Monday, April 06, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 04/06/15: 10 Topics In Today's blog


1) Town Of Ossining: Seeking Applications for Town of Ossining Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)

2) : NYGOP Events Calendar

3) Ossining Town Board Special Meeting & Work Session- Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

4) News from Senator Murphy: Apr 3, 2015
5) Yorktown Public Meeting Agendas] Planning Board 04/06/15

6) Astorino: $90 Million Hijack "Disappointing in the Extreme"

7) PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of - 1 update in 1 topic

8) Ed Ciffone on the Watchdog Report - YouTube

9) The Bob Meyer Quartet w/special guest Ratzo Harris @ The Bean Runner Cafe, Peekskill, NY Sat. Apr. 11th @ 8pm

10) Legislator Borgia warns of toxic chemicals in easter toys

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On Friday, April 3, 2015 10:42 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
The Town of Ossining Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) has one vacancy and is seeking applications from Unincorporated Area residents. Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of every month. The EAC promotes the conservation of the environment by acting in an advisory capacity to the Town Board on environmenal policies such as steep slopes, wetlands and tree protection ordinances. 

If interested in a seat on the EAC, please send a cover letter and resume or summary of appropriate qualifications to Maddi Zachacz at by
Friday, April 17th, 2015.
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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Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly | | Town of Ossining | 16 Croton Ave | Ossining, NY 10562

Join us for these upcoming events taking place  
all across New York State

You are also cordially invited to enjoy a weekend
in Albany, New York, for the annual New York State College Republican convention! Meet fellow CRs from around the state, hear from an excellent lineup of speakers, and enjoy food and drink!
The state convention is critical for the future of College Republicans. It's the only time this year that College Republicans from across New York State come together to talk about the future of our state and elect the members who will represent all
New York College Republican chapters on the executive council.
speakers include
Congressman Chris Gibson
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney
& many more to be unveiled soon!

Please RSVP here to stay informed about getting
a ticket and updates about the event!
On Friday, April 3, 2015 4:02 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Town Board Special Meeting & Work Session- Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Municipal Building

16 Croton Avenue, 1st Floor

Ossining, NY 10562

 04-07-2015 Special Meeting

Work Session:

  1. Comunity Choice Aggregate & Micro Grid: Mike Gordon, Joule Assets
  2. Affordable Care Act Recording Requirements: CPI-HR
  3. Mortgage Recording Tax Distrbution: Kim Jeffrey
  4. Westchester County Employee Assistance Program Contract 2015-19: Maddi Zachacz

Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Town Municipal Offices, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.
All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channel 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision channel 78 and verizon channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings.

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CGR Project Website - Evaluation of Potential Government Structures
Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
Susanne Donnelly:
Eric P. Blaha:
Geoffrey Harter:
Kim Jeffrey:
Northern Wilcher:
Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Municipal Building, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562. You can view past Town Board Work Sessions from our online video archive.
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

Town Links
No. 12
Today is the beginning of Holy Week, as well as the eight night celebration of Passover. It is a time to be close to family, friends and to God. So, Chag Sameach, a kosher and Happy Passover! And from my family to yours, Happy Easter!

2015-6 Budget Passes
In my first budget I've learned a lot about what it means to be your representative and I'm proud to have had a seat at the table to fight for the residents of my district and pass an on-time budget. 

As the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Opioid and Heroin Addiction, I am proud to announce the budget provides twelve million dollars in critical funding increases for opioid addiction prevention and treatment. Included in that, is language which will finally allow school nurses to administer the lifesaving drug Narcan. 

We've provided two hundred million dollars for new clean water and sewer infrastructure and have increased funding for the environmental protection fund for the first time in years. We've also provided $50 million more than the Governor proposed to fix our ailing roads and fight the war on potholes. As for the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, this budget provides a massive commitment of more than one billion dollars. 

For our schools, we have cut the Gap Elimination Adjustment in half and increased school funding statewide on average by 5.9% on top of that. On education reform, I joined my colleagues in rejecting the Governor's evaluation proposals for our teachers and shifted this responsibility to professionals at the State Education Department with the goal of reducing standardized testing and returning local control to our schools. 

Living within a self-imposed two percent cap isn't easy, but we also managed to protect the STAR program for property taxpayers. No budget is perfect, but at the end of the day, we have passed an on-time budget that lives within our means. READ MORE
Metro-North needs safety instructions
Read my op-ed the Journal News on the need for improved communication regarding safety procedures on Metro North trains. 

If we can take steps and implement any type of safety measures for passengers, it is our obligation to do so. 

Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and this week we marked the observance of the 8th Annual World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday. Help me spread the word and light it blue!


2015 Beekman Spring Egg Hunt
Snow couldn't stop the Easter Bunny at this year's Egg Hunt!

2015 Hope for Heroes Dinner
I joined Westchester County Police PBA President Mike Hagan at the annual Hope For Heroes dinner in Sleepy Hollow. The charity provides our nation's disabled heroes with an opportunity to restore a healthy, active lifestyle despite having suffered debilitating injuries while serving our country.

2015 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
I joined County Executive MaryEllen Odell at the Mahopac VFW Ladies' Auxiliary Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Ceremony. March 30th, is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, when we acknowledge that never again will one generation of veterans abandon another. So when you see a veteran today, make sure to tell them thank you for your service, and welcome home.

Kobu Ribbon Cutting
We are getting New York back open for business! This week we joined Kobu Asian Bistro owner Michael Guo and his wife Amy in Mahopac to celebrate the official opening its outdoor patio on Thursday, April 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The patio includes tables and a full-service bar and is located at 903 South lake Blvd. in Mahopac. It features Chinese, hibachi and sushi cuisine, along with nine hibachi chefs to entertain
Friday, April 3, 2015 5:49 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

Planning Board

Calendar Date:
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes – March 23, 2015
Regular Session
BJ's/Urstadt Biddle
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Public Hearing

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: Zarin & Steinmetz
Description: Proposed BJs Wholesale Club gasoline filling station and 2,500 sf new building pad.
CVS Crompond Road
SBL: 26.18-1-25
Public Informational Hearing

Location: 3320 Crompond Road
Contact: T.M. Crowley & Associates
Description: Proposed construction of a 12,900 sf (with 1,661 sf mezzanine) CVS/pharmacy with drive-thru and a standalone 3,472 sf retail building with a drive-thru. Associated parking, landscaping and utilities are also proposed.
Work Session
Joint Meeting with Town Board
  • Discussion regarding the requirement and acceptance of Performance Bonds for work completed on private property pursuant to a site plan approval.
  • Discussion of recreation and lake access as part of the Lake Osceola Square project.
Staples Plaza Master Sign Plan
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Master Sign Plan

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: Norman DiChiara Architects, P.C.
Description: Proposed master sign plan pursuant to Section 300-193.14 of the Town Code.
Starbucks Coffee
SBL: 37.14-2-56
Discussion Special Permit

Location: 1932 Commerce Street
Contact: dpb Consulting Services
Description: Renewal of the outdoor seating permit and to update the furniture. The new furniture will consists of 32 seats, 11 tables and 4 umbrellas.
Taconic Vet Clinic & Canine Kindergarten
SBL: 36.05-1-18
Discussion Amended Site Plan

Location: 3655 Crompond Road
Contact: Michael Piccirillo Architecture
Description: Proposed Canine Kindergarten dog daycare and 24 hour veterinary clinic.
SBL: 36.05-2-57
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 2483 Hunterbrook Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Subdivide existing 3.422 acre lot with an existing 2-story dwelling into 3-lots.
3525 Crompond Rd, LLC
SBL: 36.05-1-13
Discussion ZBA Referral Memo

Location: 3525 Crompond Road
Description: Special Permit to allow the outdoor storage of vehicles on a portion of the premises.


On Monday, April 6, 2015 12:24 PM, County Executive Rob Astorino wrote:

Contact:  Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Governor Cuomo Hijacks $90 Million from State Power Authority for
New Round of Thinly Disguised Political TV Ads  


New York--April 6...Governor Andrew Cuomo is at it again, hijacking tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to run thinly-disguised political ads designed to boost his polling numbers, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today charged.

The governor, according to the New York political journal Capital, is now diverting $90 million from the New York State Power Authority to finance, in part, a new round of advertising for a "Start-Up New York" program that has failed to deliver significant results.  Mr. Cuomo spent upwards of $237.5 million taxpayer dollars for dubious TV ads leading up the the 2014 election.  That included money diverted from Hurricane Sandy relief funds, and much of the money was spent in New York State media markets.

New York has some of the highest utility rates -- and the very highest taxes -- in America.   

"Middle class taxpayers are stretched to the limit, and they don't want their tax dollars wasted," County Executive Astorino said. "Gimmicks like these are why New Yorkers have lost faith in their government leaders and why so many businesses and families have bailed out on New York. This is disappointing in the extreme."

Mr. Astorino called for a full accounting from the governor's office on how much of this $90 million will be spent on in-state TV ads.

PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of - 1 update in 1 topic
Ed Ciffone on the Watchdog Report - YouTube

The Bob Meyer Quartet

For my final Birthday Gig

I am most pleased to present: 

The Bob Meyer Quartet

in my home town at:

The Bean Runner Cafe

201 S. Division St.

[corner of Esther St.]

Peekskill, NY 10566


 Reservations suggested.


I had planned to play trio, however, I am delighted to include a most special guest, the 6 string bass master Ratzo Harris for this occasion!


Also featuring

Steven Frieder, saxes,

Luke Franco, guitar

and yours truly, drums & cymbals.


We will be playing original compositions by members of the band and featuring the music of the late, great Bert Wilson. If you have not heard his music, you are in for a treat!

This all happens on Saturday, April 11th starting at 8pm.

$10 cover.

Wonderful light food , great soups and the best smoothies ever as well as wine, beer, espressos etc.

We sincerely hope you will join us.

Thanks and peace, Bob

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2015
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Legislator Borgia Urges Caution In Purchasing Easter Toys
With many Westchester families buying Easter baskets and holiday toys this week, Majority Leader, Legislator Catherine Borgia (D) Ossining, reminds consumers of dangerous chemicals that are contained in some of the toys on store shelves.  Legislator Borgia is sponsoring legislation called the Children’s Product Safety Act requiring retailers to test toys for sale which may contain certain dangerous chemicals.
In December 2014, researchers tested products on store shelves in Westchester County. 
Some of the dangerous chemicals found were,
• Antimony in six products: jewelry, clothing, a doll, a key chain        
   and a toy train.
• Cadmium in eight products: a keychain, jewelry, clothing, toy 
   cars, a toy train  and a penlight.
• Cobalt in four products: a keychain, jewelry and accessories.
• Lead in three products: jewelry and accessories.
• Mercury in two products: in a wooden flower necklace and toy 
Legislator Borgia said, “Please pay attention to the toys we are giving our kids.  Something that is meant to bring joy on a holiday, should not contain dangerous toxins that could imperil the health and safety of those we love.”
Bazzo 04/06/15

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