“While I respect that some of our local organizations will make endorsements, as Chairman of the New York State Independence Party today I am proudly endorsing Bill Owens for Congress. I strongly urge all Independence Party members and voters throughout the 23rd District to cast their vote for Bill Owens on Tuesday,” said MacKay.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Update: (Insiders are saying) It looks like the lack of Hoffman ground troops in Oswego County will be a factor in GOTV. It seems many "moderate republican county committee people" are not too "into" Hoffman and they turn out the republican vote in Oswego. The Thursday debate on TV and Hoffman's poor performance in it turned off many in the vote rich Oswego.
Owens has increased his lead among Democrats, while Hoffman has taken the lead with Republicans and maintained his lead with independent voters. Hoffman has widened his lead in the southern portion of the district, as Owens’ lead in the eastern part of the district has narrowed and Scozzafava’s strong lead in the western portion of the district has virtually disappeared, although she maintains a narrow lead. By a 51-29 percent margin, likely voters have an unfavorable view of Scozzafava, while both Hoffman (41-37 percent) and Owens (40-36 percent) receive slightly favorable ratings from voters.
Friday, October 30, 2009
It's a bit disturbing how credulously the conservative blogs, most of whom are rooting for Hoffman, are taking this poll. Here are few of the concerns that a more critical observer might ask about it:
-- The Club for Growth endorsed Hoffman and just last week threw $300,000 into the race on his behalf.
-- The sample size is tiny (300 people).
Our County Clerk, George Williams, is making a big deal out of the License Plate Petition drive, but wait he is also the County Republican Chairman. Could he have another reason to sponsor a petition drive like this?
ALBANY -- County clerks across the state have started online petitions against planned increases in fees on licenses plates next year.
The push has been orchestrated by Senate Republicans, particularly Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, who are seeking to regain control of the chamber next year. Democrats hold a narrow 32-30 seat majority heading into the 2010 elections. from the Pressconnects.com
Now "political" County Clerks are using County resources, web sites and staff to run this clearly POLITICAL operation using taxpayers dollars. Is it legal?? NO. Use of public money for political use is illegal!
Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman's entry into the race has mobilized those who want to damage President Obama and his progressive agenda. Radical tea party activists from across the country have come to New York to volunteer for Hoffman's campaign, seeing the race's outcome as an important electoral test of their movement's strength.
Hoffman has even been endorsed by the conservative Club for Growth, Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson, and Dick Armey -- and they are all working overtime to ensure a conservative victory.
While Doug Hoffman's campaign has been fueled by right-wing tea party leaders, Bill's has been fueled by everyday New Yorkers who recognize his ability to drive economic revitalization within the region.
Whoever gets the most votes Tuesday will win the seat. There are three candidates in the race, and with the low turnout in special elections, every vote is that much more important.
A recent poll gives Bill a slight lead in the race, but this is a swing district that narrowly voted for President Obama. We still need to do everything we can to ensure a Democratic victory.
Join me, and scores of others -- including Vice President Biden and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand -- in supporting Bill Owens in this important House race. With the election just days away, we need to act quickly to ensure a Democratic victory!
You have done so much to elect new leaders to Congress, especially veterans. Thank you for everything.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The poll shows Democrat Bill Owens holding a tiny one-point lead over Hoffman, 33 to 32 percent, with Republican Dede Scozzafava lagging behind in third with 21 percent of the vote. It’s clear Hoffman is gaining momentum – in the Daily Kos survey of the race last week, Hoffman was still in third place, trailing Owens 35 to 23 percent (with Scozzafava at 30 percent).
At first glance, the group’s ad looks like it’s an endorsement of Scozzafava. But it’s a dirty trick engineered by Hoffman supporters, looking to render her unacceptable to many Republican voters by detailing her liberal position on gay marriage, support of President Obama’s stimulus and connections to labor.
The group’s presumed intent with the ad is to trick unsuspecting GOP voters into thinking Scozzafava is the choice of progressives so they will then support her Conservative party challenger, Doug Hoffman. Common Sense in America is spending about $150,000 on the ad buy, and it is up on broadcast and cable in all three media markets in the sprawling upstate New York district.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
WASHINGTON — The hospital where Douglas L. Hoffman serves on the finance committee sought and received a federal earmark — a practice he has opposed in his congressional campaign — to build a new primary health clinic.
Mr. Hoffman, the conservative candidate to replace Rep. John M. McHugh in Congress, was an ex-officio member of the finance committee at Adirondack Medical Center when the hospital asked Mr. McHugh to help find sources of federal money to build the facility two years ago.
However, Mr. Hoffman, who has made opposition to earmarks a pillar of his campaign mantra against government waste, said through a spokesman Tuesday night that it is "laughable" to suggest he would oppose government funding for such a project, and that his complaint is about the process by which such awards are made.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The candidates in NY-23 have been filing 48-hour reports since the close of the reporting period for their "pre-special" fundraising reports, Oct. 15th. But because the 48-hour reports have to be filed very quickly, all three campaigns had already posted a bunch of them before they were required to file their pre-special reports. We gathered those numbers in the right-hand column of the chart in this post.
As you can see from the link, Bill Owens was already kicking ass in this department as of last Thursday. But since then, the disparity has grown much, much greater. Both Owens and Hoffman have each filed three new 48-hour reports; Scozzafava, by contrast, has filed just one. The overall tally is therefore no surprise:
Dede: $ 2,000
Monday, October 26, 2009
Senator Schumer and Bill Owens toured the Oswego Port Authority and got a clear understanding of the great work that has been happening there and the economic development potential that is possible with the help of federal funds.
SARANAC LAKE - Bill Owens, a Brooklyn native, moved to Plattsburgh 32 years ago while in the U.S. Air Force. He said he has volunteered in many groups in the community, "from Little League to ballet to the foundation boards at the college and hospital." He said he is running for Congress because "I think this is a very unique opportunity to give back to the community."
Owens is the Democratic and Working Families party candidate for New York's 23rd District congressional seat, which became vacant last month when longtime U.S. Rep. John McHugh resigned to become Army secretary. Dede Scozzafava is the Republican and Independence party candidate, Doug Hoffman the Conservative. The special election is Nov. 3.
Owens said he thinks much of the stimulus money was misdirected, and more of it should be spent on infrastructure projects such as Interstate 98 (formerly called the "rooftop highway"), a proposed-four lane highway from Plattsburgh to Watertown which, he said, he supports. He said the existence of the Northway has driven the expansion of Canadian business into Clinton County, "because you can move the goods." Such projects, Owens said, create jobs while they're being built and continue to after, due to how they help businesses.
Owens said he "would not look favorably" upon a second stimulus package, which is being discussed, although he would be willing to consider it if the economy doesn't improve.
The message confirms the widespread belief that state Attorney General Cuomo intends to challenge unelected Gov. Paterson in a Democratic primary if Paterson decides to run.
But this isn't true for all groups. For an amusing example that we discussed in our book, a survey found that richer journalists were more likely to identify as Democrats (a fact which I'm sure will not surprise Michael Barone).
To look at this more thoroughly, Dan Lee and I took the 2000 and 2004 Annenberg surveys and looked at a bunch of different categories of people, classified by self-identified political ideology (very conservative to very liberal), religion (Catholic, Protestant, etc.), church attendance, age, ethnicity, sex, marital status, urban/suburban/rural, education, and attitude on abortion (just as an example of an opinion question).
Sunday, October 25, 2009
As Harry Truman said in the 1948 campaign, "If the unions don't vote Democrat their damn ungrateful." Of course he was referring the to Democratic Party's support of union rights and the Republican Party's fight against those rights.
Last evening I got several calls and emails from teacher friends of mine. Here is one:
"Bill just got a call from benchmark polling (Albany NY) NYSUT, wanting to know who XXXXX was voting for." She said "Bill Owens". They then hung up. Time 8:00pm Monday night. For your information. XXXX.
I read several days ago that NYSUT endorsed the Republican candidate for congress. What my friends tell me is that they are voting for the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens.
Now I wonder if this is their new campaign strategy....making thier members mad with hang up calls?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Well after talking to the County Chairman (Mr. William Scriber) I was informed this was not true. No one contact him. As the sole spokesman for the party, emails and phone listed, it was clear that they called someone who represented themselves falsely, maybe an impersonator?
He was very upset that a news story was contributed to him that was false. We can see his point. It's hard enough in politics to get things straight, but even harder when people "impersonate" the county chair and give false information.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
According to Joseph
“ I wasn’t sold on Dede from the beginning. That race represents 8% of Oneida County. Throughout the nomination process, I would have thought there would have been more sensitivity, in light of what happened with Tedisco in NY 20, who was the annointed front runner. [Republican Tedisco was defeated in a special election for an open Congresssional seat earlier this year]. Just with [Dede] coming out of Albany — any legislator in Albany is so tarnished why would we nominate them ? We acted very tone deaf in how we selected this nominee.”
Schumer said he wants to more than double the federal funding available last year through appropriations for water and sewer projects, to $3.75 billion.
Should the proposal make it into the House and Senate versions of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill – and if the bill passes – that money would be distributed through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund; both are under the state Environmental Facilities Corp.
Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for at least one-third of that money to be available as grants rather than loans, in order to reduce the loan-interest costs municipalities would pass on to taxpayers.
Currently, Schumer said, local governments have applied for $6.2 billion in funding from the EFC for water and sewer projects.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This part of the post is really priceless.
“From everything I hear, he’s the most mild-mannered guy around. If any police investigation needs to take place, it should be of Dede Scozzafava, for impersonating a Republican.”
Ok...the only real choice is Bill Owens. The other two have actually gone off the deep end. Dede is seems called the POLICE on a reporter when she was asked some really hard questions, other than her name.
Now the campaign of Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party’s candidate, is asking Dede Scozzafavato to quite the race. That seems sensible to me. Actually the only person in the race that has the voters and residents of the 23rd Congressional District in mind in BILL OWENS!
I prepose that both Hoffman and Dede withdraw and lets send a rational and common sense person to Congress. Bill Owens.
Please watch this.
ALBANY—Seaway Valley Capital Corporation, the struggling company controlled by Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava's brother Tom, has de-registered its common stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a filing the company submitted earlier this month.
The de-registration exempts Seaway Valley Capital Corp., the holding company of a hardware chain and several restaurant companies, from sending quarterly and annual filings to the SEC. It also prevents the company's common stock from being traded on any national exchanges or the OTC Bulletin Board.
Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate to replace John McHugh in Congress, has distanced herself from her brother's company, calling herself a "passive investor" but noting that she served as an officer of a company that was eventually subsumed by SVCC. She also exchanged her common stock in the company for a debt obligation earlier this year.
I spotted Scozzafava later as she was walking to the parking lot, and asked her: " Assemblywoman, do you believe that the health-care bill should exclude coverage for abortion?" She didn't reply. I asked her twice more. Silence.
After she got into her car, I went to my car and fired up my laptop to report the evening's events.
Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its liPost Optionsghts flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because "there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation" and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.
"Maybe we do things a little differently here, but you know, persistence in that area, you scared the candidate a little bit," Officer Grolman told me.
"[Scozzafava] got startled, that's all," Officer Grolman added. "It's not like you're in any trouble."
Monday, October 19, 2009
Average Per Day- 109
This Week- 764
You will notice we have the links to our sidebar on the left, or the progressive side of the blog.
If you want to stay informed on local Democratic leaning events these are a must read daily.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The Plattsburgh attorney surged in almost every category. Here's a telling statistic:
Conservative Doug Hoffman is stripping Republican support from Dede Scozzafava, claiming 27% of the GOP vote.Still to come, Owens has a high-profile event next week with President Barack Obama.
But Owens isn't doing too shabby among GOP voters either. The Democrat is winning 19% of Republicans.
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To view the ad, click here: http://billowensforcongress.
“Republicans Doug Hoffman and Dede Scozzafava have shown their dedication to the failed George Bush economic policies by promising to extend tax cuts for the very wealthy while middle class families in Upstate New York are struggling,” said Jon Boughtin, Owens campaign spokesman. “Today, Dede Scozzafava furthered her commitment to the failed policies of the past by signing the Americans for Tax Reform’s ‘Taxpayers’ Protection Pledge,’ something her own campaign called a ‘stunt’ earlier in the campaign.”
“It’s clear that both Republicans are committed to reverting back to the failed Bush economic agenda, but sadly that’s exactly what Upstate New York can’t afford right now,” said Boughtin.
The ad also lays out Bill Owens' plans for job creation, including investments in clean energy, using our colleges and tech schools to recruit jobs and taking away tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.
WATERTOWN, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2009 — Statement from state Senator Darrel J. Aubertine:
"The court has made its decision to convict Hiram Monserrate of assault and domestic violence, and I believe he should resign immediately. If he chooses not to resign, the Senate must take appropriate action immediately."
“Everyone deserves their day in court and the court found Hiram Monserrate guilty. Domestic violence cannot be tolerated, especially by a body of government charged with making fair and equitable laws for all. For the good of New York State and the Senate, he should step down.”
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Owens has the support of 33 percent of likely voters in the 23rd Congressional District, followed by Scozzafava at 29 percent and Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman at 23 percent, up seven points in the last two weeks, according to a new Siena (College) Research Institute poll. Owens leads with Democrats and in the eastern portion of the district.
Scozzafava leads with Republicans and in the western portion of the district. Hoffman leads with independent voters and in the southern portion of the district. About two-thirds of voters have seen or heard commercials for Scozzafava and Owens, helping Owens and hurting Scozzafava.
Full Poll Results
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Certification for 23rd CD Special Election 10-14-09
It is noteworthy to mention that in discussions with both offices they made the point that Operation Oswego was not involved in this grant.)
PULASKI, N.Y. -- In the past year the economy has caused a lot of businesses to cutback, or even close. But at Fulton Thermal Corporation, they're looking to expand and on Tuesday they got some help from the state's top politician, with money in hand.
"We are now reversing what has been the trend of people move out of the state, and resources go out of the state and thanks to the people of Fulton their 60 years of service and their ability to expand even in the recession with bringing resources and people and jobs back in," said Governor David Paterson. The company received a $1.5 million grant from the state, to go toward their project, which the company hopes to start next year. Company officials are hoping the project will strengthen the economy by bringing new jobs to the area.
Full Post and Video at News 10
We can only guess why. Some say it could be because Mr. Costello was issued a order to appear and answer questions. It looks like Mr. Costello really didn't want to tell who was supplying the money to sue the Democratic Party and why he brought the suit in the first place. VERY interesting. We wonder if at sometime a campaign filing will shed light on who was really behind this suit?
Judge Platkin_letter Order
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent) got the town a grant of $190,000 to fix the bridges on Honey Hill Rd., Lakeshore Rd. and Ritchie Rd.
He attended a reception in his honor at Granby Town Hall Saturday afternoon, complete with cupcakes and coffee. When the event was over, people stood in a line to shake the Senator’s hand and say hello.
“Granby was in desperate need of help,” Town Supervisor Ed Williamson said to the audience of about 25 local political leaders and town residents. He said he sent pictures and a request for help to Aubertine on August 10 and a week later, Aubertine shocked him with the news that he’d secured a grant to get the work done. It usually takes much longer for grant applications to be approved.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I am SHOCKED! Here in Oswego County with one of the highest unemployment rates in ALL of New York State and the Republican leadership is not doing everything they can to put people to work and create good paying jobs for families?
There is a brief outline of the project,
Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. is proposing an integrated beef cattle and renewable energy project in Oswego County.
The project will generate substantial direct and indirect economic benefits, including permanent skilled jobs, enhanced local economic activity and the creation of long-term markets for a number of agricultural inputs to be sourced from throughout the region.
Its common sense that if we are going to help farmers we have to help them have new markets. Transporting live stock far away creates added cost that makes our product uncompetitive. By opposing or not truly supporting this project you are actively working against framers and killing jobs in Oswego County.
Legislators like Barb Brown and others are trying to kill jobs once again in Oswego County. We need legislators with fresh, new and positive ideas in the legislature, not the tired old ideas that continue to place Oswego County in the ranks of the highest unemployed counties in the state.
Oswego County wake up. We have to create jobs to keep our families and children here and create a future for all us.
The Republican Party has failed Oswego for decades....and the proof is our unemployment rate over the last 20 years.
The time has come for change...a change of leadership from Republican to Democrat in the Oswego County Legislature.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Now the question must be asked how did Mr. Costello know to bring the suit and who is paying for it? The law office that Mr. Costello has employed costs thousands for this type of action.
We have found out he was not in attendance at the convention and had NO first hand knowledge of what was said and happened. So how and why did he bring a suit and for what purpose?
After much research we have obtained the orginal Complaint against Judge Tormey. You must read it.
Item number 39 in the complaint is very telling and may explain why this suit came about. To quote from the section, " ...Judge Klim was running on the Democratic ticket against "good Republican friends of mine...." ... " Tormey and Voninski ... asked (Morin) to spy on, and provide incorrect negative information about Judge Klim..."
READ THE SUIT AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Bill Owens for Congress Launches Third Advertisement, "Milk Money" Spot Highlights Concerns of Dairy Farmers
"I am proud to accept the nomination of the Working Families Party on behalf of the hardworking men and women of Upstate New York," said Bill Owens. "We have spent this campaign focused on my record of job creation, and how I will use that experience in Congress to put Upstate New York families back to work during these tough economic times. We are proud of the support we have received so far, and I am grateful that the Working Families Party has joined me in our campaign to get our economy back on track for middle class families."
The award cited in particular Mr. Obama’s effort to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenal. “He has created a new international climate,” the committee said.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Is Judge Tormey's behind Jeffrey Costello's Law Suit to deny Democrats candidates in the 5th Judicial District?
Mr. Costello filed a state Supreme Court suit in Albany Monday requesting that the court invalidate the Democratic Party's two nominees for two 5th Judicial District seats that are up for election this November.
Insiders are telling us that Jeffery Costello's brother works for Tormey. Apparently the brother wanted to file the petition but they (Tormey) got the brother to do it.
We also understand a Federal Law Suit was filed against Judge Tormey for using his office politically??? We now are trying to get a copy of it and will post it.
We have found the case online and will publish on 10/8/09....HERE
SPECIAL ELECTION: Nov. 3, 2009
- Last day to file certificate of nomination: Oct. 9
- Last day to accept or decline nomination: Oct. 13
- Last day to authorize nomination: Oct. 13
- Last day to file substitution to fill vacancy created by a declination: Oct. 13
- Last day to authorize substitution: Oct. 19
An individual looking to run as an independent would have to collect 3,500 valid signatures in 14 days.
- First day to sign: Sept. 29
- Last day to file petition: Oct. 13
- Last day to accept or decline nomination: Oct. 13
- Last day to file substitution to fill vacancy created by a declination: Oct. 15
- Last day to mail (postmark) registration form: Oct. 9
- Last day for Board of Elections to receive mail registration form: Oct. 14
- Last day to register in person at the Board of Elections: Oct. 23
- Last day to postmark application by mail: Oct. 27
- Last day to apply in person at board of elections for absentee ballot: Nov. 2
- Last day to postmark absentee ballot: Nov. 2
- Last day to deliver absentee ballot in person to board of elections: Nov. 3
- Last day for the board of elections to receive absentee ballot by mail: Nov. 10
- Last day for the board of elections to receive military and special federal ballots by mail: Nov. 16
“Bill has the strongest record of job creation of all the candidates in this race,” said Valesky. “Bill has the real-world experience that will make him a valuable asset in Congress to help push Upstate New York's economy forward.”
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Bill Owens web site really does a good job of defining where he stands on the issues that matter to us.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride and unity for the country, but once again Fox News' Glenn Beck program has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan attack to boost ratings.
The solution must be determined by facts and not ideology. Ideology has a miserable way of failing. All we have to look at is the failure of an ideology that occupied the attention of the world for nearly the entire 20th century. The collapse of communism surely showed that economics dictated by ideology is doomed to failure.
The facts are clear. The healthcare industry represents one sixth of our economy. That is what 15% of the GDP means. It is bigger any other economic sector. The problem is that it is not an engine, but a brake upon the economy. Its size alone makes it imperative that we address it in an effective manner.
One third of the healthcare dollar is spent on administrative costs. These are costs that do not contribute to the delivery of healthcare. These costs are not to healthcare providers that actually deliver care, but rather to ancillary persons and institutions that do not provide one jot of healthcare. Administrative costs and those that benefit from them can only be seen as parasitic to healthcare delivery and to the economy.