Author Archives: pystew

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.

View Your Ballot

The above is a sample  of the November 4, General Election ballot of the Town of Milo, Yates County. If  you click on it, it will enlarge. All ballots in the NY 23rd will be set up in a similar format … Continue reading

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People Vote! (Corporations Don’t!)

The fact that Tom Reed  out-funded Martha Robertson was expected. The power of incumbency is undisputed: He had the political contacts of the 2010 and 2012 campaigns, and a history of supporting, and being supported by, the Gas/Oil, Insurance, Securities … Continue reading

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Rep. Reed’s Real Estate Deals Raises Questions about Character

Two related, simple real estate transactions made by Tom Reed before he became Corning’s Mayor turned out to be anything but routine. Reed’s actions raises questions of the ethicality, and maybe even the legality, of the transactions. Although these events happened … Continue reading

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Martha Robertson Opposes the SAFE Act

Martha Robertson opposes the NYS SAFE Act. After listening to more than 10 hours of public opinion at two Tompkins County Legislature Meeting and two Public Safety Committee Meetings, she voted AGAINST a Resolution that supported the Act. In an article published … Continue reading

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Tom’s Fracking Letter

The following is a letter that came to the Mayor of the Village of Penn Yan this week. It was dated September 26. It was unsolicited; we did not ask him about his stances on fracking. Notice he didn’t say anything … Continue reading

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Teddy Roosevelt on Presidential Duty

We had an opportunity to revisit one of the most prominent and influential family in American politics by watching Ken Burn’s “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” was shown on PBS this week. (The final episode will be on tonight. The whole … Continue reading

Posted in Constitution, Economics, Environmental, Hydrofracking/Gas& Oil Industry, Protests, Rights | Tagged , , , , , , | 20 Comments

SAFE Act, Fracking, and the NY 23’s Primary Results

Andrew Cuomo defeated Zephyr Teachout  in Tuesday’s Democratic Gubernatorial Primary. Was anyone surprised? Cuomo had all the important factors: Name recognition, a large war-chest, and a legislative record that most Democrats approve of, such as: marriage equality, reducing middle class income … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental, fracking, Gun Violence, Hydrofracking/Gas& Oil Industry, Political, Protests | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments