New York Republican Congressmen Betray New Yorkers by Voting for the Tax Bill, Governor Cuomo Charges.

WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. Statement from Governor Cuomo on the passage in the Senate of the Tax Reform Bill. December 2, 2017:
Late last night, the Senate passed a tax bill that slashes tax rates for corporations and is hugely advantageous for the wealthiest Americans. These cuts will be paid for by working and middle class families across our nation. It will hit New York hardest. With this plan, Republicans in Congress are robbing New Yorkers of billions of dollars, endangering the health care of millions of Americans, and exploding the federal deficit.
The devastating impacts both intended, as well as unintended given the rushed, secretive approach taken in writing and voting on this plan cannot be overstated. To implement discredited trickle-down economics and repeal health care for millions under the cover of tax reform before the public, or even every Senator can be informed of the details in the plan, is proof positive of just how bad that plan is.

The bill is financed in large part by almost entirely eliminating deductions of state and local taxes, a bedrock principle underpinning our tax law since its inception. Eliminating this deduction means that New York will effectively serve as a piggy bank to finance tax cuts for other states.

This plan is a sham that does not deliver on the GOP promise to help the middle class. It reflects upside down priorities - it helps the rich and corporations and does nothing to deliver on their false promise to our middle class citizens.

The four members of the republican delegation, who supported the House version of this unfair, unequal and economically devastating plan, betrayed their constituents.

It is now time for New York’s entire Republican delegation to put New Yorkers first, vote the right way and tell their party leadership that they will not allow us to be pawns in a political agenda that inflicts financial pain on Democratic states at the direct expense of the Americans who call them home, all to benefit corporations and the wealthiest among us.

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WHITE PLAINS WEEK TONIGHT ON THE TAX PLAN OF DOOM–NOT TRUMP’S THE COUNTY DEMOCRATS’ TAX PLAN FOR YOU MR. AND MRS. WESTCHESTER–TONIGHT AT 7:30 AND ON THE INTERNET LATER CHANNELS FIOS 45 AND ALTICE CABLEVISION 76

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LOOKING AT THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS COMING NOW.

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Garrison Keillor Cancels Friday Night Tarrytown Music Hall Concert

The Tarrytown Music Hall is notifying patrons holding tickets to the Friday night Garrison Keillor concert that the concert has been cancelled. Asked whether the Music Hall cancelled it or Mr. Keillor, the Tarrytown Music Hall person said it was Mr. Keillor who cancelled the concert. The Music Hall said all ticket holders would receive full refunds within 10 days.

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County Legislators Democratic Caucus Calls for 30% Tax Increase “Over Time” to Cover a $120 – $155 Million Increase in Spending to Fix Gaps in Astorino Budget. Rejects Airport Deal. Calls for Increased Wages, Increased Spending for Social Services, Infrastructure.

 

 WPCNR WESTCHESTER COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators Democratic Caucus. (Edited) November 29, 2017:

After a thorough review of the Astorino Administration’s proposed 2018 Operating Budget, Westchester Democrats have discovered a potential budget gap in the range of roughly $120M-$155M. A gap of this size will take time to fix – with the fiscal impact being an Astorino tax increase of nearly 30%.

(WPCNR Editor’s Note: if the legislature decides to raise property taxes in the county the full 30%  they say is needed, the White Plains median priced home assessed at $650,000 value  which paid  $2,400 to the County in property taxes in 2017, would find the county property tax to that White Plains going up about $700 to over $3,000. If the tax increase is spread out over several years it would be less. It should be noted that the  Democrat controlled County Legislature passed all of Mr. Astorino’s budgets the last eight years.)

“The current administration didn’t prioritize needed repairs to our roads, didn’t prioritize funding vital social programs like those aimed to combat domestic violence and child abuse, and has used years of accounting gimmicks to support a budget ideology at the expense of taxpayers,” said Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining). “This year, there are no more rabbits to pull out of the hat – this legislature must roll up our sleeves and get to work for the people who sent us here.”

“A large portion of this enormous gap is due to the Astorino Administration’s insistence of balancing this budget on the backs of Westchester’s workers,” said Majority Whip Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh). “It’s likely that any contract settlements with our unions will include retroactive back pay. The proposed 2018 budget, as it stands, makes no attempt to allocate funds for this huge necessary expense.”

“County policy states that our budget must maintain a fund balance of not less than 6% of net operating expenditures,” said Legislator Ben Boykin (D-White Plains), Vice-Chair, Committee on Budget & Appropriations. “This proposed budget puts us at 7.85% – which is just too close for comfort. This is exactly why the State Comptroller ranked us 53 out of 57 when it comes to fiscally stressed counties.”

“Before we even account for the cuts to needed staff or funding for community based organizations that make up for the vital services that County departments once did, this budget begins with a $30M hole due to the inclusion of an irresponsible airport deal that voters have rejected and under the best situation is impossible to have fully approved in time for inclusion,” said Legislator Catherine Parker (D-Rye). “The same deal we put a bi-partisan stop to when it was only $15M of fictional revenue.”

“The nearly $155M budget hole is evident when considering the many unfunded vital programs and services in the proposed budget as well as the speculative revenue projections. The elimination of programs and services like parks curators and child care funding diminishes the quality of life for families in Westchester County” said Legislator Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon). “Westchester families rely on these vital programs and it’s the County’s responsibility to provide them.”

“We have a massive backlog of capital projects in our County – our roads and bridges are crumbling,” said Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson). “This is, in part, due to the reckless depletion of our Department of Public Works, a depletion that continues under this budget with cuts to 12 engineer positions. This is just blatant irresponsible government at its worst.”

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White Plains Kindergarten Registration begins January 4 through February 22. You Must Make in Person Appointment. Call to set Appointments beginning Dec. 4

FORMAL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PERIOD ANNOUNCED 

The White Plains Public Schools’ Family Information Center (FIC) announces that the Formal Kindergarten Registration Period will begin on Thursday, January 4th and will continue through Thursday, February 22nd.

All children born in 2013 (January 1st – December 31st) who are living in White Plains are eligible for Kindergarten in September 2018.

Parents are encouraged to call as early as December 4, 2017 to begin scheduling their child’s registration appointment. 

Registration appointments must be made in advance by calling (914) 422-2038 – no walk-in appointments will be accepted.

Parents who do not register their children on or before the February 22nd deadline risk losing their sibling guarantee (where applicable) and may not be able to submit their elementary school preferences as part of the Controlled Parents’ Choice Program.

For more information, please call the Family Information Center at (914) 422-2038.

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Kindergarten Registration Period

 

Thursday, January 4, 2018 through Thursday, February 22.

 

Kindergarten Informational Tour Schedule

Calendario de Visitas de Kindergarten

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DEMOCRATS: SPOIL THE PRESIDENT’S FUNDRAISER IN NYC SATURDAY MORNING

WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. November 28, 2017:

Friends –
Trump’s secret is out. He and his big donors tried to keep the location of their upcoming fundraiser a secret, but no longer! That’s right – Trump and his friends will be at breakfast at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street on December 2nd, and we want to take our message straight to him.
Instead of being across town, take your voice directly to Trump and his supporters at our rally on the street near Cipriani’s. We are moving the time up to 9AM to coincide with his breakfast and to greet him and his guests.
The rally will be on Vanderbilt Avenue just north of 42nd Street. Attendees should enter the rally at 43rd and Vanderbilt, and arrive on foot or, using public transportation, exit Grand Central on the west side to avoid interfering with security.
Our message is simple: New York isn’t buying what Donald Trump is selling – we stand for inclusion, fairness and progress, not division and fear. Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington have targeted New York’s values and our bottom line, and we are fighting back. We are fighting against attacks on our healthcare system, a tax plan that gives millions to corporations at the expense of the middle class, and policies that threaten Dreamers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, workers, and many more.
Please join us, and bring your voices.
When: This Saturday, December 2nd, at 9AM
**NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION
See you there,
Geoff Berman
Executive Director
New York State Democratic Committee

 

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Thanksgiving in America’s Hometown

WPCNR Thanksgiving Portfolio, all photos by WPCNR:

On this Thanksgiving, let us remember the band of hardy intrepid souls who crossed an ocean in a boat no  bigger than a large Chris Craft and settled in an unforgiving landscape and started a country in the cold landscape of New England.

They were immigrants.

They were helped by Indians who welcomed them, without whom they would not have survived. And, remember, those pilgrims were immigrants.  A salute to this brave band. A salute, too, to the indians who accepted them without visas, without jobs, with no background checks.

The pilgrims sailed into a bay, dropped anchor and just carved out a living after living in incredible conditions in a ship’s hold for weeks, crossing the storm-tossed North Atlantic. Here are some views of America’s first hometown captured by the WPCNR Roving Photographer.

Plymouth Rock Landing. Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Mayflower II. Plymouth Harbor.

 

Indian Statue of Squanto welcoming the Pilgrim Settlers. Plymouth.

 

Governor William Bradford Statue on the Shores of Plymouth Harbor

“Plymouth Rock,” The landing place of the pilgrims. 

Settlers Home, left, circa 1690. 

Church, Plymouth late 1700s. .

The Jury: Old Burial Ground, Plymouth. Last resting place of the pilgrims overlooking Plymouth Harbor. The sacrifices, bravery and perseverence of these persons stand as examples to Americans today. How are we doin’?

 

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The Day President Kennedy Was Shot.

 

WPCNR NEWS AND COMMENT By John F. Bailey. (reprinted from November, 2001) UPDATED. November 22, 2017:

Someone made a big mistake this year. The papers this morning have no reference to the day John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. 

Today is the day in Dallas 54 years ago when President John F. Kennedy was shot riding in his motorcade in front of the Texas Book Depository Building.

November 22,  1963. A most unfortunate coincidence that someone should have noticed.

Fifty-four years ago today at about midday eastern standard time, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas.

When I heard the news, I was heading up the steps of  Gray Chapel at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. It was sobering news. Then within the hour it was reported that the President was dead, and the search was on for potential suspects.

It was the first time in my life a national event had ever affected me.

Persons in their late 60s can probably remember exactly what they were doing when they heard that electrifying news.

Disbelief. Concern. Sadness.

Who would shoot the President?  How could they? The President no matter who he was was revered and respected at that time — not ridiculed, mocked, vilified, and criticised for his every move as he is today.

President Kennedy’s popularity was ebbing at that time. The public was initially inspired by the vision of Camelot and the likable, energetic young president. However, by the time he was assassinated, President Kennedy was coming under harsh criticism for his foreign policy and his inability to move an agenda through congress.

He was ridiculed by impressionists and pushed around by congressional heavyweights — eerily not too much different from our President today.

When Kennedy was shot, the American public, even those who disagreed with his politics and considered him in over his head in the presidency, were stunned by grief and horror.

Nothing had happened like that in America since 1901 when President William McKinley was assassinated.

An entire nation reflected in guilt for a week as the three television networks showed 24 hours a day assassination and funeral coverage. Walter Cronkite shed a tear on camera when he reported Kennedy was dead.

Until the Trade Center Horror in 2001, this nation had not experienced anything on that national scale of reaction to an event.

Were we a more sensitive nation then? More sensitive to what killing actually is? I wonder. In the fast-moving sensationalism of news today, would the same sensitivity be there today?

Or, have we been hardened to violence, and do we now see violence as more of an acceptable solution to problems than to be avoided at all costs?

It seems so. With disgruntled misfits just taking guns and shooting innocent people on a weekly basis.

I remember how Americans sat mesmerized in front of their televisions as the Kennedy goodbye played out.

I remember, too how Kennedy’s death swiftly paved the way for the landmark Civil Rights act of 1965, legislated by Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. That legislation, without Kennedy’s assassination would probably never have been passed. I believe it passed because of collective guilt over Kennedy’s demise.

For 54 years, politicians, when their charisma is measured, have always been compared to Mr. Kennedy.

However, charisma does not get things done.

Does not make for change by itself. It is nice but it achieves nothing unless you have some solid ideas, management skills, and are willing to work hard for it.

Even, then, as a recent Kennedyesque President, Barack Obama found out, it may not happen.

However, the political rancor and hysterical hatred of our President  Obama that was expressed in the Republican debates, on talk radio and by candidates who should know better one year ago created an atmosphere of disrespect for then President Obama and the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton exceeded even that aimed at George W. Bush.

The lack of respect for President Trump today has created an atmosphere that is far more dangerous for the President and the country  than we can ever tell. Mr. Trump has polarized the nation into two warring camps with unprecedented name-calling, purely nasty, hurtful policies towards minorities and immigrants, and planned takeaways of health care, and blatant giveaways to robber barons on poshly covered crags in concrete canyons.

The toxicity against the Presidents, both Obama and now President Trump (though much is of Mr. Trump’s own immaturity and inability to manage) was been further inflamed by the whining of rich little brat Mitt Romney who has been given everything he wanted and bought everything else except the Presidency. His comments after losing to President Obama two years ago alluding to what was needed was revolution to change things were historic as well as despicable. And dangerous.

It was a rich boy’s whining. It was reckless and immature. No defeated presidential candidate has ever made remarks like that. Even Al Gore when he lost the election did not, to my memory come out and call for revolution. Romney’s petulance showed the voters saw right through this Guy Smiley of a candidate they in their guts knew the phoney he was.

Romney’s comments two years ago to his donors, were echoed by  Michael Steele’s statement about Emperor Obama and his “reign of lawlessness” is exactly the sort of talk that paved the way for the Republican campaign of hatred in 2016. It was irresponsible of Romney and Steele. A losing Presidential candidate has one job, unite behind the new leader. Romney is the only President in my memory ever to act this way.

The Republicans’ inability to compromise has stalled the nation on recovery, immigration, health care…you name the issue, the Republican Party has stalled progress in their frantic effort to roll back the clock to the turn of the 20th century.

We should always remember The Republicans’ whining. Bullies always whine. Fixers always are sore losers.

Ideas and rhetoric are one thing, but to vilify the President on the scale of what we heard in 2016 is irresponsible. Because it was listened to by persons across the country who suddenly got the “OK” from Republican candidates and “leaders” that it was ok to hate, to blame America’s problems on immigrants, and trade policies, and ignore science. When educated leaders in congress endorse the policies of hate and punishment people can be OK with that. Leaders are giving people license to hate and hurt, discriminate, exploit, and build up themselves at the expense of others.

And they elected a President who is doing just that.

So when you sit down to turkey Thursday give a thought to be thankful for a nation that once did not rise up in arms whenever a leader is elected that a portion of the populace does not like.

Be thankful that the American people once spoke and felt as one, and hopefully will learn to do so again even though we disagree.

I hope so.

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COUNTY BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE

 

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