Friday, July 31, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/31/15: 10 Topics In Today's blog


1) Everton Wagstaffe exonerated!

2) 12 Grapes: Drew, Bakklash and Indigo King return!

3) Purchase Your Tickets for the 2015 NYC&G IDAs!

4) Lalor: Enjoy the Renegades with Me & 2 NY Yankees World Series Champs

5) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update- July 30th, 2015


7) PRESS RELEASE] Murphy Announces Grant to Combat Backyard Heroin Abuse

8) Maloney Announces Over $248K for Fire Rescue Vessel for Newburgh Fire Department

9) Maloney Announces Major Investment of Nearly $1 Million for Poughkeepsie Fire Department

10) Yorktown Town Board: 2014 audit report and changes to Wetlands Law 07/28/15

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Everton Wagstaffe exonerated!

Dear Friend,

Everton Wagstaffe was exonerated yesterday. He had been imprisoned for 23 years and 9 months, and had refused to be released via a conditional release for the past 5 years, because he did not want to live as a registered sex offender. Then the conviction was reversed and he was released. But for the past year the DA's office had been appealing the reversal, which if successful would have resulted in his being re-wrongfully imprisoned. Last night the last court rejected the last appeal, thus solidifying his freedom and formally exonerating him.

Prior coverage of when the conviction was released:

By the way, I actually wrote about this article back in 2009 (page 20)

He would like to be interviewed. His number is 518-389-5600. Would you be interested in writing a story about his case? I think it's important because it is an example of where DA Thompson's office stubbornly fought to preserve a wrongful conviction.


Jeffrey Deskovic
Executive Director of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice; Criminal Justice Advocate; Exoneree   [Visit our new website!] [Help Us Get Corporate Sponsors by Liking Us On Facebook!]
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Outdoor Summer Music Series
Outdoor Dining & Live Music!
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Drew Bordeaux!
FRESH from the 
Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil,
fresh Mozzarella & Balsamic Glaze.  
On our specials list now through September!

Drew performs an eclectic mix of Rock and alt-Pop/Rock covers, weaving in a few of his "relentlessly catchy" originals. Drew performs songs from The Police, The Lumineers, Marc Cohen, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and more. Drew's performed at an impressive list of venues, including Boston's the Middle East and Sanders Theater, and NYC's the Bitter End, Ace of Clubs, CBGB AND 12 Grapes! NO COVER.
Fri July 31, 9:30 - 12:30
Classic/Current Rock, Funk, and Jazz, plus covers from Tower of Power, Amy Winehouse, The Police, Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Def Leppard, Cee Lo Green, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more! With Manny Henry on drums, Greg Schettino on bass, Mark McIntyre on guitar and Megan Longwell on vocals. Special guest, Mick Gaffney on guitar!
$10 Cover or $5 w/ Dinner
 Indigo King is  a young-up-and-coming band producing original music with a bit of an edge. Their musicianship  is impressive, their song choices fun and uplifting
With Liam Houghtaling, Josh Braunstein, Faiz Lone and Danny Annibale. The band was recently interviewed by college radio station, WARY 881 FM, gaining them local notoriety. Indigo King invites you to "listen to the music and enjoy".  $5 Cover.

NEXT WEEK: Wed Aug 5 
Ryan O'Connor
Thu Aug 6
Open Mic Night
Fri Aug 7
September 16, 2015
6:00 PM Cocktails
7:00 PM Awards Presentation

583 Park Avenue
At 63rd Street & Park Avenue
New York, NY
Tickets: $450
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2 New York Yankees World Series Champions at "The Dutch"
A Political Fundraiser Unlike Any Other 
Dear Friends,
Meet former New York Yankees Outfielder Mickey Rivers, a 2× World Series Champion (1977, 1978) & Former New York Yankees Second Basemen Homer Bush, a 1x World Series Champion (1998).

Both players will be available for photos and autographs.
Sunday August 9th 2015 – 5:05 PM
Hudson Valley Renegades vs. Aberdeen Ironbirds
Dutchess Stadium - 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

$250 / watch the game in a Skybox Luxury Suite with Mickey & Homer includes (food and drink included)
$125 / watch game in reserved seats and get photos and autographs Mickey & Homer (food and drink included)
20 Free Tix:  We have set aside 20 free tix to watch the game and to meet Mickey and Homer for the children (under 18) of anyone who buys a ticket to this event. These free tix for children will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. 
Tickets are extremely limited and will go fast.
Tix must be purchased in advance.
World Series Sponsor $4100 (Includes Up to 12 Spots in a Skybox Luxury Suite)
Hall of Fame Sponsor $2000 (Includes Up to 6 Spots in a Skybox Luxury Suite)
All-Star Sponsor $1000 (Includes Up to 3 Spots in a Skybox Luxury Suite)
Grand Slam Sponsor $600 (Includes Up to 2 Spots in a Skybox Luxury Suite)
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Mickey Rivers was a career .295 hitter in a long career from 1970 to 1984. He played for the California Angels, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. He was known as a speedy leadoff hitter who made contact and was an excellent in center fielder. Along with Pitcher Ed Figueroa, Rivers was dealt to the Yankees in the 1975-76 off-season for Bobby Bonds, a trade which immediately paid dividends for the Yankees. Figueroa won 19 games and Rivers enjoyed a career year. Rivers was named to the All-Star team, batted .312, stole 43 bases and posted then-career highs in home runs (8) and runs batted in (67). Rivers placed third in the Most Valuable Player voting behind teammate Thurman Munson and George Brett and was named an outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star team. Rivers posted good numbers in his two other full seasons as a part of the "Bronx Zoo", including a .326 batting average in 1977. With Rivers patrolling Centerfield and leading off, the Yankees won the World Series in 1977 and 1978. They also won the 1976 pennant, but lost in the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Rivers posted a .308 average in his 29 postseason games.

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Bush made the major league roster with the New York Yankees in 1998, and was part of the team's 1998 World Series championship. During the regular season, he batted .380 and stole six bases in 45 games. After the 1998 season, Bush was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, along with pitchers Graeme Lloyd and David Wells, for pitcher Roger Clemens. Bush played in Toronto from 1999 until 2002. His standout season was in 1999, when he batted .320 and stole 32 bases. He finished up his career with the Yankees in 2004. Despite his relative youth, Homer has become a regular at Yankees Old Timer’s Day.

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..
On Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:28 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update - July 30th, 2015

The Town of Ossining has accomplished many great things through the work of so many talented people who love working together as a Team. We should spend more time talking about the good things happening in the Town and little to no time addressing those who wish to cost the taxpayer money and do not like necessary change or making the hard decisions.  Unnecessary and frivolous FOILs and lawsuits drain this great community of not only financial resources, but valuable employee time. Every moment spent defending against needless attacks is a moment not spent on enhancing our great community.
There was some interesting and challenging news out of Albany last week when it was announced that the allowed increase in tax levy will be .73% for 2016, or ¾ of 1%.  While this administration strives to control tax increases every year with “out of the box”, innovative business methods, the State of New York and the Federal Government continue to push unfunded mandates down onto local governments, resulting in less discretion when providing important services and infrastructure projects needed at the local level.  We must work together to evaluate  all of these mandates to ensure that they are necessary.  It is not about allowing municipalities to fund them outside the tax cap, but rather ensuring they are truly necessary and helping members of our communities.  If the tax cap is here to stay, without some relief from these mandates, we will need support additional from the State and Federal government in order to undertake our important infrastructure projects.
The Budget for the Town of Ossining
Believe it or not, it’s that time again- within the next 2 weeks, we will begin our budget process for the 2016 calendar year. We will start putting our numbers together, while evaluating the personnel needs for each department.  This process takes several months and we are very proud to have Maddi Zachacz as our Budget Officer.  It is a privilege to work with her and our Department Managers as we put together the “Supervisor’s Budget”, or Tentative Budget, that provides the services the residents and commercial property owners deserve, while controlling taxes.
Teamster Contract 2016-2019
This administration believes that a TEAM consists of all parties.  We have negotiated two contracts (CSEA and Teamsters) during the past four years, and in 2012, we signed the Teamster contract for 2012-2015 that had been negotiated by the prior administration.  Working with the unions does not stop when negotiations end- we work through personnel issues, deliver positive re-enforcement of team goals, offer skills training, and give credit where credit is due.  We have an employee of the season (four times per year) and of those, times nine have been with union employees- the people who step up to the plate and go above and beyond for the Town and its stakeholders (the taxpayers).
On Wednesday (July 29th),  the Teamsters ratified a four year contract for 2016-2019.  We are very proud of everyone who worked long hours to reach this deal, which is a win-win-win for everyone: the taxpayers, the Teamsters and the Town Administration. The last step is for the Town Board to accept the contract by resolution, which will happen in a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 4th. 
Town of Ossining Parks Department
The Town Park Department’s scarifier broke down (a scarifier, as we’ve learned, is the tool used before games to break up the clay on the fields).   We began the process of pricing one out, and a new one would have cost the Town between $ 14,000 and $16,000- used ones were still pricey at between $4,500 and $6,000. In order to avoid burdening the taxpayer with the cost of new equipment, or inheriting someone else’s problem with used equipment, our Town Parks Foreman took it upon himself to build a scarifier himself. Bravo to Mario and his team for always thinking outside the box and coming up with cost effective solutions. (As an aside, he says that this homemade version works even better than the original they’ve been using!)
Our Highway Department has been kept very busy with the paving of the roads.  Some roads are being “milled”, which is when old layers of asphalt is shaved off in order to prepare the roads for paving.  The Highway Department has been out preparing the roads by raising the manhole covers, lifting the storm drains and preparing the road for the company to come in and do their job.  The Highway Team will be manning the traffic posts during the milling and paving, so PLEASE drive slowly, and be careful and respectful of our employees.  While some of you might think theirs is an easy job, it is anything but easy, not to mention dangerous.
Senior Nutrition
The new vans are in and the Seniors love them! We are so happy to have these new vehicles to drive our most precious resources around Town to their shopping visits and for lunch and recreation at the Senior Center.
Grants and Funding of Projects
Our Secretary Bes and I went to a very interesting meeting this on Tuesday concerning the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funding that has been unavailable to Westchester County communities for the past 4-5 years due to disagreement over the Affordable Housing Settlement.  Thanks to elected officials like Nita Lowey, the State of New York will now administer funding from the Federal Government for these programs.  While this is just one tool in the toolbox to help municipalities fund important projects, it is important for communities like the Village of Ossining to have these funds for necessary infrastructure work such as road and sidewalk repair.  In 2009, the Town was awarded funds to replace the rest rooms in Gerlach Park, but the funds were never distributed and the work never began. We will be resubmitting for funding in 2015 again for the very same project- we are under tight time constraints and have already begun the process.  One of our questions to the folks that came down from Albany to explain the program to us was whether we can use CDBG funds to complement other funding sources on projects that have already begun.  The answer was no.  In our case, it would be the additional funding needed to complete the recycling of water at the John Chervokas Spray Deck in Louis Engel Park.  The initial $100,000 from Senator Carlucci was a major shot in the arm, but the remaining funds will come from Town coffers unless we can find an additional funding source to support the project.
LED Streetlight Update
Contracts are signed and audits of the Con Ed Street lights inventory is happening right now.  This verification will be executed by Lumen Lighting, the company who has been awarded the contract for this exciting project. In case you see people driving around your neighborhood, we wanted you to have this information- please share with your family, neighbors, and friends.
 We received this message yesterday from our Project Manager:
The field verification crews have advised me that they will be starting field verification work in Ossining next week (August 3, 2015- August 7, 2015), and expect the effort to take approximately two weeks. To get to this point, we have created a map of the Village’s and Town’s streetlights based on the ConEd records and the Westchester GIS data. This field verification step, will record what actually exists in the field.”
 “The field verification crews drive regular 4-door sedans, will be placing a “Lumen” placard on their side doors, and have “construction vehicle do not follow” on the back of the car. They will also have one of the standard yellow “construction vehicle” blinking lights on the roof of the car. The workers will be wearing safety vests as well. They have developed an approach were they do the field verification work during the daylight hours and are very mindful of traffic.”
Some exciting things happening here in Ossining
Tomorrow evening, Friday July 31st, 2015, our summer concert continues with Teri Lamar and New Company. Next up will be our own KJ Denhert on August 14th and the Old Mill Singers on August 21st, which will be the last concert of the series this year.  We skip August 7th because we will all be lining the roads for the fire department parade down Croton Avenue to Main Street, with the reviewing stand across from the Ossining Post Office.
Summerfest has been canceled for this Saturday night.  It will not be rescheduled for this year but we hope it returns next year even bigger and better!
Ladies Kayak Day II
Sunday, August 2nd at 9AM
Join us for a fun paddle on the Hudson River
SYC Invites you to Ladies Kayak Day on
Sunday, August 2nd.
Back by popular demand! We are starting at 9AM and will kayak from the SYC beach on the north side of the property.
We will be charging $10 to donate to the DARE Program.
We will have breakfast at 8AM and lunch at noon. 
For more information and reservations, contact De Desousa at
or call 914-755-6292
Ossining Historical Cemeteries Conservancy
Saturday August 8th – Ossining Historical Cemeteries Conservancy will be cleaning gravestones at Dale Cemetery from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM. Please help this group preserve the historical gravestones.  It is worth a trip to see how beautiful Dale Cemetery looks now thanks to Pete Connolly and his team.  We encourage everyone to drive through this memorial park!  Please email  
Speaking of Dale Cemetery, the speed limit inside the Cemetery is 15 mile per hour- the roads are small and very curvy, and there are often family members visiting their loved ones walking on the roads.  Also, we have noticed that there has been some dumping of construction debris in the Cemetery- this will not be tolerated and the police will be patrolling Dale. We will take whatever action is needed to stop certain individuals from dumping or speeding through any of our parks, including Dale Cemetery.  As a last note, the gate on Dale Avenue is only open on the weekends for the convenience of those visiting loved ones, and should not be used as a drive through. Please be respectful of the grounds and visitors.
Heat Advisory
We are still under a heat advisory with heat indexes going as high at the upper 90 low 100 for the next few days.  PLEASE look in on your neighbors, especially our seniors if they live alone and might not use their air conditioning.  I have gone into senior’s homes and apartments and they do not realize how hot it is. We also have extended hours at the Spray Park at Louis Engel Park through Saturday (11 to 7, instead of 12-6). Please be safe and look out for one another!

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.
As always, please feel very free to contact me with any questions.
Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
On Friday, July 31, 2015 11:04 AM, Michael Mulraney wrote:

Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown) and members of the Assembly Minority Conference have sent a letter to the new Education Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, regarding Common Core and the high-stakes testing. The letter specifically brings attention to public forums the conference has held to discuss the issue, and the Achieving Pupil Preparedness & Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan (A.3656). The legislation was blocked by the Assembly Majority in the Education Committee.
            “With Commissioner Elia taking the reins at a hectic time in our education system’s history, we wanted to make sure she was aware of the work we did on the issue,” Katz said. “Our conference spent a lot of time putting together forums, collecting testimony from all affected parties, and using that information to craft the APPLE Plan.  There is more than one way forward on education reform. We’d like to see less Common Core high-stakes testing and more local control of classrooms. Our hope is that Commissioner Elia is more receptive to this idea than the previous commissioner. I’m looking forward to a substantive conversation with her on these issues.”
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
At Prescription Drug Drop-Off Event Sen. Murphy Announces $25k Grant For Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

MAHOPAC, NY - Steve and Susan Salomone have a story that parents across the Hudson Valley have come to relate to: their son Justin died of a heroin overdose in 2012.  As a result of his death, the Salomones, along with the Christensen family of Somers, founded the advocacy group Drug Crisis in Our Backyard.  At a press conference earlier today, State Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, announced a $25,000 state grant in an effort to expand the program's reach throughout the community. 

"I have been proud to partner with the families involved in Drug Crisis in Our Backyard since they founded their organization," Murphy said.  "They have turned their tragedies into a mission and have done a phenomenal job shedding light on the heroin and opioid epidemic that has now been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a national concern."

Earlier this month it was widely reported that the CDC recognized the ongoing heroin and opioid abuse as a nationwide epidemic.  Reports showed heroin overdose deaths in the country increased by 286% between 2002 and 2013.    Moreover, the CDC identified a direct correlation between prescription opioid use and heroin.  In fact, individuals who are addicted to pain medication such as Vicodin and OxyContin are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin because the chemicals are essentially the same.

"Statistics are showing us that young people are not starting with heroin," said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  "They are getting hooked on prescribed pain killers or are taking pills out of their home medicine cabinets and moving onto heroin.  Events such as today's Prescription Drug Drop-Off Program help keep pills off the streets and away from youth."

"Senator Murphy has been an incredible advocate and ally in our mission to raise awareness and provide education to families and individuals struggling with addiction," said co-founder Steve Salomone.  "This grant will aid us in expanding our program to offer additional services to families in need, and more importantly, increase our ability to educate members of our community about the devastating destruction opioid and heroin abuse can have." 

County Executive Odell added, "In Putnam County We have created the One Army on the War on Addication and are committed to combating the addiction epidemic on multiple fronts - through education, awareness, treatment and the law.  It is great to see Senator Murphy, who has been on eof our partners in the Army, help secure a $25,000 grant for Drug Crisis in our Backyard, another partner in the Army.  The funds will go far in advancing outreach and awareness."

Mike Piazza, Putnam County's Commissioner of Social Services said, "The opioid addiction continues to be a scourge here in Putnam County. In the past four years the epidemic has created a number of hardships on our law enforcement and emergency rooms, but most importantly, the greatest cost is to the families who witness the pain of addiction to opioid and heroin. We congratulate drug crisis in our backyard who continues to shed light on this issue and brings solutions to the forefront here in Putnam County."

Carmel Supervisor Ken Schmitt said, "I'd like to thank Senator Murphy, the Salomone's, the Christensen's and the Carmel Police Department for their continued efforts toward eradicating this epidemic not only Carmel but in New York State and across the nation. We all need to stay committed, and continue the fight to win the war on opioid addiction and abuse. We have to continue to educate our community and bring awareness about this terrible situation and we can only do that if we work together collectively, including putting pressure on the medical community.
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July 30, 2015                                                                                        Alex Miller,
Maloney Announces Over $248K for Fire Rescue Vessel for Newburgh Fire Department
Newburgh, NY — Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced a major investment of $248,700 for a fire and rescue boat for the Newburgh Fire Department.  Maloney was joined by members of the fire department, including Chief Michael Vatter, as well as Mayor Judy Kennedy of Newburgh, Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Cherry, and members of the Newburgh City Council.
“The Hudson River is the lifeblood of our region, and with this investment, the river - and the folks who live, work, and play on the Hudson – just got much safer,” said Rep. Maloney. “Our Newburgh firefighters risk their lives every day to protect our neighbors and our communities – this investment gives our first responders the support they need to continue keeping Hudson Valley residents, visitors, small businesses, and water ways safe.”
“The members of the of City of Newburgh Fire Department are both thrilled and thankful for the Port Security Grant that will make the purchase of this new fireboat possible,” said Newburgh Fire Chief Michael Vatter. “It is a craft purposely designed and built to for waterborne fire and rescue operations and will replace the 20 year-old modified pleasure boat that we have been using.”
“With this new fireboat, Newburgh’s emergency responders will be able to reach life-threatening situations on the river faster and respond to problems easier. This means saving a life that might otherwise be lost. Thank you Congressman Maloney,” said Mayor of Newburgh Judy Kennedy.
The investment was secured through the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Program. The Newburgh Fire Department is tasked with protecting and responding to emergencies on the Hudson River between the Tappen Zee Bridge and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, a distance of 70 linear miles.  The Department’s jurisdiction includes five major bridges and multiple riverfront communities.  This portion of the Hudson River is also central to moving cargo and is utilized by major commercial shipping companies.  As a result, increasing Newburgh Fire Department’s presence on the Hudson River will allow the implementation of additional public safety aspects to the region’s waterborne commerce, protect several homeland security targets, and ensure safe recreational experiences on the waterway. 
The boat will have fire suppression capabilities including water and foam, that will allow it to address all threats it may face, including residential fires, oil fires, and rail incidents. The boat will also have the capacity to rescue a large amount of victims should there ever be a catastrophic incident on the Hudson.
Rep. Maloney has been working with the Newburgh Fire Department since his first months in office in 2013 to secure this vessel, and has pushed FEMA and other agencies to provide adequate funding. His correspondence with FEMA can be found here and here.
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
For Immediate Release                                                                              CONTACT:
July 30, 2015                                                                                        Alex Miller,
Maloney Announces Major Investment of Nearly $1 Million for Poughkeepsie Fire Department
Poughkeepsie, NY — Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced a major investment of $959,455 for the Poughkeepsie Fire Department to hire new full-time firefighters. This investment, secured through the Department of Homeland Security, will allow the department to hire seven new firefighters. Maloney was joined by members of the fire department, including Chief Mark Johnson, as well as Dutchess County Executive Mark Molinaro and Mayor John Tkazyik of the City of Poughkeepsie.
“Our Poughkeepsie firefighters risk their lives every day to protect our neighbors – this investment for Poughkeepsie not only creates new, good-paying jobs, but it gives our firefighters the support they need to continue keeping our community safe,” said Rep. Maloney. “Working together with a bipartisan team of local leaders we were able to deliver this investment to strengthen and improve staffing at the Poughkeepsie Fire Department, and help make the city and surrounding communities in Dutchess County safer.”
“I’d like to thank Congressman Maloney and his staff for assisting the City of Poughkeepsie in securing this most needed SAFER grant. This grant will allow us to hire seven new firefighters which will increase our staffing levels to a safe and efficient status for the city residents and its firefighters,” said City of Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Mark Johnson.
“The safety of our Dutchess County residents is of the utmost importance, and these firefighters will bring much-needed manpower to the City of Poughkeepsie’s department,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “The additional firefighters, who will be hired thanks to this grant, will bring the City’s department back closer toward its previous staffing level and provide the City’s residents with added protection. Dutchess County and I are grateful for the support Rep. Maloney has provided us by securing this grant – just the latest example of his bipartisan efforts to keep the County and the Hudson Valley safe. We appreciate his efforts and look forward to working with him again to enhance the County we both cherish.”
While the City of Poughkeepsie’s initial applications for SAFER investments were rejected, the office of Rep. Maloney worked closely with leaders from the Fire Department, the City and County, and officials at the Department of Homeland Security to strengthen the most recent application and worked throughout the process to ensure success. The Poughkeepsie Fire Department also took advantage of an information session and grant workshop hosted by Rep. Maloney’s office that helps local governments strengthen funding applications and make personal connections with federal granting agencies. A letter the Representative wrote to FEMA advocating for the investment can be found here.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER) is a funding initiative designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness. The goal of any SAFER grant is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need.  More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at: LINK.
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
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
July 28, 2015
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all the agenda items, visit

1. Audit presentation
The auditors presented the findings of the 2014 audit.  (The audit is available online.) The board also voted 4-1 to renew the contract with O’Connor for another three years.

2. Naming of Jack DeVito Veteran’s Memorial Field
There was a consensus that although  it has become common practice to shorten the name of the field to the  DeVito Field or Jack DeVito field, going forward, all concerned would be more careful to use the full name that includes the word “veteran’s.”

3. 2515 Garden Lane
The town will begin the paperwork to invoke the Unsafe Structure Law for this abandoned structure that has been boarded up for 1½ years.

4. Wetlands law
The board will begin considering updating the town’s wetlands law. In a general discussion, several sections of the current law were flagged for possible updating. A staff committee will meet to review the law and present recommendations for changes to the board.
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