The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) over provisions in the 2016 Ethics Reform Law that was passed in the last hours of the legislative session that ended in June.
There is a scene in the 1968 horror film “Rosemary’s Baby” where Rosemary Woodhouse cries out, “This is no dream, this is really happening!” It’s the gut-wrenching moment that she regains consciousness from a drug-induced stupor and realizes she is—at that moment—being raped by Satan.
Shalom Lamm and his alleged co-conspirators deserve their day in court; an indictment isn’t a finding of guilt. If FBI charges against them prove true, however, the real losers won’t be those charged.
With the arrests of developer Shalom Lamm and two of his associates on December 14, [see news story on page 4] it seems that some of the residents in and around Bloomingburg may finally see a bit of justice. But it may be coming too late to make any real difference on the ground.
The November 24 letter from writer Denise Connolly about her concern, in part, of having people telling her of her WSP (white skin privilege), needs some clarification. I feel her on the issues she and her spouse have had to live with, which are common ground shared by people of all hues.
In his capacity as the chair of the Sullivan County Public Works Committee, legislator Joe Perrello threw down the gauntlet at a meeting on December 8. He said there would be no negotiation over the future of the Interim Western Sullivan Transfer Station in Cochecton.
One in three Americans lives in rural areas where getting urgent medical care for events like cardiac emergencies, stroke and trauma are extremely difficult due to the distance of appropriate medical facilities. Since 1990, over 22% of America’s hospitals have closed.
Obamacare mandate comes from Romneycare
According to the U.S. official Federal Poverty Level (FPL), 14% of families living in upstate New York are living in poverty. But the FPL was developed in 1965 and has not been updated since 1974.
On November 22, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, added a couple of charges to those already lodged against Joe Percoco and several others involved in huge development projects. Percoco, who was formerly a top aide to Gov.