Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/01/15: 4 Topics In Today's blog


1) Take a Look at the Two Outstanding Events Lincoln Depot Hosted in June

2) Jenkins: Westchester loses over $40 million in Federal and State Support for Children and Families

3) Speak Out" with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Presents Combatting Lyme Disease with Matthew Frye

4) Assemblywoman Galef to Host 2015 Senior Forum at Cortlandt Town Hall on Thursday, July 16, 2015

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LDM Hosted Two Outstanding Events in June
The museum hosted two outstanding events this past month. For the second year in a row the local Elks Lodge 744 held their annual Flag Day ceremony at the museum. It was during last year's celebration that the Elks unveiled the flag pole they donated to the museum.

The second event was the Juneteenth Flag Raising Service on June 19th. This was an historical event in many ways. It was in remembrance of the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth and it was also the first ever official Juneteenth Flag Raising held in Westchester County. We at the Lincoln Depot Museum were proud to obtain an authentic Juneteenth flag and perform the ceremony that had the flag fly for the remainder of the month of June.

Videos of both these events can be viewed from the links below.
Elks Flag Day Ceremony 2015
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Contact: Ken Jenkins

June 30th, 2015                                                                                                             (914) 262-3629






Jenkins: Westchester loses over $40 million in Federal and State Support for Children and Families


County auditors cite lower utilization within DSS in all programs predominantly Child Care, Safety Net and Family Assistance for FY 2014


(White Plains, NY) - Today O’Connor Davies, the Auditor for Westchester County, presented the 2014 Financial Report for Westchester and identified Westchester County has lost $40.3 Million of Federal and State reimbursements for children and families due to underutilization.


Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers), who has stated his opposition to the Astorino Administration’s proposal to co-locate the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Family Court at 131 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers said, “Clearly there is an issue where Department of Social Services caseloads are up, but actual services delivered reimbursable to the County are down over $40 million dollars.  This means people who are eligible for services are simply not getting them.”


The disclosures from O‘Connor Davies, the County’s outside auditor, support a concern raised by Jenkins in the Astorino proposal to co-locate the Department of Social Services and Family Court without a separate entrance.   This less than projected utilization of services would be welcome news, except, Budget Director Lawrence Soule advised that DSS caseloads are up.  There continue to be complaints that Social Service customers are being denied services.


“Before introducing another variable into the delivery of safety net services, the County must determine if changes implemented under the Astorino Administration for centralizing functions for Social Services have negatively impacted those the County is supposed to help,” said Jenkins
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Contact:  Sandy Galef

(914) 941-1111 or (914) 450-4086

"Speak Out" with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Presents

Combatting Lyme Disease with Matthew Frye

(June 30, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef speaks with Matthew Frye, an
educator with the NY State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell
University, to find out how ticks do their work and how we can protect
ourselves from them.  The Northeast and in particular the Hudson Valley are
rife with ticks that carry a number of diseases.

        Frye explains how they get on us by "questing" or climbing up knee
high grass and waiting for us to pass by.  He explains how preventive
measures to avoid Lyme disease start  with landscaping design and extends to
proper clothing, preventive sprays, proper inspection of our skin after time
spent outside, how to remove ticks, and ways to kill any ticks left on our
clothes. Frye also describes the cautions that we need to take with pets.

        The several kinds of ticks that exist produce a variety of diseases
and the number is increasing.  When in doubt about whether you have been
bitten by an infected tick he advises seeing a doctor or consulting the
Diagnostic Lab at the Medical Center, or going to the website for the
Department of Health of NY  at

        "It looks as if ticks will be with us for a long time," says Galef,
"so it is important to know what to do when we encounter them. Summer is too
beautiful to waste by staying inside when there are measures you can take to
manage the dangers they present"


        Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to
learn more.

"Speak Out: Combatting Lyme Disease airs as follows:


Airs: July 8, 15, 22, and 29

Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison,
Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)

Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)


Airs: July 8, 15 and 22

Carmel, Kent, & Mahopac Channel 8: Wednesdays at 7:30

Verizon FiOS Customers

Please check your local listings for air times

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For Immediate ReleaseContact: Sandy Galef
(914) 941-1111
(914) 450-4086

Assemblywoman Galef to Host 2015 Senior ForumExperts will focus on Memory Retention, Unclaimed Funds, Life PlanningChoices, and More

(June 30, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has announced that her 2015 SeniorForum will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 9 am- 12 noon atCortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor. Breakfast will beserved at Galef's Senior Forum courtesy of Shop Rite of Peekskill. Thisyear's forum will spotlight a variety of issues that affect the residents ofthe 95th Assembly District and others throughout the state, including memoryretention, new scams targeting seniors, and life planning choices.

Gary Brown, Assistant Attorney General from the Office of New York StateAttorney General Eric Schneiderman, will talk about how to avoid becoming avictim of Medicaid fraud scams. David Leven, Executive Director of End ofLife Choices will discuss the importance of planning ahead with the help ofa healthy care proxy and living will.  Burton Greenberg of CaregiverInsights Foundation will preview an invention which allows anyone to carry acopy of their medical records on their person at all times.    RoxanneWatson will share her story of how an organ donation saved her life and theimportance of registering to be an organ donor.  Dr. Paul Lleva, aneurologist with Phelps Memorial Hospital will share ways to keep the mindactive and ways to retain your memory.  Yolanda Robinson, a representativefrom the Office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, will talkabout the millions of dollars in unclaimed funds available in Galef'sdistrict and how the Assemblywoman's constituents can find out if they areentitled to them. 

Jonathan Kruk, a constituent of Galef's from Cold Spring, will entertainattendees with stories of the Hudson Valley and Lincoln's visit toPeekskill. Paul Martin, a Director of the Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill,will highlight the collections and exhibits currently on view at thisrecently opened museum.

"I am looking forward to my annual Senior Forum and learning from theseinsightful speakers, as well as hearing from the always engaging JonathanKruk who will tell us stories of Abraham Lincoln's visit to our area. Thetopics we will discuss affect all seniors. I anticipate it will be a veryinformative morning and I encourage all those interested in these importanttopics to attend," said Galef.

In addition, many local senior groups and living facilities co-sponsor theSenior Forum. The co-sponsors are: Bethel Homes and Services, BuchananSenior Citizens, Cortlandt Seniors, Crompond Seniors, Croton SeniorCitizens, Nor-Cort Seniors, Ossining Golden Age Club, Ossining SeniorCenter, Ossining Senior Citizens, Peekskill Senior Citizens' Club,Philipstown Seniors, Putnam County Office for the Aging, Verplanck Seniors,and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

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