Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Come Down and Have Some Roast Pig


We are excited to announce that in addition to delicious food and drinks, "The Flying Coconuts's"
will be performing live Hawaiian-Rock Music!

Tickets are $35 for adults & $10 for children 12 and under
Space IS LIMITED, So Get Your Tickets Today!

Order Online At: http://www.actblue.com/page/pigroast
Or Email: pholbrook2@yahoo.com
Or Call Elaine McLear at 921-7741


McGrath for the North Country
P.O. Box 301
Lowville, NY 13367
for an easy and safe way to purchase tickets

Monday, August 30, 2010

Aubertine Wins State Fair Milking Contest—Again

Senate Agriculture Chair Leads State Champion
Celebrity Milk-Off Team for Second Straight Year

A team of milkers led by state Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine today won the New York State Fair’s Celebrity Milk Off, making it the second year in a row the Senator has led his team to victory.

“I certainly enjoyed it along with everyone else in this team effort, but most importantly it brings the focus to the dairy industry in this state,” Sen. Aubertine said. “All who were here today participating in the milking contest or who joined us in the stands to watch had a great time. Today at the State Fair it was Dairy Day and with all the events, it brings attention to what is the largest sector of our state’s number one industry in agriculture.”

The Senator’s team, each of whom had 2 minutes to milk the cow, included second alternate New York State Dairy Princess Katelyn Walley, State Fair Director Dan O’Hara, who was on the Senator’s team last year, and YNN video journalist Kat De Maria. The team had 4.5 pounds of milk in the pail, compared to 2.5 pounds for the team led by Agriculture Commissioner Pat Hooker, who was Sen. Aubertine’s teammate on the last year’s winning team. Earlier this month in an individual milking competition at the St. Lawrence County fair, the Senator bested St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill.

The Senator participated in the milking contest today after a full day at the fair that included the Dairy Day Recognition and Awards breakfast in the Empire Room, the New York State Big Cheese Auction, and stops to visit apple growers, maple producers, beekeepers and honey producers, the New York Farm Bureau, the heritage museum and other vendors.

Owens Announces Grant for Jefferson Law Enforcement

Funding to support security
at Watertown High School

Congressman Bill Owens announced today funding for Watertown Police and the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department to be used to support the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program at Watertown High School. The grant will be awarded in the amount of $18,925 and is funded through the Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) under the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Parents deserve peace of mind when they drop their children off at school,” said Owens. “The SRO program at Watertown High School allows local students to focus on their education and assures their parents that their children are in a safe environment. I am glad to see this funding go to such a productive and successful program.”

The Student Resource Officer Program is typically funded by the local school district. The JAG grant will help to offset costs for the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department, Watertown Police, and the school district.

“We are thankful that these programs are available to fund our SRO program,” said Watertown Chief of Police Joseph Goss. “We know that all jurisdictions in Jefferson County are watching their finances, and we are happy that we’re able to provide this program for Watertown High School.”

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crimes based on their own state and local needs. Grant funds can be used for law enforcement, prevention and education programs, corrections, drug treatment, and crime victim and witness programs.

“We appreciate any type of funding we receive for the SRO program, and we are in favor of continuing it,” said Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Burns.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Smoke, Fun and Sheriff Burns...What a great day! (updated)

This afternoon was yet another successful fundraiser for Sheriff John Burns. Droves of people flocked the Italian American Club in the city of Watertown to wish John well and eat some of the best smoked chicken we’ve ever had.

George from Smokey’s was on site smoking chickens and various other items that were snatched up as quickly as he could get them off the rack. The food was spectacular and the crowd was “charged up and ready to go” for Sheriff Burns.

One highlight of today’s event was the political cross over that this event exuded. Although these events are usually heavily attended by people of the same political party we were impressed by the who’s who of non-dems that attended. We had high ranking Republicans like St Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells attending as well as Town and Village elected officials from across the tri county area.

We want to do a special thank you to the Italian American club for hosting this event. It was a great day and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. We also want to thank everyone that took time out of their weekend to attend…it was much appreciated!
Check out the coverage on Newzjunky

Come Join the Party!

make sure to not miss this one people. John's doing a great job and he needs your help! Come and show how much you appreciate all his service to our community.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Democrats Rally to Support Education

The Jefferson County Democrat Committee is pleased to announce the awarding of the 1st Annual JCDC Collegiate Scholarship. This year’s recipient, Douglas Osborne Jr. of Watertown NY, was chosen for his continued leadership and dedication to making the North Country a more progressive community.

When asked about Doug, the Jefferson County Democrat Chairman Sean Hennessey stated, “Doug has played an incredible role in organizing Young Democrats all over the North Country. His leadership and ability to connect with young progressives from across the region has impressed me the most.”

Senator Darrel Aubertine stated, “We're all certainly very proud of Doug. His hard work over the years and commitment to the Jefferson County Democratic Committee is recognized. This scholarship is a small but important thank you for all he's done. I know he will do well in school and come back to the North Country with his familiar spirit of community involvement."
Over the years Doug has volunteered on a number of key campaigns.

One recent campaign was that of current Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns; who stated:

“Doug has been a supporter for years and although we hate to see him go…We know that he’ll bring that go get’em attitude wherever his future brings him. He’s a great young man and I wish him all the best”.

Congressman Bill Owens attended the presentation and stated “The North Country is home to some of the hardest working students in America, and Doug is no exception. I applaud his dedication to his studies and wish him the best of luck as he takes the next step in his education."

Assemblywoman Addie Russell added : "Congratulations to Doug on being selected to receive this year's scholarship. I wish him success as he furthers his education at the University at Albany, one of the State University of New York's excellent universities. Doug is an exceptional young man and I hope that we are able to work together in the future to serve and help improve the community we both love.”

People interested in being considered for the 2011 JCDC Scholarship can contact the Jefferson County Democratic Committee headquarters located in Watertown NY by calling (315) 788-4590 or by emailing us at (click HERE) jeffersondemocrats@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Come Help Us Cut Pork

A Pig Roast to Support
Brian McGrath's Assembly Campaign
What better way to spend an evening then with good democrats and great Pork. Brian McGrath will be serving it up at his house in Lowville and he'd like to invite you over. If Brian's Announcement party was any indicator...This fundraiser will be a great time. We look forward to everyone coming down and showing your support for Brian in his fight to represent the 122nd Assembly seat.
The details are:
Where:At the McGrath Home, 6627 B Arthur Rd in Lowville
When: September 10, 2010 5-10 PM
Cost: $35 for adults (includes beer, wine, and dinner) and $10 for children 12 and under.
Mark your calendars! Bar opens at 5:00, dinner at 6:30.
RSVP to pholbrook2@yahoo.com or call: (315) 921-7741 for a ticket.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New York Wins In Federal “Race to the Top”

Law passed to raise standards,
cap on charter schools will net
$700 million for public education

The announcement today that New York State will receive about $700 million as a winner in the federal “Race to the Top” competition means public school districts throughout Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties will see increased funding.
“This is welcome news indeed for our school districts throughout Central and Northern New York,” said Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine, who supported the changes required for New York to become eligible for this funding. “Educating our young people is important for the future of the region and our state. This funding could not come at a better time considering the difficult decisions made to close a $9 billion budget gap. Add that to the $600 million from the federal government’s jobs bill and we are looking at significant restorations for our schools.”

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate and House passed legislation that will provide $2.5 billion in federal funding for New York, including $600 million for public schools. That funding, based on current school aid formulas, would bring $6.27 million for Oswego County, $3.8 million for Jefferson County, and another $4.4 million for St. Lawrence County schools, according to news reports. The $696.65 million in “Race to the Top” funding would be divided in half and distributed according to aid formulas over a 4-year cycle with the other half being distributed in additional grants.

In the first round of Race to the Top funding awards in March, New York finished out of the running because it did not meet requirements in the federal program. Sen. Aubertine worked with his colleagues to pass legislation that raised the cap on the number of charter schools, met national standards and installed comprehensive tracking of educational outcomes in New York State to improve the state’s chances of obtaining this funding, almost all of which will go toward public education.

“This program is intended to improve educational outcomes and without passing legislation to meet the federal criteria, this money would not be coming to Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties,” Sen. Aubertine said. “It was certainly worth the effort to work with my colleagues to ensure we had the support needed to make us eligible for this funding and I want to thank all involved, both at the state and federal levels, in securing this funding.”

Owens Announces HIDTA Designation for Jefferson County

North Country to receive boost in
battle against drug trafficking

Today, Congressman Bill Owens announced that Jefferson County has received a designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). This federal designation will further the development of the North Country’s joint drug control efforts by Federal, State, local and tribal law enforcement officers in the region and allow Jefferson County to benefit from ongoing HIDTA initiatives. Congressman Owens pressed the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in March to include Jefferson County in this designation.

“Jefferson County presents a significant threat for cross-border importation of illegal drugs and that the County satisfies the requirements for the HIDTA expansion,” Owens wrote in a letter to ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske. “Smugglers take advantage of the terrain, interconnecting roadways and inadequate law enforcement resources to facilitate the transportation of illegal goods through Jefferson County. The designation of the County as part of the New York/New Jersey HIDTA can only further efforts to combat drug trafficking in our nation and enhance our national security.”

The move was praised by local Jefferson County leaders, including District Attorney Cindy Intschert. “Despite the best efforts of various law enforcement agencies, drug trafficking along the United States-Canadian Border, including Jefferson County, has been significant in recent years. The inclusion of Jefferson County in the New York-New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) recognizes the seriousness of that activity, and will aid local, state and federal authorities in working together to stem the flow. The designation will assist us in obtaining federal resources that will provide equipment, manpower and an enhanced information sharing network to combat cross-border drug trafficking and its effects on not only the citizens of Jefferson County but surrounding areas, as well,” said Intschert.

Consistent with the National Drug Control Strategy, the HIDTA program aims to reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States by:

Facilitating cooperation among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information and implement coordinated enforcement activities;

Enhancing law enforcement intelligence sharing among Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies;

Providing reliable law enforcement intelligence to law enforcement agencies to facilitate the design of effective enforcement strategies and operations; and

Supporting coordinated law enforcement strategies that make the most of available resources to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in designated areas of the United States and in the Nation as a whole.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, provides assistance to Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions of the United States.

“In a difficult budget environment, now more than ever it is important for Federal, State and local partners to collaborate in order to maximize resources,” said Kerlikowske. “Designating these counties as HIDTAs will promote the kind of intergovernmental and interagency cooperation required to stem drug trafficking across this Nation.”

Come on Down...to Addie's Open House

Addie Russell to open
campaign headquarters with open house
Watertown, NY Assemblywoman Addie Russell announced that her campaign is having a open house and reception at her campaign headquarters in Watertown on Thursday evening August 26th from 5pm to 7pm. The headquarters is located at 1063 Arsenal Street, right next to the Burger King and across the street from WPBS in Watertown. All are invited to attend.

She said the campaign is looking for volunteers to do an array of tasks and having this open house is a way to introduce people to the location. In addition, she is welcoming everyone to the event Thursday and hopes to greet the public and to have the chance to thank some of her many supporters who stop by.

Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke it!

Stimulus boosted US GDP
by up to 4.5 percent in 2Q 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive stimulus package boosted real GDP by up to 4.5 percent in the second quarter of 2010 and put up to 3.3 million people to work, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.

CBO's latest estimate indicates that the stimulus effort, which remains a political hot potato ahead of the November congressional elections, may have prevented the sluggish U.S. economy from contracting between April and June.

Economists surveyed by Reuters expect that revised numbers due out on Friday will show that the economy grew at an anemic 1.4 percent pace during that time period -- less than the boost of at least 1.7 percent that the stimulus provided, according the CBO estimate.

The massive package of tax cuts, construction spending and enhanced safety-net benefits was passed in February 2009 in the midst of the deepest recession since the 1930s.

It raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs during the second quarter of this year, CBO estimated.

Measured another way, CBO said the stimulus increased the number of full-time equivalent jobs by up to 4.8 million, as part-time workers shifted to full-time work or employers offered more overtime work.

CBO said the package, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, would cost $814 billion, down from its previous estimate of $862 billion. The lower figure was thanks largely to health-care subsidies that cost less than anticipated. CBO initially estimated the bill would worsen budget deficits by $787 billion.

Other than that, the estimate varies only slightly from the budget office's forecast released in May.

With both the House of Representatives and the Senate up for grabs in November, Democrats hope voters will give them credit for breathing some life into the economy. Republicans, who almost universally opposed the stimulus, have criticized it as wasteful and ineffective.
Read more from Reuters HERE

Monday, August 23, 2010

Say No to The Big Box and Yes to Local!

How many times have you said to yourself that you wish you had a choice between shopping at those "Big Box" stores and a more local store that's supporting local labor? How many times have you pulled out your credit card and felt bad for shopping at a store that has decimated our local down towns? How many times have you been caught in traffic on Arsenal St and though...I really wish there was another Grocery store you could find that was located someplace where you didn't need to deal with the craziness of Arsenal St?

Well you now have a choice to shop at a grocery store that's easy to access, local and labor friendly. You might think you need to travel to Rochester or Syracuse to find such a shop but no. This shop is located just minutes from Public Square on the North Side of the city of Watertown.

Tops market recently purchased the holdings of the former P&C stores and they honored the contract that our friends in labor had with the P&C chain. The great thing about the P&C and Tops chains are they are union friendly. In fact many of their employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1.

Many from the Jefferson County Democratic Committee have been traveling to the North Side to do their shopping at the New Tops Grocery store and have reporting that they're taken with this hidden gem on the North Side. We have to say that one tasty tread worth traveling to the north side for is the fresh bread that is baked on site twice a day. We were pleasantly surprised on our last trip to see that the bread was still hot from the ovens. We also noticed that the store's lighting has been redone giving it a bright and modern feel.

Another great feature is the meat and produce sections. Both have a wide selection of fresh cut meats and a monster selection of fruit. We're also pleased to see that all fresh fruit is grown not only in the United States but locally. In fact you can see from the Tops web site (Click here) that much of the produce is grown not only in New York State but right here in the North Country.

This is your chance to finally make a choice to shop at a local, labor friendly shop that gets you away from the crazyness of the south side of the city. This is your chance to vote with your wallet and be proud of where you're money is being spent. Make a stand today!

Below you'll find a listing of the NYS farms that stock the shelves of our local Tops store.

Allegany, NY
M.G. Produce
1110 West River Rd
Fillmore, NY 14735

Cattaraugus, NY
Hall's Produce
5118 Route 219
Great Valley, NY 14741

Miller Farm Market
1685 Route 417
East Olean, NY 14760

Cayuga, NY
Martens Farms, LLC.
1323 Towpath Road PO Box
Port Byron, NY 13140

Bibbens Farms
3282 East Brutus Street
Weedsport, NY 13166

Chautauqua, NY
Orton Farms
West Main St.
Ripley, NY 14775

Hamlet Farms
Route 20
Sheridan, NY 14135

2691 Rt. 20
Sheridan, NY 14135

Peterson Farms
3030 Strunk Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

A. Sam Farm of NY, Inc.
PO Box 144
Dunkirk, NY 14048

Aber's Acres
Rt 259
Kennedy, NY 14747

Yerico Farms
3186 E Main Road
Sheridan, NY 14135

Clinton, NY
Forrence Orchards
2731 Rte 22
Peru, NY 12972

Chazy Orchards
9486 U.S. 9
Chazy, NY 12921

Erie, NY
Henry Agle & Sons
7915 N. Gowanda State Rd.
Eden, NY 14057

Ronald Draudt & Sons
4779 Clark St.
Eden, NY 14075

Kenneth Henry & Sons
6951 Gowanda State Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075

WD Henry & Sons
7189 N. Gowanda State Rd.
Eden, NY 14057

Schummer’s Eden Edge
9779 S. Gowanda State Rd.
Eden, NY 14057

MCR Farms
11806 Brant Reservation
Brant, NY 14027

Amos Zittel & Sons
3065 Bley Rd.
Eden, NY 14057

D & J Brawdy Farms
3260 N. Boston State Rd.,
Eden, NY 14057

Vacco Farms
1524 Cain Rd.
Angola, NY 14006

Winter Farms
10071 Sisson Hwy.
Eden, NY 14057

Yager Farms
8322 Evelyn Dr.
Eden, NY 14057

Bowman Farms, Inc.
11259 Gowanda State Rd.
North Collins, NY 14111

Weiss Farm
7829 East Eden Road
Eden, NY 14057

Chiavetta Farms
9784 So. Main St.
Angola, NY 14006

Kwilos Farm
1270 Church Rd.
Angola, NY 14006

P & P Seed
56 East Union Street
Hamburg, NY 14057

Bowman Farms
11259 RTE 62 Gowanda State Rd,
N. Collins, NY 14111

June Miller Farm
5292 Bayview Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075

Spoth's Farm
5757 Transit Road
E. Amherst, NY 14151

Thomas Family Farms
9851 Gowanda State Rd.
Eden, NY 14057

Winter Farms
5701 Burton Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Awald Farms
2195 Shirley Road
North Collins, NY 14111

Mayer Bros Apple
3300 Transit Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

Sweetwater Farms
PO Box 185
Springville, NY 14141

Long Point Orchard
2007 State Rte 90
Aurora, NY 13026

Genesee, NY
Harrington's Produce
4653 N. Byron Rd.
Elba, NY 14058

Kern Farm Market
7660 Alleghany Rd.
Basom, NY 14013

Fenton Produce
3323 Pratt Road
Batavia, NY 14020

Pully's Farm Market
8165 Lake Road
LeRoy, NY 14882

8041 East Main Road
LeRoy, NY 14482

Parmalee Farms
8165 Parmalee Road
LeRoy, NY 14482

Torrey Farms, Inc.
4319 Maltby Rd. PO Box 187
Elba, NY 14058

Fenton Farms
3323 Pratt Road
Batavia, NY 14020

Crnkovich's Farm
8041 E Main Rd
Le Roy, NY 14482

Herkimer, NY
Winding River Farms
243 Jones Rd
West Winfield, NY 13491

Livingston, NY
Glen Haven Farm
11000 Canaseraga Road
Dansville, NY 14437

J&A Farm Market & Greenhouse
2921 Lakeville Road
Avon, NY 14414

John Anderson Farm
2607 Limerick Rd.
Piffard, NY 14533

Madison, NY
Heberle Farms
1951 Redman Rd
Hamilton, NY 14464

Monroe, NY
H.A. Maier Farm
3334 Brockport Spencerport Rd.
Spencerport, NY 14559

J & R Fruit Farm
17255 Lakeshore Rd.
Hamlin, NY 14464

Peck Babcock
828 Embery Rd.
Penfield, NY 14526

F & H Burch Farms, Inc.
PO Box 800 527 N. Ave
Hilton, NY 14468

Donovan Orchards
302 Bereford Road
Rochester, NY 14610

Green Acres Farms
3480 Latta Road
Rochester, NY 14612

Kalir Enterprises
166 Gary Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

Robb Farms
800 Gallup Rd.
Spencerport, NY 14559

Lazzar Growers
908 Klem Rd
Webster, NY 14580

Robb's Fruit Farms
800 Gallup Rd.
Spencerport, NY 14559

Sodoma Farms
269 Gordon Rd
Brockport, NY 14420

Chase Farms
5878 East Henrietta Road
Rush, NY 14543

DeConinck Farms
255 Pine Hill Road
Spencerport, NY 14559

Gentles Farm Market
1092 Penfield Road
Rochester, NY 14625

Green Acres Fruit Farm
3480 Latta Road
Rochester, NY 14612

Gro-More Farms, Inc.
2811 East Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467

Herberle Farms and Nursery
1945 Redman Road
Hamlin, NY 14464

John B. Martin and Sons, Inc.
4021 Redman Road
Brockport, NY 14533

Miller Farms
2309 Pinnacle Road
Rush, NY 14543

Schwasman Farms
96 Bailey Road
West Henrietta, NY 14586

Springwater Sprouts
PO Box 406
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

V&D Farms
34 Cider Creek Circle
Rochester, NY 14616

E. Vercruysse & Sons
2820 County Line Road
Fairport, NY 14450

Bauman Farms
1340 5 Mile Line Road,
Webster, NY 14580

Ryan Estates
320 Elmgrove Rd
Rochester, NY 14626

Case Farm
2511 Norton Street
Rochester, NY 14609

Niagara, NY
Harris Farm
8481 Ridge Road
Gasport, NY 14067

Freatman Farms
3699 North Ridge Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094

Goodman Farms
2929 Randall Rd.
Ransomville, NY 14131

Harris Farms
8475 Ridge Road
Gasport, NY 14067

Hurtgam Farms
3216 Ridge Road
Ransomville, NY 14131

Robinson Farms
3677 North Ridge Road
Lockport, NY 14094

Tower Farms
1709 Youngstown Rd.
Youngstown, NY 14174

Zehr Farms, Inc.
6178 Jacques Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094

Baehr LLC
7080 lake Rd.
Appleton, NY 14008

Kappus Farms, Inc.
6275 Jockey Rd.
Burt, NY 14028

Lakeside Orchards, Inc.
5796 Wilson-Burt Rd.
Burt, NY 14028

New Royal Orchards
7577 Slayton Settlement Road
Gasport, NY 14067

Pinehurst Farms, LLC.
4455 Wilson-Burt Rd.
Wilson, NY 14172

Singer Farms
6620 Lake Rd.
Appleton, NY 14008

Robert Tower
3131 Creek Rd.
Youngstown, NY 14174

Tower Farms FLP
1709 Youngstown Rd.
Youngstown, NY 17174

Coulter Farms
3871 North Ridge Road
Lockport, NY 14094

Wagner's Farm and Market
2672 Lockport Road
Sanborn, NY 14132

J. Hurtgam Farms
3216 Ridge Rd.
Ransomville, NY 14131

Singer Farms
6620 Lake Road (Rte 18)
Appleton, NY 14008

Plummer Orchards
9004 Telegraph Rd PO Box 342
Gasport, NY 14067

Schwab Farms
9004 Telegraph Rd PO Box 342
Gasport, NY 14067

Zehr Farms
6178 Jacques Rd
Newfane, NY 14108

Russell Farms, Inc.
2206 Hess Road
Appleton, NY 14008

Blackman Farms
4472 Thrall Rd
Lockport, NY 14094

Russell Farms, Inc.
2206 Hess Road
Appleton, NY 14008

H2Gro Greenhouses LTC
1430 Pletcher Rd.
Youngstown, NY 14174

Coulter Farms
3871 North Ridge Road
Lockport, NY 14094

Raby Farms
2055 Ridge Road
Lewiston, NY 14092

Onondaga, NY
McLuskey Orchards
4603 McLuskey Rd.
Lafayette, NY 13084

Tassone Farms, Inc.
6230 Route 31
Cicero, NY 13039

Anthony DeMarco and Sons
211 West Main Street
Elbridge, NY 13060

Reeves Farms
1100 Reeves Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Losurdo Farms
2100 Park St. / Ste 17
Syracuse, NY 13208

Ontario, NY
Fish Farms
4494 Mt. Payne Rd.
Shortsville, NY 14548

Nicholson Farms
Store 957 Routes 5 & 20
Geneva, NY 14456

Beacon Farm Market
3881 Rt 5 & 29
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Fish's Farm Market
4494 Mount Payne Road
Shortsville, NY 14548

Jack Tomion Farm
50 Tomion Road
Stanley, NY 14561

Pedersen Farms, Inc.
1798 County Rd. #4/PO Box 176
Seneca Castle, NY 14547

Schlenker Farms
2149 Elton Road
Bloomfield, NY 14469

Orleans, NY
Anthony Piedmonte Farms
16662 Telegraph Rd.
Holley, NY 14470

Panek's Pickin Patch
13420 County House Rd.
Albion, NY 14411

Anthony Piedmonte
88 Cadbury Way
Holley, NY 14470

Root Brothers Farms
12595 West Lee Rd.
Albion, NY 14411

Russ Bentley
285 N. Main Street
Lyndonville, NY 14098

Lamont Fruit Farm
12703 Stillwater Rd.
Waterport, NY 14571

Roger Lamont
3031 Densmore Rd.
Albion, NY 14411

Locust Grove Farms
1351 Center Road
Kendall, NY 14476

Orchard Dale Farms
14264 Roosevelt Highway,
Waterport, NY 14589

Donald Bentley
10699 Waterbury Rd.
Lyndonville, NY 14098

R.F. Bentley Farms
285 N. Main St.
Lyndonville, NY 14098

Glendale Farms
Route 18
Waterport, NY 14571

Haylett Fruit Farms
12985 Eagle Harbor-Knowlesville Rd.
Albion, NY 14411

Hurd Orchard
3733 Hurd Road
Holley, NY 14470

James Kirby Farms
2987 Crandall Rd
Albion, NY 14411

Kast Farms
2911 Densmore Rd.
Albion, NY 14411

Lamont Fruit Farm
12730 Stillwater Rd.
Waterport, NY 14571

Lyn-Oaken Farms
11540 Maple Rd.
Lyndonville, NY 14098

Jose Perez
431 West State. St. Lot 13
Albion, NY 14411

Doug Petrie
10999 Mill Road
Lyndonville, NY 14098

Pettit Farms
3677 Bates Rd.
Medina, NY 14103

Courtney Plummer
1484 E. Townline Rd.
Waterport, NY 14571

Roberts Farm Market
10603 Freedam Rd.
Medina, NY 14103

Sandy Knoll Farms
2196 Swett Road
Lyndonville, NY 14098

Woodworth Orchards
12120 Platten Rd.
Lyndonville, NY 14098

Winding River Farm
Angling Road
Lyndonville, NY 14098

R.M. Zingler Farms
1479 Kendall Rd.
Kendall, NY 14476

Rush Farms
2120 Eagle Harbor Rd
Albion, NY 14411

Panek's Pickin' Patch
13420 County House Road
Albion, NY 14411

Root Farms
14034 State Route 31
Albion, NY 14411

Zingler Farms
1479 Kendall Rd
Kendall, NY 14476

Hurd Orchards
17260 Ridge Road
West Holley, NY 14470

Intergrow Greenhouses, Inc.
2428 Oak Orchard Road
Albion, NY 14411

Passarell Farms
PO Box 253
Holley, NY 14470

Bruce T. Bozard
11686 Ridge Rd.
Medina, NY 14103

Oswego, NY
Joseph DiSalvo Farms
224 Island Rd.
Phoenix, NY 13135

Hinerwadel's Inc.
5300 West Taft Rd.
North Syracuse, NY 13212

Putnam, NY
Lynn-Ette & Sons
1512 Kent Rd
Kent, NY 14477

Circle R Fruit Farm
1512 Kent Rd.
Kent, NY 14477

Steuben, NY
Hillview Blueberry Farm
9990 Bean Station Road
Prattsburgh, NY 14873

Jenkins Farms, Inc.
8637 Rte 36. N.
Arkport, NY 14807

Miller Farms
7619 Miller Road
Avoca, NY 14809

Tompkins, NY
Eddy Dale Farms
827 Elmira Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

Ulster, NY
WG Minard & Sons, Inc.
PO Box 326
Clintondale, NY 12515

Wayne, NY
KC Bailey Orchards
7383 Salmon Creek Rd.
Williamson, NY 14589

Jay Peters
7295 Lake Avenue
Williamson, NY 14589

B & D Farms
PO Box 380
Marion, NY 14505

G & S Orchards
4570 Lincoln Ave.
Macedon, NY 14502

Douglas DeBadts
6745 Mud Lane
Sodus, NY 14551

Scott Johnson
5759 Route 88
Sodus, NY 14551

M&W Farms
6051 S. Centenary
Williamson, NY 14589

Verne Mills
10979 Ridge Road
Wolcott, NY 14590

Orchard Avenue Farms
10433 Miner Road
North Rose, NY 14516

Stoney Ridge Fruit Farms LLC
5232 Ridge Road PO Box 34
Williamson, NY 14589

Teeple Farms Inc.
7100 Lake Bluff Rd.
Wolcott, NY 14590

Youngman Bros. Orchards
6187 West Port Bay Rd.
Wolcott, NY 14590

DeFisher Fruit Farms
5546 Pease Road
Williamson, NY 14589

Abe Datthyn Farms
4791 Route 88
Sodus, NY 14551

Burnap Fruit Farms, LLC.
7277 Maple Ave.
Sodus, NY 14551

Church Road Farms
3842 Church Road
Williamson, NY 14589

Fowler Brothers, Inc.
10273 Lummisville Road
Wolcott, NY 14590

Lagoner Farms
6954 Tuckahoe Road
Williamson, NY 14589

Mason Farms
3135 Ridge Road
West Williamson, NY 14589

Stephens Brothers
6371 North Ontario
Ontario, NY 14519

Williams Farms
5077 Russell Road
Marion, NY 14505

Van Fleet Orchards
11125 Wilson Road
Wolcott, NY 14590

Andy Bodine
Route 88 North
Newark, NY 14513

Albrin Fruit Farms
1686 Foote Road
Lyons, NY 14489

Wyoming, NY
Wells Berry Farm
5567 Route 19A
Castile, NY 14427

Yates, NY
Katie Wheeler Farms
3640 State Rt 54A
Branchport, NY 14418

Eliminating Government Waste Critical to State's Economic Future

Bringing New York out of multi-billion shortfalls has required many difficult choices. The fact of the matter is that we did not get here overnight. The financial difficulties this state faces were decades in the making and there is a great deal of work that still needs to be done to control spending and reduce the tax burden so that our economy can grow.

As a member of the bipartisan Task Forceon Government Efficiency, I have been part of the close examination of several state agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Correctional Services. What we've identified is hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending that must be addressed.

One avenue toward making the changes we need is performance based budgeting. This is a program that has been used in cities and states to better address agency performance to cut wasteful spending. This will enable the state to not only assess where the waste is, but target it and make cuts that save the taxpayers' money. In this year's budget, general fund spending was cut, but performance based budgeting would enable even more targeted cuts in departments such as the DOT and DOCS without impacting the services we all need in place.

Consolidation of administrations for agencies and authorities with similar missions is another area we need to look for real savings. In 2008, I began advocating for a series of consolidations of agencies and authorities, including DOT and the Thruway Authority, where joining state departments with similar missions would result in savings. This continues to be a priority.

Additionally, I'm proud to have rejected efforts to borrow money to close our budget gap and will continue to fight these efforts. You cannot borrow your way to prosperity. No one ever got out of debt by borrowing more money. Debt already on the books is one of the reasons we were not able to cut another billion or so out of the budget. The decisions made over the past 30 years or so continue to cost us more as a state and we cannot continue to act this way and expect different results.

With reduced spending comes the opportunity to reduce the tax burden. In Central and Northern New York, one of our greatest concerns is the high property taxes we pay. I, along with many groups concerned about Upstate New York, have been pushing for a property tax cap. This cap, along with the elimination of unfunded mandates, and a circuit breaker that limits tax bills to a percentage of a homeowners' income, will cut our taxes.

To accomplish this real change I am working across party lines to show the widespread support from all of us. In the Senate, support for budget reform is growing and these tax relief measures have already passed, but still await action in the Assembly. It is critically important to all of us, that we continue working to right this state, cultivate a future for our children, and reduce our high tax burden.

Donovan Diverges With Lazio On Mosque (Updated)

Here’s yet another example of how disjointed the New York Republicans are this year.

Staten Island DA Dan Donovan, the lone GOP AG candidate, said he disagrees with the party’s gubernatorial designee, Rick Lazio, in his call for Democrat Andrew Cuomo to investigate the (as yet anemic) funding stream for the mosque proposed for construction near Ground Zero.

Donovan’s comments came during an interview this morning with The Post’s Fred Dicker on TALK 1300-WGDJ-AM. Dicker noted that barely any cash has been raised to date for the project and asked: “Do you see something there that should be investigated that hasn’t been?

“Yeah, not that I see. You know, again I saw you on ‘Good Day New York’ this morning on Channel 5, Fred. Great piece. And as you pointed out, no money’s been raised yet so I don’t know what there is to investigate.”

“But I have never had a discussion about the mosque situation with Mr. Lazio so I don’t know where- what he’s thinking in that area and why he’s calling upon the attorney general. He just never discussed it with me.”

Donovan has declined to endorse Lazio for governor, even though both he and the former Long Island congressman landed the GOP’s official nod at the convention in June. The DA hasn’t endorsed Lazio’s primary opponent, Carl Paladino, either, but, like many Republicans, he appears to be hedging his bets until after the Sept. 14 election…just in case.

UPDATE: Donovan campaign spokeswoman Virginia Lam noted that sitting DAs are barred by the ethical rules of the state DAs Association, which Donovan used to head, from making political endorsements. On the mosque, she said:
Read more from the Albany Times Union by clicking HERE

New Law Takes Aim at Wealthy Tax Cheats

August 23, 2010, 1:56 pm
NY Times

The tax man cometh — and now he has backup.

A little-noticed law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson this month could sharply expand investigations of wealthy tax cheats by empowering whistle-blowers to file lawsuits against them under the state’s False Claims Act (pdf).

The original act, passed in 2007, already allows such lawsuits, known as qui tam suits, to crack down on Medicaid fraud or contractors who overbill the state for goods and services.

But the new amendments, championed by Democrats in the Legislature, would expand the bill to allow for the recovery of tax revenue.
Experts said the bill, sponsored by State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman and the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, would be the first of its kind in the nation.

“To my knowledge, this is the first one that imposes liability under a state False Claims Act for state tax fraud,” Cleveland Lawrence III, acting executive director of Taxpayers Against Fraud, a nonprofit group that lobbies for broader false claim laws.

Under the law, which takes effect Friday, suits can be filed only when the defendant makes more than a million dollars a year in net income and the damages to the state are $350,000 or more.

The law’s existing penalties pack a wallop: Those found to have defrauded the state through filing false statements or paperwork — like a fraudulent tax return — must pay triple damages. They also owe civil penalties of up to $12,000 for each false statement.

To cut down on frivolous lawsuits and assuage privacy concerns, qui tam tax lawsuits would have to be filed under seal through the office of the attorney general, who could dismiss any cases deemed frivolous. The bill’s advocates, including state tax officials, say they believe it could bring in as much as $25 million a year.
To Read more Click HERE

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Appeals Court Ruling a Huge Victory for the Voters of the

“This is a victory for all of the voters of the
North Country who deserve a choice this election"

Brian McGrath (D,I – Lowville), candidate for the 122nd Assembly District announced the decision by the panel of five judges that places McGrath back on both the Democratic and Independence lines for the November 2nd election for the 122nd Assembly District.

“This is a victory for all of the voters of the North Country who deserve a choice this election,” McGrath said. “It is a victory for all of the voters of the North Country who are sick and tired of the same old politics as usual and want new faces with new ideas. It is a victory for the voters of the North Country who know that we cannot reform state government by electing the same old politicians to new positions.”

“Mr. Blankenbush’s attempt to let Albany lawyers and judges take this election away from the voters epitomizes everything that’s wrong with politics today. Too many career politicians care more about advancing their own careers than they do about working hard for the people they represent, and the voters of the 122nd Assembly District want a choice. Now they have one.”

The decisions can be found on the court’s website HERE and HERE

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Recently, one of Bill Owens opponents has been talking an awful lot about his ideas for economic recovery. He has been quick to talk about repealing health care reform, and bringing back the failed Bush economic policies, focused on tax cuts for the rich and subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas. The twist is, he also has an idea for a more personal recovery.

Tea Party candidate Doug Hoffman was generous enough to loan his campaign money earlier this year. So generous in fact, that he decided that it was time the campaign gave back. So he started paying himself 7.5% interest on that loan, to the tune of $3,500 and counting! This lead a local journalist to write, “Win or lose, running for Congress looks like a sound investment for Douglas L. Hoffman.”

Clearly Mr. Hoffman sees this campaign as an opportunity to recapture the benefits of the Bush era for himself and his friends, but fails to see the impact that would have on hard working folks across Upstate New York who have already been victims of the economic policies that he continues to support.

Clearly Mr. Hoffman sees this campaign as an opportunity to recapture the benefits of the Bush era for himself and his friends, but fails to see the impact that would have on hard working folks across Upstate New York who have already been victims of the economic policies that he continues to support.

Please help Bill fight against Hoffman’s failed economic agenda, and fight for a real economic recovery! Please contribute $25, $75, even $125 TODAY!

Bill’s record is clear; he’s fighting for a recovery for everyone by promoting and creating new jobs. That’s why he introduced the Rural Jobs Tax Credit that would give tax breaks to companies and small businesses that create jobs in towns across New York. Bill, along with Congressman Scott Murphy, also introduced legislation that would relieve small businesses from costly regulation and will allow them to grow their business and serve their communities.

Please help Bill fight for a broad based recovery in Upstate New York. Please contribute $25, $75, even $125 TODAY!

Your support will make all the difference,

Monday, August 16, 2010

NYS AFL-CIO Endorses Cuomo, 'Fought For Middle Class'

Today, the 2 ½ million member New York State AFL-CIO endorsed the candidacy of Andrew Cuomo for Governor of New York State. President Denis Hughes praised the Attorney General's record of fighting for the middle class against monied interests.

"We look forward to those principles following him to the Governor’s Mansion," Hughes said.

“Particularly during these difficult economic times, I look forward to that opportunity and the chance for labor to play a role in the rebuilding and revitalization of this great state,” Hughes said.

The endorsement took place at the State Labor Federation’s biennial political convention, held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York. More than 400 delegates, representing local unions, labor councils and area labor federations throughout the state were in attendance.

Following the endorsement, Cuomo released this statement:

"Today’s endorsement is a major step forward in building our broad coalition to bring change and reform to state government. I deeply appreciate the support of the hard working union members of the state of New York. We share the goal of creating good jobs in all regions of the state and across a diverse range of fields.”

Strong Schools, Lower Property Taxes Part of Plan for Recovery

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to attend community events throughout Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, and meet with constituents to discuss many of the issues we face here in New York State. At the forefront of many conversations is the need for good jobs, but with that, two factors in creating those jobs, property taxes and education.

Now, with action by Congress we have the opportunity to secure another $600 million in federal aid for schools. That will mean $6.27 million for Oswego County, $3.8 million for Jefferson County, and $4.4 million for St. Lawrence County. In the next couple of weeks I will be in Albany to take action to accept this funding as we have for billions of stimulus funding that has gone to schools and construction projects throughout the state. This federal funding will protect jobs and in strengthening our education system, it bolsters our overall efforts to create a business climate that also attracts new jobs. Economic development programs like Power for Jobs and the new Excelsior Program are important, but so is the fact that general fund spending by the state decreased in this budget and it was balanced without regressive taxes on beverages, energy and healthcare. Along with the budget, I voted with my Senate colleagues on the last day of session for a property tax cap to limit tax increases.

This was the third time in three years I voted to rein in property taxes, yet the Assembly has still not acted. The cap alone is not the answer. However, it is one of four things we need to do to control and reduce property taxes, which threaten so many homeowners and businesses in the region. This latest version of a tax cap was not the more complete legislation I voted for in March. This more comprehensive bill also included a circuit breaker, which caps property tax bills based on a percentage of our income. This two part approach was passed with legislation that would relieve schools and municipalities of unfunded mandates, giving localities more say on how to most efficiently educate our children. The fourth part deals with existing school aid formulas, which have been skewed over the last several decades, despite court cases calling this distribution unfair to low wealth school districts in rural and urban parts of the state. Distributing the limited resources of state funding more fairly to provide low-wealth rural districts with adequate state aid is important to reducing our property tax burden. Providing students with the resources they need, while reducing the property tax burden is important. These efforts are all part of the solution for restoring our Upstate economy and ensuring the jobs we need are here for years to come.

Academic Bankruptcy


Published: August 14, 2010

WITH the academic year about to begin, colleges and universities, as well as students and their parents, are facing an unprecedented financial crisis. What we’ve seen with California’s distinguished state university system — huge cutbacks in spending and a 32 percent rise in tuition — is likely to become the norm at public and private colleges. Government support is being slashed, endowments and charitable giving are down, debts are piling up, expenses are rising and some schools are selling their product for two-thirds of what it costs to produce it. You don’t need an M.B.A. to know this situation is unsustainable.

With unemployment soaring, higher education has never been more important to society or more widely desired. But the collapse of our public education system and the skyrocketing cost of private education threaten to make college unaffordable for millions of young people. If recent trends continue, four years at a top-tier school will cost $330,000 in 2020, $525,000 in 2028 and $785,000 in 2035.

Yet most faculty and administrators refuse to acknowledge this crisis. Consider what is taking place here in New York City. Rather than learning to live within their means, Columbia University, where I teach, and New York University are engaged in a fierce competition to expand as widely and quickly as possible. Last spring, N.Y.U. announced plans to increase its physical plant by 40 percent over the next 20 years; this summer Columbia secured approval for its $6.3 billion expansion in Upper Manhattan. N.Y.U. is also opening a new campus in Abu Dhabi this fall.

The financial arrangements for these projects remain obscure, but it is clear that they will not be completed without increasing the universities’ already significant and perhaps unsustainable levels of debt. Last year Columbia reported $1.4 billion in outstanding debt against a $5.89 billion endowment. N.Y.U. had a staggering $2.22 billion debt with a relatively modest $2.2 billion endowment — one that had shrunk by more than 11 percent over the previous fiscal year. For universities, as for banks, the question is not only the value of current and projected assets but also the availability of liquidity so they can pay off interim debt obligations during a time of financial instability.

There is a similarity between the debt crisis on Wall Street and what threatens higher education. Just as investors borrowed more and increased their leverage in volatile markets, many colleges and universities are borrowing more and betting on an expanding market in higher education at the precise moment their product is becoming affordable for fewer people.

Financial aid is drying up and government support is not keeping pace with the rising cost of college, so students and parents are being forced to borrow more heavily. For decades, admissions offices have marketed themselves by promising a significant return on the investment in the form of higher lifetime income. But with the cost of an undergraduate degree well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, this argument is no longer persuasive. Students and their parents are carrying unsustainable levels of debt, which is likely to lead to a crisis that will mirror the collapse of the subprime mortgage market. To make matters worse, student debt is even more toxic than a soured mortgage, because it is nearly impossible for a person to legally walk away from student loans the way a homeowner can walk away from a mortgage.

The competition between Columbia and N.Y.U. is an example of what educational institutions should not be doing. Universities should be looking for new ways to provide high-quality education to more students at a lower price. In today’s world, it no longer makes sense for every school to cover every subject.

For example, it is absurd for Columbia and N.Y.U. to be have competing philosophy departments at a time when there are few jobs for philosophy academics. Instead, they could cooperate by forming a joint graduate and undergraduate program, which would reduce costs by requiring fewer faculty members and a more modest physical presence, while at the same time increasing course choices for students. And in our wired world, universities on opposite sides of the globe could find similar ways to collaborate.

American higher education has long been the envy of the world, but today our institutions are eroding from within and are facing growing competition from countries like China and India, which are developing ambitious plans to enter the global higher education market. Capital can be intellectual and cultural as well as financial; it is vital that American higher education remains the reserve currency of the global educational system. No less than Wall Street, our colleges and universities are in dire need of reform.

Mark C. Taylor, the chairman of the religion department at Columbia University, is the author of the forthcoming “Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities.”

Honoring Social Security, Not Privatizing It

Attacking Social Security

Published: August 15, 2010

Social Security turned 75 last week. It should have been a joyous occasion, a time to celebrate a program that has brought dignity and decency to the lives of older Americans.

But the program is under attack, with some Democrats as well as nearly all Republicans joining the assault. Rumor has it that President Obama’s deficit commission may call for deep benefit cuts, in particular a sharp rise in the retirement age.

Social Security’s attackers claim that they’re concerned about the program’s financial future. But their math doesn’t add up, and their hostility isn’t really about dollars and cents. Instead, it’s about ideology and posturing. And underneath it all is ignorance of or indifference to the realities of life for many Americans.

About that math: Legally, Social Security has its own, dedicated funding, via the payroll tax (“FICA” on your pay statement). But it’s also part of the broader federal budget. This dual accounting means that there are two ways Social Security could face financial problems. First, that dedicated funding could prove inadequate, forcing the program either to cut benefits or to turn to Congress for aid. Second, Social Security costs could prove unsupportable for the federal budget as a whole.

But neither of these potential problems is a clear and present danger. Social Security has been running surpluses for the last quarter-century, banking those surpluses in a special account, the so-called trust fund. The program won’t have to turn to Congress for help or cut benefits until or unless the trust fund is exhausted, which the program’s actuaries don’t expect to happen until 2037 — and there’s a significant chance, according to their estimates, that that day will never come.

Meanwhile, an aging population will eventually (over the course of the next 20 years) cause the cost of paying Social Security benefits to rise from its current 4.8 percent of G.D.P. to about 6 percent of G.D.P. To give you some perspective, that’s a significantly smaller increase than the rise in defense spending since 2001, which Washington certainly didn’t consider a crisis, or even a reason to rethink some of the Bush tax cuts.
Read more from the NY Times HERE

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What a Great Night to Meet the Candidates

The River Town Democrats did a great job tonight at the KFC in Clayton. Many came from across the district came together to talk with Senator Aubertine, Assemblywoman Russell and Sheriff John Burns. Some of the questions were tough but the representatives took their time and did a great job answering the dozens of question that were thrown at them. From Water Levels to the much needed expansion of the County Jail no question went unanswered and everyone in the looked pleased that they had attended tonight’s event.

A special thank you goes out to Pat and Elaine Mrs. New York State International Rachel Raybourn for getting everything organized. We also want to thank the Knights of Columbus for being so generous in allowing us to use their meeting hall for the event. It was a true success and we look forward to other event like this in the months to come.

Giving NY a Choice in the 44th

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You simply have to watch this video. It tells us why we are democrats. Give back today and change tomorrow!


Health care credit card scheme preys
on seniors and vulnerable patients

Cuomo subpoenas health care practices
and credit card companies

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an industry-wide investigation into predatory health care lending where consumers, especially seniors and vulnerable patients, are misled about financing, causing them to be pushed into debt.

An investigation by Attorney General Cuomo found that some health care providers pressure consumers into using GE Money’s CareCredit, a health care credit card, through fast-talking sales pitches and deceit. The investigation also found that CareCredit often pays kickbacks in the form of rebates to the providers based on how much business they charge consumers on CareCredit cards.

The investigation was based in part on hundreds of consumer complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office. Consumers reported that health care providers promised that the credit card had “no interest,” when it often carried retroactive interest of over 25 percent if not paid in full during a promotional period. Consumers were also unknowingly charged up front for services they never received, and their attempts to obtain refunds were often thwarted or ignored. Meanwhile, CareCredit pays the health care providers in-full within 48 hours of the charge.

The investigation also found that CareCredit charges the providers a fee for the right to offer the cards, and then rebates part of the fee based on the amount of money the providers generated through CareCredit sales. This kickback arrangement, plus CareCredit’s payment in full to providers within two days of the charge, creates an incentive for providers to push consumers to use CareCredit rather than other methods of payment. In fact, providers pushed CareCredit over cash.

“Health care debt is the number one cause of individual bankruptcy, and this scheme is contributing to the economic burden being felt by consumers,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “People are being tricked by misleading offers that have them paying for services they never received as well as interest charges they never knew about – and they are ignored and given the runaround when they try to get their money back.”

Cuomo issued subpoenas to 10 providers that promote CareCredit, as well as to the companies that manage CareCredit, Chase Health Advance, Visa Health Benefits, and Citibank Health Card. The subpoenas seek marketing materials, applications, terms of credit, contracts and rebate agreements, policies and procedures, consumer complaints, and regulatory inquiries. This investigation is ongoing.

In addition, Cuomo is asking several nationwide and state-based medical associations, including the American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association, to explain why they endorsed CareCredit and whether they received compensation for doing so.

CareCredit is accepted by more than 125,000 health care practices nationwide. The New York State Dental Association asserts that more than 8 million dental patients and 80,000 dental practices use CareCredit nationwide. The credit card is advertised as a way to pay for services often not covered by insurance, including:

Chiropractic procedures
Cosmetic procedures
Dental procedures
Infertility treatment
Hearing procedures
Vision procedures
Weight loss procedures
Veterinary services

In recent years, Attorney General Cuomo’s Office received hundreds of complaints from consumers indicating that they were lured and misled by providers into applying for, accepting, and using CareCredit. Among the complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office regarding the scam:
See more HERE

Monday, August 9, 2010

Join Mrs. New York State and Our Candidates in Clayton

The River Town Democrats will be holding their annual Meet the Candidate at the KFC in Clayton NY on Wednesday August 11th. We've heard through the grape vine (see above) that Senator Aubertine, Assemblywoman Russell, Sheriff John Burns and Mrs. New York State will be in attendance so please put this on your calendar. Doors open at at 6:30pm so get there early. We're look forward to seeing everyone in the River Town Community!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Aubertine Wins St. Lawrence County Milking Contest

State Senator wins
St. Lawrence County Fair
Milking Contest... over county Legislators

GOUVERNEUR (August 6, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine—with more than three decades of milking experience—won the St. Lawrence County Fair Milking Contest on Thursday night beating out the fair’s defending champion, St. Lawrence County Legislator Fred Morrill of DeKalb Junction.

“It’s all in good fun and I had a great time,” said Sen. Aubertine, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “The fair this year has been tremendous. Walking through the barns, the farms in this county had some great livestock on display and along the midway, plenty of food and entertainment. The milking contest in and of itself was a great opportunity to participate in some good natured competition with friends. We had a good crowd for the event and I’m happy to see so many people out to support agriculture.”

Participating in the contest with Sen. Aubertine and Mr. Morrill, a fellow dairy farmer, were fellow Gouverneur Legislators Alex A. MacKinnon, who finished third, and Donald Peck, who showed his willingness to have fun and share in some good natured humor when he was asked to milk a goat. Mr. Aubertine’s pail had around 9 lbs of milk while Mr. Morrill’s pail had more than 4.5 lbs and Mr. MacKinnon’s had just 2.5 lbs.

Mr. Aubertine, who no longer has dairy cows on his farm, but continues to raise beef cattle and grow crops, was part of the winning team at last year’s New York State Fair in Syracuse, which held a milking contest to raise money for Coaches for Cancer, an organization with which Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim is involved.
See Darrel's Face Book Page by Clicking HERE

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Brian McGrath is on the Democrat and Indy Lines

The New York State Board of Elections have reviewed the charges by Brian McGrath's opponent and deemed his claims null and void. In negating these claims Brian will now appear on the Democrat and Independence Party lines for the coming general Election. Jefferson County Chairman Sean M Hennssey said that "By the State Board ruling in Brian favor he has greatly strengthened his chances of victory in the 122nd Assembly District." Brian put out a statement early today that said "I am pleased to report that the Board of Elections met today and determined that I have satisfied all requirements to stand for election on both the Democratic Party line and the Independence Party line."

Also, A small load of Brian McGrath law signs were delivered to the office today. Please feel free to call the office if you would like show your support for Brian by placing a sign in your front lawn. You can get in touch with us at our Watertown Office at (315) 788-4590 OH and PLEASE.....NO LAWN SIGNS IN RIGHT OF WAYS...JUST PRIVATE LAWNS!!

Fort Drum Connector Road Gets Under Way

“Fort Drum has become the economic engine of Northern New York. This project will continue that progress, and will create much-needed construction jobs,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “The importance of Fort Drum to the North Country cannot be overstated. It is the proud home of the 10th Mountain Division, and those stationed at Fort Drum have become an integral part of the local community. As Fort Drum continues to grow, we in State government will continue to work to address the transportation needs in and around it.”

“The base at Fort Drum is not only a major part of the economy of the area, it is part of the very fabric of society in the area,” said Acting Commissioner Gee. “Transportation is about more than cement and steel; it’s about connecting people to jobs, school, healthcare, emergency services, families and friends. Under Governor Paterson’s leadership, the State Department of Transportation recognized the need for this project in order to enhance mobility along Route 11 adjacent to Fort Drum, and to improve access for the increasing number of people who drive to and from the base, and others who travel in the area.”

Acting Commissioner Gee was joined for a ceremonial ground breaking at the project site by Congressman William Owens, Senator Darrel J. Aubertine, Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava, Assemblywoman Addie Russell and Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Kenneth Riddle.

Congressman Owens said “This project is an investment both in jobs and in our community’s future. The connector will help us to capitalize on the potential the Fort Drum region has for economic development and job growth, and allow the Fort to continue its large role in the direction of our community. Additionally, infrastructure projects like this serve to create immediate jobs and help us work our way out of the recession.”

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “This is a great investment for the North Country. Investing in our infrastructure will help improve our roads, connect more of New York, support job creation and help rebuild our economy.”

Senator Aubertine said, “The 10th Mountain Division and the base here at Fort Drum are vital to our national security, good neighbors in our communities and an economic engine. This project allows the base to meet the security needs of our nation with access to a four-lane highway that will support its readiness to deploy. Additionally, the investment will create and support jobs locally. I want to thank and commend our federal representatives, the U.S. Army, the governor, and the dedicated staff of the DOT both locally and in Albany for forging ahead with this project and investing in our communities.”
See more HERE from Newzjunky

Check out Brian McGrath's Recent Interview

Brian McGrath (Candidate for the 122nd Assembly District) was interviewed on a local radio station and you can here was he said by watching the link below.

Cap NY Property Taxes - Kick-off Event

At the Cap NY Property Taxes Kick-off event in Nassau County on Tuesday, July 27th, Andrew Cuomo drove home the message that New Yorkers need relief from property taxes.

Learn more and take action HERE

Did you know that New Yorkers pay nearly the highest energy costs in the nation – 61%
above the national average for homes, and fully 65% above average for businesses?

These costs are outrageous, especially when so many families are struggling to pay their bills and so many New Yorkers are out of work because businesses can’t afford to hire.

We have to fix this mess to get New York’s economy back on track.

Andrew Cuomo’s Power NY Agenda offers the commonsense energy solutions we need to jumpstart our state. This comprehensive new plan will lower energy costs and create jobs – while also taking important steps to improve the environment.

Why is energy so expensive in New York? Because we’ve let challenges pile up while delaying crucial solutions:

New York has a complex energy bureaucracy that divides responsibility between 20 different entities.

We need to invest in our power infrastructure, more efficient technology, and renewable energy.

Our state is experiencing high levels of “transmission congestion” that stops NY electricity customers from buying power from the least expensive producers.

Andrew Cuomo's Power NY Agenda will take on these challenges and make sure that New York leads the nation once again.

Learn more about Andrew’s plan to recharge New York's energy policy.

Energy is one of the keys to revitalizing our economy. Let’s make sure we get it right.

Thanks for your support,

Andrew Cuomo 2010

Sen. Aubertine Applauds Release of Energy Plan

Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine issued the following statement regarding Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's proposed energy plan today, saying this is the type of platform the Legislature and the next governor must build on to address the state's energy needs and opportunities, along with our economy:

“The announcement today of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s energy policy agenda is encouraging news for New York State, especially Central and Northern New York. Demonstrating leadership in the race to be our next governor, I am pleased that Andrew has set an agenda that includes a permanent successor to Power for Jobs in the mold of the Energize New York legislation I sponsored and passed in the Senate with broad bipartisan support.

“Governor Paterson has been instrumental in this process and has stoodstrong in the face of Assembly opposition. It’s critically important that
the next governor of this state stand strong in support of improving on
Power for Jobs to make it permanent, sustainable and a tool to create new
jobs, not just sustain the quarter of a million jobs that now depend on
these benefits.

“Likewise, I am encouraged by his focus on improving our state’s energy
independence, reducing taxes on energy, and facilitating weatherization and
home efficiency improvements that will create jobs. The Attorney General’s
proposed energy plan is a strong platform to begin discussions to build a
consensus that will help us move this state forward using sound energy
policy to foster job growth that benefits all of us.

“I look forward to working with the next governor to continue the work and
the progress we have made in using our state’s resources to create and
preserve jobs, while making our state more energy independent and
efficient.”--State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Owens Introduces Legislation to Expand Credit for Upstate Farmers

WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Bill Owens introduced legislation that aims to expand credit for family farmers in Upstate New York. H.R. 6057, the Farm Credit Expansion Act, would expand the range of business structures that qualify for loans through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), ensuring more family farms are eligible for a wider flow of credit during economically challenging times when they need it the most.

“The economic downturn has caused many farm families to suffer through one of the most challenging periods in decades,” said Owens. “As a result, the balance sheets of millions of farmers are considerably weaker, making access to loan guarantees and direct loans from the FSA critical. I believe this bill corrects this issue, ensuring farmers continue to play a large role in the economic development of our area.”

Two types of business structures that are increasingly common among family farms do not currently qualify for loans through the FSA. Today many family farms have both a farm ownership LLC and farm operating LLC to facilitate ownership by multiple family members. This is typically done to facilitate the intergenerational transfer of a farm business and for liability protection. However, because the operator of the farm (the operating LLC) does not own the farm (farm ownership LLC), the farm is not eligible for a loan.

“The more opportunity we provide for our local agriculture leaders, the better chance our community has at a complete economic recovery,” said Owens. “We have an abundance of potential here in Upstate New York, but that potential will go to waste if we are unable to support our farmers.”

Farms operating with an embedded entity structure are also currently ineligible for an FSA guarantee. An embedded entity occurs when one entity is owned wholly or partly by another entity. This embedded entity situation is occurring more frequently as more farmers complete estate planning.

For example, Joe and Jane Farmer may decide to transfer their individual ownership interests in Farm Operating, LLC to Joe Farmer Revocable Trust and Jane Farmer Revocable Trust per their estate plan. However, once the trusts own the LLC, the LLC is no longer eligible for a FSA guarantee although the farm operation has not fundamentally changed.

Statement on Completion of Budget

“Today, we closed down the budget process by passing a revenue bill that keeps my commitment to the people of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties to block the governor’s proposed new taxes. After months of frustration that we all felt, this budget, while far from perfect, is a considerable improvement on where we were April 1.

“In the end, we passed a budget that not only rejected tax increases, but made real and substantial cuts to control our state’s spending. This budget restored funding that brings a return on investment for our local communities, be it parks and historic sites or agricultural programs benefitting the state’s number one industry. This budget protects jobs, especially those at Ogdensburg Correctional Facility, and implements new programming to create new ones.

“I am not happy with the fact that this process took this long. It points to the need for reform and change in the budget process. The very changes which had been rejected for decades, but are now gaining momentum, be it an independent budget office or performance based budgeting to make our state’s departments and bureaucracies accountable. As we saw in the findings of the bipartisan Task Force on Government Efficiency reports, we must be vigilant in finding ways to save money by seeking out the waste and making our state more efficient.

“In addition to closing down the budget process, we sent a strong message once again to our colleagues in the Assembly that we will not sit idly by while the people of this state clamor for property tax relief. For the third time in about two years, I voted for a property tax cap which is the first step toward comprehensive relief that must also include mandate relief and a circuit breaker, along with a change in the aid formula to address the needs of low wealth school districts upstate.

“Moving forward, we must continue to look for efficiencies and ways to reduce spending so that the taxpayers of this state can find the relief that is long overdue.”