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May 8, 2012 5:31 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Randy Altschuler Unveils Jobs Plan

May 8, 2012 5:46 PM

Standing in front of empty storefronts on busy County Road 39 in Southampton, Randy Altschuler, a Republican from St. James who is seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop in November, unveiled a plan on Monday to spur job and business growth in the 1st Congressional District.

“The plan I am proposing today is about maximizing eastern Suffolk County’s potential, investing in its future, and transforming our region into the Silicon Valley of the East Coast,” said Mr. Altschuler at a press conference, flanked by Republicans from East Hampton and Southampton towns. “We need to utilize our vast resources to once again make eastern Suffolk County an engine for economic growth and the economic crown jewel of New York State.”

The plan, called the 10-Point Jobs Plan for Long Island, outlines conservative ideas for boosting job growth, which include cutting taxes, scaling back regulations and repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation that Republicans call “Obamacare.”

If elected, Mr. Altschuler would set up a 1st Congressional District Business Advisory Panel to identify obstacles to job growth, and he said he would dedicate two staff members to wooing new businesses and expanding existing businesses in the district, according to a copy of the plan.

He would also seek to enact fisheries reform, with measures like equalizing catch quotas with neighboring states to benefit commercial fisherman. In the plan, he stated he wants to permanently repeal the “death tax,” or inheritance tax, which farming families have a difficult time paying when a property is transferred. Mr. Altschuler also wants to enact measures that would incentivize employers to hire veterans.

Mr. Altschuler is a businessman from St. James. He has been criticized for outsourcing jobs through Office Tiger, a company he created in 2000 and sold in 2006. He also owns another company, CloudBlue, which recycles electronics. It is his second campaign against Mr. Bishop; he lost to the incumbent congressman by about 600 votes in 2010.

Mr. Altschuler will be facing off against Republican George Demos, a former prosecutor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from Ronkonkoma, in a primary election for the GOP nomination on June 26.

“As this campaign moves forward, I want voters to ask themselves one simple question: Who is best equipped to help our economy grow and foster job creation in eastern Suffolk County?” said Mr. Altschuler. “A career bureaucrat turned politician with limited real-world experience like Tim Bishop, or a self-made person, like me, who came from humble beginnings to put himself through school and build two American companies from the ground up? I think the choice is clear.”

On Monday afternoon, Mr. Bishop’s campaign fired back with a statement questioning why Mr. Altschuler has not set up shop in Suffolk County. “How is millionaire outsourcer Randy Altschuler supposed to attract businesses to Suffolk County when he has refused to even consider locating his own business here?” said Oliver Longwell, Mr. Bishop’s spokesman, in a statement. “Altschuler will not buy into Suffolk County himself, yet he claims he can sell it to others? You don’t need a panel of experts to tell you that is a laughable proposition.”

Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone also jumped into the political fray this week.

“Considering that outsourcing millionaire Randy Altschuler didn’t even consider putting his own company in Suffolk County, I’d be hard-pressed to think of a worse person to fight for Suffolk County jobs,” Mr. Bellone said in a statement. “Congressman Bishop has a strong record of fighting for Suffolk County jobs and has secured more than 2,000 local jobs at places like Gabreski Airport and Brookhaven National Lab.”

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Ludicrous. Pull into an empty mall in your station wagon, pop a lectern out of the back, and give a speech to no one. Then pop the lectern back in and its back west and home.

This isn't a serious campaign. Wilkinson's expression in the photos should tell you what he, at least, thinks about being dragged out to this political mummery. I don't know that the Republican Party promised Altschuler in exchange for accepting this hopeless nomination but everyone is obviously just going through ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 8, 12 6:47 PM
I've got a GREAT idea for a business to create a few seasonal jobs!

We could call it "Port-A-Podium"!!

Nah, it'd never work...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 10, 12 10:28 PM
For someone who, it seems, hasn't ventured outside of Quogue (never mind your HOUSE - judging from all of these posts) you sure have a lot of bitter things to say about Wilkinson and "Republicans" - holding a grudge about something, somewhere, "Good Neighbor"??
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on May 15, 12 2:37 PM
to Board Watcher:

By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 17, 12 5:52 PM

Tim Bishop should be reelected! He is doing a great job, he is very honest and hard working. He too, came from humble beginnings, but worked hard to achieve the American dream. Also, he came from a wonderful family and his parents brought him up well. Keep up the good work Tim.
By Jimion (129), Hampton Bays on May 8, 12 7:30 PM
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ObamaCare which Bishop supported and the majority of his constituents did not is a game changer in this election. Bishop forgot where he came from when he supported this measure. He cares more for Washington than us.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on May 9, 12 7:16 AM
If you think "ObamaCare" is a serious problem, then the PR people at HIPA earned their million dollar compensaton packages.

If you get the chance, read "Deadly Spin", by Wendell Potter.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 10, 12 4:22 PM
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they didn't- so wheres my check????
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on May 18, 12 6:19 AM
Empty store fronts - says it all. It doesn't matter what you’re driving, the store fronts are still empty – yup, Tim Bishop. Cutting taxes does not mean cutting services. It means making sound decisions without a blank check and eliminating burden on the middle class. Reducing regulations does not mean that our environment will suffer. It means striking a balance by safeguarding the environment without encroaching and having overbearing burdens to economic growth – both are ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on May 8, 12 8:32 PM
Well, if the land was not so grossly overvalued by a fiat currency market, the tax levy would not be so outreageous, would it?

Keep printing more, eventually it may be a month's salary for a postage stamp...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 10, 12 8:45 PM
The model for economic progress in the financial bubble era, after all, is supposed to go something like this:

1. Let banks inflate massive asset bubbles with the aid of cheap or even free government cash, and tons of leverage;
2. Before it all explodes, carve out gigantic sums for bonuses and compensation for the companies that inflated those bubbles;
3. After it explodes, get the various governments to bail those companies out;
4. Pay for it all by slashing services to what’s ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 10, 12 9:03 PM
Bonuses for what? JP Morgan just proved these banks are full of crap. The profits are based on phony valuations of securities they hold. The dominoes are getting ready to fall
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 11, 12 10:13 PM
Yeah, I heard.

According to Lloyd Blankfein, the compensation is for doing "God's work". Me, I'm just not quite sure which one from History they work for. Possibly Shiva? Or, simply a cult of the mal'ak ha-mashhit?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 12, 12 9:57 AM
Altschuler is from New Jersey, not St. James. What does an Indian outsourcer know about creating jobs in Suffolk Count?
By East End 2 (151), Southampton on May 8, 12 8:55 PM
It is a total misconception that Altschuler moved jobs out of the USA. The truth is, he started numerous successful businesses in countries around the world, including the USA, all without a dime of taxpayer money, all creating brand new jobs. No factory was moved. No company was uprooted. On the other hand, Mr. Bishop has actively participated in doling out hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to companies that took the money and then either closed their doors forever, or spent the money on ...more
By Richard Blumenthal (13), Westhampton Beach on May 8, 12 9:53 PM
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Cloud blue and office tiger combined created over 4,000 American jobs. How many jobs did bishop create when he was in the private sector? I'll give you a hint. It's less than one.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 9, 12 6:45 AM
Again for the 1,000th time you twist and misrrepresent things. You asked for the names of companies Altshuler created and I provided them. For the record Bishop was a provost for the college not a teacher. He did a real bang up job. The college ended in financial ruin.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 9, 12 2:04 PM
Is there a big difference between empty storefronts in Southampton and empty offices all over the US? I'm talking about the offices emptied by your favorite carpetbagging tiger when he set up shop in Asia to "put people to work".
By VOS (1241), WHB on May 8, 12 10:01 PM
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Do you know how many 32-bit PC systems I could build for various foundations, with the hardware he shreds? OH, I'm sorry, "recycles"?

May 8, 12 10:45 PM appended by Mr. Z
In United States history, carpetbagger was a pejorative term Southerners gave to Northerners (also referred to as Yankees) who moved to the South during the Reconstruction era, between 1865 and 1877. The term referred to the observation that these newcomers tended to carry "carpet bags," a common form of luggage at the time (sturdy and made from used carpet). It was used as a derogatory term, suggesting opportunism and exploitation by the outsiders. Together with Republicans they are said to have politically manipulated and controlled former Confederate states for varying periods for their own financial and power gains. In sum, carpetbaggers were seen as insidious Northern outsiders with questionable objectives meddling in local politics, buying up plantations at fire-sale prices and taking advantage of Southerners.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 8, 12 10:45 PM
Job shipping Randy, the Koch brothers puppet, forgot to mention his mandatory sonogram plan for young women and his three year moratorium on birth control. His addiction to cutting social services, including but not limited to medicare and medicaid, mixed with his personal vendetta for women's rights, permanently labels him as an unelectable ruthless carpetbagger..

Perhaps Randy should bring back some of the jobs he shipped to India.
By Steven (113), Westhampton on May 9, 12 6:01 AM
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HMMM, a businessman with real world experience who wants to restore fiscal sanity and get people off the dole and back to work, or a tax and spend liberal with no real private sector experience. Tough choice , RIGHT!! Bishop has been the candy man, spending our hard earned money, that's right . it's OUR MONEY, on programs to get himself re-elected with no thought on reining in the ever growing beauracracy. Wake up people, the current system of defecit spending is not sustainable. The inheritance ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 9, 12 7:27 AM
Remind us again, BS, about the Founding Father's warnings regarding "generational wealth".

The Paris Hilton's of World History are apparently your heroes...
May 9, 12 10:33 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, as usual you fail to grasp how applying Keynesian principles to an economy indebted to fiat currency, corrupted in a Princeton classroom have been applied in a vain attempt to "save" our economy. There never should have been a bailout, or TARP, and banks like Goldman Sachs should have been wound down by the FDIC. However, since our government is run by Goldman alumni, we're [expletive deleted].
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 9, 12 10:33 PM
Do you think like Paris Hilton needs to worry about the estate tax. Her family has more lawyers, accoutants and estate planners than you can shake a stick at. They take advantage of every loop hole (FLP's, ILIT's, CRUTS, ect) availible to minimize their estate tax. The problem revolves around farmers and small businees owners who do not file as a c corp. If they are not liquid their family will lose everything theu worked their whole life for and their employees will lose their jobs. Clinton, Bush ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 10, 12 8:21 AM
That's the point of the line. They don't. Their succesive generational wealth, at least 3, has granted them, and people like them the power (money) to CREATE the loop holes you speak of. Who do you think pushed them through Congress?

We have regressed so far when it comes to the socioeconomic state of this country in the last thirty years, we may as well have gone back a hundred.

May 10, 12 4:29 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, FYI you should look into the "final assault" on the Dodd-Frank bill. It will guarantee that VAR, derivatives, and the Wall St. casino that goes with it to operate unimpeded, and just like they did to blow the world economy to smithereens. It's more than likely the Republicans "final solution" for financial reform will pass Congress. Nine bills, to another financial Armageddon...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 10, 12 4:29 PM
you are all over the map. we are talking about the inheritance tax. You are in favor of it and judging by your rant changing it to be punitive. What is your position and what would you reccomend?
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 11, 12 6:42 AM
The current system of deficit spending was started by every ones hero Ronald Reagan Reaganomics put us in this hole
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 18, 12 11:38 AM
... empty suits in front of empty stores. Will he survive the repub primary?
By William Rodney (561), southampton on May 9, 12 8:12 AM
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Outsourcer made his money in India.He's a carpetbagger from New Jersey who is firmly under the thumb of the Republicans from crookhaven.He has nothing to do with the East End
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 9, 12 10:51 AM
Put your money where your mouth is, Randy -- move your business to the 1st Congressional District that you seek to represent. He talks about attracting businesses to come here, but apparently he's not attracted himself. If the would-be Congressman won't set up shop here, why should anyone else?

This is a good example of what Randy demonstrated at the debates in 2010 -- a lot of parroting what his staff wrote down for him, but no depth at all when questioned on details, because he doesn't ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 10, 12 9:20 AM
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A loser? takes one to know one
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 12, 12 8:06 PM
That was kickass clever and original, Razz. I'm blown away.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on May 13, 12 4:09 PM
"Don't worry Mr. A, all you have to do is get your foot in the door somewhere. The Presidency can come later on down the line..."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 10, 12 5:53 PM
From NBC:

Incomes for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans nearly tripled from 1979 to 2007 (275%), far outpacing income growth for all other groups, said a new report that underscored sharply increased U.S. income disparity. "Middle Class" salaries for the same period didn't even crack 40% for the same period of time. This is straight from the Congressional Budget Office.

You elect this guy, expect more of the same. For all the "free market" brainwashees, your Master beckons...
May 10, 12 9:30 PM appended by Mr. Z
FYI, you should meet the 0.01 Percent: The War Profiteers...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 10, 12 9:30 PM
z you are registered independent (LOL). I'm curious to see the numbers 2007 to present. Do you think the middle class is any better today than it was in 2007. My guess would be worse
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 11, 12 6:37 AM
What honestly makes one person worth 400 times another? How big must your ego be that you want to "create wealth", and do "God's work" for the world, by hoarding it unto yourself? The vanity required for such a feat must be VAST! Impoverish millions, blame them, and laugh all the way to the bank, then give to the need for charity your vanity has created. Iniquity, and narcissism apparently knows no limit in the current human experience.

Look at the chaos, and dischord that has been ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 11, 12 7:54 PM
spoken like a true socialist. If i work harder than the next person I will earn more. I should be able to decide where the money that I worked so hard for will go when I die. I take it you have no kids.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 12, 12 11:28 AM
Nice label. Got anything else ignorant to spew? Haul a ton and a half of elite trash in an hour and a half, and you might learn what hard work, at least physical really is.

And when you do work harder, what, you'll earn more fiat currency dispensed by the Federal Reserve, and Treasury printing press? Then, you get to be scammed willingly and ignorantly by those who design, and manipulate the system?

Fiscal anarchy is not the solution. But, it's what we live under.

What ...more
May 13, 12 12:51 PM appended by Mr. Z
You know what else? It is criminal behavior that the CEO of massively subsidized bank (i.e., taxpayer funded) like Jamie Dimon can throw out a simple "Oops, we (bleeped) up" and then move on with unregulated "business as usual." As is the procedure today, the Party of No, and the spineless Democrats, who both love the campaign donations will do nothing to reimpose Glass-Steagall. Meanwhile, trillions are continually ripped from the wallets of the "middle class" (YOU!) so the lifestyles of both the filthy rich and the welfare class are well subsidized, while we live paycheck to paycheck. This system is out of control, PERIOD.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 13, 12 12:51 PM
socialism -any of various theories or systems of socail organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy. Its OK Z. The sooner that you come to the realization that you a socialist leftest progressive and not a independent the happier you wiill be. I do sympathize with your situation but if you had been presonnally responsible and taken out disability situation you would not be in such ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 13, 12 2:58 PM
meant disability insurance not situation. Disability insurance pays 60% of your salary tax free...if purchased. You can also apply for SS disability but the benefit is capped. As far as savings if you had investested in 07 and kept your money in an index fund your fund balance would be about the same
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 13, 12 3:01 PM
Oh joy Z's socialist friend phyliss butts in uttering complete nonsense.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 14, 12 6:35 AM
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By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 14, 12 8:12 PM
razza, I hold Combined Life to this day for over a decade now. State disability approved about $250 a week. I also added AFLAC last year. The only stock I held that didn't tank was RoomLinx, but I sold that to pay the bills while I was "underemployed" for some time. I had slowly built a portfolio since '03.

As for your definition of "Socialism", I don't ever desire for our government to plan, and control our economy. What I EXPECT is that they oversee it, stop fraud, and keep the system ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 18, 12 8:46 PM
Philyiss please show me where I stated that we should have no GVT, no over sight and no regulations. Before you butted in Z has repeatedly made comments regarding 90% tax rates, prohibiting the transference of wealth to the next generation and spreading the wealth around to create economic unity. Sounds a lot like socialist ideals to me
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 14, 12 8:46 PM
Razza there is a thin line between education and indoctrination. You have crossed that line long ago.The 99% is very active because of the many injustices that are being committed.Look at Corzine 1.6 billion missing from his firm MF Global yet he remains free as a bird.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 15, 12 8:50 AM
glad to see you know me so well. Lets also not forget who Corzine was. A former Goldmean exec AND more importantly a DEMOCRAT who served pathetically as the governor of NJ. Stop drinking the liberal kool aid.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 15, 12 9:59 AM
its not a matter of whos more corrupt its a matter that they both are. You are the one who argues giving them more money. Don't you see your own preverse logic. Some politican really doesnt care about you.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 15, 12 3:26 PM
grow up? This coming from the guy who believes that people like John Edwards, Keith Olbermann, Obama, Pelosi, Rangel, Weiner, and Grayson are REALLY their standing up for YOU. Oh and those big bad tea party people who are out to destroy the world. Its the equivalant of my 5 year old believing in the tooth fairy.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 16, 12 6:32 AM
I feel like im having a conversation with my 5 year old. You are a lost cause. Good luck playing dolls with your imaginary good guys (dems) versus bad guys (repubs).
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 16, 12 8:03 AM
GOD BLESS THE 1% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most of our local businesses cater to the wealthy in one capacity or another. These businesses employ a lot of local folks, the backbone of our communities. If it weren't for the 1% of the 1% who choose to own a home in our area, our local economy would be in a much weaker condition. If you worked in the private sector, hell if you worked at all, you would realize this Phillll.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 16, 12 6:26 AM
To all of you bitching and moaning about outsourcing as a reason not to vote for Randy......How many of you buy American made products? They are difficult to find these days. Shop in Pier One, all products made in China. Buy a coffee mug in dunkin donuts or starbucks, all made in China. Try to find a reusable water bottle not made in China. Shop at the Gap? Clothes are not made in America. Own an ipad or iphone? These products are not made in America.
If you are not buying American then quit ...more
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on May 16, 12 12:50 PM
The democrat held Senate yesterday with a vote of 97-0 unanimoulsy rejected a budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget. It failed to get any votes, even by his own party. In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint. It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget. Now democrats are on record (once again) acknowledging how out of touch Obama is.

By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on May 17, 12 8:07 AM
UMM Syphyllisathometill no comment on the FACT that most of our businesses here are dependant on the "1%"? Typical, you hurl lame azz insults when forced into a corner and have no answer. If you care to come to work with me for a day, I wager that you wouldn't survive until lunch. What do you have against those more successful than yourself? Consult the Huffington Puffington Post and the Daily Kos, get your talking points and regurgitate.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 17, 12 5:49 PM
So the 1% "depend" on their (illegal) employees getting unemployment in the winter months? That makes no sense. Illegals engage in unskilled labor that can be easily replaced. And why are illegals getting unemployment?
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on May 18, 12 12:44 AM
A. Business depend on Tourists.
B. Businesses depend on the 1% and most likely to hire illegals
C. Businesses don't provide year round employment
D. Businesses depend on employees getting unemployment in the winter months.

Conclusion: Illegals are getting unemployment.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on May 21, 12 2:33 PM
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By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 18, 12 6:09 AM
"If you care to come to work with me for a day, I wager that you wouldn't survive until lunch."

Well, I could probably say the same to you BF...

In other news, Joe Floren "screws the pooch" and Goldman Sachs accidentally reveals illegal naked short selling practices during Ovestock.com lawsuit.

Keep 'em all deregulated if you want to, but I'd rather we had some law...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 18, 12 8:35 PM

Your ignorance to the historic economic, and tax structure of this country notwithstanding, you really need to put your nose in a WHOLE LOT more books. You do know that the "wealthy" once paid a 75 - 90% tax rate prior to Kennedy, which built the massive infrastructure that is now "painted rust". You do know that in 1987, the Social Security tax was raised from 9.3%, to 15%, and all that money was used for defecit spending by Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush 2.0. In fact, ...more
May 18, 12 9:01 PM appended by Mr. Z
And, you know why a NY apartment just sold for $90 million? Because the Fed printed enough fiat currency for that price to be possible...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 18, 12 9:01 PM
I was about to step out for a bite to eat, and I also remembered that in a short time before Alan Greenspan left office in '06, he raised interest rates 17 TIMES. The same man who kept rates low historically, and consistently thereby pushing people into the market, and away from savings, bonds, and CDs.

He CAUSED the mortgage meltdown with those upticks before he left office. I think he was either a.) an idiot, b.) did it on purpose, or c.) had no business being called "The Maestro", ...more
May 19, 12 9:24 PM appended by Mr. Z
Accidentally Released - and Incredibly Embarrassing - Documents Show How Goldman et al Engaged in 'Naked Short Selling'
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 18, 12 9:24 PM