Monday, November 02, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 11/02/15: 10 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Check Out Yorktown News:

3) Shop the Look with Design Within Reach!

4) McKinstry Joins November Team as Managing Director

5) Jenkins- Yonkers Sewer Treatment update meeting "smells"

6) Testa: Why I Am Voting For Fischer, Fitzgerald and Reyes

7) Misinformation in Fishkill

8) NYGOP Events Calendar

9)  Town Of Ossining: Town Board Special Meeting & Work Session- WEDNESDAY, November 4th, 2015

10) Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie Visits 95th Assembly District

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November Team Names McKinstry Managing Director

Journalist, Experienced Communications Pro
Lead Corporate Communications Unit

York (November 2015)  -- The November Team (TNT), a leading New York political
and corporate communications firm, today announced that it has named Jerry
McKinstry managing director.
McKinstry, a seasoned communications executive and a former
columnist and editorial board member, will oversee TNT's corporate
communications unit and buttress the firm's rapidly expanding political
communications operation.  (A headshot of Mr. Kinstry is below.)
McKinstry is a number one draft pick -- as a strategist, writer, and client
manager -- and The November Team couldn't be more excited to welcome him
aboard," said TNT co-founder Bill O'Reilly.  "As a former journalist and
editorial board member, Jerry will offer November's clients extraordinary
insights into the news media and a deep intellectual maturity to help them
develop winning press strategies."

first came to know and respect Jerry as a tough and even-handed journalist, and
later as a friend and PR colleague,"  said TNT partner and co-founder Jessica
Proud. "Jerry is smart, honest, fearless and hard working, and that's exactly
what we were looking for in a managing director. The November Team is a growing
firm and we have every confidence that Jerry is the right professional to manage
that growth."

a Yonkers native who now lives in Ridgefield, Conn., most recently was a senior
account executive at Thompson & Bender, a leading full service advertising,
marketing and public relations agency based in Briarcliff Manor where he was
responsible for a wide array of corporate, government, real estate,
not-for-profit and education clients.
to working in public relations, McKinstry was a columnist and Editorial Board
member for
Newsday where
he was responsible for coverage areas including New York State politics and
policy issues pertaining to the northern suburbs of New York City and the Hudson
Valley. While at Newsday, McKinstry covered the Republican National Convention
in Tampa, Fla.; the 2012 presidential debates between President Barack Obama and
Gov. Mitt Romney; the federal housing settlement between the Obama
Administration and Westchester County and was a regular commentator on News 12
Hudson Valley.
Before Newsday,
McKinstry was an investigative reporter and political correspondent for
Journal News/

where he covered county government, state affairs and politics. During his
nearly 12 years with Gannett, McKinstry covered just about every beat and
municipality in the region and was a regular contributor to page one of the
at Gannett, McKinstry was for 10 years an adjunct professor at Iona College,
where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in journalism, editing and
media history. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics
from Manhattan College and a Masters of Science degree in Print and Online
Journalism from Iona College.
The November Team, McKinstry will be working with existing clients, which
include candidates for office, issues campaigns, crisis communications and
corporate media training, while also being tasked with growing the firm's
corporate clientele in the Tri-State area.
his distinguished journalism career, McKinstry has won many awards from the
Associated Press, New York Press Association and Gannett. During his tenure on
Newsday Editorial
Board, the board was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in
the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  He's appeared on National Public Radio,
Regional News Network, FIOS 1 and News12, where he was a panelist on live
debates for the Westchester county executive and district attorney races as well
as "The New Tappan Zee Bridge: A News 12 Town Meeting," which was a finalist
 for the Deadline Club's Public Service Award in 2012.
same year, he also won top honors with a Judge's Choice Award for a "Dancing
with Our Stars" fundraiser benefiting Hillside Food Outreach, a nonprofit that
provides meals to families in need in Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield
co-hosts a weekly radio show -- "The Sounding Board" -- on WVOX 1460 AM in
Westchester County.
lives in Ridgefield, Conn. with his wife Amy, and two children.
Jerry McKinstry

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For Immediate Release: October 28, 2015

News from Legislator Ken Jenkins

Contact: (914) 262-3629




Jenkins:  Yonkers Sewer Treatment update meeting “smells”

Leg. Perez asleep while Astorino proposes County controlled funds for New Castle Diversion


White Plains, NY - Legislator Ken Jenkins (D - Yonkers) says the timing of a meeting at the Yonkers Wastewater Treatment “smells”.   County Executive Rob Astorino has proposed giving $16 million of County controlled funds to New Castle for sewer diversion, further preventing the remediation of odor issues in southwest Yonkers.  Developers working on a project that overlap with public sewer parcels generally request a sewer diversion in order to go ahead with groundwork.  In this case, the project is located in the Town of New Castle, which is represented by Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, a political caretaker of Legislator Perez.


“It is not surprising that Chairman Michael Kaplowitz would work a backroom deal with the Republican-led Administration to advance a project in his district despite the clear understanding and urgent needs of Yonkers Residents.  Legislator Perez has been unable to use her supposed political leverage to improve the odorous conditions that have plagued residents of southwest Yonkers,” said Jenkins


The BOL was recently advised by Department of Environmental Facilities Commissioner Tom Lauro, that only the 1st of 3 phases for of the Odor Remediation Plan for the Yonkers facility had been completed. Now a 4th Phase is being added, only extending the relief of this desperately needed project.


Legislator Perez has been completely silent on the issue having failed to deliver on projects authorized by the BOL for the Yonkers Wastewater facility and completely misled the people of the district regarding plant operations.


Jenkins said, “I encourage as many people from Yonkers come to this important meeting to demand that no considerations for funding for New Castle occur until after commitments to the community have been completed.  No can be no empty promises from the Astorino Administration on resolving this long standing problem.

Why I Am Voting For
Tina Fischer, Brendon Fitzgerald and Herbert Reyes
I am voting for Tina, Brendon and Herbert because they are simply the best qualified candidates and most prepared to accomplish the tasks required to put Peekskill back on a positive track.

I first knew Tina as a student at Peekskill High School and she is a wonderful, caring person. She loves Peekskill and her father still lives here in the home she grew up in. When I was Mayor, Tina was invaluable in helping to create what became the most fiscally heathy condition Peekskill was ever in. She is ready to help Mayor Catalina move in that direction again.
Brendon is from a family that no matter when you grew up in Peekskill you had a Fitzgerald as a classmate. The Fitzgeralds have been a long standing family in our community and I am so happy to see Brendon want to continue his family's legacy. He is a US Marine Corps Veteran who has already nobley served our great nation and risked his own safety to protect ours. Now, we need to give him another opportunity to serve us. I know he will do an outstanding job.

I first met Herbert through his wife Griselda. We were colleagues at Peekskill High School while I was a teacher there and she was, and still is, the Assistant Principal. Herbert has given tremendously to the children of Peekskill and is dedicated to helping provide them with opportunities both educationally and recreationally. His expertise in fiscal and operational matters also makes him a perfect fit for what lies ahead in planning the positive future for Peekskill.

Please join me in voting for these three fine individuals this Tuesday, November 3rd. The future of Peekskill depends on it.

John G. Testa

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On Friday, October 30, 2015 2:58 PM, Kieran Lalor wrote:

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Misinformation in Fishkill

Dear Friends,
I have received many calls and emails about The Jehovah's Witnesses organization, Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, purchasing property in Fishkill. Under current law, the property will be tax exempt because Watchtower is a religious organization.

Unfortunately there is a great deal of misinformation being circulated by the political opponents of Town Supervisor Bob LaColla who is running for reelection on Tuesday November 3rd. Despite what LaColla’s Democrat opponent Ozzy Albra claims repeatedly, there is no mechanism in the law that would have permitted a town supervisor or town board to stop that private transaction.

As the ranking member of the Assembly Real Property Taxation Committee, I am working with LaColla, state policymakers and concerned Fishkill residents to help towns deal with the financial impact of tax-exempt organizations purchasing property and taking the land off of the tax rolls. It is a difficult issue because we are a society that reveres religious institutions.

Creative ideas that balance the valid ideals of respect for religious groups and fiscal responsibility are welcome. However, LaColla's opponent has irresponsibly made misinformation about this issue the centerpiece of his campaign, without offering a solution that would not waste tax dollars on protracted and ultimately unsuccessful litigation.

In a truly despicable turn, anti- Jehovah's Witness signs have started being put up by Albra’s team while his family and the Fishkill Democrat Chair Kevin McCarthy mock the members of that religion on social media.

In short, the town of Fishkill needs problem solvers not bigoted agitators. That is why I am supporting LaColla for Fishkill Town Supervisor.

All the best,

ICYMI: Here is my full statement endorsing Bob LaColla for Fishkill Town Supervisor.

Polls open from 6:00am-9:00pm Tusday November 3rd. You can find your polling location 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..

Join us for these upcoming events taking place  
all across New York State.

On Friday, October 30, 2015 5:03 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

November 4th, 2015- 7:30PM

Municipal Building

16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562


Work Session:

  1. Presentation of Final Accessory Apartment Law (Local Law #11 of 2015)- Wayne Spector
  2. LED Lighting Update- Paul Fraioli
  3. Local Laws #5-10, Comprehensive Plan Vision Portion, Environmental Assessment- Board Discussion with David Stolman
  4. Non-Union Employee Fringe Benefits Policy- Maddi Zachacz
Executive Session: Legal Advice

Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Town Municipal Offices, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.
All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channel 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision channel 78 and verizon channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings.

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Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
Susanne Donnelly:
Eric P. Blaha:
Geoffrey Harter:
Kim Jeffrey:
Northern Wilcher:
Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Municipal Building, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562. You can view past Town Board Work Sessions from our online video archive.
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

Town Links

Sandy Galef FromNEWS 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 Rele 

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