Monday, May 18, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/18/15:5 Topics In Today's blog


1) Peekskill Democrats Announce Slate for 2015 Election

2) News from Senator Murphy: May 15, 2015

3) Maloney to Unveil Plaque Dedicating Post Office in Honor of Monroe Native CIA Officer Gregg David Wenzel

4)  Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board  05/18/15

5) Assemblywoman Galef Highlights Historical Societies on Her TV Show "Dear Sandy"

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A Message from the Peekskill Democratic City Committee
Democrats Nominate Westside Neighborhood Activist Ken Martin for Mayor, Cite Need for Civility  
and Leadership in Peekskill City Hall
Andre "Noodle" Rainey, Popular Inspirational Artist and Youth Advocate to Join Incumbents Kathleen Talbot and Vivian McKenzie for Common Council
Citing Divisive Atmosphere in Peekskill City Hall, Martin and Team Lay Out Vision for More Cooperative Relationship with Local Schools, Business Community, and Neighborhoods
At a spirited campaign kick-off on Saturday in the middle of downtown Peekskill, Westside Neighborhood resident and activist Ken Martin launched his campaign for Mayor of the City of Peekskill, citing a need to restore civility and leadership to what as become a broken City Hall. Standing in Jan Peek Square in front of the downtown gazebo, Martin noted that the tone and tactics at Peekskill City Hall over the last 17 months have divided the community, forced highly skilled professionals to flee city government, and soured relationships with the school district, the business community, and local neighborhoods.
"What we have seen happen in the last 17 months is that the ego and hubris coming from the mayor's office have created an atmosphere in Peekskill that threatens the gains this City has made dating back to the Gibbs administration," said Martin. "Peekskill deserves leadership it can be proud of, that brings our neighborhoods, schools and community together and serves the taxpayers, not the egos of their elected officials."
Martin, a 22-year resident of Peekskill, has been a longtime resident of Simpson Place. He worked aggressively with neighbors to successfully protect Peekskill's Westside neighborhood from a developer who was allowed to violate zoning code to build a 3-story condominium complex. A married father of three and local public school parent, Martin is a history teacher in East Harlem. He is a strong advocate on behalf of the Peekskill City School District and helped organize efforts to oppose establishment of a charter school that would have drained significant financial resources from our public school students' education.
Joining Martin on the ticket is Peekskill resident Andre "Noodle" Rainey, a 31-year old Peekskill artist and local celebrity whose positive and uplifting hip hop sound has taken Peekskill by storm. Rainey owns his own entertainment company, Noo Moves Entertainment, and has devoted his efforts in the community to providing youth opportunities and mentorship to young men. Partnering with local businesses like Shop Rite, Modell's, State Farm Insurance, and Hudson City Bank, Rainey has been running an annual book bag drive on behalf of Peekskill students for the last five years. He is the father of a two year old son and lives on Walnut Street, across from Peekskill High School.
"My entire life has been dedicated to fostering a positive, inclusive environment, particularly for our youth. Part of the reason I decided to run for Common Council is because I believe the children of Peekskill -and all residents -should be able look to our local leaders as positive examples and role models and I believe that has been missing. I intend to focus like a laser on our collaboration with our public schools, our youth programming, and working with young men in this community to be good fathers and role models to their own children."
Running for re-election to the Common Council are Councilwomen Kathleen Talbot and Vivian McKenzie. Talbot and McKenzie were instrumental in the planning and dedication of the Peekskill Landing Park, the construction of the Holiday Inn Express on John Walsh Blvd, and fighting to keep their Republican colleagues on the Common Council from raising taxes by up to 8%, ensuring the city stayed within the state-mandated tax cap.
Talbot, a resident of the Fort Hill neighborhood, is well known as one of the most accessible members of the Common Council, making herself available to residents, neighborhood associations and networks, as well as arts, business, and educational organizations. Whether it's cleaning up our parks, working with the Peekskill Business Improvement District or promoting Peekskill's artists, if there is a community event or effort underway Kathie is right there leading it. A retired social worker and small business owner, she has one son and two grandchildren.
"Over the course the last four years I have served on this Council I have been proud to have helped bring the city's first hotel to the tax rolls, see the downtown turn into a restaurant and dining destination, dedicate the largest new piece of park land this city has seen in decades, and keep taxes under the state-mandated tax cap, despite efforts to raise taxes substantially," said Talbot. "Last year, Peekskill taxpayers were one vote away from having their taxes raised by up to 8% and thankfully, we successfully fought on behalf of the taxpayers against that effort. I'd like to continue the momentum we were building and restore some sanity to Peekskill City Hall."
Vivian McKenzie, owner and proprietor of Kathleen's Tea Room, is running for reelection to a four-year term. A member of two of Peekskill's longest established families, the Bridgewaters and the Jamisons, Vivian is currently the only African-American serving on the Peekskill Common Council. She has taken a keen interest in ensuring that issues of inclusion and diversity are addressed in City Hall. She has been a strong advocate for keeping taxes low on property owners, both as a means to promote business in the City and keep residents from being taxed out of the City. She has fought tirelessly against the negative and acrimonious message that has been coming out of Peekskill City Hall over the last year, urging for a more respectful and positive tone.
"The City of Peekskill has been on an upward trajectory the last 18 years and the message that was coming from Peekskill under leadership of both parties was that this is the place to be. Recognition for our long-term effort has been found in places like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal" said McKenzie. "I have become increasingly concerned, however, that what the rest of Westchester and the Hudson Valley have been seeing over the last 17 months is beginning to hurt our city's reputation. It's time we get back to a positive message and positive leadership that is attractive to new business and new residents."
Over the next several weeks Martin, Rainey, Talbot and McKenzie will be laying out their agenda for the City of Peekskill, meeting with residents, businesses, and community organizations and other stakeholders to present their vision for a more positive Peekskill.

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MAY 15
No. 21
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. This week, I successfully passed two pieces of my 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. 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.

The designation will support 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, if the Assembly follows suit. READ MORE Indian Point Explosion and Oil Spill
I have been in constant contact with Entergy and the Department of Environmental Conservation as they address this incident. Thankfully, no workers were hurt. We are fortunate that this was not any worse. 

Our focus is now on protecting the Hudson from any chemical disturbances due to the failed transformer. Oil containment booms have been deployed and we are told that any remaining cleanup should be completed within the next few days. This incident exposes new concerns for regulators to address, and it remains paramount that Indian Point must be operated safely if it is to remain open. 

We must understand how and to what degree this spill impacted the Hudson River. 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. READ MORE Honoring Marine Capt. Eric A. Jones
On October 26, 2009, Marine Captain Eric A. Jones, 29, of Pound Ridge, gave his life for his country during Operation Enduring Freedom on a combat mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 

This week, I passed legislation this year in the State Senate, which seeks to honor him by ceremonially renaming part of Route 137 after him in his hometown. Captain Jones was killed in action on his third deployment, after having served two tours in Iraq. He grew up in Pound Ridge and earned his flight wings in 2007.

Captain Jones had always dreamed of becoming a pilot, from his days at Fox Lane High School where he was a legendary lacrosse star and standout on the swimming and football teams. His loss was a tragedy for us all. We can never repay his heroic sacrifice for our great country, but we can, in our own small way, commemorate his service by dedicating this highway in memoriam to his noble service, so that he will always be remembered. READ MORE
Celebrating Older Americans Month
This week was the New York State Office for the Aging Senior Citizens' Day celebration during Older Americans month and I was pleased to be able to recognize Karen Yurko and Edward McDowell for their many contributions to Putnam County. They are shining examples of the American spirit of volunteerism.
Highlights of the Heroin Task Force Meeting in Yorktown
Last month, as co-chairman of the New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I hosted the Task Force's first hearing at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School in Yorktown. I encourage you to watch a quick highlight video featuring some of the powerful testimony we heard.
West Point Day 2015
Here are some great photos from West Point Day in the Senate Chamber! Congratulations to the cadets from my district, you are the best of the best.
Our Friends the Carpenters
I love a productive joint meeting with our neighbor Senator Sue Serino! Here we are with the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and their reps from Dutchess County.
Expediting the Carmel Ave Bridge Repair
I joined my friends County Executive MaryEllen Odell, County Clerk Michael Bartolotti, County Legislator Joe Castellano, Southeast Councilman Bob Cullen, Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig and a host of others to tour the Carmel Avenue bridge on Route 6 into Brewster. Now that the back and forth between DOT and the MTA is done, we're going to see if there is something we can do to speed this process along and get the bridge repaired and the pedestrian walkways back open.
2015 Healthcare Heroes Event
Along with my friend, Dr. Oz regular, Westchester County Deputy Health Commissioner and Lewisboro Councilman Peter DeLucia, it was our a pleasure being able to honor our friend, the distinguished physician, Westchester County Health Commissioner and former Putnam County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler.
Putnam Sheriff's Patrol Boats Christening Ceremony
I was on hand to join Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Chairman Art Hanley of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council, and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell to christen four Sheriff's Office patrol boats in commemoration of four Putnam County war heroes. The four heroes for whom boats were named , U.S. Army Major General Gouverner K. Warren, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander John C. McCloy, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Albert L. Ireland and U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant William A. Todd, were all Putnam County residents. They represent four different branches of the military services and several different wars and military actions. 

Not produced or paid for at taxpayer expense.


May 15, 2015

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




Maloney to Unveil Plaque Dedicating Post Office in Honor of Monroe Native CIA Officer Gregg David Wenzel


WHAT:          Memorial ceremony to unveil plaque dedicated the Monroe Post Office to National Clandestine Service Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel as per Public Law 113-209. .


WHO:             Representative Sean Patrick Maloney – Bill Sponsor

New York State Senator William Larkin Jr.

Mayor James C. Purcell – Village of Monroe

Mitchell Wenzel – Father of Gregg David Wenzel

Joseph Curto – Postmaster, Monroe NY

Former Representative Nan Hayworth

Debra Jones – Marketing Manager, USPS Westchester District

Wenzel family members

Representatives from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Bill Sponsor) and NY Assemblyman Karl Brabenec


WHEN:          11:00 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015


WHERE:       Main Post Office

787 NY Route 17M

Monroe, NY 10950



DETAILS:         Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Senator Bill Larkin, postal officials, community leaders, family members and friends will gather to honor the legacy of a Monroe, NY hometown hero by unveiling the plaque dedicating the Monroe Post Office to National Clandestine Service Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel as per Public Law 113-209.


In May 2013, Rep. Maloney introduced legislation HR 2112 (bill text) that President Obama signed into law last December as Public Law 113–209. The law designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 787 State Route 17M in Monroe, New York, as the ‘‘National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office’’.


Gregg David Wenzel graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School and from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He then went on to graduate the University of Miami School of Law in 1994. After, he worked as a public defender in Miami before taking a job with the Florida Bar Association.


Mr. Wenzel joined the CIA after September 11th, and was a member of the first post-September 11 class. Serving in his first assignment abroad in 2002, at the age of 33, he lost his life while in service to our country in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 9, 2003. In June 2009, the CIA honored Gregg and his service by placing a star on their Memorial Wall at the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA.

Timothy R. Persico Chief of Staff

Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
1529 LHOB | WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515 | p: 202.225.5441 | F: 202.225.3289


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

Planning Board

Calendar Date:
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Minutes: April 20, 2015 & May 4, 2015
The Winery at St. George
SBL: 15.12-2-53
Town Board Referral

Location: 1715 East Main Street
Contact: Tom DeChiaro
Description: Request for wetland permit to create a parking area on Town owned land.
Staples Plaza Middle Building
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Landscape Plan

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: John Meyer Consulting
Description: Approved renovation of the second building.
Fieldhome Expansion
SBL: 35.12-1-2, 3 & 35.08-1-45
Discussion Lot Line

Location: 2300 Catherine Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Approved continuum of care facility consisting of independent living units and skilled nursing home replacing existing home with a common facility supporting both communities.
Ianuzzi Subdivision
SBL: 47.15-1-14, 15, 16
Pre-Preliminary Discussion

Location: 1189 Baptist Church Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: The property owner is proposing to re-subdivide the existing 3 lots into 4 lots under the Town's Flexibility Standards.
Hanover Corner (fka Fertucci)
SBL: 37.18-2-77, 78
Pre-Preliminary Discussion

Location: 1803 Commerce Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: The property owner is proposing on-site parking to accommodate the existing two-story building.
Costco Wholesale
SBL: 26.18-1-17, 18, 19 & 26.19-1-1
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3200 Crompond Road
Contact: TRC Engineers
Description: Application to construct a 151,092 sf Costco Wholesale Club store and member only gasoline filling station.



Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104
Yorktown Heights, NY


On Monday, May 18, 2015 10:13 AM, Sandy Galef wrote:


Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       


District Office:
2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

albany office:

                                                          Room 641,
Legislative Office Building

      For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef
(914) 450-4086

Assemblywoman Galef Highlights Historical Societies

on Her "Dear Sandy" TV Show

(May 18, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef speaks with Jeff Canning, current
secretary and recent past president of the Van Cortlandtville Historical
Society, and Karen Smith, president of the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough
Historical Society, about the importance of local history and keeping it

Canning and Smith talk about the early founding of their respective
organizations. The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society started in 1921
while the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society is much newer,
starting in 1976, but will soon celebrate its fortieth. They discuss their
headquarters, from the old school house in Cortlandt to the repurposed train
station in Briarcliff.  They talk about the importance of bringing in
members of the community to speak and inform others about the historical
value of local events and the significance of antique objects from around
the community. They also relay the importance of working together as well as
with other historical societies to promote and reach out to larger
audiences, and involve them in all the interesting details of their local

"We have a region so rich in history," said Assemblywoman Galef. "Our
historical societies really paint a picture of what life was like in our
area many years ago.  They have so much to offer. I hope everyone will tune
in to learn more about how these organizations showcase our local

"History didn't happen just all the way around the world hundreds of years
ago, history also happened here," said Jeff Canning. "This is how we got to
where we are."

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

"Dear Sandy" airs as follows:


Friday, May 22, 29, June 5, & 12

  at 9:00 P.M. on

Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison,
Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)

Yorktown Channel 74

(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

and at 8:30 P.M. on

Wappingers Falls Channel 21

(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)


Friday, May 22, 29 & June 5

at 7:30 p.m.

Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8

Verizon FiOS Customers

Please check your local listings

Bazzo 05/18/15

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