Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Freeman Pulls Hatchet Job on Assemblyman Cahill


I just want to point out that today's editorial in the Daily Freeman is pretty disgraceful. The Freeman continues to distort our Assemblyman's record and I find it appalling. They pretty much accused our Assemblyman of being a yes man for Shelly Silver because he sponsored a piece of legislation with Speaker Silver and could not recall the specific legislation when confronted by a lobbyist in what appears to be an informal and hostile manner. Or so they say, the Freeman does not include in it's editorial what the legislation was or what the other side of the story is. Instead, they lift an article from the NY Times, analyze it completely out of context and take the word of some lobbyist.

First, here is a list of some of the legislation that our Assemblyman has co-sponsored :

Prime-Sponsored Legislation:
A00029 Gen Bus L. safe pharma drugs
A00078 V & T L. registratn/title info
A00079 Gen Mun. hi risk duties standard
A00080 ABC. co-op agrmnt
A00126 Gen Mun. health ins emer serv vo
A00127 RPT L. property tax assessments
A00128 RPT L. cred. franchise fees
A00150 Lab. limit consctr. nurse hours
A00204 V & T L. fines fail safe appr ve
A00243 Pen L. temp. surr. firearms
A00244 Elect. polling place accessibilt
A00279 Ins. 3rd party notifctn for snrs
A00280 Telework 2007 Act: tsk frc/dem p
A00354 Ed L. sprinker equip; collg dorm
A00355 Academic review board; textbooks
A00378 Ed L. emplymt of schl nurses
A00402 Gen Bus L. homeowners; liens
A00403 Work C. cost-of-living adjustmt
A00404 RPT L. assessor recpt STAR
A00470 Civ Serv. hlth ins. after-adopte
A00477 Exec. int control officers respo
A00500 Tran. permit vets on taconic pkw
A00514 Vol Ffs Ben. claims asst unit
A00515 V & T L. no fees purple ht plate
A00518 V & T L. amber reflector/bikes
A00519 Ag & Mkts. animal release/custod
A00524 Ed L. prorated fee refund to sps
A00526 Ed L. commiss to recom trustees
A00527 Pub Serv. toll-free #/unslct
A00533 Ed L. acc`ntng exempts;
A00534 RPT L. reservoir valuation metho
A00573 En Con L. mining permit; applict
A00574 REALPRTX. forms w/ largr print
A00605 Soc Serv. 9/11 victim health car
A00606 Pub Serv. utility serv.center
A01277 Hudson Sch.Math,Sci.,Engineering
A02570 Ag & Mkts. agrcltl. notice to of
A02571 Exec. disab. discrim. prot.
A02600 ABC. on-prem wine: NY-prod bevs
A02601 Children`s book biennial contest
A02602 Pub Heal. ntfy ptnts revok medli
A03284 Genetics advisory council
A03462 Pub Serv. citizns` util advoc bd
A03463 Tax. exempt; schl book fair good
A03735 Exec. NYS genome institute
A03903 Ed L. school aid 75/25 ratio
A03904 Pub Serv. consumer guide
A03905 Pub Heal. ban smoking; st office
A03928 St Fin. net econ. imp on purchsn
A03929 Pub Heal. access dur med equip
A03930 Ed L. TAP awards
A03931 RPT L. tax & surv.maps; notice
A04739 Soc Serv. medical asst
A04746 Ed L. financing public education
A04785 Gen Bus L. fees for wireless com
A04786 Pub Heal. sep recyc mat & sl wst
A04787 Ed L. NY international schlp pro
A04788 Lab. liability of LLC, LLPs
A05639 Ed L. NY YouthBuild demo prog
A05703 Const. comptr; AG;special electn
A06517 Exec. tribal comp gaming facilit
A06892 RP L. 90 day evict not disabled
A06893 Pub Off. compt/AG vacancy; elect
A07645 Pub Heal. prescrption privacy ac
A07672 V & T L. Explore NY 400 plates
A07675 Pub Heal. genealogical research
A07683 Tax. deduct indiv plan empl svce
A07686 En Con L. mercury emissions redu
A07692 Ed L. nutritionists; alt; healin
A07713 En Con L. FOI dam safety
A07714 Pub Serv. util rate eco impact
A07715 Gen Bus L. credit card late char
A07716 Pk & Rec. herit infrastrctre act
A07717 Elect. campaign expenditures
A07718 Pub Heal. nursing home agreemt
A07719 Ed L. medical physics; reg fees
A07720 Pub Off. sale of real prop state
A07721 Exec. observ patient; unlawful
A07722 Tax. ind. cntrts. dir. new hires
A07723 CP L. bench warrants; ct officer
A07724 Pub Off. exemptions health safet
A07796 Ed L. schl dist vote; resid proo
A07797 Ec Dev. child. ed. eco. act
A07798 ABC. sale of liquor; on/off-site
A07802 Elect. ballot pamphlets
A07829 Ins. hair prosthesis; coverage
A07830 Ed L. director of facilities
A07831 Personal care trend language
A07852 Ins. super ins proh retro chgbks
A07853 Ins. recd pers med info
A07854 Vol Ffs Ben. pymnt of death benf
A07855 Hway. Shawangunk Wine Trai
lA07856 Soc Serv. asst/durable med equip
A07880 Ed L. school energy reserve fund
A07894 Ins. 1st surg asst svs reimbs
A07958 Tax. tax stamps; cigarettes
A07959 Ed L. eliminate citizenship req.
A07989 Leg. NYS legislative research sv
A08025 Const. office of public advate
A08380 Retire: Vincent G. Bradley bnfit
A08473 Civ Serv. dir of fcltys; cvl srv
A08886 Tax. petroleum heating exemption
A08925 Exec. Esopus creek added
A09026 Hudson River Valley Greenway
A09063 ABC. exempts cert parcels
A09104 Gen Mun. commun preserve funds
A09105 Gen Mun. commun preserve funds
A09345 Ag & Mkts. companion anl hoardin
A09359 Tax. Ulster Co transfr tax
A09478 ABC. exempts cert parcels

A long and impressive list if you ask me. I think it is perfectly reasonable especially since the Freeman gave no context to the year the bill was sponsored, that Kevin may not of remembered a bill when put on the spot. It takes time to go back and look it up and give a detailed answer, which Cahill offered to do. And, of course, the Freeman knows that is the case. The Freeman should stop their vendetta against Cahill and other progressive Democrats. Is it any wonder why Assemblyman Cahill refuses to talk to a "news" paper that continues to smear him on a regular basis?

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where's the hatchet? Cahill co-sponsored a bill and he didn't even know it. That's pretty disgraceful to me. Silver says jump and Cahill says how high.

Anonymous said...

The disgrace is the Freeman printing the allegations and not printing what the bill was, what it proposed, and what the outcome of its proposal was. That's pretty appalling--regardless of what one may think of Cahill.
Stick THAT in your cigar and smoke it!!

Anonymous said...

there, there, Jeremy...

Remember how Cahill disappointed you with an insincere phoney-baloney non-endorsement of Jon Sennett after Bradley got his butt kicked by rank and file Democrats? What's it going to take for you to come to terms with what a putz Cahill is?

I thought everyone in Ulster County pretty much knows Cahill is a legislative lightweight with little record of accomplishment. Well, everyone except you, Jeremy... you seem to have a blind spot for Cahill.

Anonymous said...

Not trying to defend the Freeman here but let's be serious. If Kevin doesn't have a clue about a bill which he co-sponsored it says a whole lot about how much thought and effort he put into the legislation before signing his name to it. Lickspittle, come on down you are the new chair for Energy.

Anonymous said...

3:01 -- It doesn't matter to me what the bill was. It matters to me that Cahill didn't know what the bill was.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone bothered to read the article? Talk about piling on someone. Does the article say he "didn't have a clue"? No, I don't think so. It reads to me like he was blindsided by a lobbyist without an appointment. If you know Kevin, you know that if there is one thing he is and that is prepared. Don't be fooled by the daily rag, they have an agenda and it is discrediting Kevin as often as they can. They have done this many times before.

This is a smear job if ever I saw one.

Anonymous said...

surprised by a lobbyist, or not, the guy did not remember he was a co-sponser of a bill....that is somewhat surprising to me. How could he not even remeber he was involved in the legislation....what is he doing up there?

Anonymous said...

Check. I did. Cahill sponsors over 450 bills. There are about 10,000 bills in the Assembly. The Freeman missed the point of the times story.

An Aetheist lobbied him against an obscure bill he happened to co-sponsor. The point of the Times story was that the bill was obscure, not that Cahill was unprepared. In telling the lobbiest that he would take her points under consideration, Cahill extended the courtesy she deserved, no more, no less.

Anonymous said...

to 8:55. Read the story, Cahill offered an acceptable response to the lobbyist in the Times article. And while you are at it, tell me every single thing you did at your job in the past 12 years. That is, if you have a job.


You ask what Kevin is doing up there? Lets just look at the past 2 weeks shall we? He is gaining respect from the Leadership and his peers by being appointed chairman of one of the top committees. He is getting money for his district KPA/TSEC. He is coordinating round table discussions with the State Comptroller for many, many County leaders. I am sure he has done a lot more, that is just me scanning the local news sources, and yes the daily piece of sh** is one of them.

I am glad he is my assemblyman.

Anonymous said...

Some of you Cahill apologists don't get the point. Cahill and most of the other Democratic assemblymen routinely co-sponsor legislation that Silver or others push without even knowing what it is. That's one of the big problems in Albany. They all do it. In the New York Times column, Cahill was singled out. You could pull out Cahill's name and insert plenty of others. But Cahill was in the Times and Cahill is the local assemblyman.

Mike Harkavy said...

What's the old song lyric?, "You don't know what you've got 'til its gone". Kevin was our assemblyman in Saugerties. He was of tremendous help in our efforts to remediate a dangerous tire dump. He advocated stongly against a casino on the Winston Farm. With redistricting we have a Republican assemblyman, a nice enough guy, who interest lies outside of Saugerties since we are the only Ulster County town in his district. Being in the minority, his influence is minimal. While we recognize that Kevin's new A.D. is more favorable to his re-election, we will push hard during the next census to get back in the Ulster County family, with Kevin as our assemblyman.

The Freeman's editorial was a picayune food fight.

Anonymous said...

What is the time frame of all these bills he has sponsered? He has been there for years. If this last year or many years.

Anonymous said...

Cosponsorship is great, but sponsorship is impressive. How many bills is Cahill the sponsor of?

Ian Brody said...

While readers may not know the rules of the NYS Assembly, I believe that the editors of the Freeman should - but cannot be sure based on this editorial.

Just because he is a sponsor doesn't mean he wrote the bill, and it doesn't mean he is kow-towing to Silver.

Perhaps an editorial talking about how and why bills become cosponsored or multisponsored in the Assembly, and the differences in the rules compared to the Senate might be a good article. If then had some conclusion to make and needed an example, then bring up the Cahill story. But out of context, the story is just a smear. I suspect if they bothered to do this research, they might have a somewhat more subtle, complex opinion.

Anonymous said...

If you think the Freeman was unfair to Cahill, you better include the New York Times. They're the paper that first pointed out Cahill's shortcomings. Jeremy, does the NY Times have a vendetta against Cahill also?

Anonymous said...

LET US ALL BOYCOTT THE FREEMAN...just for the murder blog alone. JUST BOYCOTT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK so they get the MESSAGE.

Anonymous said...

to 2:11
You asked for it......All from 2007 or 2008.

Co-Sponsored Legislation:
A00073 A00165 A00211 A00254 A00273 A00277 A00316 A00389 A00420 A00438 A00445 A00539 A00700 A00744 A00747 A00855 A00862 A00890 A00901 A00918 A00932 A00959 A00960 A01014 A01015 A01059 A01103 A01112 A01147 A01148 A01153 A01157 A01158 A01173 A01193 A01194 A01196 A01223 A01224 A01232 A01234 A01238 A01254 A01325 A01330 A01348 A01355 A01358 A01363 A01433 A01469 A01486 A01539 A01540 A01574 A01575 A01655 A01794 A01816 A01930 A01932 A01943 A01980 A01993 A01997 A02000 A02004 A02088 A02106 A02162 A02171 A02177 A02280 A02282 A02321 A02326 A02402 A02435 A02512 A02516 A02525 A02527 A02555 A02557 A02691 A02712 A02797 A02830 A02836 A02938 A02974 A03005 A03016 A03064 A03136 A03162 A03180 A03191 A03414 A03556 A03598 A03607 A03619 A03654 A03683 A03684 A03736 A03745 A03808 A03826 A03848 A03891 A03980 A04315 A04323 A04329 A04345 A04357 A04399 A04437 A04443 A04488 A04584 A04611 A04644 A04686 A04865 A04867 A04868 A04919 A04932 A04940 A04966 A04968 A04989 A05118 A05170 A05178 A05202 A05283 A05512 A05525 A05565 A05566 A05567 A05568 A05611 A05643 A05740 A05804 A05864 A05907 A05908 A05919 A05921 A05931 A05995 A06140 A06163 A06199 A06203 A06205 A06255 A06344 A06399 A06499 A06532 A06592 A06619 A06732 A06814 A06819 A06820 A06843 A06916 A06954 A06978 A06993 A06995 A06999 A07069 A07107 A07108 A07110 A07111 A07134 A07146 A07208 A07217 A07258 A07301 A07330 A07332 A07333 A07335 A07365 A07367 A07394 A07436 A07438 A07439 A07466 A07468 A07483 A07489 A07494 A07569 A07572 A07647 A07653 A07674 A07730 A07841 A07886 A07899 A07935 A07981 A07983 A08029 A08044 A08076 A08090 A08143 A08152 A08153 A08163 A08168 A08175 A08229 A08284 A08288 A08299 A08339 A08367 A08369 A08373 A08376 A08378 A08379 A08391 A08412 A08424 A08433 A08437 A08440 A08444 A08448 A08520 A08543 A08561 A08562 A08563 A08567 A08573 A08588 A08590 A08605 A08617 A08622 A08623 A08624 A08641 A08643 A08685 A08690 A08702 A08703 A08747 A08827 A08833 A08839 A08844 A08910 A08997 A09021 A09056 A09061 A09087 A09132 A09195 A09239 A09295 A09296 A09354 A09438 A09461 A09518 A09611 A09646 A09692 A09695 A09715 A09716 A09734 A09837 A09849 A09869 A09891 A09902 A09903 A09905 A09913 A09914 A09915 A09996 A10069 A10070

Anonymous said...

Good idea. Let's boycott something because we don't agree with it. Why don't we burn books, like the Nazis did? That make sense too 8:09?

Anonymous said...

What took you so long? I, anonymous, have refused to purchase a copy of the Daily Freeman because of their anti-progressive pro-GOP political editor for years. That's inflicting a mighty economic impact on their publishing empire to be sure.

(Secretly, I read it online or sometimes in the lunchroom after it has been discarded by somebody else.)

However, my moral but ineffective economic boycott of the Freeman doesn't forgive the immaturity of our Assemblyman who refuses to give the newspaper an interview.

The Freeman is not a newspaper to be taken seriously. It is an annoyance to be taken lightly.

Anonymous said...

They systematically attack Kevin and have for years. First Reynolds writes 1/2 truths,rumors, bar room talk and innuendo's as fact. They ignore stories that are positive. Then the caustic editor writes truly uncalled for,highly subjective editorials. Why should Kevin or anyone else who they treat that way talk to them?

The sooner people realize that they are a failing entity and give up on them, the sooner we get a real newspaper in here. Just take a look at the other Hudson Valley Newspapers. Real live reporters (not purchased stories from MHN.COM or AP wire stories),Lot's of local news on time...not a week later, if at all.

Don't forget, it is for sale!

F**k the freeman, it sucks!

Anonymous said...

"An annoyance to be taken lightly." Couldn't have said it better myself, and that's a mighty statement.
Touche'!

Anonymous said...

7:58 has a point.

We should not boycott the freeman because we disagree with it.

We should simply not buy it because it is worthless. There is a big difference

Anonymous said...

It is easy to say "don't boycott the freeman" when you are not the target of the attacks. If my name was being trashed over and over, I would feel differently.
Every time they write that Kevin or anyone else does not speak to the freeman, it stirs the coals. They NEVER say WHY!

Anonymous said...

11:22. Let's see what it may read like: "Kevin Cahill refused to comment because he's mad at the Freeman because he believes the Freeman has been unfair to him, has called him a name, hasn't always been accurate." Poor baby. He's a professional politician. A state assemblyman. Politicians of more rank and character routinely make the same complaints about their local papers or the national papers like the New York Times (ever heard of John McCain?), but they don't take their ball and go home. They suck it up. When you don't talk to the local paper, you don't talk to the readers who buy it or who read it for free on the Internet ... your constituents. Oh, you don't have to talk to the paper because there's radio or blogs or weekly papers or other daily papers? Good luck. Thousands and thousands of people read the local daily every day. What politician doesn't want his name in front of thousands of people? This one? OK. Good luck with that.