Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 09/03/14: 13 Topics In Today's blog


1)  The Volpe/Bazzo Report With Guest Robert Casetlli 08/26/14
2) New York Senate District 40 Debate: Robert Castelli and Terrence Murphy:
3)   Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government: 

Isis Attack on Southern Border may be Imminent

4) ***Media Advisory for THURSDAY, Sept. 4***Westchester Legislators Advance Playland Revitalization in Meeting with Two Plan Finalists***
5) Love dancing and fun? This week's for you. At 12 Grapes
6) New ROI column from Frank J. Rich: Causing Conversions
7) Did Sean Patrick Maloney Fail Finance 101?
8) Astorino/Moss Education Plan Released
9) ICYMI: New York Times - Cuomo Keeps His Distance
10) Accomplishment Tuesday - Tackling the Bureaucracy
12) Advance Statement by NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee
13) PRESS RELEASE] Dillon kicks off Senate bid in tour of 37th District
14) Yorktown Town Board okays pipeline resolution 09/02/14
15) Di iorio Calls On Obama & Maloney to Re-Supply Arms to Israel
Press Release: Dr. Terrence Murphy Leads Bipartisan Vote To Ensure Safety Of Proposed Algonquin Pipeline Project
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***Media Advisory for THURSDAY—September 4***
***BOL Advances Playland Revitalization in Meeting with Two Plan Finalists***
White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) will be hearing from representatives from Central Amusements International LLC (CAI) and Standard Amusements LLC how they might revitalize and operate Playland on THURSDAY—September 4 at a meeting of the BOL Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing Committee (LPPH), which is chaired by Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem).
The LPPH meeting will take place THURSDAY at 9 AM until 11 AM in the BOL Committee Room on the 8th Floor of the Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY.
As LPPH Chair, Legislator Harckham has been directing an ambitious review of plans to revitalize Playland, the County’s iconic 280-acre amusement park and recreation area. CAI and Standard Amusements were the two runners-up in a four-year-plus long process initiated by County Executive Rob Astorino to find an outside partner to manage and operate Playland. Astorino’s first choice, Sustainable Playland, Inc. (SPI), bowed out of consideration earlier this summer.
WHO: Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem), chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators’ (BOL) Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing Committee (LPPH), other BOL members, plus representatives from Central Amusements International LLC (CAI) and Standard Amusements LLC
WHAT: Discussion of plans to revitalize Playland
WHEN: THURSDAY—September 4 at 9:00 AM
WHERE: BOL Committee Room
                Michaelian Office Building
                148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor
                White Plains, NY
NOTE: Legislator Harckham and BOL Leadership members will be available for questions from interested members of the media after the LPPH Committee meeting at 11:30 AM in the BOL Library.
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JP's Funky Blues on Thursday
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"Throw-down" Party music on Saturday
R&B / Soul on Sunday
Wed Sept 3, 8:00 - 10:00
Ladies Night with Denise Hunt
Denise Hunt a singer/ songwriter whose heartfelt lyrics and organic melodies will move you. Her new song, Summer State of Mind, was inspired by the simple joys that summer brings. As Summer comes to a close, we can use a little reminder of those joys!
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"Sessions" with JP Patrick & Friends
You never know what MAGIC may happen at one of JP's Sessions, but you will never be disappointed in the calibre of the music. Every month, there's a new dynamic on stage. Tonight, JP is joined by the incredible talents of Johnny Feds and Tony Pagano on guitar,
 Dave McDowell on sax, Paulie Biz on bass, and Linda Geiger on drums. NO COVER.
SALSA, R&B, REGGAE & more w/
Band leader Michael Tate, a two-time Latin Grammy Nominee, says the three D's in the band's name stand for Dynamic, Diverse, and Danceable, and Ritmo de Vida means "Rhythm of Life". The melodies created by the band are influenced by Salsa, Reggae, Soca, R&B, Gospel and other Caribbean rhythms. Come enjoy some Latin dancing! $10 Cover or $5 with dinner.
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Amazing musicians and vocalists perform a unique blend of Soul, Classic Rock, Motown and Contemporary "Throw Down" Party Music! Two lead singers take center stage: Steve Riddick (BaseCamp) and Debbie Major, with Akie Bermiss (keys/vocals), Scott Harper (sax/flute/vocals), Ken McGloin (guitar), Bill Dotts (bass) and Jon Bates (drums & vocals). $10 Cover or $5 with dinner.

Sun Sept 7, 5:30 - 8:00
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Qu Boii & Eclectic Paradise
Last week, we were turning people away at the door, but they couldn't help but stand outside and listen in as Qu Boii took 12 Grapes, and Peekskill, by storm! Come dance to classic R&B and Soul music from this talented group. Jaquon "Qu Boii" Welch has a tenor voice that smoothly transitions from old-time Gospel to modern Urban Soul and R&B, drawing inspiration from legendary artists like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, John Legend and others. $7 Cover plus $20 per person minimum for table reservations.
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R.O.I. By Frank J. Rich
Causing Conversions
Turning a prospect into a customer is the goal of all commercial organizations, not least retail. It applies equally to medical professionals and not-for-profit organizations, whose patients and patrons are customers before conversion. It's the preoccupation of SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

The simple view of conversion is the point at which a prospect buys, but today there are often more steps to this end-result. Conversion may be defined as causing a prospect to perform a specified action. Examples of conversion include signing up for an e-mail newsletter or promotion or contest, returning to a site or store or radio program to check if you won or the status of the contest, clicking on a link, or moving from a browser to a buyer.
The easy answer to increased conversion rates is to be better prepared to engage the customer when you meet him. Better training makes a big difference; attitude is an even bigger differentiator. If you're staffing your store with bodies and telling them, "It's easy, just wait for the customer to tell you what he wants, then check out the merchandise," you're going to have a poor conversion rate.
Instead, hire by selection. In other words, take a close look at the 3-5 things necessary to success in the job, and then test candidates for each. "I like him" is a prescription for heartbreak. Know well the person to whom you entrust customers.
Once you've determined you have good stock, you can begin making the soup. That is, training sales people to engage the customer with valuable information and assistance. Say: "This job is most rewarding when the customer is engaged and having a good experience. It's when they feel good about buying and the social exchange that encourages it. And we both earn more money. That takes an investment on our part in understanding just how to engage customers and build a good customer experience. If you're up for that kind of training, you're one-half of a good candidate. The other half is the hard work required to get good at it. Want to give it a try?"
Even before we "see" a customer - via telephone, web, email, text, print, SoMe (Social Media) -- we need to prepare the customer for a good experience. That means doing a good job of marketing. It's not hard, but most consumers find the products and services they "want, need, and are in the habit of buying," through media channels.
This means that our messages (presence) must be felt across as many media channels as we can manage-SoMe, web, email, mobile text, WOM (word of mouth), print, direct mail, cause marketing. If people are leaving without being helped, you need more staff or need to be more efficient. There is no way around it.
Once we have a well-trained staff and a good marketing program in place, we can concentrate on the nature and value of our products under circumstances. In other words, how consumers identify, access, and use our products under circumstances. Incentives (good offers) often work well to get the customer face-to-face. Remember, there is no more important task than this. We cannot begin the discussion with prospects until we begin a conversation with them. "Conversation" contains the word "conversion." Keep this in mind.
Good marketing will get you in front of the customer; good merchandising will prepare the customer relationship with your product and service. Good offers compel customers to see value in their purchase, and good service prepares the customer for a higher spend-per-visit and their return to you.
It really not hard to prepare well for the marketplace, but it is work. Contact a media consultant to discuss your business, its potential (they have all the research on your segment), and how to realize it.

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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On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 9:44 AM, NRCC Communications wrote:
For Immediate Release
September 2, 2014
Contact: Press Office
(202) 479-7070
Did Sean Patrick Maloney Fail Finance 101?
As Students Return to School, Maloney Should Get on the Bus
WASHINGTON – As another academic year begins, students across the country are returning to classrooms and campuses. In the spirit of the new school year, here’s a math problem for Sean Patrick Maloney to solve: our growing national debt.
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office announced the yearly deficit projection had increased to $506 billion. Meanwhile, our national debt is still astronomically high—currently standing at $17 trillion. Unfortunately, those kindergarteners heading to school this year will be paying off the fiscal recklessness of their parents and grandparents for years to come.
“Even middle school students understand that you can’t spend more money than you take in,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “But Sean Patrick Maloney continues to support Barack Obama and his costly economic agenda while adding trillions to our national debt. Washington has a spending problem and the first fix is to get rid of free-spending liberals like Sean Patrick Maloney.”
The CBO Announced The Yearly Budget Deficit Project Had Increased To $506 Billion.  “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday raised its projection for this year’s federal deficit to $506 billion. The budget office’s last report in April had projected the deficit for fiscal 2014 would top out at $492 billion on Sept. 30.” (Rebecca Shabad, “CBO: Federal Deficit To Tick Up Over $500 Billion,” The Hill, 8/27/14)
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New York Spends Most Per Pupil in America;
Consistently Ranks in Middle of Pack in Results

New York--Sept. 6...New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, who began his public service career as an elected public school board member, today released a 15-point plan to improve New York public schools and to better prepare children for a competitive job market. The announcement was made outside of a Westchester County elementary school. Two-term Westchester County Executive Astorino and his wife, Sheila, a special education teacher, send their three children to public schools.

"I am a product of New York public schools, and I have seen them serve as a ladder to success for a generation of New Yorkers," County Executive Astorino said. "Sadly, though, politics and bureaucracy have stifled the ingenuity of teachers in the classroom, and a one-size-fits-all mentality, in the form of the experimental Common Core curriculum, has come down on high from the bureaucrats in Washington, all but negating what's unique in each student. This bold plan will replace Common Core with high standards achieved at the local level, with the input of parents and teachers, and it will make the governor's office directly responsible for school improvements through an executive-appointed State Education Commissioner."

The Astorino/Moss Plan would create three new diplomas, giving New York parents and students more choices in fields of study, and it would increase the availability of vocational training and "STEM" study (Science, Technology , Engineering, and Math.) It would also begin foreign language instruction in elementary school.

"New York spends more money per pupil than any state in America; we have no excuse for ranking consistently in the middle of the pack in outcome," Mr. Astorino continued. "With higher standards, more educational choices that better suit individual talents, and increased parent involvement -- which I will champion as governor -- New York schools will improve significantly."

Mr. Astorino's running mate is Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, who also serves as President of the New York State Sheriff's Association. Sheriff Moss is the product of New York public schools, and he and his wife send their son to public school as well. 

The Astorino/Moss Plan is below.


Astorino/Moss Education Plan

The current governor famously once said he would be the student's lobbyist.  He has been anything but.  Whether it was disproportionately using education funding cuts to balance the state budget, rushing Common Core implementation or turning his back on thousands of lower-income students when he broke his promise to deliver on the Education Investment Tax Credit, Cuomo has not delivered for children.

Nothing is more important than a good education.  It's as vital as a loving, safe, healthy and happy home for a child.  

The Astorino/Moss Education Plan seeks to bring control of education back to the local level with great input from teachers and parents, to develop the best education possible for our children where they are prepared to compete in both the global economy and life.

The Astorino/Moss Education Plan will improve education in New York by:

  • Replacing Common Core
  • Reforming the Board of Regents
  • Increasing the availability of vocational training and STEM study in schools
  • Better preparing a child to succeed in college, career and in life.
  • Creating 3 new diplomas and giving students and parents more choices for school and for study.

  1. STOP Common Core and replace with better standards and curriculum developed by New York educators, with feedback and input from local teachers and parents, and greater control at the district level (one model could be the "Lost Standards" that were being developed by former Regent Saul Cohen's team from 2008-2010 before being scrapped in favor of Common Core and the federal money that came with it). Main reasons for Common Core opposition:
    1. The standards are experimental, conceived in secrecy with no public hearings on the draft standards, and never tested.  
    2. Few, if any, K-12 teachers were involved in writing the standards.
    3. It is considered by many to be developmentally inappropriate in the early grades and not based on well-researched child development knowledge.
    4. It is education guided at the federal level - not the state and local level.
    5. It actually lowers standards according to many experts, including Dr. James Milgrim and Dr. Sandra Stosky - the two content experts on the Common Core validation committee who refused to affirm the standards.

  1. Develop more accurate measures of student, teacher and school performance, reducing reliance on high stakes assessments, with a more balanced, portfolio approach.  

  1. Reform Board of Regents by creating an elected 13-member board (regional districts electing their own representative to the Board).
    1. This reform would shift the power away from the Assembly Speaker and to the people.

  1. Governor appoints Education Commissioner who must be confirmed by the Board of Regents with a majority vote.
    1. This reform would shift more responsibility for education to the Governor who is accountable to voters every four years.  His or her pick for Education Commissioner would work with the Board of Regents to determine education policy in NYS.

  1. Increase availability of vocational training in schools for careers in home economics, carpentry, mechanics, electrical, etc.
    1. In recent years, schools have moved away from vocational training.  This is a mistake as many students not interested in college would benefit greatly from learning a skilled trade and be ready to enter the workforce upon graduation from High School.

  1. Increase coordination between community colleges, local school districts and local industry so students can be properly counseled on the present and future availability of jobs, the types of jobs, their pay and benefits, and the skills needed to do these jobs.

  1. Increase Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in schools.
    1. There is a gap in the growing number of hi-tech jobs and careers and the number of Americans qualified and trained to do these jobs.  To solve this, there needs to be a greater emphasis on STEM in schools.

  1. Create three new diplomas
    1. Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    2. STEM Regents
    3. Academic Regents
      1. Offering more choices to students and parents will better capture a young adult's motivation in addition to his or her talents and interests.

  1. Ensure full funding for special education services

  1. Increase life skills training in schools
    1. Nutritional literacy instruction in Middle School
    2. Financial literacy instruction in High School

  1. Provide more school choices for parents of children in schools determined to be failing.  
    1. Once accurate measures of school performance are determined allow parents in schools that have failed for consecutive years other school options for their child.  Options can be a different public school or Charter school.  Last option could be voucher to be used for private or religious school.

  1. Pass the Education Investment Tax Credit.
    1. Governor Cuomo failed to deliver on his promise.  The EITC would allow for more scholarships to private schools and more funding for public and private schools.

  1. Create a new marketing campaign to encourage greater parental involvement in their child's education.
    1. Teachers will say, the best students are the ones with the most involved parent(s).  Greater parental or guardian involvement needs to be encouraged.

  1. Combat the problem of chronic absenteeism in New York schools.
    1. The first step to a good education is being in the classroom.  Chronic absenteeism is a serious problem that leads to all other sorts of issues for the child and the community.

  1. Begin foreign language instruction in elementary school.
    1. While mastering the English language will remain the priority, study of a foreign language is a critical step in building a well-rounded and global student.  Starting in the early grades takes advantage of a child's greater capacity to more easily learn a language as the brain is developing.
September 2, 2014
ICYMI: New York Times - Cuomo Keeps His Distance
Here's a great piece from the New York Times' Tom Kaplan.  Despite Andrew Cuomo's dubious reputation as a tactful politician, when he's actually on the stump, Cuomo is, well, awkward. 

The Times details his inability to connect with voters on a personal level. In one instance, he didn't even have the guts to say "hi" to a few fifth grade girls.

It's an interesting piece. Check it out below and share it with your friends!

Handshakes and Hugs, Hallmarks of the Stump, Are Rare With Cuomo 
by Thomas Kaplan  Aug. 29, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had no time for tortellini. Marching in a parade on Staten Island recently, he paused to pose for a picture with Vincent J. D'Antuono, the owner of Pastosa Ravioli, an Italian specialty shop, who proudly invited the governor to step inside for a look around.

Mr. Cuomo did not respond. Instead, he bounded back into the flow of the parade. "I don't know if he heard me," Mr. D'Antuono said later.

The fleeting interaction was, by the governor's standards, a lengthy one. In his nearly four years in office, Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who is seeking a second term, has crisscrossed New York marching in parades, cutting ribbons, handing out oversize checks and giving speeches and slide presentations on all manner of topics.

But judging from dozens of such events, one fundamental rule almost always holds: Unscripted moments are kept to a minimum.

While some politicians feed off handshakes, hugs and high-fives, Mr. Cuomo seems to avoid them. When he speaks to an audience, listeners are rarely invited to speak to him. And when he finishes, he tends to leave immediately, often ducking quickly behind a curtain hung for the occasion, then out the door.

As he runs for re-election - he faces a long-shot primary challenger on Sept. 9 - he has shown no further eagerness to meet and greet. Indeed, he is not even holding public campaign events.

Mr. Cuomo's seeming diffidence stands in contrast to his forceful image as a tactician in Albany, and sticks out in a region where politicians are not known for holding back.

The contrast could not be sharper, for one, with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who poses for photos on the Jersey Shore and holds frequent town-hall Q. and A. sessions at which his banter and bellicosity with voters have become as common as chair-throwing in professional wrestling.

Even former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who did not hide his disdain for pandering politicians, grew more comfortable working a rope line.

In his travels, Mr. Cuomo is nothing if not efficient.

On a June visit to a fifth-grade class in Peekskill, in Westchester County, he never ventured more than a few steps into the classroom. He stood rigidly, suit jacket buttoned and hands clasped, and his chitchat with the class - he asked at one point about the Buffalo Bills, drawing blank stares - lasted only five minutes.

Some students had made posters welcoming the governor, but there was no time to present them. Sage North, 10, said she felt disappointed. "My friend and I were planning to take a selfie, and he left," she said.

Sometimes Mr. Cuomo seems to go out of his way to avoid crowds. He arrived on opening day of the state fair last week around 9:15 a.m., before almost any fairgoers.

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On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:33 PM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote: 

Accomplishment Tuesdays

Dear Friends,

Subject: Accomplishment Tuesdays

Every Tuesday from now until Election Day I’ll be sharing some of our accomplishments from the last two years.

This week I’d like to tell you a little about my dedication to constituent services. When one of our neighbors contacts my office, needing some help to cut through New York’s bureaucracy, I’ll do everything I can to fight for them. Here are a few stories. They’re important because it’s a reminder that government bureaucracy too often works against, not for, the public.

The Griggs Family
The Griggs family contacted my office last spring. They had just moved to the area and their son, Rigo Jr., was transferring to Our Lady of Lourdes High School. Because of convoluted regulations governing transfers and scholastic athletics eligibility, Rigo Jr. was facing the possibility of being ineligible to play football.

It would have been wrong for the state bureaucracy to deny this young man the opportunity to play sports in his new school, just because his family moved into Wappingers Central School District and not a few miles down the road into Arlington Central School District. Because Lourdes is situated within Arlington’s borders he would have been eligible to play right away had they moved there, but because the family moved into Wappingers he would have to apply for a waiver or sit out a year. It was the silly result of a well-intentioned attempt to curtail recruiting between schools. The rule made no sense as it was going to be applied here. I wrote to and called the Section I Interscholastics Athletics director, urging her to grant a waiver. Rigo Jr. received the waiver, a waiver we had been told was rarely granted.

"Assemblyman Lalor worked hard to cut through the bureaucratic hurdles that would have prevented my son from playing high school sports at his new school. He didn't take ‘no’ for an answer. He was committed to getting the job done. His office door was always open to us. His team jumped to tackle our problem. Kieran gets things done for his constituents." - Rigo Griggs Sr.
Pam Poisson
Pam is a pharmacist who was trying to transfer her license from Maine to New York. The pharmacist review board dragged its feet for months during her application. They weren’t holding any meetings all summer, she was told. But, she was running up against a deadline at her new job in New York. The bureaucracy didn’t seem to care. My office tracked down the right person in state government to speak with. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. Some of these bureaucrats don’t want to be found. The first state employee I spoke with was shockingly indifferent. I then spoke with his boss’ boss. Eventually, we shamed the system into moving forward for Pam.
"After months of red tape and indifference from the state bureaucracy, I asked Assemblyman Lalor's office to help get the bureaucracy moving. He attacked it head on. His determination to help was clear and he got the job done." - Pam Poisson

Carol Burt
Carol’s father, Walter Mitchell, is a World War II veteran who, like many of his generation, left school early. He was eligible for a high school diploma under New York’s Operation Recognition law, recognizing the devotion and sacrifices of Walter and his fellow veterans. But, Carol couldn’t get the school district he had attended to grant one because Walter is now a Massachusetts resident. And Massachusetts wouldn’t grant a degree because Walter never attended Massachusetts schools. It was an absurd Catch-22. My office worked with the school to cut through the red tape and grant Walter the degree he had earned.
"My father is a World War II veteran. He didn't receive his high school diploma and I knew he would be honored to receive one under Operation Recognition. I was running into a brick wall, trying to get his diploma. He was stuck in an in-between spot, apparently uncovered by the law. Assemblyman Lalor's office made the difference and burst through the obstacles." - Carol Burt

Too often bureaucracy gets in the way. I’m proud to help cut through.
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..
September 3, 2014 8:30 AM, Friends of Nan Hayworth wrote:
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Contact: O'Brien Murray
(917) 697-8196 
Congressman Sean Maloney wasted over 14 months without taking action on Obama Administration mandates that have resulted in higher energy prices for all Hudson Valley families.
September 3, 2014
Chester, NY - Multi-millionaire Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney's failure to take action on mandates issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have led to historic energy price increases in the Hudson Valley. While Maloney had well over one year to respond to the outcry from utility providers in the region, his only significant action on the matter came a full 14 months after the new capacity zones were established.
"Once again, multi-millionaire Congressman Sean Maloney wasn't looking out for Hudson Valley families when federal regulators pushed for massive rate hikes on his constituents. Maloney was looking out for his neighbors in New York City instead of fighting for the people of the Hudson Valley who have suffered under the representation of a do-nothing Congressman whose inaction voters simply can no longer afford," said O'Brien Murray, spokesman for Nan Hayworth. 
The facts makes it abundantly clear that both the establishment of the new capacity zones and initial reports of price increases occurred solely during Maloney's tenure in office, and further that his response was yet another demonstration of his lack of attention to the needs of his constituents.
Sixteen months ago, New York State agencies issued their proposal for new "energy capacity zones" mandated by the Obama Administration's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
[April 30, 2013] Fifteen months ago, Central Hudson - a Hudson Valley power provider - protested to FERC, arguing that these capacity zones would shift energy costs from New York City onto Hudson Valley families. Central Hudson warned that the proposals could increase prices to its consumers by as much as 475 percent.
[May 21, 2013] One year ago, federal regulators rejected Central Hudson's arguments and demanded immediate implementation of these new capacity zones - and with them higher energy prices for every Hudson Valley family.[August 13, 2013] Eleven months ago, the New York Power Authority stated that these changes will increase energy costs for the new zones by as much as $350 million.
[September 12, 2013]
144 FERC ¶ 61,126
Source: New York Power Authority Petition for Rehearing Docket # ER-13-1380-000 (September 2013)
Nan Hayworth and Sean Patrick Maloney will face each other again in the November 2014 election. Hayworth has the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party lines and Maloney has the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. Hayworth defeated Maloney in the Independence Party Primary on June 24th, and was named a Young Gun by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the top tier of the committee's three-level recruitment program, indicating that her campaign is one of the most competitive in the nation.
Dr. Nan Hayworth is a candidate for Congress in the 18th Congressional District in New York's Hudson Valley, which includes all of Orange and Putnam Counties and parts of Dutchess and Westchester Counties. An ophthalmologist for nearly 20 years, Dr. Hayworth was the only woman physician ever to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:19 AM, NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee wrote:

Contact:  Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


"The NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade has celebrated Irish culture, heritage, tradition, and the faith of St. Patrick since 1762. In its 252-year history, the parade has included individual marchers of every political and personal persuasion, including members of the gay community. Indeed, in recent years, we have encouraged all New Yorkers and gay participants to join with any of our 320 marching units as a symbol of our inclusiveness.

"At the same time, organizers have diligently worked to keep politics -- of any kind -- out of the Parade in order to preserve it as a single and unified cultural event.  
Paradoxically, that ended up politicizing the Parade.  This grand cultural gem has become a target for politicization that it neither seeks nor wants because some groups could join the march but not march with their own banner.

"To address that and move forward, Parade organizers welcome the LGBT group, 'Out@NBCUniversal' to march in the 2015 NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade under its own banner.  WNBC TV has long been our broadcast partner in televising the NYC Patrick's Day Parade around the nation.  

"This change of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics as it moves into its 253rd year, all the while remaining loyal to church teachings and the principles that have guided the parade committee for so many decades."

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:11 AM, Dillon for State Senate wrote:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack, (818) 554-2566


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 Former adviser to Clinton and Bush administrations lists
education overhaul, job creation, cutting taxes, ethics reform as priorities

    At a series of events Tuesday in Bedford, Yonkers and the Sound Shore, local business owner Joe Dillon launched his campaign against long time incumbent Senator George Latimer in New York's 37th Senate District. A Georgetown and Columbia graduate, Dillon has over twenty years of experience in both the public and private sector.
    “I’m running because I’m concerned for our kids,” Dillon said. “I’m concerned about the New York they stand to inherit. Put simply, I’m worried about how achievable the American Dream is in New York today.”
    The candidate was joined by various local elected officials during whistle stops at the Katonah War Memorial, Paideia School 15 in Yonkers and in southern New Rochelle. “In order to revive and preserve opportunities for success in New York, my campaign will be based upon a very simple premise: If it creates jobs, lowers taxes, and improves education, I’ll vote for it, no matter who proposed it, Democrat or Republican,” he said.
    “New York is last where we should be first and first where we should be last,” Dillon said. “For example, we are number one in taxes...New York is last in job creation in America...New York is the most difficult, most expensive and regulation-laden state in which to do business.  You don’t make New York business-friendly with schemes where the government picks winners and losers. You do it by letting businesses breathe. At the same time you create a friendly corporate tax environment in which all businesses everywhere in New York can grow.”
    Dillon is a small business owner who has worked with emerging markets around the world as well as the World Trade Organization. He is a former Treasury Department official who has also worked at Visa and American International Group and as an independent consultant who advised the Bush and Clinton White Houses.
    “A lot of politicians talk about the importance of creating jobs and putting our people back to work, and that sounds like rhetoric, but I come from a different perspective,” Dillon said. “I know first-hand the value of a job and the personal dignity and peace of mind one provides.  That’s because I lost mine and a twenty year career during the financial crisis. As a result, I am personally in touch with the challenges many Westchester families have faced during the past few years. I have faced those same worries myself.”
    He continued, “I know first-hand hard times not only require hard choices, they require focusing on the exact things that need to get done and the conviction to go make it happen. I took responsibility, made the sacrifices and did the hard work which was necessary to come back, and I did just that. I’ll take that perspective with me to Albany, and allow it to guide me as I carry out my pledge to Westchester voters which is that I will honor the public trust and take on the entrenched interests, fighting every day for our district, not as a Republican, Democrat or Independent, but as a citizen public servant, entrusted by all the people of Westchester to do the right thing.”
    Dillon said he would focus on overhauling education, making New York economically competitive once again and cleaning up the most corrupt state capitol in America. “We must also finally remove politics from the process of education funding,” he added.
    “No more holding school aid dollars hostage,” Dillon said. “When elected I will not only vote to end Common Core, but I will demand a complete overhaul of our education system and how we fund it. Westchester students - and Yonkers school kids in particular- have been shortchanged for years by a school aid formula that benefits upstate districts at our expense.”
    Dillon lives in Yonkers with his wife Rachel and their three sons, Charlie, Hugh and William. The district includes Bedford, Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, North Castle, Rye Town, Bronxville, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City, Larchmont, Tuckahoe, East Yonkers and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains.
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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Town Board
September 2, 2014

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

1. Salary increases
Supervisor Grace said that any salary increases for elected officials would be part of the 2015 Preliminary Budget that will be subject to a public hearing. He said earlier reports about salary increases were based on a misunderstanding.

2. Courtesy of the Floor
Granite Knolls West: Questions were raised about the safety of the current access driveway into the ball fields and whether the town was in violation of its license agreement with Phoenix House that allows the town to use its driveway to access the fields.

Televising Town Board meetings.  Several people spoke in favor of televising work sessions.

3. Special Election Law/public hearings
The board opened and closed two separate hearings on the “may” and the “shall” versions and reserved a vote until September 16.

4. BJ’s rezoning
The board referred a request from BJ’s to rezone a total of 11 acres from C-1 to C-3 for the purpose of adding a gasoline filling station to the site to advisory boards and outside agencies.

5. Spectra/Algonquin Pipeline Resolution
After changes were made to a resolution drafted by Councilmen Bianco and Patel to satisfy Supervisor Grace, the board voted 3-0 to approve a resolution to be sent to FERC that addresses health, safety and financial issues. The final resolution includes a paragraph that opposes the location of a pigging station in Yorktown bu, at the supervisor’s request,  the paragraph opposing any possible alienation of parkland was deleted.

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On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 10:54 AM, Nick for New York wrote:
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Di iorio: "Maloney is a do-nothing fly-on-the-wall witness to seismic geopolitical developments"
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Statement by Congressional nominee Nick Di iorio:

"America is failing to uphold its duty to protect Israel, the Middle East's beacon of democracy.  I call on President Obama to initiate the unconditional re-supply of all munitions needed for Israel's self-defense.  Congress must pressure our President to stand with Israel.  No other president has been such a stumbling block to the Israeli struggle for peace.  It is time for Republicans and Democrats, together, to acknowledge that Israel is fighting for the survival of our democracy just as much as its own. Representatives must speak out against Obama's deferential posturing or usher in escalating violence."

Di iorio continued: "Despite the need for outspoken support of Israel, Cong. Carolyn Maloney (D) remains silent.  She represents one of the most heavily Jewish districts in the country, yet refuses to speak out against the President.    New York deserves a representative who will take a clear and decisive stand in defense of our strongest ally in the Middle East.  Cong. Maloney is a do-nothing fly-on-the-wall witness to seismic geopolitical developments."

"Last month, I traveled to Israel to meet with local political leaders, rabbis, IDF soldiers, students, and war victims in hospitals.  Israelis in Tel-Aviv, Sderot, and Beer-sheva kept asking me, "Why is Egypt a better ally than America?"  I had to answer that President Barack Obama and many Democrats in Congress do not realize that Israel is defending America's future by fighting these terrorists today."

Nick Di iorio, the Republican nominee, 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, Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, & Williamsburg.  More at:

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Terrence Murphy Leads Bipartisan Vote 
Ensure Safety of Proposed Algonquin
Steadfast In Demanding Answers From Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,
Pledges To Continue To Defend Environment And Public Safety At All

At Tuesday
night's town board meeting, by a unanimous vote, the Yorktown Town Board passed
a resolution opposing the proposed Algonquin Pipeline Expansion without
addressing the serious health and safety concerns associated with the

"I have
said from the beginning the safety and well being of our community was my
greatest priority," said Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy.  "The passage of
tonight's resolution, which was a bipartisan vote, reinforced my commitment to
protecting the community I have called home for my entire life."

Algonquin Pipeline Expansion has been a controversial issue leaving residents
concerned about the impact of the project.  Spectra Energy has proposed
replacing and expanding the sixty year old 24" pipeline with a 42" pipeline used
for transporting natural gas through the Northeast. Yorktown now joins its
neighboring towns including Cortlandt, Peekskill and Somers as well as the
Westchester and Putnam County Legislatures in demanding stringent health
assessments before the project is approved by the federal government.

"We still
have too many questions that have gone unanswered," continued Murphy.  "As
public officials our responsibility is to ensure the safety of our neighbors and
to nurture an environment that all of our residents will benefit from.  I
implore FERC to take into account our concerns before handing out any additional

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is currently in the process of
reviewing the draft environmental impact statement issued by Spectra Energy.  On
September 15th the public will have an opportunity to address FERC at the
Morabito Center in Cortlandt which stands as the state's only hearing on the

"FERC has
a history of double crossing the residents of the Hudson Valley," concluded
Murphy.  "From imposing capacity zones, which have driven our energy costs
through the roof, to now trying to approve this project without providing
sufficient information to the public, I encourage all residents of Yorktown to
join me at the hearing on the 15th to express our concerns and ensure the future
safety of our community."
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