Monday, April 13, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 04/13/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog


1) NEWS: Maloney Announces Key Investment to Speed Up Implementation of Positive Train Control in NY

2) Ed Ciffone on the Watchdog Report - YouTube

3) Town Of Ossining: Town Board Meeting- Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

4) [Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Town Board Work Session 04/14/15

5) News from Senator Murphy: Apr 10, 2015

6) Astorino: Clinton Candidacy Makes Westchester Proud

7) Westchester County demands more safety and environmental review on Spectra Pipeline

8) Start Up NY Spent $28M for 76 Jobs

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Maloney Announces Key Investment to Speed Up Implementation of Positive Train Control in NY


Newburgh, NY – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a $3,000,000 federal investment to speed up implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) in New York along Amtrak’s Empire Line. PTC is a simple GPS and Wi-Fi technology that can stop or slow trains remotely. This critical, life-saving technology will not only prevent train-to-train collisions, but could also allow for detection of grade-crossing malfunctions or objects on the tracks.


“Implementing positive train control on commuter rails is the single most important thing we can do to prevent accidents and save lives,” said Rep. Maloney. “This grant is a critical investment in our transportation systems that prioritizes the safety of the thousands of my neighbors, and I look forward to continue fighting for implementation of this commonsense GPS and Wi-Fi technology on all rail systems.”


Specifically, this Department of Transportation grant will provide conceptual engineering and environmental work necessary to proceed expeditiously in implementing the PTC system on Amtrak’s Empire Line from Poughkeepsie, NY to Hoffmann's, NY near Albany.


This year, the House of Representatives passed Maloney’s legislation, Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act, which would help finance positive train control systems for commuter rail systems. Passed as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA), this legislation would make all positive train control installations "priority projects" as part of the $35 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program that currently provides loans and loan guarantees to railroads.


In 2008, Congress passed a law mandating positive train control systems for commuter and freight railroads, however there have been difficulties meeting this deadline due in part to funding issues. Since 2005, the NTSB has investigated more than a dozen accidents in which dozens people were killed and more than a thousand people were injured. In each of these accidents, the NTSB concluded that PTC would have provided critical redundancy that would have prevented the accident. Following the fatal Metro-North Derailment in December 2013, NTSB announced that PTC could have prevented the accident. Year after year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has named PTC as one of its "most-wanted" initiatives for national transportation safety.


Ed Ciffone on the Watchdog Report - YouTube

Dear member:

Please watch my videos of the Watchdog Report. Video is also on tomorrow Saturday at 9:00AM on cable channel 74.

On Tuesday April 14, there will be a town board work session, pipe line on the agenda. Don't know if the board will let the public speak. Please attend, we need a good showing from the UTY.

You got your tax bill with an increase thanks to Grace, Murphy and Patel. Don't forget to pay your before this month ends. The next UTY meeting is Wednesday April 29, at 7:30PM at the Yorktown Town hall.



On Friday, April 10, 2015 4:47 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


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April 14th, 2015- 7:30PM

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    On Friday, April 10, 2015 5:32 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

    Town Board Work Session

    Calendar Date:
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 6:45pm

    6:45 Open Meeting then Immediately Close to Discuss Litigation

    7:00 Spectra/Algonquin

    Contact: Michael J. Grace, Town Supervisor
    Discussion: Informational Meeting
    9:00 3187 Old Yorktown Road
    Contact: Savino Gallinelli
    Discussion: Request for Wetland Permit (Referral)
    9:10 SPARC
    Contact: Rose Rothe
    Discussion: Request to waive fees for use of YCCC
    9:20 Field Home, Sales Office
    Contact: Al Capellini, Esq.
    Discussion: Request to renew approval for sales office
    9:20 Hickory Street
    Contact: William J. Primavera
    Discussion: Request for transitional zoning
    9:30 Water Department
    Contact: David Rambo
    Discussion: Update on cement lining project, discuss sale of backhoe, hire a part-time cleaner, board authorization to bid roof project on brick building, board authorization to go out to bid for yearly water maintenance materials.
    9:45 Zoning Code Amendment
    Contact: Susan Siegel, Councilwoman
    Discussion: Discussion on possible amendment to zoning code dealing with the definition of ‘family’
    10:00 Miscellaneous
    Discussion on using the room’s PA system during work session
    RESOLUTIONS (to be passed TUESDAY, April 21, 2015)
    Finance Department:
    • Request from Town Comptroller to transfer funds for retirement payout – total $36,038.72 from A909.8 to A1630.108.
    • Request from Town Comptroller for authorization for budget transfers to close Capital Projects.
    • Request from Town Controller for authorization for 2014 year end budget transfer for auditor’s prepayment adjusting entry: from A1964.498($170,000) to A9000.812 ($109,000) and A9000.811 ($61,000)
    Request from Town Attorney for authorization to prepare and have executed all documents necessary to effectuate the sale of the Parcel, having tax map number 17.05-1-2.
    Parks and Recreation Department:
    Request from Parks and Recreation to award the bid to provide food and refreshment concession
    services at the Brian J Slavin Aquatic Center in Shrub Oak and the Junior Lake Pool in Yorktown
    Heights be awarded to Costa Foods Inc of 11 Lincoln Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573 for the
    amount of $8,000.00 for the 2015 pool season.



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    No. 13

    According to the New York Post, the state is allowing schools to administer the lifesaving medication Naloxone to treat students suffering from a heroin overdose. The authorization and $272,000 to distribute the meds was included in the new state budget and under the new rules, school nurses can administer Naloxone, or NARCAN, when a child overdoses on painkillers or heroin. School nurses weren't allowed to use Narcan. That's crazy. This is common-sense legislation that will save kids' lives. READ MORE
    State allocates money for pothole repairs
    Potholes seem to worsen each year under the duress of bad winter weather and municipalities that struggle to fund road resurfacing and repaving projects. The Consolidated Local Streets and Highway Program (CHIPS) is a State program that provides funding for such initiatives.

    I joined local elected officials from across the district this week to highlight the additional CHIPS funding included in the 2015-16 state budget. The numbers are part of $488 million in CHIPS funding to support local roads and bridges, which is $50 million more than originally proposed by the Governor.

    Coming from a local government background myself, I understand the need to provide relief to our local governments. I'm proud to partner with our local officials and highway superintendents to work together to support our ailing infrastructure. Local roads matter. READ MORE
    Small Business Regulatory Watch
    As your Senator, I would like enhance the ability of small business owners to participate more meaningfully in the State and federal rule making process. Small Business Regulatory Watch is designed to alert small businesses within the 40th Senate District of regulations being newly proposed by both State and federal agencies. 

    Small businesses do not have the time to research and be sufficiently informed of the hundreds of new rules being proposed on a daily basis. Thus, my staff at the Senate's Administrative Regulations Review Commission or "ARRC" reviews both the State and federal Registers for rules that pertain to small businesses, briefly highlights them and sends them to small business owners within the 40th Senate District in each edition of Small Business Regulatory Watch.

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    RedHelp me change AlbanyI've only been your Senator for three short months, but the powers that be in Albany are already gearing up to take us on in 2016. They know we represent a threat to the status quo and they will stop at nothing to put this seat in the hands of New York City special interests.

    The Senate is the only thing holding back the radical de Blasio agenda. It's vital we work together to keep it. 

    Losing this seat could mean the balance of power switches back to the tax-and-spend ways of the past

    I'm not willing to risk that. 

    Every day, I'm fighting for jobs, jobs and more jobs. I'm fighting for lower property taxes and mandate relief. And most of all, I'm fighting to restore honesty, integrity, and common-sense back to our State capitol. 

    I can't end the dysfunction without your help. With your support, we can take our State back. 

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    AROUND THE 40th

    Northern Westchester-Putnam BOCES Tour
    It was great to meet with students and faculty as we toured the facility and its new therapy pool and special education programs. Thank you to the students, staff, and Superintendent Dr. James Langolis, Assistant Superintendents John McCarthy and Lynn Allen and Board Trustee Anita Feldman for hosting us and for all their great work as educators.

    Mahopac Library Visit
    Our community libraries provide a multitude of valuable programs and services. Thank you to Library Director Michele Capozzella, Presdient of the Board Trustees Frank Del Campo, and Acting President of the Friends of Mahopac Public Library for taking the time to highlight them for us.

    Child Abuse Awareness Month
    I proudly joined Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and other government employees in wearing blue to kick start the "Blue Ribbon Campaign" which recognizes April as Child Abuse Awareness month.

    Congratulations, Eagle Scout Kevin Lagone
    Congratulations to Kevin Langone, a newly minted eagle scout. His project in Pawling created a new long jump and triple jump sand pit for the track and field team. Way to go, Kevin!

    2015 Patterson Senior Luncheon
    A great outing by Patterson Recreation with delicious food. We enjoyed socializing and discussing important topics like resources for kinship care and aging in place.

    Kent Elementary Goes to Albany
    It was great to be able to talk the students before their trip up to the State Capitol. Go Cougars!


    On Monday, April 13, 2015 10:55 AM, "Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive" wrote:

    Note:  This includes a date correction.  Thank you. 

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


    April 13, 2015

    "Westchester is proud to have Secretary Clinton as a leading candidate for president. Mrs. Clinton and I may come from different political parties, but I admire her service and we have always enjoyed a friendly rapport. I wish her the absolute best in the Democratic Primary. It would be great to see a Westchester resident as a standard bearer in 2016." 


    On Monday, April 13, 2015 11:46 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

    Dear Neighbor, The Board of Legislators Committee on Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH) 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.  Alongside Legislator Peter Harckham as the Chairman of LPPH Committee, we have been monitoring the Algonquin Pipeline approval process and standing up for Blue Mountain Reserve.
    On March 3, 2015 FERC granted a “certificate of public convenience and necessity” to Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC to expand the existing pipeline. 
    Earlier this week, we requested 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 implemented regulations.
    There are many inadequacies in the FERC report and we believe that there needs to be an intervention to address the following;
        •       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.
    As a result of this action I am urging 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.  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 and protect a local treasure like Blue Mountain Reservation
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    April 13, 2015
    Take a look at this piece from yesterday's Post.  Andrew Cuomo's Start Up NY program has created a paltry 76 jobs statewide since its inception.

    Of course, Start Up NY was never really intended to create jobs: it was ended to serve as a thin veil over taxpayer-funded reelection ads for Andrew Cuomo.
    It's not a coincidence that 8 out of the top 10 states for job growth have Republican Governors.  New York needs a serious jobs agenda, not a taxpayer-funded fluff campaign.

    Read on:

    By Kyle Smith
    New York Post

    You've seen Andrew Cuomo's TV commercials, the ones that say, "The new New York is open. Open to innovation. Open to ambition. Open to bold ideas." The spot is promoting the Start-Up NY program.
    Now the results are starting to come in: 76 jobs so far.
    In the entire state. From a program that has spent $28 million advertising its own existence.
    That's $368,000 per job.
    Start-Up NY sounds great on its face. It's a tax cut. Who could argue with that? The problem is that it's a very, very narrow tax cut. It's only for certain kinds of businesses that do certain kinds of things in certain areas of the state. Surprise: It's had very narrow effects.
    It's a classic example of how politicians have an irrepressible urge to tinker, to steer, to organize. Tech jobs in university towns are great, but they aren't defining the New York economy. Start-Up NY's professed goal? Creating 2,100 jobs. Over five years.  
    Points for modesty.
    In a state in which there are 7,775,000 jobs, that's projected job growth of 0.005% a year. Touting this as "economic development" is like saying you're going to fight hunger in India by sending Mumbai one box of Minute Rice.
    What's really going on with sluggish job growth? It isn't a mystery. According to the annual survey by, New York is the worst state for taxes.
    That's 50th, out of 50. (New Jersey was 49th). In unemployment-insurance taxes, New York was 45th. In individual income taxes, 49th. In property taxes, 45th.
    A different survey, completed in 2013 by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, ranked states by personal and economic freedom. New York was 50th on that list, too.
    Still another study, the Thumbtack Survey of over 12,000 small businesses conducted in 2014, gave New York a D+ on small-business friendliness, one of the worst grades in the country, and a D on difficulty of starting a business.
    In 2012 the Institute for Justice ranked the states by the onerousness of their occupational licensing requirements. New York finished 40th (with No. 1 being the least onerous state).
    Let's look at one particular job and what it takes to take this gig in the Empire State. You must:
    Complete a physical; Apply for and receive a license to be an apprentice (don't forget your $40 check); Serve a two-year apprenticeship, carefully recording your days and hours worked on the appropriate form; Go get another physical; Apply again to be licensed (with another $40 fee); Complete a state training course; Await official certification.  
    What job are we talking about? EMT? Nuclear bomb disposal technician?
    No, barber. Two years of study to learn how to operate scissors. Two years is the amount of experience Barack Obama had as a national politician before he announced he was running for president. (Did he even have two physicals in that period of time? Never mind, the health of a barber is much more important to national security.)
    Oh, and prospective barbers, after all that hoop-jumping, you're still a long way from being able to open a barbershop, sunshine. Says the state of New York: "Note: A license to practice barbering does not allow the operation of a business. A separate barber-shop license is needed to operate a business."
    I'd tell you about those requirements, but The Post's printers wouldn't give me permission to have them do a 300-page special issue today.
    At the same time Cuomo has been struggling to deliver on a promise to create 2,100 jobs, he killed fracking in New York. The Marcellus Shale, which bestrides Western New York and Pennsylvania, directly employs more than 30,000 Pennsylvanians, with some 200,000 jobs partially or wholly dependent on this form of energy extraction. These are high-paying jobs, too. The average wage in the industry in Pennsylvania is $62,000.
    Liberal politicians lament the decline of good-paying industrial jobs for blue-collar workers, but when something comes along that sounds vaguely new and scary, their impulse is to yield to noted economists like Yoko Ono and David Letterman and ban the thing.
    But we all know only Republicans support fracking. "I would say that is the wrong way to go," said Texas Gov. Rick Perry of the anti-fracking movement.  
    "There is a lot of misinformation about fracking. I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don't understand the science behind it."
    Oops, did I say Rick Perry? Typo. He didn't give that quote, Sally Jewell did. Jewell is the secretary of the interior. In the Obama administration. Jewell has won the National Audobon Society's Rachel Carson Award and sits on the board of the National Parks Conservation Association.
    Fracking is a high-tech, high-wage industry: But, sorry, it's the kind of high-tech, high-wage industry that Cuomo won't allow. When economically besieged upstaters ask about fracking jobs, Cuomo's response is: Shut Up, New York.
    Keep reading here
     Bazzo )4/13/15

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