Friday, March 25, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/25/16: 8 New Topics In Today's blog

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B) Check Out Yorktown News:
New Bazzo Says Column: Beware the Establishment
C) Check Out The Somers Record:
D)  Check Out Mahopac News:
E) Check Out North Salem News:

1) Join us for an event with Ambassador John Bolton & Wendy Long

2) Yorktown Town Board: Revised 220 unit senior complex unveiled 03/22/16

3) The Watchdog Report with Ed Ciffone  and Susan Siegel

4) Town Of Yorktown: Spectra survey: What should Yorktown do with an extra $1.5 million?

5) NEWS: Maloney Introduces Bipartisan Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act

6) Media Advisory** Legislators to Vote on Playland Extension  03/30/16

7) Town Of Yorktown: Mark Your Calendar For this Very Important Date- Pass on to a friend or neighbor

8) PRESS RELEASE] Sen. Murphy Backs Bill Extending MTA's Half-Fare Program to Vets
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Please join us for this special evening with Ambassador John Bolton and our candidate for 
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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown is hosting a short online survey to elicit resident feedback on possible uses for the one-time payment of $1.5 million the town received last year from Spectra Energy. The survey results will be forwarded to the Town Board.

Click here to participate in the survey,

Town Board Work Session
March 22, 2016
Meeting highlights. For a summary of other agenda items, visit

1. Yorktown Senior Living, East Main Street, Mohegan Lake
The developer has scaled down the project to 220 units, but access to Route 6 remains an unresolved problem. A May public hearing on the rezoning request is possible.

2. Hilltop Hanover Farm Subdivision
Supervisor Grace explained the problem associated with out-of-district water customers becoming part of the water district.

3. Parking issues
To help local businesses, the board agreed to install “Municipal Parking” signs next to Yorktown Glass and in the lot next to the highway garage.

4. Creative Living (Navajo Fields)
The applicant would like permission to host special events for groups in excess of 200 people at the site.  The board will consider drafting a new “special events” ordinance setting standards for such events.

5. Commercial garage collection
The board discussed regulating unsightly dumpsters and compactors and also the possibility of franchising a single commercial carter.

6. Appointments
William Gregory was appointed as a regular member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and former ZBA member Howard Orneck was appointed alternate member to serve at the pleasure of the board.


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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
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Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
The Watchdog Report with Ed Ciffone  and Susan Siegel
Dear member:
Please watch my video with Susan Siegel.
I will be sending you a survey from Susan Siegel about how to use $1.5 million dollars the town is holding.
Our next UTY meting will be held on Wednesday March 30, at Town Hall at 7:30PM.
On the agenda school budgets in May. May 3 public hearing on affordable housing law. April 1, sale to help out one of our members. I will send you her email about time and location. 
We have a new vice-president by the name John Block, thank you John for volunteering.
Come with your questions and concerns on how to help our town.

Please read about the $1.5 million and the survey.

Subject: Spectra survey: What should Yorktown do with an extra $1.5 million?
What should Yorktown do with an extra $1.5 million?
Last year, Yorktown received $1.5 million from Spectra Energy in exchange for allowing the company the temporary use of town parkland for the construction of its new pipeline.

So far, our elected officials have been silent on what they plan to do with the $1.5 million. But many people believe that residents should have some input on how the money is used.


Would you save the $1.5 million or spend it?

And if you think the money should be spent, for what project or projects?

To share your opinion with the Town Board, you can complete this very short, anonymous online survey.

The survey is being hosted by Citizens for an Informed Yorktown (CIY), a non-partisan effort dedicated to increasing the level of resident participation in town affairs,

When completed, CIY will forward the survey results to the Town Board.

If you have any questions about the survey, email To learn more about Citizens for an Informed Yorktown, visit

Thank you in advance for interest in participating in this survey.

And please share this survey link with others so that as many residents as possible have an opportunity to provide input to the Town Board on this important issue.

Susan Siegel

(914) 245-2661

March 23, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Introduces Bipartisan Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act
Bill Cuts Through Red Tape to Automatically Forgive Student Loans for Eligible Veterans
Nearly 40,000 Veterans in NY-18
Washington — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) introduced bipartisan legislation to cut through red tape and automatically forgive students loan for eligible disabled veterans. The bipartisan Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act would increase interagency communication and cooperation in order to reduce the burden placed on our veterans to ensure their federal student loans are discharged, a benefit already entitled to veterans with a total and permanent disability (TPD) or a 100 percent service-connected disability. Currently, the law requires a disabled veteran to seek out this benefit and file the paperwork themselves in order to get their student loans forgiven.
“My dad was disabled while serving in the Navy, and when he came home his country had his back, helping him go to college on the GI Bill. But far too often these days, the burden is on our veterans to find and secure the benefits they earned while serving our country. We should be making it easier for our veterans to go to college, not harder,” said Rep. Maloney. “My legislation would cut through bureaucratic red tape and ensure that our disabled veterans automatically get their student loans forgiven – a benefit they’ve been promised and earned but one they rarely get.”  
“Requiring the Department of Education, VA, and DOD to coordinate so qualifying veterans always receive their student loan discharges is the right thing to do.  The VFW supports the Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act of 2016, and thanks Congressman Maloney for his leadership on this issue,” said Ray Kelley, VFW National Legislative Director.
“Veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability are entitled to loan forgiveness, yet the burden is on the veteran to ensure they get their loans forgiven. DAV supports Representative Maloney and commends him for introducing legislation that would cut through the red tape and ensure the veterans who sacrificed in service to our nation automatically get the student loan forgiveness they deserve,” said Paul Varela, Disabled American Veterans.
“For 100-percent service-connected disabled veterans burdened with student debt, the Department of Education loan forgiveness program can be a crucial lifeline to help them avoid financial distress. Yet many who qualify are unaware of this benefit and continue to struggle with their loans. Rep. Maloney’s important legislation will remove barriers and reach more qualified veterans who have earned this benefit through their sacrifice,” said Carl Blake, Associate Executive Director, Government Relations, Paralyzed Veterans of America.
“100% disabled veterans already have the option for loan forgiveness, and this bill simplifies the process by which they can access this benefit,” said MOAA President Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret). “Any measure that will support re-adjustment and quality of life after becoming 100% disabled not only makes sense, it’s the right thing to do.”
“Once again Congressman Maloney is at the forefront of Veteran's issues. This legislation is another attempt by our elected officials and citizens to express their gratitude to the service members and their families for their continued sacrifices during difficult times. This type of genuine concern and treatment should be both an incentive and motivating factor for those individuals who are contemplating military service in the future,” said General John Hussey, Chair of Rep. Maloney’s Veteran Advisory Board.
“There are far too many programs that exist to benefit veterans but never do.  The Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act of 2016 ensures that the military men and women who’ve bravely put the welfare of their countrymen first, and in the process have become totally and permanently disabled, are now relieved of having to repay their personal student loans – without having to fill out any paperwork.  That’s what we call “taking care of the troops,”” said Christian Farrell, Director, Orange County Veterans Services Agency.
“Each and every veteran deserves our appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country. The challenge of returning to the civilian sector can be difficult for many of our veterans, but specifically our disabled veterans,” said Dr. Kristine Young, president of SUNY Orange. “Representative Maloney is working to assure veterans have every opportunity to access higher education and take advantage of the many benefits they have earned. His bill represents exactly why SUNY Orange has recently hired veteran Jaime Morales to serve as our veterans coordinator. We want to be sure to help our student veterans connect with every benefit available to them, including the items detailed in Representative Maloney’s bill.”
“Enhancing inter-agency communication to ensure our disabled veterans receive the student loan benefits they’ve earned is the right thing to do,” said Dr. Pamela Edington, president of Dutchess Community College. “We work every day to assist veterans in accessing the programs and services to which they’re entitled; reducing bureaucracy to help those who sacrificed so much for this country is a positive and important step.”   
“At the Mount we have helped many disabled veterans to navigate the current system.  I think increased coordination is needed to be sure our veterans access the benefits they have earned. The resources should be automatically discharged to eligible veterans to remove the burden of paperwork that is upon them. Having the Department of Education be required to notify the veteran, when the loan is discharged would avoid tremendous stress on those who have protected our freedoms,” said Lisa Gallina, Director  of Admissions for Graduate Programs and Adult Degree Retention, Mount Saint Mary College.
The bipartisan Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act would ensure greater cooperation between the Department of Education, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense by establishing a system for transferring relevant information for veterans with 100-percent service-connected disabilities who have outstanding loans, automatically discharging the student loans, and notifying the veterans that their loan has been discharged. This legislation has been endorsed by: Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), The American Veterans (AMVETS), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Student Veterans of America (SVA). Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA-11) is an original co-sponsor.

The new deadline is April 30th.  Not March 30th as represented below.
For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
**Media Advisory**
On Wednesday, March 30th at 9:55AM the Westchester County Board of Legislators will meet to vote on an extension for Standard Amusements final acceptance of the agreement to manage Playland Amusement Park.
The current date for Standard’s final decision is March 31, 2016. The newly proposed date would be March 30th, 2016.
The BOL’s Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee, the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Infrastructure Committee will continue to meet jointly while reviewing the amended agreement and associated Bond Acts.
Dear member:
Please mark these dates down on your calendar, April 30 thru May 1. Please read and save this email and help one of our members. 
-----Original Message-----
From: Louis Clemenza
To: Ed Ciffone
Sent: Mon, Feb 8, 2016 4:20 pm
Subject: Mark Your Calendar For this Very Important Date- Pass on to a friend or neighbor

                                                   Large Indoor Estate
                                                    April 30th- May 1st,
                                                      9:00 a.m. - 4:00

Where: 2626 Colonial Street, Yorktown Heights, New York
Directions: Route 202 to Granite Springs Road
Contact: Linda  (914) 703-7878

About this sale: No tag sale items. Items have been individually priced
(index card presented on purchasing of item with description of item),
researched, and fair market value prices placed on them. Our treasure is
not one to miss, and hopefully finds it's way to a new home for
enjoyment and or use. Seller is willing to work with potential
buyers purchases which are mutually agreed upon. (However, initial
prices are fair).

Cash Sales only unless seller knows you personally. (Will accept a
check, no credit cards, thank you)  Items will be held for a 4 hour
period only to obtain funds needed on any mutual sale. After that time
the items of possible interest will be placed back for sale and other
interested buyers may be offered opportunity to purchase.

Please do not park in driveway.

Majority of  the items are vintage and most all are in excellent
condition. Limited furniture. Lighting available. Collectibles purchased
some in this Country and many from over seas in the late 60's very early

Naming just a few items displayed and possible interest for you:

Original Hummels, Goebel, Lenox (USA) Belleek. Lead, fine, Irish,
colored glass and Waterford crystal. Wood, Bronze, Pewter, Brass, stone,
Pottery items. Blue Delft, Royal Copenhagen, Royal Albert, Limoge,
lladro, Wedgewood. Vintage oriental lamp, dolls (Purchased in the 60's).
Vintage dolls of all styles, and from other countries. Needlepoint
pictures, religious items. Many figurines and useful wares from Italy,
Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark. Jewelry. List is endless. So please
come by and visit for yourself. Will not be disappointed.

 ***Ed busy taking care of affairs for mom. Could you mail this out to
UTY members for me in early April. I appreciate it.
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

ALBANY, NEW YORK - Like all of us, Senator Terrence Murphy knows we are indebted to our veterans. To help veterans, Senator Murphy and his fellow legislators in the New York State Senate have passed a bill that recognizes their contributions, by making them eligible for an existing reduced fare program through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The bill (S5545A), sponsored by Senator Murphy, would extend MTA's half-fare benefit to veterans and help make it more affordable to live in the greater metropolitan area.

"Enacting this measure on behalf of our veterans is the right thing to do," said Senator Murphy. "Our veterans are still a viable, valuable part of our community. We can never fully repay the debt we owe our veterans, but we can implement programs like the MTA's reduced fare that can help make their everyday lives easier."
"Our veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting us and ensuring our freedom and for that, they not only deserve our respect, but our gratitude, "said fellow Hudson Valley Senator, Sue Serino. "While words will never be enough to express the full weight of our thanks, empowering our veterans to live full lives after their service is just one way that we can show them how much they are valued. Increasing access to transportation services by creating a half-fare program has the potential to significantly improve quality of life for veterans living, working and receiving health care in the MTA region."
New York has one of highest veteran populations in the country, with a strong concentration of residents in the MTA region. However, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the state has lost approximately 30 to 35 percent of the veteran population between 2000-2015. This is often attributed to the state's high cost of living, particularly in the MTA region. The bill would make it more affordable for veterans to live and work in the region by making them eligible for the MTA's reduced fare rate program, which cuts existing fares in half for those participating.
The Senate has also passed legislation (S3137B) sponsored by Senator Tom Croci (R, Sayville) to help veterans navigate the health care system and better reach the various state and federal agencies available to assist them. The measure requires the State Division of Veteran Affairs to maintain a fact sheet on their website containing contact information for all Veterans Integrated Service Networks located within the state and for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. This up-to-date and coordinated information would also be made available to veterans by hospitals.
The bills will be sent to the Assembly.

Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
Bazzo 03/25/16

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