Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bazzo Says: Town Board Must Re-Visit Vote

Bazzo Says:
BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO
OF YORKTOWN NEWS & MAHOPAC NEWS
TITLE:Yorktown Town Board Must Re-Visit Vote
 
I noticed this from last week’s story about the Yorktown Town Board granting themselves and other department heads raises in a poor economy:
“I do not want any official to have a salary increase, as well as a back salary increase for ’12, ’13, ’14 or ’15,” said Patel. “They made a mistake...I voted against both [resolutions].”
Town Clerk Alice Roker, whose minutes are the only record of untelevised work sessions, said the 3 to 1 vote will stand. Roker said she did not hear Patel reply affirmatively or negatively to the call for vote. 
“The bottom line, if I don’t hear you, you’re an aye,” Roker said. “If (Grace) calls for nays and I don’t hear you, I’m sorry. It is your job to make it clear that you’re voting nay. I looked up that one particular time and he voted nay. If he voted nay twice, I’m sorry, I didn’t hear him.”
 
In case you were away, as it stands now these raises will be tied to the CSEA contracts which the Town Board negotiates, once the board passes the budget this December. This means that your elected officials—who are supposed to work for you—will never again have to go to the residents of Yorktown when they feel they or the department heads are entitled to more of the residents’ money. Our employees—elected or otherwise—will no longer have to justify to us (their employers) why we should pay them more money.
 
An explanation given to me was that the public never believes these officials deserve a raise and that they do not want to hear us bitch and moan about money anymore. In fact, I have opined many times that, in many cases, they are overpaid. Don’t you wish we could just decide we deserve more money without consulting our superiors? Don’t you wish we could embarrass ourselves on the job, as this Town Board has done this entire year, and collect more money?  This is an example of where elected officials feel you are the servant public, not that they are public servants.
 
Let us revisit the quote at the top of this column. If we take what both Councilman Vishnu Patel and Town Clerk Alice Roker said at face value, we have a problem. If Patel is truthful, which I believe he is, then neither resolution should have passed. Remember, there were two resolutions passed at the Aug. 12 meeting.
 
One resolution will simply tie Town Board and department head raises to the yearly increases in the CSEA contract, while the other resolution specifically backdated the raises based on the yearly increases in the CSEA contract to 2012, continuing each year until 2015.
 
The first resolution passed 3-1, with Patel on record as having voted “no.” The second resolution also passed 3-1, but this time with the record showing that Patel voted “yes” and Councilman Terrence Murphy voted “no.”
 
After the meeting, Patel told Yorktown News that he voted no on both resolutions. If what Alice says is true, and I believe it is, then on her own, with her own raise hanging in the balance, she took it upon herself to vote “yes” for Patel, even though she admits she did not hear Patel vote yay or nay. Am I the only one who sees a problem with this?
 
These votes and the eternal consequences of them, should not be decided by the axiom, “The bottom line, if I don’t hear you, you’re an aye (yes),” which is what Town Clerk Alice Roker is quoted as saying. If Patel did not make his position known, it is up to Roker and the rest of the board to ascertain his position. If Patel meant to abstain, then the vote would have been 2-1, meaning the resolution does not pass.
 
One cannot assume a vote in your favor, especially when tax dollars, which is our money not theirs is at stake. Besides, how can one assume Patel voted “yes” on the second resolution when he voted “no” on the first resolution, never mind that he  was the lone “no” vote two years ago when the board members granted themselves a raise as one of their first actions.
 
Patel has a history of voting against raises. So, what to do?
 
Well, one possibility is that at the Sept. 2 meeting they bring this up for a re-vote. One would assume that both resolutions pass 3 to 1, with Patel voting “no” each time.
 
Now, if Murphy, who is running for the State Senate and has campaigned on transparency in government (does anyone see the irony in that?) changes his vote on the open-ended resolution, then the vote is 2 to 2. Thing is, if they hold a vote on whether or not to rescind the pay raises and it is 2-2 then the previous resolutions stand. This would be great for Murphy, who could go on the campaign trail bragging that he voted to overturn the pay raise.
 
If they hold a vote to overturn the resolutions and Murphy sides again with Grace and Bianco, then he will have to explain why disenfranchising residents is a laudable value to bring up to the cauldron of corruption that is Albany.
 
It would be an easy explanation as this mindset is now prevalent in Albany. However, that would negate any argument that Murphy is an agent of change. As for Supervisor Grace and Councilman Bianco, for all their caterwauling about each other, when it comes to screwing the taxpayer they are of like minds, though for different reasons.
 
Grace feels the position is underpaid. He says “position,” but I read it as, and this is my opinion, he feels he is underpaid. Nothing wrong with that, but I have yet to meet anyone who feels they are justly compensated for their work.
 
As for Bianco, he has publicly stated he will not run for office again. So, maybe he is trying to cement a legacy for himself, and he sees this as a good thing, regardless of what public opinion is at the moment. Who knows, maybe he has decided to go out with a bang before he begins a life in Florida. 
 
In the recent past, the residents of this town have made their position quite clear on being cut out of the equation when it comes to raises for elected officials and department heads. As I wrote last week, it was tried when a past Town Board tried to attach a cost of living increase to a resolution granting them a pay raise. Yorktown residents want their right to chime in whenever raises are being discussed. This does not mean residents will win the day. The vote two years ago showed that, but public servants must go before the public and justify why they should get more money, no matter how unpleasant.
 
This is what I say. What say you?
 
THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT
State Senate candidate and former assemblyman Bob Castelli discusses the campaign at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3  on channel 74.
********************************************************************************
********************************************************************************
FOLLOW ME AT:
LINKIN (ANTHONY BAZZO):http://www.linkedin.com
www.linkedin.com/pub/anthony-bazzo/19/352/684/
TWITTER (@BAZZOMANIFESTO): http://twitter.com/
FACEBOOK (THOMAS NEWMAN): http://www.facebook.com/
**********************************************************************************************

**********************************************************************************************
THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT ON YOUTUBE:
Thank to the help of a good friend Pat N. we are able to bring all available shows of the Volpe/Bazzo Report on YouTube for those who do not have Optimum/Cablevision.
Here is the link to 2012 & 2013 shows of The Volpe/Bazzo Report on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCstWajSgbAgVe29zEyjftlw/videos
Here Are The Links To 2014 Shows Available:
The Volpe/Bazzo Report with guests: Dave Paganelli, Brian Marschhauser and Bryan Fumagalli
http://vimeo.com/84451345
The Volpe/Bazzo Report with guests: Mike Kaplowitz and Brian Marschhauser
http://vimeo.com/84440808
The Volpe/Bazzo Report with guest Eric DiBartolo 01/01/14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDMYJdWA-o0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUstWajSgbAgVe29zEyjftlw

The Volpe/Bazzo Report with guests Darren Rigger & Bryan Fumagalli 05/14/14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hXxpWGVryk

For those who have Cablevision/Optimum, you can see fresh episodes of:
THE  VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT:
Wednesdays 9:30 P.M.

channel 74.

Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock .

Wednesday 9:00 P.M.Channel 15
Philips town – Cortlandt – Peekskill – Ossining and Briarcliff., Mt Kisco , North Tarrytown

HOSTED BY: DOMENIC VOLPE & ANTHONY BAZZO
********************************************************************************************************
********************************************************************************************************
ATOM TAXI INC. AIRPORT SERVICE
Dear Readers: This gives me a chance to plug my business ATOM TAXI INC.  
As you are planning your holiday or business or vacation travel? Instead of the headache of trying to find Airport parking, we do Airport Service to The Westchester County Airport(and ALL other airports) 24/7. Just call 1(914)879-6121 and my partner Tommy, will be glad to take you in our Airport Taxi. If this is a business trip we also provide a professional receipt, just tell Tommy at the time of booking. The cost of a one-way trip to LaGuardia Airport the cost is $115.00 including tolls. The cost to JFK and Newark Airports is $150.00 including tolls. Westchester County Airport and Stewart cost $75.00.
We do not take credit cards, sorry. 
*******************************************************************************************************
*******************************************************************************************************
E-MAIL ME WITH YOUR COMMENTS:
Dear Readers: 
It has come to my attention the difficulty in posting a comment on this blog. If you wish to comment, e-mail me at the link posted below, putting “Manifesto Reader” in the subject matter, and I will “cut and Paste” your comments myself. If you DO NOT wish your comments posted, but just wish to communicate with me, please make your wishes known in the e-mail.
LINKS: atom_taxi@yahoo.com(as this a yahoo address make sure you put an underscore (-) between atom and taxi) 


For immediate reply:  atomtaxi@aol.com
********************************************************************************
********************************************************************************
THE COMPLETE LIST FROM THE BAZZO GRILL'S SERIES
 http://ltpbazzo.wordpress.com/2010/09/25/the-comlete-list-of-all-bazzo-grills-interviews-five-questions-with-unedited/
*********************************************************************************
*********************************************************************************
2007-2012 “In My Opinion” Columns On NCNLocal.com
http://bazzman.blogspot.com/2012/04/2007-present-in-my-opinion-columns-on.html
**********************************************************************************

THE LIFE OF BAZZO: A YORKTOWN NEWS PROFILE
http://bazzman.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-life-of-bazzo-yorktown-news-profile.html
**********************************************************************************
BAZZO AT WORK HOME PAGE
http://ltpbazzo.wordpress.com/

**********************************************************************************
SITES TO LINK TO:BAZZO’S BLOGS:

BAZZOMANIFESTO  

BAZZOMANIFESTO:http://bazzman.blogspot.com/http://bazzman.blogspot.com/

OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
 
Yorktown News
 
 
 Mahopac News Website:
 
Filipino Cuisine: www.filipinocuisinemyversion.blogspot.com
http://ellabellahairclippies.blogspot.com
ROB ASTORINO: www.robastorino.com
JOHN G. TESTA: www.johngtesta.com
ON TOPIC W/ JOHN TESTA: www.ontopicwithjt.com
CARS & US: www.doverracing.com
THE WINERY AT ST. GEORGE: http://www.TheWineryAtStGeorge.com
PLAN PUTNAM: planputnam@googlegroups.com/
BRUCE APAR’S NCN BLOG: http://ncnlocal.com/index.php/blogs/bruce-the-blog
NORTH COUNTY NEWS & Views: http://ncnlocal.com/
THE JOURNAL NEWS: http://www.lohud.com/
YORKTOWN WATCHDOG: www.yorktownopengov.org
PADAVANO FINE ARTS: Padovanofineart.com/
PEEKSKILL BID: 
www.peekskillbid.com or www.downtownpeekskill.com


Peekskill Democratic City Committee Blog:http://www.peekskilldems.com/blog
********************************************************************************************************
********************************************************************************************************
CABLE SHOWS TO WATCH:ALL ABOUT TOWN:

HOSTED BY: JAMES MARTORANO
Yorktown 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.
Thursdays 8:00 P.M


FRANK TALK:w/ BRUCE THE BLOG

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 .
HOSTED BY: BRUCE APAR & FRANK J. RICH


YORKTOWN WATCHDOG:
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.
HOSTED BY: ED CIFFON 



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 .

HOSTED BY: DENNIS TATE

 SPEAK OUT WITH SANDY GALEF: 
Yorktown chanel 74 Wednesdays at 7:30PM..Ossining/Peekskill channel 15 Wednesdays at 8PM

Hosted by: Sandra Galef

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

Bazzo 08/28/14
 
 

No comments: