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1)  NEWS RELEASE: Cortlandt Democrats Observe Law Day

2) Lalor: 3 Huge Corp. Welfare Schemes Failing NY Taxpayers, Job Seekers, Small Businesses

3) [PRESS RELEASE] Bank heist in Putnam and Dutchess County

4) News from Senator Murphy: May 2, 2016

5) [PRESS RELEASE] Senator Terrence Murphy's Moving Veterans' Wall Honors Four Putnam County Heroes

6) PRESS RELEASE] Public-private partners save Stuart's Farm from being turned into housing development

7) 12 Grapes: Mother's Day Buffet Brunch or Jazz Dinner

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Brian Pugh Cortlandt Democrats Observe Law Day ​ From Left to Right: Crotlandt attorney Anthony Giordano, NYS Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, New Rochelle Councilman Jared Rice & Cortlandt Democratic Commitee Sec

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For Immediate ReleaseMay 3, 2016
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
Three Huge Corporate Welfare Schemes Failing New York Taxpayers, Job Seekers, Small Businesses
East Fishkill, NY - (5/3/16) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor slammed New York's film tax credit program as wasteful corporate welfare again today with the revelation in a report from Empire State Development that appears to state that the average hire under the program is paid only $4,449.76 while New York taxpayers subsidize an average of $2,921.71 for those jobs. The just released Empire State Development report covers numbers for the fourth quarter of 2015. The average amount paid was obtained by dividing $208,280,088.00 in credit eligible wages by 46,807 total hires. The amount of pay per hire paid for by the taxpayer was calculated by dividing the $136,756,823 credit issued amount by 46,807 total hires. However, the data provided in the report contains too many unknowns to say exactly how much the average hire under this program is being paid because the credit amount is not based solely on wages, but also on additional production costs. So, it is likely the average hire is making less than $4,449.76. Unfortunately, the data detailing each individual cost by the companies and how the credit amount was determined for each production is not included in the data provided by  Empire State Development.
"The bottom line regarding the $420 million taxpayers give to Hollywood each year is this:  The studios are getting hundreds of millions of dollars while New Yorkers are likely being paid on average less than $4,449.76 for temporary work as set builders, movie extras and the like; while New York's long suffering taxpayers are being stuck with most of the bill," said Lalor.

"New York taxpayers are funding almost two-thirds of these salaries through corporate welfare," said Lalor.  "The Empire State Development report shows, once again, that the Hollywood tax credits aren't growing New York's economy. But they are lining the pockets of campaign donors, as emails leaked in the Sony hack have revealed the pay-to-play nature of these subsidies. Even Governor Cuomo's own tax reform commission determined that the Hollywood tax credits are a losing investment for taxpayers. Yet, New York continues to subsidize Hollywood to the tune of $420 million a year. That money would be better spent delivering across-the-board tax cuts to all New Yorkers."
Lalor continued, "Unfortunately, Albany is hiding most of the details about the Hollywood tax subsidies. We don't know what positions are included in the total hires number from Empire State Development, making it difficult to compare wages. This lack of transparency and the little information that is available doesn't even allow the press or policymakers to perform the most basic cost-benefit analysis. That situation says everything we need to know about this corporate welfare. If it was working, Albany would be more revealing with the numbers."
Lalor added, "New York's most advertised corporate welfare program, Start-Up NY, is failing but still enjoys bipartisan support. In it's first year, Start-Up NY cost taxpayers millions and only created 76 jobs at the cost of $697,368 each. The latest Start-Up NY report was due on April 1st, but it hasn't been released yet. I think we can expect Empire State Development will try to bury it with a release on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend."
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors continue to investigate the Buffalo Billion  and the Wall Street Journal reports that the Buffalo Billion is even riskier for New York taxpayers  than we thought. Solar City's gigafactory is the centerpiece of the Buffalo Billion, but the company is delicately propped up by loans back and forth between it's CEO and his other companies. From the Journal article: "'As an analyst, it is often a red flag for me when companies and management direct loans between entities they have personal or financial interests in,' said Nathan Weiss, founder and senior analyst at independent research firm Unit Economics LLC in East Greenwich, R.I."
Lalor concluded, "Corporate welfare isn't working for New York. It's just lining the pockets of campaign donors and propping up risky ventures. We need to end this waste of public funds and return that money to the taxpaying individuals and businesses who earned it."

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

Report details over $6 million loss in property value resulting from neglect of abandoned homes
CARMEL, NY - Senators Terrence Murphy and Jeff Klein, with community leaders, unveiled "The Great American Bank Robbery: 40th State Senate District and Putnam & Dutchess Counties," detailing over $6 million in property value depreciation resulting from poorly maintained bank-owned homes and zombie properties.

Standing in front of a deteriorating home, Senators Klein and Murphy called for new legislation to monitor bank-owned homes, require banks to maintain zombie properties, expedite the foreclosure process, give communities more powers to repair and maintain zombie properties, and create a community reinvestment fund to rid communities of blight.

"Residents of the 40th Senate District live within some of the most expensive areas in the nation and yet are under attack by neighboring zombie properties," Senator Murphy said. "These zombie homes not only prove to be an eyesore in our communities but pose real dangers to our neighbors and children. It is not unreasonable to hold big banks accountable to properly care for and maintain the properties under their ownership in the Hudson Valley. I thank Senator Klein for his leadership on this issue and look forward to our continued bipartisan partnership to protect our local neighborhoods from the modern day zombie attacks."

"The fallout of the subprime mortgage crisis hurts taxpaying homeowners the most. Banks, who own properties through foreclosure, let homes languish in awful states of disrepair that devalue surrounding homes even though they must by law maintain these properties," Senator Klein said. "Worse, zombie properties that are in the legal limbo of foreclosure rot in communities throughout the state negatively impacting property values. This is a problem across New York State affecting homeowners' greatest assets and we must hold banks accountable."

In the 40th senate district, which includes sections of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, bank-owned homes resulted in $846,003 in property depreciation, while zombie properties, or properties where homeowners have walked away, accounted for $1.38 million in property value depreciation.

Studies show that homes within a 300-foot radius of a bank-owned or zombie home depreciate by 1.3 percent, an average $5,000.

Wells Fargo is in the process of foreclosing on the majority of zombie properties in the 40th senate district.

In Dutchess County, 247 zombie properties impacted 781 surrounding homes. Most of the zombie properties are awaiting foreclosure by Wells Fargo. The abandoned homes cost homeowners in this county $2.59 million in lost property value.

In Putnam County, 114 zombie homes negatively affect 289 neighboring homes. Wells Fargo is in the process of foreclosing on the majority of the vacant properties in Putnam. The impact of zombie properties in Putnam totals $1.23 million in property value depreciation.

To combat community blight and protect property values Senators Klein and Murphy called for a multi-part solution: legislation that would to hold banks more accountable for properties they own, expedite the foreclosure process so that these homes are no longer in legal limbo, give communities more tools to help maintain and repair zombie properties, and require banks to maintain zombie properties; and to create a community reinvestment program.

The bank-owned property bill would increase transparency by creating a registry of foreclosed, vacant and abandoned properties in the state for the disposal of municipalities and the Office of the Attorney General, and grant the Attorney General the right to impose fines and initiate legal proceedings against financial institutions violating of the law.

Legislation is also proposed to expedite the foreclosure process when a property is found to be vacant or abandoned. The longer an abandoned home stays in foreclosure, the greater the chances of blight, resulting in deterioration in value to the property itself and the neighborhood at large. The Department of Financial Services noted in a May 2015 report that, "Approximately 31% of homes in the foreclosure process Upstate started out vacant or became vacant at some point during foreclosure, compared with approximately 8% Downstate."

The zombie property legislation would require mortgagees and their loan servicing agents to maintain vacant properties from the point they are discovered to be abandoned, create a statewide registry of vacant and abandoned properties, and require the attorney general to set up a toll-free hotline for neighbors and community residents to report properties that they believe to be vacant and abandoned, report problems, as well as to find out information regarding the foreclosure status of these properties.

Municipalities are often at the forefront of dealing with this crisis. The cities, towns and villages are often hampered by antiquated laws that make it difficult for them to discern the true owner of a zombie property. Legislation must be passed that would give these localities the ability to protect their citizens from these nuisance and public health risks.

The community reinvestment program would create a council of housing experts to disperse funds to help refinance homes, or help communities create affordable housing, middle-class homes or demolish dangerous structures. The program empowers communities to eliminate blight and take ownership of deteriorating parcels.

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

May 2
No. 44


Dear Friends,
It has been another intense week for government in New York.  From Mayor de Blasio's attempts to skirt the election law in an effort to desperately purchase State Senate seats by shaking down developers, to much-needed answers regarding questionable economic development grants, more dark shadows have been cast over the political system in our state.
To say it is disappointing is an understatement.
The reality is, these poor decisions dilute and distort the genuinely well intentioned and good work being accomplished by elected officials in all levels of government.
There is no denying reforms are needed.  However, rushing into poor policy is not the answer.  I can assure you that my colleagues and I are having in-depth discussions about the right course of action to ensure these recent allegations are properly addressed, and the proper parameters are put into place, to ensure this type of behavior does not continue.
Self interests and special interests should never be put ahead of the public's interests.  As your Senator, I will fight everyday to regain your trust and prove that New York can be a model for the rest of the nation to follow.
Wishing you the best in health,


A pet store owner in Mohegan Lake has closed his doors for good following a new series of violations stemming from his former Danbury pet store.  This marks his third arrest since July of last year.

This announcement was a major victory for animal lovers, our local community and most importantly, our pets.  New York needs to set a strong example that animal abuse, especially by individuals who are charged with caring for them, cannot and will not be tolerated.

I have been at the forefront of holding animal abusers accountable by proposing and passing legislation to strengthen penalties for animal abusers as well as calling for immediate inspections by New York's Department of Agriculture and Markets of any pet dealers charged with these heinous crimes.

Kicking Off the 2016 Campaign!
Last week I was joined by more than one hundred supporters to kickoff the 2016 campaign for reelection.
I am proud of my record which has included passing a statewide bill to grant parity for Vietnam veterans, achieving my goal of ending Common Core, restoring the Gap Elimination Adjustment and delivering a record amount of school funding for our local schools, roads and infrastructure.
I also helped to create the best paid family leave program in the nation, passed the Women's Equality Act and my Westchester Clean Water Act to keep inland waterways clean, along with funding the largest conservation project in Westchester to clean up and restore the Croton landfill meadow.
I look forward to a vigorous campaign and appreciate all of your support!
Taking on Mayor de Blasio
Last week I was joined by colleagues to call for heightened penalties to combat donation funneling which was used in a block-buster New York City pay-to-play allegation that I first exposed back in 2014.
Transfers by party committees to candidates are common place in New York State, however, using the committees as straw (fake) donors to disguise contributions, which is what is alleged to have occurred in 2014, is a first in the history of New York election law.
This situation was not a series of contributions that were then transferred to a campaign in the normal way, instead these were unlawful contributions structured to evade donation limits.  This is clearly a statewide corruption scandal engineered by the Mayor of New York City.  The cash was shaken down from individuals seeking City favors, washed and funneled through local party committees, in order to disguise single contributions as transfers.  Unlawfully steering campaign donations is a felony.  The Hudson Valley is not for sale.
 You Can Fight City Hall
Columnist Phil Reisman called New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio a "bogeyman" in 2014 New State Senate races, and now the spector of de Blasio is once again haunting candidates of local Democrats in the 2016 campaign season thanks to the looming campaign finance scandal centered in Putnam County.
Putnam County Republican Cpmmittee Chairman Anthony Scannapieco Jr., who filed the original complaint said, "As questions continue to mount in this growing scandal, it has become clear that all of the Democratic candidates in the 40th Senate District are in some way tainted by it.  It remains to be seen if any of them will be able to remain in the race now that their affiliation and participation with Team de Blasio's ongoing efforts is out in the open." 


Had a great time participating in the Peekskill Middle School's career day.  Talking with such energetic seventh graders about the state government was a ton of fun!

A special thanks to Majority Leader John Flanagan and my good friend John Cahill for hosting a great night in support of my campaign.  November may seem like a long way away but we are already working hard to ensure victory in 2016!

Proud to announce we are foster failures after officially adopting the newest member of the Murphy family, Bailey!  Special thanks to Stacey Radin of Unleashed NY.  We are thrilled to rescue this beautiful girl!

I was honored to speak at the Mt. Kisco Knights of Columbus Communion Breakfast.  Always great to see my good friend Mayor Cindrich.
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Terrence Murphy, 1853 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
MAHOPAC, NY - Humbled, but by no means defeated, four former servicemen were recognized by Senator Terrence Murphy for their service to their country at a ceremony held at the Mahopac Library on Monday, May 2nd.
      The ceremony marked the unveiling of a Moving Veterans' Wall sponsored by Senator Murphy and the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. The wall honors the wartime and civilian accomplishments of veterans from all conflicts of war. It will be on display at the Mahopac Library from May 2nd through the 13th.

      "These men offered their lives to a cause greater than themselves. Their bravery helped make America great and should never be forgotten," Senator Murphy said. "When these men came home, they served their communities with distinction, as firefighters, legislators and business leaders, while continuing to reach out to help their fellow veterans."
      "It is an honor to recognize these courageous men who served on behalf of our country," said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. "Our veterans allowed themselves to be put in harm's way to protect those who were being oppressed and to keep us safe at home. We appreciate their selfless acts and are forever in their debt."

      Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith, who served in the U.S. Army as a Brigadier General, added his heartfelt thanks. "This day is all about honoring those who love this country so much they marched to the sound of the guns, answering their country's call to arms. My prayer for young people is that they never have to go through war. We must always be ready to defend ourselves, but as soldiers we honor the dead by serving the living."

      The 40th Senate District's Veterans' Hall of Fame Wall honors nineteen members, including four Putnam County heroes: Thomas Cairney (Patterson), Raymond Callinan (Carmel/Mahopac), Thomas Smith (Brewster) and Willis Stephens (Southeast).

      Affectionately known as "Scotty," Thomas Cairney served with distinction in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Since his honorable discharge, he has provided outstanding service to his fellow veterans as a member of the Putnam Lake VFW Post, serving as Commander, chaplain and in several other capacities.

      A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Raymond Callinan has received numerous awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He has been Post Commander and currently serves as Chaplain for VFW Post 5491 in Mahopac, where he has been a member for 36 years.

      Thomas Smith served in the U.S. Army in the European theater in Frankfurt, Germany and LeHarve, France in the U.S. Army during World War II. His primary duty was clearing snipers and stragglers. He was injured performing his duties during a shelling. His medals include the European African Medals, one cluster at the Battle of the Bulge, a Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the New York State Medal.

      A pilot, Mr. Stephens flew for the Army Air Corps. Rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, he became a flight instructor, training future pilots in Waco, Texas and Phoenix Arizona. In 1952 he was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he served for 30 years. During his tenure he was appointed Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and ranking minority member of that committee.

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

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

GRANITE SPRINGS, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy today announced the award of a $1.84 million dollar grant to preserve Stuart's Fruit Farm in Somers from future development and maintain the land's use for agricultural purposes. This unprecedented commitment comes from the state's first-ever regionally targeted farmland conservation grant program, the Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program. which Murphy helped create last year.
"From the days of my childhood, I can remember visits to Stuart's farm with my four siblings," Senator Murphy said "It has been a part of our community for generations. This has been a decade in the making and I am proud to partner with the Westchester Land Trust and the Town of Somers to finally deliver this farmland protection grant. The preservation of Stuart's Farm was of the highest priority and we now have ensured it will remain as one of the most important agricultural, environmental and economic resources in the lower Hudson Valley."
Without protection, Stuart's Fruit Farm could have been converted to a subdivision of more than 50 houses, putting pressure on the schools, infrastructure, and watershed. A conservation easement on the farm will be now held by the Westchester Land Trust, ensuring that the land stays available for agricultural use in perpetuity, and its conservation values are preserved forever.
The cost of this project is estimated to be approximately $3.0 million, with an additional $600,000 in funding coming from acquisition funds of the Westchester Land Trust and Scenic Hudson, plus $400,000 from Westchester County, and $300,000 from the town of Somers. Senator Murphy worked closely to establish a public-private consortium with representatives of the Westchester Land Trust, the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District and Somers Supervisor Rick Morrissey to see the project to fruition.
Lori Ensinger, president of the Westchester Land Trust said, "Farms remain an important part of the landscape and economy of Westchester County and one of the features that make our region so special. The selection of Stuart's Fruit Farm for a 2016 Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program Award enables the Westchester Land Trust (WLT) and its partners to work with the Stuart family to permanently conserve a threatened resource. First and foremost we recognize Bob Stuart, Mary Lee Stuart Gerlach and the entire Stuart family for their commitment to responsible husbandry of their land and its protection forever. We also thank our project partners - Westchester County, the Town of Somers, Scenic Hudson, and the Somers Land Trust, who have all made preserving this historic farm a priority. This grant award from NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets is recognition of the importance of this farm to the broader community and deeply gratifying to us all."
Stuart's Fruit Farm is the oldest working farm in Westchester County and holds great historic and ecological significance. The funding will facilitate the permanent protection of the 170 acre farm and will be used to purchase the development rights to the farm, thereby safeguarding its continued agricultural viability into the future.
The 2014 New York State Open Space Conservation Plan names the farm as a high priority farmland protection project due to the confluence of public benefits including the protection of critically important watershed identified by NYC DEP, and its proximity to other working farmland as well as crucial protected wildlife corridors.
According to the Hudson Valley Foodshed Conservation Plan produced by Scenic Hudson, the Farm is "highest priority" for protection of rapidly dwindling agricultural land in the lower Hudson Valley to maintaining access to secure, local fresh food for Westchester and the greater New York City metropolitan area.
Stuart's Fruit Farm welcomes more than 20,000 visitors each year from Westchester County and beyond, who pick their own fruit, purchase produce at the Farm and visit nearby restaurants and local businesses. The farm also serves as an experiential educational destination for thousands of school children who visit the farm to learn about agriculture, local history, and the importance of local food production.
The funding which Senator Murphy helped secure from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets comes from the new Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program, which provides funding to local partners, such as municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts and land trusts, to help landowners in the region protect viable farmland from being used for purposes other than farming. It will protect more than 5,600 acres of active farmland.
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "Preserving farmland in the Hudson Valley is particularly important because of its proximity to the world's largest market place, New York City. This grant program is essential to ensuring food security for the millions of people living there. It also builds on the success of the Farmland Implementation Grant Program which has already helped safeguard thousands of acres of agricultural land across the state."

An aerial view of Stuart's Fruit Farm, which is slated to be preserved forever as farmland thanks to a conservation easement purchased by the Westchester Land Trust, funded through a Hudson Valley Agricultural Enhancement Program Grant that State Senator Terrence Murphy announced on May 3rd, 2016.
Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

 Event Calendar                    News/Reviews               914-737-6624

Hosted by Lilli O!
Our once-monthly Open Mics are mainly Acoustic, but most styles of music are welcome. All talented artists are invited to take the stage and enjoy one of the most talked about music venues in Westchester. 
SIGN UP: Begins at 8pm and ENDS at 10pm or 20 participants, whichever comes first.

Contemporary Rock Classics!
Drew Bordeaux takes our stage once again with an awesome band, J.J. Clarke on drums and Anthony Candullo on bass.
Drew can take one of your most cherished Rock songs and make you love it all over again. From Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, BB King, Santana and more.

$10 Cover OR $5 with Dinner.

1:30 / 2:00 seating

$32 for Adults
Includes one Mimosa, Prosecco 
or Bloody Mary
$18 for Children 12 & under

Hot & Cold Buffet includes Eggs Florentine, Scrambled Eggs, Brioche French Toast, Roasted Red Potatoes, Hickory-Smoked Bacon and Sausage. We'll also have Lemon Chicken, Spring Pasta, Caesar Salad ... Cold Buffet with fruit, freshly baked muffins, bagels & more. 

4 - 7pm 

LIVE MUSIC: 5:00 - 7:00

A Tribute to Jazz Singer 
Sarah Vaughan 
Kristina Koller will perform songs from "Miss Sassy", 1940's Jazz singer and Grammy winner Sarah Vaughan. Her timeless classics include "Summertime", "Misty", "Fly Me to the Moon", "The Shadow of Your Smile" and so many more. You're gonna love it, 
"Come Rain or Come Shine"!

RESERVATIONS: 914-737-6624

SUN May 15, 2:00 - 4:00
Six seasoned storytellers tell their stories of being burned, being the burner, or the time they touched that hot stove. 
Tickets: $10 / $5 for students
Classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '40's, '50's and more. $5 Cover or higher donation goes directly to the band. 
Reservations recommended.
12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 N. Division St., Peekskill, NY 10566

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