Friday, December 13, 2013

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

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) [Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Town Board Agenda December 17, 2013


2)  Town Of Ossining: Reminder- Public Hearing on Proposed Annexation of Election Districts 17 & 20 TONIGHT!

3)  Lie of the Year

4)  Check this out : WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!

5)  Yorktown Town Board: No decision yet on 2014 budget

6)  COTTAGES & GARDENS NAMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF SFC&G

7)  SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES NEARLY $60 MILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

8)  SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM AT CARMEL TOWN HALL IN JANUARY 01/16/14

9)  SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH COURT AT 26TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

10) SCHUMER ANNOUNCES VITAL PROGRAM FOR UPSTATE RURAL HOSPITAL FUNDING CLEARS KEY HURDLE – SENATOR’S LEGISLATION, TO PERMANENTLY PROVIDE $14 MILLION ANNUALLY TO 22 UPSTATE HOSPITALS, PASSES IN SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

11)  SCHUMER REVEALS: UPSTATE NY AMBULANCES ON VERGE OF LOSING CRITICAL FEDERAL FUNDS JANUARY 1st, PUTTING NY’ERS AT RISK – SENATOR WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT OVER $40 MILLION FOR NY TO MAINTAIN LIFE-SAVING SERVICES 

12)  NRCC Releases Web Video Highlighting ObamaCare’s Devastating Effects: Will Sean Patrick Maloney Continue to Stand Behind the Law?

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Town of Yorktown New York Town Board Agenda December 17, 2013 FINAL TOWN BOARD AGENDA TOWN OF YORKTOWN December 17, 2013 PLACE: TOWN HALL ________ 7:30pm PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 2. MOMENT OF SILENCE 3. REPORT FROM SUPERVISOR MICH
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Town Board Agenda December 17, 2013

FINAL TOWN BOARD AGENDA
TOWN OF YORKTOWN
December 17, 2013
PLACE:                  
TOWN HALL  ________  7:30pm
 
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
2.         MOMENT OF SILENCE
3.         REPORT FROM SUPERVISOR MICHAEL GRACE                                         
4.         REPORTS FROM TOWN BOARD MEMBERS
5.         PRESENTATION                          
6.         RESOLUTIONS FROM THE MEETING OF 12/3/2013
7.         COURTESY OF THE FLOOR
8.         PUBLIC HEARING
              Decisions:
2014 Budget
State Land Corp – Rezoning
9.          ADVERTISING
Bids
                        Town Cars – Body Work
                        Town Trucks – Body Work 
10.         BID AWARDS
On Call Grit & Bar Screen Debris Removal & Disposal for the
                          Yorktown Sewage Treatment Plant - #13-08
11.         PERSONNEL
Retirement:
                       Sandra Norman
Resignation:
                       Jane Preston
12.         RESOLUTIONS
Request from the Court Clerk
                       BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board authorizes the Town Comptroller to transfer $15,000 from A.1110.101 (Court – Salary) to A1110.416 (Court – Building Maintenance for the purpose of installing a bullet proof office window.              
Request from the Legal Dept.
                        WHEREAS, the Town wishes to construct a stormwater retrofit system on property owned by the State and managed by the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT), located between Underhill Avenue and Hanover Street alongside the North County Trailway, which property is the subject of an existing DOT permit to the Town for recreational use; and
            WHEREAS, the Town has asked DOT to amend the permit to allow as an additional use of the property a stormwater retrofit system, and DOT is willing to so amend the permit; and
            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to sign the proposed amended DOT permit # 81071 and submit it to DOT for approval; and be it further
            RESOLVED, that upon the return of the permit countersigned by DOT’s Regional and Main Offices, it shall be filed with the Town Clerk.                  
                        WHEREAS, Use and Occupancy Permit # 81867 was issued by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Town of Yorktown, which permit allows the Town to use State land for recreational purposes, and the Patriot Garden and the Skate Park are located in this permit area,  and
WHEREAS, the Town Board received a communication from New York State Department of Transportation Regional Real Estate Officer Alan D. Silverman, notifying the Town that the State is exploring transferring sections of the abutting trailway to Westchester County, and might also consider offering some areas to adjacent private property owners if there are no competing qualifying municipal needs, and has requested the Town to affirm its present requirements and indicate prospective plans for the property subject to the Permit, in order to enable the State to accommodate local needs and plan for the most effective disposition of the former railway right-of-way; be it hereby
RESOLVED, that the Town Board affirms its need for the entire area subject to Permit #81867 for recreational and other municipal uses, and requests the State to transfer the property subject to the Permit to the Town.
Request from the Section 8 Department:
                      RESOLVED, that the  Town Comptroller is authorized to pay Happy Software, Inc. for a one year software license and software support for computer software provided to the Section 8 Office, to cover the period from February 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. The payment amount is $4,125.00 as shown on the invoice(s) dated November 26, 2013. The source of funds is Housing Assistance Payments Account maintained by the Section 8 office and funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).
Request from the Supervisor’s Office:
Request to extend services of Cary Vigilante for broadcastings services from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 at a rate of $500.00/month
13.       MONTHLY REPORTS
Building Department
14.       COURTESY OF THE FLOOR        
  15.       ADJOURN

ALICE E. ROKER
TOWN CLERK
TOWN OF YORKTOWN
DATED:   December 11, 2013
                      OPEN BIDS
Sherry Drive Storm Sewer Relining
 
 
 
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    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com


Reminder- Public Hearing on Proposed Annexation of Election Districts 17 & 20 TONIGHT!

Don't forget to join us for our joint Public Hearing with the Village of Briarcliff Manor Trustees tonight at 7PM, at Anne M. Dorner Middle School regarding the proposed annexation of Election Districts 17 and 20!



Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
Susanne Donnelly: sdonnelly@townofossining.com
Eric P. Blaha: blaha@townofossining.com
Geoffrey Harter: harter@townofossining.com
Peter Tripodi IV: tripodi@townofossining.com
Northern Wilcher: wilcher@townofossining.com
 
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Supervisor 
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Peter J. Tripodi, IV
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 


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December 13, 2013
Lie of the Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
LONG ISLAND ... Politifact has just released the "Lie of the Year." To no one's surprise, the dubious honor goes to President Obama's promise that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it."
 
Barack Obama sold a false bill of goods to the American people when he forced Obamacare through Congress in 2010. But he couldn't have done it alone.
 
Obama was aided and abetted by Congressional Democrats, including New York's own Tim Bishop, who made the exact same promise in a letter to his constituents in 2009.
 
"Tim Bishop betrayed his constituents by marching in lockstep with the Obama administration to pass a healthcare bill that nobody asked for and nobody wanted," said NYGOP Chair Ed Cox.
 
"The lie he told Long Islanders is costing many of them their healthcare plans. In November, it will cost Tim Bishop his job. Lee Zeldin has an exemplary record of fighting for taxpayers and Long Island families. After next November, New York's First Congressional District will finally have a representative that puts people above politics."
 

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Check this out : WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!
 E-Mail From Reader Frank:

As news breaks that enrollment has surpassed one million, it turns out one of Obamacare's fiercest critics is among Republicans showing some "secret love" for the law.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) signed his family up on the federal healthcare exchange and has opted to take a federal subsidy offered to lawmakers and staff, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

"Senator Rubio spent time looking at all the options and decided to enroll through the D.C. exchange for coverage for him and his family," Rubio's spokeswoman Brooke Sammon told the Times, adding that "Senator Rubio is following the law, even though he opposes it."

The Washington Post notes that Rubio's fellow 2016 GOP presidential prospects Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have also joined the D.C. exchange.

Rubio has previously tried to kill Obamacare, even declining last March to support a stopgap bill to fund the government unless it also defunded "this Obamacare bill that is going to be an absolute disaster for the American economy."

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown



Town Board
December 10, 2103

Meeting highlights. For a full summary, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. 2014 budget hearing
The main item on the agenda was the public hearing that lasted for about three hours and was adjourned to December 17 to give the comptroller time to make some adjustments to the budget before the Board votes to adopt a budget. The only major adjustment might involve the Water District which could have a spill-over effect to the General Fund and the tax rate.

The meeting summary highlights the topics that were brought up by the speakers.

2. Special permit for convalescent home on Underhill Ave.
The Town Board referred out for review an application to convert a single family house into a convalescent center for short term stays for 12-14 people  who have completed in house drug and alcohol rehab programs but aren’t ready yet to return to their family setting.


 




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SFC&G Names Editor-in-Chief
 
Norwalk, CT - (December 12, 2013) - Marianne Howatson, CEO and Publication Director of Cottages & Gardens Publications, announced today that Alisa Carroll has been named Editor-in-Chief of SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens), launching in April 2014.
 
"We are delighted that Alisa will helm SFC&G," says Howatson. "She is full of energy and ideas and is deeply entrenched in the San Francisco area design world. We are confident that she will infuse SFC&G with the same 'sense of place' that has made its sister publications HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens), CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) and NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) so beloved by our readers."
 
"I'm honored and excited to join the Cottages & Gardens team," says Carroll. "SFC&G's vision of celebrating interior design and landscape is a perfect fit for the Bay Area - a place where the built and the natural so uniquely and elegantly coexist."
 
Carroll has extensive experience within the design community, most recently as the Editor-In-Chief of 3D Magazine, the annual journal of the San Francisco Design Center. She has contributed to Elle Décor, Interior Design and many other publications, and Rizzoli will publish her first book, Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool, a monograph co-written with the interior designer, in March 2014.
 
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Cottages & Gardens Publications delivers the finest regional design magazines to residents of America's most affluent communities. The company's three titles, CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens), HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) and NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) present the very best in architecture, design, art and antiques, real estate and entertaining to a highly influential readership in Connecticut, the Hamptons and New York (NYC, Westchester, North Shore of Long Island and Hudson Valley). SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens) will launch in Spring 2014. Visit cottages-gardens.com. Like us on Facebook; Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
     















 
 
 
 
 


 
 

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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES NEARLY $60 MILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING
Brewster, N.Y. – 12/11/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that he has successfully worked with the Regional Economic Development Council and local partners, to secure a total of $59.6 million for projects in the Mid-Hudson Region.
Building on the success of being named a best plan in 2012, the Mid-Hudson REDC is reenergizing its commitment to investing in technology, tourism, infrastructure revitalization and waterfront development. The priority project focus in 2013 for the Council included job-creating projects in renewable energy and advanced manufacturing, projects to improve healthcare and wellness in the region, and boosting tourism by taking advantage of its proximity to major markets.
Over the past three years, the Hudson Valley REDC has delivered $219.4 million for over a hundred job creation and community development projects in the Hudson Valley. The first year, the Hudson Valley Region received $67 million, the second year, they received $92.8 million and this year they received $59.6 million for job-creating projects.
“While we can always do better, I am so proud that our region has done so well over the past three rounds of the Regional Economic Development Councils. I am happy to have personally worked with many of the local projects that have been awarded grants,” said Senator Greg Ball. “There are enormous opportunities within the Hudson Valley to create jobs, but government fundamentally must get the hell out of the way. At the end of the day, while these dollars are important, it is continued teamwork that will create the jobs. Job creators and employers must be allowed to do what they do best, without governmental constraints. I look forward to continuing to work with local partners to move these projects forward and continue to deliver for my district.”
Projects awarded by economic development funding in the 40th Senate District include:
$100,000 for Westchester Community College Foundation Inc: Grow New York. Development of curriculum for unemployed workers and implement it both MHREDC Opportunity Area communities - Peekskill and Brewster.
$157,500 for Village of Sleepy Hollow: Rev Sykes Park Improvements. Reverend John Sykes Park, located in the inner village of Sleepy Hallow, will use funding for the design and construction of a comfort station. The design will focus on creating an ADA-compliant facility with a small footprint so as to take as little space away from the recreation area as possible.
$11,386 Friends of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Donald J. Trump State Parks: Connecting FDR State Park to Yorktown Parks. To increase recreational opportunities at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Westchester County, volunteers will rehabilitate and construct a trail in the southeastern portion of the park. The project includes building two bridges, constructing a section of trail, installing 135 feet of boardwalk, and repairing damaged areas. The trail will connect the park to Yorktown’s Business District.
$75,000 City of Peekskill, Village of Brewster: MHREDC Opportunity Area Peekskill Brewster Area Strategic Plans and or Building Reuse Feasibility Studies. Study to re-purpose obsolete buildings in Peekskill's Opportunity Area and redevelopment path for Brewster's Main Street Corridor.
$150,000 Community Housing Innovations, Inc.: Rehabilitation of 400-404 South Street Peekskill NY. Community Housing Innovations, Inc. (CHI), will use the funds in Urban Initiatives funds to renovate two adjacent residential and commercial mixed-use buildings on South Street in the City of Peekskill's Waterfront District.
$100,000 CAREERS for People for Disabilities, Inc.: CAREERS SNAP Opportunities Program. The CAREERS for People with Disabilities Workforce Development Program will offer job readiness skills to veterans and long-term SNAP applicants/recipients who are under or unemployed and residing in the Hudson Valley. Participants will be guided through all phases of securing a job, writing/updating resumes, interviewing skills and workforce readiness skills. Once placed, they will be provided job training and ongoing supportive services such as transportation and using job-related technology.
$1,000,000 Clear Solution Labs LLC: Establish Contract Manufacturing Business. Clear Solution Labs will be a contract manufacturer that produces health & beauty products as well as OTC products, pressed powders & high alcohol processed products in Putnam County.
$20,720 Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Inc.: Supertitle Machine for Bel Canto Opera Program Arts. The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts will purchase a supertitle machine in order to project text and video during the popular Bel Canto at Caramoor opera program. This equipment will enhance the audience’s understanding of and engagement with the performances. Caramoor is a magnet for regional cultural tourism, bringing over 22,000 people to the area during the summer.
$500,000 Castagna Realty: Castagna Commerce Park. Castagna Commerce Park is a planned mixed use multi-phased development consisting of medical office, retail, senior housing and assisted living facilities.
$175,000 City of Peekskill: Fleischmanns Pier Reconstruction Design. The City of Peekskill will conduct planning and design for Fleischmann’s Pier to determine the future use of the pier.  The project will lead to the revitalization of the pier which will greatly enhance its utility and aesthetics at a prominent point along the Hudson River.
$175,000 Town of Cortlandt: Comprehensive Plan Development. The Town of Cortlandt will complete a Comprehensive Plan that will focus on issues of sustainability and economic development by taking advantage of the Town's location along the Hudson River.  In addition, the Town will investigate zoning techniques to plan for enhancements in the area around the Cortlandt Metro-North Station and along the Town's commercial corridors.  Further, the plan will study concepts such as form based zoning, complete streets and green development bonuses.
For more information about the Regional Economic Development Councils please visit: regionalcouncils.ny.gov.
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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***Thursday, January 16th at 6:00 PM***
SENATOR GREG BALL TO HOST COMMON CORE FORUM AT CARMEL TOWN HALL IN JANUARY
Brewster, N.Y. – 12/11/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is inviting parents, teachers and concerned residents to attend a Common Core Forum at the Carmel Town Hall of January 16th at 6:00 PM.
Senator Greg Ball will be hosting the community forum to review the impact and effectiveness of the new Common Core Standards in New York State. The new standards were designed to provide a uniformed standard for students, preparing them for college and careers. However, many residents have raised concerns with the program and its implementation.
“I am hosting this Common Core Community Forum to hear first hand from my constituents and those affected by these new standards. My office has been inundated with phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned with this new program. We must be committed to provide our students with the best possible education available. However, education should not be one size fits all,” said Senator Greg Ball.
The public and those in the education community are invited to attend. Attendees will be given a chance to speak, but will be asked to limit their remarks to three minutes.
What: Common Core Forum
When: Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 6:00 PM.
Where: Carmel Town Hall: 60 McAlpin Ave, Mahopac, NY 10541
Who:   Senator Greg Ball
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
 
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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
 
SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH COURT AT 26TH GRADUATION CEREMONY
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Carmel, N.Y. – 12/13/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined 41 young adults on Wednesday evening at the Putnam County Youth Court 26th Graduation Ceremony.
Senator Ball honored each graduate with a New York State Senate Certificate of Merit for completing a 10-week training course and being sworn in as Putnam County Youth Court members.
“These young men and women are the future of Putnam County, the world is their oyster. It is my honor to join them along with their parents and family on this very special day,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The Putnam County Youth Court is fundamentally important in reducing the crime rate in our area by teaching our youth about our judicial system and encouraging them to get actively involved.”
The Youth Court Program is a peer court program established to reduce incidents of juvenile crime by serving as a community based alternative to Family Court. Volunteer members throughout Putnam County participate in a 10 week training program that prepares them to serve in the roles of Judge, Defense Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, Court Clerk and Officer in actual cases of youth under 16 charged with a crime.
The Putnam County Youth Court Class of 2013 included:
Robert Bensburg, Megan Bernardo, Jack  Breiman, Kyle  Breiman, Jessica Buckley, Andrew DeMarco, Nicholas DiCairano, Brent Ehlberg, Matthew Fahy, Isaiah Fredericks, Lucas Hendrickson, Christopher Horan, Harper  Hunt, Hannah  Hunt, Robert Kick, Austin Kuhbier, Joseph Lilley, Eric Lore, Christopher Lore, Michael  Mammola, Nicholas Mancusi, Kaitlin Marino-Messina, Abigail Mastropietro, Katie McDonough,Thomas McDonough, Kiara Mora, Eric Morais, James Ormsby, Thomas  O'Rourke, Dante Riccoboni, James Roberto, Bethany  Rolon, Rebecca  Ruyack, Kevin Ryan, Natalie Scanlon, Anthony Simeone,  Aaron Treiling, Noah Ullman, John Vellek, Nicholas Venditti, and Emily Westin.
For more information contact the Program Coordinator, Barbara Reitz at (845)808-1600 ext. 46122.
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
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Media: (845) 531 9796 
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December 12, 2013                                                                             202.224.7433
 
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES VITAL PROGRAM FOR UPSTATE RURAL HOSPITAL FUNDING CLEARS KEY HURDLE – SENATOR’S LEGISLATION, TO PERMANENTLY PROVIDE $14 MILLION ANNUALLY TO 22 UPSTATE HOSPITALS, PASSES IN SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Schumer Legislation to Extend Permanent Payments to 22 NY Rural Hospitals Passes Senate Finance Committee – Senator’s Bill Helps Boost Funding for Hospitals That Treat High Number of Medicare Patients & That Are Critical to Rural Communities

Without Action, 22 Hospitals Would Have Lost Medicare Funding This Year – Schumer’s Bill Must Now Pass the Full Senate 

Schumer Also Prevented Five Hospitals – Alice Hyde Medical Center, Nicholas Noyes Memorial, Claxton- Hepburn Medical Center, Oneida Healthcare Center, Canton-Potsdam Hospital,– From Being Cut From Low-Volume Hospital Program
 
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer’s legislation to permanently extend two Medicare payment programs that are critical to rural hospitals in Upstate New York has cleared a key hurdle with its passage in the Senate Finance Committee. These programs, which are crucial to the hospitals, their employees and the rural communities that they serve, must be renewed every year. This lack of security and certainty of this critical funding can be debilitating for these hospitals, and Schumer’s legislation would make these payments for both Low-Volume Hospitals and Medicare Dependent Hospitals permanent.
 
The Low Volume Hospital Program impacts 18 New York hospitals, providing Medicare support to hospitals that are very important to rural communities, but do not necessarily serve a high volume of patients. The Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program provides support to six hospitals in New York that treat a high number of Medicare patients. At least 60 percent of acute inpatient days or discharges must come from Medicare in order for these hospitals to qualify for the MDH program. Schumer’s legislation, which he introduced with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), extended these programs permanently. Schumer’s legislation must now pass the full Senate. 

Schumer also helped prevent five Low-Volume hospitals from being cut from this program, which would have been devastating to those facilities. Those hospitals are: Alice Hyde Medical Center, Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Oneida Healthcare Center, and Canton-Potsdam Hospital. These hospitals receive payment from Medicare on a sliding scale and must have at least 200 but no more than 1600 Medicare discharges in order to receive reimbursement.
 
“I am thrilled that my legislation, which will provide life-saving funding to twenty-two rural hospitals in Upstate New York, has cleared this key hurdle in the Senate Finance Committee. This legislation, if it becomes law, will permanently extend the millions of dollars that these hospitals need in order to treat the high number of Medicare patients and to support rural communities. I will continue to fight for this legislation to pass the entire Senate and become law,” said Senator Schumer.
 
Low-Volume Hospital Program:
·         Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital -- $295,000
·         Jones Memorial Hospital -- $439,000
·         Chenango Memorial Hospital -- $601,000
·         St. James Mercy Hospital -- $718,000
·         Wyoming County Community Health System -- $655,000
·         Orleans Community Health -- $294,000
·         Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital -- $304,000
·         Adirondack Medical Center -- $782,000
·         E.J. Noble Hospital of Gouverneur -- $553,000
·         Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center -- $614,000
·         Canton-Potsdam Hospital -- $480,000
·         Massena Memorial Hospital -- $457,000
·         Lewis County General Hospital $717,000
·         Carthage Area Hospital -- $484,000
·         Cobleskill Regional Hospital -- $461,000
·         Community Memorial Hospital -- $616,000
·         Oneida Healthcare Center -- $165,000
·         Eastern Long Island Hospital $ 906,000
·         Alice Hyde Medical Center - $491,000

Low volume hospitals are those that are critical to the community but may not serve a high volume of patients. There are 18 Low Volume hospitals that receive $9.4 million annually from this program. Since 1988, the Medicare program has recognized that these hospitals need additional support so that they can continue to provide high quality care to rural communities. A low-volume hospital is defined as one that is more than 15 road miles from another comparable hospital and has fewer than 1,600 Medicare discharges a year. 
 
Medicare seeks to pay efficient providers their costs of furnishing services. However, certain factors beyond providers’ control can affect the costs of furnishing services. Patient volume is one such factor and is particularly relevant in small and isolated communities where providers frequently cannot achieve the economies of scale possible for their larger counterparts.
 
There are approximately 18 hospitals in New York that qualify for the low-volume hospital program.
 
Schumer’s bill extends the additional payments for low volume hospitals permanently.
There are many economic benefits of rural hospitals, as they are often some of the largest employers in rural areas. According to the National Rural Health Association, a closed hospital can mean as much as a 20% loss of revenue for its local economy, a drop in the per capita income and an increase in local unemployment. 
 
Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program:
 
·         Nathan Littauer Hospital -- $854,000
·         Chenango Memorial Hospital -- $972,000
·         St. Joseph’s Hospital of Elmira -- $727,000
·         Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital -- $260,000
·         Corning Hospital -- $366,000
·         St. Mary’s Healthcare (Amsterdam) - $1,118,000
 
Congress established the Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) program in 1987. There are approximately 200 MDHs in the United States and 6 in New York State. These NY hospitals receive $4.2 million annually from this program. These hospitals are paid by Medicare with a special rate to address the fact that most of their patients are Medicare patients. These payments allow MDHs greater financial stability and leave them better able to serve their communities.  A hospital qualifies for the MDH program if it is located in a rural area, has no more than 100 beds, is not classified as a Sole Community Hospital, and has at least 60 percent of inpatient days or discharges covered by Medicare.
 
This program expired September 30, 2013. Schumer’s bill extends the program permanently.
 
The network of providers that serves rural Americans is fragile and more dependent on Medicare revenue because of the high percentage of Medicare beneficiaries who live in rural areas. Additionally, rural residents on average tend to be older, have lower incomes and suffer from higher rates of chronic illness than their urban counterparts. This greater dependence on Medicare may make certain rural hospitals more financially vulnerable to prospective payment.
 
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December 11, 2013                                                                                             202-224-7433
 
SCHUMER REVEALS: UPSTATE NY AMBULANCES ON VERGE OF LOSING CRITICAL FEDERAL FUNDS JANUARY 1st, PUTTING NY’ERS AT RISK – SENATOR WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT OVER $40 MILLION FOR NY TO MAINTAIN LIFE-SAVING SERVICES 

Ambulance Providers Across Upstate NY are Shortchanged by the Current Medicare Payment System & Will Lose Critical Funding In 2014 If Senate Doesn’t Act – Schumer Pushes for Over $40 Million In Medicare Reimbursements for Ambulances Over The Next 5 Years

With Aging Population and Baby-Boomers Quickly Becoming Eligible for Medicare, Schumer Pushes to Extend Funding Set to Expire, Which Will Allow For Cutting-Edge Equipment, Better Patient Outcomes, and Increased Survival Rates

Schumer’s Plan Will, Over 5 Years, Boost Funding By $3M For Capital Region Ambulances; Rochester FL $2M; Southern Tier $2.3M; WNY $2.2M; North Country $2.8M; Central NY $3M; Hudson Valley $6M
Today, on a press conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched his fight to protect critical Medicare payments for ambulance providers across Upstate New York, in the amount of over $40 million statewide and $20 million Upstate, which will expire on January 1st if Congress doesn’t act. If these cuts occur, they would hamper ambulance providers’ ability to provide reliable, life-saving services and to invest in the newest medical equipment and procedures for their vehicles. Schumer will fight to avoid this cut, which is the result of an expiring provision, by including it in the Permanent Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislation that will be marked up in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. Schumer is fighting to ensure this funding does not expire in the beginning of 2014, and to extend those critical Medicare reimbursements to Upstate New York ambulances for five years at a total value of over $20 million.
Currently, Medicare payments to private, non-profit, and volunteer ambulance providers barely keep up with the cost of equipment upgrades, and the funds are set to be reduced by 2% for urban and 3% for rural areas at the end of the year. Schumer noted that well-equipped, well-funded ambulance services and medics who provide life-saving care to patients are more important now than ever, as the population ages and the number of Medicare beneficiaries increase. From 2000 to 2010, the 60-plus population in New York increased by 15%. Because approximately 40% of patients transported by ambulances are covered by Medicare, expiring Medicare payments are critical to ambulance providers.
 
“Across Upstate New York, residents deserve top-notch emergency services, but if Congress doesn’t act by January 1st, critical Medicare reimbursements for our ambulances and emergency services will lapse.  Our ambulance providers require these reimbursements – which are already less than the cost of service – to continue to provide the highest quality of care possible and invest in the latest medical equipment,” saidSenator Schumer.  “It’s vital that we continue to give ambulance providers fair reimbursement, so I’m pushing a 5-year extension of these supporting funds to be included in the must-pass Sustainable Growth Rate legislation that we will begin considering this Thursday in the Senate. To put it simply, our Upstate New York ambulance services need and deserve this $20 million in payments.”  
 
Schumer continued, “In many cases, the quality of ambulance service and the technology on board is literally a matter of life and death, so I will spare no effort to see through the extension of these funds for Upstate ambulance providers.”
 
“We are grateful to Senator Schumer for taking the lead on this critically important initiative,” said James McPartlon, Past President of the American Ambulance Association and Vice President of Mohawk Ambulance Service. “This is a challenged industry and for ambulance service providers, this funding helps provide financial stability. That allows us to replace aging equipment and update technologies, which means we can save more lives."
 
“This extension will allow many of our EMS agencies to reinvest in the technologies they need to provide high quality patient care.  It will also provide some additional stability as the ambulance industry transitions into the new health care delivery system to make sure emergency medical services will be there when they are needed,” said Andy LaMarca of Mobile Life Support in Newburgh, New York.
 
“Medicare is the biggest payer that we have,” said Walt Reisner of Trans Am Ambulence in Olean, New York. “A 2-3% cut would be devastating.  It would result in our having increased response times and put life and limb at risk.”
 
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 established that beginning in 2002, the way that Medicare reimbursements for ambulance services would be calculated would change, leading to a significant reduction in overall reimbursements.  Under the calculation established by the Balanced Budget Act, reimbursements for services would lag well below the actual cost of service, putting many service providers at risk.  Since 2002, Congress has passed temporary supplemental payments to offset this reduction – often on a year-by-year basis – but still funding lags on average 6% behind the cost of service.  And for rural ambulance providers, where ambulances often have to travel significantly further distances to bring patients to emergency rooms, thus greatly increasing the cost of service, Medicare reimbursements lag even further behind. 
 
If the relief were to expire, ambulance service providers would be faced with difficult decisions regarding their ability to continue to provide high-quality emergency and non-emergency ambulance services to the communities they serve.  The loss of the funding could lead to reductions in staffing levels, the inability to properly stock ambulances with vital life-saving equipment and drugs and possibly removing an ambulance and crew from service.  In extremely rural areas, it could lead to even longer response times as towns may need to be served by a nearby ambulance service providers covering multiple communities.
 
Schumer’s amendment would lock-in these supplemental payments to ambulance providers for five years – staving off harmful cuts to Upstate ambulance service providers and giving them certainty that these payments will continue for five years.  Such certainly, Schumer argued, is requisite for these providers to budget and invest in cutting-edge medical technology.
 
A 2007 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report confirmed that ambulance providers are still being under-paid by Medicare, hampering their ability to outfit their vehicles with cutting edge medical equipment and training their emergency personnel and medics in the latest pre-hospital care procedures and treatments. In response to the GAO report and the growing needs of Upstate ambulance providers and patients, between 2008-2013, Schumer secured a temporary increase in payments in Medicare reimbursement. Schumer said that the increased payments provided over the last five years have allowed ambulance providers in New York to make significant updates to their medical equipment and to be more fairly reimbursed for the significant services they provide to Medicare recipients. However, those payments are set to expire on January 1, 2014 and must be included in the SGR legislation being considered in the Senate this month.
 
On the call, Schumer unveiled county by county data of at-risk Medicare payments for ambulance providers in Upstate New York, which totals over $3.7 million in 2014, and over $20 million over the next 5 years (2014 through 2018):
·                     In the Capital Region, $525,075 in Medicare reimbursements are at-risk in 2014, and $3,015,115 from 2014-2018
·                     In Western New York, $398,744 in Medicare reimbursements are at-risk in 2014, and $2,289,667 from 2014-2018
·                     In the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, $338,731 in Medicare reimbursements are at-risk in 2014, and $1,945,071 from 2014-2018
·                     In the Southern Tier, $417,600 in Medicare reimbursements are at-risk in 2014, and $2,397,949 from 2014-2018
·                     In Central New York, $521,740 in Medicare reimbursements are at-risk in 2014, and $2,995,939 from 2014-2018
·                     In the Hudson Valley, $1,075,579 in Medicare reimbursements are at-risk in 2014, and $6,176,179 from 2014-2018
·                     In the North Country, $498,265 in Medicare reimbursements are at-risk in 2014, and $2,861,136 from 2014-2018
According to the Ambulance Association of America, increased funding over the last several years, since Schumer first successfully boosted reimbursement in 2008, has enabled ambulance providers in New York to purchase equipment, such as Automated External Defibrillators, which reduces the time a victim of cardiac arrest suffers from the most common lethal cardiac arrhythmias, and Intraosseous (IO) Infusion devices, which allows paramedics to deliver lifesaving fluids and medications to victims of cardiac arrest, heart attack, and serious trauma.
 
Increased reimbursements for an additional five years will enable ambulance providers to keep up with technological advances, and purchase life saving devices.  Schumer provided a number of examples of medical devices that are considered “standard of care,” a legal term for the requirement of care under a given medical situation, that can be costly for ambulance providers.  These standard devices should be included in all ambulances, but would be difficult to purchase and install if ambulance service providers had their funding cut.  For example, diagnostic-quality lead electrocardiograms, which can send a patient’s electrocardiograms directly to an emergency department physicians are considered standard of care.  The machines make a difference in whether a patient suffering from a heart attack lives or dies, and cost up to $35,000 each.
In additional, the ability to measure end-tidal carbon dioxide, the amount of carbon dioxide that a patients expires with each breath they take is a standard of care.  It allows paramedics to assess how well a patient’s respiratory system is working.  These devices cost $3,000 - $4,000 each.  Electronic medical records (EMR) are the standard of care everywhere in healthcare today.  The cost, both hardware and software, of adding EMR to a single ambulance can be $7,000 or even more.  When a patient needs a lifesaving medication or fluid, and an IV cannot be obtained, intra-osseous access, which is a needle inserted directly into the bone cavity, is the only way to deliver these life-saving medications.  Each disposable, single-use needle can cost $115.  Schumer said that for Upstate ambulances to continue to purchase these lifesaving medical devices, his amendment guaranteeing supplemental Medicare payments must be passed.
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On Friday, December 13, 2013 12:15 PM, NRCC Communications wrote:
 
 
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2013
Contact: Press Office
(202) 479-7070
 
NRCC Releases Web Video Highlighting ObamaCare’s Devastating Effects: Will Sean Patrick Maloney Continue to Stand Behind the Law? Americans are Dealing with ObamaCare’s Consequences
 
WASHINGTON – The National Republican Congressional Committee released a web video today which compiles a series of news broadcast stories from across the country about Americans who are struggling under ObamaCare. Higher premiums, skyrocketing health care costs, and canceled plans are just a few of the stories featured in the video. Will Sean Patrick Maloney continue to stand up for the law and turn his back on the constituents that are seeking relief?
 
“Hardworking New York families are fed up with Sean Patrick Maloney and ObamaCare’s broken promises, skyrocketing costs, and lost coverage,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Will Sean Patrick Maloney continue to stand up for the law? New York voters and their families need relief.”
 
The video can be seen here:
 
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)
 
In the Average State In the U.S., Individual Premiums Under ObamaCare Will Increase 41%. (“49-State Analysis: ObamaCare to Increase Individual-Market Premiums by Average of 41%.” By Avik Roy, Forbes, 11/4/13).
 
Even As President Barack Obama Sold A New Health Care Law In Part By Assuring Americans They Would Be Able To Keep Their Insurance Plans, His Administration Knew That Tens Of Millions Of People Actually Could Lose Their Policies. (Kevin G. Hall and Anita Kumar, “Analysis: Tens of millions could be forced out of health insurance they had,” McClatchy, 11/7/13)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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