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- Last Wednesday, Westchester County Executive George Latimer appointed outgoing Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz the outgoing County Legislator to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Facilities, charging him with the specific task to study the County’s seven sewer facilities in 13 different communities and to find possible cost savings and facility fixes that have languished for decades. Kaplowitz’s charge will earn him $107,690 per annum.
- Teamsters Local 456 was in attendance and supportive of SEIU 32BJ decision to strike 250 building contractors starting at midnight New Year’s Eve. “We want the contractors and building owners to know that cleaners will not be shut out of the economic success we helped build!” said Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ and the head of the union in the Hudson Valley. “Your fight is our fight!” said Louis Picani, President of Teamsters Local 456. “Every day you go to work, breaking your backs, but your bosses do not appreciate your efforts! Let’s let them know you cannot be broken! Let’s win a good contract now, and never give up the fight!” White Plains Mayor Tom Roach reiterated the message. “I’m here to let you know I’m standing with you in your fight for a fair contract. I know about and am very grateful for the important work you do for everyone here in White Plains. Businesses depend on you to be viable.” The 3,000 janitors covered under the contract clean some 250 properties across the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, Connecticut. That amounts to over 85% of the large commercial buildings in the area. “This is a simple issue,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “Do we want to live in a country of the haves and have-nots, or do we want to build prosperity together? The policemen, the public employees who work in the County Building, the Teamsters, all deserve a fair contract, and so do the building cleaners of the Hudson Valley…. We call on your employers to negotiate a fair contract you can live with!”
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National / International political analyst Michael Edelman, Esq., continues his ever compelling commentary with respect to POTUS from 10:30-11am
- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) on ABC’s “This Week” that even an acquittal in a Senate impeachment trial would not be a failure for the House Democrats asserting “… it’s not a failure in the sense of our constitutional duty to the House.” Fox News may be validating that assertion as their most recent poll reveals a 50/50 split between those wanting the impeachment to be approved while other side does not ant impeachment to be approved.
- From a legal perspective, Alan M. Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School asserts that A) on two grounds [of impeachment], abuse of power and obstruction of congress, are not among the criteria specified for impeachment. Neither one is a high crime and misdemeanor. Neither is mentioned in the constitution. So, what options would the Senate have if the House voted to impeach on two unconstitutional grounds? Could the Senate refuse to consider unconstitutional articles? Could the president’s lawyer make a motion to the Chief Justice — who presides over the trial of an impeached president — to dismiss the articles of impeachment on constitutional grounds? B) Further Dershowitz advises that no matter the outcome, the House majority will have abused its power by weaponizing the House’s authority over impeachment for partisan purposes — exactly as Hamilton feared. C) Were Congress to vote to impeach President Trump on the two proposed grounds, its action would be unconstitutional. According to Hamilton in Federalist 78, any act of Congress that does not comport with the Constitution is “void.” This view was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison and is now the law of the land. D) So, what options would the Senate have if the House voted to impeach on two unconstitutional grounds? Would it be required to conduct a trial based on “void” articles of impeachment? Could it simply refuse to consider unconstitutional articles? Could the president’s lawyer make a motion to the Chief Justice — who presides over the trial of an impeached president — to dismiss the articles of impeachment on constitutional grounds? E) The most likely option for the president — and the one hinted at by White House sources — is for the Senate to conduct a scaled down trial focusing on the constitutional defects in the articles of impeachment. No fact witnesses would be called: that would turn the proceeding into a he said/she said conflict with no clear resolution. Only legal arguments — neater and quicker — would be presented before a vote was taken. F) The ultimate outcome seems clear: the Senate will vote to acquit President Trump. Regardless of the outcome, the damage will have been done by the House majority that will have abused its power by weaponizing the House’s authority over impeachment for partisan purposes — exactly as Hamilton feared.
- If there is time, what can the public expect from the Thursday Democratic Party debates? V.P. Joe Biden continues to be strong in the polls. Pete Buttigieg has weakened somewhat for still strong. Have Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders reached a plateau? Is Michael Bloomberg gaining momentum in the polls? We are likely to need to wait until next week to glean the results of Thursday’s debate.
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Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large speaks to the telling and the issues raised in the most recent Hezitorial … Yonkers Stirs the Pot: As the Nation Turns Blue Yonkers’ Roots Remain Red By HEZI ARIS and another… Jury Deadlocked Over Former Mount Vernon Corporation Counsel Lawrence Porcari Who Continues to Assert He Had “No Intent To Steal.” By HEZI ARIS . Followed by other hyperlocal, county, state, national, and international news with commensurate analysis.
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