Friday, December 20, 2013

Bazzomanifesto Update 12/20/13: 25 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) 
 Second-Hand Smoke Proven Harmless -- Again

2)  [Public Notices] Hello Yorktown Upcoming Events!  12/20 - 30 /2013

3) [Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board Agenda - December 23, 2013

4)  Yorktown Town Board adopts budget; okays State Land rezoning 12/17/13

5)   Westchester Legislators: Board Meeting Preview and Media Schedule for Week of December 22 2013

6)  Headlines: Daily Voice Yorktown: BOL Forms Bipartisan Leadership Coalition,Nominates Kaplowitz, Maisano
7)  DON'T LOSE YOUR STAR PROPERTY TAX BREAKS
8)  Assemblyman Katz Calls Sen. Schumer's Comments on Veterans' Pay Cuts "Deplorable"
9)  Stars & Stripes Across the 105th Assembly District
10)  Cox: Sexual Harassment is on Cuomo
11)  Christmas Eve at Blackstones Steakhouse!
12)  Westchester Legislators Chairman Jenkins Reflects on "Productive" 2012-2013 Legislative Term
13)  SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES ANOTHER $500K GRANT FOR HOMETOWN
14)  TONIGHT: SENATOR BALL HOSTS BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY JOBS FORUM
15)  SENATOR BALL’S LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE ANIMAL ABUSERS TO PAY FOR CARE OF SEIZED ANIMALS BECOMES LAW
16)  TURNING TRASH INTO CASH, SENATOR BALL HOSTS BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY JOBS FORUM
17) Jim Maisano: Big news today from Westchester Board of Legislators!
18)  SCHUMER ANNOUNCES VITAL FUNDING FOR  UPSTATE RURAL HOSPITALS & AMBULANCE PROVIDERS EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 1ST – STOP-GAP FUNDING IS KEY & ALLOWS TIME TO FIGHT FOR LONG-TERM FUNDING
19)  SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW YORK MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOW SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS COME JANUARY, THANKS TO SENATOR’S BILL TO EXEMPT FIRE HYDRANTS FROM ONEROUS NEW EPA RULE
20) You're Invited: Rob Astorino's Inaugural Gala 01/16/14
21)  AS WINTER SETS IN, SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP PREVENT DEATHS FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
22)  SCHUMER COMPLETES 62 COUNTY TOUR FOR 15TH YEAR IN A ROW WITH VISIT TO SARATOGA TRAIN STATION TO FIGHT FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SHORT-LINE RAIL TAX CREDIT
23) Bruce The Blog: Hocus Focus
24) Bruce The Blog: Have a Happy…

25) Frank Talks With Bruce The Blog On You Tube:

Male Retirees Stay Young at 'Old Guard of White Plains'


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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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Second-Hand Smoke Proven Harmless -- Again

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/12/19/second_hand_smoke_proven_harmless_again

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Town of Yorktown New York Hello Yorktown Upcoming Events! Yorktown Lions & American Legion Breakfast with Santa Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast/brunch with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty now on Sunday, December 22nd!! Your
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Today at 10:23 AM

Hello Yorktown Upcoming Events!

Yorktown Lions & American Legion Breakfast with Santa

Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast/brunch with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty now on Sunday, December 22nd!! Your children will have the opportunity to participate in holiday activities, visit with Santa, and take some great photos. Seatings are 8-9:30 am, 10-11:30 am, or 12-1:30 pm. All guests must have a reservation & all children must attend with a parent or other adult. Call Lion Maria Marks at 914-407-4162.
 

No Changes to Kitchen Refuse or Recycling Collection Dec 23-Jan 3

Please note that there are NO CHANGES to the Kitchen Refuse or Recycling collection schedules December 23 – 27 and December 30 – January 3. Recycling Tip: Recycle empty & flatten gift boxes, however wrapping paper is not recyclable.
 

All Town Offices Are Closed December 25th Only

 

No Hunting or Fishing Licenses Will Be Sold Between December 26, 2013 - January 2, 2014

This is due to the Department of Environmental Conservation's Automated Licensing System (DECALS) being down for transition to a new system.  
 

Christmas Trees will be picked up December 30 – January 17

Trees will be collected on your regular recycling days December 30th - January 17th.  Please be sure to remove all ornaments & metal items from the tree.  If you used a tree bag, once at curbside, remove the tree from the plastic bag.   Questions? Call (914) 245-4438.
 

Happy Holidays and Have a Great Week!

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Town of Yorktown New York Planning Board Agenda - December 23, 2013 PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA - TENTATIVE YORKTOWN COMMUNITY & CULTURAL CENTER 1974 Commerce Street, Room 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 December 23, 2013 7:30 PM Di
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Dec 19 at 2:58 PM

Planning Board Agenda - December 23, 2013

PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA - TENTATIVE
YORKTOWN COMMUNITY & CULTURAL CENTER
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
December 23, 2013
7:30 PM
Discussion
Correspondence
Liaison Reports
Minutes: December 19, 2013

WORK SESSION

BJ's Wholesale Propane Facility
SBL: 36.06-2-75
Discussion Special 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.
Staples Plaza
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Facade Improvements

Location: 3333 Crompond Road Contact: Anthony Romano
Description: Proposed new facade improvements.
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.
McCrossan & McGoldrick
SBL: 48.06-1-25
Town Board Referral

Location: 482 Underhill Avenue Contact: Al Capellini
Description: Request to operate a convalescent home at the premises.
 
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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Town Board
December 17, 2013
 
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo,org

1. Special meeting
The Board scheduled a special meeting for 12:30pm, December 31, in the event there is any last minute business that needs to be attended to.  .

2. 2014 Budget
In a unanimous vote, the Board adopted the 2014 Preliminary Budget that was unchanged from the Preliminary Budget adopted on November 21 and the subject of a public hearing on December 10.

3. State Land rezoning
The Board voted unanimously to rezone the southern 30 acres of the site to C-1 and leave the northern 70 acres unchanged as R1-160, 4-acre residential with the understanding that the northern portion will remain undeveloped, except for the possible future extension of the Bear Mountain Parkway north of the commercial development..

4. Personnel
With regret, the Board acknowledged the retirement of long time tax receiver Elfriede Schmid

5. Yorktown Stage
The Board approved a 10 year lease with 3% rent increases every two years.

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2013

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

 

Westchester Board of Legislators: Week of December 22

Board & Committee Meeting Preview and Media Schedule

 

 

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

 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

 

Westchester County Offices Closed for Christmas Day

 

Thursday, December 26, 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

 

 

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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Headlines: Daily Voice Yorktown: BOL Forms Bipartisan Leadership Coalition,Nominates Kaplowitz, Maisano

http://yorktown.dailyvoice.com/politics/bol-forms-bipartisan-leadership-coalition-nominates-kaplowitz-maisano
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ALL Basic Star Recipients:

DON'T LOSE YOUR STAR PROPERTY TAX BREAKS.
 
NYS REQUIRES EVERY HOMEOWNER WHO RECEIVES BASIC STAR TO REGISTER BY DECEMBER 31, 2013.

IF YOU DO NOT REGISTER YOU WILL LOSE YOUR TAX BREAKS.
 
IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE STATE...
 
CALL (518) 457- 2036 or
APPLY ONLINE http://www.tax.ny.gov

NOTE:
This does not apply to enhanced STAR which must be applied for every year!



Susanne Donnelly
Supervisor - Town of Ossining
16 Croton Ave
Ossining NY 10562
914-762-6001
sdonnelly@townofossining.com
Town of Ossining
16 Croton Ave
Ossining, NY 10562
914-762-6000
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2013
Contact Joseph Ahearn (914) 774-6856 Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
Assemblyman Katz Calls Sen. Schumer's Comments on
Veterans' Pay Cuts "Deplorable"
 
Assemblyman Katz today responded to Senator Schumer's remarks regarding veterans' pay cuts, calling them "deplorable" and "misguided."
 
The senator commented that he should not have to take a pay cut because he has not seen a pay increase "in a long time."
 
"Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you're going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount," Schumer said.
 
The plan would cut over $6 billion from veterans' benefits over the next 10 years.
 
"This type of action just before the holidays is absolutely tasteless," Katz continued. "Every senator makes $174,000, but the budget has to be balanced on the backs of those who defend and sacrificed for us because he hasn't gotten a raise 'in a long time?' This is why the American public has no faith in its government. I have consistently advocated for pay cuts to the legislature in New York, but clearly professional politicians in Washington have a different agenda. Our veterans deserve better."
 
Assemblyman Steve Katz represents the 94th Assembly District in New York.
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Kieran Michael Lalor Trouble viewing this email? Read it online Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor Dear Friends, As I traveled around the 105th Assembly District the past year, I snapped pictures of our flag proudly on disp
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Dec 19 at 10:36 AM
Trouble viewing this email? Read it online
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 

Dear Friends,

As I traveled around the 105th Assembly District the past year, I snapped pictures of our flag proudly on display on farms, at firehouses and on buildings.  It’s an inspiring sight to see the Stars & Stripes painted on the side of a village shop or floating majestically above a  park.  In these challenging times it makes me hopeful to see that so many revere the flag and all it stands for.  I picked the best of the pictures taken with my phone and created the Stars & Stripes Across the 105th Assembly District 2014 Calendar, which is produced at a local print shop.  Every town in the 105th Assembly District is represented.  

You can help my 2014 reelection campaign by purchasing a calendar for yourself or as gifts.  Each Stars & Stripes Across the 105th Assembly District 2014 Calendar is only $25 and shipping is free. You can order online here.




2014 Calendar or This Recruit



You can also support my campaign with a purchase of my book, This Recurit, chronicling my journey from high school teacher to US Marine. (see Amazon’s description of This Recruit below)
 
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If you would like a signed and personalized copy of This Recruit, just email me with how you would like the book inscribed after you purchase it (info@kmlny.com). This Recruit makes a great gift for anyone interested in how Marines are made.

Every contribution goes straight to my reelection campaign, helping us deliver our message right to voters and combating Governor Cuomo's liberal agenda. I need your help for 2014, please order today.????
AMAZON.COM DESCRIPTION OF THIS RECRUIT
"Just before the dawn of the Global War on Terror, Kieran Michael Lalor left his career as a high school social studies teacher, endeavoring to fulfill his lifelong dream. Lalor followed his father and brother’s footsteps into the United States Marine Corps. This Recruit presents Lalor’s nightly journal entries, beginning with the uneasy trip to the recruiter’s office and the eerily quiet midnight bus ride to Parris Island. Lalor describes the wicked combination of fatigue, nerves, disorientation, misery, loneliness, and homesickness that conspire to keep him from his goal—along with the hours of close order drill, push-ups, hand-to-hand combat training, the pit, and the unrelenting mind games.

Witness the nasty recruit-on-recruit infighting that results when young men struggle to survive while being pushed past their limits physically, mentally, and emotionally. Gaze at the target from the five hundred yard line on Qualification Day, when failure means at least an extra two weeks on the island and the added humiliation of failing the quintessential test of a Marine. Experience the rappel tower, night firing, the infiltration courses, and long, back-crushing humps. Struggle with Lalor and his platoon as they try to overcome the Crucible, the final obstacle before claiming the title of United States Marine."


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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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December 20, 2013
Cox: Sexual Harassment is on Cuomo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
ALBANY, NY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox released the following statement today after reports surfaced that another Democratic member of the State Assembly, Asm. Dennis Gabryszak, (D-Cheektowaga) was sexually abusing young female staffers.
 
Earlier this year, it was reveled that Asm. Michah Kellner (D-Manhattan) was harassing a female staff member, and Asm. Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) was forced out of the Assembly after it was revealed that his years-long pattern of sexually harassing female staff members was covered up by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
 
"While Sheldon Silver was fighting to hold power this summer after revelations that he covered up sexual abuse, yet another member of his Democrat caucus was abusing young female staff members," said Cox.
 
"The pattern of abuse facilitated by Sheldon Silver is a dark stain on our State. And when Andrew Cuomo was given the opportunity to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Silver and root our corruption in Albany, he opted instead for a political Moreland Commission to promote his political goal of taxpayer-funded campaigns.
 
"Today's reports prove that the Democrats' culture of corruption is alive and well in Albany. And Andrew Cuomo hasn't acted to stop it." 
 
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You can now book your Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve reservation!

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Greenwich, CT
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2013

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

 

Westchester Legislators Chairman Jenkins Reflects on “Productive” 2012-2013 Legislative Term

 

Cites smart financial decisions, protection of residents and defense of County laws

as top accomplishments

 

White Plains, NY – With the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) having concluded its last regular meeting of the year, BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) summed up the 2012-2013 term as a “productive” one that included smart financial decisions, protection of residents and defense of County laws and good governance as the top accomplishments.

 

“The Board of Legislators faced a number of difficult challenges in the past two years, and accomplished a great deal under trying circumstances” Jenkins noted. “While holding the line on an increase in the County tax levy, we were able to fight for and secure funding for important safety net programs that are right for Westchester. We pushed back on borrowing for operating costs and added to our fund balance in an effort to maintain our top credit rating. It was productive term, but not without needless difficulties.”

 

Instead of enjoying a legislative term marked by friendly collaboration with County Executive Robert P. Astorino and his administration, the BOL often was left in the dark during crucial instances, Jenkins noted, where working together could have improved different situations. The BOL never participated in discussions with the credit ratings agencies to protect the County’s bond rating, or to finalize the Playland re-vitalization plans, or defuse the conflict with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. District Attorney over compliance with the fair and affordable housing settlement. Also, the Administration often stalled the sharing of important information with the BOL.

 

“The Board of Legislators has been ready to work with the Administration every step of the way on so many important issues so that the business of the County can be conducted officially and legally,” said Jenkins. “The elected officials in the co-equal branch of government should be integral and complementary to the governing process, not under-utilized or expressly ignored.”

 

Nonetheless, the BOL approved capital projects and budget additions that proactively helped shore up infrastructure, mitigate flood and stormwater issues, fix bridges and roadways, and repair damage following the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. One of the projects, sponsored by Jenkins, involves an evaluation of burying power transmission and service lines underground at the County’s facilities in the Northern Westchester communities that are particularly vulnerable to outages following severe weather events.

 

“Now is the time to start investing in projects that will safeguard our residents and business owners,” said Jenkins. “We cannot simply sit idly by and then turn to the federal government for assistance after the fact. It’s time to protect our infrastructure. Otherwise, the overall public safety here in Westchester is being compromised.”

 

All in all, the Westchester County Board of Legislators passed over $220 million in approved bonds for capital projects for the 2012-2013 legislative, more than double of the $101,546,000 for the bond acts approved by the BOL during the 2010-2011 term.

 

Finding ways to save money for taxpayers and streamline government for the future, the BOL approved several landmark bills regarding public safety, planning and information technology in recent years to spur the trend toward shared services around Westchester. In total, the BOL approved 43 different shared services bills in the 2012-2013 legislative term involving senior programs, affordable housing, prisoner transportation, use of the County’s firing range, youth development programs, school resource officers and fire suppression training.

“As municipalities and school districts look for ways to lower costs to taxpayers, the regional government is essential in providing cost-effective, high-quality services that can reduce taxes,” said Jenkins. “We will continue to look for more smart solutions in terms of reducing spending to benefit the county’s taxpayers.”

Long-range improvements and significant actions from the BOL in 2012-2013 to steer Westchester toward a more prosperous future would include signing a lease with the Children’s Museum, which is now a part of the Playland Improvement Plan, said Jenkins, and approving the County Local Development Corporation to help encourage economic growth.

 

Other accomplishments focused on protecting residents and helping those in need. The BOL fought the County Executive’s effort to increase the parent share for day care and successfully kept it at 20% for 2012; and for the first time in four years successfully opened Title XX day care program for more children by adding $900,000 to the 2014 Budget. In addition, a Safe Clinic Access bill was approved (later vetoed by Astorino), a County registry for animal abusers was established, and a law was passed to stop service workers from being displaced from their jobs by new employees.

 

“Standing up for what’s right is not always easy, but that’s what elected officials in all levels of government are expected to do,” said Jenkins. “Whether it’s helping working mothers keep their jobs or fighting to stop funds from being cut for eviction counseling and after school programs for at-risk kids, it’s important to put the well-being of our residents first.”

 

Jenkins remarked that the County Executive and his staff’s continuous disregard of the County Charter and laws approved by the BOL led to lawsuits that could have been avoided.

 

“The bigger issue, though, is the integrity of our government and its laws, something my colleagues on the Board should also be mindful of,” said Jenkins. “Once the separation of powers in government is compromised, you loosen the system of checks and balances that keeps our democracy strong.”

 

 Additional news and photos available at www.westchesterlegislators.com/newsroom

Join our Facebook fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/westchestercountyBOL  | Follow us on Twitter: @westchesterBOL

 
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­­FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796

SENATOR BALL ANNOUNCES ANOTHER $500K GRANT FOR HOMETOWN
Brewster, N.Y. – 12/18/2013 – 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 $500,000 for Pawling, specifically the Castagna Commerce Park project in Pawling, NY.
“Time flies and I actually remember reading about the plans for the old Rod and Gun Club in Pawling when I was a teenager. That was a long time ago. Needless to say, this project is long, long overdue and the affordable senior housing for local seniors is needed immediately. I am happy to team up with all of Pawling's stakeholders and elected officials and the Pawling Chamber of Commerce, including Peter Cris, to help make this project a reality, bringing much needed economic development and good paying jobs to my hometown,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Not long ago I worked to successfully secure $500,000 for this project, and I am now proud to say that I have successfully secured an additional $500,000 through the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.”
Castagna Commerce Park is a planned mixed use multi-phased development consisting of medical office, retail, senior housing and assisted living facilities estimated to break ground in the summer or fall of 2014.
This first phase will include 80 senior housing rental units and 67,000 square feet of medical offices. Phase II, planned for a 2015 start, will include an additional 100 senior housing townhomes.  Phase III will be additional medical offices and Phase IV is planned to be 220 additional senior housing units and 200,000 square feet of retail and hotel space.
Pawling Supervisor David Kelly was quoted as saying, “the Castagna Commerce Park, including the Hamlet at Pawling, addresses several needs of the community; senior housing, increased tax revenue, and jobs. We both understand the needs of our constituents and strive to address those needs on a daily basis.  It has been a pleasure to work with Senator Ball to improve the economic vitality of the Senator’s hometown and the Harlem Valley as a whole.”
“The Pawling Chamber of Commerce is excited with the announcement of the $500,000 awarded to ensure the continuation of infrastructure for Castagna Commerce Park and its multiple phases including additional senior housing, medical office and retail space,” said Peter Cris, President Pawling Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber appreciates the extraordinary efforts of Senator Ball to secure this funding that will result in job growth and tax revenue for the Pawling Community. This is a great model for economic development that will benefit Pawling, Dutchess County and the entire region."
“Castagna Realty would like to thank Senator Ball for his work in securing the additional funding to expand Pawling’s infrastructure. The funding will ensure the continuation of Castagna Commerce Park’s future phases including additional senior housing, medical office, retail, and a hotel as well as the future growth for all of Pawling and Dutchess County,” said John Gutleber, President and CEO Castagna Realty. “We look forward to working with the Senator, the Pawling Community, and all of Pawling’s municipalities and their boards in the additional phases of the Castagna Wellness Center to create jobs, taxes, and sustainable economic development over the next few years.”
This project is a significant addition to the overall economic development of Pawling and provides significant benefits to the town, including 1,823 construction jobs, 898 permanent jobs and cumulative tax revenue of over $5 million dollars over the five years of development.
The funds secured for the project come from a total $59.6 million that the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) was awarded this year. Over the past three years, the Mid-Hudson REDC has delivered $219.4 million for over a hundred job creation and community development projects in the Hudson Valley. The first year, the Mid-Hudson Region received $67 million, the second year, they received $92.8 million and this year they received $59.6 million for job-creating projects.
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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Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796        
 
***MEDIA ADVISORY***
***Thursday, December 19th at 7:00 PM***
TONIGHT: SENATOR BALL HOSTS BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY JOBS FORUM
Brewster, N.Y. – (12/19/2013) – Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will be hosting a community briefing regarding sustainable energy development, specifically biomass energy, and it’s prospects for creating good paying jobs throughout New York State tonight at 7 PM at the Putnam Valley Town Hall.
Biomass energy is an innovative and environmentally friendly technology aimed at adding “recover” to the common environmental lexicon of  “reduce, re-use, recycle.” The biomass process involves a revolutionary change in the haul and dump method. While many profess solutions to “going green” and being a piece of our environmental and energy solution, biomass is a holistic approach that limits our carbon footprint while efficiently creating, clean and sustainable energy.
Biomass allows, post sorting, for nearly 97% of our waste to be processed through a zero emission, zero energy used gasification process. Biomass effectively eliminates most of our waste while creating affordable energy. One such biomass plant can be a sustainable energy source for nearly 30,000 residential homes.
“Currently, we are paying folks to transport our waste a great distance away.  This process revolutionizes the entire waste process by creating a real value around our refuse, literally turning our trash into cash. We continue to utilize an outdated process to dispose of garbage and waste that is harmful to the environment and not economically sound,” said Senator Greg Ball. “In my eight years in public life, I have never stumbled upon such an amazing opportunity to create jobs and clean up the environment, contemporaneously. This unique process is revolutionary and has been building for some time under the leadership of former Congresswoman Sue Kelly and others. I am organizing this meeting so we can learn how this new innovative and environmentally friendly process can benefit our area with good paying jobs, by turning our waste into energy, while protecting and preserving the environment.”
The meeting will be hosted at the Putnam Valley Town Hall on Thursday December 19th at 7 PM. For more information about the meeting contact Senator Greg Ball’s Director of Operations Colin Schmitt at (845) 279-3773 or cschmitt@nysenate.gov.
James Taylor Jr, President & CEO of Taylor Biomass Energy located in Montgomery, NY, will give the presentation on Biomass energy. Over the last two decades, Taylor Biomass Energy has developed and refined its proprietary “Taylor Sorting and Separating Process” technology, taking recycling to its best and highest use. Developing new technology to convert biomass into energy for commercial use is the next step in a long tradition of environmental stewardship and innovation.
Developing new technology to convert biomass into energy for commercial use is the next step in a long tradition of environmental stewardship and innovation.
“I am very pleased to share with the people of Putnam County a new and different way of viewing waste. Waste has value and shouldn’t just be relegated to the sidelines of our society or underground,” said James Taylor. “We can no longer afford to keep wasting our waste and I’m excited to show Putnam County the alternatives that exist and the benefits of implementing those alternatives.”
“It is my priority to team up with ventures like Taylor Biomass and folks like Senator Greg Ball to help cut through government red tape and invest in innovative private-public partnerships to make alternative energy sources like biomass a reality, creating hundreds of jobs in the Hudson Valley and developing clean, renewable energy,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18).
Who: Senator Ball, James Taylor Jr, President & CEO of Taylor Biomass Energy, Local Elected Officials, Community Partners
What: Community Briefing on Biomass Energy
When: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7 PM
Where: Putnam Valley Town Hall, 265 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY
 
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
SENATOR BALL’S LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE ANIMAL ABUSERS TO PAY FOR CARE OF SEIZED ANIMALS BECOMES LAW
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Brewster, N.Y. – 12/19/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that his legislation (S2665B), a bill that will require animal abusers to pay for the cost of care for abused animals that have been seized, has been signed by the Governor and will now become law.
Following the recent reports of animal cruelty statewide, Senator Ball said this legislation couldn’t come at a better time.
“It seems as though weekly we are disturbed by even more heinous accounts of animal cruelty. These reports are heartbreaking and underline the exact need for this new law. This law will now enable courts to hold hearings to compensate impounding organizations for their services, which will in turn help continue to provide care to abused animals,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I would like to thank my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly for supporting this important piece of legislation to hold those that abuse animals accountable. Along with child predators, animal abusers are some of the lowest forms of human life. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law today. Let us remember that those who commit crimes against animals often expand their carnage to their neighbors and the larger community.”
Often in cases of animal cruelty, a law enforcement agent seizes animals. Afterward, housing and care for these animals must be found. Historically, organizations such as shelters, humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals and rescue organizations have assisted law enforcement by providing care for these animals. Such organizations have provided services often with little or no reimbursement.
The financial burden of caring for many animals, often for lengthy periods of time, is forcing some organizations to decline assisting law enforcement, refusing to place seized animals. Where there is no organization to care for seized animals, law enforcement is less likely to conduct seizures and animals remain in abusive situations and conditions.
The legislation was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, (D-Scarsdale).
“These people have abused these animals and that is horrible in and of itself. They should be punished to the greatest extent of the law because of what they have done. In addition, they need to be financially responsible and must shoulder the burden monetarily to provide the resources that will allow these poor animals to be nursed back to health,” said Assemblywoman Paulin.
“All too often those housing seized animals are punished for taking in animals involved in cases of animal cruelty. This new law will allow these organizations, that are often overcrowded and underfunded, to recoup a reasonable cost for the care of these animals. I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for spearheading this legislation along with a host of other laws that ultimately aid in the prevention of animal cruelty,” said Chief Ken Ross of the Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department.
“Several long-standing deficiencies in our state’s law have unfairly burdened animal shelters who provide an invaluable service caring for victims of animal abuse,” said Bill Ketzer, Senior Legislative Director for the ASPCA’s Northeast region. “This legislation will provide stronger support for shelters in need to continue providing emergency care to animals while the corresponding criminal cases develop. The ASPCA thanks Senator Ball for his work on this bill, and we applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this important measure into law.”
“Shelters are already very overcrowded and underfunded. Any help they can get to care for these animals is well needed,” said Lisa Giordano, Mahopac resident and Chairwoman of Senator Greg Ball’s Animal Advisory Council. “I salute Senator Ball for working on this law and others to protect our furry little friends. I would also like to thank the Governor and the rest of the legislature for approving this law.”
Although New York’s current security posting law is intended to alleviate some of the financial burden on agencies and organizations, it does not always achieve that result. Currently, security posting is discretionary and courts sometimes do not require it, even when the requisite burden of proof has been met. Impounding organizations, currently, must file a petition to obtain a security posting. Often, however, they do not have legal counsel and are unaware that they have the option to seek a security posting.
Senator Greg Ball has also recently passed legislation through the Senate (S2305A) that, would require those that violate Buster’s Law, by abusing an animal, register his or her name and address to a public registry, undergo a psychiatric evaluation and prevent them from owning a pet again.
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
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TURNING TRASH INTO CASH, SENATOR BALL HOSTS BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY JOBS FORUM
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Putnam Valley, N.Y. – (12/20/2013) – Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, hosted a community briefing regarding sustainable energy development, specifically biomass energy, and it’s prospects for creating good paying jobs throughout New York State. Supervisor Bob Tendy accommodated the forum on Thursday evening at the Putnam Valley Town Hall.
Biomass energy is an innovative and environmentally friendly technology aimed at adding “recover” to the common environmental lexicon of  “reduce, re-use, recycle.” The biomass process involves a revolutionary change in the haul and dump method. While many profess solutions to “going green” and being a piece of our environmental and energy solution, biomass is a holistic approach that limits our carbon footprint while efficiently creating, clean and sustainable energy.
Biomass allows, post sorting, for nearly 97% of our waste to be processed through a zero emission, zero energy used gasification process. Biomass effectively eliminates most of our waste while creating affordable energy. One such biomass plant can be a sustainable energy source for nearly 30,000 residential homes.
“Currently, we are paying folks to transport our waste a great distance away.  This process revolutionizes the entire waste process by creating a real value around our refuse, literally turning our trash into cash. We continue to utilize an outdated process to dispose of garbage and waste that is harmful to the environment and not economically sound,” said Senator Greg Ball. “In my eight years in public life, I have never stumbled upon such an amazing opportunity to create jobs and clean up the environment, contemporaneously. This unique process is revolutionary and has been building for some time under the leadership of former Congresswoman Sue Kelly and others. I am organizing this meeting so we can learn how this new innovative and environmentally friendly process can benefit our area with good paying jobs, by turning our waste into energy, while protecting and preserving the environment.”
James Taylor Jr, President & CEO of Taylor Biomass Energy located in Montgomery, NY, gave the presentation on Biomass energy. Over the last two decades, Taylor Biomass Energy has developed and refined its proprietary “Taylor Sorting and Separating Process” technology, taking recycling to its best and highest use. Developing new technology to convert biomass into energy for commercial use is the next step in a long tradition of environmental stewardship and innovation.
Developing new technology to convert biomass into energy for commercial use is the next step in a long tradition of environmental stewardship and innovation.
“I am very pleased to share with the people of Putnam County a new and different way of viewing waste. Waste has value and shouldn’t just be relegated to the sidelines of our society or underground,” said James Taylor. “We can no longer afford to keep wasting our waste and I’m excited to show Putnam County the alternatives that exist and the benefits of implementing those alternatives.”
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said his goal is to work together to make new and innovate energy sources like biomass a reality.
“It is my priority to team up with ventures like Taylor Biomass and folks like Senator Greg Ball to help cut through government red tape and invest in innovative private-public partnerships to make alternative energy sources like biomass a reality, creating hundreds of jobs in the Hudson Valley and developing clean, renewable energy,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18).
Legislator Sam Oliverio and Legislator Dini LoBue attended the forum to represent the Putnam County Legislature. Legislator Oliverio said he was very excited about the new technology.
“The amazing thing here is that you are getting rid of waste while at the same time creating energy, that has always fascinated me. Using something undesirable and making it into something that is desirable,” said Legisaltor Oliverio. “Senator Ball has impressed me over the years with his innovative and future sighted focused. I was very impressed and I thank the Senator for hosting this forum.”
 
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Dear Friends & Neighbors:

I have an important announcement to share - today, I proudly join with a bipartisan team of county legislators in advocating for new leadership in the 2014-15 term of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL). We are a bipartisan majority team of 9 legislators supporting Mike Kaplowitz (Dem) for Chair and me (Rep) for Vice Chair. Mike and I are thankful for the team's confidence and support. We share a combined 32 years of legislative service and are excited to use our experience to ensure our legislature functions in a professional, collegial and bipartisan manner. We will put governing over politics and will involve all legislators in the BOL's operations. Today, our coalition includes 9 legislators, but the door is open to any legislator that would like to join us. Our team will demonstrate strong legislative oversight of the county executive and his administration, but will do so in less political and partisan manner, while placing an emphasis on working through differences in a serious and productive way.

The vote for Chair and Vice Chair is set for 7pm on January 6, 2014 at the BOL. We hope it will be a historic night.

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:                                         CONTACT: Meredith Kelly
December 18, 2013                                                                             202.224.7433
 
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES VITAL FUNDING FOR  UPSTATE RURAL HOSPITALS & AMBULANCE PROVIDERS EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 1ST – STOP-GAP FUNDING IS KEY & ALLOWS TIME TO FIGHT FOR LONG-TERM FUNDING
Schumer Legislation to Extend Payments to 22 NY Rural Hospitals & Payments to Ambulance Service Providers Gets Extension Through April 1st With Passage of Bipartisan Budget Deal
 
Schumer Will Fight For Permanent Payments to Rural Hospitals & 5 Year Extension for Ambulance Providers In Coming Months – Without This Extension, Funding for Hospitals & Ambulance Services That Treat High Number of Medicare Patients Would Have Suffered

Schumer: Upstate NY Hospitals & Ambulance Providers Can Rest Easy That Critical Medicare Funding Will Last Into New Year
 
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that his priorities to extend two Medicare payment programs that are critical to rural hospitals, and his legislation to continue payments to ambulance service providers has been extended through April 1, 2014. Schumer explained that he fought to include both bills in the Sustainable Growth Rate legislation, which passed out of the Senate Finance Committee last Thursday. A three month extension of SGR and other health programs was attached to today’s bipartisan budget agreement, which passed the Senate with a vote of 64-36, and will now go to the President’s desk for his signature. Schumer noted that this stop gap funding is critical, given that the 22 Low-Volume and Medicare-Dependent hospitals in New York had already seen their payments expire on September 30, 2013, and ambulance providers’ payments are set to expire on December 31, 2013. Schumer will use the upcoming months to fight for long-term funding for each program. 

“It’s great news that our rural Upstate New York hospitals and ambulance service providers will continue to receive critical Medicare funding into the New Year, thanks to the extension of the programs in the just-passed bipartisan budget agreement,” said Senator Schumer. “With this stop-gap funding in place, I can now fight for long-term funding for these life-saving programs so that Upstate New York residents can receive top-notch health and emergency care, and so that our hospitals and ambulance providers are fairly compensated for their work.”

Ambulance Program: 
The budget bill will continue critical Medicare payments for ambulance providers across Upstate New York, until April 1st. If these cuts had occurred on January 1st,  they would have hampered ambulance providers’ ability to provide reliable, life-saving services and to invest in the newest medical equipment and procedures for their vehicles. Currently, Medicare payments to private, non-profit, and volunteer ambulance providers barely keep up with the cost of equipment upgrades, and the funds were 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.
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.
 
Low-Volume Hospital Program - Low volume hospitals are those that are critical to the community but may not serve a high volume of patients. 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. 
 
·         Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital
·         Jones Memorial Hospital
·         Chenango Memorial Hospital
·         St. James Mercy Hospital
·         Wyoming County Community Health System
·         Orleans Community Health
·         Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital
·         Adirondack Medical Center
·         E.J. Noble Hospital of Gouverneur
·         Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
·         Canton-Potsdam Hospital
·         Massena Memorial Hospital
·         Lewis County General Hospital
·         Carthage Area Hospital
·         Cobleskill Regional Hospital
·         Community Memorial Hospital
·         Oneida Healthcare Center
·         Eastern Long Island Hospital
·         Alice Hyde Medical Center
 
Medicare-Dependent Hospital 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.
 
·         Nathan Littauer Hospital
·         Chenango Memorial Hospital
·         St. Joseph’s Hospital of Elmira
·         Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital
·         Corning Hospital
·         St. Mary’s Healthcare (Amsterdam)
 
 
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                                                    CONTACT: Meredith Kelly
December 18, 2013                                                                                                   202.224.7433
 
SCHUMER REVEALS: NEW YORK MUNICIPALITIES WILL NOW SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS COME JANUARY, THANKS TO SENATOR’S BILL TO EXEMPT FIRE HYDRANTS FROM ONEROUS NEW EPA RULE 

Schumer Has Recently Taken Serious Issue with the Federal EPA’s Rules, Released in October, That Apply New Standards for the Amount of Lead That Fire Hydrants Can Contain, Due to the Very Rare Occurrence That They Provide Drinking Water
 
Schumer Announces that Thanks to Legislation, Which Passed the Senate Last Night, Fire Hydrants Are Permanently Exempt from Reduced-Lead Standards – Otherwise, on January 4, 2014 New York State Municipalities Would Have Been Forced to Purchase A New Stock of Hydrants, Costing $1,200+ Each
 
Schumer Reveals That in WNY, Municipalities Will Save Over $480K; in Central NY, Over $425K; in the Hudson Valley $400K, in the Capital Region $80K; in the Finger Lakes $400K; in the North Country $42K; in the Southern Tier $60K; Over $450K on Long Island
 
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that thanks to just-passed legislation, the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013, municipalities across New York State will no longer be forced to throw out and replace millions of dollars-worth of in stock fire hydrants after January 4, 2014. Specifically, Schumer announced that legislation, which passed the Senate last night by unanimous consent, will permanently exempt fire hydrants from reduced-lead standards and overturn a recent EPA rule to the contrary. The House of Representatives passed a companion bill last week, sponsored by Representative Paul Tonko, and the law will now go to the President’s desk for signature.
 
Schumer explained that on October 22nd, the EPA released its interpretation of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011, and for the first time disclosed that fire hydrants will be subject to new reduced lead standards, due to the very rare occurrence that hydrants provide drinking water. Schumer said that that this sudden mandate by the EPA had taken local water authorities, public safety officials, and hydrant manufacturers by surprise across the country, demonstrated by the tens of thousands of hydrants – at $1,200 or more a piece – that are sitting in their stockyards ready for installation. Schumer also noted that members of Congress did not intend for hydrants to be included in the new reduced-lead drinking water standards when the law was originally written, noting that bath tub and shower parts are not forced to comply.
 
“The EPA’s sudden mandate to include fire hydrants, which are not a prime source for drinking water, in their reduced-lead standards was a classic case of federal bureaucracy unwisely harming our local communities and their budgets.  Thankfully, common sense prevailed and members from both parties and both houses came together to pass this bill that saves municipalities across New York millions of dollars in costs that would otherwise be flushed away,” said Schumer.  “I thank my colleagues in the Senate and Representative Tonko in the House for advancing this legislation; it was a commonsense measure and the right thing to do, since the costs outweighed any potential safety benefit.  Last night’s passage was a huge win for local governments across New York who can now avoid needless waste, and for average New Yorkers who are now spared potential rate hikes in the New Year.”
 
Last night, the Senate approved by unanimous consent the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this December.  The House bill was introduced by Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY).  Schumer and Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) had offered a bill identical to the House measure, but used the House bill because it could pass the upper chamber more quickly, which was essential with only a few days left to legislate this year.
 
Schumer noted that more than just costs were spared, because hydrants must undergo third-party testing to ensure that they meet standards for effectiveness of a hydrant’s fire-fighting capacity.  If the mandate had remained in place, cities and towns might not have been able to secure compliant replacement hydrants in time to meet the new standards.  So if a fire hydrant was damaged after January 4th and needed to be replaced, the municipality may have been unable to do so, due to a lack of compliant hydrants in reserve.  Schumer explained that New Yorkers actually may have been put at risk by the new rule, especially given the increased need for replacement hydrants during the winter months.
 
Passage of the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013 means that hydrants are permanently exempt from the reduced lead standard and municipalities throughout the state can use their stockpile of fire hydrants, which will save them millions of dollars, prevent rate hikes on water utilities, and will save countless cities, towns and water districts the labor costs and man hours it would have taken to salvage parts and dispense of non-compliant hydrants.  Schumer provided local data on the amount of money municipalities will save thanks to this legislation:
 
Capital Region:
According to local officials in the Capital Region, at least $80,000 in reserve hydrants and parts can now be used after January 4th:
·           Albany has 5 hydrants in reserve worth approximately $8,000;
·           Colonie has approximately 40 hydrants in reserve, valued at $48,000;
·           Saratoga Springs has 7 hydrants, valued at $10,500;
·           Troy has 7 reserve hydrants, costing $8,400;
·           Schenectady has 2 hydrants in reserve, valued at $2,400, but the city plans to install them this week in order to avoid wasting them once the law takes effect in January.
Western New York:
According to Western New York officials, at least $554,900 in stockpiled hydrants and parts in Western New York can now be used after January 4th:
·         The City of Dunkirk has 3 hydrants in reserve, valued at $3,600;
·         The City of Jamestown has 18 hydrants in reserve, costing $21,600;
·         The City of Niagara Falls Water Department has 33 hydrants in reserve, valued at $1,600 apiece, as well as $50,000 in parts, for a total of $102,800;
·         The City of Lockport Water Department has 12 hydrants in reserve at $1,200 apiece, and $10,000 worth of parts, for a total of$24,400;
·         The City of North Tonawanda has 7 hydrants in reserve at $2,000 apiece, plus $6,000 in parts, for a total of $20,000;
·         The Erie County Water Authority has 73 new replacement hydrants valued at $109,000; 200 incomplete hydrants they use for parts valued at $100,000; and an additional $100,000 in new parts, for a total of $309,000;
·         The City of Olean has 9 spare hydrants - at $1,500 each – plus an addition $30,000 in replacement parts, for a total of $43,500;
·         The City of Salamanca has 5 hydrants - at $2,000 each – plus and additional $20,000 in replacement parts for a total of $30,000.
Rochester-Finger Lakes:
In sum, at least $420,000 in spare hydrants and parts can now be used after January 4th:
·         The City of Rochester now has 100 complete hydrants in stock at a cost of $1,200 each, plus an additional $100,000 worth of hydrant spare parts and brass fittings, for a total of $220,000;
·         Monroe County Water Authority also has an estimated $200,000 worth of spare hydrants and parts now in inventory that can now be used. 
Central New York:
In total, at least $425,000 in hydrants and parts can now be used after January 4th:
·         Specifically, Onondaga County now owns and operates 14,000 complete hydrants and has over 200 hydrants in reserve, at a cost of $1,200 each, for a total of $240,000;
·         The City of Syracuse has 5,500 hydrants and keeps parts and spare hydrants in stock, at an estimated cost of $160,000; 
·         Oneida County – represented by the Mohawk Valley Water Authority – has 12 hydrants in stock and more in parts, for a total of$25,000 in value.  
North Country:
In sum, at least $40,200 in replacement hydrants can now be used after January 4th:
·         According to city officials, Plattsburgh has 18 reserve hydrants and they estimate replacement cost at between $1,800 and $2,000 apiece, or approximately $34,200;
·         Glens Falls has 5 hydrants in reserve at an estimated cost of $6,000
Southern Tier:
In sum, at least $75,600 in stockpiled hydrants in Binghamton and Ithaca can now be used after January 4th:
·         According to Binghamton officials, the City has 40 hydrants in reserve, at approximately $1,500 apiece. The City estimates that it would cost upwards of $12,000 in labor costs to break down the existing inventory for parts, if they would have been forced to comply with the new interpretation, for a total of $60,000;
·         Ithaca has 13 hydrants in inventory, costing $15,600.
Hudson Valley:
According to local officials in the Cities of Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, and Yonkers, at least $411,525 can now be used after January 4th:
·         Newburgh has 8 hydrants in reserve, worth approximately $2,000 apiece, for a total of $16,000;
·         Kingston has an estimated 3 hydrants in reserve, valued at a total of $2,400, and approximately $15,000 in parts, for a total of $22,200;
·         Poughkeepsie has 25 new hydrants in reserve, worth $4,125 apiece, for a total of $103,125;
·         Yonkers has approximately 100 hydrants in reserve – at between $2,500 and $3,000 apiece – for an averaged total cost of $275,000.
New York City:
New York City estimates that it would have had to throw out over 1,300 hydrants and hydrant parts worth over $1 million, and spend even more in taxpayer money to buy new hydrants that comply to EPA standards. In total, the city would have wasted over 1,300 man hours in the process. Now both labor and stockpile costs have been saved thanks to the passage of the legislation.
 
Long Island:
Suffolk County Water Authority alone estimates they would have had to throw out $450,000 worth of hydrants and hydrant parts, and spend even more in ratepayer money to buy new hydrants that comply to EPA standards.  Nassau County faced a similar situation. It would have taken hundreds of man hours to order and replace the stock already in existence.  Now both labor and stockpile costs have been saved thanks to the passage of the legislation.
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Friends,

In 2013, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was reelected by twelve points.  If Republicans are winning in two-to-one Democratic counties like Westchester, we can win in two-to-one Democratic New York State next year.

Join County Executive Rob Astorino as he rings in his second term at his Inaugural Winter Gala on January 16.  Details on the invitation below (click it for a high-res version).

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                            CONTACT:
 Meredith Kelly
December 17, 2013                                                                                         202-224-7433
 
 
AS WINTER SETS IN, SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP PREVENT DEATHS FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
 
Schumer Bill Would Allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to Provide Support for Public Safety Education and Installment of Safe and Reliable Carbon Monoxide Detectors Across the Country
 
National Legislation will Help Encourage Other States to Adopt Protections Like New York’s “Amanda’s Law” To Encourage Use of CO Detectors
 
Schumer: I am Proud to Join Amanda’s Family in Saying ‘Be a Protector, Get a CO Detector’
 
As winter sets in, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer joined his colleague Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce legislation to help prevent deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in New York. The legislation would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to publish new standards, provide support for public safety education and encourage installation of safe and reliable carbon monoxide detectors. The legislation would require the CPSC to establish a grant program to provide assistance to states and local governments to implement such changes. Schumer has fought for additional safeguards as it relates to carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly on behalf of Amanda Hansen of Buffalo, NY. Amanda tragically lost her life in January of 2009 to carbon monoxide poisoning, and Schumer has been working with her family to implement national legislation that could support and expand upon New York’s Amanda’s Law.
 
“Carbon monoxide poisoning is an indiscriminant and stealthy killer, so we cannot remain silent about the danger it poses, especially when winter rolls in and oil and gas heaters are more heavily in use,” said Schumer.  “That’s why our legislation steps up federal support for both public education and carbon monoxide detection, which will give American families the tools they need to detect carbon monoxide risk before it can cause harm. Amanda Hansen’s family and friends have worked hard to pass a similar law here in New York State, and I am proud to now help them continue that effort at the federal level.”
 
“We are so excited to begin this important effort with Senator Schumer” said Ken Hansen, Amanda’s father. “We have worked hard to pass important legislation at the State level and now, with Senator Schumer’s help, we are hopeful that families across the country will become more aware of the dangers posed by carbon monoxide poisoning.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 400 deaths and 20,000 emergency room visits as a result of CO poisoning each year and the highest percentage of CO exposures occurs during the winter months of December, January, and February.  Especially dangerous in places like Upstate New York is the risk of poisoning associated with running an automobile engine in an attached garage or burning charcoal in the house.
 
Amanda Hansen passed away at the age of 16 from carbon monoxide poisoning while at a friend's house for a sleepover. In her memory, her family formed the Amanda Hansen Foundation which worked to pass “Amanda’s Law” in New York State, requiring that all homes have at least one CO detector. In addition New York State declared January as Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Awareness Month. Schumer’s bill, which would help provide more federal support to awareness campaigns on this issue and which will encourage more states to adopt legislation like “Amanda’s Law” is another important step in that effort.
 
In addition to their legislative efforts, the Amanda Hansen Foundation has raised funds to provide CO detectors to families that cannot otherwise afford them across Western New York and is continuing to work to raise awareness on this important issue. 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                     CONTACT: 
Meredith Kelly
December 16, 2013                                                                                                     202.224.7433
SCHUMER COMPLETES 62 COUNTY TOUR FOR 15TH YEAR IN A ROW WITH VISIT TO SARATOGA TRAIN STATION TO FIGHT FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SHORT-LINE RAIL TAX CREDIT
Upon His Election to the Senate in 1998, Schumer Made A Pledge To Visit Every Single New York County Each Year – After 15 Years, The Tradition Continues 

Many Achievements Include Passage of $60 Billion Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, Rescheduling of Hydrocodone to a Schedule II Drug, Senate Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform & Launch of USDA Greek Yogurt Pilot Program in NY Schools

Schumer Calls Tour Essential To His Work In U.S. Capitol – Pledges To Complete Another 62-County Tour In 2014
Today, with his visit to Saratoga Train Station, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer completed his 15th consecutive 62 county tour of New York – a feat that makes him the first New York state public official to visit every single county in New York every year he has been in office. Schumer highlighted some of the year’s biggest accomplishments including passage of the $60 billion Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, the Senate passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the rescheduling of hydrocodone to a Schedule II Drug, the launch of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Greek Yogurt pilot program serving New York yogurt at New York’s schools, and much more.
 
Over the course of the year, Schumer made over 230 visits to Upstate New York and Long Island.  He visited the Capital Region 25 times; the Southern Tier 14 times; Western New York 22 times; the Hudson Valley 41 times; Long Island 64 times; the Rochester Finger Lakes Region 28 times; Central New York 24 times, and the North Country 12 times.      
 
“Crisscrossing the state, seeing old and new faces, and hearing firsthand from New York parents, business owners, medical researchers, manufacturers, teachers and so many others is one of the most important things that I do as a Senator, and is a huge part of how I work to solve the problems we face as a state and a country. This tradition, now in its 15th year, truly makes me a better public servant to my constituents, and traveling across New York’s 62 counties each year also reminds me that there isn’t a tougher and more hardworking state in the nation. I’m confident that next year will be a great year for New York, and I’m excited to kick off the 16th 62-county tour next month.”
 
Today Schumer’s office issued a report, attached to this release, detailing his achievements for the past year.
 
Some of the highlights include:
 
Capital Region
 
Played Key Role in Bringing Apple chip Manufacturing to Upstate New York: Schumer brought Apple CEO Tim Cook and GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha together for the first time in his Washington, DC office.   Schumer and Manocha pushed Cook on GlobalFoundries belief that more chip design and manufacturing should be “reshored” here in America.   Schumer pushed Cook, to look at opportunities with GlobalFoundries in Malta.   In November, it was reported that GlobalFoundries will partner with Apple and Samsung to produce “A-chips” for Apple’s future generation iPhones.
 
After the rail disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec, Called on the USDOT to Create Plan to Retrofit or Phase-out the DOT-111 rail tank car, which has been proven to be flawed, but is used to carry hazardous & flammable materials through New York each and every day.  The Capital Region in particular has a high frequency of freight rail carrying crude oil and ethanol from the Midwest to the Port of Albany and refineries in New Jersey.  After Schumer’s call, the DOT convened a safety advisory committee to work on new recommendations for the cars and has proposed a new rule that incorporates concepts pushed by Schumer – it would consider retrofitting/phase out of the flawed DOT-111 design.  In addition, after Schumer’s efforts, the American Association of Railroads agreed to support necessary safety improvements or an “aggressive phase-out” of old tank cars carrying flammable liquids. Schumer remains engaged on the issue, and submitted formal comments as part of the process in Mid-October, that continued to press both DOT and the industry to meet a higher standard of car safety for the transport of hazardous materials.
 
Cosponsored and led the passage of the Helium Stewardship Act Reauthorization: The bill was the number one legislative priority of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and will ensure that the Federal Helium Reserve remains open.  Helium is crucial to the manufacturing of semiconductors and companies like GlobalFoundries, IBM, Intel and those found on the CNSE campus need a reliable, steady supply at a stable cost.  If the reserve had shut down, which was expected for early October, it would have caused the price of helium to skyrocket and cause a major market interruption for the industry.
 
Hudson Valley
 
Secured Highland Falls impact aid through Dept. of Defense: Schumer was originally successful in getting a temporary 2 year fix into the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 that was signed into law on January 2, 2013. This fix is set to sunset after 2 years. The language included in the new Senate HELP bill would make this fix permanent. Schumer’s solution would send the school district approximately $2 million more per year in federal aid. Though the ESEA bill must pass before the fix becomes permanent, the legislation has now cleared a major hurdle, passing out of the Senate HELP Committee. The school district is in a unique position, with the land within the district approximately 93% exempt from property taxation due to wholly exempt federal and state-owned land. Highland Falls therefore has a very small tax base and, to make matters worse, has been drastically and constantly shortchanged by the state and federal government. 
 
Helped Secure Critical Federal Funding for Rockland’s County’s Homes for Heroes Project, Attending Grand Opening: In November 2013, the day before Veterans Day, Schumer joined for the grand opening of Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to building affordable housing for disabled and displaced veterans in Rockland County. This project thus far has provided eight veterans with permanent rental apartments, and will include handicapped accessible, garden-style apartments, a community center, and offices for other support to residents. Homes for Heroes still intends to build 52 units for homeless and disabled vets, and Schumer will continue to fight for funding. Due to the economic downturn and a variety of funding issues, Homes for Heroes had a tenth of the federal funding originally expected and the entire project was at risk. What’s more, Homes for Heroes was experiencing significant issues with obtaining a long-term lease from the federal government. With the full support of Schumer, the nonprofit was able to navigate bureaucratic red tape, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the General Services Administration heeded Schumer’s call and granted the organization a long-term lease extension.
Fought for Consumers’ Rights during the Central Hudson/Fortis Merger, Convinced Foreign Buyer to include a Series of Ratepayer Protections in Final Terms of Deal: When Fortis bought the Central Hudson Energy Group, Schumer demanded job security for employees, more than a one year freeze rate for consumers and called for more clarity of Fortis’ plans for infrastructure improvements, “storm hardening measures” and renewable energy investments. Although Fortis did not meet all of Schumer’s demands, leaving him opposed to the merger, CH Energy and Fortis responded to Schumer’s requests by making commitments to the existing workforce, and by increasing the financial incentives, economic development package and community benefits of the finalized deal. Fortis committed to freezing rates through July 1, 2015, a $50 million benefit package for customers to cover previously incurred storm costs and invest in economic development, and another $215 million in capital expenditures over the next two years to improve infrastructure.
 
North Country
 
Announced $600 Million Expansion & Modernization Of Alcoa; Hundreds Of New Jobs For Massena: This summer, Schumer announced Alcoa’s $600 million dollar expansion and modernization—that will create new and permanent jobs—after he successfully pushed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expedite a responsible but pragmatic cleanup plan for the Grasse River. The plan Schumer pushed with the EPA mandates Alcoa cleanup the river to EPA standards but does not go to an extreme that is both unnecessary and at the expense of more Massena jobs.  In 2007, Schumer fought for low-cost energy in St. Lawrence County and worked to convince state officials to work with Alcoa so that plants like theirs could continue to be an economic engine for all of St. Lawrence County.
 
Urged Amtrak to put more Bikes on Trains and Boost Bicycle Tourism in Upstate New York: In June, 2013 Schumer joined State Senator Betty Little and the Capital Region Chambers of Commerce in calling for Amtrak to enable passengers to bring their bicycles aboard trains that travel from New York City to the Adirondacks.  After Schumer's personal appeal to Amtrak President Joseph Boardman, Amtrak ran pilot test runs on both the "Ethan Allen" and the "Adirondack" lines. Schumer’s office remains engaged in talks with Amtrak, NYSDOT, and the Chambers of Commerce on how to make this a permanent accommodation.
 
Extended Medicare Payment Programs Providing $750,000 to Lewis County General Hospital: In January, Schumer announced he preserved two critical Medicare programs, the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program and the Low Volume Hospital Program, from being sacrificed in year-end fiscal cliff negotiations. These programs address hospitals with low numbers of overall patients but high rates of patients who utilize Medicare. The Lewis County General Hospital would have lost $753,000 annually had these programs been allowed to expire. Schumer will continue to fight for North Country hospitals because these funds help ensure access to quality healthcare in rural communities.  
 
 
Central New York
 
Stopped Lockheed Martin Corp From Axing 1,700 Syracuse Jobs: This October, Schumer learned of a ‘secret plan’ hatched by Lockheed Martin Corp to move 1,700 jobs from Electronics Park in Salina to other U.S. locations, like New Jersey, Virginia and Florida. Schumer immediately dialed up Lockheed’s CEO, Marillyn Hewson, and made the case for the Central New York operation and its workers, and she subsequently made clear that the ‘secret plan’ was off the table for at least a year. Schumer is continuing to hold Lockheed accountable and will continue to fight for every Lockheed job in Central New York. As one of the area’s largest for-profit employer, Lockheed employees can be found commuting from the Utica-area, as well. 
 
Fought For Families Like The Priors Of Syracuse; Wrote “Andrew’s Law”: After the tragic hit and run death of their son, Andrew, the Prior family wrote Schumer. The family chronicled nearly a year of harassment they had endured by two private lending companies—which despite the tragic death of their son—wanted the family to pay off his remaining student loan balance. While two other private lenders and the federal government had absolved the loans, these two companies, blaming each other, wouldn’t even attempt to work with the family on a payment plan. Instead, they threatened to take their car and home if they didn’t pay. After Schumer publically pushed the two companies to do the right thing and forgive Andrew Prior’s loan, it was announced that Andrew’s remaining loan would indeed be forgiven, ending more than a year of unrest for the Prior family.  Schumer later introduced legislation called, “Andrew’s Law.” This proposed legislation would force the few private lenders who do not absolve student loan debt in the case of a tragic death to follow the common practice of forgiveness, like the majority of other companies.
 
Revived Job Numbers In Downtown Utica: After it was announced that Xerox-owned ACS on Bleecker Street was laying off over 100 employees, Schumer stepped in and worked to find a new tenant for the public side of the Xerox site. In October, Schumer announced that Maximus, a New York-based company would be pumping 150 jobs back into Bleecker Street to perform detailed loan processing work. He helped secure a $848.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid, that will allow the company to move into space in the Xerox Utica facility, and help administer the defaulted student loan debt program. MAXIMUS has committed to prioritizing the hiring of laid-off Xerox employees for this new work in public loan processing. The average salaries are good and the company has committed to a meeting with the locals in early 2014 to discuss future growth opportunities.
 
 
Rochester Finger Lakes
 
Secured Valeant commitment to add 100 new jobs, manufacture the next-generation Next Generation SiHy (Silicone Hydrogel) contact lens – dubbed “Zeus” – at the Rochester Bausch + Lomb (B+L) facility: During the process of Valeant’s acquisition of B+L, Schumer pressed Valeant to reconsider their plans to manufacture Zeus in Ireland, since the Rochester B+L manufacturing facility on North Goodman street was already developing the pilot line. Schumer announced after speaking with Valeant CEO J. Michael Person,  that full-scale, commercial manufacturing of the “Zeus” line will take place at the Rochester B+L facility, creating 100 new jobs and $106M in new investment at B+L’s North Goodman Street manufacturing facility in Rochester.
 
Secured a $17.7 million Federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant making the long sought Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project a reality: The Inner Loop Expressway is an underutilized and deteriorated highway that isolates Rochester’s downtown from the rest of the City and its vibrant neighborhoods nearby, which creates an impediment to economic activity and business development in the area.  Schumer personally met with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to push his support of the project, which in 2011, was voted the region’s highest priority TIGER application by the local metropolitan planning organization. This project will remove the southeast section of this obstructive, 12-lane wide section of the Inner Loop Expressway, and replace it with a new high quality city boulevard with bike lanes, sidewalks and public parking. In addition, project will open up 9 acres for new prime real-estate development, creating hundreds of jobs and adding millions to the city’s tax base.
 
Pushed the Department of Defense to reverse course and now allow companies across the country, including Rochester’s Harris RF to compete for 5-year multi-million dollar military radio contracts: Specifically, the Army has committed to a multi-vendor, multi-award acquisition process – set to be finalized by the end of the year – that would not only allow multiple companies to compete for the contracts, it would allow the Army to select multiple contractors to each make a percentage of the radios.  Prior to this decision, the Army was pursuing a single-vendor process for each of its next-generation radio contracts: the “Manpack” and “Rifleman” versions, leaving companies like Harris, with approximately 2000 local workers, without an even playing field to compete.
 
 
Southern Tier
 
Secured $2 Million for major Broome County economic development project: Schumer successfully secured $2 million in US Economic Development Administration funding to help develop the first High-Tech Incubator in the County. This project infuses the City Urban Core with a multimillion development project, to promote economic activity in the heart of downtown Binghamton, capitalize on the strength of Binghamton University’s research and high tech expertise, and provide a supportive environment to enable new companies to flourish and jobs to be created. Recognizing the value of the project and the strength of the partnership working to bring it to fruition, Schumer was a tireless advocate on its behalf to the EDA Acting Undersecretary Erskine, and even brought an EDA official to the region to meet with stakeholders and get a firsthand overview of the project.
 
Protected 1,000 Delaware County Jobs at Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney: After another devastating flood left the future of Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney in question, and over 1,000 jobs at risk, Schumer sprang to action working with local stakeholders to develop a plan of action. A new flood proof facility was in short-order, and Schumer working closely with the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency. Schumer worked first helped author a provision in FY 2012 appropriations “mini-bus legislation” that designated $200 million in disaster relief to flood-hit areas like the Southern Tier. The IDA’s plan to acquire and prepare a shovel ready site, safe from future potential flood waters, to house a new Amphenol facility was just what was needed to retain these important jobs. Schumer lead the charge to secure funding from this disaster relief he helped author and successfully secured $3.8M to help pave the way for the development of this new IDA owned site, and a future for 1,000 Southern Tier workers.
 
After personal push to FEMA, Secured Over $24 million for the New building for the Owego Elementary School, which was destroyed in Tropical Storm Lee: FEMA initially denied the Owego Appalachin School District’s application to replace the school, but after Schumer directly pressed FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, FEMA agreed to reverse course in June 2012.  This year, the $24 million was obligated to the school district, which allowed them to break ground on the new Owego Elementary School building this November.  The old Owego Elementary School was flooded with approximately 18 inches of water as a result of rains associated with Tropical Storm Lee. This new building will save children in the area about 3 hours a day in unnecessary commuting times to nearby school districts and help improve their academic experience.
 
 
Western New York
 
Ensured Kali, the Buffalo Zoo Polar Bear, would remain in Buffalo for at least 2 years: In November, Schumer led effort to keep beloved polar bear cub, Kali, in Buffalo. In the midst of rumors that other zoos were seeking to claim Kali, Schumer made a call to Director Ashe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, successfully convincing the agency to allow Kali to remain at the Buffalo Zoo until 2015. Schumer cited that it was in the best interest of Buffalo, but most importantly for the bear, who will now remain safe and healthy, accompanied by his polar bear friend Luna, until he reaches adulthood.
 
Helped Create 350 new jobs at the Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg: After a personal call to Ford CEO Mullaly, Schumer successfully secured expansion of Hamburg Ford plant, creating 350 jobs for Western New York. Upon learning of a recent Ford investment in their Ontario assembly plant, Schumer saw potential to benefit the Hamburg stamping plant and strongly urged Mullaly to consider a joint investment in both the Ontario plant and Hamburg plant, which could be facilitated by the commercial traffic pre-inspection plan at the Peace Bridge, spearheaded by Schumer, and set to begin in 2014. Schumer argued the point that reliable cross-border travel from Canada to the U.S. would allow Ford to quickly and efficiently ship products between the two plants.
 
Delivered $13M in TIGER Funds to Return Cars to the 500 Block of Main St. in Downtown Buffalo: Schumer, working alongside Mayor Byron Brown, spearheaded the effort to return cars to Main Street in downtown Buffalo. Main Street was once one of the most economically successful and thriving sections of downtown, but since cars were removed twenty years ago, the area has slowly seen a downturn in economic activity and pedestrian traffic. Currently, most of the storefronts remain barren as residents find the area difficult to navigate. As part of the re-development of Buffalo, Schumer has pushed to once again open up the promising area of Main Street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the hopes of stimulating the surrounding businesses and attracting new investment.
 
Reduced the Amount Erie County Owed FEMA from $48M to $705,000: The 2006 October Storm devastated the Western New York region, causing 80 percent of those living in Erie County to experience damage and leaving 400,000 people without power. FEMA funds were necessary in order to rehabilitate the city and surrounding areas. Following an audit by the Inspector General it was determined that Erie County owed $48 million to FEMA, which, if paid, would cause financial crises in the county and trigger massive service cuts and tax hikes. Calling this action ‘unfair’, Schumer immediately reached out to FEMA Director Fugate and was able to persuade FEMA to decrease the amount owed to $705,000, approximately 1.45 percent of the original audit request.

Long Island
Championed and Passed the $60 billion Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act: A little over a year ago, high winds and a massive storm caused widespread flooding, loss of life, temporary homelessness, and significant damage to private property, public infrastructure and health care facilities. In order to help homeowners, small businesses, and local governments recover and build back stronger from Superstorm Sandy, Senator Schumer championed and passed a $60 billion dollar relief bill within 90 days of landfall. This bipartisan relief law is helping millions of unfortunate victims of Hurricane Sandy. After taking the sequester cuts into account, the bill appropriated following funding to help the community rebuild stronger:
·         $10.9 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund
·         $15.2 billion for the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR)
·         $12.4 billion for transportation recovery and resiliency projects
·         $5.08 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild and construct coastal protection projects
·         $441 million for the Environmental Protection Agency and Dept. of Interior to rebuild and construct critical green infrastructure
·         $754 million to repair and rebuild New York’s hospitals and health care facilities and to help the NIH restart medical research programs
·         $235 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the repair and reconstruction of the Manhattan VA and other medical facilities, which sustained severe flood damage during the storm.
Prevented water bills from skyrocketing due to contamination from Bethpage Plume:
In October of 2013, Schumer urged the Navy to reimburse Bethpage Water District (BWD) for the money it borrowed to build water treatment plants to treat contaminated water from the toxic Bethpage plume. On March 28, 2013, the U.S. Navy offered a settlement which fully covered the costs incurred by BWD. Because of Schumer’s actions, approximately 10,000 homeowners will be spared extra payments to mitigate the effects of the toxic plume.
 
Led fight for fair national fluke management standards, helping New York anglers: Schumer pushed the federal fishery management councils to lower fluke catch limits to 19 inches in 2013. This is a half-inch shorter than the previous year’s regulations.  This change gave New York fishermen more parity with other state's regulations than in previous years, creating more revenue and boosting the fishing industry in Long Island.  Schumer also introduced the first-ever "Fluke Fairness Act" in November, which would mandate that the fishery councils modify the fluke management plan permanently to bring New York's allocation in line with other states.
 
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