The Rural Patriot

December 14, 2006

Last NYS Legislative Session for 2006

Filed under: New York State — theruralpatriot @ 12:07 pm

Gov. Pataki with yesterday’s results. His “civil confinement for sex offenders legislation” will not become law under his tenure as NY State Governor. This measure would “keep sexual predators confined to psychiatric hospitals after they complete their prison terms”. The Assembly rejected this proposal, as it does not allow provisions for juvenile offenders. (I speculate that one reason he wanted this legislation to pass was so that he could use this as a talking point in his presidential campaign.) (more…)


Commission Report Likely to Become Law

Filed under: New York State — theruralpatriot @ 11:58 am

Gov. Pataki supports it. Gov-Elect Spitzer supports it. The Senate decided yesterday to not reject the proposal; the Assembly didn’t touch the subject. All in all, it looks that the Commission for Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century’s proposal for sweeping changes in NY State’s health care system is going to become law. The legislature has until December 31 to reject the plan, but a special session would have to be called, and it appears that this is not going to happen.


December 7, 2006

Spitzer’s Bi-Partisan Efforts

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer,New York State,Randy Kuhl — theruralpatriot @ 12:40 pm

Governor-Elect Eliot Spitzer was in Washington yesterday; a meeting was set up with the New York Delegation. Guess who didn’t show up:

None of the six returning GOP members of Congress from New York nor any of their staff attended. Some Republican aides complained of receiving very late notice of the meeting set up by Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, and others said they didn’t expect anything important to be discussed.


For-Profit Companies Receiving NY State Grants

Filed under: New York State — theruralpatriot @ 12:37 pm

Only two for-profit companies have received NY State grants over the past several years. Evident Technologies Inc., received $500,000 (for operating assistance) and has ties to State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. Plug Power has received $384,000 (“to install fuel cells at a few area farms and greenhouses”) and has ties to Gov. George Pataki.


December 1, 2006

Spitzer’s Plan for Reform

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer,New York State,Uncategorized — theruralpatriot @ 8:47 pm

Governor-Elect Spitzer is wasting no time. Change is in the air. “… Mr. Spitzer is taking the unusual step of voluntarily adhering to tougher rules for himself and his administration, and hoping the idea catches on.”

Spitzer said while he could not force the Legislature to go along with his ideas, he will adhere to these limits “to set a tone, to send a message and to set an example.”


November 29, 2006

Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century

Filed under: New York State — theruralpatriot @ 5:36 pm

The Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century released its report on Tuesday on its “recommendations on rightsizing New York State’s hospitals and nursing homes…(which includes) consolidation, closure, conversion, and restructuring of institutions, and reallocation of local and statewide resources”. Here is a link to the complete report.

Three hospitals in our area, identified as the “Southeast Cluster” in Western New York, (TLC Lakeshore Hospital in Irving, TLC Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda, and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville) are subjected to recommendations in this report.

November 26, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 11/26/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 1:44 pm

In case you may have missed any of these articles. Covering mainly Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but WNY regional, state, and national topics of interest are also added.


County approves $188M budget for 2007
… The budget includes a tax levy increase of 3.31 percent over 2006. It will require a tax levy of $41.2 million. The legislature adopted the budget to include amendments recommended by the Finance Committee last week: deferring of tourism grant program allocations to five chambers of commerce/business groups, including the Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce; an increase in the interest earned from county investments from $700,000 to $900,000; an increase in funding for the Olean Municipal Airport from $22,000 to $27,500; and an increase in funding for bonded capital improvements at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Olean from $866,650 to $870,000.

City moves closer to reassessing
OLEAN — Members of Common Council’s City Operations Committee agreed to move a plan to reassess all property in the city out of committee Tuesday.


November 19, 2006

Another Reason for Health Care Insurance Reform

Filed under: Federal Government,Health Insurance,New York State,Poverty — theruralpatriot @ 12:21 pm

From the Buffalo News:

Number of uninsured children in state up 17%

ALBANY – The number of children in New York State without health insurance grew by 17 percent last year, marking the first time that it has gone up in nearly a decade, according to a report released Tuesday.

The spike marks a turnaround after years of steady progress in reducing the ranks of uninsured children in the state. Between 1998 and 2004, the number of uninsured children in New York was cut nearly in half, according to the Children’s Defense Fund of New York, which produced the report.


Weekly News Roundup – 11/19/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:35 am

In case you may have missed any of these articles. Covering mainly Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but WNY regional, state, and national topics of interest are also added.


John, new SNI officials take office
IRVING – New Seneca Nation President Maurice John Sr. was administered the oath of office by new Clerk Jackie Bowen, but not without a little controversy before the ceremony.

Finance Committee to consider $188M county budget
LITTLE VALLEY – Review of the 2007 tentative Cattaraugus County budget of $188 million has moved on to the County Finance Committee.

November 17, 2006

Hungry? No, You are Just Experiencing “Low Food Security”

Filed under: Bush Administration,Federal Government,New York State,Poverty — theruralpatriot @ 7:31 pm

Only in America – where we switch words so that things don’t seem to be as bad as they really are.

The U.S. government has vowed that Americans will never be hungry again. But they may experience “very low food security.”
Mark Nord, the lead author of the report, said “hungry” is “not a scientifically accurate term for the specific phenomenon being measured in the food security survey.” Nord, a USDA sociologist, said, “We don’t have a measure of that condition.”


Medicare Part D News Items

Filed under: Bush Administration,Federal Government,Health Insurance,Medicare D — theruralpatriot @ 7:01 pm

Many Democratic campaign platforms included the promise to pass legislation that allows negotiation of Medicare Part D drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. Apparently, the Bush Administration still does not think that this is a good idea:


November 15, 2006

Eric Massa’s Concession

Filed under: Eric Massa,New York State,November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 5:28 pm

[NOTE: Taken from Eric Massa’s campaign website]

A Brighter Future

Now that the vast majority of the votes have been re-canvassed, and the counting of the absentee ballots is well underway, it is clear that the initial results of the election will not change. The owners of this democracy have spoken and I would like to wish Congressman Kuhl and his team the best of luck with the important work that still lies ahead.

Two years ago, when we started this journey, no one believed we would come this far. Regardless of the outcome, I still feel that this election has been a victory for all of us who believe in a brighter future for the 29th District and for the United States of America.


Laidlaw Energy Group’s Recent Biomass Mailing

Filed under: Cattaraugus County — theruralpatriot @ 2:36 pm

Residents of Ellicottville recently received the mailing, “Clearing the Air; The Facts About Woody Biomass Renewable Energy in Ellicottville”, from Laidlaw Energy Group, Inc. The mailing attempts to address five points of concern relating to the proposed biomass plant.

Perhaps my “suspicion factor” is still at a high level from the past few weeks of debunking negative political advertisements, but I find this mailing to be simplistic in its approach, and it leaves me with more questions than answers. I’ll be the first to admit, however, that I don’t have the access or background to completely break down this mailing’s points, but lets give it a try.


November 13, 2006

One Sentence

From the Olean Times Herald, November 12, 2006:

Kuhl says he’s ready to work with new Congress

On Election Day eve, U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, indicated he’d try to work with Democrats, even though they did little but stall legislation over the last two years.

Three things here. 1) Election Day eve??? Am I reading this correctly – wouldn’t that have been MONDAY, November 6? Looks to me that he was very confident that last week’s election was already in the bag before one lever was touched,


Democratic House Reps from NY State Will Have Key Roles

Filed under: Federal Government,New York State — ellicatt @ 7:48 am

When the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives this January, several representatives from New York State will be the Chairman or members of significant Congressional Committees. They include Rep. Louise Slaughter, (Chairwoman – Rules Committee), Rep. Charles B. Rangel (Chairman – Ways and Means, which controls bills on trade, taxes and Social Security), and Rep. Brian Higgins, (Member – Appropriations and/or Transportation Committee). Additionally, there are already three New York Democratic House Reps. who are members of the Appropriations Committee and five New York Democratic members of the Financial Services Committee. Rep. “Nadia Velasquez of Brooklyn probably will take over the Small Business Committee.”


November 12, 2006

Cattaraugus County Race Results

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,New York State,November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 11:43 pm

If you missed any results from town/village races in the county, here is a pretty good article from the Salamanca Press detailing winners of all races from Cattaraugus County.

Weekly News Roundup – 11/12/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 2:21 pm

In case you may have missed any of these articles. Covering mainly Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but WNY regional, state, and national topics of interest are also added.


John, Seneca Party sweep SNI elections
SALAMANCA – The Seneca Party will retain control of the Seneca Nation of Indians’ government Tuesday, Nov. 14, with Maurice A. John, Sr. as president. The party won a straight ticket, taking a little more than 61 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday’s election.

Couture to continue as Dist. 5 legislator
LITTLE VALLEY – Charles Couture of West Valley, Republican, Independence and Conservative parties candidate for District 5 county legislator will continue serving in that post thanks to Tuesday night’s election victory.

November 11, 2006

Digesting the 2006 Election Cycle

Filed under: Federal Government,New York State,November 2006 Election — theruralpatriot @ 7:20 pm

I admit it. I’m still digesting and decompressing from the events of the past week. Some results were expected, such as the Democratic take-over of the House of Representatives. Some were not, such as the additional Democratic take-over of the Senate. Locally, I am not surprised that the Republican candidates in our area, (Kuhl, Giglio, Burling, and Young – who had no Democratic opponent), were re-elected to their respective positions.


The Albany Project

Filed under: New York State,NYS Blogs/Info — ellicatt @ 12:51 pm

We have added the new blog, The Albany Project, to our New York State blogroll. The Albany Project brings an additional voice in covering the NY State political arena.

Welcome to the blogosphere community. The Rural Patriot wishes you success and looks forward to your contributions.

November 9, 2006

Cattaraugus County – Tentative 2007 Budget

Filed under: Cattaraugus County,New York State — theruralpatriot @ 11:20 pm

Lawmakers get first look at tentative budget

LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers got their first look Wednesday at the tentative $188 million county budget for 2007 — and it wasn’t too bad.

The tax levy — or amount to be raised by property taxes — is up 4.1 percent. Also, the full-value tax rate drops for a second consecutive year, County Administrator Jack Searles said in his budget review.


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