Friday, April 17, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 04/17/15: 11 Topics In Today's blog


1) NEWS: Maloney Invites Students to Attend Service Academy Informational Workshop 05/09/15

2) NEWS: Maloney Opposes New Fast Track Legislation

3) Yorktown Town Board: Pipeline, sober house issues  & rezoning request 04/14/15

4) Astorino: Release 'Opt Out' Stats for Common Core Tests

5) Simon & Garfunkel & more this week! At 12 Grapes

6) : [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy secures public comment on teacher evals, high-stakes tests

7) Lalor, Tkazyik and NYSRPA: Poughkeepsie City Council's Anti-Second Amendment Bill Would Limit Right to Self-Defense

8) PRESS RELEASE] Nurses celebrate NARCAN authorization for heroin ODs

9) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board 04/20/15

10) Cox to de Blasio: End the Magical Mystery Tour

11) Subway Series?

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April 17, 2015

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Maloney Invites Students to Attend Service Academy Informational Workshop


Newburgh, NY — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) invited Hudson Valley students to take part in a Service Academy Informational Workshop on Saturday May 9th, 2015 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM in the auditorium of Newburgh Free Academy located at 201 Fullerton Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550. The workshop will focus on informing prospective U.S. Service Academy applicants about the Service Academy application process as well as how to apply for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy through his office.


“Service academies provide a top notch education and full four-year scholarship while preparing young men and women for leadership roles in our nation's armed forces. This workshop is open to all Hudson Valley students and parents who want to get a head start through the highly competitive admissions process,” said Representative Maloney.


There are four U.S. Service Academies that require nomination from a Member of Congress:

·         United States Military Academy at West Point, NY

·         United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD

·         United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO

·         United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings’ Point, NY


At the workshop, there will be presentations from representatives from each of the U.S. Service Academies, and a member of Maloney’s staff will deliver a presentation on the Service Academy Nomination Application process for his office.


If you are interested in attending, or have any additional questions about this event, please contact Oscar Dunham at 845-561-1259 or



April 16, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415


Maloney Opposes New Fast Track Legislation


Newburgh, NY - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) came out in strong opposition to Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman Paul Ryan’s new legislation which fast tracks the Trans-Pacific partnership trade agreement and would bypass Congressional input, amendments and debate on the potential agreement.


“We can’t repeat past mistakes by blindly rubber-stamping secret negotiations - folks from Hudson Valley can’t afford another failed trade agreement that would ship more jobs overseas and hurt our environment. Increased trade can be good for everyone, but I won’t support any agreement until someone can show me how this makes life better for hardworking families and creates jobs here in the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.


Recently, the Washington Post refuted the claim that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would create jobs noting "the correct number is zero (in the long run), not 650,000."


Citizens for an Iniformed 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 Work Session
April 14, 2015

Meeting highlights. For a summary of other agenda items, visit

1. Spectra pipeline information meeting
In a 2 ½ hour session, representatives of Spectra  made an initial presentation of the plans for both the AIM and Atlantic Bridge pipeline expansion projects, and then answered written questions that had been submitted by residents.

Supervisor Grace also announced that FERC has scheduled a scoping session for the Atlantic Bridge project on May 11 at the YCCC. The time was not available.

A video of the meeting is available on the town’s web site,

2. Rezoning request for Hickory Street
No action was taken on Mr. Primavera’s request to rezone his residential property for commercial use as Supervisor Grace and Councilmen Bernard and myself made it clear that before any application can be referred out to advisory boards for review, a formal application will have to be made.

3. Zoning amendments relating to sober living residences
Supervisor Grace repeated his position that there’s nothing wrong with the existing code requirements for a convalescent home and that an SLR would not be allowed to open as a family but would have to apply for a special permit as a convalescent home. Neither Councilmen Bernard or Diana expressed an opinion in support or opposition to the proposed changes, although Councilman Bernard did ask several questions. The discussion was tabled and Ms. Koster will  prepare a legal memo outlining her positon in opposition to the proposed changes.

4. Use of PA system in board room
In a brief discussion, I asked that the board room’s PA (public address) system be used during work sessions so that people in the room could hear what was being discussed at the board table. Supervisor Grace said he would look into the issue and get back to the board.

5. Other discussions/ actions
At the suggestion of both Councilmen Bernard and myself, it was agreed that going forward, and except for time sensitive issues, all resolutions will be voted on at regular meetings and not at work sessions.
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York Parents Cannot be Ignored"

York--Apr. 15...

County Executive Rob Astorino today demanded that New York State immediately
release data on how many students opted out of state Common Core tests this
week.  County Executive Astorino, the 2014 Republican candidate for governor,
has been the leading voice for Common Core repeal and replacement in New York.
He and his wife, Sheila -- a special education teacher -- withheld their
children from this week's Common Core tests, as they did last year, on the
grounds that they are untested, poorly and secretly devised, developmentally
inappropriate, disruptive to wider learning, and federally rather than locally
engineered, among other concerns.   

"Parents across New York State are speaking up and they must be heard," Mr. Astorino
said. "Governor Cuomo and the State Education Department must release statistics
on just how widespread this 'opt-out' movement has become. When the people speak
in these kind of numbers, government leaders had better listen."

Mr. Astorino said that Common Core was "thrust upon New Yorkers" because Albany
wanted federal dollars from the Obama Administration to plug budget gaps. He
also cited dissent from
Math and ELA content experts on the original Common Core validation panel that said that the Common Core standards were of "poor quality." Their concerns were expunged from the final Common Core report, Mr. Astorino said.

"New York was in the process of developing the highest academic standards in America
when Common Core came along, wrapped in a bow with federal dollars," Mr.
Astorino said. "And then, in the blink of an eye, learning in New York as we
know it was turned on its head.
As a former school board member, husband of a special-education teacher, and father
who has spent countless hours helping his kids with homework, I want the highest
standards for my children and all children, but the Common Core experiment isn't
delivering them. We
really don't know what it's delivering, in fact, and that's the problem. The
secretive nature of the whole thing has parents rightly concerned and frustrated."


A little bit of SoHo in historic downtown Peekskill    

 Event Calendar                    News/Reviews               914-737-6624
Ladies Night "Unplugged"
$6 Wines by the glass
$6 Martinis, $4 Beers and 
1/2-priced Appetizers like Salads, BBQ Chicken Wings, Flatbread Pizza and more.
Ladies Night Specials from 7-10
Live Acoustic Music from 8-10
Simon & Garfunkel TRIBUTE with The Guthrie Brothers  
Recreating the S&G songs we all know and love:
The Boxer, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson, Homeward Bound & more. Don't miss this special night!
Wed April 15, 8:00 - 10:00
Julie Corbalis
Ladies Night "Unplugged'
We're proud to present singer/songwriter Julie Corbalis the 3rd Wednesday each month at Ladies Night. Julie's repertoire includes a collection of songs that "illuminates my real love of '70's folk-rock artists" including The Beatles, Rod Stewart and Janice Joplin and, of course, Dylan. No Cover.

Thu Aril 16, 8:30 - 11:30
Live Band Karaoke
Sing with a live band and even back-up singers. It's way more fun than singing to a pre-recorded track. We have over 150 songs on our list, including classic & contemporary pop/rock/soul. Choose songs from Aretha to Adele, Stevie Wonder to Stepenwolf, AC/DC to Weezer and everything in between. One song per set. Sign up 8-10pm ONLY.
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Scarborough Fair 
The Guthrie Brothers
If you grew up in the '60's & '70's -- or even if you didn't -- you are probably a fan of Simon & Garfunkel. We most certainly are. Jeb and Jock Guthrie, aka The Guthrie Brothers, have been playing and singing together since they were kids and their "natural sibling vocal blend" comes together effortlessly to create that S&G signature sound.
$10 Cover or Free w/ dinner.

Sat April 18, 9:30 - 12:30
Geoff Hartwell Band
Slide guitarist Geoff Hartwell has performed with legends such as Gregg Allman, Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit, John Hammond, Andy Aledort and Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band) and others. The GHB includes Michael Bram (Jason Mraz) on drums, Brendan O'Grady on bass & Chris Burke on keys. $5 Cover.
Sun April 19, 2:00 - 4:30
Cabaret Fundraiser
Choirgirl is a trio of vocalists who will perform a variety of Cabaret music celebrating "Food Glorious Food". Proceeds will go to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
or at the door. Food donations accepted - $1 off for each food item donated.
Kids Open Mic Night
Hosted by singer/songwriter Jessi Mason, our Kids Open Mic is the longest running in Westchester! A showcase for talented musicians and singers ages 6 - 17. Sing solo or with a band. Bring your iPod and we'll hook up your music to sing or play along with. Free Admission. Please call for dinner reservations.
"Falcon's adventurous mix of Soul, R&B and Funky Jazz is giving audiences and critics something to talk about." - Urban NetworkAdam will be performing with Tony Tino on bass and Ray Levier on drums. Do not miss this show!

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:41 PM, Senator Terrence Murphy wrote:

CONTACT: Matthew Slater, 518-455-3111
YORKTOWN, NY - One lawmaker feels that both opponents and supporters of data-driven instruction deserve the chance to be heard by policy-makers as they implement new regulations on teacher evaluations. State Senator Terrence P. Murphy, author of the Parental Refusal Act in the State Senate, today said people have the opportunity to be heard during a newly-announced public comment period called for under the recently passed state budget.
"Thanks to Washington and Albany, our children are faced with the constant pressure and stress of wave after wave of 'one size fits all' mandated testing," Senator Murphy said. "I opted my kids out, and have sponsored the only opt-out bill in the Senate. Now we have another opportunity to let the bureaucrats hear our voice with this public comment period that I fought to have included in the budget."
            The budget establishes numerous education reform initiatives which require the Board of Regents and the State Education Department (SED) to establish new requirements for teacher and principal evaluations. As chairman of the State Administrative Regulatory Review Commission, or ARRC, Murphy is charged with reviewing these proposed rules. He is asking residents to submit their public comments by email to SED at and his commission at ar .
Thanks to changes secured by Senator Murphy and others, SED, rather than the governor, is now charged with setting set weights or range of weights of tests and scoring bands on the components of the evaluations in two categories, Student Performance and Teacher Observation, as well as their subcomponents.
Under the law creating this new process, SED is also required to accept public comment and recommendations regarding adoption of regulations.
The legislation also requires a "Testing Reduction Report" which mandates the Chancellor of the Board of Regents review testing requirements and report to the Legislature and the Governor. The report must include recommendations to reduce the amount of state and local student testing and improve the quality of those tests and is due by June 1, 2015.
The regulations will be developed by a diverse group of experts that includes stakeholders from students, parent-teacher groups, administrators, special educators and others.
Editor's note: Click here to read the list of policies that SED and the Board of Regents must implement and make rules for following the public comment period.
Click the image to read pages 2-4 of the memo.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 11:17 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseApril 16, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Poughkeepsie City Council's Anti-Second Amendment Bill Would Limit Right to Self-Defense
Poughkeepsie, NY - (4/16/15) - Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik (R), Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill), Poughkeepsie City Council Minority Leader Lee David Klein (R) and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association hosted a press conference exposing the Poughkeepsie City Council's anti-Second Amendment proposal today. The City Council's bill would create unnecessary and unconstitutional gun storage requirements that would significantly limit a homeowner's ability to defend against a criminal intruder.
"This the is typical feel-good, anti-gun legislation that does nothing to stop crime or get illegal guns off the streets," said Assemblyman Lalor. "This bill is driven by politics, not good policy. New York already has safe storage requirements and this bill goes further to require the gun be made inoperable. The Supreme Court, in Heller v. District of Columbia, has already ruled unconstitutional laws that require a firearm in a home be disassembled and unable to be used for self-defense. A New York court also declared this type of regulation unconstitutional in Colaiacovo v. Dormer. The City Council should drop it's political theater show if it's serious about stopping crime."
"The City Council's unconstitutional proposal isn't about stopping crime, its political pandering to the anti-Second Amendment crowd," said Mayor Tkazyik. "We have a Constitutional right to bear arms and that includes the defense of one’s home and family against an assailant. This ordinance makes self-defense impossible. It will increase crime as criminals learn that law-abiding homeowners are defenseless. The ordinance will also needlessly cost taxpayers when the city is forced to hire attorneys to defend a provision that the Supreme Court has already declared unconstitutional."
"The City Council is going to prevent homeowners from defending themselves and their families with this bill," said Jacob Reiper, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Vice President of Legislative Affairs. "A homeowner needs to quickly access his firearm to prevent a tragedy when an intruder breaks in. The law will prevent residents from defending themselves. This kind of law has already been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. It is an infringement on Poughkeepsie residents' Second Amendment rights. Residents will be left less safe if this bill is passed."
"The anti-Second Amendment majority on the City Council is advancing a political agenda that doesn't make the City safer," said Poughkeepsie City Council Minority Leader Lee David Klein. "They're trying to score a few political points, while their policy makes families less safe and infringes on our Second Amendment rights. We should be pursuing policies that fight crime, not policies that leave residents vulnerable.
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 Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:06 PM, Matt Slater wrote:

CONTACT: T.J. McCormack, 914-962-2624
L-R: On April 16th at the Valhalla Ambulance Corps, Dr. Susan Guiney, superintendent of the Mt. Pleasant School District, Judy Mezey of Student Assistance Services, Westchester County Legislator Michael Smith, State Senator Terrence Murphy and Chief Paul Oliva of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department discuss implementing a State budget provision allowing school nurses to administer the life-saving opioid antagonist naxalone, or NARCAN, a measure which Murphy fought to secure.
VALHALLA, NY - Experts say tools are needed to win the war on opioid addiction. Healthcare professionals joined Senator Terrence P. Murphy today at the Valhalla Ambulance Corps to call for quick implementation of an important budget item secured by Murphy which supplies school nurses with one such tool, Naloxone, or NARCAN, and trains them in administering the heroin antidote.
Senator Murphy called for the State Department of Health to expedite creation of the rules and regulations necessary to implement this historic program.
"I'm very proud to have spearheaded this funding, but its one thing to get something into the budget, it's another thing entirely to get it implemented in the schools," Senator Murphy said. "That's why I'm calling upon the State Department of Health to move on this process of creating the rules and regulations so that we can get this life-saving medication into the hands of school nurses as soon as possible. It's time for action, not endless red tape."
The Senator also touted the good-government nature of this program. "Unlike so many other expenditures handed down by Albany, this is a funded mandate -it's paid for. And its only a mandate in that the school districts must be offered the program. They can opt-in if they want to participate. That's local control. This is a win win," he said.
Carol Bumbolow, president-elect of the NY State School Nurses Association said, "School Nurses protect student health and safety each day but there are times we must intervene in actual or potential health emergencies. As the legislation allowing school nurses to administer Narcan with non-student specific orders is enacted we will have another powerful tool to ensure student safety and prevent tragedy. We are grateful to Senator Terrence Murphy for his efforts on behalf of the youth and families we serve. Although we are required to await adoption of the Commissioner's regulations and guidelines written by the State Education Department we look forward to working with our District medical directors to implement this potentially life-saving program.
Jeffrey Veatch of Yorktown said, "Our son Justin, died of a heroin overdose on a school day when he was 17. It could have happened at school, and if it did, naloxone could have saved his life. Senator Murphy's support of naloxone in schools will hopefully prevent other tragedies."
Ellen Morehouse is the executive director of Student Assistance Services, the region's largest substance abuse prevention agency. "Many concerned professionals have been frustrated by the state's delay in allowing school nurses to administer naloxone," Morehouse said. "We applaud Senator Murphy, for his leadership and commitment to preventing substance abuse and overdose deaths."
Kristin McConnell, director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies for Putnam County, said "We are in the midst of an unprecedented heroin and opiate crisis, and overdose deaths have increased at an alarming rate in our communities. By allowing school nurses to administer Narcan we are giving them the resources they need to save lives."

On Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:04 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

1974 Commerce Street, Room 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board

Calendar Date:
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Minutes: April 6, 2015
Faith Bible Church
SBL: 15.16-2-9, 10, 50, 53, 54
Request 1st One Year Time Extension

Location: 3500 Mohegan Avenue
Contact: Al Capellini
Description: Approved Special Use Permit, Site/Parking Plan, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Permit, Wetland Permit, and Tree Removal Permit for an 8,000 sf, two-story church, and parking granted by Resolution #14-08 dated May 5, 2014.
Yorktown Auto Body Amended Site Plan
SBL: 37.19-1-79, 81, 87
Request 1st One Year Time Extension

Location: 1798 Front Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Approved Amended Site Plan for a 1,450 sf addition and parking granted by Resolution #14-16 dated April 7, 2014.

Starbucks Coffee
SBL: 37.14-2-56
Discussion Renewal Special Use Permit Outdoor Seating

Location: 1932 Commerce Street
Contact: dpb Consulting Services
Description: Renewal of outdoor seating permit. The new furniture will consist of 32 seats, 11 tables and 4 umbrellas.
BJ's Wholesale Club/UB Yorktown, LLC
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Amended Site Plan

Location: 3315 Crompond Road
Contact: Zarin & Steinmetz
Description: Proposed BJs Wholesale Club gasoline filling station and 2,500 sf new building pad.
UB Yorktown, LLC
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Staples Plaza Master Sign Plan

Location: 3315 Crompond Road
Contact: Norman DeChiara Architects
Description: Proposed master sign plan for shopping center.
Commerce Heights Foodsmart, Inc.​
SBL: 37.14-2-69, 70
Town Board Referral

Location: 2001 Commerce Street
Contact: Henry Steeneck
Description: Proposed change of signage to Gulf.



Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104
Yorktown Heights, NY
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April 17, 2015
Cox to de Blasio: End the Magical Mystery Tour 
Contact: David Laska
NEW YORK CITY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to end his "Magical Mystery Tour" and come back to manage the world's greatest city.
Since making national headlines with his non-endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Sunday, de Blasio has been in the Midwest, most notably key Presidential caucus state Iowa. While in Iowa, the Daily News reported that de Blasio fudged his facts on his "stop and frisk" program.
"Bill de Blasio is blowing smoke in Iowa, but was smoked back down to earth by folks who realized he wasn't getting the facts straight about his job back home," said Cox. "It's time for the Mayor to end this Magical Mystery Tour, stop playing to a national audience and come back home to deal with the realities of his misguided administration of our great city."
Since taking office a little over a year ago, de Blasio has also "vacationed" in Italy, addressed the Labour Party in England, held a press conference in France with the leftist Mayor of Paris, visited the White House with Al Sharpton, delivered addresses in speeches all over the country, and has now stepped on Hillary Clinton's announcement with a speech to several college students in Iowa.
"With his approval rating dropping below 50% this year, it's time for New York's Mayor to give up his national dreams and focus his mind on managing New York," said Cox.


On Friday, April 17, 2015 12:20 PM, Lalor For Assembly wrote:

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
Dear Friend,

Spring is in full swing and the Yankees vs. Mets Subway Series is on Saturday, April 25th.  I hope you will join me to watch the game at Daddy O's Bar & Grill located at 3 Turner St.,  Hopewell Jct., NY 12533.

Event Details
The game and our event start at 4:00pm. 
Buffet and Cash Bar
$20 in advance / $25 at the door

Sponsorship Opportunities For Met Fans

Amazin's Sponsor - $500
Tom Terrific Sponsor - $250
Blue & Orange Sponsor -  $100

Sponsorship Opportunities for Yankee Fans
Bronx Bomber Sponsor - $500
Donny Baseball Sponsor - $250
Pinstripe Sponsor - $100

Sponsorships for Red Sox Fans
Bill Buckner Sponsor - $500
Bucky Dent Sponsor - $250
Bobby V Sponsor - $100

To purchase tickets in advance for the discounted price of $20 per person click here.  If you cannot attend but would like to help me build the campaign war chest, click here. 

Buy your tickets today here or make an immediate contribution here

Thanks for your support, I hope to see you there. 



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 Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

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