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.
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.”
First – to the jerk who sent me the spam/virus “Best Buy Order Confirmation” for a SONY VAIO email, I wish a very special kind of karma for you. You put me through a hell that I just didn’t need to experience this morning.
I immediately thought that I was a victim of credit card/identity theft. That really sucked, especially since I’m running on about 3 1/2 hours sleep. You wasted over 1 1/2 hours of my time dealing with this between phone calls and virus scans already this morning.
If any of you receive this email, Best Buy Customer Service says: don’t open the email, delete it. If you did open it, do not click on the link/attachment. That will start the virus. I didn’t click the link/attachment, and that saved me. But I did run a few different scans to be on the safe side.
Now, to business. I understand that the Kuhl/Massa race has been called for Kuhl (51%-49%); however, Massa has not conceded.
NY State 147th District – Burling
NY State 149th District – Giglio
NY State Senator – Clinton
NY State Gov/LT – Spitzer/Patterson
NY State AG – Cuomo
NY State Comptroller – Hevesi
Cattaraugus Co. Dist. 5 – Couture
Allegany Co. Sheriff – Tompkins
Seneca Nation – Seneca Party takes every major office
I will post later today with additional county and Seneca Nation results and the available numbers.
I had the opportunity to attend the reception for Mrs. Silda Spitzer, wife of Eliot Spitzer, this past Tuesday evening at Holiday Valley, Ellicottville, NY. Due to illness, Mrs. Beverly Massa, wife of Eric Massa, could not attend.
Mrs. Spitzer relayed that this was the 36th New York County that she has visited. She is inspired by going and seeing what people are doing in their communities to make things work, and what is different, unique and special in these areas.
Yesterday was such a gorgeous day that we decided to take a long drive. Our drive took us through Franklinville, Ellicottville, Little Valley, South Dayton and all the hamlets and communities along that route.
Spitzer called on Faso to explain his “no” votes on an anti-stalking law, a bill to prohibit police from making rape victims take lie-detector tests and a measure that would have set pay scales in the private sector to ensure equal compensation for men and women.
Faso touted his plan to cut the state income tax by 25 percent and eliminate it altogether for married couples earning less than $50,000 and singles earning less than $25,000. He has called for capping property taxes and ending taxes on capital gains and dividends, saying the cuts would pay for themselves by encouraging new business development in New York.
Congressional Candidate and 24-year Navy veteran Eric Massa added two critical endorsements today, from gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer and from the National Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Political Action Committee. Spitzer and Massa made the joint announcement at a 4:15 pm press conference today at the Patchen Briggs VFW Post on North Union St. in Rochester.
In pointed remarks to veterans, Massa cited the VFW PAC’s extreme displeasure with Kuhl’s voting record on veterans’ issues. In particular, he pointed to a spring 2006 military appropriations spending bill that slashed funding for research and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at Walter Reed Army Hospital’s Brain Injury Center. Kuhl voted in favor of that bill.
And their off! John Faso and Eliot Spitzer are out of the gate and are running down the track!
At issue are Faso votes years ago against crackdowns on auto insurance fraud and stalking. The Republican-Conservative candidate for governor also opposed a bill that would have prohibited police from asking rape victims to take lie-detector tests, according to Democratic party spokesman Blake Zeff.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 14 – U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-Hammondsport) today called on New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer to immediately investigate price gouging related to gasoline sales in New York State.
“I was shocked to drive from New York to Washington and watch the price of gas drop from a high of over $2.80 in the 29th District down to near $2.30 in Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Kuhl. “If the difference in state taxes between New York and Pennsylvania is only eleven cents, then obviously there is something going on in New York if there’s a fifty cent difference in price for the same product. We have price gouging statutes on the books in New York and they ought to be used by the Attorney General to stop this practice from occurring.”
The Post-Standard, a Syracuse newspaper, has prepared a Special Report titled “Proof is in the Pork”on how the state’s top three leaders control a $1.2 billion slush fund”. Although this report was prepared in October, 2004, I feel that it is still an important topic worthy of review, especially in light of Governor Pataki’s (presumed) presidential aspirations.
The three men who run New York’s government have stuck state taxpayers with $1 billion in debt over the last seven years to pay for a series of secretive slush funds under their tight control.
Gov. George Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno pulled it off with a tactic that, while legal, skirts the state constitution’s requirement that new state debt be approved by voters.
The three used their dominance of a loosely regulated arm of state government called public authorities to borrow the money. The governor and legislature committed the workers who pay New York’s income tax to a decade or more of repayment — plus interest.