Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 06/08/16: 18 New Topics In Today's blog

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: Acting Presidential:

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/yorktown/columns/bazzo-says/articles/acting-presidential
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) Lincoln Depot Museum to Hold Second Annual Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony 06/18/16

2) Breaking News: Westchester GOP County Legislator Resigns

3) Assemblywoman Galef & Senator Valesky Promoting Legislation to Stop Bait and Switch Practices in Establishing Political Parties in New York

4) Lalor v. Molinaro - Melee at the Walkway

5) REFORM PARTY REITERATES CALL FOR 2016  TERM LIMIT VOTE IN ALBANY

6) Investigative report reveals poster-child for Start-Up NY not moving to NY

7) Speak Out" with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef

8) Free Rabies Clinic Sunday, June 12 in Cortlandt Manor

9) SUZI MCDONOUGH: ANOTHER SESSION, SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE Legislative column from Assembly Candidate Suzi McDonough (R-Mahopac) New York was once a great state, and could be again. Our state is full of hard-working people and wonderful natural resources.

10) UPDATED SPEAKER'S LIST: North Star Fellowship of Leaders is meeting in Washington DC

11) Legislators Burrows, Marcotte Announce Major Rehab for Scout Field Facilities

12) $400,000 taxpayer dollars for company under federal investigation...

13) [PRESS RELEASE] Agents of the City, Memo, in crosshairs

14) [PRESS RELEASE] Murphy: Show me the money

15)   Legislator Bernice Spreckman Announces Resignation from Westchester County Board of Legislators

16) 3 performances left to see Shakespeare all shook up

17) NY Senator clinches Democrat Presidential nomination...

18) 12 Grapes: The 100th Performance of the Swing Band!

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On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 2:27 PM, Lincoln Depot Museum wrote:

Lincoln Depot Museum to Hold Second Annual
Official Juneteenth Flag Raising


For Immediate Release: June 7, 2016
Contact: John G. Testa, President, Lincoln Depot Museum

On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 5 PM the Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill will be conducting its Second Annual Traditional Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony.
Also known as “Emancipation Celebration,” “Freedom Day” and “Juneteenth Independence Day,” Juneteenth celebrates when on June 19, 1865, in Galveston Texas, final freedom of all slaves was finally proclaimed. Two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln and just two months after the President’s assassination, Union General Gordon Granger entered Galveston with the news of freedom for all slaves. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

The Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill will hold an Official Juneteenth Flag Raising Service as established by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. According to the NJOF the purpose of the ceremony is “to bring all Americans together to celebrate our common bond of freedom through the recognition, observance, education and historic preservation of Juneteenth in America.”

The 20-minute ceremony includes the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and the raising of the official Juneteenth Flag. Scheduled to participate in the ceremony is Pastor Gary Colter of the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church and Pastor Dr. Robert E. Young of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church, both located in Peekskill. Also participating will be the Mount Lebanon Choir and Pastor Stephany Graham of the Presbyterian Church of Peekskill.

“We feel it appropriate that the Lincoln Depot Museum continue to host this important ceremony,” stated Museum Board President John Testa. “We are the only such official ceremony conducted in the Hudson Valley, and possibly even the State of NY, so we feel compelled to continue our contribution to the growing Juneteenth movement. We feel it important to remember Lincoln’s contribution to end slavery and be a part of the local celebration,” added Testa.

The Official Flag will fly under the American Flag on the Lincoln Depot Museum’s flagpole throughout the month of June.

 
Photos from last year's event:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskeunhD7
Lincoln Depot Museum
PO Box 2024 • 10 South Water Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 402-4318
www.lincolndepotmuseum.org

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      Dear Anthony, This morning, my colleague on the Board of Legislators, Bernice Spreckman of Yonkers submitted her letter of resignation effective immediately. Bernice was the longest serving member

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    On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 4:31 PM, Sandra R. Galef wrote:
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    Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       
    SANDRA R. GALEF   
      District Office:
      2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

      albany office:

                                                                Room 641,
    Legislative Office Building



    Contact:  Assemblywoman Sandy  Galef

    914-450-4086

    518-455-5348



    Assemblywoman Galef & Senator Valesky Promoting Legislation to Stop Bait and
    Switch Practices in Establishing Political Parties in New York



    (June 7, 2016) With election season upon us once again, candidates will soon
    be circulating petitions for support, and working to make it onto the party
    ballot in November. However, concerns have been raised regarding the
    apparent use of bait-and-switch practices by political parties.

    Earlier this year, as part of her package of sweeping reform bills,
    Assemblywoman Sandy Galef introduced Assembly bill 8622, which is carried in
    the Senate by Senator David Valeksy under Senate bill 6673. This legislation
    increases transparency and ethics regarding the creation political parties
    by prohibiting the name change of any independent body seeking ballot
    nominations.

    Most recently in 2014, after receiving the 50,000 votes necessary to qualify
    as a party, the Stop Common Core Party received a line on the ballot.
    However, not long after those elections took place, the organization's
    leaders changed its name to the Reform Party. Along with this name change,
    there was also a change in the party's mission, misleading the voters who
    helped create it.

    By prohibiting this practice, Assemblywoman Galef and Senator Valesky are
    seeking to protect voters from those who deceive voters and take advantage
    of the trust granted by them. This legislation is crucial in not only
    protecting voter interest but also to ensuring the democratic process is
    successful.

    The bill has recently advanced to the Assembly Rules Committee, and is
    awaiting movement in the Senate. "We need to be honest with the public in
    every way. Preventing these bait-and-switch practices are critical. This
    legislation would assure that this behavior never occurs again",
    Assemblywoman Galef stated.

    "New political parties establish themselves and their names by gaining the
    support of people who believe in the party's platform," Senator Valesky
    said. "Once a party is established, it should not be allowed to change its
    name, thereby misleading voters. This legislation would increase
    transparency and help to prevent deceptive practices."

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    On Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5:16 PM, Chris Covucci wrote:
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    For Immediate ReleaseJune 7, 2016
    Contact: Chris Covucci - chris.covucci@kmlny.com
    Lalor and Molinaro Compete for Charity
    East Fishkill, NY - (6/7/16) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro will compete against each other for charity in the Walkway Marathon. The two elected officials will be participating in the half-marathon, with the loser donating $500 to the winner's charity. Lalor will be competing for Julie's Jungle and Molinaro will be competing for Abilities First. The race is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th and starts at 7:00 AM.
    "You are familiar with the tortoise and hare parable? I think this is going to be more like the tortoise and the tortoise," said Lalor. "My goal is to complete all 13.1 miles in about two and a half hours. That said, come Hell or high water, I will beat the County Executive! In all seriousness, these are both fantastic charitable organizations, doing important work. I'm excited to join County Executive Molinaro to support them."
    "I’m thrilled and honored that Assemblyman Lalor has taken up the challenge to #RunWithMe in this weekend’s Walkway Marathon half-marathon along the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Dutchess Rail Trail for such a good cause," said County Executive Molinaro. "Regardless of which of the two of us finishes first – though it will likely be me – either Abilities First or Julie’s Jungle will be the true winner, receiving a $500 donation from the runner-up. I thank Assemblyman Lalor for embracing our commitment to ‘Think DIFFERENTLY’ about local residents with special needs, and I look forward to running alongside him Sunday; I may even give him a head start."
     Julie's Jungle is a not-for-profit organization building an adaptive playground for children of all abilities in East Fishkill. You can donate here. Abilities First is a not-for-profit organization that provides people with disabilities and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, integration and acceptance by others through education, exploration and experience. You can donate 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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    Reform Party of New York For Immediate Release Contact: Patrick Ziegler, 518-817-1500 REFORM PARTY REITERATES CALL FOR 2016 TERM LIMIT VOTE IN ALBANY

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    CONTACT: Jessica Proud (914) 438-5325

    INVESTIGATIVE REPORT REVEALS POSTER CHILD FOR START-UP NY ISN'T MOVING TO NEW YORK
    Valutek Still in Arizona With No Signs of Leaving
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    Months-Late Status Report MIA; Head of Program Jumping Ship

    New York--June 8, 2016...A new investigative report revealing the poster-child for Start-Up NY--Governor Cuomo's signature and much-maligned economic development program--shows no signs of moving from Arizona to New York five years after its heavily-touted announcement.

    This revelation comes on the heels of a more than 60-day delay of the status report detailing how many jobs the dubious program has created and news that the director of the program, Leslie Whatley, is resigning from her position. The last report showed a paltry 76 jobs were created.

    The announcement was made in 2011 that Valutek was relocating the "lionshare of its operations" including its headquarters from Phoenix, Arizona and its testing labs from China and Malaysia to New York under the Governor's Start-Up NY program. In 2013, Valutek CEO Greg Heiland was given the prestigious position of introducing the Governor at the annual State of the State address where he touted the relocation. In 2014, during the Governor's re-election campaign, he appeared in a torrent of Start-Up NY ads, to the tune of  $250 million in taxpayer dollars, primarily aired within New York's borders.

    In his introduction of Governor Cuomo and in his appearance in the taxpayer-funded ads, Mr. Heiland flagrantly proclaimed--despite all evidence to the contrary--New York's notorious business climate had been reversed and it was the reason for his relocation. Mr. Heiland offered puzzling quotes like:  "I knew it's reputation as a high tax state, as an anti-business state...but New York is rapidly becoming the place to do business with new open-for-business policies. The conditions in New York are great for business...I tell people it's for the climate." All studies continue to show New York has the highest taxes, worst economic outlook and most worst business climate in the nation.

    The CBS2 investigative report revealed that five years since the announcement, the company has still not relocated to New York and showed no signs of doing so in the near future. The state was forced to admit it does not have a contract with Valutek committing them to the move.

    "Start-Up NY has been nothing more than the Governor's propaganda machine, which  unleashed a torrent of 'feel good' taxpayer-funded ads during his re-election campaign," said NYGOP Chairman Ed Cox. "These sham programs are collapsing like a house of cards, while New Yorkers are still suffering under a worst-in-the-nation business climate and $250 million tax dollars down the drain. The only encouraging news is voters are finally learning the truth and ready to elect a new governor."

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    On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:33 AM, Sandra R. Galef wrote:
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    Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       
        SANDY GALEF   

      District Office:
      2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562
      albany office:                                                            Room 641,
    Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248

           For Immediate Release
    Contact:  Sandy Galef
    (914) 941-1111




    "Speak Out" with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Details the

    State's New Paid Family Leave Law



    (June 8, 2016) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef speaks with Eric Williams, who
    works as the Campaign Director of the New York Paid Family Leave Campaign
    about the new Paid Family Leave provision in the enacted 2016-2017 New York
    State Budget on her television program, "Speak Out."

           

            The New York Paid Family Leave Campaign is a statewide organization
    that has been working to pass a law mandating that workers be afforded paid
    leave in the event of a new baby or family member illness, as has been in
    place in some states and many countries. The television show highlights the
    issues that came up in the process of passing the law, the compromises made
    on both sides, and the next steps toward implementing the program.



            "I am pleased to have Eric on my television show to discuss Paid
    Family Leave in New York State," said Galef. "I hope that the information is
    helpful for my constituents as they utilize the leave program and make their
    businesses compliant."



            Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to
    learn more.



    "Speak Out: New York's New Family Leave Law" airs as follows:



    Cablevision

    Airs: June 8, 15, 22, 29



    Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.

    (Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison,
    Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)

    Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

    (Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
    Comcast
    Airs: June 8, 15, 22
    Carmel and Kent Channel 8: Wednesdays at 7:30
    Verizon Fios:

    Airs: June 8, 15, 22

    Public Access Channel 37 or 40: Thursdays at 8:00



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    On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:31 PM, Catherine Borgia wrote:



    Dear Friends and Neighbors,
    Westchester County residents can schedule their dogs, cats and ferrets for free rabies vaccinations this Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Taconic Route 202 24 Hour Veterinary Center, 3655 Crompond Road in Cortlandt Manor.  Call 914-737-2437 for a required appointment.
    Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given and all pets must be supervised by an adult.
    Under New York State law, dogs and cats must receive their first rabies vaccine no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccine, with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used.  Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $2,000.
    Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of infected animals.  Those animals most commonly infected are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.  However, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are also at risk because they can easily contract rabies from wild or stray animals.
    A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need to get a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known or suspect rabid animal.  Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal.
    A change in an animal’s behavior is often the first sign of rabies.  A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame.  It may lose fear of people and become docile or it may become particularly excited and irritable.  Staggering, spitting and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted in infected animals.  Adults should encourage children to avoid touching unfamiliar animals and to immediately tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal.
    All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000.  After hours, callers should follow instructions in the recorded message for reporting public health emergencies 24 hours a day.
    To learn more about rabies and its prevention, visit the Health Department’s website at www.westchestergov.com/health.
    Sincerely,
    Catherine
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    ANOTHER
    SESSION, SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE
    Legislative
    column from Assembly Candidate Suzi McDonough (R-Mahopac)

    New York was once a great state, and could be again. Our state is full of
    hard-working people and wonderful natural resources. Why then is our state
    continually ranked at the bottom of every national ranking with respect to taxes
    and business climate?

    One area New York leads all others? New York is currently leading the country in
    out-migration. Taxpayers and businesses voting with their feet.

    The 2016 session calendar has come to the end and the Assembly Majority, the former
    home of Speaker Sheldon Silver, appears ready to head to the beach having done
    nothing to help taxpayers, veterans, small business owners or to help stem the
    flow of thousands of New Yorkers who are leaving this once great state in
    droves.

    Many in the Assembly Chamber are content to wander through June collecting a paycheck
    and per diem and passing one-house bills with no chance of becoming law. We must
    demand for the insanity to stop. Taxpayers across this state must demand action
    on real issues that will improve the quality of life of small business owners,
    seniors and working families.

    Albany’s dysfunction is a national embarrassment, yet we still allow convicted
    politicians to collect a pension and still no meaningful ethics reform. Illegal
    immigration is costing taxpayers billions and criminal illegal aliens are
    responsible for countless preventable crimes. A statewide heroin epidemic is
    rocking all of our communities yet those on the front lines, including the
    families themselves, do not have the resources they need. This is
    unacceptable.

    I ask all concerned New Yorkers to join me. Pick up a phone and let your
    representative in Albany know you are watching. Remember in
    November.

     

    Josef G. Bachmeier
    Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Black Stone USA
    Direct (914) 406-5114 | Skype: Joebach44
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    Join us at the Road to Majority Conference
    June 9-11, 2016 ~ Washington, DC







    UPDATED SPEAKERS LIST


    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.
    http://www.roadtomajority.com/  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. 
    • REGISTRATION is still open
    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 (which will be taught by Anita Moncrief); and a Pastors and Ministers Forum.  We will send out schedule information as we get closer to the dates. 

    This is an updated speaker's list for the RTM conference for this weekend:


    Rev. Dean Nelson *
    Stacey Dash*
    Dr.William Merritt*
    Dr. Ben Carson*
    Bishop Patrick Wooden*
    Dr. Tony Perkins *
    Rev. Mark Gonzales*
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     For Immediate Release: June 6, 2016

    Legislation
    Public Safety
    Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director

     
    Legislators Burrows, Marcotte Announce Major Rehab for Scout Field Facilities
    Costs shared between County and Municipality
     
    Legislator Gordon Burrows (R) Bronxville, Yonkers, and Legislator Sheila Marcotte, (R) Eastchester were joined by their colleagues on the Board of Legislators (BOL) in approving a Bond Act in the amount of $1,932,000 for improvements to the County Park known as Scout Field. The BOL also approved an intermunicipal agreement (IMA) with the Town of Eastchester to operate and maintain the park. The vote took place at the last Board of Legislators meeting on May16th.
    The IMA calls for the County and Town to each make significant improvements to the Park. The $1,932,000 in funding that the County is bonding for will finance major work adjacent to the Scout cabin area. The work will include earthwork and grading, placement of topsoil, installation of sub-surface drainage, installation of irrigation system and other incidental work required for the creation of a turf soccer field.
     
    The Town’s portion of the work includes, resurfacing and reconstructing the entrance road and parking area, creating a new parking area to the east of the entrance road and building a fence with pedestrian and vehicle gates to enclose the soccer field. The Town is also responsible for incidental costs at the field such as signs, goals, bleachers and benches.
     
    The 23 acre Scout Field lies within three municipalities, Bronxville, Mount Vernon, and Yonkers. Legislator Gordon Burrows represents 2 of the 3 municipalities and has advocated for improvements at Scout Field since he became a Legislator in 2005. “This agreement is an excellent example of what we can accomplish when municipal and County Government collaborate. These improvements will make Scout Field a much better asset for Town and County residents for decades to come.” said Burrows, “I look forward to working with our municipal partners on other projects like the Scout Field improvements in the future.”
    Legislator Marcotte is Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee which reviewed and vetted the plan. Marcotte also represents Eastchester, the community that will manage the operations and maintenance at Scout Field. “I am very happy to see this rehab of Scout Field and the construction of a new soccer field finally come to fruition. By sharing the expense of this project between th C e County and the Town we are able to protect local taxpayers, while delivering a very comprehensive project that will get the Scout Field facility in top shape while creating a new athletic field that will be available to all residents.”
     

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7th, 2016
    CONTACT: Matt Slater, 914-582-2361
    FOILED AGAIN: DE BLASIO'S




    AGENTS OF THE CITY, IN MONEY LAUNDERING MEMO
     
    ALBANY, NY - A leaked memo from Mayor Bill de Blasio's failed 2014 effort to take control of the State Senate details how De Blasio's associates, acting on behalf of candidates, knowingly and willfully solicited, organized and coordinated for the purpose of evading contribution limits. That type of activity may constitute a Class E Felony under Section 14-126(6) of the New York State Election Law, investigators have said.
     
    According to Politico New York, it was one of a series of memos on so-called "earmarking" that were distributed by de Blasio's team to political consultants who the Mayor now says are exempt from state Freedom of Information Law Requirements under the "Agents of the City" exemption.[1] Senator Terrence Murphy today introduced legislation that would make agents of the city subject to FOIL requirements.
     
    "Abusing exemptions to hide from freedom of information law requirements is completely unacceptable," Senator Murphy said. "These agents of the city might have conflicts when they are advising the Mayor as political consultants at the same time as they are working as lobbyists for entities with pending business for the City. If the Mayor has done nothing wrong then he should have nothing to fear from the sunshine and transparency that my legislation will bring about by making these so-called agents of the city subject to FOIL."
     
    The legislation, Senate Bill S8014, would clarify is are subject to the inter and intra agency exception pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law and limit the ability of private contractors with State and Municipal Agencies from representing clients before those agencies while such a contract is in effect. It is expected to be fast-tracked to the Senate floor as part of the negotiations on a broader ethics reform package that could also include Senator Murphy's legislation to heighten campaign finance penalties.
     
    The bizarre loophole the new legislation seeks to close is just one of a series of little-known legal ambiguities Team de Blasio has sought to exploit. Another, known as earmarking, is at the center of the criminal investigation into Team de Blasio's efforts in 2014 Senate races.[2]
     
    A memorandum from Team de Blasio suggests they believed their activity would be illegal earmarking activity only if contributors gave to a straw donor to evade contribution limits knowing how their contribution was being used and refunneled to a candidate.[3]
     
    This flimsy legal argument cites a 1976 advisory opinion from the State Board of Elections, which provides that a contributor to a political committee must not specifically designate how that party may use the funds it receives, under Election Law 14-120.
     
    However, a violation of Election Law 14-120 is not what was alleged to have occurred in last month's bombshell investigation by independent enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman, which said that Team de Blasio perpetrated "willful and flagrant" violations of the election law and referred them for criminal prosecution.[4] In fact, the De Blasio memo does not even discuss section 14-126(6), a separate kind of earmarking which the current criminal investigation centers around.
     
    Section 14-126 (6) reads that "any person who shall, acting on behalf of a candidate or political committee, knowingly and willfully solicit, organize or coordinate ... in connection with the election of any candidate ... for the purpose of evading contribution limits ... shall be guilty of a Class E Felony."
     
    In other words, the contributor or his or her agent would not have had to direct the upstate county committees being used as "straw donors" on how to transfer the contributions in order for Team de Blasio to have committed a crime under 14-126, as alleged in the original 2014 complaint submitted by Senator Murphy which caused the ongoing statewide investigation.
     
    The Team de Blasio memo to agents of the City was silent as to possible violations of 14-126, but other memos could exist and would be subject to FOIL under Murphy's new legislation. The bill would apply to municipalities statewide, and not solely New York City.
     
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    [1] Laura Nahmias. "De Blasio attorney memo offered narrow definition of 'earmarking'." Politico New York. June 3, 2016.
    [2] Chris Bragg. "De Blasio's 2014 memo laid out rules for Senate fundraising." Albany Times Union. June 3, 2016.
    [3] Lawrence Laufer. "Re: Earmarking." October 8, 2014.
    [4] Michael Fallon. "Reports: De Blasio Fundraising Being Investigated." Hinman Straub (blog). April 22, 2016.


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    Committee to Elect Terrence Murphy, 3030 Chen Ct, Yorktown HTs, NY 10598
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    CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
    SENATOR MURPHY CO-SPONSORS LEGISLATION REQUIRING STATE FUNDING OF MANDATED PROGRAMS


    ALBANY, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy has long been opposed to unfunded mandates that place a financial burden on local governments, schools and taxpayers. To ease this financial stress, Senator Murphy and his colleagues approved a measure that would require certain state mandated programs imposed on municipalities and school districts to be funded by the state.
     
    "As a former town councilman I know firsthand that unfunded mandates have been the bane of our existence. State mandated programs place local taxpayers and local officials in the position of paying for services and programs that they do not control," Senator Murphy said. "This bill requires programs that originate from the state to be paid for by the state.  Kicking the proverbial can to find funding to local municipalities and school districts is unacceptable. Many of our school districts' budgets are already overburdened. The new bill will protect local municipalities and school districts from unfunded mandates and will allow local officials to set their own priorities."
     
    Senator Joseph Griffo, the author of the legislation added, "Every time the state enacts a new mandated program, it's often left up to municipalities and school districts to find a way to pay for the new program. But, local municipalities and school districts are fiscally stressed enough, so they should have the freedom to decide what priorities and services they believe are worth funding for their communities, instead of being forced by the state to levy new taxes. If the state wants to tell municipalities and school districts what to do, then the state should be willing to provide the funding in order to achieve that goal. By once again passing this bill, the Senate continues to demonstrate its intolerance for unfunded mandates and the undue pressure it places on our communities."

    State mandated programs place local taxpayers and local officials in the position of paying for services they didn't budget for. 

    These programs allow the state, rather than local officials, to set priorities for the locality, forcing municipalities to levy more taxes on its residents in order to pay for these state mandated programs. Under the provisions of the bill, the education law is amended so that no unfunded mandate will be enacted if it creates a net additional cost on any school district or local government.

    The bill passed the Senate and will be sent to the Assembly.

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    Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak
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    For Immediate Release: June 7, 2016
    Contact:  Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
     
    Legislator Bernice Spreckman Announces Resignation from Westchester County Board of Legislators
    Westchester’s longest serving current Legislator was elected in 1995 after serving on Yonkers Council
    Statement from Legislator Bernice Spreckman;
    “It is with the sense of accomplishment and no small amount of sadness that I resigned my position as County legislator for district 15 today.  
    ”I love serving the people and wish I could continue on forever but unfortunately the early morning meetings with seniors and constituents which frequently lead into late evening BOL meetings are simply more than I can handle physically right now.
    ”Over the course of my career, I have never played the game of partisan politics.  In fact my motto both at campaign time and year round has been “People over politics”.  I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished during my public service in Yonkers City Government and Westchester County Government.
    ”I am grateful to the many colleagues I have worked with from both parties to serve the residents of Yonkers and Westchester County.  I encourage all elected officials to look for opportunities to work across party lines.
    ”After an ill-fated cruise some years ago, I was given the nickname ‘Unsinkable Bernice Spreckman’.  While I may be leaving my position on the Board of Legislators I am still very much afloat and I will continue to serve the people of Westchester, especially the seniors community who I will continue to be a fierce advocate for.”
    -Bernice Spreckman
     
    Statement from Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz on the resignation Legislator Bernice Spreckman;
    On behalf of the Legislature, I would like to thank Legislator Spreckman for her decades of service to all the residents of Westchester County, particularly those in Yonkers, and, of course, the County’s senior citizens.  Bernice is an inspiration to all those in public service and her experience, dedication and hard work will be truly missed. 
     ”On a personal note, I am sincerely grateful for all Bernice has taught me over the past 19 years we have served as Legislators together.  From her tireless efforts and numerous accomplishments with seniors, social services, our parks and infrastructure, to her bi-partisan cooperation on all issues, I am honored to call Bernice my colleague and proud to call her my friend.
     ”The entire County owes Bernice a tremendous debt of gratitude and on behalf of Westchester County, I thank her.
    “The Westchester County Charter provides clear direction for us on how Legislator Spreckman’s seat is to be filled.  A special election will be held within 90 days.  I along with my colleagues in leadership at the Board of Legislators will be meeting immediately to determine the appropriate date.”
    -BOL Chairman Mike Kaplowitz

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    My friends at The Armonk Players are putting on a very funny show with three talented actors playing 30+ roles in 37 plays in 97 minutes of the "The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)"  

    Info below on the last three performances this coming weekend.

    best,

    ba

    Bruce Apar


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    Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8pm
    Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8pm
    Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4pm
    Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 8pm
    Friday, June 10, 2016 at 8pm
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 8pm

    The Armonk Players Presents
    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

    By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
    Directed by Pia Haas
    With: Darrin Bennett, Keith DiBuono and Jeff Rocco
    Adults: $20, Students (18 and under): $10
    "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" is one of the world's most frequently produced plays, and has been translated into several dozen languages. Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it's full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
    Fun for the entire family!

    Ticket Purchase Information

    "Walk-ins" are always welcome (we have ample seating), but we recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance online—you choose the exact seats you want, there is less waiting in line and you may pay with a debit card, credit card or PayPal account. "Walk-ins" may only pay with cash or by check (made out to either Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. or FNCPL, Inc.)—we don't accept credit cards at the theater.

    We perform at Whippoorwill Hall (adjacent to the North Castle Public Library) at 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk, NY 10504 (use the Kent Place entrance, please). You can get travel directions here.
    For up-to-date information, visit our website. If you would like to make a tax-free donation to the Friends of the North Castle Public Library to support the Armonk Players, you can do so here.

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