John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Monday, August 5, 2019 @10am EST

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The broadcast is initiated every Monday to Friday from 10am-12Noon EST. An archive is created by 12:15pm.

Topics of discussion are defined herein:

  1. John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter (WPCNR.com) Publisher / Editor opens the broadcast day at 10am. This segment from 10-10:30am. We open with John Bailey’s exclusive report on Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioners Reginald LaFayette (Democrat) and Douglas Colety (Republican) appearing before the Westchester County Budget and Appropriations Committee informing how early voting is going to work and if this new pattern of voting is an anomaly specific to this year or will become the future norm. 
  2. Highlights of the interview of White Plains’ Richard Payne’s story of the Block Island windfarm and an update of New York State wind farms intended for Long Island. We learn the cost, how long it will took to implement, whether it is successful, whether residents welcomed the build-out, and its efficacy with respect to investment, costs, ecological impact to marine life, birds, and people.
  3. Review of the operating success of Westchester County’s management of Rye Playland.

Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst, delves into local, national and international news and analysis from 10:30-11am.

  1. We speak to the recent massacre that took place this weekend. The first in El Paso, TX with 20 people murdered, and 27 more injured, and second such terrorist conduct took place in Dayton, OH with 9 murdered and an additional 16 or more injured. These two incidents came about after a 19-year-old shot and killed three people, including two children, at Northern California’s Gilroy Garlic Festival. Are these incidents being exacerbated by the rhetoric heard from President Trump as expressed by Democratic Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke suggests:  “Trump’s ‘racist,’ ‘white nationalist’ rhetoric encourages attacks.” that simply electioneering pandering.  Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney suggests otherwise, informing that, “This is a serious problem, no question about it, but these are sick people and the president knows it. But I don’t think it’s fair to lay this at the feet of the president. Should there be greater scrutiny with respect to buying an assault rifle or any armament? Will the NRA relent? Will the Democrats propose new legislation against the capacity to procure an assault weapon? Or is this issue plodding along from one atrocity to another, born on the back of hatred that the nation is only beginning to address but in selective fashion. What is the driving force of such attacks? Whatever happened to alleged background checks? Do they exist or is it a way to placate the nation?
  2. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (VT-I) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that is a first step to addressing our gun violence epidemic.  Yet on Sunday it was learned that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had fractured his shoulder after falling at his Kentucky home. The 77-year-old McConnell has been treated and released from the hospital and is working from his home in Louisville. The injury comes as a number of Democrats and some Republicans have called upon McConnell to cancel the Senate’s August recess so that lawmakers can pass gun control legislation in the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings this weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that Senate Republicans put an end to to their “outrageous obstruction,” referencing McConnell’s refusal to bring two background check bills passed in the House this year for a vote on the Senate floor.
  3. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday identified what he called the “seven deadly sins” that  China must stop doing before the ongoing trade war with the U.S. will come to an end. “Stop stealing our intellectual property, stop forcing technology transfers, stop hacking our computers, stop dumping into our markets and putting our companies out of business, stop state-owned enterprises from heavy subsidies, stop the [importation of] fentanyl [and] stop the currency manipulation.” Can Pres. Trump gain the upper hand on these issues? If not, why not? Why are the Europeans quiet on this issue?
  4. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) strong performance in this week’s Democratic presidential debates invigorated supporters who see her as slowly but surely making the case that she’s the best Democrat to take on Pres. Trump. Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were widely seen as the biggest winners of the two debates, along with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who tangled with former Vice President Joe Biden in the week’s second debate.  Warren had the biggest single moment on stage, when she told former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) that she didn’t understand “why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president” just to talk about what “we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”
  5. The Federal Reserve is reassessing its monetary policy strategy, considering whether alternatives to present inflation-targeting framework could be more efficient, exact, and transparent in attaining its objective of price stability and maximum employment, while maintain its independence. Is the catalyst behind reassessment the step-child of Pore.. Trump? Is Trump qualified to make theoretical and empirical deductions and thereby policy. Who is qualified to pursue anticipated remedies to grow the American economy and in what fashion? Whichever direction is chosen, are economists and Wall Street secure in knowing that the Federal Reserve can withstand the challenging Tweets given expression by President Trump?
  6. Thousands of activists turned out on Sunday in Hong Kong’s 9th consecutive weekend of pro-democracy protests — despite clashes with police the previous night and threats by China that it may crack down on demonstrations. Police fired multiple tear gas rounds in confrontations with activists in the city’s Kowloon area Saturday night. Hong Kong police said Sunday they arrested more than 20 people for offenses including unlawful assembly and assault following clashes between over 40,000 protesters and authorities that continued deep into the night. 1000’s of civil servants joined the unrest in protest among other protesters. This segment from 10:30-11am

Thereafter Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris engages in reviewing the most compelling news stories replete with commensurate analysis. This segment from 11am-12Noon

 

eHeziJohn Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Monday, August 5, 2019 @10am EST

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