Monday, December 14, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 12/14/15: 8 Topics In Today's blog

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4) Astorino: Statement on the Conviction of Senator Skelos

5) NYGOP Events Calendar

6) Statement on the Skelos' conviction

7) Town Of Ossining: Town Board Special Meeting & Work Session- December 15th, 2015

8) Assemblywoman Galef Applauds Governor Cuomo for Signing Bill to Protect Property & Mineral Rights

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CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325
Statement from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on the Conviction of Senator Dean Skelos

December 11, 2015

"The convictions of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos are proof positive of the need for fundamental ethics reforms in Albany, including and especially state term limits. The complex webs of relationships in Albany that grow deeper with every passing year in office time and again prove true the adage 'absolute power corrupts absolutely.'

"I continue to wonder, as I did aloud in my campaign last year, how much of this Governor Cuomo knew when he shut down the Moreland Commission.  I have every confidence that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will answer that question in time."

County Executive Astorino's state ethics reform plan is below: 

Astorino 10-Point Plan to Clean Up Albany

  • Term Limits - Limit statewide elected officials and state legislators
  • Limit Legislative Session - Convene regular session the first week in January and end
    on April 1, when the budget is due; Special session throughout the year can be
    called by a petition request from two-thirds vote of both legislative houses or
    by the Governor as defined in the State Constitution.
  • Independent State Commission on Public Ethics (I-SCOPE) to replace J-COPE.  Five members appointed by judiciary with independent budget to receive and investigate
    complaints of official misconduct, including sexual harassment and
  • Strengthen FOIL - Require proactive online posting of records and information required for release under FOIL requests; Information would be posted on single statewide
    database managed by State Comptroller.
  • Defined Contribution Plan for Newly Elected - Require all newly elected officials to
    join SUNY's Defined Contribution Plan instead of the existing pension
  • Pension Strip -Loss of taxpayer-funded pension for any elected official convicted of
    public corruption.
  • Prohibit Personal Use of Campaign Money - Establish clear guidelines to limit donations
    solely to election-related activities.
  • Ban Conflict of Interest Member Items - No "member items" to any non-profit or
    business affiliated with a state elected official or an immediate family
  • Replace Per-Diem System and require receipts for travel, lodge and food.
  • End Taxpayer-funded Vanity - Prohibit any building, facility or capital project that
    was paid for with taxpayer money to be named for any current elected
Join us for our upcoming Rising Star Event
in Albany feat. State Sen. Fred Akshar

CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

Statement from Chairman Cox on the conviction of Dean and Adam Skelos

December 11, 2015

"The jurors spoke again today and justice was served on behalf of the hardworking taxpayers of this state. Today is a sad day for New York, and for the Skelos family but we must move forward and continue to work to eradicate corruption at all levels, no matter how powerful the office. Only then can the people's trust be fully restored." 
Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly The Volunteer-Spirited Town December 15th, 2015- 7:30PM Municipal Building 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562 pdf Special Meeting Agenda (112 KB) Work Session: Clerk's Department Presentation Board

On Monday, December 14, 2015 10:51 AM, Sandy Galef wrote:


Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District         

SANDY GALEF         

District Office:
2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

albany office:

                                                          Room 641,
Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248

      For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef

        December 14, 2015
(914) 941-1111

Assemblywoman Galef Applauds Governor Cuomo for Signing Bill to Protect
Property & Mineral Rights

New legislation prevents tax districts from stripping natural resources

from properties obtained through foreclosure

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is proud to announce that her bill, A6930, to make
certain that natural resources and mineral rights be sold with its property
when involved in a tax foreclosure sale is now Chapter 500 of the laws of
New York State, after being signed on November 20th by Governor Cuomo.  The
bill was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward, S5288. 

This bill, goes into effect the first of January, and prevents tax districts
from stripping gasoline, oil or mineral rights from properties obtained
through foreclosure proceedings prior to the time such property is either
sold to a buyer through auction or sealed bid, or in some cases sold
privately back to its original owner.

It should not be a purpose of local governments, including, but not limited
to counties, to act as stewards of the underground energy or mineral rights
of properties acquired through foreclosure.  The sale of these rights, if
they are to occur, is more properly determined by arms-length transactions
between private property owners. 

"This new law is important for all of New York State residents" said
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. "It is crucial that properties, above and
underground be protected and sold together. I thank the governor for making
sure this common sense legislation goes into effect to help the people of
New York."

"A person could be living in their home and not interested in allowing
hydrofracking or other extractions on their property but could have no legal
right to stop it.  The underground could be owned by someone else vs. the
homeowner" said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. 

When a family decides to buy their home they assume that the property
underneath their new home is included with the purchase.  This legislation
ensures that the entire property is one singular entity.  This bill
effectively stops the unlawful sale of underground natural resources of a
property; moreover, it gives the sole ownership of the plot of land to the
private owner, who is likely a homeowner.

Bazzo 12/14/15

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