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1) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Work Session- Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at the Community Center

2) ICYMI: Op-Ed from Majority Leader Flanagan

3) Assemblywoman Galef to Host 2016 Senior Forum

4) Two NYS Republicans Named Young Gun Candidates by NRCC

5) NEWS: Maloney Announces Major Milestone, Returned Over $6 Million to Hudson Valley Veterans, Small Businesses and Families


7) Cuomo-linked Democrat operative indicted on 9 counts...

8) [PRESS RELEASE] Senator Murphy Announces $144k for Local Library Renovations

9) Town Of Yorktown: Town Board  moves forward on digitizing project 06/28/16

10) NYTIMES: Operative tied to Cuomo accused of bribing judge...

11) Victory Cup Polo Match Announces NY Yankees President Randy Levine and Mindy Levine as Honorary Chairs

12) NEWS: After Securing Major Investment in Newburgh FD, Maloney Joins Local Firefighters to Unveil New Fire Rescue Boat

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Planning Board Chair Ingrid Richards The Volunteer-Spirited Town The next meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 7:30PM *Please Note The Alternate Location* Ossining Community Ce

June 29, 2016
In Case You Missed it: Below is a recent op-ed from Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan which appeared in the Auburn Citizen and a number of other outlets highlighting their 2016 Legislative Session accomplishments, including a $4.2 billion middle-class income tax cut. Please take a moment to read. 


If the recently-concluded legislative session is remembered for one thing, it should be this: 2016 was the year the Legislature and Governor took significant steps to improve the overall quality-of-life for all of our residents.

Let's start with passage of the 2016-17 state budget.

At the insistence of Senate Republicans, it included a $4.2 billion middle-class income tax cut the Empire Center for Public Policy called "the state's biggest and broadest personal income tax cut since the mid-1990s."
By reducing middle-income tax rates by 20 percent, it will ensure taxpayers can keep, save, and spend more of their hard-earned money, and allow cash-strapped parents to more comfortably provide for their families. In short, a better quality-of-life for hardworking taxpayers.

Senate Republicans were the driving force in providing back-to-back unprecedented increases in aid to education, and this year our schools will see a $1.5 billion increase and an all-time record level of total funding.
The budget completely eliminated the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, an unfair funding scheme created by New York City Democrats that hurt our schools. Over time, these resources will clearly help lower the property tax burden on our residents and improve the quality-of-life for today's students.

When it comes to transportation funding, Senate Republicans re-established parity so Upstate, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island will once again get its fair share. This will result in the vast improvement of roads and bridges throughout those regions, safer conditions for motorists and their families, and more construction-related jobs that boost the economy and help our families -- further increasing New Yorkers' quality-of-life.

In addition, we passed a landmark Paid Family Leave bill that reinforces the balance that should exist between work and family in all of our lives.
When fully implemented, eligible employees will receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave to bond with a newborn or care for a sick family member without worrying about whether or not they will have a job to come back to.
Definitely an improved quality-of-life for anyone with a family.

And, Senate Republicans also reached a number of signature agreements with our partners in government over the last few weeks of session.

The Legislature acted on a strong package of anti-heroin bills that will enhance coverage for those seeking treatment, expand access to addiction treatment opportunities, and extend the length of time someone can receive life-saving services. This agreement builds on $189 million in related funds we secured as part of the budget and previous legislation already approved by the Senate and Assembly. This overall effort is designed to combat the scourge of heroin that has torn apart many of our communities, and to give people help and hope, and a better quality-of-life.

Before we finished our business for the year, we passed legislation requiring school water to be tested for lead to protect the health of our kids, and made breast cancer screening, treatment, and care more affordable and accessible for millions of women across this state. Better quality-of-life? Check.

And finally, we took action to address so-called "zombie properties," the prevalence of abandoned and decaying homes that lead to blight and depressed property values. This was a priority for Senator Jeff Klein, our majority coalition partner and leader of the Independent Democratic Conference. His work on this issue, and our partnership in getting it done, will improve the quality-of-life in each and every one of our communities.

When the book is written on the 2016 legislative session, major victories will be touted and celebrated.

Above all, we worked together to improve the quality-of-life for millions of hardworking New Yorkers and their families. That's a legacy we can all be proud of.

Majority Leader
New York State Senate

Sandra R. Galef FromNEWS 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 Rele


July 1, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Announces Major Milestone, Returned Over $6 Million to Hudson Valley Veterans, Small Businesses and Families
One-by-One Helped Over 3,500 Individual Constituent Cases
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that his office has secured over $6 million for Hudson Valley veterans, small businesses and families who were owed payments by the federal government. Rep. Maloney’s constituent advocates assisted over 3,500 individual constituents with cases involving the Social Security Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Approximately half of the funds were returned to over 800 veterans, service members, and their families.
“I’m proud that despite Washington gridlock my office has been able to cut through the bureaucratic red tape to deliver over $6 million to my hardworking neighbors in the Hudson Valley,” said Maloney. “I want to get the government working for hardworking seniors, veterans, and small businesses in the Hudson Valley. My office is getting things done for folks in our community every day – if you or someone you know is having difficulties navigating the federal government, or simply needs help accessing the benefits you’re owed please contact my office in Newburgh.”
"Representative Sean Patrick Maloney has worked tirelessly for the veteran community in his District. He has been a treasure to the Hudson Valley,” said Sergeant Richard R. Gerbeth Jr., Army Iraq War Veteran, Wappinger Falls, NY. “I know, because without the countless hours his office dedicated to securing my Army Commendation Medal with Valor upgrade, I would have never received it. I was fortunate to have been "pinned" by Representative Maloney on May 23rd of this year in a beautiful ceremony at Washington's Headquarters Historic site. Thank you Sean Patrick Maloney."
“No matter how many calls, emails and correspondence, it was one hold up after another until I contacted the Office of US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney,” said Frank Dagele, Florida, NY. “Once I did that and his representative actually came out to the farm and met with me we were able to set a date for closing. In late April, we received  $150,000 in storm recovery funds, this would not have been possible without our Congressman and his outstanding Office. They helped me get the funds from storms Irene and Lee, I cannot thank him enough.”
“Congressman Maloney and his staff have been instrumental in helping my husband get disability benefits and me survivor VA benefit,” said Patricia Scott, Middletown, NY. “My husband was a Vietnam veteran who felt abandoned by the U.S. government in attaining 100% disability benefits. My husband met Congressman Maloney for the first time when Orange County Community College held an open house for veterans. His office contacted my husband right away and helped him get disability benefits.” 
“Until Congressman Maloney’s  Office became involved, nothing  was happening with Medicare access,” said Luigi Shkreli, Mahopac, NY. “It was a bureaucratic red tape mess and we broke through that and exceeded in quickly assisting an 83 year old in need and helping a family, that is what America is all about. Thank You Congressman Maloney for standing up for Senior Citizens  in your district and country.”

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

MAHOPAC, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy has announced that Suez Water New York Inc. has been appointed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to take over the day-to-day operations of the Forest Water Group. The move ensures that 980 customers serviced by the Forest Water Group in Putnam and Westchester Counties will continue to receive a safe and adequate water supply.
"Our office received numerous complaints from customers saying they were without water and they were not getting any help from the Forest Park Group," Senator Murphy said. "Families need safe drinking water and water for everyday use. When the company that is supposed to be a providing water service lacks the ability to do so, something has to be done to rectify the situation. Through the diligence of my staff, County Executive Odell and the PSC we got the water flowing again." 
"We recognized there was an immediate problem and put together a comprehensive plan of action," said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. "Our office, Senator Murphy and the PSC worked quickly and efficiently together to solve the problem. We did what we needed to do to on behalf of people that needed help."
Working in tandem with the Public Service Commission, Senator Murphy and County Executive Odell stepped in and stepped up to help restore water service to nearly 200 Forest Park customers who had lost their water service. Suez Water investigated the condition of the impaired system on June 24, providing technical and financial support in restoring the system to full operation. As temporary operator, Suez Water will be notifying each customer that they will be managing their account.
The Forest Park Group provides metered water service in 14 separate non-contiguous water systems to approximately 980 customers in Carmel and Southeast in Putnam County and Lewisboro in Westchester County. The Forest Park Group is comprised of Northeast Water Services, Forest Park Water Company, Inc., Hilltop Meadows Water-Works Corp., and Misty Hills Water Corporation.
The PSC has the authority to appoint a temporary operator for a water utility with less than 1,000 customers if the Commission finds that the utility either failed to provide safe and adequate service, lack the technical or financial ability to do or has abandoned the water system. Given the current state of the Forest Park Group, it was determined they could not provide service. The owner of the Forest Park Group gave his consent for the appointment of a temporary service provider.
Suez Water has since informed the PSC of multiple deficiencies with the Forest Park system, including a failed well pump, non-payment of vendors and an inactive customer service number. Since then a well at another system has failed and Suez Water is again assisting in its restoration.

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

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ALBANY, NY - Libraries are important to the overall quality of life in our communities. They are places to explore, discover and engage. To help enhance their services, Senator Terrence Murphy is pleased to announce that four libraries in the 40th Senate District have been awarded more than $144,000 in public library construction funds from the State Aid for Library Construction Program.
"Our public libraries are important social institutions that provide education, job search resources and internet access for the community. It is equally important they receive funding to upgrade their facilities," Senator Murphy said. "These renovations will increase accessibility for people with disabilities and provide patrons with a more up-to-date facility."
The four libraries that will receive the funds are:
  • Reed Memorial Library (Carmel) - Funds will be used to convert the building to natural gas, install a generator and insulate pipes. $6,785
  • Mount Pleasant Public Library (Pleasantville) - The library plans to renovate 4 public and one staff restroom, bringing them in compliance with ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) regulations. $32,500
  • Pound Ridge Library (Pound Ridge) - Installation of automatic doors to increase accessibility. $16,600
  • Somers Library (Somers) - The library plans to completely renovate two public restrooms in order to conform to ADA regulations. $88,725
"We are thrilled to be awarded $6,785 in NYS construction grant funds, said Jeanne Buck, Director of Reed Memorial Library. "This investment in the library's and community's future will conserve energy, reduce heating costs, improve usability of building space and enable the library to more effectively provide service to the community.  It is a big project for our library and the construction grant funds as well as the bullet aid are instrumental in making the project a reality."
John Fearon, Director of the Mount Pleasant Library, added, "We are going to concentrate on renovating our rest rooms by making them more user-friendly for the public. These areas are exposed to heat, cold, constant use and a variety of other causes that accelerate deterioration. We want our rest rooms to be safe, compliant and comfortable."
"We are grateful for the role that Senator Murphy played in bringing this construction grant to the Pound Ridge Library," said Mitch Freedman, Interim Director. "The automatic doors will provide enhanced access. It will also simplify the way our vendors can bring in products. It's an important asset for the children and families that use the library."
The funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2015 State Budget for construction and renovation of public library systems in New York State.  The Legislature has earmarked $19 million for projects in the 2016 State Budget that will be announced in Spring 2017.
Many of New York State's public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. A recent survey showed a need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $2.2 billion. More than 51% of the more than 1,000 public library buildings across New York are over 60 years old. Another 33% are more than 30 years old. Project activities and eligible expenditures for grants from the State Aid for Library Construction Program include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, including windows, doors, lighting systems, electrical upgrades, sidewalks, computer equipment and furniture. Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities is a high priority.

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

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board Work Session
June 28, 2016
Meeting highlights. For a summary of other agenda items, visit

1. Library repair project
The board gave the library the good ahead for a $19,000 building repair project.

2. Digitizing town records
The board reviewed a revised  $560,000 contract with General Code for the digitizing project. The board expects to approve the contract at its next meeting.

3. Street lights in Railroad Park
The board authorized the expense of $16,900 for the installation of three street lights in Railroad Park.

4. Proposed local law regulating speeds in school zones.
The board set July 19th for a public hearing on a proposed local law that would establish a 15 mph speed limit in school zones.

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Victory Cup Polo Match Announces NY Yankees President Randy Levine and Mindy Levine as Honorary Chairs
Event To Benefit Green Chimneys & Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue. Annual Wine, Food & Distiller Festival on July 16
Pawling, NY (6/29/16) -- The Victory Cup Polo Match is returning to the Hudson Valley, New York this summer to present: “The Victory Cup Farm Bash -- The Best Party of the Summer®” The event, which is expecting nearly 1,000 attendees, will be hosted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 starting at 11AM for VIP’s and 1PM for General Admission at Kirby Hill Farm: 664 Old Quaker Hill Road, Pawling, NY 12564 (Tickets will be available for sale day of).
While the event is a private, for-profit event, The Victory Cup partners with local charities, affording them the opportunity to receive 70% of all ticket sales! This year, Green Chimneys has been selected, along with Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, as the “charity of choice,” which means all tickets sold using promotional code "GreenChimneys" will support the organization’s therapeutic programs for children with special needs, and the animals that help them. Green Chimneys will receive 70% of each purchase using the "GreenChimneys" code.
“Recently Mindy and Randly Levine have graciously pledged a $10,000 donation directly to Green Chimneys on behalf of the Victory Cup! We are now asking the community to match this donation and assist us in raising a total of $20,000 for Green Chimneys by July 16th. Supporters can make donations and request that 100% of those proceeds go to the cause,” said Joe Bachmeier.
Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature. Recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs, Green Chimneys services include an accredited special education school on two campuses, residential treatment center, animal-assisted and nature-based therapies, public education and recreation programs, and community-based support for youth and families.
Additionally, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue will be returning for a second year, offering pony rides at The Victory Cup.  Lucky Orphans provides sanctuary to 50 horses as well as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Services.  Tickets sold using the code “LOHR” will support (70% of all direct sales) the rescue’s mission of People Helping Horses Heal People.
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is a non profit horse sanctuary, home to 50 residents. Lucky Orphans provides education through equine welfare, riding lessons, and promoting volunteerism.  The organization is accredited through the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as well as the Global Federation of Accredited Sanctuaries.  Lucky Orphans offers riding opportunities for children and adults through a Certified Horsemanship Association certified staff.  EAGALA model services are also conducted through a certified mental health team. Our horses help people struggling with anxiety and depression, as well as trauma due to PTSD or abuse and other mental, emotional struggles.
A tribute to supporting local, sustainable agriculture the event is now held in the gorgeous Hudson Valley on a working and picturesque farm on Quaker Hill, in Pawling NY 55 miles due north of Manhattan (take Metro-North!). This is not your typical uptight polo match – come ready to party and have a wonderful time! To learn more about the event please visit:

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Direct (914) 406-5114 

June 29, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
After Securing Major Investment in Newburgh FD, Maloney Joins Local Firefighters to Unveil New Fire Rescue Boat
Newburgh, NY -  Building on his record of getting things done for our first responders, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined firefighters to deliver a new fire and rescue boat to the Newburgh Fire Department. Since 2013, Rep. Maloney has been working to secure funding for the Newburgh Fire Department and in July 2015 announced the successful attainment of a major Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Program investment of $248,700 for the fire and rescue boat.
“This fire boat will play a vital role in protecting our communities and commerce on the Hudson, and I’m thrilled to once again work with the Newburgh Fire Department to secure investments they need to keep us all safe,” said Maloney. “Our work with the Newburgh Fire Department and all of our first responders shows what is possible when you partner with folks to get things done for the Hudson Valley, instead of playing political games.”  
"This new Fire/Rescue boat is an incredible addition to our fire suppression and rescue capabilities. Our crew is now safer, with an extremely stable work platform,” said Newburgh Fire Department Chief Terry Ahlers.  “We finally have the space to do the basic stuff, like CPR on the boat, instead of waiting until we can get a victim back to shore, which is very important when minutes, and even seconds count. We now have the ability to extinguish burning fuel with foam and pull booms, tasks not even possible with our last boat. Even with the award of the grant, we could not have secured the match without the assistance and support of Sean Patrick Maloney and his staff."
The Newburgh Fire Department is tasked with protecting and responding to emergencies on the Hudson River between the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, a distance of 70 linear miles.  The Department’s jurisdiction includes five major bridges and multiple riverfront communities.  This portion of the Hudson River is also central to moving cargo and is utilized by major commercial shipping companies.  As a result, increasing Newburgh Fire Department’s presence on the Hudson River will allow the implementation of additional public safety aspects to the region’s waterborne commerce, protect several homeland security targets, and ensure safe recreational experiences on the waterway during the summer months. The new vessel has fire suppression capabilities including both water and foam, which will allow the Department to safeguard against all risks to public safety, including residential fires, oil fires, and rail incidents. The boat also has the capacity to rescue a large amount of victims (25+) per response, should there ever be a catastrophic incident with several injuries on the Hudson.
Rep. Maloney has a track record of getting results for Hudson Valley fire departments. Rep. Maloney worked closely with the Newburgh Fire Department to secure a SAFER grant, which provided $2.5 million to hire fifteen new firefighters. In December, 2015, Rep. Maloney worked to secure additional funding and prevent layoffs. Rep. Maloney also announced he secured a SAFER grant for the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department to hire seven new firefighters.

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