For those not in the know, the race for the 40th state Senate District features Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball against Democratic Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz.
With just days before Election Day, here’s the latest—
1. Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig said he plans to sue Ball for saying that he was selling drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants. Ball’s comment, see the video below, came this week during a debate in Peekskill. It was the village’s code enforcement officer who was arrested several weeks ago and charged with selling licenses to those here illegally.
Here’s a video of Schoenig reading his statement.
2. Ball, for his part, called on Schoenig today to resign—and referred to the correct person.
Following Arrest of Village Employee, Ball Cites Mayor’s History of Aiding and Abetting Criminal Illegal Aliens
Following the arrest of a Village employee for selling identification to illegal aliens, Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has called on Mayor James Schoenig (R – Brewster) to resign his position as Mayor of the Village of Brewster.
“Two years ago, we stopped the Village from allowing the Guatemalan government to open up shop and hand out identification to illegal aliens. This month, a Village employee took it upon himself to do just that,” Ball said. “It is the policy of this Village to not just look the other way, but to perpetuate an illegal alien-driven black market economy that forces an entire population into a lawless, subsistence life while those who hire and house illegally reap the financial rewards. As we’ve learned repeatedly here in Brewster, these are not victimless crimes. The official policy of the Village seems to be Criminal Facilitation. Enough is enough. It is time for Mayor Schoenig to resign.”
Both Ed Kowalski of 9/11 Families for a Secure America and Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent for the INS (Retired) have spoken out about the dangers of selling identification to illegal aliens, condemning the actions of the Brewster Village employee.
“In the U.S., the driver’s license is our de facto universal identification card,” Kowalski said. “These licenses become ‘breeder documents,’ which allow the recipient to obtain additional documents, based upon the false premise that he is a U.S. citizen. For example, all of the 9/11 hijackers had driver’s licenses or state-issued non-driver’s identification cards, which they then could use when opening bank accounts, renting housing, and boarding planes. What this individual is alleged to have done has to be considered in the above referenced context. This is not a victimless crime. Let’s hope that [the Village employee] is prosecuted to the full extent the law allows.”
In August, Ball announced that he would use the full weight of his elected position to put the Consolidation of the Village of Brewster to a referendum as part of a plan to save taxpayers millions of dollars annually in property taxes, water fees, and redundant government jobs.
“The potential exists that anyone who would be able to provide an individual with such a universally accepted proof of identity might, unwittingly, aid and abet those whose goals go beyond seeking unlawful employment,” Cutler said.
3. A new Siena College poll out today has Ball leading Kaplowitz 49 to 44 percent, with a margin of error of 4.8 percent. That’s the latest of several polls done in this race. The first Siena poll had the two in a dead heat. Next, an Iona poll had Ball up by 10, then another Iona poll had Ball up by 5.
Scott Reif, spokesman for the Senate Republicans, had the following to say:
“Today’s Siena polls clearly show that Republicans are poised to win back the majority in the State Senate. In the final days, it’s even more critical that we build on the momentum we are seeing and feeling in each of these races.
Our closing argument is simple – - If New Yorkers want accountability in government, if they want lower taxes, if they want more opportunities to find a good job, and if they want to sweep out the Democrat corruption in Albany, they should elect more Republicans to the State Senate.
Two years ago, Democrats were given an opportunity to lead our government, and they have failed. Democrats raised taxes when they should have cut them, ignored job creation when they should have focused on it, and let corruption and criminal activity flourish in Albany. Republicans will clean up the mess.
Taxpayers can not afford the $14 billion in new tax and fee increases approved by Senate Democrats, or the out-of-control spending and dysfunction they have brought to Albany. On Tuesday, New Yorkers have an opportunity to start fresh with a new Senate Republican majority that gives taxpayers, businesses and middle-class families its voice back. We are confident that they will.