Friday, April 10, 2015

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

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) NEWS: Maloney to Invites Teachers, Parents and Students to Participate in 2nd Annual Bullying Prevention Summit 04/25/15

2) Yorktown Town Board discusses taxes, roads & Courtesy of the Floor 04/07/15

3) Legislator Harckham Calls for New Federal Hearing on Gas Pipeline

4) KATZ: NEW YORK ECONOMIC OUTLOOK DEAD LAST AGAIN

5) Astorino: NY RANKED LEAST COMPETITIVE IN AMERICA

6) The Westchester Board of Legislators Celebrate the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search Finalists and Semi-Finalists

7) PRESS RELEASE] Yorktown GOP picks Grace, Lachterman, Diana for board, plus Raniolo, Testa

8) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update- April 9th, 2015

9) Veteran Trucking Program Kick-off on April 15th

10) Lincoln Depot Museum To Memorialize 150th Anniversary of President¹s Death  04/25 - 26/2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415

 

Maloney to Invites Teachers, Parents and Students to Participate in 2nd Annual Bullying Prevention Summit

 

Newburgh, NY — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) invited Hudson Valley schools, teachers, parents and students to take part in his 2nd Annual Hudson Valley Bullying Prevention Summit on Saturday, April 25th from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. The summit will focus on eliminating and preventing all areas of bullying including verbal, physical, social alienation and cyber bullying. 

 

"As the father of two young girls, I want to make sure parents, teachers and students across the Hudson Valley can have a conversation about bullying in our classrooms, playgrounds, and in our communities," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. "There is no place in school for bullying and intolerance – empowering teachers and students to reduce bullying will help our children, families and communities grow stronger, and safer.”

 

The program will include a panel discussions. Following the panel discussions, students will brainstorm and share ideas for combating bullying in schools.

 

If you are interested in attending, you can RSVP by calling 845-561-1259 or e-mailing Lizette Hernandez at Lizette.Hernandez@mail.house.gov.

 

After hosting the 1st Annual Hudson Valley Bullying Prevention Summit where more than 100 local students and teachers attended, Maloney released his 2014 Bullying Prevention Report, which highlights findings, best practices, and prevention resources formulated by students and teachers to combat bullying in the Hudson Valley. A copy of this report was sent to every middle and high school across the Hudson Valley. 

 

WHO:                         Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney 

WHEN:                      Saturday, April 25th at 9:30 AM  

WHERE:                   Newburgh Free Academy North Campus Auditorium located at 301 Robinson Ave, Newburgh, NY 12550

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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
April 7, 2015
 
Meeting highlights. For a discussion of all major agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Discussed during the non-televised pre-session meeting
  • Bernstein House: storage of former furnishings
  • Unsafe structure on Stony Street
  • Staffing issues: job title upgrades
  • Highway road salt: agreed to postpone vote on  budget transfer to fill salt barns by end of year
2. Announcements
Spectra pipeline presentation: Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm, Town Hall

3. Road update
Highway Superintendent Paganelli discussed plans to pave 5-6 miles this summer.

3. Taxes
A discussion about the increase in town taxes on the April tax bill.

4. Courtesy of the Floor
There appeared to be a consensus on the board about the guidelines for Courtesy of the Floor.

5. Highway garage relation/Depot Square
Supervisor Grace addressed questions about the cost of the project.

6. Hunterbrook sewer district.
The board approved the creation of the Hunterbrook sewer district extension and request that the county include the new district in the Peekskill Sanitary Sewer District. The district is a key part of the Costco plan.

7. Rezoning of two lots on East Main Street in Mohegan Lake
The board approved the rezoning of two small parcels.

8. Personnel
Police Officer Mark Rapisarda was promoted to Police Sergeant.
 




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For Immediate Release: April 8, 2015

Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director

646-302-2220, mjr3@westchestergov.com

 

Legislator Harckham Calls for New Federal Hearing on Gas Pipeline

 

Legislator Peter Harckham (D) North Salem, Has made a formal request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to suspend the approval process for the expansion of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline that bisects the 1500 acre Blue Mountain Reservation, part of the Westchester County Parks System.  Legislator Harckham is Chair of the Board of Legislators Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH) Committee.  The LPPH Committee has been monitoring the Algonquin Pipeline approval process.

 

On March 3, 2015 FERC granted a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” to Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC to expand the existing pipeline.  Legislator Harckham is requesting a rehearing of the application because it is contrary to the requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Natural Gas Act (NGA),  the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),  and NEPA’s implementing regulations, and the Order is not required by the public convenience and necessity.

 

Among the inadequacies in the FERC report and approval which Legislator Harckham details in the attached request to intervene are;

 

 

   •     Lack of a New York State Water Quality Certificate which the CWA expressly requires prior to the issuance of licenses or permits

 

   •     The Environmental Impact Statement did provide sufficient information to allow adequate public review and comment

 

   •     By not adequately considering the numerous adverse impacts of the pipeline project, FERC failed to demonstrate, as the NGA requires, that on balance the projects benefits outweigh the detriments.

 

“I urge our colleagues at the federal level to take a step back from this fast-tracked approval process.  There are many unanswered questions and concerns from municipal and regional officials as well as the public.”,  Harckam stated.  “The hasty approval of this certificate to a big natural gas corporation disregards a number of procedural safeguards that exists to ensure the safety and health of our residents.  The folks who live or go hiking around Blue Mountain Reservation may not have the resources of a big energy company but I intend to bring to bear all the influence of my position as a County Legislator to stand up for these residents.”

 

Here is a link to a video tour the LPPH Committee took with county officials at Blue Mountain Reservation, natural gas pipeline site.  Tour of Blue Mountain Reservation

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On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 4:51 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2015
Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781, Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
KATZ: NEW YORK ECONOMIC OUTLOOK DEAD LAST AGAIN
 
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) believes a failure to confront New York's large-scale taxation and regulatory issues in this year's budget and previous budgets has led to the state habitually being ranked dead last or 49th since 2008 in the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) economic outlook ratings. 
 
            "The Legislature meets every year and picks around the edges of the larger problems like the sky-high tax rates and the mountains of red tape," Katz said. "For instance, in this year's budget we debated how much policy would be included so the Legislature could do less work during the session. How often during budget negotiations and debate did we hear about lower taxes, or mandate relief, or cutting red tape?  Rarely, if at all. Until we are able to confront the truly difficult issues facing this state, and we begin cutting taxes and spurring growth by eliminating red tape, we shouldn't expect to be anything but 50th for a long time."
 
            Katz is a sponsor of Assembly Bill 5898, the Small Business Full Employment Act, which would enact regulatory and tax relief for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
 
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On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 4:54 PM, Rob Astorino wrote:



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

 
Statement from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on 
New York Again Ranking Least Competitive State in America

April 8, 2015


"At risk of sounding like a broken record, New York has once again been ranked the least economically competitive state in America. That means that businesses and jobs are headed elsewhere, and that hundreds of thousands of additional New York families will soon follow them. When will Albany stop with the gimmicks and get down to the business of cutting spending, taxes, and regulations? Nothing else will revive this once Empire State."  

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On Thursday, April 9, 2015 3:46 PM, Chairwoman Serafina Mastro wrote:

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9th, 2015
Contact: 914-488-4467
 
YORKTOWN GOP, MOVING YORKTOWN FORWARD,
NOMINATES 2015 SLATE
YORKTOWN, NY - The Yorktown Republican Town Committee showed a united front last evening when it unanimously endorsed a slate of candidates for several local offices in the November 2015 elections. It backed incumbent Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Tom Diana and Judge Gary Raniolo, as well as newcomer Ed Lachterman for the other vacancy on the town board.

The candidates will run on a platform of moving Yorktown forward by making the town friendlier to small businesses by reducing red tape and burdensome regulations, cutting property taxes, improving road and sewer infrastructure and ending the heroin epidemic. The Yorktown GOP also gave its nod to County Legislator John Testa, who will be seeking a fourth term on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

"I am just as honored to have been endorsed by the Yorktown GOP as I was when I was selected to be Minority Leader for the Westchester County Board of Legislators," Testa said. "I am asking the voters to continue their confidence in me so we can keep working to reform our county government. Over the last five years we have brought a historic five straight years without a tax increase for Westchester County. As your Legislator I will continue to work toward a smaller, more efficient and taxpayer friendly government."

Supervisor Grace will be seeking his third two-year term. He passed three consecutive on-time budgets, including the first back-to-back tax cuts in over a decade.

"The Republican Party in Yorktown is successful because they recognize the need to nominate principled candidates who will stand up for the people of the town on the issues that matter," Grace said. "We are a big tent, but there are basic things we can all agree on, like sound fiscal stewardship, the need to lower taxes, preserve open space, and get our town open for business. Our slate is committed to moving Yorktown forward. We are proud Republicans, proud to carry the Republican banner, and thankful for the opportunity to put forth our ideas in the months ahead."

Council member Tom Diana was recently elected in a March 2015 special election to fill a 1-year unexpired term on the board. Diana, of Shrub Oak, owns a family-run fuel oil delivery company and is a retired police officer.

"It was an honor and a privilege when the voters of Yorktown put their confidence in me to serve on the town board," Diana said. "Now I look forward to serving a full term as the voice of the people. Let's get common sense back on the board and start addressing the quality-of-life issues that the Republican party is best equipped to address, like making the town more business-friendly, working with our State representatives to fix our roads, bridges and potholes, as well as on combating the heroin crisis."

Yorktown Heights resident Ed Lachterman has thirty years of business experience, as a hospitality executive. He has a long history of community involvement in Yorktown, including fundraising for pancreatic cancer research and involvement with the Lions Club, where he currently serves as president.

"The voters of Yorktown have consistently elected Republican candidates because they represent a fresh face and new ideas, and I am honored to be able to continue that tradition," Lachterman said. "Public service is all about putting your community first, which is something I am committed to from my many years of involvement in local organizations. I will bring that spirit to the board, along with my business experience, and work with Supervisor Grace, Council members Diana and Greg Bernard to form a new pro-business majority that will continue moving Yorktown forward."

Elected to serve as a Yorktown Town Justice in 2011, Judge Gary Raniolo says he has focused on fulfilling his campaign pledge of law and order, reasonable access to the courts and a focus on our youth. He has 32 years of legal experience and has eliminated the backlog of cases that had resulted in extremely long delays for Yorktown residents seeking to be heard before the court along with Judge Sal Lagonia.

"Maintaining a timely disposition of all cases before the court, gives our constituents the access to the legal system that they want, and deserve," Raniolo said. "As a parent of three children who grew up in Yorktown and attended Yorktown public schools, I am personally aware of the grave dangers that confront many of our young people, sadly some with deadly consequences. We are committed to helping reverse the trend of behavioral issues that have impacted the lives of too many families in our community."

The Yorktown GOP is still interviewing candidates for Town Clerk, and the other seat on the Board of Legislators which covers central and southern Yorktown.

Serafina Mastro, chairwoman of the Republican Town Committee, said "Our slate represents the best Yorktown has to offer and the spirit of Yorktown, which is giving back to neighbors and strangers alike through community service. The Yorktown GOP slate is committed to moving Yorktown Forward by providing tax relief, high-quality services and ethical, open government. That is why our candidates will again be successful in November."
 

 
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    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 

Supervisor's Update - April 9th, 2015


 
Town Hall Meeting
April 21stst, 2015
7:30 PM
Ossining Public Library
Agenda:
 
Discussions on:
1) Proposed roads in Unincorporated Area to be designated as "No Parking"
2) Community Choice Aggregation for the Unincorporated Area of the Town of Ossining
 
News from the Town of Ossining Highway Department
As our residents in the Unincorporated Area may be aware, Suburban Carting is now picking up bulk items every week in the Unincorporated Area of the Town.  This was made possible by the residents doing such a great job of separating their household garbage from their recycling.  However, “bulk items” still does not include any item containing Freon- please be advised of the addendum to the Town of Ossining Recycle Flyer effective immediately.
 
ADDENDUM TO 2015 RECYCLE FLYER AND FOR YEARS TO FOLLOW
Pickup will be the Last Wednesday of Each Month for Items Containing “Freon”
For items containing Freon, such as Refrigerators, Freezers, Humidifiers, De-humidifiers, etc., a call must be placed to the Highway Department prior to putting at curbside (914-941-2241). Please give us your address and what it is you have placed outside for pickup. Again, don’t forget to remove the doors and shelves which go out with your regular Bulk Pickup.
 
 
State of the Town of Ossining as we prepare for audit of our 2014 year
 
Unaudited Estimate of Fund Balance Amounts Unallocated and Available for Use:
FundDescription200920102011201220132014Change from 2013 to 2014% Change
          
10General31,515.19758,647.141,022,444.001,063,927.001,854,062.991,887,257.5033,194.511.79%
20Town Outside Village435,570.66846,266.29980,987.001,263,883.001,530,206.451,849,690.35319,483.9020.88%
31Highway198,090.22420,913.92480,890.18578,673.00692,833.00757,375.0164,542.019.32%
32Dale Cemetery28,678.6329,482.3417,854.53221,552.02122,136.59190,393.2968,256.7055.89%
45Consolidated Sewer445,337.94532,491.72610,176.54660,601.00618,596.00541,534.10(77,061.90)-12.46%
50Water19,129.5218,477.8918,276.0019,463.0019,417.1815,883.25(3,533.93)-18.20%
51North State Sewer0.00921.971,880.631,432.002,111.91736.67(1,375.24)-65.12%
63Lighting District17,818.9931,242.6132,330.0730,082.0023,680.7012,664.79(11,015.91)-46.52%
64Fire District26,634.4894,690.3977,251.1555,400.0050,436.1251,865.471,429.352.83%
65Refuse & Recycling 123,976.10150,455.57181,987.99161,606.00183,225.97207,474.9824,249.0113.23%
66Ambulance District13,618.2214,901.9815,461.094,392.0024,995.0748,046.4423,051.3792.22%
          
  1,340,369.952,898,491.823,439,539.184,061,011.025,121,701.985,562,921.85441,219.87 
 
Adjustments to our Fund Balances during the 2014 year
While strong fund balances are important, especially for a town in New York State under the tax cap, it is essential to remember that this cushion is made up of tax payer money. When used properly, it can eliminate the need to increase the tax levy for residents and commercial property owners, and can be used to pay down expenses without taking out BANs (or, Bond Anticipation Notes – short term debt) or BONDS (longer term debt).
In Westchester County, Towns must survive the first three months of the calendar year living off of their reserves, since Town tax collection is during the month of April. In counties like ours where the Towns are responsible to collect school taxes for their districts (Ossining has two school districts, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor), the Towns make the school districts whole by the 5th day of April every year.  The Town is required to carry the burden of unpaid taxes until the taxpayer writes their check, or until we foreclose on the property.
As of March 31st, 2015, unpaid Ossining School Tax bills totaled $1,292,198.37, and unpaid Briarcliff School Tax bills totaled $272,829.34.  As the Town is in excellent financial shape, we have and will continue to make the school districts “whole” from our own reserves while we wait to collect payments from taxpayers. 
In recognition of this exposure, the Town had to allocate an additional $139,320.10 to cover uncollected Town Tax and Tax Liens (unpaid County, School and Town taxes from previous years) open as of February 28th, 2015.  In total, the Town has set aside $884,562.48 for uncollected taxes as of December 31st, 2014.  As these payments come in, we will replenish the General Fund Balance, whether payments arrive this year or, in the case of a foreclosure, several years down the road.
While preparing the 2015 budget, the Town Board opted to use $153,341 from our healthy General Fund Balance and $40,114 from our Sewer Fund Balance to keep new taxes down and to stay within the New York State Tax Cap.
Another goal of the Town is to pay off the Serial Bonds owed on the former Police Station at 507 North State Road by 2017 when the final bonds become “callable” (the first opportunity to pay off the debt early, penalty-free).  We have paid off $1.71 million in “callable” bonds, coupling all proceeds from the property sale with $235,000 of Unincorporated (TOV, or Town Outside Villages) Fund Balance, and will redeem the principal balance of $225,000 in 2018. 
The elimination of the Lakeville Sewer Lift Station (corner of 9A and Croton Dam Road at Feeney Road) allowed us to move a third sewer station to a gravity based system, eliminating the frequent maintenance required by the old system. This project was completed without borrowing any money, but instead, by using Sewer Fund Balance, while leaving over $500,000 in the fund for emergencies and/or future projects.
We regularly work on capital projects throughout the year.  One such project during the past two years was to make the Town workspace at 16 Croton Avenue healthier and more comfortable for our staff and visiting residents. We installed a ductless heating and air conditioning system that was constructed in two installments, one in 2013 and the other in 2014.  While the project ended up requiring a change order of $8,625.98 (due to unforeseen complications related to the age of the building), this project is now officially closed out. We welcome our taxpayers to visit us on the third floor of 16 Croton Avenue anytime to visit, conduct business with one of our departments (Assessor, Tax Receiver and Supervisor’s Office) or for community meetings.  
Another of these capital projects pertained to drainage along Cedar Lane, a long time concern which we were initially told would take $2.2 million to remedy.  After a change in engineering services in early 2012 (we now have an IMA with the Village of Ossining), the project was re-engineered and completed at a cost of about $200,000.  This project also required a change order totaling $8,572.03, which was taken from Highway Fund Balance. 
It should be noted that all of these projects and change orders are closely supervised by our Engineering Team, Paul Fraioli and Andy Tiess.  Highway Superintendent Michael G. O’Connor and Highway Foreman Johnny Martin worked alongside the team during the Cedar Lane Drainage Projects, as they do for all other road projects the Town takes on as we continue to shore up our aging infrastructure.
With all that said, the Town continues to watch its budget constantly, working with the Department Heads to ensure compliance with the Procurement Policy, as well as brainstorming new and innovative ways of doing business while saving precious taxpayer dollars.  As a result of everyone’s hard work, attentiveness and ingenuity, the Town was able to add another $441,219.87 to our fund balances as of December 31st, 2014. 
We are already seeing progress on our goals for 2015. After the Q1 of 2015, we have accomplished, or are very close to accomplishing, the following:
  •  Complete the work of changing the size, and increasing the authority of, the  Board of Ethics
    • Law passed by the Board on February 24th, 2015, and went into effect immediately.  We continue to solicit candidates for the Board and will be interviewing shortly in order to fill all five seats on the Ethics Board.
  • Restructure the Planning Board with new leadership and more transparency
    • With our new leadership and members (two of the other four members have been on the Board less than six months), projects are being reviewed and the process is moving along.
  • Complete the review and update of the Town Comprehensive Plan
    • The review process has been completed (please remember this is a “living” document, so we will constantly be looking to update it) and we will be making copies of the draft available to the Boards and public within the next month for further review and comment.  We anticipate the result being not only an updated version of the Town of Ossining Comprehensive Plan, but also some important zoning changes.  After everyone has had a chance to digest the information, we will hold Public Hearings and (and only then) pass resolutions.
  • Work with a committee and the Planning Board to initiate the Board of Architecture Review as part of the Planning Process
    • We are very happy to have such an engaged group of volunteers working on this project, and we are moving along because of their efforts.  This is another example of how experts and interested members of the community contribute to making our system better.  Watch for more details in the near future.
  • Develop a schedule of infrastructure improvements, such as road repaving and curb replacement/repair throughout the Unincorporated Area
    • Now that spring is here, we will not only work on potholes but also will be developing a plan to get some road work done.
    • Proposing and implementing changes to No Parking on the streets in the Unincorporated Area to enhance vehicle and pedestrian safety and access for emergency responders, as well as sanitation and Town vehicles.
  • In coalition with the Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff Manor, secure and implement a program to provide solar power at a reduced rate for residential and commercial property owners in the Town of Ossining
    • The Solarize Ossining –Briarcliff program is well underway with a completion date of June 1, 2015.  Both commercial and residential properties will have had to sign contracts (not have the solar installed) by those dates to participate.
  •  Negotiate a fair and equable contract with the Teamsters for 2016-2019
    • Negotiations will begin late spring or early summer for a contract that will begin January 1, 2016.
  • Investigate and pursue grants for every department,  as well as outside Not for Profit Organizations, ensuring that Ossining gets its fair share of monies available through all types of resources
    • We have applied for some grants and are looking at other possibilities where our community may be able to benefit. Again, if any not for profit organization would like to have more information on grants and how we can help, please call Christina Picciano at (914) 762-6001.
  • Implement next steps (reporting) using the biometric time clocks in controlling employee attendance ensuring that all employees are treated the same, as well as ensuring  taxpayers  dollars are used efficiently
    • We have been pulling reports from the time clocks on a weekly basis, and will be sharing that information with the staff and well using it for reporting purposes starting Q2 2015.
A few examples of other capital projects being worked on in 2014/2015:
  • Old Albany Road Dead End – Major road repair with FEMA assistance
  • Reassessment of the entire Town of Ossining
  • Recirculation Project at John Chervokas Playground and Spray Park at Louis Engel Park
  • Repair of Pavilion at Ryder Park
  • Repaving of roads within the Unincorporated Area of Ossining
 
Other exciting news from the Town of Ossining
 
United States Government vs. Westchester County concerning Affordable Housing
While we never believed that the Town of Ossining should have been included in a list of municipalities that limited affordable housing through its zoning laws, we did make some modifications to our zoning that did not affect the residents and commercial property owners of the Unincorporated Area.  Several months ago, we were removed from the list of seven municipalities verbally, but a letter we received last week made it official that we are no longer on the list.
 
Town of Ossining Parks
All Town Parks are for the use of everyone that lives in the Town of Ossining, which includes the Unincorporated Area and the Village of Ossining and 91% of the Village of Briarcliff Manor.  In 2013, we added an additional full timer to the 3-person staff of the Town Parks Department, as the Town Board made our Parks a major priority. One year ago in March, the Town named Mario Velardo as our Parks Forman with the retirement of Albert Rivera.  Mario and his crew have done an outstanding job working in the Parks and bringing them to their full potential.  Please keep in mind that this is a process, not a project that can be open and closed over a short period of time. With such an engaged leader and his team, we have no doubt that we are on a great track moving forward.
Since Mario took over as Foreman, we have already seen a marked improvement in the quality of our Town Parks, which has enhanced the services we’re able to provide to our residents. Mario made a presentation to the Town Board that can be viewed on YouTube, along with most of our other meetings, here. This presentation shows the Parks Team’s accomplishment over this relatively short period of time, and we are very proud of each member of the team.  As we continue to work on the Parks, we encourage the use of all the Parks by our residents and visitors. However, we also wish to remind everyone that each visitor is responsible to help us keep our parks clean too, by not only picking up their own garbage but also picking up after their pets. 
We also want to remind people that groups over twenty people MUST have a permit from the Ossining Recreation and Parks Department, that there is no smoking in Town Parks anywhere where there are children, and that there is no alcohol allowed in the parks (unless the hosts of an event have secured a special permit from us).
Our goal is to have the BEST parks around, which we can only accomplish if everyone chips in.  Join us on May 9th, 2015 for Stash the Trash; if you have a group together, you can even adopt a park for the day!  Call the Ossining Recreation and Parks Office at (914) 941-3189 for more details.
 
LED Street Lighting
The Town of Ossining has an Intermunicipal Agreement with the Village of Ossining to maintain and repair the street lights in the Unincorporated Area of the Town.  Both municipalities are anxious to move forward on a project to convert all of the street lighting to LED to help lower electricity costs and maintenance requirements.  Another major benefit will be better quality lighting throughout the community, as all fixtures will be evaluated for proper location and wattage.  We are very excited to move the community forward with this project, go greener, and save some serious tax dollars.
 
507 North State Road
After the sale of 507 North State Road, the Town continued to rent the attic space for the purposes of storing Town of Ossining Police Department files.  Thanks to the combined efforts of the Ossining Police, the Town Clerk and the Town Parks Department, all the files were reviewed, and either moved to the storage facility at 16 Croton Avenue and obsolete files were destroyed.  Thank you goes out to all involved-  there was a tremendous amount of information to go through, and this effort will save our taxpayers $18,000 a year in future budgets.
 
New Mayor for Briarcliff Manor
After 6 years of service to the community as Trustee for the Village of Briarcliff Manor, including 2 years as Deputy Mayor, Lori Sullivan has been elected the new Mayor of Briarcliff Manor. Please join us in congratulating her!
 
Schedule of Events
Saturday April 11th, 2015 - Ossining JCYS Baseball and Softball Parade 
 The different teams will gather at Roosevelt School at 8:15AM and start marching by 8:30-8:45AM .  The route is Croton Avenue to Campwoods Road to Narragansett Avenue, ending at Veterans Park.  Please come out and cheer on our athletes!
Saturday April 11th, 2015 – Solarize Ossining –Briarcliff Event at the Ossining Library
Come to the Ossining Library and learn all about going solar.  If you can’t make it Saturday  or if you’re looking for more information, go the bottom of the Town of Ossining home page and click on the “Solarize” button. 
Saturday April 18, 2015 – Earth Day Celebration – Louis Engel Waterfront Park
This year, we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, as well as focusing our theme on solar energy. Hosted by Green Ossining with sponsorship support from a variety of community businesses, featured events of the day include:
• Artisan Vendors
• Athletic Swap- Sports & Recreation Equipment: Do you have sports equipment your kids may have outgrown such as bats, skates, rackets, cleats, sticks and/or protective gear? Is there sports equipment you may need? Come on down and swap!
• Delicious Local Food including vegetarian and vegan fare
• Craft Beer hosted by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
• E-Waste: Bring your E-Waste down and we’ll even show you how it can be re-purposed, re-used and recycled (and even provide a tax-deductible receipt!) SPECIAL CALL for working MP3 PLAYERS for Bethel Nursing Home project.
• Go Solar!: Ossining/Briarcliff’s participation in Solarize Westchester, an initiative to make the purchase and installation of solar panels for local residents and businesses easier and more cost effective.
• Live Music: Enjoy a day of live music with local musicians such as KJ Denhert and a performance by our stage hosts Mike & Miriam Risko and the Mike Risko Band , as well as a special feature performance by Solar Punch - a solar-powered rock band with a mission to provide environmental education – who will power our main stage with 100% clean energy from the sun.
• Textile Recycling: We’ll be accepting clothing, shoes and household linens in any condition! Bring down some loved t-shirts and we will show you had to upcycle them and make a re-useable bag.
• Local “Green” Services/ Product Vendors available for sharing green practices and products.
• Learn about using eco-friendly products & how to save money by reducing your carbon footprint!
• Do-It-Yourself Crafts
• Kid-Focused Activities
• Community Organizations: All existing to help you! Learn more about the variety of groups in our own backyard.
 
Please join us for some or all of these exciting events, and get your “Spring” off to a great start!
 
Sue
 
 

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.
Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
914-762-6001
sdonnelly@townofossining.com

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APRIL 9th 2015 VETERAN FOCUSED TRUCKING PROGRAM WILL HOST KICK-OFF EVENT ON APRIL 15th.   NEW YORK, NY - Newburgh, NY-based, VetEx Cargo LLC (‘VetEx”) and VetEx Foundation, Inc., will be hosting a kick-off event at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh, NY on April 15th, 2015 at 5:30PM.   VetEx’s mission, as a social impact investment, is to grow a profitable transport & logistics business while providing workforce development and other support services to at-risk communities across America, with an initial focus on transitioning US military veterans into safe, secure long-term employment.  VetEx plans to initially hire 500 US military veterans in the next three years servicing the Northeast and Midwest of the United States.   In support of its mission, VetEx will work closely with Newburgh, NY-based The VetEx Foundation, LLC, (“Foundation”) a non-profit institution whose fiscal sponsor is the Community of Foundation of Orange & Sullivan (NY). The Foundation will focus exclusively on recruiting, housing, training, insuring and mentoring US military veterans and their families to become long haul commercial drivers as their first step back into private sector service.    The Foundation has received strong support from local and federal public officials in New York State.  New York State Senator William Larkin, said "VetEx can play a major role in lowering veteran unemployment and continuing the revitalization of Newburgh.” For more details please visit VetExFoundation.org.    The VetEx Foundation Inc. c/o Hussar & Co. 745 5th Avenue Floor 5 New York, New York 10151 (646) 768-4241 Thomas PB Frater Nicholas Di Iorio  
The VetEx Foundation Inc. provides driver training, housing, and mentoring for US Military Veterans and others seeking careers in transportation and logistics.  VetEx offers a life stability plan which allows for financial independence and personal development.
 
Please join the VetEx Foundation at the official launch event on 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. 
 
The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is the fiscal sponsor for 
VetEx Foundation, Inc. 


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Lincoln Depot Museum To Memorialize 150th Anniversary of President’s Death
Replica Coffin, Ceremonies, Lectures Will Take Place on Exact Date, Time Funeral Train Passed Peekskill 150 Years Ago.
Event Will Take Place 1:00-4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday April 25th-26th At New Facility at 10 South Water Street, Peekskill, NY.
 

For Immediate Release

Friday, April 10, 2015
Contact: John G. Testa, Board President, at 914-760-9773
 
PEEKSKILL, NY -- With a "you are there" intensity, two days of ceremonies, honors and tributes taking place on the exact 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death and the location his funeral train passed is taking place on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday the 26th at The Lincoln Depot Museum at 10 South Water Street in Peekskill, NY. Adding to the event's intensity will be an historically exact replica of the martyred president's coffin made by Batesville Casket Company.
The coffin will be on display at the Lincoln Depot Museum from 1-4 pm each day. There will be a nominal $5 attendance fee. Museum members will get in free. Specific highlights will include speeches each day at 2:30 pm:
·      On April 25th, Jamie Malanowski will give a talk on Lincoln as Hero and Myth. Malanowski is author of And the War Came, Six Months That Tore America Apart, and Abraham Lincoln, Outlaw Hero. He has written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Washington Monthly.
·      On April 26th, John Muranelli will give a talk on The Murder Plot To Kill Lincoln. Muranelli is a leading expert and researcher on Ford's Theater, the conspirators who assasinated Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth.
·      The Lincoln Museum Exhibit, Lincoln and New York: The Indespensable Relationship, will be on display.
·      Visitors will get to see the coffin that is an exact reproduction of the one that carried Abraham Lincoln to his final grave at a site his funeral train actually passed.
In 1861, Abraham Lincoln made his only stop in Westchester at The Lincoln Depot. The trip was part of Lincoln's little known-but momentous whistle stop train trip to his inauguration. Over the course of the 1,600 mile trip, Lincoln stopped at scores of places and gave many brief speeches. It is estimated that on that trip, Lincoln was seen by more people than had ever witnessed an American president in history, and that the voyage itself played an important role in mobilizing public opinion for the trials to come. In April, 1865, the funeral train carrying his remains followed the same 1,600-mile route home, and had a huge impact as well.
The Lincoln Depot Museum is one of the only intact sites of the scores where Lincoln stopped and spoke on his way to and back from Washington. A multi-million-dollar facility, the 160-year-old building features an abundance of exhibits, including period Lincoln photographs, letters signed by Lincoln and Civil War era artifacts and ephemera. The event is being held by the Lincoln Depot Museum in cooperation with The Lincoln Society in Peekskill, NY.
"Trains have been rolling down these tracks for 165 years. You can stand at the Depot and get a true and magnificent sense of what it was like to actually be present so long ago," says Westchester County Legislator John Testa. As a City Councilman and, later, Mayor of Peekskill, Testa led the effort to purchase the Lincoln Depot Building and the property upon which it rested. He worked with then Governor George Pataki to secure more than $3 million in funds to transform what had become a leaky, neglected warehouse into a state-of-the art educational museum facility that would serve not just the city, but the entire region.
"Few people realize that Westchester County is one of America's most historic regions," Testa says. From the Colonial Era to the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and the present, amazing things have happened in this county."
Plans are for the Lincoln Depot Museum to be a catalyst for heritage tourism and historic preservation for the entire region. Members of area historic groups are already thrilled about the fact that they'll soon have a new place to meet and stage events.
Founded in 1903, The Lincoln Society in Peekskill is considered the oldest Lincoln Society of its kind. Recent speakers have included Pulitzer Prize winners Eric Foner and Debbie Applegate, as well as James McPherson, renown author of The Battle Cry of Freedom.
Lincoln's connection to Peekskill grew out of the city's status as a center of 19th-century manufacturing and the intensive political activity of many of its leading citizens in that era. He was invited to stop in the city by local luminary William Nelson, who served in Congress with Lincoln from 1846-1848.
This event marks the official opening of the Lincoln Depot Museum for the 2015 season and will be its first full year in operation. The museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays until December 19-20, 2015.
For more information, contact John G. Testa at 914-760-9773, or go to the organization's web site at www.lincolndepotmuseum.org.
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John G. Testa
Westchester County Legislator, District 1, Minority Leader
President, Lincoln Depot Museum

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