Friday, July 10, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/10/15: 14 Topics In Today's blog


1) Brendon Fitzgerald For Peekskill Common Council 07/21/15

2) Join the Peekskill Democrats at a COCKTAIL RECEPTION supporting our 2015 Democratic Team! 07/21/15

3) Yorktown Town Board discusses water meters and sewers 07/07/15

4) 12 Grapes: It was a Win, Win. And another Win.

5) Media Alert: Assemblywoman Galef Hosts Annual Senior Forum on July 16th


7) A Campaign Update and A Last Minute Request

8) PRESS RELEASE] Murphy to Assembly: Time To Join Fight Against Heroin Epidemic

9) [Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board 07/13/15

10) 2015 Annual Rising Star Event feat. Rep. Elise Stefanik 07/11/15

11) Town Of Ossining: : *NEW LINKS* Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

12) Go Along To Get Along

13) Probably on the low side...

14) Announcing the Finalists of the 2015 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards!

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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
July 7, 2015

Meeting highlights. For a summary of other agenda items, visit

Most of the discussions were related to issues brought up by residents during Courtesy of the Floor.

1. Lake Osceola: A Jefferson Valley resident asked the board to do investigate the cause of the lake’s rising water level; she suspected a blockage somewhere.

2. Water meters: Supervisor Grace and Councilwoman Siegel again presented opposite points of view about the value of completing the meter replacement program that was started in 2011.

3. Hallocks Mill Sewers:  Future steps to extend sewers to the unsewered streets in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District will depend on the parameters of the new sewer permit that is still pending at the DEC. Supervisor Grace said he anticipates a decision this summer.  What sewers might cost homeowners will depend on how the town allocates a special $10 million fund.

4. New special permit for a “Community Care Facility”
In other actions, the board voted 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Grace voting no, to refer out for comment draft language for a proposed new special permit that would cover any future sober living residences.

REMINDER:  The July 21st board meeting will be held at the Mohegan Colony Association Beach at the corner of Oak and High Streets. The meeting will begin at 6pm.  The location is subject to change based on the weather.
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Thanks to you, our friends and fans, 12 Grapes WON
THREE Best of Westchester Awards!
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Soul Man
 Bobby Harden
w/ Leon "The Lion" Pendarvis on keys.
Two members of the original Blues Brothers!
Leon with SNL band for over 13 years!
This is one band you do not want to miss... performing classic R&B / Soul. These players have performed with all the greats: Eddie Floyd, Ben E. King, Lionel Richie, Robert Cray, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Clapton, Quincy Jones, Paul Simon!
$10 Cover or $5 w/ dinner. 
Sat, July 11, 9:30 - 12:30

Mike Murphy Quartet
with special guest
Rob Wallis on drums
A little bit Blues, a little bit Rock & Roll, The Mike Murphy Quartet will have you grooving to some classic covers and original tunes.
Mike Murphy was dubbed "Tasty" because of the clean, mean way he plays his guitar. Mike is the "Murphy" in the "Patrick, Murphy McDowell" Band with JP Patrick, and has been a frequent performer at JP's "Sessions". Mike's band includes a talented group of performer on keys, bass, drums and Tasty Mike doing his thing on guitar!! $5 Cover. 
This world-class 18-piece Big Band features a full horn section with 5 sax's, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, and the inimitable talents of drummer and bandleader Greg Westhoff.
The band performs classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '40's, '50's and more. There will be dancing in the aisles as usual. Please call for Dinner & Show reservations as seats fill up quickly. 
$5 Cover or higher DONATION goes directly to the band.
These talented musicians appreciate your support.
NEXT WEEK Thu, July 16
Open Mic Night 
w/ Jess Erick
Sun, July 19
Kids Open Mic

SANDY GALEF      District Office:   2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562
  albany office:
                                                            Room 641,Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248

      For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Sandy Galef
July 8, 2015(914) 941-1111

*Media Encouraged to Attend*

New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to attend

Over 100 seniors expected to come for breakfast and a lively discussion on avariety of topics and a visit by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

Topics to be discussed include: New York State unclaimed funds, maintainingyour memory, an invention to carry your medical records with you at alltimes, life planning choices, how to avoid scams targeted towards seniors,the benefits of an organ donation registry and current exhibits andcollections to be found at the Lincoln Depot Museum, followed by a talkgiven by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

Thursday, July 16th
9-12 noon; Program to begin at 9:15
Cortlandt Town Hall
1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor

Performance by Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller

Paul Martin
Director, Lincoln Depot Museum

Danielle Jones
Office of NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

David Leven, JD
Executive Director, End of Life Choices New York

Burton Greenberg
Founder, Caregiver Insights Foundation

Roxanne Watson
Organ Recipient and Volunteer for LiveOn NY

Dr. Paul Lleva
Neurologist, Phelps Memorial Hospital

Gary Brown
Assistant Attorney General, NYS Attorney General's Office

Gary Brown
Assistant Attorney General, Office of New York State Attorney General EricSchneiderman

Honorable Kathy Hochul
Lieutenant Governor, New York State

Co-sponsors:  Bethel Homes and Services, Buchanan Senior Citizens Club;Cortlandt Seniors; Crompond Seniors; Croton Senior Citizens; Kent SeniorCitizens; Nor-Cort Seniors; Ossining Golden Age Club; Ossining SeniorCenter; Ossining Senior Citizens; Peekskill Senior Citizen's Club;Philipstown Senior Citizens; Putnam County Office for Senior Resources;Verplanck Seniors; Westchester County Department of Senior Programs andServices

For more information contact Sandy Galef's office at (914) 941-1111 ore-mail


On Wednesday, July 8, 2015 5:20 PM, Matt Slater wrote:

CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
VALHALLA, NY - Six  local municipalities from the Hudson Valley's 40th Senate District have been awarded approximately $100,000 each to support innovative microgrid projects.  Announced earlier today, the Village of Sleepy Hollow, Town of Mt. Kisco, Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of Cortlandt, the Town of Somers and the Westchester County Valhalla Campus are Stage 1 Winners.
"The Hudson Valley continues to prove itself as an incubator for new technologies," State Senator Terrence Murphy said.  "It is no secret that our state continues to face an energy crisis and I applaud these communities for taking a proactive step toward energy independence.  As a town councilman I supported similar projects in Yorktown and will continue to advocate for the use of clean green energy that will reduce our carbon footprint and ease the pressure on our aging energy infrastructure."
Overall, there were 83 communities which qualified for the competition's Stage 1 awards with more than 130 proposals submitted statewide.  Now, the awarded communities will study the feasibility of installing a community microgrid which is a standalone energy system that can operate independently of the main grid in the event of a power outage.  Such systems would integrate renewable power with other advanced energy technologies to create a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient localized energy grid for a limited number of users.
Westchester County Legislator Michael Smith said, "This microgrid grant is a great first step to exploring self-sustaining energy resources and technology in our community.  The Westchester County Valhalla Campus, which includes the Westchester County Community College, makes an excellent partner in this endeavor.  I thank Senator Terrence Murphy for his help in securing the grant.  His forward-thinking leadership is to be commended."
Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey said, "The Town of Somers is fortunate to receive this award sponsored by NYSERDA and we are looking forward to working with our partners and community groups to make this a success.  After Hurricane Sandy it became clear that we needed to upgrade our energy infrastructure and this grant is the first step toward making that objective a reality."
Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray said, "We must ensure that the reliable energy needed to safeguard the lives and well-being of our residents is there when we need it.  This grant will provide us with the critical planning tool we need to accomplish this."
New York State Chairman of Energy and Finance Richard Kaufman said, "The NY Prize competition brings together local leadership and private sector innovation to develop clean, resilient and affordable power solutions for communities from the South Fork on Long Island to Buffalo and the North Country."
Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said, "The Town of Cortlandt along with our Town Board and Committee is very pleased to  have been selected by NYSERDA to work on a microgrid feasibility study.  The results of this study will eventually assist with a better grid system and lower costs for our residents.  We held a kick-off meeting today at Town Hall with our various partners and some of our stakeholders, as well as, representatives of NYSERDA and Sustainable Westchester."
The summaries of each project are as follows:
Town of Cortlandt: Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused costly damages to Cortlandt, including loss of power to critical services, local businesses, and residents - some for a period of 10 days. The proposed microgrid would include biomass, natural gas, and diesel, and would provide power to the town hall, hospital, fi re department, water filtration plant, waste-to-energy plant, gas stations, grocery stores, assisted living centers, and a school. Partners: Town of Cortlandt, Con Edison, Booz Allen Hamilton, Power Analytics, Siemens USA, Pace Energy and Climate Center, and Sustainable Westchester.
Westchester County's Valhalla Campus: The Westchester Community College and Westchester County Valhalla Campus are centrally located in one of New York's most populous counties. The county, with two shorelines - one on the Hudson River and the other on the Long Island Sound - is especially susceptible to floods and power outages during an extreme weather event such as Hurricane Sandy. The County's First Responder capabilities, in time of crisis, are also critical to New York City because of their strategic geographic location. The proposed microgrid would explore a mix of distributed energy resources such as solar and combined heat and power applications, along with battery storage. Partners: Con Edison, Entecco, Eaton, Kheops, KeyBank, TAG Mechanical, and New York Power Authority.
Town of Somers: This community has experienced severe storms in recent years, with power outages from Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee lasting up to 11 days. Partial day outages are experienced throughout the year from downed power poles and line failures. The proposed microgrid would include solar and diesel. Power would be provided to a sewage plant, activity center (designated town emergency shelter), town office, gas stations, nursing home, library, schools, fi re station, state trooper station, and commercial complexes. Partners: Town of Somers, NYSEG, Sustainable Westchester, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Booz Allen Hamilton, Power Analytics, and Siemens USA.
Village of Croton-on-Hudson: Croton's location downstate and directly on the banks of both the Hudson and Croton Rivers makes it particularly vulnerable to storm damage. Hurricane Sandy left much of Croton without power for nearly two weeks. Croton will follow the model of a "nested microgrid" in which there will be two main geographical areas in the system, each fed by their own portfolio of distributed generation (combined heat and power, solar, and energy storage), and each capable of staying powered in island mode during a grid outage. However, when the grid is powered, the two areas will be connected, and can be managed as a single microgrid system with generation resources optimized to meet loads across the entire system. The proposed microgrid would provide power to a municipal building, library, three fi re stations, three schools and district office, medical clinic, grocery/pharmacy, and gas station. Partners: Village of Croton-on Hudson, Sustainable Westchester, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Green Energy Corp., Hitachi Consulting, GI Energy, and Con Edison.
Village of Sleepy Hollow: The village, which lacks resiliency in the event of severe weather or other emergency, has proposed a microgrid using a combination of combined heat and power, wind, solar, tidal power, and other smart technologies. Power from the proposed microgrid would be provided to village hall, police station, fi re houses, water and sewer fi ltration/pump stations, PK-12 schools, and affordable housing. Partners: Village of Sleepy Hollow, Village of Briarcliff Manor, North Tarrytown Housing Authority, Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, New York Power Authority, Con Edison, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Willdan Energy Solutions.
Village of Mt. Kisco: This community has suffered numerous power outages from Hurricanes Floyd, Irene, and Sandy, plus heat waves, nor'easters, and snowstorms. The proposed microgrid would use a mix of power generation sources including solar, natural gas, and diesel, and would provide power to the village office, library, police station, fi re departments, volunteer ambulance corps, medical facilities, pumping stations, service stations, schools, local industries and businesses, and shelters. Partners: Village of Mount Kisco, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sustainable Westchester, Pace Energy and Climate Center, Power Analytics, Siemens USA, and Con Edison.

On Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:46 AM, Steve Napier wrote:

A Campaign Update and A Last Minute Request
We are just over two months out from Primary Day, and I couldn't be more pleased with the direction of the campaign. Over the course of the past month I have knocked on the door of every voter in the 5th Ward. After talking about my background, my values and priorities in office, I asked each person to sign a petition to begin the process of winning this election and putting Cohoes on a path to prosperity. The response was overwhelming. I am proud to tell you that on Tuesday, because of these efforts I submitted over 300 Democratic and Working Families Party petition signatures to the Board of Elections to secure a place on the September ballot.

The next hurdle the campaign faces is a financial one. In just 2 days my campaign will file our first required financial disclosure report of all fundraising activity. This is a critical measure of a campaign's viability and capacity to get their message out to the voters. As I write this message we are just $400 short of a key fundraising threshold. If you can kick in to help us keep up the momentum with strong fundraising numbers please click here.

Thank you for all of your past and continued support.


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On Thursday, July 9, 2015 2:47 PM, Matt Slater wrote:

CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361

Senate Heroin Task Force Co-Chairs Urge Assembly to Take Action Following Release of Staggering CDC Report
ALBANY, NY - In the wake of a study released earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows a dramatic rise in heroin use and overdose deaths, the co-Chairs of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction are calling on the Assembly to join the Senate in passing a package of legislation that would help eradicate the heroin epidemic.

From 2002-04, 379,000 Americans reported using heroin within a 12 month period. According to the study made public this week, that number has increased to 663,000 Americans, with overdose deaths nearly doubling.

The Task Force, co-Chaired by Senators Terrence Murphy (Yorktown), George Amedore (Rotterdam) and Robert Ortt (North Tonawanda), put forward a package of bills, that were passed by the State Senate earlier this year, that would enhance treatment options, help decrease heroin overdoses, and put more drug dealers behind bars for dealing heroin and other dangerous opioids. The Assembly failed to consider the legislation.

"For many people, the results from the CDC study on heroin use in the United States was staggering, but the unfortunate reality is that it only echoed what we have heard at our task force hearings," said Senator Murphy. "The CDC identified the impact individual states can have on heroin use, abuse, dependence and overdose. This past legislative session my colleagues in the Senate passed comprehensive and necessary measures which would have addressed crucial aspects of recovery as well as potential laws which would help get drug dealers off of our streets. I join my fellow co-chairs in urging our counterparts in the Assembly to pass the legislative package we crafted which will have an immediate impact on New York's ability to successfully combat heroin and opioid abuse."

"The CDC study released earlier this week echoes what we have heard throughout the state at public forums held by the Task Force - there is not one person who is not affected by this deadly epidemic," said Senator Amedore. "We need to do everything possible to address this epidemic to make sure there are proper treatment and recovery options available, that we are promoting effective prevention and education efforts, and that we are properly punishing the dealers that are bringing these drugs onto our streets. The Senate passed a comprehensive package of bills earlier this year, and I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to join us in passing this needed legislation."

"The CDC study offers a detailed, comprehensive analysis on the dramatic rise of heroin use in the U.S.," said Senator Ortt. "It confirms what we've heard in our community - from users, parents, police officers, and doctors. Heroin use and abuse is cutting across all demographics to affect people of all ages, ethnicities, geographic regions, and social classes. I'm encouraged by the work we accomplished this past legislative session, but more work remains. My colleagues and I are calling on Assembly Democrats to take up common-sense measures passed by the Senate so we can hold drug dealers accountable, expand treatment, and better protect New Yorkers."

The bills passed by the Senate earlier this year would:
  • Allow law enforcement officials to charge a drug dealer with homicide if a person overdoses on heroin or an opiate-controlled substance sold to them by that dealer (S.4163)
  • Expand the crime of operating as a major trafficker (S.4177)
  • Make it easier for dealers to be charged with an intent to sell (S.100)
  • Improve safety at judicial diversion programs (S.1901)
  • Prevent the sale of synthetic opioids (S.1640)
  • Establish assisted outpatient treatment for substance use disorders (S.631)
  • Create a Prescription Pain Medication Awareness Program (S.4348)
  • Create drug-free zones on grounds of treatment centers (S.4023)
  • Make Kenda's Law permanent (S.4722)
  • Criminalize the illegal transport of opiate controlled substances (S.608)
  • Establishes the option for a youth, suffering from substance abuse, to be adjudicated as a person in need of supervision (S.3237)
  • Increase the effectiveness of abuse prevention (S.2847)
The Senate Task Force held four forums earlier this year throughout the state, and intends to hold more in the Fall.  They will issue a report with recommendations for further legislative action to address concerns raised by law enforcement, treatment providers, health and mental health experts, and victims' advocates that participated in the forum.

On Thursday, July 9, 2015 3:10 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

363 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board

Calendar Date:
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes: June 8, 2015 & June 15, 2015

Hilltop Associates
SBL: 37.06-1-25
Request 90 Day Time Extension

Location: Hilltop Road
Contact: Albert Capellini
Description: A 3 lot subdivision approved by Planning Board Resolution 08-02.
Village Traditions
SBL: 15.16-1-32
Request One-Year Time Extension

Location: 1821 East Main Street
Contact: Albert Capellini
Description: Approved site plan to expand existing parking lot to improve traffic and accommodate additional parking.
Triglia & Rezi
SBL: 16.17-1-51
Public Informational Hearing

Location: 1415 Christine Road
Contact: Vincenzo Triglia
Description: Proposed to subdivide 1.145 acre parcel to create one additional lot to construct a single family dwelling.
Taconic Vet Clinic & Canine Kindergarten
SBL: 36.05-1-18
Public Informational Hearing

Location: 3655 Crompond Road
Contact: MAP Architecture
Description: Proposed Canine Kindergarten dog daycare and 24 hour veterinary clinic.
BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
SBL: 36.06-2-75
Renewal Special Use Permit for Outdoor Service

Location: 3315 Crompond Road
Contact: John Meyer Consulting
Description: Renewal of a Special Use Permit for outdoor display of plants and general merchandise.
SBL: 25.08-3-2
Town Board Referral

Location: 3211 Lake Shore Drive
Contact: KTT Builders Inc.
Description: Proposed construction of a new residence within the Mohegan Lake 150 foot setback.
SBL: 36.05-2-57
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 2483 Hunterbrook Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Subdivide existing 3.422 acre lot with an existing 2-story dwelling into 3-lots with 2 1/2 story dwellings.
SBL: 59.07-1-7
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 1005 Hanover Street
Contact: Albert Capellini
Description: Proposed 3 lot subdivision of Lot 7 and a new residence proposed on Lot 8 to create 4 new residences on a private road on approximately 16 acres in the R1-80 zone.
Community Care Residence Special Permit
Town Board Referral

Description: Proposed local law to add a new Special Permit for a Community Care Residence to the Town Code.
Staples Plaza
SBL: 36.06-2-76
Discussion Master Sign Plan

Location: 3333 Crompond Road
Contact: Norman DiChiara Architects
Description: Discussion of the proposed master sign plan for the shopping center.
Costco Wholesale
SBL: 26.18-1-17, 18, 19 & 26.19-1-1
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3200 Crompond Road
Contact: TRC Engineers
Description: Proposed 151,092 sf Costco Wholesale Club store and member only gasoline filling station.



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On Thursday, July 9, 2015 4:35 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

*Updated Links in Message Body*

Planning Board Meeting-

July 15th, 2015



The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining
will be held on:
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at
7:30 P.M.
John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
Please visit the fo Town Planning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for July 15th.

Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

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On Friday, July 10, 2015 11:28 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Dear Anthony -

You’ve heard the saying “elections have consequences”. That’s never been more true in Westchester County. Unfortunately, since electing more Republicans we’ve morphed from being a County that was considered a nation-wide leader in innovative solutions and forward-thinking problem-solving, to one that prefers to play ostrich and ignore pressing issues putting them off until the consequences are more dire and more costly.

The below video shows a recent Budget and Appropriations Committee Meeting at the Board of Legislators, where the County Budget Director, appointed by County Executive Rob Astorino, reports that next year’s budget deficit is projected to be $56 Million Dollars – more than twice last year’s deficit.  And that, he says, is “probably on the low side.”
That’s why this year’s County Board election is so important.

This year’s Republican budget proved that Westchester County has been living on its credit card and paying interest on it just to keep the lights on.  This is a tax increase. We just haven’t received the bill for it yet.

We need to send a message this November by electing strong Democrats to the Board of Legislators who are not afraid to stand up to the irresponsible policies of the current administration. If we don't, there will be a massive tax explosion in our great county.  Leaders who are willing to work collaboratively with state, federal, and local governments to operate our government in a smarter, better way that takes into account the needs of all our residents.  Legislators who know that neglecting needed infrastructure repairs in a penny-wise and dollar-foolish way will cripple our ability to compete and have our children and grandchildren paying the bills for current recklessness.

If we can’t afford to pay the bills now, what do you think will happen when it’s time to pay these loans back with interest?  Make no mistake.  In going so deep into debt, the County has already raised our taxes – we just haven’t received the bill yet.

Help Westchester Democrats fight this reckless borrowing and bad fiscal policies by making a contribution of $50, $100, $250, 0r $500 before our filing deadline tomorrow. With your help we can win in November and continue fighting for what we all believe in.

Catherine Borgia
Majority Leader
Westchester County Board of Legislators

On Friday, July 10, 2015 11:46 AM, HC&G (Hamptons Cottages & Gardens) wrote:

Announcing the Finalists of the 2015 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards!

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