Friday, February 13, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/13/15: 14 Topics In Today's blog


1) NEWS: Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney and Lowey Announce Significant $100 Million Metro-North Investment

2) VALENTINES DAY The Bob Meyer Trio at The Green Growler Sat. Feb. 14th at 8pm

3) NEWS: Maloney Questions DOT Secretary on Rail Crossings

4) A Valentine's Date Night to Remember At 12 Grapes

5) ICYMI: Editorial: Broad approach needed to rail safety [Poughkeepsie Journal]

6) NEWS: Rail Legislation Includes Key Provisions Authored by Maloney

7)  Supervisor Grace rejects zoning amendments for future sober homes

8) New post] Proposed Cap On Outside Income For NYS Legislators Is Misguided

9) NEWS: House Passes Conservation Easement Incentive Act with Maloney Support

10) Dirty NY Clinics: Real People Review Ads Call for Common Sense Inspections

11) PRESS RELEASE] Affiliated Police Association of Westchester Endorse Bernard, Diana

12) Sean Patrick Maloney Should Demand the President Sign Keystone Pipeline Legislation

13) Assemblywoman Galef Speaks with Westchester County Majority and Minority Leaders Borgia and Testa


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     February 10, 2015

Max Dworin (Schumer): 202-224-7433

Shadawn Reddick-Smith (Gillibrand): 202-224-3873

Matt Wojtkun (Lowey): 202-225-6506

Stephanie Formas (Maloney): 202-225-0415

 Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney and Lowey Announce Significant $100 Million Metro-North Investment

 Washington -  Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,  Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17) announced a $100 million federal investment for Metro-North for long-term capital improvement projects resulting from Hurricane Sandy. This Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant is part of a $787 million investment for MTA for recovery and resiliency capital projects resulting from Hurricane Sandy. All of the projects are either recovery or resiliency scope added to the MTA Capital Program in July 2013 in response to the storm.


“This is an important investment that will help strengthen our critical transportation infrastructure,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Metro North was damaged following Superstorm Sandy and needed vast repairs. We need to make sure that New York taxpayers and the commuters who rely on Metro North to get to work every day aren’t stuck footing the bill alone. This funding will help ease that burden and will also help build back our transportation infrastructure even stronger so we are prepared when the next storm hits.”


“With this massive injection of federal dollars, mass transit riders throughout the Hudson Valley can rest assured that the rail system that they ride each day will be stronger and more resilient against future storms,” said Senator Schumer. “Superstorm Sandy walloped our tracks, electrical systems, bus and rail equipment and more, and this federal funding will help ensure that our transit system and related infrastructure receives necessary upgrades without concern that the cost will be passed onto commuters.”  


“Thousands of commuters in the Hudson Valley rely on Metro-North; we can’t wait for the next major natural disaster to invest in significant infrastructure upgrades for New York’s transportation system. After suffering significant damages in Hurricane Sandy, these long-term investments will help make Metro-North more resilient for years to come,” said Rep. Maloney.


“These federal funds will ensure that Metro-North, part of the nation’s busiest transit network and largest regional economy, can withstand disasters on the scale of Superstorm Sandy,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am proud to have led the fight to secure $60 billion in federal Sandy recovery aid. I will continue to work with my New York delegation colleagues and local officials to ensure New York’s resiliency and infrastructure needs are met.”


MTA’s project list includes the following investment categories:
• Rail Support/Equipment Facilities Repair- This category includes upgrades and protection of existing infrastructure.
• Transitway Line – This investment category primarily involves the restoration of signal, track and communication infrastructure in multiple tunnels.
• Electrical/Power Distribution Repair – Funding in this category will support restoration of circuit breaker houses and power infrastructure for multiple MTA operating agencies.
• Signal & Communication Repair - The repair of damage to essential communication and signal equipment along branch lines and in storage yards will be supported by this funding category.
• Rail Capital Items – This category includes funding for integrity monitoring for the MTA operating agencies.

These funds were made available by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, a bipartisan bill passed by Congress in January 2013 that provided $60 billion for response and recovery to aid communities in New York.  

         The Bob Meyer Trio,

 feat. Steven Frieder & Luke Franco

This Saturday, Feb. 14th, 2015 @ 8-11:30PM

It's VALENTINES DAY Take your honey out to dinner then come have a brew or two and listen to some jazz at

The Green Growler 


 The Bob Meyer Jazz Trio

featuring: Steven Frieder, tenor and clarinet,

Luke Franco, guitar

& yours truly, drums & cymbals.

368 S. Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520


We will be playing jazz standards, original tunes & other fun music while you enjoy the many wonderful craft beers, stock up on your supplies and hang out; all presided over by our wonderful host

Seana O'Callaghan.

Hope to see you there

February 11, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
Maloney Questions DOT Secretary on Rail Crossings
Foxx: Not Enough Resources to Attack Problem
Urges Rail Safety to be Priority of Upcoming Highway Bill
Washington – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) questioned the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on improving safety measures at rail grade crossing. Secretary Foxx made it clear that “there is not enough money in the system to help us [relocate and separate grade crossings] even on some of the highest danger areas,” and the Department of Transportation needs additional resources to “attack that problem as comprehensively as we need to.” In this year’s budget request, the Department of Transportation listed railroad intersections as one of the “three most pressing rail safety issues.”

“We have to act on commonsense safety measures to ensure we never repeat last week’s horrific accident. Each year, there are thousands of collisions and hundreds of deaths at rail crossings, and our local and state governments should have the resources they need to upgrade  safety devices as well as potentially relocate grade crossings in high density areas,” said Rep. Maloney.

This week, Maloney also urged the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to include key rail safety measures in the upcoming Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill.

In his letter, Maloney wrote, “I believe the Committee must work to address this issue in the surface transportation reauthorization by including a rail safety title, particularly one that includes robust funding for the Railway-Highways Crossing Program, or the Section 130 program. Our Committee has a responsibility to continue improving the rail safety infrastructure, particularly in areas of high risk such as intersections with motorists.”

In New York, there are currently 5,304 grade crossings, and from 2012-2014, there were 81 accidents, 15 deaths and 23 injuries at grade crossings according to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety. Last week, Maloney introduced the Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act, to help improve safety at grade crossings. H.R. 705 will reauthorize the Rail Line Relocation & Improvement Capital Grant Program (RLR) at $100 million a year for the next four years.
Two perfect Valentine's events this weekend!
Fri, Feb 13 ~ Mike Milazzo (Solo/Acoustic Rock)
Sat, Feb 14 ~ Edlene Hart & Smoothology (R&B / Soul)

"Dinner & Show" Reservations starting at 8pm
Early dinner seating: 

Ladies Night "Unplugged" with
KJ Denhert's unique blend of "Urban Folk & Jazz" has earned her 4 Independent Music Award nominations and she was named one of's top female vocalists. KJ has been described as "A crowd pleaser whose music is impossible to classify, but very easy to enjoy."  KJ is joined tonight by Fredi Meli on upright bass. 
Ladies Night Specials from 7pm: $6 Martinis, $6 by-the-glass wines and 1/2-price appetizers!
Free Admission.

Open Mic Night w/ Jess Erick
Our once-monthly Open Mic is hosted by the very talented and wonderful singer/ songwriter, Jess Erick. Jess opens the night with her original songs, then keeps the music flowing and spirits high. Our Open Mic is mainly acoustic, but most styles of music are welcome. Full back line includes mics, amps and keys. 
Sign up is between 8 & 10pm only. No Cover.

Mike Milazzo
Pre-Valentine Date Night!
When Mike Milazzo takes the stage, his audience listens. And is immediately taken with his songs, voice and guitar playing. Mike is a one-man tour de force... an accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist who blends rock, folk, country, and blues into a distinctive Americana sound. "During his set he will cover big name acts from Muddy Waters to Johnny Cash ... We think of Elvis Costello at times" (William Glenn) Mike has performed as an opening act for Donovan, Richie Havens, and Levon Helm.  $5 Cover.

"Hart & Soul" with Soul Sisters Edlene Hart & Brenda Jones 
and the R&B band, Smoothology
Love - and music- will be in the air this Valentine's Day with NY Soul Sisters Edlene Hart & Brenda Jones, featuring the band "Smoothology", performing the best in smooth Jazz, R&B, Motown and Pop. Dance and swoon to classic songs from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Labelle, Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker and so much more. $10 cover or $5 with dinner. "Dinner & Show" reservations required.

Kids Open Mic
hosted by Jessi Mason
Once each month, we're proud to open our stage to musicians and singers age 6 - 17. Sing solo or with a band. Bring your instruments or sing or play to a pre-recorded track (pre-set your iPod). We have a drum kit, mics, amps and keys. Sign-up begins at 5:30. $10 Burger special for kids 12 and under. Free Admission.
Ladies Night Specials
7:00 - 10:00
Half-priced Small Plates
such as Fish Tacos, Flatbread Pizza, Wings, Tuna Millennium and more. A new selection every week!
PLUS $6 Martinis &
$6 by the glass Wines

Live Acoustic Music
from 8-10 each week.

Wed Feb 18
Ladies Night "Unplugged" with
Julie Corbalis
julie corbalis

Thu Feb 19
Live Band Karaoke

Fri Feb 20

Sat Feb 21
Electric Beef
Classic rock at its best! 
Call for "Dinner & Show" Reservations:
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Keep up with all that's happening at 
12 Grapes


You can view more information about Rep. Maloney’s Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act here.
Editorial: Broad approach needed to rail safety
Poughkeepsie Journal
February 11, 2015
Whether investigators ultimately rule that driver error was at fault for a deadly accident involving an SUV and a Metro-North Railroad train, it would be dangerous to gloss over the fact that much more can be done to improve rail safety.
Officials say the driver of the SUV stopped on the tracks at a crossing in Westchester County last week and the vehicle got stuck when the gates came down.
The fiery crash killed the driver of the vehicle and five people on the train. The accident was exacerbated by the fact that the impact caused the car to go about 1,000 feet down the tracks. The SUV snagged part of the electrified third rail, which came up and ripped through the train.
Unquestionably, one of the sad lessons from this accident is to be acutely aware of your actions at a crossing, making sure you have adequate space to get across before warning lights start indicating the gates are about to come down.
But experts also are saying that if the SUV had gone three or four feet less, the SUV might not have hit the third rail.
The train was traveling 58 mph — below the posted speed limit of 60 mph — when the engineer applied the emergency brake. It took the train 950 feet to come to a stop.
Following last year's deadly crash involving a Metro-North train, officials have been pushing for the installation of "positive train control," which has the ability to prevent train-to-train collisions and slow trains as they go around bends.
But U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, says this technology also could lead to the detection of grade-crossing malfunctions or objects on the tracks.
Maloney discussed these and others matters in a recent meeting with the Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board.
He has introduced the Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act, pointing out there are more than 5,300 such crossings in New York alone. Over the years, many improvements have been made to these crossings, with gates, lights and warning bells being installed in many places, but there is far more work to be done. In key places, where public access to the Hudson River is sought, more underpasses and overpasses also are needed, as not only sound safety measures, but as smart long-term planning decisions.
Last week's deadly accident is another painful reminder that there is plenty of room for improvement to make the tracks and crossings much safer.
February 12, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
Rail Legislation Includes Key Provisions Authored by Maloney
Significant Investments in Positive Train Control and Relocating Grade Crossings Passes Key Committee
Invests $7 Billion in Amtrak Rail Lines in Northeast Corridor
Washington – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed two key provisions authored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA) including significant investments in rail crossing improvements and positive train control.
“By working across the aisle, we’re making significant investments that will save lives with positive train control technology and safer rail crossings,” said Maloney. “Unfortunately incidents at rail crossings are all too common in New York, and this investment for our local and state governments will ensure the resources are available to improve safety at dangerous, high-hazard crossings.”
Notably, PRRIA includes Rep. Maloney’s bill, H.R. 705, the Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act, which reauthorizes the Rail Line Relocation and Improvement Capital Grant Program (RLR). As part of an annual $300 million reauthorization with the Intercity Passenger Rail Service Program, the RLR program allows state and local communities to invest in local rail line relocation and improvement projects at grade crossings. Yesterday, Maloney (NY-18) questioned the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on improving safety measures at rail grade crossings, and Secretary Foxx made it clear that “there is not enough money in the system to help us [relocate and separate rail grade crossings] even on some of the highest danger areas,” and the Department of Transportation requires additional resources to “attack that problem as comprehensively as we need to.” In the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request, the Department of Transportation listed railroad intersections as one of the “three most pressing rail safety issues.” In New York, there are currently 5,304 grade crossings, and from 2012-2014, there were 81 accidents, 15 deaths and 23 injuries at rail grade crossings according to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety. In the past, the RLR program allowed states and local governments to make lateral and vertical relocation of rail lines in order to improve the safety of grade crossings for train passengers, motorists and pedestrians. Authorization for this program expired in 2009, but even when authorized the program was minimally funded at $20 million to $35 million dollars.
In addition, the bipartisan PRRIA bill will help commuter rail lines like Metro-North fund and implement positive train control (PTC) systems. Originally authored following the tragic Metro-North derailment in December 2013 and reintroduced in this Congress, Rep. Maloney’s Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act would help finance positive train control systems for commuter rail systems. This legislation would make all positive train control installations "priority projects" as part of the $35 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program that currently provides loans and loan guarantees to railroads.
“Implementing positive train control on commuter rails like Metro-North is the single most important thing we can do to prevent accidents and save lives,” said Rep. Maloney. “This legislation is a critical investment in our transportation systems that prioritizes the safety of the thousands of my neighbors who ride Metro-North every day.”   
PRRIA, which passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure by voice vote today, also reauthorizes Amtrak and provides a total of $7 billion over four years to help bring the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to a state-of-good repair, cover capital and operating expenses of the National Network, and encourage the development of new and improved intercity passenger rail service.
Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Note: As of December 2, 2014, CIY summaries of Town Board meetings are being written by Susan Siegel in her capacity as a councilwoman.
Town Board
February 10, 2015

Meeting highlights. For details on all agenda items, visit

1. Televising work sessions
Supervisor Grace has changed his mind and said he won’t support televising work sessions.

2. Crompond Terraces
The board discussed a scoping outline of the proposed studies the applicant will submit as part of an expanded EAF (Environmental Assessment Form). Included in the issues to be studied were:  traffic, grading, stormwater and fiscal impact.

3. Teatown/Croft
Supervisor Grace urged both sides to work together to see if anything could be done to preserve the building while at the same time respecting  Teatown’s economic concerns.

4. YCCC room rentals
The board will continue to waive the rental fees for non profit groups on a case by case basis. The board voted to waive one fee, but in a 2-1 vote, not a second.

5. Spectra/Pipeline
The board reviewed a two page list of both general and specific questions the town will ask Spectra to answer.
Bruce Barber, the town’s environmental consultant, will prepare a final list of the questions and will also draft the town’s comments to the DEC on the pending air quality and water quality permits.

6. Zoning amendments relating to future sober houses/Compass Westchester
Supervisor Grace rejected the totality of the five page document I submitted with suggested changes to the zoning code. He said any future action on amending the code will wait until after the March 10 election.

In a separate action relating only to Compass Westchester, Supervisor Grace made a motion on a resolution that would deny the special permit. There were no seconds to the motion.

7. Ethics Law/Disclosure Form
The supervisor will send letters to the people who have not filed their 2014 Annual Disclosure Forms that were due May 15, 2014. The board agreed to a March 1 deadline for receiving the required forms.

8. State grant for YCCC
The board adopted a resolution that “accepted” a $100,000 state grant for the YCCC. More board discussion will needed before the money, promised about seven years ago, is committed.

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Jim Maisano posted: "I'm all for ethics reform and understand how Sheldon Silver and others abuse power, but the recent proposal in the NY State Senate to cap outside income at $12,000 doesn't make sense. They are missing the point. The NY State Legislature is a part-time job"
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Proposed Cap On Outside Income For NYS Legislators Is Misguided

by Jim Maisano'm all for ethics reform and understand how Sheldon Silver and others abuse power, but the recent proposal in the NY State Senate to cap outside income at $12,000 doesn't make sense. They are missing the point. The NY State Legislature is a part-time job. They are only in session for six months each year and in some weeks they are only in Albany for two days. The system was designed for citizen-legislators. You are supposed to have outside income from a real job in the real world, and then bring that experience to your legislative duties. The salary is $79,500 and with a cap they can only make $91,500 (plus possible stipends). It's hard to raise a family in Westchester, Nassau or Manhattan with that salary - try putting a few kids through college.
If this "reform" passes, who will run for State Senate or State Assembly? You can expect a lot of wealthy candidates who don't need to work hard every day like the rest of us. It will close the door to middle class people and those in the private sector - the exact kind of people we need in our State Legislature. Unfortunately, we already have too many legislators in Albany who fail to grasp that New York is the highest taxed, least business friendly and most over-regulated state in the country. The actions of our state legislators have damaged job creation and economic opportunity and caused tens of millions of New Yorkers to flee our state in the past 20 years.
This "reform" is misguided, and we should hope it's defeated, but let's also hope they approve more thoughtful reforms that actually crack down on the corrupt schemes like those of Sheldon Silver or other legislators recently convicted of crimes.
Jim Maisano
(Jim is the Vice-Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators).

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February 13, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
 House Passes Conservation Easement Incentive Act with Maloney Support
Washington – With the support of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), the House of Representatives passed legislation to make permanent the tax incentive for farmers and ranchers to preserve their non-developed land. Included as part of H.R. 644, the Conservation Incentive Easement Act of 2015 passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 279-137.
“Conservation easements preserve our environment, boost our economy, and create jobs; making this important provision permanent will give our farmers the certainty they need to make important long-term decisions about protecting their land for future generations,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
“Passage of the bi-partisan Conservation Easement Incentive Act will do much to protect the Hudson Valley’s working farms and majestic scenery that is a foundation of our agricultural and tourism economies. With support from the Senate and President, the measure will transform private land conservation throughout the country while delivering important public benefits,” said Andy Bicking, Director of Public Policy, Scenic Hudson.
The Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2015, would make permanent an enhanced tax incentive for donating development rights that expired at the end of 2014.  Originally created in 2006, the enhanced tax incentive has been extended on a short-term basis. Consequently, these short term extensions have created uncertainty among landowners and discouraged donations because it takes an average of three years to set up a conservation easement. Making the enhanced incentive permanent will give more farmers, ranchers, forest, and other landowners the assurances they need to choose land conservation over development.
In addition, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act would also help moderate-income landowners choose conservation by:
  • Raising the maximum deduction a donor can take for donating a conservation easement from 30 percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) in any year to 50 percent;
  • Allowing qualified farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100 percent of their AGI; and
  • Increasing the number of years over which a donor can take this deduction from 5 to 15 years.
H.R. 641 has been endorsed by a diverse coalition of conservation, agriculture, and sporting organizations including the Land Trust Alliance, Scenic Hudson, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Forest Foundation, the National Audubon Society, and the Wildlife Society.
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:17 PM, Chiaroscuro Group wrote:
Contact:  Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Filthy, medical equipment looks like it's from the 70s."
"A dirty, poorly operated clinic, with zero transparency...."

New York--Feb. 10...Disturbing user reviews from women who have visited uninspected New York abortion clinics are being used in three radio advertisements being aired in the New York City and Albany media markets, the Chiaroscuro Group today announced.

The radio spots can be heard here, here, and here.  Ad copy is available below.

The Chiaroscuro Group ads call for passage of legislation in Albany requiring regular Health Department inspections of New York's abortion clinics, just as other facilities used by the public are routinely inspected. Chiaroscuro's call comes on the heels of a blockbuster expose by The New York Post last year reporting that a many of New York's abortion clinics haven't been inspected in more than a dozen years.  Those that were inspected had serious sanitary violations that could then be addressed. The Post found that tanning and nail salons are inspected more than abortion facilities.

"We have a problem in New York, and it doesn't matter whether you're pro-life or pro-choice; we have to fix it," said Chiaroscuro Group spokesman Greg Pfundstein. "Young women, oftentimes without their parent's knowledge, are having surgical procedures in uninspected medical facilities.  If ever there was a common ground issue, this is it."   

Two of the Chiaroscuro Group ads call for passage of a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) prompted by the New York Post expose.

"Chiaroscuro is deeply grateful to Assemblywoman Malliotakis for sponsoring legislation to protect the health of women in New York," Mr. Pfundstein added. "We are hopeful that Democrats and Republicans of goodwill can quickly come together on this important and necessary bill."

Radio spot :60

"Avoid at all costs."

"The waiting room is dirty and smells of dried urine."


These are actual reviews from women who have visited New York abortion clinics...

"This place is disgusting and it preys off low income women who need help."

"My worst experience ever."

"Filthy, medical equipment looks like it's from the 70s."

New York inspects just about everything: pizzerias, nail and tanning salons...

But for more than a dozen years it's failed to inspect women's clinics around the state.

"She balanced her tool tray ON THE GARBAGE CAN..."
"A dirty, poorly operated clinic, with zero transparency and zero care for the patients."
If you really want to support Women's Equality in New York, support Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis's safe clinic inspection bill.  

New York doesn't need more abortions; it needs cleaner, safer healthcare.

Paid for by Chiaroscuro Group.   

Radio :60

"Like something out of a back alley. Don't go. Trust me."

Like "it hadn't been cleaned in days."

"AVOID at all costs -  it will cost you your health."

More actual reviews from women who visited New York abortion clinics.

Some which haven't been expected in a dozen years.


"Worst experience ever."


"Dirty.  Poorly operated."

New York inspects almost everything: pizzerias, nail salons, movie houses.

So why isn't it inspecting women's clinics?

Teenagers go to them...without their parents even knowing.

"One of the worst experiences I've ever had."
If you really want to support Women's Equality in New York, support Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis's safe clinic inspection bill.  

New York doesn't need more abortions; it needs cleaner, safer healthcare.

Paid for by Chiaroscuro Group.

Radio :30

"Don't go. Trust me."

"Like something out of a back alley.

"AVOID at all costs."

These are actual reviews from women who visited New York abortion clinics.




"Worst experience ever."

New York inspects tanning and nail salons, but not women's clinics???  

Teenagers go there...without their parents even knowing.

Women's Equality in New York begins with safe clinic inspections.     

Paid for by Chiaroscuro Group.

 On Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:00 AM, Chairwoman Serafina Mastro wrote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12th, 2015
CONTACT: 914-455-1060
Affiliated Police Association of Westchester Endorse
Greg Bernard & Tom Diana For Town Board

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - The duo of Greg Bernard and Tom Diana, candidates running in the important special election on March 10th, landed their first major endorsement: the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester.

"Public safety needs to remain a priority for our town," said Greg Bernard.  "I am honored to have the endorsement of the APA which recognized my longstanding commitment and partnership with a wide range of law enforcement agencies.  As a member of the town board I remain committed to improving the safety of our streets and neighborhoods."
The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County currently represents 53 PBAs and over 10,000 members.  This prestigious endorsement solidifies the support of law enforcement agencies on the local, county and state levels for the team committed to moving Yorktown forward.

"As a former police officer, having served both locally and countywide, this is a truly humbling endorsement," said former Sargent Tom Diana.  "To have the support of my fellow officers on so many levels means the world to me.  I will continue to support their efforts to win this devastating war on heroin and protect the citizens of our great town."

In a letter from Vice President Bob Buckley the organization hailed Mr. Bernard's and Mr. Diana's records as public servants which reflect their commitment to keeping the residents of Yorktown safe and secure. 

The two candidates will be on the ballot for the important special election on March 10th.

On Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:44 AM, NRCC Communications wrote:

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2015
Contact: Press Office
Sean Patrick Maloney Should Demand the President Sign Keystone Pipeline Legislation
WASHINGTON- Now that the Keystone Pipeline legislation has passed the House and the Senate, it is time for Democrats like Sean Patrick Maloney to demand that President Obama stop obstructing the will of the American people and sign the Keystone Pipeline bill into law. With the President determined to appeal to his liberal base and donors, it will take more than a token vote from Maloney to get the Keystone Pipeline built – it will take actual political pressure on President Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
Will Maloney have the courage to stand up to his party bosses and demand the pipeline be built? Or will Maloney hide behind his vote while letting his party continue to block jobs and energy independence?
“Sean Patrick Maloney must demand that President Obama do his job and sign the Keystone XL pipeline bill,” said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin. “It is time for politicians like Maloney to stop playing political games and actually take a stand against an obstructionist president who is more concerned with appealing to his donors and liberal base than he is with creating jobs and lowering energy prices for New York families.” 
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On Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:44 AM, Sandy Galef wrote:From NEWS     

Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District   SANDY GALEF   
District Office:
  2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

albany office:

  Room 641,
Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248
  For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef  (914) 941-1111

"Speak Out" with Assemblywoman Galef Focuses on

Westchester County Majority and Minority Leaders Borgia and Testa

(February 12, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef speaks with the Majority and
Minority leaders of the county legislature, Catherine Borgia and John Testa,
about their vision for Westchester in 2015.

Both Borgia and Testa represent northern Westchester districts.  They bring
Peekskill's and Ossining's enthusiasm for historic sites like the Lincoln
Depot and the Sing Sing Museum with their potential for tourism to the
table.  In addition they explore a common concern for Westchester's
infrastructure, environment, and social services.  Borgia emphasizes the
need to regulate e cigarettes and pollution from heating oil, while Testa
talks about opening social service offices for seniors and veterans further
north in the county and the county's need to buy environmentally sensitive
motor vehicles. They also agree that longstanding issues like the future of
Playland and the resolution of housing issues with the federal courts will
be big issues in 2015. 

        "The enthusiasm for government service that Catherine Borgia and
John Testa share with me make the future of Westchester County look very
bright," said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. "By working together at the county
level and by encouraging cooperation between the county and the state we can
continue to make Westchester an interesting and rewarding place to live." 

Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to
learn more.
"Speak Out: Majority and Minority Leaders" airs as follows:
Airs: February 18, and 25, and March 4, and 11
Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison,
Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)

Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)

Yorktown airs on Channel 74: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.

(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

Airs: February 18 and 25, and March 4 
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8: Wednesdays at 7:30
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On Thursday, February 12, 2015 1:43 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact Tara Keegan (845-628-3781)
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C - Yorktown) has had enough of Gov. Cuomo's political posturing in regard to the school aid runs for our community. The governor is refusing to release school aid runs ahead of budget negotiations in an effort to force the Legislature to vote on his controversial education reforms.
            "Education funds aren't a game," Katz said. "The governor is treating school aid like it's some pawn in a greater political game. It's not. These are our children's schools.  They deserve to know how much money they should be expecting. Leaving schools in the dark to press forward on your own private agenda is disgusting and the people of New York deserve better. Enough of the games, governor; release the school aid runs today."
BAZZO 02/13/15

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