Friday, December 11, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 12/11/15: 10 Topics In Today's blog


1)  Check Out

2) Check Out Yorktown News:
New Bazzo Says Column: Political Correctness Runs Amok

3) **Press Advisory**  Budget Announcement, 3:45 at BOL
:4) [Press Release] Murphy Declares Victory for New York's Children
:5) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy announces grant for town of Patterson

6) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy announces grant for Yorktown Heights Fire District

7) Yorktown Town Board adopts 2016 budget with 3-2 vote 12/08/15

8) 12 Grapes:
$15 Dinner Deal TONIGHT. A talent-packed weekend.

9) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at the Community Center

10) Town Of Yorktown: Public Notices] Organic Yard Waste Facility Closed for the Season
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For Immediate Release:  December 11, 2015
Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
***Press Advisory***
Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman, Vice-Chairman to Make Announcement Regarding 2016 Budget
Who:  Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, Vice-Chairman Jim Maisano
What:  Announcement regarding 2016 County Budget
When: #;45, Friday December 11th
Where: 148 Martine Ave., White Plains, 8th floor, BOL Rotunda
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
Jefferson Valley, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy released the following statement regarding the future of common core in New York following the release of recommendations by Governor Cuomo's Common Core Task Force:

I came to Albany with the goal of ending the flawed education system known as Common Core. Recent events have brought us a step closer. 

As a father of three public school children, I have witnessed firsthand the path our schools were heading in and knew something needed to be done. Working with my fellow parents, local teachers, administrators, and most importantly our kids, I led the charge to dismantle this failing system.  Along with my colleagues we required a review of the standards to ensure they were grade appropriate and I even introduced the Common Core Parental Refusal Act.

Now, action taken by leaders in Congress has removed the heart of the Common Core Standards and returned the decision making authority back to the states who will be able to establish their own set of standards without the heavy hand of Washington bureaucrats on their backs. 

We as a State must grasp this opportunity to make our schools the best in the nation by implementing high standards that ensure our children receive the best education and are prepared to succeed in life.   I encourage the Board of Regents to ensure our schools have the flexibility to provide the quality education we have come to expect in the Hudson Valley.

I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in both the Senate and Assembly to make significant changes to New York's Learning Standards that will give every child the opportunity to succeed.  Our children have been missing out on the joy of discovery and learning and it is high time we bring that back to our classrooms.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624

PATTERSON, NY - The winners of the State's so-called "Hunger Games" competition for funding were revealed today, with several projects in Senator Terrence Murphy's 40th senate district qualifying for funding. Senator Murphy announced the town of Patterson will receive a $22,500 grant from the Department of State to stud the consolidation of fire protection services.
"We want to provide the best possible services at a price taxpayers can afford, and in some instances, our myriad special districts can achieve cost-savings through consolidation," Senator Murphy said. "This study will culminate in a series of recommendations to either consolidate, or means and methods for sharing equipment and services. Either way, the result will be a more efficiently operated fire service and reduced costs for Patterson taxpayers."
Fire protection services for the town of Patterson are provided by two separate volunteer fire departments. According to the grant's consolidated funding application, this has led to a duplication of equipment, services, and costs. The grant funding will go to hire a consultant to produce a study that analyzes the existing pumper trucks, ladder trucks and other equipment, staffing and methods of operations.
Patterson Supervisor-elect Richard Williams said, "At present town residents are paying over $1.5 million for two fire services. Thanks to Senator Murphy, the town can now afford to undertake a study to assess the consolidation or sharing of services between the two departments as a means of reducing costs, and these savings can be used to invest in Patterson's bravest who volunteer to keep our town safe each and every day."
While Murphy has been a critic of the overall process, he fought to help projects submitted by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council achieve success. "While I disagree with picking winners and losers and many worthwile projects in my district that missed out must be fully-funded next year, there is no question that the town of Patterson was the best possible choice for this funding."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10th, 2015
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624

L-R: State Senator Terrence Murphy and Pawling Mayor Robert Liffland announce a $100,000 engineering planning grant for wastewater treatment infrastructure in the village of Pawling.

PAWLING, NY - The winners of the State's so-called "Hunger Games" competition for funding were revealed today, with several projects in Senator Terrence Murphy's 40th senate district qualifying for funding. Senator Murphy announced the village of Pawling would receive a $100,000 engineering planning grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

"In this year's state budget we cut taxes, provided record property tax relief but also made crucial investments in our drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure," Senator Murphy said. "We want the village of Pawling to move to the project stage to provide safe, clean drinking water, prevent flooding, and keep pollutants out of our groundwater. This begins with the planning process, and today's grant will set the table for future job-creating clean water projects."

The funding comes from the Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grants program coordinated by DEC, for engineering reports by municipalities that need to construct or improve their municipal wastewater system. With the $100,000 in funding, the village of Pawling will complete an engineering report to evaluate inflow and infiltration (I/I) within the Village's sanitary sewer system, and identify capital improvement projects to correct the I/I issues.

Pawling Village Mayor Robert Liffland said, "The Village of Pawling is a very special place. We are a village that has retained the best of its past, picturesque homes, quiet side streets, and a lively downtown. Through smart planning and investments in our infrastructure, we can keep it that way, and we thank Senator Murphy for his assistance in securing the funding we need to start planning for projects that will make the village of Pawling an even better place. God bless Senator Murphy."

While Senator Murphy has been a critic of the overall process, he fought to help projects submitted by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council achieve success. "While I disagree with picking winners and losers and many worthwile projects in my district that missed out must be fully-funded next year, there is no question that the village of Pawling was the best possible choice for this funding."


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 8, 2015

Meeting highlights. For more details, visit

1. 2016 Budget Hearing
The board adopted the Preliminary budget by a vote of 3-2 with Councilmen Patel and Siegel voting no. Only one person spoke at the hearing.

2. Auction
The board accepted the $95,000 and $150,000 bids for two properties it had taken in rem (foreclosure). Both were houses.

3. Compass Westchester (Constellation Recovery)
In an item not on the public meeting agenda, the board met with Tom McCrossan for an update on the facility.

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After taking a hiatus, the Cobert Operations band is back! They perform covers by The Band, Leon Russell, Early Stones, Beatles, Professor Longhair and some originals.
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A perfect way to start off the Holidays. Plus, it's bandleader Greg Westhoff's Birthday!! Come celebrate with us. This world-class 18-piece Big Band features a full horn section with 5 sax's, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, and the inimitable talents of drummer and bandleader Greg Westhoff. The band performs classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '40's, '50's and more. $5 Cover or higher donation goes directly to the band.

 Wed Dec 16

Chris Brown 
& Peter Calo

 Live Band Karaoke Contest FINALS!

Adam Falcon

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Special guests, JT Credidio & Anne Carpenter
On Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:42 AM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town


Planning Board Meeting-

December 16th, 2015


The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
7:30PM at the
Joseph G. Caputo Community Center
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
  • Artis Senior Living, 553 North State Road, Site Plan Amendment
  • Parth Knolls LLC, 87 Hawkes Avenue, Site Plan Amendment
  • DiPiano Subdivision, 60 Croton Dam Road, 2 Lot Subdivision
  • Butler Subdivision, 2 Hillcrest Drive (Briarcliff), 3 Lot Subdivision
Please visit the Town Planning Board Project page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for December 16th.

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
Town Board 
Susanne Donnelly
Eric P. Blaha
Council Member 
Geoffrey J. Harter
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher
Council Member 

Town Links

On Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:56 AM, Town of Yorktown wrote:
Organic Yard Waste Facility Closed for the Season

The Organic Yard Waste Facility, located at 2200 Greenwood Street, Yorktown Heights, is now closed for the season. Weather permitting, the facility will re-open for Yorktown residents in early April. 

Directions Location: 

Organic Yard Waste Facility

2200 Greenwood Street
Yorktown Heights, NY
See map: Google Maps

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