Friday, March 07, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/7/14:23 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)  Yorktown Town Board holds 3-hour hearing on controversial sober house 03/04/14


2)  Astorino Announces Candidacy for Governor

3)  Like Lois Lerner, Sean Patrick Maloney “Pleads The Fifth” And Ignores IRS Scandal

4)  [weekend events] Putnam Westchester 03/07 - 09/2014

5)  Cuomo vs. Reality: Gov Uses State Resources to Boost Turnout

6)  Statement from Ed Cox on the Gubernatorial Election

7)  Jammin Divas with Special Guest Erin Hill - Ossining Waterfront Concert Series 03/14/14

8)  Galef Announces Health Care Sign Up Event this Saturday, March 8

9)  Op-ed: Tax Relief can Create Manufacturing Jobs - but where's Cuomo?

10)  Cottage Collection has moved to Back Country Greenwich!

11)  Sean Patrick Maloney’s flip-flop

12)  Semper Fi Parents of HV Needs Your Help

13)  FEC Complaint: Billionaire Sean Eldridge Accepts Illegal Campaign Donation

14)  Safer Communities Forum on "Youth Mental Health First Aid" 03/13/14

15)  PISTOL PERMIT HOLDERS DESERVE PRIVACY

16)  [Public Meeting Agendas]Yorktown Planning Board Meeting 03/10/14

17)  Galef Supports Assembly Bill to Slow Down Common Core

18)  Diet Center of Rye Annual Spring One Day Sale 3/10

19) Cox: Poll Demonstrates de Blasio's Historically Bad Performance

20) Legislator Jenkins Calls on Astorino to Re-introduce Affordable Housing Legislation

21) SENATOR GREG BALL JOINS WITH LOCAL ELECTED & SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO "STOP ALBANY"
 22)  SENATOR BALL PASSES BILL TO ALLOW VETERANS TO KEEP PROPERTY TAX CREDIT IF THEY MOVE WITHIN THE SAME COUNTY

23) SENATOR GREG BALL HONORS MAHOPAC 2ND GRADER ON NYS SENATE FLOOR
 
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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown



Town Board
March 4, 2014
 
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org

1.  Convalescent home at 482 Underhill Avenue – public hearing
After a 3-hour hearing that included a presentation by the applicant, followed by about 18 speakers, some for but mostly against, the board adjourned the hearing to April 1.  (A video of the meeting is available on the town’s web site, yorktownny.org.

A packet of supporting documents provided by the applicant, as well as all correspondence the town has received on the issue, will be scanned and made available on the town web site.

(Note: The Zoning Board will hold a public hearing on March 27 to address questions relating to the interpretation of sections of the Zoning Code dealing with convalescent homes and nursing homes.)

2. Trump Park sales building.  The Westchester Land Trust has initiated a lawsuit against the developer for not removing the temporary sales building and constructing a walking trail and gazebo as required by the development’s approved site plan.

3. Town Board vacancy
Supervisor Grace said he planned to have a discussion with the board next week and hoped there would be a consensus on an appointment.

4. Redemption of foreclosed property (1360 New Road)
Explaining that the former owner had paid the back taxes, and citing deficiencies in the original foreclosure action, the board voted to return the property to its original owner.




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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325


 

WESTCHESTER
COUNTY EXECUTIVE ROB ASTORINO ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR
White Plains, NY--March 5, 2014....Westchester

County Executive Rob Astorino today announced his candidacy for governor of the
State of New York in a video message to New Yorkers. The twice-elected county
executive emphasized New York's myriad dead-last rankings among states in
categories including high taxes, business friendliness, corruption and
population loss.  Mr. Astorino, 46, laid out a vision in his video to put New
York "back in the winning column." Today's announcement will be followed by a
campaign tour beginning Thursday with stops across the state.


 

You
can download television quality video here

Clips
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For Immediate Release
March 5, 2014
Contact: Press Office
(202) 479-7070
 
Like Lois Lerner, Sean Patrick Maloney “Pleads The Fifth” And Ignores IRS Scandal
Democrats consistently vote to prevent IRS oversight, endorse political targeting

WASHINGTON
– Today, embattled former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refused to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and instead chose to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights for the second time. Lerner has been at the center of an IRS scandal for targeting tax-exempt conservative groups for their political beliefs.
 
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has joined his Democrat colleagues in opposing legislation aimed at reining in the IRS, preventing abuse, and holding the IRS accountable for targeting the political beliefs of individuals.
 
“Sean Patrick Maloney continues to ‘plead the Fifth’ on Obama’s IRS scandal and has failed to protect the political beliefs of New York voters,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “The IRS is already a deeply mistrusted government agency, yet Sean Patrick Maloney has remained silent and refused to hold the IRS accountable.”
 
Democrats Voted To Allow The IRS To Discriminate Against Groups Based On Their Politics.
(H.R. 3865, Roll Call Vote #69, 2/26/2014)

Democrats Voted To Protect Taxpayer-Funded Salaries Of Federal Bureaucrats, Like Lois Lerner, When They Are Under Investigation For Serious Offenses.
(H.R. 2879, Roll Call Vote #436, 8/1/13)
 
Democrats Voted To Keep The Scandal-Plagued IRS In Charge Of Enforcing ObamaCare.
(H.R. 2009, Roll Call Vote #447, 8/2/13)
 
 
 
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Washington, DC 20003
(202) 479-7000
 
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March 5, 2014
Cuomo vs. Reality:
Gov Uses State Resources to Boost Turnout
In case you missed it, the New York Post reported yesterday that Andrew Cuomo has been secretly using state resources to "crowd-build'' turnouts at public events for Cuomo's new and supposedly all-volunteer Citizen Preparedness Corps.
 
Apparently, the reality of these crowds doesn't match the Governor's rhetoric.
 
Andrew Cuomo has been struggling with reality a lot lately:
 
He's been bragging about a $2 billion budget surplus that doesn't actually exist.
 
He's spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on ads that say New York is "open for business," even as New York remains the most taxed, most regulated, least economically free, least business friendly state in America.
 
He claimed that his administration "respects the second amendment," even after he forced the SAFE Act through the legislature in the middle of the night.
 
He told conservatives that they "have no place" in New York just a few weeks after Republicans swept all seven County Executives seats in the 2013 elections.
 
Here's the story from the Post:
 
By Fred Dicker
The New York Post
March 3, 2014
 
Aides to Gov. Cuomo have been secretly using state resources to "crowd-build'' turnouts at public events for Cuomo's new and supposedly all-volunteer Citizen Preparedness Corps, which responds to natural disasters, e-mails obtained by The Post show.
 
The confidential e-mails in some cases direct officials to come up with at least 10 people each to attend the sessions.
 
They were exchanged by high-level officials in Cuomo's office, and at more than a dozen state agencies, including the Motor Vehicle, Transportation, Labor, Environmental Conservation and State departments, as well as at the Empire State Development Corp. and the Thruway Authority
 
They're told to lean on agency employees, groups that receive state services, friends and even family to generate turnouts for the events, which Cuomo has billed as a response to Hurricane Sandy and other severe storms, but which many see as an effort to generate publicity as he runs for re-election.
 
Finish the article at NYPost.com 
 

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March 5, 2014
Statement from Ed Cox on the Gubernatorial Election
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
ALBANY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement in response to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's campaign announcement:

"Goliath, meet David. Rob Astorino has proven that a Republican can win in two-to-one Democratic New York. Rob has what it takes to reverse the decline of New York, not just try to manage it like our last three Democratic Governors."
 

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Ossining Waterfront
Concert Series
We need your help...
which will result in you having a wonderful evening while helping to support a great cause.
 
March 14th 7:30PM
Budharz Theater in Ossining
(The Ossining Public Library theater)
The Jammin Divas with Special Guest Erin Hill
 

The Jammin Divas' Aoife Clancy (Grammy nominee and daughter of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers), Nicole Zuraitis, Kath Buckell, Hadar Noiberg, and Craig Akin blend stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation. Through stunning three part harmonies bedded against the plush melodic landscape of the flute and double bass, The Jammin' Divas draw the audience into an experience that transcends three continents history by sharing songs and stories.
 
March 14th at the Budharz Theater in Ossining (The Ossining Public Library theater) 7:30PM
 
 
An International supergroup... Their harmonies are divine... - The Providence Phoenix 2012
 
Hudson Valley Arts and Science, is co-hosting a fundraiser with the Town of Ossining to fund the free summer evening Ossining Waterfront Concert Series. This will be our fourth year running the concerts since the Town/Village was forced to reduce support for such events to control taxes.  So, now we are supported through small individual donations and now this fund raiser.
 
ENJOY OSSINING... THIS SUMMER WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
 
Town of Ossining
16 Croton Ave
Ossining, NY 10562

www.TownofOssining.com

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On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:12 PM, Sandra Galef wrote:
For Immediate Release
Contact:        Sandy Galef
(518) 455-5348


(914) 450-4086 (c)



Assemblywoman Galef Encourages People to Sign Up for Health Insurance at

Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 8th 

Premier Athletic Club Event Offers Opportunity for Health Care Enrollment
Before

End of March Open Enrollment Deadline



(March 5, 2014) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will appear at Premier Athletic
Club's Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 8th. In order to educate
individuals about their health care options, Galef is participating in the
national "Day of Action" where people can take part in enrollment events
that will help them enroll for health care coverage. As part of the "Day of
Action" efforts on Saturday, March 8th, Galef has partnered with Hudson
River HealthCare to provide Outreach and Enrollment Specialists at the
Health & Wellness Expo taking place on that day at Premier Athletic Club,
2127 Albany Post Road in Montrose from 11am-4pm.



The deadline to enroll in health insurance through the New York State of
Health is March 31st, so if you or someone you know needs health insurance,
do not wait.  HRHCare Community Health will have two specialists, one of
whom is bilingual, who will be available to help you in the application
process at the Expo.



"I hope that my constituents who have not yet enrolled in the New York State
of Health options for health insurance will take advantage of this
opportunity to get help enrolling, locally," said Assemblywoman Galef.
"Additionally, at the Expo, visitors can get a free health screening through
the Hudson Valley Hospital Center, as well as take advantage of free
exercise classes and use of the fitness equipment. There will also be
activities for kids including swimming, face-painting, an air castle, and
even a Teddy Bear Clinic. In addition, the Hendrick Hudson School District
has partnered with Premier, and the club will be offering mini massages for
ten dollars that will help raise money for the school district's Food
Services program. In addition to the Expo hours, the club is open to the
public free of charge from 7am-7pm.  It should be a wonderful event and I
encourage everyone to attend."



Those unable to make the event on Saturday should call 1.800.84.HEALTH or
send an email to gethealthinsurance@hrhcare.org where enrollment specialists
can assist you to see if you are eligible for lower cost coverage based on
your income; compare coverage options to find what meets your needs; and,
enroll.



For more information and/or directions please contact the Assemblywoman's
office by e-mail at galefs@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone at 914-941-1111.
Other sources of information about the event are Premier Athletic Club,
739-7755, and Denise Foulkes at 914-391-4999 of HYGEIA Healthcare Solutions,
who is organizing the event with Premier.
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March 6, 2014
Op-ed: Tax Relief can Create Manufacturing Jobs - but where's Cuomo?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
New York's manufacturing sector is a shadow of its former self, and Upstate New York is paying the price. Immediate tax relief can help revive this struggling sector and create jobs Upstate.
 
The solutions are staring Andrew Cuomo in the face. What's missing is the political will to institute real reform.
 
Instead, the Governor cloaks his inaction in a taxpayer subsidized, $140 million ad campaign touting New York as being "open for business" - which couldn't be further from the truth.
 
Here's our op-ed on tax relief for manufacturers that ran in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on Tuesday:
 
Tax relief can save New York jobs
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 4, 2014
 
In the face of fierce competition both at home and abroad New York State's manufacturing sector has lost a half million jobs in the last 20 years. The only thing that can save it? Tax relief.
 
Step one: eliminate the corporate tax on all manufacturers, providing $350 million in savings. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed eliminating the tax on only some manufacturers - but all of New York's manufacturers deserve tax relief.
 
Step two: repeal the 18-a utility surcharge that has helped pass on the highest energy costs in the nation to New York consumers.
 
This surcharge was scheduled to sunset in March 2013, but Governor Cuomo extended it for five years. As he said, "It was supposed to sunset. If it doesn't sunset, it's a new tax." We couldn't agree more. A year later, Cuomo has flip-flopped, and is proposing phasing out the surcharge for some companies over a three-year period. We need full repeal immediately.
 
Step three: strengthen job training through higher education improvement in order to entice companies such as Boeing, Caterpillar, Honda and Mercedes Benz to relocate in the Empire State.
 
Continue reading at DemocratAndChronicle.com 

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On Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:23 AM, Ian Prior wrote:

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I wanted to make sure you saw this –
 
Last night Sean Patrick Maloney voted AGAINST a bipartisan measure to delay the individual mandate for a year and save New Yorkers from having to pay an ObamaCare tax. See vote HERE
 
This is important for many reason, but not the least of which is that Maloney is actually moving in the WRONG direction on this issue.
 
In July and September, he supported the delay. But now apparently he’s rethought the issue and decided that he’d rather protect ObamaCare than the people he represents.
 
NRCC COMMENT: “Sean Patrick Maloney is so out of touch it is startling. While the rest of America is waking up to the disaster that is ObamaCare, Maloney is becoming more supportive of this failed law – and New Yorkers are literally paying the price while he throws them under the Obamacare bus.” – NRCC Spokesman Ian Prior
 
CQ Summary:  This bill eliminates the tax penalty for 2014 for persons who fail to purchase health insurance under the individual mandate, reducing the penalty to "zero."  It also delays certain phase-ins and indexing related to the individual mandate penalty under the 2010 health care overhaul (PL 111-148; PL 111-152).
 
 
 
 
 
Ian Prior
Northeast Regional Press Secretary
National Republican Congressional Committee
Cell Phone: 617-584-3345
Office Phone: 202-646-6419
Twitter: @iprior1177
 
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On Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:39 AM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote:
 

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
Dear Friends,

Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley needs your help. They need donations of any of the following items to be sent to our troops deployed overseas:

Protein Bars
Moist Towelettes
INDIVIDUAL powder mix flavor packets (to add water)
Trail mix
Magazines (Sports, News)
Razors
Microfiber Towels

They are also requesting names and addresses of currently deployed troops. Please include the month when they are expected to complete their tour. (They cannot send packages within 6 weeks of end of tour.) You can email the names and addresses to sfphvtroops@yahoo.com.

Supplies can be dropped off at my district office - 1075 Rte 82, Hopewell Jct, NY 12524. Or email sfphvtroops@yahoo.com.

Please help out this great cause. Our troops need our support.

Semper Fi
Kieran


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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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March 6, 2014

FEC Complaint: Billionaire Sean Eldridge Accepts Illegal Campaign Donation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
ALBANY... According to an FEC complaint, Democrat congressional candidate Sean Eldridge accepted an illegal in-kind campaign donation from a local economic group by repurposing footage from one of their videos for his campaign ad.
 
Sean Eldridge has decried the influence of money in campaigns despite accepting funding from labor unions as well as his fellow billionaires.
 
Eldridge purchased a $2 million estate in the 19th Congressional District last year, just a few weeks before he filed to run for office.

"As a 27-year-old who married a billionaire, Sean Eldridge might be used to treating the world as his personal playground, but he's about to learn that rules apply to him, too," said NYGOP spokesman David Laska.
 
"Sean Eldridge thinks he can buy his way into Congress, but his vapid vanity candidacy will fail."

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On Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:12 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2014
Contact Joseph Ahearn (941) 774-6856 Katz4NY@gmail.com

ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE KATZ RESPONDS TO STATE JUDGE ORDERING
PUTNAM COUNTY RELEASE PISTOL PERMIT RECORDS
 
              This morning, a LoHud piece revealed that Putnam County is being ordered to release its pistol permit records. What the state judge has done has been proven to be reckless and dangerous. We saw what happened in Rockland last year when criminals broke into homes in search of firearms, and yet still the court hasn't learned. Just because it is not wrong to release these records does not make it right. This decision only succeeds in making pariahs and martyrs out of those whose only fault has been following these Draconian laws. The Journal News and SAFE Act supporters have continually tried to bully gun owners away knowing full well they are not committing crimes. They would rather bother law-abiding citizens than focus on on the real issues, which are illegal guns and illegal gun violence. This is not right, and it is a sad day in New York for our Constitutional rights.
 
                 To my constituents who want to protect themselves from this kind of invasion of privacy, please visit http://troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/Public_Records_Exemption/FOIL_Exemption_Form.pdf to fill out the necessary form. 

 
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On Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:35 PM, Town of Yorktown New York wrote:
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Planning Board Meeting

PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA - TENTATIVE
YORKTOWN TOWN HALL BOARD ROOM
363 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
  • March 10, 2014 7:30pm
Discussion
Correspondence
Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes – February 24, 2014

REGULAR SESSION
Faith Bible Church
      SBL: 15.16-2-54
      Adjourned Public Hearing
      Location: 3500 Mohegan Avenue
Contact: Al Capellini
Description: Reconstruction and additions to existing building including associated improvements to the parking facilities, utilities (sewer, water, electric), landscaping and stormwater management and treatment facilities.  Retaining walls are proposed for the rear of the parking lots.

Yorktown Auto Body Amended Site Plan
      SBL: 37.19-1-81
      Public Hearing
Location: 1798 Front Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposal for an amended site plan for an additional 1,450 SF of building space to be added to the previously approved 1,500 SF one story building addition.

WORK SESSION
Hilltop Hanover Farm Lot 23
      SBL: 48.19-1-23
      Discussion Site Plan
Location:  1221 White Horse Lane
Contact: Gregory McWilliams, RA, AIA
Description:  Proposed individual lot site plan approval for Lot 23 in the Hilltop Hanover Farm subdivision.
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On Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:31 PM, Sandra Galef wrote:
FromNEWS     

Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       


   
    SANDY GALEF   





  District Office:
  2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

  albany office:

                                                            Room 641,
Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248





      For Immediate Release
Contact:        Sandy Galef
(914) 941-1111


(914) 450-4086




Assemblywoman Galef Helps Pass

Reforms to Common Core

Legislation would also protect student data privacy



(March 6, 2014) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced today that the
cumulative impact of the many calls, emails and meetings she and her
colleagues have had with parents, teachers, administrators and students
resulted in the Assembly passing a bill (A.8929)  she supported that would
address some of the many flaws with the roll out of Common Core. 



The Assembly bill would prevent certain test scores from becoming part of
students' permanent records and delay the use of test scores as a factor in
teacher and principal evaluations for two years. The legislation would also
delay the sharing of personally identifiable student data with third-party
vendors. Galef felt that this measure was the best approach to issues with
the Common Core because it would not jeopardize the over $1 billion in
annual, and $2.1 billion in total federal funding, which New Yorker's need
for education, and would keep in place what she has heard from educators are
good standards while giving them the time needed to perfect the
implementation of the curriculum.



        "Many of the students, parents and teachers who have communicated
with me agree that the Common Core rollout has caused unbelievable
frustration and unneeded stress and anxiety," Galef said. "This would let us
put the brakes on, take a breath, and fix that implementation."



        The Assembly's legislation prohibits school districts from using
test scores from third to eighth grade as the sole or primary factor in
determining student promotion or placement decisions. Additionally, those
exam results would be barred from being included on a student's official
transcript or permanent record. The New York State Education Department
Commissioner would also be required to reduce the number of field tests
administered in those grade years, noted Galef. Through an accelerated
review of teacher evaluation system plans, some unnecessary testing would be
eliminated, enabling students to spend more time learning rather than taking
tests. In addition, certain testing for kindergarten through second grade
would also be prohibited.



"This legislation is a direct response to concerns that have been raised,"
Galef said. "Too much testing can have and has had a negative impact on many
students and teachers.  We need to put the joy back in learning and teaching
by cutting back on high-stakes tests which do more harm than good."



In addition to delaying using test scores as a factor in evaluations, the
Assembly's legislation also requires the state Education Department to
develop tools, resources and materials to be used in optional training
programs for teachers and principals so they can adjust to the Common Core.
This is where Assemblywoman Galef feels the roll out has really failed.
While the state law requires that a substantial percentage of a teacher or
principal's evaluation be based on students' standardized test scores, there
has been a decided lack of intensive training and time given related to
Common Core learning standards to get everyone up to speed.



        "It really does seem unfair to expect teachers to meet the new
higher demands of the Common Core standards without being given adequate
time to prepare, or to fill in learning gaps for the students," Galef said.
"The two year delay will help teachers to get the Common Core training they
need to make sure our children get the excellent education they deserve. The
good news is that while oftentimes 'legislative fixes' can end up costing
taxpayers billions of dollars and trigger immediate requirements on schools
and student, this fix does not do that at all." 



 The Assembly bill also helps subgroups of students who may be feeling the
burden of the new standards more than others, by requiring that the
Education Commissioner evaluate and provide a report on how the Common Core
is impacting students with disabilities, English language learners and
students with limited English proficiency. The commissioner would also be
required to investigate whether school districts are following the
appropriate testing accommodations for these subgroups.



        In an effort to protect the personal information of students, the
legislation prohibits the state Education Department from providing student
data to a third-party vendor, delaying the implementation until July 2015
and, more importantly, giving parents the choice to opt out of disclosing
students' information. The legislation also requires third-party vendors to
develop a breach remediation plan and to immediately notify schools or the
state Education Department of suspected or actual security breaches.



        "Our children's privacy is of paramount importance and must be
safeguarded. Sensitive student data should not be handed over to anyone
without a 100 percent guarantee that it is secure," Galef concluded.
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