Friday, October 24, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/24/14: 28 Topics In Today's blog


1)  NEW TV SPOT: "Change Begins"


3) Ed Ciffone: YouTube

4) FREE Social Media Workshop for Not-for-Profits Nov. 20 at JV Mall

5) Sober House hearing adjourned again 6) 12 Grapes: You've got a tough decision to make.

7) PRESS RELEASE] After first NY Ebola case, Murphy calls for action

8) Astorino: "It's Morally Wrong" to Leave JFK and Newark Open to Ebola Risk Passengers

9) NY Daily News Covers Di iorio Campaign Ad

10) New York Post: "Phony Maloney Baloney"

11) PRESS RELEASE] Wagner DREAMS, then says, "I'm not going to give free college tuition to illegal immigrants"

12) Rep. Carolyn Maloney Misleads Voters on NY1

13) Astorino on Ebola Case: "This Was Avoidable"

14) Hillary is coming to town

15) Statement from Chris Moss on Cuomo's disgraceful racial attacks

16) Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting- Town of Ossining - October 27th, 2014

17) New announcement] Campaigns & Elections names the 2014 Influencers 50

18) PRESS RELEASE] De Blasio staff descend on SD-40

19) Statement from Ed Cox on Cuomo's last-minute agenda release

20) Lalor: Hillary Clinton Ignores Cuomo's Tolerance of Sexual Harassment

21) Open Letter to New York Editorial Boards

22) Miss the debate?

23) Cuomo refuses to answer Moreland subpoena query in debate

24) Statement from Ed Cox on tonight's debate

24) I've Spent Time in Prison

25) PRESS RELEASE] Murphy safe bet for Senate, public safety groups agree

26) **BREAKING** NY's Largest Nurses Union Endorses Westchester Candidates for Assembly, Senate

27) Op Ed Assemblywoman Sandy Galef--Vote Yes on Props 1 & 2

28) Opening of Lincoln Depot Museum Celebrated in Peekskill

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NOTE: Many of you
have a requested a copy of Rob Astorino's latest television ad. It is below, and
entitled "Change Begins." The 30-second spot is airing statewide.
Begins" touches on four key points: 1.) Governor Cuomo is running an intensely
negative campaign with false TV attack ads; 2.) Mr. Cuomo refuses to debate
one-on-one on TV; 3.) There is federal investigation into Mr. Cuomo's role in
interfering with the Moreland Commission (he still refuses to say whether he or
his closest aides have been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney) and 4. Rob
Astorino's bold plan to cut taxes and jumpstart New York's economy is the path
forward for New York. Thanks for your interest.

HD video may be downloaded for television and other uses.
Change will begin by changing governors


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Dear Friend,
Sometimes in life you just need to plunge right in!  And that's just what I am doing on November 15th.
Joining with others from around our County, I will participate in the Polar Plunge! to support the 65,000 athletes of Special Olympics New York!
My Dad was a school psychologist for 35 years and fostered an appreciation of how caring and productive people with special needs truly are.  They just need some love, understanding and encouragement.  That’s what Special Olympics provides.  But Special Olympics can’t do it without our help and support.
Did you know Special Olympics provides year round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes? That’s where we come in!
I challenge you to share the dare with me!
Sign up to plunge and join me as one of George’s Goose Bumps and Plunge with me.  All it takes is a contribution of $50 or more.
 Scared of cold water? Then sign up as a chicken (no Plunging involved!) or better yet you can simply donate to my fundraising efforts! I have committed to raise $2,500 for these athletes, and I need your help! No donation is too small and all directly benefits the Special Olympics New York athletes.
My fundraising page can be found at  Or just send a contribution payable to Special Olympics New York to me at 5 Justin Court Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567. 

If you would like to Plunge with me, you can register at My team name is George’s Goose Bumps , and anyone can join me!
Thank you for your support of me and Special Olympics New York.


Dear member:
Please take some time out of your busy life and watch these videos. I spend a lot of time gathering this information for you.
There is a election on Nov.4, 2014 please vote for the best person. Please read and vote on the propositions on the ballot. I am voting no on Yorktown's how to replace a councilman with the word may and no on the "Smart Bond" from the state at the cost of 2 billion dollars.
Our next UTY meeting will be on WEDNESDAY Oct. 29, 2014.Time 7:30 PM, location is the Yorktown town hall. On the agenda is how to stop the town board from giving themselves a raise. We must go to the budget hearing to stop any increases our town taxes. One of our members received some good news from the Zoning board last night, come to the meeting and find out why.
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Yorktown Organizations United  
A Community Foundation that Seeks to Strengthen its Members and Affiliates by Sharing Resources & Uniting the Community for the Common Good
Thursday, Nov. 20 > JV Mall Community Room > 7-9 p.m.
Register by submitting name >



About Yorktown Organizations United
YOUnited (Yorktown Organizations United) is the result of highly successful and well-attended Town Hall meetings organized by Town of Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace when he started his first term of office in January 2012. Two years later, YOUNITED is proud to have become a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community foundation incorporated in the state of New York, with the legal supervision of a Board of Trustees and By-Laws.

As stated in the By-Laws, YOUnited "serves as a clearinghouse and umbrella for support group for community-based organizations within the Town of Yorktown, as well as a resource for the receipt and dissemination of non-specific funds that may become available through corporate and private community responsibility programs or other means." 

YOUNITED's Board of Trustees meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the offices of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce at 3635 Crompond Rd 10567 (Parkside Corner, Route 202)

To attend a meeting as a non-voting member, please contact us in advance at YOUNITEDNY@GMAIL.COM or (914) 275-6887.


Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board
October 21, 2014

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

1.2013 Audit presentation
The auditors repeated the presentation they made at the September 23, 2014 work session.  Supervisor Grace talked about the tax levy cap and Councilman Patel talked about the fund balance.

2. Public hearing/ Sober House
The board reviewed parking and landscape issues. A resident offered a series of suggested changes to the draft 19 conditions and house rules the applicant has agreed to as part of the special permit.  The hearing was adjourned.

3. Textile recycling program
The board awarded a contract to a firm to handle recycled textiles collected by the town and amended the Town Code to require commercial property owners to obtain a permit from the town if they want to have a collection bin on their property.

4. Selected miscellaneous resolutions, passed unanimously
The board hired a new police owner and set room rental rates at the YCCC for 2015/


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With such incredible talent, it will be hard to decide 
which one to come see. (How about all of them!)

Thu, Oct 23, Drew Bordeaux Trio 
Fri, Oct 24, Stonehill
Sat, Oct 25, Patrick Murphy McDowell
Sun, Oct 26, Addie Brownlee and Ryan O'Conner


          Fri Oct 24, Stonehill
'80s, Southern & Classic Rock

Fri Oct 31, Electric Beef
 Rockin' Halloween Party!

The Drew Bordeaux Trio

It doesn't get much better than this! Drew Bordeaux on lead vocals, guitar and violin, Anthony Candullo on bass and Lou G. on drums. If you don't know those names, you should. If you do like listening to the music of The Police, The Lumineers, Marc Cohen, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Mumford and (so many more), don't miss this night! No Cover. 


This sax- and guitar-driven band performs Motown, Dirty Dancin' Blues, 60's, 70's & 80's Party music and Classic & Southern Rock. They'll cover fan favorites from CeeLo Green, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Springsteen, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Derek & the Dominos, Van Morrison, John Cougar, Eddie Money, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Marshall Tucker, Jethro Tull, Tommy Tutone, and much more. 
No Cover and $3 beers between 9-10pm.

Patrick Murphy McDowell
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JP is back with his 6-piece, horn-driven, funkadelic band! Featuring the charming and talented JP Patrick on vocals, sax and Blues harp, "Tasty" Mike Murphy on guitar/vocals, Dave McDowell on flute / sax, Linda Geiger on drums and Mike Ventimiglia on keys. The band performs crowd-pleasing Blues/Rock/Funk covers as well as originals written by JP. "Harley Girl", "Shy Of Indigo" and "You Better Lay Low" have been receiving rave reviews from all his fans. As always, this talented group always puts on a high-energy performance! Expect to dance, dance, dance! $10 Cover or $5 with dinner.

Addie Brownlee & Ryan O'Connor
We're excited to welcome the very talented singer/songwriters Addie Brownlee and Ryan O'Connor back to our 12 Grapes stage. Addie Brownlee's voice has been compared to Dusty Springfield. It's Americana, Alt/Country, Singer/ Songwriter. Her song, "Sea Legs" off her new EP, "East of Leaving" also features a cameo by Ms Wainwright. Ryan O'Connor is an entertaining performer. Ryan's strong vocals and acoustic guitar work draw you in, and make you smile. Free Admission.

Call for "Dinner & Show" Reservations:  914-737-6624
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Choice of soup or salad plus entree such as Fish Tacos (pictured), Flame-grilled Angus Burger, Steak Salad, Eggplant w Linguini and more.

and Costume Contest
with Electric Beef

The band will do a set dedicated to The Who, performing the entirety of the "Who's Next" album.

'Tis the Season!
12 Grapes is the perfect place to host your Holiday party... We can accommodate parties of 10 to 100 guests. OR we can cater at your house! 
We offer customized menus with fine food, excellent wines, and we'll even supply the live music! 
Call or email Jeannie:


"Paint the Town Red" with Tai & Chey!

Fri Oct 31    
On Friday, October 24, 2014 12:34 PM, TJ McCormack wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - October 24, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-2566

***Press Release***


Calls For Immediate Measures To Stop Arrivals From West Africa And Mandatory Quarantines To Protect Public From Ebola

SHRUB OAK, NY - In response to New York's first confirmed Ebola case, Yorktown Councilman and candidate for State Senate in the 40th District Dr. Terrence Murphy is calling for immediate action to be taken by President Obama to restrict travel and suspend visas from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa until the deadly virus is contained.

In addition, Dr. Murphy is calling for a mandatory 21-day strict quarantine enforced by the Port Authority and Health Department of all travelers returning to New York from service in Ebola hotspots.

"As a health professional this is simply common sense," Dr. Murphy said. "It is clearly time for action to protect the public. Ebola is spiraling out of control in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Infected travelers may not display symptoms until after they enter our country. Airport screening simply is not enough, and more precautions should be taken."

Although Dr. Murphy believes medical professionals should have special waivers for travel to West Africa to work to defeat Ebola in that region, strict precautions should be taken upon their return to our country.

"The time is overdue for mandatory quarantines of all medical and military personnel returning from the Ebola ravaged countries. It is irresponsible and unacceptable to not have a required 21-day period of isolation to stop the spread of this terrible disease," he continued.

The confirmed case of Ebola in New York is a physician who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea while working with Doctors Without Borders. He reportedly rode the subway, went bowling and took a car service just hours before displaying Ebola symptoms and being rushed to Bellevue Hospital by first responders in hazmat suits.

"The Port Authority and state Health Department should ensure that returning health care workers and military personnel do not have interaction with others, or frequent public places until they are cleared beyond the 21-day incubation period. Protecting people's health and stopping the spread of Ebola is paramount," he said.

Dr. Murphy also believes the state Department of Health should develop step-by-step protocols on infectious diseases, including Ebola, to protect health care workers and the public.


Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Westchester County Executive Has Been Making Call Since October 7th
New York--Oct. 24...JFK and Newark airports must immediately be shut to air travellers from Ebola stricken nations, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today demanded. U.S. aid workers returning home should undergo a strict, mandatory, and verified 21 day quarantine process overseas, followed by a mandatory quarantine process here at home until there is zero risk of Ebola illness, the County Executive said.
Mr. Astorino has been calling for common sense safety measures since October 7th, when he called on President Obama and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to to halt travel from the three most infected West African nations.  The county executive subsequently called on New York governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to order their health departments to close gates at JFK and Newark as a clear public safety risk if passengers from Ebola nations are aboard flights.  Mr. Astorino said that would quickly force airlines to reevaluate risky passenger policies.
"The CDC explicitly warned New York last week that Ebola carrying passengers would be arriving via JFK," said County Executive Astorino. "It is beyond comprehension that Governor Cuomo and President Obama are allowing these flights to continue arriving daily.  If a brave humanitarian like the New York City doctor now infected could catch Ebola after taking all the precautions he did in Africa, how are we allowing others from those nations, who have had no such training or protective gear, to flow into New York every day? This is sheer and utter madness."
It is estimated that more than 1,000 passengers from the three most affected African nations arrive at JFK airport each week.
"Since October 7th I have been asking Governor Cuomo and President Obama to err on the side of safety and take logical precautions," Mr. Astorino continued. "But political correctness has blinded them to the patently obvious. They must take action today, before more cases arrive. Right now they are playing Russian Roulette in the nation's most clustered population center. It is morally wrong."

On Friday, October 24, 2014 10:23 AM, Nick for New York wrote:
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Please see below for the New York Daily News' coverage of my new "Spent Time" ad:

Campaign clickbait: Congress hopeful's ad proclaims, 'I've Spent Time In Prison'

By Celeste Katz.  First published: 10/23/2014

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From pandas to prison.

Nick Di iorio, Rep. Carolyn Maloney's underdog Republican challenger, is trying to get voters to give him a double-take (and maybe some cash) by letting them know he "spent time" in jail -- and a few other places.

"I've spent time in a homeless shelter. I've spent time in Israel. I've spent time in prison," Di iorio narrates over images of him praying in a yarmulke and of a cell block.

Then he clears up why.

"Because I spent six years studying to be a priest before I decided that my true calling was to serve all the people in my community as your representative in Congress," the candidate says in the 30-second ad, "Spent Time."

(The GOP candidate ended up skipping the priesthood.)

Di iorio -- whose odds of defeating Maloney were hot enough to score him a call from a reality show about "unwinnable" elections -- griped in an emailed fundraising appeal that he gets no respect from the press.

"The media is solidly in Rep. Carolyn Maloney's back pocket, refusing to cover this race and helping her to get away with refusing to debate me," wrote Di iorio, who previously went after the congresswoman for trying to relocate pandas from a Chinese zoo to New York.

"I need your help to buy the needed advertising to air one more ad (below) so that the maximum number of voters know about my candidacy, and that there is a solid alternative to the long-time incumbent, Carolyn Maloney, who is not doing her job in Congress."

A Maloney spokesman declined comment.

Here's the full ad script:

"I'm Nick Di iorio and I'm running for Congress.

"I've spent time in a homeless shelter. I've spent time in Israel. I've spent time in prison. Because I spent six years studying to be a priest before I decided that my true calling was to serve all the people in my community as your representative in Congress.

My journey has taught me to put people before politics and how with compromise, courage, and common sense, maybe we can get something done for a change.

I'm asking for your vote November 4th. Let's clean up Washington together. I'm Nick Di iorio and I approve this message.


On Friday, October 24, 2014 9:42 AM, Nick for New York wrote:

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Please see below for a New York Post editorial covering Rep. Maloney's refusal to debate me:

The full text is below.

Nick Di iorio
Congressional nominee, NY-12
Phony Maloney baloney

By Post Editorial Board.  First published: 10/23/2014

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Recently, these columns lamented the trend among New York and New Jersey incumbent pols either to limit one-on-one public debates with their main rivals or avoid it altogether.

One of those we mentioned was Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a liberal Democratic incumbent who is among the richest members of Congress, has sat in the House for more than two decades and has a campaign war chest of $1.3 million, against $78,000 for her opponent.

We noted she'd declined a debate invitation from College Republicans and College Democrats for a debate at Columbia and "refuses to go up against her challenger, Nick Di Iorio."

That elicited a complaint from the congresswoman, who wrote that, contrary to our editorial, "I had already accepted and will be participating in the 17th Precinct Community Council debate on Oct. 28."

So we checked. Turns out even the sponsors don't call what Maloney agreed to a debate. On its Web site, the 17th Precinct Community Council is advertising the event as "Candidates' Night."

And here's how that night will go down: Maloney and Di Iorio will each make opening remarks of five minutes. The other candidate then gets three to five minutes for rebuttal. Then the audience asks questions via a moderator for another five minutes.

So the two will directly confront each other for — at most — three to five minutes. That's it. This is the congresswoman's idea of a debate.

In her letter, Rep. Maloney asked The Post to "correct the record." We just


On Friday, October 24, 2014 5:31 AM, TJ McCormack wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - October 24, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-2566

***Press Release***


CHAPPAQUA, NY - At tonight's League of Women Voters of New Castle debate, State Senate candidate Justin Wagner failed to tell the truth about his support for the DREAM Act, which provides free college tuition for all illegal immigrants.

This weekend, Wagner told the Journal News that "he supports the DREAM Act." Four days later, Wagner misrepresented his position at the League of Women Voters debate saying, "I have plainly stated that I am not looking to give free college tuition to illegal immigrants."

"This is an important issue and it's a key priority of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who is sending money and political operatives to the Hudson Valley to help Justin Wagner get elected," said T.J. McCormack, a spokesperson for Wagner's opponent Dr. Terrence Murphy. "With 76 percent of New York students not receiving any assistance to help pay for college, Terrence Murphy has consistently stated his opposition to providing free college tuition to illegal immigrants."

As supported by Mayor de Blasio and Justin Wagner, the New York State DREAM Act (A2597/A9640) would allow any person who is in the country illegally to obtain the taxpayer funded New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and college scholarships. Unlike the Federal DREAM Act, it does not solely apply to the children of those here illegally.

Wagner also raised eyebrows when he said there was nothing he could do as a State Senator to address the myriad immigration related issues facing the 40th district. "Let me also tell you that immigration is mainly a federal issue," he said.

But just this week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose staff members have recently taken a leave of absence to work on the Wagner campaign, passed a city ordinance that would prohibit local law enforcement from reporting criminal illegal aliens to federal immigration officials for deportation.

A measure like this could easily be introduced as a statewide bill. In fact, its polar opposite already exists, a piece of legislation that would mandate local law enforcement report illegal aliens convicted of crimes to federal law enforcement.

Other statewide proposals relating to immigration include issuing ID cards to illegal aliens, awarding voting rights and the ability to sit on juries, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, requiring employers to register for E-Verify and mandating that SUNY and CUNY students to be persons legally admitted into the United States.

"Justin Wagner believes that illegal immigrants have done nothing wrong and would turn New York into a sanctuary state," McCormack said. "Dr. Terrence Murphy believes that illegal immigration is illegal. That is the clearest difference there is between the two candidates in this race."
On Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:31 PM, Nick for New York wrote:
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Di iorio: "Maloney doesn't understand the difference, or hopes voters don't understand"

NEW YORK, NY --  Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), misled NY1 viewers and voters last night, attempting to blur the lines between getting some of her hundreds of dead-on-arrival bills she introduced "passed" and actually getting them signed into law.  On "Inside City Hall" the 22 year-incumbent tried to pretend getting a few dozen bills passed through the U.S. House of Representatives was the same as getting them enacted (signed into law).  The video is below, followed by the numbers.

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In her 22 years, Rep. Maloney has had eleven bills signed into law (ten as of September 25, when Nick Di iorio appeared on NY1).  To claim roughly 60 have "passed" is misleading and deceptive. The numbers may be verified at

Nick Di iorio, who is running against Maloney notes, "Either Carolyn Maloney, after decades in office, still doesn't understand the difference between merely introducing a bill and working and succeeding in getting it signed into law, or she is hoping voters and the media are clueless on this point."  Maloney has introduced more bills than any other Member of Congress, yet holds the record for not getting them signed into law, regardless of which party controls Congress or the White House.  In 22 years, she has proposed 618 bills but only 11 were enacted (signed into law).  Maloney's current salary being paid by the taxpayers is $174,00 per year, ($348,000 for this Congressional term) in addition to the staff salaries and expenses.

"It's time for serious, sober representation in Congress for New Yorkers," said Di iorio. "Carolyn Maloney is not doing her job, and even refuses to debate me in this, her 12th campaign for Congress.  She's been as absent on the campaign trail as she's been in Congress.  It's unacceptable."

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


Statement from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on
Confirmed New York City Ebola Case

October 24, 2014

"This was avoidable. President Obama and Governor Cuomo left JFK airport open to passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken nations even though they knew the likelihood of an Ebola case arriving here was great. Somehow political correctness was deemed more important than public safety.

"I have been repeatedly calling on both President Obama and Governor Cuomo, beginning on October 7, to shut JFK and Newark to potentially infected passengers as matter of common sense. When President Obama refused, I called on Governor Cuomo to order his Health Department to shut down gates at JFK because they were a clear public safety risk. Nothing was done.

"The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) specifically warned New York City last week that Ebola cases would arrive via JFK, and still nothing was done. Now, that case has arrived, and the scramble begins in the nation's largest city to find those who might have had contact with the patient. This is an extraordinary dereliction of duty and common sense both by the governor and the president.

"JFK must be shut now to passengers originating from Ebola designated nations. This was a colossal failure of federal and state leadership. We pray now for the victim and all the New Yorkers he may have come across."

On Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:29 PM, Nan Hayworth wrote:

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America needs leadership that will take us in the right direction. The Obama/Pelosi agenda that Hillary Clinton continuously promotes with my opponent is clearly lacking in judgment. If you want to put America on the right path, it starts here, today. Let me be your voice. Maloney has been aggressively attacking me on air, flooding the media market with several nasty, unwarranted ads.
The Clintons will be joining my opponent next week here in the Hudson Valley. Don't let them take your voice back to Washington and distort your needs. Will you stand with me?




Contact:  Bijoy Datta (607) 768-7088                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Lt. Governor candidate Sheriff Chris Moss on 
Governor Cuomo's disgraceful race baiting in last night's debate

October 23, 2014

"I just watched the video of last night's debate and like so many New Yorkers I believe Rob Astorino proved why he is the best choice for governor. And for Andrew Cuomo to repeatedly insinuate racist claims last night against a good and decent man like Rob is an absolute disgrace.

"Rob Astorino is a Republican who has always campaigned heavily in minority communities.  He has an empowerment and opportunity plan to lift lower-income New Yorkers into the middle class.  He won a record amount of the minority vote last year and has previously been endorsed by the President of the United Black Clergy, the Chairman of the National Action Network and presidents of two local NAACP chapters, among many other black and Hispanic community leaders in Westchester.  The people who know Rob best know he cares about all people equally.

"Andrew Cuomo is panicking.  There is little reason for minorities to come out and support him this year.  The black unemployment rate is double the rate of whites.  The Hispanic rate isn't much better. Inner cities throughout this state suffer some of the highest poverty rates in the country.  And in many of these neighborhoods where Rob and I often campaign, they say they've never seen Andrew Cuomo.


"But instead of proposing empowering solutions to these problems like Rob and I have done; Instead of campaigning in the inner cities like Rob and I have done; Andrew Cuomo is taking the coward's way out and making reckless, ugly and false racism charges. He should be ashamed of himself."

On Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:00 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


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The next meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals will be:
Monday, October 27, 2014
  8:00 p.m.
Ossining Operations Center
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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.
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On Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:35 PM, Campaigns & Elections wrote:

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Their work in the campaign industry will shape political outcomes through the 2016 cycle and beyond. This year's list especially reflects the changing digital landscape of campaigns. We extend our sincere congratulations to all of them!

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Their work in the campaign industry will shape political outcomes through the 2016 cycle and beyond. This year's list especially reflects the changing digital landscape of campaigns. We extend our sincere congratulations to all of them!
On Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:17 PM, TJ McCormack wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - October 23, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-2566

***Press Release***


Jonathan Viguers, a political operative who currently works in Mayor de Blasio's Community Affairs Unit, is now on a leave of absence to work for Justin Wagner.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - For months, State Senate Republicans have portrayed this year's election as an attempt by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the ACORN-affiliated Working Families Party to accumulate power so they can pass their radical, New York City-first agenda. 

Although 40th State Senate District candidate Justin Wagner has denied these charges, today's New York Observer reveals that a top de Blasio staffer, Jonathan Viguers, has been dispatched to the Hudson Valley to run Wagner's campaign on a leave of absence from his position in the Mayor's office.

"The 2009-10 Senate Democrats gave New Yorkers $14 billion in new taxes, $8.4 billion in school aid cuts through the Gap Elimination Adjustment and created the job-killing MTA payroll tax, when they were just getting warmed up," said T.J. McCormack, a spokesman for Wagner's opponent, Dr. Terrence Murphy. "The 2015 de Blasio Senate Democrats will go even further to the left. We will see the Safe Act 2.0, free college tuition for illegal aliens, partial-birth abortion, plus billions in new taxes and cuts to Hudson Valley schools to fund the radical New York City social agenda."

Mayor de Blasio has been cast as something of a bogeyman in races around the State and remains a deeply unpopular figure in the Hudson Valley based 40th Senate District, where immigration and second amendment issues have always played a prominent role. The municipal ID card scheme and other taxpayer-funded perks for illegal aliens recently enacted by de Blasio, were widely panned in 40th Senate District communities when similar proposals were made in 2008.

"New York City lawyer Justin Wagner has been saying he's not tied to New York City's interests, but the facts speak for themselves. There is absolutely no doubt that Justin Wagner is a stalking horse for the radical left and the handpicked candidate of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio," McCormack said. "In his own words he supports free college tuition for illegal aliens and a radical bill to allow non-doctors to perform abortions. This radical agenda may play well in Park Slope, but the people of the Hudson Valley won't be foooled."

Viguers served as the field organizer in Brooklyn for de Blasio's 2013 Mayoral race and was a staff member for Organizing for America in 2012. His presence means that despite Wagner's attempts to say he is a champion for the middle-class in the Hudson Valley, there is a direct link between him and the de Blasio political operation. 

Murphy's pro-second amendment views coupled with his position that "illegal immigration is illegal" and his desire to make the tax cap permanent have made him an enemy of the far-left, de Blasio and the Working Families Party.

The Buffalo News and the Syracuse Post-Standard have very recently editorialized against a de Blasio takeover of the State Senate due to what it could mean for upstate, such as further reductions in school aid to fund New York City social programs. "Justin Wagner will implement on a statewide scale what Bill de Blasio has done in New York City, like prohibiting police officers from reporting illegal alien criminals to law enforcement. Terrence Murphy will stop it. The choice is that simple," McCormack said.


October 23, 2014
Statement from Ed Cox on Cuomo's last-minute agenda release
Contact: David Laska

ALBANY ... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement after Andrew Cuomo unveiled his policy platform for a potential second term with just twelve days left in the campaign: 

"Shame on Andrew Cuomo for waiting until twelve days before the election - and after the only scheduled debate - to release his second term agenda. Rob Astorino has spent this entire campaign talking about issues. Now that Andrew Cuomo has deigned to release a plan, why doesn't he agree to a one-on-one TV debate with Rob Astorino to defend it?"

Rob Astorino's policy positions are - and have been throughout the campaign - available at
On Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:57 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 23, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Hillary Clinton Ignores Cuomo's Tolerance of Sexual Harassment 
East Fishkill, NY - (10/23/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is criticizing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for endorsing Governor Cuomo's women's equality record, while ignoring Cuomo's tolerance for repeated cover-ups of sexual harassment and assault in Albany.

"Sixty percent of New Yorkers wouldn't want their daughters interning in Albany because of the harassment Cuomo tolerates," said Lalor. "As a father of two young girls, I'm horrified that Cuomo has tolerated Assembly Speaker Silver's pattern of covering up sexual harassment and even assault charges for his friends. How can Clinton stand by Cuomo after that? Cuomo has refused to call for Silver's resignation, even though newspapers across the state, including the New York Times, believe Silver needs to go. But, Cuomo stands by Silver because he's putting party politics over right and wrong."

Lalor continued, "It's the height of hypocrisy for Clinton to endorse Cuomo's record on women's equality despite his support for Silver. Clinton should be ashamed. Point 1 on Cuomo's Women's Equality Act should have been Silver's resignation. Clinton should have started her speech calling for Silver's resignation. That would have been a bold stand for women. Instead, she endorsed a status quo that protects its friends and leaves women in Albany vulnerable."

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..


An Open Letter to New York State Editorial Boards
October 23, 2014

Dear Editors:

I hope you were able to see at least a few minutes of last night's four-candidate debate in Buffalo. It was informative -- and inadequate.

A single, 56-minute debate featuring four candidates -- we each got 12 minutes to speak -- as the sole televised forum in a New York gubernatorial election is an insult to this state and its voters. Neighboring Connecticut, a state with one-fifth our population, is featuring seven televised debates this year between the two major party candidates.

When did it become acceptable in New York to duck debates and call it a "campaign tactic?" When did we stop demanding -- I mean really demanding -- that our candidates fulfill their elemental civic responsibility to debate when running for office?

Editorial boards across the state lament the influence of big money in New York elections, yet remain relatively mute when a statewide candidate chooses to hide from debate forums.  Debates are the only way voters can get unfiltered access to candidates, if only for a few minutes, to size them up before Election Day.  Without an adequate number of available debates, voters have little on which to base their decisions other than the big-money negative advertisements blaring day and night on television and radio.

When I ran for re-election in Westchester last year I debated my challenger five times. Many said I should not have, but I considered it my civic duty. I think Governor Cuomo has that same duty today.

I have accepted five one-on-one televised debate offers in this election. Governor Cuomo refuses to accept any of those offers. If he is allowed to get away with it, democracy in New York will take yet another hit. It will become normal, as it almost seems today, to avoid America's time-honored tradition of publicly answering questions at open forums before votes are cast. That would be a civic tragedy.

Many of you have already written on this issue, imploring Governor Cuomo to fulfill his public responsibility to debate. I ask that you consider redoubling that effort now. Your words carry weight. They are badly needed, and now.  


Rob Astorino


October 23, 2014
In case you missed it, here's a link to view last night's gubernatorial showdown between Rob Astorino and Andrew Cuomo.

Rob showed us why Andrew Cuomo is afraid to debate him one-on-one on TV; he scored decisive victories against Cuomo when it came to real issues facing New Yorkers like Albany corruption, economic development, Common Core and natural gas development. 

Andrew Cuomo offered no serious vision for a second term, and relied instead on vile, race-baiting identity politics. (Don't forget - Rob won the Latino vote in Westchester County last year and scored 25% of the African-American vote.)  What more would we expect from a Governor who, as Rob reminded the audience, was the only man on stage to have retained a criminal defense team?  Both during and after the debate, Cuomo refused to tell New Yorkers whether or not he has been subpoenaed by the US Attorney.

This is all we're getting, folks. Andrew Cuomo won't debate Rob Astorino one-on-one on TV - so forward this message to your friends and use the buttons above to share it on social media. Spread the word that we're sick of Democrats' Culture of Corruption and we're ready for new leadership in Albany!

You can view the full debate here.

Rob Astorino's full platform is available on his website.

CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325


Drops Outrageous Race Card Accusations in Fit of Anger

Buffalo--Oct. 22...Governor Andrew Cuomo twice refused to confirm to New York voters at the one and only gubernatorial debate this year whether he has been subpoenaed by the U.S. attorney in its criminal investigation into the governor and his staff for their role in the Moreland Commission Scandal, the campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino tonight reported.   

Mr. Astorino twice asked Mr. Cuomo to raise his right hand and swear to the people of New York that he has not been subpoenaed in the criminal probe. Mr. Cuomo pointedly refused.  He became increasingly surly thereafter in the debate, going so far as to accuse of Mr. Astorino of being racially discriminatory. Mr. Astorino, who has an African-American running mate, was endorsed last year by two NAACP chairmen and the President of the United Black Clergy, and won a majority of the Hispanic vote in Westchester in his re-election last year, called Mr. Cuomo's accusation "despicable."

"Angry Andrew Cuomo is who we saw tonight, and it wasn't pretty," said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. "Mr. Cuomo was clearly caught off guard by the subpoena question -- which still remains unanswered -- and so he brutally lashed out. Now we know why Andrew Cuomo refuses to debate Rob Astorino one-on-one on television."

The State of Connecticut is holding seven televised debates between the two major party candidates for governor.  

Mr. Cuomo is being investigated by the United States Attorney after abruptly shutting an anti-corruption commission when it began investigating the Cuomo Administration and its funders. Mr. Cuomo is being investigated by the federal government for possible obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and failure to report crimes.

"Andrew Cuomo needs to tell the voters of New York before Election Day whether he has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney.  The people need to know how much trouble their governor is in," Ms. Proud said.  


October 22, 2014
Statement from Ed Cox on tonight's debate 
Contact: David Laska
BUFFALO... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox released the following statement following tonight's gubernatorial debate in Buffalo:
"Andrew Cuomo just showed us why he's afraid to debate Rob Astorino one-on-one on television. Andrew Cuomo offered no defense for his corruption of his own corruption commission and no clear agenda for a second term.
"Rob Astorino articulated a vision for a New York with less taxes, more jobs, better education and more economic growth."
The full Astorino plan is available at
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:41 PM, Nick for New York wrote:
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On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:13 PM, TJ McCormack wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - October 22, 2014
Contact: T.J. McCormack (818) 554-2566

***Press Release***


YORKTOWN, NY - New York State Senate candidate Terrence Murphy today received the backing of two major public safety groups for his campaign in the 40th district. The Police Benevolent Association of New York State and the NYS Fraternal Order of Police have each endorsed Dr. Murphy's campaign.

"I have been proud to support our first responders in local government and I am even more proud to have their support," Dr. Murphy said. "My opponent's caucus has often disregarded the institutional knowledge of our finest and bravest, from their repeal of drug laws which caused the burgeoning heroin crisis to their late night passage of the un-SAFE Act, which I will repeal. I pledge to undo the harm that has been done and fight on behalf of our fire and police professionals."

Murphy said he would also fight to ensure that the proper training and funding would be provided to these first responders to better respond to emergencies, including the recent Ebola crisis.

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State includes the NYS University Police, Environmental Conservation Police, NYS Park Police and Forest Rangers. Daniel De Federicis, president of the PBA of NYS, said that the group appreciates Dr. Murphy's respect and admiration, as well as his "service to the law enforcement community in general."

The NYS Fraternal Order of Police is the oldest and largest national association of law enforcement professionals, with over 20,000 member statewide. Their endorsement was based on Murphy's "demonstrated and continued support of police professionals," according to Charles J. Caputo, president of the organization.

Dr. Murphy has already been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, the Uniformed Firefighters Association (FDNY), the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (FDNY), 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, the Westchester County Police PBA, and AFSCME New York and its affiliates CSEA, District Council 37, District Council 1707, District Council 66, AFSCME Council 82 and AFSCME Council 35.

dnesday, October 22, 2014 3:12 PM, Tara Martin wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 22, 2014
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New York State’s Largest Nurses Union Endorse Westchester & Putnam State Legislative Candidates for 2014 Election
NYSNA RNs and Healthcare Professionals Voice Support for Candidates That Will Continue to Fight for Quality Patient Care Once Elected
(WHITE PLAINS, NY) – Registered nurses and health care professionals throughout the Hudson Valley today announced their support of 12 state legislative candidates running for office in the November general election at a press conference outside of the Westchester County Courthouse in downtown White Plains.  The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is New York's largest union and professional association for registered nurses with over 37,000 frontline nurses standing together for strength at work, our practice, safe staffing, and healthcare for all.  NYSNA members throughout the region were excited to announce the endorsement of the following candidates:
For NY State Senate:
·         Andrea Stewart Cousins (District 35)
·         Ruth Hassel-Thompson (District 36)
·         George Latimer (District 37)
·         David Carlucci (District 38)
·         Justin Wagner (District 40)
For NY State Assembly:
·         Amy Paulin (District 88)
·         J. Gary Pretlow (District 89)
·         Shelley Mayer (District 90)
·         Steve Otis (District 91)
·         Tom Abinanti (District 92)
·         David Buchwald (District 93)
·         Andrew Falk (District 94)
“On behalf of NYSNA’s 37,000 members, I am pleased to be here to endorse these candidates,” said Sam Caquias, a registered nurse at Westchester Medical Center.  “We need dynamic leadership in Westchester & Putnam counties. NYSNA is confident that each candidate’s activism will continue – once elected -- on issues of importance to nurses, our patients, and working people in New York State.” 
“These candidates have a proven track record of delivering for Westchester & Putnam’s working families and they are NYSNA’s choice to continue to move our counties forward”, said Mary Simon, RN, a registered nurse at Jacobi Medical Center and a Yonkers resident.  “We’re confident that these candidates will address the crisis in patient care, protect the rights of women by supporting the Women’s Equality Act and will secure resources for Westchester & Putnam families.  Each of these candidates has a vision for the future of our communities and they will fight for issues that are important to nurses and our patients.”
NYSNA leaders recommend these endorsements citing each candidate’s strong record of leadership on key issues such as advocating for quality patient care in Westchester & Putnam counties, their support for safer nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in area hospitals, improving opportunities and access in the healthcare sector, strengthening government services and championing middle class and working families.
State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) said: "Nurses are on the front lines of our public healthcare system, caring for patients with everything from routine health problems to critical care and illnesses. Nurses deserve our gratitude and support as these hard-working professionals strive to provide the best care possible in this demanding healthcare environment. I am proud to have your support."
State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson (D-Bronx, Westchester) said: “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the 37,000 frontline nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association. NYSNA has been at the forefront of several major issues including serving as first responders to the Ebola crisis and Hurricane Sandy, or fighting in Albany for and safe staffing, quality RN standards or keeping New York hospitals free from Wall street takeovers. Prior to becoming a legislator, I worked as a nurse in Westchester County, and I know how hard nurses across the State of New York work and I know that they are well represented by the NYSNA. I am proud to be endorsed by NYSNA.
State Senate Candidate Justin Wagner said: "The nursing profession is the backbone of our healthcare system, and I'm proud to stand with New York State's nurses today. If elected, I look forward to working with the hardworking professionals of NYSNA to ensure our state's nurses have the support they deserve. These hardworking professionals take care of us, and we need to do the same for them."
State Assemblymember Tom Abinanti (D-Westchester) said: “Nurses are professionals who serve as the front line fighters against diseases. They work hand in hand with doctors in medical facilities to help us all. I am pleased to have the NYSNA endorsement and I will continue to be an advocate for nurses and their families.”
State Assemblymember David Buchwald (D-Westchester) said:  “It’s with great enthusiasm that I accept the endorsement of the New York State Nurses Association.  As I embark upon my first re-election campaign, the support of NYSNA helps to reinforce the good work we’re doing on behalf of New York's registered nurses. Whether it’s working to keep hospitals open for the ailing patients who need them, or fighting for all New Yorkers to receive quality healthcare, NYSNA and their membership of 37,000 frontline nurses are vital contributors to our communities across the state, and I'm proud to stand with them." 
State Assembly Candidate Andrew Falk said: “The hardworking men and women of The New York State Nurses Association provide New Yorkers with the best care available every day, no matter what.  I am honored to receive NYSNA’s support and look forward to working together to ensure the health and safety of Hudson Valley families is never overlooked in Albany.”
State Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (D-Westchester) said: "I am proud to receive the endorsement of New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).  Now, more than ever, we recognize the importance of the work and voices of professional nurses in ensuring patient health and workplace safety.  I look forward to working with NYSNA in the years to come."
State Assemblymember Steve Otis (D-Westchester) said: "I am honored to have the endorsement of the NYS Nurses, whose advocacy goes well beyond the interests of the nursing profession to encompass support for issues affecting patient safety and the entire health care system. Nurses play an indispensable role in providing quality health care, often under difficult conditions. I look forward to our working together in 2015."
State Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) said: “Receiving NYSNA’s endorsement is truly an honor. Nurses are an indispensable part of our healthcare system and communities. I look forward to continuing to work with NYSNA to increase access to quality healthcare for all New Yorkers, and to make sure that nurses are safe and secure on the job.”
CAPTION – (left to right) State Senate candidate Justin Wagner, State Assembly candidate Andrew Falk, State Assemblymembers Amy Paulin & David Buchwald joined NYSNA RNs from Westchester Medical Center, Mount Vernon Hospital & Sound Shore Medical Center to announce NYSNA’s endorsement for the 2014 general election. 
[NOT PICTURED BUT IN ATTENDANCE: State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson, State Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti, Shelley Mayer and Steve Otis]
Photo Credit: NYSNA Communications staff
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The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 37,000 members in New York State. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, please visit our website at
Tara L. Martin, Senior Communications Manager
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)
131 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
646.640.3179 (direct)
646.334.8146 (mobile)

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:31 PM, Sandy Galef wrote:
Sandy Galef
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Ossining, New York 10562
(914) 450-4086
October 22, 2014
To the Editor:
This Election Day there will be two proposals on our ballots to amend our NYS Constitution. Proposition 1 calls for reforming the legislative redistricting process.  Proposition 2 streamlines the NYS Legislature to allow the use of technology and create a paperless legislature. I ask that you vote “yes” on both of these changes.
Proposition 2 is straightforward. When our constitution was written it required that all bills introduced, of which there were approximately 18,000 this year, be printed on paper on legislators’ desks for at least 3 days prior to being voted on. This amendment would change our constitution to eliminate the paper requirement and allow for the use of electronic or digital review, saving us money and eliminating the need for printing and recycling of huge numbers of paper bills, simultaneously protecting our environment. The three day rule of review would still apply, but tablets, laptops, or the latest technology available could be used. Paper copies of bills would be available upon request, but no longer be mandatory.
Proposition 1 is much more complicated. Right now, every ten years after the U.S. Census is completed, the NYS Legislature creates new districts for the Assembly, Senate and the United States Congress, based on changes in population. The political parties that control each house make the decision for that house. The minority parties have virtually no role in the decision-making process. This amendment would change this to require a Redistricting Commission comprised of ten individuals – eight equally representing each of the major and minority parties in each house and two selected by those eight commission members. Those two cannot be registered for the past five years in either the Democratic or Republican Party. There are other restrictions for the commission members such as not being a state or congressional elected official for the past 3 years, nor being a lobbyist, or employed by the executive or legislative branch, or a political party chair.

The new Redistricting Commission will conduct 12 statewide public hearings and then develop a redistricting plan based on specific criteria including: an equal number of people required in each district, communities of interest would be protected, minority voting rights would be guaranteed, boundaries would be kept contiguous and compact, etc. This plan will be submitted to the legislature for approval. If it is not approved, it will be revised and submitted again for approval. If it fails to get approval again, the legislature will have to create a plan following the same guidelines….now written in the state constitution.
This proposal may not be perfect, but it is certainly better than what we have today with only the legislators in the majority parties creating their own districts to protect their majority status. This proposal gives us the best possibility of having an independent process for reforming the legislative redistricting procedure. It was difficult to get legislators to even vote for this modest proposal, so I believe it would be nearly impossible to achieve what may be better options proposed by other groups. Without your “yes” vote it may be our last opportunity for decades to try to accomplish this very important goal.

Sandy Galef,  Assemblywoman 95th A.D.

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:36 PM, County Legislator John G. Testa wrote:
Lincoln Depot Museum Opens

 Opening of Lincoln Depot Museum Celebrated in Peekskill
Rick Pezzullo | Oct 20, 2014 |
Eleven years of planning to mark an historic moment in the City of Peekskill and the history of the United States was celebrated Saturday with the long awaited opening of the Lincoln Depot Museum on South Water Street.
Local officials participated in a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum, the only one of its kind in New York State dedicated to the life of Abraham Lincoln that has gained national attention.
“We are proud of the result of our many years of hard work,” said Museum President and Westchester County Legislator John Testa (R,C/Peekskill), who served as Peekskill mayor from 2002-07 when the historic building was acquired and grants were awarded. “There has been a tremendous amount of research, planning and collaboration to achieve this success. We finally made it.”
The original Peekskill Train Depot where Lincoln visited on February 19, 1861 in front of about 1,500 people to deliver a short speech en route to his inauguration as President of the United States was restored and renovated by the Lincoln Depot Foundation, which was formed in 2007, the same year Governor George Pataki, a former Peekskill mayor, obtained $3 million in grants for the project.
A full-size, bronze statue of Lincoln, created by sculptor Richard Masloski, depicting the way Lincoln addressed the crowds during his only stop in Westchester County was unveiled on October 27, 2007 and stands prominently outside in front of the museum.
“This is a true treasure for our community and the city,” said Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi, whose father was a historian in Rockland County. “We are here as stewards of the history of our community.”
Equally impressed was state Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D/Ossining), who recalled visiting the train depot and envisioning what it would take to transform it into a museum.
“It is just a miracle. It just shows it takes time and a lot of commitment from a lot of people,” she said. “It took a lot of people to say yes. This is a dream that can come true. I know visitors will flock here.”
“This is just another wonderful reason to come to Peekskill and celebrate our wonderful place in American history,” added Deb Milone, executive director of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.
The initial exhibit, “New York and Abraham Lincoln: The Indispensable Relationship,” features more than 100 artifacts on loan from collectors, as well as part of the museum’s growing permanent collection. Special exhibitions are planned in the future and a lecture series will be established.
Through December 21, the museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Peekskill residents.
Next month, the first phase of site work to transform the grounds to the Lincoln Depot Plaza will begin with 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 a platform on the west side of the building.
The second phase is planned for 2015 with the construction of a Support Building which will house a museum gift shop, administrative offices, meeting/presentation room and public bathrooms. The work will be funded from an $8.3 million riverfront grant received from the state.
Mayor Frank Catalina said the museum will trigger a series of development projects in the city.
“This museum is important because I feel it will start the domino effect of things moving again in Peekskill. This is the first domino to fall,” he said. “It’s an attraction and it shows we’re ready to turn the page. It will open the floodgates of more things that have been held up.”


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