Tappan Zee- In Another Sign Of Bi-Partisanship, Skelos Introduces Cuomo

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos left his Long Island environs today to head to Rockland County to promote the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, introducing Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the event.

Add it to the list of events in which Cuomo and Senate Republicans tout their relationship, which we detailed over the weekend.

The New York City suburbs are key to Skelos keeping the Senate majority after the November elections. In particular, there’s an open seat in lower Westchester for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer.

At the end of Cuomo’s Q and A with reporters, Skelos made sure to note that he and Cuomo discussed the Tappan Zee Bridge soon after they were elected into power in 2010.

“The governor mentioned about getting things done. Before he was sworn in as governor and I was sworn in as majority leader, we had a discussion about how we are going to move this state forward in a positive way and one of things the governor did bring up to me at that time was building a new Tappan Zee Bridge,” Skelos explained.

“So this is something he’s been thinking about for a long time.”

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County Executives Support TZ Bridge Because Of Mass Transit Pieces

The big holdup among county executives in the Hudson Valley and the Cuomo administration was whether the new Tappan Zee Bridge would be constructed to include mass transit.

But today, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said they support the governor’s vision and will vote for the project next month at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council.

They said in a statement that the bridge will have dedicated bus lanes and will be built to later add more transit components. They said there’s a “framework deal” with the governor:

—Dedicated bus lanes will be incorporated on the bridge from the start.—The bridge will be constructed with mass transit capacity compatible with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and Commuter Rail Transit.—A Regional Transit Task Force will be created to study costs and options for regional transit, including commuter rail and a BRT system on the bridge and key portions of the Westchester-Rockland corridor.—The Task Force will issue recommendations in one year, with a plan for short-term steps that can be considered for immediate commencement, as well as long-term plans for transit solutions.—Incentives will be created for contractors that could be used to reinvest in regional mass transit or to moderate impact on tollpayers.

“I have been a strong supporter on the need for a new bridge but I’ve been equally strong on the need for some form of mass transit as a way to reduce congestion and pollution,” said Astorino in the statement. “Under the framework we announce today, mass transit will not be an afterthought in the building of the bridge. With plans to have mass transit as part of the new Tappan Zee Bridge we’re not waiting five years to start thinking about it, we’re moving forward now.”


Cuomo has long said that the $5 billion bridge would be mass-transit ready. But his office recently said it would have dedicated bus lanes.

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Southeast Museum Educates, Protects Area Roots

For residents of Brewster, Southeast and Putnam County at large, the Southeast Museum isn’t just somewhere to start learning about local history.

With more than 8,000 unique artifacts, it’s the place to go to gain a real sense of the area’s past. The museum is home to everything from an 1870 hand-colored, panoramic photograph of the Village of Brewster, to a 130-year-old birch bark canoe, to a cucumber that first sprouted in 1887—and now sits in a jar of alcohol.

“We can only accept artifacts that fit within our mission, which is preserving the history of the Town Southeast and Putnam County,” Director Amy Campanaro said.

The institution was established in 1962, as a way to celebrate 150 years of the county’s existence. A year later, following positive feedback and tons of support from residents, the museum became a permanent fixture.

Nowadays, the museum, which is located on Main Street in Brewster, is open five days a week, April through December. Special in-house exhibits change yearly, while nine virtual displays are available on the museum’s site.

Organizers are currently showcasing about 200 of the 8,000 artifacts.

“We have five ongoing exhibits with the basic history of Brewster and Southeast,” Campanaro said.

Many of the pieces are acquired through donations. This year, the museum received a collection of pre-historic artifacts from the Peach Lake archaeological dig. Campanaro and museum staff members follow a certain procedure whenever someone is looking to donate.

“Once an artifact is received, the donor is given a gift form — giving ownership of the item to the museum,” she said. “Once the gift form is executed, we then clean the item if it needs to be cleaned.”

The cleaning and preservation processes depend on the material of the item. Often times, as was the case with the current quilt exhibit, a special regiment is required.

“The quilts were gently vacuumed using a special filter, they are folded with archival sheets and placed in an archival/acid free box and stored on steel shelving in our climate controlled storage facility,” Campanaro said.

After the cleaning phase, the staff attempts to determine the item’s age. If staff members cannot determine the age, they enlist the help of curators from other museums. Once the age is collected, the staff and board members figure out the best fit for the item, in terms of an exhibit.

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Eagle Scout, Winfield Green, Court of Honor Ceremony




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Opening of Kobu!

MaryEllen was at the ribbon cutting of the new restaurant in Mahopac, Kobu!

Brewster Fireman’s Parade!

Wednesday night, June 25th, I attended the Brewster Firemen’s parade. Great parade!

See what MaryEllen Odell did this past weekend!

I had a busy weekend!
Saturday Honored Joseph Perucci, Jr. for his achievement of Eagle Scout.

I will go to the Car Cruise at the Shop Rite Plaza.

Later that evening I attended the 2nd Annual Band Concert, given by 42nd Div. Army National Guard Band and New York State Guard Band at the Patterson Rec. Center in Patterson.
The Music Started at 7pm. Everyone was invited & Admission was Free!
Sunday I was at the Northeast Carpenters Picnic, at Camp Kiwi!

Local Law #7- Project Labor Agreements

Yesterday we held a Local Law meeting in our office. The meeting was held to amend Local Law #7 of 1998 in relation to consideration of Project Labor Agreements. Many Union workers came out in support of this amendment. Assemblyman Steve Katz was there also.



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