Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 06/17/15:10 Topics In Today's blog


1) [PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of

2) Yorktown Planning Board reviews Costco site plan 06/15/15

3) Maloney Announces 2015 Service Academy Appointments

4) Lincoln Depot Museum:  Join Us for a Special Juneteenth Flag Raising Service 06/19/15

5) Westchester Board of Legislators Pass Playland Management Agreement


7) MEDIA ADVISORY: NYGOP Annual State Gala 06/30/15

8) NYC&G Announces the Innovator and Judges for the 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards!

9) PRESS RELEASE] Murphy Passes Bill to Protect Businesses From Job-Kiling Regulations

10) Astorino: Get College Campus Sex Assault Bill Right Before Passing

***********  Follow Me @
*********** Contact Me @
**************  Yorktown News Website (
**************  Mahopac News Website (




CONTACT ME @: (it is atom (underscore) taxi)

For immediate reply:

[PlanPutnam] Abridged summary of

Jeff Green : Jun 16 04:08PM -0400


The word is apparently out. Even though the event was posted as "private" I'm getting queries about it from all kinds of places. I had no idea I was so, um, popular? I'd say, "unique" but I ...more
Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Planning Board
Special Work Session
June `15, 2015

The meeting was devoted solely to a discussion of the Costco site plan.  For details, visit

The purpose of the site plan review is to tweak and fine tune the site plan that was part of the FEIS. Since the FEIS was submitted last year, only a few minor changes have been made to the site plan, most relating to stormwater and the addition of some landscaping.  The board’s discussion focused on traffic, bike paths, pedestrian access (sidewalks and crossing Route 202), traffic on the site’s secondary access/egress road, and site lighting.

The board is expected to resume its discussions at the July 13th meeting.

The board’s attorney is checking whether a public hearing will be required prior to any vote on site plan approval.
Copyright © 2015 Citizens for an Informed Yorktown, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted to receive these meeting summaries.
Our mailing address is:
Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
PO Box 193
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598


June 16, 2015
CONTACT: Alex Miller, 202-225-5441 


Maloney Announces 2015 Service Academy Appointments


14 Students from 18th Congressional District were Accepted into U.S. Service Academies


Washington, DC— Today, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that 14 students from the Hudson Valley accepted offers of appointment to one of the nation’s service academies.  Rep. Maloney has the ability to nominate students to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. To assist with the nomination process, Rep. Maloney established an esteemed committee of military and civic leaders from the Hudson Valley that interviewed potential nominees, reviewed their applications and made recommendations. The Academies make the final decision on who receives an appointment of admission.


“These students have demonstrated impressive academic, leadership and character qualities, and I commend their commitment to serve our country. It’s an honor to be a small part of one of our country’s oldest traditions of nominating the Hudson Valley’s best and brightest for acceptance into a service academy,” said Rep. Maloney. “Service academies like the U.S. Military Academy at West Point provide a top notch education while preparing young men and women for leadership roles in our nation's armed forces.”


The following students were nominated by Rep. Maloney and accepted an offer of appointment to one of the following academies: 


       U.S. Military Academy (9)

       Brett VanBuren from Chelsea, NY

       Jared Rivera from Goshen, NY

       Brigitta Anderson from Newburgh, NY

       Junus Sela from Beacon, NY

       Conner Russell from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

       Andrew Grella from Beacon, NY

       Scott Flanick from Montgomery, NY

       Spencer Pavia from Monroe, NY

       Aaron Finch from Hopewell Junction, NY


       U.S. Air Force Academy (3)

       Reese Fairchild from Middletown, NY

       Samantha Reed from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

       Dylan Soder from Monroe, NY


       U.S. Naval Academy (2)

       Benjamin Smith from Katonah, NY

       Daniel Kelly from Warwick, NY

More information and application requirements are available at Rep. Maloney will start accepting applications on August 15, 2015 for those interested in entering one of the Service Academies in the summer of 2016.
Alex MillerCommunications Director

Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
1529 LHOB | WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515 | p: 202.225.5441 | F: 202.225.3289 | C: 202.768.6817

**************************************************** Share Tweet Forward +1 Share
Support the museum by signing up for AmazonSmile
Become A Friend of the Museum Today!

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2015

Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director


Board of Legislators Pass Playland Management Agreement


On Monday, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed legislation which authorized the County Executive to enter into a 15 year Playland Management Agreement (PMA) with Standard Amusements, LLC (Standard) to operate Playland Amusement Park.  The PMA passed unanimously.

With the passage of the agreement, Standard Amusements will now begin co-managing Playland with the County for the remainder of the 2015 season.  Following the co-management period, Standard has until October 31, 2015 to finalize the deal. 

The terms of the PMA call for the County to receive an upfront payment from Standard Amusements of $2.25 million.  Standard is then required to make an additional $22.5 million in capital improvements to the park in the next five years.  Standard has indicated that they plan to make those investments in the first three years of the agreement.  After Standard has recouped its initial investment, the county would share in 7.5% of the profit from Playland operations.  Additionally, Standard will pay the County an annual $300,000 management fee that increases by approximately 2% each year.

The BOL performed its review and discussion process through two committees, The Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee and the Budget and Appropriations Committee.  In order to accommodate the co-management period for the 2015 season, the BOL completed a very comprehensive review process in just 60 days. 

During the review and discussion process, Legislators sought clarifications and commitments from Standard and the Astorino Administration on certain aspects of the plan.  The BOL, the County Executive and Standard signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was passed as a resolution to memorialize those negotiated commitments.  Among the issues addressed in the MOU are job security for Playland employees, financial and attendance reporting to the BOL from Standard, prioritization of the county’s capital project plans for Playland and a declaration that Standard would not undertake the construction of athletic fields.

Following the vote, BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers said, “After an historic 87 year run of creating wonderful experiences and memories for generations of Westchester families, this vote puts Playland on firm footing to carry on for another 87 years in that mission.  It has been almost five years since County Executive Astorino announced his intentions to find a private partner to operate the amusement park and it has indeed been a roller-coaster ride since then.  I thank my colleagues on the Board for their bipartisan cooperation and hard work in committee and I thank County Executive Astorino for his administration’s hard work and partnership in bringing about the last, best option for a major investment of financial capital and industry expertise in Playland.”  Kaplowitz added. “This review process has been absolutely transparent and has fully engaged the public along the way.  While we have finished this important step in the review process, the Board will continue its diligent oversight of Playland throughout the course of the agreement.”

Following the vote, County Executive Rob Astorino said, “I want to thank Chairman Kaplowitz for his leadership on moving this forward with the necessary speed and due diligence,” Astorino added, “This deal meets our three goals for preserving Playland by reversing the losses for taxpayers, putting the park in the hands of a top-flight operator, and revitalizing Playland as a must-visit destination for families for years to come.”

Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Eastchester is Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, one of the primary committees to undertake the legislative review process, “Playland is a wonderful asset for Westchester County and I applaud County Executive Astorino and BOL Chairman Mike Kaplowitz for their bipartisan leadership on this agreement.  While an amusement park is a terrific thing to have in our community, Playland has been a $3-$4 million drag on the county tax levy for years and that’s just not sustainable.  We have practiced our due diligence in the committee process and I am confident that the Standard Amusements deal will be the transformative opportunity, the financial ‘shot in the arm’ that Playland desperately needs.”

Minority Leader, Legislator John Testa (R) Peekskill said, “This public-private partnership agreement is our last and best opportunity to ensure a positive future for Playland.  Having expert operators who will invest in upgrades and improvements to the park will lessen the burden on county taxpayers while preserving this important county asset.”
Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781 ,
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) is a sponsor of Assembly Bill 7060, which as of last night has passed both legislative chambers and is headed to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for further action. The governor’s office, according to media reports, has yet to weigh in as to whether the governor will sign or veto the legislation.
            “There are children and adults who are living in unimaginable pain because of an arbitrary start date to the medical marijuana program in our state,” Katz said. “These families cannot wait any longer for this medicine. Gov. Cuomo has to not only sign this legislation, but do so today and help alleviate their pain. If we believe in medical marijuana we should believe in it today, and help these people through their illnesses.  This bill must become a law.”
            Assembly Bill 7060 passed the Assembly with little opposition on June 9 by a vote of 130-18. The Senate version, S.5086, passed by a vote of 50-12.


NYGOP Annual State Gala
NYGOP to host Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, honor New York's U.S. House Delegation
Contact: David Laska
The New York Republican State Committee's 2015 State Gala will take place on Tuesday, June 30 at the Pierre in New York City. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will keynote the event, which will honor New York's Republican House Delegation. All nine Republican members of Congress from New York will be present.
New York sent more new Republicans to Congress than any other state in both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections. Up from a low of two members in 2010, the Republican delegation from New York is now larger than it has been in a decade.
Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to David Laska at and advise of any technological needs.
The invitation for the event can be found here.
What: New York Republican State Committee Annual Gala
When: Tuesday, June 30. Cocktails at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
Where: The Pierre, 2 E. 61st St. at 5th Avenue, New York City
Who: Majority Leader Kevin McCarty, Rep. Chris Collins, Rep. Dan Donovan, Rep. Chris Gibson, Rep. Richard Hanna, Rep. John Katko, Rep. Peter King, Rep. Tom Reed, Rep. Elise Steganik, Rep. Lee Zeldin, NYGOP Chair Ed Cox, NYGOP Finance Committee Chair Arcadio Casillas
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4:45 PM, NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) wrote:

NYC&G Announces the Innovator and Judges for the 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards!
The Innovator Award is presented to an icon of the design industry - one individual who has achieved an overarching level of innovation and excellence.

Innovation in Design Awards submissions are judged by an exclusive panel of key influencers in the design industry. This years judges are no exception.

Submit your entries online by June 26.
All winners will be honored at an awards gala on September 16 at the
583 Park Avenue in NYC
 and featured in the October issue of
NYC&G and on
For more information, visit or call Agata at 203.956.9970
View this email in your browser
Copyright © 2015 Cottages & Gardens Publications, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Cottages & Gardens Publications
142 East Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851



On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:58 PM, Matt Slater wrote:

CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
ALBANY, NY - The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4319), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, to protect businesses from over-zealous state regulations that could hurt the continued growth of the economy. The bill would require the state to conduct a more thorough examination of the impact proposed regulations may have on jobs and employment opportunities, Murphy noted.

"When I came to Albany I did so to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. New York continues to lag behind other states when it comes to job creation, and the passage of today's bill is a significant step in the right direction by having our state agencies evaluate how any future regulation or rule would impact job creation," Murphy said. "If we are serious about giving everyone an opportunity to succeed, we must hold accountable the detrimental overreach of government, which has only killed jobs and stifled economic growth."

The legislation seeks to ensure that the potential impacts of rules and regulations developed for businesses by state agencies are fully examined. Currently, the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) only requires agencies to analyze whether a proposed rule will affect jobs and issue a job impact statement. This current approach does not fully consider many of the potentially critical factors that would negatively affect business performance or result in job losses, Murphy said.

The legislation passed today would improve the evaluations performed by the state when assessing the potential impact regulations may have on jobs and employment opportunities by requiring:
  • The Commissioners of Labor and Economic Development to review any statement issued by a state agency that finds that a proposed regulation may have a substantial and adverse impact on jobs;
  • Agencies to perform additional analysis if they are unable to determine the potential impact of a proposed regulation, and would prevent the state from enacting the regulation until they have performed more analysis;
  • Agencies to make methodology, data, and resources available for public review; and
  • Job impact reports to include whether or not a significant change in employment is necessary. It would also include whether a new regulation will have an affect on average wage levels, hours, and/or duration of employment, as well as other factors that could represent a substantial adverse impact on workers' incomes and economic security.
The Senate also passed a bill (S.5353A) sponsored by Senator Murphy that would promote mandate relief and flexibility for local governments by tailoring regulatory requirements to meet the specific needs and capabilities of municipalities. These improvements to the regulatory process would promote efficiency and save money for local governments.

In addition, Senator Murphy championed three additional bills yesterday through the Senate in an effort to ease the regulatory burden throughout New York.  S.4034 provides the Administrative Regulations Review Commission, which Senator Murphy chairs, the ability to object to an agency rule that may be deemed unreasonable, arbitrary or otherwise beyond the authority delegated to the agency.

Murphy's other bills included extending the period of time for comment regarding a proposed rule in the state register from 45 days to 60 (S.5418).  This will allow greater transparency and ensure businesses have proper time to voice concerns.  Lastly, S.43238 would add a formal negotiated rule making to SAPA which would allow small business owners and other stakeholders being affected by a regulation to meet and build a consensus on possible terms of a proposed rule.

All four pieces of legislation have passed the Senate and have been sent to the Assembly for approval.

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:32 AM, "Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive" wrote:

Contact:  Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on
College Campus Sex Assault Bill Pending in Albany

June 17, 2015

 "I continue to urge Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to fundamentally strengthen the proposed bill to crack down on sexual assaults on college campuses. The current version of this legislation includes improvements that my team of experts and others put forward, but it continues to rely on university employees to investigate and adjudicate sex crimes that should fall squarely in the jurisdiction of professional law enforcement authorities. It is a critical flaw in the bill that needs to be addressed before passage.
"Universities have an inherent conflict of interest in handling sex crimes. Time and time again, alleged sex crimes have been swept under the rug by college administrators seeking to protect the reputation of the institutions they serve.  The best way to address this conflict is to require universities to report criminal allegations to law enforcement officials, a mandate that is both legal and proper.
"In addition, the affirmative content provision in this legislation remains ambiguous, unrealistic, and unworkable.  I, and victims' rights and criminal justice experts with whom I have consulted, continue to believe that this part of the statute will result in legal chaos.
"Westchester County has more than a dozen colleges and universities, and their students deserve the best protection under the law. I remain hopeful that current campus policies can be strengthened, but I am unconvinced that the bill as currently written properly accomplishes that goal.  The state can and must do better than this."
Bazzo 06/17/15

No comments: