Friday, January 15, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 01/15/16: 13 Topics In Today's blog

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1)  Check Out Peekskillpost.net: 
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2) Check Out Yorktown News:
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/Yorktown
New Bazzo Says Column: The Party of Pro-Death
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown/columns/bazzo-says/articles/the-party-of-pro-death

3) Yorktown Town Board appoints new town attorney 01/12/16

4) Astorino Statement on State of the State Address

5) Suzi McDonough OP-ED: No Pensions For Convicted Legislators

6) [STATEMENT] Murphy reacts to Governor's State of the State

7) The November Team, LLC (Members Of Press, A Must Read)

8) BOL Creates Tool to Help Families Save on Heating Oil

9) Funding for Critical Bridge Repair Receives Bipartisan Support

10) : 40th Birthday Bash

11) Statement on Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

12) Lalor: More Crony Capitalism and a Blow to Small Business from Cuomo

13) Who's Your Favorite GOP Candidate?

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Note: Beginning January, 2016, the CIY Town Board meeting summaries will continue to be written by Susan Siegel in her capacity as an observer.
 
Town Board
January 12, 2016
 
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Spectra pipeline
After representatives of Spectra left a closed executive session, they advised the CIY observer to expect a resolution at the board’s next meeting dealing with the lawsuit challenging the 2015 license agreement with Spectra.

2.  Fieldstone Manor, Strawberry Road
Supervisor Grace suggested that instead of building pickleball courts to satisfy the subdivison’s recreation requirement, the town allow the developer to construct 2-4 additional houses on the “recreation land” and agree to construct the courts elsewhere in town.

2. Motion Laboratories (Verizon Building, Route 202)
The board will hold a public hearing to amend the zoning code to allow a new use in the C-4 zone so that the company can rent the building for the assembly, packing and shipping of electrical equipment.

3. Jefferson Valley Mall
The board rejected the Mall’s request to reduce its water bill for 2013-2015.

4. Competition Carting
Beginning in April, the company will alter the Monday/Thursday and Tuesday/Friday collection routes.

5. Special Town Board meetings
The board will hold closed executive sessions on January 28 and February 3, 11 and 17 to meet with department heads to review staffing.

6. Appointment of Town Attorney
In a 4-1 vote, the board voted to appoint Michael McDermott as the town attorney effective January 13th.

Note:  Creative Living asked that it be pulled from the agenda.
 
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FOR
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Contact:
Bill O'Reilly, 914-282-1252

Statement
from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on
Governor
Cuomo's State of the State Address

January
13, 2016

"Governor Cuomo saying he's going to clean up corruption is like OJ saying he's going to find the real killer. If he really wanted to regain the public's trust, he'd finally appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether he broke state laws -- and it's pretty clear he did -- when closing the Moreland Commission.

"The governor's infrastructure pronouncements are simply delusional. For five years he's failed to find $3 billion in funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, and now he's throwing out pie-in-the-sky ideas that could cost taxpayers $100 billion or more. There's a reason companies like GE and so many middle class families are leaving our state.

"Rather than buckling down and doing the hard work required to make New York State economically competitive again; instead of working to rebuild a jobs and business base robust enough to revitalize our infrastructure; instead of pushing for a state term limits law that would revitalize state government, Mr. Cuomo is playing disingenuous games with proposals he knows will never happen. If they did, the state would be bankrupted.  

"It's sad to say, but this is no longer a serious governor."  
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Suzi McDonough OP-ED: No Pensions For Convicted Legislators
As we have witnessed over the past few years, many legislators have been convicted of felonies, for abusing their power and the public trust.  How is it that they are still allowed to collect their pension and retirement benefits? 
The elected officials in Albany just don’t seem to get it. On Election Day when we walk through the doors and cast our collective votes for an elected official, we are giving them power. We are entrusting in them to do what is right and what is fair.
There are many good elected officials who work hard for the people, and I thank them.  There is no room or tolerance however for those who abuse their power and there must be some consequence.
Nobody said politics was easy and it can certainly be a thankless job. That is no excuse for the mess that has become our state capitol. Though we may not all agree on certain issues, we certainly did not vote to give them the power to manipulate, to steal, or to abuse their power.
Some in the Senate and Assembly have once again put forth legislation proposing to remove pension and retirement benefits from persons convicted of certain felonies.  This legislation must pass and I strongly believe that any elected official who has abused their power and is convicted of a felony should not be entitled to their pension and benefits. 
Let’s send a message and take away what they now do not deserve, no pensions!
Suzi McDonough is a Councilwoman in the town of Carmel, NY and a candidate for the 94th New York State Assembly District, which includes parts of Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13th, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-962-2624
STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY 
ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S STATE OF THE STATE & BUDGET PROPOSAL
ALBANY, NY - Following Governor Cuomo's State of the State and budget presentation for 2016, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy said the following:

"Today Governor Cuomo initiated New York's budgetary process by releasing his proposed budget for the coming year and I look forward to a rigorous and thoughtful process to ensure we give everyone in our great State the opportunity to succeed."

"At the end of this important process it is my hope and goal that we provide real incentives to create and retain jobs in our state.  Whether through needed infrastructure projects, such as the Governor's proposed redesign and reconstruction of portions of the Saw Mill Parkway, or easing the regulatory burdens on small businesses, it is time we open New York's doors to business."

"Furthermore, we must deliver critical dollars to our local schools and restore the Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts this year.  Our kids have been victimized by poor financial decisions stemming from a time of when one party controlled both houses of our legislature."

"Lastly, and for many most importantly, we must eradicate New York of the heroin epidemic.  This is an effort I am proud to lead on behalf of the thousands of people struggling with this deadly addiction. "
Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247
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The November Team, LLC (Members Of Press, A Must Read)
 
An
Urgent Note to the New York Press Corps

January 14, 2016

To the esteemed members of the New York Press Corps,

If Andrew Cuomo's Joint Commission on Public Integrity (JCOPE) has its way, this note will have to be reported to the government.

So will any phone calls between our office and yours, or any public relations
office and yours for that matter, whether we initiate the calls or you do. If we
call you to leak you information, that will have to be recorded.  If you call us
to confirm a story, that must be officially noted, too.

The monthly logs will have to include your name and ours, the length of the calls,
and the subject matters discussed, whether the conversations were on the record,
off the record, or on background.

Needless to say, our company will not comply with such a regulation if it is passed.  If you are willing to go to jail to protect the identity of your sources -- and
some of you have -- we are willing to go to jail to protect yours.

Please
see
here
and
here two
pieces further explaining the issue.

Please note that this has nothing to do with the proposal to crack down on political consultants getting paid to lobby their own elected clients. That is an entirely separate issue. 

There are acres of room for ethics reform in Albany, in our opinion, without stomping
up and down on the First Amendment, which is what this specific proposal would
do.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Bill O'Reilly
Jessica Proud
Jerry McKinstry
The November Team, LLC
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For Immediate Release: January 14, 2016
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
646-302-2220, mjr3@westchestergov.com
 
Westchester Board of Legislators Creates Tool to Help Families Save on Heating Oil
 
One of the biggest seasonal expenses that Westchester families are confronted with is the cost of heating their homes in the winter time. The Westchester Board of Legislators has come up with a tool to help Westchester families get the best price available.
 
Check out this video from Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz showing you how to navigate to the New BOL Home Heating Oil Tracker.
 
The webpage is a survey of home heating oil companies’ price per gallon. The page will be updated weekly and includes a link to each heating oil providers’ website.
 
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For Immediate Release: January 14, 2016
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
646-302-2220, mjr3@westchestergov.com
Funding for Critical Bridge Repair Receives
Bipartisan Support
The Westchester County Board of Legislators approved funding through Bond Acts in the amount of $2.85 million for continued repairs to the Fulton Avenue Drawbridge which connects Mount Vernon and Pelham at the site of a major retail and industrial district.  This funding is in addition to $9.37 million which has been invested in the bridge since 2012.
 
The Bond Acts will finance replacement of steel members and piers, rehabilitation of wearing surfaces, painting, rebalancing of bascule spans, rehabilitation of mechanical and electrical components and renovation and/or replacement of metal bulkheads for riverbank protection.
The Fulton Avenue Bridge was originally built in 1974.  The New York State Department of Transportation closed the bridge following an inspection which determined the steel piers had deteriorated to a point that was unsafe.  The bridge has since been re-opened.  Approximately 12,000 cars traverse the span every day.
 
Legislator Lyndon Williams (D) Mount Vernon said the closure significantly impacted residents and businesses.  “It is imperative that Westchester County finish the rehabilitation of Fulton Ave. Bridge.  This bridge is a critical piece of infrastructure traversed by  area residents to access Boston Post Road and the corridor to Interstate 95 coming into and leaving lower Westchester County. "
"Major retail development in Mount Vernon and Pelham as well as small merchants and restaurants benefit from the free flow of traffic and commerce over the Fulton Avenue Bridge each day.”  Williams said, “Therefore, area businesses and residents are naturally concerned about any lengthy closure that disrupts residential and commercial activities. I’ve also heard from merchants who saw a sharp decline in business while the bridge was closed.  I urge the Department of Public Works to put an outreach plan in place to inform residents and business owners when the bridge will be closed and to map out an efficient and well-marked detour to minimize the impact of the work".

Legislator Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle, Pelham, Pelham Manor) added that his office received numerous complaints about the bridge closing in the past.  “This is a short bridge but it is very important for commuters and local businesses.” Maisano said, “I'm glad that we have funded the rehabilitation of this crucial bridge, and I will expect that our Department of Public Works will ensure that the work is done efficiently and with minimal impact to local businesses. We need this bridge fully fixed and to have this traffic corridor back to normal as soon as possible.”
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Mary Jo Lalor Trouble viewing this email? Read it online 40th Birthday Bash The year was 1976… …The Yankees made it back to the World Series for the first time in over a decade… …Former California Governor
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Statement from Chairman Cox on Governor Cuomo's 2016 State of the State Address
January 13, 2016
"Governor Cuomo's State of the State was chock full of overblown rhetoric and empty promises. He's proposed $100 billion in new projects without any idea how he will pay for it. New York continues to have the highest taxes, highest energy costs, least business-friendly climate and most citizens leaving the state. Until the Governor gets serious about reforming New York, we will continue the exodus of jobs and people." 
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On Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:33 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:


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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 13, 2016
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
More Crony Capitalism and a Blow to Small Business from Cuomo

Statement on Governor Cuomo's State of the State and Budget Address from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill)
       
WHAT CUOMO GETS WRONG

Minimum Wage"Cuomo's minimum wage hike would be an unbearable burden for many small businesses. With the never-ending regulations and heavy taxes, small businesses are already under water in New York. They can't afford this latest mandate. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers flee the state every year. They do it because Albany has dragged down New York's economy. This will only push more people out of New York. Worse, it will hurt the minimum wage workers it is designed to help. Minimum wage hikes lead to less jobs. That's basic economics at work. Companies will do everything they can to get the same output from less workers. This will only hurt those on the lowest rung of the economy's ladder."

Downtown Revitalization Program 
"Crony capitalism corrupts government and hurts the economy. This program would have Albany pick the economy's winners and losers. That hasn't been working well for New York and it's led to jail for the former Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader. When Albany picks winners and losers, Albany's friends win and the taxpayers lose. This sounds a lot like the Empire Zone program and we know that program was rife with abuse. Instead of crony capitalist subsidies, we should work on reducing property taxes caused by unfunded mandates, reducing energy costs caused by Albany's meddling and cutting back out-of-control regulations."


Infrastructure Spending
"Every construction project in New York, including today's proposals from Cuomo, costs much more than it should because of Albany's byzantine regulations. For instance, the Scaffold Law, has added hundreds of millions to the cost of the new Tappan Zee bridge. The archaic law imposes 'absolute liability' on builders and property owners for any elevation-related injuries. If a worker was drunk on the job and falls, injuring himself, the builder bears full responsibility. This drives up the cost of insurance in New York, making everything in the state more expensive. Every infrastructure and construction project in New York costs 10% more than it should. With this law left in place, Cuomo's infrastructure spending is guaranteed to include billions in waste. Before any massive new infrastructure spending is planned, we need to address the reasons it costs so much to build something in New York."
Taste of New York
"New York doesn't need to open retail shops to compete with private businesses. This is crony capitalism with a 'craft' label slapped onto it. We can promote New York products without using government run and subsidized stores. Is there any evidence that these stores even drive consumers to buy the products again, somewhere other than in the government-run store?"

Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns 
"Taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for politicians' campaigns and ambitions. Taxpayer-funded campaigns haven't ended corruption in New York City politics, in fact, it may have added to it. Real ethics reform would include term limits, more transparency in the legislative process and ending crony capitalism. Handing tax dollars to politicians to spend on their campaigns is not ethics reform."


The State of the State is Strong
"People are fleeing New York by the hundreds of thousands. New York is deeply troubled and Albany is largely to blame. Governor Cuomo is ignoring the reality that hundreds of thousands are voting with their feet and moving to states with small government, lower taxes and less regulations."

WHAT CUOMO COULD GET RIGHT
Small Business Tax Cuts
"This is a good step. There's much more to do, though. Property taxes are still too high, due primarily to unfunded mandates. But, Albany has dropped the ball on unfunded mandate reform. Businesses face absurd energy costs in New York because Albany had meddled with the market and mandated the use of expensive, inefficient energy sources. All of this needs to be addressed as well. Unfortunately, this probably won't make up for the damage done by the minimum wage hike Cuomo is promoting."

Property Taxes and Mandate Relief
"Governor Cuomo has at least acknowledged the massive problem we face with property taxes and unfunded mandates. The question is whether he is willing to take the necessary steps to roll back the spending Albany has imposed on local governments."

Criminal Justice Reform
"Improving the rehabilitation of criminals through education is a worthy cause, but shouldn't be funded by public funds. There are already not-for-profits focused on this and Governor Cuomo should lend his name and office to help them raise the funds, privately, to expand. We also need to be sure that the governor's jobs program for released prisoners places them in the private sector and not with government jobs.
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Local Government Consolidation Grant
        "This is a good goal, but we need more information to see if the grants actually work. I'd like to see a detailed cost benefit analysis of past programs from the governor's office. Otherwise, we might end up just throwing money at a problem, without the hope of a solution."
 
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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 Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
 
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