Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 12/02/15: 11 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Check Out Yorktown News:

3) Suzi McDonough Letter To Editor: 5th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner

4) [PRESS RELEASE] State law would provide refugee checks

5) Yorktown Not-for-Profits Are Worth Supporting Today or Any Day

6) Francis Corcoran Sworn in as Westchester County Legislator

7) 12 Grapes: $10 Burger Wed, $15 Dinner Deal Thurs.

8) Cuomo Continues Leftward Lurch; Sells Out New York Students

9) Governor Cuomo Signs Galef/Carlucci Bill to Disband Ossining Urban Renewal Agency

10) We did it! Thank you for the 5th Annual Veteran’s Thanksgiving Dinner

11) The Town of Ossining is Seeking Applications to Join the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment Review!

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Suzi McDonough Letter To Editor: 5th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner
It is one of my favorite times of the year that I, along with hundreds of volunteers get to welcome, salute, honor, respect and thank our Veteran’s.  The 5th Annual Veteran’s Thanksgiving Dinner was held on Saturday, November 21st at the Putnam County Golf Course.  Over the two seating’s, we were grateful to serve over 500 veterans and their guests.
It was such a wonderful sight to see.  The New York Flag men greeted the veteran’s with flags waving in the wind.  As the veterans entered the hall, numerous boy scouts and cub scouts shook the veterans’ hands, waved flags, held welcome and thank you signs and smiled as the veterans made their way through.
This was only the beginning of such a touching event.  You could feel the warmth and sincere appreciation for the veterans as they were ushered to their seats between rows of applauding volunteers.  Waiting at their tables were handmade placemats and center pieces by the Lakeland School District which they got to take home.  As we stood and sang the National Anthem together, the love for our nation resounded loud and clear. 
And, we must never forget our veterans who are still missing, or who have died.  As we stood in silence as the POW ceremony took place, it reminds each and every one of us what has been given, or taken away, so that we may live in freedom.
As I stood and watched, greeted, and talked to the veteran’s I could not help but wonder what they have experienced and I can only wish, pray and hope that this dinner helped ease some of their pain.
The veteran’s were served a full course Thanksgiving Dinner by volunteers, and the beverages and desserts were served by the Girl Scouts.  As they conversed with the other veterans at their table, they listened to music provided by Soulshine Entertainment and an unexpected arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus (aka Ed and Helen Hess) handed out candy canes.  As the veteran’s exited they were once again greeted with a line of Cub Scouts handing them handmade thank you cards.
This day was truly the community coming together to thank the men and women who have given us the freedom that we all continue to enjoy each and every day.  Thank you Veterans, thank you volunteers, and thank you to this community.
Special thanks to:  Purple Heart Homes NY Downstate Chapter, Black Stone, Former Senator Greg Ball and Joe Bachmeier, Al Ciuffetelli, Putnam Golf Course, Hannafords, Value Village, Aversano’s, On-Line Hair Design, Morgan Stanley, Lakeland School District, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Cross Roads Deli, Putnam County Health Dept., Clocktower Grill & Bar, Town of Southeast Recreation Dept. Youth Basketball League, Pepsi, Putnam County Fish & Game, Lou Cardillo, Bucci’s Deli, Traditions, Villa Barone, Tap House, Chophouse, The Carriage House, Freight House Café, Brooklyn Organic kitchen, Grand Central Deli, Four Brothers, Tim Russell, Lynne Mongon, Maryanne Gallipani and all of the volunteers. 
Thank you!
Suzi McDonough
Josef G. Bachmeier
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Black Stone USA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
NEW YORK, NY - Emma Lazarus would be proud, as lawmakers today proposed legislation to address the controversy stemming from the potential influx of refugees from war torn Syria. State Senator Terrence Murphy, author of the proposal, Senate Bill S6253, says he has found a way to strike a balance between humanitarian need and security concerns.

"It is crucial that we take reasonable measures to protect our state's residents while working within the confines of federal law, and continuing to provide humanitarian relief," Senator Murphy said. "While the state may lack the ability to block refugees from coming here, we do have the authority and a responsibility to begin tracking who these people are, where they are coming from, and to monitor the situation for potential threats unless and until such time as they are granted permanent residency by the federal government."

Under federal current law, not-for-profits known as "voluntary agencies" work with the federal government to resettle refugee applicants. 

The state's Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (BRIA) is only made aware of such resettlements when the refugee applies for assistance programs that are administered by the state, and no security checks are performed, Murphy said.

"My bill allows New York to create its own mechanism to properly vet and monitor individuals seeking asylum within the state's borders while continuing necessary humanitarian efforts by requiring refugees admitted by the federal government, to register, interview and provide fingerprints," Murphy said. "The state will perform background checks on all individuals seeking refugee status, monitor these individuals for any indications of terrorism and deny the issuance of state funded public assistance to individuals who fail to comply. We need to trust, but verify, especially when the federal government is refusing to take further action at this time."
Under the legislation proposed by Senator Murphy:
  • Not-for-profit voluntary agencies are required to provide monthly reports to the BRIA on the number of refugees resettled in New York, their age group, and country of origin;
  • the BRIA is required to notify refugees of the requirement to register within 30 days, and take fingerprints from all registrants;t
  • the Office of New Americans is tasked with performing background screenings on all registrants; and
  • the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will monitor all refugees admitted for potential terroristic activity until they are granted a green card by the federal government."
State Senator Thomas D. Croci is a co-prime sponsor of the bill. Senator Croci is a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve and serves as chairman of the Senate  Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, where the legislation was referred. 

"Our greatest efforts should be aimed at helping these families fight terrorism and anarchy in their home nations," Senator Croci said. "If the President and the Governor decide to continue to admit these individuals, then this legislation will be essential to ensure that we monitor how these agencies are vetting and keeping track of those who enter our country."

Yesterday, Gannett's national bureau reported that the White House has offered to provide a state-specific report on refugee resettlement similar to what resettlement agencies would be required to provide under the new law. A front page article in the Wall Street Journal noted extremist recruiters have been targeting refugees in Germany.

Action on the bill could be taken when the Legislature returns to session in January.

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For Immediate Release: December 2, 2015
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Francis Corcoran Sworn in as Westchester County Legislator
On Monday, Francis Corcoran was sworn in as the newest Westchester County Legislator.  Legislator Corcoran, a Republican, will represent Legislative District 2 comprised of Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge and part of Somers. 
Normally new Legislators are sworn in on or around the first day of the new term but because Legislator Corcoran’s election was to fill an open seat, the County Charter directs that he be sworn in following the certification of his election.  This means he will participate in the review and negotiations for the 2016 budget.
Legislator Corcoran has been attending Board of Legislator meetings and Budget Committee meetings since his election in November.  “I am honored to represent the residents of District 2 and I thank them for the confidence they’ve shown in me by electing me as their County Legislator.  I am committed to representing every resident of my District through hard work, bipartisan cooperation and responsiveness to their needs.”  Said Corcoran, “I would like to thank my Legislative colleagues and the Board staff for welcoming me warmly and for helping me get up to speed on the issues we are confronting, especially the 2016 County Budget.”
BOL Chairman Mike Kaplowitz congratulated Legislature Corcoran saying, “Francis has already demonstrated that he is engaged, smart and ready to work with his colleagues.  Francis’ experience in finance and capital markets will be a great asset as we work our way through this difficult 2016 budget and beyond.  I look forward to a productive term working with Francis and all of our colleagues over the next two years.” 
Legislator Corcoran grew up in Lewisboro and has served for the last 13 years as a Town Councilman in Bedford.  In his professional life, Mr. Corcoran has worked in the financial/capital markets arena for 30 years.   His full bio is attached.
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Cuomo Continues Leftward Lurch; 
Sells Out New York Students

Political Will Vanished With Democratic Primary Results

New York--November 30th...Governor Cuomo continued his lurch to the left this time selling out New York students by losing his will to take on the teacher's union, which he once defined as the "one of the only remaining public monopolies," today declared the New York Republican State Committee.

An editorial in today's NY Post highlighted Cuomo's retreat on implementing a real teacher evaluation system, but they generously characterized his backtrack as being "broken" by the powerful union, when in fact he simply lost his will to take them on following a Democratic primary last year where his unknown opponents received a surprisingly strong 40% of the vote. 

"The union didn't break him, he lost his will to take them on after an embarrassing Democratic primary where he was forced to rely on Mayor de Blasio to get the Working Families Party nomination," said Chairman Cox. "Cuomo is now taking every opportunity to lurch to his left to gain favor with the Working Families Party and outflank de Blasio. New York students are once again the victims."

Early on in his first term, Cuomo boasted he would be the "students lobbyist" but this sellout is the latest in a string of maneuvers are designed to protect his left-flank, including his push to be the first state to adopt a $15 minimum wage.

Chairman Cox concluded, "It's clear the Governor's only priority right now is protecting his political ambitions, rather what is good for the state. Too many of our students are stuck in failing schools and Upstate's economy is on the brink of disaster, both the result of failed liberal policies. The radical reform the Governor promised has vanished in his political winds."
On Monday, November 30, 2015 1:57 PM, Sandy Galef wrote:
Senator Carlucci

38th Senate District

311 Legislative Office Building

Albany, New York  12247

(518) 455-2991

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef

95th Assembly District

641 Legislative Office Building

Albany, New York  12248

(518) 455-5348



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                CONTACT:

November 30, 2015
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef

(914) 450-4086

Justin Devendorf, Communications Director

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Governor Cuomo Signs Galef/Carlucci Bill to Disband Ossining Urban Renewal

New law will help community save funds from inactive agency

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator David Carlucci are proud to announce
that their bill A7318-A/ S4896A, to disband the inactive Ossining Urban
Renewal Agency- now chapter 488 of the laws of New York State, was signed on
November 20th by Governor Cuomo. As it stands, this agency has no
outstanding debts or obligations and due to the recently updated regulations
and requirements from the Authorities Budget Office, the village would have
to expend a large amount of public funds in order to bring the inactive
agency into compliance with mandatory reporting. Also, these expanded funds
would not be eligible for deduction from any village tax cap calculations.

This bill, in effect immediately, retracts provisions relating to the
Ossining Urban Renewal Agency. Any existing records, property, rights,
titles and interests of the Village of Ossining Urban Renewal Agency shall
become the possession of the Village of Ossining. The village voted locally
and requested this legislation for the state to help save public dollars.

"This new law being signed is important for the community of Ossining" said
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. "It is crucial that taxpayers' dollars are being
used responsibly, and that obsolete agencies are not creating costs and
paper work unnecessarily. I thank the governor for making sure this common
sense legislation goes into effect to help the Ossining Community."

"The enactment of this legislation was crucial to save the Village of
Ossining vital resources that would have been needed to conduct costly
auditing and reporting on an agency that has been inactive for almost two
decades," said Senator David Carlucci. "Now enacted into law, this will
ensure taxpayers are not on the hook to continue to have to pay for this
inactive agency."

"We are pleased to work with our state representatives and the governor to
eliminate an unneeded public agency," said Mayor Victoria Gearity.  "The
Village of Ossining Urban Renewal Agency has been obsolete for many years.
This action is the essential final step to complete the process."

[Photo caption: Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Senator David Carlucci and
Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity at press conference at the intersection of
Main and Church Streets in Ossining]
Greg Ball The 5th Annual Veteran’s Thanksgiving Dinner was held on Saturday, November 21st in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Joe and I want to thank the entire community and everyone who chipped in to make the 
Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly The Volunteer-Spirited Town The Town of Ossining is Seeking Applications to Join the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Board of Assessment Review! 
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