Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bazzo Says: Making it up as they go along

Bazzo Says:


Since last Friday, all we have read and heard in our media is that the United States Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies on healthcare and ruled that gays can marry in all 50 states, and the two escaped convicts are no longer on the run—one killed. Not one of these stories has any real impact on residents of New York (unless one lives near Malone), other than that we now live in a post-constitutional America.


Over the last two or three decades, our legislature and various governors have so screwed up the health insurance industry that to some, Obamacare actually seemed like a good deal. Also, as New York was one of the very few states to have already set up the Obamacare exchanges, the court’s ruling last week had little significance for us Empire-staters. This case had no bearing on any state that set up its own exchange. Our local media members apparently never got the memo.


The danger you face will be next year when the federal government lowers there funding for Medicaid, which is 100 percent of new enrollees. Most of the previously uninsured and some of the insured that lost their policies thanks to Obamacare, enrolled in Medicaid. We, in New York, have not felt that because the federal government has picked up 100 percent of the slack of new enrollees. Starting next year it goes down to 90 percent. We, as taxpayers, starting next year, pick up the difference. To offset the difference, as history has shown us, New York will start cutting back on its end of medical coverage and doctor reimbursement. This will surely lower the quality of care for Medicaid recipients. Big government is great.


As for the rainbow warriors in the media, well, four years ago, New York legalized gay marriage. Last week’s ruling meant nothing to residents of New York. The significant ruling was three years ago when the Supreme Court ruled that for federal benefits purposes, the federal government must recognize gay marriages in states that permit it. That is what equalized the status of homosexuals with heterosexuals in terms of marriage. So, in spite of the hoopla in New York media, Cuomo’s antics and your friend’s endless hyperventilating on Facebook, this is meaningless for us and 35 other states, other than, again, that we now live in a post-constitutional America. Big government is great.


As I have alluded to, what should trouble anyone who has any sense of law is these two decisions were not based in any law, but by feelings. (Look no further than the profile photos on Facebook to prove that.) Precedent has been set that nine lawyers in black robes can now make federal law based on their political opinions and raw emotions instead of the Constitution of the United States of America.


For example, the 10th Amendment states that issues not addressed by the federal government revert to the states. Seeing as marriage was around long before this nation, our Founding Fathers never addressed it in our founding documents. So, marriage is clearly an issue to be decided by the states.


Elena Kagan, a liberal member of the Supreme Court, nominated by Obama in 2010, admitted as much in 2009 when she was testifying before the Senate during her confirmation hearings to be solicitor general.


Justice Kagan, when asked by Sen. John Cornyn if she believed there is a federal constitutional right to same sex marriage, said:


“There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage.”

These are the words of Elena Kagan, who voted that there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. What changed her mind? Maybe the constitution was edited and nobody bothered to tell us?


This is judicial activism on display and it should be condemned, not celebrated.


In fact, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing in dissent of the gay marriage ruling, said:


"If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation— who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the constitution. It had nothing to do with it."


He also wrote:


“But for those who believe in a government of laws, not men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening. Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens—through the democratic process—to adopt their view. That ends today. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept.”


Without any basis in law, words now mean what the Supreme Court says they mean, and our rights are decided by the nine lawyers appointed to the court. John Roberts is guilt of activism as well, as he basically re-wrote portions of Obamacare to enable it to pass constitutional muster. Laws are supposed to be made and changed in Congress, not by unelected members of the Supreme Court.


I think most Americans would agree with this, but so many are blinded by rainbow-tainted emotion to realize what has actually happened.


The one ruling—which came out the same day as the Obamacare verdict—that does have a dramatic local impact on us is the ruling in the case:  Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project. This ruling in this case empowered the federal government more than the constitution ever imagined. 


This ruling held, according to the story in the American Spectator: "You can be held liable for housing discrimination whether or not you or anyone in your organization intended to discriminate. Instead—to quote Justice Anthony Kennedy, who joined with the Supreme Court’s four liberals in a 5-4 majority—you might have been influenced by “unconscious prejudice” or “stereotyping.”


This is significant to you and I because Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is in the process of nationalize local zoning codes. Westchester County is fighting the federal government in court as we speak so its communities can keep their right to practice their own local zoning codes. The Supreme Court’s ruling gives Washington, Dc control of the Town of Carmel’s zoning, if it so chooses to become involved. If the feds feel there are too many whites in Carmel and that real estate is too expensive, they can now force Carmel to build affordable housing and take away local control of zoning. And why? Well, because we all have a bit of “unconscious prejudice” that leads to “stereotyping.”


Where is that in the constitution?


This is a scary ruling for now it is only numbers that count. No other factor is relevant. If on one side of town there is a high percentage of low-income minorities living in a depressed real estate market  but on the other side of town the market is strong and there are fewer low-income minorities, that town is  now guilty of “unconscious prejudice.” That town can be sued and local taxpayers forced to foot the bill for the higher cost of building affordable housing in high-property valued areas.

In simple terms, the Supreme Court ruled that people who cannot afford to live in certain areas have the right to taxpayer-subsidized housing to enable them to live in areas they cannot afford.


The cost of goods and services are also higher in high income neighborhoods, so, if low income people cannot afford these costs, will the Supreme Court rule that taxpayers have to subsidize their purchases of cars, gas, electricity, food, cable bills, etc.? This is the power this Supreme Court has now granted itself and the federal government. 


I cannot afford a Mercedes or a house in the Hamptons, but I am hoping that in the coming years, taxpayers start buying me cars and housing.


This is insanity. This is liberalism. This is your modern day Supreme Court.


This is what I say. What say you?  


• John Roberts’s full-throated gay marriage dissent: Constitution ‘had nothing to do with it’



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Monday, June 29, 2015

Bazzomanifesto Update 06/29/15: 3 Topics In Today's blog


1) News from Senator Murphy: June 26, 2015

2) Town Of Yorktown: [Public Notices] Water Bill Phone Scam Alert

3) ADVISORY: Rep. Peter King to Address recent ISIS Attacks Tomorrow Night

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No. 27
The Hudson Valley lost one of its finest the day David Fahey gave his life so that others could be safe and free. David understood how proud we all were of him, and he sent us home a flag from Kandahar that was displayed in the town of Yorktown when I served as Councilman. He was a hero and a true soldier.

That is why I was so proud to announce the passage of my legislation to create the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge. The historic Hunters Brook Bridge, located on Route 129 near the border of Yorktown and Cortlandt, overlooks the Croton Reservoir, and is less than three miles from Specialist Fahey's childhood home. There is no more fitting way to remember David's noble service than by rededicating this bridge in his honor. We are forever in his debt and are forever grateful to his amazing family for the wonderful soldier they raised who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom. READ MORE

Watch FiOS1's coverage of the new bridge.
Accelerated Road Paving
Earlier this year I joined my colleagues in successfully securing an additional $50 million in highway funding to address the harsh conditions of our roads following last year's brutal winter. Having heard from the local officials across my district it was clear that they needed more assistance than was originally provided to ensure our roads are safe for everyone."  

This week, we announced $10 million for accelerated paving projects which would be used to resurface four projects in the 40th Senate District. I was sent to Albany to represent the people of the Hudson Valley and claw back vital dollars for these kind of projects. Ensuring the safety of our roads is a long term investment that I committed to. Not only are we going to be improving the safety of our roads but we will be creating good paying jobs right in our backyard. READ MORE
Cocktail Party in the Clouds
Although the people's business prevented me from making it down it still looks like everyone had a blast without me. We will have a do-over real soon and I look forward to seeing everyone there. Thanks again to all who came out! SEE MORE

http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001WTlT5jw_4lov4VBbvJH9kFMPx7867IvChSJ0v3a0zZ4C7gzGqc4J-cGebumt2RUPBCGtxX6_VJ-rT_ESVIy9Nkrh2Q-6gXiMEZIbxNysphYOlnsRSmD9VFykjWQH8jLlFTM7uvbPzGY7ogAfxy1h8sxkwXHF8bW8-R8VrLRJipdUBGc3iDszxRWELhXytDtFMa7ZuU9hkS0To8DpT4d4C1QZvzf4Kah01XMT2Lg3kWc=&c=F3UAi-s6IjSmpBcXn_kV8UvHQzFTgquYAsiWYciKa_vJeXp_iRFkAA==&ch=VpFtjNy-w7YAW60G6Vs8oQ2QJNxOm1oG1ypo8WDesa61TeYM3STm0g== Shed the Meds
We collected over 100 pounds of expired medications in just the first hour alone at our Shed the Meds event in Somers. Statistics show that 70% of children who abuse prescription drugs get them from family or friends and suffer more deaths every year due to painkillers than from traffic accidents. 

The success was due to our incredible partnership with the Town of Somers, the Somers Police Department and Somers Partners in Prevention. Our goal was to raise awareness of the dangers that are in our medicine cabinets and offer a safe place to dispose of them. Removing more than 150 pounds of prescription drugs in 4 hours clearly shows what a success this event was. READ MORE SEE MORE
Tamper-Resistant Drug Bill Passes
The State Senate approved a historic piece of legislation this week to ensure insurance companies cover the use of abuse-deterrent drugs in order to prevent opioid abuse. When it comes to winning the war on heroin and opioid abuse it is our responsibility to provide every tool possible to the people of New York.

The approved legislation prohibits pharmacists from substituting an abuse-deterrent opioid product without a new prescription from the prescribing doctor. Further, the legislation mandates insurance companies cover at least one abuse-deterrent drug for every opioid drug it covers, limits a consumer's cost sharing to that of brand non-abuse deterrents, and prohibits an insurer from requiring a patient take a non-abuse deterrent opioid before receiving an abuse-deterrent version.
Abuse-deterrent technology has the potential to address the medical needs of patients in pain without subjecting them to the potential risks of addictive pain killers. This will ensure a full recovery without accidentally falling victim to the perils of opioid addiction. READ MORE

Visiting Matthew Patterson Elementary School
The kids from Matthew Patterson weren't able to take their annual trip to Albany this year when I was around, so we took the Capitol to them! It was great discussing how a bill becomes law, and these children have some great ideas for how we can improve education: starting with fixing the unfair funding formula that penalizes Hudson Valley schools when we already pay the highest property taxes in the nation.

Business Council Comes to Albany
My fellow small business owner and friend George Lucciola of The Business Council of Westchester and the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce was in town to discuss ways we can continue to get New York state open for business.

Last Day of SessionThe 2015 legislative session has drawn to a close. My Albany staff and I would like to thank everyone who came to visit us during the year. For the rest of 2015, we will be back in the district and I look forward to seeing you #aroundthe40th!
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On Friday, June 26, 2015 3:07 PM, Town of Yorktown wrote:

Water Bill Phone Scam Alert

Northern Westchester Joint Waterworks (NWJWW) and the Town of Yorktown Water Department would like to warn Yorktown Consolidated Water District customers about callers who say they represent the "Department of Water" stating the customer has a large balance due and that if not paid, their water service will immediately be shut off. The caller then gives instructions to purchase a Wal-Mart card loaded with the delinquent dollar amount to avoid having their water shut-off.
Please be advised, NWJWW will not call a customer for payment. All contact is done through written correspondence in accordance with Town Code. In addition, NWJWW will never ask a customer to purchase a debit card or gift card to make a payment. If customers have any questions or concerns about their bill, they should call NWJWW at 914-788-3400.
If you receive a call, please contact the Yorktown Police Department
Rep. Peter King to address recent ISIS attacks at NYGOP Annual State Gala tomorrow night 
NYGOP Gala to host Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, honor New York's U.S. House Delegation
Contact: David Laska
Rep. Peter King (NY-2) will address last week's ISIS attacks at the NYGOP State Gala tomorrow night. Rep. King is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee's Sub-Committee on Counter-terrorism. 
The New York Republican State Committee's 2015 State Gala will take place on Tuesday, June 30 at the Pierre in New York City. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will keynote the event, which will honor New York's Republican House Delegation. All nine Republican members of Congress from New York will be present.
New York sent more new Republicans to Congress than any other state in both the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections. Up from a low of two members in 2010, the Republican delegation from New York is now larger than it has been in a decade.
Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to David Laska at dlaska@nygop.org and advise of any technological needs.
The invitation for the event can be found here.
What: New York Republican State Committee Annual Gala
When: Tuesday, June 30. Cocktails at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
Where: The Pierre, 2 E. 61st St. at 5th Avenue, New York City
Who: Majority Leader Kevin McCarty, Rep. Chris Collins, Rep. Dan Donovan, Rep. Chris Gibson, Rep. Richard Hanna, Rep. John Katko, Rep. Peter King, Rep. Tom Reed, Rep. Elise Steganik, Rep. Lee Zeldin, NYGOP Chair Ed Cox, NYGOP Finance Committee Chair Arcadio Casillas
Bazzo 06/29/15