Saturday, December 20, 2014

WDT: Black River Valley Club’s fate not decided

    Today's world does not lend itself to private clubs, fraternal clubs or anything of the kind.....The world is different....The Black River Valley Club is closed and their board has refused an offer to buy the property and leave the club with the first floor and convert the upper floors to apartments.

    The issue is that no one these days identifies with exclusivity....No one will pay $350 a month in dues in Watertown NY just to prop up an insolvent club....

     Gone are the days when lawyers would drink lunch or the men will play cards into the night....The Black River Club doesn't appeal to millennials .   If someone runs it as a downtown restaurant that might work...but as a club....Thats' passe'.

     :ertown Daily Times | Black River Valley Club’s fate not decided

And Too All a Good Night

    If this year's political scene was akin to the manger, who would play what roles....I might nominate Mike, Jerry and I as the Three Wise Men.  Who plays the sheep and the ass isn't for me to assign.
Manger Scene Submitted By Loyal Reader
 
         There are good roles left...like the Angel Gabriel, the camels, a cow, Joseph and Mary and of course the Baby Jesus.  Surely there's room at the inn for Middle Class Mike and Perry White, and all the other folks who crossed our path this year....

Miss World : Cover Up Ladies.

   Miss World won't be wearing a bikini on TV 50 when ABC carries the prissy pageant....Officials have dropped swimwear even though such attire is common in public and demonstrates a healthy lifestyle and reverence for appearance.   I don't get it.....Channel 7 had no qualms about airing the soft porn Victoria's Secret show.

Miss World competition bans bikinis

Cabbie Claims Mercy Photo Staged

   I was reading a post on Facebook by an Alan Johnson who is a local cab driver and claims the Mercy falling cross photo was no coincidence. If true there's some news there...Oh wait, this is Watertown.

Miner to DEC chief: How about spending some bucks to control deer in Syracuse? | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river

   We have deer in Watertown....Certainly in Thompson Park but I have seen Bambi in the Flats too. We don't need the state to do anything...It's part of life and unlike crows, the deer don't crap on sidewalks and buildings.

Miner to DEC chief: How about spending some bucks to control deer in Syracuse? | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river

Politician ‘follows’ porn star, says Twitter account was hacked | New York Post

     You have to watch who's tweets you follow now....and if you are following tweets from an adult film star, don't try to tell the Post your account was hacked.
   For the record, I have 57 people I follow which includes Ted Ford, Sarah Palin, Jessica Renzi and Perry White.  I do not follow Belle Knox, as I am not a Duke fan.
    I have 455 who follow me....I seldom use Twitter..
     Politician ‘follows’ porn star, says Twitter account was hacked | New York Post

Jarring Photo Draws Criticism....But a Memorial for Mercy Has Long Been Planned..

        
The photo on Newzjunky of the Mercy Hospital cross in free-fall to the ground during demolition was an unsettling image, not just for the religious.
          Like the photo decades back of the fire victim in the window the sight of the cross mid-air was an eye catcher and local chronicler of the human condition Glenn Curry summed it up
   
Me religious? No, but I do know respect for the Cross, and our local developers must have missed that lesson. The last of Mercy Hospital was torn down, and amazingly a 'passerby' took this photo of the famous Cross that was simply ripped from the facade and left to fall on its own. This picture speaks volumes, and yes, no parish representative stopped this from happening. I went to the sight to see where it was, but couldn't locate it. I can say this would never happen years ago, but this haunting photo happened this past week in Watertown.

-Glenn Curry

     My feeling is two fold.....Kudos to the photographer agile enough to shoot this....Second I am sure from knowing the developers this was not something they wanted as religious artifacts from the site have been gathered and turned over to the Diocese.
      This was a stark reminder to all those with deep ties to Mercy of the passing of an era.
      Mercy is gone and necessarily so,  and it's an interesting debate in journalism whether this photo should have been shown.
      Before anyone is too critical, there have long been plans to build a suitable park-like memorial on the site of new development.  This was apparently an error that was caught on camera and run as news.
    

Gov. Cuomo to hold inauguration in New York City - NY Daily News

        Governor Cuomo will eschew the state capital and have himself sworn in for a second term in NYC....at the new World Trade Center. He will then travel to Buffalo for an event with LG Kathy Hochul.
         Mr. Cuomo spends little time in Albany and is usually in his Manhattan office or at home in Westchester County.
         In recent years, Governors have rejected residency on Eagle Street in favor of more familiar surroundings.
        I think he should have held the swearing in ceremony in Saranac Lake.
Gov. Cuomo to hold inauguration in New York City - NY Daily News

Our Next National Holiday ?

     Today is Glenn Curry's birthday. 

WDT: Time Warner raising fees, adding new sports programming charge

         A headline about cable rates going up isn't news, but I paid a little more attention after my Time Warner experience last night...I went home...got in bed and turned on the TV and the screen says this box not authorized for use...there's a phone number, so I called, go through the prompts and a message says due to unforeseen circumstances no one can talk to me....
     Fortunately as a resourceful person I grabbed the box off the living room TV and swapped it.
     I called again this AM and got the same message.
     What are the unforeseen circumstances...Are the North Koreans messing with Time Warner too ?
    Watertown Daily Times | Time Warner raising fees, adding new sports programming charge

Christmas party revellers hit towns across the country | Daily Mail Online

     Brits again take the kickoff to Christmas Week seriously with "mad Friday" and "panic Saturday", and with it a lot of revelry....It doesn't always look so flattering when the Daily Mail takes your picture staggering about, but it's an interesting custom.

Christmas party revellers hit towns across the country | Daily Mail Online

Shock in Southern Tier of New York as Hopes of Gambling and Fracking Both Die - NYTimes.com

    Folks in Broome County voted for Governor Cuomo,  but the NY Times says there is now intense disappointment with Mr. Cuomo over his dashing of the dream of prosperity from fracking and a new casino.. Both dream went up in smoke this week with the ban on fracking and the decision to locate casinos elsewhere.

    Shock in Southern Tier of New York as Hopes of Gambling and Fracking Both Die - NYTimes.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

Judge Cites His Roots in Bringing Gifts to Pearl Street.

Manners and class go hand in hand and this evening Family Court Judge-elect Eugene Langone stopped by with gifts in appreciation for what he says is my help and insight into his election bid.
   Mr. Langone won big, so my two cents probably did little, but his gift of a Utica Club license plate and a stein (Uncle Sam) was classy and appreciated.  The judge-elect has his roots in Utica.
    Now anyone else who wants to thank me for my advice...theres' U-cee and Officer Sudds and Bubbles LaBrew still not on my shelf.

Silver Accepts Harassment Findings Against Kellner

   Only days before he leaves office anyway, Speaker Silver has accepted the findings of sexual harassment committed by Assemblyman Micah Kellner....Accountabilty moves slowly in the Capital.

Silver Accepts Harassment Findings Against Kellner

Political Pundit Strokes First Check to Dog Park

      The first official donation came in today for Factory Square Dog Park as Middle Class Mike stopped by City Hall to drop off his check made out to the Northern NY Community Foundation Dog Park Fund.
      We will forward the check.
      While formal fundraising has not started pending completion of an artist's rendition and formal plans, it's good to see Mike Flynn stepping up.
       The sign for the future home of the park should be up next week.
        Meanwhile, the publicity has everyone looking at and talking about dog parks....An old friend sent this picture of a dog park in Deland, FL....Pretty nice digs for the pooches.
Upscale Dog Park in Florida
 
        Also tonight I had the pleasure of enjoying a Christmas party for City employees at Maggies on the River. A good time and all five members of City Council stopped by.
      

Ready Set Party !....Holidays Begin in Earnest

   With Christmas on a Thursday (the best day) it sets up the intense season of revelry starting today and into next week...Then when Christmas is over, its the weekend again....
    Looks like decent weather for travel, especially Tuesday and Wednesday......Good thing as my brother is driving up from NC on Tuesday and he has long forgot winter driving skills.
    As this fun season kicks into high gear...enjoy and y'all be careful out there.
   

WDT: County Republican election commissioner resigns for state court job

    Months ago, Jerry Eaton was scorned by the GOP for being one of the few who publicly supported Elise Stefanik prior to the June primary.   Now he moves up to Commissioner of Jurors and out of the Board of Elections where all you do is deal with problems and a political class that doesn't know what they are doing half the time.

     Good for Jerry and Andrea, who I got to know better this year.   

Watertown Daily Times | County Republican election commissioner resigns for state court job

2015 VW e-Golf | Volkswagen

   Who wouldn't want to go see Walt Young to buy an electric VW Golf, but when the Dawg tells you it gets 83 miles max per charge you have to be willing to stay close to home.....A trip to Clayton for dinner becomes a "wonder if I'll make it home' evening.

     The Golf sells for mid 30s and there is a $7500 tax rebate. These are called "compliance" cars because they satisfy DC mandates to produce them even if nobody buys them.

      And with gas prices down....stick with the gasoline Golf, but still buy it from Walt.

2015 VW e-Golf | Volkswagen

NJK: Watertown Trust Approves $40,000 Loan for NextGenJustice, Formerly Known as Legal Docs by Me

    Once the state shakes you down in a bid to put you out of business, you need some cash flow and so it is for NextGenJustice, formerly Legal Docs by Me.  The firm. located in the Franklin Building, kept all its people working during its dust up with the AG, done at the behest of the local Bar Association.
      The firms business model is modified to suit the lawyers and we wish them well as they are a tenant in the building and did pay their rent in full while being pummeled by Eric Schneiderman.
Watertown Trust Approves $40,000 Loan for NextGenJustice, Formerly Known as Legal Docs by Me

Report: Derek Jeter Buys House in Skaneateles

      Women with a crush on Jeter now may have a convenient way to meet him, if this report is true.

Report: Derek Jeter buys lake house in 'tony upstate' town of Skaneateles | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2

PETA names de Blasio person of the year - NY Daily News

    Mayor Bill deBlasio is the PETA man of the year for trying to end the horse drawn carriages in Manhattan. Too bad the people like them and they are an important part of the tourist experience.

PETA names de Blasio person of the year - NY Daily News

Get Your Addiction Treatment on Site....New York State is So Sensitive.

    The new casino in Seneca County will have 2000 slots...85 gaming tables, a 207 room hotel , a spa, and a "gambling addiction center."

     Government's association with what used to be called organized crime never ceases to amaze....To mitigate guilt a government casino has an addiction center, while a mob owned casino is more pristine in its operation...

     Everybody is in on the scam as local government's get a piece so local officials lead the charge.

Lago casino by the numbers: Investment, jobs and size | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vladimir Putin reveals he is in a relationship a year after his divorce | Daily Mail Online

       President Putin held his once a year presser and talked for four hours about a lot of things, including a confirmation he is in a relationship since divorcing his wife a year ago.

Vladimir Putin reveals he is in a relationship a year after his divorce | Daily Mail Online

WDT: Fort Drum tightening entrance requirements; visitors without military ID must have sponsor

    New rules for getting on Fort Drum...Remembers in the 70s when everyone came and went as they pleased....

Watertown Daily Times | Fort Drum tightening entrance requirements; visitors without military ID must have sponsor

Jefferson's Leaning Left: Cape Vincent family has purchased and will operate the Hotel Roxy and pub.

    A Cape Vincent blogger says the troubled Roxy Hotel has been sold to a local businessman named Adam Swenson.

    Is it news if one blog reports what's said on another blog .

Jefferson's Leaning Left: Cape Vincent family has purchased and will operate the Hotel Roxy and pub.

Thinking of naming your kid after your favorite character? You’ll regret it | New York Post

      A dozen families last year named their newborn son "Arson."......About four times that number named their daughter "female".

       Everybody knows there are lots of dumb names and even dumber spellings of common names.

       To those named "Katniss", will anyone know why in twenty years. ?



Thinking of naming your kid after your favorite character? You’ll regret it | New York Post

Cindy to Host HOTLINE Today....Film at Eleven

Popular TV 7 personality Cindy Habeeb will be hosting America's Favorite Noontime Talk Show today as I have a luncheon to attend.
   Ms. Habeeb has proved a beloved fill-in and whether the topic is hookers, dog parks, Cuba or the school system, Cindy is raring to take your calls.
    And a note to the Cave Man....Be nice !

WDT: AG Schneiderman cracks down on toy guns that look real

      Back when I was a kid we  had machine guns, bazookas, mortars, all sorts of toy weaponry as we refought the battles of WWII in the back yards of Chevy Chase.  We watched Combat! and 12 O'Clock High.
Toy Grenade Typical of My Youth
 
       We had cowboy regalia and sometimes thought we were the cast of Dragnet or  Gunsmoke.   All while playing outside and not in the basement playing video games full of gore.
       The basement was the fallout shelter and this was the fall of '62 and we had the Soviet missiles in Cuba to think about as we did our air raid drills....None of it turned out bad though.
Watertown Daily Times | AG Schneiderman cracks down on toy guns that look real

Biz Council Raps Frack Ban as Bad for Upstate....But Is There Really a Surprise Here ?

    At the intersection of science and politics comes the decision by Governor Cuomo to ban fracking. Among the promises made to get the WFP line was opposing the practice. His primary opponent ran on a platform of banning fracking. Upstate voted against him anyway.
     Elites like RFK Jr strongly opposed fracking and in the salons of Manhattan the feeling was the same.
Early in his first term, Mr. Cuomo tried being a different kind of Democrat by taking on unions and  making a pitch to upstate....but in the end, liberal orthodoxy drew him back to more comfortable turf with the SAFE Act, SSM, higher minimum wage and a ban on fracking, which was going to happen but was announced after the election.
      Do the math...make a few property owners in the Southern Tier happy or keep happy the people who put you on the Second Floor.  The decision was not all that difficult.
Fracking ban bad for Upstate New York economy, business and energy groups say | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2

Salvation Army Struggles To Meet Holiday Fundraising Goals | WWNY TV 7

      The Salvation Army kettles are a symbol of giving but its becoming harder and harder to keep them manned.  We have one of the mini-kettles in the bar, and while it attracts a bit of cash the Army may need to address a couple issues...
     One is people carry less cash as they use plastic for the most minor of purchases, and there's a reluctance to put significant amounts of money in a kettle beyond some change or a dollar or two.
     That said, the work of the Army is epic and support is needed.
Salvation Army Struggles To Meet Holiday Fundraising Goals | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

WDT: $225,000 in New York State funding will help restore Thousand Islands Inn

      The Village of Clayton seems in the midst of a revival with money, new businesses and fresh blood all sprucing up the once tired looking downtown.
       It's good to see our downtowns in existing communities making a comeback.
Watertown Daily Times | $225,000 in New York State funding will help restore Thousand Islands Inn

Gov. Cuomo grim on chances for ethics reforms - NY Daily News

        Governor Cuomo is taunting the Legislature over his proposal for trading a pay raise for ethics reform and public financing of campaigns.
        Accepting it would make lawmakers look especially craven and self serving as it would essentially be trading their votes for money, which by most accounts would not be ethical.
        They should pass on the Governor's offer.
Gov. Cuomo grim on chances for ethics reforms - NY Daily News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cuban Cigars Will Be Legal Again And Everything Else You Need To Know

     



Cuban Cigars Will Be Legal Again And Everything Else You Need To Know

Wednesday

    The Internet is back on Pearl Street....Janet Yellen winked today and the market jumped three hundred points...such power !
     Tomorrow is the long awaited appearance on the HOTLINE by Cindy Habeeb !
      No longer need to light up your Cuban cigars in the shadows...unless T-PACC is nearby.

WDT: State panel picks 3 upstate resort casinos

     Sites in Seneca, Schenectady and Sullivan counties will get non-Indian casinos. The Governor's gambling panel announced it today...on the day the Governor was banning fracking because the effects are unknown.....
     We know the effect of more casinos...a few get rich and many get poorer and most get nothing.
     There can be none of these in NNY as this area was ceded to the Indians for some money for St. Lawrence County and a couple of school districts.
      Imagine if small resorts like the Bay could just have some slots in the lounge...No the big money goes to the big money casino companies.  More Bally, less Bay.
       That  new hotel in Clayton could use a few slots too.
Watertown Daily Times | State panel picks 3 upstate resort casinos

Andy Bans Fracking in Tip of the Hat to NYC and the Kennedy Lad

      For the left that gave him a hard time this year and denied him a landslide, a bone today.   Even Zephyr was claiming victory for her efforts as Governor Andrew Cuomo banned fracking in the Empire State...a move to please his NYC base that gave him a huge margin last month...Enough to offset upstate losses.
Zephyr Says Her Bid Tipped Andy to Ban Fracking

      Mr Cuomo's ban is based on too many unknowns, although other states use the method to yield energy and jobs. Opponents fear contamination of the water underground including the watershed that supplies NYC.

      Mr. Cuomo demurred on fracking before the election.

NY environmental commissioner: I will ban fracking in New York | syracuse.com#incart_breaking#incart_breaking#incart_breaking#incart_breaking#incart_breaking#incart_breaking

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown’s Irene C. Carman wins Shapiro Citizenship Award

    Congrats to Irene Carman on her selection as winner of the Shapiro Award for citizenship, presented each year by the Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce.

    Ms. Carman will be honored at a dinner shortly after the first of the year.

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown’s Irene C. Carman wins Shapiro Citizenship Award

U.S. seeks to normalize relations with Cuba

      New cars.....a return to white suits and Cuban cigars.....Ricky Riccardo.....

      The Obama Administration wants to normalize relations with Cuba and after 55 years that's music to the ears of some but anathema to hard liners still angry over Fidel Castro upsetting the apple cart of fun and money during the Battista years.

       The rest of the Caribbean needs to worry as Cuba in a decade could become a tourist magnate.

U.S. seeks to normalize relations with Cuba

Former NY Gov. George Pataki considering running for president

    I thought about running for President this morning too....Then I decided against it...but does that make it news ?

    Governor George Pataki was not a national figure when he was on the Second Floor....Doesn't mean he's a bad guy and he is an active voice in politics to this day, but I don't see him beating about Bush, Romney and several current governors thought to be in the hunt.

Former NY Gov. George Pataki considering running for president | syracuse.com

WDT: 260 Doesn't Wait til February 14 to Heart Elise

     It's good to see a positive editorial about the accomplishments and potential of Rep-elect Elise Stefanik who gets sworn in as our MOC on January 6.
      The Times, like most Watertown media, was to say the least a skeptic of Ms. Stefanik and in the long-ago GOP primary, was all-in for supporting the "local guy".
       Meanwhile, those who saw the "tyro's" inevitability and potential spent the last 16 months making her familiar with and sensitive to the importance of issues in the western precincts of NY21.
       Now, Ms. Stefanik is on Armed Services and is putting together a staff ready to work for the North Country and Fort Drum is a big part of her agenda.
       We all have our differences and our reasons for supporting one candidate or another, but that's history and it's good to see people long concerned with the region moving on to the new reality.
Watertown Daily Times | Top of the class: Stefanik scores big committee assignment before taking office

Whores, Nice Gestures and No Internet

      I stopped at McDonald's for some breakfast but mostly for some Wi-Fi.....Verizon DSL is out, and after a couple hours fiddling around I finally got a human on the phone to tell me that...So I am a little late in posting. 
       In a world where anonymous sniping is the order of the day, a Flower Avenue West resident came over to my table and said he wanted to thank me on behalf of his family for the job I have done for many years as mayor. He didn't have to, but it catches you off guard after reading Facebook and other sites. Thank you sir for taking the time.
       So six people were arrested in a prostitution sting for the holidays by various local agencies...They took the lady down with five johns at the Microtel, a busy hotel in the Town of LeRay. Wonder if the hotel will get in trouble....oh probably not, the AG is already reelected.
       I feel bad for all involved in this...the woman for the choices she made and the men for being publicly humiliated.
       There are hotels I hear that have occupancy rates over 100% because of room turnover overnight, as in rooms by the hour. Not saying that happens here.
       Wow, another person just came up and said something of encouragement to me....Gotta come here to eat more often. You can forget the kindness of people when just reading the Internet.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WDT: Shapiro Award announcement slated for Wednesday

     Who will win the Shapiro Award being announced tomorrow ?

Watertown Daily Times | Shapiro Award announcement slated for Wednesday

WDT: Final (Almost) Check Issued to Former Parks Worker

       The saga involving former Parks and Rec employee Brenda Harwood is over with a final accounting of the back pay and other items owed after a court rescinded her dismissal....Not quite over as since the CSEA contract is past due, when its settled any wage increase has to be paid as retro.
      In any event, the episode is over.

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown City Council approves more back pay to former parks employee

Stefanik Aides Announced

     Rep-elect Stefanik continues to flesh out her staff with four more hired announced today...One is Anthony Pileggi, the Herkimer County native who used to work for Rep. Hanna and will now be district manager for Ms. Stefanik.

      Also hired is Ethan Gilbert, who kept Watertown in tow during the campaign. He will be working in DC as a chick magnet.  

Which Upstate NY towns will get a new casino? | syracuse.com

       The promise  of local wealth and untold jobs and prosperity.....Casino locations are soon to be announced...Economic development.

Which Upstate NY towns will get a new casino? | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-2#incart_m-rpt-2

WDT: Gates OP/ED Continues Fight for Dog Park in Thompson Park

       The man who put dog parks into the psyche of Watertown politics with an eight year crusade made it clear last night and in a WDT OP/ED that he will not accept the notion of a dog park at any location other than Thompson Park.
      Dressed in a black suit with black shirt and tie, Scott Gates attended last nights Council meeting and announced he is in mourning over the decision to designate Factory Square Park as the preferred site for a dog park.
     Mr. Gates lamented the vote and claimed the will of the people was breeched, referring to an informal accounting of people who contacted Councilman Stephen Jennings.
      Four supporters of his position attended the meeting and three of them spoke. Two of those expressed concern over noise from the park "funneling" up the Black River to their home on the other bank of the river.
       Councilman Jennings is now organizing supporters of the Factory Square project in hopes fundraising can begin soon.
       Watertown Daily Times | Thompson best dog park site

Ties as a Window into the Male Soul

      An interesting statement last night likely missed by the MSM at the Council meeting.   I wore my Santa tie...a seemingly harmless and whimsical tip of the hat to the season.  Councilman Stephen Jennings had told me he has  no tacky in his wardrobe and won't allow "novelty" ties in his house, and spurns gifts of that kind too....Fair enough.
    By coincidence, upon hearing of this, Councilwoman Roxanne Burns  had bought a Homer Simpson Christmas tie as a gift for the most GQ on the Council.  Mr. Jennings refused the gift and in a nice gesture, Councilman Joe Butler stepped in and accepted the gift and put it on for the meeting.
    Brand is important in politics....That's why I never do dunking booths, ice water challenges or those "arrest" fundraisers.....But a brightly colored tie for the season ?  What's the harm in that ?

Cuomo won’t be having glitzy party for second inauguration - NY Daily News

     Governor Cuomo is  not a glitzy Governor and that's a good thing. Andrew Cuomo's reelection was perfunctory and Mr. Cuomo wisely is foregoing an elaborate inauguration.

Cuomo won’t be having glitzy party for second inauguration - NY Daily News

Watertown Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday | WWNY TV 7

      Viola is one of those names not handed out anymore but the Watertown woman with that name soldiers on, having crossed the century mark.

      Congrats to Viola Mowers who got a visit from Mel Busler on her 100th birthday.

Watertown Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Monday, December 15, 2014

WDT: Report: Fort Drum soldier who deserted, served in French Foreign Legion, sentenced to 4 years in prison

   And from everything I heard, he did a great job in the Foreign Legion....I heard about this case last week, as the NY Times was up here to cover it...

Watertown Daily Times | Report: Fort Drum soldier who deserted, served in French Foreign Legion, sentenced to 4 years in prison

Quiet Council Meeting Ushers in Christmas Season.


   Councilman Butler was the festive one tonight, joining me in donning a Christmas tie...his had Homer Simpson on it. Mine Santa.
    Councilman Jennings says he has no tacky clothing and eschews novelty ties.
     Other than that, Council heard from dog park guy Scott Gates who said he is in mourning over the Council decision to locate the dog park on Factory Street.
     Lawmakers made several appointments....approved the final accounting of the employment of Brenda Harwood....and discussed health insurance issues for retirees who are elected and eligible to retire.
     

Monday

    After the HOTLINE, I visited the new Party City which just opened today..   Picked up a few holiday items and I appreciate having this new business in the City. They are located next to Raymour and Flanigan on Arsenal Street.
     I missed the Rick and Paula Scee Christmas party last Saturday. I thought it was this week. So sorry. They are nice people.  Among the Christmas functions this week....a holiday lunch meeting of the Watertown Trust and Cindy Habeeb will do the HOTLINE.
    There's a city employee function Friday and on Saturday the gala Ruggerio soire.
     Tonight's Council meeting will be the pre Christmas meeting and I will wear the traditional tacky Christmas tie (seen on TV 7 news tonight).   One other Council member demurred, saying he doesn't have anything tacky.
      Two Channel 7 reporters called me today and wanted to do interviews on separate topics. I wonder if Scotty knows I am getting so much air time.
     
    

WDT Tammy's Daughter to Bring Order to Troubled Corner in Burtoville

The Village of West Carthage should be glad to have responsible new owners for an oft troubled gin mill on Bridge Street. Emily Widrick  and partner Shane Dicob will operate the former Bauer's, right across the street from her mom's bar, the Wicked Wench.
Emily Widrick

       Mom is Tammy Bramhall, who along with Emily, a Rutgers grad, operates the Wench and bars in Croghan and Glenfield.  While unlikely to ever win the Athena Award, Ms. Bramhall is a very successful businesswoman and runs a very tight ship.
       Don't mess with Texas ?   Don't mess with Tammy.  In Emily's case, the apple didn't fall far from the tree and the West Carthage version of the "combat zone" will be run well and responsibly.
Watertown Daily Times | West Carthage bar to reopen under new ownership

Cuomo to sign ban on pets' tattoos, piercings - NY Daily News

        Governor Cuomo will wisely sign a bill banning pet tattoos and piercings. Mr. Cuomo says it's animal abuse.

        None of that helps a generation of people entering adulthood all inked up. At least the animals will not have to grow old with the sagging lettering of a poem written up their thigh.

EXCLUSIVE: Cuomo to sign ban on pets' tattoos, piercings - NY Daily News

WDT: Security Adds Balloon Courtroom Costs

     Back in the day, when life was simpler, the city's police, holding cells and court were on one floor in one building and the logistics were easy. Then 20 years ago, when a new jail was built, we had a movement to city-county cooperation and a new Public Safety Building. The court remained where it was, so for a couple of decades inmates in custody have been trotted through the lobby at City Hall.

     It's dangerous and unsightly.  One of positive parts of the mandated changes to City Court is the addition of a secure entrance for inmates on the back of the building.

     This part of the courtroom project is welcome and needed, although I'd prefer to return to the good old says when life was simpler.

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown court renovation costs jump to $1.6 million

WDT: St. Lawrence County legislators argue over $4 million in Mohawk land claims revenue

      There is nothing like free money to bring out the best in human behavior. The $4M the Big County is fussing over is the result of a settlement of Indian land claims, and the granting of exclusive gaming rights to the tribe in our part of the state.

      That's at the expense of the private sector hospitality industry.

       Now the lame duck County Legislature wants to approve a whacking up of the cash between the County and a couple of towns and a couple of school districts.

Watertown Daily Times | St. Lawrence County legislators argue over $4 million in Mohawk land claims revenue

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NY-21 Democratic chairs to meet in January

    Taking the holidays to lick their wounds, Democrats say they will gather in January to discuss the NY 21 race and strategize for the future.
     As party stalwarts they see no need to see if the person elected does a good job. They just need another self funder to run against her.
     My prediction is they won't find one, but its the first reelection bid where a new Member is sometimes vulnerable. I don't see it this time, if for no other reason than people are sick of these races...Four in five years for NY 21.
      It is likely Matt Funiciello will run again just to tune up his debate skills for an expected Green bid for Governor in 2018.
NY-21 Democratic chairs to meet in January

In a Match Up of Sucky Teams, the JETS Sucked a Little Bit Less Today

      The JETS stumbled into the Volunteer State this weekend of a team that sucks more than they have this season. The found one....The fellow 2-11 Titans met Gang Green for the game that meant nothing.
      The JETS won 16-11. 
      Next week the Pats come to New Jersey.......

New York State Police Cite Two Bartenders

      The arrests will be ACD'd. The real target is the licensee who will pay two or three grand to get it over with.
       One of the ironies of life is that people under 21 can serve and sell...They can spill it on their hands...wipe it off the bar .....but don't let the Devil's Brew come to their lips. They can serve a body shot off their own abdomen too.
      If serving were at 21 there would be a howl as all those middle class college age girls couldn't get jobs in Sackets during the summer.
      The drinking age should be 18. At least there is a reasonable expectation of enforcing it. But that's not the goal.....the goal is money.
New York State Police cite 2 bartenders in underage drinking crackdown in Central New York | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

Duck, Duck, Jet !

    I guess its best to hope the Titans beat the JETS so we have a shot at Marcus Mariota, the Oregon star who won the Heisman yesterday. 
Marcus Mariota of Oregon Ducks wins Heisman Trophy - ESPN

Roy Goodwin Dies in Georgia

     Former City Councilman Roy Goodwin has died at age 90 in Georgia, where he lived in recent years.

Councilman Goodwin served two terms from 1992-99 and was know for his advocacy of the Veterans Memorial Walkway.

Roy Goodwin | Gwinnett Daily Post

Senate Passes Spending Bill.

    The Senate has approved that $1.1 Trillion spending bill that puts off another government "shutdown" until September. From reading this I think Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren opposed it.

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WDT: Two Were Interested in Vacant Leg Seat

      This article suggests there was some jockeying for the appointment to the vacant County Leg seat left open by the death of District 2 Legislator Bob Thomas. The nod will go to former Lorraine supervisor and current Lyme resident William Johnson, although the WDT reports former Brownville Supervisor Leo Thompson was also interested.

       In either case, choosing someone already retired saves the county almost $3000 a year as it will not have to make contributions to the NYS Retirement System.

Watertown Daily Times | New District 2 legislator William Johnson no stranger to county government

WDT: Lead by example: Cuomo must grasp that ethics not just someone else’s problem

       For people who endorsed him, some editorial boards keep writing about their misgivings about Governor Cuomo. Case in point, the current back and forth in Albany offering the Legislature the quid pro quo of a pay hike in exchange for passing certain "ethics" reforms and public financing of campaigns.

       One has little to do with the other, and the danger to lawmakers is those in marginal districts will look....heck they won't look like it, they will have sold their vote for personal gain.

       The WDT cites Mr. Cuomo's Moreland woes in suggesting people in glass houses...you know the rest....

        Those in districts up here would be well advised to vote no on these deals and let the downstate majorities and people from safe districts provide the votes.

        In the end, I don't think there will be a special session as the nature of this deal is dubious, even if there is merit to the pay issue being addressed in some manner.         

Watertown Daily Times | Lead by example: Cuomo must grasp that ethics not just someone else’s problem