Friday, May 22, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/22/15: 9 Topics In Today's blog


1) BOL will appoint citizen to fill legislative vacancy

2) ICYMI - Sean Patrick Maloney thinks funding the Highway Trust fund is irresponsible

3) Yorktown Town Board okays Spectra's use of parkland 05/19/15

4) PRESS RELEASE] Murphy, Putnam Electeds Urge Water Safety Precautions

5) Designer Melanie Coddington Gives a Castro Victorian a Fresh New Face, San Francisco's Emerging Garden District, and More from the April/May Issue


7) NYT piece misses the mark on Common Core opposition

8) Welcome Back, HC&G! Here's What's Inside Our June Issue

9) Assemblywoman Galef "Shadowed" by Croton Teen Participating in Students Inside Albany Program

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For Immediate Release: May 22, 2015

Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director


Following is a statement from Chairman Michael Kaplowitz regarding how the vacancy of Legislator Harckham’s seat will be filled:


“I would like to thank my colleague, Legislator Pete Harckham for 8 years of hard work on behalf of his constituents in District 2 and the entire County.  Peter brought dedication and an admirable work ethic to his job as Legislator and that’s why he will be successful in his new position as Assistant Director of the Office of Community Renewal.  I look forward to working with Peter in his new role.

The Westchester County Charter, specifically Section 107.11. directs how the Board of Legislators should fill vacancies within a legislative term.  I was the sponsor of that piece of legislation along with Vice Chairman Jim Maisano so I can speak directly to the technicalities and the intent of the law.

The law directs that if a vacancy occurs with less than seven months remaining in the term, as is the case here, the remaining sixteen Legislators will vote to appoint an individual eligible to hold the office.

An important clause which we worked into Section 107.11 is that the person selected to finish out the vacated term, may not be a candidate for public office and will not be allowed to run for the seat to which they are appointed.  This meets the highest ethical standards and transparency possible for a political appointment by giving the Legislators the freedom to select the best person to fill the position without impacting the general election which is just over 4 months away.

While no one has been identified yet to replace Legislator Harckham, I am committed to appointing a member of the Democratic Party, which is the political party chosen by the voters in District 2 in the 2013 general election.  I have already begun discussions with BOL leadership and I anticipate having the position filled for our regularly scheduled BOL meeting on June 15th.

The appointee to the vacated seat will relinquish the office to the winner of the November 3rd election when the election is certified.  According to NY State law, elections must certified by December 1st which means the Legislator who is elected by the public will be in place to vote on the 2016 County budget.”


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Just wanted to flag the latest doozy from Sean Patrick Maloney.  He says it’s irresponsible to fully fund the Highway Trust fund for “only two months.”  Isn’t it more irresponsible to cut off funding to the program completely and let it die like he voted to do?  Even Nancy Pelosi isn’t that reckless (she voted yes).
Maloney Explains “No” Vote On Highway Bill
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney votes against a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund legislation.

Hudson Valley News Network
By Roger Connor
May 20, 2015
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement condemning the vote to authorize the Highway Trust Fund for only two months, the latest in a series of short-term extensions.
“I will not be supporting another irresponsible, short-term extension because like most folks in the Hudson Valley, I’m sick of these Washington games,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney. “ We need a real, long-term plan to invest in our national infrastructure, not reckless gimmicks that threaten our economy and our future.”
Just one day before the vote, Representative Maloney spoke at the Hudson Valley Pattern For Progress Infrastructure forum and explained to the audience that while he strongly favors a comprehensive and extensive national effort to improve the country’s infrastructure, he would not vote for another short-term extension:
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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 19, 2015

Meeting highlights.  For a discussion of these agenda items, see

1. Rideconnect
A program that provides free rides to seniors.

2. Yorktown Trail Town
Mark Linehan, co-chair of the Yorktown Trail Town Committee, made a presentation explaining the Committee’s mission to use the town’s existing network of hiking and biking trails to promote economic development.

3. Spectra pipeline/License Agreement
The board voted 3-2, with Councilmen Patel and Siegel voting no, to approve a License Agreement with Specrtra allowing the company to use  7.5 acres of parkland in Sylvan Glen and Granite Knolls to facilitate the AIM pipeline expansion project, plus make long term improvements at Junior Lake Memorial Park, in exchange for $1.5 million.
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Drowning Remains Leading Killer of Children Ages 1-4

MAHOPAC, NY - With the coming Memorial Day weekend about to mark the unofficial start of summer, Senator Terrence Murphy was joined by Putnam County Officials yesterday to raise awareness about water safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ten people lose their lives to drowning every day.

"In the 40th Senate District we have a number of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers that if not properly respected could cause great tragedy," Murphy said. "Here at Lake Mahopac we are reminded about the importance of not only safety in the water but on the water with our boats and jet skis. By taking common sense precautions we can ensure a safe summer for everyone."

As of this April, boaters are now able to take the required state safety course online. Individuals born on or after May 1, 1996 are required to complete an approved course on boater education in order to operate a motorboat.

"From the Hudson River to Lake Mahopac, Putnam County has an abundance of natural bodies of water that our residents take advantage of every year," Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. "This year, I urge all of our residents to take the necessary precautions before jumping into the water to ensure this is the safest summer in Putnam County's history."

The CDC reports children of ages one to four have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, more than 30% of unintentional deaths of children in that age group were as a result of drowning. However, the CDC points out that most drownings for children occur at home, in swimming pools.

"Safety concerns should not just be limited to the water, but should include safety in our backyards and highways," Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith said. "With Memorial Day upon us, we should strive to protect each other by not drinking and driving or durgging and driving. I look forward to our continued work with local law enforcement across our great county as we keep Putnam the safest county in New York State."

"As a former Carmel police officer I had the privilege of patrolling Lake Mahopac, which I believe is the jewel of Mahopac, and know firsthand of the tragedies that can arise from disrespecting the water," Carmel Supervisor Ken Schmitt said. "I echo Senator Murphy's call for common sense precautions to be taken when enjoying the lake this year."
Designer Melanie Coddington Gives a Castro Victorian a Fresh New Face
Interior designer Melanie Coddington notes, "You don't usually see a Chesterfield sofa upholstered in pink velvet," about the tufted, rolled-arm piece that seems perfectly suited to its refurbished Victorian setting. But in a living room anchored by a period fireplace with original pale pink tiles, Coddington's rosy palette gives it quiet glamour.
Welcome spring to the garden with stylish benches

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On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4:50 PM, Michael Mulraney wrote:

Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781 ,
A statement by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown)
            The passage of Assembly Bill 7303-A today was a tremendous step in the right direction. The Legislature, and more specifically the Assembly Majority, is finally listening to the voices of parents, teachers and students across this state. There is still much work to be done to fully end the Common Core curriculum, but the reforms we passed today put us on track to do just that. Our teachers, parents and children deserve the utmost respect, and we are working toward that goal with better momentum than we have ever had. 

On Thursday, May 21, 2015 1:52 PM, Friends of Rob Astorino wrote:

CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

Statement from County Executive Astorino on today's New York Times:
'Opt-Out Becomes Anti-Test Rallying Cry'
May 21, 2015

"Today's New York Times piece, entitled 'Opt-Out Becomes Anti-Test Rallying Cry' misses the mark on the genesis of the stop-Common Core movement that has grown organically throughout this state and others. Parents like my wife and I didn't opt our children out because we are against tests, but because we oppose this particular set of standards. They are an unvetted experiment on our children. Our concerns are just: the two content experts on the validation committee said the standards are poor. Bill Gates, who spent $200 million creating Common Core, sends his children to a school not aligned to its standards, and the list goes on. Simply put, we are not opposed to the tests because they're hard, we're opposed because they could very well be of poor quality, and even harmful for our kids.

"The efforts of Common Core proponents to misrepresent these concerns, coupled with Albany's refusal to acknowledge them, has led to this explosive activism. This movement will only grow stronger as long as they continue to do so."


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The inspiration came from the architecture and the views," Timothy Whealon says of the modernist, glass-walled house he decorated for a young family in Southampton. But while the open floor plan and light-flooded rooms provided an ample canvas for the New York-based designer to create airy, crisp interiors that complement the house's clean lines and staggering vistas, the project was also a bit of a departure for him. Whealon, whose thoughtful designs include everything from an antiques-filled 19th-century townhouse to a villa in Monaco, is best known for his updated spin on classicism.
A house: The phrase conjures up images of a shingled manse with a spacious porch and interiors filled with comfortable furnishings and summery accents. It's a place where the workweek is left behind and batches of houseguests converge, ready for sun and fun.
Designer Meg Braff recently brought this picture to life in the Southampton getaway of Katy Shea, her husband, and their four children, who frequently travel to the East End each summer from their home base in Nassau County.
The house wasn't even on the market," Bernt Heiberg says a bit sheepishly, "but we just went up and knocked on the front door and said we were interested in buying it." The Oslo-born designer, half the firm of New York-based Heiberg Cummings, was instantly attracted to the small two-story Victorian with its cedar shakes and ornate porch. His partner in all things, William Cummings, who is as American as Colorado, California, and Georgia, where he was raised, was all for it the minute they saw the interior.
Be careful when you ask a designer a seemingly simple question, for even the most innocent of inquiries can open up the proverbial can of worms. In the case of a 1970s Colonial-style house in Southampton, a casual question about tile led to a complete gut renovation. Designers Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron, the principals of Pappas Miron Design, were working on their clients' bathroom renovation in the city when the owners purchased a house in Southampton and nonchalantly asked whether the duo thought the kitchen tile would be easy to change.

On Friday, May 22, 2015 10:47 AM, Sandy Galef wrote:


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      For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef

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Assemblywoman Galef "Shadowed" by Croton Teen Participating in Students
Inside Albany Program

(May 22, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef was joined by Ijangmarie
Abam-DePass on Monday who was chosen by the League of Women Voters of the
Rivertowns to attend the Students Inside Albany program hosted by the New
York State League Education Foundation. The program is designed to increase
student awareness of their responsibility to foster representative
government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.
Monday's focus was on lobbying.

Ms. Abam-DePass is a junior at Croton-Harmon High School, where she sits on
the teen leadership council, is a member of the orchestra, and belongs to
the World of Money Financial Institute. She has also been active in her
community at the God Squad sleepout to advocate for the homeless.

Bazzo 05/22/15

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