Friday, December 04, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 12/04/15: 7 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Check Out Yorktown News:
New Bazzo Says Column: The Politics of Dirty Tricks

3) PRESS ADVISORY--Castricone to Announce Candidacy for Congress

4) Yorktown Town Board: Residents ask for $1.5 million for road paving 12/01/15

5) Maloney Joins 9/11 First Responders and Survivors to Call on Congressional Leaders to Extend and Fully Fund the Zadroga Act by Year’s End

6) Five-Year Highway Transportation Bill Passes House with Key Maloney Provisions Set to Become Law

7) Town Of Ossining: Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting - Monday, December 21st, 2015

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec 3, 2015
Contact: Jay Townsend 914-213-3122
Castricone to Announce Candidacy for Congress
Time:              1:00 pm
When:             Saturday, December 5
Where:            Falkirk Estate and County Club
                        206 Smith Clove Road
                        Central Valley, NY 10917
Republican Dan Castricone will announce his candidacy for Congress in NY’s 18th Congressional District, currently held by Democrat Sean Maloney.
Castricone is a former Orange County Legislator, and former deputy Supervisor of the Town of Tuxedo.
He is a Founding member of the Tuxedo Little League Board, and serves as President, Order of the Sons of Italy in America, HH Rogers Cabrini Lodge.
He is currently President of Castricone Enterprises Inc, an Insurance, Brokerage and Financial Services Company and a radio host at WTBQ in Warwick, NY
He earned a BA in Economics from SUNY Buffalo in 1987, and a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Pace University School of Law in 1997.
He and his wife Marie are the parents of three children.
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
December 1, 2015

Meeting highlights. For a summary, visit

With a limited agenda consisting mostly of a few routine resolutions, two issues, both involving town spending, were raised at Courtesy of Floor and dominated the meeting.

Three residents from the Huntersville area asked that $1 million to $1.5 million be spent on paving in 2016 and Jane Daniels asked that the $1.5 million Spectra money be used for park improvements.

In response, Supervisor Grace talked about the competing demands for scarce dollars and I urged the board to spend the $1.5 million Spectra money on needed infrastructure improvements.

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December 3, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
Maloney Joins 9/11 First Responders and Survivors to Call on Congressional Leaders to Extend and Fully Fund the Zadroga Act by Year’s End
Continued Congressional Inaction Threatens Critical Health Care and Compensation for Tens of Thousands of 9/11 First Responders and Survivors
Washington DC– Today on Capitol Hill, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, 9/11 advocate John Feal and first responders and survivors joined together with his colleagues in the House and Senate to call on Congress to extend and fully fund the bipartisan James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act by year’s end. Authorization for the Zadroga Act, which created the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, expired Oct. 1, 2015. 
The press conference occurred as Congress worked to wrap-up its remaining agenda items for the year. With the end of session approaching, time is running out to renew and fully-fund programs that provide health care and compensation to 9/11 first responders and survivors.  Despite widespread bipartisan support including 256 co-sponsors in the House and 66 in the Senate, Congressional leaders have failed to bring the reauthorization bill to a vote. As a result of their inaction, tens of thousands of men and women from all 50 states and 433 of 435 congressional districts have been forced to live in fear that the programs on which their lives depend will be torn away from them and their families.
Maloney was joined by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Members of Congress Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Congressman Peter King (R-NY), Chris Smith (R- NJ), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Dan Donovan (R-NY), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Jose Serrano (D-NY), and Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
“Fourteen years after the September 11th attacks, we remember the selfless men and women who bravely risked their lives in the aftermath of the attack.  These first responders embody the unbreakable spirit of New Yorkers and the best of the United States of America. They deserve our best in return, and this is not it.  We’ve talked about what needs to happen to get this passed, and how we’re going to finance this bill with ‘pay-fors.’ I’ll tell you what the ‘pay-fors’ are: a kid not getting to play catch with his old man in the back yard. Children growing up without fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. The families of the victims and the first responders have paid for this bill with their lives. There’s no excuse for not getting this done immediately.” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).
“Over the last several months, we’ve heard a number of kind words from Members of Congress about first responders and there service on and after September 11, 2001, but quite frankly we’ve had enough of the platitudes.  It’s time for Congress to do its job,” said Richard Alles, Deputy Chief FDNY, Board Member Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act. “The Zadroga Act has already expired; the clock is ticking. We are counting on Congress to step-up and renew health care and compensation now.”
“What many see as a setback, I see as a set up for our bill to get done next week. This is our story, and we write our own story,” said 9/11 Advocate John Feal.
“I am awed by the efforts of so many fire fighters, police officers, and other individual workers and their unions who have been walking the halls of Congress for months securing support from their representatives.  I hope Congress hears our voices today… and the voices of a nation that appreciates the service of the many fire fighters, police officers, and workers who were there that terrible day and worked on that pile for months thereafter. We’ve had enough debate. Now is the time to act,” said International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger.
"Thousands of brave men and women never gave it a second thought when they risked their own lives to help in the rescue and recovery after 9/11," said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. "Congress recognized their acts of heroism in 2010 by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Now, before they leave for the holidays to enjoy time with their families, they must follow through and renew and fully fund these critical health care and compensation programs. It's the right thing to do and will finally give first responders, survivors, and their families the relief they so desperately need."
"On 9/11, first responders rushed to the World Trade Center without thinking twice about what would happen to them.  In the months after, they continued to put their lives at risk doing rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero. They were just doing their jobs and they would do it again," said Michael McHale, President of the National Association of Police Organizations. 
"Congress now has to do its job and show these men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country that their government supports them by fully funding and extending the Zadroga Act."

"As a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I am disheartened I have to continue to beg Congress to support this simple bill," said Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Chief Policy Officer Matt Miller. "Unfortunately, Congress allowed the act to expire in October 2015, turning their backs to the 9/11 families, first-responders and veterans who answered the call to serve in those dark days and during the last 14 years. Our country has an obligation to support these true American heroes and their families. We urge every single lawmaker on Capitol Hill to put aside their partisan politics aside and support the continuation of the Zadroga Act before the end of 2015."
As the nation recovered from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a public health disaster was just beginning to unfold. After 9/11, Americans from all 50 states rushed to Ground Zero to assist with the rescue and recovery effort. Thousands of brave men and women risked their lives to help others, working in extremely hazardous conditions often without proper protective equipment while the Federal Government assured them that the air was safe. Many were injured in the course of this work.
Rescue and recovery workers breathed in a toxic stew of chemicals, asbestos, pulverized cement, and other health hazards released into the air when the towers fell, and as the site smoldered for months. The dust cloud that rolled through lower Manhattan after the attacks settled in homes, offices, and buildings – exposing tens of thousands more residents, students area workers to the same toxins. 
Today, more than 33,000 9/11 responders and survivors are struggling with illnesses or injuries caused by the attacks. They live in every state and 433 out of 435 Congressional districts nationwide. Many are disabled and can no longer work. They are suffering from a host of chronic diseases: asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, to name but a few. Medical research has identified more than 50 types of cancer caused by 9/11 toxins. At least 4,166 people have been diagnosed with cancers caused or made worse by 9/11 – a number that is sure to grow in the years to come.
To date over 94 NYPD police officers have reportedly died from their 9/11 injuries since 9/11, more than were killed on 9/11 and more than 110 FDNY firefighters have also died with in the years since, with more deaths expected among all the responders and survivors. 
Here are videos that let injured 9/11 responders and survivors and those that care for them explain the problem.
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                                                                                    CONTACT:
December 3, 2015                                                                           Alex Miller,
Five-Year Highway Transportation Bill Passes House with Key Maloney Provisions Set to Become Law
Maloney’s Work on Public-Private Partnerships, Highway-Rail Grade Crossing, Positive Train Control, Safe Bridges Provisions All Included in FAST Act 
Washington, DC — With today’s passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act in the House, 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, Passenger Train Derailment Prevention Act of 2015, and Safe Bridges Investment Act were all included in the base text of the bill. 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.
This bill reauthorizes highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects for the next five years. The measure provides $305 billion in funding for these programs over these five years. It also reauthorizes the critically important Export-Import Bank for four years, which helps American workers and businesses compete in the global economy.
“Since day one, I’ve worked across the aisle with local, state, and federal officials to make critical investments in infrastructure to strengthen our communities, grow our economy, and create jobs”, said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I’m proud that this bill continues our record of delivering results, particularly the provisions I authored to help make life better for my neighbors in the Hudson Valley.”
When addressing the provisions he authored that were included in the FAST Act, Maloney said:
“My provision, the Safe Bridges Investment Act, will invest in bridges by unlocking 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.”
“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, the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act, will invest in local communities, giving them the resources they need to upgrade and enhance the safety of rail crossings.”
“Our national rail safety standards badly need an update,” said Rep. Maloney. “Derailments should not be on people’s minds when they get on a train or live by tracks, but that is what my neighbors have to live with. My measure, the Passenger Train Derailment Prevention Act, will enforce stricter standards on both passenger and freight rail speeds to reduce tragic accidents that result in loss of life and property.”
“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. “My bill, the Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Investment Act, will unlock badly-needed resources to improve the roads, bridges and rail lines New Yorkers rely on.”  
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.
The text of Rep. Maloney’s provisions can be found here.
The conference report does include a number of key provisions, including:
  • Boosting commerce and strengthening our economic competitiveness by providing dedicated funding specifically for freight projects, including freight rail, for the first time.
  • Injecting $3.7 billion over five years into bus funding – a 75 percent increase over current levels.  This will reduce traffic congestion, by providing more public transportation options.
  • Authorizing $10.2 billion for intercity passenger rail investment, including Amtrak, while providing $199 million in guaranteed funding to help commuter railroads implement Positive Train Control systems.
  • Increasing American manufacturing jobs by strengthening Buy America requirements.
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
On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 4:12 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
The next meeting of the Town of Ossining Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for
Monday, December 21st, 2015 at 8PM
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York
Preliminary Agenda
Please visit the Town Zoning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for December 21st.

Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195

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