Westchester Legislators Lobby Albany

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Westchester Legislators Submit 13 Legislative Priorities to State Delegation and Governor

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a Resolution outlining a joint package of 13 Legislative items to be submitted through the State Legislative Delegation for consideration by the State Legislature and Governor in the current state legislative session.

The vote took place on Monday February 24th at the regular BOL meeting and was passed by a vote of 17-0 .  The joint legislative package was produced during joint committee meetings of the Legislation Committee, Chaired by Legislator Virginia Perez (D) Yonkers and the Federal & State Affairs Committee, Chaired by Legislator Ken Jenkins (D) Yonkers.

Following the vote, Legislator Perez said, “I’m grateful to my fellow Legislators for their hard work and collaboration in producing this important resolution.  Just as we worked together here at the County level to identify these critical legislative items, I look forward…

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Watch Leg. Maisano’s Good Government Forum with Councilman Hyden

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Please check out new episode of my Cable-TV show, the  Good Government Forum It’s posted on YouTube. I interview New Rochelle City Councilman Ivar Hyden. Ivar has a downtown business, and we chat about ways to improve New Rochelle’s downtown.

We film two new episodes of the Good Government Forum each month. I interview elected and civic leaders about issues facing our community. The show airs every Thursday at 12am, 7am, 12pm & 7pm on Cablevision Channel 75 & FIOS Channel 28 in New Rochelle. All episodes can be found at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/JimMaisano.

Please tune in – hope you find it interesting!

Thanks,

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Jim Maisano
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Important News on NYS Gift Tax from O’Connor Davies

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I received an email last night from O’Connor Davies ( http://www.odpkf.com ), which provides an important update about possible changes to New York State law for the estate tax.  The changes would add a gift tax and may be approved in this year’s NYS Budget (it could pass by April 1). Therefore, if you were thinking about making a gift this year, you may want to make it very soon. Please see the email below from O’Connor Davies.
James Maisano, Esq.
(914) 636-1621
Jim@JamesMaisanoEsq.com
www.JamesMaisanoEsq.com 

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New York State Proposed Budget Bill for Estate and Gift Tax Reform

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Time may be running out to take advantage of the lack of a gift tax in the State of New York. Governor Cuomo has proposed a change in New York State’s estate tax law in an attempt to bring New York’s estate taxes in line with Federal…

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Properties Taken Through Kelo Case Sadly Still Sit Vacant!

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One issue where my legal and political views align is the use of eminent domain to take private property for private use. I am a vociferous opponent of this misuse of eminent domain and remain outraged that the Supreme Court sanctioned this property owner abuse in the now infamous case, Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005). In Kelo, the Supreme Court held that New London could legally take non-blighted private property by eminent domain, and then transfer it for a dollar a year to a private developer solely for the purpose of increasing tax revenues. In reaction to Kelo, several states enacted laws to restrict the power of eminent domain when used to take private property for private use. I will never vote to allow eminent domain to be used to steal private property from Westchester homeowners for private development as a county legislator.

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Tweens and Sex: Parenting is Not a Spectator Sport

Jim Maisano:

Excellent post from my friend Melissa Langsam Braunstein…if we don’t get involved with our kids and keep an eye on them…who will?

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A selection of tween fashion from Pinterest (Liz Everett Glam).

A selection of tween fashion from Pinterest (Liz Everett Glam).

Is there anything more horrifying than hearing 11-year old girls discuss oral sex? If you’re the parent of a young girl, as I am, that would be a definite no.

In Newsweek’s cover story, “Sex and the Single Tween,” Abigail Jones (full disclosure: my old editor at The Jewish Daily Forward) catalogs countless examples of how our culture sexualizes tween girls, nudging them toward looking, and acting like, sexually adventurous miniature adults. Jones paints a portrait of a culture so depraved that even culturally liberal parents are likely to shudder.

Depending on your source, Jones explains, tweens are either 8-14 years old, or more specifically 10-12 years old. Either way, “tween” refers to a group of minors old enough to do certain things independently, but too young to have good judgment or true emotional maturity.

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Congratulations to 5 New Eagle Scouts in New Rochelle

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I always look forward to stopping by Eagle Scout ceremonies with county proclamations for the impressive scouts that earn this great honor. I attended 2 ceremonies In January for 5 new Eagle Scouts in New Rochelle (Troops 11 & 15) – see post.

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One of the top honors a young man can earn is to reach the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. As County Legislator, I do my best to attend all Eagle Scout ceremonies in New Rochelle and Pelham to ensure the new Eagle Scouts are properly applauded by our county government with county proclamations. Over the past month, I had the honor to attend two Eagle Scout ceremonies in New Rochelle for Troop 11 and Troop 15. These Eagle Scouts were all lucky to have such supportive parents and Boy Scout leaders. Please see the impressive scouts below:

Troop 11 – Eagle Scout Felicetti

Troop 15 – Eagle Scouts Zachary Faust, Joseph Feldman, Scott Godwin and Nuku Tsiagbe

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Lunch Meeting Lands Me Into Reisman Article!

I made it into a Phil Reisman article just for lunch appointment with Mayor Noam Bramson! You can find me at the end of the article. It’s always useful to have lunch or an adult beverage with fellow elected officials to discuss the issues facing our community and how we can work together to better serve the people. From Washington to Albany to White Plains to New Rochelle and Pelham, we need more elected officials breaking bread and finding common ground.  The Reisman article is below.

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Jim Maisano
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Phil Reisman: Bramson job rumors look premature

The Journal New, January 26, 2013

Noam Bramson says none of the rumors about him are true.

He’s not quitting his job as mayor of New Rochelle to take a job with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Nor is he about to jump ship and join Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff.

He hasn’t sought a job. Nobody has even approached him with an offer.

It’s all bunk.

“I’ve been getting a good laugh out of the career planning that others are doing for me,” he said.

Bramson, a Democrat who ran for Westchester County executive in November and lost in a landslide to Republican incumbent Rob Astorino, has two years left as mayor. In a phone interview, he told me that he intended to serve out the term.

Rumors of his future plans recently made their way into the Snoopy Allgood column, an anonymously penned feature that for many years has been a mainstay of the Westchester County Press, a weekly newspaper published in White Plains. The column attributed the various Bramson job scenarios to a “well-known Republican activist.”

The rumors seem to be based on the notion that Bramson’s political career has hit a dead end and that the time has come to make a change and move on. Right after the bruising election, he suffered another serious political setback when a development project he ardently supported for Echo Bay, a prime piece of the city’s waterfront, was rejected by the Democratic-led city council.

Snoopy’s “well-known Republican activist” could very well be one of the many locals who loudly opposed the Echo Bay project and were calling for the mayor’s scalp. If so, then the predictions of Bramson’s imminent resignation should amount to nothing more than partisan wishful thinking.

“I have not read the Allgood column, although I’ve heard these rumors,” Bramson said. “There is no truth to it.”

However, based on a contrived Rule of Three, Bramson’s assumption of a new job would make sense. After all, he was one of the three officials who vied for the Democratic nomination for county executive, and the other two men, then-county Legislator Bill Ryan of White Plains and Legislator Ken Jenkins of Yonkers, have since secured nice little sinecures.

Ryan received a generous waiver from his board colleagues so he could take a $190,000 job with Westchester Medical Center a year earlier than allowed under a county ethics law. As I said in a Jan. 9 column, it didn’t hurt Ryan’s chances that Mark Tulis, the chairman of the medical center’s board of directors, is a law partner of John Kirkpatrick, a White Plains city councilman and Ryan’s friend. Kirkpatrick’s wife worked as an administrative assistant for Ryan in the days when he was chairman of the Board of Legislators. (An addendum: I have it on good authority that three days after that column appeared the Kirkpatricks threw a party for Ryan.)

Jenkins not only lost his bid for county executive, he was unseated as board chairman, resulting in a drop in salary of about $37,000 from his chairman’s pay of $89,200. But Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano came to the rescue by appointing him president and CEO of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency. The IDA’s mission is to promote economic growth and create jobs. Jenkins’s job will pay him $60,000 a year.

How he will divide his time between the part-time legislator job and the IDA is unknown.

Christian Gilmartin, a Spano spokeswoman, said: “His role is not designated by hours, as the traditional 9-5 in the office. His role will be out in the marketplace, garnering interest from developers.”

At any rate, Bramson is staying put in New Rochelle. He said he took a long, introspective break over the holidays.

“I’m sure you’ve had this feeling that you didn’t realize how tired you are until you stop,” he said. “And I was completely exhausted. So I feel really quite refreshed. I’m eager to get going with all the things we can do this year.”

One of the first things he’s done so far is revive a tradition of occasionally breaking bread with Legislator Jim Maisano, a popular New Rochelle Republican who was at odds with Bramson over Echo Bay.

“Why would he ask me to go out to lunch to talk about the next couple of years in New Rochelle if he was going anywhere?” Maisano said.

“I’ve always had respect for people that can reach out their hand and say, ‘Let’s talk,’ ” he said. “That’s a good thing in politics. We’ve lost a lot of that.”

http://www.lohud.com/article/20140125/COLUMNIST08/301250070/Phil-Reisman-Bramson-job-rumors-look-premature

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