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Archive for September, 2011

Editorial Spotlight candidate interviews scheduled


The Journal News/LoHud.com Editorial Board holds endorsement interviews with candidates in key contests on the Nov. 8 ballot. Voters may watch LIVE online at www.lohud.com/editorialspotlight; questions can be submitted via our CoverItLive live-blogging feature.

The following endorsement hearings are scheduled:
Oct. 4: 1 p.m. Stony Point supervisor
Oct. 4: 3 p.m. Rockland Legislature, Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8
Oct. 5: 1 p.m. Putnam County executive
Oct. 5: 3 p.m. New Rochelle mayor
Oct. 11: 1 p.m. Rockland Legislature, Districts 9, 10 and 11
Oct. 11: 3 p.m. Rockland Legislature, Districts 13, 14, 16 and 17
Oct. 12: 1 p.m. Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 1, 2 and 3
Oct. 12: 3 p.m. Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 4, 5, 6 and 7
Oct. 18: 1 p.m. Clarkstown supervisor
Oct. 18: 3 p.m. Orangetown supervisor
Oct. 19: 1 p.m., Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 9, 10, 12 and 13
Oct. 19: 3 p.m., Westchester Board of Legislators, Districts 14, 15 and 17
Oct. 25: 1 p.m. Rockland County Sheriff
Oct. 25: 3 p.m. Ramapo supervisor
Oct. 26: 1 p.m. Yonkers mayor
Oct. 26: 3 p.m. Mount Vernon mayor

Interviews for Westchester and Putnam candidates take place in our White Plains office, 1 Gannett Drive. Interviews for Rockland candidates take place in our West Nyack office, 1 Crosfield Ave. Candidates needing more information can contact Nancy Cutler at ncutler@lohud.com or 845-578-2403.

Voters guide
The 2011 local elections determine who represents you on the county, town and village level. Visit www.lohud.com/candidates to find out who’s running, and where the candidates stand on the issues.

Calling all candidates
The Journal News and LoHud.com wish to hear from candidates vying in local Westchester, Rockland and Putnam elections.

Please send us an email including your full name, home address, daytime phone number and an active email address to elections@lohud.com. In both the subject line and body of the email, be sure to indicate which office you are vying for. The information will be used by our news and opinion staffs to contact and correspond with candidates. Additionally, the email address will be used to send candidates a questionnaire that will form the basis of an online guide for voters.

Posted by Ed Forbes on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

Opinion roundup: Still a flood of problems


Today’s editorial, FEMA funds stall in GOP mire, gets an update: Last night, the Senate passed a measure that clears $7 billion for emergency disater relief funding for the Federal Emergency Disaster Administration (eight Republican senators defied leadership and voted for the funding). But now the House bill has to be reconciled with the Senate action. More politicking is expected, so replenishment of FEMA funding is far from a done deal and House GOP leadership differs on the amount needed and whether “offsets” with cuts are needed. (Here’s an article from the Albany Times Union.)

And, for a quick update of how some locals are faring with FEMA and post-Irene, I spoke this morning with Jo Hallett of Suffern, whose house was damaged beyond repair by Irene’s floodwaters. She says she’s so grateful for all the volunteers who helped her, and called the FEMA inspector “a very nice man.” Her home’s foundation is damaged, so she cannot even go back in. However, first responders went in to retrieve clothing, pictures and important medical records.

In other Opinionating:

The Democrat and Chronicle Editorial Board in Rochester looks at the United States Postal Service’s struggles and says: “Revise rules for postal service.” Closer to home, LoHud reports that the USPS cost-saving proposals could end some of the mail-sorting duties at the Monsey Post Office, with those duties going instead to the large Harrison facility off Westchester Avenue.

USA Today has an editorial, “Why cut taxes for wealthy investors?” and a rebuttal from Newt Gingrich, “Capital gains tax deters investment.

And we end with an editorial from the LA Times (Dakota Meyer and a grateful nation), hailing the remarkable bravery of Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Meyer received the Medal of Honor on behalf of his colleagues; it is tribute to him that he did so, and a reminder to all Americans that servicemen and women risk their lives every day in defense of this nation’s interests. They deserve their country’s undivided gratitude.

PHOTOS: TOP: a section of North State Road between Route 9A and Pleasantville Road remains closed in Briarcliff Manor because of damage from Hurricane Irene. (Sept. 08 Journal News file photo), ABOVE: Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor Thursday at the White House.

Posted by Nancy Cutler on Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 11:38 am |

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Welcome to the community conversation/editorial page blog for Rockland. It's your place for two-way talk with the people behind the opinions on The Journal News editorial pages and LoHud.com. Look here daily to talk back to the opinion writers, find out what's on our agenda, and steer us to the hot topics in your community. Contributing to this blog are deep-rooted Rocklanders Nancy Cutler, editorial page editor in Rockland, and Bob Baird, longtime Rockland columnist and editor, along with Ed Forbes, interactivity editor, with occasional contributions from other opinion staff.


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