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The Greenburgh Town Board approved the bid authorizing the construction of a sidewalk on Fort Hill Road from Ardsley Road heading towards Jackson Ave at a special meeting today. And we unanimously voted to oppose a proposal that would allow commercial barges to drop anchor along a 70 mile stretch of the Hudson River. We are concerned about potential environmental impacts and our ability to revitalize the waterfronts.

 

RESPONSE FROM NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION—NEED FOR TURNAROUND IN THE CENTER MEDIAN OF SPRAIN PARKWAY

IN JULY CARS WERE STUCK FOR FIVE HOURS ON PARKWAY AS A RESULT OF CHEMICAL SPILL

This past July the Sprain Parkway  in Greenburgh was closed for 5 hours as a result of a chemical spill. Motorists were very frustrated and upset. I wrote to the State Department of Transportation suggesting a turnaround in the center median. A turn around would provide motorists and first responders with the ability to avoid these long delays in the future.   I received the following response from the Regional Director of the NYS DOT to the request and am pleased that the state will investigate the request.

Paul Feiner

 

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/07/07/sprain-brook-parkway-chemical-spill/

August 19, 2016   Department of Transportation

ANDREW  M. CUOMO Governor MATTHEW J. DRISCOLL Commissioner

TODD WESTHUIS, P.E. Regional Director

 

Honorable Paul Feiner Supervisor Town of Greenburgh 177 Hillside Avenue Greenburgh, NY 10607

Dear Mr. Feiner: Thank you for your letter concerning the recent spill on the Sprain Brook Parkway and the possibility of creating a turnaround in the center median.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has an active Traffic Incident Management (TIM) team in the Hudson Valley region. This team,  which includes NYSDOT, New York State Police and other state and local emergency response agencies, was charged with both the swift and safe clearance of the incident and the management of the traffic it generated. We view each incident as  an opportunity to review best practices and have done so in this instance.

With regard to your request for a turnaround area, we will investigate the possibility of locating one in the center median. It is important to note that a turnaround would still require active traffic management during an incident in order to assure that vehicles using the area do not cause crashes in the opposite direction, potentially multiplying the effects of the original incident.

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us and for your efforts on behalf of the residents of Greenburgh. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact our Regional Traffic Safety and Mobility Group .

Todd B. Westhuis, P.E. Regional Director

 

 

 

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Next month, the New York Working Families Party will be celebrating our 18th birthday at our annual gala. We are thrilled to announce that Senator Bernie Sanders will be joining us as our keynote speaker!

This year’s gala will take place at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union in Manhattan, as we come together as a progressive movement to celebrate our victories over the past 18 years and look forward to the work ahead in November and beyond.

It’s sure to be a fun and memorable evening. And we want you to be a part of it.

Become a WFP sustainer with a monthly contribution of $10 a month or more and receive a ticket to our gala with keynote speaker Bernie Sanders on September 15th:

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WFP 18th Annual Gala Celebration

Thursday, September 15th 6:00pm-9:00pm
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10003

Over the past year, Bernie sparked a grassroots revolution that engaged millions of activists and changed the debate in our country forever. Here in New York, progressives showed up in force to support a campaign that put issues of social, economic, racial, and climate justice squarely at the center of our public debate. Thousands of WFP activists hit the phones, knocked on doors, and helped power Bernie’s campaign through their small dollar contributions.

But as Bernie has always said, this has never been about any one candidate or any one election.

Our gala this year comes at a pivotal moment for both our nation and our movement. The challenge is clear. In November, we need to defeat Trump and elect candidates up and down the ballot who commit to our vision.

But that alone is not enough — it’s never been enough. We also need to redouble our commitment to the work of holding our elected officials at every level accountable to the people, not billionaire campaign donors.

By becoming a WFP sustainer, you are helping us build the independent progressive power we need to continue our year-round work of organizing on issues that matter to working families and recruiting, training, and electing the next generation of progressive leadership in New York.

Join now as a WFP sustainer with a monthly contribution of $10 or more and receive your ticket to see Bernie Sanders at our gala on September 15th in NYC.

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Thanks and hope to see you there,

Bill Lipton
New York State Director
Working Families Party

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Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency Announces New Leadership, Independent Audit

 

(Tuesday, August 30, 2016) – Today, Chairman Richard Thomas and the Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency announced the appointment of Sean McIntyre as Interim Director. Chairman Thomas also announced that Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, a preeminent law firm with expertise in IDA and municipal incentives, will be conducting an independent audit of the agency.

 

Chairman Richard Thomas said, “We are creating a Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency that is transparent and accountable. The new MVIDA will operate with a strategic vision that encourages economic growth and promotes innovative ideas, such as dedicated loans for small businesses and a ground-floor tax break.  Sean McIntyre is known and respected throughout Mount Vernon and Westchester County. He is forward-thinking, diligent, and has the expertise and professionalism that Mount Vernon deserves. His combination of financial acumen and business development skills is unmatched and we are grateful he has decided to join our team.”

 

“The 2014 audit of the MVIDA by the New York State Comptroller identified significant deficiencies within the agency. Ruskin Moscou Faltischek is a distinguished firm and one of the only in New York State with a dedicated practice to IDA activities. I am confident their audit will be thorough, detailed, and bring us closer to resolving known and unknown challenges. This is one of the numerous steps we have taken, and will continue to take, to truly transform this agency. We can’t allow the continuation of bad policies that have harmed the city in the past. It’s a new era of business-focused reform in Mount Vernon.”

 

“This responsible and innovative investment team, composed of experienced professionals, will work to energize our economy, create jobs, build higher quality housing options, and increase sales tax revenue. They are going to work hard and work smart. As we continue to restructure the MVIDA, we will adhere to best practices and investment fundamentals to create value for the City of Mount Vernon.”

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MAYOR SPANO & OFFICE FOR THE AGING, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, TO PROVIDE A FREE SCREENING OF “STILL ALICE” AT SAUNDERS HIGH SCHOOL.

 

Alzheimer’s Q&A Session and Movie Screening to be Held Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 PM at Saunders High School.

 

YONKERS, NY – August 30, 2016Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a free screening of the award-winning movie “Still Alice” on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 PM at Saunders High School – 183 Palmer Road. The complimentary admission is in support of Alzheimer’s awareness as the movie depicts a college professor from Columbia University (Julianne Moore) who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  There will be a question and answer session after the movie about local resources available by Office for the Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

“Once again, we are proud to partner with the Office for the Aging, which time and again, demonstrates community engagement,” said Mayor Spano. “Viewing ‘Still Alice’ is a teachable moment for us as it is an impactful and telling story of how this devastating disease affects not only those afflicted by it but also their loved ones as well. I encourage our residents to take advantage of the resources made available to them so they can best learn how to manage the disease and its effects.”

 

“Still Alice” is a 2014 American independent drama film written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland and based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel of the same name. The film stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Columbia diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, John, and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children, Lydia, Anna and Tom.

 

“Still Alice” had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014.  It received critical acclaim, particularly for Moore’s performance, who won awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress.

 

To RSVP, residents should call 914-377-6822. To learn more about the City of Yonkers’ Office for the Aging and its services, visit www.yonkersny.gov. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

 

Poll of NY-19
(McLaughlin Group for John Faso, Aug. 8-10)
John Faso: 46%
Zephyr Teachout: 41%
That’s pretty incredible. Our opponent — backed by big corporations, special interests and Super PACs — is ahead only within the margin of error in his own poll that he’s showing to press.

Now it’s up to our grassroots movement to close the gap. We’re making great progress towards our goal of raising $100,000 by our deadline of Wednesday at midnight, but we’re still short. 

Rush a $3 contribution to Zephyr’s campaign now and we can close the gap with our opponent, defeat the special interests funding his campaign, and win this election.

Progress towards our goal

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You can help prove that people-powered movements are stronger than anything the special interests and big corporations funding their Super PACs can throw at us. Zephyr can win, and our opponent’s poll shows it.

This is very good news, Delfim. But we can’t let up now. Not when it’s this close.

Please rush a $3 contribution to our campaign before the deadline Wednesday at midnight.

Thanks for all you do.

Kim Maier
Campaign Manager
Zephyr Teachout for Congress

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of this year’s registration form are available at Town Hall, TDYCC, the Library and the Parks and Recreation Registration office. Copies can also be downloaded from our website at www.greenburghny.com located in the Document & Forms section.

For more information on please visit our website at www.greenburghny.com .  Once at our website look under the Documents & Forms Tab and below the Parks & Recreation Department listing you will find the registration form for the Youth Soccer League. There you will also find a list of frequently asked questions.

This league will consist of teams from Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, Elmsford Recreation, Edgemont Recreation and White Plains Parks & Recreation. Games will be played on Saturdays and some weeknights beginning on September 24th and ending in late November. Games will be played on field’s town wide as well as in White Plains for grades 3 and up. All players will be drafted onto teams. Boys and girls in 3rd through 6th grade will play in separate leagues. 1st and 2nd graders will play on co-ed teams. We cannot guarantee placement with specific coaches/teams/friends. Parents are expected, and may be called upon, to assist in some capacity.

 

WE NEED COACHES – Coaches will be required to take an on-line Coaches Clinic to obtain Coaches Certification. If we do not have enough parents volunteer to coach, we will be forced to only form a limited number of teams and some applicants may not be placed on teams.

ELIGIBILITY: All participants must reside or attend school in the unincorporated Town of Greenburgh. 

                                

COST:  $43 payable to Greenburgh Parks & Recreation

 

Registration deadline is:  September 9th, 2016.   No late registrations can be accepted.

For more information call (914) 693-8985 ext 153 or e-mail Bob Kaczmarek at rkaczmarek@greenburghny.com  for more information.

The Town of Greenburgh Department of Parks and Recreation would like to announce that registration for the 2016 Youth Soccer Clinic is now open.  Copies of this year’s registration forms have been sent to the local schools and are also available at Town Hall, the Library, TDYCC and the Parks and Recreation Registration office at 11 Olympic Lane, Ardsley, NY. Copy’s can also be downloaded from our website at www.greenburghny.com located in the Document & Forms section.

Registration deadline is:  September 15th, 2016.

This program will provide soccer instruction and a lot of fun!!! Soccer skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, receiving and throw-ins are critical to good play. These, as well as many other skills, will be covered in this youth soccer clinic.

Kindergarten Boys and girls who reside or attend school in the unincorporated Town of Greenburgh are eligible to participate. Non-residents will be accepted if space remains after registration deadline and will be awarded in the order applications are received

Program will meet on 6 Saturdays, September 17, 2016 – October 22nd, 2016

Times:  Kindergarten Boys from 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Kindergarten Girls from 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Where: Secor Woods Park off of Secor Road in Ardsley

Cost: $54.00 Residents/ $70.00 Non-residents

Participants will be provided with a team shirt. Players are encouraged to wear cleats and required to provide a pair of shin guards to be worn at all practices and games

For more information call (914) 693-8985 ext 153 or e-mail Bob Kaczmarek at rkaczmarek@greenburghny.com  for more information.

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EXPLANATION REASONS WHY METRO NORTH WON’T MAKE THE HARTSDALE TRAIN STATION MORE DISABLED ACCESSIBLE–AND PLACE AN ELEVATOR OR CHAIR LIFT AT THE TRAIN STATION

 

I received this disappointing response to a letter I had sent Metro North earlier this summer suggesting an elevator, chair lift or escalator at the Hartsdale train station. Many senior citizens and disabled residents have complained to me about the difficulty they have catching a train or getting off the train–because of the lack of elevators, lifts or escalators.  Other train stations have elevators. I think that all train stations under the jurisdiction of Metro North should be disabled accessible.  I will continue to work to make the train station accessible for the disabled –have received many complaints from seniors and disabled residents who have a difficult time getting to and from the Hartsdale train station.

PAUL FEINER


The Honorable Paul J. Feiner Supervisor, Town of Greenburgh 177 Hillside Avenue
Greenburgh, NY 10607 Dear Supervisor Feiner:

Joseph J. Giulietti
President

I am writing in reply to your recent letters to MTA Chairman Thomas  Prendergast regarding accessibility at the Hartsdale Metro-North Station.  As we have discussed in the past, the Hartsdale Station meets all applicable requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in accordance with the ADA, Metro-North reviews all its projects to ensure continued compliance.  Last summer  in connection with a small project to perform repairs to the station building, Metro-North installed a new ADA accessible curb ramp and resurfaced a portion of the sidewalk adjacent to the south side of the station building.  This
improvement brought the station one step closer to potentially achieving full ADA accessibility in the future.

As you may know, the MTA Capital Program was recently approved and Metro-North’s portion of  the capital program is largely dedicated to State of Good Repair and Normal Replacement investments that are
important infrastructure and facility projects needed to maintain the system. As such, our program includes a project at several Harlem Line stations, including Hartsdale, to perform priority repair work, such as repairing deteriorated platform edges.  As we begin the design effort for this work, and any future project, we will evaluate needs and continue to ensure compliance with ADA requirements, as well as the accessibility requirements of the Building Code of New York State.

With regard to your specific request to install a lift or escalator, we do not believe these options are practical solutions to providing vertical access at Hartsdale.It has been our experience that lifts or escalators that are exposed to the elements and heavy use, would be prone to frequent breakdowns and
would not be feasible to maintain.  Thank you for your continued interest in this  matter.
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cc: Thomas  Prendergast, MTA Chairman & CEO
Evan Latainer, Director, Westchester  Office for the  Disabled

 

MTA Metro-North Railroad is an agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, State of New York Thomas F. Prendergast, MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

Just Eat It (2014): Documentary & Panel Presentation
View this fascinating documentary that dives into the issue of food waste from farm, through retails, all the way back to the back of their own fridges.  After viewing the documentary listen to a panel of local experts discuss practical ways and tips on reducing food waste.  No registration required.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT’S DECISION IN CITIZENS UNITED V. SCHNEIDERMAN.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District:

“Today’s decision is a victory for common sense oversight of New York’s vast nonprofit sector. New Yorkers deserve to know their donations are protected against fraud and abuse, and today the court protected that right by dismissing each and every one of Citizen United’s claims.”

The full opinion can be read here.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Linda Fang and Assistant Attorney General Eva L. Dietz, supervised by Deputy Bureau Chief Christine A. Ryan and Bureau Chief Lisa R. Dell, all of the New York City Litigation Bureau, which is overseen by Kent T. Stauffer, Executive Deputy Attorney General of the State Counsel Division.

FOR RELEASE:  IMMEDIATELY

MALONEY WAS 70 DAYS LATE ON HUDSON RIVER OIL BARGE PLAN.
June 30 deadline to request public hearing missed

The U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal to establish 10 new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River was first made public on June 9th but Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) never alerted his constituents of the controversial proposal and never publicly commented until 70 days later and several weeks after many other local elected officials had already done so, said Phil Oliva, the Republican candidate for the 18th Congressional District. Maloney’s inaction is not only weak and ineffective, said Oliva, it also has hampered the community’s ability to fight the plan, since a June 30th deadline to request a public hearing on the plan has since passed.  Residents can still comment on the Federal Register up until September 7th.

“This is a major federal proposal and our federal representative took 70 days to tell us that our river may be turning into a parking lot for 600-foot oil barges?” asked Oliva. “That’s unacceptable. The job of a U.S. Representative in congress is to fight for the district and region you represent, keep them informed, and also to protect them from an overreaching federal government. Sean Patrick Maloney’s failure to do so here has put us all at risk, because in accordance with the proposed rule, June 30th was the deadline to request a public hearing on the plan and that date has come and gone. Hopefully something can be done, but the fact is our congressman was caught sleeping and we’ve been put in a precarious predicament.”

Oliva said that as congressman he would assign someone on his staff to regularly monitor the Federal Register, the official journal of the federal government that contains government agency rules, proposed rules and public notices, and alert his constituents of any proposal of relative significance.  In addition, Oliva said he would establish working relationships with each agency and ask that he be given a heads up on any proposal that impacts the lower Hudson Valley region before it is proposed.  Oliva said agencies should be receptive to the idea since congress controls their budget.

Lastly, Oliva said he would vote for the REINS act that would require congressional approval before any executive branch rule or regulation with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more was enacted.  Maloney voted against the REINS act.

                                                                     August 29, 2016

The New York Times

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August 29, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Hillary Clinton, is separating from Anthony Weiner amid a renewed scandal over lewd texting

Monday, August 29, 2016 11:35 AM EDT

On Monday, Huma Abedin, the wife of the former Representative Anthony D. Weiner, announced that the couple were separating in the wake of a report that Mr. Weiner had been involved in another texting scandal. Mr. Weiner, who resigned in 2011 after it was revealed he had been sending lewd messages and photos to random women online, apparently deleted his Twitter account on Monday after The New York Post reported that he had exchanged sexual messages with an unidentified woman last year. Read more »

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Here are your top environmental stories for the week:

Going Green on a Budget Series – Reduce: Going green doesn’t mean you need to take out a second mortgage to afford to shrink your carbon footprint. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be going through low cost things you can do to lead a more sustainable lifestyle starting with tips to reduce your consumption. (NYLCVEF)

Shorter Waits and Fewer Delays Coming to the LIRR: We joined Governor Cuomo in Long Island last week to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the LIRR Third Track, which means trains can be run more frequently and can bypass trains that get stuck. In addition, the Governor announced full roll out of a mobile fare payment system for both Metro North and the LIRR. (NYLCV)

DEC to EPA: PCB Levels in the Hudson are Still Too High:The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to work with General Electric to continue remediating the Hudson River from PCB contamination after new studies showed unsafe levels despite cleanup efforts and a lack of a full recovery for fish populations. (NYLCV)

We’re holding our first NYLCVEF environmental candidate forum of the year this Thursday, September 1st in the 65th Assembly District, which covers the Financial District, Chinatown and the Lower East Side. All six candidates in the Democratic Primary are participating and we’re excited to have the following co-sponsors: Lower East Side Ecology Center, New Yorkers for Parks, Transportation Alternatives, Waterfront Alliance. RSVP here!

What we’re reading:

Student journalists found rampant violations of NYC’s idling law, meaning that cars are spewing harmful emissions and particulate matter into the air. In response, advocates have called for the NYPD to better enforce the three minute idling limit citywide. (Princeton Summer Review)

An offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island is the first in the United States, an important milestone in our transition to renewable energy and hopefully the first of many such projects. (The New York Times)

Council Member Reynoso penned an op-ed on the importance of a proposed plan to create commercial franchise zones for private waste carters will have for the environment and public health. (City Limits)

Legislator John Testa of Westchester is asking his colleagues to stand up to a Coast Guard plan to create anchorage sites for oil barges in the Hudson River. Advocates contend that the anchorages put the health of the precious natural area at risk of an oil spill. (Peekskill Patch)

A new report used benchmarking data from big buildings in NYC to determine that they have reduced their carbon emissions by 8% between 2010 and 2013. The current mandate for collection of this invaluable data only covers 15,000 buildings or less than 2% of the city’s total properties. (New York Daily News)

The DEC submitted proposals to bring back recreational ice fishing to Rushford Lake, in addition to other changes that will provide more opportunities to anglers based off the their two-year review cycle. (Buffalo News)

Despite rainfall being on par for August conditions, monitors show that there is a next-to-no change in drought conditions that have been in effect throughout the summer in most of the state.  (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Pesticide usage in Monroe County is raising alarms again, despite laws set in place that were supposed to drive down their consumption. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Part of West Hills County Park is now closed off and sealed as an active crime scene, with test result and investigations looking into illegal dumping, leading to environmental crime unit officers to look into where the materials came from.  Test results will yield contamination, and possible hazard levels. (Newsday)

To celebrate the 100th birthday of the U.S. National Parks System, WNYC made a dash around all of then, offering trivia and facts along the way. (WNYC)

Sincerely,

New York League of Conservation Voters

The Greenburgh Town Board will hold a special meeting this Tuesday at  10:30 AM. Two items on the agenda that might be of interest…

We’re awarding a bid to a contractor who will construct a new sidewalk on Fort Hill Road from Ardsley Road heading south towards Jackson Ave but stopping at Highpoint. Work will be completed this fall.  This is the first of three bids that the Town Board will be approving within the next few weeks dealing with sidewalks. Later this fall we anticipate building a sidewalk at Seely Place and on Sprain Road.  The Sprain Road sidewalk connects to the Ardsley Middle School. The Fort Hill sidewalk will enable children and parents to walk to the Greenville school and the Seely sidewalk will make it easier for children to walk to the Seely school.  These sidewalks are being funded from the capital budget.

Last year over 3 miles of new sidewalks around town were constructed. Most of the funding came from developers who were required to build the sidewalks near their new property.  This year we will also build more than 3 miles of sidewalks. We received a CDBG grant to build a sidewalk on Secor Road in Hartsdale earlier this year –that sidewalk will be built from the housing authority site to Saw Mill River Road.

The members of the Town Board are determined to make Greenburgh a more pedestrian friendly community.  It is going to take years to construct all the sidewalks we need. Next year we anticipate constructing a  new sidewalk on Juniper Hill connecting to the Lee Jackson school.  In early September Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins has arranged a walking tour of parts of Central Ave that have no sidewalks and are near residential neighborhoods  with the NYS Department of Transportation. Assemblyman Tom Abinanti also has expressed a desire to help. There is a need for sidewalks on Hillside,  Old Tarrytown Road, W Hartsdale Ave, from the Acme supermarket to the Health Center on Knollwood Road, the rest of Fort Hill Road, Old Colony Road, etc…..

The town will apply for federal/state funding to expedite the construction of the sidewalks that are needed.  We will appropriate funds in upcoming capital budgets for sidewalks. And, will continue to insist that sidewalks be built when new developments are constructed.   Sidewalks are needed. Sadly, there are more distracted drivers around and there are more cars on the road.

TOWN BOARD TO VOTE TO OPPOSE COMMERCIAL BARGES ANCHORAGE SITES

The Town Board will join other communities along the Hudson River opposing the  proposal to allow commercial barges to drop anchor along a 70 mile strip of the Hudson River. A resolution opposing the anchorage sites will be voted on Wednesday.

  We join Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and other river villages that have expressed  significant concerns about this proposal, under review by the Coast Guard. We worry that the anchorage sites will hurt our ability to revitalize waterfronts and that the proposal will have a negative impact on residential waterfront developments. We also worry about the potential for catastrophic environmental impacts of crude leaks onto the Hudson. And are distressed about the negative environmental impacts on the river that this proposal could have –which is cleaner now than it has been in decades.

Suzi McDonough On Illegal Immigration in New York

Mahopac (8/28/16) — Assembly Candidate Suzi McDonough (R-Mahopac) today issued the following statement and commercial concerning free college tuition, driver’s licenses and other taxpayer funded benefits for illegal aliens in New York State.

“The madness must stop and common sense must reign again! New York State is leading the nation in all the wrong categories, including the number of taxpayers and businesses that are voting with their feet and leaving the state all together. Small businesses throughout New York are already facing the nation’s worst taxes and overregulation.

People say that Immigration is a federal issue. But when you live in New York State and you have a Mayor granting ID’s and public benefits to illegal aliens at taxpayer expense, the issue hits home.

Immigration’s long term solution rests on the shoulders of the federal government, no doubt. But when you have a Governor and Attorney General and many in the legislature who support taxpayer funded college tuition for illegals and driver’s licences to boot, all at your expense, it is not enough to just sit back and wait for the federal government to act.

On this issue it is simple. Illegal immigration is illegal.

As your next State Assemblywoman I will not support, and I will fight against sanctuary cities and any and all funding for public benefits, college and driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.

The elected officials in Albany just don’t seem to get it. On Election Day when we walk through the doors and cast our collective votes for an elected official, we are giving them power. We are entrusting in them to do what is right and what is fair. The madness needs to stop.”

THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

August 22  to August 26, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Celebrating Pride Day At The New York State Fair

Attorney General Schneiderman attended the New York State Fair on Friday, delivering remarks at the Pride Day rainbow flag raising ceremony and the Fallen Officers’ Memorial. In light of the second annual Pride Day, the Attorney General announced his office’s new gender transition policy to ensure an inclusive and respectful workplace for transgender employees. Read the New York Daily News story here.

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Courtesy of the New York State Fair

Making Papa John’s Pay for Wage Violations

In a joint settlement with the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Labor, three Papa John’s franchise stores in New York City will pay $500,000 for violating minimum wage and overtime requirements. The settlement requires the owners to distribute restitution and damages to over 200 underpaid workers. Attorney General Schneiderman continues to call on corporate leaders in the fast food industry to step up and protect the state’s most vulnerable workers. Read the New York Daily News story here.

Ensuring Equal Insurance Coverage For Mental Health Conditions

HealthNow Inc. will reimburse insurance members that were wrongfully denied outpatient mental health treatment or nutritional counseling for patients with eating disorders.  The thousands of wrongful denials totaled in over $1.6 million worth of patient claims. Insurers have a legal obligation to provide the same level of care to patients being treated for behavioral health conditions as they do for patients with other ailments. Read the Times Union story here.

Friend,

I don’t just want my voice to be heard in Albany, I want YOUR voice to be heard!

I look forward to being your Assemblywoman, but I need your support!

Please consider making a donation today to help us reach our $10,000 goal by September 1st!

Sincerely,

Suzi McDonough

P.S. – I would be honored to have your support. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone 914-403-8463. Please visit my website: Suzi4ny.com.

Celebrating 100 years of national parks:

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service — and Americans are celebrating at parks around the country. Part of this celebration is thanking the men and women who conserve these natural and cultural places.

Here at the White House, we’re honoring a National Park Service that cares for a park a little closer to home — the White House grounds.

The National Park Service has been taking care of the White House grounds since the 1930s — all 18 acres of it — and many of these staff have served here for over 35 years.

Watch the National Park Service talk about what it’s like to work at the White House, and read their stories of service:

Don’t forget — national parks across America are free this weekend, so get outside and explore.

Happy 100th Anniversary, National Park Service!

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Bangladeshi police kill one of the “suspected masterminds” of the July terror attack in Dhaka after an hourlong battle, officials say.

The Town of Greenburgh Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to be participating in the   Annual Hudson River Valley  Ramble this Fall.  The Recreation Department will be offering  a Nature Walk at Hart’s Brook Park & Preserve on Saturday, September 10th,  at 10am.

This event is free, and can be enjoyed by all ages.  Participants will learn about the history of the Gaisman estate along with  beautiful barn and stables that have never housed a single animal! Department staff will guide the group  for a leisurely walk along the wooded trails. Families Welcome!

To make reservations please contact P.J. Murphy at (914) 693-8985 ext. 116, or email her at pmurphy@greenburghny.com.

The Greenburgh Guide to Programs, Activities and Services for Fall/Winter 2016-17 is available online at www.greenburghny.com.

Click here for a direct link to our guide.

Hard copies will be available at the following locations in about two weeks.

Town Hall
A.F. Veteran Park
Theodore D. Young Community Center
Greenburgh Public Library
Greenburgh Nature Center.

 

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Westchester Parks Win National and Local Awards
Astorino congratulates county parks department for their innovative efforts

Learn How to Age Successfully At The 17th Annual Senior Law Day: 9/27
County seniors have access to free workshops with the county’s leading legal, financial and geriatric care experts >>

Save the Date: Remember Those Who We Lost
Westchester County Commemorates the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 at the Rising at Kensico Dam, Valhalla

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A message from the Superintendent of Schools,  Dr. Kristopher Harrison

August 26, 2016

 

 

Dear Irvington Community Members,

 

It is with a heavy heart that I write to share the upsetting news of the tragic loss of a valued member of our student body, rising Irvington High School senior, Tyler Rosenberg.  We are heartbroken by this news, and the entire school community extends its heartfelt sympathy to Tyler’s family and friends.

 

Tyler will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His passion and wonderful spirit were enjoyed by all in our community.  Tyler’s talents were felt in the classroom, as well as on the baseball field, and his sense of humor warmed the hearts of so many.

 

The Irvington School District values each of our students as cherished members of our school family and recognizes them for the special gifts they possess. The District encourages parents to speak with their children, when appropriate, about this news. Resources to support you in these discussions have been posted to the district website. Any parent who has additional questions or concerns can contact the main office at their child’s school for assistance.

 

We recognize that a sudden loss like this can have a profound effect on the entire school community, and our district will provide counseling services for any students, staff and community members on an ongoing basis. Our counselors will be available at the MS/HS Campus at the following times:

Friday, August 26th 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Campus Library
Saturday, August 27th 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Campus Library
Monday, August 29th 9:00 am-12:00 pm Campus Library

In Irvington, our strength is in our community.  We will come together as a family to offer support through this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Kristopher Harrison, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

Irvington Union Free School District, 40 North Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533

MAYOR THOMAS DELIVERS FISCAL TRANSPARENCY

Data on Budgets from Years 2012-2015 Released

 

(Friday, August 26, 2016) –  Today, Mayor Richard Thomas released data culled from the past four fiscal years detailing how the City of Mount Vernon routinely underbudgets in critical areas and then overspends.

 

Historical data released includes:

 

  • The cost to maintain city-owned properties in Mount Vernon has been hundreds of thousands of dollars over than what was originally budgeted. Mayor Thomas is committed to tearing down zombie and other abandoned structures that destroy the property values and spare the taxpayer the cost of maintaining many of these properties. *

  • Snow removal has also been consistently under budgeted and matched by disinvestment in Department of Public Works equipment. Mayor Thomas’ groundbreaking collaboration with the School District and the State of New York to remove snow, saving taxpayers’ money, is an example of leveraging existing resources while improving core services.

  • Sanitation costs are chronically over budget costing homeowners hundreds of thousands every year. Mayor Thomas is taking steps to enforce City Charter rules requiring commercial waste to pay their fair freight to the city. This is accountability in action.

  • Mount Vernon has been paying approximately $200,000 a year over budget for its electricity. Seniors and many others on a fixed income understand that rising electric costs carry a huge impact on monthly expenses. Mayor Thomas saw immediate savings by canceling a secret arrangement the city had with a very expensive third-party electric supplier. In fact, prior to the move, electric rates averaged three times the price charged by municipal providers.

 

Mayor Richard Thomas said, “These facts and figures have been available for years but have been hidden from the taxpayer. My administration is committed to bringing transparency and accountability to City Hall. Residents are now able to see which cost centers are out of control (and have been for years) and measure what we are doing to end wasteful spending.”

 

“The 2017 budget that I will submit will recognize these concerns and prioritize investment in strategic areas so costs do not run amuck. For example, police and fire overtime has never been truthfully acknowledged until it is too late. I will put forth a budget to hire more police and fire personnel leading to a safer, more cost-effective Mount Vernon. We will invest in equipment for our Department of Public Works, so both our workers and homeowners are proud of a cleaner Mount Vernon. We will continue to pressure the City Council and Comptroller to authorize funding to perform federally mandated repairs on our sewer infrastructure. By doing so, we can avoid paying huge penalties and fines that will double original cost estimates and exact crushing tax hikes.”

 

DOWNLOAD THE 27 PAGE BUDGET FACTSHEET HERE: http://bit.ly/2bUYfAE

 

*  Mayor Thomas has recommended to the Real Estate Committee an innovative housing policy to strengthen the middle class, targeting millennials and multi-generation households, by incentivizing homeownership to create generational wealth. Policy details are available upon request.

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Can you believe it?! Just six weeks until October 2nd when we embark with allies and friends on our’Ed Walk for CFE’! We are ready to demand that the New York State (NYS) legislature finally fully funds our public schools.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) court case that decided that NYS was violating the constitutional right of our children to access a “sound basic education” by underfunding Black, Latino, and low-income districts and ordered the state to provide $5.5billion of new classroom operating aid called Foundation Aid. The state has yet to fully meet this court order.

Do you agree that the TIME IS NOW, for equitable funding of our public schools? Then walk with us to demand NYS finally fulfill the promise of CFE!

We’ve created a Facebook event page, sign up! Join in the conversation and share widely with your friends.

Stay tuned for the launch of our website for access to more information and find out when we will be stopping in a town near you!

For now, fill out our commitment form to let us know how you’d like to participate and contact walk@aqeny.org for any questions or concerns!

In solidarity,

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The Alliance for Quality Education  I  94 Central Ave., Albany, NY  I  (518) 432-5315  I  http://www.aqeny.org  I  @AQE_NYA.G. SCHNEIDERMAN’S SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS UNIT ANNOUNCES DETAILED REPORT AND FINDINGS OF INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF JOSEPH SEGUIN IN CARMEL.NEW YORK –Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released a detailed report from his Special Investigations and Prosecution Unit regarding the death of Carmel resident Joseph Seguin following a November 2015 interaction with members of the Carmel Police Department. The investigation, led by Chief of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit Alvin Bragg, found no criminal culpability in the death of Mr. Seguin.Evidence uncovered during the investigation showed that the use of force by Carmel Police officers against Joseph Seguin on November 30, 2015, was justified under New York Penal Law, due to Seguin’s repeated, and at times violent, resistance to arrest by officers attempting to arrest Seguin shortly after he physically attacked a woman on the premises.According to the report, officers responded to a residence shortly after 1:34 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about a woman being assaulted. Officers arrived to find Seguin assaulting a woman in his bedroom.According to several civilian witnesses and police accounts, when police arrived Seguin violently resisted arrest, kicking and punching officers, and grabbing a dog cage that contained a pit bull. When officers were finally able to free Seguin’s hands from the dog cage, he locked his hands beneath his body to prevent officers from applying handcuffs.  In their attempt to effectuate an arrest, officers deployed a Taser dart into Seguin’s abdomen; Seguin died shortly thereafter. According to an autopsy, microscopy, and toxicology conducted by the Putnam County Medical Examiner, Mr. Seguin’s cause of death was “cardiac arrest during [an] excited state, while under the influence of phencyclidine [PCP], after being Tasered and handcuffed.”As part of the investigation, investigators reviewed autopsy, microscopy, and toxicology records from the Putnam County Coroner / Medical Examiner; interviewed civilian witnesses who saw or heard various parts of the incident; interviewed Carmel Police Department officers and Emergency Medical Technicians wh0 responded to the scene; and reviewed 911 dispatch recordings, video captured by one civilian witness, and video and audio captured by a Taser used during the incident.“The death of Mr. Seguin is a tragedy, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Our exhaustive review of this case has concluded that Carmel police were justified in their use of force, including their use of a Taser, in their effort to arrest Mr. Seguin. My office remains committed to a thorough and transparent accounting of any case that falls under the Executive Order.”The report was produced as part of Schneiderman’s role as the state’s special prosecutor. In July 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed the Attorney General to that role to oversee investigations into incidents where unarmed civilians die during interactions with police or in incidents where there is significant question as to whether the civilian was armed.The investigation, as detailed in the report, describes the following timeline of events:

  • In the early hours of November 30, 2015, three Carmel police officers responded to a 911 call at Seguin’s home. When they arrived, they found him assaulting a woman. After Seguin ignored their demands to release the woman, officers pulled Seguin away from her.
  • As observed by several civilian witnesses, Seguin then violently resisted arrest. He kicked and punched officers and grabbed a dog cage containing a pit bull. When officers were able to free Seguin’s hands from the dog cage, he locked his hands beneath his body so that the officers could not handcuff him and continued to struggle with the officers.
  • An officer warned Seguin that he was going to be Tasered and then tried to deploy his Taser in “drive-stun” mode (by pressing the instrument directly against Seguin’s skin), but it malfunctioned and had no effect.
  • Officers continued to struggle with Seguin and again advised him that he would be Tasered if he did not stop resisting arrest. One officer used a pain compliance technique whereby he pinched the skin on the back of Seguin’s arm.  After that technique did not work, another officer Tasered Seguin in his lower waist/back area; although the Taser functioned properly, Seguin continued to fight with the officers. 
  • Finally, an officer used a Taser in dart-probe mode (i.e., rather than just pressing it into Seguin, the Taser released darts designed to cause temporary neuromuscular incapacitation into Seguin’s side-abdomen). The device was activated eight times over the course of 91 seconds before the officers were able to handcuff Seguin.  Shortly thereafter, Seguin lost consciousness, stopped breathing, and died. 
  • The coroner found that the cause of death was “cardiac arrest during [an] excited state, while under the influence of phencyclidine [PCP], after being Tasered and handcuffed.”

The report also recommends that the Carmel Police Department reevaluate its policy regarding the use Tasers in light of this incident, specifically:

  • Courts generally deem Taser use as non-lethal force, but there are limited scientific studies about the effect of Tasers on people under the influence of drugs; therefore police agencies should be mindful of possible concerns and take these concerns into account when developing use-of-force policies.
  • Officers should be made aware that certain vulnerable populations, including those under the influence of drugs, may be at heightened risk of serious injury or death when subjected to a taser.
  • The CPD in particular should consider developing policies specifically addressing Taser use on individuals suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES DURING PRIDE DAY AT NEW YORK STATE FAIR A NEW OFFICE POLICY SUPPORTING EMPLOYEES UNDERGOING GENDER TRANSITION.

New Policy Aims To Ensure Inclusive, Respectful Workplace And Establishes Clear Guidelines For Supervisors And Other Staff.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today attended Pride Day at the New York State Fair in Syracuse and announced that his office (OAG) has adopted policies supporting the right of employees to undergo a gender transition. The new policy, announced during the fair’s rainbow flag raising ceremony, explicitly affirms the right of employees to openly be who they are, including expressing gender identity, without fear of consequences. Employees are encouraged under the policy to work with a trusted supervisor, coworker, or Human Resources official to develop a Workplace Transition Plan. The policy requires supervisors, management, and coworkers to follow nondiscriminatory policies that support the transitioning individual, including through:

  • Appearance Standards;
  • Restroom Access;
  • Pronoun And Name Changes;
  • Name Changes On Professional Licenses And Registrations; and
  • Rights To Privacy.

“Attracting and retaining top talent starts with creating a workplace that is inclusive and respectful,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This new policy affirms the basic rights and dignity of all of our office’s employees and will ensure a hospitable environment for our team of outstanding public servants.”

“It is great to see such leadership from state officials taking steps to make the workplace more inclusive and welcoming to transgender employees,” said M. Dru Levasseur, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at Lambda Legal. “These policies not only clarify existing legal protections, but also set a standard of respect and provide a model for the rest of the country.”

“This new policy is a clear and welcome plan helping ensure transgender state employees are able to work – and transition on the job – without fear of discrimination,” said JoDee Winterhof, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “All New Yorkers, regardless of their gender identity, deserve to be able to live as their authentic selves and be treated respectfully in the workplace as they do so.  Now thanks to the leadership of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, his transgender employees have the peace of mind they need and deserve.”

Under the office policy, an employee may develop a Workplace Transition Plan that includes the following considerations:

  • Identifying various stakeholders (e.g., supervisors, co-workers, clients, vendors, etc.) – who are all the people in the OAG you may need to engage at some point during the transition.
  • A communication plan: when and how to inform the various stakeholders of your transition or intent to transition (e.g., a letter, a face-to-face meeting, individual discussions, your supervisor/HR explaining).
  • The date on which you want to begin your transition at work.  This is likely the point at which you will begin to present consistently with your gender identity, which may include change of name, pronouns, dress, grooming, and restroom use.
  • The date on which OAG materials will be changed to reflect your transition (e.g., OAG directory, website, ID badge, email address, telephone listing, payroll information, etc.).
  • The date on which your legal name change (if any) will take effect.
  • Changes to external professional information (e.g., Lexis ID, bar and court registrations, ECF logins, bar association information, etc.).
  • Any anticipated time off or leave required for medical treatment. Remember that the OAG’s normal sick pay and leave policies will apply.
  • Identifying OAG benefits that are available to support the transition and affected by the transition.
  • Are there any specific issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later?
  • Confirm who will be the OAG’s main point of contact (you or someone else from your Support Team) to manage the OAG’s involvement during the transition.

All employees remain subject to the Office of the Attorney General’s pre-existing Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy. In addition to prohibiting various forms of work place discrimination, the policy also allows a transgender employee, regardless of whether or not they plan to medically or legally transition, to dress consistently with his or her gender identity. Any complaints or concerns raised by transitioning individuals or his/her co-workers will be handled consistent with the policy. The New York Attorney General’s Office relied on best practices from the transgender advocacy community in developing the policies issued today.

The full policy is available here.

FOR RELEASE:  IMMEDIATELY

 

OLIVA SAYS MALONEY DERELICT IN HIS DUTY ON OIL BARGE FIGHT

Phil Oliva, the Republican candidate for the 18th Congressional District, today criticized Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney ((D-Cold Spring) as “derelict in his duty” over the federal proposal to designate 10 points along the Hudson river where 600-foot oil barges can anchor.

Oliva, who opposes the federal proposal, said Maloney was slow to respond and didn’t do the “fundamental thing” he is elected to do.

“I saw Sean having a press conference with locals and I asked myself ‘where were you when this plan was being hatched?’  Isn’t this what you were sent down to Washington for?  This is a federal proposal and you are our federal representative. You’re just learning about this now when the cake is baked? Where were you?” said Oliva.

Cornwall on Hudson Mayor Brendan Coyne, with Maloney standing right behind him, said at a recent press conference, “We’re very upset that the folks that decided that this should happen weren’t even in touch with me or many others who are along the river.”

Oliva said the episode proves that either Maloney is simply too weak and ineffective in his job with “no juice” or that he is too busy campaigning around the country for Hillary Clinton and playing political “GAMES” to notice new federal proposals that will negatively impact our local region until he reads about it in the paper.

“The job of a U.S. Representative in congress is to fight for the district and region you represent and also to protect them from an overreaching federal government.  I’ll never abandon those responsibilities when I’m in congress,” said Oliva.  “Sean Patrick Maloney’s priorities, it seems, are campaigning for Hillary Clinton and photo ops.”

Critics of the plan say that it would turn the river into a parking lot for oil barges with the potential to negatively affect quality of life, recreation and water quality.

You’ve seen her, met her, spoke to her and promised your support. 

Suzi McDonough is running for Assembly on September 13th, 2016! You have received mail, you have spoken to her and she will not let you down. Suzi will be the first woman in the history of our district. The seat has been held by a male since the beginning. Suzi is running a “grassroots” campaign and although she is a Roman Catholic, a right to life and conservative Republican, she believes in humanity and equality for all.

Suzi is a widowed mother of 5 children. These amazing children lost their Dad at such a young age and Suzi put them all through college, worked for the Senate, became a Town Councilwoman and is now climbing the ladder to represent us in Albany. She has all the experience and the guts to speak her voice and ours as well.

Suzi is not a politician. She runs on the “FOR THE PEOPLE” line if there was such a line. Suzi also founded the Jimmy McDonough Foundation. The organization helps cancer patients and their families financially. They never stop giving and she wouldn’t stop now. The late great Jimmy McDonough was taken from us at the age of 43. I am sure he is gleaming down at his wife and mother of his 5 children with pride. She has accomplished so much in her lifetime and she will not stop!

We have formed a group. WOMEN FOR SUZI. Please ask us about it or feel free to stop by anytime to Suzi’s campaign office on Church Street in Carmel. We have yard signs, phone banks, letters and food! Yes she feeds you! We would love for you to get involved in this important race.

Please help Suzi get elected and make her the first woman to hold this seat. When she wins, YOU win! Suzi does not hit brick walls… just a few speed bumps. She is known to accelerate on those bumps and take it full force. She doesn’t care if there is damage to her tires. She gets them fixed. Thank you all from the Team Suzi Committee and from the bottom our hearts we will not let you down.

Let’s make history in our own district and take this grassroots campaign straight to Albany. SEPTEMBER 13th…. Suzi For Assembly! Spread the good word!

Sincerely,

Antoinette De Bellis
Mahopac, NY

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French mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, the French Council of State ruled, suspending the bans already in place in a number of French cities and towns.

Arguments in court this week focused on the southern town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice. But the state council’s ruling could set a precedent across the country. So far, 15 French towns banned the full-length swimsuit, which covers the whole body except for the face, hands and feet.

Officials say the ban on the burkini — worn mostly by Muslim women — is a response to growing terror concerns. Human rights activists argue that banning the burkini is illegal, and that pushes to outlaw the garment are Islamophobic.

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen says the case for an interest rate hike has “strengthened in recent months.”On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, the Rev. Canon Cecil Alvin Scantlebury passed away. Rev. Scantlebury was a giant in the town of Greenburgh for many years.  He is best remembered for his 34 years of ministry as priest for St. Francis & St. Martha’s Church in White Plains.  Rev. Scantlebury was very active in our community. He spoke out on issues of importance and really cared about the less fortunate. He not only preached religion but practiced what he preached by helping the homeless, the poor, the less fortunate in society. He left the world a much better place and touched the lives of hundreds of Greenburgh and Westchester residents – for the better.  And, he inspired many others to also do good for the less fortunate.  A very nice, kind and intelligent man – he will be missed. But – he will continue to inspire.  At our next Town Board meeting we will begin the meeting with a moment of silence in honor and in memory of Rev. Scantlebury.

 

Requiem Eucharist       Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m.   St. Francis & St. Martha’s Church

 

Born and raised in Barbados, Cecil received his education for the priesthood at Codrington College, becoming, at the age of 23, the youngest graduate of this oldest seminary in the Western Hemisphere. Upon his ordination as priest in 1955, he went to Guyana, South America, to serve as Curate of St. Philip’s Church in Georgetown, the capital. He spent six years in Guyana, ministering in various churches and showing an early gift for community involvement, including conducting a monthly radio broadcast for the Christian Social Council of Guyana.

 

As his ministry in Guyana was concluding, he married his wife Betty, whom he had first met at a church service in Barbados when he was a seminarian. Together, they came, in 1961, to the United States and our diocese. Cecil first served as Curate of St. Andrew’s in the Bronx. During his ministry there, he became a member of the diocese’s Christian Education Committee and also directed a summer day camp for the City of New York.

 

In 1969, Cecil began his life’s work as priest for St. Francis and St. Martha’s, first as Vicar, and then in 1977, when the church achieved parish status, as Rector. During his long tenure, Cecil flourished as a church and a community leader and became known for his commitment to addressing social issues, both as an advocate and by developing effective social services for the poor, the homeless, and victims of injustice. For over 30 years, he served as President of the Board of the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, a model organization that offers after school programs, foster grandparents, drug rehabilitation, support for veterans, and more. He was also instrumental in bringing Habitat for Humanity to Westchester County. Often, his advocacy bent towards education. In 1984, Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Cecil to the New York State Human Rights Advisory Council, and he served as Chair of its education committee. As a leader for the diocese’s Black Caucus, and as a member of the Union of Black Episcopalians, Cecil authored the resolution calling for mandatory anti-racism training for diocesan clergy and lay leaders. As he had been in Guyana, Cecil also was an effective media commentator, including television appearances, and he was a popular community speaker. He was the key speaker, in 1998, for the first interfaith Holocaust memorial service in White Plains. In 2003, he was selected to join the late Ossie Davis in speaking at a protest rally there against the Iraq War.

 

to education, he pursued his own, including a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the City University of New York and certification as a counselor through the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health. He enjoyed caning chairs. He was a gifted musician, playing piano and organ and composing. At his funeral, we will sing one of his hymns, Walking in the Light.

 

Throughout his ministry, Cecil received numerous awards and honors from church and community groups, organizations supporting African Americans, including the NAACP, for which he served on the executive board for many years, and local governments. Upon his retirement, he received the Medal of Westchester County. For his contributions to the common life and mission of  the  diocese, including as a member of Diocesan Council, Bishop Mark Sisk, in 2003, made Cecil an honorary canon.

PAUL FEINER

Friend,

I sent an email yesterday asking for your help raising $10,000 by September 1st!

The Primary date is on September 13th and we need help with purchasing yard signs, mailers, stamps, envelopes, mailing labels and more!

I am looking forward to being our voice in Albany. However, I can’t do it without your support!

Please consider donating today!

Your friend,

Suzi McDonough

P.S. – Join my effort and sign this petition to stop Welfare for Politicians! The 47% pay increase will take effect January 2017. The salary commission is scheduled to meet again on September 13th. You MUST make your voice heard immediately!

If there’s one thing I’ve found that voters agree on, it’s that they are sick and tired of the political games and stunts coming from Washington.

"Games"
Check out my new ad, “Games”
Whether it’s his “tracker”stalking my family, missing a 9/11 Memorial vote to campaign in New Hampshire for Hillary or sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives in protest, Sean Patrick Maloney is part of the problem in Washington – plain and simple.

It can continue or it can stop.

Tired of the political games and nonsense? Tired of out-of-touch Washington politicians screwing around and ignoring our country’s problems?

Then please chip in $25, $50, $100 or $250 today and help me put a stop to it and get our country back on the right track. 

Thank you.
Phil Oliva
Candidate for U.S. Congress

Friend,

We will be hosting the first volunteer planning meeting for the Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, August 29th at 6PM. The meeting will be hosted at my office, which is located at: 2 Church Street, Carmel, NY 10512.

The 6th Annual Veteran’s Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 19th at the Putnam County Golf Course. It is one of my favorite times of the year that I, along with hundreds of volunteers get to welcome, salute, honor, respect and THANK our Veterans.  I am proud to team up with the New York Purple Heart Homes Downstate Chapter to host this Veteran’s Thanksgiving Dinner again this year.

While we have assembled a wonderful team to help organize this dinner, this is truly a community event and we will once again heavily rely on the generosity of community members and our small businesses. This is not done at taxpayer expense, but entirely by the community coming together.

To learn more about this wonderful event, please visit my website by clicking here!

Thank you,

Suzi McDonough

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(Tarrytown, NY – August 24, 2016) – Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke as a panelist at the Liberty Empowerment Session hosted by the Garden of Dreams Foundation and the New York Liberty Women’s Basketball Team at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown last night.

 

The Liberty Empowerment Session is a confidence-building workshop devised to empower young girls and instill in them a strong sense of self esteem. One hundred girls from the Children’s Aid Society, WHEDco, the Police Athletic League, and SCO Family of Services joined in a discussion with a panel of four speakers: former WNBA star Teresa Weatherspoon, news anchor Rebecca Harlow, dancer and model Damaris Lewis, and Senator Stewart-Cousins.

 

Panelists provided the girls with brief accounts of their lives and discussed the biggest obstacles they had faced on the road to success. Moderator Kym Hampton, a former WNBA player, asked Senator Stewart-Cousins about the meaning of serving as a leader and a woman in government.

 

“As the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York State, I’m proud to say that I’ve had a hand in smashing this political glass ceiling,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “Government works best when it represents the needs and composition of the people it serves.   Women make up almost fifty-two percent of the population, but only twenty-one percent of the state legislature is female. My hope is that my role in the Senate paves the way for women leaders in the future.  We have a lot to bring to the table and we deserve to have a seat at it.”

 

After the discussion, the girls broke into smaller groups to participate in a basketball clinic during which they moved between stations designed to teach them particular skills, including passing, shooting, dribbling, ball-handling, strength and conditioning, and rebounding. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined the other panelists in offering words of encouragement to the girls as they honed their skills on the court.

 

“If you have a passion, you should chase after it with everything you’ve got,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “Train, educate yourself, and practice as much as you can. You can overcome any hardship life throws at you with enough preparation and conviction.”

 

The Garden of Dreams Foundation works with the Madison Square Garden Company to help and inspire children who face difficult obstacles in their lives via community programs, direct support, and financial assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org/

Follow Senator Stewart-Cousins on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AndreaSCousins Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrea.stewartcousins/ Connect with Senator StewartCousins: http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/andrea-stewart-cousins Email: scousins@nysenate.gov

Mayor Thomas Praises Michael Anthony Jewelers for their Record-Breaking 24-Year Run on the Home Shopping Network.

(Wednesday, August 24th, 2016) Mayor Richard Thomas is proud and delighted to recognize Mount Vernon’s Michael Anthony Jewelers, Inc. (“Michael Anthony”) for its record-breaking 24-year run on the Home Shopping Network (“HSN”).

Headquartered in Mount Vernon’s vibrant manufacturing corridor along MacQuesten Parkway, Michael Anthony was founded by brothers Michael and Anthony Paolercio.  The brothers started small and built the company from the ground up. With the exception of The Simpsons, Michael Anthony Jewelers has been selling on HSN longer than any other television show ever made.

 

Mayor Richard Thomas said, “Michael Anthony Jewelers, Inc. is a Mount Vernon success story and exemplifies the hard-working, creative culture of Mount Vernon. The Paolercio brothers are true leaders and an inspiration to the entire business community. I applaud the Paolercio family and the entire Michael Anthony workforce for their extensive contributions to the Mount Vernon economy and the beauty they bring to people around the world every single day. Here’s to 24 more years and beyond.”

 

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Hello Friend,

The campaign is now in full swing!

Last week my opponent, handpicked by Albany insiders and the local political bosses, decided to attack me personally.

I simply will not stoop to that level. I promised a positive, conservative, issues oriented campaign. Win or lose, that is the campaign I have run and will continue to run.

We are busy making calls, going door-to-door, sending out mail and hosting events all throughout the 94th Assembly District!

I am setting an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 by September 1st! This will help with the following:

  • Purchase yard signs
  • Purchase mailers
  • Purchase stamps
  • Purchase envelopes
  • Purchase mailing labels
  • Purchase office supplies
  • Making copies
  • And more!

Whatever amount you’re able to contribute to my campaign would be truly appreciated.

I would be honored to have your support. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone 914-403-8463. Please visit my website: Suzi4ny.com.

Thank you so very much. I look forward to hearing from you soon and thank you in advance for your donation.

Your friend,

Suzi McDonough
Candidate, NY State Assembly
Friends of Suzi: 65 Anton Drive, Carmel, NY 10512

August 24, 2016

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The Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:28 PM EDT

Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict, the two sides announced Wednesday, paving the way for an end to the longest running war in the Americas. For four years, the Colombian government and the rebels have been locked in negotiations to end the conflict. Time and again, they have emerged from the negotiating table to assure a weary public that another impasse had been eliminated, another hurdle cleared. This time, the two sides declared that a final deal had been clinched. The agreement effectively marks the end of the last major guerrilla struggle in Latin America. Read more »

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck and neck in the battleground state of North Carolina, and Trump holds a 5-point lead in traditionally GOP-tilting Arizona, CNN/ORC polls show.

North Carolina is solidifying its position as a perennial presidential election battleground. It could be critical to Trump’s campaign, given recent polling that suggests Clinton holds a wide lead in neighboring Virginia and in Pennsylvania.

The death toll from an earthquake in central Italy has risen to at least 120, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said, according to national news agency ANSA.

The shallow, 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated towns early Wednesday, placing rescuers in a desperate race against time to pull survivors from the rubble.

More than 1,000 people were displaced by the quake, the civil protection agency said.

A rocky planet found orbiting the star closest to Earth’s sun is the nearest exoplanet that might have water and support life, researchers said.

The discovery of the planet, Proxima b, has been years in the making. It is within the habitable zone of its star, Proxima Centauri, meaning liquid water could exist on the surface.

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August 24, 2016

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Another Earth could be circling the star right next door to us, scientists say. It’s close enough we might even someday go there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:43 PM EDT

Astronomers announced on Wednesday that they had detected a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest neighbor to our solar system. Intriguingly, the planet is in the star’s “Goldilocks zone,” where it may not be too hot nor too cold. That means liquid water could exist at the surface, raising the possibility for life. Although observations in recent years, particularly by NASA’s Kepler planet-finding mission, have uncovered a bounty of Earth-size worlds throughout the galaxy, this one holds particular promise because it might someday, decades from now, be possible to reach. It’s 4.2 light-years, or 25 trillion miles, away from Earth, which is extremely close in cosmic terms. Read more »

A blast and gunshots were heard at the American University of Afghanistan complex in Kabul, according to witnesses.

At least five people were injured, according to a hospital’s tweet.

Fires were burning on campus, said Tarek Mahjari, a reporter for Tolo News.

Ambulances, security forces and search and rescue teams were sent to the university.

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON ARMOR HEALTH SERVICES WITHDRAWAL FROM NASSAU COUNTY JAILS.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement in response to Armor Correctional Health Services’ decision to not renew its contract with Nassau County jails:

“This is an important and positive step forward for Nassau County taxpayers, who have been forced to foot the bill for a company that has failed to live up to its obligations and put patient health at risk in the process. Armor’s history of poor and inadequate healthcare is exactly why my office filed suit against the company last month, and is why we sought an end to Armor’s contract as part of our lawsuit. While I am pleased by today’s news, the company’s withdrawal from Nassau County does not erase Armor’s history of failure, and our claims against the company on behalf of the people of New York will continue moving forward.”

The death toll from the 6.2-magnitude earthquake in central Italy has risen to 37, Italy’s Civil Protection Department says.Death toll rises to 14 after strong quake hits central Italy, CNN affiliate reports. “The town is no more,” Amatrice mayor says.At least two people were killed when a 6.2-magnitude quake hit central Italy early Wednesday, according to CNN affiliate RAI.August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

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Strong earthquakes in central Italy have caused extensive damage. “Half the town no longer exists,” the mayor of Amatrice said.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:10 AM EDT

Strong earthquakes struck central Italy early Wednesday, causing substantial damage and tremors that awakened sleeping residents in Rome nearly 100 miles away. The first, 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck at 3:36 a.m. near the town of Accumuli. Severe damage was reported in the town of Amatrice, where Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said “half the town no longer exists.” Read more »

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Norcia, Italy, according to the United States Geological Survey. Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter.

The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies.

Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said.

The FBI declined to comment and a spokesperson for The New York Times would not confirm the attacks or the investigation.

A DC-based Super PAC just announced the “first wave” of spending against our campaign, with $300,000 in ads planned so far.Here’s where it gets interesting.

The Super PAC’s biggest funder is Paul Singer, the hedge fund billionaire I challenged to debate me last week. He contributed $1 million to this Super PAC in June. And in March, the oil company Chevron also donated $1 million to this same Super PAC.

We’re now going to have multiple Super PACs funded by hedge fund billionaires and oil companies spending in our campaign because of the tremendous momentum and movement we’re building together.

Big corporations and special interests are trying to buy this election. It’s up to us to stop them.

Stand up to this Super PAC by making a $3 contribution to our campaign. Together we can show that our grassroots movement is stronger than any Super PAC.

What this comes down to is pretty simple. We’re running a very different kind of campaign, one that is built with the support of tens of thousands of people contributing about $19 a piece.

We’re a threat to powerful special interests. That’s why hedge fund billionaires and oil companies are trying to defeat us.

Our opponent is going to rely on Super PACs like these to win. In his last federal fundraising report, he reported just 187 contributions. So it was only a matter of time before the first Super PAC started spending against us if they want to win.

We’re stronger than any hedge fund billionaire or oil company. Our grassroots movement, powered by $19 contributions, can win this election.

I need to know with you’re with me in this first big test against a Super PAC. Please rush a $3 contribution to our campaign now.

Thank you for helping build our movement in this critical moment.

Best,

Zephyr

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Friend,

There is nothing more important than the protection of innocent human life. I am solidly Pro-Life and I will proudly champion the cause as a legislator and as a proud mother.

Our society has come so far, doctors are performing life saving surgeries on the babies still growing in their mothers’ wombs. These are babies, not balls of cells, and we need to continue to strive and protect them.

My greatest blessing in life has been to raise five beautiful children. In Albany I would work to ensure that all life is protected and considered precious.

Life is precious, protecting innocent life is not simply a religious belief. We must work as a community to preserve and protect life, while making life an easier choice for those facing difficult circumstance.

I have worked with many women facing an unexpected pregnancy and have listened to both their fears and their joy. In those discussions I always spoke about the baby that they were now carrying.

Sincerely,

Suzi McDonough

P.S. Don’t forget the Republican Primary will be hosted on Tuesday, September 13th! To learn more about my campaign, please visit my website: http://www.suzi4ny.com.

CITY OF YONKERS TO DEDICATE CITY HALL’S UNITY FOUNTAIN.

Mayor Mike Spano, along with other local officials, will officially dedicate the Yonkers City Hall Fountain as the Unity Fountain at an outdoor dedication ceremony at Yonkers City Hall, 40 S. Broadway, on Tuesday, August 23, at 7:00 pm.

 

The Unity Fountain at Yonkers City Hall will forever represent all genders, races, ethnic backgrounds and religions coming together and celebrating diversity as the City’s greatest strength.

The New York Times just published an important story about my office’s investigation of Exxon for potential fraud and the phony, discredited attacks launched against me by Republicans in Washington and the fossil fuel industry’s well-oiled PR machine.Please check out the story and sign our new petition to show House Republicans we won’t back down.

Sincerely,

Eric

FOR RELEASE:  IMMEDIATELY

OLYMPIC GAMES OVER… POLITICAL GAMES CONTINUE.
Maloney criticized for political stunts, tactics in unflattering new web ad

Phil Oliva, the Republican candidate for the 18th Congressional District today released a web ad entitled “Games” that “lowlights” several examples of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s (D-Cold Spring) unseemly political behavior in 2016.

“If there’s one thing I’ve found that voters agree on, it’s that they are sick and tired of the political games and stunts coming from Washington, and unfortunately our congressman regularly engages in this nonsense time and time again. We deserve better,” said Oliva.

The ad (watch HERE) “lowlights” the following:

Stalker.  A video “tracker” working for Maloney was fired on June 17th after being caught stalking Oliva’s wife online and visiting the Oliva home and staring into the kitchen window. (source)

Snowball Fight.  Maloney missed a vote on Feb. 9th to designate the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero a national memorial.  He missed the vote to campaign in New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton, and got into a snowball fight at the same time the 9/11 Memorial vote was occurring. (source) (source) (source)

Sit-In.  On June 22nd, Maloney staged a “sit-in” protest on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand more gun control laws.  Maloney called the stunt “the best day I’ve had in congress.” (source)

Oliva says he would eschew the political games as congressman and focus on getting results for the residents of the 18th district, and getting America back on the right track.

Watch:  “GAMES”

While most of us were focused on the New York presidential primary on April 19th, something else really important happened: Todd Kaminsky was elected to the State Senate. The voters decided to replace a climate denier with a true environmental champion, someone who has already delivered for our priorities both on Long Island and in Albany, earning respect from both sides of the aisle along the way.

We endorsed Todd the first time he ran for the Assembly and we stood beside him once again in April, endorsing him in the special election and helping him cruise to victory in a hard-fought race. Now he needs to win again in the general election, and we’ll be there with him, just like we’ll be defending all of our allies in the legislature. We can’t do this important work without our members. To be in the best position to win races across the state this fall, we need 1,000 new members by August 31st.  Renew your membership today to send an environmental majority to Albany this fall! >>

Delfim, electing Todd Kaminsky was a great achievement but we need more people like him carrying our banner in Albany. We came up just short this past session in our effort to protect our waterways by banning triclosan and on a comprehensive bill to address climate change. If we had environmental majorities in both houses, it might have been different. That’s why we screened over 200 candidates from all over New York and endorsed 110 candidates. Starting on September 1st, we’ll be organizing fundraisers and press conferences, gathering volunteers to phone bank and canvass, and launching our largest Get out the Vote effort ever.

Help us reach our goal by becoming an NYLCV member today. More members means more canvassing, more phone banking, and more voter registration for elections this fall. More members means more action, innovation and a louder voice across New York. More members means environmental champions at every level of government in the state. This is an unpredictable election cycle and we’re not taking anything for granted. No matter what happens at the top of the ticket, we’re confident that with help from our NYLCV members, we will elect strong leaders who will continue to protect New Yorkers and our environment.

Renew your membership today to elect environmental majorities and keep New York at the forefront of the environmental movement. >>

Thanks for your support,

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New York League of Conservation Voters

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Russia will not compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after losing an appeal against a ban imposed for state-sponsored doping.

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Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 p.m.

Root to Stalk: Cooking Demonstration

Presented by Tomas Saez, Executive Chef & GPL Board of Trustees Member.

Ever wonder about the culinary possibilities with what’s left on your kitchen cutting board?  Get inspired and motivated to do more with food waste during this presentation.
No registration required.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 

Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

Just Eat It (2014): Documentary & Panel Presentation
View this fascinating documentary that dives into the issue of food waste from farm, through retails, all the way back to the back of their own fridges.  After viewing the documentary listen to a panel of local experts discuss practical ways and tips on reducing food waste.  No registration required.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

 

This property is not town owned property and the electric charging station is not being built with taxpayer dollars- a private company asked to be allowed to set up a charging station. Hopefully, others will do the same around the town.
The parking authority is independent of the the town and does not rely on taxpayer dollars to fund their operations.
Re: Veterans memorial- the memorial was approved by a veterans committee, the parks board, planning board and town board.
If you would like to serve on the veterans advisory committee please advise. PAUL FEINER
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From: Michael Gurrieri <michaelgurr@verizon.net>
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2016 11:33 PM
To: Paul Feiner; gblist@cit-e.net
Subject: Re: ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION APPROVED AT SHERATON HOTEL/STOP & SHOP ON 119 (NEAR TARRYTOWN_

I don’t understand why a location that is borderline to Tarrytown? As previously mentioned why not divide up the 14 to @ least 3 locations, Hartsdale train station, or  some other station, large shopping centers along central Ave or gas stations?

The only Green is money you continue to spend & cause increases in non tax items like the parking meters from .75 cents to $1.00 per hour or dropped the them from 20 minutes to 15! As well additional property taxes. What I see now starting is many more homes are up for sale!

You’re not a good supervisor , look @ the so called veterans memorial to be put in front of the Hartsdale train station. A Tombstone. As a Vietnam Vet I resent such an object that carries no thought into what it’s meant for except the crest of each of the armed forces which is on every building of each military base or their own in DC.

Was a traffic study done due to the construction traffic during rush hour especially after the construction work just previously done to said train station. You have a park named after a Veteran who was already named Anthony Veteran. Why not name it American Veterans Memorial Park. Get the money back ($14,000) I believe it cost for an 8ft tombstone that has nothing written on it except for all the main wars starting with the revolutionary war.

Signed,

Michael Gurrieri

Served  with 1st BN 44th Arty B Batty (SPAW) 9/66-10/67 DMZ with the 3rd Marine Corps( after joining the Army in 10/65) both on field operations, protecting fire bases

& protecting Air Force Sky Spotter stations. I served with this unit when it was created in March 1966 a reinforced Battalion Automatic weapons group. The for runner of joint operations. Fire power over man power. 1st to fight & last to leave. The dead are never forgotten & always remembered, while the wounded suffer the whole of their lives. If you don’t know every scar carried I s a memory every time it’s looked at !.

Don’t make this another scar to look at. You think your doing something good with this project, when in fact it’s wrong. Wrong cause for the wrong reason. Spend the $250K on vets & vets with families with no homes. Use it as seed money to start it for 20-25 families & individuals.

“Guide Yourself Accordingly”

On 08/22/16, Paul Feiner wrote:

Earlier this month the Greenburgh Planning Board approved a parking reduction which will facilitate the conversion of up to 14 parking spaces to be used as electric vehicle charging stations/parking spaces adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel at Premier Plaza
(Sheraton/Stop & Shop). Numerous property owners in the Town of Greenburgh, both commercial and residential, and the Town, have made significant investments in clean energy (solar panels, green roofs, geo-thermal,LED lighting etc.). The electric charging stations
are another contribution to sustainable development in the Town, which is a prominent component of the Draft Comprehensive Plan. The Sheraton/Stop & Shop are located on Route 119 near the Tarrytown border.

Do you have an electric car? Your thoughts welcome!

It’s upsetting anytime you drive down a commercial street (Central Avenue, 119, E Hartsdale Ave, Saw Mill River Road) and see empty, vacant stores.  That’s why many of us are pleased with the economic development activity that will be taking place on Route 119 in the Fairview section of town!

The former Greenburgh Health Center building has been vacant for years. Other buildings near the old Health center have also been vacant.  And the Joyce Leslie Building near Town Hall has significant vacant space as well. Soon that will change for the better.

Earlier this month the  Greenburgh Planning Board granted site plan approval associated with the demolition of three existing vacant buildings (including the former Greenburgh Health Center bldg.) and construction of a new 15,000 sq. ft. retail building with related site improvements/landscaping. Demolition is expected to commence October 2016 and building construction is anticipated to be completed by July 2017. The building will be occupied by Harbor Freight Tools (650 stores nationwide). This new development, combined with the major façade upgrade to the former Joyce Leslie building (currently underway) at 250 Tarrytown Road will enhance this portion of Rt. 119.

CITY OF YONKERS TO DEDICATE CITY HALL’S UNITY FOUNTAIN.

Mayor Mike Spano, along with other local officials, will officially dedicate the Yonkers City Hall Fountain as the Unity Fountain at an outdoor dedication ceremony at Yonkers City Hall, 40 S. Broadway, on Tuesday, August 23, at 7:00 pm.

 

The Unity Fountain at Yonkers City Hall will forever represent all genders, races, ethnic backgrounds and religions coming together and celebrating diversity as the City’s greatest strength.

 

My name is Cheyenne and I am a rising 5th grader at an elementary school in Maryland.

This Thursday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 100 years old.

To celebrate this anniversary, all national parks will be free to visit from August 25 — 28, and I wanted to tell you why I hope you will go to FindYourPark.com and plan a visit to some of these amazing places.

Parks are very important to me. When you go to parks, you are able to see just how beautiful and awesome the outdoors can be and how we must be good stewards of our planet.

Cheyenne Roundtree

Sure, you can go on an adventure in a video game, or see someone else’s adventure on social media, but think of how much better it would be to LIVE the adventure! With so many national parks in the country, no video game or TV show can beat the fun adventures that exist outside!

Our school is part of National Park Trust’s Buddy Bison environmental education program and that’s how I learned about the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative. This program, which will start its second year on September 1, gives passes to all 4th graders in the country so that they and their families can visit any national park and public land for free for a full year.

My Every Kid in a Park pass not only provides free entry into all national parks, but also serves as a reminder that I need to keep discovering and exploring new outdoor and historic places. Last June, my classmates and I went to National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park in Maryland. I enjoyed pretending that we were time travelers going to the 1800s to fix some other time travelers’ mistakes. It was so much fun!

My park visits with my school and family inspired me to write my own book, For the Love of Water, since I learned that it is important that we protect our earth’s water. I have even thought about becoming a park ranger!

Thank you President Obama and the many others who gave 4th graders passes to visit these amazing parts of our country. Even as a 5th grader, without my pass, I want to go to more national parks very soon.

You too can find a park to visit — just go to FindYourPark.com

I hope that everyone will join in the celebration of the National Park Service’s 100 years of existence and have the chance to get outside and explore the great outdoors!

Thank you!

Cheyenne

Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO CONVENES WESTCHESTER COUNTY RIVERFRONT MAYORS AND TOWN SUPERVISORS TO OPPOSE PROPOSED BARGE ANCHORAGES ALONG HUDSON RIVER.

Hudson River Waterfront Alliance Launches “Ban the Barges” Advocacy Campaign.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, along with elected officials from other Westchester County Hudson Riverfront communities, stand together in opposition to US Coast Guard anchorage extension proposal.

 

YONKERS, NY – August 22, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today convened elected leaders from the Westchester County riverfront communities to create the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance to collectively stand in opposition to the United States Coast Guard’s proposal of 10 new anchorage locations along the Hudson River. In its first formal action, the Alliance, consisting of officials from each town, city or village from Yonkers to Peekskill, today launched the “Ban the Barges” social media advocacy campaign which includes an online petition urging residents, community and business leaders to support their efforts in opposing the proposal.

“Yonkers, like so many of the river communities in Westchester County, is in the midst of a long-term effort to revitalize its waterfront; restore and enhance its parks; and replace closed industrial facilities with new mixed-use residential, commercial and recreational developments,” said Mayor Spano. “The shores of the Hudson River should be a place where our residents and visitors can gather to live, work and play – not become a parking lot for potentially volatile substances.”

Mayor Spano added, “I convened our Hudson River community leaders because together we can galvanize our efforts across the county to bring attention to a proposal that raises serious economic, environmental and public safety concerns regarding the use of our waterfront and region.”

To kick-off the unified front, the Alliance today launched the “Ban the Barges” social media campaign on Facebook (facebook.com/banthebarges) and Twitter (@banthebarges) including a change.org petition (www.yonkersny.gov/bargepetition)  directed to the U.S. Coast, urging the regulatory agency of the Hudson River to prohibit the  anchorage plan.

Mayor Spano and the other Westchester waterfront community leaders also  are taking steps to obtain a preliminary legal opinion by outside maritime counsel to assess the Alliance’s legal and appeal options in the event of a rule-making, to consider possible Environmental Justice implications and to seek additional strategies for opposition.

Mayor Spano commented, “This proposition is the work of the maritime lobby, and is strictly a financially-driven agenda without any concern for quality of life or public safety concerns of river communities: none of us are located within the Ports of NY or Albany, but we are at risk of becoming their parking lots; if this parking lot becomes a reality, our quality of life will be irreversibly damaged.”

Submitted by the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey and the American Waterways Operators, the proposal appears to be focused on opening up the Hudson River to the new oil market due to a recent lifting of an oil export trade ban. The proposal effecting Westchester County includes a Yonkers Extension Anchorage Ground extending to Dobbs Ferry that would cover approximately 715 acres for up to 16 vessels and provide a vessel swing radius of approximately 1,200 feet for each vessel. Current anchorages in the Hudson River in Yonkers can already accommodate up to nine vessels. The Montrose Point Anchorage Ground would cover approximately 127 acres for up to three vessels and provide a vessel swing radius of approximately 1,400 feet for each vessel.

“The affected river communities have worked to remediate the scars left from historic activity on their waterfronts and bring their communities back to the Hudson. It would be the height of folly to create what are essentially industrial parking lots that ruin views, endanger recreational boating and place the entire river shed at risk from spills and accidents. This proposal should not be implemented.” Peter Swiderski, Mayor, Hastings-on-Hudson.

“The Town of Cortlandt has invested millions of dollars to acquire land on the river and to construct lovely parks and docks from our rowing association and for kayaks. We do not want our vistas destroyed or out investments affected by this ill-conceived plan,” said Linda Puglisi, Supervisor, Town of Cortlandt . “We pledge to continue to fight this anchor proposal with our other communities along the Hudson River and with our State and Federal elected officials.”

Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett stated, “Thank you to Mayor Spano for spearheading the fight to preserve the beauty of our Hudson shores and ensure the safety of the river villages, towns and cities. He is certain that our joint effort will result in an appropriate review of the proposed anchorage sites and the ultimate defeat of the project.”

“I am grateful to Mayor Spano who, along with other advocacy organizations, has brought together Hudson River towns to oppose the proposed anchorages the US Coast Guard wants to set up in the Hudson River,” added Dana Levenberg, Ossining Town Supervisor. “Just as we are finally gaining serious momentum in cleaning up the river and reinvigorating tourism and recreation along it, this seems like a backward step for all of us.  I am hopeful that together we can show the Coast Guard why siting these barges for industrial commerce in this area will make it less safe and less inviting for residents and visitors who want to enjoy our beautiful Hudson and our surrounding communities.”

The Hudson River Waterfront Alliance, consisting of the Westchester County riverfront communities which will be directly impacted by the U.S. Coast Guard anchorage proposal includes:

Village of Briarcliff Manor

Village of Buchanan

Town of Cortlandt

Village of Dobbs Ferry

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson

Village of Irvington

Town of Ossining

Village of Ossining

City of Peekskill

Village of Sleepy Hollow

City of Yonkers

 

The United States Coast Guard is taking public comments on the proposed anchorages until September 7. For more information on the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance, visit http://www.yonkersny.gov/banthebarges.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH HEALTHNOW NEW YORK OVER WRONGFUL DENIAL OF $1.6 MILLION IN OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND ENSURES COVERAGE FOR NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING FOR PATIENTS WITH EATING DISORDERS. 

Company Will Reimburse Members Wrongfully Denied, Will Revise Policies, And Will Eliminate Practice of Automatically Reviewing All Outpatient Psychotherapy Claims Beyond Pre-Set Thresholds. 

Settlement Based On Alleged Violation Of Laws Requiring Insurers To Treat Behavioral Health the Same As Medical Care.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with HealthNow, New York, Inc., after an investigation uncovered the wrongful denial of thousands of claims for outpatient psychotherapy and more than one hundreds of claims for nutritional counseling for eating disorders. The wrongful denials totaled more than $1.6 million in patient claims. Under the agreement, the Buffalo-based company, a not-for profit health service corporation providing health care coverage for approximately 573,700 New Yorkers (including 291,000 who are enrolled in commercial health plans), will pay members for the wrongfully denied claims, revise its policies, and will eliminate a company policy that subjected all psychotherapy claims to review after a member’s 20th visit.

“Insurers have a legal obligation to provide the same level of care to patients being treated for behavioral health conditions as they do for patients with other ailments,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Individuals confronting mental health conditions, eating disorders, or substance abuse should not be denied coverage for the treatment they need and deserve.” 

Attorney General Schneiderman’s Health Care Bureau launched an investigation in 2015 into HealthNow’s administration of behavioral health benefits following the receipt of consumer complaints. The complaints alleged that HealthNow had improperly denied coverage for treatments by requiring that all outpatient behavioral health visits be preauthorized after the first 20 visits per year, and by excluding coverage for nutritional counseling for eating disorders.

The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that since 2012, HealthNow conducted thousands of wrongful reviews in outpatient behavioral health cases under its  20-visit threshold, denying coverage for outpatient behavioral health services for approximately 3,100 members. HealthNow generally does not impose the same type of utilization review process for outpatient medical services.

HealthNow further denied approximately 125 sessions of nutritional counseling to members with eating disorders, on the grounds that the service was not a covered benefit. As a result, members were charged a total of approximately $14,000 for these medically necessary treatments. The company does, however, cover nutritional counseling visits for medical conditions – for example, for patients with diabetes.

Pursuant to the Attorney General’s settlement, HealthNow has agreed to eliminate utilization review for outpatient behavioral health treatment based on set thresholds that trigger review, including but not limited to the 20-visit threshold it has applied since 2010.  HealthNow will also cover nutritional counseling for eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. HealthNow will reimburse members who paid out of pocket for treatment after their claims were denied under the 20-visit threshold or nutritional counseling exclusion. Health Now will also retrain its staff regarding these significant reforms. Under the settlement, HealthNow will also pay $60,000 to the OAG as a civil penalty.

The investigation was launched under Timothy’s Law, which mandates that New York group health plans provide “broad-based coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of mental, nervous or emotional disorders or ailments … at least equal to the coverage provided for other health conditions.” N.Y. Ins. Law §§ 3221(l)(5)(A); 4303(g)(1). Timothy’s Law also requires that plans provide coverage comparable to that provided for other health conditions for adults and children with biologically based mental illness – including bulimia and anorexia – under the terms and conditions otherwise applicable under the policy. N.Y. Ins. Law §§ 3221(l)(5)(B)(i); 4303(g)(2)(A).

The New York law is similar to the federal mental health parity law, which was enacted in 2008.

Many individuals with behavioral health disorders seek outpatient treatment.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, outpatient therapy and counseling is an evidence-based treatment for mental and substance use disorders. Evidence from rigorous clinical research studies has shown that a variety of psychotherapies are effective with children, adults, and older adults, across diverse conditions. Additionally, evidence from numerous large scale trials and quantitative reviews supports the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for alcohol and drug use disorders.

Data from the National Institute of Mental Health show that anorexia nervosa is the most fatal mental disorder, with an estimated mortality rate of approximately 10 percent. Evidence-based medical guidelines confirm the important role of nutritional counseling in the treatment of eating disorders. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders, nutritional counseling is “a useful part of treatment and helps reduce food restriction, increase the variety of foods eaten, and promote healthy but not compulsive exercise patterns,” and is an empirically supported strategy for the treatment of binge eating. The National Eating Disorder Association considers nutritional counseling “a necessary component of treatment” for eating disorders. 

Consumers with a complaint regarding health insurance coverage for behavioral health treatment, or any other health care-related complaint, may always contact the Attorney General’s Office Health Care Helpline at 800-428-9071.

The investigation of this matter was conducted by Assistant Attorney General Michael D. Reisman of the Health Care Bureau. The Health Care Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Lisa Landau. The Health Care Bureau is part of the Division of Social Justice led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Alvin Bragg.

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

August 15  to August 19, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Rebuilding and Revitalizing NY Neighborhoods Beset By Vacant Homes

This week, the Attorney General announced a $4 million pilot program that will empower local communities to transform abandoned properties into safe, affordable housing. These vacant “zombie” homes are stark reminders of the long-term effects of the 2008 housing crisis. Through the program’s funding and the oversight of local land banks, community members can renovate zombie homes into rental housing to revitalize their communities. The funds to rebuild neighborhoods statewide were made available by the Attorney General’s settlements with Citigroup and Bank of America. Read the Times Union story here.

Newburgh

Watch the press conference here.

Taking Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Off The Streets

The Attorney General sued a New York based online retailer, Legalherbalbud.com, for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana–otherwise known as K2. A recent uptick in New York sales of these dangerous drugs has caused a dramatic rise in emergency room visits across the state, straining local hospitals and endangering public safety. The online company sued by the AG illegally promoted its products as “legal highs”, “herbal incense” and “potpourri,” with packaging seemingly targeted at kids, with images and names such as “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Scooby Snax.” Read the New York Post story here.

 

 

In Other News…

The New York Times interviewed the Attorney General on his ongoing Exxon fraud investigation.

Also This Week…

A former nursing home counselor was indicted for alleged sexual abuse of residents.

An Apalachian man will pay over $8,000 for stealing copper from a Binghamton University construction project.

Finally…

A former LPN will pay over $7,000 for falsifying Medicaid payments and stealing from the state’s program.


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The White House has started a new program that could benefit every family in Greenburgh that has a 4th grader living with them! the initiative provides every 4th grader student in America, along with his or her family the opportunity to visit more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters for FREE.

This year the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary.  If your child will be in 4th grade this coming fall students are eligible to participate in the program as of September 1, 2016.

I just learned of the program and wonder if the program is adequately promoted by the federal government. If you have a child in the 4th grade or entering the 4th grade please advise if you were aware of this initiative. A link to the program appears below.

https://www.everykidinapark.gov/

SAVE THE DATE: If you have a dog take the dog to our annual dog swim at AF Veteran park (after the pool has closed for the season). Hundreds of dogs jump into the pool between the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, September 10th. It’s one of our most popular events.

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO CONVENE WESTCHESTER COUNTY RIVERFRONT MAYORS AND SUPERVISORS TO OPPOSE PROPOSED BARGE ANCHORAGES ALONG HUDSON RIVER

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will convene Westchester County Mayors and Supervisors Monday, August 22 at 11:30AM at Yonkers City Hall to announce their alliance in opposing the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal of 10 new barge anchorages along the Hudson River.

 

The Hudson River Waterfront Alliance, consisting of representatives from each town, city or village from Yonkers to Peekskill, will announce initial plans on how the waterfront communities will galvanize their efforts in opposition of the plan.

Dear Mount Vernon Family and Friends:

            This summer may be hot and humid but here in City Hall, the Thomas Administration isn’t letting the heat stop us from working hard. We have heard from so many of you that you are excited about “Arts on Third” and “Slide the City” and we are excited about bringing these events to you. There are people in Mount Vernon who are anti-fun but we aren’t letting them stop us. We are going to keep the community celebrations going on despite the naysayers who vote “no” or try to stop joy and happiness. We are moving Mount Vernon forward and making it family-friendly again. Our fireworks were a blast, our “block parties” earned us a trip to the White House, and our police officers’ went viral with the “Running Man”. And we are just getting started.

 

            On September 10th, Gramatan Avenue will be turned from a street into the world’s biggest “slip-n-slide”. From 10am to 7pm, Mount Vernon residents of all ages will get to enjoy the fun of a waterpark in their own backyard. Tickets are available for as low as $20 on :http://www.slidethecity.com so please come out and join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event. 
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See Slide the City in Action!

    The City of Mount Vernon is also excited to present “Arts on Third’. This year’s bash promises to be bigger and better before. We realize some folks may be confused by recent news reports on the event but don’t worry. We can assure you that “Arts on Third” belongs to the people of Mount Vernon and we will never let anyone take it away. On September 18th, we will come together as a community to celebrate the culture, character, and artistry of Mount Vernon. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

            Of course, you can’t have fun without working hard, planning, and preparation. Our Department of Public Works has been cleaning up the city, trimming branches, cutting weeds, picking up trash, and repairing roads. Check out some before and after pictures below. DPW Commissioner Ralph Uzzi and I also met with the Metropolitan Transit Authority this week and I am happy to announce a new collaboration between the MTA and the City of Mount Vernon to work together to keep the train stations clean stations and their tracks clear of trash and graffiti so Mount Vernon looks pristine as people pass through.
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Park Avenue Before (above) and After (below)

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See More “Before and After” pictures here

Thank you again, Mount Vernon, for the opportunity to serve as your Mayor. My team and I will continue to keep working to move Mount Vernon forward.
 
            Yours,
            Mayor Richard Thomas

Riverfest 2016, the largest Free Family Festival in Westchester County, is almost here!

 

August 16, 2016 – Yonkers, NY – Riverfest 2016 is almost here! Now in its 24th year, Riverfest has grown to be the largest free festival in Westchester County.  On September 10th from Noon till 7:00pm, Downtown Yonkers will be host to over 25,000 visitors who will come to see an incredible array of performers, exhibitions and tours, cuisines and so much more all in one beautiful and historic waterfront location.

 

This year there will be three headline bands each bringing something special. There’s Scott Helman, who was voted #1 on Teen Vogue’s list of “14 Singers who are going to dominate 2016”. Then there’s Brand Nubian, one of the top 20 Hip Hop Bands of all time. And there’s legendary Tito Puenté Jr, who will light up the stage with Afro-Caribbean Rhythms, Latin Jazz and Club Style music. These amazing artists will perform in addition to twenty-three other groups on 5 separate stages. Truly there will be entertainment for every member of the family.

 

For families with children, Riverfest has you covered! There will be a separate children’s area and stage near the environmental education center, the Science Barge. The children’s stage will feature Grammy nominated singers including Billy Kelly, the Popups and Joanne Leeds and the Nightlights. There will be multiple bouncy castles, slides, games and even an animal show featuring unique exotic creatures of all kinds hosted by The Outraghiss Animal Show and all are completely free. Also in the children’s area there will be a puppet theatre performance by Arm of the Sea focused on the Hudson River.

 

For the environmentally minded, Pete Seeger’s legendary Clearwater Sloop will lay anchor and provide free tours at the Yonkers Pier.  There will also be free kayaking at Sara Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander Street, courtesy of the Yonkers Rowing and Paddling Club. So here is your chance to experience the Hudson River first hand.

 

For history buffs, Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Avenue, the oldest standing building in Westchester County, built in 1682, will open its doors from 12-5, for free family-friendly crafts, activities, and demonstrations for all ages! The Manor’s program will feature several living history re-enactors, including George and Martha Washington, a colonial blacksmith and Revolutionary War cavalry riders. Philipse Manor Hall will also be unveiling its new exhibit Yonkers: A City of New Beginnings that focuses on changes to Yonkers through the impact of immigration over the decades.

 

For those who love the arts, there will be artist exhibitions, unique craft vendors and even a fashion show featuring African Fashion Designs.

 

Everyone loves food and the variety available at Riverfest will boggle the imagination. In addition to area restaurants, who will bring their amazing cuisine streetside, many vendors will compliment the offering with a vast array of international foods and beverages of all kinds.

 

Come for the music, the exhibitions, the shows, the classic cars, and the food. Come with the kids and the whole family. Experience the best Yonkers has to offer. You will be happy you did! For more information, visit YonkersRiverfest.com.

 

About Riverfest

The Riverfest, located in historic Downtown Yonkers truly represents the diversity of the city, with its multitude of ethnicities and residents of all ages.  The Riverfest provides a unique opportunity to benefit the local community through increased access to green space, art, music, and family entertainment. Riverfest represents the best of Yonkers and its sponsors. This 24th Annual Riverfest is presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID in cooperation with Mayor Mike Spano and The City of Yonkers. Presented by Domino Sugar. Riverfest is only possible due to the support of our many generous sponsors, including Gold and Silver level sponsors St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Mill Creek, Sound Associates, and C+C Apartment Management.  Other wonderful sponsors include ArtsWestchester, LWS Homecare, Con Edison, 66 Main, PFK O’Connor Davies, Dolphin Restaurant, Liberty Lines, Smith Buss & Jacobs, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Hudson Park/Strategic Capital, Rising Development, NY Inflatables, and UnitedHealthCare

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY is a 501©(3) non-profit organization created to build working partnerships, encourage investment, and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers Downtown. It works to promote and implement economic revitalization initiatives and increase the quality of life for all those in Downtown Yonkers. It promotes and preserves the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests while mobilizing public and private resources for these purposes. http://www.yonkersdowntown.com

 

August 19, 2016

The New York Times

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Breaking News Alert

August 19, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Federal health officials advised pregnant women not to travel to a new area of Zika transmission in Miami Beach, Fla.

Friday, August 19, 2016 2:04 PM EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested Friday that pregnant women and their partners consider postponing travel to all of Miami-Dade County after Florida identified a second zone of local Zika transmission, a swath of Miami Beach that includes the popular tourist magnet of South Beach. Read more »

Astorino Presents Medals To WWII Veteran 71 Years Later.

More Than Ever, People Are Visiting Westchester
County breaks tourism record for second consecutive year >>

Blood Drive Set To Mark September 11th
Another way to be of service in memory of lives lost >>

Jewish Music and Arts Festival


$15 Nights at PLAYLAND

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Next week, from Monday August 22 through Friday August 26, the following closures are scheduled for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway

o   Day – Pier 1 & West Abutment Demo

  • Northbound Right Lane – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Southbound Right Lane – 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

o   NIGHT – Pier 1 & West Abutment Demo

  • Northbound Right Lane – 8:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Southbound Right Lane – 8:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Pier 5 Demo

o   Northbound Left lane – Closed on a LONG TERM basis continuing until December 2, 2016

o   Northbound 2 Left Lanes – 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM – NIGHT WORK

o   Southbound Left Lane – 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

o   Southbound 2 left lanes – 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM – NIGHT WORK

  • Ashford Avenue

1 lane in each direction at all times until the summer of 2018.

 

Full details on the Ashford Avenue Bridge project are available at http://www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge.

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORYBRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND

LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE REHABILITATION WORK
TOWN OF GREENBURGH
ROADWAY:   Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS:          At the I 287 Bridge.

WHAT:            Bridge rehabilitation work.

IMPACTS:      The right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed within the above limits.

WHEN:            Daily between the hours of 10:00AM and the 3:00 PM until Friday, August 26, 2016.

WHO:               New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Rehabilitation.

For additional information please contact the Westchester County Department of Public Works and transportation at (914) 995-2555.

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION PILOT PROGRAM TO HELP EVERYDAY NEW YORKERS TRANSFORM NEARBY VACANT HOMES INTO SAFE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

Administered By Enterprise Community Partners, “Neighbors for Neighborhoods” Puts Power In Hands Of Community Members To Rebuild Decaying Properties, Revitalize Neighborhoods, And Expand Affordable Rental Housing While Keeping Predatory Landlords At Bay.

 

$4 Million Grant Initiative Made Possible By Schneiderman’s Settlement Agreements With Citigroup And Bank Of America.

 

Schneiderman: This Office Will Help Communities Bring Vacant Properties Back To Life And Provide Affordable Rental Homes For Their Neighbors.

NEWBURGH – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a new pilot program that will provide New York State land banks with $4 million in subsidies for everyday New Yorkers to take over individual, abandoned properties in their neighborhood – at little or no cost – and rehabilitate them into affordable rental housing. Created with affordable housing and community development nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), the program requires the new housing units to remain affordable for at least 20 years. Funding for the program will come from the Attorney General’s 2014 and 2015 settlements with Citigroup and Bank of America over the banks’ conduct leading up to the 2008 housing crash.

Neighbors for Neighborhoods builds on the success of New York State’s non-profit land banks. Ten of these lands banks have, with support from the Office of the Attorney General, reclaimed over 1,600 abandoned properties across the state since 2013. Recently, five new land banks have formed and received capacity-building grants from the Office of the Attorney General, and a sixth is in the process of getting certified.

The initiative was inspired by such successful land bank efforts as 13 Chambers Street in Newburgh. The property, which was acquired by the Newburgh Community Land Bank in 2013, was renovated by a local architect and now provides three families with affordable rental housing.

 “Too many communities across this state are still plagued by the blight of vacant and abandoned properties, while at the same time suffering from a critical shortage of affordable housing,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Neighbors for Neighborhoods helps communities reclaim their neighborhoods from blight and will help generate the affordable housing stock that New York families need. Just as important, it empowers the people who have the most at stake in revitalizing their communities—the community members themselves. This is truly a win-win.”

The grant program will be administered by Enterprise, which for more than 30 years has created affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income communities across the country, in addition to identifying programmatic solutions and advocating for policies that connect low-income communities to opportunity. In early fall, Enterprise will invite the 16 land banks across the state to submit their qualifications and select those land banks that:

  • Demonstrate the capacity to oversee the rehabilitation of the properties and enforce the long-term affordable-rental requirement;
  • Demonstrate that they are in an area with a concentration of potential rental properties and a set of local community members who have the capacity to own and manage a nearby rental property.

Land banks that meet the requirements will then be able to submit requests for the subsidy on a project-by-project basis. 

Once selected, land banks will transfer ownership of the dilapidated properties at low or no cost to the identified community members;  provide the new community-based property owners with a subsidy toward the costs of renovation (approximately $50,000 per unit); and dictate the terms and scope of the renovation. Importantly, the renovations must also include exterior rehabs—to provide “curb appeal,” a critical part of boosting property values in neighborhoods plagued by vacant homes. 

In exchange for the property and the renovation subsidy, the new property owners will convert the properties to affordable low- and moderate-income rental units for local families. This $4 million investment is estimated to yield up to 80 affordable rental homes for working families in the cities and towns where land banks are active.

Funding for the initiative will be drawn from the $7 billion settlement agreement with Citigroup and the $16 billion settlement agreement with Bank of America that Attorney General Schneiderman, as co-chair of the federal-state working group on residential-mortgage-based securities, negotiated in July and August 2014, respectively. Those two settlements together brought $982 million in cash and consumer relief to New York State alone.

Neighbors for Neighborhoods is but one component of Attorney General Schneiderman’s broad strategy to help New York families and communities recover from the housing crash. He has led the fight for strong bank settlements that hold the banks accountable for their recklessness and responsible for mitigating the damage they caused.  He has obtained settlements that brought more than $95 billion to communities across the country. 

More than $5.5 billion of that settlement money has flowed into New York. It allowed the Office of the Attorney General to establish the Homeowners Protection Program, HOPP, in 2012, which currently funds 90 agencies across the state to provide legal services and counseling to help families stay in their homes. More than 64,000 families have been served to date; and over a third of them have mortgage modifications pending or approved. 

The settlement money has resulted in over $30 million in grants to New York’s land banks since July 2013, making it possible for the land banks to reclaim those 1,600 properties from blight.

And the settlement money was used to establish the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) in 2014. Since it began, MAP has provided $18 million in small loans to homeowners to clear other debts and qualify for mortgage modifications; it has prevented more than 650 foreclosures; and it has preserved $153 million in property value for nearby homeowners.

The Attorney General also pursued legislative responses to the state’s housing crisis, and in June 2016 his bill, the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act, was signed into law.  Among other provisions, that law requires banks to register any properties abandoned by their owners with the Department of Financial Services and to maintain those properties during the foreclosure process, and not just once the process has been completed. Banks face significant fines for non-compliance. The state will share the registry with localities and will run a toll-free hotline for individuals to report such properties.

And in July 2016, the Attorney General announced a $13 million grant initiative, the Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative, funded by an allocation from the Morgan Stanley settlement agreement, to help cities and towns maximize the impact of the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act. It provides funding to municipalities to catalog and monitor zombie properties within their jurisdictions, to boost local housing code enforcement, and to help the state ensure implementation of, and compliance with, the law.

“This program is a powerful opportunity to give community members ownership over what happens in their neighborhoods and involve them in the critical work of creating and preserving affordable housing throughout New York,” said Judi Kende, Vice President and New York Market Leader, Enterprise. “Enterprise is proud to partner with the Office of the Attorney General on such a creative and exciting initiative that will bring positive change to communities statewide for decades to come.”

“I thank Attorney General Schneiderman for his continued support of the City of Newburgh,” said Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy. “Funding through this innovative pilot program will help to ensure the continued revitalization of our neighborhoods by bolstering the availability of high-quality, affordable rental units while attracting local investors to invest in their community.”

“Rehabilitating dangerous, abandoned buildings and zombie homes will strengthen Hudson Valley communities like Newburgh by revitalizing our neighborhoods, providing housing for local families, and growing our economy – all while keeping ownership in local hands,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “The Neighbors for Neighborhoods investment program is good for our communities, good for renters, and good for local businesses, and I want to thank AG Schneiderman for making this program possible in communities throughout New York, including the Hudson Valley.”

“This public/private partnership is an example of cooperation and teamwork producing positive results,” said State Senator Bill Larkin. “The Neighbors for Neighborhoods program will promote positive community development while providing much needed high-quality affordable housing for Hudson Valley residents.”  

“Attorney General Schneiderman has focused his attention on one of the most significant ways to improve neighborhoods and turn a city around – the restoration of decaying homes,” said Assemblyman Frank Skartados. “His continued commitment to help the land bank will prove to be a key element in Newburgh’s revitalization.”

“Sustained affordability for low income families in our area is crucial to maintaining a diverse community. Every high quality of affordable unit that is added to our City improves the quality of life for our residents and guarantees that families will remain in the City continuing to contribute to the fabric of our neighborhoods,” stated Newburgh Councilwoman Karen Mejia

“Attorney General Schneiderman’s leadership is critical to rebuilding neighborhoods decimated by the 2008 mortgage crisis,” said Newburgh City Manager Michael G. Ciaravino. “We appreciate Attorney General Schneiderman’s ‘Neighbors for Neighborhoods’ pilot program and are looking forward to our Land Bank’s application.” 

 “Attorney General Schneiderman’s support has been essential to the Newburgh Community Land Bank,” said Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director, Newburgh Community Land Bank. “And now, this new and innovative program bolsters the partnership between land banks and the communities we serve, provides community members who care about their neighborhoods with the tools they need to improve it, and expands affordable housing options.”

“Not too long ago, I was facing eviction,” said Joseph Williams, Tenant of 13 Chambers Street. “Having a stable place to live, with the help of the Newburgh Community Land Bank, has helped me improve my family’s life. It’s great to know that Neighbors for Neighborhoods will give other New Yorkers the same opportunity I was given.”

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Miami Beach, a major tourist hub, has been hit with a cluster of Zika cases likely transmitted by mosquitoes, a health official says

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Health authorities are trying to decide whether to designate a section of the bustling tourist city as a zone of active Zika transmission, and whether to advise pregnant women to avoid the area. The health official said Thursday that there are “a handful of cases” of likely local transmission that involve people who were in “close proximity to each other.” The official insisted on anonymity, saying that the cases and the location are not likely to be officially announced until late Thursday or early Friday. Read more »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MAYOR SPANO TO RECOGNIZE YONKERS HOMEOWNERS FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL LANDSCAPING EFFORTS IN ANNUAL “CURB APPEAL AWARDS”

Nominations to be Submitted at http://www.YonkersNY.gov Through September 9.

YONKERS, NY – August 18, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City is now accepting nominations for its annual “Mayor Spano’s Curb Appeal Awards,” which recognizes Yonkers homeowners for their homes’ exceptional curb appeal and charming landscape. The City is accepting nominations today through Friday, September 9, 2016 at http://www.yonkersny.gov/curbappeal.

“Yonkers is known for its unique and diverse landscape and so many of our neighborhoods reflect that uniqueness,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “The Curb Appeal Awards are a way to recognize the beauty in our City and acknowledge the hard work of those who take pride in their community and strive each season to make their homes beautiful.”

 

Residents can nominate a Yonkers homeowner for Mayor Mike Spano’s Curb Appeal Award in one of three categories: Landscaping; Exterior Improvement; Creativity/Originality. Photos of the home and its surroundings should be submitted along with a brief description of the candidate’s property.

 

Criteria for the Mayor Spano’s Curb Appeal Award include:

  • The property has a pleasant appearance, is well-maintained and contributes to the community appearance
  • A strong effort was made to improve and enhance the appearance of the property
  • The property owner demonstrates creativity and originality in the property’s layout
  • The property clearly stands out as an attractive property in its neighbourhood

Mayor Spano added, “If one person takes pride in their home, it motivates others to do the same and the result is a more appealing Yonkers. These awards are an opportunity to be proud of our city and continue to enhance its appearance.”

As part of their citywide recognition, homeowners will be provided a sign for their property, recognizing their distinction. Mayor Spano first presented the Curb Appeal Awards in 2013.

Alamo Drafthouse transforms September into “Septemburton”

Peculiarly gifted director Tim Burton to be celebrated with a month of film screenings, food and drink specials, Mondo pins, commemorative issue of  BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH., featuring cover art by Burton himself, and a “Filmmaking Frenzy” contest.

Director Tim Burton returns to the big screen this September with MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. The film, which plays this year’s Fantastic Fest, is the latest in the director’s long line of singularly imaginative, sweetly off-kilter films. In honor of this occasion — and in the spirit of pure, plain fun at the movies — Alamo Drafthouse has created “Septemburton,” dedicating September to celebrating the artist/director/magician/visionary and his cinematic creations with film screenings, exclusive Mondo pins, in-theater food & drink specials and an all-Burton edition of Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible magazine, BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH.– featuring cover art by the man himself.

Septemburton kicks off with “BURTONIZE THIS!,” a Burton-inspired “Filmmaking Frenzy” contest where filmmakers are invited to ‘Burtonize’ famous films by referencing his characters and visual motifs to create a thirty second bumper. The contest runs August 15 through September 6. The winning bumper will be shown before select film screenings at this year’s Fantastic Fest, which kicks off September 22 in Austin. See the full details at filmmakingfrenzy.com.

All September — or SEPTEMBURTON — Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide will feature retrospective screenings of vintage Burton films, including his gothic, genre-igniting 1989 BATMAN; “ghost with the most” BEETLEJUICE; the uncommonly gentle man EDWARD SCISSORHANDS; the timeless story of a rebel and his bike, PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE — and more.

In addition to regular shows on the big screen, BATMAN, BEETLEJUICE, and PEE-WEE will also be found in interactive “Movie Party” presentations, complete with a celebratory — but still respectful — atmosphere, pre-movie contests, fourth wall-breaking props for audiences, and other surprises. Coming in costume is very much encouraged.

“Tim Burton is a singular filmmaker. Throughout his entire career he has infused his films with a thoroughly distinct magic that only he can create,” says Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO. “The look, the feel, the emotions… They’re complete, fully realized worlds and unmistakably Burton. I’m pleased we can dedicate an entire month to celebrating his vision and artistry in a big way.”

Fans will be able to wear their love for Burton on their sleeves… or lapels… or wherever with a collection of brand-new enamel pins from Mondo. The first set features three stunning pins designed by artist Matt Ryan Tobin and inspired by EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. It includes Edward’s precarious Right and Left hands, along with a masterfully trimmed T-Rex Hedge. The second set, designed by artist Oliver Barrett, is a tiny copy of BEETLEJUICE’s The Handbook for the Recently Deceased. Both pin sets will be available as ticket add-ons to Alamo Drafthouse shows and through the Mondo website.

Then, both the curious and the devoted can travel deep down the rabbit hole of the director’s enchanting world with an all-Burton edition of BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH. magazine. The collectible movie magazine comes packed with page upon page of in-depth essays and articles on the director’s films, motifs, and inspirations, along with gorgeous full-color artwork and stunning design — not to mention a cover featuring artwork from Burton himself!! The magazine will also be available as a ticket add-on, through the Mondo website, and at Alamo Drafthouse box offices for a limited time.

This feast of Burton won’t just be for the eyes, either. The SEPTEMBURTON celebration will also feature a menu of fantastical food and drinks inspired by the cinematic world of Burton. Fully ingest the magic with specials like the spirit-raising “Sandwich for the Recently Deceased,” Coca-Cola braised pork in “Beetlejuice” sauce on garlic-herb toasted ciabatta, piled with pickled onions, arugula, and radish slices; the artfully crafted “Scissor Chopped Salad,” romaine and cabbage, topped with croutons, bleu cheese dressing and shish kabob vegetables; indulge with the “Shake, Shake, Shake Senora,” a vanilla ice cream-based adult milkshake richly blended with ginger liqueur, Averna Amaro, dark chocolate, and Oreo crumbles; or dance with the devil with “The Pale Moonlight,” a gin-based cocktail with cointreau, lemon, and crème de violet.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is located at 2548 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. For more information, visit their website at http://www.drafthouse.com/yonkers

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It’s getting worse. Yet, Congress refuses to act. The Zika virus is spreading quickly, with over 8,500 Zika cases in the United States and its territories — and more are likely every day.1

We don’t know where the virus will be spread next by mosquitoes, but we do know pregnant women are at serious risk. Zika can cause severe problems in pregnancies — including microcephaly, a condition that stunts a baby’s brain and head growth.

So, what’s Congress doing? Taking a rest. Since mid-July, members of Congress have been on the longest summer recess in decades — and despite the looming crisis, they left without doing anything to help millions of Americans at risk of contracting Zika.

This kind of inaction is putting lives at risk. It’s simply irresponsible. Tell Congress: A funding response to help prevent the spread of Zika is more important than your vacation.

If you haven’t been following the back and forth on Congress’s plan to address Zika, let me catch you up. Members of Congress had nearly finalized a bipartisan approach before their summer break, but nothing passed. Why? Because some members refuse to deal with Zika unless they can block access to family planning services at health centers affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

Fighting the impact of this devastating virus requires more than just bug spray. It requires giving people the tools they need to make the right health care decisions for themselves and their families — including increased access to family planning. It is essential that all people have equitable access to condoms to help prevent sexual transmission of the virus, and birth control to help prevent pregnancy if desired.

Reproductive health centers, including Planned Parenthood, are already serving many of the patients and communities most at risk. Thankfully, many allies in Congress understand that. But we need to support them so they can push back harder on the anti-women’s health ideologues who are holding up congressional action.

Tell congressional leaders it’s time to put politics aside and help the women and families at risk of the Zika virus. Pass a clean bill — with no attacks on access to reproductive health — now.

If they think they can get away with sitting on their hands, delfim, they will. We’ve seen it time and time again. Don’t let them. Make your voice heard — loud and clear.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
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MONDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 10:30 A.M.

YONKERS OFFICIALS JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS
TO OPPOSE HUDSON VALLEY ANCHORAGE PROPOSAL

 

YONKERS, NY – Yonkers was one of the first municipalities to come out against a proposed rule by the United States Coast Guard which would establish ten new long-term anchorage locations in the Hudson River on the City’s waterfront. On Monday, city officials will join state elected officials and environmental groups to cite new reasons why the proposal should be rejected.

City Council President Liam McLaughlin will join the leadership of groups including the New York State League of Conservation Voters, Clearwater and others to present the concerns at the JFK Marina. Later in the day, municipal leaders from around the Hudson Valley are expected to come to Yonkers to formulate a region-wide strategy to fight back against the proposal.

The details for this MONDAY’s event are as follows:

WHO: Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin & Yonkers elected officials

State Senator Terrence Murphy

The New York State League of Conservation Voters

The Riverkeeper

The Sloop Clearwater

The Westchester County League of Conservation Voters

The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Other major environmental groups [to be announced]

WHAT: Press conference detailing new data on the proposed Hudson Valley anchorages

WHERE: JFK Marina

                 560 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

 WHEN: Monday, August 22nd, 10:30 a.m.

Stop the 47% Pay Hike for Career Politicians in Albany!

Fellow Taxpayer,

In case you missed it, I sent an email earlier this week asking you to sign my petition. Hundreds already have!

Albany is at it again! They are playing games at our expense. Our legislature created a Legislative Pay Commission with members they appoint to give themselves a pay raise! Please stand with me and oppose the 47% pay increase for career Albany politicians!

Given the corruption in Albany and the fact that this is treated as a “Part Time Job” by most of the Legislators, this is a disgrace.

The 47% pay increase will take effect January 2017. The salary commission is scheduled to meet again on September 13th. You MUST make your voice heard immediately!

God Bless,

Suzi McDonough

Please be advised that the Virginia Road railroad crossing will be undergoing a major rehabilitation resulting in the closure of Virginia Road between Lafayette Avenue and the Bronx River Parkway.

The construction will only be occurring on the weekend listed below:

  • Friday, August 19th Virginia Road Closes at 10pm and reopens Tuesday, August 23 at 4pm

Please keep this in mind during any response or incident in this area. Responding apparatus will be able to proceed onto Lafayette Avenue to access the Bronx River Parkway.

Without our members, NYLCV’s work would simply not be possible. Whether you’re writing to state lawmakers about toxic triclosan in personal care products, calling local officials about lead in school drinking water, or attending our policy forums, NYLCV members help us get things done in Albany and in cities and towns all over New York.

But we are only able to make lasting changes when we have the resources–our members–to flood officials’ inboxes and voicemails and go to their offices to make the case for New York’s environment. Our strong membership means we can elect environmental champions and hold them accountable for making your priorities their priority. That’s why we’ve set a goal of signing up 1,000 new members by the end of this month.

Renewing your membership helps to grow the voice of the conservation movement in New York. When we amplify the power of your voice and your vote, we get real results for important issues like clean water, public health, and climate change. That’s why we’re asking you to renew your membership today for just $5! >>

So, why should you become an NYLCV member today?

  1. As a member, you’ll be on the front lines of fighting climate change, conserving land and water, and protecting public health in New York State. We don’t take the clean water, clean air, renewable energy, or open space for granted. Every day, our members across the state help us fight for New York’s environment through political action. Our work would not be possible without them. Join our cause! Renew your membership today to keep our work going! >>
  2. We win big battles in Albany and across the state. This year alone we successfully passed legislation to get lead out of school drinking water across New York, banned the dirtiest heating fuels from residential buildings in Westchester County, and prevented Albany from rolling back New York City’s single use bag bill. We’re building our campaigns for legislative battles next session, but we need your help. Renew your membership today! >>
  3. No other organization in New York State has our track record of endorsing and electing environmental champions. We advance an ambitious environmental agenda each year but some good ideas are just out of reach. The solution is to defend our allies and send the next generation of environmental leaders to Albany and Washington. We’ve spent all summer interviewing, vetting and endorsing candidates. Renew your membership today so together we can bring environmental champions to every level of New York’s government this fall! >>

Delfim, help us reach our goal of 1,000 members by August 31st. Your gift helps us to evaluate, endorse, and elect leaders who will work with us to fight climate change, conserve land and water, and protect public health for all New Yorkers. >>

Thanks for your support,

Marcia Bystryn, President
New York League of Conservation Voters

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Barnes & Noble is coming to New Rochelle this fall.  Boomer & Carton bring a Celebrity Softball Game to City Park tonight.  And get ready for a major change in traffic patterns around the train station next week.

You can volunteer to Adopt a Street or participate in a community clean-up, while still keeping your cell phone charged up.

I offer some political commentary on TV and in the Huffington Post.

And it’s always good to have Senator Schumer in town.

There’s more about these and other topics at the links below.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Best,

Noam

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

August 17, 2016 —

Attention baseball fans: don’t miss the 5th Annual WFAN Celebrity Softball game at New Rochelle’s Flowers (City) Park on Fifth Avenue this Thursday, August 18th at 6pm. Cheer on New Rochelle native Craig Carton and his morning radio co-host Boomer Esiason plus a team of Major Leaguers as they take on a City team coached … Continue reading Take Me Out to the Ball Game →

Lincoln Cleanup

Volunteer for Community Clean-Up

August 16, 2016 —

Volunteers are invited to join a community clean-up for the Lincoln Avenue corridor on Saturday, August 27th from 9am to 12pm. There’s more information in this flyer. Or call 914-246-2661 or email ceznewrochellecleanupday@gmail.com.

Slate

In Defense of Liberal Democracy

August 15, 2016 —

A thought-provoking and unsettling piece in Slate today, finding a common thread in political movements around the world that pose fundamental challenges to liberal democracy. It’s a long article, but really worth the read, and an effective call to arms for those complacent about the durability of our values and institutions.

Soofa Bench

Competing for the Future

August 12, 2016 —

New Rochelle has installed “Soofa” stations at three locations around the city: Huguenot Park in front of the High School, City Park on Fifth Avenue, and Ruby Dee Park at Library Green. These modern outdoor charging stations use solar energy to power up small electronic devices via USB, including cell phones. There’s more information in … Continue reading Competing for the Future →

Adopt a Street

Adopt a Street in New Rochelle

August 11, 2016 —

New Rochelle is partnering with local businesses, civic groups, and institutions to keep our roadways looking their best. Through the “Adopt a Street” program, interested organizations can volunteer to organize clean-ups and sponsor beautification measures on streets within (or surrounding) commercial areas. Participants will be recognized with signage along their adopted roads. This is not … Continue reading Adopt a Street in New Rochelle →

Terri and Alvin Bowles at The Rooster.

Food Blog: The Rooster

August 10, 2016 —

Catie and I went out for a fun dinner last night at The Rooster on Centre Avenue with our friends Terri and Alvin Bowles. The menu is Latin-themed. I had an excellent ceviche, refreshing on a hot evening, while also helping Catie with her amply-sized paella. It was shrimp creole for Terri and Alvin. The … Continue reading Food Blog: The Rooster →

Senator Chuck Schumer, Mayor Noam Bramson, Fire Chief Lou DiMeglio, and UFFA President Pete Miley.

Schumer in New Ro to Announce Fire Registry

August 9, 2016 —

Happy to introduce Sen. Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) this morning. The Senator was in New Rochelle to announce legislation that would establish a cancer registry for firefighters. There’s much evidence suggesting that the environmental contaminants and toxins inhaled by firefighters can lead to cancer. Schumer’s proposed registry would rigorously quantify and examine these links to better … Continue reading Schumer in New Ro to Announce Fire Registry →

Noble

Barnes & Noble Coming to New Rochelle!

August 3, 2016 —

“When can we get a book store in New Rochelle?” For twenty years, I have heard that question from countless residents, and I’ve never had a good answer . . . until now. Barnes & Noble is coming to New Rochelle. Their new 9,000 square foot store (complete with a Starbucks cafe) will open in … Continue reading Barnes & Noble Coming to New Rochelle! →

Charming Trump

Donald Trump’s Concession

August 2, 2016 —

Please read my latest piece on the Huffington Post. No candidate enjoys delivering a concession speech. Trust me. I’ve given two, and they hurt. But when it comes to the Presidency, acknowledging defeat is more than just a matter of graciousness, it is vital to our democracy. So when Donald Trump said yesterday that the … Continue reading Donald Trump’s Concession →

GE

Courting GE

August 2, 2016 —

When the State courted GE for a new corporate headquarters a few months ago (an undertaking given the code name “Project Plum,”) municipal officials in New Rochelle and other communities under discussion were advised to refrain from any public comment. But now that Politico has published a full account, I guess the cat’s out of … Continue reading Courting GE →

Khan

The Convention: Many Great Moments, One Unforgettable

July 29, 2016 —

The Democrats just wrapped up a convention that – to my mind – ranks among the most effective of modern times. A good convention usually has one or maybe two stand-out performances or moments of high emotion. This convention was packed with them. Michelle Obama’s honest, deeply personal, flawlessly delivered expression of thanks to and … Continue reading The Convention: Many Great Moments, One Unforgettable →

Night Out

NRPD Celebrates National Night Out on August 2

July 28, 2016 —

To celebrate National Night Out and build stronger Police-community relationships, the NRPD is hosting an “open house” on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6pm to 9pm. From the press release: “This family-friendly event will feature facility tours of NRPD headquarters, equipment and K-9 demonstrations, fun attractions including a bike rodeo, children’s activities, food, plus a live … Continue reading NRPD Celebrates National Night Out on August 2 →

RFL July 2016

On TV Last Night . . .

July 28, 2016 —

I couldn’t make it to the Democratic convention this year, but am still trying to do my part for Hillary and the team a little closer to home, including during this television appearance last night. My comments begin at about 5:00.

Train Pattern

Major Change in Train Station Traffic Pattern

July 27, 2016 —

Decades-old traffic patterns around the New Rochelle train station are about to change in a big way. Beginning in mid-August, a new one-way circulation system will require entry to the station from Memorial Highway/Division Street and require exit from the station on North Avenue. In other words, Station Plaza North (the little-known name of the … Continue reading Major Change in Train Station Traffic Pattern →

Announcing our new bike share program this morning (but not exactly dressed for a demonstration!)

Take the Bike Share Survey

July 26, 2016 —

If you enjoy bicycling, please take a few seconds to complete this survey. As reported back in May, New Rochelle hopes to launch Westchester’s first bike share program this fall. Your input will help us to get the program rolling (no pun intended.) The survey contains only 4 questions, so it should be a snap … Continue reading Take the Bike Share Survey →

Agostino

NY Times Raves About Agostino’s on Pelham Road

July 25, 2016 —

Another glowing review for a New Rochelle restaurant in the New York Times, this time for Agostino’s, which gets an “excellent” rating. Money quote: “They don’t make many Italian restaurants of this quality anymore.” Agostino’s is located at 336 Pelham Road. The storefront is very unassuming; the pasta inside is another story. Read the full … Continue reading NY Times Raves About Agostino’s on Pelham Road →

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND

LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE REHABILITATION WORK
TOWN OF GREENBURGH


ROADWAY:   Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS:          At the I 287 Bridge.

WHAT:            Bridge rehabilitation work.

IMPACTS:      The right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed within the above limits.

WHEN:            Tuesday, August 16, continuing daily between the hours of 10:00AM and the 3:00 PM until
Friday, August 26, 2016
.

WHO:               New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Rehabilitation.

For additional information please contact the Westchester County Department of Public Works and transportation at (914) 995-2555.

August 18, 2016

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August 18, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Four U.S. swimmers were not robbed, Brazilian officials said, but instead made up the incident after damaging a gas station door

Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

The American swimmers who claimed that they were assaulted at gunpoint over the weekend by assailants posing as police officers fabricated their account of the episode, according to Brazilian investigators. Using video footage and testimony from witnesses, Brazilian police have determined that the incident involved damage to a bathroom door at a gas station where the swimmers stopped in the early hours of Sunday on the way back from a party to the Athletes’ Village. “Unfortunately, the swimmers told one lie after another,” said a Brazilian police official who had reviewed the video images. Read more »

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND

LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE REHABILITATION WORK
TOWN OF GREENBURGH
ROADWAY:   Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS:          At the I 287 Bridge.

WHAT:            Bridge rehabilitation work.

IMPACTS:      The right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed within the above limits.

WHEN:            Daily between the hours of 10:00AM and the 3:00 PM until Friday, August 26, 2016.

WHO:               New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Rehabilitation.

For additional information please contact the Westchester County Department of Public Works and transportation at (914) 995-2555.

Lalor Says “Brunch Bill” Should Go to Cuomo’s Desk Now and Be Signed Into Law Quickly

East Fishkill, NY – (8/18/16) –  Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) is calling on State Senate leaders to send the “brunch bill”, legislation overhauling parts of New York’s archaic liquor laws, to Governor Cuomo’s desk immediately. He is also calling on Governor Cuomo to sign the legislation into law as soon as it gets to his desk.

“This legislation should have been sent to the governor’s desk and signed as soon as it passed,” said Lalor. “This was legislation that the governor had been pushing for. It’s hard to see any justification for the delay. Hospitality businesses in regions around the state, like Lake George, Saratoga, and the Hudson Valley, depend on the summer months for revenue. It is unfortunate that these businesses have missed out on the benefits of this bill for most of the summer.”

The brunch bill, among several other updates it makes to New York’s liquor laws, would allow restaurants and bars to begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of noon.

Lalor added, “I have received calls from a number of local businesses saying that their competitors are selling alcohol early on Sunday, ahead of the new law actually being signed and going into effect. This is to the great detriment of those who are following the law. This is bad for businesses and the rule of law.”

“The legislature passed a good bill, but the delay sending it to the governor’s desk is hurting businesses who continue to follow the law as it is. Of course, the state is also missing out on revenue through licensing and sales taxes. I urge the state senate to send the bill to the governor’s desk as soon as possible,” Lalor finished.

Lalor’s letters to Governor Cuomo and State Senate leaders are available here.

 

 

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..


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August 17, 2016

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August 17, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Two American swimmers who said they were robbed at the Olympics were pulled off their flights home by Brazilian authorities

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:01 PM EDT

Two American swimmers were pulled off their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities, United States Olympic officials said Wednesday night, the latest indication that the police are skeptical of the swimmers’ claims that they were held up at gunpoint during the Rio Games. “We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said. “We are gathering further information.” Read more »

Saturday, August 20, 2:00 p.m.
Art Talk: “Treasures of the Night Skies”

See his work and listen to Scott Nammacher’s creative process.  His prints are created using a unique process that involves printing on a coated piece of thin aluminum, which enhances the color and vibrancy of the photos.  Weather permitting, he will set up a solar telescope for attendees to see amazing views of the sun.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Groundwork Hudson Valley, 22 Main St., 2nd Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

CITY OF YONKERS TO CELEBRATE 91st ANNIVERSARY OF YONKERS MARATHON WITH WEEKEND OF NEW RACES & FAMILY FUN.

 

October 22nd & 23rd Weekend Celebration to Include Inaugural Mud Run and Family Races.

 

YONKERS, NY – August 17, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers will host the 91st Yonkers Marathon on Sunday, October 23, 2016 as part of its Yonkers Marathon Weekend of festivities. The two-day celebration will include a 5K Mud Run Obstacle Course, 5K Superheroes Race, 2K Family Costume Run on Saturday, October 22 and the full marathon, half marathon and 5K on Sunday, October 23.

 

“Each year the Yonkers Marathon continues to grow and establish itself as a prominent event in the region,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “This year is extra special as we celebrate the rich history of our city with the 91st running of the marathon by adding more races and events for residents to enjoy throughout the weekend.  I encourage everyone to come out and support our runners and celebrate the great history of the Yonkers Marathon.”

 

In addition to the Yonkers Marathon, the weekend also will feature a Half Marathon, a 5K race and new this year, a 5K Mud Run with challenging obstacle courses, a Superheroes & a Family Costume Race for adults & children to be held at Trevor Park.  Both days will culminate with an After Party at Yonkers Brewing Company on the Yonkers waterfront.

 

The Yonkers Marathon, which is the 2nd oldest marathon in the country, is USA Track & Field certified and is considered a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  The Yonkers Marathon is consistently ranked high on running sites, such as MarathonGuide.com, and has a long and storied history. It was once home of the national championships and Olympic team qualifiers. Marathon legend John Kelley called it a “marathoner’s marathon,” and New York City Marathon founder Fred Lebow cited it as one his favorite marathons, stating, “You haven’t run a marathon until you’ve run Yonkers.”  The first Yonkers Marathon was held on Thanksgiving Day 1907 and only the Boston Marathon is older.

 

Success PR Inc. has been named Race Director of the Yonkers Marathon Weekend.  “It is an honor to be named the Race Director as we have developed a true ‘Yonkers Marathon Weekend’ this year,” said Tom Cronin – President of Success PR.  “We look forward to partnering with the City of Yonkers and the surrounding tri-state area to make this Yonkers Marathon a continued professional series of races and fun family weekend.”

 

The Yonkers Marathon Weekend schedule is as follows:

Saturday, October 22 –

  • 2K Family Superhero Walk/Run – 10:00 am – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
  • 5K Superheroes Race – 11:00 am – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
  • 5K Mud Run Obstacle Course – 1:00 pm – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
  • Awards Ceremony – 3:00 pm – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
  • After Party – 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Yonkers Brewing Company

Sunday, October 23 –

  • Yonkers Marathon – 8:00 am – 1 Larkin Plaza
  • Half-Marathon – 8:00 am – 1 Larkin Plaza
  • 5K Run – 8:15 am – 1 Larkin Plaza
  • Awards Ceremony – 11:00 am – Larkin Plaza
  • After Party – 11:30 am – 2:00 pm – Yonkers Brewing Company

Registration for all races is open now at http://www.TheYonkersMarathon.com. For more information, contact info@theyonkersmarathon.com or 518-782-2377.

 

About Success PR

Success PR is a full-service public relations firm that specializes in planning special events.  Prior to being named director of the Yonkers Marathon, Success PR founded & successfully ran the Urban Survivor Race & Wilderness Survival Games.  Success PR President Tom Cronin is also the Founder & Publisher of Success Magazine Ltd.

 

Lalor Calls on Arlington Fire Board to Bring Back American Flags.

East Fishkill, NY – (8/17/16) –  Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) is calling on the Arlington Fire District Board of Commissioners to rescind their order to remove American flags flying from the back of the district’s fire trucks.

“When I was on the front lines in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first time we had mail call I received an American flag from my father,” said Lalor. “We put that flag up in the platoon area. Every time we moved to a new position we always put up the flag. The other platoons wrote home and asked for flags. Soon each platoon in our company had an American flag. We displayed the flag because our flag was an incredible source of pride, strength, inspiration and unity. No doubt the firefighters flew our flag on their trucks for the same reasons. They should be able to continue to fly our flag.”

Lalor added, “I have spoken with firefighters and fire experts and they have told me that there are no safety issues or potential operational problems posed by flying the flag on fire trucks. The flag is a symbol of unity that shouldn’t be used to divide. The flags need to go back up.” The board had suggested that the flags were removed because of liability concerns and the distraction they might present to motorists. Lalor consulted with experts who disagreed with the board’s rationale.

The flags had been mounted at the suggestion of the fire union, and the idea was supported by Fire Chief Tony Gallante. On Monday, the Board of Fire Commissioners met and decided to remove the flags by a count of 3-2. The flags were taken down on Tuesday.

 

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..


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ASTORINO ANNOUNCES SENIOR LAW DAY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 27.

Seniors and families can get free advice from legal, financial and geriatric care experts.

 

County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that the 17th annual Senior Law Day will take place on Tuesday, September 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Center in White Plains. The free event will feature 20 workshops on elder law topics, plus free 15-minute, one-on-one consultations with some of the county’s leading legal, financial and geriatric care experts. Parking is also free.

“Successful aging is a lifelong process that requires thoughtful planning,” Astorino said. “It’s never too early to get yourself on the right path, and even if you’ve delayed putting together a plan, then now’s the time to start. Senior Law Day offers direct access to the professionals, free of charge. I encourage all residents to join us at the County Center, and I appreciate the private sector’s increased support over the past year.”

Registration for Senior Law Day is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit http://www.westchestergov.com/seniors or call (914) 813-6300 to sign up. Seniors can register for the one-on-one consultations on the day of the event.

Senior Law Day will provide a wealth of useful information and resources, including:

  • Workshops covering everything from estate and financial planning to health care and affordable housing, taxes, wills, trusts, and much more, including two workshops in Spanish.
  • A free copy of “MAP:  My Aging Plan,” a booklet that details what individuals and families can do from their 20’s through their 80’s and beyond to age successfully.
  • A review of long-term care policies (participants should bring a copy of their policy to the event).
  • Updated copies (upon request) of the “Elder Law Q&A: An Introduction to Aging Issues and Planning for the Future,” in both English and Spanish.

Questions or comments can be emailed to seniorlawdayinfo@gmail.com or tweeted to @seniorlawday.

Senior Law Day builds upon the county’s award-winning Livable Communities initiative, which aims to empower Westchester’s older adults to remain in their homes as they age with dignity, independence and civic involvement.

This past spring, Senior Law Day expanded and launched a new event in Yorktown, where hundreds of Northern Westchester residents participated in free workshops and consultations. Additional evening programs are offered in partnership with the Westchester County Library System throughout the year.

“An estimated 7,000 seniors, family members and caregivers have benefitted from this program since Senior Law Day began in 1999,” said Mae Carpenter, Commissioner of the County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS). “I get many questions from seniors and families, like: ‘When do I get started with estate planning?’ and ‘Should I continue to pay premiums for long-term care insurance?’ Senior Law Day is a great resource where seniors and their families can begin and continue planning their journey into aging.”

Senior Law Day is presented by DSPS, the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services, and the Ninth Judicial District of the New York State Office of Court Administration.

Steven A. Schurkman, Esq., a partner with Keane & Beane in White Plains, is Chair of the annual Senior Law Day program and author of “Elder Law Q&A.” His associate, Sarah A. Steckler, Esq., is Program Manager.

Please visit http://www.seniorlawday.info  for a wealth of useful information.  The resources mentioned above are also available at http://seniorcitizens.westchestergov.com/senior-programs-and-services/publications.

 

Sponsors of this year’s Senior Law Day  are: Amoruso & Amoruso; LLP; Bernie Leiner; Long Term Care Insurance; Bleakley Platt & Schmidt;  LLP, Covey, Roberts & Carmody-Roberts, LLC; Cuddy & Feder, LLP; Ely J. Rosenzveig & Associates, P.C.; Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano, LLP; Ferncliff  Cemetery Association; Glassman & Brown, LLP; Hyman & Gilbert; Interim HealthCare of Greater NY; Keane & Beane, P.C.; Lamson & Cutner, P.C.; Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Asher, PLLC; Law Office of Valorie Joy Promisel; Life House Pooled Trust Services; Littman Krooks LLP; Lob Planning Group; Robert Leitner, CFP; RIA, Financial Advisory Network; Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP; Salvatore M. Di Costanzo, Esq.; Shamberg Marwell Hollis Andreycak & Laidlaw, P.C.; The Bristal Assisted Living; The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, Inc.; The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale; The New Jewish Home Sarah Neuman; The Osborn & Osborn Home Care; The Woodlawn Cemetery; Wartburg; Westchester Elder Care Consultants, LLC; Westchester Library System.

 

For sponsorship information please call Martha Marzano at (914) 813-6435 or visit http://www.seniorlawday.info/sponsors/.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES $1.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH A MINNESOTA PILLOW RETAILER FOR FAILING TO COLLECT NEW YORK SALES TAXES.

Tax Whistleblower Uncovers Failure By “My Pillow” To Collect Sales Tax On Millions Of Dollars In Sales To New York State Customers.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a $1.1 million dollar settlement resolving a whistleblower case against My Pillow, Inc., a Minnesota corporation that sells pillows and other sleep-related products. The lawsuit alleged that My Pillow knowingly failed to collect and remit New York sales taxes on sales made to New York customers through its website and over the telephone. 

The action began when a whistleblower filed a complaint in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Based on its investigation of the whistleblower’s allegations, the Attorney General’s Office contends that from 2011-2015, My Pillow failed to collect and remit approximately $537,000 in sales taxes on taxable sales made over the phone and through the Internet to New Yorkers. My Pillow was required to collect and remit sales taxes because the company sold products at trade shows in New York through independent contractors and other representatives, among other reasons.  The Attorney General’s Office claims that My Pillow knowingly made false records or statements concerning the sales taxes it was required to collect and remit. 

“Out-of-state companies like My Pillow cannot shirk their obligations to New York. Companies that fail to collect and remit applicable sales taxes harm the State and local governments—something that cannot be tolerated,” said Attorney General Schneiderman

This settlement is the latest tax-related recovery resulting from an action filed under the New York False Claims Act.  The Act is one of the state’s most powerful civil fraud enforcement tools because it allows whistleblowers and prosecutors to take legal action against companies or individuals that defraud the government.  Persons found liable under the False Claims Act must pay treble damages, penalties and attorneys’ fees.  Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers may be eligible to receive up to 30 percent of any money recovered by the government as a result of information they provide.  The whistleblower in this action will receive $221,800.00 from the settlement proceeds. 

Attorney General Schneiderman expresses his thanks to the whistleblower and its attorneys, and to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, for their assistance in bringing this case to resolution.

The investigation was led by Assistant Attorney General Maureen A. Fitzgerald and Deputy Bureau Chief Scott J. Spiegelman of the Attorney General’s Taxpayer Protection Bureau, with assistance from Legal Support Analyst Joseph Onwu. 

Bureau Chief Thomas Teige Carroll oversees the Taxpayer Protection Bureau within the Criminal Division of the New York Attorney General’s Office, which is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Kelly Donovan.

August 17, 2016

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August 17, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Donald Trump is shaking up his campaign for the 2nd time in two months. The move is a demotion for Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 3:32 AM EDT

Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, will become the Republican campaign’s chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster for Mr. Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, will become the campaign manager. Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman, will retain his title. But the staffing change, hammered out on Sunday and set to be formally announced Wednesday morning, represents a demotion for Mr. Manafort, who took control of the campaign nearly two months after Mr. Trump won the primary in Indiana, forcing the remaining two candidates from the race. Read more »

Donald Trump’s campaign is undergoing a major staff shakeup, adding two officials to top posts.

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The results are in:

With the support of 68% of our national membership and the backing of our national board, we’re proud to announce the national Working Families Party’s first-ever endorsement for President in a general election: Hillary Clinton.

WFP was an early, enthusiastic supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign in New York and nationwide. Bernie demonstrated the deep hunger of millions of Americans for a “political revolution” — a radical restoration of democracy and participation, an end to the oligarchic power of a wealthy elite, and a new era of economic, racial and climate justice.

But all elections are about choices. This November, that choice could not be more clear. We have the chance to elect the first woman president who is running on the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party — and who is running against perhaps the single most unqualified and dangerous figure in mainstream American politics in a generation.

We choose Secretary Clinton, as Bernie did. We make this announcement knowing we’ll need to work to hold her accountable to her campaign’s promises. But here’s why:

First, because we need to not merely defeat Trump — we need to repudiate him and everything he represents. A Trump victory would not only put a know-nothing, narcissistic, authoritarian jerk in the White House, it would empower the most malignant tendencies in American society. He offers up a phony, racist populism. He mocks the disabled. He stokes fear and incites hatred of immigrants, Muslims, and women. His rhetoric has generated violence.

The task of the next 84 days is to sweep Trump — and Trumpism — off the stage once and for all.

Second, because Secretary Clinton has announced policies during this campaign on many issues that are deeply important to the lives and fortunes of the middle-class, working-class and poor:

    • Public Financing of Elections and Voting Rights. Clinton calls not just for tossing Citizens United but also for the creation of publicly financed elections. Not just restoration of the Voting Rights Act, but also automatic voter registration. There’s no chance of saving our democracy without these reforms.
    • Tuition-Free Higher Education. Clinton has adopted the bulk of Sanders’ free college proposal, and that’s something to be enthusiastic about. This will surely be a huge fight for the next two years.
  • Jobs and Infrastructure. Clinton has called for enormous (and overdue) investment in public spending on clean energy and infrastructure. Trump favors tax cuts for the rich and the fraud known as trickle down.
  • Mass Incarceration. Clinton calls for ending private prisons. For alternatives to incarceration (mostly drug treatment). For reducing mandatory minimums.

But it’s not just the policy proposals. It’s the enormous power of appointments, and not merely the Supreme Court.

The National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor can make it harder or easier for workers to form unions, and for gig economy workers to obtain rights in the workplace. The EPA makes critical choices about how clean our water should be, and whether we will fight climate change for real. People facing foreclosure need advocates at HUD. 401(k) account holders need serious regulators at Treasury and the SEC.

Of course, no candidate is perfect. The truth is that if we are successful in electing Hillary president, she will only be as good as we — social movements, unions, progressive activists and organizations — make her. History is clear on this. LBJ’s achievements on civil rights and the safety net expansion were unimaginable without the civil rights movement; FDR’s New Deal would have been impossible without the mobilization of millions of unemployed and industrial workers. It’s up to us to set the stage for the future we want to see.

Even if a President Clinton were able to pass all of her policy proposals, it wouldn’t be enough to create the world we want to live in. We have to go much deeper than what the Democratic Party or modern capitalism currently allow. We have to change the rules of the game on the economy, on our democracy and on the planet. In the end we need to change the very questions we ask about what we owe each other and what our history really is. Fundamentally, we need to change the balance of power in the society so that the burdens and blessings of the land are truly shared.


Our staff spent hours and hours reading thousands of comments submitted by WFP members during this process. (It’s humbling to be part of an organization with so many committed people.)

A majority of our growing national membership voted to endorse Clinton for many of the reasons laid out above. For the minority who were opposed to endorsing, there were two arguments that we heard most frequently. Some argued we should focus on electing down-ballot progressives; others said WFP should remain “outside” in order to continue pressuring her, without endorsing. These are important points, and are already part of what we intend to do in the years ahead.

In this spirit, I thought it would be helpful to share the party’s national four-part plan for the months to come.

    1. Defeat Trump and Elect Clinton. This means working to mobilize every voter to come to the polls in sufficient numbers to elect Clinton, especially in hotly-contested states. We will not give up on working class white voters who are being played for fools by Trump.
    2. Elect the best down-ballot progressives. No President alone can win the change we need. That’s why we are backing candidates for Congress who will be leaders in the fight for Bernie’s agenda, like Zephyr Teachout. And it’s not just Congress — just as important are State Houses, including the State Senate in New York where we are working to elect a Democratic-Working Families majority.
  1. Hold Secretary Clinton accountable to the promises she made in 2016 by continuing to organize in 2017. We cannot rely on any single candidate to deliver the change we seek, but we can build the power that turns promises into policy. Together with allies, we aim to build a powerful coalition that can keep the pressure high on our progressive priorities. (In the short term, we will mobilize to make sure Sec. Clinton continues to oppose the TPP and stop that bad trade deal in its tracks this year.)
  2. Support the next generation of progressive leadership. We’re going to double down on our candidate pipeline project. This is perhaps our most important task. We need to recruit, train and elect the next generation of progressive leaders, and work with them to help build the political revolution.

That’s it. Thank you all, no matter how you voted, for helping us make this important decision. We’ll need every single one of you with us in the months and years to come. That’s the only way we might make real our vision of a more just and humane society.

In solidarity,

Bill Lipton
New York State Director
Working Families Party

P.S. This is a national endorsement. In New York, the WFP State Committee will meet separately next week to issue our formal nomination for president in New York state.

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Stop the 47% Pay Hike for Career Politicians in Albany!

Fellow Taxpayer,

Albany is at it again! They are playing games at our expense. Our legislature created a Legislative Pay Commission with members they appoint to give themselves a pay raise!

Please stand with me and oppose the 47% pay increase for career Albany politicians!

Given the corruption in Albany and the fact that this is treated as a “Part Time Job” by most of the Legislators, this is a disgrace.

Are you surprised?

The 47% pay increase will take effect January 2017. The salary commission is scheduled to meet again on September 13th. You MUST make your voice heard immediately!

God Bless,

Suzi McDonough

August 16, 2016

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August 16, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
John McLaughlin has died at 89. An ex-priest and Nixon aide, he helped reinvent political talk shows with his “McLaughlin Group.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:17 PM EDT

John McLaughlin, a former Roman Catholic priest who became an aide to Richard M. Nixon in the White House and parlayed his fierce defense of the president into a television career as host of “The McLaughlin Group,” the long-running Sunday morning program of combative political punditry, died on Tuesday at his home in Washington. He was 89. As creator, executive producer and host of “The McLaughlin Group,” which began in 1982, Mr. McLaughlin helped reinvent the political talk-show format by injecting unabashed partisanship and a dash of entertainment. Read more »

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YONKERS MAYOR SPANO CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS TO FILL BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEE VACANCY

 

YONKERS, NY – August 16, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced today his call for submissions to fill a vacancy with the City’s Board of Education, the official policy making body of the School District. The vacancy comes as Trustee Curtis Kendrick submits his resignation after relocating from the City of Yonkers.

 

“I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Kendrick for his years of service to the Board of Education and who served our City and our students with loyalty, professionalism and distinction,” added Mayor Spano.

 

Mayor Spano added, “I encourage qualified and committed Yonkers residents to apply for the new vacancy with our Board of Education,” said. “The Board of Ed is possibly the most important board in the City as it serves our schools, striving to provide the best in quality education for our children.”

Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez said, “On behalf of the Trustees, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to former Trustee Kendrick for his dedicated service to the community championing education for Yonkers students.  Providing opportunities for quality instruction and high expectation for students and staff were foremost in his deliberations during his tenure.  We wish Mr. Kendrick the best in his future endeavors.”

 

The Yonkers Thrives Executive Committee will serve as a blue ribbon panel and review all submissions. Once the Executive Committee reviews all candidates, the team will gather a list of qualified applicants and provide it to Mayor Spano, who will then appoint the new board member.

 

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at www.yonkersny.gov.

 

 

You care a lot about the environmental issues in your town. Make sure Yonkers gets the environmental champion they deserve by registering to vote today.

With important races and issues up for a vote this year, it’s important to make sure your town won’t be forgotten. Preserving our drinking water, protecting our schoolchildren from toxic chemicals, and eliminating the harmful impacts of plastic bags are just some of the important changes local government can make once in office. The first step in taking part in the democratic process this fall is making sure you’re registered to vote.

To vote in the primaries on September 13th, your application must be postmarked no later than this Friday, August 19th.

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Remembering 2 Heroic NY Marines 10 Years Later

Remembering Lance Corporal Michael D. Glover, USMC
(January 19, 1978-August 16, 2006)

pic 1.jpgBright and exceptionally well-liked, Mike Glover had huge pockets of devoted neighborhood, high school and college friends all over the greater New York area. He enjoyed the love and support of his tight-knit family in Rockaway, Queens and beyond. An amazingly loyal person, his fidelity was reciprocated by scores of people fortunate enough to call him a friend.

The day before we got word of his heroic demise, I came across a shirt that Mike got at a Rockaway event that poignantly sums up his allegiances. The front featured a star-spangled shamrock, a tribute to Mike’s patriotic dedication to his country and appreciation of his Irish heritage. On the back is the W.B. Yeats quote, “To think where a man’s glory comes and ends, my glory was I had such friends.”

In the summer of 2001, some of these friends traveled to Europe. Leading the charge was Mike, his New York accent, confident swagger and charming smile. Six countries in three weeks – the continent didn’t know what hit it when Glover came tearing through.

When Mike started at Pace Law in 2004, his classmates immediately flocked to him. A couple of weeks into that first semester, Glover threw a party that was attended by dozens of people recently swept up by his stunning personality.

Mike said many times that the proudest moment of his life was when he marched across that parade deck a newly-minted Marine and held his nephew in his arms. The image of a rugged warrior with a steely gaze gently cradling a toddler epitomizes what a dynamic man Mike Glover was.

Mike’s first training mission with his Marine Corps Reserve unit was in the woods at West Point on a bitter winter night. Cold, soaking wet, overloaded with gear and lugging a heavy machine gun, while others succumbed to the elements and fatigue, Glover gritted his teeth and trudged to the summit of the steep hill.

When Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, motivated by the way the country rallied behind his beloved New York on 9/11, Glover rounded up two other Marines and drove 1,400 miles to the affected area. Using a potent combination of persuasiveness and moxie, he navigated through police and National Guard checkpoints making his way to the command post of the search and rescue efforts in downtown New Orleans.

A New Orleans police officer, who was also a ranking member of the Marine Reserve in Louisiana, took notice of Glover’s exploits and put him up for a medal. Prior to deploying to Iraq, Glover was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. The citation reads in part: “Lance Corporal Glover conducted numerous rescue missions by land and water working from dawn until dusk.”

“Lance Corporal Glover’s initiative and selfless devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

Many were in awe of Mike because under his warm demeanor and bright smile was a leather toughness evidenced by his enlistment in the middle of a war, selection of the infantry as his specialty and decision to volunteer for duty in a ferocious combat zone.

While on a patrol outside of Fallujah, Iraq ten years ago, Lance Corporal Michael D. Glover gave his life for the country he loved, doing what he knew was right. Those who knew and adored him lost a great friend, brother, son, nephew, uncle and cousin, but the country gained a hero for the ages.

Doubtless, Mike’s inspirational impact on hundreds of friends and family members in his short life will reverberate for decades to come. I was privileged to watch Mike take on life with unmatched enthusiasm, and I know that when he went romping and stomping through the gates of Heaven, paradise became a far better place.

Remembering U.S. Marine Corps Captain and NYS Trooper John J. McKenna IV
(March 17, 1976-August 16, 2006) 

pic 2.jpg In 1998, John accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant after his successful completion of Officer’s Candidate School. Upon completion of the Basic School, he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Air Wing where he served with distinction to include tours in Uzbekistan/Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequently earned a Naval Meritorious Award. Captain McKenna left active duty in 2003 to pursue selfless devotion to public service and entered into a career with the New York State Police. He graduated from the State Police Academy on August 8, 2005. During his early days in Troop G, John patrolled Albany International Airport and was later assigned to Kingston NY, Troop “F”.

In light of the ongoing war on terror, John felt compelled to continue his service to his country by joining Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines in Albany NY. John successfully completed Marine Corp Infantry Officers School and was assigned as an Infantry Platoon Commander.

Captain McKenna’s unit was called up for service in February 2005 for duty in Iraq. Captain McKenna and his unit were on foot patrolling the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, when his unit came under coordinated sniper attack. Lance Corporal Michael Glover, who was the point man for the patrol, was struck by a sniper’s bullet and lay wounded on the ground. Capt. McKenna immediately called for his men to throw smoke grenades around Cpl. Glover. Captain McKenna ordered his men to maintain the position of cover and went into the cloud of smoke to aid Cpl. Glover. As Captain McKenna was dragging Cpl. Glover to safety, he was hit by sniper fire.

John received the Silver Star for “Ignoring the imminent peril from heavy incoming fire, Captain McKenna ran into the intersection in an effort to save his downed Marine. Completely exposed to enemy fire, he calmly knelt next to the stricken Marine to assess his condition. As he began to drag the Marine to a covered position, Captain McKenna was hit by enemy fire and was mortally wounded.”

In life, John was a vibrant, thoughtful and energetic young man who loved his family and his country. A voracious reader and a student of history, professionally he was the consummate Marine Officer always leading by example, continuing the same mindset when he donned the Grey Uniform of New York State Trooper. In his off duty time in the State Police Academy, John mentored other cadets as they struggled with their training. As the NY State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett said at John’s Funeral. “There are a few Troopers out there who owe their jobs to John’s friendship and patience with their studies. He is a true American Patriot, son, brother, uncle, nephew who will always be loved and never forgotten.”

Originally Posted At: http://www.jmckennamilitarycourtesyroom.org/about-capt-mckenna/

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

 

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August 15, 2016

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Pennsylvania’s attorney general has been found guilty on criminal charges in a seamy abuse-of-power trial that has shaken the state

Monday, August 15, 2016 9:04 PM EDT

Kathleen G. Kane, the attorney general of Pennsylvania, was convicted Monday night of nine criminal charges, including perjury and criminal conspiracy. It was a stunning end to the political career of Ms. Kane, once an ascendant Democratic star, whose fall came when prosecutors here accused her of leaking grand jury information, and then lying about it, in an effort to discredit a political rival. Read more »

Lalor to NY Dems: Disavow Clinton Illegal Immigrant GOTV Efforts
East Fishkill, NY – (8/15/16) –  Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) is calling on New York State Democrats to disavow Hillary Clinton’s plan to use illegal immigrants to get out the vote (GOTV). The AP is reporting that the Clinton campaign is organizing a GOTV effort centered around illegal immigrants.

“When I first read that Hillary Clinton was mobilizing illegal immigrants to get their friends to vote for her so she can impose amnesty, I thought it was satire,” said Lalor. “Turns out it is not satire but an official strategy of the Clinton campaign. Using illegal immigrants to swing an election makes a mockery of the rule of law and our democracy. It also shows that the Left’s push for amnesty isn’t about compassion. It is about political power for liberal Democrats. This year illegals drag their friends to the polls. After amnesty, eventually, they will go to the polls themselves and vote for Democrats.”

Lalor added, “New York State Democrats should disavow this outrageous proposal. Unfortunately, that’s probably unlikely, given the fact that there is currently a Democrat-sponsored bill in the New York State Senate that would allow illegal immigrants to vote in state and local elections.” Lalor has also been critical of Republicans who want amnesty for illegal immigrants so their big donors can have cheap labor without breaking the law. He is calling on Democrats to hold their party accountable.

Lalor said, “Involving illegal immigrants in get out the vote efforts, at a minimum, increases the possibility of voter fraud. There is at least a chance that some of those who have come here or stayed here illegally would violate the law again by registering to vote and voting in order to get amnesty. That the Clinton campaign is inviting this possibility and increasing the likelihood that it will happen is alarming. It also amounts to a de facto in-kind contribution from illegal immigrants.”

Lalor noted that New York Democrats will be beneficiaries of Clinton’s illegal immigrant GOTV efforts. “If Democrats don’t speak out, they are complicit in this erosion of the rule of law and of our democracy,” Lalor concluded.

 

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..


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YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES COOLING CENTERS REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT THE CITY AS REGION BATTLES HEAT WAVE

 

YONKERS, NY – August 15, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers will continue to designate several locations around the city as Cooling Centers through the remainder of this week’s heat wave. Cooling centers were open over the weekend as temperatures reached 100+ degrees combined with high levels of humidity and some residents experienced power outages.

 

“As we enter the hot, humid, dog days of summer, we will continue to make Cooling Centers available to all residents in need of a cool place to rest and stay hydrated,” said Mayor Spano. “I especially encourage our city’s older adults, residents with medical conditions and those working outside to please stay safe and utilize a Cooling Center located nearest to you if needed.”

 

Each Cooling Center will be equipped with water, seating and air conditioning. The  following locations are open as Cooling Centers during specified hours for all residents through Wednesday, August 17:

 

Peter Chema Center

435 Riverdale Avenue

Yonkers

10:00am-4:30pm

 

Charles Cola Community Center

945 North Broadway

Yonkers

12:30pm-4:30pm

 

Coyne Park Community Center

777 Mclean Avenue

Yonkers

12:00pm-4:00pm

 

Scotti Community Center

680 Bronx River Road

Yonkers

11am-3:30pm

Nepperhan Community Center 342 Warburton Avenue Yonkers 8:00-9:00pm

Yonkers Riverfront Library

1 Larkin Center

Yonkers

9:00am-8:00pm

 

Grinton I. Will Library

1500 Central Park Avenue

Yonkers

9:00am-9:00pm

 

To ensure safety, the Mayor is also raising awareness of heat safety precautions residents should take during periods of extreme heat:

 

  • If you have air conditioning already installed, make sure it works properly before the summer months.
  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate them if necessary. Check your home’s air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, between windows and drapes to reflect heat back outside.
  • Install weather stripping on your home’s doors and windowsills to keep cool air in and hot air out.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers, which can reduce the heat entering a home by up to 80 percent.
  • Keep storm windows in place year-round.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, open your windows during the coolest part of the day and keep fresh air moving around your home with circulating fans.
  • Drink plenty of cool non-alcoholic liquids, especially water.
  • Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight (dark clothing more readily absorbs sunlight).
  • Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.

 

For more information on City Cooling Centers or for any additional assistance, please call the Mayor’s Help Line at 377-HELP.

 

You’ve probably never heard of this guy named Paul Singer. He’s a hedge fund manager and a billionaire.And he decided to spend $500,000 on a Super PAC to support my opponent.

I’ve never met Paul Singer. But I think we should have a debate. If someone’s spending $500,000 on Super PAC in a race for Congress, they should come to the district and debate the issues.

I’m not relying on Super PACs to win. The average contribution to my campaign is about $15. While I’m inviting this hedge fund billionaire to debate, your support can prove that we can go toe-to-toe with anything the Super PACs throw at us.

Will you rush a $3 contribution to our campaign and send an unmistakable message that you’re standing with me against this billionaire and his Super PAC?

Paul Singer probably doesn’t even think half a million dollars is a lot of money. He’s a hedge fund billionaire.

But $500,000 is everything in race like ours, and it could shift the whole election.

That’s the thing with these Super PACs. They’re funded by people with real financial interests, and they want to buy elections to protect or even expand their profits.

Paul Singer is one of those guys. He never met a trade deal he doesn’t like — NAFTA, the Trans Pacific Partnership, any of them. They let him offshore jobs, privatize services, and make tons of money by killing American jobs, farms, and businesses. But what does Paul Singer think about fracking? Or education?

We don’t really know what he’s up to except he wants me defeated. That’s why I’m inviting Paul Singer to debate me. Let’s find out what he’s about.

Rushing a $3 contribution to our campaign will help us meet the challenge from billionaires trying to buy our election. Please add one now.

I firmly believe that a grassroots movement can be stronger than billionaires and their Super PACs. Thanks for helping me challenge this billionaire. I know that we can win.

Gratefully,

Zephyr

 

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August 14, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt cemented his title as the world’s fastest man by winning the Olympic 100-meter dash for the third time

Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:29 PM EDT

Bolt became the only sprinter, man or woman, to win the 100 three times. He is also favored for a third straight gold medal at 200 meters and as the most vital member of Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team. Read more »

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt becomes the first sprinter to win three successive Olympic 100-meter golds, winning Sunday night in 9.81 seconds.

USA’s Justin Gatlin takes silver.

Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. Olympic swimmers were robbed at gunpoint, the U.S. Olympic Committee said after initially denying that Lochte was robbed.

Lochte and fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed by individuals posing as police officers as they headed to the Olympic Village, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.

August 14, 2016

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August 14, 2016

SPECIAL REPORT
Venezuela’s economic turmoil has brought malaria back, spreading it from the jungle to the cities at levels not seen in decades

Sunday, August 14, 2016 11:31 AM EDT

With Venezuela’s economy in tatters, at least 70,000 people from all walks of life have been streaming into a mining region to hunt for gold in watery pits. It is a perfect breeding ground for the mosquitoes that spread malaria. Then, with the disease in their blood, the miners return home to cities where there is often no medicine and little fumigation, and they have passed the disease on to tens of thousands more people and left entire towns desperate for help. Read more »

THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

August 8  to August 12, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Ending Deceptive Practices At Tanning Salons Across NY

The Attorney General reached a settlement with Total Tan that prohibits the company from making misleading claims about the health risks of indoor tanning. Despite the clear dangers of tanning, the company downplayed the risks, while also asserting that tanning prevents an array of diseases. This agreement is the latest in the Attorney General’s effort to educate the public about the harms associated with indoor tanning, and those who are considering going to their local salon should consult the office’s tips so they can get the facts about the risks.

Consumer Protections for Synergy Fitness Club Members

If you are a consumer at Synergy Fitness Clubs in New York City or Long Island, you may be in for a refund. The Attorney General announced a settlement with six Synergy clubs for illegal and deceptive practices that included charging New Yorkers fees that were not disclosed in membership contracts, unfairly applying cancellations policies and engaging in improper billing. Those who believe they had been charged services after they cancelling their membership can now apply for restitution. Remember to check out the Attorney General’s tips when a considering a health club so you can avoid being scammed.

Conviction and Jail Sentence For Doctor Who Sold HIV Meds on Black Market 

The ringleader of a scheme that sold black market HIV medications to patients now faces up to 25 years in prison following a jury trial in Suffolk County. Ira Grass helped perpetrate a scheme that billed Medicaid $274 million for HIV medication illegally obtained from the black market—exposing patients to potentially dangerous drugs. Gross himself profited over $25 million from the fraudulent dealings.

$100 Million Settlement For New York in Barclays Bank Case

The Attorney General’s office led a multi-state coalition that negotiated a $100 million settlement with Barclays that holds the bank accountable for artificially manipulating interest rates. Government and non-profit entities were defrauded out of millions as a result of Barclays actions, but the settlement provides restitution to those affected. Attorney General Schneiderman believes there must be one set of rules for everyone—not matter how rich or powerful, and that includes big banks and financial institutions.

 

In Other News…

A DEC employee pleaded guilty to diverting over $60,000 from companies doing business with the state

Also This Week…

The Attorney General reached a settlement with a golf club engaging in illegal construction in a protected preservation area in Suffolk County

Finally…

Four nursing home staffers were arrested for allegedly failing to provide care to a resident.

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A police officer was shot dead while responding to a call of a suspicious person in south Georgia, officials said. No suspect is in custody 

August 13, 2016

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Five Olympics. 28 medals. 23 of them gold. Michael Phelps closed his career by helping the U.S. capture the 4×100 medley relay.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:16 PM EDT

The United States had never failed to take the gold in the men’s 4×100 medley relay at a non-boycotted Summer Games, and it was not about to end the streak on Saturday, not in the competitive swan song of the all-time greatest Olympian. The backstroker Ryan Murphy and the breaststroker Cody Miller set the stage for Michael Phelps, who handed the freestyle anchor Nathan Adrian a lead he refused to relinquish. The Americans won with an Olympic record time of 3 minutes 27.95 seconds, to give Phelps his 23rd gold medal and his 28th overall. If Phelps were a country, he would be tied for 38th with South Africa. Read more »

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OLYMPICS: Michael Phelps wins 23rd gold medal with US men’s victory in 4×100-meter medley relay.

OLYMPICS: US women’s swim team, anchored by Simone Manuel, wins gold in the 4×100-meter medley relay.

With this victory, US becomes 1st nation to win 1,000 gold medals, according to USOC.

POOL HOURS EXTENDED AT VETERAN AND MASSARO PARK DUE TO HEAT WAVE

Due to the recent heat wave the pool hours at Veteran Park have been extended.

MONDAY they will be 11 to 7:45pm.

MASSARO Park which was scheduled to close after Sunday 8/14/16 will be open on Monday 8/15/16 from 4pm to 7pm.

Hours may be extended further if the heat wave continues.

Greenburgh Public Library
Cosplay Contest for Teens!Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.— 8:30 p.m.

Crush your competition and compete on August 17!
Are you the best Doctor Who ever?
Does everyone mistake you for Shinjin?
What better way to show off your favorite character from anime, manga, television, games, and
books than to dress up like them!

Presented to you by GPL’s Animanga Club.

For more details or to register visit www.greenburghlibrary.org/calendar or call 914-721-8224.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

British actor Kenny Baker, best known for playing R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films, died Saturday at the age of 81, according to his niece, Abigail Shield, who said he had been ill for the past two years with a lung condition.For the hottest news stories this morning from around New York State, please visit www.empirereportnewyork.com … including:
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Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com.

As much as the swimming portion of the Olympics has been about saying goodbye to the legendary Michael Phelps, it has also been about introducing Katie Ledecky to non-swimming fans.

The 19-year-old American is building a legend of her own, capping her Rio Olympics with a stunning win in the women’s 800-meter freestyle Friday night. Stunning not for the fact that she won, but in how she did it.

Toward the end of the eight-lap race, the television cameras had to pull back so viewers could see Ledecky’s competitors. Ledecky broke her own world record with a time of 8:04.79 and finished a staggering 11 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Jazmin Carlin from Great Britain.

Ledecky has five gold medals, having added a quartet this year in addition to a gold in London in the 800 free.

And if the IOC let women swim the 1,500 meters like the men do, she’d have one more gold.

She’ll leave Rio having set two world records.

As for Phelps, he didn’t win his final individual race in the Olympics, the 100-meter butterfly. Phelps was one of three swimmers who tied for silver. One more hundredth of a second and any of them would have been fourth. Joseph Schooling won the race, earning the first ever gold for Singapore.

Schooling has long cited Phelps as his idol. In 2008, Schooling’s parents helped to host a meet with the US swimming champion, where the Singaporean met Phelps for the first time.

The other two medal races Friday were won by Americans. Anthony Ervin became the oldest Olympic swimming champion with gold in the men’s 50-meter freestyle and Maya Dirado earned her first gold of the Rio Games in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke.

The United States women’s soccer team – which had never failed to medal in the Olympics — wasn’t nearly as successful. It lost to Sweden in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 draw in regulation play.

US goalie Hope Solo – who allowed Sweden’s final penalty kick — told reporters that Sweden played like cowards. The better team lost, she said.

Track and field competition got underway Friday, and a record fell on the first day. Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashed the decades-old mark in the 10,000 meters.

She finished in 29:17.45, 14 seconds faster than the record set in 1993 (when Ayana was 2).

American Michelle Carter – whose Twitter handle is @ShotDiva – became the first US woman to win gold in the shot put.

On the cycling track, Bradley Wiggins – who won the Tour de France four years ago –and his British teammates set a world record in a pulsating men’s pursuit final victory over Australia.

A police officer is dead and three suspects are in custody after a shooting at a traffic stop in Hatch, New Mexico, authorities say.

August 12, 2016

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August 12, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Katie Ledecky won another gold in Rio, becoming only the second woman to sweep the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle races

Friday, August 12, 2016 9:31 PM EDT

In 1968, a teenager in North Dakota watched transfixed as Debbie Meyer won the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Mexico City Olympics. The next time the teenager, already a competitive swimmer, got in the pool, she cut through the water repeating to herself, “I am Debbie Meyer.” The teenager would grow up to become the mother of Katie Ledecky, who on Friday night became the first Olympian since Meyer to win the 200, 400 and 800. Ledecky completed the trifecta with a flourish, breaking her world record in the 800 with a clocking of 8 minutes 04.79 seconds. Read more »

Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com.

US swimmer Katie Ledecky wins her fourth gold medal of Rio 2016 Olympics in world-record time in women’s 800-meter freestyle.

SLIDE THE CITY IS COMING TO MOUNT VERNON
City is First in Westchester County to Host Event

(Friday, August 12, 2016) –  Get your swimsuits on, Mount Vernon, because Slide the City is coming to town! Slide the City is a 1,000-foot-long “slip n’ slide” that is big enough for kids of all ages. Slide the City is more than just a good time, it’s a community event with music, food, and entertainment. We are turning Mount Vernon’s steepest hill into a family-friendly event that will cool you off and raise money for charity.

Mayor Richard Thomas said, “We are so excited to bring fun back to Mount Vernon and give the community the chance to come together and share good times as one Mount Vernon family. We’ve done fireworks, block parties, pop-up parks, and neighborhood BBQ’s but we aren’t done yet. Not everyone has the chance to go to the beach or pool so the Thomas Administration is bringing the water park to you. Best of all, Mount Vernon’s heroes – our firefighters, police officers, and veterans – are riding for free. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the slide, Mount Vernon.”

SIGN UP HERE:

WHAT:          Slide the City

WHEN:          Saturday, September 10th, 2016
10:00am to 7:00pm

WHERE:       350 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Dear Friends,

Go Team USA! The summer is heating up, and so are the Olympics. Have you seen Michael Phelps making Olympic history? How about the tremendous gold medal performances by the world’s best all-around gymnast, Simone Biles, or her teammate Aly Raisman, and the fastest woman in the pool, Simone Manuel?
It’s been a very exciting summer games and Yonkers is proud to support Team USA, whether its basketball, rowing or track and field. Did you know that 19 Olympic athletes throughout the years were born right here in our great City? Make sure you continue to tune-in to cheer on the great athletes of Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Matthew Wallace Way

Three years ago, all of Yonkers was saddened by the passing of Matthew Wallace. This outstanding young man unfortunately was killed under tragic circumstances. He was an athlete, boy scout and dreamed of one day becoming an FBI agent.
The Wallace family, who are wonderful people, have dealt with this tremendous hardship by turning adversity into something positive. 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, to ensure that this kind of tragedy can never repeat itself. 
This weekend, we continued to honor Matthew’s memory by designating a portion of Churchill Avenue as Matthew Wallace Way. After the sign was unveiled, we released balloons with messages to Matthew. We know he is looking down on us from heaven and we will continue to strive to do good things in his name. We thank Jeni, Lynwood and the entire extended Wallace family for allowing us to a part of this special day.
 
 
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
 
This past Sunday we joined Yonkers native Pat Quinn to host the Second Annual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Empire City Casino. I nominate YOU to take the challenge and continue to raise awareness and funds to support ALS patients, every August until a cure has been found.
Pat, who was diagnosed with ALS and is one of the co-founders of the global phenomena Ice Bucket Challenge, lead over 400 of us in a simultaneous challenge that is sure to reignite the viral social media movement throughout the month of August to benefit ALS research.
Pat and his wife Jen both commented on the importance of the support that they have received not just from friends and family, but from the entire Yonkers community. This support was evident by the turnout, and additionally, by the Yonkers Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (known as Miles Scully Division #1) who kicked-off the 2016 Ice Bucket Challenge with a $2,000 donation to Quinn for the Win. Thank you AOH Division 1 for always stepping up to the plate.
Pat, who has taken this tremendous adversity and has attempted to turn into a positive, has been very successful raising money for the ALS Foundation globally to support research, but ALS patients like Pat here at home need our help. We need to come together as a community to support those suffering from this debilitating disease. If you would like to donate to help offset the significant costs associated with Pat’s medical expenses, you can contribute to Quinn4theWin at www.q4tw.com. Pat, who is 33 years old, was diagnosed with ALS in March 2013.
Congratulations David Tubiolo

Voters in Yonkers and Mount Vernon re-affirmed their desire for bipartisan, cooperative government on Tuesday when they elected David Tubiolo to the Board of Legislators by a 62%-38% margin. Legislator-Elect Tubiolo replaces retiring Legislator Bernice Spreckman who represented District 14 since 1995.

The special election was held in accordance with the Westchester County Charter which calls for the election to take place within 90 days of the date the seat was vacated. Voter turnout was higher than expected.

I look forward to working with Legislator-Elect Tubiolo for the betterment of Yonkers. Thank you to everyone who came out and voted.
Scenes from Around Yonkers
 
It was a busy week around City Hall. On Saturday, we celebrated Indian-American Heritage with the annual Indian Flag Raising at City Hall. We were treated to a violin rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by some outstanding student musicians from around the City.
 
Also last week, the City celebrated a promotion ceremony for several Yonkers Police officers and welcomed aboard a dozen new police cadets to the force. We look forward to watching them progress through the Academy. As always, we are extremely grateful for everything the men and women of Yonkers finest do each and every day to keep us safe from harm. They have our back, and we must always have theirs.
Upcoming Events
 
8/13/16 – Hands on Nature & Hudson River Family Seining – CURB 35 Alexander Street – 11am – 4pm
8/13/16 – Visit the Science Barge – 99 Dock Street – 12pm – 6pm
8/13/16 – A Guided Meditation with A’tiya Sinae – Blue Door Gallery – 12pm – 2pm
8/13/16 – Movies at the Library – Price & Prejudice & Zombie – Riverfront Library – 2pm – 4pm
8/13/16 – Riverwalk Children’s Entertainment Series featuring Billy Kelly – Van Der Donck Park – 4pm – 5pm
8/13/16 – Family Studio Art & Science Projects – Hudson River Museum – 1pm – 4pm
8/13/16 – Free Star Show – Hudson River Museum – 7pm
8/13/16 – YoFi Fest Film Festival – Hudson River Museum – 8pm
8/14/16 – Family Studio Art Projects – Hudson River Museum – 1pm – 4pm

8/14/16 – Art & Science on the Barge – 99 Dock Street – 2pm – 4pm

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.
Gratefully,
Liam J. McLaughlin
914-377-6060
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UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY (NODINE HILL)

AT SULLIVAN OVAL PARK

 

 

          Yonkers, NY, August 14th, 2016…. In light of the recent shootings in Nodine Hill, we have invited many people to our neighborhood building event to help address this senseless violence. The AAA All-Star Program, in collaboration with the YMCA and SNUG Program cordially invites you to Unity in the Community, this Sunday, August 14, at Sullivan Oval Park from 3pm-7pm.

 

Our goal is to build a level of trust, while demonstrating and promoting the good will between different organizations, elected officials, and community leaders. We are anticipating a large turnout and have many activities for the kids to enjoy. Our event will have a block party feeling with a DJ, water slide, bouncy castle, free food, snow cones, water, granola bars, smoothie samples, basketball games, and performances from the neighborhood youth.

 

Unfortunately in Southwest Yonkers, we have found that our youth and their families are often disconnected and feel powerless to bring about change within themselves and their community. They want a positive solution to this problem. So, we will provide health services which are desperately needed, promote programs that sometimes do not trickle down, and offer leadership opportunities to expunge the feeling of futility. Informational tables will be available with resources to help promote services, programs and activities from our partners and collaborators.

 

Unity in the Community will build trust, educate and unite our elected officials and not-for-profit organizations with our neighborhood. We strongly believe that working together; we can provide greater opportunities and support to our youth and their families.

 

We respectfully request your presence, because our community is in great need of your support.

Experience the Magic of “Hook, Line and Sinker” on August 25th

 

Bring the whole family and come see a magical mask and puppet theater presentation on August 25th at 7:00pm at The Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB), 35 Alexander Street in Yonkers. The FREE program, entitled “Hook, Line and Sinker”, will peer beneath the surface of the Hudson River to explore the Hudson’s dual identity as a prolific natural ecosystem and a PCB-contaminated Superfund site. The performance was created by The Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, whose mission is to create theater that inspires wonder, provokes thought, gives joy and enriches the public imagination. They strive for a theater of visual poetry; handmade and archetypal–imbued with the urgencies of the moment and the elemental impulses of human/nature.

 

Arm-of-the-Sea was founded in 1982 by Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden as an experimental hybrid performance group, combining art, ecology and social action. They continue to experiment with this ephemeral art form as a symbolic visual language that can illuminate the links between human communities and the life-support processes of the planet touring cultural centers, festivals, community venues, and schools throughout the Northeast and beyond.

 

This free public performance is hosted by the Bezcak Center (http://www.centerfortheurbanriver.org) and Yonkers Downtown BID. The performance is sponsored by the Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach Program of the NYS Dept.of Health. Arm-of-the-Sea Theater is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization based in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley. For more information visit: www.Armofthesea.org

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY is a 501©(3) non-profit organization created in 2002. The BID was formed to build working partnerships, encourage investment, and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers Downtown.

It works to promote and implement economic revitalization initiatives and increase the quality of life for all those in Downtown Yonkers. It promotes and preserves the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests while mobilizing public and private resources for these purposes. www.yonkersdowntown.com

The Voice” Finalist Nicholas David to Perform a Free Concert, August 19th at the Jazz, Blues & More Concert Series on the Yonkers Waterfront.

 

Yonkers, NY – August 12, 2016 – On August 19th at 6:30pm international star Nicholas David will perform at the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Amphitheater. He is a vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter from Saint Paul, MN. Prior to his historic run on NBC’s The Voice, Nicholas had already recorded five critically acclaimed albums. What resonated most with audiences is his undeniable old-school and old-fashioned soul, which has been a common thread throughout his career. For more than a decade, Nicholas has composed alternative soul music that connects with people worldwide on a deeply human level.

 

Nicholas’ music is a fully integrative experience, incorporating multiple genres and influences ranging everywhere from Prince to Beethoven. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics and liquid piano playing set him apart and are the reason Skope Magazine calls him “an authentic artist of this millennium.” Fans have even gone as far to speak of his performances as a spiritual service that they actually want to attend.  As part of this very special event, Nicholas will be joined by perennial favorites The Soul Synergy Orchestra, whose past performances are legendary.  For more about this free concert visit: www.YonkersDowntown.com or www.thefeelin.com.

 

Come and experience Nicholas David and his “music from the heart, for the heart”!

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About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Jazz, Blues and More Concert Series

Each year, thousands of people attend the music series.  It’s one of the most anticipated local events of the summer and always draws a great crowd! Make a plan to stop by every Friday evening, rain or shine from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, now through the end of August, at the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Amphitheatre, 71 Water Grant Street. The series is made free by the generous support of sponsors: the Yonkers Downtown BID, the City of Yonkers, Domino Sugar and the Guitar Center. Visit YonkersDowntown.com for all the details.

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY is a 501©(3) non-profit organization created in 2002. The BID was formed to build working partnerships, encourage investment, and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers Downtown. It works to promote and implement economic revitalization initiatives and increase the quality of life for all those in Downtown Yonkers. It promotes and preserves the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests while mobilizing public and private resources for these purposes. www.yonkersdowntown.com

 

The wage gap is real. The latest figures show women making 79 cents for every dollar made by men, and women of color make far less than that. This is a problem that’s been going on for decades.That’s why I was really surprised by my Republican opponent’s comments about equal pay this week. He said that he thinks the wage gap will solve itself through “free market technology,” and we don’t have to do anything else to fix it.

I want to be clear that this is an issue on which we’re very, very different.

When I go to Congress I will be raising up the voices of women who have been shut out. I’ll make sure they get the pay they deserve.

Contribute $3 to our campaign and help me fight for equal pay for women when I’m in Congress.

When women are paid less than men, they save less too, and retire later on more meager savings. That means the wage gap affects women over their entire lifetimes by making them poorer than men overall, and that has a substantial effect on our entire economy.

My opponent John Faso has voted against pay equity four times. One time, he was the only person in the entire Assembly to vote against equal pay. He’s pretty extreme even within his own party.

Let’s be clear about this: Opposing equal pay isn’t just an artifact of Republican extremism. It’s also the position of big companies that don’t want to pay women fairly.

The wage gap isn’t going to fix itself. We need to take action in Congress to fix the decades-long problem where women are paid far less than men.

You have my word that I will do everything I can to make sure women are paid the same as men. Please make a $3 contribution, or whatever you can afford, to help me win our election so I can fight for equal pay in Congress.

Thanks for your support here. I’m glad to have you on my side.

Best,

Zephyr

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POOL HOURS EXTENDED AT VETERAN PARK DUE TO HEAT WAVE.

Due to the recent heat wave the pool hours at Veteran Park have been extended.

Normal hours on today are 11 – 6:45 pm.  Today they will be 11 to 7:45pm.

Hours may be extended next week if the heat wave continues.

President Obama’s summer picks:

Yesterday, President Obama shared his playlist of songs for the summer — two sets of hand-picked tracks including songs from Prince, Aretha Franklin, Common, Chance the Rapper, Manu Chao, and Caetano Veloso.

And today, the President is sharing his official summer reading list — a mix of fiction and nonfiction, including a science fiction epic and a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir.

Check out the President’s summer picks:

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Day

President Obama's daytime summer playlist

  1. LoveHate Thing – Wale
  2. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
  3. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
  4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

See the rest of the playlist →

Listen on Spotify →

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Night

President Obama's nighttime summer playlist

  1. If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele
  2. Espera – Esperanza Spalding
  3. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville
  4. Alright – Ledisi

See the rest of the playlist →

Listen on Spotify →

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List

President Obama's reading list

“Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan
“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
“H Is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
“Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson

See the President’s 2015 list →

Paxos Grill & Cafe: A classic Greek Diner: Great Menu, Delicious Cuisine!

Today’s focus is Paxos Grill & Café
Looking for one of those wonderful Greek Diners where you can have what you want, when you want it? If you are in Downtown Yonkers, visit Paxos Grill & Café!

Owned and operated by Leonidas (Louie) and Rita Vlahopoulos since 2009, this is the place for you! They named their restaurant after the beautiful Greek Island of Paxos! Paxos provides family friendly service, offering a large variety of classic foods and delicious specialties.
Paxos Grill & Café is located at 24 Main Street at the intersection of Main St. and Riverdale Ave.  They are open Mon.-Fri. 9am-6:45pm, Sat. 8am-6:45pm and Sun. 8am – 4pm.

 
Revered for their extensive and tasty menu combined with a cozy diner experience! Check out their gourmet salads, delicious charcoal burgers, Greek and Italian specialties, seafood, paninis, tasty sandwiches, triple deckers, wraps and the list goes on and on. Enjoy everything with a glass of wine or an ice cold beer!
More about Paxos:
Paxosgrillcafe.com
24 Main Street
 
Paxos is also on Grubhub, Delivery.com and others, so you can order their delicious food right from the privacy of your own home!
 
 
For more about Downtown Yonkers and all of the great restaurants, bars and events visit:
 
                                 YonkersDowntown.com
This Restaurant Spotlight is brought
to you by the Yonkers Downtown BID. 
The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY is a 501©(3) non-profit organization created in 2002. The BID was formed to build working partnerships, encourage investment, and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers Downtown.
It works to promote and implement economic revitalization initiatives and increase the quality of life for all those in Downtown Yonkers. It promotes and preserves the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests while mobilizing public and private resources for these purposes. www/yonkersdowntown.com
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Get the HPV Vaccine at PPHP.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

[Hawthorne, NY] —As part of National Immunization Awareness Month, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is offering the HPV vaccine without an appointment.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most commonly transmitted STI – and while most sexually active men and women will contract this virus during the course of their life, many will not know it.

 

Certain strains of HPV cause cancer, causing over 17,000 cancers in women (including nearly 90% of all Cervical Cancer cases) and over 9,000 cancers in men.  The HPV vaccine protects both women and men against the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts, which is why PPHP recommends that both women, and men receive the vaccine as early as possible.

 

The vaccine is administered in three doses over six months, and can be administered as early as age 9. If someone began the process but did not complete all three injections, and are under 27 years in age, they can come to PPHP to complete the vaccine.

 

PPHP offers high-quality, confidential health care to women, men, and young people. To find the nearest PPHP health center, visit www.pphp.org or call (800) 230-PLAN.

 

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Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. (PPHP) is one of 57 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 10 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties. In 2015, PPHP provided services to more than 34,000 patients in more than 59,000 visits. It offered more than 2,300 education and training programs, reaching 30,000 youth and adults. PPHP has served the community for 83 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne, NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit www.pphp.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

Get the HPV Vaccine at PPHP

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

[Hawthorne, NY] —As part of National Immunization Awareness Month, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is offering the HPV vaccine without an appointment.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most commonly transmitted STI – and while most sexually active men and women will contract this virus during the course of their life, many will not know it.

 

Certain strains of HPV cause cancer, causing over 17,000 cancers in women (including nearly 90% of all Cervical Cancer cases) and over 9,000 cancers in men.  The HPV vaccine protects both women and men against the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts, which is why PPHP recommends that both women, and men receive the vaccine as early as possible.

 

The vaccine is administered in three doses over six months, and can be administered as early as age 9. If someone began the process but did not complete all three injections, and are under 27 years in age, they can come to PPHP to complete the vaccine.

 

PPHP offers high-quality, confidential health care to women, men, and young people. To find the nearest PPHP health center, visit www.pphp.org or call (800) 230-PLAN.

 

# # #

 

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. (PPHP) is one of 57 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 10 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties. In 2015, PPHP provided services to more than 34,000 patients in more than 59,000 visits. It offered more than 2,300 education and training programs, reaching 30,000 youth and adults. PPHP has served the community for 83 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne, NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit www.pphp.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

Get the HPV Vaccine at PPHP.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

[Hawthorne, NY] —As part of National Immunization Awareness Month, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is offering the HPV vaccine without an appointment.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most commonly transmitted STI – and while most sexually active men and women will contract this virus during the course of their life, many will not know it.

 

Certain strains of HPV cause cancer, causing over 17,000 cancers in women (including nearly 90% of all Cervical Cancer cases) and over 9,000 cancers in men.  The HPV vaccine protects both women and men against the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts, which is why PPHP recommends that both women, and men receive the vaccine as early as possible.

 

The vaccine is administered in three doses over six months, and can be administered as early as age 9. If someone began the process but did not complete all three injections, and are under 27 years in age, they can come to PPHP to complete the vaccine.

 

PPHP offers high-quality, confidential health care to women, men, and young people. To find the nearest PPHP health center, visit www.pphp.org or call (800) 230-PLAN.

 

# # #

 

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. (PPHP) is one of 57 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 10 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties. In 2015, PPHP provided services to more than 34,000 patients in more than 59,000 visits. It offered more than 2,300 education and training programs, reaching 30,000 youth and adults. PPHP has served the community for 83 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne, NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit www.pphp.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

As of 9:00 a.m. this morning, Friday, August 12, 2016, water restrictions are lifted.  Thank you for your patience and conservation efforts during the times where repairs were necessary.  As always, conservation is important.

For the hottest news stories this morning from around New York State, please visit www.empirereportnewyork.com … including:
De Blasio gives staff $2 million in raises and they are still resigning at a record pace…
TRUMP TO STUMP IN BUFFALO ACCORDING TO CO-CHAIR PALADINO…
NYPOST Front Page: Anthony Weiner still sexting other women…
SOLARCITY’S ELON MUSK ADMITS THEY WON’T MAKE SOLAR CELLS IN BUFFALO…
Pols Open Essex Co. Fair with Cow Milking Contest…
Upstate NY may set a weather record we’ve never heard of before…
What Ed Koch would say about Trump…
Upstate NY man sentenced for killing sister’s dog that peed on rug…
BRIAN KOLB: “I don’t think we deserve a 47% raise…
UPSTATE WINDMILLS ARE “PURE BUNK”…
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Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com.

American Simone Manuel and Canadian Penny Oleksiak tie in women’s 100-meter freestyle, as each wins a gold medal.

August 11, 2016

The New York Times

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Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com.

American Simone Manuel and Canadian Penny Oleksiak tie in women’s 100-meter freestyle, as each wins a gold medal.

Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com.

American Simone Manuel wins gold medal in women’s 100-meter freestyle in a tie with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak.

Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com

Michael Phelps wins 22nd gold medal, his fourth from Rio, in 200-meter individual medley.

Breaking News Alert

August 11, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Michael Phelps struck Olympic gold again in the 200-meter I.M. He not only beat Ryan Lochte, but also an ancient Greek.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:20 PM EDT

The 200-meter individual medley field was chasing Michael Phelps, who was trying with every freestyle stroke to pass Leonidas of Rhodes. Leonidas won 12 individual events over four Olympics, with the last three golds coming in 152 B.C. With Thursday’s victory, Phelps earned his 13th individual gold, and joined the track and field Olympians Al Oerter and Carl Lewis as the only Americans to win an individual event four times. Read more »

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Beginning on September 9th through September 11th, people of all ages will join together for 9/11 Serve + Remember to honor those lost on September 11th, including the 111 men and women from Westchester, by reaching out in caring acts of volunteerism. Join hundreds of volunteers whose actions will feed the hungry, provide live-saving blood, bring dignity to those less fortunate, mitigate environmental damage, nurture early literacy and more.

Families, individuals and business groups are encouraged to register today through one of the available opportunities and to honor the lives of those lost through these individual acts of service.

Detailed information is available at http://www.volunteernewyork.org/service and early registration is encouraged.

The three-day series of community-action projects are coordinated by Volunteer New York!  Visit www.volunteernewyork.org or call 914.948.4452 for more information.

Sincerely,

Margaret A. Cunzio

Macy’s is closing about 100 out of 675 department stores nationwide. Most will close in early 2017.

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SHOCK: 475 Syrian refugees going to “low-cost” Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany…only 11 to NYC…
Whacko Climbing Trump Tower Apprehended…
Ashton Kutcher lobbies Cuomo on Airbnb veto…
SOLARCITY: 50 to 100 workers at $750 MILLION plant…
Cuomo huddles with Dems for session on ‘winning’ State Senate…
DE BLASIO SLAMS CHARTERS: “MISGUIDED FIXATION ON TESTING”…
Bear tears apart car in Adirondacks…
NYPOST Lists “A-Rod’s Top 10 Women”…
Crackhead gets naked, smokes crack on subway…
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During this summer (on Thursday evening’s) residents of our town have enjoyed outstanding Jazz concerts at Yosemite Park -which is located in back of the Theodore Young Community Center. The concerts begin at 7 PM. Tomorrow is the final concert of the season. The concert series was named in honor of William L. Carter, who served as Commissioner of the Theodore Young Community Center.  We expect a very large turnout due to the world class reputation of this band.

On August 11th, The Angela Johnson Band with a Special Guest, will perform to close out the series

Students to perform a piece at the concert tomorrow

In memory of William L Carter,  The William L. Carter Jazz Clinic, one facet of The William L. Carter Foundation, was created to provide local, young musicians, with the opportunity to hone their talents and improve their skills by working with local, professional musicians in a concentrated form of study. The William L Carter Jazz Clinic motto ” Discovering Music Through A Legacy.”

The students have met weekly for five weeks and studied under the tutelage of Jazz Musician, Kenny Lee.

During that time, the students have broadened their understanding of rhythm, phrasing, syncopation, and overall musicality.  They have also deftly rehearsed “Summertime” fromPorgy and Bess.  The students look forward to showcasing their work during the final day of the 1st  William L. Carter Jazz Series held annually in Yosemite Park in Greenburgh, NY.

 

 

Mr. Kenny Lee ” All Stars”

Jazz trumpeter, Kenneth D. Lee, known as Kenny Lee, started his musical ambitions at an early age by playing trumpet in the White Plains elementary and high school jazz and marching bands.  Kenny received his first trumpet lesson from his father, who also played the trumpet.

Upon completion of White Plains High School, Kenny joined the United States Marine Corp and played four years in the United States Marine Corps Band. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps at the rank of Sergeant E-4.

Subsequently, Kenny spent 22 years at the White Plains Police Department and retired as a Detective 1st grade. His career continued as a Criminal Investigator for the Bank of New York. He retired 17 years later as the Regional Security Manager of the Bank of New York.

During all of this period, Kenny continued to play trumpet and later studied trumpet at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains.

Kenny has gained the respect of jazz musicians throughout the Westchester, Connecticut, and New York City area and has had the pleasure of playing with numerous outstanding professional musicians.  To date, Kenny continues to perform at many clubs and restaurants all over the tri-state area with his band, the “Kenny Lee Allstars”.  The band consists of Trumpet, Tenor Sax/Flute, Piano, Bass, and drums.

 

The William L Carter Jazz Musicians

Mr. Adam Pascual- Trumpet/Woodlands Middle School

Ms. Miranda Luiz- Trumpet/Masters School

Mr. Desmond Washington- Pianist/Woodlands Middle School

Ms. Taylor Harris- Vocal/College of Saint Rose

Mr. Samuel Washington III-Saxophonist/ Morehouse College

Ms. Olivia Marie Cook- Saxophonist/ Valhalla Middle School

Mr. Wesley Nyambi- Trumpet/Woodlands High School

Ms. Markeshia Ensley- Pianist/ Vocalist

Mrs. Jamille Rosylin Shands-McGuire/ Violinist

Mrs. Jamille Rosylin Shands-McGuire began playing the violin at the age of 3.  She began her studies at The Westchester Conservatory of Music and attended The Eastman School of Music during college.  Valerie Collymore Bynum, her violin teacher, helped her to master her musical gift.

Jamille has performed internationally in Austria and Budapest; played on a 10-day, televised tour through Italy; and played nationally at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  Professionally, she has also performed with The Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, The Delaware Valley Opera, The Hallandale Symphonic Pops, The Orange County Chorale Society, and the Grammy Award winning Jimmy Sturr Band.

In addition to playing the violin, Jamille also attends medical school, runs a financial services practice, volunteers in the community, sings, and plays the piano and guitar.

 

Mr. Jacob Robinson Drum Set/Music Conservatory of Westchester

Drummer Jake Robinson has been teaching and performing in the New York area since earning his Masters in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music on scholarship. While in school, he studied under world-renowned drummers Billy Hart and John Riley, and additionally with Gary Bartz, Marcus Belgrave, and Robin Eubanks. A most versatile player, Jake is well versed in many different styles and stays busy performing Jazz, Funk, Pop, and everything in between. He gives clinics and master classes throughout NYC, and New England tours nationally and internationally, and has performed at world-class venues including Birdland NYC, Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Canterbury Cathedral in England. At the Conservatory, Jake also serves as Assistant Dean and Director of the Summer Music & Arts Programs.

PAUL FEINER

Friend,

I don’t just want my voice to be heard in Albany, I want YOUR voice to be heard!

I am confident that I will make a wonderful Assemblywoman, but I need your support!

Please consider making a donation today to help us reach our $10,000 goal by August 15th!

I would be honored to have your support. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone 914-403-8463. Please visit my website: Suzi4ny.com.

Sincerely,

Suzi McDonough
Candidate, NY State Assembly
Friends of Suzi: 65 Anton Drive, Carmel, NY 10512

Save the date! October 2nd to October 10!

On October 2nd, 2016 the Alliance for Quality Education and our allies will be kicking off an 8 day, statewide education walk, commemorating the 10 year struggle for equity in school funding known as the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE)
The Ed Walk for CFE will leave New York City on October 2 and arrive in Albany on October 10, walk with us!

This year, the 10th day of the 10th month, marks the 10-year anniversary of the CFE court case in which the highest courts of NY ruled that NYS was not meeting it’s constitutional obligation to provide every child with a “sound basic education.”

Yet a decade later, our black, brown, and low-income school districts continue to be severely underfunded

We cannot stand it any longer! That’s why we’re walking, and we’re hoping you will join us!

We kick off the walk in NYC and walk a 150-mile route stopping in cities and towns along the way, to arrive in Albany on the exact anniversary of the momentous court case: October 10.

We are walking as a call for a 2-year phase in of CFE funds for our public schools, so that our children can finally receive the funding they deserve. 


Walk one day, the whole way, or join a local event in your town!

Please, save October 2 to October 10!!

Click here to fill out your count on me form!

Stay tuned for details on when we might be coming to your town and how else you can participate, or contact us directly at walk@aqeny.org

Be apart of history as we walk to Albany for the 10-year anniversary of CFE

In solidarity,

Zakiyah Ansari,
Advocacy Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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For the greater part of our nation’s history, the only way to get a message to the President and the White House was to send it by mail. Technology has made new ways of communicating possible. In the 1880s, the White House began receiving phone calls. In 1994, WhiteHouse.gov introduced a way for the public to submit messages online.

These days, no matter where you are or what time of day it is, it’s possible to connect instantaneously, in real time, to people all over the world. One of our jobs at the White House is to keep up with these new ways of communication.

That’s why today, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to send a note to President Obama simply by messaging the White House on Facebook, the same way you message your friends.

There's a new way to message President Obama at the White House

Getting a word in with the president has always been one of the White House’s most popular citizen services. As President Obama himself has pointed out, “Abraham Lincoln was able to have regular office hours where people would come and wait outside his office, which was over in the residence.” Face-to-face time is a little harder to come by these days, but technology makes it possible for anyone with an internet connection to send a message to the President and his Administration.

The White House’s Messenger bot, a first of its kind for any government the world over, will make it as easy as messaging your closest friends.

So, head on over to the White House’s Facebook page and click “Message” to get in touch with the President.

Thanks,

Jason

Jason Goldman
Chief Digital Officer
The White House
@goldman44

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TODAY: SENATOR GILLIBRAND TO VISIT ALPHA-EN, ANNOUNCE NEW BIPARTISAN “MADE IN AMERICA MANUFACTURING COMMUNITIES ACT” TO GROW MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

 

Gillibrand’s Legislation Would Put Designated “Manufacturing Communities” like Yonkers in Front of the Line to Receive Federal Economic Development Funding

 

Yonkers, NY – On Wednesday, August 10th at 12:30 PM, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to visit the new headquarters of alpha-En in Yonkers and announce her bipartisan Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act legislation. Senator Gillibrand’s legislation would grow the manufacturing industry and help create good-paying jobs in Westchester County by creating a permanent program that designates local regions as “Manufacturing Communities,” which would put them in the front of the line to receive federal economic development funding specifically for the purpose of investing in manufacturing.

 

Date:               TODAY, Wednesday, August 10th

Time:              12:30 PM Location:        Alpha-En

i.park — 28 Wells Avenue (at the corner of Bashford Street), 2nd floor

                        Yonkers, NY 10701

 

Senator Gillibrand’s bill would help the manufacturing industry in Westchester County continue to grow by creating a permanent program to competitively award regions with the “Manufacturing Community” designation. This designation would give these communities preferred consideration when applying for up to $1.3 billion in currently available federal economic development funding for manufacturing. This legislation encourages a regionally-driven approach to strengthening the manufacturing industry. To compete for funding through this program and earn the “Manufacturing Communities” designation, communities would create regional partnerships with key stakeholders such as local and state economic development officials, local governments, manufacturers, labor organizations, and higher education or other training providers.

 

In order to earn the Manufacturing Communities designation, communities would demonstrate the significance of manufacturing in their region and develop strategies to utilize their “Manufacturing Communities” designation in making investments in six areas:

 

  • Workforce training and retraining;
  • Advanced research;
  • Infrastructure and site development;
  • Supply chain support;
  • Promotion of exports and foreign direct investment; and
  • Operational improvement and capital access for manufacturers that supports energy or process efficiency, equipment or facility upgrades, the development of business incubators, among other activities.

 

Senator Gillibrand’s bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Christopher A. Coons (D-DE), and a bipartisan House version was introduced by U.S. Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), Tim Ryan (D-OH), John Katko (R-NY), Cheri Bustros (D-IL), John Garamendi (D-CA), and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX).

 

MCDONOUGH STANDS AGAINST INSIDER, DIRTY POLITICS DEMANDS IMMEDIATE PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM OPPONENT
Mother. Leader. Neighbor.

Mahopac, NY (08/10/16) — Suzi McDonough is exposing the dirty politics of the local political machine and demanding an immediate public apology from her opponent.

“Scared of our grassroots campaign, the political machine is disenfranchising the voters. Sadly my opponent, fearing the outcome of a September primary where the voters decide, used a team of attorneys to have dozens of my legitimate signatures removed using a minor technicality of documentation which voided legitimate Conservative Party members signatures. My opponent’s slanderous assertions are outright lies,” said Suzi McDonough.

McDonough Campaign Manager Antoinette Debellis said, “The comments by our opponent against Suzi, a mother of five and widow to a husband who lost his battle with cancer, are beyond the pale and deserve to be rescinded and replaced with an immediate apology. Our campaign has been positive and community oriented from the start. Those petitions were collected from voters who wanted to see Suzi on the ballot. This underhanded, political maneuver to disenfranchise the voters is pathetic and unforgivable!”

Suzi has always maintained that she would run a positive, grassroots campaign.Suzi has stuck to her pledge and is saddened by her opponent’s most recent plunge into gutterball politics.

Suzi continued, “This is sickening, and while I will continue a positive campaign, my opponent should be ashamed. We will now focus like a laser on the September 13th Republican Primary and look forward to a large grassroots victory against this type of negative politics!”

“As I prepare to shake up Albany. For me this has always been a door to door, voter to voter grassroots campaign. Fiercely independent, the insiders both here and in Albany know that I cannot be controlled and that I am here for the people of this District. I am proud to have integrity and real grassroots support, not being endorsed by proxies or some political figures is fine with me,” McDonough added.

Suzi has lived in Mahopac, a hamlet of Carmel, for over 50 years. She graduated from Mahopac High School and a few years later married the love of her life, Jimmy McDonough. Together, Suzi and Jimmy owned and operated successful businesses in the Hudson Valley and have five amazing children.

The Primary Election for the 94th Assembly District will occur on September 13th.

One of the most-feared consequences of the Citizens United decision appears to have come true.

President Obama warned after the Citizens United decision that it would “open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.” It took a couple years for it to come true, but here we are.

It was just reported that last year a Chinese corporation gave $1.3 million to a super PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. And so far, it appears to be within the law post-Citizens United.

This is what’s wrong with our campaign finance system. We have unregulated, unlimited money in our elections from millionaires, billionaires, and corporations — and now there’s money from outside the country. We’ve got to stop this.

Zephyr is going to fight to overturn Citizens United in Congress. She can stand up to the special interests because she’s not taking their money. But that means it’s up to you and Zephyr, Delfim.

Add your name to say we need to get foreign money out of our elections as part of our work to overturn Citizens United. Click here to sign.

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The choice in our election is pretty clear if you care about big money in politics.

Zephyr’s opponent says that overturning Citizens United “could put the U.S. on the road to tyranny.”

Meanwhile, Zephyr’s work on corruption in politics was actually cited in the Supreme Court justices’ dissent in the Citizens United decision.

These are the stakes. We need to get big money out of politics, and Zephyr’s going to be in that fight every step of the way. She needs you with her, Delfim.

Say that you want to get foreign money out of our democracy as part of our work to overturn Citizens United.

Thanks for standing with Zephyr on this issue.

Best,

Kim Maier
Campaign Manager
Zephyr Teachout for Congress

 

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The US gymnastics team, led by Simone Biles, takes the gold in the women’s team competition.

Biles is competing in her first Olympic Games. The win marks the start of what could be a gold rush for the 19-year-old Biles, who is bidding to take home five gold medals.

It also means the US retains the title it won in London four years ago. It is unbeaten in team competitions during that period.

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Simone Biles and the U.S. women jumped, spun and flew to a dominant gold-medal performance in team gymnastics in Rio

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:18 PM EDT

The team of Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian lived up to their prohibitive favoritism by putting up the highest total score in every apparatus. The gold medal, the Americans’ third team gold after 2012 and 1996, came in the final Olympics for the national team coordinator, Martha Karolyi, a crucial player in the rise of American gymnastics for more than 30 years. Read more »

Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 p.m.

Root to Stalk: Cooking Demonstration

Presented by Tomas Saez, Executive Chef & GPL Board of Trustees Member.

Ever wonder about the culinary possibilities with what’s left on your kitchen cutting board?  Get inspired and motivated to do more with food waste during this presentation.
No registration required.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

 

 

Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

Just Eat It (2014): Documentary & Panel Presentation
View this fascinating documentary that dives into the issue of food waste from farm, through retails, all the way back to the back of their own fridges.  After viewing the documentary listen to a panel of local experts discuss practical ways and tips on reducing food waste.  No registration required

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Golf, Tennis, Food, Auction, and Fun with The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Fairfield/Westchester Chapter September 26, 2016

Help cure Crohn’s and Colitis and have fun at the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter’s 24th annual Golf & Tennis Outing on September 26, 2016 at the Fairview Country Club, 1241 King Street, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Play golf, show your tennis prowess, play cards, enjoy cocktails and dinner, purchase a Betteridge raffle ticket, or bid on exciting auction items to support Crohn’s and Colitis research and education.

Sponsorships Available.  100% of net proceeds will support CCFA activities such as research for a cure and education.  Sponsor a tee, golf cart, tennis court, meal, gift bag, or purchase a journal ad to support Crohn’s and Colitis research and get your company in front of hundreds of potential new clients.  Current Gold level sponsors include: AmTrust Title, Citrix, Ladenburg Thalmann, Tudor Investment Corp., Shearman & Sterling LLP, Skadden, Latham & Watkins LLP, and QueBIT.

Journal Ads Available.  Purchase a journal ad to promote your business, honor a colleague or family member, congratulate our honoree, acknowledge committee members, support The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are two painful, unpredictable lifelong digestive diseases, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  IBD affects 1.6 million people, or 1 in 200, with 90,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  Although $250 million is dedicated to research, there currently is no cure.  $.82 of each dollar raised goes directly towards mission-critical programs.

For more information, visit http://ccfatournament2016fw.auction-bid.org or contact Lisa Harding, (914) 812-8998 or lharding@ccfa.org.

About Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA)

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org).  The Westchester/Fairfield chapter promotes this mission locally.

 

 

JLB screens the movie SOLD.

 

SOLD Screening.

The Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) is holding a one-time screening of SOLD, at Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill, 29 Fitzgerald St. Yonkers, NY on Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.   

This event is open to the public and tickets are $11.  They can be purchased on line via this link.  The evening will also feature a moderated Q&A after the film.  Please invite your friends and family.  We need your support to bring this event to fruition.

This film that tells the unforgettable story of a girl who risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.  SOLD gives a voice to the millions of children who disappear every year. It is a call to action and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit. We are partnered with a service called Tugg, which enables people and organizations to set up screenings in their local theater in efforts to spread awareness of these important issues.

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YONKERS MAYOR SPANO AND NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY ROLL OUT INTERIOR LED LIGHT CONVERSION PROJECT FOR ALL CITY BUILDINGS.

 

Yonkers to Replace Over 20,000 Fluorescent Lights with LED Energy Efficient Tubes, Saving Yonkers Taxpayers Up to $250,000 Per Year.

Yonkers Initiative Part of NYPA’s Five Cities Energy Initiative.

 

Yonkers, NY – August 9, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that, through their partnership in the Five Cities Energy Initiative, Yonkers will replace 20,200 interior lighting fixtures with LED energy efficient tubes in all city operated buildings. The project, partially funded by NYPA, will save Yonkers taxpayers up to $250,000 per year and reduce the City’s carbon footprint by 1,226 tons annually.

 

“Once again Yonkers leads by example as this LED light conversion project continues our commitment to preserving our community for future generations,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.  “Yonkers is already one of the most energy-efficient cities in the nation.  This project and our ongoing partnership with NYPA will help build on that success and cement Yonkers’ position at the forefront of urban sustainability and as a national model for its green initiatives.”
“With projects like the LED bulb installations, Yonkers continues to show its steadfast commitment to fostering a sustainable, energy-efficient future for the city,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This is a win-win. Not only do initiatives like these make meaningful reductions to greenhouse gas emissions, they also save taxpayers money every year.”

Yonkers’ interior LED light conversion project is replacing 32 watt, T8 fluorescent tubes to more efficient 12 watt LED T8 tubes. Buildings where its lights are being replaced include Yonkers City Hall, Robert W. Cacace Justice Center, 87 Nepperhan Government Building, Yonkers Riverfront Library, Grinton I. Will Library, Crestwood Library and the Hudson River Museum.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

 

LED bulbs can be six to seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80%. LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more and last 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. Yonkers’ LED light conversion project is funded by a $300,000 grant provided by NYPA as part of the Five Cities Energy Master Plan which was launched in 2014.

 

Over the last four years, Mayor Spano and the City of Yonkers have undertaken one of the most ambitious municipal sustainability programs in New York State. Known as Yonkers Green City, the City’s initiatives include the installation of 12,000 new LED street lights, will save Yonkers taxpayers $18 million in energy costs over ten years and reduce the City’s carbon footprint by 12 percent, along with the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in municipal garages.
“I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and his continued support for the City of Yonkers. We look forward to continue working with him and NYPA to expand sustainability efforts in our City,” added Mayor Spano.

 

“The Yonkers Green City Advisory Committee would like to applaud Mayor Spano and the Administration’s efforts in putting sustainability first,” said Julie Chang, of the Yonkers Green City Committee. “The Yonkers Energy Master Plan has several exciting initiatives and we are thrilled to see the City implement the Interior LED lighting project in multiple city buildings.  The City continues to make headway to reduce its carbon footprint and take strides in the City’s overall sustainability.  We are proud to be a part of this exciting project.”

 

Launched in 2015, the Five Cities Energy Plan supports the Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system, while meeting his goal under the recently enacted Clean Energy Standard of having 50 percent of power used in the state come from renewable sources by 2030. The Five Cities plan also expands upon the Governor’s BuildSmart NY Program, to make state-owned and managed buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The cities will work toward the goal of cutting energy use 20 percent by 2020 for municipal buildings and 20 percent by 2030 citywide, including private buildings. If the cities reached those goals, NYPA estimated it could result in $400 million in combined annual savings.

To learn more about Yonkers Green City initiatives, visit www.yonkersny.gov/live/yonkersgreencity.

 

 

A FREE magical musical weekend at the Yonkers Waterfront: A tribute to Yonkers native Ella Fitzgerald and fun music program for the kids by Grammy nominee Billy Kelly!

 

Yonkers, NY – August 9th, 2016 –  On Aug 12th at 6:30pm, the Yonkers Friday Night Jazz, Blues and More Series will feature “Ella Everlasting”, a very special free event where Jazzmeia Horn will perform a musical tribute to Yonkers’ own, Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Jazzmeia Horn is one the biggest rising stars in the world of Jazz and winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. She was also the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition and the 2015 Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Young Lioness Award. Her special tribute to Ella Fitzgerald is a not to be missed event! And best of all, its completely free and open to the public! For more about Jazzmeia visit: http://theartistryofjazzhorn.com.

 

On Saturday Aug 13th, Billy Kelly will perform for the kids at the Riverwalk Children’s Series in Van Der Donk Park across from the Yonkers Metro North station. Billy has been nominated for the 2016 Grammy in the Best Children’s Music Album category.  He has received rave reviews: “This upbeat, hoot of an album with its outstanding performances and unique lyrics and concepts will be welcome in children’s music collections.” – School Library Journal. Bring the kids and enjoy some fun family time at 4pm in Van Der Donck Park, located at 1 Larkin Plaza. This event is also completely free and open to the public. For more about Billy Kelly visit: http://thebillykellyshow.com/press/

 

Downtown Yonkers is fast becoming the place to be and be seen, especially in the arts. Each year, thousands of people attend the Friday Night Jazz, Blues and More music series.  It’s one of the most anticipated local events of the summer and always draws a great crowd! Make a plan to stop by every Friday evening, rain or shine from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, now through the end of August, at the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Amphitheatre, 71 Water Grant Street. The series is made free by the generous support of sponsors: The Yonkers Downtown BID, the City of Yonkers, and Domino Sugar.

 

The Riverwalk Children’s series is yet another wonderful program that rounds out the summer weekends providing fun for the whole family every Saturday at Van Der Donk Park at 4pm.  Be sure to visit YonkersDowntown.com for all the details.

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY is a 501©(3) non-profit organization created in 2002. The BID was formed to build working partnerships, encourage investment, and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers Downtown.

It works to promote and implement economic revitalization initiatives and increase the quality of life for all those in Downtown Yonkers. It promotes and preserves the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests while mobilizing public and private resources for these purposes. www/yonkersdowntown.com

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Farm Stand Open – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Select seasonal, beautiful, local vegetables picked fresh from our fields, and choose from a variety of artisan produce including honey,

eggs, maple syrup, pies and jams.

 

 

SATURDAY

U-Pick – 10 a.m.

Bring a basket and harvest your own fresh produce right from the farm. Pay at the farm stand.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Free guided tour of the farm, fields and animals every fourth Saturday through October.

 

Beekeeping – 10 a.m. – noon

Join us for a taste of honey and learn about harvesting honey from the hive. There will be an overview of when, what and how to harvest.

This workshop will cover both the crush-and-strain and extraction method (which uses centrifugal force to spin honey out of the combs),

as well as how to properly store your honey, different container options and ways to use your harvest. Fee $25, $22.50 for Friends of Hilltop

Hanover; pre-registration required.

 

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.

 

For event tickets and to register for events, go to HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

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American swimmer Ryan Murphy wins gold in the men’s 100-meter backstroke, setting a new Olympic record with the time of 51.97.

Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com.

US swimmer Lilly King sets an Olympic record as she wins gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MAYOR MIKE SPANO LAUNCHES 5th ANNUAL YONKERS “BACKPACK TO SCHOOL” SUPPLY DONATION DRIVE

 

Residents and Businesses Encouraged to Donate Backpacks and School Supplies for Yonkers Students in Need

 

YONKERS, NY – August 8, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the launch of the City’s annual “Backpack to School” school supply donation drive. The drive provides backpacks and school supplies to Yonkers Public School students most in need. This is the fifth consecutive year Mayor Spano and Yonkers Public Schools have organized the drive which is held in partnership with sponsors Heavenly Productions, Empire City Casino and Access Bag N’ Pack. Items donated this year will be provided to students of Community School 13.

 

“Back-to-school supplies are expensive and can be a big financial burden for working families, especially those who have more than one child in school,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I encourage the entire community to join our Backpack to School Drive and lend a helping hand to those students most in need.”

 

According to the National Retail Federation, the average parent spends hundreds of dollars on back-to-school items, including $107.76 on school supplies, $361.74 on clothing and shoes and $204.06 on electronics.

 

Beginning Monday, August 8, backpack and school supply donations may be made at Backpack to School drop-off locations, including Yonkers City Hall, Robert W. Cacace Justice Center, 87 Nepperhan Government Building, Yonkers Riverfront Library, Grinton I. Will Library, Crestwood Library and each of the City’s four Police Precincts. Suggested supply packages for donation include new backpacks filled with the following school supplies:

 

  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Washable markers
  • Glue sticks or Elmer’s glue
  • Rulers
  • Pink erasers
  • #2 pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Composition Books
  • Pencil pouches
  • Pocket folders
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue Packets

 

“For so many of our families these donated backpacks and school supplies provide an enormous help to relieve their financial burden,” noted Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez.  “This collaborative effort is an outstanding example of how business and community, the City of Yonkers and the Board of Education working together benefit our young students and their families.  Help us put a smile on our students’ faces when they wear the new backpacks knowing there are community people who want to help them succeed in school.”

                                                                                         

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada said, “On behalf of the students at Community School 13, we would like to thank, in advance, the local business partners, citizens, families and everyone who generosity participates in this program.  The academic success of our students requires the support of our entire community.  Our children’s achievement is enriched when the community demonstrates a commit to education and to Yonkers’ children in need.”

 

The Backpack to School Drive will run through August 30th. For more information about the program, please contact the City of Yonkers Public Information Office at 914-377-6300 or visit www.yonkersny.gov/backpack.

Follow complete coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio on CNN and CNN.com.

Michael Phelps wins record-extending 23rd Olympic medal as US swimmers take gold in men’s 4x100m relay at Rio 2016.

American Katie Ledecky breaks her own world record to take gold in women’s 400-meter freestyle

At least 38 people have been killed by landslides in the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz after Tropical Storm Earl hit eastern Mexico, according to the official Twitter account of National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Puente.

Starting Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway
    • Monday & Tuesday (8/8 & 8/9) – West Abutment Excavation
      • Southbound Right Lane – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87)
    • Wednesday to Friday (8/10 to 8/12) – Pier 5 Demolition
      • Northbound Left Lane – 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Ashford Avenue
    • 1 lane in each direction at all times until the summer of 2018.

Full details on the Ashford Avenue Bridge project are available at www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge.

August 07, 2016

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August 07, 2016

SPECIAL REPORT
Think tanks claim to be independent. But they have become important players in Washington’s corporate influence machine.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 11:16 AM EDT

Think tanks, which position themselves as “universities without students,” have power in government policy debates because they are seen as researchers independent of moneyed interests. But in the chase for funds, think tanks are pushing agendas important to corporate donors, at times blurring the line between researchers and lobbyists. And they are doing so while reaping the benefits of their tax-exempt status, sometimes without disclosing their connections to corporate interests. Read more »

Alex Rodriguez is set to end his playing career this week, with the New York Yankees announcing today he will play his final game Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The club will then release Rodriguez, and he will serve as a special adviser and instructor with the team through Dec. 31, 2017.

GREENBURGH HIRES THIRD FORMER GRADUATE OF GREENBURGH POLICE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP AS POLICE OFFICER

CAMP, ESTABLISHED IN THE 1990s, PROVIDES TRAINING TO CHILDREN 12 TO 16 YEARS OLD AND HAS INSPIRED GRADUATES TO CHOOSE LAW ENFORCEMENT AS CAREER—

At our last meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board (this past Wednesday) the Town Board hired new officers and promoted others to the police department We also appointed our third graduate of the police summer youth camp to police officer.   Craig Thomas joins former youth camp graduates. Herman Killiebrew, and Peter Schmidt as a police officer.
 

The police summer youth camp was started in the 1990s. Children who are 12 to 16 years old go through a mini police academy where they learned about different areas of law enforcement. The campers visited local and district courts,  and  meet agents from the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI and the Westchester District Attorney’s office.

They also have seen demonstrations by the county bomb squad and aviation unit, the Greenburgh and Yonkers K-9 units, the Hudson River Marine Units and the Greenburgh SWAT/Tech Rescue teams and have gone  to Washington, D.C. to visit the FBI Academy, the Police Memorial Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps Museum.

The goal of the program: to encourage young people to interact with law enforcement and to have a better appreciation of the responsibilities our police have.  I am very proud of the fact that three of our graduates were inspired by the program and decided to become police officers.  Obviously, this camp is a success and has accomplished what we set to achieve when we first established the camp. Thanks to the Lanza Family Foundation for helping to fund the program over the years.  This is the kind of program we need nationally -could help improve relations between the police and youth.

This is a link to the promotion/appointment ceremony (the Chief highlights the background of our new appointments)

http://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/08042016-1022/#8
Appointment Taylor D. Braig, Mitchell C. Cole, Brian P. Doherty and Craig L. Thomas as Entry-Level Police Officers

Promotion of Lieutenant Michael D’Alessio to Captain

Promotion of Sergeants Gregory Attalienti and Daniel Valentine to Lieutenant

Promotion of Detective Scott Harding to Sergeant

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

August 1  to August 5, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Stopping Zika Prevention Scams

Attorney General Schneiderman issued cease and desist letters to 7 companies for deceptively marketing products as “Zika preventive” that do not prevent or protect consumers against Zika virus or mosquitoes. The AG urged New Yorkers to only use products that contain ingredients, such as DEET, that are proven to be effective. Watch the NBC NY coverage here.

Less than 24 hours after the Attorney General commenced action, six of the seven companies removed misleading advertising or completely removed their products online. Read the Times Union story here.

Zika

Watch the press conference here.

Delivering Justice to Sandy Victims 

On Monday, AG Schniederman charged an engineering company with a 50-count indictment for allegedly altering assessment of damage reports of residential properties from Superstorm Sandy. Additionally, the Attorney General released a report that identified fundamental flaws in the National Flood Insurance Program and offered recommendation for reforms to ensure a more transparent insurance claims process for homeowners. Read the New York Times piece here.

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In Other News…

The Attorney General continues to protect employees against unscrupulous non-compete agreements.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will pay $125 million in a 48-state settlement.

Also This Week…

An NYS employee pleaded guilty to stealing over $2.3M in state funds though a bribery scheme.

Finally…

Four nursing home staffers were arrested for allegedly failing to provide care to a resident.

Newburgh


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To ensure the safety of the dancers, musicians and our technical people… we are inside at Saunders High School this evening.

 

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U.S. teen Virginia Thrasher has won the first gold of the 2016 Olympic Games, medaling in the 10 Meter Air Rifle event.

China took the silver and bronze in the competition.

The Olympic Games opened last night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

August 05, 2016

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August 05, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Donald Trump has endorsed Speaker Paul Ryan in his primary race after not doing so earlier. It’s an attempt to heal a G.O.P. rift.

Friday, August 5, 2016 8:28 PM EDT

Moving to heal a deepening rift within the Republican Party, Donald J. Trump belatedly endorsed the primary campaign of Speaker Paul D. Ryan here on Friday, giving his backing to the re-election effort of the nation’s most powerful elected Republican. Mr. Trump ignited a controversy on Tuesday when he said he was not “quite there yet” in supporting Mr. Ryan, echoing a similar line of doubt that Mr. Ryan had cast before eventually endorsing Mr. Trump for president. The remarks threatened to further splinter Mr. Trump’s relationship with the party and infuriated many officials, including Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, publicly, but peacefully, disagreed with him and backed Mr. Ryan. Read more »

Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday, days after saying he wasn’t “quite there” yet.

“We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly, toward real change,” Trump said, reading off notes at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “So in our shared mission, to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.”

Trump earlier in the week had declined to endorse Ryan, as well as Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte. But after endorsing Ryan, Trump then endorsed the Arizona and New Hampshire senators in their primary races, too.

“While I’m at it, I hold in the highest esteem Sen. John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office, and I fully support and endorse his re-election. I also fully support and endorse Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.”

Dear Friends,
We are just days away from the second annual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Empire City Casino, where we come together to raise awareness and much needed funds for ALS patients. The viral challenge was originally founded right here in Yonkers by one of our own, Pat Quinn. We’re doing everything we can to make sure Quinn for the Win gets the funding it needs to support Pat as we work together under the mantra: Every August Until a Cure!
Last year we had a great day. Over five hundred people came out to the event and we hope to make this year’s event even better. So please come out, Sunday August 7th to Empire City Casino from 11am to 2pm. It’s going to be a great day for family and friends.
We hope you can make it but if you can’t, Pat can really use all of our help. At this stage, he needs multiple pieces of specialized equipment in order to carry on with the activities of daily living that we take for granted. Therefore, if you can’t make it, but would like to donate, please do so by visiting www.q4tw.com.
2016 National Night Out
 

We had a great time this week at National Night Out, where we celebrated with the 1st Precinct at Andrus Field, the 2nd Precinct at Coyne Park, the 3rd Precinct at Anthony O’Boyle Park and the 4th Precinct at the Kennedy Marina.

One of the best parts about National Night Out is that you’ll never know who you’ll run into. I walked through several of the events with Rye Deputy Mayor Julie Killian talking to residents and learning from the many informative demonstrations put on by our police department. Check out some of these great pictures to see all the fun:

And no event would be complete without the Deirdre O’Mara School of Irish Dance!

It’s been a difficult year to be a member of law enforcement. Yonkers’ finest work so hard each and every day to keep all of us safe. They truly embody the motto ‘to serve and protect.’ I’d also like to salute the other police agencies which help protect Yonkers including the New York State Troopers, and the Westchester County Police (who were on hand with their police helicopter – a very cool thing to see it take off!) and the many Yonkers residents who serve in fine federal, state and local police units like the NYPD. Thank you all for your service and for everything you do.

 
#RespectYO
 
CBS 2 recently did some great coverage of our ongoing crackdown on littering in Yonkers. We’re not messing around. It’s OUR City, let’s keep it clean!
Despite the fact that they misspelled my name (LOL!), this was an important part of our ongoing advertising campaign which will bring the administration, the Board of Education, local businesses, neighborhood associations and schools kids together to combat liter around the City.
Click here to learn more about our new law which puts sharp teeth in the ongoing anti-littering campaign. Our campaign is geared toward shifting individual perceptions towards littering and includes a multitude of soon-to-be-released initiatives by various City agencies designed to decrease littering. To get involved visit respectyonkers.com.
 
Celebrate India’s Independence Day
 
Indian-Americans are a vital thread in the fabric of this great nation. Please join me this Saturday for the annual flag raising ceremony at City Hall where they recognize the independence of the nation from which they emigrated here.
Happy Birthday Ryan McLaughlin
 
On a personal note, this weekend is very special to Debbie and I as we celebrate our son Ryan’s tenth birthday. Like most other parents, Ryan is the greatest thing that has happened to us and has made the last ten years absolutely amazing. Happy birthday buddy!
Upcoming Events
 
8/6/16 – Hands on Nature & Hudson River Family Seining – CURB 35 Alexander St. – 11am – 4pm
8/6/16 – Visit the Science Barge – 99 Dock Street – 12pm – 6pm
8/6/16 – Opening Reception for WAVE at the Blue Door Gallery – 2pm – 5pm
8/6/16 – Riverwalk Children’s Entertainment Series featuring Mad Science – Van Der Donck Park – 4pm – 5pm
8/6/16 – India’s Independence Day Flag Raising – City Hall – 10am
8/7/16 – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Empire City – 11am – 2pm
8/7/16 – Hudson River Museum Gallery Tour – 1pm – 2pm
8/7/16 – Art & Science on the Barge – 99 Dock Street – 2pm -4pm
 
As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.
Gratefully,
Liam J. McLaughlin
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Alamo Drafthouse joins the Party with Exclusive R-Rated Sausage Party Coloring Book and Movie-Inspired Menu

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s R-rated animated feature calls for an adults-only R-rated coloring book — plus a Shopwell’s smorgasbord of delicious food and drink specials to get your mouth around

When SAUSAGE PARTY opens on August 12, it will indeed be a party at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas nationwide. The upcoming release of the very adult animated comedy from the writers of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and SUPERBAD has been a source of joy and excitement at Alamo for months. Alamo Founder and CEO Tim League has even heralded the film as “the BLAZING SADDLES of our generation.”

Now, Alamo Drafthouse is proud to announce it will offer a totally exclusive, completely NOT safe for work/school/children/home SAUSAGE PARTY coloring book featuring characters and artwork from the film and an introduction by writer and star Seth Rogen himself! The SAUSAGE PARTY COLORING BOOK will be available with advance ticket purchase online starting August 4, and will be on sale at participating Alamo theaters and online through Mondo when the film opens.

“This movie about a talking hot dog has been one of the biggest passion projects we’ve ever had,” says Rogen in his introduction. “You too can experience what it was like to be one of the many amazing animators. Feel the rush of bringing to life to your favorite foods, and then the even greater rush of seeing those foods have sex with each other.”

For just $6, fans can take home a piece of the SAUSAGE PARTY magic and enjoy wholesome, fun activities just like in kids’ coloring books… only made completely unwholesome. Color in filthy scenes from the movie! Enjoy an F-bomb heavy word find! Help Frank find his way through the “Glory Maze” and more!

Alamo head honcho League recently took to the streets — and to a hot dog costume — in a new video outlining the five reasons  he believes you should see SAUSAGE PARTY, praising the film for its relentless wit and sly subversiveness, among other qualities. “I honestly think it’s Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s smartest script to date,” League enthuses.

Vegetarian. Vegan. Pescatarian. Omnivore. No matter the diet, SAUSAGE PARTY reveals a single awful truth: ALL the foods we know and love are actually sentient beings, and every time we eat them we’re committing cold-blooded murder. Cold-blooded, hilarious murder.

But… sausages are DELICIOUS. So are crunchy tacos, creamy hummus and fried twinkies. All of which (and more) can be found among Alamo’s SAUSAGE PARTY food and drink specials, available at participating locations — and on a menu perfectly designed to look like a sales circular from Shopwell’s, the grocery store featured in the film.

Check your conscience at the door and dig into plump, all-beef sirloin hot dogs served on pillowy soft fresh buns in four different styles, all modeled after the lovable, bite-able “Fancy Dogs” on screen. Mow down on “Teresa’s Tacos,” nosh on “Sammy Bagel & the Lavash,” or get a sweet taste of the “The Twink.” Wash it all down with a refreshing (and guilt-reducing) craft cocktail, like the “The Douche” or “The ‘Smoked Out’ Firewater.”

Says League: “SAUSAGE PARTY is going to be the perfect synthesis of food and film at the Alamo Drafthouse.”

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is located at 2548 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers. For more information, visit their website at www.drafthouse.com/yonkers

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SAUSAGE PARTY Opens August 12
Visit https://drafthouse.com/show/sausage-party  to purchase advance tickets and coloring books.

Watch Tim League’s full SAUSAGE PARTY endorsement video here: https://youtu.be/1qcT9-hCPc0

Check out the menu and view/download hi-res photos here:
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About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star- studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered three Academy Award nominations in its short four-year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

SENATOR GEORGE LATIMER ORGANIZES YONKERS COUNCIL OF PTA/PTSAs MEETING TO DISCUSS EDUCATION PRIORITIES.

 

Yonkers, NY –  State Senator George Latimer spoke with local Yonkers Council of PTA/PTSA members to listen to their education priorities and discuss recent state action on public education issues. This meeting was organized by Senator Latimer to ensure Yonkers public school parents had the opportunity to express their views on the state of Yonkers public schools and the education system in general. Senator Latimer also used the opportunity to highlight increased state aid to Yonkers schools and new investments in public education throughout New York State.

 

“Education is the great equalizer, and every single New York student deserves a high quality public education,” Senator George Latimer said. “I have fought to ensure our community receives our fair share of state education aid, as well as necessary resources to help our public school facilities modernize and grow. I appreciate the opportunity to speak with local public school parents and YCPTA leaders about their concerns as well as their priorities for how to improve the quality education our children receive.”

 

Senator Latimer discussed recent increases in state aid provided to public education in general, and to Yonkers specifically. This past year’s budget provided $24.8 billion for public education in New York State, which was a 6.5 percent increase over previous funding levels. On the local level, Senator Latimer helped secure over $277 million for Yonkers, which was a $20 million increase from last year. These funds will help ensure Yonkers students receive a higher quality education and are better prepared for the challenges and jobs of the future.

 

Quote from Yonkers Council PTA: “The Yonkers Council of PTA/PTSAs appreciates the opportunity to discuss general and budget education matters with Senator  Latimer.  Advocacy is our primary mission and we hope to have once again emphasized the importance of sound education policy and proper school funding because our children’s future depends on our advocacy efforts and the efforts by elected decision makers.”

 

Senator Latimer also used the meeting to discuss his concerns with the Albany-mandated linking of teacher evaluation systems with necessary education funds. The Senator stressed that this teacher evaluation system has not been implemented in the vast majority of public school districts, and the system itself is riddled with flaws. To address these concerns, and the need for school districts to receive the state aid they have been promised, Senator Latimer is calling for the two programs to be delinked and for a careful review of the teacher evaluation system.

 

“Artificially tying our children’s education aid with a poorly conceived, deeply-flawed teacher evaluation system is wrong, and it will be our public students who suffer as a result. This Albany mandate should have never been passed, and I urge the Senate Republican Majority to immediately delink these two issues to ensure our students receive the state education aid they deserve,” Senator George Latimer concluded.

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CITY OF YONKERS JOINS YONKERS NATIVE PAT QUINN TO RELAUNCH ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE SUNDAY, AUGUST 7

 

Hundreds to Gather Trackside at Empire City Casino for Simultaneous Ice Bucket Challenge to Benefit ALS Research

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and City Council President Liam McLaughlin along with Yonkers native Pat Quinn, will host a local re-launch of the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sunday, August 7 at 1pm at Empire City Casino. Pat Quinn, diagnosed with ALS and one of the originators of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge last year, will lead hundreds of participants in a simultaneous ice bucket challenge to reignite the viral social media movement throughout the month of August to benefit ALS research.

Chicago Police release videos showing officer-involved shooting incident of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal. Officers are heard cursing at O’Neal, whose arms appear limp as they put him in handcuffs.

Very sad news. A motorcyclist was struck and killed in a collision with an SUV Thursday night, near the Greenburgh Town Hall.

The motorcyclist, a 37-year-old man from the Fairview section of Greenburgh, was heading north on Hillside Avenue. A 78-year-old Greenburgh resident was driving a Chevy Suburban south on Hillside Avenue and turning left onto Old Tarrytown Road when the crash occurred at 10:46 p.m. Members of the Town Board were advised of this sad news which occurred near the Town Hall towards the end of our Board meeting.

 

More than 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents nationwide in 2015, representing a 10 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities compared to 2014, according to preliminary data provided by state highway safety offices. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released these numbers through its sixth annual motorcyclist fatality Spotlight report.

Why Are There Increases In The Amount of Deaths?

 

Experts who compiled this report say some of the risk factors that contributed to the increase in motorcycle fatalities include alcohol and drug use, increased speed limits and a record number of vehicles on U.S. roads. The report, which looks at current data, trends and developing issues, shows that 5,010 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015, only the third year in U.S. history and the first time since 2008 in which the fatality number topped 5,000. Compared with 2014, motorcyclist deaths increased in 31 states, dropped in 16 states and remained the same in three states plus the District of Columbia.

 

Unfortunately, there are many accidents each year. BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE A MOTORIST OR MOTORCYCLIST.

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

 

  • Drivers should be aware and constantly look out for motorcyclists especially at street intersections where a majority of motorcycle collisions occur.
  • Drivers should consciously look out for motorcyclists when they make lane changes or when they exit or enter a parking lot or alley.
  • Motorcyclists should never ride without a DOT-compliant helmet, even when state law does not require it.
  • Motorcyclists and motorists should not operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • All motorists and motorcyclists should obey posted speed limits and not drive at speeds that are unsafe given roadway or weather conditions.
  • Motorcyclists would be well advised to wear bright-colored clothing so they can be better seen by other drivers.
  • When buying a new motorcycle, opt for a model with antilock brakes, which have been shown to decrease fatal crashes by preventing the wheels from locking during braking and helping with maintaining the vehicle’s stability.

 

If you are a driver be careful when driving –don’t get distracted.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES $100K SETTLEMENT WITH E-RETAILER AFTER DATA BREACH EXPOSES OVER 25K CREDIT CARD NUMBERS.

EZcontactsUSA.com Must Pay $100K In Penalties And Reform Business Practices Following Massive Breach.

Schneiderman: We Will Keep Working To Protect New Yorkers From Credit Card Fraud.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Provision Supply, LLC, d/b/a EZcontactsUSA.com, involving a data breach resulting in the potential exposure of over 25,000 credit card numbers and other cardholder data.  EZcontactsUSA.com has agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties and to shore up its data security practices.

 

 “New Yorkers deserve an Internet marketplace that secures their personal information,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “No one should be exposed to identity theft or financial fraud by simply buying something over the Internet. My office will continue working to help protect hardworking New Yorkers from credit card fraud.”

 

On August 7, 2014, a third party infiltrated EZcontactsUSA.com website, which is based in Brooklyn, New York.  On June 05, 2015, EZcontactsUSA.com’s merchant bank notified it that fraudulent charges were appearing on customer credit card accounts. Shortly thereafter, EZcontactsUSA.com engaged a company to conduct a forensic investigation, which discovered and removed all the malware on the EZcontactsUSA.com website.

EZContactsUSA.com never provided notice to its customers or law enforcement about the breach, in violation of General Business Law § 899-aa, which requires notice be provided to affected individuals and various government agencies including Schneiderman’s office, in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay.

Schneiderman’s office also found that EZContactsUSA.com violated Executive Law § 63(12) and General Business Laws §§ 349 and 350 by misrepresenting the safety and security of its website.  EZContactsUSA.com advertised its website as “100% safe and secure,” and “utilizing the latest security technology available.” However, a forensics investigation revealed that EZcontactsUSA.com’s website contained numerous security vulnerabilities. In particular, the investigation revealed that EZcontactsUSA.com did not maintain a written security policy addressing information security problems; deploy effective web server and host based firewall configurations designed to prevent unauthorized access and exploitation of commonly known vulnerable outgoing computer network port(s); implement anti-virus and anti-malware software on any computer systems; monitor and/or review the site’s performance and security configuration, or otherwise conduct vulnerability and penetration testing; or maintain firewall logs, which prevented investigators from determining the frequency of attacker visits and related information.

The settlement requires EZcontactsUSA.com to conduct thorough and expeditious investigations of any future data security breaches, provide prompt notice of data security breaches to affected New York residents and to New York law enforcement, maintain reasonable security policies and procedures designed to protect the personal information of consumers in accordance with New York State General Business laws, and to remediate the many security vulnerabilities contained in its website. EZcontactsUSA.com must also train employees with the most up-to-date data security practices, and pay a $100,000 penalty.

This case was handled by Bureau of Internet and Technology Deputy Bureau Chief Clark Russell and Resident Technologist Marc Kowtko. The Bureau of Internet and Technology is led by Bureau Chief Kathleen McGee and overseen by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Manisha Sheth.

Next week, from Monday August 8 through Friday August 12, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway

o   Monday & Tuesday (8/8 & 8/9) – West Abutment Excavation

  • Southbound Right Lane – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87)

o   Wednesday to Friday (8/10 to 8/12) – Pier 5 Demolition

  • Northbound Left Lane – 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Ashford Avenue

o   1 lane in each direction at all times until the summer of 2018.

 

Full details on the Ashford Avenue Bridge project are available at www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge.

 

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Filing  a  petition  for  certiorari  in  the  Supreme Court or  a case  in  the  lower  courts is  an exercise  in  rigged gambling  and  waste especially  for  pro  ses,  whose  cases  are  weighted  in  the  Federal  Judiciary as  a  third  of  a  case

A  realistic alternative  that  takes  advantage of  presidential  politics  to  inform  the  national  public about,  and  outrage it  at,  judges’  wrongdoing  and  cause  the  public  to  demand nationally  televised  hearings on  judicial  wrongdoing

 

By

 

Dr.  Richard  Cordero, Esq.

Ph.D.,  University of  Cambridge,  England

M.B.A.,  University of  Michigan  Business School

D.E.A.,  La  Sorbonne,  Paris

Judicial  Discipline Reform

http://www.Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org

New  York  City

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  1. Barriers to  access  to  the  Supreme Court:  the  booklet format,  the  preference given  to  a  few  lawyers, the  1  in  100  review chance,  and  the  cost  of  representation

 

  1. Oneof  the  first  barriers  encountered when  filing  for  certiorari  in  the  Supreme Court  is  the  format  of  both  the  brief  and  the  record to  be  filed. It  can  cost  $100,000  or  more  just  to  pay  a  specialized company  to  transcribe and  print  the  record  on  appeal  in  the  booklet format  required  by  Rule  33(*>jur:47fn77)  of  the  Rules  of  the  Supreme  Court  because  if  you  do  not  qualify as  indigent  to  file  in  forma  pauperis,  you  cannot  file  them  on  regular  8.5”  x  11”  paper(jur:47§1).  Given  that  the  Court  takes  cases  in  its  discretion  and  declines  to  do  so  without  explanation, if  it  does  not  take  yours  for  review,  your  printing  costs  together  with  the  filing fee  as  well  as  the  expense  of  researching  and  writing  the  brief  go  to  waste.

 

All  (blue  text  references)  herein are  keyed  to  my  study  of  judges and  their  judiciaries titled  and  downloadable as  follows:

 

Exposing  Judges’  Unaccountability  and

Consequent  Riskless  Wrongdoing:

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  1. Ifyou  cannot  download the  Rules  of  the  Court(jur:47fn77b)  and  pay  attention to,  and  comply with,  their  hundreds of  minute  details, the  Court  will  not  even  have  the  opportunity  to  decide  whether to  take  your  case  for  review:  The  clerk  will  not  accept your  brief  for  filing.  He  will  send  it  back  for  you  to  correct the  mistakes  that  he  listed. You  must  do  so  within the  time  allowed. If  you  miss  the  deadline, subsequently  you  cannot file  your  case,  due  to  untimeliness.

 

  1. Inthe  last  few  years,  some  7,250  cases  were  filed  annually  in  the  Court, but  it  disposed of  an  average of  only  78  cases.  So  your  chances of  having  your  case  taken  for  review are  roughly  1  in  100(cf. jur:47fn81a).  In  the  casinos of  Las  Vegas, your  odds  of  winning  are  better.

 

  1. Yourodds  of  having your  case  reviewed by  the  Court  are  substantially worse  if  you  are  not  represented  by  one  of  the  “superlawyers”  †.  Their  cases  are  decidedly  preferred by  the  Supreme Court:  8  superlawyers argued  20%  of  cases  in  the  nine  years  between 2004-2012.  They  command whatever  attorney’s  fee  the  law  of  offer  and  demand allows,  which  only  a  few,  mostly  corporate parties,  can  afford.

 

 a.  The  Echo  Chamber…At America’s  court  of  last  resort, a  handful  of  lawyers  now  dominates  the  docket;  Reporters Joan  Biskupic,  Janet  Roberts,  and  John  Shiffman, Reuters  Investigates,  Thomson Reuters;  8dec14;  http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/scotus/

  1. Elite  circle of  lawyers  finds  repeat  success getting  cases  to  the  Supreme Court;  Gwen  Ifill  interviews Joan Biskupic,  Legal  Affairs Editor  in  Charge, Reuters;  PBS  NewsHour; 9dec14;  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/elite-circle-lawyers-finds-repeat-success-getting-cases-supreme-court/

 

  1. Superlawyersdeliver what  the  justices demand:  knowledgeable  and  authoritative  arguments based  on  legal  precedent  and  firmly  established or  proposed  principles of  law.  The  justices  want  clarification  about  any  contention in  the  briefs that  raised  questions in  their  minds. From  the  bench, they  will  ask  the  kind  of  question that  is  the  most  difficult to  answer  because it  requires  a  firm  command of  the  law:  ‘What  are  the  legal  implications  of  that  contention?’

 

  1. Thelaw  is  a  system  of  rules  of  conduct  developed over  time  that  intends  to  ensure  predictability  and  prevent  surprise and  arbitrariness.  Points of  law  in  a  case  have  to  fit  together and  with  previous ones  for  the  law  to  make  sense  and  provide a  reliable  standard of  expected  or  acceptable  conduct. A  pro  se  is  unlikely to  have  the  depth  and  breadth  of  legal  knowledge needed  to  answer ‘the  legal  implications question’.  He  or  she  cannot stand  before  the  justices  and  wing  it.

 

  1. Noris  a  pro  se  likely to  have  the  habit  or  skill  to  argue  by  analogy  and  distinction,  i.e.,  similar  facts  should  be  governed  by  the  same  legal  principles, which  contributes  to  complying  with  the  overarching requirement  of  “equal  protection of  the  laws”; and  distinguishable  ones  by  different or  new  ones.  A  pro  se  cannot improvise  the  application of  that  method of  reasoning.

 

  1. Consequently,a  pro  se  cannot  reasonably expect  the  Chief  Justice  and  the  eight  Associate  Justices of  the  august Supreme  Court  of  the  United States,  sitting  on  the  high  bench  to  hear  oral  argument  before the  national  press  and  a  select  audience of  guests,  to  let  a  pro  se  babble,  ramble, and  rant  about  the  facts  of  the  case  and  his  or  her  heartfelt pain  at  so  much  injustice visited  upon  him  or  her  by  the  adverse  party  ‘and  this  is  so  unfair!’…but  zero  legal  arguments. That  scenario  is  not  possible, an  idea  born  of  ignorance of,  or  reckless disregard  for,  the  applicable  standards of  performance  and  court  decorum. Wishful  thinking  is  unrealistic.

 

  1. Itcan  cost  more  than  $1,000,000(jur:48fn83)  to  take  a  case  all  the  way  to  final  adjudication  in  the  Supreme Court.  If  it  remands  to  the  district court  for  a  new  trial, you  start  all  over  again.

 

  1. Doyou  have  the  money  to  retain  a  member  of  the  Supreme Court  bar  to  argue  your  case?  If  you  do  not  have  money  to  even  pay  a  lawyer to  review  your  brief  before filing  it  in  the  Court, you  don’t.

 

  1. Judicialreview in  the  Supreme Court  is  not  only  discretionary with  the  justices, it  is  also  illusory  (jur:48§2;  cf.  46§3).  Worse  yet,  the  barriers to  justice  are  raised  at  earlier  stages.

 

  1. A case  filed  by  a  pro  se  in  a  federal court  is  weighted as  a  third  of  a  case

 

  1. Whenyou  file  a  case  in  a  federal district  court,  you  have  to  file  a  Case  Information Sheet.  It  asks,  among  other  things,  whether you  are  represented, that  is,  a  lawyer  is  appearing  on  your  behalf, or  you  are  pro  se,  meaning  that  you  are  appearing  ‘for  yourself’.  Checking the  “pro  se”  box  in  that  Sheet  has  consequences at  the  brief  in-take  office of  the  clerk  of  court  that  are  funereal  without the  solemnity:  Your  case  was  dead  on  arrival  and  is  sent  right  away  to  potter’s field.

 

  1. Inthe  Federal  Judiciary, pro  se  cases  are  weighted as  a  third  of  a  case(jur:43fn65a  >page  40).  By  comparison, “a  death-penalty habeas  corpus  case  is  assigned a  weight  of  12.89”(jur:43¶81).  As  a  result of  such  weighting, a  pro  se  case  is  given  some  39  times  less  attention than  a  death  penalty  case  regardless  of  the  pro  se  case’s nature,  what  is  at  stake  in  it,  and  whether the  complaint  was  written  by  joe  the  plumber  or  a  law  professor.

 

  1. Yourbrief  is  likely not  to  be  read  at  all…that  is  the  whole  purpose  of  the  Case  Information  Sheet: to  tell  the  court  on  half  of  one  side  of  one  page  what  the  case  is  all  about  and  what  relief the  party  is  requesting  so  that  if  the  court  does  not  want  to  grant  it,  why  bother reading  the  brief? But  you  still  had  to  pay  the  filing  fee  of  $400,  while  a  party  that  filed  an  application  for  a  writ  of  habeas corpus  only  had  to  pay  $5.  Is  this  why  it  is  said  “Justice is  blind”?

 

  1. Justice is  blind,  but  the  judge  sees  the  incompetence  of  pro  se  pleadings

 

  1. Afederal district  judge  has  hundreds  of  weighted  cases. In  fact,  “a  judicial emergency  [is  not  declared  until  there  is  a]  vacancy in  a  district court  where  weighted filings  are  in  excess  of  600  per  judgeship”(jur36fn57).

 

  1. Hence,the  judge  is  expected  not  to  waste  her  time  with  a  pro  se  case,  which  is  most  likely  poorly written  by  an  emotional  plaintiff

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Not a lot of people have rich uncles. So independent business owners go into debt. And that’s our policy right now! It’s not sustainable.

Independent businesses are the heart and soul of our communities — they’re creative and they figure out what local people need. But we’re not doing nearly enough to help them out. Instead it’s huge corporations who get help from our government. That must change.

I’m running for Congress because it’s so clear we need to change how Washington works. We don’t need any more help for big corporations and special interests. We need to put people first.

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SUZI MCDONOUGH CRIES FOUL
Demands immediate extension of the public comment period on Common Core

Mother. Leader. Neighbor.

Mahopac, NY (08/05/16) — Suzi McDonough is urging the public to quickly comment on a proposed U.S. Department of Education plan that would designate schools with at least a 5 percent opt-out rate from Common Core testing as in need of improvement.

“Let’s be honest, the agency has failed to publicize the comment period because there would be severe backlash by all of us parents who oppose this government overreach of high stakes testing that is hurting our children and our teachers. The secrecy and the limited comment period is similar to how Secretary John King ran New York State as our Education Commissioner. Those of us fighting Common Core at the grassroots are tired of our children being used as pawns in a political game and transparency should be demanded now, ” said Suzi McDonough.

The deadline on public comments was shrouded in secrecy and limited public input and discourse. Comments on the new regulations to the Every Student Succeeds Act were to be posted through Monday, Aug. 1 until 11:59 p.m. at www.regulations.gov.

“Parents, teachers and local school officials should have the ability to make decisions about their schools, not the federal government. Forcing a one-size-fits-all approach, particularly for high achieving school districts already doing a great job while being challenged by the tax cap, unfunded mandates and dwindling funds, is insanity that only government can design. Our schools in Westchester and Putnam, exceeding the 5 percent opt-out threshold due to concerns with Common Core, will be penalized and our already limited resources diminished. This will affect our children, our schools and our property values. It is an outrage that we have not been given the time necessary to respond properly. Many of our highest achieving schools will now be negatively labeled. This must be reversed and the comment period extended,” McDonough continued.

Suzi is asking that you join her call and sign her petition to demand an immediate extension of the public comment period on Common Core. To sign her petition please click here!

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ISSUES CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS DEMANDING COMPANIES STOP FALSELY ADVERTISING INEFFECTIVE PRODUCTS AS “ZIKA-PREVENTIVE”.

A.G. And NYC Health Commissioner Warn Consumers About Deceptive Ads For Zika Prevention Products That Don’t Work, Advises On Evidence-Based Zika Prevention Measures Consumers Can Take.

 

Schneiderman: My Office Will Not Tolerate Deceptive Advertising Of Products That Provide Only A False Sense Of Security Against A Real Threat.

 

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office issued cease and desist letters to seven companies that market products with claims that the products prevent or protect against Zika virus even though the products are known to be ineffective for that purpose. The letters demand that the companies selling these products stop advertising them as “Zika-protective” or “Zika-preventive.” The Attorney General also issued a consumer alert warning New Yorkers about the deceptive ads and directing them to evidence-based Zika prevention measures that have been recommended by public health authorities. Attorney General Schneiderman was joined for the announcement by NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

 

“New Yorkers are understandably concerned about Zika virus and looking for ways to protect themselves and their families,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Unfortunately, some companies are taking advantage of public concern about Zika to peddle products that simply don’t work. My office will not tolerate deceptive advertising of products that provide only a false sense of security against a real threat.”

State Senator Adriano Espaillat said, “It is completely unacceptable for companies to deceive their customers, and it is particularly heinous when their deception could negatively impact the public’s health.  I am proud to join Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, a tireless consumer advocate, to tell these companies that we will not tolerate these practices in New York.”

“The only products that provide effective protection from mosquito bites contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and an insect repellent called IR3535 – all other products are a waste of money and may put you at risk of being bitten,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “We continue to remind women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to not travel to a Zika-affected area – that includes most of Latin America and the Caribbean, and a neighborhood in Miami, Florida. Because of the risk of sexual transmission, partners of pregnant women should consider staying away from these areas, too.”

Each of the seven companies that were issued cease and desist letters advertised either ultrasonic devices or botanical oil-based products with claims that the products would prevent or protect against Zika virus by repelling mosquitoes even though the products contain no EPA-registered insect repellents with at least one of the five CDC-recommended active ingredients. The makers of ultrasonic devices claim that they repel mosquitoes by emitting a high frequency buzz. Numerous scientific studies have found that ultrasonic devices do not repel mosquitoes, and may even attract mosquitoes. The makers of botanical oil-based products, including wrist bands, bracelets, patches and stickers, claim that products contain ingredients that repel mosquitoes. Common botanical ingredients, including oil of geranium, cedar, lemongrass, soy and citronella and are not EPA-registered insect repellents with at least one of the five CDC-recommended active ingredients, and the New York State Department of Health has warned that these products have limited effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes. 

 

Zika virus is primarily spread by infected mosquitoes, although it can also be spread by sexual contact or blood contact. Zika virus can cause symptoms including mild fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Zika poses a serious threat to women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, because it may cause microcephaly, a serious birth defect that affects brain development.

 

To prevent bites from potentially infected mosquitoes, the Centers for Disease Control recommend that consumers use only EPA-registered insect repellents with at least one of the five CDC-recommended active ingredients. These repellents contain ingredients that have been clinically proven to effectively repel mosquitoes.

 

Attorney General Schneiderman advised consumers to avoid ultrasonic and botanical mosquito repellents, as well as Vitamin B-based repellents, which have also been found to be ineffective. Products that are currently being sold to New York consumers that claim to prevent the Zika virus, even when these products contain none of CDC-approved active ingredients include:

  • Wildheart Outdoors Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
  • MosQUITo Repellent Bracelet Wristband Band
  • Neor Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
  • Kenza High Quality Zika Mosquito Repellent Smiley Patch
  • Mobile Pro Gear ZIKA Shield Mosquito Repellent Bands
  • STAR Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
  • iGear iGuard 2.0 Ultrasonic Insect Pest Repellent

Instead, the Attorney General advised consumers to look for EPA-registered insect repellents containing at least one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel and icaridin), IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, and Para-Menthane-Diol. Only products containing at least one of these ingredients have been recommended by the CDC as the safe and effective way of protecting against the Zika virus.

 

Consumers should also be aware that there is no cure for the Zika virus as of this date, and products claiming to be cures are deceptive.

 

New York consumers are also advised to follow these CDC recommendations to protect against the Zika virus:

  • Avoid travel in areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus. These areas can be found on the CDC’s website.
  • If one must travel to one of the identified areas, consumers should:
    • Wear pants and long sleeves,
    • Stay in places with air conditioning and screens on windows and doors,
    • Sleep under mosquito bed nets, and
    • Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pre-treated clothing.

 

According to the New York City Department of Health, as of July 15 there were 346 reported cases of Zika in New York City. However, if experiencing symptoms associated with Zika, consumers are strongly encouraged to visit their healthcare provider immediately.  

 

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A jailed ISIS recruit explains how a secretive unit built a global roster of terrorists. “Many of them have returned” home, he says.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 9:04 AM EDT

Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for four straight days to reach the territory controlled by the Islamic State in Syria. He barely had time to settle in before members of the Islamic State’s secret service, wearing masks over their faces, came to inform him and his German friend that they no longer wanted Europeans to come to Syria. Where they were really needed was back home, to help carry out the group’s plan of waging terrorism across the globe. “He was speaking openly about the situation, saying that they have loads of people living in European countries and waiting for commands to attack the European people,” Mr. Sarfo recounted on Monday, in an interview with The New York Times conducted in English inside the maximum-security prison near Bremen. “And that was before the Brussels attacks, before the Paris attacks.” Read more »

For the first time a police officer in the United States has been charged with aiding ISIS.

The Washington Area Transit Authority officer was arrested by the FBI following more than a year of investigation.

There was no evidence of any threat to the Washington, D.C., Metro system, officials say.

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Whenever I speak with folks who have fracking in their communities, I hear the same stories play out. Kids get sick. Water becomes undrinkable. Land values plummet. Jobs disappear.

And yet big companies like Exxon and Koch Industries keep spending millions and millions of dollars on lobbyists, trying to bring fracking to more and more communities. They want to frack all they can, and then leave those towns high and dry — all while contributing to climate change.

It might seem impossible to take on the fracking industry. But it’s not. We won a ban on fracking in New York thanks to a grassroots movement. We went toe to toe with the energy industry and the political establishment and we won.

We can take this fight to the whole country. It’ll be very, very hard — these companies have millions of dollars at their disposal. But I know that we can win again.

Add your name to say you agree we need to fight for a nationwide ban on fracking. With your help we can take on companies like Exxon and Koch Industries and save our environment from fracking.

Organized people in a grassroots movement will always be stronger than big money from special interests. We’ve won once before for banning fracking, and I know we can win again. I just need you with me.

Thanks for being a part of our movement to ban fracking.

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MAYOR SPANO UNVEILS NEW SMART PHONE PARKING APP & MACHINES TO MODERNIZE CITY PARKING.

YONKERS, NY – August 2, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced a dual partnership with Parkmobile and Parkeon that will allow customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking throughout the City of Yonkers.  Patrons can now pay for parking via smart phone using Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones.  In addition, Yonkers has installed 33 wireless and solar powered Parkeon machines that accept coins, bills, debit cards, credit cards and most importantly, are compatible with the Parkmobile phone app.

“We are always looking to provide more innovative programs for our residents,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “With Parkmobile, if you decide to go shopping or grab a bite to eat, you will be able to add more time directly from your phone without going back to the meter.  This phone app, along with the convenience of the state of the art Parkeon parking machines, will make parking easier in Yonkers and I’m excited to add this technology to our city services.”

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.

Over 30 older parking machines have been replaced by the brand new Parkeon machines which have been installed throughout the downtown area.  Parkeon machines have also been added to the Walsh Lot on Palisade Avenue, Belmont Avenue, the Radford Lot and Engine Lot #10 in Chicken Island.  In addition, over 3,000 city parking spaces have been deemed compatible with Parkmobile payment methods, with more spaces to follow in the coming months.

“Parkmobile is honored to partner with a city that is a progressive city,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Yonkers to offer this technology, which enhances the parking experience by eliminating the need to swipe a card or feed coins to a meter.

Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including New Rochelle, Port Chester and Pelham in Westchester County; and NYC’s Department of Transportation recently approved Parkmobile in all five boroughs of New York City.

About Parkmobile

Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network is available in more than 2,000 locations, including 35 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. It is the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country with over 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year.

About Parkeon

For the last 40 years, Parkeon has been in the business of supplying parking and transit systems around the globe.  Their core expertise is in the areas of payment solutions – multi-space parking meters, mobile phone payment, ticket vending machines, fare collection devices and fare validation.  Globally, Parkeon systems can be found in over 3,500 cities in 55 countries.  Parkeon has a worldwide staff of over 1,000 employees based in 8 different countries.  Their products and systems are represented and supported by over 80 distribution and service partners.

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Senator Stewart-Cousins Encourages Coleman School Students To Vote

Yonkers, NY – Senator Andrea-Stewart Cousins visited the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center today to teach a class from the White Plains campus of the John A. Coleman School about the purpose and function of government.

The John A. Coleman School serves the medically fragile residents of the Yonkers-based pediatric center and offers classes to students with special needs in White Plains.
“I’m always happy to speak with the students of the Coleman School about the importance of our Democracy,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “These students should know that their opinions matter, and that their representatives are here to address their concerns.”
The Senator spoke to the class of sixteen elementary school students about the various levels and houses of local, county, state, and federal government, and held a mock legislative session to encourage them to participate in the political process.

Senator Stewart-Cousins divided the class into the two bodies of the State Legislature, the Senate and the Assembly, and had each “chamber” vote on a bill that would require everyone to wear an article of pink clothing every day of the year.

She also stressed the importance of voting and made it known that everyone’s participation would be crucial when they reached voting age.

“Your vote is your voice,” Senator Stewart-Cousins told the class. “You’re going to be impacted by whoever is elected whether you vote or not, so you might as well make your voice heard.”
Senator Stewart-Cousins has championed the Center as one of the state’s best facilities of its kind and has fought for improved access to services for children with developmental disabilities like those the Center treats.
The Center administers rehabilitative services and holistic, palliative treatment to children with a variety of complex medical issues and is committed to giving each child the ability to lead a normalized childhood. For more information, visit: https://setonpediatric.org/

3 PAID FIRE DISTRICTS TO PARTICIPATE IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TONIGHT AT GREENBURGH TOWN HALL—fire safety smoke house, fire engines, safety literature, barbeque     6 to 9 PM   HOPE TO SEE YOU!

The three paid fire districts (Hartsdale, Fairview, Greenville) are participating in the first annual National Night Out at Greenburgh Town Hall, sponsored b y the police department tonIGHT from 6 to 9 PM. A barbeque, food activities, information, a chance to interact with first providers. Learn how to be safe and to keep our children safe. The fire districts will  have the fire safety smoke house for the kids and a fire engine and be handing out fire safety literature. 

A GREAT PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES WITH DOWN SYNDROME–ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY THIS SATURDAY FROM 1 TO 4 PM IN ARDSLEY

Dear Supervisor Feiner,

We were so happy to have you be a part of our Grand Opening exactly one year ago today, and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate our first birthday on Sunday!

Date: Sunday, August 7th

Time: 1-4pm

Place: Our Playhouse

720 Saw Mill River Road

Ardsley, NY 10502

What has our first year looked like?

* more than 130 local children and adults with Down syndrome have participated in programs and events

* more than 70 volunteers who give their time to our Playhouse

* more than 1500 volunteer hours

* more than 90 programs/events held, including monthly programs, special events and literacy tutoring

* launch of our literacy program

* an all-day conference with Professor Sue Buckley

* a hugely successful fundraising Gala

* our first Sock Hop Dance Party

…and many more events, accomplishments, and achievements!

Come celebrate and wish a “Happy 1st Birthday” to GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Farm Stand Open – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Select seasonal, beautiful, local vegetables picked fresh from our fields, and choose from a variety of artisan produce including honey,

eggs, maple syrup, pies and jams.

 

 

SATURDAY

U-Pick – 10 a.m.

Bring a basket and harvest your own fresh produce right from the farm. Pay at the farm stand.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Free guided tour of the farm, fields and animals every fourth Saturday through October.

 

 

SUNDAY

Spin ‘n’ Knit – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Calling all spinners and knitters, beginning or experienced! Gather in an informal atmosphere and be part of a monthly spinning and

knitting group. No fee or registration required for first time attendees; $5 for each subsequent class.

Register at groups.yahoo.com/group/HanoverSpinKnitIn/.

 

 

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.

 

For event tickets and to register for events, go to HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

The CEO of the Democratic National Committee will resign today in the wake of the committee’s hacked email scandal.

Amy Dacey is the highest-ranking official at the DNC to step aside due to the controversy, a senior Democratic official said, but is not the only one. The official did not provide further details.

Dacey is well-respected by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC circle, a source familiar with the resignation said.

The committee is looking to clean house in the wake of leaked emails that appeared to show the committee favoring Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary.

Former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the party’s convention last week as a result of the revelations.

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President Obama urged Republicans to withdraw their backing for Donald Trump, calling him “unfit to serve as president”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:56 AM EDT

In his strongest denouncement of Donald J. Trump so far, President Obama on Tuesday said the Republican criticisms of Mr. Trump “ring hollow” if the party’s leaders continue to support his bid for the presidency this fall, particularly in light of Republican criticisms of Mr. Trump for his attacks on the Muslim parents of an American soldier, Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq. Read more »

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Bill Bratton is stepping down as New York City’s police commissioner. He’s the most widely recognized face in American policing.

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William J. Bratton will step down from his post next month to take a job in the private sector, ending the final chapter of a 45-year career in public life that spanned the country, from Boston to Los Angeles, and reshaped perceptions of crime, the effectiveness of police officers and the image of what a police commander could be. Read more »

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      Dear Mount Vernon Friends and Family,
 
             I am so proud to share with you that one of Mount Vernon’s own, Deajah Stevens, will be representing the United States in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! She will be running the 200-meter dash, adding to Mount Vernon’s legacy of leadership in athletics and inspiring millions of young people to pursue their dreams.
As you know, we Mount Vernonites consider ourselves to be a family which is why we are banding together to make sure Deajah’s mother and sister are able to join her in Rio and cheer her on to victory.
          
            Thanks to the generosity of local business owners, such as the Potack Family from Unitex, Michael and Anthony Paolercio, Atlantis Management Group, Patriece Miller, Judge Nichelle Johnson and countless others online we’ve been able to raise over $11,000 to send the Stevens family to the Olympics!
 
        I am asking for your assistance to help raise just a little more for the family.
 
        If you are inclined, the link to support our Mount Vernon Olympian is here:
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE – JOIN US FRIDAY @ CITY HALL FOR AN OLYMPIC SEND OFF
 
        Also, please join us this Friday, August 5th, at 2:30pm, at Mount Vernon City Hall where we will be sending off Deajah’s family to join her in Rio.
 
        Details on watch parties will be announced and we hope you join us in cheering her to the finish line!
 
        Please do not hesitate to contact the Mayor’s Office for more information at 914-665-2362.
 
Thanking you in advance,
 
 
Mayor Richard Thomas

President Barack Obama strongly rebuked Donald Trump, calling the Republican presidential nominee “unfit” for the presidency following his criticism of the family of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier.

“Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said at a White House news conference in a response to a question about whether Trump is fit for the Oval Office.

“I said that last week, and he keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that has made such extraordinary sacrifices to our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe and the Middle East and Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.”

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Dear MSP Supporters,
As you may have heard, the County Executive recently released his 2016 budget, which proposes drastic cuts in our funding. We need your help today! Act now to ensure that this critical funding is restored.
My Sisters’ Place provides life-saving services to thousands of  victims of domestic violence and human trafficking each year which could not be possible without the County’s funding.
On December 7, the Board of Legislators will make decisions about what items they will add back into the budget so we need your help now. Sending emails and letters to your legislator can make all the difference in getting the funds reinstated. We’ve made it easy for you: simply click here.
Please pass this along and encourage others to do the same on our behalf.
Thank you in advance for your support of My Sisters’ Place!
Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
To learn more about all of the ways to get involved,
please contact info@mspny.org.
Governor Cuomo signs bill allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to be organ donors.
Bill originally introduced by Senator Latimer will increase opportunities for those in need of transplants
 
Senator Latimer today is applauding Governor Cuomo’s signing of Senate Bill S.5313-A, legislation that will allow 16 and 17 year old young people to place their names on the organ donor registry. Similar legislation was first introduced by Senator Latimer when he served in the Assembly (A.8860 of 2011), when the issue was brought to his attention by a constituent,Charlie Rosenberg of Port Chester. Mr. Rosenberg was a transplant recipient, and tireless advocate for greater organ donation efforts; he passed away in 2014. The legislation will allow individuals 16 and older to enroll in the New York State “Donate Life” Registry. Previously, participants had to be at least 18 years of age. The law does require the consent of a parent or legal guardian for the organ donation to actually occur at the time of death.
 
“Giving life or health to another person is one of the hardest, yet most important decisions a family can make. Our communities are full of loving, giving young people, and this new law will provide an opportunity for them to lovingly turn their own tragedy into a better life for someone else,” Senator Latimer said.
 
Up to this point, New York had been only one of five states that did not allow 16 and 17 year old to choose organ donation.
 
Latimer pointed out that because organ donation registration operates through the state Department of Motor Vehicles and an individual’s Drivers’ License, the failure to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to sign up means that for them as potential donors, their next opportunity will be at license renewal 8 years later — when they are in their mid-twenties. “That is too many lost opportunities for people to help others. I commend my colleagues and the Governor for having the foresight and the caring to make this law a reality,” Latimer added.
 
It is estimated that each year, New Yorkers receive approximately 1000 organ transplants, although at any given time, nearly 10,000 people are on the organ recipient list. Ranking far below the national average, less than 20% of New Yorkers have signed up on the Donate Life Registry.
 
People can enroll in the New York State Donate Life registry by going to the following link and completing the registration:

SENATOR LATIMER CALLS ON EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ELIA TO BLOCK U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S PUNITIVE MEASURES.

 
In a letter to New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia, New York State Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester) has called on the Commissioner to use her authority to block the implementation of any proposed punitive actions when parents opt their children out of New York’s standardized tests.
 
Latimer, the ranking member of the Senate Education Committee, commended Commissioner Elia for opposing the proposed sanctions, which would reduce funding for disadvantaged students in districts with opt-out rates exceeding 5%. The Commissioner opposed the plan, proffered a part of a new federal regulation by U.S. Secretary of Education John King in her comments on the proposal, and has spoken out publicly against the idea over the last two weeks.
 
In his letter to Commissioner Elia, Latimer wrote, “We all know that the roll-out of these tests and the ham-handed implementation created huge turmoil, and in no small part contributed to the climate if distrust that exists among some parents. And since then, you have been extremely fair, protecting local school districts from added confusion and punishment.” Latimer pointed out to Elia that under the proposed regulation, his district alone stood to lose over $15 million in Title I funding, a program created by President Lyndon Johnson as part of the War on Poverty.
 
Latimer added, “My request in this letter is simple: I implore you to pledge that you will neither enact nor enforce any such punitive measures in the State of New York if our pleas to abandon this part of the regulation go unheard by Secretary King.”
 

Latimer Blasts Plan to Strip Funding from Schools for Testing Opt-Out.

In a letter to former NYS Commissioner of Education John King, Jr., the new Secretary of Education for the United States, State Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester), the ranking Democrat on the Education Committee, today blasted a regulatory proposal that would strip funding from school district with more than 5% of students opting-out of high stakes tests.
Latimer, who tangled with King while he was New York’s Commissioner, wrote, “Less than six months into your tenure as Secretary of Education, we are facing a huge challenge relative to the proposed ESSA Regulation §200.15, which could penalize school districts by withholding federal funding when parents opt their children out, as is their right and role in determining what is best for their children’s education.
“Seeking to allow the federal government to, at minimum, reduce or eliminate federal Title I funding for those school districts, runs completely contrary to the original intent of Title I. Title I was adopted in 1965, as an educational component for President Lyndon Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’. It is intended specifically to assist disadvantaged children throughout our country.”
Latimer, whose district is among the most diverse in the state, noted that only 3 of the 15 school districts in the 37th S.D. would not lose funding. “Using opt-out rates from 2015, the Yonkers, New Rochelle and White Plains School Districts would potentially face the greatest loss of aid. The total 2015 Title I funding for my Senate District was $16,763,000. The three school districts having opt-out rates at or below 5% total $1,422,000: The total loss of Title I education funding in my district could therefore exceed $15,300,000 per year. Of that, Yonkers faces a hit of $9.6 million, New Rochelle stands to lose almost $2.4 million, and White Plains could lose $1.5 million,” Latimer wrote.
Latimer said he recognizes that the federal government has precedent for trying to use federal funds to persuade governments to take certain actions – like mandatory seatbelt and minimum drinking ages. But he differentiated this proposal from those, noting that what the proposed regulation seeks to address is not the actions of a government, but parents exercising their rights.
Latimer explained in the letter, “Parents opting their children out of high stakes testing is not government policy. It is parents exercising rights on behalf of the best interests of their children. As you are aware, under your tenure in New York, parents raised real and serious concerns about the high stakes testing plans foisted upon our children. It is morally wrong to punish school districts with loss of funding for something they cannot control.”
As an alternative to the Regulation, Latimer proposed working with teachers, families and elected officials on both sides of the aisle to address the justifiable concerns regarding high stakes testing.
Latimer Announces 2016 Re-election Bid, Opens Campaign Headquarters.
 
State Senator George Latimer (D-Westchester) announced his re-election bid on Sunday July 31st at his local Campaign Headquarters, asking for continued support in his fight for good and ethical representation and  cooperative, bi-partisan government.
 
Latimer, first elected to the State Senate in 2012, has had a distinguished career in local, county and state government, complementing his 20 years in corporate life, working for subsidiaries of Nestle and ITT.
 
“When I was on the Rye City Council, we all worked together to get things done for the people of Rye. Later, as the first Democratic Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, I worked across the aisle to bring the people of Westchester the best possible government. In Albany, I’ve established a record as one of the most bi-partisan elected officials in either house and as a strong advocate in Albany for ethics reform. However, our weak ethics laws and the partisan, polarized state legislature, keeps real reform beyond our reach,” Latimer said, in declaring his re-election bid.
 
“What we need in Albany today is exactly what I have done my entire career,” Latimer added. “We need to look past partisan labels, refrain from the name calling and personal attacks, and work together to solve the many problems our state faces.”
 
Latimer said, “We need to fix our ethics laws, to get money and corruption out of government. We need to fully fund our schools, in all of our communities. We need to fix our roads, our bridges and our public transportation.  And we need real mandate relief so that our local governments can do their work better while saving property tax payers millions of dollars.”
 
Latimer pointed to mandates large and small – such as the Medicaid costs required of County government – as a big problem for New York’s local governments. He cited the failure, again, of the state legislature to combine the state and federal primary election dates, which costs local government up to $50 million every two years.
 
Latimer also scorned the state government’s micromanagement of local governments. “This year, I actually had to negotiate and pass a bill to allow the City of Rye to lease advertising space on sports complex fences to not-for-profits, with the money raised going to maintain those same parks. Why do we need a state law do to that? We need to fix so many arcane laws, and we can only do it by working together,” Latimer concluded.
 
Latimer’s headquarters is located at 437 Ward Avenue in Mamaroneck. The phone number is 914-341-1865

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2012.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Joins “Women for Latimer” and Endorses State Senate Candidate George Latimer.

Westchester, NY –On Sunday, October 21, 2012 United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed George Latimer in his bid for the State Senate in the 37th District during a rally outside City Hall in White Plains.  Senator Gillibrand was joined by other pro-choice leaders including NARAL’s Andrea Miller, Renia Schiffrin of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, WCLA’s Cathereine Lederer-Plaskett, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer & other leaders and community members.

“I am proud to be surrounded by so many people today who are making their voices heard this election by standing with George Latimer, a true champion for choice” stated U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  “I know that George Latimer will make us proud in the New York State Senate by fighting hard to ensure that women get equal pay for equal work and access to economic opportunities that will lead the way in the economic recovery.”

George Latimer is one of the most principled, talented, hard-working public officials I have ever known.  And, as our State Senator, he will be an outstanding advocate for all the people of Westchester,” stated Congresswoman Nita Lowey.  “For women the stakes of this election are especially high.  George has been on the right side of the bread and butter priorities that affect women most, including pay equity in the workplace and access to health care in the doctor’s office.  The choice could not be clearer.  And so I am delighted and honored to offer my full and enthusiastic endorsement to a dear friend and a great candidate, the next Senator from the 37th District, George Latimer.”

“George has been a strong and solid advocate for women and has always fought on the right side of our issues. Whether it is supporting women’s health or fighting for pay equity, women across Westchester support George because they know he will always stand up for our continued progress. In the race for the 37th Senate District, George is the only candidate who has a real record of supporting and delivering on the issues women care about,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

NARAL Pro Choice New York President Andrea Miller stated, “George is committed to making life better for New York women and families by looking out for our rights, our values and our pocketbooks. This goes to the core of who George is as a person, and how he votes as a legislator. In a season when candidates across the board are scrambling to make their case to women voters – the key demographic that will determine the outcome of this election – George’s record makes the case for him. He has worked to advance a reproductive health and rights agenda in the State Assembly since 2004, including sponsoring the Reproductive Health Act, voting to ensure that women have access to emergency contraception, ensuring abortion coverage for low-income women, and acting to implement health care reform in New York. With so much at stake in this election, we urge Westchester voters to learn the facts, then vote like their health, lives and future depend on it. Because they do.”

Reina Schiffrin the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic stated, “George Latimer has been endorsed by the PPHP Action Fund because he has always been on the right side of our priorities.  George has always been a fighter for us and will be a strong voice on our behalf as a State Senator because he listens to the Westchester residents he represents and he knows that the health and well-being of women across the State is of vital importance to our future.”

“George’s opponent has shown that he is anti-choice,” stated WCLA-Choice Matters President Catherine Lederer-Plaskett.  “Cohen was no where to be found when we asked him to stand with us on key local issues, demonstrating to the women of Westchester that their health and well-being is simply not a priority.  George has always worked with us and has proven that he will do the right thing when it comes to standing up for women.”

“I am honored to have Senator Gillibrand’s support because we are up against the same things in Washington and Albany and at home during our campaigns; radical opponents who oppose giving women equal pay for equal work and expanding access to vital women’s health services,” stated Assemblyman George Latimer.  “By leveling the playing field for all of Westchester’s citizens, we will truly be able to jump start our economy, cut taxes for the middle class and provide a sustainable community that will allow families to stay here and thrive into the next generation.”

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Hi delfim! We’re really excited about Spot On, our new birth control and period tracking app, but we know that many of our supporters don’t get periods. If this email isn’t useful to you, we hope you’ll pass it along to your friends or family who might be interested.Thanks for standing with us!

It’s going to take all of us, working together, to roll back the wave of anti-abortion restrictions that have passed in the states these last few years and stop new laws from passing.

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America is committed to this work but we need support from people like you to get it done. Will you pitch in right now to help women get the care they need — no matter where they live, no matter what?

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Dear delfim,Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt — the major Texas abortion case that represented the biggest ruling on abortion in decades. We spent years building infrastructure to fight these laws: working with coalition partners, organizing grassroots supporters, and getting ready for the day our momentum would reach a tipping point. That day is now.

But in all the news coverage, it seems like the actual impact of the decision may have gotten a little lost. I’m curious what you and other Planned Parenthood supporters think — do you know what the Texas decision means for women across the country? Answer this quick question to let us know.

Did the Supreme Court’s decision undo Texas‑style abortion laws in all 50 states?

Thanks for taking a minute to tell us what you’ve heard, delfim. We’re launching a campaign to build on the momentum from this decision, and your response helps us understand how people are thinking about its impact.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

NYS Department of Health Equips PPHP in Fight Against Transmission of Zika

 

 

[Hawthorne, NY] Planned Parenthood of Hudson Peconic (PPHP) received 200 Zika virus prevention kits from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) under an initiative designed to protect pregnant patients from exposure to the Zika virus on across New York.

 

“The health of mothers and their babies is paramount to the mission of our organization. Here at Planned Parenthood we are dedicated to ensuring that all families have the ability to raise their children in a healthy and safe environment and are committed to providing not only excellent care but education to our prenatal patients”, said Ann Marie Bentsi-Addison, PPHP Director, Patient Services.

 

The prevention kits include EPA-insect repellant, condoms, Mosquito Dunks© (larvicide) and educational materials explaining the risk of travel, ways to avoid mosquito bites, and information on how larvicide can be used to decrease mosquito populations around the home. They are intended to serve as an educational tool that may be used to educate patients and their partners regarding potential exposure to Zika virus and the potential risk of infection for their unborn baby.

 

“Five of our ten health centers offer prenatal services. All of our prenatal patients will be given specific information about prevention, testing and treatment, as well as travel warnings,” continued Ms. Bentsi-Addison.

 

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Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. (PPHP) is one of 57 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 10 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties. In 2015, PPHP provided services to more than 34,000 patients in more than 59,000 visits. It offered more than 2,300 education and training programs, reaching 30,000 youth and adults. PPHP has served the community for 83 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne, NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit www.pphp.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

For more than 30 years, Planned Parenthood served the New Orleans community from an actual house: the living room served as the waiting area, the kitchen as the lab, the bedrooms as exam rooms.

Some might call it cozy or even charming, but it was far from ideal — which is why I’m so thrilled to announce that last week we officially opened our brand new, state-of-the-art health center in New Orleans.

The exterior of the newly built New Orleans health center
The new health center is capable of serving twice as many patients as our old location on Magazine Street.

This victory didn’t come easy, delfim. From the day we announced plans to build a new health center, our opponents were on the attack.

First, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals tried to stop us with unnecessary, politically motivated regulations against abortion that were eventually thrown out. Then former Governor Bobby Jindal and his cronies in the state capitol launched an investigation into our existing health center operations in Louisiana, and attempted to block Medicaid patients from seeking care at Planned Parenthood. He failed too.

Even when an arsonist poured gasoline on the foundation of our new building last summer, we weren’t swayed. We knew it was more vital than ever that we push forward to expand care for the women, men, and young people of New Orleans.

So we did — thanks to you, and the thousands of other Planned Parenthood supporters who have stood with us every step of the way. Because of your compassion and support, our doctors, nurses, and other staff in New Orleans will be able to provide birth control, STD testing, and other critical care to twice as many patients as before. And soon, we will also be here for women who have made the decision to end a pregnancy. It’s an enormous milestone in our efforts to fight for reproductive rights and health care access in the South, and it couldn’t have happened without you.

The front desk and waiting room of the newly built New Orleans health center
Our New Orleans health center staff can’t wait to get to work and start greeting patients in the new building!

Thank you so much for your commitment to women’s health and rights, delfim. I hope you feel as proud as I do about all that we’ve accomplished together — here in New Orleans, and around the country.

Sincerely,

Melaney A. Linton, President & CEO
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

The matching gift deadline is just a few hours away. Every $1 you give before midnight becomes $2 — up to $150,000 — meaning Planned Parenthood can provide access to critical health care to more patients, and fight even harder against extremists’ attacks on our rights.

This is your last chance to do twice as much at a moment when we really need you — so if you’ve been on the fence about joining this fight, now is the time.

Donate NOW — your gift will be DOUBLED!

— Cecile

Your chance to double your impact for women’s health and rights expires at midnight. This is a pivotal moment in the fight for abortion rights, and there’s no time to waste — make your gift to Planned Parenthood Federation of America right now and every dollar will be matched, up to $150,000!

We’re riding an incredible wave of momentum since Monday, when the Supreme Court struck down two dangerous anti-abortion restrictions that would have left thousands of women in Texas without access to care. So far, efforts to enforce similar anti-abortion laws in Alabama, Mississippi, and Wisconsin have already hit a legal dead end thanks to the Court’s decision.

It’s been amazing progress for just a few short days — but it’s not nearly enough. We need your help to push the pace.

There are still thousands of women around the country whose access to abortion services is threatened or denied outright. The Court’s decision has opened the door for us to fight back against these outrageous laws like never before. We’re ready to go state by state, law by law, and do everything we can to restore abortion rights wherever they are threatened.

We’re relying on your support to power these efforts, delfim, even as we continue to provide quality care to the millions of patients who depend on Planned Parenthood health centers. How far we go — how many people we help — depends on whether you’re standing with us.

Please don’t wait! Donate right now, and your gift will go twice as far to protect women’s rights and keep Planned Parenthood health center doors open to all.

Our victory this week at the Supreme Court is cause for celebration — but now it’s time to harness that energy and use it to push forward victories all over the country. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the weeks and months ahead — and I really hope you’ll be a part of it all.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

It didn’t take long: Anti-abortion extremists are already doubling down on their support for outrageous TRAP laws in the wake of Monday’s victory at the Supreme Court. In a 5-3 ruling, the Court struck down two provisions of Texas’s dangerous HB2 law that would have closed all but 9 providers of abortion services in the state and left thousands of women without care.

The Court’s message was clear: there is a limit to how far states can go to block women from accessing safe and legal abortion. But in Texas and other states, there are still dangerous restrictions on abortion services — and anti-women’s health politicians, such as the Attorney General of Louisiana, are vowing to fight to keep those laws in place.

The Supreme Court’s ruling is only the beginning, and Planned Parenthood is fighting hard to eliminate these laws. It’s not enough to have the Supreme Court on our side — we need you, too. And for just two more days, every dollar you give to Planned Parenthood Federation of America will DOUBLE in impact to protect women’s health and rights. Please don’t wait — make your gift right now and it will be MATCHED, up to $150,000!

— Cecile Today, the Supreme Court struck down two dangerous restrictions that would have left only 9 health centers in Texas providing safe and legal abortion and left thousands of women without access to care.

This is a big win for Texas women, but this fight is a lot bigger than one state. There are similar laws like this already on the books in states across the country, and being pushed by extremist legislators in even more. They’re called TRAP laws — Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers — because they put in place rules specifically designed to shut down abortion providers — and no one else.

This fight isn’t over. Make an urgent gift to Planned Parenthood Federation of America right now to help protect safe, legal abortion for all women around the country, and it will be MATCHED $1-for-$1 up to $150,000.

This law has already had a devastating impact on Texas women. Before it passed, there were approximately 40 health centers where women could access abortion. Since then, that number has been cut in half. In essence, this law has already forced many women to travel hundreds of miles or cross states lines to get an abortion — if they can at all.

Today’s ruling means that many of the remaining Texas health centers will stay open, and some of the health centers that this law already shuttered could again provide care someday. That’s great news for Texans — but access to abortion is still under threat in Texas and many other states.

TRAP laws like the ones in Texas are systematically shutting down health centers around the U.S. by placing medically unnecessary and sometimes costly restrictions on those that provide abortion. Anti-abortion ideologues hide their true agenda behind TRAP laws, pretending the restrictions are in the best interest of patients. In reality, as the Court realized, they do nothing to enhance women’s health.

Here’s the bottom line: Even though the Court has handed us a great victory, setting limits on what anti-abortion lawmakers can do to block access to abortion care, we still have to fight to roll back similar TRAP laws across the U.S. that threaten women’s access to care.

Until June 30, you can do twice as much to power this fight. Give today to help protect every woman’s right to safe and legal abortion — and help ensure thousands of people can still access vital care at Planned Parenthood health centers — and your gift will be MATCHED up to $150,000.

For women in too many states, access to abortion is still a right in name only. Today’s ruling is a step in the right direction — but this is just the beginning of this fight. Thank you for all you do to protect the reproductive rights of all Americans, and for sticking with us.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Reproductive rights in America are at a tipping point.

The Supreme Court is about to rule on a law that could cut off thousands of women from safe and legal abortion. Extremist lawmakers in state after state are forcing through dangerous laws designed to block patients from getting the care they need.

Our most basic rights are under unprecedented attack — and this year, the stakes are higher than ever.

What happens next comes down to what we do next, delfim. I know you aren’t willing to sit back and watch extremists roll back our rights — and right now you have a chance to stand up and make an even bigger impact in this fight than before.

Donate to Planned Parenthood Federation of America right now and your gift will DOUBLE in impact, up to the $150,000 goal, to protect our rights and ensure anyone who needs it can access quality care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

We’re facing constant attacks from extremists who will stop at nothing to prevent people from accessing the health care they deserve: from safe, legal abortion services to affordable birth control, STD testing to cancer screenings. The sad truth is that these lawmakers are more interested in scoring political points than protecting women’s health, no matter what they claim.

And as reproductive rights are restricted around the country, it’s more critical than ever that we do everything we can to fight back. Millions of people depend on Planned Parenthood health centers for quality, affordable health care, and we’re committed to keeping our doors open to everyone who needs us.

But how hard we fight — and how many people can get quality health care, sex education, and training from Planned Parenthood health centers — depends on how much support we can count on from people like you.

Right now, your support counts for TWICE as much in this fight. Don’t miss your chance to double your impact for women’s health and rights — pitch in right now and every dollar will be matched!

delfim, we know what kind of world we deserve. We deserve a world where no woman is forced to drive hundreds of miles for an abortion…where no patient is denied the cancer screening that could save their life…where no woman, man, or young person is punished for simply accessing the health care they need.

But to make that world our reality, we have to fight for it. I hope you’ll do just that by making a gift to Planned Parenthood today.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Reproductive rights in America are at a tipping point.

The Supreme Court is about to rule on a law that could cut off thousands of women from safe and legal abortion. Extremist lawmakers in state after state are forcing through dangerous laws designed to block patients from getting the care they need.

Our most basic rights are under unprecedented attack — and this year, the stakes are higher than ever.

What happens next comes down to what we do next, delfim. I know you aren’t willing to sit back and watch extremists roll back our rights — and right now you have a chance to stand up and make an even bigger impact in this fight than before.

Donate to Planned Parenthood Federation of America right now and your gift will DOUBLE in impact, up to the $150,000 goal, to protect our rights and ensure anyone who needs it can access quality care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

We’re facing constant attacks from extremists who will stop at nothing to prevent people from accessing the health care they deserve: from safe, legal abortion services to affordable birth control, STD testing to cancer screenings. The sad truth is that these lawmakers are more interested in scoring political points than protecting women’s health, no matter what they claim.

And as reproductive rights are restricted around the country, it’s more critical than ever that we do everything we can to fight back. Millions of people depend on Planned Parenthood health centers for quality, affordable health care, and we’re committed to keeping our doors open to everyone who needs us.

But how hard we fight — and how many people can get quality health care, sex education, and training from Planned Parenthood health centers — depends on how much support we can count on from people like you.

Right now, your support counts for TWICE as much in this fight. Don’t miss your chance to double your impact for women’s health and rights — pitch in right now and every dollar will be matched!

delfim, we know what kind of world we deserve. We deserve a world where no woman is forced to drive hundreds of miles for an abortion…where no patient is denied the cancer screening that could save their life…where no woman, man, or young person is punished for simply accessing the health care they need.

But to make that world our reality, we have to fight for it. I hope you’ll do just that by making a gift to Planned Parenthood today.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

The New York State Legislature concluded its 2016 session this weekend, having accomplished some tremendous wins, including passing the $15 per hour minimum wage and a groundbreaking paid family leave policy. These are huge economic justice victories with life-changing potential for New Yorkers and their families.

Unfortunately, the State Senate refused to vote on significant reproductive rights legislation, such as the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, which would expand contraceptive access, and the Reproductive Services Act, which would bring New York state’s outdated abortion law in line with the standard set in Roe v. Wade.

It’s highly disappointing that anti-choice forces in the Senate refused to advance such crucial, commonsense, highly popular legislation.

But now, it’s time to start building toward next year’s legislative session. Please sign up here to stay involved and participate in important actions this summer. The hard work we put in this summer will help ensure that representatives at all levels of government reflect the values and priorities we all share – from the New York State Senate to the presidency.

The gains of this past session would not have been possible without your hard work and dedication – thank you for emailing, calling, and meeting with your elected officials. By continuing to take such actions, we can make sure that New York leads the way in advancing reproductive rights and health.

Best,

Andrea Miller
President
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

*National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, Inc. is not affiliated with NARAL Pro-Choice America. “NARAL” and “NARAL PROCHOICE AMERICA” are trademarks of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Soon the Supreme Court will hand down its ruling on two restrictions from HB2, Texas’ health center shutdown law. If the Court lets the law stand, thousands of women in Texas will lose their access to safe and legal abortion, and the repercussions for abortion rights in America don’t end there. A woman’s very right to access safe, legal abortion is before the Court, and the consequences may spread far beyond Texas.

We put together the infographic below to explain what you need to know about the most important abortion rights case in decades. Check it out — and after you do, I hope you’ll take a moment to share this image with your friends and family on Facebook so they know what’s at stake, too.

Thanks for helping us spread the word, delfim. I’m glad to know we can count on you as we fight to protect women’s health and rights in Texas and across the country.

— Cecile

the most important abortion rights case in decades:

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

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Educate your friends.
And stand up for safe and legal abortion!

Our 2016 #ReproHealthNY Lobby Day was a tremendous success! We stormed the Capitol, meeting with 43 senators and assembly members about the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), as well as educating them about the need for comprehensive sexuality education and the importance of protecting abortion rights in New York state.

View some of our photos from Lobby Day.

Our scores of activists — including 11 doctors from Physicians for Reproductive Health — delivered nearly 4,500 signature petitions to legislators in support of the CCCA. In fact, several senators committed — on the spot — to sign on to the CCCA!

Our Lobby Day also included an impactful press conference outside the Senate chambers, hearing from our president, Andrea Miller, and advocates like Sen. Liz Krueger, Sen. Brad Hoylman, Lois Uttley of Raising Women’s Voices-NY, and abortion provider Kathleen Morrell, M.D. You can see coverage of the press conference here, including Andrea’s interview on Capital Tonight.

We are so grateful to all of you who joined us in Albany to advance reproductive rights — and to those who cheered us on from home and supported us through social media. We hope you’ll stay informed about the CCCA and help us ensure that all women have access to the full range of reproductive health care options.

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

*National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, Inc. is not affiliated with NARAL Pro-Choice America. “NARAL” and “NARAL PROCHOICE AMERICA” are trademarks of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

As you read this email, activists from across New York are converging on Albany to kick off our 2016 #ReproHealthNY Lobby Day!

If you’re not one of the volunteers joining us from across the state to lobby for unobstructed access to no co-pay contraception and greater access to abortion care, have no fear! You can still do your part to encourage the Senate to pass the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA)! Participate on social media with the hashtag #ReproHealthNY. Here are some sample posts you can use on Twitter:

  • New Yorkers deserve unobstructed access to #repro health care. Tell the Senate to pass the #CCCA! #ReproHealthNY
  • Access to contraception is a fundamental part of our ability to plan for the future. NY Senate: Pass the #CCCA! #ReproHealthNY
  • Most unintended pregnancies are due to a lack of access to contraception-that’s why the NY Senate should pass the #CCCA! #ReproHealthNY
  • The #CCCA: 12 mos of birth control, no co-pay, easy access to emergency contraception. Tell the NY Senate to pass the CCCA! #ReproHealthNY

Thank you for your support as we all work together to advance reproductive health and rights in New York.

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

*National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, Inc. is not affiliated with NARAL Pro-Choice America. “NARAL” and “NARAL PROCHOICE AMERICA” are trademarks of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In less than a week, we’ll be making the trip to Albany to advocate for improved access to reproductive health care across New York. Join us on Tuesday, May 24!

We’ll be urging legislators to support the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), a first-of-its kind proactive bill that would improve insurance coverage for birth control, allow women to get up to 12 months of birth control at a time, and increase access to emergency contraception. You can read more about the urgency in passing the CCCA in an op-ed by our president, Andrea Miller, published in the Albany Times-Union this week.
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Lobby Day is your opportunity to meet directly with legislators to tell them you want New York to be a state that supports women’s reproductive decisions. Don’t miss out on your last chance to sign up — make sure your voice is heard!

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

P.S. Sign our petition in support of the CCCA, and on lobby day we’ll hand-deliver these petitions to lawmakers. Forward this petition to your friends and family so we can show just how broad the support for the CCCA is across the state!

*National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, Inc. is not affiliated with NARAL Pro-Choice America. “NARAL” and “NARAL PROCHOICE AMERICA” are trademarks of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Here’s what we need your help with now:
Share this petition and email with 10 more friends, post on Facebook, tweet it out, Instagram the photo below – you can even add it to your Snapchat story! We are so close to our goal of 5,000 signatures to show the New York State Senate that we care about birth control access for everyone but we need your help getting there.

CCCA Urge Senate

 

Forward this e-mail now to ensure birth control access for all New Yorkers. 

 

Care. No matter what.

The Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and linked to a condition affecting brain development in babies, continues to spread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Yet many governments in affected areas have only one piece of advice for women at risk: Don’t get pregnant.

Don’t get pregnant — but we won’t help you access birth control. Don’t get pregnant — even though abortion is illegal. Don’t get pregnant — and if you do, you’re on your own.

With reproductive and maternal health services so far out of reach, millions of women are bearing the burden of family planning on their own shoulders. And it’s only making this public health crisis worse.

Planned Parenthood Global, the international division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, is fighting to change that. You can stand up for healthy moms everywhere by making a tax-deductible gift to help women — in Latin America, the Caribbean, and all over the world — access the care they deserve.

Every country should ensure that its people have access to a full range of reproductive health care, including contraceptives and safe and legal abortion services. That’s especially critical in times of emergency — times like now, as millions of women who are pregnant or may become pregnant face the threat of the Zika virus.

But in areas where governments can’t — or won’t — meet that need, Planned Parenthood Global and our partners are there to help. In countries around the globe, we’re working with over 100 local partners to provide over one million women, men, and young people with sex education, birth control, and more. With our support, our partners help women access abortion services in countries where it’s legal. We push for stronger women’s rights and health services in countries where women struggle to afford even the most basic care.

And we can only do it because of people like you, delfim — people who know that every woman deserves quality health care, no matter where she lives.

Make a generous, tax-deductible gift to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s global efforts today to help women worldwide access the health services they desperately need.

Thank you for standing with us, and for standing with women everywhere.

Sincerely,

Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director
Planned Parenthood Global

New Yorkers deserve access to birth control — and we’re headed to Albany to demand it! Join us on Tuesday, May 24 as we make the trip to Albany to meet with legislators to advocate for improved access to reproductive health care across New York.

We’ll be talking about the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), a first-of-its kind proactive bill that would improve insurance coverage for birth control, allow women to get up to 12 months of birth control at a time, and increase access to emergency contraception.
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Lobby Day is your opportunity to meet directly with legislators to tell them you want New York to be a state that supports women’s reproductive decisions. Don’t miss out—make your voice heard!

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

P.S. Sign our petition in support of the CCCA, and on lobby day we’ll hand-deliver these petitions to lawmakers. Forward this petition to your friends and family so we can show just how broad the support for the CCCA is across the state!

*National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, Inc. is not affiliated with NARAL Pro-Choice America. “NARAL” and “NARAL PROCHOICE AMERICA” are trademarks of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Abortion is a safe, legal medical procedure that three in 10 women will have at some point in her life. But for Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an obstetrician and gynecologist, speaking or writing publicly about abortion could cost her her job.

That’s not ok. Doctors and nurses shouldn’t have to choose between speaking up to protect safe and legal abortion, and keeping their jobs as healthcare providers. Tell Dr. Horvath-Cosper you have her back — send your message of support to her and other brave abortion providers today.

Following the devastating shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood health center that killed three people and injured others last November, the hospital Dr. Horvath-Cosper works for demanded that she stop speaking out as an advocate for safe and legal abortion, claiming her advocacy put the hospital at risk.

But the truth is, speaking out about abortion is more important than ever. Dr. Horvath-Cosper and other providers like her know that abortion is a critical component of reproductive healthcare — and one that is getting harder and harder for many women to access as anti-women’s health lawmakers push through more restrictions than we’ve seen in decades.

Silencing Dr. Horvath-Cosper doesn’t protect patients or providers. It’s just discrimination, plain and simple. Our friends at the National Women’s Law Center are helping Dr. Horvath-Cosper take her case to court — and she needs to know that people across the country are standing with her too.

Send your message to Dr. Horvath-Cosper and other brave providers like her today.

Thanks for speaking up when it counts, delfim. Your voice, like Dr. Horvath-Cosper’s, makes a difference in this fight.

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

In order to fully exercise the right to determine when and whether to have children, both women and men need access to contraception. While the passage of the Affordable Care Act, with the inclusion of no co-pay contraception, was a huge victory for Americans across the country, the unfortunate reality is that too many insurance companies are blocking us from getting our birth control at no co-pay.
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The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (S. 6013-A) would fix that, along with allowing easier access to emergency contraception, and would allow us to get a 12-month supply of contraception from the pharmacy.

If you’ve already signed the CCCA petition: thank you! But we still need your help. Will you forward the petition to break down barriers to birth control access to 3 friends right now?

Many unintended pregnancies in our state are due to barriers to access and improper use of birth control. We need to do better than that.

Sign the petition to the State Senate, urging them to pass the CCCA. Tell them that all New Yorkers deserve #BCaccess!

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

P.S. If you want to deliver your message of support for comprehensive birth control coverage in person, join us in Albany on May 24th for #ReproHealthNY Lobby Day! Register today

No means no. Yes means yes. Getting consent in sexual situations seems like a simple, straightforward concept — but in real life, it can be confusing, especially for young people. And when it comes to film and television, models of consent and healthy communication during sexual intimacy are rare — which means young people have very few examples of what giving, hearing, and asking for consent actually looks like.

That’s why Planned Parenthood created Consent 101, a video series geared toward teaching older teens and young adults about consent in a fun and sexy way. I’m thrilled to share that voters around the world have awarded the series a 2016 People’s Voice Webby Award — check out the entire Consent 101 series here!

The vast majority of people think sex education programs in schools should teach students about consent and sexual assault — but few actually do.1 We’re determined to help fill that gap for everyone, no matter where they live, and regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Consent 101 is just one piece of the puzzle: Across the country, our affiliates provide education and outreach to more than 1.5 million people, making us the nation’s largest provider of sex education.

I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the series, delfim. We’re incredibly proud of what supporters like you are helping to accomplish — we couldn’t do it without you!

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
1. Planned Parenthood, PPFA Consent Survey Results Summary

It’s hard to believe, but this year’s #ReproHealthNY Lobby Day is just three weeks away! In partnership with Physicians for Reproductive Health, we’ll be bringing pro-choice New Yorkers and doctors from across the state to advocate for proactive, progressive legislation to improve reproductive health care. It’s going to be an incredible day, and we hope you can join us!
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This year, our main legislative priority is the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), a groundbreaking bill that will improve insurance coverage for birth control and allow women to get up to 12 months of birth control at a time. Sign our petition in support of the CCCA

Lobby Day is your opportunity to meet directly with legislators to tell them you want New York to be a state that supports women’s reproductive decisions. Make your voice heard!

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

States across the country have seen a record number of anti-choice bills being introduced and passed in recent years. But did you know that in New York we’re advocating for proactive, progressive legislation that affirms New York’s commitment to advancing reproductive health and rights for New Yorkers?

Join us on May 24th for #ReproHealthNY Lobby Day! This year we’re teaming up with Physicians for Reproductive Health to bring pro-choice New Yorkers and doctors from across the state to Albany to meet one-on-one with our elected officials to show your support for advancing reproductive health and rights in our state.

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Our main legislative priority is the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), a first-of-its kind proactive bill that will improve insurance coverage for birth control, allow women to get up to 12 months of birth control at a time, and improve access to emergency contraception.

Lobby Day is your opportunity to meet directly with legislators to tell them you want New York to be a state that supports women’s reproductive decisions.

Sign up for #ReproHealthNY Lobby day today!

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

PS: Sign our petition in support of the CCCA, and on lobby day we’ll hand-deliver these petitions to lawmakers. Forward this petition to your friends and family so we can show just how broad the support for the CCCA is across the state!

Registration for this year’s Lobby Day is now open!
Please join us on Tuesday, May 24 to rally in the Capitol and to meet with legislators to discuss improving reproductive health care across New York.

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This year we’re teaming up with Physicians for Reproductive Health to bring pro-choice New Yorkers and doctors from across the state to Albany to advocate for proactive, progressive legislation that affirms New York’s commitment to advancing reproductive health and rights for New York women.

Our main legislative priority is the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), a first-of-its kind proactive bill that will improve insurance coverage for birth control, allow women to get up to 12 months of birth control at a time, and improve access to emergency contraception.

Sign our petition in support of the CCCA, and on lobby day we’ll hand-deliver these petitions to lawmakers. Forward this petition to your friends and family so we can show just how broad the support for the CCCA is across the state!

Lobby Day is your opportunity to meet directly with legislators to tell them you want New York to be a state that supports women’s reproductive decisions. Make your voice heard!

Yours in choice,

Danielle Castaldi-Micca
Director of Political and Government Affairs
Campaign for a Pro-Choice New York, a project of the
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund
formerly NARAL Pro-Choice New York*

We know you know tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, is the New York State Presidential Primary. You’ve seen the ads, picked up the calls, and driven by the yard signs. We know.

But do you know where your polling place is? Click here to look it up.

Remember: polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Voting is more fun with friends and family – forward this email to 10 friends to remind them to vote in tomorrow’s important elections.

Every vote counts – We hope you will make time in your day to go vote!

In solidarity,

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Reina Schffrin
President/CEO

In case you’ve escaped the media maelstrom and whirlwind tour of candidates through our state, I want to remind you that Tuesday, April 19th is the New York presidential primary.  With so many of our reproductive rights at stake, electing a pro-choice pre