Friday, May 08, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/08/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog


1) Exciting events this week at 12 Grapes!

2) *Playland private operator* proposes accelerated spending plan

3) Yorktown Town Board: Updates on road closings  & pipeline expansion  05/05/15


5) The Board of Legislators Celebrates Jewish History & Heritage Month - Monday, May 11

6) Lalor: Cuomo's Undemocratic Minimum Wage Hike Will Kill Jobs

7) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update- May 7th, 2015


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    "Sessions" with JP Patrick
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 with Paul Bisbano on bassLinda Geiger on drums, Dave McDowell on sax and Chris Burke on keys. There's gonna be a lot of fun happenin'!
Fri, May 8, 9:00 - 12:00
Fundraiser for the Lakeland Schools!
Talk about a School of Rock! Unfunded Mandate is a band composed entirely of Lakeland School District admins and staff, performing classics from the Stones and Beatles to Elvis and Springsteen. It's all to raise money for Lakeland teacher education grants and other projects supported by the (LEF). $10 Suggested Donation.
Sat, May 9, 9:30 - 12:30

Cobert Operations
Playing a mix of covers by The Band, Leon Russell, Early Stones, Beatles, Professor Longhair and some originals. These guys are high-level pros, and a band you will NOT want to miss! With 5-time Grammy nominee Jon Cobert on keys, Peter Calo (Carly Simon and others) on guitar, Stu Woods on bass, Mark Fineberg on sax, Tim Ouimette on trumpet and Rob Wallis on drums. 
$10 Cover or $5 with dinner.

Ladies Night "Unplugged"

Thu May 14, Open Mic Night

A ONE NIGHT ONLY Special Event
Two shows / Two seatings
Featuring "Blue Lou" Marini on sax (Blues Brothers, BS&T), Tom "Bones" Malone on trumpet (Blues Brothers), Mike Merola on guitar, Andy Snitzer on sax (Paul Simon), Al MacDowell on bass, Rob Clores on keys, Nick Saya on drums, Daniel Sadownick on percussion, Tony Kadleck on trumpet and, Angel Rissoff, Bil Kurz and Horace Derayco Scott on vocals.

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2015

Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director



Legislators Continue Review of Standard Amusement’s

Financial Plans for Playland


private operator expects to spend $22.75 million on improvements in three years


Today, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) held a meeting of the Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee (LPPH) with members of  the Budget and Appropriations Committee.  The committees met as part of the ongoing review and discussion of Standard Amusement’s proposal to operate the County-owned Playland Amusement Park under a 15 year management agreement with Westchester County.


Today’s meeting continued the review of Standard’s financials, specifically their current anticipated capital projects and maintenance spending.  The terms of the contract require Standard to spend $22.75 million on these costs within the first five years of the agreement.  Standard’s capital spending schedule which was presented today shows them spending the entire amount within three years. 


Chair of the LPPH Committee Legislator Peter Harckham, (D) North Salem, asked if the entire amount were to be spent in three years would the capital improvements then stop.  The Standard team confirmed that the improvements and maintenance would be ongoing throughout the 15 years of the agreement as the contract requires the park to be operated at industry standard, best practices.


An issue that remains unresolved is the question of who will be responsible for making repairs to permanent structures in the park like the historical, art-deco, collonades and towers.  The much-needed rehab of these structures is expected to reach into the millions of dollars.


Legislator Harckham addressed the structural work that is needed at Playland.  “I very much hope that Standard’s team and the County Executive get together and determine who will be responsible for the repairs to some of our permanent buildings and structures at the park.  Standard’s capital spending plan does not account for this work.  The County’s 2015 Capital Budget does include the work but there is no plan before the BOL for the work to be done.”  Harckham added, “This park has not been kept up well for a number of years.  Any fifteen year plan to run Playland must include a plan to mitigate the disrepair.”


Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Eastchester, Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee sees promise in Standard’s plan to make the entire $22.75 million investment in the first three years of the deal.  “The Standard team’s plan to invest these funds is aggressive but I think it is what Playland needs.  Subsidizing an amusement park for millions of dollars a year is not the best use of taxpayer funds. The sooner we can see Playland become profitable for Standard and off the county tax levy, the better off Westchester taxpayer’s will be.”



Some of the items identified in Standard’s current capital investment plan are…


           $5 million on new rides


           $4.5 million on the pool and new water attractions


           $2 million for the restoration of historic rides


           $2.5 million for food stands; Standard would take over the food production, service and marketing within the amusement park. 


           $1 million to renovate the public showers and bathrooms in the bathhouse



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
May 5, 2015

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

1. June 2 set for public hearings (See Town Board 4/28/2015 for background on each issue)
  • Eliminate No Parking signs on Veterans Road in front of Solaris
  • Install a Stop Sign at intersection of Rutledge and McKeel
  • Install a No Parking sign at intersection of East Main St & Wood St.
  • Amend commercial parking requirements to eliminate current exemption for C-3 zone.

2. Appointments
In a 4-1 vote the board appointed an Assistant Planner in the Planning Department.

3. Baptist Church Road culvert repair
The board unanimously approved a resolution to spend up to $634,000 to install the new culvert.  Mr. Paganelli anticipated that the work could be completed in about three weeks once the contract is signed.

4. Croton Heights Road
Work on this project will be delayed for a few weeks to allow delivery for a special size and quality pipe . The special pipe is needed to meet NYCDEP size requirements but also to install a longer lasting pipe.

5. Spectra pipeline expansion/Atlantic Bridge scoping document
The board reviewed a draft scoping prepared by Bruce Barber that incorporated comments from several department heads and an earlier outline I had prepared.  A revised document will be reviewed at a future meeting and submitted by the June 11 deadline for written comments.
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On Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:14 PM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781,
A statement by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown)
            Albany and the Capitol aren't used to having this many men and women with integrity stroll the halls. These brave men and women have chosen a life of service to our great country. A selfless life, which will see them take on responsibilities too great for the average American. It's an honor to have the West Point Academy in New York, and celebrating these cadets each year is a ceremony that no other state has the privilege of experiencing. I wish Cadets Christopher Roberto, Renee Mihail, Kevin Schurr, and the others who came to Albany the best of luck defending our great nation.

On Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:31 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

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On Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:37 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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For Immediate ReleaseMay 7, 2015
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Cuomo's Undemocratic Minimum Wage Hike Will Kill Jobs
East Fishkill, NY - (5/7/15) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) issued a statement today criticizing Governor Cuomo's decision to unilaterally move to raise the minimum wage for some businesses without legislative approval.

"Dictating new regulations outside the legislative process is a recklessly undemocratic decision by Governor Cuomo," said Lalor. "We have a process for passing new laws and the governor has chosen to bypass it because he was only able to get part of his job-killing minimum wage through the legislature. It seems he's taking a page from President Obama's playbook and simply dictating new laws when he can't do what he wants through the legislature. Impaneling a wage board gives Cuomo's action a veneer of unbiased approval, but is there any doubt that the board will simply follow Cuomo's directions? We know how closely Cuomo has controlled previous 'independent' commissions."

Lalor added, "This isn't just undemocratic, it's a job killer. San Francisco's recent minimum wage hike is pushing small businesses to the brink of closure. This will hurt minimum-wage earners when businesses that can't afford the increase start cutting jobs. Studies have shown entry-level job opportunities decline with minimum wage increases. The governor can't simply mandate a better economy. Small businesses are struggling with New York's high taxes and never-ending regulations. New York's economy is struggling because of those taxes and regulations. The only way for government to increase wages and opportunities is to cut taxes and regulations across the board. We need to open up opportunities for businesses to thrive and create jobs in New York."

"It's also inappropriate for the governor to target just one industry," Lalor added. "Governor Cuomo says he wants to raise fast food wages because fast food CEOs are millionaires. But, many fast food restaurants operate as franchises. They're small businesses. This isn't just hitting big corporations, Governor Cuomo, this is hitting small businesses. Cuomo's dictate is so vague, we don't even know how far this will go. It's up to his wage board to decide what jobs will be defined as within the 'fast food industry'. Pizzeria and deli owners, among other small businesses, don't know if they'll be included. They might not even know that this regulation could affect them until it's already passed, missing the chance to voice their opposition."
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, May 7, 2015 3:54 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update - May 7th, 2015

Regarding the Proposed Annexation of Election Districts 17 & 20 into the Village of Briarcliff Manor:
Please find here a copy of the joint statement from the Village of Briarcliff Manor and the Town of Ossining, announcing that Briarcliff Manor passed a resolution on May 6th, 2015 directing Village Counsel to take all necessary steps to discontinue the pending court action.
Moving forward, both the Town and the Village are interested inintergovernmental cooperation and working together to save taxpayer dollars through programs and possible shared services.

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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
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On Friday, May 8, 2015 9:56 AM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781,
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) is urging legislators to use Tax Freedom Day, the day when New Yorkers have worked long enough to satisfy their annual federal and state tax burdens, as a learning moment. New Yorkers have to wait longer than the residents of 47 other states to satisfy their tax burden.
            "To be the 48th state across the marker in terms of paying taxes is an embarrassment," Katz said. "We need to be alleviating the tax burden felt by all residents of this state. This tax burden is why we're unable to keep families here, why we're unable to keep college students here, and why thousands of job creators look elsewhere when considering opening their doors. We cannot continue the status quo. What we need is an overwhelming overhaul of our tax code and our regulatory burden. We should be keeping more money in the pockets of New Yorkers and less money in the government coffers."

Bazzo 05/08/15

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