Friday, May 15, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/15/15:11 Topics In Today's blog


1) [weekend events] Putnam & Westchester

2) Yorktown Town Board discusses Mohegan Lake, new town building and sober homes 05/12/15

3) NEWS: After Fatal Amtrak Crash, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Renews Call to Focus on Positive Train Control

4) Astorino Administration, Playland Operator Vow to Protect Playland Jobs

5) 12 Grapes: Coming up... a show you don't want to miss!

6)  Lalor: No Free College Classes for Inmates, Expand Private Funding and Offer Student Loans Instead

7) PRESS RELEASE] Energy Chair, local rep, want answers on Indian Point spill

8) Jane Ellsworth's Garden, Oscar de la Renta Home's Spring 2015 Collection, and Nature's Chicest Offerings

9) Armed Forces Day Event in Fishkill: Saturday, May 16

10) PRESS RELEASE] Bills for Saw Mill, Bx River flood relief, pass Senate

11) Town Of Ossining: Town Board Special Meeting & Work Session- Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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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
May 12, 2015

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1. Fieldhome
Plans for the assisted living facility are on hold pending the sale of the skilled nursing home and the vacant land.

2. Crompond Terraces
Representing the developer, Ms. Kutter discussed potential uses for the proposed multi-use building that the developer is willing to construct for the town as part of its required  recreation fee and also as a bonus to the town for rezoning the parcels.

3. Mohegan Lake Improvement District
Representatives of several of the homeowner groups discussed plans to treat the lake with copper sulfate in an effort to kill off the blue algae that has closed the beach for swimming  in recent summers.

4. Zoning amendments for sober living residents
At least three members of the board agreed to move forward on reviewing a possible amendment to the zoning code that would add a special permit section for sober living residences. The discussion on a change in the definition of family was postponed.

5. PEG money
The board will investigate purchasing monitors for the board room with the available PEG money that Cablevision and FIOS have to contribute to the town for audio visual equipment.

6. Use of board room public address system
Three members of the board declined to use the board room’s PA system for work sessions so that people in the room could hear what was being discussed at the board table.

7.  Spectra Energy
In a closed session, the board negotiated with Spectra for the temporary work space at Sylvan Glen and Granite Knolls during the AIM project and an off-site wetlands mitigation plan at Junior Lake Park.

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May 13, 2015

CONTACT: Tim Persico, (267) 797-6400 (cell)


After Fatal Amtrak Crash, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Renews Call to Focus on Positive Train Control


NTSB Board Member States PTC Would Have Prevented Accident


Newburgh, NY – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement on the Amtrak 188 accident after National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt’s press conference earlier today. Referring to Positive Train Control, Mr. Sumwalt stated, "We feel that had such a system been installed in this section of track, this accident would not have occurred." Rep. Maloney has been a vocal advocate for Positive Train Control (PTC), a simple GPS and Wi-Fi technology that can stop or slow trains remotely.


"Last night in Philadelphia, like Spuyten Duyvil in 2013, innocent people died because the trains they were riding lacked basic technology that would have saved their lives. Our country simply cannot allow these preventable tragedies to persist. Time is up – we must prioritize and invest in Positive Train Control, and anyone who stands in the way must be held accountable.”


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. Earlier this month, Maloney also helped to secure nearly $1 billion in federal funds to assist MTA in implementing PTC on their Metro-North and LIRR lines.


In 2008, Congress passed a law mandating positive train control systems for commuter and freight railroads by December 31, 2015; 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 of 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.


Timothy R. Persico Chief of Staff

Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
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For Immediate Release: May 13, 2015

Contact: Matt Richter, BOL communications Director


Astorino Administration, Playland Operator

Vow to Protect Playland Jobs

CSEA Leadership satisfied with plans for existing employees


The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH) Committee met on Wednesday, May 13th to continue its review of the proposed Management Agreement with Standard Amusements, LLC to operate Playland Amusement Park for 15 years.  Participating in the meeting were the Standard Amusements team,  Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, County Planning Commissioner Edward Buroughs, representatives of the County Attorney’s Office and Leadership from Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).


The agenda items for discussion included, the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) process, an overview of the actual contract document, and labor related issues.


One major question that was addressed at Wednesday’s meeting was the disposition of current County employees who work at Playland.  Standard Amusements indicated that they recognize the value of the county employees’ experience, institutional knowledge and commitment to Playland and would like to hire as many of those employees as practical.  CSEA leadership made the point that the public employee pension system which many employees are enrolled in would not be transferable to a private operator.  Standard indicated that they would be open to contracting with the County for the services of those employees needed so that they could stay in NY State Pension System.  Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett affirmed that any County Employees who did not find suitable employment with the private operator would be transferred to alternate positions in Parks or another County Department.  CSEA leadership indicated that they were satisfied with the assurances from Standard Amusements and the Administration.


Planning Commissioner Edward Buroughs reported that because the BOL was considering a management agreement and not a plan which includes proposals for specific, physical work at Playland, the Agreement is a “Type II” action under SEQRA which means it has no significant impact on the environment and therefore requires no further environmental review.  Additional environmental reviews could be triggered in the future as specific proposals for capital projects come before County Commissioners and the BOL.


Following an overview of the actual contract document with representatives of the County Attorney’s office, Legislators asked both the Standard Amusements team and the County Attorney’s office to consider clarifying or altering certain language in the agreement or to memorialize certain commitments to the agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding.  These considerations will be taken up at subsequent committee meetings.


Video of Wednesday’s meeting can be seen by pasting this URL into your browser,


Legislators and representatives of Standard Amusements toured the Amusement Park last week.  Video of that tour can be seen at


The LPPH  Committee will meet next Wednesday at 9am to continue discussions on the Management Agreement.


**Special Scheduling Note** A public hearing will be conducted at a special LPPH Committee meeting next Wednesday at 7 PM in the BOL Chambers.  The meeting is a public forum for input on the proposed management plan for Playland. 


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On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 3:43 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseMay 13, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
No Free College Classes for Inmates, Expand Private Funding and Offer Student Loans Instead
Albany, NY - (5/13/15) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) today responded with a counter-proposal to yesterday's press conference advocating tuition assistance grants for inmates. Lalor is proposing that New York State cut per-prisoner spending by 10%, raise private, charitable funding for the program and offer student loans to fill in any funding gaps, rather than hand out grants to the inmates. Lalor initially offered this plan in 2014 when Governor Cuomo briefly supported tuition assistance for inmates.
?"We should work to cut recidivism rates and rehabilitate inmates, but we shouldn't ask taxpayers to pay more and more to do it," said Lalor. "New York spends $60,000 yearly per prisoner. That's the highest cost in the nation, $6,000 more than the next state on the list. Let's bring our spending down so New York is just spending the second most per prisoner in the country and then use the savings to cut recidivism. After we cut spending by 10% we can raise further private funding for the program. Existing not-for-profits are providing education in prisons. New York should support those not-for-profits' efforts to raise private funds. Then, the state can fill any funding gap by offering student loans to prisoners, not grants.  Because they're not good credit risks, we'll garnish a percentage of their wages to pay taxpayers back. But, this shouldn't be a handout. Taxpayers can't afford more handouts."
Lalor continued, "It's important that the state fill any funding gap with a loan, not a grant. It's not a hand out, but a hand up. It teaches prisoners responsibility. It says they're not just entitled to this, they have to work for it. That will do more to cut recidivism than any handout."
"Governor Cuomo was roundly criticized when he proposed tuition assistance grants for prisoners in 2014," Lalor added. "New Yorkers were rightfully outraged that Cuomo was asking them to pay even more in taxes to give a free degree to prisoners. It's not that New Yorkers don't want to help rehabilitate prisoners, they are compassionate and want to help. But, they don't support free college classes for prisoners when they're struggling to put their own kids through school. New Yorkers would support increased rehabilitation efforts through private funding and student loans, not handouts. If Albany wants to help rehabilitate inmates, that's the right way to go."

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 Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5:01 PM, Matt Slater wrote:

CONTACT: Rocco LaDuca,315-534-4088 (Sen. Griffo)
Matt Slater, 914-962-2624 (Sen. Murphy)
ALBANY, NY - At least two state lawmakers want Entergy to more thoroughly explain how the recent explosion at Indian Point could have led to over a thousand gallons of liquid to spill into the Hudson River. State Senator Joe Griffo, chairman of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee, and Senator Terrence Murphy, who represents the Buchanan based plant, today began a formal investigation of the incident with a letter to Entergy executives.
"The residents of the Hudson Valley, as well as those living in other regions of the state where nuclear power plants are located, should be assured that their safety and well-being are not at risk due to incidents such as the one that occurred on Saturday," Senator Griffo said. "Entergy should provide a detailed description of what happened to the transformer at Indian Point that caused it to catch fire."
"We must understand how and to what degree this spill impacted the Hudson River," Senator Murphy said. "Any internal investigation by Entergy should help us understand why their catchment system was overloaded, and how any future incidents of this kind are going to be prevented."
If Entergy does not voluntarily respond to the Senator's letter, its executives can be compelled to testify in front of the committee.
While the plant is licensed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, it also obtains various licenses from state regulators, such as its State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The senators believe it is paramount that harmful substances be kept out of the state's coastal waters, including the Hudson.
Entergy, the company which owns and operates the plant, originally claimed that no oil leaked into the Hudson. "Initial indications [are] no evidence of transformer oil actually reaching the river in any significant quantity," the company tweeted on May 11th. "There is little to no evidence of any environmental consequence whatsoever on the river."
However, Governor Cuomo indicated that there was a volume of oil and water discharged as a result of the explosion and the fire suppression system which "exceeding the capacity of the holding tank and then spilled out onto the ground." The Governor noted the ground empties into the drain system, and the drain system goes right into the Hudson River.
Environmental watchdog Riverkeeper posted numerous photos and videos of an obvious oil sheen on the Hudson River. The spillage could be smelled from across the river in Rockland County, according to the Journal News.

Editor's note: Attached please find a copy of the letter to Entergy from Senators Griffo and Murphy that was transmitted on May 11th. 


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On Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:14 AM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote:
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Armed Forces Day Event in Fishkill: Saturday, May 16th
Dear Friends,

This Saturday, May 16, I'll be serving as the MC for an event to commemorate Armed Forces Day in Fishkill. Details follow below. I hope you can join me.

Trent Atkinson served in the US Army for 12 years including a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He served as a Technical Engineer achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7). His decorations include the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation (3), Army Achievement Medal (3), Army Reserve Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Services Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserves Overseas Training Ribbon (3). Atkinson attended Dutchess Community College studying Engineering Science. He is a Project Engineer with Lynn Utilities Services and an Associate Real Estate Broker with Century 21 Alliance. He lives in Fishkill with his wife Patty, their daughter Harper (age 5) and their son Hudson (age 3). Atkinson's brother Todd is currently serving as a Major in the 411TH Engineer Brigade which just recently returned from a 100month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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 14, 2015 11:59 AM, Matt Slater wrote:

CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
ALBANY, NY - For decades, flooding along the Bronx River and Saw Mill River has plagued the communities throughout Westchester County, a problem which seemingly grows worse year after year. Today, State Senator Terrence Murphy announced passage of two pieces of his legislation, which will finally address this issue using a watershed wide approach by adding the rivers to the State's inland waterway list.
"These rivers play a vital role not only within Westchester County and New York City, but also for the entire the Long Island Sound and Hudson River Watersheds," Senator Murphy said. "Anyone who has driven down the Saw Mill Parkway or the Bronx River Parkway when it rains can see that something needs to be done."
Senator Murphy is a member of the intergovernmental Bronx River Advisory Board (BRAB) and Saw Mill River Advisory Board (SWAB) created by the Westchester County Board of Legislators, where the inland waterway idea was first developed.
The boards recently submitted river reconnaissance plans that were adopted by the Board of Legislators, which identified the need for the State to cooperate with municipalities and provided some local funding toward the effort. The reconnaissance plans map out an overall strategy for combating the persistent flooding problems impacting every municipality in the county to address substantial flooding problems, attendant property damages and road closures.
Murphy said these bills achieve that goal. "The recon plans identify numerous, shovel ready flood mitigation projects that are ready to go, and now that these bills have passed the Senate, the projects will soon be eligible to compete for state funding, which will create green jobs, reduce flooding and protect the environment," he said.
Classifying the rivers as inland waterways makes the municipalities which front the river like New Castle, Mount Kisco and Mount Pleasant eligible for the state Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. After submitting a plan that is approved by both the state Department of State and the federal Office of Coastal Management, participants become eligible for grants of federal dollars distributed through the State's Environmental Protection Fund, or EPF.
The two bills, S.1392 and S.1393, are the fourth and fifth passed by Murphy since taking office. A third bill dealing with the Pocantico River, also identified in the reconnaissance plan, is on the Senate calendar and could be voted on as early as next week.

The Assembly versions of the bills are sponsored by Assemblyman David Buchwald.

On Thursday, May 14, 2015 4:33 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


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Town Board Special Meeting & Work Session- Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


Municipal Building

16 Croton Avenue, 1st Floor

Ossining, NY 10562


Work Session:

  1. Road Paving Project for the Unincorporated Area- Michael G. O'Connor
  2. Board Questions Following Public Hearings:
    1. Local Law #3 of 2015- No Parking Designation Changes on Town Roads
    2. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
  3. 2015 Bond Issue and Associated Projects

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.

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Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
Susanne Donnelly:
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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.
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