Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/19/14: 15 Topics In Today's blog


1)  Town Of Ossining: Press Release - Earth Day April 19, 2014

2)  Greg Ball:  Come Trap Shoot on April 5th!

3)  All Roads Lead to Pasta - Launch Party 3/20

4)  Buffalo News: Cuomo Misleading on Property Taxes

5)  Should Marijuana be legal?

6)  The Board of Legislators Celebrates Women's History Month - Monday, March 24th

7)  Are you going to the Red Cross Ball? 05/03/14

8)  Town Of Ossining Supervisor Susanne Donnelly: Workshop - How to Make Taxes Less Taxing  03/20/14

9)  Lalor Introducing Bill to Require Disclosure of State Contracts

10)  Powerpoint on Tyler Technologies and the Town-Wide Revaluation Now Available Online

11)  The ObamaCare Hits Just Keep On Coming

12)  NYPA Will Help County Find Energy Cost Reductions, Officials Tell Westchester Legislators

13)  12 Grapes:  LBK-- A first ever in Westchester!



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Ossining’s 5th Annual Earth DayFestival

April 19th – A Riverfront Day of Free Family EventsHonoring Our Planet and Commemorating the Legacy of Pete Seeger


(March 13,2014)–Join the Greater Ossining community in our annual celebration of Earth Day. Ossining’s 5th Annual Earth DayFestival at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Parkwill be on April 19th from 11am-4pm. Bring the family and friends. Learn how to live a more sustainable life, visit artisan vendors, and enjoy foodandlive music on the Hudson River. This year, we pay special tribute to the life and legacy of Pete Seegerby sharing threads of his teachings in both action and song throughout the day.

Hosted by Green Ossining with sponsorship support froma variety of community businesses, featured events of the dayinclude:

Artisan VendorsAthletic Swap: Sports & Recreation Equipment: Do you have sports equipment your kids may have outgrown such as bats, skates, rackets, cleats, sticks, and/or protective gear? Is there sports equipment you may need? Come on down and swap!
Delicious Local Food
Craft Beer
E-Waste: Bring your E-waste down and we’ll even show you how it can be re-purposed, re-used and recycled! (And even provide a tax-deductible receipt).
Drum Circle – Come down and bring your own drum/instrument and participate in this moving musical community gathering
Local "Green" Services/Products Vendors available for sharing green practices and products. Come learn about using eco-friendly products as well as how to save money by reducing your carbon footprint!
Live Music: Honoring the music of Pete Seeger, join us and organizers Mike & Miriam Risko for a day of live music with a range of local musicians focusing on covers of Pete’s work.
Do-It-Yourself Crafts
Kid-Focused Activities
Community Organizations: All existing to help you! Learn more about the variety of groups in our own backyard.

Stay tuned for more updates and about other special events happening throughout the day!

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 On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:56 AM, Greg Ball wrote:
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Friends and fellow Sportsmen,
We have moved the date of the spring trap shoot to Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Willow Wood Gun Club in Mahopac.
Mark your calendars now for a fun filled day of trap shooting. For just $125 you get two rounds of trap (ammo included), plus breakfast and lunch. I can’t think of a better way to show your support for our Second Amendment.
Don’t shoot trap? No problem! Join us after trap shooting for a VIP dinner at Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish starting at 5:30 PM.
Lock and load,
Greg Ball

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March 18, 2014
Buffalo News: Cuomo Misleading on Property Taxes
In case you missed it, Tom Precious had a great piece in yesterday's Buffalo News.

Andrew Cuomo has been touting his property tax freeze lately, but don't be fooled: it's an election-year maneuver that totally ignores the crushing state mandates on local governments that drive high property taxes to begin with.
The Governor just failed Mandate Relief 101. This is a must-read for every property tax payer in New York State.
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Localities see Cuomo's view as misleading on what's driving up property taxes
Say layers of government not property tax drivers
By Tom Precious
The Buffalo News
March 17, 2014
ALBANY - Since he was attorney general and now as governor, Andrew M. Cuomo has criticized what he defines as 10,500 local governments - 1,044 in Erie County alone - scattered across New York and driving up property taxes.
To the governor, Grand Island would be a poster child of such excess.
Besides the town itself, Grand Island has 62 "special districts," 58 of them created just to provide streetlights in various neighborhoods.
How, the governor's mantra goes, can towns like Grand Island possibly justify such numbers? It should be merging and sharing as many services with neighboring communities as possible, he says, to help beleaguered property taxpayers.
But here's where the rhetoric doesn't necessarily tell the complete story.
Consider Grand Island's 58 lighting districts. Not one has a single employee drawing a salary or getting health benefits from the town or waiting for a big pension upon retirement. These lighting districts are simply lines on a balance sheet, ensuring that a neighborhood's residents pay for the electricity they use.
Moreover, getting rid of such lighting districts would not cut property taxes, town officials say. The 12 hours of clerk time to administer the billing for the 58 lighting districts in Grand Island: $250.
Now consider what the town paid last year for one small state mandate.
To write, print and mail a highly technical annual water-quality report to all residents - the state insists the letters be sent in writing via mail - cost Grand Island $2,700, and that's among the least costly state-imposed mandates.
Cuomo seen as exaggerating
Local supervisors and one fiscal watchdog say Cuomo is chasing the wrong property tax cost drivers. They blame state mandates such as the Taylor Law, which gives public employee unions additional leverage when negotiating expired contracts, for driving up local taxes. At the same time, they complain, he is taking aim at special districts that, even if eliminated, would still cost taxpayers because they provide specific services for a locality's residents.
"The governor has grossly exaggerated the true numbers of local governments," said E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, a tax watchdog group in Albany. "He's diverting attention from the state-mandated expenditures on Medicaid, welfare, education and personnel that are the true drivers of our high local taxes."
Cuomo is using the arguments of bloated local government to push passage of his plan to provide modest property tax rebate checks that, in a couple of years, would only go to residents of localities and school districts that cut a certain level of spending through mergers or shared-services deals. "Everything else is baloney if you don't do something about the 10,500 governments," Cuomo said last week in a radio interview.
The "proliferation" of local governments is driving up property taxes, the governor said. Friday, in another radio interview, Cuomo said localities don't want to consolidate services.
"I frankly want to pressure them to cooperate with their neighboring local governments," he said.
Cuomo's budget plan proposes tax breaks to residents in local taxing jurisdictions that stay within the 2 percent tax cap in the first year of his program. In the second year, the breaks only go to taxpayers who live in jurisdictions that agree to shared-services deals with neighboring localities that save 1 percent of combined tax levy, a requirement that rises to 3 percent in the program's third year.
His argument is that localities often create special districts to artificially keep their town general fund spending from appearing to grow. That's why localities create districts for police, fire, sidewalk repairs, garbage services and the like, the Cuomo administration contends; it helps hide a locality's total spending.
If localities won't merge, Cuomo administration officials say, they should at least end situations where every community has its own personnel office, or information technology staff, legal functions, payroll systems and other back office and contracted services.
Why, one administration official said, does every fire district need its own ladder truck, or every school district have a superintendent or building principal in rural districts with sharply declining enrollments?
But would merging those 58 lighting districts into one on Grand Island save money?
Grand Island Supervisor Mary S. Cooke explained what would happen.
A special district for one neighborhood has a total lighting tax bill of $15,000 annually. Another neighborhood's lighting district, with fewer, less fancy streetlamps that uses less power, costs $2,000 a year.
Imagine, she says, how people in the areas with lower lighting costs would react to getting lumped in - and therefore subsidizing - the more costly neighborhoods?
"There would be a mutiny," Cooke said of the town's 20,374 residents.
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Campaigning in San Francisco, California, in 2008, then-Senator Obama promised to send electricity costs “skyrocketing” by making life difficult for coal power plants. Since assuming office, President Obama has made good on that promise by methodically dismantling America’s coal industry.

Using the Environmental Protection Agency as its primary means of assault, the Obama administration has undermined every phase of the coal production process. This president doesn’t want Americans to mine coal, transport coal, or export coal. And they definitely do not want utilities burning it so you can turn on your lights. At first blush, it might seem like these policies only affect the small mining towns in Western Kentucky or the South Carolina factory workers that make excavation equipment. But the implications of Obama’s War on Coal are far reaching: 300 of America’s coal plants will close due to EPA policies by 2025. That’s 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity in 33 states gone. Electricity rates will “necessarily skyrocket” and grid stability may be threatened. Most troubling, these dramatic changes to American energy policy are being implemented by lawyers and unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies. Congress has passed no new laws ordering Americans to consume less coal. In fact, the last time Democrats tried to legislate these anti-energy policies they were run out of town.

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After carving out provisions for essential industries, thus gaining their support or silence, Democrats thought they had a bill that could become law. On May 15, 2009, months of negotiating and legislative bribery culminated with the introduction of the American Clean Energy and Security Act by Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). On June 26, 2009, the ACES passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212.

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Days after President Obama’s agenda took a self-admitted “shellacking,” he revealed his intent to continue to push restrictive energy policies, saying “cap-and-trade was just one way to skin the cat. It’s not the only way.” Indeed, if Congress was not willing to drive up the cost of energy and unemployment rates, the EPA would. Following the president’s lead, this seemingly innocuous agency has been busy the past five years, amassing unprecedented powers through political maneuvering, increased regulation, and usurpation of congressional powers. And while many businesses have felt...

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On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:58 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

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Workshop - How to Make Taxes Less Taxing
Thursday, March 20th at 3pm in the Library Conference Room
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A Presentation by:
Gloria Fried, Town of Ossining Receiver of Taxes
Nancy King, Westchester Residential Opportunities (WRO)

The Town of Ossining has seen a serious upswing in the number of properties facing foreclosure. Usually, the Town's annual foreclosure proceedings include seven to ten properties, but for 2013, the number sharply increased to 45.  For 2014, there are still 44 unpaid 2013 tax liens consisting of 2012 unpaid taxes that will force the property owners into a foreclosure if they aren't paid by the end of June, 2013.

In a effort to reach these property owners, and others who may be affected by delinquent taxes, Ossining Receiver of Taxes, Gloria Fried, in cooperation with the Ossining Public Library, Westchester Community College Livable Communities, and Westchester Residential Opportunities, will be presenting a workshop on Making Taxes Less Taxing, on Thursday, March 20, from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Ossining Library Conference Room, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.   The workshop will focus on ways the Ossining Receiver's Office can assist taxpayers in getting their taxes paid on time, how to apply for exemptions, and what to do when you can't pay your taxes.  Nancy King, from Westchester Residential Opportunities, a HUD certified not-for-profit Housing Counseling Agency, will discuss ways that WRO can help homeowners through counseling, mortgage evaluation, and refinance.
Join us for a discussion on:
  • Using the services of the Tax Office to make paying taxes easier.
  • Exemptions and how to qualify
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  • Delinquent taxes -- what to do if you can't pay
  • How to avoid foreclosure
  • How to get help and counseling
A question and answer session will follow the presentation, and homeowners are welcome to come with their specific problems to discuss privately after the workshop is over.
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For Immediate ReleaseMarch 19, 2014
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Lalor Introducing Bill to Require Disclosure of State Contracts
Albany, NY - (3/19/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) announced today that he will be introducing legislation that would require New York State to promptly publish any contract the state enters into. Lalor is introducing the bill in response to the revelation that Governor Cuomo delayed announcing the state's latest agreement with IBM for seven months until he could use it at the most politically opportune time.

"It's Sunshine Week and that's the perfect time to give every New Yorker the opportunity to review and assess the state's contracts," said Lalor. "Governor Cuomo played political games with the announcement of his IBM deal. The deal was signed in June 2013. The deal for the tech center was signed in September 2013. The public should have had immediate access to those contracts. I believe the state shouldn't strike special tax or subsidy deals with individual companies, but if the governor insists on subsidies, we need transparency."

Lalor continued "Cuomo sat on the announcement for one reason; to wait for the most politically-opportune moment for maximum effect. It looks like Cuomo was dishonest with New Yorkers. He announced the deal late on a Sunday, right before IBM announced layoffs in other states. The governor wanted us to believe his deal spared New York from that round of layoffs. But, the deal was actually struck seven months earlier. It was intentionally deceptive. On top of that, the written agreement reveals the jobs could include sub-contractors. That's not what Cuomo led us to believe with the announcement."

Lalor's public pressure on Cuomo's office led the administration to finally release the written agreements with IBM.
The Cuomo administration had been requiring the press to FOIL for the agreement, until they finally put it online, postdated on an old press release. Lalor's bill would require New York State to publish its contracts online within one week of the state entering into the contract. The legislation would place the same requirement on the state's various independent authorities, economic development organizations, and public university foundations.

"The governor shouldn't require the press or legislators to go through a FOIL request to access something basic like a government contract," Lalor continued. "Taxpayers have a right to see these contracts. Government contracts never belong behind closed doors. Crony capitalism is almost always a bad deal for taxpayers. It's worse without transparency. Even someone who thinks special government subsidies work, would agree that sunlight can only benefit the process. If it's really a good deal for the taxpayers, the taxpayers should at least be able to take a look at the details."

Background information on the Cuomo administration's obfuscation on the IBM deal:
Times Union - Strange timing on IBM jobs pacts
The Daily Gazette - Documents: State-IBM jobs agreement forged in 2013, 2014
Washington Post - IBM is cutting jobs across the country this week. But one state is being spared.
Times Union - Cuomo chief spars on Twitter with Fishkill lawmaker over IBM deal
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..

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:21 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

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Powerpoint on Tyler Technologies and the Town-Wide Revaluation Now Available Online

Last evening, the Town Board hosted a representative from Tyler Technologies at our Work Session to explain the Revaluation Process for the Town of Ossining.
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Cost Reductions, Officials Tell Westchester Legislators
White Plains, NY – While briefing members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) yesterday at a joint meeting of the BOL Environment & Energy and Infrastructure Committees, officials from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) noted that the giant state power organization stands ready to help the County find energy cost reductions in a number of different areas.
The meeting was facilitated by Westchester Legislator Catherine Parker (D-Rye), chair of the BOL Environment & Energy Committee, and attended by Eric Alemany, NYPA Program Manager, Market Development & Customer Programs; and Kevin Dolan, NYPA Government Customer Account Executive. The BOL Infrastructure Committee is chaired by Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson).
Presently, NYPA is involved in four initiatives at the direction of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo that are extant in Westchester: an Energy Efficiency Master Plan across the state; ReCharge NY, a program that supplies low-cost electricity for local businesses and not-for-profit organizations; NY Energy Highway, which is bringing low-cost electricity generated in upstate New York to downstate municipalities; and NY SUN, which promotes solar design and installations through a solar “MAP” (Market Acceleration Program).
Although the County already receives low-cost electricity for its facilities from NYPA, more savings and cost reductions exist and can still be utilized, NYPA officials remarked at the meeting. For instance, a study to look for energy savings at the County’s wastewater treatment facilities began in 2011, but was discontinued before the equipment could be examined and a sustainability plan put in place. This study would identify infrastructure replacements and upgrades that would result in decreased electric usage.
Also, NYPA can help the County put in place a number of energy conservation measures involving lighting, motors, LEDs for traffic signals, compressed air systems, solar installations, wireless technologies, electric vehicles, heating systems, building materials, energy management systems, web metering and alternative energy sources like wind and geothermal. NYPA will also help identify co-generation opportunities for the County, in which, say methane capture results in electricity for customers, and also energy source protection measures during emergency and natural disasters.
“I’m grateful that representatives from NYPA were able visit with the Board of Legislators and describe the many ways in which we can help reduce our energy costs here in Westchester,” said Parker. “The goal of creating sustainable energy use can only be reached by a thorough evaluation of our present energy needs and gauging how best to meet future demands in terms of cost-cutting and more efficient energy use.”
Added Parker: “We want to encourage the Administration to conclude negotiations with NYPA on our power agreement so we can work together to create more tax dollar and energy savings for our residents. Our meeting with NYPA confirms that they will be willing partners if the Administration, in addition to the Board of Legislators, prioritizes moving forward with solar energy programs and replacements in the auto fleet with electric vehicles.”
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Plus $15 Dinner Deal + Wine Specials
Always dreamed of being a Rock star? Do you sing into the mirror with your hairbrush as a mic? Then LBK is for you! Choose from our list of over 100 songs and sing with a LIVE BAND and even back-up singers. LBK is way more fun than singing to a pre-recorded track. And the band is ROCKING! Hosted by the fun-loving JP Patrick, with Tito Wilson on drums, Chris Burke on keys, Artie Walker on bass and Hank DeCora on guitar! 
Sign up from 8 - 10pmFree Admission.
NEW! Salsa Dance Night
Featuring The Orlando Marin Orchestra! Orlando is known as "The Last Mambo King"- the only orchestra leader from New York's golden era of Mambo who still performs regularly. Beginner Salsa lessons with Audrey at 8pm. Call for Dinner & Show reservations today! $10 Cover.
A 6-piece band that performs REAL, soul-filled R&B classics from Luther Vandross, Sade', Mary J. Blidge, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Charlie Wilson, The Isley Brothers and on and on. This powerhouse band features vocals and harmonies that will set your soul on fire. $15 Cover or $7 with dinner entree. 
$15 minimum/person for table reservations.
Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Kristina Koller & Selena Bordeaux
Kristina is a singer/songwriter and Jazz vocalist. Her unique sound is a meld of Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Diana Krall & Colbie Caillat, and sometimes she swings like Sinatra! Selena is also a talented guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. She will be singing a few of her original tunes tonight, as well as some choice covers. Free Admission.
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Reservations: 914-737-6624
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Albany, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has been named a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to develop recommendations and to prevent and treat addition.
In addition to the task force, the Senate’s budget resolution included $7.95 million to combat the heroin epidemic across New York State. $5 million was included for increased heroin prevention, treatment and recovery support services; $2 million for additional residential intensive treatment beds; $500,000 for pharmaceutical take back and $450,000 for opioid drug addiction prevention and treatment.
In a joint letter written by Senator Greg Ball and Senator Phil Boyle requesting funds, they said, “in order to thwart heroin use, it must be combated on all fronts including prevention, treatment and recovery support.”
“The epidemic of heroin addiction plaguing our communities must be confronted head on. It is sickening to read and hear of the countless deaths in our community. We must get to the kids before it’s too late, talk is cheap, and what is needed is funding and resources. As legislators, we must do everything in our power to protect our children from drug addiction,” said Senator Greg Ball.
“I would like to thank Senators Skelos and Klein for creating this important task force to combat this epidemic in our communities,” said Senator Phil Boyle, Chairman of the Senate Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. “The heroin epidemic has wrought horrible tragedies throughout our state and we need to act quickly and galvanize our efforts, funding programs and devising legislation to end this scourge. The primary mission of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force should be and will be to save the lives of fellow New Yorkers.”
As prescription pain pills become less available, partly thanks to New York States new Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act, or “I-STOP”, it is a common trend for prescription pain abusers to turn to heroin.
According to a U.S. government study, one out of four people who try heroin become addicted. Additionally, there has been a startling increase in both fatal and non-fatal overdoses from opiates. Despite the growing number of those in need of services, treatment facilities face budget deficits because Medicaid reimbursement rates continue to decline.
In conjunction with the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, Senator Greg Ball, Senator Phil Boyle and Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith will host a Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable. The roundtable will take place at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility located at 39 Seminary Hill Rd, Carmel, NY 10512 on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM. The public and media are invited to attend.
For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796

Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114

Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
Ball: Illegal Immigration Is Illegal
Albany, N.Y. – 03/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the New York State Senate’s vote on the DREAM Act.
“Illegal immigration is illegal. Providing tuition assistance to those that are here illegally is simply unreasonable. We have millions of New Yorkers wondering how they heck they are going to pay for student loans and help their children go to college. Meanwhile, legislators in Albany want to use taxpayer dollars to fund college tuition for illegal aliens. The DREAM Act is a slap in the face to hardworking New Yorkers and immigrants that are here legally, paying taxes and doing it the right way. In a world of finite resources, New York State should be focused on creating jobs, cutting taxes and streamlining the path the citizenship, not handing out tax payer dollars to illegal aliens,” said Senator Greg Ball.
For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796

Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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