Friday, May 20, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/20/16: 13 New Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:
A)  Check Out Peekskillpost.net: 
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B) Check Out Yorktown News:
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New Bazzo Says Column:More Democrat Overreach:
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown/columns/bazzo-says/articles/more-democrat-overreach
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) Lalor: 513,698 Tax Dollars Per Job for Foreign Workers?

2) Lalor to Flanagan, Send Veterans Equality Act Bill to Cuomo's Desk Now

3) NYGOP Events Calendar

4) DE BLASIO cover-up uncovered...

5) Notice of Public Hearing, proposed fare increase for Bee-Line Bus Paratransit 05/31/16

6) Armed Forces Day Tomorrow - Memorial Day - D-Day - Salute to WWII Vets

7) [MEDIA ADVISORY] *TOMORROW SATURDAY, 10am* Senator Terrence Murphy Hosts Bridge Dedication

8) Outdoor Entertaining Essentials, Top Interior Designers Share Their Favorite Way to Use Paint, and More!

9) NEWS: Maloney Demands Emergency Action Following EPA Announcement of PFOA, PFOS Standards for Drinking Water

10) Yorktown Town Board considers Lexington Ave rezoning and ban on puppy mills 05/17/16

11) NEWS: Maloney Calls on EPA to Set Clear Standard on Water Contaminants, Renews Request for Aid to Newburgh

12) TNT: JCOPE Can't Constitutionally Enforce Advisory Opinion

13) 12 Grapes: Prince Tribute, Dave Fields & Marc Von Em!

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On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 3:09 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:


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For Immediate ReleaseMay 18, 2016
Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
513,698 Tax Dollars Per Job For Foreign Workers?
Albany, NY - (5/18/16) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is asking SolarCity and Empire State Development to reveal how many jobs at SolarCity's new Buffalo facility, built with $750 million from New York State taxpayers, will be filled by H-1B visa holders instead of American citizens or permanent residents after the recent revelation that SolarCity has drastically altered its job creation promises for the site.
"This seems like a bait and switch from SolarCity, promising manufacturing jobs to get the taxpayer subsidy, only to change that around to the type of tech jobs often farmed out to H-1B holders when the subsidy has been locked in," said Lalor. "There is a long record of companies receiving subsidies from New York taxpayers to create jobs only to turn around and hire H-1B visa holders instead of Americans. It’s troubling that SolarCity has made such a drastic change to its job creation commitment and, because of that change, New York taxpayers now deserve complete transparency as to what jobs are being created and who will be filling them."
Lalor added, "I oppose these kinds of corporate welfare boondoggles and support across-the-board-tax relief instead, but at a minimum these subsidized jobs should go to Americans."
The Investigative Post is reporting that SolarCity has scaled back from its initial promise of creating 1,460 manufacturing jobs at its Buffalo facility to now saying there will only be about 500 manufacturing jobs at the facility. SolarCity claims the rest of the positions will be filled by high-tech hires, the type of positions often filled by H-1B visa holders rather than American citizens or permanent residents. The Investigative Post article notes, "You’re dropping $750 million to build and equip a plant for a company that now says it needs one-third as many workers to staff it." The plant was built for SolarCity with $750 million from New York State taxpayers and is the centerpiece of the scandal-plagued Buffalo Billion.
H-1B workers do not have permanent visas and their visa is tied to their employment. While they are able to apply for permanent residence, the wait can take as long as ten years. If they switch employers, the waiting period starts again. To change jobs, an H-1B worker needs to find a new employer willing and able to sponsor the visa. These factors combine to make H-1B visas operate like indentured servitude. Companies are supposed to only use H-1Bs when they can't find qualified Americans, but that they are often abused to replace American workers with lower paid H-1B visa holders. H-1B visa holders are limited in salary negotiations or the ability to seek a better-paying job. That’s what makes them valuable to companies. It also drives down wages for U.S. citizens and permanent resident immigrants.
Lalor added, "SolarCity's job creation flipflop is a bad sign for this deal. It reflects a lack of transparency and the respect to honor its commitments. SolarCity needs to be honest with taxpayers about what they're getting with this $513,698 per job subsidy." 
Assemblyman Lalor has introduced legislation, A.6514, to increase transparency in job creation projects subsidized by tax dollars by requiring companies to reveal the number of H-1B visa holders filling these positions. Lalor has also introduced A.6533 which would require corporations receiving taxpayer subsidies to reveal the number of employees they have in New York and A.4379 which would repeal Start-Up NY, which includes the Buffalo Billion.
Lalor's letter to SolarCity and Empire State Development is available here.
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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 Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:15 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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For Immediate ReleaseMay 19, 2016
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Lalor to Flanagan, Send Veterans Equality Act Bill to Cuomo's Desk Now
Albany, NY - (5/19/16) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling on Senate Majority Leader Flanagan to send the Veterans Equality Act to Governor Cuomo's desk today to force the governor to sign it or allow the legislature the time to override a veto while still in session. The legislation passed the Assembly yesterday and passed the Senate earlier this month.
"Majority Leader Flanagan should move quickly to put the bill on Governor Cuomo's desk before the end of session so the legislature would have the opportunity to override a veto," said Lalor. "The governor has vetoed this bill before and was able to avoid an override vote because the bill was sent to his desk while the legislature was out of session. We shouldn't make that mistake again. The bill has nearly unanimous support in both houses. It benefits the veterans who served in the post-draft era of the all-volunteer military. It's an important bill and we need to act now to get it signed into law or override a veto."
The governor has vetoed the Veterans Equality Act twice in the past. Because each time the bill was sent to his desk while the legislature was out of session, there was no opportunity for a veto override without a special session. After his last veto of the bill the governor promised veterans that it would be included in this year's budget. But it never made it into the budget and Cuomo broke his promise. The Veterans Equality Act, was in the budget proposals from the Senate and the Assembly this year, though. The legislative chamber that first passed the bill, in this case the Senate, chooses when to send the bill to the governor's desk. If the bill is sent to his desk during the legislative session, the governor has ten days to sign or veto the bill or it automatically becomes law. If the governor does veto the bill, a two-thirds majority would be required to override the veto. The legislature would have to be in session to hold the override vote, that's why it's essential to send the bill to the governor now. The Veterans Equality Act enjoys near unanimous support in both the Senate and the Assembly and an override vote should easily pass. The legislative session ends on June 16th
Lalor added, "This bill would put all veterans on equal footing. Right now, Iraq veterans are eligible to buyback up to three years of pension service credit for their time in the military, but Afghanistan veterans aren’t eligible. That makes no sense. It makes no sense that Cold War veterans aren’t eligible. It needs to be fixed. This would even save taxpayers money as more expensive Tier 2 state employees would be replaced by less expensive Tier 6 employees or positions could be left vacant where a replacement is unnecessary. We shouldn't miss this opportunity to honor our veterans and save tax dollars. We need to move today so we can override a veto and finally get this passed into law. Governor Cuomo's past vetoes both happened around Veterans Day, in fact one veto was issued the day before Veterans Day. That was a slap in the face to veterans. Armed Forces Day is this Saturday and Memorial Day is later this month. This is the time to honor veterans by making the Veterans Equality Act the law."
Lalor's previous op-eds on the Veterans Equality Act can be found here and here. His previous releases are also available on his website.
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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 Friday, May 20, 2016 11:07 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:

Notice of Public Hearing, proposed fare increase
for Bee-Line Bus ParaTransit

Public Notice
The topic of this hearing is to review the proposed fare increase for the Bee-Line Bus ParaTransit which is scheduled to take effect in June 2016.
The May 31 meeting is from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. It will be held at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave. in White Plains.
The County Center is served by Bee-Line routes 1W, 3, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 27, 40, 41, 77 and F.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
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FOR TOMORROW
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016, 10:00 A.M.

Sen. Murphy, Local Officials, Host Bridge Dedication Ceremony for Local Fallen War Hero
YORKTOWN,  NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy will host the dedication ceremony naming a bridge in honor of Army Specialist David R. Fahey, Jr., a fallen hero who served in Afghanistan.

"David made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom," Senator Murphy said.  "Rededicating this bridge in his honor is a fitting tribute to this service and to the loving family that raised him.  We can never do enough for men like David.  In his short life he displayed all the qualities of a true American hero."

Adopted at age ten by his aunt and uncle, Pfc. Fahey was raised in Yorktown with a large family of siblings and cousins.  He enlisted in the Army in 2007 and served a year in Korea.  In 2009 he was then assigned to a military police unit.  A year late, his company was deployed to Afghanistan.

David's final mission was on February 28, 2011 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar province of Afghanistan when an IED exploded underneath the Humvee he was driving.  He was a twenty-three.  A decorated solider, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

The details for TOMORROW'S event are as follows:

WHO: New York State Senator Terrence Murphy
New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz
Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa
Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana
Yorktown Councilman Gregory Bernard
Members of the Fahey Family


WHAT: Bridge dedication honoring local war hero David Fahey.

WHEN: *TOMORROW SATURDAY*, May 21st, 2016
10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Intersection of Route 129 and Hunterbrook Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

**Please note: In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at Yorktown Town Hall located at 363 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

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

Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
 
Maloney Demands Emergency Action Following EPA Announcement of PFOA, PFOS Standards for Drinking Water
 
PFOS, PFOA Levels in Newburgh More than Twice Safe Levels
 
Newburgh, NY -  Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a long-awaited announcement on the maximum safe level of PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.  The EPA announced today new health advisory limits for exposure to PFOA and PFOS as 70 parts per trillion, which is lower than the previous advisory. Earlier this year, Newburgh water supply tested at 155 parts per trillion for PFOA and 180 for PSOS. Earlier this week, Rep. Maloney sent a letter to the EPA calling for an immediate release of a clear standard on safe levels of PFOS and PFOA.
 
“I appreciate that EPA finally told local and state officials what levels of PFOA and PFOS are safe for drinking water,” said Maloney. “This is an important first step in fixing the water crisis, but now we need EPA and DoD to take emergency action to clean up this mess right now and keep families in Newburgh safe. Clean drinking water is a right – it shouldn’t matter where you live, the size of your paycheck, or the color of your skin – all my neighbors in the Hudson Valley deserve access to clean water, and I won’t stop until we have it.”  
 
In early May, Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino declared a state of emergency following tests of Newburgh’s water, which showed abnormal, and potentially dangerous levels of the pollutant PFOS, a chemical used in firefighting foams, sealants, and cleaning products. In 2009, the EPA released a provisional advisory on the maximum safe levels of PFOS and PFOA in drinking water. Until today, the advisory had not been updated since its release. Following initial reports of contamination in the City of Newburgh water, Rep. Maloney and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter to the EPA calling for immediate assistance to determine the source of the contamination, test contaminant levels, and formulate a remediation plan.
 
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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown




Town Board
May 17, 2016

Meeting highlights: For a summary of other agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Appointments to volunteer boards
Ethics Board
Planning Board

2. Lexington Avenue rezoning Reconvened/Public hearing
The board reopened and then closed the hearing after hearing several comments from the public in opposition to the rezoning. The board will make copies of a draft resolution approving the rezoning for 8 units available to the public. A vote is anticipated at the June 7 meeting.

3. Commercial Puppy Mill Law
The board voted to refer out for comment a proposed amendment to “Animals” chapter of the Town Code that would prohibit commercial puppy mills.  The board anticipates holding a hearing on the proposed law sometime in June.

4. Industrial Development Authority
The board passed a home rule resolution in support of a state law, sponsored by Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Katz (S7255/A10005) that would allow the town to re-establish an IDA.

5. Courtesy of the Floor
Dogs at YCCC track: New dog poop signs have been put up.

Roma Building:  Supervisor Grace anticipates action by the end of the month.

Spectra Atlantic Bridge pipeline project: The board did not respond to the question whether the town would be submitting comments on the FERC issued Environmental Assessment report.

Industrial and Commercial Incentive Board. The board did not respond to the question of whether members have been appointed to the new board.




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
 
 
Maloney Calls on EPA to Set Clear Standard on Water Contaminants, Renews Request for Aid to Newburgh
  
Newburgh, NY – In response to continued uncertainty regarding the EPA’s standards of safe drinking water in the City of Newburgh, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately set a clear national standard for acceptable levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooc­tane sulfonate (PFOS) in drinking water. Rep. Maloney also renewed calls for the EPA to provide immediate material assistance to the City of Newburgh to remediate the contamination. Last week, Rep. Maloney called on the Department of Defense (DoD) to investigate the likely source of the contamination, Stewart Air National Guard Base.  
 
“We were promised meaningful standards on the levels of PFOS and PFOA in our drinking water by the spring, it’s almost summer and we have still not seen them,” said Maloney. “We are running out of time – my neighbors in Newburgh deserve answers now, they deserve to know what levels of PFOS and PFOA are safe. All my neighbors deserve to know their drinking water is safe, and by delaying, the EPA is neglecting one of its most basic duties – to protect families from environmental contaminants – and that’s unacceptable.”
 
In early May, Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino declared a state of emergency following tests of Newburgh’s water, which showed abnormal, and potentially dangerous levels of the pollutant PFOS, a chemical used in firefighting foams, sealants, and cleaning products. In 2009, the EPA released a provisional advisory on the maximum safe levels of PFOS and PFOA in drinking water. The advisory has not been updated since its release. Following initial reports of contamination in the City of Newburgh water, Rep. Maloney and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter to the EPA calling for immediate assistance to determine the source of the contamination, test contaminant levels, and formulate a remediation plan.
 
The full text of the letter is available below:
 
Dear Administrator McCarthy:
 
I write to ask for the immediate release of updated health advisories for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooc­tane sulfonate (PFOS) in drinking water that include values for protection from long-term exposures. As you know, a range of communities across the country, including Newburgh, New York, are struggling with dangerously high levels of PFOA and PFOS in their water. That is simply unacceptable. The American people have an absolute right to safe, reliable drinking water.
 
Complicating the problem is the lack of an actionable, national standard from the EPA for PFOA and PFOS. I understand that the EPA has been working to release updated health advisories to replace the existing provisional advisory levels. I strongly urge you to release those updated advisories immediately. Doing so is essential to ensuring that impacted communities are able to take the necessary steps to fully address their water problems.
 
While I strongly urge an immediate release, should the EPA determine that doing so is not possible, I ask that it instead immediately release updated provisional guidelines that will give impacted communities greater clarity while EPA moves to finalize the new values, such as the site-specific guidance of 100 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA in water used for drinking or cooking that EPA Region 2 issued for the Town of Hoosick and Village of Hoosick Falls in New York on January 28, 2016. In a joint letter dated March 10, 2016, the Governors of New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont also referenced the Hoosick Falls guidance level in their request for an updated health advisory.
 
The urgency cannot be overstated. While Newburgh has switched to an alternate source of drinking water, that source will only last for a matter of weeks. When that happens, thousands of residents of the city of Newburgh, through no fault of their own, will be without a reliable source of clean water. Water treatment efforts will cost millions of dollars - a burden that the financially distressed city of Newburgh cannot, should not and must not bear on its own. The people of Newburgh – over one third of whom live in poverty - deserve swift and decisive action.
 
In addition to immediately releasing updated PFOA and PFOS advisory levels, I ask that the EPA do everything in its power to assist the city of Newburgh and its residents at this time.
 
Thank you for your attention to this letter.
 
Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress
 

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117 

THE NOVEMBER TEAM TO JCOPE: 

‘We Dare You to Subpoena Our
Communications with New York Journalists’ 
New York--May 19...Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hand-appointed (and much maligned) Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) continued its screamingly obvious First Amendment assault on New York public relations officials and journalists Tuesday by  seeking to dismiss an important First Amendment suit filed against it by five New York public relations firms, The November Team (TNT) today announced. TNT is a plaintiff in the case.

The issue in question is a highly-controversial “advisory opinion” by JCOPE that would require New York public relations officials to register as lobbyists if they communicate with editorial writers about issues involving state government.  Many New York editorial boards and public relations industry executives and trade groups have loudly criticized JCOPE’s decision as a violation of First Amendment protections and a chilling attempt by a government entity to interfere with the free flow of information between journalists and their sources.  

“JCOPE preposterously maintains that its ruling doesn’t violate the First Amendment because PR firms would not be required to detail the conversations they have with editorial writers in their bi-monthly ‘lobbying’ reports to the Commission,” said TNT partner Bill O’Reilly. “But how can JCOPE enforce its rule without subpoenaing telephone records, emails, SMS messages, Tweets, Facebook messages and other forms of communication between PR executives in question and editorial writers? The fact is that​ it cannot, and therein lies the First Amendment assault.”
“If JCOPE suspects that we are illegally communicating with editorial writers -- ​just ​listen to th​ose words! -- then it is free to subpoena our communications with journalists. Indeed, we dare them to​ do so for the entire nation to see."


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