Monday, November 25, 2013

Bazzomanifesto Update 11/25/13:12 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)   Important Message from Peekskill Councilwoman Drew Claxton


2)  Westchester Legislators: Board Meeting Preview and Media Schedule for Week of November 24

3)  [MEDIA ADVISORY] Tues., 12/3/13, 6:30pm to 8:30pm - Lalor to Host Dyslexia Forum

4)  Ossining Town Board Meeting - November 26, 2013

5)  The NUTCRACKER Presented by the Greenwich Ballet Academy 12/7 - 8 /2013

6)  SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST 41st SENATE DISTRICT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FORUM SERIES KICKOFF

7)  OVER 800 VETERANS AND GUESTS ATTEND SENATOR BALL’S 3RD ANNUAL VETERANS THANKSGIVING DINNER

8)  SENATOR GREG BALL SECURES $5,000 GRANT FOR MAHOPAC SENIOR CITIZEN PROM

9)  SENATOR GREG BALL COMMENDS YORKTOWN RESIDENT FOR HELPING SAVE TWO NEIGHBORS FROM HOUSE FIRE

10) SCHUMER: AS ANY CELLPHONE USER KNOWS, VIOLATIONS OF ‘DO NOT CALL’ LIST ARE EXPLODING; SPAMMERS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EXCESSIVELY WEAK PENALTIES  – SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO DRASTICALLY INCREASE PUNISHMENT

11) Frank Talks With Bruce The Blog: All about people in the community making significant contributions to our quality of life in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

12) ***Media Advisory for TOMORROW--Tues., Nov. 26***Westchester Legislators to Hold Second Public Budget Hearing***

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THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT ON YOUTUBE:

Thank to the help of a good friend Pat N. we are able to bring you the January - June 2013 season of the Volpe/Bazzo Report on YouTube for those who do not have Optimum/Cablevision.

Here is the link to the complete list of 2013 shows available:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL15q02cIJ1qxB9VVej5EHJxRko-gJQ411

Thank to the help of a good friend Pat N. we are able to bring you the complete 2012 season of the Volpe/Bazzo Report On YouTube for those who do not have Optimum/Cablevision.

Here is the link to the complete list of 2012 shows available:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCstWajSgbAgVe29zEyjftlw

For those who have Cablevision/Optimum, you can see fresh episodes of:

THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT:
 Wednesdays 9:30 P.M.
channel 74.
Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.

Wednesday 9:00 P.M.
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A Message from the Peekskill Democratic City Committee

Dear Peekskill Democrats,
 
On Wednesday, the final votes were counted and the Democrats retained a 4-3 majority on the Peekskill Common Council. Councilwoman Marybeth McGowan fell just three votes short of re-election. However, Vivian Cyndi McKenzie, the Democrat currently filling Don Bennett's seat by appointment, easily won the special election to retain that seat. I am confident that Vivian and I , along with sitting Councilmembers Darren Rigger and Kathie Talbot, will be able to continue the progress we have made in Peekskill over these many years.
 
It is important to note that Peekskill has a City Manager form of government and, while the Mayor plays an important symbolic role on the Common Council, he or she has but one vote. All governing decisions must be made by a majority vote of the Common Council. Democrats hold the majority. The management of City Hall personnel, which includes hiring and firing, is solely within the purview of the City Manager. All other decisions concerning budget, contracts, appointments, and development must be approved by a majority of the Common Council.  These important matters will have to be debated and discussed in full view of the public, not in private conversations with staff or developers. As Democrats, we believe in open and transparent government. We take this charge seriously and plan to uphold the commitment.
 
I remember that, in 2001, when I was elected the lone Democrat on the Peekskill Common Council, my Republican Colleagues, rather than working collaboratively with me, sidelined me and excluded me from having a real voice in the decision-making process. It wasn't right then, it won't be right in 2014. I assure you that as the majority party in City Hall we will make sure every council member has a voice and we expect the incoming mayor to ensure the same.
 
These are uncharted waters in Peekskill. We have never before had a mayor from one party and a majority of council members from the other. In order to make this bipartisan government work, my fellow Democrats have asked me to serve as the Majority Leader on the Common Council and to act as the day-to-day negotiating partner with the new mayor. Additionally, Democrats have selected Councilwoman Vivian Cindy McKenzie to serve as the Deputy Majority Leader. I am hopeful that Mayor-elect Catalina will work with us in a collaborative fashion.
 
Let me take this opportunity to thank Mayor Mary Foster, Councilman Andy Torres, and Councilwoman Marybeth McGowan for their dedication and service. They have put their blood, sweat and tears into this community and have been tremendously successful in moving this City forward. Six years ago, when Mayor Foster was first elected, she set forth a vision for this city that has, in large part, been realized. Peekskill has become a Hudson Valley destination for music, arts and dining, a place where people from throughout the region want to come to live, work, and play.
 
We have a lot of work to do before the end of the year and as always, we will all continue to work in the best interest of the City and its residents from now until inauguration day, and beyond.
 
Thank you very much for your support. I promise to be a Majority Leader you can be proud of.
 
Sincerely,
 
Drew A. Claxton
Majority Leader, Peekskill Common Council
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2013

Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)

 

Westchester Board of Legislators: Week of November 24

Board & Committee Meeting Preview and Media Schedule

 

 

A preview of what is happening at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) next week:

 

(Note: Times in italics are part of ongoing departmental review and oversight discussions regarding the Proposed 2014 County Budget)

 

Monday, November 25, 2013

 

 

9:30 AM

Legislation – Hon. Bill Ryan, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (914-995-8620)

1)      Resolution in support of State Legislation to Authorize Municipal Energy Aggregation

 

10:00 AM

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (914-995-2832)

1)      (10:00 AM) CBAC

2)      Office of Tourism to discuss Legislation designating the office as the County’s official Tourist Promotion Agency

3)      (11:00 AM) Health

4)      (12:00 PM) Transportation/Westchester County Airport                                                     

 

2:00 PM

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (914-995-2832)

1)      (2:00 PM) Information Technology

 

7:00 PM

Regular Meeting of the Board of Legislators in the Chamber

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 

10:00 AM

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (914-995-2832)

1)      (10:00 AM) District Attorney

2)      (11:00 AM) Labs & Research   

3)      (11:30 AM) Office for Women

4)      (12:00PM) Correction   

 

 

2:00 PM

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (914-995-2832)

1)      (2:00 PM) Probation

 

2:30 PM

JOINT MEETING

Community Services—Hon. Alfreda Williams, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Melanie Montalto (914-995-8620)

And

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (914-995-2832)

1)      Mark Fang to discuss the Human Rights Commission third quarter update including general discrimination cases, fair housing discrimination cases and the outcome of those investigations

 

7:00 PM

***BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING***

Yonkers Public Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers

 

 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

 

7:35 AM

Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins with WVOX Host T.J. McCormack

Weekly radio chat

Listen LIVE on WVOX radio 1460AM. Web streaming LIVE at www.wvox.com

Listeners have the opportunity to call in with questions at 914-636-0110 or by emailing westchesterbolradio@gmail.com

 

County Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

 

 

Friday, November 29, 2013

 

County Offices Closed

 

 

 

Please note: Latest Board and committee meeting agendas (including “TBA” agendas) posted online at http://westchesterlegislators.com/component/jevents/month.calendar/

 

*** All meetings are WEB STREAMED LIVE on the Legislature’s website at www.westchesterlegislators.com. Just press the MEETING VIDEO-ON-DEMAND button and scroll down to the COMMITTEE section *** 

 
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 
Chris Covucci at 845-309-2654


***MEDIA ADVISORY***
FOR TUESDAY, Dec. 3rd from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
LALOR TO HOST DYSLEXIA FORUM
Wappingers Junior High School, 30 Major McDonald Way, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
 

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill) will be hosting an informational forum about Dyslexia, how it affects our children, and ways for parents to get the best available help for their children. In order to better understand dyslexia and the programs and services offered in our area, representatives from the Special Education & Student Services at Wappingers Central School District, as well as representatives from the Wilson Reading School will be presenting. 

WHO: Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor
Representatives from Wappingers Central School District
Representatives from Special Education & Student Services
Representatives from Wilson Reading School
WHAT: Dyslexia Forum
WHEN: TUESDAY, Dec. 3rd, 6:30-8:30PM
WHERE: Wappingers Junior High School, 30 Major McDonald Way, Wappingers Falls, NY
CONTACT: Chris Covucci at 845-309-2654

ALL MEDIA INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
EXCELLENT INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC.  Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
 
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    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

REGULAR MEETING

November 26th, 2013, 7:30 pm
Birdsall/Fagan Police Court Facility - 86-88 Spring St.
Ossining, New York, 10562.

Download - Regular Meeting Agenda

Voucher Detail Report - 11-26-2013 (DRAFT)
 

2014 Budget Resources
Line Item, Highlights, Facts & Figures
 
CGR Project Website -
Evaluation of Potential Government Structures
Town Board Archive: Publications and Videos from Town Board meetings, including Approved Minutes.
Residents can also contact the Town Board by email
or by phone at 762-6001.
Susanne Donnelly: sdonnelly@townofossining.com
Eric Blaha: blaha@townofossining.com
Geoffrey Harter: harter@townofossining.com
Peter Tripodi IV: tripodi@townofossining.com
Northern Wilcher: wilcher@townofossining.com
Legislative meetings of the Ossining Town Council are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining. All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
 
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Supervisor 
Eric Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey Harter
Council Member 
Peter Tripodi
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

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nutcracker

Greenwich Ballet Academy

Presents

THE NUTCRACKER

Saturday, December 7, 2013
3:00 PM Matinee Performance
Sunday, December 8, 2013
2:00 PM Matinee Performance
Tickets are $60, $40 and $25.
All sales are final and non-refundable.
Location:
Greenwich High School
10 Hillside Rd
Greenwich, CT 06830
Festive Holiday Boutique Benefit
A new and festive addition to our NUTCRACKER performances–holiday gifts and GBA merchandise will be available for purchase before and after the shows and during intermissions. All proceeds benefit GBA programs!
For More Information Please Visit www.greenwichballetacademy.org
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796        

  

SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST 41st SENATE DISTRICT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FORUM SERIES KICKOFF

 

Putnam Valley, N.Y. – (11/22/2013) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Senate Republican Committee Co-Chairman, is proud to announce he will be hosting a series of Republican candidate forums for the 41st Senate District which includes parts of Dutchess and Putnam Counties. 

 

Senator Ball stated, "It is vital for the future of New York that we get the seat back and restore checks and balances to New York State government. We must rally the grassroots to ensure that the 41st Senate District is again represented by a fiscally conservative Senator who is not owned by extreme and dangerous, taxing and spending New York City interests. I am excited to host this kick-off forum where all interested Republican candidates are invited to participate. This will be a great chance to introduce themselves to voters across the district and build towards victory in November."

 

All candidates interested in seeking the 41st Senate District Republican nomination are invited and encouraged to attend. The public is also invited to attend and hear directly from the potential candidates about their qualifications and vision for a better New York.

 

Who: Senator Ball, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Putnam County Republican Committee, Dutchess County Republican Committee, and GOP Candidates for 41st Senate District

What: 41st Senate District Republican Candidates Forum

When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7 PM

Where: Putnam Valley VFW Post 391, 154 Oscawana Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579

 

Putnam County Republican Committee Chairman Jim DiBella added, "There is no doubt we must win back the 41st Senate District and return competent leadership to represent Western Putnam in Albany. The Putnam County Republican Committee looks forward to participating in this forum series, and is pleased to co-host the kick-off event in Putnam Valley. We have a strong field of candidates, this will provide a prime opportunity to show off what they have to offer."



Dutchess County Republican Committee Chairman Mike McCormack stated, "Dutchess County needs a Senator that will fight for taxpayers and hard working residents not New York City interests. Now, more than ever, we must do all we can to spread the Republican message of prosperity and opportunity across the region and State. Thank you to Senator Ball for organizing these forums, the Dutchess GOP is excited to participate and help co-host these innovative community centered events."

 

Forum series Co-Host New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) President Tom King states, "The current Senator has failed to properly represent the residents of Putnam and Dutchess Counties. NYSRPA is proud to partner with Senator Ball and local groups to ensure a strong candidate emerges who will represent the true values of the residents of the 41st Senate District. Our members are encouraged to attend the forums and join in the effort to bring to light the need for a change in representation in this district."

 

Senator Ball continued, "All citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in this kick-off forum and the subsequent forums we hold. Please join me on December 4th at the Putnam Valley VFW to engage in a conversation on moving our state forward."

 

For more information, please contact joe@ball4ny.com (845) 531-9796

 
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OVER 800 VETERANS AND GUESTS ATTEND SENATOR BALL’S 3RD ANNUAL VETERANS THANKSGIVING DINNER

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Mahopac, N.Y. – 11/24/2013  – Over 800 veterans and guests were greeted with welcome signs, cheers and thank you cards by hundreds of volunteers as they entered Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C, I – Patterson) Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday.

Senator Greg Ball Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee and the Military Order Of The Purple Heart, Chapter 21 hosted their third annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac.

“This is the biggest Thanksgiving Dinner we have hosted yet. As the Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee my office hosts many events throughout the year to honor our veterans, this event is by far my favorite,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This wonderful event couldn’t be possible without the help of the local scouts, school groups, sports teams, businesses and hundreds of volunteers. I would like to personally thank each and every volunteer and business that made this special event possible. To see the smile on the veterans’ faces as they walk into the room makes the dinner worth it every year.”

Senator Greg Ball worked with dozens of volunteers to host the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner free for local veterans and at no cost to taxpayers. Hundreds of veterans and guests enjoyed turkey along with all the trimmings.

“I’ve talked to many friends all over the country and no one does what Senator Greg Ball does for us Veterans, this is amazing,” said Eugene Parrotta, two time Purple Heart recipient and chairman of Senator Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council.

“Our troops and our veterans are this country's greatest treasures. As we begin the holiday season it is important to keep in mind that we still have loved ones overseas fighting every day to keep us safe and defend our freedom,” said Cecilia Delgado, who has volunteered for the past three years at the Thanksgiving Dinner. “Having several family members and friends that are either veterans or currently serving, this event is personally very important to me. It is amazing how many volunteers and businesses come together whole-heartedly to pay tribute to our local veterans. The feeling it brings to your heart when a veterans smiles and thanks you for taking one day out of the year to spend with them is indescribable.”

In addition to all the great food veterans enjoyed at the event, representatives from the Hudson Valley Department of Veterans Affairs were at the Thanksgiving Dinner to help veterans sign up for benefits.

“This event is always so nice every year and its getting bigger and bigger,” said Kristen Tutle of the VA. “The Senator does an outstanding job, not just for the veterans, but for everyone.”

“I think it gets better and better every year, I look forward to next year,” said, Joe Devery resident of Yorktown and President of the Jefferson Village Owners Corporation. “I think Senator Ball is doing an outstanding job. We need more people like him.”

“This is just unbelievable, top notch. It brings a tear to my eye to see these veterans enter the room,” said Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy who stopped by to volunteer. “The Senator has just done a wonderful thing for our veterans.”

“This is just great, I’ve been to other ones as well, and Senator Ball does a fantastic job. He is one of the few,” said Rudy Grexa, of Peekskill.

For more information contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.

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Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
SENATOR GREG BALL SECURES $5,000 GRANT FOR MAHOPAC SENIOR CITIZEN PROM
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Mahopac, N.Y. – 11/24/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) was at the Mahopac High School Senior Citizen Prom this weekend to present at $5,000 state grant that he successfully secured for the yearly event.
“This is a wonderful event that Mahopac School District hosts every year. The event allows students to meet and enjoy a fun day with our senior citizen population. When the school district reached out to me for help securing money to fund this event, I was happy to help,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I’m fighting to freeze school taxes for seniors, deliver much needed funding for senior programs throughout the district and I am also constantly working to support the concerns of individual constituents throughout my district.”
The 11th Annual Senior Citizen Prom was hosted on Sunday November 24th from noon to 3:00 PM at the Mahopac High School Gym. This year, the prom was a 50’s sock hop theme. More than 250 seniors attend the event sponsored by the Mahopac High School Student Athletic Council.
“Senator Greg Ball’s support for the senior citizens of our community through this grant is enthusiastically appreciated,” said Mahopac Central School District Superintendent Thomas Manko. “This grant provided by Senator Ball will enable the school district to continue this important initiative that recognizes our senior citizens and provides a forum for inter-generational communication where current high school students serve dinner, coffee and desert to our senior citizens and dance with and listen to stories from the senior citizens. Senator Ball's support for our school community is very much appreciated.”
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
 
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Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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SENATOR GREG BALL COMMENDS YORKTOWN RESIDENT FOR HELPING SAVE TWO NEIGHBORS FROM HOUSE FIRE 
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Brewster, N.Y. – (11/24/2013) – Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement commending Yorktown resident, Brian Avery, for rescuing two neighbors from a house fire on Sunday afternoon.
“Brian Avery is a hero and I commend him for his swift and heroic efforts today in saving two Yorktown residents from a house fire. I first met Mr. Avery in 2011 when he reached out to my office for help with a health insurance issue for his family. I was happy to help, and we were able to solve the issue in a timely matter,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Since that day, Brian has volunteered at nearly all of our veterans events, giving back to our veterans and our community. When Brian isn’t serving in the National Guard, he enjoys photography; he has graciously donated his time volunteering to take photos at our Veterans Hall of Fame and Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner events. I would like to personally thank Brian, along with the police, fire and EMS first responders, for their heroic efforts. Brian is a hero, and should be commended for his selfless dedication to our community.”
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov (845) 531-9796
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NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                           Contact: 
Meredith Kelly
November 24, 2013                                                                                                                202.360.8132
 
SCHUMER: AS ANY CELLPHONE USER KNOWS, VIOLATIONS OF ‘DO NOT CALL’ LIST ARE EXPLODING; SPAMMERS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EXCESSIVELY WEAK PENALTIES  – SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO DRASTICALLY INCREASE PUNISHMENT
 
Penalties For Violating Laws Blocking Such Calls Are Minor, Allowing Telemarketers To Use New Techniques With Impunity - Schumer Legislation Will Dramatically Increase Penalties for Violating Rules – Including $20,000 Fine For Each Violation – And Even Jail Time For Most Egregious Repeat Offenders
 
FTC Complaints Up Three to Four Times in Last Several Years – New Technology Allows Millions of Prerecorded Robocalls To Go Out With A Click of a Button
 
New Technology Can Fight Scourge;  Schumer Calls For FTC To Better Publicize Technologies like “Nomorobo”  - Winner of An FTC Competition for Developing Technologies To Fight Robocalls
 
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced he would be introducing legislation that will dramatically raise fines and impose harsher punishments on telemarketing companies that violate current Federal ‘Do Not Call’ rules.  Under these rules, companies are prevented from using machines that automatically dial numbers and then play pre-recorded telemarketing calls, unless given written permission by the recipient. Despite these regulations, the number of unwanted telemarketing calls, especially from these already illegal automated calling systems, have skyrocketed. As of August 2013, the FTC was logging 140,000 to 200,000 robocall complaints monthly compared to 65,000 in October 2010, according to published reports. 
 
The FTC and FCC have attempted to crack down on such scam artists and robocallers, but have been hamstrung by the minor penalties they can impose.   In addition to seeking higher penalties, Schumer is also calling on the FTC, the FCC and phone companies to work together to develop the technology to prevent caller-id spoofing and to indentify illegal robocalls before they get to consumers.  Schumer said that existing technology, including “Nomorobo” – the winner of the FTC’s “Robocall Challenge” – should be better promoted so everyone has the tools to fight back. 
 
“When it comes to the loophole-exploiting robocall industry, we need to fight fire with fire – and that means higher penalties, jail time, and better technology to fight the spammers who have ruined countless family dinners, sporting events, and other family gatherings,” said Schumer.  “The Do Not Call list is a great idea that needs some updating to make it better suited to our modern world. ”
 
One of the causes of the recent spike is the minor penalties against those who break the existing laws and use automated dialing machines.  This technology has evolved in recent years to allow even a single person to make millions of pre-recorded calls with the click of a mouse.  Under his legislation, the use of automated dialing machines would go from being a misdemeanor punishable by a small fine and no jail time to a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison and $20,000 fines per call.  In addition to being illegal, many of these automated calls involve scam artists and callers are often masked behind “caller id spoofing,” the practice of displaying a different number on the recipient’s caller id system.
 
Robocalls and pre-recorded telemarketing calls are phone calls that use computerized messages from telemarketing campaigns to deliver pre-recorded messages and automated dialing machines use computer software to randomly dial a phone number and then either play a pre-recorded message or connect to a live person. In many cases, these types of calls are made by fraudulent companies trying to steal money from the person on the other end of the phone. Many times, these calls are placed using “caller id spoofing.” Companies that resort to “caller id spoofing” can make the caller id display the phone number of a government agency, credit card company or bank. Under the “Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009,” this practice is illegal if used for the purpose of defrauding or otherwise causing harm.
 
Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the current penalty for a company willfully using an automated dialing machine, pre-recorded telemarketing call or robocall for commercial purpose without express written consent of the consumer is up to $10,000.  The crime is a misdemeanor and rarely results in serious punishment or any jail time at all. Schumer noted that these penalties are far too low and provide no incentive for shady telemarketing companies to comply.
 
The National “Do-Not-Call” Registry, managed by the FTC, was implemented in 2003 after the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003. The registry is designed to give people a choice about whether they would like to receive telemarketing calls at home. It was created to limit the number of telemarketing calls and robocalls made to U.S. households. In order to register, one may log onto the “Do-Not-Call” website and their phone number will be permanently placed in the registry. There are currently over 209 million phone numbers in the registry.
 
Published reports suggest that the number of robocall complaints by U.S. consumers has increased from 65,000 in October 2010 to between 140,000 and 200,000 monthly as of this past August. The largest category of complaint was robocalls. Telemarketers are supposed to check the “Do-Not-Call” registry every 31 days to ensure that they do not call a newly updated phone number on the list. In 2007, over 65,000 telemarketers checked the registry, however, in 2011 only 34,000 telemarketers checked this list. If a person who is listed on the registry receives a telemarketing call, he or she can file a complaint on the “Do-Not-Call” website.
 
According to the FTC, there were 221,495 ‘do not call’ complaints in New York alone.
 
Schumer today unveiled new legislation that will drastically increase punishments for telemarketing companies that continue to make robocalls. Schumer’s bill will punish telemarketing companies that continue to willfully employ robocalls to dial cell phones or residential home phones at $20,000 per violation with up to ten years in prison. He announced the current exceptions to telemarketing laws will be included in his legislation such as charities and informational phone calls. Schumer made the case that his bill will give FTC more tools to go after these fraudulent companies. Schumer explained that harsher penalties on violating companies will finally decrease the number of unwanted telemarketer calls throughout the country. 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2013

Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)

 

***Media Advisory for TOMORROW—

Tuesday, November 26***

***Westchester Legislators to Hold Public Hearing on

2014 Proposed County Budget***

 

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators will hold its second public hearing on County Executive Astorino’s Proposed 2014 Budget TOMORROW—Tuesday, November 26 at the Yonkers Public Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY. The hearing begins at 7 PM.

 

This is the second of three scheduled public hearings on the Proposed 2014 Budget. Last week there was a hearing at the Peekskill Middle School in Peekskill, and the final hearing will take place on Wednesday, December 4 in White Plains.

 

Who: The Westchester County Board of Legislators and concerned Westchester residents and business owners

 

What: Public Hearing for County Executive Astorino’s Proposed 2014 Budget

 

When: TOMORROW—Tuesday, November 26 at 7 PM

 

Where: Yonkers Public Riverfront Library

             1 Larkin Center

             Yonkers, NY

 

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Dear Readers:
This gives me a chance to plug my business ATOM TAXI INC.
 
 
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BAZZOMANIFESTO 

BAZZOMANIFESTO:http://bazzman.blogspot.com/http://bazzman.blogspot.com/

OTHER SITES OF INTEREST:

BIANCO FOR SUPERVISOR :www.nickforyorktown.com

Filipino Cuisine: www.filipinocuisinemyversion.blogspot.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com
ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com
JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com
ON TOPIC W/ JOHN TESTA: www.ontopicwithjt.com
CARS & US: www.doverracing.com
THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com
PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/
BRUCE APAR’S NCN BLOG: http://ncnlocal.com/index.php/blogs/bruce-the-blog
NORTH COUNTY NEWS & Views: http://ncnlocal.com/
THE JOURNAL NEWS: http://www.lohud.com/
YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org
PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com/
PEEKSKILL BID:
www.peekskillbid.com or www.downtownpeekskill.com

Peekskill Democratic City Committee Blog: http://www.peekskilldems.com/blog
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