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You forgot to mention Richard Cahill for Mayor. They endorsed him too!!
C'mon JB, you seemed to have left someone off your list. Your title is NOT "Democrat endorsements"
I believe I already wrote about Cahill's endorsement last week. No it's not titled 'Democrat endorsements' it's titled endorsements for Council Races.
iam glad to see cry baby matthew ryan not on that list.did you see his show on monday night? he took pictures of over grown grass on his block. he was crying that the mayors task force wasnt doing there job. how many miles are in kingston? those guys do a great job and bust there buts! i would think someone wanting to be a public servant would take some initiative and maybe help alittle bit. he cant bust the drug dealers and prostitutes because hes not a cop but it doesnt take a rocket scientist to run a weed wacker.
Dear. 3:54pm Do you live in the Fourth Ward? because from Liberty to Franklin to Elmendorf to O'Oneil to Furance to Prospect was an overgrown EYESORE disaster, and none of those are on my block Thank You, while down by the waterfront we have spent over 4 millon dollars to make it look so nice and pretty and around the wall street area everything is so trimmed and landscaped all nice and weed free and cut back, so yes it was well past time for a little cleaning up in the Midtown area, and why don,t you ask our current Alderman who gets a monthly paycheck, to deal with this stuff why it was left in this horrible condition for so long? and why can't he pick up a weed wacker or the phone for that matter to report this stuff to the mayor like he's suppose too. and yes as my neighbors will attest to I have been out doing my community duty useing my own weed wacker in several places besides cleaning up Van Buren Park and the railroad corridor while as a taxpaying citizen of this city is not my job now is it?. So tell us what you;ve been doing for your community lately? or is all you can do is sit in front of your computer night after night and bitch about other people who are taking actions and pride in their own community.Matthew Ryan
11:21pm good answer so what has this whitlock person done for us I have never heard or seen her in this ward and i have lived her for over twenty years, does she even know how to work a weed eater or does she just ride around on one. Seems awlful strange a rev. who isn't involved in her own community, heck that park is only 500 feet from her own front door and she hasn't lifted a finger to clean it up, she works all day at the bank and in her free time she's the revernd of her own church thats not even in this ward so when is she going to have time for the people and the problems in this ward? rev whitlock seems to me you care more about the title and prestige then the hard work it's going to take to pull this Ward back together. rev. show us the way.
I heard the SEIU #1199 is endorsing Clint Brown in Ward 4.
Shirley Whitlock doesn't ride around on a weed eater she rides a broomstick and as her letter to the democrats stated she is no superwomen and she isn't going to feed the hungry or fill pot holds-(she doesn't know how to spell either) no she just wants to sit back collect the checks from the state and do nothing, so vote for her if you want a do nothing alderman which is exactly what we have and have had for the past four years with mr.cellophane himself Clint Brown another poor Sottile choice.
I have seen the Mayors Task Force at work, I think they all go to school and just work in the summer months, you can see them all over the city working in all of the wards and do a good job at it, working for less pay than the city working force,I bet they don't have a TV!
OH WHY DOESN'T THAT WHINER MATHER WHYAN PUT IT TO MUSIC? COMPLAINTS ABOUT WEEDS BUT AS USUAL DOESN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. TYPICAL.
Mr. Rayn, How about taking the same pictures this week and showing them.That's the problem with guys look you,LOOK AND NO WORK. How is your yard?,maybe some pictures will show up and we can all look at it. MR.RAYN
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHMatt Ryan and Bono will work together and pick up a week wackerand go to Phil Cosmo's House
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHMatt Ryan and Bono will go to North Korea and weedwack
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHMatt Ryan takes credit for the fallof the Berlin Wall......And Blabergoing on a diet.
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHMatt Ryan will tell Gorsline thatNO rain is to fall in Ward Four
mr ryan what i do in our community is as follows: walk up and down my block picking up needles used condoms and everything under the sun the you might find dog crap from owners who are to lazy to bend over and pick it up. cut the grass of my elderly neighbors.clean there fall leaves up.snow blow there driveways and walk ways. for that matter sometimes the hole block.iweed wack were it needs to be done. guess what ive been a member of this community from the day i was born. i do all theses thing with out having to have a photo opt or my name in the paper or having to have the community give me recognition.i use all my own money to pay for the materials i use. yes i pay my taxes and take care of my home. i dont do theses things for people to give me praise i do them quietly.oh and iam also a member of the national guard. you can thank me later for helping to protect your rights as an American! one more question mr ryan have you ever served in our great military?
OH MY IT SEEMS AS IF MATTHEW RYAN HAS A BIT OF A TEMPER! MAYBE THE STORY HE TELLS ABOUT THE MAYOR GETTING IN HIS FACE IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND.IF YOU LOOSE YOUR TEMPER THAT EASILY WHEN SOMEONE CRITICIZES YOU THEN YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN POLITICS!!!
To Mr. Matthew Ryan:Why take responsibility when you can take offense?!?Stop being so nasty and vile. Your condescending tone is becoming very tiresome and not the mark of a professional. Is this the person we want to represent us in Ward 4?!?
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHMatt Ryan is looking into ifKennedy Chicken cooks in trans fats
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHMatt Ryan wants 'Disco' Ballson Broadway.. But he wont take credit
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHMatt Ryan will become knownas 'Big Fresh' and will tellClint Brown to stop feeding cats
Well....What is quite funny is that the 3 men you FULLY back didn't get the CSEA endorsement. Blaber, its time you start backing the right men!No endorsement for: Sottile, Senor, or Madsen.
WHATS NEXT MATT RYAN WILL NOT LIKE WHAT SOME HAS TO SAY AND THROW A DRINK IN THERE FACE AND TRY AND SLAP THEM.WE NEED PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT KINGSTON AND THE PEOPLE AND NOT THERE OWN POLITICAL GAIN.I THINK THE REV WILL BE GREAT FOR WARD 4. YOU WOULDNT HEAR HER LOSING HER COOL.SHE WOULD PROBABLY TELL THE PERSON GOD BLESS. YOU NEED TO HAVE THICK SKIN IN POLITICS. SOMETHING THAT MATT RYAN DOESNT HAVE. YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH PEOPLE TO COME UP WITH THE BEST PLAN FOR THE RESIDENTS.THE REV HAS ALL THESES QUALITIES AND MORE. VOTE FOR THE REV
I HAVE A WISH LIST FOR CHRISTMAS. I WAS WATCHING MATT RYANS SHOW(NOT THAT I LIKE IT) I WATCH ALL THE SHOWS.HE SAID IF THINGS DONT GET BETTER IN A YEAR OR 2 HE WILL LEAVE. SO IF HE GETS ELECTED THAT MEANS HE WILL GET UP AND GO AND LEAVE KINGSTON HANGING? HE KNOWS HE IS RUNNING FOR ALDERMAN AND STILL MADE THAT STATEMENT. THATS THE PROBLEM WHEN YOU GET OUTSIDERS. HE HAS NOT BEEN HERE THAT LONG. I THINK THERE SHOULD BE A WAITING PERIOD OF AT LEAST 7 YEARS BEFORE YOU CAN RUN FOR ANYTHING. HAS ANYONE CHECKED THIS GUYS BACK GROUND OR WERE HES FROM? DID HE JUST PACK UP AND MOVE BECAUSE HE DIDNT GET HIS WAY? MY WISH IS THAT MATT WOULD GO AWAY
This is getting tiresome. Anonomous 12:16, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. It sounds like, from your description about taking care of your neighborhood, you'd be a Ryan SUPPORTER! Ms Whitlock would answer litterers and those who do not care for their property with a "God Bless You"? That's nice, but not very helpful.I cannot understand the foolishness displayed here. It would seem writers here do NOT want a clean, safe, visually attractive city. I mean, any candidate who opens their mouth, and says they want to hold people responsible for neighborhood care, immediately they are attacked, and called MEAN or lacking COMPASSION or just simply made fun of.Folks, wake up, KINGSTON HAS QUALITY OF LIFE PROBLEMS! I do not hear any solutions comming from the democrat side of the council (remember, they are 'progressive'). If as much energy was spent by the council on quality of life issues, as spent here BASHING every opponent, we'd be living in Emerald City.
TO 3:38 All of those three may not have gotten that endorsement but they will all win re-election.
No one has answered the question WHAT HAS THIS WHITLOCK PERSON DONE?? in and for the fourth ward? not one of you can give us an example and remember she moved back to Kingston two years ago from New Jersey so she,s also an outsider, she clearly states in her letter that she sent to every democrat in the 4th ward that she could not stay and raise her own children here and moved away for thirty years- so look who moved when times got hard is that want she,s going to do now that her ward is the most crime ridden ward in the City?
12:16PM Oh so now it,s o.k. to chatise Mr Ryan but you don,t like him critizing you. sounds like you like to brag about what and how much you do for the community from what you have written right here on this page. Ryan is correct there is a Alderman named Clint Brown who is getting paid by the taxpayers to do this job until Dec 31 2007 and neither you or him is responsible for the cleaning or weed wacking of anybody elses property that is suppose to be taken care of by our city employees and in most of Mr. Ryan's pictures that is where the problem lies it was on City owned property you 12:16 pm sound like a complete a-- the way you carry on about someone who is doing positive things for this ward with his time and his own money. What he and you do on your own time for the City and your Community is just icing on the cake and we should all be as community minded as the both of you.
12:16 PM YOU DID NOT ANSWER RYANS QUESTION DO YOU LIVE IN THE 4TH WARD?
I hear Shirley Whitlock Mike Madsen and Jim Gilpatric are all going to walk the 4th Ward tomorrow Saturday the 11th thats like Dorthy the cowardly lion and the tin man walking through the evil forest to get to oz only the yellow brick road is called Henry Street and oz must be back at City hall. watch out for flying monkeys or bullets.
Nope the mayor got in ryan;s face and was very rude and unprofessional shouting and curseing at him. I was sitting at the bar at Hillside manor during the Democratic Convention where it happened in front of a packed bar of supporters I and my husband were in shock, 10 minutes later Sottile was back apologizing for making such a fool of himself and acting like a school yard bully, that was the night I changed by mind on who I would vote for for Mayor as I suspect many democrats have also changed their minds over the EVENTS of the past few months.
12:16pm your a hypocrite in the broadest since of the word you say one thing and then turn it around and say another with this flip- flop attitude you should meet Jeremy Blaber your both were made for each other.
Shirley Whitlock loses opportunity to ballot for the Working Family Party Line because of no dates and not enough signtures on petitions Jeremy Blaber is to blame... more to come later.
I hope Ryan does has a temper because I,m mad, and I hope he's as mad as h--l The 4th Ward is the most overgrown,grafittized,crime strewn Ward in the entire city seven shootings, five stabbings yes I want a fighter for a change instead of that lap dog Brown who yesses the mayor to death Ryan has been saying for the past two years that crime is getting worse and worse and that we need to hire more police and he was right!! look at the mess were in now and see the mayor and the police chief scramble because everyday the front page of all our local papers reflects this sorry trend. I believe ryan was one of the people who was also trying to pass the crime task force bill a couple of months ago that was defeated by legal council even though there were enough votes on the Common Council to pass the bill look at the leanths this administration will go to hide and cover up whats really going on in this City, a perfect example is the John street parking meters debackel Mrs Ringwood should be ashamed of herself I at least thought you were an honest person, but I was mistaken you the mayor Winn Morrison realty and the entire Common Council should be taken to task for your political games.
score cardRyan-2yrs chair of the Midtown neighborhood watch Group, member of Henry St action committee Has spoken on behalf of the 4th ward over twenty times before the Common Council and attended several city committee meetings such as laws and rules and public safety.Whitlock- attended one meeting at Hodge center after Mr.lightfoot was murdered, has never attended a Midtown watch or Henry street committee meeting, spoke once in front of the Common Council last month said we need solutions to problems but never gave any.Ryan-canned food drive for local soup kitchen, wrote three community block grants for 4th ward, member of the community garden committee co-sponsered grant with kmba, co-sponsered garden in a bucket program for children with big brothers big sisters of Ulster County, went door to door for signitures on petitions demanding the hiring of more police, 2yrs neighborhod watch clean up crew, drew up blueprints for clean up and reconstruction of Van Buren street park with Cornell extention master gardener program for landscaping, and most recently spearheaded clean up effort of 4th ward by mayors task force on city owned land, Has submitted numerous letters to the editors of both local newspapers which have been printed with concerns over the crime problem and lack of enough police hired for the past two years.Whitlock ? nothing o zip Now who gets your vote.
post 12:16Sounds to me YOU HAVE A BAD ALDERMAN!!! where ever you live in the City It's not Ryan's fault he's out doing exactly what your doing in his ward and your upset with him?used condoms,overgrown weeds,drug needles, dog crap, walking your ward, these are the things you should be contacting your local City leaders about not badmouthing a fellow community member, thats why you pay such high taxes to live here in the City and that is why these politations make big promises and come to your door and ask for your vote, so when this type of uglyiness happens in your neighborhood or on your street their suppose to do something about it for you. Don,t you get it or are you just a total idot?
yes i live in the 4th ward for 10 years
Ward Four needs Matt Ryan. He has done more for the Ward in two years than I thought possible. He brings people together, he listens to our concerns, he researches possible solutions, he asks other what they think. He motivates others to stand up and demand our rights as residents and tax payers.To those of you with the nasty, whining, negative comments, look in the mirror. Your kind of comments are destructive to the democractic process. You make ordinary citizens afraid to speak up, just like this Administration does. Bullets hit house in the 6th Ward. Matt was right over a year ago. And during that time the powers that be spent time and energy trying to silence him, buy him and intimidate him. Time and energy better spent protecting us. Now they suddenly see the light? Now they have the resources to "Make the citizens safe"? The difference is the election is looming. Talk about political games!!You, lackeys of Sottile's gang, keep doing his dirty work. You are having the opposite effect. Your childish comments are causing residents to wonder about him, and his choice for the 4th Ward. Word on the street is that you're all afraid the truth will come out; the backroom deals, the corruption and more. No one 've talked to from all ove the City believs the meter fiasco on John was an oversight - especially since it's not been fixed for over a month. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. The Titanic sunk and Sottile is next.He cares about my safety now. Not really. He cares about his election. His quotes for the last 2 years are in back issues of the papers. When Lightfoot was murdered on Henry, he said he did all he could, spent much money in Midtown. Is this what our leader shoud say when one of our youth is murdered? Is this what any other Mayor has said when faced with senselss violence? NO!!Why did take 7 shootings, two serious stabbings before the man even said anything? Was he too busy in the bar or too busy "helping" his friends on our tax dollars? Or was he too arrogant to think it was worht his time. While he was telling the papers what a wonderful job he did and how he's not a bully, but rather he's passionate (which also is defined as bad-tempered or lustful in the dictionary) guns were blazing and our citizen's were seriously assualted.IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE- for the safety and welfare of every resident, rich or poor, regardless of race, ethnic background, religious belief or lack of. Come election day - remember he said the City was safe until even he couldn't spin the gunfire away.
WARD FOUR NEWS FLASHWhat do Ryan, Senor and Madsen, Teetselhave in common?
Again will someone tell us what no-show Whitlock has done in the two years she's been living in the fourth Ward?
Whitlock? Where is she? Who is she? Is she Clint Brown in drag? What has she done? What does she stand for? What vision does she have? What will she do to make her Ward safe for its residents? The only thing I do know is she didn't step up to run. She was drafted by Sottile. She wasn't even his first choice, she came in fourth or fifth - against the decision of the 4th Ward search committee. The Mayor said he could mold her. Do we want another Sottile flunky on the Council? Don't we have enough of them already?Whitlock = Sottile Absolute Power. Look where that got us.
It looks like you have not had a chance to talk with Dr. Whitlock.She is a person that wants to help unlike Matt Ryan who wants to think the sun will not shine in Ward 4 without him. He is pulling the woolover everyones eyes.
To 12:07pm- WHO CARES?
You're right, I haven't had a chance to talk to Ms. Whitlock, nor have any of my neighbors. She has not been present at events she was suppose to be at. She has not attended Neighborhood Watch meetings. She showed up at one Council meeting.She got less then 30 signatures on her petition. Matthew Ryan got over 120. He walked the Ward for those signatures. Noone I have spoken to has known anyone that Whitlock herself knocked on their door.As far as Ryan goes, he's there when people need help. He stands up and takes action. He isn't fooling anyone. He is who he claims to be - a concerned resident, who demands the same rights for this Ward as all other Wards enjoy. The fact is Matt has accomplished more and has done more for this Ward than our elected representative. His efforts to clean up the prostitution forced this Administration to act. His efforts to improve Van Buren Park forced the City to shovel the sidewalk in front of the park this winter. His efforts to assist the Queens Galley brought hundreds of pounds of food to the amazing soup kitchen. Because he had the courage to stand up, many of us have followed suit. And we will not stop because of some small-minded people who are afraid of open government and change to the status quo.
Talk is cheep... For me I help out my Temple all the time. It is what we are to do. Matt Ryan is a sneekyangry bitter little man I should know because I delt with him andhe is also a lier.... He and his 'frinds' have attacked Whitlock inthe most nasty way... But hey I cannot expect any better. If Ryan gets elected and I ask G-D that he does not he will not get ANYTHING for our Ward. If you disagree with him he is downright nasty. You knowsomething in the last few years this Ward has down down the toilet beacuse of Ryan and his sidekick on Monday Night
To 12:21 - the prostitutes and the drug dealers owned these streets 20 years ago. Plying their trades day and night. Ryan didn't cause these problems. He wasn't here a few years ago. What are you smoking? Explain "Attacked Whitlock in the MOST nasty way". Saying no one knows who she is or what she plans to do? Saying she has not shown her face at public events? Saying that she was the Mayor's 4th choice for this office? All of that is true.Attacking is calling someone a liar without giving a reason. Tell us - what did Matthew lie about. Without examples- it is simply slander, unfound, vivicious, petty slander. If this is your way of supporting Ms. Whitlock -you're not helping her. Why is it some in this City are so afraid of those with the courage to speak up? Or are you afraid of those who will not be stopped by your petty intimidation tactics? If it's a case of your way or no way, that's simply wrong. A healthy community accepts diverse viewpoints and works toward common ground. A sick community insists there is only one way to think, only one way to solve problems. Such a community stagnates and spirals to decay and decline. Is that what you want?
12:21 your the liar Ryan has only been here two years and his show with his sidekick has only been on for a few months if your jewish you are a bad example of that faith first of all he has lied about nothing and he has said nothing bad about the Rev Shirley Whitlock if he has tell us what he said or wrote so we can see it for ourselves, and his sidekick a WOMEN WITH A 21 MONTH OLD BABY WHO IS TAKING ON THE CRIME AND GANGS AND VIOLENCE right outside her door, should get a medal from the people not this kind of disrespect you sir should be ashamed of your self and are a discrase to the jewish religion.
WARD FLASH 4TH WARD POLL JUST OUT MATTHEW RYAN 95% FAVORSHIRLEY WHITLOCK 5% FAVOR
Someone please tell me what ryan has said that is nasty and vile i see in in several posting people mentioning it, and I have read them all I see no nasty or vile comments at all from Ryan?.
Rev-Dr-Whitlock lets see do I have this information correct she has a doctorite? or is she a doctor? and is a revernd? and she still works as a teller at a bank? thats sad and when I go there she can barely get my deposits right imanage what she'll do with the city budgets!! Is it true she slammed her fingers in the banks vault and broke them in the door-tee hee now that takes skill.
To 942It is from his 'posse'
7:25 - what 'posse'? Which nasty and vile comments are you referring to? Is it nasty to ask what her plans are? Is it vile to ask where she is? Is it nasty to state she was not the Mayor's first choice? Or vile to state she was not the Ward 4 search committee's choice? I have read every comment on this blog for several weeks. I can't find the nasty, vile comments you reference. I can attest to the nasty, vile fabrications from those who oppose Ryan's run in this primary. Can't find any about Reverend Whitlock. Isn't it strange that those who accuse Matt or his 'posse', do so without one example, one date, one place? They just make an absolute statement without any evidence to back it up. It appears they are trying to throw out vague accusations in hopes of .... They make no sense, they have no purpose, other than being negative for the sake of being negative. And they accomplish nothing.
Just got an e-mail from csea head quarters Shirley Whitlocks name removed from endorsements list whats going on freeman kingston times notified.
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