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Bazzomanifesto Update 11/20/15: 13 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Check Out Yorktown News:

3)  With Rent Unaffordable in 75% of American Markets and Increasing Every Year, Maloney Introduces New Legislation to Help First Time Home Buyers

4) Maloney Statement on American SAFE Act of 2015

5) Video: Astorino Remarks on Alcoa, GE, Entergy, Kraft-Heinz...

6) News from Legislator Ken Jenkins - County Budget Proposal Risks Safety of Yonkers Residents

7) Tour a Sprawling Connecticut Farmhouse with Rustic Charm, Inside an 18th-Century Newtown Saltbox, and More from our November Issue!

8) Yorktown Town Board: Compound Terraces rezoning moves forward  11/17/15

9) This Saturday - Maloney and Senator Ball Team Up to Host 5th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner

10) Enter for a Chance to Win a $1,000 Gift Card!

11) Statement from Chairman Cox on President Obama's Comments in Manila


13) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board 11/23/15

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November 20, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
With Rent Unaffordable in 75% of American Markets and Increasing Every Year, Maloney Introduces New Legislation to Help First Time Home Buyers
Nationwide, Nearly Half of All Renters Spend One-Third of Their Income on Rent, and Over 1 in 4 Spend at Least 50% of Their Income
Washington, DC — With unaffordable rent driving first-time buyers out of the market, and rent prices increasing with each passing year, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) unveiled new legislation to help first-time home buyers. Currently, high rents are making it difficult if not impossible for many to save for their first home. Despite the fact that 90% of millennials prefer owning to renting, just 36% of Americans under the age of 35 own a home – the lowest level since the Census Bureau started tracking home ownership by age in 1982. Maloney’s legislation would allow renters to break the cycle by using more of their tax-free IRA savings for a down payment on a new home and a more stable financial future.  The bill is bipartisan, with Reps. Jim Renacci (R-OH), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Mike Coffman (R-CO).
“We can’t let home ownership become the next thing to slip out of reach for ordinary, hardworking Americans,” said Rep. Maloney. “But unless we take action, it will. Record high rent prices are shutting first-time home buyers out of the market. This common-sense, bipartisan bill will help reverse the trend by empowering people to save more of their own money to make the move to home-ownership, and enjoy the social and economic benefits that come with it.”  
“With communities throughout the United States in ‘renters crises,’ I am proud to join Rep. Maloney on a bill that assists first time homebuyers with a down payment,” said Rep. Coffman. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to push this bill through the House.”
"We support homeownership because we know homeownership is the foundation of every community. The First Time Homeowner Savings Plan Act will offer access to money for renters to transition into a safe, affordable home.  Housing counselors can use this new provision within their tool box of assistance, sharing this opportunity during first-time homebuyer education classes and one-on-one consultations,” said Faith Moore, Executive Director of the Orange County Rural Development Advisory Corp.
"We strongly support Congressman Maloney's First Time Homeowner Savings Plan Act," said Co-Executive Director, Dianne Chipman, of the Putnam County Housing Corporation. "Putnam County Housing Corporation's Housing Needs Assessment (January 2014) prepared by the Center for Housing Solutions, Pattern for Progress revealed, 'Eighty-eight percent  (88%) of owners and renters in Putnam County, regardless of income level, are living in Unaffordable and Severely Cost Burdened Housing. This bill would assist more young individuals and families in realizing the dream of owning a home in their community."  
“This legislation would be a great benefit to potential homeowners in the Hudson Valley area, where home prices tend to be substantially higher than in other regions of New York State,” said Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors President Drew Kessler.  “This will give more first-time homeowners the opportunity to acquire the necessary funds - - without penalties -- to make a viable down payment on a home.” added Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors CEO Richard Haggerty.
“Many would be first-time home buyers are getting shut out of the market by rising rents and student loans, which limit a borrower's ability to save for down payment. Buying a home when you are ready - and many are if not for rising hurdle of down payments - means asset-building well into the future, including the ability to ride out market downturns and benefit from long-term asset appreciation. This bill can help young families, and help us reverse the decline of first-time homeownership,” said Doug Ryan, Director of Affordable Homeownership for the Corporation for Enterprise Development.
“Rising rents across the country present a significant obstacle in trying to save for a down payment,” said National Association of Realtors President Chris Polychron. “The National Association of Realtors supports this legislation and thanks Representative Maloney for his work to broaden opportunities for families who rent as they reach towards the dream of homeownership.”
“Sustainable homeownership has long been seen as the gateway to the middle class for many Americans. Given the barrier of amassing sufficient funds for a down payment and closing costs, many Americans are unable to realize that dream.  This proposal would expand access to affordable credit by increasing the number of options that American homebuyers have to assemble the significant resources necessary for what is often the biggest purchase [they will ever make],” wrote William P. Killmer, Senior Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs at the Mortgage Bankers Association.
“Allowing savers greater access to their IRAs for the purchase of a home will allow more households to take advantage of an existing and underutilized vehicle that allows for tax-deferred wealth building. It could encourage young households to start saving at a younger age, because of the increased resource available for a home purchase from an IRA.NHC believes this legislation is one important tool, among many, that promotes affordable homeownership,” wrote Chris Estes, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference.
“The bill introduced by Rep. Maloney would be a great benefit to Americans pursuing the dream of home ownership,” said Jules Gaudreau, president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. “Saving for retirement and purchasing a first home can both contribute to the long-term financial security of American families. Penalty-free IRA withdrawals, in amounts high enough to be meaningful in the current market, will make all the difference for many families struggling to come up with down payments.”
“The National Association of Home Builders supports your efforts to help address one of the biggest financial hurdles to homeownership for first-time buyers: assembling the down payment.  The tax code currently recognizes the benefits of investing in a home and allows first-time buyers to withdraw, without penalty, $10,000 from an individual retirement plan. Since this provision was first enacted nearly 20 years the value has slowly eroded over time. This legislation to increase the limit to $25,000 and index it for inflation would assist more Americans who are saving for a down payment on their first home,” said James W. Tobin III of the  National Association of Home Builders.
Currently, the United States is in a “renters crisis” with rent is unaffordable in roughly 75% of markets. As this map from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies shows, nationwide nearly half of all renters are “cost-burdened” and over 1 in 4 are severely cost-burdened. This is also self-perpetuating. Last year, rents increased at twice the rate of inflation. Higher rents mean fewer homeowners and more renters. More renters drive prices even higher, and the problem grows.
Despite the fact that 90% of millennials prefer owning to renting, just 35% of Americans under the age of 35 own a home – the lowest level since the Census Bureau started tracking home ownership by age in 1982.[2]
Home-ownership often brings with it a range of social and economic benefits that renters miss out on. The Center for American Progress estimates homeowners’ median net worth at $170,000, more than 30 times that of renters. Additionally, homeowners’ savings exceed renters’ savings more than eight to one.
Even at similar income levels, homeowners have significantly more assets. [3] This better prepares homeowners for retirement. According to Harvard’s Joint Center on Housing Studies, the median homeowner over 65 could afford nearly 3.5 years of care in a nursing home if needed. The median renter couldn’t afford a month.[4]
However, Congress can help: In 1997, Congress allowed first time homebuyers to withdraw up to $10,000 from their IRA - penalty free - for the purchase of a home, providing a tax-advantaged way to save for a down payment. But in the years since, $10,000 just isn’t what it used to be; since then the price of a house in the US has doubled.
First Time Homeowners Savings Plan Act, would increase this limit from $10,000 to $25,000, and index the limit to inflation.
Evidence suggests that tax-deferred accounts work - a Canadian program that offered tax-free savings for down payments saw home ownership increase by 20% in targeted populations.[5]
The bill has been endorsed by the National Association of Realtors, National Association of Home Builders, Mortgage Bankers Association, American Land Title Association, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, CFED, and the National Housing Conference. It’s also been endorsed by great Hudson Valley groups like the Orange County Rural Development Advisory Group, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the Putnam County Housing Corporation.
Alex MillerCommunications Director
Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
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For Immediate Release                                                                                          CONTACT:
November 19, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
Maloney Statement on American SAFE Act of 2015
Washington, DC —Today, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) today released the following statement on the American SAFE Act of 2015:
“Our nation has long stood as a beacon of freedom, but after the events of the last few weeks some leaders have given into fear and turned their backs on refugees. These actions are reprehensible, and present a false choice between our values and our security. It’s understandable that people are scared, and Americans have a right to know that the process we use to screen refugees will keep us safe. I have faith in our system, and I don’t believe these refugees -- the overwhelming majority of whom are women, elderly, and children – threaten our communities or national security. So instead of slowing the program or pausing it, the Administration should agree to immediately certify refugees if they pass the current extensive screenings and we should all refocus on actual threats.”
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
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Remarks from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

been awhile since I checked in to talk with you this way.

is approaching, and I hope all is well with you and your families.

news story popped up this week that compelled me to reach out -- a lot of news
stories actually -- but the one that most caught my attention as a New York
issue was Alcoa packing up and leaving the state.

doesn't affect everyone in New York, this move.  It's the Alcoa employees in the
North Country who have to bear the brunt. But another big company packing up and
heading to a friendlier state isn't a rare occurrence. GE just announced that
it's leaving Schenectady, and Entergy is closing it's FitzPatrick plant. That on
top of the news that Kraft-Heinz may be closing its three New York

I thought the state was doing something to really turn things around - to make
us competitive again -- I'd shut up and go away. But all I see from this
governor still is small ball, business as usual, and pandering.

his $15 minimum wage proposal. Sounds great. Polls well. Who doesn't want people
making more? But experts agree it's going to make things worse, much worse.
According to one estimate, it'll cost New Yorkers almost 600,000 jobs. It's
totally irresponsible.

2016 legislative session is fast approaching, and I'm hearing nothing from the
governor about doing what's necessary to make this state flourish again.

long as that continues, I'm going to keep calling him out on it -- on here, on
my Facebook page, on twitter, and wherever I go.

we have to do better. This isn't good enough.

for listening. Keep the faith. And have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
For Immediate Release: November 19, 2015
News from Legislator Ken Jenkins
Contact: (914) 262-3629
County Budget Proposal Risks Safety of Yonkers Residents
(White Plains, NY) – After hearing testimony from the Westchester County Public Safety Department, Legislator Ken Jenkins is alerting Westchester County residents that this budget proposal risks the safety of Yonkers residents.  The current proposal cuts 3 positions and spends over $1 million less on Westchester’s public safety. Jenkins feels that these cuts are targeted towards Yonkers because of political differences with the administration and include reductions to security at the Yonkers Family Court and a reduction of domestic violence services provided by My Sister’s Place.  Security was Jenkins’ principal concern during the negotiations to relocate the Yonkers Family Court and he believes that the budget proposal breaks a promise from that process.
“1 in 3 women are victims of some kind of physical abuse from an intimate partner and this budget proposal fails those individuals,” Jenkins said. “I know the County’s Budget Committee Chair believes that domestic violence is not a real problem in her district but unfortunately it is in mine and many other places around Westchester.”
Over 200 orders of protection were obtained for victims of domestic violence by the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, who also had their funding dramatically reduced and saved taxpayers over $13.5 million through their entire efforts.  Many of those orders get facilitated in the Yonkers Family Court.
Jenkins continued, “It is clear that this administration and its allies in the Legislature don’t care about the people that utilize these services.  The very least they could do is realize the savings these services provide for taxpayers.”
In a world where everyone is a brand and egos abound, perhaps the most groundbreaking motion an architect can make is to create something so subtly nuanced and thoughtfully constructed that it looks like it had no architect at all. Take, for instance, a rambling family compound in Washington, CT, that appears as if it evolved over time. Driving by, one might imagine it having been passed down from one generation to the next, but it is, in fact, the result of Stewart Skolnick’s and Charles Haver’s (Haver & Skolnick Architects) master vision.
Nora Murphy is in a country state of mind. The founder of Connecticut Country House, a venture that encompasses an online magazine and blog about all things country, her dedication goes way beyond milk paints and Americana crafts. Instead, the former executive vice president of style at Ethan Allen has built a business and a lifestyle around embracing the concept of the country house. Traditionally used only on weekends, Murphy wondered, “Why not create a country house for everyday living?” With her husband, son, and a dog and a cat in tow, she did exactly that.
The allure of handmade items has moved far beyond traditional crafts and is the new ultimate in luxury goods.
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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 Meeting
November 17, 2015

Meeting highlights. For a summary of other agenda items, visit

1. SPDES permit for Yorktown Sewage Treatment Plant 
The town has received its new permit but will have to wait at least a year before DEC will allow any sewer district extensions into any unsewered neighborhoods.

2. Police presence at Spectra pipeline work sites
Who is paying for the officers and the police cars was explained.

3. Spectra pipeline/Atlantic Bridge
The board rejected a resolution calling for the town  to file for “intervenor status.”

4. Hilltop Service Station
The new station owner has received a violation notice for violating conditions of a previously approved site plan.

5. Homes of Historic Distinction program
The board approved the legislation setting up the program.

6. Crompond Terraces Rezoning
The public hearing was closed and a written comment period left open to December 1st. Supervisor Grace anticipates a vote at the December 8th meeting.

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Maloney and Senator Ball Team Up to Host 5th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner
Carmel, NY - Keeping the tradition alive, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney has partnered with former State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Gregory R. Ball to host the 5th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner on November 21, 2015 at the Putnam Golf Course, with seatings at noon and 2pm.
“I'm honored to join my friend Greg in co-hosting this great event for our local veterans,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “As the son of a Navy veteran I know how much our men and women in uniform have sacrificed and contributed to make our community and our country great. I'm proud to be a part of this dinner to say thank you to these heroes.”
This year Councilwoman Suzi McDonough is Chairing the great event along with Eugene
Parrotta, Chairman of Downstate Chapter of Purple Heart Homes. Over the past four years, former State Senator Ball worked with the community to host an annual Thanksgiving dinner for local veterans. The dinner drew over 800 veterans and hundreds of local volunteers, each year.
“God bless this awesome community for delivering another homerun for our heroes. This has become such a special event and is only possible because the entire community steps up to the plate to thank your veterans,” said Senator Greg Ball. “We still need volunteers and donations and ask folks to volunteer the day of and day before. This single event has now spawned similar events throughout the area and with the help of Congressman Maloney, we are flattered and honored to keep this great tradition alive. My hope is to expand this effort nationally.”
The community is asked to either donate goods, their time or make a donation on behalf of the event, directly to the Downstate Chapter of Purple Heart Homes. This event could not be made possible without the support of local volunteers and businesses. Helping to keep the tradition alive are dozens of local business, including Lou Cardillo who has donated over $500 and is also partnering with Purple Heart Homes to seek donations and volunteers in order to make the free meal possible for the 5th year in a row.
“I am excited to get involved in this event to keep this wonderful tradition going. I can’t think of a better way for our community to come together to thank our veterans that have sacrificed so much for us,” said Lou Cardillo. “While we have assembled a wonderful team to help organize this dinner, this is truly a community event and we will heavily rely on the generosity of community members and our small businesses to make this all possible.”
“I always look forward to the Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner each year, as it is truly an incredible event for everyone who attends,” said Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Eugene Parrotta. “It’s great that the community is coming together to host the dinner for a fifth time this year. I know that the hundreds of veterans who attend each year are already excited to be invited back for another great Thanksgiving celebration, and Purple Heart Homes thanks Lou Cardillo and his entire team, for their caring and generosity.”
Carmel Town Councilwoman Suzi McDonough, who also serves on the board of the
Downstate Chapter of Purple Heart Homes, will be helping to organize the event.
“Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to be thankful to all of our Veterans and their families that served and are serving this great nation. We will take delight in serving them a delicious meal at the fifth annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner,” said Councilwoman Suzi McDonough, Board Member of the New York Downstate Chapter of Purple Heart Homes.
In addition to volunteers, Congressman Maloney and Senator Ball are also seeking donations for the Thanksgiving Dinner including: 625 dessert plates, 600 coffee cups, 60 turkey pans, 5 uncooked turkeys (20 lbs or more), turkey gravy, cans of string beans, cans of whole white potatoes, cans of corn, cans of cranberry sauce, salad dressing, premade bags of stuffing, 48 oz cans of chicken broth, pies and décor.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Putnam Golf Course.
Seating times will be 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating goods, please contact Suzi McDonough
at or (914) 403-8463.
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
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Statement from NY GOP Chairman Ed Cox on President Obama's Statement in Manila

November 18, 2015

Chairman Cox made the following statement in response to President Obama's comments in the Philippines criticizing Republicans for their security concerns relating to Syrian refugees, saying "he cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL."  

"Accusing Republicans of being ISIL recruiters is slander of the worst sort, but to say it from a microphone in Manila demonstrates not only his lack of gravity, but that is he is still learning what it is to be President of the United States."  
CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325


Plant Closures, High-Tax Status Kills Jobs, But Cuomo is Focused on Power Struggle to Appease Party's Far-Left

New York--November 19th...Citing the recent plant closure announcements by Alcoa, FitzPatrick and General Electric, and new reports that yet again show New York ranked at the bottom of the barrel of tax-friendly states, New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox declared New York is burning jobs, while Governor Cuomo fiddles. 

"Rarely a day goes by in New York without some kind of bad economic news," said Chairman Cox. "The Governor is focused on one-upping his political nemesis Bill de Blasio, yet thousands more New Yorkers just learned they were out of a job."

The Governor is engaged in a power struggle to appease his Party's far-Left. A recent news report in the NY Post quoted a Cuomo political consultant as saying, "Priority Number One is being anti-Bill de Blasio."

The Chairman continued, "You don't need to look further than his minimum wage proposal for proof of his motives. New York stands to lose up to 600,000 more jobs if this goes through, but all the Governor cares about is knocking Mayor de Blasio off the progressive pedestal."

It was announced this week that three major New York companies, General Electric, Alcoa and FitzPatrick energy plants, were either closing or relocating. GE employs approximately 7,000 people in the Capital District region, while Upstate Alcoa and FitzPatrick cuts will equal an additional estimated 1,000 job losses.

Simultaneously, new studies from Forbes rated New York 50th in the nation in tax costs and the Tax Foundation ranked the state second to last, with some of the highest personal income, sales and property taxes.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015 4:28 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:

1974 Commerce Street, Room 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board Calendar Date:

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes:
September 21, 2015
November 9, 2015

Marathon Development Group
SBL: 37.18-2-51
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 322 Kear Street Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: A three story commercial/residential building with associated parking and walks. The building has a footprint area of 5,000 square feet.

Fieldstone Manor
SBL: 15.11-1-17
Discussion Subdivision

Location: Strawberry Road Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: A 21-lot cluster subdivision on 22.94 acres in the R1-20 zone that received Preliminary Subdivision Approval by Res 14-02 on February 10, 2014.

SBL: 35.16-1-4
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 1805 Jacob Road Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed to subdivide the subject property into 6-lots utilizing the ''large lot clustering'' provision in the Town Code. The 6th lot would include open space and lands to be used for agricultural purposes.

Field Home
SBL: 35.12-1-3
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 2300 Catherine Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed lot-line adjustment.

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

Location: 990 East Main Street
Contact: MAP Architecture
Description: Modification to approved site plan.




Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
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