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Bazzomanifesto Update 02/12/16: 11 Topics In Today's blog


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2) Check Out Yorktown News:
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7) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

8) Yorktown Town Board moves forward with $577,000 digitization project 02/09/16

9) 12 Grapes: Wine & Dine your Valentine!

10) Senate candidate Andrew Falk proven wrong on campaign statements


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On Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:40 PM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:


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The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
7:30PM at the
John-Paul Rodrigues
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
  • DiPiano Subdivision, 60 Croton Dam Road, 2 Lot Subdivision- Public Hearing Continued
  • Parth Knolls, 87 Hawkes Avenue, Multi-Family Development- Site Plan
  • River Knoll, 40 Croton Dam Road (Stony Lodge Property), Zone Amendment & Site Plan
Please visit the Town Planning Board Project page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for February 17th.

Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195
Town Board 
Dana A. Levenberg
Karen M. D'Attore
Council Member 
Elizabeth R. Feldman
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher, Jr.
Council Member 

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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 Work Session
February 9, 2016
Meeting highlights. For more details on the digitization project, and a summary of the other agenda items, visit

Virtually the entire meeting dealt with the digitizing of town records, a project proposed by Supervisor Grace four years ago.

Based on the discussion, Supervisor Grace hopes to be ready within 30 days to take the first steps to implement Phase I of the program that will digitize all incoming documents for six departments and scan and digitize back files for four of the six departments.

The project will eventually cost an estimated $577,000, plus $22,000 in subsequent yearly software licensing costs.


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Town Board Special Work Session
February 11, 2016

The entire meeting was devoted to the Water District. For a summary, visit

In addition to setting a public hearing for March 1 on the local law to increase water rates by $1.25/1,000 gallons to $6.25/1,000 gallons, the board was advised that this spring Yorktown will have to pick up 49% of the estimated $2.5 million - $3 million cost of a new storage tank at the Northern Westchester Joint Water works facility for the Catskill system.

Other Water District ongoing activities and long term projects were discussed.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11th, 2016
CONTACT: Doug Colety, 914-488-4467
YORKTOWN, NY - Democrats are struggling to find a credible candidate in the race for the 40th Senate District. Andrew Falk, a lawyer and lobbyist from Patterson, recently made several statements to The Putnam Examiner that are both factually inaccurate and easily disproved. Now, Republicans are demanding a retraction.
Doug Colety, chairman of the Westchester Republican County Committee, said it is important for candidates to check their facts. "How can Andrew Falk hope to represent the people of the Hudson Valley when he doesn't understand some of the most basic parts of how our government works?"
A fact check demonstrated Falk misspoke on nearly every point he made in the interview.
  • Misstatement: Falk said Sen. Murphy "voted to include the Common Core in last year's budget." 
  • Fact: Common Core is not in the State Budget. There is no Common Core line item. Common Core was established by the Board of Regents. Just like town board members cannot pass policy for school boards, the legislature does not set regulations for the Department of Education

    Last year's education budget did, however, require a testing reduction report and created a public comment period on standards and teacher evaluations. That report led to the Education Department recommending an end of Common Core and a reboot of locally controlled standards.
  • Misstatement: Falk claims to be a staunch fighter against Common Core.
  • Fact: Falk was for Common Core, before he was against it. During his 2012 Assembly campaign, he said the standards "are a laudable goal." Meanwhile, Sen. Murphy was leading the charge by sponsoring the Opt-Out bill, S.4161, known as the "Common Core Parental Refusal Act."
  • Misstatement: Falk said Murphy did not secure "more money for public schools in the Hudson Valley."
  • Fact: In Murphy's district alone, he voted to increase school funding over the Governor's proposed budget by $17,715,185 for his district, which led to a $23,632,730 increase in State school funding to the school districts in the 40th Senate District. Murphy also voted several times to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment, a five-percent take back of school aid instituted when Falk's party controlled the State Senate.
  • Misstatement: Falk said Murphy called Senator Dean Skelos a "true gentleman" after his indictment.
  • Fact:  This comment was made on May 3rdbefore the Skelos arrest. Senator Murphy was notably NOT among the 16 Senators who signed a letter saying Skelos should remain on May 5th when he was arrested.  On May 7th, he called on Skelos to resign.
  • Misstatement: Falk said that the Ethics Committee did not have a meeting last year.
  • Fact: The bipartisan ethics committee is unlike other committees, in that it does not consider legislation and only meets to hear complaints against sitting lawmakers. The New York State Bar Association notes that "Legislative ethics committees provide internal oversight of only the legislative branch of government."

    In an interview with the Albany Times-Union, a Senate Democratic lawyer said "The last known copy of guidelines ... published ... pursuant to the Rules of the Senate ... [used] the historical committee referencing scheme [where] the Ethics Committee has NO areas of law over which it is given jurisdiction (unlike every other standing committee that has sections of the consolidated laws over which it has legislative jurisdiction)."
"It's hypocritical of Andrew Falk to criticize Senator Murphy, when Senator Murphy was one of the first people to call for Senator Skelos to resign," Colety said. "Meanwhile, Andrew Falk took over $771,500 from Sheldon Silver and never called for him to resign even during the height of the Assembly sex abuse and pay-to-play scandals. On no less than six occasions, Andrew Falk refused to even criticize Shelly Silver, because he was bought and paid for."
According to Newsday and dozens of other published accounts, as Speaker, Silver controlled how millions of dollars in campaign contributions and resources were distributed to members from the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (DACC). In 2012, Andrew Falk raised approximately $112,000, and accepted over $55,000 directly from Sheldon Silver's DACC. Filings with the Board of Elections reveal DACC also spent $210,282 on Falk's behalf that year. In 2012, Falk raised a total of $416,834, although approximately $326,000 was contributed by Sheldon Silver's DACC. Yet again, DACC made numerous independent expenditures on Falk's behalf, spending an additional $180,214 on the Falk campaign.
"Sheldon Silver spent three quarters of a million dollars to put Andrew Falk in office, so he must have expected a return on his investment," Colety said. "Maybe that's why in three campaigns, even though he talks about mandate and tax relief, Andrew Falk has never once made a single substantive policy proposal for either subject. It's time for Andrew Falk to start being honest with Hudson Valley voters, and that begins by him returning the $771,000 in Sheldon Silver's dirty money he has accepted."
Unlike the Assembly, the Senate also has term limits for its leadership, a basic good government proposal which Murphy voted for and Falk never supported during his Assembly runs, Colety pointed out. 
"Andy the ambulance chasing lobbyist has zero credibility when it comes to ethics or anything else," Colety said. "Andrew Falk was endorsed by groups for supporting the DREAM Act to give free college tuition to illegal aliens. With a record like that, it's no wonder the voters have rejected him on three occasions and will do so again come November."
Colety says Falk will have difficulty overcoming the incumbent Senator. In what was expected to be a close race, Murphy beat attorney Justin Wagner by 12 points in 2014 in one of the most expensive races in the country. No Democrat has represented the towns of the 40th Senate District since John Healey from 1913 to 1914.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

Bill Would Establish Homicide Charges for Dealers When Death Occurs From Overdose
In the wake of alarming news reports from Western New York, where a deadly batch of heroin has led to 23 deaths and numerous other overdoses in less than two weeks, Senators George Amedore, Terrence Murphy, and Robert Ortt are calling for the enactment of  "Laree's Law." This legislation (S.4163) would allow law enforcement officials to charge a dealer with homicide if heroin or an opiate-controlled substance they sell causes an overdose death.

In the 11-day period beginning on January 29th, 23 people aging in range from 20-61 in Erie County died as a result of overdose from heroin use. The majority of the overdoses are believed to be linked to an extremely deadly batch of heroin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that can be 50 times stronger than heroin.

"The face of heroin has changed. It is no longer solely associated with disreputable people in crumbling communities," said Senator Terrence Murphy. "It has come to roost amongst the rich and the poor, in our schools and our homes. We need to protect our families through more stringent legislation that seeks to punish drug dealers peddling their poison. Of the seventeen pieces of legislation the senate passed last year, only one became a law. If we are serious about winning the war on drugs the Assembly needs to act." 

"The State of New York is facing a heroin crisis, and we need to do everything we can to stop the flow of these deadly drugs into our streets," said Senator George Amedore. "Our efforts to increase prevention, treatment and recovery to help those suffering with addiction need to go hand-in-hand with stronger penalties for those who are bringing these drugs into our communities."

"The heroin in our backyard is stronger and deadlier than anything out there. This must serve as a wake-up call to our community and to our state," said Senator Robert Ortt. "We lost at least 23 lives over the last two weeks as a result of this heroin. That's 23 of our sons and daughters. And that should be 23 homicide charges against the dealers bringing these drugs onto our streets and into our schools. Enforcement alone will not cure the heroin epidemic, but it will provide a serious tool to law enforcement officials and a serious blow to the criminals killing our citizens."

Laree's Law is named after Laree Farrell Lincoln, a Colonie teenager who died of a heroin overdose three years ago. This bill would establish the crime of homicide for drug dealers who sell opiate-controlled substances that result in overdose, an A-1 felony punishable by 15-25 years in jail.

The legislation targets mid-to-high level drug dealers who profit from heroin sales, and includes a co-user carve out. In 2011, New York adopted a "Good Samaritan" law to protect individuals from charges related to an overdose if they attempt to help the individual and report the incident in a timely manner.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed Laree's Law last year, with a vote of 53-9, but the Assembly failed to bring it to the floor for a vote. 

Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

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