Friday, December 06, 2013

Bazzomanifesto Update 12/06/13:13 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)   Westchester Legislators: Board Meeting Preview and Media Schedule for Week of December 8


2)  Yorktown Town Board meeting: 23 minutes total 12/03/13

3)  [Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board Agenda - December 9, 2013

4)  Galef hosts TV Show on Health Care Exchanges airing next Wednesday, Dec 11th

5)  Lalor Statement on the New Energy Tax

6)  Will Wager Make it 0-for-5?

7)  Happy Holidays from Cottages & Gardens!!

8)  5th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend in downtown Greenwich, December 7 and 8

9)  Private Invitation - PETER MAX Paints Marilyn - Artist Meet & Greet DEC 10th

10)  Westchester Residents Express Support for Child Care Funding Changes in 2014 County Budget

11)  SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS CLOTHING DRIVE FOR HUDSON VALLEY VETERANS

12)  OP-ED: SENATOR GREG BALL THANKS COMMUNITY FOR VETERANS EVENTS

13) Jim Maisano: Please promote this event as much as possible.  It is a wonderful cause!

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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.
Channel 15
Philips town – Cortlandt – Peekskill – Ossining and Briarcliff., Mt Kisco , North Tarrytown

HOSTED BY: DOMENIC VOLPE & ANTHONY BAZZO

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2013

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

 

Westchester Board of Legislators: Week of December 8

Board & Committee Meeting Preview and Media Schedule

 

 

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

 

Monday, December 9, 2013

 

9:00 AM

JOINT MEETING

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

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

and

Government OperationsHon. Catherine Borgia, Chair

Committee Coordinators: Tara Bernard (914-995-6297)

1)      Amendments of Westchester County Airport Lease Agreements

 

10:00 AM

Regular Meeting of the Board of Legislators in the Chamber

 

10:30 AM

Special Meeting of the Board of Legislators in the Chamber

2014 Budget Approval

 

 

Thursday, December 12, 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

 

10:00 AM

JOINT MEETING

Budget & Appropriations – Hon. Judy Myers, Chair

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

and

Government OperationsHon. Catherine Borgia, Chair

Committee Coordinators: Tara Bernard (914-995-6297)

1)      Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor to discuss Willson's Woods Site Work; Cranberry Lake Nature Center; Bronx River Reservation Pathway in Yonkers; Dunwoodie Golf Course Irrigation Rehabilitation; and General Infrastructure improvements to Pathways and Trails in Saxon Woods Park, Twin Lakes Park, Nature Study Woods and a portion of Hutchinson River Pathway

2)      Department of Public Works and Law Department to discuss a quitclaim deed to Pace University and a quitclaim deed to Larchmont LLC in the Town of Mamaroneck

3)      Department of Public Works to discuss Mechanical Equipment Upgrade in the White Plains Complex, Roof Replacement Program, Broad Street Viaduct in Yonkers, rehabilitation of Harney Road in Eastchester, and an inter-municipal agreement with the Village of Sleepy Hollow for the Route 9 streetscape improvements project

4)      Environmental Facilities Commissioner Thomas Lauro to discuss the Organic Yard Waste Transfer Program

 

 

 

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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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Town Board
December 3, 2013

Not much to summarize for this 23 minute meeting.
But for a full summary (not much), visit ciyinfo.org.

The only major discussion was the public hearing on building permit renewal fees.  The Board approved the changes that deal with long expired permits.

REMINDER:  the hearing on the 2014 budget has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 10, at 6pm.

 
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You are receiving this email because you opted to receive these meeting summaries.
Our mailing address is:
Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
PO Box 193
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
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Yorktown Planning Board Agenda - December 9, 2013

Planning Board Meeting
Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Town Hall Board Room, 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights
and on Cablevision Channel 20 & FiOS Channel 33
 
Discussion
Correspondence
Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes – November 18, 2013

 
REGULAR SESSION
Hilltop Associates
SBL: 37.06-1-25
Request for Reapproval

Location: Hilltop Road
Contact: Al Capellini
Description: A 3 lot subdivision approved by Planning Board Resolution #08-02 on January 14, 2008.
Yorktown Farms Lot 1
SBL: 6.18-1-80.5
Decision Statement

Location: Gay Ridge Road
Contact: Ciarcia Engineering
Description: A 22 lot subdivision approved by Resolution #08-03 dated February 11, 2008.
Creative Living Development
SBL: 6.14-1-2
Decision Statement

Location: Navajo Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed air-supported dome over the existing southern field and associated improvements including an access road and wetland mitigation plan.
Yorktown Police Department
SBL: 37.09-1-4
Public Hearing

Location: 2281-2295 Crompond Road
Contact: Raul Verma
Description: Stormwater Retrofit Project.
Crompond / Croton Heights / Huntersville / Jefferson Valley / Kitchawan / Mohegan Lake / Shrub Oak / Sparkle Lake / Teatown / Yorktown / Yorktown Heights
Fieldstone Manor
SBL: 15.11-1-17
Public Hearing

Location: Strawberry Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: A proposed subdivision, with authorization from the Town Board to use flexibility standards pursuant to Town code Section §300-22, on 22.94 acres in the R1-20 zone.

WORK SESSION
Gione Minor Subdivision
SBL: 27.15-2-1
Discussion Conservation Easement

Location: 21 Loder Road
Contact: Al Capellini
Description: An approved 2 lot subdivision with an existing residence.
BJ's Wholesale Propane Facility
SBL: 36.06-2-75
Discussion Special Use Permit

Location: 3315 Crompond Road
Contact: John Meyer Consulting
Description: Construction of an outdoor, above ground propane filling facility within the parking lot of the existing BJ's Warehouse Facility.
Comstock Residential Contracting, LLC
SBL: 16.17-2-77
Pre-Preliminary Application

Location: 3319 Stony Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed 13-lot residential subdivision within the R1-20 zone. Each lot to be served by Town sewer and water.
 
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Care Exchanges airing next Wednesday, Dec 11th (2)
Sandra Galef Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District District Office: 2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562 albany office: Room 641, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248 For Immediate Release Contact: Sandy Ga
To Sandra Galef
Dec 5 at 4:06 PM
FromNEWS     
Assemblywoman         95th Assembly District
 
                       
SANDY GALEF
 
 

  District Office:
            2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562
  albany office:
                                                         Room 641, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248
 
       For Immediate Release                                                                                                            Contact:  Sandy Galef,  (914) 941-1111                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                         
Assemblywoman Galef Hosts a Discussion on Health Care Exchanges
 The Business Council of Westchester Gives Tips to Small Businesses and Others about the New York State of Health Exchange
 
(December 5, 2013) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef discusses how the Affordable Care Act is rolling out in Westchester and other counties, with John Ravitz, the Executive Vice President and COO of the Business Council of Westchester and James “Jamie” Schutzer, the president-elect of the New York State Association of Health Underwriters.  Ravitz, who began preparing businesses for their role in providing affordable health care three years ago, describes the process in very positive terms. The Business Council helps businesses understand their responsibilities to part time and seasonal employees as well as full time ones, and has become an official navigator as well for individuals who need to understand their options.  He is very sympathetic to all the players who are engaged in the gigantic job of ensuring 3,000,000 uninsured New Yorkers.   
 
Schutzer describes the role of brokers who are helping businesses find a good fit with the many new policies that are available and who are in need of help understanding the legal requirements of the new law. Both Ravitz and Schutzer were clear that New York State is doing better with its website than the federal government.  Due to the many unknowns about how many young healthy people will join up, how the tax incentives will play out, and how successful the new companies coming into the market will be, they think it is way too soon to think about changes.  They reassure worried New Yorkers as they describe the many checks and balances in the New York system.
 
“It is helpful to get the positive perspective of people working to make the new system effective in our state,” said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, “and I encourage anyone looking for more information about participating in the exchange or just interested in how the process is rolling out, to tune in to my show.”
 
Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.
 
 “Speak Out: Discussion of New York State Health Care Exchanges” airs as follows:
 
Cablevision
 
Airs : December 11, 18, 25, and January 1
 
Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown airs on Channel 74: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)
 
Comcast
 
Airs: December 11, 18, 25
 
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8: Wednesdays at 7:30
 
Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for air times
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 6, 2013
Contact: Chris Covucci
(845) 309-2654
Lalor on Energy Tax and Unfunded Mandates
Statement on Dutchess County Energy Tax and Unfunded Mandates from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill)

“In the last few days I was asked by constituents to do something about the County proposal to increase taxes on home electricity and heating. Yesterday, I was also asked by Dutchess County Legislator Michael Kelsey to help research an alternative to the plan to increase taxes on home energy.” 
“We proposed a plan that would have avoided the painful tax increases, balance the county budget, improve quality, affordable public college education and turn unfunded mandates back on the state.”

“This is what fighting for the taxpayer and combating unfunded mandates looks like. It is always going to be unpopular with some. It’s often going to be controversial. It will likely cost some supporters. But, I said I was going to stand up for the taxpayer and battle unfunded mandates so I did and I will continue to do so.”
The Plan
“It’s a simple plan. Dutchess County would tell New York State to pay for the county’s share of Dutchess Community College (DCC). Why? Dutchess County is crushed under $200 million in unfunded mandates from Albany every year. That’s why your property taxes are sky-high. That’s why your kids or your parents can’t afford to live in New York. That’s why DCC graduates have to leave the state to find jobs. Dutchess County would tell Albany that unfunded mandates have to stop and Albany needs to help out. New York State would absorb DCC into the SUNY system, preserving and even strengthening the school’s quality, affordable public education. Nothing would change for students or faculty. Everything would change for unfunded mandates.”
“Don’t let defenders of the status quo fool you; this plan preserves DCC and prevents tax hikes. The plan even strengthens the future of our community colleges by tying them into the strong SUNY system. That’s a good thing for students, faculty, staff, and parents. The only losers might be overpaid college presidents.”
“I know the value DCC provides and the quality of the students. One of my staffers is an 18-year-old freshman at the school. He is a real talent that I’m proud to work with.”
The Details
“The alternative we developed involves the county no longer providing the approximately $10 million it gives each year to Dutchess Community College (DCC) and having the state fill in the gap. Dutchess already goes by the name SUNY Dutchess. It now has dorms. I t is a logical step for the state to absorb Dutchess into the SUNY system. Nothing has to change with the day-to-day operations of the school. DCC has a fund balance of about $12 million. That’s 20% of their budget sitting in the bank. I’m not saying to deplete the fund. However, I think it is legitimate to ask why Dutchess County taxpayers are going to be taxed to turn the lights and heat on in their homes when we could tell Albany to pay for DCC instead, preventing a tax increase.”
“No doubt, some will use scare tactics like claiming layoffs and tuition hikes will necessarily ensue if this plan was enacted. That kind of demagoguery and turf protection is precisely what prevents the kind of real fiscal reforms we need at all levels of government from happening. It also chills debate and hinders problem solving.” 
Bold Immediate Action on Unfunded Mandates
“In addition to avoiding the very painful tax on home energy sources, the idea proposed is revolutionary because the county is essentially putting an unfunded mandate back on the state. The state tells the county to provide services but doesn’t fund them to the tune of about $200 million per year. The proposal basically tells the state that their unfunded mandates have gobbled up too much of the county budget and as a result we cannot afford the $10 million per year that the county gives to DCC.”
“Residents and local officials are rightly tired of all the talk about unfunded mandates. They are calling for bold action against unfunded mandates. This proposal is a real money-saving solution that mitigates the damage unfunded mandates cause county governments and municipalities. It also gives the state a taste of its own medicine which will get the attention of those in power who refuse to address the unfunded mandate problem.” 
“Last night I proposed this solution to the County Legislature during the public comment period of the Legislature's hearing. The budget is not due until December 10 and I believe we should explore every option thoroughly before taxing electricity and heating fuel. I suggested the County Legislature take a few days before passing the budget to explore this and any other viable options before imposing the tax on home energy.”   
“The Legislature chose to pass the budget last night and the home energy tax, which is their prerogative. Although the proposal was not adopted, I am proud that I took a stand and offered an alternative solution that could have simultaneously solved the immediate budget problems without taxing home energy and changed the unfunded mandate dynamic in favor of the overburdened municipalities. We need to continue this dialogue.

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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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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
Dear Friends:

It looks like perennial candidate Rich Wager, who has run unsuccessfully for office four times in four years, is gearing up for another race.  We held him below 20% in the GOP primary last year and beat him as a write-in with 71% of the vote in the Conservative Party primary.  Given his lack of success and conviction, it is not clear whether Wager will be running as a Democrat or Republican this time.  Remember, Wager was a Bloomberg administration hack and received contributions from Bloomberg.

How do I know Wager is thinking about another run? We just got a call from Jacob Siegel a “reporter” at the Daily Beast, a liberal news site based in Wager’s hometown of Manhattan.  The reporter was asking off-the-wall questions that didn’t ring true the way a legitimate news story would.  It reeked of Wager's sour grapes. Wager's M.O. is to have his personal friends in the media carry out his vendetta.

A quick Google search revealed the following connections between Wager, the Daily Beast and the reporter:

1. John Avlon, the Executive Editor of the Daily Beast gives Wager “special thanks” in the acknowledgement section of Avlon's anti-conservative book Wingnuts (page 246).
2. Avlon donated more than $1000 to one of Wager’s failed campaigns.  In what appears to be an attempt to obscure his identity, and circumvent election law, Avlon used the name J. Phillips Avlon.
3. Avlon’s father, whose name is also John Avlon, gave Wager an illegal campaign contribution above the lawful limit.
4. The father of Jacob Siegel, the reporter who called, worked with Wager in the Bloomberg administration.

I will continue to fight Cuomo, Silver, Wager and any other status quo defenders who get in our way.  Now more than ever, I need your help to make sure we have the resources we need to fight off attacks and get our message out.

An immediate contribution today of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more will ensure that we have the war chest we need to keep up the fight.

I truly appreciate your support past and present.

Best,

Kieran

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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..
www.KMLNY.com



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Holiday Stroll

WE'RE BACK!

Santa and His Live Reindeer!

Dec 7 - 8

SHOP • DINE • BE MERRY

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides • Food Trucks on East Putnam
Greenwich Baptist Church Taste of Christmas Tent • Children’s Bouncy Castle #1 • Live Holiday Music Tent • Children’s Bouncy Castle #2 •
Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Tent • WEBE 108 Street Team and Tent •
Venture Photography Tent • Food Truck Village on Greenwich Avenue •
Professional Ice Sculpture Demo • Greenwich Arts Council Activities • News 12 CT Tent • Give Me Five Party Rentals and Catering • The Island Belle at Delamar Greenwich Harbor Dock
LIVE REINDEER & PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT McARDLE’S
FREE PARKING provided by the Town of Greenwich Parking Services!
www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com
Over 100 Participating Merchants
Offering Holiday Refreshments, Letters to Santa, Santa’s Mailboxes and Fun Activities
925 Silver Mist
Alexis Bittar
Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich
Atelier360
Baccarat
Beam & Barre
Benefit Cosmetics
Betteridge
Brooks Brothers
“The” Cashmere Sale
C. Parker Gallery
CFCF Roastery & Cafe
Citizens Bank
The Clean Bedroom
Computer Super Center
Consignista.com
Cosi
Courage.b
Crew Restaurant
Crumbs Bake Shop
Diane’s Books
Dream Spa & Salon
Eatalian Style
Ella Vickers Recycled
Sailcloth Collection
Everything But Water
Femmegems
Fontana Couture
Frederica’s Mercantile
Garelick & Herbs
The Ginger Man
Graham’s
Greenwich Bank & Trust
Greenwich Oriental Antiques
Greenwich Psychic
Greenwich Running Co.
Greenwich Window Treatments
Harrow Sports
Hermès of Paris
Hoagland’s of Greenwich
Home Boutique of Greenwich
International Soccer & Rugby Imports
Jack Wills
Jewels by Viggi
Jonathan Adler
Kate Spade
La Fenice
La Suite Skin Care
Leafline Salad Co.
Le Pain Quotidien
Le Wine Shop
l’escale restaurant
Letarte Swimwear
The Lexington Company
LF Stores
Lillian August
Lilly Pulitzer
Longchamp
Lux Bond & Green
Lynnens Inc
MacInspires
Madewell
Manfredi Jewels
McArdle’s
Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich
Michael Kors
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Out of the Box
Patriot National Bank
Peridot Fine Jewelry
Petticoat Lane
Planet Pizza
Plushblow
Polarn O. Pyret
Punch Fitness Center
R Simantov
rag & bone
Ralph Lauren
Richards
Rinfret LTD
Saks Fifth Avenue
Salon Mimoza
Scoop NYC
Simon Pearce
Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry
Smart Kids Toys
Sophia’s
Spa at Delamar
Splurge Unique Gifts
Steven Alan
Subway Sandwich Shop
(top of Greenwich Avenue)
Subway Sandwich Shop
(bottom of Greenwich Avenue)
Sweaty Betty
Tangerine
Theory
Therese Saint Clair
Tumi
Two’s Company Concept Store
Urban Outfitters
Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquor
Venture Photography
Vilebrequin
Vineyard Vines
Vinoteca Restaurant and Wine Bar
Waterworks
Wine Wise
Winston Flowers
Wishlist
Your Wireless Inc / Verizon Wireless
Reindeer Festival Hosted by: McArdle’s
Reindeer Stable Sponsor: Pepsi
Santa’s Workshop Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich
Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop and Holiday Stroll Sponsor: la suite Horse Drawn Carriage Sponsor: Citizens Bank
Reindeer Sponsor: M.H. Heaven Real Estate
Ice Sculpture Demo Sponsor: Next Step Living
Event Partners: Give Me Five Party Rentals, Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, Greenwich Arts Council, Town of Greenwich
Dept. of Parking Services
Premier Media Sponsors: Greenwich Time, The Advocate, Brooks Community Newspapers, Greenwich Magazine, Moffly Media
Media Sponsors: News 12 CT, WEBE 108, Fairfield Parent, WGCH 1490
Created & Produced by: TMK Sports & Entertainment
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Peter Max Invite1
PETER MAX PAINTS MARILYN
December 10th
5PM Private Meet and Greet
6PM Reception with Artist
158 Clapboard Ridge Rd
Greenwich, CT
RSVP:
(203) 618-0172 or RSVP@jendanzi.com
This invitation is non-transferrable. RSVP a must.
Recent works available for acquisition
Hosted By:
Real Estate Agent Barbara Zaccagnini
Sponsored by:
Wine Wise
Chocopologie
Jen Danzi
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2013

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

 

Westchester Residents Express Support

For Child Care Funding Changes in 2014 Budget

 

Youth programs, domestic violence prevention and senior nutrition funds added for next year as well

 

White Plains, NY – At tonight’s third and final public budget hearing, a large crowd of residents gave members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) strong support for their $2.5 million increase of funding for the Title XX child care program.

 

A steady stream of residents commented to the legislators that the Title XX child care program, which serves lower income residents, deserves to be expanded because other options are too expensive or pose risks to children. The news that the BOL Budget & Appropriation Committee, chaired by Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont), had added the Title XX funding to the 2014 County Budget on Monday was roundly appreciated tonight by those speaking, who maintained guarded optimism that the budget increase would be approved ultimately by the full BOL and County Executive Astorino.

 

“There are plenty of places the County can save money,” said Myers. “Smart spending for child care in 2014 will strengthen our safety net in the years to come.”

 

Enrollment in the Title XX child care program has been frozen since 2010. The BOL’s spending addition will increase program enrollment to approximately 400 slots.

 

“The needs of our community members who are working hard to move up the economic ladder have to be addressed,” said Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh), chair of the BOL Community Services Committee.

 

Commented BOL Majority Leader Pete Harckham (D-North Salem): “Increasing the Title XX program will make a big difference across Westchester, and it deserves proper financial support just like any of the other worthwhile programs that are in the budget. I’m hopeful that my Board colleagues and the County Executive will agree and give wholehearted backing to these child care funds.”

 

Ever since it adopted the historic, cost-cutting 2011 Budget, which decreased the tax levy by 2.2%, the BOL has confirmed that Westchester is moving in a smart and responsible direction with its financial obligations, noted BOL Chair Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers).

 

“Residents are still worried about the economy and don’t want large-scale cuts to the social programs and infrastructure initiatives,” Jenkins added. “Our investment in the quality of life here is what makes Westchester a great place to live, work and raise a family,”

Speakers at tonight’s public hearing also communicated their support for added funds aimed toward after school and youth jobs programs, domestic violence prevention, eviction and foreclosure counseling, environmental protections and senior nutrition programs.

 

“Year after year, countless Westchester residents depend on County-funded programs for some of the most basic human needs, along with help for issues that are too big to solve on their own,” said BOL Vice Chair Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon). “As elected officials, it is our duty to protect those who are less fortunate. These public hearings give our residents opportunities to voice their concerns and advocate for programs.”

 

Numerous Westchester residents and business owners attended the two public hearings on the Proposed 2014 Budget that the BOL hosted last month in Peekskill and Yonkers. The three public hearings and numerous department-by-department budget presentations were all streamed ‘live’ and then archived online at the BOL website (www.westchesterlegislators.com).

 

The BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee will receive the vital input of the County’s auditors on the Proposed 2014 Budget on Friday, December 6. A special meeting of the BOL will be held on Monday, December 9 at 10:30 AM in the BOL Chambers to consider an Act adopting the 2014 County Budget.

 
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­­FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS CLOTHING DRIVE FOR HUDSON VALLEY VETERANS
[Poster Attached]
Brewster, N.Y. – 12/04/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that veterans at both the Montrose and Castle Point Hudson Valley VA Hospitals are in need of t-shirts, diabetic socks, underwear, warm coats, gloves and hats for the winter.
To meet the challenge, Senator Ball has mobilized his Faith Based Advisory Council and Veterans Advisory Councils to host an immediate clothing drive for Hudson Valley veterans that are in need of warm clothes this winter. Senator needs widespread community support.
“It is sad to think, but many of our local Hudson Valley veterans are in need of warm clothing for the winter months ahead. I am proud to work with my Faith Based and Veterans Advisory Council to organize a total of six drop off locations where residents can drop off much needed clothing,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Our veterans have given so much for us, and it breaks my heart to think that some of these heroes lack basic necessities. As a community, we have a duty to ensure they are provided for. No New Yorker, especially a veteran, should go without warm clothing this winter.”
Senator Greg Ball has worked with both his Faith Based and Veterans Advisory Council to set up a clothing drive where residents can drop off much needed clothing for Hudson Valley veterans.
“During this Season of Giving we are mindful that there are many, many people who lack the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and clothing. In 2012,  our Veteran's Hospitals served more than 240,000 Veterans who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless- 21 percent more than the year before,” said Father Thomas Lutz, Chairman of Senator Greg Ball’s Faith Based Advisory Council. “Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of Veteran's Affairs for the New York State Senate, has called on his Faith Based Advisory and Veteran's Advisory Councils to sponsor a Winter Clothing Drive for Veteran's. All collected winter clothing will be donated to the Veteran Administration Outreach to Hudson Valley Veteran's who are in need of warm clothing for the winter months. You can help by donating New T-Shirts, Diabetic socks; underwear; warm winter jackets, sweaters, gloves and hats.”
“It is getting very cold and some of these veterans are in dire need of warm clothing,” said Eugene Parrotta, Chairman of Senator Greg Ball’s Veterans Advisory Council. “We appreciate Senator Ball and his team for everything they do for our veterans. Using the Senator’s large network, we should be able to collect a large amount of clothing for our veterans this winter.”
Residents can drop off clothing during normal business hours at Senator Greg Ball’s District Office at 1441 Route 22, Suite 205 in Brewster, NY 10509. For more information contact Senator Greg Ball’s Office at: (845) 279-3773 or gball@nysenate.gov.
Five other drop off locations have also been designated:
·         VA Carmel Outpatient Clinic: 1875 Route 6 Providence Bank, 2nd Floor Carmel, NY 10512
·         Kennedy Catholic High School: 54 Route 138 Somers, NY 10589
·         Our Lady of Lourdes High School (Box in front of Chapel): 131 Boardman Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
·         VA Hudson Valley Healthcare Castle Point Clothing Room: 41 Castle Point Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
·         St. Augustine Church: 55 Main Street Highland, NY 12528
 
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NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
OP-ED: SENATOR GREG BALL THANKS COMMUNITY FOR VETERANS EVENTS
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Over the last few months we hosted three large events all focused on saying ‘thank you’ to our veterans. In September, we hosted a bus trip allowing dozens of World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial built in their honor at the National Mall in Washington DC. In November, we hosted our third annual Veterans Hall of Fame, honoring 27 veterans for their service to our country and including them on a traveling Wall of Fame. Then most recently, we hosted the third annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner, where over 800 veterans and their guests were treated to a free Thanksgiving meal.
You might ask yourself, ‘how can a small State Senate staff organize these enormous events?’ The answer is, we can’t. These events are made possible, at zero cost to tax payers, thanks to the outpouring of community support from local businesses, organizations and literally hundreds of volunteers.
While it would be impossible to list everyone that helped out at these events in this letter, I would like to mention some of the businesses and organizations that were especially helpful.
The World War II trip was made possible by dozens of donations from community members and local businesses including a generous $2,500 donation from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and an entire breakfast sponsored by ShopRite of Cortlandt Manor. Other businesses that donated food and services include: FirstLight Homecare, Bucci’s Deli, Sauro’s Deli, Patterson Deli, Competitive Telecoms Group, Putnam County Hospital and Dante’s Deli II.
The Hall of Fame Ceremony couldn’t have been possible without the help of local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Dale Beatty of Purple Heart Homes, Hawthorne American Legion, Larry Cassidy on the bagpipe, Mahopac Central School District including Superintendent Thomas Manko and John Wilson, the PACappellas, Putnam County Civil Air Patrol, and so many more.
Serving 800 veterans over 70 turkeys is no small feat. By the end of this event, we had well over 200 volunteers and dozens of businesses that helped make this wonderful day possible. Some of those that were instrumental are: Ace Endico, Arturo's, Astoria Federal Savings in Somers, BJ's Wholesale Club, Brewster Schools, Lakeland Schools, Mahopac Schools, Bucci Brothers Deli, Camp Kiwi, CAPGEN Financial, Cardillo's Super Deli, Carmel Diner, Clocktower Grill and Bar, Cecilia Delgado, Costco, Croton Rotary, Dante's Trattoria, Froggy's, Greek Village Restaurant, Hannaford, Krasdale foods, Las Mañanitas, Le Fontane, Local Boy Scouts, Local Girl Scouts, Mamma Rosa's Ristorante, Mahopac American Legion Post 1080, Mahopac Seniors, Mamma Rosa, Pasqual's Pizzeria, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 21, Michele Rogers, Patterson Diner, PepsiCo, Primavera, Route 6 Tap House, Shoprite of Bedford, Somers Diner, Somers Delicattesen, Southeast Grille, Stan Mersand, Taste, Traditions 118, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System Outreach Program, Villa Barone and so many more.
Looking forward, our next mission is to provide winter clothing to our veterans in need. There is currently a very serious shortage of coats and personal care items at the Hudson Valley VA Hospitals. Veterans at both the Montrose and Castle Point Hudson Valley VA Hospitals are in need of t-shirts, diabetic socks, underwear, warm coats, gloves and hats for the winter.
No veteran should go cold, or without his or her basic necessities this winter, so I am pleased to announce that in partnership with my Faith Based Advisory Council and my Veterans Advisory Council, my office is hosting a clothing drive. Once again, we need community support!
Residents can drop off clothing during normal business hours at my district office located at 1441 Route 22, Suite 205 in Brewster, NY 10509. For more information contact (845) 279-3773 or email me at gball@nysenate.gov.
Over this holidays season it is so important that we take time to honor and remember our veterans who have fought for the freedom that we are able to enjoy today. I am so proud to live in this great community and I thank you all for joining us in our salute to New York's heroes.
Sincerely,
Senator Greg Ball
40th Senate District
 
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
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Josef Bachmeier
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NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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Jim Maisano is serving his 8th term as County Legislator representing New Rochelle and Pelham.
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Please join us for our annual Toys for Tots event. Every year, we collect hundreds of toys for kids in need, and my family loves hosting this very fun event. We work with the Westchester Marine Corps League and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, and the toys are distributed to kids in the Westchester area.

WHEN: December 14, 2013 from 11am to 2pm

WHERE: RRQ BBQ, 2 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY

Please drop off a new unwrapped toy, gift card or check to "Toys for Tots."

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See you on December 14!

County Legislator
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