Monday, March 31, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/31/14: 15 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)  Yorktown ZBA considers if proposed sober house complies with zoning code 03/27/14

2)  Member News from Yorktown Organizations United

3)  [Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Town Board Agenda April 1, 2014

4)  Ossining Town Board Work Session and Special Meeting - Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

5)  TESLA BILL A PERVERSION OF THE FREE MARKET

6)  BREAKING: Lalor Leads Win on Cuomo's Manufacturer's Tax

7)  Astorino Family Opts Out of Common Core Test; Our Children Aren't Guinea Pigs, Governor Cuomo,

8)  Reuters, POLITICO , Slate Articles & 2 others share new stories

9)  Reuters, Slate Articles, POLITICO  & 2 others share new stories

10)  SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS 15 STUDENTS AT PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH AWARDS DINNER

11)  SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION FOR POTHOLE REPAIRS, ASKS COMMUNITY TO REPORT POTHOLES ONLINE

12)  STATE AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE MILLIONS TO ENABLE FOR REPEAL OF DUTCHESS ENERGY TAX 04/01/14

13)  NEW DETAILS: $5.25 MILLION ANNOUNCED FOR REPEAL OF DUTCHESS ENERGY TAX

14) SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS PUTNAM CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AT ANNUAL ELECTED OFFICIALS FORUM

15) SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES TWO YEAR COMMON CORE DELAY AND 7.8% SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASE IN STATE BUDGET

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown




Zoning Board
March 27, 2014

Our mailing address is:
Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
PO Box 193
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Given the broad community interest in the proposed sober home,CIY is making the following meeting summary available to subscribers of the Town Board meeting list.The Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing on the request of two homeowners seeking to overturn the building inspector’s January, 2014 determination that the application for a special permit to operate a sober living residence meets the town code’s requirements for a convalescent home.

The homeowners are also seeing a determination that a sober living residence is not a convalescent home and that if the Town Board wants to permit sober living residences, then it should amend the zoning code to clearly permit this type of use with appropriate conditions.

Two lawyers, one representing the homeowners and a second representing the applicant, presented different interpretations of two different sections of the zoning code dealing with convalescent homes and nursing homes, prompting one ZBA member  to comment,” that’s what we’re up against.”

For a summary of each lawyer’s presentation, visit  ciyinfo.org.

A video of the hearing is also available on the town’s web site and will be rebroadcast on Channel 20 or 33.

The hearing was adjourned to allow time for a transcript of the Town Board’s 1997 discussions that resulted in the addition of one of the two sections to the code. It was hoped that the transcript might shed some light on what the board’s intentions were at the time.  The adjournment will also give both sides time to review and comment on each side’s presentation.

. . .  and on a related issue of general interest to homeowners

Competition Carting
The hearing on an application for a special permit to permit the storage of trucks was adjourned again to give the applicant more time to confer with the town engineer over DEC, DEP, and town regulations governing the proposed use of the site.

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YORKTOWN ORGANIZATIONS UNITED MEMBER NEWS
APRIL 1, 2014
Dear Anthony,
If it seems we've been quiet of late, Yorktown Organizations United (YOUNITED) has been very busy behind the scenes building YOUR website, YORKTOWNUNITED.ORG

And now, it's live and ready for YOUNITED charter members like you to take advantage of its community benefits as a registered member. 

First, if you have not already, please visit YORKTOWNUNITED.ORG to register your service organization, your civic club, your business, or yourself. Signing up through the website puts you in our database and means you are officially registered as a member of YOUNITED. Membership is absolutely FREE. There are no dues. 
 
The site is designed to grow into a great community resource for all the above stakeholders to join and share and work together for the betterment of our community and its citizens. 
 
Once your registration is verified on our end, your membership is activated and you can post events on the YOUNITED Community Calendar,. (Anyone, including non-members, can visit the site to view the Community Calendar of events.)

For as low as $50 a month (minimum three months), businesses can advertise on YORKTOWNUNITED.ORG. Site enhancements now in the works include a more user-friendly Member Directory and Volunteer Bulletin Board, plus a PayPal button to enable secure online donations. 

A special Thank You for their efforts creating our website is due Tricy Cushner and Mike Sitzer of YOUnited's Board of Trustees, who work with Webmaster Andrea Wagner of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 
 
We are grateful to Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace and to Yorktown Chamber of Commerce President and YOUnited Chair Joe Visconti for their invaluable support and leadership, as well as to  
The Honorable Salvatore A. Lagonia 
for his generous pro bono legal work in our behalf.
 
Sincerely,
Bruce Apar
President 
Yorktown Organizations United
 
Help Us Help You! Join a Committee 
YOUnited's Board of Trustees at its March 2014 meeting ratified the organization's by-laws, which provide for standing committees on Grant Awards (through an application process), Development (fundraising), Finance, and Membership
 
We encourage you to volunteer for these and other committees, such as Training & Workshops. We welcome volunteers to help plan our first workshop on Social Media and to plan our first Networking Fundraiser at a local restaurant TBA.
 
For more information, contact YOUNITEDNY@GMAIL.COM

 
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About Yorktown Organizations United
 
YOUnited (Yorktown Organizations United) is the result of highly successful and well-attended Town Hall meetings organized by Town of Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace when he started his first term of office in January 2012. Two years later, YOUNITED is proud to have become a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community foundation incorporated in the state of New York, with the legal supervision of a Board of Trustees and By-Laws.


As stated in the By-Laws, YOUnited "serves as a clearinghouse and umbrella for support group for community-based organizations within the Town of Yorktown, as well as a resource for the receipt and dissemination of non-specific funds that may become available through corporate and private community responsibility programs or other means." 

YOUNITED's Board of Trustees meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the offices of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce at 3635 Crompond Rd 10567 (Parkside Corner, Route 202)
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On Friday, March 28, 2014 2:52 PM, Town of Yorktown New York wrote:

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Town Board Agenda April 1, 2014

 TOWN BOARD AGENDA
TOWN OF YORKTOWN
April 1, 2014
                                                          
PLACE:                                   TIME:
TOWN HALL                            7:30pm
       
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
2.         MOMENT OF SILENCE
 
3.         PROCLAMATION – Parkinson’s Awareness Month
 
4.         REPORT TO THE TOWN FROM SUPERVISOR GRACE
             
5.         REPORTS FROM TOWN COUNCIL
 
6.         RESOLUTIONS FROM the March 18, 2014 Meeting
 
7.         COURTESY OF THE FLOOR
 
8.          ADVERTISING
            Bids:
            F-550 Truck with hydraulic lift gate and stake body
            NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed proposals will be received by the Town Clerk of the Town of Yorktown, Westchester County, NY until 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Town Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 for the purchase of One (1) 2015 Ford 550 Super Duty Truck with Stake Body and Hydraulic Lift Gate for the use in the Refuse and Recycling Department.                          
                    
           Public Hearings:
           Proposed  local law amending:
Section 275-6A in Chapter 275, entitledof the town code of the Town of Yorktown is hereby amended by adding the following locations to the list of public highways upon which a driver of a vehicle shall come to a full stop unless otherwise directed by a peace officer:
Oslo Drive
at the southwest corner of the intersection with Quaker Church Road
Loder Road
at each corner of the intersection with Evergreen Street
Northridge Road
at the northeast corner of the intersection of Mountain Brook Road
Northridge Road
at the southwest corner of the intersection with Ravine Street

9.         PERSONNEL
               Appointments:
               Maureen Connelly – Librarian II
               BE IT RESOLVED, that Maureen Connelly is hereby appointed to the Civil Service title, Librarian II, job class code 0223 at the John C. Hart Memorial Library, effective, April 2, 2014, to be paid at the rate set forth in the Yorktown CSEA Schedule A, Group 13, Step 3, which is $66,522.00 annually.

               BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this appointment is subject to a probationary period of not less than 12 nor more than 52 weeks, commencing on the first day of appointment, April 2, 2014.
                       
10.         RESOLUTIONS
Request from the Finance Department:
                                Year End Budget Transfers
            BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the following 2013 Year End Budget Transfers

Department
Description

From
To
FUND A
General
Fund Balance
0.909
1,097,594.94

Town Hall
Electric
1620.407

3,984.08
Street Light
Electric
5182.407

11,242.69
Parks
Svc Hurr Sandy
7110.416.2

16,685.00

Police Retro
9000.103

12,486.03

Retiree Med
9000.810

67,217.17

ERS
9000.811

452,992.82

PFRS
9000.812

518,889.00

Workers Comp
9000.813

4,384.48

Trans to WC
9901.090

9,713.67
1,097,594.94
BA
Fund Balance
11.23

Tax Ref
BA.7180.498

11.23
Highway
Diesel Fuel
D5110.470.1
13,986.35


Med Ins
D5110.810

13,986.35
Retirement
D9000.811
123,622.67

FICA
D9000.800
6,000.00

WC
D9901.900

129,622.67

Oakside
FB
GF.909
856.87

Prof Svc
GF9700.0490

856.87
Ambulance
Deficit
SM4540.499
9,864.00

Contract
SM4540.425

9,864.00

FB
SM.909
6,328.30


Tax Ref
SM4540.498

6,328.30
Refuse
FB
SR.909
160,158.67


WC
SR.9901.900

160,158.67
Water
Legal Notice
SW8310.442
5,332.02


Tax Ref
SW8310.498

5,332.02

FB
SW.909
311,587.95


NWJWW Bond Pay
SW8340.490.1

311,587.95

Prof Svc
SW8340.490
89,931.95


1998 EFC Princ
SW9710.610.9802

15,000.00

WC
SW9901.0900

74,931.95

Sewer
Infl Contr
YS8130.459
51,337.16


Electricity
YS8130.407

32,856.71

Prof Svc
YS9700.490

18,480.45

(2007D Admin Fee)

Request from the Engineering Department:
              Approve fee release for #WP-009-14 – Old Yorktown Road
WHEREAS, Peter Daly, as applicant, posted Check No. 2294 in the amount of $300.00 on March 10, 2014 to serve as the application fee for Wetland Permit application #WP-009-14, for work performed at his Old Yorktown Road residence, and

WHEREAS, the Environmental Panel has reviewed the above referenced application and determined that a permit will not be necessary and that the application fee may be released, NOW THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, that the above-referenced fee in the amount of $300.00 be and is hereby released to Mr. Peter Daly, 2880 Old Yorktown Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

            Approve Sewer Department vehicle auction
WHEREAS, the Town of Yorktown owns and has in its possession an item which is no longer necessary or adaptable for use by the Town;

WHEREAS, such item is listed as follows:

Description

Qty.
.            1995 Ford F350 Dump                               1
            VIN #1FDKF38F8SNB56404

           Toro Groundmaster 72 inch cut mower      1  

                                
WHEREAS it is in the best interest of the Town to dispose of said equipment and receive monetary compensation for the benefit of the Town;

       THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board designates the aforementioned   item as surplus equipment and authorizes such equipment to be placed on public online auction with Auctions International, Inc.                                

Request from the Engineering Department
                          IBM - Request permission to be added into Westchester County sewer district
                          IBM - Request extension of agreement with the Town of Yorktown

Request from the Parks and Recreation Department
             Extension of concession bid at Yorktown Pools
            WHEREAS, the bid for the Operation of Food and Refreshment Concessions at the Yorktown Town Pools at Shrub Oak and Junior Lake was awarded on March 1, 2011 for the 2011 season to Costa Foods, Inc., and

            WHEREAS, the contract agreement with Costa Foods, Inc. provides the License may be renewed for up to three additional one-year terms, and

            WHEREAS, the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation recommends to renew the contract with Costa Foods, Inc. for a third additional one-year term for the 2014 pool season.

            NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the operation of food and refreshment concession services at the Brian J. Slavin Aquatic Aquatic Center in Shrub Oak and the Junior Lake Pool in Yorktown Heights be awarded to Costa Foods, Inc. of 11 Lincoln Avenue, Rye Brook, New York 10573 for the amount of $7,850.00 for the 2014 pool season.

11.          PUBLIC HEARING
               Reconvene:
To consider the request made by Tom McCrossan and Mark McGoldrick for a 
              Special Use Permit to operate a Convalescent Home at 482 Underhill Avenue,
              Heights, NY
  
12.       ADJOURN                                                              

                                                                                                Alice E. Roker
                                                                                                Town Clerk
Town of Yorktown

Date:   March 28, 2014

See a list of outstanding bids and proposed local laws on the Town Clerk’s page, Town of Yorktown’s website: www.yorktownny.org
                                           
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On Friday, March 28, 2014 1:44 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com

Town Board Work Session and

Special Meeting

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Municipal Building
16 Croton Avenue, 1st Floor
Ossining, NY 10562

Work Session Agenda:
  1. Review of Amended Cabaret License for Maya Riviera
  2. Request for Court Attendants to Receive Peace Officer status in the Town
  3. E-Civis Grant Software- Discussion
  4. Update on NJPA/ Empire State Purchasing Programs Registration- Tom Warren
  5. Questions about Tax Certiorari Bond Issuance- Tom Warren
  6. Request for Public Input- Review of Comprehensive Plan
  7. Waterfront Mural Contest- Discussion
  8. Ossining Organic Community Garden Rules- Discussion
Special Meeting
Executive Session- Legal Advice, Personnel

2014 Budget Resources
CGR Project Website - Evaluation of Potential Government Structures
 
 
 
Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
Susanne Donnelly: sdonnelly@townofossining.com
Eric P. Blaha: blaha@townofossining.com
Geoffrey Harter: harter@townofossining.com
Kim Jeffrey: jeffrey@townofossining.com
Northern Wilcher: wilcher@townofossining.com
Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Municipal Building, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562. You can view past Town Board Work Sessions from our online video archive.
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Supervisor 
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 


Town Links
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On Friday, March 28, 2014 3:28 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2014
Contact Joseph Ahearn (914) 774-6856 Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
TESLA BILL A PERVERSION OF THE FREE MARKET
A statement by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C,I - Yorktown)
 
            When the great economic philosopher Frédéric Bastiat wrote the Economic Sophisms, he included the Candlemaker's Petition parable.  This parable spoke of the French Monarchy being able to block out the sun so that candlemakers would face no natural competition. This is analogous to what we are facing today.   Tesla should be allowed to compete with car dealerships without the middle man.  This perversion of the free market system that made this country great is unjustifiable.  If Tesla wants to sell their cars directly to the people, they should have that right.
 
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 28, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor Leads Win on Cuomo's Manufacturer's Tax
Albany, NY - (3/29/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) thanked legislative leadership for adopting his proposal to expand the manufacturer's tax cut to include the entire state. Governor Cuomo's original budget proposal included a plan to eliminate the corporate income tax on "upstate" manufacturers, defined as operating outside the MTA region. Manufacturers in MTA counties, including Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and New York City, would have continued to pay the tax. Today's budget agreement eliminates the tax for the entire state.

"This is a win for jobs in the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City," said Lalor. "The governor's original proposal was short-sighted and would have shifted jobs out of our communities. It would have been a disaster for Dutchess and Orange County, where businesses could move just a few miles down the road to pay no tax. We organized almost two dozen municipalities to pass resolutions calling on Albany to expand the tax cut to the whole state. Our local leaders knew this was a bad deal and Albany finally listened to us."

Lalor was the first legislator to express opposition to the governor's original proposal. The following municipalities passed Lalor's resolution on the manufacturer's tax cut: t
he Towns of Wappinger, Beekman, LaGrange, Poughkeepsie, North East, Warwick, Deerpark, Fishkill, Patterson, Goshen, Carmel, Dover, Union Vale, Washington and East Fishkill, the Villages of Fishkill, Rhinebeck, Maybrook and Airmont and Orange County.

Lalor continued, "New York is losing jobs every day. People are fleeing the state for better opportunities. We need across the board tax cuts. This is a good first step. It should have been across the board to begin with, but Albany eventually listened. Now, we need more tax cuts; fast. We have more work to do to stop the bleeding."

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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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Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  
Astorino Family Opts Out of 
Common Core Testing 
 
"Our Children Are Not 
Guinea Pigs, Governor Cuomo."


 
Rob Astorino Education Announcement - March 31, 2014
Rob Astorino Education Announcement - March 31, 2014
 
"Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of New York children, from third through eighth grade, will arrive at school and be told to serve as Guinea Pigs in one of the most untested education experiments in U.S. history.
 
"They'll be instructed to sit and take Andrew Cuomo's Common Core exam, which New York parents, teachers and children alike do...not...want.
 
"After speaking at length with my wife Sheila, who's a special education teacher, I am announcing today that my children will join with thousands of other school kids tomorrow, statewide, in refusing to take the Cuomo Common Core test. They will be in school, but they will opt out of the exam, as is their legal right.
 
"Cuomo's Common Core is a disaster in the making:  No k-12 teachers were involved in developing its standards, yet our schools are being turned on their heads to force this experimental program to become the new curriculum. Once this happens, New York parents and teachers will lose local control over our children's classrooms. And our schools will effectively become centralized, organs of the federal government.
 
"This massively expensive experiment will drive New York property taxes -- already the highest in the nation -- through the roof within a few short years.
 
"You know where Cuomo's Common Core came from? It came from Bill Gates -- the computer guy -- who is theorizing on what's best for our country's future. Yes, this massive disruption to our classrooms is purely speculative.  
 
"Surely it was tested on a wide scale somewhere, you ask -- right?
 
"Nope. This IS the test.  Our kids are the test, yours and mine.  
 
"You know what Bill Gates said when asked if Common Core would work?
 
"'We don't know if it will work,'he admitted. 'Maybe we'll know in 10 years.'
 
"That's easy for him to say. His kids went to elite private schools that will not use Common Core. Same goes for Mr. Cuomo's state education commissioner.  He's willing to experiment with our kids, while his go to private school. If Cuomo's Common Core is so good, why won't he let his children take it?
 
"Common Core didn't come from parents.  It didn't come from teachers or school administrators. It came from Gates and, later, Washington bureaucrats -- the geniuses who brought us Obamacare.
 
"Andrew Cuomo ate it up, calling it "state-of-the-art."  New York fast-tracked Common Core, handing over the keys to our children's classrooms without any knowledge of whether it would help or hurt our kids.
 
"You know why?  Albany wanted the federal dollars, which will soon run out.
 
"We're risking our children's futures for a few scraps from Washington.
 
"Many parents have already discovered that Common Core math for our youngest children wasn't developed properly. Sheila and I have sat at our kitchen table countless nights with our children, who were frustrated to tears by math methods that left us all scratching our heads.
 
"We don't coddle our children. We are demanding parents with high standards and expectations. But from what we have seen so far, Cuomo's Common Core may be damaging their education, not helping it.
 
"Many experts now agree that Cuomo Common Core may actually lower standards for our school children over time, just like the SAT tests, which are being dumbed down next year to align with Common Core.
 
"We don't need lower standards in our schools; we need higher standards, which I will bring as governor of New York.  Higher standards, with local control -- with actual input from parents and teachers.  
 
"What we are seeing now is an expensive, experimental federal curriculum being forced down our throats by Washington and Albany. Sheila and I don't accept that as parents. And as governor, I'll stop it.  
 
"Our family's protest tomorrow is a symbolic one. But as parents we think it's important to take a stand. Our children aren't Guinea Pigs, Governor Cuomo, and we want them educated by teachers - not faceless bureaucrats in Washington."
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SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS 15 STUDENTS AT PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH AWARDS DINNER
 
(Pictured left to right: Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy, Senator Greg Ball, Youth Honoree Patrick Salerno, Legislator Sam Oliverio and Legislator Ginny Nacerino)
Mahopac, N.Y. – 03/29/2014 – On Friday evening, Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) joined the Putnam County Youth Bureau to present New York State Senate Proclamations to fifteen students from across Putnam County at the 29th annual Putnam County Youth Awards Dinner.
The Youth Awards Dinner is an annual event designed to recognize outstanding youth from throughout Putnam County. The honorees were chosen by a selection committee for their community service efforts benefitting Putnam residents.
“It is an honor for me to join these fifteen young men and women along with their families on this very special night. I would like to congratulate each and every one of the honorees for the hard work they have done for our community. I would like to wish a special congratulations to Patrick and Jenna who are both a part of my student advisory council, we are very proud of both of them,” said Senator Greg Ball. “One thing is clear, all of these young men and women have very bright futures ahead!”
The Putnam County Youth Bureau has the primary responsibility of advocating for the youth of Putnam County, according to their website. The Youth Bureau promotes positive youth development based upon the belief that families and extended families are the fundamental sources of care, support and guidance for children and youth.
The fifteen students that were honored include: Carli Ceckanowicz of Carmel High School, Kaitlynn Figueroa of Carmel High School, Vincent Garofalo of Mahopac High School, Giana Grandetti of Haldane High School, Maggie McDonnell of Carmel High School, Meghan Mammola of Mahopac High School, Justin Mazzarisi of Putnam Valley High School, Philip Nicklin of Mahopac High School, Shauna Ricketts of Haldane High School, Patrick Salerno of Mahopac High School, Robert Salerno of Mahopac High School, William Salerno of Mahopac High School, Jenna Schweigler of Mahopac High School, Greg Tock of Mahopac High School and Sarah Warren of Haldane High School.
Senator Greg Ball has also developed a Student Advisory Council to work on issues that are important to students. Last year, the council focused on combating bullying, texting while driving, social media privacy and minimum wage increases. Students also traveled to Albany and had the ability to introduce, debate and vote on legislation on the New York State Senate Floor.
 
Senator Ball is still accepting highly motivated and determined students to join his advisory council. If you are interested in joining, please contact Suzi McDonough at (845) 279-3773 or mcdonoug@nysenate.gov.
 
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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION FOR POTHOLE REPAIRS, ASKS COMMUNITY TO REPORT POTHOLES ONLINE
 
Albany, N.Y. – 03/29/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the New York State 2014 – 2015 budget agreement includes $40 million in funding to help fix potholes.
Senator Greg Ball is now enlisting the community’s assistance to identify dangerous potholes in need of repair. Residents that know of potholes, are asked to report them on Senator Ball’s website.
“This brutal winter has taken a toll on our roads. As the winter progressed, local governments struggled to stay on top of the weather while staying within their budgets. I was happy to work with my colleagues to deliver this much needed funding to help our local governments repair our roads and fix the potholes that this winter has left behind,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am now enlisting the support of the community to help us identity the areas that are in dire need of attention. I have created a form on my website where residents can report potholes, so I can work with our local governments to expedite the process and get our roads back in good condition.”
 
If you know of a pothole, you can report it by visiting Senator Ball’s website at: nysenate.gov/webform/report-pothole.
The additional $40 million in funding will be added to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).
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STATE AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE MILLIONS TO ENABLE FOR REPEAL OF DUTCHESS ENERGY TAX
 
Press Conference Scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st
 
Albany, N.Y. – 03/29/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and other local elected officials will gather on Tuesday, April 1st to announce an agreement in the New York State 2014-2015 Budget that could enable Dutchess County to repeal the recently enacted energy tax.
 
The local tax, which took effect on March 1, 2014, imposed a 3.75 percent sales tax on all residential energy sources, including electricity and fuel oil to balance the Dutchess County budget.
The state’s 2014- 2015 budget agreement includes millions in funding for Dutchess County, which could enable for the repeal of the energy tax. State and county officials will announce more information at a press conference to be hosted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Dutchess County Office Building (time to be determined).
“This is what happens when public servants stop acting like politicians, and work across party lines to put people before politics. Dutchess, like many counties, has been strangled by unfunded mandates and I am proud to have worked with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett to secure this funding for Dutchess County, at this most critical time. Marc is to be applauded for his persistent and professional advocacy for this funding, on behalf of Dutchess taxpayers,” said Senator Greg Ball. “My hope, and I have relayed this personally, is that the county will now move forward expeditiously, and in a bipartisan manner, to fully repeal the local energy tax.”
“The taxpayers of Dutchess County have been saddled for too long with soaring costs --whether it's energy bills, unfunded mandates, or property taxes,” said Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson). “Since I took office I have been determined to find ways to bring much needed relief to my constituents and I am pleased that working with County Executive Marc Molinaro and Senator Greg Ball we have secured the funds to provide real relief to county residents. The aid provided to Dutchess County as part of the 2014-15 state budget agreement will give the County the ability to repeal the local energy tax; once the final budget is enacted I urge them to do so as quickly as possible.”
“By funding these critical yet unique Dutchess County needs, County Government will be able to reduce its net-to-county costs by approximately $6 million over the next 12 months. This assistance allows County Government to provide services that address community needs in mental health and criminal justice without the need for additional tax revenue,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “Senator Ball and Assemblywoman Barrett have fought for the people of Dutchess County and delivered the necessary state aid so that we may reinstate the sales tax exemption on residential energy. By working together we have accomplished a major win for Dutchess County taxpayers. I am grateful to all those who advocated and responded so effectively including Senator Ball and Assemblywoman Barrett.”
“I want to commend and thank Senator Ball and County Executive Molinaro for standing up for Dutchess County residents against the entrenched downstate politicians who care nothing about the taxpayers of the Hudson Valley. We are grateful for Senator Ball’s leadership, providing real mandate relief for Dutchess County. Everyone pays lip service to mandate relief but Senator Ball took action. As Dutchess County Comptroller and one of the lone voices who opposed the Energy Tax, I call upon the legislature to pass a resolution asking the New York State Department of Tax and Finance to immediately rescind the tax,” said Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan.
“Since the 2014 County Budget was proposed in October of last year, County Executive Molinaro and myself along with other County business and community leaders have worked together to find another way to balance it other than the elimination of the sales tax exemption on residential energy sources. Our efforts, thanks to Senator Ball and Assemblywoman Barrett, have resulted in state aid for critical county services that enable us to eliminate the need for this tax. As Chairman of the County Legislature I will begin the process to end this tax without delay or hesitation,” said Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison.
“I think it’s wonderful that we have worked as state and county to get this funding. The energy tax is a burden on all Dutchess County taxpayers. I would like to commend County Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Senator Greg Ball for all the work they have done to make this possible,” said Dutchess County Legislator John Thomes. “It is a wonderful thing that we have been able to secure this funding and will now be able to repeal this tax.”
 
What: Critical Dutchess County Funding Announcement
When: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Time: TDB
Where: Dutchess County Office Building (6th Floor Legislature Chambers): 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Who: Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson)
Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D- Hudson)
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan
Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison
Dutchess County Legislator John Thomes
And others.
 
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NEW DETAILS: $5.25 MILLION ANNOUNCED FOR REPEAL OF DUTCHESS ENERGY TAX
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – 03/30/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro have announced $5.25 million in the New York State 2014-2015 Budget that could enable Dutchess County to repeal the recently enacted energy tax.
The local tax, which took effect on March 1, 2014, imposed a 3.75 percent sales tax on all residential energy sources, including electricity and fuel oil to balance the Dutchess County budget.
The state’s 2014- 2015 budget agreement includes $5.25 million of mandate relief funding for Dutchess County, which could enable for the repeal of the energy tax. The funding comes from three unique areas of need for Dutchess County. $3.5 million was allotted for services and expenses of Dutchess County, $1.4 million was allotted for services and expenses of the Dutchess County Coordinated Jail Based Services and $350,000 was allotted to help offset the closure of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center (HRPC).
“I was happy to work in a bipartisan fashion with County Executive Molinaro, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett and other local elected officials to secure this critical state funding that will now enable Dutchess County to repeal this local energy tax,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As always, the devil will be in the details, but I certainly hope that Dutchess will immediately move forward to leverage these savings to repeal the local energy tax and to provide taxpayer savings immediately.”
“The closure of two state psychiatric facilities in just three years has placed enormous stress on our mental health and criminal justice systems. We have made relief from the state in these critical areas a priority. These last few months we made our case and Senator Greg Ball and Assemblywoman Didi Barrett worked to assist us. By putting politics aside, we came together and these funds will offset increased demands in mental health caseloads and provide inmate services at the County Jail. We look forward to state budget adoption so these unrestricted funds from New York can be used to provide Dutchess County much needed relief and enable us to proceed with repeal of the sales tax on residential energy costs,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
“Besides a few press releases and a tired recycled energy policy that does nothing to provide real relief for beleaguered taxpayers, Senator Gipson has paid lip service to Dutchess county residents for 15 months and has done nothing to provide real relief. Senator Ball needs a real partner in Albany to solve problems, not someone who is part of the problem. As the only true fiscal Conservative running against Senator Gipson, I have made a pledge to never raise taxes and like Senator Ball, I’m not afraid to stand up to political insiders and the go along get along crowd,” said Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan.
“In January, I called on our State Legislators to partner with us to deliver mandate relief in order to repeal the energy tax.  Senator Greg Ball was there for us, but unfortunately Senator Gipson was nowhere to be found,” said Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison. “Terry Gipson was elected as the accidental Senator, and now he is proving to be the absentee Senator. When elected Senator, I will continue to work hard to give the people of New York's 41st District representation they deserve.”
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SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS PUTNAM CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AT ANNUAL ELECTED OFFICIALS FORUM
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Carmel, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, joined the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and other elected officials at the annual Putnam County Elected Officials Forum on Sunday afternoon at Cornerstone Park in Carmel, NY.
“It is so important that we work together as a community to move Putnam County forward. We must put politics aside, break down the silos, and focus on very specific projects and issues,” said Senator Greg Ball. “At the state level we are currently finalizing the 2014-2015 budget, which will include $1.5 billion in direct property tax relief over the next three years, elimination of the corporate tax on manufacturers this year, $1 billion in additional aid to schools, an additional $40 million for pothole repairs and so much more. Just this past year we were also able to secure state dollars to fund the Route 22 expansion in Southeast to ease the flow of traffic, $2 million in federal and state funding to convert the Morningthorpe Bridge near the village of Brewster into a pedestrian walkway and also an additional $500,000 in funding for Castagna Commerce Park project on the northern Putnam boarder in Pawling.”
According to their mission statement, The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce is dedicated to service as the primary advocate, voice and resources for our business community. Our utmost propriety is to promote out members, provide educational opportunities and to enhance individually viable commerce districts throughout our county and beyond. 
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SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES TWO YEAR COMMON CORE DELAY AND 7.8% SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASE IN STATE BUDGET
 
Albany, N.Y. – 03/31/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the New York State 2014-2014 budget includes a two-year delay for controversial Common Core standards and an increase in state school aid funding for every public school in the 40th Senate District.
The budget includes a two-year delay on the use of the controversial common core testing for grade promotion decisions for children from third to eighth grades and measures to eliminate unnecessary standardized testing to focus more classroom time on teaching, rather than testing.
The budget also includes strict data protection provisions to protect student privacy. The test results would still be used for teacher evaluations.
“I am cautiously optimistic, but disappointed that this is not a more comprehensive repeal. Regardless of the good intentions, Common Core has become an uncommon disaster. The botched roll out of these new standards has been a nightmare for our children. 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,” said Senator Greg Ball.
In addition to the Common Core Delay, the state budget has also included a $1.1 billion increase in school aid to help ensure a quality education for every child all across New York State. All 20 schools across the 40th Senate district will receive a combined $17,521,885 increase from last year, a 7.8% increase.
“I am excited to announce that school districts all across my Senate District will receive a 7.8% increase! It is important, even during these tough economic times, to raise the bar on education and I am proud to have worked to deliver for these schools,” added Senator Greg Ball.
“This is hopeful news and necessary action. Funding is very much needed and we hope more will follow. The Lakeland community will continue to work hard to protect our children and continue to work hard to be heard. Parents for a Common Cause will continue to be a vehicle for parents to stay abreast of important issues and will keep the lines of communication open with Senator Ball. Senator Ball’s partnership in our concerns with the Common Core implementation has proven to be invaluable,” said Denise Kness, mother of two at Lakeland Central School District and co-founder of Parents for a Common Cause.
School aid for the 40th Senate District:
School District
2013-2014 Aid
2014-2015 Aid
Total Increase
Percent Increase
Bedford
5,425,586
5,906,442
480,856
8.9%
Brewster
15,746,344
15,762,244
15,900
0.1%
Briarcliff Manor
3,868,599
4,502,126
633,527
16.4%
Carmel
22,958,665
24,758,050
1,799,385
7.8%
Chappaqua
7,180,172
8,103,106
922,934
12.9%
Croton Harmon
4,183,009
4,761,797
578,788
13.8%
Hendrick Hudson
4,969,174
5,569,951
600,777
12.1%
Katonah Lewisboro
6,864,376
7,389,216
524,840
7.6%
Lakeland
36,350,736
39,073,751
2,723,015
7.5%
Mahopac
29,148,708
29,270,912
122,204
0.4%
Mt. Pleasant
4,615,730
4,886,322
270,592
5.9%
North Salem
2,138,722
2,279,829
141,107
6.6%
Pawling
5,821,197
5,982,156
160,959
2.8%
Peekskill
31,094,309
34,082,893
2,988,584
9.6%
Pleasantville
5,644,460
6,019,961
375,501
6.7%
Pocantico Hill
1,075,551
1,119,911
44,360
4.1%
Somers
7,616,684
8,460,861
844,177
11.1%
Tarrytown
10,508,832
12,132,224
1,623,392
15.4%
Valhalla
4,021,062
4,430,701
409,639
10.2%
Yorktown
15,134,731
17,396,079
2,261,248
14.9%
TOTAL
224,366,647
241,888,532
17,521,885
7.8%
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 It has come to my attention the difficulty in posting a comment on this blog. If you wish to comment, e-mail me at the link posted below, putting “Manifesto Reader” in the subject matter, and I will “cut and Paste” your comments myself. If you DO NOT wish your comments posted, but just wish to communicate with me, please make your wishes known in the e-mail.
LINKS:
atom_taxi@yahoo.com(as this a yahoo address make sure you put an underscore (-) between atom and taxi)
For immediate reply:  atomtaxi@aol.com
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SITES TO LINK TO:BAZZO’S BLOGS:

BAZZOMANIFESTO 
BAZZOMANIFESTO:http://bazzman.blogspot.com/http://bazzman.blogspot.com/

OTHER SITES OF INTEREST:

Yorktown News Website: Youryorktown.com

BIANCO FOR SUPERVIOR :www.nickforyorktown.com

Filipino Cuisine: www.filipinocuisinemyversion.blogspot.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com
ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com
JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com
ON TOPIC W/ JOHN TESTA: www.ontopicwithjt.com
CARS & US: www.doverracing.com
THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com
PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/
BRUCE APAR’S NCN BLOG: http://ncnlocal.com/index.php/blogs/bruce-the-blog
NORTH COUNTY NEWS & Views: http://ncnlocal.com/
THE JOURNAL NEWS: http://www.lohud.com/
YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org
PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com/
PEEKSKILL BID:
www.peekskillbid.com or www.downtownpeekskill.com

Peekskill Democratic City Committee Blog: http://www.peekskilldems.com/blog

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CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:

THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT:


Wednesdays 9:30 P.M.
channel 74.
Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.

Wednesday 9:00 P.M.
Channel 15
Philips town – Cortlandt – Peekskill – Ossining and Briarcliff., Mt Kisco , North Tarrytown

HOSTED BY: DOMENIC VOLPE & ANTHONY BAZZO

ALL ABOUT TOWN:

HOSTED BY: JAMES MARTORANO
Yorktown channel 74
Available in Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.
Thursdays 8:00 P.M


FRANK TALK:w/ BRUCE THE BLOG

Thursdays at 10 P.M. channel 74.
Available in Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.
Wednesdays:Channel 15 Wednesday 10 P.M.
Philipstown – Cortlandt – Peekskill – Ossining and BriarCliff., Mt Kisco .
HOSTED BY: BRUCE APAR & FRANK J. RICH


YORKTOWN WATCHDOG:
Wednesdays at 4:30PM , Mondays at 9:30 PM and Saturdays at 9:00
channel 74
Available in Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.
HOSTED BY: ED CIFFON



CARS & amp; US:
Fridays at 10 P.M. channel 74.
Available in Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.
Channel 15 Friday 10 P.M.
Philipstown – Cortlandt – Peekskill – Ossining and BriarCliff., Mt Kisco .

HOSTED BY: DENNIS TATE


SENIOR FORUM:
CHANNEL 74
Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30 PM.
Available in Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac
HOSTED BY: NICK DiTOMASSO
 
SPEAK OUT WITH SANDY GALEF:
Yorktown chanel 74 Wednesdays at 7:30PM..Ossining/Peekskill channel 15 Wednesdays at 8PM

Hosted by: Sandra Galef
 
DEAR SANDY:
Yorktown chanel 74 Fridays 7:30PM…Ossining/Peekskill channel 15 Fridays 9PM
Hosted by: Sandra Galef

Bazzo 03/31/14

 
 
 
 

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