Tuesday, January 30, 2007
" The people of the 6th Ward need someone who's going to be committed to representing them for at least two years. It's not fair for them to expect that after just one year, their alderman may seek another office that may give him or her more power or more income. Should I be successful in being elected as alderman of the 6th Ward, I am committing to the people that I will not only give them one full term of office, but two or more, should they honor me with re-election." I think that says it all.
E-mail Robert at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Robert online at: http://www.gillonward6.com
Monday, January 29, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Assemblyman Molinaro last week was appointed to the Library and Education Technology Committee. The following is a release from the Assemblyman's office. We know Molinaro will do great things with this committee.
As I begin my tenure in the state Legislature, representing the people in the 103rdAssembly District, I am honored to have been appointed Ranking Member on the Libraries andEducation Technology Committee. I thank Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco for this appointment and look forward to the deliberations of the committee.
The Libraries and Education Technology Committee overseas the General Aid to
Libraries program, which provides support to the 23 public library systems in New York State,
their central libraries and all of the 734 member public libraries. Members of this committee
discuss and approve formula factors for distribution of library funding. These factors include
library population, geographic area of service, local support, expenditures for library materials
and other needs of a particular region.
Although some critics of libraries believe that with the invention of the Internet these
institutions may become obsolete. I don’t agree. Libraries continue to be pillars of education and
literacy in every community. As they evolve to meet the needs of the 21st century, library patrons will see most things available electronically but these institutions will remain a depository of information that is always open to the public.
Offering a plethora of services, libraries are essential to the communities they serve.
Some of these services include literacy programs for our youth, genealogical information for
those who wish to trace their family history, helpful librarians who can assist people with
locating needed information, and educational resources for people trying to better themselves.
The state’s 2006-2007 budget approved an additional $5.8 million in aid to the public
libraries for a total of $94.6 million. I look forward to examining the needs of library districts and fighting for library aid that will assist these institutions make the transformation into this new era without placing additional burdens on the already overwhelmed taxpayers of this state.
As a parent, I want libraries to be available to my daughter as she grows older. I know
that this is a sentiment shared by parents and residents in every community, in every corner of
the state and in every area of this district. In the coming weeks I will be meeting with library
administrators, local library staff and patrons to discuss their needs and how lawmakers can help insure our libraries remain open and accessible to all those who need them.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
By definition Bipartisanship is marked by or involving cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties; that fits Alderman Senor to a tee. Now this is a good thing you would think, right? (You know, doing what is best for the people not the party.) Not if your Phil Cosme or Rich Cahill....No, to them Senor is an awful person for working with those "big bad Democrats." They think Alderman Senor should tout there party line 100% of the time. That is the problem with the Republican party, if you don't agree with them and support them at all costs then you are not in their little click. People are sick of the Good old boy system, and want leadership and bipartisanship. Elected officials that will work together with both sides. Alderman Senor has been called " Bobby Sottile" and ''a Democrat in Republican clothes'' b y members of his own party. One member is even threatening to primary him. Why are Republicans picking on Alderman Senor? After all he is a Republican. The answer is Alderman Senor did what is best for his constituents not just his party and that upsets the Republican Party to no end. Obviously Alderman Senor is neither a relative of our great mayor, or a Democrat in Republican clothes. He is however something that the Republican party knows nothing about, a good public servant, that cares about Kingston. As a Democrat, I support Bob Senor and think he is doing a great job.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
A story about T.R.
While I did not know T.R. as well as I would of liked to, after all he passed away when I was only 14 years old, the impression that he left on me will stay with me forever and is the reason why I am a Democrat today. My father and T.R. were friends ( both great men who passed on long before there time) and I would see T.R. at different events, and he would always make time to talk to me whether it be about school, sports, or what I was doing later that day, he showed he cared. What really reinforced how much T.R. cared about the city and it's residents no matter how important they were or how old they were, was when the City built the Industrial Park. I live right next to the Industrial Park and overheard my parents talking about it and how they were against it and became worried of the effects this could have on my home and life. There was daily blasting and the house would shake and at 8 years old that type of thing can be a scary thing.
So what does an 8 year old do when he has a community concern? He does his civic duty and writes a letter to his Mayor of course! Which I did, I got a call one evening after coming home from school and it was the Mayor, he wanted to met with me. We scheduled a time and I went to his office and addressed my concerns and he sat their and listened. He set my mind at ease and I never will forget that day. It means more to me now then it did then. Here I am 8 years old and the Mayor who gets 30 calls a day and is busy with city business took time out of his day to meet with me. He could of brushed me off, or sent me a letter thanking me for my input, but he didn't, and I truly appreciate that.
Mayor Gallo is my idol, someone I aspire to become. If I can be half the man that he was, and help the people the way he did, I will be happy and fell my life is fulfilled. We all miss T.R. and his legacy is a great one, that lives in all of our hearts as Kingstonians.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Excerpts from Senator Clinton's announcement :
I'm in. And I'm in to win.
Today I am announcing that I will form an exploratory committee to run for president. I believe that change is coming November 4, 2008. And I am forming my exploratory committee because I believe that together we can bring the leadership that this country needs.
I'm going to start this campaign with a national conversation about how we can work to get our country back on track. I grew up in a middle-class family in the middle of America, where I learned that we could overcome every obstacle we face if we work together and stay true to our values.
To read the full speech click here : Senator Clinton's Speech
Senator Clinton is also looking for your input, and will be answering your questions and listing to your comments live, starting this Monday, at 7pm. To sign up to talk with Hillary click Here: Talk with Senator Clinton
To join the campaign and restore hope in America click here : Restore the American Dream
Friday, January 19, 2007
Help Elect Craig Johnson to the NYS Senate, and bring Governor Spitzer one step closer to true reform in Albany
To help out whether it be phone banking, canvassing in Nassau, handing out fliers, or anything else contact The Craig Johnson Campaign by clicking this link.
Craig Johnson's Endorsements:
- New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer
- Nassau County Executve Tom Suozzi
- Democratic Committeeman Jeremy Blaber
- New York State Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli
- New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine
- Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs
- Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams
- Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin
- Nassau County Legislator Joe Scannell
- Nassau County Legislator Jeff Toback
- Nassau County Legislator Lisanne Altmann
- Nassau County Legislator Dave Mejias
- Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro
- Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg
- North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman
- North Hempstead Town Councilman Robert Troiano
- North Hempstead Town Councilman Tom Dwyer
- North Hempstead Town Councilman Wayne Wink
- North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman
- North Hempstead Town Councilman Fred Pollack
- North Hempstead Town Clerk Michelle Schimel
- North Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Rocco Iannarelli
- Empire State Pride Agenda
- NARAL Pro-Choice New York
- Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Town of Ulster Supervisor Nick Woerner delivered his State of the Town address this Monday were he talked about the accomplishments of his administration. Including the establishment of a legal citizen's police commission, a tax decrease for town residents, and a contract with local 17, to name a few. Supervisor Woerner discussed how people were skeptical of a young 21 year old supervisor running a 17 million dollar corporation and some even questioned if he could handle it. Supervisor Woerner accurately proclaimed " the town is in it's best shape ever." I agree, and so did Republican Councilman Criag Artist who said he has gotten more done with Supervisor Woerner and his colleges in a bipartisan manner then he did when it was an all Republican Board.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Just a week after Late Night w/ Jeremy Blaber endorsed Assemblyman DiNapoli for NYS Comptroller, Mr.DiNapoli has circulated the following letter to his colleague's asking for there support. An invitation for Assemblyman DiNapoli to appear by phone conference on my show has been sent out. More details will follow. We wish him the best of luck.
Integrity. Independence. Experience. As I talk to our colleagues about the qualities they are looking for in the next State Comptroller, these are the words I keep hearing.
I am seeking your support to be New York's next State Comptroller because I believe that I possess those qualities and would be able to continue the bi-partisan tradition of independent Comptrollers that have served the State so well.
During my two decades representing the families of the 16th Assembly District, I have demonstrated my integrity and my character to my constituents and to you.
While I am certainly a proud Democrat, I have never hesitated to work with my Republican colleagues in the Assembly and Senate to support legislation in the public interest. I have always believed that partisanship must never get in the way of good government. My ability to be an effective, independent comptroller - to call it as I see it - is just a logical extension of that philosophy.
My experience in the Assembly has helped prepare me for this next challenge. I have been a member of the Ways & Means Committee for 15 years, working on State budgets, budget reform, debt reform, and other important statewide fiscal issues.
As Chairman of the Local Governments Committee, I worked with local government officials across New York and understand the fiscal challenges they consistently face. At the same time, the State needs to be cognizant that these local taxing jurisdictions must be made more efficient to alleviate an ever-growing tax burden on their constituents. That insight will help me in working with counties, cities, towns, villages, and school districts around the State both in terms of the Comptroller's audit function, as well as in working with local government officials to help them institute best practices and reign in costs.
I worked with the Comptroller's office and with Democratic and Republican State and local officials in helping to craft and enact the legislation that enabled Nassau County to emerge from serious fiscal distress and reach the improved financial condition it enjoys today. The oversight role and financial plan requirements of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority serve as an effective model for how the State can assist localities in reversing inefficient fiscal practices.
When I served as Chairman of the Government Operations Committee, I learned about the workings of the many departments and agencies under this committee's jurisdiction. The insights I gained from these assignments and experiences will be invaluable in the role of auditing State government. The Comptroller's auditing function is key to improving the accountability and efficiency of State spending and to helping agencies provide better services to taxpayers.
I also worked with the Comptroller's office to draft and pass stronger school district accountability laws in response to the scandals that exposed the theft of taxpayer dollars on Long Island. This was an important achievement for me. I served on a board of education for ten years, including two terms as board president. Years later, when I learned about the stealing of monies for our children's education in the Roslyn School District, I was outraged. As Comptroller, I will further strengthen the State's fiscal oversight of school districts to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely on our children's education and not lost to fraud, waste or abuse.
My extensive knowledge of State and local government is not all I will bring to the job of Comptroller. For ten years I worked in the private sector in the telecommunications industry. For most of those years I served in a variety of management positions. At the time of my election in 1986, I managed an office of more than 100 employees at AT&T. I also earned a graduate degree in management from The New School University in New York City, which further honed my skills in managing people to produce the best possible results.
That management experience will serve me well as Comptroller, supervising a staff of more than 2,000 experienced - and largely civil service - professionals who carry out the important functions of the office everyday.
I look forward to participating in the selection process that has been established preceding the vote of the Legislature to fill the vacancy in this critically important office. You will hear much more about my vision for the kind of Comptroller I will be when I testify before the joint fiscal committees next week. You should know now, however, that my top goals include:
* Restoring the reputation of the Office so that New Yorkers know they have a Comptroller of integrity;
* Ensuring that what has worked well at the Comptroller's office continues;
* Protecting and maximizing the returns on pension fund investments as sole trustee; and,
* Strengthening the audit process to help State entities and local governments match their practices with their missions by employing best practices to produce better results.
Finally, while the State Comptroller's independence must be beyond question - and mine will be - I want to assure you that I look forward to working with my partners in government. Though the "watchdog" role is central to this position, I will also work vigorously with the Governor to implement his vision for reforming State government. Similarly, working with the members of the Legislature - both houses, both parties - is crucial to gaining the successes we would all like to see achieved.
I am ready for this job. I have the integrity, independence and experience needed to serve the people of New York as our next State Comptroller. As this process unfolds and you learn more about my qualifications and views, I would welcome your input and I ask for your support.
Thomas P. DiNapoli
Sunday, January 14, 2007
"Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. Say that I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things in life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that's all I want to say. If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he is traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Three Republican Legislators: Joan Every of Rosendale, Frank Felicello of Marlboro, and Robert Aiello of Saugerties, each have missed 7 monthly and special sessions- the highest number of absences of any legislator. Boy, they really take the fact that they are part-time legislators to heart. No wonder why under gop control we had a jail millions of dollars over budget, and a 39+ percent tax hike.
Call these legislators and tell them to do the job they were elected to and stop wasting your tax dollars!
David Donaldson Chairman of the county legislator (d-12) (who has a perfect attendance record.) said it is his policy to have legislators call if they can't make it, fair enough but poor Kathy Mihm's phone must ring off the hook from Republican legislators.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Also to be discussed will be the continue reduction in Kingston's crime rate. In 2006, crime was down over 29 percent from 2005. Chief Keller will also explain to the public how the FBI calculates a serious crime.
Of course, we will talk about the recent tragic murder that took place this last week. While Chief Keller can't go into full detail about an open investigation, the chief will discuss how the investigation was handled and what resources the Kingston Police Department can utilize in these situations.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Congressman Hinchey on President Bush:
“The president talked about the speech as if it were going to be a change in strategy. It’s not a change in strategy at all. The strategy there, which has been a complete, failure, remains the same,” he said. “All that he was talking about were a few minor tactical moves that remain stuck in the same rut that we have been in for almost four years now.”
Congressman Hinchey went further to say " A responsible phase out of troops should begin." I could not agree more.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The following is a comment Alderman Cahill left on my blog:
You have falsified the poll, Jeremy, and you know it.
NOTE: Alderman Cahill left other messages but did so anonymously so I can't prove it. I know it was him from what was written. Well Mr. Cahill, you sure know how to take something fun and turn it into something nasty. I never cheated and you know it. Your comments are uncalled for and unprofessional. I would like an apology. Just because you were forced to face the reality that the people do not want you to lead this great city does not give you the right to attack my integrity. Do the right thing, call Mayor Sottile and congratulate him.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Chairman of the Ulster County Legislator, David Donaldson, lashed back today in a letter to the editor over an editorial written by the Daily Freeman that was UNFAIR and MISLEADING.
Your editorial of Sat, 1/06, 07 was unfair, inaccurate and untruthful. You pulled one sentence out of the State of the County address and something said off the cuff to a reporter and distorted it beyond belief. You claimed that the Democrats had forsaken everything else for the completion of the jail, which is a lie. In the “State of County ” address, it showed that we “restructured and consolidated departments, reorganized staffing, reduced spending, increased service, stabilized finances while creating more accountability and transparency." was burdened for years with double digit tax increases that topped off with a 39% increase last year. The Democrats delivered a 7.5% increase for 2007. This represents more reform in one year then what was done in over a decade. You decided the people did not have the right to know what was in the “State of the County” address. Instead you ran a critique of the address that was full of criticism from the minority leader. At the least, report the news before you interpret it.
Claiming I changed my stand on investigating the Law Enforcement Center is misleading at best. Overall I believe the LEC is a crime, but I told a reporter I have not personally seen anything that would be considered criminal by a court of law. I further stated neglect, incompetence, and poor timing were rampant. There are 100s of boxes stacked full with information. There were various contractors, subcontractors, architectural firms, and the hired managing firm, along with various other personnel. They all have their own ideas, opinions and agendas. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that we may draw conclusions but in the end causation will be riddled with opinions. Consequently, “getting to the bottom of it” will be in the eye of the beholder. I never said we would not investigate.
I voted against this project and spoke against it at every opportunity. It passed because a majority of the legislature at that time felt differently.
When the new democratic majority was sworn in January 2006, the project was in disarray and worse than imagined. Rampant finger pointing forced the project to a virtual standstill. All were running for cover. Similar occurrences have happened elsewhere which shut the projects down. No one wanted to see 70 million spent sitting idle. With that, in the “State of the County” January, 06, I stated, “Success has many relatives, failure is an orphan. I will not point fingers today. That time will come. We are presently weighing our power of subpoena. That may help get to the bottom of this fiasco. For now, our first concern must be to get the job done.”
I have not changed from that position. “Concentrating on blame must be a discussion for AFTER the completion”, as noted in the January, 07 “State of the County” address. http://www.co.ulster.ny.us/
We all would love nothing more than to get to “the bottom of it” and make those at fault pay. In our society that is usually done through the courts. There are various civil lawsuits that require sensitivity or they will cost the taxpayer significantly more in the end. I understand it is less expensive for you to report a story without doing any work. Researching the court papers filed by all the litigants and going over the various documents and reports does take time. However, reporting the news should be your priority rather than running Associated Press stories, gossip columns and misleading editorials.
We will continue to reform county government to better serve the public by concentrating our efforts on what is most important to the taxpayer. After the completion of the project, we will do what is prudent at the right time. I have faith that the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Center Oversight Committee, Richard Parete, will do what is right “at the right time”. He and his committee have certainly not tried to hide anything in the past.
Chairman of the Legislature
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Mr. Cahill is the Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance and serves on the Health, Higher Education, Ways and Means and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committees. Mr. Cahill has previously served on several other committees including Steering, Consumer Affairs, Codes, Real Property Tax, Local Government and Children and Families. Mr. Cahill is a graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz and Albany Law School.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Judge Edward Feeney announced his retirement today as Kingston City Court Judge after serving in the position for 12 years and several years as special city court judge prior to that time. Judge Feeney's retirement is expected to take effect sometime in March but as early as February. A definite date will be announced in the next few days. I would like to personally thank Judge Feeney for his great service to Kingston's Judicial system. He is a stand up guy and has been a great judge. The picture above is of Judge Feeney with two members of the Drug treatment Court which he helped establish and took great pride in.
Mayor Sottile is responsible for appointing a replacement until a special election can be held. I would hope that he appoints the position to current special city court Judge James Gilpatrick; a man of great integrity and a fine understanding of the current court system in the City of Kingston.