Monday, May 19, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/19/14: 12 Topics In Today's blog


1) PRESS RELEASE] Castelli Declares Candidacy for Senate

2) Press Release – City of Peekskill Democratic Majority Statement on Methadone Clinic & Renaissance Bankruptcy

3)  Jill Abramson and the Times: What Went Wrong?


5)  Applications Sought for Ruth Taylor Scholarships

6)  Public Meeting Agendas] May 20, 2014 Yorktown Town Board Agenda

7)  Ossining Town Board Special Meeting and Work Session Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

8)  Town Of Ossining Supervisor's Update - May 16th, 2014


10) - Paris in Spring...what could be nicer?

11)  Lalor to Host 70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration, Honor All WWII Veterans 06/06/14

12)  What a week!

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Date:  May 16, 2014
Contact:  Charlie Banks; 845.664.1999


WESTCHESTER — Former Assemblyman Bob Castelli (R,C - Lewisboro) announced today his intention to seek his party's nomination for the State Senate seat to be vacated by Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I - Patterson) at the end of his term.

"Recently, at the urging of many of my former Assembly constituents, I entertained the possibility of returning to public life.  The recent turn of events involving Senator Ball has opened up the opportunity for service in an environment where I can be even more effective, on behalf of a larger constituency," Castelli said.

Referencing Sen. Ball's recently released announcement on YouTube, Castelli advised patience moving forward.

"While Sen. Ball has decided to pick his replacement — a man we both know and like — I am however calling upon the leaders of the Republican Party in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess to open up this process to all qualified candidates.  This way the chairmen, chairwomen and our district leaders can hear from each and every candidate, and make up their own minds."

A Vietnam veteran, former State Trooper and college professor, Castelli was elected twice to represent his Westchester district in the Assembly.  As a Republican in a Democrat-dominated district, he earned a reputation for bipartisan accomplishment that garnered him the respect of County Executive Rob Astorino and Governor Andrew Cuomo alike, both of whom live in the Senate district he now seeks to represent.

Castelli was the first Republican to win this seat in over 17 years, despite a 3-to-2 Democrat-to-Republican registration advantage.  Reasons cited for his success are his tireless work for constituents, bipartisan attitude, and record of lasting and tangible results.

During two terms in the New York State Assembly, Bob Castelli had an outstanding record of accomplishment to include

  • taking an instrumental role in repealing the MTA Payroll Tax, which saved thousands of individuals and small business owners countless dollars;
  • authoring the toughest ethics law in the State's history, a version of which was adopted as the Governor's Program Bill and passed into law;
  • sponsoring legislation to punish corrupt public officials, and ensure that they were not rewarded with retirement benefits for their criminal conduct
  • fighting to obtain funding to keep the Montrose VA Home open;
  • passing three on-time State budgets;
  • passing an historic tax cap to rein in municipal and school spending;
  • passing a middle class tax cut to reduce taxes statewide to the lowest level in a generation; while funding millions in job-creating projects through the Regional Economic Development Councils.

On a local level, Castelli gained funding for the completion for the bridge in Chappaqua, gained funding for infrastructure projects, and officially named streets and roads to honor our fallen police and military veterans. 
Press Release – Statement on Renaissance Bankruptcy

Date: 5.16.14

From: City of Peekskill Democratic Majority

Contact: Darren Rigger 845-598-3971



Democratic Majority in Peekskill Call on OASAS to Return Methadone Clinic to Hudson Valley Hospital Center

& Fund Increased Costs in Face of Renaissance Agency’s Bankruptcy


Reacting to news that the non-profit Renaissance substance abuse treatment agency recently filed for bankruptcy, the Peekskill Democratic Council majority is calling on the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to return the proposed methadone clinic to the Hudson Valley Hospital Center where it was located until last summer. The Democratic Council majority fought against the relocation of the methadone clinic to Peekskill’s Industrial Park when they became aware of the plan in 2012.


“We believe that the clinic was not supported by our zoning code and that locating the methadone clinic in a hospital setting – where it was located for decades until Hudson Valley Hospital suddenly closed it – will offer a safer location for treatment of opioid addiction, which requires medical staff oversight”, Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton, stated: “OASAS needs to provide adequate financial reimbursement for the successful operation of a methadone clinic at the hospital where it belongs.  Having a large agency like Renaissance go bankrupt is disturbing and everything must be done to ensure this vital service is available to those who need it.”


A major reason that the Hudson Valley Hospital shut down the clinic was that it was not financially profitable for the hospital. Reimbursements for methadone treatment services from OASAS now require more extensive services to be provided including treatment groups and additional counseling. These requirements are mandated and tied directly to the amount of reimbursement, placing a greater strain on service providers.


“Renaissance’s bankruptcy is part of a disturbing trend in the substance abuse field and further underscores our outcry for the last two years about relocating the services off the hospital grounds,” added Councilwoman Kathie Talbot.

"There are four hospitals in northern Westchester and Putnam. OASAS needs to contract with one of them and provide appropriate services in an appropriate setting. We are glad that we took a stand in 2012 and 2013 to stop this ill-advised plan by OASAS and Hudson Valley Hospital", stated Councilman Darren Rigger.
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May 16, 2014
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SYRACUSE, NY - Comptroller Robert Antonacci  today applauded the recent New York State Court of Appeals 6-0 decision to keep the names of those receiving taxpayer-funded pensions subject to the state Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).  
"I believe the unanimous decision to overturn a previous Supreme Court ruling is a victory for the hardworking taxpayers of New York. We have a right to know how our money is being spent and any attempt to keep that information secret is misguided," said Comptroller Antonacci.  
As Comptroller of Onondaga County, Robert Antonacci has developed a unique FOIL policy for his office that eliminates unnecessary delays and red tape. If a citizen would like to view public records of Onondaga County and within the scope of the FOIL regulations, the information is released as soon as possible. These requests are often fulfilled the very same day.  
"Public information belongs to the people and any attempt to hide or delay its dissemination is just plain wrong and is in conflict of the oath I swore when I was elected Comptroller," Antonacci continued.  
"I would like to publicly thank the Empire Center for waging this important fight for government transparency and I am excited that today they have made this information available online."  
Those interested in viewing public pension records can do so at
On Friday, May 16, 2014 2:01 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Dear Neighbor,
Westchester County graduate students pursuing careers in social work or public health are invited to apply for scholarship assistance through the Ruth Taylor Award Fund.
The fund was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as the county’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County government and the Urban League of Westchester County.
Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. For the 2014-2015 academic year, awards will range between $1,000 and $5,000 for tuition or maintenance, or both.
The submission deadline is Monday, July 14, by which time the application and all supporting documents must be received.
Financial need, public service and scholastic capacity are part of the evaluation criteria. Recipients must maintain the minimum cumulative GPA required by his/her university for the duration of the award.  Awards are issued annually, and students are eligible to apply if they have not previously received the scholarship. A change in major or enrollment status (to part-time) will result in loss of the scholarship award.
Inquiries can be directed to: United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Karen Bonaparte, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, via e-mail or download application and cover letter at
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On Friday, May 16, 2014 3:36 PM, Town of Yorktown New York wrote:

May 20, 2014 Town Board Agenda

May 20, 2014
PLACE:                                                                                               TIME:
TOWN HALL                                                                                     7:30pm
5.         PRESENTATIONS –  ASK (Alliance for Safe Kids)
                                              Annual Stormwater Report – Bruce Barber
6.         RESOLUTIONS FROM the May 6, 2014 Meeting



  • Request from SUNOCO
            Special Use Permit – Gasoline Station – Lee Boulevard
 To consider the application received from Sunoco A-Plus, Sun Oil Company, 3640/3650 Lee Boulevard, Jefferson Valley, New York 10535, c/o Control Point Associates, Inc. for an amended special use permit for the replacement of existing wall sign, replacement of existing under canopy lighting, re-image exterior wall treatment and add stone knee wall, stucco, red deco band and decorative gooseneck lighting

  • Proposed local law amending Chapter 65:
               To add a new Article IV to Chapter 65 of the Code of the Town of Yorktown entitled “OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES.” Concerning filling vacancies in elected office.”


  • Preventative Maintenance Generator Systems - #14-2 Engineering Department
 Sealed proposals will be received by the Town Clerk of the Town of Yorktown, Westchester County, New York, at the Town Hall, 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, New York, until 10:00 A.M., on Monday, June 9, 2014, for the Preventative Maintenance Generator Systems, Bid # 14-2.

Specifications and standard proposals for the bid may be obtained at the office of the Town Clerk at said Town Hall.

The bidder assumes the risk of any delay in the mail or in the handling of mail by the employees of the Town of Yorktown. Whether sent by mail or means of personal delivery, the bidder assumes the responsibility for having bids in on the time and the place specified above.

The Town of Yorktown reserves the right to waive any informalities in the bids, to reject any or all bids and reserves the right to accept that bid which it deems most favorable to the interests of the Town of Yorktown.  No bidder may withdraw his bid within thirty (30) days after the actual date of the opening thereof.

If mailed, sealed proposals must be addressed in care of the Town Clerk at the above address.

            Public Hearing:
  • Amend Chapter 260 - “TAXATION”- Installment Agreement for Delinquent Real Property Taxes regarding maximum term and required down payment.
            NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing will be convened by the Town Board, Town of Yorktown, Westchester County, New York at 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:30 o’clock PM, or as soon thereafter as the same can be heard to amend Chapter 260 of the Code of the Town of Yorktown entitled “TAXATION” by amending Article IV entitled “Installment Agreement for Delinquent Real Property Taxes,” regarding maximum term and required down payment.

  • Request from Finance Department:
Authorize 2014 Budget Transfer for Amazon Beach Park District.
            Be it resolved that the Town Board authorizes the following 2014 Budget Transfer for the Amazon Beach Park District in order to disburse payment for architectural design work to be performed to repair the foundation of the clubhouse

            AP.909            Fund Balance                                                   $2,500.00

            AP.7180.454   Property Improvements                                    $2,500.00

  •  Request from Nutrition/Senior Services:

              Authorize Supervisor to sign agreement for Title 111B Transportation for 2014
            RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Town Supervisor to sign an agreement for Title 111B Transportation for the program 2014 in the amount of $10,113 with a local match of $7,028.

  • Request from Parks and Recreation Department:            

                Authorize Supervisor to Sign a contract with Environmental Maintenance Contractors, Inc., to perform soil testing at Hunterbrook Field.

            BE IT RESOLVED, the Parks and Recreation Superintendent is authorized to contract with Environmental Maintenance Contractors, Inc. to perform soil testing for a proposed multi-use field at Hunterbrook Field located on Mill Pond Road in the amount of $11,825.00 to be paid out of the Parks and Recreation Trust Account.

  • Request from Town Attorney:

  Authorize Supervisor to sign an agreement with Westlaw, a Thompson
                        Reuters Business for a two-year subscription for legal research database access
            RESOLVED, that the Town Supervisor is hereby authorized to sign an agreement with Westlaw, a Thomson Reuters business, located at Thomson Reuters, Attn: Val Hill, 610 Opperman Drive, Eagan, MN 55123, for a 2-year license/subscription agreement for legal research database access, commencing on June 1, 2014, at a cost of $1,037.25 for the first year with no more than a 3% increase, up to $1,068.37 for the second year commencing on June 1, 2015. In addition, the Town Board authorizes the Comptroller to pay Westlaw invoices for additional search fees charged for research performed by the Town Attorney in databases not included in the subscription plan, up to $500 from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015, and $500.00 from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

Authorize Supervisor to sign an amendment and extension agreement with IBM.
            WHEREAS, the Town and International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) entered into an agreement on March 22, 1984 permitting IBM to construct and maintain wastewater conveyance facilities on the Watson Research Center site in Yorktown, which agreement had a term of thirty years, and

            WHEREAS, IBM has requested the Town to extend the agreement, as amended in 1998, for thirty years, through March 22, 2044; and

            WHEREAS, the Town Board has determined that it is in the Town’s interest to permit the renewal of this agreement and such renewal is a Type II action under §  617.5(c)(26) of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and therefore not subject to environmental review; now therefore, be it

            RESOLVED, the Town Board hereby authorizes the Town Supervisor to sign an amendment and extension agreement with IBM extending the term of the 1984 agreement between Town and IBM, as amended in 1998, for thirty (30) years (retroactively) from March 23, 2014 through March 22, 2044.

            Authorize the Supervisor to sign a contract with Sullivan Data management for professional drafting and project management services.

            RESOLVED, that the Town Board authorizes the Supervisor to sign a contract with Sullivan Data Management to provide professional assessment, RFP drafting and project management services for a document imaging, storage and retrieval system, in three phases, as set forth in the  proposal of Sullivan Data dated September 9, 2013, in the amount of $3,500 for Phase I services (assessment of General Code proposal),  $5,500 for optional Phase II services (creation of RFP), and $4,600.00 for optional Phase III services (project management services during installation and implementation).

  • Request from Water Department:
            Authorize Supervisor to sign a professional services agreement with Weston & Sampson

            Authorize Supervisor to sign a professional services agreement with Woodward & Curran Engineering.

            Authorize the Supervisor to sign an IMA with Northern Westchester Joint Water Works.
  • Appointment
  Linda R. Briggs – Landmarks Preservation Commission
            BE IT RESOLVED, that Linda R. Briggs, residing at 1200 Baldwin Road, Yorktown Heights, New York is hereby appointed as a member of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (replacing Constance Fox’s unexpired term) expiring on October 16, 2014.

  • Resignation
                        Lori Rotunno – Board of Assessment Review

13.       ADJOURN    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alice E. Roker
                                                                                                Town Clerk
Town of Yorktown
Date:   May 15, 2014

The Town Board’s Meeting begins at 6:45PM, with television coverage beginning at 7:30PM

See a list of outstanding bids on the Town Clerk’s page, Town of Yorktown’s website:

Date to be Announced:
               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, Yorktown
Heights, NY
On Friday, May 16, 2014 4:41 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Town Board Special Meeting & Work Session

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

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

05-20-2014 Special Meeting

Work Session:
  1. Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Presentation on Proposed Ryder Batting Cages
  2. Briarcliff Little League Presentation on Proposed Ryder Batting Cages
  3. Reval Update- Fernando Gonzalez
  4. Proposed Zoning Changes to Satisfy HUD Requirements: Action Plan- Wayne Spector
  5. Removing Town Municipal Parking Lot #1 at 507 North State Road: Action Plan- Wayne Spector
  6. Town Code- Deletion of References to Town Police Department: Action Plan- Wayne Spector
  7. MS4 Stormwater Report 2013-2014 Review- Maddi Zachacz
  8. Review of Two Credit Card Systems for Town-Wide Use- Sue Donnelly
  9. Reminder about Comprehensive Review Meeting & Process - Sue Donnelly
Executive Session for Legal Advice
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:
Eric P. Blaha:
Geoffrey Harter:
Kim Jeffrey:
Northern Wilcher:
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
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

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On Friday, May 16, 2014 8:01 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

April 11

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update May 16th, 2014

State of the Town of Ossining
What a wonderful year 2013 was for the Town of Ossining.  We accomplished so much while watching every penny, and the results show it.  It could never have happened without the support and hard work of every employee of the Town.  Each Teamster, CSEA member, Department Head (including all who are part of our team through Intermunicipal agreements) and member of the Administration and Town Board deserve credit for this accomplishment.  With everyone working together, we have brought the Town of Ossining to a place where we all can be proud.
Our Fund Balance Amounts, both “unallocated” and “available for use” can be found here.
For example, we plan on using the increase in fund balance for the 20 Fund (Unincorporated Area) to pay off the remainder of the “callable” Police Department Bonds over and above the $1,475,000 we received for the building. This will result in bringing our 20 Fund balance to 2012 levels, still showing a steady increase from 2009. We will have the final spreadsheet as to how we plan to pay off all of the bondsassociated with 507 North State Road (our former Police Station) as soon as we close on the bond redemption.  We are alerting the bond holders of our intent to redeem the bonds, and should have the process done by the middle of June.
We were able to increase the staff in the Parks Department by one full time employee in 2013 and continue that in 2014. We have kept our staff levels consistent in all of the otherdepartments, with the exception of having one floating clerk between the Tax Receiver’s office and the Assessor’s office to replace a Deputy Tax Receiver who retired and worked only in the Tax Office.  This allows us toschedule the employee in each department when it is the busiest for that department.  As we move into therevaluation/reassessment of every property in the Town of Ossining, this arrangement will be especially helpful inthe Assessor’s office as we work to make sure all records and exemptions are updated.
We are looking for Interns (High School or College Students) who have an interest in learning how a municipality works, while helping us learn and implement our new grant program.  If you know anyone who is interested please have them send their resume to Maddi Zachacz
Intermunicipal Agreements
The majority of the Intermunicipal Agreements the Town of Ossining is part of are with the Village of Ossining.  The Town Board and Administration believe that any IMA should be a partnership, not one party dictating the actions of another.  We are in the process of reevaluating many of our IMAs, and updating others, in partnership with the Village of Ossining.  Currently some of the IMAs in place are for Recreation and Parks (Supervision), Finance (including management of information technology services), Engineering, Clerk Services, Fire Protection (both Villages, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor have IMAs with the Town in this instance), Street Lighting, Yard Waste (including transfer site), Fuel, Distribution of Water, Shared Building Space and the Town takes care of Veteran’s Park for the Village of Ossining.    
These are all great examples of what the Governor is encouraging in order to control the cost of layered governments and schools in New York State.  The Town and Village of Ossining have begun meetings to discuss and update each of these IMAs, which has been a goal of the Town for years.  Some of these IMAs date back to the 1990s and so much has changed!  We will be updating you on the progress of these meetings, as the Town feels it is essential to keep to a constant schedule of updating, reviewing, revising, and in some instances abolishing, these IMAs as necessary.
As unfortunate as it may be, some of what goes on in the effort to produce public policy ends up more political than we might hope, with misinformation being shared and a “game of telephone” that often has very high risks. However, please remember the commitment we (the Town Board and Administration)  have always given to the residents business owners and employees of the Town- YOU will be involved in any discussions and be part of the decision making process of any changes made to any department as we move forward.
That said, we are in the last stages of finalizing our RFP (Request for Proposal) for Police Services for the Unincorporated Area, which will be distributed to Westchester County, the Village of Ossining and the Village of Briarcliff Manor when complete.  We look forward to the responses, will discuss the results at our meetings, and will dedicate a Town Hall Meeting to get input from the residents and business owners on how they would like to see these services performed in the next contract.
Proposed Annexation of Election Districts 17/20 to Briarcliff Manor
Your right to know!
  • Town of Ossining chooses a law firm to represent the Town in the proceedings. (Done) 
  • The Town of Ossining has chosen the Law Firm of Zarin & Steinmetz
  • The Village of Briarcliff Manor has chosen the Law Firm of  Wormser, Kiely, Galef & Jacobs, LLP
  • The Town will establish two budget lines for the subsequent fees: 50% of the charges will be applied to the Town General fund (10 Fund), and 50% to the Unincorporated Area budget (20 Fund)
  • We received the notification from the Appellate Court  giving us a case number 2014-04282.
    The two law firms have agreed to the following:
  • The Town’s responsive papers from Zarin and Steinmetz shall be filed no later than May 30, 2014, with copies delivered to Wormser, Kiely, Galef, & Jacobs LLP (WKGJ) by noon on May 30th as well.
  • WKGJ will have until June 9th, 2014 to file any reply papers.
  •  The return date will be June 10, 2014.
Town of Ossining Revaluation
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June 9th @ 7PM, Scarborough Glen HOA: Pheasant Woods Rd, Briarcliff 
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June 16th @ 8PM, Briarcliff BOE: Briarcliff Middle School, 444 Pleasantville Rd
June 19th @ 7:30 PM, Briarcliff Public Info: Briarcliff Middle School, 444 Pleasantville Rd
June 24th @ 7PM, Fox Hill HOA: Claremont School, 2 Claremont Road                      
June 27th @ 12PM, Briarcliff Rotary: The Briar’s Restaurant, 512 North State Rd
Mailing for first neighborhoods will go out in the next two weeks.  Keep an eye out for the flyer!
Louis Engel Park
Summer is on its way and the Recreation Department is preparing for summer camp, which means the Town Parks Department is hard at work at all the camp sites.  They have been very busy with cutting grass, preparing the fields for baseball and softball games, and getting other projects done around the parks.  If you are in the John Chervokas Playground/Spray Park this week, you will notice that the Spray Park flooring has been pulled up and removed to be replaced. We are in the first stages of this restoration project, the first step of which is to replace the flooring. The goal is to have the project completed by Memorial Day, so please bear with us should it get cold outside.
With a grant from Senator David Carlucci, we are also beginning work on a water recirculation project for the spray park.  This has many advantages over our current system- it’s gentler on the environment, it reduces our cost for water, and it helps it to preserve one of our most precious resources by using it again. The engineering studies will be done by the company that built the Spray Park in the Aquatics Center, as well as most of the similar facilities in the tri-state area.  We plan to install it at the close of season this year, and it should be ready for use by Spring/Summer 2015. 
The Parks Department is putting the finishing touches on the stage, and we want to remind everyone that neither the stage nor the docks is to be used as a skateboard park.  Please be advised that the police will take notice and ticket anyone misusing park property by participating unsafe acts.   There is a Skateboard Park just across the street at Snowden Park.  This stage, docks and the entire park is for all residents and visitors to enjoy and is space to be respected. Graffiti is not allowed anywhere, and causing our staff to spend time eliminating it when they could be improving the park in other ways is a waste of resources.  The Police will ticket anyone they find defacing property or misusing park property.
Soon (by the end of May), you will notice that the outside wall of the restroom facility (facing the train) will feature a mural drawn by one of our Ossining High School students. The chosen mural will be painted on the wall by students under the watchful eye of the Art Department of OHS.  We are so proud of our young people who have been and will be working on this project, and we thank everyone who entered the mural contest; congratulations, each of your designs were outstanding! Thank you for giving us even more to be proud of in this great community.
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On Monday, May 19, 2014 12:39 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C,I - Yorktown) addressed the 3rd Annual Legislative Disabilities Day crowd today, making special note of Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. Advocacy Award winner Douglas Hovey, and Kim Hill, the Director of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities.
            "Every year this event pulls people from all ideologies together to focus on those who really deserve our full attention," Katz said.  "As the Ranking Member on the Mental Health Committee, this is where my attention lies everyday.  We need to be out there every day helping those with disabilities.  Ensuring people with disabilities receive the proper medical care and have access to teachers and therapists is essential. We must cut any red tape keeping this from being a reality."
            Last year, Assemblyman Steve Katz was pivotal in the restoration of $90 million of funding to the Office for Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and fought for the protection of the funding during this year's budget process.  Video of Assemblyman Steve Katz's speech can be found here.
Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 9
Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 9
Paris in Spring...what could be nicer?  And what better way to see great art, furniture and objects, than visiting the Carre Rive Gauche where a seven block square of gallery owners open their doors to the public for four days.   With wonderful restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood - it's easy to spend a day visiting the many galleries taking part in this yearly "block party" of art and design.  Just two and a half hours from London is the opening of The Wonder of Birds at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.  Read the post below to know more about the exhibition and its focus on the relationship between birds and humans through art.  Among the many examples is Hans Holbein's Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling...Meg
May 12, 2014 - Reputed for its eclecticism, the Carré Rive Gauche has been a real Parisian institution for over 30 years. Although the story of this district no lo [...]
April 18, 2014 - The Wonder of Birds will explore the cultural impact of birds upon mankind.  Eliciting a wide range of emotions from awe to fear, and from pleasure to crue [...]
May 15 - 18, 2014
- 6th and 7th Districts, 7 Streets Forming a Square: Quai Voltaire, rues des Saints-Pères, Université, Bac, Beaune, Verneuil, Lille, Paris, France
May 24 - September 14, 2014
@ Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 - 3JU, UK
April 30 - June 29, 2014
@ Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN
May 6 - June 27, 2014
@ 23 East 67th Street, 2nd floor, New York City 10065
April 25 - May 23
@ Gerald Peters Gallery 24 East 78th Street, NYC
June 12-18, 2014; Private View June 11th
@ Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, Queen's Gate, Kensington Gore, London, SW7, UK
On Monday, May 19, 2014 9:58 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseMay 19, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor to Host 70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration, Honor All WWII Veterans
LaGrange, NY - (5/19/14) – New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor is announcing that he will host a commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France and honor local WWII Veterans. The ceremony will be held at Freedom Park in the Town of LaGrange on Friday June 6, 2014 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. This event is open to the public. 

Speakers will include Congressman Chris Gibson, a 24-year-veteran of the U.S. Army who rose to the rank of Colonel and deployed seven times including commanding the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Of the D-Day commemoration Lalor said, “It is vitally important to set aside some time to remember and appreciate what American troops did on June 6, 1944 and thereafter to liberate Europe from Nazi control.”

“It is also imperative that we honor all those who served in the Second World War because their courage and sacrifice literally saved the world,” Lalor continued. 

All WWII vets and veterans organizations interested in participating in this event are encouraged to contact Assemblyman Lalor’s chief of staff Chris Covucci at (845) 616-3509 /

“As a former history teacher and lifelong student of history, I want to do my part to make sure present and future generations remember the indispensable and remarkably heroic role American troops played in the successful outcome of the largest war in the history of the world,” Lalor concluded.


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..

May 19, 2014
What a week!

Republicans had a great week last week. We launched the new, and held our 2014 State Convention in Rye Brook.
We emerged unified around our superb team of statewide candidates: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for Governor, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss for Lieutenant Governor, John Cahill for Attorney General and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci for State Comptroller.  
Here's a roundup of what happened, in case you missed any of the action:
The New York Post touted our "strong lineup" in an editorial.
Rob Astorino delivered a phenomenal acceptance speech as he kicked off the general election campaign. You can read it here.
Tom Kaplan of the New York Times wrote up the speech and Astorino's vow to fight to save New York.
Bob McCarthy of the Buffalo News wrote up Rob's speech, and described how Republicans around the state are unified behind his candidacy.
Rob Astorino named Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss as his running mate. YNN's Nick Reisman described how Moss pledged repeal of the SAFE Act in his acceptance speech.
Mike Vilensky of the Wall Street Journal described Day 1 of the convention, citing Democratic State Sen. Ruben Diaz as being "happy and excited" about Chris Moss' candidacy.
David Klepper of the AP cited Moss' stern warning to corrupt Albany Democrats:
"Mark my words: If there is anything I know how to do really well, it's go after lawbreakers."
Matt Hamilton of City & State spoke with Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin about Moss.
In his acceptance speech for the Attorney General nomination, John Cahill condemned the current AG as "Silent Schneiderman." Here's a great write-up from Laura Nahmias of Capital New York.
The New York Daily News welcomed John Cahill to the Attorney General race with an editorial titled, "A Welcome Addition."
Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci accepted our nomination for Comptroller. Here's Jon Campbell's coverage for Gannett. As Chairman Cox put it, Bob is possibly the most qualified candidate ever to run for the office, per Newsday's Mike Gormley.
On "New York Now," Casey Seiler, Matt Ryan, Jimmy Vielkind and Jordan Carleo-Evangelist discussed party unity coming out of the convention.
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