Friday, August 14, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 08/14/15: 11 Topics In Today's blog


1) NEWS: After Nine Shootings This Summer Maloney, Poughkeepsie Officials Call on Dept. of Justice to Help Stop Violence

2) CTC&G Announces the First Virtually Designed Room in the CT Designer Showhouse on the Green!

3) Fiorina Announces 3 New York Co-Chairs

4) JV Mall upgrade project about to begin

5) 12 Grapes: Dazed and Confused about what to do this weekend?

6) Hallocks Mill Sewer District Information

7) Lalor: I Told You So


9) Town Of Yorktown: Public Notices] Water Bill Phone Scam Alert

10) Cox: Schumer 'conscience' vote dog-whistle to colleagues

11) Assemblywoman Galef Offers a Great Opportunity for an Assembly Office Internship for Fall 2015 

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For Immediate Release: August 13, 2015
CONTACT: Mike Limperopulos                                                                              
After Nine Shootings This Summer
Maloney, Poughkeepsie Officials Call on Dept. of Justice to Help Stop Violence
Poughkeepsie, NY — Today, after nine shootings in the City of Poughkeepsie this summer alone, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) stood with City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County officials to call on the Department of Justice to help end the recent spike in violence that has gripped the city. Specifically, Maloney and the officials called on the Department of Justice to approve an investment in the city through the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program (CHP), which would allow the city to hire five additional police officers over the next three years.
As recent news articles have reported, policing levels in the City of Poughkeepsie are at their lowest level in decades. An investment in the Poughkeepsie Police Department through the federal COPS Hiring Program would help alleviate this staffing crisis by enabling the department to hire more officers, engage in additional collaboration with the community, and allow for a focused effort on known hot spots throughout the city to reduce the increasing levels of violence. Rep. Maloney and his office have worked together with state, county, and city officials to help the city apply for and secure these funds, including advocating on the city’s behalf with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (letters can be found here and here). Today, Rep. Maloney and those local leaders renewed their calls for the much-needed investment, made all the more urgent by recent violence.
“I’ve been fighting for this investment in the city for too long, and after the horrifying events of the last two months my message to the Justice Department is simple – time’s up,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “The families that live in this city and the police officers who risk their lives every day need our support; we must invest in the tactics that we know reduce crime, strengthen our communities, and make our streets safer.”
Rep. Maloney added that he would work with the Department of Justice to change the COPS program’s cap on hiring officers, allowing cities to hire up to ten officers for a period of three years or more.
“When you have cities operating at less than 20% or 30% capacity, capping the number of officers you can hire just isn’t getting the job done,” said Rep. Maloney.
City of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ronald Knapp stated, “We thank Congressman Maloney for his continued support in securing additional officers under the COPS grant. After our recent spike in violent crime we instituted directed patrols using officers on overtime, resulting in an immediate decrease of the violent crime. These patrols using officers in vehicles, on foot and also on bikes was overwhelming welcomed by the community. The officers hired under the COPS grant would allow us to do this on a full time basis not only addressing violent crime but establishing a better rapport with the residents.”
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, “The COPS funding is critical for getting additional police officers on the streets in the City of Poughkeepsie and we are grateful to Congressman Maloney for his work to ensure the City receives that necessary funding swiftly. We have already seen the positive impact of additional manpower as the Dutchess County Sheriff Office deputies have partnered with City of Poughkeepsie officers in hotspot areas. We must all continue to work together to ensure the resources are available to support City law enforcement. The safety and security of the City of Poughkeepsie is the key to its successful revitalization.”
"Members of our community deserve to feel safe and secure in their city," said Senator Sue Serino. "As a mother, a member of this community and as a representative I believe that bringing peace and security to the City of Poughkeepsie needs to be high on the priority list. I stand beside Congressman Maloney in calling on the Justice Department to do the right thing and help stop the violence by making real investments in safety and jobs."
Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison added, "We have partnered together with city and federal officials with one goal in mind: to make Poughkeepsie a safer place. I pledged to continue working with our federal partners to add more officers under the COPS Hiring Program, and I am grateful to Congressman Maloney for his support of our request for this important grant funding. With more officers on the streets and the potential to lift the cap currently in place on participating cities, COPS would be a tremendous help to our Poughkeepsie police force."
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Norwalk, CT (August 13, 2015) – CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) magazine announces the first virtually designed room in the Connecticut Designer Showhouse on the Green.

CTC&G is the exclusive media sponsor of the Connecticut Designer Showhouse on the Green—a redecoration of the historic St. Paul’s rectory in Fairfield, CT. “In an interesting nod to the myriad ways that designers and consumers shop these days, CTC&G has collaborated with the leading online home design platform Decorist ( to create a room in the showhouse without the designer having set foot in the space” said Cottages & Gardens Publications, Editorial Director DJ Carey.

Decorist’s celebrity designer Christina Murphy of Christina Murphy Interiors will design the showhouse library, including the selection of paint colors, furniture, artwork and accessories. Also collaborating on the project is Safavieh Home Furnishings, who will complete the installation and preparation of the room while offering its vast selection of furnishings, which will be chosen online by Murphy.

“The library will receive a stunning virtual transformation designed by Decorist celebrity designer Christina Murphy,” said Gretchen Hansen, CEO and founder of Decorist. “The process is just like the one our customers have when working with Decorist on their own room makeovers.”

“Furniture and accessories in the room were chosen by Murphy from our exclusive Safavieh Couture Collection, featured in our retail stores and at” said Michael Yaraghi, CEO of Safavieh. “This is a real life example of virtual decorating.”  

Followers of the project will be able to see furnishings selected over the next few weeks, as the chosen pieces will be revealed in a series of social media releases from CTC&G, Decorist and Safavieh Home Furnishings leading up to the gala opening on September 18 of the Designer Showhouse in Fairfield, CT.

Fourteen interior designers and two garden designers will reveal the redecoration of the historic St. Paul’s Rectory at a gala opening on September 18, and the house will be open to the public through October 25. Proceeds from the project benefit St. Paul’s rectory and Operation Hope.

About CTC&G:
Cottages & Gardens Publications delivers the finest design magazines to residents of America’s most affluent communities. CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens), one of the company's four titles, presents the very best in architecture, design, art and antiques, real estate, and entertaining to a highly influential readership in Connecticut. The magazines are oversized and well designed to emphasize superior journalism and photography, inspired by a local “sense of place.” Visit Like us on Facebook (ConnecticutCandG); follow us on Twitter (@CTCandG), Pinterest (CottagesGardens) and Instagram (@ctcandg).

About Decorist:
Decorist is the leading online home design platform that makes interior design personal, affordable and easy. From its free Ask A Designer to its flat fee room makeover at three levels: Classic ($199), Elite ($399) or Celebrity ($799), the client gets two unique design concepts and works with a designer to revise and perfect their design plan. Finally, buy everything for the best possible prices, all in one place. Whether they need a little interior design help or a lot, Decorist saves them time and money.

About Christina Murphy:
Christina Murphy of Christina Murphy Interiors has been named one of America's Top 100 Designers. She is known for her broad range as a designer, creating original, thoughtful spaces for both residential and commercial clients. Christina started her design career in 1999 at Kemble Interiors and has been featured on ABC's The View, in the New York Times and many shelter magazines, including NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens). Her work is known for bringing out the best in her client's individual style, discovering the happy medium between beautiful and practical. Christina is a graduate of Georgetown University, The American Institute for Foreign Study in Italy and The New York School of Interior Design.

About Safavieh:
Safavieh Home Furnishings is the largest high-end furnishing store with internationally acclaimed luxury brands including its famous Safavieh furniture collections and rugs. Safavieh Home Furnishings offers everything needed to create a dream home: from its interior design service and exclusive collections to lighting, mirrors and accessories.

About the Connecticut Designer Showhouse on the Green:
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church presents the Designer Showhouse on the Green benefiting Operation Hope in Fairfield, CT. Connecticut resident Ellie Cullman of Cullman & Kravis is the design chair, while Tara Vincenta of Artemis Landscape Architects and Diane Devore of Devore Associates Landscape Architects have been announced as the co-garden design chairs. Fourteen top interior designers and decorative artists will showcase their skills across 18 different spaces in the house by redecorating the old rectory using the best in furnishings, fabrics, fixtures and garden design.
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U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth, Assemblyman Kieran Lalor &
Becki Fleischer Announced as New York Co-Chairs Supporting

York Co-Chairs Cite Carly's Proven Leadership

August 13, 2015... Following her standout debate performance and surge in recent
polls, three prominent New York leaders today announced their support for Carly
Fiorina for President of the United States.  Former U.S. Representative Nan
Hayworth, M.D. represented the 19
th Congressional District
in the House of Representatives from 2010 -2012, where she served on the
Financial Services Committee.  Becki Fleischer currently consults for the
nonprofit community, and previously served in the George W. Bush Administration
at the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Education.  And New
York State Assemblyman Kieran Lalor is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq
War.  Hayworth, Fleisher, and Lalor will serve as Fiorina's co-chairs in New
York and lead the effort to continue to build support for Carly's candidacy in
the Empire State.

Former U.S.
Representative Nan Hayworth, M.D.:
Fiorina has it all: sound and sensible judgment, successful executive
experience, a great gift for communicating our shared values, and a compelling
vision for individual liberty that comes from having worked for and achieved the
American dream. She's conquered challenges--as a businesswoman, wife and mother,
and cancer survivor--with determination, courage, and grace. That's why I
accepted eagerly when Carly invited me to help her campaign, and why I'm honored
to stand beside her in this presidential race."

Fiorina is different - she's not a politician. She's a smart, conservative,
well-spoken businesswoman who knows how to get things done. I'm drawn to her
ideas and her vision for restoring this great nation so that all Americans have
equal opportunity to climb the economic ladder of life. She effectively pushes
back against the liberal narrative, not with hyperbole or bombastic name
calling, but with command of the facts and confidence in her conservative
principles. She's a leader who has what it takes."

Assemblyman Kieran
experience of going from secretary in a local real estate office to CEO of one
of the world's largest companies not only reminds us the American Dream is
possible, it gives her a unique perspective on how businesses big and small will
benefit from policies that reduce spending, decrease taxes and eliminate
unnecessary regulations. Carly Fiorina understands that the best way to lift
Americans out of this dismal economy is to tame the bureaucracy and allow
Americans to keep more of their own paychecks.  She has laid out platform that
will nurture and unleash the job-creating powers of innovation and

Together, Hayworth,
Fleischer, and Lalor join a growing group of Americans nationwide who have been
moved to support Carly's candidacy because of her willingness to challenge the
professional political class and take on the status quo. They will help build a
grassroots network of support in New York and communicate why Carly's unique and
impressive background is what we need in the next President of the United


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 Work Session
August 11, 2015

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

1. Update on Jefferson Valley Mall
Representatives of Simon advised the board that work on the renovation/upgrade project is about to begin.

2. Water meter project and other water district issues
Given continued opposition from Supervisor Grace and Councilmen Bernard and Diana, the meter replacement program for residential users will be put on hold, although other meter accuracy issues were discussed.

3 Dogs at the DeVito Veterans Memorial Field
The board discussed the problem of dogs urinating and defecating at the field. The board will consider drafting some legislation to address the issue.

4. Ethics Law Update
The board voted to hire an outside attorney to review the existing Ethics Law and report back orally on recommendations for possible changes.

5. Hallocks Mill Sewers
The board rejected the idea of the town sending a letter to about 200 homeowners informing them that they may now be able to hook up to sewers. Councilwoman Siegel will send the letter out on her own.

6. Community Care Facility zoning amendment
The board voted  2-3 with only Councilman Patel and myself voting yes to proceed to the public hearing stage with the proposed amendment that would apply to future applications for a sober living residence.

7. Croton Heights Road bridge repair
The board authorized the supervisor to sign permanent and temporary easements with two property owners that were needed to provide access for the repair of the bridge.

8. Garbage contract renewal
The town exercised its option and voted to renew the garbage collection contract with Competition Carting for 2016 at the same price.  This is the second of three possible extensions.

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We've got your Led Zeppelin fix this Saturday
 See below for details.
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Outdoor Summer
Music Series
Outdoor Cafe on N. Division St.

Albert Ahlf Jazz Trio
Kristina Koller
Independent Music Award Winner
Ladies Night Specials: $6 Wines, $6 Martinis, 1/2-priced Appetizers
Enjoy the Summer's Bounty
Fresh crispy-skin Salmon over a Panzanella Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, house-made Croutons, Green Beans, Bell Peppers & Tomato Vinaigrette. 
Just $18 on our Summer Menu!

Bianca Muniz Band
Bianca is a singer/songwriter who writes "sensitive and textural" acoustic music in a non-traditional format. Her masterful use of lyricism and poetry is woven into songs that range from Indie  ballads to R&B and Rock. The band features Bianca on lead vocals, her longtime musical counterpart and sister Jacqueline Muniz, Long Island Native guitarist and vocalist Kieran McAuliffe, and Brooklyn native drummer, percussionist and vocalist, Liam Zahm. NO COVER. 

Fri Aug 14, 9:30 - 12:30
'60s & '70s Rock
Vintage Vinyl is a Peekskill band that'll get your heart pumping and your feet tapping! Dance to fan favorites like "Rock On" by David Essex, "I'm Your Captain" by Grand Funk Railroad, "Hold Your Head Up" by Argent, "Eighteen" by Alice Cooper and "Bang A Gong" by T-Rex. With Chris Nelson on bass/vocals, Jason Braun on guitar/vocals, Paul JM on drums/vocals, and Brittney Trenczer on violin. Let's get funky! $5 Cover. 
Performing classic Zeppelin like "Dazed and Confused", "Heartbreaker" and "Stairway to Heaven", as well as B-side songs to satisfy the most discerning fan, plus a complete acoustic set, with mandolin and custom-tuned guitars, like "Going to California", "Friends" and "That's the Way". Extended versions of "The Song Remains the Same" and "Whole Lotta Love" recapture the true live experience!
$10 Cover or $5 with Dinner

Sun Aug 16, 6:00 - 8:00 
Kids Open Mic Night
The longest-running Kids Open Mic in Westchester! As featured in Westchester Magazine, the NYTimes & more. This monthly showcase welcomes talented singers, musicians and bands from ages 6 - 17. Full back line induces amps, drums & keys. Sign up begins at 5:30. 
 NEXT WEEKThu Aug 20
Live Band Karaoke
VOTED "BEST KARAOKE" by the readers of Westchester Magazine 2015!!
Fri Aug 21
Bookends Band
Sat Aug 22
Jon Bates Band
Hallocks Mill Sewer District Information 
Dear member:
Read this list properties that now can hook up to sewers in the Hallock's Mill sewer district. I think that supervisor Grace is trying to keep this a secret. The Highway Garage is on the list. I must find out if any of these properties belong to any of his friend. Susan Seigel at last night board meeting stated she wanted to send a letter from the town to the property owners that can hook up and live near the sewer line. Grace and the other board members stopped her from sending out a letter to two hundred homes. It's now a list of 14 that has been issued and growing.
(2) Kiederer Sub -  ISSUED
(3) Broookside -Landmark Ct./Khami Sub -  ISSUED
3017 Clearview - ISSUED
37.18-2-86 – wooded lot by Murphy’s – not the restaurant. Nantucket Sound & Son’s.- ISSUED
George Roberta – 4 lots on Edgewood Street – 48.7-2-11 / 48.7-2-13/48.7-2-15/48.7-2-17- ISSUED
Proposed Highway Garage – at the hill at the plant – 37.11-1-52- ISSUED
3276 Gomer St. – LaScala – ISSUED
1749 Central St. - Mastro 37.19-1-60 – ISSUED
Front Street – vacant lot – 48.7-2-2 – owned by Crown Delta – ISSUED
2645 Old Yorktown Road – Cerbone – ISSUED
264 Andrea Road – Esposito - ISSUED
2190 Parker Lane – Falcone – Nancy from Planning’s daughter
2403 Evergreen Street – Janet’s house
2857 Springhurst – Rudd
2813 Larkspur - Gunther
218 Underhill Ave. - Rotunno – 37.19-1-36 - Needs to connect to sewer on Maple Hill
1643 Maxwell Court – John Kincart
1632 Central Street Francoise
598 Madison Court Keehan
2535 Evergreen – Werner
1636 Hanover St. – Madden – OK, if he shows us the easements and location he will be tying in.
127 Loder Road - Harte
2706 Windmill Dr. Bucolo
2641 Gregory Street – Becofsky
583 Waverly Rd. – Scalfani
574  Waverly Rd. – Gross
575 Waverly Rd. – Schoenberg
2241 Saw Mill River Road – Edson Ave Development
1632 Central Street Francoise
619 Madison Court – Rosenbaum
I Told You So
Dear Friends,
When I launched this petition immediately after Sen. Schumer came out against the Iran deal, I said "Schumer could get permission from the Administration to cover himself with a 'no' vote if they have enough votes and don’t need his." I concluded, "That Schumer hasn't even swayed the Junior Senator from his own state tells me that he is playing a dangerous political game on this grave matter."

Unfortunately, I was right. Despite saying he will vote against the deal himself,
Politico is reporting that Schumer is assuring his Democrat Senate colleagues that he won’t even try to persuade them to vote against the deal.

The Obama Administration infamously released five senior Taliban commanders from Guant√°namo Bay, in exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, but refused to include prisoner release in the deal with Iran. According to a Politico report, "Those imprisoned are former Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. A fourth American, former FBI agent Robert Levinson, is believed missing and possibly held by the Iranians, though they deny it."

After the deal was struck and Iran got sanctions lifted,
Kerry pathetically said, "We remain very, very hopeful that Iran will make a decision to do the right thing and to return those citizens to the United States."

Why would we negotiate with and trust a regime that continues to hold four American hostages? Thus we reiterate our call for Schume, to use his status as Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference and
the likely Chair of the Caucus after Senator Reid retires next year to stop the deal the Administration has negotiated with the Mullahs in Iran.
Please join me by signing this petition now then forwarding this email to at least three friends so they can do the same.

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..
On Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:09 AM, Michael Mulraney wrote:
Contact Tara Keegan 845-628-3781
A statement by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown)
“The numbers released yesterday by the State Education Department show that the people of New York have had enough of their children being forced into high-stakes testing on a curriculum they don’t believe is working. Education is more than the few hours students spend in a high-pressure situation. This state has forgotten that. When 20 percent of the eligible students do not take a standardized test, it is time to reevaluate education policies and curriculum.
            “My colleagues and I in the Assembly Minority Conference held numerous open education forums to discuss the Common Core curriculum and high-stakes testing model in 2013. We have been aware of the issues with Common Core and have been fighting to halt its implementation through the APPLE Plan (A.3656). Unfortunately, the Assembly Majority has blocked this legislation in the Education Committee despite some of their members being sponsors of the bill. This year, when legislation had been put forward to protect the teachers, students, parents, and schools with children opting out of the tests, I immediately co-sponsored it. That legislation is the Common Core Parental Refusal Act (A.6025). That has not been brought forward for a vote.
            “We have the momentum, and people are taking notice of the opt-out movement.  Let us not give up a fight we are obviously winning. By putting continued pressure on those who are standing in the way of reforming the status quo, we can make great change; and support like this on the grassroots level is how we can end the Common Core high-stakes testing model once and for all.”
On Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:57 AM, Town of Yorktown wrote:

Water Bill Phone Scam Alert

The Northern Westchester Joint Waterworks (NWJWW) billing department received two phone calls this morning from Yorktown residents. Each caller was contacted by “Amy” at 914-352-7111 x1056, and told she was calling because a large amount was due on their account.  If not paid, the water department is coming to shut their water off.
Please be advised, NWJWW will not call a customer for payment. All contact is done through written correspondence in accordance with Town Code. In addition, NWJWW will never ask a customer for their bank account information or to purchase a debit card or gift card to make a payment. If customers have any questions or concerns about their bill, they should call NWJWW at 914-788-3400.
If you receive a call, please contact the Yorktown Police Department at 914-962-4141
CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

Deal is Matter of Facts & Judgement, Not Subjective Beliefs
Calls for Aggressive Leadership, Including to Junior Senator Gillibrand

New York--August 13th...Senator Schumer's claim that the vote on the Iran deal is a matter of "conscience" is a term of art that signals to his fellow politicians that his this is a matter of subjective beliefs, when it is indeed a matter of facts and judgement that requires aggressive leadership, including to New York's junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, today claimed New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox.

Chairman Cox made the comments following recent published reports that have Senator Schumer under fire for not doing anything to whip opposition votes as a wannabe majority leader. Senator Gillibrand, who supports the deal, has confirmed that he has not lobbied her on her vote.

"By saying this vote is a matter of 'conscience,' Senator Schumer is sending an inside-the-beltway dog-whistle to his fellow politicians that this is a matter of subjective beliefs," said Chairman Cox. "Yet he reached his conclusion on the deal after an admitted laborious analysis of the facts and based on his judgement with respect to Iran. This deal poses an existential threat to Israel and risks American security. He should be aggressively arguing his case for anyone who will listen, including Senator Gillibrand."

He concluded, "For Senator Gillibrand to support this bad deal while so many of her New York colleagues are opposed is simply baffling. It's well-documented that Senator Schumer is her mentor--she should take his analysis of the deal seriously and change her position."
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