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I am happy to report that the Mark Twain Pool will remain open. Over the past two months I have heard from all of you, and some of you have even come to City Hall to our budget and finance commit­tee hearing to discuss remedies to fund the pool and to share your concern on this important issue.

Thank­fully, your voices have reached our parks com­missioner and YPS superintendent, and this week they announced that they have found the necessary funds to keep the pool open. Many thanks for your e-mails and push to keep this vital Yonkers resource available for our residents.

I was pleased to visit the Monarch at Ridge Hill, the new luxury condominium community now under construction at Ridge Hill in Yonkers as we celebrated the construction progress with a “Topping Out” ceremony on September 14.

The ceremony, which traditionally celebrates the completion of the roof, a major milestone of any new construction project, in this case commemorated Monarch’s first tower, Phase I, which is 75 percent complete and will be available for first occupancies by spring of 2011.

When complete, Monarch at Ridge Hill will include 500 homes in four mid-rise towers on a seven-acre site within the 81 acres of Westchester’s Ridge Hill, located between the New York State Thruway and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

Ridge Hill, which is being developed by Forest City Ratner, is a 1.3 million-square-foot, mixed-use development that will include retail, dining and entertainment venues, as well as 160,000 square feet of office space. The development is expected to open in 2011. The open-air mall will have a village feel with a streetscape including outdoor seating, walkways and green spaces. The design reflects the tenets of the development trend called New Urbanism, which promotes complete communities in which residents can walk to neighborhood amenities rather than using their cars.

This Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., my office, along with St. John’s Riverside Hospital, is sponsoring a “Walk to Find a Cure” for Diabetes. See the internet link and flyer below for more information and to get involved.

On Monday evening, at 6:00 p.m., we will be holding our 4th Annual Domestic Violence Vigil. The vigil is meant to cast a spotlight on domestic violence and help eradicate it by empowering abused women and children; alert and educate the public; promote agencies programs and organizations that provide domestic violence services; and foster partnerships with private corporations and foundations to assist local communities in funding programs that eliminate domestic violence and offer victims safe havens.

Last year the vigil drew more than 125 participants who joined together and lit candles to show their support and concern for battered women and their families. This year the council president will take part in the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” awareness campaign.

For a nominal small donation, purple light bulbs will be given out so that attendees can illuminate them and draw attention to the crime of domestic violence and support for its color of domestic violence awareness as it symbolizes the color of “black and blue.” All proceeds from the sale of the bulbs will go to My Sister’s Place and Victims Assistance Services. For information on getting a purple light bulb, contact Carol Bengis in my office at 914-377-6065.

Best,

Chuck

City Council Rules Committee Next Meets
Tuesday October 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Conference Room 406 – City Hall.

YONKERS 83rd ANNUAL COLUMBUS DAY PARADE Sunday, October 3
2:00 p.m.
Line-up: Yonkers & Seminary Avenues

March north on Seminary Avenue to Smart Avenue

Proceed on Smart Avenue

Make a left onto Midland Avenue

YONKERS 83rd ANNUAL COLUMBUS DAY HONOREES:

Grand Marshall
Armando Rauso
AMVETS Post

Special Recognition to All Veterans
Humanitarian

Nick DeAngelo

Hall of Fame

Robert Ferrito

Miss Columbus 2010

Christine Letsen

10-13 for Sgt. Roy McLaughlin

On Sunday, October 3, 2010, award-winning journalist, author and television producer David Simon, creator of HBO’s hit TV series “The Wire,” will be the featured guest speaker at a special event held in support of Yonkers Police Sergeant Roy McLaughlin from 12-Noon to 8:00 p.m. at The Social, Dunnwoodie Golf Course, 1 Wasylenko Lane, Yonkers, NY.

McLaughlin, a devoted husband and father of four young children, is a twelve-year veteran of the Yonkers Police Force. This dedicated and well-respected police sergeant was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. As a show of support, McLaughlin’s family, friends and fellow officers are joining together with the help of famed television producer David Simon to assist the McLaughlin family during this critical time and help offset his medical expenses.

In addition to guest speaker David Simon, the benefit will include Live Music & Dance, Pipes & Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester, Raffles, T-Shirts, a Bouncing Castle, Face-Painting, Food and Family-Style Entertainment for all ages. Family and friends are requesting a $25 donation payable to Roy McLaughlin which includes food, soda and activities.

For event and donation information, contact Lt. Tom Phelan, President of C.L.S.A., at (914) 377-7370 or (914) 525-2834. Donations may also me mailed to C.L.S.A. – 104 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Reprinted courtesy City of Yonkers

2nd Annual Golf Outing for the
Yonkers Animal Shelter.

The 2nd Annual Building Hope Golf Outing
benefiting the Yonkers Animal Shelter will be held on Monday, October 4 at Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Road in Eastchester.

Building Hope for the New Yonkers Animal
Shelter is a group of volunteers who work with the Yonkers Animal Shelter trying to improve the lives of the animals who live there.

Every dog and cat that finds its way to an animal shelter has a sad story. Some are simply lost. Others have been abandoned or mistreated, and are frightened and confused. For some unlucky animals, the animal shelter may be the best home they’ve had yet, the only place that has ever offered them food warmth and comfort.

Instead of a last stop, Building Hope wants to make the New Yonkers Animal Shelter a happy new beginning for homeless pets.

They can’t do it without your help. Please donate generously to this extremely worthwhile project.

Tee-off time for the event is 12 p.m., following an 11 a.m. registration. The registration fee included brunch, dinner and an awards ceremony.

All profits from the event will directly
support the New Yonkers Animal Shelter.

For more information, call Mike Silvestri at 914-375-1595.

First Annual Patrick Joyce Memorial Fund Benefit.

Please join Yonkers’ Bravest on Oct 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Social at Dunwoodie Golf Course to celebrate Pat Joyce’s life the way in which he loved to celebrate, drinking good wine with good food in good company!

All proceeds will go to the Patrick Joyce Memorial Fund, which supports the Ronald McDonald House of NY and the Tree House program at the Bereavement Center of Westchester.

Dunwoodie Golf Course
1 Wasylenko Lane
Yonkers, NY 10701

Tickets are only $50.00 and include access to live bands, auctions, Irish dancing, bagpipers, and much, much more.

For event participation, donation or sponsorship information, please contact:
Nadia Moughawech
nadia@luxeeventsny.com
917-622-5656

Performances By: Screaming Brocolli, The Benjamins, 27 West, Eileen Fogarty Band, Jameson’s Revenge & More!

PLEASE VISIT WWW.PATJOYCE.ORG FOR MORE INFO & TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

As many of you are aware, my office annually takes part in Child Abuse Prevention Month and for the past couple of years we have sponsored a motorcycle ride throughout the City of Yonkers to draw attention to it.

Last year several hundred bikers from throughout the greater metropolitan area took part.

This year, due to budget constraints, our ride cannot take place but we are taking part in a BBQ at the JFK Marina on Saturday, April 24 from 12pm to 5pm.

Proceeds raised at the BBQ will go to the Child Abuse Prevention Center, Exchange Club of Yonkers, Cynthia Gibbs Foundation and My Sister’s Place. Our office has also partnered with Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill for these worthy causes.

 
 
 
 
Carol Bengis and Dwanita Crosby: They do a great job working in the Office of The Yonkers City Council President’s Office.
 
We write this article in regards to two ladies, who do a great job in working in the office of The Yonkers City Council President’s Office under the aegis of The Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick and they are: Carol Bengis, Constituent Affairs Liaison in The office of The Yonkers City Council President and also Dwanita Crosby, Executive Assistant to the Yonkers City Council President.
 
We commend Council President Chuck Lesnick for hiring two talented and hard working ladies to work in his office. We feel it is always important to highlight when people do a good job in our Government. Both Carol and Dwanita, have a tremendous work ethic and do their job in a stellar and professional way. Never wanting to take credit, But we believe that they both deserve the accolades that we are handing out to them today. Dwanita does a multitude of jobs in The Yonkers City Council President’s Office and does them all well, she does the scheduling for Council President Lesnick, amongst her many duties, We salute you Dwanita for a job well done, You are a credit to your profession.
 
Now on to Constituent Affairs Liaison and Office Manager, Carol Bengis. She also does a great job, She has a great work ethic and always does a stellar job and does so in a professional manner. Carol always does a great job in handling Constituent issues in regards to the community. She does a great job for Chuck, I hope Chuck does realize the shining star he has in his office in Carol Bengis. Carol is a fierce advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence, Victims of Child Abuse and also victims of Sexual Abuse as well. Events that have been run by her, have been proven successful events, like the Quality of Life Day, The Domestic Violence Vigil. The Child Abuse Dough raiser with Chicago Uno’s Bar and Grill this year during Child Abuse Awareness Month and also the Motorcycle Rides for Child Abuse Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well. Carol has become a superstar before our very eyes, She is so loved by the community, because all her events bring Awareness and Information to the Public in Yonkers in a very positive way. We have seen Carol’s fierce determination up close. The way we she fight and advocates for causes that mean so much to her. The Chicago Uno’s Bar and Grill Dough raiser raised money for great organizations like: The Child Abuse Prevention Center, The Cynthia Gibbs Foundation, The Exchange Club and My Sister’s Place. We believe to know Carol Bengis is to love her, with the way she gives of herself to the many causes that she fights for. Also credit goes to Intern in The Yonkers City Council President’s Office, Christina Thela for her helping Carol with the Dough Raiser as well at Chicago Uno’s Bar and Grill, A job well done, Christina.
 
In Closing, We were proud to write this article in support two rising stars in our City, they are both talented and both are a credit to their profession. To Dwanita and Carol: Keep up the great work on behalf of the people of our great City of Yonkers, The City of Gracious Living.  You both have earned our City’s Respect and thank you’s for the work that you both do.  We at The Yonkers Insider will continue to report on the work done by Dwanita Crosby and Carol Bengis and the rest of The Yonkers City Council President’s Office. Good Job Council President Lesnick, that you had the foresight to hire these wonderful ladies and rising stars before our very eyes. A job well done, Chuck.
 
The Yonkers Insider
 
Source: Email Blast from the Office of The Yonkers City Council President’s Office.
 
On April 21, the Council President’s Office paid tribute to Victim’s Assistance Services by hosting “Denim Day” in City Hall. Those city employees who chose to wear jeans to work donated $5.00 to support the cause. Denim Day, an international symbol of protest against the myths and injustices surrounding sexual assault. Organized by Carol Bengis, $100.00 was raised and donated to Victim’s Assistance Services.

DR Ticket April 25 – May 1 Yonkers MY SISTER’S PLACE

DR Ticket April 18 – 24 Yonkers GIBBS FOUNDATION

DR Ticket April 11 -17 Yonkers EXCHANGE CLUB

Child Abuse Awareness Month – Monthly Fundraiser.

We write this article to tell you about a Monthly Fundraising event
for Child Abuse Awareness Month, The month of April is Dedicated to
the awareness on the issue of Child Abuse.

This has always been an important cause to The Yonkers Insider. This
is an important event we feel. It starts Sunday, April 4th and runs
until May 1st, the event will be held at The UNO Chicago Bar and Grill on 2650
Central Park Avenue. The idea is if they raise over a thousand dollars
each week, the organization will receive 20% of the cost of all meals
for that week.

Donations will be made to worthy causes like: The Child Abuse
Prevention Center, The Cynthia Gibbs Foundation, My Sister’s Place and
The Exchange Club as well.

This event will be sponsored by The
Yonkers City Council President’s Office under the aegis of Carol Bengis, head of Constituent Affairs in The Yonkers City Council President’s Office.

We feel that Carol Bengis is a credit to her profession and also a
great credit to the office of The Yonkers City Council President’s
Office, under Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick.

Order of the each week’s fundraising event:

Apr 4th – Apr 10th – Child Abuse Prevention Center.

April 11th – April 17th – The Exchange Club.

April 18th – April 24th – The Cynthia Gibbs Foundation.

Apr 25 – May 1st – My Sister’s Place.

Attachments of the coupons for each event, will also be posted in the
article on my blog as well.

The Yonkers Insider

March 2, 2010

Dear Friend,

I would like to invite you and your organization to participate in our eighth bi-annual Quality of Life event on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. (Please arrive by 10:30 AM to set up.)

The events over the past four years have been successful and we look forward to making this one even better as we bring more non-profit organizations and government agencies together in one place, enabling you to bring your outstanding service directly to our Yonkers residents.

To reserve a table for your organization, please RSVP no later than Friday, March 12, 2010 by contacting my Constituent Affairs Liaison, Carol Bengis , at 377-6065 or carol.bengis@yonkersny.gov.

Please be prepared to give a brief overview of your organization/agency.

I look forward to working with you to continue bringing our residents the quality of life they deserve.

Sincerely,

Chuck Lesnick
Yonkers City Council President

January 27, 2010

Dear Friend,

I would like to invite you and your organization to participate in our eighth bi-annual Quality of Life event on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. (Please arrive by 10:30 AM to set up.)

The events over the past four years have been successful and we look forward to making this one even better as we bring more non-profit organizations and government agencies together in one place, enabling you to bring your outstanding service directly to our Yonkers residents.

To reserve a table for your organization, please RSVP no later than Friday,

March 12, 2010 by contacting my Constituent Affairs Liaison, Carol Bengis, at
377-6065 or carol.bengis@yonkersny.gov  

Please be prepared to give a brief overview of your organization/agency.

I look forward to working with you to continue bringing our residents the quality of life they deserve.

Sincerely,

Chuck Lesnick
Yonkers City Council President

Carol Bengis does a great job as a Constituent Service Liaison.
 
We at The Yonkers Insider had last week given our latest Portrait of Courage to Carol Bengis, Constituent Services Liaison to Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick.
 
We have always acknowledged Carol’s fine work on many issues that she works on. She has always been professional and respectful to this reporter.
 
We would like to thank her for that. We also thank Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick and His Chief of Staff – Rachelle “Rocky” Richard for their great decision to hire her and have her help the people of  Yonkers, in the Nice Carol Bengis way. She is always a very cordial and open to discussion person.
 
She has always been an advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. She holds great events that help the Council President in the community, we feel. Also the Quality of Life events have been seen as successes, we at The Yonkers Insider feel. We just more media would cover her events and do what The Yonkers Insider and that is give her the many cheers and accolades that she truly deserves.
 
We will continue to update our readers on the fine work of Carol Bengis, Constituent Services Liaison for Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick. We will continue to shine the light on her rising star in this City of Yonkers, that is what we at The Yonkers Insider feel about her. We think it is the sky is the limit for the potential of Carol Bengis.
 
We hope to continue our working media relationship with Carol Bengis and continue to cover her events. We are flattered that we have this shining star in our great City of Yonkers.

This is the sole opinion of The Yonkers Insider.

The Yonkers Insider

Latest Portrait of Courage Recipient: Carol Bengis, Constituent Services Liaison to Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick.

We at The Yonkers Insider hand out our next Portrait of Courage award and our recipient is Carol Bengis, Constituent Services Liaison to Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick.

Carol has done a great job, since she has started working in The Yonkers City Council President’s Office, she is energetic, determined, courageous, A fierce advocate and a fighter for Victims of Domestic Violence and Victims of Child Abuse. that is the best way to describe Carol Bengis.

She is also a very smart woman and a beautiful person, all these qualities in her, make her a remarkable woman in our eyes.

Carol always does her best to try and help the constituents, who call her, she does this in a energetic way and always works the extra mile for those people who call her with a problem.

She is also a very determined woman, at the way she works in the office and also has brought three events to the Yonkers City Council President’s Office, that weren’t there before and these events and causes are the following: 1. Quality of Life Day. and 2. Domestic Violence Vigil and the motorcycle drive for Domestic Violence, the Motorcycle ride raises money for places that advocate for the issue of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.

Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse have a strong and fierce advocate in Carol Bengis.

Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick is lucky to have her in his office. It has been a pleasure for The Yonkers Insider to cover her events and see her determination firsthand.

We thank Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick and his Chief of Staff Rachelle “Rocky” Richard for having the foresight to bring this courageous woman in Carol Bengis to The Yonkers City Council President’s Office.

Carol has done a great job in the community in making sure that the people who need help, know that they have a friend in The Yonkers City Council President’s Office and also a friend in  Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick as well.

Good Job Carol, You truly deserve this honor placed on you by The Yonkers Insider.

Kudos to you, Carol Bengis!!!!

We at The Yonkers Insider will continue to cover your events in the future, a job well done, Carol!!!

Keep up your advocacy on behalf of victims of Domestic Violence and also victims of Child Abuse and thank you for letting the public know that they have a friend in The Yonkers City Council President’s Office, Constituent Services Liaison in Carol Bengis.

This is the sole opinion of The Yonkers Insider.

The Yonkers Insider

Tomorrow is the largest motorcycle event of the year – please join with the Council President and other elected officials at this important event!

CHUCK LESNICK
City Council President

MEDIA ADVISORY

COUNCIL PRESIDENT CHUCK LESNICK TO PARTICIPATE IN YONKERS 2nd ANNUAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MOTORCYCLE RIDE.

Hundreds of Motorcyclists to Ride through City to Raise Awareness.

WHO: Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick will join hundreds of motorcyclists and advocates against domestic violence.

WHAT: 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Ride.

WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: JFK Marina and throughout streets of Yonkers

WHY: The 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Ride is an information campaign that aims to cast a spotlight on domestic violence and help eradicate it by empowering abused women and children; alert and educate the public, promote agencies, programs and organizations that provide domestic violence services and foster partnerships with private corporations and foundations to assist local communities in funding programs that eliminate domestic violence and offer victims safe havens.

Yonkers Council President Chuck Lesnick to PARTICIPATE in 2nd annual stop child abuse ride IN YONKERS.

Hundreds of Motorcyclists to Converge to Raise Awareness and Money.

Yonkers, New York: April 23, 2009 – Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick will join motorcyclists and advocates against child abuse on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the 2nd Annual Stop Child Abuse Ride.

The ride, organized by 35-year-old Yonkers resident Al Jenkins, president of the Yonkers-based “914 Sluggers Motorcycle Club” (also known as Fighters for a Good Cause), kicks off at Trevor Park, located on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, continues through the streets of the city, ending at Bottoms Up, a pub at 207 Nepperhan Avenue, where a fundraising event will follow.

“There is no reason and excuse for a child to fear coming home,” explained Jenkins. “Child abuse and domestic violence are very similar crimes. We’re here to set an example for other men and to draw attention to these forms of abuse. There’s no reason to beat a child or a woman,” Jenkins added. Jenkins will be operating his Kawasaki ZX14 on the ride.

“Last year, I got the chance to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle when my office sponsored the Domestic Violence Awareness Ride,” Lesnick Commented. “This year, I am driving my own motorcycle, and am really looking forward to enjoying the ride, the people, and of course, all the great noise from the many motorcycles,” he added. Lesnick recently began taking lessons in order to participate in the ride.

The 2nd Annual Stop Child Abuse Ride is an awareness campaign that aims to draw interest in the Yonkers community about acts of emotional and physical abuse, neglect and maltreatment committed against children. The effort was begun by Carol Bengis, the constituent affairs liaison in the office of the council president. Bengis hopes to raise more than $1,000.00 from the ride to donate to the Cynthia Gibbs Foundation and the Exchange Club of Yonkers. Both groups are local and provide advocacy and funds to promote the rights and protection of children.

The month of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and campaigns across the country annually serve to urge educators, health professionals, public officials, and residents to focus their efforts collectively in the battle to prevent child abuse. Suspected abuse can be reported to the New York State Child Abuse Registry, 1-800-342-3720.

Route of Stop Child Abuse Ride: Trevor Park – Warburton Ave. to Nepperhan Ave. Right onto Lake Ave. to left onto Saw Mill River Rd. Right onto Lockwood into parking lot to honor Darryl Gibbs and Baby Shaken Syndrome. Saw Mill River Rd. to Tuckahoe Rd. to Central Ave. to McLean Ave. to South Broadway. S. Broadway to New Main Street. Right onto Nepperhan Ave. to Bottoms Up.


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