Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/08/14: 22 Topics In Today's blog


1)  ***Media Advisory for TOMORROW--Thurs., Oct. 9***Westchester BOL Majority Leader Borgia to Host Forum for Women-Owned Businesses***

2) DCCC Panics As Maloney Message Fails In The Hudson Valley

3) Westchester Legislators Save Taxpayers $90 million

4) If you are in the Peekskill area and would like to attend a FUNdraiser, this is the place to be on Thursday night. 10/09/14

5) Announcing "ROCKTOBERFEST" 2014 At 12 Grapes

6) ICYMI: Gallivan, Medicaid takeover author, sounds off on Murphy vs. Wagner plans

7) ICYMI: Stefanik Delivers Weekly GOP Radio Address

8) Lalor and Molinaro Launch Petition Calling for End to Unfunded Mandates

9) Hayworth Decisively  Wins First Debate

10) Astorino on Ebola Travel: "If We Err, It Must Be On The Side of Caution"

11) Di iorio Releases Jobs Plan

12) Accomplishment Tuesdays - Stopping Tax Hikes

13) A Letter to SKD Knickerbocker from the NYGOP

14) Bob Antonacci's Five-Point Pension Reform Plan

15) ICYMI: Times Union on Cuomo's Meddling

16) Cuomo Absurdity: We Need Feds to Stop Businesses from Fleeing NY

17) Two Outstanding Assembly Candidates Need Our Help

18) DATE CORRECTION- Planning Board Meeting - Town of Ossining - WEDNESDAY, October 8th, 2014

19) Family Fun: Astorino Kids Watch Latest Cuomo Attack Ad

20) Former Democrat Chair Switches Parties, Endorses Katko

21) Frank Vernuccio: Low quality of elected officials threatens US

22) Frank Vernuccio:  National Security Threats Outlined
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***Media Advisory for TOMORROW—Thursday, October 9***

***BOL Majority Leader Borgia to Host Forum for Women-Owned Businesses***


White Plains, NY – Westchester Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) will be hosting a forum TOMORROW—Thursday, October 9 entitled “Keeping the Doors Open for Business” aimed at local small businesses owned and operated by women.


The event will take place at the Westchester Community College Gateway Center, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.


Women-owned businesses have been invited to showcase their products and/or services (free of charge) during a mini expo and networking reception following the forum.


“This forum will be focused on the critical stages and resources in a business’s life, what you need to know when beginning a start-up, and how these issues specifically affect women,” said Borgia.


Among those expected to address the forum are Scorpio Rogers, Professor of Business at Westchester Community College and founder and Managing Principal of Entrepreneurial Consultants, LLC, a management-consulting firm for start-up and growing entrepreneurial businesses; and Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, Deborah Milone, formerly the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Guide Communications and Publisher of the Peekskill / Cortlandt Herald. 


Who: BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia, Scorpio Rogers and Deborah Milone


What: “Keeping the Doors Open for Business”—a forum for women-owned business, which will also include a reception and mini-expo


When: TOMORROW—Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 PM


Where Westchester Community College Gateway Center

            75 Grasslands Road

            Valhalla, NY

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As the Maloney campaign continues to scramble, the DCCC identifies Maloney as one of the most vulnerable House Democrats
October 7, 2014
Chester, NY With only 28 more days until Election Day, the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced that they are shifting additional resources into the NY-18 Congressional race.
 "After struggling to explain his support of ObamaCare, his failure to take action to halt rising energy costs, and his cuts to our military families, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney's message is not resonating with our neighbors here in the Hudson Valley," said Terence Michos, a spokesman for the Hayworth campaign.  "The DCCC, in panic mode, has jumped in to bail out Congressman Maloney's flailing campaign with additional financial resources because they recognize how vulnerable Congressman Maloney is after voting consistently against the people of the 18th District."
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.


For Immediate Release: September 6, 2014

Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director



Westchester Legislators Pass Bond Act for Water Treatment, Saves Taxpayers $90 million



On Monday, October 6th, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a critical bond act that will save Westchester County taxpayers up to $80 million and hopefully end the threat of $37,500 per day in fines levied against Westchester County from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 


The Bond Act will provide $765,000 to design an engineering plan to bring the County's Water District 1 into compliance with enhanced federal guidelines for safe drinking water.  The final construction of the project is expected to cost approximately $10 million dollars.  The federal government had originally directed Westchester County to build a treatment plant that would have cost approximately $100 million.


The EPA requires the county to use an ultraviolet treatment facility to kill cryptosporidium, a parasite that can cause gastrointestinal illness. Some municipalities in Westchester County's Water District 1, Scarsdale, White Plains and North Castle are not receiving the ultraviolet treated water.  The Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler has assured residents of the communities in question that their water is safe for drinking.  Mount Vernon and Yonkers which are also in Water District 1 are already receiving treated water.


The U.S. Attorney brought a civil lawsuit against Westchester County in August 2013 for non-compliance with the EPA standard.  The fines for non-compliance could accrue at a rate as high as $37,500 per day.


Board of Legislator Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers praised the Chairs of several BOL Committees for their arduous work on this complicated legislation.  "This bond act stands as an example of the incredible successes we can deliver when we work together across party lines, branches of government and municipal borders.  Balancing the requirements of the federal government against the needs and resources of County and Municipal governments resulted in a piece of legislation that will likely save Westchester Taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in capital projects while providing the safest, cleanest drinking water possible."  Chairman Kaplowitz added, "I specifically want to thank Legislator Lyndon Williams for his leadership and hardwork in advancing the negotiations that have made this bond act possible."


Legislator Lyndon Williams (D) Mount Vernon is Chairman of the BOL Law Committee and played a key role in getting the bonding legislation passed.  "I am glad that we were able to work with County Executive's office as well as our municipal partners to a find a solution to treating our residents drinking water that will be a lot less expensive than the option we were originally faced with."  Legislator Williams added, "We have a responsibility to make sure that our infrastructure is adequate to deliver clean safe drinking water to our residents and we also have a responsibiltiy to administer taxpayers funds prudently.  This legislation achieves both of those objectives very well."


Legislator Sheila Marcotte ( R ) Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe, Chair of the BOL Budget and Appropriations Committee said, "The financial savings achieved through this alternate plan are tremendous.  While the federal government is all too happy to levy fines and mandate work that they are not willing to fund, it is our job at the local level to protect our taxpayers and the taxpayers of Westchester County should be thrilled with the work that has resulted in this $90 million savings."


Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D) Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington is Chair of the BOL Infrastructure Committee and has been a tireless advocate for infrastructure maintenance and upgrades of this nature.  "There are few Government functions as important as providing clean water.  This legislation should go a long way in settling one of the county's lawsuits with the federal government and more importantly, ensure that our county residents will have clean drinking water for many years to come.” Legislator Shimsky added, “I would especially like to thank Law Committee Chairman Legislator Lyndon Williams, who negotiates major legal settlements for a living for bringing his professional skills to bear on this important issue."


Legislator Michaels Smith ( R ) Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Pleasantville, Chair of the BOL Economic Development and Capital Projects Committee said, "I am pleased that at long last, the BOL has moved on this Bond Act to ensure that we are compliant with the requirements of the federal government without spending the $100 million dollars that the EPA would have us spend." 


Legislator Ben Boykin representing White Plains and Scarsdale residents in Water District 1 stated “I am pleased that progress is being made finally to comply with federal requirements that the County provide ultraviolent treatment to ensure safe drinking water for our residents. The bond authorization of $765,584 for design and construction management will allow the County to move forward with the project and protect taxpayers while getting “assurances” from the EPA prior to spending $9.957 million for the total project.”


Legislator Virginia Perez (D) Yonkers, Chair of the BOL Legislation Committee said, "I am happy to help ensure the delivery of both clean water and tens of millions of dollars in Savings to the People of Yonkers and Westchester County.  It can be easy to forget how fortunate we are in the United States to be able to turn on a faucet and get clean safe drinking water so simply.  It may also surprise people to learn how much it costs to maintain the necessary infrastructure to provide clean safe water.  This is one of the more complicated Bond Acts that have passed through the Legislation Committee while I have been Chair and I am proud of the level of cooperation and compromise that all the stakeholders exhibited during this process.”

If you are in the Peekskill area and would like to attend a FUNdraiser, this is the place to be on Thursday night.

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Fri Oct 10, "Tasty Mike Murphy" ~ Rockin' the Blues
Fri Oct 17, Andrea & the Armenian Rug Riders ~ Classic Rock
Fri Oct 24, Stonehill ~ '80s, Southern & Classic Rock
Fri Oct 31, Electric Beef ~ Rockin' Halloween Party!

Open Mic with host Jess Erick
It's a fun-filled night of talent! Jess Erick opens the evening with her original songs, then keeps the music flowing and spirits high. 
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He's one of those ultra smooth guitarists with flavorful licks that keep coming, without overpowering. One listen and you'll understand why musicians and fans alike call him "Tasty" Mike. The Mike Murphy Quartet is a little bit Blues, a little bit Rock & Roll. Mike Murphy and his incredible band will have you grooving to some classic covers and original tunes. Join us for dinner or just come for the music... either way, we'll meet you on the dance floor! No Cover. Free Admission. 

STAX performs the sweet Soul music of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave,
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Powerhouse singer Julius Dilligard, Jr. was lead vocalist for "Crown Heights Affair" and has appeared with The Commodores, Stylistics and more. Featuring Tommy Sochor (drums), Tony Pagano (guitar), Gary Broderson (keys), Gil Toro (bass), Corey MacCrae and Joe Salvatore (sax), Kenny John (trumpet). $12 Cover or $6 with dinner.

Greg Westhoff's 18-piece Westchester Swing Band
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On Monday, October 6, 2014 1:58 PM, TJ McCormack wrote:

Dear Friends,

In case you missed it, Senator Patrick Gallivan, the sponsor of the bipartisan Medicaid takeover bill, has weighed in on which plan he believes is best for New York. His quote is attached:

"Terrence Murphy understands the burden mandated Medicaid costs put on local property taxpayers and is committed to doing something about it.  We need him in the State Senate to support meaningful reform that will result in real tax relief and not allow downstate Democrats to squander the savings on costly government programs, such as the Dream Act, which would have provided financial aid to students in the country illegally," said Senator Patrick M. Gallivan.
Please contact me if you have any questions. Thanks,

T.J. McCormack
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - October 6, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-2566

***Press Release***

Murphy Calls for State Takeover of County Medicaid Costs
Opponent Copies Plan, With Key Differences

PEEKSKILL, NY - A plan for a Statewide takeover of Medicaid was released today by Justin Wagner that seems geared toward creating political cover for a tax hike to fund Bill De Blasio's radical social agenda. Spending billions more dollars is yet another example of the Justin Wagner/Bill de Blasio agenda, that includes taxpayer funded political campaigns and college tuition for illegal aliens, his opponent said.

When Senator Pat Gallivan and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin introduced their legislation for a phased-in state takeover of Medicaid in 2011, Dr. Terrence Murphy publicly lent his support to the measure. Today he re-stated his pledge to vote for the bill when elected to the New York State Senate, which could lower property taxes in Westchester by forty percent, though the funding for his proposal varies greatly from the one his opponent released today.

"This is one of the most historic pieces of legislation to be introduced in decades," Stephen Acquario, president of the New York Association of Counties, had said at the time of the proposal offered by Murphy and others. "Counties have made a tremendous sacrifice over the last 50 years."

New York is one of the only States that passes along Medicaid expenses to county government. Murphy's proposal would call for a five-year phase out of this expense, which consumes 40.2% of Wetschester's tax levy and 25% of Putnam's tax levy.

"If Albany wants it, Albany should pay for it, and the state can afford to assume these costs because of the funding it is now receiving under the Affordable Care Act," Dr. Murphy said. "When elected I will make a State takeover of Medicaid costs my top priority for mandate relief. The tax cap is meaningless without it."

While the State take-over of Medicaid costs is not a new idea, the way the State pays for the takeover is of paramount concern when considering the proposal. Rather than assuming the costs through a phased in takeover, some groups want the proposal paid for through a tax increase and hypothetical savings that have no basis in fact, Murphy says. One such bogus proposal, from EffectiveNY and dicussed by his opponent today, is outlined below:


Justin Wagner/EffectiveNY Plan

"Terrence Murphy understands the burden mandated Medicaid costs put on local property taxpayers and is committed to doing something about it.  We need him in the State Senate to support meaningful reform that will result in real tax relief and not allow downstate Democrats to squander the savings on costly government programs, such as the Dream Act, which would have provided financial aid to students in the country illegally," said Senator Patrick M. Gallivan.


Dutchess County Executive Marc Molarino said: "Terrence Murphy is the only candidate with a realistic plan that would allow for a State takeover of local Medicaid costs, which could dramatically cut Dutchess County taxes. Dr. Murphy's plan is the way to go."

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said: "Many agree that a State takeover of Medicaid costs is long overdue, but the devil is in the details. One candidate is pushing a ridiculous plan that would pay for a takeover with $1 billion in imaginary savings. Dr. Murphy's plan is the better choice and it has the bipartisan support needed to accomplish something of this magnitude."

John Testa, Minority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators said: "The State takeover of Medicaid is a bipartisan proposal sponsored by 83 senators and assemblymen, who will have an advocate for a full state takeover in Dr. Murphy. Clearly this plan will be a better solution for County governments than a gimmicky takeover funded by tax increases and theoretical savings from efficiencies."

"Senator Gallivan has said that we can afford this through cost reforms and not tax increases, but it's politicians in New York City and the Senate Democratic Conference who have prevented this reform," Dr. Murphy said. "I will be a voice for taxpayers with realistic solutions to complex problems. It's flattering to see my opponent recycle and copy my old ideas, but we differ on how this can be achieved, and unfortunately his plan is pure fantasy. Justin Wagner has now publicly admitted he is in favor of tax increases and irresponsible mystery accounting, but mandate relief that comes from tax hikes is no relief at all, its just more cost-shifting by Albany." 



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October 6, 2014
We wanted to make sure you saw this message from the Stefanik campaign about Elise delivering the weekly National GOP radio address.  In 2010, New York sent more new Republicans to Congress than any other state, and we're poised to send several more this year.
"I Will Fight For A Better Future For The Hardworking Families In New York's 21st District."
Glens Falls... In a nationwide address promoting jobs and economic growth for North Country taxpayers, Congressional candidate Elise Stefanik today delivered the national Republican response to the President's weekly address.
"Elise Stefanik is proud to use every opportunity to fight for what's best for the North Country," said Stefanik Communications Director Lenny Alcivar.  "Today's national address proves Elise will never stop fighting to bring back good paying jobs, and for a stronger economic future for the hard working families of the 21st District."
Hi, I'm Elise Stefanik, and I'm running for Congress in New York's 21st District.
I'm proud to say I was born and raised in Upstate New York.  And I grew up in a small business family.  When I was a kid, my parents risked everything they had to start our family's small business.  And more than 20 years later, we've been proud to work with hundreds of small businesses in New York's North Country.
But Washington has made it harder for small businesses like ours to succeed and grow.  President Obama has piled on more taxes, more regulations, more debt for future generations, and higher health care costs - hurting our Main Street economy.
As a matter of fact, because of Obamacare, my family's small business had our coverage cancelled.  Our new plan carried a 30 percent premium increase, higher deductibles, and higher out-of-pocket co-pays.
This is a story that's become all too common, here and all around the country, whether you were promised lower costs or told you'd be able to keep the plan you like.
I decided to run for office because my generation can't just complain about these problems.  We have to help solve them as well.
It starts with working every day on improving the economy and bringing jobs home to Main Street.  That's why I've pledged if elected, I'll work to overhaul our tax code to make it flatter, fairer, and simpler.  Let's clear out all the special interest loopholes and put the focus on promoting job creation and economic growth, especially for our young people.
We also have to work to repeal and replace ObamaCare with commonsense proposals that lower costs, improve healthcare quality, and increase accessibility, especially for rural communities like New York's North Country.
And we have to address energy costs, which make or break our farms, small businesses, and household budgets.  We need a national energy policy that helps create jobs and lowers costs while protecting our environment.  This means expanding energy exploration; utilizing alternative energy sources like solar and wind; developing more nuclear energy; and reining in mandates on energy suppliers and developers.  I believe in an all-of-the-above energy policy that promotes energy independence.
These are common-sense steps we can take to get government out of the way and put the American Dream back within reach for all Americans.
One month from today, all Americans face a clear choice: stick with the status quo of more government, more spending, and higher taxes or choose a new direction of new ideas to unleash job creation and economic growth.
That's what I hope to do if I'm fortunate enough to serve in Congress.  And every day I will fight for a better future for the hardworking families in New York's 21st District.
Thank you for listening.

On Monday, October 6, 2014 4:19 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 6, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor and Molinaro Launch No Unfunded Mandates Petition, Call On Other Lawmakers to Join Petition
East Fishkill, NY - (10/6/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro are launching a public petition to call for the end of Albany's unfunded mandates on local governments. The goal of the petition is to marshal grassroots opposition to unfunded mandates and build momentum for mandate relief. The petition can be found online here.
"Albany's unfunded mandates are driving up property taxes across New York," said Lalor. "Albany spends and spends and then passes on the costs to local governments. In the end, the taxpayers are hit with higher property taxes. This is the typical game Albany politicians play, spending wildly and then passing the buck on taxes. It needs to stop. Taxpayers can't afford it. Everyone in Albany up for reelection next month should join this effort, sign the petition and ask their constituents to sign."

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, "Mandates from Albany and Washington DC consume 70% of Dutchess County's budget. That's 70 cents on every tax dollar and it's growing. We need our state and federal representatives to say no to new unfunded and underfunded mandates. Residents should sign the no new mandates petition and hold their elected officials accountable. I thank Assemblyman Kieran Lalor for his support to stop Albany mandates and hope others will join us in this fight."
The petition is available online here.
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 Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

On Monday, October 6, 2014 9:03 PM, Press Release - Nan Hayworth wrote:

Contact: Terence Michos
(845) 554-8281
Debate demonstrates Hayworth's strength on health care, veterans, and growing our economy.
October 6, 2014
Chester, NY The Hayworth campaign made the following statement on tonight's debate:
"After a clear and decisive victory in tonight's debate, voters saw yet again why doctor, mother, and neighbor Nan Hayworth should represent the Hudson Valley in Congress once again.  Congressman Maloney showed time after time that he was unwilling to stand up to the Obama administration and Nancy Pelosi's agenda for this country.  Maloney once again lied about his record on ObamaCare, this time pretending he never voted to support the individual mandate in 2014. Dr. Hayworth made clear the damage that ObamaCare is doing to our families and businesses, while demonstrating her unwavering commitment to our nation's veterans.  Congressman Maloney had no justification for his draconian cuts to our military families, and for neglecting to take action to halt the rise of energy prices in the Hudson Valley," said Michos, a spokesman for the campaign.
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.


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

Remarks by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City  
October 7, 2014

'Common sense is not so common.'

That's not me; that was Voltaire. He said it 350 years ago, and his observation applies more than ever in what we are facing today in Ebola.

Americans mourn with other nations the tragedy and grief unfolding in African countries, particularly in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. We see the suffering of the children and their parents. We lament the aid workers who have been sickened and who have perished.  We see the bodies wrapped in cloth, prepared for funeral pyres. Our hearts break at the images and stories -- Sierra Leone announced 121 Ebola deaths in a single day on Monday. We are watching a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding before our eyes.

United Nations aid has never been more needed, and as we stand in the shadow of the UN, we call for more of it -- and now. This is a world crisis and we must act with extreme urgency to arrest it. Aid coming from the United States, as always, will surpass all other.

But we also must call for common sense -- and call into sharp question the prevailing absence of it where air travel to this country is concerned.

Experts tell us that Ebola must be contained in West Africa, yet flights continue to leave that region daily bound for the United States -- bound for New York region airports.

It makes no sense:  A victim clings to life in Dallas today after boarding a flight from West Africa. He fibbed on a paper form, and that was enough to get him on a flight here.  

We know that screening protocols in affected West African nations are faulty and inadequate. They are conducted by local governments, not by the CDC or U.S. health experts.

It's why British Airways and Air France have halted their flights.

We are being told by health experts that there will almost certainly be other Ebola victims arriving, yet air travel from countries in West Africa to New York continues with inadequate safeguards in place.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but that's madness.

New York has a great healthcare system, but it also has closer quarters than any other American city. Viruses thrive in cities. We know that.  It defies common sense, then, to allow travel here from Ebola-stricken nations  until airport screenings are  guaranteed to be foolproof. 

I therefore call on the FAA today to halt air travel to New York area airports until proper protocols are in place -- protocols that can guarantee the safety of New Yorkers and other Americans.   

I am well aware that this is not a perfect solution. People enter New York every day from Canada and other nations.  But New York and the federal government have an obligation to do what they can -- to do what's in their power -- to mitigate against harm.  God help us if Ebola comes to New York because we didn't want to offend.

Some say a temporary air travel ban would hurt aid efforts. That's not the case. We can have a robust humanitarian response to this tragedy, and employ U.S. safeguards on returning American aid workers.

But asking prospective civilian passengers to check off boxes or have their temperature is not enough where a massive public health crisis is at stake.   

So to recap, here's what we know:

  1. Screenings overseas are inadequate.  We know that;
  2. Experts are telling us more Ebola victims will arrive here by air; and
  3. We are allowing this to occur.

How is that possible? It defies all reason and common sense and I am here today to call on New York and the FAA to fix it.  

If we err here, it must be on the side of caution.

Thank you

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:22 AM, Nick for New York wrote:

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"Carolyn Maloney has ignored joblessness, is complacent"
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NEW YORK, NY -- Nick Di iorio, the Republican challenger to long-term incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12) today released his plan to grow jobs in New York and across the country.

"Carolyn Maloney has ignored joblessness, is complacent, and seems more concerned with trying to look busy in Washington, rather than working to create a job-friendly climate in New York," said Di iorio. "Every day I see yet another small business or storefront shuttered because they can't afford to stay afloat.  They need voices in Congress who will speak for them."

Ease the federal regulations that strangle small businesses. Small businesses drive the American economy.  Since 1938, the Di iorio family has been involved in a small business: DeLuise Bakery.  DeLuise has employed hundreds of people over the decades and takes pride in complying with industry standards and regulations.  But right now, excessive regulations from every level of government are forcing businesses like Nick's family's small business to shrink payroll, pay less in wages, and ultimately earn less money to put back into products.  The ACA ("Obamacare") is one example of well-meaning policy that has introduced onerous regulations.  It forces businesses to pay a fee if they don't sponsor specific ACA-approved healthcare plans.  And that has raised the cost of doing business, sometimes to the point of forcing businesses to cut employees.

Regarding larger employers Di iorio noted, "American corporations are holding trillions of dollars in foreign banks because they don't want to pay our corporate tax rate. This is tragic, because these billions in tax revenues could be used to support programs like Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, and health insurance subsidies for low-income individuals.  And corporations could use the leftover billions to produce more goods, build more factories, and create more jobs for the unemployed."

"America is a free country, and we can't force corporations to bring their billions back to America so we can tax them.  You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink... unless you provide an incentive."

Lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%. America's corporate tax rate is the highest of any first-world country, which makes corporations reluctant to spend money here.  Letting corporations keep a little more money is an incentive to bring their money back to America and create jobs for the rest of us.  Corporations can spend billions of dollars in the United States, helping to improve our overall economy.

End tax loopholes for corporations.  Politicians have passed special laws that allow corporations to pay less than the established rate. Every corporation should pay their fair share.

"My corporate tax plan benefits everyday Americans without hurting corporations.  Both Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama, have supported the concept. I believe it's a winner, and I will push for it if elected to Congress," said Di iorio.

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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On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:44 AM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote:

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Accomplishment Tuesdays - Stopping Tax Hikes

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Dear Friends,
I'm proud to say that I was able to stop several local tax increases during my first term in Albany. Accomplishment Tuesday Week 6 will look at why I declined requests from local governments to raise taxes or create new taxes with either hotel taxes or mortgage recording taxes.

Local governments require state legislation to raise several kinds of taxes. This requires the local state legislators to introduce authorizing bills. When I was asked by local government officials to carry tax increase legislation, I told them I wouldn't. When I ran for office in 2012 I promised that I wouldn't vote for any tax increases. Some legislators might try to spin these local tax increases and claim it was the local government that raised taxes, but I disagreed. If I carried the tax increase legislation, I would have been part of New York's tax hike and overspending problem. I intended to keep my promise on tax increases and I did.

Our efforts as policymakers should be aimed at reducing spending and taxation, not finding new ways to separate taxpayers from their hard-earned money. These kinds of taxes are an end run around the property tax cap. They violate the spirit and intent of the tax cap.

"The real estate industry is an important part of our local economy. It employs builders, contractors, Realtors, loan originators, home inspectors and many in other professions. Taxing mortgages hurts the thousands of our friends, neighbors and relatives who work in real estate and related fields. A tax on mortgages is also one more obstacle to achieving the dream of home ownership. I am grateful that Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor understands this and stopped yet another job killing tax on mortgages."- Joe Pettinella, President of the Dutchess County Association of Realtors
"Taxing hotel rooms seems to some to be a way of generating revenue for government by taxing people from out of town. But a town or village hotel/motel tax makes us less competitive with nearby communities and neighboring states. New hotel taxes would also hurt restaurants and other retail establishments because fewer people in the hotels means fewer people shopping and dining out. Local hotel taxes would also hurts our growing tourism industry. Thank you Assemblyman Lalor for being true to your word and blocking tax increases at every opportunity." - Demetreus Moustakas, Kalex Hospitality, Hopewell Junction
Previous Accomplishment Tuesdays Available Online
Accomplishment Tuesday 1 - Dedication to Constituent Service
Accomplishment Tuesday 2 - Delivering for our Children
Accomplishment Tuesday 3 - Legislation
Accomplishment Tuesday 4 - Fighting for Veterans
Accomplishment Tuesday 5 - Setting Albany's Priorities Straight


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 Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

October 7, 2014
TO: SKD Knickerbocker
CC: Media

Dear SKD Knickerbocker,
We are hoping you could pass along an important message about debates to your client Eric Schneiderman. 
He's a very tough guy to get hold of these days, but we read in Crain's that you have regular contact with him, as both his governmental and political consultant.  
There are a lot of New Yorkers who haven't seen Eric Schneiderman for almost four years and we wanted to give him a chance to introduce himself before Election Day. He has been ducking reporters, debates, voters and even hiding his emails.  But we still hope that he might think it's his civic responsibility to agree to a debate. After all, all of the other statewide candidates have. 
This may be a tough one - as your political advice is probably that he can't defend his record of shutting down the Moreland Commission, turning his back on young women who were being abused and winning the release of a rapist. However, if you put your other hat on as the governmental consultant to the office of the Attorney General, you may advise him that he has some responsibility to voters.
What to do?  We wouldn't want to be in your shoes. With which client do your loyalties lie: Eric Schneiderman the candidate or New York's hardworking taxpayers?
At any rate, please pass along our message to the CAMPAIGN and by all means - don't email directly with Eric in his government office as this material would likely be FOIL-able.
Thank you for your assistance,


On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:35 PM, Antonacci for the People wrote:

Contact: Brian Renna (315) 420-0039

Bob Antonacci's Five-Point Pension Reform Plan
The State Comptroller has a Fiduciary Duty to Keep Pension Costs Low 
SYRACUSE, NY - Today, Republican State Comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci released his new five-point plan to restore and sustain the viability of the New York State pension fund system.
"One of the chief responsibilities of the State Comptroller is to manage the Employees Retirement System (ERS), the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS), and investments for the Common Retirement Fund (CRF)," said Antonacci.

"As the sole trustee of the Common Retirement Fund, the State Comptroller has a fiduciary duty to keep the cost of the pension systems as low as possible, and to invest the pension funds in such a way as to maximize the income benefit for all New York taxpayers."
Public employee pensions constitute one of the heaviest burdens to state and local taxpayers. In 2014 the average annual contribution rates for the ERS and PFRS were approximately 21% and 29% respectively - more than doubling over the last four years.
This dramatic increase has directly resulted in higher property tax rates across the state, which have ballooned over that same four year period to an all time high of 19.19%.
"As of 2013, the New York State pension systems were $20 billion underfunded. That's $20 billion worth of new tax increases that will inevitably be passed on to current and future generations," continued Antonacci.
Bob's five-point plan for maintaining and sustaining the long-term viability of New York State's pension funds includes:
  • Appointing qualified people to manage all operations.
  • Bringing a renewed focus towards reducing the cost of pensions for both state and local governments. All possible pension alternatives will be considered, including a defined contribution plan. Such alternatives are deemed both vital and necessary towards reducing this state's oppressive tax burden.
  • Imposing ERISA-like restrictions on the use of all CRF investment shares for corporate proxy proposals, and propose legislation inviting those same restrictions for all New York City and State pension fund investments. This will serve to maximize returns for the benefit of all New York State taxpayers.
  • Conducting a thorough evaluation of all advisory and consulting service contracts in order to make sure they are cost beneficial to the pension systems, as well as the CRF investment results.
  • Reducing operational costs at the Office of State Comptroller, especially with regard to overtime and other administrative expenses.
"Tom DiNapoli is a career politician and a creature of Albany with no previous investment management experience. As a matter of fact, he had to outsource his primary job responsibilities to an outside investment banking firm," said Antonacci.
"I am a certified public accountant and an attorney, and I will not be held subject to any special constituency other than the hard-working taxpayers of New York State."

Bob Antonacci is the two-time elected Comptroller of Onondaga County, which has the highest credit rating in New York State.


October 7, 2014
ICYMI: Times Union on Cuomo's Meddling
Contact: David Laska

In case you missed it, the Albany Times Union came out with an important editorial over the weekend.

Andrew Cuomo has consistently used the levers of government to intimidate his opponents and further his own political ends.

Yesterday, the Daily News reported on the latest incident of meddling: the tax department investigated a private citizen who submitted a FOIL request, and subsequently denied the request after learning that he works for the Republican Party.

Read the editorial below, and share it with your friends using the social media buttons above:

The Governor's Meddling 

The Times Union Editorial Board
October 5, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo may think he has good reasons to be kept in the loop about what's going on with the new, supposedly independent, counsel that he fought to install at the state Board of Elections. He should take a step back, though, and consider how much damage he is doing with this kind of meddling.
Just as his interference with the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption cast a pall over his ethics agenda - and drew a federal investigation - the revelations of a pipeline from the Board of Elections to the governor's office creates suspicion that the only thing that's changed is who is pulling the political strings.
There's a disturbing thread that runs through both the Moreland scandal and the latest flap at the Board of Elections.
First came the governor's creation of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, Mr. Cuomo's answer to the Legislature's failure to pass stronger campaign finance laws. Mr. Cuomo publicly stated the commission would be independent and could investigate even him. But as The New York Times painstakingly detailed in July, the governor's office was kept constantly apprised of the commission's work by its executive director, and the Executive Chamber forced the commission to back off when it issued subpoenas or otherwise got too close to Mr. Cuomo's own political allies - including a firm he uses for political ads, a powerful group of real estate agents, an advocacy group promoting the governor's agenda and a retailer that benefited from a tax credit Mr. Cuomo proposed.
The governor abruptly shut down the commission when the Legislature agreed to a so-called reform package that didn't qualify as even half-baked. The centerpiece of it was an "enforcement counsel" at the state Board of Elections, who could initiate investigations of campaign finance abuses and other matters without the partisan election board's consent.

Keep reading here. 

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

Statement from New York Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino

October 7, 2014

"Governor Cuomo actually said today that there should be a federal solution to low tax states attracting businesses away from high tax states like New York.  This preposterous comment gives insight into our governor's economic ignorance. New York is losing jobs and people because it is the highest taxed and most regulated state in America, Governor Cuomo. I cut taxes and grew jobs in Westchester, and I'll do it statewide as governor. 

"We don't need the federal government to fix New York; we need a new governor."

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:01 PM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote: 
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
Dear Friends,

It is lonely being the only Republican in Dutchess County’s state legislative delegation.  It is especially lonely in the Assembly, where Republicans are outnumbered by liberal Democrats.

That’s why I need your help to elect Sakima Brown and Mike Kelsey, two outstanding Assembly candidates. I’m hosting an event to support their campaigns on October 16th at The Mill Restaurant & Bar on Vassar Road in Red Oaks Mill (details below).

I hope you can make it and support two fine public servants.



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Sakima Brown (R-Poughkeepsie) is running in the 104th Assembly District.  Sakima is a graduate of West Point, an Iraq War vet, a former School Board President, the first woman Commander in 75 years for Veterans of Foreign Wars for New York District 2, an Exempt Fireman's Association Member, and she serves on the Mental Health of America Board of Directors.

Donate Directly to Sakima Brown online or by mail:
Friends of Sakima
PO Box 1603
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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Mike Kelsey (R-Salt Point) is running in the 106th Assembly District.  Mike is a practicing attorney, adjunct professor at Marist College and a Dutchess County Legislator. Mike is an avid outdoorsman and an Eagle Scout who continues to mentor local scouts. In 2011, he was awarded the Van Bramer Award for Mental Health Advocacy. 

Donate directly to Mike Kelsey online or by mail:
Vote Mike Kelsey
7 Tompkins Ave. Apt #2
Beacon NY 12508

Event Details
Who:  Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor- Host
          Fishkill GOP Chair Carmine Istvan – Event Chairman

What:  Fundraiser to support Assembly Candidates Sakima Brown (104th District) and Mike Kelsey (106th District)

When: Thursday October 16th 6pm-8pm

Where: The Mill Restaurant & Bar, a brand new eatery that focuses on bringing local meats and produce to the local consumer. The Mill Restaurant & Bar is dedicated to the local food movement, bringing customers the freshest ingredients possible. It is located at 47 Vassar Road in the Red Oaks Mill hamlet of the Town of Poughkeepsie. 

Event: Passed Hors D'Ouevres and Cash Bar, $50. You can give to the candidate of your choice or split it between the two.

Victory Sponsor - $1000
Momentum Sponsor - $500
Grassroots Sponsor - $250

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 Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:15 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:30 P.M
John-Paul Rodriguez Operations Center
101 Route 9A, Ossining, New York
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
·         Perryco Homes, Zappico, 558 North Sate Rd., Amended Subdivision & Site Plan
(Amend site plan from Townhomes to Condominium Units)
Town of Ossining Planning Board online
The John Paul Rodrigues Operations Center can only be reached from the southbound lane of Route 9A and is between Route 134 and Route 133.
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

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

The Astorino Children Watch 
Latest Ridiculous Cuomo Attack Ad 
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October 8, 2014
Good morning - We want to make sure you don't miss this release about the VP of the Oswego City Council re-registering as a Republican and endorsing John Katko for Congress in NY-24:
Van Buren endorses John Katko for Congress, joins
Republican Party

"It's clear that John Katko has the right ideas for the city of Oswego and I'm proud to publicly endorse him," said Oswego City Council Vice President Eric Van Buren.
Contact: Eric Van Buren - 315.592.1149
Contact: Michael C. Backus - 315.261.0000
Oswego, NY - Oswego City Council Vice President and former Oswego City Democrat Chairman Eric Van Buren today endorsed John Katko for Congress and announced he has changed his political registration, joining the Republican Party.  
Statement from Oswego City Council Vice President Eric Van Buren:
"Recently, I submitted the paperwork to change my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. I made this very personal decision after much thought and consideration. I philosophically and politically believe I can be more effective within the Republican Party and that starts with our federal representation. John Katko has run an honorable and effective campaign focused on the issues. It's that kind of person that I want representing my family and all of Oswego in Congress."
Statement from Oswego County Republican Committee Chairman Michael C. Backus:
"I welcome Councilor Van Buren to the Republican Party and thank him for his kind support of John Katko for Congress. Eric's endorsement and registration change speak to the efforts of the OCRC to not only appeal to a diverse cross-section of voters, but young people in particular. The Republican Party has and will continue to put forward candidates who are focused on creating jobs, cleaning up our neighborhoods, and effecting change in government. Both John Katko and Eric Van Buren share those passions and I look forward to working with both of them."

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Frank Vernuccio:  National Security Threats Outlined

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