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State News Roundup – From NYC to WNY: The Fed,Debt,Tea Party,NY’s Delegation; NY’ers been leaving, still leaving; Illegal immigration; 911/WTC news; Crime, violence, bad Teachers, Political Corruption, Meeks and more; Sad State of Journalism in NY; Bloomin idiot news; Gay marriage, Judas Grisanti, payoffs; New Laws; State Economy matters; Spending R’s vs D’s; Shale Natural Gas news; Lawsuits; Totalitarian Collectivism – Agenda 21 in New York State – Home Rule and Article X, including Wind power malfeasance…

August 7, 2011

Tea Party Now Blamed for Market Selloff Too?Tea Party Now Blamed for Market Selloff Too?

WATCH: Aug 5, 2011 FOXBusiness  – FBNs Neil Cavuto on the market selloff and politicians? Sets those politicos casting such blame straight, explains it is they who are responsible, and basically speaking – it is they who are now full of bull….


The Hapless President

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 11:16 – Urban Elephants The Editors

If we learned anything about President Obama’s leadership ability during this whole debt ceiling debacle it’s that, well, he doesn’t have any.

When negotiating (and I use the term loosely) with Republicans, he’s been petulant, called “a joke”, and ultimately backed off many of the hard-line tax increases he said had to be part of a deal.                  

While he’s proven to be a bad negotiator, the president is an even worse leader. We can add to those qualities another: haplessness...

NY US Rep Tom Reed Says Some Democrats Wanted Default

August 05, 2011 – Reed: They would have blamed the Tea Party if default resulted. HORNELL, NY – Were some Democrats in Congress hoping for a default on the nation’s debt? That’s what Reed (R-Corning) told Kevin Doran on the WLEA NEWSMAKER SHOW Friday. Reed says he strongly suspects that many Dems wanted the nation to fall into default so that the Tea Party could be blamed. This, Reed said, could have been a death blow for the Tea Party movement. The congressman said he could easily have voted “no” on the final debt plan and been popular among some Tea Party activists since the measure was going to pass anyway but he felt obliged to vote his conscience. His “yes” vote on the bill has resulted in heat from some Tea Party members. Reed also argues that, for the first time, limiting the national debt is now on the agenda in Washington and he predicted that it will not go away until enough Republicans are elected to the Senate and Pres. Obama is replaced so that truly serious work can be done to bring the staggering debt in line.

We learned something else very important through this debt debacle though regarding our NYS Delegation:  

New York’s Democrats Vote “No” On Debt Compromise; Risk Pay for America’s Heroes

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 14:18 – GOPNYC
Days after Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told America’s fighting men and women in the battlespace that he could not assure they would get their pay because of last week’s  debt stalemate, New York’s Democrat congressional delegation had no qualms about risking the pay of the America’s heroes. All of the Democrats in New York’s congressional delegation put the welfare state before the members of America’s armed forces in voting against the debt ceiling compromise.

The compromise raised the debt ceiling in exchange for future spending cuts.  While New York’s Republican delegation was rightly troubled by how little spending would be cut in the compromise, they didn’t dare risk putting  America’s fighting men and women’s pay in jeopardy; they knew that, for the Obama Admiinistration, America’s service people are rarely a priority.

For New York’s Democrats, the priority was loyal adherence to the special interests, coalitions, and non-profit groups that profit most from the nation’s massive welfare state.  Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines — who often already live paycheck to paycheck — be damned.

NY’ers Leaving in Droves

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:41 – Urban Elephants The Editors

New Yorker’s are among the highest taxed citizens in the country, and live with such nanny-state rules that even smoking outdoors can draw a fine Not surprisingly, We’re also leaving in droves.              

“Taxed-out New Yorkers are voting with their feet, with a staggering 1.6 million residents fleeing the state over the last decade, a new report found.

That’s as if the entire populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined had packed up and left.

For the second consecutive decade, New York led the nation in the percentage of residents leaving for other states, according to the report by the Empire Center for State Policy.

The population loss is “the ultimate barometer of New York’s attractiveness as a place to work, live and do business,” said the report’s co-author, E.J. McMahon. “It’s the ultimate indication that we’ve been doing things wrong.”

Most analysts blamed New York’s high taxes and skyrocketing cost of living for the mass exodus.”

We don’t need an analyst to tell us that last part. Sometimes, we feel like we’re banging our heads against the wall saying this, but why do we put up with it? Can the citizens of the state, and specifically NYC, finally start elected some solid conservatives that will cut taxes and reduce the size of out bloated government? Sadly, we probably don’t have much hope.  

Case in point as to why we have long since wished for a 2 state solution; Western New York and Eastern New York! From our perspective (western) – NYC? – it is hopeless and you can have it!

NYS Suffers 3rd Highest Negative Shift of Population 2000-2010

NFIB: Going Going Gone: Why are People Leaving NY?


The letter from ICE terminating ‘all existing’ S-Comm MOAs (Terminating the MOAs, having been deemed unnecessary, actually keeps the program going)

August 5, 2011 | By Leslie Berestein Rojas | Southern California Public Radio

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton sent a letter to governors today terminating all existing memorandums of understanding, or MOAs, with the agency regarding Secure Communities. Several state and local leaders had been attempting to withdraw from the fingerprint-sharing program, including the Democrat Governors of Illinois, Massachusetts and New York.

The decision by ICE is intended to keep the program going, even in states and jurisdictions that have announced plans to drop out. A copy of the letter was obtained from California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office. Here are the first few paragraphs:

The letter goes on to discuss changes the agency has made to the program, among them a memo urging agency officials to use prosecutorial discretion in individual immigrants’ cases, a stated focus on “individuals who meet ICE’s enforcement priorities” and policies aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

Secure Communities, first rolled out in 2008, allows for the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be shared with immigration officials. Some state and local officials who have come out against it say it can alienate immigrant communities and get in the way of policing, and there have been complaints about the program casting a wider net than intended, landing people without criminal records in deportation proceedings…

(You may recall we here at Rev2010 debunk opponents reasoning and reported recently on Cuomo’s move to withdraw the state while counties such as Chautauqua were continuing the program at the local level, a move by the county worthy of praise.)

World Trade Center / Ground Zero / 911 news:

Atheists Don’t Want World Trade Center Cross at the 9/11

Atheists Sue to Remove Christ from 9/11 Memorial 

The Port Authority is demanding a $150 million payment from the National Sept. 11th Memorial to help cover construction costs at Ground Zero, the Daily News has learned. The memorial, set to open in five weeks, has refused to fork over a dime – and rejected claims it’s on the hook for work the authority performed at the sacred site, sources close to the situation say. (NYDN)

World Trade Center – 10 yr anniv only a month away and this is where we’re at: Union Agrees to Pact, while another balks
Wall Street Journal by Joseph DeAvila – Concrete laborers who had refused to work at the World Trade Center for three days returned to the job Thursday after their union reached a deal with contractors the night before. But labor turmoil at the World Trade Center is not over: Another clash looms with the carpenters union—which voted to authorize a strike Wednesday. The Cement League, a contractors’ association that represents management, and the Cement and Concrete Workers District Council, representing concrete workers, agreed late Wednesday night to extend a contract until Aug. 16. Both declined …

City Room: The World Trade Center Ship, From Stern to Stem – Remnants of the bow of an 18th-century sailing vessel have turned up at the World Trade Center site, about a year after part of the ship was first discovered.

Speaking of 911, important and necessary:

L.I. Rep. King to Hold Third Hearing on Radical Muslims

Peter King Plans More Muslim Radicalization Hearings

On other sick senseless violence in the city:

KIM CRAWFORD - Beating death.Mom killed child ‘over broken TV’  A Bronx mother accused of beating her 5-year-old son to death admitted she lashed out at the child after he broke her TV while playing with his Wii video game — but said her only intent was to “discipline” the boy, prosecutors said yesterday. Initially Kim Crawford, 21, said she just meant to “pop” little Jamar Johnson on the bottom, prosecutors said yesterday in Bronx Criminal Court, where she was charged with murder in the second degree and manslaughter. But over the course of five police interviews, she allegedly admitted she doled out a lot more than just a routine spanking. “I hit Jamar. Twice in the back, twice in the stomach. Harder than I ever hit him,” she admitted to police. The blows were so forceful that the child became gravely ill, slowly dying of internal injuries, cops said.

On the pending Weiner Special Election:

In the NY9 race Bob Turner is attacking Democrat David Weprin, for taking money from disgraced lobbyist Richard Lipsky for his City Council and Comptroller campaigns.

“David Weprin knows Richard Lipsky is awaiting federal trial for bribery and he knows he took money from him, so it surprising that Mr. Weprin has not returned the cash,” said Turner campaign spokesman William O’Reilly. “New Yorkers have lost faith in local government because of the avalanche of corruption scandals, especially in Brooklyn. The Lipsky money, regardless of when it was given, is clearly tainted and it should have been returned.” Lipsky has given $1,000 to two of Weprin’s previous campaigns.

(the picture inset shows Weprin palling around with another disgrace – Congressman Rangel).

UPDATE: Turner goes after Weprin over 2008 council slushfund scandal in race to fill Weiner seat

Koch (Democrat former NYC Mayor) Plays the Israel Card In Race to Replace Weiner, backs Republican Turner

Silver Vs Koch on the Weiner Replacement (when it comes down to a choice like this, can’t help but to side with the venerable nut Koch, cause quite frankly we’ll never side with that slippery quick Silver)

The Brooklyn Political Colony  – Kruger Vs. Krueger

After Forced To Accept Queens Boss Crowley’s Pick of Weprin as the 9th’s Congressional Democratic Nominee.  A Manhattan State Senator Now Wants to Choose Who Will Replace Kruger When He Goes to Jail.  Liz Krueger wants to put a Republican rumor to rest: Her No Bad Apples PAC is not aimed at knocking out the four renegade senators in the Independent Democratic Conference. “I may have differences of opinion with any of the four members of the IDC, but I do not define them as ‘bad apples,’ ” Krueger said. With Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate gone, she said, the only sitting Democratic senator who doesn’t pass the bad apples test is indicted Sen. Carl Kruger. (CHN)  By the way Krueger was appointed the  Democratic nominee by the Manhattan Dem Boss in  a 2002 special election.

On the Press (could be thrown in under the corruption heading below, but this is so deserving of it’s own section):

The Sad State of Journalism in New York: Abandoning it’s mission; Journalism Dumbing Down; Media Bias and NY at the center of it all; Spin is the Cancer of Journalism; When integrity fails, Sex still sells; NY Pols Govern by Blinders Enabled by the Media Who Write with Blinders; Stories No Longer Investigates or Analyze; End of an era?; Copy cat journalism; Freedom of the Press but what standard, press today no better than tabloids; Separation of press and state, what separation?; Times are a changing, sure, but why never for the better?; The Press fails, society declines, the truth and education falters; Agenda and Bias unchecked; Special Interests buying the news on your TV; and Media contributing to the Epidemic of Political Corruption…

Our founding fathers put in place freedom of the press to get out the truth, to serve the people not the government, and to be an integral and important part of our checks and balances. Many an honest folk today would argue that our problems have already surpassed what George Orwell described in 1984. A public blocked from obtaining the truth is doomed: Thomas Jefferson said “If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.” He also once said “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.”, and that is the indisputable truth!

Corruption and all things related:
The remains of ACORN Same Leftwing Nuts Just Different Shells: ACORN, Only the names have changed, and HUD Still Funds ACORN Affiliate Despite Ban.
The whole story and the background.
Meeks photo

More Culture of Corruption in NY – This river runs deep!

Ethics Committee to Probe Fraudster’s Loan to US Rep Meeks (D-NY)

Yesterday 08/05/2011, the House Ethics Committee announced that it has accepted a recommendation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to further review allegations against Representative (Gregory) Meeks that he illegally accepted monies.
The payment was an unsecured $40,000 “loan” from Edul Ahmad, a Guyanese businessman who was last month arrested in a massive mortgage-fraud scheme. On July 22, the FBI reportedly removed Ahmad in handcuffs from a Guyana-bound aircraft on the tarmac at JFK International Airport.

Meeks’ Crony Ahmad Busted by FBI (The whole affair has exposd much more than just the illegal loan)

As first reported in the New York Daily News, Meeks made no payments on the loan, and repaid it only after the FBI started asking questions. Meeks used the money to finish paying off his new home, sources told the Daily News

Only after the FBI contacted Ahmad did Meeks cut a $59,000 check to repay the loan and file amendments to required dislosures. He also had failed to report the transaction 2007-2009 and finally did file a late financial disclosure report as required byall members of Congress.

The FBI investigation is the apparent result of NLPC’s scrutiny of Meeks and other New York politicians. *In January 2010, we exposed Meeks involvement in a charity called New Direction Local Development Corporation that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received it, among other questionable dealings. *In March, we asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Meeks for paying $830,000 for a newly built home in 2006 that was worth more than $1.2 million. *The Complaint also asked for an investigation into Meeks’ relationship with indicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford, first reported in the Miami Herald. Former Stanford employees alleged that Stanford asked Meeks in 2006 to help retaliate against a former Stanford executive named Gonzalo Tirado in Venezuela who was attempting to blow the whistle on Stanford fraud. Stanford allegedly asked Meeks to contact Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. One month after Stanford made the request, Meeks flew to Venezuela to meet with Chavez. Tirado was indicted a year later. *In addition, Meeks took six trips to Caribbean destinations such as Antigua and St. Lucia, courtesy of a nonprofit called the Inter-American Economic Council, which was a Stanford-funded front group.

The Daily News reported on July 9, 2010 that Meeks received a loan from Democratic Party donor Dennis Mehiel to repay Ahmad.

HomeRelated: What is Rep. Gregory Meeks Hiding? / Doubts Cast on Rep. Meeks’ New Account of Missing Katrina Funds / Why Haven’t Obama, Pelosi Jettisoned Rep. Gregory Meeks? / Rep. Meeks Can’t Account for Hurricane Katrina Money; Puts Spotlight on Paterson/Flake Aqueduct Gambling Deal /Are Corrupt NY Politicians Cashing in on Aqueduct Gambling? / Rep. Gregory Meeks’ Charity Looks More Like Slush Fund / and much more from NLPC


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Rangel photoAnother Underling Prosecuted as Rangel Gets Free Pass

Submitted by Peter Flaherty NLPC on Wed, 05/04/2011

James Capel, who until February was a top aide to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), pleaded guilty yesterday in Manhattan Criminal Court to charges resulting from his failure to file a tax return for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Capel reportedly did not file a tax return from 2003 onward, but was saved from prosecution by the statute of limitations for the earlier years. Capel must pay $42,088 in back taxes and pay a $1,000 fine.

Rangel Junket Figure Karl Rodney Sentenced Today

Karl Rodney photo07/22/2011- Karl Rodney, the organizer of the Caribbean junkets that contributed to the downfall of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to two years probation and 500 hours of community service. He was also fined $2,500. District Judge Emmet Sullivan included no jail time in the sentence.

The courtroom was filled with Rodney’s supporters, many of whom made the trip down from New York City. Singer and known leftist Harry Belafonte offered good wishes by letter. NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm was also in attendance. Boehm said, “I believe that at least some jail time would have been appropriate, but at the same time, Rangel himself has not even been prosecuted and he was guilty of far worse.”

Also: Rangel Embarrasses Himself in Court Appearance on Behalf of Gang Member / Rangel Says Abolishing Collective Bargaining is Like ‘Slavery’ / New Ethics Allegations  that he improperly used funds from his so-called National Leadership PAC for his legal defense in his House ethics case. What happened? 

Lawmakers Extort State Health Care $$$ and Other Queens Hospital Closes Hospital Executive Bribed 3 Lawmakers, Judge Is Told(NYT) * Ex-Hospital Chief Accused of Lying(WSJ)
3 Pols help themselves while building a multi-million dollar health-care “corruption empire”

Senator Kruger’s Bribe –The prosecutor’s accusations came as the former executive, David P. Rosen, 63, went on trial on various conspiracy charges involving bribery and fraud. Mr. Rosen steered business to a hospice care company from which Carl Kruger “got a cut,”

The Late Assemblyman Seminerio’s Bribe –The prosecutor, said evidence would show that Mr. Rosen paid Tony Seminerio about $400,000 from 1999 to 2008, giving him a lucrative consulting position and giving business to companies in which he had a financial interest.

Assemblyman Boyland’s Bribe-Mr. Rosen gave William Boyland a sham consulting job and paid him more than $175,000 from 2003 to 2008, Mr. McGorty said. “Seminerio and Boyland Jr. did little or no legitimate consulting work,” the prosecutor said.

Embattled Scandal ridden NYS Sen. Kruger’s Chief of Staff pulls highest pay (updated)(guess it costs alot for staffers to keep their mouths shut about corruption occurring right under their noses, of course they could also be complicit)The state senate released its twice-a-year report on expenditures today. One of the most interesting things that popped out? Embattled State Democrat Carl Kruger’s chief of staff, Jason Koppel, was by far the highest-paid staffer for any individual member, raking in $81,000. (The next closest member–Democrat Senator Kevin Parker, who has also faced legal troubles, counsel Richard Berkley–was paid about $18,500 less.)The Senator’s office didn’t immediately provide comment on the expenditure. An associate of Senator Kruger this past week was was given three years probation and fined $15,000 for lying to FBI agents. The senator has been caught up in a bribery scheme since 2009. More soon. In the meantime – The Carl Kruger Scandal extensive background.
Cuomo to Probe Non-Profit Executive Compensation
Karen DeWitt (2011-08-03)

Matt Ryan, NY Now ALBANY, NY (WXXI) –
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an investigation into executive pay at not-for-profits in New York that depend on government money, following published reports of excessive salaries and compensations at some Medicaid funded health centers.Cuomo has appointed a task force, which includes his own Inspector General and the Medicaid Inspector General, to look into executive and administrative compensation levels at not for profits that receive taxpayer support from the state…
(This is in part tied to the Espada matter)…

Vito Lopez $$$ His Girl Friend

Some of the ugliest abuse, of course, comes courtesy of lawmakers who steer public bucks, through a “member item” or pork-barrel system, to nonprofits that hire friends, relatives or even themselves.
In recent years, The Post has reported some real stunners. Topping the list: Pols like Assemblyman/Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez, Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council’s founder. The council, which relies heavily on public cash, pays big bucks to Lopez’s girlfriend and campaign treasurer, who run the place. The nonprofit crackdown * Wealth of friends B’klyn Dem boss’ crony and gal pal $core big at nonprofit
Espada’s last $ fling and other Senate details – Remember Pedro Espada? The former Bronx Democratic senator, who was since indicted on corruption charges, apparently went on a spending spree before he left office last year, racking up $749,803 on staff during the just-released October-March expenditure report from the Senate. Republicans, who took back the majority in January, are pointing to Espada’s staff expenses […] 

NY POST: $10M Medicaid slap for Espada health biz. Disgraced and indicted former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada’s Soundview Health Network will be stripped of some $10 million in Medicaid funding this week because of repeated violations of state law, The Post has learned.

Brooklyn Democrat Borough President Marty Markowitz delivered more than $2.5 million in grants to the Brooklyn Hospital Center in the three years after it paid for a Caribbean vacation for him and his wife, the Post reports *Carib junketeer Marty ‘repays’ favor to hosp(NYP)

As The Post reported last week, Markowitz took seven free overseas trips between 2006 and 2009, including three for which he was fined $20,000 by the city Conflicts of Interest Board for allowing sponsors to pick up travel expenses for his wife, Jamie.


Who Benefits From Faking Tests? Mobbed Up Concrete Companies . . . Why No Cement Owners Arrests?

New York’s Dirty Dozen and Dozens: Unethical and illegal corrupt politics in NY, a commmon theme – a couple of republicans and a whole lot of democrats – and the main center of it all, NYC…  
New York’s Corrupt Political Parties
NY Political Parties for Sale: Ballot Corruption by Political Mob Bosses…
Tammany Hall power control template lives on, unchallenged and unaccountable to the voters in New York’s broken down election system…
More Bad Teachers in today’s culture of sex: NYC Teacher Accused of Sex with Student under 17 yrs old in a Long Island Motel
Tara Driscoll mug shot_20110805152836_JPGMYFOXNY.COM – A New York City schoolteacher is accused of having sex with a student at a motel on Long Island, Nassau County Police said. Detectives arrested Tara Driscoll, 33, of Bayshore, N.Y., Friday morning in Bethpage and charged her with rape, authorities said.

Driscoll, who is a teacher at magnet High School in Cambria Heights, Queens, in New York City, drove a boy to the Capri Motel in Lynbrook on March 19, 2011, and had “sexual relations” with him, police said. Police made the arrest because of an interview with the boy, phone records, and a videotape, according to the criminal complaint filed with the court.

The boy’s age was not released, but police said he was under 17. Driscoll was arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act, police said. She is due back in court August 15.

Your Cheatin’ Heart – The Editors – Friday, 05 August 2011 – on tests has been around for as long as tests have been around. We all know kids who have cheated on tests in school; maybe you were one of them. 

But when the teacher’s cheat, that’s something else entirely. And there’s evidence it may be rampant in New York.
This excellent piece in the Post today details the very real possibility that New York teachers have been fudging test grades in order to meet standard requirements, and reach incentive-based merit pay goals.

The State Education Department’s cryptic, out-of-the-blue announcement Monday seemed pregnant with possibility: “In mid-July, Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. created a high-level working group . . . to begin an immediate review of all aspects of the state’s testing system,” it said. King “will be announcing a series of measures to ensure the integrity of our testing system before our students return to school in September.”What prompted the sudden review?

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch says the move is merely an attempt to “get out ahead of all this.” She was no doubt thinking of Atlanta, whose widely praised superintendent for years rejected the notion that cheating was going on in her gin joint — until two ex-prosecutors with subpoena power uncovered a scandal involving 178 teachers and principals at 44 schools.
Charges of playing games with tests have also ensnared schools in numerous states, including New Jersey and Connecticut. So no one should be surprised if New York’s next on the list. 

Of course, playing games with test scores is nothing new in this town. Remember how Bloomy was touting the exceptional gains made by city schoolchildren year after year in the state standardized tests? Until it came out that the score for achieving proficiency was set ridiculously low, and when it was finally raised last year, test scores naturally plummeted.

  NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal, and so much more, all things related, a complex web and roots that run deep; Reporting Drip Drip Drip, NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal Continues to Leak, Under Bloomberg New York Has Developed A Protect Class . . . It is Not Just Ticket Fixing, Is the NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal Cover Up Unwinding?, more…

BREAKING: Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith Resigns -One of Mayor Bloomberg’s top aides — and the man many held responsible for the city’s botched response to the December blizzard — announced his resignation Thursday after just more than a year on the job. 
Blame Bloomberg For CityTime Scandal – The ongoing CityTime payroll scandal has resonance for those who remember the 1986 scandal that stripped the squeakyclean veneer off the administration of Mayor Ed Koch… “We have developed evidence that the corruption on the CityTime project was epic in duration, magnitude and scope,” U.S. Attorney Bharara… 11 City Workers Have Been Indicted So Far, including 2 eecutives, and 2 officials have fled overseas…
On mighty Mayor Bloom”ing idiot”berg:
Wake Up Call: Bloomberg Blasted For Donations

2013 Mayoral Race: Republican Opportunity? (Let’s hope so, and let’s hope for a real republican too)

 Mayor’s aide skips to top of the aisle – Top Bloomberg aides John Feinblatt and Jonathan Mintz will wed Sunday without worrying about the foolish same-sex marriage lottery, exchanging vows at Grace Mansion with Bloomy officiating. (Does anybody see a trend here? Gay marriage only sqeaked through the Senate to pass because of the intense prssure from NYC, and specifically the inordinate number of gay politicos they have {Bloomy staffers, NYC Council President Quinn among others, State Senators and Assembleypersons all from NYC, the Stonewall Democrats, ect.}

Bloomberg contributes max amount to Republican senators who helped pass gay marriage

and more on our wonderful new gay marriage in ny(city, mostly):

NY “Marriage”–Bliss or Blatant Violations
While the media gave the nation images of midnight bliss at Niagara Falls, two homosexuals being “married” in Bloomberg’s office, by the Mayor himself, and various intimate moments elsewhere across the state, mostly in NYC, celebrating the triumph of “equality” while dispensing with 5000 years of marriage as a natural union between a man and a woman, a very different image was already beginning to emerge.

It is an image of blatant violations of citizen rights. An ugly picture of threats and possible miscarriage of the political process in getting to the “vote”. We now learn there were most likely numerous constitutional and legal violations in the journey to “equality.”

Lawsuits have been filed…

Grisanti played politics and nothing else in vote (He sold out on his campaign promises by voting for gay marriage. He was paid off by Bloomberg to do so, and  sold his soul for 2020 peices (traded off for a vote for the UB 2020 project this is) / Senator Grisanti betrays constituents

As for the stack of other legislation signed into law recently, you may have missed:

Dog and Cock fighting are already felonies, but a new law increases penalties on those who attend the illegal underground events. Until now, a person knowingly attending an animal fighting event was only charged with a violation, punishable by up to a $500 fine.The new law makes it a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine. Repeat offenders face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Pirate Radio Stations face a new law that strengthens penalties for those who start up these stations, which are unauthorized transmissions.
Drug Dealers now face felony offenses of obstruction of governmental duties for those who try to avoid police searches by booby-trapping storage areas with bombs, other destructive devices, and hazardous waste.
In Strangulation Cases a loophole has been closed by adding “strangulation” to the family offenses that can be alleged in domestic violence Family Court petitions. A law last year made it easier for police to charge those who choke their partners, but don’t necessary leave bruises. However, the strangulation offense was not added until Cuomo signed a new bill amending the list of offenses that could be brought under Article 8 proceedings in Family Court. Bill sponsors say some cases were thrown out as a result.
Pharmacy Law Extended allowing pharmacists to continue to administer flue and pneumonia shots.
New Law That Affects Wind Farms Has Been Passed In NY State but Critics Say “Home Rule” Is Gone From Wind Projects – Governor Cuomo has signed the Power NY Act. This new law will create a new permitting process to go through for any generation of electrictity that’s over 25 megawatts. Simply put, it means there will be a board of officials who will decide things like siting for power projects, such as wind projects. The governor says the new law will create thousands of jobs, though critics argue it takes away the decision making power about things like wind farms out of the hands of local government officials and voters.
(see more on this below as it is, and how it is, tied to Agenda 21)

Gov. Cuomo signs bill that cracks down on drivers who are caught texting – In reality it expands state police power whereby you can now be pulled over, detained, and potentially cited, simply because police officer believes they have seen you doing something or other with your cell phone!

On a related note, some Culture news:

Protecting abortion – but not women! (Cuomo should sign the Stillbirth Certificate bill, and Unborn Victims of Violence Act should be advanced too)

headshotby Michael Benjamin NY Post July 19, 2011. (Benjamin retired from the Assembly last year after eight years representing a Bronx district.)

Little noticed during the frenzied closing days of the legislative session was final passage of a measure that provides a certificate of stillbirth to grieving parents. The bill languished for years because of objections from some pro-choice advocates, who fear that it opens the door to conferring personhood on a fetus…

As the bill awaits Gov. Cuomo’s signature, it has given hope to the supporters of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. That legislation — which I sponsored for several years — would allow prosecutors to bring dual charges against those who harm a pregnant woman and her unborn child. But it, too, has been bottled up by those who fear that granting any legal status to any fetus will somehow put us on a slippery slope to outlawing abortion. This, though the bill explicitly states that it neither alters any abortion laws nor seeks to circumvent Roe v. Wade.

New York Penal Law addresses offenses committed against a person, such as homicide and assault. The law has been strengthened at various times to provide greater protection for, among others, children. Yet significant loopholes remain relating to homicide and assaults in which unborn children are the victims. Try telling the parents of Niasha Delain, a pregnant bank teller slain in 2008 on her due date by her estranged boyfriend, that the killing of an unborn infant is not murder but as a lesser crime. Despite murdering Niasha and her full-term baby, the killer was only charged with second-degree manslaughter and a felony abortional act.

Pro-choice advocates fear that any change to the law here will undermine Roe v. Wade. But Roe covers actions taken by a woman and her doctor — it certainly doesn’t grant a third party any right to terminate a pregnancy without the woman’s consent. And courts in liberal Massachusetts have held that viable fetuses can be treated as persons in homicide cases — yet abortion rights remain perfectly secure there, and in 35 other states with similar laws. New York law now effectively denies adequate protection to pregnant women and their unborn children. Although the murdered babies are laid to rest in marked graves and the families grieve for them, our state tells them that their loved ones never existed.

The refusal to recognize the intrinsic value of an unborn child’s life amounts to zealotry (Pro-choice politics requires Democrats to march in lockstep or face electoral consequences.). This is insensitive toward the mothers and their loss. It seems to treat the loss of an unborn child as though it were a bruise or a broken bone. Yet broken bones heal; a stolen life can never be replaced…

I urge Gov. Cuomo to sign the Stillbirth Certificate bill into law and hope I’ll soon be able to urge him to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, too. New York should respect and protect the choices of all women and their unborn children.

And for today’s “In case you didn’t know” segment:

Crime Scene: Fortunes Told, and, Now and Then, Taken – Here is something that the clients of fortune tellers, and fortune tellers themselves, probably do not know: There is a state law against fortune telling. The state passed a law four decades ago making plying their trade illegal.

State Sportsman News ( something good for a change):

TheObserverNY: Governor signs bill permitting rifle hunting in parts of Chautauqua County – – It’s about time, only been requesting this for how long now, besides how foolish to prohibit rifles for big game when they can already be used for small game. Thank you Assemblyman Goodell for pushing this and finally seeing it through. 

Cuomo: Salt-water fishermen to reel in refunds – An injustice finally resolved. Thank you Senator Zeldin for your hard work on this one. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the DEC to issue refunds to recreational fishermen and charter boat operators who purchased a Recreational Marine Fishing License in addition to refunding license fees to New Yorkers who purchased lifetime licenses. The license fee was eliminated in the current-year budget after being imposed by Gov. David Paterson in the […]

On State economy, taxation, spending, ect.:

Around State, Stretching the Tax Cap (many localities looking for any loopholes they can find)

State finances: still in the tunnel (can we at least see the light at the end, maybe)

More on those state tax receipts

E.J. McMahon – When New York State’s first-quarter tax receipts came in nearly $800 million above the 2011-12 financial plan forecast last week, I warned in this space that the anemic 1 percent year-to-year quarterly growth in personal income tax (PIT) withholding payments was “grounds for concern” about the state’s economic outlook. On closer inspection, however, it turns out the quarterly withholding number was a bit misleading.
And so the concerns grow – Today’s “tepid” GDP estimate is another story, of course, lending credence to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s warning last week that “our fiscal health is tenuous” in light of macroeconomic trends.

“Cuomo slashes pay 90% for political plum state commission seats.” (about time)

Cuomo quietly changed the compensation for plum patronage posts, so state Civil Service Commission and State Liquor Authority are now paid on a per-diem basis, rather than getting annual salaries for jobs that require just a handful of meetings each year…

‘Retired’ Shel pal lands a $UNY job – July 25, 2011: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s longtime fiscal ad viser, Dean Fuleihan, who earlier this month “retired” after 33 years working for the Assembly to take what many expected would be a private-sector job, wound up landing a cushy government job that pays about $30,000 more, records show. On the same day that Fuleihan left his $157,580-a-year job, he was hired – without public announcement – as a $185,000-a-year “executive vice president” at the State University of New York’s cutting-edge College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. The college has received about $1 billion in direct state funding because of Silver’s strong backing…

Senate Spends Less Under GOP Control (Updated)
Senate Republicans have released the expenditure report for the last 6 months of the 2010-2011 budget year. The report shows that they spent $48 million, which is $3.3 million less than the previous 6 months when Democrats were in control of the Senate…
Senate Dems left a $7.7 million deficit when the lost power at the end of 2010. Republicans say they’ve worked to balance the books by slashing staff. The number of “counsel” and “program” employees, for instance, has dropped from 208 to 35.

View the full list of $1B grants, tax breaks available from Cuomo’s jobs plan

Posted by: Jon Campbell @ Gannett,  Jul 21, 2011 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week has has been unveiling this week—piece by piece—his plan to create jobs and spark the state’s economy, which he says will be his administration’s major focus for the rest of 2011.

Yesterday, the governor said at least $1 billion will be available for 10 economic regions to compete for a slice of through a competitive grant program. A 52-page summary released by Cuomo yesterday detailed all of the funding available to the regions through a consolidated “mega-application” that each one will complete. That money will come from a variety of state agencies, including $270 million in grants and tax breaks from the Empire State Development Corp. and up to $170 million from the state Energy Research and Development Authority.

The full list—page 10 of the guidebook, is below: 

(Notice the $100 million for RGGI, see “and support”:  Americans for Prosperity New York Activist Sues to Stop State’s Participation in RGGI Cap & Trade Scheme)

(see also above – new law affecting wind farms, and below – Agenda 21, et al.; Parts of this initiative in reality is insediously tied to both!)

ALSO: Cuomo names WNY economic council, vice chairs | Albany Watch

 State Energy and Enviro news:


Encouraged by DEC report, gas company turns focus to NY shale

More Controversy Engulfs NY Times Shoddy Reporting on Shale Gas issue

DEC Comm Martens Reveals More Details of State Fracking Plan

New York State to Allow Hydro Fracking

Shale and its Discontents

Low and behold, Democrat – usually beholden to the liberal lobby (and even leftist eniro radicals) that opposes such things – is now on board. That’s the difference between us and him (as well as other like politcos)  We want this done for the betterment of our state economy, the job market, and our energy independence; Jacobs wants it done, regardless of what he claims, for the betterment of himself and his own peeps. Regardless, at least this is finally moving toward getting done, as it should!

Dem Party boss’ great frackin’ deal – August 1, 2011 – Gov. Cuomo’s state Democratic Party chairman says, “Drill, baby, drill” when it comes to controversial “hydrofracking” to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation on the New York-Pennsylvania border. And party leader Jay Jacobs, a successful summer-camp owner, has a financial interest in having the drilling take place — although he insists that it has nothing to do with his support for the hotly contested activity…

A Tale of Two Shale States – Pennsylvania’s gain vs. New York’s missed opportunity!

Arguments continue over federal lawsuit on hydrofracking in Delaware River Basin; action outside NY may play key role in natural gas exploration; NY Attorney General Schneiderman’s suit is actually pushing for more federal interference and is not representing NYS’s best interests – As a state senator immediately preceeding his role as AG, he continues to be beholden to the left and is seemingly doing whatever he can to appease the enviro lobby demands – Yet the federal government is attempting to have that suit dismissed, arguing that not only that the state doesn’t have the right to sue in this matterm, but also that the Attorney General’s office has not proven its case. Pennsylvania’s top environmental official made that argument in a letter submitted during the commission’s public comment period, saying that oversight by the DRBC in certain areas is duplicative and unnecessary, and therefore more wold certainly be inappropriate and unwarranted.

Now compare with this situation:

Chemung County promotes legal action to stop EPA (The EPA is over zealous, over reaching, intrusive, pushing undue burdens and unwarranted costs, and so much so that even the state’s federal reps, including our democrat senators, oppose their demands.)

ELM 080411 santulli epa 01a jhr

Chemung County Executive Santulli: “This is probably one of the greatest outrages that I’ve ever had to deal with as long as I’ve been in this office”. Pending pollution rules not needed in N.Y., we already exceed standards and EPA admits more so than the other states involved.

The costs to Chemung County would be more than $30 million, with operating and maintenance costs estimated at $1.8 million annually, and according to Santulli that does not include the costs to the agricultural industry. Santulli said he won’t force Chemung County taxpayers to shoulder this burden. “I wouldn’t come up with this money even if I was directed to do so by the federal government,” he said. “I’m saying I refuse to ask our citizens to give us $30 million for nothing.” The toal cost for the 16 counties in NY to meet the standards is estimated at between $2 billion and $4 billion, he said.

In addition to the Chemung County Legislature, Santulli is asking for support from leaders of Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, Broome, Livingston, Allegany, Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Delaware, Tioga, Cortland, Chenango and Otsego counties, which are all part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In October, Elmira City Council voted to support a resolution that objected to the burden the EPA plan would place on municipalities and farms.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation does not support what the EPA is demanding, Santulli said, but added “To me, the state really rolled over on this one. They took a stand, but for some reason at the end, they didn’t fight the good fight,” he said. “Quite frankly, I think the state ought to be doing what we’re doing.”

Illustrating just how bad the EPA has become, Santulli said he has even received support from U.S. Senators Schumer, D-N.Y., and Gillibrand, D-N.Y., as well as from eight members of the House representing affected counties. However, the EPA has yet to amend the stringent restrictions, he said.

Public opposition would be more effective than litigation, Santulli said, urging taxpayers to help by pressuring their elected officials to correct the problem. “I’m hoping that the public outcry makes it not even necessary to do this in a court of law,” he said. “I hope we don’t have to spend a nickel for common sense to prevail.” Santulli did not have an estimate of how much legal action would cost but said it would be a small fraction of the total amount it would cost to meet the EPA’s updated regulations.



Totalitarian Collectivism

Agenda 21 in New York State – Home Rule and Article X

Posted on July 11, 2011 by naplesteapartypatriots

Numerous critics condemn the insidious nature of Agenda 21. Usually the arguments are based upon the intrusion of the United Nations to mismanage the planet and reduce people to a sinister petri dish experiment. Their reach and methods used by this octopus that is strangling the globe, include specific actions that force their agenda down the throats of government entities. The recent passage of Article X in New York State illustrates a direct assault on the treasured principle of Home Rule. Connecting the dots and tying the links together forecast a grim reality that is ready to explode into a vicious turf fight. (see above New Law That Affects Wind Farms Has Been Passed In NY State but Critics Say “Home Rule” Is Gone From Wind ProjectsGovernor Cuomo has signed the Power NY Act.)

The United Nations publication for Sustainable Development describes their objectives and announcements. Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment… Read the entire article

Agenda 21 in New York State – Home Rule and Article X

The recent passage of Article X in New York State illustrates a direct assault on the treasured principle of Home Rule. Connecting the dots and tying the links together forecast a grim reality that is ready to explode into a vicious turf fight.

The United Nations propaganda publication for Sustainable Development describes their objectives and announcements.
We however recommend the video Agenda 21 For Dummies, an excellent background overview.

New York State is a “Home Rule” jurisdiction, dating back to 1923. New York Municipal Home Rule – Article 2 – § 10 General Powers of Local Governments to Adopt and Amend Local Laws, provides the authority for the cherished prerogative of communities to control their destinies. The stark conflict of local self-determination and the arbitrary imposition of bureaucratic fiats outlined in Agenda 21 are self-evident. Under the guise of streamlining energy siting and land use, New York State has jumped to the tune of the globalist marching band orders. In the darkness of midnight in a closed room, the new governor Andrew Cuomo pushed a secret version of Article X, and the legislature voted approval for the Power NY Act.

NYS Senator Patricia Ritchie’s opposition explains the violation on Home Rule. Assembly representative Sean Hanna‘s passionate argument against this attempt to diminish Home Rule, also echoes the sentiment. 

The new Article X also makes provision for post decision challenges and imposes procedural and substantive limits on potential claims. The bill prohibits the use of intervenor funds for litigation purposes. It also provides that aggrieved parties must seek rehearing at the Siting Board before approaching the courts. Judicial challenges must be brought in the courts of the Appellate Division, bypassing the trial court level, within 30 days from the issuance of the Board’s decision on the application for rehearing. The bill also provides for deferential review under the “substantial evidence” standard. Finally, the new law largely divests the state courts of jurisdiction to determine any cases that seek to stop or delay construction of a generation facility that has received a certificate from the Siting Board.

The video of developer Ecogen’s Testimony before the NYS Public Service Commission clearly demonstrate how citizen participation is surgically removed from the rush to rape the land and bury the serfs under the cover of a green canopy. This example of a bogus Agenda 21 corporate welfare scheme to defraud the public and feed the greed of foreign plutocrats stands squarely against the property rights of individuals and local communities. The Wind Power Law Blog identifies salient elements in the legislation.

The famous (or infamous depending on one’s point of view) Article X, which provided for the streamlined siting of power plants, expired in 2003. The old Article X covered plants with 80MW or more of generational capacity. The new law should permit much faster siting of power plants of only 25MW or greater capacity. It passed both the Assembly and Senate with overwhelming margins. Governor Cuomo styles the new law as “An Investment to Create More Power in New York”.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fundrecognizes the inherent conflict in fast tracking unbridled and reckless land development exploration for inefficient energy projects. 

We believe that we are in the midst of an escalating ecological crisis, and that the crisis is the result of decisions made by a relatively few people who run corporations and government. In doing so, communities must challenge and overturn legal doctrines that have been concocted to eliminate their right to self-government, including the doctrines of corporate constitutional rights, preemption, and limitations on local legislative authority. Inseparable from the right to local self-government – and its sole limitation – are the rights of human and natural communities; they are the implicit and enumerated premises on which local self-government must be built.

Article X has another deceptive purpose. Hydrofracking drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of NYS is the immediate underlying motive to obviate Home Rule. A Frack Alert video from the Home Rule Forum makes the case for the danger of losing local control of land use. Citizen community indignation is brewing up all over the state. Watch the reaction and outrage from ordinary people, who are in danger of being forced off their land. When the potable water from the aquifer is no longer fit for human use, because of chemical pollution from the fracking process, who will adjudicate relief?
Another legislative appeal why the State Should Respect “Home Rule” On Drilling, comes from State Senator James L. Seward:

“The topic of drilling in the Marcellus Shale has elicited an overwhelming response with varied opinions on all sides of the issue. One thing that cannot be discounted moving forward is the desire of local residents,” said Senator Seward. “That is why I am co-sponsoring legislation (S.3472) that would empower local governments and allow them to regulate natural gas drilling through local planning and zoning.”

(Rev2010 Note: We are in full support of Marcellus National Gas production, for all the right reasons as opposed to the deceptive Article X reasoning as stated above; that it can be and should be done in a safe manner, that NY can and should maintain it’s sovreignty on the matter with respect to the fed, that local planning must retain authority – not central planning with respect to the state, and that through the process – private property rights must be defended. That said, we support the C.P.A.’s efforts, although we do not necessarily agree with all their views, nor their parent host BATR, on various other topics. That said, with respect to Senator Seward, R-Oneota; we feel his approach is a reasoned and balanced one, in our view he has been a strong defender of individual rights, as well as strong in his opposition to NY’s notorious and historic penchant for over-regulation, and where he clearly supports Marcellus shale exploration, he is determined to see it done right for the good of the state and it’s citizens, not for special interests – their beholden politcos – or even nefarious agendas such as Agenda21.) Consider other statements he has made:

The Marcellus Shale is one of the largest natural gas fields in North America and could provide a multi-billion dollar economic boost for the areas in and surrounding the Marcellus formation, an economic boost we definitely need in our upstate region. Skyrocketing fuel prices earlier this year have clearly demonstrated our need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Increasing exploration will all help to further this goal. Utilizing the tremendous energy resources in the Marcellus formation could play a significant role in helping us to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, it’s a domestic source, keeping energy dollars here at home. “Natural gas can help shore up our energy needs, and bring much needed revenue to our upstate economy,” said Seward. “We must make sure environmental concerns are met, and I am confident our state’s DEC is the best agency to provide the necessary protections.” I commend DEC for instituting this process to develop a Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) to address new issues and potential environmental impacts which may arise as a result of natural gas exploration and drilling in the Marcellus formation. I have reviewed the draft scoping document and have generally found it to be quite comprehensive. Some issues which I find to be particularly important and which I believe must be addressed in the GEIS include the following: “local government notification and opportunity for comment should be provided for at the earliest stages – local governments should be given notice of the filing of drilling permit applications within their jurisdictions when such applications are filed not after they are granted, local impacts are best judged by local officials”

If the political intrigue in New York State does not move you to action for protecting your own homestead, maybe you should focus upon the linkage that this brutal policy of usurping local authority, has within the Agenda 21 plans for all of us. Tom DeWeese identifies, Who is behind it?

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide “local” community plans, software, training, etc. Addition groups include American Planning Council, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and government grants drive the process.

The entire substructure of alphabet soup, state and federal agencies, are on notice to facilitate and implement the systematic purging of local independence. Governor Cuomo left out the true meaning of the Power NY Act. “An Investment to Create More Power in New York” is designed to consolidate central planning under the control of Agenda 21 dictates. This bill has little to do with fostering cheap dependable energy, but has everything to do with neutering your local town board. This policy is not about energy. Look into why New York State rejected the low cost guaranteed electricity proposal from Canada.

“New York backed out of a long term contract with Hydro Quebec– a contract that was needed to justify the construction of the “project of the century,” the James Bay II project. As a consequence, Hydro Quebec put its planned James Bay development “sur la glace” (“on ice”) and activists celebrated the victory and moved on to other issues.”

The Wall Street syndicate lusts for their cap and trade mandates so that the next financial bubble can start the next cycle of fleecing the public. Remember that your own local government is viewed as an impediment to the Agenda 21. Soon your town board will be inoperative, iced in the same manner as economical energy from O Canada . . .

NYSERDA seeks to ‘transform our economic system’

Nov 29, 2010 – As the G20 summit meeting scheduled in Cancun approaches, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) co-chair, Dr. Edenhoffer of Germany, candidly admitted, “… One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy.” This has been clearly exemplified here in the United States by the fact that of the $2.2 Billion dollars of the stimulus money that was allotted for “renewables” (and all the “green” jobs it would supposedly create) — over 80% of that money went overseas (See: ). Industrial wind is a major component of the IPCC’s “climate policy” redistribution of wealth scheme, and NYS – with plenty of Big Wind lobbyists and political cronies in high places, is a major player in this redistribution of wealth and, as Al Gore & George Soros refer to it – “global governance” scheme.

The push for the redistribution of our wealth through politicalization of our energy policies was made clear once again at the annual NYS Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) “Partnership for Environmental Improvement” meeting held on 11/18/10 in Albany, when NYSERDA executive, Janet Joseph stated, “…We are looking at transforming our economic system.”



NYS Citizens Strongly Object to Theft Of Constitutional Property Rights as Governor signs “Power NY Act” August 5, 2011 – Citizens and existing grassroots groups across New York State have joined together in a Coalition Against Article X (COAX) to protect NYS citizens’ Constitutionally-appointed property rights, threatened by the “Power NY Act,” which was signed into law 8/4/11 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. As cited in the Alliance for Clean Energy’s (ACE) press release o […]

Study hints at cost of wind development August 4, 2011 – A professor who researched wind turbines and property values recommends communities think hard about homeowner compensation.The study is titled “Values in the Wind: A Hedonic Analysis of Wind Power Facilities.” It examines property values near wind farms in Lewis, Clinton and Franklin counties.“Homeowners who sell leases to developers are, presumably, adequa […]


An Ill First Wind Hits the Public in the Pocketbook – The promises of alternative energy generated from industrial wind turbines are suspect when examined on the facts. The basis for justification for the entire industry is that electricity generated from uneconomical technology is environmentally friendly. The public is supposed to accept higher costs from inefficient and unreliable generation just because it is “green”. Touting wind as a free source of energy is dishonest. This old technology from skyscraper size industrial machines is anything but free. The media seldom reports that industrial wind does not produce cost effective reliable electricity. Cowardly politicians who dare not oppose the industry ignore indisputable and inescapable facts about wind.


Rational reasons against spending public expenditures for subsidizing a technology that has never yet replaced a fossil fuel power plant is overwhelming. If industrial wind factories were a real solution, why will not entrepreneurs develop their projects the old fashion way, with their own money?


Government policy that favors and protects the economic failure of wind projects is essential for the deception to continue. Even proponents of the most radical global warming myths are taxpayers and consume electricity. Where is their outrage when costs increase at exponential rates, from ill-conceived wind projects, with no ceiling in sight? For answers, an examination of the First Wind Company provides a window on a culture of corruption that is indefensible. (SEC, FERC, Loans, Defaults, Leaseholders, Federal Simulus funds, and other subsidies, collusion, conflicts of interest, improper dealings-gov officials, ethical breaches, shell companies ect…)


Even former U.S. Rep. Eric J. Massa (D-N.Y.) took issue with his own administration, writing to President Barack Obama, calling the grants “very alarming” and saying the company “abused the public trust” and had problems with U.S. tax dollars going to what he called “shell companies” for First Wind. Massa noted, “First Wind is under investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office for alleged corruption. The actual appropriation is going to Canandaigua Power Partners and Canandaigua Power Partners II, subsidiaries of First Wind.” “This is one of the most volatile issues in Western New York, and the award of $74.6 million dollars to corrupt companies that have changed names time and again, forming new LLCs and new Inc’s but maintaining their business model of lie, cheat, and corrupt at the expense of taxpayers, has stirred great unrest in New York’s 29th Congressional District,” Massa wrote to the president.


First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor, a former Enron executive, responded in a letter to Obama, saying that First Wind’s New York wind farms have produced 133,370-megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy, but never provided any proof of his claim. How does a company like First Wind gain favorable benefits and access to energy policy?


Reporter Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest provided some insights in the article, Ex-PUC head enriched by utility company. “While he was Maine’s chief utilities regulator, Kurt Adams accepted an ownership interest in a leading wind energy company . . . A recent First Wind filing with the federal SEC for 2009 shows Adams’ $1.3 million compensation included $315,000 in salary, $658,000 in stock awards, $29,000 of “other” compensation and $315,000 in “nonequity incentives.” The latest First Wind SEC filing attempts to downplay the conflict of interests and breach of ethical conduct of Mr. Adams. Their explanation does not pass the smell test. Such suspect business practices are standard behavior for First Wind. It has a long history of using political insiders to gain special treatment.


Documented in the Citizen Power Alliance essay, Industrial Wind and the Wall Street Cap and Trade Fraud is the dark origins of First Wind, previously called UPC. The Boston Herald asked Brian Caffyn, founder of UPC/First Wind, about the arrest for fraud of his former Italian wind developer partner Oreste Vigorito. “I read about it in the papers, and I was very surprised,” Brian Caffyn said from Hong Kong where he is in business with Chinese interests.


The political cronyism between First Wind and the Obama administration extends to Rahm Emanuel and Larry Summers and their involvement with the primary ownership interests of First Wind, hedge fund DE Shaw and private equity firm Madison Dearborn. Documented sources within the CPA article substantiate the trail of money and influence that flows from this wind developer to the highest levels of government.


New York State a den of thieves (Flashback: Patterson was Gov, now Gov Cuomo was Atty Gen, now AG Schneiderman was a State Senator)


NYS operates as if it is a suburb of Chicago. IDA (industrial development agencies) sell tax exemptions, state agencies ignore their own policy regulations to advance wind development, the attorney general office looks the other way when conflict of interest practices lead to criminal conduct and local public officials routinely take bribes for their vote and support of specific projects.


With each complaint to the Public Service Commission, the PSC bends over backward to have First Wind cover their paper trail discrepancies or modify their filings. Governor Paterson’s State Energy Plan calls for a ” ’45 by 15′ clean energy goal would reduce the amount of electricity used in 2015 by 15 percent below forecasted levels, while simultaneously meeting 30 percent of the State’s remaining electricity needs through renewable resources.”


First Wind is in business to claim their share of the booty. REC credits (renewal energy certificates) are the new coin of the realm. It makes little difference if actual electricity is generated into the grid for sale to reap the financial rewards of this slight of hand deception.


Carved in stone is a history of NYS favoring NYC over upstate. The latest insult is the Power for Jobs hoax. The Buffalo News describes this initiative, “The agreement between Paterson and the Senate leaders would set aside slightly less than a third of the electricity — at least 300 megawatts of the 910 megawatts available through the expanded Power for Jobs program — for upstate businesses served by National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas Corp. and Rochester Gas & Electric.” The allocation difference goes to NYC. Assembly representative Joseph Morelle, opposition states, “it takes low-cost hydropower from Rochester and Upstate New York and ships it downstate . . . This proposed shift would result in an increase of approximately $80 to $125 per year on the bill of the average RG&E residential customer.”


What does Western NY get out of this shady deal? You guessed it, more industrial wind turbine disasters from developers like First Wind so they can erect their unsuccessful projects using out of state labor or even undocumented foreign workers. The fallout from the Cohocton Project is a horror story in its own right. Real estate values plummet; sales of properties are non-existent, “Wind Syndrome” health issues abound, an OSHA investigation of a construction crane collapse and final abandonment of residences because of low frequency noise, shadow flicker and safety risks prevent continued use of one home.


The tragic destruction of pastoral communities from insane government policy would fill volumes of books. Most people will never show concern for rural areas or even the corrupt business practices of crooked wind developers. First Wind is just the best example of the unholy alliance and revolving door of crony capitalism that is driving up the costs of electricity beneath the lies of “Greening America” and job promotion. The public is asleep. Their righteous outrage is long overdue. It is time to clean up the system from the dishonesty of industrial wind developers and their connected politicians!

On an upbeat note, and just because this is so cool: 

75 Thumbnail Hawk Cam: Pip Fledges!

Pip, the red-tailed hawk born on May 6 in the nest of Violet and Bobby, high above Washington Square Park, has taken flight.

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