Friday, May 29, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/29/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog

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1) PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of planputnam@googlegroups.com - 1 update in 1 topic

2) Playland Review-Security, Finances Discussed in Committee

3) Yorktown Town Board discusses ethics reform 05/26/15

4) Lalor Asks DiNapoli: How Much Goes to Subsidize Temporary Foreign Workers?

5) We Need You to Help us Create a Westchester Families Bill of Rights

6) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update- May 28th, 2015

7) KATZ: ALBANY MUST MOVE ON BIPARTISAN VETERANS BILL

8) [PRESS RELEASE] Capoccia declares Town Clerk bid to move Yorktown forward

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PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of planputnam@googlegroups.com - 1 update in 1 topic


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For Immediate Release: May 28, 2015

Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director

646-302-2220

Legislators Continue Review of  Private Operator Plan for Playland

private operator will provide security team, won’t pay for regular County Police presence

 

On Wednesday, the Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH) Committee and Budget and Appropriations Committee continued their review and discussion of the proposed Management Agreement with Standard Amusements, LLC to operate Playland Amusement Park for 15 years.  Head of Standard Amusements, Nick Singer and his adviser, Andy Maniglia, participated on behalf of Standard.



The primary agenda items for the meeting were to follow-up on some outstanding issues regarding Standards financials and their operations plan.

 

Legislators asked Mr. Singer to explain which expense categories would be deducted from gross revenue to determine net profit.  Under the terms of the deal, Westchester County shares 7.5% of Playland profits after Standard recoups its initial investment.  Mr. Singer explained that all normal expenses like the cost of supplies and food and other goods that are sold, and the cost of any municipal taxes would all be operating expenses.  Investments in things like rides could be depreciated and figured into the net profit.  Mr. Singer stated clearly that financial returns to investors will not be included in the calculation.

 

A major operational issue that was discussed was how security will be handled at the park.  Mr Singer explained that Standard will maintain a security staff at Playland who will be responsible for ensuring the safety, security and welfare of guests and staff.  Standard plans to hire a local law enforcement veteran to head their security team.  That person would work closely with Rye City Police and County Police.  Standard said they do not have an obligation to reimburse the county for any police that are posted at Playland.  Standard indicated that they were aware that there would be charge-backs for public police responses to specific incidents at the park.

 

Legislator Peter Harckham (D) North Salem, Chair of the LPPH Committee announced last week that he would be vacating his legislative seat effective June 2nd.  As a result of Legislator Harckham’s departure, BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers, appointed Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D) Hastings-on-Hudson to Chair the LPPH Committee for the duration of the Legislative term.  As a member of the LPPH Committee, Legislator Shimsky is already fully engaged in the review process.  Legislator Shimsky is also Chair of the Infrastructure Committee and serves on the Law Committee, Legislation Committee and Community Services Committee.

 
Other issues discussed included staffing levels, ticket pricing, a private shuttle from Metro-North and plans for the beach.  Video of the meeting can be viewed at;

 

http://westchestercountyny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=3731

 

**Scheduling Note**

On Tuesday June 2nd there will be a public hearing on

Standard Amusements proposal at 7pm

Rye City Hall, 1051 Boston Post Road, Rye

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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 Work Session
May 26, 2015
 
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Ethics Board/amendments to Ethics Law
The Ethics Board has recommended that the town hire an outside attorney to review the town’s existing Ethics Law and make recommendations for amending it.

2. Ivy Road/Ivy Knolls
A group of residents from the Ivy Road neighborhood appeared before the board with a series of issues: speeding on Ivy Rd (used as a cut through between East Main Street in Shrub Oak and Stoney Street), the condition of the park, especially the shrunken pond, and drug trafficking.

3. Junior Lake Wetlands Permit (Spectra pipeline project)
The board will hold a public hearing on June 16 for a town wetlands permit for the forest restoration project to be undertaken by Spectra as part of its off-site mitigation requirement.

4. Northern Westchester Restorative Care
The applicant wants to amend its special permit to add 27 additional parking spaces and redesign the existing enclosure for storage containers and garbage dumpsters in order to provide more screening.

5. Chestnut Petroleum/ Mobil Gas Station
A public hearing for an amended sign permit has been scheduled for June 16.  (The changes to the sign have already been made.)

6. Atlantic Bridge Scoping/Spectra pipeline
The board agreed on the revised contents of comments to FERC relating to the scoping for the proposed Environmental Assessment review.

7. Sober Living Residences/Zoning amendments
In a contentious discussion, no progress was made on a new special use permit for sober living residences.

8. Street Plantings
The town will try a new approach this season for hanging baskets on Commerce Street.


 
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On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:15 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseMay 27, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor Asks DiNapoli: How Much Goes to Subsidize Temporary Foreign Workers? 
East Fishkill, NY - (5/27/15) - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is asking New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to audit companies receiving economic development subsidies from New York State and local governments to determine how many jobs funded by these subsidies are filled by H1-B visa holders rather than American citizens or permanent resident immigrants. Lalor's letter to DiNapoli can be read here.

"New York taxpayers deserve to know how much they are paying to subsidize corporations to hire temporary foreign workers rather than citizens or permanent resident immigrants," said Lalor. "New York spends hundreds of millions of tax dollars on corporate welfare disguised as 'economic development' every year. Taxpayers are led to believe that the jobs created are going to New York residents, either citizens or permanent resident immigrants. We're told this, despite the fact that many companies receiving the subsidies often hire H1-B visa holders. For example, it has been well-documented that IBM, a recipient of a wide range of generous taxpayer subsidies, employs H1-B visa holders across the state."

Lalor added, "Because there is almost no transparency in these corporate welfare programs, New Yorkers don't know how much of their money is going to fund jobs for temporary foreign workers. Comptroller DiNapoli's office has done valuable work exposing the waste throughout New York's 'economic development' spending. I'm asking his office to continue that work and determine how much American citizens and permanent resident immigrants are paying to subsidize H1-B temporary foreign labor."

Lalor concluded, "H1-B workers do not have permanent visas and their visa is tied to their employment. While they are able to apply for permanent residence, the wait can take as long as ten years. If they switch employers, the waiting period starts again. To change jobs, an H1-B worker needs to find a new employer willing and able to sponsor the visa. These factors combine to make H1-B visas operate like indentured servitude. H1-B visa holders are limited in salary negotiations or the ability to seek a better-paying job. That’s what makes them valuable to companies. It also drives down wages for U.S. citizens and permanent resident immigrants. We cannot allow New York tax dollars to go to subsidies that support the employment of H1-B workers."
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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..
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On Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:06 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 

Supervisor's Update - May 28th, 2015


 
The Town of Ossining – Running it like a Business
The Town of Ossining, like all municipalities these days, is a busy place. However, many functions that we now perform do not require a full-time employee for various reasons.  In fact, there are times in almost every department that some of the office staff sees lower work volume.  In the era of the Tax Cap, it is essential that every municipality review the tasks of each individual to ensure that we have the proper level of staff on hand to properly service the residents and commercial property owners.  Cross-training and sharing of staff between departments allows a municipality to have enough coverage in busy times and reduce employee downtime while other departments could use the help.
 
With the restructuring of several of the departments over the past year, in addition to three years of reduced staffing in the Supervisor’s Office, we determined that we could handle many of the day-to-day data entry and back office functions, along with getting the “back burner” work completed, by restoring a position to the Supervisor’s Office.  This job calls for someone who can handle many tasks in a day.  Besides researching grant opportunities that will allow us some breathing room in our operations, the Confidential Secretary will be responsible for the following:
 
Dale Cemetery:      
  • Processing deeds, including any invoicing
  • Preparing deposits from any funds brought into Dale
  • Performing financial reporting and spreadsheets
  • Spending one day at week at Dale Cemetery to assist in paperwork and functions of the Cemetery
Parks Department:           
  • Research and bidding of all items needed for the Parks Department, such as clay, stonework, benches, plaques, and cleaning supplies
  • Entering all invoices for the department into our accounting package, KVS
Recreation:
  • Work with our Superintendent of Recreation and Parks, Chris Soi (who is doing a fabulous job) to coordinate the summer concert series, ensuring all bands/musicians have their contract information submitted correctly, and to serve as a point of contact during the concert series
  • Coordinate any special programming in the Town Parks
Time Clock:         
  • Ensuring that everyone is punching in, and going through all reporting on missed punches
  • Put together all reporting and compare to attendance reports and time sheets
Supervisor’s Office:          
  • Investigation of grants for projects
  • Maintenance of all reporting on grants and applications for funding
  • Management of the time clock system
  • Invoice entry from departments that do not enter directly into KVS
  • Special assignments &  projects for the Supervisor and Budget Officer
  • Answering of the phones
  • Mail
 
Some would have you believe this is somehow related the reallocation of staff that has occurred over the past two years.  It does not.  A tremendous amount of time and effort went into determining the staffing needs of each department in the Town of Ossining- it has nothing to do with any individuals, but rather as a means of controlling the overall budget as a service to the public.  In 2009, during the financial crisis (both in the world economy and in the budgets of the Town of Ossining), the Town/Village Clerk’s Office went through a massive downsizing of staff.  This department attends to most of the paperwork operations all year long for both the Town of Ossining and the Village of Ossining, which ranges from marriage certificates to death certificates, from hunting licenses to dogs licenses, train parking tags, handicap parking tags, and maintaining all minutes and records for both municipalities.  This department rose to the occasion by allocating duties differently and now runs a very busy office with two full time employees and part time support staff. 
  
After reviewing the duties and the time allotted for duties, it was determined that the Receiver of Taxes and her Deputy needed support during the tax collection times and to cover for planned vacations.  The Assessor’s Office need for more support staff was at the opposite times of the Tax Receiver.  When the two people retired in the Office of the Tax Receiver, it opened the door for this creative solution for both departments.  The job of Assessor/ Tax Aide is a title used elsewhere in Westchester County and is authorized by Civil Service, so this is not a new invention by this administration.  Working together, the Tax Receiver and the Assessor worked out a schedule that accommodates both departments. The Receiver’s decision to outsource the work of printing and mailing tax bills and the receipts has made a big difference in the work load of the Tax Receiver’s Office.   Despite some insinuations out there, this system has worked out well.  With new technology, we will be automating the system even more over the next few months, which will allow both offices to use manhours as efficiently as possible.
 
In the Highway Department, a review of all the duties performed by the Office Assistant was completed in late 2014.  Special projects (like the annual Stormwater Report, which has long been completed by several departments working together) aside, we determined that the crucial job functions of monitoring attendance, assembling payroll and processing invoices for the department could be handled on a part-time basis. It just so happens that the person performing these functions full-time had planned to retire, and agreed to come back part-time to fulfill these duties. Her experience with handling the payroll and attendance were essential and invaluable, especially in the winter months when the Highway Department sees lots of overtime at various pay rates. This, too, is working out well.
 
We are seeing a shift in duties and responsibilities within our departments at this time.  Our Building/Planning Department has taken on new responsibilities for several reasons, including the change in Planning Board Chair and Planning Board Members, and also an increase in projects before the Planning Board and the more complicated nature of those projects. There is a great deal of paperwork involved as the developers are required to do more due diligence.  We are in the process of evaluating how these job functions are changing to see if there should be changes in the 2016 budget.
 
Changes to “No Parking” Rules
Last Tuesday, we passed a Local Law #3 of 2015, which cleans up the wording of the pre-existing No Parking law for the Unincorporated Area, while also adding a few regulations for no parking on certain streets.  We had many residents from a certain stretch of Old Albany Post Road speak at the public hearing, and we listened- the law has been amended to allow parking inside the fog line (line on the outside of the road) for those who do not have any other places to park on their property. These changes are the result of a great deal of hard work by Michael G. O’Connor and the Town Board, and will make the streets in the Unincorporated Area safer for the motoring public and emergency responders. The law can be found here.
 
The Highway Department will be posting new signage up on the roads where the rules have changes, and other new signage has been ordered as well to replace some of the older signs.  This is not meant to create sign pollution (the signs will be roughly 200 feet apart), but we must follow the letter of the law in regards to how the signs are spaced.
 
More Highway Department Information
Using money from the Sewer Fund, we will be purchasing a high pressure sewer jet trailer for the Highway Department.  This was put out to bid and the low bidder was selected.  This purchase will help our Highway Department keep the sewer lines clear of debris with less dependence on a contractor.  On this same subject, please remember- it is not in anyone’s best interest to flush handi-wipes down the toilet.  While some of the packaging says they are flushable, they wreak havoc on our sewer system. They clog up the lift stations and pipes, causing a lot of damage and unnecessary stress on the Highway crew when they could be performing other work.
 
On a Personal Note…
As many of you are probably aware, I have decided not to run for the position of Town Supervisor in the November election.  There has been quite a bit of misleading and misinformation out there about different issues in front of the Town of Ossining Board, and despite our best efforts to be as fair, transparent and responsive as possible, you will never please everyone.
 
I want to address one of those issues here. This Board had already tabled the Homestead Option for this Reassessment, which is about halfway complete. All five members of this Board had committed that the Board Members who stayed on into 2016 after the election would vote NOT to implement Homestead for this reassessment when it comes before the Board early next year.  Even if only three of us had remained on the Town Board, Homestead could not and WOULD not have been implemented.  The candidates that we know are running for Town Board have also committed (though it might have been verbally) not to implement the Homestead Option in this Reassessment.
 
However, I have received letters from some Condo Boards that insinuate that something bigger is behind these decisions, and also suggest that this Board, and specifically me as Supervisor, is trying to pull something over on the community.  You have already heard all of our commitments on the matter with your own ears and seen it in writing; it has been documented by local media.  Shame on anyone who continues to make this an issue when it is not.   Shame on anyone who used this as a scare tactic to further their own agenda.  The one silver lining of this dispute is that the community is interested in what the Town Board is doing. My hope is that our community, especially our condos, can continue this interest and input on matters in the future- we are here for the residents, and we want to hear you- we want to make this community stronger and our residents happier. We can’t listen if you aren’t speaking.
 
I cannot tell you how proud I am to work with individuals on this Board, as well as the 2012/ 2013 Board. I am also proud to have worked with our staff and the majority of our elected officials who always put this community first and remember that they are here, first and foremost, to serve the public. I love this community dearly, and pledge to always do my best to serve our residents, for the next 7 months of my tenure and beyond.
 
If you have any questions about what this Board is doing, please feel free to call us at 762-6001.
 
Sue

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.
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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
914-762-6001
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On Friday, May 29, 2015 1:09 PM, Michael Mulraney wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2015
Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781 , Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
KATZ: ALBANY MUST MOVE ON BIPARTISAN VETERANS BILL
 
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) is calling on his Assembly colleagues to move Assembly Bill 4313-A out of the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and bring it to the floor for a vote. The legislation, remarkably similar to legislation that passed the Senate unanimously earlier this week, would afford all veterans the ability to buy back up to three years in the state pension system. Currently, this is only afforded to veterans of certain conflicts. This bill passed the Assembly last year with 133 votes, but was vetoed by Gov. Cuomo days before Veteran’s Day.
 
            “We have a bipartisan consensus that this bill is needed,” Katz said. “We should be moving forward on extending this program to all veterans. These are the brave men and women who answered our country’s call to serve, and then they came home and began working for our state. They’ve dedicated their whole lives to service, and we should repay them properly. I feel this legislation is essential and am proud to be a sponsor of it. Let’s get it to the floor and in the governor’s hands to do the right thing this year.”
 
            In addition to Assembly Bill 4313-A, Katz is the sponsor of Assembly Bill 2590, which would streamline the professional licensing process for the spouses of military members; Assembly Bill 2698, which would establish the "War on Terror Expeditionary Medal" for members of the armed forces or organized militia serving abroad during the war on terror; and Assembly Bill 7396, which would eliminate sporting license fees for honorably-discharged veterans.
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On Friday, May 29, 2015 1:14 PM, Chairwoman Serafina Mastro wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29th, 2015
CONTACT: 914-455-1060
YORKTOWN GOP NOMINATES
MARY CAPOCCIA FOR TOWN CLERK
YORKTOWN, NY - The Yorktown Republican Town Committee today announced it has unanimously endorsed Yorktown Heights resident Mary Capoccia for the open position of Yorktown Town Clerk in the November election.  Capoccia has been a Yorktown resident for over 20 years and has served as Confidential Secretary to the Yorktown Town Supervisor since 2012.

 
Yorktown Republican Town Committee chairwoman Serafina Mastro said, "For the past three years as the confidential assistant to Supervisor Grace, Mary has been at the front lines of our fight to make Yorktown more business-friendly, pass taxpayer-friendly budgets and the first back-to-back tax cuts, which makes her the ideal person to serve as our next Town Clerk."

 
Capoccia has an extensive record of community service. Both her children graduated from the Yorktown Central School District, where she was involved with the PTA and served as a class mom. Mary also has considerable private sector experience. Prior to working in local government, she spent ten years as a legal assistant at the law firm of Albert A. Capellini and she worked for over a decade at McGraw-Hill Publishing Company,  rising to the position of Production Director.

 
"After three-plus years in the Town Supervisor's office, you understand that the primary mission of the local government is to serve its citizens. Having worked in the private sector for decades, you understand that being efficient and effective in achieving goals is paramount," Capoccia said. "I look forward to bringing all my experiences together to efficiently and effectively  provide the services Yorktowners deserve."

 
Ms. Capoccia's platform involves bringing a commonsense practical approach to the business of the Town Clerk's office. She said she is committed to ensuring a friendly and efficient office that understands the realities of the small businessperson.  "We must push toward digitizing town records, allowing for electronic filing of application and payments," she said.  "This will not only increase efficiency but reduce waste as well."

 
"I look forward to a vigorous, open and friendly campaign on the issues," she continued. "While I have respect for Diana Quast, the current deputy town clerk and the democratic candidate, I believe I bring a unique perspective having worked on the broader issues in the Supervisor's office."
 
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Editor's Note: For a copy of Capoccia's biography, click here. To download high resolution photos suitable for publication, click the photographs below.

Yorktown Heights resident Mary Capoccia.

L-R: The 2015 Yorktown GOP Slate, Council candidate Ed Lachterman, Supervisor Michael Grace, Council member Tom Diana, Town Clerk candidate Mary Capoccia and Town Justice Gary Raniolo, outside Yorktown Town Hall.


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