New Poll – Support For Bail Reform Drops

A new poll released by Siena Research Institute today shows that support for bail reform in New York State has dropped dramatically since April 2019.

“In April, at least 60 percent of Democrats and independents thought the new bail law would be good for New York, while 55 percent of Republicans thought it would be bad,” Steven Greenberg of the Siena Research Institute said. “Today, independents have flipped from a 22-point margin thinking ‘good,’ to a 27-point margin saying ‘bad.’ Continue reading “New Poll – Support For Bail Reform Drops”

Elise Stefanik Cosponsors Bill To Study Dangerous NYS Bail Reform Policies

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced she is the cosponsor of the bipartisan Bill’s Promise Act, legislation that would direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of how individuals on pre-trial release are monitored at the federal, state, and local levels. Under New York State’s new bail reform policy, cash bail is not required for most defendants accused of misdemeanors and non-violent felonies including those arrested for drug possession, or even many property crimes like theft and burglary. Continue reading “Elise Stefanik Cosponsors Bill To Study Dangerous NYS Bail Reform Policies”

British PM Boris Johnson & Donald Trump Have New York Roots

Both the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and the prime minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson, have roots in New York State. Both men were born in New York City. Trump was born in Queens in 1946 while Johnson was born in Manhattan’s upper East Side in 1964. Johnson’s father, Stanley, was studying economics at Columbia University when Boris was born. Continue reading “British PM Boris Johnson & Donald Trump Have New York Roots”

Congressman Paul Tonko Votes Against USMCA Trade Agreement

Upstate New York Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-20) voted yesterday against H.R.5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act, citing its failure to address the growing threat of climate change. The Agreement, also known as “NAFTA 2.0,” was first announced by the President in September 2018 and, according to Tonko provided a number of damaging proposals for working Americans, doing little to prevent job outsourcing while including benefits to pharmaceutical industries. Continue reading “Congressman Paul Tonko Votes Against USMCA Trade Agreement”

Analysis of Amsterdam’s Chalmers Mill Lofts Project. Part Two – Why Workforce Housing?

“My first thought was to put a hotel at Chalmers,” Mayor Michael Villa told me in a sit down interview on July 17, 2018. I had interviewed Bill Teator of DEW Ventures, a partner with KCG Development in the Chalmers Mill Lofts project, the day before. On July 18, I sat down with Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort and Ken Rose, CEO of the Montgomery County Business Development Center to discuss the Chalmers project. The purpose in conducting these interviews and in reaching out to other people by phone and email was to try to determine how decisions were made and who made them in the process that took a six story eyesore on Bridge Street on Amsterdam’s South Side to an empty lot with a plan for a multiple story workforce housing development with a separate restaurant and banquet facility. Continue reading “Analysis of Amsterdam’s Chalmers Mill Lofts Project. Part Two – Why Workforce Housing?”

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik Calls on Governor Cuomo to Reinstate Federal Law Enforcement Access to State DMV Records

On December 13 Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to Governor Cuomo opposing his decision to block all federal Law Enforcement officers from accessing the New York State DMV database. This comes after Governor Cuomo’s Green Light Law, which gives driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, a law that Stefanik calls unconstitutional. According to Stefanik, Federal Law Enforcement have not been notified of this decision. Continue reading “Congresswoman Elise Stefanik Calls on Governor Cuomo to Reinstate Federal Law Enforcement Access to State DMV Records”

Analysis of Amsterdam’s Chalmers Mill Lofts Project. Part One – Why Not Luxury Housing?

by Daniel T. Weaver

In 2008 the City of Amsterdam made its first serious attempt to redevelop the Chalmers Mill site on the city’s south side. Since then, two city administrations have made at least four major attempts to develop the site during an eight year period. Two guiding principles emerge from interviews, numerous published studies and other documents concerning attempts to redevelop this site. The first principle is—is the proposed project viable or can it succeed. The second principle is—will the proposed project stimulate additional economic growth. Continue reading “Analysis of Amsterdam’s Chalmers Mill Lofts Project. Part One – Why Not Luxury Housing?”

MTA Sends Cease & Desist Letter to Erie County Over ICE Tipline Signs (News)

Erie County Clerk, Mickey Kearns, who has posted ICE tip line signs in DMV offices in Erie County in an effort to combat New York State’s Green Light Law which allows illegal immigrants to apply for and receive drivers’ licenses, was sent a cease and desist letter yesterday from the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The MTA’s complaint was not so much about the signs themselves, although it did register its disapproval of them, but about Kearns use of the phrase “If you See Something Say Something,” which is a registered MTA trademark. Continue reading “MTA Sends Cease & Desist Letter to Erie County Over ICE Tipline Signs (News)”

NYS County Clerks Employ New Tactic in Green Light Law Battle (News)

In his battle against New York State’s Green Light Law, which allows illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, Erie County Clerk, Mickey Kearns, has installed ICE tip line signs in county DMV offices. DMV workers are prohibited by state law from reporting illegal immigrants to federal authorities. However, other people can, so Kearns is posting signs which read “If You SEE Something SAY Something Report Suspicious Activity 1-866-DHS-2ICE.” Niagara County Clerk, Joseph Jastrzemski, is doing the same in Niagara County DMV offices. Continue reading “NYS County Clerks Employ New Tactic in Green Light Law Battle (News)”

Empire Center Report Claims Tuition Assistance Better Than Tuition Free Excelsior Scholarship (News)

New York’s Excelsior Scholarship, now offering tuition-free public college to students from families making up to $125,000 a year is “deeply flawed,” and the $119 million the state now budgets for Excelsior would be better spent on expanding the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for lower-income students, according to a report issued in late October by the Empire Center for Public Policy. Continue reading “Empire Center Report Claims Tuition Assistance Better Than Tuition Free Excelsior Scholarship (News)”

Number of New York State Double Dipping Retirees Increases by 10% (News)

The number of New York state and local government early retirees collecting both a paycheck and public pension grew by 10 percent last year, according to data posted on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s transparency website, bringing the total number of double dippers to 947.

At least 30 government retirees were approved to collect combined pay and pensions of $200,000 or more—including six exceeding combined totals of $300,000. Continue reading “Number of New York State Double Dipping Retirees Increases by 10% (News)”

New Law Forces Pro-Life Groups To Hire Pro-Abortion Employees (News)

Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on November 8, a new law (S-660) makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee based on their reproductive healthcare decisions. While the law has the potential to protect women from discrimination who choose to carry a baby to term, the law’s justification makes it clear that its purpose is to protect women who decide to have an abortion. Justification for the bill as provided on the New York State Senate’s website is as follows: Continue reading “New Law Forces Pro-Life Groups To Hire Pro-Abortion Employees (News)”

Dear Jeff Bezos Why Are You Allowing Amazon To Ban & Burn Books? (Open Letter)

Mr. Bezos,

I received an email from one of your bots yesterday stating my book business, the Book Hound in Amsterdam, New York, could no longer sell two titles on amazon. Your botnote said, “This product was identified as one that is prohibited for sale. Amazon reserves the right to determine whether content provides an acceptable experience for customers.” The email did not enlighten me as to the following:

Continue reading “Dear Jeff Bezos Why Are You Allowing Amazon To Ban & Burn Books? (Open Letter)”

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