Friday, August 15, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 08/15/14: 14 Topics In Today's blog

1) Headlines: Peekskill Daily Voice: Court Rules Cuomo Primary Opponent Teachout Will Stay On Ballot

2) Behind Closed Doors: Yorktown Town Board raises salaries for elected officials and department heads  08/12/14

3)  New ROI column from Frank J. Rich: It Could Happen Here

4) Press Release: Dr. Terrence Murphy Stands up for 9/11 Families

5) We'll be Rocking indoors and out this weekend! At 12 Grapes


7) Press Release: Somers Town Board Members Endorse Dr. Terrence Murphy For New York State Senate

8) Cox: Bonacic right on the money

9) NRCC Upgrades Blakeman to Young Gun Status

10) Press Release: Pataki endorses Nick Di iorio for Congress (NY-12)

11) Town Of Ossining Supervisor's Update - August 14th, 2014

12) 10 Ways Gov. Cuomo Has Hoodwinked New Yorkers

13) Victory in Motion

14) Ossining Town Board Work Session- Tuesday August 19th, 2014

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 Headlines: Peekskill Daily Voice: Court Rules Cuomo Primary Opponent Teachout Will Stay On Ballot

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board
August 12, 2014

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all 12 agenda items, visit

1. Salary increases
In an item not on the published agenda, the board voted for salary increases for all elected officials and department heads retroactive to January, 2012. The increases range from 1.5% to 1.75%.

2. Auction update
Town Clerk Roker gave the board an update on the status of the planned auction of town-owned properties taken in foreclosure (in-rem) and the board authorized increasing the payment to Bob Killeen, who will be handling the auction, to $300/hour up to $5,000, from the previously agreed sum of $2,000. There will be no minimum bids for the parcels.

3. Shallow Creek
The board approved two separate license agreements for Rocco Cambieri to operate a restaurant in the clubhouse and a Par 3 golf course on the remaining portion of the site.

4. Plastic bag ban
The board did not appear receptive to a proposal by a resident to enact a ban on the use of plastic bags in all retail establishments.

5. Greenwood Street Organic Recycling Facility
As R&S Waste Services was not able to process the backlog within the 90-day term of the license, the board extended the license for another 90 days. Highway Superintendent Paganelli anticipates it will take at least two months before the board can decide on a long term operating plan for the facility.

6. Senior Living Center (East Main Street, Mohegan Lake)
The applicant and the board continued to discuss options for providing ingress and egress from the site from and onto Route 6.  The board does not want access to Strawberry Road, except possibly for emergency use. As the board had a generally positive sense about the overall plan, the applicant will move forward and prepare at least three alternate ingress/egress options and return to the board.
Auction update
Town Clerk Roker gave the board an update on the status of the planned auction of town-owned properties taken in foreclosure (in-rem) and the board authorized increasing the payment to Bob Killeen, who will be handling the auction, to $300/hour up to $5,000, from the previously agreed sum of $2,000. There will be no minimum bids for the parcels.

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R.O.I. By Frank J. Rich
It Could Happen Here

Opportunity usually strikes a happy pose, but the path to its promise is most often the ardor in work. Curiously, "nothing happens until something moves," as Einstein liked to say. And to these aphorisms success is usually just a reach away. 

These days, midsize and small companies have joined the "ride to riches" on the cyberspace shuttle in increasing numbers. The potential in gaining access to millions of "customers" by the click of a mouse is too appealing to pass up. After all, what if it works? If this view alone were the stuff of fulfillment, more people would believe in God.

Innovative, creative, and purposed marketing is what it takes to win in the marketplace, especially now, when consumption is slow to rise, underemployment disguises real employment, and the cost of doing business places increasing pressure on growth initiatives. Interestingly, the philter in this model of achievement is an age-old methodology. 

"Believe it or not, the most important lesson in effective online marketing comes from a decades-old example of good business-the neighborhood shopkeeper. From the moment a customer entered his store, the shopkeeper engaged her in friendly conversation. He had two goals in mind. First, he wanted to understand her immediate need so that he could provide the best service right now. Second, he wanted to get to know her better and begin building a lasting business relationship.

The consumer experience has certainly changed, but the principles of effective marketing have not. Just like the shopkeeper who engaged his customer the moment she entered the store, your ecommerce site must engage a visitor in real time, the moment she arrives. As digital marketers, we have advantages that the neighborhood shopkeeper could only dream about, and yet few of us are putting them into practice. More than ever, real-time marketing matters..."

This brief introduction means to qualify new digital tools for their ability to help perform a timeworn method in successful marketing-build a relationship with the customer and provide a good customer experience. This is what it takes to succeed. Punto y final!

When this happens we're treated to a wonderful result-the growth of communities, the most atomic element of which are neighborhoods. Neighborhoods forming are magical. Something is happening before your eyes, something that many have tried very hard to achieve by any number of means, but have failed to crystallize the essential magic that delivers them. 

They are vibrant, exciting to discover, warm by the sheer attraction to them, and satisfying for their unique ability to gather both the means of production, a social fabric in gathering all things in need, and a unique sense of purpose and identity in its members. 

Golf clubs, Y's, religious organizations, and charities all prepare communities of the like-minded. But none can draw such variety together, in both people and the means to satisfy their needs, as communities that rise out of commerce, an enterprise spirit, and the connection to each other that is our natural craving. 

All of America was dotted with such neighborhoods from the turn of the last century to Age of Aquarius. We knew our neighbors; stopped in without notice, shared everything we had with them (the little that it was), and our children roamed safely throughout at any hour of the day; and their whereabouts were known by their neighbors.

It was 1947 or 1951 or 1959; it was then, not now. Somewhere along the way, America lost its sense of neighborhood. Yes, some places still have it, but in the main we don't know our neighbors, seldom have more than 100 words with them in a year, and have so much trouble managing our households and work life that time for others is at a premium-neighborhood the sacrifice.

In helping my daughter relocate to New York City, I have glimpsed the magic returning. Her choice of where to live, after four years on 85th Street and Central Park West, was Brooklyn. Why? "The neighborhood!" Now, after experiencing it, I am more fully aware that what once was, is again alive in many parts of this burgeoning community. Brooklyn has undergone a recrudescence on the order of thorough transformation. To what? 

Most interesting is that Brooklyn once was what it is becoming again: a community of thriving neighborhoods with the means of commercial and social development gloriously in place. Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Brighton Beach, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Greenwood Heights, and many more, are rebuilding the American neighborhood through commerce and community. 

The energy in this rebirth of neighborhoods is evident and the most delightful expectations are overwhelmed by one's actual experience. Families are everywhere, nearly as many parks, people walking all over, even though there is ample parking for residents, and no meters, and shops of every kind. 

The attitude is pride in community, creativity in the conception of, and delivery of, goods and services with completeness of variety, and duplicated in each neighborhood, and a youthful, accommodating "come hither" attitude that warms customers by the telling, not the selling.

A sign hangs prominently in Stinky's, an emporium of featured local foods, no less cheeses (thus the name), that tickles patrons and encourages reasonable decorum without rubbing. It reads: Unattended children will be served a cup of espresso and a puppy. I could not have imagined a nicer way to say: Please watch your children while in the store.

Moreover, what is happening in Brooklyn and countless neighborhoods across America could happen right here where you live. It's a simple model: think "localspace," not cyberspace, and invest in your community. The upside is enormous, and it all begins with the customer in all his guises.

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.
If I Were A House
A children's story book
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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Raising Father
By Frank J. Rich

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For Immediate Release: August 14, 2014
Contact: TJ McCormack (818) 554-2566
Terrence Murphy Stands up for 9/11

Agrees to Reschedule Hearing

It only took a few short days but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has
moved the scheduled public hearing originally set for 9/11 following the request
from Yorktown Councilman and State Senate candidate Dr. Terrence

Dr. Murphy said, "For many residents of the Hudson Valley September 11th remains a sacred day.  I am happy to report FERC has rescheduled the public hearing regarding the
Algonquin Pipeline Project to Monday, September 15th.  To schedule a public
hearing on a day of mourning for so many of our residents was simply

Earlier this week Dr. Murphy sent a letter to
FERC's Chairman and Commissioners
calling for New York's only public hearing
to be rescheduled, in addition to requesting multiple hearings, in an effort to
ensure residents gather as much information as possible regarding the proposed
pipeline project.  The public hearings are the next step in FERC's approval
process and comes on the heels of the draft environmental impact statement.

Dr. Murphy said, "As a public official my job is to represent the voice of my constituents.
 Having spoken to dozens of people, even visiting their homes, it is clear there
are still questions which need to be answered.  The responsibility now falls to
FERC to provide the necessary setting for residents to ask their questions,
voice their concerns and receive sufficient answers."  

Other scheduled public meetings include:
  • Dedham,
    Massachusetts (Monday, September 8th)
  • Norwich,
    Connecticut (Tuesday, September 9th)
  • Danbury,
    Connecticut (Wednesday, September 10th)

"We accomplished our first goal which was to move the meeting out of respect for the
families who lost loved ones on 9/11," concluded Dr. Murphy.  "However, I still
believe an additional hearing would benefit the people of the Hudson Valley by
giving them another opportunity to learn more about this project and voice any
concerns they may have.  FERC cannot continue to hide from us while approving
rate hikes and major projects in our

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Brewster, N.Y. – 08/14/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, will be hosting a fundraiser BBQ dinner for Private Dan Flanigan on September 4th at the Pawling Fire Department alongside Purple Heart Homes, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.

 Dan Flanigan is a service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient who currently lives in a 100-year-old home that is in dire need of repairs. Senator Greg Ball teamed up with Purple Heart Homes to raise funds for the Daniel Flanigan Project, which was selected by Purple Heart Homes for their Aging in Place Program.

 “This is a tremendous project that has been off to a phenomenal start so far. Countless volunteers and businesses have stepped up to the plate to donate their time, money and services to keep progress rolling,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This being said, there is still a great deal of money needed to complete the necessary renovations. I want to encourage everyone to join me at this fundraising event in order to help give this disabled veteran the home he so desperately needs and deserves.”


“Our veterans have given selflessly to protect the rights and freedoms we enjoy.  Private Dan Flanigan, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, is a hero among us, demonstrated by his unrelenting willingness to serve our country. I am humbled to stand alongside Senator Ball, Sheriff Anderson and Purple Heart Homes as we honor Private Flanigan, and assist him with the home renovations he justifiably needs and deserves,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

The dinner will take place on Thursday, September 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pawling Firehouse, South St, Pawling, NY 12564. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased at the door. Those that would like to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (845) 279-3773 or by visiting:  

Over the past several weeks, new siding and a brand new front door on Dan’s home have been installed. The old carpeting and hardwood flooring has been removed and is currently being replaced with new flooring. The old bathroom has been completely removed and the new bathroom and shower have been installed and completed. All the exterior storm windows have been removed and all the rotten molding on the exterior is being replaced.

Materials that are still needed include carpeting, a Bilco cellar door, air conditioning and landscaping services.

 If you would like to get involved in the project or donate please contact Senator Greg Ball’s office by calling: (845) 279-3773.

 For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at

Josef Bachmeier
Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball
Cell: (914) 406 5114
For Immediate Release: August 15, 2014
Contact: TJ McCormack (818) 554-2566

Town Board Members Endorse Dr. Terrence Murphy 
New York State Senate

Success Cutting Local Taxes
Councilman Anthony Cirieco, Councilman Bill Faulkner, Dr. Terrence Murphy &
Councilman Tom Garrity

before the Somers Town Board began official business last night they took time
to endorse Dr. Terrence Murphy of Yorktown for the New York State

needs a leader with successful local government experience who will be an
independent and principled voice in Albany," said Somers Supervisor Rick
Morrissey.  "Terrence has both the experience and integrity that our residents
will not only be able to count on but partner with to bring about meaningful tax
relief we so desperately need."

During Dr.
Murphy's five year tenure as a Yorktown Councilman he helped deliver the first
tax cut in nearly a decade followed but a historic second tax cut the following
year.  This marked the first consecutive tax cuts for the town in nearly a

is the independent leader who will stand up for Somers," said Councilman Tom
Garrity.  "At the end of the day it comes down to doing the right thing for the
people you represent and Terrence has proven time and again his commitment to
honoring the public trust."

Governor Pataki, Terrence brings the perfect combination of local government
experience and small business success," commented Councilman Bill Faulkner.
 "It's one thing to talk about cutting taxes and creating jobs and it's another
to actually do it.  Terrence has proven himself capable of both."

Murphy is the clear choice to best represent the families of Somers," said
Councilman Anthony Cirieco.  "Raising his own family here in the Hudson Valley
he knows firsthand the burdens middle class families face every day and will
carry them to Albany to protect our hard earned dollars."

"Terrence Murphy has the
full support of the Somers Republican Party," said Somers Chairman Jim Chisholm.
 "He has proven himself to be a superb public servant whose humility, generosity
and dedication will be a breath of fresh air in the stale halls of
August 14, 2014
Cox: Bonacic right on the money
Contact: David Laska

ALBANY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement in response to Republican Sen. John Bonacic's comments that New Yorkers should "follow the money" regarding Andrew Cuomo's plan to locate casinos in particular regions of the state:
"Sen. Bonacic is right on the money. Promoting economic growth via casino gambling rather than tax and regulatory reform was laughable to begin with, and now that Cuomo's gaming commission is siting casinos, we should all be taking a close look at which of Cuomo's campaign donors benefit from the commission's decision.
"With Andrew Cuomo, it's always 'follow the money.' And when the Moreland Commission started to follow Cuomo's campaign money, he quashed their subpoenas and terminated the commission."
Bonacic also said of the gaming commission, "this is Governor Cuomo's baby. So, when the gaming commission talks, I've got to believe, it's the governor whispering."
ICYMI: NRCC Upgrades Blakeman to Young Gun Status
Some great news in the race for New York's 4th Congressional District. Today, the NRCC announced that they have upgraded Bruce Blakeman, the Republican-Independence-Conservative nominee, to "Young Gun" status in their vaunted Young Gun recruitment program.

Blakeman joins four other stellar New York Congressional candidates: Nan Hayworth, Lee Zeldin, Elise Stefanik, and John Katko, already Young Gun members.

See the release below:
On Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:35 PM, Nick for New York wrote:

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"It's Time to Get Serious"

NEW YORK, NY -- Former New York Governor George Pataki (R) has offered his enthusiastic endorsement and full support for Nick Di iorio, who is running for Congress against long-time incumbent Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-12).

"Nick Di iorio's candidacy presents New Yorkers with an opportunity to address the problems facing our city and our country, and attack the corruption in Washington that is eroding our freedom, security and opportunities," said Pataki.

"We deserve to have someone representing us in Congress who is smart, on the job, and is fully engaged on the issues.  It's time to get serious about attacking the corruption, about job creation, and about education. I've met with Nick and I like what I see and hear.  He has my full support, and I urge others to support him, as well. We need Nick Di iorio in Congress."

Nick Di iorio, a Republican, is the sole challenger running in New York's 12th Congressional District against longtime incumbent Carolyn Maloney.  Di iorio has also received support from members of the Independence Party, Libertarian Party, and Conservative Party.  The district includes the east side of Manhattan, western Queens, and Greenpoint in Brooklyn. More at:

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On Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:53 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

April 11

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update- August 14th, 2014

News from the Ossining Schools
The Ossining Schools and the Town of Ossining, along with the Village of Ossining and many Safety Net organizations, remind all parents and guardians the importance of OUR students going to school every day.
“Our community’s goal this school year is to improve every student’s school attendance and to make sure that every student attends every day.  Coming to school every day has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in Prekindergarten and continuing through High School. We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. 
Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days.  That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it
Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.  We look forward to seeing your child on September 3rd and every school day after that.  Every day counts! “

Town Hall Meeting
Town of Ossining
September 30th, 2014
7:30 PM
Ossining Library

The responsibility of an elected official, especially those with policy making authority, is to make decisions only after all facts are collected and long term risks are considered.  Decisions should not be made to appease fellow political figures, to garner loyalty, or to satisfy a few constituents.  The responsibility of an elected official is to do what is best for the majority of the stakeholders in our community.  While it is essential to get feedback on the matters at hand, it is up to the elected officials to also use their own judgment to determine the final course of action.  While instances across the county can be pointed to where elected bodies do not seem to understand the needs of the residents and commercial property owners, I believe the Town of Ossining is very lucky.  I can only speak since 2012, but this Town Board has had only one goal in mind: to do the best job they can for the people they represent.  It is like a business- you have goals and objectives to fulfill, and in the end you must accomplish what is best for the community.  Every member of this Board and administration understands what a great responsibility they have to the people. Institutional knowledge, an awareness of situational history, having detailed knowledge of the different situations in front of any Board are important components of responsible governance,  just as in running any business.  It is essential that everyone understand that this Board is not here for the glory or the prestige, but rather to serve and improve the provision of service without our community while sparing our resident’s pocketbooks.
As an elected official, it is also imperative to understand that a large part of the job is take criticism and to listen to people who opinions differ from your own.   We (and I hope I speak for the entire Board in this instance), accept the fact that we need to be receive this criticism and remain open-minded.  Social media, including e-papers, have changed the game in this regard.  Often people will dispense completely false information, manipulate the facts of a scenario in an attempt to prove out their assumptions, and try to convince others of its truth- we all accept that we will witness these behaviors as policy makers in local government.  What is not acceptable is when someone crosses the line and completely fabricates information for the purposes of committing slander against an elected official or body. While we understand and appreciate that opinions differ, what cannot allow the dialogue to be inclusive of any information that does not lead our community to a truthful conversation.
With all of that said, this Board has not made any decision on the Police Services for the Unincorporated Area of the Town of Ossining.  It is never as simple as it looks, financially or functionally.   It is about making sure that, no matter which way the decision goes, we are assured that there are no financial surprises at the end of the year, and that everyone understands the services that will be provided. In the event that the Village is chosen, this will also mean a conversation to ensure that the officers understand the differences in the laws of the Town vs. the laws of the Village, how we will handle other issues such as arrests (an unfortunate part of policing) and how we will differentiate Village revenues from those that come from the Town (such as Parking, V&T, etc.).
We have gotten your emails, calls, and letters and have heard you at our meetings.  We need to make sure to focus in on the finer detail of the matter, many prompted by your thoughtful comments and questions, before we make the next step.
Bonds and Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs)
 Moody’s Investor Services, one of the premier credit rating companies in the world, has UPGRADED the Town of Ossining from an Aa3 (with a positive forecast) to an Aa2.   A municipality asks for a bond rating when they are ready to go out to the market to finance Capital Projects.  Our current Capital Projects included the Town-wide reassessment/re-val and the fortification of the Old Albany Post Road Dead End.
We are very happy with the interest rates we received from the different bidders for both our Bonds and our BANs.    Roosevelt & Cross won the bid for the bond issue with interest rate of 2.1086256%. TD Securities (USA) LLC won the bid for the BANs with an interest rate of 0.6230%.
These are great numbers and we could not have accomplished this without the hard work of everyone in the Town of Ossining.  Our Department Managers, Staff and IMA Partners all work together to make certain that the Town of Ossining (the Town General and the Unincorporated Area) provides the best services in the most cost effective way.
Town of Ossining Foreclosure Auction
No municipality enjoys having to foreclose on properties.  However, at times, this becomes necessary due to unpaid back taxes which become a burden on the rest of the community.  To that end, we conducted an auction on August 13th, 2014 and the results were a success.
State law requires that the Town make the County and School Districts whole at the end of each tax collection period.  For this reason, the Town has to carry delinquent taxes; in the case of these particular foreclosures, there were more than three years of taxes outstanding. All funds from the auction are collected and distributed to the local government (Villages or Unincorporated Area) to cover the liability due that municipality.  If not enough was collected to cover all monies due, than it is allocated based on percentage owed.  The excess monies are put into the Town General Fund Balance account, which serves as the “rainy day fund” for the entire Town of Ossining.
As the properties have been in arrears for many years, the starting bids may seem low, but we were more than satisfied with the ultimate results.
The winning bids are:
         $  12,000 for Priestly Street (Minimum bid was $5,000)
         $  49,000 for 94 State Street (Minimum bid was $25,000)
 $ 520,000 for the 10 lots at Thornton Hill (Minimum bid was $177,000)
Westchester County has shown an interest in acquiring the Thornton Hill lots as part of the HUD Affordable Housing settlement.  We have asked our attorney, Wayne Spector, to work with Westchester County and the Town Board to determine what the proper next steps would be in the event they are interested in exercising their “right of first refusal” and matching the winning bid.
2015 Budgets
We have begun preparing our budget for the 2015 year.  There will be some changes in the budget as we move different items to different funds and/or lines to more accurately represent how your tax dollars are spent- this Town Board believes that every item in each budget and/or district should reflect the full cost of having a service. We are looking forward to a productive budget season and working closely with our department managers to keep moving in a direction that serves our constituents better.
 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

Contact:  Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"In Promise After Promise Mr. Cuomo has Proved to be a Total Fraud"

New York--Aug. 14..."Governor Andrew M. Cuomo made giant promises while running for governor, but in promise after promise he has proved to be a total fraud," the campaign of New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today charged.

"Governor Cuomo knew exactly which words to speak; he knew what New Yorkers were yearning to hear, but once he got into office he did just the opposite of what he promised to do in so many areas," said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. "This governor raised the hopes of New Yorkers only to dash them, just as they've been dashed time and again by other Albany politicians.  He has cruelly hoodwinked New Yorkers who wanted clean, open and accountable government."

The Astorino campaign pointed to 10 areas where Governor Cuomo has perpetrated fraud on New York voters:

1.  Governor Cuomo promised to clean up Albany corruption, but now finds himself under federal investigation for corruption for useing members of his administration to steer Moreland Commission investigations away from political allies and funders. (#CuomoGate)

2. Governor Cuomo promised to stick up for women, then he steered his first "public integrity" commission away from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver who was caught covering up sex assaults in Albany using more than a half million taxpayer dollars as "gag" money;

3. Governor Cuomo promised to be "the most transparent" governor in state history.  He has arguably been the least transparent, repeatedly blocking or delaying Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests and ordering staff to delete emails, use personal rather than government email accounts for official business, and to use Blackberry Messenger, a communications method known to be difficult to trace by law enforcement. (Latest story link.) Mr. Cuomo refuses to answer tough questions, hold regular media availabilities or debate his record in a public forum.

4. Governor Cuomo promised to deliver real mandate relief along with a two percent tax cap. The tax cap passed, but no real mandate relief followed.  As a result, localities and school districts across New York State are badly suffering.

5. Governor Cuomo said he wouldn't engage in fiscal gimmickry. Then he raided $1.75 billion from the State Insurance Fund and $256 million from an  environmental funds to pay for a capital project. He also will be sending $350 checks to New York homeowners right before Election Day -- the definition of a gimmick.

6. Governor Cuomo said he would review natural gas exploration in New York based on science, yet he clearly delayed making a decision on natural gas for political reasons.  President Obama, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and more than 30 governors across America -- Democrats and Republicans -- have declared natural gas drilling safe.

7. Governor Cuomo said he was authorizing casino gambling to help economically depressed areas of the state. Now, casino licenses are being considered in areas that would directly compete with planned casinos in the areas Governor Cuomo promised, effectively killing them before they even open.

8. Governor Cuomo boasted in TV ads about his response to Hurricane Sandy, while quietly arranging with HUD -- the agency he used to head -- to siphon money intended for victims to pay for TV ads. In all, Governor Cuomo is spending $237.5 million in taxpayer money on TV ads drilling home the idea that New York's economy is strong, while the state is ranked dead last 50th in America in economic outlook and has an unemployment rate well above the national average.

9. Mr. Cuomo promised not to raise taxes, and then did. New Yorkers pay the highest taxes in America, about 40% more than the average American.

10. Governor Cuomo promised to clean up Albany's pay-to-play culture. No governor in memory has accepted more money from entities with business before the state. The man who talks about getting money out of politics has raised more money than the governors of California, Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland combined.

"The more you know about him, the more you learn why you can't trust Andrew Cuomo," Ms. Proud concluded.

August 14, 2014

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Town Board Work Session

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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

Work Session:

  1. Ethics Board & Law Changes- Mark Reisman
  2. Ryder Park/ Briarcliff Little League Batting Cage Proposal Update
  3. Clarity Drug Testing Proposal
  4. 2015 Budget Process/ Schedule
Executive Session: Legal Advice
Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Town Municipal Offices, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.
All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channel 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision channel 78 and verizon channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings.

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Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
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Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Municipal Building, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562.
You can view past Town Board Work Sessions from our online video archive.
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