Friday, February 28, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/28/14: 19 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)  Mark Your Calendar - March 13th


2)  Yorktown Town Board split on filling board vacancy 02/25/14

3)  03/01/14: FORMER CEO OF HBO TO JOIN SEN. BALL & REP. MALONEY AT VETERANS ROUNDTABLE

4)  Yorktown Democrats Announce Spring Agenda

5)  Lalor Demands Details From Cuomo on New IBM Deal

6)  Cox: De Blasio Cheats Underprivileged Kids - NY Post Op Ed

7)  Westchester Secures Federal Funding to Expand Ride Connect Program

8) ASSEMBLYWOMAN GALEF VISITS LOCAL VETS WITH HENDRICK HUDSON STUDENTS AS PART OF "NATIONAL SALUTE TO VETERAN PATIENTS WEEK"

9)  Cox: de Blasio's War on Charters Disgraceful

10)  Cuomo Puts Cons Before Kids - Web Video

11)  Blackstones Steakhouse Happy Hour

12)  Sean Patrick Maloney Votes To Keep IRS Targeting

13)  You're Invited: Onondaga County Reception feat. Donald Trump 03/11/14

14)  Galef letter to editor-Human Trafficking

15)  Westchester Legislator Jenkins Pushes for More Transparency and Oversight Processes for County Contracts

16)  SENATOR BALL AGAIN PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SERVICE MEMBERS FROM LOSING CHILD CUSTODY

17)  New ROI column from Frank J. Rich: It's You!

18)  A great week of entertainment for the entire family at the Ridgefield Playhouse

19)  You're Invited: Food and Fun with Onondaga County Clerk Sandy Schepp 03/01/14

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown



Town Board
February 25, 2014
 
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Landmarks Preservation Commission
The discussion continued about hiring a consultant to do a survey of historic structures in the Heights area.

2. Clothing Bins
Supervisor Grace said the town needed to take action regarding the proliferation of unregulated clothing bins in parking lots throughout town.

3. Filling Town Board vacancy
Supervisor Grace and Councilman Murphy said they wanted to move forward to appoint someone to fill the position until December 31, but Councilman Bianco and Patel said the vacancy should be filled by a special election. The town attorney stated that before a special election could be held, the board would first have to adopt a local law that would be subject to a mandatory referendum and that the election couldn’t be held until after the referendum was approved, something she said wasn’t practical given the available time. The board may revisit the appointment issue again next week.


 




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
***MEDIA ADVISORY***
***Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 AM***
TOMORROW: FORMER CEO OF HBO TO JOIN SEN. BALL & REP. MALONEY AT VETERANS ROUNDTABLE
 
Brewster, N.Y. – 02/28/2014 – 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
 
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 26, 2014
Contact: Brendan Tully or Ron Stokes
(914) 860-6119 or (914) 384-1153

Yorktown Democrats Announce Spring Agenda

The Yorktown Democratic committee has announced the schedule for their
spring meetings. The focus will be on the November elections, with
opportunities for the candidates for the various offices to introduce
themselves to the District Leaders and voters.  The meetings are open to
any interested voters of any party.

"This November is a critical moment for all of us, not just locally, but
state-wide and nationally," said Brendan Tully, co-chair of the Yorktown
Democrats.  "Sean Maloney, who has done such a terrific job in his first
term, is facing a challenge from the former Representative, Tea Party
member Nan Hayworth.  On a statewide level, Andrew Falk is running for
Assembly against Steven Katz, who lost the faith of many voters when he
was stopped last year for speeding and found in possession of marijuana,
and has recently been jetting back and forth to Colorado to enjoy their
new legalization of pot.  Justin Wagner has announced his candidacy to
unseat Greg Ball, darling of the far right, who has ignited a firestorm
by his controversial decision to back fracking in our upstate watershed.
We have 3 judicial races in Westchester, one each for Supreme, County
and Family Court.  And then last but far from least, locally, we have to
fill the seat on the Town Board vacated when Dave Paganelli became
Yorktown Highway Superintendent."

The next meeting is scheduled for March 13th.  "We're going to have
presentations by candidates for all 3 judicial races," said co-chair Ron
Stokes, himself a candidate for County Court.  "The convention for the
judicial candidates is normally in May, so we want to be sure to give
them a chance to meet our District Leaders and voters."

The Democrats’ April meeting is currently planned for the 14th.  Under
Democratic Party rules all meetings are open to the public.  Speakers
before the Democrats at Spring meetings will include Andrew Falk, Justin
Wagner, and Noam Bramson discussing the issues, local and state-wide, of
vital concern to Yorktowners, along with those interested in the open
Town Board seat.

Former Town Board Supervisor Susan Siegel has expressed interest, as has
Bob Giordano.  But it's very much an open race.  "We'd like to see
anyone who cares about the future of our town, and wants to play an
active role in guiding that future, to come forward,” said Stokes.
“Currently we're the largest group registered in town.  Our diversity of
membership and broad spectrum of views is what sets us apart from the
Republicans, but it means that we have to go the extra distance to make
sure that our candidates truly represent our members.  The Republicans
have selected their candidate in executive session behind closed doors.
We don't do business that way.  Our meetings are always open."

"The executive committee is not going to be endorsing any particular
candidate,” said co-chair Brendan Tully.  “As always, it's a decision
that's in the hands of our members."  The convention for District
leaders to select a candidate is scheduled for May 15.

Choosing a candidate is only the first step for the District Leaders.
They must then carry petitions to get the necessary signatures from
registered Democrats to allow the candidate to appear on the ballot. The
petition gathering process starts the 2nd week of June.  "That process
takes weeks. Each District Leader, in their spare time, every night and
weekend day, has to knock on the doors of each of our registered
Democratic voters,” said Stokes.  “In the end, it's the voters who make
the choice, not just in November, but throughout the process.  And it's
not just the candidate that the District Leaders settled on; anyone who
wants to can gather signatures if they want to take the decision to the
voters at large in a primary. It’s easy to overlook how much legwork and
time goes into an election," he continued. "That's why it takes so long
-- there are many steps, and each of them is critical in making sure
that the name on the ballot in November best represents the voters, not
just of the Democrats, but all of Yorktown."
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 28, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor Demands Details From Cuomo on New IBM Deal
Albany, NY - (2/28/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) has written to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting more information from the governor's office and IBM on the recent agreement between the New York State and IBM. Lalor's letter to Governor Cuomo may be found online here.

"The latest deal between IBM and New York State seems to have raised more questions than it answers," said Lalor. "Now we're hearing reports about layoffs at IBM across the state. How did these layoffs figure into the deal? Both the state and  IBM have been short on details about this agreement. The public can’t adequately assess the plan unless the details are available. This has been a long-standing problem in the State’s dealings with IBM and other companies receiving special tax benefits or other deals from the state."
Lalor continued, "Right now IBM has about 7,000 employees in Dutchess County. Governor Cuomo's office says the new agreement requires IBM  to maintain 3,100 jobs in Dutchess County, Albany and Yorktown Heights. What does that mean for the remaining 3,900 just in Dutchess County? When the governor and IBM announce a deal, but offer few details, it raises these kinds of questions and concerns. The governor should release all of the details from the IBM agreement immediately."

"Ordinarily, I would say the government shouldn't be prying into a private business. But, when IBM strikes special deals with the state it is stepping outside the free market. When IBM participates in crony capitalism, it opens itself to public scrutiny," Lalor concluded.

In addition to asking for the details of the agreement, Lalor is asking the governor the following questions.
1. Right now IBM has about 7,000 employees in Dutchess County. Your office says that the new agreement requires IBM to maintain 3,100 jobs in Dutchess County, Albany and Yorktown Heights. What does that mean for the remaining 3,900 jobs just in Dutchess County?
2. Will IBM finally detail exactly how many employees it has in New York? It’s hard to review these deals without knowing the baseline numbers for IBM employment in New York.
3. The deal only runs through 2016. What is the long-term plan?
4. New York State tax incentives have incentivized jobs shifting from the Hudson Valley to other parts of the state. Does that continue in this agreement?
5. How do the latest layoffs reported today figure into the deal?

Lalor's letter to Governor Cuomo is available online here.

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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 28, 2014
Cox: De Blasio Cheats Underprivileged Kids
- NY Post Op Ed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601

Yesterday, Bill de Blasio took unilateral action to reverse co-location for several charter schools, including one that has existed since 2008.
 
Access to a quality education is the great civil rights issue of our time, and Bill de Blasio just snatched the building blocks of upward social mobility from the hands of underprivileged children.
 
Why? To shore up his support from teachers unions, who despise charter schools precisely because they have created a system of educating children that works better than New York's system of failing public schools.
 
This morning, NYGOP Chair Ed Cox responded with an op-ed in the New York Post:
 
Cheating Charter Schools is Cheating Underprivileged Kids
By Ed Cox
 
By unilaterally reversing co-location for several charter schools, including one that has existed since 2008, Mayor de Blasio just snatched the building blocks of upward social mobility from the hands of underprivileged children.
 
Co-located charter schools must share rent-free space with non-charter public schools, in part because charters receive significantly less operating funds per student and zero funds for bricks and mortar.
 
Alternative schools like charters and parochial schools can succeed where traditional public schools fail, and they deserve our support. But de Blasio is attacking them.
 
The situation is dire. Citywide, just 30 percent of students are proficient in math, and 26 percent are proficient in language arts. (It's even worse upstate. In Buffalo, just 11 percent of third-to-eighth-graders are proficient in language arts and math. In Syracuse, only 7.5 percent are proficient, and in Rochester, just 5 percent.)  
 
Compare those numbers with these: In the Success Charter Network, the city's largest network of public schools, 82 percent of students are proficient in math, and 58 percent are proficient in language arts. All three schools whose co-location were confiscated are in the Success Charter Network.
 
It's no secret that New York City's teachers unions despise the Success Charter Network and its leader Eva Moskowitz, precisely because Moskowitz has created a system of educating children that works better than New York's system of failing public schools, and has done so without unionized teachers, thereby demonstrating the huge burden that a union contract puts on public schools.
 
The incontestable success of charter schools makes de Blasio's open opposition to them outrageous. In the tale of two school systems, one works and one doesn't. And Bill de Blasio is siding with the ones that don't.
 
For de Blasio, education in New York City isn't a means of providing children with the skills and background they need to succeed - it's a means of providing de Blasio with the political coalition that he needs to succeed. De Blasio's betrayal of New York's youth cements his support from teachers unions.
 
In a similar vein, de Blasio's persistent shill for a tax hike to cover the cost of universal pre-K cements his support from the liberal base of the Democratic Party, who cannot resist a pied piper armed with a "tax the rich!" siren song.
 
Of course, both State Education Commissioner John King and a Citizens Budget Commission report have warned that universal pre-K in New York City will cost three times what de Blasio is asking for.
 
The mayor's education policies are primitive in their support of failing inner-city schools and destructive of superior charter schools, which give choice and hope to ­inner-city families.
 
The success of many alternative schools can be attributed to a number of factors, including school discipline, innovative curriculums, longer school hours and years and freedom from bureaucratic regulations and union contracts.
 
I speak from my experience as a founder and former chair of both SUNY's Charter School Committee and the Student Sponsor Partners organization, which sponsors inner-city high-school students for admission into parochial schools. Our SSP program scrupulously selects average inner-city students for sponsorship, and every year they graduate from their parochial high schools at more than double the rate of inner-city public schools - and for less than half the cost per student.
 
Studies of the program have proven that the problem with underachieving inner-city students isn't the student - it's the system. Charter schools offer high-performing alternatives for parents without the expense of parochial-school tuition.
 
Educating underprivileged children is the great civil rights issue of our time, and our alternative schools prove that education can be the great equalizer for inner city youths.
 
But de Blasio's politically motivated anti-charter bias protects the status quo of special interests and undermines the American promise of equal opportunity for all.
 
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On Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:29 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Dear Neighbor,

Good news!  RideConnect, a program run by Family Services of Westchester and supported in part by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services, will now be available in Cortlandt, Ossining, Peekskill, Yorktown and New Castle.
The County was able to secure a Federal Grant of $1.43 million, over a three-year period, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will fund the program’s expansion through March 2017.
RideConnect has been a successful program that connects seniors, the disabled and home healthcare workers with transportation in Northern Westchester, where access to public transportation is limited. Individuals can utilize RideConnect to schedule rides for medical appointments, shopping, cultural events, hairdresser appointments and errands. Transportation is provided by volunteers or the RideConnect bus.
The service originally operated in Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Pound Ridge, North Salem, North Castle and Somers. The additional funding will enable the program to expand into Cortlandt, Ossining, Peekskill, Yorktown and New Castle. RideConnect also has a database of volunteers who can also offer rides in other parts of Westchester.
People age 21 and older in all Westchester communities who are interested in volunteering should contact program director Karen Ganis at (914) 864-0955 or kganis@fsw.org.
To arrange for a ride, call RideConnect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, at (914) 242-7433. With advance notice, rides can be scheduled on weekends as well. Rides can also be requested on the RideConnect website at www.rideconnectwestchester.org.  
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On Thursday, February 27, 2014 5:09 PM, Sandra Galef wrote:
ASSEMBLYWOMAN GALEF VISITS LOCAL VETS WITH HENDRICK HUDSON STUDENTS AS PART
OF "NATIONAL SALUTE TO VETERAN PATIENTS WEEK"

  Veterans Received Belated Valentine's Day Cards From Students in Honor of
Nationwide Effort



        (February 27, 2014) On Thursday, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef visited
the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Montrose with a group of nearly
twenty students from Blue Mountain Middle School, part of the Hendrick
Hudson School District.  The group's visit was in conjunction with the
Department of Veterans Affairs call to honor our veterans during the week
designated "National Salute to Veteran Patients Week." While the call to
service takes place each year the week of Valentine's Day, this year's trip
was postponed due to the multitude of snow storms our region encountered.
This run of bad weather would not stop the students from volunteering their
time to this meaningful event. 



  Assemblywoman Galef and the students spent time conversing with local vets
while presenting them with Valentine's Day cards created by students of the
Hendrick Hudson Schools. Assemblywoman Galef annually participates in this
event.



"This week's salute is a wonderful chance to show our appreciation for our
veterans," stated Assemblywoman Galef. "It allows our local school children
to understand the sacrifices these men and women made while also providing
us an opportunity to brighten up the day for many of the patients.  I am
proud to be a part of this effort to pay tribute to our Vets."



        The purpose of the VA's "National Salute to Veteran Patients Week"
is to encourage as many people as possible to pay tribute, to express
appreciation to Veterans, encourage community awareness of the role of the
local VA Medical Center, and to inspire citizens to visit hospitalized
veterans and become involved as volunteers. 
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February 27, 2014
Cox: de Blasio's War on Charters Disgraceful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601

NEW YORK CITY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement in response to Bill de Blasio reversing nine charter school co-locations. Co-locations allow charter schools to share rent-free space with non-charter public schools.
 
"Bill de Blasio just unilaterally stole from thousands of underprivileged children the building blocks of upward social mobility," said Cox.
 
"Bill de Blasio's War on Charters is a disgrace upon this City and the office he holds. Every New Yorker who cares about equal opportunity for underprivileged children ought to be ashamed of our Mayor."
 
NYGOP Chair Ed Cox is also a founder and former Chair of both SUNY's Charter School Committee and the Student Sponsor Partners organization, which sponsors inner city high school students into parochial schools.   
 
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February 27, 2014

Web Video:
Cuomo Puts Cons Before Kids
Andrew Cuomo recently announced that New York's taxpayers will be paying for college education for prison inmates. 

Earlier this week, the Erie County GOP Committee released this great web ad, in which college students saddled with student loan debt tell Andrew Cuomo what they think of his proposal.
Click the image below to see what they had to say, and be sure to forward this around to your friends:
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For Immediate Release
February 26, 2014
Contact: Press Office
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Votes To Keep IRS Targeting
Today’s Vote Would Enable IRS To Keep Targeting Conservative Groups
 
WASHINGTON In the latest vote during the House’s “Stop Government Abuse Week,” members just voted to prohibit the Obama Administration from changing the rules used to grant tax-exempt status to organizations to fit their political agenda.
 
Sean Patrick Maloney today inexplicably voted to prevent this and keep IRS targeting in place. Why does Maloney believe an official government agency should target American citizens solely based on their political beliefs? Instead of stepping in and preventing federal government overreach, Maloney is enabling this inappropriate targeting to continue. 
 
“Yet again, Sean Patrick Maloney has voted in a simply inexplicable fashion,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “No one should have to worry about the government targeting Americans for their political beliefs. It’s these types of shameful and inexcusable votes that show New York voters why they need new representation in Congress.”
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Voted Against The Stop Targeting Of Political Beliefs By The IRS Act. (H.R. 3865, Roll Call #69, 243-176, 2/26/14)
 
 
 
 
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Join NYGOP First Vice Chair Tom Dadey of Onondaga County for a reception featuring Donald Trump in East Syracuse on March 11!
Click the invitation below for a high-res version!
 
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On Friday, February 28, 2014 12:35 PM, Sandra Galef wrote:
February 28, 2014

To the Editor:

Recently, the Super Bowl raised the concern that the huge influx of people
who would be in the metropolitan area would lead to a surge in prostitution
and sex trafficking. Whether or not this is another urban myth remains a
question, but what is not a question is that sex trafficking is alive and
well in Westchester and other suburban areas.  While we protect youngsters
under sixteen by dealing with them in the family courts, considering them
victims, and persons in need of supervision, we have not extended these
protections to youngsters, mostly girls, who are sixteen and seventeen.  In
contrast we have treated them as criminals in the criminal courts.



I am happy to report that a new law changing the procedures for treating
juveniles charged with being prostitutes has passed the legislature and been
signed into law by the governor.  I was pleased to be a supporter of the new
law.  Sixteen and seventeen year olds charged with prostitution or
loitering for that purpose can now be treated as "persons in need of
supervision."  If the person charged pleads guilty or is convicted, the
judge must substitute youthful offender adjudication.  This brings the
treatment of sixteen and seventeen year olds into line with the treatment of
those under sixteen in the family courts. 



The recent TV show I hosted on sex trafficking certainly suggested that the
exploitation of youngsters is a fact of life in our area and not just large
urban settings. I was therefore glad to be able to support a bill that I
believe will be more effective in protecting our children, removing the
taint of a permanent criminal record, and providing the support they need to
succeed in life.


Sandy Galef

Assemblywoman

(914)  941-1111
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