Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 06/01/16: 12 New Topics In Today's blog


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1) Friends of Catherine Borgia: Kicking off the election cycle

2) Statement from GOP Chairman Cox on Today's Siena Poll


4) Stop Buying Government Contracts: Galef Pushes Her Proposal to Put an End to Pay-to-Play Politics


6) Lalor: Veterans Equality Act Finally Puts All Vets on Equal Footing

7) Killian: Siena Poll Shows Voters Demanding Corruption Crackdown

8) NEWS: Following Recent Gun Violence in Newburgh, Maloney Calls on DOJ to Immediately Approve “Shot Spotter” Technology for Newburgh PD

9) GOP staff leaked confidential De Blasio memo...

10) JAZZ MUSIC! The Book Club, feat. John Hart, Don Falzone, Bob Meyer Returns! This Sat.June 4th, 2016 @ 8pm: The Green Growler, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

11) PRESS RELEASE] The art of arts funding: $250k in grants for Murphy's district

12) Cardinal Dolan doling out money to lobbyists...


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For immediate reply:
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:31 AM, Catherine Borgia wrote:
Dear Anthony,
The Democratic Caucus of the Westchester County Legislature is pleased to announce our first fundraiser for the critical 2017 election cycle. History tells us that when we prove early that our fundraising is strong we get strong candidates running on the Democratic ticket, we get strong campaigns, and we get victory in November. For that reason, the success of this kickoff fundraiser for our 2017 candidates is critical to our success next fall. I look forward to seeing you at the Brazen Fox (175 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) on June 16 from 6pm-8pm.
Catherine Borgia
Majority Leader, Westchester County Legislature
(914) 262-8873
P.S. While I would love to see you in person, if you are unavailable you can still help to make this event a success by mailing a check made out to "DMAC" to: DMAC c/o Catherine Borgia, 19 Audubon Drive, Ossining, NY 10562, or Click Here to contribute online.
Friends of Catherine Borgia
19 Audubon Dr
Ossining NY 10562 United States


CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

Statement from GOP Chairman Cox on Today's Siena Poll on Governor Cuomo

May 31, 2016

"While Governor Cuomo's job approval rating has consistently remained under water with a strong majority disapproving of his performance, for the first time it has translated into a plurality of voters who are not prepared to re-elect him. As the state continues to suffer under his punishing business climate, highest taxes and worst-in-the nation economic outlook, it's no surprise voters are already looking to replace him. We are confident that as more details come to light on the Governor's Buffalo Billion boondoggle, that dissatisfaction will grow and our next governor will be a Republican who will reform our state to create real economic growth, not just gimmicks."

Long 2016 Inc. AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON ENDORSES WENDY LONG FOR U.S. SENATE IN NEW YORK Having trouble viewing this email? View In A Browser FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2016 CONTACT: PATRICK EGAN patrick@wendylong.c

Contact:  Assemblywoman Sandy Galef



Stop Buying Government Contracts: Galef Pushes Her Proposal to Put an End to
Pay-to-Play Politics

"Creating a Distance between Those Who Seek to Influence the Law and the
People Who Make Them"

(June 1, 2016) A popular rallying point in state politics this year has been
for an end to policies that allow companies to garner preferential treatment
when bidding on government contracts Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has proposed
legislation to address this practice.

Galef's proposal, A9260-B, would prevent any business entity or individual
that had a contract with the state for more than fifteen thousand dollars
from making contributions to an elected official or a candidate for such a
position, and also barred from making contributions to any political party
in the twelve months before or after the contract is awarded. The bill is
modeled in part on a law in the Town of Greenburgh, which passed in 2007 and
serves the same purpose on a more local level as the proposal before the
state government.

The state has seen more than its fair share of abuses of this policy. In
recent years, investigators have uncovered various examples of businesses
using monetary donations to curry favor with legislators on many levels of
government, including in Dean Skelos' high profile corruption case.

There are laws, rules, and ordinances in 15 states and dozens of localities
- as well as the Federal Government, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking
Board and Securities and Exchange Commission - to prevent pay-to-play
politics. Galef hopes that pressure from constituents, good government
groups, and her colleagues who have signed on in support of the bill will
result in New York joining the growing list of states committed to ending
the pay-to-play practice.

"It is not moral or ethical to buy business or policies from the state,"
said Galef. "A representative democracy should not be quid pro quo. Now is
the time for reforms that stress the importance of decisions being in the
hands of the representatives, not in the hands of the highest bidder."

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    • On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:22 AM, Sandra R. Galef wrote:
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                CONTACT

      June 1, 2016





      What:            Rally and press conference of key elected officials
      representing all levels of state government calling on colleagues to support
      efforts to end political corruption.

      Who:              New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef * Suffolk County
      Legislator Robert Trotta * New York City Council Member Ben Kallos *
      Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner * Citizens Union Executive Director
      Dick Dadey

      When:            Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2PM


      Where:          Steps of New York City Hall * City Hall Park, New York, NY

      Why:              Public perception is that political corruption is
      pervasive in every level of government, a belief that is not wrong.  Voters
      are vocal about how they are fed up with pay-to-play politics.  The
      aforementioned elected leaders representing state, county and local
      governments are too.  They, along with activists demanding fair and good
      government, are speaking out about the need to create a distance between
      those who seek to influence the law and those who make them, and are urging
      their colleagues in each of their respective layers of government to enact
      common sense ethics reform legislation.
      On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 11:02 AM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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      Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor 
      For Immediate ReleaseJune 1, 2016
      Contact: Chris Covucci - (845) 309-2654
      Veterans Equality Act Finally Puts All Vets on Equal Footing
      Statement on Governor Cuomo's Signing of the Veterans Equality Act from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill)
      "Finally, we will be able to put all veterans on equal footing in New York. With the Veterans Equality Act signed into law, all veterans are now eligible for the benefits that they earned. This is a tremendous show of appreciation and respect for the men and women who volunteered to serve in our armed forces, putting their country ahead of their own lives and careers."
      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.

      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 Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..
      Killian for State Senate Having trouble viewing this email? Click here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325 KILLIAN: SIENA POLL SHOWS VOTERS ARE DEMANDING CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN Term Limits Must be Top Pr
      June 1, 2016
      CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
      Following Recent Gun Violence in Newburgh, Maloney Calls on DOJ to Immediately Approve “Shot Spotter” Technology for Newburgh PD
      Washington – Following months of intensifying gun violence in Newburgh, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) called on the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), to make an immediate strategic investment in Shot Spotter Technology (SST) to help the city fight gun violence. The city applied for the technology as part of the BJA’s Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) program.  On May 16th, Rep. Maloney wrote a letter of support of the application to BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell, citing that “firearm assaults and shootings continue to be alarmingly high and your assistance is critical for reducing its severity.”
      “Gunfire is an all too common occurrence in our city and its tearing our community and families apart – enough is enough,” said Maloney. “Our headquarters are in Newburgh for a reason – it’s a great place to work, live and raise a family – and working together with the City of Newburgh I’ve fought for additional police officers on the beat, but we must make sure that they have every available resource to stop this tide of violence and ensure our families and communities are safe.”
      Newburgh police often rely solely on community reporting to locate perpetrators of gun violence. These reports can be inconsistent or inaccurate. SST would empower police by providing the technology necessary to gather critical information to solve gun crimes, and to ensure those responsible are apprehended and successfully prosecuted. The investment would provide four square miles of the City of Newburgh with audio sensors, which can pinpoint the location of the gunfire, detect the frequency of gunfire, and identify the type of firearm used. Each type of bullet carries a specific audio signature. Although these signatures are undetectable to the human ear, SST can discern the type of ammunition being fired.
      The full text of Rep. Maloney’s letter to BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell appears below:
      Dear Director O’Donnell:
      I write in support of the application submitted by the City of Newburgh Police Department (CNPD) to the Technology Innovation for Public Safety program of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
      As you may be aware, the most recent data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation illustrates a significant rise in firearm assaults and shootings throughout the City of Newburgh.  More specifically, these statistics continue to grow with 182 gun related calls-for-service in 2016.  In response to the rise of shootings, the CNPD has gone to great lengths to employ evidence-based programs geared towards reducing gun violence.  While these efforts have had a positive impact on the community, firearm assaults and shootings continue to be alarmingly high and your assistance is critical for reducing its severity.
      Award of this application will allow the CNPD to acquire ShotSpotter Technology (SST) analytical services to fortify its efforts to further combat gun violence.  The SST uses strategically placed audio surveillance to provide constant acoustic monitoring throughout the City, which in turn instantly records and analyzes cases of possible gunfire.  Currently, the Department is challenged by its reliance on the community to report instances of shots fired, which can be inconsistent and unfounded.  Conversely, the deployment of nearly a hundred SST sensors will create a network that would instantly alert the CNPD and allow for immediate and appropriate action.  The instantaneous alert to the Department will facilitate a quicker response to better aid victims, assess evidence and ultimately apprehend armed and dangerous criminals.  As you can see, your assistance is overly critical both for the Police Department and residents of the City as a whole.  For these reasons, I ask that you review this application at your earliest convenience.
      Therefore, I fully support this request and applaud its approach to policing in the 21st Century.  In order to keep my office informed about this opportunity during the allocation process, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Deputy District Director, Joseph Donat by phone at (845) 561-1295 or via e-mail at  Thank you in advance for your time and careful consideration of this request as both are greatly appreciated.
      Sean Patrick Maloney                                                                         
      Member of Congress
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      THE  BOOK  CLUB  Returns!


      The Green Growler Tap Room presents:

      the Return of a VERY Special Jazz Trio!

      The Book Club!  

      John Hart, guitar

      Don Falzone, bass

      Bob Meyer, drums & cymbals

      Playing JAZZ !


      Saturday, June 4th, 2016   8pm - 11:30pm

          368 S. Riverside Ave,   
      Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
       (914) 862-0961  
      Come early. Come late. Catch some tunes and have a brew or two. Get your beer supplies!     Host Seana O'Callaghan will welcome you!
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 31st, 2016
      CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

      Arts Westchester

      ALBANY, NY - A long-time supporter of the arts, Senator Terrence Murphy has joined with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to announce that
      $244,789 in grant money has been awarded to sixteen arts organizations in the 40th Senate District. This direct funding is on top of and in addition to the arts decentralization (re-granting) grants provided to countywide arts organizations to support local programs.

            "Investing in the arts increases the economic, cultural and educational value of our communities," Senator Murphy said. "This year's grants are all inclusive, taking into account the interests and needs of every age group in our district. The funding will support art classes that will inspire creativity; provide courses that will help writers find their voice, and help finance music and theater programs that will appeal to people of all ages."

            Joyce Picone, Executive Director for the Putnam Arts Council said, "We have been getting assistance from NYSCA since its inception. I am happy that this year we will receive our largest grant since 2004.  Through our re-granting program, in which we assist arts organizations throughout the county, we provide grants to organizations such as the Brewster Theater Company, Arts on the Lake and the VOB Film Festival that present music and theater performances, film festivals, and visual arts programs. It is money well spent that enriches the lives of the people in our communities."

            "Our education mission to develop and implement programs that provide instruction and inspiration in a digitally, and globally connected world, particularly to people in underserved communities," said Edie Demars, Executive Director for the Jacob Burns Film Center. "We are also dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema and making film a vibrant part of the community. Without enlightened support, we could not continue to serve the thousands of people we reach."

            "The Pawling Concert Series received $5000 grant from NYSCA to present our series of five concerts. That endorsement from NYSCA helped to bring in five times more money from local corporations," said Ned Reade, President of the Pawling Concert Series. "In addition, many local businesses advertise in our program booklet knowing that we have earned the stamp of approval from NYSCA. In other words, the $5000 grant generates almost $35,000 in additional monies that go directly to artists' fees."

            "NYSCA's support for Copland House has long been an essential 'seal of approval,'" said Michael Boriskin, Artistic and Executive Director for Copland House. "NYSCA enables us to bring our internationally-acclaimed concerts and educational programs celebrating America's vibrant musical heritage to communities and schools across the State, for people from ages 8 to 88. "

            Established in 1960 through a bill introduced in the New York State Legislature by Senator Sam MacNeil with backing from Governor Nelson Rockefeller, NYSCA is an arts council that serves the state of New York. NYSCA awards over 2,700 grants each year to arts organizations in every arts discipline throughout the state. A 2010 study by Americans for the Arts estimated the economic impact of the arts Westchester at $156.44 million, supporting 4,800 jobs and returning $23.1 million to local and state governments, with 2.7 million annual attendees.

            Previous NYSCA grants from Senator Murphy have gone to support programs like the ongoing LightScapes Artist Project at Van Cortlandt Manor. The 2016 NYSCA grants approved for Senator Murphy's district include:
      Axial Theatre, Yorktown Heights
      The Axial Theatre was established with the goal of nurturing the development of new plays, and will use the grant to continue to provide this opportunity to Westchester playwrights. They will also produce their first-ever revival of a play in the upcoming season.
      Copland House, Peekskill
      Their NYSCA grant will fund musical, public and educational activities, including ensemble concerts, in-school & onsite educational programs, composer residencies, lectures and master classes, film screenings, and other public presentations.
      Friends of Music Concerts, Inc., Croton-on-Hudson
      During the grant year, Friends of Music Concerts will present six chamber music concerts by both world renowned ensembles and distinguished up and coming artists. Their grant will also fund a chamber ensemble's residencies in two public school districts.
      Hammond Museum, Inc., North Salem
      Support from NYSCA will provide folk art performances and crafts, demonstrations and workshops, printing programs, and travel expenses for artists.
      Historic Hudson Valley, Potanico Hills
      Historic Hudson Valley's grant will go toward ongoing activities, including curriculum-based education programs, cultural and seasonal festivals, library and archive management, content-rich digital initiatives, and the preservation and interpretation of the sites and collections.
      Hudson River Healthcare, Inc., Peekskill
      Their NYSCA grant will support Latin American holiday events through three celebrations developed in collaboration with local Latino committees and Dutchess and Westchester Arts Council folklorists.
      Hudson Stage Company Croton-on Hudson
      NYSCA funds will support for their programming, which includes two stage productions and four staged Readings.
      Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA), Peekskill
      HVCCA will receive two separate grants totaling
      $14,000 for:
      • Writing the Walls, a community project that will use poetry and words inspired by the "Indigenous Roots: The Threads that Connect" exhibit at the HVCCA that explores identity and memory. Funding would be used for poet and teacher fees and material costs for the program. $7,000.
      • A second grant will support artists, staff and materials for in-school programs at Peekskill High School. Students will create a project inspired by HVCCA's exhibition. $7,000.
      Hudson Valley's Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow
      The Center will expand its courses, workshops and events, including its Setting the Stage reading series, visual arts, music w/ literature, and its ethnically and culturally diverse thematic programs. Funding will also cover the publication of a book highlighting established and emerging authors.
      Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville
      The Center will receive two separate grants totaling
      $41,300 for:
      • Animator-in-residence fees, equipment and other expenses associated with Minds in Motion, an education program that gives students the opportunity to create their own animated films. $9,800.
      • Also general support for year round exhibitions of independent, documentary and international films, speaker events and community programming. $31,500.
      Magic Box Productions, Inc., Pleasantville
      Magic Box Productions is entering its second decade of providing exemplary media arts workshops for New York City schools and community groups.

      Schoolhouse Theatre, Croton Falls
      Funding from NYSCA will support the Schoolhouse Theater's Mainstage Season. $5,910.

      Taconic Opera, Inc, Peekskill
      Funding for two opera productions with each production being presented at two different venues. The grant also covers student performances of each production and two other opera events. $5,000.

      Southeast Museum Association, Brewster
      Funding will support its ongoing activities including exhibitions, adult and children workshops and lectures.
      Pawling Concert Series, Pawling
      Their NYSCA grant will support the presentation of five concerts each during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 concert series. The series presents a wide-range of music styles including classical, jazz, and ethnic music.

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