More on Election 2013 …

More on Election 2013 …
A Whitney Media Editorial of the Air
by William O’Shaughnessy
broadcast October 30, 2013

The race for County Executive is not the only game in town this Election season … tawdry, off-kilter and bewildering though it is.

Indeed there are several other important choices which will confront our listeners on Election Day.

The first matter at hand when you are firmly and securely ensconced in the intimacy of the election booth will be to choose from among ten who aspire to only five seats on the Supreme Court of the State of New York.  WVOX and WVIP recommend to your favorable consideration the following three candidates:  First, and by far, the most sensible choice will be Mr. Justice Daniel Angiolillo, who presently sits as a Supreme Court Justice on the important Appellate Division in Brooklyn.  Judge Angiolillo is a wonderful man of great probity and patience.  He is eminently qualified and deserving of re-election.

Two other judicial candidates who we pray will earn your favor are Judge John Colangelo who served ably and with great distinction here in the City Court of New Rochelle.  Also Mr. Justice John Sweeny.  Judge Sweeny is well known in the northern counties.  He’s based in Putnam County and we hear only very good things about His Honor.  He also sits on an Appellate court.

Judge Angiolillo and Judge Sweeny are Republicans.  Judge Colangelo is a Democrat.  We hope you will bless the candidacy of these three outstanding jurists. 

Why is this important, you wonder?  “The true administration of Justice is the firmest pillar of good government.” That’s the memorable phrase etched forever on the facade of the great Courthouse in Foley Square in lower Manhattan.  It should be etched in our memory as we carefully consider our judicial selections.   That’s why it’s important.  And that’s why these candidates are important:  Angiolillo … Colangelo … and Sweeny.                         

Another candidate we would recommend for your favorable consideration is Tim Idoni who presently serves as County Clerk.  He’s a Democrat.  And a great public servant who served as mayor of New Rochelle and has completely revised and reinvigorated the unglamorous, but important, Office of County Clerk.  Tim Idoni has impressed damn near everyone with his management style and dedication.  Include us among his many admirers. 

Finally, there are three very superior, very worthy candidates for the County Board of Legislators who deserve more than a brief shout-out.  Jim Maisano, the dynamic, indefatigable Minority Leader is everywhere apparent in our district.  He’s been a very skillful consensus builder and a shrewd strategist and parliamentarian who merits your enthusiastic support. 

And, incidentally, we share Leader Maisano’s confidence in his colleague Legislator Sheila Marcotte who serves Eastchester and the north end of New Rochelle diligently and well. 

And we can’t but very confidently endorse and urge the election of John Verni to the County Board.  Verni is the scion of a great Westchester family.  He has admirers in both major political parties for his business acumen, his leadership at Iona Prep and his selfless volunteer efforts for countless organizations.  Plus he’s one smart lawyer – (but don’t hold that against him!).  John Verni, we can absolutely assure our listeners, will be a stand-out from the get-go on the County Board.  He’s a solid, balanced individual.  And we can all be glad a fellow like Mr. Verni will not be deterred by the rigors of politics and will actually take the time to enter the arena of public service.

And one more.  There’s a very dynamic – and highly intelligent – woman running for Town Justice up in Cortland.  We’ve long admired attorney Shari Gordon for her work within the legal Establishment and on college campuses.  Shari Gordon has become a role model for women who aspire to a judicial career.  She’s bright and smart.   And you can do your friends up-county a favor by telling them of her attributes.  Shari Gordon is a Democrat.  She’ll make a fine judge.

 

Contact:

Cindy Gallagher
Whitney Media
914-235-3279  cindy@wvox.com

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Noam Bramson’s Hometown Station Endorses Astorino!

Astorino for County Executive
A Whitney Media Editorial of the Air
by William O’Shaughnessy
broadcast October 29, 2013

Despite what you’ve heard … we are endorsing Noam Bramson … for Congress!

We’re sorry.  But Noam Bramson has been running a “Congressional Campaign” from the get go.  Young Mr. Bramson, I tell you, has all the Kennedy-esque moves.  All the gestures.  The pace.  The cadence. The rhythm.  All the Harvard elocution.  He’s got the moves.

But. But downtown New Rochelle, with rare exception (a few good restaurants, an art gallery, a couple of jewelry stores) is essentially all “dollar” stores and a for-profit college owned by out-of-towners.  For you see Mayor Bramson has practically turned over most of our faded and beleaguered downtown to Monroe College and the Jerome family’s forprofit empire.  And he’s trying to jam that ill-conceived Echo Bay so-called “development” down everyone’s throat.  But the concerned, sensible residents of his city are asking what the hell Forest City Ratner has ever done for New Rochelle!  We can answer that:  absolutely nothing

We’ve been at the People’s Business for 50 years, ladies and gentlemen … covering politics and government here in Westchester … and we’ve had Mayor Bramson at this microphone often during his tenure as our part-time mayor.  He’s articulate.  He talks a very good game of policy-speak.  But he’s gone missing during his recent bewildering “Congressional Campaign.” 

Noam Bramson is precocious.  He’s brilliant.  And he lets everyone know it.  He’s a policy wonk very much at ease with the jargon of governance and lingo of text book public policy. 

But the Westchester county executive is supposed to run the damn county parks, the county parkways, the county police.  And preside over the 1.7 billion dollar county budget.  Mr. Astorino does that all with great skill and sound judgment. 

Our friends at the Journal News have blessed Mr. Bramson’s lofty aspirations … saying he offers a “holistic” approach.  With all due respect, I’m not sure what the hell that means (we’re sure our friend Phil Reisman, their star feature columnist, didn’t write that Holy Holistic headline!)  Have it as you will, we believe Rob Astorino offers a sensible, prudent, common sense approach to regional, local government.

Mr. Bramson has shoveled hundreds of thousands of dollars down to Washington, DC consultants and political gurus in the state of Virginia.  But he has almost completely ignored local media – the local newspapers, and indeed, our local radio stations.  There’s no question he’s shooting for the big time. He’s really … running … for Congress.  And it was ever thus. 

Indeed, Mr. Bramson has even ignored the elders of his own Democratic Party in Westchester.  No, like I said, I think our mayor is shooting for bigger fish.  He wants to go National.  We don’t think he’s at all interested in this job of Westchester County Executive.

We go all the way back in this county to Edwin Gilbert Michaelian, the legendary county executive of sainted memory.  The county office building is named after Mr. Michaelian.  He was a wonderful man.  And a great county executive.  So too was Andy O’Rourke who we lost just recently after a long, distinguished career in public service.  Rob Astorino is cut from the same bi-partisan, sensible cloth as Michaelian and O’Rourke. 

Astorino is also astute and smart enough to repair to the wise counsel of some very intelligent individuals who know Westchester well … such as his deputy Kevin Plunkett and Kevin’s estimable brother William Plunkett … as well as John Cahill, who, indeed, ran the State of New York at one time as chief of staff to a former governor … whereas Mr. Bramson seems to have wrapped himself in the bosom of those paid gun political strategists from Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who see big things for him.  But the bottom line is:  Noam Bramson is … notagoodfit … for this job.

We’re sorry but guns and abortion are national issues.  And so is gay marriage.  And while we’re at it, it’s one thing to say you’re Pro Choice.  Everybody should be Pro Choice.  A state can’t legislate where it has no power, that is, in a woman’s body.  But, in the very next breath, we think you’ve got to say how horrible and vulgar and violent abortion is.   We haven’t heard that from Noam Bramson.

On his record, on the issues that should count in this race, Mr. Astorino has been, in fact, a very brave and able executive.  He’s taken bold and, at the same time, prudent, sensible steps to curb the excesses and sweep away the rubble of the Spano years.  And he’s done it all thoughtfully and carefully and fairly.

The battered and discredited national GOP in Washington can certainly take a lesson from our enlightened Republican county executive.  He’s reached across the aisle and actually cooperated with (God-forbid) Democrats.

Astorino has worked especially well with our Westchester neighbor Governor Andrew Cuomo in whom we are so well pleased.  And, in case anyone failed to notice – the Governor, in what was supposed to be a huge, momentous endorsement of Mayor Bramson last weekend … opted instead to just do a perfunctory “shout-out” to Rockland and Westchester Democratic candidates in general. 

And say what you will about wily Bill Clinton.  He’s not stupid.  And Bill Clinton’s so-called “endorsement” of Mr. Bramson was along the same lines.  (Anyway, we think he endorsed Mr. Bramson.  It’s “rumored” that he did anyway).  But notice that no members of the press were allowed to witness the grand event.  Not one.  In fact, the media was summarily banned from the proceedings (something that was very pointedly noted by News 12’s great Janine Rose during the recent debate).

Now despite the outstanding job he’s been doing, Astorino has some formidable obstacles.  He’s got registration numbers against him.  Westchester, in case you haven’t noticed, is heavily Democratic.  He’s most likely got my beloved New York Times against him.  He’s certainly got our friends at “Mother Gannett” – the Journal News – against him.  And to his great credit, he’s got shy, modest retiring Senator Chuck Schumer against him. 

Rob Astorino has also had a lot of endorsements.  But he’s going to have one more.  Were very pleased to announce this morning that WVOX and WVIP are endorsing Mr. Astorino, the very able and dedicated … Republican and Conservative candidate for County Executive of Westchester.

We’re glad to stand with Mr. Astorino. 

This is a WVOX and WVIP Editorial of the Air.  This is William O’Shaughnessy.

 

Contact:

Cindy Gallagher
914-235-3279
cindy@wvox.com

Statement re: Bill “The Amazin” Mazer

A Statement by William O’Shaughnessy

President, Whitney Media

October 23, 2013

“It was a privilege to amplify Bill Mazer’s brilliant voice on WVOX for the last eight years of his long, “amazin” (no pun intended!) professional broadcasting career.

Bill was knowledgeable about damn near everything. He could talk with eloquence and erudition on many subjects… from Joe DiMaggio and Henry Aaron to Frank Sinatra, Toots Shor and our late Westchester neighbor of sainted memory, Robert Merrill.

I first discovered Mazer’s genius when I listened to him in high school in Buffalo, New York. He had a way with words which was unequaled in our tribe and a voice of great resonance and timbre. And the State of Israel had no greater champion on the radio than Bill Mazer.”

Contact:

Cindy Gallagher
Whitney Media
914-235-3279 … cindy@wvox.com

Remarks of WO re: Judge Daniel Angiolillo

Remarks 

of 

William O’Shaughnessy

for 

Judge Daniel Angiolillo

Justice, Appellate Division,

New York State Supreme Court 

The Avalon

New Rochelle, N.Y.

October 1, 2013

 

First of all … permit me to thank you for the gift of your presence … as well as the generosity of your purse. 

So many of you … as I look around the room … have been admirers and supporters of the Judge for a long, long time … and I won’t intrude for very long on your evening. 

We’ve come on this beautiful Indian summer night because we need something to believe in.  To hold on to.  And to be guided by. 

Something wiser than our own quick personal impulses and something sweeter than the taste of a political victory. 

Our presence here tonight is a tribute not only to a gifted and able jurist.  But it is a tribute as well, I think, to what one of the most graceful and articulate of your profession – Mario Cuomo – calls “Our Lady of the Law.”  

As the lawyers here assembled know, the Constitution, our more than 200-year-old legacy of law and justice has been the foundation, the rock on which we have built all that is good about America.  For more than 200 years “Our Lady of the Law” has proven stronger than the errors or sins or omissions of her acolytes which is what lawyers are and has made us better than we would have been. 

But you know all of these things.  They teach them in law school.  And you practice them every day as officers of the Court. 

But you also know and are aware that the law does not apply to every single case or circumstance or even, perhaps, to every day and age.  So judges must take a wonderful instrument, the Constitution – or statute or precedent – and try to lay it over and apply it to each case.   They must try to fit it to reality. 

To work well, the law, in the care and keeping of a judge, has to have the restraint that comes with fairness and it also must have tension to move and bend and be compassionate … firm, but flexible … to deal with each new circumstance. 

What qualities, then, should we have a right to expect from the men and women we raise up from among us to interpret and define that Rule of Law:

They must have:

  • Experience
  • Intelligence.
  • Integrity.
  • Wisdom.
  • And compassion.

So where do you find people with such qualities?  Where must a governor who appoints them or those who elect them find such people?  Not in every lawyer.  Or in every judge.

To whom, then, do you entrust the power to restructure families?  To take a business or restructure our purse.  Who maintains this Rule of Law?  What protects it?  Not a rifle or a bayonet or a prison cell.  Only … only a good mind …  accompanied by the precious, sound instinct of a judge who is both wise and good. 

We found such an individual (albeit with too many vowels in his name) 14 years ago. 

And so here we are now in 2013 with another opportunity to reaffirm our confidence and admiration for an appellate judge with a collegial, compassionate and loving touch, with a gentle heart to interpret the law, but with a firmness and power to apply it. 

So, as I mercifully yield, I would ask again:  Where do you find these qualities?  Not in every lawyer, or even in every judge. 

But we found all of it and more in the compassionate and caring heart of Mr. Justice Daniel Angiolillo.

And we must continue his brilliant service … despite the registration numbers, despite the political winds.

There is no Republican … or Democratic … way to interpret or dispense Justice.

We’ve got to re-elect Mr. Justice Dan Angiolillo!

William O’Shaughnessy, a former president of the New York State Broadcasters Association, was chairman of Public Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington.  He has been a point man and advocate for the broadcasters of America on First Amendment and Free Speech issues, and is presently chairman of the Guardian Fund of the Broadcasters Foundation of America.  He operates two of the last independent stations in the New York area: WVOX and WVIP.

He is the author of “AirWAVES” (1999) … “It All Comes Back to Me Now” (2001) … “More Riffs, Rants and Raves” (2004) … “VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files” was released in January, 2011.  He is currently working on his fifth book for Fordham University Press, an anthology which will include these remarks about Judge Angiolillo.

 

Contact:

William O’Shaughnessy

914-980-7003  wfo@wvox.com

Cindy Gallagher

Whitney Media

914-235-3279 cindy@wvox.com