Saturday, November 17, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Al is back to doing the People's business. Representative Baldasaro returned to the State House today to continue where he left off a week ago, after being interrupted by a heart attack.
Monday, October 8, 2012
|Photo and Sign by Ann Chiampa - Londonderry, NH 10-7-2012|
Ann Chiampa did a Great JOB making this sign for Al to see off of Exit 5 when he came home from the hospital on Sunday. Thank you Ann for your support ! Al is so grateful to everyone for all of their words and prayers.
"Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, the chair of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee, began feeling chest pains while at the State House and drove himself to Concord Hospital, where is expected to remain for at least a few more days."
"I had a chance to speak with Al this morning, and he is recovering well and expects to get back quickly into his legislative activities," House Speaker Bill O'Brien told WMUR Political Scoop. "He is certainly one tough Marine, and I know that he will come out of this strong. It's going to take a lot more than this to keep Al Baldasaro down. We wish him a full and speedy recovery."
Read more: http://www.wmur.com/political-scoop/State-Rep-suffers-heart-attack-at-State-House/-/16254890/16878296/-/rvt0kn/-/index.html#ixzz28iImR1AY
Saturday, October 6, 2012
On behalf of Representative Baldasaro I wish to thank all of you for your prayers and concern. I wish I could call each and every one of you and tell you personally. I want to share with you that Al Baldasaro is doing better today than he was Thursday after he suffered a serious heart attack at the State House. He drove himself to the hospital because we all know he is a tough Marine. He calls this heart attack a "temporary setback". The doctors at the Concord Hospital took great care of him and they immediently rushed him into the OR where they inserted a stint into a artery that was completely blocked.
I wish to share with you that he is as happy as always, and he is the best patient. He never complains about anything. He wants to make sure everyone knows his situation, because it is difficult for him to talk on the phone, email and text right now. He is most worried about his constituents and that he isn't available to help them right now. That is exactly what he was doing at the State House before he decided he could't wait anymore and that he needed to get to the hospital.
He will be in the hospital until at least Sunday or Monday. We do not know when he will be discharged. We expect he will not be able to drive or go to meetings at the State House for at least a week, and only resume activities as the doctors approve them.
The activity of visits and phone calls has been exhausting for him, and he would love to talk to each one of you, but it is difficult for him to do so at this time.
God Bless you and thank you for all of your Prayers,
Judy Seppala on behalf of Representative Al Baldasaro
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Contact: (603) 271-3665
September 5, 2012
Majority Leader Silva Challenges Democrat Candidates For Governor
House Majority Leader Pete Silva
“In the spirit of tonight’s debate I would like to issue a challenge to all three Democrat candidates for Governor. If any of you are able to say the name “Speaker O’Brien or Bill O’Brien” less than 10 times throughout the course of the debate I personally will send you a “Save America – Vote Republican” bumper sticker for you to proudly display on your mantle. That’s not all though. If any one of you can possibly make it through the whole debate without saying “Speaker O’Brien or Bill O’Brien” at all, I will happily send you a glossy, signed 8 ½” by 11” picture of the Speaker himself. Of course, I understand that providing your own solutions to the challenges our state faces might be a lot to ask for, but if you could please at least say the word “jobs” once or twice it would be greatly appreciated.“
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Contact: Shannon Bettencourt, (603) 271-3664
August 30, 2012
House Speaker Comments on Federal Approval of Medicaid Managed Care Program
CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien today offered the following comments regarding news that the federal government has approved New Hampshire’s state plan amendment to implement managed care. This allows the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to begin enrolling beneficiaries in managed care, which should begin around January 1. Senate Bill 147, from 2011, required the state to begin managed care and the Executive Council approved the contracts for vendors in March.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“Managed care for Medicaid will mean savings for the hardworking taxpayers of New Hampshire and better care for those on Medicaid, as the focus will shift to prevention, and not simply treating people who get sick. It’s truly unfortunate that the Obama administration chose to drag their feet with this approval process for what is a very straightforward Medicaid managed care plan. Forty six other states use managed care for their Medicaid programs and there is no reason why the process needed to take this long in the Washington red tape factory. We will soon find out just how much this delay cost our taxpayers.”
“I want to commend DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas and his staff for their extraordinary work to make this process work, despite the federal interference. They are committed to delivering a better and financially healthier Medicaid program through managed care.”
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Some words from the Founders
Editor’s note: Keeping the spirit of Independence Day, please read and consider but a small sample of the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom — go from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”
— Samuel Adams “Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art.”
— Thomas Jefferson “Some boast of being friends to government; I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny.”
— John Hancock “The independence of America, considered merely as a separation from England, would have been a matter of but little importance, had it not been accompanied by a revolution in the principles and practice of government.”
— Thomas Paine “All men are, by nature, equal and free: no one has a right to any authority over another without his consent...” — James Wilson “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.”
— James Madison “No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”
— George Washington “I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.—Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
— John Adams
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rep. Al Baldasaro, (603) 858-3535
May 15, 2012
Minority Leader Should Apologize to Veterans and Nazi Victims
CONCORD -- Today in a House session a member attacked the Speaker using a Nazi slogan from the House floor. The Speaker was quick to seek an apology from the member to the entire House, which was affirmed by an overwhelming vote by the House. However, Democrats at their minority leader's direction, chose to follow her lead and vote largely along party lines politicizing an issue that is offensive to all Granite Staters and Americans.
Chairman House State Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee, Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry)
“Rep. Norelli should apologize to World War II veterans, holocaust victims, and their families for attempting to take political advantage over offensive comments instead of condemning ignorant remarks by someone so clearly in the wrong. Her remarks were ignorant of the history of the many American veterans who fought and paid the ultimate price to protect us from Nazi hordes. There are many members of Jewish heritage in the House of Representatives and Jewish citizens of New Hampshire and Norelli should apologize for failing to come to their side.”
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Ban on Fishing Sinkers?
SB 224 AN ACT relative to lead fishing sinkers and jigs, will be coming to the house for hearings, which from what I understand
will put a major hurting on our tourists that come here all year round for fishing tournaments.
The Environmental Protection Agency on 02/22/2012 denied this request. What say you on this issue???
SB 224 – AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 224
AN ACT relative to lead fishing sinkers and jigs.
SPONSORS: Sen. Odell, Dist 8; Sen. Lambert, Dist 13; Sen. Forrester, Dist 2; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Rep. Newton, Straf 1; Rep. Russell, Belk 6
COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources
This bill amends the definitions of "lead sinker" and "lead jig" for the purpose of the sale or use of lead sinkers and lead jigs.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve
AN ACT relative to lead fishing sinkers and jigs.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Lead Fishing Sinkers and Jigs. RSA 211:13-b, IV is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:
IV. For purposes of this section, "lead sinker" is defined as any sinker made from lead that weighs one ounce or less. A "lead jig" is defined as a lead weighted hook that measures less than 2 and 1/2 inches along its longest axis. Prohibited tackle includes lead sinkers weighing one ounce or less and lead jigs that measure less than 2 and 1/2 inches along the longest axis, including those painted or coated with another substance, or those with attached skirts. Lead sinkers and lead jigs shall not include lead fishing-related items including, but not limited to, lead core line, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, spoons, poppers, plugs, or flies.
2 Lead Fishing Sinkers and Jigs; Sale Prohibited. Amend RSA 339:77 to read as follows:
339:77 Lead Fishing Sinkers and Jigs; Sale Prohibited. No person shall sell or offer for sale within the state of New Hampshire a lead sinker or lead jig. [The definition of lead sinker and lead jig in RSA 211:13-b, IV shall apply to this section.] For purposes of this section, "lead sinker" means any sinker made from lead, the lead portion of which has a mass of one ounce or less, and "lead jig" means a lead weighted hook that measures less than one inch along its longest axis. Lead sinkers and lead jigs shall not include lead fishing related items including but not limited to fishing line, flies, lures, or spoons. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a violation.
3 Lead Fishing Sinkers and Jigs; Sale Prohibited. RSA 339:77 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:
339:77 Lead Fishing Sinkers and Jigs; Sale Prohibited. No person shall sell or offer for sale within the state of New Hampshire a lead sinker or lead jig. For purposes of this section, "lead sinker" is defined as any sinker made from lead that weighs one ounce or less. A "lead jig" is defined as a lead weighted hook that measures less than 2 and 1/2 inches along its longest axis. Prohibited tackle includes lead sinkers weighing one ounce or less and lead jigs that measure less than 2 and 1/2 inches along the longest axis, including those painted or coated with another substance, or those with attached skirts. Lead sinkers and lead jigs shall not include lead fishing-related items including, but not limited to, lead core line, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, spoons, poppers, plugs, or flies. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a violation.
4 Effective Date.
I. Section 1 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2015.
II. Section 3 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2018.
III. The remainder of the act shall take effect upon its passage.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Melanie Tamburello for School Board
Our school experiences with Moose Hill, Matthew Thornton, and North School have been incredible, and I want to be a part of keeping that experience and our schools exceptional. I am a North School PTA member. My children are involved with soccer and lacrosse outside of school. This year I brought in Ski and Snowboard Club to the elementary school level and coordinated the North School Group. All relationships I have forged within the schools have been positive. I feel I have a vested interest in the success of the Londonderry school system and am excited at the prospect of serving on the School Board.
I have three children, one at North School, one at Moose Hill and one entering pre-school in the fall at KBC. Currently, I am a stay at home parent. My past work includes being an office manager for a multi-million dollar business, my duties included accounting, managing a small staff, customer relations, inter business relations and insurance work. I have also worked for the US Census Bureau as an Office Operations Supervisor. I managed all incoming and outgoing paperwork, was an overseer for data entry, supervised over 200 employees inside and outside the office. My organizational and innovative style was recognized and I was sent to the after-action committee for the Census Bureau to provide input on future Census procedures.
I feel my time on the School Board would be well spent serving a community my family and I have lived in since 2006. We moved to Londonderry with a two and a half year old son, knowing that when the time came to start school, Londonderry had an exceptional school system. I grew up in a school system very similar to Londonderry. Education expectations of staff and pupils were high. The two high schools were annually ranked highly in the state and had varied classes and college level offerings, which were cutting edge in the 1990s. I have also had the opportunity to live in a variety of places around the world and see different educational systems and how they work. I have seen many different formulas for exceptional education, and will bring that diverse and new perspective to the table if elected to school board.
I view the schools as a system and have the experience to bring innovation to facilitate the school's needs. I have the accounting and payroll background to make the numbers work, and I possess the interpersonal skills to work on the School Board as a team member. I am ready to fight for the needs of the children to ensure their education is tops. If elected to School Board, I will have no other local government commitment and can focus my energy toward the School Board's priorities. If elected I welcome parents, tax payers, and school employees to be in contact with me directly.
I humbly ask for your consideration on Election Day.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
WE MADE MAJOR CUTS IN CONCORD ON THE BUDGET, TO PROTECT THE TAXPAYERS AND I AM VOTING NO ON ALL ARTICLES ON THE SCHOOL AND TOWN ELECTIONS THAT RAISE OUR PROPERTY TAXES!!!
Enough is Enough!
On March 13, please exercise your constitutional right to vote on town & school spending bills which will raise your property taxes 3 to 4 hundred dollars the 1st year, then a few hundred more the 2nd and 3rd year. As I stated before, if you have deep pockets, God Bless you! Many seniors and families are hurting financially with people out of work, almost losing their homes and more kids qualifying for the free lunch program. Let us not forget the many more residents using the food pantry, fuel assistance, receiving food stamps to survive, and hoping that the economy and jobs get better. My vote against the articles that raise your property taxes has nothing against the Fire department, Teachers or school and town employees who provide a great service but there is a time when you have to vote with your wallet and just say "stop the spending".
Many people are stepping up to be part of the Londonderry school/town government to help make a difference in ensuring that our quality of life does not drop and our kids are not just getting an "Adequate education" but like Melanie Tamburello said, "A great education". I will be supporting the re-election of Councilor Sean O’Keefe, one who is a long time resident and in my opinion is a "tell it like it is" kind a person. He has proven himself as the Chairman where his loyalty, dedication, integrity and knowledge are second to none. You know where he stands on issues facing Londonderry and he does not think twice in calling me on legislation that could affect us all.
I personally want to thank Glenn Douglas; your common sense approach when questioning the school board definitely makes a difference to all of us. You show up to more meetings than anyone in our town, to speak up for or against issues, which is a push toward transparency in our government. Melanie Tamburello who is a member of the PTA, a mother with 3 kids with a financial business management background, wants to ensure that our school district has a new set of eyes in ensuring that our kids are 2nd to none in competing with other countries in the future. We are fortunate to finally have someone educated with an Accounting background to ensure that the town is accountable to the people when signing those checks. Adriana Komst Integrity & Loyalty is above and beyond, one who has been in town for many years, works as a financial/accounting manager and in my opinion will be a major asset to the town when it comes to accountability to the taxpayers.
In closing, I hope to see you at the polls where I will be voting for new voices on the School Board, Melanie Tamburello & Glenn Douglas. I will be voting to reelect Chairman Sean O’Keefe and Adriana Komst, because I personally know they will look out for your best interest and at the same time work hand in hand with your state legislators to ensure we are on the same sheet of music. If you do not vote, do not complain that your property taxes have taken food off your table.
LESS SPENDING, means LESS TAXES!
District 3 (Auburn and Londonderry)
State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee
41 Hall Road
Londonderry, NH 03053