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Letter to the Editor Rabbitt For Orange County Clerk

Oct 14th, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

Dear Editor: I want to tell you a little about Annie Rabbit, my first boss, mentor, and friend. Since a young age I was compelled to be involved in public service. I viewed it, as I still do, as a way to make a difference and help others. While still a teenager (now out of […]



Pay-to-Play Reform and the Players Involved

Oct 6th, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

Campaign reform in Orange County is a welcome sight. However when looking at the legislators involved some curious facts unfold.  In September Legislator Steve Brescia catered to pressure from Construction Unions that called for lawmakers to exempt donation limits.  Mr. Brescia then proposed to change the proposed $250 limit to $1000. One has to wonder […]



Deerpark Supervisor Brabenec Endorses Neuhaus For Orange County Executive

Oct 2nd, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

The next Orange County Executive needs to be a hard worker, have a great educational background, an exceptional record in government service, family-oriented values, a vision for the future of the county and a sense of the challenges that face local government.  There is no other person that comes to mind with all of these […]



The Future of Newburgh Depends on What we do in the Present

Sep 7th, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

Dear Editor: Growing up during the 50s and 60s Roberto Clement became a standard and role model for hard work, loyalty, scholarship…And especially a philosophical perspective…Roberto with his formulas for “playing the field” also taught, or better yet, revealed, to me later in life how much he loved poor people. No doubt, my son Jeffrey, […]



Orange County Executive Diana Weighs in on Valley View

Sep 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana released the following in regards to Valley View funding: “Orange County Legislators are finally coping with the fact that they passed a fiscally unsound budget that did not responsibly address the financial obligations of Valley View for 2013. The County Legislature’s Health and Mental Health and Ways and Means […]



Keep Elizabeth (Betty) Greene Councilwomen

Aug 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

I have known Elizabeth Betty Greene for many years. Betty has always been a faithful public servant and has been a long time member of the Cronomer Valley Fire Department Woman’s Auxiliary. Before being elected Receiver of Taxes, a position which she held for many years, Betty served in the court system. In 2006 the […]



IBM Owes the Hudson Valley Answers

Aug 18th, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

Coming so soon after IBM’s June layoffs, the furlough announcement is frightening news for many Dutchess County families. In this battered economy, families can’t afford another hit. IBM, owes the Hudson Valley answers about it’s long-term commitment to the region. IBM has been a critical part of our local economy for decades. In return, Dutchess […]



WEA levels playing field for women

Jun 21st, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

I am proud that the New York State Assembly has passed the full Women’s Equality Act today. This long overdue legislation has shown the spotlight on the inequities that women and girls in our State – once a leader in equal rights – regularly experience in housing, in the workplace, in reproductive healthcare. In addition, […]



Unshackle Upstate Remains Opposed to Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Political Campaigns

Jun 17th, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

“Unshackle Upstate again calls on our elected officials to reject any so-called reforms that use valuable taxpayer money to fund political campaigns. The majority of taxpayers in Upstate New York do not support having their hard-earned tax dollars pay for political activities, especially at a time when the state is cutting back on the services […]



Remembering LCPL Michael Glover on Memorial Day

May 27th, 2013 | By | Category: OP ED

1978-2006 Bright and exceptionally well-liked, Mike Glover had huge pockets of devoted neighborhood, high school and college friends all over the greater New York area. He enjoyed the love and support of his tight-knit family in Rockaway, Queens and beyond. An amazingly loyal person, his fidelity was reciprocated by scores of people fortunate enough to […]