Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stefanik Turns 31

         Getting older is something we all have to get used to and today Rep. Elise Stefanik is learning that today as the once fresh-faced 29 year old tyro we all met a couple years ago, turns 31 today. 

          Happy birthday !

Stefanik: Put Harriet Tubman on $10 bill

Dull Life Regrips Malone - NYTimes.com

      The NY Times found some mixed sentiment at the end of the manhunt.....For some who had grown up in the sleepy confines of Malone and its suburbs like Owl's Head....the escapee drama was the most excitement ever, leading to one 28 year old telling the Times she wished it had gone on longer. 

Twinges of Disappointment Amid Sighs of Relief at End of Manhunt - NYTimes.com

Agent denies report Tiger Woods had affair with Dufner's ex - NY Daily News

   Well, Tiger's slump might have more than his aching back as an explanation....Seems the word on the links is he is having a fling with Amanda Boyd, the ex wife of a fellow duffer and the affair is said to have sunk his seemingly solid relationship with skier Lindsey Vonn.
     His wandering ways suggest golf's one time greatest will not be breaking the Golden Bear's record after all, but he might have a shot at Wilt Chamberlain's.
gent denies report Tiger Woods had affair with Dufner's ex - NY Daily News

Mayor Bill de Blasio Unloads on Governor Andrew Cuomo - The New York Times

     On his way out the door to a holiday vacation, NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio unloaded on Governor Cuomo, and some are questioning the wisdom of taking on Mr. Cuomo so publicly.  Mr. Cuomo does keep score and can have sharp elbows under basket, but what's new in that ?
       The NY Times seems to suggest the mayor was intemperate in going after his longtime cohort as Mr. Cuomo is a skilled pol not likely to take this lying down.
       However, playing a foil to the ultra liberal mayor isn't a bad place to be, so maybe Andy doesn't have to do anything.
Mayor Bill de Blasio Unloads on Governor Andrew Cuomo - The New York Times

David Sweat: I grew frustrated with breakout partner - CNN.com

      Old, drunk and out of shape...Richard Matt was set adrift by his partner, David Sweat, who now claims to have masterminded the escape from Dannemora.  A test escape one night before the actual one, and months of preparation are being detailed.  A dozen or so prison officials on leave and a new warden has been named.
     No more "honor block", and cells will be tossed and inspected for tampering more often.
      And those graphic photos of the inmates after they were shot ?  They were texted out by police to their friends and the tree quickly spread to media outlets with CNN first to air the photo of Sweat on the ground shot in the torso.
     And the Trooper who bagged Sweat was not part of a dragnet in the area north of Malone, just on regular patrol as Sweat had slipped out of the perimeter where the massive search was centered.
David Sweat: I grew frustrated with breakout partner - CNN.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wrapping Up

  I signed my second Council petition tonight... Only two people asked .....I wrapped up my effort pretty much...Met my goal and that's that....Will file next week.
  

De Mar May Have To Quit Job If He Wins Council Seat | WWNY TV 7

     Could have consulted me for free. I would have said, say nothing and let the process play out....At this point no one is running for anything...if they do, voters can process the information and render a verdict.
      Personally I don't think he gets the petition done...If when presented with the facts in a fair and open campaign, the voters decide in his favor...well, that's something to consider carefully.....But like I said, what do I know ?   Well, I do know a little about politics....don't you think ?
De Mar May Have To Quit Job If He Wins Council Seat | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Factory Street Project

    A long awaited rebuilding of Factory Street was explained to business owners tonight, some of whom are worried about the impact on their business.   Engineers and contractors pledged to help mitigate issues but acknowledged there will be inconveniences.
    I also briefed business owners on the loan program available through the WLDC..  I was the only Council member there.

Mauled Doxie Fully Recovered

   Remember that horrible incident three or four years ago when a raging pit bull chased a man and his dachshund into his home and started to maul the poor doxie....The homeowner grabbed a knife and killed the pit.
    Little Mack has recovered nicely and I saw him frolicking today when I was out doing DTD.
    Good to see a happy ending.

Photo Shows Marksmanship of Border Patrol

     A relative has claimed the body of Richard Matt and the media has released a graphic photo of his dead body.  Clearly the photo was facilitated by the Border Patrol whose agents fired the three head shots that took out the 49 year old escapee.
     Meanwhile Matt's partner in flight is telling his version of events, including an assertion the pair practiced the escape the night before the actual escape.
      That looks like a cell phone lying next to Matt.

Clinton Correctional Facility warden is a 'scapegoat': wife - NY Daily News

   Well, somebody has to be.....and it won't be the bigs in Albany, and it won't be the union.  Time for the warden to fall on his sword for the good of all.   It's a $132,040 a year job.  At 58, Mr. Racette likely can retire.
Clinton Correctional Facility warden is a 'scapegoat': wife - NY Daily News

WDT: Editorial Rips Andy for Discarding Democracy in Favor of Administrative Fiat on Wage Issue

     The kangaroo-court wage board convened by Governor Cuomo to hike wages in one industry (fast food) is even getting rapped by the local editorial board. 
      People don't vote in droves these days because of executive overreach and the realization those elected are often not in charge.  The Governor's use of a "wage board' to do what the Legislature would not is wrong, pure and simple.
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WDT: Calling Employers of People Running for Office

      People worry too much.  The firefighter who says he is running for City Council has the media calling the City Attorney asking if its OK to run.  All potential candidates have some kind of other employer.
     First the all, the right to run is independent of whether there are implications someone might face in their other job. This could be said of a variety of candidates.
      If a person actually files next week, voters will sort that out, and rival candidates can make an issue out of it if they want.
       Serving in office does take time and inserts a person into various controversies and conflicts. An employer paying someone fifty, sixty, seventy thousand dollars or more a year may or may not expect their employee's undivided attention.
       Working as mayor has certainly limited career prospects for me in other fields, but its a choice I made The situation with a Council seat is less so as the duties are less, but the decision on whether someone is appropriate for office is up to voters, and as adults its up to candidates to worry about their relationship with their employer.
        But if a news reporter were serving on a public body and I didn't like that, I could vote against that person and I would view the person's reporting through a different prism.. I certainly wouldn't call that person's employer and question whether its OK.
      And as for prior restraint. Anyone who is a city voter can challenge petitions at the Board of Elections and if they are suit-happy can concurrently sue the candidate in Supreme Court.  Most candidates in a race like this wouldn't have the resources to fight the suit.
      Or you can just let democracy play out and see what happens.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Voyage Done....

    Bingo....my Jeep Renegade has arrived on terra firma....in the Port of Baltimore...It's now posted as "in transit" on the Alex Bay website.
     It looks like a week to ten days now....

WDT: Black and Decker Not Part of Breakout

   David Sweat says they didn't use power tools....No reason not to believe him and clearly that was a lot of hacksaw work in a confined area.  Plan your work and work your plan....It's like these guys had a full time job for months preparing their escape and in their free time got it on with their collaborator in the meat locker.....

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Plans For Watertown Building Include Grocery Store, Brewery, Apartments | WWNY TV 7

      The two competing bids for the Berow and Monroe building on Court Street are from people already doing work in downtown. I am anxious to see something happen here.

Plans For Watertown Building Include Grocery Store, Brewery, Apartments | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Derrick to Announce for NY 21

       After a long career in the Army and with the State Department, Mike Derrick is hoping to overcome long odds and scant funding to make the NY21 race competitive in 2016. Mr. Derricks and his daughter Caitlin visited Pete's to introduce himself. Earlier in the day he met with Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond.
       It will be a daunting task to defeat Rep. Elise Stefanik who has become a household name in just a year and generally.gets high marks for the job done.
       Nonetheless, I appreciation the chance to chat with Mr. Derrick and Caitlin, found them interesting and hope they enjoy their time on the trail.
       Mr. Derrick and his wife Kathy, also a retired colonel, live in the family's ancestral home in Peru , NY. He is a graduate of West Point and the University of Indiana and also is an avid skier and cyclist.
       In recent years, the family has lived in Colorado and Caitlin attends college there but is helping her dad with his campaign this summer.
Derrick has time frame to decide on NY21

One on One

     Even when you are in the loop as much as I like to think I am, there is no substitute for hearing from the voters at their front step or in their living room. I was over in the Huntington Street area tonight, and earlier today was up around Ives.  It's not so much signature count as it is hearing what people really think.
     That's the difference with elected leaders, and its something lost in a government where so much power is concentrated in the appointed.
     I've heard interesting feedback on a variety of issues. Like many occupations, politics and government can leave you in an echo chamber.  That's somewhere you should always be.

Woolf Passes On 2016....Derrick in Watertown

    Aaron Woolf won't be in a rematch with Rep. Elise Stefanik in 2016 and so the Democratic nod goes to retired Colonel Mike Derrick, a Clinton County native who only recently returned to NNY after years of living in Colorado.
    Mr. Derrick is in Watertown as I write this. He is having dinner with his daughter in the dining room at Pete's where he came to meet me, as he is doing with all the mayor across NY21. I'll chat with him later as I didn't want to disturb his meal....County Dem Chair Ron Cole is here too.
     Green Matt Funiciello is also expected to run again, creating another three way race.
Woolf Passes On 2016 | WAMC#stream/0

Watertown Fire Captain Announces Council Bid | WWNY TV 7

    The electoral plot thickens....and again, let me say, nothing is certain till we see if all these Council newcomers actually file......
    I ran into Capt. DeMar last night on Indiana Avenue as I was out, but I was unsure he actually was proceeding. I guess he is and his announcement is on the first day of fire contract talks.
     It will be an interesting year, and with change coming to Council, residents may want to consider carefully what kind of change they want.
Watertown Fire Captain Announces Council Bid | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Prison chief, 11 others placed on leave after escape

    This is why the prison hierarchy so wanted David Sweat dead. Thank goodness the Troopers got him alive so we have a chance to find out more about the workings of the prison system.

    As we can see by other news accounts, prisons often have problems because they are fill with criminals with little to do but drama.

     It's about time the Second Floor removed the warden at Dannemora, but he surely has enough years in to retire.

Prison chief, 11 others placed on leave after escape

Dem Challenger Visits Watertown

   Democratic Congressional hopeful Michael Derrick is visiting Watertown the next couple days to test the waters and make calls on the political cognoscenti. It's tough to wade into untested waters where you don't know the players are there are no supporters as yet.
   Certainly we welcome Mr. Derrick and his daughter on their visit out west. 

Lake County News- Stefanik in Land of Lincoln

   Rep. Elise Stefanik was guest speaker this week at a Women's Leadership Conference in Lake Forest, Illinois. As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress,  Ms. Stefanik has been an advocate for women's professional development.
Lake County News - Lake County News-Sun

David Sweat spills his guts — throws Shaw-skank under the bus | New York Post

   Joyce Mitchell will have to take the fall for the prison escape that plunged the North Country into a 23 day sojourn through the dense woods of the Adirondacks resulting in one inmate dead and the other captured following what is clearly a brilliant escape with a so-so plan for what to do next.

    David Sweat reportedly has told police Mitchell was the only person with knowledge of their escape plan and that so much preparation went undetected for so long is nothing short of amazing.

     The details of the tick tock are interesting and a good read...certainly a good movie.

David Sweat spills his guts — throws Shaw-skank under the bus | New York Post

WDT: Former Shoe Store Heads for Solid Footing

     One of downtown's remaining problem properties may have light at the end of the tunnel. Two developers have responded to  the City's request for proposals for the former Berow and Monroe shoe store on Court Street. One is from Steve and Joyce Bradley, owners of the adjacent building. The other is an Oswego developer named Thomas Millar who has other projects he is working on nearby.

    Council will choose which one gets to buy the building for $30K after the proposals are analyzed by the planning staff.

    In either event, the building would go to persons with a record of doing work downtown.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

FBI launches investigation into Clinton Correctional Facility for possible drug trafficking, more | syracuse.com

       This should be interesting.

FBI launches investigation into Clinton Correctional Facility for possible drug trafficking, more | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-1#incart_m-rpt-1

Monday

   Glenn Curry and I were out canvassing in his neighborhood this evening and I came across someone new with a petition for Council...I have a feeling their may be more as the field is viewed as...as....well there are no certainties, let's put it that way.
     There were a lot of people walking dogs today and I also hit some other spots around town after a lost weekend because of all the rain.
      I visited with some great people tonight. And earlier in the day sat down with a Breen Avenue resident just back from surgery in Syracuse. A fireman and his wife invited me in their house for a chat, and best thing....no dog bites.
      Tomorrow is a busy day with early meetings and on Wednesday there is a meeting of Factory Street area business owners for an update on the road work.
       Thursday there are the festivities at the Park and then its the holiday weekend.

Fast-food workers likely will get a raise to $15 an hour, wage board says

           Andy,I give up......An obscure part of state law is being used to raise workers in one industry to $15 an hour......How then can you rationalize a lesser wage for everyone else and that will force the Legislature to raise others....

          And in Watertown NY just how do you go about raising prices by the amount needed to pay for this.

            It's insanity.

Fast-food workers likely will get a raise to $15 an hour, wage board says | syracuse.com#incart_m-rpt-1#incart_m-rpt-1#incart_m-rpt-1#incart_m-rpt-1#incart_m-rpt-1

Murderer Kristopher McNeil arrested after escaping North Carolina prison 'with Kitchen staff help' | Daily Mail Online

     It's not just in NY the prison help finds love in all the wrong places.



Murderer Kristopher McNeil arrested after escaping North Carolina prison 'with Kitchen staff help' | Daily Mail Online

WDT: Vanduzee Properties Loom Large As Orphaned Properties are Reviewed

   Among the properties not redeemed by last week's deadline are three houses and the long troubled former DOT buildings on Vanduzee Street.  The latter is the most zombie-like in appearance and the City is eligible to file a deed since over $100K in taxes  was not paid. Unfortunately the parcel carries an unknown but hefty demolition tab and unknown environmental issues

     First step on all the orphan properties is to assess what to do next with them.

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Cuomo blasts Education Department over what he says is their failure to police transgender issues in schools - Times Union

   Fresh off a battle over teacher evaluations, Governor Cuomo is now picking a fight with Big Education, claiming schools don't do enough to accommodate transgender students. Mr. Cuomo penned a letter claiming outrage to top educators.

Cuomo blasts Education Department over what he says is their failure to police transgender issues in schools - Times Union

WDT: Trooper Praised for Quick Action.......

       An autopsy showed the dead inmate in decent shape after three weeks on the lam and David Sweat was "almost jogging" when confronted by a sole State Trooper and shot moments later trying to flee.
       Sgt. Jay Cook is a veteran of the force and is being praised for taking quick action.
        After getting out of the perimeter, Sweat was perhaps overconfident in walking on the open road in mid afternoon in an area with people around. Nonetheless he got quite a ways and while scruffy looking was clearly in good enough shape to  outrun Trooper Cook although not able to outrun his bullets.
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Did these teens TALK to escaped prisoner David Sweat? High school graduates claim they phoned vital tip to hotline hours before he was captured near Canada border | Daily Mail Online

      Four teens coming home from McDonalds say David Sweat asked them for a ride but they were creeped out at how scruffy he looked. They claimed they called the hotline, although State Police couldn't confirm the tale.  It certainly looks like Sweat was not in the 22 square mile perimeter talked about over the weekend.

    Everybody keeps saying he was headed for Canada...or 'he was almost in Canada'.   It's not a sanctuary for fugitive murderers and they do have police there.  Once he was there he still would have needed the basics of life, a good hiding place or a ride to somewhere with less heat.

      That these teens may have considered giving him a ride speaks to the generational disconnect between people like  us who follow such things intently in the news and younger people who couldn't tell you who the Governor is.

Did these teens TALK to escaped prisoner David Sweat? High school graduates claim they phoned vital tip to hotline hours before he was captured near Canada border | Daily Mail Online

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Now That It's Over , Who Takes the Fall ?

   Who's the warden and has he been fired yet ?  The question not asked at the presser in Malone

CNN Grabs the Money Shot....David Sweat Moments After Shooting

CAPTURED

Fugitive prisoner David Sweat shot, in custody: source - NY Daily News

     It's over...after 23 days and at least as many millions in cost...Fortunately no searchers and membesr of the public were hurt as David Sweat was shot by Troopers near the Canadian border in a frantic bid to get away after his cohort Richard Matt was killed Friday.

     Police had flooded the zone in the area they thought he was and sooner or later he would be spotted. Sweat is wounded and in Alice Hyde Hospital in Malone.

     Everybody is glad its over, but before all the self congratulation begins, how about some modesty about what was allowed to go that led to 23 terror filled days.

Fugitive prisoner David Sweat shot, in custody: source - NY Daily News

Pop, Pop, Pop....Put Your Hands Up

     The autopsy shows Richard Matt was shot three times in the head and that the cause of death was a fractured skull and severe head trauma....Seems like the cause was being shot three times in the head. The rest I could figure out.
    No word on his BAC.

Gov. Cuomo will officiate Sunday at wedding, then head to NYC Pride Parade | syracuse.com

    Governor Cuomo will exercise his newly granted status as a marriage officer in New York State by performing a ceremony. Wonder how they lined it up so quickly, and if they catch Sweat, I'm outta here.
   Mayors can perform the rite in their jurisdiction and I have done a few over the years. Sometimes it's people in a bind who can't find a JP or sometimes it's in the case of a friend.
    If you want to understand the institution of marriage and its nuances , talk to those who do the services like city clerks. There are some great tales.
     It's not all the fancy $40,000 weddings at hotels and resorts with long trains and everyone finely coiffed.
     The wedding I did this weekend was to be on Sherman Street but was moved to the Town due to weather...Oops....We can go through the motions Sunday night, but you had to stop by Pearl Street Saturday for the official version and signing of the license, and I mailed it right away so no turning back. So while all your friends think your anniversary is the 28th, it's really the 27th.....
Gov. Cuomo will officiate Sunday at same-sex wedding, then head to NYC Pride Parade | syracuse.com#incart_river

Escaped murderer Richard Matt a 'dead drunk': report - NY Daily News

       All the helicopter...all the dogs....all the millions in payroll and it was brought to an end by a bottle of gin.
      Richard Matt was said to be dead drunk when shot and killed by border patrol agents Friday afternoon, a day after his 49th birthday. That may explain his haphazard behavior, shooting at a passing RV and then hanging around waiting to be shot.
      There had been reports of liquor missing from the camp of the local town supervisor, and Matt couldn't help himself.
       Booze led to the demise of Richard Matt, and this may buttress the notion that the elder inmate had reached the end of his rope and his partner was gone.
Escaped murderer Richard Matt a 'dead drunk': report - NY Daily News

WDT: Search Continues and the Meter Runs

       Public safety aside, the events that allowed Richard Matt and David Sweat to escape the big house in Dannemora are more than just a "perfect storm" of lax prison work. The search may be touted as a wonderful spate of teamwork and bringing law enforcement together, but what these two men pulled off is costing in the tens of millions of dollars and the effect is being felt system wide in DOCS where crackdowns on security and procedure are happening.

       When it's resolved and the self congratulatory press conference is held and everybody is stroking everyone else, there is no reason for 'atta boys. 

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

WDT{ A West Side Tradition

   At nearly 100 years of age, the venerable Mount Carmel Feast at St. Anthony's Parish in Watertown is the survivor among church festivals.

    Mount Carmel has the mix of location, ethnicity, food and fun to survive.

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WDT: Consensus is New Children's Playground Needed in Park

    More on the funding later, but City Council seems inclined to find a way to replace the aging and well worn Children's Playground in Thompson Park.  I definitely think making sure growing up in Watertown is fun is a priority.
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I'll Walk in a Parade But the Buildings Stay White

   The Supreme Court decision on marriage equality is obviously historic and celebrations are in order. Flags, parades , and rainbow lit Niagara Falls and Empire State Buildings are fine.
    But I draw a line at using the "People's House"....The White House.....as a billboard for political statement crosses the line.  The decision to light the house in rainbow colors was nicely executed but an inappropriate use of such an iconic building.
    I will be jumped by the media on Monday for being a hater. I like to think I am a supporter of decorum. Also, use of the building in this way was a finger in the eye of those who oppose marriage equality. Those people will learn to live with it and hopefully accept it as the law of the land, but the President's in-your-face victory lap was tacky.

Hundreds of heavily-armed cops circle on second 'Shawshank' fugitive in New York woods after his accomplice was shot dead 47 miles from prison in dramatic gun-battle three weeks after escape | Daily Mail Online

       I saw former TV 7 reporter Alexandra Field on CNN all day covering the manhunt. She did a very good job.
       After watching all these events, let me offer a contrarian view.
       It's hard to explain why Richard Matt would squeeze off a round at a passing vehicle in broad daylight. (Does the driver of the RV get the $50K reward ?).  Matt waited around almost expecting to be caught and then took his punishment standing up for the embarrassment he has inflicted on state government. 
       As the older....less fit and possibly burnt out member of the pair, did Sweat cut him loose because he was slowing him down ?  Or had Matt had enough and decided to distract the law with suicide by cop, and Sweat was long gone ? 
       After three weeks, the strain and stress of being pursued may have broken Matt.
       Now for the sake of the state, Sweat must die too as if alive he may be a witness in the trials of the prison employees charged. That's not testimony the prison hierarchy wants to hear. So he either gets away or dies.
       And last week's Southern Tier search was clearly a feint by the SP as if they thought he was there, the Governor would have been in Olean for the presser.
Hundreds of heavily-armed cops circle on second 'Shawshank' fugitive in New York woods after his accomplice was shot dead 47 miles from prison in dramatic gun-battle three weeks after escape | Daily Mail Online

Rainbows are Popping Up All Over.

     Excitement was more muted in NNY over the Supreme Court decision on SSM, but many were happy, changing their Facebook photos to a rainbow patina. No buildings were lit in rainbows but then again, marriage equality is four years old here in NY and these weddings are not uncommon or particularly noteworthy at this point. 
    It's pretty much commonplace and I seldom hear anyone carping about it, although I know some are still uncomfortable with the practice.
     Some friends from Pete's ask me to perform their ceremony this weekend, which I am glad to do, but even four years ago when the law took effect, some marriage officers were hesitant to perform one for fear it would become a political issue. Fortunately that's no longer the case, although I am sure some eschew performing the service on moral grounds.

Three Million and Counting

   Quietly and with little fanfare, the number of hits on this blog crossed three million (3,004,365 at 5:13AM)  this month.
    MGV continues to log a faithful audience.
    While considered a harmless diversion by most, and a way to share the author's views and perspectives, "the blog" is still an irritant to a dwindling handful who see it as transparency carried to extremes and an unwanted detour around traditional modes of spreading the word.
     While there are no "state secrets" revealed here, MGV is a way to fill in those interested about events and issues not of interest to big picture journalists. 
     For me, it's a way to share observations and thoughts and still use whatever modest writing skills I have.
      Thank you for reading.

Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally Shot - The New York Times

   "Haphazard" is what the intricate escape turned into once Joyce Mitchell failed to show up with the escape vehicle. Richard Matt and David Sweat then were reduced to trying to survive by breaking into hunting camps while police, in a meandering search steadily closed in.
    Richard Matt was killed by Border Patrol agents after he was "challenged" and failed to raise his arms.  Sweat continues on the loose, although no likely for long as he is surely contained in a perimeter.
     Assuming Sweat meets a similar fate (he is a convicted cop killer), the saga will have come to an end and life can return to normal for the inmates, guards and staff at Dannemora.
Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally Shot - The New York Times

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Good Afternoon to Live in Watertown

   Over one hundred people gathered under the front overhang at City Hall to mark the building's 50th Anniversary and open a time capsule from 1965.....And fill the same lead capsule with items from 2015 to be opened in 2065.
    There was a lot of nostalgia in the air and memories of days gone by and hope for the future.
     This was an event that brought the community together.
      And the same will happen tonight as the Mount Carmel Feast begins at St. Anthony's on Arsenal Street.

MMA expected to falter in Assembly - Politics on the Hudson

      MMA and revisions to the SAFE Act are among the items left our of the budget package passed this week.

MMA expected to falter in Assembly - Politics on the Hudson

He won’t get married, but Cuomo can now officiate your wedding | New York Post

   I would have thought a Governor could officiate at a wedding, but not so until now. The Legislature has approved a law allowing current and former Governors to say "repeat after me".   Governor Cuomo wanted the privilege.

    I do a wedding once in a while. It has to be in the city limits. In fact, I have one to do Sunday evening on Sherman Street.  Most civil ceremonies are done at City Hall by the Clerk's office.

He won’t get married, but Cuomo can now officiate your wedding | New York Post

Pigs Go Hog Wild Around Town Of Watertown | WWNY TV 7

   A lighter side of the news story all media can embrace....well except maybe NPR.....Pigs on the loose and efforts to round 'em up...
Swine Spotted Loose in Town of Watertown
Feedback: Pigs Go Hog Wild Around Town Of Watertown | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Who gets a $185 check in NY's new property tax rebate program? | syracuse.com

   Free money !...But probably only for some. A new bribing-us-with-our-own-money program is underway with property tax rebates in the mail next year....Hopefully just before the election.

     

Who gets a $185 check in NY's new property tax rebate program? | syracuse.com#incart_river#incart_river#incart_river

WDT: City Hall Rededication Lauded

     Today's City Hall ceremony marking fifty years since the building opened is a chance to monitor much of what has happened in the past half a century. It's a great time to remember, but also a chance to look ahead to a bright future.

     You are all invited at 2:30 at the Sterling Street entrance.

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WDT: Sales Tax Hike Awaits Governor's Signature

     The Assembly has joined the Senate in passing legislation to allow Jefferson County to adopt an 8% sales tax, matching adjacent counties. If signed by the Governor, the hike will produce over four million dollars for the County and local governments sharing in the take

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