Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/25/15: 9 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) NEWS: Maloney Statement on NTSB Preliminary Report

2) NEWS: Maloney Statement on Metrolink Accident in California

3) NEWS: Maloney Announces Introduction of Commuter Benefit Parity Act of 2015

4) Democratic Westchester Legislators Await Swift Deliberations on Invest in Kids Funding

5) Yorktown Town Board Special Election Debate - YouTube

6) Galef to Host Town Meetings in 95th Assembly District Starting this Saturday in Croton and Peekskill

7) Town of Ossining: Town Hall Meeting- Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 7:30PM

8) LEAKED: Bill de Blasio's Albany To-do List

9) Lalor Renews Call For Assembly to Pass Consecutive Sentencing Bill After Bard College Killer Sentencing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
 
Maloney Statement on NTSB Preliminary Report
 
Newburgh, NY – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary report of the Metro North accident in Valhalla:
 
“It's sad that it often takes tragedy to bring people together to focus on an issue, but NTSB’s preliminary report underscores the urgency for us to act on key safety measures. Ninety-five percent of deaths involving trains actually happen at highway-rail crossings, and with hundreds of deaths at grade crossings each year, we must look at commonsense improvements at grade crossings — especially at high-hazard crossings we know are dangerous. As the National Transportation Safety Board develops full safety recommendations, this Congress must provide additional resources to prevent deaths at rail intersections as well as open up existing sources of funding to speed the installation of life saving technology known as positive train control.”
 
Earlier this month, 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. Specifically, 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  well as Maloney’s Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act, which 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.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
 
Maloney Statement on Metrolink Accident in California
 
Washington – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement on Metrolink accident in California: 
 
“No community should have to live through a tragedy like what occurred in Valhalla.  Although we’re on the other side of the country, the Hudson Valley is thinking and praying for the families, first responders and victims of the MetroLink tragedy,” said Maloney. “Ninety-five percent of the hundreds of train-related deaths every year actually happen at highway-rail crossings; we must take urgent action to make commonsense improvements at grade crossings and implement modern technology to prevent these accidents.”
 
Next week, the House is expected to consider H.R. 749: Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015. Earlier this month, 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. Specifically, 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  well as Maloney’s Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act, which 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.
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
Maloney Announces Introduction of Commuter Benefit Parity Act of 2015
Metro-North Fare Set to Increase 4% in March
Newburgh, NY – With Metro-North fares set to increase in March, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced the introduction of the Commuter Benefit Parity Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Rep. Peter King (NY-2), would establish parity between the parking and transit portions of the transportation fringe benefit by setting the monthly caps for both at $235/month. Transportation costs represent the second-largest household expense for American families, and without congressional action, the cost for those who use the transit benefit would have practically doubled in 2015, leaving families and commuters with up to $1,440 a year in additional tax burden.
“With Metro-North fares set to increase, Hudson Valley commuters need us to get to work and pass the bipartisan Commuter Parity Act, which would reinstate this critical tax break, support public transportations, and put money back in commuters’ pockets,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18).
“Commuters who drive to work receive more favorable tax treatment of their transportation costs than commuters who rely on public transportation,” said Rep. King. “The Commuter Benefit Parity Act ensures that commuters receive the same level of tax relief regardless of whether they drive or use public transportation, like the Long Island Railroad. At no cost to the federal government, this legislation is a common-sense solution to ensuring that public transportation is a cost-effective choice.”
“The transit benefit is a primary tool used by our members to provide commuters with options,” said ACT Executive Director Mark Wright. “It is a very effective tool, and parity is a top priority of ACT members. We thank Congressman King and the other co-sponsors of this legislation.”
Joining Rep. Maloney and Rep. King in introducing the legislation is Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Congressman Daniel Lipinksi (D-IL). From 2009 until 2013, transit users and drivers were able to deduct the same amount, but the amount rolled back to the smaller amount for public transportation. During the past several years, members of Congress have been working together to bring permanent parity to transit currently allotted at $130 and parking pre-tax benefits currently allotted at $250. Permanent parity assists commuters in creating permanent changes to the way they commute, moving toward increased ridership of subways, trains and buses and reducing traffic congestion.
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Press release from Legislators Alfreda Williams and Catherine Borgia
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2015
Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)
 
Democratic Legislators Await Swift Deliberations on Invest-in-Kids Funding
 
White Plains, NY – At last night’s regular meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL), ten concerned residents associated with the County’s Invest-in-Kids (IIK) programs spoke in support of legislation on the BOL agenda that would return money to successful IIK programs but were notified at the end of January there would be no funding in 2015.
 
One such resident was John Savage, the CEO of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. (WestCOP), who asked the BOL to provide continuity to longstanding programs, like its YES program, that serve Westchester’s most vulnerable young residents and help them overcome economic, educational and social barriers to self-sufficiency. Through most of the YES program’s twenty-year history, it has been funded through the County’s Youth Bureau to provide resources and improve academics, enhance health and mental development and improve social skills of middle school aged children. “This program has always received positive evaluations and reviews,” said Savage before noting it was one of the programs denied funding in 2015.
 
BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) last night sent the legislation back to committee with the promise of “an important and timely discussion” by the BOL on the matter of restoring funding for these established and proven providers.
 
The recommitted Act will be taken up now by the BOL Community Services Committee, where it has been approved already, and the BOL Budget & Appropriations Committee, which will discuss it on Monday, March 2.
 
Getting the funding restored to the twenty IIK program providers as quickly as possible is behind the proposed legislation, which has the support of the BOL’s Democratic caucus members.
 
“While I’m disappointed that the Board of Legislators was not afforded an opportunity to vote on the Invest-in-Kids legislation last night, I am grateful that Chairman Kaplowitz is eager to resolve the issue of lost funding for these programs, which have been documented as being successful and worthy of the County’s continued support,” said BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining).
 
In regard to seeing whether the IIK funds can be restored to the twenty proven providers, Kaplowitz also stated last night that the Administration and Board of Legislators “need, shall, must work together on this…to get to the bottom of this as quick as possible to see what relief and ameliorative action can be taken to bring about as good a resolution as possible, in as timely a fashion as possible.”
 
Contrary to a law passed in 2011 that guaranteed funding for current IIK programs with proven success as part of the County Budget, the Administration issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for IIK youth services in October 2014 and asked current program providers to apply as well. To date, the BOL has not been privy to the 133 RFPs received by the Administration, the criteria for evaluating the RFPs, or the scores put on the RFPs—all of which Williams has asked Pagan to provide to the BOL.
 
“Because the entire process for deciding the 2015 contracts for Invest-in-Kids was conducted without regard to County law, restoring the funding to agencies that have long been serving our at-risk youth makes sense,” said Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh), chair of the BOL Community Services Committee. “I look forward to working together with the Administration to undo this egregious error in judgment.”
Additional news and photos available at www.westchesterlegislators.com/newsroom
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Yorktown Town Board Special Election Debate - YouTube
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On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:13 PM, Sandra 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

Assemblywoman Galef to Host Town Meetings throughout Her Assembly District

Meetings to Focus on Government Reform and the State Budget

(February 24, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has announced five town
meetings she is hosting at various sites throughout the 95th Assembly
District, starting this Saturday, February 28th.  The meetings will be held
between February 28th and March 7th and Galef will discuss state issues
which affect her communities.  Constituents are encouraged to come prepared
with ideas, suggestions, and questions to add to the open dialogue.



"I am pleased to host these town meetings which give my constituents an
opportunity to better understand what is happening in Albany as well as to
voice any concerns that they may have," said Assemblywoman Galef. "This
allows for an open discussion of issues and allows me to learn more directly
from the people I represent."



If a town meeting is cancelled in one municipality due to weather, Galef
encourages her constituents to attend another town meeting on a different
date.  If the weather is inclement, please call Galef's district office at
(914) 941-1111 or the local library for an update on whether or not the
meeting will proceed as scheduled.
The Town Meeting schedule for 2015 is as follows:
Saturday, February 28th, 2015 10 to 12 am

Croton Free Library; 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 1pm-3pm

The Field Library, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566
Thursday March 5th, 2015, 7pm-9pm

Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10am-12pm

Desmond Fish Library, 472 Route 403, Garrison, NY 10524

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 1pm -3pm,

Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512
An RSVP is not required. For more information and/or directions please
contact the Assemblywoman's office by e-mail at galefs@assembly.state.ny.us
or by phone at 914-941-1111.
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On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 3:10 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:
 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com

 

Our Next Town Hall Meeting will be held on:
Tuesday, March 3rdh, 2015
Ossining Public Library, 7:30PM
 
Agenda:
Disaster Preparedness: The American Red Cross has partnered with New York State to bring information sessions to communities to increase awareness about how to prepare for emergencies and how to respond when disaster strikes. Town Unincorporated resident Ellen Kahan will be our presenter for the evening- check out the flyer for the meeting here.

2015 Budget Resources
Line Item, Highlights, Facts & Figures
    Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
    Susanne Donnelly: sdonnelly@townofossining.com
    Eric P. Blaha: blaha@townofossining.com
    Geoffrey Harter: harter@townofossining.com
    Kim Jeffrey: jeffrey@townofossining.com
    Northern Wilcher: wilcher@townofossining.com
    Town Board 
    Susanne Donnelly
    Supervisor 
    Eric P. Blaha
    Council Member 
    Geoffrey J. Harter
    Council Member 
    Kim Jeffrey
    Council Member 
    Northern Wilcher
    Council Member 


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    February 25, 2015
    LEAKED: Bill de Blasio's Albany To-do List  
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: David Laska
    dlaska@nygop.org
    518.462.2601
    ALBANY... New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be at the State Capitol today to peddle his anti-growth agenda to the State Legislature. But that's not the only thing the Mayor will be up to. In fact, our NYGOP spies got their hands on de Blasio's full list of priorities.
     
    Here's Bill de Blasio's Albany to-do list:
    • Chastise Assembly Democrats' Corruption Caucus for chasing away the Democratic National Convention
    • Check in with Carl Heastie about the FBI investigation of the Bronx Democratic Party
    • Challenge Andrew Cuomo to a game of rocks, paper, scissors: the winner gets Sunnyside Yards
    • Thank Senate Republicans for closing the loophole that allows sex offenders to live near pre-K programs 
    • Take his fight against school choice and education reform statewide
    • Interview Larry Schwartz - he may be "radioactive," but hey, de Blasio hired Rachel Noerdlinger
    • Remember to check in with Al Sharpton every fifteen minutes
     
    NYGOP spokesman David Laska said:
     
    "Despite all of the money raised for Senate Democrats by Bill de Blasio last year, New Yorkers voted overwhelmingly for a Republican State Senate majority. Bill de Blasio can bluster all he wants: voters have already rejected his high-tax, anti-education reform, job-killing agenda."
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     On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:11 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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    Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
    For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 25, 2015
    Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
    Lalor Renews Call For Assembly to Pass Consecutive Sentencing Bill After Bard College Killer Sentencing
    East Fishkill, NY - (2/25/15) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is renewing his call for the Assembly to pass legislation that would toughen sentencing for multiple homicides after the driver who killed two Bard College students received a concurrent sentence for the two deaths Currently, the law does not allow judges the discretion to deliver consecutive sentencing for multiple homicides caused by one act. Lalor's legislation passed the Senate last year, but died in the Assembly. It has been reintroduced in the new session.
    "We need to give judges the flexibility to issue a punishment that fits the crime," said Lalor. "This bill will help to ensure that the extent of a defendant’s sentence will directly and appropriately relate to the amount of suffering caused to victims, their families and society. When a killer takes two lives, the sentence should be greater. The law ties judges' hands now. We need to give judges discretion to mete out the appropriate punishments."
    Lalor originally introduced the legislation in 2014 after being contacted by the families of Shawn and Patricia Wonderly. The Wonderly family, along with other members of the community, presented the idea for this legislation after a personal tragedy. On August 1, 2012, Ryan Floryan ran a red light at the Eastbound Arterial and Worrall Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie and slammed into a car carrying Shawn and Patricia Wonderly of the City of Poughkeepsie, killing the couple.

    In 2013, Floryan pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree manslaughter. He is serving six-and-a-half to thirteen years in prison.  Under current law, Dutchess County Court Judge Stephen Greller could not impose a stricter sentence, though he believed a much stricter sentence was appropriate, as the sentencing for the two separate manslaughter charges must run concurrently since they were caused by one act. During court proceedings, Floryan admitted that he was driving at an excessive speed to avoid City of Poughkeepsie police because he was on parole violation.
    Yesterday, Carol Boeck pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of two Bard College students, Sarah McCausland and Evelina Brown. Boeck was drunk and three times over the legal limit when she struck and killed the students on Route 9 last year. The same law that gave Floryan a light sentence also prevented the Boeck judge from delivering consecutive sentences.
    Lalor added, "Both killers acted with a shocking disregard for the lives around them. They each took two lives and tore holes into their victims' families. Right now, the law isn't delivering justice for those families. It needs to change and the Assembly needs to move to pass this bill."
     
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    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..
     
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