Friday, September 19, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 09/19/14: 20 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)  Nan Hayworth Releases First TV AD

2) Hayworth Campaign Releases Statement on TWC/Siena Poll

3) Bianco to resign Oct 1. Yorktown Town Board adopts special election law.09/16/14

4) weekend events] Putnam Eat Smart Restaurant Week: September 7th- 21st

5) Confirmed: Westchester County Executive Astorino's Ethics Board Acted Illegally and Voted without a Quorum

6) Westchester Legislator Harckham Urges New Law Calling for County Audit of Capital Projects

7) VICE CHAIR MAISANO PROPOSES LAW TO COMBAT IMPACT OF "PUPPY MILLS"

8) Get your Blues on! At 12 Grapes

9) Westchester County Seeks Nominations for Youth Service Award

10) New Survey: NY Middle Class Taxes Crushing Under Andrew Cuomo

11) New York Times/CBS Poll: Cuomo under 50% for the first time

12) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board  09/22/14

13)  New York Times: Cuomo Twists Astorino's Positions

14) Survey: Westchester Kids to Parents: Talk to Us About Risk Avoidance

15) Indicted!

16) Democrats’ War on Energy

17) Astorino Remarks to NYS Business Council

18) Voter registration deadlines!

19) Astorino Outreach To Cuomo Camp Willfully Ignored

20) Frank Vernucio: US in Deficit Despite Record Revenue
 
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Contact: Terence Michos
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 NAN HAYWORTH RELEASES FIRST TV AD: "OUR HEROES"


Hayworth focuses on protecting and caring for our nation's veterans.
September 18, 2014
Chester, NY - Dr. Nan Hayworth today released her first television ad of the campaign, highlighting her experience treating our nation's veterans in the VA system and her unwavering support for veterans.
"As the daughter of two World War II veterans, I revere the sacrifices of the men and women who made our freedom possible. I had the privilege of caring for out veterans in the VA as a doctor. I've witness firsthand the unconscionable inefficiencies of the VA. Our veterans need access to the best care, anytime and anywhere they need it. To all those who have followed the call of duty, this duty is owed in return by a grateful nation," said Hayworth. 

You can view the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFbrlkw9cvI
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Nan Hayworth and Sean Patrick Maloney will face each other again in the November 2014 election. Hayworth has the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party lines and Maloney has the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. Hayworth defeated Maloney in the Independence Party Primary on June 24th, and was named a Young Gun by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the top tier of the committee's three-level recruitment program, indicating that her campaign is one of the most competitive in the nation.
Dr. Nan Hayworth is a candidate for Congress in the 18th Congressional District in New York's Hudson Valley, which includes all of Orange and Putnam Counties and parts of Dutchess and Westchester Counties. An ophthalmologist for nearly 20 years, Dr. Hayworth was the only woman physician ever to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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HAYWORTH CAMPAIGN RELEASES STATEMENT ON TWC/SIENA POLL
September 18, 2014
Chester, NY - The Hayworth campaign issued the following statement regarding the Time Warner Cable News / Siena College poll for NY-18:
After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nancy Pelosi's money to run false attacks against Nan Hayworth, Maloney's showing as an incumbent is very weak. Hayworth is well ahead with independents, and once voters learn of Maloney's record of voting for special perks and privileges for himself and higher taxes for us, they'll reject him in November.

Election Day is several weeks away, an eternity in politics. As Siena pollster Steven Greenberg stated, "With nearly seven weeks to go, this figures to be a nail-biter right up until the final votes are counted." 



"At this point in 2012, Siena had Obama Democrat Sean Maloney trailing Nan Hayworth by 13 points. This race is just getting started, and our first ad is airing today. Voters are ready to turn the page on the Obama/Maloney/Pelosi agenda, and once our message gets out there the race will tighten. When the full story is told, we're confident that voters will choose doctor, mother, and neighbor Nan Hayworth to represent the Hudson Valley.," said O'Brien Murray, senior adviser to the Hayworth campaign. 
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Nan Hayworth and Sean Patrick Maloney will face each other again in the November 2014 election. Hayworth has the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party lines and Maloney has the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. Hayworth defeated Maloney in the Independence Party Primary on June 24th, and was named a Young Gun by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the top tier of the committee's three-level recruitment program, indicating that her campaign is one of the most competitive in the nation.
Dr. Nan Hayworth is a candidate for Congress in the 18th Congressional District in New York's Hudson Valley, which includes all of Orange and Putnam Counties and parts of Dutchess and Westchester Counties. An ophthalmologist for nearly 20 years, Dr. Hayworth was the only woman physician ever to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
 
Town Board Meeting
September 16, 2014

Meeting highlights.  For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Resignation of Councilman Bianco
Councilman Bianco announced his intention to resign from his councilman position effective October 1.

2. Special election law
The board voted 3-1, with Councilman Patel voting no, to adopt the “may” version of the law.  The law will be on the November ballot as a referendum question.

3. Granite Knolls fields.
In response to questions about the safety of the access driveway to the fields, Supervisor Grace said he hoped that the issues would be solved. Matt Tauber of the YAC said the club was staggering practice hours in order to mitigate the traffic and stressed the need for more fields.

4. Spectra pipeline
Several people spoke in opposition to the Spectra pipeline plan and questioned who Supervisor Grace and Councilman Murphy are representing.  Issuesraised included the location of the pigging station, the use of eminent domain, parkland alienation, and the proposed Atlantic Bridge project that would expand the pipeline through the rest of Yorktown.

5. Sober House public hearing
The board voted to advertise the reconvening of the public hearing for October 7. The meeting will be held at Town Hall.

 
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Confirmed: Astorino’s Ethics Board Acted Illegally and Voted without a Quorum
Vote Occurred in a Rush to Deal with Ethics Controversy over County Executive’s Outside Income
White Plains, NY – The dysfunctional and questionable operations of the Westchester County Board of Ethics, appointed by County Executive Rob Astorino, can now be termed as being illegal as well, with new information on hand that its last meeting on July 16 convened and voted without a quorum to whitewash concerns about Astorino’s outside income.
The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Appointments Committee, chaired by Legislator Ben Boykin (D-White Plains), learned today that Josh Mandell, the former mayor of Larchmont and a political pal of Astorino’s who has donated $6,500 to the County Executive’s campaign coffers, voted at the July 16, 2014 Ethics Board meeting despite there being no record of his appointment to this Board or confirmation by the BOL.  Moreover, there is no copy of his signed oath of office held by the County Clerk.
“I am appalled to find that the County’s Board of Ethics would conduct business without any regard to laws defining its organization and function,” said Boykin. “These folks are supposed to be watchdogs for the people of Westchester. Something is terribly wrong here and I’d like County Executive Astorino, not his chief of staff, to explain why the Board of Ethics is operating—and voting—illegally.”
The County Ethics Board is supposed to have seven members, with no more than four representing the same political party. Right now, it’s unclear how many members are serving actively on the board. At the BOL Appointments Committee meeting this week, Astorino’s chief of staff George Oros, a former legislator who also once served on what is now called the BOL Appointments Committee,  was unable to definitively state for the record who is presently a member on the County’s Board of Ethics.
When Oros told the BOL this week that one member, Mark Drexel, had resigned from the Ethics Board, Boykin asked why the BOL was not informed earlier. Oros suggested the Administration did not have to inform the BOL of changes to citizen boards, and suggested that the BOL members should call over to the County Clerk’s office from time to time if they were interested to know of changes on the County boards.
The County Clerk’s office confirmed yesterday that they have no paperwork on Mandell’s appointment to the Board of Ethics and the necessary oath of office.
And yet during the Board of Ethics meeting on July 16 Mandell joined three members (Joseph Crotty, Walter F. Matysik, Jr. and Rene Atayan) in voting to re-hire Steve Leventhal to conduct the annual ethics reviews of County officers, even though nearly seven months of the year had elapsed. But the Board of Ethics needs a quorum of four members to meet and conduct business. Both the meeting and the vote for Leventhal were illegally conducted, and therefore are invalid.
Last year, Leventhal did not conduct these reviews, admitted Dennis Kremer, chair of the Ethics Board. Initially, the Astorino Administration said the overview couldn’t be conducted without access to the County’s vendor lists to determine whether there were conflicts of interest. Even though the Administration creates this list, Oros suggested this week that the “self-governing” Board of Ethics needed to create its own vendor list. Furthermore, this year’s review of financial disclosure forms could take several months, noted the Administration.
“County Executive Astorino, as the appointing authority over the County Board of Ethics, should be aware of its dysfunction and conducting of business illegally, or he is being negligent in his duties per the County Charter,” said Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers). “The mistakes made with Mandell’s non-appointment, the Board’s lack of a quorum and subsequent illegal vote cannot be shrugged off or simply explained away as an oversight with paperwork, not when it seems that they are covering for a possible conflict of interest involving the County Executive.”
“Again, I’m calling for the Board of Ethics to start operating in the daylight of true government transparency, said Boykin, “and with legally appointed and confirmed members only.”
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Legislator Pete Harckham Urges New Law Calling for County Audit of Capital Projects

White Plains, NY – Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) began leading discussions this week at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) on a new bill he has introduced that will require the County to annually audit all capital projects undertaken in the prior year. Nearly all of the BOL Democrats have co-sponsored the legislation.

“Since I joined the Board of Legislators in 2008, Westchester County has spent close to five hundred million dollars on capital projects, with an additional eighty million dollars projected to be spent this year as well—and not one penny of this spending has been audited,” said Harckham. “Westchester taxpayers have a right to know if all of their tax dollars are being spent wisely and effectively. A close, formal accounting of capital projects makes sense in terms of being able to identify more cost-effective measures and ways to save money in the long run.”

The capital projects audit Harckham is calling for will include a review of all transactions in each project plus a review of the process undertaken to accomplish the projects. The scope of the audit will consider outside versus in-house design and management, the project’s management itself, work flow systems, and bonding for design versus bonding for both design and construction simultaneously.

Right now, the County only conducts an annual audit of the Operating Budget.

Added Harckham: “Annual audits can uncover process flaws that increase costs. For example, two years ago the New York City Comptroller undertook an audit of the New York City Housing Authority’s construction program and found process, management and tracking flaws in the program and recommended a series of corrective actions. We need the same kind of scrutiny of our capital projects here in Westchester. There is simply too much money involved for the County not to be as careful as possible with its spending.”

Discussion of Harckham’s proposed legislation occurred at a joint meeting this week of the BOL Budget & Appropriations and Legislation Committees, which also received a report from the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) that called for better management and increased transparency of the County’s capital projects. The ten-member CBAC meets regularly and is co-chaired by John D. McGarr and Julie Stern.

The CBAC report also noted that a number of projects being undertaken by the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) have been delayed because of inadequate numbers of planning and design engineers on staff after several rounds of layoffs and retirement incentives. The strategy of using outside consultants to manage the workload clearly has not been successful.

The reduction of staff leaves the County “with no cushion for handling emergencies such as Irene or Sandy,” which shifts attention away from ongoing projects and pushes the work schedule back even further back, said CBAC member Carolyn Stevens. “We should not be so lean on staff that you cannot carry on regularly scheduled and necessary maintenance when emergencies arise.”

The CBAC report to the BOL recommends that the Capital Budget include information and detailed explanations regarding delayed projects, with updated cost estimates as well as projected completion dates. Also, the BOL should conduct a quarterly review of the ongoing capital projects to track the progress and necessary modifications to the work.

The practice of bonding for annual expenses such as for police cars and road repairs should be discouraged, CBAC points out in its report, and their costs placed in the County’s Operating Budget instead of the Capital Budget.

In terms of making information about the Capital Budget more available to the BOL, CBAC asks for secure databases with information about all ongoing capital projects and County capital assets. Some BOL members emphasized this week that the Astorino Administration often has failed to share important information with the BOL regarding the status of capital projects.

Finally, the report suggests that a graph with information regarding debt and annual debt service associated with capital projects would be a helpful resource for the BOL.

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For Immediate Release: September 19, 2014

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VICE CHAIR MAISANO PROPOSES LAW TO

COMBAT IMPACT OF “PUPPY MILLS”

 

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) proposed legislation this week that would ensure that dogs and cats sold by pet "dealers” or “sellers" in Westchester County are maintained in a safe and healthy environment, and his legislation seeks to stop the unregulated flow of puppies from high volume and inhumane breeders and their transporters.

 

"While pet adoption from a rescue group or shelter is always the best route, the selling of pets in Westchester County is a legal business that must be regulated to ensure quality care for the animals," says Legislator Maisano.  “This legislation will help protect the health, comfort and well being of the animals while they are living with dealers and sellers, and stops these businesses from obtaining dogs from puppy mills or disreputable breeders." Legislator Maisano thanked the ASPCA for its assistance in drafting the proposed legislation.

 

The legislation takes direct aim at the use of out-of-state facilities commonly referred to as "puppy mills," which are known for deplorable conditions.  "My family is actively involved with animal rescue, and we've seen dogs that have been used for breeding from this type of a facility," says Legislator Maisano.  "It is without question they are inhumane and unconscionable.” The proposed legislation requires that pet dealers and sellers maintain records that prove where the animals came from.

 

New York State recently authorized county and local governments to pass legislation regulating pet dealers and sellers.  Additional provisions in Legislator Maisano’s proposed legislation include how and what the animals are fed and the standard of their living conditions. The legislation mandates that the pets receive a veterinary examination within five business days of arriving at the dealer or seller facility.

 

Legislator Maisano and his family volunteer as a foster home for NY Pet Rescue and have welcomed countless dogs into their lives while the dogs await adoption.  Attached

is a photo of the dogs living with the Maisano Family – to the right of Jim are two foster dogs they adopted, Marlee and Pippin, and to the left of Jim is Bo, who they are currently fostering and he is available for adoption. 
 
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On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:14 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:
Seeking Nominations for Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award
Dear Neighbor,
The Westchester County Youth Bureau is accepting nominations for the 2014 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award, which recognizes adults age 21 and over who have made major contributions towards the youth in their communities through volunteerism. The deadline for submissions is October 3. 
Nomination forms can be obtained online at www.westchestergov.com/youth. For more information, please contact Julie Jones at jhj1@westchestergov.com or (914) 995-2745.        
Nominations for the 2014 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award must be returned to the Westchester County Youth Bureau no later than October 3, 2014. Submissions may be sent either via email to Julie Jones at jhj1@westchestergov.com or to the following address:
Westchester County Youth Bureau
Attn: Julie Jones
112 East Post Road – Third Floor
White Plains, New York 10601

The selected recipient will be honored during a meeting of the Westchester County Youth Board on November 19 in White Plains.
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Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
NEW SURVEY: NEW YORK MIDDLE CLASS
GETTING CRUSHED WITH TAXES
 "No Wonder Six in 10 New Yorkers Over Age 50 Plan to Leave State"

 
New York--Sept. 17..."Another day, another damning survey about New Yorkers getting crushed by high taxes and lost jobs under Governor Andrew Cuomo." That was the response by Westchester County Executive and New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino to a brand new Wallethub survey showing that middle class New Yorkers pay more in taxes than Americans in every other state in the union, save one. Last week, AARP released a survey showing that six in 10 New Yorkers over age 50 are now "likely" or "somewhat likely" to move out of New York. The organization ranked New York "The Worst State in Which to Retire" earlier this year. New York also ranks as the state with the most out-migration in America, with 400,000 New Yorkers having moved to other states under four years of Andrew Cuomo's governorship.

 
"The Empire State has become the vampire state for middle class New Yorkers who are being taxed to death and nickel-and-dimed to death at every turn," County Executive Astorino said. "No wonder six in 10 New Yorkers over age 50 plan to leave New York. If New York doesn't get real tax relief soon -- and if doesn't stop harassing businesses until they cross our border -- New York's future isn't going to be bright."

 
County Executive Astorino cut the property tax levy more than any other county executive in New York, according to the state comptroller's office, and plans to significantly lower the cost of government in Albany as governor, enabling smart tax and regulatory cuts. He cut the size of his own staff in Westchester by 19% and shrank county government by more than four percent.

 
"As governor, I'll do what needs to be done to get this state back on track economically, just as I did in Westchester," Mr. Astorino continued. "New York's middle class cannot survive long in an environment like this. More and more families will just pack up and leave."
 
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September 17, 2014
New York Times/CBS Poll: Cuomo under 50% for the first time
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
ALBANY... A New York Times/CBS poll last week showed that Andrew Cuomo is winning the support of just 46% of voters statewide. This is the first poll that has shown Andrew Cuomo below the crucial 50% support threshold for an incumbent.
 
Since the poll was released, Rob Astorino has launched two separate statewide ad campaigns.
 
"Andrew Cuomo has little to show for the $14 million he's spent on campaign ads, let alone the $237.5 million in tax dollars he's spent on bogus Start Up NY ads, which themselves are thinly-veiled campaign ads," said NYGOP Chair Ed Cox.
 
"More bad news for Cuomo: when that poll was conducted, Rob Astorino's ads hadn't even debuted. New York's hardworking taxpayers are turning away from Andrew Cuomo, and as Rob continues to get his message out, they'll leave Cuomo in droves."
 
Earlier this month, almost four in ten Democrats voted against Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary.
 
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On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:19 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

Planning Board

Calendar Date:
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:30pm

Discussion
Correspondence
Liaison Reports
Minutes: September 8, 2014
SPECIAL SESSION
Staples Plaza Middle Building
SBL: 36.6-2-76
Decision Statement

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: John Meyer Consulting
Description: Request for amended site plan approval to renovate the middle building.
WORK SESSION
BJ's Wholesale Club/Urstadt Biddle
SBL: 36.6-2-75 & 76
Town Board Referral & Site Plan Application

Location: 3315 & 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: Zarin & Steinmetz
Description: The applicant is requesting a rezone from C-1 to C-3 on Lot 75 and a portion of Lot 76 to allow the construction of a gasoline filling station on Lot 76, as well as a 3,000 sf bank.
Crompond Terraces
SBL: 26.18-1-11, 26.18-1-12, 26.18-1-14, 26.18-1-15, 26.18-1-16
Town Board Referral

Location: 3258 Old Crompond Road
Contact: Ciarcia Engineering
Description: Applicant is requesting a change in zone from R1-20 to C-2 and RSP-1 for construction of 96 residential units and 47,500 sf of office and retail space on 20.10 acres.
Costco Wholesale
SBL: 26.18-1-17, 18, 19 and 26.19-1-1
Discussion FEIS
Location: 3200 Crompond Road
Contact: TRC Engineers
Description: Application to construct a 151,092 sf Costco Wholesale Club store and member only gasoline filling station.

Agenda:

Directions

Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104
Yorktown Heights, NY
10598
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September 18, 2014
We thought you should see this message from the Astorino campaign about Andrew Cuomo's dishonest attacks against Rob Astorino.  Give it a read and share it with your friends.

Cuomo is at it again. He's throwing around his pay to play millions to distort Rob's positions. He's had his ads pulled down from cable systems, and news outlets across the state have exposed his lies. Now even the New York Times has stepped in to set the record straight.
 
Cuomo Twists Astorino's Positions
By Thomas Kaplan
The New York Times
September 18, 2014   
   
For months, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has been airing television advertisements attacking his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive. As Mr. Astorino has sought to introduce himself to voters, Mr. Cuomo's camp has offered its own introduction, portraying him as an "ultraconservative" whose views are out of step with the vast majority of New York voters. One of his latest ads, "Goal," which is 30 seconds long, continues the Democratic effort to paint Mr. Astorino as far to the right of the state's electorate.  
 
Read the full article here.
 
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On Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:56 AM, Program Reach wrote:
Contact:  Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
YONKERS STUDENTS TO PARENTS: TALK TO US
ABOUT RISK AVOIDANCE STRATEGIES

 
Studies: Young Adults Who Delay Sex and Alcohol Use More Likely to Finish High School, Succeed in Life

 
Yonkers, NY--Sept. 18...Young adults in Westchester want parents and guidance counselors to teach them about risk avoidance strategies that have statistically been shown to help them finish high school and succeed in life, according to a just-conducted survey of Yonkers 7th and 8th grade students, the not-for-profit organization Program Reach today announced.

 
Several national studies have concluded that delaying sex and alcohol consumption for just a few years -- as well as tobacco and marijuana use -- makes students significantly more likely to finish high school and move onto college or careers.  The new Program Reach study suggests that young Westchester students want parents to tell them about risk avoidance strategies and their benefits, and that what parents say carries weight.  

 
"Many young teens may appear disinterested in what their parents are saying about sex and alcohol, but don't be fooled: they are listening intently," said Dr. Naci Coppola, Chief Executive Officer of Program Reach. "This survey shows that young adults armed with good information are more likely to make healthy choices, and having it come from parents, teachers, and guidance counselors makes a difference."

 
"Every parent wants his or her child to succeed, and today's announcement offers important information for parents and students alike to help those children reach their goals," said Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin. "These Yonkers students are clearly listening to what their parents are saying about sex and alcohol, and that's a good thing. It's important, then, that parents have the best information available."

 
According to the survey:

 
  • 91% of 7th and 8th grade girls and 69% of 7th and 8th grade boys  would be more likely to postpone sexual activity by a few years if they knew doing so would help them reach their dreams;

  • 91% of 7th and 8th grade males and 84% of 7th and 8th Grade girls would be more likely to postpone drinking alcohol for a few years if they knew doing so would help them reach their dreams;

  • 75% of 7th and 8th grade girls and 88% of 7th and 8th grade boys would be more likely to delay alcohol use if their parent, grandparent, or guardian spoke with them about risk avoidance;

  • 87% of 7th and 8th grade girls and 64% of 7th and 8th grade boys would be more likely to delay sexual activity if their parent, grandparent, or guardian spoke with them about risk avoidance;

  • 87% of 7th and 8th grade girls and 70% of 7th and 8th grade boys  would be more likely to postpone sexual activity by a few years if their teacher or guidance counselor talked to them about risk avoidance strategies and explained their benefits, and

  • 75% of 7th and 8th grade girls and 88% of 7th and 8th grade boys would be more likely to delay alcohol use if a teacher or guidance counselor spoke with them about risk avoidance and it's benefits.

Program Reach employs a youth development and education model that focuses on identifying and building on individual, family, school and community assets. Youth development is the process through which adolescents acquire the cognitive, social and emotional skills and abilities required to navigate life. Youth Development addresses the common and interconnected causes of many high risk behaviors - the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD), emotional problems, intentional injury, school failure and dropout, crime, STI/STDs including HIV/AIDS, and pregnancy - by capitalizing on opportunities at the family, school and community levels to prevent their occurrence. Youth Development can be summarized by caring/compassion, competence, character, connection and confidence. Our programs help students achieve three of the primitive needs: safety, love/belonging and self-esteem.

 Statistics and graphics below:

 
1.If I knew that delaying drinking for just a few years would make me more likely to reach my dreams in life,  I  would  not drink . 

 
Group
Strongly Agree
Agree
Not sure
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Total Strongly Agree / Agree
Males
76%
15%
0%
9%
0%
91%
Females
84%
0%
0%
13%
3%
84%

 2. I knew that delaying sexual activity for just a few years would make me more likely to reach my dreams in life,  I  would  not have sex. 

 
Group
Strongly Agree
Agree
Not sure
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Total Strongly Agree / Agree
Males
69%
0
7%
21%
0%
69%
Females
80%
11%
9%
0%
0%
91%


 
3. If my parent, grandparent or guardian told me that delaying drinking  just a few years would make me more likely to reach my  dreams in life, I would not drink.
Group
Strongly Agree
Agree
Not sure
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Total Strongly Agree / Agree
Males
79%
9%
9%
3%
0%
88%
Females
72%
3%
11%
14%
0%
75%

4. If my parent, grandparent or guardian told me that delaying sex for  just a few years would make me more likely to reach my  dreams in life, I would not  have sex.
Group
Strongly Agree
Agree
Not sure
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Total Strongly Agree / Agree
Males
45%
18%
23%
14%
0%
63%
Females
65%
22%
13%
0%
0%
87%

 
5.  If my teacher or guidance counselor told me that delaying drinking for just a few years would make me more likely to reach my  dreams in life, I would not drink.
Group
Strongly Agree
Agree
Not sure
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Total Strongly Agree / Agree
Males
65%
0%
22%
4%
9%
65%
Females
50%
25%
0%
25%
0%
75%

.  If my teacher or guidance counselor told me that delaying sex for just a few years would make me more likely to reach my  dreams in life, I would not  have sex.
Group
Strongly Agree
Agree
Not sure
Disagree
Strongly Disagree
Total Strongly Agree / Agree
Males
39%
31%
13%
17%
0%
70%
Females
58%
29%
13%
0%
0%
87%
 

 
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  SHADY CHARACTER BEHIND CUOMO'S ANTI-ASTORINO SMEAR ADS INDICTED FOR FEDERAL FRAUD
 "Mr. Cuomo's deceitful ads must be pulled down."

 
New York--Sept. 18...The man behind the ridiculous civil RICO suit filed against Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino -- the suit is the basis for Andrew Cuomo's multi-million-dollar TV smear campaign against Mr. Astorino -- has just been indicted on federal fraud and other charges, the Astorino campaign today announced.

 
"Westchester businessman Selim "Sam" Zherka was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on allegations he falsified loan applications and committed tax fraud, wire fraud, and witness tampering," Westchester's Journal News writes in a breaking news story. Full story link below. 

 

 
The second person behind the civil RICO suit is New York State Independence Party Vice Chairman Giulio "Doc" Cavallo, who was under investigation by the Moreland Commission for a no-show job and pension swindling scheme. Governor Cuomo abruptly shut down the Moreland Commission before the investigation on Mr. Cavallo was concluded. Mr. Cavallo was refused a job by County Executive in 2010 because of Cavallo's reputation of accepting no-show jobs. Story links below.

 

 
http://nypost.com/2014/07/26/astorino-independence-party-leader-tried-to-shake-me-down-for-job/
 
 
"Andrew Cuomo has run the most negative TV ad campaign in state history based on a lawsuit filed by two highly dubious individuals," said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud.  "Now, the first of them has been indicted for federal fraud, while the other one was let off by the governor personally when he abruptly shut Moreland. Here again we see why New York State government is ranked the most corrupt in America. Mr. Cuomo's deceitful ads must be pulled down."
 
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On Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:08 PM, NRCC Communications wrote:
 
 
For Immediate Release
September 18, 2014
Contact: Press Office
(202) 479-7070
 
Democrats’ War on Energy
Sean Patrick Maloney Turns Off the Lights on Energy Independence
 
WASHINGTON – Today, Sean Patrick Maloney voted against a commonsense energy package that will help establish energy independence and lower energy costs for New York families.
 
For too long, Maloney has rubber-stamped President Obama’s agenda against American energy independence. It’s about time the people of New York—and people across the country—paid less. It’s just another sorry instance where Sean Patrick Maloney has put partisan politics ahead of doing what’s right.
 
“Today, the House took a major step in advancing American energy independence,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Instead of doing the right thing, Maloney attempted to keep his special interest friends happy by making New York families pay more.”
 
Democrats wage war on energy.
(H.R. 2, Roll Call Vote #515, 9/18/14)
 
 
NRCC320 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 479-7000
 
  
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On Friday, September 19, 2014 10:33 AM, Astorino for Governor wrote:
PRESS RELEASE
September 19, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Jessica Proud
(914) 438-5325
Astorino Remarks to NYS Business Council

*Below are the remarks Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino delivered to the New York State Business Council last evening, September 18, 2014.

Before I speak, I have one warning:  you might want to stay a few steps away from me. You're all nice and dressed up.  Wouldn't want your suits and outfits to get splashed with mud.  (And we still have to endure 45 more days of his negative ads.)

But seriously.  Thank you. It's so nice to be here with you. I really do appreciate your listening. In fact, your graciousness makes it a little harder to say what I came here to say.  

I've always talked straight in Westchester, both as a candidate and as County Executive.  It seems to be the best policy to me.  So I'll talk straight here tonight, too.  

All of you know this state. You've had just about every political leader come before you, both Republican and Democrat.  

And I bet you pretty much always hear the same thing. Some politician stands here and swears up and down how great he or she is for the business community -- the audience claps -- and then the politician gets back to work destroying New York's economy.

That's the sad truth.  My question to every business person - in fact, every New Yorker - is:  As a state, are we winning or losing?  And under every objective standard, we're losing, and losing badly.  You don't get to be dead last in this country without working at it. You've really got to try. It takes a conscious decision to come in 50th out of 50 in anything, and New York has perfected it to a tee.

New York State is ranked by the American Legislative Exchange Council as having the worst economic outlook in America. The worst. Not 25th.  Not 45th. Dead. Last. 50th.

New York has the highest property taxes in America. The worst. It has the highest overall tax burden, too. Dead. Last. 50th.

New York is losing more families than any other state -- 400,000 people over the past four years alone.  They're leaving in search of jobs and tax relief. Again, dead last 50th.

New York was ranked as the worst place to retire. Last week, AARP released a survey.  60% of New Yorkers over age 50 say they're likely or somewhat likely to move out of state.

New York was ranked by the University of Illinois as having the most corrupt state government in America. And the governor himself is under investigation by federal prosecutors for meddling with the infamous Moreland Commission.  Only in NY can the commission that was supposed to investigate corruption become corrupted itself.

So here's my beef with the New York business community:  You stand for it.  I don't necessarily mean those of you in this room, but the business community as a whole. You have the clout -- the power to demand better -- yet you reward leaders who, at best, are managing the steady decline of New York.

Whoever gets elected gets the business community's support in New York. And rarely your criticism.

Everyone is afraid to offend the governor's office, state legislative leaders, or city hall. In elections, as soon as it looks like a winner is emerging from the pack, the money pours into that candidate -- regardless of the candidate's economic views.

New York City arguably elected last year the most anti-business mayor in its history, yet many in the business community jumped on his band wagon once they thought he might win.  Now, he's calling the shots statewide.

I'm sorry, but that's ridiculous. It's suicidal.

Instead of demanding better from elected leaders, we settle for scraps in New York.  We send lobbyists to Albany to strike some language out of a bill...or to get three or four words added or to beg for a sunset provision or a legislative carve out.

What the business community doesn't do is fight, lay down a marker in the sand and say, "here is the line beyond which you must not step.  Or here is the hoop you darned well better jump through if you want businesses to stay in New York or for new ones to arrive." No one else can deliver that message like you can, because no one knows better than you what needs to be done to get New York working again. The business community needs to stop being so shy.

God knows the groups in this state who want to drive up taxes and add more business regulations aren't shy.  They spend millions of dollars every year making demands, while the business community stays relatively quiet. Wall Street gets attacked by state and city politicians, just as the real estate industry does.  And no one says a word.  

We live in the highest taxed state in the country, a state with the 47th "Worst Business Climate" and with 750,000 business regulations, yet you don't revolt.

Instead of fighting, business leaders slowly disengage from New York.  You know the routine: First the back office goes to New Jersey or Pennsylvania or Vermont. Then the front office, with maybe a small satellite address staying here for show. That's how a state gets to be 50th.

New York was once a state that refused to settle for second best, so why are we settling for dead last now?  We still have the attributes that made us the envy of the world once -- land, waterways, infrastructure, capital, an educated workforce -- we have it all.

But what we're missing -- and this is key -- are political leaders willing to put their necks on the line to fix the problems...political leaders who are willing to LOSE re-election to save this state.

You know how I won re-election by 13 points in deep-blue Westchester County? By being willing to lose my seat.  That's how I won because that's how I governed.  

'You can't ask unions to chip into healthcare, they'll get you at the polls.' That's what I was told.  I did it anyway, after chipping in myself for healthcare costs.

'You can't make budget cuts.  You'll have loud demonstrators outside your office.'  So be it. I cut my own staff 19% and reduced the overall size of government by 5%.

'You can't take a stand against federal government overreach into local zoning. They'll sue you in court -- and slander you in TV ads, like Governor Cuomo is doing to me now. Go ahead. I'll defend our communities every day of the week.

These things may not always make good headlines when they happen, but they bring good results, and isn't that what governing is supposed to be about?

This will be my fifth straight year of freezing or cutting the property tax levy in Westchester, more than any county in the state. Not lowering or capping the increase -- actually lowering costs. That doesn't happen by mistake.  It takes work and a steady vision.  

Westchester's budget is smaller today than it was when I took office, from $1.8 billion then to $1.7 billion now, and triple A credit ratings.

To give you you some perspective on my approach vs. Governor Cuomo's, consider this: If Governor Cuomo were to have lowered costs and reduced waste in the state during his first four years in office like I did in Westchester during my first four, New York taxpayers would today be spending $13.7 billion less.  That pays for a lot of teachers or business development or tax relief.

We have 30,000 new private sector jobs over four years, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in New York. I'm proud of that.

But here's what I'm even prouder of: We've saved taxpayers millions while strengthening the social safety net.  In areas like child care for the working poor, we are more generous than New York City and we've greatly expanded available slots.

But the bills keep coming from Albany.  Their mandates are squeezing the life out of New York, and nothing is being done about it.   In Westchester County today, 85% of our tax levy is driven by Albany mandates.  It's even worse elsewhere.  Medicaid, health care and legacy costs need to at least have an honest discussion in this state.


You know what's really needed in this state?  Tough love. We are dead last in America in taxes and economic outlook because politicians are too terrified to say 'no' to anyone. And so the jobs and people keep on leaving. How is that compassion?  How does a reduced tax base care for those in need?

We need economic growth, not political cowardice.  Take natural gas extraction. New York had better get in the game.  Thirty states now allow safe natural gas exploration, and those states are led by both Republicans and Democrats.  President Obama supports it, as does the EPA, the Interior Department, and many environmental groups. But my God, someone might protest if it's allowed, so this administration stalls and stalls and stalls.  Apparently, the governor is giving Yoko Ono the final say.  I will move forward in an expeditious way so that New York can reap the benefits of tens of thousands of good jobs, billions in needed revenue, and lower energy costs.

Enough of Re-election comes first; good governance second.  You and I need to declare that unacceptable.

I like to say that you need three body parts to be a good leader -- and I bet this applies in your work as well. You need a head to do the smart things; a heart to show compassion, but probably more than both of those, you need a spine to stand firmly against the nonsense that seeps into government. I've always tried to lead with all three in Westchester, and I'll do the same in Albany.  

No one can stand on this stage and tell you with a straight face that they'll transform New York from #50 to #1 in taxes or economic outlook or business friendliness in a few years. But I can tell you this: I can make New York -- for starters -- the most competitive state in the northeast again. And once we get there, we can build on that.

No more fairytales in the form of a quarter of a billion tax dollars in phony Start-Up New York ads telling us things are great in New York.  You and I both know those are just thinly disguised political ads.  In fact, Start Up NY is exactly what's wrong with our economic policy in this state.  The government gets to pick and choose winners - in this case only the high tech industry and force them to locate on a SUNY campus?  Sorry.  That's how we stay put at the bottom of the heap.

Let me offer you a thumbnail how we really start up our economy.  I have a jobs and economic development plan, so I hope you'll visit my website, RobAstorino.com, to look for yourself. I also have an Ethics Reform Plan up there, which includes eight year term limits for all state officials, and my detailed Education Reform Plan has won some really great praise from experts, and includes new diplomas in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, as well as options for Vocational and Technical courses.

My plan to revitalize New York's economy involves 7 parts.  I know I've been up here awhile, so I'll just outline them super briefly here:

1. Regulatory Reform
-I'll sign an executive order on first day instituting a moratorium on any new regulation and a thorough review of the 750,000 regulations currently on the books. I'll also adopt the 2,219 regulatory reforms proposed last January by a bipartisan Senate panel. That includes repealing the Scaffold Law, reforming Workers Comp and the State Environmental Quality Review Act and eliminating incorporation fees for new small businesses.  

2. Tax Relief That's a no brainer. I'll reduce or hold flat state spending in each of the next four years to begin to get state expenses and costs under control. I'll make the property tax cap permanent, eliminate the 18a tax assessment on utility ratepayers, and get rid of the estate tax.

3. Invest in New York's Infrastructure

-Start by investing the $3.6 billion BNP Paribas bank settlement money into the most desperately needed repairs to our roads, bridges and mass transit


4. Accelerate Technology Start-Ups

5. Strengthen our Agricultural Economy

When I ran for Westchester County Executive in 2009, I made 15 promises to the people of Westchester.  I kept them all.

It's how I was elected twice in a 2-1 Democratic County.

I'll do the same as governor, but I can't go it alone.

So here's my challenge to you. Here's my challenge to New York's business community now and for the next four years:  Step in.  Engage.  Take a stand -- take a risk. Wade farther and deeper into New York politics than you've ever waded before and then stay there.  Because if you don't, you'll be gone in a few years, too, just like thousands of other businesses that have either shuttered or moved to Texas or South Carolina or exotic locales like North Dakota, the fastest growing state in the country. With the exception of the real estate industry that is saddled by brick and mortar, everyone here can pick up and go.  

It's the conversation we hear every day -- at the water cooler, at the barbershop, at the hairdresser's: 'Three more years and I'm out of here. Once the kids finish school or we retire, we're heading south" -- or west or north. Anywhere but here. People now speak about living in New York like its some kind of prison sentence. That's not okay.
 
I'm staying here and I'm fighting.  It's why I'm at this podium. Regardless of your political affiliation, I ask that you join me in that fight.  

I refuse to accept that the Empire State is shrinking -- that New York is now at the bottom of the heap in this country.  I don't want to be telling my children and grandchildren about what New York once was, and I'm sure you don't either. But that's what's going to happen if we don't act in an urgent and serious way.  We're number 50, and still its basically business as usual in this state.  

So today, I am calling on the New York business community to redouble its efforts to save New York.  To make noise; to run ads of its own to compete with the special interests. To stand up and fight with me.

The business community built this state. It can save it now, or it can flee, joining the millions of other who have already left.  It's up to you.  
Use this block to tell the audience about your company. A short paragraph or a few sentences including your company's location, description and website is ideal.
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September 19, 2014
Deadlines to register to vote are coming up. Check out this message from the Astorino Team and pass it along to your friends: 
 
Important election deadlines are quickly approaching, and if you haven't registered to vote yet, you could miss your opportunity!
  • The deadline to register to vote is is October 10th
  • The deadline to apply for an Absentee Ballot is October 28th
  • The deadline to submit your Absentee Ballot is November 3rd.
Please visit the New York State Board of Elections website to find out where your county's Board of Elections location is, and how to register to vote: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html

Every vote counts, and if we're going to make New York great again, we need your vote.

Onward to victory!


Bijoy Datta
Deputy Campaign Manager
Astorino for Governor
 
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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:34 PM, Astorino for Governor wrote:
Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
*NOTE: The Astorino Campaign has exhausted all methods to reach the Como Campaign to arrange a debate schedule. It has mailed, emailed, called, and texted the Cuomo campaign to no avail. Mr. Astorino personally asked Governor Cuomo this morning when the debates would be and Governor Cuomo brushed aside the question. Below is a formal request from Campaign Manager Mike Lawler to the Cuomo Campaign. 

 
From: Mike Lawler
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:18 AM
To: Joe Percoco
Subject: Cuomo/Astorino Debate(s)
Importance: High
 
Joe,
 
I hope this email finds you doing well. 
 
Following up on the Governor's comments that he expects to debate County Executive Astorino and per my August 26th correspondence to you (see attached), I'd like to discuss the debate schedule and format.
 
As the County Executive has stated on numerous occasions, and as mentioned in the letter, we would like to have 8 regional debates, so that the voters across New York can hear from the Governor and the County Executive about the issues affecting our state and each of their proposed solutions.
 
To date, we have received, as I'm sure you have as well, 5 official offers to host a debate between Governor Cuomo, County Executive Astorino, and in some instances Mr. Hawkins.  They are as follows:
 
1)      NY1/Time Warner Cable/News 12
2)      WABC7/Univision/NY Daily News/League of Women Voters
3)      CBS6 Albany and Sinclair Broadcasting Group sister stations (WHAM-ABC in Rochester; WSTM-NBC, WSTQ-CW, and WTVH-CBS in Syracuse; and WUTV-FOX in Buffalo
4)      FiOS-1
5)      Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York (WMHT-Albany; WSKG-Binghamton; WNED-Buffalo; WNET-New York City; WCFE-Plattsburgh; WXXI-Rochester; WCNY-Syracuse; WPBS-Watertown
 
We have officially accepted all 5 invitations and hope that Governor Cuomo and the campaign will join us in doing so.
 
Please let me know a time convenient for you, so that we may speak directly to work out the details.
 
Thank you for your time and attention on this important matter.
 
Best regards,
 
Mike
 
You can find my original letter here.
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