Friday, April 25, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 04/25/14: 14 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) Yorktown Town Board reviews plans to expand and upgrade parks 04/22/14

2)  Town Of Ossining Supervisor's Update - April 25th, 2014

3)  National Prescription Take-Back Day 04/26/14

4)  Did State Health Department Inspect?

5)  Dutchess County Event to Support Moms Battling Cancer 05/11/14

6)  Why is the Federal Government Hiking Our Electricity Prices?

7)  Lalor Asks Cuomo: "Did You Extort Legislators or Not?"

8)  Golden View Firenze Wine Dinner TUESDAY APRIL 29th

9)  Operation Smile Event May 1st, Cipriani Wall Street

10)  You're Invited: Otsego County GOP Spring Dinner 05/15/14

11)  You're Invited: Crain's Breakfast Forum feat. Rob Astorino 04/29/14

12)  Democratic Westchester Legislators Call for an Immediate Investigation into Astorino's Firing of Solid Waste Commissioner

13)  New ROI column from Frank J. Rich:  Certain Truths

14)  NEARLY 200 ATTEND SENATOR BALL'S HEROIN ROUNDTABLE & NARCAN OVERDOSE TRAINING

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
 
Town Board
April 22, 2014
 

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Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items (it was a busy meeting), visit ciyinfo.org.


1. Spectra Energy
Plans for Spectra Energy to develop several ballfields at Granite Knolls in exchange for the town granting the company temporary and permanent easements through the park during the two year pipeline project were discussed.  A key issue is whether the town should grant a permanent easement for the use of one acre of parkland.

2. Update on parks projects
The board heard an update on improvement plans for several parks, including: the in line skating rink, Route 202 ballfields, the Hunterbrook multi purpose field, Holland Sporting Club, Downing Park, Shallow Creek,  Granite Knolls barn, and tennis courts.

3. Textile recycling program
The board discussed a new program of using special plastic bags for used textiles to be picked up as part of the bulk pick up program.

4. Daily yard waste permits
The town will require residents with commercially licensed pickup trucks, and contractors with dump trucks who are hired to do tree work for town residents, to obtain daily permits to dispose of yard waste at the Greenwood Street facility.

5. Organic Waste site (Greenwood Street facility)
The board agreed to give R&S Waste Services a 90 day license to clean up the backlog at the facility as well as process organic waste trucked into the site. The town will issue an RFP for a long term plan for handling the town’s organic waste.

6. Town Board vacancy
Supervisor Grace’s effort to appoint former town justice Ilan (Lanny) Gilbert, a democrat, to fill the vacancy failed in a 2-2 vote. In a related move, the board will schedule a public hearing on the revised special election law for May 20.

7. Financial update
The board is still trying to figure out why the 2013 budget had a shortfall of $972,000 in the state and police retirement payment budget lines.
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On Friday, April 25, 2014 9:52 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:
April 11

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 

Supervisor's Update April 25th, 2014

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Town Hall Meeting
April 29th, 2014
Ossining Library
7:30 PM
Agenda:  “Kickoff Meeting” for the entire Town of Ossining  Revaluation (This is a repeat of the meeting from April 15th)
 
OUR commitment to you:  Fairness, Equity, and Transparency
We had an interesting meeting last Tuesday evening with excellent questions concerning the upcoming Town-wide Reval.  The Powerpoint can be viewed here, and please also visit the new page dedicated to the three municipalities who are doing the revaluation together: Ossining, Yonkers and Greenburgh.  
We hope you can join us on April 29, 2014th for another informational meeting about the process.  If you cannot make the 29th or have questions for Tyler Technologies (the company doing the Reval) or Michael Hagerman Associates, Inc. (the company monitoring the entire process for the Town) or for YOUR Town Board or Assessor, please send them to me at sdonnelly@townofossining.  I will forward the information to the appropriate source and we will be even more prepared at the next meeting.
 
"Reval" Meeting schedule:
April 29th @ 7:30 PM- Town Hall "Kickoff" Meeting, Ossining Library, 53 Croton Avenue
May 6th @ 1:00 PM- Golden Agers #1 Club: Joseph G. Caputo Community Center
May 7th @ 7:30 PM- Mystic Point HOA: Mystic Point, 6 Mystic Drive
May 13th @ 7:30PM- Ossining Board of Education: Roosevelt School, 190 Croton Avenue
June 16th @ 8:00 PM- Briarcliff Board of Education: Briarcliff Middle School, 444 Pleasantville Road
June 27thth @ 12:00 PM- Briarcliff Rotary: The Briar’s Restaurant, 512 North State Road
 
 
Planning Board Meetings
May 14th, 2014 will be next regularly scheduled Planning Board Meeting.
We will be holding another Planning Board Meeting on May 20thth (Tuesday) at the Ossining Library in the Theater.    This will be the next time the The Zappico Brann Farm Project will be on the agenda.
 
 
Review of the Town of Ossining Comprehensive Plan
In 2002, the Town of Ossining crafted their Comprehensive Plan, and in 2010, some of the recommendations were acted on.  The current Town Board will begin a series of meetings to better understand the Comprehensive Plan as it now stands and review its recommendations that have not yet been enacted.   You can find a copy of the Comprehensive Plan here.
A brief description from the web page in 2002 :
 This document is the result of months of work by the Comprehensive Plan Committee, project consultants and Town officials. The Plan also incorporates ideas and thoughts from the public and various community groups who attended Public Workshops and outreach meetings, as well as input from property owners, adjacent municipalities, and the Public Opinion Survey.
 
The adopted Town of Ossining Comprehensive Plan contains an overall Vision Statement, 7 Goals, 34 Objectives and 105 Implementation Strategies relating to: Community Appearance, Environmental Resources, Residential, Parks and Recreation, Community Services and Facilities, Transportation, and Future Development and Redevelopment.”
 
The Initial meeting concerning the Comprehensive Plan review will be held on May 21st, 2014 at 7:30 PM at 16 Croton Avenue in the 1st Floor Board Room.  We encourage all interested parties to attend.  At that time, we will determine the schedule for future meetings.
 
 
Proposed Annexation of Election Districts 17/20 to Briarcliff Manor
The Town Board has been forced into the next phase of the process, and have selected the firm of Zarin and Steinmetz to represent the Town and our residents in the proceedings with the Appellate Court.
The action steps, as we see them right now, are as follows:
  • Town of Ossining chooses a law firm to represent the Town in the proceedings. (Done)
  • We will establish two budget lines for the subsequent fees: 50% of the charegs will be applied to the Town General fund (10 Fund), and 50% to the Unincorporated Area budget (20 Fund)
  • We are in the process of putting together the action plan for the next phase of the process.
For more information concerning this proposed annexation of Election Districts 17 & 20 and the Town's findings,  please go to:
and link to all the information from the Town can be found in the box on the right of the page.
 
 
May 10th is Stash the Trash
12:00 PM -4:00PM
We need teams to clean up different areas, but we welcome couples and singles.  Please call Luz at the Community Center (941-3189) to sign up and tell us the general area in which you and your team plan to work. 
Bring the trash back to the location you picked up your gloves and bags.  If you do a clean up in your own neighborhood, call the Community Center so they know there will be extra trash there.  You will be able to pick up gloves and bags at any location below on May 10th.
  • Jug Tavern
  • Ossining Community Center
  • Ossining Historical Society
  • Louis Engel Park
There will be volunteers at these locations with gloves and bags.  We have asked the High School to see if any of their young people need service hours either for National Honor Society credit, or the newly instituted policy of service hours for all students starting with this year’s freshmen, a policy we applaud the schools for implementing.  Anyone is welcome to volunteer at the locations. Again, please call Luz or the person at the front desk of the Community Center at 941-3189 for more information.
It is also Riverkeeper’s "River Sweep" of the Hudson River. More information can be found at:
 
 
Just a few other of the upcoming events and happenings in Ossining:
April 27th, 2014 – Library Foundation Presents - ProfessorLouie and his Grammy nominated band the Crowmatix. 2:00 PM (doors open at 1:30 PM) at the Budarz Theater in the Ossining Library  
May 3th, 2014 – Ossining Matters presents IMPROV comes to Ossining – Ossining High School more info: http://www.ossiningmatters.org/
May 4th, 2014- Columbus Lodge Car Show – Metro North Train Parking Lot 10AM -4:00 PM http://columbuslodge692.org
May 13th, 2014- EMS Day at OVAC, 11AM-3PM OVAC Building on Clinton Avenue. See and thank ALL of your First Responders check out the equipment!
June 14th, 2014 – Ossining Village Fair – Main Street, Ossining: http://www.ossiningchamber.org/
June 21st, 2014- Portuguese Festival on Main Street in Ossining (watch for more details)
July 3rd, 2014- Town and Village of Ossining Fireworks and Concert on the Waterfront
July 11th through August 29th. 2014– Friday evenings Concerts and food at the Waterfront
Watch for details including bands and food vendors!
 
Sue
 
 PLEASE feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your family, friends, acquaintances, or business associates who may have an interest in these, as well as other Town subjects.
As always, please feel very free to contact me with any questions.
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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
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On Thursday, April 24, 2014 4:06 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:
Hi Friends and Neighbors:
Looking for a safe, convenient way to dispose of all those unused, unwanted, expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications around your home?
National Prescription Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 26, and between 10 AM and 2 PM at the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility at 86-88 Spring Street in Ossining you can turn in your unwanted medications.
It will only take a few minutes of your time and you can safely dispose of unwanted prescription medications, patches, ointments, drug samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and pet medications.
Many Americans are not aware that unused or expired medicines are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
You can play an important role in keeping these drugs off the street, out of our water supply, away from our wildlife, and most important, unavailable to our children.
Here’s what you can do:
  1. Clean out your medicine chest today and gather all unused, expired, unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. Leave them in the original container or bottle if possible; obscure or remove any personally identifying information on the packaging.
     
  2. Bring them to the Take-Back collection location at 86-88 Spring Street this Saturday, beginning at 10 AM until 2 PM.
Please know that you can clean out your medicine chest on a regular basis and drop any unwanted drugs anytime at the Ossining Police Station MedReturn, permanently installed inside the Ossining Village Police Department’s front door at 88 Spring Street. If you cannot make it to the drug/court facility this Saturday, the MedReturn unit is there for you, secure and anonymous, 24/7 to collect unwanted drugs and make sure they are disposed of properly before they can be misused.
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On Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:05 AM, Chiaroscuro Foundation wrote:
Chiaroscuro Foundation
Contact:  Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
What is Status of Promised State Health Dept. Inspections?  
 
CHIAROSCURO FOUNDATION FOLLOWS UP ON
PROMISE OF ABORTION CLINIC INSPECTIONS
 
New York--Apr. 24...The New York State Health Department promised in an April 8 interview with the New York Post to inspect New York abortion clinics "in the coming days," some of which had not been inspected in more than a dozen years. The New York-based Chiaroscuro Foundation, which works to reduce the number of abortions in New York and to help young mothers carry children to term, today asked the Department of Health whether those inspections have now been completed.
 
"It's been two weeks since a Health Department spokesman promised inspections, and we expect that they have now been completed," said Chiaroscuro Foundation President Greg Pfundstein. "We are also hopeful that the Health Department can now answer why the majority of surgical abortion facilities in New York, approximately 200 of them, have no state inspection requirement.  Does the State Health Department think it's okay that abortion facilities go uninspected year after year by New York?"
 
A New York Post expose on the lack of inspections revealed that New York City restaurants and tanning salons have more stringent inspection requirements than these surgical facilities.
 
"Whether one is pro-life or pro-choice -- or someplace in between -- these facilities must be made safe for New York women," Mr. Pfundstein continued.  "On that we must all agree."
 
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
Dutchess County Event to Support Moms Battling Cancer



Dear Friends,

Calling on all families to come and support Sparrow's Nest at their first annual Mommy Dash Mother's Day Walk! The walk will begin at the East Fishkill Community Center at 9:00 am on May 11th (registration/activities begin at 8 am) and we will do the one mile loop through the Recreation area- you can loop it as many times as you would like!
There will be face painting, music and a bounce house. Proceeds will benefit Sparrow's Nest, a local organization that cooks and delivers meals to families with moms battling cancer.
For more information and to register online for the walk, please visit: www.themommydash.com and "like" them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for the latest news on this walk and other happenings. For more information on Sparrow's Nest, visit www.sparrowsnestcharity.com.
Please email themommydashers@gmail.com with any questions, or to be involved as a business sponsor or vendor (deadline for business sponsors is April 26).
Thanks to Jennifer Colucci and Alicia Martin, The Mommy Dash co-creators, for their hard work for this great cause.

Sincerely,
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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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseApril 24, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Why is the Federal Government Hiking Our Electricity Prices?
Fishkill, NY - (4/24/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to cancel its plans for a new Capicity Zone that would raise Hudson Valley electricity prices by 10% or more. Lalor's letter to FERC Acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur may be found here.
"In the middle of a six year economic downturn, it is almost incomprehensible that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would decide to drive up electricity prices by 10 percent for families in New York’s Hudson Valley," said Lalor. "Yet, that’s exactly what the new Capacity Zone will do next month when it takes effect. Hudson Valley families, squeezed all winter by raising prices, will now watch their federal government artificially raise prices. I'm urging FERC to reconsider this destructive decision."
Lalor added, "The Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metropolitan region was one of just two New York regions to lose jobs in 2013. But, on top of the 10% hike for residential consumers, the new Capacity Zone will mean as much as an 18% increase in the electricity bills for industrial consumers. We can’t afford that kind of pressure on our local economy."
"The federal government is artificially driving up prices with the new Capacity Zone," Lalor continued. "Their idea is to encourage the development of new local electricity generation, but we should be able to do that without hitting consumers with prices hikes. Just encourage more electricity production. It’s that simple. Encourage businesses to develop new plants, help cut through the red tape and get the new plants off of the ground. All of that can be done without artificially manipulating electricity prices. FERC needs to cancel the new Capacity Zones."
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
 
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseApril 24, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor Asks Cuomo: "Did You Extort Legislators or Not?"
Fishkill, NY - (4/24/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) responded today to Governor Cuomo's bizarre contrary statements that he ended his anti-corruption commission because the state legislature had agreed to new ethics legislation, but that it would have been extortion if he had continued his anti-corruption commission to prod the legislature to pass legislation.

"Governor Cuomo is having trouble reconciling what he did with his definition of extortion," said Lalor. "All along he has said that he was using his anti-corruption investigations to get legislation into his election-year budget. But, now he's admitting that it's extortion to bargain away investigations for legislative deals. So, what did you do Governor Cuomo? It sounds a lot like your own definition of extortion."

Lalor added, "This is exactly what the U.S. Attorney suggested he may look into. The U.S. Attorney wrote that Cuomo's quick shutdown of the Moreland Commission gave the appearance of some kind of quid pro quo deal. Now the governor himself is admitting that agreeing to bury an investigation in exchange for legislation would be extortion. The problem for governor Cuomo is he's already on the record admitting he dropped his anti-corruption investigation in exchange for a budget deal."
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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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You're Invited: Otsego County GOP Spring Dinner
You're invited to attend the Otsego County GOP's annual Spring Dinner on May 15th in Cooperstown, NY featuring Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and State Sen. James L. Seward.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 23, 2014
Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)
 
 
Democratic Legislators Call for an Immediate Investigation into Astorino’s
Firing of Solid Waste Commissioner
 
White Plains, NY – Democratic caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) called today for an immediate investigation into County Executive Rob Astorino’s abrupt firing of Westchester Solid Waste Commissioner Bruce Berger.
 
A letter signed by members of the Democratic Caucus will be sent to the County Executive today asking for an explanation of the decision and a reminder that this appointment requires confirmation by the Board of Legislators.
 
Berger was fired on April 10 and has since been replaced by Judge Daniel Angiolillo, formerly of the state Supreme Court and its Appellate Division, who had lost election for his court position in November 2013.
 
The main concern among the Democratic caucus members is that Judge Angiolillo does not have the proper experience to become Solid Waste Commissioner. The Astorino Administration has not provided any explanations or rationale for firing Berger, who was just hours away from celebrating the Passover holiday with his family when he was dismissed.
 
“Speaking for our constituents, the residents and business owners of Westchester, and keeping their safety and well-being in mind, we need to know why Commissioner Berger was fired from this job,” said BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining). “Along with my colleagues in the Democratic caucus, I am calling for an investigation led by the Board of Legislators to evince an acceptable explanation for this move. And if it was done for solely political reasons, and if Judge Angiolillo is proved not to have the professional qualifications needed for this important position, I will urge my colleagues to deny confirmation for this appointment.”
 
Regarding the County Solid Waste Commissioner, the County Charter says, “The County Executive shall appoint an Executive Director who shall have suitable professional experience. The County Executive shall appoint such Executive Director…subject to confirmation by the Board of Legislators.
 
“This firing is certainly unprecedented and unwarranted,” said Legislator Pete Harckham (D-Katonah). “Commissioner Berger kept Westchester carting free from organized crime for fourteen years. You can’t ask for a better record than that.”
 
Commissioner Berger served as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn and Manhattan, investigating crime in the carting industry for four years, before being tapped as executive director of Westchester’s Solid Waste Commission in 2000.
 
“This is too important a position for yet another patronage hire in an Administration that has already stretched patronage hires to the limit,” said Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers).
 
BOL Majority Leader Borgia and Legislator Jenkins are also asking New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Commissioner Berger’s firing.
 
 
 
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Certain Truths
  • Less than 2% of businesses succeed without advertising.
  • Fewer succeed who do not advertise consistently.
  • The Internet contributes only 5.9% of retail sales.
    • 55% of consumers share their purchases socially on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites, yet social media delivers less than 2% of retail sales.
    • 83% of socially savvy consumers have walked away from a purchase in the past year after a negative customer service experience - compared with 49% of everyone else
    • On average, companies respond to only 30% of social media fans' feedback (Source: Factbrowser)
    • 39% of companies do not track their social media responses at all, and 55% ignore all customer feedback on Twitter and Facebook, largely because they have no process in place to respond. (Source: AllTwitter)
What do people want from brands on social media? ....
      • 83% want deals and promotions
      • 70% want rewards programs
      • 58% want exclusive content
o    55% want feedback on new products (source: AllTwitter)
 
Buyer Personas
Whether you think it, believe it, or discard it... the truth is that buyer personas are the start of every successful campaign. Every marketer knows that understanding your buyer is key, but every smart marketer knows that standard demographics just won't cut it anymore.
The best way to start the process of getting to know your buyer-intimately-is to go through a persona exercise. Here are some tried and true tips for tackling the buyer persona beast.
 
Give the targets an identity
If you were thinking that labeling your targets "C-level execs of midsize companies who experience generic problem X, Y, or Z" is akin to truly knowing them... be prepared to completely overhaul your mindset. That information doesn't actually tell you anything about how to really reach your prospect.
 
Buying habits are only as powerful as the psychology behind them, so you need to figure out motivations. Stop here: Did that statement tempt you to defiantly respond, "Not in my industry"? Well, to put it as nicely as possible, you're wrong. This approach is applicable to every company in every industry.
 
Gather buying experiences that epitomize your key buyer and describe them-the personality traits, not the overly generalized tidbits you'd usually whip out. Did this person climb the corporate ladder linearly and respect the chain of command? Is she a Gen X or a Boomer? 
 
Does he prefer to interact with vendors personally and does he still believe in the good-old-fashioned phone call?
 
You get the idea. Do this methodically with your targets-and voila: You'll narrow down to 3-5 personas.
 
Map out their workflow
Use communication and online observations to determine your buyers' habits and motivations. 
 
Do they spend their days in meetings? Are they on the road a lot? Do they live online? Take the time to do some detective work and dig down to the ways this person works.
 
Then, consider the reasons. Do this person's emails have a hurried and brusque tone, or are they thoughtful and positive? You may be surprised at how much information you can glean about someone's personality and priorities by studying their workflow and communication patterns.
 
If the buyer is a slow and steady type of worker, meet them in kind. Someone who has the proverbial tortoise mentality will not respond well to someone who hurries him along like the rash hare. On the flip side, if your buyer only has five free minutes a day to skim emails, you need to hit hard and fast. That person will react well only to those who give her the barest details in the brief pocket of time she has to spare.
 
Workflow habits offer much wisdom.
 
Nail down their pain
Getting into your buyers' challenges and pain points tells you exactly what kind of content to feed to them.
 
At the most elementary level, people won't spend their limited time on anything that doesn't make their lives easier or better. Your product or service most likely meets your customers' needs, so make it known how you solve their problems.
 
Within one or two interactions with your brand, your prospects should have no doubt about how your solution can improve some aspect of their lives, businesses, or relationships. Take their pain and turn it into content. Address their challenges head-on, and offer insight and resources to confront and conquer it.
 
You already know to keep your content educational, so the next step is to segment that further. 
 
If one target is obsessed with numbers, he needs infographics and short emails that are number-rich. If one prospect just wants more time in the day, the emails sent to her will be full of tips on how your solution saves time.
 
Thinking about their pain will guide your content road map and reinforce the idea that you have their best interests at heart.
 
Anticipate the questions, then answer them
Challenge yourself to think proactively, and anticipate the questions that will bubble up from your customers. Initially, though you may think you know what buyers want to ask, you're probably still viewing them through your own self-interested lens. Until you've walked through the other pieces of building buyer personas, you won't have a solid grasp on who these buyers are or the real questions burning within them.
 
When you do anticipate customers' questions and answer them pre-emptively, you gain a strong advantage and significant mindshare with the buyer. Strike with thoughtful, complete answers before they have time to finish formulating their concerns, and you'll decrease the possibility for frustration while increasing the possibility of retaining a loyal customer.
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Buyer personas are often met with opposition because they're a lot of work to assemble, and once assembled they are living, evolving things and must be maintained. Like people, buyer personas change over time with the market, the times, the ebbs and flows of products and services.
 
They absolutely require work, but they are entirely worth it. If you adopt these tips, and throw your focus on the people behind the personas, you will see a steady progression toward happier buyers and maybe even an increase in revenue. Trust me.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
Frank Rich is founder and CEO of Encore Príst International, an organizational development company that helps individuals and organizations reach their full potential through the practice of effective business fundamentals. You may reach him at fjrich@encoreprist.com, or by phone at 866/858-4EPI. To read all ROIs in their entirety, go to Business tab at Town Link.
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
NEARLY 200 ATTEND SENATOR BALL’S HEROIN ROUNDTABLE & NARCAN OVERDOSE TRAINING
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Carmel, N.Y. – 04/25/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) hosted a Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable in conjunction with the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on Thursday evening at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel, NY.
“I was proud to team up with the Harm Reduction Coalition to offer free Narcan training. This miracle drug, if used correctly, has the potential to save lives,” said Senator Greg Ball. “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.”
Immediately following the roundtable, the Harm Reduction Coalition provided overdose prevention training. The training, which meets New York State Department of Health requirements, included recognition of Opioid overdose, administration of intranasal Narcan, and steps to take until EMS arrives. Close to 75 people participated in the training and received a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes Narcan.
“Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that is safer than many over the counter medications. Harm Reduction Coalition has seen many lives saved through this intervention and are glad to be assisting Putnam County in implementing this program,” said Sharon Stancliff, Medical Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Senator Greg Ball was recently named a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force is chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Members are examining the issues and soliciting input from experts and other stakeholders about addiction prevention and treatment options, the rise in heroin and opioid use, and the potential for drug-related crimes and other negative community impacts. The task force will develop recommendations which will be used to draft legislation to address the issues raised.
“The numbers are staggering. Every day we hear of one heroin-related tragedy after another in our state,” said Senator Phil Boyle. “I applaud Senator Ball for his leadership in our statewide fight against heroin and opioid addiction. I also thank Greg for not only hosting our Heroin Task Force forum, but providing a free Narcan application training program for those who attend. This evening will save lives!”
“We need all-hands-on-deck to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that’s threatening our kids and our communities. When I talk to law enforcement, parents, and school officials across the Hudson Valley, I hear stories of drug abuse ripping apart the families of far too many friends and neighbors – we must act now. Partnering together we can ensure that the law enforcement officials who are working to get drugs off the streets have the resources they need and that community organizations focused on prevention and treatment have our full support,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “Narcan, if safely administered during an overdose, will save lives, and working with the Harm Reduction Coalition, friends and loved ones can learn more about administering this life saving antidote.”
Senator David Carlucci, Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee said, “We can no longer ignore the fact that there exists a frightening heroin epidemic that is plaguing our communities and putting our children at risk.  Heroin does not discriminate and sadly affects too many New Yorkers irrespective of all backgrounds. Instead of turning a blind eye to a growing problem, now is the time to address solutions that will enable us to focus on prevention and treatment options for those who have fallen prey to addiction. This bipartisan task force will allow us to begin having a thoughtful discussion and solicit suggestions on how we can develop a comprehensive approach to rid ourselves from this deadly drug.”
Carol Christiansen, co-founder of Drug Crisis In Our Backyard, simply said, “Where there is life, there is still hope!”
“Tonight's event reminds us this epidemic has no boundaries,” said Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy. “As a parent, the stories of those who have had to bury their children rejuvenated my commitment to protecting the kids of the Hudson Valley.  One life lost to the War on Heroin is one life too many.”
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith echoed Senator Ball’s concerns about the growing harm inflicted by heroin use and prescription drug abuse in the community. 
“Aggressive law enforcement efforts to stem the flow of illegal drugs and abused prescriptions is just one part of what is required to fight this scourge, that is the combined efforts of parents, government leaders, medical professionals, educators, counselors, and concerned citizens and community organizations,” said the Sheriff.
Sheriff Smith also noted that the Putnam County sheriff’s deputies, investigators, narcotics officers, and corrections officers have recently received training in administering the overdose antidote, Narcan, and it is expected that the kits will be distributed to those personnel over the next several days.
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
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Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org
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PEEKSKILL BID:
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