Davis: A Pox On Both Their Houses

If you live outside the WNY media market, you probably haven’t seen this yet. I believe it’s the first NY-26 campaign ad launched by independent candidate Jack Davis, who has pledged to spend up to $3 million of his own cash on his bid for the seat vacated by ex-Rep. Chris Lee.

In the ad, Davis says the two major parties have sold out to Wall Street. Davis has been a member of both parties at one time or another. Currently, he’s a Republican and has said he would caucus with the Republicans if he wins the May 24 special election.

Davis and his GOP opponent, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, have both seeded their respective campaigns with $1 million, while the Democratic candidate, Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, is not wealthy enough to self-fund.

Hochul’s stronger-than-expected first fundraising report and her closer-than-expected showing in last week’s Siena NY poll have raised the interest of Washington Democrats, but it’s unclear how much – if any – assistance the DCCC will be providing.

To recap: The Siena poll showed Corwin with 36 percent of the vote, Hocul with 31 percent and Davis with 23 percent. Green Party candidate Ian Murphy clocked in at 1 percent and nine percent are still undecided.

Business Council Launches Ad For Prop Tax Cap

The state Business Council is pressuring the Assembly to pass the 2% property tax cap that the Governor proposed, and the state Senate has already passed. Today, they released a radio ad, which will start running in the Albany market at first.

Here is the script:

New York needs jobs. Good, private sector jobs that create opportunity and build communities.
For too long out of control government spending and high taxes have driven jobs out of New York.
But, this year Gov. Cuomo and the legislature started to change that. They adopted an on-time budget with spending cuts and no new taxes — Putting New York back on a path to prosperity.
Still, Albany has more work to do. The highest property taxes in the country continue to kill our jobs. Businesses paid 44 percent of the property tax burden. Money that could have been spent creating jobs and improving our economy.
That is why the Assembly must enact Gov. Cuomo’s two percent property tax cap. The State Senate has passed it. The Assembly must act.
Tell Albany we need good jobs – we need a property tax cap!

Before lawmakers left the capitol in mid April, Speaker Sheldon Silver said he wanted to work with the Governor and Majority Leader Skelos to discuss a cap. But Skelos says he was not interested in negotiating the bill, saying it would weaken it. He called on the Assembly to pass it as is.

Here And Now – ‘Justice Has Been Done’ Edition

President Obama: “The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al Qaeda. But his death does not mark the end of our effort.”

Google Maps pinpointed the location of bin Laden’s compound, reportedly three blocks away from a police station.

Bin Laden was buried at sea.

It was a rare moment of national unity reminiscent of the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

“The son of a bitch is dead. Ding dong.”

Uncanny.

The president gets to claim a major victory – his biggest national security win and the fulfillment of a campaign promise – as he heads into his 2012 re-election bid.

…Of course, this won’t likely have any impact on the economy, which is expected to be the signature issue of 2012.

More details from the raid that killed bin Laden.

NYC went wild, with people gathering in Times Square and at Ground Zero.

Obama received widespread bipartisan praise and congratulations – including from former presidents Bush and Clinton.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King: “A magnificent victory for the United States and a devastating defeat for al-Qaida and international terrorism.”

A “thunderous strike for justice” for New Yorkers, says Sen. Chuck Schumer.

A “U-S-A! U-S-A!” chanting crowd gathered outside the White House.

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Bin Laden Death Should Bring Sense Of ‘Justice’ Says Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his statement on the death of Osama bin Laden that the terror mastermind’s death should bring a sense of justice to those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11.

“The death of Osama Bin Laden is a historic moment that represents a major step in our country’s efforts to defeat terrorism around the world and should bring a sense of justice to the victims of 9/11 and his other attacks.

“We will never forget those who were lost, their families and those who risked their lives to save others.

“New Yorkers endured Bin Laden’s most devastating and destructive attack, and his death brings back the horrific images and emotions of that terrible day. However, his death also reminds us of our strength, courage, and unity as a people in our response to his actions.

“The Administration’s vigilance and dedication to hunt down Osama Bin Laden has never wavered and I applaud their commitment to this cause. I also applaud our men and women in uniform who have fought tirelessly against terrorism and to defend freedom.

“The threat to our state and our nation unfortunately does not die with Osama Bin Laden. We must remain vigilant in preventing terror acts and continue to do everything to keep our state and nation safe and secure.”

Obama Called Bush On Bin Laden Death

As alluded to in President Obama’s address, former President George W. Bush said in a statement he was notified earlier today of bin Laden’s death, an action that alluded his administration for eight years. Here’s his full statement:

Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

President Obama’s Complete Remarks

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner table. Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father. Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.


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More Reps React To Bin Laden Death

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy statement:

“This is monumental news for so many Long Islanders who lost loved ones on September 11 and responded so selflessly after that tragic day. Nothing will ever erase their pain and suffering, and the daily threat of terrorism is still very real both at home and abroad, but Osama bin Laden’s death is a development that we can only hope will have a positive effect on the safety of our troops and citizens. Today is a good day, but we must continue to be vigilant.”

Rep. Nydia Velazquez statement:

“Justice has been served, and this indeed is one if not the most importantant development of Obama’s presidency. The incredible work of our men and women in uniform brought us to this historic moment.And now let the victims of 911 rest in peace.”

Site Of Bin Laden’s Death

Just to give everyone a better sense of the town where Bin Laden was killed. Here is the link to the official Pakistani tourism page for the town, which is described as “charming.”

It is a charming town spread out over several low, refreshingly cool and green hills. Abbottabad is 116 km (2 hours) from Rawalpindi and 208 km (3 hours) from Peshawar. Places worth visiting in Abbottabad are: Simla Hill, Ilyasi Masjid etc.

Abbottabad, is 1,222 m. above sea level, is a neat and clean town in a spacious valley surrounded by green hills. It is a popular summer resort. It serves as a base for trips to Kaghan valley and the Gallies. PTDC maintains a Tourist Information Centre here to facilitate the visitors. Places worth visiting in and around Abbottabad are; Ilyasi Mosque with a water spring, Shimla hill view point. Thandiani is another attractive hill resort 30 km east of Abbottabad at an altitude of 8,800 feet.

Schumer: ‘Thunderous Strike For Justice’

Senator Charles Schumer’s statement on Osama Bin Laden’s death.

“This is a thunderous strike for justice for the thousands of my fellow New Yorkers — and citizens from all over the world — who were murdered on 9/11. It took close to ten years, but the world’s most wanted terrorist has finally met his deserved fate. New York’s heart is still broken from the tragedy of 9/11, but this at least brings some measure of closure and consolation to the victims and their families.

“This is a massive accomplishment for the countless military and intelligence personnel who have been urgently dedicated to this task for the past decade. Because Bin Laden’s evil dogma has poisoned the minds of so many others, we cannot let up in the war on terror. This successful mission sends a definitive message to those who would test the resolve of the people of the United States of America: do not doubt our resolve; if you do us harm, we will find you, we will mete out justice, and we will prevail.”

Bloomberg Reacts To Bin Laden’s Death

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg just released this statement in response to the President’s remarks.

“After September 11, 2001, we gave our word as Americans that we would stop at nothing to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. After the contribution of millions, including so many who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, we have kept that word.

“The killing of Osama bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands, but it is a critically important victory for our nation – and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation.

“New Yorkers have waited nearly ten years for this news. It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”