Tuesday, November 29, 2005


After a re-canvassing of districts in the 14th LD, there are new numbers from the Nassau County Board of Elections. Democrat Dave Mejias has increased his margin of victory by 290 votes. The numbers could increase.
As of today the numbers are: Mejias - 8043 Sabellico - 7351 So much for King and Schmitt talking smack about this race. So Mejias' margin of victory was better than the two close races with Republican incumbents.

Ciotti-Mirza - 681
Ford-Solomon - 601
Mejias-Sabellico - 692 (so far)

King shoots from the hip and misses the target again and again.

UPDATE: King on Nassau County election results

A reader points out that Rep. Steve Isreal did not beat an incumbent but ran and won in an open election. While not as good as taking out a republican incumbent, Isreal did win in a republican district.
Thanks for the heads up.

Also, King made the 400 vote margin for the Democratic majority in the legislature race an issue. Sure, Mejias won by only 403 votes. That is still good for a Democrat in a republican district.
And in fact, the republicans kept two of thier seats in the legislature by 681 votes in the Ciotti-Mirza race and 601 votes in the Ford-Solomon race. All other incumbent races were won with huge margins. To put it simply, two republican incumbents were in tight races compared to one Democrat.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Cue Laugh Track: Peter King Chimes in on Nassau County Election Results

Our esteemed Congressman Peter King.. that was not said with a straight face.... tells The Long Island Press “Things are going well for the Democrats. Denis Dillon’s defeat was a blow, but the Republicans came within 400 votes of taking the legislature. There’s no doubt it went to the Democrats, but it wasn’t an earthquake.”
Really? No Earthquake?
The Republican County Executive candidate Greg Peterson lost by 36,031 votes to Democrat Tom Suozzi 178,133 - 142,102. Republican voter registration still out-numbers Democrats in Nassau.
As for the Legislature, King is talking about The Mejias-Sabellico race. Mejias won by 403 votes in a heavy repubilcan district. Mejias was also subject to an expensive hate-campaign by the Nassau PBA. He still won. In 2003 Mejias won by 381 votes. Seems Mejias is not only keeping voters, he is slowly gaining. In a republican district.
King also says "We have a real problem statewide, but I don’t know if there’s been a trend. If the people are satisfied with how their leaders are performing, they will get re-elected no matter what party they’re in."
Again, King is getting it wrong. There certainly is a trend. Since 2002, the republicans have lost 8 senate seats shrinking thier margin to 53-45. In the Assembly, Democrat Marc Alessi won a seat in a special election in the republican dominated 1st District. The Assembly is dominated by Democrats 106-44. Not a trend? In the past 8 years, King has turned out to be the last republican congressional delegate from Long Island. McCarthy, Isreal and Bishop each defeated incumbant republicans and have been re-elected easily.
In Suffolk County, Democrats now control the Town of Brookhaven, the County Executive seat and the legislature.
Not a trend?
State-wide, Pataki is stepping aside because he will not be re-elected. The republican field is weak and presumptive Dem nominee Spitzer looks to sail to the Governors Mansion.
Democratic Senator Schumer cruised to re-election and it looks like Democratic Senator Clinton will do the same next year.
Not a trend?

In 2006, King will join his former colleagues as an ex-congressman.

It's pretty clear King is looking through Bush-colored glasses which turn disaster into success.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

King Votes Against His Constituents

This press release was forwarded to us.

Citizen Action of New York

Contact: Citizen Action of NY
Richard Kirsch
518-465-4600 X 113

Consumer Group Blasts King for Choosing Republican Leadership Over His Constituents in Budget Vote

Next Up for King: More Tax Cuts for the Rich?
Citizen Action of New York blasted Representative Peter King for siding with the Republican Congressional leadership over the basic needs of his constituents. "With his vote yesterday for $50 billion in cuts to food stamps, student loans, Medicaid and other vital services, Representative Peter King demonstrated that he cares more about catering to the right-wing Republican leadership than the most basic needs of his New York constituents," said Richard Kirsch, Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York.
After approving the budget by a partisan vote of 217 to 215 late last night, the House will now consider a Republican plan to pass $70 billion in tax cuts. "The question now is whether King will also bow down and vote for $70 billion of tax cuts to the rich after voting for $50 billion in budget cuts to working families," Kirsch asked.
The budget bill King voted for includes:
Medicaid: Cuts to New York of $1.4 Billion in federal matching payments.

Child Support Enforcement: Cuts to New York of $303 million in federal matching.

Student Loans: New York's 472,145 student borrowers will face thousands of dollars in increased costs for college.

Food stamps, TANF, child care, Social Security Income (SSI), child welfare, child support enforcement and the Social Services Block were also slashed in the budget. "Last night King turned his back on thousands of working families in his district to help the far right wing of his party pass a bill that puts the interests of the wealthiest Americans ahead of our most vulnerable citizens, Kirsch concluded.

Richard Kirsch
Executive Director
Citizen Action of New York Public Policy and Education Fund of New York
94 Central Avenue Albany, NY 12206
(518) 465-4600 X 113 (518) 465-2890 - fax

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Chairman King and the lack of clout

When King got his appointment as Chairman of the Homeland Security Commitee the "conventional wisdom" was that with a NYer at the helm, New York will fare better with funding and assistance. King himself said on WNBC
" It has to be good for New York if I do my job because I strongly believe that all funding for homeland security has to be based on threat..... So to that extent, New York will be represented at the highest levels of the homeland security table."
King seems to believe that he has more clout than before. Sadly he seems to have the same amount of minimal clout.
Congress is set to "reclaim" $125 million from a NY 9/11 fund because that money has gone "unspent." According to Newsday "Congressional budget negotiators have decided to take back $125 million in Sept. 11 aid from New York, which had fought to keep the money to treat sick and injured ground zero workers, lawmakers said Tuesday."
"It seems that despite our efforts," the funding take-back "will stand, very sadly, and that is something of a promise broken," said Rep. Vito Fossella, R-Staten Island."
"The tug-of-war over the $125 million began earlier this year when the White House proposed taking the money back because it had yet to be spent by the state."
"New York protested vehemently, saying the money was part of a crucial pledge of $20 billion made by President Bush to help rebuild after the Sept. 11 attacks. Health advocates said the money is needed to treat current and future illnesses among ground zero workers.The U.S. Senate voted last month to let New York keep the $125 million, but the House made no such move, and House-Senate budget negotiators decided to take the money back, lawmakers and aides said."

So because New York did not spend all the money right away, the republican congress is taking it away.
Where is King on this?

Why isn't he using his new-found power to get the money to stay in New York?
I would have expected more King rather than Fossella to be vocal about this.
So far it's been up to Sens. Schumer and Clinton along with other New York Representatives to carry the torch for keeping the funds. The Senate restored the funds through the Senate Appropriations commitee.
From Newsday: "This is the righting of an inadvertent wrong," said Clinton, who announced the deal on the Senate floor.Recovery workers at the trade center and Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island have "suffered an incredible range of lung-related and breathing diseases," she added."

It was then left up to the House Appropriations Committee to agree to keeping the funding iin NEw York.
"Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who helped lead the fight in the House to salvage the $125 million, said that the fate of the money now comes down to the conference negotiations between the House and the Senate.
“Senators Clinton and Schumer did a terrific job,” said Maloney. “Now, this all rides on the negotiations between the House and the Senate - the New York delegation will support our Senators as they work to keep the amendment in the final bill. The negotiators should remember that there are many 9/11 responders who remain sick and injured and who still rely on the support of their government. We should live up to the ‘never forget’ motto this nation adopted after 9/11.”
The take-back of $125 million from the 9/11 injured workers fund was originally proposed by the administration in its budget proposal, and it was inserted into legislation by the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate version of the legislation would have also taken back the $125 million had New York Senators not successfully attached their amendment."

Rep. Maloney sent a letter to President Bush asking him to recind his budget proposal that would take the $125 million away from NY. Twenty Five (25) members of the New York delegation signed the letter including republicans. King is missing from that list. A letter was also sent to the Chairman for the Appropriations commitee to reconsider stripping NY of the money. Again, King goes missing.

Great job, Chairman King. Thanks for nothing.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Bad News for 2006

Rep. Peter "I Thank God George Bush is President" King, the congressman who can't stop gushing about how great Bush is ought to temper his public over-eager ass-kissing.

From USAToday:
"Fewer than one in 10 adults say they would prefer a congressional candidate who is a Republican and who agrees with Bush on most major issues, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. Even among Republicans, seven of 10 are most likely to back a candidate who has at least some disagreements with the president.
Bush's job approval rating sank to a record low 37%. The poll finds growing criticism of the president, unease about the nation's direction and opposition to the Iraq war."

In the poll:
• Two-thirds of independents and 91% of Democrats disapprove of the job Bush is doing. Even among Republicans, who have solidly backed Bush in the past, 19% express disapproval — a new high.
• For the first time — albeit by a narrow 49%-48% — a plurality disapprove of the way Bush is handling the issue of terrorism. Six in 10 disapprove of the way he's handling foreign affairs, the economy, Iraq and immigration, and 71% disapprove of him on controlling federal spending.
• A 53% majority say they trust what Bush says less than they trusted previous presidents while they were in office. In a specific comparison with President Clinton, those surveyed by 48%-36% say they trust Bush less.
• A record high 60% say going to war in Iraq was "not worth it." In a finding consistent with previous polls, 54% say it was "a mistake" to send troops there."

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Normally we would use that word to describe King but today it is reserved for the thugs/vandals/criminals that left a pipe bomb behind the building in Massapequa Park where King has his district office. According to Newsday;
"A pipe bomb exploded yesterday near Rep. Peter King's office in Massapequa Park, sending Nassau police and federal agents scrambling to determine whether it was a legitimate threat."
"No one was injured when the crude bomb exploded between 3 and 4 a.m. outside the rear of the building on Park Boulevard, just north of the LIRR train tracks, Nassau police said."
" The 3-foot pipe bomb was found yesterday about 12:30 p.m., four feet outside the rear door of investment firm Edward Jones, which shares the building with King's office and the post office. The building is temporarily closed while police investigate."

The building houses King's office, a Post Office, the investment firm and an Astoria Federal Savings Bank.

Newsday continues "Police said yesterday that they haven't determined if anyone was a target of the bombing."

We don't know why the bomb was set off or by whom. If they were trying to intimidate King, they are idiots and should face stiffer penalties for targeting an elected official.
We are not fans of Kings but we live in a democracy where opinions are free to give and the ballot box is where we judge our elected officials. There is no place in our country for violence in politics.
More likely than not, it was just a bunch of idiots who probably came close to blowing thier hands off than an oragnized effort against King, the bank or the investment firm. But any way you cut it, they are criminals and need to be caught before someone is hurt.

If anyone has any information please call the Nassau County Police or the District Attorney:
NCPD 7th Precinct: 516-573-6700
Crime Stoppers: 516-573-7326
District Attorney's Office: 516-571-2994