Monday, April 25, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 04/25/16: 8 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: What Kind of Country Do You Want?
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac/columns/bazzo-says/articles/what-kind-of-country-do-you-want
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: Updated: Town Board Work Session & Regular Meeting- Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

2) Town Of Ossining: Supervisor's Update- April 23rd, 2016

3) Town Of Yorktown: Public Meeting Agendas] Planning Board Work Session 04/25/16

4) [MEDIA ADVISORY] *Tuesday, 11:00am* De Blasio pay-to-play, funneling scandal exposed in detail - again!

5) [PRESS RELEASE] [UPDATED] Putnam Dems ensnarled in hizzoner's felonious self-dealing

6) NEWS: Maloney Hosts Roundtable on Local Agriculture Priorities, Helping Beginning Farmers

7) NEWS: On Earth Day, Maloney Announces Bill to Create Green Schools, Good-Paying Jobs

8) News from Senator Murphy: April 22, 2016
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On Friday, April 22, 2016 5:11 PM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:

 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com

Town Board Work Session & Regular Meeting


Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Work Session at 7PM, Board Meeting at 7:30PM

Birdsall-Fagan Police/ Court Facility

86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562


Work Session, 7PM: Mortgage Recording Tax Re-Distribution

 
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision Channel 78 and Verizon Channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings, or stream them LIVE here.

All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.
All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision Channel 78 and Verizon Channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings, or stream them LIVE here.

2016 Budget Resources
Line Item, Highlights, Facts & Figures
Residents can also contact the Town Board by phone at 762-6001.
Dana A. Levenberg: dlevenberg@townofossining.com
Karen M. D'Attore: dattore@townofossining.com
Elizabeth R. Feldman: feldman@townofossining.com
Kim Jeffrey: jeffrey@townofossining.com
Northern Wilcher, Jr.: wilcher@townofossining.com

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On Saturday, April 23, 2016 4:48 PM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:



 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 

Supervisor's Update- April 23rd, 2016


I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and, for all those who celebrate, I hope you and your family are having a happy Passover.
 
This past Tuesday night, the Town Board hosted a Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about the Town-wide revaluation. Our Town Assessor, Fernando Gonzalez, along with representatives from Tyler Technologies, Michael Haberman Associates, and John Wolham from the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services prepared a pdf document answering those FAQs (200 KB) , and also were on hand at the meeting to address written questions from the audience. It was a productive meeting, and we were able to answer the lion’s share of questions for those who attended. If you didn’t get a chance to join us and want to know what was discussed, you can watch the video on our Youtube channel.

We started working with our new software company, MUNIS, earlier this week. The Village of Ossining is spearheading this project, and we anticipate having some of the more important modules online before year’s end. We are also working with the Village on a new phone system for 16 Croton Avenue, the Police Building/Town Court, and the Community Center. We are looking forward to making communication easier for our staff and make it easier for our residents to reach us.
 
This will be the last time we announce that on April 30th, the Town will disconnect the 762-6007 number that is connected to the old Police Station at 507 North State Road. If you have a non-emergency concern to report to the Ossining police, you must call them directly at (914) 941-4099. As always, emergencies should be reported to 911. Please share this information with your neighbors who may not be subscribed to our email list.

We are happy to have such engaged residents, especially when you hear about something strange. We got a call from a resident in Kemey’s Cove about a woman who had come to her house and introduced herself as a representative of Liberty Power, and claimed that as the new energy supplier for Ossining, she would need to see the resident’s Con Edison bill.  We want to be clear—Liberty Power is not the vendor for our CCA program, and they should not be asking you for any documents. We announced this at our meeting this past Tuesday, but please keep an eye out and share this with your friends and neighbors. Our CCA vendor is Con Edison Solutions, and no one will be coming to your door to ask you about anything. (Does CCA not sound familiar to you? Take a look at WestchesterPower.org for more information, or to find out how to opt in if you are interested in getting a great price for green energy supply.)

We also heard about some folks going door to door asking for money to be transferred to a bank account to help earthquake victims in Ecuador. There are many ways to help families in Ecuador who have been impacted by this tragedy, but please confirm the legitimacy of the organization to whom you donate, and please do not send money to a bank account.

In happier news, Westchester Magazine's Healthcare Heroes for 2016 were announced today, and we are so proud to work with not just one, but TWO of these wellness rockstars. Lindsay Farrell, President and CEO of our very own Open Door Family Medical Center, and Dr. J. Robert Seebacher, Chair of our Mid-Hudson Ambulance District Oversight Committee, will be presented with this distinguished honor on May 19th. Just last year, OVAC Captain Nick Franzoso was also honored with this prestigious award. We are so very proud to call these folks colleagues, neighbors, and friends-- Ossining is fortunate to have such brilliant minds and tremendous advocates for our well-being. Congratulations!


As temperatures are rising, we are getting closer to many exciting Ossining events, some annual and some that we are planning for the first time. Earth Day was a fantastic kick-off to the Spring and Summer activities: we had a record breaking crowd, and some may say record breaking weather! We owe a big thank you to Suzie Ross, Green Ossining, our staff from the Town and Village, and of course, our attending residents, all of whom made this day so very special.

Stash the Trash has become one of the more popular community service events in Ossining, and it starts today! We are doing things a bit differently this year—instead of one day of going out in teams, this year’s Stash the Trash will go through Saturday, May 7th. Head to the Community Center Monday through Saturday and pick up your gloves, bag, safety vest and instructions from the front desk, and don’t forget to let us know how you did! We love getting photos of teams working together and the huge bags of trash they collect. Who knows? Your picture may be featured on the Town website- Smile!

Next weekend, on Saturday, April 30th, the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy will be holding a gravestone cleaning at Historic Dale Cemetery between 9AM and noon—no experience is required, just the desire to add beauty to a unique Ossining place and the willingness to get a little dirty. Water and snacks will be provided, along with an OHCC t-shirt for those who volunteer. Also on April 30th, the Ossining Historical Society will be hosting their annual Historic Homes Tour. This event is not to be missed, but today is the last day to buy tickets. See the flyer below for more information.

Next up? Ossining’s first Health and Wellness Day, which also marks the kickoff of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining, on May 7th at Louis Engel Park-- that's a celebration of our parks and our physical fitness businesses in town who will give you a taste of what they offer for an hour each weekend at one of our parks and outdoor public spaces.  Take advantage of all that our Town and Villages have to offer! Also that day is the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep: follow this link to register. http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/5th-annual-riverkeeper-sweep/

Also on May 7th is "I Love My Parks" Day between 9:30AM and 3PM at the Old Croton Aqueduct Historic Park. Help the improve the Aqueduct Trail by cutting down vines, removing invasive plants and picking up trash. Visit http://nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=96-15604.0 for more details.

After that, it is only a few short weeks until the Ossining Village Fair on Saturday, June 11th, and everyone’s favorite, the Independence Day Fireworks on Thursday, June . As in years past, this will also be the first performance of the Summer Concert Series, and we are anticipating a great crowd. KJ Denhert and her band will be kicking off the season, and we are looking forward to a night of incredible music, food and fun with friends and family.

Now that we have you considering our parks as part of your warm-weather entertainment, I invite you to fill out our Town Parks survey and be entered to win a $100 gift card to either The Boathouse or Pine and Oak. We are only accepting entries until Monday, May 2nd, so don’t miss out on this great chance to tell us how we can make our amazing parks someplace you will want to spend even more time.

The Town will be having a short Work Session before the Board Meeting this coming Tuesday (April 26th), so please join us at the Court House at 7:00PM or tune in live. Until then, here are a few more events going on in Ossining this week. I hope the weather cooperates!

 

Ossining Residents:  Free Rabies Clinic Sunday, April 24
What:  Sponsored by Westchester County Dept. of Health - Westchester County residents can bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for free rabies vaccinations on Sunday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stamen Animal Hospital, 61 Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle.  Call 914-632-1269 to schedule a required appointment.
When:  Sunday, April 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Stamen Animal Hospital, 61 Quaker Ridge Rd, New Rochelle, NY
Contact:  Stamen Animal Hospital, (914) 632-1269
 
Ossining Public Library Presents Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: I-Heung Lee
What: Please joing us for this classical piano concert.  All are welcomed to attend.  I-Heung Lee will perform the works of Bach, Chopin, and other classical composers.  Free in the Budarz Theatre
When:  Sunday, April 24, 2:00pm
Where: Budarz Theatre, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining
Contact:  Ossining Public Library, (914) 941-2416
 
 
"Dancing for the Children"
What:  "Dancing for the Children" will showcase a variety of dance genres, including classical ballet, jazz, Broadway, Irish Step Dance, traditional Indian dance and Bollywood. Participating dance studios are Dance NYAAD, Westchester Dance Academy, Steffi Nossen, Natya Anubhava Academy, O'Sullivan School of Irish Dancing, United Martial Arts Center Demo Team, Swapna Dance Academy, Bollywood Axion, and Independent Briarcliff High School Dances. This event is produced by eight Briarcliff High School students to benefit the Ossining Children's Center.
When: Sunday, April 24, 2:30 pm
Where: Briarcliff High School, 444 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor 10510
Information: or to purchase tickets: http://www.ossiningchildrenscenter.org/special-events
 
 
Ossining Lions Club Celebrates "Lions Family and Friends Month"
What:  Ossining Lions Club invites you to join us Thursday, April 28, at Ossining Elks Lodge (formerly Brasserie Swiss) 118 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY to celebrate “Lions Family and Friends Month”. The program is entitled Reflections of Family Occasions; also Installation of Officers and New Members.  Invite your family members and friends to join us. People attending will be asked to share a favorite family experience. Learning about each other is interesting and fun; and, it helps us understand and enjoy each other more. In addition, newly elected officers and new members will be installed by District Governor Steve DeName.  You are invited to arrive at 7:00 PM, and the meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. A buffet dinner will be served at a cost of $25.00, and there will be a cash bar.  Please RSVP by April 27to Sandy McKee at 914-762-2500 or smckee@ebsaccess.com. Checks payable to Ossining Lions must be received no later than April 26 (Ossining Lions, PO Box 708, Ossining, NY 10562.
When:  Thursday, April 28, 7:00pm.  RSVP by April 27.
Where:  Ossining Elks Lodge (formerly Brasserie Swiss), 118 Croton Ave, Ossining
Contact:  RSVP to Sandy McKee, smckee@ebsaccess.com (914) 762-2500
 










 
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.
Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562
914-762-6001
dlevenberg@townofossining.com



 

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On Monday, April 25, 2016 10:06 AM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:
PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA - TENTATIVE
YORKTOWN COMMUNITY & CULTURAL CENTER
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board Work Session


Calendar Date:
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 7:00pm


Correspondence/Liaison Reports
Minutes - April 11, 2016
PEG Realty Corporation
SBL: 16.08-1-2
Discussion Approved Site Plan

Location: 3699 Hill Boulevard
Contact: Architectural Visions, PLLC
Description: Proposed 2-Lot subdivision and 11,600 SF one-story commercial building.
Little Sorrentos
SBL: 36.05-1-15
Discussion Outdoor Seating

Location: 3565 Crompond Road
Contact: Gina DiPaterio
Description: Proposed 20 seat patio measuring approximately 300 square feet.
Chase (JPMorgan) Bank
SBL: 37.14-2-66
Discussion Traffic Study

Location: 1975 Commerce Street
Contact: Gibbons, P.C.
Description: Proposed demolition of existing restaurant and construction of an approximately 4,320 sf bank with one drive-thru lane and one bypass lane, with on site parking and related site improvements.
JCPC Holdings, LLC
SBL: 48.07-2-2
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 1560 Front Street
Contact: Ciarcia Engineering, P.C.
Description: Proposed 5,000 sf building for an engine building shop.
Marathon Development Group – 322 Kear Street
SBL: 37.18-2-51
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 322 Kear Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed three story, approximetly 13,000 sf commercial and residential building with associated parking.
Triglia & Rezi
SBL: 16.17-1-51
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 1415 Christine Road
Contact: Albert A. Capellini, Esq.
Description: Proposed subdivision of 1.145 acre parcel to create one (1) new additional lot to construct a single family dwelling.
Spark Steakhouse
SBL: 26.18-1-7
Discussion Site Plan

Location: 3360 Old Crompond road (Crompond Crossing)
Contact: MAP Architecture
Description: Applicant is proposing additional outdoor and rooftop seating at an approved restaurant building.
Hearthstone Minor Subdivision
SBL: 17.18-1-8
Discussion Subdivision

Location: 3138 Hearthstone Street
Contact: 16 Lake Road, Inc
Description: Proposed 2 lot subdivision on 1.0 acres in the R1-20 Zone.

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Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 104
Yorktown Heights, NY
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For Immediate Release: April 26, 2016
Contact: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
 
   
***MEDIA
ADVISORY***
FOR
TUESDAY
APRIL
26th, 11:00 A.M.
 
 
Senators,
Candidates Provide Additional Details 
on
de Blasio Pay To Play 
and Unlawful Contributions to County Committees
WHITE
PLAINS, NY - In 2014, Senator Terrence Murphy first exposed the
block-bluster
pay-to-play allegations against Mayor Bill de Blasio in a complaint that the
Chief Enforcement Counsel of the State Board of Elections called "willful and
flagrant" and referred for "criminal prosecution." The scam
made
a developer feel "uncomfortable" after he was shaken down for cash.

Unlawfully
steering campaign donations to evade contribution limits is in and of itself a
class E felony under New York election law. The New York Times reports
federal prosecutors are now honing in on "evidence of a scheme to use the county
committees to illegally redistribute contributions to candidates" as part of a
larger investigation into de Blasio's fundraising. The straw donors, many of
whom were seeking city contracts, were also pressured to donate to de Blasio's
non-profit.

On
Turesday at 11 a.m. in White Plains, Senator Terrence Murphy, who first
discovered the scheme , will detail this

flagrant abuse of New York State campaign finance law and other loopholes which
reek of pay-to-play and led to the growing crisis and reveal new details about
the ongoing investigation.

The
details for
Tuesday's event
are as follows:

WHO:
Senator Terrence Murphy
Complaint
author Anthony Scannapieco Jr., Chairman, Putnam GOP

WHAT:
Press Conference detailing de Blasio Influence Peddling\

        WHERE:
Westchester County Board of Elections
25
Quarropas St, White Plains, NY 10601

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 25, 11 A.M. 

CONTACT:
Matt Slater, 914-582-2361

***ALL
PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND***
**EXCELLENT
PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE**

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Terrence Murphy, 3030 Chen Court, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22nd, 2016
CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
PUTNAM DEMS ADMIT TO FELONY,
PAY-TO-PLAY DEAL WITH DE BLASIO
 
CARMEL, NY - A press release issued by this office has been updated to reflect the following:
 
Scannapieco sent a formal complaint in October 2014 to Risa Sugarman, the independent enforcement counsel at the New York State Board of Elections.[3] Approximately fifteen minutes after this release was issued, the Daily News confirmed that Sugarman had in fact acted on the original complaint. Reporter Ken Lovett confirmed in an earth shattering scoop[4]:



The Daily News obtained a bombshell "privileged and confidential" memo state Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman sent to the board's four commissioners on Jan. 4, recommending the referral to the Manhattan District Attorney's office. 

The commissioners, during a closed-door vote, made the referral on Jan. 11, sources said. 

The Sugarman memo paints a picture of a coordinated effort by the mayor and his allies - dubbed by the players involved interchangeably as "Team de Blasio" and "Team Coordinated" - to deliberately circumvent legal campaign donation limits in three upstate races in what turned out to be an unsuccessful effort to help the Democrats win control of the state Senate in 2014.  

 "I have determined that reasonable cause exists to believe a violation warranting criminal prosecution has taken place," Sugarman wrote. "The violations discovered by this investigation can only be described as willful and flagrant."







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PUTNAM DEMS ADMIT TO FELONY,
PAY-TO-PLAY DEAL WITH DE BLASIO
 
CARMEL, NY - The New York Times reported earlier today that federal prosecutors have now zeroed in on law-breaking in the Hudson Valley involving Mayor Bill de Blasio, who steered donations far in excess of legal limits to Democratic Senate candidates who were otherwise barred by state election law from receiving such large contributions directly. Officials in Putnam County are now asking District Attorney Bob Tendy to launch his own investigation into the alleged wrong-doing.
 
After raking in less than $10,000 in ten years, over $671,000 in donations were made in the course of one month to the Putnam County Democratic Committee, which is now a target in the "multipronged criminal investigation being conducted by federal and state authorities," according to the Times.[1]
 
Although Putnam County Democratic Chairman Ken Harper claimed to reporter Bryan Fumagalli of the Mahopac News in 2014 that the donations were unsolicited, they were immediately steered to Democratic candidates that same week. Now, Putnam County Democratic Vice-Chairman Louis Epstein confirmed the illegality of the scheme today in an on-the-record interview with the Times. "We were told, before we got it, how it was going to be used," Epstein's allocution reads.
 
Section §14-126 New York State Election Law prohibits steering a donation to a party committee "if they are given or solicited for a particular candidate, with an intent to evade individual contribution limits." A violation of this section is a Class E Felony.
 
Senator Terrence Murphy had originally called for an investigation when the scheme was first uncovered back in 2014 along with his colleague Senator Sue Serino.[2] The call was renewed when it was subsequently learned that many of the straw donors were seeking city contracts or permits when asked to contribute, and several felt "uncomfortable" making the donations.
 
The current criminal probe has further revealed that these donors were also asked to make additional contributions to Mayor de Blasio's non-profit foundations, which used the money to compensate staff and vendors of the de Blasio campaign.
 
"Few could have imagined that nearly two years ago, when reporter Bryan Fumagalli broke the story of the questionable donations to the Putnam Country Democratic Committee that turned into an expose from the Daily News' Ken Lovett and CBS 2's Marcia Kramer, it would have gone this far," Murphy said a statement. "Redistributing donations to evade contribution limits is wrong. Pay-to-play is wrong. We need to get to the bottom of how far this goes, even if it is to the top. District Attorney Tendy is a no-nonsense type of guy, and in light of the confession made today in the Times, a local investigation is warranted."
 
Putnam County Republican County Committee Chairman Anthony Scannapieco Jr. said that the potential Democratic State Senate candidates should distance themselves from the scandal. "We know Terry Gipson was the recipient of this tainted cash and he may have already been subpoenaed," he said.
 
"It is time for Mr. Gipson to come clean about what he knew and when he knew it," Scannapieco said. "Further, Senate candidates Andrew Falk, Deborah Carter Costello and Alison Boak must repudiate this practice, and state once and for all unequivocally and on the record why they have not joined the call for an investigation into the fundraising practices of the Senate Democratic Conference they hope to join."
 
Scannapieco sent a formal complaint in October 2014 to Risa Sugarman, the independent enforcement counsel at the New York State Board of Elections.[3] Approximately fifteen minutes after this release was issued, the Daily News confirmed that Sugarman had in fact acted on the original complaint. Reporter Ken Lovett confirmed in an earth shattering scoop[4]:



The Daily News obtained a bombshell "privileged and confidential" memo state Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman sent to the board's four commissioners on Jan. 4, recommending the referral to the Manhattan District Attorney's office. 

The commissioners, during a closed-door vote, made the referral on Jan. 11, sources said. 

The Sugarman memo paints a picture of a coordinated effort by the mayor and his allies - dubbed by the players involved interchangeably as "Team de Blasio" and "Team Coordinated" - to deliberately circumvent legal campaign donation limits in three upstate races in what turned out to be an unsuccessful effort to help the Democrats win control of the state Senate in 2014.  

 "I have determined that reasonable cause exists to believe a violation warranting criminal prosecution has taken place," Sugarman wrote. "The violations discovered by this investigation can only be described as willful and flagrant."











[1] J. David Goodman, William Neuman and William K. Rashbaum. "Obscure Ban Is Driving Inquiry Into de Blasio's Fund-Raising." New York Times. April 21, 2016.
[2] Bryan Fumagalli. "Major windfall has supporters, opponents raising eyebrows." Mahopac News. October 23, 2014.
[3] Ken Lovett. "Putnam County Republican chairman files formal complaint over Democratic donations." New York Daily News. October 30, 2014.


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Committee to Elect Terrence Murphy, 3030 Chen Ct, Yorktown HTs, NY 10598

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April 22, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
 
Maloney Hosts Round‎table on Local Agriculture Priorities, Helping Beginning Farmers
 
Newburgh, NY – On Earth Day, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) hosted a roundtable with Hudson Valley farmers at Soons Orchards in New Hampton, NY to discuss local agriculture priorities, conservation efforts and ways to support the next generation of Hudson Valley farmers. In attendance were representatives from the New York Farm Bureau, the National Young Farmers Coalition, area land trusts and non-profits, Cornell Cooperative Extension and local Hudson Valley farmers.
 
“Our hardworking farmers create thousands of jobs and bring back over one hundred million dollars to our Hudson Valley economy,” said Rep. Maloney, a Member of the House Agriculture Committee. “Our farmers know the situation on the ground better than anyone else, which is why I want to hear directly from local farmers and producers about their concerns and priorities – particularly what we can do to incentivize the next generation of farmers and provide beginning farmers with the tools they need to succeed.”
 
“We were delighted to host Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, growers and farm advocates from around the Hudson Valley at our family farm today for a lively discussion of problems and solutions to the many challenges facing local agriculture. Congressman Maloney has been pro-active since day one for farmers, identifying opportunities to help a critical component of our local economy to not just survive, but thrive. Kudos to his office for organizing gatherings like this one, and always being available to listen, and better yet, act,” said Sharon Soons, Soons Orchard.
 
“New York Farm Bureau appreciates Congressman Maloney taking the time to meet with young farmers in his district to hear their concerns. Starting a new farm business comes with many challenges including access to land, capital and navigating complicated regulatory systems. Congressman Maloney clearly understands that young farmers are important to the future economy and maintaining the rich history of the Hudson Valley,” said Elizabeth Wolters, Associate Director of Public Policy at New York Farm Bureau.
 
"Young farmers are their own best advocates. I'm glad Representative Maloney brought together this group of farmers and service providers to talk about how we help the next generation succeed,” said Lindsey Shute, Co-founder and Executive Director of National Young Farmers Coalition.
 
According to the most recent census data, Agriculture showed a 4.3% decline in the number of principal farmers compared with 2007. The report also found that the average age of principal farmers has continued to rise – causing concern amongst key stakeholders that the industry is not attracting enough new entrants to the industry.  Maloney is a cosponsor of the Young Farmer Success Act, legislation designed to incentivize  careers in farming. The bill would designate farming as a public service under the  Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and allow qualified applicants to receive full federal student loan forgiveness after ten years of on-time payments.

Immediately after joining Congress in 2013, Rep. Maloney hosted his first Agriculture Town Hall where he heard that Congress and the USDA must do a better job protecting hardworking farmers in the Hudson Valley – especially in the aftermath of devastating storms like Hurricane Irene. In response to this Town Hall, Rep. Maloney introduced his first bill, the bipartisan CROP Act, which aimed to reform crop insurance and invest in the specialty crop farmers who drive the Hudson Valley’s agricultural economy. Rep. Maloney’s CROP Act, along with other key priorities for the Hudson Valley, was included in the 2014 Farm Bill.
 

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April 22, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
 
On Earth Day, Maloney Announces Bill to Create Green Schools, Good-Paying Jobs
 
Lagrangeville, NY – In celebration of Earth Day, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced legislation at Arlington High School to provide funding to schools to encourage green development of their aging infrastructure. The School Modernization And Revitalization Through (SMART) Jobs Act would authorize funding for the development of green schools, which would encourage energy efficiency and the use of renewables, and create numerous high-skilled jobs in the clean energy industry.
 
“As a father, I believe we owe it to our children to adopt policies which will preserve our environment and create a healthier world for them to grow,” said Rep. Maloney. “Incentivizing our schools to adopt environmentally-responsible building practices creates a better learning environment for students while creating more good-paying high skilled jobs in the Hudson Valley.”
 
“Energy conservation and green technology are not only what's best for our environment, but they save crucial dollars that can be used for the education of our students. I have no doubt that, if approved, Congressman Maloney’s proposal for increased federal dollars for green initiative projects will be put to good use by Arlington and many other school districts,” said Dr. Brendan Lyons, Superintendent of Schools for Arlington School District.
 
“When I read about the Green Schools initiative being put forward by Congressman Maloney, it struck me that our government would be encouraging Arlington and other school districts in our region to demonstrate how it’s possible to save on the bottom line of our early operating costs while also reducing the carbon footprint of our school buildings,” said Jacob Lawrence, science teacher and Energy Education Specialist at Arlington High School. “This bill will offer school districts in our region the opportunity to upgrade the health, safety, and educational environment of our public school buildings.”
 
Mary Filardo, lead researcher and writer of the report of the 21st Century School Fund, National Council on School Facilities and the Center for Green Schools of the U.S. Green Building Council, said, "The SMART Jobs Act is one critical part of taking care of the nation's public school facilities. A federal contribution to ensure capital investments can be made in the lowest wealth communities is essential to giving all students the opportunity to succeed." 
 
“The neglect of public school buildings and their inability to support education erodes our society’s ability to compete globally. Modern school facilities that meet modern safety standards and the evolving needs of a burgeoning school population are essential. Rep. Maloney’s SMART Jobs would make meaningful steps to address this problem,” said Martin Hight, Senior Manager, Government Relations at American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
“I’m glad to support the Congressman’s great efforts to support our schools. Schools provide a unique laboratory for young people to learn about energy efficiency in accordance with taking care of our facilities and we applaud and fully support the great work of Congressman Maloney,” said Joe Van De Loo, Executive Director of the New  York State Facilities Association.
 
The SMART Jobs Act will authorize $6.4 billion for the renovation, modernization, and repair of academic facilities using environmentally-sensitive building practices. The majority of funding will be required to be used to promote the use of green building standards. Of the $6.4 billion allocated for construction, $600 million will be designated for public schools in Presidential Declared Disaster Areas still recovering from damage. In addition, it would require school districts to publicly report the educational, energy, health and environmental benefits of projects, how they comply with the green building standards, and the percentage of funds used for projects at low-income, rural and charter schools. It would also require the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to disseminate best practices in school construction and to provide technical assistance to states and school districts regarding best practices. Finally, this legislation would create numerous high-skilled jobs in the clean energy industry and ensure fair wages and benefits for workers by applying the Davis-Bacon protections to all grants.
 

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April 22
2016
ISSUE
No. 43
NEWS FROM
SENATOR MURPHY

SENATOR: I TOLD YOU SO! NYC CAMPAIGN CASH $CANDAL
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We called this two years ago, and aid to follow the money down the Saw Mill Parkways right to Gracie Mansion.  We knew this was a problem.  To the U.S. Attorney, we appreciate all of your efforts, we were the target of this and it was disgusting what happened.
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I hope you can join me for my official campaign kickoff on Wednesday, April 27th, at Sinapi's Ceoloa Manor in Jefferson Valley!
 
We have accomplished a great deal in the last sixteen months. 
 
We've finally gotten parity for Vietnam veterans. We've ended Common Core, restored the Gap Elimination Adjustment and delivered a record amount of school funding for our local schools. 
 
We created the best paid family leave program in the country, passed the Women's Equality Act and my Westchester Clean Water Act to keep our inland waterways clean. We funded the largest conservation project in Westchester to clean up and restore the Croton landfill meadow. 
 
We passed term limits for leadership in the Senate. We cut income taxes by twenty-percent and passed business tax cuts in two straight on time budgets that stay within a self-imposed spending caps. We introduced legislation to monitor the influx of Syrian Refugees and stood up against the radical and insane over reach to grant teaching and medical licenses to illegal immigrants while the service men and women of our Armed Forces and their spouses are told their training is no good. 
 
But there is so much more that needs to be done! From cleaning up our government and finally putting the public interest ahead of self-interest, to fixing the unfair school funding formula that penalizes Westchester schools and taxpayers, to reigning in out-of-control Albany rulemakers who stifle business growth with over-regulation, and shifting toward a system where we provide real property tax relief instead of just addressing property tax growth, I will need your support. 

 
Please join me at 6:30 PM at Sinapi's next Wednesday. 

 
Let's make a strong showing that tells the New York City crowd that they cannot take this seat and crush our wallets, our businesses and our kids with more spending, taxes, and cost shifts to fund New York City social programs like free college for illegal immigrants. Together, we will continue to give everyone the opportunity to succeed.
 
 Calling for the Suspension of Accused Abusive Pet Store Owner's License

A pet store owner in Mohegan Lake has been arrested following a new series of violations stemming from his former Danbury pet store. 
 
I sent a letter to the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, formally requesting Mr. Doyle's license as a pet store owner in New York State be suspended until the legal process concludes any wrong doing.
 
Animal cruelty in of itself is despicable but to be charged on three separate occasions it is time for New York Sate to step in and do the right thing.

READ MORE HERE  
 ICYMI: Pace Students Unveil Elephant Protection Bill to State Legislators 
 
A new state bill to ban elephants from performing as entertainment in New York has come from students at Pace University.
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I am thrilled to partner with students from Pace University in  Pleasantville as well as my colleague Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
 
More than 1,000 students signed a petition to show their support of this legislation.  I love engaging young and energetic students who show a passion for what they believe in!

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE 

AROUND THE 40th & BEYOND


WESTCHESTER EXCEPTIONAL CHILDRENS' SCHOOL
The Westchester Exceptional Childrens School in North Salem provides incredible services to students with autism, who are medically fragile or have communication and behavior disorders.  Earlier this week I was on hand to dedicate their new Behavior Support Room which will only help more their students in need.
HONORING BEEKMAN'S FINEST
I had the privilege of honoring World War II veteran Emil Preuss of Beekman this week.  Emil has been an active member of the community for years and was nominated by Supervisor Zulauf and the town board to the Class of 2015 Veterans' Hall of Fame.  It was a pleasure to meet his daughter Deb who accepted his certificate and plaque on his behalf.
MT. KISCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISIT
Had a great tour of one of Westchester's finest elementary schools.  I was excited to learn about all of the great things they do thee and talk about the $790,000 increase in school funding we delivered for the Bedford Central School District in this year's budget!

SPEAKING UP FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
I joined my colleague Senator Sue Serino and Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell at the Putnam County Legislative Forum for People with Disabilities.  We heard some inspirational testimony about the incredible services Putnam continues to provide and I will continue to advocate for greater access and coverage for those in need.
 
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