Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 08/12/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog


1) Town Of Yorktown: Costco public hearing on final site plan set for September 3

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

3) Westchester Legislators Approve Funding to Help Law Enforcement Fight Elder Abuse

4) Martin, Talbot, McKenzie, and Rainey Point to Recreation-Based Businesses and Retail   as Key Economic Development Priorities For Peekskill

5) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy Secures Construction Grants for Local Libraries

6) Announcement from Purple Hearts Reunited, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Town of Ossining

7) Media Availability: Today, 5pm Oswego County

8) Ossining: Court Removes Republican Candidate from Ballot for Participating in Fraudulent Procedures

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Planning Board
August 10, 2015
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit

1. Costco
The board set Thursday, September 3 for a public hearing on the final site plan. The hearing will begin at 7pm and will take place in town hall.

The board reviewed  a revised site plan that makes the secondary access the main access. The board asked for an alternative lighting plan that incorporates a combination of 16’ and 25’ light poles. ABACA will be doing a follow up review on the landscaping plan.

2. Kitchawan Fire & Rescue Station (Route 134)
The board approved the first one-year extension of the site plan originally approved in 2011.  The fire district is looking to scale back the project in order to reduce costs.

3. Taconic Vet Clinic & Canine Kindergarten/Public hearing
The hearing was opened and closed, leaving open a 10 day written comment period.

4. Hanover Square  (Commerce Street)
The board scheduled a public informational hearing for September 21.

5. Marathon Development/ Kear St.
A pre-application plan was reviewed for a proposed 3-story building of approximately 23,000 sf  on a 0.4 acre vacant parcel abutting the Shell station with retail on the first floor and rental apartments on the second and third floors, including 12 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units.

6. Envirogreen Associates (Route 6, Mohegan)
The applicant was asked to present an alternative plan that moved the buildings closer to the road and in line with other existing buildings. A public informational hearing will be held on September 21.

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*News from the Republican Caucus*
For Immediate Release: August 11, 2015
Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Legislators Approve Funding to Help Law Enforcement Fight Elder Abuse
The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) and County Executive Rob Astorino have teamed up to deliver funding that would provide enhanced training to municipal law enforcement agencies to help them address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older.  According to AARP, there are 108.7 million Americans in that age group.
On Monday, the BOL unanimously approved an inter municipal agreement (IMA) between the County and the Town of Greenburgh that would finance the Greenburgh Police Department’s participation in an interdisciplinary partnership to train other law enforcement agencies to better identify and intervene in cases of elder-abuse.
The funding, which totals, $15,880.00 is derived from a grant the county successfully applied for from the United States Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women.  The IMA extends through September of 2017.
Seniors and Constituencies Committee Chair Legislator Bernice Spreckman (R) Yonkers has been a very vocal advocate for Seniors throughout her years of public service.  “I hear very disturbing stories about abuse among our seniors.  Many are afraid to speak out because they think it will only make the abuse worse.  While our police agencies do an excellent job of keeping seniors safe, I think this enhanced training will give them more tools to identify when elder-abuse is happening, especially when the victims are afraid to speak up.”  Legislator Spreckman added, “People are living and staying active longer these days.  Naturally, issues that our society has traditionally associated with younger people are now confronting older residents as well.  Things like sexual assault, domestic or dating violence and stalking are happening to people later in life.  We need to make sure our law enforcement community understands these issues and knows how to handle them.”
County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to sign the IMA this week.  "Elder abuse sadly does occur and it's often not reported.  This IMA broadens training among our local police to enable them to be better equipped to identify cases of elder abuse and intervene to stop it and protect our elderly seniors," said Astorino.

Legislator Sheila Marcotte who is a member of the Seniors and Constituencies Committee and Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee praised the funding as an important investment.  “I am thrilled to support this partnership because of the important need that it addresses but I am especially happy that it equips our law enforcement community, through curriculum approved by the Department of Justice to be ‘trainers’ themselves.  This modest investment will allow our law enforcement community as well as our non-profit partners to continue this type of enhanced training for years to come.”
Legislator David Gelfarb (R) Rye Brook is Chair of the Public Safety Committee.  “This agreement provides our law enforcement community very important training in identifying and  responding to elder abuse.” Gelfarb said, “Our seniors deserve all we can do for them when it comes to their safety and health.  This initiative will better equip our first line responders in protecting  our older friends, family and neighbors.”
Other groups involved in the interdisciplinary partnership are, The Pace Women’s Justice Center, the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, Victim’s Assistance Services and The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at The Hebrew Home.
A Message from the Peekskill Democratic City Committee
Andre Rainey, Kathleen Talbot, Ken Martin, Vivian Mckenzie
Martin, Talbot, McKenzie, and Rainey Point to Recreation-Based Businesses and Retail  
as Key Economic Development Priorities
Plan Calls for Mixed-Use Riverfront Development Emphasizing Recreation-Based Businesses and Retail; Strategy Also Capitalizes on Millennial Interest in Downtowns
Our Vision: Build on Reputation as a Destination, Focusing on Recreational Activities and Retail That Bring Visitors to Peekskill Not Only to Enjoy the Nightlife,
But to Spend the Day and Return to Live Here
Ken Martin, Democratic, Working Families Party and endorsed Independence Party candidate for Mayor, and his running mates Councilwoman Kathleen Talbot, Councilwoman Vivian McKenzie and Andre Rainey, laid out key components of their economic development strategy today, calling for a mixed-use Riverfront development plan emphasizing recreation-based business and retail, tax incentives for a major anchor retail destination downtown and a business recruitment strategy capitalizing on millennial interest in downtown. Their vision builds on the City's reputation as a destination by focusing on recreational activities and retail that bring visitors to Peekskill not only to enjoy the nightlife, but to shop, work and live here.
"Peekskill has grown tremendously over the course of the last eight years, in large part because a vision existed that helped turn Peekskill back into the destination it once was," said Ken Martin, candidate for Mayor. "While the restaurant and nightlife scene are booming, we need Peekskill to boom at all hours of the day. Our economic development plan will achieve just that."
While smart residential development that diversifies the tax base is beneficial, the key to keeping taxes low for homeowners over the long-term is ensuring that commercial development occurs. The Positively Peekskill plan includes three key priorities:
1. Mixed-use Riverfront development strategy emphasizing recreation-based businesses and retail
Peekskill's Riverfront needs businesses that depend on or are enhanced by proximity to the water. Establishments like Taco Dive Bar, Hudson Creamery, Dylan's Wine Cellar, Taormina, Peekskill Brewery, and Homestyle Desserts Bakery attract people to eat and drink at the Riverfront. The new Scenic Hudson at Peekskill Landing Park and the soon-to-be open Southern Waterfront Trailway will also bring visitors to the Riverfront to enjoy the scenery, water sports and outdoor art. To truly capture the economic potential of our restaurants and parks, we need retail businesses that are attractive to patrons who come for the view, the recreation or the dining. The Positively Peekskill plan focuses on the recruitment of water-based recreation such as private boat and kayak rentals, bike, hiking and camping equipment shops, as well as fashion, sports, and arts- related retail along the waterfront as part of a mixed-use redevelopment plan. Martin, Talbot, McKenzie, and Rainey will provide economic incentives to encourage developers and property owners to lock in these commercial tenants. 
2.  Use of tax incentives to establish a major retail destination in the soon-to-be-vacant Workers Compensation Building
While the Riverfront will be the key driver for attracting recreation-based businesses to Peekskill, an emerging, once in a generation opportunity exists in the downtown to attract a major retail anchor that will spur additional growth. The New York State Worker's Compensation building at the corner of North Division and Main Street is about to become vacant. While the building is privately owned, Martin, Talbot, McKenzie, and Rainey will seek to offer a tax incentive to the current owner to ensure a major retail tenant is recruited for this space, formerly a department store. Working with the IDA and city staff, Martin and team will structure an incentive package to encourage the owner either to sell the property to a major retailer or rent the property to a major retail tenant, such as Apple, Trader Joe's, H&M, or Uniglo. 
3. A business recruitment strategy capitalizing on millennial interest in the downtown nightlife and social scene
The Positively Peekskill economic development agenda capitalizes on the disproportionate economic power of our youth and millennials, which drives most marketing and retail decisions. We know millenials want to live and shop in a place with easy access to mass transit, recreation and nightlife. They appreciate the kind of hip culture that has developed in Peekskill under Democratic leadership of City Hall. It is estimated that millennials -those born between 1981 and 1997 -currently number 80 million and spend $600 billion annually. By 2020, they are expected to make up 30% of total retail sales. Peekskill must provide them with retail and recreational opportunities in order to further tap into a market that has shown its support for our local pubs, restaurants and arts scene. To do so, Martin, Talbot, McKenzie, and Rainey will develop a business recruitment strategy that capitalizes on millennial interest in the downtown and nightlife.
"Peekskill has been a huge success as a nightlife destination based on a vision we laid out eight years ago," said Councilwoman Kathie Talbot.  "New restaurants are opening one after the other, the Paramount Hudson Valley is thriving, and the music scene is top-notch.  We're drawing people from the entire lower Hudson Valley and I couldn't be happier. The next step in the City's rebound is to target our retail and business recruitment strategy in large part at the same population that has helped recreate Peekskill's entertainment scene."
"We are starting to see the expansive restaurant scene in the downtown make its way to the Riverfront," said Councilwoman VivianMcKenzie. "The Riverfront is arguably our greatest asset. It's taken years of hard work but it has definitely paid off with beautiful parks like Peekskill Landing and the soon to open Southern Trailway. To truly tap into this wonderful area, we need an economic development plan that plays off the River. We will target recreational businesses and recreation-based retail for the Riverfront."
"To grow this city we need to collectively open our eyes and see where growth opportunities currently exist," said Andre Rainey, candidate for Common Council. "We need to provide more opportunity for those who already spend their money here for dining, music, and culture. We need a business recruitment strategy that entices millennials to consider what plans they have in Peekskill for Saturday and Sunday afternoon, not just Saturday night."
The Positively Peekskill economic development strategy is part of a series of plans that Democrats will unveil over the course of the next several weeks. To learn more about the Positively Peekskill agenda, "like" us on Facebook at: or visit our website at:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
Senator Terrence Murphy Secures More Than $25k for Local Library Construction

LEWISBORO, NY - With back to school commercials in full effect, Senator Terrence Murphy announced more than $25,000 in construction grants for local public libraries in the 40th Senate District.
"There is a clear correlation between educational success and a strong library system," Senator Murphy said.  "As a father of three kids, I know firsthand how important it is to support our local libraries, and I am thrilled to announce three of the 40th Senate District's libraries have been awarded construction grants to improve their facilities."
Released earlier today, the Lewisboro Library, Brewster Public Library and the Beekman Library have all received state grants to upgrade their individual facilities.  The Lewisboro Library will be installing equipment to connect to the town's generator to provide emergency power at the library.  The Brewster Public Library will be repairing and insulating its roof while the Beekman Library will install automatic doors at its entrance.
In all, 182 libraries across the State received funding through State's Public Library Construction Grant totaling nearly $14 million.  
On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 4:13 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town


The Town of Ossining, in partnership with Purple Hearts Reunited and the Department of New York Military Order of the Purple Heart, sent out a press release earlier today regarding an exciting event scheduled for September 8th, 2015, in which the Purple Heart medal of a deceased Ossining hero will be returned to his hometown.

Read the entire press release here, and please join us for this exciting event on September 8th at the Town Board Meeting.

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State GOP Chairman to Hold Central New York Regional Meeting
Contact: Jessica Proud
New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox will travel to Oswego County as part of a series of regional meetings with local GOP chairs. Chairman Cox, joined by several Central New York Republican Chairs, will host a media availability tomorrow at 5pm at the 916 Riverside in Central Square.

Following the media availability, Chairman Cox will attend the Oswego County Republican Committee Annual Clambake held at the same location.

DATE: Wednesday, August 12th

TIME: 5:00 pm

LOCATION: 916 Riverside, 916 County Road 37, Central Square  
 Greg Meyer Court Removes Republican Candidate from Ballot for Participating in Fraudulent Procedures For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 11 Press Contact: Greg Meyer, (631)398-4517 OSSINING – The Westcheste
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