Friday, October 09, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/09/15: 9 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Join DMAC on October 27

3) Yorktown Town Board debates use of town email addresses 10/02/15

4) Yorktown Planning Board continues Costco review 10/05/15

5) [MEDIA ADVISORY] *Tue, 10/13, 10:00a* Westchester Clean Water Act workshop

6) Following 14 Dam Collapses in South Carolina, Maloney Urges for Passage of His Bill to Maintain and Repair Hazardous Dams

7) Astorino Endorses Bill Nuckel in Yonkers Mayors Race

8) PRESS RELEASE] Sen. Murphy Delivers Legislative Update to Yorktown

9) 12 Grapes: NEW and noteworthy!

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Note: As of December 2, 2014, CIY summaries of Town Board meetings are being written by Susan Siegel in her capacity as a councilwoman.

This summary covers two meetings: the special 10/2/15 meeting and the regular 10/6/2015 meeting.

Meeting highlights. For more details visit
October 2, 2015
Special Town Board Meeting

The meeting was called by Supervisor Grace to discuss the use of town email addresses by Councilman Patel in an email blast that was critical of the Supervisor’s proposed highway garage project. The Supervisor, Councilmen Bernard and Diana, and the Yorktown Republican Committee said, at least initially, that the release of the town emails was illegal (they later acknowledged that they were obtained legally) but that the use of the email addresses was illegal.  Councilmen Patel and Siegel stated that the emails were used legally and in accordance with the opinions of the NYS Committee on Open Government.

 In a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Patel and Siegel voting no, a resolution was approved that reads:  “Pledge, not to use the information obtained from the Town’s email lists in a political campaign.”
Town Board Meeting
October 6, 2015

1. Police issue/Mohegan Lake and Shrub Oak
Police Chief McMahon advised the community it was not illegal for a person to take photographs on a public street.

2. Highway garage
Supervisor Grace defended his position in support of the project. Councilwoman Siegel said that a regular Town Board meeting was not the proper venue for a community discussion of the project; what was needed was a meeting where residents could ask questions.

3. Email issue
Three Republican district leaders spoke out against Councilman Patel’s use of the town email lists.  Supervisor Grace also was critical of the use, dismissing the advisory opinions of the NYS Committee on Open Government that said the use was legal.

4. Lakeshore Drive Wetlands Permit/Reconvened Public Hearing
The board voted unanimously to approve a wetlands permit after the applicant modified his plan to include a stormwater management plan and a conservation easement to protect the lake and abutting property owners.

4.  Auction of town property
An auction will be held on November 14 at Town Hall to auction off five vacant parcels and two single family residences.  The properties were acquired by foreclosure.

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Planning Board, Monday, October 5, 2015
 Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit
1. Envirogreen Associates, Route 6, Mohegan Lake
The Board continued to discuss the thru-traffic at the rear of the site that would connect the parking lots of the two adjoining properties. The Board wants to see the buildings moved closed to Route 6, moving all the parking to the sides and back of the buildings.
2. Hanover Corner, Commerce Street
Discussion centered on the sidewalk proposed along Underhill Ave/Commerce St, specifically how it will impact the existing trees along the street and how far it should be extended.   
 3. Marathon Development Group, Kear Street
Once again the discussion centered on the number of parking spaces the project needs and the number the site can provide.
4. Costco Wholesale
Costco representatives reported on its meeting with the Planning Department staff to resolve any remaining issues stemming from memos received.  The Board’s special counsel said the site plan approval document is a “work in progress” and that Planning Board members should give her their comments as soon as possible.

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CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
October 13th, 10:00am
Senator Terrence Murphy & Assemblyman David Buchwald to Host Local Waterfront Revitalization Conference
NY - The legislation sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman David
Buchwald adding the Bronx River, Pocantico River, Saw Mill River, Campfire Lake,
Echo Lake and Peach Lake to the state's inland waterway list recently became
law. Now, the pair are hosting a workshop to help municipalities access the
crucial grant money associated with this new status.  

designation allows the local municipalities where these waterways are located to
prepare a local waterfront revitalization plan (LWRP) which allows them to
access to state funds for waterfront revitalization programs, hamlet, downtown
and urban redevelopment and watershed revitalization projects.  

workshop is an important opportunity for elected officials, municipal planning
board members and town and village managers and/or planning departments to
attend and learn how to submit an LWRP. The workshop features speakers from Pace
Environmental Law Center, the New York State Department of State, the Department
of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers covering topics
that include integrating local waterfront revitalization planning into local
comprehensive planning and zoning, preparing an LWRP, federal consistency
review, the SEQR process, and monitoring and evaluation.
details for TUESDAY'S event are as follows:
WHO: Senator
Terrence P. Murphy
David Buchwald
Robinson, Professor of Law, Pace University
Department of State Office of
General Counsel
of State Office of Planning and Development
of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water
elected officials and planning board members
WHAT: Inland
Waterways Conference

University's Bucher Suite, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570.

October 13th 10:00 A.M. registration
from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with press availability at 10:30

For Immediate Release                                                                               CONTACT:
October 8, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
Following 14 Dam Collapses in South Carolina, Maloney Urges for Passage of His Bill to Maintain and Repair Hazardous Dams
Hudson Valley Home to Over 800 Dams, Nearly 100 Are High-Hazard, Potentially Catastrophic Dams
Washington, DC — Following the collapse of 14 dams in South Carolina after heavy rains, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), joined by representatives from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials and the American Society of Civil Engineers, called for passage of his legislation to fund critical dam repairs and safety upgrades. One high-hazard dam outside of Columbia, SC had last been inspected in 2000, despite being equired to receive inspections every three years according to Army Corps records.
The Hudson Valley is home to over 800 dams, and nearly 100 dams known as “high hazard” whose failure would pose a serious risk to the economy and well-being of communities and families. During Hurricane Irene, dams at the Warwick Reservoir, as well as dams in the towns of Deerpark, Blooming Grove and Tuxedo, prompted officials to evacuate neighborhoods in the potential path of flooding. Maloney’s legislation would create a program to provide grant assistance to states to establish routine - yet critically necessary – maintenance plans for dams, and to rehabilitate dams that fail to meet minimum safety standards.
“It should not take a tragedy to recognize that our dams urgently need upgrades and regular inspection,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “My bill would invest in regular inspections and critical upgrades to aging dams like the 100 high-hazard dams in the Hudson Valley. We must make sure that families and business owners who live and work nearby are kept safe.”
“The flooding event in South Carolina this week and subsequent dam failures highlight the importance of strong state dam safety programs and the assistance that the National Dam Safety Program provides. Proper inspection and timely remediation and repair of deficient dams helps to prevent dam failures and proper emergency preparedness can limit loss of life and property damage when dams are threatened and fail,” said Mark Ogden from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials.
“Dams received a ‘D’ grade in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure in part because of the backlog of needs to repair aging high-hazard dams,” said Casey Dinges, senior managing director for public affairs, ASCE. “As the nation’s 84,000 dams continue to age, investment will be crucial to save lives and protect our economy, as dam failure is a risk to public safety and can cost our economy millions of dollars in damages.”
Rep. Maloney’s Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act was introduced in May, and would provide grant assistance to states to make critical safety upgrades and rehabilitate dams that fail to meet minimum safety standards. This program would only focus grant dollars on the most critical publicly-owned dams across the country, with 2/3 of funds going to states with the highest number of high hazard dams. This would be a matching program with 75% federal funds and 25% matched with state or local funds, and the program would provide $800 million in grants over 5 years. States can only use the funds for repairing and rehabilitating publically-owned dams.
Rep. Maloney also passed his Dam Safety Act of 2013 as part of in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This bill renews the federal commitment to addressing the growing safety concerns caused by our nation’s aging dam infrastructure by reauthorizing the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) The program provides grants to state to improve their dam safety programs through inspection, training, technical assistance, and research. Multiple states have used the grant funds to develop Graphic Information Systems (GIS) to identify the locations of their dams and map the areas below the dams that would flood in the event of a failure, which is useful in developing evacuation planning. States like New York rely on the National Dam Safety Program to support their own dam safety programs.
New York State has 8th most high hazard dams in the country with a total of 403, with nearly 100 of those dams in the Hudson Valley. The average age of America’s over 84,000 dam is 52 years old, but in New York State, the average age is 69 years old.  At the time that many of these dams were constructed they were low-hazard dams which were protecting relatively undeveloped areas. Since that time America’s population has grown and many of these areas have become increasingly developed.  America’s dams continue to age and the number of high-hazard dams, where the loss of life is probable in the event of dam failure, is increasing.
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Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
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Protecting Taxpayers Must be Number One Priority

NY--October 7th...Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today endorsed
Republican nominee Bill Nuckel for Yonkers Mayor. The endorsement was held in
front of the candidate's home, who as a lifelong Yonkers resident, has made
Mayor Spano's property tax increases a central focus of his campaign.

the county level, we've cut property taxes and reduced the size of the budget,
and as a result the private sector has responded by investing in Westchester
with the creation of more than 30,000 new jobs. The same thing can happen for
Yonkers if we have a leader who is focused on making government smarter and more
efficient. Bill Nuckel will make protecting Yonkers taxpayers his number one

honored to have the support of County Executive Astorino in my campaign," said
Bill Nuckel. "Taxes and spending have been cut at the county level, yet Mayor
Spano raised property taxes ten percent, increased the personal income and sales
taxes and increased spending by $127 million. Even with state bailouts and
abusing his own taxpayers, the city is still a fiscal mess and will only get
worse in a second term. Under my administration, we will stop the patronage
mill, make the city's finances more transparent and cut the waste and abuse that
is driving up property taxes. We must also focus on fixing our public school
system. It's not a solution to simply go to Albany hat-in-hand begging for
bailouts year after year."  

concluded, "The only true way to revitalize our city is by lowering taxes and
reforming government so that it lives within its means. If we do that,
businesses will not only want to come here, but they will be able to grow here
too. The result will be a stronger Yonkers for both today and the future."


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Senator Murphy Delivers Legislative Update to Yorktown

Freshman Senator Highlights Fight Against Heroin, Eco. Development, Regional Economic Council
YORKTOWN, NY - In an effort to keep residents apprised of the legislative session which ended in June, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy has embarked on a legislative update tour.  His first stop was last night at his home town of Yorktown, where he served as a local councilman from 2010 until he took office this past January.
"Its always great to come back to where you started," Senator Murphy said.  "My roots are here in Yorktown and continue to grow here in Yorktown.  I have not forgotten my hometown, in fact, with my new position I am working every day to deliver even more of our neighbors - and we're doing just that."
During his twenty minute presentation Murphy focused on three key topics: winning the war on heroin and opioid abuse; improving New York's economic climate; and updating the town board on the ongoing regional economic development councils.

New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction
"It is no secret that the ongoing war on addiction, specifically heroin and opiates, has been a priority of mine since I sat on the board with some of you," Murphy explained.  "Now, I am traveling the State with my colleagues to see what needs to be done at a higher level to improve our prevention tactics, offer better recovery options and increase law enforcement's ability to protect our kids."
Last week the Governor Cuomo signed Murphy's first statewide bill into law, which expanded the availability of drug treatment courts in New York.
"I know this is something that has been brought forward by Judge Raniolo at the local task force meetings which have been hosted by Councilman Diana and I'd like to thank them both for their efforts," Senator Murphy said. "For those who don't know, treatment courts, like the one run by Judge Reitz in Putnam County, offers a second chance to recovering addicts while holding them accountable for their past actions."

New York State Administrative Regulations Review Commission
Senator Murphy also spoke of his role as the Chairman of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission.
"Our state ranks dead last when it comes to business friendliness," Murphy reported.  "I believe a major reason for that is the more than 140,000 pages of rules and regulations that are on the books here in New York.  It makes opening a business nearly impossible and, as my record as a local councilman here showed, I am all about opening our doors to businesses."
Murphy encouraged the Governor to sign his legislation, S.4319 which would require a job impact statement to be included with the different rules and regulations proposed by New York's agencies.  The bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly with bipartisan support and is awaiting the Governor's signature.

Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council
Looking forward to the end of the year, Senator Murphy also addressed the Regional Economic Development Council and his commitment to advocating for worthy projects within the 40th Senate District.  The money used by the councils in this round of funding are from the settlements with banks that took advantage of homeowners during the 2008 financial crisis.
"It is important to understand that this money is only available for projects, and cannot be used for any other purposes such as fixing roads and potholes," Murphy explained.  "I am happy to report several of Yorktown's applications for this money have been advanced to the next round of reviews including its downtown revitalization application."
Murphy said that while he may not agree with the idea of picking winners and losers through this "upstate hunger games" process, he was committed to advocating for projects within the rules of the system as they currently exist.
The freshman Senator has been able to get Yorktown's grant application on to the next round of review. The $4.8 million downtown revitalization grant initiative application, which includes a new highway garage encompasses:
  • An Empire State Development grant request for $965,000 dollars, which will be used to construct new state of the art facilities that will finally consolidate town departments with similar functions to into one building;
  • A Cleaner Greener Communities Implementation Grant for $500,000 that will be used for a beautification project to enhance the aesthetic of Yorktown Heights while expanding our commercial tax base and removing municipal truck traffic from downtown Yorktown by relocating the highway garage;
  • A local government efficiency program grant for $200,000 which will consolidate the highway department's activities at one location, creating operational and management efficiency to save taxpayer dollars;
  • An environmental protection fund grant for $400,000 to go toward cleaning up the contamination at the existing highway garage site, which will then be sold for development; and
  • A recreational trails program for $200,000 that will link together two disconnected Railroad and Patriot Parks and create a new park. 
The ten to twenty five percent of the required local match for these grants will be more than covered by the sale of the existing highway garage site. 

In total, Yorktown submitted three consolidated funding applications (CFAs) to the regional council. 

The three applications under review include restoring the railroad station, a trailway connection to FDR Park and a downtown revitalization for Yorktown Heights. All three have moved past the council reviews and are now being reviewed by the necessary state agencies. 

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Ladies Night TONIGHT

Live Music featuring 
Ryan O'Connor
Ryan O'Connor lights up Ladies Night once again. You'll love his sound... how he can take a classic Sinatra song and make you love it all over again. How he can move you with a classic Rock cover, or contemporary Pop. Music from 8-10pm

Jeremy James
R&B / Soul
Jeremy James has an incredible sound. " a style that reminds us of classic Isley Brothers and Stevie Wonder at their best!" He sings warm, heart-felt songs with passion, and his guitar playing is impressive. Jeremy has played prestigious clubs such as B.B. King's in NY City, and performed at this year's Pleasantville Music Festival. 
Fri, Oct 9  - NEW BAND!
Three NY Blues Hall of Fame musicians on one stage! "NY Boss Guitar Man" DAVE FIELDS tours across the US &  Europe.  Singing sensation SARI SCHORR is a featured vocalist for legendary guitarist Joe Louis Walker. She's appeared on Conan O'Brian and has toured worldwide. DAVE KEYES is a Blues Foundation 2014 nominee for the prestigious Pinetop Perkins Pianist award, and tours worldwide with Blues legend. Popa Chubby.  
 $5 Cover.
 Wendy May is an incredible guitarist and vocalist, performing Rockin' Country & Blues that'll get you up and dancing all night long. Wendy's performed with musical legends such as Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and countless others. The band include Benj LeFevre on bass, Mike Marble on drums and Tim DeHuff on guitar. $5 Cover.
Kids Open Mic Night
A showcase for talented singers & musicians age 6 - 17.
Sign up to sing 2 songs, or more if time allows.
Perform solo or with your band. We provide a drum kit, keyboard, amps and microphones. iPod backing music accommodated. (Internet connection not available, so have your song pre-set.)

Thurs Oct 15, Live Band Karaoke Contest, Round 2!
 Wed Oct 14
KJ Denhert
 LBK Contest
Round 2!
Dylan Doyle w/ guest Petey Hop
Bazzo 10/09/15

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