Friday, April 27, 2007

Sottile to the rescue....... kids now have fresh milk at local soup kitchen

" When you have a seven-year-old coming in with their family to eat, our beverage choices are limited. What are you going to say? Do you want coffee with that?"

Diane Reeder

There's a new item on the menu at the Queens Galley soup kitchen on Washington Avenue: fresh milk. After getting by on the powdered stuff for nearly a year, the food program, which provides three meals a day, seven days a week, year-round, has struck a deal with a local dairy to obtain fresh milk at a deep discount, thanks to Mayor Jim Sottile.

Diane Reeder, who runs the Queens Galley, supplies meals to the less fortunate three times a day and seven days a week, but was forced to serve powdered milk due to the rising costs of milk. The Queens Galley runs solely on donations and private funding. One day when Mrs. Reeder was talking with Sottile about something, he asked in his usual generous fashion : What else can I do for you?

This lead to a phone call to Boice's dairy which agreed to provide the milk at wholesale cost, another local supporter is picking up the rest. This shows the power of a community and our Mayor working together. Mayor Sottile is always going the extra mile, and we at Blaber's News and Commentary commend his efforts.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 may be down for a week or so

Believe it or not, my 14 month subscription with is up in a few days, and I am going with another provider. This may mean will not work for a few days, during the transition process. You can still access the blog by using this address------> Just copy and paste this to your favorite list. Sorry for the confusion.

School Board Vote

Jeremy Blaber became an official candidate for the Kingston School Board yesterday, and he is asking for your support in the upcoming election. I'm running because I feel my ideas are the best for the district, and I am the candidate that will be the most effective. I will move forward in a progressive manner, and do what is best for the students and teachers of the district. I also ask that you vote YES on the budget; it is a good budget and one that is fiscally responsible. For more information on the budget click this link ----> Kingston School Board Budget

I also ask that in addition to voting for myself that you support Kathy Germain.

If you have any questions or need a ride to the polls contact me at :, or reach me by phone at 532-1503.

Walker's mud throwing rant on Council President Jim Noble

Lenny Walker announced he would run for Alderman- at-Large this week and did so going on the attack, no surprise. First, Alderman Walker stated he is running for Alderman- at-Large VS. running for mayor because the 75k position would be a 30 thousand dollar pay cut for him. Real reason : He knows Rich Cahill would defeat him 2:1 in a GOP primary, and if he faced Sottile he would loose by an even wider margin. Just so you know, this guy tells anyone who listens how much money he makes, including showing people his pay stubs. He went further to say that Council President Jim Noble does not do enough and is too tied in with the mayor on key issues. Walker also accused Jim Noble, the most honest and non-political politician you will ever meet, of using his position to keep his nephew and niece employed with the city. How low can someone go?

Attacking a persons family, urrgh... the man has no class. I believe last time I checked Walker has a daughter that is employed as a Council Page. Walker has a tendency of attacking peoples families, first with the Mayor's son and now with Council President Noble. It will be interesting how Rich Cahill reacts to this. Cahill who promised a clean campaign now has a running mate that is taking personal shots at their opposition in the paper.

Having your cake and eating it too - Get this Lenny switched parties and became a Republican a few weeks back. He is now running with Cahill as a Republican for Alderman-at- Large, but since his registration does not take effect till Jan 1, he is going to primary Jim Noble for the Democratic line. Folks, this is more proof of Lenny's shamelessness.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cahill/ Walker

This just in: Lenny Walker is going to run with Cahill as his Alderman-at Large. This is just the icing on the cake for the Sottile/Noble ticket. We now have two of the most negative Alderman on the council running against a ticket with a record of results.

On another Note: Don Williams is going to be running for City Court Judge, and with all do respect to Mr.Williams I can't support him. He lied to my face last month when he told me he absolutely would not run for that position.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Blaber's News and Commentary Print Edition

Blaber's News and Commentary is proud to announce it will be starting a monthly newspaper that will focus on the positive events, and happenings in Kingston. I had talked about this awhile back ultimately deciding to put it on hold, but after reading this months copy of The Lincoln Eagle, I changed my mind. The paper is pure propaganda, full of absolute negativism, how anyone can read it is beyond me. When you read the paper you're lead to believe Kingston is an awful city full of public servants trying to harm them, I know this is not the case. I will use our newspaper to focus the positive happenings in the Kingston area, including updates from our local elected officials, as well as community input from all of you. Please send ideas for the paper at:

Also, The lincoln Eagle is doing a poll on who the next mayor should be, no doubt it will be fixed, but for your own amusement and mine please nominate James Sottile, and send it to, and put Mayor Poll in the subject line.

Robert Graves School turns 50

Kindergarten students gather in a circle holding hands around the flag at half mast as they sing before they raised a peace pole in front of the school.

A small ceremony was held honoring important people that have had a positive influence on Robert Graves Elementary School, congratulations to all students and Alumni. A special congratulations to Valerie Hannum, the Principal of Robert Graves elementary.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Kingston Council follows Blaber's lead and takes first step toward property tax reform

In a bipartisan, and unanimous vote the Kingston Common Council's Finance committee voted on a memorializing resolution that I brought forward, asking that the State Legislature look at alternative ways of funding public education through property taxes. I'm very happy that this has moved forward, and we are one step closer to real property tax reform. People have talked about changing the way schools are funded for years, but I think with Governor Spitzer in office, who ran of Property tax reform, now is a perfect time to address this legislation.

On a similar note : Assemblyman Kevin Cahill will be addressing the Districtwide PTA Council, and answering questions on the way public schools are funded. The meeting will be tomorrow at 7pm, in the Kingston Council Chambers.

AG Cuomo most popular NYS official

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who wrote a letter to Blaber's News and Commentary recognizing the website for it's support of his candidacy when he ran for AG in a 4 way Dem primary, then going on to defeat Westchester D.A. Pirro for the State's top spot, now enjoys being the most popular elected official in NYS according to a new Quinnipiac Poll. '' Andrew Cuomo is doing great things in this state and is filling some big footsteps, his work in going after the corruption in the student loan industry is to be commended, said Blaber.

Jeremy Blaber shares an interesting relationship with the NYS A.G., I wouldn't say we're close enough to be considered friends, but Mr. Cuomo certainly knows me by name. I was fortunate enough to be invited to his victory party in Manhattan, as well as gain VIP seats to his Inauguration this past January, and I thank him for giving me those opportunities. Mr.Cuomo is a fine public servant, going back to his days at HUD, and his recent work as NYS AG. I know that we will continue to hear headline after headline about Andrew Cuomo, and the work that he will be doing as our Attorney General.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cahill challenges Sottile for Mayor

So it's official Cahill has challenged Sottile for Mayor. Those of you waiting for me to "bury" Alderman Cahill on my blog, as I have been asked by many to do, will be disappointed. I wish Cahill the best of luck, I hope the race stays fair and to the issues at hand. I give Alderman Cahill a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate, and running for an office that even he knows will be nearly imposable to win. Democrat Jim Sottile, brings fourth a record of accomplishment that he will run on. When it's all said and done, I believe Sottile will win with a mandate, and rightfully so. Nonetheless it should be an interesting race.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Our heartfelt condolences to the families at Virginia Tech

Our condolences to the families of Virginia Tech, especially to the families of the students in our area. This incident was the worst shooting in U.S. history, with 32 dead and several injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Tomorrow is Cahill's big day

Tomorrow is Rich Cahill's big day, and an end to the much publicised speculation of what the junior Alderman will run for. Cahill states he had to meet with his law firm before making any desicion, fair enough, but it makes you think if he is consulting his law firm for this long he is looking for something bigger then Ward 6 Alderman. Smart money says he is going to challenge the widely popular Jim Sottile. In the words of John McCain : May god have mercy on him, because Sottile will not.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Kingston Girls Basketball Team honored with Mayoral Award

Congratulations to the Kingston High School Girls Basketball team, they received a mayoral award from Mayor James Sottile last night at the Kingston Common Council Meeting. These group of fine individuals are the future of our city, and I applaud the Mayor for recognizing their achievements to our schools and our community.

In Memoriam, Senator E. Aurthur Gray

Senator E. Aurthur Gray, a man that served the 39th district proud, died yesterday at 82. Senator Gray was a man that can be described in one word: Class. Senator Gray became a Senator in 89 after serving several terms as Mayor of his home-town in Port Jervis. Senator Gray ran strictly on issues and would never go negative, rare in a politician. I think Legislator Provanzano, who worked with Gray said it best, "They(people of 39th district) could have had this incredibly honest guy serve as senator all these years." Senator Gray served only one term losing to William Larkin, in a heavily Republican District. Senator Gray was a public servant in every sense of the word, and he will be missed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jonathan Sennett joins Late Night this Monday

Jonathan Sennett, candidate for District Attorney, joins Late Night with Jeremy Blaber this Monday at 10pm. Mr. Sennett will be discussing his candidacy, and explaining why he is the most qualified to be the next district attorney of Ulster County. Fell free to call in and express your support.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Assemblyman Molinaro praises Blaber

" I am confident that you too will make a fine public servant. Your energy and enthusiasm, intelligence and compassion will serve you and others well. You have much success ahead of you and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors."

- Assemblyman Marc Molinaro

Dear Jeremy,

I apologize that it has taken me so long to write and express my thanks for your help and
support during the 2006 Campaign. Please know, however, that I am very grateful for your assistance and encouragement.

While we may not share the same partisan affiliation, nor do we live in the same community, I am impressed with the boundless energy you expend in the service to your community. Clearly, we do, however, share a dedication to serving others and I commend you for that. Your passion and commitment is to be applauded.

I am glad to have met you and earned your support. I am confident that you too will make a
fine public servant. Your energy and enthusiasm, intelligence and compassion will serve you and others well. You have much success ahead of you and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Keep up the great work and continue to make a difference!

Best personal regard,
Marcus J. Molinaro

Jody C. Edinger joins Late Night this Monday

Local real Estate Agent, Entrepreneur, and Community leader joins Late Night this Monday. Mr. Edinger is a real estate agent for Weichert Realtors, and is involved in various local community projects including raising money to fight juvenile cancer. Make sure to watch this Monday at 10pm.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Blaber Sighting

There is a nice picture of Gov.Spitzer, Assemblyman Cahill, and myself on page 14 of this weeks Kingston Times. The article is about how the state budget will effect the Kingston School District. Check it out if you can.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Website on hold for a few days...

I hurt my back today and have a mild case of I will not be at my computer for a few days. I will update everything hopefully in a few days. Thanks.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

4 MORE YEARS!!!!!!!!

Mayor James Sottile has announced he is running for re-election during his Birthday bash, at The Cozy Tavern. You could feel the energy in the room when he announced, said Blaber. 4 more years of an administration that has done such great things for this city, it's a beautiful thing, the city is lucky to have his leadership and he has my full support.

Supervisor Nick Woerner also expressed his support for the Mayor:

"I think the mayor has hit on key issues such as repairing the (city's) sewer infrastructure and has even broached the subject of affordable housing," Woerner said. "The mayor has dealt with a mixed bag and has done what he can to fix the problems. If given more time, I think he will make Kingston a great place to live." NO Nick, you're wrong about one thing....Kingston already is a great place to live under Mayor Sottile.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Happy Birthday, Jimmy

Mayor Sottile turns 50 today. Happy Birthday, Mr.Mayor

Leave your Birthday wishes in our comment area .... all message will be forwarded to Mayor Sottile.