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 League Breakfast

Thursday, February 26
9:00 a.m.
Hudson Social Café
at the
Dobbs Ferry Train Station
11 Station Plaza (across the tracks)

Westchester’s Crumbling Infrastructure
a discussion with
The Honorable MaryJane Shimsky
Chair, Infrastructure Committee
Westchester County Board of Legislators

Sponsored by the
League of Women Voters of the Rivertowns
League of Women Voters of Westchester
Contact: (914) 332-1301
The public is always welcome at a League event.
Snow date: Monday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m.

Dear Neighbor,

One of the best ways to minimize the risk of identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, is to take the step of shredding documents before disposing of them. This prevents thieves from stealing and using your unique identifying information such as your name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number.
To help combat identity theft, Westchester County government put a Mobile Shredder into service several years ago. Unlike a home shredder that can only handle a limited number of sheets of paper at a time, this powerful piece of equipment pulverizes entire boxes of files at a time!  Since it was first put into service, thousands of residents have brought their confidential papers to be shredded and hundreds of tons of paper have been recycled.
The Mobile Shredder will be in Hastings-on-Hudson  this Saturday, January 24th 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Zinsser Parking Lot 134 Southside Ave.  
I encourage you to protect yourself from being an identity theft victim and take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of old documents and files you no longer need or use.
The Mobile Shredder is a free service. The county offers it not only to Westchester residents but to local municipalities and Westchester’s public schools that once had to pay private shredding companies to dispose of their confidential files safely.  This is yet another example that demonstrates the county’s commitment to developing strategies to share services with local municipalities in order to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.
For more information on the Mobile Shredder and the county’s entire recycling program, please visit
.
Sincerely,

Hastings-on-Hudson Affordable Housing

The Washington Avenue Condominium Affordable Housing Project is almost complete at 52 Washington Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson!  This development consists of 3 condominium units of fair and affordable housing in 1 newly renovated building consisting of one two bedroom and two three bedroom condos.  Annual household income must not exceed 80% of the Westchester County area median income based on household size.  It must be your primary residence.  For more information please click on the link below to download the Affordability Analysis and Expression of Interest forms.  Flyers and the Affordable Analysis are also available at the Hastings Village Clerk’s office, the Library, and the James Harmon Community Center (Addresses can be found on the Hastings-on-Hudson home page – http://www.hastingsgov.org/Pages/index)

Dear Neighbors,

For thousands of years (and probably ever since there were people), the beginning of winter has been a time for people to celebrate together.  Then as now, the dark days and harsh cold remind us of our place in a universe larger than human existence, and how much we need each other as we find our way in life’s journey.
Our observances of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa connect us, and people all over the world, to great religious and cultural traditions.  These holidays also give us the chance to have fun with family, friends and neighbors — the surest way to ward off the winter’s chill.
Whichever holidays you celebrate, I wish you a joyous and festive season.  And let’s all look forward to a happy and prosperous 2015.
Sincerely,

Dear Friends,

Life is not a math problem, with one right answer: good times beget a plethora of good answers, but  tough times may afford us no right answers at all. There was no right answer for the 2015 County budget. In 2010, Westchester was well financed and well run.  Five years later, our state of the art operations are feeling the strain of multiple years of budget cuts and layoffs.  Some of the reasons for this – decreased revenues due to the recession and general restructuring of the American economy – were beyond the control of County government.  Other reasons – most especially a belief that all parts of the government  needed to be starved, including the bricks and mortar of our infrastructure, and social programming that helped develop our workforce – were in County control, and those controlling the County did not always choose wisely. In 2015, we are nearing the point when systems will be so broken, and our coffers will be so empty, that we may not be able to fix critical parts of the County’s operations.  This year, we have had to authorize the kind of borrowing that governments should not have to do – to cover annual costs like covering tax settlements, and to bond for minor repairs that should be funded as regular maintenance.  The 2015 budget also raids a fund earmarked for emergency communications improvements.   In order to right our County’s fiscal ship, we are going to need some good luck over the next several years. That being said, the Board of Legislators made numerous improvements to the budget, improvements that will improve our fiscal resiliency in the coming years.   Plans to engage in capital borrowing for minor road repairs have yielded to a more sensible, operations-based approach that can save us as much as $11 million over the next five years.  With the Board’s support, the County is taking initial steps to address our $1 billion-plus backlog in infrastructure projects.  The Board also recognized the need to maintain investments in our human infrastructure, making commitments to keep child care and after school programs available to our low-income working families, and to maintain funding for economic engines like tourism and the arts.  And negotiations by our Board leadership reduced the amount of questionable borrowing.  On balance, the Board of Legislators took a bad budget and made it a less bad budget. I had a very difficult time deciding how to vote, even after my colleagues broke 9-7 in favor.  I balanced the “bad” against the “less bad,” and decided at the end to vote for the budget, because however flawed it was, I felt it important to put myself in the best position to help make sure that the good promises made in the 2015 budget – the improvements that will put us in better stead in the coming years — are kept. A budget is not a guarantee of government action – it is, depending on how you look at it, an initial blueprint or a set of promises.  Our County will be strong only if we follow through on what is good in the budget, and find ways to reduce the negative impacts of that which is more problematic.  I stand ready to spend the next twelve months doing just that. Sincerely, _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992 ROAD & RAMP CLOSURES

MILL & PAVING OPERATIONS
TOWN OF GREENBURGH
VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE
CITIY OF WHITE PLAINS
ROADWAY:  Bronx River Parkway Southbound & Southbound Access Ramps.
LIMITS:
Southbound Bronx River Parkway & Entrance Ramps Closure
  • There will be no access to the SB BRP, in White Plains, south of the County Center.
  • All Traffic will be detoured onto Central Avenue, south to the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • Entrances to the Southbound BRP at Main Street, Fenimore Road & Ardsley Road will be closed.
WHAT: Mill and paving operations.
IMPACTS: The Bronx River Parkway & Ramps will be closed to motorists within the above limits.
WHEN: Monday, December, 15, 2014 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 14-534.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555. BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992 ROAD & RAMP CLOSURES

MILL & PAVING OPERATIONS
TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER
VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE
CITIES OF YONKERS & WHITE PLAINS
ROADWAY:  Bronx River Parkway.
LIMITS: Northbound Bronx River Parkway

  • at the BRP/Sprain Brook Parkway split.
  • at Fenimore Road (Exit 15).
  • at Main Street (Exit 21)

Southbound Bronx River Parkway

  • at Cemetery/Old Tarrytown Road (Exit 23)
  • Westchester County Center (Exit 22).
  • SB Entrance Ramp from Main Street/Rt 119
  • SB Entrance Ramp from Fenimore Road.
  • SB Entrance Ramp from Ardsley Road.
  • at Vermont Terrace.
WHAT: Mill and paving operations.
IMPACTS: The Bronx River Parkway & Ramps will be closed to motorists within the above limits.
WHEN: Northbound closures will take place on Thursday, and Friday (December 11 & 12) between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, and on Saturday (December 13) between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM.Southbound closures will take place on Friday (December 12), between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, and on Saturday (December 13), between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 14-534.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555. ROADWAY CLOSURES

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND&SOUTHBOUND
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY-CRANE ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER
ROADWAY:  Bronx River Parkway.
LIMITS: Between Harney/Strathmore Road (Exit 10) and Crane Road (Exit 12)
WHAT: Bronx River Parkway Crane Road Bridge Replacement.
IMPACTS:
The Northbound &Southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed:
  • Wednesday DAY December 10, between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
    • Periodic 5-10 minute stoppages of both directions of the Bronx River Parkway will occur during the above hours to facilitate the erection of the 600 ton crane.
  • Thursday, EARLY MORNING, December 11 through Sunday, EARLY MORNING, December 14, between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM
    • Closure of Both Directions of the Bronx River Parkway between Exit 10, Harney/Strathmore Road and Exit 12, Crane Road.
  • Monday DAY December 15, between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
    • Periodic 5-10 minute stoppages of both directions of the Bronx River Parkway will occur during the above hours to facilitate the disassembly of the 600 ton crane.
WHEN:
Wednesday, December 10 thru Monday, December 15, 2014. (See above for time of day).
All closures are weather permitting.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555. Dear Neighbors,Here is the latest on the Crane Road Bridge night work.First, the good news: this week’s work was completed early, so there will be no more night work until December 10.According to the County DPW Commissioner, the night work from December 10-14 should be less noisy than that  during the period of December 15-19, when the use of hoe rams and jackhammers will be needed.  As of now, night work is still scheduled to be completed by December 19. We are still discussing the scheduling issues with Metro North as well. You can read the County’s latest Crane Road update below for further details. Sincerely,   BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992

WORK POSTPONEMENT MILL & PAVING OPERATIONS

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE CITIES OF YONKERS & WHITE PLAINS

ROADWAY:  The Northbound Bronx River Parkway.
LIMITS: At the Bronx River Parkway/Sprain Brook Parkway split.

At Fenimore Road (Exit 15). At Main Street (Exit 21)

WHAT: Postponement of Mill and paving operations.
IMPACTS: Scheduled closures are postponed until further notice due to weather conditions
WHEN:
Scheduled closures for Monday, December 8, thru Wednesday, December 10, 2014 are
postponed until further notice due to weather conditions.
WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation contract # 14-534.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555.

  Night of December 3 through the night of December 9

  • No overnight work anticipated

Night of December 10 through night of December 13

  • Mobilization of the 600 ton crane (daytime on 12/9)
  • Removal of the steel floor beams and outside steel girders
  • Overnight roadway closures and/or 15 minute stoppages of traffic are anticipated
  • Demobilization of the 600 ton crane (daytime on 12/15)

Night of December 15 through the night of December 19

  • Removal of the North & Middle Abutments adjacent to the railroad tracks

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Neighbors,

Since I communicated with you last week, we’ve received additional information on the nighttime demolition schedule for the Crane Road Bridge, which we have reproduced below. I have been told by the Chief of Staff to the County Executive that there is still late night work, including jackhammering and hoe ramming, to be completed.
Our regular committee meeting schedule is somewhat disrupted because of our current work on the 2015 County budget, but at the next opportunity I hope to review the schedule with the Commissioner of Public Works to get a better idea of how much noise can be expected, and when, as the schedule continues; and to confirm that the schedule is still up to date.
Meanwhile, we are reaching out to Metro North – as a follow-up to previous efforts — to see if any schedule accommodation (to allow work at less problematic hours) may be possible at this stage of the operation.
If the work remains on schedule, it appears, based on the information below, that this phase of work should be completed by December 19.  We’ll inform you if we hear anything different.  And feel free to contact me with your experiences.
Sincerely,
Although approximately 2/3 of the new Crane Road Bridge has been completed, in order to complete the project and restore the Bronx River Parkway to two lanes in each direction the existing bridge over the railroad must be removed so the remainder of the new bridge can be constructed in its place. The demolition work must be completed in 2014 to insure project completion in 2015.
Please note that all demolition that can be completed safely during daytime hours will be accomplished during the day but, based on Metro-North Railroad safety requirements and restrictions, significant amounts of the demolition work must be done during an overnight shift when train frequency is lower (typically between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:30 AM). Some of the most critical work can only be accomplished when no trains are running (typically between the hours of 2:00 AM to 5:00 AM).
Night of December 1 through the night of December 5
  • Installation of temporary supports for steel girder & steel stringer removal and miscellaneous concrete removal
Night of December 6 through the night of December 9
  • No overnight work anticipated
Night of December 10 through night of December 14
  • Mobilization of the 600 ton crane
  • Removal of the steel floor beams and outside steel girders
  • Demobilization of the 600 ton crane
  • Overnight roadway closures and/or 15 minute stoppages of traffic are anticipated
Night of December 15 through the night of December 19
  • Removal of the Middle Abutment adjacent to the southbound railroad tracks
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Before the holiday season kicks into high gear, give yourself and your family the gift of good health – get the vaccines you need at a free vaccine clinic provided by the Westchester County Health Department on Dec. 9 at the Westchester County Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Supplies are limited, so please register in advance.The health department clinic will offer: ·      free flu vaccines to residents ages 4 and up and ·      free HPV and meningococcal vaccine for college students.   Residents who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines also may receive these vaccines: ·     Zoster vaccines for ages 60 and up to protect against Shingles ·     MMR for women of childbearing age who neither received this vaccine nor had the diseases measles, mumps and rubella ·     Tdap for residents ages 19 and up who never received a Tdap vaccine. This vaccine provides protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and is especially important for adults who spend time with infants, who are not fully protected from these diseases. Westchester residents are encouraged to register at  www.health. ny.gov/Go2Clinic. Residents without internet access can call 914-995-7425. Walk-ins are also welcome. Supplies of each vaccine are limited and are not guaranteed. To date, the health department  has expanded access to adult vaccines  by giving nearly 1,000 vaccines at clinics at the County Center, Westchester Community College and at  Hope Community Center, New Rochelle; Grace Church, White Plains; Neighbors’ Link, Mount Kisco and Don Bosco Center in Port Chester. In addition to flu shots, residents also were offered vaccines that provide protection against pertussis, pneumonia, measles, mumps and rubella, HPV and shingles. Each year in the U.S., about more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications. People most at risk for complications from the flu include pregnant women, adults age 50 and older, children under the age of five and their caregivers, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and anyone who has certain underlying medical conditions. To prevent spreading the flu, cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you do get a respiratory infection, stay home until 24 hours after your fever subsides to avoid spreading your germs. Clean surfaces you touch frequently, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones.  Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat healthy food. For more information about the flu, contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000 or go to www.westchestergov.com/health; Like us on Facebook.com/wchealthdept and Follow us on Twitter @wchealthdept. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VILLAGES OF DOBBS FERRY & ARDSLEY

BRIDGE JOINT REPAIRS
LANE CLOSURES
ROADWAY: 
Ashford Avenue.
LIMITS: Ashford Avenue between Southfield Avenue and Saw Mill River Road (Rt.9A).
WHAT: Bridge joint repair work.
IMPACTS:
There will be single lane closures of Ashford Avenue in each direction within the above limits.
WHEN:
Lane closures will take place on Monday, December 1 thru Friday, December 5, 2014
daily between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation contract # 12-537.
For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555.

Dear Neighbors,

As many of you have already experienced firsthand, the reconstruction work on the Crane Road Bridge has taken a noisy turn.  Demolition of the second roadway has been scheduled for times that Metro-North does not run trains through the area, roughly from 2 AM to 6 AM; and will take about three to four weeks to complete.
I am very concerned about reports I am receiving about the level of noise, and the lack of notice to the residents of Old Edgemont and Greenacres.  To do this kind of work, including blasting, at the dead of night, is a severe imposition on the thousands of residents in the area.  To cause this kind of inconvenience in the heart of the holiday season is even worse.
Sometimes work at odd hours cannot be avoided, especially in an area with passenger railroads below; but at the very least residents need to be able to plan their lives, especially during the holidays.  To that end, I have asked the Department of Public Works Commissioner to provide a specific schedule with the precise times of work, as the Department  has been doing with road closures during this project; and to transmit the information as widely as possible, in an effort to provide timely notice to all residents.
I have also asked the Department of Public Works to provide all information on the noise levels they are creating, their efforts to negotiate a more resident-friendly demolition schedule with Metro North, and their noise amelioration measures.  I will let you know when I receive a response.
Meanwhile, please contact me with your experiences with the work in question, so that I have an accurate idea of what is going on, and how it is affecting the neighborhoods in the area.
We all know that the bridge needs to be replaced, and that its location over the Metro North tracks makes scheduling the work a real nightmare.  But the people who live in the area and pay our salaries deserve every notice, consideration and amelioration we can provide to them.  I stand ready to work with DPW and all of our colleagues in government to help make that happen.
Sincerely,

ASHFORD AVENUE C.R. 134 &

NORTHBOUND SAW MILL RIVER PARKWAY ENTRANCE RAMP
VILLAGES OF DOBBS FERRY & ARDSLEY
BRIDGE JOINT REPAIRS LANE & RAMP CLOSURE
ROADWAY:     Ashford Avenue & Saw Mill River Parkway Northbound Entrance Ramp.
LIMITS:            Ashford Avenue between Southfield Avenue and Saw Mill River Road (Rt.9A). Entrance Ramp to the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway from Ashford Avenue.
WHAT:              Bridge joint repair work.
IMPACTS:        There will be a single lane closure of Ashford Avenue in each direction within the above limits. The Entrance Ramp to the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway from Ashford Avenue will be closed to motorists. With a posted detour utilizing Saw Mill River Road (Rt.9A) to Lawrence Street to the Saw Mill River Parkway.
WHEN:              The lane closures will take place on Thursday, November 20, Friday November 21, and Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25, 2014 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
                            The Entrance Ramp Closure will take place Wednesday, November 19 thru Friday, November 21
                            and Monday, November 24 and Tuesday November 25, 2014 between the hours of
                            9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
WHO:                Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation contract # 12-537. For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at                             (914) 995-2555.
In addition, The Ashford Avenue QuickNews Link has been established and you can sign up via a link on  www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge or http://www3.westchestergov.com/subscribe. Please check off the box “Ashford Avenue Bridge Project”.

The Mobile Shredder is Coming to Hastings-on-Hudson Dear Neighbor,

Some examples of documents that should be shredded before being thrown out for recycling include old bills and invoices, driver licenses, expired credit cards, bank and store receipts, pre-approved credit card applications, old tax returns and supporting documents, loan applications, bank statements, school records, etc.Papers from businesses or commercial enterprises will not be accepted.To speed up the process, residents must remove all metal clips, fasteners, binders, folders and hard covers and place the papers loosely in a box. Hard covers – cardboard or plastic covers on items such as ledger books, marble composition books and hard-cover books will not be accepted. Residents may rip away pages from these hard cover books for shredding and throw the covers in their household trash.

One of the best ways to minimize the risk of identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, is to take the step of shredding documents before disposing of them. This prevents thieves from stealing and using your unique identifying information such as your name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number. To help combat identity theft, Westchester County government put a Mobile Shredder into service several years ago. Unlike a home shredder that can only handle a limited number of sheets of paper at a time, this powerful piece of equipment pulverizes entire boxes of files at a time!  Since it was first put into service, thousands of residents have brought their confidential papers to be shredded and hundreds of tons of paper have been recycled. The Mobile Shredder will be in Hastings-on-Hudson on June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 134 Southside Avenue (Zinsser Parking Lot) I encourage you to protect yourself from being an identity theft victim and take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of old documents and files you no longer need or use. The Mobile Shredder is a free service. The county offers it not only to Westchester residents but to local municipalities and Westchester’s public schools that once had to pay private shredding companies to dispose of their confidential files safely.  This is yet another example that demonstrates the county’s commitment to developing strategies to share services with local municipalities in order to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars. For more information on the Mobile Shredder and the county’s entire recycling program, please visit http://environment.westchestergov.com/residents/recycling-events/mobile-shredder Sincerely,   With Memorial Day Weekend on the horizon, Westchester County’s three beaches and four pools await your arrival this summer!

BEACHES

Croton Point Park, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson – (914) 862-5290 Schedule:

  • May 25 – June 16: open Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day
  • June 21 – Aug. 18: open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)*
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., no admittance after 6 p.m.

Fees:

  • Swimming is free
  • Parking $5 with a County Park Pass and $10 without Pass

Glen Island Park, Pelham Road, New Rochelle – (914) 813-6720 Schedule:

  • May 25 – June 16: open Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day
  • June 21 – Aug. 18: open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)*
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., no admittance after 6 p.m.

Fees:

  • $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 11 with a valid Westchester County Park Pass; children under 5 admitted free.
  • Seniors pay $2 on weekdays only (except holidays) with a valid Westchester County Senior Citizen Park Pass.
  • Parking $5 — Westchester County Park Pass required for admittance

Playland Beach at Playland Park, Playland Parkway, Rye – (914) 813-7010 Schedule:

  • June 21 –Aug. 18:  open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)*
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., no admittance after 6 p.m.

Fees:

  • $4 adults and $3 children ages 5 to 11 with a valid Westchester County Park Pass; under 5 years old are free.
  • $3 Seniors on weekdays only (except holidays) with a Westchester County Senior Citizen Park Pass
  • Park Pass not required for entry.
  • Parking: $5 weekdays ($1 seniors with a senior I.D.), $7 weekends and $10 holidays
POOLS

Saxon Woods Park, White Plains – (914) 995-4480 Schedule:

  • June 21 – Aug. 18: open seven days a week*
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., no admittance after 6 p.m.
  • Park Pass or proof of county residency required

Fees:

  • $6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under with a valid Westchester County Park Pass, $4 for seniors on weekdays only with a valid Westchester County Senior Park Pass (includes parking)

The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers – (914) 231-2865 Schedule:

  • June 21 – Aug. 18: open seven days a week*
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., no admittance after 6 p.m.
  • Park Pass or proof of county residency required

Fees:

  • $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12 with a valid Westchester County Park Pass, and $5 for seniors weekdays only with a valid Westchester County Senior Park Pass
  • Parking: $5

Willson’s Waves at Willson’s Woods Park, Mount Vernon – (914) 813-6990 Schedule:

  • June 21 – Aug. 18: open seven days a week*
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., no admittance after 6 p.m.
  • Park Pass or proof of county residency required

Fees:

  • $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12 with a valid Westchester County Park Pass, and $5 for seniors weekdays only (parking included) with a valid Westchester County Senior Park Pass

Playland Pool at Playland Park, Rye – (914 813-7010 Schedule:

  • June 21 – Aug. 18: open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday) Hours: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., no admittance after 6 p.m.

Fees:

  • $6 adults, $5 with a Park Pass; $4 children 12 and under, $3.50 with a Park Pass; children under 5 are free.
  • Seniors with a Westchester County Senior Citizen Park Pass pay $3 on weekdays only (except holidays).
  • Parking: $5 weekdays ($1 seniors with a senior I.D.), $7 weekends and $10 holidays

*Schedule changes Aug. 19. Check for updates at westchestergov.com/parks. County Park Pass holders are eligible for a Season Swim Pass, which allows unlimited admission to Glen Island beach and all pools except Playland. For more information, go to westchestergov.com/parks. For public bus transportation availability, visit westchestergov.com/beelinebus. In order to do additional pavement repairs in the northbound travel lane, the NB Bronx River Parkway (BRP) will be closed from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday May 20 and Tuesday May 21, 2013. The NB BRP will be closed at the Sprain Brook Parkway, but some local access is being maintained  The details are as follows:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains. [This is designed to lessen the impact and the volume of diverted traffic to Harney Road, Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway in Eastchester & Scarsdale.]
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times:
    • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
    • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
    • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

Dear Neighbor, Today, Thursday May 2, 2013 the southbound joint on the Warburton Avenue Bridge is being repaired. As a result, the following parking restrictions are in place: On Thursday May 2, 2013 from 9AM to 3 PM  No Parking will be allowed on the southbound side of the Warburton Avenue Bridge from West Main Street to the mid span of the Warburton Avenue Bridge. Additionally, in order to accommodate residents and business owners the alternate side of the street parking for this day will be suspended. Thank you for your cooperation, Dear Neighbors, Major portions of both the Northbound (NB) and Southbound (SB) Bronx River Parkway will be closed from 10 PM Friday May 3 to 8 PM Saturday May 4.  These closures are necessary to shift traffic to allow for the construction of Piers 1, 2 & 3 as well as construction of drilled soldier piles for the West Abutment and subsequent construction of drilled mini-piles for the South Abutment. Upon opening the roadway at 8 PM on Saturday May 4, there will be only 1 lane open in each direction for the duration of the project (until 2015).  In addition, Exit 12 from the NB BRP to Crane Road will be closed, also until the completion of the project. This area of the Bronx River Parkway will be fully available for Bicycle Sunday (10 AM to 2 PM on May 5) although bicycles will also be restricted to one lane in each direction.


Weekend Closure As stated above, major portions of both the Northbound and Southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed from 10 PM Friday May 3 to 8 PM Saturday May 4.  This closure is necessary to shift the roadway into a new traffic pattern (one lane in each direction for the duration of the project) and to facilitate construction activities on the south end of the project.

  • Northbound Closure
    • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times:
    • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
    • All NB traffic will be detoured at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
    • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.
  • Southbound Closure
    • There will be no access to the SB BRP, in White Plains, south of the County Center.
    • All Traffic will be detoured onto Central Avenue, south to the Sprain Brook Parkway.
    • Entrances to the Southbound BRP at Main Street & Fenimore Road will be closed.
    • The SB Bronx River Parkway will be open at Ardsley Road and points south.

Traffic Pattern Changes

  • Exit Ramp Closure
    • Starting Saturday May 4 at 8 PM Northbound Exit 12 at Crane Road will be closed until construction completion in 2015.
    • SB BRP Exit 12 at Crane Road will remain open.
    • The Entrance to the NB Bronx River Parkway at Crane Road will remain open.
  • NB & SB Lane Closures on the Bronx River Parkway
    • One lane will be closed in both the northbound and southbound direction of the Bronx River Parkway approaching the Crane Road Bridge.  These lanes remain closed until construction completion in 2015.
    • Delays can be expected Northbound during the weekday AM peak period and Southbound during the weekday PM peak period.
    • Two Variable Message Signs, displaying anticipated travel times will be running during these hours.

Sincerely, Dear Neighbor: Motorists who utilize the Bronx River Parkway are advised that all northbound lanes of the parkway will be closed daily between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm from Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 25 between Harney Road (Exit 10) and Crane Road (Exit 12) to facilitate subsurface investigations for the Bronx River Parkway Crane Road bridge replacement.  With that stretch of the parkway northbound lanes closed, it could severely impact the few alternate routes on local roads, particularly Scarsdale Avenue and Garth Road, and including the Ardsley Road / Popham Road corridor.

For additional information, please contact the Traffic Engineering Division at 914-995-2555, or visit www.westchestergov.com/dpw
Sincerely,

Dear Neighbor, It’s time to register for the Great Saw Mill River Clean-Up!  Pitch in for some serious spring cleaning. Help us remove trash and invasive vines that are damaging habitat along the Saw Mill River. Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10am-1pm Here’s how to Register. Two simple steps: Step 1: If you already know what site you are interested in or where your group or family and friends want to work, skip ahead to Step 2! If not, click on the following link (Google Map) to find a site. Google Map of Cleanup Sites  Note: The map shows ALL the Riverkeeper Sweep 2013 partner sites INCLUDING ours. The Great Saw Mill River Cleanup sites are the GREEN pins on the map and are grouped together toward the middle of the list. Step 2: Click below on your site choice to register. Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Woodlands Lake/VE Macy Park, Irvington Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Lawrence Street, Dobbs Ferry/Ardsley Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Bridge Street, Ardsley Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Odell Avenue & South County Trailway, Yonkers Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Walsh Road, Yonkers Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Ann Street, Yonkers Other Details: ·     We will provide all of the tools you need. They will be at the site location ready-to-go at 10am on Cleanup Day. ·     If you register with us by April 26th we can put your group’s name on the back of our event T-shirt. Each registered group will get a few shirts. ·     You can order shirts for $7/each. Call or email Ann-Marie to arrange (914) 375-2151 or annmarie@groundworkhv.org If you don’t find your site listed, or know of other sites where trash has collected and want to set up that site, call or email Ann-Marie(914) 375-2151 or annmarie@groundworkhv.org. Sincerely, Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Westchester County Charter Revision Commission will hold a public forum on Wednesday April 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westchester County Center, conference room “H.”  The Commission will present a summary of its work to date and accept public comment on the issues being discussed by the Commission.  I invite all interested residents to attend and share their thoughts on that date. Established by Act of the County Board of Legislators in March, 2011, the Commission was appointed to study, review and recommend changes to the Westchester County Charter and Administrative Code (“Charter”).  The Commission established four Focus Groups to examine discrete aspects of the structure of County government under the Charter: 1. Budget/Finance 2. Charter/Code 3. Local Government/County Government 4. Executive Branch/Legislative Branch Each Focus Group has completed a report outlining proposals for consideration by the entire Commission.  Among the issues recommended for Commission discussion are Budget Process Reforms; County-wide Assessment; the Appointment Confirmation Process; the Role of the County Attorney in Representing both the County Executive and County Board of Legislators; Changing the Office of County Clerk from an Elected to an Appointed Position; Public Participation in the Legislative Process through Initiative and Referendum; Restructuring of the Executive Function; Creation of the Position of Intergovernmental Relations Liaison; Establishment of a Council of Governments; Mandating Periodic Charter Review; and the Municipal Guarantee of County Tax Collections. The Focus Group Reports are available online at http://westchesterlegislators.com/sub-committees.html. During the next several months, the Commission will debate these and other issues, and prepare its recommendations for Charter change.  The Commission’s final report is to be submitted to the County Board of Legislators and the County Executive on or before December 15, 2013. Your perspective on Charter change and the proposals set forth above will be of great value to the Commission’s work.  We look forward to your participation at the April 3, 2013 forum. Sincerely, Infrastruc​ture Projects for Westcheste​r’s Rivertowns Need to Move Forward. Dear Neighbor, Along with Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins, I called on County Executive Rob Astorino last week to quickly move forward on important infrastructure projects, including bridge and road repairs, slated for the county’s municipalities along the Hudson River. At question are a number of capital projects—big and small, some new and others with funding approved several years ago—aimed at providing repairs and upgrades to bridges and roadways in Hastings-on Hudson, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington. The projects have been approved by the BOL, and in some cases the design for the projects has been completed but otherwise the projects have not advanced very far or even commenced yet. The lack of progress on the Warburton Avenue Bridge in Hastings-on-Hudson presents cause for concern. The bridge, rated a 4.5 on the New York State Department of Transportation’s 1-7 scale, is in need of serious repair.  Work was supposed to begin in 2012, and then was moved to spring 2013.  Now, with spring 2013 just a week away, design is not yet 100% complete, preconstruction meetings have not been scheduled, and the construction contractor has not been selected. This bridge has structural problems that need addressing now, before more extensive work is required because of the passage of time and further neglect. We don’t want the Warburton Avenue Bridge to turn into a second Ashford Avenue Bridge—with an repair bill now estimated to be $23 million. And safety issues with the bridge on Warburton Avenue, including low railings and crumbling sidewalks, put people on the bridge and those underneath it at risk. The history of the Ashford Avenue Bridge suggests a pattern of neglect with bridge repair projects. After putting this repair project on hold after taking office in 2010, the Astorino Administration moved the construction start date back to 2015.  Since June 22, 2012, when chunks of concrete fell on the New York State Thruway, and damaged six cars (but thankfully causing no injuries), the County has been forced to spend over a million dollars on temporary repairs and pier stabilization.  Meanwhile, the bridge must hold together for two more years before the main repair project can begin. The taxpayers must risk enduring extensive emergency closures of one of the most important traffic arteries in the Rivertowns, and the expenditure of more taxpayer dollars for temporary fixes, if the Ashford Avenue bridge is further weakened by hard winters and regular use before construction takes place. In 2011, the BOL added over $5 million to the 2012 Capital Projects Budget for the Ashford Avenue project; and the Board already approved over $9 million for construction on the Warburton Avenue span. But only a small amount of the money, or none of it, has been spent. It’s time for these projects to start moving forward.  And I promise that, as your Legislator, I will continue to shine light on these and other neglected projects around our County. Sincerely, Mary Jane Shimsky Westchester County Legislator, 12th District. Improving Utilities’ Storm Emergency Response. Dear Neighbor, I’d like to update my constituents on recent efforts on the County level, to improve utilities’ responsiveness to natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. The Environment and Energy Committee of the Board of Legislators called in officials from Con Ed and NYSEG (the electric company in Northern Westchester) late last year, to discuss problems with the utilities’ response. I presented some of the ideas discussed at this meeting to the Moreland Commission at its January 24 hearing at SUNY Purchase.  Governor Cuomo established the commission to investigate utilities’ response and recommend reforms. Dozens of elected officials, and representatives of homeowners associations and civic associations, recounted their constituents’ experiences, identified problem areas and suggested improvements. My Moreland Commission testimony focused on three major areas.  First, overreliance on “mutual aid” from utilities across the country has added many days to the average amount of time customers must wait for their power to be restored.  This delay is unacceptable; utilities must replenish their local labor supplies. Second, organization — including the dispatching of crews — was woefully inadequate.  Now, not the next storm, is the time to learn from experience and refine organizational flow charts, devise a system of zones which makes sense, and so on. Third, communication, in all directions and among all levels, was abysmal in Sandy’s aftermath.  Improvements in technology and corporate culture are needed to improve the flow of accurate information to customers, government officials and first responders. Given current climate trends, we can count on having to deal with widespread power outages due to severe storms in the future.  Utility companies are corporations, whose main mission is to generate profit for shareholders; they cannot be trusted to perform in-depth study and implement fundamental change on their own. It is therefore the job of government to make sure that utilities do everything possible to minimize service disruptions to their customers. I thank the Governor and the members of the Moreland Commission for their efforts, and wish them success in their efforts to keep our region functioning. Shortly after the Moreland Committee hearing, our local media reported on Con Ed’s request for nearly $400 million in rate increases, which the utility claimed were needed to fund improvements to their emergency response. Not surprisingly, most consumers are outraged, because there should be plenty of funds available in the corporate coffers to provide acceptable service – including prompt restoration of power after a storm.  I plan to monitor the rate application process on behalf of my constituents. Click here for my full statement – http://westchesterlegislators.com/media-center/2226-westchester-legislator-shimsky-calls-for-major-improvements-to-storm-emergency-response.html. Sincerely, MaryJane Shimsky Westchester County Legislator – 12th District. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 30-day extension for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance. The new registration deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York is Feb. 27, 2013. How to register: Individuals also can register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet by going to m.fema.gov or by downloading the FEMA app. Survivors also can call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). People who use 7-1-1 Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) should call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. EST, seven days a week until further notice. Survivors who have questions regarding the registration process, the status of their application and available disaster assistance programs are encouraged to contact FEMA. Dear Neighbor, Once again, The Volunteer Center of United Way  and Westchester County call on those who live and work in Westchester to use volunteer service as a way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Saturday, January 19, 2013, people from all walks of life will gather together through volunteer projects throughout Westchester. Join hundreds of volunteers to help address pressing issues like hunger, poverty, environmental justice and health education through service to seniors, youth, the disabled, veterans and victims of domestic violence. With 21 different local projects to choose from, most are family-friendly and a great way to introduce the value of service to everyone. Presented below, is a partial list of the projects in our part of the County, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Assist with “I have a dream” Mobiles – The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics 10:00AM to 12:30PM – Tarrytown Bake Friendship Cookies – The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics 10:30AM to 12:30PM – Tarrytown Cards for Veterans and more – Grinton I. Will Library 2:30PM to 4:00PM – Yonkers Create Clay Bowls for Hunger 10:00AM to 11:00AM – Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale 11:00AM to 12:00PM – Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale 11:00AM to 12:30PM – Arts Westchester, White Plains (Closed – Full) 1:00PM to 2:30PM – Arts Westchester, White Plains Help Youth Create an MLK Banner – White Plains Youth Bureau 10:00AM to 2:00PM – White Plains Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Project – My Sister’s Place (Closed – Full) 9:00AM to 12:00PM – Yonkers Painting Residences – YMCA of White Plains (2 Shifts) 9:30AM to 12:00PM – White Plains 1:00PM to 4:00PM – White Plains Science Barge Clean Up – Groundwork Hudson Valley 10:00AM to 2:00PM – Yonkers Visit www.volunteer-center.org or call 914.948.4452 for more information. This is an opportunity for folks of all ages so please help spread the word. Looking forward to working with you on the 19th. Dear Neighbors and Friends: I, along with all of my colleagues on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, am sympathetic to the plight of Ferncliff Manor, a residential school for severely disabled children, which has outgrown its current home in Yonkers. Although Ferncliff is not under the jurisdiction of Westchester County, we remain committed to ensuring that the school’s disabled students find a new home. To this end, I have been contacted by a number of my constituents about the future use of a six acre parcel of land in Greenburgh which is the former WestHELP site (WestHELP ran a shelter for homeless families there). This parcel of land is owned by Westchester County, which leased it to the Town of Greenburgh for over 20 years, on the condition that if the shelter ever shut down, the site was to be used for low and moderate income housing. WestHELP vacated the site in September 2011, after the Astorino Administration cancelled the County’s contract with that organization. For the past 15 months, the site – which had provided Greenburgh taxpayers with roughly $20 million in revenues over the life of the lease — has sat unoccupied, not providing any revenue. Since that time, the Town has lobbied the County to permit Ferncliff Manor, a private corporation under contract with the State, to take over this site. It has been stated that the Town will be paid $500,000 annually by the State of New York. However, Ferncliff has acknowledged that the ultimate decision on the rent amount will be made by the State of New York, which will fund the project. As of now, the Town has no written commitment from the State, either approving the site for the new school or guaranteeing the amount of rent that our taxpayers can expect. Moreover, Ferncliff will have to tear down all of the residential buildings on the site, at a time when multiple affordable housing developers have expressed an interest, in response to the Town’s Request for Proposals, to rehabilitate those buildings for their intended use as low and moderate income housing. There is no question that the children of Ferncliff need a new home. Further, it would be best for everyone concerned — children, staff, and families — if their home remains in Westchester County. A lease with Ferncliff would entail the demolition of the taxpayer-funded residential buildings currently on the site, without a penny’s compensation; and, judging from the interest expressed in them by other developers, those buildings are still eminently usable. If, on top of losing most of the fixed assets on the site, the State cannot pay the $500,000 annual rent, we taxpayers will be all the poorer: a site that used to net the Town over a million dollars in rent a year will result in no appreciable gain for Town or County taxpayers, and a valuable income-generating asset – the housing – will be lost. As a County Legislator, with a fiduciary obligation to maintain the value of County property, and as a Town and County taxpayer myself, I know that we cannot afford such a result. If the State and Ferncliff were to agree that the school should be moved to the WestHELP site, obtaining written assurances from the State that they would pay the $500,000 figure would go a long way in ensuring that the taxpayers would be properly taken care of. Further, the structuring of any such deal must ensure that the taxpayers don’t lose all value from the $14 million of residential buildings that would have to be torn down to make room for Ferncliff. It is important to add that Ferncliff has asked the Board of Legislators to continue the fact-finding process on a second potential site for the school, Site “D” on the County’s Valhalla campus. Continuing to consider all options until a final commitment is made by the State is the only prudent thing for Ferncliff to do, and we are working together to help achieve this important goal. However, it should be clear to all concerned that no agreement to begin any demolition on the WestHELP site would be appropriate until all relevant commitments have been made by Ferncliff and the State. That is why I have asked the Town to include a “hold harmless” clause in any agreement they make with Ferncliff. Such a clause would guarantee that County taxpayers will be compensated if Ferncliff were to demolish existing buildings and thereafter not occupy the site. Supervisor Feiner has been receptive to this suggestion (and to the rent guarantee as well). There are still other unanswered questions that will ultimately play a role in deciding who will occupy the former WestHELP site, including the Governor’s office’s statement that the use of the property is “a local question”; and federal contempt of court litigation concerning the good faith of Westchester County in promoting fair and affordable housing, good faith that might be called further into question if the County agrees to tearing down existing housing for another purpose. This second issue is of major importance to taxpayers, as a finding that Westchester violated its affordable housing settlement with the federal government could be financially ruinous to the County. I promise to keep you informed as these issues move forward. As complex as this issue appears to be, please be assured I will do all I can to make certain that Ferncliff finds a new home in Westchester County, that the taxpayers receive value from the former WestHELP site, and that the County manages to maintain its commitment to fair and affordable housing. Sincerely, Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky, 12th District

 

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Lawrence Powers Manhattan To 67-54 Win At Marist
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Sophomore Jermaine Lawrence (Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) scored a career-high 19 points while Manhattan shot a blistering 65.0 percent (13-of-20) after halftime in a 67-54 win over Marist at McCann Arena.

With the victory, the Jaspers improve to 15-12 and 12-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while securing at least the No. 4 seed in the upcoming conference tournament as the Red Foxes fall to 5-23 and 4-14 in the league.

After falling behind by nine points to start the second half, Manhattan outscored Marist 40-18 the rest of the way. After halftime, the Red Foxes were limited to just 25.0 percent shooting (7-of-28), including 12.5 percent (1-of-8) from deep. Additionally, the Jaspers forced Marist into seven-straight errant shots to end the game and 10-of-12 over the final eight-plus minutes.

Manhattan opened the game on fire, converting on four of its five shots in jumping out to a an early 9-1 lead at the 16:30 mark. Lawrence opened the scoring with this layup before completing the three-point play with a free throw. After junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) then hit this layup, senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) grabbed the rebound on the opposite end before finding Lawrence along the baseline for this jumper. T.J. Curry briefly quelled the bleeding only to see Pankey respond with this jumper to cap the Jasper run.

The Red Foxes then answered with eight-straight points in just 43 seconds to tie this game before Lawrence reclaimed the lead for the Jaspers at 11-9 at the 14:51 mark with this impressive dunk off a pass from junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep).

Later in the half, with Marist holding a two-point lead Lawrence delivered this rim-rattling dunk before canning this jumper to again tie game up at 16-16 with 7:44 to play until halftime. Lawrence then gave Manhattan the lead of the half on the ensuing possession with this dunk off a pass from senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) following a Richards steal.

Unfortunately, that Lawrence slam would be the last Jasper field goal of the first as Marist closed the stanza on a 13-7 run to assume a 31-27 halftime lead. All told, Manhattan converted on just 20.0 percent (4-of-20) to finish the half, including misfiring on its final seven shots.

The Jaspers were able to keep it close at the break thanks to making good on six-straight and 9-of-10 to close out the half.

After halftime, the Red Foxes scored the first five points in jumping out to their largest lead of the night at 36-27 just under a minute into the second half. Andujar then answered with a jumper while scoring his first points of the night before Lawrence hit a jumper and senior Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) a pair from the line to make it a one possession game at 36-33 with 17:21 remaining.

Manhattan would close the gap to one point on a Pankey dunk before Marist extended lead back out to four at 40-36 on a Khallid Hart jumper and a Chavaughn Lewis free throw with 15:20 to play. Andujar then scored the next five points to give the Jaspers their first advantage of the second half at the 14:03 mark.

The Red Foxes would reclaim the lead on a Lewis jumper before Lawrence gave the Jaspers a lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the night with a jumper. Andujar followed with a pair of layups in opening a 47-42 Manhattan lead with 11:26 to play.

Marist would continue to hang around and made it a one possession game at 47-45 with 9:49 to play on a Lewis jumper. Stores then answered with the first Jasper three pointer of the night just 16 seconds later while swinging the pendulum the way of Manhattan.

The Jaspers lead wouldn’t fall below four points the rest of the way as the visitor’s defense held the Red Foxes to just nine points on 3-of-16 shooting.

Thanks to its blistering second half, Manhattan shot 46.7 percent (21-of-45) for the game but was just 21.4 percent (3-of-14) form distance. The Jaspers, however, made good on 71.0 percent (22-of-31) from the line while posting a decisive 39-33 advantage on the glass in moving to 22-6 over the last three years when playing in the months of February and March.

Lawrence finished up 8-of-10 from the floor while Andujar scored 13 second-half points with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in lead the way for the Manhattan. Joining the duo in double-figures was Pankey and Stores as each player scored 10 points.

Lewis scored 16 points while Hart finished up with 12 to lead the way for Marist, which shot just 34.5 percent (19-of-55), including 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from distance.

The Jaspers will now set their sights on Iona as the teams will battle on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.


Manhattan Clinches First Round Bye With 80-74 Win Over Siena

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Manhattan snapped a 10-game road losing streak to Siena while clinching a First Round bye in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament with a hard-fought 80-74 victory at the Times Union Center before a boisterous crowd of 6,809.

The Jaspers improved to 14-12 and 11-6 in the MAAC with their series sweep of the Saints, who fall to 10-17 and 7-11 in the league.

Senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.J. / Robinson School (N.J.)) scored all of his career-high matching 15 points after halftime, including a back-breaking triple with just over 16 seconds to play that gave the visitors an insurmountable six-point lead.

Stores is now shooting a blistering 61.5 (16-of-26) percent from long range in the second half of MAAC games and leads all players during league play with a 49.0 percent (24-of-49) conversion rate from distance.

Manhattan, which snapped a 10-game losing streak to Siena at the Times Union Arena, appeared to be in complete control in the first half and held a 35-23 lead with 2:01 to play until halftime following a pair of Emmy Andujar (Sr., Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) free throws.

Rob Poole had other ideas though and promptly hit two-straight three pointers before sinking a pair from the line. Evan Hymes then hit a driving layup to trim the Jasper lead to 35-33 at the break while capping a 10-0 run.

Just as quickly as the Siena got back in the game, Manhattan ripped away the momentum to start the second half with six points in just 55 seconds. Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) converted a pair from the line before sophomore Jermaine Lawrence (Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) hit a layup and a jumper while forcing a Saint timeout. After Lavon Long briefly quelled the spurt, Stores hit the first of his four second-half three pointers to give the Jaspers a 44-35 lead with 18:29 remaining.

Javion Ogunyemi then converted the first second-half field goal only to see Richards drain his only three pointer of the game. Stores followed with an open-court steal before draining a pair from the line while capping a half-starting 14-4 run that took just 2:20 while giving Manhattan a 49-37 advantage at the 17:40 mark of the second half.

While the Jaspers would ultimately prevail, it wouldn’t be easy.

Siena immediately ripped off eight-straight points to trim the deficit to 49-45 with 13:46 to play. The teams would then trade body blows over the next three-plus minutes before the Saints made it a one-possession game at 56-53 with 10:22 to play following a pair of Marquis Wright free throws. With the crowd picking up steam, Richards calmly drove and hit a jumper just 18 seconds later while kickstarting a 7-0 spurt that was aided by a Stores triple and an Andujar dunk to push the lead out to 63-53 with 8:26 remaining.

As would be the prevailing storyline for the night, the Siena again cut it to six only to see Stores bury a three pointer with 6:48 remaining. Manhattan’s lead would again grow to double-figures at 74-64 with 2:48 to play after a jumper from junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) and an Andujar layup.

Down but not out, the Saints made one final push and embarked on an 8-1 run to trim the deficit to 75-72 with 48 seconds remaining. Stores then sank the shot of the night while for all intents and purposes clinching the first Jasper win over Siena at the Times Union Center since Jan. 30, 2006.

Andujar led the way for Manhattan, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds while notching his fifth double-double of the year and the ninth of his career. He also handed out five assists while becoming the first player in school history to notch 1,200 points, 700 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals.

Pankey matched Stores with 15 points while pulling down nine rebounds as Richards (13) rounded out the double-figure scorers for a Jasper team that improved to 9-3 in MAAC games decided by 10 points or less.

Manhattan shot a solid 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the floor, including 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from distance, while limiting Siena to a paltry 35.5 percent (22-of-62), including 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from deep, and won the battle of the boards (41-36).

On Senior Day, Poole led all scorers with 21 points while Ogunyemi added 18 points and Long notched 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Jaspers will have little time to celebrate the win as Manhattan returns to action on Monday, Feb. 23 at Marist with opening tip slated for 7 p.m.
Manhattan Drops 85-77 Overtime Decision At Rider

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Rider outscored Manhattan 13-5 in overtime en route to posting an 85-77 win in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Broncs improve to 16-9 and 10-4 in the MAAC while the Jaspers fall to 12-11 and 9-5 in the league.

For Manhattan, junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) scored 16 points with a career-high 12 rebounds in recording his second double-double of the year and the third of his career. The 6-10 forward also notched a career-high four assists and three steals with two blocks.

The Jaspers had a chance to win the game in regulation but senior Emmy Andujar‘s (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) last-second shot was blocked by Rider’s Matt Lopez as time expired.

In overtime, Lopez opened the scoring with a layup before hitting a pair of free throws. Freshman Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) then answered with a with one at the line before Jimmie Taylor hit a three pointer to make it a 79-73 game at the 2:51 mark of OT.

Manhattan trimmed the deficit to four at 81-77 with 23 seconds to play following an Andujar layup but would get no closer in falling 85-77.

Andujar also had a big game, scoring a team-high 19 points with 11 rebounds in collecting his fourth double-double of the year and the eighth of his career. He added four steals and three assists while playing all 45 minutes.

Joining Andujar and Pankey in double-figures was junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep), who finished with 18 points while knocking down four three pointers.

Manhattan had a chance to win the game in regulation but Andujar’s potential game-winning shot was blocked with time expiring by Matt Lopez.

In overtime, Lopez opened up the scoring with a layup and a pair from the line before freshman Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) answered with a free throw.

Jimmie Taylor followed with a three pointer in opening up a 79-73 Rider lead with 2:51 to play.

The Jaspers would cut the deficit to 81-77 with 23 second to play following an Andujar layup but would get no closer in falling 85-77.

For the game, Manhattan shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61), including 48.0 percent (12-of-25) after halftime. The Jaspers controlled the glass by a 41-39 margin, but were only able to force 12 turnovers, including just six after halftime. The Broncs, meanwhile, shot 52.5 percent (31-of-59), including 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from distance.

After eradicating a 15 point first-half deficit, Manhattan made good on seven of its first 11 shots in the second half while using an 11-2 run in building a 55-46 lead with 13:13 to play. The Jasper advantage would grow to a game-high 10 at 60-50 following a Rich Williams (So., Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) triple with 11:27 to play.

Rider immediately answered with six-straight points to cut the deficit to 60-56 with 10:03 remaining.

Manhattan was able to withstand the flurry and extended the lead back out to 67-61 with just under six minutes to play following a Pankey three-point play. However, as was the case for the entire half the Broncs rallied with seven-straight points in taking a 68-67 lead with just under four minutes to play.

Andujar quelled the spurt with a layup before Richards hit a jumper from the corner in reclaiming the lead for the Jaspers at 71-68 with 2:04 to play in regulation.

Lopez then answered with a layup before senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) split a pair to make it a two-point game. On the ensuing possession, Teddy Okereafor drew contact and converted two free throws to tie the game up at 72-72 while sending it to overtime.

In the first half, Rider hit on 11 of its first 13 shots in building a 25-10 lead with 12:39 to play until halftime. Richards then keyed a 6-0 spurt with a layup off an Andujar steal and subsequent Tyler Wilson (So., Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) assist.

Thanks to the spurt, Manhattan was able to slowly chip away at the lead.

Later in the half with the Bronc advantage still in double-figures at 33-23, Stores started a momentum-changing 12-0 run with a layup before Andujar hit a pair from the line. Stores then knocked down back-to-back triples to erase what was a 15-point deficit while tying the game up at 33-33. Pankey followed with a jumper to give the Jaspers their first lead of the game at 35-33 while capping the spurt, which took exactly three minutes.

Thanks to making good on on 72.2 percent (13-of-18) at the line and forcing Rider into 5-of-13 shooting to end the half, Manhattan went into halftime tied up at 37-37. The Jaspers also benefited from a 9-3 advantage on the offensive glass that led to +10 margin in second-chance points.

Lopez led the way for the Broncs with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Manhattan returns to action on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. against rival Iona in a game that will air live on ESPNU.
Strong Second Half Propels Manhattan To 78-69 Win Over Cansius

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan opened the second half with a game-changing 21-3 run en route to posting a 78-69 win over Canisius in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action at Draddy Gymnasium.

With their fourth-straight victory and the eighth in 10 games, the Jaspers improve to 12-10 and 9-4 in the MAAC while the Golden Griffins fall to 12-10 and 7-6 in the league.

Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) scored a team-best 20 points while hitting for at least 20 for the seventh time in nine games to pace four double-figure scorers for the victors.

Leading 30-28 at the break, Manhattan posted one of its most dominating stretches of the season over the first 9:17 of the second half. The Jaspers outscored Canisius 21-3 while forcing the Golden Griffins into nine-straight missed shots and seven turnovers in opening up a game-high 20-point lead.

Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) opened the scoring with a three pointer before Canisius was forced into a 10-second violation. Andujar took advantage of the miscue with a jumper before splitting a pair at the line.

Sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) then made the visitors pay with two three pointers, including this incredible triple, off turnovers. Junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) followed with a bucket while notching the 14th-straight Manhattan point to extend the lead to 44-28 with 14:12 remaining in the game.

Kassius Robertson briefly quelled the spurt with a free throw before Pankey completed a three-point play and Andujar hit a layup. Jermaine Crumpton then sank a pair from the line before freshman Calvin Crawford (Middletown, N.Y. / St. Thomas More (Conn.) capped the 21-3 spurt with a layup while opening up an insurmountable 51-31 lead with 11:35 to play.

Crumpton hit two more from the line and Zach Lewis converted a three-point play to stop the bleeding while cutting the deficit to 51-36 with 10:43 remaining.

The Golden Griffins would methodically chip away at the lead and trimmed Manhattan lead to 73-69 with less than a minute to play. Robertson then stole the ball and appeared to be headed for an easy layup when Andujar came in from behind to block the shot. Richards collected the rebounded and sank two free throws as the Jaspers ended the game on a 5-0 run to provide the final 78-69 score.

Manhattan pressured Canisius into a season-high 20 turnovers white forcing at least 20 for the seventh time this season. The Jaspers also had 12 steals while recording at least 10 for the third-straight game and fifth time this year.

Andujar pulled down nine rebounds while handing out seven assists to go along with his aforementioned team-best 20-point performance. Pankey also had a big game with 18 points and nine rebounds while Richards finished with 16 points. Williams led the reserves with a career-high 16 points and was 4-of-5 from long range.

For the game, Manhattan limited Canisius into just 31.1 percent (19-of-61) shooting, including a paltry 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from deep. The Jaspers, meanwhile, shot a solid 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field and were 77.4 percent (24-of-31) at the line, including 80.8 percent (21-of-26) after halftime.

Lewis paced the Golden Griffins with 25 points while Josiah Heath notched a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Manhattan will look to make it five in a row while avenging a prior loss to Rider on Sunday, Feb. 8. Opening tip at Alumni Gymnasium is slated for 2 p.m.

Notes:
* Manhattan improved to 8-5 in games decided by 10 points or less, including 7-1 during MAAC play.

* The Jaspers swept the season series from Canisius and has won each of the last five meetings between the teams.

* Manhattan also improved to 53-33 in the all-time series against the Golden Griffins, including 34-18 since the Buffalo-based institution joined the MAAC ifor the 1988-1989 season.

* The Jaspers are now 13-2 in February/March since last season and 19-5 since the 2012-2013 season.

* Manhattan improved to 15-1 over the last two seasons when registering at least 10 steals and are 26-4 during Steve Masiello‘s tenure on Riverdale, including 18-1 against MAAC opposition.

* The Jaspers improved to a perfect 10-0 when leading at the half.

* When playing at Draddy Gymnasium, Manhattan is 7-1 this year and has won 11-of-12 and 16-of-18.

* The senior class has now notched 72 wins, tied for eighth-most in school history.

* Andujar has now recorded at least 20 points nine times this season and 11 for his career.

* His 20-point haul also marked the ninth-straight in which a Jasper has recorded at least 20.

Manhattan To Host HEADstrong Foundation On Feb. 13

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – On Friday, Feb. 13, the Manhattan College men’s basketball team will partner with the HEADstrong Foundation’s #ProjectGameday in an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight blood cancer, in honor of play-by-play broadcaster Christian Heimall. The Jaspers are slated to take on Iona College at 10 p.m. at Draddy Gymnasium, a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

The blueprints for the HEADstrong Foundation were conceptualized by Nicholas “HEAD” Colleluori in 2006, while he underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which ultimately claimed his life. Today, Nick’s vision is being fulfilled through the relentless efforts of his family, athletes and supporters across the country uniting in the fight against blood cancers.

“We are excited to be able to help not only Christian but the entire HEADstrong Foundation in the universal fight against cancer,” said Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre.

#ProjectGameday is HEADstrong’s newest fundraising campaign, supporting the essential programs and services offered by the non-profit organization to improve quality of life for cancer patients and their families. The online campaign empowers athletic teams and individuals alike to pledge their game and raise funds for the cause. Manhattan’s #ProjectGameday will help raise funds for HEADstrong and for Christian as he battles his illness. Click here to change the game for Christian and others affected by cancer.

“The HEADstrong Foundation has been shining a light on those battling cancer for the better part of a decade,” said Heimall. “The Colleluori family has been instrumental in improving the lives of countless patients and their families battling this terrible disease. I am so honored to be welcomed as part of their extended family and to help welcome Jasper Nation into that family as well.”

A merchandise tent will also be set up inside Draddy Gym for fans to purchase, as well donate to the foundation. Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear lime green, the official awareness color of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and the HEADstrong Foundation.

Heimall, who is in his fourth year as the “Voice of the Jaspers,” was diagnosed the B-Cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment. A Hofstra University graduate, the 25-year-old has joined forces with HEADstrong to continue their mission of improving quality of life for patients battling cancers and their families.

“On behalf of the HEADstrong Foundation and those affected by cancer we wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the Manhattan Jasper nation for rallying support for Christian and recognizing the importance of our cause,” said Cheryl Colleluori, HF President and Nick’s mother. “We find ourselves matched against the toughest opponent and we are on the front lines of this disease, working, supporting and easing the hardships of “Real People” like Christian Heimall. When we learned of his diagnosis, we immediately reached out to assure him that he was not alone and we are inspired by his positivity. He embodies many of the same characteristics of our Nick and we are thrilled to have him on our team.  We wish to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to both Manhattan and Iona College for joining our fight against this disease.”

About the HEADstrong Foundation™
The HEADstrong Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) committed to being a resource for blood cancer patients and their families, helping them to navigate the harrowing ordeal of cancer by providing essential services to improve quality of life.

HEADstrong™ is an athletic rooted organization that serves the cancer community by granting direct financial assistance to those financially impacted as a result of the disease, by providing complimentary long-term housing and amenities for those traveling to Philadelphia, Pa. for cancer related treatments through Nick’s House™, by funding innovative blood cancer research through the Nicholas E. Colleluori Lymphoma research fund, by serving family meals and offering outlets of entertainment for those receiving care at hospitals, by delivering comfort kits to newly hospitalized patients preparing for treatment or transplant and by lending an arm of support through their peer to peer advocacy group.

For more information on the HEADstrong Foundation™ and how they are Getting aHEAD of Cancer™ go to www.HEADstrong.org.  
Andujar Powers Manhattan Past Monmouth

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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) notched a game-high 27 points while Manhattan shot a blistering 54.2 percent (26-of-48) from the floor in defeating Monmouth 87-76 at the MAC.

Andujar, who has now hit for at least 20 points in six of his last eight games, helped the Jaspers improve to 11-10 and 8-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while the Hawks fall to 12-11 and 8-4 in the league.

With the win, Manhattan sweeps the season series from Monmouth while moving into third place in the MAAC and is just a half game back of second-place Rider.

The Jaspers came roaring out the gates with a Jermaine Lawrence (So., Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) dunk off a lob from senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) before Andujar hit a layup off another Stores’ helper en route to building a 7-5 lead at the first media timeout.

Later in the half with the lead now at 11-8 following an Austin Tilghman free throw, Manhattan took it up a notch on offense. Freshman Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) hit a three pointer off a well-placed pass from sophomore Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes). Junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) then hit a pair from the line before Stores capped an 8-0 run with a three pointer to open up a 19-8 lead for the Jaspers with 10:05 until halftime.

The Hawks would briefly answer and trim the deficit to single-digits on three occasions before Andujar took over. The Rice graduate hit a layup, a jumper and a pair from the line before Richards canned a triple to double the lead to 32-14 with 4:31 to play until halftime.

Manhattan’s lead would grow to a half-high 19 before the Jaspers entered intermission up 42-24 thanks to shooting 50.0 percent (13-of-26) from the floor, including 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from deep, while making good on all 10 free throw attempts.

Andujar and Pankey opened the second half with layups while sparking a 9-2 run that was capped by another Stores to Lawrence alley-oop dunk that pushed the lead out to an insurmountable 51-26 with 16:28 remaining.

Monmouth, however, would not go away and trimmed the deficit to 68-58 with 7:42 to play on a Justin Robinson three pointer. Following a timeout with the Jaspers on the verge of making it a one-possession game, Stores calmly answered with his third triple of the game to quell the spurt.

Manhattan’s lead would again swell to 19 as Andujar put the exclamation point on the the Jaspers’ third-straight win with a pair of three-point plays.

Pankey would cap the scoring the scoring with a fast break slam while putting the finishing touches on Manhattan’s 87-76 victory.

Andujar’s 27 points were one shy of his career high while Richards scored 20 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds. The New York native also became the first player in Jasper annals to convert on 200 career three pointers with his third of his four triples.

Pankey rounded out the double-digit scorers for Manhattan with 11 points. Stores facilitated the Jasper attack, finishing up with a career-high nine assists to go along with nine points.

In addition to their aforementioned shooting prowess, Manhattan shot 45.0 percent (9-of-20) from long range and connected on a blistering 59.1 percent (13-of-22) after halftime.

Robinson paced four double-digit performers for the Hawks with 19 points.

The Jaspers will next host Canisius on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in a game that will appear on ESPN3.

NOTES:
* Manhattan is now 12-2 when playing in February and March since the start of last season and are 18-5 over the last two-plus years.

* The Jaspers improved to 4-0 against Monmouth since the Hawks joined the MAAC and are 7-2, all-time, against the West Long Branch-based institution.

* Andujar has scored at least 20 points on eight occasions this year and 10 times for his career.

* He is averaging 20.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.4 apg while shooting 55.3 percent from the floor over his last eight games.

* Manhattan is 9-0 when leading at the half this season.

* The Jaspers are also 9-0 when playing in the state of New Jersey over the past three-plus seasons.

* Manhattan matched its season-highs in points (87), assists (19) and free throw attempts (39).

* The Jaspers have made good on 50.0 percent (29-of-58) from long range over the last three games.

* For the second-straight game and the fourth time this season, Manhattan recorded double-figures in steals (11) after doing so 11 times a year ago.

* The big three of Andujar, Pankey and Richards all notched double-figures for the second-straight game and the fourth time this season. Additionally, the trio has recorded 40 of the Jaspers’ 51 double-digit scoring performances.

* Over two games against Monmouth, Manhattan averaged 79.0 ppg while shooting 51.0 percent (50-of-98) from the floor and 45.5 percent (20-of-44) from deep while Andujar (18.0 ppg), Pankey (16.5 ppg) and Richards (14.5 ppg) accounted for 62.0 percent of the team’s offense.

Hot Shooting Lifts Manhattan To 87-79 Win Over Siena

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan shot a season-high 54.3 percent (25-for-46) from the floor, including a blistering 60.0 percent (9-for-15) from deep, in posting an 87-79 win over Siena in a battle of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) favorites at Draddy Gymnasium.

Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) scored a game-high 20 points to pace five double-figure scorers for a Jasper unit that notched a season-high 87 points en route to improving to 10-10 and 7-4 in the MAAC while the Saints fall to 8-12 and 5-6 in the league.

Manhattan also got a huge lift from its bench, which scored a season-high 30 points and was led by sophomore Rich Williams‘ (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) 13 first-half points.

Siena jumped to an early 10-4 lead just over four minutes into the game only to see Williams hit a jumper and a three pointer to quickly trim the Saint lead to 10-9. Lavon Long responded with an old-fashioned three-point play while sending junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) to the bench with two fouls.

With the deficit still at four with just over 12 minutes remaining in the opening stanza, the Jaspers used four-straight Calvin Crawford (Fr., Middletown, N.Y. / St. Thomas More (Conn.)) points to fuel a 9-0 run that gave Manhattan a 23-18 lead at the 9:50 mark.

Williams capped the run with a three pointer before Shane Richards (Jr., New York, N.Y. / York Prep) sank a triple of his own. Williams then again found the bottom of the net from long range to stake the Jaspers to a half-high 29-22 lead with just under nine minutes until the break.

Siena would fight back to to make it a one-point game before going into intermission down 43-41 following a Rob Poole three pointer.

After halftime, Manhattan quickly added to the lead as senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.C.)) opened the scoring with a three pointer before Andujar hit a layup off a turnover in opening up a seven-point lead.

Despite trailing on the road and with momentum against them, the Saints managed to claw their way back and took their first lead since early in the first half at 58-56 on a Lavon Long three pointer with 12:53 remaining. Richards quickly reclaimed the lead for the Jaspers 19 seconds later with a three pointer while setting the tone for the final 12-plus minutes.

Less than a minute later, Long again gave the Siena the lead at 59-58 on a layup only to be matched by Andujar 23 seconds later as Manhattan wouldn’t trail again for the rest of the night.

Pankey then hit a pair from the line and senior Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) a layup in extending the Jasper lead to 64-59 with 10:01 to play.

The Saints would not go away and drew and whittled the lead to two on a pair of occasions, the second time at 81-79 with 2:05 remaining.

Kates then split a pair from the line before Pankey blocked an Evan Hymes shot on the other end. Andujar followed with two free throws before Richards split a pair after grabbing a key defensive rebound. Andujar then for all intents and purposes put the game on ice with a pair of free throws following his career-high matching fourth steal while providing the final 87-79 score.

All told in the final 2:05, the Jaspers ended the game on a 6-0 run while scoring on its final four offensive possessions and forcing Siena into three missed shots and a turnover in claiming an 87-79 victory.

Andujar scored a game-high matching 20 points to lead five players in double-figures while giving Manhattan its seventh-straight game with a 20-point scorer. The Rice graduate also hit for at least 20 for the fifth time in seven games and for the ninth time for his career, including the team-best seventh time this season.

Long scored a game-high matching 20 points to lead five double-figure performers for a Saint unit that shot 49.1 percent (26-for-53) from the floor, including 56.3 percent (9-for-16) from long range.

The Jaspers return to action at Monmouth on Sunday, Feb. 1 with opening tip slated for 2 p.m.

Notes:
* Manhattan won its second-straight and has now claimed eight of its last 11 games.

* The Jaspers improved to 6-1 in games decided by 10 points or less during conference play.

* Manhattan also moved to 6-1 at home this season and has won 10-of-11 and 15-of-17 in Riverdale dating back to last season.

* Head Coach Steve Masiello improved 31-12 when coaching in front of “The 6th Borough.”

* Masiello also became the seventh member of the Jasper 70-win club and is 4-0, all-time, at home against Siena and has never lost to the Saints at Draddy Gymnasium (4-0 as an assistant).

* Manhattan is a perfect 8-0 when leading at the break this year and 7-1 when topping the 70-point plateau.

* The Jaspers forced at least 20 turnovers for the sixth time this season and recorded a season-high 13 steals.

* Manhattan shot a season-high 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from deep and are making good on 51.3 percent (20-of-39) over the last two games.

*The Jaspers reached the .500 mark for the first time this season after not falling below the standard once a year ago.

* Andujar moved past Arturo Dubois into 29th place on the all-time scoring list and now has 1,114 career points.

* After halftime, Andujar scored 14 of his 20 points while Pankey notched all 13 of his markers in the second half.

* Richards hit two three pointers and now is just three short of becoming the first player in school history with 200 three pointers.

* Williams is averaging 10.0 ppg over his last two games after scoring a combined 10 points over his five previous outings.

* Manhattan concludes January with a 6-3 record and will enter the final stretch of the regular season.

* A year ago, the Jaspers went a combined 11-1 over February and March.
Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeats Monmouth Hawks by a score of 71-64 in MAAC Conference Play.

The Manhattan College Jaspers defeated The Monmouth Hawks by a score of 71-64 in MAAC Conference Play.

The Jaspers were led in scoring by Junior Ashton Pankey who scored 22 points and was big on the boards with nine rebounds. Pankey was the lone Jasper to score in double figures.

With the win, The Jaspers improve to 9-10 and 6-4 in MAAC Conference Play, while Monmouth falls to 11-10 and 7-3 in MAAC Conference Play.

The Jaspers next play on Friday at home at Draddy Gym against Siena in MAAC Conference play and the games tips off at  7:00 p.m.

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Pankey Powers Manhattan To 71-64 Win Over Monmouth.

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) scored a game-high 22 points while pulling down nine rebounds to lift Manhattan to a 71-64 win over Monmouth at Draddy Gymnasium.

Over his last six games, Pankey has notched at least 18 points on five occasions and is averaging 17.2 points per game during that time while shooting 58.5 percent from the floor and 75.9 percent from the line.

With the victory, the Jaspers improve to 9-10 and 6-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while the Hawks fall to 11-10 and 7-3 in the league.

Pankey’s went 6-of-9 from the floor and 10-of-14 in notching his second career 20-point performance while falling one point short of his career-high set earlier this season at Fairfield. He was complimented by an impressive shooting effort that saw seven different players convert from long range as Manhattan made good on a season-high 11 three pointers.

The Jaspers jumped out to an early 16-7 lead at the 12:35 mark of the first half thanks to an 10-2 run that was keyed by the second unit.

Sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) got the spurt started with a fast break layup before freshmen Calvin Crawford (Middletown, Conn. / St. Thomas More (Conn.)) hit a three pointer. After Monmouth briefly quelled the run with a Brice Kofane dunk, Crawford converted a layup before freshman Zane Waterman (Winston Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) canned a triple of his own.

Later in the half with Manhattan now clinging to a 26-18 advantage following a Pankey dunk, Deon Jones took over and scored the next seven points to draw the Hawks to 26-25 with 5:15 to play until halftime.

With the  lead still at one with 1:56 to play until the break, junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) hit a three pointer to spark a half-ending 8-2 run that was punctuated by five points from Pankey as the Jaspers opened up a 40-33 lead at intermission.

After halftime, Monmouth used a quick 16-7 run to take its first lead of the game at 49-47 with 13:44 to play in the game. On the ensuing possession, senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) hit the first of his two three pointers to reclaim the lead for Manhattan while sparking a 7-1 run that put the Jaspers up 54-50 at the 8:49 mark.

The visitors quickly answered with six-straight points to take a two-point lead before Manhattan scored the next four markers. Jones then sank a pair from the line in notching the fourth and final tie of the afternoon at 58-58 with 5:04 to play.

Over the final five minutes it was the Pankey show. The Maryland transfer broke the deadlock with a layup with the shot clock winding down before converting a three-point play after stealing the ball in extending the Jasper lead out to 63-58 with 4:09 remaining. After Robinson briefly answered with a pair from the line, Pankey converted another layup to make it 65-60 with less than two minutes to go.

Trailing by four with 25 seconds to play, Monmouth had one last chance to again make it a one-possession game but was denied when senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) grabbed an errant Jones shot. Andujar sank the ensuing free throws before Pankey capped his 22-point day with one more freebie to provide the final 71-64 score.

Manhattan, which improved to 7-0 when leading at the half, shot 48.0 percent (24-for-50) from the floor, including 45.8 percent (11-for-24) from long range, while winning the rebounding battle (33-29) and handing out 19 assists, against just 12 turnovers.

Despite failing to hit for double-figures, Andujar had nine points while matching Pankey with a game-high nine rebounds and handing out five assists. Prior to the game, the Bronx product was honored for becoming the 36th member of the Jasper 1,000-point club in a ceremony with Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre and head coach Steve Masiello.

Williams led the second unit, which outscored the Hawk reserves 23-15, with seven points while sophomore Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) handed out six assists, against one turnover, in 18 minutes off the bench.

Jones scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half while Robinson had 14 points and five assists to pace Monmouth.

Manhattan will look to make it two in a row when it hosts Siena on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

Yonkers Insider Article: Quinnipiac Bearcats defeats Manhattan College Jaspers by a score of 73-59 in MAAC Conference Play.

The Quinnipiac Bearcats defeated The Manhattan College Jaspers by a score of 73-59 in MAAC Conference Play.

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Quinnipiac Posts 73-59 Win Over Manhattan.

     

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HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac scored seven-straights points to break a 41-41 deadlock midway through the second half en route to posting a 73-59 win over Manhattan at the TD Bank Sports Center.

The Bobcats improve to 11-8 and 5-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with the win while the Jaspers fall to 8-10 and 5-4 in the league.

In defeat, Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) was outstanding, scoring a season and game-high 25 points. The rugged senior forward also grabbed 13 rebounds in posting his third-straight 20-point outing and his third double-double of the year and the seventh of his career

Trailing by 10 early in the second half, Manhattan ripped off a 15-5 run to tie the game up at 39-39 with 12:14 to play following senior RaShawn Stores‘ (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.) second triple of the spurt.

The teams then traded buckets before Zaid Hearst hit jumper to reclaim the lead for Quinnipiac.Chaise Daniels followed with a three-point play and Ousmane Drame dunked home an errant shot to give the Bobcats what would prove to be an insurmountable 48-41 lead at the third media timeout (7:43) of the second half.

Following the stoppage, Andujar hit a pair at the line only to see Drame answer with a layup before Evan Conti delivered a back-breaking three pointer in extending the Quinnipiac advantage out to 53-43 with 6:46 remaining.

The lead would grow to a game-high 15 on four occasions as the Bobcats won for the fifth time in six games by a 73-59 count.

Quinnipiac assumed a 32-22 halftime lead thanks to an 8-0 half-ending spurt. Andujar led all players in the opening stanza with 13 of Manhattan’s 22 points.

Hearst scored 14 of his team-high 23 points after halftime to lead the way for Bobcats while Drame paced all players with 19 rebounds to go along with 14 points. Daniels joined the trio in double-figures with 11 points.

Pankey had another big game, scoring 14 of his 18 points after halftime to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

The Jaspers did an outstanding job on the offensive glass, posting a 20-14 advantage against the nation’s top rebounding unit. Quinnipiac, which had posted a NCAA-best +13.5 rebounding mark entering the game, outrebounded the visitors by a scant 43-39 margin.

For the game, the Bobcats shot a solid 43.4 percent (23-for-53) from the field while converting on 80.0 percent (24-for-30) from the charity stripe.

Manhattan forced 16 turnovers but shot just 33.3 percent (22-for-66) from the floor, including 23.5 percent (4-for-17) from long range, and 57.9 percent (11-for-19) from the line.

The Jaspers will return to action against first place Monmouth on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Prior to the game, Andujar will be recognized in a pregame ceremony for scoring his 1,000th career point.

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Yonkers Insider Article: The Rider Broncs defeated The Manhattan College Jaspers by a score of 82-79 in overtime in MAAC Conference Play.

Rider ends the Jaspers four game winning streak by winning a MAAC Conference game at Draddy Gym by a score of 82-79 in overtime.

With the win, Rider improves 12-7 and 6-2 in MAAC Conference play with the loss The Jaspers fall to 8-9 and 5-3 in MAAC Conference play.

The Jaspers were led by Emmy Andujar and Shane RIchards who had 21 points, Ashton Pankey added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 block shots.

The Jaspers return to MAAC Conference play on Friday Night when they go on the road to play Quinnipiac a game that will tip off at 7 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNU.

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Rider Squeaks By Manhattan 82-79 In Overtime.

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Rider snapped Manhattan’s four-game winning streak with an 82-79 overtime victory at Draddy Gymnasium.

In a game that featured 13 lead changes and five ties, the Broncs improved to 12-7 and 6-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while the Jaspers fell to 8-9 and 5-3 in the league.

In defeat, senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) and junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) each notched 21 points while classmate Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) added 18 points, a game-high seven rebounds and three blocks.

For Richards it marked his third straight 20-point outing and Andujar’s second straight as the duo along with Pankey all notched double-figures in scoring for the third time this season.

In overtime, Rider struck first on a Matt Lopez basket only to see Richards answer with his fifth triple of the game. Khalil Alford then sank a jumper to give the Broncs the lead at 78-77 with 3:46 to play. Both teams would go into an offensive stalemate over the next three minutes before Alford hit a layup with 31 seconds left to make it an 80-77 game.

Andujar then hit a pair from the line before Rider missed the front end of a one-and-one with 12 seconds to play. Unfortunately, Manhattan turned the ball over and the Broncs hit a pair from the charity stripe with just over a second remaining in posting the final 82-79 margin.

For the game, the Jaspers shot 50.0 percent (26-for-52) but allowed the visitors to make good on 57.4 percent (35-for-61) of their field goals. Rider was also able to convert 19 Manhattan miscues into a 30-12 advantage in points off turnovers.

The aforementioned trio of Andujar, Pankey and Richards combined for 60 points while the point guard duo of senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School) and sophomore Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y/ Cardinal Hayes) combined for 10 assists.

The Broncs began the second half on a 6-2 run to open up its biggest lead of the game at 43-38 following a Teddy Okereafor layup. The Jaspers then countered with a pair of Richards three pointers and two Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) free throws in reclaiming the lead at 46-43 with 14:58 to play.

Later in the half with the Manhattan advantage at 53-52 and just under 11 minutes remaining, Andujar converted an old-fashioned three-point play. Sophomore Jermaine Lawrence (Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) then hit two free throws to open up a six-point Jasper lead.

The teams would then trade buckets over the next four possessions and following a Rider missed shot, the Jaspers had a chance to further extend their advantage but misfired on two attempts as Okereafor drilled a three pointer to slice the lead to 62-59 with 8:10 remaining.

Richards immediately answered with a jumper before the Broncs scored six-straight points to take a one-point lead with 5:42 to play.

Andujar then stopped the bleeding with a free throw while tying the game up at 65-65 with 5:17 remaining.

The final five minutes of regulation featured four lead changes and three ties in a nip-and-tuck affair. Additionally, both teams misfired on potential game-winners in the final minute as an additional five minutes were needed to decide the rugged MAAC affair.

From the onset it looked as though Manhattan would run away with the game as the Jaspers scored the first seven points en route to jumping out to a 19-10 lead at the 12-minute mark of the opening stanza.

Following a timeout, Rider began chipping away at the lead before using a 10-0 run in taking a 30-27 lead with 4:27 to play in the first half following a pair of Anthony D’Orazio free throws. Pankey quickly answered with a dunk before Andujar following suit with a layup to reclaim the lead at 31-30.

The lead would be short-lived as the Broncs would embark on a 7-2 run before going into the break up one at 37-36.

Okereafor paced five double-figure scorers for Rider with 16 points, seven assists, six steals and four rebounds.

Manhattan will return to action at Quinnipiac on Friday, Jan. 23 with opening tip slated for 7 p.m. in a game that will air on ESPNU.

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Yonkers Insider Article: The Manhattan College Jaspers defeats The St Peter’s Peacocks by a score of 72-65 in overtime in MAAC Conference Play.

The Manhattan College Jaspers defeated The St Peter’s Peacocks in MAAC Conference in a road game by a score of 72-65 in overtime. The win extends the Jaspers winning streak to a season high of four games.

The Jaspers improve to 8-8 and 5-2 in MAAC Conference play and St Peter’s falls to 9-10 and 3-5 in MAAC Conference play.

The Jaspers were led by Emmy Andujar who had 22 points, Shane Richards followed with 21 points and Ashton Pankey and Rashawn Stores followed with 8 points apiece.

The Jaspers next play on Sunday at 2 PM for a home game when they host the Rider Broncs. The Jaspers will attempt to extend their season high winning streak to five times.

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Manhattan Outlasts Saint Peter’s In Overtime.

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) scored a game-high 22 points and junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) hit for 21 to lift Manhattan to a 72-65 overtime victory at Saint Peter’s in a game that was televised live via ESPN3.

Andujar had five points in the extra session while Richards added four as the Jaspers hit on all seven free throws, including six-straight over the final 24 seconds of action, in moving to 8-8 and 5-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with their fourth-straight win and sixth in seven games.

All four victories have come by 10 points or less with the latest serving as Manhattan’s first overtime victory since besting Iona 80-77 on Feb. 28, 2014.

The Jaspers also defeated the Peacocks for the ninth-straight time as Saint Peter’s falls to 9-10 and 3-5 in the league.

Manhattan 52.2 percent 12-of-23) after halftime and was a season-high 84.0 percent (21-of-25) from the line for the game in overcoming a 32-20 deficit in the paint. The Jaspers’ MAAC-leading three-point defense also forced the Peacocks into just 21.4 percent (3-for-14) from long range.

Saint Peter’s stormed out of the gates with an 18-10 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the first half thanks to a 9-1 spurt before Andujar finally stopped the bleeding with a layup. Richards then tied the game up with two-straight triple before capping a 10-0 spurt with a pair from the line in giving Manhattan a 20-18 lead at the 5:24 mark..

The Peacocks would immediately respond with a pair of free throws and ended the opening stanza with five-straight points in building a 35-30 advantage at intermission.  Saint Peter’s was able to build its lead thanks to shooting 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from the floor and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the line.

Richards notched 13 points in the first half while Andujar chipped in with eight as the duo accounted for 70.0 percent of the Jaspers’ offense.

After halftime, the Peacocks extended its lead out to six following a Desi Washington three pointer with 17:40 remaining in the second half. As in the first half, Manhattan turned up the pressure on defense and used six-straight points on four Ashton Pankey (Jr., Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) free throws and an Andujar runner to tie the game up at 39-39 with just under 14 minutes remaining.

The Peacocks would reclaim the lead with four-straight points only to see Manhattan rip off a 10-2 run in taking a 49-45 lead with 9:03 remaining following an Andujar three-point play.

Later in the stanza, the Jasper lead would grow to a half-high five at 56-51 at the 3:46 mark of the second following senior RaShawn Stores‘ (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) shot clock-beating three pointer.

However, Saint Peter’s would fight back to tie the game at 59-59 with eight seconds to play to force overtime.

Andujar opened the scoring in overtime with an old-fashioned three-point play and Manhattan would not trail the rest of the way en route to posting its second win over the Peacocks in nine days.

Both Andujar and Richards recorded their fourth 20-point performance of the year with Pankey and Stores each adding eight.

Marvin Dominique scored a team-best 16 to pace Saint Peter’s.

The Jaspers will look to make it five in a row against Rider on Sunday, Jan. 18 with opening tip tabbed for 2 p.m. at Draddy Gymnasium.

Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeats Niagara Purple Eagles by a score of 84-75 in MAAC Conference Play.

The Jaspers defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles by a score of 84-75 in MAAC Conference play at Draddy Gym on The Manhattan College Campus.

With their first three game winning streak of the year, The Jaspers improve to 7-8 and 4-2 in the MAAC now in second place in the MAAC, Niagara falls to 3-11 and 2-4 in the MAAC.

The Jaspers were had players in double figures and were led by Shane Richards who 22 points, Ashton Pankey had 19 points, Emmy Andujar added 16 points, Jermaine Lawrence had a career high 11 points and Rashawn Stores had 10 points.

The Jaspers will look for a season high fourth straight win on Friday, when they go on the road to play St Peter’s in MAAC Conference play.

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Manhattan Posts 84-75 Wire-To-Wire Win Over Niagara.

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) paced five Manhattan players in double-figures with 22 points in an 84-75 win over Niagara in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Draddy Gymnasium.

With their season-high third-straight victory and their fifth in their last six, the Jaspers improve to 7-8 and 4-2 in the MAAC while the Purple Eagles fall to 3-11 and 2-4 in the league.

Manhattan scored a season-high 84 points and won for the eighth-straight time at home and the 13th time in 14 games dating back to last year. The Jaspers were able to avenge last week’s loss to Niagara by forcing the visitors into 23 miscues, which the the defending MAAC Champions turned into a 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers.

Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) opened the scoring for Manhattan with a tip-in off an errant shot before classmate RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) split a pair from the line and Richards hit a jumper to stake Manhattan to an early 5-0 lead.

The Purple Eagles would finally dent the scoreboard on the ensuing possession only to see junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) respond with five-straight points before Andujar split a pair from the line to make it an 11-2 game with 15:26 remaining.

Just over a minute later, the Jaspers would use another spurt (7-0) to open up a 20-6 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining. In their tone-setting run, Manhattan forced eight Niagara miscues that led to nine points.

With the Jaspers on the verge of breaking the game open, the Purple Eagles responded with 10-straight points in just over a minute to trim the deficit to 20-16 with 10:59 remaining. As he has done over the last few games, Stores rose to the challenge and answered with a big three pointer to keep the visitors at bay. Sophomore Jermaine Lawrence (Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) followed with a jumper in extending the lead out to 25-16 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the opening stranza.

Niagara, however, refused to go away and would cut the deficit to 41-38 at the half thanks to making good on a blistering 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the field. Manhattan was able to take the halftime lead by turning 12 Purple Eagle miscues into a 16-0 advantage in points off turnovers.

The second half was an interesting battle as after Richards opened the scoring with a three pointer to push the Jasper lead out to 44-38. Niagara was unable to make it a single-possession game the rest of the way, but that didn’t stop the Purple Eagles from making things interesting.

Niagara would trim the deficit to five points on seven occasions throughout the second half but was thwarted in each attempt to further whittle its once 14-point deficit.

Manhattan was able to fend off the visitors thanks to big second-half performances from its big three of Pankey, Richards and Andujar. Pankey notched 14 of his 19 points and six of his seven rebounds after halftime while Richards chipped in with 12 and Andujar 11 in providing the valuable upperclass experience that has been synonymous with the recent Jasper success.

The trio also combined with Stores and senior Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) to account for all 43 points while shooting a blistering 85.2 percent (23-for-27) from the line, including making 14-straight to end the game.

Manhattan turned in another strong shooting performance, finishing up at 47.3 percent (26-for-55) while making good on 75.0 percent (27-for-36) from the line.

Niagara converted on 55.6 percent (25-for-45) from the field but was just 63.3 percent (19-for-30) from the line.

Richards’ 22 points was his third career 20-point performance while Pankey (19), Andujar (16), Lawrence (career-high 11) and Stores (10) all recorded double-figures in scoring.

The Purple Eagles were led by Wesley Myers, who scored 22 points off the bench.

Manhattan will look for its fourth-straight victory on Friday, Jan. 16 at Saint Peter’s in a game that will be televised by ESPN3 with tip time slated for 7 p.m.

Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeats St. Peter’s Peacocks by a score of 68-63 in MAAC Conference play.

The Manhattan College Jaspers defeated the St Peter’s Peacocks by a score of 68-63 in MAAC Conference Play.

The Jaspers improve to 6-8 and 3-2 in the MAAC, while the Peacocks fall to 8-8 and 2-3 in the MAAC.

The Jaspers were led by Senior Emmy Andujar who had 21 points and became the 36th Jasper to score 1,000 points, Junior Ashton Pankey added 18 points and 9 rebounds to the Jasper Attack, followed by Senior Rashawn Stores who had a good all around game with 10 points, 3 assists and 2 steals plus no turnovers.

The Jaspers return to play on Saturday, when they host Niagara in MAAC Conference play and the Jaspers will attempt to have their first three game winning streak of the year with a victory.

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Andujar, Pankey Power Manhattan To 68-63 Win Over Saint Peter’s.


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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan converted nine-straight field goals in the game’s first 12-plus minutes en route to posting a 68-63 wire-to-wire victory over Saint Peter’s at Draddy Gymnasium.

Leading the way for the Jaspers was Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice), who scored a game-high 21 points to become the 36th member of the school’s 1,000-point club, while junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) narrowly missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Manhattan, which won for the fourth time in five games, defeated the Peacocks for the eighth-straight time while improving to 6-8 and 3-2 in the Metro Atlantic  Athletic Conference (MAAC). Saint Peter’s, meanwhile, falls to 8-8 and 2-3 in the league.

The Jaspers, which shot a season-high 50.0 percent (17-for-34) for the game, came roaring out of the gates with seven-straight points as Pankey opened the scoring with a ferocious slam before hitting a layup after the defense forced a turnover. Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) then took advantage of another Peacock miscue with a leaning three pointer to cap a game-opening 7-0 spurt.

Following a timeout, Saint Peter’s answered with seven-straight points of its own before Manhattan ripped off a 19-4 run over the next 6:35. The surge, which included included 11-straight, helped to open up a 26-11 lead with 9:44 to play and was keyed by Andujar (9) and Pankey (6).

The never-say-die Peacocks would trim the deficit to nine at 31-22 with 6:24 remaining in the half on a a Elias Desport jumper while appearing primed to make a big push before the break. However, as they would do all night the Jaspers ripped off 10-straight points on a RaShawn Stores (Sr., Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) three-point play, four Andujar free throws and a Richards triple in staking the defending MAAC Champions to a 41-22 halftime lead.

In opening half, Manhattan, which didn’t miss a field goal attempt until the 7:10 mark, shot a season-high 63.2 percent (12-for-19) from the floor while also connecting on a blistering 93.8 percent (15-for-16) from the line in building its 19-point advantage. Defensively, the Jaspers limited Saint Peter’s to just 33.3 percent (9-for-27) from the field, including 12.5 percent (1-for-8) from long range.

After halftime, the Peacocks would use a 12-2 run midway through the second to trim what was a 19-point deficit to 58-54 with 3:48 to play on a Tyler Gaskins triple only to see Stores answer with a back-breaking three of his own.

Saint Peter’s would continue to battle and get to within three following a Rodney Hawkins layup before senior Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) put the game on ice with two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining while providing the final 68-63 tally.

In addition to its season-high performance from the floor, the Jaspers converted on a season-best 78.9 percent (30-for-38) from the line. The Peacocks shot a respectable 41.1 percent (23-for-56) from the floor, but made good on just 12.5 percent (2-for-16) from deep.

Saint Peter’s, which won the rebounding battle by a 31-29 margin, including 12-2 on the offensive end, was led by Gaskins’ team-best 20 points while Hawkins added 14 off the bench.

Stores joined Andujar and Pankey in double-figures, finishing with 10 points to go along with three assists, against no turnovers, and two steals in 29 minutes.

Manhattan will look for its first three-game winning streak against Niagara on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.

Notes
* Manhattan improves to 74-48, all-time, against Saint Peter’s and has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the teams at Draddy Gymnasium.

* The Jaspers are also a perfect 3-0 at home this season and have won seven-straight and 12-of-13 dating back to last season.

* Additionally, Manhattan is 28-11 at home since Masiello took over the program in 2011-2012.

* After Saint Peter’s converted its first three point attempt of the game, the Jasper defense limited the Peacocks to just 1-of-15 shooting from long range.

* Over the last two games, Manhattan is limiting opposing teams to just 13.5 percent (5-for-37) shooting from deep.

* The Jaspers have limited the opposition to less than 70 points in all six of its wins and is a perfect 5-0 when leading at the half.

* Manhattan’s 30 free throws were the most converted since making good on 32 in a 90-68 win over Siena on Jan. 16, 2014.

* Andujar’s second free throw with 4:40 remaining made him the 36th 1,000-point scorer in school history while securing his fifth career 20-point game.

* Andujar’s 21 points also marks the sixth 20-point performance by a Jasper this season.

* Over the last five games, the Jaspers are holding teams to just 26.9 percent (21-for-78) from deep.

* Stores is averaging 7.4 points and 3.6 assists per game during that time while posting a 6.0 assist/turnover ratio.

* Prior to the game, Richards was honored for breaking the school’s career record for three pointers.

* The teams will meet again in nine days on Friday, Jan. 16 in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeated Canisius Golden Griffins by a score of 63-60 in MAAC Conference Play,

The Manhattan College Jaspers earned a hard fought road MAAC Conference win against the Canisius Golden Griffins by a score of 63-60, to earn a split of the Buffalo trip.

The Jaspers improve to 5-8 and 2-2 in the MAAC, while Canisius falls to 2-2 in the MAAC and 7-6 overall.

The Jaspers were led by Shane Richards who had 18 points and collected 10 rebounds as well for a double double and Richard Williams added 12 points to the Jasper Attack.

Manhattan next plays on Wednesday, when they host St Peter’s in MAAC Conference Play.

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Richards’ Double-Double Lifts Manhattan To 63-60 Win At Canisius.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) notched his first career double-double with 18 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to lead Manhattan to a gritty 63-60 win over Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center while preserving a split of the Jaspers’ annual Western New York trek.

Richards was an impressive 5-for-9 from long range, including three of which reclaimed the lead for Manhattan, en route to scoring 12 of his game-high 18 markers after halftime.

With the win, the Jaspers improve to 5-8 and 2-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference while the Golden Griffins fall to 7-6 and 2-2 in the league.

Trailing 58-56 with just over six minutes to play following a Zach Lewis three pointer, Richards ran off a curl and drained his fifth three pointer of the game to give Manhattan what would prove to be an insurmountable 59-58 lead with 5:41 to go.

The teams would then go cold over the next two-plus minutes before senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) canned this three pointer to push the lead out to 62-58 with 2:47 remaining.

Canisius then quickly answered with a Phil Valenti bucket on the ensuing possession. The Golden Griffins would then force a turnover but were unable to answer as Valenti missed a jumper from the left foul line extended. After Pankey grabbed the rebound, sophomore Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) split a pair from the line to make it a 63-60 game with 1:08 to play.

The Manhattan zone defense then forced Canisius into an errant pass that sailed out of bounds while giving the Jaspers the ball back with just over 48 seconds remaining on the clock.

However, on the ensuing possession junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) was fouled immediately but was whistled for a contact technical foul in the process. Pankey then misfired on the front end before the Golden Griffins attempted their two technical free throws. However, Canisius misfired on both before coming up short on a pair of layup attempts.

In the crazy final minute, the Golden Griffins had one more chance to tie when Stores missed the front end of a free throw. However, the Jasper defense held strong in forcing Lewis into an errant three point attempt as Pankey grabbed the game-clinching rebound.

Sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) joined Richards in double-figures with 12 points, on 5-of-8 shooting. The point-guard tandem of Stores (9 points, 4 assists) and Wilson (6 points, 4 assists) combined for 15 points and eight assists, against just one turnover.

In the first half, Manhattan used a quick 8-0 run to build a 10-2 lead with just over 17 minutes remaining. The lead would grow to 10 on four occasions before Canisius whittled the lead down to 27-25 with 4:28 to play until halftime as Lewis capped a five-point spurt with a jumper.

However, in what would prove to be an overriding storyline when the Golden Griffins punched, the Jaspers punched back. Freshman Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) answered with a pair from the line as the Manahttan went into the break up 34-31.

In the first half, the Jaspers shot a blistering 57.9 percent (11-for-19), including 75.0 percent (9-for-12) from inside the arc. Canisius, meanwhile, shot 42.9 percent (12-for-28) from the floor, but misfired on all nine three-point attempts.

After halftime, the Golden Griffins rallied from a pair of six-point deficits with 7-0 spurts in taking one-point leads only to see Manhattan answer each time while setting the stage for the aforementioned exciting ending.

For the game, the Jaspers shot 48.8 percent (21-for-43) from the floor while winning the rebounding battle (33-32). The visitors also shot 42.9 percent (9-for-21) from long range, including 50.0 percent (7-for-14) in the second half.

Defensively, Manhattan limited Canisius into just 39.3 percent (22-for-56) shooting, including a paltry 14.3 percent (3-for-21) from deep.

In defeat, the Golden Griffins outscored the Jaspers in the paint (24-18), off turnovers (17-10), in second-chance opportunities (8-5), on fast break opportunities (7-2) and from the bench (31-19).

Canisius was led by Jermaine Crumpton’s team-high 16 points off the bench while Josiah Heath added 10 points.

After playing 11 of its first 13 games away from home, Manhattan will host Saint Peter’s on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

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Yonkers Insider Article: Niagara Purple Eagles defeat Manhattan College Jaspers in MAAC Conference Play by a score of 73-61.

Niagara defeated Manhattan College by a score of 73-61. Niagara improves to 3-8 and 2-1 in the MAAC and Manhattan falls to 4-8 and 1-2 in the MAAC.

The Jaspers were led in scoring by Ashton Pankey who had 11 points, followed by Emmy Andujar and Shane Richards had 9 points a piece and Rashawn Stores dished out a career high matching 6 assists.

The Jaspers continue their Buffalo trip when they play Canisius on Sunday Jan 4th with the game starting at 2 P.M.

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Manhattan Drops 73-61 Decision At Niagara

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Niagara shot 59.5 percent (25-for-42) from the floor, including 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from long range, en route to posting a 73-61 victory over Manhattan at the Gallagher Center.

The Purple Eagles improve to 3-8 and 2-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) while the Jaspers fall to 4-8 and 1-2 in the league.

Niagara jumped out to an early 19-10 lead with 13:18 to play in the first half thanks to hitting eight of its first 10 shots. Later in the first with the lead still at nine, the Purple Eagles scored eight-straight points to extend their advantage out to 32-15 at the 6:03 mark.

Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) briefly quelled the momentum with a pair of three pointers only to see Niagara respond with a half-ending 8-3 run in taking a 42-24 lead into the break.

In the first half, the Purple Eagles shot a blistering 65.2 percent (15-for-23), including 55.6 percent (5-for-9) from deep, while posting a 21-6 advantage on the glass.

After halftime, the lead briefly reached 20 on a pair of occasions before junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) hit back-to-back layups to spark a 13-3 run over the next 3:21 while slicing the deficit to 49-39 with 14:34 remaining. During the push, senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) scored five points while freshman Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) added four.

Unfortunately, Niagara answered with six-straight points to keep the Jaspers at bay.

Manhattan would continue to fight and trim the lead to 60-51 with 7:20 remaining following a Pankey layup but would get no closer in falling 73-61.

Pankey scored 10 of his team-high 11 points after halftime while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. Andujar (9) and Richards (9) each narrowly missed hitting for double-digits while senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.) handed out a career-high matching six assists.

The Jaspers shot just 36.1 percent (22-for-61) for the game, including 30.4 percent (7-for-23) from long range, but did force the Purple Eagles into 19 turnovers.

Niagara was led by Matt Scott, who scored 23 points off the bench.

Manhattan returns to action at Canisius on Sunday, Jan. 4 with opening tip slated for 2 p.m.

Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeated Fordham Rams by a score of 71-57 in Non Conference Play.

The Manhattan College Jaspers of the MAAC defeated The Fordham Rams of the Atlantic 10 Conference by a score of 71-57 in Non Conference Play.

The Jaspers improve to 4-7, while Fordham falls to 3-6. The win gives The Jaspers their first two game Winning Streak of the 2014-2015 Season.

The Jaspers were led by Emmy Andujar who had 14 points, 9 Rebounds and 3 assists and was the Mike Cohen MVP Award always giving in the Battle of the Bronx – Manhattan vs Fordham Annual game, Ashton Pankey was next in scoring with 12 points and also Shane Richard added 12 points as the Jaspers had three players in double figure scoring.

The Jaspers next play on January 2nd when they return to MAAC Conference, when they go on the annual Buffalo trip, when they play Niagara at 7:00 P.M. It will be a 10 day break for the Jaspers Basketball team.

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Manhattan Defeats Fordham 71-57 To Win The Battle Of The Bronx

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Paced by one of its most dominating segments of the season, Manhattan (4-7) defeated Fordham (3-6) 71-57 before a crowd of 6,519 that included former mayor Rudy Giuliani to win the Battle of the Bronx at the Barclays Center.

Trailing 16-4 with 13:44 to play in the first half, the Jaspers outscored the Rams 48-14 over the next 21-plus minutes to turn a 12-point deficit into a 52-30 lead with 12:15 remaining in the game. During the pivotal push, Manhattan forced Fordham into 4-of-16 shooting, including nine-straight at one point, and 13 turnovers while shooting 56.7 percent (17-for-30) from the field, including 80.0 percent (8-for-10) from long range.

Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) earned the Mike Cohen MVP Award after posting a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds to go along with three assists. This marks Andujar’s second Battle of Brooklyn MVP Award, also winning as a freshman.

Fordham scored the first 10 points of the game en route to jumping in front 16-4 with 13:40 to play in the opening period. However, the battle-tested Jaspers stuck to their script as junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) quelled the run with a jumper before classmate Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) canned a triple and freshman Zane Waterman (Winston Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) hit a pair from the line to trim the deficit to 16-11 with 11:11 remaining.

The Rams briefly answered before Manhattan ripped off nine-straight points in taking the lead for good at 22-20 with 6:40 to play. The advantage would grow to seven before the Jaspers headed into the break up 30-25.

Halftime did nothing to stop Manhattan’s momentum as the Jaspers scored on five of their first six second-half possessions in crafting a half-opening 14-4 run that extended the lead out to 44-29 with 16:29 remaining in the game while forcing a Fordham stoppage.

Unfortunately for the Rams, the timeout did little to slow the momentum as Manhattan scored eight of the next nine points in opening up a game-high lead of 22 at 52-30 with 12:15 to play. All told, the Jaspers capped their 22-5 second-half opening spurt with a 14-1 run.

In true rivalry fashion, Fordham would trim the lead to nine with 1:33 to play only to see Manhattan end the game by making good on 9-of-10 from the line to put the exclamation on its 71-57 come-from-behind win.

Andujar (14), Pankey (12) and Richards (12) all hit for double-figures to pace a balanced offensive attack that saw nine of the 10 Jasper players score.

For the game, Manhattan shot 46.0 percent (23-for-50), including 50.0 percent (9-for-18) from long range, while forcing 18 Ram miscues that led to a 19-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

Fordham was paced by Thomas, who scored a team-best 14 points.

The Jaspers, which now lead the all-time series by a 56-51 count, returns to action on Friday, Jan. 2 at Niagara with opening tip slated for 7 p.m. 

Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeat Morgan State by a score of 73-69.

The Manhattan College Jaspers defeated by a score of 73-69 at Draddy Gym at Riverdale, NY. The game was only the second home game for the Manhattan College Jaspers, so far this season, with the Jaspers playing 8 games on the road or at a neutral site so far this year in this tough non conference schedule that the Jaspers are playing this year in the 2014-2015 season.

The Jaspers improve to 3-7 on the season, while Morgan State falls to 2-10.

The Jaspers were led by Shane Richards who scored 20 points,  Emmy Andujar added 16 points, Jermaine Lawrence came in next with 9 points and Ashton Pankey collected 8 rebounds in the victory by the Jaspers.

The Jaspers next play on Monday Night at the Barclay’s center in Brooklyn when they play Fordham, to continue the Battle of the Bronx Rivalry and the
game tips off at 6 P.M.

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Late Run Lifts Manhattan To Thrilling 73-69 Win Over Morgan State

 
Box Score (HTML) | Box Score (PDF) | Highlights | Richards’ HighlightsRIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan erased a late four-point deficit with six-straight points en route to ripping off a game-ending 12-4 run in a thrilling 73-69 win over Morgan State at Draddy Gymnasium.Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) scored 20 points – fueled by 4-of-6 shooting from long range – and became the school’s all-time three-point leader (167) with his fourth triple of the game while besting Devon Austin’s previous mark of 166.With the victory the Jaspers improve to 3-7 while the Bears fall to 2-10.The game was a back-and-forth affair that featured 18 lead changes and 12 ties with neither team leading by more than six at any point.Early in the second half with Morgan State holding a slim 51-49 lead with 12:42 to play, sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) canned a three pointer while reclaiming the lead for Manhattan and starting a 10-2 run. Classmate Jermaine Lawrence (Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) followed with a pair a jumpers before Cedric Blossom briefly answered with a layup. Williams then bookended the spurt with another three pointer to give the Jaspers their largest lead of the night at 59-53 with 10:32 to play.However, Morgan State rattled off seven-straight points in taking a 60-59 lead with 6:47 to play. After the teams exchanged baskets, Torin Childs-Harris hit what appeared to be a back-breaking three pointer to open up a 65-61 Bear lead with just 3:15 remaining.On the ensuing play, Richards drew a foul before Morgan State was whistled for a technical. Following the media stoppage, Richards canned all four free throws to tie the game up and reach the 20-point mark for the second time in his career.Senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.) followed with a steal before senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) found sophomore Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) for a layup that would ultimately put Manhattan up for good at 67-65 with 1:53 remaining.

The Bears would cut the deficit to one on a pair of occasions only to misfire on some pivotal late free throw attempts. Wilson split a pair from the line before Stores hit two and Pankey split a pair to help the Jaspers close out the pesky visitors by a 73-69 count.

Andujar joined Richards in double-figures, scoring 10 of his 16 points after halftime while adding a game-high six assists and five rebounds. Lawrence matched his career-high with nine points while Pankey pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.

Morgan State’s Zech Smith scored 19 points with 15 rebounds to lead all players while Cedric Blossom (18) and Blake Bozeman (12) notched double-figures in scoring.

Manhattan shot 45.5 percent (25-for-55) from the floor, including 45.0 percent (9-for-20) from deep, while  pressuring the Bears into a season-high matching 19 turnovers.

Despite shooting just 60.9 percent (14-for-23) from the line, the Jaspers made good on a blistering 80.0 percent (8-for-10) in the game’s final five minutes in helping to secure the team’s first win by less than five points this season after recording seven a year ago.

Manhattan will have little time to celebrate as the Jaspers will square off with Fordham at the Barclays Center on Monday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.

Yonkers Insider Article: Pittsburgh defeats Manhattan College in Non Conference Play.

The Manhattan College Jaspers of the MAAC dropped a Non Conference game to the Pittsburgh Panthers of the ACC by a score od 65-56.

The Panthers improve to 7-3, while Manhattan falls to 2-7.

The Jaspers were led by Emmy Andujar who had 19 points, Ashton Pankey added 12 points and collected 10 rebounds, Calvin Crawford contributed 7 points to the Jasper effort.

On Saturday Night, The Jaspers return home to play host to Morgan State in Non Conference play with the game starting at 7 PM at Draddy Gym, The Jaspers started the year by playing 8 of the first nine games on the road.

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Late Rally Falls Shorts As Manhattan Drops 65-56 Decision At Pitt.

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) scored 17 of his team-high 19 points after halftime while junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) notched his third career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Manhattan in a 65-56 loss to Pittsburgh at the Peterson Events Center.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 7-3 while the Jaspers fall to 2-7.

Manhattan struggled out of the gates, turning the ball over on 10 of its first 11 possessions, but trailed just 11-2 before senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) hit a floater and junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) a three pointer to get the offense going and make it an 11-7 game at the second media timeout  (10:54).

The Jaspers would trim the deficit to two at 20-18 with 4:09 to play in the opening half following a Tyler Wilson (So., Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) layup. Pitt would respond with four-straight points en route to take a 26-21 lead at the break.

Despite committing 12 turnovers and going just 1-for-5 at the line in the opening stanza, Manhattan trailed by just five at intermission thanks to making good on 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from the field and using a 12-10 advantage in the paint.

After playing just one minute against Rutgers, freshman Calvin Crawford (Middletown, N.Y. / St. Thomas More (Conn.)) made his presence felt with a half-high seven points off the bench while helping ignite a slow-starting Jasper offense.

After halftime, the Pitt lead would grow to a game-high 16 on two occasions before Manhattan made its final push with just over four minutes to play.

Richards and freshman Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy) each hit three pointers, before sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) converted a layup off a steal and Andujar made good on two free throws to cap a 10-2 run while trimming deficit to eight at 57-49 with 3:21 to play.

Jamel Artis finally stopped the bleeding for Pittsburgh with a jumper but it was unable to stop the Jasper attack. Manhattan would not go away and got to within seven at 59-52 following an Andujar layup with 1:50 to play, but was unable to get any closer in dropping the 65-56 decision.

The Jaspers shot a solid 47.7 percent (21-for-44) from the floor but allowed the Panthers to make good on 51.1 percent (23-for-45) while both teams grabbing exactly 28 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

Manhattan, which has played eight of its first nine games on the road, will next host Morgan State on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
Yonkers Insider Article: Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the Manhattan College Jaspers in the ECAC Holiday Festival by a score of 63-55 held at Madison Square Garden.

Manhattan a dropped a game to Rutgers of the Big Ten Conference by a score of 63-55 in the ECAC Holiday Festival held at Madison Square Garden. The Jaspers fall to 2-6 in the loss and with the Rutgers improves to 6-4.

Manhattan did hold their own against the Big 10 Conference team The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, but the Jaspers fell short in the ultimate goal of winning the game.

The Jaspers were led in scoring by Senior Emmy Andujar who had 21 points and added 9 rebounds, 4 assists and contributed 3 steals, Ashton Pankey added 10 points and 6 rebounds for the Jaspers and Jermaine Lawrence added 8 points coming off the bench for the Jaspers.

The Jaspers next play on Wednesday when they head to Pennsylvania and play the Pittsburgh Panthers of the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) for a game slated to start at 7 P.M.

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Rutgers Staves Off Manhattan 63-55 At The 2014 Holiday Festival

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Manhattan trimmed a 13-point second-half deficit to two but was unable to get any closer in dropping a 63-55 decision to Rutgers in the first game of the 2014 Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

In defeat, the Jaspers fall to 2-6 while the Scarlet Knights improve to 6-4.

Senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) led the way for Manhattan with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Playing on the road for the seventh time in eight games to start the season, the Jaspers started slowly in the first half and trailed by a 35-25 count at the break. Rutgers was able to build its 10-point advantage at intermission thanks to shooting a blistering 59.1 percent (13-for-22) in the opening stanza.

After the break, the Scarlet Knights picked up where they left off in the first half in opening up a 42-29 lead with just over 16 minutes only to see Manhattan rally behind a tenacious full-court press.

Thanks to buckets by sophomore Jermaine Lawrence (Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) and Andujar along with a pair at the line from junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland), the Jaspers ripped off six-straight points while trimming the deficit to 42-35 with 13:07 to play.

Manhattan would continue to battle and later in the half with the deficit at six, Lawrence converted a layup before Andujar hit a pair from the line to make it a two-point game at 48-46 with 6:34 to play.

On the ensuing possession, Andujar grabbed the long rebound before drawing a foul at the opposite end and headed to the line with a chance to draw the Jaspers even. Unfortunately, Andujar missed both and Malick Kone converted a layup on the other end in extending the lead back to four at 50-46 with 5:36 to play.

The Rutgers lead dwindled to two twice more, before the Scarlet Knights opened up a 55-50 advantage with 4:00 to play following a Junior Etou three-point play. Etou would hit two more from the line before Kadeem Jack converted a pair in extending the lead back out to nine at 59-50 with 1:39 remaining.

Andujar would respond with a pair of lay-ups in helping secure his fourth career 20-plus point game but Manhattan was unable to get any closer in dropping a 63-55 decision.

Pankey joined Andujar in double-figures with 10 points while adding six rebounds. Lawrence fell one point short of his career-high, finishing up with eight markers while pacing the Jaspers’ second unit.

Jack finished with a game-high 24 points while Etou added 16 points to pace Rutgers.

Manhattan shot just 38.8 percent (19-for-49) from the floor, including 7.1 percent (1-for-14) from long range. The Jaspers, however, were able to stay within striking distance thanks to pressuring the Scarlet Knights into a season-high 21 miscues.

Rutgers was able to overcome the Manhattan pressure by making good on 46.3 percent (19-for-41) from the field and a blistering 92.0 percent (23-for-25) from the line. The Scarlet Knights also owned a 35-23 advantage on the glass.

The Jaspers returns to action at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Dec. 17 with tip time slated for 7 p.m.

Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeated the Marist Red Foxes in MAAC Conference play by a score of 60-38.

The Jaspers beat Marist and improve to 2-5 and 1-1 in the MAAC and Marist drops to 1-6 and 0-2 in the MAAC by losing to the jaspers by a score of 60-38.

The Jaspers were led by Emmy Andujar who had 15 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists and Rich Williams added 13 points in his first start of the season for the Jaspers.

The Jaspers next play on Sunday at Madison Square Garden when they play Rutgers of the Big Ten Conference, the game is slated to tipoff at noon.

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Andujar’s Near Triple-Double Powers Manhattan Past Marist, 60-38

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan (2-5; 1-1 MAAC) scored the first 12 points of the game and never looked back en route to posting a wire-to-wire 60-38 win over Marist (1-6; 0-2 MAAC) in the Jaspers’ home opener at Draddy Gymnasium.

Leading the charge was senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) with 15 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high matching eight assists while falling just two helpers short of the program’s first-ever triple double. Sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) finished with 13 points in his first start of the season to round out the double-figure scorers for Manhattan.

Not to be lost in the victory was the swarming Jasper defense, which limited the Red Foxes to a paltry 19.5 percent (8-for-41) shooting, including 21.1 percent (4-for-19) from deep, while forcing 19 miscues that led to a 21-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

Manhattan also posted advantages of 45-29 on the glass and 30-8 in points in the paint in turning in their most complete effort of the season.

The Jaspers were in total control from the onset as junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) slammed home a Shane Richards (Jr., New York, N.Y. / York Prep) for the first bucket of the game while setting the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Senior Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) followed with a jumper before finding Andujar for a layup in extending the lead out to 6-0 while forcing a Marist timeout with 13:39 to play in the first..

The stoppage did nothing to quell the momentum, as following a turnover sophomore Jermaine Lawrence (Queesn, N.Y. / Cincinnati) converted a layup off a pass from senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)). Andujar then stole an errant and slammed it home before Lawrence capped Manhattan’s game-opening 12-0 spurt with a jumper off a pass from freshman Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, N.C. / Fayetteville Academy).

All told, the Jaspers went 6-for-9 from the field while forcing the Red Foxes into nine missed shots and six turnovers over the first seven-plus minutes of the game.

The lead would grow to 25-10 with 3:20 to play until halftime thanks to an 11-2 run. Marist’s offense then woke up and finished the half with a 9-4 spurt to trim the deficit to 29-19 at the break.

After halftime, Manhattan kept its foot on the accelerator with a half-opening 7-0 run that for all intents and purposes dashed any hope of a comeback for the Red Foxes while extending the lead out to 36-19 with 17:58 remaining.

The Jaspers’ lead would grow to a season-high 28 on a pair of occasions in large part to a Manhattan defense that held Marist to just 16.7 percent (3-for-18) shooting from the field, including 14.3 percent (1-for-7) from long range, in claiming the aforementioned 60-38 victory.

For the game, the Jaspers shot 44.1 percent (26-for-59), including 60.0 percent (21-for-35) from inside the arc, while notching 10 steals for the second time this season.

Phillip Lawrence matched Andujar with 15 points to pace Marist.

Manhattan returns to action against Rutgers on Sunday, Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden with tip time slated for Noon.

NOTES:
* Andujar’s double-double was his second of the year and the sixth of his career.

* His 15 rebounds were one short of his career-high of 16, which was set against Loyola (MD) on Jan. 27, 2013 while his eight assists match his previous high set against Binghamton on Dec. 30, 2011.

* Andujar’s 15 points also give him 901 markers for his career and with 99 more would make him the 36th 1,000-point scorer in program history.

* The 38 points were the fewest allowed by the Jaspers since a 34-31 win over Fairfield on March 1, 2013.

* Marist’s eight field goals were the fewest allowed by Manhattan since limiting Iona to eight in a 52-39 win on Feb. 9, 2009.

* The Jaspers an is now 27-15, all-time, against the Red Foxes and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings at Draddy Gymnasium.

* Head coach Steve Masiello improves to 6-1, all-time, against Marist.

Yonkers Insider Article: Fairfield Stags defeated the Manhattan College Jaspers by a  score of 67-54 in MAAC Conference play in the MAAC Opener.

The Fairfield Stags defeated the Manhattan College Jaspers by a score of 67-54 in MAAAC Conference play in the MAAC Conference Opener.

The Stags improved to 3-5 on the season, while the Jaspers fell to a 1-5 record in the early season. This was the sixth straight game for the Jaspers on the road to start the early season, it was a tough road schedule for the Jaspers.

The Jaspers were led by Ashton Pankey who had 23 points, joining Pankey in double figures was Emmy Andujar who added 10 points and 9 rebounds.

The Jaspers next play on Sunday in their home opener and it will be in MAAC Conference Play against the Marist Red Foxes.

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Pankey’s Career-High 23 Not Enough In 67-54 Loss At Fairfield

 

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Despite a career-high 23 points from junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland), Manhattan dropped a 67-54 decision to Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opener for both teams at Webster Bank Arena.

Fueled by a 17-2 run that spanned the end of the first and the beginning of the second half, the Stags improved to 3-5 on the season while the Jaspers fall to 1-5.

Manhattan will now return home for its long-awaited home opener at Draddy Gymnasium against Marist on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Playing away from home for the sixth-straight game to start the season, the Jaspers stormed out of the gates on a 8-1 run thanks to hitting on three of their first four shots.

Fairfield, meanwhile, was ice-cold against a tenacious Manhattan defense that forced the Stags into 10-straight missed shots to start the game and 16-of-17 from the floor over an 11-plus minute stretch.

However, the Jaspers were unable to take advantage and turned the ball on seven-of-eight possessions over a two-minute stretch yet still led 8-7 midway through the opening stanza.

Marcus Gilbert would give Fairfield its first lead at 10-9 with 8:16 to play on a tip-in while snapping the Stags’ early cold spell. Pankey quickly answered with a dunk only to see Fairfield respond quickly with six-straight points in opening up a 16-11 advantage with 5:18 until halftime.

Manhattan would trim the deficit to one on a pair of occasions thanks to Pankey, who scored seven of the Jaspers’ final 10 points of the half.

As would be the story for the game, the Stags responded with a pair of baskets while forcing a pair of empty Manhattan possessions in taking a 27-22 halftime lead.

After its slow start, Fairfield scored on 11 of its final 13 possessions of the half starting with the aforementioned Gilbert tip-in.

Pankey was phenomenal in the opening period, scoring 13 of the Jaspers’ 22 points while going 6-for-10 from the floor with two blocks.

After halftime, the Stags used a 13-2 run – including eight-straight in opening up a 40-24 lead with 15:44 to play in the game. Junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) finally stopped the bleeding with his first three pointer of the game while helping spark a 12-4 spurt that cut the deficit to 44-36 with 8:47 remaining.

Unfortunately, that would be as close as Manhattan would get as Marcus Gilbert hit a backbreaking three pointer with 8:22 to play to stretch the lead back out to double figures.

The lead would grow to a game-high 18 before Fairfield put away a pesky Jasper squad by a 67-54 score.

Marcus Gilbert led all players with 24 points while Pankey finished with 23 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Pankey’s 23-point effort was a season-high by a Manhattan student-athlete and the second 20-point effort by a Jasper this year while bettering his previous career-best mark of 17 set against Radford on Dec. 23, 2011.

Joining Pankey in double-figures was senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice), who finished one rebound shy of a double-double (10 points | 9 rebounds).

Manhattan shot a respectable 41.9 percent (18-for-43), but just 20.0 percent (3-for-15) from deep, while turning the ball over 21 times.

Fairfield, meanwhile, converted on 42.2 percent (19-for-45) from the field, including 62.1 percent (18-for-29) over the final 28-plus minutes.


Powers To Be Honored With ECAC Lifetime Award


DANBURY, Conn. –
 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Board of Directors Chair Gene Doris and ECAC President and CEO Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced that former Manhattan College student-athlete, head coach and administrator John “Jack” Powers along with Donald “Dee” Rowe (Connecticut) will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2014 Holiday Festival.

Powers will be honored at the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Holiday Festival presented by Advanced Auto Parts on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

Jack Powers has been instrumental in the development of the college basketball brand on the national stage,”said Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre“He has not only dedicated his career endeavors to serving Manhattan College, but to NCAA basketball as a whole. He has been a terrific friend and mentor to me personally and the ECAC should be commended on extending him the well-deserved lifetime achievement award.”

This year’s event will once again showcase four ECAC institutions, as Manhattan will take on Rutgers University in the opener at 12 p.m. before St. John’s University and Fordham University will take the court at 2 p.m. Powers and Rowe will be recognized at halftime of the second game while the ECAC will also present a Coaching Excellence Award to Tom Young (Rutgers). Additionally, the ECAC will recognize Darryl Brown (Fordham) and Bill Schaeffer (St. John’s) with Special Achievement Awards. This year’s ECAC Legends Awards will be presented by Webster Bank.

Powers served as executive director of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) from 1988 until August 2005, after spending the previous nine years as the athletics director at his alma mater, Manhattan College. During his tenure, Powers also served on the Executive Council of the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A), and was the president of the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the Tri-State Soccer League. Additionally, Powers was Manhattan’s representative to the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, the sponsoring body of the NIT.

He began his career as a high school basketball coach, but returned to Manhattan as the head men’s basketball coach in 1968. He led the team for 10 seasons, posting a record of 142-114 while guiding the Jaspers to the ECAC Holiday Festival Championship in 1973 and four NIT appearances.

About the ECAC
In the 76 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation’s largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina, and westerly to Missouri.  In the 2014-15 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 32 men’s and women’s sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.

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Yonkers Insider Article: George Mason Patriots defeats Manhattan College Jaspers by a score of 64-63.

The Manhattan College Jaspers had a devastating loss today losing to George Mason Patriots by a count of 64-63 on a 75 foot shot by Jalen Jenkins to give the Patriots the stunning win over the Jaspers.

With the loss, The Jaspers fall to 1-4 and the Patriots improved to 2-4.

The Jaspers played this game empty handed with four Jasper regulars out of the lineup in today’s game.

Shane Richards led the Jaspers with 18 Points, Tyler WIlson added 15 points and Emmy Andujar added a well balanced game of 8 points and getting 9 rebounds,

The Jaspers next play on Friday at Fairfield as the Jaspers begin defense of their MAAC Championship.

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George Mason Stuns Manhattan, 64-63

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FAIRFAX, Va. - Jalen Jenkins’ 75-foot heave with time expiring lifted George Mason to an improbable 64-63 victory over Manhattan at the Patriot Center.

With the win, the Patriots improve to 2-4 while the Jaspers fall to 1-4.

Playing without four regulars, Manhattan hit on its first four shots to start the game en route to making good on 11-of-15 (.733) in jumping out to a 28-15 lead with 6:53 to play in the opening stanza.

Sophomore Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) opened the game with this layup before classmate Carlton Allen (Ewing, N.Y. / Life Center Academy) converted a layup of his own after drawing an offensive foul on the other end. Then after forcing an errant GMU pass, junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) drained the first of his five three pointers to make it 7-0 while forcing a George Mason timeout with 18:03 remaining in the stanza.

After the Patriots briefly answered with a free throw, Wilson hit this layup – the fourth-straight Jasper field goal conversion – to stretch the lead to 9-1.

Manhattan continued to stay hot in the early going, thanks to a balanced offensive attack that saw seven different players score – including sophomore Trevor Glassman (Bedford, N.H. / New Hampton School) with this three pointer and senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) with this layup. The lead would grow to a game-high 13 at 28-15 with 6:53 to play until intermission thanks to the Jaspers’ second 7-0 run of the stanza, which was capped by Richards’ fourth three.

George Mason, however, rallied to end the half on a 13-0 run while making it a 28-28 game at the break.

After halftime, Manhattan broke the deadlock with a quick 8-2 run as freshman Calvin Crawford (Middletown, N.Y. / St. Thomas More (Conn.)) opened the scoring with this three pointer and a pair from the line. The Patriots briefly answered before senior Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) knocked home this three pointer to give the visitors a 36-30 lead with 16:24 remaining in the game.

GMU would rally with six-straight points in less than a minute to tie the game up at 36-36 while setting the stage for a frantic final 15 minutes of action.

After threatening all game, George Mason took its first lead at 46-41 with just over eight minutes to play thanks to a 7-0 run. However, on the ensuing possession Richards split a pair of Patriot defenders thanks to a Andujar screen and converted this three pointer, his fifth of the game, to quell the GMU spurt.

Marquise Moore briefly answered with a jumper only to see Wilson and Andujar each hit a pair of free throws to tie the game up at 48-48 with 6:26 to play. Wilson then got the defensive rebound on the ensuing possession and was fouled before hitting two more freebies. Andujar followed with this layup and Richards hit another jumper to cap a 10-0 run in giving the Jaspers a 54-48 lead with just 4:22 to play.

With the lead still at six with 19 seconds to play following a pair of Wilson free throws, Patrick Holloway hit the first George Mason triple of the day to draw the Patriots within three at 61-58. Wilson then split a pair at the line with just nine seconds remaining to again make it a two-possession game. Holloway responded with his second-straight three to cut the deficit to 62-61 with just over three seconds remaining.

After being fouled, Richards hit the first of two free throws before missing the second. On the play, Jenkins collected the rebound and fired a desperation three pointer that was ruled good after the referees went to the monitor.

Manhattan, which shot 43.9 percent (18-for-41) from the field, including 47.1 percent (8-for-17), was led by Richards’ team-high 18 points and a career-best matching 15 points from Wilson to go along with a personal-best seven assists. Andujar just missed a double-double, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds.

Jenkins hit for a game-high 24 points to lead the way for George Mason.

The Jaspers returns to action on Friday, Dec. 5 at Fairfield with opening tip slated for 7 p.m.Yonkers Insider Article: Northeastern Huskies defeated Manhattan College Jaspers.

The Northeastern Huskies of the CAA Conference defeated the Manhattan College Jaspers of the MAAC Conference by a score of 65-51 in the Championship Game of the 2014 Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Jaspers fall to 1-3 in the early season.

The Jaspers were led by Tyler Wilson who had 12 points, Ashton Pankey added 9 points and Rashawn Stores collected 8 points.

The Jaspers next play on Saturday when they go on the road to play George Mason.

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Manhattan Felled By Northeastern, 65-51

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Northeastern used a strong first half to defeat Manhattan 65-51 in the Championship Game of the 2014 Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Huskies improve to 4-0 with the win while the Jaspers fall to 1-3.

In defeat, junior Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) had a strong game, finishing with 12 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, four assists and three steals.

Northeastern took control in the first half thanks to an 18-1 run, including 11-straight over a four-plus minute stretch to open up a 33-15 advantage with just over seven minutes to play. The lead would grow to a half-high 22 before senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) hit a layup to trim the deficit to 44-24 at the break.

In the opening stanza, the preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) favorite made good on 66.7 percent (16-for-24) from the floor, including 66.7 percent (4-for-6) from deep, and converted all eight free throws. Manhattan, meanwhile, hit on six of its first nine shots before misfiring on nine-straight en route to converting on just 4-of-19 (.211) to end the period.

After intermission the Huskies quickly stretched the lead out to a game-high 23 before the Jaspers made things interesting.  Wilson hit the first of his five second-half field goals before freshman Calvin Crawford (Middletown, N.Y. / St. Thomas More (Conn.)) hit a three. Pankey then tipped in an errant Manhattan shot and Wilson hit another layup to cap a 9-0 run while trimming the deficit to 48-34 with just under 14 minute remaining.

Northeastern would break its drought with a three pointer and a pair from the line only to see senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) convert a four-point play and one more at the line to again trim the deficit to 14. However, the Jaspers would be able to get any further the rest of the way and despite a late 8-2 spurt dropped a 65-51 decision.

For the game, Northeastern shot 55.3 percent (21-for-38) from the floor, but just 35.7 percent (5-for-14) after the break, and was turned over 23 times by the Jaspers’ defense. Manhattan, meanwhile, made good on 37.7 percent (20-for-53) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-for-18) from deep.

Scott Eatherton scored 22 points while grabbing eight rebounds while Zach Stahl added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the way for the Huskies.

Pankey added nine points while Stores contributed eight markers to round out the top scorers for the Jaspers.

Manhattan will look to rebound at George Mason on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.

Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan College Jaspers defeats Binghamton Bearcats.

The Manhattan College Jaspers recorded their first win of the season in a victory against the Binghamton Bearcats by a score of 78-63 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Jaspers are now 1-2 on the early season.

Shane Richards led the Jaspers in scoring 24 points, Ashton Pankey added 11 points., Richard Williams contributed 11 points, Emmy Andujar scored 9 points, Calvin Crawford added 9 points and Carlton Allen had 7 points.

The Jaspers next play on Sunday at 8 p.m in the Championship Game against Northeastern.

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Richards’ 24 Points Lifts Manhattan To 78-63 Win Over Binghamton

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Junior Shane Richards (Bronx, N.Y. / York Prep) scored 15 of his career-high 24 points in the decisive first half to lead Manhattan to a 78-63 win over Binghamton in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

With the victory, the Jaspers improve to 1-2 and will next play on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m in the Championship Game against Northeastern.

The win was a total team for Manhattan as nine different student-athletes scored as the Jaspers outscored the Bearcats (1-3) in the paint (30-22), off turnovers (30-11), in second-chance opportunities (18-16) and from the bench (29-19).

Additionally, Manhattan forced Binghamton into eight offensive fouls that led to 15 points, including 10 by Richards. The Jaspers also shot a robust 49.1 percent (28-for-57) from the floor while turning it over just 10 times.

Richards also added a career-high five assists – highlighted by this nifty pass to Carlton Allen (Ewing, N.J. / Life Center Academy) – and didn’t turn the ball over in 32 minutes of action. Junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) added 11 points, including this hard-fought lay-up to open the game. Sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)), also added 11 fueled by three triples, including this first-half trifecta.

Manhattan grabbed control of the game early in the first half, needing just 49 seconds to stretch a one-point lead into what would prove to be an insurmountable nine-point advantage. Williams and Richards each hit three pointers before Richards canned a pair at the line to make it a 19-10 game with 12:04 until halftime.

The Bearcats would continue to hang around thanks to making good on 70.0 percent (14-for-20) at the line in the opening stanza and trailed just 34-26 with 2:22 remaining when the Jaspers for all intents and purposes put the game on ice.

Freshman Calvin Crawford (Middletown, N.Y. / St. Thomas More (Conn.)) hit a layup before converting an old-fashioned three-point play. After a free throw, Manhattan continued its spurt as Samson Akilo (Lagos, Nigeria / Nazareth) hit this layup before senior Donovan Kates (Hopkingsville, Ky. / Christian County) capped the half-ending 9-1 run with this layup to give the Jaspers a 43-27 halftime lead.

In the opening period, Manhattan displayed a dominant defense that forced Binghamton into just 27.3 percent (6-for-22) shooting while including limiting the Bearcats to just one field goal and seven turnovers over the final 10:57.

After halftime, the lead would swell to a game-high 21 at 58-37 with 12:30 to play following a Williams layup. However, Binghamton would trim the deficit to 11 on three occasions only to see the Jaspers answer each time. The last of which came with 2:14 remaining when Pankey flushed a well-placed Richards pass off a curl for an old-fashioned three-point play while putting the exclamation point on the Manhattan’s first victory of the season.

After being held scoreless in his first two collegiate games, Crawford scored nine points with four rebounds while senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) added nine points as both players finished just short of double-figures. Rounding out the top offensive performers was sophomore Carlton Allen (Ewing, N.J. / Life Center Academy), who finished with a career-high seven points.

Willie Rodriguez led Binghamton with 23 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Yonkers Insider Article: Manhattan drops a hard fought game to UMass in overtime by a score of 77-68.

In a game played in Amherst, Mass, between UMass from the A10 and Manhattan from the MAAC, it was a hard fought game that the Jaspers dropped to UMass by a score of 77-68 in overtime. The Jaspers now drop to 0-2 in the early season of 2014-2015.

The Jaspers were led by Senior Emmy Andujar who scored 21 points and collected 10 rebounds and also added 5 assists. Junior Shane Richards added 13 points, Sophomore Tyler WIlson added 10 Points, Senior Donovan Kates added 9 points as well as Sophmore Richard Williams collecting 8 points and Junior Ashton Pankey added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 block shots.

The Jaspers next play on Saturday, when they play Binghamton of the America East Conference at 5:30 P.M.

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Manhattan Drops 77-68 Overtime Heartbreaker To UMass

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Amherst, Mass. - In a game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties, Massachusetts (3-0) bested Manhattan (0-2) 77-68 in an overtime thriller at the Mullins Center.

Despite dropping the heartbreaker, the Jaspers struck a cord nationally before an ESPN2 audience with a dramatic comeback just to force overtime.

Trailing by three in the second half with 2.0 seconds remaining, sophomore Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) was fouled and after making the first free throw intentionally missed the second. However, on the play Wilson failed to hit the rim giving the ball directly back to the Minutemen.

On the ensuing play, Seth Berger made an errant pass the ricocheted off his teammate’s hand and out of bounds allowing Manhattan one last chance with 0.8 seconds remaining. Following a monitor check to determine the proper time, sophomore Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (Vt.)) delivered this powerful dunk off an Emmy Andujar (Sr., Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) lob with 0.2 seconds to force overtime while perfectly executing Steve Masiello‘s play call.

In extra time, UMass never trailed and converted on eight of its nine possessions while going a perfect 12-for-12 from the line to deny the Jaspers by a 77-68 count.

Despite the loss, Andujar was outstanding recording 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while notching his fifth career double-double and his third 20-point game.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured seven lead changes before Manhattan forged ahead with a quick 8-2 spurt to take a 21-14 lead with 9:11 to play until halftime on a Donovan Kates (Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County) three pointer off a pass from Andujar.

Massachusetts would continue to fight and used a 6-1 spurt to tie it up at 28-28 at the break.

After halftime, the Minutemen reclaimed the lead at 38-37 following a Derrick Gordon layup and appeared poised to make a run. However, the Jaspers and Masiello had other ideas.

After inducing an offensive foul, Andujar scored on an in-bounds pass from junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) to reclaim the lead for Manhattan. Then following a turnover, Williams converted a layup of his own off a pass from senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)). Williams then swiped the ball on defense and found a cutting Richards for the third-straight Jasper layup while extending the advantage out to 43-38 with just over 14 minutes remaining.

The teams would then trade points over next six-plus minutes before Cady Lalanne dunked home a Gordon pass and Maxie Esho converted a layup to make it a one-possession game at 48-47 with just over seven minutes to play. Kates then answered with his third triple of the game before Lalanne scored the next four points to tie up the game at 51-51 with 5:11 remaining.

In continuing with the heavyweight fight theme, junior Ashton Pankey (Bronx, N.Y. / Maryland) struck next with a pair of layups to reclaim the lead for Manhattan at 55-51 at the 4:44 mark.

Unfortunately, UMass answered with six-straight points in grabbing a 57-55 lead with 2:48 remaining. After coming up empty on the subsequent possession, the Jaspers dug in defensively and Pankey registered a block and defensive rebound. Richards then took advantage with another Jasper layup – this one with three seconds on the shot clock – off an inbounds pass to tie up the game with 1:13 to play.

Pankey continued his outstanding late-game play on the subsequent possession with another block and rebound before splitting a pair from the line to give Manhattan what would prove to be its final lead of the game at 58-57 with 53 seconds remaining. Lalanne then answered with a pair from the line before converting two more free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Massachusetts what appeared to be an insurmountable 61-58 lead before the aforementioned Jasper late-game heroics.

Lalanne led all players with 23 points and 16 rebounds to pace five double-figure scorers for the Minutemen while Andujar was joined in double-figures by Richards (13) and Wilson (10). Kates (9 points), Williams (8 points | 3 steals) and Pankey (7 points | 6 rebounds | 2 blocks) rounded out the top performers for Manhattan.

UMass dominated the glass by a 45-29 margin, including 17-8 on the offensive end, and shot an even 40,0 percent (24-for-60) from the floor but converted on a blistering 93.1 percent (27-for-29) from the line.

The Jaspers shot a solid 45.8 percent 27-for-59) from the field, including 40.0 percent (6-for-15) from deep, but were just 50.0 percent (8-for-16) from the line.

Manhattan returns to action on Saturday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. against Binghamton.

Yonkers Insider Article: Florida State Defeats Manhattan 81-66 in Season Opener.

The Manhattan College Jaspers of the MAAC dropped their season opener to the Florida State Seminoles of the ACC by a score of 81-66. The Jaspers gave the Seminoles a contest in this game. The game was played at Florida State’s Homecourt.

The Jaspers had two players score in double figures: Shane Richards had 17 points and Ashton Pankey had 14 points and also Emmy Andujar added 9 points and collected 9 rebounds.

The Jaspers outrebounded Florida State by a count of 33-32. The Seminoles shoot over 57 percent from the floor against the usually stingy Jaspers defense.

The Jaspers next play on Tuesday in an 11 a.m. match-up with UMass of the A10, the game will air nationally on ESPN2.

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Source:    Manhattan College Jaspers Athletics Website.

Florida State Fights To 81-66 Win Over Manhattan

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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Florida State used a 19-1 run that spanned the end of the first and the beginning of the second half to turn a four-point deficit into what would prove to be an insurmountable 14-point advantage in an 81-66 win over Manhattan in the season opener for both teams at the Tucker Center.

In the first half, the Seminoles jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before junior Shane Richards (New York, N.Y. / York Prep) hit back-to-back three pointers, including this triple, to set an early back-and-forth theme. FSU then reclaimed the lead before senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, N.Y. / Robinson School (N.J.)) connected on this three pointer.

With the score tied at 9-9, junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Vermont Academy (N.Y.) canned a three pointer to start an 8-0 run that would help give the Jaspers the lead for the bulk of the opening stanza. Junior Ashton Pankey followed with two of his game-high 10 free throws before sophomore Jermaine Lawrence (Queens, N.Y. / Cincinnati) capped the spurt with this three pointer to make it a 17-9 game with just over 13 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.

The lead would grow to 10 for Manhattan at 23-13 with 7:26 remaining in the first half following this Richards’ triple and three Tyler Wilson (Bronx, N.Y. / Cardinal Hayes) free throws as the Jaspers appeared to be in control.

Unfortunately, Florida State would outscore its guests 24-8 to finish out the first, including notching a half-ending 11-1 run, in claiming a 37-31 halftime lead.

Over the fateful seven-plus minute stretch, Manhattan was just 1-for-10 from the floor while committing five turnovers that turned into six Seminole points.

Intermission did nothing to quell the Florida State momentum as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) representative scored the first eight points of the second half, extending the lead out to 45-31 with 17:52 remaining following an Aaron Thomas dunk.

Stores quelled the spurt with a pair of three pointers while trimming the deficit to 47-37 with 15:29 remaining.

Later in the half with the deficit at 12, freshman Samson Akilo (Lagos, Nigeria / Nazareth (N.Y.)) converted his first collegiate field goal before Pankey converted two more at the line. Wilson then followed suit to trim the deficit to 53-47 with 11:23 remaining.

Robbie Berwick briefly stopped the Jaspers’ momentum with a three pointer before Pankey converted three more free throws to again make it a two-possession game.

Following a stop on the defensive end, senior Emmy Andujar (Bronx, N.Y. / Rice) split a pair to trim the deficit to 56-51 with just over nine minutes to play. Unfortunately, that was close as Manhattan would get the rest of the way.

Phil Cofer responded with a pair from the line and Brandon converted a layup off an offensive rebound to spark a 10-2 run over the next 3:14 in helping extend the Seminole advantage out to 66-53 with 4:55 to play.

Florida State’s lead would grow to 17 before the Seminoles posted the aforementioned 81-66 victory.

Fueled by three first-half triples, Richards scored a game-high 17 points while Pankey notched 12 of his 14 points after intermission to lead the way on offense for the Jaspers. Andujar paced all players with nine rebounds to go along with nine points.

Despite losing the rebounding battle (33-32), Florida State able to post a 32-12 advantage in the paint while shooting a blistering 57.5 percent (23-for-40) from the floor.

Aaron Thomas paced five double-figure scorers for the Seminoles with 14 points.

Manhattan returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in an 11 a.m. match-up with Massachusetts that will air nationally on ESPN2.

Postgame Notes
* Manhattan falls to 73-36 in season openers and 0-3 against Florida State.

* All-time, Florida State is 11-1 against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) institutions and has won eight-straight games against the league.

* The ACC is also now 81-8, all-time, against the MAAC and has a losing record against just one current league (American Athletic Conference).

* A year ago, the Jaspers went 6-1 following losses.

* Today’s match-up marked the second-straight game played in Florida and the 100th of  Steve Masiello‘s head coaching career (60-40).

* Richards canned three triples and is now tied with for third place in the all-time program annal with 145 three pointers.

* His 17 points led all players and marked the ninth time in his career he has paced Manhattan in scoring and the first since a 64-49 win over Saint Peter’s on February 4, 2014.

* It was also the 23rd double-figure scoring game of his career.

* Pankey converted a personal-best 10 free throws en route to recording 14 points … He has now recorded double-figures in scoring 14 times for his career.

* Andujar fell just one point and one rebound short of his third career double-double … He also had two assists and is just 28 shy of cracking the school’s top-10 career list and 171 short of 1000 for his career.

* Williams’ layup with just over four minutes remaining in the first half was the first two-point Jasper field goal … All told, Manhattan went just 7-for-28 (.250) from inside the arc.

* The Jaspers allowed the Seminoles to make good on 57.5 percent (23-for-40) from the floor, snapping a 38-game streak of limiting the opposition to less than 50 percent.

 

Dear Friend,
On January 22, 2015 the City Council welcomed the birth of Rohan Pineda, the newborn son of Councilwoman Corazon Pineda of the 2nd District and her husband Jonathan Isaac. Congratulations, Corazon and Jonathan!
The Council moved another job creating project forward when it approved a zoning change for several parcels on Tuckahoe Road, including the old Mark Buick site and the Tuckahoe Motor Inn.
A developer wants to demolish these parcels and build a distribution center for FedEx, which is a win-win for the community. Not only will this generate construction jobs and permanent new jobs, it will also ensure that these parcels are not developed individually. Instead, we will have one single development, with a limited footprint, that operates primarily during off peak hours.
The project will also include a two-story parking garage and several new road and traffic improvements.
Yonkers Brewery Grand Opening
Recently, we proudly celebrated the official grand opening of Yonkers Brewing Company.
Yonkers Brewing Company is a homegrown business in Yonkers, New York, built from the ground up and founded on the site of the former Yonkers Trolley Barn, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The brewery, restaurant and bar are Yonkers’ most unique and only micro-brewery.
The original Yonkers Brewery first opened in 1858 and now a one hundred fifty five year old tradition of brewing beer has returned to the City. Yonkers Brewing Company lives up to the traditions of crafting fine beer in Yonkers. Congratulations to Yonkers Brewing Company founders John Rubbo and Nick Califano, brewmaster Sharif Taleb and creative director Jackie Rubbo and their families for opening up this great new business in the City in which they were born and raised.

Citywide Scholarships

Click the image below for a complete listing of scholarships that are available to students of Yonkers Public Schools and other school children residing in Yonkers.

 

New Fire Commissioner Confirmed

 

Congratulations to John Darcy, who last week was confirmed as the new Commissioner of the Yonkers Fire Department. Commissioner Darcy has been with the YFD since 1986 and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Operations and Special Operations. He has been serving as Interim Commissioner since August 2014.

Previously, he served as an Assistant Chief, Fire Captain, First Lieutenant and Firefighter. He was named Firefighter of the year in 1999 and 2000. Commissioner Darcy will oversee the highly professional men and women that are Yonkers’ bravest.

Yonkers increases SCRIE

The Council has voted to approve an increase of the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program to the new maximum allowed by the State. We are one of the first municipalities to do so. SCRIE protects eligible residents who are seniors and/or disabled living on fixed incomes from major rent increases.

The legislation does not impact the current City Budget since abatements will not start until the fiscal year starting July 1, 2015. While it ultimately will have a small cost to the City it could have a huge impact on the seniors and disabled citizens whose lives will be improved.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

We are expecting some inclement weather this week so please be careful if you’re out and about. The less cars are on out the street, the easier it is for our DPW to plow and salt. Property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear from snow. As a reminder, it is a violation to shovel, plow or blow snow into City streets and this also constitutes a safety hazard for your neighbors and our first responders.
Congratulations to Día & Noche Restaurant, who celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting this week. They are located at 640 McLean Avenue in the former site of J.J. Mannions. Speaking of new businesses, remember to drop by the ribbon cutting for Yonkers Brewery at 5pm tonight!
Have You Replaced Your Water Meter?
The campaign to replace all of the City’s water meters continues. These new electronic meters will not only ensure accuracy and an end to wrongful billing but will also help conserve water.
According to the Water Department, of the 30,000 total water meters in Yonkers, 21,600 have already been replaced, but 7,000 homeowners and businesses still require new water meters.
Residents who still have not scheduled an appointment to replace their meters by end of January will receive a sticker on the door of their home or business notifying them to do so. Replacing a meter is free of charge to all City of Yonkers water customers.
Homeowners and businesses can contact Keystone Utility system, the City of Yonkers authorized contractor, at office@keystoneutilities.com or at 877-587-2279 to schedule an appointment to replace their meters. and must do so by April 1, or face penalties.
Free Tax Counseling for Seniors

The City’s Office for the Aging, the Will Branch of the Yonkers Public Library  and AARP will offer a Tax-Aide program for seniors next month. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is free for taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention paid to those 60 and older.

 

Trained volunteer tax counselors will be on hand to assist Yonkers residents who qualify at the following times and locations. No appointment is necessary; residents will be assisted on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • Office for the Aging Peter Chema Community Center,  435 Riverdale Ave, Yonkers Mondays from February 2 through April 13 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Yonkers Public Library Grinton I. Will Branch, 1500 Central Park Ave Tuesdays & Wednesdays from February 3 through Wednesday, April 11 9:30am – 1:30pm

All required tax reporting forms will be available at the Tax-Aide sites. AARP coordinators request that residents bring with them the previous year’s tax returns, W-2 and/or 1099 forms, and all other documentation concerning their income for 2014.

Yonkers Police Fraud Prevention Tips

 

The following is a public service announcement from the Yonkers Police Department:
It’s not always easy to spot con artists. They’re smart, extremely persuasive, and aggressive. They invade your home by telephone and mail, advertise in well-known newspapers and magazines, and come to your door.

Most people think they’re too smart to fall for a scam. But con artists rob all kinds of people – from investment counselors and doctors to teenagers and elderly widows – of billions of dollars every year.

Just remember… if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

You Can Protect Yourself!

  • Never give a caller your credit card, phone card, Social Security, or bank account number over the phone. It’s illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.
  • Beware of 900 numbers. People who call 900 numbers to request instant credit often end up with a booklet on how to establish credit or a list of banks offering low-interest credit cards. Such calls can end up costing $50 or more, but consumers rarely end up obtaining credit.
  • Listen carefully to the name of a charity requesting money.
  • Fraudulent charities often use names that sound like a reputable, well-known organization such as the American Cancer Association (instead of the American Cancer Society).
  • Ask for a financial report before you donate; a reputable charity will always send you one.
  • Investigate before you invest. Never make an investment with a stranger over the phone. Beware of promises that include the terms “get rich quick,” or “a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Be a Wise Consumer

  • Don’t buy health products or treatments that include: a promise for a quick and dramatic cure, testimonials, imprecise and nonmedical language, appeals to emotion instead of reason, or a single product that cures many ills. Quackery can delay an ill person from getting timely treatment.
  • Look closely at offers that come in the mail. Con artists often use official-looking forms and bold graphics to lure victims. If you receive items in the mail that you didn’t order, you are under no obligation to pay for them – throw them out, return them, or keep them.
  • Be suspicious of ads that promise quick cash working from your home. After you’ve paid for the supplies or a how-to book to get started, you often find there’s no market for the product and there’s no way to get your money back.
  • Beware of cheap home repair work that would otherwise be expensive, regardless of the reason given. The con artist may just do part of the work, use shoddy materials and untrained workers, or simply take your deposit and never return.
  • Use common sense in dealing with auto repairs. One mechanic convinced a woman that she needed to have the winter air in tires replaced with summer air! Get a written estimate, read it carefully, and never give the repair shop a blank check to “fix everything.”

Some Classic Cons

  • The Bank Examiner
    Someone posing as a bank official or government agent asks for your help (in person or via the telephone) to catch a dishonest teller. You are to withdraw money from your account and turn it over to him or her so the serial numbers can be checked or the money marked. You do, and never see your money again.
  • The Pigeon Drop
    A couple of strangers tell you they’ve found a large sum of money or other valuables. They say they’ll split their good fortune with you if everyone involved will put up some “good faith” money. You turn over your cash, and you never see your money or the strangers again.
  • The Pyramid Scheme
    Someone offers you a chance to invest in a up-and-coming company with a guaranteed high return. The idea is that you invest and ask others to do the same. You get a share of each investment you recruit. They recruit others, and so on. When the pyramid collapses (either the pool of new investors dries up or the swindler is caught), everyone loses – except the person at the top.

Protect Yourself From Telemarketing Fraud

  • Your best protection is to just hang up the phone. If you think that is rude, tell these callers politely that you are not interested, don’t want to waste their time, and please don’t call back – and then hang up. If you find yourself caught up in a sales pitch, remember the federal government’s Telemarketing Sales Rule.
  • You have to be told the name of the company, the fact that it is a sales call, and what’s being sold. If a prize is being offered, you have to be told immediately that there is no purchase necessary to win.
  • If the caller says you’ve won a prize, you cannot be asked to pay anything for it. You can’t even be required to pay shipping charges. If it is a sweepstakes, the caller must tell you how to enter without making a purchase.
  • You cannot be asked to pay in advance for services such as cleansing your credit record, finding you a loan, acquiring a prize they say you’ve won. You pay for services only if they’re actually delivered.
  • You shouldn’t be called before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. If you tell telemarketers not to call again, they can’t. If they do, they have broken the law.
  • If you’re guaranteed a refund, the caller has to tell you all the limitations.
    And remember, don’t give telemarketers your credit card number, your bank account number, Social Security number – or authorize bank drafts – ever.

If Someone Rips You Off

  • Report con games to the police, your city or state consumer protection office, district attorney’s office, or a consumer advocacy group.
  • If you suspect fraud, call the National Fraud Information Center at 800-876-7060, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.
  • Don’t feel foolish. Reporting is vital. Very few frauds are reported, which leaves the con artists free to rob other people of their money – and their trust.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

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Dear Friend,

The City Council was back in session this week, and first on our agenda was a new contract for the Service Employees International Union Local 704. These hardworking men and women are our legal secretaries, building inspectors, clerical and school employees. It is yet another cost-conscious and fair contract that is a product of negotiations and was long overdue for our hardworking city employees.
MLK Day of Service 
 
This weekend we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King and his contributions to the American civil rights movement. His example of standing up for justice and equality still rings true today.
This weekend is also the celebration of the MLK Day of Service, where we are each asked to not only reflect upon his legacy, but act by taking part in an act of kindness or a volunteer opportunity within the community. You can learn more about these opportunities by visiting the Volunteer Center of the United Way.
Cub Scouts Visit City Hall
 
Check-out these great photos from St. John the Baptist Scout Pack 46’s visit to City Hall this week! If you would like to schedule a tour of City Hall for your school group or organization, please contact my office.
 
Hampton Inn Groundbreaking
 
This week we celebrated the groundbreaking of the new hotel on Tuckahoe road. Members of the Council joined the Mayor and Alfred Weissman Real Estate to break ground on the Yonkers Hilton Hampton Inn, a 150-room hotel at 555 Tuckahoe Road. The hotel is expected to create 200 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs.
Yonkers is leading the way in Westchester County with smart economic development and is fast becoming a premier destination to live, work and stay in the New York City metropolitan area. This job creating project will ensure that when guests at the Hampton Inn check-in, they will check out all Yonkers has to offer.
Yonkers Brewery Grand Opening
 
The crew over at Yonkers Brewery are getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of their location at the historic trolley barn space at 92 Main Street in downtown Yonkers! Please join co-owners and Yonkers natives John Rubbo and Nick Califano at 1 p.m. this Saturday for this exciting event. 
 
 There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony held next week, but in the meantime, you can help this local business by stopping by to toast the grand opening of this craft brewery with a pint of Yonkers Lager, while you kick back and enjoy their full menu and flat screen TVs. Bring your family and tell your friends!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin 

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Happy New Year! I hope you are staying warm during this cold snap. The 2015 legislative session for the Yonkers City Council gets underway next week, and we have many important projects that I will explain to you in the coming weeks.
Illegal Dumping at Chicken Island
In this week’s headlines, the owner of TMI Industries, a garbage company in Croton-on-Hudson, was arrested for illegally dumping over 20,000 pounds of trash in the Chicken Island parking lot in downtown Yonkers. The Yonkers Police are to be commended for their excellent detective work in tracking down the suspect within less than twenty-four hours. According to the City Code, it is illegal to dump debris “in or upon any street, lot, park, public place or other area, whether publicly or privately owned.” Violators face a minimum fine of $5,000 per violation, and as much as $10,000 in the most severe cases. Additionally, vehicles that unlawfully dump will be impounded immediately and subject to forfeiture proceedings. The City of Yonkers takes illegal dumping very seriously. The City also offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who reports a case of illegal dumping in which a conviction is secured. Residents can call the anti-dumping hotline at (914) 377-DUMP (3867) to report suspected illicit activity.   Introducing Calabria Mia Yonkers continues to demonstrate that we are open for business. This week I joined owner Giuseppe “Joe” Chirello and Chef Michele Martelli at a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Calabria Mia restaurant. The venue will provide delicious Italian fare to customers at affordable prices and will be a family-friend place to enjoy a good meal. Joe is already the owner of another Yonkers business, Joe’s Barbershop on Yonkers Avenue. He is a true Yonkers success story. Calabria Mia Ristorante and Catering is located at 2150 Central Park Avenue. We hope you will stop by to welcome them to the neighborhood! Congratulations Senator Murphy   I was privileged to travel to Albany this week to meet with our State legislative leaders, and one of the newest members of the New York State Senate, my friend Terrence Murphy from Yorktown. Senator Murphy was joined by his family, and many friends and supporters. We wish the Senator Godspeed in his new position.

Senator Murphy and I at the dais of the New York State Senate Chamber at the State Capitol in Albany.

Watch Out For Severe Cold Temperatures are reaching extreme lows and we want you to be prepared for cases of extreme cold. According to the American Red Cross, in cases of extreme cold, residents are to take the following ten steps to help stay safe and warm during the winter weather.

  • Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
  • Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  • Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
  • Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
  • Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
  • The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
  • Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit the American Red Cross winter storm safety website. As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

It’s 2015! From my family to yours, and on behalf of the entire City Council, I wish you a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
Yesterday we lost a true New Yorker, former Governor Mario Cuomo. He will be truly missed. Even those who disagreed with him universally respected him for his eloquence, towering intellect and the monumental impact he had on our State. We send our deepest condolences to his family.
A Look Back at 2014
Looking back over this past year, we accomplished many things for the people of our great City. From holding the line on taxes, to standing up to Albany overreach, to getting our economy moving in the right direction by opening our doors to new businesses, there is so much to be proud of during our first year in office. Let’s have a look at some of those highlights.

In February, the City of Yonkers became the first major city in New York State to offer a school tax exemption for veteransIn April, we broke ground on Phase II of the Daylighting of the Saw Mill River.

In May, the Council majority passed a local law requiring the City Finance Commissioner to publish an annual four-year financial plan on April 15th and quarterly financial reports on January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st of each year, publicly, on the internet. These new financial controls will provide badly-needed sunshine on the City budget.

In the 2014 Budget, the Council Majority managed to cut the proposed increase in the income tax surcharge, we restored funding for our firefighters and municipal workers, increased the City’s funding for education and have enacted a bold new management structure for our schools that consolidates the school district’s non-academic functions with the City, which will save taxpayers millions.

In July, the Yonkers City Council filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Deficit Act, which as you remember, instituted what is tantamount to a control board of city finances. This was done by Albany while providing little to no financial assistance to the City.

In October, we passed two pieces of legislation that came about as a result of the death of a young man named Matthew Wallace. The laws created a Taxicab Bill of Rights and required certain businesses that sell alcohol to install external surveillance cameras. The bills would not have been possible without the efforts of the Wallace Family.

During the year, the City Council voted to intervene in another lawsuit, that sought equitable school funding from Albany. In November, we scored a major victory when a Supreme Court Judge has ruled that the City of Yonkers is now a plaintiff in the landmark case, New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York.
This is a landmark decision, as previously, no municipality was successful in joining the CFE cases, making Yonkers the first. Read more about our case here, here and here.
 
You can find out more information about these stories and other news from the City Council by visiting the City of Yonkers website. As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060. Have a wonderful New Year!

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin
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The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (IDA) this week met and voted to approve the Westchester Center for Independent and Assisted Living‘s new $24 million housing project at 75 Stratton St. South.This project will have room for 200 residents and create 110 permanent full-time jobs. Even though it is an affordable facility, it will feature luxury amenities including restaurant-style dining. Construction also broke ground this week on a new $27 million affordable housing complex on Warburton Avenue.
Menorah Lighting at Ridge Hill 
Happy Chanukah! This is a time for us to draw closer with family, friends and God. The Menorah Lighting ceremony at Westchester’s Ridge Hill was a truly special event. The Menorah was a beautifully carved ice sculpture.
Menorahs throughout the City will burn brightly all throughout the Festival of Lights.
Holiday Coat Drive
Empire City Casino wrapped up their annual holiday toy and coat drive this week. A very warm thank you to each of you who took the time to donate something. Even though its the Christmas season, the spirit of giving should last year round.
Beware Holiday Phone Scammers
Residents have been getting calls from someone who claims to be collecting a debt from a utility company, the IRS or as a settlement for a vehicle accident.
The caller threatens the victim with the loss of heat or electricity, deportation, or criminal prosecution.
The victim is then asked to place money on a prepaid card and transfer money to the criminals.
One Yonkers victim lost $25,000.
If suspicious or to report a scam of this nature, residents are advised to contact the Yonkers Police Communications Division at 914-377-7900
As the festival of lights continues, here are scenes from this week’s Menorah Lighting at City Hall. The event was followed by our first ever Menorah Car Parade. Happy Chanukah!
As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

It has been an exciting week here in Yonkers. We were the recipient of two major grants for local initiatives including the Saw Mill River Daylighting and pre-kindergarten for Yonkers Public Schools.
Happy Chanukah! 
Chanukah starts this Tuesday at sundown. On December 16th, Ridge Hill will host its Menorah lighting from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in front of Lego Land.
On the 18th at 5:30 p.m., Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers will have its Menorah Lighting. After the lighting ceremony, all are invited upstairs to the conference room for potato pancakes (latkes) and apple sauce, jelly donuts, hot cocoa and juice. That same night, Cross County Shopping Center will hold its Menorah Lighting at 6:00 p.m. in the center of the mall, between Adidas and Bebe.
From my family to yours, we wish you a blessed and happy holiday season!
Yonkers wins Economic Development Council awardThe Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council announced Thursday that Yonkers has received a $2,500,000 grant award from Empire State Development for our Saw Mill River Daylighting Phase 3 project. This project involves a continuation of Saw Mill River daylighting, focusing on development and construction of a river-themed park along New Main St. from Ann St. to the Nepperhan Ave. arterial to set up a future riverwalk. According to the grant award, Yonkers will continue the exciting, catalytic daylighting of the Saw Mill River and build on the success of the 1st two phases; Phase 1 transformed a parking lot in Larkin Plaza near the confluence with the Hudson River, now known as Van Der Donck Park; while Phase 2, which is is underway, will create the Mill St. Courtyard, a dynamic place in the heart of the business district.The 3rd and 4th phase will have a greater ecological, economic and educational impact than the earlier phases, ESD said. Phase 3 runs along New Main St. from Ann St. to the Nepperhan Avenue arterial. The river runs behind businesses but is deteriorated and surrounded by an inaccessible, 8′ high fence. The City has acquired these businesses intending to demolish them and create a special gateway river-themed park. In Phase 4, the river runs under the municipal parking lot known as Chicken Island.This will spur future development of the area. The City is currently soliciting projects to anchor the Chicken Island site.
Downtown Yonkers needs this project for economic revitalization. The parks and riverwalks will foster redevelopment of the downtown areas, and the daylighting will have numerous benefits not only for tourism, but also for sustainability, including unearthing the natural river, bioretention, replacing combined sewers and other environmental and water quality benefits, according to the grant description.
We are very excited to continue these important projects because importantly, they will create jobs here in Yonkers. Phases 1 and 2 spurred over $200 million of ongoing housing and mixed-use projects, with another $500 million approved or proposed and attracted high quality tech jobs and over a dozen new restaurants, according to ESD. Phases 3 and 4 will also be major economic generators estimated to create over 100 construction-related jobs with the potential to create up to 1,000 permanent jobs in various sectors. Pat Quinn: Yonkers’ Man of the YearAt this week’s Council meeting we passed a resolution to honor my friend Pat Quinn. On March 8th, 2013, his life was changed when he was diagnosed with ALS. Since his diagnosis, Pat Quinn has worked tirelessly to raise awareness for ALS.Pat is one of the founders of the ALS ice bucket challenge. He was recently nominated as a semi-finalist for the Time Magazine Person of the Year award. A Yonkers native, he has done so much to raise money and awareness for the disease. Since the launch of this viral phenomenon, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $100 million worldwide for ALS charities. We urge all of our citizens to support the search for a cure of ALS and assist those individuals and families who deal with this devastating disorder on a daily basis. Pat is truly an inspiration to us all.
You can join and support Pat’s fight to strike out ALS by visiting Quinn for the Win. Yonkers receives Pre-K grantThe United States Department of Education announced this week that Yonkers has received a grant of up to $9.6 million through its Preschool Development Grants program. The money can be used to create new full-day slots and improve existing slots to bring our district a high-quality pre-kindergarten program.Further allocations may be forthcoming over the next four years if Yonkers can achieve certain benchmarks. According to the Governor’s office, studies show that children who participate in high-quality early care and education programs are far more likely to read at grade level and graduate from high school and that quality full-day pre-kindergarten programs in particular are credited with producing significant increases in student performance in math and reading for participating students by the second grade as well as decreasing the rates of grade retention.
Holiday Toy Drive at Empire City
 
The Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway’s annual Toy and Coat Drive is underway and new unwrapped toys and gently used coats are being collected from December 3rd through December 17th to benefit local families in need. This program highlights the fact that families right here in our own communities are in need of a helping hand. We ask you to give generously during this holiday season.Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats to Empire City at anytime during the period. The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities-supported agencies for the Christmas Holidays. The toy and coat drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino, and thousands of toys and coats have been donated since the program was launched in 2007.
New HR Commissioner appointed
 
During Tuesday night’s Council meeting, Carlos Moran was unanimously confirmed as the new Commissioner of the City of Yonkers Department of Human Resources. Congratulations, Commissioner Moran.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Yonkers is ushering in the 2014 holiday season with numerous Christmas tree and Menorah lightings during the month of December all across the City. Below you will find a schedule of upcoming Christmas Tree Lightings and Menorah Lightings. If you have a community event or know of one that you would like featured in a future edition of this newsletter, please contact our office.
This week we were joined by a very special guest all the way from the North Pole who helped us light the beautiful Christmas Tree at City Hall.

Christmas Tree Lightings

  • Untermyer Performing Arts Council (Untermyer Park, 945 N. Broadway) – December 5 at 4:30pm
  • Colonial Heights Residents’ Association (St. George Pkwy & Longvue Terrace) -December 5 at 7:30pm
  • McLean Avenue Merchants Association (Conor Park, McLean Ave. and Central Park Ave.) – December 8 at 6:00pm
  • Park Hill Residents’ Association (Rumsey Rd. & Spring St.) – December 10 at 7:00pm
  • Lennon Park Tree Lighting – December 12 at 5:00pm
Menorah Lightings
  • McLean Avenue Merchants Association (Conor Park , McLean Ave &. Central Park Ave.) – date & time TBA
  • Ridge Hill – December 16; time TBA
  • City of Yonkers (City Hall) – December 17 at 4:00pm
  • Cross County Shopping Center Chanukah Celebration (between Adidas and Bebe stores) – December 18 at 6:00pm
Santa and his helper took more time out of his busy schedule to join us for the annual tree lighting in Getty Square, sponsored by the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID.
Civil Service Exams
The Civil Service Department has posted the following examinations:

  • Clerk II Spanish Speaking
  • Enforcement Clerk
You can find out more information about these and other upcoming job opportunities by visiting the City of Yonkers website.
Operation Santa Claus
Operation Santa Claus returns to Yonkers this weekend during an event at the Fairways at Dunwoodie at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Proceeds from the event will go to this great local charity which will raise funds for future grants to assist persons with developmental disabilities.Earlier this year, Operation Santa Claus awarded $20,000 in grants to local organizations including Ferncliff Manor, Richmond Community Services, Westchester School for Special Children, Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, and WARC, to fund equipment and programs that are not otherwise funded for their residents and clients who have developmental disabilities.Sponsorships are available at $1,500, patron tables for $500, and individual tickets for $50.00. To accomplish your sponsorship, call 518-694-8216.
There Ought to be a Law
Have you ever thought there was a City ordinance or regulation that should be changed or repealed? Have a new idea or proposal that you think the City Council should consider? We want to hear from you!
The best ideas come not from unelected bureaucrats, but from we the people. This is your City Council and we are here to serve you. Please feel free to contact my office with your ideas, thoughts, comments and suggestions.
Our email address is councilpresident@yonkersny.gov and mailing address is Room 403, 40 S. Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.
We are all very busy with getting up our trees and decorations but during this holiday season, let’s try our best to remember the less fortunate among us and give whatever we can, when we can. Also, as always, let’s say a special prayer for all our service men and women serving around the globe both at home and abroad, and remember to thank them for all that they do in the defense of our freedom.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

Happy Thanksgiving! This is a time to reflect upon all that we have so much to be thankful for, most especially friends and family, with whom we cherish every moment.
Even with a bit of snow on the ground, today is a day to give thanks for all the blessings we have enjoyed over the past year. Whether you’re watching football, the parade, or just enjoying the day, I hope you will spend the holiday surrounded by food, family and friends.
In the United States, while the pilgrims brought us this holiday, it was President Abraham Lincoln who signed a proclamation making the celebration of the holiday on the same day. At the time it was meant to be a symbol of national healing as well as a remembrance of all the brave soldiers who were fighting in the Civil War.Today I would ask that we all say a prayer for the men and women currently serving in harms way around the globe. I am thankful for their sacrifices and all that they do to keep our great nation safe and free.
Teamsters Contract Signed
The City Council met this week to approve the contract that had been agreed to by Local 456 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Local 456 is made up of 430 blue collar city employees who serve in the City’s Departments of Public Works, Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and the Detention Services Division of the Yonkers Police Department.It’s a fair contract, with some givebacks. This is another cost conscious contract that results in savings for the taxpayers while recognizing the contributions of hardworking employees.
It is the fourth contract we have settled this year.
From a Crime Without a Name, to GenocideThis week I was honored to join the Assyrian American Association of Yonkers and the Museum of Human Rights Freedom and Tolerance for the opening of an exhibit at the Assyrian Community Center in Yonkers. The exhibit is titled From A Crime Without A Name To Genocide: The Simmele Massacre of Assyrians, Iraq, August 1933. It tells the story of how the Simmele Massacre was, perpetrated by the Iraqi army in 1933 against Iraqi Assyrians.Over 3000 Assyrian men, women and children were massacred after they had been disarmed by the Iraqi army. This horrific event inspired famed attorney Raphael Lemkin to coin the word ‘genocide.’The exhibit serves as a somber reminder of the tragic circumstances that are ongoing in Iraq, where in the present day, ISIS is perpetrating similar crimes against humanity and persecuting Assyrian Christians. The allusions between the two events are striking. We cannot allow history to repeat itself. The people of Yonkers stand shoulder to shoulder with our Assyrian neighbors in condemning the brutal occupation of Iraq by ISIS and we call on people everywhere to respect the rights, freedoms and religion of Assyrians everywhere.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

The children of Yonkers are finally getting their day in court after years of being systematically underfunded by Albany. A major decision by the State Supreme Court this week ruled that Yonkers may join the new Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit which the City Council voted to intervene in back in May.
The lawsuit seeks equitable funding for our schools and an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA. This is a historic ruling and Yonkers becomes the first municipality to successfully join a case like this. We applaud the attorneys in the City’s Corporation Counsel’s Office for their tactful legal arguments. We are confident that Courts will continue to agree with our arguments that Yonkers is not receiving its fair share of school funding from Albany. The NYSER rulingA Supreme Court Judge has ruled that the City of Yonkers is now a plaintiff in the landmark case, New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York. The decision was rendered months after the City Council voted to intervene in the action on behalf of the plaintiffs, students who have been denied the opportunity for a “sound basic education” by Albany’s systematic underfunding of schools.Along with NYSER, fifteen parents from across the State filed the original action that Yonkers officially joined as a co-plaintiff . Gretchen Mullins Kim is an attorney, Yonkers resident and one of the co-plaintiffs in the original lawsuit, on behalf of her children Theodore, a student at Yonkers Middle-High School, and Enzo, a student at PEARLS.”Too many of our kids have been disappointed by Albany’s failure to meet its constitutional obligation to provide our children a sound, basic education,” she said. “We could no longer afford to wait for Albany, and legal action was our only recourse. The courts have agreed that this case must be heard.”The court also denied the State’s motion to dismiss the suit, which was brought by the same noted education attorneys that argued the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) lawsuits. The NYSER lawsuit argues the State has failed to comply with the Court of Appeals decisions in the CFE cases.This is a landmark decision, as previously, no municipality was successful in joining the CFE cases, making Yonkers the first. Read more about our case here, here and here.
 
Who Should be TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year
 
Yonkers native Pat Quinn, founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is a finalist for honor of TIME Magazine Person of the Year. Please take a moment and vote for Pat and let’s bring this prestigious prize back to Yonkers as thanks for all his hard work in the fight to #strikeoutALS with the Quinn for the Win Foundation.
 
 
The passing of Carol Martinelli
This week we mourn the passing of Carol Martinelli of Yonkers, wife of former Mayor Angelo Martinelli, mother of former Council President Richard Martinelli and Chief Administrative Judge of the Yonkers City Court Michael Martinelli. Tragically, she passed away suddenly on Wednesday morning.
Carol was born in Italy, and came to the United States through Ellis Island when she was 4 years old and grew up in Mt. Vernon where she graduated from Our Lady of Victory and A.B. Davis High School. She met the love of her life, Angelo Martinelli, at RKO Proctor’s in Mt. Vernon where she worked as a cashier and he as an usher.She was a friend and confidante to her husband when he entered politics. Her organizational skills and huge network of friends were important factors in Angelo’s being elected Mayor of Yonkers six times.
Always by his side, she also dressed him so well that he was selected as one of the best dressed public officials in the country by the Fashion Institute of America. She also prepared and presided over countless family dinners that were joyous occasions enjoyed by extended family and friends for years.
Wife, mother, sister, friend, volunteer, grandmother and great grandmother, Carol touched the lives of countless people with her boundless generosity, support, kindness, selflessness, enthusiasm and love. She will be missed by all. You can read more about Carol’s many contributions to Yonkers by clicking here.
 
Tree Lighting at the Cross County Shopping Center This Saturday, November 22, from 6PM to 8PM at Santa’s Village, between Gap and Bath & Body Works at the Cross County Shopping Center, will be the annual tree lighting ceremony.
You can enjoy a live holiday concert with the NYC Swing Band as They light their 40 foot tall Christmas Tree!
Of course, there will be a visit from Santa and plenty of opportunities for family photos. For more information, click here.
 
 
Civil Service Exams
The Civil Service Department has posted the following examinations:
  • Accountant I
  • Accountant II
  • Accountant III
  • Director of Accounting
  • City Arborist
  • Tree Trimmer Supervisor
  • Director of Facilities III
You can find out more information about these and other upcoming job opportunities by visiting the City of Yonkers website. As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,
Happy Veteran’s Day! Tuesday was one of our most solemn of days, Veteran’s Day. I was honored to hear from some of our heroes in uniform during the City of Yonkers Ceremony at the War Memorial near City Hall as well as at the Empire VFW Post 375 service.
During the ceremonies, we heard from Marine Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Sadowski, a Yonkers resident. He reminded us that the price of freedom truly isn’t free. Colonel Sadowski told a poignant and touching story about two young marines who sacrificed their lives in the defense of liberty. These two young soldiers, from vastly different backgrounds, were assigned on guard duty one night.
Their selfless and heroic actions, which came at the cost of their very lives, prevented a truck bomb from driving through their guardpost into a barracks, saving countless lives. On Veteran’s Day we gather together to honor their memory and sacrifice as well as the sacrifices of countless others who have gone before them and those who will continue to go on defending our freedom and our way of life.
A special thank you to Marine Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Sadowski for your comments on Veteran’s Day and for reminding us of the bravery and selflessness of the men and women who wear our Country’s uniform.
Wendy’s 24-hour use permit denied

The Council met this week and on the agenda was an item that would have provided a special use permit for the Wendy’s on Central Park Avenue to stay open until 2am. After hearing numerous concerns from local residents in the area about the increased traffic, noise, light and litter nuisance that this permit may have caused, the special use permit was denied.

YPD Fraud Alert
Recently a Yonkers resident received a phone call from a number identified as (323) 210-8708. The caller impersonated an IRS tax official and claimed money was owed from a 2008 tax return. The caller related that the targeted victim would be arrested by the Yonkers Police Department.
The resident did not make the payment. This is a common and well documented scam that the Yonkers Police Department first sent a citizen alert out on in May of this year. The IRS is currently investigating this scam nationwide and it is being referred to as one of the biggest frauds of its kind.PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE CALLERS WILL OPERATE WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY AND WILL TRY TO GET YOU TO MAKE AN IMMEDIATE PAYMENT. The I.R.S. does not take payments over the phone or through prepaid cards, and the Yonkers Police Department will generally NOT be involved in federal tax return investigations.
Please remember the following if you get one of these calls and you are not sure if it is real:
  • Ask for the caller’s name and number and tell them you will HAVE to call them back. DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENTS. The caller will operate with a sense of URGENCY to get a payment from the victim, this is an indication that the caller is a fraudster. Look at your caller ID for the phone number.
  • Speak to a family member or your accountant or lawyer (if you have one) prior to taking any action on payments.
  • THE I.R.S. DOES NOT ACCEPT PREPAID CARD PAYMENTS FOR UNPAID TAXES. ANY REQUEST FOR A PREPAID CARD PAYMENT SHOULD IMMEDIATELY RAISE YOUR SUSPICIONS!
  • Call the Yonkers Police Department Detective Division at 914-377-7724 or the Communications Division at 914-377-7900 if you are in doubt.
You can sign up for alerts like these by visiting www.citizenobserver.com.
Yonkers Recycles Day
‘Yonkers Recycles Day’ will take place on Saturday, November 15th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at five locations throughout the City.
On Yonkers Recycles Day, residents will be able to drop off metal bulk metal items, such as washing machines, textiles and electronics, often called e-waste, at five locations throughout the City of Yonkers, including:
  • Roosevelt High School (631 Tuckahoe Road);
  • Lincoln High School (375 Kneeland Ave);
  • Yonkers Middle High School (150 Rockland Ave);
  • JFK Marina; and
  • Yonkers Recycling Center (735 Saw Mill River Road).

Yonkers Recycles Day is part of the larger America Recycles Day initiative, a nationwide effort to motivate households to recycle all year long. Since the first American Recycles Day in 1997, millions of Americans have become better informed about the importance of recycling and smarter buying.

For the past three years, America Recycles Day has averaged 2 million participants and collected 9.5 million pounds of recyclable materials. The amount collected is the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking 705 cars off the road permanently.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

Tomorrow, we will observe the most solemn of days, Veterans’ Day. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we come together to remember the sacrifices of all of those who answered the call of duty in the service of freedom and liberty. I would ask you take a moment to remember all those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf, but recognition of our heroes should be year round. Let’s tell them all thank you for your service, and welcome home.
On Election Day this past Tuesday I hope you engaged in your sacred duty to our electoral process and got out to vote. Now that the time for politics is over, I would like to congratulate all the winners on hard fought races and look forward to working alongside them in governance as we move forward.
Joseph N. Parente Jr. (1948 – 2014)
The City of Yonkers is mourning the loss of one of our dear friends, Joseph Parente. He was a senior staff member here at the City Council. Joe passed away suddenly last Monday, at the age of 66.
Joe served in the US Army during Vietnam and in 1970 became a Westchester County Police Officer obtaining the rank of Detective. After retiring from the Westchester County Police, he worked for the City of Yonkers in various departments for approximately 15 years, most recently as Legislative Aide here at the City Council.
He was an active member of the Yonkers GOP, where he served as Executive Director, the American Legion, the Anthony Maggiacomo Lodge #2320- Order of Sons of Italy and St. Ann’s Church, where he opened the Mass book every year and volunteered at countless other events at St. Ann’s. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Ann’s Church in Yonkers.
Sid Caesar Way dedication
Comedy pioneer Sid Caesar was honored last week with an official street renaming ceremony. The intersection of Riverdale Ave. and Main Street in Yonkers will now be known as Sid Caesar Way.
Sid was born and raised in Yonkers and attended Yonkers High School. He was the star of the television programs “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” and was also a mentor to many famous comedians including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Neil Simon.
Sadly, Sid passed early this year at the age of 91. We were joined by members of Sid’s family including his daughter Karen Caesar (pictured above), as well as actor Joe Bologna, to honor this comedic legend.
Heating Regulations
It’s getting colder outside and the Department of Housing and Buildings is reminding residents of the City heating regulations. From September 15th through May 31st, any person who owns any occupied residence shall furnish heat in every occupied room of not less than 68°F (6am – 11pm) and 65°F (11pm – 6am) whenever the outside temperature falls below 55°F.
It was a great time last week at the City of Yonkers Halloween Hop, the party for Yonkers ghosts and goblins 60 years and older!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town

The North Pole is now here in Yonkers! Last week Dreamworks North Pole Adventure opened at Westchester’s Ridge Hill. This first of its kind holiday experience seamlessly blends storytelling and cutting-edge technology, taking families on an interactive journey that starts with Shrek and ends with a personalized visit with Santa.

This is one of eight sites that will be launching around the country and is certainly an economic development boon for Yonkers. Not only that, it is a wonderful experience to bring your entire family to. I hope that you and your entire family will be able to enjoy it this holiday season.

The Lincoln High School Choir performs at the grand opening of Dreamworks North Pole Adventure at Ridge Hill.

Check this ABC News video out what some of our kids had to say about this winter wonderland adventure right here in Yonkers.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28nd, 2014

COUNCIL PASSES TAXI BILL OF RIGHTS, SURVEILLANCE CAMERA ORDINANCES
Yonkers resident Jeni Wallace, mother of Matthew Wallace, a 17-year-old senior at Mount St. Michael Academy who died tragically last year, speaks in support of two pieces of legislation before the Yonkers City Council that she and her husband Lynwood helped draft and pass. The bills, a Taxicab Bill of Rights and a measure to require surveillance cameras at certain businesses, are designed to prevent another such tragedy from occurring.
YONKERS, NY – The Yonkers City Council has passed two pieces legislation that came about as a result of the Matthew Wallace tragedy, a Taxicab Bill of Rights and a measure that requires certain businesses which sell alcohol to operate surveillance cameras. The bills were authored by Council President Liam McLaughlin.
“These bills passed unanimously and would not have been possible would without the efforts of the Wallace Family,” McLaughlin said. “If these laws can help make our City just a little bit safer, and protect the life of just one child, or help solve just one crime, then we have done our duty as public servants.”
The Taxicab Bill of Rights for both drivers and passengers ensures residents will have the right to a clean cab to take them to their destination with a driver that knows our City streets. Drivers will also be required to call 911 in the event of an emergency, rather than dumping an incapacitated passenger at the side of the road as was in the case in the Wallace tragedy.
The camera legislation was supported by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and the Yonkers Downtown Bid. The Chamber also indicated that most businesses already have this technology.
McLaughlin said it will make the City safer by setting uniform time periods for businesses that sell alcohol to retain security tapes for police to access them in the event of an incident. It has the added benefit of reducing insurance premiums for these businesses significantly, which more than pays for the cost of the technology, according to the Chamber.
The bills now head to the Mayor’s desk for signing.
YONKERS CHALLENGES GEA, MAY SETTLE WITH BNP
YONKERS, NY – Following a vote by the Yonkers City Council, the City of Yonkers has commenced legal action against the State of New York by seeking to intervene in New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York, a lawsuit which seeks equitable school funding. Council President Liam J. McLaughlin and others say the State should properly fund schools, and could settle the suit with funds from the recent $3 billion BNP Paribas settlement.
“The City of Yonkers deserves its fair share from Albany,” McLaughlin said. “Albany’s one-shots and budget gimmicks deprive our children of their right to a sound education. Through Albany’s Gap Elimination Adjustment and blatantly unfair funding formulas, the lawsuit estimates that Albany has funded our schools billions less than is constitutionally required.” The lawsuit was brought on behalf of students whom the State has failed by not meeting its obligation to give them a sound basic education, and was commenced by the same groups that launched the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuits.
Councilmembers feel that the Yonkers Public Schools have been intentionally underfunded over the years by Albany. The systemic problem goes back decades, as the lawsuit notes, even noting how former Governor George Pataki said Yonkers was being “screwed.” 
“For four years, the State has starved the school systems through the Gap Elimination Adjustment and that is just the tip of the iceberg,” Majority Leader John Larkin Larkin said. “Funding formulas devised by Albany special interest groups have created a system where Syracuse receives $290 million in state funding under the same formula that provides Yonkers with only $235 million. With all these windfall legal settlements and a $2 billion surplus, Albany should have been doing more. It needs to be doing more.”
Locally, the White Plains school district saw a school funding increase of nearly 25 percent this year, while Yonkers received only a 7.67 percent increase. Albany is also holding $90 million of Yonkers school funding in escrow through its Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) formula enacted in 2010, which the intervener papers seek to overturn. 
It is not the first time a case over school funding has been brought on behalf of Yonkers. Citizens for Yonkers vs. the State of New York was brought on behalf of Yonkers students and settled, in 2006. That action sought additional state funding for Yonkers schools, the fifth largest city in the State of New York. Yonkers was supposed to receive a recurring increase in state funding for its schools of $750 million over a 10 year period, although as much as 15% of that has been held back through the Gap Elimination Adjustment, the new lawsuit alleges. 
Since then, Yonkers, a high-needs district, has seen funding cuts at the State level that have led to a loss of 600 teachers, while enrollment increased by over 3,000. During the City of Yonkers budget hearings in May, the Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent conceded that City students are not receiving the funding necessary to provide a sound basic education. 
The New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights’ suit the in which the City is now participating, claims that the State has shortchanged schools by $4 billion. The relief sought in the lawsuit would compel the State of New York to provide all students in the State’s public schools with the proper amount of funding to correct these inequities. 
The City is being represented by the Office of the Corporation Counsel. 
 
Both lawsuits charged that Yonkers students had failed to receive a “sound basic education” because the state had failed to provide enough funding for New York’s fourth-largest school district, and there are stark similarities between the two. The 2014 case could see a similar outcome to the 2006 action, now that New York is due to receive over $3 billion as part of an overall $9 billion settlement paid by French Bank BNP Paribas, resulting from repeated violations of U.S. sanctions.
“After losing on the issue of school funding multiple times, Albany felt our case was strong enough in 2006 to settle, and we are not waiting any longer for Albany to fix this problem,” McLaughlin said. “If Albany won’t fix this problem, we will. Perhaps if the recent $3 billion BNP Paribas bank settlement with the State can be used to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment and properly fund our schools, a settlement could be reached, but until then, we are pushing forward.” 
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Affirmation Exhibit A

Dear Friend,

In May I introduced and passed a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in litigation to finally get us our fair share of school funding from Albany. This week, the City of Yonkers has commenced that legal action against the State of New York by seeking to intervene in New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York, a lawsuit which seeks equitable school funding.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of students whom the State has failed by not meeting its obligation to give them a sound basic education, and was commenced by the same groups that launched the successful Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuits.

NYSTER versus the State of New York

We feel that Albany has intentionally underfunded the Yonkers Public Schools over the years. Locally, the White Plains school district saw a school funding increase of nearly 25 percent this year, while Yonkers received only a 7.67 percent increase. Albany is also holding $90 million of Yonkers school funding in escrow through its Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) formula enacted in 2010, which the lawsuit seeks to overturn. It is not the first time a case over school funding has been brought on behalf of Yonkers. Citizens for Yonkers vs. the State of New York was brought by private citizens on behalf of Yonkers students and settled in 2006. That action sought additional state funding for Yonkers schools. Since then, Yonkers, a high-needs district, has seen funding cuts from the State-level that have led to a loss of 600 teachers, while enrollment increased by over 3,000. During the City of Yonkers budget hearings in May, the Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent conceded that City students are not receiving the funding necessary to provide a sound basic education. The New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights’ suit in which the City is now participating, claims that the State has shortchanged schools by $4 billion. The relief sought in the lawsuit would compel the State of New York to provide all students in the State’s public schools with the proper amount of funding to correct these inequities. The City is being represented by the Office of the Corporation Counsel. After losing on the issue of school funding multiple times, Albany felt that the 2006 case was strong enough to settle, and we are not waiting any longer for Albany to fix this problem. If Albany won’t fix this problem, we will. Perhaps if the recent $3 billion BNP Paribas bank settlement with the State can be used to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment and properly fund our schools, a settlement could be reached, but until then, we are pushing forward.

Yonkers Family Fun Day

 

The City will host its inaugural Family Fun Day this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at War Memorial Field, 285 Nepperhan Avenue in Yonkers, in celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month. Free children’s activities, music and more will be available for Yonkers Residents at this city-sponsored event.

Featured activities for Family Fun Day will include:

  • Salsa Demo Party
  • Zumba Demo Party
  • Music provided by DJ Pete
  • Music by Yonkers Junior Idol Amara Barlow-Valero and Yonkers Idol Tiffany Kam
  • Yonkers Police Department K-9 Unit Demonstration
  • Yonkers Fire Department smoke house simulator
  • Five inflatables (basketball, teeball, skeeball, slide and bouncy house)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dunk Tank
  • Department of Public Works Water Tasting Test
  • Obstacle Course

Will Library Book Sale

The Giant Summer 25 Cents a Book Sale at Will Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday, July 26.

Thousands of hard and soft cover books, perfect for Summer reading will be on sale at the Friends of the Yonkers Public Library ‘Giant Summer 25 Cents a Book Sale‘ at the Yonkers Public Library, Grinton Will Library, 1500 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. The books are only 25 cents a piece! Records, audio and video cassettes and CD’s will also be on sale at 25 Cents. For further information and directions to the library call 914-337-1500. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by emailing councilpresident@yonkersny.gov or by calling (914) 377-6060

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin 

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Dear Friend,

Due to the predictions of inclement weather for this evening, the Movie Monday screening of Disney’s Frozen this coming Monday at Ridge Hill has been postponed until further notice. 

 

Hopefully they will be able to host the screening of this event on another Monday this summer. I’ll be sure to update you again when this great event has been rescheduled. You can also visit Ridge Hill’s website to keep up with their upcoming events.

 

Once again, tonight’s Movie Monday screening of Frozen has been postponed. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. My door is always open.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin 

Comptroller’s report

On a more serious note, the State Comptroller has certified the 2014-15 City Budget. In his letter, the Comptroller weighed in and said that the practice of funding the City’s budget by “one-shots,” or non-recurring revenue sources, is unsustainable.
The state really needs to adjust the way it finances and helps fund the city of Yonkers with recurring revenue, so we agree in many respects with the Comptroller’s report.
Taxes in Yonkers are already too high. Due to the systemic under-funding by Albany, for years, elected leaders in Yonkers have had no choice. That is why the City Council is taking action against the State.
The council has voted to intervene in the New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights versus the State of New York lawsuit, filed against the state in February that asks the courts to finally compel Albany to end budget gimmicks and stop Albany from continuing to deprive our children of their right to a sound education.
Through Albany’s Gap Elimination Adjustment and blatantly unfair funding formulas, the lawsuit estimates that Albany has funded our schools $5.7 billion less than is Constitutionally required. It’s time for Albany to fix the problem, and perhaps the recent $3 billion BNP Paribas bank settlement with the State can be used to end Albany’s bad budgeting practices.
iFly approved
The Planning Board has voted to approve iFly at Ridge Hill, an indoor skydiving facility that will be one of only 14 in the United States. The innovative wind tunnel model of wall-to-wall airflow in a skydiving simulator was created by skydiving enthusiasts in 1998 hoping to bring the thrill of a free fall experience to more people.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving Experience
iFLY Indoor Skydiving Experience
This facility, which will be completed in 2015, will be a destination that will bring many more visitors to Yonkers, and we expect that will increase economic activity for a great number of local businesses.
The iFly at Ridge Hill project will be a marquee destination for everyone from families and tourists to the Army’s West Point parachute team. The council will continue to prioritize job-creating projects like this one that have the added benefit of making Yonkers the premier destination in Westchester to live, work and play.
Yonkers Brewery kickstarter

The Yonkers Brewery family has launched a kickstarter to help build their tasting room so they can bring the community together with local, hand crafted brews.

You can join their passion for beer, innovation, growth and the City of Yonkers by supporting their Kickstarter campaign. When completed, the Yonkers Brewing Co. will open to the public in the former Yonkers Trolley Barn, located at 92 Main Street in downtown Yonkers, New York. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places. This is another great job-creating project that the Council has been proud to support, and their kickstarter is a way for you in the private sector to show your support.

You can click here for more information on the Yonkers Brewery kickstarter.

Remember to celebrate the summer with Westchester’s Ridge Hill at Movie Mondays for Frozen in Town Square on Monday and to bring your beach chairs or blankets for the free screening. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by emailing councilpresident@yonkersny.gov or by calling (914) 377-6060

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin 

Dear Friend,

Schools out and summer is here! Congratulations to all of you who have children, neighbors relatives and friends who are graduating this year.

The Green Policy Task Force

I served on the City Council seven years ago when we established what was known as the Green Policy Task Force (GPTF). Since that time it has really served as a forerunner in bringing environmental issues to the forefront in Yonkers and helping craft legislation and policy that have improved our quality-of-life and made Yonkers a leader in the region when it comes to conservation.
Recently, the GPTF members were in agreement that the City of Yonkers would be well-served by a transition from a Council-based environmental advisory board to an Administration-based one under the direction of the Mayor. Accordingly, they requested the City Council take the necessary legal steps to dissolve the GPTF so that it may be reorganized under the aegis of the city administration as a Mayoral advisory committee, which was done on Tuesday.
The GPTF will now be reorganized as a City-wide advisory board that will continue to recognize the environmental, economic, and health benefits of innovative new local policies that discourage pollution, reduce the use of water and electricity, and promote a more sustainable way of living.
I would like to thank everyone who over the years has helped the GPTF bring greater attention to the issues like clean and renewable energy, sustainability, and the dangers of pollution and littering. I look forward to working with the next group of civic leaders (including those GPTF alumni that are staying on with the new board) who will soon serve on the new Advisory Board to continue the Green Policy Task Force’s legacy of major improvements in the Yonkers environment as a whole and to the environmental quality-of-life of its residents.
Traffic Alert
 
Please be advised that Westchester County will be closing the Broad Street Bridge from Midland Avenue in Yonkers to Locust St. in Mt. Vernon to vehicular traffic beginning Tuesday, July 8 through Friday, August 29 for construction and maintenance. Signed detour information will be posted directing traffic to an alternative route including the Yonkers Avenue Bridge.
For more information, please contact the Westchester County DPW at 914-995-2512.
Fireworks on July 3

As part of the Cross County Shopping Center’s 60th Anniversary celebration, a series of SummerFest events have been planned. Activities include a concert series, children’s activities, a sidewalk chalk art festival, and a fireworks extravaganza on July 3rd. For more information on these fun events, please click here.

Go Team USA

Everyone was excited to watch Team USA face-off against Germany yesterday in the World Cup. Although they weren’t successful in that individual match, they did earn a slot in the Final 16. Make sure you tune in next Tuesday to see the USA face Belgium. Make sure to hashtag #IBelieveThatWeWillWin if you’re posting about the World Cup!

 

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by emailing councilpresident@yonkersny.gov or by calling (914) 377-6060

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin 

Dear Friend,

Many of you have said how much you enjoy reading this newsletter, so we’ve decided to begin issuing it on a weekly basis once again. If you have any input on how we can improve the newsletter format, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Council holds special meeting

This Tuesday we held a special meeting of the City Council to pass a home rule request that allows us to swap a vacant piece of land on the west side for a parcel across the street, that will one day be used to build a new school.

The request was sent to Albany and passed yesterday by the Assembly. The Parcel to be discontinued as parkland was identified by the Parks and Recreation Department as a dismantled former neighborhood park. The neighborhood is presently served by two active parks to the north and west.

An analysis performed by the Yonkers Board of Education reveals that the location is well suited for the construction of an elementary school. The three parcels to be dedicated as parkland are City owned parcels situated across the street from the present park.
We know that Yonkers Public Schools are overcrowded and have antiquated facilities and that the majority of our students live on the west side, where there are fewer school facilities. It does not make sense to bus children forty-five minutes across the City, so investing in our schools will not only better serve our children but also save money over the long term. This is only the first step in the process, and there will be many studies, public hearings and other necessary steps before the first shovels are put in the ground.
That said, before we do begin construction on any school facilities, we once again must look to Albany to ensure Yonkers gets proper funding for such improvements.After all, comporable cities like Buffalo and Rochester receive 94 cents on the dollar in reimbursement for their school construction capital costs, while Yonkers only receives a maximum of 57 cents on the dollar, and often times less. It’s up to Albany to do better.
Yonkers Greek and Ukrainian festivals
This past weekend I enjoyed attending the annual Prophet Elias Church Greek Festival and the annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival. I’d like to thank all of the organizations that were able to put together yet another wonderful event, as well as all of the volunteers, businesses and sponsors who make these festivals as great as they are.It was especially touching for me to be able to attend the Ukrainian festival during such a challenging time in their native land. During the event, I joined Andriy Tsymbaliuk, Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, and other leaders of the Yonkers Ukrainian-American community. We discussed the situation abroad and reminded them how the people of Yonkers stand in solidarity with them in condemning the Russian invasion of Crimea and their country.
Free kayaking lessons
The Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club (YPRC), an all volunteer not-for-profit organization, is once again offering free kayaking to the public at JFK Marina in Yonkers from now through September. Weather permitting, the program is run every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm and they provide equipment, life jackets and boats. You can visit their website for more information on the program, directions and how you can sign-up.

Happy 50th, Bernice and Harry!

County Legislator Bernice Spreckman put on her annual Senior’s Show this week and as always, it did not disappoint. This year, her event was even more special, as Bernice and her husband Harry are celebrating fifty years of marriage this week.

The members of the City Council were able to join them during the show and recognize the couple on this joyous occasion. The longevity of this marriage is not only a milestone and a personal triumph, but serves as an example to us all. Bernice and Harry do so much for the Yonkers community and deserve this recognition. Congratulations you two!

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by emailing councilpresident@yonkersny.gov or by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,
Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

The City Council was able to adopt the City budget this year by a 6-1 bipartisan vote. It was not an easy task, and the situation we were facing following the $55 million accounting “error” by the Board of Education was unprecedented. Yet we managed to come together to pass a budget that will keep the City on firm financial footing.

We reduced the proposed increase in the income tax surcharge, we restored funding for our firefighters and municipal workers, increased the City’s funding for education and have enacted a bold new management structure for our schools that consolidates the school district’s non-academic functions with the City, which will save taxpayers millions.

Majority holds firm on taxes

Although there were difficult choices to make, the Council was able to work in a bipartisan fashion with the Mayor to deliver a fiscally responsible budget that cut the proposed tax increase. This year’s budget stays within the property tax cap. Yonkers residents with children under the age of 18 who qualify for a STAR exemption will now be eligible for a property tax rebate. We became eligible for this new rebate program by staying within the tax cap.
The Council majority was also able to reduce the proposed increase to the personal income tax surcharge. The original budget had proposed hiking the tax by nearly 30%, to 19.25%, which is the maximum allowable by law. 
The Council Majority stood firm to our commitment that we were uncomfortable raising taxes, even as Yonkers faces a serious fiscal crisis. We explored alternative revenue streams, although Albany once again shot us down. By holding the line on taxes, the Council majority was able to reduce the final personal income tax rate to 16.7%.

Budget provides school funding increase, new governance model

 

We all know that the Board of Education caused the financial mess that put us in this impossible situation. It was time that something was done. 

The budget contained an inter-municipal agreement (IMA) between the City and the Yonkers Board of Education which will allow the City to assume the non-academic functions of the school district. This will save the district an additional $9 million that can be used on education.

That $9 million investment in the classroom was supplemented by a $1 million funding increase to the Education maintenance of effort that the City Council added to the Mayor’s proposed budget. Investing in our children is the right thing to do.

For years the lack of transparency at the Board of Education created an environment where a $55 million error was allowed to occur. Those days are over. The City will now be able to work more closely with the school district to keep costs down and invest savings in the classroom.

The IMA includes finance, human resources, IT, legal and communications. It was passed by a 4-3 party line vote.

 

Leaf Blower Ban

 

As a reminder, the City leaf blower ban is now in effect and runs until September 30. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by emailing councilpresident@yonkersny.gov or by calling (914) 377-6060

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin 

Dear Friend,

Yonkers faces a serious fiscal crisis and adjusting the City Budget to close the budget deficit is an extraordinary challenge for us all.

Tough decisions ahead

The state has told the city that we can borrow our way out of this mess, which is not something the majority on the Council is currently comfortable with. As we now know, this borrowing authority, which was created by what is known as “the Deficit Act,” comes with strings attached. Specifically, it awards the State Comptroller and Education Commissioner the ability to issue mandatory changes to the City budget. We as a Council are concerned about having people from Albany telling us how to run the city. If the comptroller thinks we don’t have enough fund balance, there are only two ways to fix it: cut spending, or raise taxes, and currently the Council Majority is uncomfortable raising taxes. The Mayor’s proposed budget contains a property tax increase that is less than the State tax cap, thus making Yonkers residents eligible for the property tax rebate. It also seeks to increase the income tax surcharge.

There are alternative revenue streams to be explored as well as potential savings through shared services and consolidations that can be used instead of raising the income tax surcharge to 19.25%. The formula is very simple, we need lower taxes to spur economic development and create jobs.

Great job by the students and faculty of Paideia School 15 on their first annual Red Cross fundraiser. They’ve raised over $10,000 so far to benefit efforts to restore resources and supplies to schools and students impacted by natural disasters. It’s a perfect example of while it is so critical for the Council to fully fund our kids education.

Getting our fair share We continue to seek other sources of revenue. The state’s one shot of $28 million in funding this year is just that, a one year source of revenue. We need long-term, sustainable funding.

We’re looking outside the box, and this week the Council Majority passed a bill by Council member Mike Breen to allow Yonkers to collect a hotel/motel occupancy tax in line with what White Plains and New Rochelle are allowed to get.

This $1 million revenue stream would help plug the budget gap without going into the pocketbooks of Yonkers taxpayers…if Albany allows it.

Providing the highest quality education for the children of Yonkers is of the utmost importance to me, and the City’s contribution increases in the budget proposal from $231 million to $233 million. In fact, by assuming $10 million in costs through the consolidation of the district’s non-academic functions with City agencies, we have freed up even more money to be spent educating our children. As it is, the City is struggling to find a way to close the $44 million budget deficit that was created by the Board of Education’s poor accounting practices. Instead of providing funding to close the gap, the State has said we can borrow some of that money, and assuming for argument’s sake that the City has the financial wherewithal to pay the $6 million per year debt service it would cost to borrow the $44 million the State has authorized us, it still does not rectify the long-standing underfunding of education in Yonkers by Albany.

As you’ve heard ny now, 51.1% of our City’s budget goes to education, in contrast with Buffalo, where only 7.8% of the City budget goes to education. Let’s not forget that Syracuse, a City with a nearly identical population and pupil enrollment to Yonkers receives $290 million in state funding, while that same ‘formula’ provides us with only $235 million. Even on the local level, the White Plains school district saw a school funding increase of nearly 25 percent this year, while Yonkers received only a 7.67 percent increase.

Albany has cut our school funding by $90 million through the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). That is why on Tuesday the City Council authorized the City’s intervention into litigation to recoup these monies so our children’s rights to a basic education are met. This lawsuit is known as New Yorkers for Students Educational Rights (NYSTER) vs. the State of New York, which is in addition to the other legal challenge we have initiated against the Deficit Act. Release of these funds would more than close the budget deficit and provide us with additional monies to invest in the classroom.

New financial controls

Although we would never have been in this mess if the State had funded our schools properly in the first place, at the same time the Council majority is not going to sit idly by and allow a $55 million accounting error to occur. We are still waiting for the Inspector General to issue his report on exactly how this happened and who is responsible. In the meantime, we are working to pass sensible legislation so situations like this never happen again. This week, the Council majority passed a local law by Council member John Larkin requiring the City Finance Commissioner to publish an annual four-year financial plan on April 15th and quarterly financial reports on January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st of each year, publicly, on the internet. These new financial controls will provide badly-needed sunshine on the City budget. We have also taken steps by having the City Finance Department provide interim consulting to the Board of Education Finance Department, and as part of the City budget, we may permanently assume control of these functions.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by emailing councilpresident@yonkersny.gov or by calling (914) 377-6060.

Gratefully,

Liam J. McLaughlin 

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR NO BID CONTRACT THAT WILL REAP MILLIONS IN KICKBACKS TO CRIMINAL MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS AWARDED TO TERRENCE HORTON

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR NO BID CONTRACT THAT WILL REAP MILLIONS IN KICKBACKS TO CRIMINAL MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS AWARDED TO TERRENCE HORTON
❗️❗️❗️BREAKING NEWS❗️❗️❗️. A GROUP OF MOUNT VERNON TAXPAYERS HAVE JOINED FORCES AND HAVE INTENTIONS OF FILING AN ARTICLE 78 LAWSUIT IN HOPES OF STOPPING CRIMINAL MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS, CORRUPT FORMER DPW COMMISSIONER TERRENCE HORTON, AND CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT TERRENCE HORTOM FROM RAPING MOUNT VERNON TAXPAYERS. HORTON IS THE RECIPIENT OF A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR NO BID CONTRACT THAT WILL REAP MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN KICKBACKS TO MAYOR DAVIS AND COUNCIL PRESIDENT MARCUS GRIFFITH.

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY PREET BHARARA MUST INVESTIGATE POLITICAL TERRORIST REGGIE LAFAYETTE

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY PREET BHARARA MUST INVESTIGATE POLITICAL TERRORIST REGGIE LAFAYETTE

 

The cornerstone of free democracy is the right to vote and that right must be protected at all costs.  We hope United States Attorney Preet Bharara is paying attention to what is going on in Westchester County and we hope he is paying even closer attention to corrupt Westchester County Democratic Chairman and Election Commissioner Reginald Lafayette.

For those that don’t know, Mount Vernon Exposed will explain how the powerful, uneducated Lafayette is the most dangerous person in Westchester County politics.  Investigating and putting Lafayette in jail should be just as important of a priority for the F.B.I. as putting I.S.I.S. out of commission.  Lafayette is a homegrown political terrorist that corrupted the entire political process in Westchester County.

Criminal Mayor Ernie Davis attributed his last victory to the help provided specifically by Lafayette.  Lafayette is a walking conflict of interest.  Lafayette is the Commissioner of the Board of Elections and the Chairman of the Westchester Democratic Committee. Lafayette is also the Chairman of the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee.  As election commissioner, Lafayette is in charge of the voter rolls and decides which workers get placed where on Election Day.

Last primary election, there were a documented 1,000 cases of fraud perpetrated the Criminal Mayor Ernie Davis’ campaign.  Comptroller Maureen Walker discovered this is her challenge but was quickly silenced and paid off with party support if she dropped her challenge to Ernie Davis.  Walker ran unopposed with Lafayette’s blessing during her re-election as Comptroller. It is not a coincidence that Walker and Davis are now playing nice and are in bed together to bankrupt the City of Mount Vernon.

Lafayette is the biggest threat to democracy in Westchester County and is frequently called “Osama Bin Lafayette” because of his terroristic political activities.  Lafayette as required by law, never purges the voter rolls.  By failing to purge the voter rolls of people who have moved out of the district and are deceased, Lafayette has an endless supply of names he provides to his terrorist sleeper cells in Mount Vernon and elsewhere.  These names are then used by the sleeper cells that then go vote and sign in before workers personally handpicked by Lafayette.  This unchecked system of fraud has gone on for decades and is the reason Mount Vernon is the only city in the United States of America with a Mayor currently on probation.

Reggie Lafayette has previously been exposed for shaking down candidates for Judgeships demanding that the pay him in cash, 10% of the gross salary over the period of the elected term, as payment for securing the judgeship.  Because of Lafayette, the entire judicial system in the 9th Judicial District is tainted and compromised.  The 9th Judicial district is comprised of Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, and Putnam Counties.

Why is Lafayette still in power after he failed to win the last two County executive races?  The truth is Lafayette has no morals, ethics, or values and represents a party that cannot win the office of County Executive.  Democrats will never reclaim the office of Westchester County Executive as long as Reggie Lafayette is the captain of the ship.

It is documented that Lafayette takes payoffs from developers and others seeking to build in Westchester.  It is alleged that more than $100K went into Lafayette’ s pocket when Louis Capelli, the developer of the City Center in White Plains and New Roc City in New Rochelle, was seeking to build.  Sources told Mount Vernon Exposed that Lafayette received payments to secure and arrange meetings with the Mayor and City Council members of these cities to ensure that these projects would get approved.

Lafayette recently sold Noam Bramson up the river during the last election.  Instead of drumming up the Democratic base in Westchester County, Lafayette began drumming up support for his bank account.

Let us explain.  Reggie Lafayette who is best friends with Criminal Mayor Ernie Davis, who is in turn best friends with corrupt Pastor W. Franklyn Richardson concocted a scheme that would put millions of dollars in their pockets courtesy of cash strapped Mount Vernon taxpayers. These dollars would come from kickbacks from the developer constructing low income housing at 125 South 5th Avenue, a site owned by Serepher Conn-Halevi, the embattled underling of Lafayette.

Sources have told Mount Vernon Exposed that a secret meeting was held between Richardson, Davis, and Lafayette in which Davis told Lafayette to stand down and to suppress the Democratic vote in Westchester to ensure that Noam Bramson would not win the election.  Noam Bramson’s loss was part of the bigger get rich scheme the 3 kings were after.

The corrupt Richardson was promised if current Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino were to win re-election that Westchester County would purchase for $1 from Richardson, the property formerly owned by Mount Vernon City Marshall and 1st Vice Chair of the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee Serepher Conn-Halevi.   Halevi was also told to suppress the vote in the City of Mount Vernon to ensure an Astorino victory.  Their plan worked.  If you drive by the former site of owned by Serepher Conn-Halevi, one would see cranes and construction taking place to erect more low-income housing in the City of Mount Vernon.

It appears that Reggie made good on his promise to screw Noam Bramson and as a result, Robert Astorino cruised on to victory.

TO BE CONTINUED…

On Thursday, Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested by the FBI on federal corruption charges.This follows years of speculation about where he got his money and rampant corruption in the Assembly under his watch.

New York is so much better than this. We are a big, open hearted state, and deserve honest, open, brave leadership.

The New York Times has called for him to resign. I have called for him to step down as Speaker of the Assembly, and allow new Democratic leadership.

On Friday, Preet Bharara rightly called into question the easy press acceptance of “three men in a room,” the political structure that gives the Speaker of the Assembly, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and the Governor almost complete budget and legislative power, and breeds corruption and favoritism.

As Bharara suggested, we have to do more than prosecute bad apples, and Andrew Cuomo has failed to do the thing he said he would do in 2010, take on corruption in Albany.

Andrew Cuomo shut down his own anti-corruption commission when it got too close to his supporters.

Andrew Cuomo has refused to answer basic questions about his meddling in the commission.

Andrew Cuomo now disingenuously argues that he shut it down because the Feds could do a better job, a laughable assertion.

Public corruption is still the root problem in New York politics, the reason why we have so much inequality.

Andrew Cuomo could do something about it if he wanted to.

Ask Andrew Cuomo – will you answer to New Yorkers about the culture of corruption in Albany?

Andrew Cuomo has to answer for a culture of secrecy and corruption, a culture that has only gotten worse since he took office. Of course, even a powerful Governor can’t wave a wand and change Albany, but he should at least do everything he can to try to fix the problem, instead of ignoring it and deflecting questions about it.

New York deserves better than Andrew Cuomo’s corrupt Albany.

Sign our petition to ask Andrew Cuomo why corruption has gotten worse since he took office.

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Honorable Patricia D. McDow  November 12, 2014
Please Share The Opportunity with Others

 

WARNING!!!!!!

 

 

Leticia James Warns Consumers About Classified Ads Toll numbers may be a direct line to trouble. Classified ads are intended to help people by facilitating communication and advertising available services; however, some of the hotlines & service numbers in classifieds actually hurt the people who rely on them by cheating them of their hard-earned dollars. “Most newspapers print a disclaimer in their classified ad section to warn readers about numbers that are a direct line to trouble. Any number starting with 900, 540, 595 or 871 charges a fee beyond a local call. In some instances, ads initially advertise calls to a local number, but then direct callers to a second number starting with one of the paid exchanges. “Consumers must also question the legitimacy of vague classifieds because they too could be a scam. Before responding to an ad, consumers should verify the source of all information & always be wary about sending money or signing a contract with an unknown party.” Office of the NYC Public Advocate

 

 2015 Mangold Release

CHIAROSCURO GROUP ROLLS OUT ADS IN SUPPORT OF  COMMON SENSE HEALTH INSPECTIONS OF NEW YORK ABORTION CLINICS

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“Filthy, medical equipment looks like it’s from the 70s.”

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“A dirty, poorly operated clinic, with zero transparency….”

New York–Feb. 10…Disturbing user reviews from women who have visited uninspected New York abortion clinics are being used in three radio advertisements being aired in the New York City and Albany media markets, the Chiaroscuro Group today announced.

The radio spots can be heard here, here, and here.  Ad copy is available below.

The Chiaroscuro Group ads call for passage of legislation in Albany requiring regular Health Department inspections of New York’s abortion clinics, just as other facilities used by the public are routinely inspected. Chiaroscuro’s call comes on the heels of a blockbuster expose by The New York Post last year reporting that a many of New York’s abortion clinics haven’t been inspected in more than a dozen years.  Those that were inspected had serious sanitary violations that could then be addressed. The Post found that tanning and nail salons are inspected more than abortion facilities.

“We have a problem in New York, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice; we have to fix it,” said Chiaroscuro Group spokesman Greg Pfundstein. “Young women, oftentimes without their parent’s knowledge, are having surgical procedures in uninspected medical facilities.  If ever there was a common ground issue, this is it.”

Two of the Chiaroscuro Group ads call for passage of a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) prompted by the New York Post expose.

“Chiaroscuro is deeply grateful to Assemblywoman Malliotakis for sponsoring legislation to protect the health of women in New York,” Mr. Pfundstein added. “We are hopeful that Democrats and Republicans of goodwill can quickly come together on this important and necessary bill.”

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Radio spot :60

“Avoid at all costs.”

“The waiting room is dirty and smells of dried urine.”

“DO NOT EVER GO HERE.”

These are actual reviews from women who have visited New York abortion clinics…

“This place is disgusting and it preys off low income women who need help.”

“My worst experience ever.”

“Filthy, medical equipment looks like it’s from the 70s.”

New York inspects just about everything: pizzerias, nail and tanning salons…

But for more than a dozen years it’s failed to inspect women’s clinics around the state.

“She balanced her tool tray ON THE GARBAGE CAN…”

“A dirty, poorly operated clinic, with zero transparency and zero care for the patients.”

If you really want to support Women’s Equality in New York, support Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis’s safe clinic inspection bill.

New York doesn’t need more abortions; it needs cleaner, safer healthcare.

Paid for by Chiaroscuro Group.

Radio :60

“Like something out of a back alley. Don’t go. Trust me.”

Like “it hadn’t been cleaned in days.”

“AVOID at all costs –  it will cost you your health.”

More actual reviews from women who visited New York abortion clinics.

Some which haven’t been expected in a dozen years.

“Disgusting”

“Worst experience ever.”

“Filthy.”

“Dirty.  Poorly operated.”

New York inspects almost everything: pizzerias, nail salons, movie houses.

So why isn’t it inspecting women’s clinics?

Teenagers go to them…without their parents even knowing.

“One of the worst experiences I’ve ever had.”

If you really want to support Women’s Equality in New York, support Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis’s safe clinic inspection bill.

New York doesn’t need more abortions; it needs cleaner, safer healthcare.

Paid for by Chiaroscuro Group.

Radio :30

“Don’t go. Trust me.”

“Like something out of a back alley.

“AVOID at all costs.”

These are actual reviews from women who visited New York abortion clinics.

“Filthy.”

“Disgusting”

“Dirty.”

“Worst experience ever.”

New York inspects tanning and nail salons, but not women’s clinics???

Teenagers go there…without their parents even knowing.

Women’s Equality in New York begins with safe clinic inspections.

Paid for by Chiaroscuro Group.

Hi Friends and Neighbors:
There will be a special presentation, “DEMYSTIFYING MEDICARE AND HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR SENIORS,” at the Lewisboro Library Temporary Quarters—housed now at the South Salem Presbyterian Church, 11 Spring St., South Salem—on Saturday, January 24 between 1 and 4 PM. I think many of you will find this program both interesting and beneficial.
The presentation, which is part of the Westchester Library System’s “Westchester Seniors Out Speaking” (WSOS) project, is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults. It will help those who already have Medicare, as well as people soon to be 65, planning their retirement, or assisting relatives and friends with their medical decisions.
Various parts of Medicare will be outlined in this engaging, interactive presentation, which also includes information about the costs associated with the medical and drug insurance provided by the federal government and private companies.
Other topics in the presentation will be an overview of the original Medicare program; Medicare Advantage plans; prescription drug plans like Part D; Medigaps and other supplemental healthcare plans; and other cost-saving programs, such as MSPs, Extra Help and EPIC.
This presentation is being sponsored by the Lewisboro Seniors and Lewisboro Library. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is requested at (914) 763-3857.
Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) is a volunteer group specifically trained to deliver free services relating to Medicare coverage. Members provide individual counseling each week in ten libraries across the county; you can also contact their Helpline for a counseling call-back at sbic@wlsmail.org or (914) 231-3260. For more information, visit westchesterlibraries.org/senior-benefits-information-centers.

Peter Harckham

In conjunction with a press conference on Mt. Vernon’s initiative to facilitate a “Gun Buy Back Program” with corporate participants including Best Buy, Mount Vernon City Councilman and co-founder of The National Network to Combat Gun Violence Richard Thomas joins together in support of efforts to address gun violence and build a safer Mt. Vernon. In a statement he said:

 

“Since 1996, over 100 people were murdered in the streets of Mount Vernon, of which 51 homicides occurred and remain unsolved since 2006. While illegal hand guns and drugs are largely to blame, the situation is tenuous and unacceptable.

 

“We must do more to get illegal handguns out of our community and provide constructive alternatives to young people pursuing a life of crime.

 

“Every resident deserves and demands a safe city and should be able to enjoy their homes and family without living in fear of heinous illegal gun activity.

 

“I applaud the leadership of Derickson Lawrence in bringing all parties together and thank the Mt. Vernon Police Department as well as all businesses involved for taking a stand against gun violence. This initiative is the first step of many to improve public safety and create a brighter future for those rejecting a life of crime.”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                                                                      June 27, 2014

 

 

Today a press conference was held at the Mount Vernon-based film set of the new HBO series called “The Leftovers” to highlight the increase in film activity in Westchester County. Below is a statement by Councilman Richard Thomas.

 

“Advocacy and legislative efforts have contributed towards ensuring that Mount Vernon has become more accessible, streamlined, and business friendly.  These strategic efforts have successfully attracted, retained, and grown Mount Vernon’s participation in New York’s film industry.

 

“Further, it has created value and economic growth for both Mount Vernon and our partners in cinema. We are proud of our involvement to date and look forward to expanding opportunities to accelerate growth in this burgeoning creative economy space.”

MEDIA ADVISORY

Mt. Vernon Councilman Thomas and Yonkers Councilmembers Johnson & Pineda Join Launch of National Network to Combat Gun Violence

Young Urban Leaders Act to Take Back Violent Streets, Curb Gun Violence

NEW YORK, NY (June 30, 2014) – Today, Mt. Vernon Councilman Richard Thomas and Yonkers Councilmembers Christopher Johnson Corazon Pineda will join New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) Deputy Leader and co-chair on the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, will end June’s Gun Violence Awareness Month (GVAM) by holding a press conference with elected officials from across the country to announce the launch of the National Network to Combat Gun Violence (NNCGV).

NNCGV is a network of Council Members, Aldermen, Municipal Supervisors, Selectmen, and other local legislative officials from across the fifty states, joining together to combat the nation’s gun violence epidemic at a local, grassroots level. The Network, composed of council members from more than 20 cities, and endorsed by the NYC Council’s Black Latino Asian Caucus, NYPD’s Commissioner Bill Bratton, Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson, will provide a forum for elected officials to:

  • Convene periodic conference calls where members from across the country can hear about the challenges and successes in various cities;
  • Observe presentations from anti-gun violence policy experts and advocates;
  • Suggest new, innovative approaches being undertaken in cities across the country.

Council members Thomas, Johnson, Pineda and Williams have long advocated for real concerted efforts to end senseless gun violence. The NNCGV will provide a forum for local elected to discuss programs like this and others that are effective throughout the nation.

Councilman Thomas said, “Since “Since 1996, over 100 people were murdered in the streets of Mount Vernon, of which 51 homicides occurred and remain unsolved since 2006. While illegal hand guns and drugs are largely to blame, the situation is tenuous and unacceptable.” He added, “Every resident deserves and demands a safe city and should be able to enjoy their homes and family without living in fear of heinous illegal gun activity.”

 

Founding members of the NNCGV include local elected officials from the following cities: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, Baltimore, Albany, Berkeley, Jersey City, Madison, Yonkers, Newark, Hoboken, White Plains, Richmond, and Mt. Vernon.

 

Actor/Philanthropist Malik Yoba, a victim of gun violence, will be speaking at the event, accompanied by Dolene John, mother of the late Kellan John, who was shot and killed in his East Flatbush home in 2013.

 

WHO: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Founder of the NNCGV and co-chair of GVAM; NYC Council’s Black Latino Asian Caucus Representatives; NYC Council Members; US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Mt. Vernon City Council Member Richard Thomas; Hoboken City Council Member Peter Cunningham; Yonkers City Council Members Christopher Johnson and Corazon PinedaKings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson; Actor/Philanthropist Malik Yoba; Tamika Mallory, co-chair of GVAM;  Shanduke McPhatter, Executive Director of GMACC; representatives from anti-gun violence advocacy groups including NAACP, Girls Be Heard, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, El Puente, Harlem Mothers Save, Fortune Society, The Misunderstood Youth Development Center, Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, Girls Talk/Guys Talk; and gun violence victim families, including Dolene John mother of Kellan John.

WHAT: Launch of the National Network to Combat Gun Violence

 

WHERE: Steps of New York City Hall

 

ADDRESS: ACROSS FROM 250 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

 

WHEN: Monday, June 30, 2014, 12:00 PM

TODAY at 12:30 PM – Mt. Vernon Businesses, Residents and Nonprofits Come Together to Aide Recovery Efforts.

Mt Vernon Businesses Residents & NonProfits Come Together to Aide Recovery ADVISORY 11-02-2012

Dear Friends,

President Obama recently announced his proposed 2016 budget, a fiscal roadmap for America that focuses on helping the middle-class and improving funding for education, all while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
The President’s budget proposal would use the tax code to make work, education, and child care more affordable for millions of hard-working American families. It would bring an end to the budget cuts implemented in 2011 as part of the now infamous “sequester.”

Sequestration was a mindless attempt at austerity that has been counterproductive to our economic recovery. I voted against the sequester in 2011 because it was bad policy then, just as it is bad policy today, and I applaud the President for proposing a budget that reverses those unnecessary measures.
In addition to ending the sequestration, President Obama’s proposed budget includes $70.7 billion in discretionary funds for education, a 5% increase over the previous year; a $1.5 billion increase in Head Start funding; and a $750 million increase in grants for states to develop and expand preschool programs for 4-year-olds who come from low-income households. As we all know, New York has led the way in the fight for universal pre-k, and I am pleased to see the President follow the Empire State’s lead by making early academic engagement a national priority.
Committing ourselves to improving America’s aging infrastructure has long been a priority of mine in Congress. Infrastructure spending not only helps rebuild our structurally deficient transportation system; it also puts Americans to work. I was pleased to see the President’s budget tackles this issue by making a significant, $94.7 billion investment in the Department of Transportation’s budget. In addition, the President’s plan offers a $478 billion (over six years) transportation reauthorization proposal, and a $144 billion commitment (also over six years) for transit and passenger rail programs.
The President’s budget also prioritizes our environment, with increases to the Environmental Protection Agency budget and money directed at expanding green technologies and programs that will go a long way toward dealing with the issue of climate change.
As we debate the FY 2016 budget in Congress, my Republican colleagues would be well-served to take a real long look at the President’s proposal, which would reduce the tax burden on the middle-class, support our public schools, increase infrastructure spending to promote job growth, and end the damaging and unpopular sequestration. This budget puts the American people first, and in the coming weeks and months I am hopeful that we will be able to make this proposal a reality.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Dear Friends,

Congress recently finished work for the 113th Congress after a prolonged fight over the Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations bill. There is no such thing as a perfect bill, but the so-called cromnibus was deeply flawed. I weighed the good against the bad, and in the end I voted against it.

The cromnibus breaks promise after promise that we have made to the American people. It leaves taxpayers vulnerable to another bank bailout, guts campaign finance reform, reduces promised pension benefits for retirees, and cuts Pell Grants for students.

Taxpayers were badly burned by the 2008 financial meltdown. Gambling in the derivatives market was a major contributor to the crisis that wrecked the job market and drove the global economy to the brink of collapse. Big banks invested money from government-insured bank accounts in risky derivatives, and when they could not afford to cover their bad bets, we had to bail them out.

I voted for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 to protect us from this sort of reckless behavior on Wall Street. One of its most important provisions stopped banks from gambling with depositors’ money. By rolling back that firewall, the cromnibus leaves taxpayers liable for another potential bailout.

Additionally, our democracy should not be at the mercy of special interests that have the means to promote their narrow political agenda. I have long advocated for a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United and restore federal limits for campaign contributions. The cromnibus further erodes the trust that the public has placed in our electoral system by loosening restrictions on campaign donations to the national parties. Individual donors can now contribute up to $324,000 a year, a tenfold increase. We need sensible limits so that the voices of the majority are not silenced by voices of a select few.

The appropriations bill also contains too many cuts that hurt the middle class. Pension benefits for current retirees 74 years old and younger will be cut – a first in 40 years. We should not balance the budget on backs retirees who have worked and contributed to their retirement years, only to have their promised benefits cut.

Nor should we break our promise to students by scaling back our investment in higher education. The cromnibus cuts $303 million in funding for the Pell Grants, thereby raising the cost of college for millions of students.

My priority is with the hard working Americans and their families whose contributions have enabled our nation to grow and prosper. That is my promise to you, and one that has not been broken in the 26 years that I have had the privilege to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Dear Friends,

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson erased decades of deeply entrenched segregation with the simple stroke of a pen. The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin and paved the way for a more just America.

Getting there wasn’t easy. Many lives were lost and injustices suffered.
Martin Luther King, Jr., led us to believe in his dream of equality, and preached that the content of our character matters more than the color of our skin.
Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women — many whose names and faces we may not even know — who worked to advance the cause of equality and of human rights.
We cannot take their sacrifice for granted, nor forgot these gains can easily be reversed.
The U.S. Supreme Court last summer invalidated a key portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires states with a history of discriminatory voting practices to pre-clear any changes to their voting laws with the federal government or courts. The Supreme Court struck down Section 4, which is the formula used to determine which states are subject to preclearance.
Now that Section 4 has been deemed unconstitutional, we have seen a reemergence in laws that block access to the ballot box.
I support a legislative fix that would ensure that all eligible voters have a chance to make their voices heard on Election Day. I am also a co-sponsor of the Voter Empowerment Act of 2013, which requires states to offer online voter registration.
America cannot live up to her potential if any of her citizens are denied access to the ballot box. Fair and free elections are at the heart of our democracy. Let’s protect it.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Dear Friends,

 

We are a nation built on immigration, and it has made us strong.

 

My grandparents, like so many others who immigrated to the United States, came to this country looking for a better life and were privileged to pursue the American dream.

 

Sadly, there are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the proverbial shadows of our democracy.

 

Just over a year ago, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that gives undocumented immigrants a chance to earn their citizenship by paying back taxes and getting in the same line as everyone else.

 

I proudly co-sponsored the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, or H.R.15, in hopes that the U.S. House of Representatives would pass our own version of the bill.

 

That has not happened.

 

Those living on the margins of our society are still here. Their fear and frustration grows each day Congress refuses to fix our broken immigration system.

 

There are millions of aspiring Americans wishing to contribute to our society, and their contributions would boost our bottom line.

 

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that H.R. 15 would reduce the deficit by $900 billion over the next two decades, including $200 billion over the first 10 years. It would also create 159,000 new jobs for American workers.

 

An estimated 79 percent of Americans support comprehensive immigration reform, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 600 business organizations.

 

America is a better, stronger and more vibrant place because of our diversity. We should give those who came here seeking a better life a chance to pursue their dreams, just as we have done for past generations.

 

Independence Day should remind us of our nation’s core values. Closing our borders to those in need is not the American way.

 

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Dear Friends,

Each Memorial Day, Americans remember those who have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom and democracy.  The debt owed to them is immeasurable. Without the brave efforts of all our service men and women and their families, our country would not live so freely.

Their memory is an eternal symbol of the costs of freedom. To those fighting for our freedom today, to the almost one million veterans living in New York, and to veterans from across the country: thank you for your service.  We have over 24,000 men and women from our state on active duty, and another 32,000 in the guard/reserve.  Sadly, we have over 300 brave New Yorkers since 2002 who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

As we do every year, we will observe a national moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. today to honor the fallen, and to hope for the safe return of those still deployed.  This is a way for us all to honor those who never made the march back home, and to thank the almost 12,000 veterans who are living in our district in the Bronx and Westchester County.

While we cannot do anything in the present for those who have died, returning soldiers who have fought on the battlefields for our freedom should not have to fight for a job when they come home. With 170,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan looking for work, we have an obligation to make sure our veterans have the necessary tools to succeed in the civilian workforce. The President has proposed to make permanent the veterans hiring tax credits.  Since the implementation of these new tax credits in late 2011, there has been a near doubling of the number of veterans hired through tax credits in 2012. In his 2012 State of the Union address, the President embraced the idea of a Veterans Job Corps – to help our returning veterans find pathways to civilian employment and employ at least 20,000 veterans over 5 years and prioritize vets for first responder jobs such as police, firefighter, or EMT.

In 2011, Congress enacted the veterans hiring initiative, to expand job opportunities for veterans through tax credits for businesses hiring service members.  The VOW to Hire Heroes Act includes provisions to boost hiring for veterans and provide them with the training they need to find a job in civilian life.

I cosponsored of the Helping Homeless Heroes Act, in the last Congress, reauthorizing programs to assist homeless veterans with employment.  I am also proud of the following achievements made for veterans from 2007-11.

  • The new Post 9-11 GI Bill to restore the promise of a full, four-year college education, allowing nearly 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to afford college, along with tax incentives for hiring to expand job opportunities for returning soldiers.
  • Strengthened health care for millions of veterans, including the largest single increase in the history of the VA.  More doctors and nurses, better access for rural veterans, and expanded efforts to treat the signature injuries of the war, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, and a commitment to timely and predictable funding for veterans’ health care and to address the health care needs of our nearly 2 million female veterans.
  • Providing troops and veterans the benefits and resources they need, taking steps to reduce the unacceptable backlog – and wait for veterans to get their benefits, and making headway in ending the Disabled Veterans Tax and the Military Families’ Tax.
  • Strengthened support for military families, building more military child care centers and better military family housing, and enacting landmark legislation to provide much-needed support for family members and other caregivers for wounded veterans.

I will continue to stand up for active service members and veterans. I am committed to the proposition that their sacrifice must be repaid to the best of our ability, and I will continue to work to ensure that veterans get the dignity, honor and support they have earned.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Today, our country commemorates the 43rd Annual Earth Day.  This day encourages and honors countless acts by dedicated individuals to improve the quality of our communities, parks, waterways, and private and public lands. It also provides an opportunity for our country to focus on key challenges we will face in the future.

The 20 million people who took to the streets for Earth Day 1970 represented a true cross-section of American society – a bipartisan coalition, rich and poor, city and rural residents, tycoons and labor leaders, etc.  The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.

The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “The Face of Climate Change.”  Some still doubt the existence of climate change, but I have no doubt that it is taking place and presents a clear and present danger to our country and our planet.  The Earth Day Network is encouraging people to take to social media and use the hashtag #FaceOfClimate to post photos depicting the effects of climate change taking place right now.  One needs only to look at weather patterns we are experiencing in our country to see that something has changed over time.  I believe the major storms which have hit our country, and the drastic fluctuations in temperatures are directly related to climate change. With over a billion people taking part in Earth Day – spanning over 190 countries – perhaps a significant impact on this issue could be made here in the United States and in countries such as India and China who have beenrapidly industrializing.

If we pursued controlling climate change, we could create brand new industries in America and allow our future to be marked by leadership in the next wave of energy.  We could create thousands of new jobs by advancing the Open Fuel Standard Act – which I wrote and plan to reintroduce soon – which would make alternative energy options standard in new vehicles.

I have also written other bills to combat the effects of climate change, and protect our environment.  Among them are:

  • Medical Center Energy Efficiency Act – This would direct the Department of Energy (DOE) to create grant and loan guarantee programs for non-profit healthcare facilities to invest in infrastructure projects that significantly reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency.
  • State and Local Fleet Efficiency Act – Encourages state or local governments to require fleet owners or operators to acquire only new fleet vehicles that utilize natural gas, are flexible fuel vehicles, or meet a technology or performance-based characteristic that is commercially available.
  • Offending Oil Polluters Act  – This would prohibit oil polluters from receiving tax benefits for costs associated with cleaning up an oil spill.
  • Electric Transportation Advancement Act – Directs the DOE to make loans and grants for qualified electric transportation projects, especially near term

If you wish to join in the efforts to commemorate Earth Day, please consider contacting one of our many local organizations that participate in clean-ups, recycling efforts, or other activities that follow the goals and ideals of this day.  We have only one planet – let’s join together to leave it to our children in better shape than it is today.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

This month is National Women’s History Month – a commemoration of the historic achievements of women in America.   It is a perfect opportunity to reflect upon the progress made by women in American society.  In recent years, we have had a woman serve as Speaker of the House, three Secretaries of State, and one-third of the current U.S. Supreme Court is now female, and we will likely see a woman elected president in the very near future.

However, there is still progress to be made.  When Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at the end of 2012, it did not give me a sense that things will change.  This law is something which should not be subject to partisan rancor – and yet, thanks to obstruction from some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, this important law was allowed to expire in December.  Thankfully, earlier this month a bipartisan coalition came together to right that wrong and reauthorize the law.  We do not want a repeat of that debacle in the future.  I can guarantee that if the numbers were reversed and men held just 16 percent of seats in Congress, they would not be very happy having their safety, and rights to legal recourse, called to question.
It is stunning to me that as the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act just passed, women’s health issues should be the subject of debate.  How can this be happening in the 21st century?  Also, there were too many public officials last year making public statement which were insensitive at best, and extremely offensive and scientifically stupid at worst, about rape. Rape is rape, that is the bottom line – there are no ifs, ands or buts.  As a husband, and as a father of a daughter, I am offended by the condescending rhetoric we have witnessed recently.  I sincerely hope this will not continue.
Internationally, the United States ranks 71st in terms of women’s representation, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union of Women in National Office. In addition, many women still get paid less than men for doing the exact same work. On average women still make only 77 cents for every dollar made by men.  More than 64 percent of minimum-wage workers are women.   If the roles in power were reversed, men would not stand for this inequity.   In 2009, the House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, allowing victims of pay discrimination to sue for punitive damages, and requiring employers to prove that wage disparities are work-related.  Unfortunately, the measure fell short in the Senate by only two votes.  The House Majority has not made re-passage of the bill this a priority.  In fact, it has been less than an afterthought. House leadership must answer the question of why they think women should be paid less than men for doing the same work.
Instead of moving forward on such legislation, we have been going backwards in many ways.  Nothing is more ridiculous than the massive forced cuts known as sequestration, mandated in the ill-advised 2011 Budget Control Act.  I voted against it and I still believe it is a stupid idea.  These cuts take a machete to the federal budget when a surgeon’s scalpel is required. Women, as well as men and children, are going to be adversely affected by these cuts, especially in these ways, complied by research conducted by the House Minority Press Office:
  • About 600,000 women and children will be dropped from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
  • Women could lose more than 350,000 of the 750,000 jobs that the nonpartisan CBO estimates will be lost due to the sequester;
  • The parents of 30,000 children will lose essential help with their child care expenses;
  • Up to 700,000 students could be affected by a $49 million cut in the federal work-study program – with more than 55 percent of college students now women;
  • The $1.6 billion cut in the NIH budget will cut research into illnesses affecting millions of women, such as breast cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s;
  • Senior meal programs like Meals on Wheels will be cut by up to 4 million meals for seniors, with women making up 56 percent of the senior population;
  • Due to cuts in women’s health programs, 5 million families will lose access to prenatal care and other services improving infant mortality and maternal health;
  • Up to 112,000 victims of domestic violence could lose access to shelters and other services, due to a $29 million cut in domestic violence programs;
  • 70,000 children will lose access to Head Start.  Also, 2,700 schools will lose Title I funding, jeopardizing children’s education and putting at risk 10,000 teachers’ jobs;
  • Families will be at more risk of foodborne illness, such as the recent salmonella in peanut butter outbreak, with 2,100 fewer inspections at food processing plants.
I intend to continue working on behalf of my daughter, and all women and look forward to adding more and more milestones in the years to come.  The next Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Shirley Chisholm, or Sonia Sotomayor awaits.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Last week, I was unanimously voted by my colleagues to be the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the coming year.  I feel honored and privileged to receive their backing, and I am excited to embark on this new challenge.

We live in a very challenging and ever-changing world.  We have brave men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan, and we must continue the process of bringing them home safely, leaving an Afghanistan strong enough to repel further efforts by al Qaeda to set up camp. In the Middle East, Israel has been under fire from Hamas in Gaza, the Syrian government is threatening to use chemical weapons against its own people, and Iraq is still recovering from the aftermath of Saddam Hussien and the war to oust him from power. We must focus on the emerging power in China and the economic challenges they present for the United States.   The loss of life in Congo, Sudan and other African nations cannot be overlooked as areas where the United States needs to focus attention.  And, we must continue to stand with our friends and allies in Europe and elsewhere as we confront the problems of the world.

Our committee needs to be focused on promoting American values and interests around the world, and I look forward to working on a bipartisan basis with newly-elected Chairman Ed Royce in the coming year to achieve those goals.  Since January 2007, I have either been the Chairman or Ranking Member on the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee and hope to apply the experience and skills I learned working with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as I take on this new position of leadership.

Our nation needs to find ways to become energy independent, and, at the same time, we must work with other nations to reverse the advancement of climate change.  There are global health issues – such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS – which are taking lives every day, and human rights violations which must end.

Our Congressional district is comprised of people whose heritage is from many nations around the world.  It is my hope to take what I have learned from the diversity of my constituents as I work with the Administration to move our Committee and our nation forward to tackle the many issues facing us around the world.

Still, I am not new to the work of the Foreign Affairs Committee.  I have written legislation such as the Syria Accountability Act of 2003, a key law to imposing sanctions on Syria, the Stop TB Act, which presses for prevention and treatment of tuberculosis in Africa and a variety of impoverished regions, and the missing in Cyprus act of 1994, which directed the State Department to find Americans lost in Cyprus in 1974.  Beyond that, I have fought for the U.S.-Israel relationship, the independence of Kosova, and peace and human rights in northern Ireland.  But regardless of my work in the past, there is much more to be done and I look forward to the opportunity to move ahead.

I want to thank my colleagues for their trust and belief in my leadership, and I look forward to getting to work as soon as possible.
Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Today, as we commemorate World AIDS Day, we must reflect both on the lives lost and on our moral obligation to provide necessary treatment and research dollars for those living with HIV/AIDS.  As the soon to be Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, I understand the global and domestic urgency of this issue.  I pledge to continue my efforts to halt the spread of this terrible disease, and treat its victims.

I have continually fought for increased funding for New York, and better access to health care services, to treat the nearly 129,000 New Yorkers who are currently living with HIV/AIDS.  Nationwide, more than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS.  It is estimated that 50,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year.  Sadly, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1000 Americans between the ages of 13 and 24 contract HIV each month.  Worldwide, there are an estimated 34 million individuals living with HIV and in 2011, 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related complications.
The good news is that progress is being made.  According to UNAIDS, as of 2011, 25 countries have seen a 50% or greater drop in new HIV infections since 2001.  Approximately half of the reductions in new HIV infections have been among newborn children.  More than 8 million people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy.  Worldwide, half a million fewer individuals died from AIDS-related complications in 2011 than in 2005.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined in her speech on World AIDS Day this week, we are at a point where an AIDS-free generation can, and should, become a reality, both here and abroad.  Through effective programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund, and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, the opportunity to dramatically improve HIV prevention and treatment services exists with adequate funding from the United States and our partner countries.
Unfortunately, too few people realize that the leading cause of death for people living with HIV/AIDS is tuberculosis.  In 2009, an estimated 1.1 million TB patients that were also HIV positive.  Globally, TB is responsible for a quarter—and in Sub-Saharan Africa, up to half—of all AIDS-related deaths.  Yet, less than 7% of people living with HIV are screened for TB and TB infection control measures are still not implemented in many HIV service settings.  We cannot have an AIDS-free generation without effectively eliminating tuberculosis.
This is why I was proud to support the bipartisan Lantos-Hyde Global HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria Act of 2008, which included a historic U.S. commitment to global TB and the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act of 2008, which renewed our efforts to eliminate TB in the US.
Furthermore, I am pleased to be a co-chair of the bipartisan TB Elimination Caucus with Rep. Gene Green of Texas and Rep. Don Young of Alaska.  Working together, we can address both prevention and early treatment options and usher in an AIDS-free generation.  The fight against AIDS began in 1981, and will continue until a cure is found.  The Obama Administration, as well as Presidents Bush and Clinton,  made huge commitments to fighting the AIDS epidemic at home, and all over the world.  Together, we can make a difference.
I will continue my work in Congress, using the resources at hand in both committees on which I serve, to make a difference in the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS and their family members who suffer along with them.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

It was announced this evening that the Bronx, Rockland and Westchester Counties have been approved for additional funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.  They are now eligible for federal reimbursement for:

  • Road systems,
  • Water control facilities,
  • Public buildings and equipment,
  • Public utilities, and
  • Parks and recreation:

Local governments and some private, non-profit organizations may also be eligible for federal Public Assistance funding.  I had instructed FEMA that Westchester and Rockland Counties needed to be added to the original disaster declaration alongside New York City, Long Island and the surrounding states.  That addition allowed both counties to join the Bronx to be eligible for aid.

Federal aid has begun to flow into New York to help us recover from this disaster.  I requested that FEMA place Disaster Recovery Centers in the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties to make it more convenient for residents to apply for aid.  I am pleased to see there has been one approved for the Bronx – it will be at Edgewater Park Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Adee Drive, Bronx, NY 10465.  Hours will be from: 8am – 8pm.  FEMA now needs to add ones in Westchester and Rockland.

These funds are going to be critical for New York State to help families rebuild their homes, fix damage caused by rising waters, and recover their from this disaster. We must ensure that all of the people who were victimized by this extreme weather, and the damages resulting from it, are able to be helped as best as possible.  Recovery Centers allow for residents to limit the amount of travel they have to make in order to apply for aid – especially with local restrictions on gasoline and mass transit just beginning to be up and running.

It is good news that our neighborhoods are able to apply for this expanded aid, and our state has been in desperate need of some good news in the last week.  I will continue to pressure to continue providing services to people who need it, and I remind everyone to remind ConEd of any remaining power outages by calling 1-800-75-CONED. For Orange & Rockland, call 1-877-434-4100

Sincerely,


Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

I am glad to announce that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to include Westchester and Rockland Counties as part of the major disaster declaration.  I requested that the agency include Rockland and Westchester to assist their recovery from the damages inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

This declaration allows individuals, businesses and local governments to apply for FEMA aid. In addition, a waiver allows applications to be processed immediately.  President Obama called on the federal agencies to forego red tape and help as fast as possible. I am pleased to see FEMA doing just that, helping these counties recover from another destructive storm.

In my letter to FEMA, I said, “I stand firmly with New York State and both Counties in requesting that they receive a disaster declaration.  I understand that FEMA staff are on the ground in both Counties, and have witnessed first-hand the significant flooding and damage to buildings and infrastructure.”

The two counties’ preliminary damage assessment (PDA) reports made it clear the  stricken counties needed FEMA aid.  Both counties, as well as New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties, were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, leaving hundreds of thousands of people still without power in all of the regions. New York, Nassau, and Suffolk were included in the original major disaster declaration.

I am thankful for the swift actions taken by Governor Andrew Cuomo and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in order to expedite this request. The residents of Westchester and Rockland are suffering the effects of this devastating storm, and need access to immediate assistance.  I am pleased they will be receiving their needed assistance.

Last year, I successfully convinced FEMA to tour the Hurrican Irene damage in Rockland County, and set up a FEMA Recovery Center in Rockland County to service the people affected by that disastrous storm.

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel
MEMBER OF CONGRESS

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