Monday, February 01, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/01/16: 11 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)  Check Out Peekskillpost.net: 
 http://www.peekskillpost.net/

2) Check Out Yorktown News:
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/Yorktown
New Bazzo Says Column: Some Thoughts Before Iowa
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac/columns/bazzo-says/articles/some-thoughts-before-iowa
 
3) NYGOP Events Calendar

4) Town Of Ossining: Town Hall Meeting- Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

5) TNT: Cuomo Must Fire JCOPE Chairman

6) FYI: FOIL Requests on JCOPE Ruling

7) Astorino Remarks at Today's CPAC Conference

8) [REVISED MEDIA ADVISORY] *WEDNESDAY*, 2/3 3:30pm* Sen. Murphy Sponsors New Taser Guns for Yorktown PD

9) News from Senator Murphy: January 29, 2016

10) Phil Oliva Kicks Off Congressional Campaign (NY-18)

11) Town Of Yorktown:BUILDING PERMITS

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On Friday, January 29, 2016 6:31 PM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:


 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 

Town Hall Meeting- February 2nd, 2016


Town Hall Meeting
February 2nd, 2016 7:30pm
Ossining Public Library, Budarz Theater
The Town Board of the Town of Ossining will hold a Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library, on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 7:30 pm to introduce a concept for a program to showcase our local businesses and Town Parks called “Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining.” 
This program would invite local businesses to offer a sampling of their wellness and fitness programs for the public at one of our Town Parks or outdoor spaces, during 1-2 hour sessions starting in the spring.  This would be a Town-wide initiative to encourage wellness, fitness, and nutrition, and also support economic development. If you are interested in this program, or would like to learn more, please attend this Town Hall Meeting to be a part of our community brainstorming.
The Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy will also be presenting their proposals and ideas for the upcoming year at Tuesday’s meeting.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Supervisor’s office at (914) 762-6001, or dlevenberg@townofossining.com.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your family, friends, acquaintances, or business associates who may have an interest in these, as well as other Town subjects.
As always, please feel very free to contact me with any questions.
Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
914-762-6001
dlevenberg@townofossining.com
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On Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:19 AM, "The November Team, LLC" wrote:


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

LATEST STATEMENT BY JCOPE CHAIRMAN DEMANDS HIS REMOVAL FROM COMMISSION, THE NOVEMBER TEAM SAYS

Horwitz: JCOPE Opinion is "Reasonable Regulation of Speech."

New York--Jan. 30...New York political and corporate communications firm The November Team, LLC today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to remove the chairman of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), Daniel J. Horwitz, for gross ineptitude and for a fundamental misunderstanding of the First Amendment, on which he's trampling, as evidenced by a statement he made late this week. Mr. Horwitz was appointed to the Commission by Governor Cuomo.

In a quote printed in Ragan's PR Daily Friday, Horwitz described JCOPE's latest move to monitor communications between journalists and their sources as,"a reasonable regulation of speech."

"Mr. Horwitz just coined one of the richest oxymorons in New York journalism history," said November Team partner Bill O'Reilly. "The fact that he thinks it's 'reasonable' to 'regulate' speech, much less speech between the free press and its sources, shows an appalling misunderstanding of the First Amendment. This is the queue for Governor Cuomo to step in."

Earlier in the week, Mr. Horwitz was quoted in Gannett as saying, "Nobody here is suggesting that a garden-variety telephone conversation between a reporter or editorial board and a consultant is necessarily considered to be lobbying."

Horowitz is yet to explain the definition of "garden variety" in this regard.

"Mr. Horwitz is embarrassing himself and his state -- not to mention the governor -- with these strikingly obtuse statements," said November Team partner Jessica Proud. "They show that he has little or no understanding of the principles at stake here. It's time for Commissioner Horwitz to find another line of work."

"The Supreme Court has labored endlessly over the extraordinarily delicate subject of speech regulation, and here we have an Albany political appointee, who clearly doesn't understand the scope of the First Amendment, clumsily passing regulations that could have profound implications on journalistic freedom," said November Team managing director Jerry McKinstry, a former journalist and editorial board member. "It's painfully obvious to anyone who understands these issues that Commissioner Horwitz is unsuited for his current position."
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On Monday, February 1, 2016 10:02 AM, "The November Team, LLC" wrote:


FYI: The November Team, LLC will be filing the below FOIL requests today with the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. We find it impossible to believe that Governor Cuomo had no role in passing the controversial new ruling that will require public relations executives to register as lobbyists and report interactions with editorial writers. 

Thank you,

Bill O'Reilly


February 1, 2016
Mongthu Zago
FOIL Counsel
Records Access Officer
Executive Chamber
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
Tel: (518) 408-2303
Fax: (518) 473-5153
E-mail: records.access@exec.ny.gov

Dear Ms Zago:

Under the New York Freedom of Information Law, N.Y. Pub. Off. Law sec. 84 et seq., I am requesting to obtain copies of public records relating to emails and electronic correspondences sent between members of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's staff and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. In particular, I would like copies of all emails and written correspondences sent between Gov. Cuomo and members of his staff and members of JCOPE and its staff pertaining to its Advisory Opinion 16-01, which covers reporting obligations under the Lobbying Act for a party who is compensated for consulting services in connection with lobbying activity.

As part of this request, I would also like to request the following:
  • Any and all emails or written correspondence between members of Gov. Cuomo's staff and JCOPE staff pertaining to its Advisory Opinion 16-01, prior its approval, between January 1, 2015 and January 26, 2016.
  • Any and all emails or written correspondence between members of Gov. Cuomo's staff and JCOPE staff pertaining to its Advisory Opinion 16-01, after its approval on January 26, 2016.
  • Any and all emails or written correspondence members between Gov. Cuomo, members of his staff and members of JCOPE and its staff pertaining to classifying public relations and communications professionals as lobbyists.
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me of the cost.  
As you well know, The New York Freedom of Information Law requires a response time of five business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,
Jerry McKinstry
The November Team
Box 99
South Salem, N.Y. 10590
jerry@novemberteam.com

February 1, 2016

NYS Department of State
Joel Barkin
Records Access Officer
New York State Department of State
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231
Phone: 518-474-4752
Fax: 518-474-4597

Dear Mr. Barkin:

Under the New York Freedom of Information Law, N.Y. Pub. Off. Law sec. 84 et seq., I am requesting to obtain copies of public records relating to emails and electronic correspondences sent between members of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's staff and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. In particular, I would like copies of all emails and written correspondences sent between Gov. Cuomo and members of his staff and members of JCOPE and its staff pertaining to its Advisory Opinion 16-01, which covers reporting obligations under the Lobbying Act for a party who is compensated for consulting services in connection with lobbying activity.

As part of this request, I would also like to request the following:
  • Any and all emails or written correspondence between members of Gov. Cuomo's staff and JCOPE staff pertaining to its Advisory Opinion 16-01, prior its approval, between January 1, 2015 and January 26, 2016.
  • Any and all emails or written correspondence between members of Gov. Cuomo's staff and JCOPE staff pertaining to its Advisory Opinion 16-01, after its approval on January 26, 2016.
  • Any and all emails or written correspondence members between Gov. Cuomo, members of his staff and members of JCOPE and its staff pertaining to classifying public relations and communications professionals as lobbyists.



If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me of the cost.  
As you well know, The New York Freedom of Information Law requires a response time of five business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,
Jerry McKinstry
The November Team
Box 99
South Salem, N.Y. 10590
jerry@novemberteam.com
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Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117 Remarks by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino CPAC, Albany, NY February 1, 2016 Good morning, Mike. Good morning, Shaun Marie. Good mo
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On Monday, February 1, 2016 1:07 PM, Michael Jefferson wrote:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1st, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
***MEDIA ADVISORY***
FOR
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD, 3:30PM
 
SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY SPONSORS NEW TASER GUNS FOR YORKTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
YORKTOWN, NY -  We live in a time when a police officer's oath to "protect and serve" can be hampered by litigation or a controversial incident. To help combat crime, Senator Terrence Murphy secured a $10,500 grant to fund the purchase of five new Taser X-2 guns for the Yorktown Police Department. In the interest of police transparency, the Taser X-2's are also equipped with a camera that records both video and audio.
 
"The members of our police department put their lives on the line everyday to keep our families and community safe," said Senator Murphy. "The new taser guns will reduce the risk of an officer have to go one-on-one with someone and will help prevent people from committing a crime."
  
The details for WEDNESDAY'S event are as follows:
  
WHO: Senator Terrence P. Murphy
Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace
Yorktown Police Chief Daniel McMahon
John Haffett, Vice President, Yorktown Police Benevolent Association
Local Elected Officials

 WHAT: Presentation of five new Taser X-2 guns to the Yorktown Police Department's Anti-Crime Unit.

 
WHERE: Yorktown Police Department, 2281 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

 WHEN: *WEDNESDAY*, February 3rd, 3:30PM.

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***ALL MEDIA ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND***
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Jan. 29
2016
ISSUE
No. 34
NEWS FROM
SENATOR MURPHY
Session 2016
OPENING NEW YORK'S DOORS TO BUSINESSES
Each year, study after study, we hear that New York State has the highest state and local tax burden.  New Yorkers also face some of the toughest regulatory laws in the nation.  As Chairman of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission, I am committed to fixing these problems now because New Yorkers have been waiting long enough for relief.

New York's regulatory burden is one of the toughest in the country.  In some instances constituents have been forced to comply with the New York State Code of Rules, the New York City Code of Rules and the Code of Federal Regulations - a whopping 370,000 pages of regulations and several thousand rules.

We have to stop this flood of mandates that are stifling local governments, forcing schools to drop vital programs and killing small businesses.
2016 ST. PATRICK'S DAY KICKOFF 2016 St. Pats Kickoff

Mark your calendars!  The best St. Patrick's Day Kickoff is gearing up.

Join me on Saturday March 5th as we kickoff one of the best seasons of the year!  General admission tickets are $25 and we'll be serving traditional Irish fare as you enjoy some wonderful live music!

Click here to buy your tickets today!
PROPERLY DISPOSING OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0017vuKr8QYgG4Hks9boClBRpN8YkXurXeVGJLUDkFvi3OYHFhxU22sC1q4qoSY06EFHlmGX-0G6XySqHZC_bNegJ4XKz9v4WabJhWUOrJoaBHvP9OSJEFz_mKubLsOJCW0x786BtNqqGsLzTdg2Y3gJCwSWAiXFjBtmbbhRm_DY_i5l20308fytsvEdMOJHjz1VmGLlG2oHkAj6mV4QgY-J3EhOgTeC60P9sQQr2yb6ey4wh-8OBGAPE8LVtjjzqrZQm7g0y9fPHA=&c=s6bYb4OJIz0TD98fBpjdC89hHdNYwFTmY_fZeiU_cKc4cxP8Q7ZEHg==&ch=i7GAs0ncEADRU3hSTZBEmGPlKh8X_6gGolEcZT_6BhsrrW7yNgV4jw==I am proud to have secured an $8,000 grant for Westchester County to install the final 12 drop boxes in the county.  Having hosted a number of medication tax back programs, at which we averaged nearly two hundred pounds of discarded medications, it became clear more disposal options were needed for our residents.

Utilizing these drop boxes not only keeps these harmful medications at of the hands of addicts but proper disposal prevents harmful chemicals from going into our water supply.
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COMBATING SYNTHETIC DRUGS
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0017vuKr8QYgG4Hks9boClBRpN8YkXurXeVGJLUDkFvi3OYHFhxU22sC1q4qoSY06EFHlmGX-0G6XySqHZC_bNegJ4XKz9v4WabJhWUOrJoaBHvP9OSJEFz_mKubLsOJCW0x786BtNqqGsLzTdg2Y3gJCwSWAiXFjBtmbbhRm_DY_i5l20308fytsvEdMOJHjz1VmGLlG2oHkAj6mV4QgY-J3EhOgTeC60P9sQQr2yb6ey4wh-8OBGAPE8LVtjjzqrZQm7g0y9fPHA=&c=s6bYb4OJIz0TD98fBpjdC89hHdNYwFTmY_fZeiU_cKc4cxP8Q7ZEHg==&ch=i7GAs0ncEADRU3hSTZBEmGPlKh8X_6gGolEcZT_6BhsrrW7yNgV4jw== I've had many discussions with police officers, substance abuse conselors and parents about snythetic drugs - legal and lethal substances that can have life-threatening consequence.  The Senate approved legislation, which I sponsored, that would identify new drugs that currently evade our existing laws, ban chemicals that imitate controlled substances and establish a database to better inform the public and law enforcement of these dangerous drugs. READ MORE
AROUND THE 40th

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FUNDING FOR OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS
I had a very productive meeting with Lakeland School Superintendent Dr. George Stone, Lakeland School Board President Carol Ann Dobson, School Board Trustee Denise Kness and Brian Fessler of the New York State School Boards Association.  We discussed the Governor's proposed budget and how the state can better support our local schools.

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SAVING 81 LIVES
Our blood drive in Mt. Pleasant produced enough blood to save 81 lives!  The recent snowstorm was a reminder that accidents and medical emergencies don't take a day off.  The need for blood is constant and I am proud to have partnered with the town of Mt. Pleasant, County Legislator Margaret Cunzio and the New York Blood Center on this important endeavor.
MMA - Weidman
BRINGING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS TO NEW YORK
I had the opportunity to meet former UFC Champion and native New Yorker Chris Weidman.  New York remains the lone state, and the only place in North America, to ban professional MMA bouts.  I have sponsored legislation that passed the Senate to change this and I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to follow suit this year.
DEA
SUPPORTING NEW YORK CITY'S DETECTIVES
New York City's Detectives are fighting on the front lines of the war against heroin.  They help make New York the safest city in America and I will continue to do everything in my power to support them.  I was honored to be able to speak at their recent conference and thanked them for their efforts on behalf of the entire Hudson Valley.
 
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PhilOliva.com

FOR
RELEASE:  IMMEDIATELY

PHIL
OLIVA KICKS OFF CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR 18
TH
DISTRICT
Somers
resident running to help "get America back on the right track"

Joined
by more than 100 supporters at Four Brothers Restaurant in Mahopac, Somers
resident Phil Oliva today officially kicked off his congressional campaign for
the 18
th
District, saying that the "country is heading in the wrong direction, Washington
is broken and that only strong, principled leadership will help get the country
back on the right track." (Two images from the event are below.)
"We
have a $19 trillion national debt, 94 million Americans are out of the
workforce, we're under attack by terrorists,  our allies no longer trust us and
our enemies no longer fear us and Washington keeps kicking the can down the
road," said Oliva.  "I'm not looking to go to Washington and join the
'go-along-to-get-along' crowd.  I'm looking to break up the status quo and get
us back to a smarter, more limited form of government that's focused on a strong
national defense, free enterprise economy that expands job creation and income
growth, and securing the borders once and for all."
Oliva
also mentioned the local heroin epidemic, regional infrastructure needs and the
needs of veterans as areas he would focus on as Congressman.  He criticized the
current congressman, Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) for being
"out-of-touch."
"He
said nothing about Iran capturing 10 of our sailors and holding them at
gunpoint, but the same week he starts a petition to rename Donald J. Trump Park
in Putnam? We have more important issues and we don't have time for these silly
political games," said Oliva.
Westchester
County Executive Rob Astorino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, were
among several local officials on hand to support Oliva.
"I'm
proud to enthusiastically support Phil's campaign because he is grounded and
principled.  Washington won't change Phil. We can count on Phil to change
Washington," said Astorino.
Oliva
is a top advisor for Astorino.  He is also the President of Gipper
Communications, LLC, a New York-based consulting firm. During Astorino's 2014
race for governor, Oliva co-authored an economic plan that was called "A Plan
for New York Revival" by the Wall Street Journal, adding that it would "lift the
state's flagging economy" if enacted.
Oliva
has over 20 years experience in the public and private sectors, working in the
healthcare industry and at various levels of government including time as a
  speechwriter for former New York governor George Pataki.
Oliva
earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA from Siena College
where he also played Division I baseball and Division I-AA
football.
He
and his wife Jessica are the proud parents of Philip (4) and Daniela (2) and
live in Somers.  They are expecting a third child in February.
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Read this from Nick a member of the UTY.
Ed
 -----Original Message-----
From: Nick Witkowich

Subject: BUILDING PERMITS

It has come to my attention that the Town under the supervision of Mike Grace has reinstated two building permits for 1920 Maple Court.

I understand that the Town Attorney directed the building department to reissue the permits despite the fact that the matter is still currently before the Court of Appeals, which has not rendered a decision.

This Town board, under the direction of Grace, has shown disregard and contempt for me in the past but I am shocked that it would display contempt for the court and make a decision before the court has ruled.

Nick Witkowich


Bazzo 02/01/16

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