Editor's Note: Following are comments from stories that got Hudson Valley Patch users talking.
Astorino Gets a Challenger From His Right
"although i am sympathetic to the tea party and the cause, rob has done a great job , even though he is surrounded by the worst county legislators in history. now is not the time to challenge him from the right. if colucci would drop out , and take up another cause , and there are plenty of them, that would be great. be a patriot !" -- frank vecchione
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"Serious candidates for public office must reject the politics of extremism, and for Mr. Colucci that includes the deplorable imagery and language being promulgated by his father online," stated spokeswoman Jessica Proud. Astorino needs to share the skeletons in his own closet with his hired gun spokespeople who apparently were derelict in their duty in researching their own golden boy client and his pops... who was found guilty of real crimes much worse than likening a liberal governor to a dead dictator. So does Rob agree with the tactics used by Cuomo to push his rights smothering 2nd Amendment gun control legislation? Not to mention his immediately getting in bed with old time establishment favorite, attorney Kevin Plunkett. I bet all republican reformers who backed Rob were really Proud of that move." -- Mount Vernon
Council: 71 Percent of Westchester Teens Report Easy to Access to Alcohol
"There's a movement among college leaders to return drinking age to 18 from 21. Kids pre-game and binge more. I know we're talking in this thread about high school but it's all intertwined. There's a great book called "Binge" by Barrett Seaman on the topic. His research indicated correlation between high school team sports and college binge drinking... This is a complex, nuanced topic." -- Leslie Yager
Whiz Kid: Dante Palombo
"Dante is a true role model for all children/teens/adults. This is such an amazing accomplishment for a boy of his age. Congratulations you deserve only the best." -- Michelle V.
'Looking Suspicious is Not Against the Law': Mam'K Activist Recalls Arrest
"ok first of all .. how about showing some resepect for our police officers .. Something like oh hey officer i live here.. here is my drivers licence.. that would of been the end of the story.... When you sit 40 feet from a school sorry to tell you the officer did the right thing..This is the kind of thing that happens when you Challenge Police officers either with sarcasim or the tone of your voice... guess what you lost ... Yeah you might win the case in the end but the officer won he ruined your day .. not a smart thing to do.. ... Show some respect for our officers.. you never know when you might need them to help you out some day...Laura" -- LD
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Respect for police, hmmm ... how about respect for people? The police have very expensive equipment giving them instant electronic access to vast information. Why didn't the police simply check the license plate in the DMV records and realize it was registered to the address where it was parked? And if they did check, why harass someone near his house? Does the police information system keep track of whether the license was checked? If so, and they did check, then that opens a door into very scary harassment behavior!!! But then, back to respect for people, why harass someone simply sitting in a car?" -- Ralph in Larchmont
County Exec Candidates Trade Verbal Jabs On Gun Control
"I should also add that I, along with I think all other gun owners and most non gun owners, think it's patently absurd that Mr. Lacorte thinks his lack of gun ownership is somehow a qualification for the position of County Executive." -- Chris Day
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"While it may be interesting to hear what different Rockland County politicians think about our gun control laws, it is simply political theatre. I would be more interested in knowing whether LaCorte agrees with Ilan or Ed regarding the County's Home Rule request, which would allow them to borrow more money and put us further in debt. Day is opposed, and has called for zero based budgeting. Schoenberger, as one of the stewards of our current financial disaster, is for. I would like to know which way LaCorte stands on this. Does he agree with Day or with Schoenberger? A simple answer will do." -- Mike Hirsch