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On Inauguration Day, it is appropriate, we open the book The American President, by Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III, and Peter W. Kunhardt, to read once again the wisdom of The First President, the peerless leader, and Father of Our Country on key issues he saw that the country going forward should always keep in the forefront. He made these observations in the last years of his life.
He is the First President and he had to get it right the first time.
Here is George Washington on the wisdom of leading America against her enemy:
“At the beginning of the late War with Great Britain it was known that the resources of Britain were, in a manner, inexhaustible, that her fleets covered the Ocean, and that her troops had harvested laurels in every corner of the globe.
Not then organized as a nation, or known as a people upon the earth—we had no preparation. Money, the nerve of war was wanting. The Sword was to be forged on the Anvil of necessity: the treasury to be created from nothing.
If we had a secret resource of a nature unknown to our enemy, it was the unconquerable resolution of our Citizens, rhe conscious rectitude of our cause, and a confident trust that we should not be forsaken by Heaven.”
Here is The First President on Congressional Duty:
“From the observation I have made in the course of this war (The American Revolution) I am decided in my opinion, that the powers of Congress are not enlarged, and made competent to all general purposes, that the Blood which has been spilt, the expense that has been felt, will avail us nothing; and that the band , already too weak, which holds us together, will soon be broken; when anarchy and confusion must prevail.”
Here is The Father of Our Country on the Writing of the Constitution:
“I almost despair of seeing a favourable issue to the proceedings of our Constitutional Convention, and do there repent having had any agency in the business. The Men who oppose a strong and energetic government are, in my opinion, narrow minded politician, or under the influence of local views.”
“The proposed Constitution is provided with more checks and barriers against the introduction of Tyranny than any Government hitherto instituted among mortals.”
Here is the Man Who Was First in War, First in Peace and First in the Hearts and Minds of His Countrymen on Inclusion:
“I always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable Asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”
Here is The Peerless Leader on the Price of Freedom:
“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.”
WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. By John F. Bailey. January 19, 2021 UPDATED 2:35 PM EST:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo presented the clearest Budget Address today this reporter has ever withnessed.
He spelled out where New York State was if the new congress does not restore the $15 Billion cost of lost revenues New York experienced from the Coronavirus crisis in 2020. In addition he demanded the congress repeal the SALT legislation that costs New Yorkers an addition $15 Million in taxes to the federal government.
He said if congress failed to do this, New York State would sue the federal government for the $15 Billion deficit in revenues the state is faced with.
He noted if the state budget is not passed by April 1, that there would be no pay raises for state employees or the legislators.
He promised there would be a $2 Billion dollar cut to education aid(taking away the $2 Billion increase in education aid the legislature put in the 2020 budget). A $600 Million cut to Medicaid, without spelling out details. There would be a 14.7% state income tax increase on the top 1% of earners.
In the budget briefing still going on as of 2:30 PM, Robert Mujica, the State Budget Director said the current budget 2021-22 beginning April 1st, includes $ 6 Billion in federal reimbursement, with the rest of the $15 billion request coming next year 2022-23 Budget. Mr. Mujica said that if the state received the full $15 Billion, the tax increase of 10.2% for middle wage earners and the 14.7% increase for the top 1% of wage earners would “go away.”
If no aid is forthcoming by March 31, the proposed budget would be cut further, working with the state legislature requiring deeper across-the-board And every department would sustain additional cuts above the proposed 55 across-the-board cuts. If the $6 Billion was delivered, then no school district aid would be cut and aid to education could be increased, Mujica said in the news conference still ongoing.
Mujica indicated that recovery of the state of employment, businesses and revenues would take most likely into 2025 to return.
The budget is based on the assumption the state will receive $6 Billion in Federal funds, which will fund the shortfalls in revenues this year, with the rest of the aid coming in the 2022 budget. If the federal government does not
Governor Cuomo said what the federal government does this year 2021 will decide the future of the state of New York.
The Governor closed saying “Justice” was what the new government taking office tomorrow had to give to New York, by making the state financially whole.
The 30 minute address was to the point. Perfectly clear. It should be a model for budget presentations. Crisp, clear, concise with no financial obfuscation.
WPCNR WVOX REPORT. John Bailey is heard ROUND THE WORLD Tuesdays at 7:50 AM ON THE DENNIS AND TONNY GOOD MORNING WESTCHESTER PROGRAM ON WVOX.COM OR WVOX 1460. TRANSCRIPT OF THIS MORNING’S WHITE PLAINS REPORT, ON WVOX WORLDWIDE
WHITE PLAINS BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT WELCOMED COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER AND MAYOR TOM ROACH FRIDAY TO A TAKE OUT CELEBRATION AT HOLY CRAB ON MAMARONECK AVENUE FRIDAY TO PROMOTE RESTAURANT MONTH IN WHITE PLAINS.
THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE ORDERED A CRAB PO BOY AND GUMBO AT THE NEW ORLEANS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT.
BRITTANY BRANDWEIN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WHITE PLAINS BID SAYS THE RESTAURANTS PARTICIPATING IN RESTAURANT MONTH MAY BE VIEWED AT WPBID.COM. I ORDERED PIZZA FOR BRENDA STARR AND MYSELF SATURDAY NIGHT FROM FRANCESCOS ON MAMARONECK AVENUE –A RESTAURANT CELEBRATING ITS 51ST YEAR IN WHITE PLAINS. TAKE OUT IS A GREAT SAFE OPTION AND GIVES THE HOME COOKING STAFF IN YOUR HOUSE A NEEDED FESTIVE BREAK. THINK ABOUT IT RESTAURANT WEEK IN WHITE PLAINS RUNS FOR 12 MORE DAYS INCLUDING TONIGHT
DON’T COOK TONIGHT, TAKE OUT TONIGHT
THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER WAS SO RIGHT THIS MORNING, SAYING “COVID NUMBERS ARE CONTINUING TO SOAR.”
WESTCHESTER COUNTY POSITIVES SUNDAY TO SUNDAY FROM SUNDAY JANUARY 11 THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 TOTALED 5,886.
AN AVERAGE OF 841 NEW PERSONS TESTING POSITIVE A DAY UP FROM 813 POSITIVES A DAY LAST WEEK AND 783 THE PREVIOUS WEEK IN 3 WEEKS.
IN THE LEADING INFECTION AREAS SINCE LAST CALCULATED ON WEDNESDAY YONKERS DOUBLED DAILY POSITIVES TO 561 SUNDAY.
NEW ROCHELLE CLOSE TO DOUBLED AT 175 NEW INFECTIONS,
WHITE PLAINS DOUBLED INFECTIONS TO 129, UP FROM 67 LAST WEDNESDAY
GREEENBURGH DOUBLED TO 82.
AT A 5% HOSPITALIZATION RATE MEANS THE WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL BEDS RESERVED FOR COVID OF 2,500 BEDS CAN SEE AN AVERAGE 300 A DAY NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS COUNTY WIDE JUST FROM THE NEW POSITIVES OF ONE DAY THAT IS 2,000 HOSPITALIZATIONS IN 2 TO 3 WEEKS.
THIS IS VERY GRIM WILL ADD TO THE 250 A DAY POSITIVES CALCULATED FROM LAST WEEK’S 813 A DAY POSITIVES. THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY POSITIVE INFECTION RATE IS 6.9% FROM JANUARY 11 THROUGH JANUARY 17.
THIS IS DOWN BUT NOT ENOUGH.
AS OF LAST WEEK THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE OF PERSONS POSITIVE WITH COVID WAS 5%.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY HOSPITALS COULD BE STRESSED THROUGH THE NEXT MONTH IF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS CONTINUE AT 5% BASED ON THE POSITIVE NUMBERS THE LAST THREE WEEKS UNLESS THE MEDICATIONS DO THEIR JOBS BETTER ON LESS SERIOUS COVID CASES.
THE COUNTY SHOULD BE THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT THAT—WHERE WE MIGHT TO PUT THESE POSSIBLE HUNDREDS OF POTENTIALLY HOSPITALIZED.
VACCINATIONS SEEM TO BE STABILIZING I RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION BY EMAIL CONFIRMING MY APPOINTMENT FOR JANUARY 27.
AND ORGANIZATIONS AND LOCATIONS ON THE STATE WEBSITE LISTING APPEAR TO BE FINALLY ANSWERING THEIR PHONES AND REACTING ON THEIR WEBSITES TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS.
MS. BRANDWIN TOLD ME THAT THE WHITE PLAINS HOLIDAY MARKET ON WALLER AVE IN DECEMBER WHICH RAN FOR 2 WEEKS DURING THE HOLDAYS ATTRACTED 5,000 PERSONS DESPITE A VERY WEATHER THE FIRST WEEKEND WAS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BY THE VENDORS WHO WERE HAPPY WITH THEIR SALES AND FEATURED 40 LOCAL VENDORS AROUND COUNTY IS BEING SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED FOR NEXT YEAR.
THE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BREAKFAST WAS NOT HELD MONDAY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC. HOWEVER THE THOMAS H. SLATER CENTER COVID RELIEF FUNDRAISING DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE SLATER EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY WELCOMES CONTRIBUTIONS.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THOMAS H. SLATER CENTER, AND MAIL TO 2 FISHER COURT WHITE PLAINS NY USA 10601
$25 SUPPORTS ONE FAMILY FOR A WEEK (ADD $25 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY; $100 SUPPORTS A FAMILY FOR ONE MONTH $300 FOR A QUARTER YEAR $600 FOR A HALF YEAR AND $1,200 FOR A FULL YEAR
WPCNR GOVERNOR CUOMO CORONAVIRUS UPDATE January 18, 2021:
Today we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. New York will relentlessly continue his battle for justice. We publish today to share important updates.
As of this morning, New York State has now administered over one million total doses: 903,131 first doses and 103,747 second doses.
The pace of vaccination is rapidly accelerating.
If the Federal Government can increase supply, we are ready to inoculate New Yorkers and scale up the vaccine distribution.
Chart of the Day: Our statewide positivity rate has gone down from the post-holiday high. However, COVID still poses a serious risk. Please wear a mask and exercise caution. Here’s what else you need to know
tonight: 1. Tomorrow, I will present the Fiscal Year 2022 Executive Budget. This year’s budget proposal will help set our agenda for the year ahead. The presentation will be live-streamed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, at 11:30am ET, at governor.ny.gov.
2. Total hospitalizations rose 8,868. Of the 186,205 tests reported yesterday, 12,185, or 6.54 percent, were positive. There were 1,523 patients in ICU yesterday, down 27 from the previous day. Of them, 997 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 153 New Yorkers to the virus. While hospitalizations are still rising, it’s encouraging to see that the rate of increase has slowed significantly.
3. I have asked Pfizer if New York can directly purchase vaccine doses from them. Since Pfizer is not bound to commitments that are a part of Operation Warp Speed, I have asked Pfizer, a New York-based company, if they will sell vaccine doses directly to New York State. Read the letter here.
4. I issued a letter demanding U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar explain his false claim that vaccine doses in reserve would be shipped to states. In case you missed it, last week the Federal Government told not just New York, but all fifty states, that vaccine doses that had been “held in physical reserve” would be shipped to states. This came as welcome news, as federal supply of the vaccine is extremely limited.
But it turned out that this was false. These doses had already been distributed to the states. Whether this was an act of incompetence or an act of intentional falsehood, New York and the public deserve a full accounting.
5. The Statewide positivity rate has come down—but we should still be very cautious. The post-holiday spike that we anticipated has declined (see chart above), but the more contagious UK variant is in New York State and represents a serious risk to our hospital system and all New Yorkers. Continue to be vigilant and wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings.
Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
WPCNR GOVERNOR CUOMO CORONAVIRUS VACCINE REPORT. January 17, 2020:
So far, New York’s health care distribution sites have administered 75 percent of doses received from the federal government. In total 699,063 doses of the vaccine have been administered—of these, 623,172 doses are first doses and 75,891 are second doses. (This number excludes doses that have been set aside for the federally-run Long Term Care Facility vaccination program.)
We want to get shots in arms as fast as possible, but our biggest constraint at the moment is the limited vaccine supply from the federal government.
We have our distribution network up and running and are working to expand it every day—but we can only vaccinate as many New Yorkers as we have supply for.
There are around 7 million New Yorkers who are eligible for the vaccine but New York only receives 300,000 doses per week, and the next weekly allocation from the federal government will be even less: just 250,000 doses. Due to this limited allocation, appointments have filled up quickly, which I recognize is frustrating for so many New Yorkers who want to get the vaccine as soon as they can.
If you are currently eligible for the vaccine, I urge you to call your local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital for additional information and to schedule appointments. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at a State-run vaccination site, use the “Am I Eligible” tool. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we wait for more federal supply. PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Coronavirus Newsletter will not publish on Monday, January 18th, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will resume on Tuesday, January 19th.
Photo of the Day: A fifth State-run vaccination site opened at SUNY Albany (Photo by Philip Kamrass) Here’s what else you need to know:
1. The first five “community vaccination kits” were deployed to New York City Housing Authority locations. Community vaccination kits have been assembled by the state to help ensure that residents of under-served areas have equal access to the vaccine. The kits include workstation equipment, medical supplies, room dividers, privacy curtains and more. The five kits that were deployed today will be used to vaccinate eligible residents at NYCHA buildings (New York City’s public housing authority).
2. Total hospitalizations fell to 8,808. Of the 324,671 tests reported yesterday, 19,942, or 6.14 percent, were positive. There were 1,570 patients in ICU yesterday, up 34 from the previous day. Of them, 962 are intubated. Sadly, we lost 183 New Yorkers to the virus.
3. Another State-run vaccination site opened in Albany today. The new site, located on SUNY Albany’s campus, will be joined in the weeks ahead by additional State-operated sites in every region of the state. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, if available, please use the State’s “Am I Eligible” tool or call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). Appointments to receive a second dose will be scheduled in-person immediately after an individual receives the first dose. New Yorkers should not attempt to book their second appointment online.
4. An additional case of the UK variant has been found in New York. This new case was identified in Nassau County. To date, there are now 16 known cases of the more contagious virus strain in New York.
5. Yesterday, New York State reported 324,671 COVID tests, a record high. Remember, testing is open to any New Yorker. Getting tested frequently allows us to identify positive cases so we can stop the spread. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to someone positive for COVID, get tested. Find a testing site near you. You can also call 1-888-364-3065 to make a free appointment at a New York State-run testing location.
Ever Upward, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
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