Friday, May 27, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 05/27/16: 14 New Topics In Today's blog

Bazzo Note:  Today Is My 29th Anniversary

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:
A) CheckOutPeekskillpost.net:
 http://www.peekskillpost.net/
B) Check Out Yorktown News:
https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown
New Bazzo Says Column: Standing Up for Your Rights   :

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown/columns/bazzo-says/articles/standing-up-for-your-rights
C) Check Out The Somers Record: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/somers
D)  Check Out Mahopac News: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/mahopac
E) Check Out North Salem News: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/north-salem

1) Cuomo pal's offices raided...

2) Town Of Yorktown: [Public Notices] American Legion Memorial Day Weekend Programs

3) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Urges Legislature to Support Bill on Family Member Conflict of Interest in Public Funding

4) MEDIA ADVISORY] *TUESDAY, May 31st 1pm* Senator Terrence Murphy To Bring Vets Hall of Fame Exhibit to Peekskill

5) 12 Grapes: How to have a GREAT Memorial Weekend

6) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy hosts health fair and shed the meds for seniors

7) Tour a Vibrant Summer Escape in Bridgehampton, 13 Artist-Inspired Pieces to Add to Your Collection, and More!

8) Campagin Update: Black Stone Wins Heated Race!

9) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy, Schneiderman, stand up to big banks and fund foreclosure prevention

10) NEWS: Maloney LGBT Non-Discrimination Amendment Passes House with Bipartisan Support

11) NEWS: After GOP Leadership Rigged Previous Vote, Maloney Reintroduces LGBT Non-Discrimination Amendment

12) Town Of Yorktown: Town Board  proposes creating a Quality of Life Committee 05/24/16

13) media advisor* paratransit fees to increase 25%-Public Hearing scheduled

14) [PRESS RELEASE] MURPHY, SENATE, DELIVERS KNOCKOUT PUNCH TO "TAMPON TAX"
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On Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:43 PM, Town of Yorktown wrote:

Join the American Legion this Memorial Day weekend for: Flag Decoration, Selling of Poppies, the Town of Yorktown Memorial Day Parade & Ceremonies, Commemorative Park Brick Dedication, and Free Hot Dogs!

American Legion Memorial Day Weekend Programs


American Legion Memorial Day Weekend Programs
Flag Decoration
Each year the American Legion Post 1009, in concert with the local Boy Scouts, decorate the graves of “known’ Veterans in our local cemeteries. Legionnaire John McQuillan organizes and manages this program. There about 500 graves decorated with American flags The Schedule for Flag Decoration is:
  • Friday May 27, Flag Decoration at Amawalk Cemetery
    Public and helpers to meet  at 6:30 pm at the American Legion
    Troop 164  Sponsored by St. Andrews Church & American Legion Post #1009
    Troop 173  Sponsored by St. Patrick’s Church
    Paul Martin will take charge - Approx. 400 Flags
     
  • Friday May 27, Flag Decoration at Yorktown Presbyterian Church & East Yard Cemetery Meet at 7:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church
    Troop 165 Sponsored by Yorktown Presbyterian Church
    John McQuillan will take charge - Approx. 50 flags
     
  • Saturday May 28, Flag Decoration at Shrub Oak Methodist Church
    Meet at 11:00 am at the Shrub Oak Methodist Church
    Troop 174 Sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church
    Pack 251 Sponsored By American Legion  Post 1009
    John McQuillan will take charge; West Cemetery 45 Flags, East Cemetery 75 Flags
     
Sale of Poppies
Saturday, May 28, 2016 – a major fundraiser for the American Legion - Post 1009. Remember a loved one and help the Legion help Veterans. Poppies will be on sales at 3 locations in Yorktown between 9:00 am - 1:00 pm:
  • Acme Market – Triangle Center
  • Turco's – Yorktown
  • Acme Market – Shrub Oak
     
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremonies
11:00 am - Service at Memorials located at Town Hall
11:15 am - Parade, speeches and ceremony at John "Jack" DeVito Gazebo located at the Yorktown Community & Cultural Center.

Memorial Day - Free Hot Dogs
Following the speeches at the Veterans Memorial Park, free hot dogs and water will be served at the American Legion Post 1009 by the Lions Club and Legion members.
American Legion  Post 1009 – Veterans Commemorative Park
Also following the speeches at the Gazebo, the American Legion will conduct a brief dedication ceremony for the newly installed Veterans Commemorative Bricks which are sold exclusively to raise money for Veterans and their families. This year 61 new commemorative bricks have been installed bringing our total bricks in the Park to 450. Commemorative Brick purchasers also receive a beautiful certificate in memory of their loved one, living or deceased. For further information, call John Gunn at 914-455-0096.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
MEDIA ADVISORY 
FOR
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016, 1:00 P.M.

SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY HOSTS OPENING CEREMONY FOR VETERANS' HALL OF FAME WALL; HONORS PEEKSKILL NAVY VETERAN
PEEKSKILL,  NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy will host the opening ceremony for the 40th Senate District's Veterans' Hall of Fame Wall in Peekskill.  Sponsored by Senator Murphy and the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame, the wall honors the wartime and civilian accomplishments of veterans from all conflicts.
"Mr. Treptow deserves recognition not only for his willingness to serve in the Navy, but also for his extensive work in the community helping his fell servicemen," said Senator Murphy.  "He is as devoted to his community as he is to his family."

The details for TUESDAY'S event are as follows:

WHO: New York State Senator Terrence Murphy
Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina
Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa


WHAT: Opening ceremony for traveling Veterans' Hall of Fame Wall sponsored by Senator Murphy and the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame honoring local veteran Merwin Treptow.

The 40th Senate District's Veterans' Hall of Fame Wall honors nineteen members, including Merwin Treptow of Peekskill.

Mr. Treptow joined the navy in 1945 at the age of 17 as a First Class Petty Officer.  He re-enlisted in 1949 and was stationed in Hawaii until he was discharged again.  Mr. Treptow worked for Prudential Insurance, and then owned his own business, the Red Shutter Inn.  Mr. Treptow has been a dedicated member of the Peekskill Elks Club since 1958, organizing fundraisers and dinners.  He has also been a volunteer fireman, having served as Captain in the Washington Engine Company in Peekskill and is also a Mason and a Legionnaire.

WHEN: *TUESDAY*, May 31st, 2016
1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Peekskill Middle School. 212 Ringgold Street, Peeksill, NY 10566

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

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

SenatorTerrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247
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STARTING THIS WEEKEND, North Division Street will be closed to traffic every Saturday and Sunday for outdoor dining! 
 Join us for dinner under the stars!!
 Event Calendar                    News/Reviews               914-737-6624

FRI MAY 27, 9:30 - 12:30

"SESSIONS" now on Friday nights!
Join saxman and vocalist JP Patrick & his band as they "explore the musical territory of Blues, R&B, Funk and Jazz." Tonight's lineup features JP Patrick on lead vocals, Blues harp & alto sax, "Tasty" Mike Murphy on guitar, Chris Burke on keys, Linda Geiger on drums, Paul Bisbano on bass and Dave McDowell on sax.
$10 Cover or $5 with dinner.
2015 NY and NJ Blues Hall of Fame inductees Shadetree Mechanics are part of the "Blues for Peace" project, a grass roots movement of musicians and music venues working together to promote peace. This world-wide fundraiser will take place this weekend in cities and towns around the globe. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the U.N. in support of Human Rights around the world. $10 Cover or higher donation.

THE PERFECT FAMILY FUN NIGHT!
(AND NO SCHOOL TOMORROW)

The longest running Open Mic for young people in Westchester! 
All kids age 6 - 17 are invited to take our stage to showcase their talents. They can sing solo, perform with a band or play their favorite instrument. We provide a drum kit, keyboard, amps and microphones. iPod backing music accommodated. (Internet connection not available, so have the song pre-set.) Sign up starts at 5:30NO COVER. 



 
Open Mic Night 
with host Jess Erick

FRI JUNE 3, 9:30 - 12:30 
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 featuring Live Band Karaoke 2015 Grand Prize Winner
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
SENATOR MURPHY SPONSORS YORKTOWN SENIOR HEALTH FAIR
Partners With Yorktown Police Department to Help Seniors 
Shed Their Unwanted, Expired Meds


YORKTOWN, NY - Seniors were invited to join Senator Terrence Murphy at a free senior health fair yesterday at the Yorktown Community Cultural Center in Yorktown Heights. Sponsored by Senator Murphy, the Town of Yorktown and AFC Urgent Care, the health fair featured local vendors providing free health screenings, including BMI evaluations, blood pressure checks, blood sugar screenings and osteoporosis evaluations. Experts were on hand to answer questions on topics including sleep apnea, tick bites, summer health safety and ear infections.

"We want to recognize the many contributions senior citizens have made to our community through the years by showing them the services that are available to them as they get older," Senator Murphy said. "This resource fair helps connect seniors with organizations that can help them remain healthy and independent."

Dr. Rajesh Gupta, Medical Director for AFC Urgent care, said, "One of our primary concerns is improving the quality of life for people in our community. Affordability is a critical issue in health care. We believe that urgent and primary care should be accessible to everyone, especially our senior population, so we are happy to participate in this health fair."

During the health fair, Senator Murphy partnered with the Yorktown Police Department to institute a "Shed the Meds" Program. Seniors who bring their unwanted or expired medications to the health fair will have the opportunity to dispose of them.

"We are proud to work with Senator Murphy to help take prescription drugs off of the streets," Yorktown Police Lieutenant Robert Noble said. "Any senior who comes to the health fair can bring their old medications in and we will get rid of them in a safe manner. 'Shed the Meds' runs around the clock. After the health fair, we encourage anyone who wants to rid themselves of their expired or useless medications to bring them to the station. We do not want potentially dangerous medications to get into the wrong hands."

Seniors were able to bring type of medication for disposal. Safe disposal helps protect the environment and eliminates the risk of these drugs getting into the hands of small children or those who might misuse them. Improper disposal of medications, such as pouring them down the drain or flushing them down the toilet, can potentially pollute local waterways.
 
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Tour a Vibrant Summer Escape in Bridgehampton

Decorator Sasha Bikoff infused the contemporary home with a fun, tropical vibe.


Shopping

13 Artist-Inspired Pieces to Add to Your Collection

Among the market’s newest home furnishings are pieces that seem like they came right out of a museum.

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Black Stone Secures Another Political Victory
Heated Texas State Representative Race
Fredericksburg, TX (05/26/16) — Black Stone worked with Ace Hardware Dealer and Christian Conservative, Kyle Biedermann to secure a decisive victory against longtime incumbent Representative Doug Miller in the race for Texas State House District 73.
Biedermann decisively won on Tuesday night with 55 percent of the vote, earning a total of 10,481 votes compared to Miller’s 8,438 votes.
The victory comes after a nearly $2,000,000 million dollar heated smear campaign where Kyle Biedermann’s campaign was outspent 6 to 1 by State Representative Doug Miller, a Straus Lieutenant, and Chairman of the House Special Purpose Districts Committee.
“I started this campaign as a grassroots challenger knocking on thousands of doors and meeting tens of thousands of voters. I have been blessed to live in Texas for the past 30 years and I have been working as hard as I can to provide for my family and serve my community,” said Biedermann. “We were outspent 6 to 1 and our opponent nearly spent $2,000,000. It was a tough fight, but this fact also means that I do not owe the Austin lobby, the entrenched interests and the capitol power brokers anything when I arrive in Austin. My votes as a representative will be cast based upon rock solid conservative principles and doing what is right and just for the people in this district and our great state.”
Black Stone was hired to provide comprehensive campaign services for the Biedermann campaign. In the end, Miller lost in a landslide and massively outspent the Biedermann campaign spending nearly $100 per vote. Black Stone worked on everything from Kyle’s direct mail, website, social media, newspaper advertisements, earned media, robo calls, phone banks, photography and more.
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To view some of the direct mail and design work Black Stone has completed please click here. To learn more about the campaign you can visit Kyle’s website that was designed and developed by Black Stone by visiting: www.kylebiedermann.com.
“This was by no means an easy race, Kyle and his family swiftly and professionally responded to a million dollar smear campaign. The stakes were high and failure simply was not an option. Kyle is the type of grassroots conservative candidate, that when properly equipped, can and should be winning in races across the country. It was a tough race, but fun to watch the good guy win one for  a change. We look forward to many more races,” said Greg Ball, Black Stone Chief Executive Officer.
This is not the first political battle for Team Black Stone and Black Stone provides full services for incumbents as well. Last fall, Black Stone put a notch in its political belt with the reelection of incumbent State Legislator Steve Carter of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Steve faced a hard charge challenge from the right and a traditional Democratic challenge from the left. Carter spent the last four years as the Chairman for the House Education Committee. In the end, the Republican won with 55 percent of the vote. He defeated Patty Merrick, a Democrat who had 26 percent of the vote, and Robert Cade Cipriano, a Republican who won 19 percent.
Black Stone provided a full range of services to the Carter campaign, including a comprehensive and targeted direct mail campaign. To view some of the work Black Stone provided please visit: http://bit.ly/1NwwtGa.
Proven leaders and political operators Ball, Bachmeier and their team are able to offer some of the most expansive and proven technology and consulting offerings available today. Assembling an enviable team and global operation, Black Stone has already developed core operations and deal executions across the USA. Black Stone boasts active political campaigns (including ballot propositions) in Texas, Louisiana, New York and even international clients.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
FORECLOSING ON THE FINANCIAL CRISIS,
MURPHY, A.G., ANNOUNCE WALL STREET BANKS WILL PAY
JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy today joined Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in announcing a $100 million expansion of efforts to provide no-interest loans to help New York families avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. The expansion, funded by the Attorney General's April settlement with Goldman Sachs over the bank's deceptive practices leading up to the financial crisis, is expected to help more than 3,000 families across the state pay off small debts that are preventing them from securing a needed mortgage modification.

"Big banks caused the financial crisis and its high time they paid up for the damage that they caused," Murphy said. "They're not too big to pay."

A new analysis released by the Attorney General's Office also showed that the Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP), the first phase of these efforts, has already had a significant positive impact on families that live near a MAP loan recipient because foreclosed homes often drag down the property value of other nearby homes. According to the analysis, every $1 in loans preserves about $8.50 in property values for homeowners within 750 feet of the MAP loan recipient.

"Since taking office, my number one priority has been getting New Yorkers the resources they need to rebuild from the housing crisis," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "This new investment in the MAP program will help thousands of New York families keep their homes and rebuild their communities. This program is already having an incredible impact in communities throughout the state and I am excited to expand it to even more families."

Since MAP began in late 2014, the $18 million in loans given out have already preserved $153 million in property values for nearby homeowners. The new $100 million is estimated to save an additional $722 million, after accounting for administrative program costs.

All told, these no-interest loans are expected to preserve a total of $875 million in property values for nearby homes by the time every loan has been disbursed.

Even families with reliable income streams are often denied mortgage modifications because they have a series of missed mortgage payments, delinquent second or third mortgage liens, or unpaid property tax bills which must be satisfied before a first mortgage holder will grant a modification. MAP provides loans that fill the gaps for struggling families, empowering them to negotiate with their mortgage holders and ultimately remain in their homes.

The analysis of the program, conducted by the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, looked at each individual recipient of a MAP loan and determined the property value preserved for every home within 750 of the loan recipient because the loan recipient had not gone into foreclosure.

"I am very grateful to Attorney General Schneiderman for creating the MAP program," said Miguel Ortiz, 84, a Pleasantville resident whose home was saved thanks to a MAP loan. "And I was very lucky to find Westchester Residential Opportunities who walked me through this process, and made it possible for my wife and I to continue building memories with our family in the only place we have ever called home."

MAP provides homeowners with small loans which are non-amortizing and carry no interest rate. The loans only come due upon sale of the home, refinance, death of the borrower, transfer of ownership, or mortgage maturity.

MAP, which is funded through settlements with the big banks for their roles in the housing crisis, builds on the success of the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). HOPP, a network of roughly 90 housing counselors and legal service providers to help at-risk homeowners across New York to avoid foreclosure, has already helped more than 60,000 New York families. Applicants for MAP loans must connect with a free HOPP counselor to begin the application process.

"The Hudson Valley is one of the most costly regions in the country to live and raise a family and this program assists those in financial distress keep a roof over their families' heads," Murphy said. "I support any program that will ease the crushing burden put on New York's overtaxed middle class families."

For more information on how to apply for MAP loans, call 855-HOME-456 or visit AGScamHelp.com.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2016


CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441


 


Maloney LGBT Non-Discrimination Amendment Passes House with Bipartisan Support

 

Washington – After Republican Leadership rigged a previous vote on a similar bill, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney’s (NY-18) amendment to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 223-195. The Maloney amendment was introduced tonight to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, and would specifically prevent contractors paid by funds allocated for energy and water projects from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. After House Republican Leadership violated their own rules to strong-arm seven republicans into switching their votes to vote against Maloney’s amendment, the Maloney amendment passed tonight with 43 Republican votes.

 

“After House Republican Leadership broke their own rules to rig a vote and stack the deck for discrimination - tonight proved that equality will always win,” said Maloney, co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. “Folks back home want to know that their government is on the level - and when last week's vote went down under such extraordinary circumstances, my Republican colleagues went back home to their districts and heard them echo cries of, “Shame!” I offered my amendment today – through an open process – to give my colleagues a second chance to do the right thing and stand against discrimination. Tonight Congress took that chance and we claimed a victory for equality.”

 

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. After 22 years together, he married his husband Randy Florke in June 2014 in Cold Spring, NY where they live with their three children.  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2016


CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441


 


After GOP Leadership Rigged Previous Vote, Maloney Reintroduces LGBT Non-Discrimination Amendment

 

On House Floor: Maloney Brushes Off Attempt to Hijack Bill, Dismantles Republican Claims that Equality is Unconstitutional

 

Washington – In response to last week’s Republican vote rigging, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) has reintroduced his amendment to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees. The Maloney amendment was introduced to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, and would specifically prevent contractors paid by funds allocated for energy and water projects from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Rep. Maloney has released a video detailing the series of events that have culminated in today’s reintroduction of the Maloney Amendment.

 

https://youtu.be/T9yYKnafUpU

Rep. Maloney’s remarks reintroducing the Maloney Amendment on the House Floor.

 

Following the introduction of the Maloney amendment, Representative Joe Pitts (PA-16) introduced a second degree amendment to the Maloney amendment simply adding the following language to the end of the Maloney amendment: “except as required by the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Article I of the Constitution.” This last-second addition, seemingly an attempt to hijack Rep. Maloney’s amendment, simply added that the President’s Executive Order be required to comply with  sections of the United States Constitution. The following remarks are Rep. Maloney’s incredulous reaction to Rep. Pitts’ second degree amendment.

 

https://youtu.be/jf1xN54KxSQ

Rep. Maloney Responds to the Second Degree Amendment Offered on the Maloney Amendment.

 

Last week, Rep. Maloney introduced a measure on the House Floor to remove language in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (NDAA) that would overturn basic workplace protections for LGBT Americans. This measure, or Motion to Recommit, comes after Republicans inserted a last minute amendment into the NDAA from Rep. Steve Russell (OK) which would overturn President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. After that legislative maneuver failed to pass, Rep. Maloney introduced an amendment to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (MilCon-VA) to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to Military and Veterans Affairs contractors that discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

Here is the link for the full video of the debate on the House Floor and the transcript for Rep. Maloney’s remarks reintroducing the Maloney Amendment:

 

“Last week, I came to this floor to offer an amendment to preserve basic workplace protections for LGBT Americans. My amendment would have kept taxpayer dollars from going to government contractors who discriminate against LGBT employees. That's it. It said you cannot take taxpayer dollars and fire people just for being gay. There are 28 million Americans working for employers who receive taxpayer dollars, and simple math will tell you millions would have been protected from arbitrary firing. So, it made sense. It was fair. It deserved a fair vote.

 

“When the vote was held, a bi-partisan majority of this House, including 36 members of the majority party, supported my amendment. That tally clock right there showed 217 yes votes, 4 more than the 213 needed that day to pass. With all time expired, it was clear as can be that equality had won the vote. But then the world watched, something else happened, shameful happened. Something about sticking up for basic workplace fairness for LGBT Americans rankled certain people here. Even though my bill would have simply applied the same standard to LGBT employees that we have long applied when people are fired because of their race, or gender, or religion or disability, it was simply too much. Even though we would have preserved time-honored religious exemptions, it was too much. Something about treating LGBT people fairly just wouldn't do.

 

“So, people went to work. Though all members had voted, strangely the expired clock stayed open four times longer than it should have. The gavel did not fall.  And as we all watched the tally began to change: 217, 216, 215...the votes in support were dropping. Members of this House were changing their votes. Why? From being in support of fairness, they were now changing them to be opposed to it. Down the vote went, 214, 213, and yet no one came to the well as is customary to announce their vote. It was all in secret, happening out of sight, so no one might see the ugly reality of what was happening.  And what happened? Well, when it hit 212, one vote shy of the majority it needed to pass, one vote shy of the majority it had a few moments earlier, the gavel came down. And the result was declared – a defeat. It was a shameful exercise, made more shameful in that it took place on a civil rights vote that enjoyed a majority of support – a bipartisan majority of support - in this House.

 

“From Portland, Maine to Des Moines, Iowa to southeast Oregon to Bakersfield, California, newspaper editorial boards, radio hosts and ordinary citizens joined a chorus that was heard first on this floor: "Shame," they said – shame on those who would betray the will of this House – who would betray this vote. And shame on anyone who would rig this vote, who rigged this vote; and would rig our democracy. Shame on those who snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality, especially those ‘switching seven” who having at first voted for fairness, allowed themselves to be dragged backward into voting for discrimination.

 

“On Friday, at a meeting of my Veteran’s Advisory Board back home I spoke to decorated military heroes and civilians who have dedicated their lives to the service of this country. To a person they were outraged by what happened on the floor of this House.  One member of the group, Edie, who served as a First Lieutenant and combat medic in Vietnam, said when she heard about the rigged vote, she thought of her daughter, who right now is serving her country in the military.  Edie’s daughter is a lesbian. Edie said, “When my daughter finishes her active military service, she will enter the civilian workforce – perhaps for a government contractor as so many vets do. Will they be able to fire her even though she and I are both veterans?”

 

“Mr. Speaker: Does Edie’s service in combat count for anything here? Does her daughter’s service right now for this country count for anything here?  Her daughter isn’t alone. There are nearly 71,000 active duty LGBT servicemen and women right now and over 1 million LGBT veterans. Making it easier to fire LGBT Americans, even LGBT veterans, isn’t honoring our values, it’s sacrificing them to preserve a worn out and dying prejudice that weakens our nation rather than strengthening it.

 

“So, today I want to thank the Speaker for allowing an open process so I could offer my amendment again. It is through this open process that we can give our colleagues another chance – a second chance – to do the right thing and to stand for equality.  Let us this time ensure that no taxpayer dollars will be used to discriminate against hardworking Americans simply because of who they are, simply because of who they love. And we also reaffirm legitimate religious exemptions that the President also included in his Executive Orders on this subject.

 

“Discrimination has no place in our law - it does not make our water cleaner, it does not power our homes, it doesn’t defeat ISIS, it doesn’t support our veterans. Every American deserves the right to work, support a family and achieve the American dream – regardless of who they are or who they love. I urge my colleagues to stand up to discrimination and adopt my amendment to the bill.”

 

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. After 22 years together, he married his husband Randy Florke in June 2014 in Cold Spring, NY where they live with their three children.  
 

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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown




Town Board
May 24, 2016

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

1. MS4 Stormwater Report/Controlling Geese
As part of a presentation of the town’s annual stormwater report, there was a brief discussion of the “geese” problem at Mohegan Lake.

2. Front Street Properties (Rezoning)
The discussion involved the future development of six contiguous small residentially zoned parcels along Front Street.

3. Proposed Local laws
The following draft laws were discussed and set for public hearings on June 21
  • Amending definition of home occupations
  • Provisions relating to private and parochial schools
  • Provisions relating to helistops
  • Insurance requirements for blasting permits
  • Amending definitions in the Litter Law
4. Proposed local law creating a Quality of Life Committee
A public hearing was set for July 5 on a local law to create this new committee where residents could bring their concerns and complaints.

NOTE: For copies of all the above referenced local laws, check with the town web site, yorktownny.org, under the heading “pending legislation.”

NOTE:  Due to the federal primary election, there will be no Town Board meeting on June 28.

 




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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25th, 2016
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
SENATOR TERRENCE MURPHY AND THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE APPROVED PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO FINALLY ELIMINATE HATED "TAMPON TAX"



ALBANY, NY  - The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation
that would exempt many basic and necessary women's items from being unfairly taxed. The bill (S7838), sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, passed unanimously in the Senate and would exempt feminine hygiene products such as sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners from the New York's sales and compensating use tax.
      
      Senator Murphy said, "This is a common sense piece of legislation that sheds an archaic policy that unfairly targeted the women of our state.  I applaud my colleague Senator Serino for authoring this important piece of legislation and am proud of our continued partnership to see it become law.  The Tampon Tax is dead and I urge the Governor to commence the funeral as soon as the bill hits his desk."

      Currently, medicine, medical equipment, supplies to correct or alleviate physical incapacity, and products consumed by humans for the preservation of health are included in the list of items exempt from the sales and use tax. However cosmetics and toiletry items are explicitly excluded from the list unless they contain medicinal ingredients. Feminine hygiene products are among those items considered taxable under state law, despite being a necessity for women.      

      Senator Serino said, "It's about time. Repealing this out-of-touch tax has been decades in the making and I am incredibly proud to announce that the infamous 'Tampon Tax' will finally be a thing of the past. There are many issues that simply transcend politics and a unanimous vote in both houses tells you that this is certainly one of them. Moving this legislation forward is a win for consumers and it's a win for women who have largely shouldered the burden of the tax for generations. With the
Governor publicly signaling support for this move, it is my hope that it will be signed into law as soon as possible -- New York's women have waited long enough."

        This bill would add sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners to the items exempt from retail taxes to make the existing law fairer, especially for women. New York will join several states including Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania who have already passed similar legislation to end the so-called "Tampon Tax."

        The bill will be sent to the Governor.

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

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