Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/30/14: 12 Topics In Today's blog


1)  Nick Di iorio endorsed by former NY State Senator Serf Maltese

2)  Lalor: Get Your Story Straight for the Feds, Gov. Cuomo

3) Why is Moreland Director Still Getting Paid?

4) ICYMI: New York Post - Schneiderman and Rice silent on Moreland

5) Question of the Day, July 29, 2014

6) Sheriff Moss to Headline Campaign Kickoff Dinner

7) Playland Celebrates International Friendship Day - Sunday, August 3

8) Galef TV Show Highlights Student Intern Program

9) Watch the Latest On Topic with John Testa Show

10) On Medicare’s Anniversary, Seniors Feeling Maloney's Cut

11) Cuomo Broke State Law, Astorino Alleges

12) Westchester Legislators Push for More Green Vehicles in County

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On Monday, July 28, 2014 12:55 PM, Nick for New York wrote:

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New York, New York -- July 28, 2014 -- Former New York State Senator Serf Maltese has endorsed Nick Di iorio in his campaign for Congress.
Former State Senator Maltese represented New York's 15th State Senate District (central and southern Queens) from 1989-2008. Maltese stated: "Nick has my full endorsement and support. He combines principles with practicality. He is the kind of candidate who can help fix Washington. I first met him when he attended the annual Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire memorial service in March. His attendance was a testament to his commitment to remember those whom society tends to forget. I look forward to seeing him serve the people of Queens."
Nick Di iorio, a Republican, 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 Republican Party, Independence Party, Libertarian Party, and Conservative Party. The district includes the east side of Manhattan, western Queens, and Greenpoint in Brooklyn.


On Monday, July 28, 2014 1:15 PM, Chris Covucci wrote: 
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseJuly 28, 2014
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor: Get Your Story Straight for the Feds, Gov. Cuomo

Statement on Cuomo's Confused Moreland Answers from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - Fishkill)

"Governor Cuomo needs to get his story straight. First he said his anti-corruption commission was independent. Last week, after a New York Times exposé, he said the commission was never meant to be independent. Today he's trying again to claim that the commission was independent. Well, what was it governor? You better get your story straight for the federal investigators, governor."
"Cuomo has been dishonest about the Moreland Commission from Day One. Now he's caught in his own confused maze of lies. This can't continue. Cuomo needs to release all of his office's communications about Moreland. He should agree to fully cooperate with the federal investigation of the commission and his interference. Cuomo's corruption cover-up undermines the public's faith in government. The governor should stop spinning and come clean. After all, if he keeps spinning this when he talks to the federal investigators, he's liable to end up in even more trouble."

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

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Why is she Still on Public Payroll 4 Months after Scandal-Scarred Panel Closed up Shop?
New York State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci today called on Albany incumbent Tom DiNapoli to refuse to endorse the state-issued checks Moreland Commission Executive Director Regina Calcaterra is still receiving more than four months after the scandal-scarred panel closed up shop. 
"Every two weeks, the Executive Director of the now-defunct Moreland Commission receives a check for nearly seven thousand dollars courtesy of state taxpayers for work she is no longer doing.  The Governor should either show her the door or Mr. DiNapoli should refuse payment on those checks.  It's an insult to hardworking taxpayers that she continues to be paid," Antonacci said.    
Calcaterra had a starring role in a lengthy New York Times investigative story last week that outlined repeated acts of interference by the Governor and top staffers in the work of the supposedly independent corruption-fighting commission. 
According to multiple reports, Calcaterra was the Governor's eyes and ears on the panel and frequently communicated in real-time what the district attorneys who served on the panel were saying and doing.  She may now even be in the crosshairs of the U.S. Attorney's office, who is believed to be investigating the Cuomo administration's handling of this matter.
Antonacci is the two-time elected Comptroller for Onondaga County, which has the highest bond rating in the state.
Last week, he called on DiNapoli to audit the Moreland Commission so the public could have a full and fair accounting of how hundreds of thousands or more in taxpayer dollars were being spent.  DiNapoli refused. 
"If we're ever going to sweep clean the corruption that permeates Albany, we need someone to stand up and protect the taxpayers of New York.  It's clear that Albany incumbent Tom DiNapoli isn't up for the task," Antonacci concluded.

July 28, 2014
ICYMI: New York Post - Schneiderman and Rice Fall Silent on Moreland
In case you missed it, this morning's New York Post took Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and former Moreland Commission Co-Chair Kathleen Rice to task for falling silent ever since the New York Times revealed Andrew Cuomo's involvement in the crippling of the Moreland Commission on Corruption.

This is a must read! Check it out and then share it with your friends.

Here's the article:

Scandal Hobbles Cuomo Chances of Running for President
by Fredric U. Dicker
July 28, 2014 

Gov. Cuomo's reputation has been severely damaged and his chances of running for president destroyed by revelations that he interfered with the Moreland Commission's efforts to probe political corruption, influential Democrats have told The Post.

The Democrats, who called the disclosures in last week's New York Times "a political game changer" and a "Cuomo nightmare,'' said the scandal would also provide the first real boost to the campaign of Cuomo's long-shot Republican rival, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Aides to Astorino said over the weekend that they've seen a "significant uptick'' in offers of support and campaign fund-raising as a result of the scandal - with $500,000 contributed over the past few days.

"This is a game changer and a personal nightmare for Andrew, without a doubt,'' said a prominent Manhattan Democrat and longtime Cuomo associate.

"Andrew's first promise to the public, as attorney general and as governor, was to clean up Albany.

"He said that's what Moreland was going to do, and instead he blocked it, shut it down and turned himself into the central figure in ongoing corruption, not something you can have if you're going to run for president.''

Cuomo, who vowed to grant the commission a free hand to pursue all evidence of political corruption and then claimed he didn't really mean it, has vanished from public view since the report appeared last Wednesday.

Insiders described Cuomo as "humiliated'' and "paralyzed'' and unable to develop a strategy to respond.

"If Cuomo had a good argument to make he'd make it, but he doesn't know what to do,'' said a source close to the governor.

This week, a grand jury convened by Southern District US Attorney Preet Bharara, who is investigating the circumstances of the commission's shutdown, will hear testimony from former Moreland Commission staffers.

The collateral damage from Cuomo's actions to his fellow Democrats is considerable.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who, like Cuomo, has remained silent, was a central figure in the commission's probe since he named several of its members and then granted them law-enforcement status.

Yet Schneiderman, who said he was being kept regularly informed about the commission's activities, said not a word about Cuomo's actions.

Either the hyper-political Schneiderman violated his promise to keep in touch with what was occurring - an unlikely situation - or he simply kept his mouth shut, insiders at the Capitol agree.

"Eric could have been the hero in this, blowing the whistle on Cuomo's meddling with the commission, but instead he looks like a shmuck - weak, insecure and corrupt himself,'' said a key Democrat with ties to Schneiderman.

The Cuomo scandal has provided an enormous opening for John Cahill, Schneiderman's Republican opponent, who has been quick to exploit it.

Meanwhile, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Moreland co-chair and Cuomo political ally who is running for a congressional seat on Long Island, also kept her mouth shut as Cuomo meddled with the commission and has yet to explain why.

That's given a major opening to her Republican challenger, Bruce Blakeman.

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

July 29, 2014

A Moreland Commission source confirmed in a New York Post story last week that an investigation into a "no-show patronage scam" involving "multiple targets" had been underway. One of those targets was a senior Independence Party official.
A no-show patronage scam is illegal activity. To what law enforcement agency, then, was that investigation referred when Governor Cuomo shut down Moreland. Or did Andrew Cuomo simply bury it?

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On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:38 PM, Lalor For Assembly wrote:

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Sheriff Moss stood up to Governor Cuomo on the SAFE Act.  Sheriff Moss is one of the most well respected law enforcement officials in the state, a family man and the right man to help clean up Albany. I hope you can join us to meet and speak with Sheriff Moss a rising Republican star! Tickets are available online here.
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Christopher J. Moss joined the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a Special Deputy. Later that year he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Sheriff and served in that position until 1994 when he was promoted to Investigator. While assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Sheriff Moss attained the rank of Sergeant. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Road Patrol Division. In May of 2005, Sheriff Moss was transferred back to CID where he became the Division Commander. In 2005, Sheriff Moss was elected to a four year term, replacing retired Sheriff Charles D.W. Houper. He was re-elected to additional 4 years term in 2009 and 2013. Prior to being elected, Sheriff Moss also served on the agency’s Special Services Unit, Honor Guard, was president of the Chemung County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and was previously a New York State certified K-9 handler.

Since being elected Sheriff in 2005, Sheriff Moss has assisted in guiding the agency through the accreditation process the Police Services Division, Civil Division and the Correctional facility. Sheriff Moss has also implemented new public service programs, to include methamphetamine awareness, senior citizen safety, Crime Watch and Prevention Newsletters and boater and snowmobile safety courses. Sheriff Moss also instituted the areas first one tier pistol permit program allowing county residents to apply for an unrestricted permit upon completing a (3) hour safety course.

Sheriff Moss is the current president of the New York State Sheriff’s Association. He also serves as the Chairman of the Chemung County Traffic Safety Board, serves on the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties and the Arctic League as well as past President of the Chemung County Family Services Executive Board. In his spare time, Sheriff Moss enjoys spending time with his family, as well as hunting and fishing.

Sheriff Moss possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from SUNY Empire and is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 200.

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:00 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

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On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:11 PM, Dana Levenberg wrote:

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       For Immediate Release                                                                                       Contact:  Sandy Galef                                                                                                                                                                       (914) 941-1111                                                         
Assemblywoman Galef Highlights Her Intern Program
on “Dear Sandy” TV Show
(July 29, 2014) The latest installment of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s television program “Dear Sandy” focuses on the intern program she runs in her district office. Six interns discuss with Sandy the type of work that goes on in the legislative office.
Interns in the Assemblywoman’s office give an insightful description of how their experiences from the job have helped them in their lives. Interns are a valuable asset to the office and they get hands on experience by writing letters, e-mails, press releases and by helping to publicize forums and press conferences. Interns are also able to gain other skills by helping constituents in the area who may be having problems. As discussed in the program, many interns show their appreciation for being involved in the community where they live.
“The interns are a valuable component of my office. Not only are they able to expand their own skill set, but they are also able to develop new skills and experience new opportunities,” said Assemblywoman Galef.  “Interns learn a lot through this internship, but I also learn a lot through working with these incredible individuals.”
The intern program for Assemblywoman Galef is a great way for young men and women to gain experience relevant to their possible career choice while becoming involved in their community. Many of the interns involved in the program are aspiring to other lines of work, such as reporters, journalists, and writers as well as government officials. Ranging from high school to college students, interns gain training that will guide them through graduation and into new careers.
“From writing documents in the office to attending press conferences, my internship with Assemblywoman Galef has given me the chance to learn and be exposed to a wide variety of new opportunities,” said Ossining intern and SUNY New Paltz student Patricia Carbary. “I was able to attend the installation of a 9/11 memorial statue at Croton Landing, and a few weeks before that, I attended a press conference for the Sing Sing Historic Museum Project where I got a chance to meet U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.”
“Being on the show was a unique opportunity to inform the audience of all the interesting things I was doing in Sandy’s office, from writing press releases to meeting Senators,” said intern and Yorktown High School student Liam Cushen.
If you are interested in an internship in Assemblywoman Galef’s office, you can visit her website and fill out an application under the “Important Links” tab. 
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On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:17 AM, County Legislator John G. Testa wrote:

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Legislator John Testa discusses important issues, people and events 
Topics on this show include: New Mobile Command Vehicle for Peekskill and Northern Westchester, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley opens N. Westchester office, Anti-drug/heroin initiative established with Westchester County Police with Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown, NY Knicks move D-League team to Westchester, Westchester becomes a Purple Heart County and also establishes "twinning" relationship with County Mayo, Ireland, special Flag Day program at Lincoln Depot with local Elks lodge, and former PHS graduate and resident and now retired NFL star Tré Johnson visits as Grand Marshal of Juneteenth parade.
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On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:28 AM, NRCC Communications wrote:

For Immediate Release
July 30, 2014
Contact: Press Office
(202) 479-7070
On Medicare’s Anniversary,
Seniors Feeling Maloney's Cut
Medicare Cuts Funded The Disaster That Is ObamaCare
WASHINGTON – Today is the 49th anniversary of Medicare, but seniors will have a hard time celebrating in light of the massive cuts Sean Patrick Maloney and his Washington allies have made to this vital program in order to pay for ObamaCare.
In total, ObamaCare cuts more than $700 billion from Medicare and $156 billion from Medicare Advantage which hurts seniors in districts across the country. It is clear, Sean Patrick Maloney's support of the President’s costly and flawed health care law will be the demise of his campaign this midterm election.
“Sean Patrick Maloney and his Democrat allies are waging a war on seniors,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Maloney's support of ObamaCare over Medicare will force seniors to lose critical benefits, pay higher premiums and find new doctors.”
Medicare turns forty-nine years old.
(“Happy Birthday, Medicare!,” Manchester City Library, 7/27/14)
ObamaCare cuts Medicare by more than $700 Billion. 
Seniors to face new challenges as Medicare Advantage cuts loom.
House Democrats oppose fully repealing ObamaCare and the billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare.
(H.R.45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)
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Calls for Impartial State Prosecutor to be Appointed

New York--July 30...Governor Andrew M. Cuomo likely broke New York State law by failing to refer criminal evidence gathered by the state Moreland Commission to the Superintendent of State Police and other law enforcement authorities before abruptly shuttering the Commission, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino today charged.  

Section 63.8 of the state's Executive Law clearly reads:

VI.     If in the course of its inquiry the Commission obtains evidence of a violation of existing laws, such evidence shall promptly be communicated to the Office of the Attorney General and other appropriate law enforcement authorities, and the Commission shall take steps to facilitate jurisdictional referrals where appropriate. The Superintendent of the Division of State Police shall, as appropriate, authorize the Attorney General, pursuant to the provisions of Subdivision Three of Section Sixty-Three of the Executive Law, to conduct an investigation of any indictable offense or offenses arising out of any activity that is the subject of an inquiry by the Commission, and to prosecute the person or persons believed to have committed the same and any crime or offense uncovered by such investigation or prosecution or both, including but not limited to, appearing before and presenting all such matters to a grand jury. The Commission shall cooperate with prosecutorial agencies to avoid jeopardizing ongoing investigations and prosecutions.

A Moreland Commission source confirmed in a July 24 New York Post story that an investigation into a criminal "no-show patronage scam" involving "multiple targets" had been underway before Mr. Cuomo shut the Commission without warning. One of those targets was Vice Chairman of the New York State Independence Party, according to the story, a party on whose ballot line Mr. Cuomo is appearing in November. But a week after a scathing New York Times piece was released outlining interference into the Commission's workings by members of the Cuomo Administration, Governor Cuomo still refuses to say which, if any, law enforcement agencies he provided that information to, as is required by law.

"U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating the Cuomo Administration and the Moreland Commission for possible federal breaches of the law, but here it looks like state law may have been violated, which may be outside of Mr. Bahara's jurisdictional bounds," Mr. Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, said. "The only way to get to the bottom of this is for Mr. Cuomo to produce evidence right now that Moreland criminal probes were referred to the State Police and other law enforcement authorities, or for an impartial special state prosecutor to be appointed to look into why these cases were not referred. If Mr. Cuomo shut down criminal probes of political cronies without passing along accumulated evidence, that would be a very serious charge, indeed."



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Westchester Legislators Push for More Green Vehicles in County


White Plains, NY – Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) on three separate committees—Environment & Energy, Infrastructure and Legislation—approved today setting a public hearing for the Green Vehicles Sustainable Savings Act, which will strengthen the existing County law which governs the purchase of motor vehicles to better ensure that high mileage, electric hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles are purchased for use by County officials and employees.


The full BOL is likely to approve setting set the public hearing at its next regular meeting for the September 8, 2014 meeting of the BOL.


The new legislation was introduced by Legislator Catherine Parker (D-Rye), chair of the Environment & Energy Committee, and Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers).


Presently, the County Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) can grant exemptions from the provisions of the existing law regulating the purchase of high mileage and alternative fuel vehicles for “good cause.” Because this has been interpreted too broadly in some cases, resulting in nominal compliance with the strictures of the legislation, new language is being included to qualify exemptions.


“Westchester County needs to do a much better job in transitioning its fleet of vehicles away from low mileage, heavy emission models and toward those that will reduce fuel costs and lower the environmental impact while in use,” said Legislator Parker, chair of the BOL Environment & Energy Committee. “Eliminating the loophole in the County law that allows the Administration to stick with bigger, gas guzzling vehicles will save taxpayer dollars and help protect our environment. When it comes to making the air we breathe safer and cleaner, every remedy should be followed.”


For many years, Westchester County pioneered public sector use of hybrid vehicles to reduce the carbon footprint, but under the Astorino Administration this widely praised initiative has been turned backward.


“Adding greater definition to the existing law to ensure compliance shows that the County is serious about finding ways to save money—and do our part in safeguarding the planet for future generations,” said Jenkins. “This is a good example of how necessary it is for all of us to work together to meet the challenges ahead.”


At a recent meeting of the BOL Environment & Energy Committee, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach spoke in favor of the new legislation. Last year, the City of White Plains earned certification in the Empire Green Fleets program for having 50 to 75 alternative fueled vehicles in its fleet of over 300 vehicles, which includes school buses, passenger cars and trucks, and commercial vehicles. Using diverse types of fuels, such as B20 biodiesel (which has the highest percentage of soybean oil in it), compressed natural gas and ethanol, White Plains has reduced its fossil fuel usage by an estimated 23% and greenhouse gases by an estimated 12%. 


“I applaud Legislators Parker and Jenkins for proposing this legislation, which seeks to further encourage the use of green vehicles by the County,” said Mayor Roach. “We are working to do the same in White Plains, and I welcome working with them and Westchester County government on ways we can partner to promote even greater use of green technology.”


Remarked Suzie Ross, chair of Green Ossining, a community-based environmental advocacy group: “On a local level, many Westchester communities have created Climate Action Plans to address community concerns and interest in conserving energy and living more sustainable lives. These plans often dedicate an entire section to transportation issues, and how to make fiscally and environmentally smart changes in limiting greenhouse gas pollution, which is very much within our control.   With legislation such as this, the County will use less energy, be more respectful of our environment, and save taxpayers money. It will also send an important and positive message to the municipalities that can more easily adopt similar changes once the County leads the way.”

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