Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday in the 13601

         Today I attended the calling hours for Frank Caprara...It was at Sacred Heart Church and the crowd was non-stop all day. It was a fitting tribute to a beloved man.
         Today I covered by Colleen sign for a day as the bar is hosting a meet and greet sponsored by the Bocciolatt campaign..Just a simple courtesy.
Putting Sarah into Service for a Day.
 
        I heard today there are Bocciolatt signs at the home of Democratic primary challenger Paul Trudeau.  That doesn't surprise me.
        Mr. Trudeau got 41% in the primary and relations with Colleen O'Neill have never been warm.
        It seems there is  lot of grudge in this race and I think Ms. O'Neill is hurt this year by party label and there are some who don't want a woman Sheriff, especially among some female voters who don't like their men voting for someone they think is attractive.
        I heard the Sheriff may weigh in too. I will be anxious to see what happens there as despite some controversy, Sheriff John Burns is still popular with many county residents.
     

Voters Get Chance to Size Up Candidates One Last Time on TV 7

       Cautious candidates not wanting to be too snarky in their final TV debate and  routine questioning led to a low key debate today at WWNY TV but it was still a good chance for voters to make a final decision on who they want representing them.
     I was in the building as an invitee of the Funiciello campaign...I went because I thought we'd be in the studio audience.
     There was none as the studio was hermitically sealed and the invitees of the three campaigns were in separate rooms. I watched the show with Steve Burke and Bruce Krug.
      The Stefanik people were so intense , staring at their laptops, I opted for the more relaxed Green room.
WWNY Debate
 
       My God, we know how to act in public Scotty. I was doing TV when you were in diapers.
       I snapped a photo of the three as they left the studio and had the pleasure of meeting Mrs Woolf who I hope was enjoying her visit to Watertown.
       All in all it was a congenial affair and these NY21 warriors seemed to respect each other for the journey they had gone through.
Who Said They Don't Like Each Other ?
Team Green
 
       On optics, Mr. Funiciello had his proletariat blue shirt on. Mr. Woolf looked good with a red tie and Ms. Stefanik certainly got good advice on where to get pre-debate styling and make up.
        There really is little more to say about the race, and it was a pleasure to welcome all three to Watertown and thank them for their efforts.

Barbra Streisand contributes to Woolf campaign

Barbra Streisand contributes to Woolf campaign

Woolf Marches On

   Democrat Aaron Woolf is still campaigning hard and his GOTV effort seems the real deal. So you can't deal him out entirely, but the national headwinds combined with the Stefanik juggernaut seem daunting Even loyal Dems I know are saying to me that the Republican will win.
Aaron Woolf in Lowville Monday
 
     The other day while campaigning in Maryland, people walked out early on an appearance by President Obama. In other races the President is not invited.
      Locally, the Governor steers clear of local Democrats who openly defile his SAFE Act. It's not a good backdrop for Mr. Woolf's effort, especially against a strong, energetic foe.

From Washington DC to Willsboro: Elise Stefanik’s political timeline « The In Box

   This is an interesting timelines piece on Elise Stefanik.....her days at Harvard...her career in DC and her roles as GOP functionary and operative.
    But the in depth view of her life by North Country Public Radio reveals the central reason she should and will be elected.

It’s important to note that our reporting found nothing scandalous or unsettling about Stefanik’s career prior to moving to the North Country last year.  Indeed, her record suggests a remarkable level of competence as she moved quickly into the highest levels of Republican policy-making.  There is strong evidence to suggest that if elected, Stefanik will arrive in Washington with more influence and more experience navigating a complex political world than most freshman lawmakers can boast


      Last night I was listening to a long time, old school Democrat rant about Ms. Stefanik at Pete's. "If the Democrats ran a dead man, I'd vote for the dead man," he exclaimed.
      Well, I don't want a dead man, a place holder or someone who wants something to do.  The NCPR piece shows Ms. Stefanik is a DC insider, but a competent one and one who can make a difference.
        That's fine with me.

From Washington DC to Willsboro: Elise Stefanik’s political timeline « The In Box

WDT: Letter: Local Women Takes Offense to Manual Labor Remark

       Better get your letters to various editors in soon. The election is almost here and then you'll have to find something else to have an opinion over.

       Watertown Daily Times | Stefanik a strong voice for small businesses

Early Visit to PSB Starts Long Day

     It's an early start to the day with a 7AM visit to the PSB for a ceremony to honor a police officer and then back to Pearl Street to open the bar.
     Later in the day, I plan to stop by the calling hours for FX over at Sacred Heart and of course hope to attend the debate at WWNY.
      This evening a debate watching party is planned.
       Mix in the usual office time and the HOTLINE and its a full day ahead.

WDT: Police raid on Potsdam bar ends with trespassing charges for more than 40; one charged with resisting arrest

       I suspect most of the 46 charged with trespassing are wondering what they did wrong as police stormed into a bar in Potsdam and found 46 people under the age of 21.  The people were not really trespassing, and the charges will be dismissed or ACD'd.

       By having the arrest reports, it creates a nexus for the SLA referral that likely will result in suspension or revocation of the bars license or at least big fines.

       College students need to realize they have to drink on the down low at private, unsupervised parties and not in bars.

Watertown Daily Times | Police raid on Potsdam bar ends with trespassing charges for more than 40; one charged with resisting arrest

Monday, October 20, 2014

‘These Are Complicated Times:’ Cuomo Calls 51 Percent A Victory | New York Observer

    Expectations are lowering....Andy says 51% is fine. Remember when beating his Dad's second term numbers and surging to a national stature was the expectation.

     Given the number of automatic Democratic votes the Governor should get, a 51 is a disappointment ...But he remains Governor, and people forget that stuff quickly.

‘These Are Complicated Times:’ Cuomo Calls 51 Percent A Victory | New York Observer

World Focuses on Arcade Street to Discover the Fate of Life as We Know It

   The three NY 21 candidates debated earlier today in front of Carthage High School students at the local Elks Club.  Multiple sources declared Elise Stefanik the clear winner...Just kidding. I have no idea how it went.
    I heard it was very vanilla, which is about the best you can do in front of a student audience.
The real battle is tomorrow (Tuesday) at WWNY......

Watertown Considers Upgrading Thompson Park Playground | WWNY TV 7

     In what the local paper described as the Mayor's pet project, it looks like the 28 year old Childrens's Playground at Thompson will get a needed facelift and updating.  I toured the Thompson Park site today and had told City Council of the need recently after a call from local pediatrician, Dr. Al Gianfagna..
     Also tonight at City Council, lawmakers voted to keep current hours at the Park and tabled an agreement on the "deck" to her more input from the great Lee Hector, lawyer for Maggies.
      Council talked about traffic at Knickerbocker School and the high local cost of the Factory Street project ($7.4M).
       Council also agreed to go to the Vortex on Friday to meet the Alien.
Watertown Considers Upgrading Thompson Park Playground | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Cuomo accused of ethics lapse for promoting new book | New York Post

    Of course the Governor is using his campaign and office to promote his book but nothing will   come of GOP whining about the practice.

     Since no one is buying the book, it's all a case of no harm, no foul.

Cuomo accused of ethics lapse for promoting new book | New York Post

EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump, whose Atlantic City joints were a bust, says upstate New York casinos will 'go down the tubes' - NY Daily News

    While commonly mocked for being a birther, you can't argue with The Donald when he says all these upstate casinos will be a flop. Mr. Trump knows what he talking about. But let's build them and line some pockets and find out.

EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump, whose Atlantic City joints were a bust, says upstate New York casinos will 'go down the tubes' - NY Daily News

NJ: Carthage Central High School to Host Public Forum for NY-21 Candidates

     Show up at the Carthage Elks at 4PM today for the NY21 forum.

Carthage Central High School to Host Public Forum for NY-21 Candidates

Key Debates Are Among the Last Things That Could Change NY21 Trajectory

    The NY21 candidates make their way west today for a forum tonight at the Carthage Elks and the WWNY debate tomorrow in Watertown.
    Tonight's forum, while not on TV, is important as it will generate news coverage in advance of the Arcade Street showdown.
     Because they are hosting the debate, Channel 7 will cover politics with enthusiasm the next two days, and if Aaron Woolf hopes to prove the election guessers wrong, he needs to make something happen.
    Frontrunner Elise Stefanik needs to stay cool, likeable and look Congressional. In short, don't give the people planning to vote for you a reason not to.
     The next 36 hours will either create a competitive race or freeze it in amber with a Stefanik win in the offing. The latter is more likely.
      There are also radio interviews with Matt Funiciello on the HOTLINE tomorrow and Elise Stefanik on Thursday.  I believe Ms. Stefanik is on the Live at Five show tomorrow.
       By Thursday we will know if this is indeed a race that's over..
     

Stefanik Stumps With Cuomo Challenger

   I saw some pictures of Elise Stefanik in Saratoga County, campaigning with GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.  I thought that was magnanimous because Mr. Astorino is not likely to win and Ms. Stefanik gains nothing by appearing with him...
Elise Stefanik and Rob Astorino
 
    There's an irony in the other party where Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is expected to win but the Democratic candidate for Congress never appears with the Governor.
    

Schneiderman: Monster Energy encourages underage college drinking | New York Post

        Quick...find an issue to demagogue ! 
        Monster Energy drink is not culpable for 19 year olds drinking.....Although the 21 year old drinking age is responsible for "underage" drinking, which when I was 19 was just called drinking.
        The Attorney General, who was cited in a Dicker piece today for allegedly snorting cocaine at age 5o, wants to halt the use of energy drinks at college keg parties.
        Want to eliminate a lot of manufactured crime ? Lower the drinking age back to 18 as many college presidents and police leaders support.
        The duplicity and hypocrisy in the drinking age being a matter of concern for people fighting against drug laws is staggering.
         But for the record, I don't like energy drinks. Too sickly sweet.
Schneiderman: Monster Energy encourages underage college drinking | New York Post

More Than Half of Jefferson County Students Getting Free/Reduced Lunch | WWNY TV 7

      There is a such thing as a free lunch for many in Jefferson County where income levels result in very high numbers of children receiving free or reduced price lunches. Isn't everyone complaining about their free lunch because the portions aren't big enough ?
     Well, the purpose of lunch period is to promote proper social intercourse in school. Teaching kids who they sit with matters and how to avoid bullies and of course how to flirt.
       In the scheme of things if some people get  a healthy lunch, that doesn't bother me.
More Than Half of Jefferson County Students Getting Free/Reduced Lunch | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Gillibrand Emails For Schneiderman

       When the icons of the Democratic Party are trotted out for endorsement purposes the receiver of the accolades likely needs the help. Popular Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is touting AG Eric Schneiderman's commitment to reproductive rights (aka abortion) and says the election of practicing Catholic John Cahill would be harmful to women.

      For his part, the practicing Catholic says he will enforce the law as is even though he opposes abortion.

Gillibrand Emails For Schneiderman

Activist claims Schneiderman ‘snorted coke in the back of a bar’ | New York Post

    So, a guy who ran on a platform of being the only potsmoker in  the recent Democratic primary for governor says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman snorted cocaine at a 2005 party at a NYC bar.
     If true, will Randy Credico's assertion cause any person planning on voting for Mr. Schneiderman to do otherwise ?
      No, of course not. That the AG is not a warrior in the war on drugs is no surprise, but he will arrest someone on drugs and put out a press release if events call for it.
       Mr. Schneiderman is being challenged by Republican John Cahill.
Activist claims Schneiderman ‘snorted coke in the back of a bar’ | New York Post

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Astorino: Cuomo Will Be ‘Challenged’ In Debate

   Rob Astorino may think he will challenge Governor Cuomo and turn the race around, but that is easier said than done. The Governor could give the worst performance ever in a debate and he still has an automatic two to two and a half million votes....That's easily enough to win.
    The people hoping to win are Green Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott who hope to garner enough votes to give their party good ballot position.for four years.
     Prediction: the Governor stands pat....Astorino looks shrill and the two minor candidates pick up some street cred.
Astorino: Cuomo Will Be ‘Challenged’ In Debate

Day of Sloth

    Today was supposed to be my Day of Action in support of candidates, but I decided to sleep in and watch football instead....I will cap my day of action watching the Walking Dead.
      Now I am looking forward to Tuesday's debate party and the Meet and Greet John Bocciolatt is holding on Pearl Street.
      Anytime you can turn a Tuesday into a good day, I am in favor of that.
      I also am looking forward to all the HOTLINE interviews with candidates. Congress, Assembly, Sheriff and Family Court Judge.  I think it will be interesting. First interview is Tuesday with Matt Funiciello and he is bringing a mystery guest with him.
      There are three dates still open. Oct. 22, 24 and 28.....For any candidates who have declined to respond so.far. I think there is only one of them.
    

2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS: Meet the millennials running for Congress  - NY Daily News

     The average age of a Member of Congress may decline a little if the current crop of Gen Y candidates win  Our tyro, Elise Stefanik, would be the youngest woman ever elected but a 31 year old NH woman is close behind.

       It's nice to be on the leading edge of change here in NNY.

2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS: Meet the millennials running for Congress  - NY Daily News

Nurse got $630,000 in OT at N.Y. prison

   Nurse makes more than some school superintendents could also be the headline.

Nurse got $630,000 in OT at N.Y. prison

Unlike Council, Kids Opt to Scare Crows, Not Shoot Them


    Youngsters and member of the Watertown Wolves took part in a fun activity today at the Veterans Walkway as do-it-yourself scarecrows were made courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.
    With clothing from the Urban Mission youngsters stuffed hay and dressed their scarecrows....Non-lethal method.
    The creations will be placed around downtown this week. Jet and I attended the event on a chilly October afternoon.

After Caribbean Swing, Cuomo Plans Bronx Rally

    Governor Cuomo is back in country and plans a rally in the Bronx.  Mr. Cuomo just wrapped up a campaign swing to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republican. There are a lot of New Yorkers who trace their lineage to those two places.

After Caribbean Swing, Cuomo Plans Bronx Rally

NY21 Editorial Board Meeting: Elise Stefanik (Republican Party) - Denpubs.com

     She prefers Ford vehicles and lists Rep. Bill Owens and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand among the political people she admires.

     Jobs are the top issue and as you might suspect she is no fan of the ACA.  Elise Stefanik answered the editorial board questions at Denpubs,  a publisher in the eastern side.

      Voters should take the time to read or listen to editorial board meetings in cases where the tape is made available. These boards are one of the few times a candidate is tested on issues in any kind of depth and they can be a window into the soul of sorts.

NY21 Editorial Board Meeting: Elise Stefanik (Republican Party) - Denpubs.com

Top Republican comes to town to back Stefanik

    Calling her a breath of fresh air for the nation, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy came to Glens Falls yesterday to stump for Elise Stefanik.

     Rep. McCarthy just took over the post following the defeat of Eric Cantor.

Top Republican comes to town to back Stefanik

WDT: We'd Like a Do-Over on This One

   The endorsement of Mary Rain by the Watertown Daily Times was very tepid, but at the time the WDT said she deserved  a chance even though her promises were thin gruel in a race against Nicole Duve.

     Watertown Daily Times | Moving forward

WDT: Loose cannon fires away: Mary Rain blind to her own flaws as a prosecutor, public servant

    As I recall, there were a lot of prestigious people backing Mary Rain for DA in the Big County. Now the WDT, which I recall endorsed her, has turned on her in less than a year, calling her an embarrassment and an impediment to justice.

     So, how could so many smart people be so wrong ?  Or are they wrong and Ms. Rain right. ?

     Well, I didn't have a dog in the fight last year, but I could tell something was amiss on election night when a champagne swilling DA-elect spit up on camera...The incident would have been  big news in most markets but it got a pass here.

      Ms. Rain has over three years left in her term. Better warm up to her. She's not going away.

Watertown Daily Times | Loose cannon fires away: Mary Rain blind to her own flaws as a prosecutor, public servant

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Doing Lines Isn't Just for Cocaine Users

   With Governor Cuomo's reelection a lock, you all have to cast strategic votes for Governor....Mr. Cuomo will beat Rob Astorino by about a million votes in fairly light turnout.
    However, if you are a Cuomo fan and want to create another Democratic pay-to-play, me-too party, you need for vote for Mr. Cuomo on the Women's Equality Line.
    If you think the Conservative Party is a good thing, then you need to vote for Mr. Astorino on the C line. Forget that Common Core party. It won't get 50K
     If you want truly independent third parties, then vote for Howie Hawkins on the Green line or Michael McDermott on the Libertarian line.
     Don't waste your time or vote on the WFP or the Indy line. They will survive. Their deal with Andy will get them each about 90,000 votes.
     There will be a shuffling of lines.
      Voting for Andrew on the A line or Mr. Astorino on the B line is a total waste.
       I think Howie has enough support to grab the C line for the Greens so I will vote Libertarian as I think that would be a positive influence on New York's corrupt system of fusion voting.

Bond Act Uses Debt for Current Year Obligations... Times Union

    Tax and spend or borrow and spend...That's what voters are being asked to do with Prop 3, the "Smart Schools Bond Act" which would authorize the use of debt to increase state aid to schools.
    It's dressed up as money for technology in the classroom.
    Here's the scam.  Upgrading classrooms is something districts should be doing....It's called setting priorities and if money is needed, just increase state aid and fund it through fund balance or higher taxes, or cuts elsewhere.
     This is  a budget gimmick but it will pass.
Proposal asks $2B for school tech - Times Union

Wanted: Ebola screeners at JFK for $19 an hour | New York Post

    Finally some living wage jobs coming to New York. Anyone who can read a thermometer..

Wanted: Ebola screeners at JFK for $19 an hour | New York Post

There Ain't No Damn Issues....

    "Tone softens, Issues Prevail" read a headline this AM about last night's forum in Queensbury.
      It's the end and the issue stuff is long passed. People who vote have made that calculus and what the remaining persuadable and soft supporters need to see Tuesday on WWNY is whether they like their candidate and are sure the person is Congressional enough.
     Matt Funiciello has been winning debates on style and substance. Even people who disagree with him like him.  There's lots of people in office because people like them.
It's About Making Friends as Aaron Woolf Found Out at This Plattsburgh Home
And About Connecting With People Where They Live
 
     So the advice to the major party candidates is can the talking points and shivs and just concentrate on being seen as informed and affable.  No amount of attacking or gotcha will change anything...It's about motivating those inclined to vote for you to actually do so.
     I wouldn't vote for somebody I didn't like.

Is NY 21 Coming to a Theater Near You ? And Other Things Going On

   Is King Candidate   really a possibility ?   A source at the debate in Queensbury last night told me there was someone other than Public TV with a camera there recording the proceedings and a Woolf operative was overheard telling someone his crew would capture the event.
    It has long been theorized a documentary on the campaign may be in the offing and its doubtful you'd bother taping this late looking for commercial fodder.
     In other news, a special guest will be visiting the HOTLINE Tuesday..more on that later.....and I was invited to watch the debate being taped Tuesday, unless Scotty bars me.
      Things are going well for Elise Stefanik....High praise for her latest commercial by long time Democrat Ted Ford who likes the scenes of her driving around the district outlining her platform.
      It must be effective for Ted to admit it.
      The Monday forum up in Carthage should provide a great media run-up to the Tuesday show-down on Arcade Street.  It will be interesting to see if any of the honors students can trip up the candidates.
      I heard some really interesting rumors from a good source concerning the Sheriff's race, but I better check it out more before repeating.
      And while newspaper endorsements are still days away, observers say the Post Star likely sticks with the Democrat while the WDT goes GOP as they perceive Ms. Stefanik the likely winner.
      The Herald and the Enterprise will also endorse with the ADE probably Matt Funiciello's best prospect.  I am not sure if Plattsburgh endorses, and I really don't know what their history is.
       Out of district papers like the T-U and the Post Standard might stick their nose in too.

Facebook Allows for Communal Mourning


   So much of the grieving process and letting people know about a passing is on social media now. The photos and memories of the late Frank Caprara are showing up today, and earlier this week I learned of the passing of Tom Walts from social media with lots of great photos shared.
   
Recent Photo of FX with Helen at the Rustic Near Dexter
 
 
         The Internet allows loved ones and friends to live on a bit in color and in candid shots. A far cry from the old days when an old grainy photo would show us in an obit.

Mayoral race too close to call: poll | The Kingston Whig-Standard

     A wide open race for the next mayor of Kingston with six candidates in the race and three virtually tied in a recent poll with numbers in the 20s.  Doesn't look like any mandates coming out of this one.

Mayoral race too close to call: poll | The Kingston Whig-Standard

Governor Cuomo to Nominate Justice Leslie E. Stein to Serve on the New York State Court of Appeals | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

    As standard bearer of the Women's Equality Party, Governor Cuomo could do no less than nominate a woman to the state's highest court.  The pre-election appointment of Justice Leslie Stein to the Court of Appeals comes as Mr.Cuomo campaigned Friday in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

    This is a strange campaign.

Governor Cuomo to Nominate Justice Leslie E. Stein to Serve on the New York State Court of Appeals | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

WDT: Letter Writer Makes Good Points

    There, I did my part for the fall campaign with a letter to the editor in the WDT.  Not that my views are any surprise, but 'letters' are one of the few ways Joe Voter can express themselves in a money-driven political environment. 
      Watertown Daily Times | Stefanik part of new generation of leaders

WDT: Congressional candidates stake positions, avoid swipes in debate before audience

       Lincoln and Douglas had to debate in front of a live audience as there was no television at the time.  Elise Stefanik, Aaron Woolf and Matt Funiciello had to experience that antebellum world, finally.                 The three candidates for Congress held their first debate with an audience last night and the positions were similar, but without live TV perhaps not the need to take swipes at each other.
       This coming week is a busy one as the eyes of NY21 shift to Watertown where the last debate is held Tuesday, although I understand there is a joint gathering slated for Monday in Carthage, sponsored by honors students at Carthage Central School.
        Two candidates are making appearances on the HOTLINE this week and I think one is appearing on the Live at Five program.
        The next two weeks will be busy as the trio of contenders race around 12 counties asking for votes. As always, it will be interesting to read different editorials, although there is a tendency to want to be on the right side of history and all indications now point to a win for Elise Stefanik.
         One more TV 7/Siena poll is due out around Halloween.
         Few change their minds at this point and the only variable would be turnout on each side and whether a significant number of voters will take a chance on Green Matt Funiciello instead of one of the two major party candidates.
          This Tuesday's debate will likely have the largest audience and is an opportunity and a challenge. To close the deal you have to look and sound Congressional, but to make up ground you have to be aggressive and in the process look more shrill and less than Congressional.
           We will know what the internal poll numbers show, by what strategies are employed on Arcade Street.

Watertown Daily Times | Congressional candidates stake positions, avoid swipes in debate before audience

WDT: Republican Cahill says he is running for attorney general ‘to bring integrity back’

  Republican John Cahill came to Watertown Friday to promote his uphill candidacy for NYS Attorney General, but since his opponent has spent no time here, the trip may have done some good.
     Mr. Cahill zeroed in on his major issue, the Moreland Commission and his view that AG Eric Schneiderman has been complicit in a covering up of political misdeeds in the Cuomo Administration.
     Mr. Cahill pledged to be an independent AG with integrity.
      Of the three major statewide races, this may be the most competitive, but Moreland has had little apparent effect on voters and few up here know who Mr. Schneiderman is, so the automatic Dem votes in the City are thought to be enough to carry him to a second term.
Watertown Daily Times | Republican Cahill says he is running for attorney general ‘to bring integrity back’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wolves Take the Ice

         It was a full and enthusiastic house at the Arena tonight as the locally owned Watertown Wolves took to the ice against Danbury..
         There was a good feel tonight and lots of people were buying Wolves swag and enjoying some very good hockey.
The Wolves Take the Ice
 
      The Wolves travel to Connecticut tomorrow.   This should be a good season and everyone was having a great time.

Auto Icon and Good and Decent Man FX Caprara Passes at 80

   A sad day today for hundreds of employees as well as a large family, as the patriarch of the FX Caprara Car Companies passed this morning at age 80.
   Francis Xavier Caprara died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse where he recently had undergone surgery.
    Mr. Caprara founded the multi-dealership chain now run by his two sons, Charlie and Billy.
    Frank was a good man...to his family and his employees.
    He was also a business leader and ran his firm by tried and true principles, and was able to survive and expand in good times and bad.
    Frank was good to me when I worked there and I have always gotten good service from FX.
     The Watertown community is better for Frank's decision to move here from NYC and we extend sympathies to Helen, the Caprara family and all those who were touched by Frank.
NNYObits.com :: Newzjunky | NNY death notices

More Democracy on the HOTLINE ! Judge candidates appearing together !

     Both candidates for Jefferson County Family Court Judge will appear together on the HOTLINE program the day before the election.  The Monday November 3 appearance is the prize time slot just hours before voting begins.
     Republican-Conservative-Green candidate Eugene Langone and Democrat-Working Family candidate Sue Sovie will crowd into our Wealtha Avenue studio to make their case.
    Thank you to both for being such good sports !
   

WDT:Watertown Parks Department to host ‘Make a Scarecrow’ event Sunday

     Just in case anyone is filming King Crow, our Parks and Rec. Department is hosting a Make a Scarecrow event at the Park on Sunday ....Sounds like fun !

Watertown Daily Times | Watertown Parks Department to host ‘Make a Scarecrow’ event Sunday

Woolf outspending Stefanik in campaign-funded TV ads

    Aaron Woolf has $600K of his own cash in his campaign as of September 30, but that could rise in the weeks leading up to the election as most outside groups have pulled support from the likely loser of the NY 21 race.

    Both Elise Stefanik and Mr. Woolf continued to raise $$$ in the third quarter with outside money being the equalizer for Ms Stefanik's effort.

     Woolf outspending Stefanik in campaign-funded TV ads

Obama to name Ron Klain as Ebola 'czar'

    A real DC insider who is not a doctor is the nation's new Ebola Czar.  Ron Klain is a veteran of Washington politics and a lawyer and will direct the nation's response to the disease which so far has claimed one person.

Obama to name Ron Klain as Ebola 'czar'

Obama to name Ron Klain as Ebola 'czar'

    A real DC insider who is not a doctor is the nation's new Ebola Czar.  Ron Klain is a veteran of Washington politics and a lawyer and will direct the nation's response to the disease which so far has claimed one person.

Obama to name Ron Klain as Ebola 'czar'

As Gov. Cuomo visits the Caribbean, rival Rob Astorino gets down in the Bronx - NY Daily News

   Governor Cuomo is in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico today while his GOP opponent is visiting Puerto Rican and Dominican voters in the Bronx, which is in New York State

   In a campaign where Mr. Cuomo is depending on lock step support from the five boroughs to run up the score, visits to ethnic places must do some good.

As Gov. Cuomo visits the Caribbean, rival Rob Astorino gets down in the Bronx - NY Daily News

More Liberal Dem Support for Hawkins

     Howie Hawkins and the Green Party are on the verge of taking over Line C for the next four years as more and more liberal groups embrace the Hawkins candidacy rather than fold in line behind Governor Andrew Cuomo.

   This is the Zephyr phenomenon that surfaced in the primary. Whether it's teachers in Buffalo, public employees in the Capital District or liberal Democratic clubs in NYC, Mr. Hawkins doesn't have to worry about getting 50,000..is sure to pass the moribund WFP and Indy lines hoping Andy's coattails are long, and the Conservative line with a weak nominee in Rob Astorino.

     Who says there is nothing interesting happening statewide this year.

More Liberal Dem Support for Hawkins

Cuomo's campaign faces flagging fervor from backers - Newsday

      The top of the ballot race is so dull and lifeless and apathy is so high among even Democrats, it's possible Andrew Cuomo will be reelected with barely two million votes. 

       A lifeless primary turnout.....a weak GOP opponent.....and a blasé attitude towards Mr. Cuomo has produced "flagging fervor". 

       Certainly the Governor, a career pol with a book just out to spruce up his national image, is not a candidate people will walk over hot coals for.

        Competent ?  Effective ?  Yes, in many eyes, but not liked or loved in many quarters.  He may be outdrawn by DiNapoli or Schneiderman, two decidedly dull candidates.

Cuomo's campaign faces flagging fervor from backers - Newsday

Woolf Ad ‘Sets the Record Straight’, in Last Ditch Effort to Turn Race Around

    Abandoned by his party and having to increasingly fund his own effort, Democrat Aaron Woolf has a new commercial responding to the charges about him. Things like residency and his business dealings in Brooklyn.

     Anything that's come up in the race is standard fare. Public record issues like tax warrants, labor disputes and health violations.

       For the most part, if it had all been offered up by the candidate last January, it wouldn't be as big a deal. But for Mr. Woolf the campaign has been a drip, drip, drip as voters learned about him through the lens of opposition research.
     The ad is another direct-to-camera appeal by Mr. Woolf who also links opponent Elise Stefanik to policy proposals he says would cut benefits and raise the retirement age.
      What's puzzling is the final line of the spot which doesn't seem to make sense.
       In any event, the campaign says the new spot represents a significant buy for the final weeks.

Woolf Ad ‘Sets the Record Straight’

WDT: Republican Assembly candidate John Byrne on Common Core, economic development and SAFE Act

   So little has been written and said of the Assembly race in the "River District".  It's really an up or down referendum on Assemblywoman Addie Russell.

    The no vote takes the form of Republican John Byrne, who folks know little about, but will have a chance to learn more during an upcoming visit to the HOTLINE.

Watertown Daily Times | Republican Assembly candidate John Byrne on Common Core, economic development and SAFE Act

The Life and Times of Our Governor for Less than 20 Bucks

  The new Andrew Cuomo memoir is only $16.33 in hardcover on Amazon. One of the best bargains of 2014 for sure.
    Not impressed was assignment editor Brian Houseman of WHAM TV in Rochester who saw his book tour interview with Mr. Cuomo cancelled as he refused to limit questions to matters about the book.
   "We were not going to sit there and pimp his book … This is someone when he comes to town, which is rarely, he gives us very limited time to ask questions.", said Mr. Houseman.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dallas nurse with Ebola moving to specially equipped hospital | New York Post

   So the four "centers of excellence" hospitals equipped to hand things like Ebola have a combined total of 13 beds.....

     That's reassuring.

Dallas nurse with Ebola moving to specially equipped hospital | New York Post

Bread Man Coming to HOTLINE

   Matt Funiciello will be on the HOTLINE this coming Tuesday, meaning 66% of the NY21 candidates have committed to being on America's Favorite Noontime Talk Show.
   Some great dates still open.....Including November 3.

Thursday in the 315

  Lots going on next week...There's a candidate forum Tuesday at noon at the Italian American Club sponsored by local realtors....A TV debate taped that afternoon....There's a forum Wednesday I hear the three Congressionals will be at in Carthage and there is a candidate on the HOTLINE on Thursday.
    Today, I took time to honor Lori Gervera who recently left the Planning Board after 17 years of service.
    And Council gathered with the Library Board in the afternoon to celebrate the reopening of the front entrance. It was a busy day returning calls and reading over the agenda for Monday and discussing it with colleagues.
     I ran into Lee Hector this morning in the Arcade. Lee says he's one of the best two lawyers in the City, but he can't figure out who the other one is.
    I had forgotten that Lee represents the owner of Maggies. So we chatted about that.
   

    

Hillary Murder Charges Dismissed | WWNY TV 7

   Another bad day for the GOP District Attorney of St. Lawrence County. The county judge dismissed a murder indictment due to prosecution improprities in obtaining the indictment from a grand jury.

    Mary Rain made the news earlier this year for her feud with the county administrator that she wanted to take to the grand jury....

     Grand juries usually will indict a ham sandwich, if asked.

Hillary Murder Charges Dismissed | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Green candidate shakes up, reshapes NY21 race | NCPR News

   Everybody claims their candidate won, but privately the insiders...sometimes even candidates concede Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is doing very well if not winning on content the debates so far.

    Mr. Funiciello is turning heads with his cordial, informed, and idea laden presentations that stay away from the two party grenade throwing.

   To see how silly the duopoly gets, reference last nights gubernatorial debate in Florida.

Green candidate shakes up, reshapes NY21 race | NCPR News

Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball: Stefanik Now Likely Winner

   The election pickets are putting NY21 further out of reach of the Democrats....Larry Sabato, a frequent guy on TV, now lists us as "likely Republican", a step up from "leans Republican".
    That means Elise Stefanik is one of 232 GOP candidates expected now to be seated in the House come January.  There are 189 sure Dems and 14 toss up.
    Even giving the leaners to the Dem, they cannot get to a majority.
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2014: A Tale of Two Elections

NJ: O'Neill Hopes Focus on Portland Helps Her Theme of Local, Rural Policing

   Rural vs Urban policing......Republicans say no difference and their candidate for Sheriff has an exemplary record in the Portland, Oregon PD.
    John Bocciolatt has made a point of talking about his record in the campaign against Colleen O'Neill.
Ms. O'Neill has zeroed in on her familiarity with NNY and policing in rural areas. It's a natural comparison to try and draw.....and it forces attention on Mr. Bocciolatt's career which took place far away in a far different place.
      Now, of course, an outside perspective and a solid record may be a selling point too....but I suspect Ms. O'Neill is happy to let her opponent talk about Portland, while she talks about Plessis.
    Bocciolatt Defends Rural Policing Background at Forum in Carthage

Cuomo Takes A Tour Of TV

      Governor Cuomo is not a face time hog when it comes to television. But now he is promoting a new book in the midst of a campaign for reelection.....So he will be on a lot...But interviews are being limited to four minutes and the news outlet must agree to only ask about the book.

       Is there something untoward about doing a book tour on the eve of the election ?

Cuomo Takes A Tour Of TV

Canadian dollar hits 5-year low under 88 cents US - Business - CBC News

   While many Canadians still visit NNY and for the first time in seven quarters, sales tax revenue is up, the predictions for a continuing deterioration of the Loonie is resulting in caution by those who follow tourism.

     The Canadian Dollsr is expected to fall into the mid 80x, a level that could dissuade people from coming here to shop extensively.

Canadian dollar hits 5-year low under 88 cents US - Business - CBC News

Cuomo Book Not Flying Off the Shelves

    Governor Cuomo's new book "All Things Possible" is ranked at #3228 of all books for sale on Amazon.com.   Who would buy a book like this ? Everyone who fancies a run at the White House does one of these books no one reads.

Capitol Confidential » Amazon reviewers raving about ‘All Things Possible’ (but not in a good way)

Public Matching for Campaigns Stumbles in Comptroller Race- NY Daily News

   In a race most don't know is happening NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and GOP challenger Robert Antonacci sparred but like all the statewide candidates, the Democrat is expected to win.

     Also the state's trial program in public campaign financing, limited to this race, went nowhere as Mr. DiNapoli opted not to participate as he had a bundle already and his challenger couldn't race the $200K in small donations to trigger a six to one match.

              Disgraced Vito Lopez a big part of state controller debate - NY Daily News

Cuomo to visit Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic on Friday | Politics on the HudsonPolitics on the Hudson

      Governor Cuomo will visit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Friday. Why ?  Beats me.

Cuomo to visit Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic on Friday | Politics on the HudsonPolitics on the Hudson

WDT:Key Bank branch on Mill Street demolished Wednesday to make room for planned Tim Hortons

     Tim Horton's certainly has entered the US market with enthusiasm and a third store will open in Watertown at the site of the former Key Bank on Mill Street.

      Watertown Daily Times | Key Bank branch on Mill Street demolished Wednesday to make room for planned Tim Hortons

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Woolf Down to One Debate to Make a Difference After Rough Night in Plattsburgh

  Before I get into talking about who won the WPTZ debate in Plattsburgh, let me give a shout out to my friend and former co-worker Stephanie Gorin who anchors at channel 5.
   Stephanie was at TV 50 and as the news department struggled and I pondered running for City Council, she was the one who said to run for mayor, a decision I never regretted.
   So what about the debate.....Like last week Matt Funiciello was spot on and charming.....However,  Elise Stefanik brought it home with spot-on answers and an agreeable style. She also looked good...Hey this is show biz.And does that hair look more auburn...If so it looks good.
Elise Stefanik Prevails at Debate
 
    Aaron Woolf looked tentative and timid, although he made some solid points too.
    Mr. Woolf absolutely threw President Obama under the bus on foreign policy and the Ebola scare.
Even I don't blame the President for the virus.
     This was a solid night for Ms. Stefanik. If I were a conspiracy nut, I would think she had dinner with Matt last night to figure out how they were going to stick it to Mr. Woolf.
      For those who keep score....Aaron Woolf gained nothing...Elise Stefanik looked Congressional and Matt Funiciello was the voice of reason.
     This race is over, but we look forward to seeing everyone next week in Watertown for the finale.
   

Dems Don't Like Andy's New Boutique Ballot Line

    Not all Democrats are happy with Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Party gambit.....They think getting people to vote for Mr. Cuomo down below will hurt other Dems up above on the ballot.

     And they worry the new party may deny the lap dog WFP ballot statue. Let's hope so. In any event, the Governor played the WFP like a fiddle when he got their nod and then went out and started his own party.

More WEP Upset

WDT: FEC advisory forces Times to cancel movie screening

   The Watertown Daily Times is out of the movie business.  The paper cancelled it's planned public screening of Aaron Woolf's documentary "King Corn". The paper cited an advisory from the Federal Elections Commission suggesting holding the event was in effect a corporate contribution to the Woolf campaign.

    The WDT had said they were trying to promote a conversation on agricultural issues, but decided to punt rather than get into a tussle with the FEC.

     Maybe they could show a Viggo film instead.

Watertown Daily Times | FEC advisory forces Times to cancel movie screening

Trip details aren't final - Times Union

    Only in New York.  Governor Cuomo is said to be planning pre-election visits to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in a bid to appeal to ethnic loyalties of  folks with those ancestries back here in NY.

     State Senator Ruben Diaz said it best when he suggested the Governor instead visit the south Bronx.

Trip details aren't final - Times Union

Woolf Needs a Breakthrough Performance Tonight to Change a Growing Perception He is Losing Race for NY21

    Tonight's NY-21 debate won't be seen by much of the district, but its important as its one of the few chances for a game changer.
     With all the prognosticators predicting a Stefanik win on November 4, that means the endorsements will go her way and with that the momentum in the final three weeks.
     What does Aaron Woolf do to turn it around ?  Last week's debate was rated a push for the major candidates as Green Matt Funiciello charmed the audience.
      This week, Mr. Woolf needs to decide if he goes after the Green to deflate his numbers, but in doing so, what about Ms. Stefanik ? 
        I think the electoral backdrop and turnout models so favor a GOP win there is little Mr. Woolf can do.
        A lot of Democrats I talk to are coming to the same conclusion as they concentrate on what they see as more winnable races for Assembly and Sheriff.
       The debate is being streamed live at 7PM on www.wptz.com
       

Marriage rates hit new, all-time low - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

      Wedding planner may not be the occupation of the future as marriage rates decline. Why ? People do the calculus and determine it's a dubious venture given divorce rates and they are worried about financial insecurity.
       Add to that the "hooking up" culture and walking down the aisle isn't for everyone.
Marriage rates hit new, all-time low - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Cuomo To Sign SAFE ACT 2 Into Law If He Gets Reelected - Bullets First | Bullets First

    Is even more gun control coming to New York, including microstamping, gun storage requirements and even shorter pistol permit license terms ?
    Some think so and it wouldn't surprise anyone if it happened after the election.  It's unclear whether more gun control would make it through the legislature but it was with GOP help the first SAFE Act passed.
Cuomo To Sign SAFE ACT 2 Into Law If He Gets Reelected - Bullets First | Bullets First

Gov. Cuomo Says New York the Only State With A Coxsackie - NY Daily News

     Governor Cuomo is able to enjoy certain reelection by promoting his new book and by making appearances on the Letterman show.
      He got to do the Top Ten List last night.
Gov. Cuomo says New York adding a thumb to the Finger Lakes in David Letterman Top 10 appearance (UPDATED WITH FULL LIST) - NY Daily News

WDT: North country hospitals prepare to handle Ebola if it strikes here

   National media coverage of Ebola and now news a second health worker in Dallas is infected has everyone wondering, could it happen here ?
   Local hospitals have to be ready and health officials have preparations on their  radar. Communicable diseases happen all the time, but this one is on the public's mind everywhere  and is especially dangerous as it kills 70% of people who catch it.
Watertown Daily Times | North country hospitals prepare to handle Ebola if it strikes here