A Job Well Done

April 19, 2009

Lt. Col. David Dunkle places the Purple Heart medal on Spc. Joseph Green on Saturday at the National Guard’s Freedom Salute ceremony at the Porter Avenue Armory. P-J photo by Robert Rizzuto
A Job Well Done

City Soldier Receives Purple HeartBy Robert Rizzuto

POSTED: April 19, 2009



Maziarz Plan to Eliminate Utility Tax


We continue to hear from Western New Yorkers frustrated and confused about the new state budget that includes new fees and taxes. Now, one lawmaker is taking the governor up an offer to get rid of an unpopular new tax.

"I don't think we need any more taxes," said Don Liddle.

Liddle says he watches what he spends and how much heat he uses. But thanks to the state's new budget, a new utility tax will charge electric and gas companies an additional two percent on their gross revenue which they would then pass on to their customers.


Senator Diaz’s Statement Criticizing Mayor Bloomberg And Other Elected Officials

It is a shame to see all those elected officials standing by Mayor Bloomberg’s side claiming “civil rights” for homosexuals to marry and at the same time keeping quiet and allowing Mayor Bloomberg to publicly violate the civil rights of a wheel-chair bound reporter.

It is a shame see how all of them remained mute while the billionaire-master abuses and humiliates Michael Harris, a physically challenged and wheel-chair bound reporter from The Examiner who was trying to earn a living.


NORTH TONAWANDA: Kissling breaks ground on Remington Rand

By Neale GulleyThe Tonawanda News


Klein Calls for Property Tax Relief Now!

Unveils Plan to Restore the STAR Rebate Proposes Circuit Breaker for Middle Class Homeowners  

NEW YORK. - Deputy Majority Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Westchester/Bronx) joined with Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Mt. Vernon/Bronx), and outraged homeowners to unveil his proposal to provide real relief to middle class homeowners who are struggling under the crippling burden of property taxes.


Taxed Enough Already

Thousand of New Yorkers spent some time recently rallying against high taxes.  Tax Day Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Parties took place nationwide on April 15th, and several were held right here in the 51st district.  The Boston-like tea parties were an opportunity for people to vent their anger over their ever growing tax bills.  I too feel the frustration expressed by these hard working, overburdened taxpayers.


Griffo Issues Statement on Marriage

Utica - Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-I-C, Rome)  today said that he believes New York State should continue to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman and that he would not support laws to change that interpretation."Marriage is one of the most valued and sacred aspects of our society. It is more than just one of the basic civil rights to which all people are entitled. Marriage between a man and a woman is one of the cornerstone institutions in our culture, and an important sacrament in the Catholic Church. I do not believe that changing its definition under state law is appropriate," Griffo said.


Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage

The New York Times: Governor to Submit Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage


Gov. David A. Paterson plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to make marriage between same-sex couples legal in New York, advancing his push for greater rights for gay men and lesbians, at a time when other states have done so.

Mr. Paterson’s plans represent the most public effort yet by the governor, who has been a consistent supporter of gay rights, to position himself and New York at the crest of a broadening national movement.

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