Sunday, April 27, 2008


Dear Readers:

By the time you read this, gas prices should be about $4.00 per gallon. OUCH!!! The government wishes you to think they are helpless to do anything except confiscate the profits from the oil companies(the infamous windfall profits tax). This of course would not lower the price of gas to us, would not produce one extra gallon of gas, nor produce one extra barrel of oil. All it will do is transfer wealth from the private sector to the government. As over forty percent of stocks in "big oil" are owned by mutual funds where most of your retirement funds reside, especially if you work in the public (local, state or federal) sector, this would devastate those funds. As most local pension funds (schools for instance) are funded by property tax(also school tax) dollars, it will be you the home owner who will be required to make up that short fall. Think massive tax increases you have not seen since the aftermath of 9/11. You will also see gas lines not seen since the late 1970's when the last windfall profits tax was enacted. If "big oil" has no incentive (read make a profit) from the sale of gas, they will not produce or sell it. That is economics 101. This is the only true prediction of the future as it happened in the past. You cannot screw with the primal forces of economics without serious consequences.

Food prices increased last year by 5% and this year so far 8%. This is the serious consequences of screwing with those primal forces. The ethanol scam, since 1995 when then Vice- President Al Gore cast the deciding vote on mandating the production of ethanol as an additive in gas, solely to buy votes in the mid-west, farmers have ceased the growing of wheat, soy, rice and other produce to grab the federal dollars being given out by the government like drunken sailors, to grow corn for ethanol. That corn, no longer being used for food products has caused a spike in the cost of feed for poultry, cattle and other animals we use for food. Add in the high cost of gas, and you see the spike in food costs to us. As we speak, because farmers are growing corn to get their hands on those federal dollars, they are no longer growing the other produce I have mentioned, so now there are food riots across the world for products made with wheat, butter products and rice. Out in California, Sam's Club and Coscos have rationed rice to its customers to prevent panic buying. Again pointing out the serious consequences of screwing with those economic primal forces.

This economic pain(cost of fuel and food) we now must endure, the food shortages and increase in world hunger that we previously had under control (yes control, not eradicated) can be laid at the feet of those lawmakers who in trolling for short term votes and power have sacrificed economic security, yours and the country's. These are artificial shortages. This spike in the cost of oil by the speculators is caused by artificial shortages caused by the actions of our lawmakers. There is no world wide shortage of oil. There is no shortage of domestic oil. In spite of the growing demand by China and India for petroleum, there is enough in new finds to cover this. In Brazil the second largest find in the western hemisphere (matching what Saudia Arabia has) has been discovered. In the Dakota's it has been announced that a new find has more oil than ANWAR, yet we can not drill for that. When you combine what already exists in this country, ANWAR, the Dakotas, off shore, Brazil, Canada, and Venezuela there is enough oil that we no longer need mid-east supplies. This is real and will supply enough petroleum for over 200 years.

If we do not correct these artificial shortages, the Feds. are right, high prices are here to stay. These shortages can be corrected by government actions. Citing that economic security is equivalent and part of our national security, the government can 1) pass a law that any state that allows a new refinery(we have not had one since the 70's) will no longer be subject to the federal gas tax. 2) Using the same powers the federal government now has to over ride state NIMBYism in regards to the power grids, they use that power for the building of more pipelines. 3) Using the same emergency powers the federal government used in the wake of hurricane Katrina, eliminate the over forty boutique gas mandates issued by the states. Or at least divide the country into four regions and designate a boutique blend for each section. 5) stop the ethanol scam, and start growing corn and other produce for food again. 6) Allow drilling for our domestic product. Stop worrying about what might happen and concern ourselves with what is happening. People are hurting today, must get to work today, must heat their homes today, must eat today. 7) As the oil companies, in order to continue to keep gas prices high have announced a cut back on the refinery of gas, the government says it will remove all tax breaks to any company that continues this course of corporate greed.

The above is a bridge to the following. Using an idea that Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco has discussed with me many times, the federal government ala the "Manhattan Project" that created the atomic bomb, gathers under one umbrella all the brightest scientific and economic minds with one goal, to create an affordable new form of environmentally safe energy. This is why you need the petroleum bridge. To tide us over till this new creation can be found and implemented. We will not conserve our way out of this. We are already using less petroleum than last year, yet you still see the prices rising to new heights. It is time to stop the prevailing wisdom that the need for fossil fuels for the time being is mutually exclusive to new technology. You must have both in order to maintain our economic security and our way of life that I feel no guilt in maintaining. You must stop feeling guilty for that also. The enemies of this country within and without, wish you to feel guilty in order to render our country a second rate power and lower our standard of living. You must not in this election season vote for those who prey on your guilt in order to increase their power, confiscate private wealth, say you must lower your standard of living, and continue to perpetuate this artificial energy shortage. The protection of our way of life rests with you and your vote.

Dear Bazzo:

Once again, thanks for commentary in the NCN and on your blog. I personally think that we can't have too much of this stuff- informing the public that is. I would like to respond to Supervisor Tendy's remarks that were in the last issue you sent me. First of all, as you mentioned, people in Put Valley, Peekskill, Cortlandt, Yorktown- all over Putnam and Northern Westchester- are having a tough time making ends meet these days. Home heating oil, gasoline, food prices have all increased astronomically with no end in sight. Our town and school boards are in LaLa Land spending our hard-earned money like there's no tomorrow and straddling ourselves, our children and our grandchildren with millions in debt that they are born with. Debt that was created by the government during our lifetime during a period in history when slavery has been abolished for over 100 years! So where does Mr. Tendy get the cojones to even suggest not ONE but TWO freakin' skateboard parks? Did he mention the fact that the good ole boys in the fire department are demanding a new $10 million dollar firehouse that we're supposed to pay for? Did he tell you about the plans for yet another million dollar softball field in the works? Did he say anything about our under-utilized town park that has every recreational facility you can dream of? That is in addition to all the other fields scattered around town and not to mention all the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sports facilities at the school. And this guy wants to spend money on a skateboard park for some bored teenagers? All I can say to Mr. Tendy is- get real! And stop insulting our intelligence. I am sick and tired of being forced to pay for every whim of every spoiled brat in town whose parents are too busy or too lazy to raise and guide their own children. There is a skateboard park in Cortlandt if they really need to use one and there's nothing wrong with these kids skateboarding in the LP parking lot, or on the streets of their neighborhoods, just like they do where I live. Trust me- my son was a skateboarder for a few years and they lose interest in the sport rather quickly. This is one idea that needs to be scratched before it goes any further.

Patty V.

Former Peekskill Mayor John Testa has started his cable show "On Topic with John Testa". It airs Thursdays 9:30PM on chanel 15 in Peekskill and Cortlandt. This week he covers the hot topic of the Centenial Fire House


Domenic Volpe has started a new public access show called the Volpe Report. Viewers will be able to see this program on community Channel 15 in the Peekskill/ Cortlandt area and on Channel 74 in Yorktown. The second guest on Domenic's program are members of Peeksill's BID.


The Issues with Sam Davis:

Airs on Thursdays at 9PM on Channel 74 (Public Access)in Putnam Valley and Yorktown. Sam Davis hosts. The show features a wide range of guests including artists, activists, attorneys, business owners, and politicians, talking about topics that are timely, relevant, and important. Tomorrow night is the premiere show with guest Jeff Green, local activist, business owner, and moderator of the renowned Plan Putnam blog. Jeff is also known for the work he has done for the environment and governmental integrity. The main topic of conversation for The Issues is property school taxes.

Next week’s show features local artist, musician, photographer, filmmaker John Cohen. John is a Putnam Valley character who helps to give this Town its unique flavor.Then, Domenic Volpe, businessman and former candidate will discuss involvement in local government, and impacts on business in the region.On the fourth week’s show, David Wright, Yorktown attorney and former Putnam Valley Town Attorney, discusses what local residents can do to enhance the effectiveness and responsiveness of local government.It is a varied and dynamic line-up, with the promise of more local issues of consequence in the weeks to come.


The date is Saturday,
August 2, with a rain date of
845-526-2121. This party won't take a ton of
work, but it will take a crew
of 10 - 15 dedicated volunteers to plan and

The Plan:

All $$ needed for this event will be by donation
and fund raising. If the
LPCA wants to contribute, that would be a good
thing, but certainly not a

I believe there may not be any insurance
necessary. This isn't a private
association party, it's a district event and as
such should fall under the
town's policy. I will check on this, but that's
the early information.

Soda/water/juice--no alcoholic beverages. Several
coolers. Each drink will
be $1 dollar. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be $1
or $2? Maybe $1.50?

Hopefully we can get people to contribute a tray
of food or snacks (cookies,
cake, salad, cheese, grapes, brownies, sausage
and peppers, etc.) We can
also sell this and raise money for next year's

We will have one area where a large barbecue will
be set up for hamburgers
and hot dogs. Probably not far from the dumpster.
We can have some coolers
set aside for ice cream/frozen snacks.

We will need to make simple signs for the food

Greased watermelon contest; cardboard boat race
(real boats made by the kids
that they race in); peanut butter and jelly
sandwich swim race; raffles,
prizes, 50/50; DJ and/or band; Skateboarding
demonstrations if possible;
maybe we could heire a magician for an hour for
the kids, a juggler, face
painter, henna tattoos, etc.

Anyone wanting to be part of this activities
committee please let me know!

Probably from 1 pm to whenever.

Please contact me with any suggestions or offers
of assistance

Bob Tendy

Please Join Us for a Wine and Hors d'oeuvres
Reception and Fundraiser in Support of
William Gouldman Candidate for State Assembly

When: Sunday, May 4th, 2008
Where: The Sedgewood Club
810 Golf Ridge Road
Carmel, NY 10512

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Donation: __$100 __$250 __$500 __$1000 __$3,800 __Other
Contributions can be made in advance or at the door:

Please Make Checks Payable To
Friends of Bill Gouldman for Assembly
To RSVP or for more information, please call (845) 528-8681
Or e-mail


April 25, 2008

$4.00 a Gallon Gas Arrives in Westchester!

Assembly Candidate, Local Leaders Respond…
Croton on Hudson New York:

Noting that the day we have dreaded has arrived in Westchester, Bill Gouldman candidate for the 90th Assembly that covers parts of Westchester and Putnam Counties called for the State to cut back gas taxes in the face of four dollar a gallon gasoline.

"The time to act is long overdue", said Gouldman, "government should stop profiting from people's pain." Gouldman who along with his wife and daughter live in Putnam Valley declared; "As the price of gas and other fuel climb, state taxes for these necessities rise. It is outrageous that both the state and federal governments are getting tax windfalls as people suffer. Politicians in Albany and Washington are out of touch with the everyday hardships people are facing. They lack the common sense that is needed to act now to help ease the burden that people are facing,"

Gouldman pointed out that thirty three cents of the more than $4 cost of a gallon of gasoline are taxes collected by New York State. He added, "Unless something is done right now, this thirty three cents will climb with every addition jump in gasoline prices. I call upon the State Legislature to cut state gas taxes by at least half, and charge a flat rate per gallon that will not increase as gas prices continue to spike."

"People expect a new era in New York. They want their government to lower their taxes and understand the reality that they face. Solutions not the pursuit of partisan policies matter now. Republicans and Democrats cannot ignore the pain and hardship of people who are fighting for their survival. What it comes to government talk is not cheap. It causes delay that doesn't solve problems people are facing. I want to go to Albany and bring common sense and a dose of reality to the assembly. I want to make sure that the voices of the people living in the 90th district are finally heard and that they have a representative who will act on their behalf," Mr. Gouldman asserted.

City of Peekskill, NY, releases RFQ based on NCI template
April 21st, 2008 ·
The Request For Qualifications, distributed by Anthony Ruggiero of the City of Peekskill, NY, utilizes the NCI Charrette RFP Template, which is free for download on our site.

Here is an excerpt from the City of Peekskill, NY RFQ:

“The City of Peekskill is seeking an experienced professional planning consultant(s) to submit qualification statements to perform a public charrette process on development projects that come before the City. The City of Peekskill is considering redeveloping four (4) general areas of the City:

1. The City’s Downtown Business District;
2. The Central Avenue Corridor;
3. Lower South Street at the intersection of Louisa Street;
4. The City’s Waterfront Redevelopment Area (from Main Street to Requa Street);

At this time, the City is inviting proposals from consultant(s) to:

1. Plan and manage a public charrette process to produce a ‘Tool Box’ of guidelines for responsible planning and development within the City;
2. Demonstrate, during the charrette process, how such tools may be applied to model scenarios to represent a range of development options and growth management challenges.”

To obtain the full RFQ packet, contact Mr. Ruggiero at


Mayor Foster institutes a new litter enforcement program.

Dear residents,

There are many issues facing our community. The one I want to focus on today is litter. We all see it. We all talk about it. We all know it is a problem in our community. Litter is not unique to Peekskill but the way we deal with it from here on in will be.

I am instituting a new program called the CLEAN Initiative. CLEAN is the acronym for "Commitment to Litter Enforcement and Adopting Neighborhoods". The goal of the CLEAN Initiative is to have a cleaner Peekskill.

To launch the CLEAN Initiative, we are reaching out to the public and community groups across the city and asking that you attend an open forum on Thursday, May 8th at 7 p.m. in the Neighborhood Center on Nelson Avenue.

At this meeting we will form a steering committee which will include both members of the City Council and interested members of the community. The steering committee will look at how litter impacts our city. It will identify the problem areas around the city; discuss ways to educate residents and business regarding the many causes of litter; publicize the CLEAN campaign; promote community awareness; organize community involved clean up events; institute an "adopt a highway" as well as an "adopt a field" program; and identify, publicize and review enforcement of local anti-litter ordinances.

A cleaner Peekskill benefits us all. I hope you will join us for the startup of the CLEAN Initiative, May 8th at 7 pm in the Neighborhood Center.

Mary F. Foster
Mayor, City of Peekskill



There is an old political saying that no good deed goes unpunished. The recent political letters to the editor in local papers attacking my legislation and successful efforts to get a combat veterans tuition reimbursement program included in this year’s executive budget seem to bring that quote to life and make us all remember that the fall campaigns are just around the corner.

As a former Air Force Captain and Air Force Academy graduate, I have been given no greater honor than serving as the ranking Republican member of Veterans Affairs. We have the finest fighting force the world has ever known and it is my honor to fight for our active duty and reserve troops as well as our veterans to make sure they have the world class services they need, and were promised. Even as a member of the minority party in the Assembly, I have leveraged my position on that committee to deliver for New York’s veterans statewide.

While this is an election year, and some would rather attack than applaud, the tuition reimbursement program that was included in this year’s executive budget was a direct product of A8532, a bill I introduced, lobbied and fought for, for a year now. Working with and reaching out directly to the Governor and the Lt. Governor’s staff for over a year, I made this bill and it’s inclusion in the executive budget my top legislative priority as the Republican ranking member on the Veterans Affairs Committee.

After introducing legislation May of last year, my bill was supported by the entire Assembly Republican Conference, a rare legislative victory for a freshman Assemblyman, and as A9701, was made part of their 2008 legislative agenda, ReNew New York. These are the facts. Supported by a variety of veterans’ advocacy organizations, including the New York State Council of Veterans Organizations, this landmark program was eventually included in the Executive Budget proposal, as well as in the budget plans submitted by both houses of the Legislature. Once again, these are the facts.

This year, and after a year of delicate handling, that landmark program to create a tuition remission program for veterans has been included in the 2008-09 State Budget at a $2 million dollar level of funding. This was a great victory and one I was proud to announce, not for the credit, but to get the word out to the thousands of veterans from past and future wars and conflicts that it will help. Indeed, it is incumbent upon all of us to get the word out to all of New York’s combat veterans to take advantage of this historic program!

It is sad to see such blatant political divisiveness on such an important and historic legislative issue. They say you can’t just let negative attacks sit, so I decided to reply to the recent negative rants. In summary, the recent letters attacking the genesis of this proposal are not only mean spirited, but factually incorrect and it would be nice to see a story spreading the word to veterans who are eligible to apply for this new program.

Greg Ball
Member of Assembly
99th Assembly District
Somers, Yorktown, North Salem, Carmel, Patterson, Southeast, Pawling


Sinatra & SliwaMark your calendar!Curtis Sliwa & Frank Sinatra“Coming to Westchester!!”

What: Sinatra Soiree
Where: Traveler’s Rest Ossining NYWhen: May 28th, 6-9PM
How Much: $100pp
Pay Online:

A bold spirit with a lust for life and amazing energy, Curtis Sliwa is a New Yorker in the truest and best sense of the word. Republicans throughout Westchester and Putnam County are looking forward to a great night of live Sinatra music and lively speaking by Sliwa. Our famous Sinatra impersonator, Ernie Barry, has done events all around the world and performs live in Little Italy every month. Nobody is better than Ernie Barry when it comes to Sinatra!Sliwa, born and raised in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, recognized early on the advantages of growing up in a close knit community. Curtis spearheads countless public service programs, including food and clothing distribution for the needy and anti-drug speakers bureaus. In 1994, Curtis Sliwa founded Cyberangels, the largest online safety and educational program in cyberspace. Sliwa has also authored several books on self-defense and safety, making his vision of community service and fighting crime a reality. Known all over the world as the founder and leader of the Guardian Angels, a non-profit, all volunteer crime fighting organization with 40 chapters throughout the United States and 7 countries overseas, Curtis Sliwa's scope is vast and intensive. His worldwide connections keep him in touch with major breaking news stories across the globe and a few steps ahead of most journalists. However, Sliwa's passion for "the city that never sleeps" remains a constant fixation. Featured frequently as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities and making regular appearances on TV news-oriented programs, Sliwa's message is one of hope, combined with a healthy dose of common sense. Join hundreds of fellow Republicans at ‘Traveler’s Rest’ in Ossining NY for a great night!Space is limited.

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Thu, May 1, 9:00 - 11:30, Jeanette O'Toole Trio

With Warren Cirota on guitar. Soft vocals.

Fri, May 2, 9:30 - 12:30, Roxy Perry

Roxy's back, and she's awesome. She's the "New York Blues Queen" with a big singing voice.

Sat, May 3, 9:30 - 12:30, Turnstile Jumpers

A fun band ... not to be missed.

Sun, May 4, 8:00 - 11:00, Petey Hop

He and his guitar, wow. Read more,

Wed, May 7, 8:30 - 11:00, Rob Schepps
Thu, May 8, 8:30 - 11:30, Open Mic w/ Adam Vitolo
Fri, May 9, 9:15-12:15, As Good As It Gets
Sat, May 10, 9:30-12:30, Andrea & the Armenian Rug Riders
Sun, May 11, 1:30 - 4:30, John Basile Jazz Duo
Mon, May 12 (dinner only), 8:30-11:00, 18 Pc. Swing Band

Wed, May 14, 8:30 - 11:00, Bob Meyers Jazz Trio
Thu, May 15, 8:30 - 11:30, Red House Blues Band
Fri, May 16, 9:15 - 12:15, Band of New York
Sat, May 17, 9:30-12:30, Johnny Fedz & da Bluez Boyz
Sun, May 18, 5:00 - 8:00, Two Guitars

Wed, May 21, 7-10:00, Glenda Davenport Jazz Quartet
Thu, May 22, 8:30 - 11:30, Bennett Harris Blues Duo
Fri, May 23, 9:15 - 12:15, John Charles
Sun, May 25, 7:00 - 10:00, Singer/Songwriter Showcase

Dear Readers:

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ON TOPIC WITH JOHN TESTA: Every Thursday at 9:30PM chanel 15 (Peek. & Cortlandt.)
Hosted by: Former Mayor John Testa

ON POINT ON PEEKSKILL: Every Tuesday at 8PM channel 15 (Peekskill only)

DON PETERS AND YORKTOWN: Every Tuesday at 10PM channel 74
Hosted by:Supervisor DON PETERS

YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: Every Friday at 9:30 PM on channel 74

LEGISLATORS REPORT: Saturday and Sunday at various times on chanel 20

THE VOLPE REPORT: Thursadys at 8PM chanel 15 (Peek. & Cortlandt.) 74 (York.)
Hosted By: Dominec Volpe

THE ISSUES: Thursdays at 9:PM chanel 74 (Put. Valley & Yorktown)
Hosted by: Former Supervisor Sam Davis
All articles re-printed in this blog from the North County News are with the permission of Bruce Apar Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

BAZZO 04/27/08

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