight at 9pm titled '' If I had a clue." In it Mr.Cahill will talk in depth about various local Kingston issues. He will provide graphic hypothetical detail of what he would do differently if he had a clue about what he was talking about.
Don't miss this exclusive event Monday at 9pm ch.23
Friday, November 17, 2006
Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber will not air this week at it's usual time Monday at 10pm. This week Jeremy Blaber has been invited to a special event in New York City hosted by Attorney General elect Andrew Cuomo. Jeremy will conduct a brief interview with AG Cuomo that will air the following week.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
New college poll finds Hillary to win nomination in 08 as well as beat both leading candidates for the gop nod in the general election.
With 14 months until the first 2008 presidential contests take place, nearly half of New York Democrats support Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll of registered voters released Wednesday. In potential general election head-to-head match-ups, Clinton beats former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Arizona Senator John McCain. Giuliani and McCain both beat Illinois Senator Barak Obama. For the first time in two years of Siena New York polls, a majority of New York voters believe that New York State is on the right track.
In head-to-head general election match-ups, Clinton would beat Giuliani 53-39 percent. She would beat McCain 55-36 percent. Giuliani would beat Obama 47-41 percent. McCain and Obama are running neck and neck, with McCain leading 40-39 percent.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Blaber News is offering a $100 reward to information that will lead to an arrest for the people responsible in placing a fire bomb in Mayor Sottile's mailbox. This is not a joke it is a serious offence that puts the mayor and his family at risk. Your anonymity is safe send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and if your information leads to an arrest there will be a 100 dollar cash reward. I also urge you to call the Kingston Police department at 331-1671
Here is the article from the daily freeman:
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Alderman Richard Cahill is going after business once again. He has came out against a local gas station (quickchek) that wants to take shop in Kingston's sixth ward. Not only would this store create much needed jobs but would make life easier and more convenient for people in his ward. It seems to me Rich Cahill does not care about people in his ward.
What bothers people is not just the fact that Alderman Cahill opposes this project but that he is such a hypocrite about the whole thing. He says one thing and does the other. He claims to be pro-union but then develops a plan for parking meters that leaves union workers hungry. He claims to be pro-business but is opposing new development in his own ward.
Give Alderman Cahill a much needed reality check and remind him that he is a public servant answerable to the people. Contact Alderman Cahill and tell him that we want business in the city of Kingston. Tell him not to use his position to bully companies around.
Hon. Richard Cahill Jr.
85 Manor Place
Kingston NY 12401
Friday, November 10, 2006
Jeremy Blaber called for budget cuts in the proposed City of Kingston budget saying that 5 percent is simply unacceptable. Blaber would not play politics pointing fingers at who was to blame for the increase. Blaber stated things need to be cut. Mayor Sottile has done a diligent job developing this budget now it is the councils responsibility to get the budget in check.
People just can't afford a 5 percent increase we have seniors on fixed incomes that are property rich and income poor. They feel the pinch when it comes to the rise of property taxes. It is the city's responsibility to work to develop a budget that is affordable for taxpayers. While Blaber said no increase would be ideal he admitted it is not realistic. It's tough it gets to a point their is only so much you can cut. I think this council can get the budget down to 3 percent and still have a budget that can work for both the city and the taxpayers.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Blaber News person of the week our great chairman Howard Dean. Democrats have taken both the house and congress because of Dean's ideas and 50 state plan. He was right from the begining in calling this war a mistake and asking in a change of course. The Bush administration has a lot of good slogans... "Stay the course," "cut and run," how about STOP AND THINK. I am glad to have someone like Howard Dean that does just that.
A message from Howard Dean:
The American people sent a clear message for a new direction. Voting for hope and opportunity, they rejected the Republican culture of corruption and the politics of fear and smear. Democratic candidates ran strong campaigns, worked hard, and offered the American people a clear choice and a strong vision for a new direction based on the priorities of the American people. The American voters also sent a message to Democrats that if we show up, work hard and ask for their vote, we can win in any part of the country.
Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994.
Jim Webb's win over incumbent Sen. George Allen gave Democrats their 51st seat in the Senate, an astonishing turnabout at the hands of voters unhappy with Republican scandal and unabated violence in Iraq.
Again congratulations to our US Senator Hillary Clinton who won with 70 percent of the vote.
" Kingston would be lucky to have 10 Jeremy Blabers. His commitment to the community and public service is second to no one."
Congratulations to Marc Molinaro who handedly beat his opponent Tuesday night to become the next Assemblyman of the 103rd district. This is really something the people in that district and in NYS can be proud of.
Marc is a great guy who has devoted his career to public service and will do a great job in the NYS Assembly for the people in his district, just as he has done on a village and county level.
Mr. Molinaro certainly falls on the list of NY politicians to look out for in 10 years.. I think Assembly is just the tip of the iceberg for Molinaro especial when he will serve in the minority...Senator Molinaro?
Sheriff elect Paul Van Blarcum easily defeated his opponent by a near 2 to 1 margin, Tuesday night leading Costello 35,459 to 19,548. Both candidates lead a clean campaign that stuck to the issues and in the end the people of Ulster County choose some one who is the the most qualified to lead the U.C. sheriff dept. I wish Paul the best of luck in his new position...he earned it and will do a phenomenal job as our next Ulster County Sheriff.
Big wins for Dems across the board as Dems take control of NYS Government. Elliot Spitzer lead the ticket for governor followed by Hillary Clinton who easily won re-election for US Senate with 70 percent, Attorney General elect Andrew Cuomo took 67 percent of the vote and Allen Hevesi won with 62 percent. This is a big win for NY and for the people of NY. With people in office like Spitzer and Cuomo and Clinton and Hevesi you know were in the right direction they all will bring leadership and results for NY.
Democrats won control of the House early Wednesday after a dozen years of Republican rule in a resounding repudiation of a war, a president and a scandal-scarred Congress.
Dems said to pick up 30+ Seats
Congratulations locally to Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Congresswoman elect Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman elect John Hall.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
On Tuesday November 7th please remember to get out and vote. When we vote this year we need to support candidates that have the best interest of the people at heart. Candidates that will bring much needed reform to NYS Government. Please stand with me on Nov.7th in supporting the following candidates.
Governor : ELLIOT SPITZER
Attorney General: ANDREW CUOMO
Congress: 22nd District Maurice Hinchey
19th District John Hall
20th District Kirstin Gillibrand
U.S. Senate: Hillary Clinton
NYS comptroller: Allen Hevesi
NYS Assembly: 101st Kevin Cahill
107th Kelly Keck
127th Scott Trees
103rd Marc Molinaro
NYS Senate: 42nd SUSAN ZIMET
39th Chris Mc Bride
Ulster County Sheriff: Paul Van Blarcum
Proposition 1: YES
NYS Supreme Court 3rd judicial district: Karen Peters and Gus Devine
Friday, November 03, 2006
Town of Ulster Supervisor Nick Woerner and Kingston Majority Leader Bill Reynolds to appear on Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber
Town of Ulster Supervisor Nick Woerner and Kingston Majority Leader Bill Reynolds will be on Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber this Monday at 10pm. To discuss a variety of local issues going on in the City of Kingston and the Town of Ulster. We also will talk about the change in NYS government with a new administration that will be taking place in January.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
At a recent appearance in the town of Ulster, Senator Hillary Clinton praised Nick Woerner for his leadership and public service to the town.
"You start them young here, " she said, referring to the 22-year-old Woerner.
'' My goodness. I am pretty impressed."
ABC : Anyone But Cahill.
In Mr.Cahill's short 10 month tenure as Alderman he has failed Kingston and failed the people of the sixth ward. The good thing is we probably only have 14 months left of Cahill's failed leadership. The bad thing we still have 14 months left of Cahill's failed leadership.
A record of UN-accomplishment
- Vowed to vote against wayside horns so that residents in his ward could have a descent nights rest
- Voted against an anti-graffiti bill that would require prompt removal of graffiti in the City of Kingston
- Voted against FREE City wide high speed internet access that would make it possible for all city residents to have free high speed internet including the people who can't afford it....Were not all lawyers, why does Mr. Cahill dislike the poor?
- Failed to bring in security cameras for Colonial Gardens after he promised residents he would do so.
- Called for Mayor James Sottile's resignation and accused him of breaking the law even though D.A. Williams said no law was broken.
- Stated on his self proclaimed Number 1 tv show that the number one goal was the defeat of Jim Sottile and the democrats, more important then his constituents.
- Claims to be a union supporter but when given an opportunity to chair the parking commission he opted to cut the union out and go after a privatized parking plan.....Flip Flop.
Richard Cahill Wrong for Kingston, Wrong for Ward 6
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sue Zimet the democratic candidate for the NYS Senate in the 42nd district has picked up steam with just a week left before the election. Her opponent who has out spent her by a 2 to 1 ratio has resorted to negative campaining and destorting the facts but that is not fooling most voters said one town resident who said " We want a change Bonicic has failed us, we want someone that will work hard for us someone like Sue Zimet." Sir, I could not have said it better myself. Sue Zimet has the experiance and leadership to bring much needed reform to New York. I urge all voters to join me in standing with Sue Zimet on November 7th, Sue will bring a breath of fresh air to New York state government.
Susan Zimet is endorsed by:
NYS Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
US Congressman Maurice Hinchey
NYS Senate Minority Leader David Paterson
NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther
NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
The Sierra Club
NY EdPacLeague of Conservation Voters
Empire State Pride Agenda
Teamsters Local 445
Teamsters Local 693
Ulster County Democratic Women
Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County
U.S. Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey:
"Susan Zimet has tackled the difficult issues that impact the region and the nation as a whole. She fought for the protection of the environment, Choice, fiscal responsibility, creative economic development, common sense public safety priorities, support for veterans and their families, civil rights and equity for all. She is a partner I know I can count on in Albany."
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer:
"A Democratic majority in the New York State Senate is critical to reforming Albany. Susan Zimet's record demonstrates the political courage and will that is essential in Albany. As a two-term county legislator, and previously as town supervisor, she has battled Albany's unfunded mandates and fought for accountability from state and local government. As Governor, I am counting on the voters of the 42nd District to elect Susan Zimet to the New York State Senate."
Senate Minority Leader David Paterson:
"Susan Zimet will bring a much needed blast of fresh air to the New York State Senate. Her passion and commitment to effective and honest government will well serve the residents of the Hudson Valley and New York State. She understands what it means to work together, with both sides of the aisle, upstate and downstate, to achieve common sense solutions to the difficult challenges facing the state."
New York State Assembly Member Kevin Cahill:
"Susan Zimet is a tremendous leader, who for the past decade, has worked diligently for the future of the Hudson Valley and for the New York families who call our community home. I look forward to working with her in Albany on important issues that she and I care about, from expanded healthcare coverage and affordable higher education and job opportunities for our residents, to safeguarding our environment and creating sound economic development initiatives. Susan Zimet will make a great New York State Senator and I encourage the voters to support her."
Sunday, October 29, 2006
A recent Blaber News poll finds democrats strongly ahead in Ulster County. A poll which was conducted by Blaber News asked 500 likely voters who voted in last years general election. Note Statewide races only reflect ULSTER COUNTY.
Elliot Spitzer D 8O%
John Faso R 15%
Five percent undecided
Andrew Cuomo D 60%
Jeanne Pirro R R 37%
Three Percent undecided
Allen Hevesi D 70%
Chris Callaghan R 12%
Eight Percent undecided
Hillary Clinton D 56%
John Spencer R 41%
Three Percent undecided
Ulster County Sheriff
Paul Van Blarcum D 62%
Kevin Costello R 34%
Four percent undecided
16 Percent are undecided
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Andrew Cuomo is this weeks Blaber News person of the week. His commitment to Public service and the people of New York is second to no one. Andrew's work with HUD is consider by both Dems and Reps as a successful turn around of an agency that was close to being shut down prior to his taking over. He was confirmed to his position in HUD twice by a Republican US Senate. President Clinton is quoted as saying that Andrews work at HUD was one of the most dramatic turn around of a federal agency in Modern U.S. history. When Mr.Cuomo worked at HUD he had 300 lawyers working under his direct supervision, which makes him most qualified to be our next Attorney General.
Andrew M. Cuomo was born in Queens, New York on December 6th, 1957, the second child of Mario Cuomo & Matilda Raffa Cuomo. His paternal grandparents, Andrea and Immaculato Cuomo emigrated from Salerno, Italy in the 1920s to New York where Andrea ran a small grocery in South Jamaica, Queens. Andrew and his three sisters and one brother grew up in Hollis, Queens. Andrew received his Bachelors of Arts in 1979 at Fordham University in the Bronx and then went on to receive his law degree from Albany Law School in 1982.
Andrew with sister Margaret
Hard work and family have defined Andrew’s life. Andrew worked during college and law school in an array of positions including security guard, landscaper, and an auto repair mechanic. At the age of 24, while still in law school, Andrew served as campaign manager for his father, Mario Cuomo, in his successful 1982 race for Governor of New York. Andrew then headed the Transition Committee for Governor-Elect Cuomo and worked as a key aide in Albany. Thereafter, Andrew joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and then went to a private law practice and subsequently founded HELP, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless.
Andrew has always been passionate about fighting for the most vulnerable citizens, particularly when it comes to fundamental human rights and social justice: ensuring that each American has a safe, secure place to live. Andrew established Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986, which became the nation’s largest private provider of transitional housing for the homeless. By providing more than just shelter, but also education, job training, treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, mental health services, and emergency and transitional housing, HELP challenged the traditional orthodoxy on the issue by advocating the true needs of the population as opposed to the current thinking that the “solution to homelessness was three-fold: housing, housing, housing.” HELP was recognized by Congress as a model of dealing with the many problems facing the homeless. Based on his pioneering work through HELP, Andrew was appointed by New York City Mayor David Dinkins in 1991 to lead the New York City Commission on the Homeless. That Commission issued a report titled “The Way Home” which was widely accepted as effective housing and social policy.
The Cuomo family has a great tradition of fighting for social justice. HELP USA has benefited from the leadership of many members of the family. Andrew’s mother, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, founded HELP’s Mentoring USA branch in 1987 when she served as New York State’s First Lady. The programs provide structured, one-on-one mentoring for “at risk” kids in New York City. Andrew’s sister, Maria Cuomo Cole, has served as Chairperson of HELP since Andrew went to Washington to serve with President Clinton in 1992. Under Maria’s leadership, the organization has grown as a national provider of homeless services and expanded its programs in job training, domestic violence and affordable housing. In it’s 20th year, the organization founded the HELP USA Justice Center, dedicated to fighting discrimination in New York State. The Justice Center is extending the organization’s mission to address the root causes of the myriad problems that confront underprivileged families across the country. HELP USA's Justice Center will work as a legal advocate to eliminate systemic inequalities and unfair racial and discriminatory practices.
Academics and Awards. Andrew has received numerous awards, among them, the National Association of Homebuilders Appreciation Award; the National Puerto Rican Coalition Appreciation Award; the NAACP Freedom and Justice Award; Alliance for Justice and the Coalition of Italo-American Assoc., Inc. Leadership in Public Service Award. Andrew edited Crossroads: The Future of American Politics, published by Random House in October 2003. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.Andrew has practiced law in both the private and public sectors. His professional legal career after law school began in public service as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan under Robert Morganthau in 1984. He also worked in private law practice and at the real estate investment firm Island Capital.
Taking the Fight for Justice To WashingtonAndrew's work in New York City fighting homelessness attracted national attention. In 1993, Andrew was invited to be on Bill Clinton’s Transition Committee and was then asked to serve as Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Secretary Henry Cisneros. He quickly established a reputation as an innovative reformer. Andrew became a key senior official in the Clinton Administration and was involved in numerous Clinton initiatives, such as the White House Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence 1993-94 and numerous interdepartmental assignments. Andrew was picked by President Clinton to serve as HUD Secretary at 39 years old in 1996. Under his leadership, HUD was transformed from a bureaucratic backwater to a revitalized engine for economic development, unprecedented housing opportunities, and underwent a dramatic reform, which resulted in millions of dollars of savings for taxpayers. Andrew’s work earned HUD the prestigious “Innovations in American Government Award” from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, on three separate occasions. Andrew served for all eight years of the Clinton Administration.
Jay Z and Andrew Bringing the Fight for Justice Back to New YorkIn 2003 Andrew launched a public campaign about the damaging impact of the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. These laws require mandatory minimum sentences for first-time, nonviolent drug users and have had a disproportionately negative impact on minority families since its inception 30 years ago. These laws also waste millions of taxpayer dollars to lock up people who would be better served by residential drug treatment programs, at about half the cost. Efforts to reform the laws had been stalled for 10 years, so Andrew partnered with hip hop mogul Russell Simmons to form a large coalition to call for changes in Albany. The “Drop the Rock” coalition staged a rally with thousands of young people who gathered to voice their opposition to the unfairness of these laws. This effort helped spur Albany to act – and pass – a reform bill. Although Andrew feels the legislation doesn’t go far enough, he’s proud to have helped initiate the debate on this important topic. [Daily News: Hip Hop's Elite Join Pols' Drug Law Rally] READ MORE>>
Andrew has been instrumental in organizing an advocacy campaign to keep the death penalty out of New York. In 2004, New York’s Court of Appeals struck down New York’s death penalty statute as unconstitutional. Andrew has campaigned vigorously to keep the death penalty statute out of New York State, leading the “Death to the Death Penalty” coalition of anti-death penalty groups to educate and organize support against the archaic law. Harnessing innovative internet technology with his “Network for Justice” initiative, Cuomo partnered with many civic organizations to enable thousands of citizens to tell their elected representatives to keep the flawed death penalty law out of the state. As of today, New York does not have a death penalty law. [Op Ed: Don't Revive the Death Penalty] READ MORE>> And last year, when the Bush Administration proposed drastic and harmful cuts to Andrew’s former department HUD, Andrew immediately went into action to protect New Yorkers. Under the Bush Administration’s proposal, New York would have lost over $100 million annually in critical funding for anti-poverty, community development and Section 8 housing programs. Cuomo organized opposition to the cuts and demonstrated the harm they would do to urban and rural areas. He helped mobilize citizens and community groups to help save funding for housing for seniors, AIDS victims and disabled New Yorkers. He also threatened to sue HUD in order to stop the cuts on Constitutional grounds. While unable to beat back all of the proposed HUD reductions, the group did manage to shame Congress into restoring much of the proposed cuts. [Op Ed: Ending Block Grant Program] READ MORE>>
Andrew is the proud father of three daughters – twins Cara & Mariah, 11, and Michaela, 8.
A Fighter for Social Justice
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Christopher McBride who is running for New York State Senate in the 42nd district will join Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber this Monday at 10pm on ch.23, he will discuss his candidacy and talk about why he is the most qualified candidate to be your State Senator and what his plan is from education to reform. Feel free to call in and ask Chris questions he would be happy to answer them.
" McBride is a great guy and a man with impeccable qualifications and will bring much needed reform in Albany, I ask that you join me in supporting him to be our next Senator."
Some of McBride's endorsements have been from Attorney General Elliot Spitzer, and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
"Chris McBride is determined to change state policies so that New York becomes a state young people want to move into, not leave from. Chris will bring his experience as a father, basketball coach and businessman to >Albany to fight for New York's middle class."
-U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Allen Hevesi is the most qualified man to be New York's Comptroller, don't buy into the political nonsense made by his opponent. No one is infallible and people make mistakes. Mr.Hevesi admitted he made a mistake reimbursed the state and it is time to move on for the betterment of New York. Please take a look at Mr.Hevesi's record of accomplishment and let that be the decider on how you vote.
Throughout his public service, Alan Hevesi has demonstrated a commitment to helping working families achieve a better life. His vast experience, background and track record have earned him the support of the labor movement in the race for Comptroller.
1. Alan Hevesi: Uniquely Qualified To Protect Your Future. Alan Hevesi is the only Comptroller running for Comptroller in this race. Only Alan Hevesi has the fiscal experience to protect taxpayers. Alan Hevesi has saved taxpayers millions of dollars and improved services with audits that made a difference. He's rooted out fraud, waste and abuse in government agencies and corporate boardrooms. Alan Hevesi's strong fiscal management helped increase the value of the New York City pension fund from $50 billion to $81 billion.
2. Alan Hevesi Has a History of Supporting Issues of Concern to Working Men and Women.Alan Hevesi is the only candidate who was a member of a labor union. Alan Hevesi has supported labor issues and initiatives including the right to organize, an increase in the minimum wage, a living wage standard, Agency Shop, and the enforcement of prevailing wage laws. His actions and points of view concerning the future well-being of working men and women are a significant contrast to his opponent in this race.
3. Experience You Can Count On.A product of our public schools, Alan Hevesi earned a Ph.D. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University. Alan Hevesi served in the New York State Assembly for 22 years and authored 108 laws. As Comptroller, he will continue to be a strong voice for public education and he will protect the rights and interests of working men and women.
* Jeremy Blaber has thrown his full support behind Comptroller Hevesi