Cohen Says Hearings Look More Like a Pre-Election Whitewash Than an Investigation
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to quit protecting the special interests bankrolling her political campaigns and use her full authority as Senate Education Chair to launch a comprehensive investigation into the unexplainable decline in education performance standards in recent years. Cohen called the Senator’s currently planned hearings ‘window dressing’ and an ‘attempt to cover up a scandal that occurred on her watch as Education chair.’
“Parents who thought their children were doing well in school are now shocked to learn that they are actually behind the curve,” said Cohen. “As a parent and a taxpayer, I am appalled. Senator Oppenheimer owes us a thorough investigation, but it looks to me like the Senator has already determined the outcome of her committee’s hearings.”Read more
Join the family of friends and neighbors as we pay tribute to those lost, and the sacrifices made, in the aftermath of the tragic attack on our Nation.
This Saturday, September 11th, a Memorial Service will be held on the front lawn of the New Rochelle Armory. The event will begin at 7:30.
Joining in the service will be the Color Guard and members of the United States Armed Forces, Police and Fire units from both New Rochelle and New York City, and many more. A true testament to just how many lives were affected.
The event is sponsored by the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester.
Driving directions, a schedule of events, and more information can be found HERE
Take pause to remember those who have lost so much, and show your support for the men and women who continue to serve this Nation 9 years after.Read more
Senator Oppenheimer Nets Minus 10 on 100-point Unshackle Upstate Rating
RYE – Against the backdrop of several abandoned storefronts in the City of Rye, State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District), joined by Mayor Doug French, today called for a change in New York’s policies toward small businesses and taxpayers, and expressed disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer’s abysmal record on jobs and the economy.
“Even in the midst of a recession, with many of our inner-cities in a death spiral, career politicians in Albany like Senator Oppenheimer persist with their hostile attitude toward small businesses and taxpayers,” said Cohen. “Employers know that policies from Albany can affect their bottom-line as much as any competitor, maybe even more so, and they’re moving on to places with a friendlier business climate. Some, as you can see from our surroundings, have given up altogether.”
“As the cost of government continues to rise, small business owners and taxpayers are being taxed out of the state, and it’s not happening just in Buffalo, Syracuse and Schenectady; it’s happening right here in Rye,” said Douglas French, mayor of the City of Rye. “Albany needs new ideas from new people who understand how difficult it is to create jobs in such a harsh business climate.”Read more
Assemblyman George Latimer has informed Republican members of the New Rochelle City Council that the Assembly's Legislative Bill Drafting Committee (LBDC) has completed work on a draft of the proposed IDA bill that Latimer referred to the LBDC two weeks ago.
The LBDC draft proposes to amend Section 908-b of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 785 of the laws of 1976, adding language that requires action by the New Rochelle Council.Read more
Final State Budget Plan Includes Billions in Tax Increases and School Aid Cuts – Still No Cap on Local Property Taxes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today expressed deep disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer and her Democratic colleagues in the Legislature for adopting a late budget that includes $4 billion in new taxes while cutting $1.4 billion in state aid to schools.
“Somehow Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Legislature have contrived a spending scheme that includes increases in taxes and overall spending, but reduces state aid to schools,” said Cohen. “Even in the midst of a financial crisis they cannot get their priorities straight.”
The final budget eliminates tax credits for business, suspends the sales tax exemption on clothing, and allows state and local governments to borrow from the state pension fund to make required contributions to the same fund – resulting in a hidden $1,300 tax on homeowners outside New York City. Missing in the final plan is the reinstatement of $1.4 billion in state school aid previously cut and a cap on out-of-control local school property taxes.Read more
How in the world do you think NY will ever come out of this recession if you keep making the state LESS competitive relative to neighboring states? I guess you weren’t satisfied that NY already has the highest taxes in the nation so you voted to take a few more dollars from our pockets so that you know we’ll still be on top.
When is enough enough already? Why didn’t you propose any cuts to state government? All you did, besides raising taxes, was cut aid to school districts which in turn are just going pass the revenue shortfall on to homeowners in the form of increased property taxes.
NYS has close to 200,000 employees but I don’t hear anything about layoffs which I find strange since everyone is cutting back these days. How about reforming or eliminating government pensions? Nobody in the private sector gets a pension these days, that ended a couple of decades ago. All we have now are self-funded 401k plans and that’s probably what the state should have too. Greenwich CT switched to 401ks a few years ago and I bet that saved them tons of money. The state could also tax pension benefits which are currently tax free, but I guess that’d be like cutting off their own hands so I don’t expect it to happen. No we’re going to rely on collecting cigarette taxes from the Indians to balance the budget. What a joke!Read more
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public statement hearings, and otherwise invites public comments, on a proceeding on motion of the Commission as to the rates, charges, rules and regulations of United Water New Rochelle Inc. (UWNR) for water service. The Proposal to raise rates is on the New York State web site.
Interested members of the public may provide their comments regarding this matter at public statement hearings to be held as follows:
Monday, August 2, 2010 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
New Rochelle City Hall
Public Hearing Room
515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10801
The public will have an opportunity to present its comments at the hearings before Administrative Law Judge Eleanor Stein. A verbatim transcript of the hearing will be made for inclusion in the record of this proceeding.Read more
Taxpayers Paid an Extra $230 for Senator to Drive to Albany and ‘Work’ for 12 Minutes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today blamed Senator Oppenheimer and her colleagues in the Senate leadership for the lack of a single accomplishment in the special session called by the Governor this week. Because of a parliamentary procedure that allows the Democratic majority to gavel into session and immediately gavel out without taking up a single bill, Senator Oppenheimer took a futile, all expenses paid trip to Albany courtesy of taxpayers.
“There is a lot of unfinished business that could have been taken care of – not the least of which being a property tax cap,” said Cohen. “But Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Democratic leadership chose to block the Governor’s agenda, take no actions of their own, and enjoy a free trip to Albany at taxpayer expense.”
Cohen noted that in addition to the property tax cap, there were several other important bills on the Governor’s agenda, including an extension of the Power for Jobs program and a proposed budget contingency plan should the state not receive $1 billion in federal Medicaid (FMAP) assistance.Read more