The Cop Who Dared Ticket A NYS Gov

By Daniel T. Weaver

Around 11:50 a.m. July 26, 1912 City of Amsterdam police officer, Charles A. Davis, spotted a touring car tearing down East Main Street at nearly 30 mph. He pursued the vehicle on his Indian motorcycle, overtook it on Guy Park Avenue and notified the driver he was under arrest for speeding. In 1912 speed limits were so low that driving in excess of 30 mph for more than a quarter mile was presumptive evidence of reckless driving. The speed limit within the city at the time was 15 mph. Continue reading “The Cop Who Dared Ticket A NYS Gov”

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)”

Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Against NYS AG (News)

Yesterday District Judge Carl J. Nichols in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against NYS Attorney General Letitia James over New York’s Trust Act, which allows New York State to release tax returns of certain people including federal officials and the president under specific circumstances. Continue reading “Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Against NYS AG (News)”

World Series Key to Understanding Electoral College (Politics)

To what should we liken the Electoral College? How about another favorite American pastime—baseball’s world series. Because of the Electoral College, the presidential election is different than all other elections in the United States. Other elections are like a single baseball game in which the winner is the team which scores the most runs. But the presidential race is more like the world series. The baseball team that wins the world series does so not by making the most runs in the series but by winning the most games. The winning presidential candidate does not win by receiving the most individual votes (runs) but by winning the best of 50 games (states). Continue reading “World Series Key to Understanding Electoral College (Politics)”

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