Friday, July 31, 2015

Judge Rules Against Gallo

I have not read the full decision yet, but the Judge ruled in favor of the Board of Elections.

I am surprised given the case law.  I am informed that Gallo will appeal.  Appellate Division has an expedited process for such cases.  I will report once there is a decision from them.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Evidence Is In.

All of the evidence and legal arguments in the Gallo petition case have been submitted.  A decision is expected early next week.

Also, there is a second petition law suit.  An action was filed against Mr. Rasmussen, the man who submitted petitions to run in a primary for the Workings Family Party line.  Once a decision is filed in that case, I will report that as well.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Postponed

The court appearance on Gallo's petitions was postponed because of court calendar issues.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Not Real Democrats? Really?

Steve Noble has released a press release and a posting on Facebook which alleges that Shayne Gallo is not a "real Democrat" because he is seeking the Conservative Party line.

Then, Noble attempts to explain what the Conservative Party and Democrat Party members believe in philosophically.  Let's take a look at this lunacy for a moment.

A Democrat who takes the Conservative line is not a real Democrat.  So, Sheriff Van Blarcum is not a real Democrat?  Lew Kirschner, a legendary Democrat politico who ran multiple times on the Conservative line, is not a real Democrat?  Former County Democrat Chair John Parete?  T.R. Gallo? Frank Dart?  John Dwyer?  How about Uncle Jim?  He ran for Alderman on the Conservative line for Alderman.

Allow me to educate you, Steve, on Republicans and Democrats.  Not all Republicans are conservative and not all Democrats are left wingers or liberals.  When you make a silly statement that seeking the Conservative line makes you not a "real Democrat", you insult conservative and moderate democrats.

If you said Shayne is not a far left liberal, that would be true. Shayne is a moderate to conservative Democrat.  However, to say he is not a democrat is plain nonsense.  Shayne comes from an old school, Democrat family with roots going back over 100 years.  T. Robert "Bobby" Gallo and his son, Thomas R. "TR" Gallo were definitely democrats. So is Shayne.

However, let's take a look for a moment at what you believe the philosophy of Democrats should be.  You said, “Democrats support more tax dollars going to welfare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs designed to support people in need.”  Really?  Real Democrats think more money should be spent on welfare??  I guess Bill Clinton is not a real Democrat by your view.  He signed into law welfare reform.

I guess it also means that if anyone out there enrolled as a Democrat thinks that Social Services spending needs to controlled is not considered by Steve Noble to be a real Democrat.  I know a lot of Democrats who want more controls on spending.  I am not sure they know that Steve thinks they are not democrats.

According to Steve, if you do not support legalizing marijuana, you are not a Democrat.  I know a lot of democrats who do not support making pot legal.

I could go on, but the point is clear.  Steve Noble thought he was going to hurt Gallo, but he just lost a tremendous number of moderate and conservative democrats,  You still have Tom Hoffay's support.  If you have about $3.00 to go with that, you can get coffee at Starbucks.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mayoral War Chests

The Daily Freeman reported that Mike Hein was a much larger war chest than Terry Bernardo.  However, no article has appeared discussing the Mayoral election in Kingston.  Certain loudmouths have been making accusations that candidate's fundraisers have been poorly attended or obtained little results.  No evidence has been offered to back up these claims.

So, since we just had the July Periodic reports filed with the Board of Elections, I thought I would share with you the current financial standing of all three candidates.  Let the evidence speak for itself.

Ron Polacco reports $2,065.89 on hand.  The overwhelming majority of his donations are from individuals and in small amounts.  So, while his cash on hand places him third and just behind Steve Noble,the fact that the donations are from numerous individuals is a very positive sign.

Steve Noble reports $3,655.28 on hand.  However, nearly 1/3 of his donations came from 5 people all of whom are known Gallo haters: Hoffay, Landi, Will, Dunn, and Martin.  Just from those 5, Noble received $1,185.00.  There are also several people who have appeared to donate several times.

This suggests that while Noble has more cash on hand than Polacco, his support may not be much more than a house of cards.  There appear to be more people donating to Polacco though the people supporting Noble seem to be fired up Anti-Gallocrats.

By the way, although a local blog proclaimed that Kevin Cahill "endorsed" Noble, there is no reported donation from the Assemblyman.  As I posted before, Kevin Cahill is too politically shrewd to make a formal endorsement in a city primary.

Finally, we come to Shayne Gallo.  Gallo has $11,486.88 on hand per BOE records.  This is more than double the combined war chests of both his opponents.  He also appears to have more labor support than Noble. Donations appear from Laborers Local 17, Operating Engineers Local 825, and HV Building Construction Trade Council.  Also Gallo was endorsed by CSEA and their check will come soon.  Having been endorsed for Mayor previously by CSEA and other unions, I know first hand that their endorsement brings money and support to a campaign.  In a Democrat primary, the support of unions is huge.

In summary, Gallo is well ahead on the question of campaign funds.  Polacco may not have a lot of money, but he does seem to have a number of supporters.  If the ticket in November ends up with 3 candidates, Polacco could well have a shot.

Noble appears to be in trouble.  His support seems largely based on Hoffay, Landi, Will, Dunn, and so forth.  While these Anti-Gallocrats are angry and fired up, it remains to be seen if Tom Hoffay and his feathers can carry Noble through the primary.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Conservative and Independence Petitions Off to Court

The Board of Elections disallowed petitions filed by Gallo and Provenzano for the Conservative and Independence lines.

My understanding is that this matter will be going to court for a decision.  I will be curious to see what the ruling will be.

Once the judge decides, I will announce the decision.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

CSEA Endorses Gallo

Normally, CSEA endorsing a democrat would not be big news.  However, when there is a democrat primary, it is.

CSEA chose Gallo over Noble.  This is a big hit against Noble.

Also -- stay tuned -- the city has lost big money because of Noble's errors on a grant.  I will break this story soon.


UPDATE

CSEA has also endorsed Jeanette Provenzano.  This is big news.  Jim Noble has always had CSEA support.  Not this time.

In a democrat primary, CSEA support goes a long way.