Friday, January 01, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 01/01/16: 7 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Check Out Yorktown News:

3) Holiday Connections - New Years Celebration @ Fri 1 Jan 6pm - Sat 2 Jan 2016 2am


5) NYGOP Events Calendar

6) 15 Highlights of '15 From the 105th

7) Town Of Ossining: Town Board Work Session- January 5th, 2016

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Holiday Connections - New Years Celebration

is an open invitation to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender &
Questioning Community, 18 years of age and older to come celebrate the holidays
with community through the LPSS "Holiday Connections" Program.
The HOLIDAY CONNECTIONS program is an outgrowth of the "Coping with the
Holidays" workshop that LPSS conducted in November 2003. Although the program
wasn't always called "Holiday Connections," its purpose has remained the same:
to focus on the creation of an all-inclusive LGBTQ extended family. What we may
have known as "Traditional Family Events" has given us the opportunity to create
"LGBTQ Family Events."
HOLIDAY CONNECTIONS events are usually pot-luck get-togethers, hosted at the
home of a member of the community. A contributing dish and $5.00 donation are
requested (although donations in greater amounts are always welcomed!).
All events are open to everyone in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
& Questioning Community, 18 years of age and older.
Whether you come for the day or just for dessert, you are welcomed to join in
the fun that the LGBTQ community can offer during what are traditionally
holidays spent with family. So come join your LGBTQ family and celebrate these
All HOLIDAY CONNECTIONS events are multi-denominational.COME AND CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY!A dish (for the pot-luck feast) and $5 donation (more if you can) is
Call LPSS @ 914-514-3220 for more information and to reserve your seat at the
table. Volunteers are more than welcomed and most appreciated!
Please note that times have yet to be determined and this event will be
updated once they are finalized.
Fri 1 Jan 6pm – Sat 2 Jan 2016 2am GMT (no daylight saving)
Please call 914-514-3220 for details, times, location, and to reserve your space (map)
For Immediate Release: December 30, 2015
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
**Media Advisory**
January 4, 2016 • 7:00 p.m. • Board Chambers
County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni, Presiding
The Westchester County Board of Legislators will elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the 2016-2017 term.  Oaths of Office will be administered for all Legislators by Hon. Alan Scheinkman, Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial District.
Join us for these upcoming events taking place  
all across New York State.

On Wednesday, December 30, 2015 4:10 PM, Kieran Michael Lalor wrote:

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15 Highlights of 2015 
1.   Leading from the Front to Save Taxpayers $172,808: In 2015, Lalor refused the Assembly's per diem payments ($9,804) and travel allowances ($2,062) as well as a leadership stipend for his position as the ranking member of the Real Property Taxation Committee ($9,000) and refused to participate in the Assembly's latest pork-barrel scheme, turning down $125,000 in pork. He also reduced his office's mail budget by $26,942. By doing so Lalor unilaterally saved taxpayers $172,808 in 2015. 
2.  Fighting to Reform Albany: After years of being an outspoken critic of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lalor led the call for him to step down as speaker after Democrats rallied around him following his indictment. Lalor was also the first Republican in the state to call for Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to step down after his indictment. Meanwhile, Lalor has advanced reform proposals such as term limits, reducing legislative pay and the length of the session, eliminating pork-barrel spending, ending corporate welfare schemes and reducing the ability of legislative leaders to block legislation from getting a full house vote, which would fundamentally reform Albany’s culture of corruption. See Lalor's New York Post op-ed on how to reform Albany here.
3.  Focused on Community:   Lalor organized and hosted community events around the 105th Assembly District, including commemorations of the 71st anniversary of D-Day and the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising.  When members of our law enforcement community were being criticized and attacked for doing their job, Lalor organized and hosted Salute to Law Enforcement Day.  He also co-hosted with East Fishkill Councilman Emanuele Marinaro, a townhall forum featuring former U.S. Senator James Buckley, to discuss reducing federal spending and increasing state and local control of government. 
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4.    Outstanding Constituent Services: Lalor and his staff helped constituents with medical insurance issues, property tax problems, road safety, consumer fraud, family court concerns and Medicare benefits, among a variety of other issues. Where constituents required assistance with federal issues such as immigration or dealing with the Veterans Affairs Department, Lalor's office worked closely with our local Congressional delegation to solve constituent problems.
5.    Standing Up For Vets:  Lalor led the fight against Governor Cuomo's veto of the Veterans Equality Bill, resulting in Cuomo's ultimate promise to fund the program next year. See Lalor's op-eds here and here and previous press releases. The bill will allow veterans from any era to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service. Currently, New York only allows veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit. For instance, Iraq veterans are currently eligible, while Afghanistan veterans are not. The bill will fix that inequity.
6.   Leader of Anti-Corporate Welfare Movement: Lalor continues to be the most outspoken and effective opponent of corporate welfare in the state, leading the fight against the taxpayers' $420 million subsidy for Hollywood filmmakers, exposing in detail the Start-Up NY debacle, challenging tax credits for Viacom while the company laid off New Yorkers and successfully fighting to stop expensive subsidies for a biofuel business owned by a billionaire from being included in the budget. Lalor advocates taking the billions of tax dollars our state spends to subsidize hand-picked corporations and putting it toward across-the-board tax relief for all New Yorkers and businesses who pay taxes. 
7.    Opposed Irresponsible Budget: Lalor voted against the bloated 2015-16 state budget because it funded SAFE Act enforcement, doubled down on the failed Common Core curriculum and continues unfunded mandates on local governments which drive up property taxes. He also opposed the budget because it failed to address New York's spending problem or to make New York more job-friendly. See full statement on Lalor's opposition to the budget here. 
8.    Defending the 2nd Amendment:  Lalor is a cosponsor of A.3350 and A.3943 which would repeal the SAFE Act. He is also a cosponsor of A.3719 which would allow individuals, duly licensed out-of-state to carry a pistol or firearm, authority to carry such weapon within New York state for a limited duration with proper documentation. Lalor also successfully fought with a bipartisan coalition against anti-Second Amendment legislation in the City of Poughkeepsie.
11154597_955923757771381_7858712235845516221_o.jpg 9.    Helping the Less Fortunate: Lalor organized a successful Thanksgiving Food Drive which included collection points in each of the towns he represents to benefit food pantries in the 105th Assembly District, including the Center of Compassion Food Pantry and the Community Resource and Service Center Food Pantry.  The generosity of the community has inspired Lalor to make the Thanksgiving Food Drive an annual event.  For the third year Lalor's office served as a collection point for the Marine Reserve Toys for Tots drive.  Dozens of toys were collected at Lalor's office and distributed through Toys for Tots to needy children in the area. 
10.   Opposed "The Big Ugly": Lalor opposed the end of session omnibus legislation where instead of carefully debating the merits of each issue, the legislature passed an unwieldy monstrosity that was the product of horse-trading, special-interest pressure and arm-twisting. Hence, the bill is known colloquially as  "The Big Ugly". The legislation was rushed through with a message of necessity to avoid debate. It included gimmicky tax rebates that offered no real relief and weakened the tax cap without reducing the unfunded state mandates which drive up property taxes. See Lalor's full statement in opposition to "The Big Ugly" here.
11.    Sponsored Important Legislation:  Lalor co-sponsored common sense legislation to require all tax assessing units to participate in the enhanced school tax relief exemption (A.7375) which would provide tax relief to New York homeowners.  He also co-sponsored legislation to give judges the option to deliver consecutive sentences for multiple homicides committed through a single act or omission (A.317). This bipartisan bill gives judges discretion the current law doesn't allow for. Judges are handcuffed in sentencing and criminals can receive sentences that don't fit their crimes. Lalor is a co-sponsor of the Common Core Parental Refusal Act which would require schools to inform parents of their right to have their children opt out of standardized tests (A.6025).  He also drafted  legislation that would require companies receiving any subsidies from New York State or local government to disclose the number of employees issued an H1-B visa (A.6514), this would ensure that tax dollars aren't being used to effectively subsidize the outsourcing of jobs. Lalor drafted legislation to remove the income earning limitations for retired police officers employed as school safety officers to give schools more options to improve school safety (A.5410).
12.    Relentless Supporter of Small Business:  Lalor opposes Governor Cuomo's minimum wage hike because it is an unfunded mandate on businesses that gives big corporations an advantage over small business, and actually decreases opportunities for the entry level workers that minimum wage advocates claim they want to help. He is a co-sponsor of the Small Business Full Employment Act which would enact various measures to provide tax and regulatory relief for small businesses to encourage growth. The bill would require a small business economic impact statement prior to the passage of any rule or regulation that impacts small businesses.  The bill requires a regulatory flexibility analysis prior to the adoption of any proposed regulation with the goal of minimizing adverse impact on small businesses.  The bill further requires a periodic review of rules and regulations to determine whether such rules should be continued without change, amended or rescinded to minimize economic impact on small businesses.
13.    Leading Anti-Pork Efforts: Lalor is leading from the front in the fight against wasteful pork-barrel spending.  In a New York Post article opposing the newly discovered pork-barrel spending program and refusing to participate in it, Lalor wrote:
These expenditures always lead to corruption, waste and the perpetuation of a broken system of uncontrollable spending. And that means higher taxes, fewer job opportunities and a mass exodus of New Yorkers.
All spending should go through the Legislature. There are many deserving local projects, but they should be funded in an open and transparent system, where the funds are not controlled by a single legislator.
Let’s face it: Lawmakers will spend this money in a manner that’s designed to generate the biggest electoral bang for the taxpayer’s buck. It’s an expensive incumbent-protection racket and an indirect form of taxpayer-funded political campaigns, which I thought Republicans opposed.
This pork program will temporarily dull a tiny bit of the pain caused by New York’s fiscal problems for a few hand-picked institutions, but the willingness to abandon the bedrock Republican principle of fiscal responsibility will only exacerbate our state’s problems.
See Lalor's New York Post op-ed on the subject
14.    Eternal Vigilance:  Lalor has been an outspoken advocate for national security and the security of New York which remains the number one target of Islamic terrorists.  He was the first New York State lawmaker to oppose the relocation to New York of Syrian refugees , who, the FBI Director admits, cannot possibly be properly vetted. Lalor supports US aid to refugees in the form of food, water, medical supplies, shelter and security. He also supports persuading Arab Gulf countries such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, which have not taken in any refugees to take in refugees, so that refugees can be resettled in the region. Read Lalor's New York Post op-ed here.  Lalor  opposed the Iran nuclear deal which frees up $150 billion in funds to the Iranian regime which remains the number one state sponsor of terror.  He organized  a petition drive calling on Senator Schumer to oppose the deal and lead the opposition to the deal among Democrats in the Senate. Lalor also opposed Mayor de Blasio's proposal to give New York City ID cards to illegal immigrants because doing so presents a national security nightmare. Terrorists would be able to easily obtain official government IDs and we can't guarantee these ID cards won't be used to board planes or facilitate other nefarious activities.
15.  Righting Wrongs: Lalor drafted and introduced legislation (A.5395) to retroactively give STAR tax rebates to homeowners who had been denied their STAR benefits in the previous year due to errors by the state. A number of New Yorkers who bought homes between July and November 2013, through no fault of their own, made an error with their STAR applications and ended up without STAR for 2014. The mistake was caused by New York State not properly informing new homeowners of the new requirements. Lalor's legislation was incorporated into the budget and homeowners received a refund.
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

On Thursday, December 31, 2015 2:04 PM, Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly wrote:


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Town Board Work Session

January 5th, 2016- 7:30PM

Municipal Building

16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562

Executive Session: Personnel/ Legal Advice- 6PM
Work Session: 7:30PM
1. Contract for Legal Services- Silverberg & Zalantis: Discussion
2. Local Law #1 of 2016- Revising References in Town Code to Town Attorney: Discussion
3. Local Law #2 of 2016- Consultant Fees in the Town of Ossining: Discussion
4. Sustainable Westchester/ CCA Agreement: Review
5. Re-Organizational Meeting Agenda: Review

Executive Session: Personnel

Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Town Municipal Offices, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.
All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channel 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision channel 78 and verizon channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings.

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Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
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Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Municipal Building, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562. You can view past Town Board Work Sessions from our online video archive.
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Karen D'Attore
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