Friday, August 07, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 08/07/15: 10 Topics In Today's blog


1) Ed Ciffone on the Watchdog Report July 24, 2015 - YouTube

2) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy-Buchwald 'Westchester Clean Water Act' signed by Gov

3) 12 Grapes: A Weekend of Wow's.

4) Lalor: I'll be on the Megyn Kelly Show Today 5 p.m. / Join Me at "The Dutch" Sunday

5) Assemblywoman Galef Talks with Two Key Players Who Help to Keep Hudson Valley Visitors Entertained on "Dear Sandy" TV Show

6) New Poll Shows NYC Voters Not Prepared to Re-elect de Blasio

7) Yorktown Town Board: Route 202 ball field project postponed to 2016  08/04/15

8) Lalor Refuses to Participate in Assembly Democrat and Republican Earmark Deal

9) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board 08/10/15

10) Announcing the Winners of the 2015 HC&G Innovation in Design Awards!

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For immediate reply:
Ed Ciffone on the Watchdog Report July 24, 2015 - YouTube
Dear member:
Please watch this video. Thanks to Dan we were able to tape our first show. Dan Lefkowitz is my new director and did a great job. We will try for a new show once a month. The show is now playing on cable channel 74 on Saturdays at 9:00AM,Monday nights at 9:30PM and Wednesdays at 4:30PM.
We had only a few members show up at our last meeting, I am going to cancel the August meeting. The next meeting will be held at my home on September 16, at 6:00PM for our annual picnic and BBQ.
My have started to collect signatures for our petition to stop the moving of the highway garage. You have gotten a copy on my last email to you. We are attempting to put it online with as much information about the project that we know so people can sign the petition online.
At the September meeting we will elect the officers of the UTY.
Ed Ciffone your president
Dear member:

Please sign the online petition and email it to your friends and neighbors. Make copies of the paper petition and get as many signatures as you can. Tomorrow I will be in front of the A&P from 9:30AM to 10:30AM. We need members at the Post Office to get signatures. Give me a call if you can help.Ed

CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
Senator Terrence Murphy & Assemblyman David Buchwald Pass Landmark Legislation to Clean Up Westchester Waterways

Legislation Adds Local Tributaries to New York State's Inland Waterways List

VALHALLA, NY - Flooding and watershed concerns have plagued Westchester County for years but today Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman David Buchwald announced the signing of measures which will provide crucial funding for local municipalities to address these environmental needs.  The legislation, which was signed by Governor Cuomo, adds the first tributaries in Westchester County to New York's list of inland waterways.
"Today's announcement only further proves that when we work together we can accomplish great things," said Senator Terrence Murphy.  "By adding these rivers and lakes to the list of inland waterways, we have empowered our local communities the ability to improve our environment, infrastructure and economy through crucial grant opportunities.  I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and in both houses, for supporting this important initiative on behalf of the localities we represent every day." 
The idea to initiate this legislation was born from the Board of Legislator's Bronx River Advisory Board and the Saw Mill River Advisory Board.  Recognizing the need to address frequent flooding concerns left lawmakers with budgetary needs that can now be addressed.  According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Inland Waterways Program is used to protect coastal and inland waterway resources as well as revitalize waterfront communities.  The program is administered through the Department of State.
Davis Brook, the headwaters of the Bronx River, is located in Valhalla in the 40th Senate District and flows toward New York City and into the Long Island Sound. New Castle, also in the 40th Senate District, is the origin of the Saw Mill and Pocantico Rivers, which empty into the Hudson after meandering through Mount Pleasant and Yonkers.
"Our communities deserve every opportunity to have clean lakes and rivers," said Assemblyman David Buchwald. "By designating these bodies of water as 'inland waterways,' our villages, towns, and cities will have the ability to tap into state funds to make vital infrastructural advances, improve water quality, and expand public access to the beauty of Westchester. Clean and accessible waterways are imperative to sustaining a high quality of life for our area's residents, and I am pleased that our communities can now take advantage of state resources to improve our environment."  
The legislation now adds the Bronx River, Pocantico River, Saw Mill River, Campfire Lake, Echo Lake and Peach Lake to the state's inland waterway list.  The Department of State can now appropriate funds to municipalities which border these waterways for the purposes of improving water quality, ensuring coastal resource and environmental protections, mitigating flooding and increasing public access to the public waterways.

"I would like to thank Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Buchwald for delivering this important piece of legislation," said New Castle Supervisor Rob Greenstein.  "We continue to grapple with flooding concerns along the Pocantico and Saw Mill Rivers and we now have the resources to address them without dipping into the pockets of hardworking taxpayers." 
"Revitalizing the Bronx and Saw Mill River waterfronts are critical to Yonkers and the entire New York City and Westchester watershed," said Yonkers City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin.  "Thanks to Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Buchwald, the BRAB and the SWAB, not only will we remove pollutants, but we can also greatly mitigate flooding with these dollars and increase smart waterfront development, projects that will create jobs." 

This weekend: Raggae & Soul, Southern Rock and Swing. Wow indeed.
(see below for details)
 Event Calendar                    News/Reviews               914-737-6624

Outdoor Summer Music Series
Outdoor Dining & Live Music!
to see the schedule of events
Summer Menu Favorites 

Fresh from the 
Peekskill Farmer's MarketHeirloom Tomatoes, Basil,
fresh Mozzarella & Balsamic Glaze.  

Spice-seared Ahi Tuna withAsian Slaw and 
 Spicy Aioli


Eggs Florentine

Open Mic Night
hosted by Jess Erick
Our once-monthly Open Mics are mainly Acoustic, but most styles of music are welcome. Our host, Jess Erick, opens the night with her original songs, then keeps the music flowing and spirits high. We have a full back line including mics, amps and a keyboard. SIGN UP BETWEEN 8 & 10pm ONLY. Performers allowed two songs, at the discretion of the host /and /or based on length of sign-up list. NO COVER.
Fri Aug 7, 9:30 - 12:30
Raggae & Soul, featuring 2 members of STOMP!
SoulRagga plays Jamaican Reggae, American Soul and everything in between that makes you wanna dance. Nationally known performing arts renaissance woman Camille Who? Armstrong (10-year STOMP cast member), brings her Reggae/Soul/Funk band back to the Tri-State. Their newly-released CD, First Comes Love, features Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bernie Worrell. $5 Cover.

"In Your Face Southern Rock & Roll"
Every time the band's been reviewed, the response is the same: "You will be hard pressed to find another band that performs with the talent, passion, and intensity that these guys bring to the stage every night." (101.5 FM). SUNDOWN performs Southern Rock classics from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet & more. $10 Cover or $5 w/ Dinner.

Time once again for our monthly presentation of Greg Westhoff's Westchester Swing Band! 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. Get ready to dance!
$5 Cover or higher donation goes directly to the band. Please be as generous as you can.

NEXT WEEK: Wed Aug 12 

KJ Denhert
Thu Aug 13
Live Band Karaoke
Fri Aug 14
Vintage Vinyl

"Dazed and Confused", "Heartbreaker", "Stairway to Heaven", "Going to California", "Friends", "That's the Way" and more!
Kids Open Mic
A Showcase for singers and bands ages 6 - 17. Dinner reservations recommended.


On Thursday, August 6, 2015 10:32 AM, Sandy Galef wrote:

Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       


District Office:
2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

albany office:

                                                          Room 641,
Legislative Office Building

      For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef

(914) 941-1111

Assemblywoman Galef Talks with Two Key Players Who Help to Keep Hudson

Visitors Entertained on "Dear Sandy" TV Show

(August 6, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef shares how visitors to the Hudson
Valley can laugh, cry and be entertained by seeing a performance at The
Paramount Theatre in Peekskill and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at
Boscobel in Garrison.  She is joined by Kurt Heitmann, CEO of Paramount
Hudson Valley and Davis McCallum, Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley
Shakespeare Festival.

Kurt Heitmann describes the importance of providing the community a
diversity of options to entice visitors to the focal point of downtown
Peekskill.  Performances at the Paramount range from musical theatre,
community events, musicians, movies, comedians and shows geared for
children.  He also shares information about the 85-year history of the
Paramount which is one of the few "movie palaces" left in the United States
and built in the 1930's.

Davis McCallum describes how the 29-year old Hudson Valley Shakespeare
Festival began by a simple request directed to a producer and director to
plan a fundraiser and why the festival utilizes a tent to this day.  Mr.
McCallum wants the audience to come away from seeing a performance by asking
themselves "What do these plays written four hundred years ago offer to us
now that we cannot get from our iPhones or TV?" 

Assemblywoman Galef says, "We are so lucky to have all of this wonderful
culture, talent and entertainment that are at our disposal through both of
these centers for the arts in our area.  I encourage everyone to go to see a
show at either of these venues."

Further information about what these venues offer can be found on their
websites: and

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

"Art and Artists in the Peekskill Renaissance"

airs as follows:


Friday, August 14, 21, 28 and September 4

at 9:00 P.M. on

Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15

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

Wappingers Falls Channel 21

(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)


Yorktown Channel 74

(Lake Peekskill)


Friday, August 14, 21 and 28

at 7:30 pm

Carmel and Kent Channel 8

August 6, 2015

New Q Poll Shows Plurality of NYC Voters Don't Think Mayor de Blasio Deserves Reelection
It's been no secret to us, but in a just-released Quinnipiac Poll, for the first time a plurality of New York City voters are saying they don't believe Bill de Blasio deserves to be reelected mayor. This is incredibly damaging news for such a young mayoralty.

The Mayor is paying a price for his misguided focus on traveling and giving speeches, affecting his low 44% job approval. A majority of New Yorkers feel his activities are comprising his duties as mayor. It's hard to blame them--crime is rising, quality of life is deteriorating and our school system has suffered from embarrassing displays of failure and incompetence.

On each issue polled about his handling of the city budget, public schools and even signature "income inequality" issues like poverty and homelessness, a majority of voters disapprove of the job he's doing.

Independents--and even many Democrats--are waking up to the failings of liberal policies and starting to realize that this mayor may be long on rhetoric, but he is short on results.

Sadly, there is one thing the mayor has been effective at: His divisive "tale of two cities" has created the worst racial divide in decades.

Twenty years of transformation making New York City the safest big city in America is threatening to be unraveled by this Mayor. We will continue shining a light on how the far-left policies of this Administration are taking the city backwards. Lets work together to make sure de Blasio is a #oneterm mayor.

Read the full poll here.

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
August 4, 2015
1. . Route 202 ball fields drainage project
The project will be postponed until 2016 after only one bid to complete the project this year was received and rejected by the board as it was almost double the anticipated cost.

2. Baptist Church Road
Supervisor Grace gave an update on the project

3. Hallocks Mill Sewers
It was suggested that the town send a letter to the approximately 200 unsewered  homeowners in the Hallocks Mill Sewer district  informing them that they  may now  be able to hook up to the sewer system.

4. Rescheduled public hearings
Public hearings for amendments to the Lighting Code, a stop sign at Summit St and Underhill Avenue and a park zone sign on Ivy Road were rescheduled to September 15 from September 1.


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On Thursday, August 6, 2015 11:44 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseAugust 6, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor Refuses to Participate in Assembly Democrat and Republican Earmark Deal
East Fishkill, NY - (8/6/15) - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) announced he will not be participating in the new pork barrel spending deal reached between Assembly Democrats and Republicans. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has agreed to allow Republicans to receive pork, known officially as "district allocations," totaling $25,000 per member and a "district capital allocation" of $100,000 per member. The total expenditure for Assembly Republicans to participate in pork barrel spending is about $5 million per two-year term. 
"Whether you call them member items, earmarks, pork or district allocations, they always lead to corruption, waste and the perpetuation of a broken system of uncontrollable spending that leads to higher taxes, fewer job opportunities and a mass exodus of ambitious and productive New Yorkers to other states," said Lalor. "Scandal after scandal in Albany is centered on pork. Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos, Vincent Liebell, Malcom Smith and others all abused this type of legislative slush fund," said Lalor.
Lalor’s platform for election in 2012 and reelection in 2014 included an anti-pork plank. "I promised voters I would never accept pork. I'm going to keep that promise and will also keep my promise to fight unnecessary spending that leads to high taxes," Lalor said. 
"All spending should go through the legislative process, which requires passage by both houses and the governor's signature. Pork erodes checks and balances and enables backroom deals and favor-swapping. There are many deserving projects to be funded, but they should be funded in an open and transparent system, where the funds are not controlled by a single legislator."

Lalor continued, "Let’s face it, lawmakers will spend this money in a manner that is designed to generate the biggest electoral bang for the taxpayer’s buck. It is a very expensive, albeit indirect form, of taxpayer-funded political campaigns, which I thought Republicans opposed. This program will temporarily dull a tiny bit of the pain caused by New York’s fiscal problems for a few hand-picked institutions, but the increased spending and willingness to abandon the bedrock Republican principle of fiscal responsibility will only exacerbate our state’s problems."

Lalor insisted the Republican caucus in the Assembly consists of good and decent people, but recognizes that history teaches us some lawmakers will eventually abuse this process. Lalor also pointed out that accepting district allocations from the Speaker strengthens the power of the Speaker. That was noted because the Assembly Democrat Conference is dominated by the New York City metro area, and this pork deal further strengthens downstate over upstate. 

Lalor asked rhetorically, "If a big part of a lawmaker's reelection campaign is bringing home the bacon, as will become the case in many instances, is the lawmaker going to stand up to the Speaker on an important issue and risk a term without any pork to spread around? In many cases accepting pork from the Speaker will make lawmakers more docile. A few million taxpayer dollars to keep the minority caucus quieter and more compliant is a small price for the Speaker to pay. In fact the Speaker doesn’t pay a price. The long-suffering New York taxpayer will foot the bill."

Lalor discounted the typical defenses of pork barrel spending: “Voters don’t buy the old canard that we need to bring home a few pennies of the millions and millions of local dollars we send to Albany. They want us to fight to reduce the tax dollars they are forced to send to Albany in the first place. Voters also see right through the feckless excuse that if Republicans don’t spend this money the Democrats will. Voters send Republicans to Albany to fight wasteful spending, not participate in it.” He also rejected the argument that a few million additional dollars spent per year in a budget of $135 billion is insignificant, asking: “If we can’t even reduce pork barrel spending, how can we tell voters with a straight face that we are fighting to reduce the bloated state budget?”

"I hope many of my colleagues will join me in declining to accept this pork. It's often wasteful spending. It empowers the crooks in Albany. And it gives cover for those who abuse pork right now. I also encourage my colleagues to join me in a push for alternative proposals to enhance the ability of the Republican Conference to represent our constituencies and save our state," Lalor said. 
He continued, "If the leaders of the Assembly Republican Conference can receive a gesture of goodwill from new Speaker Carl Heastie after years of hyper-partisanship on the part of his predecessor, they should have asked for Heastie to discontinue the practice of pork perpetrated by his Democrat Members. Meaningful mandate relief on local governments which would ease the property tax burden, should also be a top priority. These are the pro-taxpayer position and the conservative position that the Republican Party should stand for."

"We should also push for reforms that allow the minority conference to get a full house vote on a certain number of bills per year. The ability of the Assembly speaker to single-handedly block legislation leads to corruption. Big donors and special interest groups often have a huge interest in legislation never making it to the floor for a vote. Reforms that guarantee at least some meaningful Republican bills get to the floor for a vote not only improve Republican ability to legislate and represent our districts, it will be a significant check on corruption."

Concluded Lalor, "Our state is dying because we have a spending problem. Bringing home a few scraps from the Speaker’s table to our district has no chance of changing that. Relentlessly standing up for the taxpayer, however, can save our state from the burdens placed on taxpayers from big spending Albany."

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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