Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/25/15: 10 Topics In Today's blog


1) NEWS: Maloney Statement on Young vs. UPS Supreme Court Decision

2) SATURDAY: Maloney and Local Officials Join Healthy Neighborhoods Program for Home Assessments

3) : [New post] Help SAVE New Rochelle YMCA Pool!

4) Westchester Legislators Receive Facts on 'Raise the Age' Unfunded Mandates

5) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Discusses St. Christopher's Inn on her "Dear Sandy" TV Show

6) Lalor: Viacom Lays Off NY Employees While Taking Tax Dollars


8) ICYMI: Jewish Voice - New York's Senators Missing on Israel


10) 12 Grapes: Help us celebrate!

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March 25, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415


Maloney Statement on Young vs. UPS Supreme Court Decision


Washington – Rep Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to revive Peggy Young’s pregnancy discrimination claim. On a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to determine  whether the company should have granted her request for temporary changes in work duties after she became pregnant in 2006.


“Thirty five years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, hardworking women still face discrimination in the workplace.  Employers can make commonsense accommodations for pregnant workers and I’m hopeful the Fourth Circuit will stand up for women by enforcing the act properly,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.


Rep. Maloney supports the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would expand the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). Specifically, the legislation would close legal loopholes and require employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees who have limitations stemming from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer. These on-the-job accommodations would be low-cost and not disruptive. The bill also bars employers from denying employment opportunities to women based on their need for reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.




March 25, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415




Maloney and Local Officials Join Healthy Neighborhoods Program for Home Assessments


 Newburgh, NY – On Saturday, March 28 at 11:30 AM, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Department of Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program and Hudson Valley officials will encourage the use of carbon monoxide detectors in Newburgh while raising awareness about the imminent dangers of CO poisoning.  Local officials will accompany community health workers on assessment of three residences on Lander Street.


“Three families experienced an unspeakable tragedy that could have been prevented, and sadly, hundreds more deaths occur each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. We can help prevent the next tragedy through discussing the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and helping installing CO detectors for those who cannot afford it,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18).


“Orange County is here, on the ground, partnering with our local and federal officials in order to raise awareness about the importance of carbon-monoxide safety and distribute free detectors during Healthy Neighborhoods assessments in our three cities to those without them. We must do all we can to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that rocked the Newburgh community just a few short weeks ago, and I applaud our Department of Health for working so diligently with city and federal officials to quickly address this vital safety issue,” said County Executive Steve Neuhaus.


Through the Healthy Neighborhood Program in Orange County, residents of targeted census tracts in the county’s three cities can receive needed smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, batteries, cleaning supplies, and other safety interventions.  They may also request a free lead assessment of their house or apartment through the department’s Primary Prevention Program.  Residents can call the Community Health Outreach Office at (845) 568-5237 to schedule an appointment for a Healthy Neighborhoods visit.

New York State law requires smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in all types of housing. It is the responsibility of the property owner, including landlords, to ensure these devices are in place. Both the Healthy Neighborhood program and the Newburgh Fire Department will provide home safety checks and install pre-purchased detectors when needed.

Media are invited to attend.


WHAT:          Press conference & Healthy Neighborhoods Visits in Newburgh

WHEN:          Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM  

WHO:             Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Healthy Neighborhoods and other Hudson Valley Officials

WHERE:       128 Broadway (rear entrance of Woolworth Building) in Newburgh, NY 12550


Please help spread the word about this very important fundraiser and thanks to those in media that have already covered it.


Jim Maisano
​County Legislator​

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Jim Maisano posted: "I've been helping the New Rochelle YMCA in the drive to SAVE its pool, and we're having a fundraiser this Thursday, March 26. It's an important cause and WE NEED YOUR HELP. The pool is currently closed and needs repairs to roof. For decades, our YMCA was "
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Help SAVE New Rochelle YMCA Pool!

by Jim Maisano've been helping the New Rochelle YMCA in the drive to SAVE its pool, and we're having a fundraiser this Thursday, March 26. It's an important cause and WE NEED YOUR HELP. The pool is currently closed and needs repairs to roof. For decades, our YMCA was the place in New Rochelle where kids from all walks of life could learn how to swim. I have great memories of swimming at the YMCA as a kid - I was on the swim team in the 1970s and received my lifeguard certification there. We all must pull together to get the pool reopened ASAP. Please see today's excellent column in The Journal News about this issue - Phil Reisman Column
Please attend the fundraiser on Thursday night to save the pool from 7 to 9pm at the New Rochelle YMCA. I'm the co-chair with County Clerk Tim Idoni. All of New Rochelle's Democrat and Republican elected officials have joined the cause as the host committee and will be attending. Here's the invite:
Lastly, to learn more about the effort to save the New Rochelle YMCA pool, visit their website:
Thanks and I hope to see you at the fundraiser this Thursday night!
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For Immediate Release: March 23, 2015

Contact: Minority Leader, Legislator John Testa


Westchester Legislators Receive Facts on 'Raise the Age' Unfunded Mandates

  At a meeting of the Committee on Budget & Appropriations, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) received testimony and supporting data on the unfunded mandates associated with New York State’s ‘Raise the Age’ proposal. The committee, chaired by Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R – Eastchester) invited Rocco Pozzi, commissioner of the Department of Probation, and Kevin McGuire, commissioner of the Department of Social Services, to inform the BOL of the financial impact to their departments if ‘Raise the Age’ becomes law in New York State.

 “Based on some of the statements I’ve read from my colleagues, there seems to be a lack of understanding as to what the County’s obligations will be under the new law and what those obligations will cost taxpayers,” Marcotte said. “The County Executive first raised concerns about the cost of this program last week, and the testimony we received in committee today fully supports those concerns. Just like the County Executive, our opposition to the Governor’s proposal is not to the intent, but to the lack of funding. If the current ‘Raise the Age’ legislation becomes law, it will become one of the largest unfunded mandates in our budget.”

 Pozzi and McGuire demonstrated to the committee how the proposed ‘Raise the Age’ legislation requires new responsibilities of the Probation and Social Services Departments, as well as the county’s Law Department, and how those new responsibilities will mean significant infrastructure investments as well as dozens of new county employees.

 Westchester County Legislator John Testa (R – Peekskill), leader of the Republican caucus, says the BOL unanimously opposes unfunded mandates—a key component of the annual legislative packet they send to the state legislature as a resolution. With the facts now in front of them, he expects his colleagues to unanimously oppose ‘Raise the Age,’ or any state proposal that is not fully funded by the State.

 “Over the past few months, my colleagues from the Democratic caucus have made a dangerous habit of supporting the Governor’s proposals sight unseen,” Testa said. “The fact is, ‘Raise the Age’ as it’s currently proposed will be a significant new unfunded mandate. Thanks to the efforts of Legislator Marcotte and the testimony by our commissioners, the unfunded costs of these new mandates are evident to the Board and we should stand united in opposition to them, unless accompanied with the appropriate State funding.”

 Commissioner Pozzi testified to the impact on the Department of Probation, which would handle the intake and supervision of the new family court population created by ‘Raise the Age.’ Pozzi estimates he would need to add ten new probation officers and two new supervising probation officers, at a cost of $1.7 million. To accommodate the increased juvenile population from Westchester and the surrounding counties in the Hudson Valley region under the supervision of Probation, the capacity at secure and non-secure detention facilities would need to double at a cost of $9.9 million (renovation) to $20 million (new facility).

 Commissioner McGuire testified to the impact on the Department of Social Services, with a direct financial impact of approximately $15 million per year and a ripple effect on the operations and workflow within the department. With the increased juvenile population in the Family Court’s jurisdiction, more youth will be placed in the care and custody of the Commissioner of Social Services and placed in non-secure residential facilities at an average cost of $150,000 per year per juvenile. Social Services would need to hire new staff and incur additional costs for residential facilities, contracts for services, and space to create new Family Support Centers. At least 50 more youth would be placed in the Foster Care system, an 8% increase in the caseload that also requires more staff to be hired.

 Both Commissioners also pointed out that the increased caseload in the Family Court will require increased staffing in the County Law Department, which prosecutes Family Court cases.

 “85 cents of every tax dollar collected by Westchester County goes to pay the state’s unfunded mandates.  Despite promises to reign in unfunded mandates that percentage has not changed in the five years since I was elected despite reforms to Medicaid and pensions. We are still waiting on the State to fully fund the Governor’s so-called Safe Act, and no part of the ‘Raise the Age’ initiative addresses the significant new costs to counties,” Testa said. 
On Monday, March 23, 2015 5:12 PM, Sandy 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

(914) 941-1111

(518) 455-5348

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Discusses St. Christopher's Inn

on her "Dear Sandy" TV Show

(March 23, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef speaks with the Chief Operating
Officer, Marianne Taylor-Rhoades, and Director of Counseling and Shelter
Services, David Gerber, of St. Christopher's Inn, on her television show,
"Dear Sandy." Both guests, Taylor-Rhoades and Gerber, have joined Galef to
bring awareness to the mission, services, challenges and successes of St.

St. Christopher's Inn, a Ministry of the Franciscan Friars of Atonement, is
a homeless shelter and rehabilitation center that has for over 100 years
provided rehabilitation for people who have lost their way. The organization
offers 200 beds to those in need of sanctuary, warm meals for those who are
hungry, an extensive and engaging chemical dependency treatment program with
24/7 professional assistance, and a family counseling program that can help
rebuild broken bonds. All of these services are aimed at fulfilling the
clients' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. St. Christopher's Inn has
one of the highest completion rates for rehabilitation in New York State.
Even as insurance companies are cutting reimbursements to facilities like
this, Taylor-Rhoades and Gerber state that St. Christopher's Inn continues
to offer a welcoming atmosphere and provides outstanding holistic services
of care and treatment for every single individual.

"In a field where success is usually scarce, St. Christopher's Inn continues
to accomplish marvelous deeds," said Assemblywoman Galef. "Miracles are
happening at St. Christopher's Inn."

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

"Dear Sandy" airs as follows:


Friday, March 27 & April 3, 10, 17

  at 9:00 P.M. on

Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison,
Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)

Yorktown Channel 74

(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

and at 8:30 P.M. on

Wappingers Falls Channel 21

(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)


Friday, March 27 & April 3, 10

at 7:30 p.m.

Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8

Verizon FiOS Customers

Please check your local listings for specific air times.

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:13 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 24, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor: Viacom Lays Off NY Employees While Taking Tax Dollars
East Fishkill, NY - (3/24/15) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is again calling on the legislature and Governor Cuomo to end the $420 million in yearly tax subsidies for Hollywood after Viacom announced it is cutting 264 employees in New York. Viacom received about $340,000 in tax credits for TV production in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone. The state has yet to release full details on all of the tax credits issued. The limited information made available by the Cuomo administration does not include films produced by Viacom subsidiary Paramount Pictures that likely run the tax subsidy total well into the millions.

"Subsidizing Hollywood with tax dollars is bad policy," said Lalor. "Sony cut 264 permanent well-paying jobs. The jobs 'created' with the Hollywood tax credit are often part-time jobs. Sometimes Governor Cuomo even touts the extras hired by films as jobs 'created'. Even worse, Viacom buys influence and these subsidies through large campaign contributions. Viacom's CEO is one of Governor Cuomo's top donors. Cuomo's corporate welfare for his friends isn't creating jobs. We need across-the-board tax cuts for all New Yorkers, including the ones who aren't at the top of Cuomo's donor list."

In 2013, Governor Cuomo's own tax reform commission acknowledged that the Hollywood tax credits are not working. Cuomo's commission reported, "The film production credit, now generally 30 percent of qualifying costs, is large relative to industry profits and tax liability. Because the credit exceeds tax liability many times over and is refundable, in effect it is a program of cash payments by the state to credit recipients... It is not clear from our analysis that there is sufficient justification for the size of the film credits. The state should consider scaling back the credits and monitoring the film industry closely to determine the impact on its activities of such a cutback."

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:21 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781,
A statement by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown)
            In its lawsuit against Commerzbank, New York State has been awarded $610 million. This money will be used as part of the state budget for the next year, and, in conjunction with other funds, Katz believes it would be better spent in the hands of the people as a STAR rebate check.
            "People always spend money better than the government, and Albany should honor that by sending roughly $500 more in STAR rebates back to the people," Katz said. "The state wasn't expecting the money this year, and if we're going to spend it in the budget somehow, we should be giving it back to the people. Let's not go around creating new programs that we're going to have to find ways to pay for next year; let's just give it back to the people. There isn't a family in New York State that when you ask them if they could use an extra $500 is going to say no. Let's help out those families; not use it on Albany pet projects."
March 25, 2015

Are Senators Schumer & Gillibrand Missing in Action?

The Jewish Voice

With all of the flak flying about concerning Prime Minister Neyanyahu's invitation, his talk to congress and the president's overt negative response to Bibi's party's overwhelming election victory, we've noticed more than an ominous silence from two local politicians who depend heavily on the Jewish vote: Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Both of these highly partisan New York senators are straddling the fence. While both attended the talk after murmuring to the press in muted tones that they were unhappy with the invitation to the PM, they appear to be paralyzed in speaking out to the threat posed to Israel and the Middle East by a flawed agreement with Iran. Criticism of the still secret deal is just not in their game plan. They appear to be wary of Obama's wrath.
Let's focus on the all powerful, strongman senator from New York who hopes to capture the seat as Senate Minority leader when Harry Reid steps down. Here's what Schumer said right after the "notorious" speech by Bibi:
"While the final details of the Iranian deal have not been disclosed, we must do everything we can to prevent a nuclear Iran, which would be a disaster for Israel, the Middle East and potentially extremely harmful to the United States."
Which is exactly what? Just what suggestions does Senator Schumer offer that could have been noted in his statement to give some insight as to what "we must do." Here we have a sophisticated, capable politician who has been on the public payroll since his election to the New York State Assembly at the age of 23. With all his experience in government is he not embarrassed that all he can come up with is the above statement, completely devoid of substance and ideas?
Schumer has served in D.C. since 1981 and has vast connections to the makers and shakers in government. He holds a sure lifetime Senate seat and yet he cannot stand up tall and state that he is aghast at President Obama's six plus years of denigration of Netanyahu and the disastrous agreement John Kerry is about to sign with Iran? He must know the intelligence level of his constituents.
Schumer owes his supporters the honesty and integrity that his seat in the Senate demands. He should be the voice for Israel and Jewry. He should be outspoken in his stance on the Jewish state's security and future. After all, we all are cognizant of the fact that the history of the Democratic Party is replete with examples of intrepid figures; who did not flinch when it came to standing up for what is right.
Why has Schumer taken the passenger seat while New Jersey Senator, Bob Menendez acts as the lead rebel driver in the Democrat ranks to stand up for Israel and the imposition of harsh Iranian sanctions? Why did Schumer cave last year in support of the Kirk-Menendez bill that would have penalized Iran for violating any agreement to limit its achievement of nuclear weaponry?
The wishy-washy stance of Schumer in Iranian sanctions is evident. He changes positions on Iran as frequently as he changes ties.
Keep reading here
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:18 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781,
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) voted in favor of Assembly Bill 1679, a measure which would ban the devocalization of household pets like dogs and cats. Katz, a lifelong veterinarian, called the devocalization procedure "unnecessary" during his floor remarks.
            "As a veterinarian who practiced for decades in the Bronx, I never allowed this procedure to take place, and would never allow it today," Katz said. "It's a brutal elective procedure for an issue that could be curtailed by behavioral modification. I am proud to have cast my vote to help end this horrible procedure."
            Assemblyman Katz's remarks can be found here:
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Alex Nolan, currently in the house band for The Meredith Vieira Show, is a songwriter and guitarist. She's opened for such major acts as Hootie & the Blowfish, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and more. Alex is joined by an all-star tour-de-fource: Kelly Nolan, on vocals, Mishti on guitar/vocals, Matt Graff on drums and Rachel Eckroth on keys/vocals. $10 Cover or FREE with dinner.
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