Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/9/14: 17 Topics In Today's blog


1) Did Andrew Cuomo Divert Sandy $ to His TV Ads?

2) Video: on LIRR "What Would Harry Truman Do?"

3) Nan Hayworth Advances to ‘Young Gun’

4) Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly: Supervisor's Update - July 9th, 2014

5) PRESS RELEASE on City of Peekskill Audit

6) Press Release: Radical Justin Wagner Doesn't Know How Government Works

7) Press Release: Dr. Terrence Murphy Joins Astorino's "Stop Common Core" Ballot Line

8)  Retire Nita Lowey! Finally!

9) New ROI column from Frank J. Rich: Success Beliefs

10) 12 Grapes: Talent that will blow your mind!

11) REVEALED: The Coming Collapse

12) Lalor Calls on SUNY Buffalo to Publish Clinton's Speaking Fee

13) Westchester County Health Department Offers Back To School Shots

14) Cox: Libous indictment not credible

15) NYGOP Events Calendar

16) A note from John Cahill

17) ICYMI: The WSJ on Astorino

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On Monday, July 7, 2014 11:14 AM, Astorino.TV wrote:

Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Governor, Did You Divert Sandy Relief Money From Victims to TV Ads?
Governor, Did You Divert Sandy Relief Money from
Victims to TV Ads?
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York almost two years ago, thousands of New Yorkers saw their homes and possessions destroyed. Twenty months later, many families are still out of their homes.

But what about the billions Sandy aid that was supposed to help them?  Where did it go? Shouldn't that have been enough money to get people back on their feet?

A lot of people have been asking Governor Cuomo that question, but his office won't tell them.

So let me ask you directly, Mr. Cuomo:  Is it true that you diverted Hurricane Sandy and other relief money into TV commercials to help your re-election?  Did you actually take money that could have gone to hurricane victims and put it into television ads?

If that's true, governor  -- and I'm told it is -- how much did you spend?  And how much of that money is left?

Families are still in need Mr. Cuomo. Are your free TV ads really more important than them?

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:17 PM, Astorino.TV wrote:

Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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What Would Truman Do?
"The buck stops here."
That's what the sign read on Harry Truman's desk during his years in the Oval Office. What it meant was:  I'm accountable.  I'm in charge. Responsibility, ultimately, resides in me.   
It's unfortunate that New Yorkers don't have a governor like that today. For the 300,000-plus New Yorkers who rely on the Long Island Railroad to get to and from work, school, and medical appointments in the city, the sign on Governor Cuomo's desk instead reads, "Don't look at me." "I punt on third down" or simply "blame it on the feds." 
As the clock ticks down on a looming Long Island Railroad strike, Mr. Cuomo is washing his hands of the matter. He's telling New Yorkers to call their member of congress, call their senators, email the White House -- do anything, but for god's sake don't bother him.  He's not responsible.  But when the very same negotiating team working on the Long Island Railroad issue successfully negotiated an MTA settlement, guess who took credit?  You guessed it, Andrew Cuomo.  
That's not leadership, Mr. Cuomo.  There's a major railroad strike coming that will affect hundreds of thousands of lives. You have to get involved.  It's gut check time, governor.  Just ask yourself, "What would Harry Truman do?"
On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 9:21 AM, NRCC Communications wrote:

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2014
Contact: Press Office
(202) 479-7070
Nan Hayworth Advances to ‘Young Gun’
New York Congressional Candidate Advances to Third and Final Level of the Young Guns Program
WASHINGTON - The National Republican Congressional Committee announced today that former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has reached ‘Young Gun’ status, the top tier of the committee’s three-level recruitment program. She has reached the third and final level by establishing a clear path to victory through her ability to build a formidable campaign structure and achieve important goals and benchmarks. Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country. Hayworth is running in New York’s 18th Congressional District.
"Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden. “Nan has outlined conservative principles that will grow jobs, stop the harmful effects of ObamaCare, and get Washington’s spending under control. Nan has met a series of rigorous goals that will put her in a position to win on Election Day.”
Nan Hayworth is a former member of Congress, doctor, mother, and a 26-year resident of the Hudson Valley. Raised in the industrial Midwest, she worked in a steel mill as a teenager to help earn money for college.
She opened her own solo practice after completing her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and practiced Ophthalmology for 16 years in Mount Kisco, in both a solo practice and as a partner in a large multispecialty group. Nan served as an attending physician at Northern Westchester Hospital and as a Clinical Instructor at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Nan is married to Scott and is the mother of two children who attended public schools in the Hudson Valley.
NRCC320 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 479-7000
On Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:40 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

April 11

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update- July 9th, 2014

Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday July 15, 2014
Ossining Library
7:30  PM
Police Services for the Unincorporated Area of Ossining
  • Village of Ossining Presentation
  • Westchester County Presentation
  • Open for questions and answers
  1. Questions submitted by letter, phone call, or email
  2. Open up the floor for questions
Update on the Reassessment/Revaluation
Other items from the Residents/Commercial Property owners of the entire Town of Ossining
        RFP for Police Services for the Unincorporated Area of the Town of Ossining
As we come to the end of the four year contract with Westchester County Department of Public Safety in December, the Town issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) for Police Services to see if the landscape has changed at all since the original contract was issued.  Westchester County, the Village of Ossining, and the Village of Briarcliff Manor responded; however, Briarcliff Manor was disqualified, as they only offered to supply services for Election Districts 17/20.   The RFP responses can be viewed and downloaded from the Town web page at  At our regularly scheduled Town Hall meeting on July 15th,  we will have presentations from both the Village of Ossining and Westchester County Department of Public Safety.  Each of these government entries will have officers and staff on hand to answer questions from interested parties, but we especially hope to hear from the residents and commercial property owners in the Unincorporated Area of the Town.  We understand that some of you might not be able to make the Town Hall Meeting, so if you have any questions or comments, please forward them to and they will be asked at the Town Hall Meeting.  If you plan to attend the Town Hall Meeting, but would rather communicate with us either by email or US mail, that works too!
We have already received some feedback, and encourage everyone to read the information and submit your questions as far in advance as possible; we want all of the entities to be able to research your questions and have the best possible answers prepared for you at the Town Hall Meeting.
The final decision must be made in August 2014 so that all parties can determine their next steps and budget appropriately.
Town wide Reval (Reassessment)
Tyler Technologies (the firm hired by the Consortium) is in the process of collecting the data, the first phase of several in this project.  Along with an internal walk-through, this stage includes measuring all houses and commercial properties, as well as all “out” buildings like garages and sheds.  It is essential that we get a true inventory of everything to ensure fair and equitable taxation to everyone.
There are still people who do not know about the Reval, so please pass this information onto your family and friends who also live in the Town of Ossining.
Important to remember:
  • There has not been a reassessment in Ossining since 1972.
  • This is a revenue neutral process.  This means that it is not to collect more taxes but rather to distribute the tax responsibility fairly.  It will not affect the budgets or the tax cap, except that the funds to pay for this will be paid for from the Town General tax in which every Town of Ossining resident shares.
  • The cost of this is not to exceed $1.8 million. While that sounds like a lot, please understand that the Town of Ossining (the smallest percent of all your taxes) has refunded close to $2.5 million in grievances in the past 5 years alone.
  • The Assessor's office needs to be able to defend the assessments with current values, and everyone must only pay their fair share.
Today, my husband and I had our interior and exterior inspection done.  We wanted to make sure that everyone knew that we welcome the reassessment and will do everything in our power to make sure Tyler Technologies gets any information they need.  We hope each of you feel the same way and open your doors for this short inspection.  Please remember: they are not looking at your furniture or your artwork but rather the number of rooms you have (bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens etc.) and the square footage of your home.
Parks Public Opinion Survey Grant
The Town of Ossining received a small grant several years back to poll some of our residents about the Ossining Town Parks.  We will be sending out questionnaires to the residents in the Unincorporated Area (limited funds from the grant do not allow us to send the questionnaire out to the entire Town) asking questions such as:
Are you familiar with the Town Parks?
What parks do you utilize?
What activities would you like to see or see more of in the parks?
Please help us by answering the survey if you get it. The surveys have pre-paid return labels, so make sure to write your name, address and phone number on the inside, follow the folding instructions and mail it back to us by the deadline. 2 submissions will be chosen from all the surveys returned, and each will win a $100 gift card to a great Ossining spot- one to Keenan House, and one to The Boathouse.  As you’ve seen, this administration is getting serious about improving our Parks- we want to hear from you! How can we do better? Let us know, and dinner is on us!

Comprehensive Plan Review
We are in the process of reviewing the Town of Ossining’s Comprehensive Plan.  The entire “Comp Plan “is on the Town of Ossining web page.  We will be looking at all of the recommendations that have not yet been implemented, and determine if they are still relevant in 2014.  Additionally, we will be taking suggestions from our residents and commercial property owners as to other items we could address in relation to the Comprehensive Plan.
We invite everyone to join us at the meetings listed below:
July 17, 2014 7:00 PM  
August 21, 2014 7:00 PM
September 18, 2014 7:00 PM
October 16, 2014 7:00 PM
All meetings will be held in the first floor Board Room at 16 Croton Ave.
While we understand many of you may be away enjoying a vacation during these times, you can always submit suggestions, comments and questions to me at, or call the office at (914) 762-6001. We want to hear from you!

Ethics Code and Board
The Town Ethics Board has been working diligently on strengthening our Code of Ethics.  A big thank you goes out to Stuart Kahan and Sandy Hirsch who, along with our Deputy Town Attorney Mark Reisman, have been working on this project over the past several months.  Stuart gave the Town Board an update at our last Work Session and will document their recommended changes for us shortly.
The Ethics Board will grow from 3 to 5 members, and the Deputy Town Attorney will now be a liaison as opposed to an actual member going forward. We will be looking for 3 people to become part of the Ethics Board this fall, and encourage everyone interested to send their resumes to Maddi Zachacz at  We will be accepting resumes from all interested residents. You do not have to be an attorney- in fact, there is a requirement that at least one member not have a law background!

Business Development Committee
Our Business Development Committee meets regularly and will soon begin surveying all the businesses on North State Road.  What can the Town of Ossining, the Chambers of Commerce and the BDC do for our businesses?  By building an inventory of the businesses on North State Road, we hope to work with the Chambers of Commerce and the existing businesses not only to improve public relations, but establish ways to give existing businesses a boost while attracting new businesses to our area.
Members of the committee will be walking North State Road in the next month or so. We want to be a partner with you as we work on attracting more business and shoppers to our commercial district.
PLEASE feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your family, friends, acquaintances, or business associates who may have an interest in these, as well as other Town subjects.
As always, please feel very free to contact me with any questions.
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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
For Immediate Release

Date: July 7, 2014

Contact: Drew Claxton,

Deputy Mayor, City of Peekskill


Independent State Audit Provides Favorable Assessment of Peekskill’s Officials from 2011-2013

State Comptroller Notes City Officials from 2011-2013 Properly Managed Taxpayer’s Finances and In Fact We’re Able to Produce a Surplus of Almost $1 Million in 2013

The New York State Comptroller's Office recently conducted a routine audit of how the City of Peekskill’s officials handled finances from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013 during the Foster administration and found that, during this time, the City properly managed City finances and generated a surplus of more than $800,000 in 2013.

The audit states: “It appears the City officials are properly managing the City’s financial condition. City officials should continue to implement cost-saving measures and reduce the City’s dependence on using unassigned fund balance as a source of financing operations.”

Hard, fiscally sound decisions by the administration of former Mayor Mary Foster, the city council and professional staff — enabled Peekskill to come through the prolonged recession with a surplus of over $800,000 in 2013.  

During the recession, in order to stave off large tax increases, the Foster administration utilized the City’s savings account and rainy day fund to protect residents from the major tax hikes experienced by other municipalities. Belt tightening and streamlining operations in 2012 allowed the City to begin replacing savings, ultimately generating a surplus of $803,000. The City was also able to save an additional $2 million by the end of 2013 earmarked for the new Central Fire House.

The state comptroller’s report also suggests that thanks to sound budgeting and planning under the previous administration, the City is poised to generate even larger surpluses this year. A balanced budget was adopted by the Foster Administration for 2014 that does not use any  savings. And land sales negotiated in 2013 will bring in additional revenues this year for City taxpayers.

“The state comptroller’s audit makes it abundantly clear: Peekskill is on sound financial footing thanks to long-term planning that the city undertook over the last three years. Democrats on the council intend to be just as prudent this year with the taxpayer’s money as they have been the last three years. I am hopeful the new mayor will join us in building on the work we’ve accomplished,” said Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton.

The state comptroller’s audit makes it perfectly clear: Peekskill was, and is, fiscally sound. For a full copy of the comptroller’s report, click the link below:

For Immediate Release: July 7, 2014
Contact: TJ McCormack (818) 554-2566
Justin Wagner Doesn't Know How Government Works, Shows Lack Of Moral Compass By
Defending Big Oil And Fracking
Dr. Terrence Murphy, Candidate For New York State Senate, Says He Is Proud Of His
Real Environmental Record, Issues Personal Challenge

Dr. Terrence Murphy of Yorktown, Republican candidate for New York State Senate,
says that Justin Wagner's recent attacks are based on lies, and the nature of
those untruths exposes his ignorance of how government works.
Wagner, a disciple of Bill de Blasio and radicals out of New York City, last week accused
Dr. Murphy of supporting the expansion of an existing natural gas pipeline in
northern Westchester, voting to do so and therefore not caring about the
well-being of children. This is a false premise in that such a vote is
impossible because the pipeline is
Said Dr. Murphy, "Frankly, I'm a little embarrassed for Justin. Not only has he been
caught telling lies, but he's proven himself clueless as to how things work at
the local, county, state and federal levels. Despite Justin's best wishes, the
Algonquin Pipeline is under the control of President Obama's bureaucrats in
Washington, not the town of Yorktown, or Corltandt, or Peekskill or even
Dr. Murphy continued, "Wagner embodies the worst of lousy politics: He doesn't have a
record of his own that he can talk about, so he lies about me. That's not mature
behavior. That's not how we conduct ourselves in the 40th District.
"As a dad I'm always teaching my kids about telling the truth.  For Justin Wagner to
attack me with lies on the subject of the environment is not only obnoxious,
it's hypocritical. He goes to work every day for a high power city law firm
which defended BP and Exxon-Mobil as well as fracking interests such as
Chesapeake Energy. My record shows that I SUPPORT a moratorium on fracking, I
have helped to preserve more than 3,000 acres of green space, and I voted to ban
pesticides on athletic fields. I have also orchestrated a public-private
partnership to mitigate flooding needs and install biodiversity filters at no
cost to taxpayers.
Said Dr. Murphy, "Wagner accuses me of threatening the health of kids? I'm IN the health
business. He's in the business of defending corporations that have damaged the
planet for generations to come. I'm the father of three gorgeous kids. I've
volunteered for decades on the ball fields of the Hudson Valley looking after
athletes, I've advocated for legislation that would keep sex offenders further
away from children.  I challenge Justin the next time he sees me to tell me
personally that I don't care about the health and safety of kids.
"I don't know where he would be the bigger threat to our community; in his swanky law
office in New York City or in Albany? Either way, his lying, hypocrisy and
gutter politics have proven once again that Wagner is completely out of touch
with the values of the voters of the 40th District."
Media Availability Upon Request Through Contact

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2014
Contact: TJ McCormack (818) 554-2566
Terrence Murphy Joins Astorino's "Stop Common Core" Ballot
For New York State Senate Says GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Showing Great Resolve
In Stand Against Education Debacle

Dr. Terrence Murphy of Yorktown, Republican candidate for New York State Senate,
today announced his intentions to join County Executive Rob Astorino's Stop
Common Core ballot line for this November.
Said Dr. Murphy, "This is a great move on the County Executive's part. Rob Astorino has
been in the trenches fighting Common Core since its inception. Just like Rob has
expressed in recent months, as a dad I've seen my kids struggle with this awful
new curriculum, and it breaks my heart."
Dr. Murphy went on to say, "Unlike my extremist opponent, who finds ways to politicize
speakers who have come to the Hudson Valley to discuss this important issue, I
have personally attended dozens of community forums throughout the district.
 Listening to testimonies from kids, teachers, parents and administrators it's
clear the implementation of Common Core has been nothing short of a frustrating
Everywhere I go in the 40th district, I encounter scores of angry parents demanding the
demise of Common Core. I look forward to joining our next governor in Albany and
working to bring New York from worst to first, and an important step in that
direction must be the immediate repeal of Common Core."

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Friends and Neighbors:  If you haven't met the person who will finally unseat Nita Lowey, let me introduce you to the next US Congressman to represent the 17th District, Chris Day!
While Chris is not running in my district (remember, many of us were redistricted!), I'm sure many of you have lingering, strong opinions on Ms. Lowey's consistently, fiscally irresponsible and anti-growth policies.
Chris Day, a former Army officer, an Iraq Veteran and Bronze Star recipient, a businessman, and a Yale and Columbia graduate, has the experience, smarts and fresh ideas to provide fiscal sanity and drive growth in NY and the US.
I won't try and summarize Chris' excellence here.  Simply explore his views and attributes at
This is a winnable election!  And, one that Nita HAS NEVER FACED before.  Think about it.  The relatively new re-districted district is more conservative than Nita's old one; this is a non-Presidential election year; The POTUS' approval ratings are at an all-time low; the district that Chris is running in was just won by the popular, GOP Westchester County Executive (again); and this same Executive is running for Governor this cycle.  If there was a year to retire Nita, this is the year!
As Chris helped run his father's successful campaign for Rockland County Executive, Chris knows how to win elections!
Please come and join us the evening of July 16th and meet and talk with Chris Day.  We are meeting at 7 PM at  Pasquale Ristorante, 2 Putnam Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573.
Click here to view flyer for this event.  You will note that many are sponsoring this event, and the list is growing.  Please let me know ASAP if you can join us by simply replying to this email (RSVP:

If you like Chris, then donate.  You be the judge!  I think you will find that Chris is the real deal.  He will speak the hard truth and he's willing to roll up his sleeves and go the distance.  Please join us.  Then decide for yourself!
Thanks.  Mark
R.O.I. By Frank J. Rich
Success Beliefs
This column may read a little formulaic, but consider your own wisdom in light of it. When they align, I'll have made the point. Truly, there are some things common to successful people: those who accomplish planned goals. The conclusions are from my own experience.
Fill the time--Don't let work expand to the time available; it's the consultants' dread. Instead, fill every moment with productive work. Ask yourself, Is what I'm doing at the moment the best use of my time?
If you see it, you've got it--Recognize that the best in you is just beyond your ability to see it. Take the next step and see the best in others. It'll reveal your own uniqueness and motivate best behavior.
Choose the best--The people you work with and the customers you serve are chosen by you. Always work to improve the quality of both, either by developing or replacing them. Successful people are attracted to their kind.
Prepare--Luck is where opportunity and preparation meet. Successful people always consider them self lucky, but are better prepared than others. Remember, we are all perfectly well prepared to achieve the results we're getting. Want better results, prepare for them!
Earn your wings every day--The best measure of your value to an organization is your unique contribution. It takes many forms, including your ability to work exceptionally well with others. You never stop earning your place in the enterprise. It's the nature of growth.
Achievement is the Holy Grail--Continued accomplishment accumulates success. Experience only prepares you to make better choices, but accomplishment is what moves markets. Successful people humbly explain what their team has accomplished, something seldom seen on a resume. 
Embrace failure--It's where we learn, in the struggle. We learn most from our own experience. If it's always someone else's fault, little can be learned. Vow to do better by what you've learned from failure.
Say yes--To most everything. The world needs more volunteers and fewer mercenaries. How does it feel when a contractor quotes a price for one day's work that is equal to four days' revenue? We all need to give more to get more. The more available you are, the more opportunity to prove your value.
Help customers--Don't just sell them or give them what they paid for. Do whatever they need and secure a long-term revenue stream in the process. Work hard at building a quality customer list by outperforming expectations. Go the extra mile for customers; they're what make your business grow. And not just customers! Dick Lyle, author of Four Winning Habits, says: "be first in and last out, solve problems in advance, never trade results for excuses, and always make the other guy look good." He's right!
Check out Successful People Are Usually Fat, by "Ron" of The Wisdom Journal. Though success attributes are many, few stick as words to live by. A learning mindset leads to good habits and attitude, the things that secure success in all you do.

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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by Frank J. Rich

Poetry is like music to children's ears...
The idea that a house might take on a human guise, warm and welcoming is the simple exchange in our desire for such a home as we prepare it for ourselves and our children.
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Come for the food. Stay for the 
Award-winning Live Music!

Fri July 11Cracked Ice members regularly perform on national TV, on Gold and Platinum albums, and in sold-out concert and stadium tours with such superstars as The Rolling Stones, Sting, Spyro Gyra, Southside Johnny and more.
Sat July 12Wendy May has performed with Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, 
Hank Williams, Jr. and countless others.
Sun July 13: The Westchester Swing Band. Many of the 18-piece band have performed on Late Night TV or for Broadway shows such as Miss Saigon, Les Mis and others.
Get MORE for LESS every Wed & Thurs 

Two course Dinner for $15!
Choose Soup or Salad plus Entree 
NEW THIS WEEK: Salmon Cake Sandwich
plus Burgers, Trout, Fresh Pasta & more!
Add petit dessert for just $3
Call or EMAIL US
for "Dinner & Show" reservations!
Ladies Night "Unplugged" with 
Rich Kelly
$15 Dinner Deal & Ladies Drink Specials 

Rich is a singer / songwriter who performs a mix of Pop and Acoustic Folk/Rock covers. 
Two-course Dinner Deal from  5:30 pm.
Ladies Night Drinks specials from 7-10pm.
Music from  8-10pm.  Free Admission.

Open Mic Night w/ Jess Erick

Where can you get a delicious 2-course dinner for 
AND 3 hours of live acoustic music? Right here, once a month! Whether you come to perform or come to listen, you'll love the diversity of talent at our Open Mic Nights. Host Jess Erick opens the night with her original songs, then keeps the music flowing and spirits high. 
Sign up is between 8 and 10pm only, so get here early. We have a full back line including mics, amps and a keyboard. Bring your friends! 
Free Admission.

Soul / R&B with Cracked Ice
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They played the Kennedy Center for 4 of the past 5 years. They were the wedding band for Marc Cohen (Walkin in Memphis). And here they are at 12 Grapes! A NYC-based Soul/R&B band, Cracked Ice is led by saxman Crispin Cioe (J Geils, Rolling Stones, James Brown). With Angel Rissoff & Susan D. (Wilson Pickett, Spyro Gyra) on vocals, Ivan Bodley (Sam Moore, Sting) on bass, Tyger MacNeal (Jose Feliciano Band) on drums, Mike Mancini (Southside Johnny, Phoebe Snow) on keys, Mark Newman (John Oates, Sam Moore) on guitar and Larry Etkiln (Uptown Horns, etc.) on trumpet. $10 Cover or $5 w dinner entree.
Wendy May & Friends
An extraordinarily talented Blues/Country vocalist and Rock guitarist, Wendy's been entertaining audiences at festivals, clubs and concerts for over 20 years. She's performed with musical legends such as Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and countless others. Joining Wendy tonight are Mike Marble on drums, George Lesiw on guitar and Benj LeFevre on bass. Come on out and dance the night away!!
$10 Cover or $5 with dinner entree.

Greg Westhoff's 18-piece Westchester Swing Band
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In The Mood for Swing? Time once again for our monthly presentation of this classic Big Band, performing songs from the Golden Era of Swing, plus Sinatra, Broadway, Jazz & more. The band is made up of seasoned pros. They generously give their time and talent to us. PLEASE BE GENEROUS!  $5 Cover or higher DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO THE BAND.

Wed July 16: Ladies Night "Unplugged" 
Michelle DeAngelis


Thu July 17: Live Band Karaoke
sign up from 8-10pm

 Sat July 19: Santana Tribute
Sun July 20: Kids Open Mic Night

Call for "Dinner & Show" Reservations: 914-737-6624
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Dinner Specials 

Heirloom Tomato 
& Burrata Salad

Crispy Striped Bass with Grape Salsa
Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri
Summer Cocktails
Gin, Lemon Juice, Campari, Cointreau

Guns N' Roses
Tequila, Roses Lime Juice, St. Germaine 
& Ginger Beer 

and more!

Santana Tribute!


Tom Dowd &

Kevin McSweeney
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Chris O'Leary
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On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 3:27 PM, Townhall Spotlight wrote:


Since I exposed this I'm getting a lot of comments.
People are terrified and they are asking me to spread the word even more...
So don't miss this because it might be too late for you and your family!
Obama's done a lot of stupid things so far, but this one will freeze the blood in your veins!
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On Monday, July 7, 2014 11:10 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseJuly 7, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor Calls on SUNY Buffalo to Publish Hillary Clinton's Speaking Fee
Fishkill, NY - (7/7/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill) is asking the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY Buffalo) to reveal the speaking fee the University paid to Hillary Clinton. Lalor's letter to the university president may be found online here.

"Taxpayers, students and parents have a right to know how SUNY Buffalo spends their money," said Lalor. "The University should embrace transparency and publish the speaking fee it paid to Clinton. There is just no excuse for a public university to hide this information. The school may be embarrassed for having paid an exorbitant fee to Clinton, but it shouldn't get to bury that information to save face."

It has been reported that SUNY Buffalo is refusing to reveal how much the university paid Hillary Clinton to speak last year. The same news reports reveal that Clinton receives a standard speaking fee of $200,000 or more. Clinton has claimed that she donates speaking fees from universities to the Clinton Foundation.

Lalor continued, "I understand SUNY Buffalo claims it doesn’t have to reveal the cost because the funding came from the university's private foundation, but that is a poor excuse.
When the foundation spends exorbitant amounts to bring in guest speakers, it means taxpayers will be making up the difference elsewhere. That's why taxpayers should know how the foundation spends its money. You can’t separate the university from the foundation. SUNY Buffalo is a public university, it should be open and transparent about how it spends money. The same goes for the university's foundation."
In other reports, Clinton claims she donates her university speaking fees to the Clinton Foundation," Lalor added. "Does the university know if its money went to the Clinton Foundation? Does the SUNY Buffalo administration believe the university exists to make six-figure donations to global charities? Or would that money be better spent serving the university’s students?"
"I also hope the university will reconsider its policy on paying exorbitant speaking fees," Lalor concluded. "Taxpayers fund public universities to provide a quality affordable education. One speech, no matter how high profile, contributes little to the goal of a public university. It’s simply not an expense that can be justified."

Lalor has been a leading voice against waste in public education, holding the City University of New York responsible for its wasteful spending on David Petraeus and Paul Krugman.

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..
On Monday, July 7, 2014 3:00 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Dear Neighbor,
Summer is a great time for parents to prepare for their children’s next school year without feeling pressured. Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD, would like parents to place immunizations at the top of their summer to-do lists, along with summer reading lists and back-to-school shopping.
New regulations for school admissions require schools to more closely scrutinize children’s immunization records and could result in a child not being allowed to start or continue in school if immunizations are not current.  These updated regulations provide increased protection against illnesses like whooping cough that have been reported in school aged children in Westchester, as well as measles and mumps, which have had recent outbreaks in nearby New York City.
The Westchester County Health Department will offer free immunizations by appointment during special back to school clinics in July, August and September for children ages twelve months through 18 years, who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn’t cover immunizations.
During these clinics, health Navigators will be on hand to help parents and guardians sign their children up for the health insurance they need. Families without a regular doctor also will receive information about where to go for ongoing pediatric primary care.
Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis for vaccine clinic sessions scheduled between Friday, July 18 and Tuesday, September 23 at the Westchester County Department of Health clinics in Yonkers and White Plains.
To schedule an appointment for school vaccines at the health department clinic in Yonkers at 20 S. Broadway, call (914) 231-2500. The dates are as follows:
  • Thursday, July 24, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, July 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 22, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
To schedule an appointment for school vaccines at the health department clinic in White Plains at 134 Court Street, call (914) 995-5800. The dates are as follows:
  • Friday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Friday, July 25, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 31, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
For more information, please visit or call (914) 813-5000.
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July 7, 2014

Cox: Libous indictment not credible

Contact: David Laska

ALBANY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following memo regarding the federal indictment of State Senator Tom Libous.
"Allegations too thin, press releases too thick, timing too political for indictment to be credible"
Allegations too thin
This highly unusual, three-page, one-count indictment stems from an unrecorded conversation of an unannounced visit to Sen. Libous from FBI agents that took place four years ago.
Sen. Libous was indicted under a rarely used 1863 statute. In 1998, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing in regards to that statute, warned against "the extraordinary authority Congress, perhaps unwittingly, has conferred on prosecutors to manufacture crimes."
Press releases too thick
That the US Attorneys are straining to create a crime is evident in the public statements of the US Attorney and the Assistant FBI Director, which make false statements regarding the allegations in their indictment.
The US Attorney stated that Sen. Libous is "alleged" to have abused his office "corruptly causing funnel money through a law firm..."
The Assistant FBI Director said, "As alleged... Senator Libous used his political position to garner favorable treatment for himself..."
Neither of those statements tells the truth about the actual indictment, which alleges nothing of the sort, probably because there is insufficient evidence to support those statements.
There is only one count in the indictment: allegedly lying to the FBI about things that happened nine years ago in an unrecorded conversation of an unannounced visit that took place four years ago.
Without a recording, prosecutors cannot win in court, so they're trying to conduct this trial in the press against a terminally ill State Senator.
Timing too political
The timing of this indictment is too political to be credible: are we really to believe that federal officials conducted this conversation four years ago, but by coincidence brought the indictment precisely at a time when Andrew Cuomo has thrown in his lot with the radical left Working Families Party and New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio to put downstate Democrats in control of the State Senate? And with just enough time left in the petitioning process for Democrats presently on the sidelines to formally challenge Sen. Libous?
If this weak case ever goes to trial, the FBI and Attorney General Holder's very political Justice Department will be the de facto defendants.

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July 8, 2014

Most people don't know New York's Attorney General -- or anything he has done ...
Which means "Silent Schneiderman" hasn't done enough for New York's communities, schools, or citizens. Simply put, Eric Schneiderman is soft on crime, wrong for our kids, and bad for business. 

That's why I am running for Attorney General.
With your support, I am going to be the "People's Lawyer" and fight for the issues and ideas that are going to make New York a better place.
I hope you will help our campaign at this crucial time. July 11th marks the end of the fundraising period and a strong fundraising report will show Eric Schneiderman -- and his powerful friends -- that his tenure is coming to an end. And we still have to raise another $23,400 to hit our goal.
Our campaign is reaching new voters every day and they are responding to our bold message because they know this job is too critical a position to be ignored. I have the public and private sector experience to be a strong voice for all of New York.
There's an absence of leadership in the Attorney General's office and your contribution $10, $35, $50, $100, $250, or another amount will help us reach our goal and replace a silent Attorney General with one who will be a vocal advocate for the communities, schools, and people of New York.
Though the holiday weekend is coming to an end, we must continue fighting for the freedom and security we celebrated these past few days. We are a government 
of the people, by the people, and for the people and together we will reclaim the Attorney General's office for the people!
Friday is the deadline so please help us reach our goal today!

John Cahill
P.S. Remember, all contributions must be received by July 11th to be counted. Visit here to add your contribution of $10 or $100 or $1,000 or whatever amount is right for you today.

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July 9, 2014

ICYMI: The WSJ on Astorino
In case you missed it yesterday, the Wall Street Journal had a great piece on Rob Astorino, his record in Westchester County and Andrew Cuomo's shameless, baseless race-baiting politics. 

The article is only available to subscribers, but here are some highlights:

Westchester USA

A case of racial engineering that Obama wants to take nationwide.

The Wall Street Journal
July 8, 2014

Residents of the northern New York City suburbs were recently treated to a TV ad invoking images of the Jim Crow South and claiming that Westchester County executive Rob Astorino has "repeatedly violated anti-discrimination laws for years." None of the ad is true, but it does reveal some important political news with national implications.
To wit, Mr. Astorino is resisting the Obama Administration's attempt to rewrite local zoning laws by federal fiat, and as the Republican candidate for Governor of New York he has a better chance to beat incumbent Andrew Cuomo than the conventional wisdom believes.
On the credibility of the discrimination charge, consider that Al Sharpton, the racial provocateur, recently made a trip to Westchester to deplore making race a political issue. He was sent by Mr. Cuomo specifically to make race a political issue.

Which brings us to this year's race for Governor. The media are portraying it as a lay-up for Mr. Cuomo, but don't be so sure. Mr. Astorino should do well upstate, where the economy is lousy and Mr. Cuomo has banned fracking for natural gas.   
The Republican has a history of doing well with suburban Democrats, who also resent Washington's attempts to rezone their neighborhoods. In 2010 Mr. Astorino won 25% of the black vote and 30% of Democrats. Mr. Cuomo is worried enough that he recently cut a deal with the public-union Working Families Party, which suggests he will move left on taxes and the economy if he wins re-election. Mr. Cuomo is also trying to shut down Wall Street donations to Mr. Astorino, who needs money to get out his message of economic revival.   
This is the context for the HUD-Cuomo-Sharpton racial squeeze play: Try to stigmatize Mr. Astorino just as he is trying to introduce himself to a broader electorate. Such race-baiting politics is what should be stigmatized, just as the country should reject HUD's attempts to dictate the racial composition of America's neighborhoods.
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