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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


With No Price Relief at the Pump in Sight, Challenger Questions Why
Incumbent Against Increased Domestic Production

Syracuse, New York – Republican, Conservative, and Independence candidate for U.S. Congress John Katko (NY-24) today called on current Congressman Dan Maffei to oppose growing efforts in Washington, DC to raise the federal gas tax.

“Central New York families and small businesses continue to struggle to keep up in this Obama economy,” said Katko. “The last thing my neighbors and I need is to pay more at the gas pump just to feed new spending in Washington. We currently pay over 68 cents per gallon in state and federal taxes.i A nickel more here and a dime more there ends up adding up to quite a bit for most households at the end of the month. Now is not the time to raise the federal gas tax.”

After Maffei publicized his plan for spending billions of dollars in new infrastructure projects in Central New York early last week, Katko questioned why he failed to include any suggestions to pay for it. The construction of Dan Maffei’s fast train across Upstate New York alone could cost upwards of $14.7 billion.ii To date, Maffei has offered no plan to pay for any of his new infrastructure spending plans.

Then late last week, Maffei voted against bipartisan legislation that would help ease the pain at the pump by expanding production of America’s own energy resources. Maffei voted against H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act,iii which would expand U.S. energy production by reopening offshore drilling locations previously closed by Obama, eliminating onshore production red-tape, and accessing National Petroleum Reserve deposits in Alaska to provide Central New York families with some relief at the pump.

According to AAA, the national average price of gasoline is $3.67 per gallon of regular unleaded, with a Syracuse Metropolitan average of $3.82 per gallon.iv Even more, AAA reports that the turmoil in Iraq will continue to push prices up through the remainder of the summer.

“Dan Maffei says he’s for the middle class, but his actions speak otherwise,” added Katko. “Our Member of Congress should refuse to raise the federal gas tax and fight to increase domestic gas production to provide Central New York families and small businesses the relief they need at the gas pump.”

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cuomo and Obama Strike Out in Cooperstown

Anti-SAFE Act activist Al Belardinelli reports from Cooperstown
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The Shocking Fact:

A Presidential visit combined with the Governor of New York Draws Fewer Than 200 supporters to Cooperstown, NY.

On May 22, 2014, the president of America and the Governor of New York came to The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY on a mission to promote tourism and baseball. Yes, on a bright spring day – at the start of the baseball season – at the Baseball Hall of Fame the 2 most influential elected officials were the stars of an utter failure. Even a trumped up media cannot spin it into a major positive event.

The True Facts:
There were more media reporters attending than spectators who came to see the president and the governor; and the Protestors outnumbered everyone combined by at least 7 to 1.
One would expect huge crowds, traffic jams, parking problem, stores filled and hordes of activity to occur. NONE of that happened:
  • The village was deserted
  • Businesses and shops were absolutely empty
  • The streets were void of even normal traffic
  • Parking lots were empty
  • NO baseball stars, sports stars or baseball enthusiasts were in attendance.
  • NO baseball paraphernalia was to be seen .
  • There was NO joy, celebration or “tourism” to be seen anywhere in the area