Getting zany in New York

Get a load of ths story:

The New York Post’s State Editor Fred Dicker was involved in a confrontation with Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino outside a Business Council of New York State dinner in Bolton Landing last night, during which Dicker got in Paladino’s face a bit, demanding evidence to back up Paladino’s claim that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Paladino’s Democratic opponent, cheated on his wife.

 Paladino tells Dicker: “I want to know why you sent your goons after my daughter.”

 The New York Post has recently run stories on Paladino’s former mistress and their 10-year-old daughter, sending a photographer to the house where they live.

 When Dicker continues to press him, Paladino says: “You send another goon to my daughter’s house, I’ll take you out, buddy.”

 Dicker responds: “You’re gonna take me out? How you gonna do that?”

 “Watch,” Paladino says.

 Good God. We have a conservative Republican threatening a reporter for the New York Post. That’s rich. The only comparable thing I can think of in New Jersey would be if Gov. Chris Christie would threaten the staff at 101.5 FM.

Good for Deeb

That would be Councilwoman Alison Deeb in Morristown, who cast the lone no vote against a council move to consider red light cameras at selected intersections.

These cameras are more about increasing revenue than safety.

Scott Garrett lives in his own world

And what world is that?

Hard to tell sometimes. Garrett, R-Sussex-Warren, was the only House member from New Jersey to oppose a bill providing $7 million in health benefits to first responders and others with chronic illnesses caused by toxic air at Ground Zero,

Given the fact that 9/11 struck so close to home for New Jersey residents, Garrett’s callousness to those in need because of it is truly sad.

He is at least consistent. Scott essentially believes that government should do nothing to help people and this vote is in line with that viewpoint.

Herbert wants tax cuts for all

Now, how’s that for a good campaign message?  🙂 

Doug Herbert, the Democrat running for Congress in the 11th District, visited the Daily Record for a meeting this morning and said he would support extending the so-called Bush tax cuts for all. This contrasts from the view of the president who wants to extend the tax cuts for all but those paying the top two rates, which are now 33 and 35 percent. If the cuts are not extended, the top two rates would rise to 36 anf 39.6 percent. I think Herbert is wrong. In my mind, there is no need to extend tax cuts to the very wealthy. But, alas, he did not ask me.

Herbert knows the task ahead of him. His hope is that enough people on both sides of the political spectrum are upset enough with the status quo to vote against  a 16-year incumbent, Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, R-Harding.

“This is a different kind of year,” he said, noting that people are disgusted with the political establishment.

Herbert hardly has a large campaign fund _ about $35,000 so far _ but he says he will have enough cash to run cable TV advertising next month.

Frelinghuysen, by the way, has not responded to offers to meet with us.

Roxbury football game NOT cancelled

Why, you may ask, was cancelling it even a possibility.  Here’s why?

At Monday’s school board meeting, a vote was taken to retain substitute athletic trainers. It was “”approved” by a vote of 5-2, but that was not good enough. Such votes require six affirmative votes, a majority of the 10-member board.  Board members Maureen Castriotta and Chris Rogers voted no, saying, among other things, that the administration did not provide them with enough info on the matter. Three members were absent.

After the vote failed, Superintendent Mike Rossi said that without substitute trainers, he may just cancel Friday’s football game against Delbarton. Sigh. That was truly a reckless position. And I got the feeling Rossi had no intention of cancelling something as significant in the world of high school football as a Friday night game. He was playing politics. Surely, other arrangements could have been made to compensate for the loss of substitute _ not full-time, but substitute _ trainers.

As it turned out, two absent board members appeared near the end of the meeting. Another vote was taken and the trainers were approved.

Get ready for kickoff!

Shared services among symphony orchestras?

Well maybe.
The Colonial Symphony of Morristown is clearly in some sort of financial distress. Its website offers no schedule of performances for the 2010-11 year and if you call their number, you get a recorded message saying that their “summer hours” are limited. Well, the summer is over.
Now, we hear that talks are ongoing to merge the Colonial Symphony with the Westfield Symphony Orchestra.

Christie on the road again

Gov. Chris Christie is continuing his campaign activities today. He is scheduled to travel to Ohio for a fundraiser this evening in Cincinnati for gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, who is trying to oust incumbent Ted Strickland. Polls show Kasich in the lead, but his lead is narrowing.