YONKERS WATCHDOG.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yonkers-insider/2014/11/20/yonkers-insider-online-radio-show

Barry McGoey was my guest on November 20, 2014.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yonkers-insider/2014/11/24/yonkers-insider-online-radio-show

Jeffrey Deskovic, Criminal Justice Advocate; Exoneree and also head of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice was my guest on December 8, 2014.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yonkers-insider/2014/12/08/yonkers-insider-online-radio-show

 

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN JOINED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS AND ACTIVISTS CALLING FOR THE PASSAGE OF HIS SWEEPING ETHICS REFORM LEGISLATION ON LONG ISLAND.

“End New York Corruption Now Act” Would Strengthen Hands Of Local And State Prosecutors, Professionalize Legislature, And Reform Campaign Finance System 

AG’s Ethics Package Will be Sponsored By Assemblymembers Joseph Lentol, Daniel O’Donnell, And Todd Kaminsky 

Schneiderman: Parade of Arrests Will Not Stop Until Leaders Take Bold Steps Toward Comprehensive Reforms

NASSAU COUNTY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman spoke at the Nassau County Supreme Court today calling on the state legislature to pass his “End New York Corruption Now Act.” The bill, which was sent to Albany on Wednesday, will be sponsored by Assemblymembers Joseph Lentol, Daniel O’Donnell, and Todd Kaminsky. Attorney General Schneiderman called for action before the end of the legislative session, a session in which both legislative leaders, including the former Senator Majority leader from Nassau County, were arrested on federal corruption charges. This comprehensive legislation includes the boldest systemic reforms backed by leading good government groups; measures to strengthen the hands of prosecutors, as proposed by the State’s District Attorneys; and new ideas on how to depoliticize and professionalize the legislature. Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Assemblymember Todd Kaminsky, Lisa Tyson of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, and Susan Lerner of Common Cause all joined Attorney General Schneiderman today in calling for reform.  

Among more than a dozen other changes to State law, the omnibus legislation would give the attorney general’s office permanent jurisdiction to investigate and criminally prosecute public corruption—an authority that consecutive attorneys general have asked to be granted by the governor. The bill would also ban legislators from earning outside income; ban per diem payments for lawmakers for days they spend in Albany, while increasing legislative salaries; and extend legislators’ terms from two years to four. In the area of campaign finance, the Attorney General’s bill would lower contribution limits, close the LLC loophole, restrict contributions by lobbyists, and create a public financing system with a 6:1 match ratio.

“The corruption we’re seeing in New York State government takes power from the hands of regular New Yorkers and taints the honorable work being done by the lion’s share of public officials. New Yorkers have had enough of so-called ethics reform that tinkers around the edges—what we need now is bold reform that gets to the root of corruption, equips law enforcement with the tools needed to fight it, and professionalizes our state legislature,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “It’s time to end the parade of prosecutions and restore people’s faith in their government.”

“New York needs more than bandage proposals to combat the epidemic of corruption in Albany, and I applaud Attorney General Schneiderman for proposing the End New York Corruption Now Act,” said Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. This comprehensive legislation addresses root causes of corruption and provides us with critically important tools to prosecute those who abuse their offices, the taxpayers, and the public’s trust. I encourage the legislature to act on these important reforms as soon as possible.”

“I look forward to working with Attorney General Schneiderman to advance legislation that restores the public’s confidence in the important work we do as elected officials,” said Assemblymember Joseph Lentol.

“As we’ve seen time and time again, our state government is in need of serious reform. I am proud to sponsor this legislation to make many key changes to the way our government operates, including the vital shift to a full-time legislature,” said Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell. “Without this move to a fairer and more straightforward employment structure for legislators, it will continue to be difficult to separate good from bad actors and root out corruption. We must seize this moment and pass comprehensive legislation to tackle our government’s ills, or history will inevitably repeat itself.”

“This package of legislation has many common-sense goals for which the time has come,” said Assemblymember Todd Kaminsky. “I commend the Attorney General and Speaker Heastie for taking the lead on this pressing issue for New Yorkers—New Yorkers who are rightly concerned that more must be done to prevent corruption in our great state. There is now serious work to do with advocates of reform, the legislature, the Attorney General, and others to enact lasting and meaningful reforms.”

“We applaud Attorney General Schneiderman’s far-reaching proposals for campaign finance reforms, including public matching funds,” said Lisa Tyson, Executive Director, Long Island Progressive Coalition. “By providing an alternative to pay to play politics, Attorney General Schneiderman’s plan will restore control of state government to voters instead of donors, and that will mean state laws that benefit the majority of New Yorkers instead of the richest 1% of the 1%.”

“New Yorkers are sick and tired of half measures – the public has lost patience with Albany’s inability to address New York’s continuing crisis of corruption,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/New York. “We are grateful that Attorney General Schneiderman has stepped forward to introduce this comprehensive package of needed ethics and campaign finance reforms, fleshing out the significant proposals he outlined in March. Common Cause/New York looks forward to working for the passage of these common sense and long-overdue measures to achieve meaningful and effective ethics oversight and enforcement.”

Attorney General Schneiderman has brought more than seventy cases against state and local officials and their cronies, including the conviction of a sitting State Senator and indictments against members of the State Assembly and the New York City Council. Many of these cases resulted from a partnership that Attorney General Schneiderman formed with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in 2011. “Operation Integrity,” a first-of-its-kind joint task force, uses the State Comptroller’s power to refer cases involving the abuse of public funds to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution. But despite the efforts of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau and those of U.S. Attorneys across the State, the cycle of corruption persists, in part due to the negligible impact of marginal reforms previously enacted in the wake of public corruption scandals. 

The new omnibus legislation would enact major changes in three broad areas: Reforms to the Legislature, Criminal Law Reforms, and Campaign Finance Reforms. They include the following provisions:

Reforms to the Legislature

Bans outside income for State legislators 

  • Prohibit legislators from earning income from outside employment, apart from exceptions such as payment for military service; book or artistic royalties; and pensions from prior employment.

Bans Per Diem Payments

  • The new law would allow compensation only for documented travel expenses, and ban per diem payments—which provide a daily allowance for legislators while they are in the Capitol. 

Increases Legislative Salaries 

  • Require that the newly constituted Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation recommend a legislative salary of no less than $112,500, and no more than $174,000:

Amends the Constitution to Create Four-Year Legislative Term 

  • Initiate a process to amend the state constitution to increase the length of legislative terms from two to four years, to help shift legislators’ focus from politics to governing.

Criminal Law Reforms

Establishes Criminal Jurisdiction for Attorney General’s Office to Prosecute Public Corruption

  • Amend Executive Law 63(3) to authorize the AG’s office to investigate and criminally prosecute public corruption.
  • Such authority has already been granted to the attorney general by the governor’s office with respect to Medicaid Fraud, Auto Insurance, and Money Laundering; in the absence of such action on public corruption, this bill offers a legislative solution. 

Creates New Crime for Undisclosed Self-Dealing

  • Creates new felonies for public servants who intentionally abuse their official position to confer an undisclosed financial benefit on themselves, their family members, or their business associates.

Expands Criminal Liability for Bribery

  • Replaces the requirement of an agreement or understanding as an element of the crime of giving a bribe. Instead, a person is guilty of giving a bribe when he or she confers a benefit on a public servant “with intent to influence” his or her official conduct.                          

Strengthens Pension Forfeiture Provision 

  • Repeals language enacted earlier this year establishing an exception for a spouse who benefits from a legislator’s pension. This provision currently protects a portion of a public servant’s otherwise forfeited pension for the use of an “innocent spouse” and his or her dependent children.
  • Repeals language enacted earlier this year that could potentially soften pension forfeiture determinations.

Campaign Finance Reforms

Creates A New Public Financing System Administered By The Board Of Elections

  • A 6:1 match ratio for contributions of between $10 and $175 in each of primary and general. 
  • A cap on total matching funds that each candidate may receive in the primary and general elections, varying for each office.

Lowers Campaign Contribution Limits, Which Are Among Highest In The Nation

  • Lower contribution limits for candidates participating both in and outside the public finance scheme:
  • Assembly: $2,000 primary and $2,000 general ($4,000 total)
  • Senate: $3,000 primary and $3,000 general ($6,000 total)
  • Statewide: $5,000 primary and $5,000 general ($10,000 total)
  • Lowers annual contribution limit to party committees from $62,500 to $25,000.

Eliminates the LLC Loophole

  • The loophole that allows limited liability corporations (LLC’s) to funnel virtually limitless amounts of cash to campaigns would be closed.
  • Bill would amend Election Law to treat campaign contributions from LLCs the same as contributions from partnerships. This would attribute all LLC contributions over $2,500 to its individual members based on their percentage of ownership.

Eliminates Party Housekeeping Accounts

  • Housekeeping committees now operate as barely regulated slush funds for political parties and legislative campaign committees, and would be eliminated.
  • Bill will repeal language allowing separate housekeeping accounts to receive unrestricted contributions.

Sharply Limits Campaign Contributions from Individuals Doing Business with the State

  • Persons with business relationships with the state – i.e. contracts for goods, service, or construction – would be restricted to giving campaign contributions of no more than $400.
  • This would restrict not only the relevant entity, but also the CEO, CFO, COO, an equivalent officer, senior managers, or owners of more than 10% of the entity.

Sharply Limits Contributions and Fundraising by Lobbyists for Public Officials

  • Bars lobbyists from soliciting contributions that benefit a public official or party committee. 
  • Lowers the cap on the personal contributions from lobbyists to a public official or party committee to no more than $250 per election.
  • Apart from the $250 contribution, prohibits public officials from knowingly accepting or soliciting a contribution from a lobbyist.

Bans the Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Clothing or Tuition

  • Amends recently enacted budget language restricting personal use of campaign funds to prohibit their use for: Clothing for the use of the candidate or the candidate’s family; or tuition Payments.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH WALMART OVER ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF NYS WATER PROTECTION LAW 

AG Investigation Finds Alleged Violations Of Nutrient Runoff Law In 90% Of Walmart Stores Inspected; Run Off Lawn Fertilizer Containing Phosphorus Causes Algae Blooms That Foul Waterways, Harm Fish, Threaten Public Health 

Walmart And Sam’s Club Will Take Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizers Off Shelves

A.G. Schneiderman: Retailers In New York Have Legal Duty To Warn Consumers About Fertilizers That Pollute Our Waters

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. over alleged violations of a 2010 state law designed to reduce water pollution caused by excess phosphorus that runs off of  lawns  into New York waters. The Nutrient Runoff Law requires stores to display phosphorous-containing lawn fertilizers separately from those that are phosphorus-free, and post signs notifying consumers about the legal restrictions on using phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizer. An investigation by Attorney General Schneiderman’s Environmental Protection Bureau found that 90% of Walmart stores – 16 of 18 – inspected in New York displayed phosphorus-containing lawn fertilizers without the separation or signage required by the law.

“Clean and healthy water is a precious resource in our state, and one that my office and the law actively protect,” Attorney General Schneiderman said.  “In this case, the law requires retailers to help consumers avoid lawn fertilizers that can harm the public and our environment. We will continue to enforce the law and to keep New York safe today – and for future generations.”

According to Walmart’s company websites, there are over 200 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores (which are owned by Walmart) operating in New York. In July and August of 2014, the Attorney General’s Office inspected 18 Walmart stores across New York that sell fertilizer. At 16 of these stores, the office found that, in violation of the Nutrient Runoff Law, phosphorous-containing fertilizers were commingled with phosphorus-free fertilizers or displayed without the required signage, or both. Follow-up inspections at four Walmart stores, in September 2014, found additional alleged violations. 

The 18 stores AG investigators visited were in Albany (2), Chautauqua (2), Erie (6), Nassau (3), Niagara (2), Rensselaer (1), Rockland (1), and Westchester (1) counties. 

The settlement agreement requires Walmart to comply fully with the Nutrient Runoff Law and pay $98,000 in penalties to New York State for the alleged violations. The company has decided to comply with the law by halting sales of phosphorus-containing fertilizers intended for use on lawn or non-agricultural turf at Walmart stores and Sam’s Club stores in the state. Additionally, Walmart has decided not to sell phosphorous-containing fertilizers intended for use on lawn or agricultural turf over the internet (at Walmart.com) to consumers in New York.

Phosphorus is an element added to fertilizer to promote plant growth. While the soils in New York State typically contain enough phosphorus to support healthy lawns, homeowners and landscapers often apply phosphorus-containing fertilizers to lawns, and the excess phosphorus can then wash into our lakes, rivers, streams, and drinking water reservoirs. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the use of phosphorus-containing fertilizers can double the amount of phosphorus washing off lawns. Once in the water, excess phosphorus causes rapid algae growth – known as algae blooms – which in turn can produce green slime on water bodies, as well as offensive odor and taste. In addition, algae blooms can deplete oxygen in the water that fish and other aquatic organisms need to survive. In some cases, these blooms produce toxins harmful to humans. In 2014 alone, DEC documented 92 harmful algae blooms in bodies of water across New York, many of which had toxins at levels high enough to cause serious health impacts including nausea, vomiting, skin, eye, and throat irritation, and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. 

According to DEC, phosphorus levels exceed state water quality standards in approximately 100 waters of the state – including reservoirs in the New York City drinking water watershed, Lake Champlain, Onondaga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Greenwood Lake, and parts of Lake Ontario.  DEC has identified curbing excess phosphorus-containing fertilizer use on lawns as a key element of its plans to improve the health of many of these waters. 

New York enacted the Nutrient Runoff Law specifically to reduce phosphorus runoff from non-agricultural sources. Among its provisions, the law applies to retailers who sell fertilizers that contain more than 0.67 percent phosphate, a form of phosphorus (for reasons involving the measurement of phosphorus in fertilizers, those containing less than 0.67% phosphate are referred to as “phosphorous free”).  The law requires retailers that sell phosphorus-containing fertilizers intended for use on lawns and other non-agricultural turfs to:

  • display phosphorous-containing fertilizers separately from those containing 0.67 percent or less available phosphorus; and
  • post a clearly-visible sign in the vicinity of phosphorus-containing fertilizers advising consumers about the harm phosphorus runoff has on water quality and the circumstances, under New York law, that phosphorus-containing fertilizer may be legally applied. 

Under New York law, phosphorus-containing fertilizer may only be applied to lawn or non-agricultural turf when:

  • A soil test indicates that additional phosphorus is needed for growth of that lawn or non-agricultural turf; or
  • The fertilizer is used for newly established lawn or non-agricultural turf during the first growing season.

A retailer who sells phosphorous-containing fertilizers without complying with these requirements is subject to penalties of up to $500 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each subsequent violation. 

The Attorney General’s investigation of compliance with the Nutrient Runoff Law by other retailers is ongoing.

A full copy of the settlement can be found here

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Brian Lusignan and Michael J. Myers, and Environmental Scientists Jennifer Nalbone and Charles Silver. The Environmental Protection Bureau is led by Lemuel M. Srolovic. Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice is Alvin Bragg. 

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S PROPOSED PAYROLL CARDS RULES.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released the following statement on the New York State Department of Labor’s proposed rules to protect workers who use payroll cards, prepaid debit cards that are used in lieu of paychecks and direct deposits.

“I applaud the Department of Labor for taking action today to ensure payroll cards don’t chip away at New Yorkers’ wages. Payroll cards offer important benefits for many workers. However, as my office found in a report last year, too often, employees who use them are getting cheated or excessively charged when they try to spend their hard-earned paycheck. Today’s proposed rules directly follow the guidance in my Payroll Card Act to keep workers clearly informed about card fees, require informed consent to use the cards, prevent inappropriate fees and allow workers to withdraw wages and verify account balances free of charge at a convenient network of ATMs. I am hopeful that the strong protections contained in the proposed regulations will not be compromised during the comment period, and I am glad to see that New York is delivering for workers this year.”

In June 2014, Attorney General Schneiderman issued a report, “Pinched by Plastic,” which contained the results of a year-long inquiry into the payroll card practices of nearly forty national employers. Based on the report, in February, Attorney General Scheiderman introduced the Payroll Cards Act, legislation regulating the use of payroll cards to increase protections for workers, clarify ambiguities in the law, and ensure that payroll cards offer a convenient and beneficial method for workers to access their pay. The bill has received bipartisan support and is sponsored by Republican Senator Patrick Gallivan and Democratic Assemblyman Joe Morelle.  In March, Attorney General Schneiderman’s office also submitted comments to the federal Consumer Fraud Protection Board regarding proposed federal regulations which addressed certain aspects of payroll card use.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Schneiderman published an op-ed in am New York calling on the legislature to pass the Payroll Cards Act this session, or in the absence of action by the legislature, for the Department of Labor to issue regulations to protect workers.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF LONG ISLAND MAN FOR ATTEMPTED RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE FRAUD IN BROOKLYN 

Fedlaire Aristide Allegedly Tried to Steal Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars From Wells Fargo By Submitting False Documents For Short Sale 

Aristide Also Charged With Stealing Thousands From Brooklyn Couple Who Gave Him A Down Payment For A Home He Did Not Own 

Schneiderman: We Have Zero Tolerance For Anyone Who Uses Promise Of Homeownership To Steal From New Yorkers

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest of Fedlaire Aristide, 47, of Freeport, N.Y., for allegedly attempting to defraud Wells Fargo in a short sale scam that would have cost the bank hundreds of thousands of dollars. Aristide, who is not a licensed real estate broker or agent, is also charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a Brooklyn couple who he conned into giving him money towards the purchase of the same home, located in Brooklyn, which Aristide did not own and never acquired. If convicted, the defendant faces up to seven years in prison.

“We have zero tolerance for anyone who steals from hard-working New Yorkers, especially those who use the promise of homeownership to do so,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office will continue to pursue justice against anyone who attempts to profit from mortgage fraud.”

According to the Attorney General’s indictment and statements made by prosecutors at arraignment, Aristide allegedly submitted, or aided in the submission, of false and forged documents to Wells Fargo in an effort to defraud the bank into approving a short sale – a process in which a bank agrees to modify and reduce an existing residential mortgage loan – of a Brooklyn home. The submitted documents contained contracts of sale and other supporting documents normally relied upon to show a legitimate offer and sale of property.  Aristide used these documents to mislead the bank and attempted to steal money.  A short sale would have allowed Aristide to purchase the home at a price far below what was owed, giving Aristide a windfall profit.  In essence, if the short sale were approved, the bank would have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on the property and Aristide would have made tens of thousands of dollars by using or accessing the equity in the home. 

Additionally, the indictment alleges that Aristide also conned a Brooklyn couple into giving him thousands of dollars towards the purchase of the same Brooklyn home. Aristide falsely represented that, after he acquired the home at a short sale, he would sell them the home. When the bank rejected Aristide’s short sale offers, Aristide kept the money and refused to return it.

The defendant is charged with Attempted Grand Larceny in the Second Degree (a Class D felony), Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (a class D felony), Forgery in the Second (a class D felony), Attempted Residential Mortgage Fraud in the Second Degree (a class D felony), Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree (a class E felony) and a violation of Real Property Law section 442-e (a misdemeanor).

Aristide was arraigned today on the indictment before Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth A. Foley in Kings County Supreme Court.  Bail was set at $10,000 bond or cash.

The charges against the defendant are allegations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Attorney General Schneiderman thanked the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General and Special Agent in Charge Steven Perez for their assistance Penna for their assistance in the investigation of the case. 

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Gabriel Tapalaga of the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau, with the assistance of Legal Analyst Bradley Rutty. The Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Gary T. Fishman and Deputy Bureau Chiefs Stephanie Swenton and Meryl Lutsky. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.

The Attorney General’s investigation was conducted by Investigator Steven Broomer, Supervising Investigator Michael Ward and Deputy Chief John McManus. The Investigations Bureau is led by Chief Dominick Zarrella.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN OP-ED: END CORRPUTION NOW.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman published an op-ed in the Albany Times Union on his proposed “End New York Corruption Now Act,” which would implement fundamental ethics reform to end the culture of corruption across New York State. The following are excerpts from the op-ed:

ON NEW YORK’S CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Corruption in New York State government is hardly new.  The infamous William M. “Boss” Tweed was a State Senator during the worst of his crimes.  More recently, at least 30 statewide elected officials and legislators have left office because of criminal or ethical problems since 2000. But the charges against the leaders of both houses of the State Legislature in a single session have made this year truly stand out – even in New York’s long and inglorious history of public corruption.

ON THE LACK OF MEANINGFUL ETHICS REFORM: Remarkably, after the Governor and the new leaders of the legislature met on May 13, it became clear that ethics and campaign finance reform are not even on the agenda as the legislative session draws to a close.   This glaring omission – if not corrected – would do a disservice to the lion’s share of elected officials who are honorable public servants, tainted by the misconduct of the few.

ON STOPPING THE PARADE OF ARRESTS: In the last four years, Comptroller DiNapoli and I have partnered to prosecute more than 60 officials and their cronies all across the state, at every level of government, who have abused the public trust.  But the parade of arrests will not stop until our leaders take bold steps toward comprehensive reforms. 

ON TAKING A REAL STEP TOWARD FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE: The reform blueprint I am proposing – the End New York Corruption Now Act – dramatically lowers contribution limits (currently some of the highest in the nation), sharply restricts contributions by lobbyists, closes donation loopholes so big you can drive a Mack truck through them, and provides matching funds for small contributions to offset the power of mega-donors. It expands the tools available to state prosecutors to investigate and prosecute public corruption. It ends a system that allows outside employment income for legislators, who should have no “clients” other than the people of New York. In turn, they would be paid like the full time professionals they are and get a salary increase.  I have also proposed a constitutional amendment to change the period between legislative elections from two to four years, to create at least some time for members of the Assembly and Senate to focus on governing, first, and politics, second.

ON CHANNELING FRUSTRATION INTO BOLD REFORM: These proposals won’t make for exciting headlines or stir great passions, but they attack a system that cries out for change every time the public interest is ignored in Albany.  For every voter who is angry about loopholes and exemptions that make New York tax code look like Swiss cheese; or the inability to pass legislation to prevent irretrievable damage to our environment; or the countless New Yorkers who are working full time jobs but still living in poverty – the time has come to channel that anger into bold reform.

ON THE NEED TO ACT NOW: No one can claim the ideas in this bill are radical or partisan, or that they require exploration and inquiry that exceeds the time remaining before legislators leave Albany for the year. We know what needs to change. There are three weeks left in this session. Put simply, there are no more legitimate excuses not to act.

The full op-ed can be read here

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN PROPOSES SWEEPING LEGISLATION TO REFORM NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT

“End New York Corruption Now Act” Would Strengthen Hands Of Local And State Prosecutors, Professionalize Legislature, And Reform Campaign Finance System

Schneiderman: Parade of Arrests Will Not Stop Until Leaders Take Bold Steps Toward Comprehensive Reforms

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that he would send a comprehensive ethics bill to the legislature in order to reform New York State government before the end of this year’s legislative session—a session in which the two highest-ranking leaders of the legislature were arrested on federal corruption charges. Attorney General Schneiderman’s bill includes the boldest systemic reforms backed by leading good government groups; measures to strengthen the hands of prosecutors, as proposed by the State’s District Attorneys; and new ideas on how to depoliticize and professionalize the legislature.

Among more than a dozen other changes to State law, the omnibus legislation would give the attorney general’s office permanent jurisdiction to investigate and criminally prosecute public corruption—an authority that consecutive attorneys general have asked to be granted by the governor. The bill would also ban legislators from earning outside income; ban per diem payments for lawmakers for days they spend in Albany, while increasing legislative salaries; and extend legislators’ terms from two years to four. In the area of campaign finance, the Attorney General’s bill would lower contribution limits, close the LLC loophole, restrict contributions by lobbyists, and create a public financing system with a 6:1 match ratio.

“The corruption we’re seeing in New York State government takes power from the hands of regular New Yorkers and taints the honorable work being done by the lion’s share of public officials. New Yorkers have had enough of so-called ethics reform that tinkers around the edges—what we need now is bold reform that gets to the root of corruption, equips law enforcement with the tools needed to fight it, and professionalizes our state legislature,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “It’s time to end the parade of prosecutions and restore people’s faith in their government.”

“New Yorkers can no longer afford a state government that is being bought by billionaires and their campaign cash,” said Karen Scharff, executive director of Citizen Action of New York. “We applaud Attorney General Schneiderman’s far-reaching proposals for campaign finance reforms, including public matching funds. By providing an alternative to pay to play politics, the AG’s plan will restore control of state government to voters not donors. AG Schneiderman is providing the kind of statewide leadership New York State needs.” 

“New Yorkers are sick and tired of half measures – the public has lost patience with Albany’s inability to address New York’s continuing crisis of corruption,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/New York. “We are grateful that Attorney General Schneiderman has stepped forward to introduce this comprehensive package of needed ethics and campaign finance reforms, fleshing out the significant proposals he outlined in March. Common Cause/New York looks forward to working for the passage of these common sense and long-overdue measures to achieve meaningful and effective ethics oversight and enforcement.”

“Today, with the introduction of The End New York Corruption Now Act, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduces a bold piece of legislation to address ethical misconduct and abuse of power by public officials in our state. New Yorkers deserve the enactment of additional ethics reform, and this comprehensive legislative package embodies exactly what New York needs to effectively root out the corrosive culture of corruption in Albany,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union. “The large scale problem of corruption in this state can no longer be addressed adequately through a piecemeal approach which is why Citizens Union welcomes this extensive anti-corruption legislation package.”

Ian Vandewalker, Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, said: “Like many New Yorkers, Attorney General Schneiderman recognizes that piecemeal reform is not enough. The tidal wave of scandals in recent months is further proof that we need comprehensive reform to our campaign finance system built around a statewide public financing system, to empower average voters and reduce incentives for corruption. Only fundamental, far-reaching reform can change the culture of corruption in Albany.”

Sally Robinson, President of the New York State League of Women Voters, said: “The League of Women Voters of NYS applauds the Attorney General for his robust proposals on campaign finance reform. It advances critical reform measures that should have been passed decades ago. The pervasive influence of money in politics is evidence enough that the time for action is long overdue.”

“We applaud Attorney General Schneiderman’s blue print for a massive overhaul of the state’s campaign finance system, and for ending the legal and illegal bribery that have given New York a national reputation for corrupt government,” said Dominic Mauro, an attorney with the watchdog group  Reinvent Albany.

“We applaud the AG’s leadership on this important issue. New Yorkers deserve a working government that is responsive to their needs,” said Heather McGhee, President of Demos. “The only way Albany will regain the trust of New Yorkers is through meaningful reform, if officials are serious about turning the page they will enact the AG’s proposal, including public financing of elections.” 

Attorney General Schneiderman has brought more than seventy cases against state and local officials and their cronies, including the conviction of a sitting State Senator and indictments against members of the State Assembly and the New York City Council. Many of these cases resulted from a partnership that Attorney General Schneiderman formed with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in 2011. “Operation Integrity,” a first-of-its-kind joint task force, uses the State Comptroller’s power to refer cases involving the abuse of public funds to the Attorney General’s office for prosecution. But despite the efforts of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau and those of U.S. Attorneys across the State, the cycle of corruption persists, in part due to the negligible impact of marginal reforms previously enacted in the wake of public corruption scandals.

The new omnibus legislation would enact major changes in three broad areas: Reforms to the Legislature, Criminal Law Reforms, and Campaign Finance Reforms. They include the following provisions:

Reforms to the Legislature

Bans outside income for State legislators 

  • Prohibit legislators from earning income from outside employment, apart from exceptions such as payment for military service; book or artistic royalties; and pensions from prior employment.

Bans Per Diem Payments

  • The new law would allow compensation only for documented travel expenses, and ban per diem payments—which provide a daily allowance for legislators while they are in the Capitol. 

Increases Legislative Salaries 

  • Require that the newly constituted Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation recommend a legislative salary of no less than $112,500, and no more than $174,000:

Amends the Constitution to Create Four-Year Legislative Term 

  • Initiate a process to amend the state constitution to increase the length of legislative terms from two to four years, to help shift legislators’ focus from politics to governing.

Criminal Law Reforms

Establishes Criminal Jurisdiction for Attorney General’s Office to Prosecute Public Corruption

  • Amend Executive Law 63(3) to authorize the AG’s office to investigate and criminally prosecute public corruption.
  • Such authority has already been granted to the attorney general by the governor’s office with respect to Medicaid Fraud, Auto Insurance, and Money Laundering; in the absence of such action on public corruption, this bill offers a legislative solution. 

Creates New Crime for Undisclosed Self-Dealing

  • Creates new felonies for public servants who intentionally abuse their official position to confer an undisclosed financial benefit on themselves, their family members, or their business associates.

Expands Criminal Liability for Bribery

  • Replaces the requirement of an agreement or understanding as an element of the crime of giving a bribe. Instead, a person is guilty of giving a bribe when he or she confers a benefit on a public servant “with intent to influence” his or her official conduct.                          

Strengthens Pension Forfeiture Provision 

  • Repeals language enacted earlier this year establishing an exception for a spouse who benefits from a legislator’s pension. This provision currently protects a portion of a public servant’s otherwise forfeited pension for the use of an “innocent spouse” and his or her dependent children.
  • Repeals language enacted earlier this year that could potentially soften pension forfeiture determinations.

Campaign Finance Reforms

Creates A New Public Financing System Administered By The Board Of Elections

  • A 6:1 match ratio for contributions of between $10 and $175 in each of primary and general. 
  • A cap on total matching funds that each candidate may receive in the primary and general elections, varying for each office.

Lowers Campaign Contribution Limits, Which Are Among Highest In The Nation

  • Lower contribution limits for candidates participating both in and outside the public finance scheme:
  • Assembly: $2,000 primary and $2,000 general ($4,000 total)
  • Senate: $3,000 primary and $3,000 general ($6,000 total)
  • Statewide: $5,000 primary and $5,000 general ($10,000 total)
  • Lowers annual contribution limit to party committees from $62,500 to $25,000.

Eliminates the LLC Loophole

  • The loophole that allows limited liability corporations (LLC’s) to funnel virtually limitless amounts of cash to campaigns would be closed.
  • Bill would amend Election Law to treat campaign contributions from LLCs the same as contributions from partnerships. This would attribute all LLC contributions over $2,500 to its individual members based on their percentage of ownership.

Eliminates Party Housekeeping Accounts

  • Housekeeping committees now operate as barely regulated slush funds for political parties and legislative campaign committees, and would be eliminated.
  • Bill will repeal language allowing separate housekeeping accounts to receive unrestricted contributions.

Sharply Limits Campaign Contributions from Individuals Doing Business with the State

  • Persons with business relationships with the state – i.e. contracts for goods, service, or construction – would be restricted to giving campaign contributions of no more than $400.
  • This would restrict not only the relevant entity, but also the CEO, CFO, COO, an equivalent officer, senior managers, or owners of more than 10% of the entity.

Sharply Limits Contributions and Fundraising by Lobbyists for Public Officials

  • Bars lobbyists from soliciting contributions that benefit a public official or party committee. 
  • Lowers the cap on the personal contributions from lobbyists to a public official or party committee to no more than $250 per election.
  • Apart from the $250 contribution, prohibits public officials from knowingly accepting or soliciting a contribution from a lobbyist.

Bans the Use of Campaign Funds for Personal Clothing or Tuition

  • Amends recently enacted budget language restricting personal use of campaign funds to prohibit their use for: Clothing for the use of the candidate or the candidate’s family; or tuition Payments.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN OP-ED: WORKERS HAVE EARNED PAYROLL CARD PROTECTIONS.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wrote an op-ed in amNewYork calling on the state Department of Labor to protect workers who use payroll cards should the legislature fail to act. Highlights from the op-ed are below.

ON THE NEED FOR PAYROLL CARD PROTECTIONS: Imagine you are 17 and on your first job, or that you don’t speak English, or don’t know how to use a computer. On payday, your employer hands you something that looks like a credit card and tells you it’s your pay. When you use it, you’re surprised by fees for withdrawals, purchases and even checking your balance, as my office reported last year. In some programs, the average per-employee fees ran as high as $20 per month

ON CURRENT PENDING LEGISLATION: My Payroll Card Act, which has bipartisan support and is sponsored by Republican Sen. Patrick Gallivan and Democratic Assemb. Joe Morelle, would ensure workers are clearly informed about card fees, require informed consent to use the cards, prevent excessive fees and allow workers to withdraw wages free of charge.

ON THE NEED FOR ACTION TO PROTECT WORKERS NOW: While some companies have improved the way they use payroll cards, the legislature should protect workers by passing the bill before this session ends next month. If it fails to act, the Department of Labor can require full disclosure of payroll card terms, informed consent on the part of workers before payroll cards are used, limitations on fees for common transactions, and cost-free access to wages via a network of ATMs.

The full op-ed can be read here

THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

May 18 to May 22, 2015

TOP HEADLINES

Providing Affordable Housing To New York’s Homeless Families

The Attorney General announced a new and innovative affordable housing program in conjunction with the Robin Hood Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners. The Come Home NYC program will match 300 homeless families in NYC with apartments they can afford. The Attorney General’s office has committed $1.2 million to this program, with the money coming from settlements reached with banks that engaged in misconduct in the mortgage market. This program will not require any ongoing public subsidy, making it a truly one of a kind initiative. Every family deserves a home, and Come Home NYC is an important and innovative step toward achieving that goal.

Taking Action Against Bogus Charities

The Attorney General’s office joined the Federal Trade Commission and all 49 other states in filing a lawsuit against four allegedly phony cancer charities. The suit alleges that the organizations scammed more than $187 million from unsuspecting donors across the country—including nearly $3 million from New York State since 2008. These charities portrayed themselves as legitimate charities with substantial programs that directly supported cancer patients in the United States, yet none of these services are believed to have actually been provided. Instead, almost 85% of donations allegedly went to professional fundraisers, while the operators paid themselves and spent donations on a Caribbean cruise, trips to Disney World, jet ski outings, concert tickets and dating site memberships.

Educating Consumers About The Dangers Of Microbeads

Want an easy way to protect the environment? Then check out the pamphlet the Attorney General’s office released on avoiding products that contain harmful microbeads. A study by the Attorney General’s office found that these beads are polluting and contaminating New York’s water supply as they slip through our wastewater treatment plants. The Attorney General has called on Albany to pass legislation to ban the beads in order to further protect our environment and drinking water.

Doubling Down On Stopping Identity Theft

Tyrone Lee and Nadia Figueroa have been re-arrested after they were charged with allegedly running a second identity theft ring. Figueroa and Lee allegedly stole bank account numbers and personal identification information from more than 200 victims from a Wachovia Bank branch located in Newburgh. This comes after these two individuals had already been arrested and sentenced to prison for a similar scheme that stole over $457,000 from customers in Westchester County. Today’s re-arrests show that identity theft remains a growing problem and that the Attorney General is committed to redoubling his efforts to ensure our personal data is safe and secure.

Ensuring The Safety Of Nursing Homes

This week, the Attorney General arrested two nurses in separate incidents, both of whom are accused of stealing prescription pills and narcotics intended for nursing home residents.  In Elmira, Lisa Rumsmoke Clark is accused of diverting nearly 200 narcotic pills from elderly patients for personal use. In one instance alone, she is accused of stealing 46 Percocet pills while falsifying documents indicating she had administrated the drugs to the patient.

In Medford, a nurse was accused of lying about administering Percocet pills, while instead keeping them for herself. She later allegedly admitted to falsifying records to cover up her theft and illegal possession of the drugs. Both of these arrests make one thing clear: the falsification of medical records and theft of drugs – especially dangerous and addictive prescription narcotics – will not be tolerated.

Punishing Those Who Rip Off Taxpayers

Two convenience store owners were arrested this week for stealing $1.6 million from the food stamp program. Sajjad Rashid and Ravinder Parkash both engaged in fraud known as “SNAP Trafficking.” In a SNAP Trafficking scheme, the vendor conspires with individual SNAP recipients to ring up purported grocery sales, but no goods are actually sold. Instead, the shop owner or employee gives 50% of the sales price to the SNAP recipients in cash and keeps the other 50% for themselves. The USDA is then charged the full value of these phony transactions. Even more disturbing is that many of those using their SNAP benefits were victims of Hurricane Sandy, as the SNAP program provided additional benefits to those affected by the storm.

Protecting Consumers’ Personal Data

The Attorney General announced a multi-state settlement with RadioShack which represents a huge victory for New York consumers. The overwhelming bulk of RadioShack consumer data will be destroyed, and the new owner of RadioShack will not gain access to any sensitive personally identifiable information, including credit or debit card information, social security numbers, telephone numbers or dates of birth. Earlier this year, the Attorney General had joined with thirty-seven other states to oppose the sale of consumer data. This settlement is a victory for consumers’ privacy nationwide, and it is critically important that we continue to safeguard sensitive personal information moving into the future.

Holding Fraudsters Accountable

Scott Romero, a notorious Buffalo and Rochester snow removal scammer, was sentenced to six months in jail after admitting to fix violations to a court order that was obtained against him in 2011. Back in 2011, Romero scammed consumers in Rochester by failing to provide promised snow removal services after accepting up-front payments. Despite being ordered to stop, Romero continued scamming consumers, operating his snow removal business under a false name. Middle class families across Western New York depend on snow removal services to get to work and to keep their families safe. Contractors who rip off families who are paying hard-earned money for these services must be held accountable.

Sentencing Those Who Prey On First Time Home Buyers

The leader of a Syracuse area mortgage fraud ring has been brought to justice. Theresa Sanders has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison, must pay over $500,000 in restitution and surrender her law license for her role in a fraud ring that preyed on first-time home buyers and institutional lenders. This complex fraud ring operated for years and netted more than $1 million. Today’s sentencing sends a strong message: anyone who seeks to exploit New York families for their own benefit and profit will be punished.

Taking “The Prime Minister” Out Of Office

“The Prime Minister” is no longer in office. Brian Bacon, the ringleader of a major heroin trafficking ring who called himself “The Prime Minister,” has been sentenced to serve twelve years in prison. Jerome Turnbough – who also pleaded guilty today – and 11 other defendants busted in ‪the operation uised Metro-North Trains and Greyhound buses to distribute heroin across New York State in a network that stretched all the way to Pittsburgh. The Attorney General’s office will continue to root out anyone who seeks to pollute our streets with dangerous drugs.

Standing Up For The Safety Of Alzheimer’s Patients

On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that Actavis could not remove an older Alzheimer’s drug from shelves in favor a newer, more expensive one. This decision upheld an injunction that the Attorney General’s office issued earlier this year against Actavis. Today’s appeals court decision is a sweeping victory for consumers and Alzheimer’s patients, and will prevent Actavis from coercing Alzheimer’s patients into taking drugs they do not want in order to charge them monopoly prices. The litigation sends a clear message: Drug companies cannot illegally prioritize profits over patients.  My office will continue to protect New Yorkers from anticompetitive practices by drug manufacturers.

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON APPEALS COURT DECISION UPHOLDING NEW YORK’S INJUNCTION PROTECTING ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement on today’s decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed the federal district court decision granting New York’s motion for a preliminary injunction against defendants Actavis plc and Forest Laboratories LLC.  

“Today’s appeals court decision is a sweeping victory for consumers and Alzheimer’s patients. Our lawsuit and the court’s injunction protect competition and prevent Actavis from coercing Alzheimer’s patients into taking drugs they do not want in order to charge them monopoly prices.  The litigation brought by my office sends a clear message: Drug companies cannot illegally prioritize profits over patients.  My office will continue to protect New Yorkers from anticompetitive practices by drug manufacturers.”

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF KINGPIN AND RESELLER IN HEROIN DISTRIBUTION NETWORK THAT STRETCHED FROM NYC TO HUDSON VALLEY, LONG ISLAND, AND PENNSYLVANIABrian Bacon, Kingpin Who Called Himself “The Prime Minister,” Will Serve 12 Years In Prison; Jermone Turnbough Will Serve 6 Years In Prison 

Joint Investigation, Code-Named “Operation Iron Horse,” Uncovered Network That Allegedly Moved Illegal Drugs And Money On Metro-North Trains And Greyhound Buses 

Schneiderman: In The Midst Of A Heroin Epidemic, We Will Continue To Root Out Anyone Who Seeks To Pollute Our Streets With Dangerous Drugs

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the guilty pleas of two members of a major heroin distribution ring based in New York State. Bacon, who called himself “The Prime Minster,” and Jerome Turnbough were indicted earlier this year following “Operation Iron Horse,” a joint investigation with the New York State Police that identified this network as using Metro North trains and Greyhound buses to distribute heroin from New York City across state and county lines into Orange, Sullivan, and Nassau Counties, as well as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eleven more individuals were indicted as part of this investigation.

“These defendants led a major heroin ring in not only transporting drugs across our state on public transportation, but also in bringing drugs into New York from other states,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As we continue root out heroin abuse plaguing communities nationwide, we must send a clear message that those who fuel this epidemic will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We will continue to root out anyone who seeks to pollute our streets with these dangerous drugs.”

Bacon, 52, of the Bronx, pleaded guilty today to Operating as a Major Trafficker, a class A felony, and will be sentenced to 12 years in prison. Jermone Turnbough, 55, of Newburgh, N.Y. pleaded guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A felony, and will be sentenced to six years in prison. Both defendants pleaded guilty in Orange County Court before Judge Jeffrey G. Berry, and both will be sentenced on July 6.

As outlined in Attorney General’s indictment, evidence gathered by state investigators showed that Bacon, was the alleged kingpin behind a major heroin distribution network based in New York State. This network allegedly stretched from Harlem and the Bronx, where Bacon lived and worked, to Nassau, Orange, and Sullivan Counties in New York and Allegheny County in Pennsylvania.

As detailed in the indictment, Bacon had two suppliers: an as-yet unidentified male and Raymos Bertrand. Jerome Turnbough was one of the main resellers supplied by Bacon, allegedly along with Roderick Copeland, from upper Manhattan; Jamaul Aziz, who currently resides in Sullivan County, New York; and Kenneth Parris, from Uniondale.

Bacon sold up to a kilogram of heroin per month with alleged assistance from his son, Tamar Dillard, and his girlfriend, Donna Marie Haggans, who were integral to the packaging and delivery of the heroin to customers and resellers, as well as the handling of money. Bacon was also allegedly assisted by Wallace Walker – the self-styled “quality control officer” – who distributed heroin to third parties, who would test and then rate the quality, thereby permitting Bacon to gauge how much he could “cut” the heroin and the price he should charge.

As alleged, Bacon regularly sent his son, Dillard, to take the Metro-North train from the 125th Street station in Harlem to deliver drugs to Turnbough in Newburgh. Turnbough also allegedly traveled by train to New York City, where he would buy heroin to take back up to Newburgh.

Another one of the main resellers, Roderick Copeland, allegedly acquired heroin from Bacon every two weeks and gave it to a co-conspirator, William Thomas, who regularly traveled by bus between the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan and Pittsburgh, where the heroin was then distributed.

Eleven more defendants were charged with Bacon and Turnbough as part of “Operation Iron Horse.” The other defendants are:

DEVONNA BARRERAS, a.k.a. Creechbarreras, 22, Newburgh, NY
TAMAR DILLARD, a.k.a. Young Buck, 38, Bronx, NY

KENNETH PARRIS, 42, Uniondale, NY
JAMAUL AZIZ, 35, Monticello, NY
RODERICK COPELAND, 51, Manhattan, NY
DONNA MARIE HAGGANS, 49, Bronx, NY
WALLACE WALKER, 51, Bronx, NY
WILLIAM THOMAS, JR., Pittsburgh, PA
EDDIE L. CULLINS, 44, Newburgh, NY
GILBERT MAXI, 22, Monticello, NY
RAYMOS BERTRAND, 43, Bronx, NY

The charges against the remaining defendants are accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

The investigation was conducted by NYSP-CNET as well as NYAG-OCTF Investigators Brad Farrell and Edwin Margenat, Supervising Investigator Kevin McCann, and Deputy Chief Christopher Vasta.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Deputy Attorney General Cristina A. Villani. The Organized Crime Task Force is led by Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff. The Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Prosecutions is Kelly Donovan.

OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE A.G. ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF REPORT ON 1971 ATTICA UPRISING

Release Of Report Follows A.G.’s Request To Court To Unseal Meyer Report On The Uprising 

Attorney General To Turn Over Attica Related Documents To State Archive 

NEW YORK –  The Office of the New York State Attorney General today released Volumes Two and Three of the Meyer Report on the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility and announced that it would turn over documents related to the uprising that were not part of grand jury proceedings to the New York State Archive. 

While Volume One of the Meyer report was made public in December 1975, Volumes Two and Three were only released following a request by the Attorney General’s Office to the New York State Supreme Court in 2013 to unseal the report. The Court agreed to the Attorney General’s request to unseal the report, but directed the Attorney General to redact all references in Volumes Two and Three of the report that relate to evidence, testimony, or witnesses or matters related to or derived from grand jury proceedings.

“Today, we are shining new light on one of the darkest chapters of our history,” said Marty Mack, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs. “We hope that, with the release of the Meyer Report, we can bring the families of Attica uprising victims closer to closure and help future generations of Americans learn from this tragic event.”

The Meyer Report was presented to former New York State Governor Hugh L. Carey and former New York State Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz in October 1975 by Special Deputy Attorney General Bernard S. Meyer. Governor Carey appointed Meyer Special Deputy Attorney General in April 1975 “to inquire into and evaluate charges related to the conduct of the investigation into the retaking of the Attica Correctional Facility and related events subsequent thereto.” The Meyer Report is a report on Meyer’s inquiry and evaluation.

Volume One of the Meyer Report was released to the public in full in December 1975. A copy of Volume One is available here.

The second and third volumes of the report were kept under seal for decades. In September 2013, the Office of Attorney General filed a motion in Erie County Supreme Court seeking permission to unseal Volumes Two and  Three of the Report. In 2014, Supreme Court Judge Patrick A. NeMoyer approved their release, but ordered material derived from Grand Jury proceedings to be redacted.  The newly released redacted version of Volumes Two and Three of the Meyer Report are available to the public here.

The Attorney General’s Office will also be sending files related to the Attica uprising that were not part of the grand jury proceeding to the New York State Archives, with the direction that they be permanently preserved.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PROTECT CONSUMER DATA IN RADIOSHACK BANKRUPTCY

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with RadioShack over the sale of its customers’ personally identifiable information. New York, along with thirty-seven other states, joined together to oppose the sale of consumer data earlier this year.

“This settlement is a victory for consumers’ privacy nationwide, and could serve as a model for future bankruptcies,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “It’s critically important to safeguard sensitive, personally identifiable information, and we are pleased that the new operators of RadioShack will abide by the privacy pledge they promised to millions of customers. ”

General Wireless obtained bankruptcy court approval today to purchase RadioShack’s entire e-commerce business, intellectual property and remaining assets, including certain customer data limited by this settlement. The electronic retailer will continue to employ approximately 10,000 former RadioShack employees.

Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement approved on May 20 by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon, the overwhelming bulk of RadioShack consumer data will be destroyed, and the new owner of RadioShack will not gain access to any sensitive personally identifiable information, including credit or debit card information, social security numbers, telephone numbers or dates of birth.

General Wireless will be permitted to retain only the email addresses previously given by RadioShack customers requesting product information, and those customers will be provided an express ability to opt out before their email addresses are transferred to the new owner. Any customer who receives a postal mailing from the successor business will also have an express opportunity to opt out of future communications from the company. The agreement will limit the number of email addresses available for transfer to only those obtained during the past two years.

Out of the 117 million customer files, no more than 67 million will be transferred and the rest will be destroyed, and General Wireless will be prohibited from selling or sharing any of this customer information in the future with any other entity, including its new co-branded business partner Sprint Communications.

The mediation was led by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

New York was represented by the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Internet Bureau Clark Russell. The Internet Bureau Chief is Kathleen McGee; the Internet Bureau is part of the Division of Economic Justice, which is led by Karla Sanchez.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES NOTORIOUS BUFFALO & ROCHESTER SNOW REMOVAL SCAMMER SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL

Scott Romero Admitted To Repeatedly Violating Court Order Barring Him From Engaging In Snow Removal Work

Romero Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail On Each Of Six Violations

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that serial snow removal scammer Scott Romero has admitted to six violations of a court order that was obtained against him in 2011. The violations were admitted this morning before Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto of the Erie County Supreme Court and Mr. Romero was sentenced to a total of six months in jail – 30 days on each of 6 violations.

The original 2011 court order, obtained by the Attorney General’s Office, was based on allegations that Mr. Romero scammed consumers in the Rochester area by failing to provide promised snow removal services after accepting up-front payments. Earlier this year, contempt of court charges were filed against Romero after he was accused of scamming additional consumers in the Buffalo area. Mr. Romero has admitted that he was in violation of the previous court order when he resumed his snow removal business under a false name and scammed additional victims in Rochester in 2013 and 2014, he is required to refund over $50,000 to these consumers.

“My office will not hesitate to take action against those who defraud New York consumers, including seeking jail time for the worst offenders” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Middle class families across Western New York depend on snow removal services to get to work and to keep their families safe. Contractors who rip off families who are paying hard-earned money for these services must be held accountable.”

When Mr. Romero was first accused of wrongdoing in 2011, a court order obtained by Attorney General Schneiderman’s Office required Romero to pay $50,000 in restitution to victims and to put up a $150,000 bond before he could accept any advance payments from consumers for snow removal work. Attorney General Schneiderman’s Office alleged in a January court filing that Romero failed to put up a $150,000 bond, and scammed additional customers via the very same scheme of accepting advance payment and then failing to provide promised services. Today’s sentencing resolves the state’s contempt of court charges against Romero.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General James M. Morrissey in the Buffalo Regional Office, Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Bruce in the Rochester Regional Office, and Senior Consumer Frauds Representative Emily Brightman in the Rochester Regional Office. The Buffalo Regional Office is led by Assistant Attorney General In Charge Michael Russo and the Rochester Regional Office is led by Acting Assistant Attorney General In Charge Gary M. Levine. The Division of Regional Offices is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Marty Mack.

MV PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Brian Johnson, Esq

President
Oscar Davis, Jr., MS
Vice President
Linda R. Bryant
Secretary
Darren M. Morton, Ed. D.
Na’im R. Tyson, Ph. D.
DIRECTOR
Carolyn Karwoski
Library Board Schedule

5/20/15 – Wednesday    
                       6:30 PM Board Meeting – Trustees Conference Room – A Resolution to hire the library’s new Assistant Director

5/21/2015 – Thursday
6:00PM Proposed 2015-16 Budget Hearing & Library Trustee Candidates Forum in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room
Candidates: Linda Bryant, Sean McIntyre, and Tamara Stewart

6/2/2015 – Tuesday
7:00AM-9:00PM MV PUBLIC LIBRARY – ELECTION DAY

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES RE-ARREST OF RINGLEADER AND FORMER BANK TELLER IN ORANGE COUNTY BANK FRAUD AND IDENTITY-THEFT SCHEME.

Ringleader Tyrone Lee And Bank Teller Nadia Figueroa, Recently Sentenced To State Prison For A Similar Scheme, Charged On 50-Count Indictment.

Defendants Stole Over $457,000 From Bank Customers In Orange County, Nassau County, New York City, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida & Virginia.

Schneiderman: We All Must Redouble Efforts To Ensure Our Personal Data Is Safe And Secure From Identity Theft.

GOSHEN – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the re-arrest of ringleader Tyrone “Reece” Lee and former bank teller Nadia Figueroa on a 50-count indictment in Orange County Supreme Court. The defendants, who are charged with running an identity-theft ring that stole over $457,000 from customers of Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo), both pleaded guilty earlier this year to operating a similar identity-theft scheme in Westchester County.

“Today’s re-arrests show that identity theft remains a growing problem and that we all must redouble efforts to ensure our personal data is safe and secure,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office will continue to take action against anyone who jeopardizes the financial security of New Yorkers – including bank tellers who do so by taking advantage of customers’ trust. And we will continue to work to protect all of us, from large corporations, to small business and families, from this threat.”

The Attorney General’s current indictment, unsealed today in Orange County Supreme Court, charges Lee, 28, and Figueroa, 24, both of the Bronx, with the crimes of Grand Larceny in Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, for conduct between July 2010 and August 2011. If convicted of the top count, both defendants face up to 15 years in prison.

The Attorney General’s indictment alleges that Figueroa, while employed as a teller at a Wachovia Bank branch, located at 41 North Plank Road in Newburgh, N.Y., unlawfully accessed and stole the bank account numbers and personal identification information of more than 200 victims from a branch located in Newburgh. According to statements made by prosecutors at arraignment, many of the accounts victimized were selected by a practice known as “name surfing,” wherein Figueroa illegally searched Wachovia’s customer database for common names, states of residence, and high account balances. Lee then allegedly used the stolen information to withdraw funds from 77 customer accounts at branches located Orange County, Nassau County, New York City, as well as in Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia. 

Among the 123 different Wachovia branches whose customers were victims of identity theft are:

  • 3584 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, N.Y.
  • 3709 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, N.Y.
  • 1076 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, N.Y.
  • 339 Hemingway Avenue, East Haven, C.T.
  • 150 Elm Street, Westfield, N.J.
  • 13140 U.S. Highway 301, Riverview, F.L.

In September 2014, Lee and Figueroa were arrested and charged by the Attorney General’s Office, along with three other individuals, for operating a similar identity-theft ring in Westchester County from July 2012 to June 2014. As in Orange County, Lee orchestrated the hiring of corrupt bank tellers and also directed them to target customers with common names and over $50,000 in their accounts.  These bank tellers, including Figueroa, fraudulently accessed and stole personal information, including account numbers and Social Security numbers, from hundreds of customers at Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and TD Bank. The customer information was later smuggled to Lee, who conspired to create fraudulent checks and identification documents using the stolen customer information. Lee arranged for other ring members to impersonate bank account holders, using these fake documents, in order to withdraw money at bank branches in Westchester County, New York City and Long Island, as well as Connecticut and Massachusetts. 

Earlier this year, Lee pleaded guilty to the entire 37-count Westchester County indictment against him, including multiple counts of Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees and Identity Theft in the First Degree, and was sentenced to 4 ½ to 9 years in state prison. Figueroa pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in prison in Westchester County Supreme Court on May 14. Their three charged co-conspirators in the Westchester scheme also pleaded guilty.

Both defendants were arraigned today on the new indictment before Judge Jeffrey G. Berry in Orange County Supreme Court.

The charges against the defendants are allegations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

These prosecutions were the culmination of a long-term investigation by the Attorney General’s Crime Proceeds Strike Force, including court-authorized wiretaps and search warrants.

Attorney General Schneiderman thanks the New York State Department of Financial Services, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and New York State Police and for their valuable assistance in this case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Rhonda Greenstein and Tyler Reynolds of the Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau. The bureau is led by Bureau Chief Gary T. Fishman and Deputy Bureau Chiefs Meryl Lutsky and Stephanie Swenton. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.

The investigation was conducted by Legal Support Analyst Theo Davidson, Investigators Steve Pratt, Vincent Gisonti, Sylvia Rivera, Ismael Hernandez, Ryan Fannon and Dave Negron and Larry Riccio, Senior Investigator Dennis Maddalone, Supervising Investigator John Sullivan, and Deputy Chief Investigators John McManus and Greg Stasiuk. The Investigations Division is led by Chief Investigator Dominick Zarrella.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT FILED BY 50 STATES & FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AGAINST FOUR RELATED CANCER CHARITIES FOR ALLEGEDLY BILKING $187 MILLION FROM DONORS NATIONWIDE.

An Estimated 3% Of Funds Raised Allegedly Went To Charitable Purpose; Some Funds Used To Pay For Dating Site Subscriptions And Vacations For Charities’ Operators; Settlements With Two Of The Four Cancer Charities Also Announced.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office, along with all 49 other states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, has filed a lawsuit against four allegedly phony cancer charities — the Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, and The Breast Cancer Society. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona, alleges that the organizations and their operators scammed more than $187 million from unsuspecting donors across the country – including nearly $3 million in New York State since 2008. Of the defendants named in the lawsuit, two organizations – Children’s Cancer Fund of America and The Breast Cancer Society – and three individuals, have entered into settlement agreements. Litigation is proceeding against the remaining defendants — Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, and James Reynolds Sr. The proposed settlement agreements include judgments of $137 million and require that those two charities be shuttered and their leaders prohibited from working in the not-for-profit industry.

“Bogus charitable fundraising in the name of helping cancer patients is as immoral as it is illegal,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Today, we join with our law enforcement colleagues from across the nation to combat charity fraud of the most cynical kind. These organizations claimed to be helping children with cancer and breast cancer patients, while they were instead allegedly raising funds for their own enrichment – including in one case to fund a family trip to Disney World. We will continue to protect the great work our honest charities perform, and stop those who seek to cheat the system.”

The joint complaint is an unprecedented 50 state and federal effort. It alleges that the defendants – based in Arizona and Tennessee – portrayed themselves as legitimate charities with substantial programs that directly supported cancer patients in the United States. Among other things, the charities or their telemarketers allegedly falsely told donors that their contributions would be used to provide pain medication to children suffering from cancer, to transport patients to chemotherapy appointments, and to pay for hospice care for dying patients. None of these services are believed to have actually been provided.

“Cancer is a debilitating disease that impacts millions of Americans and their families every year,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The defendants’ egregious scheme effectively deprived legitimate cancer charities and cancer patients of much-needed funds and support. The defendants took in millions of dollars in donations meant to help cancer patients, but spent it on themselves and their fundraisers. I’m pleased that the FTC and our state partners are acting to end this appalling scheme.”

In fact, between 2008 and 2012, of the more than $187 million raised, the lawsuit alleges that approximately 85% went to professional fundraisers. From the little remaining funds, the charities’ operators paid themselves, hired their friends and family to help run their sham operations, and spent charitable donations on a Caribbean cruise, trips to Disney World, jet ski outings, concert tickets, and dating site memberships.

In fact, between 2008 and 2012, of the more than $187 million raised, approximately 85% went to professional fundraisers, the lawsuit alleges. From the little remaining funds, the charities’ operators paid themselves, hired their friends and family to help run their sham operations, and spent charitable donations on a Caribbean cruise, trips to Disney World, jet ski outings, concert tickets, and dating site memberships. The complaint alleges that the defendants directed only 3% of the funds they raised to the charitable purposes donors intended them for.

The Cancer Fund of America is accused of claiming to provide “life-saving items” to cancer patients while actually providing items such as instant breakfast drinks, DVDs, sample size toiletries, and snack cakes. The organization also claimed to provide medical equipment and supplies while apparently only providing a small number of latex gloves and bed pads.

The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the Federal Trade Commission Act, the federal Telemarketing Sales Rule, and each of the states’ laws on charitable solicitation and reporting, including the laws of New York State.

The court filings also allege that Cancer Fund, Children’s Cancer Fund, and Breast Cancer Society each participated in a deceptive “gifts-in-kind” accounting scheme to make their organizations appear larger and more efficient than they actually were. In this scheme, the organizations functioned as middlemen for shipments of pharmaceuticals and other goods (known as “gifts-in-kind”) to developing countries. Even though the organizations were just pass-throughs, and the drugs had nothing to do with their missions of helping cancer patients in the U.S., the organizations booked the supposed value of the drugs in their financial reports. Through this scheme, collectively from 2008 through 2012, Defendants improperly reported over $223 million in revenue and program spending.

Michael Clark, president of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc., said, “Charitable organizations must not serve as personal piggy banks for the individuals who run them. The New York State Legislature recently passed a law tightening rules against self-dealing, and the allegations in this case appear to be an important example of why the law is so critically important.”

TIPS FOR CHARITABLE GIVING

  1. Confirm That the Charity is Registered With the Attorney General’s Office. Search the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau Registry at charitiesnys.com to see if the charity is registered and has filed its financial reports with the Attorney General.
  1. Know Where Your Money Will Go. Research the charity – go to its website, check on Facebook and other social media, and do a search.  Find out from the charity what it will do with your money. Review the charity’s financial reports for information about how it spends donations. If you have been contacted by a telemarketer, review Pennies for Charity, the New York Attorney General’s annual report of telemarketing campaigns in New York, to see how much is spent on fundraising costs and how much has been kept by the charity. Pennies for Charity is available at  www.charitiesnys.com.
  1. Don’t Be Pressured by Telemarketers. If you receive a telephone call asking you to contribute to a charity, you have the right to hang up. Often the caller is a professional fundraiser who is being paid to call you. If you choose not to end the call, ask how much of your donation will go to charity and how much the telemarketer is being paid. Many telemarketers receive most of the money they raise. Be wary of claims such as “all proceeds will go to charity.” Telemarketers are required to respond truthfully to your questions. Don’t fall for pressure tactics such as repeated phone calls, or threats. These are signs that the organization may not be legitimate.
  1. Ask for Written Materials. Always ask for information in writing – be wary if an organization will not provide information about charitable programs and finances upon request. Any legitimate organization will be happy to send you information.
  1. Be Wary of Deceptive Tactics and Emotional Appeals. Watch out for charities with names that resemble those of prominent or established organizations. Some charities use names similar to well known charities in order to confuse donors. Be wary of emotional appeals that talk about
    problems but are vague on how donations will be spent. Also be careful about charities that are created immediately following a natural disaster or other current event.
  1. Never Give Cash. Give your contribution by check made payable to the charity.
  1. Watch Out for Fake Invoices. If you receive a document resembling an invoice or “overdue” statement for a pledge, read the information carefully and confirm that you’ve actually made the pledge to the organization.  This could be a scam.
  1. Don’t Disclose Personal Information. Never give your social security number or other personal information in response to a charitable solicitation. Never give out credit card information over the phone or to an organization you are not familiar with.

  2. You Have the Right to Say “No.” Remember you always have the right to say no to any charitable request.

The case is being handled by in Attorney General Schneiderman’s Office by Assistant Attorney General Yael Fuchs, of the Charities Bureau and Charities Bureau Enforcement Section Chief Sean Courtney. Senior Enforcement Counsel David E. Nachman also worked on the case. James Sheehan is the Charities Bureau Chief and Alvin Bragg is the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN & THE ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE PROGRAM TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OBTAIN PERMANENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING

“Come Home NYC” – Created by Enterprise Community Partners – Connects Homeless Families With Incomes To Affordable Apartments; First-Of-Its-Kind Program Requires No Ongoing Public Subsidy 

A.G. & Robin Hood Will Enable Come Home NYC To Lift 300 Families Out Of Homelessness 

Schneiderman: Every Family Deserves A Home, And This Innovative Public Private Partnership Is An Important Step Toward Achieving That Goal

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and David Saltzman, Executive Director of Robin Hood—New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization— today announced the Come Home NYC program, a public-private partnership that will match 300 homeless families with apartments they can afford. Come Home NYC is led by  Enterprise Community partners, a national affordable housing and community development organization, in cooperation with New York City’s Department of Homeless Services, Single Stop, and more than 25 private and non-profit affordable housing landlords. With commitments of $1.2 million from Attorney General Schneiderman’s office and $300,000 from the Robin Hood Housing Advisory Board, Come Home NYC will place 300 homeless families in permanent housing over the next two years. Come Home NYC, which began as a pilot program last fall, matches homeless families who earn 30-60% of the area median income with quality homes they can afford. The program requires no ongoing subsidy from taxpayers and is the only program in New York City that matches homeless families living in the shelter system with unsubsidized affordable housing.  

According to a recent analysis, roughly 2,000 families entering the shelter system each year have sufficient income to pay rent for affordable housing, and 28% of all families in shelters have an adult that is currently employed. Studies show that the vast majority of homeless families who receive affordable housing are never homeless again. Attorney General Schneiderman made the announcement today at Two Bridges Towers on the Lower East Side.  Two Bridges Tower is a project of Settlement Housing Fund that participates in the Come Home NYC program. Attorney General Schneiderman and Mr. Saltzman were joined for the announcement by Judi Kende, Vice President and New York Market Leader for Enterprise Community Partners; Alexa Sewell, the President of Settlement Housing Fund; and Ayra Garcia, a formerly homeless New Yorker who moved with her young niece from a shelter into a permanent apartment with help from Come Home NYC.

“Every family deserves a home, and Come Home NYC is an important and innovative step toward achieving that goal,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “This innovative public-private partnership places homeless families into permanent housing without the need for ongoing taxpayer subsidies. More New York families than ever before are living in shelters, including families who lost their homes to foreclosure and are working full-time. I am proud to join with Robin Hood and Enterprise Community Partners to help hundreds of New York families find a place they can call home.”

“Public-private initiatives like Come Home are extremely helpful as the City prioritizes efforts to help families in shelters transition back to permanent housing,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New York City needs all hands on deck in combating our homelessness problem – I thank Attorney General Schneiderman, Enterprise, the Robin Hood Foundation, and participating landlords for their vision and commitment to help homeless families access affordable housing.

“Since 1987, Robin Hood has been focused on fighting poverty in New York City, and we are fully committed to addressing the needs NYC’s homeless families and individuals, said David Saltzman, Executive Director of Robin Hood.  ““Come Home NYC” is an exemplary partnership that leverages resources from the public, private, not-for-profit, and philanthropic sectors so that working together, we can have a greater impact than working alone.  We are grateful to Attorney General Schneiderman, the City of New York, and Enterprise for making it possible for hundreds of working families to move from shelters into safe and stable housing.

Enterprise Community Partners initially launched Come Home NYC in the fall of 2014, in partnership with Robin Hood Housing Advisory Board and the New York City Department of Homeless Services, more than 25 private and non-profit affordable housing landlords, and Single Stop an award winning multi-service organization that harnesses anti-poverty tools to create economic opportunity for low income families and individuals. The Department of Homeless Services identifies families in the New York City homeless shelters who qualify for Come Home NYC. These families earn an average of $35,000 annually, which qualifies them for affordable housing, but often makes them ineligible for many other programs. Also, because they are working it can be difficult for these families to search for apartments on their own in New York’s tight rental market. Enterprise works closely with shelter case workers to help the families navigate the application and leasing process and has recruited a pool of reputable landlords who have agreed to designate vacant apartments for Come Home NYC. The program provides landlords a guarantee fund of up to $3,000 per lease to off-set approved costs that landlords may incur during the tenants’ first 18 months of occupancy, including missed rent, legal fees and other approved expenses. Single Stop, which has 65 locations around the city, provides families with financial services, benefits screening, tax filing and connects them to services in their new neighborhoods to help establish long term financial stability. At the end of the 18-month period, if a tenant is in compliance with all of their lease terms, any unused guarantee funds are recycled back in to the program to help other families.

More than 11,000 families with children—including more than 23,000 children—were sleeping in New York City’s homeless shelters in May 2015. This is near an all-time high. Numerous academic studies have documented that homelessness has devastating effects on children, making them less likely to perform well in school, more likely to have a physical or mental health issue, and more likely to experience developmental delays or behavioral problems. Also, being homeless as a child makes someone much more likely to be homeless as an adult, perpetuating a vicious cycle. The costs of homelessness to taxpayers are tremendous as well: according to DHS data, the average length of stay in shelter for a family is over 400 days, at a public cost of approximately $40,000 per family.

The funds that Office of the Attorney General is directing to Come Home NYC were obtained through settlements with banks that engaged in misconduct in the mortgage market that contributed to the housing market crash and the foreclosure crisis that followed. In a survey by the National Coalition for the Homeless of direct service providers who work with homeless populations, 79% of respondents reported that at least some of their clients were homeless as a result of foreclosure.

Attorney General Schneiderman has played a leading role in the national effort to hold financial institutions accountable for their role in causing the crash of the housing market. He helped to negotiate a $25 billion multi-state settlement with the five largest mortgage servicing banks resolving allegations of misconduct in mortgage servicing. He was also appointed by President Barack Obama to co-chair a federal and state task force to investigate misconduct in the residential mortgage backed securities market prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Together these efforts have secured more than $60 billion in penalties and direct relief for homeowners and communities across the country.

Attorney General Schneiderman directed $100 million from these settlements to create the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), which funds a network of approximately 90 housing counseling and legal services agencies across the state to help New York families avoid foreclosure.  HOPP providers have provided free, high quality housing counseling and legal services to more than 40,000 families across New York State. Attorney General Schneiderman has also directed $33 million to fund land banks across the state—nonprofits that help local governments buy up vacant and abandoned properties and either renovate them or demolish them so that the land can be returned to productive use. Ten land banks across the state have received funding to revitalize communities plagued by vacant and abandoned properties that are left over from the foreclosure crisis.

By funding Come Home NYC, Attorney General Schneiderman is continuing his commitment to use funds from the institutions that created the foreclosure crisis to help New Yorkers who were harmed by it.

“Enterprise developed Come Home NYC to respond to the dire need to lift families out of the shelter system who have income.  These families slip through the cracks because they don’t qualify for other programs, yet lack sufficient income to find homes they can afford without a helping hand.  Come Home NYC is a common-sense program that provides hands-on assistance, guarantee funds for landlords, and access to supportive services to help families with income find stable, affordable housing,” said Judi Kende, Vice President and New York Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. “The $1.5 million from the Attorney General’s Office and Robin Hood, combined with the continued support from the City, participating landlords, and Single Stop, will ensure that Come Home NYC reaches many more deserving New York families.”

Stable and affordable housing is a critical to a family’s financial security and economic mobility. Single Stop is excited to pilot this program to connect families in need with supports and services in their new community in addition to providing financial counseling, tax preparation, and legal assistance to ensure that families in New York have the resources they need to thrive,” said Sophia Heller, Managing Director for New York at Single Stop

“Settlement Housing Fund and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council are proud to participate in the Come Home NYC program,” said Alexa Sewell, Executive Director of Settlement Housing Fund. “The investment by Attorney General Schneiderman and the Robin Hood Foundation will go a long way to helping affordable housing providers successfully place homeless families in apartments.  Affordable housing is the critical resource in solving homelessness, and the Come Home NYC program cuts through the red tape that too often prevents families from quickly moving out of shelter and back into permanent housing.”

About The Robin Hood Housing Advisory Board

For more than 25 years, Robin Hood has fought poverty in New York City. It finds, funds and partners with programs that have proven to be an effective remedy to poverty and is a consistent force for good in the lives of New Yorkers in need. Robin Hood created the Housing Advisory Board in 2014 to find solutions to NYC’s ongoing homeless crisis and the need for affordable housing.  The Robin Hood Housing Advisory Board’s mission is to increase the quantity and quality of affordable housing in New York City.

About Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created nearly 320,000 homes, invested $16 billion and touched millions of lives. Join us at www.EnterpriseCommunity.org.

About Single Stop

Single Stop harnesses America’s most effective anti-poverty tools to create economic mobility for low-income families and individuals. Through a unique one-stop shop, Single Stop provides coordinated access to a safety net worth $750 billion and services provided by 1.5 million nonprofits—connecting people to the resources they need to attain higher education, obtain good jobs, and achieve financial self-sufficiency. Since spinning off from The Robin Hood Foundation in 2007, Single Stop’s outreach and capacity has grown dramatically. By the end of 2014, Single Stop is on track to connect one million households in eight states to nearly $3 billion of resources and services. To achieve this, Single Stop provides community-based organizations (CBOs) and community colleges with training, evaluation, program support, change management consulting, and proprietary technology. These tools empower sites to provide low-income families with wraparound services that include benefits screening, application assistance, case management, tax preparation, and legal and financial counseling. Learn more at singlestop.org.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN OFFERS CONSUMER TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS CONTAINING PLASTIC MICROBEADS 

Consumers Can Protect New York’s Waters From Plastic Pollution By Refusing To Buy Toothpastes, Scrubs and Shampoos Containing Microbeads; Pamphlet Lists Tips To Identify Products With Microbeads 

A.G. Schneidermerman: While We Seek To Ban The Bead Via Legislation, Consumers Can Take Action

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a new pamphlet released by his office aimed at helping consumers choose personal care products that do not contain microbeads, a known form of plastic pollution. Titled “Microbeads Megaproblem: Keep Your Home Free of Plastic Microbeads,” the pamphlet offers information for New York consumers on how to identify and avoid personal care products that contain microbeads that are less than five millimeters in size and commonly slip through water treatment plants, entering New York’s waterways.

The pamphlet is being issued as a guide to consumers while the Attorney General’s Microbead-Free Waters Act (S3932-2015) awaits passage by the New York State Legislature. If passed and signed into law, the legislation would prohibit the distribution and sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads in New York. The state Assembly passed the bill in April, and the bill is currently co-sponsored by 34 State Senators, which is more than the number of votes needed for passage.

“From the Great Lakes to the Long Island Sound, New York’s waterways are invaluable resources that must be protected from avoidable forms of plastic pollution like microbeads,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We need legislation to ban the bead in New York State, but in the meantime, these tips will help consumers fight to protect our natural resources, our wildlife, and our outdoor economy – preserving them for generations of New Yorkers to come.”

Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are added to over one hundred personal care products sold in the United States, including face scrubs and toothpastes. The Attorney General’s pamphlet offers three easy steps to help fight microbead pollution by choosing not to wash your face and brush your teeth with plastic.

  • Check the ingredient list of person care products you have at home or plan to buy. The most common type of plastic microbead will listed on the ingredient list as “polyethylene.” Other products may include “polypropylene.” 
  • Check your product against a list of products containing microbeads: The Beat the Microbead campaign has developed lists of products that contain microbeads.
  • Download the Beat the Microbead App: You can download an App to scan the barcode of any personal care product with your smartphone camera and check to see if it contains microbeads before purchase.

Beat the Microbead consumer tools, including the list and the App, can be found at: www.beatthemicrobead.org.

Two reports issued by Attorney General Schneiderman’s Office in the last year detail pollution caused by microbeads in New York, including the fact that nearly 19 tons of these plastic bits are washed down New York drains each year, and that most wastewater treatment plants in New York are not designed to stop the tiny beads from flowing into our waters, including the Long Island Sound, the Great Lakes, the Hudson River, and the Finger Lakes. Once in the environment, microbeads persist for decades. They accumulate toxic chemical pollutants, including PCBs, on their surface and, when consumed by fish and wildlife, serve as a pathway for pollutants to enter the food chain.

Dear Neighbor,

The Westchester County Clerk will bring its community outreach mobile office to Mount Kisco Village Hall tomorrow, May 12th and Bedford Town Hall, on Thursday, May 14th from 11 a.m.to 2 p.m. Community outreach staffers will be on hand to assist residents with applying for United States passports, including having a photo taken.

What do you need to apply?

  • Proof that you are a United States citizen such as a previous U.S. Passport or an original or certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • A valid driver’s license or a government issued identification card.
  • The total fee is $135 for adult applicants (16 and over) and $105 for child applicants (under 16). The $25 processing portion of the fee can be paid by check, money order or credit card. The remainder of the fee, $110 for adults and $80 for children must be paid by check or money order made out to the U.S. Department of State. We cannot accept cash on the Mobile Office. Applications will also be accepted for the U.S. Passport Card for land and sea border travel, only. The fee for adults is $55.00 and for children, the fee is $40.00.
  • Staff can take your passport photo for an additional $10.00 fee.
  • If you need your passport in about 2-3 weeks, expedited service costs an additional $60.00 for each passport application which must be expedited.

Questions? Do not hesitate to call (914) 995-3082 weekdays or visit www.WestchesterClerk.com.

Why apply now?
Routine passport applications are now taking approximately 4-6 weeks. For an additional charge, expedited service will result in your obtaining your passport in about 2-3 weeks. But only in emergency circumstances can a passport application be processed more quickly, so do not delay.

Please Note: You will need a passport to enter the United States by air, by land or by sea unless you are a child under the age of 16 entering by land or sea with proof of U.S. citizenship or an adult with another travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.

Sincerely,

Peter Harckham

Dear Friend,

Yonkers is now in the final round of the Journal News competition for the hippest town in the Hudson Valley and we need your vote! We made the top top, so now let’s take home the prize.
You can vote for our hometown here and please ask your friends and family to do so as well!
We are up against Peekskill, and my friend Senator Terrence Murphy, thinks Peekskill takes the cake and has bet me a round at Peekskill Brewery, but let’s show him Yonkers is the city of gracious living. When we win, the drinks are on Terrence at Yonkers Brewing Co.!
Memorial Day Legislative Package
In honor of Memorial Day, the Council passed three initiatives on Tuesday, the “Hire a Veteran Act,” the “Service Disabled Veterans Jobs Act” and a measure to prohibit discrimination against veterans.
We can never fully repay our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, especially those who gave their last full measure of devotion, but we must do everything within our power to remember and reward their service where possible. Many gave their lives for the freedoms we often take for granted. I’m proud Yonkers is already a leader in veterans’ issues. Last year we were the first big city to exempt veterans from school taxes, and now we are the first to give preference to veterans when it comes to hiring and procurement from city government.
The three bills were passed unanimously. They include:
  • The ‘Hire a Veteran Act’, that I authored, which requires the City Civil Service Commission to consider hiring veterans for temporary positions whenever one is available and the veteran is qualified;
  • The ‘Service Disabled Veterans Jobs Act,’ which I also authored, that creates a six percent procurement goal for awarding City Contracts to certified service-disabled owned veteran businesses; and
  • A law authored by Council member Mike Breen, which prohibits discrimination against veterans by expanding the jurisdiction of the Office of Human Rights to include military, veteran or disabled veteran status within the list of protected classes.

It is long overdue that the City recognize that discrimination in any form is not permissible. There is no better way to reward a reintegrating soldier who has come home from the battlefield then with a job.

The city has temporary positions which veterans may be qualified for, and we spend millions on purchasing goods and services. By expanding our procurement goals to include veteran businesses, we will not only honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we will also encourage new businesses to come to Yonkers, grow, and flourish.
On Monday, we also attended numerous Memorial Day ceremonies where we remembered the fallen and all that they had sacrificed to secure freedom at home and around the world. Here are some photos from the days events:
City of Yonkers Memorial Day Ceremony
Crestwood Memorial Day Parade
Catholic-Slovak Club Memorial Day Remembrance.
Empire Post 375 Memorial Day Observance.
Passing of Harry Spreckman and Alfred Delbello
Yonkers lost two titanic political figures this month who will be forever remembered for the impact they had on our City. The passing of former Mayor and Lieutenant Governor Al DelBello was a loss. He was a successful attorney and always a gentleman. Public service was a big part of his life and he always did what he thought was best for his constituents. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

It is with tremendous sadness that I also report of the passing of Harry Spreckman, beloved husband of County Legislator Bernice Spreckman. He was a good family man and friend. One of the great things about voting for Bernice has always been that you got two for the price of one. Harry was always by Bernice’s side, and he was great asset to the people of this City for many years. He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Bernice and the entire Spreckman family during this difficult time.
Leaf Blower Ban In Effect
 
Remember, the ban on leaf blowers takes effect on June 1st. See the flyer below for more information.
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,
Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:30pm in the City Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th floor.

 

 

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

 

  1. A LOCAL LAW AMENDING ARTICLE 1 OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF YONKERS IN RELATION TO REQUIRING EXPLANATORY NOTES FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION.
  2. A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF YONKERS IN REQUESTING THE STATE LEGISLATURE INTRODUCE LEGISLATION IN RELATION TO PERMITTING THE CITY OF YONKERS TO ADOPT A RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM IN THE AREA OF CROTTY AVENUE FROM ORIENT STREET TO CENTRAL AVENUE PURSUANT TO A REQUEST FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS.

 

  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

 

In addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised.

 

 

Nerissa Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

 

YONKERS COUNCIL PASSES MEMORIAL DAY LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE: BILLS TO HIRE VETS, PREVENT DISCRIMINATION 

YONKERS, NY – In honor of Memorial Day, the Council passed three initiatives on Tuesday, the “Hire a Veteran Act,” the “Service Disabled Veterans Jobs Act” and a measure to prohibit discrimination against veterans.”We cannot fully repay our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, especially those who gave their last full measure of devotion, but we must do everything within our power to reward their service,” Council President Liam McLaughlin said. “Many gave their lives for the freedoms we often take for granted. I’m proud Yonkers is already a leader in veterans’ issues, last year we were the first big city to exempt veterans from school taxes, and now we are the first to give preference to vets when it comes to hiring and procurement from city government.”

The three bills were passed unanimously. They include:

  • The ‘Hire a Veteran Act’, authored by McLaughlin, which requires the City Civil Service Commission to consider hiring veterans for temporary positions whenever one is available and the veteran is qualified;
  • The ‘Service Disabled Veterans Jobs Act,’ also written by McLaughlin, which creates a six goal procurement goal for awarding City Contracts to certified service-disabled owned veteran businesses; and
  • A law authored by Council member Mike Breen, which prohibits discrimination against veterans by expanding the jurisdiction of the Office of Human Rights to include military, veteran or disabled veteran status within the list of protected classes.

“We know in this day and age that unfortunately, veterans still suffer from discrimination in housing, labor and hiring practices, and it is time to put a stop to it,” Breen said. “It is long since time that the City recognize that discrimination in any form is not permissible.”

McLaughlin said that there is no better way to reward a reintegrating soldier who has come home from the battlefield then with a job.

“The city has temporary positions which veterans may be qualified for, and we spend millions on purchasing goods and services,” he said. “By expanding our procurement goals to include veteran businesses, we will not only honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we will also encourage new businesses to come to Yonkers, grow, and flourish.”

Dear Friend,

Yonkers has made it to the “final four” of the Journal News competition for the hippest town in the Hudson Valley. You can vote for our hometown here and please ask your friends and family to do so as well! We’re facing off against Nyack, who has been the top vote-getter in all previous rounds, so we really need your support.
#yonkerskidsmatter
Hundreds of parents, students and teachers filed into buses this week and rallied in Albany to support our schools. I was proud to join them, as we continue to work with our state delegation on ways we can plug the $28 million dollar gap our schools our facing and create a sustainable revenue source to fill the overall $89 million deficit that has been created by the systematic under-funding of our schools.
It was a moving experience to join the sea of blue “Save Our Schools” shirted individuals whose calls for fair funding echoed throughout the halls of the State Capitol. I want to personally thank all of the parents, teachers and students who took time out of their day to ride up to Albany and make Yonkers voice heard.
The City is doing its part. Thanks to the City Council Majority, we have initiated the lawsuit to overturn the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has stolen $110 million of our school aid. This case is the first Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit ever successfully joined by a municipality.
Even if the City maxed out our constitutional tax limit, it would not come close to closing the hole. I want to say that after this week’s trip, I think we are making real progress with our state leaders. The new Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, the former chairman of the education committee, seems ready to step up to the plate and help where others have not. “I believe in Yonkers,” he told the Journal News. “We need to properly fund our schools, that is our commitment, that is our responsibility.”
I believe in Yonkers as well, and will continue to fight for the $89 million our students are entitled to, and more.
First Public Budget Hearing
The City Council met at Saunders High School to hold our first public hearing on the 2015-6 proposed City budget. The next hearing will be held this Tuesday, May 26th, in the Council chambers.
As always you can watch the proceedings live by visiting the City website and clicking on City Hall TV on demand. You can also watch a replay of the Saunders budget hearing.
Memorial Day 2015
Monday is Memorial Day, a day of solemn remembrance where we pay tribute to those who gave everything in the defense of our great nation. I’m proud to say that on Tuesday night we will be voting on several pieces of legislation that I have sponsored which will benefit our veterans, which you will hear more about in next week’s edition. I hope to see you one of the many ceremonies around the City that commemorate the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
Event Location Date
Westchester County Veterans & Service Members Appreciation Day Rye PlaylandWestchester County VSA(914) 995-2145 May 24, 201512:00PM- 4:00PM
City of YonkersMemorial Day Ceremony At the Veterans MemorialContact: Dept. of Veterans Services (914) 377-6700 May 25, 20159:00 AM
Crestwood Memorial Day Parade Starting at Schultze ParkContact: Glen Sadowski(212) 415-4480 May 25, 201510:00 AM
Catholic Slovak ClubMemorial Day Ceremony Victory Park
50 Lockwood Ave.Contact: (914) 969-1404
May 25, 201512:00 Noon
Empire VFW Post 375Memorial Day Service Empire VFW Post 37510 Huber Pl.Contact: (914) 403-5725 May 25, 20152:00 PM
City of YonkersMemorial Day Parade Charles Bajart AL Post 1122840 McLean Ave.Contact: (917) 734-6648 & (914) 377-6700 May 30, 20151:00 PM
Matthew Wallace Memorial Walk
Many of you may remember that last year, the City Council passed several pieces of legislation including the Taxicab Bill of Rights and the liquor store surveillance camera law as a result of the tragic death of Matthew Wallace. Please help keep Matthew’s memory alive by supporting the scholarship foundation established in his honor at their second annual memorial walk event.
If you have community events you would like to see highlighted in a future edition of the newsletter, please contact my office. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,
Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Attached is a copy of the City Council Agenda for this coming Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

05-26-2015 Agenda Without Backup

 

Regards,

 

Vincent E. Spano

City Clerk

Dear Friend,

The City of Yonkers is now in the “elite eight” of the Journal News competition for the hippest town in the Hudson Valley. You can vote for our hometown here and please ask your friends and family to do so as well! Right now, we are up against White Plains, and the voting is close.
With so many great historic, cultural and art attractions in our City, we are becoming a destination. The business-friendly climate established by the Council Majority is also leading to numerous grand openings of exciting high-tech businesses, restaurants, and hotels.
iFly Groundbreaking
 
One such businss is iFly, the exciting indoor skydiving experience coming to Ridge Hill in early 2016. It will also be used as the training facility for West Point Cadets who are preparing for Airborne operations. It was exciting to be able to break ground on this new family-friendly sports attraction, one of only 37 locations worldwide.
2015 Yonkers Idol 
Congratulations to the newly-minted Yonkers Idol winner, Sydney Harris. She is an eighteen year old singer. She is currently homeschooled by her father, baritone Lawrence Harris and bel canto specialist Carmela Altamura. This outstanding young woman also received a scholarship for studying Italian and opera at the Bel Canto Institute of Florence, Italy.
On June 19th, she will be performing the role of Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at St. John’s Church in Getty Square.
We look forward to seeing her represent our great City at many upcoming events throughout the year. Congratulations, Sydney!
 
 
 
Upcoming Attractions at the Hudson River Museum
There are many wonderful exhibits on display at the Hudson River Museum and I encourage you to visit them with your family. Check out what’s on display now and what is coming to the Museum later this year by visiting their website.
City Council Recognition
 
This week the Council had the opportunity to recognize the Saunders High School Blue Devils basketball team for their great run in the 2015 playoffs, their first appearance since 1997. Congratulations to Coach Anthony Nicodemo and all the players. You have made us all very proud. It underscores the need to continue fighting to properly fund our schools so we can keep vital programs like arts, music and sports in our schools.
We also welcomed Boy Scout Troop 1 of Crestwood to the Council Chambers on Tuesday night. We were honored to have the scouts lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and each received a certificate of appreciation that will help them in the pursuit of the Citizenship in Our Community Merit Badge.
If you know any worthy youth group, be it scouts or some other organization, or an outstanding young person who is deserving of recognition by the Council and would enjoy leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance at a future Council meeting, please contact my office. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,
Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,

As Thursday was the National Day of Prayer and next week kicks off National Police Week, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much the brave men and women who put on the uniform each day sacrifice on our behalf. Recent tragedies like the murders of officers Brian Moore, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos are indicative of what a difficult year its been for law enforcement. We want Yonkers’ finest to know how much we support and honor them.
Yesterday, officers from the YPD began a 300-mile bike ride from the World Trade Center to Washington D.C. as part of the Police Unity Tour, which will raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty as well as to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.
Please join me in wishing good luck to Police Officers Dennine Smiddy, Steve Schlusberg and Angela Vignogna  who will be making Yonkers proud as they represent us.
Happy Mother’s Day!
From my family to yours, Happy Mother’s Day!
And a Happy Mother’s Day to the two greatest women I know!
2015 Yonkers Visionary Awards
 
Congratulations to The Morris Companies, Dion Drew, Barbara Segal, Ned Sullivan and posthumous recipient Jimmy Hill on receiving the Westfair’s 2015 Yonkers Visionary Awards.
Trip to Albany
 
Several organizations in Yonkers are banding together to demand our fair share of school funding from Albany. They will be organizing a bus trip to the Capitol where we plan on lobbying Governor Cuomo and our State Delegation for the $28 million that was cut from our schools in this years budget. The flyer below has more details on how you can get involved and contact information if you would like to go on the trip.
Congratulations Bob Walters
 
This week the Friends of Philipse Manor held their first ever Patron Saint of Yonkers Award dinner. The nomination went to my friend Bob Walters. Bob enriches the lives of Yonkers’ residents through his involvement in a wide variety of organizations.
He is dedicated to environmental causes and was a founding member of the Groundwork Trust in Yonkers. He now serves as Director of the Science Barge and serves on the boards of the Center for the Urban River at Beczak, and the Yonkers Green City Advisory Committee. Congratulations, Bob!
Ana Charle Fundraiser
 
The McLean Avenue Merchants Association is putting together a fundraiser to benefit the family of Ana Charle, the director of the Wakefield Homeless Shelter who was senselessly murdered last week. They are looking for volunteers and donations, and you can get involved by visiting them on Facebook.
The event will be held on June 25th at Rory Dolan’s. Stay tuned to this newsletter for further details. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,
Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

BUDGET HEARING FY 2015 16untitled

Please be advised that the City Council of the City of Yonkers has called two Public Hearings to be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 & Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in regards to the FY2015/16 operating and Capital Budget.

 

The Legal Notice is attached.

 

 

Vincent E. Spano

City Clerk

Budget Hearing Schedule 2015_16

CITY OF YONKERS

BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE

As of May 4, 2015- Changes appear in Red

All hearings will be held in the City Council Chambers unless otherwise noted

Thursday, May 7th

3:00pm-4:00pm Parks Department

4:00pm-5:00pm DPW

5:00pm-5:30pm Planning & Development

Monday, May 11th

4:00pm-4:45pm Housing & Building

4:45pm-5:30pm Department of Information Technology

5:30pm-6:30pm Finance Department/Special Items, Grant Budget

6:30pm-7:30pm Engineering/CIP

7:30pm-9:00pm Board of Education

Tuesday, May 12th

4:00pm-5:15pm Police Department

5:30pm-7:00pm Fire Department

7:30pm-8:00pm Committee of the Whole

8:00pm-9:00pm City Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 19th

5:00pm-5:30pm Hudson River Museum (Saunders High School)

5:30pm-6:00pm Library (Saunders High School)

6:00pm-6:30pm Corporation Counsel/Litigation (Saunders High School)

6:30pm-7:00pm Rules Committee Meeting (Saunders High School)

7:00pm-8:00pm Public Hearing (Saunders High School)

Thursday, May 21st

4:30pm-5:30pm Presentation of Report from O’Connor Davies

Tuesday, May 26th

6:30pm-7:30pm Public Hearing

7:30pm-8:00pm Committee of the Whole

8:00pm-9:00pm City Council Meeting

Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:15pm in the City Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th floor.

 

 

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 13 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS IN RELATION TO PARTICIPATION BY SERVICE-DISABLED VETERANS WITH RESPECT TO CONTRACTS.
  2. A LOCAL LAW AMENDING ARTICLE XXIV OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF YONKERS IN RELATION TO HIRING VETERANS.

 

  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

 

In addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised.

 

 

 

Nerissa Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

Date: May 6, 2015

RE: Budget Committee Meeting May 12, 2015

 

 

Please be advised that a Budget Committee Meeting has been scheduled ‎for Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Yonkers‎ ‎City Hall, 4th floor.‎

 

Agenda:

 

1)       Resolution—Authorizing the settlement of a claim relating to water with the Willows Condominium, 125 Fort Hill Avenue, Yonkers, New York in the amount of $38,753.01.

 

2)      Special Ordinance – authorizing acceptance of a grant issued by Empire State Development in the amount of $1,500,000 and amending the City of Yonkers Grant Budget for fiscal year 2014/15. (Positive Fiscal Impact.)

 

3)      Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

 

 

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

 

**In addition, we are also requesting that the meeting be televised.**

 

 

Nerissa Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

Upcoming Yonkers City Council Meeting: 05-12-2015 Agenda Without Backup

Dear Friend,
The City Council will begin conducting its annual review of the Mayor’s proposed budget next week. As chairman of the Budget Committee, I will be reviewing each and every line item of the budget as we execute our fiduciary charge to ensure we protect taxpayers and that every dollar is spent wisely.The schedule for the budget hearings is below. You can watch the hearings online or on Cablevision Channel 78.
2015 Budget Hearing Schedule

 

Thursday, May 7th

3:00pm-4:00pm     Parks Department

4:00pm-5:00pm     DPW

5:00pm-5:30pm     Planning & Development

Monday, May 11th

4:00pm-5:15pm    Board of Education

5:15pm-6:15pm    Finance Department/Special Items, Grant Budget

6:15pm-7:00pm    Engineering/CIP

7:00pm-7:45pm    Housing & Buildings

7:45pm-8:30pm    Department of Information Technology

Tuesday, May 12th

4:00pm-5:15pm    Police Department

5:30pm-7:00pm    Fire Department

7:30pm-8:00pm    Committee of the Whole

8:00pm-9:00pm    City Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 19th

5:00pm-5:30pm   Hudson River Museum

5:30pm-6:00pm   Library

6:00pm-6:30pm   Corporation Counsel/Litigation (Saunders High School)

6:30pm-7:00pm   Rules Committee Meeting (Saunders High School)

7:00pm-8:00pm   Public Hearing (Saunders High School)

Thursday, May 21st

4:30pm-5:30pm   Presentation of Report from O’Connor Davies

Tuesday, May 26th

6:30pm-7:30pm   Public Hearing

7:30pm-8:00pm   Committee of the Whole

8:00pm-9:00pm   City Council Meeting

 

Funding Our Schools
This week I traveled to Albany to meet with the state delegation to advocate for additional money that rightfully belongs to our schools. As long as the State Legislature is in session, we will continue traveling to Albany to fight for these funds. Now you can help.

The Yonkers Council of PTA/PTSA is coordinating a letter writing campaign targeted at Governor Cuomo and our state delegation, demanding that Albany fully fund our schools and reinstate the $28 million that was cut in the 2015 State Budget. You can view a draft letter below and click to download a copy of it which you can edit and send to the Governor yourself.

 

Little League Opening Day Weekend
There were several more little league opening day ceremonies and parades around Yonkers that were held this past weekend. You can enjoy some shots from the events below and see more pictures from these great events by clicking the photos.
I was honored to throw out the first pitch at opening day.
I’ll always be a Yankees fan at heart, but I’m proud to represent the Dunwoodie Youth Association not only as a member of the City Council, but also as a Coach for my son Ryan’s Orioles.
Another beatuiful day for a ballgame at the Hillcrest Lakers Community Club.
The little league opening day cermonies continued at the North Yonkers Boys & Girls Club opening day ceremony and parade.
Spring is finally here in Yonkers and we celebrated with the Colts Youth Club at their parade and opening day event.
Close the Project Renewal Shelter
As many of you know, a horrible tragedy occurred on the outskirts of our City in the Wakefield section of the Bronx this week. Ana Charle, the director of the Project Renewal Homeless Shelter, was murdered in cold blood by a convicted felon and former resident.
I condemn the actions of this animal for murdering and attempting to rape this poor innocent woman. We are outraged by his conduct and would like to see this center closed.
Neighborhoods directly across our borders are already over-saturated with these kinds of facilities, and are in the process of opening more. Action should be taken to ensure a better, fairer and more even distribution of these centers which does not disproportionately affect Yonkers by hiding them just across our border.
Ana Charle, who ran a homeless shelter, was murdered by former resident and convicted felon West Spruill.
Why is New York City opening a new facility when they cannot even protect their existing shelters? It is even more clear that action must be taken to protect the lives of innocent heroes like Ana Charle who wake-up and go to work every day to help the disadvantaged. Helping the downtrodden is not supposed to be an occupation where you put your life on the line.
We need to see better security protocols in place to protect shelter employees and the surrounding neighborhoods in our community from these kind of heinous crimes. In the meantime, this new shelter must not open only yards from three vulnerable schools.
Yonkers DMV Closure
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles website, the Yonkers branch of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed starting this week for renovations. The office is expected to re-open at some point in June.
The nearest office is located at 696 East Fordham Road in the Bronx which is approximately five miles away. There is also an office located at 200 Hamilton Avenue in White Plains. Many DMV transactions are also available to be performed online by visiting their website.
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,
Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

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STATEMENT FROM YONKERS CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LIAM J. McLaughlin ON THE NEW PROJECT RENEWAL HOMELESS SHELTER.

YONKERS, NY -Yonkers City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin issued a statement on the murder of the Wakefield Homeless Shelter:“I condemn the actions of this animal for murdering and attempting to rape this poor innocent woman. We are outraged by his conduct and would like to see this center closed.” “Our neighborhoods are already over-saturated with these kinds of facilities. Action should be taken to ensure a better, fairer and more even distribution of these centers which does not disproportionately affect Yonkers by hiding them just across our border.  “Why is New York City opening a new facility when they cannot even protect the existing shelters? It is even more clear that action must be taken to protect the lives of innocent heroes like Ana Charle who wake-up and go to work every day to help the disadvantaged. Helping the downtrodden is not supposed to be an occupation where you put your life on the line.  “We need to see better security protocols in place to protect shelter employees and the surrounding neighborhoods in our community from these kind of heinous crimes. In the meantime, this shelter must not open only yards from three vulnerable schools.”

Please be advised that a Budget Committee Meeting has been scheduled ‎for Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Yonkers‎ ‎City Hall, 4th floor.‎

 

Agenda Items:

 

1)     Resolution – authorizing the City of Yonkers to participate in the HUD Public Offering as part of the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Assistance Program to refinance the existing notes in the original principal amounts of $1,670,000 and $1,850,000 for the N-Valley Technology Center and the HFAH Station Plaza, Inc. projects, respectively. (Positive Fiscal Impact.)

 

2)     Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

 

**In addition, we are also requesting that the meeting be televised.‎**

 

Regards,

Nerissa Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

04-28-2015 Agenda Without Backup

Dear Friend,
This week we had a meeting of the City Council’s Budget Committee, which I chair, where we discussed legislation to refinance bonds the City had previously issued. By taking advantage of low interest rates, the new issuance will save taxpayers approximately $12 million in interest payments. Of course, we moved the proposal to the full Council, where I am happy to report it was passed unanimously.
2016 City Budget
On Wednesday, the Mayor unveiled his proposed 2016 City of Yonkers budget. As council members, we will strive to pass another on-time, bipartisan budget that confronts challenging fiscal realities yet does not put any further burdens on taxpayers.
As of today, we still have not received the $28 million from Albany that was contained in the State budget last year. Without that $28 million, which we are still seeking, our schools could face drastic layoffs.
We will continue working to secure additional funding from Albany and plan on traveling to the Capitol to meet with our State lawmakers. In addition, as the chair of the Budget Committee, I will be conducting departmental hearings in the coming weeks, which will be televised. We will be publishing a schedule in the next edition of this newsletter.
Yonkers Earth Week 2015
This weekend kicks off Yonkers Earth Week. As chairman of the Environmental Protection & Policy Committee here on the City Council, I’m proud that Yonkers is becoming a leader in sustainability in our region.
We are also very excited that as part of Earth Week, the Clearwater Sloop will be coming to Yonkers. On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, the ship will be docked in Yonkers from 2:00-6:00 PM, offering free deck tours and some live music.
According to Clearwater, a dockside concert featuring traditional Irish tunes, blues and other genres in a jam session will take place at the end of the busy day of volunteerism. Details are in the flyer above.
 
Science Barge 2015 Grand Opening
My son Ryan and I crossed the gangplank this past weekend for the grand opening of the Science Barge, our very own sustainable urban farm and environmental education center on the Hudson River in Yonkers. The Science Barge is now open for its 2015 season.
 If you would like to visit the Science Barge with your family (and I highly recommend you do), please visit Groundwork Hudson Valley’s website here. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,
Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

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press release Education budget response final draft. 2

Dear Friend,
The 2015 New York State budget has been passed by our representatives in Albany. While we are still analyzing what it means for the City of Yonkers, it is already clear that our City faces a huge deficit.

The absence of these funds was referenced by Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Puelo as starving “our public schools at a moment when schools are at their neediest.” While her criticism was mainly directed at the Governor for “withholding the $28 million to our schools for this upcoming school year, leaving a gaping hole into which our students must fall once again,” according to a press release, there is clearly blame enough to go around.

 

2015 State Budget

Once again Yonkers has been sold a bad bill of goods, and by cutting $28 million from our funding, our Albany delegation has all but put the nail in the school budget’s coffin for 2015. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the alleged Democratic leader of the Senate, George Latimer and our delegation have failed to deliver for the City of Yonkers. Forget pre-K, forget sports, librarians, guidance counselors, arts and music. According to our state delegation, in Yonkers, everything must go.

Last year, the state provided $28 million on the condition that the City assume the non-academic functions of the school district through an inter-municipal agreement, or IMA. The City has taken over these functions at great expense, in what amounts to another tremendous unfunded mandate by Albany.

This year’s State budget, adopted late and after the April 1st deadline, did not re-appropriate the $28 million, which  is a failure on the part of Yonkers’ state legislative delegation.

 

The Superintendent had requested an additional $89 million from Albany this year, and the State has fallen far short of that in a year when they have money for just this type of thing. Our State failed to deliver on the Superintendent’s request and adding insult to injury, failed to get the $28 million that had been provided the year before as recurring revenue.
The City must now figure out how to close the remaining gap in the 2015 school budget. Albany mandated we take over the school district, but yet they didn’t pay for it, and now Yonkers taxpayers will pay the price for the incompetence and indifference of our state delegation. Rest assured, as Council President, I will fight to see this injustice corrected.


Annual YPD vs YFD hockey game
 

On Saturday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m., the annual YPD vs YFD Hockey game will be held at EJ Murrays Ice Rink on Tuckahoe Road in Yonkers. This is the 19th Annual Yonkers Police vs Yonkers Fire Charity Hockey Game. The admission fee is only $10 and all proceeds to go the Make a Wish Foundation.

You can RSVP online via Facebook or show up and pay at the door.

Who will be this year’s champion?

Science Barge Grand Opening 

 

The season opening of Yonkers own Science Barge will be held on Saturday, April 11. The Science Barge, a sustainable urban farm and environmental education center, is celebrating its seventh year on the waterfront in downtown Yonkers.

The fun starts at noon, with the official ribbon cutting set for 2:00. Festivities starting at 12:00 include:

  • Super-high kite-flying with kite-expert and nationally recognized boomeranger, Flyin’ Brian Cavallaro
  • Live music-with InteROBbang Productions’ Jahni Rae and friends
  • Giant, wearable puppets courtesy of Puppeteers’ Cooperative
  • Free basil or parsley plants for the first 100 visitors
  • Hunting for glass eels
  • Legos on the Hudson!
  • Artsy crafts & potting activity
  • LL Bean- outdoor games for kids
  • Hands-on science stuff
  • ConEdison Energy bike challenge
  • Light refreshments
  • Walk-on tours from 2 PM to 6 PM
  • Local farmers and vendors
Science Barge provides educational programs for young people of all ages and hosts more than 8,000 visitors annually. The Science Barge is funded by grants from the City of Yonkers, ConEdison, Domino Sugar, the New York State DEC, and the Hudson River Improvement Fund. The Science Barge is located at 99 Dock Street, Yonkers, NY 10701. For more information on these events visit: groundworkhv.org.
Little League Opening Day
Lets get ready to play ball! The Parks Department has released the most current version of little league baseball and soft ball opening days for your information and scheduling.  The current schedule is as follows:
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015
Club: Bryn Mawr Boys and Girls Club
 Parade: 9:00 AM
Start at P.S.5,  East on Lockwood Ave. to Mile Square Road,  South on Mile Square Road to Barton Road, East on Barton Road to Welty Field
Ceremony: 9:15 am – Welty Park
Games: 10:00 am – Welty 1-2-3
 SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015
Club: Pelton Boys and Girls Club
Ceremony: 12:00 PM – Pelton Field
 SATURDAY, April 18, 2015
Club: Woodlean
Parade: 11:00 AM
 Location: Coyne Park to Woodlean
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015
Club: PACOY
Parade: 1:00 PM – War Memorial Field
Ceremony: 1:00 PM
Games: 1:30 PM
 SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015
Club: All Yonkers Youth Association
Parade: 8:30 AM
Ceremony: 9:00 AM – Andrus Field
Games: 9:30 AM
 SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015
Club: McLean Heights Ceremony: 1:00 PM- Coyne Park
Game: 2:30 PM
 SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015
Club: North Yonkers Boys & Girls Club
Parade: 10:00 AM Ceremony: 10:30 AM – Lennon Park
Games: 12:00 Noon
 SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015
Club: Dunwoodie Youth Association
Walking Parade: 9:00 AM,   Start at Park on Little John Place, To Mile Square Road, To Cook Ave., To Field
Ceremony: 9:25 AM – Redmond
Games: 11:00 AM
 SATURDAY, April 25, 2015
 Club: Colts Youth Club
 Parade: 10:00AM, Start Crosshill Middle School Field, rear parking lot, East on O’Dell Ave to Nepperhan Ave, North on Nepperhan to Richter Field
Ceremony: 11:00 AM
Games: Richter 12 pm
 SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015
Club: Hillcrest
Parade: 11:30 AM
Ceremony: 12:00 Noon-Shultz Field
Games: 2:00 PM
 SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015
Club: East Yonkers Youth Association
Ceremony: 10:00 AM- Coyne Park
Games: 11:00 AM
 SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015
Club: Lud Dale Parade: 9:15 AM
Ceremony: 10:00 AM- Faye Park

Bicycle Sundays

Bicycle Sundays are back! The Friends of Westchester County Parks and Con Edison are pleased to announce the return of this event that can help you keep in shape and enjoy our beautiful scenery here in Westchester.

The events are held on the Bronx River Parkway from Scarsdale Road in Yonkers to the Westchester County Center in White Plains, Sundays in May, June and September. The full schedule is May 3, 10, 17 and 31 June 7, 14, 21 and 28, September 13, 20 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so mark your calendars.

Admission is free. Visit westchestergov.com/parks for more info or call County Parks at (914) 864-PARK. I look forward to seeing you there. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

04-14-2015 Agenda Without Backup

ALBANY CUTS $28 MILLION IN IMA MONEY
FROM YONKERS SCHOOLS FACING $89 MILLION HOLE
YONKERS, NY – The State budget process has drawn to a close, and members of the Yonkers City Council are fuming over what they say is a failure by Albany representatives to properly fund City schools. Local lawmakers castigated their State counterparts for failing to deliver $28 million in funding they say is owed to Yonkers.

“Once again Yonkers has been sold a false bill of goods, and by cutting $28 million from our funding, our Albany delegation has all but put the nail in the school budget’s coffin for 2015,” Council President Liam McLaughlin said. “Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the alleged Democratic leader of the Senate, George Latimer and our delegation have failed to deliver for the City of Yonkers. Forget pre-K, forget sports, librarians, guidance counselors, arts and music. According to our own duly elected state delegation, in Yonkers, everything must go.”

Last year, the Yonkers Public Schools were faced with a budget crisis following a $45 million accounting error by the district. Albany lawmakers offered $28 million to help close the shortfall, on the condition that the City assume the non-academic functions of the school district through an inter-municipal agreement, or IMA.

The City Council adopted the IMA, which cost City taxpayers over $9 million, in May of 2014, after which it received its $28 million from the State. Members of the Council Majority also increased education funding locally in the 2014 City budget.

Other conditions of the agreement added a new layer of oversight to the City budget whereby the State Comptroller and Commissioner of Education can mandate changes to the City budget that the Council must then adopt.

Earlier this year, it was announced that City schools faced a shortfall of over $89 million, according to school Superintendent Dr. Michael Yarzulo. Unlike most school districts, the City of Yonkers collects taxes and directly provides funding for City schools.

The Governor’s proposed budget for this year did not contain any language to address this massive hole in the budget, even though the State Constitution mandates Albany must provide each child with a sound basic education. The final State budget, adopted late and after the April 1st deadline, did not re-appropriate the $28 million, which Council members say is a failure on the part of Yonkers’ state legislative delegation.

Majority Leader John Larkin said, “Once again it becomes a smoke and mirrors act by our state delegation who on the one hand will state they have increased school funding while on the other hand failed miserably to totally address the needs of Yonkers students. Andrea Stewart Cousins, who holds the position as the Democratic Senate Minority Conference Leader stated she did not have a seat at the table. We would have expected that as the Senate Minority Leader she would have addressed the needs of Yonkers schools directly to Governor Andrew Cuomo. How unbelievable that a State spokesperson for the Governor would say that they cannot be expected to financially bail out Yonkers each year. We are not asking for a bail out. We are asking for what is rightfully ours as taxpayers. Our State delegation, both Senate and Assembly members, along with the Governor, should provide what is our constitutional right – a fair and equitable education for all our students. Anything less is not acceptable.”

Thanks to Senate Republicans, Yonkers did receive a base $13 million increase in foundation aid, plus $6 million restored through a partial restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, a 5-percent take back of school funding implemented by Stewart-Cousins and the Senate Democrats when that party had full control of all three houses in 2010. But without the $28 million from last year, this means school funding has been cut in Yonkers by $8.4 million this year.

Council member Mike Breen said, “Last year, our Albany representatives failed to close the gap, while putting our budget in the hands of unelected bureaucrats, and we heard we should be ‘thankful’ for the great job they did. Yet this time around, again, they couldn’t deliver. They left us holding a $28 million dollar bill and it is our children who will suffer.”

Council member Dennis Shepherd said, “The abject failure by Senator George Latimer, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, and our fearless leader Senator Stewart-Cousins would almost be comical, were it not that the blood of Yonkers Public Schools is on their hands. When will we learn our lesson that we can’t expect a different result if we keep sending the same people to Albany?”

The City must now figure out how to close the remaining gap in the 2015 school budget, without the $28 million in revenue. “Albany mandated we take over the school district, but yet they didn’t pay for it, and now Yonkers taxpayers will pay the price for the incompetence and indifference of our state delegation,” Council President McLaughlin added.

The City Council Majority has also voted to commence litigation against the State by joining a Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, New Yorkers for Students Education Rights v. State of New York, which seeks to overturn the Gap Elimination Adjustment and restore $110 million in GEA monies cut from Yonkers Public Schools. Recently, a Judge issued a ruling allowing Yonkers to join the lawsuit, making the City the first municipality to successfully join a CFE case.

Please be advised that a Real Estate Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 5:00pm to 6pm, in the Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Items:

 

  1. Local Law – authorizing the conveyance of City property at 470 Nepperhan Ave. to Lewis Ghelaj for the redevelopment of said property.

 

  1. Resolution – to issue a determination of significance pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) relating to the proposed sale of city owned property located at 470 Nepperhan Avenue.
  2. Resolution – recommending the acquisition through eminent domain of the property knows as 59 Babcock Place, Block 2620, Lot 5.
  3. A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE INTRODUCTION OF CERTAIN LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING THE SALE AND

CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN PARKLAND AND DEDICATION OF VACANT LAND AS REPLACEMENT PARKLAND in the

vicinity of Balint Drive.

 

  1.  Any additional items that may properly come before this committee.

 

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

 

**In addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised**

 

Thank you,

 

Connie Braun

Chief of Staff

On behalf of John J. Larkin

Real Estate Committee Chair

Majority Leader, Councilmember, District 6

04-14-2015 Public Hearing Esther Bera

Please be advised that the City Council has called a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 8:00pm in the City Council Chambers for the attached resolution Re:

 

A PROPOSED RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF YONKERS TO RENAME FRANKLIN AVENUE, BETWEEN RIVERDALE AVENUE AND HAWTHORNE AVENUE, IN THE CITY OF YONKERS AS ESTHER C. BERA BLVD.

 

 

Nerissa Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

Dear Friend,

It’s Easter week and the beginning of Passover. For those of you that celebrate Passover, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, I want to wish you and your family a blessed and enjoyable Holiday.
Vietnam Veterans Day
This past Sunday we celebrated Vietnam Veterans Day. It was a day to say to our veterans, thank you for your service, and welcome home. I was also pleased to be on hand during Saturday’s dedication of Vietnam Veterans Way, a subdesignation of the New York State Pulaski Crossway that runs along Yonkers Avenue.
The new Vietnam Veterans Way segment is a City designation that runs from the intersection of Yonkers Avenue and Midland Avenue to the City of Mount Vernon Border. Each of the streets along the route will be further sub-designated in honor of the 31 servicemen and women who were killed during the Vietnam War.
We can never fully repay our veterans for what they have sacrificed on our behalf, but we can do our best to honor and thank them. For our Vietnam veterans, this certainly came far later than it should have, but I am proud to be able to help recognize them on behalf of our great City.
2015 Easter Egg Hunt
 

 
Camp Rays Registration Open
 
Registration for Camp Rays is open! Camp Rays summer day camp for children has been one of the Parks Department’s most popular seasonal programs for more than 15 years, according to our Parks Department.
Camp Rays begins June 29 and continues through August 7. Six one-week sessions will be offered at four sites throughout the City and open to children ages 5 through 14. Campers will participate in a variety of activities including basketball, softball, soccer, arts & crafts, music, dance and water activities.
Additionally, several day trips are being offered as part of the camp this year, including trips to a New York Mets game, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City and other amusement parks. Registration is available on-line here or in person at the Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation (285 Nepperhan Ave) from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Registration will continue until all spaces are filled.
 
Yonkers Clean-Up Day: Mark Your Calendars
 

 
Last year volunteers from across our great City helped the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. We would like to repeat last years success so if you have time to volunteer, please join us on April 18th to help continue our efforts to beautify this great city.  This year’s initiative will take place  from 9:30am-2:00pm.
We need volunteers to help with essential tasks such as: raking leaves, picking-up trash, clearing debris, and cutting away old vines. We will be meeting at War Memorial Field (off Nepperhan Avenue) and bussing volunteers to the site of this year’s clean-up which will target the area between Walnut Street and Yonkers Avenue.
The City of Yonkers will provide all clean-up supplies and essential materials. To register, please visit http://www.yonkersny.gov/cleanupday to register or contact our volunteer coordinator Laura Boatswain by email laura.boatswain@YonkersNY.gov or by phone 914-377-6429 for more information.
I look forward to seeing you there. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,
Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

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03-24-2015 SPECIAL MEETING CALL

Please be advised that the City Council has called a Special Meeting for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:15PM to consider:

“A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF URGING GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO, THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY AND THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE TO SUPPORT YONKERS SCHOOL CHILDREN”

The call for this Special Meeting is attached.

Vincent E. Spano

City Clerk

03-24-2015 Agenda Without Backup

Attached is the City Council Agenda for tonight’s Special City Council Meeting.

Regards,

Vincent E. Spano

City Clerk

Please be advised that the City Council has called a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2016 at 7:30pm in the City Council Chambers for the attached Resolution Re:

 

A Resolution that all the portion of the city road system, beginning at the intersection of Yonkers Avenue and Midland Avenue, and continuing in a generally easterly direction on Yonkers Avenue and terminating at the City of Mount Vernon border shall be designated and known as the “Vietnam Veterans Way”; and

 

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT the director of veterans affairs shall transmit a list, annexed herein, to the Council of the City of Yonkers, the commissioner of parks and the commissioner of public works, containing the names of those individuals killed in action during the Vietnam War; those names shall further be subdesignated as honorary streets along the intersections of the “Vietnam Veterans Way” upon the route designated by this resolution;

Public Notice Res 19-2015

03-24-2014 Agenda without backup

03-18-2015 SPECIAL COUNCIL MTG CALL

Please note that the time of the Special Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 will begin at 7:00PM and not 8:00PM which will previously posted.

Please see the revised attached Call for the meeting.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE WILL BEGIN AT 6:30PM

Vincent E. Spano

City Clerk

Please be advised that an Education Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday Feb 26th, 6 pm, in the Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

 

Agenda Items:

 

  1. RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF YONKERS CALLING FOR GOVERNOR COUMO, THE NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY AND THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE TO      PASS THE EDUCATION INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT

 

  1. Any other issues that might come before the committee.

 

 

 

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

 

 

 

**In addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised**

Please be advised that a Budget Committee Meeting has been scheduled ‎for Thursday, February 26th at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Yonkers‎ ‎City Hall, 4th floor.

Agenda Items:

 

1)     Resolution accepting the annual independent audit

 

2)     Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

Any appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives are directed to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments. This meeting will be televised.

DUE TO THE IMPENDING STORM, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE STATED CITY COUNCIL MEETING FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015 AT 7:30PM.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM.

 

REGARDS,

Vincent E. Spano

City Clerk

1-27-2015 City Council Agenda

Please be advised that a Real Estate Committee Meeting has been scheduled for

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at 7:00 to 8pm, in the Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Items:

 

 

  1. Power Point presentation by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery concerning mitigation proposals from the State for the COY concerning “flooding”.
  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this committee.

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

**In addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised**

 

Thank you,

 

Please be advised that a Budget Committee Meeting has been scheduled ‎for Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6pm. in the Council Chambers, Yonkers‎ ‎City Hall, 4th floor.‎

Agenda Items:

1)     Discussion of the SEIU contract

2)     Discussion of SCRIE

3)     Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

**In addition, we are also requesting that the meeting be televised.‎**

Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th floor.

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

A GENERAL ORDINANCE GENERALLY AMENDING CHAPTER 20 OF THE YONKERS CITY CODE IN REGARD TO TRANSIENT BUSINESSES.

Any additional items that may properly come before this committee.

12-09-2014 CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

Please be advised there will be a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Affairs Committee at 7:00 p.m.  on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in the Council Chambers of Yonkers City Hall, 40 S. Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Items on the Agenda include:

  1. Resolution – approving four (4) Inter-Municipal Agreements by and between the City of Yonkers and each of the following: The County of Westchester; the Villages of Ardsley, Elmsford and Dobbs Ferry regarding acceptance of Organic Waste.
  1. Any other items that properly come before this committee.

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

**In addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised**

11-12-2014 Agenda No Backup

The following are the agenda items for the Real Estate Committee Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 —5:00 to 6:30 pm, in the Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Items :

 

  1. Continued discussion concerning the application for a Site Plan Review and a Special Use Permit for the operation of a Wendy’s Restaurant, open to the public from before midnight and until 2:00 a.m. by Wendy’s Restaurant.
  1. Presentation of a proposed project located at 1086 North Broadway, current site of Boyce Thompson.
  1. Presentation of a proposed “FedEx” project located at 323 Tuckahoe Road.
  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this committee.

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

**In addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised**

 

Thank you,

 

Connie Braun

Chief of Staff

On behalf of John J. Larkin

Real Estate Committee Chair

Majority Leader, Councilmember, District 6

Please be advised that a Budget Committee Meeting has been scheduled ‎for Tuesday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Yonkers‎ ‎City Hall, 4th floor.‎
Agenda Items:

  1. By the administration – A resolution urging the release of Yonkers Board of Education agendas at least three (3) business days prior to a regular public meeting
  1. By the administration –A State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) resolution of the City of Yonkers, in the County of Westchester, New York, related to collective bargaining activities
  1. By the administration – Resolution continuing the collective bargaining agreement in effect between the City of Yonkers and the Captains, Lieutenants and Sergeants Association of the City of Yonkers that expired on June 30, 2009 for the period of July 1, 2009 through and including June 30, 2019, except as modified by the terms of the attached Stipulation and related documents
  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

**In addition, we are also requesting that the meeting be televised.‎*

Please be advised that a Municipal Operations Committee meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 5pm in the Council Chambers.

The following items will be on the Agenda:

  1. A General Ordinance readopting the codification of an existing general ordinance of the City of Yonkers relating to the John F. Kennedy Marina Park.
  2. Any additional items that may properly come before this committee.

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

**In addition, we are also requesting that the meeting be televised.‎**

Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Conference Room, Yonkers City Hall, 4th floor.

 

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN ENCROACHMENT EXTENDING APPROXIMATELY ONE FOOT INTO THE AIRSPACE RIGHT-OF-WAY AND APPROXIMATELY TWENTY SIX FEET ABOVE THE SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF 570 YONKERS AVENUE, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
  1. A LOCAL LAW AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS BY ADDING A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS “CARNIVALS, CIRCUSES AND FAIRS”.
  1. GENERAL ORDINANCE ADDING CHAPTER 82 TO THE YONKERS CITY CODE ENTITLED “BAMBOO”.
  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this committee.

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departments.

Please be advised that a Real Estate Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 8pm in the Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

1. RESOLUTION TO ISSUE A DETERMINATION OF SIGNIFICANCE PURSUANT TO THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REVIEW ACT (“SEQRA”) RELATING TO THE AMENDMENT OF SECTION 43-74 OF THE ZONING CODE REGARDING SPECIAL USE PERMITS AND PLANNED EXECUTIVE PARKS.

2. GENERAL ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 43-74 OF THE ZONING CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS IN REGARD TO SPECIAL USE PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL AND OFFICE USES.

3. RESOLUTION TO ISSUE A DETERMINATION OF SIGNIFICANCE PURSUANT TO THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REVIEW ACT. (“SEQRA”) RELATING TO DISCONTINUING A PORTION OF FALCON ROAD AS A PUBLIC STREET PURSUANT TO SECTION 29 OF THE GENERAL CITY LAW.

4. GENERAL ORDINANCE AMENDING GENERAL ORDINANCE NO. 4-2000, ALSO KNOWN AS CHAPTER 43 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS, AND THE ACCOMPANYING ZONING MAP BY AMENDING SAID MAP TO CHANGE THE ZONE CLASSIFICATION OF BLOCK 2299, LOTS 7 AND 50; BLOCK 5485, LOT 1; BLOCK 5488, LOTS 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 AND 40 FROM ITS RESPECTIVE PRESENT “CM” ZONE DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION INTO AN “S-50” ZONE DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION.

5. A SPECIAL ORDINANCE DISCONTINUING FALCON ROAD AS A PUBLIC STREET PURSUANT TO SECTION 29 OF THE GENERAL CITY LAW.

6. RESOLUTION TO ISSUE A DETERMINATION OF SIGNIFICANCE PURSUANT 6 NYCRR PART 617 the statewide implementing regulations pertaining TO THE STATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REVIEW ACT (“SEQRA”) RELATING TO THE PROPOSED USE OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT BLOCK 2299, LOTS 7 AND 50; BLOCK 5485, LOT 1; BLOCK 5488, LOTS 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, AND 40.

7. RESOLUTION TO ISSUE A “SPECIAL USE PERMIT’ FOR THE OPERATION OF A RESTURANT THAT SHALL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND UNTIL 2:00 a.m. BY WENDY’S RESTAURANT AT BLOCK 4445, LOT 75 ON THE TAX ASSESSMENT MAP OF THE CITY OF YONKERS, NY.

8. ANY Additional items that may properly come before this Committee

**Additionally, we will be requesting that this meeting be televised**

CORRUPT FORMER MAYOR CLINTON YOUNG TO ANNOUNCE HIS CANDIDACY FOR MAYOR TOMORROW

CORRUPT FORMER MAYOR CLINTON YOUNG TO ANNOUNCE HIS CANDIDACY FR MAYOR TOMORROW
Former corrupt Mayor Clinton Young is announcing his candidacy tomorrow for Mayor of Mount Vernon. Young, in his usual fashion as a lazy opportunist, is making his announcement at Memorial Field.

The embattled former Mayor is hoping that residents forgot about his corrupt, high taxing administration, that employed thugs that went around shaking down business owners and city residents and instead will turn their focus the eye sore that currently sits in a dilapidated state on Sandford Blvd. However, Mount Vernon voters are not foolish and will reject Young’s candidacy just like they did four years ago.

Mount Vernon Exposed was created because of the rampant corruption in Mayor Young’s administration. Today, Mount Vernon Exposed is the most viewed publication in Mount Vernon with over 60,000 page views per month.

Clinton Young’s protege turned Ernie Davis lapdog, John Boykin is seeking a City Council seat and was just recently endorsed by the Mount Vernon Democratic City Commitee, the same organization that endorsed Mayor Davis after he brought crack cocaine to his nominating interview.

No candidate endorsed by the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee has won the past two Mayoral elections.

BLACK CLERGY BACKED SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT CUTS DEALS AHEAD OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

BLACK CLERGY BACKED SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT CUTS DEALS AHEAD OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

Elias Gootzeit, who is seeking re-election to the Mount Vernon School Board, has been an embarrassment to Mount Vernon. In his past 7 years as a Board Member, his behavior at school board meetings have been disruptive and bizarre. The New York State Education Dept. has a video of how school boards should not behave, and Mount Vernon’s School Board, during Gootzeit’s tenure, was used as the example. He is known to go as far as to throw chairs when he does not get his way. Gootzeit aligns himself with The UBC (United Black Clergy) and Ernie Davis, whose meddling in Mount Vernon Schools has caused the destruction of Mount Vernon’s once blue ribbon school district, and the tripling of property taxes.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ABOUT CORRUPT SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT ELIAS GOOTZEIT

CLERGY GROUP RESPONSIBLE FOR MASSIVE ELECTION FRAUD SEEKING TO CONTINUE THEIR INFLUENCE IN MOUNT VERNON SCHOOL SYSTEM

CLERGY GROUP RESPONSIBLE FOR MASSIVE ELECTION FRAUD SEEKING TO CONTINUE THEIR INFLUENCE IN MOUNT VERNON SCHOOL SYSTEM

The group responsible for destroying Mount Vernon’s School system, and for massive amounts of voter fraud, is backing Elias Goodzeit in order to help continue their influence in the Mount Vernon School System.

Rev. Mizell of Grace Baptist Church is the point person for churches who look to seize control of The Mount Vernon School Board.  In May, 2012, Rev Mizell, on behalf of The UBC (United Black Clergy) supported four Candidates, Francis Wynn, Elias Goodzeit, Delia Farqueson, and Brenda Crump. Mizell asked the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee to help their candidates win, because the clergy had lost credibility with the voters in Mount Vernon. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING THE STORY ON UNITED BLACK CLERGY ELECTION FRAUD…

MEMBERS FROM CLINTON YOUNG’S CAMP PRESSURING CANDIDATES TO WITHDRAW FROM MAYORAL RACE

MEMBERS FROM CLINTON YOUNG’S CAMP PRESSURING CANDIDATES TO WITHDRAW FROM MAYORAL RACE

Sources have informed Mount Vernon Exposed that former Mayor Clinton Young is setting up to return as Mayor of Mount Vernon.  In recent weeks, the former embattled corrupt Mayor has been trying to get support for his candidacy but has been getting fierce opposition from the public.

According to a political insider, Mayor Young has stacked the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee with district leaders hoping to steal the party’s nomination next month when the party meets to endorse candidates for this year’s election.  District leaders will endorse (1) candidate for Mayor and (2) candidates for City Council. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING THE STORY ON CLINTON YOUNG

Next up…Is former Mayor Clinton Young planning to come back as Mayor to finish his quest of looting the City of Mount Vernon? 

COMMUNITY LEADERS CALL ON SENATOR THOMPSON TO WITHDRAW HER CANDIDACY FOR MOUNT VERNON MAYOR; EMBATTLED SENATOR STILL OWES FEES TO BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT

COMMUNITY LEADERS CALL ON SENATOR THOMPSON TO WITHDRAW HER CANDIDACY FOR MAYOR; EMBATTLED SENATOR STILL OWES FEES TO DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS

CLICK ON SENATOR THOMPSON’S PHOTO TO HEAR HER CONFESS TO ACTS OF CORRUPTIONOutraged community leaders are calling on Senator Ruth Hassel Thompson to withdraw her candidacy for Mayor and to pay her outstanding building permit and applications fees to the City of Mount Vernon.When Senator Ruth Hassel Thompson announced her candidacy for Mayor a few ago she stated what has long been on the mind of many Mount Vernonites: that the Mount Vernon Department of Buildings is rife with corruption.   However, the embattled senator failed to state that she is part of this corruption.The senator installed a new roof on her house in 2013 and failed to file a building permit and also failed to gain approval from the Architectural Review Board.  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING THE STORY ON SENATOR THOMPSONNext up…Is former Mayor Clinton Young planning to come back as Mayor to finish his quest of looting the City of Mount Vernon? 

CRIMINAL MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS ONCE AGAIN ON YONKERS TAX LIEN LIST

CRIMINAL MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS ONCE AGAIN ON YONKERS TAX LIEN LIST
CLICK ON PICTURE OF MAYOR DAVIS TO READ THE ARTICLE

COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER’S INCOMPETENCE HAS COST TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER’S INCOMPETENCE HAS COST TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Incompetence Plagues the Comptrollers Office

Since last year’s firing of Deputy Comptroller Tom Rajala, the Comptroller’s office has become one of the worst run departments in Mount Vernon’s City Hall. Rajala’s firing was executed because he did not campaign for Maureen Walker on her last election. It is no secret that Tom Rajala competently ran the Comptroller’s office, and since his departure, the Comptroller’s office is in shambles. It is also no secret that Comptroller Walker does not have a clue how to run her department.

One example of Comptroller Walkers’ incompetency recently reared it ugly head when Comptroller Walker mailed out incorrect W-2 forms to city workers who made 414H contributions. Such a mistake is inexcusable and very costly to Mount Vernon taxpayers. This never happened when Tom Rajala ran the Comptroller’s office. Walker proceeded to mail letters to workers, informing them of the mistake, but she failed to use her department letterhead in an attempt to hide her incompetency. Mount Vernon taxpayers were forced to pay for Comptroller Walker’s blunder.  Furthermore, in January, New York State cited the Comptroller’s office with mismanagement. State auditors were critical of Maureen Walker’s payroll department, which lost millions in taxpayer dollars. Instead of accepting responsibility, Comptroller Walker forced employee Greg Bowman to resign, and Marsha Simpson was suspended.

The Comptroller’s office is a disaster, and Maureen Walker is the leader of a sinking ship. Comptroller Walker’s ineptness has cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Comptroller Walker spends too much of her city time handling her personal business, and illegally uses her employees to work on fundraisers and campaign duties. These are all performed on the City’s clock and at taxpayer’s expense

Maureen Walker has turned her back on the citizens of Mount Vernon. Comptroller Walker cuts deals with unsavory characters hoping to obtain support for this year’s Mayor’s election from the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee.  Comptroller Walker remained silent while Mount Vernon residents were hit with over 31% in tax increases for the past 3 years. Developers are in the process of making Mount Vernon the home for every homeless person in the state. One such property is the development at 125 South 5th Avenue, formerly owned by Comptroller Walker ally Serepher Halevi, which Walker gave her blessing to at Sunday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Developers have been purchasing an enormous amount of foreclosed homes to build low-income housing for out of town people.  Most of these properties were tax foreclosures of the elderly who could not pay the tax increases implemented by our Comptroller. Maureen Walker has been brutal on taxpayers, especially the elderly, and has foreclosed on them at an alarming rate. Comptroller Walker has shown no mercy on the people of Mount Vernon.

Low-income housing has destroyed Mount Vernon, because it allows other towns and villages to dump their citizens in Mount Vernon. Our city has the Lion share of the County’s homeless population. City schools are overwhelmed, and Comptroller Walker remains silent while Mount Vernon declines.

Mount Vernon is being sold to the highest bidder and Comptroller Walker is in on the heist.  Comptroller Walker sold her soul for a chance to be Mayor, but she is not qualified to be Mayor or to hold any position in The City of Mount Vernon. Her department is poorly run, and she has become a liability to Mount Vernon. Comptroller Walker needs to resign and a qualified and honest Comptroller should replace her.

To be continued?

Coming Next week…Is Comptroller Maureen Walker guilty of Federal tax evasion?

Two months ago, Andrew Cuomo announced his New York budget, confident that he could dictate the terms of education policy.

But now, with only 8 days left until the formal budget due date of April 1st, the power over the future of New York schools has shifted, from Governor Cuomo to the State Assembly.A series of polls shows Cuomo losing his grip on public power. A Sienna poll today found that most New Yorkers are opposed to his effort to tie his education and ethics agendas to funding. A Quinnipiac poll last week showed that New Yorkers don’t trust him on education policy generally. And these come along with tumbling poll numbers about his general leadership.That means we can defeat Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to starve and overtest and underfund our schools.Members of the Assembly, with the public behind them, are in a new position of power.If the Assembly continues to refuse to give the Governor what he wants, they will be loved by New Yorkers tired of under-funded, under-respected schools. In fact, they risk losing public support if they cave to his demands.The Assembly isn’t used to this kind of power, and you can be sure that Andrew Cuomo isn’t happy, and the big donors behind him–like Dan Loeb and Paul Tudor Jones–are probably not happy.But he’s fighting from a weakened position.Andrew Cuomo is fighting for his reputation, his legacy, and maybe his donors.

The Assembly has the chance to fight for all the unheard New Yorkers.

The Assembly has the power to stand up for the school children of New York.

I want you to call them or email them and ask them to keep up the fight.

Now the tide has turned, we must bring all our power to bear to keep it rolling forward, so every child gets the education she or he deserves!

Zephyr Teachout

http://www.teachoutwu.com/

P.S. If you’re in New York City this weekend, I’ll be speaking at a rally on Saturday, March 28th. Come show your support for public schools!

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It is common knowledge that Mayor Young has knowingly and willingly pillaged the city coffers.  Mayor Young seeks to continue his criminal enterprise by receiving an illegal endorsement from many black pastors in Mount Vernon on Monday September 5, 2011 at the scene of Mayor Young’s criminal activity, city hall.  Such an endorsement is in violation of the law.  Unless an organization such as the black pastors have a special tax designation with the I.R.S, it cannot participate in political activity.

Pastor Franklyn Richardson has been injecting himself into the politics in Mount Vernon for over 20 years.  As a result of his deal making blacks are worse now than they were when he first entered politics.  Please don’t see this as a personal attack on Pastor Richardson or Grace Baptist church or any of the black pastors in Mount Vernon, but as an eye opener to the root cause analysis of the problems plaguing the city of Mount Vernon.

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BREAKING NEWS Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:09 PM EDT
Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted on Federal Charges

J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was charged on Thursday with lying to the F.B.I. and structuring cash withdrawals to avoid bank reporting requirements, federal authorities said.
Mr. Hastert, 73, a longtime Republican leader who now works as a lobbyist in Washington, was providing money to an unnamed person in order to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct” against that person, according to a federal indictment issued by the United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
The indictment says that Mr. Hastert, who was once a high school teacher and wrestling coach in a small Illinois town, paid $1.7 million to the person from 2010 to 2014.

READ MORE »

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/us/ex-house-speaker-j-dennis-hastert-indicted-on-federal-charges.html?emc=edit_na_20150528

BREAKING NEWS

Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:22 PM EDT
Six Baltimore Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted the six police officers charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 after being injured while in police custody, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn J. Mosby, said Thursday.
The charges returned by the grand jury were similar to the charges Ms. Mosby announced about three weeks ago.
At the news conference, Ms. Mosby said the grand jury had brought a range of charges against all six officers and had affirmed the most serious charge against the van driver, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., of second-degree depraved-heart murder.

READ MORE »

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/22/us/six-baltimore-officers-indicted-in-death-of-freddie-gray.html?emc=edit_na_20150521

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/nyregion/dean-skelos-new-york-senate-leader-and-his-son-are-said-to-be-focus-of-federal-inquiry.html?emc=edit_na_20150415

The New York Times | BREAKING NEWS ALERT
NYTimes.com |
BREAKING NEWS Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:04 PM EDT
Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Be Focus of Federal Inquiry

Federal prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury considering a case against the leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, and his son, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Investigators have served a number of subpoenas in recent weeks, including several to state senators on Long Island, and federal prosecutors have interviewed people who have had dealings with Adam Skelos, the senator’s son.
News of the investigation follows the arrest this year of Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, and his resignation as speaker; any criminal case against Senator Skelos, the majority leader, would throw the Capitol into further tumult.
The New York Times | BREAKING NEWS ALERT
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BREAKING NEWS Sunday, January 25, 2015 11:48 PM EST
Sheldon Silver to Temporarily Give Up Duties as New York State Assembly Speaker

Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York State Assembly, agreed on Sunday to relinquish his duties on a temporary basis as he fights federal corruption charges, according to people briefed on the matter.
Mr. Silver’s decision came amid mounting pressure from his fellow Democrats in the Assembly, who worried that the criminal charges would impair his ability to carry out the duties of one of the most powerful positions in New York’s government.
In an unusual arrangement, Mr. Silver, 70, would not permanently quit his post. Instead, he would temporarily delegate his duties as speaker to a group of senior Assembly members.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/nyregion/sheldon-silver-to-temporarily-relinquish-speaker-duties.html?emc=edit_na_20150125

BREAKING NEWS

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Is Accused of Taking Millions in Graft

The powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges on Thursday and accused of using the power of his office to solicit millions in bribes and kickbacks, according to court documents.
The arrest of Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, sent shock waves through the political establishment and upended the new legislative session.
Mr. Silver surrendered to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents early Thursday morning in Lower Manhattan, law enforcement officials said.
Mr. Silver, before entering 26 Federal Plaza, said, “I hope I’ll be vindicated.”
In a five-count criminal complaint outlining the charges, Mr. Silver is accused of “using the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/nyregion/speaker-of-new-york-assembly-sheldon-silver-is-arrested-in-corruption-case.html?emc=edit_na_20150122

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Mount Vernon to Hold Pre-Dedication of

Anthony T. Fava Park

Veterans Memorial Park Honors Military Service

Saturday, May 23, 2015

1:00pm

Corner Lincoln & Stevens Avenues

 

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2015 – Looking fresh with new plantings and a stonework wall enclosing the park, this plot of land situated at the corners of Lincoln, Stevens and Mount Vernon Avenues has often been overlooked as a memorial to city military service personnel. On Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., Mayor Ernest D. Davis will be joined by the Central Committee for Veterans Affairs for a pre-dedication ceremony of the Anthony T. Fava Veterans Memorial Park.

 

“All of the work done in this space that stands as a memorial to the brave men and women who sacrificed their own lives for us, was done in-house,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “The park now stands as a fitting tribute to our veterans and will greet residents and visitors on the west end of our city.”

 

The park was redesigned in house. Public works masonry employees with the assistance of a public works junior engineer did all of the work. They erected the stone walls and fountain centerpiece from bedrock extracted from Memorial Field and laid out the paths through the park. Landscape crews laid new sod and put in plants to soften the edges of the rock. An eagle will sit atop the pool centerpiece, representing the freedoms that all Americans enjoy because of the sacrifices of our veterans.

 

Mount Vernon native PFC Anthony T. Fava, lost his life in combat while serving with the Army during WWII, also has an American Legion Post named in his honor. Anthony’s brother, John L. Fava, is currently Commander of the Anthony T. Fava American Legion Post 1768 and is Chairman of the city’s Central Committee for Veterans Affairs.

 

“The Fava family has for decades been instrumental in fighting for veterans of our armed services and they, like so many other families, need a place like this to reflect,” said Mayor Davis.

For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor, at 914-665-2572.

 

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, CEREMONY AND DEDICATION

Wreath Laying Ceremony, 9am at City Hall

Parade, 10am

 

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2015  – Mount Vernon’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the city’s transportation center at Prospect and Park Avenues with John Fava, Chairman of the city’s Central Committee for Veterans Affairs (CCVA) feeling proud to be an American. “The veterans and their families who call Mount Vernon home deserve this acknowledgement for the service they all have given this country,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “We can never march enough to thank them for helping to keep us free.”

 

Led by a police escort, city, state, and national representatives, Veterans groups, fraternal and civic organizations, students from Mount Vernon Schools, marching bands and members of the city’s police and fire departments, the parade will march through the city’s downtown to the grandstand at Gramatan and Sidney Avenue. At the end of the parade a ceremony dedicating the Gold Star Mothers Base and official Veterans ceremony will be held.

 

“The Gold Star Mother base is in place and it looks beautiful,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “Those mothers who grieve  the loss of a child to combat, no matter during what war, will have a place to be honored and recognized for their sacrifice.”

 

Prior to the start of the parade, a wreath laying ceremony will be held at 9:00am on City Hall Plaza.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the City Council chambers. The parade procession will follow a police escort from Prospect to Park Avenue, right onto Park Avenue to South 1st Avenue, making a right on East 3rd Street to South 4th Avenue, a right on South 4th Avenue to North Gramatan Avenue and right onto Sidney Avenue.

 

For additional information contact Commissioner Jonathan Logan at 914-665-2319.

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MEMORIAL FIELD TENNIS CENTER OPENING PARTY

Kela Tennis Hosts Mount Vernon Tennis Center Party

Monday, May 25, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Memorial Field Tennis Courts

431 Garden Avenue

 

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2015  – The new tennis courts at Memorial Field have are open for play and have already hosted competition play. Kela Tennis at Mount Vernon Tennis Center will be hosting a Memorial Day celebration opening party.

 

“We are fortunate to have Kela Simunyola interested in managing our tennis center,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “His reputation of building tennis programs into prominence is well known and his own indoor tennis program has helped to develop stars on the USTA circuit.”

 

Kela, who came to the United States from Zambia on a scholarship to Concordia College in Bronxville, is a tennis professional who has taught numerous students through his programs in New York and Florida. The Simunyola family received USTA Eastern’s Family of the Year Award for their years of dedication to tennis, one that stretches among over 10 individuals and across many generations. Kela is a former director of tennis at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester. With the addition or Kela Tennis, the courts, which meet USTA stands, are expected to draw high level tennis competitions.

 

RSVP to kelateennis@icloud.com if you are interested in attending the opening party. For more information contact Kela Tennis at 914-665-6666

 

 

REVISED GARBAGE AND YARD WASTE PICKUP SCHEDULE 

Memorial Day – Holiday Week

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2014 – The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of May 25, 2015.

 

  • There will be no regular Southside garbage pickup on Monday, May 25
  • Regular Monday Southside garbage pickup will be on Tuesday, May 26
  • Regular Northside yard waste pickup will be on Tuesday, May 26
  • There will be no pickup of recycling commingles on Wednesday, May 27
  • Regular Tuesday Northside garbage pickup will be on Wednesday, May 27
  • Regular Thursday Southside pickup of garbage, rubbish pickup plus recyclable bottles, cans and  plastics remains in effect
  • Regular Northside Wednesday pickup of recyclable bottles, cans and plastics will be on

Thursday, May 28

  • Regular Southside Thursday garbage and rubbish pickup remains in effect
  • Regular Northside Friday garbage and rubbish pickup on the will be on Friday, May 29
  • Regular Southside Wednesday pickup of recycled bottles, cans and plastic on the will be on Friday, May 29
  • Alternate side of the street parking on both sides of the street and metered parking has been suspended on Monday, May 25, 2015, for Memorial Day

 

PLEASE REFER TO SANITATION SCHEDULES FOR CHANGES IN PICKUPS DURING HOLIDAY WEEKS.  RECYCLABLES AND YARD WASTE WILL NOT BE PICKED UP IN PLASTIC BAGS.

Please contact the Department of Public Works at 665-2460 for additional information.

 

Join us ~ Make it
 A  Steam House Weekend …
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Saturday, May 9th
IMANI’S 5th Annual FASHION & TALENT SHOW …


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Sunday, May 10th
Celebrate with the special lady/ies in your life …



Reservations Highly Recommended

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Mount Vernon Wins Water Taste Contest

After placing 2nd to White Plains last year, on Thursday, May 5th Mount Vernon reclaimed best tasting water honors in the county. Westchester County Department of Health’s annual municipal water taste contest had taste testers finding Mount Vernon’s water the tastiest in front of the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains. Now its off to the Albany finals!

Mobile Shredder Coming This Saturday

The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be making a stop at the Municipal Parking Lot on 5th Avenue and 2nd Street on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Residents can have confidential papers shredded a no cost on  a first come, first served basis between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  A maximum of four boxes per resident will be allowed.

NYS Custom Plates for Military and Veteran Drivers
New York State offers custom license plates to veterans and military members reflecting their military service or affiliation. Qualified disabled Veterans under federal Title 38, Part III, Chapter 39 or can qualify for and apply for Congressional Medal Of Honor custom plates Veterans 62 years of age or older can qualify and apply for Former Prisoner of War custom plates. Veterans can also have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left hand of their photo document at no additional fee if they are a qualified U.S. military veteran who was honorably discharged and have a NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card. Check http://dmv.ny.gov/ for full details.

RENEW THE CITY – Be A Part of Something Good
RENEW The City
RENEW The City

 

Alliance Church’s  community day of service stops took them to Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. On May 16th this one day intergenerational event will make its first New York stop in Mount Vernon to help Renew the City.

Combining the day’s events with our Annual Cleanup Day activities, we’re asking all neighborhood associations, cultural and social organizations to join with others in giving Mount Vernon a facelift. There simple things you can do to make a difference in how people perceive our city. Just picking up paper along the curb in front of your home, sweeping your sidewalk and clipping your hedges and grass is a start. If you’d like to volunteer for some of our other projects give us a call at 914-665-2343.  We’d be happy to sign you up.

Police & Community Working Together

 No one wants to live in a community where the police are feared and it is assumed that they are not to be trusted.  We’ve found that most people just aren’t aware of some basic things to make interaction with the Mount Vernon police easier. Come out and learn how you can better understand police policy and procedure and what you need to do to make interacting with them easier.

 

Join us ~ Make it  A  Steam House Weekend … ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday, May 9th IMANI’S 5th Annual FASHION & TALENT SHOW … – and – Sunday, May 10th Celebrate with the special lady/ies in your life … Reservations Highly Recommended–Con Edison Issues Gas Line ScheduleStreet Paving/Fleetwood Work Begins

CON ED STREET RESURFACING ALONG AREAS OF 4th AND 5th STREETS

Con Edison will begin paving  on May 4, 2015 and continue until May 15, 2015 on the following roadways:

  • Union Avenue traveling east along 4th Street to just past the Nuber Avenue   intersection.
  • The Intersection of South Columbus Ave and 4th Street continue east along East    4th Street turning south at the intersection of East 4th and Gardner Avenue   ending just before 5th Street.
  •  West 4th Street between South 6th Avenue and South 7th Avenue.
  • West 5th Street between South 10th Avenue and Mundy Lane.
WORK TO BEGIN ON FLETCHER AVENUE

Con Edison will be upgrading the gas main and services on Fletcher Avenue from East Lincoln Avenue to Primrose Avenue.

Excavation will begin on Monday, April 27 and continue for 6 weeks. Con Edison will store material and equipment alongside the road while they work.

Parts of sidewalks, driveways, or lawns may need to be excavated while Con Edison Works. Property owners having any private facilities such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences buried in their lawns should notify Cond Edison crews. Permanent restoration of streets, sidewalks and lawn areas are scheduled for mid-summer.

Con Edison may need to temporarily interrupt your service while they connect new gas lines, and will need access to your gas appliances to restore service. You will be notified in advance if this needs to be done. An appointment will be scheduled when you will be home to let them in. Always ask for ID before letting anyone in your home.

GASLINE UPGRADE TO BEGIN PHASE 1 IN FLEETWOOD

Con Edison will be upgrading gas main and services on Gramatan Avenue. Excavation will begin Wednesday, April 29 at the intersection of Gramatan Avenue and West Sidney Avenue and continue on Gramatan Avenue to East Lincoln Avenue.

Work will be performed at night between the hours of 9pm -7am in order to minimize impact and inconvenience to the community.  This part of the project will take approximately 6 weeks.

Gas service will be interrupted as Con Edison transfers from the old gas main to the newly installed gas main. Arrangements will be made with all of Con Edison gas service customers to minimize impact.

NEED HELP WITH PIPE LINE UPGRADES?

Call Con Edison Public Affairs at 1-914-925-6361 or e-mail WestchesterPA@conEd.com

 

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Mount Vernon, NY 10550

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Bereavement Notice
MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
Rev. Dr. Darren M. Morton, Senior Pastor
 
Celebration of Life and Legacy
Rev. Dr. Richard H. Dixon, Jr. 
Pastor Emeritus
October 3, 1923 – April 25, 2014

The Macedonia Baptist Church joins First Lady Emeritus Earnestene Dixon and the Dixon Family as we mourn the loss of Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Richard H. Dixon, Jr.   Dr. Dixon serves as the 5th Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church from 1958 -2002.  During his pastorate, he was a pioneer in civil right, social justice, and community affairs.   He is the founder of the United Black Clergy of Westchester.  As the Chief Chaplin and 2nd Deputy Commissioner of the Mount Vernon Police Department, Dr. Dixon was a spiritual advisor to thousands of police office for a half of century.

Rev. Dixon was known as the People’s Pastor, and could be found daily walking the streets of Mt. Vernon, the halls of hospitals and nursing homes, and visiting prisons.   He was a pastor without walls that extended far and wide beyond the boundaries of a church building, city limits, state lines, and the United States shores.   Truly, he was a Man after “God’s Own Heart”.

We treasure our time with Rev. Dixon and thank God for allow us to be blessed by his presence and leadership for 57 years.

 

Celebration of Life and Legacy Services:

_________________________________________________________________

 

Sunday, May 3rd

4pm – 6pm: Public Viewing 

6pm – until: Evening of Celebration 

 

Monday, May 4th

10am: Funeral Services

(All clergy are asked to wear black robes)

 

All Services will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church

141 S. 9th Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

 

 

Condolences may be faxed to The Dixon Family

c/o Macedonia Baptist Church

141 S. 9th Avenue

Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

Fax: 914-667-6741

Tel: 914-667-2333

Please keep The Dixon Family in your prayers. 

Macedonia Baptist Church | 141 S. 9th Avenue | Mount Vernon | NY | 10550

4th STREET RESURFACING

RESCHEDULED FOR WEEK OF APRIL 27 

Resurfacing of the roadway along West 4th Street between Franklin and South Columbus Avenues HAS BEEN RESCUEDULED. WORK WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, APRIL 27th AND LAST UNTIL FRIDAY, MAY 1st

Milling and repaving of streets along this section of the Con Edison gas pipeline route will be between the hours of 7am and 5pm. No parking restrictions will be posted. This rescheduling has become necessary because the Mount Board of Water Supply must repair a broken water main in the area.

4th Street Paving to Begin

4th STREET RESURFACING MONDAY
BETWEEN FRANKLIN & COLUMBUS

Resurfacing of the roadway along West 4th Street between Franklin and South Columbus Avenues will take place on Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 between the hours of 7am and 5pm. No parking restrictions will be posted.

This final stage of construction in this area will give the roadway back to the community.

OFFICE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION MOTORIST ALERT

 

Safety at the Pump

Smoking while pumping gas, entering and exiting the car while pumping, and talking on cell phones while refueling are dangerous.

No explanation needs to be given why anyone should smoke while pumping gas, but not many are aware of the danger involved when someone starts to fill their vehicle, enters and exits their vehicle, and then touches the gas nozzle. When you get into your vehicle, your clothes pick up static electricity from the carpet and seats. When you get out of the car, you are susceptible to a static shock. This static shock could and has ignited gas vapors. To date the Petroleum Equipment Institute has documented 150 cases of this type of fire which to some, isn’t bad considering how many people fill up in a day.

 

If you must exit your car while fueling, make sure you touch metal before you reach for the nozzle. Touching metal will cause the static electricity that has built up in your body to discharge. You can touch your car door or the pump itself.

 

Warnings regarding the use of cell phones while refueling have been issued by oil companies. Three instances of fires attributed to cell phones as reported by the Shell Company. In on instancea cell phone rang in their pocket during a refuel; another when a person answered a phone, and lastly a phone on the trunk of a car ignited gas vapors when it rang destroying the car and the pump.

 

Here are a few rules for safety at the pump:  

 

  1. Always turn off your engine.
  2. Never smoke while refueling.
  3. Leave your cell phone in the car and do not use it until you have finished refueling your vehicle.
  4. Do not enter you car in the midst of fueling it.       If you must, touch a piece of metal to discharge yourself before touching the nozzle.
  5. Do not fill plastic storage containers, such as those for lawnmowers while they are in the trunk of your vehicle.       Take them out of the trunk and place them on the floor grounding them.
  6. Do not use your vehicles’ gas cap wedged in the nozzle handle so you don’t have to squeeze it.
  7. If a fire should occur during your refill, back away from the vehicle and leave the nozzle in the fill pipe of the car.
  8. Use the appropriate storage container for transporting gasoline. Do not use any plastic container.
FOR MORE CONSUMER PROTECTION INFORMATION CONTACT THE MOUNT VERNON OFFICE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AT 665-2433

Check out JP’s “Breathe”:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kEUmBwO-ZA

It is with deep sorrow that we inform

the passing of

 

Robert J. Harris

Father of

Brent Harris

and

Che’ Harris

 

Son of The Late

Robert and Fannie Harris

 

Brother of

Darryl “D.D.” Harris

 

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

at

Grace Baptist Church

One Grace Plaza  |  52 South 6th Avenue

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Pastor

 

Viewing:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Service:

11:00 a.m.

Repast:

Immediately following service

Levister-Doles Banquet Hall

Grace Baptist Church

 

Last chance to enter raffle to win a 55 inch Curved TV.Raffle will be held at 7:30 pm tonight at Best Buy in Mount Vernon.$5 — Someone will take this Curved TV home , it may as well be you!But you got to be in it to win it.
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IMPORTANT CON ED
PIPELINE UPDATE
1st AVENUE BETWEEN SOUTH FULTON AND BROOKDALE PLACE UPGRADES 

 

Con Edison will be upgrading gas main and services on East 1st Avenue between South Fulton Avenue and Brookdale Place. Excavation began Monday, April 6 and will continue for 30 days. Final street restoration will be completed in late spring. Material and equipment will be stored alongside the road while Con Ed works.

Parts of sidewalks, driveways or lawns may need to be excavated during work. If property owners have any private facilities such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences buried in your lawn, please let Con Edison crews know. Your service may need to be temporarily disconnected while your new gas lines are connected, therefore, Con Edison will need access to your gas appliances to restore your service. You will be notified in advance if this needs to be done. An appointment will be scheduled for when you will be home. As a safety precaution, always ask for identification from anyone requesting entry into your home.

If you are not home when crews have completed their work, please call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) as soon as you return for prompt restoration of your service.

 

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LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO INSTALL    HOME SMOKE DETECTORS

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT DRIVE THURSDAY, APRIL 9

6:30 P.M., CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 1 ROOSEVELT SQ.

       HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND

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Mount Vernon, NY 10550

 

Here’s Your Invitation to the Comedy Event of the Season Co-Sponsored by LWL Enterprises and the City of Mount Vernon
The “Rock a Bye Baby” lady from New Jack City will host this year’s Red Carp0et Kickoff at the Mount Vernon Doles Community Center, 250 South 6th Avenue. Phyllis Ann Stickney has an impressive acting career and the comedienne is also very involved in social issues. In the late 1980’s to mid 1990’s she was one of Hollywood’s most promising talents. A string of roles in films such as What’s Love Got to Do With It, Malcolm X and the TV series, A Different World won over viewers and critics. A Harlem Arts Alliance member, she spent a decade transforming the formerly drug-infested St. James Court building in Harlem and launched several new business ventures. She is regarded as one of the most intelligently hilarious comic talents and was recognized by HBO in THE HISTORY OF BLACKS IN COMEDY.
Bronx born and raised stand up comedian Freddie Ricks incorporates characters of African, Indian, South American, and European descent into his act, impersonating his characters with flawless ease.   He’s appeared on BET’s Comic View, Def Comedy Jam, The Apollo Comedy Hour and It’s Showtime at the Apollo and is hailed to be one of the hottest and most versatile clean comedians in the business. Ricks is a true veteran in comedy and has been in movies such as “Baby Boy” with Tyrese and “SHAFT” along side Samuel L. Jackson and Vanessa Williams. His style of comedy is very eclectic, ranging from urban humor, to Shakespeare to a combination of both. Freddie puts on a full PERFORMANCE rather than just joke telling.
Standing at 6’1, Chloe Hilliard is a journalist turned comedienne who knows how to rock a killer afro. Born in Brooklyn and raised in a large Hasidic neighborhood, Chloe brings a unique perspective to her humor. She has been a culture/entertainment journalist, writing for The Village VoiceEssenceVibeKing, and The Source. Most recently, Chloé was the Editorial Director of Loop21.com. She served as the Managing Editor/Social Media Manager for VIBE, a staff writer for The Village Voice, News Editor at The Source and appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC News, Our World with Black Enterprise and C-Span. She was recently made her national TV debut on NBC’s smash hit “Last Comic Standing” and appeared on AXSTV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” She’s got enough hands on experience to keep us in stitches.
Christian comedienne Tiffini Thrower will be in her hometown bringing gut busting hallelujah laughs to the audience.   Tiffan, who bills herself as a teacher, comedienne, minister and always a student, has been starring in a one woman show, Laugh At My Life, where she walks the audience through her life, one  laugh at a timel
 Performing stand up comedy since the age of 11, 14 year old Simon Cadel has already had audiences at Caroline’s Comedy Club, The Comic Strip Live, NY Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy, and Levity Live. Cadel who has been described as a comedian who “happens to be a kid,” has material that is smart, observational, and high-energy. He has been described as having a level of sophistication and depth of understanding of satire and humor not expected to be found in some one his age.

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It is with deep sorrow that we inform

the passing of

Mamie E. (Connally) Bostic

Wife of Joseph B. Bostic

Mother of MoniKa Bostic

Daughter of Estella Myers

 

Wake:

Monday, April 6, 2015

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mount Olivet Apostolic Faith Church

130 West 7th Street

(Corner of Rev. Beatrice D. Bostic Way)

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

Pastor: Bishop Errol O’Savio

 

Funeral Service:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Bowen Memorial Baptist Church

14 North Columbus Avenue

Mount Vernon, New York 10553

Pastor: Reverend Hugh Farrish

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Flowers can be sent to

Mount Olivet Apostolic Faith Church

After 1:00pm on Monday, April 6th please

Thank you kindly

 
*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***
Alternate side of the street parking suspended Thursday and Friday, April 2 & April 3 for Easter holiday weekend.
METERED PARKING & GARBAGE PICKUP IN EFFECT

Upcoming Event – Thursday, April 2

Help Westchester Crimestoppers Remove Guns From Mount Vernon

Drop by the African American Club House this Thursday and show your support when the Westchester Crime Stoppers hosts a fundraiser. Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund upcoming gun buyback. Please DO NOT bring guns to this event. We’ve set aside a separate day for gun purchases. Read the flyer below for more info.

Be Gun Smart

 Store guns away from children and transport unloaded firearms in the trunk of your car.

 

Westchester
Crimestoppers Inc

 

Fundraiser
Thursday
April 2
African American Club
(AAC)
6pm – 9pm
Suggested Donation
$25
WCCS Executive Committee
Derickson  Lawrence
Chief John Costanzo
Chief Joe Benefico
Rev. H. B. Marriott
Damaris Mone
Steve Wilson
Robert Debenedictis
Darryl Selsey
Kieran O’Leary
Sean Mcintyre
Ernest D. Davis, MayorTerrance Raynor, CmsnrRichard Burke, Dep. CmsnrGaylord Worrell, Dep. CmsnrReginald Ward, Dep. Cmsnr.
www.cmvny.com

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Check Out This Great Opportunity for Teens & Young Adults

Eric V. Tait , media consultant and award-winning broadcast journalist and documentarian, has been running Media Magic, an exciting and unique program at the Doles Center right here in Mount Vernon. Along with his Creative Program Director Keith Gonzalez, Tait’s crafted a program that will teach our young people all about television production. With extensive experience in media, Tait is currently Producer/Host of MEDIA WATCH (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) and a former Producer/Host for 20/20 News Magazine and OUR WORLD Documentary Unit.

 

 FYI – Tait previously took Mount Vernon High School students on a hands-on, on-the-job exposure and training with the critically acclaimed “Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home” and “Every Voice And Sing!“documentaries.

Casting  Call

Floyd Cromwell Productions now casting for roles of lead  role of Aunt Ether Tyler, supporting roles of Solly Two Kings, Black Mary, Eli, Citizen Barlow, Rutherford Selig and Caesar Wilkes. Auditions: April 4 – 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Doles Community Theatre. For more information contact cromwellproductions@gmail .com -or- backstage.com

Spring Into Laughter

Buy Your Ticket Now 

 

Upcoming Event – Thursday, March 12

Help Westchester Crimestoppers Remove Guns From Mount Vernon

Drop by Maggie Spillane’s Ale House this Thursday and show your support when the Westchester Crime Stoppers hosts a fundraiser. Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund upcoming gun buyback. Please DO NOT bring guns to this event. We’ve set aside a separate day for gun purchases. Read the flyer below for more info.

 

Be Gun Smart

 Store guns away from children and transport unloaded firearms in the trunk of your car.

 

Westchester
Crimestoppers Inc

 

Fundraiser
Thursday
March 12
Maggie Spillane’s Ale House
6pm – 9pm
Suggested Donation
$25
WCCS Executive Committee
Derickson  Lawrence
Chief John Costanzo
Chief Joe Benefico
Rev. H. B. Marriott
Damaris Mone
Steve Wilson
Robert Debenedictis
Darryl Selsey
Kieran O’Leary
Sean Mcintyre
Ernest D. Davis, MayorTerrance Raynor, CmsnrRichard Burke, Dep. CmsnrGaylord Worrell, Dep. CmsnrReginald Ward, Dep. Cmsnr.
www.cmvny.com

 
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02/21/15 SHOWCASE
City of Mount Vernon, NY Announces CANCELLATIONS.

 

 

ALL CITY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, OCTOBER 31st, 2012


Stay informed by visiting the city’s website at www.cmvny.com.

 
Mayor Ernest D. Davis

The City of Mount Vernon News

1 Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon, NY 10550

www.cmvny.com

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WESTCHESTER MOBILE VAN SCHEDULE – JUNE 2015.

Westchester County’s full-service MetroCard Mobile Van, provided by the county’s Department of Transportation in conjunction with the MTA New York City Transit Authority, will be making rounds throughout the county to assist riders interested in purchasing MetroCards. See below for schedule.

MetroCards can be used on the county’s Bee-Line bus system as well as New York City’s transit system. The MetroCard Mobile Van provides transit riders with a “one-stop shop” for all MetroCard services. In addition, staff will be available to explain rates, discounts and answer any questions.

Regular MetroCards will be available for purchase and existing cards may be refilled. Riders will also be able to apply for reduced rates if they are 65 and older or have qualifying disabilities.

MetroCard is the automated regional fare collection system managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. For more information on the MetroCard Mobile Van and other MetroCard locations, call the Bee-Line Hotline at (914) 813-7777.

Monday – June 15
New Rochelle
Huguenot St/North Ave.
10 a.m. – 12 noon

Mount Vernon
August Petrillo Plaza
(Across from Food Town Supermarket near Mount Vernon East Train Station)
1 – 3 p.m.

Tuesday – June 16
Peekskill
Peekskill Library
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tarrytown
Wildey and Cortlandt Sts (By McDonalds)
1:30 – 3 p.m.

Wednesday – June 17
Yonkers
City Hall/MCU Bldg
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

White Plains
Trans-Center
Water Street and N. Lexington Ave
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday – June 18
Yonkers
City Hall/MCU Bldg
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

White Plains
Galleria Mall
Main St/MLK Blvd
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday – June 19
Yonkers
Will Library
1500 Central Park Ave/Tuckahoe Rd.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday – June 20
Yonkers
City Hall/MCU Bldg
36-40 South Broadway
9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

White Plains
Galleria Mall/Forever 21
Main St/MLK Blvd
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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Friends and Neighbors,As many of you may know, Playland recently opened for another season and is poised for another strong year just like the last one.There has been a lot in the news about the future of Playland and I wanted to inform you of an important opportunity to have your voice heard as a part of the process.The Board of Legislators’ Committee on Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing (LPPH) will be holding a public forum on June 2, 2015 with the hope that we can attract as many Westchester County residents to voice their opinions as possible.  People can begin to sign up to speak on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6:15pm.

Please forward this to anyone that you think may also be concerned about Playland’s future.

Public Forum:
Tuesday, June 2nd at 7 PM
Rye City Hall
1051 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY

We also welcome written testimony for either of these public forums.  If you would like to submit comments in writing, please e-mail them to Perez@westchesterlegislators.com.  If you have any questions about either of these events, please don’t hesitate to call my office at (914) 995-2846.

Sincerely,

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Legislator Perez’s Plan to Fight Back.

Source: Journal News Phil Reisman Column.

Reisman: Legislator Perez’s Plan to Fight Back

 Phil Reisman, preisman@lohud.com 6:50 p.m. EDT May 20, 2015

The Democrats are after Virginia Perez — again.

In a replay of 2013, the party leadership has endorsed someone other than Perez, the incumbent in Westchester County’s 17th Legislative District in southwest Yonkers.

The Yonkers party held a “mini-convention” at the Royal Palace Indian Restaurant on Monday night and selected Piedad Abreu, a tax preparer who happens to be the aunt of a primary candidate who unsuccessfully opposed Perez two years ago. Perez reacted with a tone of comic exasperation.

“I want to know who’s next,” she said. “The grandfather? The grandmother? Scooby Doo? Donald Duck?”

Believing the deck was heavily stacked against her, Perez did not attend the convention.

“I didn’t bother,” she said.

That may have been a strategic mistake, if only because it gave a free and clear path for the party to nominate somebody else. Symra Brandon, who chairs the Yonkers Democratic Party, said Perez had been notified of the event.

“I was surprised,” Brandon told me Wednesday. “I thought she was going to show. Why would she not come? She didn’t even participate in the process.”

Perez said everyone should be challenged, even her.

“That’s what democracy is for,” she said. “But these people who are challenging me, they’re not challenging me for any legitimate reason. They’re just challenging me because they have a personal hatred toward me. So they’re putting up anyone who will say yes to them.”

Perez has reason to feel paranoid. In a highly unusual maneuver, Catherine Borgia, an Ossining Democrat and the majority leader on the Board of Legislators, went directly to Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and expressly requested that he not endorse Perez.

Spano did not satisfy her demand.

“She needs to watch her district and stay out of mine,” Perez said.

She said she had a good working relationship with Spano and expected he would publicly endorse her “very soon.”

Christina Gilmartin, Spano’s spokeswoman, confirmed Wednesday that the mayor was planning to support Perez, but will not make a public announcement until “sometime before the primary,” in September.

Informed of this, Brandon said, “Then he’s going against party if he does that. He’s going against the party’s choice.”

All 17 legislative seats on the county board are open in the November election. Borgia seems to be spearheading an effort to get candidates to run against the incumbent Republicans. But in the heavily Democratic 17th District in Yonkers, the primary victor is all but assured of winning the general election.

Perez has been a party renegade since 2011, when she forced a primary challenge against an entrenched incumbent, Jose Alvarado. After winning, she declared in effect that she had defeated not only Alvarado, but “the party machine” as well.

A year later, as a freshman legislator, she broke with the party by joining the seven Republicans and fellow Democrat Mike Kaplowitz to form a bi-partisan coalition. With a 9-8 advantage, the coalition broke a bitter deadlock by passing the country budget. This was considered a political victory for County Executive Rob Astorino, a fiscally conservative Republican, and an embarrassing defeat for Astorino’s nemesis, Ken Jenkins, the Democratic board chairman who represents the 16th District in Yonkers.

Jenkins never forgave Perez. Out of revenge, he slashed her stipend as a committee chairwoman from $3,000 to $1,000. She learned of the cut after getting her W-2 tax form.

In 2013, two candidates were picked to oppose her in a primary. She won — and a few months later when the board reorganized, Jenkins was ousted as chairman. Kaplowitz replaced him.

Perez believes Jenkins wants to even the score by evicting her from her legislative seat once and for all.

She said she has created her own team of candidates, her “Women’s Ticket.” It includes Ivy Reeves and Natasha Freeman, who plan to primary against two Democratic City Council members — Christopher Johnson in District 1 and Michael Sabatino in District 3.

What’s more, Perez has handpicked a candidate to oppose — you guessed it — Jenkins.

The challenger is Nicole Benjamin, who has never run for public office but has an extensive professional and educational resume. Benjamin is a Yale graduate with master of social work degree from Fordham. She holds a juris doctor from City University of New York and a master of laws from Touro School of Law. She has worked as a social worker, a paralegal and as adjunct professor of sociology.

Perez said she will defend her record, but she’s also going on the offensive. She pledged, “Everybody and anyone who’s picking a fight with me, they found it.”

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Toxic Toys

Something that is meant to bring joy to our kids on a daily basis should not contain dangerous toxins that could imperil the health and safety of those we love.

That’s why I sponsored the “Children’s Product Safety Act, which recently passed the Board of Legislators unanimously.  The Children’s Product Safety Act will prevent the sale of infant and children’s products that include harmful toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadium and cobalt within the County of Westchester.

The toxic chemicals in children’s products have been linked to a host of serious medical problems including learning and developmental disabilities, asthma, pediatric and other cancer, infertility, obesity and more.

Many children’s products including toys and clothing contain these eight toxic chemicals and known carcinogens.  This bill enables Westchester’s consumers of infant and children’s products to assure the health and welfare of infants, children and the environment.

Once enacted, the Children’s Product Safety Act would be enforced by the County Department of Consumer Protection.  The department would undertake a 12 month public education campaign to alert retailers of which chemicals are harmful and then with random spot checks of products already on shelves.

Similar pieces of legislation have already passed the Albany County Legislature and are being considered in Suffolk, Duchess and Onondaga counties. The State Assembly has passed similar legislation in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion while the State Senate is still yet to take action despite having bipartisan support in that chamber as well.

Our families deserve the comfort of knowing that the toys their children play with will not have harmful impacts on their health and I’m proud that we have given that to them.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

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Dear Friends and Neighbor,The Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club (YPRC), a 501c3 all volunteer run not-for-profit organization, is pleased to announce that it will again offer a FREE public kayaking program at JFK Marina in Yonkers this summer.

This year they have EXPANDED the program to include some weekends and an Environmental Awareness aspect.

In the summer of 2014 the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club put over 1,050 youth and adults on the water as part of this program, a threefold increase from the summer of 2013.

This program is a gift from their members and trained volunteers to communities of under-served youths who may have never had the chance to get on the water. It is their hope that by introducing youths and adults to the natural wonders that can be found in their backyard; they will begin to form a connection with the environment and become the stewards of the waterway.

For more details about the program, click the following link: http://www.yprc.org/uploads/1/3/9/6/13963161/kayakflyer2015.pdf

To volunteer your time or to make a donation to keep the program running, visit http://www.yprc.org/public-kayaking-sessions-at-jfk-marina.html

Sincerely,

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GET READY FOR FUN – OPENING DAY FOR PLAYLAND IS THIS SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
***Special opening day admission is $15 including unlimited rides***
Rye PlaylandI just wanted to let you know that the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Grand Carousel will kick-off Playland Amusement Park’s 2015 season in Rye on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m.  (Rain date for opening day is Sunday, May 16.)An interesting fact: the grand carousel, which consists of 66 stunning, bejeweled horses and three chariots, was built in 1915!
Thanks to the investments and care that my colleagues and I give to this historic park, the carousel still shines bright today, even  after generations of use.

The fun gets underway this Saturday at 11:00am with a parade and entertainment.  The rides will open at 12 noon.

Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7 p.m.

Admissions go on sale at 11 a.m.   Playland is located at the end of Playland Parkway in Rye.

For public bus transportation, go to transportation.westchestergov.com/bee-line

The celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11 a.m., followed by the traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by County Executive Astorino and other local dignitaries, staff and Playland’s mascot “Coaster the Dragon”.

Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the ‘50s,’60s and ‘70s at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and  5 p.m.

“Erik’s Reptile Edventures” will educate and entertain the crowd with animal ambassadors, featuring Wally the five-foot- long American alligator. Shows take place in Kiddyland and at the Music Tower Theater stage; show times will be posted in the park. Playland’s Kiddyland DJ will also entertain with the “Play it DJ” show in four performances at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kids will move, groove and be smooth as our DJ plays their favorite dance tunes.  In addition, Bubbles, Magic and Science will amaze you with shows at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Admission prices:

  • $15 May Days: May 9, 10, 16, 17 and 22: $15 unlimited rides for everyone.
  • Starting Saturday, May 23: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48”) – Westchester residents with acceptable proof of residency are eligible for a $5 discount on these prices. Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents.

Season Passes:

  • $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. Purchase four or more and save 10%.
  • $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County.

Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver’s license or non-driver I.D.; or a photo I.D. or report card from a Westchester County school.Playland’s pre-season schedule is noon to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season’s schedule go to RyePlayland.org or call the park at (914) 813-7000. Click here to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long.

Become a Facebook fan at https://www.facebook.com/ryeplayland and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rye_playland/ and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/RyePlaylandOfficialPage.

Parking is $5 weekdays, $7 weekends and $10 on holidays, special events and concert days.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) unanimously approved a wide range of additions to the budget, including the restoration of all 126 job layoffs that were previously presented in the $1.7 billion Proposed 2013 Budget, as well as funding to keep the family share for subsidized child care at twenty percent (20%).

This is an important step toward reaching a final 2013 County Budget. The good news is that these bipartisan budget additions will be offset by corresponding budget deletions in order to result in a zero percent (0%) increase in the County tax levy.
These additions show that the Board of Legislators is dedicated to ensuring a healthy and prosperous future for the residents and business owners of Westchester. My colleagues on the Board and I have made decisions that focus on creating jobs, helping our taxpayers, protecting the people and safeguarding our environment, all within a financially responsible structure.
Westchester residents have come out in full force at two public hearings on the Proposed 2013 Budget, and their message has been clear: Do not cut back or compromise the level of services that are right for Westchester.
The experienced professionals that were put on the chopping block provide superb service to the people of Westchester, and when it comes to emergency services, public safety and social services in the County’s safety net, we need to maintain a level of protection and readiness that’s best for all of us.
Maintaining support for low-income working mothers and their children is a major priority for the Board of Legislators, which is why we also approved funding for child care subsidies at a lower rate than what the administration proposed.
The restoration of child care funding fulfills our moral and ethical obligation to protect young children while preserving jobs of working families and the day care industry in a struggling economy. It’s the socially and economically sensible thing to do.
Please contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.
Sincerely,

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