Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/19/14: 12 Topics In Today's blog

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News That Matters - February 17, 2014 - The We Tax You In Creative Ways Edition


2) Sean Patrick Maloney Raids Medicare Advantage to Pay for ObamaCare

3)  Kieran's Op-Ed In Today's NY Post

4)  Post 9/11 Veterans Career Mentoring Program FEB 25th

5)  The Finest Home Furnishings at NET prices

6)  ICYMI: Cuomo Snubs Assembly Republicans

7)  Lalor to Cuomo: Cut Per Prisoner Spending 10%. Then We'll Look At Student Loans for Prisoners, Not Free College Degrees.

8) ICYMI - NYGOP: Cuomo Obstructs Progress on Energy

9)  New ROI column from Frank J. Rich: Marketing & Merchandising

10)  SENATOR BALL 'HELL NO' TO ATTICA UNIVERSITY OPPOSES COLLEGE FOR CONVICTS, UNVEILS EDUCATION PLAN FOR THE REST OF NEW YORK

11)  SENATOR BALL TO HOST CARMEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROUNDTABLE WITH NYS HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSIONER HAUER 02/25/14

12)  SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES OVER $170K FOR PEEKSKILL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

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News That Matters - February 17, 2014 - The We Tax You In Creative Ways Edition


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On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:30 PM, NRCC Communications wrote:


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For Immediate Release
February 19, 2014
Contact: Press Office
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Raids Medicare Advantage to Pay for ObamaCare
Seniors in New York Will Start to Feel the Pain
 
 
WASHINGTON President Obama and Sean Patrick Maloney have a harsh new message for seniors: forget your current coverage. With billions of Medicare Advantage dollars being siphoned away from seniors to pay for ObamaCare, beneficiaries across the country will soon open their mailboxes only to find they won’t be able to keep their plan as promised.  The Obama administration is expected to announce the 2015 rates for the popular alternative to government health insurance on Feb. 21 and seniors are bracing for expected cuts in plans, benefits, and doctors.
 
President Obama’s signature health care law will gut funding for Medicare Advantage by $156 billion over the next 10 years. Maloney helped cause these ruinous cuts by supporting ObamaCare. Because of his irresponsible actions, New York seniors will feel the pain, facing higher healthcare costs, reduced benefits, and fewer choices in their insurance coverage.
 
“It’s clear ObamaCare is wreaking havoc on seniors’ healthcare. Sean Patrick Maloney should admit to New York seniors that he has broken yet another promise to them,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Maloney’s unwavering support for ObamaCare has robbed seniors of their current coverage. He should be ashamed.”
 
ObamaCare Cuts Medicare Advantage By $156 Billion, According To The Nonpartisan CBO. (Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)
 
Kaiser Family Foundation: 5 Percent of Enrollees Will Be Forced To Change Their Plan; Others Will Face Higher Premiums. “‘About 526,000 of current 2013 Medicare Advantage enrollees (5%) will have to make some change because their plan is not available in 2014… Enrollees who stay with their current plan (if available) will find that, on average, their premiums will increase by almost $5, from $35 to $39.’” (New Report Shows Medicare Advantage Payment Cuts Disrupting Seniors’ Coverage, AHIP, 11/26/13)
 
Those Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Will See Fewer Plans And May Lose Their Doctor. “Benefits experts say patients are seeing fewer plan choices this year, and more are losing doctors from their insurance coverage networks.” (Tom Murphy, “4 Keys To Scrutinizing Medicare Advantage Cuts,” Associated Press, 11/15/13)
 
There Will Be 142 Fewer Medicare Advantage Plans This Year. “This open season also will have 142 fewer Medicare Advantage plans, the private plans that are an alternative to traditional Medicare fee-for-service coverage, the Avalere study found.” (Susan Jaffe, “Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Changes,” USA Today, 10/21/13)
 
 
 
 
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On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:26 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor



Read Kieran's Op-Ed In Today's NY Post

Time to end Trump’s gubernatorial sideshow

Donald Trump is wasting our time. He won’t wind up running for governor because he’d lose, and by an embarrassingly wide margin. Trump knows that; it’s what the polls say and he isn’t delusional — he’s a showman playing a character. He’s looking for some headlines because that’s his MO.
But New York doesn’t have time for Trump’s circus act. The state’s economy is in horrible shape. His grandstanding must take a back seat.
Read Complete Article Here.

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Veterans Career Mentoring Program

February 25th at Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY

Calling All Post 9/11 Veterans!
The Westchester County and surrounding business communities have come together to create the Veterans Career Mentoring Program. To date, 30 companies have already committed from finance, healthcare, energy, IT, transportation, logistics, manufacturing, management, law, construction, hospitality, sports, education, automotive, not-for-profit, real estate and sales. The Westchester Bank is spearheading this unique program to assist Veterans who are re-entering the workforce. We’d like you to join us!
Veterans Career Mentoring Program
 * This is NOT a jobs fair: We know that job fairs are, too often, a waste of time for Veterans. So we’ve come up with something that’s going to make very good use of your time… a chance to meet prospective employers, hear fi rsthand what they’re looking for, and get insider tips on how to get into their different businesses. You’ll have an inside track with the people you meet, and who knows,
an internship - maybe more!
* We’ll Educate Companies About the Value Veterans Bring to the Workplace: The morning session is exclusively for companies to create a better understanding of how to translate Veterans skills and strengths into their business hiring needs/goals. Companies will see first-hand examples of mentoring and internship programs that have yielded mutually beneficial results – veterans who found employment and companies that found great employees.
* Better Prepare Veterans About Companies: Veterans arrive at noon for lunch and afternoon sessions with companies that will result in a stronger understanding of requirements needed toward identifying and initiating a successful career path for you.
* Why: This is a golden opportunity to meet committed company executives - the beginning of relationships that could help launch your new career! And if you can get yourself to the Metro-North train station in Rye, NY, on the 25th we’ll get you to and from the event!
Program Information
Date: February 25th, 2014 (Tuesday)
Place: Hilton Westchester, 699 Westchester Ave., Rye Brook, NY
Time:
10:00am - Noon, Company only sessions
11:00am - 11:45am, Veterans Check-in
Noon - 1:00pm lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Veteran & Company Breakout Sessions
Sign Up Today…It’s Easy
Just follow these 3 simple steps… and you’ll be registered to attend.
1. Email or call Jim Bunn, Program Director: Jwbny@aol.com or (203) 981-3849
2. Provide Jim your name and career area of interest (if you wish to share)
3. You’ll receive a confirming email invitation and will be officially registered

You’ve done your part serving your country.

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February 18, 2014

ICYMI: Cuomo Snubs Assembly Republicans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601

In case you missed it, we thought you might enjoy this great piece from Zack Fink that appeared in State of Politics.
 
Members of our great Assembly Republican caucus have been some of our Party's strongest critics of Andrew Cuomo, and the Governor has responded by refusing to invite Assembly Republicans to formal appearances in their districts, even when he's in town to deal with serious issues like flood relief.
 
It's another example of our Governor, who recently told an interviewer that conservatives "have no place" in the State of New York, putting petty partisan politics over people.
 
Read on for the whole story:
 
"Snubgate"
 
Politics (like driving a car in New York City) can be a contact sport. Wielding power and punishing enemies is often part of the job. The good ones never forget a slight, and they always get you back.
 
I remember Former New Jersey Senate President (and one time Governor) Dick Codey didn't speak to me once for nine months. It was so long, I was actually impressed. We only finally broke the ice when I did a series of stories about corruption at the Delaware River Port Authority, which was controlled by South Jersey Democratic Boss George Norcross. Codey **hated** Norcross so much, that he suddenly wanted to be my friend again. A politician I know used to joke that the Irish forget everything...except the grudges.
 
Governor Cuomo has proven himself not only a shrewd politician, but a master of the Albany political game. Having grown up around it, he just understands it, and plays it better than anybody else. He also knows how to use the full power of the office. Sure, it doesn't always work out, but there are multiple tools at his disposal and he is not afraid to employ them. One of those is what I would call the blanket of the office. The warmth it provides can be very reassuring to fellow politicians, even members of the opposite party. When some are left uncovered by that blanket it can start to feel very chilly.
 
A number of Republican members of the State Assembly have relayed numerous examples of instances when Cuomo either came to their district for an event and didn't include them or invited them very late after everyone else already knew. It's not quite Watergate here, although some of those who feel they were dissed have dubbed it "Snubgate." First a couple of examples...last August Governor Cuomo was in Herkimer County to deliver checks to those whose businesses and homes were damaged by July flooding. Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney says she was not invited, so she wound up crashing the event. Although technically the press conference was not held in her district, her constituents were among those receiving checks as much of the damage **was** in her district. Tenney had previously been outspokenly critical of the Governor, which apparently kept her on the wrong side of the velvet rope. (Do I need to say again how high school it is in Albany at times?!?)
 
But wait, there's more. Last year, Cuomo was on Staten Island to announce a home buyout program in Oakwood Beach. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis was not invited, despite the fact that it was her district taking the buyouts. She had previously criticized Cuomo on Verrazano Bridge tolls. Earlier this month Cuomo held a press conference to announce that tolls would be reduced for Islanders, and it's worth noting that Malliotakis was, in fact, present at that one. But guess who wasn't? Republican Assemblyman Joe Borelli, who was previously critical of Cuomo's Tax Free New York program.
 
Let me be the first to say that I am not one of those people who criticizes politicians all the time for constantly looking toward re-election, and always angling to get their face on the news if something good happens in their district. For starters, they must run every two years, so yes, they are always looking towards their re-elect. And frankly, there is nothing wrong with that. This is what they have chosen to do with their lives. It is how they make a living (albeit not a very lucrative one). It is completely legitimate for an elected member to want to be at a press event with the Governor to demonstrate to their constituents that they were part of securing help. That's only natural. For the most part, these guys fights hard for their districts and they want to be able to share the spotlight when something positive happens. That's why it can be hurtful when they are left out in the cold.
 
The Governor's office holds a lot of power, and not just constitutionally. Cuomo has emphasized many times that he wants to be the Governor for all New Yorkers. Power politics and the culture of persuasion are alive and well. Cuomo is not the first Governor to employ hardball tactics, and he will certainly not be the last.
 
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On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:50 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseFeb. 18, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
 
Lalor to Cuomo: Cut Per Prisoner Spending by 10%. Then We Can Think About Student Loans for Prisoners, Not Free College Degrees.
 
Fishkill, NY – (2/18/14) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I-Fishkill) today announced a counter proposal to Governor Cuomo's plan to offer free college classes to prisoners. Lalor is calling on the state to cut per prisoner spending by 10%. Once those savings are reached, the state would offer student loans to prisoners, not the free college courses Governor Cuomo is proposing.

"We have to cut recidivism rates, but we shouldn't ask taxpayers to pay more and more to do it," said Lalor. "Governor Cuomo seems to be saying we already spend $60,000 yearly per prisoner, what's an extra $5,000 for his college plan. That's the wrong attitude. We should be asking why we spend so much and how we can cut it. If we can cut it by 10%, we can look at offering student loans to prisoners. Because they're not good credit risks, we'll garnish a percentage of their wages to pay taxpayers back. But, this shouldn't be a handout. Taxpayers can't afford more handouts."

Lalor continued, "If Governor Cuomo believes this is important, let's cut spending per prisoner by 10%. That respects taxpayers who don't want to pay for handouts for prisoners. It also allows New York to deal with recidivism. Cut spending by more than the cost of the college program and give some of that back to taxpayers. Then we'll loan the money to the prisoners. The loan is important. It's not a hand out, but a hand up. It teaches prisoners responsibility. It says they're not just entitled to this, they have to work for it. That will do more to cut recidivism than any handout."

"Throwing more and more money at a problem is never the answer," Lalor added. "We can only offer this program if we can save tax dollars up front. Possible long-term savings aren't enough. Let's save the money right now. New Yorkers don't like Governor Cuomo's proposal. They're rightfully outraged that Cuomo is asking them to pay even more in taxes to give a free degree to prisoners. If the governor is serious about cutting recidivism, he can do it, but he has to save tax dollars, right now, in the process. New Yorkers are willing to offer a second chance to prisoners. But we're not going to pay more for it and the prisoners will have to work for it."

Lalor's legislation would require the state to cut per prisoner spending by 10% before the college program could begin. That 10% would be more than the cost of Governor Cuomo's plan, delivering savings to taxpayers. The state would have to provide the courses in the most cost-effective manner possible, using online courses whenever possible.


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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 a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. 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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February 19, 2014

ICYMI - NYGOP: Cuomo Obstructs Progress on Energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601

In case you missed it, we had an op-ed in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin last week.
 
On both natural gas and nuclear energy, Andrew Cuomo is standing in the way of progress. Unemployment remains stubbornly high on New York's Southern Tier while safe natural gas development has created a quarter of a million new jobs in Pennsylvania.
 
Cuomo's obstructionist attitude when it comes to alternative energy stymies results and perpetuates unnecessary expenses for small businesses and consumers.
 
Read on for more:
 
Cuomo Obstructs Progress on Energy
By David Laska
 
New Yorkers pay the second-highest rate for electricity and the second highest price for gasoline in the nation, despite the presence of a diverse wealth of untapped, low-cost local energy.
 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spent in excess of $100 million of taxpayer money on ads claiming that New York is "open for business," while at the same time placing a stranglehold on clean energy production and manufacturing in upstate counties.
 
The future of New York's energy production lies buried beneath 18,750 square miles of the Marcellus Shale, which contains approximately 141 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
 
But Cuomo is intimidated by environmental Luddites and hiding behind his own state Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, a well-trained administration lapdog who has stated that scientific studies should be conducted in a "sacred place" that doesn't include the public sphere.
 
The governor's office claimed that it needed 90 days to make a decision on natural gas. That was more than a year ago. When asked by state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), "At what point does the public get to know what information you have presently?" Shah replied, "Not in the near future." Perhaps he'll be more forthcoming after Election Day.
 
Meanwhile, neighboring Pennsylvania has taken advantage of a business boon to the tune of $15 billion and 250,000 new jobs.
 
As the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, natural gas consumption would mean fewer pollutants in both our air and water, as well as an overall reduction in our level of greenhouse gas emissions. Extraction should be full steam ahead in a state whose motto is "excelsior."
 
But that's not the only thing Cuomo has played the proverbial Hamlet on. The Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear power plant just south of Peekskill, provides 2,040 megawatts of energy and 30 percent of the electricity for New York City and Westchester County. The plant itself employs some 1,600 New Yorkers, and it was awarded its fifth consecutive top safety rating in 2009 by federal regulators.
 
Cuomo intends to shut the plant down when its lease expires in 2015 rather than follow the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's recommendation to grant IPEC a new 20-year extension on its current 40-year lease.
 
As an alternative, the governor is proposing to outsource New York's energy production to Canada and New Jersey, which won't come close to yielding the same energy that IPEC now provides to New York, the eighth-largest state consumer of energy in the nation.
 
New York City residents currently pay more than 50 percent above the national average for the cost of electricity, while the cost for commercial entities is upwards of 40 percent north of the national average.
 
Cuomo's obstructionist attitude when it comes to alternative energy stymies results and perpetuates unnecessary expenses for small businesses and consumers.
 
Laska is Communications Director of the New York State Republican Party.
 
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R.O.I. By Frank J. Rich
Marketing & Merchandising
Know the Difference & How to Use Both

 
We are a nation of commercial enterprises learning to do better what we have always done. If we accept the view for the moment, the idea that not much has changed but the method in the doing, we quickly trace two paths to form a growth perspective. In one, the idea is a cautious reminder to those who hope for the best in commerce; perhaps willing efforts to "help shoppers find what they are looking for, what they need." The logic may fail the practiced in this math, but compels even they to question the obvious while observing shoppers' daily walk.
 
The other perspective is to suspect the worst motivation in vendors, positioning shoppers as ever vigilant in their efforts not to be sold or taken advantage of. Advertising and selling are the offenders of this group of consumers. Truth be told, both are the object of efforts to create desire for "stuff;" by methods commonly known as marketing and merchandising.
 
If we are to accept the conclusion above as fact, a reflection on the things in our lives that are not advertised or promoted in some way quickly disabuses the notion of a world without promotion. Given a kinder guise we might even consider that raising funds for good cause might wear a nobler mantle than mere advertising. But is it really different, especially if advertising is nobly endowed of a desire to "help?" Consumers do need things, and they (things) are easier to find when delivered to their consciousness by advertising. Thus: it works, and more happily so.
 
Marketing is often said to be promotion to a prospect not in one's presence. Sales--its partner--is promotion to those present. Of course, marketing is much more, but may be defined simply to better distinguish itself from other market mechanisms meant to create, deliver, and communicate value to customers, then mange the relationship for the benefit of both customer and vendor. Marketing is all the things we do to prepare the product organization and its target market for an exchange of goods or services; namely, strategic insight, market modeling, market research, media planning, messaging and collateral materials, scheduling, and follow-on mechanisms. To skip this element of market preparation is to seriously handicap successful results. Few have the good fortune to win the lottery, but any who plan the methods of commerce will find their reward.
 
Merchandising is the twin pedal of this commercial psyche. Though often confused with each other, merchandising in general is anything that improves the attractiveness, and thus the salability, of products and services. The display of products is usually at issue in a retail store, whether clothing mannequins or dressing up fruit and vegetable boxes. Where to place products in a store and which products to feature at times during the sales cycle, window design, and signage of all kinds, are examples of merchandising. Though information and education are the two most effective sales tools, it is alarming to note how few retail stores provide them in signage across the store. Why are the featured pears in such a prominent position? What are spring clothes doing in the window in the depths of a snowy winter? How will the choice of one contractor over another benefit me? Normal questions all, but seldom are they given adequate attention through merchandising efforts.
 
The presentation of products and services is the finishing touch to marketing efforts that bring the customer into plain view. Failure to present well, to engage the customer through his senses, is to squander the investment that enables enterprise.
 
Main Street shops spend significant portions of their revenues on inventory, facility, and people. That investment is wasted when not coupled with effective merchandising and trained staff.
 
Marketing and merchandising are perhaps the most effective growth tools for small businesses-products and services. Pause briefly to consider the holiday season and how decorations, music, extra staff, and promotional displays have impacted your buying decisions. My guess is the purpose of both will come into clear view. If this resonates with you, call me to learn just how to improve the success of your shop. Marketing and merchandising will be key elements of the discussion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frank Rich is founder and CEO of Encore Príst International, an organizational development company that helps individuals and organizations reach their full potential through the practice of effective business fundamentals. You may reach him at fjrich@encoreprist.com, or by phone at 866/858-4EPI. To read all ROIs in their entirety, go to Business tab at Town Link.
 
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
SENATOR BALL ‘HELL NO’ TO ATTICA UNIVERSITY OPPOSES COLLEGE FOR CONVICTS, UNVEILS EDUCATION PLAN FOR THE REST OF NEW YORK
 
Brewster, N.Y. – 02/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, committee issued the following statement and launched a petition on his New York State Senate website opposing Governor Cuomo’s plan to use tax payer dollars to fund college classes in prisons across New York.
The initiative would provide college level education at ten New York State prisons at a cost of approximately $5,000 per inmate per year. New York currently spends $60,000 per year to incarcerate one person and approximately $3.6 billion in total costs for prisons. There are an estimated 54,500 inmates currently confined in state prisons.
“In a world of finite resources, where we are struggling to find funding for education for our kids, the last thing New York State should be funding is college tuition for convicts. As some are unveiling ‘Attica University’, millions of New Yorkers right now are wondering how the heck they are going to pay student loans and help their kids go to college. Why not help them? While I understand the need for counseling and rehabilitation, free college tuition for prisoners is a slap in the face to hard working New Yorkers that work multiple jobs and take out exorbitant student loans to pay for higher education. I urge all New Yorkers to sign the petition I have created on my website to send a strong message, that we don’t want our taxpayer dollars used to provide a college education for convicts,” said Senator Greg Ball.
 
“Before we consider giving criminals a free education, let’s make college more affordable for hardworking New Yorkers by establishing an income tax deduction for any payments made on student loans. As the cost of higher education increases, so does the accruing amount of debt, not only for the graduating student but also for older generations that are co-signers on the loans. The tax deduction would make the student loan payments more bearable,” Senator Greg Ball continued.
Senator Greg Ball’s legislation (S.6487) would establish an income tax deduction for any payments made on student loans.
 
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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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
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***Tuesday, February 25th at 2:00 PM***
SENATOR BALL TO HOST CARMEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROUNDTABLE WITH NYS HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSIONER HAUER
 
Brewster, N.Y. – 02/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, will host a Homeland Security and Emergency Response Roundtable with Jerome Hauer, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM, at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility, located at 39 Seminary Hill Rd, Carmel, NY.
The roundtable will provide a forum for each county and local municipality to share feedback concerning the training and development needs of local police, fire departments, EMS and other related emergency services to discuss current emergency preparedness plans.
“Our first responders are the backbone of each municipality across the district, and we need to do everything in our power to make sure that they have the training, funding and support they need to keep New York safe,” said Senator Ball. “This roundtable will serve as an opportunity for each of the leaders in this community to come forward and tell us what they need to remain prepared in the case of an emergency.”
Senator Ball will be co-hosting this event with Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith, Chairman Alonzo West (Senate Law Enforcement Advisory Council), and Chairman Hugh Fox (Senate Fire & Public Safety Advisory Council).
In January of 2012 Senator Greg Ball first introduced Commissioner Hauer at the Paladin Center to provide local municipality leaders an opportunity to meet Hauer and voice concerns and emergency preparedness plans. This roundtable will serve as a follow up meeting for legislative ideas or feedback concerning the training and development of police, fire, EMS and other related emergency services.
 
What: Homeland Security and Emergency Response Roundtable
When: Tuesday, February 25th at 2:00 PM
Where: Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility: 39 Seminary Hill Rd, Carmel, NY.
 
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
 
SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES OVER $170K FOR PEEKSKILL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
 
Brewster, N.Y. – 02/18/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that Peekskill City School District received $171,154 in state funding for a Peekskill Priority Pre-K Program (4P’s Program).
“Working with local partners, I am so happy to announce that we have been able to deliver this money for the Peekskill Pre-K Program. In this tough economy many blue collar working families rely on pre-k programs. These funds will allow Peekskill to expand its Pre-K program allowing much needed seats for families with pre-k children as well as high-quality seats for children with special needs,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As long as I am in office, I will continue to advocate for my constituents to bring as much money back home where it belongs for important programs and initiatives.”
Sherri Goffman, who oversees Uriah Hill as the school's Principal and also serves as the Interim Director of Educational Services in the District said she eager to start the program.
“We are very excited that we received final notification from the State Education Department that our Priority Full/Expanded-Day Pre-K grant funds have been authorized and we can begin the program. We look forward to starting our new classes on Wednesday, February 27,” said Goffman.
“I am delighted that Peekskill has received this state funding for our pre-k program. My sincere thanks to Senator Greg Ball for his hard work to deliver this much needed funding to our community,” said Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina. “I look forward to working with the Peekskill City School District to expand our pre-k program to deliver for the hardworking families of Peekskill.”
“Senator Ball’s ability to deliver once again for the Peekskill City School District shows his commitment to the education of our area children,” said County Legislator John Testa. “As a former teacher I understand how important it will be to expand education for our youngest students and to be able to provide more seats in the program. Senator Ball understands that as well.”
The 4P’s Program will create one new full-day inclusion class and will convert two half-day classes to full-day classes, creating a total of three new full-day placements, serving a total of 60 children. The class schedules will be from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM daily. The collaborating Community Based Organization will be the ARC of Westchester Children’s School for Early Development, which will receive 10 percent of grant funds as a purchased service, and will provide aid in staffing the inclusion class. All classes have been filled at this time.
The 4P’s Program will reduce the waiting list and will ensure more high-quality seats for children with disabilities and English Language Learners. The new full-day Pre-K class will offer an inclusionary setting in conjunction with the Children’s School. The new class will include a full-time general education teacher and teacher aide, as well as a special education teacher, teacher assistant, and related service personnel, as needed, depending on the number of preschoolers with disabilities included in the room and the specific services they receive.
The half-day conversion classes will provide an additional 2.5 hours per day for 40 of our highest need English Language Learners. These students will remain in their current classes for the half day they are already enrolled, and will attend school for the other half of their day in one of two classes designed to support their English language learning.  The new classes will be staffed by a teacher certified in ESL and Early Childhood, and a teacher aide.
Peekskill received $171,154 for Year 1 (the reminder of this school year, from Jan. through June 2014) and will receive $326,752 annually thereafter to support the Peekskill Priority Pre-K Program.
 
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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