Friday, October 16, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/16/15: 13 Topics In Today's blog


1)  Check Out

2) Taking the Plunge Again

3) [PRESS RELEASE] Area libraries to receive grants from State Senate

4) After Q3, Maloney Raises Nearly $1.6 Million in 2015

5) Medicare Premiums May Soar as Social Security Payments Stay Flat

6) 12 Grapes: LBK Contest and more!

7) [New announcement] Announcement from Westchester County Business Owners

8) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

9) PRESS RELEASE] We mean business, candidates say

10) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board 10/19/15

11) : Why I'm Campaigning Hard for Bob LaColla

12) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update- October 16th, 2015

13) Pulling Back the Curtain on NY's Top Two Democrats

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SOUTH SALEM, NY - Seventeen area libraries are the beneficiaries of $80,000 in discretionary "bullet aid" grant funding. The grants were procured and announced by State Senator Terrence Murphy.

"Literacy is perhaps the most beautiful gift you can give," Senator Murphy said. "Benjamin Franklin said 'either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing,' and I hope today we've done something worthwhile that can help everyone in the community from children, teens, adults and seniors benefit from the programs in their local library.

Earlier this year, Senator Murphy announced more than $25,000 in construction grants for local public libraries in the 40th Senate District. The Lewisboro Library, Brewster Public Library and the Beekman Library in Hopewell Junction have all received state grants to upgrade their individual facilities.

Cindy Rubino, director of the Lewisboro Library said, "We are extraordinarily grateful to Senator Terrence Murphy for his strong advocacy on behalf of area libraries. This funding goes toward defraying the cost of the valuable programs and services libraries provide, and is much needed. We thank Senator Murphy for these grants and commend his unprecedented transparency."

Funding from these grants will be used for program support, an emergency generator, computer equipment like 3D printers and other library functions. The libraries that will benefit include:

Dutchess County
  • Pawling Free Library. $5,000
  • Beekman Library. $2,500
Putnam County
  • Mahopac Public Library. $10,000 
  • Brewster Public Library. $7,500 
  • Reed Memorial Library. $5,000
  • Patterson Library. $2,500
Westchester County
  • John C. Hart Memorial Library. $7,500
  • Chappaqua School District Library. $5,000
  • Hendrick Hudson Free Library. $5,000
  • Lewisboro Library. $5,000
  • Mount Kisco Public Library. $5,000
  • Mount Pleasant Public Library. $5,000
  • Somers Library. $5,000
  • Croton Free Library. $2,500
  • Pound Ridge Library District. $2,500
  • Ruth Keeler Memorial Library. $2,500
  • The Field Library. $2,500
The extra funding was distributed based on need, itemized and made public for total transparency, Murphy said.
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After Q3, Maloney Raises Nearly $1.6 Million in 2015
Newburgh, NY – Today, Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his campaign raised $428,000 in the third fundraising quarter of 2015, totaling nearly $1.6 million raised this year. Rep. Maloney's efforts once again placed him among the most successful Democratic fundraisers in the House. Rep. Maloney is in a stronger position than ever to continue his productive, bipartisan work in Congress on behalf of the Hudson Valley. 

“I'm grateful for the support from my friends and neighbors who believe in our bipartisan work on issues like fighting for our veterans, working to improve our infrastructure, and stopping trade deals that ship jobs overseas. And yet, too many of my hardworking neighbors are struggling in this economy. They need someone who is committed to fighting for smart investments in education, infrastructure, and technology to grow our economy and create good jobs here in the Hudson Valley. I will continue to fight for a better future for our working families and our children." 
Medicare Premiums May Soar as Social Security Payments Stay Flat
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Thurs Oct 15, Live Band Karaoke Contest, Round 2!
Round 2 begins with 12 returning contestants from Round 1 and up to 12 new contestants. Participants will be judged on vocal talent, stage presence & audience reaction. The 12 Grapes house band is Tito Wilson (drums), Artie Walker (bass), Hank DeCora (guitar), & Chris Burke (keys) and hosted by JP Patrick.
Sign up starts at 7:30  and closes at 10:00pm or 24 contestants, whichever comes first. 
12 contestants from Round 2 will be invited to Round 3 in November
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Dylan Doyle, at just 19 years old, is creating quite a stir in the Hudson Valley music community. Dylan will be backed by his all NY Blues Hall of Fame band, Vince Leggiere on bass and Papa John Mole on drums. Dylan's special guest is renowned guitarist Petey Hop. If you love great Blues guitar, don't miss this night!  A seasoned guitar slinger in a young man's frame... A blend of Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
"...Hands down the best female singer I've seen..." Kelly Knight, CBS Radio, WA. Moondog Medicine Show is a hard driving, funky Blues band that hails from Western Maryland. Their blend of originals and covers are sure to please any Blues enthusiast, or anyone for that matter. Their high-powered live shows center around the huge vocal power of Lana Spence, who's been compared to Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Bonnie Rait. $5 Cover.
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 Greg Westhoff's Westchester Swing Band features a full horn section with 5 sax's, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, and the talents of drummer and bandleader Greg Westhoff. The band performs classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '40's, '50's and more. Members of the Swing Band are all professional musicians who've performed in Broadway pits and with numerous industry greats. 
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On Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:49 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town


Planning Board Meeting-

October 21st, 2015



The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining
will be held on:
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at
7:30 P.M.
John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
  • Artis Senior Living, 553 North State Road, Site Plan
  • Parth Knolls LLC, 87 Hawkes Avenue, Site Plan
Please visit the Town Planning Board Projects page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for October 21st.

Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195
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Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

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L-R: On October 15, Yorktown Council member Tom Diana, Council candidate Ed Lachterman, Town Clerk candidate Mary Capoccia, Town Supervisor Michael Grace and County Legislator John Testa unveil a three point business revitalization plan for Yorktown aimed at attracting and retaining business investment.
YORKTOWN, NY - Candidates of calling themselves "the new pro-business majority" had big news to share on what's in store for downtown Yorktown Heights today. Three big developments were unveiled at a press conference this Thursday outside of the old Food Emporium building by Town Supervisor Michael Grace, Council member Tom Diana and his running mate Ed Lachterman, Council man Gregory Bernard and Town Clerk candidate Mary Capoccia.

"The Republican slate will be launching a new business revitalization plan to streamline approvals, attract and retain business investment and make leases more affordable," Supervisor Grace said. "First we cut your taxes, then we cut them again, but now its time to do the same for businesses. Our plan is to move Yorktown forward and tell people how you can, not why you can't."

With commercial rent and vacancies on the rise after years of antipathy toward business at the town level, the Yorktown GOP began reversing that trend by electing a pro-business majority to the town board in 2011. That majority held for less than two years, after members were elected to the State Senate and as Highway Superintendent, but was restored in the March 2015 special election.

The development plan unveiled today includes:
  • Getting Yorktown out of the real estate business. Reduce the town's real estate footprint by returning the multi-million garage property to the tax rolls and streamlining the approval process.
  • Ending vacancies by allowing business investment. Allow businesses to invest and innovate in Yorktown by participating in the 485-b business investment tax credit program.
  • Reducing commercial rents in Yorktown. Call on the State to re-establish the Yorktown IDA, which can pass sales tax abatements on commercial leases, reducing rents by over 7 percent.
State Senator Terrence Murphy said, "From my time on the town board till now, we have worked to reduce the burdensome regulations that serve as an impediment to business development. The results thus far have been cleared, over $250 million in economic development for Yorktown like the Jefferson Valley Mall redevelopment, but we must do more to provide incentives for businesses to relocate to northern Westchester."

County Legislator John Testa said, "As Mayor of Peekskill, I launched a business revitalization committee and development plan that led to the job creating projects we see today. This tax credit makes sense, because if we won't have incentives to offer, you don't see the kind of business renaissance we see in Peekskill. This plan will move Yorktown forward."

Town Clerk candidate Mary Capoccia said, "We must make Yorktown business friendly. I seek to streamline the process of applications for permits before the town. For businesses time is money and unnecessary delays are costly for all. Taxpayers and businesses should be able to expeditiously file simplified documents online and should not have to provide redundant information. As Town Clerk, I will work close alliance with the land use approval boards not just as Clerk but as liaison with the development community. "

Council member Tom Diana said, "As a small business owner myself, I watched for years how Yorktown shut its doors to businesses. That is one of the first reasons I ran for office. Our commercial tax base is only 10% of the overall equation, and that number has to come up if we are going to really reduce taxes for home owners."

Council candidate Ed Lachterman said, "Due to inactivity, the Yorktown IDA has lapsed and no longer exists. We need to work with Senator Murphy to re-establish our IDA to continue to be able to promote economic and recreational opportunities within the town. By providing aggressive incentives like ending the sales tax on commercial leases, we can fill the empty storefronts that remain in town."

Council member Greg Bernard said, "The pro-business majority has presented a vision for revitalization of our downtown. My colleagues who are running this year support the smart growth plan to revitalize our downtown with the $4.8 million downtown revitalization grant initiative. This three part plan, to reduce the government's real estate portfolio, cut business taxes and provide incentives for investment and innovation will show the business community that we mean business."

On Thursday, October 15, 2015 4:59 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Boar

Calendar Date:

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Minutes - October 5, 2015

Hanover Corner Inc.
SBL: 37.18-2-78
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 1803 Commerce Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: The property owner is proposing on-site parking to accommodate the existing two-story building.

Envirogreen Associates
SBL: 15.16-1-30 & 31
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 1833, 1851, 1867, 1875 East Main Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed redevelopment of a portion of the referenced property by removing one of the existing buildings and parking area, and constructing a new 10,000 to 12,000 sf retail center with associated parking and through road connecting to adjoining properties.

Spirelli Electric
SBL: 16.06-1-44
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 990 East Main Street
Contact: Michael Piccirillo
Description: Approved site plan to renovate an existing building in the C-2 zone with commercial on the first floor and residential on the second floor where no approved site plan exists.

Costco Wholesale
SBL: 26.18-1-17,18,19 & 26.19-1-1
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3200 Crompond Road
Contact: TRC Engineers
Description: Application to construct a 151,092 sf Costco Wholesale Club store and member only gasoline filling station.



Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104
Yorktown Heights, NY
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October 16, 2015 11:25 AM, Kieran Lalor wrote:
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Why I'm Campaigning Hard for Bob LaColla

Dear Friends,
I am supporting Fishkill Town Supervisor BOB LACOLLA for reelection.  On Tuesday November 3rd, there is a very important election for Town of Fishkill Supervisor.
LaColla’s reforms have benefited the taxpayers and residents of Fishkill.  Upon being elected Fishkill Town Supervisor in 2011, Bob LaColla implemented transparent processes and strict fiscal oversight of the town.
Over the next two and a half weeks we will be going door-to-door together and I’ll be joining other volunteers at the campaign office, burning up the phone lines making calls to voters on Bob’s behalf.  I’m not only endorsing Bob Lacolla, but I’m actively campaigning for him.
Here are some of the reasons why it is critical that we reelect Bob LaColla on Nov. 3rd
Over the last four years Bob LaColla:
•Balanced the town budget for the first time since 2005.
•Turned a $4.8 million deficit into a $2.1 million fund balance.
•Refinanced the Police Department building which will save taxpayers over $500,000.
•Improved the town’s bond rating which allows for more savings of taxpayer dollars.
•Reduced annual expenses for the Town’s Affordable Housing program by $200,000.
•Utilized a new and independent audit firm to perform annual audits to ensure funds are being spent wisely and appropriately.
•Eliminated the Town’s multiple credit card accounts to further safeguard the taxpayer’s money.
•Reduced the number of employee cell phones to save tax dollars while maintaining efficiency and effectiveness.
•Made the town more user-friendly by accepting of credit cards for on-line and in-line payments.
•Made town government accessible to all.
•Put monthly town budget reports online.
•Made audit reports available on the town’s website to increase transparency and empower taxpayers.
For more on what Bob LaColla has done to benefit the taxpayers and residents of Fishkill click here.
If you would like to volunteer, email or call me at 845.616.3509, and we’ll put you to work to help a good man.
You can also keep up with Bob LaColla’s campaign by Liking his Facebook Page.
Onward to Victory,
Kieran Lalor
PS: Mark your calendars for November 3rd. Polls are open from 6am-9pm. To find your polling location click here.

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 Friday, October 16, 2015 12:00 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update - October 16th, 2015

We continue getting your feedback, both through emails and in person at our Public Hearings, on the proposed updates to the Vision portion of our Comprehensive Plan and the supporting laws.  We will be having a Board discussion next Tuesday evening (October 20th, 2015) at our Work Session to review your comments and what changes, if any, will be made to the final laws.  We are responsible to act in the best interest of all of our residents and business owners, and are required to take many factors into consideration when making these decisions.  At the end of this process, some may not think we are going far enough, while others may think we have gone too far, and still others believe, as do I, that we have found a fair balance between all perspectives. We will continue to do our best to accomplish the goal of protecting our environment and our residents, while creating sustainable improvements and tax ratable to relieve the tax burden for all.
We continue to look for feedback on our newest proposed Local Law, establishing an Architectural Review Board, which will give the Planning Board teeth when reviewing and commenting on plans, especially concerning the façade of proposed buildings.
We have so many great projects happening around Town that will continue to enhance this community. Here are a few:
  • At Louis Engel Park, we are fixing a sewer line issue which caused a smell that would sometimes affect the level of enjoyment while sitting to watch a sunset or listen to a concert.   We have completed that project using in-house staff from the Highway Department, and we could not be more proud of their professional workmanship.
  • Also at Louis Engel, we have removed a portion of the old railroad ties at the entrance to the sitting park in order to eliminate a tripping hazard. In the same area, we are removing the remainder of the chain link fence that runs from the comfort station to the small parking lot, and replacing it with boulders to make the park more inviting, allowing people to sit on the boulders while still ensuring some protection from the vehicles parked right at the edge of the park.
  • We will be running an electrical line from the Comfort Station to the Spray Park as we continue our project to recycle the water at the Spray Park. This project will not only save a great deal of water from dumping into the Hudson, which costs us financially and environmentally, but will also allow the Town to keep the Spray Park open longer hours, which our residents will appreciate for many summers to come.
  • We have gotten approval from the Westchester County Department of Health for the recirculation system, which has been a lengthy process, requiring lots of patience and cooperation. We want to thank our Engineering Team, and especially the County Department of Health, for working with us to accomplish this goal.
  • In Cedar Lane Park, we have begun the process of running new electrical lines in order to have the Pavilion and Comfort Station operational once again, as well as re-energize some street lights around the Park (LED, of course).
  • Finally, we managed to pave six roads this year without bonding (taking out loans), a project made possible due to tight budget controls and savings from the police contract with the Village of Ossining, supplemented by $160,000 in CHIPS money.
We could not be more proud of our staff or of our IMA partners for their invaluable work on these projects, and on every project we've tackled together.
While all of these physical projects progress, we are busy behind the scenes, hard at work on our 2016 Budget. This process is important because it affects everyone, from our residents and commercial property owners, to our employees and vendors.  We are responsible for keeping the taxes in line, not because the state government tells us to, but because it is the right thing to do.   We need to treat our employees fairly and maintain appropriate staffing levels, while also holding each of them responsible to get their jobs done in a timely manner, with an eye towards customer service and safety as their top priorities. We need to work with our vendors to ensure every tax dollar is used efficiently, and that we continue to get the best bang for our buck.
Quality of life is a top priority for this Town Board, not only in how we provide day-to-day services, but also in how we spend the tax dollars we collect. It is never about an individual or group- it is, and will continue to be, about what is best for the majority. Every job function, every activity, every project must be reviewed on an annual basis to determine how it contributes to running an effective government, and how it helps to accomplish our goal of making the Town of Ossining a better place for our residents and business owners. 
Just some of the questions we’re asking in this budget cycle:
  • How can we provide the services that our residents and commercial property owners deserve without burdening the taxpayers?
  • How can we continue to attract good businesses into our community? 
  • How can we attract visitors to our community, and convince them to spend their hard earned money with our local businesses?
  • How can we compel the State of New York to review the unfunded mandates imposed on us, our school districts and our Villages, and do a true evaluation to make sure they are necessary and not just a carryover of “we’ve always done it that way”?
This Board is proud of the steps we’ve taken to create more of a business atmosphere when dealing with evaluations and restructuring of departments.  We make no decisions in a vacuum, but only act after conducting in-depth research, paired with a great deal of discussion and a lot of advice.  No decisions are easy to implement when they involve programming and personnel, but we encourage each of you to make sure you have the facts and look at our research (most of it is on the Town web page) before you come to a conclusion on any issue.  When the information is spun by individuals or small groups with agendas, the outcomes may seem unfair, but with the correct information, you may better understand our choices even if you still don’t agree with them.  Never has anyone in this administration acted on behalf of a personal agenda, behaved vindictively or acted without reason- decisions are made because they are, and will continue to be, good business decisions.
We will continue to make business decisions as we work on the 2016 budget to ensure taxpayers of this great community, as well as the next administration, will have a sound budget dependent on everyone doing a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay. Watch for our budget announcements at the end of October.
Below are some other exciting events happening in our own backyard- I hope you can join us.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your family, friends, acquaintances, or business associates who may have an interest in these, as well as other Town subjects.
As always, please feel very free to contact me with any questions.
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ICYMI: Pulling Back the Curtain on New York's Top Two Democrats

The two scorpions in a bottle are rubbing off on each other. Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, who have upside down job approval ratings were embarrassingly caught this week trying to pad their audiences with paid supporters and invite-only guests.

Governor Cuomo was busted for his practice of using state workers on the taxpayer's dime to fill the audience of his event with former Vice President Al Gore.

Mayor de Blasio held a phony event open only to a chosen group handpicked by City Hall; he has yet to follow his predecessors and hold town hall meetings open to the real people of the City. He is, however, furthering his national ambitions by holding a "presidential" forum in Iowa in December.  

Governor Cuomo should reimburse the state out of his well-padded campaign account for this gross misuse of tax dollars and Mayor de Blasio should hold a real town hall meeting open to the public, who will tell him that crime is going up, quality of life is going down and the public education system is an embarrassment.

New Yorkers are suffering under the highest taxes, the most residents fleeing a state and the worst business climate. Enough with the political theatrics; it's time to focus on reform and good government.

Here are the stories detailing the Cuomo/de Blasio stunts: 

By Michael Gartland

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasn't taking any chances that there might be empty seats at a speech he delivered last week on climate change - so state workers were summoned on the taxpayer dime to fill the audience, The Post has learned.

The workers said they left their jobs in the middle of the day Thursday and were paid their full salaries to hear Cuomo at Columbia University announce the state was joining a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"I'd rather be at the park," said one of the workers, who is employed by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and who has no connection to climate issues.

He explained that he went because his boss "asked me to make some time available in my schedule."

The worker confessed that he didn't know what the event was about before he agreed to go.

He said attendance is not required, but is viewed favorably, and that the practice is common throughout state government to support Cuomo. 

"They often ask," he said, referring to supervisors. "We get emails, and they'll ask us if we want to go."

The worker said he would not have volunteered if he were not getting paid his regular salary. "It's better be on the clock," he said.

The 2:30 p.m. event, which lasted about an hour and included speeches from former Vice President Al Gore as well as Columbia President Lee Bollinger, focused on Cuomo's plan to have state agencies work with other states and cities worldwide to reduce carbon emissions.

A state Department of Health worker told The Post that supervisors offered employees the ­option of attending the event ­"instead of working."

If they watched Cuomo, they could go home afterward instead of returning to work, the employee said.

He called the practice "AstroTurfing" - an attempt to fabricate grassroots support.

"Public employees take an oath that they won't use their position for their personal advantage," the employee said. "How can you expect any state workers to take it seriously when the boss isn't leading by example?"

Good-government advocates questioned why state workers were being paid to attend an event designed to bolster an elected official's credentials.

"It's a questionable use of state resources," said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union.

A Cuomo spokesman acknowledged that state workers attended the Columbia event, but insisted that was proper.

"A handful of staff from relevant state agencies had the opportunity to attend this important announcement, which impacted their work. They were a small number of the more than 500 people who attended the event," said spokesman Frank Sobrino.

He said about 20 workers went from four agencies, including Environmental Conservation and the state Energy Research and Development office and decisions on whom to send were made "at the agency level."

He also said that climate issues are "directly relevant" to health employees and are "an enormously important issue" to parks workers after Hurricane Sandy.

By Connor D. Wolf

"Mayor de Blasio is using a public school building for a re-election rally disguised as a town hall meeting," Joseph Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Association, told the New York Post. "The mayor and sponsors handpicked the attendees."

De Blasio's office denied the allegations.

"It's hard to fathom why anyone could oppose the mayor taking two hours of unfiltered questions from tenants and helping explain their legal rights," Mayor Deputy Press Secretary Wiley Norvell told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

De Blasio did invite certain groups to attend, but his office said none of those groups were invited in an effort to make the crowd more friendly towards him. The organizations he invited include New York Communities for Change and the unions SEIU 1199 and UNITE HERE.

Strasburg also alleged de Blasio chose the housing topic for the meeting in order to avoid tougher topics.

De Blasio's been accused of inciting violence against cops and criticized for cracking down on Uber, and his recent budget proposal has been met with strong resistance. 

Bazzo 10/16/15

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