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Senator Rev Ruben Diaz Applauds Governor Spitzer's "New Contract for Excellent Initiatives"

As the representative of the 32nd Senatorial District in Bronx County, I welcome Governor Eliot Spitzer’s plan to visit JHS 123 located at 1025 Morrison Avenue on Monday November 26, 2007 at 9:30 AM. The purpose of his visit is to announce the “New Contract for Excellent Initiatives” created by Governor Eliot Spitzer.

I congratulate Governor Spitzer as the architect of this school reform, and I hope that Mayor Bloomberg and New York School Chancellor Klein will apply this New Contract for Excellence exactly as Governor Spitzer and the New York State Legislature have deemed it to be. After so many years of dysfunction and broken promises, it seems as if we will finally see $258 million directed specifically to school districts based on student needs and not based on political bureaucracy.



CORRECTED MEDIA ADVISORY

STATE OF NEW YORK
EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
ELIOT SPITZER, GOVERNORFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 26, 2007

CONTACT: Christine Anderson
canderson@chamber.state.ny.us
212.681.4640
518.474.8418



    MEDIA ADVISORY

    STATE OF NEW YORK
    EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
    ELIOT SPITZER, GOVERNORFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    November 25, 2007

    CONTACT: Christine Anderson
    canderson@chamber.state.ny.us
    212.681.4640
    518.474.8418



      The Times on Health Care

      In an editorial on health care costs, the Times describes much U.S. health care as unnecessary, ineffective, or wasteful. But it also asks “if citizens of an extremely wealthy nation like the United States want to spend more on health care and less on a third car, a new computer or a vacation home, what’s wrong with that?” There is nothing wrong with that, if they are spending their own money as individuals by their own choice. There is something wrong if they are forcing other citizens to pay more and accept less -- in the case of the uninsured possibly even basic health care, to pay for it.

      LAND/BUSINES OWNERS SET TO CHALLENGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION’S PLAN FOR WILLETS POINT REDEVELOPMENT AT CITY COUNCIL HEA

      LAND/BUSINES OWNERS SET TO CHALLENGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
      CORPORATION'S PLAN FOR WILLETS POINT REDEVELOPMENT AT CITY COUNCIL
      HEARING
      Council Expected to Question Viability of the City's Proposal to Use
      Eminent Domain to Force Private Landowners to Sell to Developer

      (New York, NY) November 24, 2007 – A group of land/business owners
      from Willets Point are gearing up for a battle with the Economic
      Development Corporation (EDC) at the final City Council oversight
      hearing on November 29, 2007, before the city files a Uniform Land Use
      Review Procedure (ULURP) that would allow the use of eminent domain to



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      MEDIA ADVISORY

      STATE OF NEW YORK
      EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
      ELIOT SPITZER, GOVERNORFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
      November 23, 2007

      CONTACT: Christine Anderson
      canderson@chamber.state.ny.us
      212.681.4640
      518.474.8418



      Barack Obama Will Win the Iowa Caucus

      By now, those who have been following my columns on these here blogs are already aware that I swim against the current a lot; so this prediction will be no surprise to many. Over the years I have made some gutsy calls on many levels; my success rate is high (but not perfect/lol). I am predicting that Barack Obama will win the Iowa caucuses on January 3rd, next year. I also predict that it won’t even be close.

      Look, before you read too much into my prediction, let me be clear: I am not predicting (as yet) that he will be the presidential nominee for the democrats in 2008; neither am I predicting at this time that he will win the New Hampshire primary a few days after Iowa. All I am saying is that he will handily become the Iowa caucus choice. And yes, I do hope that he wins the democrat’s nomination on his way to the winning the presidency; but in terms of thinking: that’s more wishful than cerebral.



      STATE SENDS DONATIONS TO TROPICAL STORM VICTIMS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

      STATE OF NEW YORK
      EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
      ELIOT SPITZER, GOVERNORFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      November 23, 2007

      CONTACT: Christine Anderson
      canderson@chamber.state.ny.us
      212.681.4640
      518.474.8418



      Garbage Pols in, Garbage Policies Out of Albany

      With Sheldon Silver laying low since Eliot Spitzer become Governor, I’ve spent the last year focused on how bad Joe Bruno and his ilk are for our state. But lately, Silver has set out to even the score, possibly thwarting plans for congestion pricing, certainly to blame for stuffing a well thought out and long-argued New York City garbage plan. With congestion pricing, at least, it could be argued that if Silver allowed a vote the plan would be voted down, that it hasn’t yet been endorsed by the New York City Council, and that other alternatives should be considered before a final decision is made. Silver being Silver I doubt it, but an argument could be made his is being reasonable and we are still moving toward a reasonable outcome. The garbage plan, however, was passed by the New York City Council in a show of considerable political courage, particularly by the Speaker, and is the result of 20 years of arguments, with one interest or another, one concern after another blocking all prior plans. Garbage, like traffic, is one of those things that can never be made perfect, but the city’s plan was certainly vetted. The argument that it would encumber a park is a red herring – the “park” is a similar facility closed not long ago, probably mapped as parkland precisely to avoid its use for anything like a recycling station. And unlike the congestion pricing plan, the city’s garbage plan would certainly have won in a free vote. The question is what to do now.

      Something to be Thankful for

      When reading the New York Times today I was amazed by this article.

      Which states that in 2007 NYC will have fewer than 500 murders(down from a height of 2,245 during the Dinkins years). What is even more remarkable is that in a city of 8.5 million people only 35 murders were committed by strangers.

      What is not surprising is that The New York Times article fails to mention the man most responsible for this turn around, Rudolph Giuliani.

      As a life long New Yorker who remembers what life in the City was like before Rudy this article made me really reflect on how much New York has changed. Rudy not only reduced crime in New York, he also change the culture of New York from one of fear to one of safety and civility.



      Congressman Bishop Flip Flops on Congress' Role Regarding Driver's Licenses to Illegals

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
      November 22, 2007
       
      Contact: Jesse Larkin (631) 731-4591



      Bloomberg on strike: Missing in Action Mike

      According to City Comptroller William Thompson, the city’s economy is taking a $2 million a day hit as a result of the theatre industry strike; the producers say it closer to $17 million but we know this much: thousands of workers are also taking a hit as the financial well-being of the theatre district goes into a tail spin.

      As New Yorkers watched the strike unfold, the mayor –heretofore known as Missing in Action Mike- was busy giving the keys to the city to the singer Fats Domino and dining at a midtown bistro, to help one business owner. Bloomberg has an uncanny tin ear when it comes to those moments that call for decisiveness and ingenuity; indeed, during last summer’s half-hour rainstorm that closed down the city for an entire day, the mayor was very busy honoring a baseball player, Tom Glavine, who also got the key to the city, which won’t help him much in Atlanta as he recently bade Gotham farewell.



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