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Have you heard that the decision to sell is a no-brainer, we have too, and you bet it is >

1- Does it cost the taxpayers/is it a burden on the taxpayers? You bet it does and is and by no small measure. $14+ million in taxpayer subsidies over the last 1/2 decade and in the hole another $3+ million for next year (and ongoing). This has a dramatic effect on our property taxes.

(Consider this beyond just the current year. If the Home were sold today it would not be only yield a “net” gain for the county coffers of $6+ million, but it would also avert next years $3.3 million loss, and the year after and after and after. Over a decade that’s over a $30 million swing from the bad to the good, and furthermore add in the taxes that would be paid by a private owner of say approx $1 million a year and now it’s $40+ million swing over a decade, and that’s huge!)

(Consider to the arguments we heard not to long ago about reducing the size of the legislature, downsizing, right sizing, limiting county gov, all to save $54k a year and all those remarks by some of the same legislators we have today about savings the tax payers money. That amounted to $ cents folks, yes pennies. With the issue of the Home we are really are talking about size and scope of government and right sizing in a substantial way and not about $ cents but rather $dollars, and a lot of them!)

2- Can a combination of cost savings, revenue enhancements, and union concessions end the taxpayer subsidies (IGT monies=county/fed tax dollar bailouts)? NO, the ad-hoc panel, though union heavy and biased in favor of continuing to run the home as a CSEA unionized government enterprise, proved that. They could not even come close to saving $2.3 million, let alone the $3.3 million actually necessary for the home to be revenue/tax neutral and self-sustaining.

(It should also be noted that CGR themselves never asserted that we could ever achieve enough savings ect. to operate without losses end tax payer subsidies for the home, but rather they only asserted that some of the suggestions could lessen them if that was the course chosen.)

3- The county home as a business model? Well first and foremost it isn’t. The home does not truly compete with any other nursing home due to special rules as a government entity, normally guaranteed taxpayer backed funding, and so on. In the real world when your taking in $20 million in revenues and have $14 million in personnel costs (that’s the present ratio, without IGT subsidy money), it is unsustainable and a failing model.

(To this end we would strongly suggest reading the opinions and position taken by the Chamber of Commerce. They represent 100’s of successful businesses, large and small, union and non-union, many of whom are associated with healthcare, and who are proven business leaders that known what a successful business model truly is.)

4- Well how then can a private sector firm make the home work? They can better control personnel costs, would not be locked into uncontrollable and skyrocketing pension costs for one thing, and that can innovate whereby measures can be taken to enhance revenues that the home is presently limited by law. There are certain services they are not allowed to provide according to state rules but a private sector facility is not limited as such.

5- Quality of care will decline? No, the home is presently an average facility by state standards and a below average facility by national standards. The reality is that quality of care, due to competition, private sector efficiency, and other factors, will actually improve.

(According to Medicare, which rates nursing homes, the highest quality care in our county is provided by for-profit nursing home facilities. more on that in a moment)

6- Current residents will be put out or shipped away to some other home in some far away location? No. It has already been stipulated as part of sale conditions that the new owner of the home will have to keep all existing residents. Once a contract is finalized this will be an iron clad stipulation.

7- Current employees will be put out of a job (and end up on welfare and in the soup lines, yes a union official actually said that!)? Give us a break, No. First of all again there are sale conditions and it will be part of the sale contract that current employees will be offered to retain their job. There will certainly be negotiations, potential retirements incentives for some of the very high paying positions, some changes in benefit structure to be sure (see sign above – facing reality), and the bottom line is most it not all of the workforce will be retained (without the CSEA and their forced unions dues of course). Just think about it, an employee could be paid less and because no union dues deduction, could actually be paid the same. Or an employee could be paid the same, and because no union dues deduction it would be like getting a raise.

(Now on that soup lines comment, how insulting. Union bosses should be ashamed, and union employees should be pissed at such a remark that they are thought so low of. The reality is that these employees are skilled workers with specific training, and even if they were laid off they would likely collect maximum unemployment not welfare, however more likely is that due to their experience they would be hired for a comparable job at one of the many other nursing home operations around the county!)

8- When it comes to personnel cost controls, the non-union administrators are as big a part of the problem as the union employees? No. The home is 98% CSEA and there are a whole 4 people who are non-CSEA. Unlike the union employees, these 4 have not had a raise in 3-4 years.

(did you know that most of the government homes that have been privatized still ended up with union representation, in almost every case they ended up being represented by the SEIU. How wonderful, now you can all stop whining about loosing your union representation.)

9- Chautauqua County is taking unprecedented action in selling their home? No. only about 1/2 the counties in NY still have a government-run home and many of them are in one stage or another to privatize just like we are doing. For example Albany county, Onondaga County, Orange county, Broome county, and Ulster county. Only two counties have actually closed down their home that we know of, years ago Dutchess and Niagara counties. “County-owned nursing homes have, in particular, become albatrosses around counties’ necks” and “It’s up to us in this state to confront what is a government structure that all too often is antiquated and outmoded.” are two quotes often attributed to this discussion.

10- It’s a partisan political issue? No. Well ok maybe for a few individuals and maybe in one regard with respect to the opposition (more on that later) but as for the effort to sell it is not: First look at other counties, some are Republican majorities and some are Democrat majorities, and furthermore look at some of the individuals that are trying to do the right thing because they know and understand what that is. Democrat Legislator Nazzaro for example, who is in the healthcare industry and the administrative end of such, he has no doubt that a self-sustaining model as a government-run facility is impossible, that the county home is fiscally failing, that only average at best services for such a high cost should no longer be acceptable, and that his responsibility as a legislator is clear. Too bad we can’t say that for all of them!

10b- About those supposed CSEA “government” union concessions, are they real? How much will they really help? What’s the real details? Now we’re getting into some complications and let’s start by talking about the partisan issues because where they do exist, they exist with the union leadership and a few certain “beholden legislators”. The leadership is being disingenuous about a number of things, has been the number one purveyor of scare tactics, has set forth a scenario that is them vs. everybody else, and there a few legislators that are enablers for them. Ahlstrom, a long time city of Dunkirk worker and AFL-CIO member which is a direct affiliate of the CSEA. Dejoe, who is a former County worker and CSEA member. Whitney who is a union boss from Jamestown. Cornell who is high in the leadership of the County Democrat party (along with a family member being a vice chair) and who is 100% pro-union and will always get the CSEA endorsement anytime she runs for an office, who now serves with and is a main supporter of, the new Dem Chair, the conflicted unethical, and again 100% pro-union, Norm Green, and let’s not forget who the new Vice Chair is, Williams Jr of the CSEA. So, hmm, some partisanship, yea you bet. [As a footnote, there is also Hoyer who is so pro-government that surely he is pro-government union, with him though the real issue is that he’s so far left into social justice ideology and rhetoric that there is simply no reasoning with him.] [Footnote2, understand that Ahlstrom’s issue isn’t just what we described above but is also, significantly, that the Home is in his district, and of course all the emotions along with it. Futhermore, he isn’t voting not to sell the home at Cornell’s behest who just helped push him out as Dem chair, no there is a rift between them, and it primarily centers around his desire to stick with the more moderate Congressional candidate Lori Burke as opposed to the farther left Shinagawa that Cornell and Co are stuck on.]

10c- About those supposed CSEA “government” union concessions, are they real? How much will they really help? What’s the real details? On to the more important stuff, here’s how it breaks down: You may recall this whole process did not start out with concessions but rather the CSEA wanting outrageous increases, and only after said outrage by the public and certain officials did some concessions start coming to the table. You should be reminded that last year during our budget crisis and cuts across all departments, the Home offered and contributed nothing towards solving our deficit problems. Now they are touting 1.7 million in concessions and calling them savings. No they are not, they are less increases (and it should be noted that even with a 0.00 increase in the Homes workforce budget, they will still loose 3.3 million next year). Worse yet they tout them as if they directly impact the Home budget when in fact only a fraction of the 1.7 million would impact it. Furthermore the CSEA’s local bosses along with the Buffalo and Albany bosses are flatly rejecting any further concessions, and the petition of over 1/2 the county members to their leadership asking for them to be more reasonable and do more is also being flatly rejected. Add to that some audacious rhetoric coming out of their followers of blind allegiance, such as how the County Sheriff should be cut more and the money given to them, which Fagerstrom and Co are not denouncing. Finally, here’s a real whopper, CSEA head Fagerstrom recently penned a letter to the Legislature that “…as of August 2011 there was no indication that the county home was in distress”. Are you kidding, where were you guys – see the comments above about the budget woes last year, and add to that all the debate about IGT money at that time. Give us a break, that is a statement of utter dishonesty, incompetence, or a combination of both. Lastly, is this is extremely important: The CSEA is not proposing to forgo this 1.7 million, in effect leveling the playing field, and getting a fresh start, NO they are only offering to put them off for 2 years and then they want them all back. The bottom line regardless of all of this is that unless they are willing to do way, way more, it’s not enough!

11- What is truly the overall public opinion on this issue? Well we should start by saying that those making the most noise about continuing a government-run facility are the employees and of course their union, and that stands to reason. Add to that a few others speaking out in their favor who are their friends and family, as well as some of those who are residents, and of course that stands to reason as well. However, it should also be understood that they are a minority, and in the case of the first example – a special interest group that is in fact an arm of the government itself. They seek the Legislature to make a decision for the few over the many, and for a special interest over the general welfare of the county as a whole, and as such they seek a decision that is not in keeping with the responsibility and duty of these Legislators.

Now look at those in favor of making the fiscally prudent choice, and a choice in keeping with the proper role of government: The Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Assoc. as mentioned above; the Editorial Boards of both newspapers; Certainly as many county taxpayers as there are home employees and residents for that matter, and these constituents who have written letters to the editor, or called their legislators, or pleaded to their town representatives, are composed of people in the private sector some of whom work at private care facilities or have loved ones in private care facilities, but some of whom are also home employees who concede that their own union’s position is flawed if not outright wrong (more on that later). Finally, there are also the town officials who have sent resolutions to the Legislature urging the sale. These officials obviously have experience in governance, economics, budgets, and some also in healthcare. They understand how county property taxes affect their own efforts to hold the line on property taxes as well as how they contribute to the overall high burden of property taxes we have in NYS and no less our county, and they are rightfully concerned not to mention properly representing their own constituencies that have spoken out to them.

12- What is actually the IGT money? and what about those surpluses the Home has had at times in the past? Well let’s start with the surplus issue, and first and foremost be clear that any surplus which has ever existed has been a surplus of tax payer monies. These are not profits, they are an excess allocation of tax monies that were only so due to IGT funding. Furthermore, no government enterprise within the larger scope of government, ie. county gov in this case, should have such an excess. Only the County gov itself is to maintain a fund balance as a matter of sound fiscal policy as set by rules of the state comptroller, not sub-agencies below it.

As for the IGT issue, it must be put in proper context and that starts with the full name “Inter Governmental Transfers” or one government transferring monies to another, and of course those monies are tax dollars. These are subsidies and what happens is that the county government is allocating some of our county taxes so that they can put their hand out to the federal government and have them match with an additional fed taxes subsidy. This could otherwise be known as a bailout. Yes that is exactly what it should be called – One part of government bailing out another failing part of government courtesy of the taxpayers!

13- Why can’t the County Home make money when privately run nursing homes can? Let’s have Legislator Borello explain from his recent article: “One of the most common questions I am asked is why can’t the county run the nursing home without a loss when other organizations can make a profit. There are several reasons why a private sector company would be able to succeed in operating the Home without a loss when the government cannot. First, and foremost, is the restrictions placed on county-run nursing homes by the New York State Department of Health. County homes are prohibited from offering assisted living and independent living care which are less labor-intense and more profitable. County homes can only offer skilled nursing. The state of New York will not allow county governments to expand into those other services.” “Should we sell the County Home? When I speak to other legislators “off the record” almost all of them admit that, at some point, we must sell the County Home. Even those who are vocally against the sale of the Home will admit, in confidence, that they realize the County Home will become a budget-busting financial burden. But then they say that they are just not ready to sell right now.” “I feel that “kicking the can down road” will only makes things worse. As Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements drop, and costs rise, the Home will lose value. If we wait a couple more years to sell, when our backs are against the wall, we will not be able to make demands of the buyer, as we are now.” “Right now, we are in relative position of strength. The Request For Proposal (RFP) that went out had 14 conditions that must be honored in the sale. Among those conditions are allowing all current residents to stay in the Home as long as they would like and keeping the home open for at least 10 years. We have the luxury of selling to someone who we feel will maintain the quality of care and honor these commitments.” “If we wait until we are desperate to sell, these conditions will likely not be included as part of the contract. Sound decisions are not made when an issue becomes a crisis.”

In conclusion, we are reminded of some words from the past that are still all too relevant today:

Gov Ronald Reagan, future President – “A Time for Choosing” excerpts from 1964

Reagan as GovernorI am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this.

It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, “We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self government.” This idea — that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power — is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

Plutarch warned, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.”

The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, “What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.” But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.

Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we’re always “against,” never “for” anything.

Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor’s fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can’t socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.

Here’s a few others that understood this:
   Excessive taxation…will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election. – Thomas Jefferson
  A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species. – James Madison
   There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome. – Alexander Hamilton
  An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation. – John Marshall
  In a general sense, all contributions imposed by the government upon individuals for the service of the state, are called taxes, by whatever name they may be known, whether by the name of tribute, tythe, tallage, impost, duty, gabel, custom, subsidy, aid, supply, excise, or other name. – Joseph Story  [and that includes “IGT” “Subsidies” “Bailouts”]
for the background on all of this, reports, articles, ect. see: ISSUES

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Time to Act – Special County Legislature Meeting this Thursday, October 18th, 6:30pm, Mayville.

Be there, stand up for the taxpayers and the general welfare of our county, and speak out.

This failing government enterprise needs to be transitioned over to the private sector if you really want to save it, the services, and the jobs it provides.

As for signs, we’ll take option number three!

Hmm let’s see, from top to bottom:

Sign #1 – That’s what they say but it’s nothing more than a scare tactic. Save it? From what, the bombs, the bulldozers, the padlocks? NO, that is not at all the case.

Sign #2 – This is the real agenda = See sign #1.

Sign #3 – Now we are talking reality, and the proper fiscal responsibility as well as the proper role of government. The choice, from our duly elected and accountable representatives, in this case County Legislators, is clear – privatize the home, or in other words sell it, with necessary conditions yes, but never the less sell it.

No more delays, stalling, or pandering, no more $80k studies, no more emotions over facts, figures, inevitable conclusions, and duty. No more subsidies, no more bailouts, no more sticking the taxpayers with the cost of excessive government, when in fact the same services and jobs could be provided by a private sector entity that will enhance our local economy, as opposed to taking from it.

It’s long overdue, time for county government to act to protect all those families paying property taxes, time to help save all our homes, and the time to act is NOW !!!

“So often we hear from County government that their hands are tied on an issue, that due to legalities of one sort or another by the state or federal government, that they cannot act. This is not case with the County home, it is a decision solely in the hands of our county officials, no excuses”

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School Boards Elections and Budget Vote


You know why we need new people in the realm of fiscal prudence, but make no mistake – we need new people to stand up to the radical agendas creeping into our schools everywhere.


We urge you or others you know to take a stand and run, and to get involved and support those that do.

FOR CANDIDATES Petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education can be obtained from the Clerk of your District, are available now, and must be filed with not later than 4:00pm April 19, 2010, at the office of said clerk. Your district clerk will also inform you of how many signatures you need from qualified voters (regardless of party) in your district (in Jamestown it’s 100).

FOR VOTERS Absentee ballots may be obtained, by application, from your District Clerk on or after April 24, 2010, but no later than May 12, if requested by mail. Absentee ballots must be filed with the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. May 18, 2010. If your not a registered voter, you must do so by or on May 4th. (Jamestown holds a registration that day, check with your clerk to be sure of the date in your own district).


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In Our Opinion From the Editor, Jamestown Post Journal

POSTED: April 5, 2010

New York’s Division of the Budget offers a by-the-numbers look at state funding of education that perhaps should put perspective on the unresolved questions about how much aid money the state should put in next year’s budget.

These figures should also be kept in mind as school districts contemplate the need to increase the amount of money collected locally from property owners to fund education.

Gov. David Paterson’s initial budget proposal recommends $20.5 billion for school aid, a $1.1 billion or 5 percent cut from this year. But of course the state Assembly appears to be walking away from even that modest amount.

Nevertheless, it’s worth remembering what the Division of the Budget says about the Paterson proposal.

”A look at this proposal, by the numbers, indicates that the vast majority of school districts should be able to manage these reductions without adversely impacting property taxpayers or educational quality,” the Division of the Budget notes.

Here’s the numbers:

Even with the cut, the governor’s proposal represents a 42 percent – $6.1 billion – increase in school aid since the 2003-04 state budget. That increase, says the Division of the Budget, is more than twice the rate of inflation during that period.

Looking back the 10 years before that, to 1991, the governor’s initial proposal represented a 141 percent or $12 billion increase which is, again, more than twice the rate of inflation during that period.

New York’s per pupil overall education spending is $15,536 – 61 percent above the national average.

New York per pupil spending on school district employee salaries is $7,328 – 71 percent above the national average.

New York per pupil spending on school district employee benefits is $2,901 – 109 percent above the national average.

The total amount of reported undesignated reserves held by school districts statewide, which the Division of the Budget points out could potentially be used to mitigate proposed state aid reductions, is $1.5 billion.

New York is going broke, school and other local taxes are breaking the backs of property owners, public employees are continuing to collect raises and enviable benefits year after year. And frankly, we do not see anything in Albany or locally to indicate in any way that the ballooning costs of government will be reined in.

At best we see most of our elected representatives trying to figure out which type of tax and fee increases will have the least impact on them personally come election time.

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Now for some background on NYSUT, a part of the problem.


April 2009 at a gala whereby State Education Commissioner Richard Mills was honored leading up to his retirement that June, he spoke and stated Federal stimulus funds must be used by school districts to save jobs (their jobs, and they didn’t just save them, they added to them) and not for tax relief (yeh because we sure don’t need any of that) he assured delegates.”

NYSUT Union Vice President Maria Neira said of Mills that day “You’ve always been an important, dependable ally”

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NYSUT calls themself the most influential and successful lobbying group in New York. (yep, and theyre breaking our backs) They work in Albany and Washington, D.C. The union’s Legislative Department drafts, introduces and lobbies for bills affecting state aid to schools and colleges, licensure, tenure, healthcare, safety, policy, standards, pension and retirement.

In 2006, NYSUT secured the $1.1 billion school-aid increase and a $300 million increase in aid to higher education. The union also was able to kill what they call dangerous proposals for vouchers in Albany. (dangerous to them, but not parents, and not taxpayers)

NYSUT also secured legislation to guarantee automatic cost-of-living pension increases for its public sector retirees!

NYSUT’s Legislative Department also lobbies state and federal representatives to help retain professional enhancements they’ve won. They pride themselves about additional support for our public schools they get from the efforts of what they call hundreds of grassroots lobbyists. (otherwise known as SEIU and others of like ilk). They enourage members who want to influence issues directly affecting their pensions and job security to talk with their local president about becoming part of their political action teams and alliances, to be the core of letter-writing campaigns and to operate phone banks at school budget time and during the fall elections. They do this large in part through their Union fundraising arm called VOTE-COPE and along with their declared affiliates the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.. Called non-partisan it is in reality one of the most partisan organizations in existence. (State and Federal campaign finance records proof=  their spending is almost entirely one sided, and it is more so in this last election cycle than ever before)

They stress Voter registration and have supported Motor Voter laws and have been a strong alliance to the Acorn and affiliated group’s exploits. They encourage volunteering to work in NYSUT phone banks and on political campaigns, and get this-their words “which is critical if we are to exert influence beyond our classrooms, cafeterias and health care centers.”

On Voting on School Budgets: “So many of us live and work under the terms and conditions of employment collectively bargained with our public employer. It’s important to support school district budgets and the programs and services we provide by being organized and showing support when the budgets come before the voters. We may not always work in the same school district we vote in, but voting to support school budgets helps each and every union member in your community. Our local unions frequently endorse candidates for election to local school boards. Be sure to support the pro-labor pro-public education candidates on the ballot.

In addition NYSUT has a full-time polling center, and futher they use  much of VOTE-COPE expenditures is in the form of rebates to local unions to be used in local activities such as school board races and for passage of school budgets.

NYSUT has opposed state budget cuts year after year with rhetorical grandstanding and political arm twisting. Now we have an unsustainable budget and a major deficit, yet still they oppose cuts. They are opposing the Property Tax Cap proposal, have opposed voucher programs calling them dangerous, supported the Federal Health care legislation, Open borders and Amnesty,and are supporting the pro-unionizing Farm bill. As for anything “Social Justice” they’re all for it.

Here’s some of NYSUT’s advocacy under Social Justice (links and descriptions taken from their site, except of course our comments in italics)

  • Southern Poverty Law Center – The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.  (An extremist hate group more so than any Tea Party group to which they claim the same)
  • GLSEN – The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) envisions a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  (can you say radical Czar Kevin Jennings)
  • NAACP – The primary focus of the NAACP continues to be the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities. (who just recently honored x-Czar, Communist and radical, Van Jones with one of their prestigious awards)
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – Organization whose mission is to protect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Worldwide press releases tackling issues such as lesbian rights, race and sexuality, and the Nazi persecution of gays are published to this end.  (can you say radical Czar Kevin Jennings)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States . NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia .  (can you say abortion, abortion, abortion)
  • American Civil Liberties Union – The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States . Our job is to conserve America ‘s original civic values – the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  (ACLU – sometimes the American Communists League United, always the Anti Christian Lawyers Union)
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists consists of members from seventy-seven international and national unions with forty two chapters across the country. CBTU seeks to fulfill the dream of those Black trade unionists, both living and deceased, who throughout this century have courageously and unremittingly struggled to build a national movement that would bring all our strengths and varied talents to bear in the unending effort to achieve economic, political and social justice for every American.
  • National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League – NARAL Pro-Choice America is a leading national advocate for personal privacy and a woman’s right to choose. (can you say abortion, abortion, abortion)
  • Restorative Justice – Restorative Justice Online is a service of Prison Fellowship International. It is a gateway site with links to this important movement for social justice worldwide.

 And now for their use/misuse and twisted sense of religion. It’s all about social justice (the Rev Jim Wallis just loves all this). Many people have wondered over the years, how is it that so many Catholics and other Christian citizens vote Democrat/Liberal?, Why do they vote for Abortionist candidates, Homosexual lobby candidates, and candidates in general who’s politics are so hypocritical and outright diametrically oppose their religious views, that they supposedly hold so dear?  Well this ought to help explain it.

Labor and religious leaders join forces for workers’ rights

NYSUT Newswire – December 2007

The Faith and Labor Holiday Celebration at NYSUT headquarters was an opportunity for area labor organizations and religious communities that work under the auspices of the Labor-Religion Coalition to mark a year of progress and look ahead to 2008.

The gathering was also a celebration of a successful collaboration in which contributions by four statewide unions – PEF, NYSUT, CSEA and SEIU – combined with a matching grant from the Jobs with Justice, a national worker rights organization. The Labor-Religion Coalition of the Capital District is a Jobs with Justice affiliate. The money will help fund the clergy breakfast series in the Capital Region, which will bring together clergy and area residents to discuss workers’ issues, especially in communities where workers are interested in organizing.

Gene Rodriguez and the Rev. Victor Collier know that a training program alone won’t help an inexperienced worker get a starter job in the building trades. The Rev. Alexandra Lusak of the First United Presbyterian Church in Troy spoke of worker rights and told the gathering. “When those rights are ignored, the faith community, unions, and volunteers from civil and human rights organizations have a shared responsibility to stand together and work for change.”

Lusak and her church activists have advocated on behalf of the right to unionize for home-based child-care providers. A group of 28,000 providers affiliated that fall with the United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT’s local union in New York City schools.

NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi took note of the historic connection among unions and the social-justice branches of many faiths. Iannuzzi, with Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, co-chairs the statewide Labor-Religion Coalition.

“There is no finer statement than the ability to say ‘labor and religion’ in the same sentence, and see them in the same place, carrying the same banner,” Iannuzzi said.

Participants who addressed the gathering offered testaments to the gains made when organized labor and religion join forces.

Big Labor indoctrination and activism in the classroom.

Helping students learn about labor, By Bernie Mulligan – New York Teacher – March 1, 2010

As the labor movement fights to stay a strong voice for working families, NYSUT members lead the way.

“It’s so important that students know labor history and understand their rights,” said Brenda Lee Saunders, president of the 114-member Greenwich Teachers Association in Washington County. “We have to keep working to present a more favorable view of labor.”

Saunders, who has taught for eight years and been president of her local union for three, has done her share to spread labor’s story.

Her small local sponsored a resolution on the importance of labor education, which passed unanimously last year at the NYSUT Representative Assembly, the union’s annual policy-making convention.

“I knew having the RA pass a resolution on this would be an important step in promoting labor education,” Saunders said.

The resolution complements NYSUTs years of efforts as a strong voice for labor studies in the classroom. Labor history is included in the curriculum for grades 4, 7-8 and 11-12.

NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira wrote to state Education Commissioner David Steiner recently, advocating for the inclusion of more labor information in the state’s secondary curriculum.

“This information would allow our students to learn more about the important role of unions in procuring fair wages, working conditions and other benefits of employment,” Neira wrote. “The future work force of our state should be knowledgeable about activism for social justice.” She also urged including more labor awareness in curriculum for students in Career and Technical Education.

Steiner responded positively, noting the labor history curriculum currently available. When the review and revision of the social studies and CTE standards is reopened, Steiner wrote, “…we will be happy to reach out to NYSUT for assistance.”

NYSUT already has strong ties to the American Labor Studies Center in Troy, a nonprofit organization that creates and disseminates information on labor history. The ALSC Web site is coordinated by former NYSUT Board member Paul Cole. ALSC’s resources, he noted, include labor history-based lesson plans, an interactive labor history timeline and labor policy issues, songs and photos.

Popular offerings from the ALSC include the standards-based thematic unit “Hardball and Handshakes,” which uses the history of labor relations in of all things the GAME AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY of Major League Baseball to teach about unions, as well as a unit on Troy immigrant labor leader Kate Mullaney, which teaches students about workers’ efforts to organize.

Besides the American Labor Studies Center site, Brenda Lee Saunders recommends the following books for an accurate portrayal of labor’s story:

• Teachers United: The Rise of New York State United Teachers, Gaffney, 2007

• The American Pageant — A History of the Republic, Bailey, Cohen and Kennedy, 2002

One World, Ready or Not, Greider, 1997

• Lies Across America and Lies My Teacher Told Me, Loewen, 1995/1999

• The Working Class Majority, Zweig, 2000

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(AH, BUT WILL THEY TEACH OUR STUDENTS THIS: New York public schools spend more per pupil overall ($15,546) than nearly any other state and 61 percent above the national average. New York ranks first in per pupil spending for school district employee salaries ($7,328, or 71 percent above the national average) and benefits ($2,901, which is 109 percent above the national average), yet we are nowhere near these high averages on results. OR THIS: Approximately 94 percent of the State workforce is unionized. State employees receive an average compensation of $63,750 plus fringe benefits, well above the average for private sector employees!)

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Finally, pushing the Census. It’s all about the Money stupid. Not to mention specifically social justice, affirmative action plans, and so on. The Constitutional enumeration of this power is for Representation purposes only, but they twist this end to be about Unconstitutional federal spending and control. The fed after all, these days is a strong ally.

POV: 2010 Census – It’s easy, safe and important

By U.S. Census Staff – New York Teacher – February 28, 2010 

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation conducts a census — an effort to count every person living in the United States.   (yes thats all it’s for, and it’s not all persons, it’s supposed to be for all legal persons, not invaders that you’ll than want to allocate additional monies to)

The Decennial Census is the largest domestic undertaking of the American public, requiring years of planning and more than a half-million temporary workers. The key to this endeavor is having every household fill out and mail back a completed census form. Participation in the 2010 Census is easy, safe and important to the future of every community.

Households are asked to provide key demographic information, including: whether a housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence; and the names, genders, ages and races of others living in the household.

The law guarantees the confidentiality of census information and establishes penalties for disclosing this information. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with the FBI, the CIA, Immigration, Welfare or any other government agency.   (wrong, it supposes the guarantee. It’s been violated before and could be again, and how does the citizen even know if it is. Also if no other government agency has access, how do they accomplish some of things stated below?)

No court of law can access individual responses. The same law prevents the Census Bureau from selling or giving away addresses. Census workers are sworn to secrecy.   (wrong, courts can and have)

The 2010 Census is important. The federal government uses census data to allocate billions of dollars in federal funds annually for programs and services such as education, housing and community development, health care services for the elderly and more.

In addition, state, local and tribal governments use data for planning and allocating funds for public building construction, highway safety and public transportation systems, location of police and fire departments, and many other projects. Community organizations use census information to develop social service programs, senior lunch programs and child-care centers.

Population counts also determine congressional apportionment — the number of seats each state will have in the House of Representatives — and states use the data to allocate seats in their state legislatures. (yes, again this is the one and only thing it is supposed to do)

In April, the Decennial Census will take a snapshot of everyone residing in the United States, regardless of age, race or immigration status, delivering accurate information about our diverse and growing population. What we learn from this new portrait of American will transform what we know about ourselves.

They close with – Did you know?

• Accurate census data reflecting changes in your community are crucial in apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and deciding how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for projects like schools, new hospitals, job training centers, roads and other infrastructure.

• Residents themselves and community organizations have used census data to support community initiatives involving environmental legislation, quality-of-life issues and consumer advocacy. And people from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.

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Just The Facts. . .

Kenneth Adams, President and CEO The Business

Council of New York State, Inc. recently

announced that New York has lost 195,000 private

sector jobs in the last year.

Adams stated, “The New York State Department

of Labor reported that New York lost 2,500 privatesector

jobs last November. This marked 14 of the

past 15 months where the private sector job count


To reverse this trend in 2010, Adams said that

Albany leaders must ease the tax burden on our

economy and let employers create new jobs. “The

private sector is suffocating under the crushing burden

of taxes and a political climate that is hostile to

job-creation. The Empire State has become the

empire of unemployment.”

Continuing a pattern that has held since the beginning

of this downturn, only the taxpayer-supported

educational and health services sectors saw an

increase in jobs of 2.5 percent for the year.

“To create new jobs and economic opportunity for

all New Yorkers, government leaders must commit

to lowering spending and easing the tax burden as

they work to balance the budget,” concluded Adams.

Dec 27, 2009

Just The Facts…  Tax Freedom Day Arrives April 25 In New York

Tax Freedom Day is the day when Americans

finally have earned enough money to pay off their

total tax bill for the year. In 2009, New York taxpayers

had to work until April 25, ranking it 3rd highest

(worst) in the nation, 12 days after the national

Tax Freedom Day (April 13). The Tax Freedom

Days of neighboring states are; Pennsylvania,

April 14 (ranked 11th), New Jersey, April 29

(ranked 2nd), Connecticut, April 30 (ranked 1st)

and Vermont, April 12 (ranked 19th).

Federal Tax Burdens: New

York Is A Donor State

New York taxpayers receive less federal funding

per dollar of federal taxes paid than the average

state. Per dollar of Federal tax collected in 2005,

New York citizens received approximately $0.79 in

the way of federal spending. This ranks the state

42nd lowest nationally and represents a decline

from 1995, when New York received $0.87 per dollar

of taxes in federal spending (ranked 40th nationally).

Neighboring states and the amount of federal

spending received per dollar of federal taxes collected

were: Pennsylvania ($1.07), New Jersey ($0.61),

Connecticut ($0.66), and Vermont ($1.08). (Source:

The Tax Foundation)

Nov 22, 2009


Unshackle Upstate urged the upstate Senate

Majority, who have banded together to oppose cuts

that will disproportionately impact Upstate, to not

side with downstate colleagues as they consider

roughly $1 billion in new health insurance tax


The legislature already increased taxes on health

insurance by more than $730 million this year. Not

only will another increase make health insurance

unaffordable for many New Yorkers, it will put yet

another onerous tax burden on employers.

The Chamber encourages business and community

leaders and all tax payers to take action now by calling

your local, state and federal leaders to drive the change

necessary to create a viable and sustainable region.


Nov. 15, 2009

Unshackle Upstate NY recently listed its recommended

cuts to the 2009-10 NY budget which

includes immediate cuts of 3 percent in state operations,

which it suggests not be passed on to local

governments or shifted to federal stimulus dollars.

That alone, the group states, would save an extra 2.2

billion dollars. For more information on Unshackle

Upstate New York’s budget recommendations, go to


Nov 8, 2009

New York continues to have the highest tax burden

in the nation, a burden that drives away businesses,
jobs and people. In 2005, New York had
the highest state and local taxes per capita among
the states, at $5,752. That’s one and half times as
high as the figure for the entire nation. Looking at
state and local taxes as a portion of all income

earned in the state, New York ranks third in the

nation. Taxes will consume 13.8 percent of total

income in New York, less than only Vermont

(14.1%) and Maine (14%), according to Tax Foundation

projections for 2007.

State government should make New York a more

affordable place to live, especially for our young

people starting lives and careers. Specifically, New

York should: Increase the standard deduction from

$7,500 to $10,000 for young people 18 to 25 who

are making their start in life and adopt the federal

policy of allowing residents who are paying back

student loans to deduct the interest from their taxable

income, thereby reducing their tax liability.

(Source: Unshackle Upstate New York)

The Chamber encourages business, community

leaders and tax payers to call their local, state, and
federal leaders today to drive the change necessary
to create a viable and sustainable region.
Nov 1, 2009
¯ Recently the Tax Foundation ranked New York
second on per capita government spending.
¯ According to the Citizens Budget Commission,
Medicaid spending is expected to grow by 36 percent
over the next three years.
¯ Although New York’s spending tops the chart,
its quality of care does not; a 2009 Commonwealth
Fund scorecard ranked New York State 21st among

the states in health system performance.

¯ New York now spends 65 percent more than

the national average per pupil. According to the

Center for Applied Economic Research more than a

third of all other states schools outperform New

York’s, while New York spends the most of any

state per student.

¯ The most critical factor that makes living and

working in New York State burdensome, are the

property taxes. New York’s local taxes are the highest

in the nation, at 79 percent above the national

average, with school taxes accounting for the

largest portion of it. Source: Unshackle Upstate

New York.

The Chamber encourages business, community

leaders and tax payers to call their local, state, and

federal leaders today to drive the change necessary

to create a viable and sustainable region.

Oct 4,2009

Just The Facts…
The Public Policy Institute of NYS ranks New
York 48th out of the 50 states with the highest business
costs. Massachusetts and California were the
only other states with a higher business cost rating.
Sept 27,2009
Just the Facts — Why we must take action now! In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Public Policy Institute (PPI) and Tax Foundation ranked New York State Business Tax Climate Index for 2009 as follows: ¯ Overall Rank – 49 ¯ Corporate Tax Rank – 22 ¯ Individual Income Tax Rank – 43 ¯ Sales Tax Rank – 49 ¯ Unemployment Insurance Tax Rank – 44 ¯ Property Tax Rank – 45 To understand this ranking, a ranking of one indicates the most business-friendly tax climate while a higher number ranking indicates a less business-friendly tax climate. Source: Business Council of New York State, The Tax Foundation

Sept 13,2009

JUST THE FACTS – WHY WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW! In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Public Policy Institute (PPI) Analysis of Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances ranked New York State number one in: ¯ Highest in state and local taxes per capita at $6,405; ¯ Highest in local taxes per capita and state taxes per capita at $3,432; ¯ Highest in state and local income tax at $2,000; and ¯ Highest in state and local per-capita welfare spending at $2,236. PPI also ranked New York third in state and local debt per capital; sixth among state and local government employee number and wage; and ninth in state and local employee average contribution and annual benefit amount with $25,194. Source: The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc.

Sept 6,2009

Just the Facts — Why we must take action now! In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Cost of 10,521 Governments to Taxpayers – What does the duplication and overlapping taxing entities mean to taxpayers? New York state has the highest local property burden in the country. $73 per every $1,000 of personal income is paid by individuals for local taxes. That is $30.00 over the national average! New York’s forms of general purpose government – counties, cities, towns, and villages – were devised in the eighteenth century and developed in the nineteenth. But they have not been modified in the twentieth century, despite enormous changes in population size and diversity, economic activity, transportation systems, settlement patterns and communications technology. Instead, the state has added frequently but streamlined rarely. Localities kept their forms, but their functions converged. Where necessary, single-function, special districts and authorities were created to augment existing entities, increasing layering and complexity. The result is not a system, but a maze of overlapping and often competing jurisdictions. Source: New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Aug 30,2009

Just the facts: why we must take action now Look for Just the Facts every weekend in the Chamber Corner. In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Facts – Numerous taxing layers crush New Yorkers: ¯ Counties – 57 ¯ Cities – 62 ¯ Towns – 932 ¯ Villages – 556 ¯ School Districts/BOCES – 996 ¯ Authorities – 991 ¯ Special Districts – over 6,927 Chautauqua Belle to host ‘Light the Lakes’ fireworks fundraiser cruise The Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce and the Chautauqua Belle are joining forces to host a special cruise on Tuesday to raise funds toward the cost of the Mayville ‘Light the Lakes’ fireworks display to be held on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 10:10 p.m. at Lakeside Park in Mayville. The cruise will feature dinner catered by the Athenaeum Hotel of Chautauqua Institution, music and a cash bar. The Chautauqua Belle will depart from its dock at Lakeside Park in Mayville at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available at the cost of $50 per person and reservations can be made by calling the Chautauqua Belle at (716) 753-2355. Join us on Tuesday for this very special evening benefit cruise on scenic Chautauqua Lake and help support the annual ‘Light the Lakes’ fireworks display in Mayville.

Aug 23,2009

Just the facts: why we must take action now Look for Just the Facts every weekend in the Chamber Corner. In this feature the Chamber will highlight the data that is telling us we need sweeping reform in New York State. Business leaders, community leaders and all tax payers need to take action now if we are going to drive the change necessary to create a viable and sustainable region. The Facts ¯ New York State has 10,521 governments. ¯ New York State has the highest local property burden in the country! ¯ $73 per every $1,000 of personal income is paid by individuals for local taxes. That is $30 over the national average! (Source: New York State, Office of the Attorney General) Department of Defense Opportunity Forum Join venture capitalists, corporate executives, Department of Defense (DoD) officials and leaders of New York companies developing cutting-edge technologies for our nation’s defense. On Sept. 15, at the Holiday Inn, Syracuse, NY attend the DoD Opportunity Forum and… ¯ Learn how to partner with prime contractors ¯ Connect with New York’s most promising advanced technology businesses ¯ Pitch a business to venture capitalists ¯ Identify public and private funding sources The event will conclude with a Venture Capital PitchFest and Networking Reception sponsored by the Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY). For more information or to register visit: DoDForumNY.com.

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“An informed citizenry is the bulwark of a democracy..” – Thomas Jefferson

“Candidates know that when they’re on our line, they’re committed to certain things,” explains NYC ACORN – Bertha Lewis, who moonlights as Working Families Party (WFP) co-chair.

“The [Working Families Party] was created in 1998 to help push the Democratic Party toward the left,” noted the Associated Press on March 28, 2000.  How does this impact our county you ask? Keep reading.

WFP Endorsed (interviewed) candidates given the  “Seal of Approval” as of June 12, 2009 for Western New York:  

Chuck F. Cornell County Executive, Chautauqua County Keith D. Ahlstrom County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 1, Shaun P. Heenan County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 2 David T. Wilder County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 4 Rebecca E. White County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 6 Leon H. Beightol County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 7 Michael S. Dye County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 9 Patrick A. Tyler County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 10 Lori B. Cornell County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 12 Maria M. Kindberg County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 15 Chuck Nazzaro County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 16 Rudy J. Mueller County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 18 Roberta (Bobbie) A. Caswell County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 19 C. Ronald Vahl Sr. County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 21 Thomas S. DeJoe County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 23 David F. Kleparek County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 24.

Also of note: Linda L. Witte, Mayoral candidate, Olean (former WFP Ny Assembly candidate).  Timothy M. Kennedy County Legislator, Erie County, District 2. (Both of whom have given monies to Cornell for Executive)

C22629 – NYS Board of Elections records – Friends Of Chuck Cornell  – Contributions received:                               1199 SEIU NYS POLITICAL ACTION FUND,  NEW YORK, NY 10108, $2500, Sept 18, 2009;  EMPIRE STATE REGIONAL COUNCIL CARPENTERS PAC, HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788, $2000, Aug 24, 2009; FRIENDS OF TIM KENNEDY, Buffalo, NY 14220, $250, Sept 29, 2009; LINDA L WITTE, OLEAN, NY 14760, $100, Jul 31, 2009; COMMITTEE TO REELECT ODONNELL, GETZVILLE, NY 14068, $200, Jul  1, 2009; HIGGINS FOR CONGRESS (WFP/Labor  PAC candidate and receipient of funding), BUFFALO, NY 14220, $1000, Sept 29, 2009; William PARMENT (another receipient of WFP/labor PAC funding), Ashville, NY 14710, $200, Jul 1/Sept 29, 2009;

C20704 – NYS Board of Elections records – Friends Of Lori Cornell – Contributions Received:                                   During Period 2009 – Total $125.  Expenditures reported – $0.    (If Mrs Cornell is running a campaign independant of her husband’s, does this make sense?)

NYS Board of Elections records show over a period of the last several years, including 2009 – $100, 000’s being transferred between ACORN, SEIU, & WFP, New York, NY.            Research this for yourself – http://www.elections.state.ny.us/DisclosureReports.html

A couple of claims of success direct from WFP. Wfp line provided margin of victory in three upstate races: Brian Higgins for U.S. Congress.  Wfp’s Take Back Congress targets vulnerable Congressmembers in New York. Three of our four priority candidates including Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20) seats and joined the new majority. The WFP of NY expanded into Connecticut in 2004, and promises that it will continue to set up shop in all ten states where “fusion voting” – that is, cross-endorsement of candidates by multiple parties – is still legal.

Opt-Ed Published in the Hartford Courant Oct 14, 2009 – You’re living in a dream world. Union members are good, but leadership is terrible. As a member of a union, I can’t stand what they do with my dues, such as giving millions to NARAL and GLAAD. 97% of all my union’s political donations since 1993 have been to the Democratic Party. And now the SEIU, ACORN, and the Working Families Party have targeted my hometown (New Britain) for their takeover and power struggle. Meanwhile, half of our city Democrats (old-school Truman and JFK Dems) are joining forces with the Republicans to form a bipartisan coalition to force these hacks out of town. This is an example of what unions do, and it’s not just that they have an agenda, it’s that their agenda is hidden, and that’s because they know that nobody in their right minds would ever accept it.

Richard Poe of Discover the Networks reports, “In pursuit of this goal, WFP runs radical candidates in state and local elections. Generally, WFP candidates conceal their extremism beneath a veneer of populist rhetoric, designed to appeal to union workers and other blue-collar voters.”

Roger Stone, a veteran of eight national Republican Presidential campaigns, reports- “The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party. Make no mistake about it – the so called Working Families Party, a Party with no County chairman or County committees, a Party with no unpaid workers and an army of paid canvassers, is merely a front for ACORN. They share the same office and addresses. ACORN Executive Director Bertha Lewis is the Co-Chair and de-facto boss of the well heeled little Party that Labor pours in millions to leverage the Democratic Party to the Left. More importantly, the Working Families Party is a criminal enterprise utilizing a for-profit political consulting firm, DFS to skirt New York City election laws regarding public finance and campaign spending limits. Former Philadelphia U.S. Attorney, David Marston has written an excellent article on why ACORN is involved in racketeering and why they should be prosecuted under the RICO statutes. If and when that happens, it will include not only ACORN, but the WFP, SEIU, and others as well. At the same time a scandal started to unravel in an upstate New York county where for the first time ACORN is under the scrutiny of a District Attorney who is not a Democrat cross-endorsed by the WFP. An upstate judge in Rensselaer County appointed a Special Prosecutor to look into WFP related absentee ballot fraud in a county election. Now the Working Families Party will be investigated in a county where the District Attorney is not a Democrat and can’t be pressured with the threat of loss of WFP endorsement or, as the WFP did in Albany County, intervention in the Democratic Party primary to replace an unfriendly DA. Dislodging the WFP in the Empire State will be a long and difficult fight, but ultimately the “Party’s” scamming of the State’s campaign finance laws will be prosecuted in a county with an unbiased prosecutor.” 

John Wilson wrote in the NY Post in March 2009 that the WFP (Working Families Party) is an Octopus of Shady Power behind NY’s huge tax hike. “The new state budget deal is a high way robbery of New York taxpayers and the Working Families Party is driving the getaway car. The WFP — a decade-old joint venture of Big Labor and the radical “community organizers” of ACORN — has leveraged a multi-tentacled, financially opaque structure to become a key power player in both the city and Albany.” “How opaque? It’s even set up a for-profit corporation that hides its campaign expenditures from public view, in apparent contravention of state election law. The Working Families Party, in short, is not a political party in any normal sense. It’s a complex tool for well-funded special interests looking to raid the public treasury.” “Consider, – union control is practically written into the WFP’s bylaws. Unions hold all but a handful of the 38 seats on the WFP’s Advisory Board, which party Executive Director Dan Cantor says is responsible for determining the party’s stances.” “Big Labor is also the party’s chief source of cash: The WFP pretends to rely mainly on small-dollar donations from “working families,” but last year, more than half its funding — $1 million-plus — came from powerful unions, many of which emerged unscathed from the budget process.  (Most of the rest was from Democratic politicians; more on that later.)” “Leading the donor pack was the potent SEIU Local 1199, with more than $300,000 — followed by the teachers unions, with $200,000. And ACORN — itself a major recipient of union cash — has tremendous overlap with the WFP. The two share two Brooklyn office spaces, plus senior leadership. 

Carol D. Leonnig a Washington Post Staff Writer along with Staff writer Anne E. Kornblut and research editor Alice Crites reported on October 6, 2009 of SEIU and Its ACORN Connections.  

By the late 1990s, ACORN had sunk its tentacles deep into New York City’s housing, school and social services bureaucracies. Now it was ready to make an even bigger power play. New York State would become a testing ground for an innovative strategy, whereby ACORN would seek political power directly through the ballot box. Led by New York ACORN director Steven Kest, a coalition of unions and ACORN activists launched the Working Families Party

Of WFP events, most notable was the party’s debut convention, March 26-27, 2000 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany – an event which the Communist newspaper People’s Weekly World approvingly called, “a turning point in New York politics.”  Before an audience packed with card-carrying members from WFP union affiliates SEIU, AFSCME, CWA, UAW, UNITE, and more.

“In the electoral coup that followed, thirty-eight new members took their seats in the City Council, giving the newcomers a veto-proof majority.” As Steven Malanga notes in the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, “Almost a third of the winners ran with endorsements from the extremist Working Families Party… More than 60 percent of the new councilmen had backgrounds in government, social services, or community activism…” The newcomers included Al Gore’s New York campaign manager Eric Gioia, along with incendiaries such as Brooklyn Democrat Charles Barron, a former Black Panther.

The New York City Council’s ACORN-led coalition has set to work turning the Big Apple into a socialist mini-state. Its platform calls for a rollback of welfare reforms… If ACORN and its allies get their way, they will see a raise on corporate taxes, increased regulation, and empowerment of unions with a battery of new rights. They have even pushed for measures whereby corporations will be forbidden by law to escape ACORN’s persecution through relocation. No corporation would be permitted to leave New York City without an “exit visa” issued by the City Council.

In the Gotham Gazette – Campaign 2005, the City Council District 9 race: Rodney Caroll, Democrat is a SEIU union organizer and member of the Association of Black Social Workers, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and Labor Council for Latin America. He serves on the organizing committee for the Working Families Party Manhattan Chapter. He served as an officer of the Neighborhood Advisory Board #10 of Community Development.

In the 2004 election cycle, a new and unsettling force entered New York politics: billionaire kingmaker and currency raider George Soros. Soros and his two eldest sons waded aggressively into state and local politics in 2004. The Working Families Party has cooperated closely with Soros in his intrigues. The New York Sun reported that it bodes ill for New York that the new “Sheriff of Albany” owes his election to corrupt and illegal financing by George Soros and the Working Families Party. Why the sudden interest in state and local politics on the part of leftist activists such as Soros and ACORN? An 2004 article by Jim Holt in The New York Times Magazine called on leftists to take a new look at states’ rights. “The more conservatives succeed in reducing the size and scope of the federal government, the more the blue states will have to pursue their own idea of a just society,” writes Holt.

The left is seeking secure perches in state houses and county seats across the nation, from which it can safely thumb its nose at the federal government. Such a strategy would enable them to radicalize America from the bottom up, seizing power city by city, county by county and state by state, in a relentless, political ground war. ACORN and its Working Families Party are leading the way in this new movement.

Pam Gellar wrote –  “ACORN, SEIU: Democrat Racketeering Tools” October 20, 2009  in which she stated: “The Democrats are a racketeering organization using their proxies like the Left wing Working Families Party (how ironic), ACORN, and community organizing organizations to steal elections and usurp the will of free men.”

An article by Professor David Walls Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Sonoma State University directly connects founder of ACORN, Wade Rathke to Saul Alinsky, ACORN’s mission of pressuring banks to issue risky mortgages, and the alliance between ACORN and UNIONS. The SDS, the Weather Underground, the New Party. Great Society liberalism had been co-opted by radical Leftists, Marxists, Maoists, and small ‘c’ communists.
The New York Post has analyzed the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.

Not the Times Union though regarding the voter fraud in Troy, NY.  Yet a simple review demonstrates that fraudulent ballot allegations were orchestrated by a higher entity – namely, ACORN.  One of the key components in the story, Karen Scharff, shows a direct link to the organization itself.

Scharff, according to the article, is co-chair of the Capital District WFP.  A little further digging reveals so much more… Scharff has been involved in health care meetings coordinated by her group, Citizen Action, and ACORN. A picture of one such event appears on the Times Union blog. Her name appears on a letter of support for ACORN, in which criticism of their work is labeled as ‘mainly partisan’ attacks.

An article regarding the power of fusion politics, a tactic used by the WFP, shows Scharff’s activism in the election of Albany District Attorney, David Soares. The article covers the tandem work of the WFP and Citizen Action, along with the strong ties that the WFP has with ACORN. One key element here is the mention of Bertha Lewis who is described as ‘the executive director of ACORN’s New York City chapter’. Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP.

Another article celebrating the Soares victory appears in the Nation, in which Scharff’s WFP work is mentioned alongside the work of Dan Cantor. Cantor also serves as Executive Director for the WFP, and was national organizer for the ‘New Party’ in the ‘90s, a socialist group with strong ties to ACORN. In fact, the New Ground described the New Party’s ‘biggest asset and biggest liability’ as ACORN.

Scharff serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Working Families, alongside Jon Kest, Director of the New York Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.

Further research shows that the aforementioned names are constantly intertwined amongst various resources.

It is important to recognize that ACORN’s corrupt little arms have branched out everywhere.  Examples of such aren’t always as blatant as what we have seen recently in the media.  They control many other aspects, all the way down to the local level.  And it is just as important to hold the local media accountable for connecting the dots of corruption, rather than simply, as can be paraphrased from the Times Union response, ‘nothing that we’re aware of yet’.

Make yourself aware – the media, as you know, simply won’t do the work for you.

Michael J. Gaynor  – “One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

“ACORN has a confusing structure and its network of who-knows-how-many taxpayer-funded tax-exempt nonprofit affiliates. As I’ve written ad nause[u]m, this is deliberate.”

“ACORN has been engaged in a campaign of deception about its SEIU affiliates, Local 100 headed by ACORN founder Wade Rathke and Local 880 headed by ACORN bigwig Keith Kelleher who happens to the husband of Madeline Talbott. Talbott, you may recall, is a radical agitator whose close personal ties to President Obama are extensively documented. Here’s just one tidbit from National Review Online.

“ACORN scrubbed its website of references to SEIU 100 and 880 earlier this year. Why would ACORN do that?”

Michael J. Gaynor, has been practicing law in New York for more than thirty years. A member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he is now a solo practitioner and admitted to practice in the New York State courts, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Michelle Malkin goes on to discuss another inextricably linked ACORN and WFP affiliate: Big Labor, specifically the SEIU. “The Service Employees International Union is co-located with several key ACORN offices across the country. ACORN founder Wade Rathke founded influential SEIU Local 100. As John Wilson reported in the New York Post this spring, the WFP’s largest donors are the SEIU, which pitched in more than $300,000, and the teachers union, which donated $200,000. These organizations have worked together to increase left-wing political clout, undermine capitalism and ensure “social justice” on the public’s dime.

It should be no surprise that this collaboration supports the federal “card-check” legislation that would massively boost union rolls — and Democratic voting rolls — at the expense of rank-and-file workers’ free choice. And for that matter, at the expense of Republican electoral prospects. Card check is the key to a Democratic majority in perpetuity. Big Labor bosses have said as much.”

Jedediah Bila reported on Human Events Sept, 2009 of ACORN and The Working Families Party: another Connection. The mere mention of ACORN rightfully sends distasteful chills up and down the spines of informed voters, particularly in light of recently released videos of ACORN employees advising undercover activists on the most efficient means to acquire a loan to operate a brothel, trick the IRS, and conceal a prostitution ring composed of adolescent (illegal) immigrant girls. While it is well past due for ACORN’s scandalous anatomy and agenda to be fully revealed, many close relatives of the radical entity remain comfortably concealed behind a deceptive grassroots, progressive façade whose crafty mission statements are clearly designed to charm struggling middle-class workers.

The National Legal Policy Center in a Oct 1, 2009 piece discusses how with each passing week, the shadowy radical political network ACORN is being dragged into the sunlight, and describes this organization along with it front groups such as the SEIU as a virtual corruption machine of the Democratic Party Left.  

ACORN has been implicated in a host of illegal schemes ranging from voter registration fraud to embezzlement to tax evasion and now the latest video sting of ACORN employees advising undercover activists on the most efficient means to acquire a fraudulent loan to operate a brothel, trick the IRS, and conceal a prostitution ring composed of adolescent (illegal) immigrant girls.

Patrick Gaspard served as a New Party (former Democratic Socialists of America) organizer, would continue his work for its successor group, the Working Families Party, was ACORN New York’s political director alongside ACORN boss and WFP Co-Chair Bertha Lewis, was 1199’s (SEIU) former political director and former VP, has a lengthy resume as a Democratic Party operative, and is now working in the White House. Lewis moved up in ACORN to replace founder Wade Rathke, who resigned due to an embezzlement scandal. Rathke also founded and is still chief organizer for the New Orleans-based SEIU.

… As of 2006, the executive director of the WFP is Dan Cantor. The party’s Co-Chairs are Sam Williams, UAW Region 9 CAP director, Western Ny Region contact and WFP Co-chair; Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s executive director; and Bob Master of the Communications Workers of America. The WFP also has a powerful alliance with Dennis Rivera who is widely considered 1199/SEIU’s enforcer. The intensely activist union is known to contribute more than $100,000 a year of the party’s $1.4 million annual budget.


Former New Leftist Stern is President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union in the AFL-CIO who was instructed in radical union organizing techniques by the Midwest Academy formed by Paul and Heather Booth. He’s also a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party auxiliary America Coming Together (ACT), a Shadow Party constituent group, which is funded by George Soros. The economic model championed by Stern and SEIU includes universal health care, increased taxation, expansion of social welfare programs, and further opportunities for workers to unionize. According to Ryan Lizza, Associate Editor of The New Republic, SEIU leaders such as Stern are radical and socialist.”

Michelle Malkin, Sept 2009, reports on Stern’s operating philosophy: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”

While Stern assails “greedy CEOS,” he grooms his own team of labor management thieves.

Excerpted from Culture of Corruption, “Chapter 7: SEIU – Look for the union label”

two weeks before Stern and company gathered Denver to celebrate Obama’s coronation, the LA Times published an explosive investigative series about the SEIU, Although the series got surprisingly little attention from national news organizations, L.A. Times reporters exposed how one of Stern’s top protégés Tyrone Freeman “shared in the wealth” – by siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars in dues money for personal enrichment and pleasure. Moreover, the paper alleged, Stern helped cover up the scandal.

The New York Times reported August 27, 2009 that SEIU’s own enforcer Dennis Rivera has been brought in to rescue universal health care. Steven Greenhouse writes that after two years in absentia, Rivera, “New York’s mightiest labor leader, running a union of 300,000 health care workers that often bent Albany to its will as it scared — and angered — governors, Democratic and Republican, has “emerged as a central player.” Who picked Rivera for the job — none other than SEIU president and former SDSer Andy Stern who said his union picked Mr. Rivera to oversee its health care campaign because “we need our own General Petraeus to win this war.”

National Review columnist Stanley Kurtz notes, “We are talking about a persistent and shared political alliance between the complex of community, labor, and party organizations controlled by ACORN.” That may be another way of saying that if ACORN is a criminal operation, then crime pays politically as well as economically.

On CNN’s Lou Dobbs program, reporter Bill Tucker explored the relationships between New York politicians who earmark tax money for ACORN front groups, and the subsequent campaign help they receive from ACORN.

National Legal Policy Center President Peter Flaherty notes that ACORN is under investigation for voter registration fraud but “the deeper scandal” is ACORN finances. The coordination between ACORN and the Census, since severed, was revealed as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the relentless investigator Tegan Millspaw of Judicial Watch.

The Wall Street Journal: The hollowed out city as “luxury product”—as Mr. Bloomberg once described his vision for a New York in which the wealthy subsidize the city’s work force—is unsustainable because Wall Street’s decline has coincided with the rise of the city’s public-sector unions as the dominant force in local politics. With Albany crippled, and the city’s Democratic Party atrophied by 16 years of backbiting while trying to wait out Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, unions have filled the vacuum with a political party of their own: the Working Families Party (WFP).

The WFP’s candidates for comptroller and public advocate (the other two city-wide positions) won easy victories in record-low turnout Democratic primaries, immediately becoming front-runners in the 2013 mayoral contest. The WFP, a party with less than 15,000 voters, has effectively taken control of the city’s three-million strong Democratic Party. The WFP represents the public-sector workers who have been protected in the downturn. And their agenda—higher taxes, a stock transfer tax that would impose a levy on the sale of corporate offerings, paid sick leave for all, free tuition to the city’s public universities, and of course higher wages and benefits for public-sector workers—can only strangle a recovery.

The WFP lists the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America as an affiliate on the last page of their 2004 annual report along with: ACORN, SEIU, UAW, and many other Public and Private union locals. Aside from Brooklyn they list chapters only regionally to include the Western NY chapter who’s contact is Co-Chair Sam Williams, UAW Region 9 director. Their Brooklyn headquarters is the shared headquarters of ACORN and the SEIU as well.

The 2005 WFP Spring Fling with Special Guest and longtime supporter former US Senator John Edwards was held at the SEIU Conference Center in NYC.

Back in 2006 Elizabeth Benjamin reported on SEIU’s Largesse. SEIU/Local 1199’s state political action committee doled out $728,270 over the past six months, which is quite a lot more than the $118,855 it reported spending in its January filing. This was Democrat AG frontrunner Andrew Cuomo’s biggest campaign weapon having received a number of contributions in that cycle that clearly benefitted him politically. Sizable money went to three NYC county Democratic organizations that were all integral to pushing Cuomo to 66.6 percent of the weight vote at the party’s state convention and keeping his opposition off the ballot. One interesting contribution was $25,000 to Riverkeeper, where Cuomo’s ex-brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is the chief attorney. Other big SEIU/1199 PAC contributions include: $50,000 to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. $20,000 to ACORN (whose executive director, Bertha Lewis, also co-chairs the Working Families Party, which endorsed Cuomo), and $10,000 to the Drum Major Institute which has an SEIU/1199 connection – Jennifer Cunningham, the union’s vice president and a key Cuomo adviser, sits on its’ board

Excerpts from “Hard Facts on Soft Money in New York State” – A Common Cause/NY Report

August 2006. Endorsed By:

The League of Women Voters of NYS

The New York Public Interest Research Group

The Women’s City Club

Top contributions raised by the top party committees are given by a “who’s who” list of New York’s political players. These contributors include: Greater New York Hospital Association Management Corp, 1199 Service Employees International Union NYS PAC, Vote Cope/NYS United Teachers & more.


Contributor Amount

1199 SEIU NYS PAC $150,000

VOTE COPE / NYSUT $203,500


Contributor Amount


1199 SEIU $250,000


BTA (Bronxville Teachers Association) NEWS March 9, 2009

Rally for New York. Last Thursday, Jeff Zuckerman and I joined our union brothers and sisters from all over the State in demonstrations in favor of a Fair Share tax plan in New York State. The rally we attended in White Plains was one of 8 such rallies in New York State. Others were held in New York City, Long Island, Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and elsewhere. We, and other NYSUT members, were joined by representatives of the Working Families Party, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, 1199 SEIU, among others.


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