SGT Bellavia: Cuomo Way Out of Line Criticizing Carl

Decorated Army vet says “Cuomo the career politician must apologize”

(BUFFALO, NY) - Decorated Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia today hit back at career Albany politician Andrew Cuomo for insulting “all veterans for his cynical political aspirations.”

“When Andrew Cuomo belittled Carl Paladino’s service to our country, he was way out of line and he offended all military veterans in New York,” Bellavia said. “Cuomo never had the guts to serve in our nation’s military yet he is quick to insult all veterans for his cynical political aspirations.”

“Carl Paladino joined the military in college, determined to serve our nation when he was in his teenage years,” Bellavia said. “He served honorably on active duty and as a Captain in the Army reserves – a commander of men who trained soldiers for war.”

“In stark contrast, Andrew Cuomo felt above military service and instead chose to join the reeking ranks of the Albany elite,” Bellavia said “His disdain for the military came clear today, and Cuomo the career politician must apologize to all men and women who served and are serving our nation.”

David Bellavia is a former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who served in the 1st Infantry Division (Task Force 2-2). He was recommended for the Medal of Honor, nominated for the Distinguished Service Cross, and received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Conspicuous Service Cross. In 2006 he was invited to attend the President’s State of the Union address as an honored guest. In 2004, Bellavia was the subject of a Time Magazine cover story titled “Into the Hot Zone” which won a Pulitzer Prize.

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Film to Air Regarding Armenian Genocide

CNN International will feature this weekend a report covering the heroic defense of Musa Dagh during the Armenian Genocide. The segment, produced by Yerkir Media for broadcast on CNN, will mark the 95th anniversary of the famed resistance against the Turkish army in 1915.

Reporting the story will be Yerkir Media correspondent Gayane Avetisyan. It will feature footage from a recent commemoration of the anniversary in Armenia, as well as interviews with Musa-Dagh descendants living in Armenia.

Armenian communities around the world that trace their heritage to this once thriving city in Asia Minor celebrate the anniversary every year, with a unique festival and reenactments of the resistance.  Of the hundreds of villages, towns, and cities across the Ottoman Empire whose Armenian population was ordered removed to the Syrian desert, Musa Dagh was one of only four sites where Armenians organized a defense of their community against the deportation edicts issued by the Young Turk regime beginning in April 1915.

By the time the Armenians of the six villages at the base of Musa Dagh were instructed to evict their homes, the inhabitants had grown suspicious of the government’s ultimate intentions and chose instead to retreat up the mountain and to defy the evacuation order. Musa Dagh, or the Mountain of Moses, stood on the Mediterranean Sea south of the coastal town of Alexandretta (modern-day Iskenderun) and west of ancient Antioch.

With a few hundred rifles and the entire store of provisions from their villages, the Armenians on Musa Dagh put up a fierce resistance against a number of attempts by the regular Turkish army to flush them out. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Armenians had little expectations of surviving the siege of the mountain when food stocks were depleted after a month.

Their only hope was a chance rescue by an Allied vessel that might be patrolling the Mediterranean coast. When two large banners hoisted by the Armenians were sighted by a passing French warship, swimmers went out to meet it. Eventually five Allied ships moved in to transport the entire population of men, women, and children, more than four thousand in all.

The Armenians of Musa Dagh had endured for fifty three days from July 21 to September 12, 1915. They were disembarked at Port Said in Egypt and remained in Allied refugee camps until the end of World War I when they returned to their homes. As part of the district of Alexandretta, or Hatay, Musa Dagh remained under French Mandate until 1939. The Musa Dagh Armenians abandoned their villages for a second, and final, time when the area was annexed by Turkey.

In the face of the complete decimation of the Armenian communities of the Ottoman Empire, Musa Dagh became a symbol of the Armenian will to survive. Of the three other sites where Armenians defied the deportation orders, Shabin Karahissar, Urfa, and Van, only the Armenians of Van were rescued when the siege of their city was lifted by an advancing Russian army. The Armenians of Urfa and Shabin Karahissar were either massacred or deported. Musa Dagh stood as the sole instance where the Western Allies at war with the Ottomans averted the death of a community during the Armenian Genocide.

The CNN segment on this positive moment in a dark history will air on CNN International on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Oct. 22: 10:30PM PST
  • Saturday, Oct. 23: 6:30 AM PST
  • Sunday, Oct. 24: 6:30 PM PST
  • Monday, Oct. 25: 1:30 AM PST
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26: 8:30 PM PST
It will also be available online Monday at

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Vets For New York Defend Paladino Military Record; Calls Cuomo Unpatriotic

Vets for New York, an organization which supports veterans running for public office in New York State, called Andrew Cuomo unpatriotic for his baseless attack on Carl Paladino’s military record.

“Andrew Cuomo never served his Country and doesn’t know the understanding of giving of himself for a greater cause. His attack on Carl Paladino, who answered his Country’s call, is unpatriotic,” said Kieran Michael Lalor, Founder of Vets for NY.

“Carl Paladino served his Country honorably as an officer in the US Army and the US Army reserves. He commanded his unit on active duty and trained hundreds of troops as a Captain in the Army Reserves. Anyone with basic military knowledge would understand this, so it’s obvious why Andrew Cuomo doesn’t get it,” Lalor continued.

“After years of electing self-serving politicians, New Yorkers would be wise to put their faith in men who have given selflessly to their country,” Lalor concluded.

Vets For New York is a political action committee supporting conservative Republican veterans running for local, county, state and federal office in the Empire State. Vets For New York was founded by Kieran Michael Lalor, an attorney and Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Vets For New York looks for conservative Republican veterans who are determined to become a voice for our troops, veterans and hardworking New Yorkers who believe in limited government, free enterprise and traditional values.

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Congressman Higgins to Announce Major Victory for Veterans in New York State

Brian Higgins

Legislation Introduced by Higgins Is Signed Into Law

Congressman Brian Higgins will join local veterans and leaders to announce a major victory for veterans in New York State.

New York State provides blind veterans with a ‘Blind Veteran Annuity’ of $1,173.84 per year.  A loophole in the existing policy meant veterans in New York that receive both this annuity and a VA pension had their pension offset by the amount of the annuity.  Congressman Higgins introduced federal legislation which would stop the VA from offsetting veterans’ pensions due to the Blind Veteran Annuity or other benefits offered state and local governments.

Who:       Congressman Brian Higgins
                  Local Veterans
                  Local Elected Leaders

What:      Congressman Higgins will announce    

Where:    Leonard Post
                  2450 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga

When:     10:30am – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

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A Village in Italy Embraces Paladino

He’s popular in Italy.  How bad can he be?


SANTA CROCE DI MAGLIANO, Italy — To many in this hilltop village in southern Italy, Carl P. Paladino is simply known as “O’Mericano,” or the American.

Most of the town’s 4,876 residents do not spend much time on the Internet and know little about United States politics. But word of mouth travels fast, and when the news hit that Mr. Paladino, whose family left here in 1926, was running to be governor of New York, residents were excited.

And even though Mr. Paladino, the Republican nominee, trails in the polls, here, at least, he has nothing but supporters.

“We are all happy and really proud of him,” Francesco Di Nunzio, 60, a construction worker with a tanned face and a hunter’s jacket said as he watched friends play cards at the local association of war veterans on a recent Saturday afternoon.

According to the phone book, 17 Paladinos still live in Santa Croce, which is perched between the Adriatic Sea and the Matese mountains. Mr. Paladino still has cousins in the area, and his side of the family here is descended from an uncle, Antonio Paladino.

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When a Cancer Therapy Puts Others at Risk

Ann B. Maddox, at her home in Fayetteville, N.C. After she was treated with iodine for cancer, she could not go home by plane.

There is a new concern about how some patients are treated for cancer.  If their treatment involves radiation can other people be at risk?

There are about 40,000 new cases of thyroid cancer a year, and most patients are treated with radiation, which makes them potentially dangerous to people around them for up to a week.

The question of where they should spend that time is drawing new concern from doctors, public health officials and regulators.

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Drug Testing Poses Quandary for Employers

How about this scenario, you are working and get hurt on the job.  Your doctor treats you and prescribes medication to help with pain management and allows you to return to work.  During a random drug test you are found to be taking a medication that now renders you unsafe to be employed and so you are fired – for taking a legal drug!

Two decades after the Supreme Court first upheld the right to test for drugs in the workplace, Dura’s concern — that employees on certain medications posed a safety hazard — is echoing around the country. The growing reliance of Americans on powerful prescription drugs for pain, anxiety and other maladies suggests that many are reporting to work with potent drugs in their systems, and employers are grappling for ways to address that.

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Election Day Could Bring Historic Split: Democrats Lose House, Keep Senate

The question is, “How bad it will be?”  On November 2, 2010 the Democrats are trying to figure out just what the future will look like.

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report now estimates that more than 90 Democratic House seats are potentially in play; on the Republican side of the aisle, it estimates that only nine appear in jeopardy. As a result, most leading forecasters say it is more likely that Republicans will win the 39 House seats they need to take control.

On the Senate side, however, the battle has narrowed to a handful of true nail-biters in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Colorado – all of which are likely to stay close to the end.

It would take a sweep of nearly all of them, improbable but not impossible, for the Republicans to pick up the 10 seats they need to gain control of the chamber. At this point, it’s possible that Democrats will end up losing only three or four seats, and they will count that as a good night.

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Edwards Calls For Deep Spending Cuts

“Cuomo-style tax and spend policies always increase Albany’s red ink”

(BUFFALO, NY) - Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Greg Edwards today criticized Andrew Cuomo’s call for more taxes and spending, calling for dramatic cuts in state government spending and challenging Robert Duffy to a debate.

“The Paladino-Edwards Spending Cuts Agenda includes some very broad powers which can be used to stop reckless state spending and reign in our out-of-control government in Albany,” said Edwards. “By demanding fiscal responsibility in the budgeting process – enacting a balanced-budget amendment, pension reform and mandating a super-majority for any tax increase – we can begin to restore sanity to State government.”

“By adopting these three initiatives and other elements included in our agenda, we will see a dramatic decrease in our state budget immediately,” said Edwards.

The Paladino-Edwards Spending Cuts Agenda aims to cut 20 percent in New York State spending by reducing $7 billion in fiscal year 2011-2012 and $7 billion in fiscal year 2012-2013. Based on the current budget of $66 billion, these savings would achieve the 20 percent cut within two years.

Critical problems in the pension sector are a main cause of deficit spending. “Overly generous pension plans should be brought back in line with those of private-sector employees,” Edwards said. “Our state desperately needs to enact basic pension reforms – like creating a new pension tier with real savings and raising the retirement age to 65 from the current 62. Just moving the base pension determination from the last three years to the entire career will save taxpayers billions.”

“I challenge Bob Duffy to a debate to discuss just how Andrew Cuomo will get our government spending back in control,” said Edwards. “Cuomo-style tax and spend policies always increase Albany’s red ink and New Yorkers are left scratching their heads wondering why we can’t get a handle on over-spending.”

Read the Paladino-Edwards Spending Cuts Agenda here:

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Public Can Ask Questions About Next Year’s Budget

Monday night, October 25th, the Town of Amherst will host an evening for the public to ask questions concerning next year’s budget. 

The time will be 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

On November 1st the Town Board will vote on the budget during its regularly scheduled meeting.

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