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1) Town Of Yorktown: UTY meeting tonight

2) Town Of Yorktown: Planning Board Okays New Front Street Project 05/23/16

3) Exoneration of William Haughey

4) Oversight board to approve another $485 million for Buffalo Billion project

5) North Star Fellowship of Leaders is meeting in Washington DC - Register soon!


7) NEWS: Maloney Announces Winner of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

8) NEWS: Maloney Presents Service Medal to Iraq War Hero


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Town Of Yorktown: UTY meeting tonight
Dear member:
This a reminder of our UTY meeting tonight May 25, at Town Hall at 7:30PM. If you are a new member please come we need your help.
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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Planning Board
May 23, 2016

Meeting highlights. For details on all agenda items, visit

1. Marathon Development, Kear Street
The board approved a SEQRA negative declaration but postponed a vote on an approving resolution until the two new members get up to speed on the application and can vote.

2, JCPC Holdings, Front Street
The board approved the site plan after making some changes to conditions in the draft resolution.

3. Shaiken parcel, Wooded Hill Court off Hog Hill Road
A property owner on the New Castle border and in the Yorktown School District wants to buy a piece a land in New Castle that will enable his children to attend Chappaqua schools.

4. Orchard View Subdivision, Sherry Drive
The board reviewed a series of comments in a memo from the Planning Department including the recreation fee and an affordable housing unit.

5. Sparks Steakhouse, Old Crompond Road
A Public Informational Hearing on an amended site plan will be scheduled in June.

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Press Release
Who:    The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice
 On May 25, 2015, The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice held a press conference, along with its client, William Haughey, to discuss Haughey's exoneration following eight years of wrongful imprisonment for arson.
On May 23, 2016 Hon Vincent L. Briccetti, Southern District Court issued a final judgment order, with the consent of Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy, vacating William Haughey’s arson conviction, stating that the evidence adduced at his state trial was not only legally insufficient in that no rational trier of fact could have found proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt but also that he had established by clear and convincing evidence that he is actually innocent of the offenses of which he was convicted.  The indictment has been dismissed.
 Evidence gathered over the course of the past 3 years clearly established that the “arson” Haughey was convicted of was in fact not an arson, but rather a minor electrical incident.  Evidence uncovered by The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation and its team showed that the location of the fire was previously the subject of other such fires, and as the Putnam District Attorney states, Haughey attempted to put out this fire, and not start it.  He was accused, arrested, convicted and imprisoned for trying to help. 
 The Foundation is incredibly grateful to DA Robert Tendy and his conviction review unit . Following its investigation, the Foundation was in communication with Putnam DA Tendy, in a open minded, non-adversarial relationship which featured constant communication, discussion, and open exchange of ideas and documents.  After lengthy communications with the Foundation's attorney Rita Dave and  Haughey's Habeas Attorney Theodore Green, District Attorney Tendy submitted the review of Haughey’s case file to his newly established Conviction Review Unit. Upon their thorough review, the unit agreed with the Foundation's conclusions that that there was no arson; Haughey did not commit a crime; that evidence had been discarded which could have exonerated Haughey; and most importantly that the conviction could not stand – it had to be vacated because Haughey was actually innocent and therefore the indictment had to be dismissed and Haughey released.
This position was relayed to the Honorable Magistrate Smith and Hon Judge Vincent L Briccetti, following which William Haughey was released after spending close to 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and for which he has always maintained his innocence.  An Order vacating his conviction and dismissing his indictment was issued on March 23rd, 2016. 
Jeffrey Deskovic, MA, the founder of The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, who himself was exonerated 10 years ago via DNA evidence, said, "Exonerating the wrongfully convicted was the dream I had when I launched the Foundation nearly four years ago. But William and I are very much aware that many more people remain wrongfully imprisoned-both in NY and across the country."
If you need further information please contact Jeffrey Deskovic @ 914-703-1327

A state panel is poised today to approve ANOTHER $485 million into Governor Cuomo's signaure 'Buffalo Billion' program that is being investigated by federal authorities. Also-- Mayor Bill De Blasio's approval rating has sunk to a new low that has landed him on the front page of the NY Post...
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Join us at the Road to Majority Conference
June 9-11, 2016 ~ Washington, DC

Dear DLI and FDF family

North Star Fellowship of Leaders (NSFL) is the name The Douglass Leadership Institute has given to describe our gathering of like minded leaders who strive to represent the character and values of Frederick Douglass. Delivering on our mission to 'educate, equip and empower faith-based leaders', DLI strives to expand doors of opportunities for networking among our partners and leaders.

Our friends at the Faith & Freedom Coalition are hosting their ‘Road to Majority’ Conference in Washington DC from June 9-11th.  As a coalition partner, we are able to offer a special registration rate of $25!  To register at this rate, click on Enter Promotional Code above the Order Now button and then type in the word ‘douglass’.  Important items to note::

  • Ticket includes access to the Capitol Hill Townhall on June 9. and General Sessions and Breakout Sessions on June 10 & 11 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • Price does NOT INCLUDED:  plated events (Gala and VIP Dinner). These tickets can be purchased separately online.
  • Hotel rooms can be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel starting at $199/night. 
Friday night, June 10th, we will have a special Meet & Greet for all those who registered using our promo code. Your registration price also includes attendance to two private events on Saturday 6/11. DLI will be hosting a Grassroots Leaders and Activist Training; and a Pastors and Ministers Forum.  We will send out schedule information as we get closer to the dates. 

Some of the invited speakers who will be speaking at the RTM conference for that weekend include:
Rev. Dean Nelson *
Sen. Tim Scott
Dr. Ben Carson
Bishop Gerald Glenn
Dr. Tony Perkins *
Rev. Mark Gonzales*

(* = attendance confirmed)

We look forward to see you in June.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions at or call 301.965.0907.

Douglass Leadership Institute
PO Box 1559
Greenbelt, MD 20768
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

Senator Murphy poses with Major Clayton Carpenter's mother, Colette Carpenter, at today's New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame Ceremony

ALBANY, NY  - Our servicemen and women do not fight for fame or fortune - they fight for freedom - our freedom. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our liberties. In recognition of a local hero, Senator Terrence Murphy has announced the late Major Clayton O. Carpenter, a veteran of the Iraq War, as the 40th Senate District's 2016 inductee into the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame.

In a ceremony held May 24th in Albany, Senator Murphy presented his mother, Colette Carpenter, with an award honoring his distinguished military career.

"There is no question Clayton Carpenter has earned our enduring gratitude for his bravery and the leadership qualities he exemplified," Senator Murphy said. "Major Carpenter may have been too humble to speak about his own accomplishments, but now generations to come will know about his bravery, his incomparable service record and his devotion to his country."

The New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from New York who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

Veterans' posts, family members, friends and community leaders in the 40th Senate District were invited to make nominations. As this year's inductee, Major Carpenter's photograph and biography will become part of a special on-line exhibit.

"I want to thank Senator Murphy for nominating my son, Clayton, to the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame.  My family and I are honored to see Clayton inducted," said Colette Carpenter.  "Although Clayton is no longer with us, I know he would be humbled by this honor.  Clayton was committed to serving his God, his country, and his family.  He made the ultimate sacrifice when he took action that saved the lives of his crew members.  Clay would say he was only doing the right thing. With this Honor, Clay's bravery will always be remembered and appreciated."

Clayton Carpenter was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 12, 1983, as the first son to Paul Douglas and Colette Borom Carpenter.  In 1992, the Carpenter Family moved to Cortlandt Manor, New York, where Clay spent his early years. He was a role model for youth in his church and the community, a focused and deliberate young man who left his mark on anyone he met.

Clay was a scholastic athlete at Lakeland High School, twice serving as the team captain on the boys' track and field team. At 16, he was one of the youngest candidates to pass the EMT examination.

Nominated by former Vice President Al Gore and United States Representative Sue W. Kelly (R-Katonah), Clay accepted an appointment into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in February 2001, where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Engineering Psychology in 2005. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Clay was assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama, for Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training.

Upon completion of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in June of 2008. He further served in Iraq as a Headquarters Company Commander and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in September of 2011. He earned a place with the Night Stalkers, an elite operations unit which flies missions behind enemy lines, in September 2012 as special operations helicopter platoon leader for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

He met the love of his life, Laura Somerville, of Nashville, Tennessee while he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Captain Clayton Carpenter died on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, while flying his Blackhawk helicopter on a training mission near Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia.  He was laid to rest at Arlington National Ceremony on March 5, 2014.

Clayton Carpenter's awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal (w/Numeral 2), Army Commendation Medal (w/Valor Device), Meritorious Unit Citation (w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (w/3 Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/Numeral 3), and NATO Medal. At the time of his death, Clayton Carpenter was a Captain. He was posthumously promoted by the Army to Major and awarded another Meritorious Service Medal.
Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588

May 23, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Announces Winner of 2016 Congressional Art Competition
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced the grand prize winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, winners for each medium, and a Facebook Fan Favorite at a reception for students and their families on Friday evening. In March, Rep. Maloney invited high school students in the 18th Congressional District to submit an entry to the annual art contest, and a panel of local artists judged the entries. This year, more than 20 students participated in the art competition, and their work is currently on display at his Newburgh Office. You can view the entries on Facebook here.  
“Congratulations to Polina Chizhov for winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition,” said Maloney. “Every year, I am thrilled to see the artistic talent of our young people right here in the Hudson Valley, and I am proud that I will be able to share some of our region’s best artwork with my colleagues in Washington.”    
Grand Prize Winner
“Puppy” by Polina Chizhov, Monroe, NY
Facebook Fan Favorite
“Fallen Souls” by Brandin Colon
Honorable Mention
“Berry Plump” by Julia Rattenni (Winner: Painting)
“Grief” by Alex Scheuerman (Winner: Mixed Media)
“Dancing Flames” by Anthony Carrube (Winner: Print)
“Leaves” by Brittney Ann Zovko (Winner: Drawing)
“Seasons” by Edwin Lopez (Winner: Photograph)
Since 1982, hundreds of thousands of students from across the country have participated in the competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, which encourages Members of Congress to recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. The grand prize winning artwork will be displayed in the Capitol for one year and the winning student, plus one guest, will receive complimentary airfare to Washington, DC for a reception in June.  
**Additional photographs are available upon request**


May 23, 2016

CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441


Maloney Presents Service Medal to Iraq War Hero


Sergeant Richard Gerbeth Saved Fellow Soldiers Life in Combat


Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) presented the Army Commendation Medal, with “V” device, to Sergeant Richard Gerbeth, an Iraq War veteran, and member of Rep. Maloney’s Veterans Advisory Board. The Army Commendation medal is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves through heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. The “V” or valor device, is awarded to service members who participate in acts of heroism involving conflict with an armed enemy.  


“Sergeant Gerbeth is a true American hero – he literally risked his life to save the life of his fellow soldier,” said Maloney. “As the son of a veteran who was nearly killed while serving our country, it is my honor to present him with the medal that only begins to recognize his bravery and service to our country and to his fellow service members.”


“I have had the honor and privilege of calling Richard my friend for over a decade. As a fellow combat wounded veteran, I am proud of him not only for his service to God & Country but also to his continued service through his volunteerism and caring in his community,” said William "Willy" Nazario, National Sr. Vice Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart. “The Military Order of the Purple Heart is proud of his commitment to our mission statement and good works. Congratulations Patriot Gerbeth.”


“Richard’s Purple Heart is a visual statement of his sacrifice while the V for valor commemorates his actions taken that day. I am proud to call him my friend,” said Andrew Komonchak, Executive Director, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc.


“His devotion to military and veterans causes is second to none and is very evident in everything he undertakes,” said Richard Drago, Senior Vice Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1782.


After establishing a strong track record of getting things done for Hudson Valley veterans, active-duty military, and their families, Rep. Maloney announced last week that he was appointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors (BOV). Since joining Congress, he has secured nearly 150 medals and commendations, and returned more than $3 million in guaranteed benefits for more than 800 Hudson Valley service members and veterans, who were owed education, disability, retirement, medical, burial, spousal and dependents’ compensation.


Medal Citation: Army Commendation Medal


The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Army Commendation Medal with Combat "V" device to Sergeant Richard R. Gerbeth, Jr., United States Army, for heroism during ground combat operations against enemy forces in Iraq. While under enemy fire, Sergeant Gerbeth maneuvered across the road next to a canal to rescue the patrol leader who was exposed to enemy fire, in the canal where the water was approximately 7 feet deep. Although exposed to enemy fire, Sergeant Gerbeth remained with the patrol leader and maintained communications throughout the ordeal. Upon rejoining the ambush team, Sergeant Gerbeth called in successive illumination missions enabling the platoon to sweep the vineyards and mudflats north of the ambush site. Acting as the Ambush Team Radio Operator, he engaged the enemy and coordinated the Quick Reaction Force response. Acting on his own initiative he vectored in the Quick Reaction Force gun trucks to support the follow on sweep by the platoon. Sergeant Gerbeth's actions reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.


Biography of Sergeant Richard R. Gerbeth, Jr.


Patriot Richard Gerbeth Jr. was appointed National Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms in 2014; he joined MOPH in 2012 and is a Life Member and Commander of Chapter 1782 New York. Past positions include Chapter Welfare Officer and Sergeant-at -Arms and Department Sergeant-at-Arms and Junior Vice Commander.


Patriot Gerbeth enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1991 at age 18 and served during the Persian Gulf War, but was honorably discharged after one year for medical reasons. After using the G.I. Bill to attend Westchester Community College, he was hired by United Parcel Service, initially part-time but eventually full time, driving a package delivery truck. In 1999, he joined the New York Army Reserve/National Guard and volunteered for the Infantry. He was activated for state missions throughout NY during and post September 11, 2001.


In October 2003, his National Guard unit, Alpha Company Task Force, 2nd Battalion-108th Infantry Regiment was mobilized and attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Then Sergeant Gerbeth served as an E-5/Fire Team Leader within the Sunni Triangle from February 2004 through December 2004 and was wounded In November 2004. His individual decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" device for Valor, Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge.


After his release from active duty in April 2005, he returned to drill status for one year until he was medically retired from the U.S. Army in April 2006. He returned to his civilian position as a teamster, but was unable to perform his duties due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) incurred in the line of duty. He retired early after an 18 year career with UPS.


Although Patriot Gerbeth was wounded in 2004, he did not receive his Purple Heart or any correspondence regarding this award until December 2011. No original paperwork was submitted due to difficulties in diagnosing and treating Concussion/ TBI until April 2011. At this point in time, the United States Military changed its diagnosis methods and awarded Gerbeth the Purple Heart Medal. Patriot Gerbeth took great pride and privilege in having his Medal pinned by his former commanding officer whom he served under in combat; the ceremony took place on the 80th anniversary of “Temple Hill Day” May 28, 2012 at General George Washington’s cantonment site.


Gerbeth has a life-long love of motorcycles, enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and likes being in the outdoors, particularly camping and hiking. On a regular basis, he volunteers at his local VA hospital, Castle Point Campus, Hudson Valley, NY. His newest contribution to his community is serving as Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 3026 in Wappinger’s Falls, NY. Patriot Gerbeth is married to Jessica and they have four children, two girls and two boys.

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