Mitrano Responds To Reed Allegations About Campaign Expenditures

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) CORNING — The two candidates for the 23rd Congressional District, Incumbent Tom Reed and second-time challenger Tracy Mitrano, are at odds over a an allegation by Reed that Mitrano illegally misused campaign contributions.The campaign issued a statement that claims Mitrano is transferring funds from her campaign account directly to herself. According to the Federal Election Commission records, Mitrano paid herself $16,750 in “rent” payments since January 2019, Reed’s campaign said.Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit campaigns from paying the mortgage, rent, or utilities for the personal residence of the candidate or the candidate’s family even if part of the residence is being used by the campaign.Mitrano told WNYNewsNow that Reed is either ignorant of the facts, or intentionally lying. “There’s no FEC report because no violation occurred. He’s manufacturing the notion of it,” Mitrano said. “He is either willfully ignop\rant of the facts or, as I suspect, attempting to rearrange the facts in ways that he can manufacture an allegation that is completely untrue and inaccurate.”“You have to wonder if people know that when they contribute their hard earned money to Tracy’s campaign that they’re actually padding Tracy’s own pockets in violation of federal law. With spending decisions like these– the candidate profiting off of the campaign– it’s no wonder Tracy’s campaign is floundering,” said Matt Coker, spokesperson for the Reed campaign.Among all recipients of Mitrano campaign expenditures, Mitrano has personally received the third most, nearly as much as the campaign has spent on ads and more than the salary of any of her current campaign staff, according to the campaign. What’s more, Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit candidates from paying themselves from political donations before April 2, 2020.Mitrano said the property in question is in Ithaca and is currently used to store supplies, hold staff meetings and meet with area journalists. She said the property’s fair market range is between $3,000 and $5,000 a month, but the campaign is only paying $500 per month for use of the property.“What Tom Reed is trying to allege is that that is also my personal residence, but those are not the facts,” Mitrano said. “I live in Pen Yan, New York, and I have for the last three years.”“Tracy’s campaign reeks of self-interest and disregard for the law. Tracy’s supporters can’t trust her with their donations and voters can’t trust Tracy in congress,” continued Coker.“This is a manufactured lie cause Tom Reed can’t run on his record, as an incumbent is expected to do,” she said. “If you throw spaghetti on the wall and you see what sticks.”In a follow up press release,Mitrano’s campaign alleged financial misdeeds by Reed during his tenure in Congress.“There is one––and only one––politician in this race with a record of financial violations, and that is Tom Reed. Mitrano has continued to run a transparent race focused on the issues that truly impact New York’s 23rd District,” the release stated.“Over the course of his career in Washington, Reed has accepted millions in Corporate PAC and special interest funding, and used his campaign funds to wine and dine his donors. In a quick search of FEC filings, you can see Tom Reed has spent: Over $39,000 on tickets to sporting events; $28,568 on Christmas ornaments from the House Gift Shop and White House Historical Society; $12,324 at the Sonoma Wine Bar in Washington, D.C. and $11,413 for a 2019 donor retreat in Montana,” the campaign said.“Reed’s claim about Tracy’s ‘rent’ expenditure being in violation of FEC rules is a weak and ridiculous smokescreen to try to inoculate his campaign from his own financial misdeeds,” said Mitrano campaign manager Paula Younger.last_img read more

National 4-H Congress

first_img“We haven’t abandoned our agricultural roots,” Stewart said. “We’ve expanded theaudience we serve.” “We want them to see the new South. This is a progressive region with the best ourcountry has to offer in climate, industry and agriculture,” she said. “We have shown acooperation of mutual respect between agriculture and business. And that link is clearin Atlanta. National 4-H Congress brings together 4-H’ers from across the nation and U.S.territories. The teens will discuss challenges they will face in the future and will searchfor solutions. National Congress also has changed to mirror the changing face of 4-H. One big part of the learning experience of the event is community service. “Experiential learning works whether you’re raising a steer in Hahira or a backyardgarden in Decatur,” Stewart said. “We’ve found urban and suburban applications foragriculture. And we’ve established 4-H as the premiere organization teachingleadership and citizenship to America’s youth.” “What better place to teach service and diversity than ‘Atlanta: The City Too Busy toHate’?” Stewart said. “That’s a vital message these young people need to take home.” The Congress convenes the day after Thanksgiving each year. It lasts for four days. Using the lessons of the past 80 years, National 4-H Congress combines its youngmembers’ leadership, citizenship and technological skills. And it puts them to work. “This program will give us an opportunity to unite young people from a multiculturalbase to network, discuss youth issues and establish relationships they will build on forthe rest of their lives,” Stewart said. “Atlanta will be a part of that.” “Plus, Atlanta offers gracious living you can’t get any other place in the world,” shesaid. “National 4-H Council determined that (as it was), it could no longer be funded,”Stewart said. “After National Council abandoned sponsorship, states picked it up andredefined the mission as an educational experience. They strengthened the programfrom just a recognition event.” “National 4-H Congress began as a recognition program for outstanding performance inproject areas,” said Susan Stewart, who coordinates the event. 4-H reaches city and suburban kids in the same way it reached rural students at the turnof the century. Georgia’s 4-H reputation helped land National Congress in Atlanta. “It still is,” said Stewart, a UGA 4-H specialist. “But it has expanded to be aneducational experience that exceeds the scope of what any one state could offer.” Stewart hopes the students won’t leave without a good dose of Southern hospitality. The big event almost ended in 1994. “We now hope National 4-H Congress will help us spotlight Georgia’s outstandingprogram,” Ryles said. “We hope it will introduce 4-H to a new generation ofGeorgians.” The Congress will bring more than 1,200 young people to the city each year. It won’t be another Olympics. It will be a big deal, however, to thousands of youngAmericans. For four years starting in 1998, Atlanta will be the host city for theNational 4-H Congress. A site selection committee made the announcement this week. With more than 5.5 million members (more than 170,000 in Georgia), 4-H reaches anever-changing population. It now includes 1 million city dwellers and more than 2million suburbanites. Only a little more than 700,000 live on farms. About 24 percentare minorities. “National 4-H Congress is the premiere event for 4-H across our country,” said BoRyles, state 4-H leader with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Citiesnationwide bid for the Congress. We’re thrilled the committee chose Atlanta.”last_img read more

The #1 question your credit union team is asking when under pressure

first_img“Is it safe?”If you’ve ever seen the movie Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier, you know just how scary this question can be.It can be a scary question for your credit union team as well (although without the unpleasant dental work—watch the movie if you’re confused).When you’re leading your team through a high-pressure situation, they’re looking to you……to see what you’re going to do (how you’re going to solve the situation); and,…to see how they should behave (do they need to panic?).But really, they’re looking to you for the answer to the question: Is it safe? (Or, more accurately, “Am I safe?”)That’s why it’s so vital that you, when faced with a high-pressure situation (What?! In a credit union?! No way!!!), exude calmness and confidence. Yes, even if deep down inside you’re a neurotic mess!See, it’s really hard to produce great results when you’re panicking. I can prove this to you with the following quiz:When the pressure’s on, do you want your airplane pilot, or your heart surgeon, or your military commander to be:Calm and confidentA blithering idiot made of quivering Jell-O®How many of you chose B? I’m going to assume no hands are raised. That’s because you’re a smart person (you don’t get to be a credit union leaders otherwise), and you inherently know that the blithering idiot is not going to produce great results. And if your future well-being depends on that blithering idiot…well…you’re not going to feel very safe, are you?It’s the same with your team. When the pressure is on, they’re looking to you to see if you are, A) calm and confident (i.e., safe), or, B) a blithering idiot made of quivering Jell-O® (i.e., unsafe).If the leader panics, the team panics. And it’s really hard to produce great results when you’re all panicking.Here’s why this is particularly important—and it goes beyond the scope of the particular high-pressure situation. Because high-pressure situations come and go. You get through one, and before you know it, another one’s right around the corner. So your team may not remember—once enough time has passed—what specific decision you made for any particular situation.But they will never forget how you made them feel.Days, weeks, years after the fact, they’ll remember whether you made them feel like their future was in jeopardy…or if you made them feel safe. And that will determine how eager they’ll be to follow you into battle the next time the pressure’s on.Your credit union team wants to know if you can get them through the pressure situations safely. To a large extent, it’s your demeanor that will answer the question: Is it safe? 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Detailslast_img read more

Antonio meets with homeowers

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa told Encino homeowners Wednesday night that he supports community efforts to rein in mansionization and overdevelopment on Ventura Boulevard. At a joint town-hall meeting of the Encino Property Owners Association and Homeowners of Encino, Villaraigosa took 20 minutes of questions on the new trash fee, potholes and the Los Angeles River. The mayor said he would support limits on large, built-to-the-property-line homes. “Neighborhoods have a right to determine what the character of their neighborhood should be.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Villaraigosa has touted the idea of “elegant density” that incorporates apartments or condos on top of shops, landscaping and good design. He has also encouraged more dense development along transit corridors and near busway and subway stops. However, some homeowners are raising concern that too many tall buildings and dense projects are planned near Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks and Encino. Eleven apartment and condominium complexes are proposed in the area with more than 1,100 units. “I want to hear him confirm that he does not support densification (of) Ventura Boulevard, as he’s said in the past, and that Ventura Boulevard is not a transit corridor,” said Gerald Silver of Homeowners of Encino. Villaraigosa deferred to the City Council and Councilman Jack Weiss, who represents Encino. “There is overdevelopment on Ventura Boulevard and to the extent that the council office is working with that, we’ll work with them,” the mayor said. He also pledged more synchronization of traffic signals at the most congested intersections in the Valley, and said the city would get more money for street paving if the $38 billion statewide infrastructure bond package is approved by voters. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more