Friday, June 10, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 06/10/16: 16 New Topics In Today's blog


B) Check Out Yorktown News:
New Bazzo Says Column: Acting Presidential:
C) Check Out The Somers Record:
D)  Check Out Mahopac News:
E) Check Out North Salem News:
F) Volpe/Bazzo Report: June 2016 Show:

1) ICYMI: Wendy Long's contract with New Yorkers

2) Town Of Ossining; Planning Board Meeting- Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at the Community Center

3) Town Of Yorktown: Public Meeting Agendas] Planning Board Televised Meeting 06/13/16

4) Town Of Yorktown: Town Board sues owner of Roma  building 06/07/16

5) Galef Applauds Governor's Ethics Efforts but Calls into Question Political Consultant Measure

6) Join us at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016

7) Affordable Rental Units Available - Ossining, NY

8) Cuomo blames legislature for lack of ethics reform...

9) Preet Bharara warns: "corruption everywhere we look"...

10) NEWS: After Strong Push, Maloney Announces DoD Has Made Investigation into Newburgh Water Contamination First Priority

11) [PRESS RELEASE] League of Conservation Voters, EANY, thanks Murphy for protecting environment

12) Republican Caucus Leadership Reacts to Resignation of Legislator Bernice Spreckman

13) [PRESS RELEASE] Statewide heroin task force releases final report

14) MEDIA ADVISORY] *MONDAY, June 13th 7pm* Senator Terrence Murphy To Honor 40th Senate District's Women of Distinction

15) PRESS RELEASE] Senator Murphy sponsors summer reading program

16) Tour a Rustic Summer Home on the Shores of Lake Waramaug, Meet Hamptons Artist and Furniture Designer Gavin Zeigler, and More!


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In Case You Missed It: U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long recently released her "Contract with New Yorkers" that pledges her positions on issues of importance to them. 

You can read it in full on her website or below: 

I pledge to you, my fellow New Yorkers, that if elected I will:
1.  Term Limits, Anti-Lobbying, Anti-Corruption:  Self-term limit to no more than two terms, never lobby Congress for compensation afterwards, never act for the particular financial benefit of any campaign donor, and push term limit and anti-lobbying legislation to end the chokehold of career politicians in Washington.
2.  Trade:  Support policies that protect and create American jobs, and vote against multilateral trade agreements and treaties (such as NAFTA and TPP) that undermine American jobs and sovereignty.  
3.  Immigration:  Support a physical wall, virtual walls, and heightened immigration standards at all points of entry to secure our borders and ensure that each individual entering the U.S. is fully screened and has a valid reason for entry; support enforcement of the rule of law including deportation of persons illegally in the United States; vote against the Obama migrant resettlement program; support English as the only official language of the United States. 
4.  Education:  Work aggressively to end the federalization of American public education by eliminating Washington bureaucracy, killing Common Core and other national standards; support school choice (tax credits and vouchers); return education to parents and local control; introduce a bill forcing colleges to reduce tuition commensurate with the size of their endowments or lose federal support including tax-exempt status.
5.  Jobs, Wages, and Small Business:  Support tax reform that reduces rates on individuals and corporations, closes loopholes, and simplifies the tax code; vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based affordable, accessible health care without federal mandates; fight job-killing laws and regulations, support pro-growth regulatory reform for small business and community banks, and vote against corporate welfare and cronyism that benefits uncompetitive, politically connected big business.
6.  Constitution, Supreme Court, and Rule of Law:  Support the Constitution of the United States as written and ratified, vote to confirm originalist judges like Justice Clarence Thomas who have demonstrated faithfulness to judicial restraint, and work against judicial activists who use the courts as an unaccountable legislature; work to restore and protect religious liberty, Judeo-Christian culture, and the sanctity and dignity of human life; and promote respect and honor for our men and women in law enforcement.
7.  Right to Keep and Bear Arms:  Support the unfettered right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.
8.  Military:  Support rebuilding our military into an overwhelming American force to pursue peace through strength; commit to total victory over Islamic terror and jihad and to preventing a nuclear Iran; and support reform of the VA to eliminate corruption and incompetence and deliver to our veterans the quality and speed of health care that they deserve.
9.  Budget and Debt:  Oppose any further increases in the national debt ceiling; oppose omnibus spending bills; introduce legislation mandating that  Senators and Congressmen forfeit their salaries if they do not pass a balanced budget in separate appropriations bills with individual votes each year. 
10.  Infrastructure and Energy:  Support the rebuilding of our crumbling American infrastructure and pursue market-based American energy independence.
The founders of this country created it by pledging to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.  To help President Trump restore it, I pledge the same to you.     
On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:55 PM, Planning Board Chair Ingrid Richards wrote:


    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
*Please Note The Alternate Location*
Ossining Community Center
95 Broadway
Ossining, NY 10562
Town of Ossining Planning Board Preliminary Agenda
The order of agenda items are subject to change
  • Butler Subdivision, 2 Hillcrest Drive, 3 Lot Subdivision
  • Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING
  • Joanne Schneider, 74 Hawkes Avenue, 2 Lot Subdivision- PUBLIC HEARING
  • Parth Knolls, Multi-Family Development, 87 Hawkes Avenue, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
  • Artis Senior Living LLC, 553 North State Road, Site Plan- PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
Please visit the Town Planning Board Project page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for June 15th, 2016.

Directions to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center (Armory, Rte 9A)
Town of Ossining Building & Planning
P.O. Box 1166 / 101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone 914-762-8419
Fax 914-944-0195
Town Board 
Dana A. Levenberg
Karen M. D'Attore
Council Member 
Elizabeth R. Feldman
Council Member 
Kim Jeffrey
Council Member 
Northern Wilcher, Jr.
Council Member 

Town Links
, June 10, 2016 11:59 AM, Public Meeting Agendas wrote:
363 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Planning Board Televised Meeting

Calendar Date:

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Correspondence/Liaison Reports
Meeting Minutes – May 23, 2016

Hilltop Associates
SBL: 37.06-1-25
Request for a First 90-day Time Extension

Location: 450 Hilltop Road
Contact: Albert A. Capellini, Esq.
Description: A 3 lot subdivision approved by Planning Board Resolution #08-02 on January 14, 2008.
322 Kear, LLC (Marathon Development Group)
SBL: 37.18-2-51
Decision Statement

Location: 322 Kear Street
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed approximately 13,000 square foot, three-story commercial and residential building with associated parking.
Ianuzzi Re-Subdivision
SBL: 47.15-1-14, 15, 16
Decision Statement

Location: 1189 Baptist Church Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed to re-subdivide the existing 3 lots into 4 lots under the Town's Flexibility Standards.
Taconic Vet Clinic & Canine Kindergarten
SBL: 36.05-1-18
Decision Statement

Location: 3655 Crompond Road
Contact: MAP Architecture
Description: Proposed new amended resolution to the approved as-built changed to the approved site plan.
Spark Steakhouse
SBL: 26.18-1-7.29
Public Informational Hearing

Location: 3360 Old Crompond Road (Crompond Crossing)
Contact: MAP Architecture
Description: Proposed, amended site plan for a request for a special permit to allow 274 square foot addition, outdoor dining for 40 seats.
Brophy, Stephen
SBL: 35.08-1-17
Public Informational Hearing

Location: 3787 Crompond Road
Contact: Site Design Consultants
Description: Proposed to convert existing building into a restaurant with a patio for outdoor seating and required parking.
Kia Dealership
SBL: 35.08-1-21
Discussion Special Use Permit

Location: 3805 Crompond Road
Contact: Michael Norton, Esq.
Description: Operation of a new car dealership on accordance with Section 300-71.
ZBA Referral #31/16 – Countryside Properties
SBL: 35.08-1-17, 18

Location: 3787 Crompond Road
Contact: Fred Sannacandro
Description: This is an application for a special use permit for an Exterior Storage Yard pursuant to Section 300-44 of the Town of Yorktown Zoning Code. This property is located in a C-4 Zoning District.
ZBA Referral #33/16 – Saccente
SBL: 26.05-1-48

Location: 3197 Rocky Place
Contact: Michael Saccente
Description: This is an application for a variance to allow an addition that will have a rear yard setback of 39.2’ where 45’ are required as stated in the decision of the Zoning Board of appeals on May 24, 2001. This Property is in an R1-10 Zoning District.
ZBA Referral #37/16 - Pervizi
SBL: 16.11-1-60

Location: 3666 Old Yorktown Road
Contact: Carmella Pervizi
Description: This is an application for variances to allow a farm use on a parcel of land that is less than the required 5 acres. This is also an application to allow a farm stand on this property in a section that is zoned C-2. Farm uses are only permitted in R1 zoning Districts. This parcel has 2.44 acres in an R1-20 zoning district and 2.2 acres in a C-2 zoning District.
Town Board Referral
Proposed Local Law to amend Chapter 124-2(C) of the Code of the Town of Yorktown changing the insurance requirements for obtaining a Blasting and Explosives permit.
Town Board Referral
Proposed Local Law to amend Chapter 201-2 of the Code of the Town of Yorktown entitled “Littering,” and to include a new Section 201-10 entitled “Recorded Images Violations.”
Town Board Referral
Proposed Local Law to amend Chapter 300-3(B) of the Code of the Town of Yorktown entitled “Zoning: Definitions, Word Usage,” by amending the definition of “Home Occupation.”
Town Board Referral
Proposed Local Law to amend Chapter 300-21 and 300-55 of the Code of the Town of Yorktown regarding the approval of private and parochial schools and helistops.
Yorktown Highway Garage
SBL: 37.11-1-52

Discussion Site Plan
Location: Greenwood Street
Description: Proposed new highway garage on the town property adjacent to the Hallock Mill Sewer Plant.
Front Street Property
SBL: 37.19-1-7

Discussion Site Plan
Location: 251 Underhill Avenue
Description: Proposed mixed use building and parking on existing highway garage and parking.
Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board
June 7, 2016
Meeting highlights. For a summary of other agenda items, visit

1. Hallocks Mill Sewer District
Sewer extensions. The town has prepared a report that could lead to creating sewer extensions for unsewered neighborhoods.

Pump station rehabilitation. Plans are almost ready to go to bid for the rehabilitation of the Jefferson Park, Walden Woods and Jefferson Valley pump stations.

2. Personnel
Police: Lt. Robert Noble was appointed temporary Chief of Police effective June 11, 2016 through August 29, 2016.
Resignation: David Rambo, Water Distribution Superintendent
Retirement: Julio Sista (Engineering) and George Routis (Water)

3. 3574 Lexington Avenue Rezoning
In a unanimous vote, the board approved the rezoning to R-3 (multi family) from R1-20 (half acre).

4. Dumpster Law Public Hearing
The board adjourned the hearing that would set standards and uniform procedures for dumpsters and compactors in commercial and multi family zones pending additional input from the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.

5. Roma Building
The board directed the town attorney to file a lawsuit against the building owner, the DEC and the County of Westchester.

6. Courtesy of the Floor/Quality of Life Committee
The board stated it has no intention of changing the Courtesy of the Floor policy and sees the proposed Quality of Life Committee as being a more efficient way for residents to have the town address their concerns.

7. Constellations Recovery (Sober home)
At issue is an unmet condition of the special permit issued in 2015 that a meeting be held with neighborhood residents to go over the operation of the facility.

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On Thursday, June 9, 2016 4:55 PM, Sandra R. Galef wrote:


Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       

  District Office:
  2 Church Street, Ossining, New York 10562

  albany office:
  641 Legislative
Office Building, Albany, New York 12248
Contact:  Assemblywoman Sandy Galef



Galef Applauds Governor's Ethics Efforts but Calls into Question

Political Consultant Measure

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

ALBANY, NY (June 9, 2016) - New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (95th
Assembly District) applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo for renewing his
commitment to meaningful ethics reform during his address at Fordham Law
School yesterday.  She announced that she will support the Governor's newest
proposals to limit outside "dark money" as they closely align with the
anti-corruption platform she has been championing since the beginning of
this legislative session.

"I am grateful to Governor Cuomo for taking this bold step to fix the
rampant problems that we experience in our state in campaign finance and
political corruption.  We have heard very little about ethics reform this
session," Galef said. "We know that the public's appetite for a clean and
honest government is strong but the Legislature's efforts to solve these
issues have, so far, been minimal.  For the Governor to come out and call
for increased action is perhaps the shot in the arm we need."

In addition to measures targeted at preventing the hijacking of political
campaigns by independent expenditure committees, Cuomo briefly mentioned
legislation that he introduced as part of his ethics package in this year's
state budget that required political consultants to register as lobbyists --
an issue that Galef, along with Senator Tony Avella (11th Senate District),
is also aggressively being promoted in the Legislature through a pair of
sponsored bills. 

The Galef/Avella measures aim to increase the transparency of relationships
between elected officials, government agencies, consulting firms and the
clients they represent by creating a complete bifurcation between the two
professions of political consultants and lobbyists.  Bill A6585-a/S4690-a
would create a conflict-of-interest firewall to ensure that a paid political
consultant would not be able to lobby a former client for a current one's
outside interests, preventing any overlap in competing priorities.  San
Francisco, which has one of the most stringent ethics rules in the country,
has successfully instituted this policy.

Legislation A9180/S5520, known as "The Consulting Act", would create
compulsory rules of registration and disclosure of all consulting firms that
have substantial contact with both elected officials and outside clients,
similar to what is already required of lobbyists..  The bill relates to all
consultants, including political consultants and those who engage in public
relations or "strategic communications".

"Why should we allow someone who quarterbacked a campaign to also call the
shots when it comes to making important policy decisions," concluded Galef.
"We need to separate the two professions.  You're either a consultant or a
lobbyist.  You can't do both."

Human Rights Watch Film Festival  June 10 to 19, 2016

Join us in Celebrating 27 years of Documenting Human Rights around the World Through Film
Special Discounted Tickets available via ULP Network!
United Latino Professionals Inc. is a proud supporter of the 27th Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York from June 10 to June 19, 2016. We have partnered with the festival to help spread the word and offer ULP Network members a special $3 discount on all tickets including three powerful films on issues facing Latin-Americans here in the U.S. and abroad. 
Here's how you claim your discount:
To redeem the Special Offer:
To redeem for screenings at Film Society of Lincoln Center: Select the showtime of the film you'd like to attend and enter promo code "HRWFF2016" (case-sensitive) in the upper right corner and then select "AFFILIATE" ticket type.
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To redeem for screenings at IFC Center: Offer good only in person at the box office. Present this printed offer to receive the discount.

 View the film festival lineup


Thursday June 16, 8:45p.m. | Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater
What happens when the thirst for power and riches takes priority over human life? The Amazon Rainforest, one of the planet's most valuable natural resources, is being auctioned off, and its people condemned.
Watch trailer + find out more

Friday June 17, 9:00 p.m. | Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade TheaterSaturday June 18, 7:00 p.m. | IFC Center
Two women, their voices echoing over the landscape and highways of Mexico from North to South, tell how official corruption and injustice allowed violence to take control of their lives.
Watch trailer + find out more

Saturday June 11, 7:00 p.m. | IFC Center
Monday June 13, 7:00 p.m. | IFC Center

Riding at night through the streets of Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos are an unapologetic crew of women of color. Founded by Xela de la X, a single mother and poet, the Ovas cycle for the purpose of healing, reclaiming their neighborhoods, and creating safer streets for women.
Watch trailer + find out more
June 10-19, 2016Click Here 
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Through the Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings human rights abuses to life through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all.
It all started 27 years ago here in New York City. Through friends at The Public Theater, Human Rights Watch was offered the use of a spare theater room equipped with a modest-sized television set on which to present the first Human Rights Watch Film Festival to a small but committed audience. Today, the festival lives on the big screen, experienced annually by over 100,000 passionate audience members in more than 20 cities worldwide. On this special occasion, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to you, our audience, whose enthusiasm and support have made the Human Rights Watch Film Festival what it is today. All films are New York Premieres unless otherwise noted.
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June 8, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
After Strong Push, Maloney Announces DoD Has Made Investigation into Newburgh Water Contamination First Priority
Announcement Comes After Rep. Maloney Demanded DoD Add Stewart ANG Base to Review List and Make it a Top Priority
Newburgh, NY – After calling on the Department of Defense (DoD) to give priority to Stewart Air National Guard (ANG) Base to investigate the high levels of contaminants in Newburgh’s water supply, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that Newburgh ANG Base is now at the top of the list. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense announced plans to test for groundwater contamination from firefighting foams at hundreds of sites across the country. However, before Rep. Maloney called on the DoD, Stewart ANG Base was not included in the scheduled military base review.
“Finally the Department of Defense is recognizing the dangerous groundwater contamination at Stewart Air National Guard Base – making it their number one priority to review nationwide. Clean and safe drinking water is a basic right for all our neighbors regardless of where you live, how much money you make, or the color of your skin,” said Rep. Maloney. “We can’t allow Newburgh to shoulder this burden alone, and placing Newburgh at the top of the DoD list is a critical step towards getting to the bottom of this issue and helping us protect families and small businesses in Newburgh.”  
Since abnormally and unacceptably high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooc­tane sulfonate (PFOS) were found in Newburgh’s water, Rep. Maloney has worked with local, state and federal officials to call for an immediate investigation, hold those responsible accountable, and ensure residents in Newburgh have a clean water source now without placing the financial burden on the City.
On May 19, Rep. Maloney called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately set a clear national standard for acceptable levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooc­tane sulfonate (PFOS) in drinking water. Rep. Maloney also renewed calls for the EPA to provide immediate material assistance to the City of Newburgh to remediate the contamination. On May 13, Rep. Maloney called on the DoD to immediately conduct an investigation into the likely source of the pollution – Stewart Air National Guard Base. In addition to calling for a review of the source of the contaminant, Rep. Maloney asked the DoD to ensure total remediation for the City of Newburgh. After initial reports of contamination in the City of Newburgh water, Rep. Maloney and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for immediate assistance to determine the source of the contamination, test contaminant levels, and formulate a remediation plan.

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

ALBANY, NY - Just one week after the town of New Castle passed its' reusable bag ordinance, Senator Terrence Murphy took a strong stand for the environment by voting against a bill that would prohibit municipalities from regulating plastic bags. The bill was opposed by environmental groups as a usurpation of home rule. It came about following New York City's passage of a similar local law month.
"There are certainly instances where conflicting local regulations require a statewide framework, and this obviously is not one of them," Senator Murphy said "As a former local councilman it is a no-brainer to stand up for home rule and when a community wants to reduce litter, how they do so is their prerogative. Keeping pollution out of our waterways is an expensive component of local taxes and moving to reusable bags will of course save money in the long run."
Environmental Advocates of New York thanked Murphy for "his leadership on reducing plastic bag waste, and protecting communities' power to act" and the League of Conservation Voters of New York State offered Murphy "many thanks for standing up for local governments' rights to reduce pollution."
In New Castle, the bag ordinance had passed five to zero with bipartisan support. It would allow businesses to charge five cents for non-reusable, single use plastic bags to encourage consumers to purchase reusable bags. It received near unanimous support from local merchants and even larger retailers like Whole Foods, which does not carry non-reusable plastic bags. Since the businesses retain the revenue, it is not a tax.
Steven Wolk, Chairman of the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board, stated "The residents of New Castle recently chose to put a priority on environment, health, and local merchant profitability by passing a bag law. I am grateful to Senator Murphy for standing up to the misinformation propagated by special interests and standing with the residents and businesses of New Castle and the 40th District."
Town Supervisor Rob Greenstein stated "when New Castle passed our Reusable Bag Initiative on June 1, 2016, I stated that it takes one town and city at a time to make a difference.  But, we can't make that difference if the Senate preempts our ability to set policy that protects our environment.  I want to thank Senator Murphy for standing up to the plastic bag industry, protecting the rights of local governments and advocating for the rights of our constituents."
            Locally, Pleasantville's bag ordinance would also have been impacted. The vote was not along party lines, and although the legislation passed, it faces an uncertain fate in the Assembly. Many New York City members have said they want to reign in Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made the reusable bag plan a signature issue. "I will hold Mayor de Blasio accountable for the corruption but I will not politics get in the way of good public policy and this is an issue that both the businesses and residents of my district have said should be decided locally," Senator Murphy added.

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

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2016

Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
Republican Caucus Leadership Reacts to Resignation of Legislator Bernice Spreckman
Board of Legislators Vice-Chairman Jim Maisano;
“We thank Bernice for many years of dedicated service to Westchester. Bernice was always a fighter to protect Yonkers and one of the greatest advocates for senior citizens in the history of our county. We will certainly miss the "Unsinkable" Bernice Spreckman on the Board of Legislators.”

Minority Leader, Legislator John Testa;
"Bernice Spreckman has been a valued and important member of the Republican caucus and she will be greatly missed. As Minority Leader, I often relied on Bernice's experience and counsel. We wish Bernice much luck in her future endeavors."
Minority Whip, Legislator Gordon Burrows;
“Bernice Spreckman and I have a long history of working together.  I could not have asked for a better partner in fighting for the people of Yonkers and Westchester County.  I will miss Bernice's advice; wisdom, wit and passion including for her constituents especially seniors.”

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

Taskforce Presents Twenty-five Recommendations that Serve as a Comprehensive Blueprint to Fight the Epidemic

Key Findings Include Limiting Opioid Prescriptions; Eliminating Barriers to Treatment and Life-Saving Medications; and Expanding Supports for Individuals in Recovery and their Families

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to announce the final report and recommendations from the Heroin and Opioids Task Force - a diverse group of experts in healthcare, advocacy, education, law enforcement, as well as parents and New Yorkers in recovery - charged with developing a comprehensive plan to combat the state's heroin and opioid epidemic. Senator Murphy was appointed to the Task Force by the Governor earlier this year following his leadership as co-chair of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse.
The Task Force's key recommendations include mandating prescriber education on pain management and addiction, reducing the number of days for first-time opioid prescriptions for acute pain from 30 to seven, requiring consumer education on prescription opioids, increasing public outreach and awareness, eliminating prior authorization for needed inpatient treatments and medications to treat addiction, expanding access to overdose-reversal medication, increasing treatment beds and opioid treatment program slots, expanding access to spaces and supports for individuals in recovery, and updating the controlled substances schedule.

"The report released today by Governor Cuomo's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse shines another light, in a bipartisan manner, on an issue that is so critical to the people of New York," Senator Murphy said. "I commend the Governor and Lieutenant Governor for their commitment and leadership during this task force's tenure and am confident that we will pass milestone legislation this year to advance our efforts to win New York's war on addiction."

"After listening to community leaders and experts, the Task Force has put forward important, sensible recommendations that include increasing outreach and awareness, mandating prescriber education requirements and expanding access to treatment programs" Governor Cuomo said. "These recommendations will build on this administration's aggressive efforts and serve as a comprehensive blueprint to end this epidemic and save lives across New York."

The Task Force was co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner González-Sánchez

"At Governor Cuomo's direction, I am proud to co-lead this Task Force as we crisscrossed the state and listened to the heartbreaking stories of people whose lives were shattered by this public health crisis," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Task Force. "Today, we set forth an aggressive response, attacking from all angles -- providing tighter controls on prescriptions along with improved access to treatment. Once signed into law, New York State will be a model for the rest of the nation to follow."

"Through this comprehensive package of measures, we are leading the way in pushing back against the rise in heroin and prescription opioid addiction that continues to plague our state and country," said Heroin Task Force Co-Chair, NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. "The Task Force report announced today builds upon our aggressive efforts to curb this epidemic and enables us to take those efforts to the next level. With input from members of the Heroin Task Force and community members all around the state, these changes will make addiction treatment more easily accessible, ensure insurance coverage for substance use disorder care, and support statewide prevention and recovery efforts."

The Task Force held two executive meetings and eight listening sessions across the state. From Brooklyn to Buffalo, they heard from health care providers, family support groups, educators, law enforcement officials, and community members. Hundreds of New Yorkers submitted comments via

To address the root causes of the current epidemic, improve access to life-saving treatment and medications, and expand supports for individuals in recovery and their families, the Task Force made 25 recommendations, including:
  • Remove insurance barriers to inpatient treatment by eliminating prior approval for admission for necessary medical care as long as such inpatient treatment is needed.· Mandate that insurers use an objective, state-approved criteria when making coverage determinations for necessary inpatient treatment.
  • Increase the number of treatment beds and program slots for substance use disorder across the state.
  • Mandate prescribers to complete ongoing education on pain management, palliative care, and addiction.
  • Limit opiate prescriptions for acute pain from 30-days to no more than a 7-day supply, with exceptions for chronic pain and other conditions.
  • Mandate that pharmacists educate consumers on the risks associated with prescription opioids.
  • Expand access to lifesaving overdose-reversal medication by providing insurance coverage for family members and permitting certain licensed professionals to administer the medication in emergency situations without risk to their license.
All 25 recommendations are available here.

Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Overcoming the epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid abuse requires that we confront this public health problem from several angles at once, and that's what these recommendations are doing. Our goals are to prevent people from becoming addicted in the first place, while treating and assisting those who are already trapped in the cycle of abuse. Today's recommendations will help us achieve both goals, and protect New Yorkers from the devastating effects of these drugs."

Maria T. Vullo, Acting Superintendent of Financial Services said, "Opioid addiction is a terrible epidemic that has shattered the lives of far too many New Yorkers. I am proud to have been a part of the Governor's task force and to build upon the important health insurance reforms the Governor has previously enacted by now recommending additional insurance reforms to combat addiction, including the elimination of prior authorization and mandating necessary treatments."

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said, "I am pleased to see that the report reflects the need for continuing medical education for medical professionals who prescribe opioids, an increase in the number of treatment beds statewide, and more long-term supportive housing for addiction recovery. It is imperative that we continue to work to ensure that all New Yorkers who struggle with substance use disorder will be connected with treatment and recovery services."

The Task Force's work builds on the Governor's longstanding commitment to individuals and families facing addiction. In 2012, Governor Cuomo signed legislation updating the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry (also known as I-STOP) to require pharmacies to report "real time" information about controlled substances dispensed, require health care practitioners to consult the PMP Registry before prescribing or dispensing certain controlled substances, and mandate electronic prescribing to curb fraud and abuse. By the end of 2015, I-STOP had led to a 90 percent decrease in "doctor shopping" - when patients visit multiple prescribers and pharmacies to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances within a three-month time period. Earlier this year, New York entered into an agreement with New Jersey to share PMP data both ways and prevent "doctor shopping" across state borders.

In 2014, Governor Cuomo signed legislation granting Good Samaritan protections to individuals who administer an opioid antagonist (such as naloxone) to save a life, expanded access to naloxone by allowing non-patient-specific prescriptions, enacted insurance reforms to improve treatment options for individuals suffering from addiction, directed OASAS to create a wraparound services demonstration program to provide services to adolescents and adults for up to nine months after successful completion of a treatment program, and enhanced penalties to crack down on illegal drug distribution. That series of reforms also included expansion of insurance coverage for substance use disorder; programming to increase treatment access and enhance treatment capacity across the state, including a major expansion of opioid treatment services; implementing new and expanded recovery services; and launching a public awareness and education campaign to inform New Yorkers of the dangers of heroin use and opioid misuse and to address the stigma of addiction.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the State's HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). New Yorkers can find an OASAS-certified substance use disorder treatment provider any time by using the OASAS Treatment Bed Availability Dashboard. For help with accessing care and insurance coverage, visit the Access Treatment page on the OASAS website.

To find a naloxone overdose reversal medication training near you, visit the OASAS Addiction Treatment Center opioid overdose prevention trainings page. Visit for more information on addressing heroin and prescription opioid abuse, including a Kitchen Table Tool Kit to help start the conversation about the warning signs of addiction and where to get help. For additional tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing underage drinking or drug use, visit the State's Talk2Prevent website.


Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

MT. KISCO,  NY - State Senator Terrence Murphy will host the 2016 Women of Distinction ceremony honoring sixteen women from the 40th Senate District.
"These accomplished women come from all walks of life and have excelled in areas such as business, education, the arts, health care and emergency services," Senator Murphy said. "They selflessly serve their communities as volunteers, asking nothing in return. Their reward is helping to make the Hudson Valley a better place to live.
They are role models for the next generation of young women and have been instrumental in helping their communities grow and prosper."


The details for MONDAY'S event are as follows:
WHO: Senator Terrence P. Murphy
Dr. Sherlita Amler, Commissioner, Westchester County Department of Health
Mt. Kisco Mayor J. Michael Cindrich
Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace
Mt. Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi
Patterson Town Supervisor Richard Williams
New Castle Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein
Erin Meagher, Chief Executive Officer, Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce
 WHAT: Ceremony honoring 2016 Women of Distinction awardees hosted by Senator Terrence Murphy.

WHERE:  Mount Kisco Elementary School, 47 West Hyatt Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
 WHEN: *MONDAY*, June 13th, 7:00 PM.


Senator Terrence Murphy, LOB 817, Albany, NY 12247
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624
Literacy Program Will Help Kids Keep Reading Skills Sharp
Click here to sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Program
YORKTOWN, NY - As the school year draws to a close, anxious young student's thoughts turn to summer vacation, which means time away from school and studying.  To keep school age children interested in learning, Senator Terrence Murphy has partnered with the New York State Library to create the 2016 Summer Reading Program.  The them of this year's summer program is "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!"

"As a father of three school aged children I know this is a fun way to keep kid's minds active during the summer months and helps prevent 'summer learning loss,' the loss of knowledge and skills that occurs during summer vacation," Senator Murphy said.  "Childhood reading has proven to help kids improve their speech, communication and logical thinking skills."

Students in the fourth to the sixth grade are eligible.  Participants will be supplied with appropriate reading lists and a list of public libraries.  Students will use an online journal (which is linked from Senator Murphy's webpage to to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer.  Parents and guardians can also use the special website to stay up to speed on their child's progress.  

When students complete their journal, they will be sent a special "Summer Reading" certificate from Senator Murphy recognizing their hard work.  Hardcopies of the journal and other materials can be furnished upon special request.

Entries must be received by August 31st.  For more information about the Summer Reading Program, contact Senator Murphy's office at 914-962-2624.

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

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