Friday, March 11, 2016

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E) Check Out North Salem News:

1) Schumer's Blanks vs. Schumer's Banks

2) ICYMI: Syracuse Post Standard Comes Out in Opposition to Governor's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal

3) Lalor: Board of Parole Failed to Follow the Law in Release of Brutal Murderer, Should Rescind Parole

4) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at the Community Center

5) Public Meeting Agendas] Yorktown Planning Board Televised Meeting 03/14/16

6) Julie Killian Announces Bid for 37th State Senate District



9) 12 Grapes: Celebrate a milestone with us!

10) Step Inside a Young Family's East Village Home, Watch the Ronald McDonald House Come to Life, and More from C&G!


12) Yorktown Town Board reviews 2 rezoning requests, Navajo Fields and affordable housing 03/08/16

13) NEWS: After Senate Passes CARA Act, Maloney Calls on Speaker Ryan to Take Action to Combat Opioid Addiction

14) Town Of Yorktown: Joint meeting to coordinate town recreation plans 03/09/16


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Sunday Press Conferences Feature Trivial Topics While he Works in Washington to Weaken Financial System on Behalf of Special Interests
New York--March 7, 2016...Forty-year professional politician Chuck Schumer uses a loud microphone to make sure New Yorkers know he cares about things like the size of airplane seats or the ingredients in peanut butter, but in Washington he is covertly working on behalf of his special interests to let big banks increase their risk, today charged the New York Republican State Committee.

Despite Senator Schumer's attempt to keep his Wall Street activity quiet, NY Post columnist Nicole Gelinas today exposed his efforts to force financial regulators to allow banks to classify municipal bonds as "easy to sell investments," despite them being anything but. This move would allow banks to make risky investments that Gelinas warns "is already setting up the next mega-bank bailout."  

It's a game of smoke and mirrors," said Republican Chairman Ed Cox. "He hosts trivial press conferences that are all noise and no effect, but on a serious and consequential issue like large American financial institutions issuing risky debt, he works quietly in Washington to craft deals for his special interests. If he believes the rules should be changed to allow big banks to make these bets, he should make that the topic of his  Sunday press conference so New Yorkers can know what he's really up to Washington."

March 8, 2016

Opposition to the Governor's $15 minimum wage proposal is growing.  The Syracuse Post Standard is the latest to reject this wrongheaded policy in a smart editorial: 

Emotions Aside, a $15 Minimum Wage is wrong for New York. 

The campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage in New York is being fought on emotional grounds - as a tool to fight poverty, to fix income inequality and to ensure a "living wage'' for people on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is crisscrossing the state tocampaign for the higher wage, invoking the name of his beloved father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, in fiery speeches.

Peel away the emotion, and the case for a $15 minimum wage falls apart.

New York's minimum wage has gone up 24 percent over the past three years - from $7.25 an hour in 2012 to the current hourly rate of $9 an hour. Raising it by another 67 percent would be a huge hit to small businesses in the state. In response, they would almost certainly cut hours, cut employees and raise prices - a triple whammy that will hurt the working poor the most.

Raising the minimum wage also will put pressure on employers to raise wages for their employees already earning just above minimum. The idea that businesses can absorb gradual increases for their lowest-paid workers underestimates the impact of those increases as they cascade up the wage scale.

The focus on raising the minimum wage diverts attention from the real reasons people are stuck in minimum-wage jobs. 

It's true that you can't support a family on minimum wage. But let's not confuse the minimum wage with the notion of a living wage. The minimum wage was enacted during the Great Depression, along with child labor laws and the 40-hour workweek, as a means to stop exploitation of workers who were desperate for jobs. It was not designed to be a living wage. 

The focus on raising the minimum wage diverts attention from the real reasons people are stuck in minimum-wage jobs: because they lack the education and skills demanded by a changing economy. We need better schools and more skills training to move workers up the wage ladder and bring them into the 21st century economy.

Workers who want to boost their earning power have to meet those efforts halfway, by seeking out training, new skills and better job opportunities.
Government has far more effective and targeted ways to help the working poor, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. If combating poverty is the goal, expand the EITC to cover more workers.
Above the minimum wage, what a private employer pays and what an employee is willing to work for should be a private transaction driven by market forces, not by government decree.
We opposed Cuomo's use of a wage board to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers. At least this time he's going to the state Legislature, where we hope the proposal gets a thorough vetting.
Meanwhile, negotiations over raising the minimum wage should not hold up passage of the state budget by the April 1 deadline. The last thing New York needs is to return to those bad old days.

Read more on the SPS website here. 

Also, check out this new ad from Minimum Wage Reality Check, a coalition of business groups who are working to warn New Yorkers about the negative impact the Governor's proposal will have on the state's already struggling economy. 

On Thursday, March 10, 2016 11:23 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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Board of Parole Failed to Follow the Law in Release of Brutal Murderer, Should Rescind Parole
East Fishkill, NY - (3/10/16) - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) is calling on the Board of Parole to rescind its decision to grant parole for brutal murderer and rapist Terry Losicco after revelations that the board made its decision to grant parole without following the law's requirement that victim input be considered. Lalor's letter to the Board of Parole is available here.
"The Board of Parole held the parole hearing for murderer and rapist Terry Losicco and made its decision to grant parole several days before the victim’s family was contacted and asked for their input," said Lalor. "The law requires that the victim's family have an opportunity to address the parole board. However, the parole hearing was held and the decision made on January 19th. The victim’s family wasn’t contacted until January 25th. The voicemail left with the victim’s family clearly suggested that the hearing would be held in the future and that the decision had not been made."
In 1980, Losicco brutally murdered and raped 67-year-old grandmother Eleanor Prouty. He is due to be released this week, though the Board did not fulfill its statutory requirement under New York Executive Law § 259-i to consider the victim's family's input.

Lalor continued, "The Board should immediately rescind parole and hold another hearing that will follow the law’s requirements and actually consider the victim’s family’s input. This is the only way to correct this shocking error. Right now, it appears that the board made a mistake, realized it made a mistake and attempted to cover up that mistake by contacting the victim’s family and asking for their input, while suggesting that the decision had not already been made." 

Brooks Prouty, the victim's grandson contacted Lalor through a mutual friend and asked for his help fighting the decision. Prouty has been leading the family's fight to keep Losicco in prison for years. Press coverage of the battle to keep Losicco behind bars is available here and here.
Lalor added, "Losicco’s murder and rape of a grandmother was barbaric. The victim’s family was legally and morally entitled to have their voices heard and their objections to the release of this brutal killer considered. If this parole decision is allowed to stand, it makes a mockery of the State’s claim that it respects crime victims and will work with them to ensure justice."


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 Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

Planning Board Chair Ingrid Richards The Volunteer-Spirited Town The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 7:30PM *Please Note The Alternate Location* Ossining Community
On Friday, March 11, 2016 12:12 PM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:
363 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board Televised Meeting

Calendar Date:
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes: February 22, 2016
Regular Session
Fieldstone Manor
SBL: 15.11-1-17
Second 90-day Time Extension

Location: Strawberry Road
Contact: Albert A. Capellini, Esq.
Description: Applicant is seeking a second 90-day time extension for a 21-lot cluster subdivision on 22.94 acres in the R1-20 zone that received Preliminary Subdivision Approval by Res 14-02 on February 10, 2014.
Arrowhead Subdivision
SBL: 48.13-1-6
Decision Statement

Location: 809 Underhill Avenue
Contact: Albert A. Capellini, Esq.
Description: Applicant is seeking to file the Phase II Plat and Amended Easement Map.
Bonsignore-Ryder Subdivision
Decision Statement

Location: 2483 Hunterbrook Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Subdivide existing 3.422 acre lot with an existing 2-story dwelling into 3-lots.
Orchard View Realty Subdivision
SBL: 36.06-2-78
Public Informational Hearing

Location: 2425 Sherry Drive
Contact: Zappico Construction, LLC
Description: Proposal is to subdivide a 9.2438 acres parcel in a R1-20 zone into 9 lots.
Work Session
Blumberg Subdivision
SBL: 47.15-1-21
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 1305 Baptist Church Road
Contact: Kellard Sessions Consulting, P.C.
Description: Proposed two lot subdivision to result in a 30.852 acre parcel which includes the main residence and a 12.749 acre parcel which includes farm structures and a residence. No new improvements are proposed.
JCPC Holdings, LLC
SBL: 48.07-2-2
Discussion Site Plan

Location: Front Street
Contact: Ciarcia Engineers, P.E, P.C.
Description: Applicant proposes to construct a 5,000 sf building for an engine building shop and to store and repair cars.
Marathon Development Group
SBL: 37.18-2-51
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 322 Kear Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: A proposed three story commercial/residential building with associated parking and walks.
Brophy, Stephen
SBL: 35.08-1-17
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3787 Crompond Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed to convert existing building into a 1-story restaurant with a patio for outdoor seating and parking to accommodate 21 cars.



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On Friday, March 11, 2016 12:29 PM, Killian for State Senate wrote:

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Killian Announces Bid for 37th State Senate District

Community Advocate, Mother of Five Running to Reform Albany

Rye, NY -- March 11, 2016 ... Julie Killian, a mother of five children, a longtime community volunteer, advocate against teenage drug abuse, respected two-term Rye City Councilwoman and current Deputy Mayor, today announced her candidacy for New York's 37th State Senate District.

During an announcement that was attended by dozens of friends, family, supporters and local officials, Killian, a Republican, laid out a reform platform that included enacting term limits, providing tax and mandate relief, improving public schools, promoting substance abuse prevention and helping small businesses.

"I am a mother, a neighbor, a long time community volunteer, and a deeply concerned citizen. Everyone who knows me understands exactly why I'm running for State Senate," Killian said in her remarks at Rye Town Park. "I love New York but I am deeply concerned about our New York State government. Regular people like me have lost confidence in Albany. We have a state government that's riddled with corruption and with career politicians.  We must change that. We must take back our government from the career politicians who care more about themselves than the people they were elected to serve."

(Her full remarks are included below).

Killian has been active in her community for years. In 2012, she joined the Rye City Council after being appointed to fill a vacancy. She was reelected in 2013, garnering the most votes of all council candidates. Killian also served on the Westchester County Charter Revision Commission from 2011-2014, on the Rye Town Park Commission and co-founded RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens), which is a coalition that brings our community together to educate and empower local teenagers to stay off drugs. RyeACT is one of only 20 communities in America to receive a federal mentor grant from the Drug Free Communities Program.

She is on the Board of the Kroc Institute for Peace at the University of Notre Dame; is an active former Board member of School of the Holy Child and Part of the Solution (POTS), a soup kitchen and social services agency in the Bronx.  She is a long-time volunteer for local library, arts, historical, and school organizations.

Killian, one of six children herself, has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and had a 13-year career in finance at Merrill Lynch and Citibank while attaining an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business.  She well understands where New York errs in spending and borrowing.

She and her husband, Gary, have five children.

The 37th State Senate District encompasses Armonk, Bedford, Bronxville, Crestwood, Eastchester, Harrison, Katonah, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, North Castle, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Rye City, White Plains and Yonkers.

For more information about Killian, visit

Julie Killian for State Senate

Announcement Remarks

March 11, 2016

Thank you all so much for coming.

I'm grateful that you could make time to be here today.

I'm joined by my husband Gary, and my 5 children, my mom and sisters. Also by my colleagues and friends, some new and some old.

Thank you all.

I'm doing something today I never thought I'd do: I am announcing my candidacy for the New York State Senate.

I am a mother, a neighbor, a long time community volunteer, and a deeply concerned citizen. Everyone who knows me understands exactly why I'm running for State Senate.  I love New York but I am deeply concerned about our New York State government. Regular people like me have lost confidence in Albany.

We have a state government that's riddled with corruption and with career politicians. We must change that.

We must take back our government from the career politicians who care more about themselves than the people they were elected to serve.

I've raised five kids in Westchester County.  And I believe we have a responsibility to do better for our children.

We must provide a great education for every child, kids in Rye, Yonkers, Port Chester and all over Westchester.  We need to create the right conditions for good jobs to pay the bills and to keep our young people in New York after they finish school.  We need to keep our children safe, off drugs, and on track, and do our part to improve the environment in a responsible and affordable way.  

Look at this beautiful Long Island Sound. It is a treasure that needs to be cared for. We should be investing in keeping it clean, instead of spending billions to build a tunnel underneath it. Most importantly, we need to help those less fortunate who for reasons beyond their control need our temporary help to become more self-sufficient.  We need to be there for the elderly, the permanently disabled and for those suffering from severe mental illnesses.

And we need to make New York a place where retirees can afford to live, should they want to stay in their homes and their communities where they have lived their entire lives.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame -- Go Irish! - and worked for 13 years in the financial world while earning an MBA in Finance from NYU. So I get numbers, which evidently few in government seem to.  If the legislators in Albany truly understood finance, they'd never have given away overly generous pension benefits that they know we can't pay for. They'd know that being the highest tax-and-regulation state in America is a disincentive for businesses to locate or stay here. That's not finance.   That's just common sense. And we need a lot more of it.

I've been active as a private citizen in Westchester. I was on the Westchester County Charter Revision Commission from 2011-2014; and I recently co-founded RyeACT -- Rye Action for Children and Teens -- a coalition that brings our community together to educate and empower local teenagers to keep away from drugs.

I'm proud to say that last year RyeACT was one of only 20 communities in America to receive a federal mentor grant from the Drug Free Communities Program to start our coalition. We are already making a difference.  A couple of weeks ago, our police found a group of young people smoking pot at a secluded area after school.  They were brought to headquarters and their parents picked them up. In the past that is where it would have ended.  Because of relationships developed through the coalition, our police worked with our coalition partner St Vincent's Hospital in Harrison to provide an education program for the youths and their parents.

I'm also on the Board of the Kroc Institute for Peace at the University of Notre Dame; and an active former board member at School of the Holy Child and at Part of the Solution (POTS) a nearby soup kitchen and social services agency, where we help the less fortunate get to the next step in life and reduce the cycle of dependency.  For the past 25 years in Rye, I have volunteered at many organizations including the library, arts center, historical society and many of our schools.

As I said, I am like many Westchester moms who give so much of their time to better our communities.

I didn't get politically active until 2009 when I helped a friend run for the local school board.

In 2012, I was appointed to the Rye City Council.Ultimately, I got elected and then reelected to that seat with the highest number of votes of all the council candidates.

I'm very proud of that.  Not because I keep score on votes but because it reflected what I had achieved on the Council -- successfully negotiating fair union contracts after years of impasse; hiring a new City manager and Police Commissioner and outsourcing some of our operations at a municipal facility after numerous scandals; protecting our local assets and selling unnecessary municipal property; and increasing infrastructure spending to keep our roads and sidewalks safe.

Here's what I plan to do in Albany:

Number one: Term Limits. I will demand term limits!

I can think of no better way to clean house in Albany.

Number two: School Aid. Kids in Yonkers don't have JV sports, art or music? That's heartbreaking -- and wrong. I will demand the school aid we deserve, mandate relief and pension reforms so that our schools and local governments stop getting shortchanged and are better able to control their costs.

Number three: Substance Abuse. I will work tirelessly for a bigger commitment from New York State on all substance abuse issues. WE HAVE A HEROIN CRISIS.  It is of grave concern.  But we also have a crisis with alcohol and marijuana that most people don't fully recognize.

Number four: Common Sense Regulation. New York has more than 750,00 business regulations. To me, that doesn't sound streamlined or easy to understand. No wonder we are ranked at the bottom of the list in business friendliness. We need to help our small businesses that are the backbone of our local economy.

How will I get this done? The same way I have gotten things done on the City Council.  First, I'll make sure I understand the problem and then define it. Second, I'll listen to all the stakeholders, especially those I might not initially agree with. Third, I'll work with others to come up with fact driven solutions.  

I don't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican in Albany, if you are ready for change and want to make government a little smarter and work better for the taxpayer -- then I will work with you. We simply have to work together for the greater good.  

Any mother can tell you it's about common sense and accountability. New York government spends too much, taxes too much, and wastes too much. The problems are long term but the political incentives are short term. We need our leaders working for the next generation not for the next election.

I have great hope for NY and I still believe in the Empire State. It's time for a cleaner, better and more responsible government.

Over the next eight months, I'm going to bring this conversation to every corner of the 37th State Senate district -- from Bronxville, Yonkers and New Rochelle, along the Sound Shore and north to Armonk, Katonah and Bedford.

It's a big district of people with all sorts of different backgrounds.  But I'm betting they want more from their state government and especially more from their elected officials.  

We all want our tax dollars to be well spent for necessary services, our safety and for the less fortunate. And we want our elected officials to act as public servants, not as career politicians.  

Today is just the beginning of our campaign.  For the next eight months, I'm going to tell the truth as I see it to anyone and everyone who will listen.

That's all this Westchester mom can do.

Thank you so much for being here and I need your continued support. You deserve better and together we will demand better.


The November Team, PO Box 99, South Salem, NY 10590




March 7, 2016
... The New York State Conservative Party, the
state's third largest political party, has endorsed Phil Oliva to be its
standard bearer in the 18
th Congressional District race this fall, the Oliva for Congress campaign announced

It is the second official party endorsement that Oliva has received in the past
week.  On February 29
th Oliva earned the official Republican endorsement after winning 73 percent of the vote in a four-county Republican nominating convention in

In making the endorsement, Conservative Party Chairman Michael R. Long cited
Oliva's over 20 years experience in the private and public sectors, his
conservative principles and his history of helping in Conservative Party causes
and issues.

"The Conservative Party is proud to endorse Phil Oliva for Congress.  We also support
Phil's stated priorities of rebuilding a strong national defense, securing the
border, growing the economy, and defending the U.S. Constitution," said Long.
"The country is heading in the wrong direction and we can trust Phil Oliva to
help get America back on the right track by being a strong and principled leader
in Washington and not becoming part of the problem as so many do."

Oliva is a top advisor for Westchester County Executive Rob 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 Gov. George Pataki. He 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 live in Somers with their three children: Philip (4),
Daniela (2) and Luke (1 month).

The November Team, PO Box 99, South Salem, NY 10590

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

ALBANY, NY - Senator Terence Murphy, a long-time advocate for the reform of Board of Regents' policies and selection process, voted to support pair of bills designed to improve the lines of communication between the Board, educators and the public.  The legislation will reform the selection process for the Board of Regents and increase transparency to help parents and educators have more access to proceedings that set state education policy.

"The Board of Regents is an important party of state government but has conducted its business from behind closed doors," Senator Murphy said.  "As the Chairman of the Regulatory Review Commission, I have seen this bureaucratic body subvert the legislature and impose expensive mandates onto our local schools and taxpayers.  The reforms that we passed will shed more light and accountability onto their decision making process which I only hope results in sound education policies that give every child the opportunity to succeed."

A bill sponsored by Senator LaValle (S224), requires more information about any Board of Regents resolutions that alter or amend the rules or regulations. Details would need to be provided about: those entities that are expected to be affected by increase in costs proposed; source of income to pay for increases, whether it be from the general fund or other funds; type of tax increase necessary to fund proposal; if a tax increase is to come from local property taxes, list expected increase by school district; and if a combination of funds are to be used, information
regarding costs shall be provided by the Regents.
"Too often the Board imposes mandates on our schools causing increased expenses, which in many instances are passed on to taxpayers," Senator LaValle said. "The Board of Regents must be more open and fair when establishing new rules and procedures that force local school districts to incur new costs. My legislation will require that the Board of Regents engage in open dialog when they consider changes. The four bills that we passed today will ensure that the public is well-informed and the actions of the Board of Regents are more transparent."

The Senate also passed two other bills relating to the Board of Regents:

 S1796B, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), requires that each meeting of the Board of Regents be streamed live and made available to the public. Currently, the Board only webcasts a small portion of its monthly meetings. This bill would give parents and educators the ability to stay informed of the Board's decisions; and
S6503, sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), requires the Board of Regents to give notice of their agenda several days before a scheduled meeting to allow the stakeholders on several educational issues the appropriate time to respond and discuss the issues. This would encourage more involvement from the public and would foster an improved dialogue between both the Board of Regents and other stakeholders in education.
 The bills will be sent to the Assembly.
Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

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KJ Denhert recently won two awards from the 2016 Independent Music Awards - for her songs "Destiny" (Adult Contemporary) and "Sorry" (Blues category). Tonight, KJ will bring her tremendously talented band members to help celebrate: Etienne Stadwijk on keys and Mamadou Ba on bass. "A crowd pleaser whose music is impossible to classify, but very easy to enjoy." NO COVER.

 The High East is a 5-piece band of young, local musicians with exceptional talent. They perform Funk, R&B and Pop from all your favorite artists such as Steve Wonder, James Brown, Bruno Mars and many more. The High East includes John Venezia on drums, Greg Schettino on bass, Kerryn Prieto on vocals, Dan Visintainer on sax and Mark McIntyre
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Harmony Road is a 4-piece band that performs a wide range of styles -- classic Rock, Pop and Blues from a wide range of artists. Sinatra to The Stray Cats, The Temptations to Hosier plus The Cars, The Black Keys, T-Bone Walker, Queen, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder & more.
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IT'S SWING BAND SUNDAY! This world-class 18-piece Big Band features a full horn section with 5 sax's, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, and the inimitable talents of drummer and bandleader Greg Westhoff. The band performs classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '40's, '50's and more. 

$5 Cover or higher donation goes directly to the band.

Live Band Karaoke
"Best of Westchester" Winner

Fri Mar 18, 9:30 - 12:00

The Norris Brothers

performing the 
Steely Dan album,
40th Anniversary
Farewell Tour


Thu March 31: Drew Bordeaux
Fri April 1:  Johnny Feds & Friends

featuring David Clark

Sun April 3 Ghost Millionaires
Mani Cregan, Mishti, Chris Burke & Alex Nolan

Opening act: CF Burke
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Albany, NY - When Senator Terrence Murphy entered office last year  he worked vigorously to create  legislation that would ease the tax burden for the middle class and give senior citizens an incentive to remain in New York. Senator Murphy fulfilled his promise today when the New York State Senate Republican Majority unveiled the first part of their one-house budget proposal creating a broad-based tax cut plan to provide billions of dollars in tax relief for the middle class and seniors. The plan creates a new 25 percent rate reduction for middle class taxpayers and gives seniors more financial security.

"Republicans are listening to the people of New York who know that high taxes inhibit economic growth and make it more difficult for families to make ends meet," said Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan. "This bold plan will put more money back into the wallets of hardworking taxpayers and make our state a more affordable place to live and work."
"I am proud to support this innovative tax plan which will help make life more affordable for middle class families and allow seniors to remain in the communities they have come to know and love," said Senator Murphy. "The new tax package will help communities thrive and improve the quality of life for seniors struggling to make ends meet.  This plan is not about gimmicks or tricks but delivers real tax relief to households across New York State." 

 The highlight of the Senate Republicans' tax plan is the new Middle Class Income Tax Relief Program that establishes the lowest middle class tax rate in more than 70 years.  Starting in 2018, a total of 5 million eligible taxpayers would begin seeing savings. When fully implemented in 2025, middle class New Yorkers will pay a 25 percent lower tax rate and save $3.5 billion in taxes each year.

Right now, existing middle class tax cuts are set to expire in 2018 and the tax rate will jump to 6.85 percent. This results in an annual cost of $155 on average to middle class taxpayers, totaling $700 million per year. The Senate Majority's plan not only eliminates this expected middle class tax increase, but it also phases in a 25 percent tax rate reduction to 5.14 percent when fully effective. This permanent rate cut saves middle class taxpayers an average of $897, for a total of $3.5 billion per year in 2025 and thereafter.

Taxpayers eligible for the savings include: single filers with taxable income between $20,000 and $150,000; heads of households with taxable income between $30,000 and $225,000; and married joint filers with taxable income between $40,000 and $300,000. The proposal prevents the existing middle class tax cuts from expiring in 2018 and then begins a rate reduction in 2019 that will be phased down each year over seven years. It would also continue the current indexing of income bracket on a permanent basis.

The Senate Majority's budget proposal includes new income tax relief to help more seniors save money and choose to stay in New York during retirement. The tax cut would provide the first increase to the exempt amount of private pensions and retirement income since 1981, saving approximately $275 million annually when fully phased in.  
For 35 years, seniors have been able to claim the first $20,000 of pension or retirement income as exempt income. The Senate Majority's proposal increases that exempt amount to $27,000 in 2017, $34,000 in 2018, and $40,000 in 2019. This would provide tax relief to more than 377,000 seniors and, in the first year alone, would save each an average of $361.

Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board
March 8, 2016
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit

1. Arbor Day
This year’s celebration has been scheduled for Friday, May 6 at 4pm.

2. Section 8 program
The waiting list will be opened for one week in May.

3. RPG Properties (Lexington Avenue rezoning request)
The board again asked the applicant to show plans for 8 and 10 units, as alternatives to the initial 12 unit plan.

4.  Navajo Fields (Creative Living)
C.J. Diven was requesting permission to continue using the former horse paddock portion of the site for events even though staff contends that the existing approval resolution bars any use of the site.

5. Front Street rezoning request
The request involves four small adjoining vacant parcels next to the existing single family house. The parcels are zoned for residential use but the site could also be developed either for mixed use or all commercial.

6. Osceola Beach
The board asked the property owner to work with the Planning Department on a plan that could include a mix of residential and commercial development.

Note: An additional work session meeting was scheduled for March 29th.

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After Senate Passes CARA Act, Maloney Calls on Speaker Ryan to Take Action to Combat Opioid Addiction
Commends Senate Passage of CARA Act
Washington — After the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) by a bipartisan vote of 94-1, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republican Leadership to bring legislation to the floor to combat opioid addiction. Rep. Maloney is a co-sponsor of the CARA Act, which would create grant programs for local communities facing prescription drug epidemics to expand prevention and education efforts, increase the availability of naloxone, and promote treatment and recovery.
“Each day 120 Americans die of a drug overdose – these are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters – and I hear about these tragedies everywhere I go. Whether it is from my neighbors at the grocery store, picking my daughters up from school, or talking to local law enforcement about the heroin and opioid epidemic that is killing our children and devastating our community,” said Rep. Maloney. “We should have acted yesterday. Instead of dragging their feet, I urge House Leadership to follow in the Senate’s footsteps and bring the CARA Act to the floor without delay.”
This legislation would provide funding for prevention, treatment, education and recovery to prevent the abuse of opioids and heroin. Specifically, this federal funding would expand the availability of naloxone for law enforcement and first responders, create alternative community-wide strategies to incarceration including law enforcement programs, and expand veterans treatment programs. It would also increase the amount of disposal sites for unused prescription drugs and strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs. Finally, the CARA Act would increase funding and resources to identify and treat incarcerated individuals suffering from addiction and launch an opioid and heroin treatment and interventions program.  
Prescription drug abuse is a growing public health crisis that affects people of every race, income, and educational level. In 2010 alone, opioids contributed to over 16,000 deaths and heroin-involved overdose deaths nearly doubled between 2011 and 2013. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse, 4.3 million people 12 years or older reported currently abusing prescription drugs. Moreover, each year drug abuse and addiction costs over $534 billion, but the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that we could save $4-$7 in criminal justice costs for every dollar invested in treatment and prevention.
As the White House Office of National Drug Policy notes, the rise in prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse are interconnected. According to the NIDA, 1 in 15 people who take non-medical prescription pain relievers will try heroin within 10 years, and prescription opioid abusers are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin in the future. Because of the challenges in obtaining prescription opioids, abusers are highly likely to seek out cheaper alternatives like heroin, which is often available for a fraction of the price.

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Special joint meeting with Town Board, Planning Board and Recreation Commission

March 9, 2016

The overall purpose of the meeting was to increase coordination between the three boards, two or three of which may be involved in various aspects of the same proposed development project.  During the free ranging discussion, the following issues were raised:
  • How to finance park improvements, including whether any of the $1.5 million Spectra money should be used for park improvements
  • What types of park improvements are needed – and where they should be located
  • Whether private developers could more efficiently construct some of the park improvements
  • Whether the town could generate more money for park improvements by selling certain parcels designated as parkland but which do not serve any park purpose.
  • Having liaisons of the three boards attending each other’s meetings.

For a summary of the meeting, visit


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ALBANY, NY - The public comment period on the Board of Regent's controversial decision to grant 53 types of professional licenses to illegal immigrants began on this week, and Senator Terrence Murphy, who opposes the ruling, is urging the public to make their feelings known. Murphy has launched a petition, which will allow residents to contact the Board of Regents in an effort to shed light on the fact that military personnel and their families are being shortchanged.
Murphy says that if the Board of Regents believes it can unilaterally grant professional licenses to illegal immigrants, they could just as easily do so, without the need for legislation, for military service members and their spouses seeking out-of-state and/or military license reciprocity. "It's unfair to subject the spouse of someone who is protecting our freedoms, to the massive bureaucratic hurdles New York State puts in front of them," he said.
The Senator has said he feels that the regents should be focused more on protecting veterans and military families. Recently, he sponsored and unanimously passed a bill to provide unemployment benefits to military spouses. Another  bill that Murphy voted for, Senate bill S2947, would streamline the professional licensing application process for spouses of military personnel who are already licensed in the same profession by another state.
The Director of the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs seemed to share Murphy's assessment with regard to addressing the issue of professional licenses for military spouses. Eric J. Hessee, director of the Division of Veterans Affairs, called on the State Assembly to pass the legislation that Murphy voted for in the State Senate.
"New York has the dubious distinction of being the only state in the nation that has failed to pass a law that honors the professional licensure of military spouses recognized in other states," Hesse said. "This absurd inequity strains military families who are relocated on orders in the service of their nation, and creates unnecessary roadblocks for spouses to practice their careers and help provide for their families. The Governor strongly supports this bill, which the New York State Senate has previously passed, and has agreed to swiftly sign legislation it in order to right this wrong. The Assembly must join us and act now to ensure that military families are treated the same in New York as they are in the rest of the country."
"The men and women in the armed forces fulfilling their military obligations don't have control over their transfers, and their spouses are being penalized by our State, forcing them into long and costly processes to obtain employment in order to help support their families," Senator Murphy said. "Jobs are hard enough to come by. This bill will cut through the red tape and keep spouses working."
The petition on Murphy's website contains a letter to the Regents noting how occupations that require a state license often carry state-specific conditions and procedures for employment that can cause lengthy delays for spouses that relocate and are seeking work. These delays and the re-licensing process can discourage military spouses from practicing their professions.
Murphy said, "The New York State Board of Regents needs to be more focused on supporting our military personnel and their families rather than passing constitutionally questionable immigration policies.  I urge them  to take the necessary actions to implement the common sense policies laid forth in S.2947 rather than investing time and taxpayer dollars exploring a proposal which is not only out of touch with New York's values, but places laws breakers in front of military service members and their families."
To sign the petition and send a letter to the Board of Regents, visit
Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

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