Friday, September 04, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 09/04/15: 9 Topics In Today's blog


1) Letter To The Editor: Bazzomanifesto 09/02/15 / Thumbtack article

2) [STATEMENT] Murphy comments on Cuomo Common Core statement

3)  Yorktown Town Board okays $950,000 for Baptist Church Road 09/01/15

4)  News Release from United Taxpayers of Yorktown

5) With Students Heading Back to School and Considering Study Abroad Options, Maloney Introduces New Legislation to Protect Students Studying Abroad

6) 12 Grapes: Six lawyers and a judge walk into a bar...

7) Clinton Embraces Far-Left Ideology of NYC Speaker

8) Statement on Trump's Signing of GOP Pledge

9) Assemblywoman Galef interviews Dan Montez on Enjoying the Opera for her "Dear Sandy" TV Show

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Letter To The Editor: Bazzomanifesto 09/02/15 / Thumbtack article
Hi Anthony, 

I saw that you featured Thumbtack's study on New York's friendliness to small business on your blog.

Would you mind adding a link to to your post for attribution of the data? This way your readers can easily click over to see full results for themselves.



Rachel de Jong
Communications Specialist, Economic & Policy Research

(510) 497-0711 | 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3rd, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy responded to today's remarks by the Governor on the Common Core standards.
"Governor Cuomo has just announced he believes the implementation of Common Core is 'not working,' and the current program must now go."

"That is exactly what I, and the tens of thousands of families who opted their children out, have been saying since the disastrous implementation of this flawed system began.

"The test questions were not grade appropriate, the system did not take into account a child's learning disability, and our educators were forced to teach to a flawed test.

"I have three beautiful children who, like your kids, deserve the highest quality education we can possibly give them. After two years of opting my own children out of these exams, I am ecstatic that the Governor now acknowledges the challenges parents across New York have been facing.

"I now look forward to working with the Governor, parents, educators, school administrators and most importantly the children of our state, to put forth an education system that gives everyone an opportunity to succeed."
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
September 1, 2015

Note: The meeting was not televised due to a scheduling conflict on the part of the town’s regular cameraman.

Meeting highlights. For a summary, visit

1. Sewers
Supervisor Grace announced that the NYSDEC has issued a draft interim new SPDES permit for the town’s sewage treatment plant. The permit will allow the town to create sewer extensions for currently unsewered streets in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District.   Additional comments dealt with unsewered areas in the Peekskill Sanitary Sewer District.

2. Baptist Church Road
In a unanimous vote, the board approved two resolutions that pave the way for the reconstruction of the Baptist Church Road culverts and stone wall to begin by September 8th at a cost not to exceed $950,000. The work is expected to take 6-8 weeks and Highway Superintendent Paganelli said the work should be finished by November 8th at the latest.

3. Jefferson Valley/East Main Street
Two Jefferson Valley residents brought to the board’s attention several long standing issues they felt have been ignored by the town:  parking along East Main Street,  especially at the intersection with Wood St; the replacement of a damaged lamppost  dating back to Hurricane Sandy; removal of the  unsightly “Wet Willie” building; and the speeding problem along East Main Street.

4. Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant for trails
The board approved the submission of an application to the Hudson Valley Greenway for a $10,000 grant for the Route 118 to Baldwin Place connection to the FDR trail.

5 Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG)
The town may be eligible to apply for CDBG funds that could partially finance sidewalks on Veterans Road and Downing Drive.
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 News Release from United Taxpayers of Yorktown
Hello,  Would you please post this as a News Release.  

Any questions can be directed to Ed Ciffone, President of the UTY 914-245-1018

YORKTOWN, NY:  Over 1,000 Yorktown residents have signed our petition opposing the construction of a proposed new highway garage, and possibly a new garage for the Parks Department, at a potential cost of $4.8 million. 
The petition follows on the heels of a 3-2 vote by the Yorktown Town Board to apply for four state grants totaling $2,065,000 to partially fund the project. Assuming the town received every grant dollar it was requesting, the remaining $2,760,000 would be picked up by Yorktown taxpayers. 
Supervisor Michael Grace and Councilmen Tom Diana and Gregory Bernard support the project; Councilmen Vishnu Patel and Susan Siegel are opposed to it.

 The UTY is a grassroots taxpayer watchdog group and these are our 10 Reasons To Say “NO” to Building a New Highway Garage

1. A new highway garage isn’t needed. Our highway superintendent has said the current garage is adequate for his department’s needs.  
2. Priority for limited tax dollars should be given to paving our roads and repairing our crumbling bridges and aging buildings before constructing buildings that aren’t critically needed. 
3. No one knows exactly what a new highway garage will cost. Estimates range from $4.8 million to as much as $6 million.
 4. There’s no financial plan for how the garage would be financed and what the ultimate cost to taxpayers would be.
5. There are no numbers, not even rough estimates, that quantify the potential savings the new garage is “supposed” to generate as a result of “greater efficiencies.”
6. Without a plan for financing the project, and without hard numbers on the potential efficiency savings, there’s no way to know how many years it would take for the $6 million investment to “pay for itself.”
7. There’s no actual plan for a new garage. Supervisor Grace doesn’t even know if he wants to build one building to house both the Highway and Parks Departments, or two separate buildings, one for each department.
8. There’s no actual plan for what might get built on the old highway garage site or what type of commercial tenants would want to be located across the street from an auto body shop and down the street from a parking lots for garbage trucks and school buses and a regional UPS truck facility. So far, there are two very different concepts for this potential new building. 
9. With over 250,000  SF of vacant commercial space in Yorktown, there’s no immediate need for more commercial space. One more modest sized commercial building will not, by itself, make Yorktown into a “destination.” 
10. The taxpayers haven’t had an opportunity to ask questions about the project, let alone provide feedback to the Town Board on whether they want to see their taxes increased to pay for a new garage.   There have been NO general public informational meetings on the project.
To sign the online “Say No to the Highway Garage” petition, visit, and  type “Yorktown” in the search box.

Thank You,
Rosanne Brackett
Secretary - UTY
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September 3, 2015                                                                            Alex Miller,
With Students Heading Back to School and Considering Study Abroad Options
Maloney Introduces New Legislation to Protect Students Studying Abroad
New Bill Named in Remembrance of Newburgh Resident Ravi Thackurdeen
Maloney Bill to Require Schools to Report Crimes, Implement Safety Standards of Study Abroad Programs
Poughkeepsie, NY – With students heading back to school and considering study abroad options, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) today unveiled his new bipartisan legislation to protect college students who are studying abroad. The Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act would require institutes of higher education to report crimes that occur while a student is studying abroad, as well as show that they have adopted and implemented a program to protect students participating in an approved study abroad program from crime and harm. Maloney began working on this legislation after the widely reported death of 20-year-old Newburgh student Ravi Thackurdeen, who drowned while studying abroad in Costa Rica. Maloney was joined today by Ravi’s mother, Newburgh resident Ros Thackurdeen, as well as Kingston resident Noelle Damon, a trauma therapist who lost her daughter Zoe while studying abroad.
“Colleges and universities must take every precaution to ensure the safety of their students while they are learning away from home,” said Congressman Maloney. “That is why I am introducing this legislation, in honor of a promising young man from Newburgh named Ravi Thackurdeen. There is no excuse for the lack of simple reporting and transparency that can literally save lives. I’m urging my colleagues in the House to quickly pass this bill so that students and parents have the peace of mind they deserve as young people are studying abroad.”
More and more students are taking advantage of study abroad programs every year. According to a 2013 Institute of International Education report, over 283,000 U.S. students were enrolled in study abroad programs for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Rep. Maloney’s legislation would require each student protection program to include two assessments:
  • a biennial review by the IHE of its study abroad programs to determine their effectiveness in protecting students from crime and harm and the number of deaths and sexual assaults of program participants, accidents and illnesses occurring during program participation, and incidents resulting in police involvement during the preceding 10 years; and
  • the crime statistics IHEs are required to include in their annual campus security report.
This bill would also require colleges and universities to:
  • provide each student who is interested in participating in an approved study abroad program with a pre-trip orientation session and information regarding the countries in which the programs are located and the incidents and crime statistics they are required to include in their protection program for students studying abroad; and
  • provide each student who returns from such a study abroad program with a post-trip orientation session, including an exit interview that assists the IHE in carrying out its program to protect students studying abroad.
Alex MillerCommunications Director
Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
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Sat Sept 5, "Class Action" Rocks the house. See below...
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Dinner Reservations: 

Encore performance!
Jazz legend
What do you get when a bunch of attorneys form a rock group? 
band that Raises the Rock & Roll Bar!
Sat Sept 5
Inside 12 Grapes starting at 9:30 pm
Seasoned litigators by day, these counselors Rock the night away with classic favorites from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bad Company, John Mellancamp and more. A fun and entertaining selection of 70's classic Rock tunes we all know and love.  $10 Cover/$5 with dinner

 Thu, Sept 3
Every 1st Thursday
Open Mic Night
The BEST and longest running in Northern Westchester! Musicians perform original music, acoustic covers, Rock, Classical, Piano and more. Hosted by singer/songwriter, Jess Erick. Jess opens the night with her original songs, then keeps the music flowing and spirits high. 
8 & 10pm ONLY.  No Cover.
R&B / Soul with 
 Valerie Not Val
Valerie is an R&B / Soul singer who has recently performed at the Cutting Room in NYC (accompanying Mrs. Eve Soto), and has been a singer with the Mount Olivet Baptist Church Choir for years. Valerie leads a 7-piece band performing toe-tapping, head-bopping and nostalgic R&B / Soul songs sure to have you dancing all night.  $10 Cover plus $15 minimum per person at tables.
Class Action
The Verdict is in... Class Action Rocks! Led by the harmonic vocals of Gary Cusano on Guitar and Lead vocals; Sal "Soul Judge" Lagonia on trumpet; Michael "ACE" Latini on bass;  Tommy D on Keyboard; Jim Nowak on guitar; Steve Kaplan on Sax; Rick "Medicine Man" Tota on drums. They play a selection of 70's Rock from The Stones, Van Morrison, John Mellancamp and more.
$10 Cover or $5 with Dinner
 Wed, Sept 9
Every 2nd Wednesday
KJ Denhert
 Jeremy James & 
Percy Beamon

Shadetree Mechanics

Sun, Sept 13, 6:00 - 8:00
The longest running in Westchester!
A showcase for talented musicians and singers ages 6 - 17. Bring your guitar, bass, sax, flute or whatever instrument you play. Sing solo or with a band. We provide a drum kit, keyboard, amps and microphones. iPod backing music accommodated. NO COVER. Just pure fun.
CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325


"If this is what the new Democratic Party is going to stand for, I feel really good about our chances to win back the White House."

New York, NY--September 2nd...In receiving today's endorsement from New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Hillary Clinton is embracing a far-left ideology that is out of touch with mainstream America, the New York Republican State Committee today charged. Viverito, a close ally to Mayor de Blasio, is known for a number of controversial positions, including her support for handcuffing law enforcement, giving voting rights to non-citizens and her refusal to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

"For Hillary Clinton to align herself with someone who wouldn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and promotes a far-left ideology so out-of-touch with mainstream America, is disturbing," said New York Republican State Committee Chairman Ed Cox. "The policies promoted by Speaker Viverito and Mayor de Blasio are wrong for this city and they're wrong for our nation. If this is what the new Democratic Party is going to stand for, I feel really good about our chances to win back the White House."
CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

Statement from Chairman Ed Cox on 
Donald Trump Signing the GOP Pledge

September 3, 2015

"With Donald Trump now signing the pledge, all 17 candidates have rightly agreed to support the ultimate Republican nominee. We have an incredibly strong slate of candidates, all of whom would make a great president and restore the promise of America. While the Democrats continue to struggle under the weight of two terms of the failed Obama Administration and their scandal-scarred frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, Republicans are energized and prepared to deliver the solutions needed to put our nation back on the path of strength, prosperity and opportunity."  
Sandy Galef FromNEWS Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District SANDY GALEF District Office: 2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562 albany office: Room 641, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248 For Immediate Rele
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