Archive for July, 2010

Congratulations Lucretia!

The New York State Right to Life Committee is pleased to announce our list of early endorsements for the 2010 election

Governor:  Carl Paladino 

US Senate:  Joe DioGuardi  

Congress: CD 3 – Pete King CD 21 – Ted Danz CD 22 – George Phillips CD 23 – Doug Hoffman CD 25 – Ann Marie Buerkle

State Senate SD 1 – Kenneth LaValle SD 2 – John Flanagan SD 3 – Lee Zeldin SD 4 – Owen Johnson SD 5 – Carl Marcellino SD 6 – Kemp Hannon SD 8 – Charles Marcellino SD 11 – Frank Padavan SD 32 – Ruben Diaz SD 39 – Bill Larkin SD 41 – Steven Saland SD 44 – Hugh Farley SD 45 – Betty Little SD 46 – Bob Domenici SD 47 – Joe Griffo SD 48 – Darrel Aubertine SD 49 – Andy Russo SD 50 – John DeFrancisco SD 52 – Tom Libous SD 54 – Mike Nozzolio SD 55 – James Alesi SD 56 – Joe Robach SD 57 – Cathy Young SD 58 – Bill Stachowski SD 62 – George Maziarz  

State Assembly AD 3 – Dean Murray AD 7 – Mike Fitzpatrick

AD 49 – Lucretia Regina-Potter AD 97 – Annie Rabbitt AD 117 – Marc Butler AD 105 – George Amedore AD 108 – Steve McLaughlin AD 110 – Jim Tedisco AD 112 – Tony Jordan AD 114 – David Kimmel AD 119 – Christina M. Fitch   AD 120 – Rick Guy AD 121 – Don Miller AD 127 – Pete Lopez AD 129 – Brian Kolb AD 134 – Bill Reilich AD 140 – Robin Schimminger AD 145 – Mark Schroeder

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Clean House-Vote Them Out

Maurice Carroll, Director

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute

FOR RELEASE: JUNE 23, 2010

 

NEW YORK STATE IS DYSFUNCTIONAL, 83% OF VOTERS SAY,

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;

CANDIDATES SHOULD PLEDGE TO FIX DISTRICT LINES 

New York State government is dysfunctional, 83 percent of voters say, the highest number ever measured in the state, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

            A total of 80 percent of New York State voters are “somewhat dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the state, also the highest dissatisfaction ever in New York, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

            New York State voters say 59 – 21 percent that all candidates for state office should sign a pledge that they will support the creation of an independent group to draw legislative district lines.  There is no difference in support among Democrats, Republicans or independent voters.

            Nineteen percent of voters would vote against a candidate who refuses to sign the pledge on that issue alone.  There is little difference in support among political or regional groups.

            New York State voters disapprove 76 – 16 percent of the way the State Legislature is doing its job, the highest disapproval ever recorded for this group.

            To clean house in Albany, all New York State senators, even their own local senator, should be voted out of office this November, voters say 51 – 36 percent.  Voters say 50 – 34 percent that State Assembly members, even their own representative, should go, too.

“New Yorkers are fed up with Albany.  The resentment is bigger than we’ve ever measured.  Just about half think that the whole Legislature should be voted out of office – even their own state senator and Assembly member,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

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http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1318.xml?ReleaseID=1469

 

 

 

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Crusading To Fix Albany

Vote out the enemies of reform: Ed Koch names names in his crusade to fix Albany

BY Ed Koch

Sunday, July 25th 2010, 4:00 AM

Between 1928 and 1932, the Empire State was led by Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR followed in the footsteps of Alfred E. Smith, also a Democrat. Nelson Rockefeller, a Republican, created our great state public universities. These outstanding governors set the standards for leadership and social programs that lifted New York – and by emulation the rest of the country – into the modern era. There were other exemplary governors as well.

From 1975 to 1982, Gov. Hugh Carey was part of that tradition. During his eight years in office, Carey saved New York City from bankruptcy and New York State from financial ruin. By virtue of the 11th Amendment to the Constitution, our states are prohibited from applying for bankruptcy and the protections of the federal bankruptcy courts, which assure an orderly payout of the bankrupt’s assets.

Carey’s contribution to the well-being of the state and city he loves is not yet appreciated, but someday he will be recognized for his many achievements, perhaps by naming the Battery Tunnel in his honor, as suggested by our current lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch. (The latter’s considerable talents are currently being wasted by Gov. Paterson, who was prescient in his appointment of Ravitch, but who unwisely declines to use his services.)

The leaders of our state Legislature are not well known. The two I worked with over an extended period were Speaker of the Assembly Stanley Fink, a Democrat, and Majority Leader of the Senate Warren Anderson, a Republican. Compared with today’s leaders, Fink and Anderson were giants devoted to the public’s needs.

Regrettably, the two current leaders – Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and Majority Leader of the Senate John Sampson, also a Democrat – are not in the Fink-Anderson tradition of public service. Indeed, at this moment, New York Uprising, a political action committee – in which I have a leadership role – is dedicated to cleaning the Augean Stables known now as the dysfunctional Albany Legislature.

New York Uprising has designated Silver and Sampson as “Enemies of Reform.” Their names and many others are posted on our Web site, www.nyuprising.org.

About six months ago, along with Dick Dadey of Citizens Union and Henry Stern of New York Civic and others, I decided to undertake this crusade. We are taking on the state Legislature, which almost every New Yorker sees as a disgrace, shaming us with its antics and its inability to adopt a state budget.

As we speak, adoption of the budget is more than three months late. That lateness is not simply a delay without consequences. Municipalities dependent on state funding, as well as nongovernmental agencies similarly dependent, are suffering and have to privately or publicly borrow monies to keep operating – paying interest on loans. Commentators now compare New York with the bankrupt and equally scorned state of California.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/07/25/2010-07-25_vote_out_the_enemies_of_reform.html#ixzz0urGeOAP6

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