Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/26/14: 21 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)  Talking Points for tonight's UTY meeting - Fwd: Politics on the Hudson


2)  Yorktown Planning Board: Faith Bible Church/Mohegan Lake 02/24/14

3)  Will Sean Patrick Maloney Campaign With President Obama?

4)  Sean Patrick Maloney Promised To Protect Medicare, Now He’s Cutting It

5)  Conservative Black Republican, Andre Barnett, Running in NY 18th Congressional District

6)  Catherine Borgia : Please join me on March 20th

7)  Town Of Ossining Supervisor Susanne Donnelly: Supervisor's Update - February 24th, 2014

8)  We Are Family Foundation Gala 3/6 - Honoring Steven Van Zandt

9)  Lalor: Cuomo Doubles Down on Tax Wall, Despite Growing Opposition from Towns and Counties

10)  Gipson and Lalor Bill Toughens Sentencing for Multiple Homicides

11)  You're Invited: 2014 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference 03/11 - 15/2014

12)  Manhattan Cardio wants to know, "How healthy is your heart?"

13)  What surplus? What tax cuts?

14)  LAUREN MOFFATT Grand Opening GreenwichAve 3/6

15)  12 Grapes: What's so special about this week?

16)  ROI column from Frank J. Rich: The Highest Bidder

17)  Westchester Legislators Celebrate Black History Month

18) SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON SURPRISE CON-ED ENERGY BILLS

19)  BALL HOSTS THIRD COMMON CORE FORM, NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EDUCATION EXPERT SPEAKS TO PARENTS, STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

20)  SATURDAY: FORMER CEO OF HBO TO JOIN SEN. BALL & REP. MALONEY AT VETERANS ROUNDTABLE 03/01/14

21)  SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS CARMEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROUNDTABLE WITH NYS HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSIONER HAUER

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Talking Points for tonights UTY meeting - Fwd: Politics on the Hudson


Please read this information from Howard Frank he's one of our members.

We will bring these issues up at tonight's UTY meeting.

ED


Note the NY State Dream Act. Who is paying for the Dream Act ?

Politics on the Hudson


Posted: 25 Feb 2014 07:00 PM PST
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday will unveil a new campaign for a property-tax freeze in New York and will release a new website, video and email drive to build support among lawmakers. The campaign, “No Excuses,” will push Cuomo’s effort to put a two-year freeze on property taxes if local... Read More → The post Cuomo to unveil campaign for property-tax freeze appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 02:59 PM PST
As expected, the state Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would grant college financial aid to immigrants living in the country illegally. The Democrat-controlled Assembly voted 82-46 to approve the state DREAM Act, which would allow immigrants to participate in programs that distribute state-funded tuition breaks, including the Tuition Assistance... Read More → The post As expected, Assembly passes DREAM Act appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 12:05 PM PST
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, had some harsh words for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s corruption-busting panel today, calling its work a “fishing expedition.” The Moreland Commission set up by Cuomo last summer is subpoenaing lawmakers for their outside income and use of campaign cash. Lawmakers are fighting against the subpoenas in... Read More → The post Silver blasts Cuomo’s corruption-busting panel appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 11:22 AM PST
Carl Paladino, the 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate, appeared to up the ante today in a memo to state GOP chairman Ed Cox, saying “I will re-consider all of my options” if Cox doesn’t back Donald Trump for governor. Paladino, the Buffalo businessman, is among western New York Republican leaders who... Read More → The post Paladino to Cox: Run Trump or “I will re-consider all of my options” appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 10:09 AM PST
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued his full-court press today to get state approval to tax the rich and fund full-day pre-kindergarten in the city, saying they are ready to start in September with the program. He released a “Ready to Launch roadmap” to implement pre-k as he... Read More → The post De Blasio: NYC is ready for pre-k, but is Albany? appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 09:43 AM PST
State apple growers will no longer have to pay up to $300 for inspections per truckload to export apples to Canada due to a provision added in the Farm Bill. The first inspection-free shipment of apples was sent out last week, federal officials said. The Apple and Pear Export Act... Read More → The post Gillibrand: Inspection fees are out for NY apples being shipped to Canada appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 09:28 AM PST
More than 800,000 New Yorkers have completed applications to enroll in New York’s health-care exchange since Oct. 31, and 501,205 have officially enrolled, a 22 percent increase since Feb. 10, the state Health Department said today. Enrollment runs through March 31 for the health-insurance program that started Jan. 1. The... Read More → The post Enrollment in NY’s health exchange jumps 22% in two weeks appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 09:00 AM PST
The state Assembly has entered into two contracts worth $205,000 in taxpayer money to hire an outside firm to handle sexual-harassment cases in the chamber. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Tuesday that his office has approved the contracts “related to sexual harassment policy development and investigations” with Rossein Associates. The contracts... Read More → The post Assembly hires sexual-harassment investigator for $205,000 (Updated) appeared first on Politics on the...

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 08:15 AM PST
The state Assembly is poised to approve a state-level DREAM Act on Tuesday, but its fate in the Senate is far less certain. The bill would make illegal immigrants eligible for state-level financial aid for college, while setting up a commission that would raise funds and distribute scholarships to those... Read More → The post Assembly to pass DREAM Act today appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 07:44 AM PST
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today brushed aside talk of a potential presidential run in 2016 in a rare national television interview, saying he is focusing on governing and then his re-election in November. Cuomo appeared on the “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” on the FOX Business Network, and as Bartiromo ended... Read More → The post Cuomo runnning for president? “I’m sorry I’m losing you. We have a technical difficulty” appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 07:06 AM PST
As he seeks a run for state Senate, Poughkeepsie Mayor’s John Tkazyik’s decision to drop out of a anti-gun-violence group isn’t convincing the state’s leading pro-gun group. The state’s Rifle & Pistol Association knocked Tkazyik’s recent op-ed in the Poughkeepsie Journal in which he said he was leaving the Mayors... Read More → The post Rifle & Pistol Association knocks Poughkeepsie mayor appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2014 05:30 AM PST
A coalition of pro-business interests came together Monday to sound support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to scale back the state’s estate tax, though they argued a better plan would be to repeal it all together. Cuomo’s $137 billion budget proposal includes a plan to roll back the state-level estate... Read More → The post Pro-business, farm groups make the case for estate tax cut appeared first on Politics on the Hudson.

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Planning Board
February 24, 2014

There were only two items on the agenda:  an approval for the siting of a lot at Yorktown Farms and Faith Bible Church.

The Faith Bible discussion was in preparation for the March 10 public hearing. For a summary of the brief discussion, see Faith Bible.
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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2014
Contact: Press Office
 
Will Sean Patrick Maloney Campaign With President Obama?
With New White House Political Office In Place, Why Not Send Obama A Formal Request?
WASHINGTON – What more could a candidate for Congress ask for than a visit from the President of the United States?
 
With news that the White House is relaunching a political office to help pave the way for electoral successes in 2014, you have to wonder: Will Sean Patrick Maloney invite President Obama to campaign with him?
 
The National Republican Congressional Committee has drafted a letter (see below) so that Maloney can easily request the President visit his district – all Maloney has to do is sign it. Will he?
 
“Since the White House is gearing up for the 2014 election, Sean Patrick Maloney should take advantage and request the President come campaign with him,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “After all, Democrats have said they’ll campaign on ObamaCare – why not campaign with President Obama himself? If Maloney is proud of his support for Obama’s policies, he’ll sign the letter and proudly campaign arm-in-arm with the President.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:56 AM, NRCC Communications wrote:
 
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2014
Contact: Press Office
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Promised To Protect Medicare,
Now He’s Cutting It

Just More Broken Promises From The New York Democrat
 
WASHINGTONLast Friday, the Obama Administration proposed a 3.55 percent cut to Medicare Advantage providers for next year. Millions of seniors nationwide depend on this vital program to get the quality healthcare coverage they need.
 
ObamaCare only exacerbates the damage seniors face. The law includes $156 billion in Medicare Advantage Payment cuts.  With these cuts in place, seniors will face higher costs, reduced coverage, and are at risk of losing the doctor of their choice.
 
These disastrous side effects of ObamaCare all took place on Sean Patrick Maloney’s watch. Maloney promised to protect Medicare, but instead, by supporting ObamaCare, he has failed to stand up for seniors in New York.
 
“Just like President Obama, Sean Patrick Maloney has only delivered broken promises to seniors in his district,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Maloney’s campaign rhetoric and his actions in Congress do not add up. Supporting a law that cuts Medicare is no way to go about strengthening the program for future generations. Sean Patrick Maloney has once again failed New York seniors.”

Medicare Advantage Payment Rates Will Be Cut By About 3.55 Percent In 2015. (“Humana, UnitedHealth Face 3.55% Advantage Rate Cuts,” Bloomberg, 2/22/14)
 
ObamaCare Cuts Medicare Advantage By $156 Billion, According To The Nonpartisan CBO. (Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)
 
 
 
 
NRCC320 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 479-7000
  
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On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:51 PM, Ayesha Kreutz wrote:
 
We have an excellent opportunity to add another strong conservative voice to Congress - Conservative Republican Andre Barnett, running in the 18th Congressional District of New York.
 
We would love to have your support & endorsement. You can contact Ayesha to set up an in person, over the phone or skype meeting with Andre and vet him for yourself.  akreutz@andrebarnett4ny18.com 
 
Who is Andre Barnett?
  • Devoted Christian
  • Proud American 
  • Conservative-Values Republican 
  • Veteran of the US Army
  • Service-Disabled-Veteran Business Owner
  • Pro-Family, Pro-Life, Pro Marriage, Pro-Constitution
  • Pro- truth in education & school choice
  •  Pro-Parental Rights
  • Right-to-Bear-Arms
  •  Anti-Common Core
  • Member of the Frederick Douglass Foundation 
I am running for the 18th District congressional seat of the great state of New York.
For years, I have been on the front lines working in my community against an overreaching, bank-breaking, federal government that seems to have become oblivious when it comes to owning up to its obligations enumerated in the US Constitution.
 
We all experience the consequences of those who have been elected to office and who are so often obliged to reciprocate political favors that are not at all in the interest of their constituents. We fall prey to the establishment’s mockery of our democratic process every time the establishment refuses to offer candidates that people can actually believe in and get behind. We watch as lives of family and friends are crushed by the decisions of monotonous rotation of the same cast of bad congressional characters.
 
It is time for someone and something new. I plan to continue working, just as I work today, with my community in my district as well as for the nation as a whole. I will bring legislation back to the people before I vote on it. I want to be sure that I am acting in the best interest of those I so care about. We need the American people to be a part of this process again. The days of this totalitarian-style gang-of-government bureaucrats must come to an end.
 
I would like you to help crack down on the political-favor posse and to bring an end to an ammo-box fed congress full of “dummy rounds” that seem to misfire with ineffective “dud” legislation that does nothing but cost us money in its inevitable process of failure.
 
We have a chance to get things right. If you really believe that electing or backing the same cast of characters will be any different this time around, you might be acting out Einstein’s “Definition of Insanity”. Nothing will change. Not for the people who so desperately need it, or for our nation entrenched in this vortex of down-trending mediocrity.

 
Vote Andre Barnett- the people's choice!

 
I am Andre Barnett. I hold fast to my conservative values. I hold fast to my oath to serve God and Country. I hold fast to the promise that I make to you. I will be a servant of the people, for and on behalf of the people of the United States of America. 

Please consider supporting Andre Barnett. Set up a time to speak with Andre either via  skype, the phone or in person. 

Ayesha Kreutz 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On Monday, February 24, 2014 3:50 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:
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On Monday, February 24, 2014 5:03 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 
Supervisor’s Update - February 24th, 2014
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Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Ossining Public Library, 7:30PM
Agenda:
17/20 Annexation: Discussion of Findings and Vote
Town of Ossining Revaluation
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507 North State Road (Former Town of Ossining Police Station) Update
The sale of the building has been completed and we are thrilled to welcome the new owners and their 30+ employees to North State Road, in what are sure will also serve as a boost to the other businesses in the neighborhood!  We look forward to a ribbon cutting as soon as some of the construction has been completed.
Some important information concerning the sale:
The price for which the building was sold came to $1,475,000, which has been deposited into a designated Town account.  The entirety of this sum will be used to pay down the debt on the building.  We have also set a goal of having the entire building paid off by 2017, as this is when the last of the bonds will be “callable”.  Please refer to the Police Building Debt Analysis spreadsheet that can be found here.
As you can see, the Town and our taxpayers will realize a savings of $471,566.26 in interest over the life of the loan with the plan outlined above.  It will take some work to ensure we keep our fund balance robust while having enough to accomplish this goal, but we feel we are up to the challenge and take this responsibility to the taxpayers of the Unincorporated Area seriously.
It is important to note that all the debt incurred by the Town was meant to build a police station.  While, at the beginning of this administration, we had hoped to sell the building for the total amount outstanding, it became clear that that expectation was unrealistic.  After undergoing a formal appraisal, the building was valued at $1,600,000 when used for its “best, highest use”, which, aside from another police station, would be office space.
We have also worked with the Ossining schools and Westchester County to develop a PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) program for the new business coming to Ossining, the spreadsheet for which can be found here.  The Town Board believes this is what a PILOT is all about- bringing new business and new employees to a community, which will have a ripple effect and bolster more local business.  
Proposed 17/20 Annexation 
After the official Public Hearing in December, the two municipalities had 90 days to perform their due diligence in determining if annexation of two election districts (17 and 20) to the Village of Briarcliff Manor was in the best interest of all residents of the Town of Ossining.  We both agreed to leave the Public Hearing open until January 15th for written comment to be included in the record, and wish to thank the residents who wrote in and gave their opinion on the annexation petitions.  The Town has been working on this for the past three months and on March 4th, 2014 will hold its last meeting on this phase of the project.  It is a Town Hall Meeting and we will be looking for any last comments from the residents as well as discussing it amongst the different Board members.  We will go on to hold a Special Meeting (a legislative session where Boards may take official action) during the Town Hall Meeting to vote on this issue.  Please refer to the Town of Ossining Project Page for more information concerning the proposed annexation of 17 & 20.
Reassessment of the Town of Ossining
Over the past two years, we have worked with a consortium of other municipalities, led by the City of Yonkers and the Town of Greenburgh, to plan the reassessment of all the residential and commercial properties.  Very recently, the group has decided on the firm who will perform the “reval” (Tyler Technologies, http://www.tylertech.com/), as well as a company charged with monitoring the process (Michael Haberman Associates, Inc., http://mhabermanassoc.com/).
Our schedule for this project is still being developed.  Our first step, community outreach, will begin immediately at the Town Hall Meeting on March 4th.  Our intention is to have scheduled meetings with different service groups in the community (the Chambers of Commences in Briarcliff Manor and Greater Ossining, other business groups, Rotary, Lions, church congregations) and  to work with them to reach our residents through community seminars and neighborhood meetings. Any group who wishes to host such a meeting should contact our Town Assessor, Fernando Gonzalez, atFGonzalez@townofossining.com to schedule an Informational Discussion on the Ossining Reval.  
Sue
 
PLEASE feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your family, friends, acquaintances, or business associates who may have an interest in these, as well as other Town subjects.
As always, please feel very free to contact me with any questions.
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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 25, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Cuomo Doubles Down on Tax Wall, Despite Growing Opposition from Towns and Counties
Fishkill, NY - (2/25/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) is renewing his call for Governor Cuomo to include the entire state in his planned elimination of the corporate income tax on manufacturers. Cuomo's 30-Day Budget Amendments did not expand the 0% tax zone to include the MTA region, despite widespread criticism.

"This plan pits parts of New York against each other," said Lalor. "Communities in the MTA region, especially Dutchess and Orange Counties, will suffer as businesses move north or never choose to start here to begin with. There is no doubt that our towns will lose jobs and tax revenue because of the governor's plan. We won't be able to compete when manufacturers face a 6.5% tax in our towns, but no tax if they move north or across the Hudson."

Lalor added, "Only two metro regions in New York lost jobs in 2013. The Dutchess-Orange County region was one of them. It lost the most jobs, 2% of our total. We need help, not artificial competition created by Albany. Manufacturers in the rest of the MTA region need help too. Already, Orange County, the Towns of Fishkill, LaGrange, Wappinger, Poughkeepsie, East Fishkill and North East, and the Village of Rhinebeck have passed resolutions opposing the tax wall. That number will grow. Governor Cuomo needs to extend tax relief to the entire state."
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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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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 26, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Gipson and Lalor Bill Toughens Sentencing for Multiple Homicides
Albany, NY - (2/26/14) - New York State Senator Terry Gipson (D – Dutchess, Putnam)  and Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R – Dutchess) today announced bipartisan legislation (S.6462, A.8721) that would give judges in New York State the discretion to allow the sentencing for two or more crimes through a single act to run consecutively when one of the crimes results in a homicide under Article 125 of the New York State Penal Law.
The legislators were joined by the families of Shawn and Patricia Wonderly. The Wonderly family, along with other members of the community, presented the idea for this legislation after a personal tragedy. On August 1, 2012, Ryan Floryan ran a red light at the Eastbound Arterial and Worrall Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie and slammed into a car carrying Shawn and Patricia Wonderly of the City of Poughkeepsie. The couple was killed in the crash. Thankfully, their two children Abigail, now 9, and Matthew Wonderly, now 8, who were also in the car, survived the crash.
On Wednesday June 12, 2013, Ryan Floryan pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree manslaughter. He faces six and a half to thirteen years in prison. While the victims' families are relieved by Mr. Floryan's guilty plea, they are rightfully disappointed with legal restrictions that had an impact on his sentencing. Under current law, Dutchess County Court Judge Stephen Greller could not impose a stricter sentence as the sentencing for the two separate manslaughter charges must run concurrently since they were caused by one act. During court proceedings, Floryan admitted that he was driving at an excessive speed to avoid City of Poughkeepsie police because he was on parole violation.
"It’s important that this legislation gives judges further discretion when sentencing these crimes. I believe that those whose reckless actions have taken innocent lives should be held fully accountable, and that judges should be able to hand down a sentence reflective of each life lost and the circumstances surrounding each case,” said Senator Gipson. “I thank the Wonderly and DeSantola families for their advocacy, and am proud to be working with them, members of our shared community and my colleagues to further this legislation.”
“This bill will help to ensure that the extent of a defendant’s sentence will directly and appropriately relate to the amount of suffering caused to victims, their families and society,” said Assemblyman Lalor. “Thanks to the Wonderly and DeSantola families for their efforts in advancing this cause. Their work will ensure that justice is carried out. I’m honored to have worked with them on the legislation. I look forward to working with them to pass the bill and give courts the tools to deliver justice to the victims of crimes. Thanks also to Judge Stephen Greller for bringing this problem to our attention.”
Rich DeSantola, brother of Patricia DeSantola Wonderly, said, “On August 1, 2012, while driving through Poughkeepsie, headed home from a friend’s home, my sister Patricia DeSantola Wonderly and my brother in law Shawn Wonderly, along with their two young children Abigail and Matthew, were struck by a car driven by Ryan Floryan of Poughkeepsie, who was attempting to flee police. Shawn and Patti were killed and the children injured. Floryan was charged with two counts of manslaughter, and after a prolonged pre-trial period and a plea bargain, was sentenced to 13.5 to 15 years for each count. To our great shock, the district attorney told us that under current NYS penal law, the judge was mandated to have Floryan serve his sentences concurrently. Essentially this meant he got away with one punishment for killing two persons. Our family feels very strongly that this part of the penal law must be changed, and judges must be permitted to use their judgment in making the sentences consecutive if circumstances warrant.  Nothing can bring Shawn and Patti back, but perhaps through our efforts and those of Senator Gipson and Assemblyman Lalor, we can spare future families the pain of watching the person responsible for such a tragedy, go under-punished for the crimes committed.”
Lawrence Wonderly, father of Shawn Wonderly, said, “On August 1, 2012, two beautiful lives were snuffed out by the uncaring and reckless actions of one individual. That individual was charged, pleaded guilty and sentenced for his crimes. However, because the law in New York State required the sentences to run concurrently, the felon is serving time for taking only one of the two lives. This change to the law will bring fairness and equity to the sentencing process so that no other families or friends will have to be subject to the inequity of this old law. I thank Assemblyman Lalor, Senator Gipson and their fellow legislators for their hard work to make this change.”
 

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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 26, 2014
What surplus?  What tax cuts?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601

Here's a riddle: When is a surplus not a surplus? 
Here's the answer: When it doesn't actually exist, even though Andrew Cuomo says it does.
 
Andrew Cuomo has been talking up a $2 billion budget surplus a lot lately -- a surplus that supports his proposed tax cuts.  
 
There's only one problem with that: the surplus doesn't exist.  It's totally fictional: an election year figment of the Governor's imagination.
 
Earlier this week, the office of State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, stated that Cuomo's imaginary surplus will be "difficult to achieve" and that a proper projection would have the budget show a $ 3.4 billion DEFICIT.
 
That confirms a report in the New York Times last month that exposed Andrew Cuomo's election year "budget tricks" -- in this case he needs the surplus trick to maintain the tax cut "tricks" in this election year budget.  
 
When the fictional surplus disappears so will the tax cuts, but only after this year's election.
 
Andrew Cuomo is no stranger to struggling with reality:
 
He's spending hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on ads claiming that New York is "open for business," when New York is still the most taxed, most regulated, least business-friendly state in America.  
 
He claimed that his administration "respects the second amendment," even after he forced the SAFE Act through the legislature in the middle of the night, and he told conservatives that they "have no place" in New York just a few weeks after Republicans swept all seven County Executives seats in the 2013 elections.
 
Now, he's conjured a $2 billion budget surplus out of thin air in order to support the idea that he supports tax cuts... just in time for his reelection campaign.
 
Read on for the whole story:

The $2B Surplus May Be Difficult To Achieve, DiNapoli Says

By Nick Reisman 
February 24
A budget analysis from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office on Monday found the state will have to find $2.5 billion in savings on average over the next three years in order to achieve Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of a $2 billion surplus by 2016-17.
 
The DiNapoli report found that without a 2 percent cap on spending in coming budget years, the state is due to run deficits of $1.5 billion in 2015-16 and a $2.2 billion gap in 2016-17. A deficit of $3.4 billion is projected for 2017-18.
 
Cuomo is projecting major surpluses in the coming fiscal years, providing the state continue to limit its annual spending growth at 2 percent - which the state has done in the last several budget years.
Cuomo in his State of the State address touted the last three years of budgeting, noting that he inherited a $10 billion deficit when he took office as governor, and spoke of the $2 billion in the present tense.
 
But DiNapoli's report found that will be difficult to achieve as growth from major spending areas such as school aid and Medicaid are estimated to increase well above 2 percent and represent 41.5 percent of the state's $92 billion operating budget.
So in order to control spending, $2.5 billion in projected baseline growth spending will have to be cut, but it has not be specified where that money will come from.
 
Due to previous cuts in other areas of the budget that the state can control, finding new ways to cut costs may prove challenging.
"Given these figures, funding for State agency operations, and for local assistance programs including transportation, mental hygiene, social services and higher education, may be expected to bear a disproportionate share of future spending restraint," the report found.
At the same time, details are also lacking on plans for debt service.
 
DiNapoli's report found less information has been provided on state debt, debt service by program for the personal income tax and sales tax bonds has been given in previous budget proposals.
"These changes reduce the level of information regarding the State's use of borrowing, its current debt burden, and payment of costs for essential capital projects," the report found. "The changes in DOB's presentation of debt-related information follow the State's consolidation of bond issuances under fewer bonding programs in recent years. While such consolidation may make the State's debt issuance process more efficient, transparency in the use of taxpayer-funded borrowing is also essential."
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Peekskill Restaurant Week
this week & next!
 
Ladies Night "Burgers & Bordeuax"
A relaxed vibe, great live music, food and drink specials...
It's Ladies Night 
12 Grapes style!
DRINK SPECIALS: 
$6 martinis, $6 by the glass wines, $4 beers. Weekday Dinner Deal: Two courses for just $15! Drew is BACK with his unique blend of Pop/Rock & contemporary covers. Shout out your favorites!
Ladies Night Specials: 7-10. Music 8-10.
Free Admission.
NEW! Pro-Band Showcase with
Band of New York
Showcasing their incredible talent is one of New York City's premier dance/party band, BoNY. Take this unique opportunity to listen to industry pros together in one amazing band. Powerhouse drummer / vocalist Adam Snyder, Stacy Snyder on lead vocals, Mick Gaffney on guitar, Lance Doss on vocals/bass, Ado Coker on keys, and a 3-piece horn section with Tony Gorruso on trumpet, Ken Gioffre on sax and John Hahn on trombone. Come be amazed. And get ready to dance! Free admission.
 
The Live Society Trio
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With perfect pitch and an amazing talent for harmonizing, Brian Collazo is one of the most entertaining vocalists in the Tri-state. Brian is the lead vocalist of the band Live Society. He and his trio perform amazing renditions o R&B / Soul hits from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding as well as originals. Brian is joined tonight by Anthony Candullo on bass and Dean Scala on guitar. $5 Cover.
 
A Mardi Gras Party with
Shadetree Mechanics
Get your beads, cause we're partying N'Orleans-style tonight!! Shadetree Mechanics delivers high-energy fun...with a set list that includes Blues and Rock and a bit of Cajun Gumbo mixed in, featuring Mike "The Rev" on washboard!! We'll be dancing and partying like crazy -- including Hurricanes at the bar and Cajun specials on the menu.
Look for the special cameo by "washboard Rich". $10 Cover or $5 with Dinner entrée.
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Fri, Mar 7 ~ Chris Fox Trio
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Sun, Mar 9 ~ 18-piece Swing Band
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BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE
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Open Mic Night
 
Every 3rd Thursday
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R.O.I. By Frank J. Rich
The Highest Bidder
 
Ever feel like you're just a step behind the world around you, like no matter how well you convince yourself that you're doing the right things you're still catching up?
 
I get a tickle from things most take for granted. TV commercials, a movie that brings a tear, two-inch lettuce in the garden that were seeds just 15 days before, an unexpected call from the kids.
 
So when I saw the commercial for Geico insurance that featured a grocery clerk who launches into an auction of a shopper's groceries, I went immediately to the market model that underlies this humorous rouse. The woman, outbid for her own groceries by the shopper behind her who enters the bidding, walks away feeling defeated. The humor in the commercial is obvious; the principle may not be so obvious.
 
If the didactic is still forming in your mind, remember that every business, not for profit, hospital, and virtually any organization that vies for "customers," is in a bidding war for business. The purest form of competition is alternative use of the same resources, which means the customer can spend his dollars anywhere and on anything that represents greater value to him than the alternative.
 
To unpack the model in practical terms we see businesses working hard to identify target audiences, reach out to them with incentives, and compel the use of their products and services over another's by a value math that uniquely qualifies them. In simple terms it's a bidding war for customers.
 
Why then do so many businesses, especially small retailers, fail to make every possible effort to draw prospects into their shops in an effort to turn them into customers who can deliver the long-term revenue stream they need to succeed?
 
Why don't they see clearly that it hardly matters what a business pays to get a prospect in the door, knowing that nothing happens until that happens? And why don't businesses continue the offers that provide the opportunity for them to distinguish themselves from the competition? Why indeed?
 
Most small businesses would not even think of discounting their products 50 percent until Groupon came along. But "deal buyers" are not customers until they are convinced to return for other reasons than a ridiculous price for a product they value. It is not the failure of "deal companies" like Groupon that produced poor return business from incredible deals. Rather, it is the failure of the business to uniquely qualify its "value propositions" to a buyer while having his undivided attention.
 
Marketplace businesses are bidding everyday for the customers who are necessary to sustenance and growth. Only those who see this clearly and act to attract buyers to their shops, then do everything necessary to encourage their return, will grow in a "push" market that requires of vendors that they reach out and touch buyers through the media channels that are their preference in finding the goods and services they want, need, or are in the habit of buying.
They are the market winners and the marketers, those who use media channel tools to attract customers and good common sense customer service to keep them.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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Westchester Legislators Celebrate Black History Month
 
Long-time Tarrytown residents James and Mary Lane Cobb honored
 
White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) celebrated Black History and Heritage Month last night with a special program prior to its regular meeting, and long-time residents James and Mary Lane Cobb were honored for their achievements and county-wide contributions.
 
“Each February, as a nation, we take the opportunity to observe Black History Month and focus on the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to our country,” said Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh), chair of the BOL Community Services Committee, in her remarks at the celebration. “It is important to recognize the great deeds and accomplishments of those who have gone on before us, and those who are still with us, and commemorate their efforts to improve the lives of all, especially African-Americans.”
 
Dr. Mary Lane Cobb, a retired physician, is the former Director of Women and Youth Services at the Westchester County Department of Health. She is also an accomplished vocalist whose artistic gifts stretch from church choirs and choral programs to jazz. A founding member of the Community Opportunity Center in Tarrytown, Cobb has been active also with the Westchester Region NAACP and Youth Theatre Interactions, where she was the immediate past president.
 
A renowned mechanical engineer with many patents to his credit, James W. Cobb founded and led Pilot Machine Designers in Connecticut for many years. Currently, Cobb is Chairman of the Westchester Region NAACP ACT-SO Coalition and Scholarship Chairman of the White Plains / New Rochelle Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Cobb also serves on the board of the Westchester Community College Foundation.
 
“It was my sincere pleasure to honor one of Westchester’s exceptional African-American couples, Mr. James Cobb and Dr. Mary Lane Cobb, during the Board of Legislators’ Black History and Heritage Month celebration,” said Legislator Benjamin Boykin II (D-White Plains), chair of the BOL Appointments Committee, during his remarks. “The Cobbs are pillars of their community, active in their church and many civic organizations. I am grateful for all of the work they have done and all the lives they’ve touched.”
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SENATOR GREG BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON SURPRISE CON-ED ENERGY BILLS
 
Brewster, N.Y. – 02/24/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after residents received unexpectedly high Con Edison energy bills.
 
“My office has received a large number of calls from Con Edison customers, including dozens of seniors, that have received unexpectedly high energy bills from Con Edison. While I understand the weather has been extremely cold and energy costs are continually rising, constituents have contacted my office with a bill that is twice as high, or more, as last year’s bill. We have seniors on fixed incomes and this type of surprise billing is forcing some to choose between medication, food and paying this huge bill. A 100% increase is absolutely unbearable for senior citizen on a fixed income struggling to stay in their homes,” said Senator Greg Ball. “All I am asking is that commonsense and common decency prevail. Let it be clear, I am glad to hear that Con Edison has made a good faith effort to allow customers to spread their energy costs out over a 12 month period, yet these sky-high energy bills are unbelievable. Our community, and these struggling seniors, deserve an explanation and I look forward to working with Con Edison to providing my constituents with the relief they need.”
 
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BALL HOSTS THIRD COMMON CORE FORM, NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EDUCATION EXPERT SPEAKS TO PARENTS, STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS 
 
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 02/25/2014 – On Monday evening Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) hosted a Common Core Forum in conjunction with Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Over one hundred parents, students and educators attended the forum to voice their concerns over the new standards and to hear from Dr. Peg Luksik, a nationally recognized education expert.
 
“According to the federal government, Common Core was designed to provide a uniformed standard for students, preparing them for college and careers. Regardless of the good intentions, Common Core has become an Uncommon Disaster,” said Senator Greg Ball. “My office has been inundated with phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned with this new program. We must be committed to providing our students with the best possible education available. However, education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor, sinking to the lowest common denominator.”
Peg Luksik, Chairman of Founded on Truth, gave a special presentation on how Common Core is affecting New York State’s education system at the community forum. Luksik is a nationally recognized education expert that has been an educator for over 35 years and was a Gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania in both 1990 and 1994.
“We are told that Common Core focuses on the floor of educational achievement. But education should always be about the ceiling - challenging America's children to reach up to find their potential,” said Peg Luksik. “When we focus our schools on the floor, too many of our children will never get out of the basement.”
Currently, Senator Greg Ball has a bill that calls for an immediate 3-year moratorium on the controversial new standards until the issues can be resolved, as well as a bill that would convene an independent commission charged with studying the implications of changing standards and determining the best method of improving public school education. In addition to the legislation, Senator Ball has also launched a petition to stop Common Core in NYS on his Senate website that now has over 7,000 signatures.
Senator Greg Ball was also joined at the forum by County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature Rob Rolison.
“The public education system is already fragile, and what has occurred with the states implementation of Common Core has been really shaking up the very foundation of public education,” said County Executive Molinaro. “Schools ought to be places where our community comes together, instead the failed and flawed implantation of Common Core has made our school buildings of conflict and debate, creating far too much hardship for teachers, families and students.”
“I have had the opportunity to attend several forums on Common Core and the controversy that has been created for our school children. We need more common sense verses Common Core,” said Legislator Rolison, “People are extremely upset over these standards and how they have been applied with little or no discussion prior to the implementation of this, and that’s just wrong.”
Torry Castellano, 7th grade student from Mahopac Middle School, called Common Core awful, sayings that it often makes her younger brother cry.
“My brother and I are some current victims of Common Core. We both used to love school until this awful system was introduced. Now, school is a living nightmare for the both of us. Crammed lessons because the teachers don’t have time to teach us, ten pounds of homework a night. Every night my brother cries over his homework and I often feel like crying too,” said Torry Castellano.
 
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SATURDAY: FORMER CEO OF HBO TO JOIN SEN. BALL & REP. MALONEY AT VETERANS ROUNDTABLE
Brewster, N.Y. – 02/25/2014 – Former Chief Executive Officer of HBO Bill Nelson will join State Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D – Cold Spring) on Saturday February 8th to host a Veterans Roundtable at the Carmel Town Hall.
The roundtable will be open to all veterans and their specific needs, but will also touch upon Senator Greg Ball’s legislation to create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York State. The legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program that is presently established for a three percent contract set aside, and similar legislation has been enacted in over forty other states.
This legislation has repeatedly passed in the Senate since its introduction in 2007 but has failed to make it out of the New York State Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations. Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State, endorsed the program and vowed to make it a legislative priority this year.
“Providing this earned opportunity to our heroes is commonsense. New York state is behind the over forty other states that have already enacted this set aside. I am honored to join with Representative Maloney to host a joint roundtable to focus on this NY Jobs For Heroes Program,” said Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. “One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners. The same attributes that make these people so vital to defending our freedom are the same hard earned intangibles that make them exceptional at running their businesses and creating jobs. We have been trailing the nation on this front for far too long. I urge residents to join our cause by signing the NY Jobs For Heroes petition on my website and joining us at the roundtable. The time to get this done is NOW!”
“After our brave men and women have dedicated their lives in service to our country, more than three million veterans have come home to start small businesses. We must do all that we can to support our heroes, and I commend Senator Ball for working to give our veterans access to billions of dollars in state contracts in order to ensure our highly skilled veterans gain meaningful employment upon their return to civilian life,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, son of a Navy Veteran.
Former Chief Executive Officer of HBO and current Yorktown resident, Bill Nelson, will join the Saturday’s roundtable. Mr. Nelson is a Vietnam combat veteran that actively supports efforts to help our veterans and their families in need through his participation in veteran focused charities.
“I believe it is the obligation of every US State to follow the lead of the Federal  Government in providing a contract preference to small businesses owned by our service connected disabled veterans. Forty-four states have done so over the past years. It is time for NY State to join in as well. How is it that NY State, attacked on 9/11, leaves behind its sons and daughters who volunteered for military service because of that very attack,” said Bill Nelson. “The great majority of citizens in New York would  like to know the rationale for not supporting this effort which simply mirrors the legislation passed by the Federal Government and almost 90 percent of the US States.”
 
To sign the “NY Jobs For Heroes Program” petition visit Senator Greg Ball’s website: nysenate.gov/webform/petition-ny-jobs-heroes-program.
For more information, or to RSVP for the hearings, please contact Krista Gobins at Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling (845) 279-3773, or e-mailing kgobins@nysenate.gov.
What: Hudson Valley Jobs For Heroes Roundtable
When: Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 AM
Where: Carmel Town Hall: 60 McAlpin Ave, Mahopac, NY 10541
Who: Senator Greg Ball and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney

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SENATOR GREG BALL HOSTS CARMEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE ROUNDTABLE WITH NYS HOMELAND SECURITY COMMISSIONER HAUER
 
Carmel, N.Y. – 02/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, hosted a Homeland Security and Emergency Response Roundtable with Jerome Hauer, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, on Tuesday afternoon at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel, NY.
 
The roundtable provided a forum for county and local municipality leaders to share feedback concerning the training, development needs and emergency preparedness plans of local police, fire departments, EMS and other related emergency services.
“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. “I would like to thank Commissioner Hauer for meeting with local first responders in our area so we can work together to ensure we are fully prepared in case of an emergency.”
“Having roundtables such as this provide a great opportunity to hear from first responders and discuss best practices that will strengthen and enhance their training, preparedness and response capabilities,” said Jerome M. Hauer, Commissioner, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
In addition to training, coloration and communication, roundtable participants largely focused on the recent drug overdoses including prescription drug abuse. The state recently created an Internet system for tracking over prescribed prescription drugs known as I-STOP, but participants said more needed to be done.
Senator Greg Ball co-hosted the 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.
“I am deeply concerned about the actions of our secretary of defense Chuck Hagel in proposing deep reductions in our military to pre World War II levels. The world is still a very dangerous place with conventional threats coming from Iran, North Korea, China, and with the Middle East being virtually a tinderbox. These threats coupled with terrorist threats coming from numerous places make us less safe right here at home.  I fear that our leadership in Washington is abandoning the concept of ‘Peace through Strength’ that President Ronald Reagan used to bring down the Berlin Wall without the firing of a single shot,” said Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith. “It is very important that we not become complacent. Complacency is really the enemy of preparedness and homeland security. It seems that after every war we tend to let our guard down and dismantle the military. We need to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. I thank Senator Greg Ball for organizing this important roundtable. It is extremely important to coordinate with Commissioner Hauer and other local officials to ensure we are all working together to protect our communities and ensure we are fully prepared in the event of an emergency.”
“I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for making me Chairman of the Senate Fire & Public Safety Advisory Council,” said Hugh Fox. “It is great to see a mixture of police, fire and emergency services in this room. I think we all have the same agenda, before the disaster happens what are we going to do about it? This is a great concept for the Senator to put together to have us all come together in a room to share what we are concerned about.”
“Senator Greg Ball has been instrumental in the homeland security aspect of New York State, by gathering together groups like this of police officers and first responders to hear their opinions and voices to put together a cohesive plan for the state,” said Robert Morris, First Vice Presidents of Port Authority PBA. “Senator Ball has also been instrumental in assistance us in the Port Authority in the wake of 9/11, he listened to our suggestions and actually corrected problems that needed to be addressed.”
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.
 
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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