Friday, April 03, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 04/03/15: 3 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) Legislators to Receive Playland Report, Update from Astorino Administration

2)  Town Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at the Community Center

3) PRESS RELEASE] Fair Campaign Practices Committee rules on Bernard and Diana complaint


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Press Release from Legislators Peter Harckham and Catherine Parker

 

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2015

Contact: M att Richter, BOL Communications Director


 

Legislators to Receive Playland Report, Update from Astorino Administration

 

On Wednesday, Legislator Peter Harckham  (D) North Salem, Chair of the Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee, (LPPH) announced, at a meeting of the committee, that Deputy County Executive, Kevin Plunkett would forward to the BOL, the report on operations at Playland Amusement Park that was produced by Consultant Dan Biederman of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures.  The report will be presented at a meeting of the LPPH Committee on or before April 15th at 9am.  Representatives of the County Executive and the Parks Department will appear at the committee meeting to discuss the future of Playland.

 

The commitment from the Deputy County Executive forestalled a vote by the LPPH Committee to issue subpoenas to compel the administration to produce the document. 

 

The report was commissioned by the County Executive at a cost of $100,000.  The Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman, Michael Kaplowitz voted against the Biederman consulting contract at the Countys Board of Acquisition and Contracts. 

 

In a meeting of the LPPH Committee in August, Mr. Biederman gave a date-range of mid to late November for delivery of his report to the County Executive.  The administration said they would share the report’s findings with the BOL within two weeks of the date they received it.  Following multiple informal requests for the report, BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz and Vice-Chairman James Maisano sought to facilitate the discussion on Playlands future by sending a letter to the administration on March 24th, formally requesting that administration send the documents.

 

Following the Committee meeting, Legislator Harckham said, Im hopeful that the Astorino administrations agreement to finally share this report with the Legislative branch will be a major step forward in selecting an operator for Playland.  It is unfortunate that we will not have a private operator in place for the 2015 season but my colleagues and I on the Labor Parks Planning and Housing Committee look forward to getting to work on the approval process for a new operator as soon as the County Executive presents one to us.  Harckham added, Weve waited more than four months for this report and while weve been told many times that we would be receiving the report imminently, I am confident that the administrations willingness to give a specific date means they will deliver.  I look forward to discarding the subpoenas that weve drafted but until weve received Mr. Biedermans report, all options remain on the table.

 

Legislator Catherine Parker, a member of the LPPH Committee, represents the City of Rye where Playland is located.  Legislator Parker said, Many of my constituents, especially those who live near Playland, share the frustration of my colleagues and I at the lack of information on Playlands future.  Previous proposals for things like a massive field house and the diminution of parking which would result have created serious concerns for local residents.  I hope that the plan we are currently awaiting from the Astorino administration allows for the involvement of not just the Board of Legislators but the City of Rye and Playlands neighbors as well.
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On Thursday, April 2, 2015 10:13 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com

 
The next meeting of the Planning Board of the
Town of Ossining will be held on:
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at
7:30 P.M.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION
Joseph G. Caputo Community Center
95 Broadway
Ossining, New York
 
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
  • High View Farm- 123A, B & C Morningside Drive & Barnes Rd., Cluster Subdivision- Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Scoping Outline
Please visit the Town Planning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for April 8th.
 

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
Supervisor 
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 


Town Links
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
: April 2nd, 2015
CONTACT914-455-1060
***PRESS RELEASE***
 
 
Brackett, Giordano and Yorktown Democrats
Found Guilty of Unfair Campaign Practices
YORKTOWN, NY - The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee met Tuesday to hear a complaint of unfair campaign practices against Bob Giordano and Roseanne Brackett, the unsuccessful Democratic candidates in the recent March 2015 special election for Yorktown Town Board. Along with the Yorktown Democratic Committee, the two were found to have committed unfair campaign practices including engaging in subliminal messaging during the recent campaign. 

According to Yorktown Republican Town Committee Chairperson Serafina Mastro, the voters saw through this negative campaign, rewarding Republican candidates Tom Diana and Greg Bernard with 55% and 60% of the vote, respectively.

“Councilwoman Susan Siegel recently said that this was ugliest campaign she's seen in her 44 years in Yorktown, and now we know that’s because she orchestrated it with Roseanne Brackett, Bob Giordano and the Yorktown Democrats,” Mastro said. “While it pales in comparison to the Democrats’ false and defamatory attacks dating back to 2008 against Greg Ball, Michael Grace and others, it’s another example of their underhanded campaign tactics, which have failed again and again. The Yorktown Democrats still have not learned their lesson that misleading voters doesn't win elections.” 

Notably, during the hearing, the Yorktown Democratic Committee representatives made the statement in their defense that the Westchester County Business Journal was “not a credible publication.” 

The purpose of the Westchester Fair Campaign Committee is to promote a climate in which candidates conduct honest and fair campaigns, according to the Committee, which does not sit as a censor of political discussion nor as a body to enforce election law or make legal decisions. If the Committee acts on a complaint, it will release its findings to inform the public. 

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Editor's Note: Attached is a copy of the March 31st decision by the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee.


WESTCHESTER COUNTY FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES COMMITTEE
14 North Chatsworth Avenue #3E, Larchmont, NY 10538
 
April 1, 2015                                      CONTACT: Susan Schwarz, Chair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       914-332-1301 / cell: 914-715-1539
 FINDINGS IN THE COMPLAINTS OF GREG BERNARD AND TOM DIANA, CANDIDATES FOR YORKTOWN TOWN COUNCIL, AGAINST ROSEANNE BRACKETT, BOB GIORDANO, CANDIDATES FOR THE SAME POSITIONS, AND THE YORKTOWN DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE


The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee met on March 31, 2015 to hear the complaints of Greg Bernard and Tom Diana, Republican candidates for Yorktown Town Council, against Roseanne Brackett and Bob Giordano, Democratic candidates for the same positions as well as against the Yorktown Democratic Committee.  Mr. Bernard and Mr. Diana were represented by Chris Arnold. Ms. Brackett, Mr. Giordano and the Yorktown Democratic Town Committee were represented by Susan Siegel and Lisa MacKay in this post-election complaint.

COMPLAINT 1:
Mr. Bernard and Mr. Diana complain that a series of mail, web and newspaper advertisements placed by the Yorktown Democratic Town Committee, Roseanne Brackett and Bob Giordano made the false and misleading statement that Messrs. Bernard and Diana “stayed silent on ethics reform.”
FINDING: No Finding
The Committee noted that the definition of what constitutes “ethics” is a subject for political discourse.
 
COMPLAINT 2:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that Democratic campaign literature made the false and misleading statement that they “would keep residents in the dark.”
FINDING: Fair
The Democrats made clear that the reference to keeping residents in the dark referred to the Republicans’ opposition to televising Town Board meetings.
 
COMPLAINT 3:
Messrs, Bernard and Diana complain that Democratic campaign literature made the false, unsubstantiated and misleading accusation that Messrs. Bernard and Diana were responsible for, and “had passed or proposed so-called phony tax cuts.”
FINDING: Unfair
The Republican candidates were not on the Board and thus could not have proposed or voted on taxes.
 
COMPLAINT 4:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that Democratic campaign literature made the false, unsubstantiated and misleading accusation that Messrs. Bernard and Diana “were responsible for exaggerating economic development.”
FINDING: Fair
The Committee found that the statements fell within the realm of normal political discourse.
 
COMPLAINT 5:        
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that Democratic campaign literature claimed that Messrs. Bernard and Diana “were in favor of closed door decision making.”
FINDING: Fair
The Committee found that the statements fell within the realm of normal political discourse.
 
COMPLAINT 6:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that Democratic campaign literature claimed that Messrs. Bernard and Diana “would award non-competitive contracts.”
FINDING: Fair
The Committee found that the language was within the realm of normal political discourse.
 
COMPLAINT 7:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that a March 9 advertisement in the Yorktown News, paid for by Ms. Bracket and Mr. Giordano, claimed that Messrs. Bernard and Diana “have or will deceive the community about taxes.”
FINDING: Fair
The Committee found that the language was within the realm of normal political discourse.
 
COMPLAINT 8:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that a web advertisement placed by the Democratic campaign made the false and misleading statement that Greg Bernard and Tom Diana “had misrepresented the cost of projects.”
FINDING: No Finding
Insufficient information was supplied to make a determination.
 
COMPLAINT: 9:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that a web advertisement placed by the Democratic campaign made the false and misleading statement that they “were the only candidates truly committed to honesty, integrity, and transparency.”
FINDING: Unfair
The use of the word “only” violates the Committee’s Guideline #6 “when reasonable questions about the truthfulness of the claim can be raised.”
 
COMPLAINT 10:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that a TV commercial purchased by candidates Brackett and Giordano engaged in subliminal messaging by flashing the untrue assertion “YOUR TOWN TAX HAS GONE UP 11%” for one-half second.
FINDING: Unfair
The tax issue is too complex to be presented in a half-second flash.
 
COMPLAINT 11:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana further complain that Democratic campaign literature made the false and misleading statement that Brackett and Giordano “were the only candidates who support stronger ethics laws.”
FINDING: Unfair
The use of the word “only” violates the Committee’s Guideline #6 “when reasonable questions about the truthfulness of the claim can be raised.”
 
COMPLAINT 12:
Messrs. Bernard and Diana complain that a Democratic web ad claims that “Greg Bernard isn’t being honest and refused to answer the question about where he stands on the proposed Sober Living Residence in Yorktown.”
FINDING: No Finding
The complaint does not correlate with supporting exhibits presented.
 
Bazzo 04/03/15



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