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1) Town Of Ossining: Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting- Monday, July 18th, 2016

2) Town Of Ossining: Mid-Week Supervisor's Update- July 12th, 2016

3) Town Of Yorktown: Planning Board continues review of new Tree Law 07/11/16

4) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef to Host Annual Senior Forum at Cortlandt Town Hall on July 14, 2016

5) Pidot Blasts Federal Education Sec Over Common Core Threat

6) Pidot: NY Congressional Delegation Must Act on New Common Core Threat


8) Astorino Endorses David Tubiolo in 14th District Special Election

9) NEWS: Maloney Announces New Legislation to Help Beginning Hudson Valley Farmers

10) NEWS: Maloney Announces Over $6.8 Million Federal Investment for Orange County Airport

11) NEWS: House Passes Three of Maloney’s Bills to Support Veterans

12) Tour an Airy Hillsborough Home, Step Inside Ceramist Toni Ross's Wainscott Home, and More!

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Zoning Board Chair Sal Carrera The Volunteer-Spirited Town The next meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Ossining, will be held on: Monday, July 18th, 2016 8:00PM John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center 101 Route 9A

Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg The Volunteer-Spirited Town Supervisor's Update- July 12th, 2016 As you may know, last week Governor Cuomo signed the “phase-in” legislation proposed for the Town of Ossining, which allows the Tow

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Planning Board
July 11, 2016
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1, Chase Bank, Commerce Street
The board opened and closed a public hearing, leaving open a 14 day written comment period.  A decision is expected either in August or September.

2. Staples Center/Gas pumps
Because the DEP required some changes to the original stormwater plan, some minor site plan changes had to be made. To date, there has been no interest from prospective restaurant tenants for the additional building approved at the time the gas pumps were approved.

3. Sparks Steakhouse, Old Crompond Road
The general outline for a solution to a catch basin (stormwater)problem was resolved. A public hearing will be held in August.

4. Fieldstone Manor, Strawberry Road
Because slight changes in the plan were made after receiving preliminary approval, a public hearing on the final plan subdivision plan will be held in August.

5. Faith Bible Church, Mohegan Avenue
While the earlier Planning Board approval is tied up in litigation, the board said it was okay for the applicant to demolish an existing unused building on the site.

6. Tree Ordinance
The board held its third, and lengthiest, discussion on the proposed new law, touching on a variety of issues.

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“This is the US Education Secretary saying we’ll damage your school rankings and property values if you don’t bend to our will with Common Core.’”

NY3--July 12, 2016...Reform Republican congressional candidate Philip “Flip” Pidot today blasted U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. for threatening to punish schools on Long Island and in Queens, among other areas, that have a high percentage of students opting out of the highly controversial Common Core tests.

A large percentage of Long Island parents, especially, have withheld their children from the experimental and federally-driven Common Core tests because they are age inappropriate; they force teaching to the test; they dumb down the curricula; and they were developed without the input of local parents and teachers, among other things. Secretary King is now seeking regulations that would rank schools with high opt out rates, “In Need of Improvement.”
“The federal government is out of control, and now they’re coming after parents,” Mr. Pidot, a former corporate and political fraud investigator, said. “Make no mistake about what this is: This is the US Education Secretary saying ‘we’ll damage your school rankings and property values if you don’t bend to our will with Common Core.’  We need to fight back.”
Common Core came to New York because the New York State Legislature accepted federal dollars to fill a budget gap. The State had long been planning to implement an academically rigorous curriculum for New York schools, but it threw it aside in exchange for the experimental Common Core Curriculum because Common Core came with federal money that New York used to fill one if its many budget gaps.
“This is what happens when incompetent Albany legislators accept federal money without reading the fine print,” Mr. Pidot, a father of three children, continued. “New York needs to get out of Common Core and into a new and better curriculum developed here. I will do everything in my power in Congress to achieve that.”

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DoE Threatening to Hurt Schools with High Common Core Opt-Out Rates
Urges Review and Amendment of Federal ESSA Anti-Coercion Clause

NY3--July 13, 2016...Schools throughout New York with a high percentage of students opting out of the Common Core tests (READ: Long Island) are under threat from the U.S. Department of Education, and New York’s congressional delegation needs to fight back against it now, Reform Republican congressional candidate and father of three Philip “Flip” Pidot (NY-3) today said.

U.S. Education John B. King, Jr., it was reported Tuesday, is seeking to classify schools with a high percentage of students opting out of the controversial Common Core tests as “In Need of Improvement,” which would damage their reputations and, subsequently, local real estate values, Pidot said.
“The federal government is threatening to punish children and parents who have lawfully elected to boycott the experimental Common Core tests, and New York’s congressional delegation better get on it quickly before it becomes too late to roll such a regulation back,” Mr. Pidot said. “This is another example of the federal government bullying localities to get what it wants because it thinks it knows better than parents and local school districts. Secretary King seems to think he can sneak this through during the quiet summer months, and he’ll be right if the New York congressional delegation doesn’t wake up to this -- and fast.”

Tens of thousands of Queens and Long Island parents have withheld their children from the experimental and federally-driven Common Core tests because they are age inappropriate; they force teaching to the test; they dumb down the curricula; and they were developed without the input of local parents and teachers, among other things.  
Mr. Pidot specifically urged New York members of Congress to consider amending the Federal ESSA Anti-Coercion Clause (Every Student Succeeds Act), which was enacted to prevent the Secretary of Education from bullying states into adopting Common Core, to explicitly cover coercion of students and parents as well.

“It was Mark Twain who said it’s easier to stay out of something than to get out of something, and he couldn’t have been more right about then when it came to Common Core,” Mr. Pidot continued. “The New York Legislature really blew it when it traded local school autonomy for a few coins from Washington. New York’s elected leaders better not fall asleep on the switch on this newest Washington trick.”
Mr. Pidot, a financial analyst and former corporate and political fraud investigator, is a candidate in the still-to-be-announced Republican primary in New York’s 3rd congressional district, which includes parts of Suffolk, Nassau, and Queens counties.

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July 11, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Announces New Legislation to Help Beginning Hudson Valley Farmers
Reports show 4.3% decline in farmers, average age continuing to rise
Cornwall, NY – Following a roundtable with Hudson Valley farmers at Soons Orchard in April and extensive discussion with his agricultural advisory board, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced new legislation to help beginning farmers. The Beginning Farmer Agenda Act is a comprehensive approach to supporting the next generation of farmers. This bill would invest in land conservation to help new farmers acquire land, add new resources for farmers at USDA and invest in the development of local and regional food systems.
“Our hardworking farmers create thousands of jobs and bring back over one hundred million dollars a year to our Hudson Valley economy,” said Rep. Maloney, Member of the House Agriculture Committee. “We need the next generation to power this incredible economic engine,  but too often beginning farmers are feeling shut out – they deserve a government that is willing to be their partner. Working together to give our young and beginning farmers the tools they need to succeed, we can continue to grow local foods and jobs while powering our local economy for generations to come.”  
“Congressman Maloney has been a relentless advocate for the Hudson Valley’s agriculture community since day one,” said Assemblyman James Skoufis. “New farmers in their 20s and 30s often face significant, if not impossible, financial challenges to beginning a career in agriculture; Congressman Maloney’s legislation is critical to assisting our next generation of farmers develop their careers, preserve open space, and feed the millions of people in our region.”
Rep. Maloney has heard from young farmers, especially in the Hudson Valley, that they are struggling to get access to the land, resources and markets. According to the most recent census data, Agriculture showed a 4.3% decline in the number of principal farmers compared with 2007. The report also found that the average age of principal farmers has continued to rise – causing concern amongst key stakeholders that the industry is not attracting enough new entrants to the industry. New York state has lost more than 4,000 farms since the 1980s. Today, less than 5% of farmland statewide is protected. New York’s agricultural industry generates billions of dollars for the state, and creates thousands of jobs. Particularly important in the Hudson Valley, estimates suggest that New York City alone has an unmet demand for locally sourced food of nearly $900m each year.
The Beginning Farmer Agenda Act would:
·         Invest in land conservation by making it easier for land trusts to protect farmland, offer capital gains exemptions to farmers that protect their land, and help to speed up the process for beginning farmers to qualify for USDA resources;
·         Develop new resources at USDA –like self-service portals and regional coordinators for beginning farmer support, reauthorize the vital beginning farmer and rancher development program, and fund individual development accounts to help farmers save for purchases; and
·         Invest in local and regional food systems by funding the farmers market and local food promotion program and helping to support programs that offer resources for farmers.
“We applaud Congressman Maloney's leadership in addressing one of the greatest challenges facing agriculture in New York, and throughout the United States: bringing new and next generation farmers on to the land,” said David Haight, American Farmland Trust's New York State Director. "Nearly 30% of all farmers in New York are over 65 and will be transitioning out of farming in coming years, which puts their land at risk of being paved over by real estate development. At the same time, there is a diverse community of beginning farmers looking to get into farming but needing help in finding farmland and launching successful businesses. Congressman Maloney's Beginning Farmers Agenda Act proposes new and needed policies in advance of the next Farm Bill to protect farmland from development, make farmland more affordable to farmers, strengthen farm viability and help a new generation of farmers succeed in agriculture.”
"In the next Farm Bill, we can rebuild the path for young Americans to succeed in agriculture. We thank Congressman Maloney for listening to Hudson Valley farmers and we look forward to standing with him to win the credit, affordable land, and modern USDA that we need,” said Lindsey Shute, Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition.
“Over the past 16 years, GrowNYC has worked to develop the next generation of farmers, focusing specifically on those aspiring growers who have traditionally been left out of agriculture, yet bring critical skills and mirror the diversity of NYC,” says GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen. “We applaud Congressman Maloney for the leadership he has shown since arriving in office to support the agricultural community, and specifically for his efforts with this bill to encourage farmland sales to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, expedite and expand farm ownership loans, and ensure grants to support farm viability programs.”
"The Land Trust Alliance applauds Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney for taking on the challenge of land access for beginning farmers and ranchers," said President Andrew Bowman, Land Trust Alliance. "As the average age of American farmers approaches 60, his bill recognizes and supports the important role of local land trusts in preserving affordable farmland for the next generation. The targeted incentives and regulatory fixes in this bill will help to secure the clean water, wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and nutritious local food that we all enjoy."
“We want to thank Congressman Maloney for his wonderful leadership and sound understanding of the issues that young farmers face today, as exemplified by this Bill. We’ve seen a real resurgence in next generation farmers interested in establishing farm businesses; but the high cost of real estate in our area makes it difficult, if not impossible, for young farmers to buy land. And without land, you can’t farm. With a majority of the state’s farmland owned by landowners 55 and over, it’s time to concentrate efforts on helping young farmers establish a stable home and farm business, where they can build equity for the future, and where they can continue to provide fresh local food for our communities,” noted Becky Thornton, President, Dutchess Land Conservancy.
“Scenic Hudson is proud to collaborate with Congressman Maloney to support young and beginning farmers in the Hudson Valley and across the country, and to protect the land that is critical to sustaining the operation of the farms that provide fresh and local food to our region. These are critical to the future of our agricultural and tourism economies. We thank the Congressman for recognizing this important relationship and introducing legislation that will strengthen our ability to work together,” said Althea Mullarkey, Public Policy Analyst, Scenic Hudson.
 Immediately after joining Congress in 2013, Rep. Maloney hosted his first Agriculture Town Hall where he heard that Congress and the USDA must do a better job protecting hardworking farmers in the Hudson Valley – especially in the aftermath of devastating storms like Hurricane Irene. In response to this Town Hall, Rep. Maloney introduced his first bill, the bipartisan CROP Act, which aimed to reform crop insurance and invest in the specialty crop farmers who drive the Hudson Valley’s agricultural economy. Rep. Maloney’s CROP Act, along with other key priorities for the Hudson Valley, was included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Maloney is also a cosponsor of the Young Farmer Success Act, legislation designed to incentivize careers in farming. The bill would designate farming as a public service under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and allow qualified applicants to receive full federal student loan forgiveness after ten years of on-time payments.

July 12, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
Maloney Announces Over $6.8 Million Federal Investment for Orange County Airport
Since Joining Congress, Maloney Has Helped to Secure Nearly $17 Million for OC Airport  
Montgomery, NY - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced an FAA investment of $6,866,280.00 for the Orange County Airport. The funds will be used for the second phase of construction for the airport’s new runway and allow Orange County to create a runway safety zone, and relocate the runway away from the Wallkill River in order to protect it from flooding and major storms.
“The Orange County Airport is an economic engine for the county and the entire Hudson Valley community,” said Maloney. “This investment will create jobs and boost one of our region’s essential non-commercial airports while also preserving the health and safety of Orange County communities - working with County Executive Neuhaus we will continue to see construction through until we receive the final installment of this critical investment.”  
"We thank Congressman Maloney for his role in helping Orange County obtain funding that will expand and modernize our runway operations at Orange County Airport,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus. “Orange County Airport provides great opportunities for private and commercial aviation and is an important tool in our economic development toolbox."
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) grant for Orange County Airport will be used for the construction and realignment of Runway 3/21 and the associated taxiway, and allow for a standard runway safety area. This is the second phase in the construction project. In 2013, Rep. Maloney helped to secure funding for the design phase of this project, and announced a $2.9 million investment for the first phase of construction in 2014. Last year, Maloney announced an additional investment of over $5 million. The FAA Airport Improvement program is funded by aviation fees, including aviation fuel tax and passenger ticket fees. Maloney had previously secured nearly $11 million for the Orange County Airport, and over $1.5 million for the Dutchess County Airport.
There are currently 150 aircraft based at Orange County Airport, as well as three aircraft maintenance service businesses, a flight school, and restaurant. The airport is located at 500 Dunn Road in Montgomery.

July 13, 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
House Passes Three of Maloney’s Bills to Support Veterans
Marks 33rd Bill Passed through the House
Legislation to Help Veterans Employment and Disabled Veterans
WashingtonRepresentative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that three of his bills to support veterans have passed the House of Representatives, which marks 33 pieces of legislation passed the House since joining Congress. Rep. Maloney’s Air Traffic Controller Act was included in H.R. 636, the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016, which would improve hiring and staffing of air traffic controllers and facilitate the hiring of more veteran controllers. In addition, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 contained two legislative proposals, which he introduced, to ensure disabled veterans receive specialized treatment and loan forgiveness.
“My father was a navy veteran who was nearly killed serving his country, so ensuring we take care of Hudson Valley veterans – especially those who were hurt during their time of service – is a top priority for me,” said Rep. Maloney. “Working through Washington gridlock, I will continue to find partners on the other side of the aisle to make sure we keep our promises to our vets and get things done for all of my neighbors in the Hudson Valley.”
Introduced in May, the Air Traffic Controller Act would improve the hiring and staffing of air traffic controllers at the FAA. America is on the precipice of an Air Traffic Control crisis, as older controllers retire faster than new controllers can be hired and trained. The Air Traffic Controller Act would clear out redundant bureaucratic hurdles to speed the hiring of more controllers as opposed to slowing it down. It would also prioritize hiring veterans and Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) graduates by placing them in a separate hiring pool from the general public and requires the  FAA to select veterans for vacancies without subjecting them to FAA’s biographical assessment. It would also recommend the FAA to recruit experienced controllers, including military and Depart of Defense civilian controllers, Federal Contract Tower controllers, and those with prior FAA experience.
“Millions of New Yorkers rely on our airports for safe, efficient and convenient travel every year – helping to grow our economy and create jobs,” said Rep. Maloney, member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “My bill will make sure our airports are adequately staffed and give our veterans the chance to find meaningful, good paying jobs when they come home - keeping our runways and skies safe for all travelers."
Introduced in March, the Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act will ensure greater cooperation between the Department of Education, VA, and Department of Defense by establishing a system for transferring relevant information for veterans with 100-percent service-connected disabilities who have outstanding loans. Many of these veterans are unaware that they are eligible for this benefit, and currently, the executive agencies are not required to communicate or disseminate information to qualified veterans. This legislation has been endorsed by: Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), The American Veterans (AMVETS), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Student Veterans of America (SVA).
“When my dad came home from the Navy, his country had his back and helped him go to college on the GI Bill. But far too often these days, the burden is on our veterans to find and secure the benefits they earned while serving our country. We should be making it easier for our veterans to go to college, not harder,” said Rep. Maloney. “My legislation would cut through bureaucratic red tape and ensure that our disabled veterans get their student loans forgiven – a benefit they’ve been promised and earned but one they rarely get.” 
“Veterans with a 100-percent service-connected disability are entitled to loan forgiveness, yet the burden is on the veteran to ensure they get their loans forgiven. DAV supports Representative Maloney and commends him for introducing legislation that would cut through the red tape and ensure the veterans who sacrificed in service to our nation automatically get the student loan forgiveness they deserve,” said Paul Varela, Disabled American Veterans.
In addition, the Appropriate Care for Disabled Veterans Act extends a mandate for the VA to report on its capacity for rehabilitating disabled veterans. To ensure the needs of disabled veterans were met, in 1996 Congress mandated that the VA maintain its capacity for the specialized treatment and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans based on a number of specific measurements. For spinal cord injuries in particular, this capacity was to be measured by the number of staffed beds and the number of full-time employee equivalents available to provide care. The VA was also required to report this information to Congress after it was reviewed by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General. This reporting requirement has since lapsed.
“It is critical that our veterans receive the best possible care when they come home,” said Rep. Maloney. “This legislation will hold the VA accountable for doing their job and delivering on their promise – providing top-notch comprehensive and specialized care for our veterans who have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms.”
"PVA was pleased to see the provisions of H.R. 5091 included in the Milcon-VA conference report. The reinstatement of the requirement for VA to report its capacity to provide specialized services is a high priority for PVA. We are grateful to Congressman Maloney for his support and efforts on behalf of this much needed legislation,” said Carl Blake, Associate Executive Director, Government Relations, Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Rep. Maloney has a track record of getting things done for Hudson Valley veterans, despite Washington gridlock. In 2013, Rep. Maloney’s Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act was signed into law, which helped to address the Veterans Administration (VA)’s backlog of disability claims. In December 2015, Rep. Maloney’s Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act was signed into law to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, the key employment program to help assist, train and find jobs for veterans who have compensable service-connected disabilities.
Since joining Congress, Rep. Maloney has worked to pass 33 bills through the House Of Representatives, 17 of which have since been signed into law. He has also secured over $3 million in guaranteed benefits for more than 800 Hudson Valley veterans and their family members who were owed education, disability, retirement, medical, burial, spousal and dependents’ compensation. Rep. Maloney has also hosted four veterans resources and jobs fairs with dozens of local veterans organizations, and has secured over 129 service medals, including 3 Bronze Star Medals and 3 Purple Hearts. A comprehensive list of Representative Maloney’s accomplishments can be found here.

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