Monday, March 09, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/09/15: 7 Topics In Today's blog


1) ICYMI: Metro-North train narrowly misses car stuck on tracks [New York Post]

2) Democratic Westchester Legislators Announce Support for New State-wide Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Policy

3) NEWS: Maloney, Kind and Colleagues Across Nation Introduce Bill to Help Local First Responders Handle Train Derailments

4) MEDIA ADVISORY] *TUE* Yorktown Special Election: Candidates to vote, watch returns

5) The Board of Legislators Celebrates Women's History Month - TODAY Monday, March 9th

6) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update - March 6th, 2015

7) Town Of Ossining: Town Board Meeting- Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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Last week, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney stood at the Chappaqua crossing urging Congress to pass legislation that would make significant investments in rail crossing improvements. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed this legislation authored by Maloney as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA).
ICYMI: Metro-North train narrowly misses car stuck on tracks
New York Post
By Daniel Prendergast
March 9, 2015
A Westchester mom’s car was nearly struck by a Metro-North train when it got stuck on the tracks over the weekend — an incident reminiscent of the crash that killed six people just eight miles away last month.
Cynthia Parent, 67, managed to avoid disaster only by reversing her Chrysler PT Cruiser to bust through the safety gate that had come down on the back of her car.
“I’m still shaking about it,” the Mount Vernon resident told the Journal News. “It happened within seconds.’’
Parent had been driving down Roaring Brook Road just before 11 a.m. Saturday when the car in front of her approached the crossing just off the Saw Mill River Parkway and came to a complete stop before proceeding, officials said.
When it was her turn to cross, Parent said, she was driving her vehicle over the tracks when the gates suddenly came down on either side of her.
“I heard the bells and saw the lights,” she said. “All of a sudden, the thing came down on the back of my car.”
She looked up the tracks, saw a Harlem-line train barreling down on her, and put her pedal to the metal.
“I saw the train coming,” she said. “I didn’t think about getting out of the car. I just backed up.”
The incident involving Parent occurred about eight miles from last month’s fatal crash, when Westchester mom of three Ellen Brody got stuck on the tracks at a Valhalla crossing. The crash killed her and five train passengers.
Hudson Valley congressional leaders had held a press conference at the Roaring Brook Road crossing less than a week before Parent’s near-miss.
They called for more funding to improve safety measures at the crossing and to better educate drivers about its dangers.
One of the officials, US Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) said the crossing poses a problem because the busy Saw Mill Parkway causes traffic to build up at the tracks.
“We should not wait for someone to lose their life,” he said. “I’d say it was an accident waiting to happen, but the accidents have already happened.”
Last week, two Long Island Rail Road trains also struck cars within 24 hours of each other, officials said.
 Press release from the BOL Democratic Caucus
Contact: Tom Staudter | | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)
 Democratic Legislators Announce Support for New
State-wide Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Policy
White Plains, NY – Democratic caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) announced today their support for a uniform sexual assault policy on all New York college campuses.
This year Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a legislative proposal called “Enough is Enough” to extend the sexual assault prevention and response policy he proposed last year, and which was adopted by the State University of New York in 2014, to ensure that the more than one million students attending all of the colleges and universities throughout the state, both public and private, are protected with comprehensive and uniform procedures and guidelines.
“One in five women experiences rape during college, according to national statistics, and yet fewer than five percent of college rapes are reported to law enforcement officials,” noted BOL Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), who has a daughter presently attending college. “Clearly, Governor Cuomo understands that this disregard of serious crimes can no longer be tolerated. His new proposed legislation, which makes it easier for students to report incidents of sexual assault and violence, will help protect all college students in New York and make their campuses safer.”
 Westchester County has thirteen such schools—colleges and universities—with thousands of students who can benefit from such a policy. According to the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, eleven colleges and universities in New York are now under investigation for mishandling sexual assault complaints.
“It is obvious that Governor Cuomo’s ‘Enough is Enough’ policy is long overdue,” said Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh), chair of the BOL Community Services Committee. “Too many victims of sexual assault and sexual violence have had to suffer needlessly in their quest for proper care and justice following attacks. I am confident that this expansion of the SUNY policy will be adopted and implemented quickly for the good of those attending colleges and universities here in New York.”
The new sexual assault prevention policy will codify definitions of affirmative sexual consent between partners, and also create a Sexual Violence Victim / Survivor Bill of Rights, which campuses will be required to distribute to all students in order to specifically inform students of their legal rights and how they may access appropriate resources if assaulted.
“Governor Cuomo deserves credit for his strong efforts in eliminating sexual assaults on New York’s college campuses and standing behind victims of sexual violence,” said Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), who initially introduced a letter of support for the new uniform sexual assault policy. “All our college students need—and deserve—these protections.”
With the new policy, instead of merely reporting sexual assaults to college security officials, college students state-wide will know they can report such assaults directly to the New York State police and other law enforcement agencies.
“I stand firmly with Governor Cuomo in support of his ‘Enough is Enough’ policy to reduce the number of sexual assaults on college campuses in New York State,” said Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson). “We have over one dozen private college campuses in Westchester County, attended by thousands of our residents, and thousands more of our residents attend colleges and universities elsewhere in this State.  These students, and their parents, should have every expectation that they will be safe on campus, and ‘Enough is Enough’ will help keep them safe.”
“Every parent wants to know that their daughters are safe on and off college campuses,” said BOL Majority Whip Lyndon Williams (D-Mount Vernon). “That safety is severely compromised when young women are subjected to sexual assaults on college campuses, and as a society we must establish strong public policy and laws that send a strong message that ‘Enough is Enough.’ We will not tolerate sexual assaults on college campuses. I commend Governor Cuomo for his leadership in sending that strong message.”
Legislator Ben Boykin (D-White Plains) said, “I strongly support Governor Cuomo’s on-campus sexual assault prevention policy entitled ‘Enough is Enough.’ This policy will provide all New York public and private college students with access to the legal system to deal with sexual assault. As a former member of a college board of trustees, I understand the issues relating to sexual assault from reporting, investigating and seeking legal representation. This policy is a major step forward to protect all New York college students.” 
“Rape on college campuses is not a new problem, but there needs to be a new solution for victims,” said Legislator Catherine Parker (D-Rye). “The ‘Enough is Enough’ proposal answers the call for a better process, better treatment and better policy for all involved. I applaud Governor Cuomo for taking the steps to create a common sense approach to deal with this devastating crime.”
Added Legislator Pete Harckham (D-North Salem): “As the father of two college-age daughters, I fully support the ‘Enough is Enough’ initiative. Over the years I have been a strong supporter of our Westchester partnering agencies that provide domestic violence services to our residents, so I know that we can no longer have two different standards for victims of sexual assault. ‘Enough is Enough’ will provide clarity to college students as to their rights and access to the legal system. On behalf of my daughters, and everyone else’s daughters, I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership in this regard.”
A resolution in support of the state-wide “Enough is Enough” policy is expected to be introduced for approval at the BOL next week.
March 6, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
Maloney, Kind and Colleagues Across Nation Introduce Bill to Help Local First Responders Handle Train Derailments
 Legislation Introduced Days Before Illinois Derailment
 Newburgh, NY –  Days before another derailment in Illinois, U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Ron Kind (D-WI), Tim Walz (D-MN), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) introduced the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act today, to help first responders in local communities in the event of a train derailment or fuel spill.
“Until we have new tanker cars, accidents like the derailment in Illinois will continue to happen frequently and without warning. The federal government is years behind where they should be on commonsense standards and giving our first responders the resources they need to effectively respond to a catastrophic accident,” said Maloney.
“As more and more oil is being shipped across Wisconsin, the risk of derailments and spills in our local communities continues to grow,” said Rep. Kind. “We rely on our local first responders to do so much to protect our communities, and this bill will give them needed tools and resources so they can react quickly and effectively in case of a rail emergency. This is an important step forward, but more work needs to be done on issues including better track inspections, upgraded train tracks, and more transparency so the public knows what’s being transported on our rails.”
According to the Association of American Railroads, oil shipments by rail jumped from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to more than 500,000 in 2014. With a 40 fold increase of crude by rail, small communities are seeing significant increase of trains with limited resources and training to combat these continual accidents. Our small cities and local first responders need the proper training and resources so that, if needed, they can respond appropriately to derailments, spills, and other dangerous situations resulting from a crude-by-rail or hazardous material derailment in their communities.
The RESPONSE Act brings together agencies, emergency responders, technical experts, and the private sector to review training, best practices, resources and unmet needs related to railroad incidents. The committee would also provide recommendations to Congress within one year on emergency responder training and resource allocation, addressing quality of training, funding levels, emergency response plans, and improving the flow of information to local first responders. It would also help develop a train incident database. A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
 Last month, Maloney sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan requesting urgent approval of strong tank car standards in the rules for crude oil transport, which include a stronger car than the “safer” CPC 1232. He’s also asked for inclusion of local first responders as part of the notification to state emergency responders for trains carrying more than a million gallons of Bakken crude. 
On Monday, March 9, 2015 12:09 PM, Chairwoman Serafina Mastro wrote:

CONTACT: 914-455-1060
Team "Move Yorktown Forward"
Greg Bernard, Tom Diana
To Cast Vote in Yorktown Special Election
YORKTOWN, NY - After two months on the campaign trail, the Yorktown GOP slate of Greg Bernard and Tom Diana are poised to help recapture a majority on the Yorktown Town Board, which now has two vacancies due to the election of State Senator Terrence Murphy and the retirement of former Council member Nick Bianco.

Bernard and Diana have scored Murphy's endorsements, and numerous others such as the CSEA, the Yorktown PBA, Governor George Pataki, County Executive Rob Astorino, Legislator John Testa and others. The critical election will determine the balance of power on the town board. 

Diana and Bernard have painted a contrast between themselves and their opponents by establishing a pro-business platform. The two will cast their vote alongside their families at their polling places. The details for TOMORROW's events are as follows:

WHO: Tom Diana, candidate for 1-year unexpired term on Yorktown Town Board
Greg Bernard, candidate for 3-year unexpired term on Yorktown Town Board
WHAT: Special Election for two Yorktown town board vacancies
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, March 10th

Run of the show:
10:30 a.m. Greg Bernard casts his vote at Jefferson Village polling place
3480 Hill Blvd, Jefferson Valley, NY 10535
11:30 a.m. Tom Diana casts his vote at United Methodist Church polling place
1176 E. Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

2:00 p.m. Candidates campaign at Yorktown A&P
100 Triangle Ctr, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
9:15 p.m. Candidates watch the returns at Murphy's Irish Restaurant
355 Kear St, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
CONTACT: Yorktown GOP, 914-455-1060

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On Friday, March 6, 2015 4:56 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update - March 6th, 2015

Town and County Taxes for 2015
Tax Rates are complete and headed to the printer to produce the tax bills. These are the final numbers for tax rates per thousand dollars of current assessed value.  You can see your current assessed value on one of your tax bills, which will also show a list of the “special districts” for which you pay taxes (if applicable for your property).
                     2014 Tax Rate
     2015 Tax Rate
Percent +/-
Town wide
Unincorporated Town
Ambulance District
Refuse / Light / Fire
Town wide Water
Town Wide Sewer
No State Rd Sewer
Westchester County
Ossining Sewer - Oss
Saw Mill Sewer - Oss
Ossining Sewer - BM
Saw Mill Sewer - BM
West Co Solid Waste
Unit Charges
The Town of Ossining Reassessment
As we move forward with the reassessment, many of you are receiving your data mailer which will ask you to confirm that the information is correct.  Please look over the form and return it to Tyler Technologies with or without corrections.  You will be getting the form whether or not the interior of your house was inspected.
If you find errors in the data mailer, please get them back to Tyler Technologies. Tyler may call you to set up an appointment to re-inspect the property, or, if the corrections are simple, they may just process your correction.

We have many exciting events happening around Town- here are a few announcements from the Solarize Program, Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy, and more!
On Friday, March 6, 2015 4:20 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Town Board Regular Meeting


March 10th, 2015- 7:30PM

Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility

86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, NY 10562



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Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision Channel 78 and Verizon Channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings, or stream them LIVE here.

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