Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/11/15: 4 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) PRESS RELEASE] Greg Bernard & Tom Diana win special election in Yorktown

2) KATZ DISAPPOINTED IN MAJORITY FOR  VOTING DOWN HISTORIC ETHICS REFORMS

3) ICYMI: Editorial - Rail safety must be improved [Poughkeepsie Journal]

4) NEWS: Maloney Urges FEMA to Expedite Approval of Newburgh Firefighters to Prevent Layoffs

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On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:11 PM, Chairwoman Serafina Mastro wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10th, 2015
CONTACT: 914-455-1060

REPUBLICANS SWEEP YORKTOWN SPECIAL ELECTION IN ROUT
Greg Bernard, Tom Diana are big winners
Office COUNCILMAN - YORKTOWN - 2015  
PARTY42 Districts out of   43 Reporting (97)% VotesPercent
DEMROBERT F GIORDANO1,33839%
INDROBERT F GIORDANO2216%
 ROBERT F GIORDANO  Totals 1,559 45%
REPTHOMAS P DIANA1,57145%
CONTHOMAS P DIANA3289%
 THOMAS P DIANA  Totals 1,899 55%
 Office Totals 3,458 100%

Office COUNCILMAN - YORKTOWN - 2017  
PARTY42 Districts out of   43 Reporting (97)% VotesPercent
DEMROSANNE BRACKETT1,21136%
INDROSANNE BRACKETT1976%
 ROSANNE BRACKETT  Totals 1,408 41%
REPGREGORY M BERNARD1,61948%
CONGREGORY M BERNARD37011%
 GREGORY M BERNARD  Totals 1,989 59%
 Office Totals 3,397 100%
Story From Yorktown News:
http://www.youryorktown.com/articledetails/article/news/16701
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On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:04 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2015
Contact Tara Keegan 845-628-3781 Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
KATZ DISAPPOINTED IN MAJORITY FOR
VOTING DOWN HISTORIC ETHICS REFORMS
 
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C - Yorktown) voted in favor of a series of 17 ethics reform measures presented by his Assembly Minority colleagues. The reforms, which ranged from public posting of committee votes to equal allocations for staff budgets, were defeated by the Assembly Majority.
 
            "The actions taken by many in this chamber halted any momentum we may have had to reform the Assembly," Katz said. "Good government groups and the people of New York have been fighting for decades for these changes. These are the same people who, just two months ago, nearly unanimously voted Sheldon Silver as Speaker, and now, turn around and vote against term limits. This is either a glaring indictment of the Majority's short-term memory or they have truly learned nothing from our recent two-month fiasco."
 
"These non-partisan reforms would have ensured a more open, accountable, and transparent chamber; instead, the Majority played a cheap political game, and the balance of power still tips overwhelmingly toward them because of it. We truly witnessed who wanted power in the hands of the people and wanted power to stay with those afforded the cover of darkness."
 
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
 
Editorial: Rail safety must be improved
Poughkeepsie Journal
March 10, 2015
 
Improving commuter rail safety is an imperative undertaking — something that has become quite apparent in recent years as Metro-North has dealt with a spate of accidents, some leading to fatalities.
 
After a deadly derailment last year in the Bronx, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a troubling report, citing a host of shortfalls, including delays to track maintenance and upgrades to equipment.
 
New York's congressional delegation has been pushing for fixes and funding, and just last week, the House of Representatives scored big. It passed bipartisan legislation that, in part, makes commuter railroads eligible for federal loans to install better technology and make safety improvements to the tracks and to at grade-crossings. Competitive grants for capital improvement projects also are included in this massive bill called "Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015." Both U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, and Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, supported the bill.
 
Maloney has been pushing for installation of "positive train controls," which have the ability to slow trains as they go around bends but also could be used to lead to the detection of grade-crossing malfunctions or objects on the tracks. Maloney has noted that there are more than 5,300 crossings in New York alone, and that upgrades can improve safety for train passengers, motorists and pedestrians.
 
Metro-North, part of Metropolitan Transportation Authority system, has made some upgrades but far more must be done. The House of Representatives has affirmed its federal support for passenger rail programs, but this is a big bill that includes many changes to how Amtrak operates as well. It goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration and eventually will need a compromise package. When that occurs, there should be no doubting the need to include the tools to improve rail safety in any final legislative product.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415
 
Maloney Urges FEMA to Expedite Approval of Newburgh Firefighters to Prevent Layoffs
 
Newburgh, NY – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency to expedite and approve the Newburgh Fire Department’s application to prevent the layoffs of twelve firefighters this year.
 
“We know these firefighters have saved lives in the past year, which is why this investment is critical to protect our families, homes, and businesses,” said Maloney.
 
In September 2013, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Rep. Maloney announced that City of Newburgh will receive $2,400,000 to hire fifteen new firefighters, twelve of which are facing layoffs on December 31, 2015. Although their 2013 grant application was initially denied, Rep. Maloney worked closely with the Newburgh Fire Department and FEMA personnel to ensure the Department received this SAFER award.
The goal of the SAFER grant program is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards. The objective of the program is to award grants directly to fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, and to rehire firefighters who were laid off due to the economy. The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need.  More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/ .
A copy of the letter is below:
 
Mr. Brian E. Kamoie
Grant Programs Director
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472
 
Re: EMW-2014-FH-00744
 
Dear Mr. Kamoie:
 
I am writing to express my full and unquestionable support of the funding application referenced above, submitted by the Newburgh Fire Department (NFD). The NFD is in desperate need of your assistance and expedited review of their application. Failure to award its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application will further jeopardize the safety of my neighbors, and will result in twelve additional firefighters being laid-off on December 31, 2015.
 
Award of this application will allow the NFD to strengthen its staffing levels, and in doing so ensure that Newburgh and surrounding region remain safe.  The City of Newburgh has already put several firefighters on official notice that they will be laid-off by December 31, 2015, if alternative funding is not identified for their positions. The lay-offs of these brave public servants would once again cause the fire department to fall behind in its size, strength, and efficiency.  Because on an initial SAFER grant, the NFD has been able to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for the first time in nearly a decade and save lives. Earlier this year, the NFD responded to a three story building fire and without the additional firefighters on the job, the NFD would not have been able to save a victim’s life.
 
It is worth noting that the City of Newburgh is being considered for Promise Zone designation by the Executive Branch, and once awarded the designation, the City will be able to further its mission to improve the safety, security, and well-being of its employees and citizens alike. I have met with city officials to ensure the Fire Department is making all cost cutting measures possible but as you may know, Newburgh faces dire financial circumstances of declining property values and a limited tax base. In closing, I implore you to review this application and award the NFD with the ability to remain in compliance with NFPA.
 
Therefore, I fully support this application and urge your serious consideration of this critical investment.  In order to keep my office informed about this opportunity, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Deputy District Director, Joseph Donat by phone at (845) 561-1295 or via e-mail at Joseph.Donat@mail.house.gov. Thank you in advance for your time and careful consideration of this request as both are greatly appreciate
Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress 
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