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2) Town Of Ossining: Town Hall Meeting- Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

3) Town Of Ossining:  Supervisor's Update- March 13th, 2016

4) Does Sean Patrick Maloney Still Blindly Support President Obama’s Dangerous Iran Deal?

5) NEWS: Maloney Announces Nearly $1 Million to Combat Opioid and Heroin Abuse in the Hudson Valley

6) [PRESS RELEASE] Senate budget includes $167 mil for heroin prevention, treatment

7) NEWS: Maloney, Hanna Announce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Stop Mass Incarceration

8) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy announces local parks grants

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2016 5:50 PM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Town Hall Meeting- March 15th, 2016

Town Hall Meeting
March 15th, 2016 7:30pm
Ossining Public Library, Budarz Theater
1. Sunshine Children's Home- Presentation on Proposed Expansion
2. Snowden House- Request for PILOT Extension: Joseph Ouellette
3. Review of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Consumer Impact: Glenn Weinberg
4. Introduction to Burbio Community Calendar Platform: Julie Roche
However, as always, these are your meetings!
Please come and ask any and all questions you may have for the Town Board.

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

On Sunday, March 13, 2016 9:31 AM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Supervisor's Update- March 13th, 2016

Another busy week in the Town of Ossining: the 3rd floor of 16 Croton is in the process of creating the 2016 Town/County tax bills, our Parks staff is hard at work finishing up the Shinehouse at Cedar Lane Park, and all of our departments are shifting into Spring mode.
The Village of Ossining hosted us for their first official "Lunch and Learn" program this Wednesday, where the topic was Managing the Work/ Life Balance. It was great to see so many of our employees taking time to learn about how they can better balance their roles as mothers and fathers, parents, children, students, and friends with the growing pressures of work, and the presenter had some wonderful ideas of how to take better care of ourselves. We are all looking forward to the Lunch and Learn next month, as well as the other components of this wonderful Employee Wellness program.
We spent some time on Thursday working with our project managers from MUNIS, the new accounting software package that the Town and Village will be moving to later this year. It is exciting to see how many of our processes will become easier with this new software, and how much more accessible our data will be to the public once we get up and running. We are aiming for a launch date this Fall, stay tuned for more details as we get closer.
I want to take the chance to invite everyone to our second Town Hall Meeting of 2016, which will take place in the Budarz Theater at the Library next Tuesday evening at 7:30PM. After a quick Special Meeting, we will move into some exciting topics. We are scheduled to have a presentation from Sunshine Children's Home, who will get us up to date on their proposed expansion plan for the site on Cedar Lane. We will also hear from the new owners of Snowden House in the Village, who are asking for an extension of the existing PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program on the site. Glenn Weinberg will be joining us to explain some of the positive effects our homeowners will see now that Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is here, and finally, we will hear from Julie Roche of Burbio, a company who has proposed a new way for Ossining to manage our community calendar. Even better news? They plan to handle it free of charge. Come hear about the exciting projects we are working on in the Town, or come to ask a question to or raise a topic with the Board. These are your meetings, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Last night was the final performance of "In the Heights", presented by the Ossining Drama Club. I am so proud of the talent we have in our community- the show was exceptional. Maybe I will see you at some other events around Town this week.
Watch Ossining’s O-Bots in NYC at Javits Center, March 12-13
What: Ossining’s championship robotics team will compete in FIRST Robotics Competition’s New York Regional event. Over 200 teams from the New York tri-state area, Arizona, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will vie to be among the five teams who advance to the national championship in St. Louis. Ossining’s team competed in St. Louis in 2012 and 2013.
Come cheer for our team in person or watch online at
When: Saturday, March 12th from 9am – 4pm and Sunday, March 13th from 9-3
Where: Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City
Down to Earth Farmers Markets is Hiring!
What: Farmers Market Managers (Several part-time hourly positions available in Westchester County and Rockland County as well as floaters who can fill in during the season).  We are looking for enthusiastic people with great people skills to manage one or more seasonal farmers markets and assist with market promotion within the community.  The Farmers Market Manager oversees and supervises daily operations of a farmers market to assure a smooth and safe running market; serve as a market host, welcome and engage shoppers; and promote good relations between vendors, our company, and the shoppers. The Farmers Market Manager cultivates dialogue between shoppers and Down to Earth Markets, helping to ensure that the market meets the needs of the shoppers and their communities.  Market Managers help to promote one or more markets in a region with on-the-ground community outreach, encouraging attendance at the markets through a variety of approaches that may include social media, flyering, and meeting with community groups to explain the benefits of eating locally grown and produced foods.  Candidates must have reliable transportation, be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, have access to a computer for social networking and emailing reports, be available for the entire season (most markets run from May into  December once a week) and must have an interest in and be able to articulately communicate about local food and sustainable agriculture.  Interested parties should e-mail a cover letter and resume to
When: Openings Available Now
Where: Westchester and Rockland Counties, Down to Earth Markets, 173 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Ossining
Grow Local Film Series: To Make a Farm
What:  Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become smallscale farmers. VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful, giving us a closerange view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture.”
When:  Thursday, March 17, 6:30pm
Where:  Down to Earth Markets, 173 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Ossining
Contact:  Down to Earth Markets, 173 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Ossining, (914) 923-4837

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Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562

For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2016
Contact: Press Office
Does Sean Patrick Maloney Still Blindly Support President Obama’s Dangerous Iran Deal?
WASHINGTON – President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran is less than a year old and is already creating a more unstable Middle East, putting not only our national security at risk but our allies as well.
Just this week, Iran began a series of missile tests, firing off two ballistic missiles, one of which had “Israel should be wiped off the earth” written across it in Hebrew. It was also reported the missiles were carrying 24 warheads and one ton of TNT. This aggressive action taken by Iran is, however, not considered a violation of President Obama’s nuclear Iran deal for the very fact that the agreement does not address missiles. This careless oversight has now paved the way for more instability in the Middle East as according to the Washington Post Iran has vowed it’s “missile program will not stop under any circumstances”, threatening both our nation and our allies.
How can President Obama and Sean Patrick Maloney truly believe Iran will continue compliance with the nuclear agreement as they continue to violate U.N. resolutions? Will Sean Patrick Maloney continue to give blind support to President Obama and his disastrous nuclear deal or will he stand up against this imminent national security threat?
“President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran has proven to be a complete national security disaster,” said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin. “This latest violation from Iran only goes to show how this deal threatens our security and puts our allies in jeopardy. Sean Patrick Maloney needs to stop blindly supporting President Obama and his political agenda and fight to strengthen our national security before it’s too late.” 
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March 11, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Announces Nearly $1 Million to Combat Opioid and Heroin Abuse in the Hudson Valley
Newburgh, NY – One day after Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called for Speaker Paul Ryan to bring legislation to the floor to combat opioid addiction, Rep. Maloney announced three local health centers will receive a total of $987,386 in federal investments to combat opioid and substance abuse in the Hudson Valley. Since joining Congress, Rep. Maloney has secured an additional $3.7 million for local organizations to combat substance abuse through youth anti-substance abuse initiatives.  
“Every community in the Hudson Valley has been hurt by the devastating heroin and opioid epidemic and as the father of two little girls I am struck by the toll this is taking on our children. Working across all levels of government and in partnership with local organizations we must do everything we can to protect our children and make strategic and smart investments to treat those who are struggling with addiction,” said Rep. Maloney
Three local health centers in New York’s 18th Congressional District were awarded grants, including:
·         $337,386 for The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center
·         $325,000 for Middletown Community Health Center
·         $325,000 for Hudson River Healthcare
“As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the lives of the people of our community, we must continue the fight to expand effective and necessary treatment options, such as the ability for addiction medical specialists and other clinicians to prescribe medication assisted treatment to those with addiction,” said Linda Muller, President & CEO of Cornerstone Family Healthcare (formerly the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center). “Securing this grant from HRSA will allow us to expand and integrate proven and effective treatment options and services into sites beyond our Center for Recovery in Newburgh. This award signifies an opportunity for a new life … and for this, I am grateful.”
“We are so excited about this grant opportunity, not only for Middletown Community Health Center, Inc, but for the community at large.  Addiction is a huge problem not only for the user but for their families as well.  With this funding we will do our part to help our patients fight this growing public health issue,” said Theresa M. Butler, Chief Executive Officer for Middletown Community Health Center, Inc.
“HRHCare is thrilled to have received this much support for care and treatment for patients who otherwise would have their health compromised without this funding. These federal funds will be focused on expanding behavioral health services in Beacon, Peekskill and Yonkers,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, President and CEO of HRHCare.
These federal grants were awarded by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a particular focus on opioid abuse. Nationwide, HHS has announced $94 million in funding to 271 health centers in 45 states and are expected to help grantees hire approximately 800 providers to treat nearly 124,000 new patients. In particular, these grants will help health centers increase the number of patients screened for substance use disorders and connected to treatment, increase the number of patients with access to MAT for opioid use and other substance use disorder treatment, and provide training and educational resources to help health professionals make informed prescribing decisions.
In 2014, Maloney worked with the Office of Drug Control Policy to designate Dutchess and Putnam Counties as part of the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) in order to bring additional local, state and federal law enforcement resources critical to combatting drug trafficking in the Hudson Valley. In 2014, there were more than 118,000 admissions into New York State-certified treatment programs for heroin and prescription opioid abuse – a 28,731 increase over 2013, and a 17.8% increase over 2009. The largest increase in opioid admissions during that time was patients ages 18 to 34.

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
ALBANY, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy, co-chairman of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, joined Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and his task force co-Chairs Senator Robert Ortt and Senator George Amedore to announce the Senate will include a total of $167 million in funding to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and education services as part of its 2016-17 budget proposal. In addition to this significant funding commitment, the budget proposal also includes legislation to prevent the abuse of opioid prescription drugs.

"After a series of task force hearings spanning from Yates County to Brooklyn it has been made abundantly clear that this epidemic has no boundaries," Senator Murphy said. "Tackling the growing heroin and opioid crisis begins with properly funding prevention treatment and enforcement initiatives. No amount is too small when it comes to saving lives."

Senator Flanagan said, "New York must dedicate more resources to specifically target the pervasive and deadly effects of our state's heroin epidemic. Our conference has helped the state take extensive steps to combat heroin and save lives, but the drug's grip on all communities, large and small, continues to grow. The Senate Republican proposal reinforces our commitment to provide the tools needed to address the wide-ranging issues created by addiction."

The Senate accepts the Executive Budget proposal of $141 million and increases it by more than 18 percent. The $26 million in additional funds proposed includes:
  • $10 million for transitional housing for individuals in recovery, with 25 percent of these funds to be used for individuals ages 15-24;
  • $6.5 million for additional recovery services;
  • $3.85 million for 11 additional Recovery Community Centers. The Executive Budget proposed to expand the number of Recovery Community Centers in the state by six, from the current number of three to a total of nine. The Senate proposal would bring the total to 20, and would require that all centers be distributed on a geographically even basis;
  • $2 million for school prevention efforts;
  • $2 million for Recovery Coaches;
  • $1 million for an additional 10 Family Support Navigators, who will assist New Yorkers and their families with navigating insurance and treatment systems. The Executive Budget proposes 10 Navigators to be regionally distributed statewide and the Senate proposal doubles that commitment to 20, helping to ensure their services would be distributed on a geographically even basis;
  • $450,000 for opioid drug addiction, prevention and treatment programs; and
  • $200,000 for Family Support Navigator training.

The Senate is also proposing the inclusion of S6962, a bill sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau County), in the budget. This bill helps prevent the abuse of opioid prescription drugs by ensuring that FDA-approved abuse-deterrent drugs are dispensed whenever prescribed and are not interchanged or substituted for an opioid prescription drug lacking abuse-deterrent technology. The bill also requires insurance plans to cover abuse-deterrent opioid prescription drugs at the same level as non-abuse deterrent opioid prescription drugs, prevents insurance plans from requiring a patient take a non-abuse deterrent opioid drug before a drug containing abuse-deterrent technology and ensures that prior authorization requirements are applied equally to both abuse-deterrent and non-abuse-deterrent opioid prescription drugs.

"The heroin epidemic is sweeping across our state at an alarming rate without discrimination of its victims," Senator Ortt said. "This budget proposal represents our conference's firm commitment to addressing and ultimately eradicating the epidemic in New York State. From educating the public, to helping addicts, to putting more dealers behind bars, we've put forth proposals to attack each area of this public health crisis. I'm hopeful the Assembly and Governor will follow our lead to deliver resources to communities and families in dire need of relief."

"As the heroin crisis continues to spread throughout every community in this State, it's critical that we make a strong investment to properly fund prevention efforts and provide treatment and recovery options to those suffering with addiction issues," Senator Amedore said. "The proposals included in the Senate's budget reflect feedback the Task Force has received at several forums held throughout the state, and will provide much-needed resources as we continue our efforts to address this deadly epidemic."

Today's funding recommendation is the latest in the Senate Republicans' legislative efforts to combat the opioid and heroin crisis - first concentrating on the abuse of prescription painkillers, and then following the opioid addiction trend as it turned to heroin. Deaths from heroin overdoses across the nation escalated 175 percent between 2010 and 2014, and these numbers continue to climb.

Since 2014, the Senate's Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction has held forums that solicit input from stakeholders and experts, and use the information collected to develop recommendations for legislative action. Significant legislation has already been enacted as a result of the Task Force's efforts, and more continues to be developed to address the ongoing crisis. Forums have already been held earlier this year in Oneonta, Penn Yan, and Brooklyn, and another forum is scheduled for April 7, 2016, in Oakdale in Suffolk County. For more information about the ongoing work of the Senate's Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, go to:
Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

March 14, 2016
Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441 (Maloney)
Renee Gamela, 202-225-3665 (Hanna)
Maloney, Hanna Announce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Stop Mass Incarceration
Legislation Will Create Pre-Booking Drug Diversion Program
More than 1,135 Opioid-Related Deaths in the Hudson Valley
Washington — Based off of successful drug diversion programs in Seattle and Gloucester, Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Richard Hanna (NY-22) announced new bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic and stop mass incarceration of abusers and low-level drug offenders. By allowing police officers to use their discretion to divert individuals directly to treatment instead of booking them and processing them through the criminal justice system, these programs give police officers the flexibility they need to help curb the growing opioid epidemic, decrease low-level drug crime, and reduce the number of low-level drug related arrests.
The Keeping Communities Safe Through Treatment Act would create a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant program to fund pre-booking drug diversion programs in counties designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). In the Hudson Valley, which has seen more than 1,135 opioid-related deaths in the last decade, Rep. Maloney has secured HIDTA designations for Putnam and Dutchess Counties, in addition to Orange and Westchester Counties. This legislation is the first component of Rep. Maloney’s criminal justice reform agenda focusing on diversion, defense and re-entry.
“Our country is on the edge – we are facing not only a growing heroin epidemic but the realization that simply incarcerating these folks just isn’t working. In many of our communities law enforcement officers are on the frontlines of both crime and treatment and this legislation provides them with a critical tool to divert these individuals to treatment instead of chronically arresting them. Our criminal justice system is broken and cannot be solved unless we stop criminalizing those who need treatment,” said Rep. Maloney.
“Our communities are in the throes of a heroin crisis and our court system is overcrowded,” Rep. Hanna said. “We must look at different ways to not only address these issues but overcome them. LEAD programs have gained momentum around the country and municipalities that have tried them have seen impressive results. I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Maloney to give our law enforcement officers the tools they need to do what’s best to keep the public safe.”
“I applaud Congressmen Maloney and Hanna for their leadership around the issue of drug addiction and keeping our communities safe through treatment.  Here in Albany we are excited to launch a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion initiative where police officers will have the ability to divert arrests away from the criminal justice system into services they need.  LEAD not only gets people the help they need but helps to build and restore trust between the police and the communities we serve,” said Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox, who is launching a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, modeled after the successful LEAD pilot program in Seattle, in Albany, NY on April 1st.
"On behalf of the Gloucester Police Department and PAARI, we are very happy to see the proactive and cooperative work being done by Congressmen Sean Patrick Maloney and Richard Hanna to combat the disease of addiction.  We stand ready to assist and collaborate in any way we can,” said Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello who has led a successful pre-booking drug diversion program, called the PAARI program, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
“Drug policy in this country is focused too much on punishment and not enough on treatment. Congressman Maloney’s bill would give low-level drug offenders a chance to get the medical treatment that anyone with a chronic disease so justly deserves. It can also help end the stigma associated with the horrible disease of addiction,” said Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof.
Prescription drug abuse is a growing public health crisis that affects people of every race, income, and educational level. In 2013, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Westchester Counties had 233 reported deaths from drug overdoses. 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.
Additionally, 2.3 million Americans are incarcerated, and approximately 50% of these inmates are clinically addicted. In fact, approximately 60% of individuals arrested for most criminal activity test positive for illicit drugs at the time of the arrest. Furthermore, imprisonment has little effect on drug abuse as approximately 95% return to drug use after their release and between 60-80% of drug abusers commit a new crime, which are typically drug-driven. Individuals that participated in the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) pilot program in Seattle found that participants had nearly 60% lower odds of being rearrested, and in Gloucester, MA the PAARI program has cut costs from $220 to $55 per addict when they diverted them to treatment instead of arresting, processing and holding them in custody for just a single day.
The Keeping Communities Safe Through Treatment Act (H.R. 4654) would award grants, funded through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs, to assist law enforcement agencies in providing pre-booking diversion programs developed with local drug treatment programs and local prosecutors to address low-level drug crimes. The program would allow law enforcement officers, at their discretion, to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug activity to community-based services, instead of jail and prosecution. By diverting eligible individuals to treatment services instead of incarceration, the programs would improve public safety and public order, and reduce the criminal behavior of people who participate in the program. The legislation would also allow the Attorney General to collect first-of-its-kind data on these programs.

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624


ALBANY, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy is pleased to announce that two organizations in his district, the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, have been awarded grants through the Environmental Protection Park and Trail Partnership Program.
"We have some of the best parks, trails and historic sites in the nation. These grants will help enhance their beauty and viability," Senator Murphy said. "One grant will turn an unused space into a vital resource center for tourists. The funding for the Friends of Rockefeller State park Preserve is important to their future financial well-being, which in turn will help create jobs and boost the local economy."
The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct will receive $47,475 to design and equip their first Visitor and Education Center. The center will be built in the Keeper's House, a National Historic Landmark that has been empty.
The Friends of Rockefeller State Preserve will get a $35,000 grant to hire fundraising and social media specialists to raise funds to refurbish the roads around Swan Lake, including Brother's Path.  

Last year, Senator Murphy authored and passed a law creating a permanent endowment for the care and maintenance Rockefeller Park Preserve within the state's Natural Heritage Trust, allowing funds to be invested aggressively and support the park for generations to come. 
Founded in 1985, Parks and Trails New York is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers by working with community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote and protect a growing network of parks, greenways and trails throughout the state.
The Park and Trail Partnership Program grants are administered by the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non-profit group. The groups raise private funds for capital projects; perform maintenance tasks; provide educational programming, and promote public use through hosting special events.
Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

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