Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/03/16: 13 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:The New York Slimes Endorses Hillary
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac/columns/bazzo-says/articles/the-new-york-slimes-endorses-hillary
3) new press contact for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

4) NEWS: Lowey, Maloney, and FRA Administrator Mark Anniversary of Tragic Metro-North Crash in Valhalla and Highlight Actions to Improve Grade Crossing Safety

5) [MEDIA ADVISORY] *THURSDAY*, 2/4 9:30am* SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY SPECIAL GUEST AT  NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK CELEBRATION

6) Town Of Yorktown: increase in water rates

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

8) [MEDIA ADVISORY] *THURSDAY*, 2/4 11:15am* SEN. TERRENCE MURPHY, WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER, TEAM UP FOR NATIONAL BURN AWARENESS WEEK

9) Sean Patrick Maloney’s Dangerous Iran Vote

10) JCOPE Rejects FOIL Request

11) 2016 Statewide GOP Convention to be Held in Buffalo

12) Lalor: Consolidate Primaries and Save Tax Dollars

13) AFC Urgent Care Yorktown Grand Opening 02/04/16.  Media Advisory.

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new press contact for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
 
Hi all –
 
Just a quick note that beginning today I am Rep. Maloney’s new Communications Director.  As many of you know I worked as Rep. Maloney’s Press Secretary for his first term, before serving as Rep. Steve Israel’s Communications Director for the past year, so I am excited to be back!
 
Please direct all press requests to me going forward and feel free to reach out if there is anything I can help with. I look forward to working with you all again!
 
Best,
Caitlin
 
CAITLIN GIROUARD communications director
OFFICE OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVE SEAN PATRICK MALONEY (NY-18)
1529 LHOB | WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515 | P: 202.225.5441 | F: 202.225.3289

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February 1, 2016
 
CONTACTS:
Matt Wojtkun (Lowey), 202-225-6506
Caitlin Girouard (Maloney), 202-225-5441
Marc Willis (FRA), 202-493-6145
 
Lowey, Maloney, and FRA Administrator Mark Anniversary of Tragic Metro-North Crash in Valhalla and Highlight Actions to Improve Grade Crossing Safety
 
Lowey and Maloney Measures Supporting Crossing Safety: Additional Resources to States, a National High-Visibility Paid Media Campaign
 
Anniversary of Metro-North Valhalla Accident is Wednesday, February 3, 2016
 
WHITE PLAINS, NY  Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Sarah Feinberg today highlighted actions at the federal level to improve grade crossing safety issues affecting the Hudson Valley as well as communities nationwide. The anniversary of the Metro-North crash in Valhalla is Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
 
“One year ago, the Metro-North crash in Valhalla shocked our entire region,” said Lowey. “Most troubling is that the people involved could have been anyone’s family member or loved one, commuting back from work and looking forward to getting home. That’s why I have been working extremely hard at the federal level to enable upgrades and improvements that make rail crossings safer. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I was successful in passing  additional resources for states to improve safety and for the federal government to conduct a public awareness campaign to help avoid another unspeakable rail crossing tragedy.  Officials at all levels of government will continue working together to ensure our communities are safe and secure.”
 
“Accidents like last year’s horrific Metro-North accident are all too common in New York – that’s why I immediately introduced legislation to invest in positive train control and improve safety at grade crossings. Installing positive train control systems on commuter rail systems like Metro-North is the single most important step we can take to reduce human error and save lives,” said Maloney. “Working together with folks like Congresswoman Lowey, Administrator Feinberg, state, and local officials, we were able to pass critical provisions in the Highway bill that will not only prevent accidents, but will improve safety for the millions of New Yorkers traveling by rail every day.”
 
Lowey’s measures in the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus spending bill included:
 
·         Lowey’s amendment to increase to $350 million the set-aside for grade crossing improvements in the Highway Safety Improvement Program, giving state highway departments additional resources to make upgrades and safety improvements at dangerous crossings.

 

·         Lowey’s provision to set aside $6.5 million for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a high-visibility enforcement paid-media campaign that supports highway-rail grade crossing safety. Lowey had called on the federal government shortly following the crash to bolster education and enforcement campaigns.

 

·         New railroad safety grants funded at $50 million: $25 million of which available for Positive Train Control (PTC) and $25 million for rail infrastructure.

 
Immediately following the Metro-North accident, Maloney introduced the Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act, which would invest in state and local governments' efforts to build bridges, tunnels, or otherwise relocate roads in order to improve the safety of grade crossings for passengers, motorists, and pedestrians. Lowey is a co-sponsor of this measure. This legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on March 4, 2015, as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA).
 
In addition, Maloney wrote several key measures to improve rail safety, which were included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, also known as the Highway Transportation bill and signed into law. The Passenger Train Derailment Prevention Act, which would require passenger railroads and freight lines on which passenger rail travels to identify curves with a speed reduction of 20 mph or greater, and take actions to enhance safety, including: modifying existing ATC or other signal systems, increasing crew size, installing signage, installing alert systems in cabs, and increasing crew communication. This legislation also gives railroads an incentive to implement positive train control (PTC).
 
“Railroad crossing safety is a top priority of mine and Representatives Lowey and Maloney because we know that, working together, we can save lives,” said Administrator Sarah Feinberg, Federal Railroad Administration. “To get to a point where we have zero railroad crossing deaths means everyone has to do their part – the FRA, the railroads, states, law enforcement, and even motorists who drive over the more than 200,000 railroad crossing across the country every day.” 
 
CAITLIN GIROUARD communications director
OFFICE OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVE SEAN PATRICK MALONEY (NY-18)
1529 LHOB | WASHINGTON, D.C. 20515 | P: 202.225.5441 | F: 202.225.3289
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2nd, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624



***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FOR

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 9:30AM

 


SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY SPECIAL GUEST AT

NATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK CELEBRATION


CORTLANDT MANOR, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy will be the special guest

at this year's celebration of National Catholic Schools Week at St. Columbanus School. 

Senator Murphy will visit the school as part of "Grade Sharing Day," a mentoring program that pairs students in lower grades with older students. The older students assist the younger ones with special projects or work together as reading partners.


"One of the many benefits of a Catholic education is the valuable lesson of giving back to the community," said Senator Murphy. "'Grade Sharing Day' gives young students the opportunity to benefit from older student's knowledge and experience. St. Columbanus' outstanding academic programs not only prepares students for high school but for the rest of their lives."

 

The details for THURSDAY'S event are as follows:

  

WHO: Senator Terrence P. Murphy

            Patricia Ryan, Director of Enrollment, Dutchess, Northern Westchester & Putnam 

            Schools, Archdioces of New York

            Frank Disanza, Principal, St. Colambanus

 

WHAT:. Visit by Senator Murphy on "Grade Sharing Day," as part of St. Columbanus School's National Catholic Schools Week celebration.


WHERE:  St. Columbanus School, 122 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY. Grades K-8.



WHEN: *THURSDAY*, February 4th, 9:30AM.

 

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***ALL MEDIA ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND***
**EXCELLENT PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE**
Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

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Town Of Yorktown: increase in water rates
-----Original Message-----
From: Susan Siegel
To: yorktownwatchdog
Sent: Sun, Jan 31, 2016 11:29 am
Subject: increase in water rates


Ed:
Here’s an explanation of the planned increase in water rates that I posted on my facebook page.
 

WHY OUR WATER BILLS WILL BE GOING UP

As the saying goes, nothing in life is free. And that applies to those of us who get Yorktown water — which means the vast majority of Yorktown homeowners.

We pay for our water two ways: as a tax on our April town tax bill and, three times a year, in a water bill based on how many gallons of water we’ve used over the past four months.

Here’s the problem — and the reason why what our water bills will be increasing — by 25%:

Over the past four years, when the Water District’s expenses continued to increase, Supervisor Grace pushed through a major decrease in the district’s tax rate while the usage rate remained unchanged.

Expenses went up while the district’s second largest revenue source dropped.

Beginning with the 2013 budget, the roughly 40% decrease in the water tax rate resulted in approximately $900,000 less in revenue each year. And, since budgets have to be balanced, the revenue/expense gap was made up by using increasingly large amounts of the district’s rainy day funds, aka fund balance.

Lowering taxes sells well politically — but there are consequences. And now, “the chickens are coming home to roost.”

Now it’s time to pay the piper. Or, as Supervisor Grace said earlier this week when he announced the increase in the water rates: Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe the usage charge should have been increased earlier; instead of one big increase of $1.25/1,000 gallons, I should have increased the rate gradually in smaller increments.

What Supervisor Grace neglected to say was that it was his lowering of the district’s tax rate that created the revenue shortage. But then, if he hadn’t lowered the water district tax rate, he couldn’t have campaigned for re- election by hyping his “historic tax cuts two years in a row.”

He had to lower the water district tax rate in order to hide the historic increase in the separate Town tax rate in order to be able to claim a net decrease in your “total” town tax bill, i.e., the total of your separate Town, water, refuse, and possibly sewer taxes.

For the past four budgets, Supervisor Grace has “kicked the financial can down the road.” For four years, we’ve had deficit budgets and the Supervisor has used our rainy day funds to paper over the gap.


It’s sort of ironic that the $1.25/1,000 gallon increase in the water usage charge will about equal the revenue lost by the 40% reduction in the water district tax rate.
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Letter from another reader named Frank:
Water Revenue losses and rates . Should be compared with the Town of Courtlandt's operation and billing per customer .
 
1..Failure to back charge NYC ; And charge back our Consolidated Water District for credits for the 215 Million gallon annual losses .
    All loss go back into the reservoirs and at the plant filter systems, required flushing due to silt buildups .
 
2. Failure to shop cleaning  replace old meters that are over 40 years old. We have a meter repair shop.
 
3. Failure to competitive bid out a new meter replacement contract. With a generic wireless billing transmitter system .
 
4. Awarded outside contracts for leak detection survey , No pay back noted in annual reports
 
5.Consolidated District should ask or take Credits for filter plant back wash silt removals, And trucking disposals.
 
6.JV Mall supply pipes to Roof Cooling Towers, and exposed machinery meter rooms ,frozen broken piping and leaks in Mall Air conditioning, 
 
7. Yorktown's Supply system mains have cross connection losses at meters to the Town of Courtlandt .from Mohegan Tanks, to RT. 6       area  and down through to 34 large streets, and home being served by the Yorktown Water system at the RT. 6 Mall. 
 
8. Do all the Filter Plant meters work ? From the raw water NYC billings to the filter plants outflow ? Who from NYC goes down into the meter pits for the raw water readings ?
     
9. Has the Yorktown Green past store water billing cases been settled ?  

 

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CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
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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 TOMORROW'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:
*TOMORROW
WEDNESDAY*,
February 3rd, 3:30PM.


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***ALL MEDIA ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND***
**EXCELLENT PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE**
Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2nd, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
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FOR
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 11:15AM
 
SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY, WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER TEAM UP FOR NATIONAL BURN AWARENESS WEEK

STATE TO RECOGNIZE WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER BURN UNIT WITH NYS RESOLUTION
VALHALLA, NY -  In recognition of the 30th anniversary of National Burn Awareness week, Senator Terrence Murphy will be recognizing the skilled treatment provided by the Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center.  On Tuesday, a resolution sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy was passed by the New York State Senate honoring the Medical Center's Burn Center.  

"As the only Burn Center between New York City and the Canadian border in Eastern New York, the Westchester Medical Center offers patients hope for survival," said Senator Murphy.  "Each year, thanks to the Burn Center's specialized care and intensive rehabilitation programs, hundreds of patients get a second chance at life. I am proud to present Burn Center Director Dr. Turkowski and his critical care team with this resolution recognizing the life-saving care they provide."
  
The details for THURSDAY'S event are as follows:
  
WHO:   Senator Terrence P. Murphy
Joseph Turkowski, M.D., Director, Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center
Anthony Mahler, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning & Government Relations, Westchester Medical Center
Patricia Wrobbel, R.N., Senior Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive, Westchester Medical Center
 
WHAT: Presentation of a New York State Resolution to Westchester Medical Center's Burn Unit.

WHERE: Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center, 100 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY.

WHEN: *THURSDAY*, February 4th, 11:15AM.
 
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***ALL MEDIA ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND***
**EXCELLENT PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE**
Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

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For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2016
Contact: Press Office
 
Sean Patrick Maloney’s Dangerous Iran Vote
 
WASHINGTON – Less than two weeks after Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that President Obama’s Iran deal will help fund terrorists, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney voted against the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, putting politics over the safety of American citizens. Instead of ensuring that sanction relief does not come at the expense of our national security, Maloney’s vote dangerously weakens our hand should Iran continue to be the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.
 
The Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act would restrict President Obama’s ability to lift sanctions on Iran and other financial institutions by allowing the sanctions to be lifted only if the President certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations, or anyone sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction. This bill comes on the heels of Iran’s test launch of a medium-range missile this past October, which a U.N. panel determined violated a U.N. resolution prohibiting Iran from launching missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon. At a time when our enemies are posing more serious and urgent threats to our national security, New Yorkers deserve a representative who will put their safety first.
 
“Sean Patrick Maloney’s vote against this bill defies logic,” said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin. “Secretary John Kerry has finally admitted that President Obama’s Iran deal will fund terrorism and instead of taking a stand against our enemies, Sean Patrick Maloney is voting to help them gain resources at the expense of our national security. New Yorkers want someone in Congress who will fight for them, not someone who will threaten our national security.”
 
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JCOPE Rejects FOIL Request
February 3, 2016
1:00 p.m.

Dear members of the news media: 

Many of you asked for updates on our Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) and the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The FOIL requests (please see below) sought communications between the governor's office and JCOPE -- and vice versa -- regarding JCOPE's controversial action forcing New York public relations officers who speak with editorial writers to register as lobbyists.  

We can say one thing about the JCOPE staff; they are quick -- in making it clear they're exempt from New York's Freedom of Information Laws. The FOIL request to JCOPE was rejected (please see below) and returned in fewer than 48 hours, possibly a new speed record for New York government. (Governor Cuomo's office has not yet replied.)  

So, to be clear, JCOPE is demanding a Constitutionally invasive transparency from media sources, but it holds itself exempt from Freedom of Information Laws. 

Cute.  

The November Team will update you when and if we hear from the governor's office. 

Thank you for your continued interest in this matter. 

Best,

Bill O'Reilly

William F. B. O'Reilly
Partner
The November Team, LLC
212-396-9117
Bill@NovemberTeam.com

From:
"Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE)" <
JCOPE@jcope.ny.gov>
Date:
February 3, 2016 at 12:19:18 PM EST
To:
"
jerry@novemberteam.com"
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jerry@novemberteam.com>
Cc:
"Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE)" <
JCOPE@jcope.ny.gov>
Subject:RE:
Record Request

Mr.
McKinstry,
Pursuant
to Executive Law §94 (19), the Commission is not subject to Article 6 of the
Public Officer's Law, "Freedom of Information Law" or FOIL. Regarding your
request of February 1, 2016 and in accordance with Executive Law §94(19) and the
Commission's
regulationsfor
accessing publicly-available records, there are no publicly-available records at
this time conforming to your request.
Records
Access Officer
Joint
Commission on Public Ethics
540
Broadway
Albany,
NY 12207
(518)
408-3976
jcope@jcope.ny.gov
From:records_request@jcope.ny.gov
[
mailto:records_request@jcope.ny.gov]
Sent:
Monday, February 01, 2016 1:49 PM
To:
Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE)
Subject:
Record Request
To:
Records Access Officer
New
York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
540
Broadway
Albany,
New York, 12207
Please grant access to the following records in accordance with Executive Law §94(19)(a) and Title 19 NYCRR Part 937: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

Please email me these records if available electronically. If it is necessary to photocopy the requested records, I understand that the Commission waives copying fees unless the request is for more than 40 pages, in which case the Commission shall charge $0.25 per copy or the cost of electronic reproduction.
If my request is too broad or does not reasonably describe the records, or if it is necessary to modify my request or charge copying fees, please contact me at the following telephone number: 212-457-2738
Name:
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CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

2016 NEW YORK STATE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN BUFFALO

Selected Western NY as Vital to Economic, Political Well-being of NYS

Buffalo, NY--February 2nd...The 2016 New York State Republican Convention will be held in Buffalo at the Marriott HARBORCENTER, State Chairman Ed Cox and Erie Chairman Nick Langworthy announced at a press conference in Buffalo today.

The statewide designating meeting, also commonly known as a convention, will be held primarily for the New York Republican Party to select its candidate to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Chuck Schumer. County chairs, committee members, elected officials and candidates will also gather to discuss the upcoming presidential primary. Representatives from each of the presidential campaigns will be invited to be in attendance to make presentations to convention-goers.

"We are thrilled to bring our convention to Buffalo this year," said State Republican Chairman Ed Cox. "Western New York is critical to the lifeblood of our state, and despite the rhetoric of some elected officials, it is continuing to decline under the failed policies of Democrats in Washington and New York State. We are looking forward to an exciting convention and welcoming people from all over the state to the great City of Buffalo. I thank Chairman Langworthy for his hospitality and assistance in making this a reality."

"Erie County and Western New York are a dominant force in New York politics so it makes perfect sense to welcome the State Republican Convention to Buffalo," said Erie GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy. "I thank Chairman Cox for recognizing the importance of our region and bringing the convention here in what is going to be the most important election of our lifetime. I'm proud to help showcase the great Queen City and show our Republican leaders all that we have to offer."

Further details regarding media and attendee registration will be made available in the coming weeks.

Fun fact about Buffalo's long history with the Republican Party: The Buffalo Convention of the National Republican League in 1848 laid the groundwork for establishing the Republican Party and one of the earliest  Republican State Conventions was held in Buffalo in 1888.

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On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 3:56 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:


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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 2, 2016
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Consolidate Primaries and Save Tax Dollars
Statement on Assembly Bill to Consolidate Primaries (A.9108) from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill)
"This consolidation would save taxpayers $25 million. Moving the state primary to June, ensures that overseas military voters have time to get their votes counted."

"Career politicians like the status quo because the two primary dates allow state elected officials to simultaneous run in a primary for Congress without having to give up their Assembly or State Senate seat. Also, the entrenched establishment likes the September primary because it often shortens an opponent’s ability to run against an incumbent to the two months after the primary. If you are an incumbent Republican for example, and you have two Democrat opponents running in a primary, the eventual winner of that primary only has from mid-September to early November to wage a general election campaign against the incumbent. In short, the September primary is part of the incumbent protection racket."
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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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On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:02 AM, "Slater, Kellie" wrote:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2016
CONTACT: Kellie Slater, 845-234-5736
 
*** MEDIA ADVISORY***
FOR TOMORROW
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4th, 2:30PM
 
Elected Officials to Welcome
AFC Urgent Care to Yorktown
New health care solution promises quality, convenient care

Yorktown Heights, NY (February 3, 2016) - AFC Urgent Care, the second largest privately owned operator of urgent care and accessible primary care facilities in the country, will be expanding its signature brand of quality health care with a new state of the art center in Yorktown Heights, opening tomorrow,  Thursday February 4th, with a VIP Ribbon Cutting from 2-3pm.
 
Dr. Rajesh Gupta, an Emergency Room doctor will lead the AFC Yorktown team as its Medical Director.  He is optimistic about his new career as a business owner which started last year when he bought an AFC Urgent Care franchise.  Since the purchase, Dr. Gupta has been actively preparing for its grand opening at 3379 Crompond Rd. 
 
“I am looking forward to being more involved with our patients, their families and our greater Yorktown community,  which is very different than being in an emergency room setting,” said Gupta who has 25 years of experience in emergency medicine.  “Developing relationships, building stronger ties with the community and serving a town where urgent care is not as accessible are the main reasons I am doing this.”
 
The urgent care center will have its own on-site lab and digital X-ray equipment, enabling doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses and set broken bones, all under one roof.  Additional services will include all typical urgent care services, plus pre-employment exams, drug testing, breathe alcohol tests, sports and school physicals, DOT physicals, pre-surgical physicals and vaccinations, including travel vaccinations. Dr. Gupta is also very passionate about serving those who have served our country and in doing so is making it his priority to see that all veterans have the best healthcare available. AFC Urgent Care Yorktown will be accepting Tricare, the veterans’ health insurance plan and is looking forward to working with local veterans’ organizations and facilities to bring health awareness, care and education to all the veterans in the area.
 
Dr. Gupta is a 14 year resident of Yorktown with his wife Seema.  They have raised their two sons and have been active members of the community.
 
AFC Urgent Care Yorktown will accept most insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, as well as affordable cash and credit card rates for self-pay patients.
 
Open 7 days a week at 3379 Crompond Road (in the shopping center near BJs), AFC Urgent Care Yorktown will offer convenient, state-of-the-art treatment.
 
Hours of operation: M-F 8am-8pm, S-S 8am-5pm
 
  
The details for TOMORROW’S  event are as follows:
  
WHO: Senator Terrence P. Murphy
George Oros, Chief of Staff to Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino
Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace
Yorktown Chamber President Eric DiBartolo
Gateway Chamber President Deb Milone
Dr. Rajesh Gupta, Medical Director, AFC Urgent Care Yorktown

 WHAT: Ribbon Cutting for AFC Urgent Care Yorktown

 WHERE: AFC Urgent Care, 3379 Crompond  Rd, Yorktown Heights (in the BJs Plaza)
 
 WHEN: *TOMORROW*, Thursday, Feb 4th, 2:30PM.
 
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