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Video: Astorino Campaign Releases “Day and Night”

Contact: Bill O’Reilly, 212-396-9117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



:30 Television Spot Contrasts County Executive’s Record of Lowering County Tax Levy with Opponent Bramson’s Record of Raising Taxes

Westchester–June 27…Friends of County Executive Rob Astorino today announced the launch of a new 30-second television spot, entitled “Day and Night,” that began airing on Westchester cable television channels today.

The ad can be viewed here.

“Day and Night” contrasts County Executive Astorino’s record of freezing or reducing the county tax levy every year he’s served in the office versus his opponent’s record of significantly raising taxes in New Rochelle. Noam Bramson has increased city taxes 109% during his time in office, and he has consistently increased fees and taxes — including New Rochelle’s Garbage Tax by 254%.

“County Executive Astorino hears the concerns of Westchester families struggling with constant property tax increases, and he has kept his promise to them,” said Friends of County Executive Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. “Noam Bramson, who has never held a job outside of government, simply doesn’t understand the concerns of hard working Westchester families. County Executive Astorino is a middle class parent who understands that every penny counts in household budgets, which is why he governs responsibly and compassionately.”

The script to “Day and Night” is below.

Narrator: “Westchester County is moving in the right direction again. Thanks to County Executive, Rob Astorino, the county property tax levy is down. Jobs are coming back. Progress is being made. Noam Bramson raised New Rochelle taxes 109%. He raised the garbage tax a whopping 254%. Bramson would take us backwards, and we can’t afford that. Rob Astorino: Reform, Progress, Results.

Bazzo 06/28/13


Galef,Carlucci,Family of Boating Accident Victim-Urge Gov to Sign Boating Safety into Law

from the New York State Legislature

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef

Senator David Carlucci

Serving Westchester and the Hudson Valley

For Immediate Release Contact: Sandy Galef – (914) 941-1111

June 26, 2013 Jason Elan (Carlucci) – (516) 426-6977

Carlucci, Galef Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign Comprehensive Boating Safety Package into Law

Westchester Officials Commemorate One Year Anniversary of Boating Victim Bryan Johnson with Rededication of Boat Ramp; Local Tragedy Spurs Call to Action

Proposal Will Establish System to Educate Boaters, Obtain Safety Certificates Before Operating Mechanically Propelled Vessels

Galef, Carlucci Bill Passes Both Chambers of Legislature, Now Heads to Governor Cuomo’s Desk for Approval

OSSINING, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Westchester/Putnam), and other state and local officials today joined forces to urge the Governor to sign their legislation that will fundamentally change the way boating safety is implemented in New York State. With summer finally here, the two state legislators were able to pass their bill through both chambers of the state legislature last week. The effort is designed to educate individuals who currently do not possess boating knowledge to help prevent tragedies from unfolding, as was the case last summer in Long Island and along the Hudson River.

Their bill (A.3471-A/S.1639-A) requires all mechanically propelled vessel operators to obtain a boating safety certificate by completing an eight hour safe boating course. The requirement would be implemented through a multiyear phase-in beginning in 2014 with 18 year olds. This legislation would help eliminate the dangers of boating often attributed to inexperience by requiring boat operators to take a course and become aware of all safety and legal aspects of operating a boat.

Senator David Carlucci said: “This legislation will ultimately save lives and protect our waterways by bringing New York’s boating laws into the 21st century. This has been a long and emotional journey for the family of Bryan Johnson and the countless advocates who believe more must be done to prevent future tragedies from occurring in the first place. New York will now be among the leaders across the nation who understand the dangers of operating a vessel without proper training.”

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef said: “This bill is a win for those of us advocating for safer waterways. New York State is one of the largest recreational boating states in the country, and I am thrilled, and relieved that this piece of legislation will enhance the secure use and enjoyment of our state’s scenic waterways. It took a lot of advocacy to get the bill passed in both houses, and we will need to continue that advocacy to the governor until he signs it into law.”

Assemblyman Thomas Abinati said: “Safe boating requires skill that must be learned and practiced. Boating without the proper instruction is dangerous to the boater and everyone else on the water.”

Family members of Bryan Johnson, the young victim who tragically lost his life in a boating prank off of City Island last year, also joined in a somber ceremony to mark the one year anniversary of his passing. The Town of Ossining recently passed a Town Board resolution renaming the Ossining Boat Ramp the Bryan J. Johnson Memorial Boat Ramp. A colorful banner will be hung throughout the summer that pays tribute to the memory of Bryan Johnson, too.

Ossining Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly said: “Responsible adults, especially parents, should always make sure that they and the young people they are responsible for get proper training and understand boating safety. This law makes it official, and we want to thank the NYS legislature and especially these elected officials for seeing it through. But outside of legislation, common sense tells us that we need to educate all of our loved ones on the importance of responsibility for their own well being, and the safety of others on the water, no matter what kind of vessel they are using.”

Currently, New York State has comparatively lax requirements relating to boating safety certificates. Children between the ages of 10-18 must have a boating safety certificate in order to operate a mechanically propelled vessel unaccompanied. In addition, those aged 14 and older must hold a boating safety certificate in order to operate a personal watercraft. These certificates are generally issued by the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron.

New York also lags regionally in comparison to neighboring states when it comes to the level of boating safety requirements that exist. Many tougher provisions already exist for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont as well as Canada. The problem exists naturally when many New Yorkers utilize the same waters as other state residents who have much more experience with operating a boat than they do themselves.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, last year in New York there were 27 people killed and 127 injured in boating accidents. While New York is 7th in the nation in boat registrations, we are 5th for deaths from boating accidents. Over the last five years, there were 890 total boating accidents in the state and 129 fatalities. New York also ranks considerably higher in the amount of damages ($4.7M) resulting from boating accidents compared its neighboring states.

A host of new education requirements come into effect with the Galef/Carlucci bill. These include:

•Requiring that no person born on or after May 1, 1996 may operate a mechanically propelled vessel on the navigable waters of the state, including tidewaters on or lying within boundaries of Nassau and Suffolk counties unless they hold a boating safety certificate.
•Boating safety certificates will be issued by the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the U.S. Power Squadrons or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Commissioner also has existing authority, through regulation, to designate others who are authorized to issue such certificates. Authority is also granted to Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to develop online courses for boaters to take.
•The bill preserves the existing law for someone who is at least ten years old to operate a mechanically propelled vessel unaccompanied, provided they hold a certificate.
•A person who is younger than 18 years of age may operate a mechanically propelled vessel without a boating safety certificate, provided they are accompanied by at least one person at least 18 years of age who is either the holder of a boating safety certificate or is not required to hold a boating safety certificate.
•The bill provides a grace period of 120 days for people who purchase a vessel, and are otherwise required to hold a boating safety certificate, to operate such a vessel without a certificate.
•The bill also provides that a livery may lease, hire or rent a mechanically propelled vessel to someone who does not hold a boating safety certificate provided they are at least 18 years-of-age, and the vessel is not leased, hired or rented to the same person for more than 60 days.

Dana Levenberg

Chief of Staff

Office of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef

2 Church Street

Ossining, NY 10562

(914) 941-1111 (p)

(914) 941-9132 (f)

Bazzo 06/27/13

Click on link below to see Legislator Kaplowitz talk about his opposition to the Source of Income Legislation in 2010.

Bazzo 05/04/13



Contact Joseph Ahearn (914) 774-6856


Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C,I-Yorktown) expressed concern about contracting scams today and urged residents to exercise caution. Katz issued this statement today as funding for Superstorm Sandy relief continues to trickle into the lower Hudson Valley.

“About $3 million of the promised Sandy relief aid has hit the lower Hudson Valley, and those looking to scam the victims of this natural disaster are well aware of this,” said Katz. “I encourage residents to seek out reputable, local contractors with a track record of providing quality service. Please do extensive research on the contracting company you hire to perform the necessary repairs to your home. There are always people seeking to take advantage of other people’s misfortune, so please exercise caution.”

A few tips to avoid home improvement scams recommended by the state Division of Consumer Protection include:
•Avoiding contractors who only have a P.O. Box and cell phone as means of contact;
•Avoiding contractors who cannot provide proof of insurance; and
•Avoiding contractors who cannot provide references or those who provide references that cannot be reached.

If you are a victim of a contracting scam, please contact the Division of Consumer Protection at 1-800-697-1220 or online at For more information, please contact the district office of Assemblyman Steve Katz at 845-628-3781. The assemblyman can also be reached via e-mail at

Bazzo 04/24/13

Daily Voice Cortlandt:Domenic Volpe To Run For Cortlandt Town Board



Bazzo 04/18/13

Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch:Tina Volz-Bongar: Letter to Editor: Peekskill Woman Calls for More Transparency from City Government

Bazzo 03/20/13

Yorktown Town Board: Uses for Route 202 fill; Future of Trump sales building 03/13/13

Town Board Work Session
March 12, 2013

Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit

1. Holland Sporting Club/ Uses for Route 202 Fill
The Board discussed alternative locations where the estimated 86,000 cubic yards of fill from the Route 202 project could be used and/or stored. (There was no separate discussion of the plan for ball fields at Holland Sporting Club.)

2. Bernstein House sign
After considerable discussion, it was decided that the building inspector has the authority to approve a new sign on the property announcing the rehabilitation project.

3. Funtime Amusements (Front Street)
Supervisor Grace determined that the proprietor can apply to the state for a liquor license so that he can provide alcohol for private events at the facility.

4. Trump Park/future of temporary sales office
The Yorktown Land Trust wants the Town to abide by the terms of the conservation easement that calls for the demolition of the vacant building, but Supervisor Grace wants to void the easement and instead use the building for Town recreation purposes, or relocate it. Condo owners want the building demolished as required by the development’s offering plan. The issue could end up in court.

5. Heating Oil Plan
The Town will change its involvement in the Heating Oil Plan and eliminate the $5 registration fee.

5. Generators for YCCC and Town Hall
Saying that the issue had been discussed “ad nauseam,” Supervisor Grace asked local engineer Dan Ciarcia to work with the Town’s outside electrician to prepare specs for the generators. A third generator will be purchased for the Water Department.

6. Courtesy of the Floor
Supervisor Grace said it was never his intention to do away with the second Courtesy of the Floor and he instructed the deputy town clerk to add the second Courtesy segment to the agenda for the Board’s regular meetings. He said that a decision whether or not to actually open up a second Courtesy would be made at each meeting based on circumstances.

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