Monday, March 28, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 03/28/16: 10 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: Beware the Establishment
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac/columns/bazzo-says/articles/beware-the-establishment
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: Supervisor's Update- March 26th, 2016

2) The Voyagers: 03/28/16

3) News from Senator Murphy: March 26, 2016

4) Suzi McDonough On Governor Cuomo's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

5) Join Us Mar. 30 at JV Mall for Open Networking and Community Day Kick-off

6) Tour a Chelsea Loft with a Touch of Southern Charm, Step Inside a Traditional Georgian Home with an Unexpected Twist, and More!

7) Lincoln Depot Museum 2016 Opening Weekend (with attachments)

8) Statement: Cuomo Increasingly Suspect on JCOPE Ruling

9) Killian: Term Limit Bill will be Top Priority in State Senate

10) [PRESS RELEASE] Refugee monitoring law gains Assembly Majority sponsor
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 On Saturday, March 26, 2016 9:39 AM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:


 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 

Supervisor's Update- March 26th, 2016


Although this was a short week in the Town of Ossining, we managed to get quite a bit done.

Tyler Technologies has begun their first week of informal assessment hearings, many of which have taken place at 16 Croton Avenue. We continue to hear from many residents who have questions- please call Tyler at 800-273-8605, or visit the Consortium website (http://mmrc.tylertech.com) to take a look at how they determined your new value. There is a lot of information on the site that can help you, including the comparables used to derive your property's value. If you check the website and still believe Tyler missed something, please make an appointment to go over it with them.
We held our regular Legislative Meeting on Tuesday where the Town Board passed what is now Local Law #3 of 2016, which adjusts the Veteran's Exemptions to a higher level, consistent with the new values brought about by the Town-wide revaluation. This important law was necessary to ensure that our veterans continue to be granted the same level of exemption on their homes that they have had in years past, and we thank Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez for bringing this important issue to the Board's attention.
We also announced at this meeting that, effective April 30th, 2016, we will be disabling the 762-6007 phone number, which had been used to contact the Town Police at 507 North State Road prior to the sale of the building. Since that sale, we had been forwarding calls from that number to the County Police in Hawthorne, and now to the Ossining Police on Spring Street. We will be sharing this information in a variety of formats, and the Ossining Police will also be helping us to spread the news through their Facebook page, but please remind your neighbors that for non-emergencies, the number to call is (914) 941-4099. In an emergency, please call 911.
Maddi from my office attended the Croton/Cortlandt Task Force Meeting last night at Croton Village Hall. These meetings have been ongoing for several years, focused on the topic of the Croton Gorge Unique Area, a space along the Croton River that abuts properties in the Town of Ossining and the Village of Croton. Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced that the DEC has agreed to consider regulations limiting specific activities within the Unique Area, including bonfires/ cooking fires, charcoal and gas grills, and alcohol consumption. One of the final steps in the process of approving these new regulations is a public meeting, which will be held at the Ossining Public Library on Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM. I encourage you to join us and voice your support for this legislation-- the Unique Area is a beautiful, pristine area that deserves our care and our respect, and these new rules will help us to preserve those special qualities while still allowing the public to enjoy it.

I want to remind everyone that the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, March 29th, which is the fifth Tuesday in March. The next time we see you will be on Tuesday, April 5th, at 16 Croton Avenue for our Work Session.

Wishing all who celebrate a very happy Easter- the weather forecast looks clear and warm, great for some outdoor activities. See you at the Farmer's Market.


Chamber of Commerce Presents: Increase Your Profitability Through Organized Barter
What:  Join us for a Greater Ossining & Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce Partnership Event featuring Hudson Barter Exchange.  Did you know that barter increases sales, means new cash sales, improves cash flow, and much more.  Join us to learn more.  Light supper, cash bar.  Pre-registration suggested.
When: Wednesday, March 30 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: The Briarcliff Manor, 25 Studio Hill Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY
 
Presentations with PowerPoint (Beginner)
What: Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 learn how to create dynamic, digital slide presentations for school, business and personal use.  Basic computer skills are needed and registration is required.
When: Thursday, March 316:30-8:00 pm
Where: Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Contact: Shelley Glick, sglick@wlsmail.org , 941-7072
 
Band Showcase Night
What:  Join us at Mike Risko Music on 3/31 for an evening of Bands from our adult rock and jazz program. The bands will each perform a set. Show starts 8pm. Get a babysitter and be a part of the music right here in Ossining. The show is free but reservations are required by calling 914-762-8757 or visit us on the web at www.mikeriskomusicschool.com Come check out all the great talents right here!
When:  March 31, Show starts at 8:00pm
Where:  Mike Risko Music School, 144-146 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY
Contact:  Mike Risko Music, (914) 762-8757
 
Dana

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.
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Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
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The Voyagers: 

Steven Frieder, Rusty Holloway, Bob Meyer
   
 
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Gentle Reminder:

The Voyagers

 Steven Frieder tenor sax, Rusty Holloway bass violin and Bob Meyer drums and cymbals

will be performing at Quinn's

330 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508

(845) 202-7447

www.facebook.com/QuinnsBeacon

Monday, March 28th starting at 8pm.

We will be performing original compositions by the late great Bert Wilson and by our wonderful saxophonist Steven Frieder ... and maybe a couple of standards.

Quinn's is a great playing venue as well as a full service restaurant (with a wonderfully eclectic menu) and full bar. It's simply a great hang and Mondays have become a real scene!

It's my almost %#@%^*#?#@!? birthday {Mar.31st} Please come out and join us for a wonderful evening.

Thanks, Bob

Suggested donation $10.

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Mar. 26
2016
ISSUE
No. 41
NEWS FROM
SENATOR MURPHY
TIME FOR NEW YORK TO LEAD
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As one of the headquarters of the International Community, sadly Brussels has also become a target of radical Islamic terrorism and a hot bed for extremism with unsecured border policies that have only exacerbated the issue. Sadly today's events only reinforces my principle that New York must be a leader in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism and we must stay focused on keeping our citizens safe from extremism both foreign and domestic.

Therefore, I call on both the Senate and the assembly to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and provide the leadership that the rest of the nation can follow. Monitoring refugee resettlement agencies, and having commonsense checks and balances, can and will reduce the risk of further threats to our state. New York is the international symbol for hope and prosperity and we must pass my legislation to ensure that no terror returns to our great state and nation.

WATCH MORE HERE
ICYMI: PUTTING MILITARY FAMILIES FIRST

In case you missed it, this is an important read about my work to hold the State Education Department accountable for putting illegal immigrants before our military families.

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.  My colleagues and I are pushing measures which will provide unemployment benefits to military spouses and make it easier for them to get licensed in New York if they are already credentialed in another state in the same profession.  Sign the petition to put military families first!

Instead, SED is trying to force a policy that would allow illegal immigrants the ability to apply for 53 different licenses including the ability to teach in New York.

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ICYMI: STRENGTHENING NEW YORK'S REFUGEE SECURITY 

In the wake of the attacks on Paris last year I proposed a comprehensive measure to strengthen New York's security when it comes to our refugee program.http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001-aEyWHBrb60hgybZm94idfIIkHi36g-EfO2SYbrqxhNjZCuDgREYCannbKlaLQXLvpbpGT2XC1a2e_gi0aMT7Oh7JkRZmQmFH7Kgf8m8op_EeXcmv8ru8PVwtiGF3_Nd_rzE4BP1hVxVRspiveV85NaGVkYODa09UYE3EB_yJaf3_dxzW8ZCulDaN4Zy6xAPElckWR2hm3xucy2p744HtpIXjWWq-mvuJT2uE1Eby-w=&c=Tql6RIuGq16js8jYCH0xbFMwaeT9n-LyjgvL4hgABV7XfWgzHI_hmA==&ch=gh92jGWvYmFeDA835aPY4M-_TDgokUVf8t6AdwgGRVRVYouYTxkdmw==
Just last week, United States Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified that the increased refugee stream, supported by President Obama, is a potential opportunity for terrorists to infiltrate our borders just like they did in advance of the attacks in Paris.

The legislation I have introduced is a common sense measure. It requires those seeking refugee status to provide fingerprints, as they already do for the federal government. It also
 requires refugee settlement agencies that receive state funding to provide data to state and local governments on where the refugees are and what services they are utilizing, for one year or until they are granted their green card.

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MURPHY BACKS BILL EXTENDING MTA'S HALF-FARE PROGRAM TO VETS          http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001-aEyWHBrb60hgybZm94idfIIkHi36g-EfO2SYbrqxhNjZCuDgREYCannbKlaLQXLvpbpGT2XC1a2e_gi0aMT7Oh7JkRZmQmFH7Kgf8m8op_EeXcmv8ru8PVwtiGF3_Nd_rzE4BP1hVxVRspiveV85NaGVkYODa09UYE3EB_yJaf3_dxzW8ZCulDaN4Zy6xAPElckWR2hm3xucy2p744HtpIXjWWq-mvuJT2uE1Eby-w=&c=Tql6RIuGq16js8jYCH0xbFMwaeT9n-LyjgvL4hgABV7XfWgzHI_hmA==&ch=gh92jGWvYmFeDA835aPY4M-_TDgokUVf8t6AdwgGRVRVYouYTxkdmw==

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.

Enacting this measure on behalf of our veterans is the right thing to do. 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.

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AROUND THE 40th & BEYOND


CELEBRATING THE EXPANSION OF NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL
I was on hand to celebrate the expansion of Northern Westchester Hospital including six new operating rooms and a fourteen bay recovery unit.  This is a great addition to our community!

VETERANS' HALL OF FAME WALL COMES TO MT. PLEASANT
Our moving wall honoring the 2015 inductees into the Veterans' Hall of Fame came to the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center.  The wall will be on hand for all to visit until our closing ceremony on April 2nd!

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Suzi McDonough On Governor Cuomo's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike
Mahopac (3/25/16) ­­ Assembly Candidate Suzi McDonough (R-­Mahopac) today issued the following op­ed on Gov. Cuomo's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour across New York State.
 
New York State is leading the nation in all the wrong categories, including the number of taxpayers and businesses that are voting with their feet and leaving the state all together. Small businesses throughout New York are already facing the nation's worst taxes and overregulation.

How does our Governor respond? Again, just like we’ve seen before, the Governor circumvented the Legislature to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers. The Governor’s political maneuver will cripple tens of thousands of businesses and lead to a worse economic climate and higher unemployment, not the revers. Sadly, these small businesses are already struggling to succeed.

Let it be clear that this use of Executive power was and is all about politics. Just like the un­SAFE Act, Cuomo’s actions are purely political. Cuomo undermined the system to implement a politically­driven agenda that will kill businesses and consumers. This is just another tax in a state that is dying a slow death of a thousand cuts.

As a past small business owner, I know how difficult it is to meet payroll and make ends meet in New York State's toxic climate and this recent action will make the environment even worse. It is simply irresponsible to raise the minimum wage by over 65 percent.

The elected officials in Albany just don’t seem to get it. On Election Day when we walk through the doors and cast our collective votes for an elected official, we are giving them power. We are entrusting in them to do what is right and what is fair. The madness needs to stop. 
 
Josef G. Bachmeier
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Black Stone USA
Direct 
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JOIN US AT JEFFERSON VALLEY MALL THIS WEDNESDAY FOR OPEN NETWORKING
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a friendly reminder from 
Yorktown Organizations United

YORKTOWN ORGANIZATIONS UNITED PRESENTS 
A FREE WORKSHOP WED., MAR. 30 AT JV MALL 6-8 P.M.
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Lincoln Depot Museum 2016 Opening Weekend

April 23-24 Opening Theme: “Women and the Civil War”
Guest Speakers Both Days, Over 60 New Artifacts on Display

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 28, 2016

Contact: John G. Testa, Board President, at 914-760-9773

The Lincoln Depot Museum is pleased to announce the start of the 2016 season with an Opening Weekend event on April 23 and 24, 2016.

The weekend theme is “Women and the Civil War” and features new permanent and temporary exhibits of vintage 19th Century women’s clothing and jewelry. Included in the exhibit will be a number of original 19th Century dresses on loan from The Eastchester Historical Society.



The Opening Weekend will also feature two presenters, one each day, to discuss women and civilians during the Civil War. Saturday’s presentation, “Women and Children of the Civil War, from Patriotism to Combat,” will be led by Brian D. Caplan, Esq. and will feature over 60 period photographic images. Caplan has been a serious collector of Civil War era memorabilia for over 30 years and items from his collection are prominent in the Lincoln Depot Museum exhibits. Parts of his collection have also been exhibited at Brandeis University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.



On Sunday, the presenter will be Juanita Leisch, a 19th Century clothing expert and scholar and author of Who Wore What: Woman’s Clothes 1861-1865 and Introduction to Civil War Civilians. Ms. Leisch will discuss “Civil War Civilians” and feature a number of items from her collection.



The doors of the museum will open at 1 PM and the presentations will begin at 2 PM each day. Admission will be $5.00 per person with children 12 and under and museum members free.



New Items on Display for 2016



The Lincoln Depot exhibit: “New York and Abraham Lincoln: The Indispensable Relationship,” will include more than 60 new artifacts. Many rare original photographs have been added throughout the exhibits and additional artifacts have been included as well. The “Slavery and Abolition in New York” exhibit, for example, now includes a rare slave identification tag and broadside, new Wide Awake and campaign items have been added and military unit ribbons related to the region will be on display. Almost every exhibit will feature new artifacts, some very rare.



Perhaps the most exciting new acquisition by the museum has local and NY State significance. On display in the “Lincoln’s Funeral in New York” exhibit will be an original New York Hudson River Railroad Timetable of the April 25, 1865 trip from NYC to Albany and showing the only Westchester stop in Peekskill.



Many Events Planned Throughout the Year



The Lincoln Depot Museum will be featuring a full line up of events for 2016. There will be a special Armed Forces Day musical event on May 21st featuring the 77th NY Regiment Balladeers and on June 18th the museum will host the second annual official Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony. More details on these and other upcoming events will be published soon. Also planned is a monthly “Lecture Series” of prominent speakers. Details to be announced soon.

The 2016 season for the Lincoln Depot Museum will run from April 23 to November 13. The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday, excluding holidays, from 1-4 PM. For further information, visit the museum website at lincolndepotmuseum.org or call at 914-402-4318.
 
Attachments: PR File, Event Flyer pdf file

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FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117
Bill@NovemberTeam.com

Statement
on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Questionable Independence from
the
New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics

March
28, 2016

"The
appointment of a third former Cuomo staffer to run day-to-day operations at
JCOPE makes it hard for any reasonable person to believe that Gov. Andrew Cuomo
played no role in JCOPE's controversial new fiat forcing public relations
professionals to register as lobbyists and, ultimately, to report communications
with editorial writers to state government.

"It
is our suspicion that Mr. Cuomo played a significant role in orchestrating this
action behind the scenes. We believe that is a reasonable supposition based on
Mr. Cuomo's well established reputation for Machiavellianism. We will not
speculate on why Mr. Cuomo would seek to chill interactions between editorial
writers and communications professionals who regularly challenge state
government.  

"The
November Team has issued three Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests
seeking communications between JCOPE and the governor's office -- one to JCOPE,
one to the Office of the Governor, and one to the New York Department of
State. 

"JCOPE
rejected the request out of hand, saying it is exempt from FOIL requests; the
governor's office sent back a single unrelated email, and the Department of
State notified us that it needs more time to parse records.

"Noting
Mr. Cuomo's penchant for communicating with his staff and other government
officials via untraceable Blackberry Messenger, we are less than sanguine that a
smoking gun will be produced. We will continue to press for records nonetheless.

"One
final thought: If Governor Cuomo thinks that JCOPE's decision infringes on the
First Amendment, as his spokespeople have suggested, why isn't he doing anything
about it?"

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The
above statement is jointly issued by William F. B. O'Reilly, Jessica Proud, and
Jerry McKinstry of The November Team, LLC. The November Team is a plaintiff in a
First Amendment legal challenge to JCOPE's binding "advisory opinion." This
statement was issued expressly by The November Team and without consultation or
knowledge of anyone else involved in the pending litigation.
  

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

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

STATE
SENATE CANDIDATE JULIE KILLIAN:
"TERM
LIMITS KEY TO ALBANY ETHICS REFORM"

Westchester
-- March 28...
Rye
City Councilwoman and state senate candidate Julie Killian, a longtime
Westchester community advocate and a mother of five, today announced that
establishing term limits for Albany legislators will be among her key priorities
as state senator.

Ms.
Killian, an ardent economic and ethics reformer, argues that state term limits
are essential to breaking up, "the comfortable, old boys network in Albany that
has prioritized re-election and cozy insider relationships over meeting the real
needs of families living in New York State."

"Serving
in the state legislature is supposed to be a public service, not a career
choice," Ms. Killian said. "There are many good people serving in Albany today,
but they have become compromised, frankly, by being in the system too long.
There's a reason New York has the highest taxes, the most corruption, and the
worst regulatory environment in the country -- it's what happens when
legislators and lobbyists spend years working out arrangements of mutual
interest together."  

Ms.
Killian, who is running in the 37th state senate district which encompasses much
of Westchester county, said that a term limit bill will be the first legislation
she will introduce in the Senate.

Ms.
Killian has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and
an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business.  She is
a former member of the Westchester County Charter Revision Commission
(2011-2014); a member of Rye Town Park Commission, and she is the co-founder of
RyeACT (Rye Action for Children and Teens), a coalition that educates and
empowers local teenegars to stay off drugs.

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

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
REFUGEE BILL GAINS BIPARTISAN ASSEMBLY AND SENATE SPONSORS IN WAKE OF BELGIUM ATTACKS

ALBANY, NEW YORK - The bipartisan bill that would setup a framework for refugee resettlement agencies to monitor the state's refugee program for potential terroristic threats has been introduced in the New York State Assembly by powerful Assistant Majority Leader Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn). The Senate version of the bill, which is sponsored by State Senator Terrence Murphy, passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs last week.
 
"In light of recent tragedies that have unfortunately become more and more of a common occurrence, we need to do everything possible to protect our citizens," Assemblyman Hikind said. "Through properly monitoring the registration records and conducting thorough background checks on these refugees, we'll be better equipped to protect the people of New York State while continuing to provide ample humanitarian services to those seeking asylum."
 
Federal officials, including the United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, have said recently that gaps in the federal screening process leave the "potential opportunity for terrorist organizations to move its members into other nations for potential attacks" via the refugee program. Meanwhile, in his Easter weekend radio address, President Obama vowed on Saturday to admit even more Syrian refugees under the program. 

The legislation sponsored by Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Hikind seeks to assuage those concerns while recognizing the need for humanitarian action.
 
"If there is even the potential of a threat, we must act," Senator Murphy said. "Under our bill the State will be asking for no more than the federal government already asks for but does not provide to us. In our current system, no one is monitored after they arrive here. That must end, for if even one terrorist makes it through under the auspices of this program and slips off the grid, it will be a tragedy we could have averted with this bill."
 
The legislation requires the ten international agencies that facilitate refugee resettlement through local affiliates, which are defined in federal law as 'voluntary agencies', become state-defined 'refugee resettlement agencies', as is done in other states. These agencies would be required to provide aggregate data to state and local governments on where refugees' points-of-origin and where they are currently residing, along with monitoring them for potential threats under rules to be devised by the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
 
The White House recently conceded to state governors that it could not provide this type of data, since it resides with the refugee resettlement agencies.
 
The programs run by these not-for-profits are state funded, by organizations such as the state Office for New Americans and the Bureau of Refugee and Immigration Assistance in the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, where refugees would be required to register upon arrival under the proposed bill.
 
These state agencies would fingerprint and perform background checks on refugees, which would not only aid state law enforcement officials, but allow the refugees to access a broader range of state assistance programs designed to help them achieve economic and social self-sufficiency, such as the refugee cash and medical assistance program, refugee health screenings and English language training programs.
 
The aggregate data provided to state and local governments would also help them better prepare for and absorb the cost of local services, and help the State Refugee Coordinator in the Governor's Office of Refugee Resettlement better determine placement to avoid oversaturation or isolation which may lead to non-integration, lawmakers say.
 
"Ultimately, we need these people on our side, because human intelligence is our most valuable form of intelligence," Senator Murphy said. "The horrific atrocity in Belgium last week may have been averted with the proper intelligence and monitoring. I know that with Assistant Majority Leader Hikind guiding this bill through the State Assembly, and the likelihood of passage in the State Senate, the refugee resettlement agency monitoring bill stands an excellent chance of becoming law."
 
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Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

Bazzo 03/28/16

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