Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/06/16: 5 New Topics In Today's blog

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E) Check Out North Salem News:

1) NEWS: Maloney Announces Over $80,000 Federal Investment in Fishkill, Arlington Fire Departments

2) NEWS: Maloney Raises Over $585,000 in 2nd Quarter

3) PRESS RELEASE] Senators wants to shut down Start-Up NY ads

4) Suzi McDonough Demands Forensic Accounting of Governor Cuomo's START UP NY “Jobs” Program 

5) NY legislator charged with Fraud in Cambodia...

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July 6, 2016

CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Announces Over $80,000 Federal Investment in Fishkill, Arlington Fire Departments
Will Provide Fire Departments with Resources to Replace Old Equipment, Protect Firefighters
Newburgh, NY  Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a major investment of over $80,000 for the Village of Fishkill and Arlington Fire Departments to replace aging and obsolete equipment. This investment, secured through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, will allow Arlington to replace a 20 year old hose, and provide the resources for Fishkill to replace their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or “turnout gear” and outdated alerting radios. The Village of Fishkill Fire Department is set to receive $58,381 and the Arlington Fire District will receive $24,546 for this new equipment.
“Our local heroes run into dangerous situations every day to keep our families and communities safe – and they should have the equipment they need to do so quickly and safely. Working together we can make federal investments in our fire departments and local firefighters to ensure they have the hoses, radios and protective gear they need to continue doing their jobs and saving lives,” said Rep. Maloney.  
“I would like to thank our Federal Elected Officials that provided Letters of Support for this important AFG grant and also acknowledge the Village Board and Village Emergency Response Coordinator Rad Wilson and our Grant Writer for their help in preparing for this grant. This grant will go a long way in protecting the Firefighters of the Village of Fishkill with up-to-date Turnout Gear and Alerting Radios," said Village of Fishkill Fire Chief Brandon Knapp.  
"The federal investment secured by Rep. Maloney will provide our firefighters with the equipment they need to effectively do their jobs," said Arlington Fire Chief Tory Gallante. "It will allow us to finally replace our aging fire hose without placing an increased burden on the local taxpayers."
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need.  More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at
Rep. Maloney has a track record of getting results for Hudson Valley fire departments. In 2014, Rep. Maloney helped to secure $238,700 for the Arlington Fire District to replace outdated equipment with the purchase of  new advanced life support monitors and defibrillators used by first responders to provide basic and advanced life support to patients in life-threatening conditions. Rep. Maloney also 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.


For Immediate Release

July 6, 2016
Contact: Caitlin Girouard, (202) 309-1891
Maloney Raises Over $585,000 in 2nd Quarter 
More Than $300k Since June 15th Pre-Primary Filing
Newburgh, NY – Today, Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his campaign raised over $300,000 since the pre-primary filing on June 15th, which totals over $585,000 in the second fundraising quarter of 2016. In this election cycle, Maloney has raised over $2.9 million and heads into the 2016 general election campaign for congress with a strong advantage of more than $2 million cash-on-hand. 
"My neighbors in the Hudson Valley know my record of working hard to get results for our community despite Washington gridlock," said Maloney. "I am proud of the outpouring of support I've received from my friends and neighbors who want to keep working together to get things done for our community - investing in education and infrastructure, supporting our veterans, and keeping our country safe.”
In the general election, on November 8th, Maloney will appear on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women's Equality party ballot lines. 
Sean Patrick Maloney currently represents New York's 18th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

JEFFERSON VALLEY, NY - As several audits by the State Comptroller have shown, the 2011 state advertising contract for the "New York Open for Business Marketing Initiative" is not producing quantifiable results. State Senator Terrence Murphy now says that the advertising contract should be suspended until the state enacts the corrective action plan proposed by the Comptroller and terminated if those conditions are not met.
"The way to show we're open for business is by reducing New York's burdensome regulations and cutting taxes, not buying television Commercials," Senator Murphy said. "I was never fully understood why New Yorkers were seeing ads about why they should come to New York, but since being elected to the Senate I've played the hand that's been dealt. We have to put the brakes on these commercials until a system of accountability is in place, and if our targets cannot be met, we should scrap the whole thing."
The 2011 "New York Open for Business Marketing Initiative" contract with marketing firm BBDO initially paid for various Empire State Development (ESD) advertising campaigns including Taste-NY, Masterbrand and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
In 2013, its scope was expanded to include commercials for the Start-Up New York program of tax free zones located on or near college campuses. A report released on Friday by ESD said that Start-Up NY created 332 jobs and $11 million in investment - with 4,100 pledged in the next five years - at a cost of around $1.2 million in tax incentives.
However, the state spent $251 million on the marketing contract with BBDO, a large portion of which went to advertising Start-Up NY. In October 2015, the state inked another $150 million marketing deal with ad firm Campbell Ewald to continue the Open for Business Marketing Initiative, which Murphy says also lacks the accountability needed to measure success, let alone ensure it.
Senator Murphy said controls should be put in place to claw back tax incentives from companies that do not meet job creation agreements under this program. He feels ESD should immediately suspend the contract and implement the Comptroller's proposal:
  • Develop strategic plans that include performance measures for monitoring the extent to which marketing efforts have a positive impact on desired outcomes, such as ESD's stated goal of improving the perceptions of New York as a good place to visit and for business development;
  • Set specific targets, goals, and benchmarks for evaluating performance outcomes and use these measures to monitor program performance; and
  • Establish a regular schedule of program evaluations to measure the outcomes associated with marketing efforts and use this information to periodically adjust program goals, strategies, and resource allocations;
"The new advertising firm needs to show us actual results rather than feel good figures if they want this taxpayer-funded contract to continue," Senator Murphy said. "For any tax break, we need oversight to demonstrate we are creating good paying jobs, using local labor here in New York before we give away a cent. And we shouldn't spend one dollar - let alone hundreds of millions of dollars - on advertising that is producing little to no results, or results that cannot be quantified."


Senator Terrence Murphy, 691 E Main St, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
****************************************************** (07/05/16) -- Assembly Candidate Suzi McDonough (R-Mahopac) today issued the following op-ed on Gov. Cuomo's START UP NY “Jobs” Report.
Taxpayers and businesses are voting with their feet and leaving this state altogether. Several weeks back I penned an Op-Ed decrying New York State’s continued demise, at the hand of big government politicians.
Last week the Governor attempted to hide his lackluster START UP NY jobs report, and many in the press are allowing him to do so. With only 332 jobs created in 2015, it is time for a forensic accounting into the START-UP NY program. Once again, us taxpayers have invested millions of dollars at the discretion of politicians and into a pork barrel program that has turned out to be big on political bluster and patronage but short on jobs.
Let it be clear that this use of Executive power was and is all about politics. Just like the un-SAFE Act, Cuomo’s actions are purely political. Despite political rhetoric and false ‘Open For Business’ dogma, this program is not working.
The Governor’s political game of using our hard earned taxpayer dollars to pick winners and losers isn’t working. Like his other big government power plays, this will ultimately cripple tens of thousands of businesses and lead to a worsened economic climate and higher unemployment, not the reverse.
As a past small business owner, I know how difficult it is to meet payroll and make ends meet in New York State's toxic climate. Sadly, our local small businesses are already struggling to succeed. Where is their handout from the Governor? Maybe they didn’t donate enough to campaign coffers?
The elected officials in Albany just don’t seem to get it. This madness needs to stop.
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