We Need More Proof, Kevin

Falling behind on your taxes is a lot easier than paying. And if you run for public office, your tax debt is fair game. In fact, a $28,000 debt to the federal Internal Revenue Service has stalled Democrat Comptroller candidate Kevin Gaughan’s campaign. And it should.

Gaughan says he is paid up, but he lied to the Buffalo News about that before. Even if voters are in a forgiving mood, an October 7th People for Gaughan bounced check should give further concern about the perennial candidate’s ability to keep the County’s books. He can’t keep his own.
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Breaking News!

Photo: The Sabres announce they have traded Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a 1st round pick in 2014 and a 2nd round pick in 2015.

The Sabres announce they have traded Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a 1st round pick in 2014 and a 2nd round pick in 2015.

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Fundraiser For Dick Dobson At Loughran’s Restaurant

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The Amherst Democratic Club invites you
On October 28th, 2013, to attend our fundraiser to elect Dick Dobson for Erie County Sheriff.
Please join us from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at:
Loughran’s Restaurant
4543 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14226
$40 per person, $100 sponsor, $150 event sponsor
Contact: Mary Julian (716) 846-9230
Please make checks payable to: Friends of Dick Dobson, PO Box 126 Wales Center NY, 14169

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Letter To The Editor

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Letter To The Editor:

Plans are being made for a party for a former member of the Amherst Democratic Committee, Dennis Ward.  Dennis has been a member of the Amherst Democratic Committee for over 20 years.  Dennis has moved out of Amherst and now lives in Kenmore with his wife.

Debbie Norton, who’s been Dennis closest friend in the Committee, will be in charge of all phases of his gathering.

Patsy V.

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Veterans Day 5k Run at the Buffalo/ErieCounty Naval Park

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Death Toll from HealthCare.gov Continues to Rise

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NEW YORK – Over thirty thousand Americans have died while trying to sign up for Obamacare on the website healthcare.gov, The Fox News Channel reported today.

With the enrollment process just three weeks old, Fox News host Sean Hannity noted, that means healthcare.gov has been killing people at a rate of about fifteen hundred a day.

“We’ve all heard stories about what a poorly designed website this is,” Mr. Hannity said. “What we didn’t know until now is that it is also a killing machine.”

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Going Down For The Third, Fourth, Fifth………

Saw this on FaceBook and found myself chuckling, even though I didn’t want to:

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Andy’s Humor “Bitz”

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I can’t believe we’ve gone an entire week without the government shutting down even once.

Just to keep this in perspective: Obama has a horrible website. But it’s not like he invaded a country for no reason.

As outraged as people are about HeakthCare.gov, if Netflix stopped working for one hour there would be rioting in the streets.

People Who Threatened to Destroy World Economy Last Week Outraged By Bad Website

I guess once the Obamacare website is fixed the Republicans will be totally on board.

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Nov. 5 Ballot Proposals

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On November 5, voters across the state will be asked to pass or defeat six constitutional amendments appearing on this year’s ballot. If you have not yet heard about them you might want to check out the following information.

Synopsis is as follows:

PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE, AN AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE CASINO GAMING

Authorizing Casino Gaming

The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New YorkState for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated. Shall the amendment be approved?

The Conservative Party of New York State, since its inception in 1962, has promoted job growth through lower taxes, encouraged localities to lower taxes and believe that schools should provide a solid education for our youth. The Conservative Party has been consistent in its Legislative Program calling for the need to reduce taxes and promote job growth and has stressed if we fail to provide jobs and remain a high tax state, we will lose our citizens to states with less taxes. The proposed amendment, while it paints a rosy picture, will not accomplish the stated goal. Casino Gambling will produce new problems as evidenced in the areas where casinos are currently located. In 1966, the Legislature told New York citizens, if they approved the Lottery, their school taxes would be reduced. Every year school taxes go up, despite the millions people spend on lottery tickets. It is time to close the money spigot that gives the legislature more money to spend.

PROPOSAL NUMBER TWO, AN AMENDMENT TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL SERVICE CREDITS TO DISABLED VETERANS

Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post-Appointment

The proposed amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the Constitution would entitle a veteran who has received civil service credit for a civil service appointment or promotion and subsequently is certified as disabled to additional civil service credit at a subsequent appointment or promotion. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

The Conservative Party of New York State holds our disabled veterans in the highest regard and is cognizant of the sacrifices made in the name of freedom for their fellow citizens.

PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE, AN AMENDMENT TO EXCLUDE CERTAIN INDEBTEDNESS

Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities

The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5 of the Constitution would extend for ten years, until January 1, 2024, the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages to exclude from their constitutional debt limits indebtedness contracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

This proposal first went into effect on January 1, 1962 and has been renewed repeatedly since then. The Conservative Party does not approve of government entities separating out certain debts from their constitutional debt limit as it does not give a true picture to its citizens as to the total indebtedness of the locality, therefore we cannot support this proposal.

PROPOSAL NUMBER FOUR, AN AMENDMENT TO SETTLE DISPUTED TITLE IN FOREST PRESERVE

Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve

The proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to settle longstanding disputes between the State and private entities over ownership of certain parcels of land in the town of Long Lake, HamiltonCounty. In exchange for giving up its claim to disputed parcels, the State would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve that would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels currently do. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

The State Constitution generally forbids the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any forest preserve land. The proposed amendment would allow the Legislature to settle 100-year-old disputes between the State and private parties over ownership of certain parcels of land in the forest preserve by giving up the State’s claim to disputed parcels. In exchange, the State would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve. The land exchange would occur only if the Legislature determines that the land to be conveyed to the State would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels do.

PROPOSAL NUMBER FIVE, AN AMENDMENT TO EXCHANGE LAND TO NYCO MINERALS, INC.

In Relation to a Land Exchange in the StateForest Preserve with NYCO Minerals, Inc.

The proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to convey forest preserve land located in the town of Lewis, Essex County, to NYCO Minerals, a private company that plans on expanding an existing mine that adjoins the forest preserve land. In exchange, NYCO Minerals would give the State at least the same amount of land of at least the same value, with a minimum assessed value of $1 million, to be added to the forest preserve. When NYCO Minerals finishes mining, it would restore the condition of the land and return it to the forest preserve. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

As with proposal number four, the State Constitution generally forbids the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any forest preserve land. NYCO Minerals is a producer of wollastonite, a mineral that has industrial importance worldwide. In the United States, wollastonite is mined in Willsboro, New York and Gouverneur, New York. This proposed amendment would allow NYCO Minerals to expand and explore for the mineral, keep people employed and still protect the forest preserve.

FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER SIX, AN AMENDMENT INCREASING THE RETIREMENT AGE OF JUDGES

Increasing the Age until which Certain State Judges Can Serve

The proposed amendment to the Constitution, amending sections 2 and 25 of article 6, would increase the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve as follows: (a) a Justice of the Supreme Court would be eligible for five additional two-year terms after the present retirement age of 70, instead of the three such terms currently authorized; and (b) a Judge of the Court of Appeals who reaches the age of 70 while in office would be permitted to remain in service on the Court for up to 10 years beyond the present retirement age of 70 in order to complete the term to which that Judge was appointed. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Currently a Justice of the Supreme Court is eligible for three additional two-year terms after the present retirement age of 70, this proposal would allow them to serve an additional 4 years while also allowing a Judge on the Court of Appeals to remain in service for up to 10 additional years. The Conservative Party acknowledges that citizens are living longer and healthier lives; however, there is no imperative need to keep judges on the bench for extended terms while electing new Supreme Court Judges. A Court of Appeals Judge is appointed and we strongly believe the citizens should elect all judges and be responsible to the citizens, therefore we reject extended the term of the Members of the Court of Appeals.

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New Yorkers Want Corruption Stopped, Even If They Can’t Name The Commission To Do It

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Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick speaks at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in June.

Siena Poll released earlier this week found that an astounding 71 percent of New Yorkers have no opinion on the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption – the panel of former prosecutors, academics and good government advocates appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to probe the Legislature.

Why are so few of us in the know? Maybe it’s the commission’s obscure name. Maybe it’s the hush-hush nature of its work thus far.

The inference is plausible; the Moreland Commission was created by the governor, its members were deputized by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and its staff is drawn from both staffs.

‘Whatever else we are, we are independent,’ Fitzpatrick said. That is as it should be.

Fitzpatrick, not one to mince words, is having none of it.

“There’s a big difference between interference and input,” he told Arbetter, characterizing the governor’s and AG’s involvement as the latter. “. . . Whatever else we are, we are independent.”

No one – no matter how well intentioned – can adequately and credibly investigate themselves. Most if not all these Commission members are products of the current political campaign finance system….widely viewed as pay to play, or worse.

Is there really anyone who believes that the commissioners are properly designated as “deputy attorney generals?”  Most hold other elective public offices, and such an appointment is at least inappropriate, or incompatible with their other official duties, if not illegal….if the State Comptroller wanted to hop in, would the Commissioners also be dubbed “deputy state comptrollers?”

Something is very fishy here. Normally if a government seeks true reform,  it is axiomatic that the people that may need reforming are not the investigative group, but more so activists, citizens, academia and good government groups.  The way this commission is established it seems more designed to be a shield, than a sword….perhaps Fitzpatrick is headed for the bench, like his wife….

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