Monday, October 05, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/05/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Brendon Fitzgerald, Fundraiser - Dutchy's Den (The New Yorker)  10/15/15

3) Jenkins: Astorino will continue to waste taxpayer dollars on HUD Lawsuit

4) News from Senator Murphy: October 2, 2015

5) The Unveiling of the Designer Show house on the Green, and More from the October Issue of CTC&G!

6) Town Of Ossining: Town Hall Meeting- Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 7:30PM

7) Statement on Cuomo's Continued Assault on 2nd Amendment

8) Assemblywoman Galef Invites Public to Panel Discussion on Physician-Assisted Suicide

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For Immediate Release: October 2, 2015
News from Legislator Ken Jenkins
Contact: (914) 262-3629
Jenkins: Astorino will continue to
Waste taxpayer dollars on HUD Lawsuit
(White Plains, NY) – Late last week the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that HUD was within its legal right to reallocate funds for Westchester County because Rob Astorino’s administration has failed to live up to the 2009 settlement to build 750 units of affordable housing before 2016.  Even though the County is on track to meet its goals, Rob Astorino will continue to fight the requirement, costing taxpayers over $10 million according to a new analysis done by the Journal News’ Tax Watch columnist David McKay Wilson.
Legislator Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) called the County Executive’s newest comments on the issue insulting to taxpayers.  Astorino was quoted in Wilson’s article as saying, “The money was the least important aspect that we are dealing with.” 
Since 2011, over $11 million of funding slated for Westchester County efforts has been reallocated to other parts of the country and the newest ruling allowed HUD to reallocate another $5 million of Westchester’s funding from 2013, to other places. 
Jenkins explained, “As the recent Second Circuit Court decision indicates, there are consequences to following Westchester’s Court strategy: individuals and non-profits which need this money have now lost it.  The County Executive’s comment that this money is not important is as callous as it is ignorant.”
Read the October 1st Column Entitled “Astorino’s Victory Over HUD Questioned”:
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Our region continues to prepare for Hurricane Joaquin, even though the Category IV storm is no longer expected to make landfall on the East Cost. The State's preparation includes additional resources and personnel from various state agencies that are being deployed to assist state and local crews with both preparing for and responding to the possible impact of the storm. 

We have been told that the latest weather reports have good news for New York, and the storm is expected to veer off into the Atlantic. Yet continue to prepare ourselves for every possible outcome in order to keep people safe. My office is in regular contact with Con Edison and NYSEG to stay informed and hold our public utilities accountable.

New Yorkers are encouraged to sign up for NY-Alert in order to receive immediate notifications on flood warnings and severe storms.
2015 Session Look Back: Property Tax Relief
This year my Senate Majority colleagues and I fought successfully to reduce small business tax rates at their lowest level ever and provided $1.2 billion in tax relief for a circuit breaker to tie a portion of property taxes to income, but there is much more work to be done. first Statewide law: Treatment Courts
September is national recovery month and a new law signed by the Governor this week is being hailed by recovery providers and advocates as a major victory in New York's continued efforts to curb addiction. The signing of the bill, which I authored, will now allow recovering addicts to enter judicial diversion programs, better known as drug courts, while obtaining medically prescribed treatment.

This was a common sense, bipartisan initiative, that I was proud to carry in the Senate and thank Governor Cuomo for signing it into law. New York's drug courts have saved countless lives from the scourge of addiction. By expanding those who qualify for this lifesaving program, New York no longer denies this opportunity to those relying on maintenance medications as part of their recovery. This signifies another win in our continuing war against addiction.

As of August 1, 2014 New York had established 146 drug courts of which 90 were in criminal court, 35 in family court, 6 in town and village courts and 15 focused on juveniles. It is estimated these courts had more than 85,000 participants with a success rate of nearly 50 percent. READ MORE' homelessness eradicated in Westchester
I joined Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino to announce that the population of homeless veterans in the county was at "functional zero" meaning there are no known homeless veterans living on the streets in Westchester. Since the Westchester Patriot Housing Initiative was launched in August of 2013 with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, permanent housing has been secured for 329 previously homeless veterans. Permanent housing is also being worked on for the eight veterans who are currently living in temporary shelters.

Westchester County residents should take great pride in this announcement. We are the land of the free because of the brave men and women who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice on a daily basis.

As a community, county and state we have a responsibility to ensure our veterans receive the best care and services. I applaud County Executive Astorino and his entire team on the announcement and look forward to our continued work together on this important issue. READ MORE
New Castle Community Day 2015
A great time as always at New Castle Community Day! Great to see my friends from Team New Castle 2.0 working to make their community an even better place to live.
UWUA Local 1-2 Annual Family Day Picnic
Great time supporting my friends from UWUA Local 1-2 at the Bronx-Westchester UWUA Local 1-2 Family Reunion. My dad would be so proud. Now, more than ever, we need to support our utility workers!
Italian American Club of Mahopac 2015 Columbus Day Dinner Dance
Over 200 guests came to pay tribute to this year's parade honorees, Luigi Cefaloni, 2015 Grand Marshal Vincenzo DeCicco, Honorary Grand Marshal, Gus DelGrosso, Honorary Grand Marshal and James DiPelesi, Special Honoree.
2015 Run for Recovery
What a fabulous turnout for the Drug Crisis in our Backyard Run for Recovery. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and all the runners for helping us bring awareness and reduce the stigma associated with this disease. We know that all the souls that have died from this horrendous disease are smiling today because you came out to break the silence. 
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Where to go this month for a houseful of design inspiration? Head to Fairfield and explore the first-ever Designer Showhouse on the Green benefitting Operation Hope. Led by design chairman Ellie Cullman and landscape design co-chairs Diane Devore and Tara Vincenta, more than 15 designers turned St. Paul’s Episcopal Church rectory into a showcase of premier talent. Here, you’ll get a glimpse of the spaces inside and out. But there’s nothing like seeing it in person, and it’s open for visits through October 25.
When designer Beth Schoenherr first met the owners of this New Canaan shingle-style residence built by Country Club Homes, the mandate was clear: “They bought the house in the spring, and they wanted to be in by summer,” she recalls. With just a few clues to work with—some pages from a magazine, for instance—Schoenherr viewed the directive as a challenge and an opportunity.
Badass New England is not the terminology normally associated with the design style for a home, especially one in Cornwall. But it is the oxymoron interior design Fawn Galli conjured when talking about the unlikely blend of antiques, contemporary furnishings, French textiles and a color scheme that boldly pairs salmon walls with eggplant wainscoting that breathed new life into an 1830s farmhouse.
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On Friday, October 2, 2015 4:12 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town


Town Hall Meeting 
October 6th, 2015
7:30 PM
Ossining Public Library
  • Celebration of Town of Ossining Residents who have “energized” their homes and “pocketbook” by taking advantage of home evaluations, and completed some, if not all, of the subsequent recommendations, resulting in safer homes with reduced energy bills
  • Update on the Reassessment of the Town of Ossining
However, as always, these are your meetings!
Please come and ask any and all questions you may have for the Town Board.

2015 Budget Resources
Line Item, Highlights, Facts & Figures
    Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
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    Statement from NYS Republican Chairman Ed Cox in Response to Governor Cuomo's Call to Shut Down the Federal Government for More Gun Control

    October 5, 2015

    "Governor Cuomo's call for a federal government shutdown over gun control is callous and silly grandstanding abusing a terrible tragedy to further his national ambitions and burnish his Left-wing credentials following last year's embarrassing primary and his sinking job approval ratings. 

    "He should have learned to do better from his rushed enactment after a similar tragedy of his defective so-called SAFE Act that infringed upon the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens, but has been ineffectual in keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill or criminals. 

    "He once again is showing his incompetence for high federal office with his statement that gun control should be "THE 2016 issue" over issues of a sour economy and dire foreign threats to our national security."  

    On Monday, October 5, 2015 12:50 PM, Sandy Galef wrote:

    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 Release
    Contact:  Sandy Galef
    (914) 941-1111

    Assemblywoman Galef Invites Public to Panel Discussion

    on Physician-Assisted Suicide

    Galef Asks Audience to Take Deep Dive into Tough Moral Subject

    (October 5, 2015) New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef invites the
    public to attend a forum about the pros and cons of physician assisted
    suicide. The question has been under discussion for the last twenty years
    and six states, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, New Mexico and
    California, can now offer their experience with Death with Dignity Laws. 

    Galef says, "It is time for us in New York to seriously consider the issues
    involved in adopting or rejecting such legislation, to understand the
    history of physician-assisted suicide, and to dig into the complicated
    emotional and ethical concerns it raises."  The speakers will present a wide
    variety of perspectives and include the following ethics professionals and
    representative advocacy organizations:

    Dr. Ira Bedzow Director, Biomedical Ethics & Humanities New York Medical

    Corinne Carey New York Campaign Director, Compassion & Choices;

    Bruce Darling CEO, Disability Rights, Not Dead Yet; and,

    Dr. Mildred Solomon  President & CEO, The Hastings Center.

    Galef hopes that, "a thoughtful discussion of this sensitive subject will
    leave everyone enriched and              better informed."


    The forum will take place Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at the Cortlandt
    Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

    The following organizations are co-sponsors of the event: Bethel Homes and
    Services, Buchanan Seniors, Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber, and Westchester
    Independent Living Center.
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