Thursday, July 16, 2015

50 questions here I've asked my GOP opponent to respond to-- you should ask him too (and the same of every candidate for county office this year!)...

[just sent this below to my GOP/Conservative Co. Leg. opponent Tom Traudt; will see how long it takes him to respond, if at all lol...no games here, folks-- for many of these issues I have long history-- literally two decades of advocacy locally on them...and frankly, I'll be damned if someone is going to try to waltz into county government without any real solutions to the pressing problems our county faces...joel (464-2245)] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - From: Joel Tyner (joeltyner@earthlink.net) Subject: Tom-- sorry-- but honestly I'm dying to know your thoughts on these issues; 50 questions here; pls answer; thx…Joel Date: Jul 16, 2015 6:29 PM 1. Do you think it should be illegal for companies who get county contracts to give large campaign contributions to county officials or candidates? 2. Do you think our county government should work with state officials to see if school property taxes can be eliminated so that public education at least here in Dutchess can be funded through income taxes? 3. Do you think there should be a county tax exemption on the sale of corporate jets at our county airport? 4. Do you think that all the recent county fuel tax revenue collected from Dutchess County homeowners should be returned to those homeowners, working with the state to make this happen if necessary? 5. Do you support the county property tax hike passed last December by the current County Legislature majority that accompanied their 2015 county budget? 6. Do you support proposed plans from the current County Legislature majority for a $125-$200 million expansion of our county jail, given the fact that there has been a commitment to ensure mentally ill are no longer arrested and incarcerated locally? 7. Do you think that nonviolent drug offenders (charged only with nonviolent "crimes") should be incarcerated in our county jail? 8. Do you think our county should follow the example of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where the police chief recently decided not to arrest heroin addicts possessing heroin who turn themselves in and instead find treatment programs for them? 9. Do you think that our county should follow the example of Brooklyn, where Housing + Solutions, Inc. and District Attorney Kenneth Thompson operate a diversion program for women with children to keep women from being incarcerated? 10. Do you think many state parole violators now incarcerated in our jail could be in halfway houses instead, as the National Institute of Corrections has recommended? 11. Do you think that Dutchess County should follow the example of New York City to significantly reduce the length of stay before trial for inmates in our jail, modeled on a successful program in the Bronx that includes collaboration among judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, correction officials, and other participants in the justice system? 12. Do you think that our county should have a bail loan fund (as in Tompkins County) for some accused of nonviolent misdemeanors? 13. Do you think that our county government should invest in a summer youth jobs program and the SNUG program (as in Yonkers) to cut the youth crime rate? 14. Do you think that our county should follow the example of New York City and decriminalize minor offenses like possession of small amounts of marijuana, public consumption of alcohol, bicycling on the sidewalk, being in a park after dark, and failure to obey a park sign-- with penalties and fines to be paid for those offenses but not jail time? 15. Do you think our county should follow the example of Brooklyn's ComAlert system of re-entry and use it as a model to cut recidivism? 16. Do you think our county sheriff's department should return to its previous stance on allowing the public to know what its taser policy is? 17. Do you think our county Youth Bureau's Project Return program should be restored for at-risk teenagers to keep them from being mixed up in our county's criminal justice system again? 18. Do you think our county's Human Rights Commission should be restored? 19. Do you think a five-day week for our county's Office for the Aging Senior Friendship Centers should be restored? 20. Do you think our county's Office of Consumer Affairs should be restored? 21. Do you think our county's Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) should be expanded beyond just a few municipalities to every community in our county? 22. Do you think our county should be doing more to help fund microenterprise lending at local nonprofits like Gateways to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows? 23. Do you think our county's Agency Partnership Grant program should be reformed to make sure more deserving local nonprofits can access the county funds they need? 24. Do you support the just-passed tuition hike for Dutchess Community College students? 25. Do you think that large profitable corporate retail chain stores and fast food chains in our county should pay their workers a living wage because it's only fair and because county taxpayers unfairly subsidize poverty wages when those workers need government benefits to supplement their pay? 26. Do you think that supermarkets in our county should have to keep prices on the items on the shelves of their aisles? 27. Do you think our county's Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and Local Development Corporation (LDC) should only be helping companies who have proven they have pay equity for women and man doing the same jobs, clawback provisions with penalties to ensure jobs creation promises are fulfilled, and equitable Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreements to ensure that local taxpayers are not unfairly penalized? 28. Do you support Project Labor Agreements and state-approved apprenticeship programs for large county construction projects and our county IDA and LDC? 29. Do you think that wage theft should be banned in our county to reward businesses that are in accordance with employment law so that law-abiding businesses do not suffer from unfair competition? 30. Do you think our county should follow the example of Cleveland regarding Locally Owned Import Substitution (LOIS) to spur local worker-owned cooperatives? 31. Do you think toxic toys should be banned in our county? 32. Do you think single-use plastic bags should be phased out in large supermarkets and retail chain stores in our county? 33. Do you think wells should be tested in our county for volatile organic chemicals before properties change hands? 34. Do you think a law should be passed in our county for neighbor notification for pesticide application? 35. Do you think our county incinerator should be shut down as soon as possible, given the fact that Paul Connett, the Institute for Self-Reliance, and others have proven ten steps towards zero waste that any community or county can take? 36. Do you think our county Resource Recovery Agency should do food-waste composting and that curbside collection of food waste should be incentivized in our municipalities? 37. Do you think our county buildings should have solar through no-money-down power purchase agreements? 38. Do you think our county buildings should have plug-in hybrid charging stations? 39. Do you think as many landfills as possible in our county should have solar farms? 40. Do you think that the use of Monsanto's RoundUp (glyphosate) should be banned on county property-- towards a ban on its use across our county? 41. Do you think that county officials should work with state and federal officials to make sure that bee-killing neonicotinoid seed treatment insecticides are banned? 42. Do you think that Dutchess County should work towards the goal of being 100-percent fossil-fuel-free by 2030? 43. Do you think that county officials should work with local municipal elected officials, organizations, and activists to submit an application to the NYS Public Service Commission for a Community Choice Aggregation project for our county? 44. Do you think that the NYS Public Service Commission should have allowed Central Hudson to raise its rates? Do you think the PSC should have allowed Central Hudson to be acquired by Fortis? 45. Do you think health insurance for county residents should include comprehensive coverage for Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses past just four weeks of antibiotics? 46. Do you think our county should close accounts with Wall Street banks? 47. Do you think pet stores in our county should be banned from getting animals from puppy mills? 48. Do you think our county government should be doing more to expand broadband to all county residents? 49. Do you think that 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds should be able to vote here in our county and across the state and that at least once a year, Youth in Government days should be held when high-school, college, middle-school, and elementary-school students can come to our County Legislature's chambers, sit in legislators' chairs, bring forth new ideas, and debate/discuss current resolutions as well? 50. Do you think undocumented workers in our county should have new county ID cards?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Micki Strawinski, April Farley agree-- Preet Bharara and Eric Schneiderman should fully investigate Molinaro for pay-to-play-- click, share widely folks!...

[thx tons to my Co. Leg. colleagues Micki Strawinski and April Marie Farley for agreeing just now at tonight's monthly meeting to sign on to this letter below calling for an end-- now and forever-- to disgusting pay-to-play conflicts of interest in our county government involving pay-to-play; thx also to NYS Asst. Attorney General Stephen Barry (from Schneiderman's Poughkeepsie office) for agreeing earlier today to sit down with me and discuss this matter-- he confirmed that he will be going ahead to investigate all this (Barry is Asst. Attorney General for NYS for Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau in Poughkeepsie office)-- feel free to confirm/verify/follow up on all this by contacting him directly-- at 845-485-3925 or Stephen.Barry@ag.ny.gov-- and email all 25 of us at countylegislators@dutchessny.gov-- for current GOP-led Co. Leg. majority to get off dime and at least allow on to a committee agenda the same legislation to ban pay-to-play that the GOP-led Orange Co. Leg. passed in 2013!...joeltyner@earthlink.net; 845-464-2245] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [here below-- actual text of letter I circulated-- that Micki and April and signed on to-- and yes, that I actually made sure was placed on desk of very single legislator!] July 13, 2015 Mr. Eric Schneiderman NYS Attorney General Mr. Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney Southern District Court of New York Dutchess County Board of Ethics Members Albert M. Rosenblatt, Yvonne Flowers, Kathleen Martin Nancy Sheehan, and Tara Sullivan Dear County, State, and National Leaders: We, the various undersigned members of the Dutchess County Legislature, request that you in your various offices immediately ban pay-to-play conflicts of interest in Dutchess County government and also make sure that all pay-to-play county contracts and campaign contributions be immediately and fully investigated. We strongly support the ongoing efforts of NYS Assistant Attorney General Stephen Barry (Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau) to investigate such pay-to-play conflicts of interest in Dutchess County government-- regarding the fact that all too often very large county contracts “just happen” to go to firms (many from outside Dutchess County, even) who have made very large campaign contributions to the Dutchess County Executive. Note-- Rockland County passed a law to ban pay-to-play there in 1997; two years ago even the GOP-led Orange County Legislature passed a similar law (even the Greenburgh Town Board also passed a law banning pay-to-play there eight years ago)— and the Poughkeepsie Journal twice editorialized strongly for same to happen here, as former Dutchess County Executive Lucille Pattison often pointed out during her last decade. Fact: 22 different firms receiving $4.3 million in county contracts gave Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro $76,000 in campaign contributions over the last four years, according to public records at the Dutchess County Comptroller's office and NYS Board of Elections— this is a clear conflict of interest, plain and simple. Yes it’s true— literally six firms from outside Dutchess County (Syracuse, NYC, Albany, New Windsor, and San Francisco) that have donated $16,900 to County Executive Molinaro's campaigns over the last four years received over $1,487,000 in county contracts (our tax dollars) over just the last two years alone— this is wrong. Question: Why would these six firms from outside Dutchess would be bestowing such largesse on our county's top official-- other than their receving almost $1.5 million of our county tax dollars in government contracts? 1. C & S Engineers/Syracuse: $235,000 county contract in 2014; $361,000 county contract in 2013; $3300 in donations to Molinaro 2011 through 2014 2. Compass Company Consultants LLC/Compass Group USA Inc./NYC: $499,000 county contract in 2014; $477,000 county contract in 2013; $8500 in donations to Molinaro 11/9/12 (one day!) 3. Clough Harbour & Associates/Albany: $53,000 county contract in 2014; $27,000 county contract in 2013; $1000 in donations to Molinaro 2011-2013 4. Creighton Manning Engineering LLP/Albany: $68,000 county contract in 2014; $1200 to Molinaro in 2014 5. O'Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins LLP/New Windsor: $32,000 in country contracts in 2014 and 2013; $300 in donations to Molinaro 10/2/13 6. Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe/San Francisco: $35,000 county contract in 2014; $2600 to Molinaro 2011-2013 Fact: Peckham Industries/Materials and these fifteen other firms from here inside Dutchess received literally $2.9 million of our tax dollars in county contracts over the last two years alone, giving Dutchess County Executive Molinaro over $60,000 in donationss over the last four years-- Blacktop Maintenance Corporation, Bottini Fuel,Chazen Engineering/Environmental, Anthony Erdman & Associates, H.G. Page/HGP Realty, Hudson River Truck Equipment, Iseman, Cunningham, Riester, and Hyde LLP, Jean W. Patrick Legal Life Tent, Kelly & Meenagh LLP, Key Interiors, LLC/Key Construction Services, Marshall & Sterling, Inc, Morris Associates, N & S, Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies (QUEST), and Red Wing Properties. From public records at the Dutchess County Comptroller's office and the New York State Board of Elections: Blacktop Maintenance Corporation: $281,000 county contract in 2014; $1000 in donations to Molinaro 5/15/14 Bottini Fuel: $201,000 county contract in 2014; $227,000 county contract in 2013; $5045 to Molinaro 2011-2014 Chazen Engineering/Environmental: $23,000 county contract in 2014; $3930 to Molinaro 2011 through 2014 Anthony Erdman & Associates: $149,000 county contract in 2014; $100,000 in county contract in 2013; $740 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 H.G. Page/HGP Realty: $6690 county contract in 2014; $10,000 county contract in 2013; $8000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2014 Hudson River Truck Equipment, Inc.: $14,000 county contract in 2014; $26,000 county contract in 2013; $1000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 4/6/11 Iseman, Cunningham, Riester, and Hyde LLP: $4700 county contract in 2014; $350 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro June 2011 Jean W. Patrick Legal Life Tent: $175,000 county contract in 2014; 2012-2014; $265,000 county contract in 2013; $9075 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2012-2014 Kelly & Meenagh LLP: $67,000 county contract in 2014; $49,000 county contract in 2013; $3000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2014 Key Interiors, LLC/Key Construction Services: $66,000 county contract in 2014; $2000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 Marshall & Sterling, Inc.: $9600 county contract in 2014; $292,000 county contract in 2013; $6100 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2012-2014 Morris Associates: $162,000 county contract in 2014; $11,445 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2014 N & S Supply $5000 in county contracts in 2014 and 2013; $1025 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2012-2014 Peckham Industries/Materials (White Plains): $1,243,000 county contract in 2013; $351,000 county contract in 2013; $2000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2015 Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies (QUEST): $17,000 in county contracts in 2014 and 2013; $4125 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 Red Wing Properties: $150,000 in county contracts in 2014 and 2013; $1800 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2014 Covanta $500 in donations to Molinaro 51/12 (Covanta for years got the contract to run county incinerator) Dover Knolls Development Co. II LLC: $6300 in donations to Molinaro 2011-2012 Recall as well these seven facts about donations to Molinaro in 2011-- even as candidate for County Executive then, already in pay-to-play (why?): 4/11/11: Meyer Contracting gave Molinaro $1000; Meyer got $2.1 million in county contracts in 2010. 4/5/11: Herb Redl gave Molinaro a $2500 donation; Redl got $250,000 in county contracts in 2010. 3/21/11: Jean W. Patrick gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (Patrick is long-time county vendor). 4/4/11: C.B. Strain and Sons gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (Strain helped build last jail expansion). 4/11/11: Vandewater & Vandewater gave Molinaro a $2000 donation (Vandewater: long-time vendor). 4/5/11: Corbally, Gartland & Rapplyea LLP gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (firm is long-time vendor). 7/11/11: Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis Architects gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (ditto above). Recall the below eleven facts as well-- about pay-to-play going way back here in Dutchess County: 1. Long-time GOP donor A. Colarusso & Son (of Hudson) got $4.5 million in county contracts in 2010. 2. Long-time GOP donor Meyer Contracting received $2.1 million in county contracts in 2010 3. Long-time GOP donor Marshall & Sterling received $1.3 million in county contracts in 2010. 4. Long-time GOP donor Dutchess Quarry received $850,000 in county contracts in 2010 5. Long-time GOP donor C & S Engineers/World Wide Holdings got $630,000 in county contracts in 2010. 6. Long-time GOP donor NYCOMCO received $425,000 in county contracts in 2010 7. Long-time GOP donor Herb Redl (implicated in scandal) got $250,000 in county contracts in 2010. 8. Long-time GOP donor Bottini Fuel/Morgan Fuel received $225,000 in county contracts in 2010. 9. Long-time GOP donor Chazen Environmental Services got $150,000 in county contracts in 2010. 10. Long-time GOP donor Vosburgh J. Paul Architect PC got $110,000 in county contracts in 2010. 11. Long-time GOP donor Charles H. Sells Inc. received $47,000 in county contracts in 2010. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Keep Improving Dutchess Ethics Law" [excerpt from Poughkeepsie Journal editorial 5/29/04-- over 11 years ago-- how much longer should we wait?!?] "Accountability in Dutchess County government has taken a big stride forward recently-- though there's still room for improvement...more could be done to foster accountability. The Legislature could look to other counties, such as Rockland, for examples of strong laws. Dutchess could: * Limit campaign contributions to $100 if they come from individuals or organizations that do business with the county. This would minimize any appearance that they're buying political influence. * Put a $100 cap on ''soft money,'' or even eliminate it altogether. The term refers to gifts funneled through political parties or other means to get around direct contribution limits. Laws like these can help ensure that public servants remain honest in their official dealings. Dutchess County should continue to strive for integrity in government." - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Ethics Law Must Cover Gift Limits" [Poughkeepsie Journal editorial 9/16/00-- literally 15 years ago-- how much longer do we wait?] "Dutchess legislators recently took the high road and stepped up the ethics code for elected county officials, but there's more to be done on this road before they make an exit. In other words, they should approve important campaign finance reform proposals still pending to the revised county ethics law passed last week. These additions, proposed by Legislator Duane Smith, D-Beekman, would demonstrate across-the-board devotion to the highest ethical standards. To start off, Smith urges a $100 limit on all gifts to all candidates for county office from any person or company that does business with Dutchess County. That would eliminate any question of politicians returning favors for big campaign donations. Smith's additions also would strengthen bans on nepotism, cronyism and lobbying when it comes to appointed, paying positions in county government. His amendments would make it impossible for county officials to have close relatives in high-paying jobs, if other applicants are equally or better qualified. Besides, the lawmaker urges closing loopholes so campaign contributors doing business with the county don't appear to be buying political influence. Besides the ban on gifts worth more than $100, he advocates the elimination of ``soft money,'' gifts funneled through political parties or other means to get around direct contribution limits. Smith's proposals would provide just that. The Beekman lawmaker based his proposals on Rockland County's ethics law, which is superior to Dutchess' recently revised measure in several ways: It clearly defines conflicts of interest, simplifies the financial disclosure process and makes it enforceable, and ensures membership on the ethics board can't be controlled by a political majority. Anthony Quartararo, counsel to the Dutchess Legislature, and County Attorney Ian MacDonald say the county can't pass a campaign finance law because New York state law supersedes any county law. Not so, according to Rockland County's own legislative counsel, Bruce Levine, a Democrat. He and his GOP predecessor both determined that the Rockland measure is completely within the county's power and isn't in conflict with state law. According to the state attorney general's office, Rockland's law has never been challenged. If Rockland County has been able to pass and enforce these campaign finance reforms without legal problems, shouldn't Dutchess be able to do the same by using the same model? Dutchess lawmakers should investigate that question. They have already straightened out the mess that was the old ethics law, giving county residents clearer, stronger standards to use in judging elected officials. Making Legislator Smith's proposals part of that law would complete the job."

Diane Jablonski's right-- stop LDC corporate welfare; make sure county LDC adheres to common-sense pro-taxpayer, pro-worker standards (thx to Micki Strawinski, April Marie Farley, Rich Perkins, Nick Ignaffo, and Alison MacAvery for signing my letter in support of this!)...

[for more re: Dutchess County Local Development Corporation see DutchessCountyLDC.com; to read former County Comptroller (and soon-to-be County Exec) Diane Jablonski's brilliant recent op-ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal July 1st that inspired me to circulate letter I did just now at tonight's monthly Co. Leg. full board meeting, see: www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2015/07/01/health-quest-proposed-expansion-raises-many-questions/29233729/ ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [thx tons to five of my Co. Leg. colleagues for signing on to this letter below I circulated on this just now at tonight's mtg.-- Micki Strawinski, April Marie Farley, Rich Perkins, Nick Ignaffo, and Alison MacAvery-- onward ho; email all 25 of us at countylegislators@dutchessny.gov to build support!] July 13, 2015 Mr. Charles Daniels III Chair, Dutchess County Local Development Corporation Mr. Marcus Molinaro Dutchess County Executive Mr. Robert Rolison Dutchess County Legislature Chair Dear County Leaders: We, the various undersigned members of the Dutchess County Legislature, strongly urge that that the Dutchess County Local Development Corporation establish the following win-win, pro-taxpayer, pro-worker requirements for all bonding recently suggested by former Dutchess County Comptroller Diane Jablonski-- especially regarding the proposed expansion of Vassar Brothers Medical Center: — “Establishment of Project Labor Agreements (PLA) for all contracts. A project labor agreement begins with a study prior to final contracting to identify specific conditions such as use of local labor, shift schedules, holiday schedules and no job actions. All provisions of the PLA apply to all contractors and subcontractors on a project. When these conditions are formalized, efficiencies are realized because both labor and the contractors have worked together to identify benefits for both labor and the contractors. — Assurance that Health Quest will work with contractors who have a New York state approved apprenticeship program in place. Apprenticeship programs in the City of Poughkeepsie provide an opportunity for underemployed and unemployed residents to develop skills as a foundation for long-term employment. — Adherence to prevailing wage scales as set for Dutchess County. — Inclusion in all agreements of clawback provisions with penalties to ensure that the job creation committed to by Health Quest is achieved. — Addition of two representatives of Labor to the LDC board to ensure that appropriate provisions described above are included in all agreements. — A final concern is establishment of an equitable Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement to ensure that the City of Poughkeepsie and its taxpayers are not penalized by the new construction and its corresponding reduction of properties on the tax rolls. Poughkeepsie will need to provide services like police, fire protection and street maintenance. The exemption of nonprofits from property taxes means that homeowners and businesses bear a greater share of an increased property tax burden. City of Poughkeepsie taxpayers can ill-afford to completely subsidize Vassar Brothers hospital which will be serving much of Dutchess County. The shift from an industrial to service based economy where many services are provided by non-profit organizations is increasing. Without a strong PILOT program, taxpayers end up subsidizing local corporations, while at that same time government revenues erode putting additional pressure on maintaining essential government services. Already the second-largest employer in Dutchess County with 5000 jobs, there will be increased job opportunities as a result of the proposed expansion of the Vassar Brothers Medical Center. At the same time, the $466 million building plan provides construction jobs prior to the planned completion in January 2019. If Health Quest seeks funding through the Local Development Corporation (LDC) that supports tax-exempt bonding for non-profit organizations with lower interest rates, the taxpayers need to know the requirements the LDC will place upon Health Quest as a condition of providing the financing. Even though classified as a nonprofit, Health Quest is a huge revenue generating “business” nearly indistinguishable from a for-profit business, and therefore should contribute at the same level to support essential city services. All residents share in the economic revitalization and economic development of Dutchess County and taxpayers should not be asked to shoulder the burden of economic development.”

Friday, July 10, 2015

fact: Molinaro got $60,000 in legalized kickbacks from 16 firms who received $2.9 million in county contracts (our tax dollars)-- WAKE UP...I've asked Preet Bharara's and Eric Schneiderman's offices to investigate and prosecute pay-to-play-- have you?...

Dear Editor: Call U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District Court of New York's offices at (212) 637-2200 and NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's offices in Poughkeepsie at 485-3900 and at (800) 771-7755-- ask them (as I have already) to investigate and prosecute the pay-to-play conflicts of interest I've documented here below in our county government: Fact: According to public records at Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan's office and the searchable NYS Board of Elections database, six firms from outside Dutchess County (Syracuse, NYC, Albany, New Windsor, and San Francisco) who have donated $16,900 to County Exec Molinaro's campaigns over the last four years received over $1,487,000 in Dutchess County contracts (our tax dollars) over just the last two years alone. As I asked Bharara and Schneiderman-- frankly, why would these six firms from outside Dutchess would be bestowing such largesse on our county's top official-- other than their receving almost $1.5 million of our county tax dollars in government contracts? Indeed, where o where is the Dutchess County Board of Ethics on all this? 1. C & S Engineers/Syracuse: $235,000 county contract in 2014; $361,000 county contract in 2013; $3300 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011 through 2014 2. Compass Company Consultants LLC/Compass Group USA Inc./NYC: $499,000 county contract in 2014; $477,000 county contract in 2013; $8500 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 11/9/12 (one day!) 3. Clough Harbour & Associates/Albany: $53,000 county contract in 2014; $27,000 county contract in 2013; $1000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 4. Creighton Manning Engineering LLP/Albany: $68,000 county contract in 2014; $1200 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro in 2014 5. O'Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins LLP/New Windsor: $32,000 in country contracts in 2014 and 2013; $300 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 10/2/13 6. Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP/San Francisco: $35,000 county contract in 2014; $2600 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 That's not all folks-- Peckham Industries/Materials and these fifteen other firms from here inside Dutchess received literally $2.9 million of our tax dollars in county contracts over the last two years alone, giving Molinaro over $60,000 in legalized kickbacks over the last four years-- Blacktop Maintenance Corporation, Bottini Fuel,Chazen Engineering/Environmental, Anthony Erdman & Associates, H.G. Page/HGP Realty, Hudson River Truck Equipment, Iseman, Cunningham, Riester, and Hyde LLP, Jean W. Patrick Legal Life Tent, Kelly & Meenagh LLP, Key Interiors, LLC/Key Construction Services, Marshall & Sterling, Inc, Morris Associates, N & S, Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies (QUEST), Red Wing Properties (many of these the same names as since the 90’s with Steinhaus, natch-- meet new boss; same as old boss). Note-- both Rockland and Orange counties here in the Hudson Valley have also passed county-level campaign finance reform to ban pay-to-play corruption-- effectively barring companies getting large county/municipal contracts from being able to give large campaign contributions to county officials or candidates-- and it was actually a GOP majority, no less, in the Orange County Legislature, that passed a law their to ban pay-to-play in 2013. Meanwhile, for years now here in Dutchess the current GOP-led County Legislature majority has refused to even allow on to agenda for one of its committee meetings any Tyner/Democratic legislative proposal to ban pay-to-play, building on the effort for local campaign finance reform I launched with the late great former County Executive Lucille Pattison in 1999. Shame. See/help/share DianeJablonski.com-- if you care about truly clean, honest, and transparent county government of, for, and by the people-- not well-connected local special interests (and wealthy firms far away from Dutchess). Not outraged? Sorry, but you must not be paying attention, folks-- get more of the facts at DutchessDemocracy.blogspot.com; call in to be part of the mix on the air Saturday mornings 8-11 am on WHVW.com 950 AM at 471-8180 or 464--2245. Joel Tyner Dutchess County Legislator Clinton/Rhinebeck 845-464-2245

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Molinaro took $16,900 from six firms outside Dutchess getting $1.4 million in county contracts-- pay-to-play that Preet Bharara, Eric Schneiderman, and Co. Leg. Dems need to investigate/expose-- even GOP-led Orange Co. Leg. majority banned pay-to-play there-- why won't GOP-led Dutchess Co. Leg. majority allow our law to even appear on agenda for a committee meeting?!?

[wake up folks…wake UP!…and call U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District Court of New York's offices at (212) 637-2200 and NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's offices in Poughkeepsie at 485-3900 and at (800) 771-7755-- ask Preet and Eric to investigate and stop the pay-to-play corruption that's been going on here in Dutchess County for decades now!…recall: www.dutchessdemocracy.blogspot.com/2011/07/molinaro-awash-in-pay-to-play.html ; pls use this form to also reach out to Schneiderman's office: https://www.ag.ny.gov/questions-comments-attorney-general-eric-t-schneiderman?wssl=1 ] [recall as well-- my 9/30/99 column re: pay-to-play in the Taconic Papers-- www.fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%20Disk3/Millbrook%20NY%20Round%20Table/Millbrook%20NY%20Round%20Table%20Aug%205%20-Sep%2030%201999.pdf/Millbrook%20NY%20Round%20Table%20Aug%205%20-Sep%2030%201999%20-%200602.pdf ] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [second letter here below that I've sent to Schneiderman's office on this; am also reaching out to Bharara-- tired of playing games on this, frankly-- pls follow up with your own!] From: Joel Tyner (joeltyner@earthlink.net) To: NYAG.Pressoffice@ag.ny.gov Subject: Attorney General Schneiderman-- update here re: pay-to-play in Dutchess-- pls work with Preet Bharara to expose; thx!...Joel Date: Jul 5, 2015 1:17 PM Mr. Eric Schneiderman [pls note updated info below!] NYS Attorney General The Capitol Albany, NY 12224-0341 Dear Attorney General Schneiderman (Eric): Does this make sense or seem right to you? I have listed here six firms from outside Dutchess County (Syracuse, NYC, Albany, New Windsor, and San Francisco)-- who have donated a total of $16,900 to Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro's campaigns over the last four years-- while at the same time receiving over $1,487,000 in Dutchess County contracts (our tax dollars) over just the last two years alone (2013 and 2014)-- according to public records at Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan's office and the searchable NYS Board of Elections database. Can you or anyone else explain to me why these six firms from outside Dutchess would be bestowing such largesse on our county's top official-- other than their receving almost one and a half million of our county tax dollars in contracts? 1. C & S Engineers/Syracuse: $235,000 county contract in 2014 $361,000 county contract in 2013; $3300 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011 through 2014 2. Compass Company Consultants LLC/Compass Group USA Inc./NYC: $499,000 county contract in 2014; $477,000 county contract in 2013; $8500 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 11/9/12 (one day) 3. Clough Harbour & Associates/Albany: $53,000 county contract in 2014; $27,000 county contract in 2013; $1000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 4. Creighton Manning Engineering LLP/Albany: $68,000 county contract in 2014; $1200 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro in 2014 5. O'Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins LLP/New Windsor: $32,000 in country contracts in 2014 and 2013; $300 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 10/2/13 6. Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP/San Francisco: $35,000 county contract in 2014; $2600 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 It's not just Washington, D.C. and Albany that have been dominated by a so-called "pay-to-play" culture, as even the Poughkeepsie Journal has repeatedly noted-- obviously the same is true right here in our county government in Dutchess-- I ask you to please help me bring it to light-- and to work with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District Court of New York to make sure, once and for all, that pay-to-play corruption finally ends in our county government (frankly, I'm tired of research, advocating, and exposing this by myself-- many of the same company names here involved are/were the very same names I started exposing as being involved in Dutchess pay-to-play from 1997 til now-- enough is enough). I have long been a strong supporter of your hard work on behalf of the public. Please-- delay no longer in truly investigating pay-to-play corruption-- "legalized" kickbacks/bribery that for far too long have run rampant in Dutchess County government. I know, because I'm the one who's been documenting this annually since the mid-90's-- and unfortunately Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro has proved to be the same or worse than former County Executive William Steinhaus, with all due respect to both. For the last 18 years I've meticulously combed through public records at the Dutchess County Comptroller's office and the Dutchess County and New York State Board of Elections, and I can assure all of the below facts are true. [I only apologize that until now I have only had the time to go through the alphabet up to "R"-- regarding Dutchess County contracts and pay-to-play donations linked; update report to be soon; you may recall email I sent you Friday afternoon on this with initial information; update coming!] Thank you for your attention to this matter-- the taxpayers, citizens, voters, and ordinary people of Dutchess County deserve a county government clean, free of conflicts of interest, as the Poughkeepsie Journal (see below) has twice called for strongly in editorials to end pay-to-play in Dutchess County. Fact: Both Rockland and Orange counties here in the Hudson Valley have also passed county-level campaign finance reform to ban pay-to-play corruption-- effectively barring companies getting large county/municipal contracts from being able to give large campaign contributions to county officials or candidates (note-- it was actually a GOP majority, no less, in the Orange County Legislature, that passed a law their to ban pay-to-play in 2013): www.ecode360.com/?custId=RO1021 ; www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2013/October/04/OC_PayToPlay-04Oct13.htm ; www.orangecountygov.com/filestorage/124/1348/11540/Pay_to_Play_Forms_PORTAL_FINAL.pdf . Fact: For years now the current GOP-led County Legislature majority has refused to even allow on to agenda for one of its committee meetings any Tyner/Democratic legislative proposal to ban pay-to-play. Please let me know if your office can help us investigate and expose this toxic pay-to-play. The status quo/current modus operandi is clearly intolerable; I hope you agree! Yours, Joel Tyner Dutchess County Legislator Clinton/Rhinebeck 324 Browns Pond Road Staatsburg, NY 12580 845-464-2245/845-876-2488 DutchessDemocracy.blogspot.com Host of "The Real Majority Project" Saturdays 8-11 am on WHVW.com 950 AM] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [again-- below is but the tip of the iceberg-- culled from public records at the Dutchess County Comptroller's office and the New York State Board of Elections] Blacktop Maintenance Corporation: $281,000 county contract in 2014; $1000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 5/15/14 Bottini Fuel: $201,000 county contract in 2014; $227,000 county contract in 2013; $5045 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro from 2011 through 2014 Chazen Engineering/Environmental: $23,000 county contract in 2014; $3930 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011 through 2014 Covanta $500 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 51/12 (Covanta for years ran county incinerator) Dover Knolls Development Co. II LLC: $6300 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2012 (county Planning Dept. has dealt with) Anthony Erdman & Associates: $149,000 county contract in 2014; $100,000 in county contract in 2013; $740 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 H.G. Page/HGP Realty: $6690 county contract in 2014; $10,000 county contract in 2013; $8000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2014 Hudson River Truck Equipment, Inc.: $14,000 county contract in 2014; $26,000 county contract in 2013; $1000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 4/6/11 Iseman, Cunningham, Riester, and Hyde LLP: $4700 county contract in 2014; $350 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro June 2011 Jean W. Patrick Legal Life Tent: $175,000 county contract in 2014; 2012-2014; $265,000 county contract in 2013; $9075 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2012-2014 Kelly & Meenagh LLP: $67,000 county contract in 2014; $49,000 county contract in 2013; $3000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2014 Key Interiors, LLC/Key Construction Services: $66,000 county contract in 2014; $2000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 Marshall & Sterling, Inc.: $9600 county contract in 2014; $292,000 county contract in 2013; $6100 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2012-2014 Morris Associates: $162,000 county contract in 2014; $11,445 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2014 N & S Supply $5000 in county contracts in 2014 and 2013; $1025 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2012-2014 Peckham Industries/Materials (White Plains): $1,243,000 county contract in 2013; $351,000 county contract in 213; $2000 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2015 Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies (QUEST): $17,000 in county contracts in 2014 and 2013; $4125 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-2013 Red Wing Properties: $150,000 in county contracts in 2014 and 2013; $1800 in legalized kickbacks to Molinaro 2011-201 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Recall these seven facts about donations to Molinaro in 2011 as candidate for County Executive then: 4/11/11: Meyer Contracting gave Molinaro $1000; Meyer got $2.1 million in county contracts last year. 4/5/11: Herb Redl gave Molinaro a $2500 donation; Redl got $250,000 in county contracts last year. 3/21/11: Jean W. Patrick gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (Patrick is long-time county vendor). 4/4/11: C.B. Strain and Sons gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (Strain helped build last jail expansion). 4/11/11: Vandewater & Vandewater gave Molinaro a $2000 donation (Vandewater: long-time vendor). 4/5/11: Corbally, Gartland & Rapplyea LLP gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (firm is long-time vendor). 7/11/11: Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis Architects gave Molinaro a $1000 donation (ditto above). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Recall the below eleven facts as well-- about pay-to-play going way back here in Dutchess County: 1. Long-time GOP donor A. Colarusso & Son (of Hudson) got $4.5 million in county contracts in 2010. 2. Long-time GOP donor Meyer Contracting received $2.1 million in county contracts in 2010 3. Long-time GOP donor Marshall & Sterling received $1.3 million in county contracts in 2010. 4. Long-time GOP donor Dutchess Quarry received $850,000 in county contracts in 2010 5. Long-time GOP donor C & S Engineers/World Wide Holdings got $630,000 in co. contracts in 2010. 6. Long-time GOP donor NYCOMCO received $425,000 in county contracts in 2010 7. Long-time GOP donor Herb Redl (implicated in scandal) got $250,000 in county contracts in 2010. 8. Long-time GOP donor Bottini Fuel/Morgan Fuel received $225,000 in county contracts in 2010. 9. Long-time GOP donor Chazen Environmental Services got $150,000 in county contracts in 2010. 10. Long-time GOP donor Vosburgh J. Paul Architect PC got $110,000 in county contracts in 2010. 11. Long-time GOP donor Charles H. Sells Inc. received $47,000 in county contracts in 2010. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Keep Improving Dutchess Ethics Law" [excerpt from Poughkeepsie Journal editorial 5/29/04-- over eleven years ago-- how much longer should we wait?!?] "Accountability in Dutchess County government has taken a big stride forward recently-- though there's still room for improvement...more could be done to foster accountability. The Legislature could look to other counties, such as Rockland, for examples of strong laws. Dutchess could: * Limit campaign contributions to $100 if they come from individuals or organizations that do business with the county. This would minimize any appearance that they're buying political influence. * Put a $100 cap on ''soft money,'' or even eliminate it altogether. The term refers to gifts funneled through political parties or other means to get around direct contribution limits. Laws like these can help ensure that public servants remain honest in their official dealings. Dutchess County should continue to strive for integrity in government." - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Ethics Law Must Cover Gift Limits" [Poughkeepsie Journal editorial 9/16/00-- literally 15 years ago-- how much longer do we wait?] "Dutchess legislators recently took the high road and stepped up the ethics code for elected county officials, but there's more to be done on this road before they make an exit. In other words, they should approve important campaign finance reform proposals still pending to the revised county ethics law passed last week. These additions, proposed by Legislator Duane Smith, D-Beekman, would demonstrate across-the-board devotion to the highest ethical standards. To start off, Smith urges a $100 limit on all gifts to all candidates for county office from any person or company that does business with Dutchess County. That would eliminate any question of politicians returning favors for big campaign donations. Smith's additions also would strengthen bans on nepotism, cronyism and lobbying when it comes to appointed, paying positions in county government. His amendments would make it impossible for county officials to have close relatives in high-paying jobs, if other applicants are equally or better qualified. Besides, the lawmaker urges closing loopholes so campaign contributors doing business with the county don't appear to be buying political influence. Besides the ban on gifts worth more than $100, he advocates the elimination of ``soft money,'' gifts funneled through political parties or other means to get around direct contribution limits. Smith's proposals would provide just that. The Beekman lawmaker based his proposals on Rockland County's ethics law, which is superior to Dutchess' recently revised measure in several ways: It clearly defines conflicts of interest, simplifies the financial disclosure process and makes it enforceable, and ensures membership on the ethics board can't be controlled by a political majority. Anthony Quartararo, counsel to the Dutchess Legislature, and County Attorney Ian MacDonald say the county can't pass a campaign finance law because New York state law supersedes any county law. Not so, according to Rockland County's own legislative counsel, Bruce Levine, a Democrat. He and his GOP predecessor both determined that the Rockland measure is completely within the county's power and isn't in conflict with state law. According to the state attorney general's office, Rockland's law has never been challenged. If Rockland County has been able to pass and enforce these campaign finance reforms without legal problems, shouldn't Dutchess be able to do the same by using the same model? Dutchess lawmakers should investigate that question. They have already straightened out the mess that was the old ethics law, giving county residents clearer, stronger standards to use in judging elected officials. Making Legislator Smith's proposals part of that law would complete the job." - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [effort for this started back in '98 when I gathered former County Exec Lucille Pattison, four then-county legislators, along with late great Duane Smith and 40 other folks representing the best and brightest activists from all over our county, and Duane Smith picked up the ball and helped convince our Co. Leg.'s Dem caucus to really push for this and make it a core part of Dutchess Dem party platform (let's not let all that work & history for over a decade now go down drain!)] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [PoJo article here from six years ago-- when Co. Leg. Dem majority allowed on to agenda!] County campaign-giving limit proposed Law would affect people, companies that do business with Dutchess BY JENNY LEE-ADRIAN * POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL * AUGUST 6, 2009 A proposed Dutchess County law would limit political contributions of individuals and corporations that do business with the county, if they donate to candidates running for county offices. Individuals and corporations that have contracts with the county could only contribute up to $100 to candidates running for county executive, county clerk, county district attorney, county sheriff, county comptroller and the county Legislature during any primary, special or general election campaign, according to legislator and law co-sponsor Joel Tyner, D-Clinton. "It prevents undue influence on elected officials based on campaign contributions," said legislator and law co-sponsor Tom Mansfield, D-Red Hook. The law would be enforced through a civil procedure by the County Attorney's Office. For the first offense, violation of the law could lead to a $250 fine or three times the contribution, whichever is greater. Any subsequent violation could lead to a $500 fine or four times the illegal contribution, whichever is greater. A legislative committee will discuss the law at 4:45 p.m. today [in our County Legislature's chambers on the sixth floor of our County Office Building], but not vote on it. State Board of Elections Communications Director John Conklin did not see a constitutional issue here. "They can limit contributions to candidates in their own county for their own level of government," Conklin said. A county law that would limit contributions to candidates other than those at the county level would be challenged and struck down as unconstitutional, he said.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Casey Heady-- amazing Rhinebeck High School graduating senior and Leukemia survivor-- her inspiring essay here-- read/share...

Hi all... Many of you may be aware by now that for the last twelve years I've served as County Legislator for Rhinebeck and Clinton, I've always done an annual essay contest for graduating Rhinebeck High School seniors-- on what they would do if they were a county legislator here in northern Dutchess (winners get $100 bills and/or savings bonds-- and chance to be on my Saturday a.m. WHVW.com 950 AM show to discuss their essay)... This year I am most proud to share with you all the name of the winner of the 12th Annual Dutchess County Legislature District #11 Essay Contest-- Casey Heady! Yes-- that Casey Heady-- the amazing young woman/girl-- who, literally nine years ago in fourth grade was diagnosed with Leukemia(!)...then pulled herself thru with the help of family and friends-- as reported recently in the River Chronicle, joining the swim team in seventh grade, picking up snowboarding, then joining crew in ninth grade-- then winning all sorts of gold/silver medals as a member of the Rhinebeck Crew team that actually went to the nationals last year-- and diving deeply into art in school, "pretty much taken every art class the school has to offer-- studio art, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, portfolio, painting, and advanced art exploration"(!): www.columbiagreenemedia.com/river_chronicle/article_5acdbc4e-de35-11e4-a503-c79621a81516.html www.rhinebeck.wordpress.com/2006/10/16/cacey-heady-and-the-2006-light-the-night-walks-2/ www.rhinebeckcrew.org/2014/05/16/rhinebeck-wins-on-the-hudson/ www.rhinebeck.wordpress.com/2006/12/03/64/ www.wnyc.org/story/93076-old-macdonald-had-fair/ [note-- Casey also seems to agree with me that DCC tuition costs should be held down: www.change.org/p/dutchess-county-executive-marcus-molinaro-freeze-dcc-tuition ] In ANY case-- without further ado then-- here's Casey's brilliant moving essay: "If I had the chance to be a county legislator and was able to influence and make a difference in my own community I would start with the things that are close to my heart. I would want to make it easier for high school graduates to get an affordable education with free community college. I would also want to make sure that there is always funding for programs that can help children through difficult situations in their early lives. These things are especially important to me because of the stage of life that I am now in. These things are personal and would affect me directly. This past year has been a particularly difficult one for me and my whole family. Starting with my Dad’s Alzheimer’s diagnoses leading to the loss of his job. The year seemed to slip through my fingers so quickly without a real plan for my continuing education. With money getting tighter and tighter it was an easy decision to go to Dutchess community college for a cheap start to my college years. Yet it is still hard to find the money to attend a community college when you can’t even seem to find the money for a new shirt. There are many Rhinebeck high school seniors who would never even consider going to Dutchess but for the ones like me who are not in a crazy rush to leave Rhinebeck or may not be able to afford another school, free community college would be a huge weight lifted off their shoulders. There are many graduating kids in the county who will not be attending any college next fall, and I think if there was a way to offer free education to them this would change. Education is so important and I strongly believe that money should never be an obstacle if you are hardworking and willing to learn. We do have a great opportunity that allows the top ten percent of each Rhinebeck high graduating class to attend Dutchess httpommunity college for free but in such a competitive school for grades like Rhinebeck it is extremely hard to secure a top ten percent ranking. Also most kids in the top ten percent don’t have much of an interest in attending dcc. Free community college would allow everyone to have a good start out of high school and encourage them to do bigger and better things with their lives. In 2006 when I was diagnosed with leukemia I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I was in and out and sometimes for prolonged periods of time. This brings me to another topic that I am passionate about. I wouldn’t have been able to have such a positive attitude if it weren’t for, of course, my friends and family but also programs like mill street loft. I remember them coming to Vassar hospital every Tuesday, it would be something I could look forward to. Something to keep me going, and when the day arrived it kept me occupied and distracted from the side effects of the chemo I was receiving. But it was much more to me than just a chance to do arts and crafts for the day. It was an opportunity to leave my room and talk to the other kids who were in similar situations. It was very therapeutic, and the volunteers running the program were always so friendly and interactive. I felt that I could really open up to them and they would listen no matter what even if they had no idea what to say, just having someone listen sometimes was good enough. Funding for small programs like this may not seem so important with all the other craziness going on in the world but looking through the eyes of an eight year old it meant everything to me. I would make sure that programs similar to this one would keep going. I’m sure that most people wouldn’t realize how important something so small can be. But I know that both the kids and the mentors benefited from this program. There are so many issues that hit home for me that it would be difficult to decide where to start. But I believe that it is important to fix or continue things that you have a personal connection to." [thx Casey!...Joel] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - From www.columbiagreenemedia.com/river_chronicle/article_5acdbc4e-de35-11e4-a503-c79621a81516.html ... Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:45 am Athletic Accolade -- Casey Heady By Julio Olivencia Columbia-Greene Media Columbia-Greene Media The lingering winter weather that delayed the thaw of the Hudson River might have delayed the Rhinebeck Crew team from getting out on the river, but those conditions didn’t get in the way of Rhinebeck High School girls crew team member senior Casey Heady from getting a head start on her journey toward excellence this season. “I know this year, as far as performance on the rowing machine, she’s the fastest she's ever been,” Crew Coach Ralph Bosco said. Bosco and the team are looking to expand on Heady’s experience and success as she was part of the girls’ lightweight four crew team that went all the way to nationals last year. “She will be vying for a spot on the women’s lightweight eight boat, and I expect her to be one of the key positions.” Bosco said Heady’s maturity and experience make her a natural leader for the team. “I expect Casey, with her age and experience to lead those girls to a state championship,” Bosco said. “Just being a senior and getting ready to go to college, the other girls will kind of look up to her and do what she asks.” How long have you played sports? then in fourth grade I was diagnosed with Leukemia so I had to back off, so I could recover. In seventh grade, I joined the swim team and started snowboarding and then I joined crew in ninth grade. What is you favorite sport? Crew. It’s the only thing I do now. I like the dynamic of the team. It’s like a little family. We all encourage each other a lot, and push each other to be better. What is your most memorable sports moment? Last year, going to nationals. We weren’t expecting it, so that was very exciting. I didn’t know that prom was also on the same day, so I had already been planning on going to prom and wasn’t expecting to go to nationals. I decided I could do both. We woke up at five, weighed in for the race, our race was at three, and right after the race I left to go to prom. I got ready in like 10 minutes and I was like an hour late, but it worked out. How would you describe your season? We definitely pushed harder than we had in the past, now we’re really excited to do that again. What area of your game has improved the most since you started last year? My times on the rowing machine have improved a lot. Just this past week I took 18 seconds off my time. Do you have any athletic ambitions for the future? I always want to stay active, but I don’t think that it needs to be any kind of organized sport. I’ve considered rowing in college, but I haven’t decided yet. What are some of your other interests? I like anything that can let me be creative. Art and nature are definitely my passions. Who is your greatest influence? My older brothers, they both did crew and I pretty much followed in their foot steps and they’re very supportive of me. My brother actually was the last boat to go to nationals before my boat. What is your favorite subject in school? Art. I have pretty much taken every art class the school has to offer. I’ve taken studio art, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, portfolio, painting, and now I’m in advanced art exploration. I started playing soccer in preschool and then I did softball and dance for five years throughout elementary school and What college(s) do you plan on attending? I plan on going to Dutchess for two years just so I can kind of figure out what I want to do after. What do you want to study in college? Right now, liberal arts and I can definitely see that changing in the next few years. What kind of music do you listen to? When I’m working out, I listen to rap and hip hop. When I’m doing art, I listen to The Fray, Plain White T’s, Green Day, and then at home I’m always listening to my dad play whatever instrument he has; mandolin usually. He plays a lot of blue grass.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

re: wage theft-- time to end it here in Dutchess!...(Chicago, San Francisco, Burlington, D.C., New Brunswick, and Princeton have already)...

[email all 25 of us at countylegislators@dutchessny.gov to build support for this brand-new resolution just submitted by yours truly to our County Legislature's offices-- let's make 2015 the year wage theft is banned here in Dutchess!...see: www.progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2013/01/18/chicago-lawmakers-pass-groundbreaking-ordinance-protect-employees-wage ; also see pages 6 and 7 of "Policy for Local Progress: Case Studies and Best Practices from Around the Country: www.localprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Policy-Briefs-Booklet-2014-v.2.pdf (thx to WFP for connecting Local Progress to us!)] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WHEREAS, two years ago the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance making the city a national leader in the protection of employee wages; employers in the city are held accountable if found guilty of wage theft, thanks to the new ordinance, and could have their business licenses revoked, and WHEREAS, San Francisco, Burlington, Washington, D.C., New Brunswick, and Princeton have all also passed local laws banning wage theft, and WHEREAS, laws banning wage theft change the conversation about good business; to be pro-business also includes caring about how employees are treated, and it's an important step in leveling the playing field for the many ethical business owners in Dutchess County, and WHEREAS, in Chicago the possible revocation of a business license as punishment for wage theft, which includes paying employees less than the minimum wage and failing to pay for overtime, has been lauded by the National Employment Law Project as one of the strongest ways in which a city can stymie the problem, and WHEREAS, a recent study by the University of Illinois-Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development found that approximately $7.3 million in employee wages are stolen in Cook County each week; comparable numbers are probable here in Dutchess County, and WHEREAS, minorities are adversely affected by wage theft with African Americans being 27 times more likely to be victims of the act compared to their Caucasian counterparts; immigrants are 1.5 times more likely to experience wage theft when compared to their American-born counterparts, and WHEREAS, laws banning wage theft reward businesses that are in accordance with employment law, and incentivizes wage stealing-employers to correct their ways; good jobs are the basis of strong communities; when workers receive their full paycheck, they spend more in their local communities, the government collects more taxes, and law-abiding businesses do not suffer from unfair competition, and therefore be it RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature hereby requests that Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro work with the Dutchess County Legislature to draft, pass, and sign into law legislation banning wage theft here in Dutchess County as has already been done in Cook County, San Francisco, Burlington, Washington, D.C., New Brunswick, and Princeton, and be it further RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro