Friday, March 20, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/20/15: 12 Topics In Today's blog


1) ***Media Advisory for MONDAY--Mar. 23***Westchester Legislators to Discuss Fast Tracking of Federal Trade Agreements***

2) Yorktown Town Board to consider changes to Courtesy of the Floor 03/17/15

3) NEWS: Maloney Calls for FRA Deep Dive Examination Into Grade Crossings

4) Galef Bill and Sunshine Bills Package Pass Assembly

5) Cox Questions Woerner's Credibility on Reform


7) 47th Annual Salute to Seniors Comes to County Center on May 6

8) PRESS RELEASE] Let the sunshine in

9) Town of Ossining: Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting- Monday, March 30th, 2015

10) Town Of Ossining Supervisor Donnelly Featured on Cablevision's "Meet the Leaders"

11) : Hispanic Affairs Task Force Community Outreach - Saturday, March 28

12) Robert Beltrani to Co-Chair Queens GOP Reorganization Committee, Named Special Advisor to the Chairman

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Media Advisory from Legislator Ken Jenkins



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***Media Advisory for MONDAY—March 23***

***Westchester Legislators to Discuss Fast Tracking of Federal Trade Agreements***


White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Federal & State Affairs Committee, chaired by Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), will be discussing with several notable guests the fast tracking of federal trade agreements on MONDAY—March 23 at 4 PM.


There has been ongoing concern about fast tracking for trade agreements, which gives the President of the United States the authority to negotiate international agreements that Congress can then only approve or disapprove but not amend.


Among those expected to address the BOL members at the Federal & State Affairs Committee meeting are Joseph Mayhew, Secretary / Treasurer for Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1103 and Vice President of the Westchester – Putnam Central Labor Board; Lana Guardo, New York Organizer for Food & Water Watch; Michael Tikili, Field Organizer for HealthGap; Dennis Hanratty, Executive Director of Mount Vernon United Tenants; and the Reverend Pam Lupfer from the Hudson River Presbytery.


Who: Westchester County Legislators and BOL Federal & State Affairs Committee  Chair Ken Jenkins, plus individuals and representatives of organizations concerned with fast tracking of trade agreements


What: Discussion of fast tracking of federal trade agreements


When: MONDAY—March 23 at 4 PM


Where: Westchester County Board of Legislators

             Michaelian Office Building

             148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor Conference Room

             White Plains, NY


Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Note: As of December 2, 2014, CIY summaries of Town Board meetings are being written by Susan Siegel in her capacity as a councilwoman.

Town Board
March 17, 2015

Meeting highlights. For a summary of other agenda items, visit

1. Spectra pipeline
Updates were provided on both the AIM and Atlantic Bridge phases of the pipeline expansion.

2. Courtesy of the Floor Changes
Supervisor Grace stated that after the two new board members are sworn in, he anticipated making changes to the Courtesy of the Floor segment of the agenda. (Courtesy is when residents can address the board on any topic of their choosing.)

3. Creation of Hunterbrook Sewer District Extension #20/public hearing
The board opened and closed the hearing to create the district that would include the Costco site and the properties along Old Crompond Road, from the Costco site to the existing sewer connection in the vicinity of Crompond Crossing.  A vote is anticipated at the March 24th meeting.

4. Rezone Property on Route 6 from office to commercial/public hearing
The hearing was re-advertised for April 7th.

5. Hallocks Mill Pump Station Upgrade  RFP award
As a follow up to its earlier discussion, the board voted to authorize a $465,300 contract with GHD, Inc. to design the upgrade for three pump stations.

6. Budget transfers
The board approved a three page list of 2014 budget transfers totaling $860,000 for various budget funds.

7. Personnel
Retirements: With regret, the board accepted the retirements of Tom Federmack (Building and Grounds), Michael Androsko (Police Department maintenance), and Bill Nemhzow (Sewer)

Appointments: Vacancies were filled for: children’s room librarian, maintenance mechanic (Building and Grounds), maintenance mechanic electrical (Sewer) and assistant building inspector (Building)

8 . Items pulled from the agenda (see full summary for reasons)
  • Agreement with CPI-HR to provide consulting services for compliance with the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Contracts for a new energy provider and an audit of past energy bills
  • Community Housing Infrastructure Investment Program (CHIIP).

Special note:  The April 7th board meeting will be at the John C. Hart Library in Shrub Oak.

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March 18, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415


Maloney Calls for FRA “Deep Dive” Examination Into Grade Crossings


Newburgh, NY –  Following a significant increase in deaths and collisions at grade crossings nationwide, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to do a “Deep Dive” examination into measures to reduce collisions and deaths in these accidents. Specifically, Maloney urged FRA experts to look into the most effective and cost efficient safety devices, warning signals and gates to notify motorists and pedestrians of an approaching train, other FRA funding sources to ensure communities can install necessary technology or relocate crossings, efforts to expand public education and a new minimum distance between the tracks and grade crossings.


In his letter, Maloney wrote, “In light of the rising number of collisions at grade crossings and several serious passenger train derailments, I believe we must take a comprehensive, fresh look at safety measures, new technologies, and education efforts to prevent future accidents. The statistics and the Metro North rail tragedy underscore my concern that our country has not fully identified and implemented all of the best practices and technology that can make our rail system safer and prevent tragedies like the one at Valhalla.”


A copy of the letter is below:


Sarah Feinberg

Acting Administrator

Federal Railroad Administration

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20590


Dear Administrator Feinberg:


I am writing to request that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) immediately conduct a “Deep Dive” focused on reducing collisions and deaths at grade crossings. In light of the rising number of collisions at grade crossings and several serious passenger train derailments in New York, North Carolina and California, I believe we must take a comprehensive, fresh look at safety measures, new technologies, and education efforts to prevent future accidents.


Although the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate each of these derailments and make their own safety recommendations, we know that 95 percent of all rail-related deaths happen near grade crossings, and unfortunately, deaths related to grade crossing accidents were up in 2014 compared to the previous year. Overall, more than 260 people were killed in highway-rail grade crossing accidents last year, an increase of about 16 percent compared to 2013. Additionally, collisions overall were also up - there were nearly 2,300 vehicle-train accidents in 2014, nearly a 9 percent increase over the previous year. These statistics and the Metro North rail tragedy underscore my concern that our country has not fully identified and implemented all of the best practices and technology that can make our rail system safer and prevent tragedies like the one at Valhalla.


As part of a comprehensive safety review, I believe we must look at a series of measures to reduce collisions and deaths and research the studies and practices of other countries worldwide.  I urge FRA experts to begin looking at:

• Most effective and cost efficient safety devices, warning signals and gates to notify motorists and pedestrians of an approaching train

• A classification system for more dangerous crossings

• A new minimum distance between the tracks and grade crossings

• Efforts to expand public education

• Other FRA funding sources to ensure communities can install necessary technology or relocate crossings

•Technology including crash management technology, Positive Train Control and sensors


I appreciate your recent efforts at starting a safety campaign that includes asking local police to issue more tickets to drivers who ignore warnings at crossings, but we can and should do more to reduce deaths. I look forward at being your partner in Congress to implement any of your safety recommendations so we can make our rail system safer for passengers, pedestrians and motorists.




Sean Patrick Maloney

Member of Congress


On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 2:11 PM, Sandra Galef wrote:


Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       


  District Office:
  2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

  albany office:

                                                            Room 641,
Legislative Office Building

      For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef

(518) 455-5348

(914) 450-4086

Galef's Bill Passes Assembly--Protects Access to Public Records, by Not
Permitting Claims of Copyright to Hinder their Use

Sunshine Week Bills Aim at Making Government More Accessible to the Public

(March 18, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's bill A.3489, sponsored in the
state Senate by Senator David Carlucci (S.2171), which would guarantee that
copyright claims not hamper the desire or ability of citizens to use public
records or serve as a roadblock to the economic interests of the state,
passed the Assembly today 104-1 as part of a package of legislation
targeting government transparency. 

"We must ensure that information regarding all of our governments be
available to all who request it through the Freedom of Information Act
without having to pay a high premium for that information or being denied
the information because government claimed a copyright and refused the FOIL
request," stated Galef. "Government should not claim copyright as a way to
discourage the public from obtaining public information."

Galef's bill addresses the issue that government records, especially ones
which are available electronically, have increasing value and may be used
commercially for profit.  While it is understood that governmental agencies
expend a considerable amount of money to develop and use information
technology, that money would be expended anyway as part of the running of
government, even if FOIL did not exist.  Copyright should not be claimed
when an agency is obligated by law to prepare a record, and fair use of
copyright material provides for public access to records that may involve
the accountability of government and promote the public's understanding of
government activities. 

Annually, Sunshine Week emphasizes the importance of visibility and public
awareness of government, how it is conducted, and improving public access to
information and public proceedings. The New York State Assembly has
strengthened its commitment to open government this year by passing an
eight-bill legislative package which addresses New York's access to
government records, to public employee retirement system records, to a
faster trial when Freedom of Information Law-protected (FOILed) documents
are involved, to easier electronic application requirements to request
FOIL-protected documents, to electronic availability of information on state
boards, to using the internet to broadcast public meetings, and to better
communication of food safety and consumer protection violations in the food

Other bills included in the Sunshine Week package, all of which
Assemblywoman Galef supported today, are:

*    Assemblyman Englebright's bill A.4468, which clarifies certain
provisions of FOIL and other disclosure laws to make sure that people are
not wrongfully denied access to public records;

*    Assemblyman Englebright's bill A.3149 which clarifies that the name
of a retiree in a public employees' retirement system is subject to
disclosure under FOIL;

*    Assemblyman Buchwald's bill A.0114, which expedites the appeals
process when a trial court has found in favor of a FOIL request action,
thereby insuring timely appellate review and conclusion to the issue;

*    Assemblyman Silver's bill A.4436 which requires the NYS Department
of Agriculture and Markets to post on its website, or another State website,
information about food safety and consumer protection violations by food

*    Assemblywoman Paulin's bill A.1163 which requires that information
on State Boards be published electronically through websites

*    Assemblywoman People-Stokes' bill A.5768 which allow the public to
submit requests for access to the records of a state agency by use of an
online form; and

*    Assemblyman Quart's bill A. 4788 which requires the internet
broadcast of open meetings of each state authority and local authority.

"I am so pleased that all of these bills helping to shed sunshine on our
governments, making them more transparent and accessible to the people, have
passed the Assembly, and I look forward to hearing good news that the Senate
has done the same," concluded Galef.

March 18, 2015
Breaks campaign promise again ahead of 'Sunshine Week', votes against 17-point reform package
Contact: David Laska
With the onset of "Sunshine Week" at the state Capitol, New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox called Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner's credibility into question following her latest votes against bipartisan reforms that would have improved the daily operations of the State Assembly. Woerner, who ran a campaign on reform and "zero tolerance for corrupt public officials," voted against 17 proposals that would have made the state Assembly more open, accountable and transparent to New Yorkers.
Chairman Cox was stunned that when presented with an opportunity to enact historic and common-sense reforms that New Yorkers are demanding, Woerner instead chose to join New York City Democrats in voting against measures that would bring positive change to Albany.
"We honor Sunshine Week in an effort to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information because the public has a right to know what its government is doing. It's troubling that Carrie Woerner once again let us down and voted against 17 fair proposals that are at the core of what Sunshine Week stands for," said Chairman Cox.
"This is more of Carrie's unacceptable rhetoric of 'do as I say, not as I do.' Given the opportunity to prove that she truly believes in reform, Carrie Woerner failed miserably by choosing to support the status quo. Her actions are embarrassing and her constituents should be questioning her irresponsible votes."
In early January, Carrie Woerner  voted to reelect Sheldon Silver as Assembly Speaker after it was revealed he was the subject of a federal investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI. Two weeks later, Silver was arrested by federal authorities and Carrie stood by his side stating she was "committed to reserving any judgment until the legal system has run its course." Five days later, and after a chorus of public outcry from editorial boards, constituents and good government groups, Woerner finally called on Silver to resign as Assembly Speaker.
Following Silver's fall, Woerner joined a group of "reform Democrats." She stated that the group formed with the "collective hope that we can use this moment to institute some reforms in how the body operates, how the Legislature operates, to add some transparency, to make things be more inclusive of all members."
Then last Monday, when given the opportunity to reform how the Assembly operates, how the legislature operates, to add transparency and to make things more inclusive of all members, Woerner voted against the entire reform package that would have accomplished each of those goals. Particular measures Woerner voted against were:
  • Eight-year term limits for Legislative Leaders;
  • Eight-year term limits on Speaker of the Assembly;
  • Televising standing committee meetings, recording all committee meetings and making them available on the Assembly website;
  • Allowing each member of the Assembly to have at least one substantive piece of legislation moved from committee and brought to the Assembly for a vote; and
  • Eight-year term limits for committee Chairpersons.
"Carrie had an opportunity to put the state Assembly on a positive track toward restoring the public's faith in state government. Voting against these reform proposals lets voters know exactly who the real Carrie Woerner is," concluded Chairman Cox.


On Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:06 AM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781,
A statement by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown)
            Yesterday, Gov. Cuomo and Speaker Heastie revealed their agreement about including some ethics reforms in the budget. It was nice to see the governor and speaker finally agree on stripping pensions from corrupt lawmakers. This has long been an issue of mine and of the Assembly Minority Conference. This does not mean the job is done, however. We also have to look at term limits for legislative leaders and committee chairs, and preventing campaign funds from being used on attorneys and legal fees stemming from investigations. Today's deal is a step in the right direction, but we are not yet at our destination.


On Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:24 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Dear Neighbor,
Salute to Seniors
The 47th annual Salute to Seniors is set for Wednesday, May 6 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The Salute will be in full swing from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Salute to Seniors is a celebration of the Seniors in our Community and includes something for everyone. Plan an outing to attend the Salute, spend the day, have lunch and enjoy all the attractions. Be sure to bring a friend, family member or caregiver, and be ready to have fun.
The event is sponsored by the Westchester County Department Senior Programs and Services and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and co-sponsored by Westchester County Departments of Parks, Recreation and Conservation; Public Works and Transportation.
  • Enjoy live entertainment in the afternoon including impersonators of the famous “Rat Pack”, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. Also featured in the afternoon “The Westchester County Senior Program Salute” as we take a moment to recognize many of the local senior programs and services. The 2015 theme for Older Americans Month, “Get into the Act” will come alive during this on stage film presentation of active senior programs available across the county.
  • The Health and Wellness Fair will have 17 booths. Stop by for a nutrition assessment, skin care and dental care information, tai chi exercise and more.
  • The Business Expo is always a favorite. More than 90 vendors with products and services for seniors and caregivers as well as representatives from county and state agencies will be on hand to talk with Salute-goers and answer their questions. View new services and sample new products.
  • Telehealth Intervention Programs for Seniors (TIPS) Learn about the county’s groundbreaking and innovative Telehealth Intervention Programs for Seniors (TIPS) which will improve the health of many older adults and save taxpayer money at the same time.
Lunch reservations due April 21
Lunches are available, but registration is required by calling (914) 813-6416 or (914) 813-6449. Lunch includes a turkey sandwich, apple, cookie and juice. The deadline to place orders is Wednesday, April 21, and the suggested meal contribution is $4.

Want to be part of the Business Expo?
Businesses and non-profit organizations can still sign up. For more information including the size and rates of the booths, download an application form, or call (914) 747-0519. Sign up now - prices go up after March 27.

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On Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:50 PM, Senator Terrence Murphy wrote:

CONTACT: Matthew Slater, 518-455-3111
On March 17th, 2015, State Senator Terrence Murphy presides over the New York State Senate for the first time, during national Sunshine Week.
ALBANY, NY - It's sunshine week in Albany, when open government advocates work to bring transparency to state government and how laws and rules are made.
Businesses in New York State face a myriad of regulations and mandates which often come about as a result of the State's rule-making process, rather than legislation. One lawmaker is working to change that.
As Chairman of the State's Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC), State Senator Terrence Murphy is charged with reviewing all of the proposed rules from state agencies. This week Senator Murphy announced new legislation which would allow more public discourse and transparency regarding proposed agency rules.
"As a small business owner I can tell you firsthand that the miles of red tape caused by the layers of rules and regulations in New York are doing more harm than good," Senator Murphy said. "From my experience with the Yorktown Health and Wellness Center, and my family's experience with our restaurant, many of these rules and regulations are approved with little input and transparency. It is our responsibility to ensure there is greater transparency and disclosure within the rule making process which I believe my legislation will help do."
Murphy says his rules reform package is designed to take the rule-making process out of the hands of Albany bureaucrats and back in the hands of the people and their elected representatives. The package authored by Murphy now includes:
  • Senate Bill S4318 would allow a process for the public to seek adoption, repeal or other changes in state agency rules after submitting a petition with 100 or more signatures;
  • Senate Bill S4319 requires state agencies to improve evaluations of the potential impact of rules on jobs and employment opportunities;
  • Senate Bill S4034 would allow ARRC to file a formal objection to proposed rules, which might make state agencies reconsider them;
  • Senate Bill S4033 allows ARRC to delay a proposed rule by 90 days, allowing for additional public commentary and input; and
  • Senate Bill S4328 which would establish a negotiated rule making process for small businesses, requiring a consensus be reached before any rule affecting their affairs is promulgated.
Senator Murphy's session comments during Sunshine Week
Murphy's session comments during Sunshine Week
"We cannot continue to allow unelected bureaucrats to impose job-killing regulations from on high," Murphy said. "It's time to shine a light on the rule-making process."
Ever since the New Deal Era, legislatures nation-wide have ceded more and more rule making authority, passing laws and then allowing the executive branch to implement them and determine the legislative intent. New York State has over 750,000 rules which cost businesses billions of dollars annually, according to the ARRC.
Yesterday, the Senate approved several measures pertaining to ARRC including Senate Bill S406, which Senator Murphy co-sponsored. This legislation would require a full review of rules and regulations that predate 1999 in addition to requiring a five year review of all agency rules. 


Editor's note: Senator Murphy's full remarks on this bill can be found here. For high-resolution versions of this photo suitable for publication, click here.

On Thursday, March 19, 2015 4:13 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

The next meeting of the Town of Ossining Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for
Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 8PM
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York
Preliminary Agenda:
  • Lexington 202 Group LLC.: 530 & 532 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY- Variance(s)
  • Mario & Cynthia Conte: 5 Bayden Road, Ossining, NY- Variance
Please visit the Town Zoning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for March 30th.

Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195

Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

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On Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:03 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town


Cablevision featured Supervisor Sue Donnelly on their "Meet the Leaders" program this past Monday, filmed at the Ossining Public Library.
Take a look at the interview to learn more about the Townwide revaluation, changes on the Town Planning Board, the move to LED lighting for our streetlights and parks, and other exciting things happening in the Town!

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your family, friends, acquaintances, or business associates who may have an interest in these, as well as other Town subjects.
As always, please feel very free to contact me with any questions.
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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562


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March 20, 2015
Robert Beltrani to Co-Chair Queens GOP Reorganization Committee, Named Special Advisor to the Chairman
Contact: David Laska
QUEENS... Queens County Republican Committee Chair Bob Turner today announced that Robert Beltrani has been appointed Co-Chair of the Queens GOP Reorganization Committee.  Beltrani will also serve as Special Advisor to the Chairman. 
"I would like to thank Robert for agreeing to continue to work with the Committee going forward," said Queens GOP Chair Bob Turner.  His effort in uniting the Queens County Committee is appreciated and I'm glad he will remain an active and valuable member of our team."
"I appreciate Chairman Turner's offer and I look forward to working with our united Queens GOP to grow our party and take our winning message of tax relief, education reform and economic opportunity to every neighborhood in Queens," said Beltrani.
Last week, New York State Republican Chair Ed Cox recognized Turner as Chair of the Queens County Republican Committee, ending a decades-long dispute over control of the organization
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