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Gazette staff writer
fter Vermont and Iowa legalized
same-sex marriage in the past
two weeks, Alan Van Capelle,
executive director of the Empire State
Pride Agenda, says he’s “embarrassed”
for New York state, where same-sex
marriage is still not legal.
But because of the razor-thin Democrat
majority in the Senate, it is not likely the
measure will pass this session.
AP photo Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled a ban
Same-sex advocates rally on the campus of the University of Iowa to celebrate a recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling on April 3 that said a ban on same-sex marriage
was unconstitutional. The state of Vermont also legalized same-sex marriage last week. Advocates say the time is right for New York to do the same. See Hopeful on page 21
Reps tip hat Businessman, educator to lead Assembly GOP
By EDWARD J. CARR
Gazette staff writer
ssemblyman Brian Kolb, a
Republican from the Finger
to drop cap Lakes region, was elected
Assembly minority leader April 6 after
James Tedisco stepped down from the
position three days prior.
By VICTORIA STORY
While Tedisco, R-Schenectady, waits
Gazette staff writer
for the results of the special election
he rejection of a proposal to cap
held in the 20th Congressional District,
property tax payments New York
he voluntarily stepped down from the
pays on state-owned land is being
Assembly minority leader chair. He said
celebrated by lawmakers, municipal
this would allow him more time to focus
leaders and groups that advocate for
on his campaign and the legal battles
landowners in the Adirondack and
that lie ahead as he and Scott Murphy,
his Democratic opponent, each count on
The proposal, which
incoming absentee ballots and recounts
was part of Gov. David
to bring their respective campaigns to
A. Paterson’s Executive
Budget, would have
“As the state Board of Elections
capped state payments
prepares to count the thousands of
on state-owned lands
absentee and military votes cast in the
at 2008-2009 rates and Griffo
special election for the 20th District, I am
reduced payments in lieu
fully confident that the final tally will be
of taxes by 6 percent.
in our campaign’s favor,” Tedisco said.
The combination of
“That process will take a few weeks,
those two actions was
and I want our conference’s important
expected to save the
agenda to keep moving forward.”
state an estimated $9
Kolb, 56, was the minority leader pro
million in 2009-2010
tempore, effectively second in command
and $16 million in Galef of the GOP Assembly conference, before
2010-2011, according to
Tedisco stepped down. He was elected
an Executive Budget briefing book. Land
to New York’s 129th Assembly District
owned by the federal government is
in 2000, representing Cayuga, Cortland,
usually not subject to property taxes, so
Onondaga, Ontario and Seneca counties.
PILOTs are made to local governments
He lives in Canandaigua with his wife
to compensate for that loss in the tax
Lauren and has three grown children,
sons Britton and Clayton and a daughter,
Opponents of the proposed cap said it Gazette photo by Edward J. Carr
Brian M. Kolb, a Canandaigua Republican, was elected Assembly minority leader last week. He Kylie.
would have led to higher local property
replaced James Tedisco, who stepped down while awaiting the results of a too-close-to-call special While acknowledging “the mold was
taxes that would have been especially congressional election in the 20th District. Kolb says, as minority leader, he will ensure the needs
See Reps on page 21 of upstate New Yorkers are met. See Educator on page 25
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NEWS IN BRIEF
New bottle deposit law
to be implemented soon
By EDWARD J. CARR
Gazette staff writer
ew York’s expanded bottle deposit legislation,
signed into law last week by Gov. David A.
Paterson, will go into effect June 1.
As of that date, consumers will be able to redeem a
5-cent deposit on bottled water containers, in addition to
the beer and soda bottles that were already covered by
the state’s deposit law.
Starting April 15, New York will also collect 80
percent of unclaimed deposits from beverage companies
and divert them to the General Fund. Advocates from
the New York Public Interest Research Group estimate
this could put around $115 million in the state coffers
The law also increases the handling fee from 2 cents to
3.5 cents. Handling fees are paid to stores or recycling
centers when they return empty bottles to a bottler,
distributor or other private companies.
Organizations around the state, including the New
York Association of Convenience Stores and New
Yorkers for Real Recycling Reform, say these provisions
could increase beverage prices significantly.
Photos courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York
EPA eyes Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal An early map of New Amsterdam shows the southern tip of the Island of Manhattan. Celebrations are being planned to commemorate
the discovery of New York by Henry Hudson in 1609.
The Associated Press
T New York City marks 400th
he federal Environmental Protection Agency is
proposing that Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal be
placed on its Superfund National Priorities List.
That would allow the EPA to investigate contamination
and possible solutions.
anniversary of Dutch arrival
Some critics say the move would delay plans to build
luxury waterfront housing. Activist Buddy Scotto told
the New York Post the canal is clean enough now to
The EPA is asking for public input.
The 1.8-mile canal was once dubbed “Lavender Lake” RICHARD PYLE two exhibits, and the Dutch consulate in New York lists
for its purplish chemical hue. The Associated Press more than 50 events in both cities, ranging from “New
In 1776, the swampy creek was later dredged to make our hundred years after Henry Hudson sailed his York Nights” in Amsterdam to concerts, walking tours,
the canal the scene of fighting in the Battle of Long ship Half Moon up a river that would one day and art and flower shows.
Island. bear his name, historians are marking his role in In September, a replica of the Half Moon will recreate
the evolution of a tiny Dutch trading post into a world its voyage up the Hudson.
Comptroller voids state capital called New York.
The activity includes exhibits by the Museum of
Arriving Sept. 3, 1609, Hudson sailed up the river
discovered by the Italian Giovanni de Verrazano in 1524
the City of New York and the New York and familiar as well to French, Portuguese
fair’s concert contract Historical Society, a recreation of the
Half Moon’s voyage of discovery up
and English explorers.
Along the 150-mile journey,
The Associated Press the Hudson, and scores of events Hudson traded with the natives —
he state comptroller has voided the contract with here and in the Netherlands. trinkets and knives for tobacco
the company that has already booked several acts The Englishman’s journey — repeatedly ran aground,
for this year’s New York State Fair, including under the Dutch flag — and gave up when the river
country star Kenny Chesney. Hudson’s 58-foot ship became unnavigable.
A spokeswoman for Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli left Amsterdam on the While the Dutch
says his office rejected Triangle Talent Inc.’s $48,500 morning tide of April 4, “bought” territory from
contract last Tuesday because it didn’t conform with 1609, and headed west — the natives, it was
the request for proposals issued by the state Department was yet another attempt more like paying rent
of Agriculture and Markets, which oversees the fair in by Europeans to find a and giving it back on
Syracuse. “northwest passage” to departure, curator Henry
Triangle Talent’s contract was more than $600,000 less Asia. Hudson and his 20 said. “The Indians did
than the contract the agriculture department awarded to crewmen got only as far not think you could
Live Nation Worldwide to produce concerts at last year’s as modern-day Albany. own land, water or air.
state fair. But the impact of their It wasn’t part of their
A state fair spokeswoman says the concerts at the 2009 voyage continues to this world view.”
fair will go on despite the comptroller’s ruling. day. The Dutch brought not
Spurred by Hudson’s only trading skills but
report of an abundance of “freedom of conscience”
beavers, the Dutch sent fur that protected people from
WANT TO REACH US? traders to America and by religious persecution, a
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were good at it. Myths also survive, a favorite being that the Dutch
“It’s not well known that the concept of a permanent bought Manhattan from Indians for $24. That figure,
company owned by stockholders was an invention of based on an 1840 exchange rate, would be “peanuts,”
We want to hear from you! the Dutch,” Henry said. “This innovative approach to says Dutch historian Jaap A. Jacobs.
business helped set the stage for New York’s emergence A letter written by a Dutch official in 1626 says the
Send your letters to: as a financial and business center.” price was “60 guilders” — probably in trade goods,
email@example.com That is among several themes in three planned exhibits Jacobs says. “It’s difficult to convert any 17th century
at the museum and one in Holland titled “Amsterdam/ sum into modern currency, but for comparison, a soldier
and tell us what's on your mind. New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson.” earned eight to 12 guilders a month, and a skilled
In addition, the New York Historical Society plans artisan 300 a year.”
The Legislative Gazette April 13, 2009 Page 3
20th Congressional District in lawyers’ hands now
By T.J. RAPHAEL
Gazette staff writer
he final stretch in the 20th
Congressional District Special
Election begins today with the
counting of military and other overseas
absentee ballots — the factor most likely
to determine who will win the vacant
seat in the House of Representatives.
Both congressional candidates have
taken every precaution in regard to the
counting of absentee ballots, which began
last Wednesday. And the campaigns have
retained veteran election attorneys to
represent them in the extremely close
Scott Murphy hired Henry T. Berger
to oversee the ballot counting process.
Berger, who is part of The New York
Democratic Lawyers Council, has
represented President Bill Clinton and
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Gazette photo by Anna Helhoski
Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., Vice Members of the Rensselaer County Board of Elections inspect absentee ballots at the county office building last week, the first day a court allowed local
boards of elections to begin counting paper ballots in the race for the 20th Congressional District between Scott Murphy and James Tedisco.
President Al Gore and former New York
City Mayor David Dinkins.
Berger successfully argued the recent the absentee ballots are counted, Scott order from the federal court,” adding legal and proper ballots and ensure this
federal ruling on absentee ballots applies Murphy will win this election.” the Tedisco camp wants the process, process is fair. I want to win.”
only to military personnel and all other Tedisco hired Attorney John Ciampoli “done and we want it done quickly, but The U.S. Justice Department sued the
absentee ballots should be counted at of the New York State Senate Republican we want it done right and [we want] as state days before the March 31 election
their scheduled time. The ruling came in Campaign Committee and the National much as possible to protect the rights of to ensure that all military ballots will
the Democrat’s favor when Judge James Republican Lawyers Association. the voters.” be counted. A prepared statement from
V. Brands decided domestic ballots may Ciampoli represented the state Republican Ciampoli said the federal ruling requires the U.S. Department of Justice said,
be counted beginning April 8, seven Committee and the Dutchess County machine ballots to be recanvassed before “The counties in the 20th Congressional
days after the election. Under New York Conservative paper ballots are District did not mail requested absentee
Election Law, most absentee ballots Committee prior counted. The lawyer ballots to New York’s military and other
must be postmarked by the day before to the election to pointed to last week’s citizens living abroad until March 12,
the election and arrive by the seventh remove Libertarian court proceeding in 2009, and, in most cases, March 13, 2009.
day after the election. candidate Eric which the Greene There were more than 1,300 overseas
“We’re pleased with today’s court Sundwall from the County Board of voters entitled to receive absentee ballots
ruling ensuring domestic absentee ballot, which he Elections said it for [the election], including at least
ballots will begin being counted this did. will wait for a court 471 military voters presently stationed
week,” said Berger April 6 in a prepared Ciampoli views order to recanvass overseas.” Today is the last day for the
statement. “The people of the 20th the Department of Tedisco the machines in light Murphy boards of elections to accept absentee
Congressional District need their votes Justice’s ruling differently than Berger, of a previous impound order for all paper ballots from military personnel.
counted in a timely manner, so they can saying it applies to all paper ballots, not ballots. Recanvassing is the process of going
be represented in Congress as quickly just those from military personnel. In When asked what the most important over the original tallied votes that have
as possible in these tough economic a telephone interview he said, “I think aspect of this election is Ciampoli said, been returned and ensuring they have
times. We are confident that once all that is the better and safer reading of the “Our position is and will be to count the See District on page 23
No sign of compromise
in union layoff talks
By MATTHEW ARCO negotiate with individual state employees
Gazette staff writer and not the union leadership — an action
he standoff between Gov. David they say goes against the Taylor Law.
A. Paterson and labor unions The Taylor Law protects the rights of
continued to drag on last week as workers to form unions and provides
the threat to layoff 8,700 people turned them with certain protections, including
into a numbered list of government requirements of how state and local
employees set to lose their jobs by July governments negotiate with unions.
1. “We’re going to fight like hell for every
Top union officials announced they member we have,” said Danny Donohue,
would not concede under the governor’s president of CSEA, at a joint news
pressure to reopen union contracts and conference with PEF last Wednesday. Gazette photo by Anand Balasar
said they intend to file an improper “We’re also here to ask whether or not PEF President Ken Brynien, left, and CSEA President Danny Donohue meet with reporters last
practice charge with the Public the governor understands what the term Wednesday to explain their opposition to the governor’s plan to lay off 8,700 state workers.
Employment Relations Board over a mental health means, because we think
letter sent out by the governor to all he needs a good psychiatrist, or at least number of job cuts each state agency Mental Retardation and Developmental
union members. he should share the drugs that he’s on must make by summer. The list calls Disabilities with 1,434 planned cuts and
The Civil Service Employee because he’s not making any sense to for 8,700 job cuts — 200 less than Mental Health with 1,054.
Association and the Public Employers any of our members.” originally planned — with correctional Other state agencies slated for cuts
Federation said the governor attempted Backlash from union leaders came services, at 2,021 scheduled cuts, taking include the New York State Police
to undermine the unions by trying to after Paterson released a list with the the largest hit, followed by the Office of See Layoff on page 23
Page 4 OPINION PAGE The Legislative Gazette April 13, 2009
In troubled times, the trick is to play it straight
or a few brief moments, once plebiscite. Subsequently, they’ve been
when Mario Cuomo became gutted so that Michael Bloomberg could
governor and then when Eliot run again. I told them that as long as
Spitzer took the reins, it looked like we things continued as they are now, there
might see some changes in the way in was little likelihood that state legislators
which things are done in Albany. In both of any party would vote to cut their own
cases, things stayed the same. Despite throats and end their political careers.
his low poll numbers, David Paterson So, we are stuck with what we have.
is a good man but when he took office, The Republicans certainly didn’t
he decided to take a different path from distinguish themselves when they were
that of his predecessor. As the son of an
BY ALAN S. CHARTOCK in office. Their dreadful treatment of the
insider and a lifelong insider himself, minority Democrats when they were in
he concluded that there was no good same old all around him. His numbers election, the Democrats could lose the charge of the Senate makes them most
reason to challenge the system. He knew took a dive after Kirsten Gillibrand Senate. The consequent redistricting unsympathetic as they cry in their beer
how it worked and he worked it. For a became the senator and after Team and gerrymandering could keep the that the Democrats are not playing fair.
while, things went his way. Fatigued Paterson trashed Caroline Kennedy. Republicans in power for a long time to The fact is, everyone knows that the
New Yorkers thanked their lucky stars Now we have more same old, same come. If Paterson’s numbers stay low, Democrats are much fairer to the minority
that the implosion of the system — Joe old than ever before. True, we got a you can expect that he will be visited Republicans than said Republicans were
Bruno’s downfall and Spitzer’s flameout fairly on-time budget but it was laden upon by senior Democrats asking him to when the tables were turned.
— was over. Paterson made friends with good old-fashioned pork. The step aside. Then enter Andrew Cuomo. The Democrats know that the state
with Shelly Silver and got along with conservatives have had a field day I recently spoke to the statewide social is getting bluer and bluer. The trick in
his former Senate colleague, Malcolm criticizing the significantly above-the- studies association. Someone in the these treacherous economic times is to
Smith. Paterson had been a good friend rate-of-inflation budget. The stimulus audience asked me what I thought of the play it straight and do what is good for
of Joe Bruno’s. One of the worst things money that was used to close the gap idea of term limits for state legislators. the people, not for their special interest
that happened to the new governor was might be a good thing, assuming the I responded that since the system had friends. They have to understand that
that Bruno was forced out and the next recession is over in two years when that become so self-serving, I would support if they go back to the insider, lobbyist-
guy up on the Republican side was the money runs out. If it isn’t, there will such a thing. I told them what they driven clubhouse days, they will be
far more belligerent Dean Skelos. When be a gaping hole in that year’s budget. already knew: unless we had the ability to cutting their own throats. And, of course,
you are a Long Islander, you’ve got to There’s a tremendous amount at stake. put such questions on the ballot through it goes without saying that the longer
be tough. If you don’t believe me, try If the Democrats screw it up and run a initiative and referendum, it would never the voters look the other way and don’t
driving on the Southern State Parkway. weakened governor and Barack Obama happen. I pointed out that term limits pay attention, the longer these folks will
So there was Paterson with the same old, is not leading the ticket in a national got on the ballot in Gotham in a voter continue on their current path to failure.
Letters to the Editor
Anyone who isn’t bought Don’t tax schools to bail out MTA
and owned should be angry N
To the editor: Island, they would bear the greatest
owhere but in the increasingly share of this portion of the MTA bailout
bizarre world of New York with funds derived from the most
state government would school overburdened source of government
To the editor: worst, most out of balance budget in our budgets be raided to fund a transit revenues…the local property taxpayer.
he new state budget sounds the history. It takes no account of the world- system! Equally disconcerting is that New
death-knell for Reform in New wide economic uncertainty, reflects no Deceptively presented as a “mobility York’s first payroll tax would establish
York. Drafted in the dark by understanding of permanent changes on tax,” the MTA payroll scheme is a direct a new revenue stream for the state,
three-men-in-a-room with no hearings Wall Street, ignores business weakness tax on employers. As school districts are one that could be readily accessed
and no public involvement, it is the See Owned on page 25 among the largest employers on Long See MTA on page 24
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Both houses give green light to more red light cameras
By MATTHEW ARCO
Gazette staff writer
raffic light cameras already in
place in New York City, meant to
catch drivers who run red lights,
will likely be added to other parts of
the state, even as civil liberties groups
and some lawmakers have expressed
concerns over the initiative.
Legislation allowing for pilot programs
in Long Island, Yonkers, Rochester,
Buffalo and Syracuse passed both houses
last week and is expected to be signed
by the governor. Each test region could
have as many as 50 cameras installed at
different intersections, with fines up to
$50 for running a red light. The bills will
also expand New York City’s number
of cameras by 50, totaling 150 red light
Assemblyman David Gantt, chair of
the Assembly Transportation Committee,
when asked if he supported red light
cameras, said “I don’t. They’re an
invasion of privacy.”
But although Gantt, D-Rochester,
doesn’t like the idea of the cameras, he
said he sponsored the Assembly bill since
the cameras are expected to raise revenue
and therefore benefit local residents.
Generating revenue from people
breaking the law is also something
Sen. Martin Malave Dilan, chair of the AP photo
Senate Transportation Committee, said Gov. David A. Paterson is expected to approve a new law that would allow the placement of cameras near intersections to capture the license plates
of those who run red lights in several communities across the state. Supporters say the law will keep drivers safe and generate needed revenue.
he supports. “I support [the cameras] Opponents say it violates civil rights.
because more than anything they raise
money from people going through red the cameras permanent. “If I’m still cameras and citizens’ personal privacy. the letter said. “Once in the possession
lights,” said Dilan, D-Brooklyn. “It’s a chair then, I would vote to extend it,” “Beyond capturing images of of state officials, a car’s license plate
public safety issue, and the public will Dilan said. individuals, electronic surveillance number can provide access to highly
benefit from them.” The New York Civil Liberties Union technology can be used to collect and sensitive personal information.”
The pilot program is scheduled to sent a letter to Gantt highlighting the store information that indicates an In addition to possible sensitive
sunset in 2014, but lawmakers are organization’s concerns about red light individual’s location and travel patterns,” See Cameras on page 24
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AG’s Project Sunlight continues to evolve
By KRISTEN HANMER
Gazette staff writer
ttorney General Andrew Cuomo
unveiled an upgraded version of
his government accountability
and transparency Web site geared toward
the public. The site has been redesigned
as Sunlight 2.0, a more user-friendly
version of Project Sunlight with new
features and data.
“This re-tooled Web site increases
accountability and openness, and gives
the public the tools to hold officials more
accountable, which is more important
than ever before,” said Cuomo.
Taking its name from the saying
“sunlight is the best disinfectant,”
Project Sunlight was initially created
in 2007 — under the guidance of New
York Public Interest Research Group
Legislative Director Blair Horner, who
left NYPIRG at the time to work on
the project — with the intention of
providing the public with easy access to
information related to state government,
such as campaign finance, state contracts
and how tax dollars are spent.
“When Project Sunlight was first
launched, I said that it was not a final
product, but a foundation for making an
even better resource for all New Yorkers,”
said Cuomo. “It is vital that Sunlight
continues to expand and evolve as we
incorporate new ideas and information.”
Now, as a result of user feedback, Sunlight
2.0 contains several new features and is
comprised mainly of three sections.
The first is a database to browse items
such as state contracts, state corporations,
legislation and bill jackets, which may
include a sponsor’s memo, counsels’ Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announcing the launch of Project Sunlight, a Web site that allows voters and taxpayers to view campaign contributions
statements, state agencies’ official and member item spending, in 2007. The sight was updated last week to include new information and make it easier for users.
positions and opinions of lobbyists,
corporations and private individuals. maps allowing users to geographically Several good government groups to local government information. It’s a
The second is a search function for locate member items, elected officials applauded Cuomo’s continued efforts welcoming gateway for New Yorkers
information on contracts, member and local government entities. All 10,036 toward government accountability. Barbara to find out what’s going on and who is
items and other discretionary state member items in the 2008-2009 budget Bartoletti, legislative director for the influencing government in New York.”
funding allocated by the Legislature, are available for review on the site, as League of Women Voters, said, “League Project Sunlight, which features video
corporations, charities, lobbyists and well as 3,000 completed member item members have used Project Sunlight with tutorials, also serves as an educational
campaign finance. There is also a new dispositions from the attorney general’s great success and welcome these and resource, offering information on
“smart search” feature for the New York review of the 2006-2007 budget. Links to future upgrades to its data and usability.” the basics of state government, how
State Campaign Finance database able the 2009-2010 budget are also available Russ Haven, legislative counsel for candidates report campaign finances
to overcome mistakes from common on the site. Other new features include NYPIRG said, “Project Sunlight and what lobbyists are required to
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Louise Backus of Binghamton leaves flowers at a memorial at the American Civic Association in Binghamton last Tuesday. Gun control groups say the recent massacre at the immigration center
shows the need for better gun control in New York.
Gun control groups say Binghamton Rampage
incident shows the need for reforms tests 911
By MATTHEW ARCO gun industry to stop capitalizing on those America’s gun crisis.”
Gazette staff writer ginned-up fears to spread weapons of The New York State Rifle and Pistol
n the wake of several shootings war among the public.” Association said it’s typical for gun
around the country — including the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence reform advocates to use cases of violent
recent Binghamton massacre that left say there are pieces of legislation the attacks as a reason to push for new
13 people dead — groups advocating for group is looking to get passed this year laws.
gun reform laws say the time is right for while the New York State Rifle and “They try to use an event like this to By JOHN KEKIS
revisiting the state’s gun laws. Pistol Association says existing laws are further their agenda,” said Thomas King, The Associated Press
New Yorkers tough enough — president of the association. “New York ichael Ballard rushed to the 911
Against Gun the problem is they has the second tightest gun laws in the call center knowing his staff
Violence and the aren’t enforced. nation. Unless the laws in effect are was flooded with information
Brady Campaign “In a nation with enforced and policed, no laws are going as a gunman assaulted a Binghamton
to Prevent Gun over 280 million to be effective.” immigrants center and killed 13 people
Violence are calling guns, a patchwork King said there are enough laws in the on the morning of April 3.
on lawmakers to of weak gun laws state to effectively keep guns out of the “The dispatchers were handling it like
recognize what they and easy access hands of people who shouldn’t have them any other call,” Ballard said. “There was
call the country’s to firearms, high and criminals who commit crimes with a no panic, nothing. You wouldn’t have
gun “crisis.” Schimel
powered gun Schneiderman
firearm should face stiff penalties. known what was going on.”
“After each tragedies are “It’s easy to say ‘take the guns away The six women and five men working the
horrific shooting, some leaders in certain to continue unless our nation’s and the problem will go away,’” he said. phones were trying to sort out the details,
Washington have said the solution is to gun laws are strengthened,” said Jackie “What makes you think if you take away directing rescuers and comforting victims,
do nothing, simply continue to enforce Hilly, executive director of New Yorkers all the legal guns the criminals won’t including 61-year-old Shirley DeLucia,
the existing laws, just as we have been Against Gun Violence. “Our legislators, have them?” a receptionist shot in the abdomen by
doing,” said Paul Helmke, president of with few exceptions, demonstrate a “Criminals don’t obey the laws, when Jiverly Wong moments after he walked
the Brady Campaign. “It is time for the troubling lack of leadership in tackling See Gun on page 22 See Training on page 21
NY lawmakers asked to consider coalition’s circuit breaker tax plan
By ANNA HELHOSKI R-Queensbury, and Assemblywoman when considering what to do about high in town,” said Johnson spokesman
Gazette staff writer Sandy Galef, D-Ossining. There are property taxes, wanted to find a way to Rich Azzopardi, when asked whether
he elimination of the STAR rebate a number of differences between the assist people who need help the most. Little’s legislation stood a chance of
program in the 2009-2010 state consortium’s proposal and the Galef/ Galef said a circuit breaker would do just getting passed by the Investigations and
budget has prompted a coalition Little bill, but both are meant to replace that by taking into account how much Government Operations Committee.
of property tax reform groups to urge the rebate that was provided through people are able to afford to pay in taxes. Azzopardi said competing legislation is
state leaders to commit to helping middle the state’s School Tax Relief, or STAR, The consortium’s proposal is based already being considered, including bill
class homeowners by passing an omnibus Program which was eliminated in the on the Galef/Little bill, which was S.1849, which was introduced by Senate
circuit breaker bill. new state budget. referred to the Assembly Ways and Deputy Minority Leader Jeff Klein,
A property tax reform group, the “Property taxes are one of the most Means Committee on March 20 and D-Bronx, and is co-sponsored by Johnson.
Omnibus Consortium, is pushing for burdensome financial issues New Yorkers on Jan. 7 to the Senate Investigations Klein’s bill, which has no same-as in the
the adoption of its proposal for a circuit have to deal with,” said Galef, who and Government Operations Committee, Assembly, was referred to the Senate’s
breaker bill modeled after legislation serves as chairwoman of the Assembly which is chaired by Sen. Craig M. Local Government Committee on Feb. 9
(S.253/A.7094) re-introduced this Real Property Taxation Committee. The Johnson, D-Port Washington. and includes both a circuit breaker and a
year by Sen. Elizabeth O’C. Little, assemblywoman said she and Little, “Galef/Little is not the only game See Circuit on page 22
The Legislative Gazette April 13, 2009 Page 9
Report shows problems with drug-pricing web site
By ANAND BALASAR
Gazette staff writer
he New York Public Interest
Research Group released a report
it says shows the state Health
Department’s prescription drug database
is incomplete and inaccurate.
“There are millions of New Yorkers who
lack basic coverage for health insurance,”
said Blair Horner, legislative director of
NYPIRG. “There are many more who
lack prescription drug coverage even
though they have health insurance.”
The Department of Health in 2006
was required by law to create a Web
site allowing consumers to easily
compare prescription prices. The Web
site, rx.nyhealth.gov/pdpw, displays
pricing information for 150 of the most
prescribed drugs, allowing consumers to
search by zip code, city or county.
This was an initiative taken to reduce
the stress on consumers who previously
had to visit a number of pharmacies to
seek the lowest drug price available.
“This clearly shows that New York
state needs to do a better job with
the prescription drug Web site,” said
Tom Boehlert of AARP, referring to
The report, titled The Price Is Not Gazette photo by Victoria Story
Right, showed there are fewer Blair Horner, right, legislative director for the New York Public Interest Research Group, is joined by lobbyists for AARP to bring attention to mistakes in
a state-run Web site designed to offer consumers price comparisons of 150 popular prescription drugs. NYPIRG and AARP are saying the state needs
pharmacies listed on the Web site than to do a better job updating the information and require more pharmacies to submit their drug prices.
are actually licensed by the state. There
are currently 4,855 pharmacies registered services,” said Boehlert. seven displayed the Web site information Horner said, “The law needs to be
with the State Education Department, NYPIRG and AARP say a full and in their stores. fixed… and there needs to be boosted
while there are only 4,429 listed on the complete list is necessary to prevent “Without information on pricing there enforcement of the existing law to make
Health Department’s pricing disclosure consumers from overspending on drugs is no way for people to make informed sure people can benefit.”
database. when it can be avoided. For example, decisions on purchasing prescription “One reason the law is weak is because
The report also showed that none of the a $558 price difference was found in drugs at the most cost effective prices,” it relies on the state Medicaid database
pharmacies in the department’s database Suffolk County for Singulair — the said Boehlert. to get prices. The Medicaid database
displayed prices for all 150 drugs, which largest price difference found in the NYPIRG is looking for reform of the is limited,” said Horner. “If you live in
is also required by the law. Some entries state. Horner said, “If you’re paying full program by requiring that pharmacies a very affluent area, let’s say Delmar
on the department’s Web site also seemed retail it can save you hundreds if not electronically report all 150 prescription or Loudonville, there may be very few
to be erroneous; one glaring example thousands of dollars if you go to the least drug prices to the state. They also want Medicaid beneficiaries that go to the
is the price of Ambien in Huntington, expensive pharmacy.” the Department of Education to require pharmacy. In those pharmacies, the prices
Suffolk County, which is displayed at The legislation passed in 2005 pharmacies to display the Department of will never show up. So it wouldn’t help
$860,603 for a 30-day supply. requires pharmacies to display a sign Health’s Web site and have the Health you to comparison shop in Loudonville
“In the report published last year, in bold, block letters with the Health Department monitor the quality of the or Delmar because the prices wouldn’t
AARP found that price increases for Department’s Web site. The report states data provided and release an annual be there.”
brand name drugs far outpace the price that NYPIRG did an independent spot report of the program’s performance to “We think that the state should require
increases for other consumer goods and check of 55 pharmacies and found only the public. that [all] the prices be posted,” he said.
New Web site compares per-capita spending in each county
By EDWARD J. CARR discrepancies between spending and tax promote economic growth.” It includes tax totals and per-capita
Gazette staff writer rates between counties, excluding the Along with the Business Council, spending for 1,604 localities around the
wo fiscally conservative five boroughs of New York City. the Empire Center for New York State state.
organizations joined forces last “This new tool … will allow taxpayers Policy helped compile and calculate the When the Comptroller’s Office releases
week to create an online database and the media to measure government data for the new Web site. The report, data for 2008 at the end of this year, the
that displays per-capita spending and performance,” said Kenneth Adams, titled Benchmark New York, is available Web site is expected to be updated.
tax rates for counties, towns, cities president of The Business Council of at www.SeeThroughNY.net. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb,
and villages in an effort to increase New York State. “It also provides a The information in the report was R-Canandaigua, applauded the site
government transparency. framework for helping localities to more taken from figures gathered in 2007 saying, “The Business Council and the
The groups hope to demonstrate the effectively compete, attract jobs and by the Office of the State Comptroller. See Spending on page 23
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Page 10 The Legislative Gazette April 13, 2009
Gov. should not run in 2010, voters say Budget is
By GREGORY JONES
Gazette staff writer
G among voters
ov. David A. Paterson has
not seen any improvement in
his dismal approval ratings,
and a majority of voters now say
By MATTHEW ARCO
he should consider not running for Gazette staff writer
governor in 2010. ixty percent of New Yorkers say
According to a Quinnipiac University they disapprove of the enacted
poll released last week, 53 percent of 2009-2010 budget, according to a
voters say Paterson should not run Quinnipiac University poll released last
for a four-year term next year, while week.
39 percent say he could still restore While only 16 percent of voters polled
his reputation and should run next said they approved of the budget, 65
year. Even 49 percent of Democrats percent of New Yorkers agreed it was
say Paterson should drop out of the “business as usual in Albany” and said
race now compared to 45 percent who Gov. David A. Paterson and legislative
don’t. leaders lacked the political courage to
New York voters disapprove 60 to 28 make tough decisions.
percent of the job Paterson is doing, When asked if New York state
government is dysfunctional, 71 percent
giving him the lowest approval rating
of voters said they agreed with the
in the history of the Quinnipiac poll for
statement, while 23 percent disagreed.
a New York governor. As lawmakers
Responsibility is spread evenly across
struggled to pass on-time budget, voters party lines; 21 percent blame Paterson,
disapprove 70 to 19 percent of the way 25 percent blame Democrats and 21
Paterson handled the process. percent say Republicans are the reason
“The slide started with the Caroline state government is dysfunctional.
Kennedy flap and deepened with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver got
the humongous state budget passed a negative approval rating — 28 to 36
last week,” said Maurice Carroll, percent — with 36 percent of voters polled
director of the Quinnipiac University Gazette file photo saying they were undecided about Silver.
Polling Institute. “The budget was an Gov. David A. Paterson, pictured here with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as the final budget “Speaker Sheldon Silver emerged
was being negotiated, is unpopular among voters according to a new Quinnipiac University poll and from the budget fuss as the most
opportunity for Paterson to reverse his some voters say he should not consider a run for governor in 2010.
slide, but voters disapprove almost four powerful,” Carroll said. “As powerful
to one of the way he handled it.” would defeat Giuliani 53 to 36 percent in Gillibrand trailed U.S. Rep. Carolyn as any speaker has ever been, yet a big
If a Democratic primary were held a head-to-head match up, the poll found. McCarthy 33 to 29 percent in a percentage of voters don’t know him
today, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo well enough to decide if he’s good or
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is also potential primary race, with 33 percent
bad at this point. They better learn.”
would beat Paterson 61 to 18 percent, facing a low approval rating. Sixty four undecided. However, Gillibrand leads
The poll was conducted between April
according to the poll. In a general percent of voters said they do not know U.S. Rep. Peter King 40 to 28 percent
1 and 5. It surveyed 1,528 registered
election, Republican Rudolph Giuliani enough about Gillibrand to form an in a general election, with 28 percent voters in the state and has a margin of
tops Paterson 53 to 32 percent. Cuomo opinion of her. undecided. error of 2.5 percentage points.
Lawmakers split pork as
Paterson declines share
MICHAEL GORMLEY Silver, D-Manhattan, said the $685,000
The Associated Press grant serves a critical need for the
egislators are divvying up $170 poor through an organization roundly
million in pork-barrel spending supported and praised by state and city
that escaped any cut in this fiscal government as well as other politicians
crisis except for the governor’s refusal of including former President George W.
his traditional share. Bush.
The grants, directed by lawmakers to “I would suggest that in one of the days
social services groups and popular civic you are not here, go down and find out
groups in their districts, should be made how many poor people are served, how
public by the end of the month. many immigrants are served, how many
Breaking recent tradition dating to people depend on it for their meals,
the Pataki administration, Gov. David their clothing, their furniture and their
Paterson declined the governor’s usual social services,” Silver told reporters.
cut of $30 million in grants. “Take a look before you criticize.”
“Given the historic economic crisis we If this year is similar to most recent
are in, the governor decided to forego any years, Silver, who is the most senior of
member item spending,” said Paterson leaders in Albany, will issue about $7
spokesman Errol Cockfield. million in so-called member items to
The grants will be detailed by the more than 100 groups.
Senate and Assembly after a 10-day Good-government advocates have
period during which the governor can criticized many of the grants as pork
veto elements of the 2009-2010 state used by incumbents to win votes back
budget adopted last week. But Paterson home and by their leaders, who decide
already agreed to the total spending. on allocations, to keep the rank-and-
Assembly Speaker Sheldon file in line. The $170 million is split
Silver recently defended his annual between the Senate and Assembly, with
COVERING NEW YORK STATE appropriation to the Metropolitan
Council on Jewish Poverty, run by the
more senior members of the majority
Democratic party getting more than
GOVERNMENT ON THE AIR husband of Silver’s chief of staff. The
aid group provides services throughout
Republicans, who are in the minority of
AND ONLINE New York City and gets grants from
The grants are less than 1 percent of the
$131.8 billion overall budget.
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NYRI withdraws controversial power line application
By KRISTEN HANMER
Gazette staff writer
he company that wanted to build
a $2 billion, 190-mile, high-
voltage power line to alleviate
downstate energy concerns by tapping
upstate resources, officially suspended
its application last Monday, effectively
abandoning the project.
Principals behind the New York
Regional Interconnect said their decision
came as a direct response to a recent
ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission that made the project too
FERC recently approved new rules
for transmission tariffs affecting how
projects such as this one could recover
their investment costs.
“The process set forth a screening
process for determining cost recovery
that NYRI believes would exclude any
significant transmission project from
meeting the initial screen,” said Len
Singer, general counsel for NYRI. He also
said the screening process does not take
into account public policy or the impact
of the project, which he says in this case,
would have benefited the state by helping
it meet renewable energy goals.
Additionally, if the project were to
make it through the screening process,
Singer explained it would be subject
to a vote from its beneficiaries, and
LEFT: A map of the proposed route for the 190-mile power line proposed by New York Regional Interconnect. RIGHT: Protesters outside a NYRI hearing
in this case, that would have included in Rochester last year demonstrate the size of a proposed base for the towers that would have traversed much of central New York if the project had
competitors who previously indicated been approved. The company withdrew its application last week.
they would not support the line. NYRI
requested a rehearing of the rules but the investors determined the financial County to New Windsor, Orange County, by addressing problems caused by an aging
was denied by FERC on March 31, risks of the project were too great to as a way to deal with the growing need electrical grid downstate. NYRI also said
leading directly to the withdrawal of the continue,” said Singer. for power downstate by using sources of local, upstate residents would profit from
project by the company. “As a result of NYRI was seeking approval from the energy, including clean and renewable the line, saying the company expected to
those two provisions in the New York Public Service Commission to build the ones, generated upstate. The company said pay $30 million annually in property taxes
Independent System Operator rules, power line, stretching from Marcy, Oneida the project would be beneficial to the state See Power on page 25
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Page 12 The Legislative Gazette April 13, 2009
Commish doses out info on health reforms
By KATRINA KIELTYKA Paterson’s office, $19.4 million was included in the At the Livingston County Health Department in Mount
Gazette staff writer 2009-2010 budget, to be shared by 51 health care centers Morris, Daines was scheduled to discuss collaborative
t the start of National Public Health Week, around the state, to “support new sites and service areas, local health planning with members of the Genesee Valley
April 6-12, state Health Commissioner Richard to increase services at existing sites and to provide Health Partnership Board, a group of public health care
F. Daines embarked on an eight-county trip supplemental payments for the increase in uninsured and business leaders dedicated to making Livingston
around the state to speak about health care reforms in the patients seeking care.” Also, a $4.5 million program County “the healthiest county in the state.” He was also
recently passed budget and highlight the work of local was established, the Medical expected to address collaborative planning in Watertown
public health agencies. Home Demonstration Project, to with the Jefferson County Public Health Network.
The tour was scheduled to make stops in Tompkins, provide financial incentives for In Steuben, Chemung and Onondaga counties, Daines
Ontario, Livingston, Steuben, Chemung, Onondaga, upstate health care providers to was scheduled to focus on childhood obesity prevention
Jefferson and Oswego counties, and called attention to offer more office-based services at by discussing different community programs and
a variety of health-related issues at several locations more convenient times. approaches to combating the obesity epidemic.
each day. According to the Health Daines gave the keynote address at the New York State
In a press release from the Health Department, Daines Department, during his first stop in Association for Rural Health’s forum and, according
said, “National Public Health Week is a good time Ithaca, Tompkins County, Daines to Fred Heigal, vice president of the Health Care
to recognize the work being done by public health was scheduled to participate in a Association of New York State and board member of the
workers but also to refocus those efforts to address demonstration of research done at New York State Association for Rural Health, was very
special challenges to the public’s health during difficult Cornell University, present a Public Health Excellence well received by the participants.
economic times.” Award to tobacco control groups, congratulate OB-GYN “He related very well with the audience,” Heigal said.
Those challenges, Daines said, include difficulties Associates of Ithaca for recently being awarded a state In addition to understanding issues facing rural health
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budget, he said, “expand eligibility for public health In Ontario County, Daines attended the New York State given a sense upstate health care would be improved,
insurance, increase funding to food pantries, increase Association for Rural Health’s Spring Quality, Access Heigal answered with a resounding “yes,” noting many
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The Legislative Gazette April 13, 2009 Page 13
Upstate senators use state-splitting
bill to draw attention to grievances
By KATRINA KIELTYKA
Gazette staff writer
ven though being stuck in traffic
in Manhattan can make New
York City seem like a different
world than upstate New York, where
fields sandwich vast stretches of empty
road, the two regions are part of the
same state — but should they be? That’s
the question five upstate senators want
to pose to New Yorkers.
Volker of Depew,
of Cornwall and
of Milford, all
Republican, say Robach
for years, upstate
policies have been determined by
downstate politicians who are out of touch
with the needs of the northern region
of the state. Their recently introduced
legislation (S.3526) would address
this issue by calling for a nonbinding
referendum asking New Yorkers at
election time whether they would support
splitting New York into two states. … I don’t think we would do that if we
Ranzenhofer said there are several [upstaters] were a standalone state.”
goals of the bill. To actually split the When asked how upstate would make
state, he says, is a long-term goal. up for the money it receives from Wall
“A more immediate [goal] is to draw Street if the state were split, Robach
attention to the need that we have two said upstate could cut spending by
very diverse populations,” he said. determining its own policies, “from
“The state is being dominated by New public safety policy, how we protect
York City interests. It’s very hurtful to green space, how we tax, spend … and
Western New York.” educate our kids.” Robach also said the
An example of the pain being inflicted new state could create its own economic
upon Western New Yorkers can be seen development projects.
in the budget, he says, in which the However, the bill seems unlikely to see
STAR property tax rebate program was support from Senate Majority Leader
slashed. “That was a killer,” Ranzenhofer Malcolm A. Smith, D-St. Albans. His
said. “It’s one of the most obvious spokesman, Austin Schafran, said,
examples of how New York City doesn’t “Particularly during these difficult
understand the economic times,
“ The state by being
rest of the state’s where no region
concerns.” is of the state is
STAR, the immune to the
School Tax dominated New harsh reality of
the worst fiscal
gave qualifying York City interests. crisis in decades,
homeowners the last thing we
a property tax — Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer want to do is
rebate and a divide the state
partial property tax exemption from school with politically motivated and ignorant
taxes. The Basic STAR Program exempted rhetoric.” He added, “To get New York
homeowners of the first $30,000 of the full back on track, we must work together as
value of their home from school taxes. one New York.”
Despite attempts by Ranzenhofer to keep Additionally, Unshackle Upstate, an AP photos
the program intact, the STAR rebate was organization, according to its Web site, A busy street in Manhattan, below, and an upstate farm illustrate the diversity of New York. Five
state senators are asking colleagues to allow voters to decide whether New York should be split into
eliminated in the budget. with a mission “to achieve reforms in
two separate states. They are angry about the final budget and say there needs to be discussion
The result, Ranzehofer said in a press Albany that make upstate a stronger about better representation for upstaters in the Legislature.
release, is that families will lose money place to do business,” is also wary of
“in much needed property tax relief” the legislation. Constitution, legislation and laws.” since downstate depends heavily on
upstate. “The benefits [of the program] “We’ve always advocated for reforms Sampson said, “We’d rather seek the upstate resources, but he doesn’t “think
received in the city may be very small,” that have a statewide impact, and we hope reforms that would virtually unshackle it would be a bad one for [upstate].”
he said, “but the benefit to homeowners we can get those through,” said Unshackle us from the Legislature.” Ultimately, however, Robach says
throughout the state is tremendous.” Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson. Robert Ward, deputy director of the the legislation is about the voters. “At
Robach, who introduced the legislation, “If we can’t get them through, then we’ll Rockefeller Institute of Government, the federal level with a new president,
also said the final budget shows little look at upstate-only type reform.” said, “I think the big question is what people are talking about change; this
concern for other upstate issues. “We’re As far as actually splitting, however, is the chance Congress would approve would be certainly provide change,” he
coming off a budget made in secret by Sampson said, “There are far too many this?” He said, “It seems very unlikely said. “But let the people decide.
three Democrats, all from New York little aspects of it that would make it — you would be giving the current New Even if the bill were to pass both houses
City, which not only cuts services from nearly impossible to do.” For example, York four [U.S.] senators instead of two, of the Legislature and be signed into
upstate New York, but raises SUNY he said, “You have to look at the fact that’s just one issue.” law by the governor, it would be up to
[tuition] and not CUNY, and swept that you’d have to go to the federal When asked if he saw any negatives the leaders of each county to determine
money almost entirely into the General government and ask for a new Senate resulting from the split, Ranzenhofer whether they would want to place the
Fund,” Robach said. “And on top of seat.” Sampson also noted the state’s said simply, “No, not one.” nonbinding referendum on the ballot.
that,” he added, “new fees were added laws and finances are intertwined and Robach acknowledged an “arrangement The bill was referred to the Senate
on gas, electric, energy, health care to split the state “you’d literally have to would have to be worked out” between Elections Committee on March 23. There
insurance policies, wine, beer, water look at the entire package of the state’s the two states in terms of energy use, is no same-as bill in the Assembly.
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The NYOH network includes ﬁve, high-tech cancer treatment
centers located in Albany, Amsterdam, Hudson, Latham and Rexford and
four medical oncology ofﬁces in Gloversville, Saratoga, and Troy and, at the
Albany Medical Center. Its team of cancer care professionals includes 40
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Over the course of its 30 year history, NYOH has developed into a cohesive
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During the past decade, NYOH has played a pivotal role in the FDA approval
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he NYU Cancer Institute is a leader in the care
of patients with cancer. Using a multi-faceted
approach to cancer care, the Institute strives
to achieve its mission: to discover the origins
of human cancer and to use that knowledge to
eradicate the personal and societal burden of cancer in our
community, the nation, and the world.
As a center for translational medicine, NYU Cancer
Institute’s scientists, researchers and clinicians all share a
common goal of understanding how cancer develops at the
molecular level, and harnessing that knowledge to reduce
the risk of cancer through providing the newest treatment
options for patients. Members of the Institute are constantly
seeking to create opportunities for collaboration whether
with others in the Institute, elsewhere in the New York
University network or at outside institutions.
“As one of just 63 NCI designated centers in the country,
we have an outstanding scientiﬁc base and research labs
working to unravel the origins of cancer,” says Dr. William
Carroll, Director of the NYU Cancer Institute. “This research is
linked to outstanding clinical programs that bring a number
of new patients to new clinical protocols. From break-through
science in the lab to the highly personalized care we provide,
patient focus is one of our core commitments.”
The Institute is part of the NYU Langone Medical Center,
a world-renowned academic medical center located on the
eastside of Manhattan. Taking an integrated, team approach
to cancer care, NYU Cancer Institute’s experts are brought
nurturing, supportive environment in which the Institute’s
together from a variety of disciplines to create Disease
multidisciplinary treatment team can communicate and
Management Groups. These groups enable the Institute
collaborate to create the best outcomes for each patient.
to provide a full continuum of personalized care, from the
There are special challenges associated with being an
moment a patient walks into the state-of-the-art NYU
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urban medical facility according to Dr. Carroll. “In the midst
Clinical Cancer Center. This centralized facility provides a
of New York City, one of the fundamental problems is that
there are great therapies, yet people can’t always get to them.
There is a deep disparity in access to cutting edge therapy.”
The problems are as basic as lack of health insurance and
as nuanced as cultural and educational differences in the
Institute’s diverse patient population. Patients come from all
cultural backgrounds, from a variety of socioeconomic levels
and from many different countries.
To address these disparities, the NYU Cancer Institute
reaches out to communities and works with them to bring
prevention, screening and cancer education to their diverse
populations. “It is important that NYU Cancer Institute
continues to deliver top-ﬂight care in the community” says
Dr. Carroll. “We work to ensure that patients who are under
emotional and sometimes ﬁnancial stress from the fact of
their illness do not have to add travel and being away from
their families to their list of problems.”
The NYU Cancer Institute is ultimately forward thinking.
While it offers the most up-to-date care for all cancers,
it is accelerating the pace of research and clinical care for
all types of human cancer. It has recently launched special
emphasis programs in cancer healthcare disparities,
molecular-targeted therapy, lung cancer, immunotherapy,
and melanoma, to name a few. It is the programmatic
approach across disease areas inclusive of stunning science,
cultural diversity, and patient centered care which sets NYU
Cancer Institute apart and ﬁrmly establishes it as one of the
countries premier cancer care facilities.
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ancer cure with organ and function preservation.
To achieve these goals, IGRT- (Image Guided
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The IGRT suite is the ﬁrst clinical site in the
country to use Varian Medical’s On-Board Imager
to perform a daily CT scan of the area to be treated. Under the
expert direction of Dr. Arun Puranik, the facility houses a state-of-
the-art Image Guided Radiation Therapy delivery system, capable
of administering ultra-precise doses of radiation to previously
unreachable tumors. This next generation treatment technology
represents a major step in the ﬁght against cancer.
At IGRT, you will ﬁnd not just cutting edge technology; you
will ﬁnd a team of medical professionals who, because they
were among the very ﬁrst few to utilize this game-changing
technology, have the most experience in getting the best from it.
Only a handful of doctors around the world have equal experience healthy tissue is also unnecessarily exposed – leading to a decrease
in using Cone Beam CT technology. in the amount of radiation that is able to safety be delivered and
“Others may now have the machine,” said Dr. Arun Puranik, complications that can be avoided with image guidance.
director of IGRT, “but we make it work most effectively through Patients at IGRT receive a specialized CT scan just before each
our experience. Patients may receive better care here than they daily radiation treatment. This CT scan creates three-dimensional
do in Boston or at Sloan-Kettering (in New York City) because of images that pinpoint the exact size, location and coordinates of
our personal touch. We have the skills, learned through actual the tumor. With IGRT, two robotically controlled “arms” capture
patient experience, to understand how it works best for a variety CT on a daily basis, pinpointing the position of the cancer just
of cancers. In fact, Varian Medical Systems has designated our prior to treatment.
facility as a show site for prospective customers.” The radiation treatment is then directed precisely at the tumor,
sparing healthy tissue. Because the physician is sure the tumor,
and not the healthy tissue is being targeted, the radiation dosage
can be stronger. This increased precision allows for higher doses of
radiation – ultimately leading to higher cure rates.
Even with the added time for the CT scan, an average treatment
takes about 12 minutes.
“We’re not shooting in the dark anymore,” said Dr. Puranik.
“Being able to target the radiation dose means less side effects,
which is especially important in prostate cancers, head and neck
cancer, abdominal tumors and pelvic cancers.”
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“It is truly revolutionary
technology, but equally important
is our experience in using this For example, in the treatment of prostate cancer, radiation
can be focused to minimize exposure to the rectum and bladder.
technology. This achieves the best Additionally, the radiation dose to the penile bulb can be minimized
outcomes for our patients.” for potency preservation.
Because each patient’s case presents unique challenges and
requires individualized attention, patients do best when they
— Dr. Arun Puranik consult an expert team of physicians who specialize in their type
of cancer to insure an optimal outcome and determine which
We are lucky to have a world-class facility right here in the treatment plan is best. This is where IGRT’s experience is most
Capital Region and we have Dr. Puranik’s foresight to thank. valuable to patients.
Dr. Puranik, the longest serving full-time radiation oncologist Because of his early adoption of the technology and his
in the Capital Region, was a faculty member at Albany Medical experience with it, Dr. Puranik is recognized as an expert in this
College between 1985-1990. He worked with local hospitals in technology and is invited to speak on the subject throughout the
the ﬁeld of cancer treatment and closely follow the development country.
of this technology because he knew it would be revolutionary. He The facility is conveniently located just off the Northway (I-87)
also knew that hospital bureaucracy, because of its nature, would Exit 6 in Latham.
move slowly to acquire the equipment. He contacted Varian
Medical, maker of the equipment and, in 2005, opened IGRT as
one of the world’s ﬁrst cancer centers to offer this state-of-the-art
The use of CT technology to precisely direct radiation at a tumor
is one of the major breakthroughs in cancer science. Tumors do not
remain stationary in the body, Dr. Puranik explained; they move
around from day to day. Oncologists previously had to deliver
radiation to a site in the body large enough to cover the tumor’s
anticipated movements to be sure of attacking the tumor. While
this technique does work to deliver radiation to the tumor, a lot of
The Legislative Gazette April 13, 2009 Page 17
By ANNA HELHOSKI
Gazette staff writer
he U.S. Geological Survey
announced last Wednesday a
group of government agencies,
including the USGS, has agreed to
provide the funding necessary to keep
open 17 flood-gauge stations in the state
slated for closure.
An agreement was reached among
USGS, the New York City Department
of Environmental Protection, the New
York State Department of Environmental Motorists likely paid more than they should have for fuel at several service stations along the state Thruway, according to a recent audit by the state comptroller.
Conservation, the Susquehanna Flood
Forecast and Warning System and the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep
open sites used by the National Weather
Service to provide flood forecasts and
Thruway stations sold overpriced gas, audit shows
warnings. The gauges at these sites By ANAND BALASAR both under contract with the Thruway it “more clear to people what gas
measure the flow, volume and height of Gazette staff writer Authority to sell fuel at the Thruway’s costs,” according to Jennifer Freeman,
rivers in the state. otorists gassing up their 27 travel plazas. spokesperson for the comptroller. She
“We have kept open the lines of vehicles at three rest stations The three gas stations found said the authority now posts gas prices
communication throughout this process along the New York State overcharging for fuel were the Sunoco for every service plaza on its Web site.
and have worked cooperatively with Thruway should have been charged in Dewitt, with a 2-cent overcharge per The authority was also required to
elected officials, emergency managers less for fuel, according to the state gallon, Sunoco in Sloatsburg, with a file a Corrective Action Plan with the
and state, federal and local partners to Comptroller’s Office. 26-cent overcharge, and Mobile in New Comptroller’s Office.
ensure that funding for the most essential Under their contract with the Thruway Baltimore with a 10-cent overcharge. The Thruway Authority cannot fine
gauges is continued,” said Department Authority, gasoline station operators The audit results showed the three the fuel companies when it detects
of Environmental Protection Deputy must set their prices either two cents stations overcharged for gas on as many any pricing violations, it can only
Commissioner Paul Rush in a prepared higher than the average of surrounding as 44 days of the 123-day audit period. instruct them — in this case Sunoco or
statement. gas stations or one cent lower than the Overall, according to the auditors’ report, Lehigh — to lower the price. DiNapoli
Eight of the gauges will be federally highest price at any of the surveyed motorists were overcharged $2,870 for recommended the Thruway Authority
funded, while nine others will be funded by stations — whichever amount is lower. 93,177 gallons of fuel, an amount described amend its contracts to include financial
the partnership of agencies in conjunction State auditors, who looked at eight in the audit as being not significant. penalties for repeated and significant
with the federal government. stations between May 1 and Aug. 31, The Thruway Authority’s response to pricing violations.
Earlier this year, the DEP announced 2008, found overcharges ranging from 2 the draft audit states its fuel sales during According to the Thruway Authority’s
its plans to close approximately 22 of to 26 cents per gallon. the period of the audit totaled over $35 response to the audit, the “authority will
the 100 flood gauge and stream flow “The Thruway is already hiking million dollars, “which reflects that the attempt to amend the contract to include
monitoring stations, many of which are the tolls. Drivers shouldn’t be nickel total sales amount charged to customers liquidated damages for repeated and
located in New York City’s watershed, and dimed at the pump too,” said was 99.99 percent accurate.” significant violations.”
north of the city. Funding is still being Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a “The amounts were small, but it can To ensure the gas stations are charging
sought to keep more gauges operational. prepared statement. make a big difference to businesses and prices consistent with their contracts,
The DEP had proposed closing the The Comptroller’s Office released a drivers who are frequent travelers on the Thruway station operators must conduct
stations as a cost-saving measure, but report April 3 containing the results of Thruway,” said DiNapoli. a weekly survey of surrounding gas
Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, the audit along with 12 recommendations One of the immediate responses stations. The surveyed prices are to be
announced he would fight to keep for the Thruway Authority to strengthen from the Thruway Authority to the approved by the Thruway Authority
them open to make his constituents less its oversight of gas prices at Thruway comptroller’s recommendations was the before the individual stations implement
vulnerable to property damage and deaths travel plazas. posting of gas prices online at www. any price changes. The comptroller’s
from flooding. In a meeting last month The audited stations were three Sunoco nysthruway.gov/travelplazas/gasprices/ audit found the Authority sometimes
with the DEP, Rush said he intended and five Lehigh stations. Lehigh, which index.html. approved gas prices that were higher
See Flood on page 23 sells Mobile gasoline, and Sunoco are The Thruway Authority must make See Gas on page 21
Lawmakers want to limit employers’ use of credit checks
By GREGORY JONES check job applicants’ credit scores. This and minorities. The bill would prohibit running credit checks and background
Gazette staff writer figure has risen from 36 percent back in the use of credit scores as hiring criteria checks,” Minnick said. “We consider this
n response to the troubled economy 2004. According to the bill justification, for employers, unless the information is a duplication of what is already covered
and a growing unemployment rate employers check credit histories prior to directly related to the position. in another law.”
that is showing no signs of slowing, offering a job or promotion to find out if “The bill would restrict employers to Although Benjamin acknowledged
legislation has been proposed to prevent an individual’s debt load is too high for performing credit checks only when it the federal law, he said it isn’t doing
employers from using credit checks to the salary they are being offered. is relevant to the job being sought,” enough. “I feel even more encouraged …
evaluate most job applicants. The legislation Benjamin said. “It is several states have also proposed similar
Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, (A.2067/S.2837) unfair of employers legislation, so I think more needs to be
D-Bronx, and Sen. Jeffrey Klein, was first introduced to turn away done than the federal law is covering,”
D-Bronx, have sponsored legislation in in 2005 and has qualified applicants he said.
hopes of helping the unemployed people been reintroduced based on poor credit There are some jobs that require credit
with poor credit histories land jobs. in 2006 and 2007. history if the check checks, such as positions involving
“These credit checks are having The legislation was isn’t relevant to the access to substantial amounts of money
negative effects, and the tough economy referred to the Senate job.” and those where the employee would be
and an unemployment rate of nearly Klein Investigations Benjamin Thomas Minnick, investigating possible violations of law
10 percent isn’t helping,” Benjamin and Government vice president of human or state agency rules.
said. “When this information is used Operations Committee this year on March resources for the Business Council of Benjamin said the U.S. Transportation
against somebody it can be considered 4 and to the Assembly Government New York, said this proposed legislation Security Administration and banks are
discriminatory.” Operations Committee on Jan. 15. is redundant. examples of agencies and institutions
The bill cites a study by the Society According to Benjamin and Klein, “The Business Council is opposed that would require a credit check so
for Human Resource Management and credit checks are too often unrelated to this legislation only because there employers know whether an applicant
security consultant company Kroll, that to job duties and in some cases can is a federal Fair Credit Reporting Act might be more susceptible to bribes or
says about 43 percent of U.S. employers serve to discriminate against women that already states the restrictions for See Credit on page 23
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Pro-life advocates take pre-emptive stances against
Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act
By KATRINA KIELTYKA While the term is not recognized by
Gazette staff writer the American Psychiatric Association or
ro-life New Yorkers are pledging the American Psychological Association,
to keep their movement going Igle-Brown says she suffered from
strong in the face of controversial post-abortion syndrome, a term pro-
legislation that has a chance of passing life advocates often use to describe the
in the Legislature this session. feelings of trauma after having had an
The Reproductive Health and abortion.
Privacy Protection Act would continue Now a religious, pro-life mother of
protecting a woman’s right to have an seven and a post-abortion counselor,
abortion in New York should the federal Igle-Brown said she is continually
government overturn Roe v. Wade and disturbed by the age of the young women
allow individual states to determine the coming into the pregnancy center where
legality of the procedure. The bill has she works.
been opposed by pro-life groups and According to the Alan Guttmacher
advocated for by pro-choice groups institute, a nonprofit organization that
since it was introduced last year in the provides information about sexual and
Senate. reproductive health, currently there are
It has not yet been introduced in the no laws in New York that require minors
Legislature this session, but is expected to notify or get consent from their parents
to be before June. to get an abortion.
After starting with a prayer, Barbara Igle-Brown spoke of the need for
Meara, chair of the New York State Right such laws, saying the girls she sees are
to Life Committee, at the event evoked “gum-popping, double dutch-jumping
the Declaration of Independence, saying teens” who should “just continue to
among the unalienable rights listed in jump double dutch and pop the gum and
the Declaration, “the right to life was enjoy life.”
placed first, for it is the primary right. “What’s going to happen to these little
Without the right to life, we have no girls if there’s no one in their corner to
Gazette photo by Edward J. Carr
other rights.” fight for them and keep them little girls?” Sen. William J. Larkin, R-New Windsor, and pro-life advocates from the New York State Right to
Meara reminded the audience their Igle-Brown asked, before resolving Life Committee speak out against the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act. The Act
principles are sometimes hard for to do so herself. When asked, “How would continue to allow a woman to have an abortion in New York state even if Roe v. Wade is
legislators to understand. “We come not overturned at the federal level.
about you?” the audience applauded
to promote our own welfare or our own enthusiastically. audience, “We can’t let this bill see law, “It does not in any way mean
desires, but to speak for the defenseless Christina Fadden Fitch, who left her the light of day. They want to overturn there would be no penalties attached
and innocent among us,” she said, position as legislative director of the every possibility in the future that there for someone who wasn’t certified to
whereas “most people come knocking New York State Right to Life Committee will ever be common-sense restrictions perform abortion [to perform one].”
on [legislators’] doors when they have to run for an Assembly seat in the on abortion in New York. They want to She added, “Anyone operating outside
a cause of something they need for their 119th District in 2008, said she was overturn the criminal penalties that exist the scope of their practice would be
community or themselves.” She added, touched by Igle-Brown’s story. “It’s for unlawful abortions.” held legally liable.”
“It makes it hard for them when we important for us to hear about children The New York Civil Liberties Union, in Sherwin also added the NYCLU
come with nothing in mind for ourselves being lost every day in multiple numbers a 10-minute film entitled “Another New has been “getting great feedback” on
but the right to life for all others. They all around us, and all these secretive Yorker for the Reproductive Health Act,” their efforts to mobilize a movement
don’t know quite what to do with us.” little process plants where women are argues the legislation would update New in support of reproductive rights. “We
Meara also introduced Regina Igle- going for abortions and hearts are being York’s laws on abortion since they have know the majority of New York is
Brown, a registered nurse and post- damaged every day.” not been revised since 1970, when New pro-choice and do want these rights to
abortion counselor, who talked about Fadden-Fitch also spoke about running York legalized abortion. One part of the be protected,” she said. “And we are
the pain and suffering she said she for office last fall, saying though her legislation would seek to move abortion very optimistic about the bill moving
experienced after having had multiple pro-life views may have affected the from the state’s penal code, where it forward.”
abortions. outcome of the race, “I’d rather lose currently resides, into the health code However, those on the New York State
Igle-Brown, who had three abortions an election than lose my values.” She because abortion is a health issue, not Right to Life Committee argue there’s a
before becoming pro-life, said she also encouraged the audience to not a criminal one, says Executive Director growing majority of New Yorkers who
experienced substantial pain and suffering be dissuaded when they are labeled Donna Lieberman in the film. “Laws are pro-life, and they will seek to keep
during each of her abortions. After her extreme. “We’re not extreme, people,” about the practice of medicine ought not their movement going. In support of their
first, she said, “I laid there and said she said. Referring to the Reproductive be in the Penal Code,” she says. work and to commend the audience for
‘something just died.’” During her third, Health and Privacy Protection Act, she Galen Sherwin, director of the their dedication, Sens. Rubin Diaz Sr.,
she said she experienced unbearable said, “This bill is what’s extreme.” NYCLU’s Reproductive Rights Project, D-Bronx, William Larkin, R-Cornwall
pain that “wasn’t only physical, but Though it hasn’t been introduced said although the act would remove and Dale Volker, R-Depew, stopped by
something more, deeper.” yet this session, Fadden-Fitch told the regulation of abortion from penal the event.
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a marriage equality law in New York
NYC tourist officials woo gays, lesbians “would provide same-sex couples with
the 1,324 rights and protections that
Continued from page 1 come with a New York state marriage
on same-sex marriage unconstitutional The Associated Press license.” The state’s top leaders, Van
on April 3, joining Connecticut and ew York City officials are launching a marketing campaign to attract more Capelle said, including Gov. David
Massachusetts as the third state to gay and lesbian tourists. A. Paterson and U.S. Sens. Charles
legalize same-sex marriage. Last The yearlong effort comes about three months before the 40th anniversary Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, already
Tuesday, Vermont became the fourth of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which many consider the birth of the modern support passing such legislation.
after its state Legislature overrode a veto gay rights movement. Van Capelle also said a majority
by Gov. James Douglas. It also comes as state and city officials grapple with diminishing revenue as a of New Yorkers support a move for
Van Capelle said in a statement while result of the global economic meltdown. marriage equity. According to an April
the Pride Agenda is “thrilled that Vermont The Rainbow Pilgrimage campaign will highlight the city’s reputation as a gay- 7 Quinnipiac University poll, 41 percent
—another one of New York’s neighbors friendly travel destination and tout a visit to New York as a “rite of passage” for of New York state voters say same-sex
— has passed a marriage equality bill gays and lesbians. couples should be allowed to marry
through the state Legislature” and legally, while 19 percent say there
“Iowa’s Supreme Court recognized the should be no legal recognition of a
need to recognize and protect same-sex Ithaca radio station last week he would office “does not believe there are same-sex union. Thirty-three percent
couples and our families,” New York is like to see the bill voted on by the Senate, sufficient votes in the Senate to pass the are for civil unions.
lagging behind in the fight for marriage Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. marriage equality bill,” but the majority However, for many advocates of
equality. Smith, D-St Albans, said he will not bring leader “has said it will pass as soon same-sex marriage, civil unions are
“We hope that our state Senate in New the bill to a vote on the Senate floor until as the votes can be secured, and he is not satisfactory. Van Capelle said his
York will now look at three of the states that it has enough votes to pass, according to committed to continuing that process organization is working with both houses
surround New York … and realize that we his spokesman Austin Shafran. now.” of the Legislature to garner enough votes
are falling behind,” Van Capelle said. “Senator Smith has been and continues Melissa Mansfield, senior assistant to pass the marriage equity bill this
Legislation to allow same-sex marriage to be a supporter of marriage equality, but press secretary for Assembly Speaker year. “Despite the prevailing wisdom
in New York was passed by the Assembly something of this importance demands Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said Silver that Albany is hopelessly dysfunctional,
in June 2007 but was never voted on by more than a symbolic gesture or empty voted for the marriage equality bill when we have — time and time again over
the Senate. It would have to be approved rhetoric,” Shafran said. “It requires the it passed in the Assembly in June 2007 the years — proved that we can break
again by the Assembly and for the first type of real action we are working and supports the legislation still. through the gridlock and pass legislation
time by the Senate before it could be toward to secure the votes necessary to New York currently recognizes same- providing equality for our community
signed into law this legislative session. achieve the goal of marriage equality.” sex marriages performed out of state and when most people thought it couldn’t be
Though Gov. David A. Paterson told an Shafran also said currently, Smith’s country, but Van Capelle said passing done,” he said.
Great Depression.” “The only reason why I thought we for counties.
New York has had ownership of lands might have to do a one-year freeze was “For the most part the budget did not
in the Adirondack and Catskill parks for that at that point we didn’t have federal shift costs to county property taxpayers,
Continued from page 1 126 years as well as other lands in the stimulus money,” said Galef. She said which has been our main concern for
burdensome in areas of the state, such state, according to a press release from once New York received the money the years, because that has been the tradition
as the Catskills and Adirondacks, where NYSAC. state was able to free up funds for other when there is a budget gap, to shift as much
the existing tax base is small because of Brian Towers, president of the programs. of the costs as they can to local property
the significant amounts of land the state Association of Adirondack Towns and Although the rejection of the governor’s taxpayers,” said LaVigne. However, he
owns. Villages, also said he was glad the plan is giving people a reason to rejoice, said, there are other provisions in the
Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, who proposal was dropped. there is speculation that the celebration budget that will increase the cost of doing
represents a district that stretches into “Obviously this would have had a may not last a long time. business at the county level, such as
the Adirondack Park, said he thinks it’s devastating effect on lands in the area,” Griffo said he is positive the issue will the reforms to the Rockefeller-era drug
outstanding the proposal was dropped said Towers. “We’re delighted that resurface again in the future, which is laws that call for more spending on drug
from the budget. legislative leaders realize the effect this why he said he wants to see a moratorium addiction treatment programs.
“It made no sense to begin with,” said would have had on the communities.” placed on land purchases by the state. He LaVigne said there were also some
Griffo. He said the state has an obligation Towers said state preserve lands are not said if the state can’t buy as much land it issues dropped from the budget that
to contribute where the state owns land. just a jewel for New Yorkers but for all won’t need to refuse to pay taxes in areas would have benefited counties and
“That’s why the governor’s proposal to Americans. where it already owns property. that NYSAC will continue to fight for.
cap payments was ridiculous.” Assembly Real Property Taxation Galef also said this issue could come LaVigne said they include reforms to
Mark LaVigne, a spokesman for the Committee Chairwoman Sandy Galef, up again if the state finds it needs more preschool special education, which
New York State Association of Counties, D-Ossining, shared a similar outlook, money. “Hopefully the economy of New would have required schools to pay for
said he is also “very pleased” the saying she thought it was a good proposal York will be better in a few years so a share of the program that counties
Legislature turned down this tax cap to be dropped. proposals like this don’t come forward,” now pay for. He said NYSAC will also
proposal. Galef said the decision not to include again, said Galef. continue to advocate for a proposal to
“The communities who would have a cap on state payments is a “win-win” LaVigne said if the issue is brought up require health insurance companies to
been most affected by this cap could least since it helps alleviate communities’ tax again the municipalities, counties, towns, pay some of the cost of providing early
afford the increased taxes that would have burdens and fosters the protection of the county supervisors in the Adirondack and intervention programs that are now paid
covered the gap,” said LaVigne. “The environment by encouraging preservation the county legislatures in the Catskills, for by the state and counties.
state has a long-standing tradition of of land by the state. who are most affected by this, will be Now that the budget passed, LaVigne
being good stewards of these preserved Galef had previously suggested a one- quick to stand in opposition again. said, NYSAC has turned its attention
lands in our communities. They have year cap instead of the multi-year freeze Although counties don’t have to worry to growing “the economy and helping
upheld their commitment to pay property proposed by the governor, but said she is about the proposal this year, LaVigne counties create and retain jobs they need
taxes on these lands even through the glad neither was adopted. said the budget was hit and miss overall to weather this current recession.”
highest price possible for gas. of rising gas prices to conduct the same Add guidelines on price comparison
The Comptroller’s Office also amount of surveys during declining gas surveys to the service area representative
recommended the Thruway Authority: prices to reflect the fairest gas price. manual.
Continued from page 17 Make inspections more random to Update survey lists to reflect the Update concessions contract to
than the contracts allowed. ensure more accurate results. current status of gas stations. include procedures for calculating the
Another flaw found during the audit Ensure approved gas prices comply Resolve any price discrepancy during price of 91 octane gas, incorporate
was in the surveying method Thruway with contract pricing restrictions. test surveys and take corrective action if procedures to determine the price of gas
station operators used to acquire their gas Monitor Sunoco and Lehigh’s necessary. when surveyed stations have different
prices. According to DiNapoli’s report, compliance with the survey requirements, Ensure all test surveys are conducted prices for cash and credit cards and
Lehigh stations requested additional note any noncompliance and instruct service at regional gas stations that Sunoco establish a set time when changes to gas
surveys during May and June when area representatives to validate information and Lehigh survey to validate their gas prices must be implemented.
prices were rising, but requested fewer on surveys submitted by that station. prices. The Thruway Authority has already
when prices fell later last summer. This Require station operators who Review and correct the prices implemented a number of the
resulted in Lehigh stations acquiring the request additional surveys during periods charged for 89 octane gas. comptroller’s recommendations.
“I could hear what he was telling her,” Still, “out of the three dispatchers who background,” Pandich said. “She didn’t
shift supervisor Jim Pandich said. “He spent longer durations on the phone, only give me a lot of information because it
was just reassuring her that help was on one had active shooter training,” said was dark in there.”
Continued from page 8 the way. He gave her instructions on how Ballard, the 911 center’s manager. “Even “We just tried to keep her calm, keep
into the American Civic Association. to control her bleeding. We’re trained to though some didn’t have that training, the them quiet and be there in case they
Dispatcher Ken Hayes was talking with help until EMS people can get there.” job that they did was just unbelievable.” had any information they could give
DeLucia after she played dead and called The shooting happened less than two Pandich was on the phone for more us,” the 45-year-old Pandich said. “We
911. Though she was badly wounded, months after a group of Broome County than two hours with a woman huddling didn’t know if the person was still in the
she stayed on the line, describing the emergency dispatchers got training on with others in a dark closet. building or not or what the situation was.
scene and Wong, who killed himself as how to deal with scenarios involving “It was a little bit nerve-racking not We wanted to make sure they weren’t in
police arrived. shootings. knowing what was going on in the any more danger.”
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Similar legislation was sponsored by owe it to the public and to our law for others who would be refused under
Schimel last year but failed to pass in enforcement ofﬁcers to enact legislation current law.
the Senate. to ensure that this tool is available here A Brady background check is a
Continued from page 8 Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-Bronx, has in New York.” requirement meant to ensure felons,
are we going to learn that?” asked King. sponsored similar legislation in the past Other legislation New Yorkers spousal abusers and people who have
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, and said he has plans to do the same this Against Gun Violence supports is an been deemed mentally ill, are not
D-Great Neck, proposed legislation year. initiative to have all employees of gun permitted to purchase weapons. The
that would require every semiautomatic “Law enforcement ofﬁcers need as dealers undergo a Brady background law gets its name from Jim Brady, press
weapon manufacturer in New York to many tools as possible to solve individual check, as opposed to just the owner secretary to President Ronald Reagan.
be equipped with microstamping – a gun crimes and to prevent the trafﬁcking of the store, and mandate gun dealers Brady was shot — but survived — in
process of embedding numbers or letters of illegal guns often used in crimes,” to train their employees to recognize Washington during Reagan’s presidency
onto the cartridge case of ammunition Schneiderman said in a statement. “straw purchasers,” or people with after an assassination attempt was made
when fired for identification purposes. “Microstamping is just such a tool. We clean backgrounds who purchase guns on the president.
Daniel MacEntee, director of assumption made is about half the the next decade” under the assumption
communications for Little’s office, said property taxes are borne by the renters. “that the economy will have basically
the senator is reviewing the consortium’s We don’t know exactly, but to one degree recovered [by then].”
Continued from page 8 proposal. She declined to comment or another, landlords and tenants pay Concerning education, the consortium’s
proposed 4 percent cap on annual school further until she takes a look at the main property taxes … the idea is to recognize plan proposes to shift $6 billion from the
district property tax increases. differences between the group’s plan and that in some proportion renters pay local property tax base to the state tax
A circuit breaker would limit the her own. property taxes either indirectly through base over the course of 10 years beginning
amount of property taxes levied on The Galef/Little bill has different tax their rent or directly as part of their with the 2012-2013 school year.
a home based upon the total income credit qualifications for downstate and lease.” For Medicaid, the consortium proposes
of the household. The state would set upstate. For example, those households Galef said her bill does include renters a gradual increase of the state share of
a maximum percentage of income a with incomes of $120,000 or less for indirectly in the lowest bracket of tax Medicaid costs by basing each county’s
household is expected to pay in property downstate — New York City and Nassau, credit qualifications. share of Medicaid costs on its relative
taxes, and any amount paid in excess of Suffolk, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, According to the Omnibus Consortium, ability to pay. According to the group’s
that percentage would be refunded to the Orange and Dutchess counties — and its circuit breaker plan adopts the Galef/ calculations, this would increase the
taxpayer. $90,000 or less upstate who pay property Little bill’s proposed 5-year residency state’s Medicaid bill by $1 billion.
“We have more people in the downstate taxes in excess of 6 percent of their incomes requirement. “You can’t get this credit The consortium’s plan also proposes
suburbs, and in upstate as well, there could receive an income tax credit of 70 when you first move into a home; we a $3 billion increase in revenue-sharing
are people whose property taxes are an percent of the excess. Galef said there are didn’t want to have a situation where with the state’s cities, towns and villages
extremely large portion of their income,” major cost-of-living differences between someone would take this into consideration over a phase-in period of 10 years,
said Frank Mauro, executive director the regions, and the circuit breaker should in deciding how expensive a home they beginning with the 2012-2013 fiscal
of Fiscal Policy Institute and author of recognize that fact. could afford to buy,” said Mauro. year.
the Omnibus Property Tax Relief and The consortium’s bill, on the other hand The consortium proposes to phase Galef described the circuit breaker bill
Reform Act. Mauro said property taxes would use the same income qualification in costs by gradually increasing the as a work in progress, dependent on
do not have a logical relationship with an for the entire state. Ron Deutsch, program’s income limits and by phasing how much money is available. “It has
individual’s ability to pay. executive director of New Yorkers for in coverage for renters during the second so many good connects and it goes to
The Omnibus Consortium is a group Fiscal Fairness said the consortium didn’t and third year of phase-in. The consortium so many people. How it spins itself out
of property tax reform advocates, fiscal want to introduce the “upstate/downstate said the phase-in is necessary to comply needs a lot of discussion,” she said.
watchdogs and unions united with the rivalry” into their bill. “Based on income with the limitations of the state’s fiscal As for the future of the consortium’s
singular purpose of passing the Omnibus level, people should receive the same situation, while benefiting homeowners proposal, the group is optimistic. “At
Property Tax Relief and Reform Act. benefits regardless of where they live,” in need of immediate attention. the press conference by the governor
Consortium member John Whiteley of he said. Shebar said the reform components of and legislative leaders on March 30
the New York State Property Tax Reform The consortium also argues the Galef/ the consortium’s plan are unique. “The they all acknowledged that they have an
Coalition said the circuit breaker would Little bill would have a notch effect on state has to assume more of Medicaid agreement to try to agree,” said Mauro.
be beneficial to those whose income tax credit qualifications. “The income and revenue sharing. Municipalities can “There is no circuit breaker agreement
is likely to change due to pay cuts or portion of the Galef/Little bill includes no longer bear this burden because the included in the budget, but what they
unemployment. “If next month someone everything; the smallest amount can push property taxes are impossible,” she said. said is they’re going to try to reach an
loses their job, it would kick in. In this someone over to another threshold,” said In the long term, the consortium’s plan agreement by the end of the session.”
economy, the circuit breaker can be Shebar. “The consortium wants to keep proposes to decrease the pressure placed “We do have commitment from
particularly helpful,” he said. this within reasonable bounds.” on the municipal, school and county Malcolm Smith, and the governor said he
On the need for the circuit breaker, To avoid the notch effect, the property tax base by gradually shifting will sign it if it crosses his desk. We will
consortium member Gioia Shebar of consortium wants to establish a graduated $10 billion of costs from the local to be talking to Sheldon Silver as well,”
Taxnightmare.org said she believes the threshold structure. For incomes up to the state level. Of that shift, $6 billion said Shebar. “We’re moving, but this is
middle class is suffering as jobs are $100,000 the property tax threshold are school costs, $1 billion are local the year … The truth is it’s the best bill
lost and people are unable to pay their would be 6 percent, but if the income Medicaid costs and $3 billion are basic out there for the time.”
property taxes. “It’s a cost situation. were $100,001, the threshold would be municipal services. According an August 2008 Siena
What we tried to do is replace the STAR 6 percent of $100,000 plus 7 percent of Galef said the state does not have the Research Institute Poll, 75 percent of
rebate with something that makes sense. the amount over $100,000, which would money to go to pay for these additional 627 registered New York voters support
We said replace this with the circuit equal $6,000.07 overall. provisions of the consortium’s plan. “My a circuit breaker to ensure property taxes
breaker, which gets more inclusive as The consortium’s plans would also priority is the circuit breaker,” she said. do not exceed a certain percentage of a
time goes on,” she said. directly include renters. The consortium “Even in this difficult economic time, homeowner’s income and paid for by
Currently, New York has a modest phases in renters: for 2010, 15 percent you need to think about where you want revenue generated by a “millionaire’s
circuit breaker available to households of rent would be counted as a “property to go. We need to keep talking about the tax.” This Siena survey, done before
with annual incomes of $18,000 or less; tax equivalent,” which would increase in circuit breaker.” the state approved a plan to tax New
the program has not been modified since 2011 and subsequent years to 20 percent Whiteley agreed on the urgency of York’s wealthiest residents at a higher
its 1978 inception. of rent. the circuit breaker but argued the other rate, was conducted Aug. 11-14, 2008
The Galef/Little bill and the consortium’s “One way or another, renters pay provisions represent long-term reform. by telephone calls to 627 registered New
proposal are almost identical, except, property taxes that are passed on from He said the fiscal impact “doesn’t kick York state voters. It has a margin of error
said Shebar, for a few key elements. landlords to tenants,” said Mauro. “An in until 2012-2013 and continues for of 3.9 percentage points.
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their machines. tore up the paper ballot and placed it Edward McDonough, who was in
After a court ruling OK’d it, members of in a trash bin. After viewing and then charge of the domestic absentee ballot
the Rensselaer County Board of Elections reviewing the absentee ballots from this counting in Rensselaer, explained the
Continued from page 3 began to count domestic absentee ballots area someone announced that the tally process that will determine this election.
been correctly recorded. John Conklin at in the county office building. About 15 was, “dead even,” a phrase that has “We check everyone’s signatures, we
the New York state Board of Elections people sat around a table individually reflected the election results thus far. check the addresses and we check to
said as of last Thursday all of the 10 going through each paper vote that was The group was there solely to count make sure that these are deemed to be
counties in the district, which include all mailed in. Lawyers on behalf of each domestic paper ballots. All federal ballots, eligible. What we’re doing is showing
or parts of Delaware, Dutchess, Otsego, campaign sat and listened carefully, those received from people living abroad every ballot to the two sides so they
Rensselaer, Saratoga and Warren, offering their objections to certain ballots but not serving in the military, are expected can in fact determine if they’ve got a
Columbia, Essex, Greene, Otsego and “This one is void, it’s for Eric to be counted this week with military problem and they can object or not,”
Washington counties had recanvassed Sundwall,” one counter said who then absentee ballots. McDonough said.
put pressure on their union leaders to letter sent to union workers and asserted something to compromise,” Rowe said.
concede and sacrifice raises. they didn’t do anything wrong. Union leaders said talks between the
“If you believe, as I do, that implementing “The governor’s letter to union members state’s largest unions and the governor
Continued from page 3 modest workforce concessions is a was entirely appropriate,” said Errol will continue this week, though neither
with 386 layoffs; the Office of General preferable path to significant layoffs, I Cockfield, spokesman for the governor. side seems to indicate a shift in their
Services, 100; and the Department of urge you to voice this opinion to your “We have not violated any rules. position.
Motor Vehicles, 175. union representatives,” Paterson said in The head of the New York State Right now, the only thing we’ve agreed
In his letter to union members, the letter. Correctional Officers and Police to is to keep talking,” Brynien said. “We
Paterson said he reduced his planned Despite pressure from Paterson Benevolent Association said the layoffs hope to come to some kind of resolution,
layoffs by 200 employees because to concede, union leaders say their could endanger some state workers. but the resolution isn’t going to be just to
management-confidential employees — members aren’t convinced they should “Our members work in some of the accept the governor’s demands.”
nonunion workers whose pay raises will opt to forgo their raises. most dangerous and stressful conditions Paterson’s budget office confirmed
be suspended by order of the governor “Our members are emailing at this imaginable and in return all we ask earlier last week that talks would
— fall under the control of Paterson, rate probably a hundred an hour,” said is that we work in a safe and secure continue but may be stalled by the
giving him the authority to rescind their Kenneth Brynien, president of PEF. “As environment,” said Donn Rowe, unions’ decision not to concede.
planned 3 percent pay raises. we look through them the vast majority president of NYSCOPBA. “Yet, when it “We’ve indicated we want to
The governor doesn’t have the same of them say that we’ve earned what comes time to make cuts, the governor avoid layoffs and we’ve articulated
power to cut the negotiated raises for we’re getting now, we went many years turns to those on the front line, proposing that message to unions,” said Matt
union members and has been pressuring with no raises at all … why should we we guard more inmates, and care for Anderson, spokesman for the Division
union leaders since last November to now how to give up more because of the more patients with less staff.” of the Budget. “If they are willing to
reopen their contracts. In his letter, state’s mismanagement of its money?” “Endangering the safety of our reconsider then we are open to talks
Paterson indicated that workers should Paterson’s office defended the governor’s members and the public at large is not with them.”
towns and villages side-by-side. is rated eighth in the state for highest judge the value.”
“We’re not here to offer answers for total expenditures per capita at $2,439. He said by using the online database
these differences [in spending and tax Oneonta, on the other hand, is rated 38th citizens can determine if it might be more
Continued from page 9 rates between different government in the state at $1,643 per person. economical for their government entities
Empire Center should be commended for entities],” said E.J. McMahon, director The site also displays debt per capita. to consolidate their public services,
their launch of Benchmarking New York, of the Empire Center for New York State The Web site shows Oswego leads like police and sanitation departments,
as this new online resource will help Policy. “One of the key things about Oneonta in this category, too. Oswego with adjacent towns, villages, cites or
taxpayers, business leaders, the media this database is that it will prompt more has the second highest debt level per counties.
and elected officials. Benchmarking New informed questions.” capita in the state at $2,835. Oneonta’s “People can say, ‘Well, actually, I
York empowers taxpayers in developing McMahon used the cities of Oswego debt level is $475 per person, the 58th think we’re paying too much … in
a more informed understanding of how and Oneonta to demonstrate the type highest level in the state the town down the road they do it
their government works and, most of questions that might be raised when “In business, the business sets the price differently and they’re getting better
importantly, the way it spends their using the database. “Here’s two upstate but the consumer sets the value,” Adams value,’” Adams continued. “It allows
hard-earned dollars.” cities … that are not too far apart in size, said. “If you think about government, people to have local-level discussions
In addition to displaying the collected where you’ll see some very substantial government sets the price. Citizens have about ‘Are we getting value and could
data, the site allows users to compare differences,” he said. a hard time determining the value. [The it be more efficient to merge some
statistics from different counties, cities, According to the Web site, Oswego Web site] gives a way for citizens to overlapping services?’”
can work together to find solutions that The USGS monitors and partially to accomplish this with old partners,”
help protect property and save lives,” funds the intricate flood gauge systems. said Gary Firda, hydrologist for USGS.
said Rafael Rodriguez, director of the They plan to continue to seek alternative “Of the eight sites in the Delaware and
Continued from page 17 USGS New York Water Science Center funding sources for other priority flood Hudson sheds, we saved all of those
to keep 10 stations open; those 10 are in a prepared statement. “This funding gauges that may be discontinued if full except one. We’re currently working
included in the 17. partnership is not only good for residents funding cannot be found. with two other agencies to save that one.
“This is an excellent example of how in New York, but it will also benefit those “People have come forward and We feel confident that that’s going to
federal, state and local governments living in other states downstream.” expressed an interest; we were able happen.”
work or a convenience store clerk.” Minnick said the Fair Credit Reporting of African-Americans had bad credit
Under the proposed state legislation, Act already covers this aspect of the state records compared with 34 percent of
employers would need to be able to justify bill as well. “The employer has to provide Hispanics and 27 percent of Caucasians.
Continued from page 17 their reasons for using credit information justification to an applicant if they are “I think we should be supportive of the
financial pressures. and explain how it directly relates to the turned away for poor credit,” he said. unemployed, and it’s certainly not too
“It’s not those jobs we are trying to position. Since many employers require Benjamin said be believes the current much to ask of businesses and employers
restrict,” Benjamin said. “We are trying job applicants to waive their right to state of the economy will make it more to restrict credit checks,” Benjamin said.
to change the process of jobs that don’t privacy, applicants have no other choice likely that the bill will pass. A 2007 “I really want to see this bill passed and
need to rely on credit scores such as iron than to submit to a credit history check. Freddie Mac study found that 48 percent enacted.”
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purpose are rarely restricted to that for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “We kind of issue, which we don’t agree with,
purpose,” said Jennifer Carnig, director believe that the technology will provide and there’s others saying it’s a money
of communications for the NYCLU. greater safety at critical intersections in grab, and we reject that perspective.”
Continued from page 6 “Every expansion of a data bank and the city of Buffalo, and we also anticipate Buffalo already has 67 surveillance
material, such as information that appears every new use for the data open the door we will get additional revenues.” cameras in high crime areas, which
in car registration and driver’s license to more and more privacy abuses.” Cutler said the city expects to gain Cutler said are used to bring down the
documents, the NYCLU said they are Local leaders say it will make their about $2.5 million a year from tickets crime rates.
worried red light cameras could lead to streets safer. issued for drivers running red lights. “If people obey the law there’s no
possible infringements on civil liberties. “We’re very supportive of it and have “There have been concerns raised by money grab,” he said. “We’re completely
“Government and private industry been advocating for it for years,” said some folks,” Cutler said, “Everything comfortable with the fact that if people
surveillance techniques created for one Peter Cutler, director of communications from allegations that this is a big brother obey the law they won’t be fined.”
other levels of government. supporting classroom instruction. state Senate delegation’s opposition
While the Governor travels the state We urge Governor Paterson, Senate to taxing schools to support an MTA
touting the restoration of his proposed Majority Leader Smith and Assembly bailout and reminds the governor and
Continued from page 4 state aid cuts with federal stimulus Speaker Silver to reconsider their support the remainder of the satte Legislature
whenever the MTA or any other quasi- money, he fails to mention his plan to for what amounts to a double tax on Long that school budgets are not an ATM for
governmental authority needs a bailout. tap into critical school resources to fund Island school property taxpayers, one that the MTA.
The imposition of ANY tax on school the MTA. The measure would necessitate would endanger programs and jeopardize
payrolls will leave school budgets the collection of $24.4 million more voter support of school budgets. Jim Kaden, President
forever vulnerable for future increases in Nassau and Suffolk County school The Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Nassau-Suffolk School Boards
to relieve the funding responsibilities of property taxes with not one dollar Association supports the Long Island Association
practical, workable, authority reform must oversee that fiduciary responsibility and (A.2209, S.1537), introduced in both
focus on transparency, accountability, ensure authorities operate in the interest the Assembly and Senate, contains these
and the responsibility of authority Board of the public. Three, we must require reforms and more. I urge you to support
Continued from page 4 members, and must be more than slogans real-time publishing of authority data this legislation as we move from slogans
moved to raise electric rates and at the and rhetoric. that is available to both the public and and rhetoric to a law that will actually
same time they doled out bonuses to We’ve developed a real reform package government officials immediately. Four, reform authorities’ actions. It would
their board members and employees. that is simple and clear. One, we must we must empower the Comptroller to bring fundamental operational reform
Hundreds of public authorities act in impose a statutory fiduciary duty on review authority contracts. These reforms to authorities. It would guarantee that
ways that are counter to the best interests authority board members to ensure that and others will apply to the MTA, the authority board members had as their
of the public, and there seems to be little their only responsibility is to the mission Power Authority, the Thruway Authority sole legal responsibility the effective
we can do to stop them. of the authority and the people who and the hundred of authorities that operate operations of the authority. It would
Everybody talks about the need for use the authority services. Two, we need in secrecy without democratic control. guarantee actual change in the way state
change. The fundamental problem of an Authority Budget Office that would The Public Authorities Reform Act authorities function.
don’t get much more “Twilight Zone” three men in a room decided to lay the what universe?
than that. And we’ve seen this movie projected midyear deficit off on the guy If the Legislature maintains this type
before. In April 2009, Paterson warned who rejected the invitation to the card of “fiscal discipline” over the next few
Continued from page 4 of dire revenue projections that would game. By midyear, union concessions or, years, we’ll be using the furniture from
World’s incumbent re-election program. require midyear action as he put his failing that, massive layoffs will be the the legislative chamber as firewood.
(Paterson, whose poll numbers are own stamp of approval on that year’s only option left to close a new gap. To his credit, state Comptroller
scraping bottom, has forsworn the $30 budget agreement. This recurring pattern Here are a couple of other things we Thomas DiNapoli, also a Democrat,
million usually allocated for distribution of operation makes a prima facie case for know about the budget: The state leaders issued a pithy summation of the budget
by the executive.) indictment for fiscal malpractice. who crafted it think they have done a really agreement a couple of days after its
And, oh, yeah, this is all happening It is, in truth, a case of fiscal double fine job; and it is really hard to agree. announcement. Promising more detail
during the biggest financial and economic jeopardy. Not only is Albany World Paterson, who started his accidental later, DiNapoli acknowledged the
crisis in more than 70 years. imprudently using one-shot federal tenure as governor a year ago by speaking “extraordinary challenge” of reaching
As one academic observer put it, “It’s stimulus money to rapidly increase uncommonly blunt truths about both a budget agreement “in the context of
‘The Twilight Zone,’” a land of distorted spending, but it is doing so while admitting himself and the state budget, has lapsed a daunting recession.” In a model of
budgetary sensibilities. the revenue side of the budget is built on into the pathological self-congratulations studied understatement, DiNapoli said
It’s a place where you raise taxes, sand. It is imprudence compounded by typical to Albany World bigshots. his quick review of the budget agreement
righteously asserting the need for “shared blatant dishonesty. “We made tough choices,” he said “indicates it does not adequately respond
sacrifice,” but retain all of the pork for With regard to that midyear deficit, after the agreement to raise spending to today’s economic realities.”
yourself for distribution to such vital it is likely the state labor unions will was announced. “If the Legislature can DiNapoli went on to observe what should
resources as the Doll and Toy Museum be picking up that tab. The unions maintain this type of fiscal discipline be obvious — that the budget squanders
of New York City, the Utica Curling steadfastly resisted Paterson’s entreaties over the next few years, we can see the the opportunity to use the one-time federal
Club and the Greater Buffalo Italian to give up contractually guaranteed 3 light at the end of the tunnel.” money to restructure the budget for the
Heritage & Food Festival. percent pay increases, as well as agree to The denial of reality is a constant in crunch to come as tax receipts can be
As for projecting a new gap while deferred pay. In response, the governor Albany World budgeting, a process that expected to continue to decline.
you are simultaneously declaring has already announced layoffs of about abhors both plain speaking and ownership It’s unsustainable and everyone seems to
a budget agreement that ostensibly 9,000 workers. The structure of this of the reality of the work product. know it. Everyone, that is, except the very
matches expenses to revenues, well, you budget agreement, however, suggests the Tough choices? Fiscal discipline? In people who are driving us all into a ditch.
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at risk,” he said. “They tried to end run the one we proposed, are necessary to FERC makes, while also clarifying
the process; they tried to jam this project carry clean power to market.” when the one year period begins. “The
down our throats, but we fought back and Many opponents’ celebratory remarks bottom line is there will be no situation
Continued from page 11 we now have a victory that defeats this are accompanied with a warning to be in which transmission lines will be sited
as well as provide jobs in the region. disastrous proposal.” on the lookout for either future NYRI without hearings at the local level and the
The project was considered highly Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mt. Hope, who efforts or other similar projects. governor’s approval,” said Schumer.
controversial though, especially in central was also active in the fight against NYRI Rep. Michael Arcuri, who actively Destito said she was pleased businesses
New York where residents said they would said, “Raising electric rates upstate to lower fought to block the project, said, “I only and homeowners will not have to face
not benefit from the line, but rather their them downstate, as NYRI proposed, is just hope this is not merely another attempt by higher electricity costs, something she
communities would suffer. For nearly bad public policy. Blighting the Catskills to NYRI to skirt New York state’s authority said would have been an inevitable result
three years, since the project was first light up Manhattan was unfair.” to deny the project. NYRI must know we of the project.
proposed, grassroots organizations, local But NYRI still stands behind the project, will not let our guard down.” The assemblywoman sponsored
citizens and various lawmakers fought saying energy transmission in the state is U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said, “We legislation back in 2006 that prevented
to block the power line saying it would still a critical issue. “New York state’s have defeated NYRI, which posed the NYRI to acquire properties through
damage cultural, historic and economic electrical grid has not been upgraded in 20 most immediate threat to communities the use of eminent domain and is now
resources of the communities it would years, so the reliability is an issue,” said across upstate New York. Now it’s time sponsoring a bill that would protect
run through. Opponents see the recent NYRI spokesman David Kalson. “If you to ensure that big power companies and utility costs.
turn of events as a major victory, saying don’t address reliability you’re going to Washington bureaucrats don’t dominate The proposed legislation (A.1121)
NYRI’s withdrawal is proof the project see increased brownouts and blackouts.” decisions over future transmission lines. prohibits costs from being raised when
was ill-aimed from the beginning. NYRI President Chris Thompson, States and communities must have an a new transmission line or system is
Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, in a letter to friends and supporters, equal place at the table when these constructed. The justification of the bill
D-Rome, said she was relieved residents announcing the end of the project said, decisions are made.” states, “New York’s upstate economy, the
in the area no longer have to worry about “Our upgrade would have helped to Schumer also announced he will source of power, needs all the assistance it
a power line “slicing” through their relieve the well-documented congestion introduce legislation that would give states can obtain. Rather than raising the cost of
communities. “ … NYRI officials finally in the system and, as a result, increase and local governments more decision doing business and raising the electric rates
admitted that this plan was impractical, reliability and contribute to lower making power when projects like NYRI’s homeowners pay in the upstate region, we
inefficient and outdated,” she said. “It electric costs for ratepayers across the arise. Currently, the decision is left up to should be working to reduce those costs.”
truly was a power cord to nowhere.” state. Likewise, disappointing to all of the state’s Public Service Commission, Although some have expressed concern
Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, said he now us is the loss of jobs and taxes that which has to make a decision within one over word choice in the official NYRI
feels “vindicated” for his efforts throughout our project would have brought to the year of receiving a power company’s letter of withdrawal, which says the
the past few years, working to block the state.” Thompson also said, “ … if New application. If the PSC fails to do so, company is “suspending” the application,
project. “NYRI was nothing more than a York and the country are going to meet the decision is no longer up to the state Singer confirmed NYRI has withdrawn
group of investors trying to make money their goals to increase the use of clean, and goes to FERC for determination. the application from the Article VII
while ruining our environment and putting renewable sources of energy, such as Schumer’s legislation would give the process and said no decisions about
the health and safety of thousands of people wind power, transmission upgrades like governor power to veto any decision future actions have been made.
Malcolm Smith deserve the sharp New York. One look at his record and this Once that is understood, an active
criticisms they’re getting for cravenly budget demonstrates that Silver may be as effort to defeat him should be mounted
going along, -- but the real author of economically illiterate as he is indifferent by reformers, the business community
Continued from page 4 this spend and tax orgy, and the source to the needs of the state as a whole. and people of goodwill from both parties
and record job losses in New York that of New York’s dysfunction for over a What is now obvious, is that everyone who care about New York. Until that
run into the hundreds of thousands, and decade, is the Speaker of the Assembly, who isn’t a bought and owned insider happens, nothing good will ever come
turns our mediocre business climate into Sheldon Silver. or public sector union lobbyist feels out of Albany. He should be given a
one that is actually hostile to business. The truth is, Silver has long been a only indignation and anger over this primary challenge and sent back to the
Despite the criticism this budget is smarter operator than the other men in irresponsible budget. law firm on whose payroll he has been
getting from policy analysts and the room who negotiate our future with What needs to be understood is that since arriving in Albany.
newspaper editorials statewide, what him. That he is an unregenerate tool of Silver is a New York City machine
always seems to always be lost or ignored labor is not doubted any longer, not even politician who is totally indifferent to Mark Alesse
is the fact that this is a Sheldon Silver by Shelly himself, but what that means is the needs of the economy or of upstate Former New York State Director
budget, just like so many before it. that major policies coming out of Albany communities, and he is calling ALL the for the National Federation of
Gov. Paterson and Majority Leader will almost always be bad for the rest of shots in Albany now. Independent Business
concern of his, “whether you’re in a large Kolb said, “We have to get the word table, our people weren’t represented,”
city, small city, village or town.” out across the state about our public he said. “When Jim Tedisco and [Senate
Being an on-call adjunct professor of policy ideas, not partisan politics. It’s Minority Leader] Dean Skelos were
Continued from page 1 adult and graduate education at Roberts about ideas that work for the people.” screaming [about the budget negotiation
broken with Jim,” Kolb says he’s happy Wesleyan College in Chili, Monroe The new leader is encouraging his process], it was about the people’s voices
he was chosen by his colleagues to be the County, it’s no surprise the new leader Republican conference members to use not being heard.”
new conference leader. said he cares deeply about quality television and radio programs, press Gov. David A. Paterson praised Kolb
“I’m ecstatic, I’m excited,” he said. education. “In the classroom, it’s about releases and editorial columns to share in a prepared statement, saying, “I want
“It’s an honor and a privilege.” principles,” he said. “Total quality is their policy ideas. “We have to get them to congratulate Brian M. Kolb for his
Other Assembly members, including something I teach as a professor … to pay attention to us. We have to be election to the position of Minority
those who were considered competitors Total quality is something to strive for in outspoken,” he said. Leader in the New York State Assembly.
for the position, praise the choice for a everything we do in our lives.” According to Kolb, the enhanced media Assemblyman Kolb has been a dedicated
new leader. “I think Brian’s going to do Kolb said, “I’m proud of my connection coverage also includes New York City media member of the Assembly during his nine
a great job,” said Assemblyman David to Roberts Wesleyan College.” outlets, which he says “sometimes care years in elected office. I look forward
R. Townsend, Jr., R-Sylvan Beach. In 1984, Kolb co-founded the North more about Wall Street or movie stars.” to working with him and his Assembly
Townsend was seen as one of the main American Filter Corporation, a company Kolb said he is going to stress to conference as we continue our work to
contenders to fill the Assembly minority that provides air filters for industrial colleagues that upstate and downstate make New York the best place to live,
leader seat when Tedisco stepped down. appliances like air compressors and lawmakers have to work together for the work and raise family.”
Another expected successor to Tedisco manufacturing machines. He said the benefit of all New Yorkers. “It is with a great sense of optimism
was Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick, lessons learned in small business have “We have to reach out to different parts that I congratulate Brian Kolb on his
R-Smithtown. “We were not running made him a better legislator. of the state to come up with solutions,” election as Assembly Republican leader,
against each other, we were running “In government, you have customers he said. “There’s no ‘cookie-cutter’ said Joseph N. Mondello, chairman of the
for the job as leader,” he said. “It was a … [They are] the people that elect us, approach to deal with every problem.” New York Republican State Committee.
friendly competition and he won it, fair the taxpayers,” he said. “The customer is “People in the north country care “Assemblyman Kolb has been a strong,
and square.” always first. You don’t survive in small more about receiving funding for outspoken voice for the people of his
Fitzpatrick said he supports Kolb not business if you don’t make them happy. communications, the Internet and district and this entire state. Families and
only for his “strong conservative” political If you don’t make them happy, they’re increasing tourism than a subway system businesses across New York state are
beliefs, but also for his personality. “He’s going to go somewhere else.” that doesn’t really affect them,” he said. fortunate to have a tireless advocate and
got a great sense of humor with a quick- Fitzpatrick said with Kolb’s business While he was minority leader pro defender working on their behalf in the
wit,” he said. “He works hard.” background, “The private sector has a tempore, Kolb proposed many rule change Assembly.”
With a new position comes new work friend in Brian.” initiatives he hopes to carry through Kolb noted he would be focusing all
for Kolb, and he was more than happy Townsend, who got together with Kolb as minority leader, like publishing the of his time and energy on the Assembly
to outline his new priorities as Assembly earlier this year to discuss the future of minutes of bill discussions and requiring minority leader position and would not
minority leader in an interview last the Assembly Republican conference, that the text of a bill indicates whether the be running for House of Representatives
Wednesday. said the two spoke a great deal about the legislation includes unfunded mandates. in the 29th district against incumbent
“First of all, we have to reduce the role the media plays in politics. He said these provisions “will help the Eric Massa, D-Corning.
cost of living here for residents and “We wanted to get people to foster a public see how [the bill] impacts them.” “Well, I think Eric Massa, wherever he
businesses. We have to get government better understanding [of the Republican Kolb is also calling for equality is right now, is breathing a sigh of relief,”
out of the way by lowering taxes,” he conference] using the media,” Townsend between all members of the Assembly Kolb said.
said. “We also have to create jobs in the said. “There are two sides to every — Democrat or Republican. He said he Kolb will receive a $34,500 stipend for
private sector, not in the government question, but one side seems to always was especially frustrated during budget the minority leader position in addition
payroll.” get played. The other side, our side, negotiations held at the end of March. to his $79,500 base salary. He will also
Kolb also said public safety is another doesn’t.” “When we were left out of the discussion keep all of Tedisco’s previous staff.
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Jefferson Starship featuring Paul Kantner and
Volcanism, NYS Museum, Huxley Theater. Dr. Deferred Comp Info Table
mandolinist David Grisman perform the music from
Chuck Ver Straeten, a sedimentary geologist, 8am - 4pm Postal Corridor
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examines the mysteries of New York and the world Yoga
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Starship and the David Grisman Quintet. $50/$40 12pm - 1pm The Egg
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Comedy Central’s “Important Things with Demetri Breeding Bird Atlas provides a unique opportunity
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Page Hall, 135 Western Ave, Downtown Campus. Zuckerberg, a post-doctoral associate at the 8pm - 11pm The Egg
Two young women embark upon a series of crazy Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, presents
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society. Chytilová pioneers a subversive, narrative- patterns of forest cover throughout New York. Yoga
free structure employed by later generations of 5:15 p.m. Seminar. An Illustrated History of 12pm - 1pm The Egg
experimental and indie filmmakers. FREE the Citizen’s Role in Homeland Security in 20th Demetri Martin
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Evening of Opera,” Picotte Recital Hall, Massry .
P Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Stephen Lynch
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Comedy Central’s “Important Things with Demetri 7:30 p.m. Film. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the
Martin.” $35 Room, SUNY Albany, Page Hall, 135 Western Ave,
Downtown Campus. Based on the book by Fortune
Empire State Plaza • Albany, NY
April 18 reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, this
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Touchables, NYS Museum, Discovery Place. Stories fall of the fraudulent energy trading company that
come to life as youngsters touch real animal skins, became America’s seventh largest corporation. FREE
bones, plants, and other objects while listening to 7:30 p.m. Film. Alex Gibney Film Festival. The New
a storybook reading. Recommended for children York State Writers Institute will screen three films by
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