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I want you to close your eyes for a few minutes and imagine a different kind of economy: one where Americans buy American products, where local farms supply local food, and where people have secure, good jobs. Imagine an economy where drug prices are affordable, where small businesses can get loans, and where we have high speed rail and strong infrastructure.

Imagine a country where women have equal pay for equal work, where all children get arts and sports and recess, where Social Security is totally protected.

All of this is possible, if people’s voices are raised up. I’m running for Congress to be part of making that future happen.

The end of May is a big fundraising deadline for us. I still need to raise $100,000.

Contribute $3 to our campaign before our deadline and help elect a Congress that will fight for the people. We can only win if we all join together.

I’m running against three opponents right now. My Republican opponents are already attacking me, and there’s at least one Super PAC putting out attacks on me as well.

I don’t have extreme wealth, or big private interests that want to sponsor me. What I have is you.

I can’t win without you. Please, if you can spare $5 or $10, make a contribution and help us raise the $100,000 we need to hit our goal.

Thanks.

– Zephyr

I want you to close your eyes for a few minutes and imagine a different kind of economy: one where Americans buy American products, where local farms supply local food, and where people have secure, good jobs. Imagine an economy where drug prices are affordable, where small businesses can get loans, and where we have high speed rail and strong infrastructure.

Imagine a country where women have equal pay for equal work, where all children get arts and sports and recess, where Social Security is totally protected.

All of this is possible, if people’s voices are raised up. I’m running for Congress to be part of making that future happen.

The end of May is a big fundraising deadline for us. I still need to raise $100,000.

Contribute $3 to our campaign before our deadline and help elect a Congress that will fight for the people. We can only win if we all join together.

I’m running against three opponents right now. My Republican opponents are already attacking me, and there’s at least one Super PAC putting out attacks on me as well.

I don’t have extreme wealth, or big private interests that want to sponsor me. What I have is you.

I can’t win without you. Please, if you can spare $5 or $10, make a contribution and help us raise the $100,000 we need to hit our goal.

Thanks.

– Zephyr

Dear Friend,

President Obama recently earned the ignoble distinction of being the first President in history not to see at least one year of economic growth above 3%.

The worst economic recovery in American history has left 94 million Americans out of work and median incomes flat for over 10 years.

However, instead of focusing on growing our economy to create jobs and give the middle class a raise, the President is focusing on where one goes to the bathroom.

If you needed further proof that Washington is broken and out-of-touch, this is it.

It’s no wonder that 65% of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.

I do too and that’s why I’m running.

In Congress, I’ll fight for policies that grow the economy, secure the border, strengthen our national defense and defend the constitution and I’ll reject the political correctness that divides and distracts.

If that sounds good to you then please donate $50, $100 or $250 today.  I’m ready to fight but I need the resources to win this election.

Please DONATE today and let’s get America back on the right track and focused on the right issues.

Thank you,
Phil

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Dear Friend,

President Obama recently earned the ignoble distinction of being the first President in history not to see at least one year of economic growth above 3%.

The worst economic recovery in American history has left 94 million Americans out of work and median incomes flat for over 10 years.

However, instead of focusing on growing our economy to create jobs and give the middle class a raise, the President is focusing on where one goes to the bathroom.

If you needed further proof that Washington is broken and out-of-touch, this is it.

It’s no wonder that 65% of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.

I do too and that’s why I’m running.

In Congress, I’ll fight for policies that grow the economy, secure the border, strengthen our national defense and defend the constitution and I’ll reject the political correctness that divides and distracts.

If that sounds good to you then please donate $50, $100 or $250 today.  I’m ready to fight but I need the resources to win this election.

Please DONATE today and let’s get America back on the right track and focused on the right issues.

Thank you,
Phil

Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Hi there, are you coming Wednesday?

I hope to see you at my Birthday Celebration!
Don’t miss it!  We’ll have great conversation with wonderful friends, nice music, plenty to eat & drink in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the Hudson River and GW Bridge.  So come Wednesday and help us prepare for a big VICTORY on June 28th.  We’re just 5 weeks away.  After 46 years of Congressman Rangel, we’ll have a new Representative in just 36 days!  That’s how close we are to completing this exciting journey!  A journey which began years ago as we began to talk with people about a new beginning, a new way of doing things, new ideas.  I am ready for the task.  I have the experience, the energy, and the commitment to best represent all of us in the Congress.  Below are the details.  See you in a couple days.
Hasta la victoria siempre,
ADAM
Adam’s Birthday Celebration!
Wednesday, May 25th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY  10031
*Inside Riverbank State Park*
(enter 145th Street)
* Music, Hors d’Oeuvres and Open Bar *
Sponsor $500
Friend $250
Supporter $54
or
Mail personal checks to:
Powell for Congress
420 E. 117th St, Suite 2
New York, NY  10035
For further information, call Mark at 914.400.9993
or visit us at

Adam’s Birthday Celebration!

(Candidate for U.S. Congress – June 28th Democratic Primary)
Wednesday, May 25th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY  10031
*Inside Riverbank State Park*
(enter 145th Street)
* Music, Hors d’Oeuvres and Open Bar *
Sponsor $500
Friend $250
Supporter $54
or
Mail personal checks to:
Powell for Congress
420 E. 117th St, Suite 2
New York, NY  10035
For further information, call Mark at 914.400.9993
or visit us at

Hi there, are you coming Wednesday?

I hope to see you at my Birthday Celebration!
Don’t miss it!  We’ll have great conversation with wonderful friends, nice music, plenty to eat & drink in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the Hudson River and GW Bridge.  So come Wednesday and help us prepare for a big VICTORY on June 28th.  We’re just 5 weeks away.  After 46 years of Congressman Rangel, we’ll have a new Representative in just 36 days!  That’s how close we are to completing this exciting journey!  A journey which began years ago as we began to talk with people about a new beginning, a new way of doing things, new ideas.  I am ready for the task.  I have the experience, the energy, and the commitment to best represent all of us in the Congress.  Below are the details.  See you in a couple days.
Hasta la victoria siempre,
ADAM
Adam’s Birthday Celebration!
Wednesday, May 25th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY  10031
*Inside Riverbank State Park*
(enter 145th Street)
* Music, Hors d’Oeuvres and Open Bar *
Sponsor $500
Friend $250
Supporter $54
or
Mail personal checks to:
Powell for Congress
420 E. 117th St, Suite 2
New York, NY  10035
For further information, call Mark at 914.400.9993
or visit us at

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

***MEDIA ALERT***

HISPANIC CULTURAL FOUNDATION TO KICK OFF ITS ANNUAL CELEBRATION AT YONKERS CITY HALL TUESDAY, MAY 24 AT 11:00 AM

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and President of the Hispanic Cultural Foundation, Luis Muniz, will kick off its annual celebratory event titled “A New Beginning” with a press conference at Yonkers City Hall on Tuesday, May 24th at 11:00 am in the Rotunda, 2nd Floor.

Festivities for the yearly tradition include the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, June 3rd and “Un Lechon en Carbon” (Pig Roast) on Sunday, June 5th.  The culmination of the month long celebration is the Hispanic Day Parade on Saturday, June 18th from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.  The parade will kick off at the corner of South Broadway and McLean Avenues and end at Getty Square.  Parade dignitaries this year include Yonkers Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada, Yonkers City Court Judge Thomas Quinones, News 12 Reporter Lisa Reyes and Don Coqui restaurateur Renee Rodriguez.  The Parade and Flag Raising Ceremony are done in cooperation with Mayor Mike Spano, the City of Yonkers, the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, the Yonkers Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Yonkers Mexican Chamber of Commerce and the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation.

Call Governor Cuomo and Tell Him to Sign Veterans Equality Act.

Dear Friend,

We need your help to get the Veterans Equality Act signed into law. The bill is now on Governor Cuomo’s desk. Cuomo has until May 31 to sign or veto the bill. He’s vetoed it twice before, one time on the day before Veterans Day. He promised veterans that he would include the bill in this year’s budget. That didn’t happen, even though both the Democrat-led Assembly and the Republican-led Senate included it in their own budget proposals. Cuomo can fix that broken promise by signing the bill now.

You can call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 and respectfully tell him to sign the Veterans Equality Act today and put all veterans on equal footing. Right now, for example, Iraq veterans are eligible to buyback up to three years of pension service credit for their time in the military, but Afghanistan veterans aren’t eligible. That makes no sense. All of the veterans this bill covers volunteered to serve in our armed forces and were willing to put themselves in harm’s way for our country. Our state should treat them equally.

It would be great to have this bill become law this week as we head into the Memorial Day weekend. You can help make that happen.  Call Governor Cuomo now at (518) 474-8390 and respectfully tell him to sign the Veterans Equality Act.

Semper Fidelis,

Kieran

 

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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Yesterday Gov. Cuomo nominated Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to be the next Chairman of the State Democratic Party. Over the weekend, it was reported that NYC Mayor De Blasio is now being investigated for his SEVENTH scandal. And Cuomo’s aggressive email deletion policy could hinder the federal investigations into his office…

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Adam’s Birthday Celebration!

Wednesday, May 25th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY  10031
*Inside Riverbank State Park*
(enter 145th Street)
* Music, Hors d’Oeuvres and Open Bar *
Sponsor $500
Friend $250
Supporter $54
or
Mail personal checks to:
Powell for Congress
420 E. 117th St, Suite 2
New York, NY  10035
For further information, call Mark at 914.400.9993
or visit us at

BARGE TO BRIDGE SUNSET CRUISE
Wednesday, June 15, 6-9pm

Board the Majestic Princess Yacht from the Science Barge on Yonkers’ waterfront for a round-trip cruise up the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee, while enjoying cocktails and a buffet dinner.

A representative from the Tappan Zee construction team will share the inside story of this massive project. En route, learn about Groundwork Hudson Valley’s latest endeavors to revitalize Yonkers.

Come at 5:00 for an early-bird tour of the Science Barge!
Cruise boards at  5:30 and sails promptly at 6:00 pm .
Tickets are $75. Space is limited.
 
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For more information contact Holly Malekian, at
 
Thanks to the generosity of Vista Yacht Cruises, 
all proceeds benefit Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Science Barge.

AQE Seeks Safe, Supportive School Climate

AQE is fighting for safe schools with a positive climate that keeps students engaged in the classroom. That means advocating for restorative justice over excessive suspensions.

In New York City, we joined with nearly 20 community, civil rights and education advocacy groups to beat back Families for Excellent Schools’ (FES) bogus “Safe Schools Now” campaign. The FES campaign criminalizes New York City public school students by portraying them as “dangerous.”

You can join our fight against FES and its criminalization of public school children by writing FES Board Chairman Bryan R. Lawrence. Click here for our Color of Change campaign.


Read the Daily News story here.


Meanwhile, in Rochester, parents along with AQE and Metro Justice are pressing the Rochester City School district to adopt a new code of conduct. Written by stakeholders throughout the district and community, the new code of conduct supports the AQE vision of restorative justice over suspensions.

Unfortunately, it might not be adopted by the school board without major revisions, which parents and the community find unacceptable.

At the most recent school board meeting, parents and students speakers asserted that suspensions and arrests for minor and nonviolent incidents must be abandoned.  Read the Democrat & Chronicle story here.

AQE works feverishly on the issue as suspended students lose their love for learning and instruction time. They also often find themselves drawn into the school-to-prison pipeline. This is also matter of racial justice as suspensions disproportionally affect students of color and students with disabilities.

Community School Director Fiorella Guevara speaks to an audience in Albany.

Parents Need a Voice in Community Schools


Fiorella Guevara, community school director of MS 50 El Puente Community School, sought to educate and empower Albany parents and the community by urging them to participate in the planning of its district’s future community schools.

Speaking to several dozen people including parents, school board members and elected officials at the Albany Housing Authority, Guevara insisted that input from parents and the community is key to successfully transforming a struggling school into a community hub where emotional, physical and social needs of students, parents and its residents can be met.

However, all stakeholders must have a voice in the process because she said, “one size does not fit all.”

Guevara followed up her visit by talking with Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight.

Students from Meyer Levin want to save their school from co-location.

Co-location threatens Meyer Levin School

AQE is supporting Meyer Levin School of the Performing Arts in its current fight against co-location.

One of the only performing arts middle schools in central Brooklyn, Meyer Levin is expected to share space with the Uncommon Schools.  If this co-location takes place, it would take away Meyer Levin’s performing arts rooms and special education spaces located on the third floor.

AQE strongly supports Meyer Levin because it provides its student population, which is 90 percent Black and 13 percent special education students, with some high school classes and an abundance of art and music programs. These are the kind of classes that a recent report from the Independent Budget Office found that Black students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners generally don’t have access to. Now the city is aiming to infringe on a school that is proven to serve its students well.

Join the conversation by following the hashtag #MeyerLevin. Check out a video of the school.

Check Us Out

Jasmine Gripper on Opting-Out

The exact figures are yet to come in, but it looks like thousands of parents once again opted their children out of this year’s spring state standardized tests.

While opting-out is considered a whites only prerogative, thus inspiring the hashtag #OptOutSoWhite, a recent article in U.S News and World Report indicates that parents of color are starting to take advantage of the option.

AQE’s Legislative Director Jasmine Gripper addressed #OptOutSoWhite recently on Capitol Pressroom and Capital Tonight, pointing out the racial divide amongst opt-out parents detracts from the real problem – the tests are designed to test and punish schools not help students.

For more, listen here.

Enter AQE’s Annual Student Art Contest

Please have your young artists create either a painting or a drawing that completes this sentence: A Quality Education is…!

The winners will receive a $100 gift card and will have their artwork awarded to AQE’s honorees at the Champions of Education celebration in New York City. Winners will be honored at the event too.

The contest is open to all New York State students in grades K-12. Each submission must be no larger than 11×17, two-dimensional (painting or drawing), and must include on the back the student’s name, age, and school along with the signed permission form.

Click here for a permission slip.

To submit, click here.

The Alliance for Quality Education  I  94 Central Ave., Albany, NY  I  (518) 432-5315  I  www.aqeny.org  I  @AQE_NY

Armed Forces Day Tomorrow – Memorial Day – D-Day – Salute to WWII Vets

 Dear Friends,

I hope you’ll join me at some of these upcoming events to honor our active-duty troops, our veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom.

Kieran

Armed Forces Day 

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Memorial Day

I’ll be speaking at several Memorial Day events. I’m also participating in Fleet Week in New York City with other members of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee.

Guest Speaker
Cheslea Yacht Club Memorial Day Ceremony
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 11:30 A.M.

Town of Wappinger Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.
Location: Schlathaus Park, at the intersection of Myers Corners Road and All Angels Hill Road

Town of Dover Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.
Location: Dover Elementary School

Attending
Castle Point VA Hospital
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 10:00 A.M.
Location: Castle Point Campus, River Memorial Garden

Illuminate the Walkway
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 8:00 P.M.
Location: Flag Pole in the center of the Walkway Over the Hudson
Hosted by: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services

Fishkill Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.
Location: Village of Fishkill Veterans Monument at Main St. & Broad St.

A list of all of the Memorial Day events in Dutchess County from the County Executive’s office is available here.

Salute to WWII Veterans 72nd Anniversary of D-Day

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If you know a WWII vet, please let them know about this event and encourage them to attend.

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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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Mayor De Blasio declared that five of his closest friends are exempt from public disclosure laws as he covers up the 5 investigations ravaging his first term. He also stated on a radio show yesterday that it is not always unethical for city officials to solicit donations from people with business before the city. And Governor Cuomo continues to have his own problems…

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www.empirereportnewyork.comMayor De Blasio declared that five of his closest friends are exempt from public disclosure laws as he covers up the 5 investigations ravaging his first term. He also stated on a radio show yesterday that it is not always unethical for city officials to solicit donations from people with business before the city. And Governor Cuomo continues to have his own problems…

www.empirereportnewyork.com

New York’s #1 politics news site has the latest details as well as stories featuring government incompetence.

Thanks to many loyal readers in YONKERS , we have become one of the most popular sites in the state. Please tap below or go to www.empirereportnewyork.com

Thank you for reading.

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How obvious does political corruption have to be before we call it what it is — and hold the offending public officials accountable?

Look at the case of former Republican governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell. McDonnell and his family accepted more than a hundred thousand dollars in gifts, vacations, shopping sprees, and loans from Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams Sr., the head of a dietary supplement company. In exchange, Williams received preferential treatment from McDonnell and his family.

Corruption is the root of dysfunction. Elected officials are supposed to serve the people who elect them, not political allies in return for lavish gifts.

I have a plan to raise up the voices of everyday people, reduce the influence of big money, and ensure that everyone — not just the wealthy — has an equal say in our government.

Here’s how we do it: Congress should establish a small-donor matching system to amplify the voices of everyday Americans. There’s already a bill in Congress that would do that — we just need Congress members to act.

Today, I’m asking you to add your voice to mine and stand against political corruption. Click here to sign >>

In the past few years, the roots of corruption have sunk deeper and deeper into our political system. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United helped codify that corruption. In fact, Citizens United was cited in a brief by McDonnell’s lawyers in an attempt to justify his actions. Citizens United, they note in the brief, said that “ingratiation and access” are “not corruption.”

Citizens United was a terrible decision that opened the door for arguments like this. We’re left with a system in which billionaires buy candidates and elections and policy, shutting out the voices of poor and middle class Americans.

I have one word for that: Unacceptable.

Our democracy should work for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected. A small-donor match program would decrease candidates’ reliance on these sources of funding, raising the voices of middle class Americans everywhere.

Show Congress you support a small-donor match program — add your name to mine.

Thanks!

-Zephyr

How obvious does political corruption have to be before we call it what it is — and hold the offending public officials accountable?

Look at the case of former Republican governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell. McDonnell and his family accepted more than a hundred thousand dollars in gifts, vacations, shopping sprees, and loans from Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams Sr., the head of a dietary supplement company. In exchange, Williams received preferential treatment from McDonnell and his family.

Corruption is the root of dysfunction. Elected officials are supposed to serve the people who elect them, not political allies in return for lavish gifts.

I have a plan to raise up the voices of everyday people, reduce the influence of big money, and ensure that everyone — not just the wealthy — has an equal say in our government.

Here’s how we do it: Congress should establish a small-donor matching system to amplify the voices of everyday Americans. There’s already a bill in Congress that would do that — we just need Congress members to act.

Today, I’m asking you to add your voice to mine and stand against political corruption. Click here to sign >>

In the past few years, the roots of corruption have sunk deeper and deeper into our political system. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United helped codify that corruption. In fact, Citizens United was cited in a brief by McDonnell’s lawyers in an attempt to justify his actions. Citizens United, they note in the brief, said that “ingratiation and access” are “not corruption.”

Citizens United was a terrible decision that opened the door for arguments like this. We’re left with a system in which billionaires buy candidates and elections and policy, shutting out the voices of poor and middle class Americans.

I have one word for that: Unacceptable.

Our democracy should work for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected. A small-donor match program would decrease candidates’ reliance on these sources of funding, raising the voices of middle class Americans everywhere.

Show Congress you support a small-donor match program — add your name to mine.

Thanks!

-Zephyr

THE NOVEMBER TEAM TO JCOPE:

‘We Dare You to Subpoena Our

Communications with New York Journalists’

New York–May 19…Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hand-appointed (and much maligned) Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) continued its screamingly obvious First Amendment assault on New York public relations officials and journalists Tuesday by  seeking to dismiss an important First Amendment suit filed against it by five New York public relations firms, The November Team (TNT) today announced. TNT is a plaintiff in the case.

The issue in question is a highly-controversial “advisory opinion” by JCOPE that would require New York public relations officials to register as lobbyists if they communicate with editorial writers about issues involving state government.  Many New York editorial boards and public relations industry executives and trade groups have loudly criticized JCOPE’s decision as a violation of First Amendment protections and a chilling attempt by a government entity to interfere with the free flow of information between journalists and their sources.
“JCOPE preposterously maintains that its ruling doesn’t violate the First Amendment because PR firms would not be required to detail the conversations they have with editorial writers in their bi-monthly ‘lobbying’ reports to the Commission,” said TNT partner Bill O’Reilly. “But how can JCOPE enforce its rule without subpoenaing telephone records, emails, SMS messages, Tweets, Facebook messages and other forms of communication between PR executives in question and editorial writers? The fact is that it cannot, and therein lies the First Amendment assault.”
“If JCOPE suspects that we are illegally communicating with editorial writers — just listen to those words! — then it is free to subpoena our communications with journalists. Indeed, we dare them to do so for the entire nation to see.”

Dear MoveOn member,

Will you host a fun, engaging movie night to watch Michael Moore’s latest film with fellow MoveOn members?

Michael Moore is an Oscar-winning filmmaker, an activist, and a longtime MoveOn partner—and his newest documentary, “Where to Invade Next,” uses his signature humor, irreverence, and humanity to show how commonsense policies like universal health care, paid family leave, and free higher education actually work.

The timing couldn’t be better. The Democratic presidential primary has brought focus to the need to take on our rigged economy and create a more just society—as millions of voters have demanded that candidates speak to a truly progressive agenda. But now, Donald Trump’s campaign of hate and vitriol threatens to hijack our political discussion. The best way to stand up to Trump’s divisiveness is to join together around a hopeful vision for our country—and “Where to Invade Next” helps us do just that.

Can you host a screening of “Where to Invade Next” on Thursday, June 2? We’ll send you a free copy of the DVD, invite other MoveOn members in your area to join you, and help you make this a fun, engaging, successful event.

Thousands of MoveOn members will gather in living rooms across the country to watch this thought-provoking, subversive, entertaining film. And we’ll discuss how to take back the conversation from Trump’s hateful, divisive rhetoric and bring concrete, aspirational policies that reflect our progressive values back to the center stage of the 2016 Presidential elections.

Click here to host a “Where to Invade Next” Watch Party on Thursday, June 2.

To host, all you’ll need is a home we can invite people to, a DVD player, and a copy of the DVD, which we’ll make sure you have. You can set the number of guests you’re willing to host, and we’ll help you recruit them. Plus, our team will be there every step of the way to help make this event a success.

Thanks for all you do.

—Justin, Jo, Rivkah, Mark, and the rest of the team

Want to support our work? MoveOn member contributions have powered our work together for more than 17 years. Hundreds of thousands of people chip in each year—which is why we’re able to be fiercely independent, answering to no individual, corporation, politician, or political party. You can become a monthly donor by clicking here, or chip in a one-time gift here.

Adam’s Birthday Celebration!

Wednesday, May 25th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY  10031
*Inside Riverbank State Park*
(enter 145th Street)
* Music, Hors d’Oeuvres and Open Bar *
Sponsor $500
Friend $250
Supporter $54
or
Mail personal checks to:
Powell for Congress
420 E. 117th St, Suite 2
New York, NY  10035
For further information, call Mark at 914.400.9993
or visit us at

513,698 Tax Dollars Per Job For Foreign Workers?

Albany, NY – (5/18/16) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) is asking SolarCity and Empire State Development to reveal how many jobs at SolarCity’s new Buffalo facility, built with $750 million from New York State taxpayers, will be filled by H-1B visa holders instead of American citizens or permanent residents after the recent revelation that SolarCity has drastically altered its job creation promises for the site.

“This seems like a bait and switch from SolarCity, promising manufacturing jobs to get the taxpayer subsidy, only to change that around to the type of tech jobs often farmed out to H-1B holders when the subsidy has been locked in,” said Lalor. “There is a long record of companies receiving subsidies from New York taxpayers to create jobs only to turn around and hire H-1B visa holders instead of Americans. It’s troubling that SolarCity has made such a drastic change to its job creation commitment and, because of that change, New York taxpayers now deserve complete transparency as to what jobs are being created and who will be filling them.”

Lalor added, “I oppose these kinds of corporate welfare boondoggles and support across-the-board-tax relief instead, but at a minimum these subsidized jobs should go to Americans.”

The Investigative Post is reporting that SolarCity has scaled back from its initial promise of creating 1,460 manufacturing jobs at its Buffalo facility to now saying there will only be about 500 manufacturing jobs at the facility. SolarCity claims the rest of the positions will be filled by high-tech hires, the type of positions often filled by H-1B visa holders rather than American citizens or permanent residents. The Investigative Post article notes, “You’re dropping $750 million to build and equip a plant for a company that now says it needs one-third as many workers to staff it.” The plant was built for SolarCity with $750 million from New York State taxpayers and is the centerpiece of the scandal-plagued Buffalo Billion.

H-1B workers do not have permanent visas and their visa is tied to their employment. While they are able to apply for permanent residence, the wait can take as long as ten years. If they switch employers, the waiting period starts again. To change jobs, an H-1B worker needs to find a new employer willing and able to sponsor the visa. These factors combine to make H-1B visas operate like indentured servitude. Companies are supposed to only use H-1Bs when they can’t find qualified Americans, but that they are often abused to replace American workers with lower paid H-1B visa holders. H-1B visa holders are limited in salary negotiations or the ability to seek a better-paying job. That’s what makes them valuable to companies. It also drives down wages for U.S. citizens and permanent resident immigrants.

Lalor added, “SolarCity’s job creation flipflop is a bad sign for this deal. It reflects a lack of transparency and the respect to honor its commitments. SolarCity needs to be honest with taxpayers about what they’re getting with this $513,698 per job subsidy.”

Assemblyman Lalor has introduced legislation, A.6514, to increase transparency in job creation projects subsidized by tax dollars by requiring companies to reveal the number of H-1B visa holders filling these positions. Lalor has also introduced A.6533 which would require corporations receiving taxpayer subsidies to reveal the number of employees they have in New York and A.4379 which would repeal Start-Up NY, which includes the Buffalo Billion.

Lalor’s letter to SolarCity and Empire State Development is 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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Please be advised that a Budget Committee Meeting has been scheduled ‎for Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Yonkers‎ ‎City Hall, 4th floor.‎

 

Agenda Items:

 

  1. Resolution – Approval of Tax Certiorari Settlements (Administration)
  2. Any additional items that may properly come before the Committee.

 

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

 

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

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

Express Yourself in the AQE Art Contest

Please have your young artists create either a painting or a drawing that completes this sentence: A Quality Education is…

The winners will receive a $100 gift card and will have their artwork awarded to AQE’s honorees at the Champions of Education celebration in New York City! Winners will be honored at the event too.

The contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Each submission must be no larger than 11×17, two-dimensional (painting or drawing), and must include on the back the student’s name, age, and school along with the signed permission form.

Color and creativity are strongly encouraged!

The artwork must be sent to:
Alliance for Quality Education
94 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206

The deadline is Friday, June 30. Artworks will not be returned.

We are anxiously awaiting the imaginative pieces from your students!

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Check out last year’s winners and submissions.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY OF YONKERS TO HOST HOME ENERGY PERFORMANCE SEMINARS FOR RESIDENTS

NYSERDA-Supported Seminars Provide Energy Saving Tips for a More Energy-Efficient Home;

Free Seminars on May 23, 6-7 p.m. at Riverfront Library and June 16, 6-7 p.m. at Grinton I. Will Library

 

YONKERS, NY – May 17, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City will host two home energy performance seminars for residents interested in learning how to save money and have a more energy-efficient home. Led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the two free one-hour seminars will help homeowners lower their energy bills by reducing energy use.  The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® seminars will be offered Monday, May 23 from 6-7 p.m. at Riverfront Library and Thursday, June 16 from 6-7 p.m. at Grinton I. Will Library in Yonkers.

“While energy bills are part of the many responsibilities of a homeowner, there also are many smart and efficient ways in which we can curb the burden they have on our pockets,” said Mayor Spano. “Recognizing this, we, along with NYSERDA, are assisting our residents in learning ways to control these costs, stop wasting energy and doing our part in creating a greener Yonkers. I encourage our residents to take part in these eye-opening and resourceful sessions.”

As part of the free program, residents will receive a free- or reduced-cost home energy assessment, which provides a top-to-bottom look at how a home is wasting energy.

“NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program is making sure consumers have the information and the tools they need to reduce energy costs by becoming more energy efficient. Home energy efficiency is critically important to Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA.

The seminars will be led by Hugo Jule, an Outreach Coordinator for the RUPCO Green Jobs Green New York program. Jule is responsible for promoting residential energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to homeowners, small businesses, municipalities and the Hispanic community in the Mid-Hudson Valley region.

Residents can pre-register for the free May 23 and June 16 seminars via eventbrite. For more information on NYSERDA’s Home Performance ENERGY STAR® program, visit www.nyserda.ny.gov.

SHHS Golf Outing

REMINDER
Sacred Heart High School
May/2016
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4th Annual Memorial
Golf Outing
Thursday June 2, 2016 Honorees
Martin Marshal ’77
John Hurley ’77
Denis Galle’62
Charlie Peterson
Register to play $150 per-person
Join us for Dinner $50
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Sponsorship are available

Raffle Prizes & 50/50
Dear Delfim,

Registration is moving along briskly for our 4th Memorial Golf Outing on Thursday, June 2 at Dunwoodie Golf Course.  Please join us as we honor Denis Galle, ’62, Martin Marshal, ’77, John Hurley, ’77, and Charlie Peterson.
Here are three simple ways to support Sacred Heart’s Golf Outing:
1. Golf!  Foursomes are more than halfway sold out, so act quickly!  Registration fee ($600) for a foursome includes lunch before the round, traditional longest drive and closest to the pin competitions, a hole in one prize, and cash prizes for the first, second and third place, as well an open bar and full buffet dinner after the round.  As in the past, this year’s event is a “Scramble” format, so all bets are off!
2. Not a golfer? Just come to dinner!  For only $50, reserve your place at dinner with your family, friends, and classmates.
3. Already have plans on June 2?  Sponsor a hole or support our Golf Outing Journal. Contact us to arrange for a hole sponsorship or to place an ad in our journal.

Whether you would like to register to golf, make your dinner reservation, sponsor a hole, or place an ad in our journal, email us today

Golf Outing
Sacred Heart High School
34 Convent Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10703
In addition to golfing, there are many opportunities for hole sponsorships and journal advertisements.  Please email us to learn more.
We all hope that you will join us to support Sacred Heart High School on Thursday, June 2.  Email us today at to reserve your spot!
See you on the course!
The Golf Outing Committee
Sincerely,
Patti Triarsi
Sacred Heart High School

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN, NYSP SUPERINTENDENT D’AMICO, SYRACUSE POLICE CHIEF FOWLER ANNOUNCE TAKEDOWN OF STATEWIDE DRUG PIPELINES IN “OPERATION SMACKDOWN”.

Over 70 People Indicted As Part Of Syracuse Area Narcotics Sweep: Dozens Of Area Heroin And Cocaine Dealers Arrested.

Schneiderman: To Protect Our Communities From The Heroin Scourge, We Must Fight The Epidemic On Multiple Fronts.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico, and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler today announced the indictment of 72 people charged with operating two drug distribution rings: one that allegedly transported heroin, cocaine and narcotic pills between New York City and Syracuse; and a second that allegedly sold cocaine in the suburbs of Syracuse and in adjacent Oswego County. 

Along with “Operation Rolling Thunder” in Buffalo on May 12, the Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Police have now announced the indictments of nearly 100 alleged narcotics distributors in the region in the past five days.

“Operation Smackdown is a significant attack against the heroin epidemic that continues to plague Central New York,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “I will not tolerate those who sell death in our neighborhoods. My office and our partners in law enforcement will use all of the tools and resources at our disposal to fight this epidemic in every New York community.”

State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “Today’s arrests are part of an aggressive strategy to target the networks that are bringing heroin and other dangerous narcotics into upstate communities. State Police will continue to partner with local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s Office to shut these illegal operations down and put the perpetrators behind bars.” 

“Operation Smackdown continued the efforts that law enforcement has been taking to combat the heroin issues facing our communities,” Syracuse Police Chief Frank L. Fowler said. “We will continue our efforts and working with other agencies, with the ultimate goal of eradicating this problem.”

Over the course of the eleven-month investigation, which was led by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), New York State Police, and the Syracuse Police Department, authorities seized:

  • 10,750 ready-to-sell baggies of heroin
  • 2 ounces of bulk heroin capable of being packaged into another 2,100 bags of heroin.
  • More than 1 pound of cocaine
  • 65 oxycodone pills
  • 21 hydrocodone pills
  • 2 hand guns
  • An electronic stun gun (disguised as a flashlight)
  • 9 rifles, including an assault rifle
  • 7 shot guns, and
  • $40,000 in cash

The four separate indictments charge 72 individuals with 227 crimes including Operating as a Major Trafficker, and various counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (class A and B felonies), and Conspiracy to commit those crimes. The Operating as a Major Trafficker statute (§220.77 of the Penal Law of the State of New York), authored by Attorney General Schneiderman when he was a legislator, went into effect in November 2009, as part of reforms to the Rockefeller-era drug laws and is the only felony narcotics charge in the state that carries a possible life sentence.

“Operation Smackdown” focuses on two major distribution rings:

The first ring – codenamed “Flowers” — was allegedly comprised of at least 37 individuals, who are charged on three separate indictments. This ring would allegedly send heroin from New York City to Syracuse and then distribute it in and around Syracuse. Over the course of the eleven-month investigation, authorities seized 10,750 bags of heroin, and more than two ounces of bulk heroin capable of being packaged into another 2,100 bags of heroin.

This ring includes the three people charged with “Operating as a Major Trafficker”:

  • JULIO SANTOS of Camillus, New York
  • REINALDO SANTOS of Syracuse, New York
  • MAGEN SOLANO of Syracuse, New York

The three traffickers allegedly arranged for narcotics to be transported from New York City to Syracuse.

The second ring – codenamed “Over the River” — alleges that 35 individuals sold cocaine in the suburbs of Syracuse and adjacent Oswego County.

Those charged in today’s four indictments include:

  • JULIO SANTOS of Camillus, New York (Charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker)
  • REINALDO SANTOS of Syracuse, New York (Charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker)
  • MAGEN SOLANO of Syracuse, New York (Charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker)
  • HENRY AGUAYO of Syracuse, New York
  • ZEZELL MONIQUE BEYENE AGUAYO of Liverpool, New York
  • JORGE ALVARADO of Syracuse, New York
  • WENDI BURKE of Cicero, New York
  • CHARLES BUSKE of Oswego, New York
  • TRISTAN FONTANEZ CIRINO of Syracuse, New York
  • ASHLEY CORSETTE of Liverpool, New York
  • JERRY CRAW of Fayetteville, New York
  • EDDY CUELLO of Syracuse, New York
  • DANIEL P. DOHERTY of Camillus, New York
  • JOSEPH DONAHUE of Minoa, New York
  • DOUGLAS ELFORD of Canastota, New York
  • DANIEL EMOND of East Syracuse, New York
  • FRANCISCO FLORES of Syracuse, New York
  • JOHN FOLEY of Pulaski, New York
  • ELLIOT FREELON of Syracuse, New York
  • CATHERINE FUOCO of Central Square, New York
  • TIMOTHY GALARNEAU of Brewerton, New York
  • ADAM GILKEY of Minoa, New York
  • RONALD HALL of Cicero, New York
  • BRENT HARRINGTON of Central Square, New York
  • JAMES HARRIS of Syracuse, New York
  • ALFRED HOFFMAN of Syracuse, New York
  • THOMAS HOLMQUIST of Hastings, New York
  • BRIAN HONORS of Minoa, New York
  • STEVEN HOYT of Kirkville, New York
  • LAMYKE KELLY of Syracuse, New York
  • JOSHUA KINGSLEY of East Syracuse, New York
  • GEORGE KLAPAN of Pulaski, New York
  • JACQUELIN LANDO a/k/a JACQUELIN SHOWERS of Oswego, New York
  • JULIE LONG of Kirkville, New York
  • DENISE MAHONEY of Minoa, New York
  • DIANA MALDONADO of Syracuse, New York
  • KEVIN MALDONADO of Syracuse, New York
  • YVETTE MALDONADO of Syracuse, New York
  • ANTONIO MARTINEZ of Syracuse, New York
  • ALASHA MESSIER of Syracuse, New York
  • IRMA DIAZ ORTIZ of Syracuse, New York
  • DINA PECK of Kirkville, New York
  • CLAYTON PIEROPAN of Clay, New York
  • MICHAEL PIRAINO of Central Square, New York
  • CARLOS QUINONES of Syracuse, New York
  • JOHAN QUINONES of Syracuse, New York
  • MICHAEL RAMOS of Syracuse, New York
  • LORI RAUM of Bridgeport, New York
  • LORRIE REDINGTON of Tully, New York
  • DAVID REVETTE of Central Square, New York
  • LUIS RIVERA of Syracuse, New York
  • MIGUEL CRUZ RIVERA of Syracuse, New York
  • JOSE LOPEZ ROBLES of Syracuse, New York
  • MAGALEY ROMAN of Syracuse, New York
  • GILSANDRO ROSADO of Syracuse, New York
  • MARIO RUSSO of Syracuse, New York
  • JOSE DELGADO SANTANA of Syracuse, New York
  • JAIME SANTOS of Syracuse, New York
  • WILFREDO SANTOS of Syracuse, New York
  • SUSAN VERTICHIO SCHMIDT of Liverpool, New York
  • TOSHIRO SCOTT of Syracuse, New York
  • DANIEL SMITH of Central Square, New York
  • KYSHAUN SMITH a/k/a KYSHAUN WILLIAMS of Syracuse, New York
  • ANTHONY SPARKS of Syracuse, New York
  • MARK SPRATT of Kirkville, New York
  • CYNTHIA THOMPSON of Solvay, New York
  • JEAN TORRES of Syracuse, New York
  • LUIS UNDANETA of Syracuse, New York
  • ANGEL DIAZ VEGA of Syracuse, New York
  • LUIS CIRINO VEGA of Syracuse, New York
  • HILARY WASHO of East Syracuse, New York; and
  • JOSEPH WELLS of Minoa, New York

Several additional agencies participated in the investigation, including the Oswego County Drug Task Force, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, Onondaga County Probation Department, Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Parole, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Solvay Police Department and Syracuse University Police.

The investigation was conducted by OCTF Investigator William Elsenbeck, OCTF Investigator Paul Pendergast, Supervising Investigator Thomas M. Wolf and Deputy Chief Eugene Black.  The Investigations Bureau is led by Chief Investigator Dominick Zarrella.  The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team under the supervision of New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, and Syracuse Police Detective Raul Santana under the supervision of Special Investigation Division Captain Timothy Gay and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler.

The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General and Senior Investigative Counsel James J. Mindell.  Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff runs the Organized Crime Task Force and Kelly Donovan is the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Division.

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

 

Today, you will have a chance to support a quality education for students in your school district.

By voting “yes” on your school’s budget, you are ensuring that students will be provided with quality programs.

Your support is important today as the state has yet to fully restore Foundation Aid, key to providing a quality education for all students, especially to those learning in high-need districts. Your “yes” vote sends a clear message to Albany that voters cherish their public schools.

Stand up for your public school today by casting a ballot in favor of its budget.

Your passion for public schools helped to win more state funding for schools this year, allowing many schools to restore lost programs. Let’s keep the momentum going with a vote that says “yes” to the quality education that all students deserve. Stand up for your students today by voting to support public schools.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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Time is running out to get your tickets for the NJ rally with Governor Christie and me.

 

The rally will take place at 7 pm on May 19th at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville, NJ, but tickets are almost sold out! Purchase yours today before it’s too late.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing you this Thursday.

 

 

Best Wishes,

 


Donald J. Trump

Fred Dicker’s New York Post column this morning describes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in ‘lockdown’ mode. Over the weekend, numerous news stories indicated that Preet Bharara’s multiple subpoenas are just the tip of the iceberg as he continues to widen his federal probe into New York corruption…

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Yesterday Mayor De Blasio made clear that he is blaming Cuomo appointees for the investigations into his fundraising activities. The Executive Director of New York’s Democrat Party in-turn slammed De Blasio, saying his arguments are “political smoke screens”
The rivalry between Cuomo and De Blasio is boiling over…

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Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I’ve written to you before about issues of war and peace, fixing our health care system, confronting gun violence, kicking George W. Bush out of office (remember him?!), and fighting for justice for the people of Flint, Michigan. And most recently, I wrote to you about my latest film, “Where to Invade Next,” which just came out on DVD.

I’m really excited to say that in the past few days, more than 15,000 MoveOn members have ordered copies of my film with a donation to MoveOn. So I just wanted to check in with you one last time: Would you like a copy of my film too? This email is your last chance to get my new movie while supporting MoveOn.

As a fellow MoveOn member, you can get a copy of “Where to Invade Next” now, with a contribution of $27 or more to MoveOn Civic Action. Just click here.

Not only will you get my new film, but by getting it through MoveOn, your donation will help fuel the fights for the economic, social, and racial justice MoveOn is known for.

Here’s why I’m so excited: I can’t wait to put my film directly into your hands to own and watch whenever you want. Just you and me and my new movie, the much-acclaimed and Oscar-shortlisted “Where to Invade Next.”

This is your last chance to get my new movie from MoveOn—get it right now, with a contribution of $27 or more. Just click here.

MoveOn’s campaigns range from successfully defending our nation’s refugee program from xenophobic backlash, to pushing President Obama to take executive action on gun violence, to helping take down the Confederate flag, to standing up against toxic water in my hometown of Flint … Basically, fighting against the bad guys, like big corporations and the extreme right wing.

Click here to chip in to MoveOn. If you give $27 or more, I’ll send you my DVD.

By getting my film through MoveOn, you’ll help fund high-impact campaigns on many of the same issues explored in my film.

Thanks for all of your support through the years. Thanks for your well-wishes over the past months. I’m very happy I got to make this particular movie at this particular moment in history, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

All my best,

—Mike

P.S. In case you missed my last email, I wanted to tell you a little about the film—and why I think it’s a great fit for MoveOn members like you and me. “Where to Invade Next” is, as one critic pointed out, my “most dangerous and subversive film.”

It’s dangerous because it shows the American public exactly how we can achieve—quite easily—a very decent society. One where we all take care of each other, where there’s true, free, and universal health care, and an amazing educational system; a place where no one needs a second job, everyone gets at least a month’s paid vacation, all families have paid maternity and sick leave; where the war on drugs is over and the prisons are now half-empty because people got help or were just left to live their lives in peace.

Those places actually exist. Where? The rest of the world!

Americans have been lied to and misled for too long. And I don’t just talk about this—I show you the schools in Finland, the prisons in Norway, the health clinics in Tunisia, the bright and humane factories in Germany (where everyone makes a middle class wage), and the public school lunchroom in France where students are fed a gourmet meal. You’ll also get to meet the college students in Slovenia who have absolutely no friggin’ idea what a “student loan” is.

This is what makes “Where to Invade Next” so subversive, because if enough of you see this movie, that’s it. Once millions have this information—and inspiration—the game is over. For Wall Street. For the bought-off politicians. For the boss or the dean or the candidate who keeps telling you, “It just can’t be done!” That’s collectively the biggest con ever, and I am here to blow it up once and for all with this movie.

I really want you to see “Where to Invade Next.” What do you say?

Just click here to make a contribution of $27 or more to MoveOn, and I’ll send you the film!

Michael Moore is an Oscar-winning filmmaker, author, and activist. His ninth film, “Where to Invade Next,” is now out on DVD.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I’ve written to you before about issues of war and peace, fixing our health care system, confronting gun violence, kicking George W. Bush out of office (remember him?!), and fighting for justice for the people of Flint, Michigan. And most recently, I wrote to you about my latest film, “Where to Invade Next,” which just came out on DVD.

I’m really excited to say that in the past few days, more than 15,000 MoveOn members have ordered copies of my film with a donation to MoveOn. So I just wanted to check in with you one last time: Would you like a copy of my film too? This email is your last chance to get my new movie while supporting MoveOn.

As a fellow MoveOn member, you can get a copy of “Where to Invade Next” now, with a contribution of $27 or more to MoveOn Civic Action. Just click here.

Not only will you get my new film, but by getting it through MoveOn, your donation will help fuel the fights for the economic, social, and racial justice MoveOn is known for.

Here’s why I’m so excited: I can’t wait to put my film directly into your hands to own and watch whenever you want. Just you and me and my new movie, the much-acclaimed and Oscar-shortlisted “Where to Invade Next.”

This is your last chance to get my new movie from MoveOn—get it right now, with a contribution of $27 or more. Just click here.

MoveOn’s campaigns range from successfully defending our nation’s refugee program from xenophobic backlash, to pushing President Obama to take executive action on gun violence, to helping take down the Confederate flag, to standing up against toxic water in my hometown of Flint … Basically, fighting against the bad guys, like big corporations and the extreme right wing.

Click here to chip in to MoveOn. If you give $27 or more, I’ll send you my DVD.

By getting my film through MoveOn, you’ll help fund high-impact campaigns on many of the same issues explored in my film.

Thanks for all of your support through the years. Thanks for your well-wishes over the past months. I’m very happy I got to make this particular movie at this particular moment in history, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

All my best,

—Mike

P.S. In case you missed my last email, I wanted to tell you a little about the film—and why I think it’s a great fit for MoveOn members like you and me. “Where to Invade Next” is, as one critic pointed out, my “most dangerous and subversive film.”

It’s dangerous because it shows the American public exactly how we can achieve—quite easily—a very decent society. One where we all take care of each other, where there’s true, free, and universal health care, and an amazing educational system; a place where no one needs a second job, everyone gets at least a month’s paid vacation, all families have paid maternity and sick leave; where the war on drugs is over and the prisons are now half-empty because people got help or were just left to live their lives in peace.

Those places actually exist. Where? The rest of the world!

Americans have been lied to and misled for too long. And I don’t just talk about this—I show you the schools in Finland, the prisons in Norway, the health clinics in Tunisia, the bright and humane factories in Germany (where everyone makes a middle class wage), and the public school lunchroom in France where students are fed a gourmet meal. You’ll also get to meet the college students in Slovenia who have absolutely no friggin’ idea what a “student loan” is.

This is what makes “Where to Invade Next” so subversive, because if enough of you see this movie, that’s it. Once millions have this information—and inspiration—the game is over. For Wall Street. For the bought-off politicians. For the boss or the dean or the candidate who keeps telling you, “It just can’t be done!” That’s collectively the biggest con ever, and I am here to blow it up once and for all with this movie.

I really want you to see “Where to Invade Next.” What do you say?

Just click here to make a contribution of $27 or more to MoveOn, and I’ll send you the film!

Michael Moore is an Oscar-winning filmmaker, author, and activist. His ninth film, “Where to Invade Next,” is now out on DVD.

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On Tuesday, May 17, you will have a chance to support a quality education for students in your school district.

By voting “yes” on your school’s budget, you are ensuring that students will be provided with quality programs.

Your support is important on Tuesday as the state has yet to fully restore Foundation Aid, key to providing a quality education for all students, especially to those learning in high-need districts. Your “yes” vote sends a clear message to Albany that voters cherish their public schools.

Stand up for your public school on Tuesday by casting a ballot in favor of its budget.

Your passion for public schools helped to win more state funding for schools this year, allowing many schools to restore lost programs. Let’s keep the momentum going with a vote that says “yes” to the quality education that all students deserve. Stand up for your students on Tuesday by voting to support public schools.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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Yonkers Arts Weekend is a celebration of the thriving and diverse arts community in the City of Yonkers. On Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, hundreds of local, regional and international artists, artisans, painters, fashion designers, photographers, sculptors, craftsmen, musicians, filmmakers, new media specialists, and other artists will converge on Yonkers to showcase their work at Yonkers Arts Weekend.

Yonkers Arts Weekend has events in four unique locations, including The Downtown Waterfront, the Carpet Mills Arts District, Untermyer Gardens and the Hudson River Museum.  There are Free shuttles to each of these hotspots courtesy of the City of Yonkers!

Below is information on the events in Downtown Yonkers, visit http://yonkersartsweekend.com/ for the fill city-wide schedule

The Color Vibe
May 14th, 9am
Van Der Donck Park
9 Art Exhibitions
May 14th and 15th
Click for all the locations
Street Art and Murals
 May 14th and 15th
Click for a list of Artists
Come for the art, stay for dinner.
Click for more information and reservations
 

Gallery: 12-5PM, 66 Main St. A – Carrier Pigeon
Gallery: 12-5PM, 66 Main St. B – Urban Studio Unbound
Gallery: 12-5PM, 66 Main St. C – Jovana Djuric
Gallery: 12-5PM, 27 Main St.  – Claudine Maidique Gallery
Gallery: 12-5PM, 21 Main St. – BleedCulture
Gallery: 12-5PM, 18 Main St. – YAW Group Exhibition
Gallery: 12-5PM, 16 Warburton Ave. – PC4
Gallery: 12-5PM, 13 Riverdale Ave. Blue Door Art Center
Jamel Robinson @Getty Square 12-5PM
Golden Artistry Art Show @Philipse Manor Hall 12 – 5PM

Purchase HD Quintet @Getty Square 1-3PM
Purchase String Quartet @Getty Square 3-5PM
Drink N’Draw @Yonkers Brewing Company TBD
SLC Child Development Center @ Van der Donck Park 12-5PM
Yonkers Shimmy Mob @ Van der Donck Park 3-5PM

CELEBRATE – YAWBash
Raise a pint during Yonkers Arts WeekendYAWBash 2016 takes place on Saturday, May 14 at Yonkers Brewing Co., starting at 9pm.  66 Main St.
More info at yofifest.com

Yonkers Arts Weekend 2016 is produced by the City of Yonkers in partnership with Urban Studio Unbound.
Get an Early Start on Yonkers Arts Weekend
Friday, May 13th.  5-8pm.
Blue Door Art Gallery.  13 Riverdale Ave.
TRINIGO ART HOUSE SPECIAL EVENT
The Trindigo Experience showcases artists who illustrate through poetry, music, photography, fine art and other forms of artistic expression.
Performers: Zayia (poet), Ebony Gayle (poet), Josh Hazlehurst (poet), Eugene “Gravitas Amor” (poet), Ellarese (singer), Ol’ Soul (singer), Lexxy (singer), and Abi Palmer (singer)

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YONKERS IDOL 2016 FINALE SEARCHES FOR ITS NEXT SINGING SENSATION

 

Three-Round Singing Competition’s Final Round Scheduled for Saturday, May 14th at 5:30 PM at Lincoln High School

 

YONKERS, NY – May 12, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation are searching for the City’s next young sensational singers for the titles of Yonkers Junior Idol 2016 and Yonkers Idol 2016. The City is hosting the third and final round of the annual competition at the Lincoln High School Auditorium, located at 375 Kneeland Avenue in Yonkers on Saturday, May 14th, starting promptly at 5:30 PM.

 

Finalists range from 10-19 years of age and compete in two age brackets — the Junior Idol bracket, 10-14 years old and the Idol bracket, 15-19 years old.  The winners will hold the title for a year and win $1000, courtesy of Untermyer Performing Arts Council Teresa Fund. The title provides performance opportunities for various City of Yonkers ceremonies and events.

 

2016 Idol Finalists include:

Joi Young, Skylar VanCott, Tiana Concepcion, Susanna Stepanyan, Kristian Kirkland, Samantha Rentas,  Elora Day

 

2016 Junior Idol Finalists include:

Daniella Baldino, Christina Yavdoshnyak, Darragh Hampton, Taylor Kennedy, Zaina Shleiwet

 

2016 Judges include:

Steve Sansone, Peter DiIorio, Joyce Henery, Yon Zweibon, Victor LaGamma

 

John Rubbo, CEO of Yonkers Brewing Company, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

 

The top finalists have been attending vocal and dance lessons for the past two months in preparation for their final competition. The May 14th show is free and open to the public.

 

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN, U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, U.S. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE, NEW YORK STATE POLICE, AND BUFFALO POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE MAJOR TAKEDOWN OF WESTERN NEW YORK NARCOTICS PIPELINE.

Investigation Leads To Indictment Of 25 Individuals In Erie County Court; Seizures Of Over Half A Million Dollars In Heroin And Cocaine.

In The Alleged Scheme, Defendants Traveled To New York To Obtain Heroin And Obtained Cocaine From Puerto Rico Through The U.S. Mail.

Schneiderman:  My Office’s Organized Crime Task Force Will Keep Fighting To Put Drug Traffickers Behind Bars And Keep Our Communities Safe.

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the New York State Police (NYSP), the Buffalo Police Department (BPD), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Department of Homeland Security and the Niagara County Drug Task Force today announced that first degree narcotics possession and sale, conspiracy to distribute and other charges have been filed against 25 individuals accused of taking part in a drug distribution network that funneled heroin from New York City and Philadelphia to Buffalo and Western New York.

“Today my office, with our partners in law enforcement, shut down a major drug pipeline into Western New York that was a top supplier of fentanyl-laced heroin and other drugs,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This dangerous and potent variant of heroin is killing people across our state and I am pleased that we have cut off this supply and charged 25 individuals for their alleged roles.”

“The alleged crimes suggest that the suspects had absolutely no regard for the damage these narcotics were inflicting on our communities,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “We will continue to work with our partners to target those trafficking drugs in our neighborhoods, shut their illegal operations down and put them behind bars.”

“Gang violence and drug trafficking are both public health and public safety threats,” said Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division. “Wherever the Ramos organization allegedly sold heroin and cocaine, they left behind fear, intimidation and addiction in their wake. Law enforcement pooled resources to shut this operation down and identify all sources of supply in order to reclaim our neighborhoods from drug addiction and drug related violence.”

“I want to commend all of the agencies involved in this intensive investigation including the Attorney General’s Office and State police,” said Commissioner Daniel Derenda, Buffalo Police Department. “Removing two dozen drug dealers from our streets will put a severe dent in the illegal drug trade in Buffalo and Western New York.”

As part of a multi-agency investigation code-named Operation Rolling Thunder, state, federal and local law enforcement agents led by Attorney General Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), NYSP’s CNET and the DEA conducted a 9­ month-­long investigation that included undercover operations, hundreds of hours of covert surveillance, and wiretaps.  The investigation led to the seizure of more than 1 ½ kilograms of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, and 6 kilograms of cocaine, all for distribution in Buffalo and Lockport, New York.

According to the indictment, members of the narcotics distribution organization would travel to New York City to obtain heroin and drive immediately back to Buffalo.  Heroin was found in packages in the columns of steering wheels, in engine compartments, and under seats of various vehicles used by the targets.  Jose Maldonado, Jonathan Ramos-Ramos, and their workers, sold heroin daily from a location on Pennsylvania Avenue in Buffalo.  Hector Santiago sold heroin laced with fentanyl in Niagara County, which he obtained from the same source of supply in the Washington Heights area of New York City.  Wiretaps caught the defendants discussing their drug transactions, in the Spanish language, in a cryptic and coded manner in the hope of avoiding detection by law enforcement.  Over one and a half kilograms of fentanyl-laced heroin were seized in the course of the investigation, which have a value of over $600,000, when sold on the street in bundles.

Jonathan Aleman-Gonzalez had more than two kilograms of cocaine mailed to Omar Vellon Aponte on Buffalo’s East Side, as well as to Gonzalez’ home.  In one instance, the narcotics were contained in two cans of pinto beans, which were opened and resealed.  An associate named Raul Lopez Sanchez drove from New Jersey, bringing a half kilogram of cocaine to Buffalo wrapped as a birthday gift, for delivery to Gonzalez, when he was stopped in the parking lot of the Days Inn near the Buffalo Niagara Airport and the package was seized.  The street value of the six kilos of cocaine seized during the course of this investigation is $1.2 million.

The 69-count indictment unsealed in Erie County Court today charges 25 people with crimes including Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First and Second Degrees and Conspiracy in the Second Degree (class A and B felonies), punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and various other counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Charged in the Erie County indictment are:

Zoraida Acevedo-Santiago;

Jonathan Aleman-Gonzalez, a/k/a “Humedo”;

Bonifacio Barreto, a/k/a “Cano”;

Joemar Cruz, a/k/a “Yomo”;

Jorge Davila, a/k/a “Loiza”;

Joan Diaz;

Josue Diaz-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Kasko”;

Justo Kelvin Estevez Rodriguez;

Jonathan Lopez, a/k/a “Tato”;

Raul Lopez Sanchez;

Jose Maldonado, a/k/a “Naris”;

Hiram Morales, a/k/a “Buster”;

Jose Nunez Perez, a/k/a “Joe”;

William Ortega, a/k/a “Wilo”;

David Ortiz;

Juan Gabriel Ortiz, a/k/a “Gabby”;

Carlos Pizarro-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Bolo”;

Jonathan Ramos-Ramos, a/k/a “Pico”;

Shalynette Rosario;

Hector L. Santiago, a/k/a “Randy”;

Jesus Javier Santiago, a/k/a “Javi”;

Alexis Serrano-Alicea;

Omar Vellon Aponte, a/k/a “Chambo”;

Charles Vogel, a/k/a “Chuck”; and

Brian D. Zimmerman

The investigation was conducted by OCTF Investigator Pedro Pabon, Supervising Investigator Peter J. Talty, and Deputy Chief Eugene Black, and DEA Special Agents Anthony Casullo, Joseph Bongiovanni, and Supervisor Gregory Yensan, New York State Police Investigators, Buffalo Police Department Detective John Garcia and Sergeant Sean O’Brien.  With the assistance of the US Postal Inspection Service, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security and the Niagara County Drug Task Force.

The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General Patricia I. Carrington.  Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff runs the Organized Crime Task Force and Kelly Donovan is the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Division. 

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

Zephyr has been fearless since the day she was born. I’m her sister — I should know.

Whether she was passionately arguing with me about women’s rights issues when I was 11, or leading the charge on breaking up the big banks thirty years later, she carries a force of conviction that is buffered by research, facts, dialogue, and core values. She’ll be a force to reckon with in Congress.

Of course, it’s our force that will send her to Washington. Z needs a groundswell of grassroots support to win this thing. Can you pitch in $5 or $10 to help out?

As a social worker in rural Vermont, I work directly with individuals and groups of people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and feel disempowered by society. I like to remind Zephyr that her hard work on behalf of unions and tenants, as well as advocating for raising the minimum wage, is working towards the same goals that I am, just on a macro scale.

When I watched Zephyr campaign for governor in 2014, I witnessed a person who was born to be a politician in its best sense — a leader, an advocate, a listener, and a champion of those who lack a voice.

I’m confident that Zephyr will be an effective and outspoken leader on campaign finance reform and transparency in government. I’m confident she will never let herself be beholden to big money donors or corrupt interests.

And I’m really confident that in Congress she will set an example of all that a woman of conviction can do. As a sister and an aunt, she already has.

I can’t wait to see what Zephyr will do in Congress. Help me help her out today by getting us $5 or $10 closer to the $250,000 goal we need to raise by the end of May. Give what you can.

Thanks for the help!

Dillon Teachout Burns

BREAKING: Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and his son Adam has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. Preet Bharara quickly released a statement saying “we deserve better’ along with a not-so-veiled dig at Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission…www.empirereportnewyork.comNew York’s #1 politics news site has the latest details as well as stories featuring government incompetence.

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I’m going to be in NJ for a rally — you’re going to want to be there.

 

The rally is a fundraiser for my friend, Chris Christie. We will be at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville on May 19th, doors open at 5 PM.

 

You will need to buy a ticket to get into the rally and you can do that here.

 

Chris and I can’t wait to see you there.

 

 

Best Wishes,

 


Donald J. Trump

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MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE UPGRADES CITY OF YONKERS’ FINANCIAL BOND RATING TO A POSITIVE OUTLOOK

 

Agency Reassigns Yonkers with Bond Rating of A3 Reflecting City’s Improved Financial Management

 

Yonkers, NY – May 12, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that leading financial bond agency Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the City of Yonkers to a positive outlook, revised from a stable outlook in 2015. Moody’s Investors Service reassigned an ‘A3’ rating to City of Yonkers’ general obligation bonds and ‘A2’ enhanced rating on the City’s school debt.  The bond rating verifies the City’s improved financial stability since 2013, when it had assigned a ‘Baa1’ bond rating to Yonkers.

 

“Given the fiscal challenges that Yonkers has faced, I am pleased with the latest bond ratings as they continue to be the highest Yonkers has received in forty years,” said Mayor Spano. “These ratings reflect my administration’s hard work and commitment over the last four years to strengthen the fiscal issues facing our City. Working together with our Governor, state delegation and City Council, we continue to illustrate a financial plan that Moody’s has deemed secure and responsible.”

 

According to Moody’s, the leading factor for the city’s rating is its improved financial management, including recent legislation giving city management greater control over the Yonkers Board of Education (BOE) finances. Moody’s cited the upgrade of Yonkers’ bond rating as a reaffirmation of the city’s large and diversified tax base that benefits from its proximity to New York City and the over $1 billion in economic development currently underway throughout the city. The outlook also reflects the recent addition of several recurring revenue sources to the City budget.  While the City continues to mitigate the structural imbalance of its budget, Moody’s recognizes the efforts it’s doing to address the issue.

 

Finance Commissioner John Liszewski said, “The ‘A’ rating with a positive outlook from Moody’s once again illustrates that under Mayor Spano’s leadership, we are not only moving Yonkers in the right direction and implementing sound financial policies, but creating conditions that will grow our economy and school district.”

 

“The City has made a lot of progress over the last four years and our financial outlook continues to improve every day,” said Mayor Spano. “The financial burdens that threaten New York’s Big Four Cities are real, especially those placed by our dependent school districts and increasingly dependent populations. I look forward to continually working with our city and state representatives to achieve a stronger and more financially secure Yonkers.”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE UPGRADES CITY OF YONKERS’ FINANCIAL BOND RATING TO A POSITIVE OUTLOOK

 

Agency Reassigns Yonkers with Bond Rating of A3 Reflecting City’s Improved Financial Management

 

Yonkers, NY – May 12, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that leading financial bond agency Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the City of Yonkers to a positive outlook, revised from a stable outlook in 2015. Moody’s Investors Service reassigned an ‘A3’ rating to City of Yonkers’ general obligation bonds and ‘A2’ enhanced rating on the City’s school debt.  The bond rating verifies the City’s improved financial stability since 2013, when it had assigned a ‘Baa1’ bond rating to Yonkers.

 

“Given the fiscal challenges that Yonkers has faced, I am pleased with the latest bond ratings as they continue to be the highest Yonkers has received in forty years,” said Mayor Spano. “These ratings reflect my administration’s hard work and commitment over the last four years to strengthen the fiscal issues facing our City. Working together with our Governor, state delegation and City Council, we continue to illustrate a financial plan that Moody’s has deemed secure and responsible.”

 

According to Moody’s, the leading factor for the city’s rating is its improved financial management, including recent legislation giving city management greater control over the Yonkers Board of Education (BOE) finances. Moody’s cited the upgrade of Yonkers’ bond rating as a reaffirmation of the city’s large and diversified tax base that benefits from its proximity to New York City and the over $1 billion in economic development currently underway throughout the city. The outlook also reflects the recent addition of several recurring revenue sources to the City budget.  While the City continues to mitigate the structural imbalance of its budget, Moody’s recognizes the efforts it’s doing to address the issue.

 

Finance Commissioner John Liszewski said, “The ‘A’ rating with a positive outlook from Moody’s once again illustrates that under Mayor Spano’s leadership, we are not only moving Yonkers in the right direction and implementing sound financial policies, but creating conditions that will grow our economy and school district.”

 

“The City has made a lot of progress over the last four years and our financial outlook continues to improve every day,” said Mayor Spano. “The financial burdens that threaten New York’s Big Four Cities are real, especially those placed by our dependent school districts and increasingly dependent populations. I look forward to continually working with our city and state representatives to achieve a stronger and more financially secure Yonkers.”

 

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo is “one of the strongest voices for ethics reform in Albany.” That’s what my opponent Sean Patrick Maloney believes.
Maloney has swum in the Albany and Washington swamps for so long he can’t smell the stench. He’s part of the problem.
To suggest Cuomo, who has spent the past couple years under federal investigation for corruption, is a strong voice for ethics is absurd. But then again, Maloney:

  • Was a central figure in disgraced former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s TrooperGate scandal (source)
  • Was blasted by the League of Women Voters for a “flagrant misuse of campaign dollars” (source)
  • Said a political ally needed his “head examined” for failing to support Hillary Clinton despite her being investigated by the FBI over her email scandal (source)
  • Donated thousands of dollars to now imprisoned former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (source)

Want to help fix Washington and get the country back on the right track?  Help me defeat a corruption apologist. DONATE TODAY.

The late German Pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, once said “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Indifference to corruption is corrupt.

As Congressman, I’ll speak out against corruption wherever it originates and I will act. I’ll fight for ethics reform and term limits, and have pledged, if elected, to serve no more than four terms.

I’m not looking to swim in the swamp.  I’m looking to drain the swamp.

Help me start with Maloney. Please DONATE TODAY.

Thank you.
Phil

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MVPL TO HOST DANCE PARTY IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND MUSICAL LEGACY OF PRINCE
When
Thursday May 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
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Mount Vernon Public Library
28 S. 1st Ave
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
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Schedule of activities for “Prince Day”
 
Time
Location
Activity
12pm – 3:30pm
Community Room Movie screenings
 4pm – 4:45pm Community Room Prince Trivia
 5pm – 5:45pm Gallery Prince Karaoke
 6pm Gallery
Showing of Movie Purple Rain. (Movie will run during dance event)
 6pm  –  8:00pm Rotunda Prince Dance Party
EVENT IS FREE
Mount Vernon Public Library, 28 S. 1st Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
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Blue Door’s Got The SPRING FEVER! Check Out Our Upcoming Events!

This Weekend is Yonkers Arts Weekend! & Blue Door’s Packed with Events! Come Check It Out!
Come join us this week  for yonkers arts weekend, May 13th-15th. We kick off our events Friday from 5-8pm with musical and poetic performances by Mount Vernon natives Trindigo Art House. Saturday May 14th events start at 1pm with our Poet in residence, Golda Solomon for Artspeak, a poetry and writing workshop, and stay after for Po’Jazz on Hudson, with the Jazz and Poetry Choir Collective starting at 7pm. As Yonkers arts weekend comes to a close we invite you Sunday May 15th from 2-5pm to our exhibition opening of MIND AND MATERIAL, Which will display faculty and student work from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. All events are open to the public and admission is donation based.  For more information please visit www.bluedoorartcenter.org or call 914.375.5100
Friday May 13th 5-8pm: Trindigo Art House, Musical and Poetic Performances Trindigoarthouse.com
Saturday May 14th 130-5pm: ArtSpeak, Poetry & Writing Workshop
Saturday May 14th 7-9pm: Po’Jazz on Hudson
Sunday May 15th 2-5pm: Exhibition Opening of MIND AND MATERIAL, College of Mount Saint Vincent Faculty and Student work

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TUESDAY MAY 17TH 6-8PM:

Blue Door Cinema Night presents: ‘Beware of the Year 7000’ with discussion to follow
 
SATURDAY MAY 21ST 10-1PM:

 RICHARD WILDE’S CREATIVITY WORKSHOP
A one-day creativity workshop will take place on Saturday, May 21st from10:00am-1:00pm at Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.
You will be lead you through a series of exercises where you will experiment, play like children again, compose, construct and deconstruct in an effort to touch creative inspiration. Bring your daringness, your inner child, while at the same time leave your fear of failure at home.  If you attempt to struggle with new ideas, you cannot fail.
Richard Wilde is the founding chair of Design Department at the School of Visual Arts and also chairs the BFA Advertising Department. He is a Hall of Fame Laureate at the Art Directors Club and has won gold medals in most of the major professional competitions and has authored several books on design education. For the past 12 years he has been the creative director of an annual 500+ page compendium of students’ work. His Visual Literacy course at SVA has been said to be the new Bauhaus of the 21st century. His latest book is titled, “The Process: A New Foundation for Art and Design”.
The workshop fee is $5.00 and can be paid at the door – all materials will be provided. Please let us know if you wish to participate by emailinginfo@bluedoorartcenter.org.
 

CALL FOR ARTISTS:

WAVE- A Visual Exploration of an Auditory Journey

WAVE EP was recorded by Artist, Jidah at Converse Rubber Track Studios. This project is an interactive baptism, in a sea of warm, healing vocals. We welcome you to ride this WAVE and experience the emotional heartbreak to rebirth. Works made by local talented artists, in conjunction with the lyrics and instrumentation of WAVE.

Jidah has opened up this exhibition to the public, asking those of the community to join her in her artistic journey and be a part of her solo curated exhibition. For those interested in submitting 2D and 3D work to be displayed in this show you can upload your images directly through our website. Please do not send submissions via email. Please feel free to contact the gallery with questions.

To receive the audio link to WAVE EP please email JustJidah@gmail.com. Be sure to include ‘WAVE EP AUDIO ACCESS’ in subject heading of email. Jidah will send you a link to her audio recording which you can use to create your work, or include work that you feel identifies with her music.

You will be notified if your work is accepted. There is no submission fee, but work that is accepted will be charged a hanging fee of $10 per accepted piece.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS JULY 6TH, 2016
ACCEPTED WORK MUST BE DROPPED OFF AT THE GALLERY JULY 27-29TH, 2016
WORK MUST BE PICKED UP FROM GALLERY AUG 28TH-30TH, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION WILL BE AUGUST 6TH, 2016

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SUSPENDED STORIES: A TATTED EXHIBITION

Long after a tattoo has healed the ink adapts to its surroundings and creates a home between the layers of the skin. As appreciators of this art we welcome SUSPENDED STORIES: A TATTED EXHIBITION to the walls of the Blue Door Art Center Gallery.

Guidelines: This is an exhibition open to Tattoo Artists EXCLUSIVELY, for the expression of art outside that of the Human Canvas. Tattoo Artists are welcome to submit work falling under the mediums of Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Sculpture, Craft, Print-Making, Photography, Video & Mixed Media.

To Submit Work: Visit Bluedoorartcenter.org, Go to CALL FOR ARTISTS & Follow the submission instructions. There is no application fee. Each accepted work will be charged a $25 hanging fee If If your work is accepted needs speciality tools, or specific installation please include these instructions with your consignment form.

Are you a parlor looking to represent multiple artists in tis show? Want to represent your shop?- You can purchase ad space, rent wall space, Host a workshop/class or set up shop right in the gallery during the duration of this exhibition.

**Please Note, Do not submit portfolio photographs of completed tattoos, they will not be accepted, Only completed works of art by tattoo artists will be accepted for this show. However, all artists whos works are accepted will be welcomed to display a portfolio with their work if desired.

You will be contacted whether your work is or is not accepted.

Located in the heart of Downtown Yonkers, This is a great opportunity for new to experienced artists to display their work and advertise their shops!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE AUGUST 1ST, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 9TH
ACCEPTED WORKS DROP OFF: AUG 30TH- SEP 3RD
ACCEPTED WORKS PICK UP: OCTOBER 8TH-10TH

About Us
Blue Door Gallery presents widely attended and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibitions in a welcoming environment. BDG publishes books on many of its outstanding exhibitions and makes available the chap books of our poets.
Current Exhibition: Future/Canvas The Emerging of Digital Arts opening Saturday, February 13th 2-5 and will be on display through Saturday, March 6th.
Other community art programs at the gallery include monthly “Open Stage” performances, poetry writing workshops, art themed videos, art classes, performances and other special events.
The Blue Door Art Center initiates many public art projects including the installation of sculpture along the Yonkers Esplanade and in other locations. BDAC has been a fixture at Yonkers “Riverfest” for many years and conducts  workshops and events in locations throughout the city. BDAA is now in the process of installing artwork in vacant storefronts throughout Downtown Yonkers and partnering with Greyston Foundation to provide special art experiences for children in their Child Care Center.
SPECIAL THANKS to our Generous and Supportive Sponsors
 
 

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Not an art-maker?  Be an art-lover and supporter  You may find something that 
catches your eye and feeds your soul.
If you or your creative friends have workshop ideas or would like to share your craft,
feel free to email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org and we will respond asap.
Arle´ Sklar-Weinstein, Gallery and Art Center Co-Director
Luis Perelman, Public Art and Art Center Co-Director
Madeline Yee, Assistant Director/Gallery Manager
Robin Hutchinson, Membership/Registrar
Naajidah Correll, Assistant Manager
Chris Baxter, Grant Writer/ Development
La traducción al español:
PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS:
Todos los detalles del evento y informacion se pueden encontrar en nuestro calendario en Bluedoorartcenter.org. Esta galeria de arte es para la comunidad, esta abierto para el publico, agradecemos sus donaciones.
Viernes 22 de Abril: ‘Art on My Chest’ con Phylisha Villanueva
6:30PM-8PM $10 Admisión General $7 Con identificación de estudiante
Viernes 29 de Abril: ‘Open Mic’ con CJ y Jidah
6:30PM Registro, 7PM-9PM Actuaciones. Admisión $3
Viernes 5 de Mayo: Tu retrato, instantaneo, con Chris Baxter
12PM-3PM Aceptamos donaciones
Martes/Miercoles 3 a 4 de Mayo: ‘Give Local’ www.givelocalwp.org
La galeria te necessita, estamos aqui para la comunidad, agradecemos sus donaciones
Viernes 13 de Mayo: Presentación Musical de Ellarese y Amigos
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Yonkers Carpet Mills Arts District (CMAD) POISED To Become Major Destination Thanks to Approved Zoning.

 

Rezoning Will Help Turn the City of Yonkers into Major Retail and Tourist Destination.

 

Yonkers, NY—May 10, 2016 — On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, zoning was officially approved and signed off on by the City of Yonkers to allow the first floor of the Carpet Mills Arts District (CMAD), in Yonkers, NY, to build out the current vacant, commercialized warehouses that occupied the area into retail store fronts. The approved retail zoning will help allow this historic and artistic area to become a major retail and tourist destination for the city of Yonkers. CMAD stretches from Lake Avenue on the north to Ashburton Avenue on the south and Nepperhan Avenue on the west to Saw Mill River Road on the east.

 

The open store fronts will give space to potential business owners and entrepreneurs to open shops like restaurants and retail establishments, amusements, sports, boutiques, dry cleaners, event space, retail home furnishing stores, art galleries and more. Retail is the first step in improving an area. The City of Yonkers hopes to follow in the footsteps of areas that are now flourishing with art galleries and retail spaces, such as SOHO, Williamsburg, Hoboken, Beacon and Hudson. Additionally, the rezoning project of CMAD will bring in new types of tenants, which will mean more jobs, more sales taxes, upgrades to the area, improvements to the appearance of buildings and the potential for bigger businesses, such as a medical office or a school.

 

In April 2015, the area, consisting of the former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills, was formally named the Carpet Mills Arts District (CMAD), a milestone that further validated a growing community within Yonkers. Over the years, a group of area building owners, known as the Owners’ Coalition, worked toward a change in zoning that would allow for ground-level retail options like restaurants and specialty shops. The group has developed a creative site improvement vision for the district, which promises to solidify and enhance the district’s identity in the arts and creative industries—naturally drawing higher end businesses, tenants and patrons to the area.

 

“This area is an undiscovered gem about to explode with art and retail establishments,” said Randolph Rose, President of R.J. Rose Realty and a member of the Owners’ Coalition. “The City of Yonkers voted 100% in favor of this project. The regional economic council also recently gave us a $500,000 grant to start the process going. Everyone loves the idea.”

 

The $500,000 capital grant from the Empire State Development Grants Program is to help revitalize and further the development and renovation of the CMAD area. The funding will be used for exterior improvements to the buildings, including arts destination signage, lighting, entrance ways and landscaping improvements.

 

“Yonkers is establishing itself as a destination city for artists to live, work and exhibit, and people are taking notice,” said Yonkers Mayor, Mike Spano. “There is so much history and authentic, raw space in the Alexander Smith Carpet Mills buildings — which once housed over 8,000 industrial workers — that it lends itself to becoming a community for industrial creatives. Yonkers has become home to an emerging arts scene, and creating an arts district at the once thriving Carpet Mills site is the next step in telling our story.”

 

“In cities across the Country, the arts are driving tourism, boosting the economy, revitalizing urban centers and incentivizing prosperity. In fact, the arts and cultural sector nationally is a $699 billion industry which in Westchester generates $156 million in economic impact. The City of Yonkers’ investment in the arts is not only a good idea, it’s a good business proposition,” said Janet T. Langsam, CEO, ArtsWestchester.

 

“The formula is a simple, yet sublime as E=MC2. In our version of that formula, we take ‘C’ for Commerce and combine it with ‘M’ which stands for Music/the Arts/Crafts/Industrial Coops, etc. and add the force multiplier effect of social interaction (the squared part) and what you get is a whole of ‘E’ equals energy,” said Stephen Wagner, a board member at the Yonkers Committee for Smart Development. “The kind of energy that can catalyze serious urban transformation and job creation that can make people who stopped believing things would ever change, become believers.”

 

CMAD will be the catalyst in creating a new arts area within a fantastic city which recognizes the importance of art. As one council member stated in a speech the night zoning was approved: “This a no brainer.”

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Doyou suspect that communications from and to you have been intercepted? If you have had experiences similar to those described below, this is a call to join forces to exercise our First Amendment right to “freedomof speech, of the press; the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”

 

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://w   ww.Jud  icial-Discipline-Re   form.org New York City Dr.Richard.Cordero_Esq@verizon.net,RicCordero@verizon.net, CorderoRic@yahoo.com,Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@cantab.net

 

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A.Probable cause to believe that communications about exposing judges’ wrongdoinghave been intercepted

 

  1. I am alawyer, a doctor of law, and a researcher of court statistics, reports,statements, etc.(*>jur: iii/fn.ii), whichI have cited hundreds of times in my 880+-page study of federal judges and the Federal Judiciary –the models for their state counterparts– titled and downloadable as follows:

 

Exposing Judges’ Unaccountability and Consequent Riskless Wrongdoing: Pioneering the news and publishing field of judicial unaccountability reporting*

 

* http://www.Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/OL/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.pdf

 

or http://1drv.ms/1NkT7D8

 

Ifthese links do not download the file in the most widely used browser, i.e.,Internet Explorer, download either of the following browsers, install it, copythe first link above into the browser’s search box, and press ‘Enter’. If thefile, which has over 880 pages and is more than 93 MB in size, does notdownload, try using the other links and then the other browser:

 

Google Chrome: https://   ww   w.goo     gle.com/chrome/

or

Mozilla-Firefox: https://   support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox/download-and-install.

 

  1. I have proposed the pinpoint, profit-making(*>ol:326§F) investigation of judges’ wrongdoing througha unique national query(ol:191§A) based, amongother things(ol:194§E), on the articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico(jur:65fn107a,c) that suspected the first nominee ofPresident Obama to the Supreme Court, Then-Judge, Now-Justice Sotomayor, of concealingassets. Such concealment is undertaken to evade taxes and keep the illegalorigin of taxable assets hidden; it is a crime(ol:5fn10).

 

  1. The evidence(jur:65§§1-3) shows thather asset concealment is enabled by, and only part of, wrongdoing coordinatedamong federal judges and between them and insiders of the judicial and legalsystems(jur:81fn169). Thus, her investigation wouldbe a Trojan horse that would reveal wrongdoing so routine, widespread, and coordinatedas to constitute the judges’ and the Judiciary’s institutionalized modusoperandi(ol:190¶¶1-7).

 

  1. I have sent that proposal to over ten thousand people, yahoogroups,and pertinent websites. Given the evidence in the study of how widespreaddissatisfaction with the judicial and legal systems is, and a current publicmood dominated by the Dissatisfied with the Establishment, one could reasonablyexpect many recipients to contact me to express interest in my proposal. Yet,only a handful has done so. Neither under the circumstances, statisticalanalysis, nor related events is this a normal reaction.

 

  1. This article argues that under those three considerations, there isprobable cause to believe that the communications that I sent or that were sentto me were intercepted and their delivery was prevented. It calls on victims ofjudges’ wrongdoing and on advocates of honest judiciaries to join forces toexpose such wrongdoing by implementing a strategy that takes advantage of thepublic mood and the presidential campaign that feeds off it.

 

  1. Interception and secrecy as the government’s modusoperandi

 

  1. Interception and disclosure of wire,oral, or electronic communications, and the intentional access to a protectedcomputer without authorization are acts prohibited as federal crimes and punishablewith up to 20 years in prison under Title 18 U.S. Code §§1030 and 2511(ol:5a/fn13, 14).

 

  1. NSA and judges can issue companies secret orders ofinterception

 

  1. The documents of the NationalSecurity Agency (NSA) leaked by Edward Snowden(ol:17)have revealed that the NSA, which reports to the President daily, broke the lawto intercept the communications of private and public parties, including 35heads of state and government, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and BrazilPresident Dilma Rousseff among them as well as U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon.

 

  1. This supports probable cause tobelieve that the government is once more intercepting communications, such asmine, to safeguard its own interests.

 

  1. The NSA has an interest inintercepting communications calling for the exposure of judges’ wrongdoing: Itdepends on judges, such as those of the secret federal court set up under the ForeignIntelligence Surveillance Act(ol:20fn5 >50U.S.C. §§1801-1811), to have its secret requests forsecret orders of surveillance rubberstamped, up to 100% in a year(ol:5afn7).

 

  1. Microsoft sued the government over its orders’permanent secrecy

 

  1. In mid-April 2016, Microsoft sued the federalgovernment over secret requests, such as those by the NSA, for secret orders ofsurveillance that those who must execute them, such as Microsoft and otherInternet Service Providers, must keep secret forever. It is arguing that suchpermanent secrecy even after the abatement of the emergency that warrants the order’srequest and execution without due process notice and opportunity to defend tothe surveillance target defendant prevents any control on the government and,as a result, leads to government abuse of power.

 

  1. Secrecy is the petri dish for corruption(jur:49§4), for it places wrongdoing beyond public condemnation,rendering it private, blameless, acceptable to those in on it, whom it rendersunaccountable and whose wrongdoing it turns into riskless acts to gainirresistible, wrongful benefits, inevitably leading to their performance throughabuse of power(jur:88§§a-c). “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”,as Justice Brandeis put it: information is needed to rid the government ofcorruption.

 

  1. Unauthorized access to CBS Reporter SharylAttkisson’s computers

 

  1. CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson revealed thefiasco of the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation of the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, and Firearms of the Department of Justice (DoJ), which sold weapons, includingmilitary assault rifles, intended to be followed all the way to druglords in Mexico.But the Bureau lost track of them; one was used to murder an American borderpatrol.

 

  1. DoJ Attorney General Eric Holder tried to coverup Fast and Furious by refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas fordocuments, submitting them with whole pages redacted so that they no longermade sense. As a result, he became the first sitting member of the cabinet in Americanhistory to be held in contempt of Congress. Having lost the trust of Congress,he had to resign.

 

  1. Likewise and much to the chagrin of the Obamaadministration, Reporter Attkisson reported on the Benghazi attacks, where theAmerican ambassador to Libya and three other American officers were killed byIslamic militants while the Secretary of State was Hillary Clinton.

 

  1. Rep. Attkisson(ol:215)had three independent computer experts examine her home and work computers.They attested to their having been hacked and roamed through. She, representedby Judicial Watch, has sued DoJ for information concerning the hacking of hercomputers (ol:216fn2); and reportedly hasdemanded $35,000,000 in compensation.

 

  1. The government sued Apple to get backdoor access toan iPhone

 

  1. In order to gain access to the messages on thephone of one of the terrorists that committed the massacre at San Bernardino,California, the federal government sued Apple to force it to crack on itsbehalf the encryption system that protects the privacy of messages on itsiPhones. Apple refused to comply, arguing that the public interest in theprivacy of emails trumped the interest of the government in particular casesand that cracking the encryption would set a dangerous precedent, give theAmerican government as well as foreign ones a backdoor access to all messageson all iPhones, and lead to abuse of power.

 

  1. After the government managed to crack the encryptionwith the help of another company, it withdrew its suit.

 

  1. Instead of just after a crime, how far ahead ofany crime or even suspicion of it will the government enter through thatbackdoor to read all contents of iPhones…and eventually of all phones andcomputers?

 

  1. Power is by nature expansive; it will only stopits advance if opposed by an equal power or is pushed back by a stronger one(jur:81¶174). Such can be the power of We the People, the sovereign source ofall public power, when informed by the free flow of communications.

 

  1. Statistical considerations: the normal distributionof a series of values and the abnormal number and contents of replies

 

  1. Probable cause to believe that there has beeninterception of my communications derives from the statistical abnormality(ol:19fn2 >ws:46§V) ofmy non-receipt of replies from the thousands of people to whom I wrote(cf. *>Lsch:1), except for some five replies, and thestatistical oddity that all those replies were negative, expressing therepliers’ lack of interest in my proposal.

 

  1. Normally, the reactions of the subjects to whoman attitudinal questionnaire is submitted –like the people to whom I sent my proposal–line up on a continuum from an extreme of very few ‘not liked any bit of it’ risingtoward the most numerous ‘balanced bunch’ and descending toward the otherextreme of very few ‘liked every bit of it’. When the series of valuesmeasuring the intensity of their reaction and the number of those so reacting areplotted on an X,Y graph, they produce the bell-shaped curve called a normaldistribution of values(ol:19fn2 >ws:59¶124).

 

  1. Instead, the replies that I received produced aflat floor line with a hiccup at the end. But there is neither a logical nor apsychological cause to believe that normally only people who disliked aproposal would be motivated enough to bother to write to let the proponent knowthat they disliked and rejected it rather than outright delete the email orshred the letter of proposal.

 

  1. Only the interception by an outside agent whomanaged to gain access to all the replies, examined them, and prevented thedelivery of those that liked and accepted the proposal can explain thatabnormal one-sided delivery to me of only replies that disliked and rejected myproposal.

 

  1. Interception by companies’ suspending email and cloudstorage accounts

 

  1. Probablecause to believe in interception is found in the sudden, unexplained, arbitrarysuspension between October and December 2014 of my email and cloud storageaccounts by Dropbox, Google, and Microsoft.

 

  1. It is utterly improbable that these three, at the time independent,companies acted independently and only coincidentally to suspend my accounts.Their doing so was contrary to their commercial interest in advertisingthemselves through the accounts that people open with them, which bear thecompanies’ names in the domains of the accounts,e.g.,

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqw00v30ex3kbho/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.pdf?dl=0,

Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@gmail.com,and

Ric.Cordero@hotmail.com(*>ggl:1 et al.).

 

  1. One of the 5% most viewed Linkedin profiles losesmost of its contents

 

  1. Acompany’s commercial interest in encouraging Internet traffic with its name attached to it is shown by Linkedin’s congratulatingme for my profile being among the 5% most viewed among its more than 200million profiles(*>a&p:25-27). Sohow is it possible that last week, I checked my profile and noticed that myphoto and most of its information about me were not there? I had to repostthem. Do you see them at www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-richard-cordero-esq/4b/8ba/50/?

 

  1. Microsoft prevents again the signing in to an emailaccount

 

  1. After Microsoft suspended my Hotmail account, Icreated this other Microsoft account: Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@outlook.com.But since last week, my attempts to sign in have been met with the following notice,which you will likely receive if you go to www.microsoft.com and tryto sign in as RicCordero@verizon.net. So I can neither access theemails sent to my Outlook account nor upload to my Microsoft DriveOne cloudstorage account the updated versions of my study of judges and theirjudiciaries.

 

Sign in

Something went wrong and we can’t sign you in

right now. Please try again later.

Microsoft

 

  1. The dramatic drop in the number of daily subscribersto my blog

 

  1. I built a new website using WordPress inSeptember 2015 and started to post my articles there; www.Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org.Although I did not advertise it, readers found it and I began receiving at Dr.Richard.Cordero_Esq@verizon.net automaticallygenerated email notices of their having subscribed to it.

 

  1. At the beginning, it was only a handful a day.But the phenomenon of referential chain reaction increments that occurs throughoutcyberspace must also have occurred with respect to my blog-like website: Onereader who liked my articles referred them to two or more other readers, whodid the same, thus giving rise to an exponential growth rate.

 

  1. As a result, by Monday, April 11, there was adaily average of 53 new subscribers with an upward trend. But thereafter thedaily average plummeted. In fact, only 8 readers subscribed last Sunday, April17, although normally the highest number of readers subscribe on Saturdays andSundays.

 

  1. One cannot reasonably assume that for the third(ol:19fn2; ggl:1) timeand only coincidentally companies, this time Microsoft and Verizon, have causeda negative flow of emails to me, whether in their content or number, concerningmy proposal for exposing judges’ wrongdoing.

 

  1. Rather, such flow is probably caused by interceptionof emails to and from me. But since such interception only hurts thosecompanies’ commercial interest in self-advertisement, it occurs either withouttheir participation or by them upon orders of a third party. The latter canreasonably be assumed to be those who have the most to lose from judicialwrongdoing exposure:

 

  1. judges (cf. jur:71§4);

 

  1. the politicians who recommended, endorsed,nominated, and confirmed them(cf. jur:77§§5-6) andnow protect them as ‘ourmen and women on the bench’; and

 

  1. others who benefit from maintaining a good relationwith judges in exchange for favorable rulings.

 

  1. Anotherquery for investigation during Election 2016 of judges’ wrongdoing

 

  1. Based on these and other instances of actual,attempted, and probable government interception and access, I have posed thefollowing query(ol:192§4) for professional investigation:

 

To what extent do federal judges abuse their vastcomputer network and expertise –which handle hundreds of millions of casefiles(Lsch:11¶9b.ii)through PACER, Public Access to Court Electronic Records– either alone or withthe quid pro quo assistance of the NSA to:

 

1)conceal assets –acrimeunder 26 U.S.C. §§7201, 7206ol:5fn10,unlike surveillance– by electronicallytransferring them between declared and hidden accounts(ol:1;¶2 supra),

 

2)cover up judges’ wrongdoing(ol:154¶3) by intercepting the communications –also a crime under 18 U.S.C. §2511(ol:20¶¶11-12)– of their exposers; and

 

3)prevent exposers from communicating to joinforces, thus infringing upon their rights“to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redressof grievances”(jur:22fn12b;ol:371)?

 

  1. From collection of metadata to unconstitutionalinterception based on contents and undertaken in the interest of covering upwrongdoing

 

  1. The findings of the investigators of that querycan have a farther-reaching impact than Snowden’s revelations. His leakeddocuments pointed only to illegal dragnet collection of communications metadataof scores of millions of people, such as their telephone numbers, call duration,date, etc., but not the contents of the intercepted communications. Even so thepublic was out-raged by the breach without warrants of communications privacy,its scope, abuse potential, etc.

 

  1. The public would be more intensely outraged ifverifiable findings pointed to the government committing communicationsinterception based on their contents, which constitutes breach of privacy aswell as abridgement of freedom of speech and the press”(jur:130fn268).

 

  1. Public outrage would reach its paroxysm if theinterception were spurred by the unjustifiable motive, not to protect anyalleged ‘national security interest’, but rather to advance judges’ crassinterest in covering up their wrongdoing and the government’s in avoidingjudges’ retaliation by executing their im-plicit threat “If you let them takeany of us down, we bring you with us!”(jur:22§31; ol:266¶13).

 

  1. Such findings can lead to a test case representativeof many other cases of government content-based interception of thecommunications of advocates of honest judiciaries, victims of wrong-doingjudges, and journalists critical of public officers.

 

  1. The findings can support discovery through asuit under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. §552,552a, to ascertain the identity of those who sought and those who implementedinterception orders, the latter’s text, target, justification, objective, etc.

 

  1. Moreover, an outraged public could impact theelections significantly.

 

  1. Strategy for launching the investigation andinforming the public

 

  1. To launch the investigation, I offer to makepresentations(ol:197§G) at video conferencesand in person, generally, to IT experts, journalists, lawyers, students andtheir professors, business people, and other potential members of amultidisciplinary academic and business venture (jur:128§4) and advocates and victims, and, particularly, to any or allpresidential candidates.

 

  1. They and their top officers, e.g., their respectivechief of staff and campaign strategist, can be interested in drawing support(ol:311, 362) from thehuge(ol:311¶1) untapped voting bloc of the dissatisfiedwith the judicial and legal systems, part of the Dissatisfied with theEstablishment(¶4 supra).

 

  1. Since the candidates are covered by the nationalmedia and the public pays attention to them, they are in the best position todenounce(jur:98§2) contents-based interceptionand judges’ wrongdoing. They can cause their campaign research teams, and encouragethe media, to conduct pinpoint, profit-making investigations of the uniquenational queries of Justice Sotomayor(¶¶2-3) and the Federal Judiciary-NSA.

 

  1. After exposure of the nature, extent, andgravity of the wrongdoing, informed discussion and adoption of judicial reformmeasures(jur:158§§6-8) can begin.

 

  1. If you have had an experience similar to thosedescribed above, please email me to all my addresses. Kindly use the headings of this article asthose of a template, providing information under applicable ones. If necessary,add headings.

 

  1. If you want a presentation for you and others,let me know.

 

  1. You can also network with your acquaintances sothat they may network me with campaign officers for me to make a presentationon how their candidate can attract that huge untapped voting bloc andeventually nominate replacements for wrongdoing judges(ol:312¶10).

 

  1. If we think and proceed strategically(Lsch:14§3; ol:52§C; ol:8§E), we can earn material and moral rewards(ol:3§F), including the highest one: to be nationallyrecognized as We the People’s Championsof Justice(ol:201§§J,K).

 

  1. But time is of the essence.

 

So I look forward to hearingfrom you.

 

Dare triggerhistory!(jur:7§5)…and you may enter it.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. RichardCordero, Esq. Judicial Discipline Reform New York City Dr.Richard.Cordero_Esq@verizon.netCorderoRic@yahoo.com, Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@cantab.net, Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@judicial-discipline-reform.org , DrCordero@judicial-discipline-reform.org, judicia1@host235.hostmonster.com,

 

ww w.linkedi  n.com/pub/dr-richard-cordero-esq/4b/8ba/50/

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NOTE 1: Given the interference with Dr.Cordero’s email and e-cloud storage accounts described at * >ggl:1 et seq., when emailing him, copy theabove bloc of his email addresses and paste it in the To: line of your email soas to enhance the chances of your email reaching him at least at one of thoseaddresses.

 

NOTE 2: Listen to Dr. Cordero’spresentation on judges’ wrongdoing and its exposure through a series ofconcrete, realistic, and feasible actions in the context of the presidentialcampaign, at (eliminate the blank spaces within the links below and then clickon the link):

 

http://    Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/OL/DrRCordero_presentation_exposing_judges_wrongdoing.     mp3

 

The outline of the presentationis at * >ol:350:

 

* http://    Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/OL/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.   pdf

 

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Now, I know I don’t have to tell you that America is pretty screwed up. (Unless you were really confused when you signed up for MoveOn’s email list.) The lead crisis in Flint. The Senate refusing to do its basic constitutional duty and vote on a Supreme Court nomination. The mass shootings so commonplace that most of them don’t even get news coverage anymore. And Trump. Oh, Trump.

America’s in pretty big trouble right now, and the only way it’s going to get fixed is with regular folks like you and me fighting back.

MoveOn is doing incredible work fighting back on all these issues. And so here’s my ask: If you have any money you can spare, will you make a donation to MoveOn? Every little bit helps. Even a buck or two. And just to sweeten the deal, if you donate $27 or more, I’ll send you a DVD copy of my latest movie, “Where to Invade Next.”

How about it? Are you in?

Click here to chip in. If you give $27 or more, you’ll get a DVD copy of “Where to Invade Next.”

The movie is about progressive ideas that we could adopt right here in America. But it’s also about how change happens—and how what seems impossible can become real, if we just work together to create an alternative.

OK. So we have problems. What are we going to do about it? You know, besides watching my movie.

I know I already said make a donation to MoveOn. And I’m going to get back to that. But I actually have a longer to-do list for you.

First, vote. And make your friends and family vote. I know, it’s basic. But year after year, millions of people don’t bother, and we’re never getting out of this mess until that changes.

Second, find a candidate you believe in and sign up to volunteer. I don’t care who it is. Someone running for city council, mayor, Congress, president, whatever. If you can’t find anyone, then pick an office to run for and run yourself.

But I want you to commit to spending at least as much time working on a campaign this year as you do watching “Game of Thrones.” Tweeting and Facebooking about politics doesn’t count. You have to get out in the real world and talk to actual breathing humans.

OK, then last but not least, chip in whatever you can to MoveOn.

And again, if you donate $27 or more, I’ll send you a DVD copy of my latest movie, “Where to Invade Next.” (Not that you, as a good, altruistic MoveOn member, would ever be so materialistic as to be motivated by such a crass commercial offer.)

Oh, and one more thing you can do: watch the movie, of course!

Click here to chip in today.

Thanks for all you do.

—Mike

Michael Moore is an Oscar-winning filmmaker, author, and activist. His ninth film, “Where to Invade Next,” is out on DVD today.

Senator Jeff Klein has been forced to return campaign contributions after it was uncovered that a nursing home in his district in the Bronx was awarded $30 MILLION in taxpayer funds in the most recent state budget. ALSO– Governor Cuomo has expressed support for 4 of the 6 officials that have been federally subpoenaed… what about the other two?

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In 2014, I traveled to Pennsylvania, just across the border from Broome County in New York, and met several people who lived near fracking wells. One grandmother told me she had to send away her daughter and granddaughter because her granddaughter was getting nosebleeds and nausea every morning. Families told me their property values had plummeted to practically nothing. Jobs in their community weren’t safe or reliable.

Fracking poisons our children. It makes people sick. Fracking chemicals seep into drinking water, pollute the air, expose families to cancer-causing chemicals, and are bad for rural areas that rely on small and mid-scale agriculture and need clean water for farming. Add your name to call for a national ban on fracking.

At the same time, fracking poisons communities. Jobs in the surrounding area become unstable. Property values vanish. Families avoid fracking wells because of negative health effects.

Parents, community members, brewery owners, farmers, and citizens from all backgrounds across New York state built one of the greatest grassroots organizations in recent history, leading a groundswell against proposed fracking in New York. I was proud to work with these grassroots leaders, holding forums, sharing facts, and demanding that we listen to science and protect our water and our future. We got that fracking ban, against all odds, in 2014. It was one of the greatest environmental victories of the past several decades.

Banning fracking across the country is an even bigger challenge.

Oil and gas companies spend millions of dollars on high-powered lobbyists in Washington. Companies like Exxon and Koch industries are corrupting our system, buying elections to put candidates into office that defend fracking, despite the serious health concerns.

The way to stand up to the fossil fuel lobby is by raising up facts and raising up voices. In New York, we successfully rallied a huge movement of people just like you. Together we raised our voices, fought against the lobbyists in New York, and banned fracking in our state.

We must do the same on the national level, and that’s why I am asking for you to sign my petition today.

Raise your voice today — call for a national ban on fracking.

Thanks!

-Z

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN OFFERS ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SEEKING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT.

New York State Residents Encouraged To Call Attorney General’s Health Care Helpline For Assistance Obtaining Treatment.

Helpline Aims To Hold Health Insurers To Legal Obligation To Provide Necessary Medical Care.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office is offering assistance for individuals and families seeking substance abuse and/or mental health treatment. New York’s mental health parity law, known as Timothy’s Law, was enacted in 2006 and requires that insurers provide broad based coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders at least equal to coverage provided for other health conditions. The New York Insurance Law also requires health plans to administer substance abuse treatment coverage consistent with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which was enacted in 2008, and prohibits health plans from imposing greater financial requirements or treatment limitations on mental health or substance use disorder benefits than on medical or surgical benefits.

In order to help protect the rights of patients, Attorney General Schneiderman today issued an alert encouraging those seeking treatment or facing barriers with their health insurer to call his office’s Health Care Helpline at 1-800-428-9071

“Under the parity laws, health insurers are required to handle claims for mental health and addiction treatment services the same as medical claims,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office has taken an aggressive approach to enforcing these laws and will continue to take on those who ignore the law and, by doing so, reinforce the false and painful stigma often associated with substance abuse and mental health conditions.”

The alert from Attorney General Schneiderman aims to assist New York residents and their families who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of drug overdoses related to opioid abuses have increased dramatically over the past decade, including over 2,000 drug overdose deaths in New York in 2014. Today’s alert aims to assist residents with knowing their rights when accessing substance abuse treatment through their insurance provider, and encourages them to contact the Attorney General’s Health Care Helpline with any questions.

New York State law mandates group health insurance plans cover inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment (including detoxification and rehabilitation services) subject to plan review of medical necessity. Plans must conduct medical necessity review and calculate co-payments and co-insurance for mental health and substance use disorder benefits in a manner consistent with medical/surgical benefits.

Over the past two years, the Attorney General’s Health Care Bureau has signed agreements with five major companies (Cigna, MVP, EmblemHealth, ValueOptions/Beacon, and Excellus), representing millions of members across New York State, after determining that these companies were not in compliance with federal and state mental health parity laws. The Attorney General’s investigation found that the companies were improperly denying patients who were seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment. The settlements required the companies to implement a host of reforms to comply with state and federal law, and gave members the opportunity to appeal medical necessity denials. The Attorney General’s office also recovered $2.9 million in penalties, and secured $1.6 million in consumer reimbursements for out-of-pocket treatment costs. Since the agreements were signed, ongoing monitoring has for most plans shown fewer barriers to treatment, including lower denial rates and more consumers accessing needed care. 

In addition, the Helpline has addressed numerous complaints about health plan coverage of mental health care, and has succeeded in many cases with obtaining approval of medically necessary care, or reimbursement where the consumer has paid for mental health care out-of-pocket.

Any resident who is denied substance abuse treatment should:

  • Check the denial letter for accuracy and inform plan of mistakes.
  • Ask the health provider to submit a letter of medical necessity, including facts that show that you meet the relevant medical necessity criteria, point-by-point.
  • Request a written, detailed explanation of the denial from the health insurance company.
  • Look for common improper denial flags, such as “fail first” requirements, reduced payments for out-of-network providers, insufficient or incorrect information in denial letters, refusing to provide medical necessity criteria or using criteria that do not match the health condition, and failure to consult with the health provider or consider medical evidence supplied.

“If your health plan denies the treatment your provider recommends, remember, you have rights under New York State law,” said Avi Israel, President of the addiction recovery non-profit Save the Michaels of the World. “Your loved one shouldn’t have to ‘fail first’ and you have the right to appeal the plan’s denial. Don’t simply take no for an answer and walk away. Call Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Health Care Helpline and ask for help.”

“The radical transformation of the health care system has rendered people sometimes confused by the laws designed to improve access and quality of care for the people it serves,” said Jeremy Klemanski, President & CEO, Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare. “The Attorney General’s Helpline is a tremendous resource to help any of us verify the correctness of how our insurance is, or is not working to provide the care we are paying our premiums for. The average person may not have an attorney on speed dial, but every New Yorker has the Attorney Generals legal team on speed dial by calling the Health Care Bureau Helpline.”

“NCADD-RA supports the NYS Attorney General’s health insurance know-your-rights alert and supports the full implementation of NY’s parity law (Timothy’s Law),” said Jennifer Faringer, Director, DePaul’s National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Rochester Area. “Until both substance use disorders and mental health disorders are regarded the same, viewed without stigma, and treated on par with coverage equal to that of any other disease, we will have not achieved true parity in NYS. We join the AG in encouraging individuals and their families to contact the AG Health Care Helpline with any questions.”

“Horizon is committed to providing necessary education and resources to our community on how best to navigate treatment services for patients and their families struggling with substance use and mental health disorders,” said Anne D. Constantino, President & CEO, Horizon Health Services. “We appreciate the efforts of the Attorney General’s office in bringing these issues to the attention of our community members, providing resources and assisting those members amongst this epidemic.”

“If our society is ever to stop the proliferation of opiate drug addiction, then it must make a commitment to treat the many addicts in dire need of help,” said John Socci, Board Member of HEAL of Cayuga County. “Our organization has seen many addicts denied treatment coverage and we believe under the law, health insurance companies have an obligation to provide such coverage.”

“We have an opportunity to save a life by providing treatment to those suffering with addiction,” said Monika Taylor, LCSW, CASAC Director at Crouse Hospital Chemical Dependency Treatment Services. “The helpline assists these individuals and their families navigate through the difficult process of getting treatment through their health insurance companies.” 

“Drug Crisis in our Backyard is in full support of the Attorney General’s initiative to bring awareness of the mental health parity act,” said Susan Salomone, Executive Director of Drug Crisis in our Backyard. “Because of the stigma associated with this disease, those suffering do not know where to turn for help. The AG’s helpline is an important resource for people trying to access critical information regarding insurance coverage.” 

“As we continue to address this unprecedented health crisis, removing barriers to addiction treatment is absolutely critical and for families that often means doing battle with both a relentless disease and with their insurance company,” said Jeffrey L. Reynolds, President & CEO, Family and Children’s Association. “We are fortunate to have an Attorney General in Eric Schneiderman who is working to remove barriers to care and continues to be a champion for New York’s families in need.”

“The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) commends Attorney General Schneiderman for his continued care and concern for New York families struggling with substance use disorders,” said Steven Chassman, Executive Director, The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD). “In order to turn the corner on this devastating public health crisis that is taking the lives of too many New Yorkers, access to quality and affordable treatment is essential. It has been entirely too common and tragic that individuals are denied access to quality treatment based on cost saving models by insurance companies. As a result, the substance use crisis has only progressed to horrific levels of loss and destruction for thousands of New York families. An individual’s ability to access his/her insurance benefits and to be granted the opportunity to receive quality treatment, should be considered a basic right that should not be denied. LICADD offers gratitude and appreciation to Attorney General Schneiderman on behalf of the thousands of individuals we see each year who are denied access to quality treatment for substance use disorders.”

“We commend Attorney General Schneiderman for his tireless efforts in support and enforcement of Timothy’s Law (Mental Health Parity),” said Glenn Liebman, CEO of the Mental Health Association of NYS. “There has been a great deal of nationwide confusion about  the scope of mental health parity and the impact to families and individuals with mental health concerns. The Attorney General and his staff have contributed to helping to create an environment in New York that is pro-active and responsive to the needs of those impacted by mental illness. To that end, we strongly support the Attorney General’s  initiative to provide education and public awareness to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issue.”

Consumers with questions or concerns about rights for those seeking drug abuse treatment or other health care matters may call the Attorney General’s Health Care Bureau Helpline at 1-800-428-9071.

 

 

 

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN REGARDING RIGHTS OF FARMWORKERS.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement today on labor protections for farmworkers:  

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has taken this position on such an important issue to the lives of farmworkers and their families across New York State. Farmworkers, like all workers, deserve the dignity and respect that comes with a full day’s work. I have long fought for the rights of all farmworkers to both organize and receive strong and sensible labor protections. We look forward to representing the administration and resolving this important issue.”

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YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT TO BEGIN ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT INSPECTION PROGRAM MONDAY, MAY 16.

YONKERS, NY – May 10, 2016 – The City of Yonkers Fire Department today announces its commencement of its semi-annual fire hydrant inspections, set to begin Monday, May 16 throughout the City. Yonkers firefighters are expected to conduct the inspections in a span of four to six weeks. The work will take place between 9:00am and 1:00pm Monday through Friday.

The program is designed to test the City’s 4,280 fire hydrants to ensure they are working properly, have proper pressure and can function effectively in the event of a fire.

While the inspections take place, residents can expect to see fire trucks and crews of firefighters identifying hydrants on their streets, and opening the hydrants and flowing water during the testing procedure. While the inspections occur, residents may experience fluctuations in water pressure and discolored water, due to a disruption of the water system from opening and closing the hydrants. Automated calls will be sent to residents alerting them when the Yonkers Fire Department will be in their area and may affect their water service.

To prevent laundry staining, it is recommended that residents avoid doing laundry during the hours of inspection; once cold water runs clear it is safe to run laundry. In the event that laundry is ruined, residents are encouraged to contact Yonkers Water Bureau at (914) 377-6765 to obtain ‘Red-B-Gone’ stain remover at no cost to them.

Residents can contact the Mayor’s Helpline at 914-377-HELP (4357) for additional questions or concerns.

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

MAYOR SPANO WELCOMES YONKERS WWII VETERANS TO CITY HALL FOR HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT SEND OFF.

 

Mayor Spano to Present Six Yonkers WWII Veterans with Distinguished Service Medals and Certificates.

 

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will welcome a group of six World War II Veterans to the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall on Wednesday, May 11 at 11:00 am to present Distinguished Service medals and certificates honoring their service and sacrifice.

 

The group will be participating in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, an all-expense paid day-long trip to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. departing from Westchester County airport on Saturday, May 14 at 9AM. Hudson Valley Honor Flight occurs multiple times a year out of Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. 

MSG Tax Break Vote Was Missed Opportunity to Stand Against Cronyism

Albany, NY – (5/10/16) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) said the defeat of a bill to end the $48.5 million property tax break for Madison Square Garden at today’s Assembly Real Property Taxation Committee meeting was a missed opportunity to stand up against cronyism. Assembly Bill A.3421 would have ended the unique property tax exemption Madison Square Garden has enjoyed since 1982.

“Madison Square Garden’s almost $50 million dollar a year tax exemption is one of the worst examples of corporate welfare in New York State,” said Lalor. “This was a missed opportunity to say that even billionaires with armies of lobbyists have to pay taxes. It would have been a chance to roll back corporate welfare in one of the most egregious cases. Madison Square Garden can afford to pay the squad of lobbyists in Albany it needs to avoid New York’s taxes, but small businesses across the state aren’t so lucky. Tax relief should be across-the-board for all businesses, large and small, and all New Yorkers. This kind of corporate welfare amounts to a subsidy of a multi-billion dollar company by every other taxpayer in New York. It’s not fair to the countless small businesses struggling to survive.”

Lalor added, “When Madison Square Garden got this sweetheart deal, Patrick Ewing was a freshman at Georgetown, Mark Messier had just started his career with the Edmonton Oilers and most current Knicks and Rangers weren’t even born yet. Repeal of this subsidy is long overdue. The subsidy was initially granted when the Knicks and Rangers were threatening to leave Manhattan. After a billion dollar renovation to the Garden and given that the teams’ high, multi-billion dollar valuation is linked to their location in New York, a move is no longer a threat.”

Lalor concluded, “The cronyism in this arrangement is transparent. Governor Cuomo’s former executive deputy secretary, Joseph Percoco, was hired by Madison Square Garden before he became the center of the Buffalo Billion scandal. The Daily News noted the rank cronyism even before the Buffalo Billion scandal broke: ‘In a recent sign that MSG is trying to bolster its efforts on the issue, one of Cuomo’s trusted advisers, Joseph Percoco, left his post as Cuomo’s executive deputy secretary in December to work for MSG as a senior vice president.'”

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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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MSG Tax Break Vote Was Missed Opportunity to Stand Against Cronyism

Albany, NY – (5/10/16) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) said the defeat of a bill to end the $48.5 million property tax break for Madison Square Garden at today’s Assembly Real Property Taxation Committee meeting was a missed opportunity to stand up against cronyism. Assembly Bill A.3421 would have ended the unique property tax exemption Madison Square Garden has enjoyed since 1982.

“Madison Square Garden’s almost $50 million dollar a year tax exemption is one of the worst examples of corporate welfare in New York State,” said Lalor. “This was a missed opportunity to say that even billionaires with armies of lobbyists have to pay taxes. It would have been a chance to roll back corporate welfare in one of the most egregious cases. Madison Square Garden can afford to pay the squad of lobbyists in Albany it needs to avoid New York’s taxes, but small businesses across the state aren’t so lucky. Tax relief should be across-the-board for all businesses, large and small, and all New Yorkers. This kind of corporate welfare amounts to a subsidy of a multi-billion dollar company by every other taxpayer in New York. It’s not fair to the countless small businesses struggling to survive.”

Lalor added, “When Madison Square Garden got this sweetheart deal, Patrick Ewing was a freshman at Georgetown, Mark Messier had just started his career with the Edmonton Oilers and most current Knicks and Rangers weren’t even born yet. Repeal of this subsidy is long overdue. The subsidy was initially granted when the Knicks and Rangers were threatening to leave Manhattan. After a billion dollar renovation to the Garden and given that the teams’ high, multi-billion dollar valuation is linked to their location in New York, a move is no longer a threat.”

Lalor concluded, “The cronyism in this arrangement is transparent. Governor Cuomo’s former executive deputy secretary, Joseph Percoco, was hired by Madison Square Garden before he became the center of the Buffalo Billion scandal. The Daily News noted the rank cronyism even before the Buffalo Billion scandal broke: ‘In a recent sign that MSG is trying to bolster its efforts on the issue, one of Cuomo’s trusted advisers, Joseph Percoco, left his post as Cuomo’s executive deputy secretary in December to work for MSG as a senior vice president.'”

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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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Last week, the New York Times published my op-ed on political corruption. In this piece, I discuss the court case McDonnell v. United States and longstanding federal bribery.

McDonnell received lavish gifts including expensive vacations, a Rolex, a $20,000 shopping spree, $15,000 in catering expenses for his daughters wedding, and tens of thousands of dollars in private loans. These gifts were given in exchange for political favors to a dietary supplement manufacturer.

No public official should accept cash or gifts in exchange for giving special treatment to a constituent.

I have dedicated my life to fighting such corruption, and I am running for Congress to continue such work. In order to get there, I need your grassroots support.

Read my op-ed below and then share with your friends on Facebook.

– Z

THIS week, the Supreme Court heard McDonnell v. United States, the case of Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia who is appealing his 2014 conviction for public corruption. Although the court’s ruling is not expected until June, in Wednesday’s hearing several justices seemed set on undermining a central, longstanding federal bribery principle: that officials should not accept cash or gifts in exchange for giving special treatment to a constituent.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer dismissed the idea that, in the absence of a strong limiting principle, federal law could criminalize a governor who accepted a private constituent’s payment in exchange for intervening with a constituent problem. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. expressed disbelief that an official requesting agency action on behalf of a big donor would be a problem. A majority seemed ready to defend pay-to-play as a fundamental feature of our constitutional system of government.

In September 2014, after a six-week trial, a federal jury convicted Mr. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of extortion under the Hobbs Act, a key statute against political corruption, and honest-services fraud. It was not a complicated case. Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the chief executive of a dietary supplement manufacturer, Star Scientific, had showered the governor and first lady with gifts in return for favors.

We’re not talking about a few ham sandwiches. The McDonnells took expensive vacations, a Rolex, a $20,000 shopping spree, $15,000 in catering expenses for a daughter’s wedding and tens of thousands of dollars in private loans. In exchange, the governor eagerly promoted Mr. Williams’s product, a supplement called Anatabloc: hosting an event at the governor’s mansion, passing out samples and encouraging universities to do research.

There was ample evidence of connection between the favors and the governor’s actions. In one instance, Mr. McDonnell emailed Mr. Williams asking about a $50,000 loan, and six minutes later sent another email to his staff, requesting an update on Anatabloc scientific research. For the jury, that was more than enough to find Mr. McDonnell guilty.

The former governor has claimed on appeal that he had a First Amendment right to accept these gifts. He also disputed that holding meetings, hosting events at the governor’s mansion and recommending research were “official acts.” There were quids, he argued, but no quos.

And the justices seem poised to agree. Their main worry appeared to be that Mr. McDonnell’s prosecution had criminalized what they perceived as normal, day-to-day political behavior — seemingly more concerned for the chilling effect of federal bribery law on an elected official who accepts a Rolex than for the citizens who are hurt by such self-serving behavior.

To overturn the McDonnells’ convictions, however, would also overturn more than 700 years of history, make bad law and leave citizens facing a crisis of political corruption with even fewer tools to fight it.

The legal principles involved date from England’s Statute of Westminster of 1275, which said that no officer of the king should take any payment for his public duties except what was owed by the monarch. In 1914, the United States Supreme Court held that official acts included situations “in which the advice or recommendation of a Government employee would be influential,” even if the official did not “make a binding decision.” In other words, an official may still be guilty of accepting a bribe even if he is not the final decider.

As modern corruption law developed, the axiom that an official shouldn’t accept gifts for public duties, broadly understood, was a basic feature of American law. The Supreme Court has held that under the Hobbs Act, “the Government need only show that a public official has obtained a payment to which he was not entitled, knowing that the payment was made in return for official acts.”

Otherwise, only the most unsophisticated criminal would ever get caught. A clumsy influence seeker might write an email offering “five diamonds for five votes in Congress,” but the powerful corrupting forces in our society would avoid explicit deals and give lavish gifts tied to meetings and speeches, winking and nodding all the while.

In its Citizens United ruling, the court gutted campaign finance laws. It acknowledged that American politics faced the threat of gift-givers and donors trying to corrupt the system, but it held that campaign finance laws were the wrong way to deal with that problem; bribery laws were the better path. Now, though, the court seems ready to gut bribery laws, saying that campaign finance laws provide a better approach. But if both campaign finance laws and bribery laws are now regarded as problematic, what’s left?

With the Supreme Court apparently imagining that there is some other, simple-to-enforce bribery law, we citizens are left empty-handed. This is the first case since Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing to directly address what corruption is; the issue is a critical test of the court.

At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers devoted themselves to building a system that would be safe from moneyed influence. “If we do not provide against corruption,” argued the Virginia delegate George Mason, “our government will soon be at an end.”

Today, Virginia’s former governor proposes that there is a “fundamental constitutional right” to buy and sell access. If the court finds in his favor, it will have turned corruption from a wrong into a right.

 

 

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES 20 FELONY CHARGES AND CIVIL SUIT AGAINST MAJOR NEW YORK CITY LANDLORD STEVEN CROMAN. 

Croman, Owner Of 140 Apartment Buildings Throughout Manhattan, Faces 20 Felony Counts, Including Grand Larceny, Criminal Tax Fraud, And Falsifying Business Records; Mortgage Broker Barry Swartz Also Charged.

Cases Allege Croman Pushed Rent-Stabilized Tenants From Their Apartments And Obtained Loans Based On False Accountings Of Rent-Stabilized Tenants In His Buildings.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Steven Croman, a major New York City landlord with more than 140 apartment buildings across Manhattan, surrendered on multiple felony charges for his role in an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain several multi-million dollar refinancing loans between 2012 and 2014.

Croman was also named, along with private investigator Anthony Falconite, in a civil suit filed today by the Attorney General’s office for allegedly engaging in illegal, fraudulent, and deceptive conduct in connection with Croman’s real-estate business. The lawsuit alleges that Croman directs an illegal operation that wields harassment, coercion, and fraud to force rent-regulated tenants out of their apartments and convert their apartments into highly profitable market-rate units.

The lawsuit further alleges that Croman deployed Falconite, a former New York City police officer, to frighten and intimidate rent-regulated tenants into surrendering their apartments.

“My message to unscrupulous landlords is simple: if you put your own profits over your tenants’ legal protections, we will investigate you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office will not tolerate anyone who attempts to line their own pockets by gaming the system. No one is above the law – no matter how rich or powerful.”

The criminal and civil cases are the result of independent, parallel investigations during the past two years.

Details on Criminal Charges

Based on an extensive investigation by the Attorney General’s office, Croman allegedly submitted false mortgage documents to New York Community Bank and Capital One Bank, including rent rolls that falsely reflected market rate rents for units that were actually occupied by rent-stabilized tenants.  Croman also allegedly inflated the amount of rent charged for certain commercial spaces in his buildings in an effort to show greater rental income.  Croman allegedly falsified these rent rolls in order to inflate the annual rental income of his buildings, upon which his refinancing terms are partially based. 

All told, over a three-year period, Croman allegedly received more than $45 million in loans under these false pretenses.

A grand jury indicted Croman on 20 felony counts, including seven counts of grand larceny in the 1st degree, seven counts of falsifying business records in the 1st degree, one count of scheme to defraud in the 1st degree, four counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the 1st degree, and one count of criminal tax fraud in the 4th degree.

Croman’s mortgage broker, Barry Swartz, also faces 15 felony counts, including seven counts of grand larceny in the 1st degree, seven counts of falsifying business records in the 1st degree, and one count of scheme to defraud in the 1st degree.

If convicted of all counts, Croman and Swartz could face as much as 25 years in prison. The charges against Croman and Swartz are allegations and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Tenant Protection Unit of New York State Homes and Community Renewal provided the Attorney General’s office with a criminal referral that was pivotal to the process.

Details of Civil Lawsuit

The civil lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan and the product of an independent investigation, alleges that Croman used the following illegal tactics to push working-class and low-income tenants out of their homes:

  • Harassing tenants into surrendering their apartments—and their rights under the rent-stabilization laws—in exchange for “buyouts,” which are often no more than a few thousand dollars or a few months of free rent.
  • Incentivizing his employees and agents to obtain buyouts, at the expense of their other responsibilities. Employees allegedly refer to rent-regulated tenants as “targets” and compete with each other to obtain the most buyouts. In one characteristic exchange, Falconite allegedly wrote to a property manager that obtaining buyouts was a “team sport,” to which the property manager responded, “I know that!! Who’s our next target? We have to start lining them up!!!”
  • Pressuring tenants into surrendering their apartments by repeatedly filing baseless lawsuits against them. In internal emails, company employees allegedly acknowledged that such lawsuits would “aggravate” tenants or pressure them to accept buyouts. In some cases, Croman’s employees allegedly created a false record for litigation by refusing to acknowledge receipt of tenants’ rent checks and then suing them for unpaid rent—a deliberate fraud upon the court.

The lawsuit also alleges that Falconite, whom Croman allegedly refers to as his “secret weapon,” used deceptive and frightening tactics to intimidate rent-regulated tenants. The lawsuit alleges that Falconite’s text messages with property managers show that he regularly uses false pretenses to gain access to tenants’ apartments, often posing as a repairman or building manager. For example, in text messages to a property manager, Falconite allegedly agreed to use “false pretenses” and pretended he was with the construction department.

The lawsuit alleges that Falconite routinely threatened tenants and improperly accused them of violating their lease. He also allegedly abused his position as a former NYPD officer to threaten and intimidate tenants.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Croman, in his rush to flip vacant rent-regulated apartments into high-rent units, presided over a disturbing pattern of illegal and hazardous construction. The lawsuit alleges numerous examples of illegal construction, including the following:

  • On at least 175 occasions, Croman’s companies allegedly performed construction without obtaining permits.
  • Croman allegedly regularly directed his employees to flout stop-work orders and conceal unlawful construction from Department of Building inspectors.
  • Croman allegedly filed false documents with the Department of Buildings on dozens of occasions in an attempt to avoid stricter oversight of his construction projects and elude tenant protection measures. 
  • Croman and his companies allegedly violated lead-safety laws repeatedly, exposing numerous tenants to lead-contaminated dust. On more than 20 occasions, the Department of Health (DOH) found impermissibly high levels of lead dust in Croman’s buildings, including levels up to 65 times the legal threshold.
  • Croman allegedly defied DOH orders to address the lead hazards. On one occasion, after DOH order Croman to stop all work and begin lead-abatement measures, Croman directed his property manager to postpone the lead abatement so that the construction could continue.

Croman’s alleged illegal construction had devastating consequences for tenants. As alleged in the lawsuit, DOH identified lead-dust hazards in the apartment of a tenant who cared for her young grandsons, ages three and nine, both of whom were disabled. The tenant had to move her grandsons out of the apartment because of the dangers posed by the construction and lead dust and was forced to sue Croman to obtain repairs.

In addition, Croman allegedly repeatedly defied court orders to make repairs and address intolerable living conditions. The lawsuit alleges that throughout his portfolio, Croman has been issued hundreds of “hazardous” and “immediately hazardous” violations, which he has failed to correct. The suit further alleges that, on six occasions, the city has sued Croman’s companies for falsely certifying that they corrected violations on his properties.

The Office of the Attorney General worked cooperatively with several city agencies, including DOH, DOB and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development during the civil investigation.

The criminal case is being prosecuted by Special Counsel to the Criminal Justice Division John Spagna and Assistant Attorney General Travis Hill under the supervision of Bureau Chief Dan Cort and Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan. Legal Support Analyst Mollie Krent contributed to the case

The civil case is being handled by Special Counsel Jessica Attie, Civil Enforcement Section Chief Mayur Saxena, Assistant Attorneys General Anjana Samant and Ajay Saini, and Volunteer Assistant Attorney General Joseph Abboud under the supervision of the Civil Rights Bureau Chief Lourdes Rosado and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Alvin Bragg. Special Counsel Nicholas Suplina, Special Assistant to the Attorney General Dina Levy, and researchers Lacey Keller and Meredith McCarron contributed to the case. The case was investigated by Investigators Luis Carter, Angel Laporte, Brian Metz, Edward Ortiz, Anna Ospanova, and Elsa Rojas under the supervision of Deputy Chief Investigator John McManus and Chief Investigator Dominick Zarrella.

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Due to adverse weather impacts and equipment issues, the lane closures planned for next week have been revised as follows:

Ashford Avenue (for off structure utility access)

  • Monday 5/9 to Wednesday 5/11
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Attached is a copy of the City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

 

 

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN & COMPTROLLER DINAPOLI ANNOUNCE SENTENCING OF DEFENDANTS IN ELABORATE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR BID-RIGGING CASE INVOLVING PUBLIC CONTRACTS.

 

Sentences Include Up To Seven Years In State Prison, The Waiver Of A Government Pension, And Over One Million Dollars In Restitution, Forfeiture, And Fines.

 

ROCHESTER – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the sentencing of the remaining three defendants in an elaborate bid-rigging conspiracy that illegally steered multi-million dollar public works contracts for Monroe County to favored and connected companies, resulting in the restraint of competition. The defendants profited from this scheme and defrauded the taxpayers of Monroe County.

 

“There has to be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or how powerful, and that includes political insiders,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The politically connected shouldn’t be given the inside track to unfairly obtain lucrative government contracts, and I will continue to fight this kind of corruption whenever and wherever I find it.”

 

“As our audit and investigation revealed, and through the Attorney General’s prosecution, these individuals exploited LDCs to their benefit, saddling Monroe County taxpayers with millions in costs,” said State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “These cases send a warning to any official who would abuse the public’s trust. I thank Attorney General Schneiderman for his continued partnership in our Operation Integrity.”

 

Daniel Lynch, a Rochester-area businessman was sentenced today by the Honorable Dennis M. Kehoe in Monroe County Court to serve 2 and 1/3 to 7 years in State Prison and to pay a total of $600,083.70 in restitution to Monroe County.  In February, Lynch pleaded guilty before Judge Kehoe in Monroe County Court to four felonies, including two counts of the class “C” felony charge of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree in violation of Penal Law § 155.40(1) and two counts of the class “E” felony charge of Combination in Restraint of Trade and Competition in violation of General Business Law §§ 340 and 341, also known as New York State’s Donnelly Act.

 

Nelson Rivera, former Chief Information Officer for Monroe County was sentenced today by Judge Kehoe to five years of probation, a condition being that he may never again serve as a New York public employee.  Rivera also gave up his government pension and disgorged all contributions previously made to his pension totaling $36,241.26 after mandatory withholdings.  Rivera  paid an additional $25,000.00 fine to New York State.  In February, Rivera pleaded guilty before Judge Kehoe to two class “E” felony counts of Combination in Restraint of Trade and Competition in violation of General Business Law §§ 340 and 341.

 

John Maggio, a Rochester-area businessman was sentenced today by the Honorable Dennis M. Kehoe in Monroe County Court to a one year conditional discharge, following a plea to one count of Attempted Combination in Restraint of Trade and Competition in violation of General Business Law §§ 110/340 and 110/341, a class “A” misdemeanor.  As part of his sentence, Maggio must perform 200 hours of community service, and has paid $350,000.00 in restitution to Monroe County and reimbursement for costs associated with the prosecution.

 

Robert Wiesner, the former Security Director for the Monroe County Water Authority, was previously sentenced by Judge Kehoe in January, to a three-year conditional discharge upon his plea of guilty to one class “E” felony count of Combination in Restraint of Trade and Competition in violation of General Business Law §§ 340 and 341.  At the time of his sentence, Wiesner paid a $5,000.00 fine and forfeited $3,000.00 of illegal gain.

 

The four defendants were originally indicted in November 2013 and charged with a scheme to rig the bidding processes for a number of multi-million dollar public works contracts in Monroe County.  Those contracts included a $99 million contract to provide upgrades and maintenance for the County’s IT infrastructure (the “IT project”), and a $212 million contract to provide upgrades and maintenance for the County’s public safety and security systems (the “Public Safety project”).  Each of these contracts was unlawfully awarded to a company connected to defendant Lynch.

 

Previously, all four defendants admitted to colluding to rig the bid for the $212 million contract for the Public Safety project so that the contract would be awarded to Navitech Services Corporation (“Navitech”), a company created by defendants Lynch and Maggio for the purpose of obtaining the Public Safety and IT contracts.

 

Among other things, defendants Rivera and Wiesner admitted to providing inside information to Lynch on several occasions well in advance of the release of the Request For Proposal (“RFP”) for the project and Lynch admitted to using that information to obtain an unfair and unlawful advantage in responding to the RFP.  Rivera, Lynch and Wiesner also admitted to working together to draft Navitech’s response to the RFP and to assembling the team of subcontractors that would join Navitech’s response months before the RFP was released.  Rivera further admitted to hiding the fact that the County intended to use a Local Development Corporation as a financing mechanism for the project, from any potential respondents to the RFP, other than Lynch, all but insuring that Navitech –  Maggio and Lynch’s company – would win the bid.  In addition, Rivera admitted to taking steps to keep Lynch’s role in Navitech secret in order to make sure that officials would approve the contracts between the County and the Local Development Corporation created to finance the project – Monroe Security and Safety Systems LDC (“M3S”) as well as between M3S and Navitech.  Rivera went so far as to give false answers to the County Legislature when asked directly about Lynch’s role in Navitech and whether  anyone from the County had spoken to anyone from Navitech about the project prior to the release of the RFP.  Navitech was ultimately awarded the Public Safety project contract, which, as the defendants admitted, was predetermined.

 

Lynch and Rivera also pleaded guilty to and admitted rigging the bid for the $99 million contract for the IT project.

 

Among other things, Lynch and Rivera admitted to working together to develop the IT project, draft the RFP for the IT project even though both Rivera and Lynch knew Lynch planned to respond to the RFP through his employer at the time – Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. (“Siemens”) – thus giving Lynch access to inside information that no other responding vendor had access to, and to working together to compose Lynch’s response to the RFP on behalf of Siemens.  Rivera and Lynch further admitted that the IT project was always designed to be financed through an LDC and that Lynch is the only responding vendor that had access to that crucial information.  Rivera and Lynch worked together to form the LDC that would finance the project – Upstate Telecommunications Corporation LDC months before the RFP was even released.  Because of this scheme, Siemens was ultimately awarded the IT project contract, which, Rivera and Lynch admitted, was predetermined.

 

Once the illegal manipulation of the County RFP process was complete, as Lynch admitted at the time of his guilty plea, he engaged in a complex scheme to steal from the County by inflating contracts and creating false contracts and invoices as part of these projects.  Lynch admitted to using the money stolen from Monroe County to, among other things, make political contributions, fund elaborate entertainment expenses, and purchase personal items for himself and others such as televisions, computers, and a residential alarm system.

 

This case and investigation were conducted as part of Operation Integrity, a joint partnership between the New York State Attorney General and New York State Comptroller to root out public corruption and abuse in local government.

 

Assistant Attorneys General Mary Gorman and Brian McDonald of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau are prosecuting the case, with assistance from analysts Morgan McCollum and Joseph Conniff, former analyst Kamla Sookram, and Auditor John Serrapica. The Public Integrity Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Daniel Cort and Deputy Bureau Chief Stacy Aronowitz.  The investigation was handled by Investigators David Buske and Christopher Reidy of the Investigations Bureau, with support from Investigator Richard Doyle, Deputy Bureau Chief Antoine Karam, and Bureau Chief Dominick Zarrella.  Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan leads the Criminal Justice Division.

 

The investigation was conducted jointly with State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Division of Investigations and Division of Local Government.

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MAYOR SPANO APPOINTS NEW TRUSTEE TO YONKERS BOARD OF EDUCATION.

 

NAACP Yonkers President Andrea Brown Sworn in Today as New Trustee; Mayor Spano Reappoints Trustee John Jacono.

 

 

 

YONKERS, NY – May 5, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced Andrea Brown as his newest appointment to the Yonkers Board of Education. As trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education, Brown will join eight other members of the Board, which is the official policy making body of the School District. The new trustee appointment comes after Trustee William Iannuccilli’s five year term recently expired. Brown’s five year term begins today and runs through May 2021.

“As we work toward providing our students with the best education possible, I am proud to appoint Andrea Brown to the Board of Education who comes with diverse community leadership and management  skills and is in step with the needs and concerns of the district and supports our schools’ goals for our students,” said Mayor Spano.

 

“I also want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Iannuccilli 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.

 

A long-time community leader, Andrea Brown currently serves as the NAACP Yonkers branch President and serves on the Mayor’s African American Advisory Board, acts as 1st Vice President of the Empire State Federation of Women’s Clubs in addition to other community and not-for-profit organizations. Brown, now retired, served in various capacities with Westchester County and worked as an administrative aid for the Office of the Yonkers City Council and the Shiloh Baptist Church in New Rochelle, NY.  Brown attended Westchester Business School and Westchester Community College.

“I am honored to be appointed by Mayor Spano as the newest trustee to the Board of Education,” said Andrea Brown.  “As a parent and grandparent with present and past experiences in leadership in organizations who support high quality public education for all children, scholarships for higher education, and an agency that empowers children and families, I will provide a ‘grassroots’ perspective to the Board.”

 

Mayor Spano today also reappointed current Board Trustee John Jacono, who has served the Board over the last four years, filling a vacant seat. Jacono’s new five year term runs through May 2021.

 

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON TODAY’S FDA TOBACCO PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement today following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement to extend its authority to all tobacco products:

“I applaud the FDA for expanding its authority to cover e-cigarettes and other tobacco products – all of which are dangerous public health threats, especially to our youth. Today’s rule change will protect young people from the dangers of nicotine addiction by prohibiting people under the age of 18 from purchasing these tobacco products and regulating the contents of these products. We hope that the FDA will take additional steps to protect young people from becoming e-cigarette users, such as banning flavors and requiring nicotine exposure warnings. It is my hope that these continued efforts will prevent young people from becoming addicted to nicotine.”

Dear Friend,

“Good luck, but I’m done.”  That’s the message I received today from a well-known donor to Republican candidates who informed me that he would not be supporting anyone this year due to our party’s presumptive nominee for President.

He agreed the country is heading in the wrong direction and that Hillary Clinton would be a disaster but he was so upset at Donald Trump’s likely nomination that he was simply “done.”

I hope you’re not done. There’s simply too much at stake in this year’s election to sit it out.

And regardless of where you are in regards to the hard-to-predict presidential race (i.e., my wife’s aunt, a longtime Democrat and Hillary supporter, supports Trump because she’s “sick and tired of it all”) the best hedge we can make is to elect to Congress, strong, principled Republicans who’ll get the job done. I will.

In Congress, you can count on me to fight for policies that grow our economy, strengthen our national defense, secure our borders and defend our constitution.

Please stand with me today with a donation of $20, $50 or $100. We must never give up because our country’s future is worth fighting for. Please DONATE today.

Thank you very much.
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Dear MoveOn member,

Bernie won the Indiana Primary on Tuesday, and he’s likely to win even more states before the final votes are cast in June.

But lost in all the debates over who’s winning delegates and super delegates are some of the other major victories we’ve already won along the way.

Here’s are some of the ways that Bernie and MoveOn are already winning the Democratic Primary.

Showing the widespread support behind big, bold progressive ideas. 

  • Debt free college for all. ✔
  • Opposing unjust trade deals like the TPP. ✔
  • Guaranteed health care as a basic right. ✔
  • An end to mass deportations and a path to citizenship. ✔
  • A $15 minimum wage. ✔
  • Ending fracking and transitioning from fossil fuels. ✔
  • Overturning Citizens United and getting big money out of politics. ✔
  • Fixing a broken criminal justice system and confronting systemic racism. ✔

Bernie’s campaign, together with powerful organizing by vibrant and energized grassroots movements, has put these bold progressive ideas at the center of the Democratic Party and the national political conversation, proving that big ideas previously written off as “too ambitious” now have widespread popular support.

Bernie Fights for $15Energizing Democratic voters with a competitive primary.

Primary challenges matter—we’ve been saying it ever since we launched our “Run Warren Run” campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race in late 2014. Exit polls in every state are showing two-thirds of Democratic voters think that the primary has “energized the party” (while the majority of Republicans say that their primary has divided them).1 Just last week the New York Times called Bernie’s campaign “A gift to the Democratic Party”.2

NY Exit Poll shows Democrats EnergizedSupporting progressive Congressional candidates.

Bernie’s campaign has been taking the political revolution local by supporting bold, progressive Congressional candidates. A few weeks ago he helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for these three MoveOn-endorsed progressive women running in tough primaries of their own.3

Lucy Flores, Zephyr Teachout, and Pramila JayapalInspiring young voters.

Young voters—the future of our country—are overwhelmingly Feeling the Bern, many getting involved in politics for the first time. Researchers behind a Harvard University study of millennials said that “there is no question that there is a significant part of the electorate that [Sanders] has woken up and is organizing.”4 It’s hard not to be inspired about the future when you look at these faces.

Bernie Sanders Young SupportersAnd it’s not just about Bernie, it’s about us.

Whatever happens next, this energy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It will be young and old. It will be diverse. It will be powerful.

While Bernie may have sparked this political revolution, it’s each one of us—the MoveOn members, the volunteers making the calls and knocking on doors, the seasoned and new organizers alike—who are helping make it happen.

MoveOn members volunteering for BernieSince MoveOn members overwhelmingly voted to endorse Bernie’s campaign in early January, together we’ve shaken up the foundation of our political system and shown what’s possible when we dream big and fight for what we believe in.

While Bernie’s path to the nomination may be narrow, MoveOn members are continuing to mobilize to help him win every vote still to be cast (even as we also launch a major campaign to defeat Donald Trump and the forces of hatred he’s unleashed).5

This primary is going to end in just over a month, but the political revolution it’s sparked will continue for a long time. And with every state Bernie wins we’re showing that big progressive ideas, bold progressive candidates, and grassroots powered campaigns are the future of the Democratic Party.

The next victory we can win for this movement is in West Virginia on Tuesday—with 11 more contests to follow in the coming weeks.

Will you sign up to volunteer this weekend to help Bernie win more victories, and keep pushing this political revolution forward?

Yes—show me how I can volunteer for Bernie this weekend.

I can’t—but I’ll pitch in $27 to MoveOn and Bernie to power this movement.

Thanks for all you do.

—Matt, Corinne, Bobby, Tzyh, and the rest of the MoveOn for Bernie team

Sources:

1) “Exit Polls from Indiana: Democrats Are Excited, Republicans Are Divided,” Associated Press, May 3, 2016

http://act.moveon.org/go/3565?t=9&akid=164815.24481313.T9WgY-

2) “Bernie Sanders’s Gift to His Party,” New York Times, May 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3566?t=11&akid=164815.24481313.T9WgY-

3) “Bernie Sanders Reaches Down Ballot To Expand His Political Revolution,” Huffington Post, April 13, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3567?t=13&akid=164815.24481313.T9WgY-

4) “Bernie Sanders is profoundly changing how millennials think about politics, poll shows,” Washington Post, April 25, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/3568?t=15&akid=164815.24481313.T9WgY-

5) “MoveOn Announces Campaign to Keep Presumptive Republican Nominee Trump Out of White House,” MoveOn.org, May 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3564?t=17&akid=164815.24481313.T9WgY-

Want to support our work? We’re going all out to help Bernie Sanders win the Democratic nomination and change the Democratic Party. But we can’t do it without small-dollar donations from people like you. Click here to chip in.

On this day, May 5th, my grandfather was born. He died 10 years before I was born. I never had the chance to meet him but I carry his name and his legacy. He wanted to go to law school and get involved in politics but in the 19th century blacks were not allowed. So he became a minister……and one of the great ecumenical leaders of the late 19th & early 20th century. Co-founder of the National Urban League, trustee of various colleges and Pastor to several churches around the country, last and most notably, the Abyssinian Baptist Church which he built into the largest Protestant congregation – black or white – in the country!
This is the foundation which propelled my Dad to become the second black congressman in the United States in 1944. And eventually one of the fiercest civil rights leader of the 20th century. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. wrote the blueprint for social justice and political activism. The key was their commitment. Many leaders have power but lack commitment.
I have lived my live not to emulate them but to learn from them, we should all learn from them. I’m proud to be a part of this 3-generation legacy of public service to Harlem, New York City and our Nation. Happy Birthday to the man who started this legacy: Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.
Keeping The Faith,
ADAM

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan blasted: “I will not entrust De Blasio with the awesome responsibility of operating the NYC school system’ and questioned his knowledge of city schools. This happened on the same day that his Press Secretary abruptly announced her resignation.

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www.empirereportnewyork.comA.G. SCHNEIDERMAN APPLAUDS MAJOR DECISION BY FEDERAL NRC COMMISSIONERS TO REQUIRE RE-ANALYSIS OF SEVERE ACCIDENT PREVENTION MEASURES AT INDIAN POINT.

Commissioners Of Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission Find Prior Analysis To Be In Violation Of National Environmental Policy Act. 

Schneiderman: Millions Who Live And Work Near Indian Point Deserve A Fair Assessment Of Upgrades Needed To Protect Them From Severe Accidents.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today applauded a decision by Commissioners of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to require NRC staff to conduct a re-analysis of the impacts caused by severe accidents at the Indian Point nuclear power facility and potential upgrades needed to protect the public against such accidents. 

“I am heartened that the NRC Commissioners agreed with my office that Entergy and NRC staff have systematically undercounted the costs and impacts associated with severe reactor accidents at the Indian Point plant,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “The Commissioners’ decision requires the NRC staff to do what should have been done years ago: provide an accurate account of cost-effective upgrades at this aging nuclear plant that can prevent or minimize severe accidents.  While some might prefer to treat severe accidents as impossibilities, the millions of people who live and work near Indian Point deserve nothing less than a full and fair assessment of the plant upgrades needed to protect them against such accidents.”

In today’s unanimous decision, the Commission reversed an earlier administrative ruling, and found that NRC staff’s analysis of severe accident minimization at the Indian Point facility violates the National Environmental Policy Act.  The decision directs NRC staff to redo its analysis, and consider additional severe accident minimization at Indian Point.  NRC staff had relied on data from other sites, including sites surrounded by farmland, instead of site-specific data for Indian Point.  The ultimate source of the data used by NRC staff could not be found – but the agency went on using the data without substantiation. 

In its decision, the Commission explained that “[w]hile typically we decline to second-guess the Board on its fact-specific conclusions, here the decision contains obvious material factual errors and could be misleading, warranting clarification.”  The Commission found that New York State’s evidence and legal arguments were persuasive and had the potential to materially affect the analysis of severe accident minimization measures and their cost-effectiveness for Indian Point. 

Today’s decision by the NRC Commissioners represents a significant event in the history of the Indian Point site.

The Attorney General’s office has worked to improve Indian Point’s accident preparedness, and ensure the protection of public health and the environment of the surrounding region.   After Entergy submitted an application to the NRC to renew the operating licenses for an additional 20 years, the Attorney General’s Office submitted Contention 12, which argued that Entergy’s environmental report failed to accurately model the cleanup and decontamination costs for a severe accident in the area surrounding Indian Point, which includes the New York City Metropolitan Area. 

In 2010, NRC released its final supplemental environmental impact statement for Indian Point – a document that continued to fail to properly analyze and disclose to the public severe accident risk and mitigation.  In response, the Attorney General’s Office submitted expert testimony, reports, legal briefs, and over 100 exhibits demonstrating the inadequate analysis of severe accidents and severe underestimation of the costs of a severe accident at Indian Point.  Entergy and NRC Staff challenged the State every step of the way, repeatedly lodging challenges to the Attorney General’s arguments.  

In November 2013, the Board’s resolved Contention 12 in favor of NRC Staff and Entergy.  Almost immediately, Attorney General Schneideman filed to a motion to reopen the record and for reconsideration of the contention, which the Board denied.  The State appealed the Board’s decision on Contention 12 to the NRC Commissioners, and briefing on the appeal was completed in 2014.  Today’s decision is in response to the appeal by Attorney General Schneiderman.

The Indian Point facilities are located 24 miles north of New York City, 35 miles from Times Square, and 38 miles from Wall Street.  The facilities are 6 miles from one of the reservoirs that make up the New York City drinking water system.  According to Entergy, approximately 19 million people will live within 50 miles of Indian Point by 2035.  Indian Point has the highest surrounding population of any US reactor; Indian Point has more than twice the surrounding population as the next nuclear plant site. 

The initial 40-year license terms expired in September 2013 for Indian Point unit 2 and December 2015 for Indian Point unit 3. 

This matter is being handled for the Environmental Protection Bureau by Assistant Attorneys General John Sipos, Kathryn DeLuca, and Laura Heslin, with the assistance of Environmental Scientist Jodi Feld.  The Environmental Protection Bureau is led by Lemuel M. Srolovic and is part of the Division of Social Justice, which is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Alvin Bragg. 

Hen Island labled ground zero in Westchester if Zika mosquitoes arrive.

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I almost never write the emails from the WFP that land in your inbox, but I do when it’s something I feel especially strongly about.

This is one such time. The topic: the 39,000 women and men who work for Verizon and who are out on strike.

That’s 39,000 families who rely on those paychecks to make ends meet. 39,000 fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors. That’s who is on strike against Verizon — one of the most powerful corporations in America.

The strikers are taking a risk, and they know it. The right-wing CEO who leads Verizon has made it clear that he could not care less if “his” workers have decent lives and futures at all.

The strikers — members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) — are striking for a country in which working people are treated as productive members of society. They want to prevent Verizon from gaining a free hand to outsource, offshore, subcontract, and outright destroy jobs in our communities.

Here’s how we can help. This Thursday, the strikers, CWA, and IBEW have asked us to join in picketing Verizon Wireless stores. These stores are everywhere. Just go and join the workers and bring some donuts or a hand-made sign showing your support. The word will get back to Corporate HQ and they’ll see that they can’t stay in business without treating workers fairly.

Join WFP supporters on the picket line tomorrow, Thursday May 5 at 3pm outside the Verizon store at 139 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn.

Or click here to join one of the many actions happening tomorrow across New York state.

Lowell McAdam, the CEO of Verizon, called Bernie Sanders “contemptible” for publicly supporting the strikers.1 If he wants to see what contemptible looks like, he should look in the mirror.

Despite $1.5 billion in profits every month for the last 15 months, Verizon’s CEO is insisting on eliminating job security and closing call centers so they can hire low-wage contractors at home or even abroad in the Philippines and Mexico, where workers make $1.60 an hour.

He’s fighting to lower the living standards of people who make about $1,400 a week while cashing in a weekly salary of almost $400,000.2

His behavior gets at the heart of why Verizon workers are out on strike: this is a strike about what kind of country we want to have.

It’s a choice between an America where rich CEOs run roughshod over their workers or an America where people get treated right and have strong, progressive unions.

Join me in standing on the right side of history this Thursday. RSVP to join WFP supporters at an event in your area on the May 5 National Day of Action.

This is the actual way to make America great.

Solidarity,

Daniel Cantor
National Director
Working Families Party

Donate to WFP

Sources:

1. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/verizon-ceo-lowell-mcadam-bernie-sanders-views-are-contemptible/

2. http://standuptoverizon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/settingtherecordstraight-final.pdf

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES RECORD DATA BREACH NOTIFICATIONS FOR 2016.

Breach Notifications Up 40% Over Same Period Last Year.

Schneiderman Unveils New Electronic Submission Form For Future Data Breach Notifications.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has received an over 40% increase in data breach notifications involving New Yorkers so far this year as compared to the same time last year. Companies are required to provide notice to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, as well as consumers, pursuant to the New York State Information Security Breach & Notification Act. The Attorney General’s Office works with companies to protect consumers upon notification. To meet the increased volume and to provide efficiency in reporting, his office has now provided companies with the ability to file notice electronically via a web submission form on the New York State Attorney General’s office website here

“Data breaches are an escalating threat to our personal and national security, and companies need to do more to ensure reasonable security practices and best standards are in place to protect our most sensitive information,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I am committed to stemming the data breach tide.  Making notification to my office easier for companies who have experienced a data breach means quicker notification and quicker resolution for New York’s consumers.”

The office has received 459 data breach notices from the first of the year through May 2, 2016, as compared with 327 through the same time last year. In the year 2015 alone, the office received 809 data breach notices.  The office is expecting to receive well over 1000 notices for the year, a new record.

Companies may now notify the Attorney General’s Office of a data breach via a web submission form in order to expedite and streamline the process.  Previously, and consistent with most other state attorneys general offices, companies were required to mail, fax, or email a separate data breach form.

Last year, Attorney General Schneiderman proposed legislation in Albany to overhaul New York State’s data security law requiring new and unprecedented safeguards for the personal data of consumers. The bill would broaden the scope of information that companies would be responsible for protecting; requires stronger technical and physical security measures for protecting information; and creates a safe harbor for companies who meet certain security standards, incentivizing them to adopt additional measures to protect personal data.

In July 2014, Attorney General Schneiderman issued a report examining the growing number, complexity, and costs of data breaches in the New York State. Using information provided to the office pursuant to the New York State Information Security Breach & Notification Act, the report, titled “Information Exposed: Historical Examination of Data Security in New York State, analyzed eight years of security breach data and how it has impacted New Yorkers. The report revealed that the number of reported data security breaches in New York more than tripled between 2006 and 2013. In that same period, 22.8 million personal records of New Yorkers were exposed in nearly 5,000 data breaches, which cost the public and private sectors in New York upward of $1.37 billion in 2013. In addition, the report also found that hacking intrusions – in which third parties gain unauthorized access to data stored on a computer system – were the leading cause of data security breaches, accounting for roughly 40 percent of all breaches. Attorney General Schneiderman’s report also presented new recommendations on steps that both organizations and consumers can take to protect themselves from data loss.

Community Calendar

Downtown Yonkers 
Upcoming Schedule of Events
“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.” – Edwin Way Teale
Art, Music, & Culture
May 01: May Movies At Your Library:Forest
May 01: May Movies At Your Library:Good Dinosaur
May 01: PC4 – Portfolio Review
May 05: Children’s Art Show by Greyston Learning Center
May 05: Cinco de Mayo at Yonkers Brewing
May 05: Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class
May 05: Spontaneous Portrait Day with Chris Baxter
May 07: 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep
May 07: Live Music – County Line @ Yonkers Brewing Co.
May 07: PC4 – Free Recording Session
May 07: Yonkers Summer Camp Fair
May 08: May Movies At Your Library: Revenant
May 12: Patron Saints of Yonkers Gala @ PMH
May 13: Ellarese and Friends Musical Performance
May 14-15: Yonkers Arts Weekend
May 14: ArtSpeak: From Page to Performance. Blue Door
May 14: Free Health Fair & STEM Symposium
May 14: Kite Festival
May 14: Po’ Jazz on Hudson | Blue Door Art
May 15: Opening Reception: Mind and Material
May 17: BDAC Cinema Night: Beware of the Year 7000
May 18: Genealogy drop-in workshop
May 19: Check Yourself: Wellness Workshop
May 21: Creative Workshop with Richard Wilde
May 21: Immigration Forum w/ Councilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac
May 21: Teachers Storybook Bonanza – Giveaway
May 22: May Movies At Your Library: Star Wars:Force Awakens
May 26: Live Music Thursday at Yonkers Brewing Co.
May 28: Free Movies @ Philipse Manor Hall – The Croods
May 29: May Movies At Your Library: Daddy’s Home

More event and details at www.yonkersdowntown.com

Community Meetings, Holidays, etc.
May 04: A Starry Night – Fundraiser for trhe Yonkers Public Library
May 04: Riverfront Book Club: All The Stars in the Heavens
May 05: Public Tours – Come see what TechCentral is all about!
May 07: Yonkers Childhood Hunger Summit
May 10: Board of Education – Annual Meeting
May 10: Yonkers City Council Meeting
May 11: Hudson River Community Association Monthly Meeting
May 13: HRCA Dinner
May 19: 4th Precinct Community Council Meeting
May 24: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
May 24: United Way Reading Symposium
May 24: Yonkers City Council Meeting
May 26: YPL Board of Trustees Meeting
May 30: City of Yonkers Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30: Yonkers Schools Closed – Memorial Day

May 4th, 2016.  Join the Yonkers Library as they celebrate the opening of Tech Central, their new makerspace, media lab, and technology training space designed to support digital learners of all ages and skills. Special guests International Space Station Astronaut (and Yonkers native!) Ron Garan and Mayor Mike Spano.  More info.

Dear MoveOn member,

As chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley is the central figure in the Republican blockade of Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.

That’s why, as Sen. Grassley returns home to Iowa this week, MoveOn members who have voted and volunteered for him in the past are coming together with a simple message for the senator: “Sen. Grassley, you’ve lost our respect and our votes by playing politics with the Supreme Court.”

Will you watch and share our powerful, two-minute video to pressure Chairman Grassley to back down—and start a domino effect that leads to hearings and an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nominee?

VotingRights

Sen. Grassley is up for re-election in the fall. Today’s video release comes on the heels of a new poll showing that his favorability ratings in Iowa are dropping because of his obstruction of the Supreme Court nomination.1

We can break the Republican blockade—if enough of us shine a spotlight on Sen. Grassley’s obstruction and the wave of opposition he’s facing at home. After all, he is the senator who can call and hold a hearing and an initial committee vote. Will you watch and share this video right now?

Since mid-February, MoveOn members have led an all-out campaign to pressure Senate Republicans to do their jobs. Together with allies, we’ve collected nearly two million petition signatures, made tens of thousands of calls to Congress, held national days of action, flown planes over district offices, asked for tax refunds from the do-nothing GOP—and more than 20,000 MoveOn members have already chipped in to fund this campaign.

Now, we’re bringing the campaign home to Sen. Grassley, the ringleader of the opposition. By raising and amplifying the voices of his outraged constituents, we’ll help make it clearer than ever to the senator that his job is on the line if he doesn’t back down.

Please watch and share a powerful, two-minute video message to Sen. Grassley and help deliver a breakthrough message in Iowa: Either do your job now, Sen. Grassley, or risk losing it come Election Day.

Thanks for all you do.

—Jo, Emily, Brian, Hannah, and the rest of the team

P.S. If you’re not on Facebook, you can watch and share the video message to Sen. Grassley by clicking here.

Source:

1. “Key Findings from Survey of Iowa Voters,” Hart Research Associates, April 27, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3500?t=7&akid=164733.24481313.7tZfoJ

Want to support our work? MoveOn member contributions have powered our work together for more than 17 years. Hundreds of thousands of people chip in each year—which is why we’re able to be fiercely independent, answering to no individual, corporation, politician, or political party. You can become a monthly donor by clicking here, or chip in a one-time gift here.


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COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER TEAMS UP WITH BLACK CHURCHES TO STEAL $108M SCHOOL BOND
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MAUREEN WALKER

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Churches Plan to Steal The School Bond

It has been 14 years since Mount Vernon voters passed the ill fated $100 million bond. The 2002 bond was looted, and Longfellow Middle School and Grimes Elementary School were poorly constructed, and are now falling apart.

Prior to 1997, the Italian Community Association (ICA) had a strangle hold on the school board. Rev. Franklyn Richardson, of Grace Baptist church and a few other Ministers, who called themselves CEEPA, received a higher calling to rescue Mount Vernon from these bad Italians. CEEPA claimed black kids were being treated unfairly. The higher calling must not have been from God, because CEEPA destroyed Mt Vernon’s educational system. Under church control, Mt Vernon’s School District imploded, and more children went to jail than to college.

In 2002, Mount Vernon’s voters approved a $100 million bond. CEEPA’s board members eliminated oversite of the bond by terminating the buildings and grounds department, and money went missing.

The construction of Longfellow Middle School and Grimes Elementary School were performed with substandard materials, and left unfinished. Twelve years after their completion, these schools are a mess, and huge sums of money are needed to make necessary repairs.

Last November, Mount Vernon Exposed warned the citizens of Mount Vernon about voting for the proposed $108 million bond. The majority of the current board members have done a fantastic job, but bad people will never stay away while $108 million is floating around Mount Vernon.

Sources say that Rev Richardson and the United Black Clergy (UBC) have quietly positioned themselves to once again destroy the district. A relatively unknown person by the name of Kevin Bunch, decided to run for School Board Trustee in the upcoming May, 17th election. This appears to be a very innocent and noble decision by Mr. Bunch, until you peel back the top layer and unveil the sick truth. Kevin Bunch is being pushed to run by the UBC (formally known as CEEPA}

Sources say that UBC members calculate that a Bunch victory would tip the power of the board. This will allow them to control $108 million, which is slated to improve the school district. Sources close to the UBC have informed Mount Vernon Exposed, that they are targeting Trustee Dr. Serigne Gningue to be replaced by Bunch.

Comptroller Maureen Walker has turned her back on the citizens of Mount Vernon. She has been on the wrong side of the people of Mount Vernon the past few years. Walker has punished seniors, as well as struggling homeowners, by foreclosing on our most vurnalable citizens. Sources say Walker has made herself rich by wheeling and dealing properties she forecloses on, and sells them to friends for pennies on the dollar. Her resent action on the sale of the Mount Vernon Music School is shameful. Maureen Walker has single handedly destroyed Mount Vernon property values. Walker is also supporting the UBC and Bunch.

The Mount Vernon school system has made tremendous strides the past few years. Gone are the thuggish, uneducated board members, who were tied to thieves. Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Hamilton and most of the current board members have been game changers for the district. Taxes have remained within the tax cap, the state has rewarded homeowners with refunds, and children are being educated. If left alone, the district’s future is bright.

I warned you about greed, and about passing a $108 million bond in Mt Vernon. Mount Vernon Exposed believes that if a full investigation of past bonds were performed, some of the clergy meddling in this election would be behind bars. Mount Vernon Exposed wants the UBC to stay out of the school district. If they are truly interested in helping children, they need to open their churches in the evenings to help keep children off the street.

The School Board voted in several safeguards to assure that this bond would be used appropriately. However, they did not take into account the sick disease called Mount Vernon corruption.

It is no secret that The Feds are looking into corruption in Mt Vernon. The biggest catch they can make, is investigating the thievery perpetrated on the children of Mount Vernon. It is time people go to jail for their crimes.

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Dear MoveOn member,

The New York Times just reported that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.1

After a crushing loss in Indiana last night, Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race, clearing Trump’s path to the nomination.2 And don’t even think about a “contested” convention—the head of the Republican National Committee is calling Trump the presumptive Republican nominee and asking the party to rally behind him.3

This is happening, folks, it’s really, really happening. Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States.

That’s why MoveOn just announced to the media that we’re committed to running a multimillion-dollar campaign to keep Trump out of the White House and to ensure the country rejects his hateful and dangerous rhetoric. But we need your help to make it a reality. Will you chip in $3 to help expose and defeat Donald Trump?

Yes, I’ll make an emergency donation to help expose Donald Trump’s hateful and dangerous rhetoric, and to defeat him in November.

The record of Trump’s outrageous, offensive, and outright un-American comments and actions is a mile long. Encouraging supporters to attack protestors, calling Mexicans “rapists” and women “fat pigs,” just for starters.

But Donald Trump is already making plans to “evolve” into a moderate.If we let him get away with it, then America will be in deep, deep trouble.

With your help, we’ll make sure Trump can’t run away from his record. Here’s how:

  • Research and polling. We’ll work with linguists and pollsters to identify the best ways to talk with voters and potential voters about hate and to motivate them to reject any politician who uses hate speech and incites violence. No one’s done this research yet, so this could be a real contribution to the whole progressive movement.
  • Preparing for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. With Trump as the presumptive nominee, we can expect chaos, or worse. We’re working with Stand Up for Ohio, a coalition of community organizations, unions, students, civil rights groups, and environmental groups, and the 140,000 MoveOn members in Ohio, to organize a massive peaceful day of voter mobilization and registration around the Republican National Convention. We’ll present a clear choice to the country: the chaos and divisiveness of the Republican convention vs the dignity and hopeful vision of Ohio neighbors coming together.
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in “free media” coverage through cultural and celebrity outreach. Trump is a master media and social media con artist, whose rise has been fueled by endless free media. We’ll work with artists, Hollywood celebrities, and other cultural influencers to create web videos that will be viewed tens of millions of times—to help turn the tide against hate.

Will you chip in $3 to help stand up to Donald Trump’s hate and make sure he loses by a landslide this November?

Yes, I’ll chip in to help expose—and defeat—Donald Trump.

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Jo, Robert, Bobby, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Donald Trump All but Clinches Nomination With Indiana Win; Cruz Quits,” The New York Times, May 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3541?t=12&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

2. “Ted Cruz drops out of the Republican presidential race,” The Washington Post, May 3, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/3542?t=14&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

3. “Live Indiana primary updates: Trump and Sanders win; Cruz drops out, handing Trump the nomination,” Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3543?t=16&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

4. “Trump advisors insist to GOP donors: He will evolve from ‘the part that he’s been playing’,” Raw Story, April 21, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3544?t=18&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

Want to support our work? MoveOn member contributions have powered our work together for more than 17 years. Hundreds of thousands of people chip in each year—which is why we’re able to be fiercely independent, answering to no individual, corporation, politician, or political party. You can become a monthly donor by clicking here, or chip in a one-time gift here.


Three Huge Corporate Welfare Schemes Failing New York Taxpayers, Job Seekers, Small Businesses.

East Fishkill, NY – (5/3/16) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor slammed New York’s film tax credit program as wasteful corporate welfare again today with the revelation in a report from Empire State Development that appears to state that the average hire under the program is paid only $4,449.76 while New York taxpayers subsidize an average of $2,921.71 for those jobs. The just released Empire State Development report covers numbers for the fourth quarter of 2015. The average amount paid was obtained by dividing $208,280,088.00 in credit eligible wages by 46,807 total hires. The amount of pay per hire paid for by the taxpayer was calculated by dividing the $136,756,823 credit issued amount by 46,807 total hires. However, the data provided in the report contains too many unknowns to say exactly how much the average hire under this program is being paid because the credit amount is not based solely on wages, but also on additional production costs. So, it is likely the average hire is making less than $4,449.76. Unfortunately, the data detailing each individual cost by the companies and how the credit amount was determined for each production is not included in the data provided by  Empire State Development.

“The bottom line regarding the $420 million taxpayers give to Hollywood each year is this:  The studios are getting hundreds of millions of dollars while New Yorkers are likely being paid on average less than $4,449.76 for temporary work as set builders, movie extras and the like; while New York’s long suffering taxpayers are being stuck with most of the bill,” said Lalor.

“New York taxpayers are funding almost two-thirds of these salaries through corporate welfare,” said Lalor.  “The Empire State Development report shows, once again, that the Hollywood tax credits aren’t growing New York’s economy. But they are lining the pockets of campaign donors, as emails leaked in the Sony hack have revealed the pay-to-play nature of these subsidies. Even Governor Cuomo’s own tax reform commission determined that the Hollywood tax credits are a losing investment for taxpayers. Yet, New York continues to subsidize Hollywood to the tune of $420 million a year. That money would be better spent delivering across-the-board tax cuts to all New Yorkers.”

Lalor continued, “Unfortunately, Albany is hiding most of the details about the Hollywood tax subsidies. We don’t know what positions are included in the total hires number from Empire State Development, making it difficult to compare wages. This lack of transparency and the little information that is available doesn’t even allow the press or policymakers to perform the most basic cost-benefit analysis. That situation says everything we need to know about this corporate welfare. If it was working, Albany would be more revealing with the numbers.”

Lalor added, “New York’s most advertised corporate welfare program, Start-Up NY, is failing but still enjoys bipartisan support. In it’s first year, Start-Up NY cost taxpayers millions and only created 76 jobs at the cost of $697,368 each. The latest Start-Up NY report was due on April 1st, but it hasn’t been released yet. I think we can expect Empire State Development will try to bury it with a release on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.”

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors continue to investigate the Buffalo Billion  and the Wall Street Journal reports that the Buffalo Billion is even riskier for New York taxpayers  than we thought. Solar City’s gigafactory is the centerpiece of the Buffalo Billion, but the company is delicately propped up by loans back and forth between it’s CEO and his other companies. From the Journal article: “‘As an analyst, it is often a red flag for me when companies and management direct loans between entities they have personal or financial interests in,’ said Nathan Weiss, founder and senior analyst at independent research firm Unit Economics LLC in East Greenwich, R.I.”

Lalor concluded, “Corporate welfare isn’t working for New York. It’s just lining the pockets of campaign donors and propping up risky ventures. We need to end this waste of public funds and return that money to the taxpaying individuals and businesses who earned it.”

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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..


http://www.KMLNY.com

 

Three Huge Corporate Welfare Schemes Failing New York Taxpayers, Job Seekers, Small Businesses

East Fishkill, NY – (5/3/16) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor slammed New York’s film tax credit program as wasteful corporate welfare again today with the revelation in a report from Empire State Development that appears to state that the average hire under the program is paid only $4,449.76 while New York taxpayers subsidize an average of $2,921.71 for those jobs. The just released Empire State Development report covers numbers for the fourth quarter of 2015. The average amount paid was obtained by dividing $208,280,088.00 in credit eligible wages by 46,807 total hires. The amount of pay per hire paid for by the taxpayer was calculated by dividing the $136,756,823 credit issued amount by 46,807 total hires. However, the data provided in the report contains too many unknowns to say exactly how much the average hire under this program is being paid because the credit amount is not based solely on wages, but also on additional production costs. So, it is likely the average hire is making less than $4,449.76. Unfortunately, the data detailing each individual cost by the companies and how the credit amount was determined for each production is not included in the data provided by  Empire State Development.

“The bottom line regarding the $420 million taxpayers give to Hollywood each year is this:  The studios are getting hundreds of millions of dollars while New Yorkers are likely being paid on average less than $4,449.76 for temporary work as set builders, movie extras and the like; while New York’s long suffering taxpayers are being stuck with most of the bill,” said Lalor.

“New York taxpayers are funding almost two-thirds of these salaries through corporate welfare,” said Lalor.  “The Empire State Development report shows, once again, that the Hollywood tax credits aren’t growing New York’s economy. But they are lining the pockets of campaign donors, as emails leaked in the Sony hack have revealed the pay-to-play nature of these subsidies. Even Governor Cuomo’s own tax reform commission determined that the Hollywood tax credits are a losing investment for taxpayers. Yet, New York continues to subsidize Hollywood to the tune of $420 million a year. That money would be better spent delivering across-the-board tax cuts to all New Yorkers.”

Lalor continued, “Unfortunately, Albany is hiding most of the details about the Hollywood tax subsidies. We don’t know what positions are included in the total hires number from Empire State Development, making it difficult to compare wages. This lack of transparency and the little information that is available doesn’t even allow the press or policymakers to perform the most basic cost-benefit analysis. That situation says everything we need to know about this corporate welfare. If it was working, Albany would be more revealing with the numbers.”

Lalor added, “New York’s most advertised corporate welfare program, Start-Up NY, is failing but still enjoys bipartisan support. In it’s first year, Start-Up NY cost taxpayers millions and only created 76 jobs at the cost of $697,368 each. The latest Start-Up NY report was due on April 1st, but it hasn’t been released yet. I think we can expect Empire State Development will try to bury it with a release on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.”

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors continue to investigate the Buffalo Billion  and the Wall Street Journal reports that the Buffalo Billion is even riskier for New York taxpayers  than we thought. Solar City’s gigafactory is the centerpiece of the Buffalo Billion, but the company is delicately propped up by loans back and forth between it’s CEO and his other companies. From the Journal article: “‘As an analyst, it is often a red flag for me when companies and management direct loans between entities they have personal or financial interests in,’ said Nathan Weiss, founder and senior analyst at independent research firm Unit Economics LLC in East Greenwich, R.I.”

Lalor concluded, “Corporate welfare isn’t working for New York. It’s just lining the pockets of campaign donors and propping up risky ventures. We need to end this waste of public funds and return that money to the taxpaying individuals and businesses who earned it.”

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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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Friday Night Jazz, Blues & More
on the Waterfront in Downtown Yonkers
The best free concert series around!  Starts June 3rd.
In 2016, we will features some of the most talented, most dynamic, and highest quality performers throughout the region.
– Every Friday in June, July & August
6:30pm-8pm (Rain Location next door, under the pier)
– Yonkers Waterfront Amphitheater (71 Water Grant St)
– FREE!!
June 3: Shirley Crabbe‘s  debut CD HOME featured jazz giant Houston Person and for 26 weeks the album remained on the Jazz Week Album Chart. She is a Jazzmobile’s “Best of the Best” Jazz Vocalist Competition finalist.

June 10: The HD Quintet features the very best of the rising stars at the acclaimed Jazz Studies program at SUNY Purchase. HD is led by Alex Hamburger and Nicole Davis.

June 17: Cocomama.  International, all female band, playing their own kind of World Latin music, powerfully virtuosic yet elegantly musical, Cocomama “brings it” creating a sound fierce and beautiful!

June 24: Orange Julius and the Big Beat. As one of our youngest performers, Julius Rodriquez blew the crowd away two years ago. His work has earned him recognition from the Downbeat Student Music Awards, NAACP ACT-SO, and NFAA’s YoungArts.

July 1: Gil Parris is a Grammy-nominated jazz, blues, and pop guitarist. Parris has released six solo albums and played collaboratively with over 20 other groups/artists.

July 8: Salute to Yonkers’ Veterans, featuring Butch Barbella’s Streets of the Bronx. The Yonkers BID and the City of Yonkers Dept. of Veterans Services present salutre our veterans. Butch Barbells was the Music Director and Composer for the movie A Bronx Tale.

July 15: Hallelujah On the Hudson – Gospel Showcase. A collection of the region’s top gospel performers and groups come together for this special showcase.

July 22: Murali Coryell.  Now with 8 CD’s to his credit, Murali Coryell was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 and was a 2014 BMA Nominee.

July 29 – The Dan Martin Quintet does it all, a fun mix of jazz standards, 20s music, swing, R&B & more.

Aug 5: La Vie En Rose is a tasteful marriage of French Chanson & Golden Age swing, with a repertoire of timeless American standards and French jazz songs.

Aug 12: Ella Everlasting featuring Jazzmeia Horn. A special tribute to Yonkers’ native Ella Fitzgerald featuring Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the esteemed Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition.

Aug 19: Nicholas David w/ The Soul Synergy Orchestra. Dynamic and multi-talented Nicholas David was a finalist on NBC’s The Voice, will be joined by series favorite The Soul Synergy Orchestra. Nicholas has recorded five critically acclaimed albums, highlighted on national radio and participated in multiple collaborative projects.

Aug 26 – The JT Project’s hit song Overdrive is currently Billboard’s #1 Jazz single in the country. They are a musical collective, incorporating the most talented jazz musicians in New York City. 

Also This Summer
Riverwalk 
Children’s Series
Every Saturday in July and August, from 4pm-5pm in Van Der Donck Park (1 Larkin Plaza, across from the Riverfront Library).
The best kids performers, science exhibitions, animal showcases, and more this summer. Full line-up.
July 2:  Sonia De Los Santos
July 9:  Joanie Leeds
July 16: Recess Monkey
July 23: Outragehisss Animals
July 30: The Not Its
Aug 6: Mad Science
Aug 13: Billy Kelly
Aug 20: Two by Two Animal Show
Aug 27: DJ Dance Party
Get Fresh Yonkers
FARMERS MARKET
The Yonkers Farmer’s Market is open every Friday in June-October.
Noon-5pm.
Van Der Donck Park,
1 Larkin Plaza (across from the Yonkers Train Station).
Local produce, jams, breads, soups, honey, art, music, and so much more.
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www.YonkersDowntown.com for more information

Friday Night Jazz, Blues, and more on the Waterfront!

 

Yonkers, NY – May 19, 2016. Now celebrating its tenth year, the Free Friday Night Jazz, Blues & More on the Waterfront Series, sponsored by the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, the City of Yonkers and Domino Sugar is back. This year, the lineup is better than ever featuring Grammy nominee Gil Parris, “The Voice” runner-up Nicholas David, and the JT Project, currently #1 on Billboard’s top Jazz songs. There will also be a special tribute to Yonkers native Ella Fitzgerald by award winning performer Jazzmeia Horn! The 12-week series takes place every Friday evening, rain or shine from 6:30 – 8:00, in June, July and August, at the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Amphitheatre.

 

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!

 

The full 2016 line up details can be seen on www.YonkersDowntown.com:

 

June 3:     SHIRLEY CRABBE, Jazzmobile’s “Best of the Best” Jazz Vocalist

June 10:   THE HD QUINTET, Led by Alex Hamburger and Nicole Davis

June 17:   COCOMAMMA, Latin Jazz and These Women bring it!

June 24:   ORANGE JULIUS & BIG BEAT, Westchester’s Best Young Jazz Performers

 

July 1:       GIL PARRIS, Grammy-Nominated Guitarist

July 8:       SALUTE TO YONKERS’ VETERANS, Butch Barbells & Streets of the Bronx

July 15:     HALLELUJAH ON THE HUDSON – Gospel Showcase.

July 22:     MURALI CORYELL, New York State Blues Hall of Famer

July 29:     THE DAN MARTIN QUINTET, Jazz Standards, 20’s, Swing, R&B & More

 

August 5:   LA VIE EN ROSE, French Chanson & Golden Age Swing

August 12: ELLA EVERLASTING FEATURING JAZZMEIA HORN, Tribute to Yonkers

native Ella Fitzgerald

August 19: NICHOLAS DAVID & THE SOUL SYNERGY ORCHESTRA, Nicholas David was

the finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”

August 26: THE JT PROJECT, Owns Billboard’s #1 Jazz Single

 

For “The Best of Jazz, Blues and More Photos visit, https://goo.gl/photos/bvKJ4BoffW39tNDg9

 

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

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS TO PARTICIPATE IN DAYLIGHT HOUR ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17th.

Energy Savings Initiative to Raise Awareness about the Role Daylight Plays in Reducing Environmental Harm.

Yonkers Municipal Buildings to Flip the Switch and Use Natural Daylight from 12-1PM on June 17th.

YONKERS, NY – May 19, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers will be joining a global initiative to combat climate change by partnering in Daylight Hour – a project of Building Energy Exchange.  At noon on June 17, 2016, Yonkers city buildings will join other offices all over the world and turn off the lights in day-lit spaces for one hour to raise awareness about the role daylight can play in lighting our offices and reducing our environmental footprint.

“Standing up to climate change has always been a cause I’ve been passionate about and I’m proud that collectively as a city, we will have a chance to do our part to help this global initiative,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “Climate change is real and ‘Daylight Hour’ is an opportunity to appreciate how much energy and how much harm our society can potentially generate in one day.  As a city, we look forward to continuing our efforts to make Yonkers a greener, more sustainable place for today and future generations.”

To demonstrate the availability of daylight, Building Energy Exchange has organized the Daylight Hour – a single hour when offices all over the world turn off the lights in day-lit spaces.  Yonkers will join a growing list of city partners that include Manhattan and Rochester within New York State; as well as participating cities throughout the country in Baltimore, Houston and Los Angeles.

Most offices have their lights on when they are not needed. Spaces near exterior walls often receive enough daylight to work by, but most often we leave the lights on anyway. This is a critical issue because the times when daylight is most available (workday afternoons) coincides with peak demand- the time when our business districts are demanding the most energy from the grid.  This peak energy is the most expensive energy, and typically the dirtiest and most harmful to the global climate.  One study, Let There Be Daylight, found that owners and tenants in New York City alone could save $70 million every year by introducing daylight responsive lighting systems.

Through participation, any small business or company can help educate their community and demonstrate its commitment to the effects of climate change.

Residents are encouraged to participate in Daylight Hour and post pictures using #yonkersdaylighthour and tag the City of Yonkers on Facebook, Twitter @CityofYonkers and Instagram @MayorMikeSpano. For more information, view Mayor Spano’s Public Service Announcement  and visit DaylightHour.org.

Dear Friend,

In the first week of the new year, the City Council was back in session. We met to organize and adopt our annual rules, which were updated to bring additional transparency to the Council Chamber.
Some of the major changes to the City Council Rules include requiring written committee reports that contain attendance and roll call votes, and making Council meetings earlier so that more members of the public may participate. From now on, the Committee of the Whole will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, followed by Council meetings at 7:00 p.m.
It has been an honor to serve on the City Council for the last two years as your Council President. Foremost in our minds has been job creation, protecting taxpayers and fully funding our schools. In our first year, we passed important new protections, tax cuts and job creation programs for veterans. Last year, we passed new environmental conservation laws to green our procurement procedures, strengthen environmental safeguards and create green jobs. This year’s theme will be good government, and creating a SmartCity. In the weeks ahead, you’ll hear more about our proposals for a smarter Yonkers.
 2016 Inauguration
 

On New Year’s Day, we stood outside the storied Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, which was once Yonkers Village Hall, for the swearing-in ceremony of the newly re-elected Mayor Mike Spano, members of the City Council Christopher Johnson, Michael Sabatino and Mike Breen, and the honorable Judge Michael A. Martinelli, Chief Presiding Justice of the Yonkers City Court. During the event, we also welcomed the honorable Judge Thomas Quiñones to the Yonkers City Court, after he was recently appointed to the bench to fill a vacancy. Judge Quiñones will be the first Puerto Rican member of the City Court.
With the backdrop of the progress of our downtown economic development and the beautiful Saw Mill River daylighting, there could not have been a more evocative location for the day’s events, which were attended by Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Elliot Engel and other dignitaries. In his speech, the Mayor talked about the need to keep moving Yonkers forward with the bipartisan progress we have made over the last two years.
Congratulations to my all my colleagues. I look forward to working together for the people of our beloved City of Yonkers! You can watch a video of the ceremony by clicking here.
Council Rules
Among the many good government updates that were made to the Rules, we implemented regulations to follow up on the law we passed last year to require the use of “Sponsor Memos” and fiscal impact statements on all legislation so the public can understand what is being voted on by the City Council and how much it costs. Legislation must now be submitted three days in advance, so both Council members and the general public have time to digest and understand what is being proposed.
To increase debate, we adopted a rule that gives Council members the ability to speak more than twice on an issue with a vote of the Majority of the Council, which was prohibited under the prior version of the Council Rules which used Robert’s Rules. We also gave discretion to a Chairperson to take an item out of order to accommodate members of the public present at a meeting.
The Rules also protect all rank and file council members by allowing a majority of members to move an item onto a special meeting agenda and eliminating the ability for one Council member to veto legislation coming to the floor.
Reducing paperwork and saving time was also achieved by adopting the Joint Rules of the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission for the formatting of legislation, which prevent misformatted items from being rejected by the NYS Secretary of the State’s Office and protect the City against costly Article 78 litigation, and allowing a Council member the opportunity to have defects in the format of their legislation corrected prior to its introduction.
We have also provided the ability to have a Sergeant-at-Arms, when necessary. In this day and age, safety and security is paramount.
All of these changes will bring increased openness, accountability and transparency to the Council chamber. It is the first step in making Yonkers a SmartCity.
Staying Warm This Winter

This week, the Department of Housing and Buildings reissued Yonkers’ annual heating regulations and heat emergency hotline for all tenant-occupied residential buildings.

The regulation requires that during the period from September 15th to May 31st every person, firm or corporation in the City of Yonkers is required to maintain a temperature of no less than 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms. Indoor occupied work spaces shall be supplied heat during this period to maintain a temperature of no less than 65° F. Additionally, outside the aforementioned dates whenever the outside temperature falls below 55° F the inside temperature is to be supplied as follows:

Between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM 68°F
Between 11:00PM and 6:00AM 65°FHot water is to be maintained at a minimum temperature of 120°F at all times.The Yonkers Heat Emergency Hotline – (914) 965-3331 – is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for residents living in residences with one or more dwelling units. The Yonkers Department of Housing and Buildings will respond to calls Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM during the months of December, January and February.

During winter months, the use of home heating equipment is common and residents should be advised of the following winter safety measures:

  • Have your home heating system, flues and chimneys inspected and cleaned for safe operation
  • Maintain a safe clearance between a portable electric heater and combustible material i.e. furniture, bedding, curtains and clothing
  • Turn off your portable or space heater before leaving the room
  • Make sure the wiring is adequate for electric space heaters and check for fraying, splitting wires, or overheating
  • Never use extension cords with electric heaters
For further information on fire prevention and other safety tips, please call the Yonkers Fire Prevention Division at 914-377-7525 for assistance.
School Registration Open

Registration for children who will attend Yonkers Public Schools for this first time this September is now open.

To be eligible for pre-kindergarten in September, children must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1. The kindergarten age requirement is 5 years old on or before Dec. 1.

Registration takes place at the Information Center located at One Larkin Center, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 914-376-8050.

In order to register, parents must bring:

  • 3 current proofs of residence in the City of Yonkers dated within the last 30 days
  • Birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record
  • Proof of guardianship or custody, if necessary
  • Report card or unofficial transcript from their previous school
Birth certificates can be obtained from the City Clerk here at City Hall, or, if your child was born outside of Yonkers, the Clerk of the municipality in which the hospital where they were born is located. As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.
Gratefully,
Liam J. McLaughlin

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Dear Friend,
In the first week of the new year, the City Council was back in session. We met to organize and adopt our annual rules, which were updated to bring additional transparency to the Council Chamber.
Some of the major changes to the City Council Rules include requiring written committee reports that contain attendance and roll call votes, and making Council meetings earlier so that more members of the public may participate. From now on, the Committee of the Whole will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, followed by Council meetings at 7:00 p.m.
It has been an honor to serve on the City Council for the last two years as your Council President. Foremost in our minds has been job creation, protecting taxpayers and fully funding our schools. In our first year, we passed important new protections, tax cuts and job creation programs for veterans. Last year, we passed new environmental conservation laws to green our procurement procedures, strengthen environmental safeguards and create green jobs. This year’s theme will be good government, and creating a SmartCity. In the weeks ahead, you’ll hear more about our proposals for a smarter Yonkers.
 2016 Inauguration
 

On New Year’s Day, we stood outside the storied Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, which was once Yonkers Village Hall, for the swearing-in ceremony of the newly re-elected Mayor Mike Spano, members of the City Council Christopher Johnson, Michael Sabatino and Mike Breen, and the honorable Judge Michael A. Martinelli, Chief Presiding Justice of the Yonkers City Court. During the event, we also welcomed the honorable Judge Thomas Quiñones to the Yonkers City Court, after he was recently appointed to the bench to fill a vacancy. Judge Quiñones will be the first Puerto Rican member of the City Court.
With the backdrop of the progress of our downtown economic development and the beautiful Saw Mill River daylighting, there could not have been a more evocative location for the day’s events, which were attended by Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Elliot Engel and other dignitaries. In his speech, the Mayor talked about the need to keep moving Yonkers forward with the bipartisan progress we have made over the last two years.
Congratulations to my all my colleagues. I look forward to working together for the people of our beloved City of Yonkers! You can watch a video of the ceremony by clicking here.
Council Rules
Among the many good government updates that were made to the Rules, we implemented regulations to follow up on the law we passed last year to require the use of “Sponsor Memos” and fiscal impact statements on all legislation so the public can understand what is being voted on by the City Council and how much it costs. Legislation must now be submitted three days in advance, so both Council members and the general public have time to digest and understand what is being proposed.
To increase debate, we adopted a rule that gives Council members the ability to speak more than twice on an issue with a vote of the Majority of the Council, which was prohibited under the prior version of the Council Rules which used Robert’s Rules. We also gave discretion to a Chairperson to take an item out of order to accommodate members of the public present at a meeting.
The Rules also protect all rank and file council members by allowing a majority of members to move an item onto a special meeting agenda and eliminating the ability for one Council member to veto legislation coming to the floor.
Reducing paperwork and saving time was also achieved by adopting the Joint Rules of the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission for the formatting of legislation, which prevent misformatted items from being rejected by the NYS Secretary of the State’s Office and protect the City against costly Article 78 litigation, and allowing a Council member the opportunity to have defects in the format of their legislation corrected prior to its introduction.
We have also provided the ability to have a Sergeant-at-Arms, when necessary. In this day and age, safety and security is paramount.
All of these changes will bring increased openness, accountability and transparency to the Council chamber. It is the first step in making Yonkers a SmartCity.
Staying Warm This Winter

This week, the Department of Housing and Buildings reissued Yonkers’ annual heating regulations and heat emergency hotline for all tenant-occupied residential buildings.

The regulation requires that during the period from September 15th to May 31st every person, firm or corporation in the City of Yonkers is required to maintain a temperature of no less than 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms. Indoor occupied work spaces shall be supplied heat during this period to maintain a temperature of no less than 65° F. Additionally, outside the aforementioned dates whenever the outside temperature falls below 55° F the inside temperature is to be supplied as follows:

Between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM 68°F
Between 11:00PM and 6:00AM 65°FHot water is to be maintained at a minimum temperature of 120°F at all times.The Yonkers Heat Emergency Hotline – (914) 965-3331 – is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for residents living in residences with one or more dwelling units. The Yonkers Department of Housing and Buildings will respond to calls Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM during the months of December, January and February.

During winter months, the use of home heating equipment is common and residents should be advised of the following winter safety measures:

  • Have your home heating system, flues and chimneys inspected and cleaned for safe operation
  • Maintain a safe clearance between a portable electric heater and combustible material i.e. furniture, bedding, curtains and clothing
  • Turn off your portable or space heater before leaving the room
  • Make sure the wiring is adequate for electric space heaters and check for fraying, splitting wires, or overheating
  • Never use extension cords with electric heaters
For further information on fire prevention and other safety tips, please call the Yonkers Fire Prevention Division at 914-377-7525 for assistance.
School Registration Open

Registration for children who will attend Yonkers Public Schools for this first time this September is now open.

To be eligible for pre-kindergarten in September, children must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1. The kindergarten age requirement is 5 years old on or before Dec. 1.

Registration takes place at the Information Center located at One Larkin Center, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 914-376-8050.

In order to register, parents must bring:

  • 3 current proofs of residence in the City of Yonkers dated within the last 30 days
  • Birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record
  • Proof of guardianship or custody, if necessary
  • Report card or unofficial transcript from their previous school
Birth certificates can be obtained from the City Clerk here at City Hall, or, if your child was born outside of Yonkers, the Clerk of the municipality in which the hospital where they were born is located. 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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YONKERS ANIMAL SHELTER TO ACCEPT $18,000 DONATION BY BUILDING HOPE FOR ANIMAL SURGICAL SUPPLIES

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join representatives from the Yonkers Animal Shelter to accept the donation by Building Hope of over $18,000 in surgical supplies and materials for the Animal Shelter Friday, January 8 at 1:00PM at the Yonkers Animal Shelter (1000 Ridge Hill Boulevard).

 

The donation will pay for a surgery table, two anesthesia machines, and surgery supplies such as needles and medicine. Building Hope is an all-volunteer non-for-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives and improving the adopt-ability of animals at the Yonkers Animal Shelter.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MAYOR MIKE SPANO, YONKERS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONDUCT ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING

Yonkers Probationary Police Officers Trained on Protocol for Active Shooter Situation

 

YONKERS, NY – January 7, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano joined Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada and members of the Board of Education Administration at Palisade Preparatory School yesterday for an active shooter training led by members of the Yonkers Police Department Training Division. The training was held in the wake of 52 school shootings that took place in the United States in 2015.

 

“It is our responsibility as community leaders and educators to protect our City and keep residents, especially children, safe from harm. The decision to hold a training for our officers at one of our schools is all too fitting, as school have been the site of some of the deadliest shootings in America,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Our intention for the training exercise is not to scare, rather prepare our law enforcement and school leaders to be smart and act quickly should they find themselves in a dangerous situation.”

 

Of the 52 school shootings in 2015, 21 occurred at colleges and universities; 15 in high schools; three in middle schools; 10 in elementary schools; two in pre-schools; and one on a school bus. Since 2013, there have been a reported 160 school shootings in America, an average of nearly one a week.

“The unspeakable tragedies with gun violence across our country cannot be ignored; as stakeholders, as leaders, we must be prepared. Yesterday’s police exercise is one more piece of our preparedness,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools. “We must embrace this as a teachable moment for everyone; our administrators in attendance to observe, learn and share this information with students and staff.  The unspeakable must become the conversation.  The safety of our students and staff is our priority.  We say it and we mean it.  Our proactive collaborative work with the City of Yonkers demonstrates our resolve. Our thanks to Mayor Spano, Commissioner Gardner, the Police Department Training Division and Palisade Preparatory School Principal Dr. Michelle Yazurlo.”

 

As part of the training, police officers were put through various active shooter scenarios, including the use of ‘Simunitions,’ which are training rounds made of a non-toxic wax that produce an audible sound when discharged. Yonkers Police Department most recent class of probationary officers were the beneficiaries of the exercise, providing them invaluable training and education.

 

“We would like to thank Mayor Spano and the Board of Education for facilitating and coordinating this important training for our Police Officers,” said Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner. “The safety of our children is paramount to our department.  This type of hands on training will enhance the safety of our students, staff, and members of our department.” 

“Our world today is changing and law enforcement must change and evolve with it. This training is one way we are responding to the climate of increased gun violence and mass tragedy. Ultimately, it’s about saving lives.” added Mayor Spano.

 

YonkersRestaurantWeek2016

The 5th Annual Yonkers Downtown International Restaurant Week is here!
 

January 10th to January 16th

Lunch: 20% Discount

Dinner: 25% Discount

Download your saving certificate at 

www.YonkersRestaurantWeek.com

Peter Kelly’s X2O Xaviars on the Hudson is the pride of Yonkers. Voted Westchester / Hudson Valley’s Most Popular restaurant, and Zagat’s described X20 as “magnificent” and “unbelievably creative”.
914-965-1111
Dolphin is a unique waterfront seafood restaurant with an eclectic menu featuring Mediterranean, Italian, French and Asian influences. Voted “Best new restaurant” by Westchester magazine
914-751-8170
 Khangri Japanese Sushi
Giovanni’s Italian Dining Restaurant provides fresh seafood specials, Italian classics, delicious
hand-tossed pizza, and more.
Home to the iconic Roosevelt Ballroom, Nawab provides exquisite meals as part of their authentic and fresh Halal Pakistani-Indian menu.
914-909-9700
The Pizza Place
20% OFF LUNCH
25% OFF DINNER
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Make your reservations today!
 
Jan 01: Yonkers Inauguration Ceremony
Jan 03: Weekend Movies @ Your Library: Cujo (R) & Max (PG)
Jan 05: Know your (health) numbers!
Jan 09: Second Saturday Art Program: Mapping You – Collage & Cartography
Jan 09: 8th Blue Door Juried Exhibition – Opening Reception
Jan 10: Yonkers International Restaurant Week
Jan 10: Weekend Movies @ Your Library: Pixels (PG13) & Ant-Man (PG13)
Jan 11: Donate blood and receive a five-dollar gift card to Dunkin Donuts!
Jan 11: Industry Night at Yonkers Brewing Co.
Jan 12: Yonkers City Council Meeting
Jan 13: Genealogy drop-in
Jan 13: Hudson River Community Association Monthly Meeting
Jan 16: Yonkers Brewing Co. 1st Anniversary Bash
Jan 18: Yonkers Schools Closed – Martin Luther King Day
Jan 20: Winter Basic Mediation Training
Jan 21: FREE Yoga workshop
Jan 21: YPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Jan 21: 4th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Jan 22: Seraphine Cinema | Blue Door Art Center
Jan 23: Free Movie – PAN @ Philipse Manor Halll
Jan 23: FREE Reiki workshop
Jan 24: Weekend Movies: Marvels Avengers & Avengers: Age of Ultron
Jan 26: LGBTQ Advisory Board
Jan 26: Yonkers City Council Meeting
Jan 28: FREE Yoga workshop
Jan 28: Live Music Thursday- Karikatura @ Yonkers Brewing Co.
Jan 29: Open Mic at the Blue Door
See the details at 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MAYOR SPANO REISSUES HEATING REGULATIONS AND HEAT EMERGENCY HOTLINE TO ASSURE RESIDENTS STAY WARM THIS WINTER SEASON

YONKERS, NY – January 5, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano and the Department of Housing and Buildings today reissued Yonkers’ annual heating regulations and heat emergency hotline for all tenant-occupied residential buildings.

 

“There is no denying that the cold weather has arrived so we are once again announcing these protections that help keep our home environments safe and warm,” said Mayor Spano. “I encourage residents to contact the Heat Emergency Hotline if they feel their residence does not meet heating requirements so that immediate action can be taken.”

The regulation requires that during the period from September 15th to May 31st every person, firm or corporation in the City of Yonkers is required to maintain a temperature of no less than 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms. Indoor occupied work spaces shall be supplied heat during this period to maintain a temperature of no less than 65° F. Additionally, outside the aforementioned dates whenever the outside temperature falls below 55° F the inside temperature is to be supplied as follows:

                Between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM               68°F

                Between 11:00PM and 6:00AM                 65°F

 

Note: Hot water is to be maintained at a minimum temperature of 120°F at all times.

 

The Yonkers Heat Emergency Hotline – (914) 965-3331 – is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for residents living in residences with one or more dwelling units. The Yonkers Department of Housing and Buildings will respond to calls Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM during the months of December, January and February.

Heating regulations may be found in the New York State Property Maintenance Code, Section 602 and the Yonkers City Code, Section 58-22.

During winter months, the use of home heating equipment is common and residents should be advised of the following winter safety measures:

  • Have your home heating system, flumes and chimneys inspected and cleaned for safe operation
  • Maintain a safe clearance between a portable electric heater and combustible material i.e. furniture, bedding, curtains and clothing
  • Turn off your portable or space heater before leaving the room
  • Make sure the wiring is adequate for electric space heaters and check for fraying, splitting wires, or overheating
  • Never use extension cords with electric heaters

For further information on fire prevention and other safety tips, please call the Yonkers Fire Prevention Division at 914-377-7525 for assistance.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 3, 2016

 

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR CUOMO’S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS DURING INCLEMENT WINTER WEATHER.

“I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action to support a very vulnerable population during the cold winter months. With the growing number of individuals and families without proper shelter  in certain areas of our state, we need to stand up for those who cannot do so for themselves. Yonkers will be sure to support this executive order by working with local and state agencies to ensure the homeless are protected from the elements and are tended for with compassion and decency.”

Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers Fire Department Unveil New Apparatus

More Than $10 Million in Capital Invested in Fire Department in Last Four Years

Mayor Spano and the Yonkers Fire Department unveiled a new engine this week, as part of the more than $10 million of capital investments in the department, including new apparatuses, protective equipment, new tools and hoses, during the Mayor’s first term.

“Every time our firefighters enter a burning building, they put their lives on the line to protect life and property in our city,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “That’s why we’re so committed to protecting them and investing in the equipment that will help keep our bravest safe.”
The new Engine 304, manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, is housed at Fire Station 4 on Radford Street and replaces a 13-year old American LaFrance Engine.

Join Us January 1 for Mayor Mike Spano’s Inauguration Ceremony

Yonkers residents are invited to attend the Inauguration Ceremony for Mayor Mike Spano, Judge Michael Martinelli and Council members Chris Johnson, Michael Sabatino and Mike Breen. The event will be held on January 1, 2016 at 12:00PM at Philipse Manor Hall.

See the Photos: Business Booming on the Waterfront

There’s a lot happening on the waterfront, from construction at UNO a i.Park, Mill Street Courtyard and Larkin Plaza to the opening of two new businesses: Double Six Deli and Le Moulin Eatery & Wine Bar. Head to the historic Waterfront district and check it out!

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Monday, December 21 Marks First Day of Winter
Temperatures may have been mild this week but that didn’t stop the arrival of winter. Monday, December 21st at 11:48PM marked the winter solstice, or first day of winter, meaning the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the entire year.
From aquatics to ice skating, there are activities for residents of all ages to enjoy during every season in our City.

Around Town: Happening in Yonkers
Now – 1/12 – MLK, Jr. Poem Contest Open to Students | Learn More
Now – 1/3 – Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Park and Gardens | Learn More
12/22 – 12/24 @ 12PM – Holiday-Themed Guided Tours of Philipse Manor Hall
12/24 – 1/4 – Yonkers Public Schools Closed for Holiday Recess
12/25 – Christmas Day; City Hall is Closed | Learn More
12/27 @ 1PM – Kwanzaa Celebration at Yonkers Riverfront Library | Learn More
12/28 – Mayor Spano’s Satellite Tax Office at Homefield House |

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12/29 – Mayor Spano’s Satellite Tax Office at Will Library | Learn More
12/30 – Mayor Spano’s Satellite Tax Office at Coyne Park | Learn More
1/1 @ 12PM – 2016 Inauguration Ceremony | Learn More
1/16 – MLK Jr. National Day of Service | Learn More
1/23 – Spring Classes Begin at Westchester Community College Yonkers Extension Center | Register Today

Mayor Spano, Santa Claus Pay a Visit to Greyston Learning Center

Children Receive Gifts as Part of Mayor Spano’s Annual Toy and Coat Drive

Mayor Spano visited Greyston Learning Center this week to deliver toys to families in need. The Mayor’s Toy and Coat Drive is an annual event, and this year supports more than 150 Yonkers families.
“The holiday season is all about what we can give, not what we receive in gifts, which is why I’m proud to sponsor this drive each year and play a small part in making the season more joyful for residents of our City,” said Mayor Mike Spano.
Special thanks to our sponsors, Rock “N” Rods Car Club of NY and Kawasaki and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services who organizes the drive each year.

Mayor Spano Welcomes MDV Custom Cakes to Yonkers
New Business Opens at Intersection of Kimball Ave & Yonkers Ave

Mayor Spano and State Senator George Latimer welcomed MDV Custom Cakes & Desserts to Yonkers this week with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

After operating their custom cake and desserts business out of their kitchen for the past six years, owners Melody Velez, Luis Ortega and their family now have a storefront in Yonkers to call home to their local business.

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Mark Your Calendar: Satellite Tax Offices Begin Next Week

Residents Can Pay City Property Taxes, Due January 6

We’re bringing City Hall to you! Starting next week, Mayor Mike Spano will host satellite tax offices at three locations across the City to accept City property tax payments (due Jan. 6) and answer any questions. The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and the City’s Tax Department will be on hand from 9:00am to 8:00pm all three days to meet with Yonkers residents.

Important Dates:

Online at: www.yonkersny.gov | Problem Solver | 24-Hour Helpline: 914-377-Help (4357)

Last Minute Shopping
Christmas Dinners

New Year’s Eve Parties
Looking for that last minute gift, visit the shops in Downtown Yonkers for affordable, unique presents.
Christmas Dinner
Let somebody else prepare the meal of a lifetime. Make your reservations before it’s too late.  Zuppa, X20 Dolphin, Guapo, Nawab, Khangri, La Bella Havana, and more.
Celebrate New Years Eve in Style in Downtown Yonkers.
Masquerade Ball at Yonkers Brewing Co. and many more great events.
Happy Holidays from
The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID
Last Minute Shopping
Christmas Dinners

New Year’s Eve Parties
Looking for that last minute gift, visit the shops in Downtown Yonkers for affordable, unique presents.
Christmas Dinner
Let somebody else prepare the meal of a lifetime. Make your reservations before it’s too late.  Zuppa, X20 Dolphin, Guapo, Nawab, Khangri, La Bella Havana, and more.
Celebrate New Years Eve in Style in Downtown Yonkers.
Masquerade Ball at Yonkers Brewing Co. and many more great events.
Happy Holidays from
The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS’  2016 INAUGURATION TO BE HELD AT PHILIPSE MANOR HALL STATE HISTORIC SITE

Mayor Mike Spano, City Court Judge Michael Martinelli and Yonkers City Council Members to Be Sworn into Office January 1 at 12PM at Yonkers’ First City Hall

Yonkers, NY – December 22, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City’s 2016 Inauguration Ceremony will be held at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 12PM. Mayor Spano will be sworn in for his second term as the 42nd Mayor of the City of Yonkers along with City Court Judge Michael A. Martinelli for a new term and Yonkers City Council members Christopher A. Johnson (First Council District), Michael R. Sabatino (Third Council District), Michael B. Breen (Fifth Council District) for their second terms.

Noting the historic significance of inauguration’s location, Mayor Spano said, “Philipse Manor Hall served as Yonkers’ first City Hall over 100 years ago so we thought it would be fitting to honor the Manor’s rich history by holding this year’s inauguration there. Philipse Manor has been an integral component of Yonkers’ history, from being home to the City’s first settlers to serving as a back drop to the Yonkers waterfront revitalization. We thank the New York State Parks for opening its doors to us and showcasing one of the oldest buildings in New York State.”

“State Parks is delighted that Mayor Spano has chosen Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site as the location for his inauguration,” said Linda Cooper, NYS Parks Taconic Regional Director. “A great deal of this city and neighborhood’s history is tied to this location, including the time the site served as City Hall. Today, the site offers tours and programs for residents and visitors alike to engage with Yonkers’ past, present and future. The site is witnessing history as we speak, with the recent daylighting of the Saw Mill River, the opening of new businesses and the continuing revitalization of the Getty Square neighborhood. It is an exciting time to be in Yonkers and Philipse Manor Hall is proud to be a partner in this community.”

The New Year’s Day ceremony will be preceded by an Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Hudson Street at 11AM. The Inauguration will then follow and include participation from Yonkers Public Schools students, federal, state and local elected officials, Yonkers veterans, clergy and singers.

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, the oldest standing building in Westchester County, is located at 29 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, N.Y., just a few blocks from the train station and Getty Square. The site is one of 6 historic sites and 15 parks administered by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Taconic Region. The historic Manor Hall is regularly open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., April through October, and from noon to 4 p.m., November through March. Special programs are held throughout the year. For additional information about Philipse Manor Hall, visit http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/37/details.aspx or like the site’s page on Facebook.

For Immediate Release

 

 

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO, YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT UNVEIL NEW APPARATUS AT FIRE STATION 4

 

YONKERS, NY – December 21, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Fire Department Commissioner John Darcy today unveiled the new Engine 304 at Fire Station 4 on Radford Street in Yonkers. The new engine was manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus and replaces a 13-year-old American LaFrance Engine.

 

Station 4 primarily serves the southern and western portions of the City, but is prepared to respond to calls city-wide. Engine 304 is among the busiest engine companies in Yonkers, and responds to fire and medical emergency calls.

 

“Every time they enter a burning building, our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect live and property in our city,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “That’s why we’re so committed to protecting them and investing in the equipment that will help keep our Bravest safe.”

 

Mayor Spano said that over the last four years, his Administration has made more than $10 million of capital investments in the Fire Department, including new apparatuses, protective equipment such as bunker gear and helmets, new tools and hoses to fight fires and self-contained breathing apparatus.

 

The new Engine 304, which was manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, is made of stainless steel which allows for greater strength and corrosion resistance. While made from stronger materials, the new engine is smaller than the outgoing apparatus which allows for greater maneuverability, especially on some of the more narrow streets in Southwest Yonkers.

 

The apparatus was designed by a design committee made up of Yonkers Fire Department members, the City’s Department of Public Works lead mechanic, who is responsible for servicing the apparatus, and Ferrara engineers. Improved features include, longer reaching seat belts and a seat belt monitoring system, shorter braking distances, LED warning lights, reduced exhaust emissions and lower fire hose storage.

 

Dear Friend,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As you enjoy your holiday shopping and time with family and friends, I hope enjoy these pictures from the Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer this past week.
Please note that the garden will stay lit until January 3rd and is sponsored by the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. It is an amazing event and I encourage everyone to see this beauty in our backyard.
PAL Raffle
Help raise money for a great cause! You can support the Yonkers Police Athletic League (PAL) and win tickets to Superbowl 50 in San Francisco by entering the Yonkers PAL Foundation raffle. See the flyer below for more details on how to purchase a ticket or make a donation to the PAL.
Lowe’s Coming to Yonkers
Lowe’s Home Centers plans to build a $35 million store with 85,000 square feet of sales space, including a garden center. The store will be located at the Ridge Hill shopping center, at the undeveloped portion of the center.
The project is expected to provide 90 full time jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in May of 2016 with completion by the end of 2016. The $35 million project cost consists of $19 million in property acquisition, $11.7 million in construction costs, and $5 million in furnishings and equipment.
New Craft Brewery in Yonkers
The YIDA gave initial approval this month to assist Fondak Enterprises with opening a craft brewery at 72 Alexander Street in the downtown waterfront area. Operated by Andy, Jeff and Dot Fondak, the brewery will be a new enterprise that will feature an 11,000 square foot production and sales facility plus a taproom open to the public.
Andy and Jeff Fondak are graduates of the World Brewing Academy and are certified master brewers. Their beer will be produced with imported German equipment and combine European and American brewing techniques.
The project, entitled Chicken Island Brewing Co., is expected to cost approximately $3.35 million and create up to 20 new jobs.
Nepperhan Ave Warehouse Conversion
The YIDA also gave approval to assist the owner of 470 Nepperhan Avenue with purchasing the adjacent building at 460 Nepperhan. Thethi Realty will purchase the property from its existing private owner and seek new commercial tenants to complement its activities at the adjacent 460 Nepperhan Avenue property.
The $3 million project will include $1 million in construction costs to improve the property.
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

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Dear Friend,
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As you enjoy your holiday shopping and time with family and friends, I hope enjoy these pictures from the Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer this past week.
Please note that the garden will stay lit until January 3rd and is sponsored by the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. It is an amazing event and I encourage everyone to see this beauty in our backyard.
PAL Raffle
Help raise money for a great cause! You can support the Yonkers Police Athletic League (PAL) and win tickets to Superbowl 50 in San Francisco by entering the Yonkers PAL Foundation raffle. See the flyer below for more details on how to purchase a ticket or make a donation to the PAL.
Lowe’s Coming to Yonkers
Lowe’s Home Centers plans to build a $35 million store with 85,000 square feet of sales space, including a garden center. The store will be located at the Ridge Hill shopping center, at the undeveloped portion of the center.
The project is expected to provide 90 full time jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in May of 2016 with completion by the end of 2016. The $35 million project cost consists of $19 million in property acquisition, $11.7 million in construction costs, and $5 million in furnishings and equipment.
New Craft Brewery in Yonkers
The YIDA gave initial approval this month to assist Fondak Enterprises with opening a craft brewery at 72 Alexander Street in the downtown waterfront area. Operated by Andy, Jeff and Dot Fondak, the brewery will be a new enterprise that will feature an 11,000 square foot production and sales facility plus a taproom open to the public.
Andy and Jeff Fondak are graduates of the World Brewing Academy and are certified master brewers. Their beer will be produced with imported German equipment and combine European and American brewing techniques.
The project, entitled Chicken Island Brewing Co., is expected to cost approximately $3.35 million and create up to 20 new jobs.
Nepperhan Ave Warehouse Conversion
The YIDA also gave approval to assist the owner of 470 Nepperhan Avenue with purchasing the adjacent building at 460 Nepperhan. Thethi Realty will purchase the property from its existing private owner and seek new commercial tenants to complement its activities at the adjacent 460 Nepperhan Avenue property.
The $3 million project will include $1 million in construction costs to improve the property.
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin
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12-08-2015 Agenda

Vote on Proposed Pay Raise for Yonkers City Council President and Yonkers City Council on Meeting Agenda.

11-24-2015 Agenda without Backup

11-10-2015 Agenda

10-27-2015 Agenda without Backup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS SINGS THEIR WAY INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A HOLIDAY MESSAGE FOR RESIDENTS

 

View the video on City of Yonkers Website, www.yonkersny.gov

 

YONKERS, NY – December 17, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano together with the Yonkers Police Department, Yonkers Fire Department and all City departments got into the holiday spirit again this year with a seasonal music video message. In the video, City departments all sing a line in the classic holiday carol “Deck the Halls.”

 

“The holidays are a time to spread joy to others which is exactly what we wanted to capture in our holiday message,” said Mayor Spano. “This year, we wanted to showcase the festively decked halls of City Hall that has created a warm and inviting atmosphere for employees and visitors alike.”

 

Departments that appear, in order of appearance, include Office of the Mayor, Finance, Parks, Recreation & Conservation, Office of the Aging, Assessment, Human Resources, Administrative Adjudication Bureau, Information Technology, City Clerk, Housing & Buildings, Engineering, Veterans Services, Planning & Development, Corporation Counsel, Public Works, Yonkers Police Department and Yonkers Fire Department.

 

The video can be viewed on City Hall TV (Channel 78 on Cablevision; 39 on Verizon FiOS), the City’s website www.yonkersny.gov, Mayor Mike Spano’s YouTube Page (link here), Facebook page (City of Yonkers, Mayor Mike Spano) and Twitter handle (@CityofYonkers).

TRAIL BLAZER

Since her early teens as a Science Barge volunteer, Melissa Guevara has traveled from Yonkers’ waterfront to the forests of Southern Appalachia to the Rocky Mountain peaks with Groundwork-and found a calling along the way.
This sweeping breadth of experiences is a hallmark of the Groundwork model, instilling a deep understanding and affection for the environment at home and across the U.S. for kids in urban neighborhoods.
As a Yonkers High student, Melissa spent three summers on our Green Team, restoring habitats and hiking trails right here in Yonkers, at Ossining’s Teatown Preservation, and in remote forests of Tennessee and Georgia.
She returned to Southern Appalachia after her first year at Bard College (where she majors in Environmental and Urban Studies) with Groundwork’s Wilderness Youth Forestry Stewards.
 
This fall, Melissa addressed more than 100 people at Groundwork’s National Conference at Rocky Mountain National Park, ending with, “Now that I have become a part of the conservation movement, I want to make it even stronger by sharing it with the Latino community. “
It’s people like Melissa – and hundreds of volunteers of all ages – that help make Groundwork such a force. And we leverage your dollars, too! For every $1 you donate, we raise $7 in grants and matches. Please help us continue this inspired community-building work with your donation.  
 

MAYOR MIKE SPANO APPOINTS ANDREW LENNEY AS YONKERS’ NEW BUDGET DIRECTOR

 

YONKERS, NY – December 10, 2015– Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced Andrew Lenney as the City’s new Budget Director. Lenney has been promoted to Budget Director after serving as the City’s Associate Budget Director since 2012. As Budget Director, Lenney will oversee and manage the City’s and Yonkers Board of Education’s capital and operating budgets.

“I am pleased to promote Andy as our new Budget Director,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Andy has been an instrumental member of the Finance and Budget team over the last three years, managing and reorganizing the City’s municipal and Board of Education finances. His extensive experience dealing with large-scale budgets proves to be invaluable and he is a great choice for the City of Yonkers as we work to secure the City’s financial future.”

Lenney’s career with municipal budgets has spanned 16 years, having worked with New York City, Westchester County and Yonkers. Prior to joining the City of Yonkers, he spent seven years with the Westchester County Budget Department, where he led the management, supervision and training of countywide information technology as related to budget applications. Previously, Lenney spent six years working for the Finance Division of the New York City Council where he monitored and evaluated the fiscal policies and the expenses, revenues and capital budgets of New York City’s Departments of Education, Police, Fire, Correction and other agencies.

“I thank Mayor Spano for his trust in my abilities to help steer the City in the right fiscal direction,” said Andrew Lenney. “I look forward to meeting the challenges set before us and continuing to work with our dedicated Finance team.”

Lenney holds a Masters in Economics from University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics & Mathematics from Columbia University.

December /

   Blue Door Art Center
Greetings!

This is a busy time of year and what better way of spending the holidays then with your friends at Blue Door Art Center.
This week is full of community events provided for you, our community supporters.
Your friends at the Blue Door Art Center.
Speak Now with Aj-Poet
Friday,December 11th
1-3:00 p.m.
Call in # 657-373-0653
(press #1 to talk)

Power 100 HFMRadio will air a radio show called “Speak Now with
Aj-POET.” The show is aired from the Blue Door Gallery at 13 Riverdale Ave in Yonkers, New York.
There will be live and taped interviews on Friday, November 13th.
AJ welcomes everyone from the area to come and visit and support BDAC’s efforts. The show is designed to interview artists in the performing, creative, still, spoken word, free style, writers and more.
Supporters of the arts are welcome to be interviewed on how they are involved in the Yonker’s committee to uplift and promote the arts to insure they will continue in Westchester county.
Call AJ at 914 299-0964 to share ideas and if you would like to be interviewed. Or email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org with Speak now with Aj-poet in the subject line. AJ will contact you to discuss your story. You can be interviewed either at the gallery or over the phone during AJ’s show.
This is your opportunity to share with the community your creative story and endeavors and help bring more culture to the neighborhood.
Toy Drive & Mixer

Friday, December 11th

6-9:00
A local community organization, Collective for a Cause, is presenting its
first toy drive, sponsored by BDAC.
Bring any toys you would like to donate to those less fortunate. They will be distributed before Christmas.
This is also a mixer for professionals to come network, mingle and learn how to better serve the community.

Blue Door Art Center’s
Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 12th

2-5:00
BDAC would like to invite you to its Annual Holiday Celebration. Enjoy the current exhibition, the Holiday Boutique, shop for your loved ones and enjoy the sounds of Shula Ruth Weinstein as she gives a performance at 3:00.
We will be helping her launch her debut album titled, Small and Taller Tales, a collection of original insightful, poetic visions set to her own musical sounds.
Her CD will be available for sale as well as the hand-crafted items by local artists.
Stop by to enjoy the festive gifts on display and the melodic sounds playing throughout the gallery. Festive finger foods will be there for you to partake as well.
BDAC On-line Store
Artists in current exhibits have the privilege of posting their work on the BDAC online store.
Artwork of all mediums are posted, from photographs, to sculptures, to mixed media and more.

Go to www.bluedoorartcenter.org, click on “Store” and select the category you would like to browse.

We are sure you will find something in your price range, as there are many affordable gems.
Quarterly Journal  Vol 2.1
Outside Inside/Self-Examination

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th

Blue Door Quarterly Journal has had a highly successful first year of publishing stimulating and richly imaginative poetry, prose and visual images, each to a specific theme.
The theme can be interpreted any way you can imagine.
We are seeking submissions from emerging and established artists/writers in the forms of: Fiction, Non-fiction, Photography, Poetry, Fine Art, Graffiti/Street Art. Each selected artists/writers will receive a free copy.
You may send in your submissions at:  http://bluedoorquarterlyjournal.submittable.com/submit.
Submission guidelines:
* Three (3) submissions per artist
* Maximum word count- 2,000
* Previously published work not accepted
* All submissions must be original work of artist
* The following formats are accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX,
   Tiff, JPG.
* Hi-Res images at 300 dpi with minimum of 6″ only
Please include two – three sentences on how your work relates to the current theme.
Artists retain original rights to their work. However, all submissions are subject to editing by the Journal editorial staff.
Questions: Email bluedoorjournal@gmail.com.
Please have all of your files, dimensions and descriptions ready.
About Us

Blue Door Gallery presents widely attended and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibitions in a welcoming environment. BDG publishes books on many of its outstanding exhibitions and makes available the chap books of our poets.

 

Other community art programs at the gallery include monthly “Open Stage” performances, poetry writing workshops, art themed videos, art classes, performances and other special events.

 

Enjoy the current exhibition, Holiday Art Show and Boutique, perfect for your holiday gift giving. Exhibition up through Tuesday, December 22nd, 3-8:00.

The Blue Door Art Center initiates many public art projects including the installation of sculpture along the Yonkers Esplanade and in other locations. BDAC has been a fixture at Yonkers “Riverfest” for many years and conducts  workshops and events in locations throughout the city. BDAA is now in the process of installing artwork in vacant storefronts throughout Downtown Yonkers and partnering with Greyston Foundation to provide special art experiences for children in their Child Care Center.
SPECIAL THANKS to our Generous and Supportive Sponsors
 
 

sponsor logos 2015

Not an art-maker?  Be an art-lover and supporter  You may find something that 

catches your eye and feeds your soul.
If you or your creative friends have workshop ideas or would like to share your craft,

feel free to email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org and we will respond asap.

 

Arle´ Sklar-Weinstein, Gallery and Art Center Director

Luis Perelman, Art Association and Art Center Director

Robin Hutchinson, Gallery Manager

Naajidah Correll, Assistant Manager

Hector Santiago, Outreach Coordinator

 

December /
   Blue Door Art Center
Greetings!

This is a busy time of year and what better way of spending the holidays then with your friends at Blue Door Art Center.
This week is full of community events provided for you, our community supporters.
Your friends at the Blue Door Art Center.
Speak Now with Aj-Poet
Friday,December 11th
1-3:00 p.m.
Call in # 657-373-0653
(press #1 to talk)

Power 100 HFMRadio will air a radio show called “Speak Now with
Aj-POET.” The show is aired from the Blue Door Gallery at 13 Riverdale Ave in Yonkers, New York.
There will be live and taped interviews on Friday, November 13th.
AJ welcomes everyone from the area to come and visit and support BDAC’s efforts. The show is designed to interview artists in the performing, creative, still, spoken word, free style, writers and more.
Supporters of the arts are welcome to be interviewed on how they are involved in the Yonker’s committee to uplift and promote the arts to insure they will continue in Westchester county.
Call AJ at 914 299-0964 to share ideas and if you would like to be interviewed. Or email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org with Speak now with Aj-poet in the subject line. AJ will contact you to discuss your story. You can be interviewed either at the gallery or over the phone during AJ’s show.
This is your opportunity to share with the community your creative story and endeavors and help bring more culture to the neighborhood.
Toy Drive & Mixer

Friday, December 11th

6-9:00
A local community organization, Collective for a Cause, is presenting its
first toy drive, sponsored by BDAC.
Bring any toys you would like to donate to those less fortunate. They will be distributed before Christmas.
This is also a mixer for professionals to come network, mingle and learn how to better serve the community.

Blue Door Art Center’s
Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 12th

2-5:00
BDAC would like to invite you to its Annual Holiday Celebration. Enjoy the current exhibition, the Holiday Boutique, shop for your loved ones and enjoy the sounds of Shula Ruth Weinstein as she gives a performance at 3:00.
We will be helping her launch her debut album titled, Small and Taller Tales, a collection of original insightful, poetic visions set to her own musical sounds.
Her CD will be available for sale as well as the hand-crafted items by local artists.
Stop by to enjoy the festive gifts on display and the melodic sounds playing throughout the gallery. Festive finger foods will be there for you to partake as well.
BDAC On-line Store
Artists in current exhibits have the privilege of posting their work on the BDAC online store.
Artwork of all mediums are posted, from photographs, to sculptures, to mixed media and more.

Go to www.bluedoorartcenter.org, click on “Store” and select the category you would like to browse.

We are sure you will find something in your price range, as there are many affordable gems.
Quarterly Journal  Vol 2.1
Outside Inside/Self-Examination

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th

Blue Door Quarterly Journal has had a highly successful first year of publishing stimulating and richly imaginative poetry, prose and visual images, each to a specific theme.
The theme can be interpreted any way you can imagine.
We are seeking submissions from emerging and established artists/writers in the forms of: Fiction, Non-fiction, Photography, Poetry, Fine Art, Graffiti/Street Art. Each selected artists/writers will receive a free copy.
You may send in your submissions at:  http://bluedoorquarterlyjournal.submittable.com/submit.
Submission guidelines:
* Three (3) submissions per artist
* Maximum word count- 2,000
* Previously published work not accepted
* All submissions must be original work of artist
* The following formats are accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX,
   Tiff, JPG.
* Hi-Res images at 300 dpi with minimum of 6″ only
Please include two – three sentences on how your work relates to the current theme.
Artists retain original rights to their work. However, all submissions are subject to editing by the Journal editorial staff.
Questions: Email bluedoorjournal@gmail.com.
Please have all of your files, dimensions and descriptions ready.
About Us

Blue Door Gallery presents widely attended and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibitions in a welcoming environment. BDG publishes books on many of its outstanding exhibitions and makes available the chap books of our poets.

 

Other community art programs at the gallery include monthly “Open Stage” performances, poetry writing workshops, art themed videos, art classes, performances and other special events.

 

Enjoy the current exhibition, Holiday Art Show and Boutique, perfect for your holiday gift giving. Exhibition up through Tuesday, December 22nd, 3-8:00.

The Blue Door Art Center initiates many public art projects including the installation of sculpture along the Yonkers Esplanade and in other locations. BDAC has been a fixture at Yonkers “Riverfest” for many years and conducts  workshops and events in locations throughout the city. BDAA is now in the process of installing artwork in vacant storefronts throughout Downtown Yonkers and partnering with Greyston Foundation to provide special art experiences for children in their Child Care Center.
SPECIAL THANKS to our Generous and Supportive Sponsors
 
 

sponsor logos 2015

Not an art-maker?  Be an art-lover and supporter  You may find something that 

catches your eye and feeds your soul.
If you or your creative friends have workshop ideas or would like to share your craft,

feel free to email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org and we will respond asap.

 

Arle´ Sklar-Weinstein, Gallery and Art Center Director

Luis Perelman, Art Association and Art Center Director

Robin Hutchinson, Gallery Manager

Naajidah Correll, Assistant Manager

Hector Santiago, Outreach Coordinator

 

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

YONKERS ANIMAL SHELTER TO ACCEPT DONATED BENCHES AND OTHER SUPPLIES BY EAGLE SCOUT TROOP 5

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join representatives from the Yonkers Animal Shelter to accept the donation of four outdoor benches by Eagle Scout Troop 5 today, December 8 at 2:30PM at the Yonkers Animal Shelter (1000 Ridge Hill Boulevard).

 

Eagle Scout Troop 5 also will donate four all wood pressure treated and stained benches for shelter volunteers and employees to use, as well as 90 towels for use as bedding for the animals and a $585 monetary donation to benefit the Yonkers Animal Shelter.

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Dear Friends,

Happy Hanukkah! Saturday evening is the first night of Hanukkah. May this Festival of Lights be a festival of hope, happiness, love and health.
From my family to yours, may you enjoy a happy and blessed holiday season.
Sincerely,
The McLaughlin’s
Liam, Debbie & Ryan

Dear Friend,

There’s no better place to spend the holidays than in Yonkers. The season is in full-swing, and there are numerous celebrations going on around the City. Check below for a full calendar of events.
This week, we started off the celebration with the annual tree lighting at City Hall.
Santa Claus was on hand for the festivities at historic Yonkers City Hall.
We then headed off to Crestwood for the annual Crestwood Association Tree Lighting.
Merry Christmas from the 12th Ward!
Grand Holiday Illuminations

In what has the potential to be the most beautiful event of this holiday season, the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy and the City of Yonkers are co-sponsoring a Grand Holiday Illumination at Untermyer Park and Gardens, 945 North Broadway in Yonkers on December 11 at 6:00 PM. The Walled Garden-its architecture and plantings-will be dramatically illuminated in a ten point countdown. After the illumination ceremony, hot chocolate will be served.

Prior to the Illumination, starting at 5:00, the Untermyer Performing Arts Council will sponsor Encore, a string quartet, which will play classical music in the Walled Garden.

Beautiful recorded music from the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions will be played continuously. Peace on earth and good will toward men will be the theme, as the Walled Garden is a Persian garden, based on the concept of the Garden of Eden.

The event will continue until January 3. Every night, the Walled Garden will be open for visitors to stroll, admire the lights and listen to peaceful classical music from 5:30 until 8:00. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, free hot chocolate will be served by various community groups.

Admission is free. For further information, call 914-613-4502. The Conservancy’s website is www.untermyergardens.org. Please join us at this must-see, amazing event!

Kerrymen’s P&B Scholarship Dinner
This past weekend, we had a great night at the Kerrymen’s P&B Association annual scholarship dinner. Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients and the committee for doing such a great job!
This year’s recipients are Shawn Fenton, University of Buffalo;  Claire Teahan, Villanova University; Justin O’Rourke, Molloy College;  Sean O’Gorman, St John’s University; Erin Mullen, Maria Regina High School; Kevin Hegarty, Archbishop Stepinac High School; and  Joseph O’Rourke, St Anthony’s High School.
Holiday Lighting Calendar

Christmas Tree Lighting Schedule

12/4 4:00pm Yonkers Downtown BID – Getty Square
12/4 5:00pm Untermyer Performing Arts Council – Untermyer Gardens
12/7 7:00pm McLean Avenue Merchants Association –  Conor Park
12/9 7:00pm Park Hill Residents’ Association – Rumsey Rd and Spring St
12/10 5:00pm South Broadway BID – Lincoln Park

Menorah Lighting Schedule12/6 4:00pm Ridge Hill – Fountain Plaza, Ridge Hill
12/7 6:00pm Cross County Shopping Center – Cross County (between Adidas and Bebe)
12/8 4:30pm City of Yonkers Menorah Lighting – City Hall
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin
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***MEDIA ALERT***

 

MAYOR SPANO KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON WITH YONKERS CITY HALL TREE LIGHTING

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will usher in the 2015 holiday season with the Yonkers City Hall’s Christmas tree lighting today, December 3 at 4:30PM.

 

The Community Baptist Church Down Home Choir and Yonkers Idol and Junior Idols are scheduled to perform. Mayor Spano and Council President Liam McLaughlin will join their families and Santa Claus as they light the tree.

Community Calendar

Downtown Yonkers 
Upcoming Schedule of Events
“Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It’s a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.” –
Maya Angelou
December Calendar
Holiday Events & Specails
 
Visit Santa in His Chalet – Free Every Weekend.  Getty Square
Dec 03: City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec 04: Annual Yonkers Tree Lighting At Getty Square
Dec 5-6: Holiday Shopping Market
Dec 05: St. Nicholas Event At Philipse Manor Hall
Dec 06: Holiday Market
Dec 08: Decorate the Riverfront Library Children’s Department Tree
Dec 08: Make Holiday Appetizers with Chef Amalia Greco
Dec 12: YMCA Annual Christmas Extravaganza
Dec 12: Make your own Gingerbread House at Philipse Manor Hall
Dec 12: Winterscape Holiday Concert @ Manor House Square
Dec 12: Holiday Celebration at the Blue Door
Dec 12: SUNY Puchase PC4 Public Art Workshop and more
Dec 12: YMCA Christmas Dinner
Dec 24 – 31: Yonkers Schools Closed – Holiday Recess
Dec 24: Christmas Eve Dinner at Dolphin
Dec 24: ZUPPA: Vigilia di Natale (Christmas Feast)
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 27: Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec 31: New Years Eve at Zuppa
Dec 31: New Years Eve Bash at Dolphin
Dec 31: New Years Eve Masquerade Ball
Fun Activities, Movies, Art, & More
Dec 01: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Dec 02: Riverfront Book Club: The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
Dec 03: Community Yoga at the Blue Door
Dec 03: Fall into Fitness: African Dance
Dec 03: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 05: Blue Door Art Center-ArtSpeak
Dec 06: Detox and Retox at Yonkers Brewing Co.
Dec 06: Weekend Movies: Inside Out & Jurassic World
Dec 07: Women’s Enterprise Development Center
Dec 08: Bottle Share at Yonkers Brewing Co.
Dec 08: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Dec 09: Teen VOICES: Open Mic and Poetry
Dec 10: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 10: Rivertalks – Hokules: The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage
Dec 12: Second Saturday Art Program
Dec 13: Yonkers Brewing Co. presents Shilelagh Law
Dec 17: Community Arts Meeting
Dec 17: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 19: Crafts for a Cause – Earrings with Joan Lloyd
Dec 20: Weekend Movies Mickey Saves Santa & A Christmas Carol
Dec 24: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 26: Weekend Movies @ Your Library: Cinderella
Dec 28: Movie: Inside Out
Dec 30: Movie: Descendants
Dec 31: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana

More event and details at www.yonkersdowntown.com

Community Meetings
Dec 03: Rivertalks – The New Tappen Zee Bridge Project
Dec 08: Yonkers City Council Meeting
Dec 09: Hudson River Community Association Monthly Meeting
Dec 16: Board of Education – Stated Meeting
Dec 17: 4th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Dec 22: Yonkers City Council Meeting

The BID
Holiday Traditions
New Years Eve Plans?
Amazing food, open bar, music, dancing and more.

* New Year’s Feast at Zuppa
New Year’s Bash at Dolphin
Masquerade Ball at Yonkers Brewing Co.

December 12th
From 11am to 7pm, there are non-stop holiday events in Downtown Yonkers.  Start off at the Yonkers YMCA Christmas Extravaganza (bouncy castles, games, good, rides, etc).  After that make your way down the street to Philipse Manor Hall to make Gingerbread Houses.  After that, go right across the street to the Downtown BID’s WInterscape Holiday Concert at Manor House Square (music, dancing, crafts, giveaways, holiday characters, etc.).  For teens, go around the corner to SUNY Purchase PC4 for Street Art, a recording studio, and art performances.  Finish out your night at the Blue Door Art Center or the YMCA Chirstmas Dinner.
Best of all…
EVERYTHING IS FREE!

Everything wonderful in Downtown Yonkers can be found in our new edition of the BID’s Newsletter,

The Buzz.
Online Community Calendar
There is so much going on in Downtown Yonkers that the BID and our partners decided to create an online calendar.  The calendar is designed to be used by residents, visitors, businesses, and community organizations.
If you have any special events that you would like to add to our calendar, please email the BID at info@yonkersdowntown.com.  Thank you and we hope to see you soon in Downtown Yonkers.
 
This Community Calendar was created and is managed by the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID.  If you would like to learn more about the BID, please visit www.YonkersDowntown.com
or call Daniel Lipka at 914-969-6660. Thank you.

 

www.yonkersdowntown.com

Community Calendar
Downtown Yonkers 
Upcoming Schedule of Events
“Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It’s a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.” –
Maya Angelou
December Calendar
Holiday Events & Specails
 
Visit Santa in His Chalet – Free Every Weekend.  Getty Square
Dec 03: City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec 04: Annual Yonkers Tree Lighting At Getty Square
Dec 5-6: Holiday Shopping Market
Dec 05: St. Nicholas Event At Philipse Manor Hall
Dec 06: Holiday Market
Dec 08: Decorate the Riverfront Library Children’s Department Tree
Dec 08: Make Holiday Appetizers with Chef Amalia Greco
Dec 12: YMCA Annual Christmas Extravaganza
Dec 12: Make your own Gingerbread House at Philipse Manor Hall
Dec 12: Winterscape Holiday Concert @ Manor House Square
Dec 12: Holiday Celebration at the Blue Door
Dec 12: SUNY Puchase PC4 Public Art Workshop and more
Dec 12: YMCA Christmas Dinner
Dec 24 – 31: Yonkers Schools Closed – Holiday Recess
Dec 24: Christmas Eve Dinner at Dolphin
Dec 24: ZUPPA: Vigilia di Natale (Christmas Feast)
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 27: Kwanzaa Celebration
Dec 31: New Years Eve at Zuppa
Dec 31: New Years Eve Bash at Dolphin
Dec 31: New Years Eve Masquerade Ball
Fun Activities, Movies, Art, & More
Dec 01: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Dec 02: Riverfront Book Club: The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
Dec 03: Community Yoga at the Blue Door
Dec 03: Fall into Fitness: African Dance
Dec 03: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 05: Blue Door Art Center-ArtSpeak
Dec 06: Detox and Retox at Yonkers Brewing Co.
Dec 06: Weekend Movies: Inside Out & Jurassic World
Dec 07: Women’s Enterprise Development Center
Dec 08: Bottle Share at Yonkers Brewing Co.
Dec 08: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
Dec 09: Teen VOICES: Open Mic and Poetry
Dec 10: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 10: Rivertalks – Hokules: The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage
Dec 12: Second Saturday Art Program
Dec 13: Yonkers Brewing Co. presents Shilelagh Law
Dec 17: Community Arts Meeting
Dec 17: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 19: Crafts for a Cause – Earrings with Joan Lloyd
Dec 20: Weekend Movies Mickey Saves Santa & A Christmas Carol
Dec 24: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana
Dec 26: Weekend Movies @ Your Library: Cinderella
Dec 28: Movie: Inside Out
Dec 30: Movie: Descendants
Dec 31: Jazz Thursdays at La Bella Havana

More event and details at www.yonkersdowntown.com

Community Meetings
Dec 03: Rivertalks – The New Tappen Zee Bridge Project
Dec 08: Yonkers City Council Meeting
Dec 09: Hudson River Community Association Monthly Meeting
Dec 16: Board of Education – Stated Meeting
Dec 17: 4th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Dec 22: Yonkers City Council Meeting

The BID
Holiday Traditions
New Years Eve Plans?
Amazing food, open bar, music, dancing and more.

* New Year’s Feast at Zuppa
New Year’s Bash at Dolphin
Masquerade Ball at Yonkers Brewing Co.

December 12th
From 11am to 7pm, there are non-stop holiday events in Downtown Yonkers.  Start off at the Yonkers YMCA Christmas Extravaganza (bouncy castles, games, good, rides, etc).  After that make your way down the street to Philipse Manor Hall to make Gingerbread Houses.  After that, go right across the street to the Downtown BID’s WInterscape Holiday Concert at Manor House Square (music, dancing, crafts, giveaways, holiday characters, etc.).  For teens, go around the corner to SUNY Purchase PC4 for Street Art, a recording studio, and art performances.  Finish out your night at the Blue Door Art Center or the YMCA Chirstmas Dinner.
Best of all…
EVERYTHING IS FREE!

Everything wonderful in Downtown Yonkers can be found in our new edition of the BID’s Newsletter,

The Buzz.
Online Community Calendar
There is so much going on in Downtown Yonkers that the BID and our partners decided to create an online calendar.  The calendar is designed to be used by residents, visitors, businesses, and community organizations.
If you have any special events that you would like to add to our calendar, please email the BID at info@yonkersdowntown.com.  Thank you and we hope to see you soon in Downtown Yonkers.
 
This Community Calendar was created and is managed by the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID.  If you would like to learn more about the BID, please visit www.YonkersDowntown.com
or call Daniel Lipka at 914-969-6660. Thank you.

 

www.yonkersdowntown.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS TREE AND MENORAH LIGHTINGS

 

YONKERS, NY — November 30, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers will usher in the 2015 holiday season with several neighborhood Christmas tree and Menorah lightings during the month of December.

 

“The holidays are the most wonderful time of year to join together with family, friends and neighbors,” said Mayor Spano. “I encourage our residents to come out and celebrate these time-honored traditions our City, neighborhoods and businesses offer for all to enjoy.”

 

Mayor Spano will kick-off the holiday season with the official City of Yonkers tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 3rd at 4:30pm outside City Hall (South Broadway entrance). All are welcome to attend.

 

The schedule for Christmas tree lightings in Yonkers are as follows:

 

  • City of Yonkers (City Hall exterior facing S. Broadway) – December 3 at 4:30pm
  • Crestwood Residents’ Association (American Legion Plaza) – December 3 at 7:00pm
  • Downtown/Waterfront BID (Getty Square, Intersection of Main St., New Main St., & N. Broadway) – December 4 at 4:00pm
  • Untermyer Performing Arts Council (Untermyer Park, 945 N. Broadway) – December 4 at 5:00pm
  • Colonial Heights Residents’ Association (St. George Pkwy & Longvue Terrace) –December 4 at 7:30pm
  • McLean Avenue Merchants Association (Conor Park, McLean Ave and Central Park Ave) – December 7 at 7:00pm
  • Park Hill Residents’ Association (Rumsey Rd & Spring St) – December 9 at 7:00pm
  • South Broadway BID (Lincoln Park) – December 10 at 5:00pm
  • Untermyer Conservancy (Untermyer Park, 945 N. Broadway) – December 11 at 6:00pm

 

The schedule for Menorah lightings in Yonkers are as follows:

 

  • Ridge Hill (Outside Fountain Plaza, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd) – December 6 at 4:00pm
  • Chanukah Menorah Lighting (Abe Cohen Plaza) – December 6 at 5:00pm
  • Cross County Shopping Center Chanukah Celebration (between Adidas and Bebe stores) – December 7 at 6:00pm
  • City of Yonkers Menorah Parade and Lighting (City Hall) – December 8 at 4:30pm

 

Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at 6:00pm in the City Council Chambers 4th Floor, Yonkers City Hall, 4th floor.

 

 

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

 

  1. A LOCAL LAW AMENDING CHAPTER 58 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS ENTITLED “ BUILDING AND HOUSING CODE” BY AMENDING ARTICLE V ENTITLED “HEATING REGULATIONS”.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

Good afternoon,

 

Please be advised that a Municipal Operations & Public Safety Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at 5:30pm in the City Council Chambers, 4th Floor, Yonkers City Hall.

 

 

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

 

 

  1. Resolution by the City Council of Yonkers urging Mayor Mike Spano, and the Yonkers Police Department, to equip all members of the Yonkers Police Department with body cameras.
  2. Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

We respectfully request that the Administration direct the appropriate Commissioners/Department Heads or their representatives to attend the meeting to address issues on the agenda relating to their respective departmentsIn addition, we are also requesting that this meeting be televised.

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS AND YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT PROVIDE THANKSGIVING SAFETY TIPS FOR RESIDENTS

 

YONKERS, NY — November 23, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano together with Yonkers Fire Department are encouraging residents to use safe cooking practices when preparing their Thanksgiving meal this year. Additionally, residents should be advised that outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook turkey in hot oil are especially dangerous and can lead to burns, injuries and destruction of property.

 

“Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and take stock of our many blessings, which is why we’re encouraging residents to take precautionary measures and adhere to our safety tips so that you and your loved ones enjoy a joyful and safe holiday,” said Mayor Mike Spano.

 

“We’re reminding residents to be especially careful when preparing your Thanksgiving meal to avoid injury and ensure a safe and happy holiday for all. If you prefer a fried turkey on Thanksgiving, I urge you to consider specialty food retailers or restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys,” said John Darcy, Yonkers Fire Department Commissioner.

 

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) outlines a number of safe cooking practices and thanksgiving safety tips on their website, www.nfpa.org, that include:

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food
  • Remain at home while cooking your turkey and check on it frequently
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove at all times
  • Keep children away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns
  • Keep the floor clear to avoid tripping over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children storing them up high in a locked cabinet
  • Never leave children unattended in a room with a lit candle
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working; test them by pushing the test buttonYonkers Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and ConcertFriday, December 4th, 4:00pm – 6:00pmThe Annual Yonkers Tree Lighting in historic Getty Square is one of the most majestic, traditional events in the City of Yonkers.  This event, started way back when Franklin D. Roosevelt was President, has been a beacon of Yonkers’ holiday spirit for over 8 decades.  While it has become trendy for corporations to turn a Tree Lighting into an over-the-top commercial for the shopping seasons, the Downtown Yonkers ceremony focuses on traditional values of family, community, music, and free hot chocolate.The Yonkers Downtown BID and the City of Yonkers has planned a beautiful tree lighting event for December 4th, 2015.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.  After the tree lighting, stay for a holiday concert featuring Santa Claus & Friends, free giveaways, sing-alongs, and more.  “The Tree Lighting Ceremony in Getty Square represents the rich history of Yonkers, but also the recent renaissance of the entire Downtown area” says Daniel Lipka, Executive Director of the Yonkers Downtown BID.For over 100 years, Getty Square has been the center of commerce, transportation and celebrations for the entire Hudson Valley Region.  During the holiday season, hundreds of residents and visitors flock to Getty Square to witness a classic tree lighting.On Friday, December 4th, from 4pm-6pm, join Mayor Mike Spano and other public officials and community leaders to celebrate this event.  The Yonkers Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) will also recognize a local business that has given back to the community in exceptional ways.   This is just the beginning of an exciting holiday season in Downtown Yonkers, which includes the St. Nicholas Event at Philipse Manor Hall on December 5th, the WinterScape Holiday Concert on December 12th, and free visits with Santa every weekend in Getty Square.The Yonkers Annual Tree Lighting is produced by the Yonkers Downtown BID, in conjunction with the office of Mayor Mike Spano, the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreations, and Conversation, and Yonkers City Council.  We received donations from local businesses including Beyond Costumes, and C.H. Martin Department Store.We hope that everyone, young and old, can join the City of Yonkers as we light our holiday tree and celebrate our city.  Visit https://yonkersdowntown.com/tree-lighting/ for pictures, programs, and more.Event Details Address: Getty Square, Yonkers, NY (1 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701)Date: December 4th, 2015Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pmPhone: 914-966-6660www.YonkersDowntown.comPRESS RELEASE for IMMEDIATE RELEASEYonkers Supports Small Business SaturdayThe Yonkers Downtown BID lends its support to Small Business Saturday® and drives commerce to all of the small businesses in Downtown YonkersYonkers, NY– The Yonkers Downtown BID today announced its participation in this year’s Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 28th. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. 

    The Yonkers Downtown BID is working with over 250 local businesses to provide amazing products and services this holiday season.  We have posted a directory of all local business and upcoming events on our website at YonkersDowntown.com.  “This is the time of year that we really need to remember the importance of supporting local businesses.  They have been investing in our community for years and we need to remember them this holiday season.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 28th as your day to show your support and shop at a small business in your community,” says Daniel Lipka, Executive Director of Yonkers Downtown BID.

     

    We all recognize the importance of supporting small businesses in our community, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities. According to the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, as of 2014, small businesses nationwide accounted for 63% of net new private-sector jobs created and represented 99.7% of all employer firms.1

     

    Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2014, nearly 3,000 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping at small businesses around the country. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including President Obama.

     

    Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com and the official Small Business Saturday Facebook page.

     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAYOR MIKE SPANO NAMES HELIANA HIGBIE AS YONKERS’ NEW DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY

Heliana Higbie, Yonkers Director of Sustainability

 

YONKERS, NY – November 23, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced Heliana Higbie as the City’s new Director of Sustainability. In her position, Higbie will facilitate efforts to achieve Yonkers’ sustainability policy goals of improving public health and quality of life, reducing costs, and expanding access to green jobs and businesses, within municipal government, homes, neighborhoods, and businesses throughout the City.

“We are proud to welcome Heliana to the Yonkers team,” said Mayor Spano. “Heliana has a proven track record in sustainability and environmental initiatives and, as a city, we look forward to working with her as we continue our efforts to make Yonkers a greener, more sustainable place for today and future generations.”

“I look forward to continuing the enormous progress Yonkers has been making under Mayor Spano’s outstanding sustainability initiatives,” said Heliana Higbie. “My goal will be to foster a more vibrant community and a healthier City.”

Higbie joins the City of Yonkers after serving as a Sustainability Project Manager for MTA New York City Transit where she worked in the climate adaptation and mitigation capital program area to protect New York City Subway and transit assets. Higbie also worked as a Sustainability Consultant at PepsiCo SAF where her accomplishments included greening the company’s fleet and implementing a recycling program between PepsiCo, the Inter-American Development Bank and elementary schools in Bogota, Colombia. She also has served as a member of Yonkers Green City Advisory Committee for the last year. Higbie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters in Economic, Political and Sustainable Development from Columbia University.

 

Since Mayor Spano created the Director of Sustainability position in 2012 when he entered office, the City of Yonkers has launched one of the most ambitious and comprehensive energy plans of any city in New York State. Notable initiatives include the award-winning LED Street Light Replacement program which replaced 11,300 street lights with LEDs, which is expected to save taxpayers $18 million in energy costs over ten years and reduce Yonkers’ carbon footprint by 3,000 tons annually;  the passage of the Yonkers Green City Buildings Ordinance, ensuring the City designs and constructs its facilities to be sustainable; the establishment of the first Styrofoam recycling program in New York State, which has resulted in residents recycling the equivalent of 2.5 million Styrofoam coffee cups in just one year; and streamlined solar permitting, which has allowed for more solar rooftop installations in 2014 than the previous 10 years combined.

 

Heliana Higbie is expected to begin work in her new position on Monday, November 30.

 

The Buzz – Fall 2015

The Yonkers Downtown BID’s Quarterly Newsletter
Don’t Forget Small Business Saturday – Nov 28th
Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants.  There are hundreds of shops throughout Downtown Yonkers, where you can find that perfect holiday gift.  We have an online directory of stores, or just stop by and browse.
Help support local businesses, help support Yonkers!

Dear Friend,

Like the horrific murders on September 11, 2001, the November 13, 2015 attacks on the free world in Paris and Beiruit demand a swift response to eradicate those responsible. The people of Yonkers stand in solidarity with the people of France and Lebanon, as well as the victims, survivors and those families affected by this heinous act.

While we remain vigilant and support the tremendous men and women of the Yonkers Police Department for all the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep us safe, even more preventative measures must now be taken to ensure that another tragedy cannot occur here on American soil.

We are the land of the free and the home of the brave, and the recent crisis in Syria has led to an influx of refugees into our great nation. New York should be at the forefront of a dialogue on the need to secure our borders, enhance our cyber capabilities to defeat the encryption terrorists use to communicate, and increase counter-terrorism funding for intelligence fusion centers to better train and equip local law enforcement.

We must look to adopt common sense measures to establish a fool-proof vetting process to monitor and track those who seek to come. The flow of refugees into New York must be halted unless and until such time as when a vetting process has been implemented that can effectively register, monitor and track refugees and perform background checks to weed out potential threats.

Yonkers Schools Excel

Congratulations to students from Yonkers Montessori Academy and Saunders High School, who won second and third place in the Youth Business Skills Case Study Competition last week, sponsored by Morgan Stanley.
The third place finishers from Saunders HS.
This even is just one of many in the Youth Business Skills Olympics Competition sponsored by Morgan Stanley. It is a challenging endeavor that helps teach valuable job skills through real world, hands on business scenarios. We will look to honor these students at an upcoming meeting of the City Council on their great achievement.
Update on CVS / Key Food

This week, my office joined Majority Leader John Larkin and representatives of the Mayor’s office at another meeting with CVS and Key Food ownership. We were advised that in the proposed shared space, Key Food would have a 25 year lease with an option to renew for another 25 years.
Key Food has completed a market analysis of the area and has pledged to serving the needs of the community. The owner said that the square footage will be in the 15,000 square foot range.
The owner anticipates store hours to be 7am – 10pm Monday through Saturday and 7am – 9pm on Sundays. Delivery service will also be offered for residents who want their groceries delivered. In more good news, the store anticipates hiring 10 full time employees to head each of the departments or sections in the store and 90 part time employees.
CVS will not be taking possession of the property until December 3rd, at which time work on a site plan for the conversion will begin. We remain committed to seeing that the supermarket needs of northwest Yonkers are met.
Boyce Thompson Update
Fortina, an Italian restaurant, is joining the lineup at the new Boyce Thompson Center mixed-use development under construction in Northwest Yonkers.  This well known gourmet eatery has locations in Armonk, Rye Brook and recently opened in Stamford.
Other vacancies are filling up quickly. Recently, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, the largest community hospital in Westchester, announced it will be leasing the entire two-level 15,000 s/f freestanding glass and aluminum building under construction at the corner of Executive Boulevard and Executive Plaza.
The Center is being developed on the site of the former Boyce Thompson Institute. Located at the intersection of North Broadway and Executive Boulevard in Northwest Yonkers, it will include office space for business and medical use on the upper floor of the building with the front and rear grade levels housing medical offices, retail stores, banking and two restaurants. The historic Boyce Thompson building, which was built in the 1920s, will be restored to its original character.
City of Yonkers Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join us and get into the Christmas spirit at the annual City of Yonkers Tree Lighting Ceremony.
2015 Menorah Lighting Schedule 
 
For all those who celebrate, there are a number of wonderful Hanukah celebration programs that begin this weekend. See the attached flyers for more information on Menorah Lightings and the annual Menorah parade.
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO ANNOUCE YONKERS’ NEW DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY

 

After an extensive search following the departure of Brad Tito, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will announce the City’s new Director of Sustainability on Monday, November 23 at 11:30 am at City Hall (Mayor’s Reception Room, 2nd Floor, 40 South Broadway).

 

The Director of Sustainability will facilitate efforts to achieve Yonkers’ sustainability policy goals of improving public health and quality of life, reducing energy costs and expanding access to green jobs and businesses.

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

 

CITY OF YONKERS TO DEDICATE YONKERS WATERFRONT ESPLANADE IN HONOR OF FORMER MAYOR ALFRED B. DELBELLO

 

Dedication Ceremony to be held Monday, November 23 at 9:30AM at Yonkers Amphitheatre

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and local city officials will join family and friends of former Yonkers Mayor Alfred D. DelBello as the City of Yonkers dedicates a portion of the Yonkers waterfront esplanade in his honor Monday, November 23, 2015 at 9:30AM at the Yonkers Amphitheatre.

 

The Yonkers Community Development Agency (CDA) passed a resolution September 14, 2015 naming a portion of Agency owned property along the downtown Hudson River Esplanade between the mouth of the Saw Mill River and the southern end of the Scrimshaw House boardwalk in DelBello’s name. 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAYOR SPANO APPOINTS NEW TRUSTEE TO YONKERS BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Government Affairs Strategist Edgar Santana Sworn in Today as New Trustee;

Santana Replaces Former Trustee Andrew Api

 

YONKERS, NY – November 19, 2015 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced Edgar Santana as his newest appointment to the Yonkers Board of Education. As trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education, Santana will join eight other members of the Board, which is the official policy making body of the School District. The new trustee appointment comes after Trustee Andrew Api’s five year term recently expired. Santana’s five year term begins today and runs through April 30, 2020.

“As we work toward providing our students with the best education possible, I am proud to appoint Edgar Santana to the Board of Education who comes with diverse management, budgetary and supervisory skills and is in step with the needs and concerns of the District and supports our schools’ goals for our students,” said Mayor Spano.

 

“I also want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Api 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.

 

A seasoned government leader, Edgar Santana is employed by the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) in the Office of Business Development for the Eastern Region (Greater New York City, New Jersey and Delaware) where he is responsible for building positive relationships between union and contractor members.

 

Before joining LECET, Santana was the Deputy Executive Director at New York State Democratic Committee and the Northeast Political Director for the Hillary Clinton for President in her 2008 run.

 

Santana is an active community leader as well, volunteering with the Exchange Club of Yonkers, Yonkers Hispanic Advisory Board, Growing Economic Opportunities and Building the Future Foundation. Santana holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Management and a Master of Business Administration both from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University and is currently enrolled at Wilmington University studying for his second Masters in Management with a concentration in Public Administration.

“As a Yonkers resident, I am committed to the needs for an effective education system for the City of Yonkers,” said Edgar Santana. “This is a great opportunity to serve the Yonkers community and work to improve the quality of education to the levels of which we all can be proud. I want to thank Mayor Spano for his trust in my experience and leadership and I look forward to positively contributing to the Yonkers School District.”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

SCHOOL 22 AWARDED MAYOR SPANO’S SCHOOL OF THE MONTH AWARD FOR OCTOBER 2015

 

 

YONKERS, NY – November 18, 2015 – City officials gathered at School 22 today to present Mayor Spano’s School of the Month Award for October 2015 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students at School 22. Under the leadership of Principal Leslie Dildy, School 22 has created an exceptional learning environment that focuses on greater parental involvement and places an emphasis on contributing to charitable causes.

 

“As we enter the season of giving thanks, I’m proud to recognize School 22 and say thank you for all that they do for the community,” said Mayor Spano. “By recognizing the importance of giving back, the School 22 family is building a stronger Yonkers for all of us.”

 

School 22 maintains giving back to the community at the forefront of all they do. Throughout the year, students participate in several outreach programs including an annual Thanksgiving Drive, Toys for Tots Drive, Coat Drive and Pennies for Patients Initiative.

 

Another key focus at School 22 is to engage parents in the learning process, adhering to the notion that ‘education begins at home.’ School 22 directly involves parents in their children’s education through the “Welcome Wednesday” initiative that invites parents, grandparents and guardians to visit the school each week to read to their child’s class.

 

“Ensuring that our students can read – and read well – is imperative to their future success, which is why the Welcome Wednesday reading program at School 22 is so important. The school truly embraces the concept that it takes a village to raise a child and the family atmosphere at School 22 is evident and empowering,” said Dr. Michael Yazurlo, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools.

 

“On behalf of the Board of Education trustees and the administration I would like to commend School 22 on their continued achievements,” said Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh. “Under the direction of Principal Leslie Dildy, this School of the Month Award is yet another recognition for a truly deserving school.”

 

Mayor Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools.

 

Please be advised that a Real Estate Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015   6:00pm to 7:30pm, in the City Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Items:

 

  1. RESOLUTION APPROVING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR A PLANNED URBAN REDEVELOPMENT FOR THE PROPOSED COTTAGE PLACE GARDENS AT BLOCK 2094, LOTS 1, 2, 40 & 56; BLOCK 2098 LOT 1 ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS 172, 188 & 209 WARBURTON AVENUE AND 33 ASHBURTON AVENUE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE VII OF THE YONKERS ZONING CODE.

 

 

  1. RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AMENDMENT  TO A PLANNED URBAN REDEVELOPMENT SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR

PARKING BLOCK 2600, LOTS 4, 401-549 ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS 23 WATER GRANT STREET (PIERPOINTE ON THE

HUDSON CONDOMINIUM AKA SCRIMSHAW HOUSE) PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 43, ARTICLE VII AND ARTICLE IX OF THE

YONKERS ZONING CODE.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

Please be advised that a Real Estate Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015   6:00pm to 7:30pm, in the City Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Items:

 

  1. RESOLUTION APPROVING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR A PLANNED URBAN REDEVELOPMENT FOR THE PROPOSED COTTAGE PLACE GARDENS AT BLOCK 2094, LOTS 1, 2, 40 & 56; BLOCK 2098 LOT 1 ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS 172, 188 & 209 WARBURTON AVENUE AND 33 ASHBURTON AVENUE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE VII OF THE YONKERS ZONING CODE.

 

 

  1. RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AMENDMENT  TO A PLANNED URBAN REDEVELOPMENT SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR

PARKING BLOCK 2600, LOTS 4, 401-549 ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS 23 WATER GRANT STREET (PIERPOINTE ON THE

HUDSON CONDOMINIUM AKA SCRIMSHAW HOUSE) PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 43, ARTICLE VII AND ARTICLE IX OF THE

YONKERS ZONING CODE.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

November /

   Blue Door Art Center
 
Holiday Art Show!

Greetings!

Calling all volunteers!
If you would like to get more involved with Blue Door Art Center, we will be hanging for the holiday show this week: Tuesday, November 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th 10-4:00.
Volunteers will receive one free year of membership at BDAC. Food and drinks provided.
Stop by, try your hand at hanging and enjoy the comradery of working together.
Your friends at the Blue Door Art Center.
Holiday Art Show and Boutique
Saturday, November 21st-Tuesday, December 22nd
Opening Reception, November 21st 2-6:00 p.m.
Additional Holiday hours –

Monday December 21st and Tuesday 22nd 3-8:00

                                Cynthia McCusker                      Louis Valezquez-earrings
  Mini-McCusker’s on a string
Blue Door Gallery is hosting its Annual Holiday Art Show and Boutique!
There will be a wide range of gifts to choose from-jewelry, scarves, zentangle notecards and more. On display will be one of a kind, hand crafted items.
Artists from far and near will be sharing their talent with the gallery, helping you celebrate the holiday spirit.
Peruse the gallery for that perfect jewel for your loved ones. Enjoy some
egg nog and shop; not only will you find the perfect gift, you will be supporting local artists!
About Us

Blue Door Gallery presents widely attended and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibitions in a welcoming environment. BDG publishes books on many of its outstanding exhibitions and makes available the chap books of our poets.

 

Other community art programs at the gallery include monthly “Open Stage” performances, poetry writing workshops, art themed videos, art classes, performances and other special events.

Enjoy upcoming events, such as ArtSpeak/From Page to Performance on Saturday, December 5th from 1:30-5:00. $20/BDAC Members, $25/BDAC non-members.
The Blue Door Art Center initiates many public art projects including the installation of sculpture along the Yonkers Esplanade and in other locations. BDAC has been a fixture at Yonkers “Riverfest” for many years and conducts  workshops and events in locations throughout the city. BDAA is now in the process of installing artwork in vacant storefronts throughout Downtown Yonkers and partnering with Greyston Foundation to provide special art experiences for children in their Child Care Center.
SPECIAL THANKS to our Generous and Supportive Sponsors
 
 

sponsor logos 2015

Not an art-maker?  Be an art-lover and supporter  You may find something that 

catches your eye and feeds your soul.
If you or your creative friends have workshop ideas or would like to share your craft,

feel free to email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org and we will respond asap.

 

Arle´ Sklar-Weinstein, Gallery and Art Center Director

Luis Perelman, Art Association and Art Center Director

Robin Hutchinson, Gallery Manager

Naajidah Correll, Assistant Manager

Hector Santiago, Outreach Coordinator

 

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YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO PRESENT OCTOBER SCHOOL OF THE MONTH AWARD TO SCHOOL 22

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will present the Yonkers Public School of the Month Award for October 2015 to School 22 on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:30AM in the school’s gymnasium (1408 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers) highlighting School 22’s commitment to greater parental involvement in the school and focus on charitable acts throughout the year.

 

Created in January 2014, Mayor Spano’s School of the Month Award recognizes the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff. Learn more at www.yonkersny.gov/school.

This Week in Downtown Yonkers

Monthly ARTY Gathering
at Yonkers Brewing Co.  ARTY is an informal, social monthly gathering of people interested in seeing more arts and culture in Yonkers. They meet the second Tuesday of every month. Check out ARTY Arts Round Table Yonkers on Facebook or email ARTYonkers@gmail.com to get on their mailing list to be notified about upcoming gatherings.
November 10th, 7pm.
                                                       Yonkers Brewing Company, 92 Main Street, Yonkers
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
With so many restaurants participating there is something for everyone! Be it date night, corporate lunch, girls’ night out and more. Browse this list of Restaurants and map out your dining today.
Support local businesses and your community.
November 2nd – 15th.
Yonkers Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Yonkers Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 11AM at Yonkers Veterans Memorial, located on the South Broadway entrance of City Hall.
More info.
Yonkers Comedy Festival

LINEUP

Mike Cannon, Johnny Watson, Tommy Gooch, Dennis Rooney, Dan LaMorte,
Robin Siegel Lakin, Damo Hicks, Jeffrey Gurian, Tom Grossi, and JC Knows Best.
No cover!
November 11th, 7:30pm.
Second Annual Tour of Downtown Yonkers
Yonkers Committee for Smart Development will host “Inside Out: Spectacular Interiors” a walk in historic downtown Yonkers.  More info.

Yonkers Committee for Smart Development (YCSD) was formed in 2007 by Yonkers residents interested in developing a more direct community involvement with the redevelopment plans unfolding for downtown Yonkers.

November 14, 10:30 am – 2 pm.
Starting Point: Manor Bagels Café, 46 Warburton Avenue (in the Philipse Manor Historic District)
There are so many more great events this week and planned in the future.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAYOR MIKE SPANO & YONKERS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ANNOUNCE ‘YONKERS RECYCLES DAY’

On Saturday, November 14, Residents Can Drop Off Bulk Items at Three City Locations from 9:00am to 2:00pm

YONKERS, NY – November 10, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Department of Public Works today announced that ‘Yonkers Recycles Day’ will take place on Saturday, November 14th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at three locations throughout the City.

On Yonkers Recycles Day, residents will be able to drop off Styrofoam and e-waste, meaning anything with a cord, such as washing machines and electronics, at Yonkers Middle High School (150 Rockland Ave), and the Westchester County Material Recovery Facility (MRF) (northbound side of New York State Thruway across from Home Depot). Residents may also bring items to the Recycling Center (735 Saw Mill River Road) as normal. For more information on what items the Recycling Center accepts, visit www.yonkersny.gov/recycle.

“It can be very refreshing to do some ‘fall cleaning’ and rid our homes of items that we no longer use. Yonkers Recycles Day is an opportunity to get rid of bulk items like old computers and electronics while still being sustainable and environment friendly. We can all do our part to contribute to a greener Yonkers,” said Mayor Mike Spano.

As part of Yonkers Recycles Day, residents can schedule a metal bulk pick-up at their residence. Residents can place one bulk item at the curb for pick-up; no more than six families per residence will be allowed to participate. No wood or furniture will be accepted as part of the metal bulk pick-up. To make an appointment, please call 377-4357 no later than Thursday, November 12.

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

Since the City of Yonkers initiated its Styrofoam recycling program in 2014, residents have recycled the equivalent of 2.5 million Styrofoam coffee cups.

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

CITY OF YONKERS TO HOST ANNUAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

 

The City of Yonkers will join local veterans in recognition of the City’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, November 11 at 11:00 am at Veterans Memorial Plaza on South Broadway in Yonkers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS OFFICE FOR THE AGING TO HOST ALZHEIMER’S INFORMATION SESSION

YONKERS, NY – November 9, 2015 – Mayor Mike Spano announced today that Yonkers Office for the Aging will partner with the Hudson Valley chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association to hold an Alzheimer’s information session. The session will take place on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 11AM at Peter Chema Community Center (435 Riverdale Ave). The event is free and open to the public, especially Yonkers seniors, their families and caregivers.

“Navigating Alzheimer’s disease at any stage can be scary for senior residents and their loved ones but you don’t have to go through it alone,” said Mayor Spano. “The Alzheimer’s Association is a wonderful source of reliable information, education and support and we are proud to partner with them to provide our residents with the resources they might be looking for.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease; symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Though there is no current cure, treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

Please RSVP your attendance by calling the Yonkers Office for the Aging  at (914) 377-6826.

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MAYOR SPANO WELCOMES YONKERS WWII VETERANS TO CITY HALL FOR HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT SEND OFF

 

Mayor Spano to Present Seven Yonkers WWII Veterans with Distinguished Service Medals and Certificates

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will welcome a group of seven World War II Veterans to the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:30am to present Distinguished Service medals and certificates honoring their service and sacrifice.

 

The group will be participating in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, an all-expense paid day-long trip to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. departing from Westchester County airport on Saturday, November 7. Hudson Valley Honor Flight occurs multiple times a year out of Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. 

Dear Friend,

Happy Halloween! I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Remember, a curfew will be in effect for children under 12 starting at 10 p.m., for children 12-13 at 10:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. for children 14-16, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
I wish you a happy, safe Halloween, with all of your little ghosts and goblins!
Nepperhan Avenue A&P
With the bankruptcy of Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, or A&P, northwest Yonkers could be losing its only supermarket, as the 1233 Nepperhan Avenue store is currently slated to be sold to CVS.
Last week, I wrote a letter to the Judge hearing the bankruptcy case, who has the option to award that store to the alternate bidder, Key Foods. You can read a copy of the letter yourself by clicking the image on the right.
Every neighborhood deserves its own grocery store. This is not just a matter of convenience, it is a matter of need as many local residents, particularly seniors, rely on that store for their food shopping. There are dozens of workers who stand to be laid off if the store is permanently closed and converted to a non-grocery store use.
We held a rally this past weekend to keep that location as a grocery store. It was well attended, and the Judge has taken notice. We are hopeful that a solution will be reached to keep a grocery store at that location.
Also, a special thank you to Majority Leader John Larkin for spearheading the rally.
2015 Sports Hall of Fame 
One of Yonkers own came back to where he grew up to be inducted into the Yonkers Sports Hall of Fame last week. Dr. Richard A. Hill, a graduate of Yonkers Public Schools, started his coaching career as a Head Coach of Cross Country and Track and Field at Florida A & M from 1962 to 1964, where the University won a National title and back-to-back conference titles. Dr. Hill returned to Southern University to coach track from 1964 to 1972 and moved on to San Diego State University from 1972 to 1981. He later coached at the University of Lousiville and was Director of Athletics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Congratulations, Dr. Hill. You’ve done Yonkers proud.
Polish Heritage Month Celebration
This week, the City Council held its annual Polish Heritage month festivities. Congratulations to Alina Gauza, Westchester’s Parade Grand Marshal, Karolina Fik, Miss Polonia 2015, and Paulina Ledwon, Junior Miss Polonia 2015.
Untermyer Gardens Tour
This week I toured Untermyer Gardens with Stephen Byrns, Chairman of the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy. Working with the City, the Conservancy has facilitated the restoration of Samuel Untermyer’s famed gardens in Yonkers, New York. Together, we have been slowly reviving these long-neglected grounds, transforming the ruins into a dazzling display of architectural and landscaping splendor for the public to enjoy.
The new restoration of the spectacular, now more than 40 acres overlooking the Hudson River, is something to behold as you can see from these photos. It is a truly amazing place that I hope you will share with your family and friends and enjoy together, especially now with all the beautiful fall foliage and colors.

What a great view of the Palisades! It reminds us of how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful City. As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAYOR SPANO & YONKERS THRIVES PARTNERSHIP TARGET KINDERGARTEN READINESS AS A CRADLE TO CAREER OUTCOME FOR YONKERS STUDENTS

Yonkers Thrives Partnership Also Names Margie Schustack as New Partnership Director to Promote Collective Impact in Improving the Education and Life-Long Success of Yonkers Students

YONKERS, NY – October 29, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the Leadership Council of the Yonkers Thrives Partnership today announced they have identified kindergarten readiness as a key cradle to career outcome which contributes to Yonkers students’ current performance rates and challenges. The Yonkers Thrives Partnership, which is a public-private community-wide effort to improve the education and life-long success for children and youth in Yonkers, now will identify and scale successful strategies involving kindergarten readiness to best prepare them for their school career. The Partnership also announced today the appointment of Margie Schustack as the new partnership director of Yonkers Thrives.

“A child’s earliest years present an important window of opportunity to best prepare them for their academic career,” said Mayor Spano. “Research has shown us that access to affordable and high-quality preschool and prekindergarten (pre-K) may contribute to a reduction in school readiness inequality, which can narrow disparities in academic achievement. Yonkers Thrives’ focus on our most impressionable children can lead to very profound results and I look forward to working with the Partnership in creating a brighter future for Yonkers’ children.”

“Nearly half of all students who enter Kindergarten in our country are underprepared,” said Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of The State University of New York. “As Yonkers Thrives Partnership continues to make excellent progress toward their goals for improving educational outcomes for students from cradle to career, this targeted attention on kindergarten readiness is precisely on point.”

Yonkers Public Schools (YPS) has cited that students who participated in a full-day pre-K program administered by YPS demonstrated significantly higher English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics proficiency rates in grades 3 through 8, specifically for economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and limited English proficient students. Even more, compared to students who did not participate in full-day YPS pre-K, students who attended full-day pre-K in Yonkers had a graduation rate 12% points higher than those students who did not attend pre-K in Yonkers.

“With the restoration of full-day prekindergarten, we, once again, have the ability to provide our students with a strong academic foundation,” noted Dr. Michael Yazurlo, Superintendent of Schools.  “This foundation will support the District’s ambitious goal that 90% of all students, in each grade kindergarten to two, will demonstrate one year of reading growth as assessed by the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.  By providing a universal focus on early childhood readiness through Yonkers Thrives our students can attain this outcome.  The long-term effect, improved student achievement and ultimately college preparedness.”

“Kindergarten readiness is paramount, if we want children to be successful in their school career,” said Alana Sweeny, President and CEO or United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “The sad fact is that many children from economically challenged families start school as much as two years behind their peers. This must and can change. As a community working together, business, schools, nonprofits and government, we have the ability to bring our knowledge, resources and commitment to educational equality.”

Michael Sabatino, Yonkers City Council Minority Leader and Education Committee Chair said, “As a member of the Leadership Council, I am happy Yonkers Thrives, with its members’ support, will address the many needs of our students.  It will focus in on Kindergarten readiness and proficiency in reading at Grade level 3 amongst other priorities that the leadership will define in the coming months.”

Yonkers Thrives Partnership Director

Yonkers Thrives also today announced Margie Schustack as the new partnership director of Yonkers Thrives. Schustack will work with the Leadership Council and others to develop, coordinate and implement the completion of the strategies and goals put forth by the Yonkers Thrives Partnership. As director, she is responsible for day to day operations of the initiative, convening action teams, monitoring data to measure the success of their stated goals and make adjustments to continually improve the impact of the initiative. Schustack will be employed by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, which serves as the fiscal agent of Yonkers Thrives.

“I welcome Margie to the Yonkers Thrives Partnership and am excited we have an experienced leader who has the skill set to rally the efforts of our community in identifying and bridging the gaps that may exist in our children’s education,” commented Mayor Spano.

Margie Schustack joins Yonkers Thrives after recently working as a marketing and communications specialist at LiveOn NY, formerly Council of Senior Centers and Services. For the last 30 years, she also worked as a Vice President of Marketing Operations at John Wiley & Sons in Hoboken, NJ which focused on information and education in scientific, technical, medical, research, business, professional development and trade. Schustack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Education from Lehman College.

Margie Schustack commented, “I am excited to use my skills and experience in both the business and nonprofit sectors to help make an impact for the children of Yonkers. The fact that we are using a collective impact approach to bring our community together, and using key performance data to inform all our decisions makes what we are doing truly powerful with the ability to have a lasting impact on the Yonkers community.”

Community Support

As part of the community-wide support of Yonkers Thrives, Regus, located at Ridge Hill shopping center, will provide free flexible workspace and meeting space to the director for Yonkers Thrives for one year. Forest City Ratner, property owner of Ridge Hill, also will provide free parking to the new director for a year.

Mayor Spano added, “Regus and our friends at Forest City Ratner have exhibited true leadership in offering in-kind services for Yonkers Thrives. Our hope is that other local businesses will view their good will as a call to arms for Yonkers school children, and they also will pledge to provide support necessary to make Yonkers Thrives a sustainable operation for many years to come.”

“Capturing a child at the Pre-K level is the surest way to secure their future success — a success that not only benefits the individual child, but the entire community. Ridge Hill enthusiastically supports the goals of the Yonkers Thrives Leadership Council and congratulates Mayor Spano for bringing this valuable program to Yonkers,” said Kathryn Welch, Executive Vice President for Retail Development, Forest City Ratner Companies.

Allen Whiley, Area Director of Regus said, “As a corporate citizen in Yonkers, we are happy to support Yonkers Thrives by providing them with the workspace they need to help them be successful in their mission to support the children of this community.”

About Yonkers Thrives Partnership

Yonkers Thrives Partnership recognizes the socioeconomic, health and educational challenges many students face will require the entire community to play a role. Since coming together in 2013, Yonkers Thrives partners have identified and prioritized the challenges their students are confronted with from the moment they are born, through college, to their career. Yonkers Thrives Partnership is focused on advancing student outcomes by building a network that utilizes available data and community resources to achieve prioritized goals. Yonkers Thrives is an official member of the StriveTogether network and the SUNY New York State Cradle to Career Alliance.  For more information, visit www.yonkersthrives.org.

 

About Regus Regus is the global leader in flexible workspace that can accommodate any size organization – from solopreneurs, to start-ups and from small- to medium-sized enterprises to global corporations. Regus offers a community of collaborative, flexible spaces to fit any budget. Regus’ breadth of offerings includes fully furnished offices, open and shared working areas, drop-in business lounges and meeting rooms. Regus customers have the freedom to book space for any period of time. The Regus network includes more than 3,000 business centers in 900 cities and 120 countries. Two million customers visit a Regus location each day, enabling them to work whenever and wherever they need to. Companies such as Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline, to name a few, outsource their workspace needs to Regus so that their businesses can be more flexible and successful.  Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.regus.com.

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NEPPERHAN COMMUNITY CENTER TO ANNOUNCE NEW HEALTHY MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Federally Funded Initiative Aims to Develop and Support Healthy Relationships and Life Skills for At-Risk Youth

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join Nepperhan Community Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Bostic, local officials and community leaders today, October 30 at 1:30 pm at Nepperhan Community Center (342 Warburton Ave.) to announce the Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Program (HMREP), which has received a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop and support economic self-sufficiency, healthy marriage, relationship and parenting skills for 500 at-risk youth, ages 16-24.

 

The goals of HMREP include improving the financial stability and mobility of the at-risk youth; to improve their parenting skills; their financial management skills; the ability to manage conflicts and relationships effectively; to support defining and pursuing career ambition and to assist youth successfully transition to young adulthood by strengthening their relationship skills and their employability.

 

Nepperhan Community Center will serve as the lead agency which will target communities in Yonkers, Greenburgh, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe and White Plains.

Please be advised that the scheduled Real Estate Committee Meeting for Wed. Nov. 4th has been changed to Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015  at 6:00pm, in the City Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Items:

  1. Resolution approving the recommendation of the Landmarks Preservation Board and designating an area of the City of Yonkers

‘The Richard HAAS Mural Historical District’  pursuant to section 45-5(J) of the code of the City of Yonkers.

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

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

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

 

Thank you,

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” ~ Willy Wonka

Happy Halloween from the Yonkers Downtown BID

7th Annual Yonkers Pet Parade
October 31, 2015.  1pm.
All Pets Welcome

Yonkers Halloween Parade in Downtown Yonkers

The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID
15 Main Street, Yonkers NY 10701

914-969-6660  info@yonkersdowntown.com

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” ~ Willy Wonka
Happy Halloween from the Yonkers Downtown BID

7th Annual Yonkers Pet Parade
October 31, 2015.  1pm.
All Pets Welcome

Yonkers Halloween Parade in Downtown Yonkers

The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID
15 Main Street, Yonkers NY 10701

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS INVESTS IN NEW SNOW PLOWS TO REPLACE DECADES-OLD EQUIPMENT

 

City of Yonkers purchases 16 new snow plows, replacing aging vehicles

 

Yonkers, NY – October 26, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Department of Public Works (DPW) Commissioner Tom Meier today unveiled 16 new snow plows the City recently purchased to enhance its snow and ice control efforts. The new trucks will replace older vehicles in DPW’s fleet, some of which are more than 25 years old. Mayor Spano credited the City’s financial position with its ability to make investments in infrastructure and equipment.

 

“Everything relates to the City’s financial position,” Mayor Mike Spano said. “When your finances are strong, banks compete to purchase City bonds, as we’ve seen in Yonkers. That drives down rates, which saves millions in taxpayer dollars, and gives us the ability to make the infrastructure improvements that result in a higher quality of life.”

 

Over the last three years, the City has made major investments in infrastructure. In 2014, Yonkers became one of the first cities in the region to replace its streetlights with energy efficient LEDs, saving taxpayers $18 million in energy costs over ten years; last year, the City replaced 30,000 aging water meters with new, state-of-the-art equipment that will ensure customers receive timely and accurate readings; and this year the City invested $8 million to repave City streets.

 

The 16 new plows and salters, which cost $2.3 million, will allow DPW to take several of its older vehicles offline, while others will be repurposed to serve other functions including street brining. DPW utilizes a fleet of 32 large trucks and 15 small trucks that salt and plow streets during winter storms. DPW crews clear more than 650 lane miles of roads, 450 dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs and 100 bridges.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

CITY OF YONKERS ISSUES HALLOWEEN CURFEW FOR CHILDREN 16 AND UNDER

Mayor Spano Advises Residents on Halloween Safety Tips

YONKERS, NY — October 28, 2015 – In order to provide for a safe and enjoyable holiday, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that Yonkers will issue a citywide curfew for children 16 years of age and younger on Halloween night, October 31.

“Halloween is a fun holiday meant to be enjoyed by all, which is why we are taking a proactive approach in providing a safe Halloween for our communities,” said Mayor Spano. “In addition to the curfew, we also encourage all parents to be mindful of their children’s activities that evening so our trick-or-treaters have a happy – and safe – Halloween this year.”

As part of the curfew, the Yonkers Police Department advises children 12 and younger must be home by 10PM, children ages 12 to 13 must be home by 10:30PM, and those 14 to 16 years old must return home by 11PM. The curfew is extended to 6AM to individuals based on the following exceptions:

  • Unless accompanied by parent or guardian
  • On errand with parental permission with prior notice to Police Community Affairs Division
  • Half hour after the end of school, religious and volunteer public entertainment no later than 12:30AM unless police are notified by host organization 24 hours in advance
  • Half hour after work, with proof from employer
  • All youngsters 16 and under not subject to curfew if on or immediately next to their home (and if neighbor does not object)

Violators to the curfew will be taken to the nearest Yonkers Police Precinct and parents/guardian will be notified. For more information about the Halloween curfew, contact the Yonkers Police Department at 914-377-7375.

“We are asking for parents to help make this Halloween a safe and enjoyable day for all involved,” said Charles Gardner, Yonkers Police Commissioner.  “Please know where your children are and make sure that they are home by the designated times of the curfew.”

The City of Yonkers is issues Halloween safety tips for parents and trick-or-treaters, including:

Parents

  • Arrange for an adult to accompany trick-or-treaters
  • Know the route your child will travel and give him or her a curfew
  • Be sure children can see through their masks. Costumes should be easy to see, either made from light colors or marked for nighttime with reflective tap
  • Dispose of unwrapped candy or candy that appears altered

 

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Don’t eat anything from trick-or-treat bag before your parents have looked at it
  • Always stay with people who you know, and stay in your own neighborhood.
  • Tell your parents where you are trick-or-treating, and stay away from dark streets and buildings.

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO UNVEIL NEW FLEET OF SNOW PLOWS AND SALTERS AS WINTER SEASON NEARS

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the City Council and Department of Public Works Commissioner Tom Meier will unveil the City’s new fleet of 16 snow plows and salters on today, October 26 at 1:30 pm at the DPW Service Center, 1130 Nepperhan Avenue.

 

The City purchased 11 new large trucks and 5 new small trucks to replace aging equipment. The new trucks join the City’s snow fleet which includes a total of 32 large trucks and 15 small trucks. During a winter storm, DPW maintains 650 lane miles of road, 450 dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs and 100 bridges.

 

Learn more about the City’s snow response efforts at www.yonkersny.gov/snow.

 
ZUMBA IN THE STREET 
in support of Breast Cancer awareness month!
October 28th, 5:30pm

66 Main Street,

Yonkers, NY 10701
Join us for a complimentary evening of Zumba and dance for a great cause!
Please contact Retro Fitness Yonkers for more information.
Free Event Oct. 28: Zumba® for Breast Cancer Awareness in Downtown Yonkers
Yonkers Downtown BID and Retro Fitness Team for
2nd Annual Outdoor Zumba for Breast Cancer Awareness Experience
Downtown Yonkers’ businesses are inviting the local community to participate in the 2nd Annual Outdoor Zumba® for Breast Cancer Awareness Experience. Held October 28, the free event is hosted by Retro Fitness and the Yonkers Downtown BID, who encourage participants to wear pink and have fun dancing in the streets, while learning about ways to reduce the risk and detect breast cancer early.
The Zumba class will take place in front of 66 Main Street and begins at 6 p.m. EDT, with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. A healthy activity for people of all ages, Zumba is a popular aerobic fitness program known for its fun, high-energy workouts.
Retro Fitness Yonkers will accept donations for a local breast cancer chapter. Those interested in donating can provide funds during registration. Participants must bring a photo ID. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more details and updates, visit www.YonkersDowntown.com, call Retro Fitness at (914) 207-7981 or email info@yonkersdowntown.com.

YoFi Fest is the Yonkers Film Festival. It’s four days of watching, talking and thinking about movies. It is cinema for the sixth borough. It’s a place where audiences and filmmakers get to talk (just not during the movies). The 3rd annual festival will take place October 22-25, 2015.

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Location: Yonkers Riverfront Library 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers NY 10701
Get your YoFi Fest tickets here.
Thursday 10.22
On the opening night of this year’s third annual festival we will be screening Erik Greenberg Anjou’s documentary DELI MAN, which takes a look at the vanishing traditional New York Jewish delicatessen and the characters who run them.  Your ticket also includes joining us in the atrium before the screening to celebrate the culture and cuisine of this film by helping to judge our friendly “Best Pastrami” contest with delicious tastings from Liebman’s Kosher DelicatessenHarry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co. and Ben’s Kosher Restaurant Delicatessen Bar & Caterers.  Also, live music from The Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music and beverages from Yonkers Brewing Company and Nahmias et Fils!
Friday 10.23
Friday night begins once again with our Red Carpet Reception!  A fun photo op with hors d’oeuvres by Peter Kelly’s X2O, sweets by Anna Artuso’s Pastry Shop, signature cocktails from Slovenia Vodka and beer courtesy ofYonkers Brewing Company.  Then, we’re proud to present Bill Murray in the award winning ST. VINCENT with a few words from the film’s Executive Producer (and former Yonkers resident!) G. Mac Brown.  After the movie, it’s off to the after-party hosted by Zuppa restaurant!
Saturday 10.24
Saturday once again starts off with our FREE programs! For families, we present short films from The Brooklyn Film Festival’s kidsfilmfest. For older audiences, we’re also screening HBO’s SHOW ME A HERO. At noon Saturday becomes YoFi Funny on the main screen with the Upright Citizens Brigade’s UCB Comedy Shorts Showcase, the stand-up documentary THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING with a Q&A with filmmaker Negin Farsad and concluding with ADULT BEGINNERS (filmed right here in Westchester with Nick Kroll!). All afternoon our other screening rooms will be presenting shorts, features and student works, including a DIY (Done In Yonkers) showcase. The evening ends with an after-party on 66Main‘s roof top lounge.
Sunday 10.25
FREE family films from The Brooklyn Film Festival’s kidsfilmfest and a workshop by the Jacob Burns Film Center.  Starting at noon, its YoFi Doc Day with documentary shorts and features showcasing a wide range of subjects and styles.  We’re also offering a World Cinema Showcase featuring films from Europe, Asia, Russia, Iran, Canada and Australia, as well as a DIY (Done In Yonkers) showcase from right here in our own backyard.  The festival closes with The award-winning documentary HOMME LESS  presented by The Picture House and followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and star. The festival wraps up with an after-party in the lounge at Dolphin.
Other Events Coming Up in Downtown Yonkers
10.31: Halloween parties at Zuppa, Yonkers Brewing Co., Beczak, & more
So many more events at http://yonkersdowntown.com/calendar/
Presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

CITY OF YONKERS RELEASES FINAL REPORT ON HISTORIC INTER-MUNICIPAL AGREEMENT WITH THE YONKERS BOARD OF EDUCATION

Consolidation of Services Between City and Board of Education Provided More than $9 Million in Administrative Savings

YONKER, NY — October 22, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today released the final report on the City’s Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) with the Yonkers Board of Education (BOE), outlining the results of the first of its kind, large scale merger of the administrative operations between a New York State dependent school district and its host municipality. Resulting in greater operational efficiencies, the 2014 IMA led to the successful merger of five non-academic, administrative departments over the course of the year. As a result, the consolidation of services Between City and Board of Education provided more than $9 million in administrative savings.

“As a City, we devised a multi-faceted solution to address a devastating blow to the Yonkers Public Schools in 2014 – an overstatement of $55 million in revenue,” said Mayor Spano. “The potential threat to cut educational programs for 27,000 students and their families jeopardized not only the Yonkers School District, but the city itself. Together, working with the State, our Board of Trustees, School Superintendent and our local leaders, we accomplished one of the biggest cost savings programs in city history and now have become a model for other municipalities statewide. We are determined, as a City, to continue and build upon the IMA’s successes.”

In less than one year, the City of Yonkers guided the merger of five non-academic departments of the Yonkers Board of Education – Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Public Information and Law. During the period of April 1, 2014 and March 6, 2015, the City planned and physically relocated personnel of the organizations to blend workforces in the consolidated departments. Specifically, the City’s and the BOE’s Public Information (PIO) functions were merged into expanded space at Yonkers City Hall while the personnel in the City’s Finance, Human Resources and Law Departments relocated to expanded work space at the BOE headquarters. Additionally, the City identified the need to merge the City and BOE’s print shops and records centers in an effort to free up prime office space at Larkin Center and use meaningful paper reduction/records digitizing protocol, both resulting in a new single leased space to house all City/BOE records and printing.

Function-specific accomplishments from the consolidation of the departments include:

Finance –

  • Director of Accounting was hired to provide better oversight, coordination and accountability for the City’s finances; two Chief Accountants with dedicated functions on City & BOE finances ; both have led to greater transparency and better cash flow monitoring that produced less borrowing and cost savings on the debt service interest
  • New Medicaid Finance Unit was established  allowing for improved efficiencies in staffing and cost savings for Special Education
  • Yonkers Public Schools (YPS) consultant transitioned functions and historical knowledge to a member of the Finance department resulting in savings in BOE annual fees and overtime costs
  • Purchasing  modifications were made  to enhance the productivity of staff and to improve the recordkeeping as it related to BOE contracts as YPS contracts are now also reviewed and formally approved by the City’s Board of Contract and Supply – this allows for confirmation of appropriate procurement processes, funding availability and budget lines
  • Commenced the replacement outdated financial computer system which serves both the City and YPS with New World, which is utilized in municipalities and school districts around the country, which will generate long-range savings in excess of $10 million
  • Reduce Budget staff from eight to six by transition two analysts position to understaffed functions elsewhere in the Finance Department, savings on wages and associated fringe benefits

Human Resources (HR) –

  • Assigning of existing HR Deputy Commissioner and HR Manager additional duties to fill supervision and support gaps  in the BOE Certified , NON- Certified and Benefits Units; all work is now reviewed and approved/denied by management
  • City’s HR Labor Specialist was assigned the function of reviewing all unemployment insurance benefit claims and challenging when necessary; to date, the City has won 82% of all challenged claims, relieving the BOE of an unnecessary financial burden
  • Aesop, a new teacher absence/substitute placement program, was implemented for the 2015-2016 budget which is expected to generate additional savings in staff time and resources

Information Technology –

  • IT Network Support and Date Processing have been incorporated into the City’s management structure and being supervised and directed by City management so that project selection and prioritization is now undertaken with the ability to draw from a larger pool of resources with varied and additional skills

Public Information –

  • YPS graphics team now serves the development needs of both the City and YPS, enabling both to produce high quality communications materials for all constituents.
  • Streamlining of YPS website, with the goal of reducing overall costs, and enabling uniform management protocols to be put in place

Law –

  • YPS is now assigned three full time, seasoned attorneys to handle the day to day legal operations for the YPS without further increase to the Law Department staff, eliminating a previously contracted private law firm and saving approximately 32% of the previous YPS legal budget

According to Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh, “the necessity for the IMA was clear and the result was effective. The Trustees continue to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to establish policies that improve and drive the academic, social and emotional education programs and services for all Yonkers’ students.  The successful merger of the non-academic business functions was accomplished through cooperative consultation with the Mayor and his staff.  Specifically, the merged Finance Department demonstrated the effective collective resolve of the City and Board to seek out every available financial resource for education.”

“The Board of Education and City administrative staffs worked diligently over the past year, and continue to do so, to understand the complex management of New York State’s fourth largest school district,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Yazurlo.  “Our success is the result of the daily conversations between Mayor Spano and I; we understood we were breaking new ground and welcomed the challenge.  Everyone is determined to improve how we manage available resources to achieve the greatest impact for direct educational services for Yonkers children.”

Michael Sabatino, Yonkers City Council Minority Leader and Education Committee Chair added, “I am pleased what all these results have been garnered.   I am particularly happy that the Finance Department has been effective in managing this merger, allowing us to get a better perspective on the whole financial status of the Board of Education.”

For the complete report on the Inter-Municipal Agreement between the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers Board of Education, visit www.yonkersny.gov/IMA.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MAYOR SPANO & PURCHASE COLLEGE OPEN NEW CENTER FOR COMMUNITY AND CULTURE IN YONKERS WATERFRONT DISTRICT

 

Center to Provide Arts and Educational Programs for Students and Public

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Purchase College, State University of New York officially open new Purchase College Center for Community and Culture (PC4) in Yonkers Waterfront District

 

YONKERS, NY – October 21, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Purchase College, State University of New York President Thomas J. Schwarz today officially opened the new Purchase College Center for Community and Culture (PC4) at 16 Warburton Avenue in the Yonkers Waterfront District. The Center will offer college students the opportunity to undertake urban projects as part of their studies, as well as youth and adult arts and English classes for Yonkers residents.

 

“Today’s opening of PC4 offers a vibrant hub of programming in the arts and effective social activism to Yonkers, which is a true benefit to the youth of our city,” said Mayor Spano. “We are proud to have Purchase College as a partner as we continue our cradle to career approach in providing our city’s youth with the resources necessary to support their success into adulthood. We thank Purchase College for its commitment to our residents and students – this is another great step in our revitalization efforts to the waterfront district community.”

 

Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz said, “We look forward to providing the neighborhood with high-quality arts and educational programming through the Purchase College Center for Community and Culture in Yonkers. We hope that PC4 will help foster public engagement and will serve as a cultural anchor for the downtown area. We’re grateful to Mayor Spano for his vision and determination to revitalize this diverse and vibrant community.” 

The Purchase College Center for Community & Culture (PC4), occupying 4,000 square feet, is intended to drive social impact and relevance focusing on how artists, designers, scholars, students and local organizations can act as agents of urban recovery and community empowerment. The City of Yonkers granted Purchase College $300,000 in Community Block Grant funds in support of PC4.

Purchase College will engage with local residents in three program areas:  

·         Education Programs: workshops, adult classes, youth classes, and long-term apprenticeship programs (semester length/summer length programs)

·         Critical Inquiry and Creative Engagement: local residents work collaboratively with the two campus communities through workshops, courses, and public programs.

·         Ongoing cultural events, performances, screenings, and exhibitions: free public programs that relate to the initiatives listed above. Art and lectures on a variety of topics will be presented for interaction, involvement and reaction by the local population and creative communities. 

Currently, PC4 is conducting The Arts for Social Change class instructed by Assistant Professor Chris Robbins and member of the world-renown arts group, Ghana Think Tank. The class is a laboratory in which Purchase students engage with the local community. Public art is used in this course to promote community engagement and cross-cultural interaction. Students use established, recognized methods of collaboration to explore local community issues, concluding with the physical implementation and exhibition of student-led solutions.

 

Purchase College will roll out a series of community programs between now and spring 2016 including a peace workshop in collaboration with multiple SUNY campuses and a graduate student fellowship program geared to build partnerships with Yonkers residents.

 

Purchase College opens space in the Yonkers waterfront district just weeks after College of New Rochelle opened an annex on Ashburton Avenue, making the College the second higher education institution to invest in west Yonkers this year.

 

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

MAYOR SPANO AND PURCHASE COLLEGE TO CUT RIBBON ON NEW COMMUNITY & CULTURE CENTER IN YONKERS WATERFRONT DISTRICT

 

Mayor Mike Spano will join representatives from Purchase College, State University of New York today, October 21 at 2:30PM at 16 Warburton Ave. at 2:30PM to officially open the new Purchase College Center for Community & Culture (PC4), which will offer college students the opportunity to undertake urban projects as part of their studies, as well as youth and adult arts and English classes for Yonkers residents. PC4 was  created to drive social impact and relevance focusing on how artists, designers, scholars, students and local organizations can act as agents of urban recovery and community empowerment.

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER ATTACHED.

Emergency Order

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER AMENDING CITYWIDE CURFEW FOR RESIDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, FROM 6PM, OCTOBER 31 TO 6AM, NOVEMBER 1.

City of Yonkers to Close Yonkers Public Schools Tomorrow, October 31.

YONKERS, NY – October 30, 2012 – In an effort to ensure of Yonkers resident, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano signed an executive today amending the citywide curfew for residents under 18 years of age on Halloween, October 31. Children are ordered to be home by 6:00PM tomorrow until 6:00AM, November 1. Mayor Spano suggests for those who celebrate the tradition of Halloween to do so at home or very close to home.

“It is potentially unsafe to have our children out on the streets tomorrow,” said Mayor Spano. “For families who celebrate Halloween traditions, I urge you to celebrate in a safe manner tomorrow. This is a public safety matter – exercise caution and common sense.”

Due to the impact of the recent storm with down trees, impassable roads and dangerous dangling powers lines, Superintendent Pierorazio and Mayor Spano also announced the closing of Yonkers Public Schools tomorrow, October 31. In addition, the City is requesting that parents keep their children indoors tomorrow away from harm’s way. The Central Office building for the Board of Education also will be closed. Directors and Executive directors are expected to work at 9:00AM.

“The safety of our children and residents is our number one priority,” added Mayor Spano. “Please adhere to the City’s safety tips and guidelines.”

The City of Yonkers remains under a State of Emergency as declared by Mayor Spano on Friday, October 26, 2012. As a result of “Sandy,” updates regarding City operations are as follows:

  • Yonkers Public Schools will remain closed tomorrow, October 31.
  • Yonkers Police Athletic League building (127 N. Broadway) remains open as an Emergency Shelter for any residents in need of a safe location to stay.
  • Yonkers City Courts will be open tomorrow, October 31.
  • Special bulk garbage collection is scheduled Wednesday through Friday for apartments on the Yonkers waterfront; Tree branches and organic materials will be picked up tomorrow along with the leaf collection; Other garbage collection remains as scheduled for tomorrow
  • Alternate side of the street parking and parking meters remain suspended.
  • Chema Center and North Yonkers Preservation as part of the Office for the Aging will be open tomorrow, October 31.
  • Emergency Parking is available at Ridge Hill and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway for any residents in flood prone areas or those needing a safe place to park their vehicle.
  • All building permits have been suspended until further notice.

Additional information will continue to be announced through the restoration and recovery period. Residents with questions or non-emergency concerns should contact the Mayor’s Help Line at (914) 377-HELP (4357). Information is also available at the City’s Facebook and Twitter sites.  All emergencies should be directed to 911 emergency response.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has made an app available on storm safety tips atwww.fema.gov/smartphone-app. For those who have suffered damage and would like to apply for FEMA assistance, please visit http://www.fema.gov/you-apply.

Important Safety Tips:

– Drive with caution/drive defensively

– Stay away from downed wires

– Stay hydrated

– Check on neighbors, especially seniors and those with young children

– If you experience power loss use battery operated lighting and avoid use of candles

– Do not walk or drive through flooded areas

– Do not run extension cords between homes

– Please call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED to report power outages

– Be aware of price gouging at local gas stations

– Freezing temperatures are forecasted for this weekend. For those without power, please plan accordingly

– Stay tuned to TV/radio/internet for latest updates

Source: CNN.

 

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.

The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.

McAuliffe wasn’t notified by investigators that he is a target of the probe, according to the officials.

“The governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it,” said Marc Elias, an attorney for McAuliffe’s campaign, in a statement to CNN.

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty of all charges for his part in the events leading to the death of Freddie Gray.

Judge Barry Williams announced his decision Monday at the conclusion of the bench trial. Nero was charged with second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Four officers involved in the case have yet to stand trial. The case against William Porter, the first officer to go on trial, ended in a mistrial in December.

Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty of all charges for his part in the events leading to the death of Freddie Gray.

Judge Barry Williams announced his decision Monday at the conclusion of the bench trial. Nero was charged with second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Four officers involved in the case have yet to stand trial. The case against William Porter, the first officer to go on trial, ended in a mistrial in December.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection.

Timothy Tyrone Foster, an African-American, is on death row in Georgia for the 1987 murder of an elderly white woman, Queen Madge White. The jury that convicted him was all white. Twenty years after his sentence, his attorneys obtained notes the prosecution team took while it was engaged in picking a jury.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 7-1 decision. Justice Clarence Thomas was the dissenter.

President Obama has announced that the United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam which has been in place for decades.

Exaggerator, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, denying Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist a chance to win horse racing’s Triple Crown.

It was the first time in five head-to-head matchups that Exaggerator had defeated Nyquist.

Nyquist, losing for the first time in nine career starts, came in third behind Exaggerator and Cherry Wine.

Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was likely killed in an airstrike in Pakistan on Saturday, two U.S. officials told CNN.

U.S. officials are still assessing the results of the strike, one official said.

The second source, a senior administration official, said it would likely take days to get “physical confirmation” because of the remote location.

The strike was carried out by multiple unmanned aircraft operated by U.S. Special Operations forces. President Barack Obama authorized the strike.

There were smoke alerts aboard EgyptAir Flight 804 in the minutes before it crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, flight data show.

CNN obtained the data through a screen grab from an Egyptian source. The time stamps match the approximate time the aircraft went missing early Thursday.

The information was filed through the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, a data link for sending messages between planes and ground facilities.

Secret Service officers shot a man near a White House security checkpoint after he apparently brandished a weapon, a law enforcement source said.

President Barack Obama was not at the White House, and Vice President Joe Biden was secured in the White House complex during the incident.

“We have found the wreckage,” EgyptAir vice president tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about Flight 804“

Morley Safer, an intrepid storyteller and interviewer whose name became synonymous with the TV newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” has died. He was 84.

Safer was the longest-serving correspondent in “60 Minutes” history. He joined the CBS program in 1970 and filed his last report in March.

The cause behind the disappearance of EgyptAir Flight 804 is more likely to be terrorism than a technical issue, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said.

“We do not deny there is a possibility of terrorism or deny the possibility of technical fault,” Fathi said at a Cairo news conference.

An Egyptian search aircraft has spotted two floating objects 210 nautical miles southwest of Crete, but it’s unclear whether the objects are part of the missing aircraft, according to a spokesman for Greece’s Hellenic National Defense General Staff.

Follow the latest updates on CNN’s live blog.

French President Francois Hollande said he was told today that EgyptAir Flight 804 “was lost and that it has crashed.”

The plane disappeared from radar while flying from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said.

EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday.

The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted.

The flight left Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday local time and was supposed to land in Cairo at 3:15 a.m. Thursday. Both the departure and arrival cities are in the same time zone.

The location of last contact was 173 miles (280 kilometers) from the Egyptian coast, the airline tweeted.

There was no special cargo on the flight and no notification of any dangerous goods aboard, an airline official said.

The plane had routine maintenance checks Wednesday in Cairo, before it left for Paris, an airline official said.

A distress signal was detected in the general vicinity where the flight disappeared, the airline official said. The signal was detected at 4:26 a.m. — about 2 hours after the jet vanished. He said the distress signal could have come from another vessel in the Mediterranean. But the Egyptian armed forces stressed that they had not received a distress call.

There’s no confirmed information on the status of the missing plane, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said.

Greek air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot at 2:27 a.m. Cairo time, but the pilot did not mention any problems, aviation officials said. The plane left Greek airspace a minute later and entered Egypt’s airspace. Two minutes later, Greek radars lost touch with it.

Greece is taking part in the rescue operation.

69 people are on board the EgyptAir flight that’s missing en route from Paris to Cairo, the airline says. 

An EgyptAir flight heading from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar, the airline tweeted.

One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 has been reunited with her family, according to an activist with the Bring Back Our Girls movement in Nigeria.

The girl was found by locals on the edge of Sambisa Forest, in the northeast of the country, where the girls were thought to have been held since being kidnapped from their school dormitory.

Hillary Clinton will emerge with a slim victory in the Kentucky Democratic primary and Bernie Sanders will win the Oregon Democratic primary, according to CNN projections.

Also, CNN projects Donald Trump will win the Oregon Republican primary.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells CNN he would decline to be Donald Trump’s vice president, rejected the idea of a third-party bid and said Trump will lose Ohio unless he changes his tone.

Kasich’s first interview since dropping out of the 2016 race is airing on “Anderson Cooper 360.” For this interview and more check out the “Shows” section on CNNgo.

A Premier League soccer match in the United Kingdom between Manchester United and Bournemouth has been canceled after a suspicious package was found at Old Trafford stadium, according to the official Twitter account of the Premier League and team reports.

The stadium is being evacuated, according to Manchester United Football Club.

Old Trafford seats more than 75,000.

Federal courts and Congress “must intercede” after federal guidance for U.S. public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching gender identity, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement.

The governor called the White House guidance a “massive executive branch overreach, which clearly oversteps constitutional authority.”

A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice went to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.”

“An aggressive plan” to deal with increased security line wait times at U.S. airports has been developed with the TSA, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday at a news conference.

The government will seek to hire more TSA officers, give the agency more flexibility in assigning employees and ask airlines to help with “non-security” work, among other initiatives to reduce wait times, Johnson said.

Facing hours-long TSA checkpoint lines at U.S. airports this week, travelers are snapping pictures and uploading videos to document the mess.

 

At least 64 people were killed when a bomb went off at a market in Baghdad, according to Iraqi police.

An additional 87 people were injured in the attack in the largely Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on social media, saying it was targeting Shiite militias. Police said the bomb was placed in a parked car.

Bernie Sanders will win the West Virginia Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is projected to win Nebraska.

Polls are closing in West Virginia’s presidential primaries, where presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is projected to win, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton and a third of Democrats say in exit polls they’ll back Trump in November.

President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, the White House announced Tuesday.

The trip fulfills Obama’s intent, expressed early in his presidency, to visit the location where an American atomic bomb attack killed tens of thousands of Japanese civilians at the end of World War II.

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against North Carolina for a state bathroom law that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called “state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals.”

The lawsuit came hours after Gov. Pat McCrory sued the Justice Department, asking a federal court to rule whether the state act violates U.S. law.

Also Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s religious freedom law, which critics say will discriminate against gay and transgender people.

 

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, has sworn in its first African-American police chief, Delrish Moss, formerly of the Miami Police Department.

Moss is tasked with helping rebuild the Ferguson Police Department after violent protests and federal intervention that followed the 2014 shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

 

The U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April, as employers eased up on hiring.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5%.

The latest government reading departs from a string of strong reports on jobs. At the same time, workers’ hourly wages continued to grow because of a tightening job market.

Los Angeles jury has convicted Lonnie David Franklin Jr., accused of being the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer, in the deaths of a girl and nine women over three decades.

Some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, including her longtime adviser Huma Abedin, have been interviewed by federal investigators as the FBI probe into the security of Clinton’s private email server nears completion, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation tell CNN.

The investigation is ongoing, but so far investigators haven’t found evidence to prove Clinton willfully violated the law, the standard needed to bring charges, the U.S. officials say.

The officials say the interviews of Clinton and her aides would be a routine part of an investigation like this.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn’t support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.

“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper..

Ryan’s position makes him the highest-level Republican official to reject Trump since the real estate mogul became the last candidate standing in the party’s nominating contest.

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others.

Until now, the FDA could only regulate cigarettes, cigarette-related products and smokeless tobacco.

The Justice Department has sent a letter to the governor of North Carolina notifying him that the state’s transgender law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act, according to a Justice Department official.

HB 2, enacted in March, requires people to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. It has drawn a torrent of critics who call the bill “anti-LGBT” and a growing group of business leaders is warning that it’s bad for the state’s economy.

John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, two sources familiar with the plan tell CNN.

The new CNN/ORC Poll, completed ahead of Donald Trump’s victory last night, found Hillary Clinton leads 54% to 41%, a 13-point edge over the New York businessman, her largest lead since July.

Clinton trails by 7 points in a hypothetical general election matchup with Trump’s one remaining competitor for the GOP nod, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But her final opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, performs better than her with the remaining two Republicans, beating Trump by 16 percentage points and Kasich by 4 percentage points.

Ted Cruz is dropping his White House bid after a stinging loss in the Indiana Republican primary, a Cruz campaign source says.

Bernie Sanders will win the Indiana Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Donald Trump will win the Indiana Republican primary, CNN projects. The victory places him on the cusp of clinching the nomination.

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Leicester City, once a 5,000-1 underdog, claims English soccer’s Premier League title for the first time as Tottenham ties Chelsea 2-2.

The first U.S. cruise ship to travel to Cuba in decades has docked in Havana.

The seven-day cruise is a significant step toward closer ties between the United States and its communist-run neighbor.

About 700 passengers are aboard the ship, which set sail from Miami on Sunday and is operated by Carnival Corp.’s Fathom cruise line.

Kenneth Bae described to CNN the hard labor and verbal torment he endured as the longest-held U.S. citizen detained in North Korea since the Korean War.

The South Korean-born U.S. citizen also thanked Dennis Rodman for a 2014 outburst about Bae, saying the basketball star’s highly publicized rant drew attention to Bae’s plight.

“I thank Dennis Rodman for being a catalyst for my release,” Bae said in his first live interview since his release.

At least 24 people were killed and 38 others wounded in a car bomb east of Baghdad, officials say.

The bomb targeted a busy livestock market in Nahrawan town, 40 miles from the Iraqi capital.

The Los Angeles Rams take Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

Cardell Hayes has been indicted on four charges including second-degree murder in the death of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, prosecutors say.

Smith was gunned down following an altercation after a traffic incident on April 9. Hayes, 28, is accused of killing him after they “exchanged words” in the street. Smith’s wife, Racquel, was shot in the leg.

Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq for an unannounced trip.

The trip comes as Iraqi forces, with the assistance of the U.S. military, are laying the groundwork for an attempt to retake the city of Mosul from the terror group ISIS.

Comcast’s NBC Universal buys DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at $3.8 billion.

An airstrike that hit a hospital in northern Syria killed at least 27 people, including three children and three doctors, a rights group says.

Al Quds field hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo was hit by a missile from a fighter jet, witnesses said. It’s unclear whom the fighter jet belonged to.

Other fatalities in Wednesday’s attack included two hospital guards, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Civilians standing at the hospital gate also died in the attack.

North Korea fired a mid-range missile Thursday but it “seems to have failed,” a South Korean Defense Ministry official tells CNN.

Ex-reserve deputy Robert Bates, who says he mistook his revolver for his stun gun, has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Courtney Harris last year.

Bates, who was a volunteer with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, never denied killing Harris in April 2015.

‘Oh! I shot him! I’m sorry!” Bates said as captured in a video of the shooting during a sting operation to try to catch Harris illegally selling a gun.

Ted Cruz will name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate, according to two sources — a move to regain momentum after being mathematically eliminated from winning the GOP presidential nomination outright.

The Texas senator will make the announcement this afternoon at a rally in Indiana, which votes Tuesday in the next GOP contest. And the Cruz campaign may see Fiorina’s California roots as an asset ahead of that state’s primary on June 7.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in a hush-money case that revealed he was being accused of sexually abusing young boys as a coach in Illinois.

Hastert was also sentenced to two years of supervised release.
For the first time, Hastert admitted to Judge Thomas M. Durkin in open court that he abused at least one boy.

“I’m deeply ashamed to be standing before you here today,” Hastert said in court during his sentencing. “I know I’m here because I mistreated some of my athletes as a coach.”

An earlier email alert on Hastert’s sentencing was incomplete, including only the supervised release.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to 2 years of supervised release in his hush-money case.

A federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday also recommended that Hastert participate in a sex offender treatment program.

Hastert pleaded guilty last fall to structuring bank transactions to avoid reporting requirements about where the money was going. Upon investigation, federal officials determined he was paying hush money to an alleged victim of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred when Hastert was a wrestling coach and teacher in Illinois.

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been extradited to France to face prosecution, according to Belgian authorities.

Bernie Sanders will win the Rhode Island Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Hillary Clinton already has three projected primary wins for the night. The Democratic contest in Connecticut is not yet decided.

Hillary Clinton will win the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, CNN projects.

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Donald Trump will win the Rhode Island Republican primary, CNN projects.

Hillary Clinton will win the Delaware Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Donald Trump will win the Delaware Republican primary, CNN projects, for a sweep all five primaries at stake Tuesday.

CNN projects Donald Trump will win the GOP primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut — and that Hillary Clinton will win the Maryland Democratic primary.

Apple reports first decline in iPhone sales. Shares sink after sales and profit miss estimates.

The mood in Pennsylvania could favor an outsider among GOP voters, nearly two-thirds of whom said in exit polls that they feel betrayed by Republican politicians.

Polls are closing at 8 p.m. ET in five states.

A Texas grand jury has indicted free agent quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel on an assault charge, according to Dallas County court records.

Manziel’s former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, accused the former NFL quarterback of restraining, hitting and threatening her during an alleged assault on January 30. She says in an affidavit that Manziel grabbed her by the hair and hit her, causing her to lose her hearing in one ear.

Manziel, 23, has denied hitting Crowley.

Racist and homophobic text messages were allegedly sent by a San Francisco police officer at the center of an ongoing scandal — the most recent disturbing revelation for the beleaguered department.


CNN has exclusively obtained a list of dozens of offensive texts sent by Officer Jason Lai.

It marks the second time in as many years that the SFPD has been the subject of a racist texting scandal and could undermine Chief Greg Suhr’s assertion that the problem is limited to a relative handful of officers and not part of a broader cultural problem within the ranks, as critics contend.

John Ridsdel, a Canadian held hostage by Islamist militants in the Philippines, “has been killed at the hands of his captors,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Monday.

“This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage,” Trudeau said, emphasizing that Canada condemns the “brutality” of this “unnecessary death.”

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the NFL in the “deflategate” case, reinstating the suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The city of Cleveland will pay $6 million to settle the federal lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy police killed in November 2014 while he held a pellet gun, according to a settlement announced Monday in U.S. District Court.

Obama announced an additional 250 special operations forces will be sent to Syria to help stem the influence and spread of ISIS.

Donald Trump blasted Ted Cruz and John Kasich for teaming up in a last-ditch effort to block his path to the Republican presidential nomination.

Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued startling statements Sunday night about their paths ahead, the first sign the two campaigns are coordinating to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination.

Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.

Investigators found three marijuana “grow operations” at homes where eight family members were killed in Ohio, state Attorney General Mike DeWine said today.

Eight members of the Rhoden family — including a mother who investigators say was killed while her 4-day-old child lay beside her — were found dead Friday at four crime scenes in Pike County, authorities said. The newborn, along with a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old, survived.

North Korea fires what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korean officials say.

There were no obvious signs of trauma, and no reason to believe Prince’s death was suicide, Minnesota investigators say.

The news followed an autopsy on the music superstar conducted on Friday. Complete results from the autopsy could take days or weeks, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died Thursday at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator at his studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

At least seven people — believed to be five adults and two children, possibly all of the same family — have been found dead in three southern Ohio homes “in what appear to be execution-style killings,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said today. The seven are believed to have been shot to death, and their bodies were found in homes in Pike County, Ohio, the office said.

Charges have been dismissed against the man who spent nearly five years behind bars for the 1957 murder of a little girl in Sycamore, Illinois.

But Jack McCullough still faces the possibility that some day a prosecutor could bring murder charges against him again in one of the nation’s oldest cold cases.

McCullough, 76, has been free since his murder conviction was thrown out a week ago.

Among the evidence the prosecutor reviewed was CNN’s 2012 series on the case, “Taken,” which examined McCullough’s murder trial and raised questions about whether it was fair.

The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta has thrown a no-hitter in Chicago’s 16-0 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati.

Arrieta also threw a no-hitter last season, a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

President Barack Obama joined the chorus of voices paying tribute to Prince, who died on Thursday.

“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” Obama said in a statement. “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”

 

Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, authorities said. The death is being investigated and an autopsy will be performed, according to the sheriff’s office.

 

The death of the man who penned hits such as “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “When Doves Cry” – and stirred controversy with suggestive lyrics — hit fans and fellow artists hard.

 

A massive outpouring of grief on social media followed news of his death, culminating in calls for an all-night dance party tonight in Minneapolis, the city where Prince was born.

 

CNN’s full report on Prince’s death:

Superstar musician Prince has died, says a family member reached by CNN.

Police are investigating a death at the estate of superstar Prince in Minnesota, according to Carver County Sheriff spokesman Jason Kamerud.

“We are not releasing any information regarding the identity of the person who died until next of kin is notified,” Kamerud said.

Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman will boot Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill, a source tells CNN.

The announcement is expected to come later Wednesday from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who will also reveal that a montage of leaders from the women’s suffrage movement will be added to the back of the $10 bill.

A Michigan judge has authorized criminal charges against three people in connection with the Flint water crisis, Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said Wednesday.

They are Flint utilities administrator Mike Glasgow, and Stephen Busch and Mike Prysby of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Leyton said. Leyton did not say what the charges are.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched resounding victories in New York, answering questions about their command of the race as the front-runners moved significantly closer to their party’s nominations.

Their decisive wins will usher in a new phase in the 2016 presidential campaign. Both Trump and Clinton have fought bitterly for months to keep their rivals at bay, each slogging through primary contests that exposed vulnerabilities in their candidacies and campaigns.

On Tuesday, Trump came close to sweeping New York’s 95 delegates — a development that could help the Manhattan real estate mogul win the GOP nomination outright and avoid what would be a messy contested convention in July. CNN projected Trump will clear the 50% threshold to take all of New York’s 14 statewide delegates.

Clinton’s win, meanwhile, will go a long way in blunting the momentum of Bernie Sanders — the liberal Vermont senator whose unexpected popularity has dogged the former secretary of state.

It was a sweet homecoming for the front-runners, who each have deep ties to New York.

Last year, Trump and Clinton — in wildly different settings — launched their White House campaigns in New York City. On Tuesday, it was again in Manhattan that both Trump and Clinton confidently declared that they were within reach of the nomination.

A majority of Democrats in New York say the contested primary has energized their party, while Republicans say it has divided theirs, according to early exit polls.

Voting in New York ends at 9 p.m. ET. Follow along with CNN’s live blog or watch