Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/19/15: 16 Topics In Today's blog


THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) Public Meeting Agendas]Yorktown Planning Board 02/23/15

2) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

3) Upcoming NYGOP Events

4) : News from Senator Murphy: Feb 13, 2015

5) Assemblywoman Galef to Host Town Meetings Throughout Her Assembly District

6) PRESS RELEASE] Sen. Murphy Launches Petition to End GEA

7) Astorino: Statement on Establishment of Reform Party

8) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Addresses the Benefits of Automated External Defibrillators on her "Dear Sandy" TV Show

9) 50 Shades of Bill

10) Town Of Ossining: Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting- Monday, February 23rd, 2015

11) KATZ: CUT RED TAPE HURTING MILITARY SPOUSES

12) NEWS: As White House Considers Crude by Rail Rules, Maloney Advocates for Strong Minimum Safety Standard in New and Existing Tank Cars

13) Statement from Chairman Michael Kaplowitz re. US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit decision on Westchester v. HUD

14) Town Of Yorktown

15) 12 Grapes: Check out our NEW mobile-friendly email!

16) UTY's NEXT MEETING


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On Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:01 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:
Planning Board
Calendar Date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Discussion
Correspondence
Liaison Reports
Minutes: February 11, 2015
SPECIAL SESSION
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
SBL: 27.13-3-17
Decision Water Testing

Location: Granite Spring Road
Description: Evaluation of required water testing performed by the Guiding Eyes as a condition of the amended site plan approval Resolution #03-18 dated August 11, 2003.
IBM Helipad
SBL: 69.16-1-1
Decision Renewal Special Use Permit

Location: 1101 Kitchawan Road
Contact: Nicolette Visalli
Description: Proposed helipad on grounds facing Route 134.
WORK SESSION
BJ's/Urstadt Biddle
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Amended Site Plan

Location: 3315 Crompond Road
Contact: Zarin & Steinmetz
Description: Proposed site plan for the construction of a BJ's Wholesale Club gasoline filling station and a 3,000 sf restaurant.
VS Construction Corp. ZBA #5/15
SBL: 6.18-1-13
Zoning Board of Appeals Referral

Location: 3771 Curry Street
Contact: VS Construction Corp.
Description: Request to construct a single family home on a lot with a total area of 18,040 sf where 20,000 sf are required and a variance for a side yard setback along Route 6 of 26.1 ft where 40 ft is required.
Crompond Terraces
SBL: 26.18-1-11, 12, 14, 15, 16
Discussion Request for Rezone

Location: Old Crompond Road
Contact: Ciarcia Engineering
Description: Applicant is requesting a change in zone from R1-20 to R-3 and C-2 for construction of 80 residential units and 44,000 sf of office and retail space on 20.10 acres.
CVS Pharmacy Crompond Road
SBL: 26.18-1-25
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3320 Crompond Road
Contact: T.M. Crowley & Associates
Description: Proposed construction of a 12,900 sf (with 1,661 sf mezzanine) CVS/pharmacy with drive-thru and a standalone 2,500 sf retail building with a drive-thru. Associated parking, landscaping and utilities are also proposed.
Lake Osceola Square
SBL: 6.17-1-43, 45, 46
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 393 East Main Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed multi-use building on 2.95 acres in the Country Commercial zone.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: Due to special election activity, the Planning Board’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall Board Room, located at 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
 Agenda:

Directions

Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104
Yorktown Heights, NY
10598
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    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com

 



The next meeting of the Town of Ossining Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 8PM
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York


 

 
Preliminary Agenda:
  • Lexington 202 Group LLC – Revised Commercial/Storage Building  530 & 532 North State Road- Variance(s)
Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195
bldgdept@townofossining.com
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On Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:04 AM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2015
Contact Tara Keegan 845-628-3781 Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
KATZ: CUT RED TAPE HURTING MILITARY SPOUSES
 
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C - Yorktown) is renewing his call to decrease the hoops military families must jump through when moving to New York. Katz is the lead sponsor of Assembly Bill 2590, which would drastically reduce the regulatory burden on military spouses receiving licensing for their employment. 
 
            "New York must reduce the red tape surrounding the licensing of military spouses who have been relocated to New York," Katz said. "With this legislation I hope to eradicate the horror stories of Albany preventing the spouses of our heroes from working in a field they love. These people have sacrificed for our country, and our state leaves them behind. The amount of red tape these families have to deal with is ridiculous, even by New York's standards. Let's pass this bill and make life a little easier on the families of our nation's heroes."
 
            For more information regarding A.2590, a description of the legislation can be found here: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A02590&term=&Summary=Y&Memo=Y
 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
As White House Considers Crude by Rail Rules, Maloney Advocates for Strong Minimum Safety Standard in New and Existing Tank Cars

Washington, DC – After a freight train transporting crude oil derailed in West Virginia, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan requesting quick approval of strong minimum safety standards in the rules for crude oil transport, recommended last week by the Department of Transportation.

 

In his letter, Maloney wrote, “We can all agree that we must prioritize replacing and retrofitting dangerously inadequate DOT-111 tank cars that are prone to splitting, but as we’ve seen in recent accidents, we also need enhanced tank car standards established that go beyond the current industry standard. Although some CPC-1232 have been retrofitted, newer CPC 1232 cars have the same thin shell as DOT-111 tank cars […] In addition, we must implement an aggressive two-year deadline for retrofitting and modifying cars. As we have seen, these accidents continue to happen frequently and without warning.”

 

Maloney concluded the letter, “I request that you act with utmost urgency to approve these rules to create basic standards and reduce the risks associated with crude oil transportation by rail. There’s not a moment to waste on finalizing and implementing strong regulations.”

 

Maloney is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Two weeks ago, Rep. Maloney questioned rail executives on tank car standards and for the last year, he has continually pushed for the immediate implementation of crude by rail regulations that would begin phasing out the use of older, structurally insufficient and dangerous DOT-111 tank cars, issue new standards for tanker cars carrying highly hazardous materials, reduce operating speeds, and require notification for first responders

The full letter is as follows:
Dear Director Donovan,

As you attempt to quickly approve the final draft of rules for tank cars carrying crude, I write to express my support for the strongest safety standards for both newly-built tank cars and for tank cars currently in service.  On Monday, a freight train carrying crude oil cars derailed near Mount Carbon, WV sparking an explosion. The oil was not in the obsolete DOT-111 cars, but in the “safer” CPC-1232 cars. We’ve also seen multiple tragic and disastrous derailments in places like Quebec, North Dakota, Minnesota and Lynchburg that have detrimental economic and environmental impacts for years to come. It is clear that even the industry proposed tanker standards are still not satisfactory to prevent serious accidents involving trains carrying millions of pounds of highly flammable and explosive crude oil.

 

This past week, the U.S. Department of Transportation sent a series of proposed rules on classification, rail routing, operating speeds, enhanced braking, and new standards for new and existing tank cars. We can all agree that we must prioritize replacing and retrofitting dangerously inadequate DOT-111 tank cars that are prone to splitting, but as we’ve seen in recent accidents, we also need enhanced tank car standards established that go beyond the current industry standard. Although some CPC-1232 have been retrofitted, newer CPC 1232 cars have the same thin shell as DOT-111 tank cars. The final rule should include a minimum standard for new tank cars including: 9/16 inch steel; a high capacity pressure relief valve; 1/2 inch full-height shields in front and back; ceramic thermal jacket around the tank shell and an outer steel jacket; rollover protection; and electronically controlled brakes. This most similarly meets the “Tank Option One” standards originally proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation last year.

 

In addition, we must implement an aggressive two-year deadline for retrofitting and modifying cars. As we have seen, these accidents continue to happen frequently and without warning. The safety of communities and the health of our environment are far too important to keep waiting for additional months or years –especially in the Hudson Valley.

 

I request that you act with utmost urgency to approve these rules to create basic standards and reduce the risks associated with crude oil transportation by rail. There’s not a moment to waste on finalizing and implementing strong regulations.  

Sincerely, 
Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress
CC: President Barack Obama
CC: Secretary Anthony Foxx
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For Immediate Release: February 18, 2015

Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director


 

 

Negotiate Not Litigate

 

Statement from Chairman Michael Kaplowitz on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision on County of Westchester v. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

     Today’s unanimous decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (County of Westchester v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) finding that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) actions are subject to judicial review, specifically that HUD’s summary rejection of the County’s Analysis of Impediments (AI) submissions is not acceptable, is a significant victory for the County.

 

      However, the decision does not bring back the lost $6.7 million from 2011 and the $15.6 million of taxpayer’s money for 2012-2014 which is still imperiled.

 

      Further, the County is still subject to paragraph 32 of the 2009 Housing Settlement that requires the county to file an AI “acceptable to HUD”.  The circuit court specifically declined to rule on this question and left it to the district court to decide. 

 

     Finally, the judicial review as ordered does not guarantee County victory, it only guarantees our day in court and before the same judge who has ruled against the County numerous times in the past.

 

     In fact, all these issues remain to be litigated with uncertain outcome.  Such endless litigation will take years with significant direct and indirect costs to be borne by Westchester taxpayers.

 

     While we have achieved a notable victory, now is the time to negotiate from strength.

 

     This decision provides a perfect opportunity for all parties in this matter to sit down and reach an end-game settlement to the issues of both the 2009 Housing Settlement and the loss of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies.

 

     Public policy can best be served here by all parties negotiating rather than litigating their differences.

 

     Therefore, to further a sound housing policy, recapture lost CDBG monies, save taxpayer’s dollars and successfully bring finality to the contentious 2009 Housing Settlement, I call on all parties to work in good faith to finally bring a resolution to this matter.
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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 17, 2015

This was an atypical meeting. While it lasted 3 hours, the “business” part of the meeting took about 10 minutes total.

Because I was involved in so much of the discussion, my write up on “Susan’s Blog” and on the CIY site is very brief.  For a fuller sense of the meeting, you can view a video of the meeting on the town website
http://yorktownny.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=19

Business portion of meeting
1. Police promotion: Sergeant Thomas Gentner was promoted to Police Lieutenant at an annual salary of $130,285.

2. NYS Tax Freeze Program. The board approved a resolution to join a county initiative that will explore sharing efficiencies between the county and its municipalities.

4. Rezoning. Set March 17 for a public hearing on a request to rezone two properties on East Main St. in Mohegan Lake from office use to C-3 commercial

5. CDBG funds. The town will be eligible to compete for $5 million on CDBG funds.

As for the other matters…
Zoning amendments relating to sober living residences & Compass Westchester
The discussion continued about the need to amend the zoning ordinance. I supported the need for changes. Supervisor Grace saw no need for any changes.

Relating to Compass Westchester, a resident asked the building department to look into possible code violations at 482 Underhill Avenue which is being readied to open as a “family.”.

Code enforcement
There was also considerable discussion and comments from the public relating to a code enforcement issue.
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UTY's NEXT MEETING
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Remember our next UTY meeting is on next Wed. Feb. 25 at the Yorktown Town hall at 7:30PM in the conference room to the left then a right after entering town hall.
Those of you that use castle now Petco the oil prices have gone up a lot. I am having a delivery today at $2.75 per gal. I will try to find a better price. Make sure you tell Petco you are  member of the UTY and use my price or lower if you need oil. If any of you find a better price for oil let me know.
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