Friday, March 13, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/13/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) KATZ: REGENTS APPOINTMENTS FAVOR ASSEMBLY MAJORITY'S FAILING EDUCATION AGENDA

2) Electricians Recruit Apprentices

3) [PRESS RELEASE] Senate budget seeks brighter future

4) Fri, March 13: Astorino, Day, Molinaro Available at Youth Health Conference

5) Deadline for Maloney’s Government Class Approaching

6) Yorktown Planning Board reviews new building at Staples Center 03/11/15

7) Legislator Jenkins Press Release-  Astorino Deal with Former Commissioner Doesn't Pass the Smell Test

8) KJ tonight, and dance/party music all weekend at 12 Grapes

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On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:50 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2015
Contact Tara Keegan 845-628-3781 Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
KATZ: REGENTS APPOINTMENTS FAVOR ASSEMBLY
MAJORITY'S FAILING EDUCATION AGENDA
 
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C - Yorktown) is lambasting the current process to appoint Board of Regents members in New York, saying the elections are simply a way for the Assembly Majority to continue forcing Common Core and their failed education initiatives on the people of New York. Because the regents are elected by both houses of the legislature, the Assembly Majority has more than sufficient votes to single-handedly determine regents.
 
            "The regent appointed to my region is from an area that is specifically friendly to the Assembly Majority's policies," Katz said. "This is another political game by the Majority. It's all a show. They bring us all together so they can flaunt their political power. What we need to have are reforms put in place to balance the power between the two branches when it comes to regents selections. Let's bring all four legislative leaders together and pick a regent actually representative of our community rather than perpetuate a failed education ideology."
 
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On Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:38 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Electricians Recruit Apprentices
The Westchester-Fairfield Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, Local Union #3, will conduct a recruitment from April 6, 2015 through April 17, 2015 for 50 electrician apprentices.
Applications can be obtained by sending a registered letter to: Westchester-Fairfield Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, P. 0. Box 509, White Plains, NY 10602. The registered letter must contain the applicant's name and address including zip code (please print). The request letters will be accepted for 10 business days or until 1,000 registered letters have been received, whichever occurs first. Please do not include any documents or money with your registered letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to retain the post office receipt for the registered letter. Applications will be accepted by REGISTERED MAIL ONLY. Applications received by any other means, including any other mail classifications, will not be accepted. Registered letters requesting an application must not be postmarked earlier than April 6, 2015, but no later than April 17, 2015. All registered letters postmarked April 6, 2015 will be honored with an application even if the number of letters received exceeds the 1,000 limit.
If you receive an application, there is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Please note, you may request that this fee be waived. Fee waivers will be approved upon showing verifiable proof of financial need. Completed applications must be mailed to Westchester-Fairfield Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, P.O. Box 509, White Plains, NY 10602 and postmarked no later than May 15, 2015.
The Committee requires that applicants:
  • Must be at least 18 years old as of December 31, 2015.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as GED or TASC) including a passing grade for one year of Algebra or High School Regents Math. An official transcript will be required after acceptance into the program.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work required as determined by a complete physical examination by a physician, at the committee's expense, after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must be a resident, of at least two years, within the Greater New York Metropolitan area (within a 60 mile radius of White Plains, NY).
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and have reliable means of transportation to job sites and related instruction classes. Apprentices may be required to drive company-owned vehicles.
  • Must report for the electrical trades' aptitude test when scheduled.
For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or Local Union #3 at (914) 946-0472. Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.
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On Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:08 PM, Senator Terrence Murphy wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12th, 2015
CONTACT: Matthew Slater, 518-455-3111
MURPHY VOTES FOR SENATE'S
'BRIGHTER FUTURE' BUDGET PLAN
ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today passed its one-house budget resolution. Titled the "brighter future" budget plan, the resolution would increase education funding and includes new business tax cuts, investments in infrastructure for the 40th Senate District.

The Senate resolution is what is known as a one-house budget, and while non-binding and largely ceremonial, it does establish a framework for negotiations by outlining which portions of the Governor's Executive budget the respective Legislative houses agree or disagree with, or feel should be changed. Senator Terrence Murphy voted in the affirmative.

"Our plan builds a brighter future for the families of the 40th Senate District," Murphy said. "Our plan proposes the most property tax relief ever in the history of New York State."


Importantly, the budget stays within a self-imposed two percent spending cap, so that the State lives within its means, he added. It also includes Murphy's long sought after proposals for a constitutional amendment capping state spending at 2 percent and making the local property tax cap permanent.

"Back in 2010, when Albany was under the control of one party, our State was nearly ran into the ground as we racked up a $10 billion deficit, even after $18 billion in new taxes, due to our spending addiction," Murphy said. "Although I have only been here for three months, we are already working hard to reverse the damage, get the State on sound fiscal footing and cut taxes so we can stop being the highest taxed state in the nation."

Murphy highlighted the education tenets of the plan. The Senate budget completely eliminates the $1 billion that remains of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) scheme imposed by Albany Democrats in 2010, which is a five percent take back of school aid by Albany. It also increases state school aid over what the Governor proposed in his Executive Budget for a total of $1.9 billion, distributed fairly and equitably to every region of the state.

The budget plan also includes aggressive business tax cuts geared toward ending New York's reputation as the most business unfriendly state in the nation, Murphy says. The plan would increase the business income tax exemption from 5 percent to 10 percent for all businesses and farms that file under the personal income tax, saving small businesses and farms more than $125 million annually and positively impacting more than 500,000 New York businesses. In addition, this overall proposal would expand the Executive budget's small corporation rate reduction to save 42,500 businesses a total of $40 million annually.

Murphy also took credit for a $50 million addition for the Consolidated Local Streets and Highway Program (CHIPS), which would help fix local pothole problems by allowing for road resurfacing. He said he was also proud to support the newly-proposed investments in New York's environment, including a substantial increase in funding for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $200 million, a $38 million increase over last year.

"Most importantly, the budget maintains services at important State facilities in my district like the New York state Veteran's Home at Montrose," Murphy said. "We have also included funding for additional veterans services such as the Dwyer Peer to Peer PTSD Veterans Support Program and the Veterans & Military Families Advocacy Project."

Once the Assembly passes its own one-house budget, the Legislature will convene Conference Committees to reconcile the differences with the Governor's office. Murphy said that the progress thus far is leading toward a fifth consecutive on-time budget, after decades of late budgets. The official deadline is April 1st.

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On Friday, March 13, 2015 7:43 AM, Program Reach wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

 
***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 
3 Hudson Valley County Executives to
Attend Adolescent Youth Health Conference

 

 
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will be available for interviews at a conference addressing adolescent health issues today, Friday, March 13th at 2:15pm at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.

 
The conference, sponsored by New York Medical College and Program Reach is designed for school administrators, health care professionals, policy makers and clergy to discuss adolescent health issues focusing on alcohol, tobacco and drug use, sexual risk behavior, pregnancy and STI's. Conference attendees will be from the Hudson Valley, as well as experts from across the country.

 
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DATE: Friday, March 13th

 
TIME: 2:15 pm
***Please note this is an all-day conference that begins at 7:30 am

 
LOCATION: Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415

 

Deadline for Maloney’s Government Class Approaching

 

All Interested Middle and High School Students Invited to Apply by March 19th

 

Newburgh, NY -    Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) will teach a free six week course on government at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center beginning on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Representative Maloney, who began representing the Hudson Valley in Congress in 2013, hopes to give students a better understanding of how the various levels of government, stakeholders and citizens work together and how this work affects people in real life.  The course will introduce the overall framework of local, state and federal government from the unique perspective of a United States Congressman and former White House staffer.

 

“For many students who haven’t met their elected officials, I wanted to bring their government to the classroom.  I look forward to having a conversation with local students on our different levels of government and their everyday impact on our lives,” said Maloney.

 

The first class will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and will continue until Saturday, April 25th.  This class is open to all middle and high school students but will have limited space availability. Interested students can send a one paragraph statement of interest to Molly Carey at molly.carey@mail.house.gov by Thursday, March 19, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their selection on a rolling basis.  For any additional questions, please  call Molly Carey at 202-225-5441.

 
 

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Planning Board
March 11, 2015

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Fieldhome
The board reapproved the site plan as the applicant is still waiting for DEP approval.

2. BJ’s/Staples
The applicant presented a fourth version of the site plan for the restaurant that addressed the traffic flow issues discussed at the previous meeting.  Explaining that construction on the two parts of the site plan, the gas pumps and the restaurant, would likely proceed at different times and that the gas pumps were likely to be ready to start construction first, the applicant asked the board to consider separating the site plan into phases in its approving resolution.

3. Piturro subdivision (Hemlock Street & Radcliffe Drive)
The board reviewed a pre-preliminary plan for a 4-lot subdivision off a cul d’sac on 7.5 acres in a half acre zone.

4. Ryder Subdivision  (Underhill Avenue)
The board reviewed a new plan to create two building lots while staying out of the wetlands.

5. Lake Osceola Square
Although not on the agenda, at the end of the meeting, Mr. Tegeder showed board members a copy of a 1970s Jefferson Valley Business District plan that called for pedestrian access along the lake and a town beach.

 
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March 12, 2015

Contact Legislator Ken Jenkins (914) 262-3629

 

 

Astorino Deal with Former Commissioner

Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

  Jenkins says hush money, severance consultingcontract needs public review

 

White Plains, NY - Legislator Ken Jenkins (D - Yonkers) is taking issue with the County Executive’s use of waivers from county ethics law and said there are serious gaps in the information surrounding Human Resources Commissioner Kerry Oristano’s hasty “resignation” and the “consulting contract” she was immediately issued.  Recently Oristano resigned and immediately departed from a post that she held for five years but earned a $90,000 contract to “oversee a transition”.

 

Legislator Jenkins said, "County Executive Rob Astorino's “consulting contract” appears to be a condition of resignation.  A transition at this position, should not take the time that warrants a $90,000 buyout on the government dime.”

 

Consulting arrangements like this one needs legislative oversight.  Oristano did not appear before the Board of Legislators before the vote on her waiver was taken and has been remained silent other then documents submitted by an attorney on her behalf.  

 

“If the County Executive was unhappy with Ms. Oristano’s job performance and asked her to leave, then he should not award her a consulting contract. Until we get additional information, it is reasonable to take a moment and ask a few questions about this before any additional taxpayer money is spent. Given that she has retained counsel, has not appeared before the Board and the haste of which this process occured, it is critical to find out if Ms. Oristano was forced out because she refused to do Astorino’s political bidding and what conditions were added to the taxpayer funded settlement,” Jenkins continued.  

 

County Board Chairman Michael Kaplowitz fast-tracked legislation which would give the former Commissioner a waiver from the County Ethics Law, as was requested by Astorino. The contract for a County department needs to be publicly reviewed, vetted and should be approved by the Legislature — not the clandestine Board of Acquisition and Contract controlled by County Executive Astorino. 

 

“Chairman Kaplowitz’s flip-flop on the transparency needed for these waiver requests is a clear indication that this suspicious consulting contract is part of an improper separation agreement, which doesn’t pass the smell test.  What is County Executive Astorino Rob Astorino buying with this contract?” asked Jenkins.
 

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