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The Ithaca Journal from Ithaca, New York · 30

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Tuesday, October 5, 1976
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30 ITHACA JOURNAL Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1976 Labels Moynihan spendthrift liberal Home relief program defended ALBANY (AP) Home relief, a cause of protests by counties against rising welfare costs, is not going to people vacationing in Florida, according to a state official. Stephen J. Morello, spokesman for the state Social Services Department, said Monday home relief goes to the unemployed only if they are looking for work. Morello said checks for home relief could be sent out of state on an Individual basis, but only if the person was out of state to look for work. The rising cost of home relief and Medicaid has been the largest source of complaints from counties, which pay half of home relief costs and 25 per cent of Medicaid costs. At last count, the state had 29,000 families and 123,000 single persons receiving home relief, Morello said. He said the program would not be subject to the type of abuse reported in the unemployment program in recent weeks by the CBS-TV news magazine program "60 Minutes." Morello said he could not say whether the growth in the number of single persons on home relief could be attributed entirely to the number of persons running out of unemployment benefits. Home relief was set up in part to provide for those who had run out of unemployment compensation, but critics of rising welfare costs contend that the program has become a soft bed for persons unwilling to work. Last week, Gov. Hugh Carey said the rising cost of home relief, from the unexpected large number of recipients, was a major contributor to a welfare cost overrun of more than $100 milion in the state budget so far this year. Interns strike 3 NYC hospitals NEW YORK (AP) Three voluntary hospitals were struck by the Committee of Interns and Residents this morning because of the hospitals refusal to recognize the committee as bargaining agent for the physicians-in-training. The walkout affected Brookdale in Brooklyn, Flower-Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and Albert Einstein in the Bronx. Flower-Fifth Avenue is affiliated with Metropolitan and and Bird S. Coler municipal hospitals while Einstein is affiliated with Bronx Municipal. The municipal hospitals are not expected to be affected by the walkout. Officials at the three struck hospitals said they were working out contingency plans and expected no immediate health dangers by the walkout of the estimated 800 interns and residents. SUNY to expand program ALBANY (AP) The State University of New York will expand its exchange program with the Soviet Union next year, providing graduate students and faculty members with the chance to study at each other's institutions. SUNY Chancellor Ernest Boyer signed an agreement for the exchange in Moscow on Monday, university officials announced here. Academician Rem. V. Khokhlov, rector of the M.V. Lomonosoc Moscow State University, represented the Russian institution. SUNY began Russian undergraduate student exchanges in 1974. The two-year program, to begin in January, will be conducted under the General Agreement on Educational and Cultural Exchanges between the United States and the Soviet Union. SUNY and Moscow State University may swap 10 graduate students, instructors or nonteaching professionals without advanced degrees for one semester during each academic year under the agreement. Also, the two universities may exchange annually two junior and senior faculty members for an academic year of 10 months. Each participant will receive a stipend for subsistence based on his or her academic rank, the Soviets' funds to be provided by the U.S. State Department and the Americans' by the Soviet government. Man jailed for threat to Rockefeller BUFFALO (AP) A former mental patient has been jailed after allegedly threatening to shoot Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller. U.S. Magistrate Edmund F. Maxwell ordered Edwin Erhardt, 41, of no fixed address, held in lieu of $2,500 bail Monday. Erhardt was arrested by security police at the Greater Buffalo International Airport Sunday when Allegheny Airlines employes said they heard him threaten several times to kill Rockefeller. The vice president was not in Buffalo. An affidavit submitted by Secret Service agents said Erhardt confessed to making the threat. Erhardt told the judge he had been a patient at several mental hospitals. Inmates stage protest in Queens NEW YORK (AP) Inmates at the Queens House of Detention for Men were to continue discussions today with correction officials and other members of the criminal justice system to end a strike at the facility. The inmates refused to be locked in their cells Monday night and refused to go to court today. A Correction Department spokesman said the inmates had been threatening for several weeks to stage some kind of protest. Correction Commission Benjamin Malcolm, called to the detention center after the strike began, told the inmates he would not use force to end the protest as long as the prisoners remained nonviolent and did not harrass . prisoners who wanted to go to court. The prisoners stressed that their protest was not directed at the Correction I Department but chiefly at the court system. The inmates complained about the bail system, the slowness with which they are brought to trial, the wide k. disparity in sentencing for crimes, the quality of legal aid they receive and I the strictures of parole. The spokesman said 370 of 474 prisoners in the institution refused to be ; locked in their cells Monday night at 10 p.m. as scheduled. Wanted man icriticaV after shootout m NEW YORK (AP) A man wanted in California for robbery lay in critical J; condition in a Queens hospital today after a wild movie-style chase and shootout that ranged from a bridge to a tunnel entrance to a subway station. ; Robert Tavluian, 32, finally was brought down on the subway tracks in . a hail of police bullets. n Richard Diamond, 30, told police that early Monday morning when he ' recognized Tavluian as the man who had assaulted him last August, he hopped ; in a cab and had the driver chase Tavluian's car. t ' The chase led through mid-Manhattan streets across the Queensboro Bridge, and through the Long Island City section of Queens, until Diamond's cab finally caught up with the other car at a toll plaza of the Queens Midtown " Tunnel leading back to Manhattan. When Diamond shouted for help, an unarmed officer of the Triborough I Bridge and Tunnel Authority who was crossing the plaza responded and Tavluian allegedly opened fire, missing the officer with three shots. Then, police said, Tavluian sprayed the officer with the chemical, mace. J Another bridge and tunnel worker, Joseph Terrusa, came to the officer's aid and drove his truck between the officer and Tavluian. Then, police said, Tavluian stuck his gun through the window of the truck and fired, hitting - Terrusa in the shoulder. Terrusa's truck went out of control and struck a light pole as Tavluian fled on foot. At this point two policemen arrived and chased Tavluian, catching up with J him at the subway station. They ordered him to drop his gun, but he refused and jumped to the tracks. ! Police said Tavluian turned and pointed his gun at them before the two ; officers fired a volley of eight shots. Wounded in the head and lungs, Tavluian was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital. Terrusa was treated there and released. , f 'Jail stay 'wasn't too bad' NEW YORK (AP) Five Eastchester teachers say their weekend stay in jail for leading a teacher strike wasn't too bad what with television, takehome food, visitors, and private rooms to which they were given keys. The teachers, led by Jean Whitney, president of the Eastchester Teachers Association, were sentenced to spend two consecutive weekends at the Westchester County penitentiary for violating the state law against strikes by public workers. They served their first twonlay sentence over the past weekend in two buildings separated from the rest of the prison facilities. The buildings were used to house drunks overnight before public drunkenness was decriminalized. Each seven-by-ten-foot room had a new mattress. They also contained plumbing, clothing hooks and a desk and chair. The teachers said the guards were friendly, and they were permitted to go out into a corridor to watch television and go downstairs to make telephone calls. Yonkers pleased by interest rates Buckley seeks moderates' votes By JOHN OMICINSKI Gannett News Service BUFFALO - With a month to go to the election, Sen. James L. Buckley's strategy for winning what he and his handlers admit is an uphill battle against Daniel P. Moynihan is clear: To paint the Democratic candidate as a spendthrift liberal, hoping to cut away a large enough chunk of moderate voters to defeat him and win a second six-year term. During a whistle stop train trip across the heart of upstate last weekend, and then at appearances the next two days in Buffalo, Buckley hammered at his new emerging theme: Moynihan favors the "notoriously wasteful and expensive" Humphrey-Hawkins jobs bill "and that means lie supports adding $30 billion to $40 billion to the budget." Buckley charges that Moynihan endorses a "pie-in-the-sky package of programs" which would add $3,000 to the annual tax burden of a family of four in New York more than $60 a week, he says. The senator doesn't detail the programs "in this package," but Buckley is clearly trying to push Moynihan to the left and hopefully onto the defensive. Between Amsterdam and Rome on Saturday, as Buckley's four-car train of vintage Pullman cars rolled along the banks of the Mohawk, the senator explained the "Moynihan problem." "If Bella Abzug had won the primary, I would not have the problem that I have with Moynihan which is to show where he is in the political spectrum," he said. "He was in a contest with Abzug, Ramsey Clark and Paul O'Dwyer, all of them liberals. He emerged with the public perception that he was a moderate. I believe perception is quite different from reality. I have four weeks to price out his programs." Said his campaign manager, Leonard Saffir, more simply: "What we have to do is communicate that Moynihan is no different than Abzug, based on his full acceptance of the Democratic platform." There are other elements in the emerging Buckley strategy. He is striving for the "common touch" in the campaign. Sunday, he watched for two quarters as the Buffalo Bills defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Rich Stadium. Clad in a paisley tie and suit coat amidst a sea of sports-hirts on the 40-yard line, Buckley smiled uneasily when a nearby fan shouted that Buckley probably didn't know what the score of the game was. He turned his head and replied: "I know that the right team is winning," as the Bills fans cheered a long run by O. J. Simpson. Buckley repeatedly refers to Moynihan as "the good professor" or sarcastically, as "my friend, the professor." The two are not friends and in fact have met briefly only two or three times. Buckley tells crowds: "I act effectively for New Yorkers while my opponent shuttles back and forth between Ivy League faculty rooms and whatever job a president... any president... might appoint him to." But this is about as personal as Buckley will get so far in this campaign. Invariably, his message is: "Let's send Moynihan back to Harvard with the rest of the professors and the intellectuals and the social engineers who gave us busing and inflation." These pharases get a rousing reception from partisan Republican audiences; his explanations of free market economy get rapt attention, although little applause. At 6 a.m. Monday, Buckley was shaking hands with the changing shifts at Gate No. 3 of the Behemouth Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna. Wearing a white hard hat, the senator pumped hands for an hour with men rushing to a time clock or heading home for bed. At Frank Frankiewich's tavern a few steps up Kane Street from Gate 3, he said these steelworkers weren't going "buy the extravagant government programs Moynihan is peddling. They know the hard way that there is no such thing as a free lunch." Buckley thinks this strategy making Moynihan the issue can make up the , ground he needs in the weeks ahead. Neither the senator nor his staff believe he trails by the 13-point margin turned up by the first Gannett News Service-Newsday New York State poll. "I'm probably a little bit behind not much and I think there's a large undecided," Buckley said. The Buckley camp is taking heart from another poll, this one conducted for the Buffalo Evening News, which showed the Republican-Conservative leading the Democrat-Liberal candidate by 41.6 per cent to 27.1 per cent in Erie County. Indeed, Buckley's three straight stumping days here were an indication of the importance that his strategists place on the state's second largest city. The senator also is hitting frequently at what he regards as the second most important issue after the economy: The anti-Washington syndrome. Sunday night, before a crowd of about 200 at the Flaming Hearth Restaurant in Lackawanna, he said: "We need to restore real authority at the levels you can reach. "Everyone in government can pass the buck off to some bureaucrat in some agency in Washington that no one can reach." , Buckley agreed with Moynihan s contention that he would have been comfortable in the 18th Century because "that was the century that gave us the Declaration o Independence and the Constitution." The polls give Buckley a narrow 47-44 per cent lead upstate and it appears that the senator, with this in mind, will spend a great deal of time outside of New York City in the next four weeks. He headed for Jamestown on Monday night, and after a day off today at a private home in Ashville, he is scheduled for visits to Rochester, Glens Falls and the upper Hudson valley on Wednesday. Next week will find him back in Buffalo after a Southern Tier sweep. The candidates meet for their first public debate at 10 p.m. Friday. Staged live by Channel 13 in New York, it is being offered by PBS outlets around the state. If Moynihan's current poll lead results partly because of a hangover from his highly publicized campaign and victory in the Democratic primary, it is in the debates that the Buckley forces hope to show that their man is coming back. Fire damages Buffalo building BUFFALO (AP) - Smoke and water damage was severe on four floors of M & T Plaza following an electrical fire which sent 1.000 office workers fleeing the 20-story, downtown office tower. The blaze sent 15 firefighters to hospitals suffering from. smoke inhalation and exhaustion. A deputy fire commissioner was under the care of his family doctor. Fire officials said they would not issue a dollar estimate of damages to the building. They said the fire started Monday morning in the electrical system on the 15th floor. It quickly spread to the 16th, 17th and 18th floors. YONKERS (AP) - Vincent Castaldo, city manager of Yonkers, says that because of renewed confidence in the city's financial condition, Yonkers was able to sell $83.6 million in short-and long-term bonds at much lower interest rates than had been expected. The rates ranged from 6 per cent to 8.75 per cent for securities maturing over a span of two to 20 years. Yonkers, the state's fourth largest city, has come close to default several times since last November. The city avoided bankruptcy largely through short-term bond sales and fiscal controls imposed by a state financial control board. "It's a good day, a very good day," Castaldo said Monday in his City Hall office. "We're the Little Apple, right next to the Big Apple, but we pulled ourselves out in seven months." Castaldo, who became Yonkers' fourth city manager in two years last February, said "determination, excellent staff work, first-class consultants and the most recent legislation" had been responsible for establishing confidence among the major underwriters, whose task it will be to sell the CM M Awmt Here it is. A mid-sized car with all the style and comfort you could want. Monaco offers you so much value for the money. There are traditional Monaco elegance, a well-appointed interior, a smooth, quiet ride, and engineering excellence. Monaco offers you gorgeous two-door hard- tops, trim mid-sized wagons, and beautiful four-door sedans with room for six adults. The '77 Dodge Monaco. A comfortable, family-sized car with a comfortable I J family-sized price. It's waiting for I VA you now at your Dodge Dealer's. Dodge LZZ1 A PRODUCT OF CMBVUIR CORPORATION WILLIAM T. PQTTCQABB, IUC. 304-306 S. 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