Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bazzo Says: And by ‘rich’ they mean YOU

Bazzo Says:
BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO
OF YORKTOWN NEWS & MAHOPAC NEWS
 
Who is not paying their fair share?

Tax the rich! The rich are not paying their fair share! The liberal mantra of the politics of envy is alive and well, especially in New York. The "top 1 percent” encompasses individual incomes as low as $326,000 a year. The top 10 percent encompasses individual incomes as low as $50,000 a year. The top 1 percent of individual income earners pay 42 percent of all taxes. The top 10 percent pay 80 percent of all taxes. 

Yet, this is not enough, according to the party of envy, anger and grievances. The top 10 percent of income earners pay 80 percent of all taxes. What else do you liberals want? Well, none of us have an idea as to the answer because our liberal friends do not say. A March 24 article in the New York Post, “NY takes biggest bite,” by Leonard Greene and  an editorial the following day highlighted the fact that WalletHub.com rated all 50 states and Washington, D.C. on how much income, sales and property taxes the people of those states pay in relation to their income.  Guess what? New Yorkers are No. 1! 

We are followed by Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and Minnesota. Aren’t you thrilled? We even beat out California! People making as low as $50,000 a year pay 12.4 percent of their income in taxes. This does not include the county, federal or city taxes. The elected men and women in New York think those making $50,000 and above a year are rich? Do you feel rich? 

Not to fear, because according to the New York City Independent Business Office, the city added 121,000 jobs last year and is expected to add another 96,000 more this year. This will increase tax revenues by 4.6 percent. Problem is spending goes from $78.8 billion this year to $87.3 billion by 2019. How can that be? Well, the jobs being created come largely from two sectors: education and healthcare. Both sectors rely on tax dollars to exist. That is why I say a job requiring taxes to exist is not a growth-producing job. Those numbers can be found in the March 28 article by Aaron Stone in the New York Post titled, “Job hikes & budget bucks in NYC’s future.”

This is why those making $50,000 a year must be considered rich. All these jobs that require tax dollars to exist must be paid for somehow and the 50-grand a year bracket is where the money is. When both John Kerry and Barack Obama ran for president they said they would raise taxes on only the rich. However, when one actually looked at their written platform, “the rich” resided in the top two tax brackets. That brought down the definition of rich to individuals making $74,000 a year. Even better, New York’s millionaires tax defines a millionaire as one making as low as $500,000 a year. It is no wonder our kids are stupid. The politicians keep changing the definition of words. How can they keep up? 

Happy birthday Obamacare 

In an op-ed in the March 23 Daily News by Sally Pipes “Unhappy birthday, Obamacare,” she explains where Obamacare is after five years. Before I get into her op-ed, there was another op-ed in the Daily News by Bill Hammond earlier this year in which he said that Obamacare has been a success in New York. In terms of enrollment in the New York exchanges (including Medicaid) enrollment is up. What he does not explain was that New York screwed up the insurance marketplace so bad that Obamacare actually seemed like a good deal. He also failed to mention that those “enrollment” increases were made up of people enrolling in Medicaid, which of course requires those tax dollars from the rich (you); and those who had plans but lost them due to the Obamacare mandates and who enrolled in plans that were more expensive and provided less choices than their original plans. 

Back to Sally Pipes…

In 2011, we were told that the Congressional Budget Office forecasted that 43 million people who did not have insurance would enroll under Obamacare by 2021. The CBO has now downgraded that forecast to 25 million people by 2025 but the smart money is on even much less than that.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Obama.

The Government Accountability Office reports that in 2013 there were 1,232 insurance carriers in the individual market. In 2015 that number decreased to 310. Guess what boys and girls? Less choice means higher prices. The laws of economics are silly little things.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Obama.

The Bureau of Economic Research points out individuals who do not get coverage through the workplace had premiums 24 percent higher than then they would have been without Obamacare. Those on Obamacare’s silver plan, the most popular, saw their rates go up 30 percent.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Obama.

The CBO said the cost of Obamacare would be $940 billion. That has now been revised upwards to $1.2 trillion but the smart money is that it will be much more than that. Who is paying for this? The rich (you).

Thank you, Dr. Obama. 

As was written in the play “A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim: “Isn’t it rich...Send in the clowns, don’t bother they’re here.”

This is what I say. What say you?


 VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT
Show Director Dennis Tate discusses the issues at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 1 and 8, on channel 74
 
Bazzo 03/31/15

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/30/15: 5 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) Lincoln Depot Museum to Open with Lincoln Remembrance Weekend April 25-26

2) News from Senator Murphy: Mar 27, 2015

3) Birthday Double Band Hit! Mar.30th  8pm @ Quinn's , Beacon ,NY

4) successful New Rochelle YMCA Pool fundraiser with photos!

5) NEWS: Maloney, Neuhaus and Local Officials Encourage Neighbors to Participate in Healthy Neighborhoods Program

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On Sunday, March 29, 2015 7:07 PM, County Legislator John G. Testa wrote:


Lincoln Depot Museum 2015 Opening
 
Lincoln Depot Museum Remembrance Weekend
The museum is looking forward to beginning their first full year of operation with a special event celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral Train stopping in Peekskill
 
 
Visit John's website or visit him on Facebook
 
  
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MARCH 27
2015
ISSUE
No. 11
NEWS FROM
SENATOR MURPHY
NEW HISTORIC SITES IN SD-40
The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding two sites in the 40th Senate District to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The properties to be added include the Waccabuc Historic District in Lewisboro and the Murphy Grist Mill in Beekman.

Being listed in the State and National Register is a boost for property owners to revitalize their buildings, as it makes them eligible for various public preservation programs and services such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

The beauty of the Hudson Valley is matched only by its rich history. Bestowing this honor upon properties in my district in Beekman and Lewisboro means their stories will be preserved for future generations. Their heritage is the fabric of our very nation. READ MORE
Senator Murphy's remarks on S.4283
Senator Murphy's remarks on Vietnam Veterans bill
Bills on the Move: Parity for Vietnam Vets
On March 29th, 1973, the Vietnam War drew to a close, and since then New York has commemorated 'Vietnam Veterans Day' and 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' on March 29th and March 30th, respectively. This week, timed to the observance of these sacred days, I passed my bill granting certain benefits and honoraria to the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) which they have never before received. 

With dozens of chapters in New York, VVA does receive some of the benefits available to other veterans' organizations, such as tax exemptions and the ability to obtain a liquor license, yet there are other privileges to which VVA should be entitled but does not receive. We waited too long to acknowledge and honor the service and sacrifice of these heroes. That changes now. 

While the Vietnam War was a divisive issue, politics should never have caused the patriotic service of the soldiers of our state to go unrecognized. This was my second piece of legislation to successfully pass the Senate. READ MORE
Kids, not cuts! 
The State budget is due on April 1 and there is still much to be discussed. The Senate's education budget proposes eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, which is a 5-percent "take back" of our school aid by Albany.

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all. This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school. 

Support my efforts to eliminate the GEA budget cuts and help ensure a brighter future for our kids, please sign my petition.
AROUND THE 40th

Briarcliff HS Orchestra 2015 Albany performance
Boccherini came to Albany! Very proud to have the Briarcliff High School Orchestra in town as part of NYSSMA's Music in Our Schools Month. These young musicians from our district shined today and it was my pleasure to present them with an official Senate Citation commemorating their performance at our State's Capitol.

2015 Thornwood Car Seat Safety Check
Thank you to Safe Kids and the men and women of law enforcement for helping establish this check point. Safe Kids Westchester can connect you to child passenger safety (CPS) technicians in your community who can check to make sure your car seats are installed correctly and teach you how to use and install a car seat on your own. Let's keep our kids safe.

2015 Hawthorne Pack #1 Blue & Gold Dinner
Congratulations to all our scouts and a special thank you to all of the pack leaders who volunteer their time to make scouting the rewarding experience that it is.

Coffee with Senator Murphy (Thornwood)
Thank you to everyone who came out to join me and County Legislator Michael Smith for a productive conversation on the issues facing our district.

Senate passes bill to legalize Mixed Martial Arts
We were lucky enough to run into UFC champion Ronda Rousey who kindly posed for some photos. We were joined by my friend Senator Joe Griffo, the sponsor of the legislation to legalize MMA in New York, which I am pleased to report passed the Senate.

Yorktown Chamber visits Albany
Two great friends from Yorktown, Joe Visconti and former Council member Tony Grasso, were up in Albany advocating for the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and our local Chambers. They understand that New York needs to go from worst to first in terms of being business friendly. Business aside, I'm glad we had time for a tour. If you'd like to schedule a trip to Albany and visit our beautiful State Capitol, give my office a call.

March 2015 Westchester Delegation Meeting
I joined my colleagues from the Senate and the Assembly for a productive discussion with County Executive Rob Astorino and his senior staff.

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 Mon. Mar.30th at 8:00 [ish]PM:
The Double Band Bill:

 at Quinn's

33 Main St Beacon, NY 12508 www.quinnsbeacon.com/#! 

alt.timers;

feat. Denman Maroney, Ratzo Harris and me

followed by

The Bob Meyer Trio

feat. Steven Frieder and Luke Franco...playing the music of Bert Wilson

with special guest Ratzo Harris joining us for several tunes.


 

 

 

then a jam where as many of my musical compatriots as possible will be sitting in!

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  The Musicians:

Denman Maroney, keyboards

Ratzo Harris, bass

Steven Frieder, reeds

Luke Franco, guitar

yours truly, drums and cymbals

Thank you all!

Bob  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Steven & James!

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successful New Rochelle YMCA Pool fundraiser with photos!

Here's link to my website for summary of our big fundraiser to save the New Rochelle YMCA pool on Thursday night - so far we raised $27,000!


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415

 

Maloney, Neuhaus and Local Officials Encourage Neighbors to Participate in Healthy Neighborhoods Program

 

Visits Door to Door in Newburgh for Home Assessments

 

Newburgh, NY – After delivering carbon monoxide detectors to residents in Newburgh, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), County Executive Steve Neuhaus, and Hudson Valley officials urged neighbors in Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis to participate in the Orange County Department of Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program, which provides safety inspections of homes and provides free products like carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and child safety products.

 

“Three families in Newburgh experienced an unspeakable tragedy that could have been prevented, and sadly, hundreds more deaths occur each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. We know carbon monoxide is a silent killer, and every family can help prevent the next tragedy by installing CO detectors,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “Last year, hundreds of families were helped through the Healthy Neighborhoods Program, and residents should know that local programs are available to help make homes safer.”

 

"I am grateful to Congressman Maloney and our local partners for their support of home inspection and assessment programs administered by our departments of Health and Community Development. This close collaboration has meant that hundreds of Orange County families are eligible to receive free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to help keep them safe," said County Executive Steve Neuhaus. 

 

“I deeply appreciate Congressman Maloney's proactive project to distribute carbon monoxide detectors to the residents of the City of Newburgh.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great program to keep the families of Newburgh safe,” said Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy.

 

Through the Healthy Neighborhood Program in Orange County, residents of targeted census tracts in the county’s three cities can receive needed smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, batteries, cleaning supplies, and other safety interventions.  They may also request a free lead assessment of their house or apartment through the department’s Primary Prevention Program.  The Healthy Neighborhood completed 540 visits through the 3rd quarter of this grant year April 2014-December 2014 – with a large number being rental units. 323 units were given a smoke detector and  174 Carbon monoxide detectors were provided. The program seeks to reduce the exposure of indoor air pollutants, minimize environmental triggers to asthma in households, decrease the number of residential carbon monoxide and fire deaths, and provide primary prevention and education to eliminate lead poisoning. Residents can call the Community Health Outreach Office at (845) 568-5237 to schedule an appointment for a Healthy Neighborhoods visit.

New York State law requires smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in all types of housing. It is the responsibility of the property owner, including landlords, to ensure these devices are in place. Both the Healthy Neighborhood program and the Newburgh Fire Department will provide home safety checks and install pre-purchased detectors when needed.

Bazzo 03/30/15
 

 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/27/15: 13 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1) HAPPENING TOMORROW: Maloney and Local Officials Join Healthy Neighborhoods Program for Home Assessments  03/28/15

2) Yorktown Town Board okays sober house  03/24/15

3) Birthday Gig #1! The Bob Meyer Trio at The Green Growler in Croton-on-Hudson This Sat. Mar. 28th @8pm

4) PRESS RELEASE] Dutchess, Westchester properties nominated to state and nat'l historic registers

5) Hey, State Assembly: Women's Health at Risk

6) Demystifying MEDICARE and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

7) KATZ: NO TO ABORTION EXPANSION IN NYS

8)PRESS RELEASE] Murphy writes, passes Vietnam Vets bill granting recognition long overdue

9) Wall Street Journal: The Spitzer-Schneiderman Rules

10) Town Of Ossining: The Spring/ Summer 2015 Recreation Brochure is Now Available Online

11) Cox to Reid, Schumer: Not so fast

12) Town Of Yorktown: : [Public Notices] Egg Hunt Postponed Until April 4th Due to Poor Field Conditions

13) NYGOP Events Calendar

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Formas, 202-225-0415

 

**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 28 AT 11:30 AM**

 

Maloney and Local Officials Join Healthy Neighborhoods Program for Home Assessments

 

 Newburgh, NY – On Saturday, March 28 at 11:30 AM, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Department of Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program and Hudson Valley officials will encourage the use of carbon monoxide detectors in Newburgh while raising awareness about the imminent dangers of CO poisoning.  Local officials will accompany community health workers on assessment of three residences on Lander Street.

 

“Three families experienced an unspeakable tragedy that could have been prevented, and sadly, hundreds more deaths occur each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. We can help prevent the next tragedy through discussing the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and helping installing CO detectors for those who cannot afford it,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18).

 

“Orange County is here, on the ground, partnering with our local and federal officials in order to raise awareness about the importance of carbon-monoxide safety and distribute free detectors during Healthy Neighborhoods assessments in our three cities to those without them. We must do all we can to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that rocked the Newburgh community just a few short weeks ago, and I applaud our Department of Health for working so diligently with city and federal officials to quickly address this vital safety issue,” said County Executive Steve Neuhaus.

 

Through the Healthy Neighborhood Program in Orange County, residents of targeted census tracts in the county’s three cities can receive needed smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, batteries, cleaning supplies, and other safety interventions.  They may also request a free lead assessment of their house or apartment through the department’s Primary Prevention Program.  Residents can call the Community Health Outreach Office at (845) 568-5237 to schedule an appointment for a Healthy Neighborhoods visit.

New York State law requires smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in all types of housing. It is the responsibility of the property owner, including landlords, to ensure these devices are in place. Both the Healthy Neighborhood program and the Newburgh Fire Department will provide home safety checks and install pre-purchased detectors when needed.

Media are invited to attend.

 

WHAT:          Press conference & Healthy Neighborhoods Visits in Newburgh

WHEN:          Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM  

WHO:             Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Healthy Neighborhoods, Newburgh Fire Chief Michael Vatter and other Hudson Valley Officials

WHERE:       128 Broadway (rear entrance of Woolworth Building) in Newburgh, NY 12550
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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 Work Session
March 24, 2015
 
Meeting highlights.  For more details, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Compass Westchester
In a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Bernard and Patel voting no, the board approved a resolution granting a special permit for a convalescent home to Compass Westchester, paving the way for the company to open a sober living residence at 482 Underhill Ave.

2.  Depot Square/Highway Garage Relocation
In a 3-2 vote, with myself and Councilman Patel voting no, the board approved moving ahead with the Supervisor’s plan to relocate the highway garage and Parks Department building in Downing Park to Greenwood Street and, after demolishing the current highway garage, sell the property to a developer who would erect a mixed used commercial building.

3. Courtesy of the Floor
After a back and for the discussion over possible changes in the rules governing Courtesy of the Floor, the discussion ended with what appeared to be no clear direction as to how Courtesy would operate at the next regular meeting.

4. Yorktown Senior Living
Access to the site from the eastbound lanes of Route 6 remains a problem for this proposed development.

5. Solaris Parking
The gym if looking to create additional parking spaces..

6. Unsafe structure
Building Inspector Winter brought the board up to date on the status of a home on Stony Street that was declared unsafe for human occupancy.

7. Special Town Board meeting. The board will meet with the Planning Board on April 6, the Planning Board’s regular meeting, to discuss performance bonds and the recreational component of the Lake Osceola Square project.

NOTE: The next board meeting, April 7th, will be at the John C. Hart Library.
 


 
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        The Bob Meyer Trio,

 feat. Luke Franco and Don Falzone

This Saturday, Mar. 28th @ 8-11:30PM

The Green Growler 

presents:

 THE DOUBLE BIRTHDAY BASH:

The Bob MeyerTrio

featuring: DON FALZONE on his ACTUAL birthday!, bass

Luke Franco, guitar

& yours truly [# 70 coming up on 3/31], drums & cymbals.

368 S. Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

914-862-0961

www.thegreengrowler.com

We will be playing jazz standards, original tunes & other fun music while you enjoy the many wonderful craft beers, stock up on your supplies and hang out; all presided over by our wonderful host

Seana O'Callaghan.

Hope to see you there.

Donations to the music accepted. 

 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25th, 2015
CONTACT: Matthew Slater, 518-455-3111
HUDSON VALLEY CONTRIBUTES MORE SITES 
TO STATE AND NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
ALBANY, NY - The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding two sites in the 40th Senate District to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The properties to be added include the Waccabuc Historic District in Lewisboro and the Murphy Grist Mill in Beekman.

State Senator Terrence Murphy noted that being listed in the State and National Register is a boost for property owners to revitalize their buildings, as it makes them eligible for various public preservation programs and services such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

"The beauty of the Hudson Valley is matched only by its rich history," Senator Murphy said. "Bestowing this honor upon properties in my district in Beekman and Lewisboro means their stories will be preserved for future generations. Their heritage is the fabric of our very nation."

The Waccabuc Historic District, located in Westchester County, is a 524-acre space which includes the historic core of the Enoch Mead Family's landholdings, which developed into the small hamlet of Waccabuc beginning in 1780, and the landscape and architecture retains a high level of integrity despite changes over several generations.

In Dutchess County, the Murphy Grist Mill was built in 1889 on the site of an earlier 18th-century mill. The water-powered grist and saw mill represents nearly 200 years of continuous use at the site, serving local farmers and the hamlets of Beekmanville and Poughquag through the early 1930s.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation office, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.

New York State Assemblmyan Kieran Lalor said, "Throughout its storied history the Muprhy Grist Mill was significant in both commerce and the social scene for Beekman and Poughquag. It was once even owned by FDR junior. Senator Murphy and I are working together to see that it is conserved, restored and appreciated."

Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons said, "The Waccabuc Historic District is important to the history of our town, county and state. Mead Street in the heart of Waccabuc saw Rochambeau's march to join Washington for the crucial victory in the War of Independence at Yorktown in Virginia. I am overjoyed at its inclusion on the State Register of Historic Sites and look forward to working with Senator Murphy to see it added to the National Register of Historic Places."

Lewisboro Deputy Town Supervisor Pete DeLucia said, "There are so many great reasons to come to Lewisboro, not the least of which is our many local historic sites. I would like to thank Senator Murphy for working to add the entire Waccabuc Historic District to the list of historic places which will help us preserve the memory of a bygone era even as we progress toward the future."

Lewisboro Councilman Frank Kelly said, "I'm proud to work with State officials like Senator Murphy who share my belief that government must do more to protect and preserve significant historic sites. Striking feats of engineering and minimally-altered period architecture remind us of our past and with historic designation are now better positioned to be preserved for posterity thanks to his efforts."

Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsor these types of nominations. According to the State Historic Preservation Office, developers invested $500 million statewide in 2014 to revitalize properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while homeowners using a tax credit invested more than $9.8 million statewide on home improvements to help revitalize historic neighborhoods.
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On Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:30 AM, Chiaroscuro Group wrote:

Contact:  Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CHIAROSCURO GROUP TO STATE ASSEMBLY: PROVE YOU CARE ABOUT WOMEN'S HEALTH; PASS CLINIC INSPECTION BILL

New York--March 26...New York State Assembly Members supporting a late term abortion expansion bill in the name of "women's health," should prove that they're genuinely concerned about the health of women by passing legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) that would require regular Health Department inspections of New York State abortion clinics.

The New York Post reported last year that many New York clinics haven't been inspected in more than a dozen years. Those that were inspected had serious sanitary violations.  

"The health of women is being put at unnecessary risk every day and we ask that State Assembly Members -- pro-choice and pro-life -- act to address the issue," said Chiaroscuro Group spokesman Greg Pfundstein.  "Nail salons and restaurants are regularly inspected, but not women's medical facilities?  How is that possible?"

Chiaroscuro unveiled user reviews from some of New York's clinics in a radio campaign last month.  The spots can be heard here, here, and here.  

"We have raised a red flag over New York State," Mr. Pfundstein continued. "We are alerting state legislators that a serious health oversight is occurring.  But will the Assembly act on it?"

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On Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:34 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Demystifying MEDICARE
and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

Mon., 4/6, 6-8:45 pm, TARRYTOWN
Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway
Wed., 4/15, 6:30-9:30 pm, SLEEPY HOLLOW
Phelps Memorial Hospital, 701 N. Broadway
     Mon., 5/4, 6-8:45 pm, WHITE PLAINS
White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave.

 Wed., 5/6 6:15 - 9 pm, GREENBURGH
TDY Community Center, 32 Manhattan Ave.
 

This presentation of the library system’s Westchester Seniors Out Speaking is perfect for anyone trying to navigate through our complicated healthcare system. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions.
WSOS Graphic
The engaging, interactive program outlines the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. 
Topics include:
  • Original Medicare
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Prescription drug plans (Part D)
  • Medigaps (supplemental plans)
  • Various cost-saving programs (MSPs, Extra Help, EPIC, etc.)
Walk-ins welcome, but pre-registration is requested at (914) 231-3236. Please visit http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/westchester-seniors-out-speaking/ for additional locations and dates.

Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS), a project of the Westchester Library System, is a volunteer group specifically trained to deliver free services relating to Medicare coverage. Members provide individual counseling each week in ten libraries across the county; you can also contact the WSOS Helpline for a counseling call-back at sbic@wlsmail.org or (914) 231-3260. For other WSOS events, visit www.westchesterlibraries.org/westchester-seniors-out-speaking/.
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On Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:35 AM, Assemblyman Steve Katz wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2015
Contact: Tara Keegan, 845-628-3781, Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
KATZ: NO TO ABORTION EXPANSION IN NYS
A statement by Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C-Yorktown)
 
            Yesterday, I voiced my steadfast opposition to further expansion of abortion in New York State. New York is already the leader in the country for abortions performed. Instead of focusing on expanding our leadership in ending innocent life, we should be working on our dead-last ratings in economic friendliness and business climate. This bill isn't going to be brought up in the Senate, and instead of working on areas of bipartisan support to improve our struggling economy, we've spent hours on dead-end legislation. That's Albany in a nutshell.
 
            Assemblyman Katz's remarks can be found here: http://youtu.be/okA_HAcv8M4.
 
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On Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:55 PM, Senator Terrence Murphy wrote:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26th, 2015
CONTACT: Matthew Slater, 518-455-3111
AS VIETNAM VETS DAY NEARS,
VIETNAM VETS FINALLY RECEIVE PARITY
Bill S4283-2015, Declares the Vietnam Veterans of America to be benevolent orders and grants such organization various benefits available to specified veterans' organizations; requires the commissioner of general services to set aside space in the capitol for use as quarters of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
ALBANY, NY - On March 29th, 1973, the Vietnam War drew to a close, and since then New York has commemorated 'Vietnam Veterans Day' and 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' on March 29th and March 30th, respectively. This week, timed to the observance of these sacred days, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy has passed his bill granting certain benefits and honoraria to the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) which they have never before received.
 
"With dozens of chapters in New York, VVA does receive some of the benefits available to other veterans' organizations, such as tax exemptions and the ability to obtain a liquor license, yet there are other privileges to which VVA should be entitled but does not receive," Senator Murphy said. "We waited too long to acknowledge and honor the service and sacrifice of these heroes. That changes today."
 
Ned Foote, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, New York State Council, said "We thank Senator Murphy and the Senate for passing this bill that holds the Vietnam Veterans of America in the same category of the more traditional Veteran organizations in New York State. To have this accomplished in time for Vietnam Veterans Day is a great way to remember what the Vietnam Veterans did for our country and what we have done in whatever rolls we played in life as we age more every day."

The bill authored by Senator Murphy, Senate Bill S4283, declares VVA to be a benevolent order and grants it various benefits that are available to other veterans' organizations in New York State, such as the storage of records, flags, relics, and other memorabilia for prominent display within the hallowed halls of state capitol. It passed unanimously. Specifically, the bill will:
  •  Add the Vietnam Veterans of America to the list of organizations contained within the benevolent orders law, conferring the rights and privileges available under that law;
  • Require the state commissioner of general services to set aside suitably furnished space in the capital for quarters of the VVA for the preservation of its records, a benefit that was previously available only to the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars;
  • Allow VVA to host meetings in National Guard armories, like other veterans' organizations;
  • Fix various areas of the general municipal law and the general city law where VVA was omitted, allowing them to be designated as the veterans' organization responsible for the observance of Memorial and Veterans Day parades and ceremonies; and
  • Authorize the state bureau of war records to preserve and complete the records and relics of VVA to make as complete as possible the history and statistics of the wartime service of New York State residents.
Additionally, while the bill grants several new rights and privileges, it makes other technical corrections to stipulate VVA in certain areas of law where the organization qualified for benefits, but was not specifically mentioned alongside other specified veterans organizations, which Murphy considered to be an unintentional slight to a generation of veterans. "While the Vietnam War was a divisive issue, politics should never have caused the patriotic service of the soldiers of our state to go unrecognized," Senator Murphy said.

The bill now heads to the Assembly for passage, where it is sponsored by Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky and cosponsored by Assemblyman Mike DenDekker, chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. It has already moved past the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee.

"The brave veterans who served in Vietnam sacrificed so much for our country, and now it's time for us to support them," Assemblyman Kaminsky said. "Vietnam Veterans of America provides invaluable resources to our veterans, and it deserves the same benefits as other similar organizations in our state. I am pleased that this bill has passed the Veterans' Affairs committee of the Assembly and look forward to the floor vote."

Senator Murphy said his legislation would ensure that VVA organizations are afforded the same benefits as other veterans' organizations in New York State so they can better support the next generation of America's war veterans and continue to serve our communities. This was his second piece of legislation to successfully pass the Senate.

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On Friday, March 27, 2015 12:26 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:

 
 

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We hope you'll join us for another great season in the Ossining Parks and at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center!

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Cox to Reid, Schumer: Not so fast 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
ALBANY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today released the following statement after Harry Reid endorsed Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate Democratic leader:

"Memo to Harry Reid: Chuck Schumer still has to face voters in 2016 before he can take your job. And despite Schumer's weekly grandstanding, New York is still the highest-taxed, worst state in America to do business, and next year, New Yorkers will choose the substance we sorely need over more grandstanding."
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On Friday, March 27, 2015 12:51 PM, Town of Yorktown wrote:

Egg Hunt Postponed Until April 4th Due to Poor Field Conditions


Please join us next Saturday, April 4th at 10:30 am for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Children 12 years old and under will participate in Jelly Bean guess, have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and other characters, and enjoy hunting for colored eggs. Prizes will be provided to all participants, with special prizes for the finders of the special eggs. No Fee.
Co-sponsored with the Yorktown Lions Club
 
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