Monday, May 04, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/04/15: 9 Topics In Today's blog


1) Astorino: New York at a Crossroads

2) LDF Remembrance Weekend a Huge Success!

3) Jim Maisano : [New post] Watch My Cable-TV Show With Bishop Mott

4) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update- May 1st, 2015

5) Town Of Ossining: Town Board Work Session- Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

6) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board 05/04/15

7) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at the Community Center

8) Save the Date: NYGOP 2015 State Dinner 06/30/15

9) Lalor: Skelos Needs To Step Down

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by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on

Arrest of Senator Dean Skelos

4, 2015


"I am confident that Senator Dean Skelos will do the right thing and promptly
resign his leadership position. That is the noble course of action, and I know
he will take it. Senator Skelos and his son, Adam, can then begin their vigorous
defense against these charges, as is their right.


"Many call this year's historic turmoil in Albany a distraction from the people's
business. I disagree. I believe it is the eventual pathway to the people's
business, which has been hijacked for decades by self dealing and special
interest dealmaking in the hallways and backrooms of Albany. If Assembly Speaker
Carl Heastie, who is already under the spotlight for possible corruption, and
the next Senate leader continue in that ignoble tradition, then they, too, must
be excised from leadership.


"New York is a national disgrace. It took years of selfishness, short-cuts, and
half-measures to make us the most taxed, regulated, and corrupt state in
America. It took a state government permeated in self-centeredness to bring the
Empire State to its knees, to where it now ranks as having the worst economic
outlook in the nation and where it loses more families every year than any other


"Governor Cuomo will answer for this, too. His J-COPE and Moreland announcements were a blue ribbon lie, despite the solid efforts of commission members. They were
designed to make the ultimate Albany insider appear to be a reformer, while
letting business-as-usual go on. Mr. Cuomo spoke in the poetry of ethics, while
the dealmaking continued under his nose. He now shrugs, while explaining with a
straight face that New York 'always will have some level of corruption.'


"That corruption lies at the root of New York's decay. It is the 'Corruption Tax'
putting 'for sale' signs on front lawns across the state, chasing honest
businesses out of state, and keeping others from even thinking of moving to New
York. Until we address our corrupt system of government, we will remain on a
losing trajectory. Taxes will remain sky-high and jobs will remain scarce and
low wage.

"People of goodwill, inside and outside state government, must take stock of New York,
and seriously decide its future. Do we want to go on like this, or do we want to
make a clean break from where we are?  Do we want a healthy two-party system
competing to advance the best policies for the people of New York State, or do
we want the single Incumbency Party we have today?


"That is the discussion we need to be having, and it must include the idea of term
limits for state officials. The coziness in Albany between special interests and
career legislators has been our undoing."

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Please check out a new episode of my Cable-TV show, the Good Government Forum, on YouTube. I interview Bishop Reford Mott of the Family Christian Center located in downtown New Rochelle.

On the Good Government Forum, I interview elected and civic leaders about issues facing our community. The 30-minute show airs every Thursday at 12am, 7am, 12pm & 7pm on Cablevision Channel 75 & FIOS Channel 28 in New Rochelle. All episodes can be found at:
Please tune in – I hope you enjoy the show.
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Supervisor's Update - May 1st, 2015

Homestead Option
As part of the opening statement at the Town Board Legislative Session on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, I said the following:
“In order to put to rest some people’s misconceptions on the Homestead Option while moving forward with the very important reassessment of the Town of Ossining, we are publishing the document that each of the five members of the Town Board signed. In this document the current members of the Board unanimously committed to not moving forward with the Homestead Option.

The Town Board will officially pass a resolution on Homestead when the matter is presented to the Board in the first quarter of 2016. Once the Town Board has voted not to use the Homestead Option, that action prohibits the use of the Homestead Option by either of the Villages and School Districts.

We will have at least one new member on the Town Board in 2016, since Geoff Harter is retiring after 24 years of service to the community. It takes three votes to pass a resolution, so should all else remain the same, at a minimum, the four remaining committed members of the Board will vote no on the Homestead Option.”

Please find a copy of the signed press release here. You can also learn more about the revaluation on the Town website at
Arbor Day Foundation Names Town of Ossining Tree City USA
Our commitment to creating a sustainable community for our children and grandchildren is one of the major goals for the Town of Ossining.   Using appropriate native species of trees, shrubs and ground cover in Town of Ossining parks and open space is critical to preserving these areas for future generations to enjoy with family and friends. 
Press Release:
Ossining NY was named a 2014 Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of effective urban forest management. 
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Forests.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Ossining make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
More information on the program is available at
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.  More information is available at
LED Lighting
As we get closer to determining our next steps concerning LED lighting in the Town, I wanted to give some facts about the approximate cost and savings.  We will be discussing the subject again at our work session on May 5th, 2015 with Lumen Light Solutions, the Village/Town Engineer, and the Town Comptroller.
We will be discussing the different available purchase options, as well as reviewing any questions from the Board.  The Town has an IMA with the Village of Ossining to administer street lighting services and the Village has decided to move forward with this solution.  If you watch the last Town legislative session on YouTube, you can watch the presentation from Lumen and the discussion afterwards.
Cost of the project for the Unincorporated Area
  • Estimated price of the system will be $187,000 (which includes about 400 lights), which includes a contingency for additional fixtures if needed.
Return on Investment
  • The ability to piggyback on a contract from New Rochelle resulted in reduced costs for materials.
  • The Town should realize an annual savings of approximately $40,000 in electrical costs.  As we all know, the cost of electricity goes up every year, with an increase of 8% just this year.
  • The Town will also see improved quality of light and reduced maintenance of the system.
  • Our reduction of energy consumption will result in less dependency on Con Edison.
  • The yearly cost of the project will be paid for with the energy savings.
Street Repair and Repaving in the Unincorporated Area of the Town of Ossining
Michael G. O’Connor and I have met to discuss what roads will be repaired in 2015- this is one of our major goals for the year and we look forward to getting started!  While we wish we could repave all the roads,  we have a solid list to work off of and hope to get to many more than in years past.  Michael has reviewed all of the roads and the scheduled roads for 2015 will be announced as soon as we have confirmation of all pricing.  As noted before, we have budgeted significant money for this project in the 2015 Budget, which will be supplemented by our CHIPS funding and will leave us with several improved roads going into 2016.
Planning Board Meetings
We will be taping the Planning Board Meetings going forward and will be posting them on the web page and on Youtube, and will air them on our Government Access TV and Public Access channel, which we believe is an important step for transparency.  You can see our work sessions, Town Board Meetings, and Town of Ossining Planning Meetings with the link below:
YouTube channel for the Town of Ossining:
Congratulations to outstanding individuals in the Town of Ossining
George Weeks- The past Planning Board Chair was honored at the Rotary Luncheon this past Wednesday for his 30 years of service to the Town of Ossining.
Henry AtterburyThe former Superintendent of Recreation and Parks will be honored this evening (May 1st, 2015) by the Recreation Advisory Committee with a tree planting in his honor at 6:30 PM at Louis Engel Park.
Nick Franzoso- The Captain of OVAC will be honored in mid May for being a named a “Healthcare Hero” by Westchester Magazine.
Javier DeJesus and Pasquale Santucci- Two Ossining Police Officers are being honored for saving a mother and child in Ossining with First Place in Category III of the Journal News Honor Awards in mid May on Police Memorial Day.
Greg McWilliams, AIA-  The Vice Chair of the Town of Ossining Planning Board will be honored as the 2015 Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF) Distinguished Citizen Planner Award at a dinner in June.
Please join us in celebrating this outstanding community service, and everyone else working their hardest to make Ossining great!

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.
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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562

On Friday, May 1, 2015 4:41 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


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Town Board Work Session- Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Municipal Building

16 Croton Avenue, 1st Floor

Ossining, NY 10562

Work Session:

  1. Accessory Apartments: Allowing for Revocation of Permit- John Hamilton
  2. LED Lighting Proposal & Financing- Lumen Light Solutions, Tom Warren and Paul Fraioli
  3. Discussion of Action Plan for Revisions to Comprehensive Plan and Supporting Laws
  4. Board Questions Before Public Hearings: Community Choice Aggregate (CCA)"No Parking" Recommendations- Local Law #3 of 2015
Executive Session- Personnel

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.

    Line Item, Highlights, Facts & Figures
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

On Friday, May 1, 2015 5:00 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board

Calendar Date:
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes April 20, 2015

Arrowhead Subdivision
SBL: 48.13-1-6
Request 2nd 90 Day Time Extension

Location: Underhill Ave
Contact: Chris O’Keefe
Description: A 5-lot subdivision considered under flexibility standards on 45 acres in the R1-200 zone, which was approved by Planning Board Resolution 07-23 dated October 15, 2007.
BJ's Wholesale Club/Urstadt Biddle Amended Site Plan
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Decision Statement

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: Zarin & Steinmetz
Description: Proposed BJs Wholesale Club gasoline filling station and 2,500 sf new building pad.

Discussion regarding pending litigation.

Staples Plaza
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Master Sign Plan

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: Norman DeChiara Architects
Description: Discussion of proposed master sign plan for shopping center.
Taconic Vet Clinic & Canine Kindergarten
SBL: 36.5-1-18
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3655 Crompond Road
Contact: Michael Piccirillo
Description: Proposed Canine Kindergarten dog daycare and 24 hour veterinary clinic.
Blumberg Subdivision
SBL: 47.15-1-21
ZBA Referral #55/14

Location: 1305-1307 Baptist Church Road
Contact: Kellard Engineering
Description: Proposed two lot subdivision to result in the main house on a 32.4 acre parcel and the second house and farm on a 11.2 acre parcel.
Chestnut Petroleum Distributors
SBL: 37.14-2-51
Town Board Referral

Location: 2035 Saw Mill River Road
Contact: Jillian Martin
Description: Application to amend special use permit to include new freestanding illuminated sign.
Faith Bible Church
SBL: 15.16-2-9, 10, 50, 53, 54
Discussion Landscaping Plan

Location: 3500 Mohegan Avenue
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Approved Special Use Permit, Site/Parking Plan, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Permit, Wetland Permit. Discussion of revised Landscaping Plan pursuant to the approving resolution.
Envirogreen Associates
SBL: 15.16-1-30 &31
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 1833, 1851, 1867, 1875 East Main Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed redevelopment of a portion of the referenced property by removing one of the existing buildings and parking area, and constructing new 10,000 and 6,000 sf retail buildings with associated parking and through driveway connecting to adjoining properties.
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.



Town Hall Board Room and on Cablevision Channel 20 & FiOS Channel 33
363 Underhill Avenue
Yorktown Heights, NY

On Friday, May 1, 2015 8:02 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

The next meeting of the Planning Board of the
Town of Ossining will be held on:
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at
7:30 P.M.
Joseph G. Caputo Community Center
95 Broadway
Ossining, New York
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
  • High View Farm- 123A, B & C Morningside Drive & Barnes Rd., Proposed Subdivision
Please visit the Town Planning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for May 6th.

Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

Town Links

Please join us in New York City on June 30 as we welcome Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and honor our NYGOP Congressional delegation.
In both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, New York sent more new Republicans to Congress than any other state, as our delegation has grown from 2 to 9 members since 2009.

More details to come...


On Monday, May 4, 2015 11:39 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseMay 4, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Skelos Needs To Step Down

Statement on Senate Majority Leader Skelos Arrest from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill)
"Senator Skelos cannot continue as majority leader under the cloud of a corruption trial. He is entitled to the presumption of innocence and his day in court, but a federal indictment means he can't continue as one of the most powerful people in New York State government. If Skelos won't step down, Senate Republicans have an obligation to remove him. The corruption charges cast a cloud over everything Skelos does. New Yorkers have come to see Albany as a fetid swamp of corruption. Sadly, they're right. Senate Republicans should want to restore faith in the system. They can't do that if Skelos maintains his leadership position while under indictment."
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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