Friday, September 05, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 09/05/14: 22 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: 

Schools spending more, accomplishing less

4)   Editor-in-Chief at NY Analysis of Policy & Government:

Arctic Ice Expands
5) Sheriff Don Smith Supports Castelli for State Senate
6) PRESS RELEASE] Latimer, ranker on Ed. Committee, called out on school aid
7) Westchester Legislators Continue Review of Finalists to Revitalize Playland

8) 30 second video of "Smoking Steve Katz"
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9) Hillary

10) [MEDIA ADVISORY] *Tue, 9/9, 11a* Dillon, electeds, to

11) Timothy Cardinal Dolan Named Grand Marshal of 2015 NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade

12) Department of Social Services Informational Forum - Thursday, 9/18

13) Governor Signs Assemblywoman Galef's Bill Creating Women's Health Website

14) Assemblywoman Galef Announces Fall 2014 Internship Openings

15) Campaign schedule for Nick Di iorio (R-NY-12)

16) Washington Post: U.S. Rep. Maloney Leads in Dead-On-Arrival Bills

17) New NYGOP Ad: We Need an AG Who Obeys the Law

18) NYGOP Events Calendar

19) [Public Meeting Agendas]Yorktown Planning Board 09/08/14

20) Are debates bad for democracy?

21) This Sunday: Murder at the Museum Event at the Lincoln Depot 09/07/14

22) Statement from Ed Cox on 60th Senate District
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(PATTERSON, September 4):  Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith (R,C,I) today announced his support for former Assemblyman Bob Castelli's candidacy for State Senate.

"Bob Castelli is an American patriot who has served his country in two of the most noble professions I know:  marching to the sound of the guns in the United States military while earning a Combat Infantryman's Badge in Vietnam, and protecting us right here at home by serving in law enforcement as a member of the New York State Police. He has been a distinguished instructor at one of America's most prestigious colleges, John Jay College of Criminal Justice," Sheriff Smith said.

Smith continued, "Bob Castelli has the integrity, patriotism and positive legislative experience, working across party lines to get things done in the New York State Legislature. He will make an outstanding New York State Senator, and will fight for us and be a positive force against corruption in Albany,"

Reacting to the news, Castelli said in a statement, "I am honored and deeply grateful for the support expressed by Sheriff Smith.  He is an outstanding public servant, and has served with distinction in both the military and law enforcement professions.  It means the world to me personally to have the support of such an outstanding individual who served with dignity and honor in both the professions we loved."

Smith has served as Sheriff of Putnam County for 12 years.  He is also a former Deputy County Executive of Putnam and retired Army Brigadier General.

Smith's statement comes just ahead of the Republican primary election for State Senate next Tuesday, September 9.


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Latimer voted for the measure that deprives Yonkers schools of needed funding

    Kids are back to school this week as Albany’s classroom cuts take center stage in the education funding debate in the City of Yonkers. Joe Dillon of Yonkers, who is challenging George Latimer the for New York State Senate in the 37th District, is criticizing the incumbent Latimer’s votes and support of Albany’s Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), which deprive Yonkers city schools from millions of dollars in school aid. 
    Dillon echoed the calls by the Yonkers City Council for Governor Andrew Cuomo to once and for all take the necessary steps to end this policy, which undermines funding to Yonkers schools. Dillon today said GEA serves only to withhold desperately needed school aid funding from school districts like Yonkers.

    Incumbent Senator George Latimer has voted for GEA in the last three state budgets. GEA was originally sold as a temporary, one-year plan. Though lawmakers crowed over increasing Yonkers Public Schools foundation aid by $17 million in 2014, the district’s GEA was $20 million, resulting in a net loss that Dillon and Council members have said deprives Yonkers children of their right to a sound, basic education.

    “To date, Yonkers schools have been deprived of more than $110 million dollars,” Dillon said. “What’s really galling is that this mess of a policy was sold as a one-year proposition which in the great tradition of Albany mismanagement has now lingered for four years. It’s bad enough how Yonkers taxpayers are already drained of so many hard earned dollars, but when that money is sitting 100 miles up the Hudson and not being put to use right here where it is sorely needed, that’s practically criminal. ”

    Led by Yonkers Council President Liam McLaughlin, members of the City Council drafted a resolution this week calling for an end to GEA sponsored by Council Majority Leader John Larkin. Dillon noted that GEA especially punishes high-needs school districts such as Yonkers, Port Chester and White Plains, since the cuts are spread evenly around the State.

    “This isn’t just about more money for schools, the entire system is upside-down,” Dillon said. “The school aid formula is already fatally flawed by politics when you see Syracuse getting $290 million while Yonkers gets $230 million. When I go to Albany I will abolish GEA which will immediately restore funds to the districts that need it the most.”

    T.J McCormack, spokesman for the Dillon campaign, openly questioned why Latimer would support such a measure which has a clear negative impact on the school children in his district, “it makes you realize how George Latimer’s time in Albany has made him sadly out of touch with his district here in Westchester.”

What is GEA?

Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was first introduced for the 2010-11 fiscal year by Governor David Paterson and the Senate Democratic Majority as a means of closing the $10 billion budget deficit. The state’s deficit was originally divided among school districts based on a formula that takes back a portion of each district's school to freeze them at 2008 levels.

For the first two years, Albany Democrats used Federal Stimulus Dollars to restore some of the GEA money, instead of using those funds for jobs and construction projects. Since then nothing has been done to restore GEA cuts and these reductions often amount to a net loss in school funding in a scheme where lawmakers can say they have increased school aid, only to take back the increase through GEA.

The GEA has remained in place through four straight budgets and 2010-11 through 2013-14, New York’s schools collectively lost nearly $8.5 billion in promised aid to the GEA. In Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget and another $1.32 billion reduction this year, even with a $2 billion surplus, according to Capital Region BOCES.
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Westchester Legislators Continue Review of Finalists to Revitalize Playland


White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) continued its review of finalists to revitalize Playland today when it heard from representatives of Central Amusements International LLC (CAI) and Standard Amusements LLC on how they might restore and operate the County’s iconic 280-acre amusement park and recreation area during a meeting of the BOL Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee (LPPH), chaired by Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem).


The CAI and Standard Amusements representatives separately addressed the legislators for about an hour and offered attractive plans for boosting attendance at Playland, which include major infrastructure investments, added attractions and enhanced operational management of the amusement area of the park.


“It is obvious that both CAI and Standard Amusements are eager to step in right away and commence their plans for making Playland a major destination and attraction,” said Harckham. “One of these entities certainly deserves to guide Playland into the future, which certainly will benefit our residents and taxpayers. Also, this park needs a capital infusion now, and both of these operators are prepared to make an investment in Playland tomorrow.”


As LPPH Chair, Legislator Harckham has been directing an ambitious review of plans to revitalize Playland. CAI and Standard Amusements were the two runners-up in a four-year-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.


The two prospective operators noted that their guaranteed investment in the park would be around $25 million.


“The meetings today with the two finalists from the County Executive’s RFP to manage Playland Amusement Park were useful, and I think both companies have demonstrated that they would improve the operations at the park and make significant financial investments in this valuable county asset,” said BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers). “I urge the County Executive to work with us to finish the process of choosing an operator so we can turn over operations to one of these companies in time for the 2015 season at Playland.”


“After today’s presentations I feel that the County has two great potential partners for running a much-loved park that should be a destination for generations to come,” said BOL Majority Leader Borgia (D-Ossining). “I’m hopeful that a new plan for Playland can move forward soon enough to impact operations next year.”


The legislators asked the Standard and CAI representatives a number of questions pertaining to the their finances and guarantees of investment, track records as amusement park operators, planned new attractions, parking and overall improvements at the park.


County Executive Rob Astorino recently signed two contracts that will affect Playland through the County’s Board of Acquisition & Contract: a $100,000 consulting contract to Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. to analyze operations at Playland’s amusement park, and a ten-year deal with American Skating Entertainment Centers LLC to manage and operate the Ice Casino at Playland.


“Playland doesn’t need another study—it needs a committed, enthusiastic partner to turn it around,” said Legislator Parker (D-Rye). “Both Standard and CAI represent a new direction toward a strong future for Playland. I’m confident that either can begin initializing their plans right away, which is definitely what this important county resource needs before another summer goes by without any improvements.”

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Candidate for Senate wants end to Albany "games"
Will unveil plan to return school aid dollars

    Joe Dillon, running to replace George Latimer in the 37th senate district will be joined by members of the Yonkers City Council led by President Liam McLaughlin and education advocates at a joint press conference calling for an immediate end to Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Tuesday morning outside the Yonkers Board Of Education.

    Dillon will support the Yonkers officials in their demand of Governor Cuomo to once and for all end GEA which has taken back $110 Million from Yonkers Schools thus far. He will also announce the launch of a website and petition drive to end GEA.

    Says Dillon, “George Latimer voted 3 out of 4 years for GEA and look where we are now. Yonkers is in a massive fiscal hole thanks to this mindless program. Instead of that money -the people’s money- being here in Yonkers, its sitting in a legislature-controlled escrow account waiting to be doled out when it serves George’s political needs. This is inexcusable.”

    Dillon’s youngest son attends Yonkers Public Schools. The details for TUESDAY’s event are as follows:

WHO: Joe Dillon (R, C, I – Yonkers), candidate for 37th S.D.
Members of the Yonkers City Council
Education Advocates and School Board members from the 37th S.D.

WHAT: Press Conference Demanding End Of Gap Elimination Adjustment and Return of School Aid Funds to Yonkers

WHEN: Tuesday September 9th, 2014
11:00 a.m. 

WHERE: 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers NY (Outside Yonkers Board Of Education)


On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:49 PM, NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee wrote:

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


Out@NBCUniversal to be Among New Marching Units

New York--Sept. 3...The New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee today announced that His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan will be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade, the nation's oldest parade. Parade organizers also announced that Out@NBCUniversal will be among the 320 units in the parade, marching under its own banner.

The 2015 St. Patrick's Day celebration will begin with the solemn high mass at 8:30 am on Tuesday, March 17, celebrated by the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

"The New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade is blessed to have Timothy Cardinal Dolan as its 253rd Grand Marshal," said John Dunleavy, Chairman and Director of the Parade. "Cardinal Dolan has quickly become a beloved and iconic figure in New York for his compassion, faith, and wit.  The Parade Committee is overjoyed that our Irish-American Cardinal will be leading the Parade forward next year."

After a unanimous vote of the officers and board of directors, John Fitzsimons, a director, announced that for the first time a marching unit from the gay and lesbian organization Out@NBCUniversal will be joining parade.

The Parade committee issued a statement welcoming the group:  

"The NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade has celebrated Irish culture, heritage, tradition, and the faith of St. Patrick since 1762. In its 253-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."

The NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


On Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:00 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Dear Neighbor,
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will hold its next informational forum from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, September 18 at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, Ossining. The purpose is to highlight the various programs and services available to individuals and families in need in Westchester.
DSS Commissioner Kevin M. McGuire will lead the forum, and representatives from each program area will be on hand to talk about the many services – ranging from child welfare, child support, adult protective services, temporary assistance, food stamps, medical assistance, adoption and more.
As your legislator representing the 9th district, I have made sure to have representatives from my office available to assist in any way.
With an operating budget of about $560 million, DSS accounts for roughly one-third of Westchester’s total annual spending.
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On Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:18 AM, Sandra Galef wrote:


September 4, 2014


Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (914) 941-1111; (914) 450-4086


Governor Signs Assemblywoman Galef's Bill

New law will establish website to inform public on women's health issues

Today Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that her bill (A4465), also
sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon, was signed into law by the Governor
(Chapter 342). This new law will help educate the public on women's health
initiatives and will require the New York State Department of Health to
establish an up-to-date website that deals with topics pertinent to women's
health concerns. It will provide resources by which women can determine what
services are available to them, including details on the 22 preventative
options now covered under the Affordable Care Act. It also encourages the
Department of Health to use social media as a means of distributing
important information to help raise awareness in regards to women's health.

As the Affordable Care Act is being enacted on the state level, it has
ushered in a number of changes to women's health policies. With several
provisions in effect and more on the way, it is imperative that women in the
State of New York understand these changes and how each affects them on a
personal level. The federal government has already established a website for
this purpose,, but no such service presently
exists for the state. With this law in effect, the state will be able to
provide proper educational materials in a timely fashion. The use of new
alternative media technologies to keep the public informed was suggested by
the National Conference of State Legislatures, and with this bill New York
will fulfill that purpose.

"It is important to keep the public informed," said Assemblywoman Galef. "By
compiling all this information in one spot, it allows for easier access. The
State of New York has many services and programs to enhance women's health,
and by adding this website we can let women and families know what options
are available."

On Thursday, September 4, 2014 11:20 AM, Sandra Galef wrote:

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef (914) 941-1111


Assemblywoman Galef Announces Fall 2014 Internship Openings

Interns Serve the Community and Develop Skills for the Working World

(September 4, 2014) New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has announced
that applications for unpaid internship positions are now available through
her district office for the 2014 school year.  The Galef internship program
offers college and high school aged students the chance to gain marketable
skills while serving and getting to know their local community as well as
New York State.  Internships provide a unique learning experience for
students while they participate in the daily activities of government.

Interns assist with the daily operations of the assemblywoman's district
office, located in downtown Ossining. They work on projects and assignments
that are critical to the functioning of the office. Interns help with letter
writing, creating press releases, researching legislation, data entry, and
working on material for newsletters, forums, television shows, and other
special projects. Interns also work with constituents to help solve problems
they may be having which involve state or local agencies and government

"Interns add such value to my office and they get something out of it as
well," said Assemblywoman Galef.  "They learn as they work, expanding their
talents while discovering new ones. Aside from the interns learning so much
through their experiences in my office, I also learn a lot from getting to
work with these talented young men and women."


In addition to their experiences in the local district office, interns often
get the chance to accompany the Assemblywoman to the State Capitol in
Albany, and to other events like press conferences, forums, and other
meetings. Interns gain skills that help them once they graduate school and
enter careers, and many have experiences that stick with them forever.

If you are interested in more information on the internship program or
looking to apply, please contact Dana Levenberg at (914) 941-1111 or An application is also available on
Assemblywoman Galef's website at

On Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:59 PM, Nick for New York wrote:

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Media Advisory
Congressional candidate Nick Di iorio's weekend campaign schedule includes the following events:

Friday, September 58:00am -- 9:30am: Campaigning in Manhattan at 59th Street / Lexington (456NQR trains)
11:00am -- 12:00pm: Church of St. Agnes Carnival (43rd Street between Lexington and 3rd ave)
1:00pm -- 2:00pm: Serving community members at Bowery Mission (227 Bowery)
4:45pm -- 5:15pm: Campaigning in Manhattan at 33rd Street / Park Ave (6 train)
8:00pm -- 10:00pm: The Hampton Synagogue Solidarity Dinner (154 Sunset Ave, Westhampton, NY)

Saturday, September 6
11:00am - 12:00pm: Campaigning at Third Avenue Street Fair (19th St. & 3rd Ave)
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Press Conference at Grand Opening of Harlem GOP Office (1879 Amsterdam Ave)
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Madison Square 200 Historic Fair (Madison Square Park)
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:
To schedule an interview, please email
Follow Nick Di iorio's campaign on social media: Facebook  |  Twitter

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On Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:10 PM, Nick for New York wrote:

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Nick Di iorio: "Maloney is wasting taxpayer time and money"
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NEW YORK, NY -- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's (D-NY-12) long list of legislation ending up in the trash bin "is a waste," said Nick Di iorio, the GOP nominee running for the congressional seat currently being kept warm by Maloney.  "Once her press release is issued and photo op is completed, she moves on to the next bill."

According to the Washington Post, while Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) ranks very high in the ineffective hall of fame in Congress by introducing countless bills that go nowhere, he is still a distant 3rd place to Maloney as both share the embarrassing distinction of topping the list of the worst in Congress since 1992.

Maloney has squandered her seniority of 22 years in Congress by consistently leading the New York congressional delegation in introducing bills, yet dead last in getting her bills signed into law.  "Carolyn Maloney is hoping the media and the voters won't notice that her bills and the subsequent press releases and photo ops are meaningless and a waste of taxpayers' time and money," said Maloney's opponent, Nick Di iorio. "She is not only the most ineffective in the New York congressional delegation, but holds that same distinction in the entire Congress."

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:

To schedule an interview, please email
Follow Nick Di iorio's campaign on social media: Facebook Twitter


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September 4, 2014
New NYGOP Ad: We Need an AG Who Obeys the Law
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY... The New York Republican State Committee released its next paid advertisement of the 2014 campaign season today.
The ad is titled "Above," a reference to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman treating his supporters as if they're above the law. When Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman's Moreland Commission began investigating their own campaign donors, they abruptly shut the commission down.
NYGOP Chair Ed Cox said, "Eric Schneiderman is the Barney Fife of Attorney Generals. Sadly, he is not only incompetent but he is also corrupt. From silencing young women who were victims of Vito Lopez to squashing subpoenas from his deputys on the Moreland Commission, Eric Schneiderman has consistently been complicit in Albany Democrats' culture of corruption.
"Eric Schneiderman has run one of the most corrupt Attorney General's offices in America. Eric Schneiderman:
Squashed Moreland subpoenas to donors;
Aided and abetted the sexual harassment of young women in the legislature;
Fought and won the parole of a convicted rapist;
Lied about freedom of information requests regarding email exchanges between himself and his political consultant;
Solicited campaign contributions from individuals under investigation;
Broke the law leaking sensitive information to the press regarding an arrest;
And was even involved in a hit and run.
"It's an embarrassment that New York's top law enforcement official's record of bad behavior is longer than those of some criminals behind bars," said Cox.
"New York's hard-working taxpayers deserve an Attorney General with the courage to lead: John Cahill will be a truly independent prosecutor with the experience and political will to drain the Albany cesspool once and for all."
Script of NYGOP ad, "Above"
Criminals posing as public servants are on the take again in Albany.
A year ago, Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman established a commission to finally put an end to corruption.
They promised the commission would be "totally independent."
But when the commission starting probing their own contributors, they abruptly shut it down.
Eric Schneiderman believes his supporters are above the law.
If we're going to clean up Albany, we need an Attorney General with the courage to lead.
 A message from Attorney General candidate
John P. Cahill
Oh, what a tangled web he weaves.
When Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's own ethics commission began investigating his own contributors, it was shut down.
Coincidence? Hardly.
Eric Schneiderman walked off the job with the Moreland Commission when the investigation got too close to his friends and supporters. Now he is cowering behind the U.S. Attorney who is actually doing the job New Yorkers elected the Attorney General to do.
We wouldn't tolerate this behavior in any elected leader and it's especially troubling when it's New York's top law enforcer.
The sad and cynical erosion of the people's trust by an Attorney General who has sold out the independence of his office is debilitating to justice. Please stand with me to restore integrity and independence to the Attorney General's office.
Cleaning up Albany starts with electing a new Attorney General.
Your $10, $35, $50, or even $100 contribution will help elect an Attorney General with the courage and toughness to root out corruption and defend the independence of the Attorney General's office.
Eric Schneiderman had a role in the creation of the Moreland Commission and because he deputized members of the commission as Special Deputy Attorneys General, he faces a serious conflict of interest by accepting campaign contributions from people and groups subpoenaed by his deputies.
The Attorney General's Office has to be independent -- and has to be run with integrity.
Eric Schneiderman's office fails on both counts.
If you're soliciting campaign funds from the same groups you're investigating, you're clearly compromising your office.
I have called on Eric Schneiderman to immediately return any and all campaign contributions made by groups, companies, or individuals he subpoenaed under the now-defunct Moreland Commission.
Your $10 or $100 or even $1,000 contribution will send me to Albany where I will use every tool at my disposal to enforce the law and expose the corruption that has crippled state government.
I will be the independent watchdog New Yorkers need.
Thanks for your support!
John Cahill
P.S. While Schneiderman cowers, I am connecting with voters in every corner of New York. There are just two months until Election Day and your generous contribution will help me run an aggressive grassroots campaign across New York


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On Thursday, September 4, 2014 5:01 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF MEETING LOCATION. Due to election activity, the September 8, 2014 Planning Board meeting will be held in the Yorktown Community & Cultural Center, Room 104 located at 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY.  This meeting will therefore not be broadcast live on the government channel.  See the YGTV Program Guide or the Planning Board Meeting Videos pages on the Town website for viewing options.
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board

Calendar Date:
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 7:30pm

Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes - June 23, 2014; July 14, 2014; August 11, 2014
Grotto Holding
SBL: 36.05-1-18
Decision Statement  

Location: 3655 Crompond Road
Contact: David A. Barbuti, P.C.
Description: Convert an existing automobile dealership into retail sales and storage on the first floor and a plumbing contractors office on the second floor.

Teatown-Auxiliary Parking Lot
SBL: 69.14-1-8.1    
Decision Statement

Location: 1595 Spring Valley Road
Contact: Insite Engineering, Surveying, and Landscape Architecture
Description: Construction of an auxiliary parking lot, to be utilized seasonally as an overflow parking lot.

Empire Hunan
SBL: 37.14-2-66
Decision Statement

Location: 1975 Commerce Street
Contact: Michael Piccirillo Architecture
Description: Proposed to divide existing restaurant into a restaurant with two retail stores.
Staples Plaza - Building 2
SBL: 36.6-2-76
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: John Meyer Consulting
Description: Request for amended Site Plan Approval to renovate the middle building.
Costco Wholesale
SBL: 26.18-1-17, 18, 19 and 26.19-1-1
Location: 3200 Crompond Road
Contact: TRC Engineers
Description: Application to construct a 151,092 SF Costco Wholesale Club retail store and club member available filling station.



Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104
Yorktown Heights, NY
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September 5, 2014
Are debates bad for democracy?
In case you missed it yesterday, Rob Astorino and Zephyr Teachout, who's running in a Democratic primary against Andrew Cuomo, held a debate moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer.

Conspicuously absent from the debate was Andrew Cuomo.  In fact, when Andrew Cuomo was asked why he wouldn't agree to debates, he responded that he thought the were "a disservice to democracy."

You read that right.

Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of the State of New York, believes that debates are "a disservice to democracy."

As you might expect, many in the media were outraged, and rightfully so.  Here are two of the best pieces on Andrew Cuomo's cowardly, despicable refusal to debate his opponents.  The first is an op-ed by Errol Lewis for the Daily News. The second is a New York Post editorial.

If you missed the Astorino-Teachout debate, catch it here.  You'll find a civil, thoughtful discussion of the important issues facing our state this year.  You won't find Andrew Cuomo: Cowardly Cuomo is too afraid of his own record to come out and debate his opponents.

Gov, democracy is not a game 
By Errol Lews
The New York Daily News
September 4, 2014

As he ducked an invitation from Time Warner Cable News - my employer - to debate his Democratic opponent, Zephyr Teachout, Gov. Cuomo made clear that he sees the very idea of publicly debating issues before next week's Democratic primary as little more than a political game - one to be played only if he can win.
"Sometimes you have debates, sometimes you don't have debates," he told reporters this week. "I've been in many debates that I think were a disservice to democracy, so anybody who says debates are always a service to democracy hasn't watched all the debates that I've been in."
The governor said this with a cocky grin, then dashed off without explaining which of his debates were a disservice to democracy. It amounted to the punchline of an unfunny joke Cuomo played on the public four years ago, when he refused to appear in any forum with his Republican adversary, Carl Paladino, unless all seven candidates from all listed ballot parties were included.
The result was precisely the 90-minute circus that Cuomo intended. Former madam Kristin Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party argued for the legalization of pot and gambling; ex-Black Panther Charles Barron of the Freedom Party chastised the hosts for not including Native American, Asian and Latino journalists on the panel of questioners; and good old Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High Party argued that - you guessed it - everybody's rent is too damn high.
Candidates from the more established Green and Libertarian parties struggled to be heard, and Paladino's voice was lost in the mayhem, which was presumably the purpose of the exercise. Cuomo went on to win the election.
It seemed hilarious - "Saturday Night Live" did a skit featuring a McMillan impersonator, complete with batty remarks - but when the laughter died down, New Yorkers were left with pressing challenges and a paucity of information about how to tackle them.
Read the full piece here
Lord High Gov. Cuomo 
The New York Post Editorial Board
September 4, 2014

With only six days before the Democratic primary, Gov. Cuomo has basically told New Yorkers he's too high and mighty for a formal debate with his ­challenger.
Asked by a reporter if ducking a debate with college professor Zephyr Teachout - his challenger for the Democratic nomination - showed a lack of respect for democracy, Cuomo turned imperious.
"I've been in many debates that I think were a disservice to democracy," Cuomo replied, "so anybody who says debates are always a service to democracy hasn't watched all the debates that I've been in."
As it happens, we have watched past Cuomo debates, particularly his only general-election debate four years ago during his run for governor. He's right that this was a disservice to democracy.
But that's because rather than present voters with an exchange between the only two candidates with a shot at the governorship - Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino - this debate was open to all the minor-party candidates too, including the standard-bearer of the ridiculous Rent Is Too Damn High Party.
Afterward, Cuomo continued to duck Paladino's call for a one-on-one debate.
Read the full piece here. 


On Friday, September 5, 2014 9:17 AM, County Legislator John G. Testa wrote:

Murder at the Museum
Please join us this Sunday September 7th for a fun event and help support the museum.The New York Mob show Off-Broadway Production in NYC is the longest running interactive comedy murder mystery in the world and it is coming to Peekskill for the first time. Don't miss this unique experience!
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September 5, 2014
Statement from Ed Cox on 60th Senate District
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY...NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement regarding the Republican primary in the 60th Senate District:

"It's outrageous that a radical, leftist New York City union allied with the Working Families Party and pulling out all the stops to repeal the property tax cap is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a clandestine campaign to tell Republican primary voters in Western New York who they should vote for.  If they succeed, they'll work with their liberal allies to enact an anti-taxpayer, anti-Western New York agenda, eliminate the property tax cap and hand our hard-earned taxpayer money over to illegal immigrants. 
"Kevin Stocker, who shockingly is also running to become the nominee of the scandal-scarred Working Families Party, isn't a real Republican, he's a stalking horse for the radical left.  Their only objective is to deliver this seat to the New York City Democrats so they can enact their liberal agenda and destroy Western New York. 
"There's only one candidate in this race who will protect the tax cap, create jobs, and stand up for hardworking taxpayers and families in Western New York, and that's Western New York hero Mark Grisanti.  I urge Republicans to vote for Mark on primary day - this Tuesday - so we can all keep Western New York moving forward."

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