Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/11/16: 10 New Topics In Today's blog

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A)  Check Out Peekskillpost.net: 
 http://www.peekskillpost.net/

B) Check Out Yorktown News:
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown
New Bazzo Says Column: Acceptable Consequences 
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac/columns/bazzo-says/articles/acceptable-consequences
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
F) VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT MAY 2016 SHOW:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lsw3_QVYaw&feature=youtu.be

1)  Route 9A Closures Through May 13th

2) Press Release:  Schumer failure to uncover or disclose Iran deal

3) Lalor: MSG Tax Break Vote Was Missed Opportunity to Stand Against Cronyism

4) Town Of Ossining: Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining Events This Weekend

5) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at the Community Center

6) 12 Grapes: A fun-packed week!

7) Yorktown Planning Board postpones vote on Kear St. project 05/09/16

8) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy delivers record school funding increase

9) City Of Peekskill: COME AND HONOR DARREN RIGGER ON SATURDAY MAY 14th

10) [PRESS RELEASE] Governor endorses Murphy on heroin crisis with appointment
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On Monday, May 9, 2016 2:06 PM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:



 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com

 

 

Beginning at 9PM each evening through Friday, May 13th, Route 9A will be closed at the Pleasantville Road overpass until 5AM the next morning due to New York State Department of Transportation construction activity-- please plan your evening travels accordingly!
 
In addtion, there will be left lane closures between Hawkes Avenue and Pleasantville Road. Please take note of detour signage and avoid this area if possible until work is complete.
Town Board 
Dana A. Levenberg
Supervisor 
Karen M. D'Attore
Council Member 
Elizabeth R. Feldman
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher, Jr.
Council Member 


Town Links
 
 
 
 
 
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On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 11:16 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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For Immediate ReleaseMay 10, 2016
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
MSG Tax Break Vote Was Missed Opportunity to Stand Against Cronyism
Albany, NY - (5/10/16) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) said the defeat of a bill to end the $48.5 million property tax break for Madison Square Garden at today's Assembly Real Property Taxation Committee meeting was a missed opportunity to stand up against cronyism. Assembly Bill A.3421 would have ended the unique property tax exemption Madison Square Garden has enjoyed since 1982.
"Madison Square Garden's almost $50 million dollar a year tax exemption is one of the worst examples of corporate welfare in New York State," said Lalor. "This was a missed opportunity to say that even billionaires with armies of lobbyists have to pay taxes. It would have been a chance to roll back corporate welfare in one of the most egregious cases. Madison Square Garden can afford to pay the squad of lobbyists in Albany it needs to avoid New York's taxes, but small businesses across the state aren't so lucky. Tax relief should be across-the-board for all businesses, large and small, and all New Yorkers. This kind of corporate welfare amounts to a subsidy of a multi-billion dollar company by every other taxpayer in New York. It's not fair to the countless small businesses struggling to survive."
Lalor added, "When Madison Square Garden got this sweetheart deal, Patrick Ewing was a freshman at Georgetown, Mark Messier had just started his career with the Edmonton Oilers and most current Knicks and Rangers weren't even born yet. Repeal of this subsidy is long overdue. The subsidy was initially granted when the Knicks and Rangers were threatening to leave Manhattan. After a billion dollar renovation to the Garden and given that the teams' high, multi-billion dollar valuation is linked to their location in New York, a move is no longer a threat."
Lalor concluded, "The cronyism in this arrangement is transparent. Governor Cuomo's former executive deputy secretary, Joseph Percoco, was hired by Madison Square Garden before he became the center of the Buffalo Billion scandal. The Daily News noted the rank cronyism even before the Buffalo Billion scandal broke: 'In a recent sign that MSG is trying to bolster its efforts on the issue, one of Cuomo's trusted advisers, Joseph Percoco, left his post as Cuomo's executive deputy secretary in December to work for MSG as a senior vice president.'"
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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..
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On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:09 PM, Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg wrote:

 
 

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town
 TownofOssining.com

 

After a very successful kick-off to Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining at the Health and Wellness Fair last Saturday, it is time for the summer’s first FREE classes at our Town Parks! Please sign up for programs you are interested in at the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining Sign-up Pagejust make sure to select the business or trainer that is teaching the class you are interested in.  Signing up is not required, but appreciated so we can gauge interest!
 
 
Saturday, May 14th
10:00 AM, Louis Engel Park
Club Fit’s “Stroller Babies”. First 25 participants will receive a Club Fit water bottle. A walking program designed for mom and baby – all you’ll need is a stroller, yourself and your baby! Increase cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors with your baby. The session will alternate between intervals of walking with toning exercises using tubing and bands.  Class will culminate with a stretch of all major muscle groups. Taught by Club Fit Instructor Denise Weber.   Denise is a Perinatal Exercise Specialist and Childbirth Educator, as well as a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. 
At this event, and all of Club Fit’s monthly sessions this summer, come to be entered into a summer-long raffle for a Club Fit membership valued at over $200!
 
 
11:00 AM, Wishnie Park
Proper warm-up and workout techniques with David Garcia of G.E.M. Fitness Systems. During this outdoor session, you will learn the importance of warming up before exercising, exercise techniques, how to plan a workout, and the importance of cooling down. 
 
 
Sunday, May 15th
9:30 AM, Louis Engel Park
Come to the first of many “Sunday, Fun-day” 30-minute outdoor training sessions taught by ICU Fit Training’s Enrique Rosario. This session will be a unique and creative way to exercise and maintain good health. ICU Fit Training’s exercise routines combine multiple training styles to increase the rate at which you get results.  Each workout is designed to target the core, flexibility, strength and cardio. No equipment needed just bring water!
 
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the parks this weekend for a good workout!
-Dana
Town Board 
Dana A. Levenberg
Supervisor 
Karen M. D'Attore
Council Member 
Elizabeth R. Feldman
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher, Jr.
Council Member 


Town Links
 
 
 
 
 
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Planning Board Chair Ingrid Richards The Volunteer-Spirited Town The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 7:30PM *Please Note The Alternate Location* Ossining Community Ce


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There's nothing like it in all of Westchester! This 18-piece Big band performs classic Swing music, Sinatra, Broadway selections and songs from the '40's, '50's and more. Members of the Swing Band are all professional musicians who've performed in Broadway pits and with numerous industry greats.

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Planning Board
May 9, 2016
 
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciynfo.org.

1. Little Sorrentos Restaurant/ Route 202
The board approved the special permit for outdoor seating.

2. JCPC Holdings, Front St.
The board still needs more information about the site plan and the off site mitigation plan before voting on an approval resolution.

3. Marathon Development, Kear Street
The town engineer has issues with the applicant’s stormwater plan that will need to be worked out before the board votes for an approving resolution.

4. Restaurant, 3787 Crompond Road (Stephen Brophy)
Repeating its support for the project, the board said it needed more information about the history of the site and its multiple existing uses before moving forward.

5. Dumpster Law/Town Board referral
The board agreed with the intent of the law while expressing concern that applying the law retroactively could “open up the box”  relating to other site plan issues.

At the conclusion of the agenda, the board went into executive session for "advice of counsel.”  




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY DELIVERS RECORD SCHOOL AID FOR WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM AND DUTCHESS COUNTY SCHOOLS

ALBANY, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy believes that every child deserves a quality education that can help them realize their potential. In fulfilling his promise to support public education, Senator Murphy has delivered a record-level of funding for schools in the 40th Senate District.  
 
Westchester County will receive $207,199,960, an increase of $15,070,122. Putnam County will receive $77,020,542, an increase of $4,091,274, and Dutchess County will get $65,611,247, an increase of $5,396,036.
 
"Nearly every school district within the Fortieth Senate District will receive a record high amount of aid," Senator Murphy said. "I set out to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and it has now gone the way of the Edsel. It was a failure is now best forgotten. The money recouped from the extinction of the GEA is going back into our classrooms where it belongs. My next goal was to increase school funding for the coming year and I accomplished what I set out to do. Our children are our future. They deserve every opportunity we can give them to succeed."
 
"We are grateful we will be receiving a substantial increase from the state," said Timothy J. Conway, Superintendent of Schools, Brewster School District. "Senator Murphy's determination to eliminate the GEA was instrumental in our being able to balance our school budget. The increase means we will have a more viable school program for our students and that we can continue to offer the type of quality education they deserve."
 
Dr. William Ward, Superintendent of Schools, Pawling School District added, "We appreciate the efforts of Senator Murphy and other members of the legislature who successfully worked on behalf of students, school districts, and residents across the state to increase state aid for the 2016-2017 school year."
 
Dr. George Stone, Superintendent of Schools, Lakeland School District, said, "We know Senator Murphy has been working hard to get an increase for all the school districts. We visited his office in Albany; he understood that we take educating our students seriously. His ability to deliver on his promise to deliver aid shows he feels the same way." 
 
Westchester School District Budget Aid

School District                                    2016-17 Budget                      Increase
Bedford Central                                  $6,794,607                              $574,695
Briarcliff Manor USFD                      $5,593,357                              $718,878
Byram Hills Central                            $4,160,594                              $123,132
Chappaqua Central                             $8,707,647                              $776,986
Croton-Harmon USFD                       $5,532,971                              $789,463
Hendrick Hudson Central                   $6,705,199                              $1,026,983
Katonah-Lewisboro USFD                 $8,161,999                              $612,385
Lakeland Central                                $41,596,414                            $1,841,234
Mt. Pleasant Central                           $5,758,904                              $384,798        
North Salem Central                           $2,423,471                              $149,127
Ossining USFD                                   $20,236,823                            $2,863,648
Peekskill City                                      $39,210,722                            $2,457,028
Pleasantville USFD                             $6,698,799                              $452,325
Pocantico Hills                                    $1,129,790                              -$44,071
Somers Central                                    $9,712,067                              $893,664
Tarrytown USFD                                $12,207,570                            $336,219
Valhalla USFD                                   $4,934,648                              $140,224
Yorktown Central                               $17,634,378                            $982,432
 
 
Putnam County School District Budget Aid

School District                                    2016-17 Budget                      Increase
Brewster Central                                 $18,663,326                            $1,504,349
Carmel Central                                    $26,369,909                            $339,476
Mahopac Central                                 $31,987,307                            $2,247,449
 
 
Dutchess County School District Budget Aid
 
School District                                    2016-17 Budget                      Increase
Arlington Central                                $58,893,592                            $4,573,395     
Pawling Central                                  $6,717,655                              $822,641
 

Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
 
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    A Message from the Peekskill Democratic City Committee
                                                 
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The Peekskill Democratic City Committee 

 
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        Past Committee Chairs
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NYS Assembly Member Sandy Galef
County Legislator Catherine Borgia
 
Honoring 
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Former Democratic Committee Chair
 
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CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
GOVERNOR APPOINTS SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY TO STATEWIDE TASK FORCE TO COMBAT HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION OPIOID CRISIS
ALBANY, NY - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unofficially endorsed Senator Terrence Murphy and his work on the heroin crisis today by naming him to a statewide heroin task force charged with ending the heroin and opioid crisis in New York. Senator Murphy already serves as a co-chairman of the New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, a body he has served on since his time as a Yorktown Town Councilman.

The Governor announced the new statewide task force today, which comprised of a broad coalition of experts in healthcare, drug policy, advocacy, education, and parents and New Yorkers in recovery. It will build on the state's previous efforts and use their expertise and experience to develop a comprehensive action plan to combat the state's opioid epidemic. Members of the task force will hold public listening sessions across New York to inform their recommendations.

"Heroin and prescription drug abuse has claimed far too many lives in New York and across the country," Senator Murphy said." It's time we put a stop to this epidemic and prevent more needless tragedies from occurring. Launching this task force is the right move, and I look forward to joining Governor Cuomo's efforts to fight dangerous opioid abuse in New York State."

"Opioid addiction is a national epidemic that continues to plague families in communities across New York - and the state has been taking aggressive action to tackle this crisis head on," Governor Cuomo said. "The Heroin Task Force will take these efforts to the next level with a comprehensive action plan developed by a diverse coalition of experts. We will use the task force's recommendations to implement smart solutions that will protect public health, enhance safety in communities statewide and save the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers."

"Heroin and opioid deaths in New York State have reached unconscionable levels," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin Task Force said. "On behalf of the families all across New York whose lives have been shattered by this crisis, I'm honored to lead the fight against it. We will leave no stone unturned in our quest to find ways to not only prevent, but also break the cycle of addiction that has destroyed so many lives in our state."
In March, new regulations took effect that require all prescriptions to be transmitted electronically from the prescriber directly to the pharmacy. The measure is part of New York's comprehensive I-STOP law, first implemented in 2012, designed to curb prescription drug abuse across the state.

Through I-STOP, New York requires prescribers to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program Registry when writing prescriptions for Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances. The Registry provides practitioners with direct, secure access to view dispensed controlled substance prescription histories for patients in real time. The data is further used to identify potential sources of prescription drug diversion or abuse, including prescription fraud. In April, the state began sharing Prescription Monitoring Program data with New Jersey to further prevent the stockpiling and resale of dangerous controlled substances.

As of 2015, I-STOP has led to a 90 percent decrease in the number of "doctor shoppers" or patients who visit multiple prescribers and pharmacies to obtain controlled substances within a three-month time period.

As overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in New York, the state has also led an aggressive effort to make naloxone available without a prescription at approved pharmacies. In March, the state DOH, in collaboration with the Harm Reduction Coalition, issued standing medical orders to the more than 750 independent pharmacies outside New York City, allowing these pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription. The action built on the state's agreement with CVS and Walgreens/Duane Reade in January 2016, enabling more than 900 of these pharmacies to make naloxone available without a prescription statewide.

To date, New York has trained thousands of first responders and community members to recognize and respond to overdoses. Since 2006, the state's community overdose prevention and naloxone distribution program has enrolled more than 225 registered programs, which have trained more than 112,000 individuals. As a result, more than 3,500 overdose reversals have been documented, with over 1,500 lives saved in 2015 alone. A total of 8,424 law enforcement officials have been trained to administer naloxone through these efforts, including 2,639 instructors.

Now, the Heroin Task Force will build upon the state's previous efforts and develop a comprehensive statewide plan to break the cycle of opioid addiction in New York. Specifically, the Task Force will identify ways to expand awareness of heroin and opioid addiction; enhance statewide prevention efforts; increase access to treatment; and improve support for those in recovery. For more information, please visit: http://combatheroin.ny.gov/.

Members of the Statewide Heroin Task Force include:
  • Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, co-chair
  • Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, NYS OASAS Commissioner, co-chair
  • Maria Vullo, Acting NYS DFS Superintendent
  • Dr. Howard Zucker, NYS DOH Commissioner
  • Joshua Vinciguerra, NYS DOH, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Director
  • Michael Green, NYS DCJS Executive Commissioner
  • Lt. Colonel Frank Kohler, Lead on Heroin/Opioids, NYS State Police
  • Tino Hernandez, President, Samaritan Village
  • Daniel Raymond, Policy Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Charles Brack, Peer/Family Support Specialist, United Healthcare
  • Patrice Wallace-Moore, CEO of Arms Acres
  • Michael McMahon, Richmond County District Attorney
  • Adrienne Abbate, Executive Director, SI partnership for Community Wellness
  • Kym Laube, Executive Director, Human Understanding & Growth Services
  • Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President and CEO of Family and Children's Association
  • Anne Constantino, CEO of Horizon Health Services
  • Cortney Lovell, Director, Wrise Consulting
  • Susan Salomone, Executive Director of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard
  • Patrick Seche, Director of Services, Addiction Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Jerald Woolfork, VP for Student Affairs at SUNY Oswego
  • Tom O'Brien, Roxbury Schools Superintendent
  • Terrence Murphy, NYS Senate
  • Linda Rosenthal, NYS Assembly

NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "New Yorkers battling addiction need to know we are here with open arms to help them - to access treatment and support their recovery. I thank the Governor for his continued leadership in appointing this task force. I believe that their work will add to our efforts to attack this epidemic."

NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Opioid addiction has become a national crisis that is destroying lives and tearing families apart. Governor Cuomo has dedicated substantial resources to addressing this crisis and helping addicted New Yorkers get the assistance they need. His latest action - creation of the statewide task force - will allow us to develop a comprehensive plan to help those who are addicted and prevent others from going down that path."

Maria T. Vullo, Acting Superintendent of Financial Services said, "Substance addiction devastates families across New York State. As a member of Governor Cuomo's statewide heroin task force, I will work with health insurers and other stakeholders to devise educational programs focused on prevention, as well as implement aggressive reforms to ensure that affected New Yorkers receive access to the recovery and support services they need."

Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon said, "The heroin and prescription drug crisis is stealing the lives of Staten Islanders every other day, just as it is crippling communities across New York State and across the country. Confronting this epidemic is the challenge of a generation, and while the challenge is daunting, it is one we must address and that we can solve together if given the tools and resources to get the job done. I want to thank the Governor for bringing this task force together and for his commitment to this important issue."

Cortney Lovell, Director, Wrise Consulting, said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo for appointing this task force and his continued leadership in combatting the opioid epidemic. We need to work together to tackle this crisis head on and advance solutions that will make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers struggling with addiction. As a person in long term recovery, I am proud to be a part of this effort and I look forward to helping more New Yorkers find and experience the joy of recovery."

Anne Constantino, CEO of Horizon Health Services, said, "I thank the Governor for his continued leadership in creating this task force. This is a nationwide epidemic and we must take action to ensure New Yorkers have access to the help they need and deserve. I am proud the Task Force will build on the Governor's good work over the last few years, and I look forward to finding ways to further expand and enhance addiction treatment services in New York."

Susan Salomone, Executive Director of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard and a parent who lost her son to opioid use, said, "I am honored to be a part of this important work and commend Governor Cuomo for leading the way in combatting this epidemic. As parent who has been impacted by addiction, it is my hope that the Task Force will provide New Yorkers with a roadmap to overcome substance abuse and help those in recovery lead long, healthy and happy lives. I look forward to working together to create a long-term plan that will help protect New York's children and families."

Over the past decade, admissions for heroin and prescription opioid-abuse treatment in New York have increased 40 percent. In Upstate New York and on Long Island, admissions for opioid and heroin addiction have increased 94 and 117 percent respectively. Moreover, heroin admissions to OASAS addiction treatment programs have risen 35 percent between 2006 and 2015. Five percent of students in grades seven through twelve have reported using a prescription pain reliever non-medically.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the State's HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). New Yorkers can find an OASAS-certified substance use disorder treatment provider any time by using the OASAS Bed Availability Dashboard. For help with accessing care and insurance coverage, visit the Access Treatment page on the OASAS website.

To find a naloxone overdose reversal medication training near you, visit the OASAS Addiction Treatment Center opioid overdose prevention trainings page. Visitwww.combatheroin.ny.gov for more information on addressing heroin and prescription opioid abuse, including a Kitchen Table Tool Kit to help start the conversation about the warning signs of addiction and where to get help. For additional tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing underage drinking or drug use, visit the State's Talk2Prevent website.

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Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
Bazzo 05/11/16

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