Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 09/10/15: 5 Topics In Today's blog


1) Westchester BOL Sets Public Referendum for Election Day 2015

2) LDM Special Event: Lincoln & the Civil War in Art, Sept. 26th & 27th

3) Don't Miss This Year's NYC&G IDAs!

4)  [MEDIA ADVISORY] *Thurs, 9/10, 12pm* For sixth straight year, Yorktown GOP opens victory center

5) Gillibrand Murky on U.S. Constitution

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For Immediate Release: September 8, 2015
Contact : Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Legislators Pass Resolution Setting Mandatory Referendum For Election day 2015
On Tuesday, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a resolution to place a referendum item on the ballot for the 2015 general election which takes place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  This is the first Westchester County-wide referendum to be voted on by the general electorate since Election Day 2000.
The proposal to be considered by all voters in this year’s general election would amend the Laws of Westchester County, commonly referred to as the County Charter, changing the date that the County Executive is required to submit the Capital Budget to the BOL from November 15th to October 15th each year.  The deadline to submit the annual Operating Budget would be moved up from November 15th to November 10th.  The purpose of the proposed changes is to provide more time for the BOL and the public to review the county budget before it is voted on. 
The referendum is mandated in section 209.161 of the County Charter which states, “…that said law, which would diminish the powers of an elected official, shall not become effective until submitted at a general election and approved by a majority of votes cast on the question of the approval or disapproval of such law.”  Changing the dates that County Executive is required to submit the Capital and Operating Budgets is considered a diminution of his powers, triggering the need for a public referendum.
The proposed changes are based one of the recommendations from the Charter Revision Commission (CRC).  The CRC was established in 2011 to study, review and recommend changes to the Westchester County Charter and Administrative Code.  This was only the second review of the Charter since 1937 and the first in more than 25 years.  The CRC spent nearly two years on their review.  The current proposal is one of 16 recommendations made by the CRC.
The proposed referendum item was reviewed in the BOL’s Budget and Appropriations Committee which is Chaired by Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Eastchester and in the BOL’s Legislation Committee which is Chaired by Legislator Virginia Perez, (D) Yonkers. 
Legislator Marcotte said, “This recommendation from the CRC is a prudent one.  Producing a sound and responsible budget is the most important job we undertake at the BOL.  I favor any measure which will increase transparency for the public and provide more time to the BOL to produce the best budget possible.”
Legislator Virginia Perez said, “It is a rare occasion when we seek to change our County Laws and any such consideration must be deliberative and measured.  I think it is wholly appropriate that the very document we are considering changes to, dictates that the final decision regarding these changes lies with the public.  I encourage every voter to learn about this proposal and to cast an educated vote in November.”
BOL chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers, applauded the work of the CRC and the BOL committees who are reviewing and implementing the CRC’s recommendations, “At the BOL, we have been reviewing, discussing and debating the many thoughtful and smart recommendations that came from the CRC.  Some deal with utilitarian issues like our budget calendar while others seek to address more esoteric and philosophical questions like ethics reform and whether Legislators should be voting on ethics waivers.  All of the proposals from the CRC have merit and serve the collective effort of making our County Charter the most effective and fair document possible to guide us as lawmakers in our current times.”

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SEPTEMBER 10th, 2015

Team Yorktown, 
Moving Yorktown Forward,
Opens Victory Center in Yorktown with Town GOP
YORKTOWN, NY - With momentum already building towards Election Day in November, Team Yorktown, who says they are moving Yorktown forward, will be officially opening their campaign headquarters in Yorktown on Thursday. The slate is endorsed by the Yorktown Republican Town Committee, which is calling the office their 2015 victory center.

In 2009, the Yorktown GOP opened the first campaign office in town since the days of George Pataki. Every year thereafter the Republican Party has continued to open local and regional campaign offices and has reaped success at the ballot box.

In recent weeks, significant announcements have been made regarding the progress of projects, which in some cases, have been stalled in Yorktown for nearly three decades.  Led by Supervisor Michael Grace, the Team Yorktown slate continues to build grassroots support on top of a growing list of historic accomplishments which are set to have positive implications for Yorktown's taxpayers for years to come, the candidates say.

The details for this THURSDAY's event are as follows:

WHO: Team Yorktown
Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana
Candidate for Yorktown Town Board Ed Lachterman
Yorktown Justice Gary Raniolo
Candidate for Yorktown Town Clerk Mary Capoccia
Westchester County Legislator John Testa
New York State Senator Terrence Murphy

WHAT: Campaign Headquarters Opening & Ribbon Cutting

WHEN: Thursday, September 10th 
12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Yorktown GOP Victory Center
2041 Saw Mill River Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

CONTACT: 914-455-1060
September 9, 2015

Does Senator Gillibrand Need a History Lesson? 

In recent remarks, Senator Gillibrand embarrassingly confused the 14th Amendment with the 19th Amendment and was otherwise confused about the history of the Amendment granting women the right to vote.

While we think our United States Senators should be able to correctly cite our Constitutional Amendments, what's even more disturbing is her efforts to erode those guaranteed rights. Whether it's her blatant attempts to dismantle the Second Amendment or her blind support of President Obama's federal overreach, it's increasingly clear to us Ms. Gillibrand needs a refresher on our nation's history and the document by which we are governed.

Read the full story below:
Gillibrand Confuses 19th Amendment With 14th Amendment At Women's Day LuncheonBy Kerry Picket
During a keynote address at the New York State Fair Wednesday, Democrat New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand erroneously referenced the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment as the law that gives women the right to vote, reported.

"This Women's Day comes just one week after the 90th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment that gave women the right to vote," Gillibrand told the attendees at the annual Women's Day luncheon.

"If we went around this room, I bet each of you could name a few things you'd want to change," she said. "Maybe you're wondering - where do I start? Maybe you're already leading the fight to change a policy at your workplace or child's school. Maybe you've thought, 'What's the point? Nothing I do will make any difference.' Well, I have good news: your voice does matter and you can achieve change."

The Fourteenth Amendment grants citizenship to individuals born or naturalized in the United States. The law Gillibrand meant to refer to was the Nineteenth Amendment.
Gillibrand, who is best known for pushing anti-sexual assault bills on Capitol Hill, also got the anniversary of the amendment's ratification wrong. It was ratified 95 years ago in August of 1920. The New York senator is a graduate of Dartmouth College and UCLA Law School.

Gillibrand's office later told that the senator was obviously talking about the Nineteenth Amendment and a "typographical error" made it into the final version of her speech. The publication notes the errors were also in the advance copy of the speech they were sent.

Read more here. 
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