The jury’s verdict was divulged before the Hon. Colleen McMahon’s courtroom close to the Noon hour last Thursday, March 29, 2012. The jury foreman gave the unanimous verdict over which every allegation deliberated upon was made. On the first count, he was heard to say, “Guilty.” I did not believe I heard correctly. On the second count, he said, “Guilty.” I believe I realized my lower jaw had dropped to the floor only when on the third count he also said, “Guilty.” It was then, that I said to myself, “They are going to find them ‘guilty’ on every count.” There were 11 charges in all, some shared others specific to one defendant, rather than the other. Upon reflection, and to this day, I cannot fathom the rationale deduced by the jury in their deliberation.
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Do musicals’ books have to make sense? Not necessarily. Do they need a good love story? You bet. Can this story be stretched to two hours? Preferably, but good songs and enthusiastic acting and dancing can make up for nearly everything.
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NEW YORK, NY -- March 29, 2012 -- The jury presiding over the corruption and bribery charges agains former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and former Yonkers GOP Chairman Zehy Jereis found the respective defendants guilty on all counts made against them. Lawyers for the defendants are expected to file motions of dismissal by May 4, 2012.
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There are good laws, there are bad laws, and there are unconstitutional laws. One could argue that all unconstitutional laws are bad, but that does not mean all bad laws are unconstitutional.
I happen to believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, widely though somewhat unfairly called “Obamacare” (“Democare” would be more accurate), is a very bad law. I think it will ruin the economics of health insurance by allowing healthy people to put off buying insurance until they are sick. I think it will lead many small businesses to drop health insurance for their employees entirely; I have already done that in my business. I think it will drive costs higher, not lower as its backers insist.
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NEW YORK, NY and YONKERS, NY -- March 28, 2012 -- The jury continued to deliberate over the charges of bribery and extortion charged against Ms Sandy Annabi and Mr Zehy Jereis. The frustration level over the speed by which the jury may be moving was questioned by media but not revealed directly. I believe it could be inferred. The jury revealed its progress by making a request before 11:00 am. They requested proof of whether Columbia Equities, Division of Ocean First Bank was a member of the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). They would be curtly advised that should the information they seek have been in the testimony, it is they, not the judge, the government lawyers, or the defendants’ lawyers, who must find the pertinent testimony.
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Budget Disputes Vary in Intensity Depending on Funds Available and Ambitions of Lawmakers
Like nature itself, city government deals with different matters in different seasons of the year. First is the season of the budget, which begins with requests for funds by agencies and advocates, most of which are politely ignored because there are insufficient resources to fund them. The word most heard at budget time is no.
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