Friday, June 26, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 06/26/15: 12 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) Maloney Statement on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

2) Yorktown Town Board reviews new plan for Lake Osceola Beach 06/23/15

3) [PRESS RELEASE] Tamper Resistant Drugs To Be Made More Available in New York

4) 12 Grapes: ANNOUNCING the Summer Blockbuster Event!

5) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy Secures $10M Funding for Accelerated Paving Projects

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

7) Sean Patrick Maloney Votes for Higher Electricity Costs for New York Families

8) Lalor: Buyback Bill a Win for Vets

9) PRESS RELEASE] Somers Sheds 150 Lbs. of Prescription Medications

10) : Lalor: It's Called the "Big Ugly" for a Reason

11) Assemblywoman Galef Applauds Passage of BOCES Capital Exemption

12) NYGOP Events Calendar

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2015
CONTACT: Alex Miller, 202-225-5441 

 

Maloney Statement on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

 

Washington, DC — Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges:

 

“The Supreme Court made the right decision today by recognizing same-sex marriages and treating all same-sex couples across the country equally under the law. Today the court continued the progress of the civil rights movement, and reaffirmed a moral truth about freedom in America that is, as John Kennedy said, "as old as scripture and as clear as the American Constitution.” As children we are taught the founding principle of our nation, that all Americans are created equal, and this ruling is a modern reflection of the Declaration of Independence and the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

Last year, I celebrated this ruling in a personal way - by marrying my now-husband Randy after 22 years together, with whom I have raised three beautiful children. While the idea of marriage was once impossible, in the eyes of the federal government, because of the Supreme Court’s action, our relationship was finally treated as equal under federal law. These triumphs are not only for families like mine, but for millions of Americans who still face legal discrimination simply for who they are and who they love. I will continue to work in Congress to make sure that we keep taking steps toward full equality.”

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

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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
June 23, 2015

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org

1. Bridge closings
Repair of both the Baptist Church Road and Croton Heights Road bridges will be delayed because of easement issues.

2. Rezoning request, 3574 Lexington Avenue
The board looked favorably on a preliminary request to rezone a one acre site from half acre to multi-family to allow approximately 12-14 attached units.

3. Gulf Station signs
The station owner returned with an illustration of a single monument sign and no signs on the canopy.  The board set a public hearing on the application for July 21.

4. Lake Osceola development
A revised concept plan for the development of the former beach site was discussed. The developer is now considering restaurant and residential uses only.

5. Landmarks Preservation Commission
The Commission presented the board with its plan for a Yorktown Homes of Historic Distinction Plaque program and a brochure explaining the work of the Commission and the importance of preserving the town’s history.

6. Sparkle Lake Dam
A public hearing was set for July 21 on the mandated plan to upgrade the dam.’




 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
TAMPER RESISTANT DRUGS TO BE MADE MORE AVAILABLE IN NEW YORK STATE
ALBANY, NY - As the legislative session comes to a close, the State Senate approved a historic piece of legislation this week to ensure insurance companies cover the use of abuse-deterrent drugs in order to prevent opioid abuse, lawmakers say.

 
Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chairman of the New York State Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, said "When it comes to winning the war on heroin and opioid abuse it is our responsibility to provide every tool possible to the people of New York. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for having the foresight needed to embrace the new technologies that are being developed which will significantly mitigate the growing opioid addiction."

 
"While opioids play an important and legitimate role in our health care system, they are powerful pain killers that can lead to addiction," explained Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee.  "They can also fall into the wrong hands and be misused.  This legislation will make sure abuse-deterrent opioids are available to patients and help ensure these medications are not misused by crushing and other means to enhance their effect."
 
According to the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), abuse-deterrent products can be used in a number of different ways, such as in the form of physical and chemical barriers which can limit opioid release if attempts are made to physically or chemically alter an opioid. 

 
Another example of an abuse-deterrent are opioid antagonists, which can reduce or delay the opioid release which in turn would defeat the euphoria associated with abuse.  Aversion is another form of abuse-deterrent in which an unpleasant effect is caused if the dosage is manipulated or used at a higher dose than directed.

 
"Often, opioid addiction is the result of the misuse, or overuse, of prescription pain medications," said Senator George Amedore, co-Chair of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse. "We need to address the heroin and opioid epidemic from every possible angle. This legislation helps make sure abuse-deterrent opioids are available and affordable for patients, and will ultimately cut down on the abuse of prescription pain medications which can lead to addiction."

 
"The dramatic rise in professional-prescribed pain medicine - along with the neurological complexities of addiction - has created a rampant crisis of opioid abuse in our communities," said Senator Rob Ortt, co-Chair of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse (R,C,I - North Tonawanda). "This legislation will build upon the breakthrough of abuse deterrent formulation (ADF) research by expanding this technology into prescriptions that are prone to tampering and abuse. While ADF is not a single silver bullet to end opioid and heroin abuse, it's a common sense solution that will help the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who abuse opioids and the hundreds we lose each year to overdose."

 
The approved legislation prohibits pharmacists from substituting an abuse-deterrent opioid product without a new prescription from the prescribing doctor, Murphy said.  Further, the legislation mandates insurance companies cover at least one abuse-deterrent drug for every opioid drug it covers, limits a consumer's cost sharing to that of brand non-abuse deterrents, and prohibits an insurer from requiring a patient take a non-abuse deterrent opioid before receiving an abuse-deterrent version.

 
"The recent hearings our task force has hosted throughout the state provided multiple accounts of over prescribing by medical doctors," Murphy continued.  "Abuse-deterrent technology has the potential to address the medical needs of patients in pain without subjecting them to the potential risks of addictive pain killers.  This will ensure a full recovery without accidentally falling victim to the perils of opioid addiction."
 
 
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Main Stage on N. Division at Central & Park. Featured Performers:
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NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
MURPHY SECURES $10M FUNDING FOR ACCELERATED 
PAVING PROJECTS 
BREWSTER, NY - After months of advocating for additional funds to address the Hudson Valley's crumbling infrastructure, Senator Terrence Murphy announced today that key thoroughfares within the 40th Senate District are set to benefit from an additional $75 million in accelerated paving projects. 
 
"Earlier this year I joined my colleagues in successfully securing an additional $50 million in CHIPS funding to address the harsh conditions of our roads following last year's brutal winter," said Murphy.  "Having heard from the local officials across my district it was clear that they needed more assistance than was originally provided to ensure our roads are safe for everyone."
 
On Monday, Governor Cuomo announced $75 million for accelerated paving projects which would be used to resurface nearly 428 miles of state highway across New York.  These funds are in addition to allocation approved by the legislature this past March which is estimated to cover 2,311 miles of state roads.
 
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, "This investment in our roads is long overdue - residents of the Hudson Valley have seen first-hand the damage that severe winter weather has had on our infrastructure.  Paving our roads will make it safe and easier for residents to get to school and work and will grow our local economy by creating good-paying jobs."
 
Of the nine projects approved for the Hudson Valley four are in the 40th Senate District. The Department of Transportation estimates the projects will cost $10,000,000 and will include:
  • Route 123 from Conate Valley Road to Route 35 in Lewisboro;
  • Route 172 from Route 22 in the town of Bedford to Route 137 in the town of Pound Ridge;
  • Route 116 from Route 22 to Route 121 in the town of North Salem;
  • Route 312 from Route 6 to Interstate 84 in the Town of Southeast
"I was sent to Albany to represent the people of the Hudson Valley and claw back vital dollars for these kind of projects," continued Senator Murphy.  "Ensuring the safety of our roads is a long term investment that I committed to.  Not only are we going to be improving the safety of our roads but we will be creating good paying jobs right in our backyard."

 
According to the Department of Transportation these paving projects are expected to begin in the Spring of 2016, and be completed by the Fall of 2016.

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NYGOP Annual State Gala
 
NYGOP to host Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, honor New York's U.S. House Delegation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
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 dlaska@nygop.org 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
 
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On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6:13 PM, NRCC Communications wrote:


 
For Immediate Release
June 24, 2015
Contact: Press Office
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Votes for Higher Electricity Costs for New York Families
 
WASHINGTON- Sean Patrick Maloney has turned his back on New York families today by voting against H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act, which means higher electricity costs for New Yorkers.
 
The Ratepayer Protection Act would keep the EPA from imposing costly regulations on power plants, which would increase electricity costs for thousands of American families. Instead of putting New York families first, Maloney voted to support his liberal backers, placing the rising costs of electricity on the backs of New Yorkers.
 
“Sean Patrick Maloney’s vote to give the EPA more power and allow electricity costs to skyrocket for New York families is inexcusable,” said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin. “New Yorkers deserve a representative in Congress who will fight for lowers electricity costs, not a politician who will work to raise them.”

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On Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:05 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:


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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseJune 25, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor: Buyback Bill a Win for Vets 
East Fishkill, NY - (6/25/15) - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling yesterday's passage of the veterans' pension buyback legislation an important win for New York veterans. Lalor has been a vocal proponent of the bill (see here and here).
"This bill benefits the men and women who served in the military's post-draft era, volunteering for our country," said Lalor. "Those who would benefit from this bill served in the post-draft era of the all-volunteer military. They volunteered to serve on ships and in garrisons at home and abroad keeping the Soviet war machine in check, then maintained the peace after we won the Cold War. This bill does more than honor the service of veterans. It encourage the next generation to serve by reminding them that their state values and rewards service in defense of our nation."
Lalor continued, "Shockingly, Afghanistan veterans are excluded from the current buyback program, while Iraq veterans are eligible. This bill fixes that and recognizes the service of Afghanistan vets."
Lalor added, "Importantly, the bill is funded, unlike the bill that was vetoed last year, so there is no chance it will be a burden to localities. In fact, there is an opportunity for savings by speeding up the retirement of senior employees and replacing them with Tier 6 employees or not replacing them at all if a replacement is unnecessary. I hope Governor Cuomo will move fast to sign this legislation."
The bill would allow veterans from any era to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service. Currently, New York only allows veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit.
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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, June 25, 2015 3:02 PM, Matt Slater wrote:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
SOMERS SHEDS 150 POUNDS OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

 
SOMERS, NY - Scores of Somers residents responded to Senator Terrence P. Murphy's call to remove danger from their medicine cabinets when they came to his Shed The Meds event yesterday at the Somers Town House. In four hours, more than 150 pounds of prescription medications were collected and destined for safe disposal at a county facility.

"Yesterday's event was a success due to our incredible partnership with the Town of Somers, the Somers Police Department and Somers Partners in Prevention," said Senator Murphy.  "Our goal was to raise awareness of the dangers that are in our medicine cabinets and offer a safe place to dispose of them.  Removing more than 150 pounds of prescription drugs clearly shows what a success this event was."

The Hudson Valley is currently enveloped in an epidemic of opioid abuse which very often starts with prescription pain medications, and can lead to heroin in a short span of time.  As Co-Chairman of the New York State Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, Senator Murphy has traveled the state in an effort to raise awareness of craft meaningful legislation to help our communities combat this deadly scourge.

 
Somers Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey said, "The goal of the Shed The Meds event is simple: offer the safe disposal of medications. It's dangerous to keep old or unused medicine, and it's irresponsible to put them in the garbage or down the drain."

Morrissey continued, "Your kids and their friends can get into your medicine cabinets and trash cans.  At the same time, we all know the vulnerable nature of the watershed area in which we live, so flushing is not the answer. I'm grateful for Senator Murphy's program and to our own Partners In Prevention council for  raising awareness of our existing Drug Lock Box program which is administered by Chief Driscoll and his men."  

Unused and expired prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Somers Police Department.  Call 914-232-9622 for more information.

Somers Police Chief Michael Driscoll said, "We've been collecting medications at our headquarters for quite some time at a rate of about 30 pounds a month, so we know there's a need for this program and we're proud to do it."

Chief Driscoll added, "It was very gratifying to partner with Senator Murphy for today's event which netted north of 150 pounds of medications. My instincts tell me there's plenty more out there, so the community should know we collect everything but needles and liquids Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Somers P.D."

 
Senator Murphy plans to host additional prescription drop off programs throughout the summer across the 40th Senate District.   In the neighboring town of North Salem, there were three overdose reports.
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On Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:38 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:


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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseJune 25, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
It's Called the "Big Ugly" for a Reason

Statement on End-of-Session Deal from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill)

"Albany is squeezing as many unrelated bad ideas as possible into this last-minute deal. Albany's big deals tend to be bad for taxpayers. Instead of carefully debating the merits of each issue, we get an unwieldy monstrosity that is the product of horse-trading, special-interest pressure and arm-twisting. Hence, the bill is known colloquially as the 'Big Ugly.'"

Message of Necessity
"There is a reason why New York’s constitution delays the vote on legislation for three days after it has been submitted. Legislators, and the public, need the opportunity to review and debate legislation. But, Governor Cuomo and our legislative leaders have abused the message of necessity provision again and again to circumvent the constitution. There is no emergency that requires an immediate, late-night vote a few hours after the bill was made available to lawmakers and the public. The only emergency for Cuomo, new Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Democrat Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is the possibility that the public might get a good look at this bad bill. Even if the bill was the greatest piece of legislation in the history of New York, a no vote is still appropriate because the requisite three-day aging period has been bypassed, preventing legislators from doing their due diligence and getting input from constituents and experts."

Rent control and the SAFE Act
"Rent control has always been a bad policy. It ultimately drives up housing prices for the non-rent-controlled housing in New York City. But, if New York City politicians insisted on its renewal, there was an opportunity for compromise. Rent control renewal should have been tied to repeal or at least significant overhaul of the SAFE Act. Voters across upstate New York were calling for this compromise. It didn’t happen. So, upstate is left in the cold again, while liberal New York City advances its agenda with no concessions. Senator Flanagan didn't even get income verification requirements for tenants of rent-controlled apartments. Tenants can continue to abuse the system and get a well-below market-rate apartment despite making big salaries because we don't bother to verify their incomes."

Tax Rebate Gimmicks
"Short-term rebates don't stimulate economic growth, permanent tax cuts do. But, Albany is using the short-term rebate gimmick again. Permanent tax cuts generate investment and growth. We’ve tried short-term rebates before and they haven’t kick-started the economy. Taxes are high because our state spends too much. What is being called tax relief in this bill is really a tax shift from one group of New Yorkers to another. Without meaningful spending reductions, tax bills will continue to go up and the rebate will only serve to mildly dull the pain of the next increase."

Tax Cap Weakened and No Mandate Relief
"The 'Big Ugly' weakens the tax cap, a move that is bad for taxpayers. New exemptions to the cap will allow more spending and higher taxes, against the intent of the cap. The tax cap needs to be permanent in order give stability to taxpayers and to at least slow the exodus of New Yorkers leaving the state due to crushing property taxes. Unfunded mandates on school districts and local governments are one of the driving forces behind high property taxes. Yet this bill does nothing to address them."

The Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC)
"The EITC was dropped, again. The alternative $250 million for private schools to reimburse them for state-imposed costs, doesn't achieve the same effect. The EITC would have directly empowered working-class parents with choices in their children's education. The adopted plan doesn't give parents that help. There's no guarantee that schools will pass the savings on to the families that need tuition help."

421-a Tax Abatement
"This is just corporate welfare and it's been at the center of the Silver and Skelos corruption cases. Corporate welfare tends to invite corruption. It’s also profoundly unfair for New Yorkers to subsidize multi-million dollar luxury condos. And the required affordable housing attached to the tax abatement has not made New York City any more affordable. Instead, it’s created perverse incentives for developers that drive away the middle class that doesn’t qualify for affordable housing and can’t come close to affording the luxury homes supported by 421-a. The fact that New York City real estate interests are among the biggest donors to both Republicans and Democrats tells you everything you need to know about how this giveaway continues despite all of the corruption surrounding it." 
Upstate Left Out in the Cold Again
"This deal had plenty for liberal New York City, with rent control and the 421-a extension, but upstate New Yorkers didn’t receive any economic benefits or a compromise on the SAFE Act. Albany is led by New York City and the rest of the state suffers for it." 
Defending the Indefensible
"Shortly after the budget deal on April 1, 2015, we learned that Start-Up NY spent tens of millions of tax dollars to create only 76 jobs. This end-of-session flurry of legislation was a great opportunity to cut our loses, end the program and commit the savings to permanent, across-the-board tax relief. Instead, the Cuomo administration is defending the program's embarrassingly slow start and expensive advertising costs by claiming Start-Up NY is about changing the 'perception' of New York, though Cuomo initially pitched the program as a major job generator. The Cuomo administration claims they are changing the perception of New York, but the reality is still a state weighed down with high taxes and regulations. Start-Up NY doesn't change that reality. So, now we're told that Start-Up NY is about tricking companies into coming to New York and we're spending tens of millions to do it."

Executive Orders
"The governor couldn’t make a deal with the legislature to raise the age of criminal responsibility or on a special prosecutor for police-involved deaths. Now, he’s just going to change the rules by executive fiat. That’s not how our system is supposed to work. Checks and balances and the separation of powers are critical aspects of our system of government and protect our rights. These essential checks on power shouldn't be bypassed when the chief executive can't get his way."
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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 Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
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On Friday, June 26, 2015 10:30 AM, Sandy Galef wrote:

FromNEWS     

Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       


   
    SANDY GALEF   





District Office:
2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

albany office:

                                                          Room 641,
Legislative Office Building



      For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef


(914) 941-1111


(914) 450-4086



Assemblywoman Galef Applauds Passage of BOCES Capital Exemption

Three-Way Bill Would Help School Districts by Allowing Shared Service
Entities to Thrive



(June 26, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced that the essence of a
bill she authored, A.4366a to allow capital projects at Boards of
Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to be exempt from the tax cap, has
been incorporated into the three-way agreement approved today by the
Assembly, the state Senate, and Governor Cuomo.



The legislation, which would extend the tax cap for four years while
including provisions for rent regulations to be extended, among other
efforts, takes into account some of the drawbacks of the way the original
tax cap legislation was written. Specifically, capital projects for local
school districts were exempt from the cap so that critical building projects
would not take a back seat to other needed resources.  However, Boards of
Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) which raise money when school
districts pool their resources, were not included.  The new legislation
would correct that original oversight, allowing one of the best kept secrets
for sharing and consolidation of services to continue to effectively and
efficiently serve the needs of their component districts. 



Galef said: "Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown serves 18
component school districts, including all of the ones in the 95th Assembly
District.  By allowing this tax cap exemption, when BOCES need to maintain
their facilities that serve all of our school students that utilize their
services, it will keep school districts from having to exceed their tax caps
or decide not to fund critical infrastructure projects.  I would hate to
think that this shared service asset (BOCES) would be compromised because
our original legislation neglected to include this exemption for the Boards
of Cooperative Educational Services. I am so pleased that this concept,
which was introduced through one of my bills, has made it into the final
three-way negotiation."



An additional provision would exempt PILOT(Payment In Lieu of Taxes)
agreement payments from the tax cap, encouraging development projects to
proceed, which would benefit municipalities as well as school districts,
incentivizing such economic development deals that get projects off the
ground.
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