Friday, November 06, 2015

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1)  Check Out Peekskillpost.net: 
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2) Check Out Yorktown News:
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3) Westchester County Republican Legislative Caucus Grows as Result of Elections

4)  [PRESS RELEASE] Mission Accomplished: New York Vietnam Veterans Equality Bill Signed By Gov Cuomo

5) Voters Affirm Bipartisan Approach for Westchester County Board of Legislators

6) Lincoln Depot Museum's Inaugural Reception Fundraiser 11/07/15

7) House Passes Surface Transportation Bill with Key Maloney Provisions

8) Just over a week until the Polar Plunge

9) 12 Grapes: Rock, Blues & Swing Weekend!

10) Lalor: Cuomo Needs to Explain Claimed Vets Cost, Use Financial Settlement Money if Need Be

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News from the Republican Caucus:
 
For Immediate Release:  November 5, 2015
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
 
Republican Legislative Caucus Grows as Result of Elections
 
Republicans on the Westchester County Board of Legislators expanded their caucus by one seat after two key victories on Election Day.  The Republicans added to their ranks with the election of Francis Corcoran to the open seat in District 2 which was previously held by Democrat, Peter Harckham.  In another race for an open seat in District 3, Republican Margaret Cunzio won to keep that District in Republican hands.
 
The Election Day victories give the Republicans 8 seats on the 17 member board, the highest number since 1999.  Republicans have shared power in a bipartisan coalition with two Democrats, BOL Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers and Legislator Virginia Perez (D) Yonkers for the last two years.  This arrangement has led to the most successful and productive legislative terms in recent memory.
 
Legislator John Testa (R) Peekskill, who leads the Republican caucus as Minority Leader said, “It is wonderful that voters have chosen to continue the cooperative, bipartisan manner of governance that we have established over the last two years.”
 
Legislator-Elect Margaret Cunzio mounted her first run for public office this year. She is a professor at Iona College and Western Connecticut State University. Ms. Cunzio replaces Legislator Michael Smith, who was recently named President of Berkeley College. The district is comprised of Mount Pleasant, North Castle and Pleasantville.  “I am thrilled to represent the constituents of District 3 and look forward to keeping spending and taxes down while protecting our municipalities from the federal government's attempts to expand Westchester County’s obligations under the 2009 Affordable Housing Settlement,”  said Cunzio. “I am eager to work with all of my colleagues and County Executive Rob Astorino on the many issues facing Westchester. As a political outsider, I am committed to approaching my work at the Board of Legislators from a citizen’s perspective rather than that of a career politician.”
 
Legislator-Elect Francis Corcoran grew up in Lewisboro and has served for the last 12 years as a Town Councilman in Bedford.  In his professional life, Mr. Corcoran has worked in the financial/capital markets arena for 30 years.  Because the previous District 2 Legislator did not complete his term, in accordance with the Westchester County Charter, Mr. Corcoran will be sworn into office immediately upon his election certification.  This means he will participate in the review and negotiations for the 2016 budget.  “I am thrilled to have been elected to serve the people of District 2 and I am committed to serving them in a collaborative and bipartisan manner.  I look forward to getting to work on the upcoming budget, a task that my professional skill set is perfectly suited for.”  Corcoran added, “I am committed to protecting taxpayers and also homeowners.  As a Councilman in Bedford, I have closely watched as the County Executive and BOL Chairman Kaplowitz have worked to satisfy the terms of the 2009 affordable housing settlement and I intend to look out for not just the municipalities in my district but all the towns and villages in Westchester County which are imperilled by the federal government’s infringement on our local zoning rights.”
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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: NEW YORK VIETNAM VETERANS EQUALITY BILL SIGNED BY GOV. CUOMO
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SOMERS, NY - A piece of legislation that gives parity to the Vietnam Veterans of America with other veterans organizations was signed into law by the Governor. Today, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, who authored the law in the Senate, was joined by Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, the Assembly sponsor of the bill, to announce Governor Cuomo's signing of this milestone piece of legislation for New York's Vietnam veterans.

"I am honored to stand here today to announce that the passage of the Vietnam Veterans' Equality Act has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo," Senator Murphy said. "These brave soldiers should never have been mistreated by our nation and state and I proudly stand here to say thank you for your service, mission accomplished and welcome home!"

Until last week, the Vietnam Veterans of America was not recognized by New York State as an official benevolent order. With the passing, and signing, of Senator Murphy's legislation, the VVA will now have the status and resources to better serve New York's Vietnam Veterans, along with the other rights and privileges conferred to other traditional veterans service organizations.

"I am honored to have to had the privilege of introducing and passing bipartisan legislation officially recognizing the Vietnam Veterans of America," said Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky. "Those who gave so much to our country at the very least deserve to be recognized as the heroes they are. In advance of Veterans Day, let us all resolve to do whatever we can in the coming year to support our veterans. I would like to thank Senator Terrance Murphy for inviting me to today's ceremony and for his leadership on the issue." 

"The implementation of the chapter Vietnam Veterans of America is an historical achievement for New York State," said Assemblyman Steve Katz.  "It is about time New York State took the necessary steps to finally truly recognize and honor these great heroes for their service and sacrifices to maintain our country's safety and freedom. I commend Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Kaminsky for introducing this legislation. Let's always continue to support our veterans for what they continue to do for our community and our great state."

"This legislation is a reminder of those who served our nation," said Westchester County's Director of Veteran's Affairs Ron Tocci.  "The VVA provides a myriad of services including lobbying for the necessary healthcare all veterans deserve.  I applaud Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Kaminsky for their hard work and dedication to New York's veterans."

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For Immediate Release: November 5, 2015
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
646-302-2220, mjr3@westchestergov.com
 
Voters Affirm Bipartisan Approach for Westchester County Board of Legislators
 
 
Westchester County Voters returned to office the Legislators who comprise the bipartisan coalition that has led the BOL for the last two years.  With the election of Francis Corcoran (R) Bedford, the bipartisan coalition has even expanded by one legislative seat.
 
Chairman Mike Kaplowitz (D) Somers and Vice-Chair Jim Maisano (R) New Rochelle have established an atmosphere of cooperation and compromise that has allowed the BOL to have one of its most productive and successful terms in memory.  Among the BOL’s many accomplishments during this term are $200 million dollars in infrastructure bond acts passed, a public-private partnership to operate Playland, reforms to the budget process, an end to practice of litigating against the County Executive, the establishment of an energy department, facilitating compliance with the County’s obligations under the fair and affordable housing settlement and many more.
 
Following the election, Chairman Kaplowitz said, “I am happy that voters all across Westchester rejected partisan bickering and personal attacks in favor of a more respectful, fair and results oriented type of governance.  Westchester County Government has an opportunity to distinguish itself from the pettiness and dysfunction we see in Washington DC.  We can help restore public faith in government starting right here at the Board of Legislators. If I continue as Chairman I will make sure that this legislative body continues to operate in an efficient, professional and respectful manner.” 
 
Vice-Chairman Jim Maisano who began serving on the BOL in 1998, the same year as Chairman Kaplowitz echoed Kaplowitz’ sentiments, “My vision for the BOL is that we stand as an example for other governments.  We can tackle the tough issues and we can have fierce debates but I reject those who think that personal attacks and animosity are a necessary part of this process.”
 
 
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The LDM will be holding its Inaugural Reception on Saturday, November 7, 2015. It will be our major fundraiser of the year and we hope you will join us. There will be a wide selection of choice dishes from many of Peekskill's outstanding restaurants and related establishments. You will enjoy live entertainment and be able participate in a silent auction.

If you cannot attend, any support would be greatly appreciated, or perhaps you would like to be a sponsor. Help us celebrate a very successful first year and ensure a better 2016!

 
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For Immediate Release                                                                               CONTACT:
November 5, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
202-225-5441
House Passes Surface Transportation Bill with Key Maloney Provisions
 
Maloney’s Work on Public-Private Partnerships, Highway-Rail Grade Crossing and Safe Bridges Provisions All Included in STRRA
 
Washington, DC — With today’s passage of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (STRRA), several critical measures authored by Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) are on their way to becoming law. Maloney’s Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Investment Act, Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act of 2015, and Safe Bridges Investment Act were all included in the base text of the bill, as well a bipartisan amendment Maloney offered with Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19) to address the needs of our nation’s structurally deficient bridges. Maloney, seen as one of the top Public Private Partnership (P3) experts in Congress, has been fighting for these priorities for the past year which will improve the Hudson Valley’s infrastructure, grow the economy, and enhance the safety of commuters and travelers in New York.
 
“Since day one, I’ve worked across the aisle with local, state, and federal officials to make these critical investments in infrastructure that strengthen our communities, grow our economy, and create jobs. The provisions I authored in this legislation continue that commitment to delivering results for the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I’m happy that these provisions have been passed because each of them will make life better for my neighbors in the Hudson Valley.”
 
“When I was working in the Governor’s office and in the private sector, I spearheaded initiatives to develop Public-Private Partnerships, because these creative partnerships are a win-win; they allow us to make strategic investments in transportation and infrastructure while lowering costs for tax payers,” said Rep. Maloney. “This bill will unlock badly-needed resources to improve the roads, bridges and rail lines which New Yorkers rely on.”  
 
“As we saw earlier this year in the tragic Valhalla Metro-North accident, there are currently hundreds of high-hazard, dangerous rail crossings in New York that need significant improvements,” said Rep. Maloney. “My legislation included in this bill will invest in local communities, giving them the resources they need to upgrade and enhance the safety of rail crossings.”
 
“My provisions to invest in bridges will unlock billions in targeted federal investments to make critical repairs and improvements to the local bridges families in the Hudson Valley use every single day to get to school and work,” said Rep. Maloney. “These bridges have been forgotten for too long, we must do more to ensure their safety.”
 
Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Investment Act
Maloney’s breakthrough Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Investment Act would allow for faster and more efficient investment in crucial transportation and infrastructure projects around the country. In the past, public-private partnerships, known as P3s, have provided innovative funding solutions for infrastructure projects by linking public investments with private sector resources and efficiencies. 
 
In addition to serving on the exclusive Public-Private Partnership Panel for the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Maloney has a long history fostering government and private sector cooperation.
 
Rep. Maloney’s bill would modernize and improve the coordination between the government and private sector by creating an office within the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to assist modal agencies, states, and other grant recipients on implementing design-bid-build, design-build, and P3 procurement best practices, developing P3 model contracts, and accessing federal loan and loan guarantee programs. By serving as a one-stop shop, this important resource will guarantee states like New York are able to better utilize P3s to improve and invest in their critical infrastructure.
 
Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act of 2015
The Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act of 2015 will help states and communities make safety upgrades at dangerous highway-rail grade crossings. Each year, nearly 270 people are killed at such grade crossings. This bill provides states and communities with more resources to prevent collisions at grade crossings and invest in protective safety devices to prevent future tragedies. By building bridges and tunnels to separate roadways from rail track, by installing improved lights and signals at crossings, and by increasing public awareness of grade crossing dangers, states and communities can take significant steps toward making highway-rail grade crossings safer.
 
Safe Bridges Investment Act
Maloney’s Safe Bridges Investment Act would provide counties and municipalities with the funds they desperately need to fix so-called “off-system” bridges. More than a third of New York’s bridges are labeled as either “functionally obsolete,” meaning they cannot handle current traffic demand, or “structurally deficient,” meaning they require significant maintenance to remain in service and will eventually require total rehabilitation.
 
Off-system bridges, bridges owned by counties or municipalities, were initially excluded from the federal National Highway System and thus from receiving federal funding. In 2012, a federal transportation bill called MAP-21 became law, eliminating the Highway Bridge Program, which shifted the program’s funding to the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP). However, funding for the National Highway Performance Program only supports projects on the National Highway System (NHS), which excludes 77% of the country’s bridges. 
 
Restricting these dollars for use on a very limited number of bridges is detrimental to the vast majority of our nation’s bridges.  Limiting this funding to the projects eligible under the National Highway Performance Program creates a disparity that endangers the safety of citizens in urban and rural communities across the county.  The bill would restore funding eligibility to these bridges regardless of their designation.
 
Maloney also co-sponsored an amendment with Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19) that would direct the Department of Transportation to create a comprehensive strategy within the next year to address “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete” bridges.
 
According to the New York State Department of Transportation, more than one-third of New York State’s 17,000 bridges are in need of repair, with 2,016 graded as structurally deficient and 4,735 graded as functionally obsolete.
 
In the Hudson Valley, there are a total of 1,904 bridges and of these, 206 are structurally deficient bridges and 749 are functionally obsolete bridges.
 
COUNTY
NUMBER OF BRIDGES
STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES
FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE BRIDGES
Dutchess
333
47
108
Orange
455
66
115
Putnam
104
13
36
Rockland
243
22
105
Westchester
769
58
385
 
The text of Rep. Maloney’s provisions can be found here.
 
 
 
Alex MillerCommunications Director
Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
1529 LHOB | WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515 | p: 202.225.5441 | F: 202.225.3289 | C: 202.768.6817

Alex.miller3@mail.house.gov
 
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On Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3:54 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseNovember 4, 2015
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Lalor: Cuomo Needs to Explain Claimed Vets Cost, Use Financial Settlement Money if Need Be
East Fishkill, NY - (11/4/15) - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling on Governor Cuomo to explain how he determined the cost estimate of the Veterans Equality Act he recently vetoed. Cuomo's veto message for the bipartisan bill includes no explanation for how he reached the numbers and lumps the projected cost of the veterans pension buyback program with the costs of four other bills and comes up with an estimated $229 million in short-term costs and $607 million in long-term costs for all five vetoed pension bills. 
 "Governor Cuomo owes New York's veterans an explanation," said Lalor. "His veto message doesn't explain how he reached such a large estimated cost. He didn't even break out the cost of the Veterans Equality Act from the other four bills. Cuomo also has no explanation as to whether the retirement of senior employees in more expensive pension tiers, to be replaced by junior employees with less costly pension plans would reduce or eliminate costs. I believe it will and I'm asking Governor Cuomo to show his work. Cuomo deceptively lumped the veterans pension bill with four other bills to produce his projected cost. We need to see an explanation for his projections and the cost specifically for the veterans pension bill on it's own."
 Lalor added, "The administration should also provide estimates of the positive financial impact of the Veterans Equality Act, which include higher paid employees in more generous pension tiers retiring sooner and being replaced by newer workers who are in a less generous pension tier. The estimates should also take into account expedited retirements leading to positions that don't have to be filled and the resulting savings to the state and local governments."
 Lalor continued, "Even if we accept Governor Cuomo's projections, New York can find the funding to do right by our veterans. New York will receive $200 million as part of a settlement for illegal banking practices with Deutsche Bank and will receive millions more from a settlement with Goldman Sachs. Those funds should be used to cover any cost of the Veterans' Pension Equality Act. The funds are available and won't require a tax increase. Accepting Cuomo's estimated cost for the sake of argument, we can and should fund this program."
 The twice vetoed Veterans Equality Act 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.
 Lalor's previous statement about Cuomo's second veto of the Veterans Equality Act can be found here.
  
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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..
 
 
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