Monday, November 16, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 11/16/15: 11 Topics In Today's blog


1)  Check Out

2) Check Out Yorktown News:

3)  Maloney Statement on Assessment of Indian Point

4) Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz Statement on Proposed 2016 Budget

5) Budget Committee Meeting Schedule, Statement from Committee Chairwoman Sheila Marcotte

6) Maloney Statement on Paris Terror Attacks

7) Yorktown Town Board: 2016 Budget Review  11/12/15 - 11/13/15

8) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor’s Update- November 14th, 2015

9) Town Of Ossining: Town Hall Meeting- Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 7:30PM

10) Lalor: Cuomo Must Block Syrian Refugees From Settling in New York

11) ICYMI: State GOP to Launch 'Main Street Initiative' Against Cuomo Minimum Wage Increase

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For Immediate Release                                                                                       CONTACT:
November 13, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
Maloney Statement on Assessment of Indian Point
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement the New York Department of State’s assessment of Indian Point Energy Center:
"This latest Indian Point assessment has shown yet again that this facility just doesn’t make sense for the community and the surrounding environment. I appreciate the steps that the New York Department of State has taken to ensure the safety of folks living near Indian Point. It’s time we focus our efforts winding down Indian Point and get serious about replacing it with a source of energy production that will create and preserve jobs while reducing the risks to our neighbors and our wildlife.”
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

For Immediate Release: November 13, 2015
Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz Statement on Proposed 2016 Budget:
“Today the Board of Legislators (BOL) received the County Executive’s 2016 Capital and Operating Budget.  I thank County Executive Astorino and his staff for the hard work they’ve put into the budget.
”Between now and December 27th, the Board of Legislators will undertake an exhaustive review of the proposed budget.  This review will begin on Monday, November 16th and will be coordinated by Legislator Sheila Marcotte, the BOL Budget and Appropriations Committee Chair.  I am confident that as with previous years, the BOL will adjust, amend and ultimately produce and improved budget at the end of our review.
”Based on County Executive Astorino’s budget presentation this morning, it would appear that there will be some difficult decisions to be made regarding funding for our non-profit social service providers who are facing an approximate 20% reduction in funding.  Another issue that the Legislators will have to contemplate is the degree to which we are willing to borrow for tax certioraries (money refunded to taxpayers who challenge their assessment).  The County Executive’s proposed budget plans to borrow $11 million to pay for tax challenges.  That cost in an ideal world should be included in our operational expenses.
”The County Executive has for the sixth consecutive year vowed to veto any tax increase in the budget.  At the Legislative branch we share his concern for the taxpayers and will balance that concern against the need of all Westchester residents.  Striking the right balance is what this budget will ultimately achieve.
”I encourage all Westchester residents to participate in the budget process.  our budget meetings will be streamed live on the BOL website.  Residents can also come out to three public hearings on the budget to make their voices heard.”


For Immediate Release: November 13, 2015
Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Budget and Appropriations Committee Meeting Schedule, Statement from Committee Chairwoman Sheila Marcotte:
“I believe that the vetting and approval of the annual Westchester County budget is the most important job we do as Legislators.  Beginning this Monday, November 16th, the Budget and Appropriations Committee will begin a thorough and transparent review process of every line in this $1.8 billion dollar proposed budget.  We will hear from every Department Head and Commissioner as well as our non-profit partners and the public.
“Early indications suggest that we will have some very tough decisions to make in order to provide a budget that balances the needs of those residents who rely on the social safety net with taxpayers who already pay the highest taxes in the country.  I encourage residents to avail themselves of our many budget meetings and the three public hearings.  A schedule for those meetings is attached."
All Budget Committee hearings will be streamed live and can be seen at;
Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting schedule for 2016 budget
11/9 Monday               7:00 p.m.        Board of Legislators Meeting
                                                WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16th
11/16 Monday                        10:00 a.m.       Public Safety
                                                11:00 a.m.       Community Mental Health
                                                11:30 a.m.       Budget Department
                                                                        3rd Quarter Forecast – including Districts &
                                                            Agenda Items
11/17 Tuesday                        10:00 a.m.       Law Department/Risk Management
                                                11:00 a.m.       Public Works
                                                12:00 noon     Transportation/Westchester County Airport
                                                                        Agenda Items
11/18 Wednesday                  10:00 a.m.       Finance Department, Debt Service,
Fringe Benefits, Miscellaneous Budget,
6N & 6J
                                                                11:00 a.m.       County Clerk
                                                12:00 noon     Board of Elections
                                                                        Agenda Items
11/19 Thursday                     9:00 a.m.         Youth Bureau
10:00 a.m.       Parks
11:00 a.m.       Emergency Services
Agenda Items

11/19 Thursday                     7:00 p.m.        Mini Public Hearing –
Yonkers Public School 30
30 Nevada Place
Yonkers, NY  
11/20 Friday                           10:00 a.m.       Solid Waste Commission
10:30 a.m.       Office for People with Disabilities
11:00 a.m.       Social Services
                                                                        Agenda Items
                                                WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23rd
11/23 Monday                        10:00 a.m.       Consumer Protection
10:30 a.m.       Information Technology
11:30 a.m.       Human Resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agenda Items
  7:00 p.m.      Board of Legislators Meeting
11/24Tuesday             10:00 a.m.       District Attorney
10:30 a.m.       Labs & Research
                                                11:00 a.m.       Correction
Agenda Items
7:00 p.m.        Mini Public Hearing –
Horace Greeley High School
70 Roaring Brook Road
Chappaqua, NY
11/30 Monday                        10:00 a.m.       Capital Projects
                                                11:00 a.m.       Senior Programs & Services
                                                11:30 a.m.       DEF
Agenda Items
12/01 Tuesday                        10:00 a.m.       Capital Projects
                                                11:00 a.m.       Office for Women
                                                11:30 a.m.       Probation
                                                                        Agenda Items
12/02   Wednesday                10:00 a.m.       Planning
                                                11:00 a.m.       CBAC
                                                11:30 a.m.       Health
                                                                        Agenda Items
12/07 Monday                        10:00 a.m.       Board of Legislators Meeting
                                                11:00 a.m.       O’Connor Davies Oral Report
                                                                        2016 Budget
12:30 p.m.      Additions Report Day to the 2016
                                                                        Operating, Capital Budget & Special
                                                Need to sign out B&A Budget Act and County & Special                                           District Taxes
12/09 Wednesday                    7:00 p.m.      Public Hearing
                                                                        Board of Legislators Chamber
                                                                        148 Martine Avenue – 8th floor
                                                                        White Plains, NY
12/11 Friday                           10:00 a.m.       O’Connor Davies Final Report –
                                                                        2016 Budget   
                                                12:00 noon.    B&A Final Report Day to 2016 Budget
12/14 Monday                        10:00 a.m.       Special Meeting to approve 2016 Budget
                        (Capital, Special & Operating Districts)
12/27 Sunday             The County Budget shall be finally adopted
                                                not later than December 27th (Sec. 167.101
                                                Paragraph 3)


For Immediate Release                                                                               CONTACT:
November 13, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
Maloney Statement on Paris Terror Attacks
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement following the terror attacks in Paris:
“This evening's attacks on Paris were senseless and tragic, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected. Violent attacks on innocent civilians are devastating no matter where they occur in the world. We stand in solidarity with the people of France tonight.
If you need to check on loved ones in Paris, the State Department recommends calling 1-888-407-4747 or checking which will be updated as more information comes to light.”
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

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

Town Board Budget Review
November 12 & 13, 2015
The purpose of the meeting was to give the four councilmen an opportunity to meet with department heads as part of their review of the supervisor’s Tentative Budget.

With virtually no discussion, the board voted unanimously to adopt the Tentative Budget as the Preliminary Budget without any changes. The Preliminary Budget will be the subject of a public hearing on December  8th.

The lengthy meeting summary uploaded to includes my general comments on the overall budget plus comments on the budgets for individual departments. Readers can scroll through the meeting summary to zero in on specific departments and, depending on the department, specific programs within each department.
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On Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:12 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly <> wrote:

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Supervisor's Update - November 14th, 2015

Town Hall Meeting
Ossining Library
7:30 PM
2016 Tentative Budget Presentation and Discussion
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Come a little early (doors will be open by 7:00PM) and see Ron Whitehead's "Looking Back" series art show,
which is dedicated to the lives and memories of US Veterans, at The Ossining Public Library. 
Here are a few of the other exciting things happening in Ossining and beyond over the next few weeks:

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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Susanne Donnelly, Town Supervisor
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On Sunday, November 15, 2015 10:02 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly <> wrote:

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Town Hall Meeting 
November 17th, 2015
Ossining Public Library
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Please come and ask any and all questions you may have for the Town Board.

    Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
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    On Monday, November 16, 2015 9:29 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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    Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
    For Immediate ReleaseNovember 16, 2015
    Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
    Lalor: Cuomo Must Block Syrian Refugees From Settling in New York
    East Fishkill, NY - (11/16/15) - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling on Governor Cuomo to join the governors of Michigan and Alabama in fighting to stop the settlement of Syrian refugees in our states.
    "We can't afford to settle refugees in New York or the United States, because proper vetting can't be guaranteed," said Lalor. "The House Homeland Security chairman has acknowledged that we can't vet the refugees. House Intelligence committee member Rep. Peter King has said, 'There is virtually no vetting because there are no databases in Syria.' Governor Cuomo needs to lead and stop the settlement of refugees in New York. The FBI says it has 900 active ISIS investigations. Imagine how thin security will be spread with the addition of thousands more refugees."
    Lalor added, "We should ship food, water and supplies to refugees to meet any humanitarian obligations we may have, but the Syrian refugees should be resettled in that region of the world. There is nothing humanitarian about putting at risk the lives of Americans in general and New Yorkers in particular. Accepting Syrian refugees when it is impossible to properly vet them was a terrible idea prior to the ISIS attacks on Paris. To do so after at least one of the Islamic terrorists was discovered to be a Syrian 'refugee' is beyond gross negligence and the triumph of political correctness over reason and public safety."
    Lalor continued, "When six Arab Gulf countries, Qatar, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain, aren't accepting refugees, it becomes even harder to explain why New York or the United States would. As much as Americans want to help those who are suffering, we can't assure that the vetting process will catch terrorists. That means we simply can't accept any of the refugees. Governor Cuomo should take the lead and keep New York safe by blocking their settlement 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..


    ICYMI: NYS GOP Launching Unprecedented Grassroots Effort to Challenge Governor Cuomo's Job-Killing $15 Minimum Wage Increase

    In Today's NY Post, columnist Fred Dicker highlights our 'Main Street Initiative,' a statewide, grassroots effort to educate and inform voters on the detrimental effects of a $15 minimum wage increase.

    Read here: 

    State Republicans are launching an unprecedented grassroots effort to challenge Gov. Cuomo's controversial plan to impose a $15-an-hour minimum wage on all New York businesses - a near-70 percent increase and the highest in the nation.

    The GOP project, outlined in a memo which was sent to all 62 Republican county chairs on Sunday night, seeks to mobilize Republican activists, local businesses and business groups against Cuomo's plan, arguing that it will force "many businesses to shutter their doors in what is already a high-cost, overregulated New York business environment,'' says the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

    "Up to 600,000 jobs could be lost as a result of Cuomo's proposal,'' said state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, citing figures recently released by the Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative-oriented think tank.
    "We're the party of Main Street and this will really hit Main Street hard. It's a job and business killer, as cities around the country that have done this are starting to realize, and I think we're going to be able to have a major impact,'' Cox said.

    Meanwhile, in today's NY Daily News, Senate Republicans tell columnist Ken Lovett the job-killing proposal is a "non-starter."

    Read here

    No vocal support among state Senate GOP for $15-an-hour minimum wage, source says 

    Gov. Cuomo's controversial call to raise the state minimum wage to $15-an-hour did not find a single voice of support when Senate Republicans discussed the issue last week amongst themselves during a private meeting focusing on 2016 issues, insiders said.

    "I don't think anyone supports $15-an-hour," said one senator who was at the meeting. "My perspective is it's a non-starter."

    Even with Cuomo saying he'd support some kind of tax credits to help alleviate the costs of the higher wage on businesses, the senator said that "I don't see what kind of tax cut you would need to make up for $15-an-hour."

    A Republican insider suggested the possibility of a compromise on a lower rate. "What that number might be, I don't know, but not $15," the source said.
    The current $8.75-an-hour-rate is slated to jump to $9 an hour at the end of the year.

    Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan following the Tuesday meeting suggested his members were waiting to see what exactly Cuomo will propose before considering how to proceed on the issue.

    Bazzo 11/16/15

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