Friday, July 17, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/17/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog


1) MEDIA ADVISORY: "Wrongfully Convicted: The Deskovic Files," New Weekly Segment on "The Security Brief" TV Show

2) Maloney Statement on Chattanooga Shooting

3) Yorktown Planning Board: Costco anticipates November, 2016 opening 07/13/15

4) Yorktown Town Board reviews grant applications for four projects 07/14/15

5) Maloney Announces $460k Investment to Support Students at Marist College and Dutchess Community College

6) 12 Grapes: Jazz & Blues Festival updates and the week ahead...

7) [PRESS RELEASE] FDR State Park pool renovation completed

8) Enjoy Legislator Testa's Summer Newsletter

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Jeffrey Deskovic, M.A., well-known exoneree turned advocate who served 16 years in prison prior to being exonerated by DNA, to serve as producer and on-screen wrongful conviction expert for "Wrongfully Convicted: The Deskovic Files", a weekly episode every Friday on "The Security Brief with Paul Viollis"
New Weekly Segment Debuts Friday
"Wrongfully Convicted: The Deskovic Files" Tells the Heart-Wrenching Stories of Those Imprisoned for Crimes They Didn't Commit
Airing on First-Ever, Nationally-Syndicated Daytime Crime Talk Show, The Security Brief
This Friday at 12 PM EST on Reelz Television Station: Episode 1: The Story of Jeffrey Deskovic
Who: Paul Viollis, the host of The Security Brief, and Jeffrey Deskovic, M.A. Deskovic served 16 years in prison - from age 17-32 - for murder and rape prior to being proven innocent by DNA. He has since dedicated his life to fighting wrongful convictions by obtaining a Masters Degree and transforming himself into a nationally recognized advocate with an extensive body of work. Deskovic committed $1.5 million of compensation he received to launch The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice (, to free other wrongfully convicted prisoners, prevent wrongful convictions, and help exonerees reintegrate.
Deskovic's body of work as an advocate includes giving more than 100 presentations across the country and authoring more than 200 articles.  He has lobbied elected officials in New York, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.; testified at legislative hearings in New York and Connecticut where wrongful conviction prevention legislation was considered; and given hundreds of print, radio, and television interviews.  He has conducted numerous seminars at judicial gatherings, bar associations, prosecutorial groups, police academies, and other professional associations. In the Fall of 2014, Deskovic taught a wrongful conviction college course at Rockland Community College as an adjunct professor.
What: The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice - a non-profit organization which fights wrongful convictions, has partnered with recently launched advocacy driven daytime daily television show called "The Security Brief with Paul Viollis".  "Wrongfully Convicted: The Deskovic Files" is a new weekly, branded segment debuting this Friday that tells the personal stories of men and women who were wrongfully convicted and exonerated. Each Friday host Paul Viollis will unfold a different heart wrenching story of men and women who were wrongfully convicted and exonerated, while Deskovic will serve as a producer, as well as on-air wrongful conviction expert who discusses the deficiencies in the system leading to the wrongful conviction, what can be done about it, as well as take aways for the viewer. Additionally Deskovic will also post a weekly blog on The Security Brief's website, which viewers can then comment, ask questions, and interact with Deskovic on The Security Brief's Facebook Page.
The first episode will feature the story of Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a murder and rape that he didn’t commit. His conviction was caused by a coerced, false confession; prosecutorial misconduct; fraud and; an inept public defender.  Additionally he will discuss the Foundation that was borne out of this experience.
Where: Friday, July 17th, on the Reelz Network.
When: The Security Brief airs weekdays at noon on the Reelz Network. Check local listings for additional stations & times. "Wrongfully Convicted: The Deskovic Files" will air every Friday at noon on the Reelz Network.
Both Jeffrey Deskovic and Paul Viollis are available for interviews.
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Hi Anthony,

As discussed, here is the media advisory. Here are some links to the show:


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              CONTACT:
July 17, 2015                                                                                      Alex Miller, 202-225-5441

Washington, DC — Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement on yesterday’s shooting in Chattanooga:

“I was saddened to hear of the tragic shooting in Chattanooga yesterday that took the lives of four of our country’s finest service members. My thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families, as well as the entire Marine Corps community as they mourn this heartbreaking loss.”

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
Planning Board
July 13, 2015
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit

Many of the items on the agenda dealt with local subdivision issues.

The agenda item of the broadest community interest was Costco, with the board continuing its site plan review and representative of Costco putting forward the following schedule:

-- Demolition to begin in Fall, 2015. (Demolition can begin, at the applicant’s risk, prior to site plan approval)
-- Construction – during 2016
-- Anticipated opening: November, 2016
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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 14, 2015

Meeting highlights. For details, visit ciyinfo,org.

1. Hazard Mitigation Plan
The board reviewed a 65 page Hazard Mitigation Plan that details potential hazards, such as flooding, assigns risk levels to each potential hazard and identifies how the town is, has, or has not responded to and planned for each potential hazard.

2. Grant applications
John Tegeder presented preliminary information about the following four grant proposals that will be submitted by the end of the month.
  • Trailway Connection to FDR Park
  • Railroad Park Restoration
  • Digitizing Town Records.
  • Yorktown Heights Downtown Revitalization (Highway garage/Depot Square)

3. Lighting Ordinance
The town attorney will draft an amendment to the town’s Lighting Code granting the approving board the authority to permit outdoor lighting poles in excess of 16 feet when appropriate and reasonable for specific site plans.

4. Baptist Church Road closure
The boad discussed legal and engineering issues holding up the repair project.

5 Resolutions
The board approved a resolution to transfer $350,000 from the General Fund fund balance to the Highway Department to cover 2015 Worker’s Compensation costs related to “scheduled loss of use” claims.
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July 15, 2015                                                                                      Alex Miller, 202-225-5441

Maloney Announces $460k Investment to Support Students at Marist College and Dutchess Community College


Washington, DC — Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a $242,042 investment for Marist College and a $240,000 investment in Dutchess County Community College to help students with special challenges that are at high risk of dropping out of school. The funds, secured through the Department of Education’s Student Support Service Program, will provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.


“These critical investments in our community will help ensure a brighter future for all of us,” said Rep. Maloney. “College can be tough for anyone, but kids facing difficult financial, cultural, or developmental circumstances are most likely to drop out and not get a degree – by investing in a support structure, we can ensure that these folks can fulfill their true potential and make our communities stronger.”

According to the Pell Institute, Less than 11% of low-income first generation students attain a bachelor’s degree within 6-years of enrollment, compared to 54% of students who are not first generation. The Student Support Services Program aims to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities.

More information on the grant program can be found here: 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
9th Annual Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival, Sat July 25

A BIG thank you to this year's sponsors:

When the music stops on the Main Stage, 
the party keeps going inside 12 Grapes! 
Special guest, Slam Allen
SLAM will join Johnny & Friends to treat us to an up-close-and-personal AFTER PARTY Jam!
 Dinner Reservations are highly recommended, so call early!
 Event Calendar                    News/Reviews               914-737-6624
TONIGHT:  Live Band Karaoke, a "Best of Westchester" Winner!
LBK, Thursday, July 16 at 12 Grapes
Sing with a live band, and even back-up singers.
Sign-up between 8-10pm

Harry Rios & the Nippy Thieves
Pop, Funk, R&B and Old School Soul, plus original music by Rios. Harry is a soulful R&B vocalist and keyboard player. His band includes Matt Norris on drums, Dave C. on bass and Hank DeCora on guitar. Harry has worked with projects with Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and others. Phenomenal musicians and a fun time guaranteed! $5 Cover. 
Sat, July 18, 9:30 - 12:30
STAX of Soul
STAX performs the sweet Soul music of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Sam and Dave, Booker T & the MGs, to name a few. Powerhouse lead singer, Julius Dilligard, Jr., was lead vocalist with "Crown Heights Affair". The band includes Tommy Sochor (drums), Tony Pagano (guitar), Gary Broderson (keys), Gil Toro (bass), Corey MacCrae (bari sax), Joe Salvatore (tenor sax), Kenny John (trumpet).$10 Cover or $5 with Dinner.
Kids Open Mic
A showcase for talented musicians and singers ages 6 - 17. Sing solo or with a band. Bring your guitar, bass, sax, flute or whatever instrument you play. We provide a drum kit, keyboard, amps and microphones. iPod backing music accommodated. (Please pre-set your song.)
Sign up begins at 5:30.
Call for dinner reservations.
NO COVER. Just fun!
NEXT WEEK Wed, July 22
Mike Milazzo Ladies Night  
JP Patrick, Sessions
& the Mainlines 
special guests

CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy today joined state officials in announcing the grand opening of the new $3.6 million entrance plaza at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, which includes a completely revitalized bathhouse facility and welcome area for the park's acre-size pool. The project is part of a larger initiative to rehabilitate and modernize the state park system adopted in this year's state budget, which Murphy supported.

"FDR Park provides both our local residents and visitors a wonderful Hudson Valley experience," Senator Murphy said. "This multi-million dollar renovation will not only add more comfort to the different activities offered here, but highlights New York's embrace of green energy initiatives, such as the solar thermal hot water supply which was installed as part of this project."

"Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park offers some of the best summer recreation opportunities and through the NY Parks 2020 program, we are making them better than ever," Governor Cuomo said. "I am proud to see the progress at this park move forward and I encourage visitors to take advantage of all that Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park has to offer this summer."

The pool, open daily from late June through Labor Day, can hold up to 3,500 visitors at a time and is one of the major attractions of FDR State Park. The adjacent bathhouse facility, with restrooms, showers, and changing areas, had not been modernized since its construction in 1965. The renovation features:
  • Completely renovated bathhouse interior - including the addition of four new family restrooms, new epoxy finishes on floors and walls, as well as new lighting, ceiling fans, lockers and benches - provides a more comfortable experience for park visitors;
  • Newly installed heavy timber roof structure protects the bathhouse and its occupants from the elements;
  • Solar thermal hot water supply, which allows direct sunlight to heat the water stored and used in the building; water-saving plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient LED lights make the facility more environmentally sustainable; and
  • Tall masonry walls around the bathhouse complex that obstructed the park's scenic, natural backdrops were demolished to open attractive vistas of Mohansic Lake to pool visitors.
Outside the bathhouse, the garden-like entrance plaza features a welcome station, complete with new site furnishings and native plants and trees. Innovative storm water management practices, which include a filtering rain garden and pervious pavers in its plaza and walkways, build on last year's project to improve drainage and reduce storm water run-off.

A 2014 partnership between State Parks and the Department of Transportation installed approximately 27,000 square feet of bio-retention basins to remove pollutants from storm water, allowing cleaner water flow into Mohansic Lake and effectively reduce phosphorous in the New York City watershed.

Assemblyman Steve Katz said: "The revitalization of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park will bring an excellent economic opportunity for the Yorktown Community. The improved facilities at FDR will provide a safe and fun environment for all patrons who enjoy the outdoors. I look forward to seeing all future developments the Governor's administration has to better enhance state parks across the Hudson Valley and New York State."

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, located in Yorktown Heights, is a popular destination for swimming, picnicking, disc golf, jogging, fishing, non-motorized boating and other forms of outdoor recreation. The 2015-16 state budget allocates $110 million toward improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation.


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