Friday, July 15, 2016

Bazzomanifesto Update 07/15/16: 12 New Topics In Today's blog

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1) "Speak Out" with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Provides Insight into her Ethics Proposals

2) Town Of Ossining: Planning Board Work Session- Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at the Community Center

3) Astorino Issues Statewide Call to Action on New Common Core Coercion Threat

4) Political Media Firms SHC and TNT Announce Strategic Partnership

5) Astorino Reports Nearly $1.7 Million on Hand

6) Press Release: Wendy Long: Mohamed and Schumer political correctness are killing us 7) Killian Praises Bi-Partisan Drug Abuse Prevention Package in Washington 8) Town Of Yorktown:  Town Board sets hearing to ban sale of puppy mill dogs 07/12/16

9) *Video News Release*-BOL Chair, Minority Leader React to Hiring of Police Officers

10) NEWS: After Orlando Tragedy, Maloney Introduces LGBT PRIDE Act to Combat Violence, Suicide in LGBT Community

11) 12 Grapes: 10th Annual, SANTANA Tribute and more.

12) Senator Terrence Murphy Announces Shed The Meds Summer Program

****LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Speech on Veterans' Reform (7-11-16)

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Will Damage School Reputations and Property Values inHigh Common Core Test Opt-Out Districts

Long Island, July 14...Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a long-time critic of the controversial and experimental Common Core curriculum, today warned Long Island and New York school parents -- and homeowners -- about a new U.S. Education Department proposal that would badly damage the reputations of schools across New York State and lower home property values in the surrounding areas.

The proposal being recommended by U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. would classify as “In Need of Improvement” schools that have a high percentage of students “opting out” of the Common Core exams (5% or greater.)  That classification, Astorino says, will badly hurt the reputations of schools and lower local property values -- which is exactly what Secretary King intends.  County Executive Astorino issued his warning outside of Syosset High School on Long Island. Syosset public schools had a 33% Common Core opt-out rate last year.
“This is the federal government directly and illegally threatening parents and school children who have lawfully chosen not to take the experimental and poorly devised Common Core tests,” County Executive Astorino said. “This is Big Brother in Washington saying to parents, ‘do what we tell you to do or we will exact revenge.’  I warned two years ago of a federal takeover of our local schools, and now we’re seeing it happen through systematic federal coercion.”

Secretary King has already threatened to withhold federal dollars from New York schools with high Common Core opt-out rates.

County Executive Astorino has repeatedly called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to completely repeal Common Core. In his race for governor in 2014, Astorino created a ballot line called “Stop Common Core,” which was renamed the New York State Reform Party in 2015 to press for state term limits and ethics reform in addition to Common Core repeal.

“It's no surprise that the U.S. Department of Education is trying to sneak this odious rule change through in the dead of summer when parents and legislators are at the beach or on vacation, ” Mr. Astorino continued. “This news conference is an urgent call to action for all those who care about our schools and communities. Every federal and state official -- especially Governor Cuomo -- should be calling Secretary King now and telling him to withdraw this vengeful and coercive new proposal.”

The November Team: Bill O’Reilly, 212.396.9117

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Leading National Television, Radio, and Digital Ad Firm will
Team up with Top New York Strategic Communications Firm to
Offer Political and Corporate Clients Powerhouse Multi-Channel Messaging

July 14...Scott Howell & Company (SHC) and The November Team, LLC (TNT) today announced a strategic business partnership between the two firms that will provide political and corporate clients with seamless and powerful multi-channel messaging capabilities.

SHC, with offices in Washington, DC and Dallas, TX, is widely considered one of the most creative and successful television, radio, and digital media firms in the nation. New York-based TNT, which has designed and executed compelling strategic communications campaigns in all 50 states, is known for its bold tactical approach to earned media campaigns. Principals at both firms have decades of experience in political and corporate messaging.  

“We’ve known and worked with Bill and Jessica for years.  The November Team is the gold standard when it comes to PR and communication strategies - we’re extremely excited about formalizing our relationship with them,” said SHC Principal Dan Allen, who has long ties to New York, going back to his time in the state Assembly as well as serving as Director of Communications for the New York Republican Party under former Chairman Bill Powers.

“We’ve worked with the best of the best in the political media industry, and no one tops Scott Howell & Company in delivering paid messaging that actually moves the needle,” said TNT partner William F. B. O’Reilly. “This partnership will give TNT and its clients tremendous new capabilities in communicating with audiences across all media channels and platforms. It adds a host of new arrows to our quiver.”
“This partnership brings tremendous new capabilities to our messaging operation,” said TNT partner Jessica Proud. “The lines of earned media and paid media are quickly vanishing, and partnering with Dan Allen and SHC’s award-winning team puts us exactly where we need to be as a forward-thinking firm. TNT’s greatest strength has always been in its messaging; now we’ll be able to deliver it directly to voters.”  

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Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117

Astorino Reports Nearly $1.7 Million on Hand
Raises $952,612 in Filing Period

New York -- July 15, 2016Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has nearly $1.7 million cash-on-hand, his campaign today announced. 

Friends of Rob Astorino raised $952,612 during the last 6 month fundraising period, which covers Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. The records will be filed today with the state Board of Elections.
“So many New Yorkers know firsthand that the state is headed in the wrong direction and they share my vision of protecting our middle class, helping small businesses and revitalizing our economy,” Astorino said.  “I am grateful for their support.”

In all, the campaign received over 1,307 donations ranging from $1 to $27,650 with a median contribution of $100. With the added donations, Astorino now has $1,687,113.39 cash on hand.
Astorino, the 2014 Republican nominee for governor, has twice won races for Westchester County Executive in a county where Democrats have a 2-to-1 registration advantage. He is regarded as a disciplined fiscal reformer who keeps a close eye on government spending while ensuring that essential services are delivered to those most in need. In his first year in office, he lowered the county tax levy and has not raised it since taking office in 2010.
Wendy Long 2016 Inc. Wendy Long: Mohamed and Schumer political correctness are killing us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2016 CONTACT: PATRICK EGAN New York U.S. Senate Republican nominee Wendy Long


Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 914-282-1252


Calls for Full Funding of “Desperately Needed Resources”

Westchester--July 15...State Senate candidate and Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian, a leading activist in Westchester for anti-drug-abuse funding and education, today praised the U.S. Senate for its bipartisan, 92-2 passage of “The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act” (CARA) that will provide $181 million in funding for drug treatment and prevention programs nationally.
Ms. Killian, a mother of five and the co-founder of a leading drug abuse prevention coalition in Westchester called RyeACT, testified in Washington in favor of CARA’s passage. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
“This is a great start, but only a start,” Councilwoman Killian said. “We have a massive drug epidemic in this country -- including in Westchester -- and we need to marshal our federal, state, and local resources in a bipartisan way to beat this thing back before more children and young adults die. We can defeat the proliferation of opioids, heroin, and other drugs in our communities, but it will take sustained commitment.
After 40 years we finally have a bill that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement and criminal justice reform, and that takes away the stigma of addiction by treating it as a disease," Councilwoman Killian continued. “It shows what can be accomplished when we work together in a thoughtful and bipartisan way. Let’s do more of that.”
Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board Work Session
July 12, 2016
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit

1. Puppy Mill legislation
The board set August 2 for a public hearing on a local law that would ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats bred in puppy mills.

2. Tree law
The discussion was taken off the agenda at the last minute.

3. Feral cats
Pending a meeting with the volunteer who administers the program, the board postponed voting to approve an additional $500 for the program.

4. Unleashed animals at Turkey Mountain
Supervisor Grace advised the board that the police and the animal control officer have been searching for two unleashed animals (he wasn’t sure if they were dogs or coyotes) at Turkey Mountain.

5. Sewers
The board is moving forward on a plan to move about 28 sewered homes in the Jefferson Park neighborhood from the Hallocks Mill Sewer District to the Peekskill Sanitary Sewer District.

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Immediate Release: July13, 2016
Contact: Matt Richter, BOL Communications Director
BOL Chair, Minority Leader React to Hiring of Police Officers
The bipartisan coalition of Legislators who passed the 2016 County Budget announced on Wednesday that the 3 County Police Officer positions that they had restored to the Department of Public Safety have been filled.  The new hires are law enforcement professionals currently working in local municipalities.   Following a short training period, the Officers will be assigned and on patrol this summer. Board of Legislators Chairman Mike Kaplowitz (D) Somers and Minority Leader, Legislator John Testa (R) Peekskill and Christopher Grasso from the Westchester Police Benevolent Association responded in the following statements and video.
Chairman Michael Kaplowitz said, “The hiring of these three County Police Officers is a positive step toward getting our Public Safety staffing back to an appropriate level.  The Legislators who passed the 2016 budget have an agreement with the County Executive that he will seek $250,000 in savings through vacancies in the Public Safety Department.   That figure represents approximately 3 new hires.  With a current vacancy factor in the Department of Public Safety of 9 Police Officers, we still need to fill an additional 6 positions. 
“In the analysis of ‘must haves’ versus ‘nice to haves’, appropriate levels of staffing in our County Police is an absolute ‘must have’.  Especially at a time when the public is being told to be alert for potential acts of mass violence.  That is why my colleagues and I who passed this budget insisted that the proposed cuts to Public Safety be restored.  We will continue to monitor staffing levels in Public Safety and to consult with Commissioner Longworth and representatives from the PBA to ensure that Westchester County residents can be confident in the strength of our County Police force.”
Minority Leader John Testa said, “Last year when we passed the 2016 budget, we added back three County police positions which the County Executive had proposed cutting.  We voted for the budget based on the understanding that these three critical public safety positions would be filled.  It has taken a little longer than we wanted or expected but I’m happy to say that those positions will be filled starting with the July 18th pay period.  We are partners with the County Executive in managing the finances of Westchester County and sometimes partners have differing opinions on how to prioritize spending and savings.  The Legislators who voted for the 2016 budget felt that Public Safety was a priority that should be fully funded and that our County Police Department should be fully staffed.
“We remain committed to protecting taxpayers and I would say that six consecutive years without an increase to property taxes is pretty solid proof that we are succeeding in that effort.  Those Legislators who voted for the 2016 budget have worked with the County Executive over the first half of this year to carefully manage our operations to find savings wherever possible.  I’m happy to say that with the sale of the Austin Avenue property in Yonkers and finding operational savings throughout the county, we are confident that this year’s budget is working well to provide the services our residents need while continuing to protect our already overtaxed homeowners.
“The 2016 budget was a difficult negotiation and required a lot of compromise and good faith.  The County Executive will be sending us his proposed 2017 budget in just a few months.  He has already stated that the 2017 budget will not include a tax increase.  Because the County Executive has now lived up to his promises in the 2016 budget, I am hopeful that the budget we ultimately pass for 2017 continues the zero tax increase policy for a seventh consecutive year.”
Watch video of Chairman Kaplowitz, Minority Leader Testa and PBA Representative Grasso here;


July 14 2016
CONTACT: Caitlin Girouard, 202-225-5441
After Orlando Tragedy, Maloney Introduces LGBT PRIDE Act to Combat Violence, Suicide in LGBT Community
Bill Would Improve Data Collection to Pinpoint Risk Factors for Suicide, Homicide
Data Will be Used to Inform the Direction of Resources to Prevent Violence, Suicide
WashingtonA month after the horrific murder of 49 Americans at an LGBT night club in Orlando, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) introduced the LGBT Providing a Requirement to Improve Data Collection Efforts (PRIDE) Act, which would enhance the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) by calling for improvements to its data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as providing full funding authorization to bring the system to all 50 states. Various barriers exist to the collection of data on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the NVDRS does not operate in Florida, meaning the lives lost in the Orlando attack will not be recorded as anti-LGBT murders in any data collection.   
“After last month’s terrorist attack targeting our LGBT community, I was shocked to learn that the lives lost in Orlando will not be counted as anti-LGBT murders because our country’s data collection on violence against LGBT Americans and LGBT suicides is offensively inadequate,” said Maloney, co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. “LGBT people matter, we count, and my new bill will ensure that states like Florida have the tools to collect data in a comprehensive way, and to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to understand where, how, and why violence against the LGBT community and LGBT suicides are happening – this bill could save lives.”
“LGBTQ people experience significant health disparities resulting from societal stigma, discrimination and victimization. Having complete and accurate data is essential to address these issues,” said David Stacy, Government Affairs Director for the Human Rights Campaign. “We commend Rep. Maloney for his leadership to improve the reporting of sexual orientation and gender identity to the National Violet Death Reporting System which will improve the development of effective interventions and prevention efforts to help save lives.”
“We thank Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for taking the first step to ensure the U.S. conducts comprehensive research regarding suicide in the LGBTQ community,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “We know that LGBTQ youth are at high risk of suicide attempts, but we don’t know if that also equates to a high percentage of suicide deaths.  As the saying goes ‘if you’re not counted, you don’t count’, and we must begin to ascertain the sexual orientation and gender identity of every suicide death that occurs so we can better target resources and interventions to save lives.”
The LGBT PRIDE Act would authorize $25 million to fully fund the expansion of the NVDRS, operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to all fifty states. It currently does not operate in California, Texas, or Florida, which collectively account for nearly a third of the U.S. population. The system aggregates data from a variety of local sources including death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, police reports, and crime labs. This data is used to inform policy and regulatory decisions aimed at responding to public health crises such as suicide and homicide at the local, federal, and state level. The bill also encourages the CDC to devise strategies to improve the incidence of data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity. The system currently has the ability to collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity, but various barriers exist to comprehensive collection. All data collection is performed on a voluntary basis, and the results are only released in aggregate to protect the privacy of decedents.
This bill has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, the Trevor Project, PFLAG, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Fellow LGBT Equality Caucus co-chairs Mark Pocan, Mark Takano, and David Cicilline are also original cosponsors.
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. After 22 years together, he married his husband Randy Florke in June 2014 in Cold Spring, NY where they live with their three children.  


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10th Annual Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival 
 HEADLINER: Joe Louis Walker

Join us at 12 Grapes for the Festival 

"After Party" featuring 


THU JULY 14, 8:00 - 10:00

KJ Denhert every 2nd Thursday of the month.

KJ is joined tonight by Mamadou Ba on bass. Each and every KJ performance is a special one. KJ's unique blend of "Urban Folk and Jazz" has won her many prestigious awards. And we come out the winners. To say her songs are moving, impressive and simply impeccable is an understatement. NO COVER.
$18 two-course Dinner Deal every Thursday!

Live Band Karaoke!
 Sing with a live band, and even back-up singers! Choose songs from Aretha to Adele, Stevie Wonder to Steppenwolf, AC/DC to Weezer and everything in between. The band does two sets - participants get to sing one song per set. Sign up is from 8-10pm only, so get here early! $5 Cover or Free with dinner.

It's all there: the propulsive Latin percussion, the fiery lead guitar work, the "groove" that connects to the soul of the audience. Their set list is full of old favorites, as well as the recent hits from "Supernatural" and beyond.
$12 Cover or $8 with Dinner.
Dinner & Show reservations recommended.

for young people in Westchester!
A showcase for talented musicians and singers ages 6 - 17. Sing solo or with a band. Bring your guitar, bass, sax, flute or whatever instrument you play or just get up and sing. Fun for the whole family.  FREE ADMISSION.

Bianca Muniz
CD Release Tour

FRI JULY 22, 9:30 - 12:00 
JP Patrick's "Sessions"

SAT, JULY 23, 10:00 - 1:00

Johnny Feds 
& da Bluez Boyz
Jazz & Blues Festival 

12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 N. Division St., Peekskill, NY 10566
CONTACT: Michael Jefferson, 914-962-2624

Beekman Shed the MEds

BEEKMAN, NY - We all know that flushing old and unused prescription drugs is not a safe or efficient way to get rid of them. Neither is throwing them in the trash. Senator Terrence Murphy has the right and responsible solution. On Thursday, July 21, Senator Murphy will partner with the Town of Beekman, the Dutchess County Sheriff's Department, State Assemblyman Kieran Lalor and the Council on Addiction, Prevention and Educate (CAPE) to launch his summer "Shed the Meds" Program. The program starts at 9:00 am at the Beekman Town Hall, 4 Main Street in Poughquag. Anyone with unwanted or expired medications can bring them to the Town Hall where they will be disposed of safely.

"Proper disposal of old and unwanted medications is essential to ensure these drugs do not wind up in the hands of children or drug dealers. It is also an effective way to protect the environment," said Senator Murphy. "I encourage residents in the Beekman area to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of their expired medications in a safe and responsible manner."

"The Hudson Valley has been overwhelmed in an epidemic of opioid abuse," said Barbara Zulauf, Town Supervisor for the Town of Beekman. "This is a wonderful chance for the safe disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs so that these drugs do not get into the wrong hands. I applaud Senator Murphy with his efforts to address the growing epidemic of abuse of prescription drugs and opioid related misuse. The Town of Beekman, along with Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, is honored to participate in the 'Shed the Meds' program."

"Unfortunately, a lot of prescription drug abuse comes from within, when one member of a family steals from another," said Lieutenant Frank LaMonica, Jr., Dutchess County Sheriff's Office. "The purpose of the program is to get potentially dangerous drugs off of the streets. We also have drop boxes where people can dispose of their prescription drugs anonymously at their convenience," 

Anyone can bring any type of medication for disposal, however needles cannot be accepted. Safe disposal helps protect the environment and eliminates the risk of these drugs getting into the hands of small children or those who might misuse them. Improper disposal of medications, such as pouring them down the drain or flushing them down the toilet, can potentially pollute local waterways.
Upcoming dates and locations for additional "Shed the Meds" summer programs:
Croton-on-Hudson - Tuesday, July 26 at Croton Commons (parking lot area), 175 Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson.
Brewster - Thursday, July 28 at the old Village Offices, 208 Main Street near Peaceable Hill Road, Brewster.
Peekskill - Tuesday, August 9 at Hayes Plaza, outside Field Public Library, 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill.
Sleepy Hollow - Thursday, August 11 at the Village of Sleepy Hollow Police Department, 28 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow.
Yorktown - Wednesday, August 17 at Jefferson Village (parking lot area), Hill Blvd.

Somers - Friday, August 26 at the Somers Police Department, 100 Primrose Street/Route 139, Somers.

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