Saturday, October 29, 2011

Judge Charlie Merrell on the Issues

Ron Cole Support Strong in District 11!

Ron Cole (Legislative Candidate in District 11) signs are popping up all over the distrcit!
 Looks like all Ron's hard work is paying off! I'f you'd like to help in the final days of the
campaign please drop us a line and we'll put you to work.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

9/11 Memorial Moves to Fort Drum

Governor Cuomo,
New York State Museum, and
National September 11 Memorial
& Museum Announce
Fort Drum 9/11 Exhibition

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Museum, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum today announced the opening of a "New York Remembers" exhibition at the Fort Drum U.S. Army base in Jefferson County.
The exhibition will give Fort Drum soldiers and their families a place to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to honor the countless heroes who helped with the clean-up and recovery efforts, and to pay tribute to members of the military who are fighting for our freedom. The exhibition features several historical artifacts from the collections of the State Museum and National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The stories behind the artifacts are told as part of the exhibition.
"These artifacts will provide a gathering place for the Fort Drum community to remember the tragic events of September 11th," Governor Cuomo said. "The men and women of our nation's armed services have paid a tremendous price protecting America and keeping our country safe in the aftermath of those senseless acts of terrorism. Fort Drum deployed forces as part of the nation's military response to the 9/11 attacks and they were some of the first conventional troops on the ground in Afghanistan. This exhibit will serve as a constant reminder of the unbreakable spirit of unity that brought our state and nation together after September 11th."

Joe Daniels, President of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said, "This exhibit will help soldiers and families of the Fort Drum community reflect and honor the women, men and children lost in the attacks of September 11, and it represents our gratitude for their admirable service. I want to thank the Governor for his dedication to preserving the history of 9/11, the primary goal of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum."
Mark Schaming, Director of the New York State Museum, said, "The New York State Museum is glad to continue our partnership with Governor Cuomo to help all New Yorkers commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The Fort Drum U.S. Army base may be on the opposite end of the state from Ground Zero, but the lives of the members of the Fort Drum community were forever altered by the attacks. Fort Drum soldiers work to protect our state and nation every day and I hope this exhibit will serve as a source of strength and reflection."
Colonel Noel T. Nicolle, Fort Drum Garrison Commander, said, "After 10 years of war that began with the attacks on September 11, 2001, I believe it is safe to say we here at Fort Drum will never forget the atrocities of that day. This exhibit loaned to us by the State of New York, however, will provide us a valued place to reflect on the losses of that terrible day, and the innumerable sacrifices made by our Soldiers, Families and Civilians since then."

In August, Governor Cuomo, the New York State Museum, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced the creation of thirty "New York Remembers" exhibitions as part of a statewide recognition of the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Fort Drum's exhibition is located in Clark Hall, a common area for visiting family members to spend time with their relatives, and at the Directorate of Emergency Services Building.
Items from the exhibition, which are located in Clark Hall Building 10720 and in Directorate of Emergency Services Building 10715, include:

Fire Hose Connector (Directorate of Emergency Services Building 10715)
Much of the FDNY's equipment was destroyed in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Three hundred and forty-three members of the FDNY were killed on September 11th, the largest number of New York firefighters ever lost on a single day.

Marriott Access Card (Directorate of Emergency Services Building 10715)
The New York Marriott World Trade Center was located between and connected to the Twin Towers. It collapsed after a portion of the South Tower fell on it.

Bolt (Directorate of Emergency Services Building 10715)
A bolt from the World Trade Center's steel frame.

Revolver (Directorate of Emergency Services Building 10715)
Numerous government offices in World Trade Center Building 6 lost valuable criminal evidence and paperwork. Approximately 200 - 400 guns, which were held as evidence and ranged from small-caliber semiautomatic pistols to assault rifles, as well as other evidence in pending criminal cases and confidential government documents, were recovered at Ground Zero or the Fresh Kills landfill.

Airplane Piece (Clark Hall Building 10720)
Landing Gear: Fragment of an airplane from either UA Flight 175 or AA Flight 11. As potential criminal evidence, the piece is marked with an FBI case number and the signature of Special Agent Richard Marx.


With more than 2,000 artifacts, the New York State Museum is the nation's largest repository of objects recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001. Within weeks of the attacks, State Museum staff documented the operations at the WTC site and later spent countless hours at the WTC Recovery Operation at Fresh Kills, where all the material was inspected. In the ten months that followed the attacks, the FBI and NYPD recovered over 50,000 pieces of personal property. The Museum also documented the Fresh Kills operation with hundreds of photographs, interviews, and films.

The FBI and NYPD transferred all artifacts to the Museum after they were designated non-essential to the crime scene as neither criminal evidence nor personal property. Items include rescue artifacts, building pieces, everyday artifacts, and other objects from the site. No object collected from Fresh Kills by the State Museum was kept if it could be identified as owned by an individual. Vehicles like an FDNY truck were signed over to the State Museum by the FDNY via a deed of gift by the specific agency. Forty-nine pieces of the two airplanes that crashed into the towers were transferred to the State Museum by the FBI. These include fuselage, interior, and engine parts.

The State Museum also has a significant collection of sympathy material from the New York City area, New York State, and across the world.


The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, fundraising, programming, and operations of the Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. The Memorial & Museum will be located on eight of the sixteen acres of the World Trade Center site. The Memorial was dedicated on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and was opened to the public the following day, and the Museum will open in September 2012.

The Memorial honors the thousands of people who were killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two reflecting pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Towers and a plaza of trees.

The Museum will display monumental artifacts linked to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the 2001 and 1993 attacks and the aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Town of Wilna Rallies for Candidates

Real Leatership for the 21st Century!

Pictured L/R: Town of Wilna Democrat Chairman Paul Smith, Leg Candidate
District 1 2Ron Cole , Sitting Lewis County Judge and candidate for Supreme Court Justice
Charlie Merrel, Jefferson County Treasurer Karen Christie, Leg Candidate District 12
 Mike Astafan, Write in candidate for Town Council in Wilna Marco Francinni and
 Jefferson County Democartic Chairman Sean M Hennessey

The Town of Wilna Democrat Committee rallied last night at the American Legion in Carthage in support of Town, County and District wide Candidates.   A full house was in attendance and the , Supreme Court, County Leg and Town Council race were the main topic of conversation.

Candidates from across the region were on hand for the annul event. 
A number of speeches were made by various candidates but the one segment of the night that stands out most was the standing ovation that was given to former Town of Wilna Chairperson Betty McLane.  Betty continues to be an incredible supporter of the Town Committee and it showed by how well she was received by the attendees.

Town Chair Paul Smith said it best "We have well under a month left to get these dedicated public servants elected to office.  Now is the time to band together and show our region what real leadership is all about."

Election Day is Tuesday November 8th.  If you'd like to get involved in the Town of Wilna or any other race in the region please drop us an email at

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

For Real Leadership...Vote Ron Cole!

Ron Cole (Legislative Candidate) and John Schulz talk about
how to get real leadership in the Town of Rutland and
 Legislative Candidate Ron Cole (T-Watertown and Rutland) has been tireless in his push to meet with each and ever voter in his district.

Tonight was no different.  Ron met with one supporter named John Schultz to talk about the issues of his town and find ways to bring some much needed advocacy to the County Legislature.

One of the main concern Ron heard tonight is jobs and the ever increasing fund surplus in Jefferson County.  With unemployment hovering around 10% in Jefferson County wouldn't it be something to give just a little back to the tax payers? Now that's a concept. 

Ron's clear vision and willingness to meet his constituents is something that the 11th legislative district is desperately in need of. 


Carl Disalvatore has something to say..

Carl Disalvatore's knows a thing or two about public service.  No matter if it's to County or Country Carl has served and continues to serve in many different ways.

We could go on and on about what Carl has done for Country but we thought you'd like to read it first hand. 

To do this you really need to go to Carl's NEW website.  Carl has been hard at work knocking doors, meeting with constituent groups and mingling with friends and neighbors.  This ground swell of support has turned Carl into something of a local celebrity. 

Carl's travels have been well documented and you can read about them on his website.  Carl's newest entry reads something like this:

 "What a beautiful sunrise this morning. High cottony clouds illuminated with pinks and purples. I was a part of the pulse of early morning Watertown at the corner of Paddock and Washington Streets. A lot of traffic on the road. A lot of polite drivers letting pedestrians cross the streets. No red light running. The cell phone users are getting sneaky keeping them in their laps out of sight – let’s not use cell phones in cars with so many children on the streets and a high level of traffic.

Thanks once again for the waves and accepting my flyer. Remember, you do have a choice on November 8!"

To follow Carl campaign and/or offer support check out his website at or by clicking HERE.  Now's the time to get involved so check it out today!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, October 17 in honor of a Fort Drum soldier who died in Afghanistan on October 10.

Sergeant Nathan L. Wyrick died in Kandahar province while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Drum. Sergeant Wyrick was from Enumclaw, Washington.

"I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Sergeant Wyrick and I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow soldiers," Governor Cuomo said. "We will honor his service and his dedication to our country."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state's service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

Occupy Wall Street - Live Stream

Occupy Wall Street is now in it's second week.  Things appear to be stablizing at the march sites and peaceful protests are taking place all over the globe.  Check out a live stream of the Occupy Wall Street (NYC) by clicking HERE
The National Lawyers guild is a big supports of freedom of speach and of the Occupy movement.  To donate to the cuase please click HERE.

Assemblywomen Russell Get Receives High Honors

Assemblywomen Addie Russell (118th Assembly District) received high honors from Environmental advocates scoring a whopping 95 out of 100.  The Assemblywomen was the only state Legislator in our region to receive such honors.  Here's an excerpt from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

North Country legislators get poor ‘green’ marks

By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( ,
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Most North Country lawmakers received poor grades in an annual report card issued this week by one of the state's top environmental groups.

The report card, issued by EPL/Environmental Advocates on Wednesday, grades lawmakers on their legislative commitment to the environment. The scores are meant to serve as an environmental voter guide, according to Robert Moore, the group's executive director.

"This year's green Voters' Guide documents state leaders' steps forward - and attempts to roll back - New York's environmental protections," he said in a prepared statement.

The three legislators representing the Tri-Lakes region received "failing" grades. State Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, received a 55, while Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, and Janet Duprey, R-Peru, received scores of 50 and 48, respectively.

"The biggest challenge we face today in New York is reviving a stagnant economy that has affected every sector," Little responded. "Sometimes I vote against bills that have good intentions but are costly or onerous to comply with and hurt businesses that are struggling to survive."

Assemblywoman Addie Russell, D-Watertown, was the only lawmaker from the North Country to score higher than 55, receiving a 95.
Read more HERE

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Candidate We Can Be Proud Of

Mike Astafan meets with his neighbors and talks about the future off
the Town of Wilna and parts of Leray
A big hats off to Mike Astafan for all his hard work banging doors and meeting one on one with his constituants. 

Today was the same as other days on the campaign trail.  Meeting good people that want postive change for their district.

Tuesday, November 8th
Mike Astafan
County Legislator
District 6

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Keith Caughlin is the ONLY "Highly Qualified" Judge

Caughlin Rated
Highly Qualified
by Judicial Panel

An independent screening commission in Rochester, New York has determined Keith Caughlin is a "highly qualified" candidate for Watertown City Court. The 15 member screening panel, known as the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission (IJEQC) is made up of judges, lawyers and non-lawyers appointed pursuant to regulation and considers an applicant’s 10 year professional history, references and personal interview to determine one of three ratings: unqualified, qualified or highly qualified for judicial office. The Commission evaluates judicial candidates according to their professional ability, character, independence, integrity, reputation for fairness and temperament.

For more information see Fifth Judicial District, 2011 Candidate Ratings.