Friday, March 18, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/18/16: 8 New Topics In Today's blog

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A)  Check Out Peekskillpost.net: 
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B) Check Out Yorktown News:
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New Bazzo Says Column: Democrats Just Don't Get It
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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) Major 2016 Election Alert

2) Statement from Legislator David Gelfarb on Proposed Changes to the County Airport "Terminal Use Agreement

3) Feeling Lucky? Enter to Win a Pair of Assael Tahitian Natural Pearl Drop Earrings

4) 12 Grapes: Steely Dan Tribute, SUNDOWN farewell & Kids Open Mic

5) PRESS RELEASE] SENATOR MURPHY BACKS SENATE  BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

6) SATURDAY: Maloney Continues “Speak with Sean” Series With Neighborhood Office Hours in Montgomery, New Windsor and Highlands

7) Town Of Yorktown: Town Board updates Roma Building; hires new town engineer 03/15/16

8) NEWS: Maloney Brings Local Resources to Hudson Valley for Town Hall on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
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On Friday, March 18, 2016 10:20 AM, Kieran Lalor wrote:
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Major 2016 Election Alert
Dear Friends,

In 2014, the voters of this district reelected me with a super majority. Despite our big margin of victory, our 2014 opponent announced earlier this month that he is again going to run in November.

Every election cycle is different and 2016 is shaping up to be perhaps the most unpredictable ever. I am working now to make sure we have the resources necessary to get our positive message out to the voters of the 105th Assembly District. To ensure victory, regardless of what happens in other races, I need your support today.
I am building our war chest now so that every voter in this district will know, for example, that I have been leading from the front to save tax dollars. Since taking office in January 2013 my small three-person office has saved the taxpayers more than $272,000.

In my first term I reduced the office budget by $100,000 by adopting the practices a small business owner would use and using state resources judiciously. (You can read the details here.)

In just the first year of this term, I already saved taxpayers $172,808. I did this by refusing the Assembly's per diem payments ($9,804) and travel allowances ($2,062) as well as a leadership stipend for my position as the ranking member of the Real Property Taxation Committee ($9,000) and refused to participate in the Assembly's latest pork-barrel scheme, turning down $125,000 in pork. I also reduced our office's mail budget by $26,942.

(Read more about what we have accomplished so far in this term here and about our first term accomplishments here)

When I was first elected in 2012, Republicans in our area got wiped out at the state and federal level. I was able to swim against the Obama tide because of relentless door-to-door campaigning, a unique and detailed message of job creation, tax relief and reform and because supporters like you made sure we had the resources to get our message out.

To make sure we have the resources to win in November, please make a contribution today.
Whether it is $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 $500 or some other amount, each dollar you contribute today will help ensure that Dutchess County continues to have an independent conservative voice in Albany.

To Donate By Mail:
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Please show your support today.

All the best,
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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2016
Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
 
 
**Statement from Legislator David Gelfarb on Proposed Changes to the County Airport “Terminal Use Agreement**
 
Lately there has been concern in the community about potential changes at the Airport. I write to bring you up to date and to assure you that I am doing everything possible to protect the interests of my constituents.
 
Currently, there is legislation pending before the Westchester County Board of Legislators to modify the Terminal Use Agreement ("TUA") that governs operations at the Westchester County Airport. The TUA, which dates back to 1985, provides that for commercial airline flights of over 9 passengers, no more than 240 passengers may depart and no more than 240 passengers may arrive per half hour period. The proposed change would change the half-hour limit to a per day limit. Thus, 11,520 passengers could arrive and 11,520 passengers could depart per day. This would have the effect of potentially increasing Airport use because the allotment for early morning hours, when there are no scheduled flights, could be transferred to daytime hours.
 
This proposed legislation was initially reviewed by the Legislation and Infrastructure Committees of the Westchester County Board of Legislators on November 9,2015. At that meeting, I spoke at length and argued vociferously that any change which will increase the number of passengers and flights cannot be undertaken without a thorough review of the environmental considerations and quality of life issues for residents of the surrounding communities. These include possible impact on noise, traffic, storm water, and as well as an increase in runoff of de-icing fluid into the Blind Brook. No other persons testified at this meeting. A video of the meeting can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/158951993. Following the meeting, no further action was taken on the proposed law in the 2014-2015 term. In other words, the legislation died.
 
Following this legislative meeting, I spoke on this issue at several Airport Advisory Board meetings, and have met with local environmental organizations and officials from Rye Brook, Port Chester and Harrison to ensure that their concerns are heard. The proposed legislation was sent back to the Legislature again this year. On February 29th, there was a joint meeting of the Legislation, Infrastructure and Environment & Health Committees. At that meeting, I raised, at length, several concerns:
 
First, whether any change to the TUA could impact the County's ability to maintain its restrictions in light of the 1990 federal Airport Noise and Control Act ("ANCA"), which greatly limited the amount of restrictions that communities can place on airports, as well as under FAA regulations. In other words, I am greatly concerned that any change might invalidate our ability to maintain restrictions on Airport operations. I have suggested that we obtain, and I have obtained, an opinion from the County's specialized FAA legal counsel in Washington, D.C. That opinion makes clear that under federal law and regulations, the County has a lot of work to do in creating a "record" to justify making any changes to the TUA. In fact, I have urged and will continue to push for having the FAA itself set forth whether the proposed change to the TUA would invalidate the entire TUA. The video of this meeting is available at https://vimeo.com/158946698.
 
Second, the environmental impact of the proposed change must be thoroughly investigated under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA") before any change can be made. For now, the Board of Legislators has only received a "short-form" Environmental Assessment Form. This is plainly inadequate, especially given that the Airport is in a County-designated "Critical Environmental Area." By comparison, at the February 29th meeting, I compared the short environmental assessment form that the Legislators received with a "Full" Environmental Assessment Form that legislators have received in connection with a proposed lease transaction at the Airport. I would expect the amount of information provided for a new lease would be analogous to a change in the passenger restrictions. This was not the case.
 
The long form for the lease provides an overview of possible impacts on surface water, flooding, groundwater, air, noise, and transportation. Despite the airport being designated a critical environmental area, no meaningful information was provided regarding any of these issues with the proposed legislation. The County must exercise due diligence and study the possible impact on all of these issues. Moreover, since the Airport is in a substantially residential area, the County needs to address possible impact on land use patterns, zoning, and consistency with community character. Also, in addition to completing the Long Form, the County must address the need for studies of the impact on groundwater, noise, air pollution, etc. as well as steps to mitigate these impacts. These are responsible steps to take under SEQRA.
 
I am pleased to report that I recently received a call from an officer of the Sierra Club thanking me for my impassioned discussion of the environmental issues at the February 29th meeting. I can also report that the County will be preparing a much more detailed environmental analysis. In short, unless and until environmental experts have, at a minimum, addressed the environmental impacts, and the FAA issues are resolved, the Board cannot even begin to address this legislation.
 
There will then be further issues to address. The first is simply whether the proposed legislation is advisable at all, even if it passes muster under environmental law and with the FAA. Second, there is also the issue of how this legislation interacts with the master plan for the Airport which is due to be released later this year.
 
The community should also be aware that the proposed legislation can be modified. As always, I intend to fight to protect my constituents and all County residents to ensure that the Airport remains a viable asset to our community while minimizing the negative impact of its operations on surrounding communities.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by phone at (914) 995-2834 or by email atGelfarb@westchesterlegislators.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
SENATOR MURPHY BACKS SENATE BILL TO 
PROTECT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


ALBANY, NY - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that nearly one-third of women in the United States will be victims of domestic violence during their lifetime. For Senator Terrence Murphy, even one incident is too much. In response, Senator Murphy and the New York State Senate have passed legislation to further protect victims of domestic violence. The bill (S3087), sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-C-I, Olean), would provide stronger protections for vulnerable domestic violence victims by allowing them to testify via closed-circuit television in criminal proceedings.
"Domestic violence is one of America's dirty little secrets," said Senator Murphy.  "We try to ignore it, even dismiss it.  If you assault someone you should be held responsible, and this legislation will be a valuable asset in helping to bring abusers to justice. They won't be able hide behind their lawyers or excuses anymore."  

Senator Young added, "Tragically, only about 70 percent of nonfatal domestic violence incidents are reported to law enforcement. Many women feel trapped by their abusers, and some witnesses may be unable to attend court proceedings in person without risking their lives. Domestic violence victims have already been through enough and using closed circuit television so that a victim or another witness can safely confront an attacker will help more victims become survivors and lead to more convictions."
Current law only allows children who are considered vulnerable by a judge to testify via closed-circuit television. This legislation would facilitate cooperation with prosecutions, by also giving domestic violence victims the option of not having to testify in the presence of their abusers.
This bill builds upon other measures the Senate has passed to protect domestic violence victims, including a new law (S6) also sponsored by Senators Murphy and Young that was passed last year as part of the Senate's Women's Equality Agenda. The law creates a pilot program to allow domestic violence victims to obtain orders of protection through electronic means rather than having to appear in person. It also requires the Office of Court Administration to review and update its policies and services for all crime victims in the courts in order to ensure that their needs are being met and that all victims are truly protected.
The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
 
PRESS ADVISORY FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH
 
Maloney Continues “Speak with Sean” Series With Neighborhood Office Hours in Montgomery, New Windsor and Highlands
 
Newburgh, NY — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney will continue his “Speak with Sean” series by holding Neighborhood Office Hours in Montgomery, New Windsor and Highlands. Neighborhood Office Hours are an opportunity for constituents to share any questions, comments and concerns one-on-one with Rep. Maloney. In addition, Rep. Maloney and his staff are available to assist with any problems folks from the Hudson Valley may be having with a federal government agency, such as the Social Security Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or the Veterans Administration. 
 
“I’m here to work for folks in the Hudson Valley, and our office is here to be their advocate and help cut through any bureaucratic red tape of the federal government,” said Rep. Maloney. “Too often people feel like no one is fighting for them, and neighborhood office hours is one of the best ways I can meet with my neighbors throughout the Hudson Valley to hear how we can better serve them.”
Representative Maloney’s office has handled over 3,000 individual cases, and so far, Rep. Maloney has helped return more than $5.5 million to Hudson Valley taxpayers who were owed Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits, tax refunds and other payments from the federal government.
 
Media are invited to attend all events.
 
WHO:                      Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
WHEN:                   Saturday, March 19th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE:                Mike’s Deli & Pizza at 135 Union Street in Montgomery
 
WHO:                      Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
WHEN:                   Saturday, March 19th from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
WHERE:                New Windsor Town Hall - Courtroom at 555 Union Avenue in New Windsor
 
WHO:                      Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
WHEN:                   Saturday, March 19th from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHERE:                Town of Highlands Town Hall at 254 Main Street in Highland Falls
 

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown




Town Board
March 15, 2016

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

1. Affordable Housing Law
The board set May 3 for a public hearing to repeal the law.

2. Roma Building
Town Attorney McDermott said he anticipates that the “hole” will be filled in 2-3 months.

3. Appointments
Michael Quinn was appointed to the full time staff position of town engineer, effective April 11, 2016.

4. Hunterbrook Field Improvements
The board authorized paying Site Design Consultants $14,300 to prepare a site plan and related documents for the creation of a new athletic field located adjacent to the existing baseball field.

5. Senior issues
Questions were raised about the status of the bathroom upgrades at the YCCC and why only one van was available to transport seniors to the YCCC.

6. Laurel Court
A resident asked the board to rescind the recently enacted No Parking restriction at the corner of Laurel Court and Hallocks Mill Road.

7. Business development
Supervisor Grace responded to several questions about the status of current projects.

8. County Tax Rate
County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz advised the board that the 2016 county tax rate for Yorktown will be doing down 6.32%.

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the presidential primary vote on April 19th, there will be no Town Board meeting that night.

 




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
 
Maloney Brings Local Resources to Hudson Valley for Town Hall on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
 
More than 21,000 Hudson Valley Neighbors Joined the Telephone Town Hall
 
Maloney Announces Legislation to Combat Epidemic and Stop Mass Incarceration
 
WashingtonIn response to the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) brought together local, state and federal resources on a telephone town hall with over 21,000 neighbors from the Hudson Valley. Last week, Rep. Maloney introduced the Keeping Communities Safe Through Treatment Act to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic and stop mass incarceration of abusers and low-level drug offenders.
 
“I’ve heard it from folks in every neighborhood in the Hudson Valley – the heroin and opioid epidemic is killing our children and devastating our communities,” said Rep. Maloney. “There is no silver bullet solution, but working together with local, state and federal officials we can make sure those on the frontlines have the support they need to expand prevention and treatment efforts, get drugs off our streets, and keep our children safe.”
 
"Thank you Congressman for shining the spotlight on this issue and your leadership because as we know the Center for Disease Control has found that heroin and prescription drug abuse is an epidemic. We need more and more attention on it and it is so important what you are doing," said Chauncey Parker, Director of the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,” said Chauncey Parker, Director of the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
 
“The bottom line is, now more than ever the Prevention/Treatment community need to have an open door policy that considers those we serve.  It is not enough to simply treat a person or community, we are obligated to navigate those in need to appropriate services, regardless of whether we can provide them or not,” said Martin Colavito, Director of Adolescent Prevention Services in Orange and Sullivan Counties Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County.
 
“Public awareness is one of the most important tools to law enforcement in the effort to combat illegal drugs. Congressman Maloney assists in that awareness by hosting the live telephone Town Hall meetings and inviting police and treatment professionals to participate and help to educate the public on the dangers of these drugs,” said Thomas Pape, Acting Chief of Police, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.
 
During the town hall, participants were asked to weigh in on the crisis. Polls showed that 52% of respondents believe that heroin is a problem in our schools.
 
Surveys also found that 62% of participants supported a multifaceted approach to addressing the heroin epidemic, including increasing community awareness, enhancing tools for law enforcement, increasing counseling and support services, and imposing tougher penalties. Only 5% of respondents supported raising criminal penalties alone.
 
Last week, Rep. Maloney announced new bipartisan legislation with Rep. Richard Hanna 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) such as Putnam, Westchester, Orange and Dutchess Counties.
 
Recently, Rep. Maloney also announced, in addition to securing $3.7 million for local organizations to combat substance abuse, three local health centers will receive nearly $1 million to combat opioid and heroin abuse in the Hudson Valley.
 
Anyone struggling with addiction is encouraged to use the resources listed below:
 
·         New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services at oasas.ny.gov or call 1-877-8-HOPENY;
·         Team Newburgh Gateway Center at Newburgh Free Academy at 46 Roe Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 or call 845-569-0034;
·         Permanent Medication Collection Box at Town of Newburgh Police Department at 300 Gardernertown Road, Newburgh, NY 12550, or call 845-564-1100;
·         Mount Kisco Partners in Prevention at 104 Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549, or call 914-241-0500;
·         Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition at 67 Gleneida Avenue Carmel, NY, or call  845-225-4646;
·         Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth at 112 East Post Road, 3rd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601, or call 914-995-4115;
·         Orange County Department of Mental Health 24 Hour Mobile Mental Health Team at 1-888-750-2266;
·         Dutchess County Mental Hygiene Services 24 Hour Crisis Counseling Information and Referral Mobile Crisis Intervention Team at 1-877-485-9700;
·         Westchester Department of Community Mental Health Crisis and Prevention and Response Team at 914-925-5959;
·         Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County at 807 Route 52, Room 28, Fishkill, NY 12524, or call 845-765-8301.
 

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