Associated Builders And Contractors Endorse Paladino For NY Governor

(SYRACUSE, NY) – The campaign for Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, Republican candidate for Governor of New York, today announced that the State Board of the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), which represents over 700 member-companies, has overwhelmingly endorsed Carl Paladino for Governor.

ABC leaders announced the endorsement standing with Paladino at the group’s Syracuse headquarters Tuesday morning. The statewide organization has committed to helping the Paladino campaign get out the vote for the September 14th Republican primary. This is the first primary endorsement for governor in the history of the organization.

“In Carl Paladino we see a like-minded compatriot who respects our core values to encourage open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit. We are endorsing him for Governor of New York as he is the only candidate running who will work to promote free enterprise within the construction industry,” said State Board Member and general contractor David Resetarits.

“With Carl’s hands-on development experience, we know he will join us in our fight to stop Wicks Law requirements that have forced almost $9 billion in additional costs on New York taxpayers over the past 30 years and increases the possibility of corruption and racketeering in the construction industry,” Resetarits said.

“The Associated Builders and Contractors endorsement is important to our campaign because they represent some of the most aggrieved businesses in New York,” said Carl Paladino, a successful Buffalo developer and attorney. “As someone who has been constructing buildings across the state for the last 40 years, I know first hand how debilitating and disruptive State laws and regulations can be on business. I join ABC in support of real Wicks Law reform and in opposition to project labor agreements that prevent full and open competition.”

ABC has 77 chapters nationwide representing 25,000 merit shop construction-related firms with two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the construction industry and its member firms work within the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

Carl Paladino, a successful Western New York real estate developer and attorney, declared his candidacy for Governor of New York in April. He and Tom Ognibene, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, have petitioned their way into the Republican Primary and canvassed to create a Tea Party-inspired line: the Taxpayers Party. For more information on where Carl Paladino stands on the issues, please visit www.paladinoforthepeople.com.

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Incidents at Mosque in Tennessee Spread Fear

Saturday's fires destroyed an earth mover and damaged other vehicles at the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, site.
Saturday’s fires destroyed an earth mover and damaged other vehicles at the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, site.

Many people are fearful of when the next terrorist attack on Americans will be.  They look at Muslims in their area with a bit of concern and worry but in Tennessee someone took it a step further.

Muslim leaders in central Tennessee say that frightened worshipers are observing Ramadan in private and that some Muslim parents are wary of sending their children to school after a large fire on Saturday that destroyed property at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Federal authorities suspect that the fire was arson.

The Islamic center has attracted national attention recently because its planned expansion into a larger building in some ways parallels a controversial proposal to build an Islamic center two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.

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Doctors Seek Way to Treat Muscle Loss


Loss of muscle mass affects about 10 percent of those over 60.

Too bad we’re not bears.  They hibernate for weeks and when they awake they are just as strong as they were prior to their big sleep.  Not so with humans.  If a person were bedridden for that length of time they would lose so much muscle they would have trouble standing.

Why muscles wither with age is captivating a growing number of scientists, drug and food companies, let alone aging baby boomers who, despite having spent years sweating in the gym, are confronting the body’s natural loss of muscle tone over time.

Comparisons between age groups underline the muscle disparity: An 80-year-old might have 30 percent less muscle mass than a 20-year-old. And strength declines even more than mass. Weight-lifting records for 60-year-old men are 30 percent lower than for 30-year-olds; for women the drop-off is 50 percent.

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Egg Farms Violated Safety Rules


Jack DeCoster owns Wright County Egg.

What did you have for breakfast?  Coffee, toast, bacon, cereal, eggs?  It’s that last item that should make you think twice.  The latest reports about the egg farms are gross, disgusting and very disturbing.

Barns infested with flies, maggots and scurrying rodents, and overflowing manure pits were among the widespread food safety problems that federal inspectors found at a group of Iowa egg farms at the heart of a nationwide recall and salmonella outbreak.

Inspection reports released by the Food and Drug Administration on Monday described — often in nose-pinching detail — possible ways that salmonella could have been spread undetected through the vast complexes of two companies.

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Higgins To Discuss Governor’s Approval of NYPA Proceeds Bill

State Law Mirroring Higgins’ Bill Means Millions More for WNY

Late yesterday Governor Paterson signed State legislation (A8712) similar to Congressman Brian Higgins’ federal bill HR 2133, which requires Replacement and Expansion Power profits generated by this community be reinvested into this region.   Congressman Brian Higgins will be available to discuss what this means for Western New York. 

Who:             Congressman Brian Higgins

What:            The Congressman will discuss the most recent victory in WNY’s fight to reclaim the benefits derived from the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Plant.  Yesterday’s authorization will redirect tens of millions of dollars back into the Western New York economy. 

Where:         Erie Canal Commercial Slip

When:          TODAY – 11AM – TUESDAY, AUGUST 31

***Background:

The Replacement and Expansion Power programs require low cost power be distributed to companies within 30 miles of the Niagara Power Project.  Western New York is allocated 695 megawatts of electricity annually under the Replacement Power and Expansion Power programs; yet a portion remains unused, leaving the Power Authority to monetize — sell — the remainder for its own benefit.  This legislation will keep those proceeds in WNY.

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AG Candidate Rice Releases Plan for Environmental Justice

Whitepaper calls for expansion of the OAG environmental protection bureau, closing Indian Point, a moratorium on hydrofracking, and publicizing NY’s most dangerous polluters

NEW YORK, NY (Aug. 30, 2010) – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Democratic candidate for attorney general, released a detailed policy paper Wednesday that calls for expanding the attorney general’s environmental protection bureau, closing of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, a moratorium on hydofracking for natural gas upstate, and the publicizing of New York’s most dangerous polluters.  The whitepaper’s release comes after a five-day campaign tour that made stops across upstate, Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.

The policy proposal is the fifth detailed whitepaper released by DA Rice.  All are available in full at www.kathleenrice.com.

“These are bold ideas for how I believe the attorney general’s office can help protect our environment from polluters downstate, upstate and out-of-state,” said DA Rice.  “From natural gas drilling, to Indian Point, to inner-city and rural pollution, our state is facing serious environmental threats and we need an attorney general who will work with local, state and federal regulators and who will take on private industry when it leaves our natural resources and environment exposed.  I believe the next AG must be a ‘green AG’ and that he or she is in a unique position to push for enhanced state and federal regulation, an increase in office resources and a push for renewable and clean energy.”

In her first year in office in 2006, DA Rice formed the first-ever Environmental Crimes Unit within the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.  The unit investigates and prosecutes violations of the state’s Environmental Conservation Law, including cases of air, land and water pollution and threats to fish and wildlife.  The unit works closely with state and federal law enforcement and environmental protection agencies to safeguard Nassau County’s diverse ecosystem.  Since she formed the unit, DA Rice has filed more than a thousand cases and recovered nearly $250,000 in fines and forfeiture.

DA Rice’s “Plan for Environmental Justice” calls for the following:

-       Expansion of OAG’s environmental protection bureau, increasing the number of audits, investigations and lawsuits and thereby increasing the amount of settlement money that goes back to taxpayers

-       Support of state DEC’s efforts to deny certification needed by Indian Point to renew the nuclear power plant’s federal license

-       A full moratorium on hydrofracking until and unless the state DEC and federal EPA rule it environmentally safe and funding for managing the activity is guaranteed

-       The establishment of an OAG “Dirty Dozen” list of the state’s most dangerous environmental polluters, to be published and updated regularly on the OAG website

-       Establish a state environmental crimes conference where advocacy organizations, government regulators and officials, and local prosecutors can share ideas and map out regional environmental initiatives and enforcement efforts

-       Aggressively utilize the Martin Act against energy companies that fail to disclose potential financial liabilities related to their emissions of greenhouse gases, and when applicable, bring federal Natural Resource Damage Claims and public nuisance claims to clean up environmental hazards and protect the public health

-       By lobbying and lawsuit, the OAG must force the federal EPA to do its job.  In cases in which the EPA fails, the OAG must work with the state DEC to quickly fill in regulatory gaps so that we can protect our state’s land, air and water.

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Glenn Beck Can’t Stop Talking About a Man He Really Would Like To be

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck, hasn’t kept it a secret.  He doesn’t like President Obama personally or politically because, Beck says, Obama isn’t a religious man.  

The President isn’t doing what Beck feels is good for the American people. Beck’s bottom line, as a radio and TV commentator, is money not a political seat.  He is considered, by most thinking people, as a fool with bells on his cap.  All he wants is to put his cap out there, hoping it gets filled with bucks.

I believe millions of people believe in GOD but don’t belong to any organized religion. They have their own feelings about GOD and most are good people.

Have there been good U.S. Presidents who didn’t belong to any organized church? Have there been corrupt Presidents who belonged to organized religion for show only?

It would be difficult to prove which Presidents were involved in organized religious groups for show only but the other side of the coin is easier to demonstrate.

History has showed us three  great Presidents who had their own ways of leading America, who didn’t belong to any organized church. First we have President Thomas Jefferson, followed by that radical Republican Abe Lincoln who did what he felt was necessary to keep America from dissolving. Glenn Beck, you would have had a feast attacking Abe for what he did to save America.

Third we had Andrew Johnson, who fought off the radical Republicans who wanted the south to suffer for the war. Johnson stood his ground even when Congress wanted to impeach him.

These Presidents were radical, just as radical as Glenn Beck is calling President Obama. 

Beck is just a man on the airwaves who can influence people to act like a hungry mob.  Our President is doing what a President must do for our country.

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Good Cholesterol Linked to Lower Cancer Danger

Do you know your numbers?  If you have a good (high) HDL number you improve your odds against cancer.  A new meta-analysis of 24 randomized controlled trials finds that cancer risk dropped 36% for every 10mg/dl higher increment of HDL cholesterol.

How can you increase your HDL level?  Fish.  The following article for the Healthe & Nutrition Letter from Tufts University sheds some light on the issue.

Eating to Boost Cholesterol — the Good Kind

It’s all too easy to raise your 101 (“bad”) cholesterol levels by unhealthy dietary choices, especially by picking foods high in saturated fat and trans fat But can the right food choices help increase healthy HDL cholesterol levels?

Results from an Australian study recently published in the Journal of Nutritionshowed that increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and fish was associated with moderate increases in HDL. For every 1% increase in omega-3 intake, HDL levels rose by about 2.5 mg/dL.

Non-fish sources of omega-3s include flaxseed, walnuts, soy foods and green leafy green leafy vegetables. Keep in mind, though, that the body must convert these shorter omega-3s into the complex forms found in fish. Since the efficiency of conversion is very low, the best approach is to consume fish (also a healthy replacement for foods high in saturated fat).

Drinking alcoholic beverages has been associated with modestly higher HOL levels, but only in moderation.

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Border Sweeps in North Reach Miles Into U.S.

Border Patrol agents in the north routinely board Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains to check the immigration status of riders.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the immigration problems in the Southwest part of our nation.  Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California are being scrutinized and illegal immigrants are being shuttled out of the country in droves.  We watch from afar and few of us realize we have a problem with illegal immigrants in WNY as well.

The Lake Shore Limited runs between Chicago and New York City without crossing the Canadian border. But when it stops at Amtrak stations in western New York State, armed Border Patrol agents routinely board the train, question passengers about their citizenship and take away noncitizens who cannot produce satisfactory immigration papers.

“Are you a U.S. citizen?” agents asked one recent morning, moving through a Rochester-bound train full of dozing passengers at a station outside Buffalo. “What country were you born in?”

When the answer came back, “the U.S.,” they moved on. But Ruth Fernandez, 60, a naturalized citizen born in Ecuador, was asked for identification. And though she was only traveling home to New York City from her sister’s in Ohio, she had made sure to carry her American passport. On earlier trips, she said, agents had photographed her, and taken away a nervous Hispanic man.

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Risk-Taking Rises as Oil Rigs in Gulf Drill Deeper


Shell’s Perdido platform in the Gulf of Mexico will eventually pump oil from 35 wells.

The BP oil spill will most likely NOT be the last major spill.  The deeper oil companies drill the greater the danger is.  How far is too far?

Major offshore accidents are not common. But whether through equipment failure or human error, the risks increase as the rigs get larger and more complicated.

Yet even as regulators investigate the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the broader dangers posed by the industry’s push into deeper waters have gone largely unscrutinized.

“Our ability to manage risks hasn’t caught up with our ability to explore and produce in deep water,” said Edward C. Chow, a former industry executive who is now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The question now is, how are we going to protect against a blowout as well as all of the other associated risks offshore?”

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