Cuomo fixer and bad angel Joe Percoco (left) was one of nine indicted with Ciminelli in the Buffalo Billion scandal.

Cuomo’s efforts at upstate development yield few results despite costing billions

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Four new studies reveal that the $8 billion spent annually by the Cuomo administration on economic development – particularly upstate – has done relatively little to develop much in the way of attracting new industry, creating jobs or spurring economic growth.

The studies, conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, ProPublica and, most recently, Gannett’s USA Today Network, are all in agreement. The governor’s programs provide New Yorkers with very little for their money. read more

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An open letter to Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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From the scandal plagued “Buffalo Billion” program to the outrageous expenditure of $43 million tax dollars on a new train station that might be obsolete in less than a year, and from the abrupt shutdown of the Moreland Ethics Commission to the hiring of a “city engineer” unlicensed to practice engineering anywhere in the United States, the leaders of Niagara Falls and New York State – Mayor Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, respectively – have shown themselves to be incompetent if not downright corrupt. read more

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Reefer Madness; Administration Signals Crackdown In Cannabis Despite Science

May 18, 2017 Staff 1

By Mike Hudson;

Reefer madness indeed.

Statements made recently by President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary and Attorney General would seem to indicate that a crackdown on marijuana — even for medicinal use — may be in the cards.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the U.S., and more than half of states in the country allow some form of medical marijuana. Eight states and the District of Columbia allow recreational use.

But Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has called marijuana a “gateway drug” and vowed his agency will uphold federal laws against its possession. read more

President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

#First100Days

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1. Appoints the Vice President, Mike Pence.
2. Justice Neil Gorsuch, as a new Supreme Court Justice  committed to the Constitution.
3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed to the rule of law.
4. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a warrior committed to restoring America’s military.
5. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired general committed to border security.
6. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobile.
7. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, a brain surgeon from a humble background.
8. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a doctor who understands health care.
9. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school choice and educational reform.
10. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, former governor
11. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a former business CEO
12. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a conservative.
13. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, advocate for American values.
14. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, friend of Israel.
15. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, against crony capitalism.
16. National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, an accomplished military commander.
17. White House Counterterrorism Adviser Sebastian Gorka, committed to defeating radical Islam.
18. Restored the U.S. alliances with Israel.
19. Welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.
20. Restored U.S. presence of leadership in the world.
21. Enforced red lines against the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
22. Dropped MOAB bomb on ISIS; sending a clear message to Iran and North Korea.
23. Secured Chinese cooperating in pressuring North Korea.
24. Secured release of Aya Hijazi, American charity worker held in Egypt since 2014.
25. Imposed a five-year ban on lobbying the government by former White House officials.
26. Imposed a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign governments by former White House officials.
27. Repeatedly called out the liberal media for “fake news.”
28. Repealed mandate that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.
29. Signed executive order reinstating Reagan policy against taxpayer funding of overseas abortions.
30. Stopped U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes abortions.
31. Signed executive order establishing “extreme vetting.”
32. Signed executive order demanding a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS.
33. Signed executive order calling for construction of border wall and
5,000 border agents.
34. Signed executive order directing Justice Department to cut funding to sanctuary cities.
35. Signed executive order initiating a temporary federal hiring freeze.
36. Signed executive order withdrawing from the Transpacific Partnership trade deal.
37. Signed executive order relaxing enforcement of Obamacare to greatest extent possible.
38. Signed executive order requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one issued.
39. Signed executive order requiring comprehensive approach to illegal immigration and crime.
40. Signed executive order seeking increased penalties for crimes against Police.
41. Signed executive order promoting Energy Independence.
42. Signed executive order putting American companies and workers first.
43. Signed executive order mandating review of federal regulations in Education.
44. Signed executive order investigating National Security Impact of Foreign Steel imports.
45. Signed executive order requiring an audit of Executive Branch agencies.
46. Signed executive order requiring that every agency create a regulatory reform task force.
47. Signed executive order rolling back environmental infringements on private property.
48. Signed executive order to prevent future taxpayer-funded bailouts.
49. Signed executive order to reverse restrictions on offshore energy development.
50. Signed executive order calling for a major review of National Monument Designations on federal lands.
51. Signed executive order establishing a new office to reform the Veterans Administration bureaucracy.
52. Signed executive order to address concerns of Rural America.
53. Signed executive order establishing White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
54. Signed executive order creating a Commission on Drug Addiction and the opioid crisis.
55. Signed executive order to combat transnational criminal organizations and international trafficking.
56. Repealed transgender public school bathroom mandate.
57. Repealed “Stream Protection Rule” that hurt coal industry.
58. Repealed Social Security Administration (SSA) gun ban.
59. Repealed Labor Department “blacklisting” rule with $500 million in regulatory costs.
60. Repealed Interior Department rule that restricted state and local authority in land use decisions.
61. Repealed unfunded education mandate that created new standards for teachers.
62. Repealed education rule that undermined state and local control.
63. Repealed regulation that prevented drug testing for unemployment compensation.
64. Repealed rule that banned some hunting in Alaska.
65. Repealed regulation that created vastly more paperwork and reporting of worker injuries.
66. Repealed regulations on Internet Service Providers.
67. Repealed rule that allowed states to force workers into government-run savings plans.
68. Repealed Dodd-Frank regulations that disadvantaged domestic companies.
69. Imposed sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile violations.
70. Imposed sanctions on Iran for human rights violations.
71. Ordered a review of the Iranian nuclear deal.
72. Produced a budget that cut $54 billion from federal bureaucracies.
73. Produced a budget that would eliminate 50 programs and more than 3,000 federal jobs.
74. Produced a budget that boosted spending for defense, homeland security and veterans.
75. Produced a tax reform plan that simplifies the tax code and reduces taxes for businesses and families.
76. Approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
77. Approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
78. Shutdown illegal immigrant advocacy program at Department of Justice.
79. Established VOICE Office – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement.
80. Reduced illegal immigration at the border by 61%.
81. Called for “major investigation” of voter fraud led by Vice President Mike Pence.
82. Called for repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which limits free speech of pastors and churches.
83. Called for 50% cut in funding to the United Nations.
84. Supported English as official language by dropping Spanish version of the White House website.
85. Purged “climate change” alarmism from White House website.
86. Returned bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.
87. Succeeded in getting NATO nations to boost defense spending by $10 billion.
88. Halted $180 billion in regulations.
89. Signed legislation expanding private healthcare options for Veterans.
90. Relaxed Rules of Engagement in the fight against ISIS.
91. Imposed sanctions on Venezuelan vice president for International Drug Trafficking.
92. Consumer confidence highest in 17 years.
93. Small business confidence highest in 11 years.
94. Stock market is up 10% since inauguration, up 15% since election.
95. Exxon Mobil announced $20 billion/45,000 job expansion in U.S.
96. Charter Communications announced $25 billion expansion, creating
20,000 jobs in U.S.
97. Accenture announced $1.4 billion expansion, creating 15,000 jobs in U.S.
98. Intel announced $7 billion expansion, creating 10,000 jobs in the U.S.
99. Ordered renegotiation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.
100. Named former Congressman Scott Garrett, an outspoken critic of the Export-Import Bank to the Board of Directors. read more

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done miracles for New York State, according to studies conducted by Gov. Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo advertises his greatness with taxpayer money

April 7, 2017 Staff 0

By Frank Parlato 

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State.

The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward state selected tourist attractions and businesses.

Federal officials say the signs pose a threat to motorists with poor self- preservation instincts who might download the app while driving.

Initially New York State officials told the public that the signs cost taxpayers $1.9 million. The controversy with the feds however stirred inquiries by the media and subsequently the state admitted the cost for the signs was $8.1 million. In this instance the state was 400 percent off in the numbers they initially told the public. read more

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Tax Burden in New York (1=Highest, 25=Avg.):

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  • 1st – Overall Tax Burden (12.94%)
  • 7th – Property Tax Burden (4.55%)
  • 1st – Individual Income Tax Burden (4.76%)
  • 21st – Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden (3.63%)
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New York Is No #1 Again – Highest Taxed State

April 7, 2017 Staff 0

It costs a lot to be a nanny state

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The personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2017 Tax Burden by State report.

New Yorkers will be happy to know they pay their fair share – and some of everyone else’s share too.

WalletHub’s analysts compared 50 states based on three components of state tax burden — property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income. New York – with its Democrat rule – beat out the competition and is proud to announce it forces its residents to pay the most of any residents in any state.
States with Highest Tax Burdens (%) States with Lowest Tax Burdens (%)
1 New York (12.94%) 41 Montana (7.51%)
2 Hawaii (11.27%) 42 Wyoming (7.29%)
3 Vermont (10.75%) 43 Alabama (7.19%)
4 Maine (10.73%) 44 South Dakota (7.12%)
5 Minnesota (10.24%) 45 Florida (6.79%)
6 Connecticut (10.23%) 46 New Hampshire (6.70%)
7 New Jersey (10.14%) 47 Oklahoma (6.61%)
8 Rhode Island (10.09%) 48 Tennessee (6.45%)
9 Illinois (10.00%) 49 Alaska (6.27%)
10 California (9.52%) 50 Delaware (5.59%)

downloadKey Stats

  • Red states have a lower overall tax burden, with an average rank of 30.27, than Blue states, which have an average rank of 18.30 (lower rank = higher tax burden).
  • New Hampshire has the highest property tax as a share of personal income, 5.33 percent, which is 3.9 times higher than in Oklahoma, the state with the lowest at 1.38 percent.
  • New York has the highest individual income taxes as a share of personal income, 4.76 percent, whereas Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming do not levy such a tax on their residents.
  • Hawaii has the highest total sales and excise tax as a share of personal income, 6.52 percent, which is 5.7 times higher than in Oregon, the state with the lowest at 1.14 percent.
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    Part 3: STILL No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russia

    April 1, 2017 Staff 0

    Should Americans Trust the Intelligence Community on Russian Hacking?

    By Frank Parlato

    The US Intelligence Community has concluded with ‘high confidence’ that hacks which led to leaks of emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta were orchestrated by the Russian government.

    In analytics, “high confidence” is defined as an assessment deemed very likely to be true yet carries with it the possibility of being in error.

    For instance, in 2002, the US Intelligence Community concluded with “high confidence” that Iraq was “expanding its chemical, biological, nuclear and missile programs.” After lives were lost, taxpayer money spent, a nation destabilized, and American multinational corporations enriched, it was found to be false. read more

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    Cuomo’s fight with feds over I Love New York signs point to other reported successes in state tourism marketing efforts

    March 11, 2017 Reporter 0

    By Frank Parlato;

    As we reported previously, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State.

    The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward state selected tourist attractions and businesses.

    Federal officials say the signs pose a threat to motorists with poor self preservation instincts who might download the app while driving.

    Initially New York State officials told the public that the signs cost taxpayers $1.9 million. The controversy with the feds however stirred further-than-usual inquiries by the media and subsequently the state admitted the cost for the signs was $8.1 million not $1.9 million, uncovering the fact that in this one instance the state was more than 400 percent off in the numbers they initially told the public. read more

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    All signs lead to the state park.

    Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city

    March 5, 2017 Reporter 0

    By Frank Parlato;

    There is a battle between the US Dept. of Highways and Gov. Cuomo’s NYS Department of Transportation over the state’s right to keep illegal “I Love New York” billboard sized signs along highways in the state.


    The US Highway Department wants them down since they claim they are a distraction to motorists.

    The state wants to keeps the I Love New York signs since it aids the state in its efforts to direct tourism in the state. The signs both direct tourists to specific places nearby and also advertise a state operated tourism phone app which when downloaded will give directions to places the state has decided are places for tourists to visit. read more

    The state signs, which promote state selected tourism, are said to be illegal by US Highway officials.

    Although illegal, ‘I Love New York’ billboards promote Cuomo’s socialist dream of state-directed tourism via state phone app

    March 5, 2017 Reporter 1

    By Frank Parlato;

    As readers know, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has installed I Love New York billboards along highways in New York State which US Highway officials have declared  “illegal”.


    The state installed 514 of the “illegal” billboards although some people who didn’t like them illegally took down seven in Long Island.

    Federal officials says the state signs violate US law because they have a complicated message which may cause drivers to crash. The I Love New York billboards direct tourist to download a state phone app which guides people toward state selected attractions and business. read more

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    Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

    March 4, 2017 Reporter 1

    To date there have been five autonomous government investigations into the campaign bank account of former State Senator George Maziarz.

    The five are:

    1. The Moreland Commission, 2014. Gov, Cuomo launched it. It was targeted at state legislators for possible campaign fund improprieties. Moreland noted Maziarz had the largest amount of unitemized spending of any state senator on his campaign’s Board of Elections filings (about $150,o00). The Moreland Commission was disbanded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. No charges were filed.
    2. The US Attorney, Southern District of New York, headed by Preet Bharara subpoenaed Moreland records in 2014. A grand jury convened to investigate Maziarz’s campaign account. Witnesses were called. No charges were filed.
    3. New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Public Integrity Bureau started investigating in 2014. The investigation, seemingly dormant for years, has been suddenly reactivated. A grand jury convened following Maziarz treasurer, Laureen Jacobs, in response to a civil suit, filing an amended report explaining unitemized expenditures, on Feb. 6, 2017. The State investigation may be targeting Maziarz for possible violation of elections law through possible use of campaign funds donated to him which he in turn may have donated without full disclosure to the campaigns of other GOP candidates.
    4. Niagara County DA.; 2015-2017. On an entirely different and arguably more serious track than the state, the county sought evidence that Maziarz senate staffers, Marcus Hall and Alicia Colatarci-Reimann and his treasurer, Jacobs, stole money from Maziarz campaign fund and that is why it was filed as unitemized. The investigation, commenced under former DA Michael Violante, was halted by the election of Caroline Wojtaszek as DA, based on a conflict of interest; she is married to longtime Maziarz ally, Henry Wojtaszek.
    5. Erie County DA, 2017. The Niagara County DA transferred the case to Erie County DA, Michael Flynn in February 2017. It is reported that Erie County DA may await results of the Attorney General’s investigation despite the investigation being on an entirely different track (grand larceny of staff) than the state (election law).

    To date, perhaps as much as $5 million in taxpayer money has been spent to investigate what appears to be no more than $151,000 in unitemized campaign funds.

    There are also private costs to targets or potential targets of the investigation.

    Hall retained attorney Rodney Personius.

    Jacobs retained Terrance Conners.

    Colatarci-Reimann retained Daniel French. read more