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Westchester Legislators: Board Meeting Preview and Media Schedule for Week of July 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2013

Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-419-5221 (cell)

Westchester Board of Legislators: Week of July 7

Board & Committee Meeting Preview and Media Schedule

A preview of what is happening at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) next week:

Monday, July 8, 2013

3:00 PM

Environment & Energy—Hon. Michael Kaplowitz, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (914-995-2832)

1) Dave Kvinge from the Planning Department to discuss Resolution regarding Westchester County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board request for the addition of new parcels to County Agricultural District No. 1 for Calendar year 2013

2) Department of Environmental Facilities staff and Department of Public Works staff to discuss Governor Cuomo’s program to fund large scale clean energy systems to protect them from power disruptions

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

7:20 AM

Board of Legislators Majority Leader Peter Harckham with WVOX Host T.J. McCormack

Weekly radio chat

Listen LIVE on WVOX radio 1460AM. Web streaming LIVE at http://www.wvox.com

Listeners have the opportunity to call in with questions at 914-636-0110 or by emailing westchesterbolradio@gmail.com

10:00 AM

Government Operations—Hon. Catherine Borgia, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Tara Bernard (914-995-6297)

1) Departments of Parks, Public Works & Transportation and Information Technology staff members to provide updates on approved capital projects

2) Department of Public Works & Transportation staff to provide an update on bridge and road repairs, and the Liberty Lines bus contract

3) Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor to provide and discuss all of the revenue and attendance figures at Playland

4) Bond Act to finance Capital Project RB164 on Westchester Avenue, White Plains

5) Bond Act to finance Capital project RB163 on Harney Road, Eastchester

1:00 PM

Community Services—Hon. Alfreda Williams, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (995-2832)

1) Act authorizing the County to execute and submit to the State a Resource Allocation Plan that will provide State reimbursement for certain youth services and programs

2) Discussion with the Westchester Children’s Association of the Dreams Deferred and Raise the Age campaigns.

Thursday July 11, 2013

7:35 AM

Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins with WVOX Host T.J. McCormack

Weekly radio chat

Listen LIVE on WVOX radio 1460AM. Web streaming LIVE at http://www.wvox.com

Listeners have the opportunity to call in with questions at 914-636-0110 or by emailing westchesterbolradio@gmail.com

Friday, July 12, 2013

8:00 AM

Capital Projects Sub-Committee—Hon. Lyndon Williams, Chair

Committee Coordinator: Sally Schecter (995-2832)

1) Department of Parks staff to discuss Bond Acts regarding the County Center, North and South County Trailways, Kensico Plaza Building, Sprain Lake Golf Course Fairways and Irrigation

2) Department of Information Technology staff to discuss Data Center Upgrade

Please note: Latest Board and committee meeting agendas (including “TBA” agendas) posted online at http://westchesterlegislators.com/component/jevents/month.calendar/

*** All meetings are WEB STREAMED LIVE on the Legislature’s website at http://www.westchesterlegislators.com. Just press the MEETING VIDEO-ON-DEMAND button and scroll down to the COMMITTEE section ***

Bazzo07/06;/13

Public Notices] Hello Yorktown Upcoming Events! 07/06 – 07/13

Hello Yorktown Upcoming Events!

Extreme Heat in the Forecast, Tips for Staying Cool

Extreme heat can be very dangerous for the elderly, the very young, those with certain health & heart related conditions, and those without access to air conditioning. Some easy things you can do to prevent the heat from getting to you are to:
• Find air conditioning. If you don’t have it at home, go to a public place like a mall during the hottest hours of the day.
• Avoid direct sunlight. Wear a hat with a large brim.
• Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
• Take cool showers or baths.
• Drink water often. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
• Avoid alcohol and drinks with high sugar content.

For more info visit: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat

Summer Concerts at the Gazebo featuring Java Jive

Date/Time: Sunday, July 7th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Park Gazebo, Veterans Road, Yorktown Heights
Details: The Yorktown Lion’s Club and the Yorktown Parks & Rec Dept will host the Audi Mohegan Lake 19th Annual Summer Concert Series at the John “Jack” DeVito Gazebo on Veterans Road. All concerts are free and open to the public. Join us Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for great music this summer! Rain location is in the Yorktown Stage.
Full concert schedule: http://www.yorktownny.org/parksandrecreation/19th-annual-summer-concerts-gazebo

Free Outdoor Movie & Concert

Date/Time: Thursday, July 11th Kids Concert at 7:15 pm, Movie begins at dusk
Location: Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Park, Veterans Road, Yorktown Heights
Details: Kids Concert featuring Beth & Scott and Friends. The movie Despicable Me begins at dusk. Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks!

Have a great week!
Bazzo 07/06/13

Headlines: Yorktown Daily Voice: Yorktown Community’s Mohegan Lake Day Set For July 14 2013

http://yorktown.dailyvoice.com/events/yorktown-communitys-mohegan-lake-day-set-july-14

Bazzo 07/05/13

Jim Maisano:Only 5 Days Till Dudley’s Beach Party on July 10 2013 at 6:30!

REMINDER – we will be having much fun soon at my annual Dudley’s Beach Party – July 10 from 6:30 to 9pm (details below). Please join us!

3 IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT EVENT:

1) RSVPs are necessary because we need to order food – RSVP by calling 914-355-9205 or responding to this email. You can also RSVP online if you are on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/439866296108667/. Thanks to those that have already mailed in a response and contribution (which is best way to RSVP).

2) You can make your contribution and RSVP online at PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Y2VNFP2WS9M5N

2) We recommend arriving in first hour. There is a concert that night at Hudson Park and parking will be difficult after 7:30pm.

Thanks,

Jim

County Legislator
Jim Maisano
O 914-636-1621
C 914-469-5486
http://www.jimmaisano.wordpress.com

Join us for a Beach Party at Dudley’s to support Re-Election of

County Legislator
Jim Maisano

*Meet Special Guest: County Executive Rob Astorino*

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Where: Dudley’s Parkview Restaurant
94 Hudson Park Road, New Rochelle, NY
Time: 6:30 – 9 PM
Contribution: Sponsorship: Platinum $250 (6 Tickets) or Gold $150 (4 Tickets)
Tickets: $45 person — $80 couple
Seniors: $35 person — $60 couple
***Children 12 & under are free! ***

Dinner includes burgers, ribs, wings, hot dogs & all the trimmings, along with beer, wine & soda, and coffee and cake for dessert.
Terrific event on LI Sound — casual beach attire — music — rain or shine.
This is the most FUN fundraiser in Westchester politics!
If you have any questions, call Anna Lisa at (914) 355-9205 or email: CtyLegJimMaisano@gmail.com
FACEBOOK LINK for event: https://www.facebook.com/events/439866296108667/
Please RSVP by July 6 by mailing the tear-off below with your contribution to:
Friends of Jim Maisano
93 Wilson Drive
New Rochelle, New York 10801

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Name_________________________________________________________________________

Phone________________________________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________________________________

Email_________________________________________________________________________

_____ Yes, I’ll attend July 10 beach party to support Jim’s re-election. Enclosed is my contribution in the amount of $__________ for __________ reservations.

_____ No, I can’t attend. Enclosed is my contribution in the amount of $__________ to support Jim’s re-election.

Please make checks payable to “Friends of Jim Maisano”

Contribute online at: http://www.JimMaisano.com
(Hit Donate in left column or top bar)

Bazzo 07/05/13

Bazzo Says: Has Albany’s Corruption Time To Go Finally Arrived?

Bazzo Says:
BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO

OF YORKTOWN NEWS

TITLE: Has Albany’s Corruption Time To Go Finally Arrived?

Maybe, just maybe I will have to re-assess my comments regarding Governor Cuomo’s actions in the wake of the cesspool that is Albany. Maybe. Unlike the leading women’s advocate groups and women Assembly members, particularly Assemblywoman Sandra Galef who have still remained silent now that no reform bills or the so-called women’s agenda proposals have been passed by the legislature, Governor Cuomo has put his money where his mouth is. He has created as promised (finally political promise kept) a 25 member Commission To Investigate Public Corruption.

This commission has 10 sitting District Attorneys (both sides of the isle represented) plus New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as a special advisor. It has subpoena power to compel testimony and uncover documents. Plus, and this is where this commission is different from those that came before it, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has deputized all 25 members as Assistant District Attorneys. This gives them the power to investigate all branches of Government INCLUDING the Legislature. This commission’s mandate is to according to the Governor is to probe systemic public corruption and even the appearance of corruption in state campaigns, state government (meaning pay to play) and the elections themselves, (the buying of political backing of party lines). They will have the power to follow the money.

This is real power to uncover corruption. The Legislature, particularly their leadership, can not ignore, stymie, stonewall, or stack the deck with cronies who will protect them as they have done to past investigative commissions. How scared is the leadership of this power? Even before the Governor named who will be on the Commission, State Senate Leader Dean Skelos threatened to investigate the Governor with the powers invested in the Legislature. This is where the Governor did not blink. This is where the Governor doubled down on this commission by having the Attorney deputize the members.

Andrew Cuomo is a liberal. That however does not mean he can not read. Leading polls show his numbers tanking. They show that the public feels corruption is the number 1 issue. They show the public holds the Governor accountable for the inaction regarding reform. They show the public knew public financing of campaigns (his idea of reform) was just another means of allowing the purveyors of corruption to get their hands on more of our money. The public wanted none of that. They wanted heads to roll (mainly Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver). They were tired of our government being a laughing stock.

This did not happen in a vacuum. As I said the Governor’s poll numbers are tanking. The Legislature passed no reform. Did not even try. They thought the Governor was bluffing and with good reason. He made these threats 7 times before and did nothing. The difference this time is that unlike members of the legislature that only have to answer to their districts, the Governor has to answer to the state, ALL of it, not just New York City, his liberal base. He knows history. He can not even dream of Washington as long as New York is awash in malfeasance. He know’s a New York Governor’s path to D.C. rests in being a reformer. If he wants any chance to fulfil his dream, he must clean up Albany and have the scalps to prove it was done at his direction, not the Federal Attorney’s as has been the case. He can not claim credit for their work.

A Couple Of Side Bars:

You have to ask yourself, what is the Senate Leader afraid of? That Albany is corrupt is not debatable. That there are corrupt Senators is not debatable. That the corruption happened on his watch is not debatable. You would think that if he had any pride of leadership, he would welcome getting the dirty laundry out there. So what is he afraid of? Maybe it that like his counter part in the Assembly, he is part of a major tort law firm. Maybe it is because of that , he like his counter part has stood against any tort reform legislation. All common sense says that his reaction shows he is afraid of something. Maybe like Silver, his time has come to go also. Memo to Senator Greg Ball. If this commission adhere’s to its mission, and believing you are not part of the corrupt,cabal, speak out in support of this endeavor. My suggestion is you do not hitch your wagon to Skelos. You proposed true reform legislation. Be that reformer now that the Governor has given you cover to do so. There is no upside in supporting this present leadership. History is not on his side.

As for Assemblywoman Sandra Galef,. She pretty much kicked the throw out Silver can down the road by stating that she will wait to see what kind of reforms are enacted. None were. Nor was any of the Governor’s women’s agenda. Nothing, nada, zilch. So by her silence in the wake of these developments, her silence means she is okay with the cover up. More the pity. She among Assembly members has the cache to do something. As long as she wants that office, she is in no danger of ever losing it. She herself is incorruptible. If she spoke out, others would find the courage to back her. She could get enough hand full of Democrats and all the Republicans ( I believe you will find an ally in Assemblyman Katz if you ask) to enact change of leadership. Putting party first no longer means protecting Silver. What she thought he could do, he could or would not. Party first now means getting a new Assembly Leader. The women who were abused after the cover up deserve no less. This is what I say, what say you?

Yorktown Town Board okays Energy Loan Program 07/02/13

Citizens for an Informed Yorktown

Town Board
July 2, 2013

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.
(The meeting lasted for only about one hour.)

1. Courtesy of the Floor
a. Drainage issue. A Mohegan Lake homeowner questioned the location of a newly installed catch basin..

b. Water Quality Report. Howard Frank commented on the annual Water Quality Report and asked the Board what the town was doing to reduce its annual water loss, i.e., water that is used but which isn’t accounted for in billings.

c. Foreclosed property. Susan Siegel asked how the Board plans to dispose of the 23 properties the town recently took title to in a foreclosure proceeding.

d. Sports subsidy. Ed Ciffone said that in light of the $50,000 offer from one of the sports clubs to help rehabilitate the field behind the YCCC, the club should return the subsidy it receives from the town each year.

2. Sustainable Energy Loan Program – Public Hearing
The Board voted to close the hearing and unanimously adopt the law.

3. Selected resolutions pass unanimously
a. Tax certiorari. Approved a settlement for Roc-Shrub Oak Associates for the years 2004-2012.

b. Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Authorized the building inspector to issue a TCO for Best Plumbing at Crompond Crossing.

Note: Future meeting schedule
July 9: A previously unscheduled work session, to start at 6:30pm.
July 16: outdoor meeting at Hilltop Hanover Farm, to start at 6:30pm.

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Bazzo 07/04/13

Galef Announces Topics for her Senior Forum in Cortlandt 07/24/13

Contact: Sandy Galef

(914) 941-1111

Assemblywoman Galef to Host 2013 Senior Forum

Experts will Focus on the STAR Program, Unclaimed Funds, Federal Health Care, and More

(July 2, 2013) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has announced that her 2013 Senior Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, from 9 am- 12 noon at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor. Galef’s Senior Forum is sponsored by Hudson Valley Hospital Center who will provide breakfast for those who attend. This year’s forum will spotlight a variety of issues that affect the residents of the 95th Assembly District including changes made to the Basic STAR program, unclaimed funds, and federal health care.

The first speaker, John Wolham, from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, will inform attendees of the changes that will affect the Basic STAR program and property tax exemptions. Yolanda Robinson, a representative from the Office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, will talk about the millions of dollars in unclaimed funds available in Galef’s district and how the assemblywoman’s constituents can find out if they are entitled to them. Chris Widelo, of AARP New York, will discuss how the new federal health care law affects seniors. William Fallon, of AAA New York, will share safe driving tips. Brandy Jones, a registered nurse, will speak about Alzheimer’s disease. Jesse Beller, a constituent from Croton-on-Hudson, will provide musical entertainment.

“I am looking forward to my annual Senior Forum and learning from these insightful speakers, as well as hearing my friend Jesse Beller play the piano. These are topics that affect all seniors in my district. It will be a very informative morning and I encourage all those interested in these important topics to attend,” said Galef.

In addition, many local senior groups co-sponsor the Senior Forum. The co-sponsors are: Buchanan Senior Citizens, Cortlandt Seniors, Crompond Seniors, Croton Senior Citizens, Nor-Cort Seniors, Ossining Golden Age Club, Ossining Senior Center, Ossining Senior Citizens, Peekskill Senior Citizens’ Club, Philipstown Seniors, Putnam County Office for the Aging, Verplanck Seniors, and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

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Bazzo 07/03/13