Friday, March 06, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/06/15: 7 Topics In Today's blog


1) [Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board 03/11/15


3) [PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of


5) Democratic Westchester Legislators Condemn FERC Approval of Risky Gas Line Expansion Project

6) NEWS: Following Three Major Grade Crossing Accidents in NY, House Passes Maloney Rail Safety Legislation

7) From Ladies Night to Swing Band... it's ALL here this week at 12 Grapes

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On Friday, March 6, 2015 12:02 AM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:Planning Board
Calendar Date:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes:
February 11, 2015, February 23, 2015
Arrowhead Subdivision
SBL: 48.13-1-6
Request 1st 90 Day Time Extension

Location: Underhill Avenue
Contact: Chris O’Keefe
Description: A 5-lot subdivision considered under flexibility standards on 45 acres in the R1-200 zone, which was approved by Planning Board Resolution #07-23 dated October 15, 2007.
RCB Development
SBL: 36.05-2-60, 62
Request 2nd 90 Day Time Extension

Location: 3655 Old Crompond Road
Contact: Ralph Mastromonaco, PE, PC
Description: Approved 2-lot subdivision on 10.8 acres in the R1-20 zone granted by Resolution #08-01 dated January 14, 2008.
Fieldhome Expansion
SBL: 35.12-1-2, 3
Request for Reapproval

Location: 2300 Catherine Street
Contact: Al Capellini
Description: Approved continuum of care facility on 30.5 acres in the RSP-3 zone granted by Resolution #12-08 on April 9, 2012.

BJ's Wholesale Club/Urstadt Biddle Staples Shopping Center
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Amended Site Plan

Location: 3315 Crompond Road
Contact: Zarin & Steinmetz
Description: Proposed BJ's Wholesale Club gasoline filling station and 2,500 sf new building pad.
Piturro Subdivision
SBL: 27.05-1-37
Pre-Preliminary Discussion

Location: Hemlock Street & Radcliffe Drive
Contact: Ciarcia Engineering, PC
Description: Proposed extension of a northern spur of Hemlock Street (off Radcliffe Drive) to a cul-de-sac for a 4 lot subdivision of 7.5 acres in the R1-20 zone.
Ryder Subdivision
SBL: 48.06-1-12
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 532 Underhill Avenue
Contact: Ciarcia Engineering, PC
Description: Applicant proposes to subdivide a parcel with an existing residence into 2 building lots.
VS Construction Corp. ZBA #5/15
SBL: 6.18-1-13
Zoning Board of Appeals Referral

Location: 3771 Curry Street
Contact: Ciarcia Engineering, PC
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.



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On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 4:44 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact Tara Keegan 845-628-3781
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C - Yorktown) has reintroduced his bill authorizing a full repeal of the controversial, anti-gun legislation passed in 2013. The bill, A.2651, has currently been referred to the Codes Committee for future consideration.
            "I am proud to continue to lead the fight to restore our Second Amendment rights which have been so callously eroded by the governor," Katz said. "This law continues to negatively impact our hunting community and our state budget. The law was hastily passed, and we're continuing to feel the negative repercussions of it. The only way to fix this problem is to start over and actually handle the issues that lead to violence in our community. We must address the root causes of violence and not the tools of violence. Only a poor craftsman blames their tools."

[PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of
Jeff Green : Mar 04 07:49AM -0500

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Subject: News from Hudson Highlands Land Trust

Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:02:55 -0500 (EST)

From: Hudson Highlands Land Trust
White Plains, NY - Legislator Ken Jenkins (D - Yonkers) announce his support for Governor Cuomo's Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on College campuses. “I hope all my colleagues on the BOL will be Westchester counties voice on this issue and join me on endorsing this important proposal,” Jenkins added.
Legislator Jenkins said, "Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's refusal to join so many other County Executive's from around New York State in supporting the Governor’s proposal is completely puzzling.  Westchester is home to many private universities and it is important for everyone to join together to send a clear message that Enough is Enough."
Press release from Legislators Catherine Borgia, Pete Harckham and Catherine Parker 
Contact: Tom Staudter | | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)
Democratic Legislators Condemn FERC Approval of Risky Gas Line Expansion Project
White Plains, NY – Three Democratic caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators strongly condemned today the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant a key approval to Houston, Texas-based Spectra Energy Corporation for its Algonquin natural gas pipeline. The major construction project would replace the existing 26-inch diameter pipe for pressurized gas with a new 42-inch pipe at numerous locations between Rockland County and Massachusetts via Northern Westchester and Putnam County.
In January, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing Committee (LPPH), chaired by Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem), received an independent environmental assessment of potential impacts to the County’s Blue Mountain Reservation from the expansion project. The report’s recommendations, which went far beyond the Draft Environmental Impact Statement completed by Spectra, included not widening the right-of-way through Blue Mountain, surveying the park’s wetlands more closely and adding funds for independent monitoring during the expansion project.
“By summarily approving this risky gas line project, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has shown that it is deaf to the valid concerns of residents and elected leaders, who simply asked for a more stringent review before letting Spectra move ahead,” said Harckham. “I’m disappointed and frustrated that a good deal of effort and energy went into identifying serious questions regarding the pipeline that they (FERC) apparently don’t feel need to be answered.”
In December 2014, a number of BOL members visited Blue Mountain to see first-hand where the expansion project would take place and get an understanding of what widening the right-of-way would mean.
“Allowing this pipeline expansion project to tear up a good part of Blue Mountain Reservation will set a regrettable precedent,” said BOL Majority Leader Borgia (D-Ossining), in whose legislative district much of the pipeline project in Blue Mountain will take place. “There needs to be a lot more information gathered and analysis undertaken to minimize risks to residents and workers before the work should start.”
Borgia also noted that numerous concerns about the pipeline’s proximity to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Facility were also ignored by FERC.
“Since last summer I have worked hard, along with number of my colleagues on the Board of Legislators, to pass a bi-partisan resolution telling FERC that we need an independent air quality analysis for compressor stations, an independent analysis to assess health impacts and an independent analysis related to pipeline’s proximity to Indian Point,” said Legislator Catherine Parker (D-Rye), chair of the BOL Energy & Environment Committee. “We have also reached out to federal officials with concerns offered by a wide range of professionals. So, I am more than dismayed that all our reasonable requests have been ignored by the agency charged with regulating the energy industry. Because accidents involving gas pipelines do occur, sometimes with catastrophic results, I would think that a lot more due diligence would be put into this process before an approval was granted.”
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March 4, 2015
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Following Three Major Grade Crossing Accidents in NY, House Passes Maloney Rail Safety Legislation
Includes Significant Investments in Positive Train Control and Relocating Grade Crossings
Invests $7 Billion in Amtrak Rail Lines in Northeast Corridor
Washington –  Following three major grade crossing accidents in New York in the past month, the House of Representatives 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. Passed by a vote of 316-101, Maloney’s legislation allows states and local governments to make safety improvements and lateral or vertical relocation of rail lines in order to improve the safety of grade crossings for train passengers, motorists and pedestrians.
“These accidents are a wake-up call. While every driver should use caution at rail crossings, there are hundreds of high-hazard, dangerous crossings in New York that need significant improvements, and this investment gives local communities the resources they need to upgrade or relocate crossings,” said Maloney. “The implementation of basic GPS and Wi-Fi technology that can stop or slow trains remotely is long overdue, and by working across the aisle, our commuter and freight trains will soon have access to existing funding to install this critical Positive Train Control technology.”
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. 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 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.
Ninety-five percent of deaths involving trains happen at highway-rail crossings. While deaths and accidents have declined steadily nationwide, accidents continue to happen in New York, the home of 5,304 grade crossings. From 2012-2014, there were 81 accidents, 15 deaths and 23 injuries at grade crossings, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
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$6 Wines by the glass, $6 Martinis $4 Beers and 1/2-priced Appetizers like Fish Tacos, Mushroom Ravioli and more.
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Ryan O'Connor
 Ladies' Night "Unplugged"
You'll love Ryan's sound... How he can take a classic Sinatra song and make you love it all over again. How he can move you with a classic Rock cover, or contemporary Pop. Enjoy Ladies Night specials and this amazing vocalist. No Cover.
This month's Sessions will be led by the extremely talented Paul Bisbano on bass, with Tito Wilson on drums, Chris Burke on keys, and Hank DeCora on guitar and special guest Kyle Carmean. Join us for another exciting night of great music. No Cover.
w/ guest Mick Gaffney
Classic/Current Rock, Funk, and Jazz. Covers from artists such as Tower of Power, Amy Winehouse, The Police, Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Gotye, Cee Lo Green, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. $5 Cover.
The Chris Raabe Band
 With vocals that will give you chills and guitar playing that fuses with your soul, Chris Raabe will win you over from the first noteCRB performs songs from Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Sean Costello, Paul Pena, Sly & The Family Stone, Al Green, Ray Charles & more. $5 Cover.
Greg Westhoff's 
18-piece Swing Band
These world-class musicians perform classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '50's, '60's & beyond. $5 Cover or higher donation goes directly to the band. Reservations are recommended. 
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Open Mic Night

Shadetree Mechanics

The Jon Bates Band

Kids Open Mic
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