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2) Check Out Yorktown News:
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4) White Paper on Governor Cuomo's Proposed $15 Minimum Wage

5) Astorino Statement on "Insufficient Evidence" Announcement

6) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy sponsors legislation to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment

7) Lincoln Remembrance Day Events, February 20, 2016

8) Yorktown Planning Board holds hearing on affordable housing plan 01/11/16

9) BOL Chairman Kaplowitz, Vice-Chair Maisano announce committee assignments

10) PRESS RELEASE] Murphy fulfills promises with spending cap and term limits

11) 12 Grapes: Our annual request for a FAVOR...

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On Monday, January 11, 2016 7:00 PM, Suzi McDonough wrote:
Mother. Leader. Neighbor.
Mahopac, NY (01/11/16) -- Carmel Town Board Member Suzi McDonough has made it official as a candidate for the New York State Assembly.
“The response over the past few months has been overwhelming, and I am officially declaring my candidacy for State Assembly! We are excited to run a positive campaign with a conservative message and bring the people’s voice to Albany.”
While making the announcement on social media today, Suzi will officially announce her candidacy for New York State Assembly with friends and family at a fundraiser to be held in the next few weeks. Details will be released in the next few days. 
On news that the incumbent is possibly not seeking reelection, Suzi said, “Whether the incumbent is in or out, I am in this race to win it. Frankly, he seems to blow with the wind, and we are ready for any challenge. Should he choose not to run, I wish him all the best. The hard working voters of this district deserve a serious, conservative voice that is truly committed to public service for the right reasons. While I am pro life, pro second amendment and a solid fiscal conservative, I will serve as a loyal public servant to all of my constituents, and on both sides of the aisle.”
In June, Suzi unveiled her campaign website ( to personally set the framework for her exploratory campaign and what will be a positive, grassroots campaign. Suzi has stuck to that theme and will continue to do so.
Looking to meet as many voters as possible, Suzi also unveiled an ambitious plan, hosting “Coffees With Suzi” as part of an aggressive town-by-town listening tour. Suzi has personally met with over 1,000 voters in the past few months and has already begun door to door in the district.
“As a local leader I know that each town in this district has it’s own issues and concerns, and I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and dig into the details. Putnam and Westchester families deserve a respected conservative voice in Albany to watch out for our families, our communities and our state. And if elected, I will be honored to be that voice," Suzi continued. 
Over the next several months, Suzi will also be hosting individual town hall meetings to listen to the specific concerns of voters throughout the district. The dates, times and locations will be finalized within a few weeks. This is the second round of such listening tours and will allow Suzi to hear from voters firsthand while building awareness of her campaign throughout Westchester and Putnam counties.
Suzi has lived in Mahopac, a hamlet of Carmel, for over 50 years. She graduated from Mahopac High School and a few years later married the love of her life, Jimmy McDonough. Together, Suzi and Jimmy owned and operated successful businesses in the Hudson Valley and have five amazing children.
The 94th Assembly District elections will occur in 2016.

January 12, 2016
Dear reporters, editors and opinion leaders,

As Part of the NY GOP's Main Street Initiative, Chairman Cox has prepared a white paper on Governor Cuomo's proposed $15 minimum wage. 

This memo (linked below) contains several data points and research on the negative impact a 67% increase would have on New York State. 

Please take a moment to read and feel free to call or email with any questions. 

Thank you. 


Contact: Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117

Statement from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

January 11, 2016

"In shutting the Moreland Commission last year, just as it was discovering criminal evidence against his 'two amigos' in Albany, Andrew Cuomo proved that he is no reformer.  The fact that insufficient evidence of federal crimes was available to indict Mr. Cuomo of obstruction of justice is not the same as finding him innocent. 

"Mr. Cuomo turned his back to crimes being committed by his legislative colleagues, just as he shut his eyes to Sheldon Silver's coverups of sexual assaults committed by powerful men in Albany. 

"As I repeatedly called for last year, an independent prosecutor needs to be appointed to investigate whether state crimes were committed by the Governor and his administration. The likelihood that state laws were broken was always the greater possibility. I call on Mr. Cuomo to appoint that prosecutor now.  

"True reform will one day come to Albany, but it will not come under this governor. He is too much part of the system and reform and transparency are simply not in his nature."  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11th, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
YORKTOWN, NY - Finally, restoring Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) is no longer just rhetoric.  Heeding the call of local school superintendents, Senator Terrence Murphy announced the introduction of legislation, Senate Bill S.6377, which would statutorily eliminate the GEA, which was brought about in 2010 to close a $10 billion state budget gap. 

In reality, the GEA has taken billions of dollars from local schools and has had a detrimental impact on local education and extracurricular programs.
"On Wednesday our conference made it perfectly clear ending the GEA was one of our top priorities for the 2016 legislative year," Murphy said.  "Actions speak louder than words and I am proud to sponsor this key piece of legislation which would eliminate the GEA and put needed dollars back in our local classrooms."

Last year, Murphy voted to restore more than $603 million to schools across New York State by reducing the GEA. 

There is currently $434 million that remains to be eliminated in the GEA, which local school superintendents have identified as one of the most impactful actions the legislature can take this year.  During Wednesday's opening day of session, Senate Republicans vowed not to vote for a budget that did not include the full elimination of the GEA.

"Through the implementation of the GEA the state basically robbed Peter to pay Paul," Murphy explained.  "Except in this case, poor financial management led to the disruption of sound education policies due to a lack of proper funding.  The Hudson Valley places great value in its local schools and I urge my colleagues to join our fight to restore the funding that belongs to them."

The GEA was passed during a time of one-party rule and when New York City politicians controlled both houses of the New York State legislature.  In addition to the GEA, 124 new taxes were approved, costing New York residents an estimated $14 billion including the hated MTA Payroll Tax.

Superintendent of Brewster Central School District Timothy Conway said, "Public education has suffered under state aid cuts from Albany for far too long.  Given this and the near-zero increase in next year's tax cap, it is critical that the entire Gap Elimination Adjustment be relegated to the history books immediately.  I thank Senator Murphy for his continued efforts and support in this endeavor and applaud his sponsorship of this important piece of legislation."

Shane McGaffey, President of the Pleasantville School Board said, "The Pleasantville School District stands with Senator Murphy in saying, 'no GEA restoration, no budget.'  There is simply no reason for withholding more than 10% of Pleasantville's educational base aid to fill a gap in the state's budget that no longer exists and hasn't for a few years."

S.6377 has bipartisan support in the New York State Senate with no Assembly sponsor to date.

Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

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Planning Board
January 11, 2016

Meeting highlights. For a summary of each agenda item, visit

1. Marathon Development, Kear Street
The public hearing was opened and adjourned to the February 8 meeting as the hearing notice for January 11 was not advertised. Parking and the need for additional affordable housing units were raised.

2. JCPC Holdings Front Street
To satisfy the town’s “no net loss” wetlands requirement, and address other drainage problems along Front
Street, the applicant will investigate the possibility of off-site mitigation on a town owned parcel to the rear of the UPS building.

3. Staples Plaza, Master Sign Plan
The discussion focused on some text changes to the Plan that incorporates newer signage design parameters.

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For Immediate Release: January 12, 2016
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Board of Legislators Chairman Kaplowitz, Vice-Chair Maisano Continue Policy of Inclusion in Committee Assignments for New Term
Two years ago, the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) underwent a radical change. Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, a Democrat, and Vice-Chairman James Maisano, a Republican, came together to form a bipartisan coalition government to lead the BOL.  For the past two years, the BOL has abandoned gridlock and lawsuits in favor of conciliation and negotiation. 
One of the new policies that Chairman Kaplowitz established in his first term was that every Legislator would have a leadership position within their caucus or Chair a legislative committee or task force.  This approach has benefited Westchester County residents tremendously and will be continued in the 2016-2017 term. 
The bipartisan model that was used for committee assignments in the previous term contributed to a number of important accomplishments over the last two years, including;
         A continuation of 6 straight years of no tax-increase budgets.
         Improved essential services like public safety, subsidized child care, services for domestic violence and child sex-assault victims, legal services for veterans  and seniors, eviction prevention services and restored funding for parks.
         Compliance, not capitulation, while working diligently with all parties to meet the terms of the 2009 Affordable Housing Settlement and restoration of funds withheld by the Federal Government.
         Approval of a public/private partnership to operate Playland Amusement Park, alleviating costs to taxpayers while guaranteeing the future of Playland.
         Approval of $200 million for infrastructure improvements that create jobs and grow our economy.
         Establishment of an Office of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability to save on operational costs.
         Reforms and increased transparency in the county budget process.
         Participation in the Local Development Corporation that has led to over half a billion dollars of economic activity allowing non-profits like hospitals and colleges to finance projects tax-free and at very low interest rates.
The Westchester County Charter requires the establishment of a Budget and Appropriations Committee and Legislation Committee for each term.  Any other Committees are created at the discretion of the BOL chairman.  The Committee assignments for the 2016-2017 term are;
         Appointments Committee- Chaired by Legislator Margaret Cunzio (C) Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Pleasantville
         Budget and Appropriations Committee- Chaired by Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe
         Public Safety and Social Services Committee- Chaired by Legislator Ben Boykin (D) White Plains, Scarsdale
         Energy and Regional Efficiencies Committee- Chaired by Legislator Catherine Parker (D) Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye
         Environment and Health Committee- Chaired by Legislator Francis Corcoran (R) Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers
         Infrastructure Committee- Chaired by Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky  (D) Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington
         Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing Committee- Chaired by Legislator David Gelfarb (R) Harrison, Port Chester, Rye Brook
         Litigation Committee- Chaired by Legislator Lyndon Williams (D) Mount Vernon
         Legislation Committee- Chaired by Legislator Virginia Perez (D) Yonkers
         Seniors and Constituencies Committee- Chaired by Legislator Bernice Spreckman (R) Yonkers, Mount Vernon
         Rules Committee- Co-Chaired by Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D) Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill and Minority Leader John Testa (R) Cortlandt, Peekskill, Yorktown
The following Task Forces have been assigned for the 2016-2017 term;
         Charter Commission Review Task Force- Co-Chaired by Legislator Gordon Burrows (R) Bronxville, Yonkers and former Legislator Richard Wishnie
         Families Task Force- Chaired by Majority Leader Catherine Borgia
         Hispanic Affairs Task Force- Co-chaired by Legislator Virginia Perez and Vice-Chairman Jim Maisano
         Minority Affairs Task Force- Co-Chaired by Legislator Virginia Perez and Legislator Ben Boykin
         Federal and State Affairs Task Force- Chaired by Legislator Ken Jenkins (D) Yonkers
Chairman Kaplowitz said, I thank my colleagues for accepting the responsibility of these important Committee and Task Force positions.  The 2016-2017 legislative term promises many possibilities and challenges.  Legislators who are willing to put people over partisanship will be a part of the continued success in making Westchester County an extraordinary example of what we can accomplish when we work together.
Vice Chairman Jim Maisano echoed Kaplowitz optimism, saying, Viewed against the backdrop of dysfunction in Washington and corruption in Albany, Westchester County is a rare, shining example of how Democrats and Republicans can work together for the benefit of the people they represent.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12th, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy has crossed two more things off the list of items he set forth in his legislative agenda last year. Today, Murphy announced passage of a state spending cap, as well as term limits for both houses of the legislature.
"Since my time in local government, I've long advocated for property tax reform and ethics reform, measures the Senate has now made one step closer to reality," Senator Murphy said.
The legislation that would permanently cap state spending codifies the self-imposed spending restraint demonstrated with the budget Murphy voted for last year. The bill (S.5507), cosponsored by Senator Murphy, would limit state spending to a three-year rolling average of inflation. This approach would help end the historic pattern of "boom and bust" cycle budgeting, impose greater fiscal discipline on state government, and continue providing significant savings for taxpayers.
The bill would take effect in the 2017 Fiscal Year. When applying the actual and projected rates of inflation for 2014 (1.6%), 2015 (0.2%), and 2016 (2%), the three year rolling average spending cap for 2017 would be 1.27%. This bill would then result in an expected savings of $12.8 billion for the state's spending plans in Fiscal Years 2017 through 2019.
"Hudson Valley families know all too well about living on a household budget," Senator Murphy said. "Today's legislation, which I proudly sponsored in the Senate, will ensure the State now meets its obligation to live within its own means and provides yet another crucial tool to protect the overburdened taxpayers of New York State."

During his short tenure in Albany property tax relief has been a priority for the freshman Senator.  In addition to today's milestone legislation, Senator Murphy has also successfully led the fight to make the property tax cap permanent, delivered a new rebate check for STAR-eligible homeowners and provided needed mandate relief through crucial Medicaid reforms.
The State Senate also passed legislation today, Senate Bill (S.2722B), that would set into law eight-year term limits for leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly. This bill is consistent with what is already in place in Senate rules and also limits the number of years a legislator can serve as a committee chair or party leader.
The bill limits the tenure of the Temporary President of the Senate, Speaker of the Assembly and minority leaders of both houses to eight years. Legislative committee chairs would also be limited to serving no more than eight consecutive years.
"If being in Albany has taught me anything, it is the need to lead by example," Senator Murphy said. "Even though the Senate has voluntarily term limits, we need to make them permanent in law for both the Senate and Assembly. You cannot have ethics reform without term limits."
The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

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