PRESS RELEASE] Yorktown GOP slate secures Republican line for elections


Contact: Serafina Mastro, 914-497-7460


L-R: The 2013 Yorktown GOP endorsed slate of Michael Grace, Terrence Murphy, Dorothy Forcina, Greg Bernard and Sal Lagonia turned in 1,039 Republican signatures to the Board of Elections on July 9th, 2013, which was 651 more than the minimum 388 signatures required to run as a Republican. The annual petition process is a major requirement in the process for the name of a candidate to appear on the ballot on the party-line they are seeking. In Yorktown, Democrats are required to submit 430 signatures, Conservatives 26 and 59 are required for the Independence Party.

YORKTOWN, NY – The Yorktown Republican Town Committee submitted its designating petitions for its endorsed Republican candidates today to the Westchester County Board of Elections, turning in an impressive 1,039 signatures. The candidates are among the first dozen candidates in the entire County to submit their petitions thus far.
“Thanks to the hard work of our candidates and district leaders, our local slate has turned in nearly three times the required number of signatures in what is the best showing for a local slate in my seven years as Chair,” said Serafina Mastro, chairwoman of the Yorktown Republican Town Committee. “So many Republicans were willing to sign this year because our team of candidates embodies the spirit of Yorktown and a strong Republican message of lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller, more efficient government.”
The slate includes incumbent Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Terrence Murphy, Town Justice Sal Lagonia and new candidates Dorothy Forcina for Town Board and Greg Bernard for Highway Superintendent.
A minimum of 388 valid signatures are required to be submitted run on the Republican line in Yorktown, prior to July 11th. The Yorktown GOP’s petition far exceeds this requirement, containing signatures from fourteen percent of the town’s active registered Republicans.
Turning in such a large number of signatures in excess of the minimum is generally considered by political pundits to be a sign of strength and great grassroots enthusiasm, Mastro noted. “Since 2009, the Westchester GOP has twice named your Yorktown Republican Town Committee as ‘Committee of the Year’ for our many successes. These include turning a 1-4 deficit on the Town Board into a 4-1 majority, electing 2 Republican Judges and delivering Yorktown for Mitt Romney in 2012 as well Senator Greg Ball and Assemblyman Steve Katz,” she said.
“2013 is once again shaping up to be another banner year for Republicans in Westchester and Yorktown especially,” Mastro said. “We are confident about re-electing County Executive Rob Astorino, Legislator John Testa, Supervisor Grace, Councilman Murphy and Judge Lagonia, as well as electing Mary Beth Murphy our next County Clerk, putting Dorothy Forcina on the town board, electing Greg Bernard Highway Superintendent and Greg Kane for Legislator.”

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This Summer: Polo Cancelled 2013

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Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that Victory Cup 2013 has been cancelled.

I am grateful for all your support and excitement for this event. Due to continued growth and interest in this event we will be reworking the match for a later date with a location hosting larger event capacity.

Please contact event coordinator Colin at or 845.531.9796 with any questions or input.


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Monticello Pol Convicted; SC Art Push; Catskill Zen 07/09/13

The Sullivan County
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e-News & More!
July 9, 2013
The Top Five:

After just an hour of deliberation, a Sullivan County jury on Monday found Monticello Village Trustee T.C. Hutchins guilty on all four charges he faced in his public corruption trial. Hutchins was convicted of two counts of first-degree coercion, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor official misconduct.

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Monticello garbage fees leap 22% in preliminary budget

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Animal Hospital of Sullivan County – Barbara J. Bodolosky D.V.M.
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Zac Shavrick has been making art in Liberty his whole life. The sculptor’s monsters and figures tend to draw a lot of attention; attention people believe could revitalize the town of Liberty. “Art’s always sort of at the vanguard of everything. Anywhere that has an artist community often turns into something bigger and better, the way Williamsburg, Brooklyn kind of became the bigger part of Brooklyn. That’s really an up and coming area,” said Shavrick.

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Exploring the history, architecture and future of Catskills resorts 

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An estimated 300,000 Jews vacation in the Catskill Mountains, which is said to produce more than $30 million in sales of kosher food.

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Mr. Willy’s Restaurant: The BEST in Creative American Cuisine in the Catskills
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Great food. A warm atmosphere. A fun place to relax with family and friends.

Sources tell YWN Catskills, that two children, a 22-month old and a 3-year-old, managed to “wiggle their way” through a pool gate, and entered the swimming pool in Cold-Spring Bungalows in Monticello. People heard the 3-year-old screaming, and jumped over the fence to help. The 22-month-old child was pulled from the bottom of the pool in cardiac arrest.

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Sullivan County has not been immune from the relentless assaults on its public workforce.
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Do Traffic Circles in Sullivan County Make Driving More, Not Less Dangerous?

Stay Off the Roads in Sullivan County-If You Want To Live!


by Ruby Pixman


There was recently an article posted on concerning a local dangerous intersection and its deadly consequences. I was beat to the punch, for I was prepared to post a column dealing with similar driver-related problems in Sullivan County.
The roads in Sullivan County can be very dangerous, particularly in the summer months.
A few years ago, two traffic circles were erected in Liberty, each separated by less than one mile. They were constructed in response to observations that many drivers were speeding dangerously through the town’s main thoroughfare, State Route 52.
As reported in the local news, these circles were designed to slow down traffic by forcing drivers to be more cautious as they enter the circles…Continue Reading

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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796



Albany, N.Y. – 7/08/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has again been ranked as New York’s most “Independent Senator” by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). According to NYPIRG, a student-directed research organization, Senator Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his colleagues in the 2013 legislative session.

“I think most people in Albany know my tendency to break ranks and shake things up. I’ve chilled a little since my days in the Assembly, and am proud to be part of a great Majority with stellar members, but I still break ranks when I feel it’s important,” said Senator Greg Ball. “As for toeing the party line, frankly both major parties are full of crap at the national level and we’d be better off if we did away with party labels altogether.”

The 2013 NYPIRG study shows that the Republican Conference voted with Majority Leader Dean Skelos 98.39% of the time, while Ball was most likely to break ranks with his own party. The Republican Conference voted with Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein 98.29% of the time, while Ball voted with Klein 84.42% of the time.

Senator Ball was also ranked two years in a row as New York’s “Most Conservative” Senator by the New York State Conservative Party.

For more information contact Joe Bachmeier at or (845) 531-9796.


Josef Bachmeier

Communications Director
NYS Senator Greg Ball

Media: (845) 531 9796 
Personal: (914) 406 5114
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Planning Board Meeting – Town of Ossining – July 10, 2013

Subject: Planning Board Meeting – Town of Ossining – July 10, 2013

    The Volunteer-Spirited Town

Planning Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

John Paul Rodrigues Ossining Operations Center 101 Route 9A Ossining, NY 10562

Preliminary Agenda:

  1. Yogolicious Briarcliff, 516 North State Road – Site Plan Amendment
  2. Audubon Manor Co., 501 North State Road – Site Plan Amendment


The John Paul Rodrigues Operations Center can only be reached from the southbound lane of Route 9A and is between Route 134 and Route 133.
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Town Board 

Susanne Donnelly  Supervisor 

Eric P. Blaha  Council Member 

Geoffrey J. Harter  Council Member 

Peter Tripodi  Council Member 

Northern Wilcher  Council Member 

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Ossining Town Board Meeting – July 9, 2013

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Download – Regular Meeting Agenda

Voucher Detail Report – 07-09-2013 (DRAFT)


July 9, 2013, 7:30 pm Birdsall/Fagan Police Court Facility – 86-88 Spring St. Ossining, New York, 10562.

2013 Budget Resources Line Item, Highlights, Facts & Figures
CGR Project Website – Evaluation of Potential Government Structures

Town Board Archive: Publications and Videos from Town Board meetings, including Approved Minutes.

Residents can also contact the Town Board by email or by phone at 762-6001. Susanne Donnelly: Eric Blaha: Geoffrey Harter: Peter Tripodi IV: Northern Wilcher:

Legislative meetings of the Ossining Town Council are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining. All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.

All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
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Town Board 

Susanne Donnelly  Supervisor 

Eric Blaha  Council Member 

Geoffrey Harter  Council Member 

Peter Tripodi  Council Member 

Northern Wilcher  Council Member 

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Daily News: Silver aides fire back against Republican critics

July 8, 2013

Daily News: Silver aides fire back against Republican critics

How can a man who protected and enabled serial sex abusers claim the moral high ground on women’s rights?  It beats us.  
But Sheldon Silver, whose protection of serial sex abuser Vito Lopez caused further incidences of sexual abuse in the Assembly, dispatched a spokesman with some choice words for NYGOP Chair Ed Cox this weekend.
Apparently, we Republicans are getting under Silver’s skin.  Read for yourself:

Silver aides fire back against Republican critics
The New York Daily News
By Ken Lovett
ALBANY – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is firing back at his Republican critics after months of attacks over his mishandling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.


Silver aides are ripping state GOP Chairman Ed Cox and Assembly Republicans as hypocrites more interested in trying to divert attention from their poor record on women’s issues than in protecting sex harassment victims.

“They are not advocates for women,” Silver spokesman Michael Whyland said. “Their votes on issues affecting women are shameful, and their current grandstanding is shameless.”

Cox has led the charge against Silver, calling for his resignation as speaker for agreeing to a secret $103,000 taxpayer-funded settlement with two women who accused Lopez, then a Brooklyn state assemblyman, of sexual harassment. Cox says Silver should have followed Assembly rules and referred the matter to the Ethics Committee.

Cox has also called on Gov. Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter.

But Silver aides argue Cox is the last person who should portray himself a defender of women. They note that Cox’s law firm, Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler LLP, boasts on its website that it represents employers against “alleged pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and Equal Pay Act claims.”

“It’s completely hypocritical but not surprising considering his party’s pathetic record when it comes to fighting for women,” Whyland said.

Ed Cox, chairman of New York Republican State Committee, and Assembly Republicans are being attacked by Silver aides. “They are not advocates for women,” Silver spokesman Michael Whyland says.

Cox called the attacks from Silver’s office “utterly ridiculous” and a “smokescreen.” He charged that Silver’s decision not to sanction Lopez after the first two women came forward last year directly led to at least two more women being sexually harassed by the one-time Brooklyn political powerhouse.

Meanwhile, as many Assembly Republicans continue to publicly pound Silver for pushing an aggressive woman’s agenda while covering up sexual harassment in his house, Whyland says they are just trying to deflect attention from their longstanding records of voting “no” on bills that would benefit women.

Among them: required sex harassment training for hotel-motel employees, mandatory firearms revocation in domestic violence cases, pay equity and the strengthening of orders of protection.

The Assembly GOP did vote for nine points of Gov. Cuomo’s 10-point woman’s equality agenda at the end of the legislative session. But many Assembly Democrats believe the GOP only supported “watered down” versions of the nine bills to create cover for not voting for the 10th provision to strengthen abortion rights.

Silver, who in recent years has taken heat for some of his investments, has quietly dumped two controversial ones, his latest financial disclosure forms show.

The powerful Manhattan Democrat no longer invests in Walmart, an arch-enemy to his organized labor supporters. The Daily News in 2010 reported Silver’s holdings in the company.
The speaker also has dumped PepsiCo., a stock he held even as Pepsi in 2010 was fighting then-Gov. David Paterson’s proposal to add a new tax on sugary beverages like soda. Silver opposed the measure.


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