Defying the FCC, New York’s governor has signed an executive order on net neutrality

From The Washington Post

By Brian Fung January 24 

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his 2018 executive state budget proposal on Jan. 16, 2018. (Hans Pennink/AP)

The state of New York became the second state to put itself on a collision course with federal officials as its governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an executive order Wednesday designed to flout the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to repeal its net neutrality rules.

The order escalates a deeply polarized battle over the future of the Web and highlights the role states play as they seek to respond to major deregulatory decisions coming out of Washington.

Cuomo's order comes two days after Montana's governor, Steve Bullock, signed his own executive order in a bid to circumvent the FCC.

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Women’s March in Woodstock draws hundreds of participants

From Daily Freeman

Women’s March in Woodstock draws hundreds of participants

By Ariél Zangla, on Twitter

POSTED: 01/20/18, 2:45 PM EST

ARIEL ZANGLA -- DAILY FREEMAN Dafney DeJesus of West Shokan displays her sign during the Women’s March on Saturday in Woodstock, N.Y. 

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. >> The second annual Women’s March brought out hundreds of people Saturday afternoon, not just to protest on behalf of women’s rights, but also to shed light on other social justice issues.


“Everything brings me out today,” Alan Finger of Ghent said as he waited for the march to begin. Holding a sign depicting President Donald Trump sitting on a wall with the caption of “Trumpty Dumpty,” he said he saw the Woodstock event as a “resistance march” and not just about women’s rights.

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The Democratic Rural Conference of NY January 2018 Bulletin

Message From Chair, Irene Stein

As 2017 has drawn to a close, we see the opportunity for a Democratic sweep from Congress to the Senate to our NYS leadership statewide and in both Legislative Houses. The very large number of candidates for our endorsements for Congress testify to the perceived shakiness of the Trump regime and the Republicans. His cynical trumpeting (no pun intended) of his concern for the middle class is belied by his actions benefiting the few AT the expense of the many. We need to build up our forces from the local level to beat back this wave of demagoguery and we are doing just that. 

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Middletown Councilman Jake Rosa Dies in Margaretville Accident

From The Reporter 

Jake Rosa (third from left), died early this morning in a tragic accident in the town of Margaretville. Pictured is Rosa and additional potential Middletown candidates during a Republican Forum which took place at the end of October. Rosa was voted into his third term as a board member for the town of Middletown in November.

MIDDLETOWN - This morning, shortly before 8 a.m., 42 year old Jacob “Jake” Rosa died in a tragic accident.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the fatal accident which took place on Bill Stahl Road in the town of Margaretville.

Investigation into the accident revealed that the Arkville resident was on a disabled tractor that was being towed by a landowner along a narrow, snow covered driveway, when a wheel of the tractor dropped off the driveway adjacent to a steep embankment and overturned, fatally injuring Rosa.

The tractor, which was not running at the time of the accident, was not equipped with tire chains or a rollover protection structure, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

In November, Rosa was voted in for his third term as a board member for the town of Middletown.

Rosa, 42, was self employed as a logger and also operated a small farm.  He is married with a grown step daughter.

“One of the best things about this county and town is the open space and I love that the current board works so well together.  When we walk in the door - we leave politics at the door, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat,” Rosa said in a November interview with The Reporter.  “I enjoy working for the people - my experience on the board has been pretty great.”

Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department were assisted at the scene by members of the Margaretville Volunteer Fire Department, the Margaretville Memorial Hospital Ambulance and Sanford Towing.

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Woman's March II

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YOU CAN DO SOMETHING. Call Rep. Faso! Say it’s not enough for him to vote against the tax bill. To prove he really opposes it FASO HAS TO WORK TO SLOW THE PROCESS DOWN! These tax overhaul bills will have major impact but show minimal public support or understanding. Legislators have been denied the time needed to read these bills. Journalists have been denied the time needed to report on them. The CBO has been denied the time needed to assess the economic impact. Constituents are being denied the time needed ask questions and give feedback. CALL FASO’s OFFICE TODAY. Say he needs to prove he’s working to slow this process down to let democracy work. Otherwise, his “No” vote is meaningless.

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Start fighting for your voice locally. Our County Board of Supervisors does not let the public speak at its board meetings. Link to and sign a petition to help change that! Share with your friends. Do it before Dec 15!



Petition to allow citizens to speak at regular Delaware County (NY) Board of Supervisor Meeting

Listen To Us: Petition to allow citizens to speak at regular Delaware County (NY) Board of Supervisor Meeting

The Delaware County New York Board of Supervisors does not let the public speak at its board meetings. We, the undersigned, request that the Supervisors remedy this situation by granting the public `Privilege of the Floor` and allow citizens to speak and voice their concerns at regular board meetings.

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Top state Democrats lay out plan to reunite Senate


Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, now the executive director of Win (Women In Need), meets the press after the mayoral debate on Oct.10, 2017.  (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:33 PM

ALBANY — Four top state Democrats on Monday put out a plan for reunification of the fractured Senate Democrats.

The letter was sent to members of the mainline Senate Democrats and a group of eight breakaway Dems currently aligned in a majority leadership coalition with the Republicans.

The letter laid out terms of a potential deal to reunify the two sides who have been apart since 2011.

And it warns that if the breakaway Dems do not accept the terms, the state Democratic party controlled by Gov. Cuomo will back primaries against them.

And if the mainline Dems don’t, the state party and others will publicly call for a change in their leadership.

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19 Congressional Candidate Forum, The Contenders

From Bard Center for Civic Engagement

Join us for The Contenders Congressional Candidate Forum held at Bard College's Olin Hall on December 1st. We will have the opportunity to meet all six Democratic candidates running for Congress in NY's 19th District. Learn how they compare on the most significant issues of our time, through both prepared and audience questions.

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