Friday, October 10, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/10/14: 15 Topics In Today's blog


1)  On Oct. 11 at JV Mall 'Paint the Mall Pink' for Breast Cancer Awareness

2)  Yorktown Town Board adjourns sober house hearing  10/07/14

3)  Media Advisory*  BOL Committee meeting on domestic violence  10/14/14

4)  Yorktown Planning Board accepts Costco FEIS. Rejects rezoning for Bear Mountain Triangle area.  10/06/14


6) A Message from Michael Steele

7)  Murphy Announces Series of 6 Debates

8) Astorino TV: Stop the Games, Gov. Cuomo

9) A Letter from John Cahill

10) The National Herald: Di iorio Accepts Debate Invitation, Maloney Drags Feet

11)  Sheriff Moss Goes 62 for 62

12) Lincoln Depot Museum Grand Opening

13) Di iorio Accepts Debate Invitation from Columbia University

14) PRESS RELEASE] Westchester PBA goes with Murphy

15) SolarCity: Losing Money and Under Investigation

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board
October 7, 2014

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

1.  Auction of town property.  Set for Saturday, November 8 at 11am at Town Hall. Details on town web site,

2. Spectra pipeline and Granite Knolls sports complex
Several residents raised questions about the pipeline project, including the location of the pigging station, the transparency of how Town Board members have dealt with the issue, the Atlantic Bridge project, and the development of more ball fields.

3. Public hearing on the sober house special permit
Supervisor Grace explained the legal constraints under which the Town Board had to act when deciding whether to grant the permit.  The hearing was adjourned to give the Planning Board time to review an amended site plan.

4. Park improvements
The board approved going to bid to repair the Route 202 ball fields  and to develop a multigenerational play and exercise area at the YCCCC Veterans Memorial Field and a playground for disabled children at Downing Park.


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For Immediate Release: October 9, 2014

Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director



***Media Advisory***


October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  The Board of Legislators Community Services Committee will hold a special meeting to recognize several service organizations here in Westchester County that provide services to domestic violence victims and to raise awareness about domestic violence in Westchester County.


The organizations that will be honored are;

  •     My Sister’s Place

   •     Hope’s Door

   •     Victim’s Assistance Services

   •     Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

   •     Pace Women’s Justice Center

The meeting will take place Tuesday, October 14th at 4pm at the Board of Legislators, 148 Martine Ave., 8th floor,  White Plains.

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Planning Board
October 6, 2013

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

1. Costco
The board voted unanimously to accept the Costco FEIS as complete and will prepare a Revised FEIS document that reflects the board’s comments. There will be a 10-day written comment period.

2. Lake Osceola Square
The board will do a site visit and most likely schedule a public hearing in November.  No decisions have been made about public access to the beach.

3. BJ’s Wholesale Club/C-3 rezoning for gas pumps
The board will send a positive recommendation to the Town Board in support of the rezoning request.

4. Crompond Terraces
The board will not support the current rezoning request for a mixed use development of 96 age oriented units and some commercial space.


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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 279-3773
***Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 AM ***
Brewster, N.Y. – 10/08/2014 – Mission complete: Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and Purple Heart Homes will host a “welcome home” ribbon cutting ceremony for Private Dan Flanigan’s completely renovated home in Pawling, NY on Saturday, October 18th at 11:00AM. The ceremony will kickoff with a parade that will march from the Pawling IGA supermarket to Dan Flanigan’s home located on 19 Spring Street in Pawling, NY.
While serving in the Mekong Delta in 1969, Private Dan Flanigan suffered multiple wounds, including head injuries, when an enemy grenade exploded next to him during an ambush. Dan is a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran.
Dan Flanigan inherited his parent’s home in Pawling, NY in 1999. Dan like many Vietnam service-connected disabled veterans lives on a fixed income. The home he lives in is 100 years old and was in dire need of repairs before Senator Greg Ball and Purple Heart Homes started renovations.
Dan was selected for a complete home re-modeling after a thorough vetting process by Purple Heart Homes, a non-profit based in Statesville, NC that provides housing solutions for disabled veterans.
Dan’s home was in disrepair for at least the last 30 years. The first step was to remove the front and rear porch, the next step was to build new bathroom with a shower that Dan previously never had. All the hardwood floors on the first floor were removed and replaced and new carpets were installed throughout the entire house. All of the windows and doors were replaced throughout the residence and the kitchen was removed and replaced with brand new cabinets, appliances and ceramic tile. A new roof was installed and the whole house was power washed and re-painted. To make the home more efficient, cellular insulation was blown into the attic area and the masonry chimney was removed and a new power vent was installed.
What: Welcome Home Purple Heart Homes Ribbon Cutting For Dan Flanigan
When: Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 AM
Where: Dan Flanigan’s Home: 19 Spring Street, Pawling, NY 12564
For more information contact Joe Bachmeier at

Josef Bachmeier
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NYS Senator Greg Ball
Cell: (914) 406 5114

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2:17 PM, Nick for New York wrote:
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Dear Friend,

I want to introduce you to a new leader in the Republican Party, Nick Di iorio.  He offers serious, sober leadership and he is running for Congress in New York's 12th Congressional District.  But he needs your help.  Your generous contribution of $50, $100, or $250 will help Nick pay for advertising and voter contact between now and election day on Nov. 4th. Click here to donate.

Here's why I'd like you to consider making a contribution now.

Nick understands the issues, does the homework, and takes the responsibility of public service seriously.  Nick will pursue policies that will ease the heavy hand of the federal government off the backs of small businesses while maximizing the opportunity for those small business owners—like his mom and dad—not only to survive, but thrive.  Nick will fight to lower the corporate tax burden so that multinational employers will bring business activities back to America and create jobs for New Yorkers.

His opponent, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, is not doing her job - and hasn't been for years. She is a Washington insider who has squandered her seniority in Congress by proposing stacks of dead-on-arrival bills and sitting idly on the House Oversight Committee. That's not leadership; and it certainly isn't what you've come to expect from a member of Congress. I have every confidence that Nick Di iorio will work tirelessly to make Washington, DC work for you.  Help send Nick to Washington by donating to his campaign today.

As America and her allies confront a new menace in the Middle East, we look to leaders who understand the dangers and are prepared to face them. Nick Di iorio recently visited Israel and met with government officials, members of the IDF and civilians in an effort to listen, to learn and to understand what is required to defend our allies and to protect our homeland.  He appreciates how important Israel's survival is.  He understands what role America must play; and he knows that role requires America to fight for a strong Israel.

I've spoken with Nick at length about his vision, commitment and dedication to these values.  Like me, he spent time in a seminary before following his vocation into other ways of service. His energy and dedication is unmatched, and he wants to put it to work for you.

Again, this election is just too important to sit out.  Luckily, we have Nick Di iorio ready to step in and work hard, if you'll help with your contribution today!


Michael S. Steele
Former Chairman
Republican National Committee


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On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 3:44 PM, TJ McCormack wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - October 8, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-2566


Dr. Terrence Murphy says "Let's get our debate on!"

Looks Forward To Vigorous Discussion On The Issues Facing Facing Voters In 40th Senate District

Dr. Terrence Murphy has announced he will challenge his opponent to six upcoming debates. He has already participated in the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum.

Dr. Murphy will participate in the following debates between now and election day:
  • Thursday October 9th - Building and Realty Institute of Westchester Debate
  • Wednesday October 22nd - Putnam County Courier Debate
  • Thursday October 23rd - New Castle League Of Women Voters Debate
  • Tuesday October 28th - Poughkeepsie Journal Debate
  • Thursday October 30th - News 12 Westchester Debate
  • To Be Determined - Journal News Debate
"Challenge accepted," Murphy said. "Seven debates will establish that my pro-women, pro-jobs, pro-family agenda is right for the voters of the 40th Senate District. My only wish is that some of our statewide candidates would provider voters the same courtesy."

Each of these events will be televised and available on demand via the internet. Murphy said he looks forward to a vigorous discussion of the issues.

NOTE: Media Availability Upon Request Through Contact Above 

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

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Governor Cuomo, Stop the Games

Note: Andrew Cuomo continues his refusal to debate Rob Astorino one-on-one on television. (A proposed 10:00 am joint radio appearance to which Mr. Cuomo was planning to call in was neither a formal debate nor would it have been televised.) 

Mr. Cuomo is now planning to travel the world, but he won't let New Yorkers see him debate ideas with his principal challenger? 

Is this America? 



Good morning - we want to make sure you didn't miss this open letter from the John Cahill campaign.
October 9, 2014

An Open Letter to New York's Editors and Publishers

Supreme Court Justice Brandeis wisely opined that "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants" to public corruption. If you haven't noticed it's been getting darker in New York.

New York's Freedom of Information Law, the bulwark of our state's sunlight laws, is under attack today by no less than the State's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman, in an effort to avoid the disclosure of emails between his office and his political consultant, has set a precedent which threatens to permanently undermine the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Law.

The AG is withholding from public disclosure emails between his official state office and that of his political campaign consultant. The AG claims that his political consultant is actually an unpaid consultant, or a contractor, to the Office of the Attorney General his government office.  As a state contractor, even an unpaid one, his political consultant is the legal equivalent of an employee, whose advice (he claims) is exempt from disclosure.

Imagine the precedent! Any governmental body can now avoid meeting the requirements of FOIL simply by ordaining an entity an unpaid consultant.

This is a bold, unvarnished attack on FOIL.

Schneiderman's decision has been criticized roundly, including by New York's foremost expert on FOIL Bob Freeman Director of the state's Committee on Open Government.

To understand just how pernicious this attack is it's important to understand the grey legal world occupied by political consultants. These consultants provide "communications and strategic advice" to both corporate and political clients but are not required under New York Law to register their services as lobbying.  In an era where issues are just as likely to be fought in the court of public opinion, in your news outlets, than the halls of the Capitol, these consultants use their access and influence to create movements, kill issues, initiate lawsuits, pump stocks and generate clients.

A word of criticism uttered by a high ranking official to the right outlet or a seemingly innocuous press release can create a new client or help an existing client of one of these unpaid consultants.

It's not illegal, but shielding their communications from disclosure makes a grey area, dark - further eroding New Yorkers trust in their government. This is about upholding the integrity of our public offices.

Eric Schneiderman is a career politician who will do anything to advance his ambition, including gutting FOIL.

I was proud having worked with Governor Pataki to have had a hand in the last major expansions of FOIL in New York. Allowing FOILs to be submitted by email and putting in place stricter time frames for response improve the public's access to their government.

These reforms, now, are meaningless; FOIL is powerless if those in power, especially the state's top law enforcer don't respect the law.

Friends of Cahill 
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Flushing, NY 11358



On Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:44 PM, Nick for New York wrote:
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Please see below for an article covering my candidacy and upcoming debate.

"Di Iorio accepted The National Herald's invitation to participate in an informal debate... but at press time there been no response from the Maloney campaign to a similar invitation."

The full text is below.

Nick Di iorio
Congressional nominee, NY-12

Di iorio Challenges Maloney for Astoria Congressional Seat

By Constantine Sirigos.  First published: 10/8/2014

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ASTORIA -- Nick Di Iorio thinks this will be a great year for Republicans nationwide and in New York State. He has joined the battle for control of Congress by challenging incumbent Carolyn Maloney for the 12th Congressional District, which covers parts of the East Side of Manhattan, Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Western Queens, including Astoria.

He is motivated by a strong sense of giving back serving his community, ideals shaped by his family which he once thought he would express by becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Although he came to the realization that he wanted to have a family and that he could serve God in other ways, he told TNH he will always be grateful for the six years he spend in seminary.

The experience was also transformative on the political front. He began life as a Democrat, like his identical twin, Andrew, an attorney who works for President Obama and vice president Biden.
He can't really explain how they diverged, but Nick's conservative leanings became clear to him in college, where he studied philosophy and theology.

"It allowed me to see that you cannot have a true culture unless there are certain universal principles about the way we operate as human beings, how we exist in the community," and that led him to conservatism.

His perspective on public service also shifted from the idealistic to the practical. "Politics is an opportunity to solve problems," he said, though there were earlier roots. When he and Andrew were 14, they worked on a Democratic campaign. "It was a chance to realize that politics can be a good instrument of change and could help give people better lives." He said "I still believe that, and that's why I am running for office."

Though conservative, he has a realistic, not ideological perspective on the social safety net based on personal experience.

His older brother, who has a rare neurological disorder, is already on social security. "He needed the safety net. My parents could not get by without it. But we have to bring social programs into to the 21st century...If we don't update them, make sure they are efficient, free of fraud and waste, there won't be funds for my brother when he is in his 60s and 70s."

He also believes that with three basic changes, Obamacare can be improved. "We have to deregulate it, make sure patients can keep their old doctors, and allow for insurance plans to be sold across state lines."

He knows quite a bit about the healthcare industry though his work as a financial contractor with Pfizer after he moved to New York in 2010.

The family business also taught him the dangers of overregulation, which he believes keep small businesses from growing. "My mother and father grew up in the same part of Rhode Island. My family owns a bakery in Providence... I was very proud of the work they did...I scrubbed the dishes and washed the pans."

He noted that small businesses are the backbone of the Greek as also with the Italian-American communities. Both groups value education, and he is a strong supporter of charter schools and a federal education tax credit for families.

"Charter schools are as much public schools as are district schools," he said, adding, "They work together and make sure families have options... There are 70,000 children waiting to get into charter schools in New York City."

Di Iorio follows national security issues closely, and knows that "Cyprus and Greece are a crucial part of our national security apparatus in that part of the world," and that "Turkey is not friend... The money Turkey has been giving to Hamas and Hezbollah...does not bode well for the relationship."

He noted, however that "the best thing the United States can to for Greece and Cyprus is to make sure that we are defending Israel, making sure that the NATO alliance is strong, and that the economies of Cyprus and Greece are going strong and make sure that we are trading with those two countries."

As a second-generation American, immigration is an important issue for him.

"The first thing we need to do regarding undocumented immigration is to secure the border. It's an intolerable situation that for the last 20 years we have tried to have immigration reform but we haven't gotten there because we don't have a secure border. Without that you cannot have a real conversation about immigration reform."
He believes he can have such potentially fruitful conversations with Democrats on a variety of issues. He has the DNA to prove that he can work people on the other side of the aisle.

Di Iorio accepted The National Herald's invitation to participate in an informal debate at its Long Island City headquarters with his Democrat rival, but at press time there been no response from the Maloney campaign to a similar invitation.


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Sheriff Chris Moss Goes 62 for 62,
Has Visited Every County in New York State
Chemung County Sheriff and candidate for Lt. Governor Chris Moss today announced that he has visited all 62 counties in New York since joining Rob Astorino's campaign for Governor in May.
"From Clinton County to Suffolk County, from Niagara County to Columbia County, and everywhere in between, New Yorkers have told me they're fed up and ready for change," said Sheriff Moss.
"Voters are angry and disgusted by Andrew Cuomo's corruption of the Moreland Commission, the continual exodus of jobs, the highest taxes in the nation, restriction of law-abiding citizens' rights, and the farce of an economic development program Cuomo pitched as START-UP NY," he added.
"Rob Astorino and I will bring real change and real reform to clean up Albany when we get there on January 1," said Moss.
The Astorino-Moss ticket has laid out an aggressive policy agenda including an Ethics Plan, Jobs Plan, Tax Plan and Education Plan, with more expected in the coming weeks. Governor Cuomo, on the other hand, has a total of zero words on his website concerning policy proposals for the coming four years, as pointed out by NYPIRG and reported by major news outlets last week.
"It's been a privilege to travel this great state and meet so many incredible people," said Moss. "They've told me 'Sheriff, we want New York to be great again' and Rob Astorino and I have heard them loud and clear."


Hon. John G. Testa, President

Brian D. Caplan, Esq., Vice President

Mrs. Sibyl Canaan, Secretary

Hon. Catherine E. Pisani, Treasurer

For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2014
Lincoln Depot Museum Grand Opening
Museum Created and Opening Exhibit Installed

The Only Museum Of Its Kind in NY State
For Further Info. Contact:
John G. Testa, 914-760-9773
The Lincoln Depot Foundation is pleased to announce the Official Public Grand Opening of the Lincoln Depot

Museum at 10 S. Water Street, Peekskill, NY. The Ribbon Cutting and opening of the museum to the public will

take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11 AM. For the remainder of 2014, the museum will be open to the

public every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 PM.

The exhibit, “New York and Abraham Lincoln: The Indispensable Relationship,” will not only show the impact

of Lincoln to Peekskill and the Hudson Valley region but to New York as a whole. The importance of New York

to Lincoln’s success will also be highlighted. It is the only such museum in the entire State of New York and has

gained national attention and interest.

Since the acquisition of the historic building in 2003 and the formation of the Lincoln Depot Foundation in

2007, the goal of creating a museum and historic site has become a reality. With the help of a $3 million NY

Environmental Protection Fund and NY Empire State Development Corporation grants obtained in 2007, thanks

to then Governor George E. Pataki, the Depot Foundation has completely restored and renovated the original

Peekskill Train Depot that was the site of President-elect Abraham Lincoln’s visit on February 19, 1861. The

final phase of designing and creating the museum itself is now complete.

“We are proud of the result of our many years of hard work,” said Museum President John G. Testa. “There has

been a tremendous amount of research, planning and collaboration to achieve this success. Although we faced

opposition and setbacks at times, we were persistent and committed to making this dream a reality,” added

Testa. Testa was the Mayor of Peekskill from 2002-07 when the building was acquired and the grants awarded.
Still to Come, the Next Step
The completion of the depot restoration and the creation of the Lincoln Depot Museum is not the end of the

overall project of creating a historic site. In November 2014 the first phase of site work to transform the grounds

to the Lincoln Depot Plaza will begin. The first phase will provide the proper grading of the property, the

installation of historically appropriate fencing, creation of pedestrian and service entrances, a boardwalk along

McGregory Brook and construction of the platform on the west side of the depot building. The second phase is

planned for 2015 when the Support Building will be constructed. The support building will face Water Street

and will house the museum’s gift shop, administrative offices, meeting/presentation room and public bathrooms.

This phase will also include the final landscaping and pathways leading to the depot building.

The grants being utilized for this work comes from the same $8.3 million in overall riverfront grants obtained

through NY State in 2006. While the Lincoln Depot Foundation received $3 million of that funding to create

the museum, the City of Peekskill is responsible for administering the funding for the plaza and support

structure. After six long years of delays, the City, under current Mayor Frank Catalina, is now ready to work

collaboratively with The Lincoln Depot Foundation, as originally envisioned, to complete the project. The

unfortunate delays in recent years and the redirection of some of the intended funding for the project put the

completion of the project in jeopardy. The NY State Empire State Development Corporation has been working

very closely with both the City of Peekskill and the Depot Foundation to assist in the completion of the project.
Gen. Patrick Garvey

Dr. Robert Hales

Mr. Paul R. Martin III
The Statue
Entitled “Lincoln in Peekskill,” perched on a solid block of black granite, a full-sized, bronze Abraham Lincoln

stands as he might have looked on that “clear, and pleasant day,” as described by a local farmer in his diary, on

February 19, 1861 as he addressed the Peekskill crowd. The statue is the creation of sculptor Richard Masloski.

It is Masloski’s vision of how Lincoln might have looked as he stood on the baggage cart while making his

address. The statue was unveiled to the public on October 27, 2007 with much fanfare and a large crowd of

onlookers, much like when Lincoln first appeared before a crowd at that same location. On hand to help with the

unveiling was former Governor George Pataki, Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer and Developer Martin Ginsburg,

without whom the creation of the statue would not have been possible.

The Ginsburg Development Corporation provided the funding for the statue. The depot project was the

centerpiece of a full redevelopment vision for connecting the riverfront area to the downtown business district

via Central Avenue. The depot and, in turn, this statue, is positioned exactly at the intersection of Central

Avenue to Water Street, thus the linchpin to that connection. The Lincoln Depot Museum and historic site

represent a significant economic development component through the historic tourism it will provide.

Richard Masloski is also the creator of the Westchester County Police Memorial, Orange County Veterans

Memorial, Town of Wappinger War Memorial, Yonkers Gold Star Mothers Monument and other historic pieces.
The History
The Hudson River Railroad finally reached Peekskill in 1849. Early City Historian Carlton B. Scofield

described the original station as a “grimy, wooden shack measuring twelve by fourteen feet.” Due to a fire and

the expansion of the railroad line to Poughkeepsie in 1850 and then to Albany in 1851, it was clear a new and

larger station was needed. The combination Greek and Gothic Revival station visited by Lincoln in 1861 is

one of only two surviving original stations visited by Lincoln on his Inaugural Journey. The other is located

in Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln’s trip began. The depot originally served as a combination passenger

station and freight depot. The depot was eventually abandoned for passenger use in 1874 when the present

Romanesque Style station was opened on Railroad Avenue. Although there are no known records showing the

exact date the depot was constructed, the earliest known map depicting the depot is from 1852. An original copy

of this map is on display in the museum.

Abraham Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois on February 11, 1861 and arrived in Washington DC on February

23rd for his upcoming Inauguration as President of the United States. His stop in Peekskill on February 19th

was his only stop in Westchester County. He stopped at the invitation of one of Peekskill’s most prominent

citizens, William Nelson, a local lawyer and former Congressman serving with Lincoln from 1847-49. Two

village residents attending Lincoln’s visit were Chauncey M. Depew (26 years old) and James W. Husted (27

years old). Both men were recent graduates of Yale and these local lawyers led the local supporters of Lincoln.

Together, they formed the Highland Wide Awakes and led pro-Lincoln parades through the streets of Peekskill.

Both would go on to prominence of their own. Depew was a NY State Assembly member, NY Secretary of

State, Westchester County Clerk, US Senator and President of the NY Central Railroad; he played an important

role in Lincoln’s reelection obtaining the votes of NY soldiers in the field. Husted served 22 years as a member

of the NY State Assembly spending time as Speaker and Minority Leader and he became a Major General for

the Fifth Division of the NY National Guard. Additionally, he spent time as Superintendent of Peekskill Public

Schools and Harbor Master of NY.

By all accounts, a large crowd gathered to witness Lincoln’s visit. A local newspaper account reported “a large

assemblage, about 1500 or thereabouts was gathered, all quiet, orderly and curiously expectant.” Past City

Historian Colin Naylor Jr. further said, “Farmers and their families from all parts of Cortlandtown, Putnam

County and Yorktown, joined the villagers at the station.”

First introduced by Nelson, Lincoln spoke briefly, but his impact lasted a lifetime for those who were there to

witness the event. The scene was dramatic and even included student soldiers from the local military academy,

later to be known as the Peekskill Military Academy. According to a published article, “The Academy boys

were assigned the position of honor, forming a hollow square in the center of which was the baggage tender…

and upon which the President Elect was to stand while speaking. The Jefferson Guards in citizens dress, with a

cannon, were posted on the Hill in South Street, to fire a President’s salute of 21 guns.”

This historic event still resonates today as an inspiration to the study of local history and historic preservation.

It caused the formation of the Lincoln Society in Peekskill in 1903, which continues to be the oldest continually

active such society in the United States. Perhaps it was Chauncey Depew, as President of the railroad, who

prevented the destruction of the depot building, thus enabling the citizens today to relive and celebrate

Peekskill’s historic significance.

The National Park Service highlighted the importance of Lincoln’s Peekskill stop in 2011 when they included

Peekskill as one of their few reenacted events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Inaugural

Lincoln’s Peekskill Speech
“I have but a moment to stand before you to listen to and return your kind greeting. I thank you for this

reception, and for the pleasant manner in which it is tendered to me by our mutual friends. I will say in a
single sentence, in regard to the difficulties that lie before me and our beloved country, that if I can only be as
generously and unanimously sustained as the demonstration I have witnessed indicate I shall be, I shall not

fail; but without your sustaining hands I am sure that neither I nor any other man can hope to surmount these
difficulties. I trust in the course I shall pursue I shall be sustained not only by the party that elected me, but by
the patriotic people of the whole country.”
Artifacts, Collaboration and Programming
There are over 100 artifacts in the initial exhibition of the museum consisting of items on loan as well as part

of the ever-growing museum permanent collection. One of the goals of the museum is to collaborate with other

museums, historical sites and individuals. Locally, the Peekskill Museum has a number of items offered on loan

to the Depot Museum. Among them is an original and complete Hawkins Zouaves 9th NY Infantry Regiment

uniform worn by a Peekskill resident during the war. The 9th NY played a significant role in the Battle of

Antietam in 1862. The Field Library has contributed an original 1852 map of Peekskill that is the earliest

known map showing the size and location of the depot visited by Lincoln. The Peekskill City School District

contributed the salvaged and restored Abraham Lincoln Emancipation section of the original 1930’s WPA

mural that was a fixture on the walls of the school from 1929 until it was demolished in 2009. A very significant

contribution of items are on loan from Depot Foundation Director Brian D. Caplan. Caplan is a long time and well-known collector of Civil War and Lincoln memorabilia.

Along with impressive items related to President Lincoln and the Civil War, the museum highlights the contributions of local figures such as Chauncey Depew and organizations including the Peekskill Military

Academy. Going forward, the museum will rotate items from its permanent collection and continue to accept and highlight items on loan. The museum is always looking for items to be donated to become part of the permanent collection. A number of items have come to the museum as donations. Special exhibitions are planned in the future and a lecture series will be established. The Lincoln Depot Museum will be a continually changing source of educational enrichment. It will be a place to be revisited over and over again.

On Thursday, October 9, 2014 4:39 PM, Nick for New York wrote:

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GOP Challenger Requests "No Notes" Rule - Candidates Can't Have Notes in Front of Them
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NEW YORK, NY -- Nick Di iorio, GOP nominee in New York's 12th Congressional district, received and accepted an invitation from Columbia University's student Republican and Democrat Clubs to a debate with his opponent, long-term incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Di iorio requests a "no notes" rule, where he and Maloney will not be allowed to have notes, books or other reference materials at the podium with them, relying only on a blank sheet of paper and writing utensils to take notes during the debate.

"I am grateful to the students at Columbia for taking an active and important part in our democratic process and look forward to this debate," said Di iorio.

"While Carolyn Maloney has yet to accept the invitation to a debate to be hosted by The National Herald in Queens, I remain eager and insistent that she engage voters and debate me so that voters can make an informed decision on November 4th," said Di iorio.  "Simply running out the clock in the hopes that her money and her incumbency protects her is not acceptable."

The date and location of the debate is to be announced soon and should take place within the next two weeks.

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 Thursday, October 9, 2014 4:45 PM, TJ McCormack wrote:

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Westchester County PBA: "It's Murphy For Senate"

Adds to Growing Support of Local Law Enforcement

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety PBA has announced its endorsement of Dr. Terrence Murphy for New York State Senate.  This adds to the growing list of prestigious law enforcement groups, including the Affiliated Police Association and the Police Conference of New York, who have publicly supported Dr. Terrence Murphy's efforts to be the next Senator from the 40th District.

"After reviewing your position on matters of great importance to our membership, we have concluded that your record or accomplishment and commitment to the law enforcement community are of tremendous importance to the people you look to serve," said Michael Hagan, President of the Westchester PBA.  "We are confident that you will be a fair, honest and effective Senator and a continued friend to the Westchester County Police PBA."

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety consists of patrol operations in addition to investigative units including ballistics, narcotics, warrants and major cases. The department provides police services on four vital Westchester County thoroughfares: the Bronx River, Cross County, Saw Mill and the Hutchinson River Parkways.

"Having the support of the Westchester County PBA is a great honor," Dr. Murphy said.  "I have committed myself to working with all law enforceme
nt agencies and officials to create a safe atmosphere for our families and I look forward to doing the same on a statewide basis when I get to Albany."

In addition to today's endorsement, Dr. Murphy has also received the support of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, the Detective's Endowment Association, the Police Conference of New York, the Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester Inc., which includes all the 40th District local PBAs in Westchester, AFSCME New York and its affiliates CSEA, District Council 37, District Council 1707, District Council 66, AFSCME Council 82 and AFSCME Council 35.

October 10, 2014
SolarCity: Losing Money and Under Investigation
And that's not even our headline.

The Investigative Post of Buffalo is out with another in-depth piece about the "Buffalo Billion," the project that Andrew Cuomo touts as the savior of the Buffalo economy, but is in reality a high-risk, low-reward project funded by New York's hardworking taxpayers.

(By the way, if you live in Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Utica, Binghamton or anywhere else, sorry, Cuomo's got nothin' for ya.)

In case you missed it, here's some recent press about the "Buffalo Billion" that should have everyone thinking twice about its prospects for success. Hey, even Jimmy Fallon is rolling his eyes at this scheme.

According to the Investigative Post, even SolarCity's own executives "expressed reservations about SolarCity's long-term prospects."  So don't just take our word for it.  If SolarCity's own leaders aren't sold on the "Buffalo Billion," why should we be? After all, as the Post reports, "the company's short history has been written in red ink."

Here's the piece, as well as a link to a WGRZ story on the "Buffalo Billion:"

By Jim Heaney
The Investigative Post
October 9, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is investing $750 million of taxpayer funds and the hopes of a community desperate for an economic recovery in a company that is losing money, weathering two federal investigations and facing, by its own admission, an uncertain economic future.
To hear Cuomo tell it, the construction of a solar panel manufacturing plant operated by SolarCity Corp. will be a "game changer," a catalyst to reviving the Western New York economy. Indeed, the company is regarded as a leader in the burgeoning solar energy industry, has acquired promising technology to manufacture solar panels and has enjoyed soaring stock prices since it went public in December 2102.
But company officials, in their most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, expressed reservations about SolarCity's long-term prospects.
"It is difficult to evaluate our business and prospects due to our limited operating history," the company said in its quarterly report filed with the SEC for the period ending June 30.
The company's short history has been written in red ink. SolarCity has lost $452.6 million since 2010, including $88.4 million the first half of this year, according to its filings with the SEC.
"SolarCity has been consistently unprofitable," the financial magazine Barron's declared in an August 2013 story entitled "Dark Clouds Over SolarCity," which concluded that "the absence of sunlight surrounding SolarCity suggests that investors should steer clear of its shares."
Read the whole piece here.
WGRZ Report - SolarCity: Losing Money & Under Investigation  


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