Christopher H. Schaeffer is running for New York State Senate

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Final Push

As you know the campaign season is quickly drawing to a close. My campaign is looking to run radio ads. We have determined this medium to be the best use of our limited funds, giving us the widest exposure for the smallest investment.
I am asking if you could help us out. Every $5 donation pays for half of a radio spots.
If we could raise another $1,000 we could run some newspaper ads to compliment the radio ads.
Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated.
Christopher Schaeffer


The Committee To Elect Christopher H. Schaeffer
PO Box 382
Fredonia, NY 14063

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The State Legislature’s Attempt To Illegally Collect Sales Tax

I would like to express my outrage with the state legislature’s attempt to illegally collect sales tax on commodities sold on the lands of the Seneca Nation. This action is unconstitutional; treaties signed by the United States Government supersede all other laws including New York State’s tax laws. New York’s Legislature sees the Seneca Nation as a cash cow they would like to milk in order to fix budgetary problems the legislature helped to create.

Article 6 Clause two of the Constitution provides that “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

On May 20, 1842 the United States of America and the Seneca nation of Indians entered in to a treaty at Buffalo Creek, in the State of New York. Article NINTH provides “The parties to this compact mutually agree to solicit the influence of the Government of the United States to protect such of the lands of the Seneca Indians, within the State of New York, as may from time to time remain in their possession from all taxes, and assessments for roads, highways, or any other purpose until such lands shall be sold and conveyed by the said Indians, and the possession thereof shall have been relinquished by them.”

All previous attempts to collect taxes on the Seneca Nation have failed. Most notably in 1997 when civil unrest broke out, causing property damage. This unrest also caused a large-scale inconvenience for many people attempting to use the road that pass through Seneca Lands. I for one do not wish to revisit this folly.

I oppose any attempts to impose or collect taxes on Seneca Businesses. I only hope our Governor shows some common sense and abandons this ill-advised action. This attempt makes less sense than trying to collect sales tax on items purchased at the duty free shop on the Peace Bridge, or Governor Cuomo’s attempt to collect sales tax on clothing purchased in Pennsylvania.There is a large deficit in our state budget and we will need to cut spending and possibly find new sources of revenues to bring our budget in to balance. But resorting to illegal means can never be justified. The Seneca’s have been good neighbors and good friends; they deserve better treatment than this legislature has given them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Jamestown Fundraiser

SEPT. 14TH 2-6PM
The Gates Residence (Backyard), 41 Butler Ave. Celoron, NY. Beef on Wick - Corn on Cob - Salads - Deserts
Donations are Greatly Appreciated, but not necessary, please bring your family and friends.
Rain location will be at The Log Cabin (Celoron Community Center)
Bring Your Questions for the Candidate!!
When - Sunday September 14th 6-8pm after the picnic
RSVP APPRECIATED BUT NOT NECESSARY By Phone to Leisa Gates at 716-499-1778
Or By Email To

Sunday, September 7, 2008

When I first thought about running for state senate, I didn’t have an agenda; I only had my values. Values that I didn’t feel the state government shared. I didn’t have a desire to be a politician; I only had the desire to make our state a better place to live. I didn’t have a big political machine backing me up; I did have everyday people encouraging me, telling me this is something worth doing, this is something that needs to be done, and this is something that can be done.
As I’m sure everyone is painfully aware, New York State has the second highest taxes in the nation. Now the state government has done a wonderful job in the past few years of cutting state taxes with out cutting services. They used a very simple formula to achieve this; they simply cut funding to local government and require them to continue offering services at the same level. This has worked wonderfully and state taxes have been lowered. This little smoke and mirrors trick however did not provide any relief for us taxpayers. It only changed which tax collector we are paying our outrageous taxes to. Now local governments have been forced to raise taxes to meet the obligations the state has forced on them. Our county governments, our municipal governments and our school systems have all been directly affected by the states unfounded mandates. We need to demand real change and not accept more smoke and mirrors.
As your representative in the State Senate I will not vote for any budget that is not balanced. I will not vote for any unfunded mandates. I will not vote for any budget that does not truly lower taxes. I will work to change the “use it or loose it” budget mentality that has caused us to have the second highest taxes in the nation. I will support changes in the budget process that encourage department managers to reduce waste in their departments. I will support changes in government that reduce duplication and triplication.
I was talking to a disabled man in the town of Allegany the other day, he told me how every time a nurse comes to visit him for 15 minuets it takes the nurse another 45 minuets to fill out all the paperwork. How is this productive? Are we paying state employees to do the work we hired them to do? The work they are trained to do? The work they want to do? Or are we paying them to work one quarter of an hour then spend three quarters of an hour filling out paperwork documenting their 15 minutes of work? We need to work smarter not harder.
While the majority of state budget cutting needs to come from department heads there are two areas that are the sole responsibility of our elected leaders, member items and staff, or to put it another way PORK. With $170 million in this year’s budget for member items and an additional quarter billion for money already pledged is it a wonder we have a deficit? These member items really bothers me, we have no way of knowing where this money is going. There is no transparency. It’s like our elected officials think of our tax money as spreading around money. My opponent is very good at this, not a week goes by when she hasn’t got her picture in the paper for handing out checks. She also has one of the largest staffs in the senate, why not it’s not like it’s her money it’s yours. You deserve better, you deserve a senator who realizes your taxes are to high and wants to lower them. Not a senator who thinks of your taxes as found money.
Another issue I feel passionate about is health care. In my opinion it is criminal that the country that is the leader of the free world can’t even guarantee it’s citizen’s basic health care. Our citizens pay more per person than any other industrialized country for health care and yet, the United States is the only member of the G8 that does not have universal health care. We also have the highest rates of infant mortality and death by preventable diseases of any industrialized county. For three decades the federal government has been trying to enact universal health care legislation, legislation that will cover every single American. And I hope they do it. But I’m not going to hold my breath.
If the federal government wont act then New York State must act. We need to protect our own. It is inexcusable that the very poor and very rich do not have to worry about how they’re going to afford unexpected medical expenses but the majority of us have to either pay out of pocket or if we are lucky enough to have a job with benefits, hope that our employer can afford decent medical coverage. I will fight for universal health care to ensure that every New Yorker rich, poor or middle class gets the health care they deserve.
I’ve lived the majority of my adult life rural Chautauqua County. For over 15 years we’ve had livestock. My kids grew up in 4H. The pork I have in my freezer at home came from a hog raised by a 4H’er in Cattaraugus County. I know how important a healthy environment is. I also drive a car to work every day, and just like you I have to heat my home in the winter. We know the damage burning fossil fuels does to our environment; we know how expensive oil is. Most of us could make an educated guess as to how much the price of gas is going to go up for every dollar the price of oil goes up.
You know what? New York State doesn’t have much in the line of oil deposits; we don’t have a lot of coal either. You know what we do have? One of the largest deposits of natural gas in the country. You know what else we have? Some of the most consistent winds in the country. Why are we using oil and coal to make our electricity? We need to encourage the production of our own resources not be importing some other state or even some other countries resources.
Clean burning technology is in its infancy but there have already been successful clean burning test projects for each fossil fuel. Wind energy has been around for decades but cheap foreign oil made it to expensive to produce on a large scale. The days of cheap foreign oil are over and New York has a historic chance to move from an energy importer to an energy exporter. New York State needs to embrace this technology, adopt this technology, produce this technology and export this technology. We need to create jobs for our citizens, producing our own natural resources, constructing wind farms, producing the components for these clean burning power plants and wind mills.
When you send me to Albany I promises to work towards a clean energy independent New York.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Upcoming Events 8-21-08

It’s been a busy couple of months. Julie and I have been to three county fairs Allegany, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus; picnics in Little Valley, Dunkirk and Hanover; sold hotdogs at the Victorian Dazzle Days, attended a fund raiser for Julia Rosas Snow and other campaign related events.

Up coming events include

8-21-08 The Town and Village of Allegany Democrats picnic 6 p.m. Fireman's Park N. 1st St, Allegany, NY
~ Eric Massa "Meet & Greet" 8 p.m. Killbuck, NY
8-24-08 Julie and I will be at the Fredonia Farm Festival selling hotdogs at the Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Association booth and marching in the parade.
9-5-08 My campaign will be holding a fundraiser at the Adams Art Gallery located at 600 Central Avenue, Dunkirk from 6 to 8 p.m. We will be serving pork from the 4H hog we bought at the Cattaraugus County Fair. (more details to follow)
9-7-08 Livingston County Picnic
9-9-08 Primary Election Day Polls will be open noon to 9 p.m.
~ Julie Schaeffer - Pomfret Town Council – Independence Party
~ Judith Claire – Chautauqua County Family Court Judge – Independence and Conservative Parties
9-14-08 My campaign will be holding a fundraiser in Jamestown. (more details to follow)

If you haven’t made a donation yet, you can donate to my campaign online at under the membership tab, or mail a check to

The Committee to Elect Christopher H. Schaeffer
PO Box 382
Fredonia, NY 14063

If you need any information you can contact
· My Campaign Manager Leisa Gates at 716-499-1778
· Me at 716-969-3137 or via email at

Christopher Schaeffer

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


fredonia, ny, August 19, 2008: Christopher Schaeffer endorsed Democratic candidate for New York State’s 57th Senate District announces his selection of Leisa Gates as his campaign manager. “Leisa brings a tremendous amount of energy to my campaign; I look forward to working closely with her.” Leisa is active in the Jamestown community and brings a new dimension to the campaign.
After a 2-month search and speaking to several well-qualified individuals Schaeffer’s Committee concluded Ms. Gates is the best fit. A life long resident of Celoron, Ms. Gates has worked for Chautauqua Opportunities Summer Feeding Program as well as having done volunteer work for C.O.D.E. (Citizens Opportunity for Development and Equality) and is a member of the Celoron United Methodist Church having served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, a youth group leader, board member and administrative assistant.For more information contact Campaign Manager, Leisa Gates by telephone at (716) 499-1778, by mail at The Committee To Elect Christopher H. Schaeffer, PO Box 382, Fredonia, NY 14063 or by Email at The candidate’s web site is

Christopher schaeffer announces bid for state senate seat

fredonia, ny, august 7, 2008: Christopher Schaeffer of Fredonia, NY announces his candidacy for the New York State Senates 57th District. “I’m just a working guy who’s tired of paying the second highest taxes in the country, not a career politician who thinks of taxpayer’s money as something to spread around to make myself look good.” Schaeffer is endorsed by the Democratic Party and has no primary challenger.
Schaeffer graduated SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Business Administration, has worked as a Credit Manager, ran his own electronics recycling business and currently is a Retail Manager with Wireless Express, Inc. a growing startup company. He is active in his community having served on the planning board in the town of Stockton, been on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua and a 4H Leader in Chautauqua County for eight years.For more information contact Leisa Gates by telephone at (716) 499-1778, by mail at The Committee To Elect Christopher H. Schaeffer, PO Box 382, Fredonia, NY 14063 or by Email at The candidate’s web site is