Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 06/11/14: 30 Topics In Today's blog

BAZZO NOTE:  Sorry for the delay in updates.  Have been out sick since Thursday.


1) APARformer Plays On! this weekend

2)  Yorktown Town Board moves to repair Lexington Ave culvert 06/03/14

3)  PRESS RELEASE: Justin Wagner Just Couldn't Wait To Align With Extreme Left Wing Working Families Party

4)  Police Warn Westchester Residents Of Phone Scams | The Yorktown Daily Voice

5)  Yorktown Watchdog: Board of Fire Commissioners Meet on second Tuesday of the Month

6)  Yorktown Watchdog: Property Tax Grievance Deadline- One week left

7) Westchester Legislator Parker Pushes for Cleaner Heating Oil Used in County

8)  Westchester Legislator Harckham Demands County Make Pothole Repairs in Bedford

9)  Westchester Legislators Correct Gap in Disability Benefits for County Correction Officers




13)  Paladino Endorses Tkazyik for State Senate

14)  New ROI column from Frank J. Rich:  Unlocking Opportunity

15)  Texas Republicans adopt hard-line on immigration, gay rights

16)  New use planned for vacant Route 202 building


18)  The Book Club ! Sat. June 14th @ 8pm: The Green Growler, Croton-on-Hudson, NY


20)  We’ll Save You The Trouble, Sean Patrick

21)  Cox: Cuomo's return on investment pathetic

22)  Statement on Cuomo's Start Up NY

23)  Gov. Cuomo Spokesman on Gov. Cuomo

24)  How can anyone trust this guy?

25)  Planning Board Meeting - Town of Ossining - June 11th, 2014

26) Cox, Garcia call for Hennessey Resignation

27)  Cuomo Breaks No-Tax-Hike Pledge -- Again

28) Special Flag Day Event At Lincoln Depot in Peekskill 06/14/14


30)  The Greenwich Girl June Issue is now available!

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If you think I'm a little nutty offstage, wait till you see me on stage in Play On! as Saul Watson, a clownish community theater actor who plays the cartoonish villain Dr. Rex Forbes in an inept Agatha Christie-wannabe murder mystery that the cast has a lot of trouble performing. 

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Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8pmSaturday, June 7, 2014 at 8pmSunday, June 8, 2014 at 4pmThursday, June 12, 2014 at 8pmFriday, June 13, 2014 at 8pmSaturday, June 14, 2014 at 8pmThe Armonk Players Presents
Play On!

By Rick Abbot
Directed by Mark Pierce
With: Bruce Apar, Matt Benincasa, Danny Burke, Judeth DeMott, Annalisa DiNucci, Elaine Healy, Tara Perucci, Martin Posner, Amanda Urban and Jennifer Weiss
Adults: $20, Students (18 and under): $10
Play On! is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on the play Murder Most Foul, in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script.  Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does.  Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Ticket Purchase and Reservation Information

"Walk-ins" are always welcome but we recommend that you take advantage of one of several options we offer for purchasing or reserving tickets in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to curtain and tickets previously reserved or purchased online for that performance are picked up then.  If paying by check, make it out to Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. or FNCPL, Inc..
To avoid double bookings, we request that if you reserve by phone, then do future communications by phone.  Likewise, if you purchase or reserve online, then do future communications by e-mail to
  1. Tickets may be purchased online here.  We accept most popular credit cards or PayPal and you get to choose your own seats!  If you can't make it to the performance, let us know in advance and we will be happy to swap your tickets for another performance.  But because of fees we pay on these transactions, we regrettably cannot offer refunds.
  2. Tickets may be reserved in advance and paid for on the day of the performance by filling out and submitting this online reservation request form.
    If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, you might have entered your e-mail address incorrectly.  Do not submit a new reservation request form.  Instead, send us an e-mail from the e-mail account you think you used telling us your name and letting us know that you are missing a reservation confirmation.  We will investigate and get back to you.
    If for some reason you cannot make it to the performance, please e-mail us as early as possible so that we can release your reservation.  We reserve the right to make available to the general public any reservations that have not been picked up at least 10 minutes prior to curtain.  Thank you for understanding.
  3. Tickets may be reserved in advance and paid for on the day of the performance by phoning (914) 861-2049.  We offer this option primarily for those who do not have computer access.  If you are reading this, that is probably not you and we much prefer that you use the above better-in-every-way online reservation form.
    Leave your full name (please spell your last name), performance date, number and type of tickets and a phone number in case we need to contact you.  We regret that we do not have the resources to be able to confirm phone reservations with call backs.  So if you need a confirmation, then purchase or reserve using one of our online methods.
    Please phone us as early as possible if you cannot keep a reservation.
  4. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Framings, 420 Main Street, Armonk, NY 10504, (914) 273-4242, to whom we give a small block of centrally located tickets to sell for us.
We stop doing online reservations and ticket sales for a given performance up to two hours prior to curtain.  So if you are trying to purchase or reserve tickets online for the current day's performance and find that the performance does not appear as one of the choices, you may still purchase tickets at the box office.  Likewise, we cannot guarantee that we will hear your phone reservation request if made within two hours of a performance.  But the hall is large and the odds of our finding you excellent seats are great.

We perform at Whippoorwill Hall (adjacent to the North Castle Public Library) at 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk, NY 10504 (use the Kent Place entrance, please).  You can get travel directions here.
For up-to-date information, visit our website.  If you would like to make a tax-free donation to the Friends of the North Castle Public Library to support the Armonk Players, you can do so here.


Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board
June 3, 2014

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit

1. Courtesy of the Floor
Noise: Two homeowners asked the board what could be done about excessive noise on weekends from lawn equipment, leaf blowers, and construction work.

Fluoridation: Dr. Carl Tegtemeier asked about the delay in signing the IMA (Intermunicipal Agreement) with the Joint Water Works to proceed with the installation of the fluoride equipment at the Catskill plant.

Sultana pool. Supervisor Grace explained that a plan to have the neighborhood pool that has ceased operation  deeded to a private organization may not materialize but that he was still working on a solution.

2. Lexington Avenue culvert repair (at Route 6)
The town will send TV cameras through the damaged culvert to see if it can be relined in lieu of a more expensive replacement project.

3. Sylvan Glen/Granite Knolls parkland alienation
The board approved two home rule messages requesting the alienation, each one specifically mentioning the Senate and Assembly bills that have already been introduced, 89673A (Assembly) and S7484A (Senate).

4 Town Board meeting schedule
The June 17 meeting has been canceled and the July 1 meeting will be held at Teatown Lake Reservation and August 5 meeting at Patriot Park (behind the skate board park.) The summer meetings begin at 6pm.  No meeting is scheduled for June 24.

5. Proposed law on keeping fowl in residential districts
The board set July 1 for the public hearing.

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Justin Wagner Just Couldn't Wait To Align With Extreme Left Wing Working Families Party  

Back In February Democrat Candidate For New York State's 40th Senate District Referred To The Radical WFP Platform As "Mainstream Values"
Justin Wagner of Cortlandt was one of the first democrats to accept the endorsement of the ultra liberal Working Families Party.
Upon receiving the endorsement, Wagner went out of his way to eagerly praise the WFP ideology as, "mainstream values".
Last weekend, the WFP made it clear that their priority is to flip the state senate, not with bipartisan minded Democrats but with "Working Families-style Democrats" essentially killing bipartisanship in Albany.
This would lead to high taxes, allowing illegal immigrants to vote, skimming off suburban school budgets and sending that money to Mayor DiBlasio's schools in the city. Are these "common sense" positions? Justin Wagner thinks so.

The Hudson Valley is in the midst of a heroin epidemic. The Working Families Party wants to decriminalize recreational marijuana, and Justin Wagner just says yes.
TJ McCormack, spokesman for Dr. Terrence Murphy, candidate for the 40th Senate District, says, "Justin Wagner is out of touch with the values of Hudson Valley residents. Our kids are literally dying of heroin overdoses, and his answer is to legalize recreational marijuana? What's he thinking? Dr. Murphy wants to go to Albany to solve problems, not make them worse."
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Dear members:

Please read and then on June 17, at the firehouse vote no. We have voted on the construction of this building on  route 134 and voted it down three times in the past. Now the fire dept. wants to add another story on their firehouse. We must get the people out to vote it down one more time. The fire district has been raising your tax bill to pay for this project.


RESOLVED that the regular meeting dates for 2013 of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Yorktown Heights Fire District shall be the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., except for the month of December which will be held the third Tuesday of the month, and as otherwise prescribed by law, and in the event a regular meeting date falls on a holiday, then the meeting shall be held the next succeeding evening, or on such other date as may be determined, and be it
                FURTHER RESOLVED that special meetings shall be called and held in conformance with Section 62 of the Town Law and Article 7 of the Public Officers Law.  In providing this notice we are complying with Article 7 of the Public Officers Law relating to open meetings.
Some history:
·         A bond proposal to finance the Kitchawan station was defeated by public referendum three times during the 1999-2000 period.
·         The No/Yes margin was 3:1 in the last referendum. 
·         Following the last defeat, the Fire District created “Station #3 Construction Reserve” and has been steadily accumulating funds through annual collection of real property taxes in the Fire District budget to pay for this project.
I am not 100% certain that the Apparatus and Ladder Reserves are for the Kitchawan Station.  They are reasonable sums for specialized and expensive equipment of this nature.   Most districts set up these funds to replace and upgrade the existing fleet. 
It is worth pointing out that NY State laws changed in about 2006 so that these special purpose reserve funds can no longer be established without being subject to a mandatory vote of electors in the District. The Kitchawan Station reserve fund was created before the law changed and is therefore “grandfathered” in.
N.Y. GMU. LAW § 6-g : NY Code - Section 6-G: Capital reserve funds for fire districts  >> “Any resolution of the board of fire commissioners authorizing the establishment of a reserve fund shall not take effect until approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the electors of such fire district affected”


Call Bobbie Ann now if you can use her services, Tell her you are a member of the UTY for our discount for our members. The  service is free to find out if you can same money on your taxes.


Subject: Property Tax Grievance Deadline- One week left

Only ONE WEEK left to grieve!
Bobbie Anne Flower-Cox
34 Palmer Ave.
Bronxville, N.Y. 10708
Phone: 914.779.7762
Dear Ed,
The period to grieve property taxes for properties located in most Westchester County towns and cities is now upon us!  The grievance period runs one more week. The last day to file is Tuesday June 17.
If any of your contacts, including clients, past or present, may be interested in lowering their taxes, feel free to forward this e-mail on to them. 
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Westchester Legislator Parker Announces Push for Cleaner Heating Oil Used in County


White Plains, NY – Westchester Legislator Catherine Parker (D-Rye) announced today that she has introduced new legislation at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) to ban use of heavy, dirty heating oils #6 and #4, which will lead to cleaner air in the county.


The announcement from Parker regarding the Westchester County 2014 Clean Air Act came at a press conference held at Thornycroft, a 99-unit residential cooperative building in Scarsdale. John Bonito, co-president of Garthchester Realty, which manages Thornycroft, and Artie Guttilla, the building’s superintendent, both attended today’s event; together, they coordinated the successful conversion of Thornycroft from heavy oil to natural gas.  The result of this conversion was a substantial savings in cost (approximately 45%) and a cleaner burning fuel (no maintenance or environmental issues to be concerned with).


“Right now, there are over five hundred buildings in Westchester using these problematic heating oils year round and spewing toxic polluting matter into the air we breathe,” said Parker. “Using alternative methods for heating buildings and providing hot water will improve people’s health, and it will be considerably cleaner and less expensive.  It will also save taxpayers money from the increasing cost of health care expenses, reduce reliance on foreign oil and spend less money on maintaining and operating our heating systems.”


Joining Legislator Parker at the press conference were Legislator Ben Boykin (D-White Plains), a co-sponsor of the bill; David Seicol and Kevin Dorsey from Robison Oil; Elyssa Rothe from EnergizeNY; and Nina Orville from the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium.


“It is widely known that the pollutants caused by these dirty heating oils are linked to many health problems, including asthma, cancer and cardiovascular diseases,” said Boykin. “When building owners make the conversions to cleaner fuels, they’re making an investment in the health of all of us. I’m pleased to stand with my colleague Catherine Parker and co-sponsor this important legislation. It’s time we do everything we can to ensure cleaner air around our county for the generations to come.”


Residual fuel, better known as #6 heating oil, is the heaviest and thickest of all fuel oils. It literally comes from the “bottom of the barrel” during the petroleum refining process and resembles tar or asphalt. Also, #6 oil must be stored in a heated tank at approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit to keep it liquid so that it can be pumped into the boiler. Number 4 oil is created by mixing #6 and the less polluting #2 together.


The Local Law introduced by Parker will ban the use of #6 and #4oils, beginning with the western and eastern borders in Westchester, where gas lines are currently available. This process will continue throughout the county until no property will use these heavy oils beyond 2018. There are currently 507 properties in Westchester County using the heavy, dirty oil #6 or a slightly less dirty #4. However, the air quality near these buildings is adversely affected.


The American Lung Association has said that pollutants from dirty heating oil have a direct correlation with high number of asthma attacks, lung and heart disease. The growing soot pollution increases emergency room visits for these illnesses.


The soot pollution from the dirty heating oils includes fine and ultrafine particles small enough to get past the body’s defense systems and embed deep within the lungs and enter the blood stream. The heavy metal nickel is among these particles, which, when airborne, has have been linked to cardiovascular disease and premature death.  Studies also show that soot pollution is the second largest contributor (after carbon dioxide) to climate change (followed by methane). Meanwhile, sulfur dioxide emissions caused by the heating oil contribute to the formation of acid rain, and nitrogen oxides emissions help create ground level ozone (smog), an irritant that can cause breathing problems for people with respiratory diseases. 


Similar legislation was passed in New York City several years ago after street level air monitoring devices were installed throughout the city and a significant increase in pollutants was found near those buildings that burn these oils.


EnergizeNY, an energy improvement corporation, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offer financial assistance for building owners to make energy efficient upgrades to move away from number four and number six oils.


At Thornycroft, the savings realized since converting from #6 oil to natural gas are estimated to be $44,000 for the period of January 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014, the main heating season). During this aforementioned period, approximately 30,000 gallons of oil at an average price of $3.00 per gallon or $90,000 would have been used at Thornycroft; instead, Con Ed costs were $46,000.


While there is a substantial cost to convert from oil to gas, the cost can vary depending on several circumstances; in most cases, the normal pay-back should be no more than two years, if the price of oil and gas remain at current levels.


“No one can argue that a cleaner environment is in every ones best interest,” said Bonito. “We have been aggressively pursuing the conversion from heavy oil to natural gas in our buildings, and do look forward to working with the County of Westchester and Con Ed in successfully completing these conversions.


“We applaud Legislator Catherine Parker for advocating for healthy lungs and healthy air in Westchester County,” said Michael Seilback, Vice President of Public Policy & Communications at the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Phasing out the dirtiest heating oil as Legislator Parker has proposed is essential to ensuring all Westchester residents have healthier air to breathe.  We strongly support air quality measures, such as the Westchester County 2014 Clean Air Act, to rid the county of these pollutant- laden heating fuels.”



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Westchester Legislator Harckham Demands County Make Pothole Repairs in Bedford


White Plains, NY – Westchester Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) called on County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) Commissioner Jay Pisco to begin immediate pothole repairs in Bedford on Long Ridge Road  / County Route 3.


“This is routine maintenance that should have been completed at least two months ago,” said Harckham. “The severity of the pothole situation on Long Ridge Road is a dangerous public safety problem, and I urge Commissioner Pisco to schedule repairs as soon as possible for the sake of our residents and business owners traveling along this County-owned roadway. It’s obvious that this seasonal issue has not been dealt with in a timely fashion, and now the work needs to be done.”


The Astorino Administration has decided to hold up all County road repairs until the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approves bond legislation for $5 million to pay for the work. The legislation, which was received by the BOL on May 19, is set for review by the BOL Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson). There is concern that annual costs for wear-and-tear repairs like potholes on county roads should be part of the County’s Operating Budget, and not be paid for through long-term borrowing with interest costs.


“I’ve received numerous complaints about the potholes on Long Ridge Road, and I know that Town Supervisor Chris Burdick has received a number of calls from upset residents,” said Harckham. “The potholes require attention right away.”


Long Ridge Road travels southeast from its intersection with Pound Ridge Road / State Route 172 about a mile east of Bedford village and then continues toward the New York State – Connecticut border. Harckham noted that when he traveled on Long Ridge Road this morning the heavy rains had filled some of the potholes with water, making them even more dangerous.




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Westchester Legislators Correct Gap in Disability Benefits for County Correction Officers


White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) approved a Home Rule request today that will amend a New York State law to extend disability retirement benefits for County correction officers injured by members of the public during the course of duty.


Presently, the disability retirement benefits are available only to correction officers with injuries sustained as the result of an act of an inmate. The new Home Rule amendment to the State law will also cover sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and undersheriffs working in municipalities around Westchester who are seriously or permanently disabled as a result of negligent or intentional actions of visitors to a correctional facility.


“The uniformed officers working in correction facilities and jails in Westchester deserve full coverage for disability benefits if hurt on the job,” said Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), chair of the BOL Federal & State Affairs Committee and a sponsor of the Home Rule law. “Making the law applicable to injuries also caused by civilians visiting our jails seems both logical and fair. I’m pleased my colleagues on the Board understood the need to close this loophole and ensure greater protection for our officers in their workplace.”


The Home Rule amendment will cap the disability benefit at 75% of the officer’s final average salary minus worker’s compensation. To attain the additional cost for the change in law, Westchester County will increase its annual contribution to the officers by $220,000 after a onetime payment of $1.05 million. The costs are based on 822 sheriffs and correction officers in Westchester.


At first glance, the Home Rule law to amend the disability benefits for correction officers may seem largely unnecessary. But there are increasing numbers of incidents in which visitors attempt to bring contraband into the correctional facilities, and then become violent with the officer assigned to security duty when caught.


“Jails and correctional facilities can be unpredictably violent workplaces,” said Jenkins. “It is important for our correction officers to know that we will stand behind them and their families no matter what.”


BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) said: “This is common sense legislation that corrects a deficiency that has existed in our Disability Benefits Program for County Correction Officers.  These officers have a difficult and sometimes dangerous job, and they should feel confident that if they are injured on the job by an inmate or a member of the public, they will be properly covered by disability benefits.”




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Brewster, N.Y. – 06/05/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement:


“The image of an American President cheerfully hugging an anti-American, terror sympathizer, in the Rose Garden, is enough to make good Americans cry. Three days before Robert Bergdahl stood at the White House with President Obama, he tweeted, ‘God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen.’ Let’s be perfectly clear, the White House Staff knew this history and more. Furthermore, the President certainly knew these details, as he stood by this terror sympathizer and reporting now indicates that the President knew a whole lot more. The White House orchestrated all of this as news broke that the President had exchanged 5 Taliban terrorists, to be free to strike again against innocent Americans. If it becomes certain that this ex service member was an American deserter with American blood on his hands, and this President did indeed exchange 5 Taliban terrorists for his head, than one thing is clear: President Obama is the enemy from within. I call on my fellow Americans in New York and beyond to push their Congressional representatives to use all legal means available to hold this failed President accountable. This dangerous precedent was made without Congressional approval and sets a new low in negotiating with terrorists. We can only hope that this President purposefully weakened our homeland security simply to expedite the political agenda of shutting down ‘Gitmo,’ for the alternative is an evil President manipulating executive authority to put innocent Americans at risk. God bless America and may true patriots and decent elected officials, unite across party lines, to hold this reckless President completely accountable,” said Senator Greg Ball.


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Albany, N.Y. – 06/09/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) voted today with his colleagues to pass nearly two dozen pieces of legislation aimed at addressing issues surrounding the increase in heroin and opioid abuse in New York State.

In March 2014, Senator Greg Ball was appointed to the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The bipartisan task force, chaired by Senator Phil Boyle (R-C-I, Suffolk County), examined the issues and solicited 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.

“I was proud to serve on this task force and work with my colleagues to develop legislation to combat this epidemic,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The heroin epidemic that has plagued our communities must be confronted head on. It is sickening to read and hear of the countless deaths in our community. My hope is that the Assembly will act quickly to join our efforts and get to our kids, before it’s too late.” 

In April 2014, Senator Ball hosted a Homeland Security Drug Crisis Roundtable in conjunction with the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction at the Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility in Carmel, NY.

The package of bills that were passed today begun the legislative response laid out in the task force’s report to prevent drug abuse and overdoses, increase the availability and efficacy of addiction treatment, and enhance the tools provided to law enforcement to keep heroin off the streets.

For more information on the package of bills that the New York State Senate passed today, please visit:

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NYS Senator Greg Ball
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Albany, N.Y. – 06/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the Senate today passed legislation (S6778A) that would prohibit level two and level three sex offenders from residing within 1,500 feet of the residence of a victim of their abuse.

In March 2014, Senator Ball introduced this legislation after a level three sex offender in Putnam County was permitted to move back next door to one of his victims, following his release from prison. According to a report in the Journal News, in 2011, a level three sex offender was released from prison after serving approximately sixteen months in jail. Following his release, the offender, whose victims were eight and nine years old at the time the abuse took place, was permitted to reside next door to one of his victims.

“It is absolutely mindboggling that a level three sex offender would ever be permitted to live in such close proximity to their victim. Victims should not be forced to endure the emotional distress that may come with being in contact with their abuser,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This is the least this state can do for victims of sexual assault. Level three sex offenders are at high risk of repeat offenses. I am happy that today the Senate moved to correct this loophole. However, the state should really permanently confine predators like this, and not release such dangerous individuals back into the community to strike again.”

The legislation would prohibit a level two or three sex offender from residing within 1,500 feet of the residence of the victim of their abuse in order to prevent repeat abuse and protect victims and their families from undue emotional stress and the burden or costs of moving because of the offender returning to the neighborhood.

The legislation was sent to the Assembly, where it is sponsored by Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D – Bayside).

“I am pleased that the Senate passed our legislation, which ensures that victims of serious sexual crimes never have to endure the emotional trauma caused by their abuser being allowed to reside near their homes,” said Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein.

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Josef Bachmeier
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NYS Senator Greg Ball
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Buffalo- Carl Paladino announced today that he has endorsed Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik for New York State Senate, District 41.

"As Mayor, John Tkazyik has a proven track record of cutting spending four straight years, cutting the City's debt and reducing the size of bureaucracy. He has stood up to City unions and has streamlined the workforce", Paladino said. "Our great state is broken and very few of our elected leaders in Albany are capable of doing what it takes to fix it. John has committed to fight for a change in Albany leadership and will continue his work towards a less intrusive government, NY's unconscionable property tax burden and repealing the SAFE Act."

"New York has the worst business climate in the nation," Tkazyik said. "The tax burden is 60 percent above the national average. We have the second-highest state and local tax burden in the country. During the last decade, more than three million people have fled our state. As jobs and businesses flee, cash-strapped taxpayers are going with them."

"I will fight the party bosses and expose the tax and spend "RINO's." Sometimes you must sail against the wind to navigate the storm," he said. "I did that as Mayor, and I'll do that as your State Senator."
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Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

R.O.I. By Frank J. Rich
Unlocking Opportunity
A recent visit to The South brought into focus the cultural prerogatives so common to American regions across the land. California is "laid back," The Deep South is lackadaisical, and The Midwest is "downright honest and pure," at least according to literature and folklore.
Tennessee Williams, playwright, poet, and cultural commentator, was expression's catalyst, painting his characters with the angular brush of an artist's eye, poignant and without protection. Perhaps, it was his concern for "the depths and origin of human feelings and motivations" that revealed the sinew in his characters, who often wrangled with despair in words given meaning by powerful phrase of action. Stanley, in "A Streetcar Named Desire," lamented over the loss of his relationship with the ever reaching and fawning Stella, as he called out plaintively to mark his deepest longings and desire for release in that single cry of her name as she withdrew with her son in her arms. His haunting drawl, penetrating and mysterious, made ordinary expression into art, and delivered phrase after phrase of infinite wisdom though often darkly stained.
Coincidentally, while talking with a local on this recent road trip, I inquired over the locked gates in a nearby field. The locks would not have presented an unusual thing but were in stark contrast to the absence of them in the area. People there didn't lock their doors or cars. Farm vehicles, including RTV's of various types, something youngsters in this area might find a temptation to borrow, were left unattended with the keys in the ignition. In commenting on it I asked if the neighbor next to me (everybody is a neighbor down there) knew the farmer who owned the cattle in the fields around us. They (fields) were surrounded by hundreds of acres just like them.
He said: "Yup, but he's locked 'em up; now ain't nobody can help him when he needs it." It struck me that this commentator's message may be useful to more than the farmer and his cattle, perhaps even helpful to local businesses in general.
Much of what we hold as individuals is held too closely. We seem to gather the means of convenience in every household as though counting on one's neighbor for help is an anachronism. Garden tools, dog clippers, meat smokers and grills, ladders, pools, hot tubs, and more cars than family members, are duplicated in each household.
On the commercial side, we tend not to have much to do with neighboring businesses, even though we opened next to them with purpose in mind. We don't join to advertise, which saves money, or trade coupons, or complimentary events. When presented with a customer we might react cautiously, spending those first moments deciding if s/he is a buyer or browser. We leave them alone to decide (on their own) if what we've got is what they want. It's interesting and sad, because buyers want to be engaged in "meaningful" exchanges with sellers. They don't have much time to shop and are not very good at managing the time they have, so they're looking for help.
Local businesses advertise to draw customers, but too often miss how vitally important it is to do everything they can to make a visit to the store attractive to them. Until they get there you can't help them at all; you can't sell them anything. You might as well have a lock on the door. Maybe our neighbor to the south was making good sense.
In the year ahead, now approaching the halfway mark, local business will benefit from an extraordinary 2013 development. The net worth of American households rose $10 trillion. This means that consumption will rise to meet pent-up demand for things people did without for the past seven years. It also means that banks will loan more money to businesses, and that "local spending" will rise, where better than 85 percent of disposable income is spent.
The message is clear: open up your minds, hearts, and bank accounts to embrace those who can help you grow share of market. Advertise, merchandise, and learn how to be customer-centric. Unlock all the doors that keep consumers from helping you help yourselves.
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, 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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Planning Board
June 9, 2014

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit

1. Yorktown Farms, lot #15, Wetlands permit
A homeowner wants to remove brush and install a fence in a wetland buffer in order to make a safer and healthier environment for his children.

2. Grotto Holding (former Salerno Dodge on Route 202)
Plans were presented to convert the former auto dealership into a combination retail and office space. Possible tenants include a flooring showroom or a doggie day care facility.

3. Teatown Lake Reservation auxiliary parking lot
Plans were presented to create a 46 space seasonal parking lot across the street from the existing entrance.

4.Lake Osceola Square
Plans for the mixed used building are moving forward and may include tying nearby properties along East MKain Street into the sewer system. The future operation of the beach remains undecided. A traffic study will examine East Main Street issues.

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Construction to officially begin: June 14th

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Pawling, N.Y. – 06/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has joined the Purple Heart Homes organization to remodel the home of local Vietnam War veteran Dan Flanigan.


Today, members of Army Week Association began clearing out Dan Flanigan’s basement and attic to prepare for Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.


Army Week Association is comprised of retirees, veterans, reservists, military spouses and committed community members who seek to highlight the achievements, sacrifice and service of those who have served in the United States Army. The goal of the organization is to create a multi-generational program that will help establish remembrance of those who have served. Army Week is currently taking place from June 8th through June 12th in New York City.


“I am very grateful for Chris Page and Army Week Association for working alongside myself and Purple Heart Homes to benefit a true American Hero,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is heartwarming to see such wonderful organizations join forces for a great cause, and I am proud to be a part of it.”


“Army Week Association is proud to be working alongside Purple Heart Homes and the Office of Senator Greg Ball to help our underserved veterans in New York. We hope all veterans find as powerful advocates as this great organization and Senator Ball,” said Christopher Page, CEO and Founder of Army Week Association.


The New York State Senate recently passed a resolution commending Army Week Association for the help they provide for veterans and their families.


The official construction ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 14th at 10 AM in Pawling, NY. For more information about the Purple Heart Homes Project, or to find out how you can get involved please visit:


For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796




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



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The Book Club!  

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Playing JAZZ !  

Saturday, June 14th starting at 8PM

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Come early. Come late. Catch some tunes and have a brew or two. Host Seana will welcome you!


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***Saturday, June 14th at 10 AM***


Ribbon Cutting To Take Place on Flag Day


Brewster, N.Y. – 06/11/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has joined the Purple Heart Homes organization to remodel the home local Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanigan.


Senator Ball and Purple Heart Homes are currently working to upgrade the home of Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100 percent service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran who lives in Pawling. An official kickoff ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14th in Pawling, NY.


“It is heartwarming to see the immense community support we have received since we first made this announcement. Hundreds of local elected officials, financial institutions, small businesses and community partners have stepped up to the plate,” said Senator Greg Ball. “If you would like to join our Purple Heart Homes Senate Task Force and join our honorable efforts to give Dan the welcome home he so rightfully deserves, please contact my office today.”


Private Daniel Flanigan, a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran has been selected after a thorough vetting process by Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit based in Statesville, NC that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans.


Dan Flanigan inherited his parent’s home in Pawling, NY in 1999. Dan like many Vietnam service-connected disabled veterans lives on a fixed income. The home he lives in is 100 years old and is known as a stately four square home situated on the crest of a hill on Spring Street in Pawling, NY.


As of this week, dozens of contractors and volunteers willing to donate supplies and services have committed to the cause. Fundraising volunteers, professional building and trade volunteers, building materials and monetary donations are all being accepted. All donations are tax deductible.


Building materials needed include: asphalt shingles, replacement windows, kitchen cabinets, hardwood flooring, paint, tiles, framing lumber for the front and rear porches, bathroom fixtures, bathroom toilet, shower, bathroom vanity, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, electrical supplies, dry wall, insulation and appliances.  


If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make a check payable to Purple Heart Homes and send to Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union: 1620 New York 22, Brewster, NY 10509 or visit


If you would like to volunteer for the ribbon cutting, you can RSVP by visiting: or by calling (845) 279-3773.


What: Purple Heart Homes Kickoff Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10 AM


Where: Dan Flanigan Home: 19 Spring Street Pawling, NY 12564


For more information, please contact or (845) 531-9796


Josef Bachmeier
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NYS Senator Greg Ball
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On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:38 AM, NRCC Communications wrote:

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2014
Contact: Press Office
We’ll Save You The Trouble, Sean Patrick
After Supporting Reckless Obama Agenda, NRCC Sends Sean Patrick Maloney A Pink Slip  
WASHINGTON – We regret to inform New York’s Sean Patrick Maloney that due to his long and unpopular liberal agenda, his services are no longer needed in Congress.
It’s no secret that Sean Patrick Maloney has been a steadfast supporter of President Obama’s agenda. Whether it’s higher taxes, unbalanced budgets, or ObamaCare, there isn’t much on which the two disagree.
And with the approval ratings of President Obama sinking fast, we’ve decided to save Sean Patrick Maloney the trouble and send him a pink slip. New York has had it with Maloney and his support of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. It’s time for a change.
“We thought we’d save Sean Patrick Maloney the trouble of campaigning this fall,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Let’s face it: his lockstep support of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi have ensured New York voters will no longer require his services in Congress come November.”
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June 4, 2014
Cox: Cuomo's return on investment pathetic
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement in response to Andrew Cuomo's celebratory press conference announcing that his $140 million investment in "Start Up NY" advertisements has thus far brought only twelve companies and 400 jobs to New York:
"12 companies and 400 jobs for a $140 million investment of taxpayer money is a pathetic return," said Cox.
"This program was a political fraud from the start: an excuse for Andrew Cuomo to spend taxpayer money on thinly-veiled reelection ads for himself."
Cox has previously called on Cuomo to reimburse taxpayers from his campaign account for the $140 million advertising expenditure.
Many Start Up NY ads are introduced by the CEO of Valutek, whose commitment to create 25 jobs in New York predates the Start Up NY program. 
On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:34 PM, Astorino for Governor wrote:

CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325
June 4, 2014

"Governor Cuomo is using $150 million in tax dollars to spread a mistruth about New York's business climate in order to help himself get re-elected. It is one of the grossest examples of misused tax dollars in modern history.
"The truth is that New York ranks dead last 50th in America in economic outlook under this governor and 48th in business climate. We are the highest taxed state in America, and we were just rated the worst state in America in which to retire, largely because our nation-leading property taxes.

"Governor Cuomo has done none of the hard work necessary to actually make this state economically competitive again.  He may think he is pulling the wool over the eyes of New Yorkers with these ads, but the truth is that New Yorkers are voting with their feet in record numbers.  It's why New York also leads the nation, under Mr. Cuomo, in people fleeing a state." 


Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Governor Cuomo Spokesman 
Hank Sheinkopf on Andrew Cuomo
April 12, 2002  
Andrew Cuomo is "willing to say anything, do anything -- including distorting the facts -- to win election.'' (link)
(How else can Mr. Cuomo's latest flip-flop about his relationship with Senate Republicans be explained?) 
June 5, 2014
How can anyone trust this guy?
Well that was fast.
Just a few days after abandoning any pretense of bipartisanship or pro-business policies in order to form a last-minute crooked deal with the Working Families Party, Andrew Cuomo has done a 180-degree flip flop.
Part of Cuomo's deal for the Working Families Party nomination (which, by the way, may constitute bribery under New York penal code) called for him to publicly denounce the Republican-IDC coalition in the State Senate and call for a Democrat-controlled Senate. So Cuomo did just that.
But while touring upstate hawking the pitiful return on his massive investment in "Start Up NY," Cuomo reversed his rhetoric and went out of his way to praise Senate Republicans.
So which is it, Governor?
Andrew Cuomo is trying to have it both ways, playing to his liberal base downstate while feigning bipartisanship upstate.
How can anyone trust this guy?
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On Friday, June 6, 2014 10:49 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Tuesday, June 11th, 2014 at 7:30 P.M
John Paul Rodriguez Operations Center
101 Route 9A, Ossining, New York

Preliminary Agenda (Revised)

  • Grant Subdivision, 68 Somerstown Road, 2 Lot Subdivision - Public Hearing
  • Artis Senior Living, 553 North State Road, Zoning Amendment
  • General Electric, Old Albany Post Road & Shady Lane Farm Road, Zoning Amendment
Town of Ossining Planning Board online
The John Paul Rodrigues Operations Center can only be reached from the southbound lane of Route 9A and is between Route 134 and Route 133.
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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June 9, 2014
Democrat Assemblyman Edward Hennessey Blows Off Tax Payment Deadline...Again

NYGOP Chair Ed Cox, Brookhaven GOP Chair Jesse Garcia call on Hennessey to resign office
Contact: David Laska
 SHIRLEY, NY- "Deadbeat Ed" Hennessey, the Democratic Assemblyman representing Long Island's Third Assembly District, has once again let a property tax payment deadline roll by without paying off his staggering amount of past-due taxes.  
As of today, Hennessey has failed to pay property taxes for the property where his law office is located on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, for all of 2013 and 2014. Including penalties and interest, Hennessey's unpaid property tax bill has now ballooned to over $20,000.  
"It appears that while Mr. Hennessey expects the taxpayers to pay his salary, he has no interest in paying what he owes the taxpayers," says New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox.
Hennessey owes $11,234.18 for the property taxes that were due for 2013 and has yet to pay any of his obligation for 2014, the second half of which was due on June 1. His total tax bill for 2014 is $9,031.01.   
Cox continued, "Mr. Hennessey is under the misguided impression that not paying his taxes is a perk that comes with being an Assemblyman. If Mr. Hennessey cannot fulfill his obligation to the taxpayers as a member of the Assembly, he should resign his office and seek employment in the private sector so that he may repay the money he owes." 
Brookhaven Republican Chairman Jesse Garcia said, "It's outrageous that Mr. Hennessey feels it's okay to pass laws that lead to higher taxes when he decides to not pay his own.  
"Through his actions, children in the William Floyd School District are owed over $15,000. In April, I called on Ed Hennessey to pay his taxes or get out of office. Since he's refused to pay up, I'm demanding that he resign from office immediately. The people of the 3rd NYS Assembly District deserve better than to be represented by a deadbeat."
Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Astorino Calls for Full Accounting of Siphoned Energy Tax Funds
New York--June 9...Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly broke his 2010 pledge not to raise taxes on New Yorkers, and now he's doing it again, Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today charged.  
"Governor Cuomo made a solemn vow to overtaxed New Yorkers four years ago not to raise taxes, and he quickly reneged on that pledge once he got into office," County Executive Astorino said. "Now, Governor Cuomo has created a new, underhanded energy tax on every New Yorker and New York business under the auspices of an emergency that does not exist. I call on Governor Cuomo today to stop this new tax and to account for the millions of tax dollars that already have been taken from New Yorkers under false auspices."
At issue, is the "temporary" "18-a Assessment" surcharge on utility customers that was created in 2009 ostensibly as an emergency measure to fund New York's Public Service Commission which oversees utilities. It raised New York's tax on utility customers from .33% to 2%.  That "temporary surcharge" was supposed to expire -- or "sunset" -- on March 31, 2014, but Governor Cuomo quietly renewed it in his new budget -- even though the Public Service Commission is fully funded and doesn't need the revenue.
Governor Cuomo famously said in 2010 when the issue of another "temporary surcharge" was raised: "It was supposed to sunset. If it doesn't sunset, it's a tax."
"New Yorkers are the highest taxed people in America, and our state was just ranked as the worst place to retire in the country because of its high taxes," Mr. Astorino continued. "We also have the second highest electric costs in the country, and an AARP poll released last weekend reported that 74% of New Yorkers age 50 and over are significantly struggling with utility costs.  Mr. Cuomo's new tax hurts families and small businesses least able to afford it.  He must get rid of this new energy tax and explain where taxpayer dollars have been going now that the Public Service Commission is fully funded."
The Public Service Commission meets this week in Albany.
On Monday, June 9, 2014 8:01 PM, John Testa wrote:

DATE: Saturday, June 14, 2014
TIME: 3 pm.
PLACE: Intersection of Water Street and Central Avenue, Peekskill, NY

WHAT: One of Westchester’s oldest fraternal organizations is teaming up with its newest historic museum to provide the Lincoln Depot Museum with a 21-foot flagpole.

DETAILS: This year’s Flag Day will feature something special at the Lincoln Depot Museum -- not just a celebration, but the installation and dedication of a 21-foot flagpole at Westchester County’s newest historic facility. The ceremony will take place on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14th, at 3:00 pm, in Peekskill, NY. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

Saturday, June 14th’s event will mark the first official raising of a flag at the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his only speech in Westchester County on his way to the White House on February 19th, 1861.   The Lincoln Depot Museum has been completely restored and includes advanced educational and exhibition facilities. It also features a stunning statue of Abraham Lincoln giving his speech.

One of the few things missing at the Lincoln Depot was a full-sized flagpole. The Peekskill Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States of America [BPOE] changed that, mobilizing businesses and individuals from around the region to donate their products and services to make the flagpole happen.

“Flying the flag in the place where a former President of the United States visited and spoke just made sense to the Elks”, says Paul Crumb, Exalted Ruler/President of the Peekskill Elks Lodge (which was founded in 1901). “The Elks, which began observing Flag Day in 1907, teamed up with the Capt. Oliver C. Chase, Jr. Post 274 of the American Legion and many other businesses and individuals to make that possible. Each year on Flag Day, we gather to honor our country’s Flag, to celebrate the anniversary of its birth as a symbol of the Cause of Freedom throughout the World, to give honor to Patriotism, to appreciate Liberty and to recall the achievements attained beneath its folds,” added Crumb. 

“The Lincoln Depot Board would like to thank the Peekskill Elks Lodge 744 for approaching us with their wonderful gift of the flag pole. We have been working to establish connections with organizations through the Hudson Valley and to have the Elks contribute in such a significant way is extremely satisfying. We at the Lincoln Depot look forward to further collaborations with the Elks organization and other groups in the region,“ said Lincoln Depot Board President John G. Testa. “The new flagpole will be a symbol of the Lincoln Depot’s presence and also help let the community know the Museum is here and active. It is appropriate we are having the dedication of the pole on Flag Day along with the unique ceremony to be performed by the Elks members,” added Testa.

Besides teaching history, the Lincoln Depot Museum has also proven highly useful as a gathering and exhibition space. Even though the facility is still moving towards completion, it has already hosted everything from Chamber of Commerce breakfasts to dances, parties and other events. 

“The Lincoln Depot museum has made tremendous progress over the last few months toward our goal of opening the museum this fall. We have acquired hundreds of artifacts and have hired a curator to help us design and create a one of a kind experience for Westchester and the region. We will have on display significant Lincoln and Civil War related items both from our permanent collection and on loan from private collectors and the local Peekskill Museum. There will also be items from the Peekskill Military Academy whose cadets stood as Lincoln’s guard when he spoke to the Peekskill community,” Testa says.

Images and press release attached.

For more information, contact County Legislator John Testa at 914-760-9773, or
On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:13 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact Joseph Ahearn (914) 774-6856
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C,I - Yorktown) is tackling a new influx of telephone scams currently flooding the Hudson Valley with promises of cash advances, mortgages and free cruises, among other issues. 
            "My office has contacted local authorities regarding the matter and we are working together to offer a solution," Katz said.  "In the meantime, please be careful with whom you share your private information.  Always remember: if it seems too good to be true, it likely is."
            If you fear you may have been a victim of these scams please contact your local law enforcement office. Putnam County Sheriff: (845) 225-4300 Westchester County Police Headquarters: (914) 864-7700

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

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

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


Yorktown chanel 74 Wednesdays at 7:30PM..Ossining/Peekskill channel 15 Wednesdays at 8PM

Hosted by: Sandra Galef

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

Bazzo 06/11/14

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