Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 10/28/15: 9 Topics In Today's blog


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2) 12 Grapes: Fundraiser, Soul, and a Rock Party!

3) Is Sean Patrick Maloney Hoping for Another Round of Military Base Closures?

4) Black Stone Victory: ‘First’ Big Win in Deep South

5) Maloney Announces Support of Bipartisan Budget Agreement After Leading the Successful Effort to Protect Millions of Seniors from Drastic Medicare Increase

6) Sean Patrick Maloney Should Fight for Suicide Prevention Programs for our Troops

7) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy Delivers Funding for Westchester Veterans

8) Lalor: Cuomo's Pension Veto is a Disservice to Vets


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For Immediate Release
October 28, 2015
Contact: Press Office
Is Sean Patrick Maloney Hoping for Another Round of Military Base Closures?
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but Sean Patrick Maloney has yet to publicly commit to vote to override his veto and ensure authorization of funding for our national defense. Ultimately, if Maloney does not stand up to the president, another round of Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) reviews could go into effect. That means military bases all over the country would be subject to review and potential closure.
“By not standing up to President Obama’s veto, Sean Patrick Maloney has all but endorsed the President’s reckless actions,” said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin. “If Maloney does not step up, another round of BRAC reviews could threaten local economies and cost local jobs.”
The NDAA is critical in ensuring that the men and women of our military and their families receive the funding they have rightfully earned. The bill also includes a provision that prevents a new round of BRAC reviews, opening the door to the closure of military bases all across the country.
The NDAA passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 270 to 156.  It passed the Senate by a vote of 70 to 27. 
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Black Stone Victory: ‘First’ Big Win in Deep South
Black Stone Active in Political Campaigns in Texas, Louisiana and New York
Austin, Texas (10/28/15)  --- Black Stone put a notch in its political belt Saturday night with a big win for incumbent State Legislator Steve Carter of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Steve faced a hard charge challenge from the right and a traditional Democratic challenge from the left.
Carter, who is a candidate for Speaker of the Louisiana House, has spent the last four years as the chairman for the House Education Committee and has taken the lead on controversial educational issues, including Common Core, public school overhauls like limiting teacher tenure protections, expanding charter schools and programs, and allowing public dollars to be used for private tuition vouchers. This past Saturday’s win sends Carter back to continue doing good work while tackling the tough issues.
Representative Steve Carter said, “Greg, Joe and the entire Black Stone team are a group of experienced professionals. They did an unbelievable job for my reelection campaign. Everyone loved the photography, mail and graphic design work they did for us. I would highly recommend Black Stone to anyone serious about running for political office.”
In the end, the Republican won with 55 percent of the vote. He defeated Patty Merrick, a Democrat who had 26 percent of the vote, and Robert Cade Cipriano, a Republican who won 19 percent. This victory ensures that Carter, who is also an active candidate for Speaker of the Louisiana House, will not have to face an expensive challenge in a runoff election.
Joe Bachmeier, Black Stone’s CMO stated,” It was a pleasure working with Steve and his team to help him get reelected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. This was an exciting campaign and was a great first win for our team. I am looking forward to building our portfolio with many more great candidates like Representative Steve Carter.”
Senator Greg Ball, Black Stone’s CEO stated, “Steve is a great public servant and this campaign allowed us to show our skills in the deep south. We look forward to keeping our winning track record and keeping great incumbents like Steve in office, while helping deserving challengers get into office for the first time! The fact is that I have not lost a political race in ten years, and I am not going to start now. Black Stone is dead serious about winning every race we get involved in. Period.”
Proven leaders and political operators Ball, Bachmeier and their team are able to offer some of the most expansive and proven technology and consulting offerings available today. Assembling an enviable team and global operation, Black Stone has already developed core operations and deal executions across the USA. Black Stone boasts active political campaigns (including ballot propositions) in Texas, Louisiana, New York and even international clients.
Black Stone provided a full range of services to the Carter campaign, including a comprehensive and targeted direct mail campaign. To view some of the work Black Stone provided please visit:
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October 27, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
Maloney Announces Support of Bipartisan Budget Agreement After Leading the Successful Effort to Protect Millions of Seniors from Drastic Medicare Increase
Without Congressional Action, 16 Million Seniors Would See Medicare Premiums Increase as Much as 50%
Maloney Lead Nearly 80 House Colleagues in Urging Speaker Boehner to Prevent Increases Before He Departs Congress
Washington, DC — Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced his support for the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. Maloney led a letter with nearly 80 House members calling on Speaker Boehner to take action before he relinquished his gavel prevent increases to Medicare Part B premiums that were set to go into effect on January 1st. This new budget agreement will prevent these increases, giving seniors certainty before the change in Congressional leadership and the upcoming holiday season. 
“I’m relieved that these premium increases were avoided because they would’ve been devastating to folks on a fixed income – for many seniors in the Hudson Valley, cost spikes could have meant the difference between seeing a doctor and paying for groceries or the heating bill for the month,” said Rep. Maloney. “That’s why I led 78 of my colleagues to urge Speaker Boehner to take action, and I’m glad that it was included in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement.
“I support this bipartisan agreement because it will result in better economic security for working middle class families by creating jobs and cutting billions in wasteful spending. The agreement will also roll back the damaging effects of the sequester while investing in job training, valuable research, Head Start education, and medical care for our veterans.”
“Educators are deeply concerned about the financial burden caused by the projected Medicare Part B premium and deductible increases,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “NEA applauds Rep. Maloney’s leadership and urges Congress to take swift action by preventing the financial hardship caused by the projected Medicare Part B premium and deductible increases on those who are not currently held-harmless.”
The text of Rep. Maloney’s letter is below, and the full letter can be found here:
Dear Speaker Boehner,
As you know, unless Congress takes action, millions of Americans will see their Medicare Part B premiums skyrocket early next year.  We are deeply concerned about the impact of those increases in the Medicare program on our seniors, and urge you to allow Congress to take action immediately to prevent those increases from occurring.  It is the clear responsibility of the Republican Majority to act on this issue immediately and bring relief to our nation’s seniors.
The nature of this potential rate increase is particularly troubling for the extraordinary impact it would have on beneficiaries. For millions of Americans it could mean a staggering premium increase of more than 50 percent. The impact of such a change would be devastating. Too many seniors already face difficult decisions every month – forced to choose between paying for medication, or groceries, or a heating bill. Congress should be helping those seniors, not burdening them with more impossible decisions.
The leadership you and Leader Pelosi displayed on the SGR issue was a model of bipartisan compromise that addressed a problem that was a significant risk to the long-term stability of Medicare. We appreciate that, and America’s seniors’ health care options are more secure as a result. Now, as Congress looks ahead at another deadline that could have a detrimental impact on seniors’ health care, we ask that you work with us to prevent these rate increases from occurring. We stand ready to work with members of both sides of the aisle to ensure that American seniors are not forced to pay the price of Congressional inaction.
Alex MillerCommunications Director
Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
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For Immediate Release
October 27, 2015
Contact: Press Office
Sean Patrick Maloney Should Fight for Suicide Prevention Programs for our Troops
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama vetoed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorizes funding for our troops, but Sean Patrick Maloney is staying on the sidelines instead of fighting to provide for our men and women in uniform. President Obama’s veto of this critical bill could cause many important programs to lose funding, including new efforts to provide suicide prevention programs.
“If our troops are willing to risk their lives to defend our country, Sean Patrick Maloney should be willing to risk some political capital to ensure they get the care they need when they return,” said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin. “If Maloney won’t do what’s right, our men and women in uniform could be left without access to the vital programs they have earned.”
The NDAA is critical in ensuring that the men and women of our military and their families receive the funding they have rightfully earned. Included in the bill is a provision requiring the Pentagon to provide information about mental health and suicide prevention services to all active-duty service members. Additionally, the NDAA directs the Department of Defense to develop new efforts, including coordination with nongovernmental organizations, to prevent military suicides.
The NDAA passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 270 to 156.  It passed the Senate by a vote of 70 to 27. 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26th, 2015
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VALHALLA, NY - Coming on the heels of Westchester County's recent announcement of reaching a functional zero regarding veterans homelessness, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy joined Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to announce the renewal of state funding for the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Program.

"As part of this year's budget I was proud to secure $185,000 for Westchester County to continue to administer the Dwyer Peer to Peer Program," Senator Murphy said.  "This program provides an incredible service by coordinating vet to vet counseling to help those struggling with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries." 

Reports continue to show service members returning from active duty are at an increased risk to PTSD.  Statistics from the Federal Government indicate nearly 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from PTSD which is double the rate from Operation Desert Storm.  In addition, there is an ongoing effort to reduce the suicide rate of veterans which currently stands at a staggering rate of 22 everyday.

"Westchester thanks Senator Murphy for securing the resources to fund this important program," Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said.  "Our veterans have always been there for us, and we need to be there for them if the need ever arises and the Dwyer Peer to Peer program is another way of meeting the needs of some of our soldiers coming home."

"The peer to peer concept has proven to be one of the most successful and supportive ways to help our returning troops transition back to civilian life," Ron Tocci, Director of the Westchester County Veterans Services said.  Tocci added that anyone interested in learning more about the program can call the agency at 914-995-2145.

Eugene Parotta, Director of Veterans' Affairs for Senator Murphy, and a two time Purple Heart recipient from Croton said, "After serving our country, veterans can have a challenging time transitioning to civilian life.  Often PTSD goes undiagnosed for an extended period of time and only adds to the challenges our veterans are facing.  On behalf of veterans across Westchester County I want to thank Senator Murphy for ensuring this crucial program continues."  

The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Program will be administered by the Veterans and Mental Health Departments of Westchester County.

On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:39 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseOctober 27, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor: Cuomo's Pension Veto a Disservice to Veterans
East Fishkill, NY - (10/27/15) - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is criticizing Governor Cuomo for vetoing veterans' pension buyback legislation that has passed the Senate and Assembly several times with nearly unanimous support. Lalor has been a vocal proponent of the bill (see his op-eds here and here and previous press releases). 
"This legislation would have benefited the men and women who volunteered to serve our country in the military," Lalor said. "When Governor Cuomo vetoed it last year he claimed the legislature should have included it in the budget and made appropriations for it. But that was disingenuous. The governor did not include the veterans' pension buyback in his own budget proposal this year. The legislature did, however, appropriate funds in this year's version of the bill. Unfortunately, the governor was determined to veto this legislation one way or another."
The bill would have allowed veterans from any era to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service. Currently, New York only allows veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit. For instance, Iraq veterans are currently eligible, while Afghanistan veterans are not. The bill would have fixed that and recognized the service of Afghanistan veterans.
Lalor added, "The bill would have benefited those who served in the post-draft era of the all-volunteer military. They volunteered to serve on ships and in garrisons at home and abroad keeping the Soviet war machine in check, then maintained the peace after we won the Cold War. The bill would have also encouraged the next generation to serve by reminding them that their state values and rewards service in defense of our nation."
Lalor concluded, "It is disgraceful that Cuomo continues to heap billions in corporate welfare and pork on his donors but claims we can't afford to put Afghanistan and Cold War vets on equal footing with their veteran brothers and sisters from other eras and conflicts."
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 Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:50 PM, Sandra Galef wrote:
News from the New York State Legislature

For Release: Immediately, October 27, 2015

Contact: Assemblywoman Sandy Galef  914-450-4086

Bob Driscoll (Young) 518-455-3569

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio 716-373-7103


Legislation allows for proposed local laws to be distributed electronically

ALBANY - A new law will save local taxpayers money and improve government
efficiency by allowing local governments to submit proposed laws

This legislation was signed into law by the Governor yesterday.
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio
(R,C,I-Gowanda) sponsored the Assembly version, A.7376A. The Senate version
of the bill, S.3018A, was sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-
Olean). As a result, local governments will no longer be required to deliver
paper versions of their proposed laws to legislators. 

Last fall, a constitutional amendment, also sponsored by Galef, was passed
eliminating the requirement that massive stacks of paper copies of state
legislation be delivered to the desks of state legislators. As a result,
both the State Senate and Assembly have gone paperless. The advantages of
electronic delivery of legislation are readily apparent and include reduced
costs and improved efficiency.

"This new law will help our local government officials get information about
proposed public laws more quickly, efficiently, and economically, and will
relieve an outdated mandate. Technology has changed, and using email options
to convey important information should be available to all levels of
government, and should not be illegal. It was a pleasure working with
Senator Young and Assemblyman Giglio to make this legislation a reality,"
said Assemblywoman Galef.

"I have experienced first-hand the benefits of electronic delivery of
legislation in the State Senate. After a successful public referendum, bills
are no longer printed and placed on our desks. This same flexibility should
be given to our local governments to provide them with the option to deliver
proposed laws via email. It is both a matter of convenience and a way for
local governments to save money," said Senator Young.

"This legislation is a common-sense, 21st century upgrade to the statutes
that lay the ground rules for how local governments must operate," said
Assemblyman Giglio. "Electronic distribution of local laws will help all
local governments operate more efficiently and cost-effectively. If state
government can distribute legislation by email, local governments should
receive the same relief and opportunity. I applaud Senator Young and
Assemblywoman Galef for their efforts to pass this important legislation,
and I look forward to additional statutory reforms to help local governments
improve their efficiency."

Local governments now have the option to pass a resolution authorizing
electronic delivery of bills. If the resolution is passed unanimously, they
will then be able to distribute proposed legislation by email in PDF format.

Important mechanisms remain in place to ensure that laws are not passed
without a thorough review, including the requirement that communications be
done at least ten days prior to the legislation's passage. Each member of
the local legislature also must have an email address, and the local
government clerk must have access to each member's email address.

Bazzo 10/28/15

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