Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/16/16: 11 New Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:
A)  Check Out Peekskillpost.net: 
 http://www.peekskillpost.net/

B) Check Out Yorktown News:
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown
New Bazzo Says Column: Democrats Just Don't Get It

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac/columns/bazzo-says/articles/democrats-just-dont-get-it
C) Check Out The Somers Record: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/somers
D)  Check Out Mahopac News: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac
E) Check Out North Salem News: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/north-salem

1) Town of Ossining Revaluation Impact Notices

2) Public Notices] 2016 Presidential Primary Election Voter Registration Information

3) State Term Limit Floor Vote Demand Required for Reform Line Consideration

4) Julie Killian Supports Enhanced Plans To Fight Heroin Abuse

5) New announcement] Deadline today to get Early Bird tickets to CampaignTech

6) Wendy Long Statement on Obama Supreme Court Nomination

7) NEWS: Maloney Statement on Supreme Court Nomination of Merrick Garland

8) Town Of Yorktown: Planning Board: New restaurant on Route 202 03/14/16

9) [PRESS RELEASE] SENATOR MURPHY SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF SENATE'S 2016-17 BUDGET PROPOSAL

10) Legislators Tour Playland, Subject of $58 Million Capital Projects Proposal

11) News from Senator Murphy: March 14, 2016

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On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:37 AM, "Fernando Gonzalez, IAO" wrote:

 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 

Important Information about Revaluation Impact Notices


During the last two years, we have been involved in the difficult and demanding undertaking of revaluing all of the properties within the Town of Ossining. We believe this revaluation will accomplish the long overdue correction of inequities which have arisen since the last town-wide revaluation more than forty years ago.
We are pleased to see this process successfully concluded and have recently mailed to all property owners an impact notice which will explain the changes made to their assessments and the resulting effect on their taxes.  Please examine this notice carefully to evaluate the accuracy of your new assessment.
If you believe that your assessment does not reflect the market value of your property you will have an opportunity to meet with a representative of Tyler Technologies, the company which was hired by the Town of Ossining to inspect all properties and estimate their value.  The representative will explain the valuation process and show you the comparable sales which were used to value your property.  He/She may also reduce your assessment if a reduction is justified by the evidence.  If you are not satisfied with the result of this meeting you may file a grievance with the town board of assessment review on or before the third Tuesday in June (June 21st).  You may or may not appear in person before the board as you see fit; the grievance form which you submit will be considered in any case.  If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome, homeowners may file for Small Claims Assessment Review.
You certainly do not need to be represented by an attorney in these proceedings.  Most homeowners should be able to present appropriate evidence of value such asthe recent purchase/sale of a property or sales of similar properties.  An appraisal by a qualified real property appraiser is also good evidence but will probably cost you several hundred dollars and is usually not necessary. Please visit the project’s web site mmrc.tylertech.com, where you can search and view property specific information and comparable sales utilized to determine your values. Remember, you are grieving your assessment, not your taxes.  Taxes are determined by municipal and school district budgets over which the assessor has no control. Please make an appointment with a Tyler Technologies Appraiser by calling 800-273-8605.
You may be solicited to use one of the many tax representatives who specialize in bringing complaints on behalf of homeowners.  Be aware that the fee for their services is usually a significant portion of the tax savings that are achieved by their grievance on your behalf.  In our opinion it would be premature to enter into an agreement with one of these “tax reps,” at least until your meeting with the Tyler representative.  Failing that, you might also want to wait until you are advised of the determination of the Board of Assessment review with respect to your grievance.
 Because of the nature of the real estate market, no one can say that a specific parcel has one market value and no other.   Any property, under differing circumstances, can sell within a range of prices.  The assessor and his staff want all assessments to be as fair as possible and will work with you to achieve that end.  The Town has nothing to gain from inequitable assessments.  Please make us your first resource to help you achieve an equitable assessment.
Fernando Gonzalez, Town Assessor

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.


 
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On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:45 PM, Town of Yorktown wrote:2016 Presidential Primary Election Voter Registration Information
PUBLIC NOTICEVOTER REGISTRATION
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION - APRIL 19, 2016


A MAIL IN REGISTRATION FORM may be obtained at the Office of the Town Clerk, 363 Underhill Avenue, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, 914-962-5722, ext. 209 or downloaded from the Westchester County Board of Elections website www.westchestergov.com/boe.

The Registration Forms must be postmarked no later than March 25, 2016 to be eligible to vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary Election.
Absentee Applications are also available in the Town Clerk's Office or on the website. 
Diana L. Quast
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Reform Party of New York For Immediate Release Contact: Patrick Ziegler, 518-817-1500 TERM LIMIT FLOOR VOTE PLEDGE REQUIRED FOR 2016 REFORM PARTY ENDORSEMENT "It's Time to Bring Back the Citizen Legislature in Albany." New Yo

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On Monday, March 14, 2016 2:53 PM, Killian for State Senate wrote:









Contact: Jessica Proud, 914-438-5325
Jessica@NovemberTeam.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Killian Supports Enhanced Plans

To Fight Heroin Abuse

State Must Redouble Efforts, Invest Wisely, to Stop Epidemic in its Tracks

Rye, NY -- March 14, 2016 ... Julie Killian, a longtime community volunteer, advocate against teenage drug abuse, respected two-term Rye City Councilwoman and mother of five children, backs a Senate plan to battle heroin and opioid abuse in New York State, her campaign today announced.

As co-founder of RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens), a coalition that educates and empowers local teenagers to stay off drugs, Killian has been on the front lines of the issue, working with law enforcement, educators, families and students. Killian, who is running for the 37th District in the New York State Senate, said the GOP Senate plan to invest more dollars in education, treatment and prevention is necessary to get a handle on a drug epidemic that destroys lives, families and communities.

"It's clear that we have a drug crisis in this state and the heroin epidemic is of grave concern that affects communities all across New York," said Killian. "We must redouble our efforts and invest wisely in programs that focus on prevention, treatment, recovery and education. I fully support this plan."

Killian knows of what she speaks: RyeACT, in fact, is one of only 20 communities in America to receive a federal mentor grant in 2015 from the Drug Free Communities Program. RyeACT includes representatives from organizations such as Rye City Police Department, local government, the school district and Youth Council as well as local clergy and medical and treatment professionals from St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester. Coalitions such as RyeACT and others throughout Westchester County are excellent models for communities throughout New York and beyond.

Her call comes just a few days after announcing her candidacy for the 37th State Senate District and after the Senate GOP announced its $167 million proposal -- which is $26 million more than Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's -- to combat heroin and opioid abuse in New York.

The GOP plan, which includes $10 million for transitional housing for those going through recovery, $6.5 million for recovery services, $2 million for school prevention efforts and increases the number of recovery centers to 20, also complements legislation aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse.

"As a mother, I know full well the importance of this issue," Killian added. "Drug abuse affects us all and we have to treat it as a crisis and wisely invest the right amount of time, resources and intelligence to combat it."

Killian has been active in her own 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 and is on the Rye Town Park Commission. In addition to co-founding RyeACT,  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 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 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.

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Contact: March 16, 2016
Patrick Egan,Wendy Long 2016, Inc.patrick@wendylong.com 917-268-1840

U.S. Senate Nominee Wendy Long: 
 Senate should not act upon Merrick Garland nomination to U.S. Supreme Court

New York, New York (March 16, 2016): U.S. Senate Candidate and former U.S. Supreme Court clerk Wendy Long, the nominee of the Republican, Conservative, and Reform parties to oppose U.S. Sen Chuck Schumer in November, responded to President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"The Constitution says the President shall nominate judges. But those judges are appointed to office only if and when the Senate consents. The Constitution does not require the Senate to do anything if it chooses to withhold its consent. Doing nothing equals no consent. That is perfectly constitutional and in in fact saves a lot of time and resources.

"Judge Merrick Garland seems like a goodman. That does not mean he should be elevated to the Supreme Court, especially for the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, when Americans' rights such as the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and the expansive use of executive power to alter immigration and other laws is at stake, and especially in the midst of a contentious presidential and Senate election.

"There is no way that Obama and Chuck Schumer would allow anyone to ascend to the Supreme Court whom they were not confident would be a vote for their liberal activist agenda that has already done so much damage to our country and our Constitution. They can now live with the precedent they have created for blocking judicial nominees they did not like. Ultimately this is for the people to decide, and we shall see whom they elect as our next President and Senators.

"It is much more decent to Judge Garland not to put him through the wringer of a confirmation process that is ultimately going nowhere. He has a job to do, meanwhile, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Let's let him get back to it.

"As far as his confirmation vote to his current post goes, it is worth remembering that Justice Clarence Thomas was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to the same court that Judge Garland sits on."

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March 16, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
 
Maloney Statement on Supreme Court Nomination of Merrick Garland
 
Washington - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement after President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Merrick Garland is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court.
 
“Merrick Garland is an unimpeachable choice for the Supreme Court.  A nominee with impeccable credentials and extensive experience, Merrick Garland has not only already been confirmed by a Republican Senate, but Senator Orrin Hatch has said Garland is a ‘consensus nominee,’ who would unquestionably win bipartisan support. I second this opinion.
 
“Senate Republicans have made clear that they will refuse to do their jobs and uphold the constitution by giving a serious hearing to any Supreme Court nominee – this is not only deeply disappointing but a violation of our sworn oath. The Supreme Court is just too important - I urge my Republican colleagues in the Senate to put partisan politics aside and confirm Merrick Garland to the bench without delay.”
 

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown




Planning Board
March 14, 2016

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.


1. Fieldstone Manor (Strawberry Road)
The board okayed a second 90-day extension.

2. Orchard View subdivision, Sherry Drive:  Public Informational Hearing
A Sherry Drive resident opposed the project.

3. JCPC Holdings, Front Street
With the applicant, Town Board and Planning Board in general agreement on an off-site mitigation plan involving town land, a  Public Informational Hearing will be held in April.

4. Marathon Development, Kear Street
Before rendering a decision on the required variance, the ZBA requested information from the Planning Board on the project’s anticipated traffic generation.  Mr. Tegeder will transmit the information to the ZBA; he does see the traffic generation as resulting in a significant impact.

5. New restaurant at 3787 Crompond Road (Route 202, adjacent to the Verizon building)
The applicant plans to lease the site currently used as a used car lot and transform the existing building into a sandwich shop with the eventual goal of expanding the menu to include barbeque offerings and seating for 50 patrons.

 




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
SENATOR MURPHY SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF SENATE'S 
2016-17 BUDGET PROPOSAL

BUDGET PROPOSAL PROVIDES MEANINGFUL NEW TAX RELIEF, RECORD SCHOOL FUNDING, AND CONTINUED FISCAL DISCIPLINE 

ALBANY, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy, an advocate for small government and fiscal responsibility, has voiced his full support for the Senate's 2016-17 budget. The Senate proposal restrains state spending, provides significant new tax savings for hardworking middle-class taxpayers, and invests in the shared priorities of New Yorkers and their families.


"This budget proposal is a blueprint for a responsible and on-time spending plan that will help make the Hudson Valley a more affordable place to live, work and raise our children," said Senator Murphy. "I strongly believe this proposal will provide significant tax relief, address New York's needs to win the war on heroin and opioid addiction, ensure parity in infrastructure funding and deliver critical dollars to our local classrooms which in turn will give every child the opportunity to succeed."

Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan added, "The Senate has once again listened to the concerns of New Yorkers who are looking to create a brighter future for their children and families. This comprehensive budget proposal includes real tax relief for millions of middle-class families, increases support for our schools to a record level, spurs the growth of our economy to create more jobs, and continues a fiscally responsible approach to strengthen New York's finances for the long-term."

The Senate budget proposal stays within the self-imposed two-percent spending cap, and advances a proposal to pass a Constitutional amendment to permanently require this budgeting restraint moving forward; a measure sponsored by Senator Murphy.

A highlight of the Senate Republicans' budget 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 - including more than 770,000 small businesses who file under the Personal Income Tax (PIT) - would begin to see 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.

The budget plan calls for fully eliminating the 18-a utility tax surcharge by the end of 2016 that would save taxpayers $125 million.  In 2009, this utility tax surcharge cost ratepayers nearly $600 million annually until action was taken four years later.  In 2014, the Enacted Budget contained an additional $600 million in savings over the remaining phase-out, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
 
The School Tax Relief (STAR) program is a long-standing Senate priority that provides significant savings for taxpayers each year. The Senate rejected the Executive Budget proposal to cap STAR at 2015-16 levels and seeks to provide $56 million in additional STAR benefits to fully fund the school property tax exemptions this fall. The Senate proposal also makes the STAR rebate checks permanent.

Since it was first approved, Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and deliver major funding increases to help mitigate its impact on education. The Senate budget restores the remaining $434 million in GEA cuts for schools in 2016-17 and permanently eliminates these harmful education budget reductions.
 
In the past five years, the GEA cuts have been reduced by approximately 85 percent to $434 million in the 2015-16 budget. Last year alone, Senator Murphy approved sending an additional $603 million to help schools overcome the GEA challenge created by the mismanagement of the state's budget and helped restore millions of dollars in state aid to schools.

The Senate budget proposal includes a year-to-year 7.15 percent school aid increase of $1.655 billion. The $24.8 billion education proposal would provide a record amount of education funding, with highlights including:
  • An $880 million increase in Foundation Aid over 2015-16;
  • Full funding of $341.9 million in Expense Base Aids;
  • A $1.3 billion - 8.3 percent - increase in total operating support;
  • An additional $27.4 million for grants in aid to Charter schools;
  • An additional $10 million for the Library Construction Fund;
  • An increase of $5 million in Library aid;
  • Provides $4.6 million in new nonpublic school aid, in addition to $2.6 million included inthe Executive Budget; and
  • An additional $4.1 million for 4201 schools for the blind and the deaf.
To help address the growth in heroin and opioid abuse in communities throughout the state, the Senate budget includes a total of $167 million to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and education services. This includes an increase of more than 18 percent above the Executive Budget proposal, with the additional $26 million going to support:
  • $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 Murphy, to prevent the abuse of opioid prescriptions through the use of FDA-approved abuse-deterrent drugs.  

In a major victory for fairness and for job creation, the Senate proposal reestablishes parity in infrastructure funding for highways, roads, and bridges between upstate and downstate. The Senate adds an additional $6.5 million for a total of more than $200 million in Upstate transit operating aid. This provides the same 6.1 percent increase in operating assistance the non-MTA Downstate transit systems received in the Executive Budget.

The Senate budget invests in critical health care programs for New Yorkers and their families, including approval of the proposed breast cancer screening initiative. It also restores $1.37 million for essential women's health initiatives, $1 million for recommendations of the Senate's Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Task Force, and $1 million to support organ donation efforts across the state, among other health program funding.

The Senate budget establishes a domestic violence offender registry to help combat and root out the scourge of domestic violence across the state - - preventing abusers from doing more harm and protecting innocent women.

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.  This would provide tax relief to more than 377,000 seniors and, in the first year alone, would save each an average of $361.

Building upon its longstanding commitment to protect vulnerable senior citizens, the Senate proposal provides $1.5 million to support elder abuse awareness, screening, and reporting initiatives.

The Senate and Assembly have repeatedly passed legislation (S5937) supported by Senator Murphy that would allow veterans to obtain up to three years of additional credit toward their state retirement benefits for peacetime military service. The Senate advances this legislation as part of the budget proposal to ensure funding is allocated to allow this important veterans initiative becomes law.
 
Looking toward protecting the environment, the Senate budget includes a record funding of $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to protect natural resources and ensure clean water and clean air.

Last year, the Senate approved a Constitutional amendment to strip the pensions from corrupt public officials convicted of a felony related to his or her position. The Assembly has not yet acted on this legislation, and the Senate budget proposal again includes pension forfeiture in order to hold elected officials accountable.

The Senate budget advances a proposal approved this year by the Senate (S2722B), sponsored by Senator Murphy, that would set into law eight-year term limits for leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly. This bill is consistent with what is already in place in Senate rules and also limits the number of years a legislator can serve as a committee chair or party leader.

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Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
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For Immediate Release: March 14, 2016
Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
646-302-2220, mjr3@westchestergov.com
Legislators Tour Playland, Subject of $58 Million Capital Projects Proposal
Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) toured Playland Amusement Park as part of their review of the amended private management agreement with Standard Amusements.
 
The tour focused specifically on 11 capital projects that Standard Amusements has asked the County to undertake as the owner of the 88 year old park.  As proposed, the capital projects are estimated to cost $58 million and would be funded through low-interest bonds.
 
The Legislators were joined on the tour by members of the County department of Parks and Recreation and representatives of Standard Amusements.  Legislators gave special attention to some of the “big ticket” projects like $20 million for rehab of the historic colonnades and towers, $10 million for parking lot redesign and improvements, $10 million for structural restoration and $4 million to remove the pool and rehab the fountain at Playland’s main entrance. 
 
The goal of the review process is to shrink the price for capital projects significantly from the $58 million amount.  The management agreement calls for Standard Amusements to make a major capital investment of $30 million at the park as well. 
 
Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D) Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Edgemont, Hartsdale,   Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Chair of the Infrastructure Committee said, “It was very useful to go to Playland today and place the proposed projects in  context.  However,  I found myself growing increasingly concerned by the deteriorating condition of portions of the park, caused by years of neglect; and by the lack of specificity for the proposed capital projects.  We need to take a thorough look at the details, to  ensure that the deal with Standard Amusements – which has changed materially by the near tripling of the  County’s capital project budget – will benefit the taxpayers.”   
 
Legislator David Gelfarb (R) Harrison, Port Chester, Rye Brook, Chairman of the Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee said, “Today’s site tour at Playland demonstrated something that we all know.  There are some serious problems both structural and aesthetic that need to be addressed at Playland.  I accept that the County will need to invest millions of dollars into capital projects at Playland. We need to continue extensive our review and questioning in order to determine the right amount for taxpayers to invest in the Park and to ensure that we have the best possible deal for management of the Park.  I am hopeful that in working with my colleagues, the County Executive and the executives Standard Amusements,  we will be able to reach an agreement on investments and on management that will be fair to Standard but more importantly, fair to the taxpayers of Westchester County.”
 
The BOL’s Budget and Appropriations Committee, Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee and Infrastructure Committee have been meeting jointly to review the amended agreement.  The next scheduled meeting is this Friday, March 18th at 10:00AM.  You can watch video of the meeting at…
 
http://westchestercountyny.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

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Mar. 14
2016
ISSUE
No. 39
NEWS FROM
SENATOR MURPHY

Put Military Families First
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.

Recently, I sponsored and unanimously passed a bill to provide unemployment benefits to military spouses. Another bill that I 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.

I urge you to join me in putting military families first and  SIGN THE PETITION.
REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES & SENIORS 

When I first entered office last year I 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. Last week, my colleagues and I unveiled the first part of our 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.

 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. 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. READ MORE.
REFORMING THE BOARD OF REGENTS
http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=00194IxN3DdUtTaGJAwPnUXURvcu_2jINiAg1NAxIlX3LGnsJZ1bhpEQPRISaE4J8idpj-ya-u2rRDOEycp7tnYqGvlccexvj3VfZj7YPiHd5KFsAVfp2FtCB3cbAs498bYVYHi3p3ldBt32YuQ9QBoLlhLjKGX3rOw89HcWDspQkmp5cRwzNEwHjNQLCf90vp-_JKLEmeKcRx_WXTNrs4WVLUj4WL0EkSd7fAgN3tBRKDDbciaEIE8d76NlDRagm4rF3_9-YKA9O8=&c=ZKNIA18k0B36t0CKqC7R69K4GKhHyjqyd0bN-gF6tGBdTLBM3uh0jw==&ch=cqpYb3pvjQLAbxBN7uIRkxCGeqCL2KnFO1Tm7HwxxodBKCFfx1wJXQ== As a long-time advocate for the reform of Board of Regents' policies and selection process, I voted to support a 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. As the Chairman of the Administrative Regulations 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.  READ MORE
BUDGET UPDATE: $167M FOR HEROIN PREVENTION, TREATMENT
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 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. 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.
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AROUND THE 40th

Local Roads
LOCAL ROADS MATTER
Local roads matter. I joined Patterson Highway Supervisor Russell Goff, Mt. Pleasant Highway Superintendent Peter Sciliano, Carmel Highway Superintendent Mike Simone and Putnam County Deputy Commissioner of Highways John Tully to call for additional state funds to be allocated to address our crumbling roads.

LAKELAND EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Every year I try to make it out to support the Lakeland Education Foundation at their annual casino night. Congratulations to the honorees, Michael Daly, Robert Bergmann and Thomas and Vanessa DiLorenzo!

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KICKING OFF ST. PATRICK'S DAY IN PEEKSKILL
What a great night celebrating the investiture of Chef Stanley Rupinski as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Peekskill St. Patrick's Day Parade. Congratulations to the Aides to the Grand Marshal Lauren Brady, Michelle Carter Verna, Frank McCann, Don "Spanky" MacLennon and Dartney "Dart" Thomas. We'll see you at the parade!

TALKING NUTRITION TO CARMEL SENIORS
With my background in nutrition, I know the importance of healthy eating over fifty. Best of all, it can be accomplished by buying locally from food that is grown locally.
BAZZO 03/16/16
 

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