STATEMENT FROM BOB COHEN
The findings in the state Inspector General’s bombshell report on the bidding process for selecting a VLT operator at Aqueduct race course are appalling. While I am disgusted that politicians can’t even manage to keep their unethical activities within the bounds of Albany’s already lenient rules, what’s more distressing is that it happened right under Senator Oppenheimer’s nose and she didn’t have a clue.
The people implicated in this report are her long-time colleagues, her party leaders that she voted to put there. Indeed, she is a member of the so-called Ethics Committee that Senator Sampson chairs and his name is all over this report. I, for one, would like to know if she will continue to support them as the leaders of her conference.
From the beginning, Albany’s career politicians rigged the process, placing personal and political gain ahead of the taxpayers. Again, New Yorkers will pay millions for Albany’s incompetence and face further embarrassment from their state government. And again, Senator Oppenheimer is asleep at the switch and it is costing taxpayers millions.Read more
Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee Finds Oppenheimer Attacks are Intentionally Misleading and Factually Inaccurate
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen’s campaign today demanded that Senator Oppenheimer stop her campaign of negative, unfounded personal attacks after the bogus claims she makes in her first television advertisement were debunked by an independent review panel. Following a hearing yesterday evening, the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee ruled the advertisement an ‘unfair campaign practice.’ The ruling is below.
“The Committee basically confirmed what we’ve been saying all along – that the whole focus of Senator Oppenheimer’s campaign thus far has been based on a pack of lies,” said spokesman Josh Hills. “Her advertisements are fiction; complete with imaginary tenants and a fabricated a government agency. They even used a building that is not owned by Bob Cohen as a backdrop. Her whole campaign is based on untruths.Read more
The Business Council endorses Cohen for State Senate
ALBANY— The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is endorsing Bob Cohen for the New York State Senate in the 37th Senate district.
“Bob Cohen is a business man who knows how difficult it is to create jobs and grow in New York because of the burdens placed on our economy by Albany,” said Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.
“Bob’s opponent, Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, has consistently voted for higher taxes and costly mandates on business. To create jobs and move our economy forward we must lower the cost of doing business in New York. Bob Cohen understands that,” added Adams.
Cohen supports the Business Council’s Enough Already NY campaign’s Five to Survive economic reform agenda which includes: a property tax cap; a state spending cap; reducing the tax burden; reforming public employee pensions and limiting government borrowing.
Oppenheimer scored 15 percent on the Business Council’s Voters’ Guide consistently voting for higher taxes, including the MTA payroll tax. The voters' guide is available here.
The endorsement comes through the Business Council’s Political Action Committee. Kenneth Adams made the endorsement at a media conference in White Plains.Read more
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today warned MTA commuters of another massive fare hike beginning on January first as part of the Legislature’s multi-billion dollar plan to bailout the troubled authority. Senator Oppenheimer cast the deciding vote on the measure in 2009.
“The obvious solution is to make the MTA run more efficiently, not to add new taxes on struggling employers and hike fares for commuters,” said Cohen. “But career politicians like Senator Oppenheimer always find it easier to throw more tax dollars at their problems – even as they become more and more scarce. She’s driving up costs for commuters while doing nothing to reform the deeply seeded problems of the MTA.”
In addition to adding a new payroll tax on every business, non-profit group, and municipality in Westchester County, the Oppenheimer plan raises fares for commuters by as much as 9.4 percent in January depending on their route.
“There is a whole list of new taxes and fees that would have been avoided had Senator Oppenheimer voted in the interest of her constituents instead of the Albany special interests and political bosses,” said Cohen. “Here is one more to add to the list. It seems that when your only commute is up the Taconic to Albany for 26 years, you lose sight of what the rest of us go through.”Read more
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen’s campaign today cited the lead article in today’s City Hall as further confirmation that Senator Oppenheimer’s smear campaign to discredit Bob Cohen is made up of unfounded accusations.
City Hall, which publishes a weekly column titled, ‘Winners and Losers,’ had this to say about the Oppenheimer team in this week’s edition:
So much for landing punches on the chin. In the last week, three very competitive races ended up centering around the unverified—and in some cases, just false—claims made by the Democratic candidates hoping to win next month. In Suzi Oppenheimer’s race, a tasty tidbit about Bob Cohen’s “slumlord” status made strong, but unsubstantiated claims which gave an opening for Cohen’s campaign to immediately refute them.
“You simply can’t believe a word Senator Oppenheimer’s campaign says,” said campaign spokesman Josh Hills. “Apparently, twenty-six years in the most dysfunctional Legislature in America is not enough and she will say anything to stay in office.
“While Bob Cohen has run a campaign on the issues Westchester residents care most about – property taxes, education, and jobs – Senator Oppenheimer has been running from them, trying to distract voters with a pack of lies.”Read more
In an effort to promote a healthier indoor environment for homes and other buildings, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated October 17th to the 24th as National Radon Awareness Week. Watch the EPA's video HERE
Responsible for upwards of 20,000 deaths per year, radon is second only to smoking as a leading cause of lung cancer. Like carbon monoxide, it is odorless, and colorless and can only be detected by testing of air samples in the home/building. If high levels of radon are detected, the issue can be easily addressed.
A byproduct of the natural decay process of uranium, radon gas breaks down further to form radioactive particles that attach themselves to dust particles. These particles pose their danger when inhaled.
There are solutions that are moderately priced and easily adapted to both new and old buildings. The first step is to have your home tested. The EPA has an excelent guide to get you started, click on A Citizens Guide to Radon to read more from the EPA regarding testing, mitigation techniques, and more.Read more
26-year Incumbent Sends Out Another Self-promoting Mailer at Taxpayer Expense
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today sharply rebuked Senator Oppenheimer for sending yet another campaign-style mailer to thousands of Westchester households last week at taxpayer expense. Cohen demanded that the Senator reimburse the state for the self-promoting brochures she has had printed and distributed at taxpayer expense since she announced her campaign.
“Senator Oppenheimer has made it clear with announcements, fundraisers and attack ads that her campaign is up and running,” said Cohen. “Yet she continues to use state resources to boost her image with less than a month to Election Day and taxpayers are picking up the tab. Westchester families should not be expected to subsidize the campaigns of the career politicians responsible for the fiscal crisis the state is in.”
Cohen, who is running on a platform to reduce government spending and make Albany more accountable, said that government resources should not be used for such mailings after election campaigns begin, calling it ‘a misappropriation of funds’ and ‘welfare for politicians.’Read more
NY's Leading Fiscally Conservative PAC Pledges Money and Support in Targeted State Senate Races
New York-September 24...New Yorkers for Growth, the political action committee dedicated to bringing responsible fiscal policies back to New York State government, today announced its endorsement of Bob Cohen against incumbent Senator Suzi Oppenheimer in the 37th District.
Mr. Cohen, a proven business leader, currently owns and operates a small real estate and construction company in Manhattan. For over 25 years, he has dedicated himself to transforming underdeveloped residential properties into attractive, affordable spaces for families, students, and entrepreneurs. An active member of the community, Mr. Cohen served as a member of the Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Department for over 17 years.Read more