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An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

February 9, 2017 Reporter 1

By Jim Ostrowski;

I have advocated a free market approach to transportation since 1989.  In an article, published in Business First, I proposed allowing drivers of smaller vehicles to compete with buses and provide a better product including door-to-door service.  After the digital age came along, companies like Uber began to supply just such services but Buffalo and Upstate remain the last areas in the country that make Uber driving an imaginary crime.  I mean, it’s an actual crime punishable by law, but one which, lacking a victim, logically exists only in the minds of progressive legislators and their gendarmes.

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Cabbies Still Battling Uber as Fight Goes On

February 9, 2017 Reporter 0

By Tony Farina;

It is truly a David vs. Goliath story playing out in Albany these days as the ride-sharing giant Uber and its smaller competitor, Lyft, inch closer to their goal of operating beyond New York City and likely overwhelming conventional taxi services across the state, especially if they get a pass on some key regulations that govern traditional taxi businesses

Uber, reported to be worth $69 billion last month, and Lyft ($2 billion) have spent big dollars lobbying state lawmakers, with Uber alone spending close to $800,000 in the first six months of last year to push its agenda of expanding ride-sharing without regulations, and they have big-name supporter across the state and including the governor who want cities like Rochester and Buffalo to have the location-based app that makes it easy to hire an on-demand driver.

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Gov. Cuomo and ex-Assemblyman Ceretto get an earful from a constituent.

Local Leaders Blast Cuomo for Shifting Cost Burdens to Local Taxpayers

January 19, 2017 Staff 0

Local leaders are said to be fuming about Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address—delivered, unconventionally, in Buffalo—after he inserted a demand that local governments hold referenda ostensibly designed to cut local tax bills.

“Cuomo’s plan doesn’t cut [excrement],” a frustrated county official told us Wednesday. “Meanwhile, he’s the biggest cost-driver in the state.”

The plan, which Cuomo trotted out at the Buffalo State of the State speech, would require county leaders to devise ways to consolidate or share services with the municipalities inside their borders. While that sounds commendable enough, county budget officials we talked to said the impact of any likely service sharing would be negligible across tax bills.

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MORINELLO: CAPITOL HALLS ARE SILENT ON ETHICS REFORMS

January 19, 2017 Staff 0
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Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello

The silence is so noticeable you can hear a pin drop.

That’s how Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) is describing the lack of will or urgency to combat Albany corruption, and enact realistic and meaningful ethics reform during the opening weeks of session. Morinello noted over the last several weeks many state leaders have outlined proposals to spend billions in taxpayer dollars on headline-grabbing proposals without a responsible spending plan to back it up.

Morniello expressed disappointment that proposals from state leaders lacked teeth to combat the pervasive corruption that plagues the state Capitol, instead choosing to focus on proposals like free college tuition for illegal citizens and incentivizing movie theaters to serve alcohol.

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Judicial Watch: Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers

January 14, 2017 Reporter 0

(Editor’s Note: Judicial Watch Inc., America’s leading watchdog group, is led by Tom Fitton, who corresponds weekly with The Reporter and other media, keeping us updated on their initiatives. Our readers are invited to visit their website at www.judicialwatch.org and aid the organization through a generous contribution.) 

Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers

Food-stamp recipients can use their taxpayer-funded benefit to order online from retailers like Amazon under a new Obama administration initiative that aims to facilitate the shopping experience for rural and urban residents. It marks the latest of many costly experiments by the administration to expand the fraud-infested program, which has seen a record-high number of beneficiaries under President Barack Obama. To eliminate the welfare stigma, the administration renamed food stamps Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the rolls swelled to an astounding 46.5 million in 2016. This cost American taxpayers and eye-popping $70 billion, according to government figures.

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New York State of Health website a boon for software giant Adobe Systems

January 12, 2017 James Hufnagel 0

As part of the implementation of the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly called “Obamacare”, an online insurance exchange was created to enable New York residents to purchase health insurance from private insurers participating in the new internet marketplace. Over 3.3 million New Yorkers purchased health insurance from “New York State of Health” before the December 15 deadline for coverage to begin on Jan 1, 2017, the vast majority using the convenient website to evaluate and choose their plans.

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If you visit any New York State Parks between now and 2019, you may want to think twice about letting your kids use the drinking fountains.

Cuomo, State Parks fight EPA order to close Sewage Cesspools, Endangering Public Health

January 6, 2017 James Hufnagel 0

Finally, something is being done about the stench coming from Albany, and we’re not talking about the recent indictments of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides.

Six years after Cuomo and his NYS Parks commissioner Rose Harvey came into office, 54 large capacity cesspools (LCCs) containing human filth, among 16 New York state parks, with the potential to leach into the water table in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SWDA), are finally slated to be closed, pursuant to a consent judgment rendered in federal court last month.

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What I want done in New York State

November 17, 2016 Staff 0

By Mickey Mouse

(ed. note: The following was sent to us by a reader. The content seemed worthy of publication even if we have some doubt whether it was written by someone actually named Mickey Mouse.)

I am a frequent reader of the Reporter and think it is the leading weekly publication in WNY.

As you are most assuredly aware, New York States’ 20 year cycle of voting on a Constitutional Convention is coming up November 8th, 2017. The option to vote either yea or nay on whether or not to hold a Constitutional Convention will be on the State ballot next year.

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State Assembly districts gerrymandered downstate to hold fewer Democrats, ergo, more districts.

Partisan gerrymandering maintains Incumbents, Subverts will of New York State voters

October 20, 2016 James Hufnagel 0
Population apportionment among legislative districts is skewed towards the end of keeping either the Republicans or Democrats in control of the State Senate (above) or Assembly (right), respectively. If you have smaller districts, population-wise, you can have more of them. Conversely, if the opposing party's districts are overpopulated, there will be fewer of them.
Population apportionment among legislative districts is skewed towards the end of keeping either the Republicans or Democrats in control of the State Senate (above) or Assembly (below), respectively. If you have smaller districts, population-wise, you can have more of them. Conversely, if the opposing party’s districts are overpopulated, there will be fewer of them.

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Democracy is on life-support in this country, especially in New York State, and here’s why.   Spending by super PACs, and in New York through the so-called LLC loophole, is an enormously corrupting influence on the integrity of our political system. Unlimited money flowing into campaigns, necessitating that public officials expend more time and effort fundraising than they do actually governing, is problematic, considering the pay-for-play strings attached to those contributions that mainstream politicians collectively acknowledge but individually deny.

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Is she too ill to be president or are rumors of her ill health a dishonest conspiracy to discredit her?

The Right Side:  Trump and Clinton’s …Medical Records: LET’S SEE THEM!             

August 24, 2016 Reporter 0

By J Gary DiLaura;

Reportedly, Mr. Trump is in good health and Hillary maybe…not so much! So we the American people demand to see if the two candidates are physically and mentally fit to be president!

The below  information is ALL OVER THE INTERNET but goes UNREPORTED by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and on and on! I have seen her many falls, numerous times, on video and have seen the “seizure”, the uncontrolled laughing and coughing!

In my opinion, Medical information is and should be personal and NOT available to government organizations and other agencies unless the individual agrees or they are running for President of the United States! According to Obama care, however, everybody’s medical information MUST be reported on the “OBAMA” computers that our doctors now MUST use. This was Hillary and BO’s idea! Their philosophy is, “If you control some one’s health, you control them”.

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Pushing Daisies on Albany Agenda last week; Cuomo, State Lawmakers Boost Undertaker Bottom Line

August 24, 2016 James Hufnagel 1
New York State’s reputation as a socialist paradise that takes care of a multitude of free-loaders from cradle to grave, was recently extended to the great beyond for many of them, thanks to a bill recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Last Friday the governor announced that he had given his stamp of approval to what’s being called the “Awards for Burial Expenses of Crime Victims Act”.   Previously, families of murder victims, and the independent funeral homes they may have chosen to patronize, were eligible to apply to the state Office of Victim Services for reimbursement of expenses associated with the wake, burial plot, burial outfit, clergy fees, transportation costs for the deceased, obituaries, head stone, flowers, death certificates and church fees for religious services and flowers, up to a maximum of $6,000.

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NY State Senate Wins Online Democracy Award for Website that Smells a lot like ‘Digital Franking’

August 19, 2016 The News Desk 0

By Frank Parlato

The New York State Senate was recognized last week for having the “best legislative website in the country” by the National Conference of State Legislatures and, consequently, received the 2016 “Online Democracy Award,” according to a press release issued by the New York State Senate.

The award was given during a summit in Chicago which convened from Aug 8 – 11.

Again, according to the New York State Senate press release, the Online Democracy Award” is given each year to a legislature, legislative chamber, or caucus whose website helps make democracy user-friendly.”

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