Affairs of the Republic

DATE: 27 May 2020



In a 7-2 vote, the Utica Common Council passed a resolution urging New York State to amend the new bail reform laws. The resolution will be forwarded to state and local officials.Posted: Mar 4, 2020 11:26 PMUpdated: Mar 5, 2020 11:08 AMPosted By: Caitlin Irla 

UTICA, N.Y. – In a 7-2 vote, the Utica Common Council passed a resolution urging New York State to amend the new bail reform laws. The resolution will be forwarded to state and local officials.

The resolution is asking the state legislature to look at the bail reform laws, and consider giving judges more discretion when it comes to setting bail and work with law enforcement and district attorneys to make positive, effective changes.

Several community members spoke during the public comment period about why they believe it is not appropriate for the Utica Common Council to ask for amendments to the bail reform legislation.

Two council members voted against the legislation because they believe the new laws were put into place for the right reason, and everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Councilman Devlin Moody who represents the 5th ward and Celeste Friend who represents the 3rd ward were the two members that voted against the legislation.

“Every single one of these crimes listed in this resolution, people have always been released, middle class, wealthy people were released on bail and where was the outrage then about all of the dangerous people being put back out on the street,” Friend said.

Some council members, like Jack LoMedico, say changing the bail reform legislation is important to Utica and New York State as a whole because the new laws put people and communities across the state in danger.

“The issue here, it impacts past, present, and future victims of crime in a negative manor and in doing so, the bail and discovery forms adopted by the state of New York will further victimize innocent victims,” LoMedico said.

The council also voted to include a vote record with who voted for and against this resolution when it gets sent to the state legislature.

BRINDISI Votes To Pass the Heros Act

UTICA, N.Y. –According to a CBS Affilirated WKTV post, Congressman Anthony Brindisi voted to pass the Heroes Act to bring much needed funding to his district, and the entire state of New York.

Many people on the right view this bill as costing too much money and that there are other ways to address the issues facing agricultural and other workers in the nation.*

The Heroes Act has passed in the House of Representatives, and Brindisi says he expects it to pass through the Senate and be signed into law as soon as next month.

The bill will bring more than $170 million to the region, and Brindisi says getting relief to localities as soon as possible is paramount.

“The bill is not perfect, but there are things in there that I am supportive of, particularly the funding for our state and our local communities. In this bill there’s more than $100 million that is coming to Oneida County, $33 million for Herkimer County, $40 million for Madison County. So, many of the areas in our region which are facing pretty steep cuts right now due to loss of revenue, would see pretty substantial amount of economic aid to keep essential services like police and service, fire, hospitals, teachers, things like that.,” said Brindisi.

The Heroes Act provides $100 billion in aid to New York State as a whole, and also:

  • Provides another round of $1,200 stimulus checks to individuals and expands the first round of payments to include all dependents, including 17- and 18-year-olds, students under 24, and permanently disabled dependent children of any age.
  • Delivers support for rural hospitals.
  • Invests billions in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
  • $800 million to New York cities and counties for schools, firefighters, police, and other local services
  • Creates a Heroes Fund to give hazard pay to essential workers like nurses, doctors, grocery store clerks, bus drivers, maintenance workers, and many others who are on the frontlines of the pandemic.
  • Holds big cable companies accountable so they can’t raise their prices during this crisis and invests in rural broadband.
  • Provides aid for our farmers and will help connect farmers to food banks and help prevent milk-dumping and hunger.
  • Allocates $25 billion to help the U.S. Postal Service recover from the pandemic.
  • Protects servicemembers and veterans.

“The passage of the Heroes Act is a step in the right direction. I urge the Senate to come to the table and deliver a relief package for the American people,” Brindisi added.

There is also $16 billion included in the bill for farmers, including many in New York, who have had to dump milk. WKTV SOURCE,

*Text in italics are added commentary by the poster of this article, the editor of KithandKinObserver.


Tenney Says She’s The GOP’s Best Bet In NY-22, Opponents Disagree

By Gabe Altieri | March 4, 2020

BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – Former New York 22nd District Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has racked up endorsements as she pushes for a rematch with Democrat Anthony Brindisi in November’s election.

Former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. Gabe Altieri/WSKG

The district covers part of the Southern Tier and Central New York, including Binghamton, Cortland and Utica.Tenney has the endorsement of New York’s Conservative Party, high-ranking GOP congress members and President Trump.Plus, as of the last F.E.C. reporting deadline in January, she had $286,565.61 cash on hand.

That dwarfs Republican opponents like former Broome County Legislator and Congressional candidate George Phillips, who had $57,132.23 on hand after the same period.Tenney spoke about Phillips this week in Binghamton. “He just doesn’t seem to have the resources he needs in the entire district. He certainly probably will fair pretty well in Broome,” she said “A lot of this district is also – it’s eight counties and one county is just not going to be enough.

George Phillips. Gabe Altieri/WSKG

Tenney has been criticized by Phillips for losing to Brindisi in 2018 after President Trump did well in the district in 2016. He said the support of Trump isn’t all that matters.“The ultimate endorsement is the people,” he said “I know the President is courteous and loyal to friends, this is a former member of Congress that he campaigned for, but, if you look at the last time, the endorsement wasn’t enough to carry her across the finish line.”

Tenney thinks more Republicans will come out because Trump is on the ballot in November and they will vote to unseat Brindisi.

Also running for the nomination is Franklin Sager, an educator who raised just $317.64 during the last cycle. All of it was a loan to himself. He had no cash on hand.

The primary is set for June 23rd.

Coronavirus in NY: Campgrounds, all veterinarian services reopen this week, Cuomo says

By Teri Weaver |

New York state campgrounds and RV sites can reopen on Memorial Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today during his briefing from Jones Beach on Long Island.

All veterinarian service can restart on Tuesday, he said. Until now, veterinarians were providing only emergency services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo also announced that professional sports teams could start spring training programs. It wasn’t immediately clear whether some teams were poised to do that.

“We’re now decidedly in the reopening phase,” he said, adding that the mid-Hudson Valley will reopen Tuesday and Long Island is on track to open Wednesday. “You can increase economic activity without necessarily increasing the viral spread.”

The decisions came as Cuomo reported another 109 people have died because of Covid-19. Overall, the state has reported 23,388 deaths from the coronavirus. The number of deaths each day over the past week have hovered around 100.

Cuomo reiterated that as people restart commerce and recreation, a second wave of cases could arise unless people continue to use caution.

“A mask is mandatory on public transportation,” he said, re-enforcing an executive order that is already in place. “I think if you don’t wear a mask in your own personal comings and goings, you’re making a mistake.” Source


Trump Demands States Open Houses of Worship, Threatens to ‘Override’ Governors

The president delivered an unspecific threat to ‘override’ governors who do not comply.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer US News & World Report

May 22, 2020, at 3:43 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier on Friday, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a $484 billion bill that aids small businesses and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Friday said that millions of Americans “embrace worship as an essential part of life.”(DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES)

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP on Friday said he considered places of worship essential and demanded their immediate reopening, threatening to “override” governors who have imposed coronavirus-related restrictions that prevent them from resuming operations.

“Today I am identifying houses of worship churches, synagogues and mosques as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said in prepared remarks from the White House briefing room. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship – it’s not right – so I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.[ 

“I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now. If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me. But they’re not going to be successful in that call,” the president added.

At the conclusion of his brief comments – after which he left without taking questions – the president ominously implied there would be consequences for states that do not abide by his direction.

“If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” he said, without indicating what form that might take.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who spoke after Trump, did not clarify the legal authority the president has to override governors. She said the decision to open religious institutions based on the new CDC guidance is “up to the governors.”

His announcement came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued reopening guidelines for communities of faith at his direction.

The CDC guidelines include identifying space to be used to separate sick people if needed, developing an emergency communication plan to quickly distribute information to congregants, updating emergency plans with the help of local health departments, identifying actions needed if canceling events and services is necessary and promoting the practice of everyday preventative actions, such as washing hands and cleaning frequently touched objects and services.

Additionally, houses of worship must provide COVID-19 prevention supplies, such as soap, hand sanitizer and spare face masks.

Trump, who counts the faith community among his most reliable constituencies, said that people are demanding to be allowed to return to their religious institutions and that millions of Americans “embrace worship as an essential part of life.” He assured that religious leaders will make sure their congregations are safe. US News & World Report

foreign affairs

Ukrainian army violates ceasefire 94 times in a week

MAY 22, 2020 15:10

Donetsk, May 22 – DAN. Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire more than 90 times over the past week, DPR People’s Militia deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Friday.

“Over the past week, Ukrainian armed formations violated the ceasefire 94 times,“ Basurin said. “The enemy fired 15 artillery rounds of 122 mm caliber, 317 mortar rounds and 301 grenade launcher rounds targeting 26 townships.”

A civilian woman in Elenovka was injured; 24 houses and civilian infrastructure objects were damaged.

DPR People’s Militia units have been deployed to designated battle areas fully ready to repulse Ukrainian attacks. On May 21, DPR People’s Militia was put on full combat alert following DPR Head Denis Pushilin’s order. Donetsk News Agency Source