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I’m so pleased to share that yesterday evening in Pennsylvania, Anthony Wright walked out of prison a free man after serving 25 years for a crime he did not commit. Anthony is the nation’s 344th person exonerated by DNA. It was a joyful day for him and his family, and Anthony was all smiles as he held his granddaughter moments after his release (pictured above).

Three years ago, DNA testing proved the 1991 rape and murder of an elderly woman was committed by another man who had a lengthy criminal record. Despite that, Anthony Wright was forced to wait almost two years after his conviction was vacated and face a second trial to regain his freedom. On Tuesday, after deliberating for less than an hour, a Philadelphia jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

At the original trial, police claimed 20-year-old Anthony Wright offered a full signed confession to the crime after merely 14 minutes in police custody. Anthony testified then, and again last week, that he did not commit the crime and only signed the alleged confession because the police threatened him with bodily harm.

At the retrial this month, it was disclosed that DNA testing of clothing allegedly worn by Anthony when he committed the crime had in fact been worn by the victim, and could not have been found in his home as the police claimed.

Many questions remain about how Philadelphia law enforcement handled Anthony Wright’s original prosecution and why he had to endure a retrial despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. And although the Philadelphia police department has a policy to record interrogations, this case is a clear call for lawmakers to enact a policy that mandates the recording of felony interrogations statewide.

Nevertheless, we are grateful that after 25 years of wrongful imprisonment, Anthony Wright is now finally free and reunited with his family. We thank our co-counsel Samuel Silver, a Pennsylvania Innocence Project board member, and Rebecca Lacher, both of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, for their work on this case.

You can read more about Anthony Wright’s case on our website.


Maddy deLone
Executive Director

P.S. If you’d like to support our work to help free others still wrongfully incarcerated, please consider donating today. Thank you!

Photo: Anthony Wright holds his granddaughter moments after he is released from prison in Philadelphia. Credit: Kevin Monko

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I’m thrilled to share that Innocence Project client Dion Harrell was exonerated in New Jersey yesterday after prosecutors agreed to vacate his conviction based on new DNA evidence proving his innocence.

In 1988, a 17-year-old rape victim mistakenly identified Dion, who often visited the restaurant where she worked. Dion was 22 years old at the time and when he learned what he was being charged with, he started crying, explaining at trial “I was real scared, I didn’t know what was going on.”  The arresting officer described him as shocked.

Dion Harrell was convicted and served four years in prison for a crime he did not commit – and almost 20 more years struggling with the legal and social sanctions of New Jersey’s strict sexual assault registry. Dion faced unemployment, harassment and homelessness during the two decades he fought to clear his name.

When the Innocence Project took Dion’s case, he was out of prison and ineligible for DNA testing under New Jersey statute, which restricted post-conviction testing to those who are incarcerated. Eventually, prosecutors agreed to the testing that finally cleared Dion’s name and allowed for his exoneration today. Meanwhile, the IP’s policy reform team worked to change New Jersey’s law, and in November 2015 the state expanded its post-conviction DNA testing statute so that others like Dion can prove their innocence after their prison sentence is over.

Dion’s story is a powerful illustration of how the consequences of wrongful conviction shape our clients’ lives forever, and that there is much work still to be done to remove the barriers that prevent innocent people from clearing their names. Read more details about the case and see photos and highlights from the day.

On behalf of Dion, his attorneys, and his family who surrounded him in court when his name was finally cleared, we thank you for your support and commitment to justice.


Maddy deLone
Executive Director

P.S. If you’d like to support our work to help free others still wrongfully incarcerated, please consider donating today. Thank you!

Photo: Dion Harrell speaks after his exoneration, with his attorney Vanessa Potkin, who is the Director of Post Conviction Litigation at the Innocence Project. Credit: Yili Liu

Anthony Wright reflects on another Father’s Day in prison

Innocence Project client Anthony Wright was wrongfully convicted of murder in Philadelphia in 1993 based on eyewitness testimony and a coerced false confession. Although his conviction was overturned after DNA testing excluded Wright as the perpetrator in 2013 and matched another man, he remains in prison pending retrial.
“As human beings, we go through things in life and we just don’t know that we can get through them until we do just that: we get through them, Wright said. The reason that I’ve been able to get through this situation is my son.” Read more.

These adorable photos of exonerees and their families will make you smile. Happy Father’s Day to all!
After 10 years of outstanding leadership as the Innocence Project’s managing attorney, David Loftis left the Innocence Project in April 2016. Senior staff attorney Vanessa Potkin, who has been with the Innocence Project for 16 years, will be taking his role. Watch Loftis share highlights from his time at the Innocence Project.

We interviewed female exoneree and PTSD researcher Ginny Lefever for National PTSD Awareness Day.
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Another policy victory! Colorado lawmakers signed a law requiring recording of interrogations that will protect people against false confessions, a top contributor of wrongful conviction.

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We welcome John Nolley home after 19 years in prison.

On May 17, 2016 a Texas Judge released John Earl Nolley on bond after serving 19 years in prison for a murder he has always maintained he did not commit (Photo by: Ron Jenkins). A joint investigation with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office uncovered palm print and other evidence supporting his innocence claim. Nolley, represented by Senior Staff Attorney Nina Morrison and Co-Founder Barry Scheck, received a warm welcome from over 20 family members and local Texas exonerees. Take a look at 7 moving photos from his first day of freedom.

On the 10th anniversary of his freedom, Orlando Boquete completed the 13.2 mile Airbnb Brooklyn Half in two hours and fifteen minutes. It was a sight to see!
On March 12th, 2016, the Innocence Project hosted the 10th anniversary Freedom & Justice Gala. Take a look at highlights including a keynote speech from exoneree Michael Morton.

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Nebraska and Kansas passed landmark eyewitness ID laws that will help curb wrongful conviction. Learn more.

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We welcome John Nolley home after 19 years in prison.

On May 17, 2016 a Texas Judge released John Earl Nolley on bond after serving 19 years in prison for a murder he has always maintained he did not commit (Photo by: Ron Jenkins). A joint investigation with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office uncovered palm print and other evidence supporting his innocence claim. Nolley, represented by Senior Staff Attorney Nina Morrison and Co-Founder Barry Scheck, received a warm welcome from over 20 family members and local Texas exonerees. Take a look at 7 moving photos from his first day of freedom.

On the 10th anniversary of his freedom, Orlando Boquete completed the 13.2 mile Airbnb Brooklyn Half in two hours and fifteen minutes. It was a sight to see!
On March 12th, 2016, the Innocence Project hosted the 10th anniversary Freedom & Justice Gala. Take a look at highlights including a keynote speech from exoneree Michael Morton.

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Nebraska and Kansas passed landmark eyewitness ID laws that will help curb wrongful conviction. Learn more.

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Run with Team Innocence Project!

The 2016 TCS NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 6th is sold out but you can still get guaranteed entry with the Innocence Project!

Join Team Innocence Project and run to raise awareness about wrongful convictions while fundraising to help free the innocent.

Each member of the team commits to raising a required minimum of $3,500 by race day and receives:

  • guaranteed entry into the TCS NYC Marathon
  • an Innocence Project jersey
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  • opportunities to run and train with fellow team members

To apply to join our charity team, please complete this form.
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If you already have an entry but would like to support the Innocence Project by fundraising, please contact Laura Ma at lma@innocenceproject.org or 212-364-5976.

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Run with Team Innocence Project!

The 2016 TCS NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 6th is sold out but you can still get guaranteed entry with the Innocence Project!

Join Team Innocence Project and run to raise awareness about wrongful convictions while fundraising to help free the innocent.

Each member of the team commits to raising a required minimum of $3,500 by race day and receives:

  • guaranteed entry into the TCS NYC Marathon
  • an Innocence Project jersey
  • a personal fundraising page on Crowdrise
  • fundraising tips and support from Innocence Project staff
  • opportunities to run and train with fellow team members

To apply to join our charity team, please complete this form.
Runners are responsible for their own registration fees.

If you already have an entry but would like to support the Innocence Project by fundraising, please contact Laura Ma at lma@innocenceproject.org or 212-364-5976.

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I’m delighted to share that Innocence Project client John Nolley was released from prison in Texas this morning. He served 19 years of a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. 

John Nolley was convicted of the 1996 murder of his friend Sharon McLane. Witnesses heard screams from her home, and two neighbors gave a description of an unfamiliar white man in a cowboy hat near the entrance to her apartment. John is black and was at work at the time, but he came to police attention because he’d visited Ms. McLane the night before. He was convicted based largely on the testimony of three informants, including two who were facing their own criminal charges at the time of the crime. You can read more about his case on our website.

The IP has been working on John Nolley’s case for ten years. Last summer, Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson established a conviction integrity unit and agreed to a cooperative re-investigation of the case. New forensic technology was used to analyze crime scene evidence and the results did not point to either John Nolley or to the victim. The D.A.’s office agreed that this finding would likely have led to a not guilty verdict if the technology had been available at the time of the trial. Files also revealed information that directly contradicted and discredited the testimony of two of the cases’ informants.

The Innocence Project is thrilled John Nolley is finally reunited with his family, including his two sons who were toddlers when he was arrested, and two granddaughters born while he was in prison. John was surrounded by over a dozen family members today and it was a wonderful day for the Nolley family. You can see photos on Facebook of their reunion.

Thank you for your commitment to justice.


Maddy deLone
Executive Director

P.S. If you’d like to support our work to help free others still wrongfully incarcerated, please consider donating today. Thank you so much.

Hatchett!

Wish Andre a Happy Birthday!

Today is Andre Hatchett’s 50th birthday. Not only is it a milestone birthday, it’s Andre’s first birthday since he was exonerated in March.

Andre was just 25 years old when he was wrongfully convicted and spent the next 25 years in prison, steadfastly maintaining his innocence.

Today, Andre is a free man, spending his birthday surrounded by his loved ones. Please send him a message to celebrate his birthday today!

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Andre Hatchett shares a hug with Seema Saifee, Innocence Project Staff Attorney, in court after he is exonerated. He is surrounded by other members of his legal team. Photo Credit: Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Andre Hatchett walks out of court a free man, holding his grandchild and surrounded by family and supporters. Photo Credit: Sameer Abdel-Khalek

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It’s been more than a month since Andre Hatchett walked out of a Brooklyn, NY courtroom as a free man after spending more than 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Andre’s case, like many others, took years of work before he was exonerated. The Innocence Project currently has hundreds of cases where we are fighting to free our clients — and we count on support from people like you to make our work possible. Will you donate today?

Andre’s first month of freedom has been great and we are thrilled to see him enjoying time with his family. At first, it was hard for him to leave the house by himself because he had been in prison for so long, he got used to being inside and locked up. With the encouragement of his sister, he slowly started walking outside – going to get coffee, or to the supermarket. It took him about three weeks to get comfortable and now, he goes out daily for walks by himself.

When people he meets on his walks recognize him from the news, they ask him how he feels about being wrongfully imprisoned for so long. Andre tries not to dwell on the past and tells them he is focused on his freedom now, and on his future.

We hope you will donate today— and give our other clients the same opportunity to walk out to their freedom.

With thanks and appreciation,

Maddy deLone
Executive Director

P.S. If you’ve recently donated, please know how much we appreciate your support and commitment to justice.

Andre Hatchett walking out of court with his family, on the way to his first meal in 25 years as a free man. Photo Credit: Sameer Abdel-Khalek
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Keith Harward Exonerated After Serving 33 Years in Prison

The Virginia Supreme Court granted a writ of actual innocence to Keith Allen Harward on April 7, and on April 8 he walked out of prison after wrongly serving more than 33 years of a life sentence for a rape and murder he did not commit. Harward, who narrowly escaped the death penalty, was convicted primarily on the testimony of two forensic dentists who said that his teeth matched marks left on the rape victim. Learn more.  (Photo by: Richmond Times-Dispatch)
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Highlights from the 2016 Innocence Network Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where nearly 600 exonerees, family members, experts and staffers gathered to dive deep into wrongful conviction issues. More.
On April 23, 2007, Jerry Miller became the 200th person in the U.S. exonerated through DNA evidence. Read his letter to the Innocence Project seeking help as part of our #NationalLetterWritingMonth series.

“Having worked with wrongfully convicted clients and their families, I have seen first-hand the depth of their loss, their outrage and their sorrow…The Innocence Project insists that powerless people cannot be silenced and, as such, it embodies the very essence of the fight for social justice.”-Phoebe Frosch and Charlotte Erb, Read more and support them on the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour
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It’s time to #EndNYWrongfulConviction!

Friend,

We need your help. This year the New York State Legislature has an opportunity to pass a law that would prevent two of the top contributors to wrongful conviction: false confession and misidentification.

We are members of the Central Park 5, and as teenagers we were wrongfully convicted of rape because of false confession. We were arrested and interrogated for up to 30 hours, during which we were deprived of food and sleep, and threatened with violence. We were fed details of the crime and told that the only way we could go home was to recount that story on camera. The public never saw what we went through and, as a result, those false confessions led to us losing between seven and 13 years of our lives to wrongful conviction.

TAKE ACTION, NOW

This year, New York State lawmakers should pass a bill requiring police to record the entire interrogation process and to implement eyewitness identification reform. Had this been the law in 1989, we might not have missed all of those years. Let this be the year that we #EndNYWrongfulConviction.Please click here to send a letter to your representative in the assembly, Senate, Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Flanagan and Governor Cuomo urging them to pass and sign this important legislation.

It’s in Albany’s hands to act now. Don’t let us down.

Yours in seeking justice,

Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana of the Central Park Five

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Team Innocence ProjectHave you ever wanted to bike New York City streets and highways completely clear of cars while supporting the Innocence Project? Find out more and apply to join Team Innocence Project!

Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is America’s largest cycling event – a 40 mile, car-free ride for 32,000 cyclists. Get ahead of the crowds – Team IP members get a priority start time and breakfast!

Starting right outside our offices in Tribeca, the tour runs up Manhattan, through Central Park, the Bronx and down to the Queensboro Bridge. After a ride over the Pulaski bridge passing through Brooklyn, riders enjoy an incredible view from the lower deck of the Verrazano Bridge. The tour ends on Staten Island with an outdoor festival.

Join us and represent the Innocence Project on Sunday, May 1st, while raising funds and awareness about wrongful convictions and the need for criminal justice reform.

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After serving 23 years in prison, Everton Wagstaffe was exonerated this year, along with his co-defendant Reginald Connor. The two men were wrongfully convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old in Brooklyn, New York.

In the video below, Everton shares a message of freedom and gratitude for all the support he has received and is thankful he is home for the holidays. Throughout his more than two decades in prison, Everton never gave up proclaiming his innocence and fighting for his freedom. He was fully exonerated in July 2015.

Happy Holidays from Innocence Project exoneree Everton Wagstaffe
Happy Holidays from Everton Wagstaffe!
This holiday season, we have an opportunity to raise $100,000 through a matching challenge. Several longtime supporters have pledged to match all gifts to this campaign, up to $50,000! The deadline to reach our goal is December 31st and we hope we can count on your support.

Everton’s case is one of many we have worked on at the Innocence Project and because we have hundreds of other active cases, we are asking for your help to make 2016 another year to advance justice for all.

Please consider a year-end holiday gift today and your donation will be automatically doubled to help free the innocent.

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With thanks and warm wishes from all of us at the Innocence Project.
*Happy Holidays*
P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, thank you. We hope you enjoyed hearing from Everton and please know how much we appreciate your partnership.

The Innocence Project, which is affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, provides pro-bono post-conviction legal assistance to individuals who are seeking to prove their innocence with DNA testing and works to enact the reforms needed to protect the innocent from wrongful prosecution and incarceration. www.innocenceproject.org

After serving 23 years in prison, Everton Wagstaffe was exonerated this year, along with his co-defendant Reginald Connor. The two men were wrongfully convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old in Brooklyn, New York.

In the video below, Everton shares a message of freedom and gratitude for all the support he has received and is thankful he is home for the holidays. Throughout his more than two decades in prison, Everton never gave up proclaiming his innocence and fighting for his freedom. He was fully exonerated in July 2015.

Happy Holidays from Innocence Project exoneree Everton Wagstaffe
Happy Holidays from Everton Wagstaffe!
This holiday season, we have an opportunity to raise $100,000 through a matching challenge. Several longtime supporters have pledged to match all gifts to this campaign, up to $50,000! The deadline to reach our goal is December 31st and we hope we can count on your support.

Everton’s case is one of many we have worked on at the Innocence Project and because we have hundreds of other active cases, we are asking for your help to make 2016 another year to advance justice for all.

Please consider a year-end holiday gift today and your donation will be automatically doubled to help free the innocent.

Double My Gift
With thanks and warm wishes from all of us at the Innocence Project.
*Happy Holidays*
P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, thank you. We hope you enjoyed hearing from Everton and please know how much we appreciate your partnership.
The Innocence Project, which is affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, provides pro-bono post-conviction legal assistance to individuals who are seeking to prove their innocence with DNA testing and works to enact the reforms needed to protect the innocent from wrongful prosecution and incarceration. www.innocenceproject.org

It’s been more than three months since Lewis Fogle of Pennsylvania was freed after serving 34 years in prison for a rape and murder DNA shows he did not commit. Although it’s been a challenge for Lewis to adjust to a new life, he is fortunate to have his family with him for his first holiday season home, including a granddaughter whom he adores.

The Innocence Project is able to provide legal representation and free people like Lewis because of the support we receive from people like you. Will you join us with a year-end gift today? Your donation will also be matched, up to $50,000. This is our biggest matching challenge of the year and your gift will be automatically doubled.

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Happy Holidays from Lewis Fogle
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Pennsylvania does not provide compensation for the wrongfully incarcerated and we’re doing all we can to help Lewis get back on his feet. The Innocence Project bought him clothes upon his release and we provide financial support for his rent, cell phone, and computer. Our staff are in regular contact with him, and have connected him to social services and benefits in his community. Now in his 60s, Lewis lives a simple life and relishes painting and spending time with his family.

Many of our exonerees leave prison with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and it is often a struggle to make ends meet. Not all of them have families to return to who can provide support. Your gift will not only help fund our social work program post-exoneration but will support our efforts to represent prisoners seeking to prove their innocence and advocate for reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.

We’re thrilled to see Lewis home for the holidays this year and hope you will join us in bringing others home in the new year. Our goal is to raise $50,000 this month to take advantage of this incredible match opportunity. We can’t do it without you. Donate now and your year-end gift will be automatically doubled!

Thank you in advance for your partnership and
happy holidays from all of us at the Innocence Project.

P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, thank you so much! Your gift is 100% tax-deductible.

In 2015, the Innocence Project won major victories for justice. With your support, we freed the innocent and advocated for reforms that will prevent wrongful convictions. But even as we celebrate, we know others are still fighting for a chance to prove their innocence.

That’s why I’m asking you to make a tax-deductible year-end gift. Your donation to this campaign will also be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $50,000, thanks to a group of longtime supporters.

I’m honored to share with you the following stories of our clients. Some are true victories for justice, and others are a reminder of the hard work that still needs to be done.
Lewis Fogle of Pennsylvania was exonerated in September after serving 34 years in prison for a rape and murder DNA shows he did not commit. Lewis always maintained his innocence and no physical evidence connected him to the crime, yet he was convicted based solely on the testimony of three jailhouse informants. Critical evidence was later found and DNA testing conclusively excluded Lewis as the perpetrator.
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Angel Gonzalez of Illinois was exonerated in March after serving two decades for a rape and kidnapping DNA now shows he did not commit. Angel, who was 20 years old at the time and had no criminal history, was mistakenly identified by the victim. After 13 hours in police custody and a long interrogation, he falsely confessed. Despite four alibi witnesses, Angel was convicted. In 2012, results from new testing on crime scene evidence proved his innocence.

Rodney Reed of Texas was issued a stay of execution in February. Rodney has been on death row for 19 years for a rape and murder he has always maintained he did not commit. Only 10 days before his scheduled execution, the court issued a stay based on the IP’s request to consider new evidence. Forensic experts now agree he could not have committed the 1996 murder at the time or location that prosecutors claimed. The Innocence Project continues to pursue every avenue for justice for Rodney Reed.

In October, Steven Mark Chaney was released from prison in Texas after serving 28 years because his conviction relied on now-discredited bite mark analysis. There is no evidence to support bite mark analysis as science, but it has been allowed in the courts for decades. His release is a major victory in our efforts to prevent the use of invalid forensic science in the courts. The IP continues to fight for a full exoneration for Steven Mark Chaney.
These are huge victories in 2015. However, we’re still fighting for justice for Rodney Reed, Steven Mark Chaney and others like them. The Innocence Project is committed to seeing these cases through and because it can take many years, your support would make such a difference.

Please consider making a year-end gift and your donation will be matched, DOUBLING the impact of your support.

Together we will continue to advocate for justice, promote science in the courts, reunite families, and free the innocent in 2016. Thank you.

With warm wishes for the holidays,

Barry Scheck
Co-Director
Innocence Project

P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, please know how much we appreciate your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends:

You are cordially invited to a reception hosted by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Westchester County Republican Chairman Doug Colety in support of my campaign for Westchester County District Attorney. The event is being held on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree in Tarrytown. Details can be found in the invite listed below.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Meghan at 518-281-6812 or Meghan.Deltry@gmail.com.
Thank you!
Bruce Bendish
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Dear Friends:
It is official, I am now the only Republican in the race for Westchester District Attorney. I am pushing full steam ahead, and am excited to share my official campaign video with you, which you can view here .
I have practiced law for over 40 years in Westchester. I have served 14 years in the District Attorney’s office as a Bureau Chief in both the Rackets and Homicide Bureaus and I’ve practiced criminal law in Westchester County since 1987. I have appeared in every courthouse and have worked with every police department in Westchester.
The office of District Attorney is one that I hold great respect for, as it is Westchester’s chief law enforcement position. With my strong core values and a tradition of serving the people of Westchester County, I feel that the time for action is now.
Unfortunately, my likely opponent in November is a trial novice. He has never been a prosecutor and never tried a case criminal, or civil, as a plaintiff or a defendant. The job is too critical to hand over to someone with no prosecutorial or trial experience.

With a position as important as District Attorney comes the great responsibility of protecting our families, strengthening our communities, and educating our youth to the perils of bad decisions. I will not take these responsibilities lightly. Westchester County has an excellent core group of prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.  I intend to work closely with them to bring honor, respect and fairness to the position that I look forward to holding.

I need your support as well. Help me spread my message of experience and tradition of service by making a contribution of $25, $50, $250 or $500 today.

I look forward to working with you as the Westchester District Attorney to keep our county and families safe and secure.
Thank you,
Bruce Bendish
P.S. Don’t forget to view my official campaign video here!
P.P.S. To learn more about my campaign, please visit www.VoteBendishDA.com.

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Dear Friends:

I recently announced my candidacy for Westchester County District Attorney. I have served 14 years in the District Attorney’s office as a Bureau Chief in both the Rackets and Homicide Bureaus and I’ve practiced criminal law in Westchester County since 1987. The office of District Attorney is one that I hold great respect for, as it is Westchester’s chief law enforcement position. With my strong core values and a tradition of serving the people of Westchester County, I feel that the time for action is now.

Westchester is faced with difficult issues, ones that will be my direct focus as your District Attorney.  Our families are deeply affected by the scourge of drugs in our community. Illegal handguns have fallen into the wrong hands and pose a great threat to our neighborhoods. Identity theft is America’s fastest-growing crime.

As the county’s chief law enforcement officer, I will not tolerate drugs or guns in our schools. I will work with our senior citizens to help them learn how to protect themselves from identity theft, and seek swift justice for those who prey on others. Community crime prevention and school safety are important parts of the future of Westchester and will be main focus of my administration. As a former Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve, I am committed to bringing a veteran’s court to Westchester.
Unfortunately, my likely opponent in November is a trial novice. He has never been a prosecutor and never tried a case criminal, or civil, as a plaintiff or a defendant. The job is too critical to hand over to someone with no prosecutorial or trial experience.
Having lived in Westchester County for 42 years, and as the proud grandfather of six wonderful children, I know how much Westchester’s safety matters.

With a position as important as District Attorney comes the great responsibility of protecting our families, strengthening our communities, and educating our youth to the perils of bad decisions. I will not take these responsibilities lightly. Westchester County has an excellent core group of prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.  I intend to work closely with them to bring honor, respect and fairness to the position that I look forward to holding.

I’ve already secured Westchester County’s GOP endorsement and I need your support as well. Help me hit the ground running with a contribution of $25, $50, $250 or $500 today.

I look forward to working with you as the Westchester District Attorney to keep our county and families safe and secure.
Thank you,
Bruce Bendish
P.S. To learn more about my campaign, please visit www.VoteBendishDA.com.

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

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

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

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

 

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Hello Friend,

The campaign is now in full swing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your friend,

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

August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:28 PM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 24, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:43 PM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:10 AM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friend,

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Suzi McDonough

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

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

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

 

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

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

Sincerely,

Eric

FOR RELEASE:  IMMEDIATELY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch:  “GAMES”

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

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

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

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

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

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New York League of Conservation Voters

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

Root to Stalk: Cooking Demonstration

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Signed,

Michael Gurrieri

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

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

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

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On 08/22/16, Paul Feiner wrote:

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

Do you have an electric car? Your thoughts welcome!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Cheyenne Roundtree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

Cheyenne

Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Village of Briarcliff Manor

Village of Buchanan

Town of Cortlandt

Village of Dobbs Ferry

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson

Village of Irvington

Town of Ossining

Village of Ossining

City of Peekskill

Village of Sleepy Hollow

City of Yonkers

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

August 15  to August 19, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Rebuilding and Revitalizing NY Neighborhoods Beset By Vacant Homes

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

Newburgh

Watch the press conference here.

Taking Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Off The Streets

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

 

 

In Other News…

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

Also This Week…

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

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

Finally…

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


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

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

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

https://www.everykidinapark.gov/

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

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

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

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

 

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

Dear Mount Vernon Family and Friends:

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

 

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

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

 

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

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See More “Before and After” pictures here

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About Riverfest

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

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

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

 

August 19, 2016

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Breaking News Alert

August 19, 2016

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

Friday, August 19, 2016 2:04 PM EDT

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

Astorino Presents Medals To WWII Veteran 71 Years Later.

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

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

Jewish Music and Arts Festival


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

  • Saw Mill River Parkway

o   Day – Pier 1 & West Abutment Demo

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

o   NIGHT – Pier 1 & West Abutment Demo

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ashford Avenue

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

 

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

 

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

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

LIMITS:          At the I 287 Bridge.

WHAT:            Bridge rehabilitation work.

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

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

WHO:               New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Rehabilitation.

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 19, 2016

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August 19, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman resigned. Paul Manafort was elevated after Mr. Trump fired his first campaign manager in May.

Friday, August 19, 2016 10:23 AM EDT

Mr. Manafort left after a major shake-up following a New York Times report about tumult within the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign, according to the sources. He was also dogged by reports about secretive efforts he made to help the former pro-Russian government in Ukraine, where he has worked on and off over several years. Read more »

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016 5:11 PM EDT

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Alamo Drafthouse transforms September into “Septemburton”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
1. CDC, Zika Virus Case Counts in the US, August 2016

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MONDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 10:30 A.M.

YONKERS OFFICIALS JOIN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS
TO OPPOSE HUDSON VALLEY ANCHORAGE PROPOSAL

 

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

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

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

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

State Senator Terrence Murphy

The New York State League of Conservation Voters

The Riverkeeper

The Sloop Clearwater

The Westchester County League of Conservation Voters

The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Other major environmental groups [to be announced]

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

WHERE: JFK Marina

                 560 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

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

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

Fellow Taxpayer,

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

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

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

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

God Bless,

Suzi McDonough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, why should you become an NYLCV member today?

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

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

Thanks for your support,

Marcia Bystryn, President
New York League of Conservation Voters

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Best,

Noam

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

August 17, 2016 —

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

Lincoln Cleanup

Volunteer for Community Clean-Up

August 16, 2016 —

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

Slate

In Defense of Liberal Democracy

August 15, 2016 —

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

Soofa Bench

Competing for the Future

August 12, 2016 —

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

Adopt a Street

Adopt a Street in New Rochelle

August 11, 2016 —

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

Terri and Alvin Bowles at The Rooster.

Food Blog: The Rooster

August 10, 2016 —

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

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

Schumer in New Ro to Announce Fire Registry

August 9, 2016 —

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

Noble

Barnes & Noble Coming to New Rochelle!

August 3, 2016 —

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

Charming Trump

Donald Trump’s Concession

August 2, 2016 —

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

GE

Courting GE

August 2, 2016 —

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

Khan

The Convention: Many Great Moments, One Unforgettable

July 29, 2016 —

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

Night Out

NRPD Celebrates National Night Out on August 2

July 28, 2016 —

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

RFL July 2016

On TV Last Night . . .

July 28, 2016 —

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

Train Pattern

Major Change in Train Station Traffic Pattern

July 27, 2016 —

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

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

Take the Bike Share Survey

July 26, 2016 —

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

Agostino

NY Times Raves About Agostino’s on Pelham Road

July 25, 2016 —

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

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND

LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE REHABILITATION WORK
TOWN OF GREENBURGH


ROADWAY:   Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS:          At the I 287 Bridge.

WHAT:            Bridge rehabilitation work.

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

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

WHO:               New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Rehabilitation.

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

August 18, 2016

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August 18, 2016

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

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

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND

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

LIMITS:          At the I 287 Bridge.

WHAT:            Bridge rehabilitation work.

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

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

WHO:               New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Rehabilitation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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


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August 17, 2016

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August 17, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 10:01 PM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Yonkers Marathon Weekend schedule is as follows:

Saturday, October 22 –

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

Sunday, October 23 –

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

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

 

About Success PR

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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ASTORINO ANNOUNCES SENIOR LAW DAY SET FOR SEPTEMBER 27.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 17, 2016

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August 17, 2016

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 3:32 AM EDT

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

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

A Malaysian oil tanker carrying about $400,000 worth of diesel was hijacked and taken into Indonesian waters, Malaysian authorities say.

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The results are in:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

In solidarity,

Bill Lipton
New York State Director
Working Families Party

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

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

Fellow Taxpayer,

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

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

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

Are you surprised?

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

God Bless,

Suzi McDonough

August 16, 2016

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August 16, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:17 PM EDT

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

Registering is quick and easy. Fill out an online application or mail in your application today.

To get more information about voting and how your voice makes a difference, check out our Citizens’ Toolkit.

NYLCVEF is hard at work hosting forums and educating the public about the environmental issues that matter all year. Voting day is when all our hard work pays off, make sure your voice is heard this November so Yonkers can have a greener future!

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Remembering 2 Heroic NY Marines 10 Years Later

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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August 15, 2016

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August 15, 2016

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

Monday, August 15, 2016 9:04 PM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Peter Chema Center

435 Riverdale Avenue

Yonkers

10:00am-4:30pm

 

Charles Cola Community Center

945 North Broadway

Yonkers

12:30pm-4:30pm

 

Coyne Park Community Center

777 Mclean Avenue

Yonkers

12:00pm-4:00pm

 

Scotti Community Center

680 Bronx River Road

Yonkers

11am-3:30pm

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

Yonkers Riverfront Library

1 Larkin Center

Yonkers

9:00am-8:00pm

 

Grinton I. Will Library

1500 Central Park Avenue

Yonkers

9:00am-9:00pm

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gratefully,

Zephyr

 

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August 14, 2016

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August 14, 2016

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:29 PM EDT

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

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

USA’s Justin Gatlin takes silver.

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

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

August 14, 2016

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August 14, 2016

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016 11:31 AM EDT

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

THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

August 8  to August 12, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Ending Deceptive Practices At Tanning Salons Across NY

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

Consumer Protections for Synergy Fitness Club Members

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

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

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

$100 Million Settlement For New York in Barclays Bank Case

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

 

In Other News…

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

Also This Week…

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

Finally…

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

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

August 13, 2016

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August 13, 2016

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

Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:16 PM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY they will be 11 to 7:45pm.

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

Hours may be extended further if the heat wave continues.

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

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

Presented to you by GPL’s Animanga Club.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She’ll leave Rio having set two world records.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 12, 2016

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August 12, 2016

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

Friday, August 12, 2016 9:31 PM EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT:          Slide the City

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

WHERE:       350 Gramatan Avenue
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Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AT SULLIVAN OVAL PARK

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best,

Zephyr

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POOL HOURS EXTENDED AT VETERAN PARK DUE TO HEAT WAVE.

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

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

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

President Obama’s summer picks:

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

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

Check out the President’s summer picks:

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Day

President Obama's daytime summer playlist

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

See the rest of the playlist →

Listen on Spotify →

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Night

President Obama's nighttime summer playlist

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

See the rest of the playlist →

Listen on Spotify →

President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List

President Obama's reading list

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

See the President’s 2015 list →

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

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

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

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

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

# # #

 

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

 

 

 

Get the HPV Vaccine at PPHP

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

# # #

 

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

 

 

 

Get the HPV Vaccine at PPHP.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

# # #

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

August 11, 2016

The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breaking News Alert

August 11, 2016

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:20 PM EDT

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Margaret A. Cunzio

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

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

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

Students to perform a piece at the concert tomorrow

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

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

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

 

 

Mr. Kenny Lee ” All Stars”

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

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

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

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

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

 

The William L Carter Jazz Musicians

Mr. Adam Pascual- Trumpet/Woodlands Middle School

Ms. Miranda Luiz- Trumpet/Masters School

Mr. Desmond Washington- Pianist/Woodlands Middle School

Ms. Taylor Harris- Vocal/College of Saint Rose

Mr. Samuel Washington III-Saxophonist/ Morehouse College

Ms. Olivia Marie Cook- Saxophonist/ Valhalla Middle School

Mr. Wesley Nyambi- Trumpet/Woodlands High School

Ms. Markeshia Ensley- Pianist/ Vocalist

Mrs. Jamille Rosylin Shands-McGuire/ Violinist

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

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

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

 

Mr. Jacob Robinson Drum Set/Music Conservatory of Westchester

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

PAUL FEINER

Friend,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Suzi McDonough
Candidate, NY State Assembly
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Save the date! October 2nd to October 10!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Walk one day, the whole way, or join a local event in your town!

Please, save October 2 to October 10!!

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Stay tuned for details on when we might be coming to your town and how else you can participate, or contact us directly at walk@aqeny.org

Be apart of history as we walk to Albany for the 10-year anniversary of CFE

In solidarity,

Zakiyah Ansari,
Advocacy Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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For the greater part of our nation’s history, the only way to get a message to the President and the White House was to send it by mail. Technology has made new ways of communicating possible. In the 1880s, the White House began receiving phone calls. In 1994, WhiteHouse.gov introduced a way for the public to submit messages online.

These days, no matter where you are or what time of day it is, it’s possible to connect instantaneously, in real time, to people all over the world. One of our jobs at the White House is to keep up with these new ways of communication.

That’s why today, for the first time ever, you’ll be able to send a note to President Obama simply by messaging the White House on Facebook, the same way you message your friends.

There's a new way to message President Obama at the White House

Getting a word in with the president has always been one of the White House’s most popular citizen services. As President Obama himself has pointed out, “Abraham Lincoln was able to have regular office hours where people would come and wait outside his office, which was over in the residence.” Face-to-face time is a little harder to come by these days, but technology makes it possible for anyone with an internet connection to send a message to the President and his Administration.

The White House’s Messenger bot, a first of its kind for any government the world over, will make it as easy as messaging your closest friends.

So, head on over to the White House’s Facebook page and click “Message” to get in touch with the President.

Thanks,

Jason

Jason Goldman
Chief Digital Officer
The White House
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Please be advised of the following road closures for a scheduled Metro North project:

  • Friday, Aug. 12th – Lakeview Avenue will close at 10:00 p.m. and reopen Monday, Aug. 15th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 19th –  Lakeview Avenue will close at 10:00 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, Aug. 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

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TODAY: SENATOR GILLIBRAND TO VISIT ALPHA-EN, ANNOUNCE NEW BIPARTISAN “MADE IN AMERICA MANUFACTURING COMMUNITIES ACT” TO GROW MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY

 

Gillibrand’s Legislation Would Put Designated “Manufacturing Communities” like Yonkers in Front of the Line to Receive Federal Economic Development Funding

 

Yonkers, NY – On Wednesday, August 10th at 12:30 PM, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to visit the new headquarters of alpha-En in Yonkers and announce her bipartisan Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act legislation. Senator Gillibrand’s legislation would grow the manufacturing industry and help create good-paying jobs in Westchester County by creating a permanent program that designates local regions as “Manufacturing Communities,” which would put them in the front of the line to receive federal economic development funding specifically for the purpose of investing in manufacturing.

 

Date:               TODAY, Wednesday, August 10th

Time:              12:30 PM Location:        Alpha-En

i.park — 28 Wells Avenue (at the corner of Bashford Street), 2nd floor

                        Yonkers, NY 10701

 

Senator Gillibrand’s bill would help the manufacturing industry in Westchester County continue to grow by creating a permanent program to competitively award regions with the “Manufacturing Community” designation. This designation would give these communities preferred consideration when applying for up to $1.3 billion in currently available federal economic development funding for manufacturing. This legislation encourages a regionally-driven approach to strengthening the manufacturing industry. To compete for funding through this program and earn the “Manufacturing Communities” designation, communities would create regional partnerships with key stakeholders such as local and state economic development officials, local governments, manufacturers, labor organizations, and higher education or other training providers.

 

In order to earn the Manufacturing Communities designation, communities would demonstrate the significance of manufacturing in their region and develop strategies to utilize their “Manufacturing Communities” designation in making investments in six areas:

 

  • Workforce training and retraining;
  • Advanced research;
  • Infrastructure and site development;
  • Supply chain support;
  • Promotion of exports and foreign direct investment; and
  • Operational improvement and capital access for manufacturers that supports energy or process efficiency, equipment or facility upgrades, the development of business incubators, among other activities.

 

Senator Gillibrand’s bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Christopher A. Coons (D-DE), and a bipartisan House version was introduced by U.S. Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), Tim Ryan (D-OH), John Katko (R-NY), Cheri Bustros (D-IL), John Garamendi (D-CA), and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX).

 

MCDONOUGH STANDS AGAINST INSIDER, DIRTY POLITICS DEMANDS IMMEDIATE PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM OPPONENT
Mother. Leader. Neighbor.

Mahopac, NY (08/10/16) — Suzi McDonough is exposing the dirty politics of the local political machine and demanding an immediate public apology from her opponent.

“Scared of our grassroots campaign, the political machine is disenfranchising the voters. Sadly my opponent, fearing the outcome of a September primary where the voters decide, used a team of attorneys to have dozens of my legitimate signatures removed using a minor technicality of documentation which voided legitimate Conservative Party members signatures. My opponent’s slanderous assertions are outright lies,” said Suzi McDonough.

McDonough Campaign Manager Antoinette Debellis said, “The comments by our opponent against Suzi, a mother of five and widow to a husband who lost his battle with cancer, are beyond the pale and deserve to be rescinded and replaced with an immediate apology. Our campaign has been positive and community oriented from the start. Those petitions were collected from voters who wanted to see Suzi on the ballot. This underhanded, political maneuver to disenfranchise the voters is pathetic and unforgivable!”

Suzi has always maintained that she would run a positive, grassroots campaign.Suzi has stuck to her pledge and is saddened by her opponent’s most recent plunge into gutterball politics.

Suzi continued, “This is sickening, and while I will continue a positive campaign, my opponent should be ashamed. We will now focus like a laser on the September 13th Republican Primary and look forward to a large grassroots victory against this type of negative politics!”

“As I prepare to shake up Albany. For me this has always been a door to door, voter to voter grassroots campaign. Fiercely independent, the insiders both here and in Albany know that I cannot be controlled and that I am here for the people of this District. I am proud to have integrity and real grassroots support, not being endorsed by proxies or some political figures is fine with me,” McDonough added.

Suzi has lived in Mahopac, a hamlet of Carmel, for over 50 years. She graduated from Mahopac High School and a few years later married the love of her life, Jimmy McDonough. Together, Suzi and Jimmy owned and operated successful businesses in the Hudson Valley and have five amazing children.

The Primary Election for the 94th Assembly District will occur on September 13th.

One of the most-feared consequences of the Citizens United decision appears to have come true.

President Obama warned after the Citizens United decision that it would “open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.” It took a couple years for it to come true, but here we are.

It was just reported that last year a Chinese corporation gave $1.3 million to a super PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. And so far, it appears to be within the law post-Citizens United.

This is what’s wrong with our campaign finance system. We have unregulated, unlimited money in our elections from millionaires, billionaires, and corporations — and now there’s money from outside the country. We’ve got to stop this.

Zephyr is going to fight to overturn Citizens United in Congress. She can stand up to the special interests because she’s not taking their money. But that means it’s up to you and Zephyr, Delfim.

Add your name to say we need to get foreign money out of our elections as part of our work to overturn Citizens United. Click here to sign.

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The choice in our election is pretty clear if you care about big money in politics.

Zephyr’s opponent says that overturning Citizens United “could put the U.S. on the road to tyranny.”

Meanwhile, Zephyr’s work on corruption in politics was actually cited in the Supreme Court justices’ dissent in the Citizens United decision.

These are the stakes. We need to get big money out of politics, and Zephyr’s going to be in that fight every step of the way. She needs you with her, Delfim.

Say that you want to get foreign money out of our democracy as part of our work to overturn Citizens United.

Thanks for standing with Zephyr on this issue.

Best,

Kim Maier
Campaign Manager
Zephyr Teachout for Congress

 

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The US gymnastics team, led by Simone Biles, takes the gold in the women’s team competition.

Biles is competing in her first Olympic Games. The win marks the start of what could be a gold rush for the 19-year-old Biles, who is bidding to take home five gold medals.

It also means the US retains the title it won in London four years ago. It is unbeaten in team competitions during that period.

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Simone Biles and the U.S. women jumped, spun and flew to a dominant gold-medal performance in team gymnastics in Rio

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The team of Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian lived up to their prohibitive favoritism by putting up the highest total score in every apparatus. The gold medal, the Americans’ third team gold after 2012 and 1996, came in the final Olympics for the national team coordinator, Martha Karolyi, a crucial player in the rise of American gymnastics for more than 30 years. Read more »

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

Root to Stalk: Cooking Demonstration

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Golf, Tennis, Food, Auction, and Fun with The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Fairfield/Westchester Chapter September 26, 2016

Help cure Crohn’s and Colitis and have fun at the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter’s 24th annual Golf & Tennis Outing on September 26, 2016 at the Fairview Country Club, 1241 King Street, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Play golf, show your tennis prowess, play cards, enjoy cocktails and dinner, purchase a Betteridge raffle ticket, or bid on exciting auction items to support Crohn’s and Colitis research and education.

Sponsorships Available.  100% of net proceeds will support CCFA activities such as research for a cure and education.  Sponsor a tee, golf cart, tennis court, meal, gift bag, or purchase a journal ad to support Crohn’s and Colitis research and get your company in front of hundreds of potential new clients.  Current Gold level sponsors include: AmTrust Title, Citrix, Ladenburg Thalmann, Tudor Investment Corp., Shearman & Sterling LLP, Skadden, Latham & Watkins LLP, and QueBIT.

Journal Ads Available.  Purchase a journal ad to promote your business, honor a colleague or family member, congratulate our honoree, acknowledge committee members, support The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are two painful, unpredictable lifelong digestive diseases, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  IBD affects 1.6 million people, or 1 in 200, with 90,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  Although $250 million is dedicated to research, there currently is no cure.  $.82 of each dollar raised goes directly towards mission-critical programs.

For more information, visit http://ccfatournament2016fw.auction-bid.org or contact Lisa Harding, (914) 812-8998 or lharding@ccfa.org.

About Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA)

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org).  The Westchester/Fairfield chapter promotes this mission locally.

 

 

JLB screens the movie SOLD.

 

SOLD Screening.

The Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) is holding a one-time screening of SOLD, at Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill, 29 Fitzgerald St. Yonkers, NY on Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.   

This event is open to the public and tickets are $11.  They can be purchased on line via this link.  The evening will also feature a moderated Q&A after the film.  Please invite your friends and family.  We need your support to bring this event to fruition.

This film that tells the unforgettable story of a girl who risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.  SOLD gives a voice to the millions of children who disappear every year. It is a call to action and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit. We are partnered with a service called Tugg, which enables people and organizations to set up screenings in their local theater in efforts to spread awareness of these important issues.

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YONKERS MAYOR SPANO AND NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY ROLL OUT INTERIOR LED LIGHT CONVERSION PROJECT FOR ALL CITY BUILDINGS.

 

Yonkers to Replace Over 20,000 Fluorescent Lights with LED Energy Efficient Tubes, Saving Yonkers Taxpayers Up to $250,000 Per Year.

Yonkers Initiative Part of NYPA’s Five Cities Energy Initiative.

 

Yonkers, NY – August 9, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that, through their partnership in the Five Cities Energy Initiative, Yonkers will replace 20,200 interior lighting fixtures with LED energy efficient tubes in all city operated buildings. The project, partially funded by NYPA, will save Yonkers taxpayers up to $250,000 per year and reduce the City’s carbon footprint by 1,226 tons annually.

 

“Once again Yonkers leads by example as this LED light conversion project continues our commitment to preserving our community for future generations,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.  “Yonkers is already one of the most energy-efficient cities in the nation.  This project and our ongoing partnership with NYPA will help build on that success and cement Yonkers’ position at the forefront of urban sustainability and as a national model for its green initiatives.”
“With projects like the LED bulb installations, Yonkers continues to show its steadfast commitment to fostering a sustainable, energy-efficient future for the city,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This is a win-win. Not only do initiatives like these make meaningful reductions to greenhouse gas emissions, they also save taxpayers money every year.”

Yonkers’ interior LED light conversion project is replacing 32 watt, T8 fluorescent tubes to more efficient 12 watt LED T8 tubes. Buildings where its lights are being replaced include Yonkers City Hall, Robert W. Cacace Justice Center, 87 Nepperhan Government Building, Yonkers Riverfront Library, Grinton I. Will Library, Crestwood Library and the Hudson River Museum.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

 

LED bulbs can be six to seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80%. LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more and last 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. Yonkers’ LED light conversion project is funded by a $300,000 grant provided by NYPA as part of the Five Cities Energy Master Plan which was launched in 2014.

 

Over the last four years, Mayor Spano and the City of Yonkers have undertaken one of the most ambitious municipal sustainability programs in New York State. Known as Yonkers Green City, the City’s initiatives include the installation of 12,000 new LED street lights, will save Yonkers taxpayers $18 million in energy costs over ten years and reduce the City’s carbon footprint by 12 percent, along with the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in municipal garages.
“I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and his continued support for the City of Yonkers. We look forward to continue working with him and NYPA to expand sustainability efforts in our City,” added Mayor Spano.

 

“The Yonkers Green City Advisory Committee would like to applaud Mayor Spano and the Administration’s efforts in putting sustainability first,” said Julie Chang, of the Yonkers Green City Committee. “The Yonkers Energy Master Plan has several exciting initiatives and we are thrilled to see the City implement the Interior LED lighting project in multiple city buildings.  The City continues to make headway to reduce its carbon footprint and take strides in the City’s overall sustainability.  We are proud to be a part of this exciting project.”

 

Launched in 2015, the Five Cities Energy Plan supports the Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system, while meeting his goal under the recently enacted Clean Energy Standard of having 50 percent of power used in the state come from renewable sources by 2030. The Five Cities plan also expands upon the Governor’s BuildSmart NY Program, to make state-owned and managed buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The cities will work toward the goal of cutting energy use 20 percent by 2020 for municipal buildings and 20 percent by 2030 citywide, including private buildings. If the cities reached those goals, NYPA estimated it could result in $400 million in combined annual savings.

To learn more about Yonkers Green City initiatives, visit www.yonkersny.gov/live/yonkersgreencity.

 

 

A FREE magical musical weekend at the Yonkers Waterfront: A tribute to Yonkers native Ella Fitzgerald and fun music program for the kids by Grammy nominee Billy Kelly!

 

Yonkers, NY – August 9th, 2016 –  On Aug 12th at 6:30pm, the Yonkers Friday Night Jazz, Blues and More Series will feature “Ella Everlasting”, a very special free event where Jazzmeia Horn will perform a musical tribute to Yonkers’ own, Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Jazzmeia Horn is one the biggest rising stars in the world of Jazz and winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. She was also the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition and the 2015 Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Young Lioness Award. Her special tribute to Ella Fitzgerald is a not to be missed event! And best of all, its completely free and open to the public! For more about Jazzmeia visit: http://theartistryofjazzhorn.com.

 

On Saturday Aug 13th, Billy Kelly will perform for the kids at the Riverwalk Children’s Series in Van Der Donk Park across from the Yonkers Metro North station. Billy has been nominated for the 2016 Grammy in the Best Children’s Music Album category.  He has received rave reviews: “This upbeat, hoot of an album with its outstanding performances and unique lyrics and concepts will be welcome in children’s music collections.” – School Library Journal. Bring the kids and enjoy some fun family time at 4pm in Van Der Donck Park, located at 1 Larkin Plaza. This event is also completely free and open to the public. For more about Billy Kelly visit: http://thebillykellyshow.com/press/

 

Downtown Yonkers is fast becoming the place to be and be seen, especially in the arts. Each year, thousands of people attend the Friday Night Jazz, Blues and More music series.  It’s one of the most anticipated local events of the summer and always draws a great crowd! Make a plan to stop by every Friday evening, rain or shine from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, now through the end of August, at the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Amphitheatre, 71 Water Grant Street. The series is made free by the generous support of sponsors: The Yonkers Downtown BID, the City of Yonkers, and Domino Sugar.

 

The Riverwalk Children’s series is yet another wonderful program that rounds out the summer weekends providing fun for the whole family every Saturday at Van Der Donk Park at 4pm.  Be sure to visit YonkersDowntown.com for all the details.

 

About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID

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

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

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Farm Stand Open – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Select seasonal, beautiful, local vegetables picked fresh from our fields, and choose from a variety of artisan produce including honey,

eggs, maple syrup, pies and jams.

 

 

SATURDAY

U-Pick – 10 a.m.

Bring a basket and harvest your own fresh produce right from the farm. Pay at the farm stand.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Free guided tour of the farm, fields and animals every fourth Saturday through October.

 

Beekeeping – 10 a.m. – noon

Join us for a taste of honey and learn about harvesting honey from the hive. There will be an overview of when, what and how to harvest.

This workshop will cover both the crush-and-strain and extraction method (which uses centrifugal force to spin honey out of the combs),

as well as how to properly store your honey, different container options and ways to use your harvest. Fee $25, $22.50 for Friends of Hilltop

Hanover; pre-registration required.

 

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.

 

For event tickets and to register for events, go to HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

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

American swimmer Ryan Murphy wins gold in the men’s 100-meter backstroke, setting a new Olympic record with the time of 51.97.

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US swimmer Lilly King sets an Olympic record as she wins gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.

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MAYOR MIKE SPANO LAUNCHES 5th ANNUAL YONKERS “BACKPACK TO SCHOOL” SUPPLY DONATION DRIVE

 

Residents and Businesses Encouraged to Donate Backpacks and School Supplies for Yonkers Students in Need

 

YONKERS, NY – August 8, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the launch of the City’s annual “Backpack to School” school supply donation drive. The drive provides backpacks and school supplies to Yonkers Public School students most in need. This is the fifth consecutive year Mayor Spano and Yonkers Public Schools have organized the drive which is held in partnership with sponsors Heavenly Productions, Empire City Casino and Access Bag N’ Pack. Items donated this year will be provided to students of Community School 13.

 

“Back-to-school supplies are expensive and can be a big financial burden for working families, especially those who have more than one child in school,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I encourage the entire community to join our Backpack to School Drive and lend a helping hand to those students most in need.”

 

According to the National Retail Federation, the average parent spends hundreds of dollars on back-to-school items, including $107.76 on school supplies, $361.74 on clothing and shoes and $204.06 on electronics.

 

Beginning Monday, August 8, backpack and school supply donations may be made at Backpack to School drop-off locations, including Yonkers City Hall, Robert W. Cacace Justice Center, 87 Nepperhan Government Building, Yonkers Riverfront Library, Grinton I. Will Library, Crestwood Library and each of the City’s four Police Precincts. Suggested supply packages for donation include new backpacks filled with the following school supplies:

 

  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Washable markers
  • Glue sticks or Elmer’s glue
  • Rulers
  • Pink erasers
  • #2 pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Composition Books
  • Pencil pouches
  • Pocket folders
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue Packets

 

“For so many of our families these donated backpacks and school supplies provide an enormous help to relieve their financial burden,” noted Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez.  “This collaborative effort is an outstanding example of how business and community, the City of Yonkers and the Board of Education working together benefit our young students and their families.  Help us put a smile on our students’ faces when they wear the new backpacks knowing there are community people who want to help them succeed in school.”

                                                                                         

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada said, “On behalf of the students at Community School 13, we would like to thank, in advance, the local business partners, citizens, families and everyone who generosity participates in this program.  The academic success of our students requires the support of our entire community.  Our children’s achievement is enriched when the community demonstrates a commit to education and to Yonkers’ children in need.”

 

The Backpack to School Drive will run through August 30th. For more information about the program, please contact the City of Yonkers Public Information Office at 914-377-6300 or visit www.yonkersny.gov/backpack.

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Michael Phelps wins record-extending 23rd Olympic medal as US swimmers take gold in men’s 4x100m relay at Rio 2016.

American Katie Ledecky breaks her own world record to take gold in women’s 400-meter freestyle

At least 38 people have been killed by landslides in the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz after Tropical Storm Earl hit eastern Mexico, according to the official Twitter account of National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Puente.

Starting Monday, August 8 through Friday, August 12, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway
    • Monday & Tuesday (8/8 & 8/9) – West Abutment Excavation
      • Southbound Right Lane – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87)
    • Wednesday to Friday (8/10 to 8/12) – Pier 5 Demolition
      • Northbound Left Lane – 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Ashford Avenue
    • 1 lane in each direction at all times until the summer of 2018.

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

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Think tanks claim to be independent. But they have become important players in Washington’s corporate influence machine.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 11:16 AM EDT

Think tanks, which position themselves as “universities without students,” have power in government policy debates because they are seen as researchers independent of moneyed interests. But in the chase for funds, think tanks are pushing agendas important to corporate donors, at times blurring the line between researchers and lobbyists. And they are doing so while reaping the benefits of their tax-exempt status, sometimes without disclosing their connections to corporate interests. Read more »

Alex Rodriguez is set to end his playing career this week, with the New York Yankees announcing today he will play his final game Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The club will then release Rodriguez, and he will serve as a special adviser and instructor with the team through Dec. 31, 2017.

GREENBURGH HIRES THIRD FORMER GRADUATE OF GREENBURGH POLICE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP AS POLICE OFFICER

CAMP, ESTABLISHED IN THE 1990s, PROVIDES TRAINING TO CHILDREN 12 TO 16 YEARS OLD AND HAS INSPIRED GRADUATES TO CHOOSE LAW ENFORCEMENT AS CAREER—

At our last meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board (this past Wednesday) the Town Board hired new officers and promoted others to the police department We also appointed our third graduate of the police summer youth camp to police officer.   Craig Thomas joins former youth camp graduates. Herman Killiebrew, and Peter Schmidt as a police officer.
 

The police summer youth camp was started in the 1990s. Children who are 12 to 16 years old go through a mini police academy where they learned about different areas of law enforcement. The campers visited local and district courts,  and  meet agents from the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI and the Westchester District Attorney’s office.

They also have seen demonstrations by the county bomb squad and aviation unit, the Greenburgh and Yonkers K-9 units, the Hudson River Marine Units and the Greenburgh SWAT/Tech Rescue teams and have gone  to Washington, D.C. to visit the FBI Academy, the Police Memorial Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the Marine Corps Museum.

The goal of the program: to encourage young people to interact with law enforcement and to have a better appreciation of the responsibilities our police have.  I am very proud of the fact that three of our graduates were inspired by the program and decided to become police officers.  Obviously, this camp is a success and has accomplished what we set to achieve when we first established the camp. Thanks to the Lanza Family Foundation for helping to fund the program over the years.  This is the kind of program we need nationally -could help improve relations between the police and youth.

This is a link to the promotion/appointment ceremony (the Chief highlights the background of our new appointments)

http://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/08042016-1022/#8
Appointment Taylor D. Braig, Mitchell C. Cole, Brian P. Doherty and Craig L. Thomas as Entry-Level Police Officers

Promotion of Lieutenant Michael D’Alessio to Captain

Promotion of Sergeants Gregory Attalienti and Daniel Valentine to Lieutenant

Promotion of Detective Scott Harding to Sergeant

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

August 1  to August 5, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Stopping Zika Prevention Scams

Attorney General Schneiderman issued cease and desist letters to 7 companies for deceptively marketing products as “Zika preventive” that do not prevent or protect consumers against Zika virus or mosquitoes. The AG urged New Yorkers to only use products that contain ingredients, such as DEET, that are proven to be effective. Watch the NBC NY coverage here.

Less than 24 hours after the Attorney General commenced action, six of the seven companies removed misleading advertising or completely removed their products online. Read the Times Union story here.

Zika

Watch the press conference here.

Delivering Justice to Sandy Victims 

On Monday, AG Schniederman charged an engineering company with a 50-count indictment for allegedly altering assessment of damage reports of residential properties from Superstorm Sandy. Additionally, the Attorney General released a report that identified fundamental flaws in the National Flood Insurance Program and offered recommendation for reforms to ensure a more transparent insurance claims process for homeowners. Read the New York Times piece here.

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In Other News…

The Attorney General continues to protect employees against unscrupulous non-compete agreements.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will pay $125 million in a 48-state settlement.

Also This Week…

An NYS employee pleaded guilty to stealing over $2.3M in state funds though a bribery scheme.

Finally…

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

Newburgh


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To ensure the safety of the dancers, musicians and our technical people… we are inside at Saunders High School this evening.

 

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U.S. teen Virginia Thrasher has won the first gold of the 2016 Olympic Games, medaling in the 10 Meter Air Rifle event.

China took the silver and bronze in the competition.

The Olympic Games opened last night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

August 05, 2016

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August 05, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Donald Trump has endorsed Speaker Paul Ryan in his primary race after not doing so earlier. It’s an attempt to heal a G.O.P. rift.

Friday, August 5, 2016 8:28 PM EDT

Moving to heal a deepening rift within the Republican Party, Donald J. Trump belatedly endorsed the primary campaign of Speaker Paul D. Ryan here on Friday, giving his backing to the re-election effort of the nation’s most powerful elected Republican. Mr. Trump ignited a controversy on Tuesday when he said he was not “quite there yet” in supporting Mr. Ryan, echoing a similar line of doubt that Mr. Ryan had cast before eventually endorsing Mr. Trump for president. The remarks threatened to further splinter Mr. Trump’s relationship with the party and infuriated many officials, including Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, publicly, but peacefully, disagreed with him and backed Mr. Ryan. Read more »

Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday, days after saying he wasn’t “quite there” yet.

“We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly, toward real change,” Trump said, reading off notes at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “So in our shared mission, to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.”

Trump earlier in the week had declined to endorse Ryan, as well as Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte. But after endorsing Ryan, Trump then endorsed the Arizona and New Hampshire senators in their primary races, too.

“While I’m at it, I hold in the highest esteem Sen. John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office, and I fully support and endorse his re-election. I also fully support and endorse Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.”

Dear Friends,
We are just days away from the second annual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Empire City Casino, where we come together to raise awareness and much needed funds for ALS patients. The viral challenge was originally founded right here in Yonkers by one of our own, Pat Quinn. We’re doing everything we can to make sure Quinn for the Win gets the funding it needs to support Pat as we work together under the mantra: Every August Until a Cure!
Last year we had a great day. Over five hundred people came out to the event and we hope to make this year’s event even better. So please come out, Sunday August 7th to Empire City Casino from 11am to 2pm. It’s going to be a great day for family and friends.
We hope you can make it but if you can’t, Pat can really use all of our help. At this stage, he needs multiple pieces of specialized equipment in order to carry on with the activities of daily living that we take for granted. Therefore, if you can’t make it, but would like to donate, please do so by visiting www.q4tw.com.
2016 National Night Out
 

We had a great time this week at National Night Out, where we celebrated with the 1st Precinct at Andrus Field, the 2nd Precinct at Coyne Park, the 3rd Precinct at Anthony O’Boyle Park and the 4th Precinct at the Kennedy Marina.

One of the best parts about National Night Out is that you’ll never know who you’ll run into. I walked through several of the events with Rye Deputy Mayor Julie Killian talking to residents and learning from the many informative demonstrations put on by our police department. Check out some of these great pictures to see all the fun:

And no event would be complete without the Deirdre O’Mara School of Irish Dance!

It’s been a difficult year to be a member of law enforcement. Yonkers’ finest work so hard each and every day to keep all of us safe. They truly embody the motto ‘to serve and protect.’ I’d also like to salute the other police agencies which help protect Yonkers including the New York State Troopers, and the Westchester County Police (who were on hand with their police helicopter – a very cool thing to see it take off!) and the many Yonkers residents who serve in fine federal, state and local police units like the NYPD. Thank you all for your service and for everything you do.

 
#RespectYO
 
CBS 2 recently did some great coverage of our ongoing crackdown on littering in Yonkers. We’re not messing around. It’s OUR City, let’s keep it clean!
Despite the fact that they misspelled my name (LOL!), this was an important part of our ongoing advertising campaign which will bring the administration, the Board of Education, local businesses, neighborhood associations and schools kids together to combat liter around the City.
Click here to learn more about our new law which puts sharp teeth in the ongoing anti-littering campaign. Our campaign is geared toward shifting individual perceptions towards littering and includes a multitude of soon-to-be-released initiatives by various City agencies designed to decrease littering. To get involved visit respectyonkers.com.
 
Celebrate India’s Independence Day
 
Indian-Americans are a vital thread in the fabric of this great nation. Please join me this Saturday for the annual flag raising ceremony at City Hall where they recognize the independence of the nation from which they emigrated here.
Happy Birthday Ryan McLaughlin
 
On a personal note, this weekend is very special to Debbie and I as we celebrate our son Ryan’s tenth birthday. Like most other parents, Ryan is the greatest thing that has happened to us and has made the last ten years absolutely amazing. Happy birthday buddy!
Upcoming Events
 
8/6/16 – Hands on Nature & Hudson River Family Seining – CURB 35 Alexander St. – 11am – 4pm
8/6/16 – Visit the Science Barge – 99 Dock Street – 12pm – 6pm
8/6/16 – Opening Reception for WAVE at the Blue Door Gallery – 2pm – 5pm
8/6/16 – Riverwalk Children’s Entertainment Series featuring Mad Science – Van Der Donck Park – 4pm – 5pm
8/6/16 – India’s Independence Day Flag Raising – City Hall – 10am
8/7/16 – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Empire City – 11am – 2pm
8/7/16 – Hudson River Museum Gallery Tour – 1pm – 2pm
8/7/16 – Art & Science on the Barge – 99 Dock Street – 2pm -4pm
 
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Alamo Drafthouse joins the Party with Exclusive R-Rated Sausage Party Coloring Book and Movie-Inspired Menu

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s R-rated animated feature calls for an adults-only R-rated coloring book — plus a Shopwell’s smorgasbord of delicious food and drink specials to get your mouth around

When SAUSAGE PARTY opens on August 12, it will indeed be a party at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas nationwide. The upcoming release of the very adult animated comedy from the writers of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and SUPERBAD has been a source of joy and excitement at Alamo for months. Alamo Founder and CEO Tim League has even heralded the film as “the BLAZING SADDLES of our generation.”

Now, Alamo Drafthouse is proud to announce it will offer a totally exclusive, completely NOT safe for work/school/children/home SAUSAGE PARTY coloring book featuring characters and artwork from the film and an introduction by writer and star Seth Rogen himself! The SAUSAGE PARTY COLORING BOOK will be available with advance ticket purchase online starting August 4, and will be on sale at participating Alamo theaters and online through Mondo when the film opens.

“This movie about a talking hot dog has been one of the biggest passion projects we’ve ever had,” says Rogen in his introduction. “You too can experience what it was like to be one of the many amazing animators. Feel the rush of bringing to life to your favorite foods, and then the even greater rush of seeing those foods have sex with each other.”

For just $6, fans can take home a piece of the SAUSAGE PARTY magic and enjoy wholesome, fun activities just like in kids’ coloring books… only made completely unwholesome. Color in filthy scenes from the movie! Enjoy an F-bomb heavy word find! Help Frank find his way through the “Glory Maze” and more!

Alamo head honcho League recently took to the streets — and to a hot dog costume — in a new video outlining the five reasons  he believes you should see SAUSAGE PARTY, praising the film for its relentless wit and sly subversiveness, among other qualities. “I honestly think it’s Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s smartest script to date,” League enthuses.

Vegetarian. Vegan. Pescatarian. Omnivore. No matter the diet, SAUSAGE PARTY reveals a single awful truth: ALL the foods we know and love are actually sentient beings, and every time we eat them we’re committing cold-blooded murder. Cold-blooded, hilarious murder.

But… sausages are DELICIOUS. So are crunchy tacos, creamy hummus and fried twinkies. All of which (and more) can be found among Alamo’s SAUSAGE PARTY food and drink specials, available at participating locations — and on a menu perfectly designed to look like a sales circular from Shopwell’s, the grocery store featured in the film.

Check your conscience at the door and dig into plump, all-beef sirloin hot dogs served on pillowy soft fresh buns in four different styles, all modeled after the lovable, bite-able “Fancy Dogs” on screen. Mow down on “Teresa’s Tacos,” nosh on “Sammy Bagel & the Lavash,” or get a sweet taste of the “The Twink.” Wash it all down with a refreshing (and guilt-reducing) craft cocktail, like the “The Douche” or “The ‘Smoked Out’ Firewater.”

Says League: “SAUSAGE PARTY is going to be the perfect synthesis of food and film at the Alamo Drafthouse.”

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

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SAUSAGE PARTY Opens August 12
Visit https://drafthouse.com/show/sausage-party  to purchase advance tickets and coloring books.

Watch Tim League’s full SAUSAGE PARTY endorsement video here: https://youtu.be/1qcT9-hCPc0

Check out the menu and view/download hi-res photos here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jcrgb03xwc5dtnj/AAAf0wpApM4ob3_J32Vvy8p-a?dl=0

For Alamo Drafthouse Brand PR Media Inquiries:
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EMAIL:                    Brandy@fonspr.com

About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired.com. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star- studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered three Academy Award nominations in its short four-year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

SENATOR GEORGE LATIMER ORGANIZES YONKERS COUNCIL OF PTA/PTSAs MEETING TO DISCUSS EDUCATION PRIORITIES.

 

Yonkers, NY –  State Senator George Latimer spoke with local Yonkers Council of PTA/PTSA members to listen to their education priorities and discuss recent state action on public education issues. This meeting was organized by Senator Latimer to ensure Yonkers public school parents had the opportunity to express their views on the state of Yonkers public schools and the education system in general. Senator Latimer also used the opportunity to highlight increased state aid to Yonkers schools and new investments in public education throughout New York State.

 

“Education is the great equalizer, and every single New York student deserves a high quality public education,” Senator George Latimer said. “I have fought to ensure our community receives our fair share of state education aid, as well as necessary resources to help our public school facilities modernize and grow. I appreciate the opportunity to speak with local public school parents and YCPTA leaders about their concerns as well as their priorities for how to improve the quality education our children receive.”

 

Senator Latimer discussed recent increases in state aid provided to public education in general, and to Yonkers specifically. This past year’s budget provided $24.8 billion for public education in New York State, which was a 6.5 percent increase over previous funding levels. On the local level, Senator Latimer helped secure over $277 million for Yonkers, which was a $20 million increase from last year. These funds will help ensure Yonkers students receive a higher quality education and are better prepared for the challenges and jobs of the future.

 

Quote from Yonkers Council PTA: “The Yonkers Council of PTA/PTSAs appreciates the opportunity to discuss general and budget education matters with Senator  Latimer.  Advocacy is our primary mission and we hope to have once again emphasized the importance of sound education policy and proper school funding because our children’s future depends on our advocacy efforts and the efforts by elected decision makers.”

 

Senator Latimer also used the meeting to discuss his concerns with the Albany-mandated linking of teacher evaluation systems with necessary education funds. The Senator stressed that this teacher evaluation system has not been implemented in the vast majority of public school districts, and the system itself is riddled with flaws. To address these concerns, and the need for school districts to receive the state aid they have been promised, Senator Latimer is calling for the two programs to be delinked and for a careful review of the teacher evaluation system.

 

“Artificially tying our children’s education aid with a poorly conceived, deeply-flawed teacher evaluation system is wrong, and it will be our public students who suffer as a result. This Albany mandate should have never been passed, and I urge the Senate Republican Majority to immediately delink these two issues to ensure our students receive the state education aid they deserve,” Senator George Latimer concluded.

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CITY OF YONKERS JOINS YONKERS NATIVE PAT QUINN TO RELAUNCH ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE SUNDAY, AUGUST 7

 

Hundreds to Gather Trackside at Empire City Casino for Simultaneous Ice Bucket Challenge to Benefit ALS Research

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and City Council President Liam McLaughlin along with Yonkers native Pat Quinn, will host a local re-launch of the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sunday, August 7 at 1pm at Empire City Casino. Pat Quinn, diagnosed with ALS and one of the originators of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge last year, will lead hundreds of participants in a simultaneous ice bucket challenge to reignite the viral social media movement throughout the month of August to benefit ALS research.

Chicago Police release videos showing officer-involved shooting incident of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal. Officers are heard cursing at O’Neal, whose arms appear limp as they put him in handcuffs.

Very sad news. A motorcyclist was struck and killed in a collision with an SUV Thursday night, near the Greenburgh Town Hall.

The motorcyclist, a 37-year-old man from the Fairview section of Greenburgh, was heading north on Hillside Avenue. A 78-year-old Greenburgh resident was driving a Chevy Suburban south on Hillside Avenue and turning left onto Old Tarrytown Road when the crash occurred at 10:46 p.m. Members of the Town Board were advised of this sad news which occurred near the Town Hall towards the end of our Board meeting.

 

More than 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents nationwide in 2015, representing a 10 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities compared to 2014, according to preliminary data provided by state highway safety offices. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released these numbers through its sixth annual motorcyclist fatality Spotlight report.

Why Are There Increases In The Amount of Deaths?

 

Experts who compiled this report say some of the risk factors that contributed to the increase in motorcycle fatalities include alcohol and drug use, increased speed limits and a record number of vehicles on U.S. roads. The report, which looks at current data, trends and developing issues, shows that 5,010 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015, only the third year in U.S. history and the first time since 2008 in which the fatality number topped 5,000. Compared with 2014, motorcyclist deaths increased in 31 states, dropped in 16 states and remained the same in three states plus the District of Columbia.

 

Unfortunately, there are many accidents each year. BE CAREFUL IF YOU ARE A MOTORIST OR MOTORCYCLIST.

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

 

  • Drivers should be aware and constantly look out for motorcyclists especially at street intersections where a majority of motorcycle collisions occur.
  • Drivers should consciously look out for motorcyclists when they make lane changes or when they exit or enter a parking lot or alley.
  • Motorcyclists should never ride without a DOT-compliant helmet, even when state law does not require it.
  • Motorcyclists and motorists should not operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • All motorists and motorcyclists should obey posted speed limits and not drive at speeds that are unsafe given roadway or weather conditions.
  • Motorcyclists would be well advised to wear bright-colored clothing so they can be better seen by other drivers.
  • When buying a new motorcycle, opt for a model with antilock brakes, which have been shown to decrease fatal crashes by preventing the wheels from locking during braking and helping with maintaining the vehicle’s stability.

 

If you are a driver be careful when driving –don’t get distracted.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES $100K SETTLEMENT WITH E-RETAILER AFTER DATA BREACH EXPOSES OVER 25K CREDIT CARD NUMBERS.

EZcontactsUSA.com Must Pay $100K In Penalties And Reform Business Practices Following Massive Breach.

Schneiderman: We Will Keep Working To Protect New Yorkers From Credit Card Fraud.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Provision Supply, LLC, d/b/a EZcontactsUSA.com, involving a data breach resulting in the potential exposure of over 25,000 credit card numbers and other cardholder data.  EZcontactsUSA.com has agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties and to shore up its data security practices.

 

 “New Yorkers deserve an Internet marketplace that secures their personal information,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “No one should be exposed to identity theft or financial fraud by simply buying something over the Internet. My office will continue working to help protect hardworking New Yorkers from credit card fraud.”

 

On August 7, 2014, a third party infiltrated EZcontactsUSA.com website, which is based in Brooklyn, New York.  On June 05, 2015, EZcontactsUSA.com’s merchant bank notified it that fraudulent charges were appearing on customer credit card accounts. Shortly thereafter, EZcontactsUSA.com engaged a company to conduct a forensic investigation, which discovered and removed all the malware on the EZcontactsUSA.com website.

EZContactsUSA.com never provided notice to its customers or law enforcement about the breach, in violation of General Business Law § 899-aa, which requires notice be provided to affected individuals and various government agencies including Schneiderman’s office, in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay.

Schneiderman’s office also found that EZContactsUSA.com violated Executive Law § 63(12) and General Business Laws §§ 349 and 350 by misrepresenting the safety and security of its website.  EZContactsUSA.com advertised its website as “100% safe and secure,” and “utilizing the latest security technology available.” However, a forensics investigation revealed that EZcontactsUSA.com’s website contained numerous security vulnerabilities. In particular, the investigation revealed that EZcontactsUSA.com did not maintain a written security policy addressing information security problems; deploy effective web server and host based firewall configurations designed to prevent unauthorized access and exploitation of commonly known vulnerable outgoing computer network port(s); implement anti-virus and anti-malware software on any computer systems; monitor and/or review the site’s performance and security configuration, or otherwise conduct vulnerability and penetration testing; or maintain firewall logs, which prevented investigators from determining the frequency of attacker visits and related information.

The settlement requires EZcontactsUSA.com to conduct thorough and expeditious investigations of any future data security breaches, provide prompt notice of data security breaches to affected New York residents and to New York law enforcement, maintain reasonable security policies and procedures designed to protect the personal information of consumers in accordance with New York State General Business laws, and to remediate the many security vulnerabilities contained in its website. EZcontactsUSA.com must also train employees with the most up-to-date data security practices, and pay a $100,000 penalty.

This case was handled by Bureau of Internet and Technology Deputy Bureau Chief Clark Russell and Resident Technologist Marc Kowtko. The Bureau of Internet and Technology is led by Bureau Chief Kathleen McGee and overseen by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Manisha Sheth.

Next week, from Monday August 8 through Friday August 12, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway

o   Monday & Tuesday (8/8 & 8/9) – West Abutment Excavation

  • Southbound Right Lane – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87)

o   Wednesday to Friday (8/10 to 8/12) – Pier 5 Demolition

  • Northbound Left Lane – 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Ashford Avenue

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

 

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

 

NOTEIf  in  spite  of  all  the  effort  to  circumvent  the  glitch  in  word  processing or  emailing  software that  creates  “joinedwords”,  this  email  has  them,  kindly overlook  them  and  notify  the  author  at  Dr.Richard.Cordero_Esq@verizon.net and  CorderoRic@yahoo.com.

 

 

Filing  a  petition  for  certiorari  in  the  Supreme Court or  a case  in  the  lower  courts is  an exercise  in  rigged gambling  and  waste especially  for  pro  ses,  whose  cases  are  weighted  in  the  Federal  Judiciary as  a  third  of  a  case

A  realistic alternative  that  takes  advantage of  presidential  politics  to  inform  the  national  public about,  and  outrage it  at,  judges’  wrongdoing  and  cause  the  public  to  demand nationally  televised  hearings on  judicial  wrongdoing

 

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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

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  1. Barriers to  access  to  the  Supreme Court:  the  booklet format,  the  preference given  to  a  few  lawyers, the  1  in  100  review chance,  and  the  cost  of  representation

 

  1. Oneof  the  first  barriers  encountered when  filing  for  certiorari  in  the  Supreme Court  is  the  format  of  both  the  brief  and  the  record to  be  filed. It  can  cost  $100,000  or  more  just  to  pay  a  specialized company  to  transcribe and  print  the  record  on  appeal  in  the  booklet format  required  by  Rule  33(*>jur:47fn77)  of  the  Rules  of  the  Supreme  Court  because  if  you  do  not  qualify as  indigent  to  file  in  forma  pauperis,  you  cannot  file  them  on  regular  8.5”  x  11”  paper(jur:47§1).  Given  that  the  Court  takes  cases  in  its  discretion  and  declines  to  do  so  without  explanation, if  it  does  not  take  yours  for  review,  your  printing  costs  together  with  the  filing fee  as  well  as  the  expense  of  researching  and  writing  the  brief  go  to  waste.

 

All  (blue  text  references)  herein are  keyed  to  my  study  of  judges and  their  judiciaries titled  and  downloadable as  follows:

 

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Consequent  Riskless  Wrongdoing:

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judicial  unaccountability  reporting*

 

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

 

  1. Ifyou  cannot  download the  Rules  of  the  Court(jur:47fn77b)  and  pay  attention to,  and  comply with,  their  hundreds of  minute  details, the  Court  will  not  even  have  the  opportunity  to  decide  whether to  take  your  case  for  review:  The  clerk  will  not  accept your  brief  for  filing.  He  will  send  it  back  for  you  to  correct the  mistakes  that  he  listed. You  must  do  so  within the  time  allowed. If  you  miss  the  deadline, subsequently  you  cannot file  your  case,  due  to  untimeliness.

 

  1. Inthe  last  few  years,  some  7,250  cases  were  filed  annually  in  the  Court, but  it  disposed of  an  average of  only  78  cases.  So  your  chances of  having  your  case  taken  for  review are  roughly  1  in  100(cf. jur:47fn81a).  In  the  casinos of  Las  Vegas, your  odds  of  winning  are  better.

 

  1. Yourodds  of  having your  case  reviewed by  the  Court  are  substantially worse  if  you  are  not  represented  by  one  of  the  “superlawyers”  †.  Their  cases  are  decidedly  preferred by  the  Supreme Court:  8  superlawyers argued  20%  of  cases  in  the  nine  years  between 2004-2012.  They  command whatever  attorney’s  fee  the  law  of  offer  and  demand allows,  which  only  a  few,  mostly  corporate parties,  can  afford.

 

 a.  The  Echo  Chamber…At America’s  court  of  last  resort, a  handful  of  lawyers  now  dominates  the  docket;  Reporters Joan  Biskupic,  Janet  Roberts,  and  John  Shiffman, Reuters  Investigates,  Thomson Reuters;  8dec14;  http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/scotus/

  1. Elite  circle of  lawyers  finds  repeat  success getting  cases  to  the  Supreme Court;  Gwen  Ifill  interviews Joan Biskupic,  Legal  Affairs Editor  in  Charge, Reuters;  PBS  NewsHour; 9dec14;  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/elite-circle-lawyers-finds-repeat-success-getting-cases-supreme-court/

 

  1. Superlawyersdeliver what  the  justices demand:  knowledgeable  and  authoritative  arguments based  on  legal  precedent  and  firmly  established or  proposed  principles of  law.  The  justices  want  clarification  about  any  contention in  the  briefs that  raised  questions in  their  minds. From  the  bench, they  will  ask  the  kind  of  question that  is  the  most  difficult to  answer  because it  requires  a  firm  command of  the  law:  ‘What  are  the  legal  implications  of  that  contention?’

 

  1. Thelaw  is  a  system  of  rules  of  conduct  developed over  time  that  intends  to  ensure  predictability  and  prevent  surprise and  arbitrariness.  Points of  law  in  a  case  have  to  fit  together and  with  previous ones  for  the  law  to  make  sense  and  provide a  reliable  standard of  expected  or  acceptable  conduct. A  pro  se  is  unlikely to  have  the  depth  and  breadth  of  legal  knowledge needed  to  answer ‘the  legal  implications question’.  He  or  she  cannot stand  before  the  justices  and  wing  it.

 

  1. Noris  a  pro  se  likely to  have  the  habit  or  skill  to  argue  by  analogy  and  distinction,  i.e.,  similar  facts  should  be  governed  by  the  same  legal  principles, which  contributes  to  complying  with  the  overarching requirement  of  “equal  protection of  the  laws”; and  distinguishable  ones  by  different or  new  ones.  A  pro  se  cannot improvise  the  application of  that  method of  reasoning.

 

  1. Consequently,a  pro  se  cannot  reasonably expect  the  Chief  Justice  and  the  eight  Associate  Justices of  the  august Supreme  Court  of  the  United States,  sitting  on  the  high  bench  to  hear  oral  argument  before the  national  press  and  a  select  audience of  guests,  to  let  a  pro  se  babble,  ramble, and  rant  about  the  facts  of  the  case  and  his  or  her  heartfelt pain  at  so  much  injustice visited  upon  him  or  her  by  the  adverse  party  ‘and  this  is  so  unfair!’…but  zero  legal  arguments. That  scenario  is  not  possible, an  idea  born  of  ignorance of,  or  reckless disregard  for,  the  applicable  standards of  performance  and  court  decorum. Wishful  thinking  is  unrealistic.

 

  1. Itcan  cost  more  than  $1,000,000(jur:48fn83)  to  take  a  case  all  the  way  to  final  adjudication  in  the  Supreme Court.  If  it  remands  to  the  district court  for  a  new  trial, you  start  all  over  again.

 

  1. Doyou  have  the  money  to  retain  a  member  of  the  Supreme Court  bar  to  argue  your  case?  If  you  do  not  have  money  to  even  pay  a  lawyer to  review  your  brief  before filing  it  in  the  Court, you  don’t.

 

  1. Judicialreview in  the  Supreme Court  is  not  only  discretionary with  the  justices, it  is  also  illusory  (jur:48§2;  cf.  46§3).  Worse  yet,  the  barriers to  justice  are  raised  at  earlier  stages.

 

  1. A case  filed  by  a  pro  se  in  a  federal court  is  weighted as  a  third  of  a  case

 

  1. Whenyou  file  a  case  in  a  federal district  court,  you  have  to  file  a  Case  Information Sheet.  It  asks,  among  other  things,  whether you  are  represented, that  is,  a  lawyer  is  appearing  on  your  behalf, or  you  are  pro  se,  meaning  that  you  are  appearing  ‘for  yourself’.  Checking the  “pro  se”  box  in  that  Sheet  has  consequences at  the  brief  in-take  office of  the  clerk  of  court  that  are  funereal  without the  solemnity:  Your  case  was  dead  on  arrival  and  is  sent  right  away  to  potter’s field.

 

  1. Inthe  Federal  Judiciary, pro  se  cases  are  weighted as  a  third  of  a  case(jur:43fn65a  >page  40).  By  comparison, “a  death-penalty habeas  corpus  case  is  assigned a  weight  of  12.89”(jur:43¶81).  As  a  result of  such  weighting, a  pro  se  case  is  given  some  39  times  less  attention than  a  death  penalty  case  regardless  of  the  pro  se  case’s nature,  what  is  at  stake  in  it,  and  whether the  complaint  was  written  by  joe  the  plumber  or  a  law  professor.

 

  1. Yourbrief  is  likely not  to  be  read  at  all…that  is  the  whole  purpose  of  the  Case  Information  Sheet: to  tell  the  court  on  half  of  one  side  of  one  page  what  the  case  is  all  about  and  what  relief the  party  is  requesting  so  that  if  the  court  does  not  want  to  grant  it,  why  bother reading  the  brief? But  you  still  had  to  pay  the  filing  fee  of  $400,  while  a  party  that  filed  an  application  for  a  writ  of  habeas corpus  only  had  to  pay  $5.  Is  this  why  it  is  said  “Justice is  blind”?

 

  1. Justice is  blind,  but  the  judge  sees  the  incompetence  of  pro  se  pleadings

 

  1. Afederal district  judge  has  hundreds  of  weighted  cases. In  fact,  “a  judicial emergency  [is  not  declared  until  there  is  a]  vacancy in  a  district court  where  weighted filings  are  in  excess  of  600  per  judgeship”(jur36fn57).

 

  1. Hence,the  judge  is  expected  not  to  waste  her  time  with  a  pro  se  case,  which  is  most  likely  poorly written  by  an  emotional  plaintiff

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You know who gets screwed that nobody talks about?

Small business owners are getting screwed. They’ve been getting screwed for 30 years.

We bailed out banks, but they’re not lending to independent business owners. If you own a small business, you have two options: go into debt, or have a rich uncle.

Not a lot of people have rich uncles. So independent business owners go into debt. And that’s our policy right now! It’s not sustainable.

Independent businesses are the heart and soul of our communities — they’re creative and they figure out what local people need. But we’re not doing nearly enough to help them out. Instead it’s huge corporations who get help from our government. That must change.

I’m running for Congress because it’s so clear we need to change how Washington works. We don’t need any more help for big corporations and special interests. We need to put people first.

It’s time to stop small businesses from getting screwed by big corporations and their lobbyists. Can you add a $3 contribution to our campaign so I can take this fight to Congress?

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SUZI MCDONOUGH CRIES FOUL
Demands immediate extension of the public comment period on Common Core

Mother. Leader. Neighbor.

Mahopac, NY (08/05/16) — Suzi McDonough is urging the public to quickly comment on a proposed U.S. Department of Education plan that would designate schools with at least a 5 percent opt-out rate from Common Core testing as in need of improvement.

“Let’s be honest, the agency has failed to publicize the comment period because there would be severe backlash by all of us parents who oppose this government overreach of high stakes testing that is hurting our children and our teachers. The secrecy and the limited comment period is similar to how Secretary John King ran New York State as our Education Commissioner. Those of us fighting Common Core at the grassroots are tired of our children being used as pawns in a political game and transparency should be demanded now, ” said Suzi McDonough.

The deadline on public comments was shrouded in secrecy and limited public input and discourse. Comments on the new regulations to the Every Student Succeeds Act were to be posted through Monday, Aug. 1 until 11:59 p.m. at www.regulations.gov.

“Parents, teachers and local school officials should have the ability to make decisions about their schools, not the federal government. Forcing a one-size-fits-all approach, particularly for high achieving school districts already doing a great job while being challenged by the tax cap, unfunded mandates and dwindling funds, is insanity that only government can design. Our schools in Westchester and Putnam, exceeding the 5 percent opt-out threshold due to concerns with Common Core, will be penalized and our already limited resources diminished. This will affect our children, our schools and our property values. It is an outrage that we have not been given the time necessary to respond properly. Many of our highest achieving schools will now be negatively labeled. This must be reversed and the comment period extended,” McDonough continued.

Suzi is asking that you join her call and sign her petition to demand an immediate extension of the public comment period on Common Core. To sign her petition please click here!

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ISSUES CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS DEMANDING COMPANIES STOP FALSELY ADVERTISING INEFFECTIVE PRODUCTS AS “ZIKA-PREVENTIVE”.

A.G. And NYC Health Commissioner Warn Consumers About Deceptive Ads For Zika Prevention Products That Don’t Work, Advises On Evidence-Based Zika Prevention Measures Consumers Can Take.

 

Schneiderman: My Office Will Not Tolerate Deceptive Advertising Of Products That Provide Only A False Sense Of Security Against A Real Threat.

 

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office issued cease and desist letters to seven companies that market products with claims that the products prevent or protect against Zika virus even though the products are known to be ineffective for that purpose. The letters demand that the companies selling these products stop advertising them as “Zika-protective” or “Zika-preventive.” The Attorney General also issued a consumer alert warning New Yorkers about the deceptive ads and directing them to evidence-based Zika prevention measures that have been recommended by public health authorities. Attorney General Schneiderman was joined for the announcement by NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

 

“New Yorkers are understandably concerned about Zika virus and looking for ways to protect themselves and their families,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Unfortunately, some companies are taking advantage of public concern about Zika to peddle products that simply don’t work. My office will not tolerate deceptive advertising of products that provide only a false sense of security against a real threat.”

State Senator Adriano Espaillat said, “It is completely unacceptable for companies to deceive their customers, and it is particularly heinous when their deception could negatively impact the public’s health.  I am proud to join Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, a tireless consumer advocate, to tell these companies that we will not tolerate these practices in New York.”

“The only products that provide effective protection from mosquito bites contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and an insect repellent called IR3535 – all other products are a waste of money and may put you at risk of being bitten,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “We continue to remind women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to not travel to a Zika-affected area – that includes most of Latin America and the Caribbean, and a neighborhood in Miami, Florida. Because of the risk of sexual transmission, partners of pregnant women should consider staying away from these areas, too.”

Each of the seven companies that were issued cease and desist letters advertised either ultrasonic devices or botanical oil-based products with claims that the products would prevent or protect against Zika virus by repelling mosquitoes even though the products contain no EPA-registered insect repellents with at least one of the five CDC-recommended active ingredients. The makers of ultrasonic devices claim that they repel mosquitoes by emitting a high frequency buzz. Numerous scientific studies have found that ultrasonic devices do not repel mosquitoes, and may even attract mosquitoes. The makers of botanical oil-based products, including wrist bands, bracelets, patches and stickers, claim that products contain ingredients that repel mosquitoes. Common botanical ingredients, including oil of geranium, cedar, lemongrass, soy and citronella and are not EPA-registered insect repellents with at least one of the five CDC-recommended active ingredients, and the New York State Department of Health has warned that these products have limited effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes. 

 

Zika virus is primarily spread by infected mosquitoes, although it can also be spread by sexual contact or blood contact. Zika virus can cause symptoms including mild fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Zika poses a serious threat to women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, because it may cause microcephaly, a serious birth defect that affects brain development.

 

To prevent bites from potentially infected mosquitoes, the Centers for Disease Control recommend that consumers use only EPA-registered insect repellents with at least one of the five CDC-recommended active ingredients. These repellents contain ingredients that have been clinically proven to effectively repel mosquitoes.

 

Attorney General Schneiderman advised consumers to avoid ultrasonic and botanical mosquito repellents, as well as Vitamin B-based repellents, which have also been found to be ineffective. Products that are currently being sold to New York consumers that claim to prevent the Zika virus, even when these products contain none of CDC-approved active ingredients include:

  • Wildheart Outdoors Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
  • MosQUITo Repellent Bracelet Wristband Band
  • Neor Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
  • Kenza High Quality Zika Mosquito Repellent Smiley Patch
  • Mobile Pro Gear ZIKA Shield Mosquito Repellent Bands
  • STAR Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
  • iGear iGuard 2.0 Ultrasonic Insect Pest Repellent

Instead, the Attorney General advised consumers to look for EPA-registered insect repellents containing at least one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel and icaridin), IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, and Para-Menthane-Diol. Only products containing at least one of these ingredients have been recommended by the CDC as the safe and effective way of protecting against the Zika virus.

 

Consumers should also be aware that there is no cure for the Zika virus as of this date, and products claiming to be cures are deceptive.

 

New York consumers are also advised to follow these CDC recommendations to protect against the Zika virus:

  • Avoid travel in areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus. These areas can be found on the CDC’s website.
  • If one must travel to one of the identified areas, consumers should:
    • Wear pants and long sleeves,
    • Stay in places with air conditioning and screens on windows and doors,
    • Sleep under mosquito bed nets, and
    • Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pre-treated clothing.

 

According to the New York City Department of Health, as of July 15 there were 346 reported cases of Zika in New York City. However, if experiencing symptoms associated with Zika, consumers are strongly encouraged to visit their healthcare provider immediately.  

 

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A jailed ISIS recruit explains how a secretive unit built a global roster of terrorists. “Many of them have returned” home, he says.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 9:04 AM EDT

Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for four straight days to reach the territory controlled by the Islamic State in Syria. He barely had time to settle in before members of the Islamic State’s secret service, wearing masks over their faces, came to inform him and his German friend that they no longer wanted Europeans to come to Syria. Where they were really needed was back home, to help carry out the group’s plan of waging terrorism across the globe. “He was speaking openly about the situation, saying that they have loads of people living in European countries and waiting for commands to attack the European people,” Mr. Sarfo recounted on Monday, in an interview with The New York Times conducted in English inside the maximum-security prison near Bremen. “And that was before the Brussels attacks, before the Paris attacks.” Read more »

For the first time a police officer in the United States has been charged with aiding ISIS.

The Washington Area Transit Authority officer was arrested by the FBI following more than a year of investigation.

There was no evidence of any threat to the Washington, D.C., Metro system, officials say.

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Whenever I speak with folks who have fracking in their communities, I hear the same stories play out. Kids get sick. Water becomes undrinkable. Land values plummet. Jobs disappear.

And yet big companies like Exxon and Koch Industries keep spending millions and millions of dollars on lobbyists, trying to bring fracking to more and more communities. They want to frack all they can, and then leave those towns high and dry — all while contributing to climate change.

It might seem impossible to take on the fracking industry. But it’s not. We won a ban on fracking in New York thanks to a grassroots movement. We went toe to toe with the energy industry and the political establishment and we won.

We can take this fight to the whole country. It’ll be very, very hard — these companies have millions of dollars at their disposal. But I know that we can win again.

Add your name to say you agree we need to fight for a nationwide ban on fracking. With your help we can take on companies like Exxon and Koch Industries and save our environment from fracking.

Organized people in a grassroots movement will always be stronger than big money from special interests. We’ve won once before for banning fracking, and I know we can win again. I just need you with me.

Thanks for being a part of our movement to ban fracking.

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MAYOR SPANO UNVEILS NEW SMART PHONE PARKING APP & MACHINES TO MODERNIZE CITY PARKING.

YONKERS, NY – August 2, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced a dual partnership with Parkmobile and Parkeon that will allow customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking throughout the City of Yonkers.  Patrons can now pay for parking via smart phone using Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones.  In addition, Yonkers has installed 33 wireless and solar powered Parkeon machines that accept coins, bills, debit cards, credit cards and most importantly, are compatible with the Parkmobile phone app.

“We are always looking to provide more innovative programs for our residents,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “With Parkmobile, if you decide to go shopping or grab a bite to eat, you will be able to add more time directly from your phone without going back to the meter.  This phone app, along with the convenience of the state of the art Parkeon parking machines, will make parking easier in Yonkers and I’m excited to add this technology to our city services.”

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.

Over 30 older parking machines have been replaced by the brand new Parkeon machines which have been installed throughout the downtown area.  Parkeon machines have also been added to the Walsh Lot on Palisade Avenue, Belmont Avenue, the Radford Lot and Engine Lot #10 in Chicken Island.  In addition, over 3,000 city parking spaces have been deemed compatible with Parkmobile payment methods, with more spaces to follow in the coming months.

“Parkmobile is honored to partner with a city that is a progressive city,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Yonkers to offer this technology, which enhances the parking experience by eliminating the need to swipe a card or feed coins to a meter.

Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including New Rochelle, Port Chester and Pelham in Westchester County; and NYC’s Department of Transportation recently approved Parkmobile in all five boroughs of New York City.

About Parkmobile

Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network is available in more than 2,000 locations, including 35 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. It is the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country with over 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year.

About Parkeon

For the last 40 years, Parkeon has been in the business of supplying parking and transit systems around the globe.  Their core expertise is in the areas of payment solutions – multi-space parking meters, mobile phone payment, ticket vending machines, fare collection devices and fare validation.  Globally, Parkeon systems can be found in over 3,500 cities in 55 countries.  Parkeon has a worldwide staff of over 1,000 employees based in 8 different countries.  Their products and systems are represented and supported by over 80 distribution and service partners.

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Senator Stewart-Cousins Encourages Coleman School Students To Vote

Yonkers, NY – Senator Andrea-Stewart Cousins visited the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center today to teach a class from the White Plains campus of the John A. Coleman School about the purpose and function of government.

The John A. Coleman School serves the medically fragile residents of the Yonkers-based pediatric center and offers classes to students with special needs in White Plains.
“I’m always happy to speak with the students of the Coleman School about the importance of our Democracy,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “These students should know that their opinions matter, and that their representatives are here to address their concerns.”
The Senator spoke to the class of sixteen elementary school students about the various levels and houses of local, county, state, and federal government, and held a mock legislative session to encourage them to participate in the political process.

Senator Stewart-Cousins divided the class into the two bodies of the State Legislature, the Senate and the Assembly, and had each “chamber” vote on a bill that would require everyone to wear an article of pink clothing every day of the year.

She also stressed the importance of voting and made it known that everyone’s participation would be crucial when they reached voting age.

“Your vote is your voice,” Senator Stewart-Cousins told the class. “You’re going to be impacted by whoever is elected whether you vote or not, so you might as well make your voice heard.”
Senator Stewart-Cousins has championed the Center as one of the state’s best facilities of its kind and has fought for improved access to services for children with developmental disabilities like those the Center treats.
The Center administers rehabilitative services and holistic, palliative treatment to children with a variety of complex medical issues and is committed to giving each child the ability to lead a normalized childhood. For more information, visit: https://setonpediatric.org/

3 PAID FIRE DISTRICTS TO PARTICIPATE IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TONIGHT AT GREENBURGH TOWN HALL—fire safety smoke house, fire engines, safety literature, barbeque     6 to 9 PM   HOPE TO SEE YOU!

The three paid fire districts (Hartsdale, Fairview, Greenville) are participating in the first annual National Night Out at Greenburgh Town Hall, sponsored b y the police department tonIGHT from 6 to 9 PM. A barbeque, food activities, information, a chance to interact with first providers. Learn how to be safe and to keep our children safe. The fire districts will  have the fire safety smoke house for the kids and a fire engine and be handing out fire safety literature. 

A GREAT PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES WITH DOWN SYNDROME–ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY THIS SATURDAY FROM 1 TO 4 PM IN ARDSLEY

Dear Supervisor Feiner,

We were so happy to have you be a part of our Grand Opening exactly one year ago today, and we hope you’ll join us to celebrate our first birthday on Sunday!

Date: Sunday, August 7th

Time: 1-4pm

Place: Our Playhouse

720 Saw Mill River Road

Ardsley, NY 10502

What has our first year looked like?

* more than 130 local children and adults with Down syndrome have participated in programs and events

* more than 70 volunteers who give their time to our Playhouse

* more than 1500 volunteer hours

* more than 90 programs/events held, including monthly programs, special events and literacy tutoring

* launch of our literacy program

* an all-day conference with Professor Sue Buckley

* a hugely successful fundraising Gala

* our first Sock Hop Dance Party

…and many more events, accomplishments, and achievements!

Come celebrate and wish a “Happy 1st Birthday” to GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Farm Stand Open – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Select seasonal, beautiful, local vegetables picked fresh from our fields, and choose from a variety of artisan produce including honey,

eggs, maple syrup, pies and jams.

 

 

SATURDAY

U-Pick – 10 a.m.

Bring a basket and harvest your own fresh produce right from the farm. Pay at the farm stand.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Free guided tour of the farm, fields and animals every fourth Saturday through October.

 

 

SUNDAY

Spin ‘n’ Knit – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Calling all spinners and knitters, beginning or experienced! Gather in an informal atmosphere and be part of a monthly spinning and

knitting group. No fee or registration required for first time attendees; $5 for each subsequent class.

Register at groups.yahoo.com/group/HanoverSpinKnitIn/.

 

 

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.

 

For event tickets and to register for events, go to HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

The CEO of the Democratic National Committee will resign today in the wake of the committee’s hacked email scandal.

Amy Dacey is the highest-ranking official at the DNC to step aside due to the controversy, a senior Democratic official said, but is not the only one. The official did not provide further details.

Dacey is well-respected by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC circle, a source familiar with the resignation said.

The committee is looking to clean house in the wake of leaked emails that appeared to show the committee favoring Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary.

Former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the party’s convention last week as a result of the revelations.

    2015 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - MVPD

August 02, 2016

The New York Times

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Breaking News Alert

August 02, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
President Obama urged Republicans to withdraw their backing for Donald Trump, calling him “unfit to serve as president”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:56 AM EDT

In his strongest denouncement of Donald J. Trump so far, President Obama on Tuesday said the Republican criticisms of Mr. Trump “ring hollow” if the party’s leaders continue to support his bid for the presidency this fall, particularly in light of Republican criticisms of Mr. Trump for his attacks on the Muslim parents of an American soldier, Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq. Read more »

August 02, 2016

The New York Times

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Breaking News Alert

August 02, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Bill Bratton is stepping down as New York City’s police commissioner. He’s the most widely recognized face in American policing.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:10 AM EDT

William J. Bratton will step down from his post next month to take a job in the private sector, ending the final chapter of a 45-year career in public life that spanned the country, from Boston to Los Angeles, and reshaped perceptions of crime, the effectiveness of police officers and the image of what a police commander could be. Read more »

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    2016Olympic

      Dear Mount Vernon Friends and Family,
 
             I am so proud to share with you that one of Mount Vernon’s own, Deajah Stevens, will be representing the United States in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! She will be running the 200-meter dash, adding to Mount Vernon’s legacy of leadership in athletics and inspiring millions of young people to pursue their dreams.
As you know, we Mount Vernonites consider ourselves to be a family which is why we are banding together to make sure Deajah’s mother and sister are able to join her in Rio and cheer her on to victory.
          
            Thanks to the generosity of local business owners, such as the Potack Family from Unitex, Michael and Anthony Paolercio, Atlantis Management Group, Patriece Miller, Judge Nichelle Johnson and countless others online we’ve been able to raise over $11,000 to send the Stevens family to the Olympics!
 
        I am asking for your assistance to help raise just a little more for the family.
 
        If you are inclined, the link to support our Mount Vernon Olympian is here:
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE – JOIN US FRIDAY @ CITY HALL FOR AN OLYMPIC SEND OFF
 
        Also, please join us this Friday, August 5th, at 2:30pm, at Mount Vernon City Hall where we will be sending off Deajah’s family to join her in Rio.
 
        Details on watch parties will be announced and we hope you join us in cheering her to the finish line!
 
        Please do not hesitate to contact the Mayor’s Office for more information at 914-665-2362.
 
Thanking you in advance,
 
 
Mayor Richard Thomas

President Barack Obama strongly rebuked Donald Trump, calling the Republican presidential nominee “unfit” for the presidency following his criticism of the family of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier.

“Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said at a White House news conference in a response to a question about whether Trump is fit for the Oval Office.

“I said that last week, and he keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that has made such extraordinary sacrifices to our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe and the Middle East and Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.”

Please Advocate for My Sisters’ Place! 



Dear MSP Supporters,
As you may have heard, the County Executive recently released his 2016 budget, which proposes drastic cuts in our funding. We need your help today! Act now to ensure that this critical funding is restored.
My Sisters’ Place provides life-saving services to thousands of  victims of domestic violence and human trafficking each year which could not be possible without the County’s funding.
On December 7, the Board of Legislators will make decisions about what items they will add back into the budget so we need your help now. Sending emails and letters to your legislator can make all the difference in getting the funds reinstated. We’ve made it easy for you: simply click here.
Please pass this along and encourage others to do the same on our behalf.
Thank you in advance for your support of My Sisters’ Place!
Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
To learn more about all of the ways to get involved,
please contact info@mspny.org.

CRANE’S POND IN EDGEMONT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AFTER TREATMENT, SECOND WATER FOUNTAIN INSTALLED…WE WILL START TO ADDRESS POND IN FRONT OF TOWN HALL WHICH ALSO LOOKS LIKE PEA SOUP.

Very pleased. Earlier this summer we received many complaints about Crane’s pond. Lots of algae–the pond (which is located in Edgemont) looked like pea soup.  We recently purchased a second fountain and have been treating the pond and it looks beautiful. the treatments and the second water fountain have been working.  We will continue to monitor the conditions of the pond. At some point in the future we may have to dredge the pond which is very expensive.

We have another pond in town that looks horrible –the pond in front of Greenburgh Town Hall. That pond  looks like pea soup. I have asked the Commissioner of Parks to appropriate funds in next years budget to treat the pond so it will be more presentable.  We have a beautiful Town Hall and we want visitors to have a great impression of our community.  The cost: about $4000 a year for treatment. An application with the NY State DEC is required before the pond can be treated.

We appreciated the community suggestions from residents re: addressing pond conditions. Thank you!

 

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

Do you have an electric car? Your thoughts welcome!

Received this info from Con Ed.   Paul Feiner

This notification is to inform that we will be placing a mobile generator on the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Clifton Avenue, Scarsdale. It is being placed as a contingency If needed. Just wanted to give you all a heads up should you get any questions from the area residents.

Although unincorporated Greenburgh does not border the Hudson River–villages within the town of Greenburgh do. The proposed anchorage sites at Kingston, Port Ewen, Big Rock Point, Roseton, Milton, Marlboro, Newburgh, Tompkins Cove, Montrose, and Yonkers, will absolutely be detrimental to the riverfront revitalization efforts, health of the river and recreation for all of our residents in the Hudson Valley. There are navigational hazards, environmental problems and homeland security issues.  Please read this link to learn more:

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/transit/2016/08/07/hudson-river-anchorages/88179274/

Industry groups say the Coast Guard’s proposed anchorages are about safety, but environmentalists say it’s about expansion of shipping on the Hudson

 

http://www.lohud.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/08/02/hudson-river-anchorages/87957410/

And please join me in commenting t at this link: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=USCG-2016-0132

What’s happening in September at the Multipurpose Center.

Take a look at the new classes starting in September at the Multipurpose Center!

Knitting: Started Friday, August 5th – December 16th.  1:00 -3:00pm.  Beginners & experienced knitters welcome. Bring own materials. Fees: $35/residents. 

 $62.00/Non-Residents.

                   

 QiGong Class– 8 weeks

Thursdays: Sept. 8th – Oct. 27th. 8:30am –9:30am

Qi Gong can be described as Energy (Chee) and gentle body movement (gong) for healing the body & mind. Fees: $32 for resident seniors, $42 for adults. $48 for non-residents. Sign up at Front Desk beginning Monday, August 15th.

Back to Basics Bridge Class

10 weeks -Thursdays: 12:30-2:30pm

Sept. 8—Nov. 10th

For those new to the game or those who want a solid review of the foundations of the game. Learn how to take tricks, develop more tricks, and how to keep your opponents at bay. More info. at front desk.  Fees: $35/Residents. $87Non-Res.

 

Hart’s Brook Park & Preserve Talk & Walk:  A Hudson River Valley Ramble Event

Saturday, Sept. 10th: 10am -1pm

Hear about the history of the former Gaisman estate and tour the unusual barn & stable that have never housed animals. Guided walk of the Preserve’s woodlands. Families welcome!

 Advanced Registration preferred.  Call 693-8985, 116 to register.

 

 

Introduction to Meditation

Mondays starting September 12th. 8:30-9:30am.

Great way to reduce stress & improve your health!  Sign up new at Front Desk.  

.No Fee. Must have town Unicard. Instructors: Jian Yang Rong & Kristen Lu.

 

 

Outdoor Tennis Clinic

Tues. Sept. 13th – Oct. 11th (6 weeks)

10:30am-11:30am -Anthony Veteran Park Courts

Equipment Provided.    Instructor: Janet Lefkowitz

Fee for $20-Residents.  $25 for Non-Residents.  Sign up at the Front Desk beginning Monday, Aug, 15th.

Spanish Classes:

Two different levels. 8 week classes. Fees: $ 32/residents.  $42/Non-residents.

Book Required: “Easy Spanish Step by Step” by Barbara Bregstein. Available at Barnes & Noble.

 

Advanced Beginner Spanish Class

Mondays: 12:30-2:00. September 19th– November 21st ( no class: 10/3 & 10/10)

Must have prior knowledge of basic structure and basic vocabulary (greetings, introductions).

We will start with Chapter 2 in the textbook. Topics: Ser and estar, Interrogative words, Days and Months, Numbers, Dates and Time, the House, Regular and Irregular verbs in the present tense. The first hour of the class will be devoted to the structure of the language (above topics)

The last half hour will be devoted to conversation based on the above topics.

 

Intermediate Spanish Class

Mondays: 2:00-3:30pm.  September 19th– November 21st ( no class: 10/3 & 10/10)

This will be a continuation of the Advanced Beginner class.

We will cover Chapters 7-10 in the textbook.

Topics: Idiomatic expressions with tener and hacer, Parts of the body, Family, Names of countries and nationality, por and para, nature, Ir and the Future, Adjectives and Adverbs, Negatives and Prepositions, the Verb gustar (and other verbs like gustar), Indirect Object Pronoun. The first hour of the class will be devoted to the structure of the language (above topics) The last half hour will be devoted to conversation based on the above topics.

 

 

Fall Art Lecture Class with Cherise Klebanov

Thursdays: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13     Time:  1:00- 2:30pm

Artistic Wonders of the 18th Century: Explore three countries’ artistic output throughout the 18th century including the over-the-top Rococo style of Louis XV and Marie Antoinette in France, the fantastical works of British artists such as William Blake, and the evocative works of Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Fee; $25.00. Must have Unicard. Sign up beginning Monday, August 22nd at the Front Desk. 

Zumba Gold” Exercise:  Three “10 week” sessions:  Weekdays

Fees: $45/Residents     $65/Non-residents

Sign up now at Front Desk.

Tuesdays: Zumba Gold 1 – 12:00 noon12:45pm

September 13- December 6th

(9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/29, 12/6)

 

Thursdays: Zumba Gold 2 – 9:30am -10:15am

September 15th – December 6th -Community Room

(9/15, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 12/1, 12/15, 12/22)

 

Fridays: Zumba Gold 311:00 am – 11:45 am

September 16th – December 16th

(9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16)

 

Zumba Gold” Exercise:  Monday Night Class: 8 weeks

Mondays: Sept.12th, 19th.  Oct. 17th, 24th & 31st. Nov: 7th, 28th.  Dec: 5th

Time: 5:30 -6:15pm. Fee: Residents: $65.  Non-Residents: $80.00

Sign up know at Front Desk.

 

 

The following classes begin the week of September 2nd and continues weekly

 through December: The fee for residents of Unincorporated Greenburgh  is $35.00

 

Photography:  Tues., Sept. 6th:  10:30am -12:30pm

 

Mah Jongg:    Wed. September 7th: 10:00am -12noon.

                         Beginners & experienced players welcomed   Bring own Mah Jongg card.

 

Creative Arts: Thursday, Sept. 8th: 1:00-2:30pm

 

                    

 

Hart’s Brook Park & Preserve Talk & Walk:

  A Hudson River Valley Ramble Event

Saturday, Sept. 13th:10am -1pm

Hear about the history of the former Gaisman estate and tour the unusual barn & stable that have never housed animals. Guided walk of the Preserve’s woodlands. Families welcome!

Advanced Registration preferred.  Call 693-8985, 116 to register.

 

 

 

 

Participants in programs held at the Multipurpose Center must have a current town Unicard.

For more information, please call 693-8985, x116 or email pmurphy@greenburghny.com.

 

Last year United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita Lowey joined other officials at a Veterans Day ceremony announcing plans to build a Veterans Memorial Park at DeSanti Plaza, across from the Hartsdale train station.  Earlier in the year Town Board members Francis Sheehan, Diana Juettner, Kevin Morgan, Ken Jones and I approved plans for the park.

The construction is expected to start next week and will completed in time for our annual Veterans Day ceremony. We believe that the new park will be a beautiful asset to Hartsdale and will provide veterans and their family members with a chance to reflect on the contributions local heroes have made. We also believe that placing the park at the gateway to the Hartsdale train station will provide visitors to Hartsdale with a great first impression of our community. And since the new park will be a destination point for some – it should also indirectly help local merchants.

The park will closed during the construction and all the parking spaces around the park will be closed too.  Traffic patterns will not be closed. 

By the way, our annual Veterans barbeque will be held at AF Veteran park on September 29th at 5 PM.

 PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

http://greenburgh.dailyvoice.com/news/veterans-honored-at-future-site-of-memorial-park-in-hartsdale/603437/

Con Ed provided me with some great news today—the gas repairs on Central Ave/West & East Hartsdale Avehas been completed. They have begun and will continue removing the plates and backfilling Permanent restoration of road conditions to follow.  Many residents had complained about loud noise (at all hours of the evening), lights impacting sleeping ability during the past few months that work has taken place. Hopefully, those who live on Central Ave or on East and West Hartsdale Ave will now be able to get a good nights sleep!
The work had to be done. Gas leaks can be dangerous—explosions elsewhere have resulted in deaths and serious injuries.
PAUL FEINER

Earlier this year the Town Board appropriated funds for three major new sidewalks: Fort Hill from Ardsley Road heading south from Ardsley Road….Seely Place to Seely Place School…Sprain Road to Ardsley Middle School.  Each of these sidewalks will make it easier and safer for children to walk to area schools.  The Town Board and I are committed to appropriating funds in upcoming budgets for additional sidewalks. We will also be applying for federal and state financial assistance so we could do even more.

Among goals for 2017: Juniper Hill near the Lee Jackson School. The bottom of Old Tarrytown Road heading to the N White Plains train station also needs a sidewalk. Ardsley Road, other sections of Ft Hill Road  not being constructed this year also need our attention. And, there are missing  sidewalk links on Central Ave that also need a sidewalk. I can go on and on.  The town will be appropriating funds for sidewalk construction annually. Our goal: to make the town much more pedestrian friendly. Last year over 3 miles of sidewalks were built. This year another 3+ miles of new sidewalks will also be built.  This is only the beginning of a major town initiative!

 

The following is a timetable for construction of sidewalks on Ft Hill, Sprain and Seely.  It’s a bit frustrating how long it takes to build a sidewalk. I thought you would find the following explanation written by Commissioner of Public Works Victor Carosi interesting.

Fort Hill Road sidewalk work:

The project is currently out to bid, with bids due back on Friday, August 12, 2016.

Projected time line: Town Board approve contract Tuesday, August 23rd or 30th (depending on Council special meeting availability), possible construction begin September

Seely Place Sidewalk:

                The project design and documents are complete.  Bids are due Thursday September 8, 2016.

                Projected time line: Possible Town Board award on September 14 or Tuesday September 20.  Construction may begin  around October 11, 2016.

Sprain Road:

The project design and documents are 90% complete.  Schedule for bids due Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

                Projected time line: Possible Town Board award on September 28.  Construction may begin  around October 17, 2016.  Road to be repaved also.

The projected construction time table is just an estimate. The contractors schedule, weather and other factors could impact construction timetable.

PAUL FEINER

 WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO BUILD A SIDEWALK?  Commmissioner of Public Works Victor Carosi:

To answer the question about what goes into constructing a sidewalk – the short answer is a lot.
 
Most of the time is the pre-planning of the work to ensure to the extent practicable, that all issues are addressed to avoid problems once construction actually starts.  This involves review of all available maps to show property lines, topographic information, and utilities.  To obtain all this base information involves reaching out to other utility companies to share their infrastructure information, and then several meetings with various utility owners to verify conditions.  Such action can take several months to accomplish.
 
Concurrent with the above, the engineers will sketch out a preliminary plan, and then again verify for conflicts with known obstructions, including utility poles, land features, trees, landscaping, property lines, and site geometry and ability to comply with codes, such as the ADA.  While doing field work, existing infrastructure issues are usually encountered and must be addressed, including drainage and pavement conditions.  During this aspect of the design, internal meetings are held to discuss options and solutions to the various problems that may be encountered.  For instance, depending on side slope, is a retaining wall necessary.  If so, what type of wall may be best?  How would constructing a wall impact drainage?  Utilities?  Aesthetics? Safety?  Is a safety rail needed?  Maybe a fence?  How could such be attached to the wall?  Could that impact the wall design?  Drainage is always a factor.  In some cases, when laying out the sidewalk, a drainage concern is identified.  That then requires an entirely new set of engineering actions.  And yet another factor to be considered is the availability of right of way – land under Town ownership to actually place the sidewalk, and what impact such may have to the adjacent properties and access to those properties, such as driveways.  The above is of course just a sampling of the many questions engineers must resolve when faced with implementing a  sidewalk project.
 
In time, all the above and others are factored into the design.  At each step in the process, the engineers pause to evaluate the costs as different options can alter the cost of the project.  A project, such as the proposed sidewalk along Sprain Road, staff has been working on the design for about 6 to 7 months and is now preparing final bid documents.
 
Broadly speaking, for first suggestion, to preliminary budgeting, to Capital appropriations to final design and ultimately construction start, a sidewalk project could take over 2-years, may longer depending on complexity and budgeting cycles.

Yesterday morning the Greenburgh Town Board had a discussion with representatives of the Assisted Living facility that hopes to receive permission from the town to build a 101 bed three story assisted living facility on Dobbs Ferry Road at the former Frank’s nursery site. The link to the discussion is below. The neighborhood association had previously expressed support for assisted living facilities at that location.

 http://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/08042016-530

 

Greenburgh has a history at the Olympics.  Louis Jones, gold medal Olympic champ (1956 summer Olympics)…Larry James, double Medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

 

This week we’re represented by Naresh C. Rao who resides in the Edgemont section of town. Dr. Rao is the Olympic Team USA Water Polo Physician for the 2016 summer games. He’s in Brazil right now attending to the Olympic champ’s.  He’s a partner in Sports Medicine at Chelsea.  And a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, NY College of Osteopathic Medicine;  Attending Faculty, Dept of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center;  Attending Faculty, Dept of Family Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center; Attending Faculty, Sports Medicine Fellowship, Dept of Family Medicine, North Shore/LIJ Plainview Hospital and author of   STEP UP YOUR GAME. The book was released in February 2016. In this book, Naresh explains how he has taken care of elite athletes in all different sports, and he has been amazed by what these athletes commit to, consistently perform at a high level. He encourages the best athletes to be holistic in their approach to training, surrounding themselves with the best resources available. He claims there are no secrets and that any athlete at any level can attain success if they use a comprehensive approach. STEP UP YOU GAME allows the reader to organize their training in a completely systematic way just like an elite athlete would, regardless of the reader’s level of expertise or sport.  Dr. Rao was on my WVOX radio program earlier this year.

THIS IS WHAT FORBES.COM SAID ABOUT DR. RAO

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2016/08/04/dr-naresh-rao-the-roadtorio-for-a-world-class-sports-medicine-doctor/#5bdf35be7d83

 

 

Louis Jones, cousin of Greenburgh Town Councilman Ken Jones, was a Greenburgh resident who was very involved in the community. Lou, who passed away in 2006, was a former athlete and winner of the  the gold medal in the 4×400 m relay at the 1956 Summer Olympics  Lou Jones won the 400 m at the 1955 Pan-American Games, where he set a new world record of 45.4. He was also a member of the gold medal winning American 4×400 m relay team.Just four months before the Melbourne Olympics, Jones broke his own 400 m world record, clocking 45.2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the US Olympic Trials, thus becoming a main favourite at this event in Melbourne.But in the Olympic 400 m final, Jones was off form, and managed to finish only in a disappointing fifth place, 1.50 seconds behind teammate Charles Jenkins. A few days later, Jones partly compensated for his disappointment, running the second leg in the gold medal winning American 4×400 m relay team. Jones graduated from Manhattan College in 1954.

I worked with Lou during my tenure as a Westchester County Legislator. He was modest, hard working, dedicated to public service and made a positive contribution to the Greenburgh community. I remember Lou talking to me about how different gold medal winners are treated today. In the coming days gold medal winners will benefit financially from their wins – they will be asked to endorse products that will lead to $$$. During the 1950s that did not happen.  . Yet and still, to Ken Jones,  Lou was a role model in his professionalism and civic engagement. His example continues to inspire his family and the Greenburgh community where they still live.

Another champion with ties to Greenburgh: Larry James. Larry James was born on November 6, 1947,, and took up track in seventh grade.A double medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, James also set world records and won NCAA titles during his track career. James won the silver medal in the 400 m with his time of 43.97 seconds at the 1968 Summer Olympics, bettering the existing world record but placing him second behind teammate (and fellow Hall of Famer) Lee Evans (43.86). James added a gold medal at the Mexico City Games by running the third leg on the U.S. 4×400 m relay team, which set a world record of 2:56.16 seconds, which was eventually tied in 1988 but was not beaten until 1992.

James set the 400 m world record of 44.1 seconds in placing second to Evans at the 1968 Olympic Trials at Echo Summit, California, when Evans’ winning time of 44.0 was disallowed by the IAAF because he wore illegal brush spike shoes. James was a double gold medalist at the 1970 World University Games, winning the 400 m hurdles and running the anchor leg on Team USA’s 4×400 m relay team (3:03.33). As a collegian at Villanova University under Hall of Fame coach Jumbo Elliott, James won the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship 440 yd (400 m) title in 1970 and NCAA Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship crowns at that distance in 1968, 1969 and 1970. At the 1968 Penn Relays, his anchor leg of 43.9 was the fastest ever run in the history of the relay carnival and sparked Villanova’s scintillating comeback victory over Rice University. Larry died on his 61st birthday in 2008

Reminder–Presentation today before Town Board at our 9:45 AM work session: Assisted Living application (Frank’s nursery site-on Dobbs Ferry Road). Our meetings are streamed live on the town website: www.greenburghny.com and are also archived.

At a recent meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board representatives of the Ardsley School Board suggested that the town encourage school districts to provide the town with input relating to land use applications by advising the school districts of development proposals early in the process. The Town Board is being responsive to this recommendation.  We recognize the importance of our school districts and look forward to a constructive partnership with the schools during land use reviews.

The Town Board will be holding a continuation of the public hearing for the draft Comprehensive at 7:30pm, Thursday August 4th. Updates to the Plan as a result of recent suggestions from the public, a local school district and CAC, include a policy to continue and enhance review coordination of new development proposals and applications with Town Departments and regional agencies; and an update to reflect updated 2015 population estimates.

The Department of Community Development, at the recommendation of the CPSC, now posts all current applications at the following link: http://www.greenburghny.com/Cit-e-Access/formcenter/index.cfm?TID=10&DID=353 as soon as applications are filed with the Town. This policy allows residents to be better informed about projects proposed in the Town. At the recommendation of the Ardsley School District, and to further enhance coordination of development proposals in the Town, the draft plan has now been supplemented with the following language:

 

“Referring land‐use development applications (subdivision, site plan and special permit) to the applicable school district is another policy which would foster coordinative planning. Consistent with current Town policy, land‐use development applications are presently referred by the Department of Community Development and Conservation to a variety of departments/agencies, including the Police, Water, Legal, Building and Engineering Departments, as well as the applicable Fire District.”

The Plan has been supplanted with the following goal, objective and policies:

GOAL 8.6: Provide and facilitate adequate community services.

OBJECTIVE 8.6.1: Continue to coordinate the demand for additional community services in connection with new development applications.

POLICY 8.6.1.1: Continue to refer land‐use development proposals to the applicable departments and agencies (Police, Water, Legal, Building and Engineering Departments, applicable Fire Districts) upon initial receipt of submission.

POLICY 8.6.1.2: Include the applicable school district in the ini􀆟al distribu􀆟on of subdivision, site plan, special permit and zoning amendment applications/petitions.

FREE BICYCLE HELMETS AT GREENBURGH HEALTH CENTER’S FAIR A WEEK FROM FRIDAY..CAR SEAT DISTRIBUTIONS TOO.

NEW SPRAY PAD AT N ELMSFORD’S MASSARO PARK.

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR ANNUAL NORTH ELMSFORD COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS DAY  –THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 FROM 12 TO 7 PM  MASSARO PARK, PAYNE STREET, ELMSFORD.

 

We hope you will enjoy our celebration this Saturday at Massaro Park. Enjoy our NEW SPRAY PAD free Zumba class from 1-2 pm…live Dj…live jazz b y Kenny Lee All Stars…Live entertainment from R & B and Jazz Group Full Circle…African ddrums performance…jumping castle…pool…tennis…food vendor Chef El-Amin…Special presentation of college scholarship awards by the North Elmsford Civic Association. And so much more!   Am very pleased that the pool has been used by so many people this season.

 

WILLIAM CARTER JAZZ IN THE PARK CONCERTS 2016 – THURSDAY EVENINGS  TILL AUGUST 11 AT 7 PM AT YOSEMITE PARK. We hope that you will enjoy the great music by outstanding Jazz musicians TOMORROW and August 11th. Yosemite Park is located off of Route 119 (in back of the Theodore Young Community Center).  Thursdays – beginning at 7 PM till after 9 PM…FREE.  The concerts this year have been fabulous—great turnouts. Terrific events. Don’t miss the final performances.

 

HEALTH FAIR AT THE GREENBURGH HEALTH CENTER AUGUST 12 FROM 10 am to 3 pm

FREE BICYCLE HELMETS AND CAR SEAT DISTRIBUTIONS.

the Greenburgh Health Center will hold their 16th annual health fair on Friday, August 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM in the rear parking lot.  The Health Center is located on Knollwood Road, near the library The purpose of the health fair is to help raise awareness of preventable health related illnesses and provide free health screenings with follow up as necessary.   Free health screenings for blood pressure, height, weight, pregnancy, glucose, cervical cancer and family planning.  Bicycle helmets and car seat distributions will also be given away.  It’s free.  FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

The outdoor pool at A.F. Veteran Park is closed for the remainder of today (7/31/16) due to thunderstorm activity.

We will reopen tomorrow at 9am.

THIS TUESDAY NIGHT………………………………………………………..

A BARBEQUE…FOOD…ACTIVITIES, INFORMATION, ENTERTAINMENT, CHANCE TO INTERACT WITH GREENBURGH POLICE, LEARN HOW TO BE SAFE AND TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE

THIS TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 FROM 6 TO 9 PM–GREENBURGH TOWN HALL, 177 Hillside Ave, White Plains

SPONSORED BY GREENBURGH POLICE–GREENBURGH NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENT

On Tuesday Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Greenburgh Police Department is hosting its first National Night Out 2016.

This is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, and improve our living environment.

This event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town and neighborhood watch and other anti-crime efforts. We have united in the past as a community for other events, and by uniting again we are demonstrating the solidarity of the great members and supporters of the Town of Greenburgh, and its efforts to continue to keep our children and streets safe and improve our quality of life.

National Night Out will be held at Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Avenue, White Plains. We will have a night filled with activities, informative resources, entertainment and many community minded individuals that will be supporting this event.

THE EVENT TUESDAY EVENING IS JUST ONE OF MANY INITIATIVES WE HAVE TAKEN TO ADDRESS POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS

The recent police related tragedies around the United States have motivated elected officials all over the nation to try to improve police community relations.  The town of Greenburgh has given this matter significant attention over the last twenty five years. And, our efforts have paid off.  Very little racial tension in the town and between the police and community. Here are some of our initiatives:

Every uniformed police officer is using their individual body camera and has been doing so since early June, thanks to the leadership of Chief Chris McNerney.

·         Every police officer is trained and equipped with a Taser which is less lethal.   Our Special Operations personnel are equipped with additional “less than lethal” equipment.  

·         In 1992 we created a Greenburgh Police/Community Advisory Commission to encourage dialogue and promote greater understanding between the police and the community in which they serve. The commission (except for the summer months) meets monthly and has included student representatives. Different neighborhoods in town are represented on the commission. Residents with public safety concerns are invited to attend the meetings and relate their feelings.

·         In 2003 the town created a Greenburgh
Police Explorer Post #2003. This is a voluntary post organized by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Program and sponsored by the Greenburgh police department. Members of the Explorer post serve without compensation and assist the police department. We provide young adults who may be interested in a career in law enforcement with a comprehensive program of training, competition, service and practical experiences.  Character development, physical fitness, good citizenship  are parts of the program. The program is open to young adults ages 14 through 20 years. Call Sergeant Norman Hall at 989- 1715 if interested or e mail nhall@greenburghny.com

   ·         In 1998 the town formed a police summer youth camp.  The camp is partially funded by the Lanza Foundation. About 25 children between the ages of 12 and 17 sign up for the camp each year. The camp is, in essence, a junior police academy where youngsters are placed in a setting similar to that experienced by a police recruit. The seven week course consists of physical training and classroom instruction in law and other related topics. Guest lecturers from the FBI, DA’s office, United States Secret Service and other areas within the criminal justice system present an overview of their agency’s operations. Demonstrations by specialized police units and field trips to courts and other criminal justice institutions also take place. Contemporary issues such as alcohol and drug abuse are addressed and students participate in various role play scenarios which illustrate the practical everyday problems faced by law enforcement officers.  Campers receive instruction and certification in cardio pulmonary resuscitation, first aid and water rescue.  TWO OF OUR GRADUATES ARE NOW GREENBURGH POLICE OFFICERS!

   ·         In 1993 we formed the Greenburgh police community policing unit. The community police unit was formed at the time to address pervasive criminal activity in the Fairview section of Greenburgh.  The  community police officers interact with the community. They are given a bicycle and are certified by the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association. They work on other projects: enhancing the bicycle identification program—town residents can have their bicycles stamped with a consecutive number and the framed label. They have coordinated with landlords to eliminate graffiti and vandalism to their properties. They participate in a toys for tots program helping local needy children. They have assisted the department’s street crime unit and the NYS Police with investigations which resulted in indictments of major drug suppliers. They have worked with the parks and recreation department to upgrade our parks and provide safety initiative programs. And- they have helped senior citizens resolve problems. Greenburgh police will also be visiting places of worship—encouraging members of the community to interact with our officers when needed.

 Paul Feiner

 

Every summer the county parks department hosts a series of cultural festivals.  Taste delicious ethnic foods, enjoy the music, visit the booths.  Walk up to the top of the Kensico Dam and marvel at the spectacular views of the reservoir and county.  The festivals began earlier this summer. If you missed some of them there is still an opportunity to enjoy four of the remaining festivals (the Irish festival is held at Ridge Road park in Hartsdale). 

PAUL FEINER

Cultural Heritage Festivals: Italian
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Experience a variety of cultures from around the world this summer without leaving Westchester County during the annual Cultural Heritage Celebrations held in county parks. Festivals will be held rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring blankets or folding chairs for seating on the lawn. All festivals are sponsored by Westchester County Parks.
Sunday, July 24 from 12noon – 7pm: Italian – Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Sunday, July 31 from 1pm – 5:30pm: Irish-American – Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale
Sunday, Aug. 7 from 11:30am – 6:30pm: Heritage of India – Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Sunday, Aug. 21 from 12noon – 6pm: Jewish – Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Oops—we found some errors in the phase in reassessment application that I posted on Friday night. The errors will be corrected early next week and a new application will be posted on line. Appreciate our proof reading residents!  Residents whose tax assessments increase by more than 25% are eligible to file for a 2 year phase in.

A GREAT SUGGESTION FROM A CYCLIST WHO USES SOUTH COUNTY TRAIL

WHEN SOUTH COUNTY TRAIL MISSING LINK IS BUILT THERE SHOULD BE A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER 119

I received many calls, e mails from delighted residents who love bicycling or walking on the South County trail. They are thrilled that the missing link will be built  next year. Received a terrific suggestion from a resident who suggests a pedestrian bridge over 119. There have been bicycle related fatalities on Route 119 .   Merrill Cassell, a Hartsdale resident, community leader and activist lost his life on another section of 119 after being hit by a bus (see blog). http://cycling.lohudblogs.com/?p=3689

You sent out an e-mail that the South County Bike Trail will soon be connected with the North County Bike Trail. The South County Bike Trail now ends at route 119 in Elmsford and the North County Bike Trail does not start until it is behind Sam’s Club in Elmsford. Soon the bike trail way will be connected so it will go from Van Courtland Park in the Bronx to Brewster, NY. Crossing over route 119 in Elmsford will be dangerous since it is a congested road with two lanes of traffic in each direction. It would be much safer for a bike and pedestrian bridge over route 119 to connect the South County and North County bike trail ways. It would be a lot safer. I hope you can get funding for a bridge over route 119.

——– Original message ——–
From: Paul Feiner <gblist@cit-e.net>
Date: 7/16/16 8:30 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: UPDATE MISSING LINK SOUTH COUNTY TRAIL —
Over the years I have received numerous e mails/calls from cyclists and pedestrians who love walking/bicycling on the South County trail. There is a missing link in Elmsford. This is finally being addressed. I received the following update from the county with an update. 
 
“The planning department has completed design for the missing link on the South County Trailway between Route 119 and Warehouse Lane. Funding for construction was approved by the Board of Legislators in early June. A contractor should be selected soon and construction could begin late this year or by spring 2017.
 
According to NYC BIke Maps “the South County trail & North County trails are part of an ambitious rails to trails project that connect Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to Putnam County trailways via a scenic car free bike path.  The South County trail is 14.1 miles. The North County trail is 22.1 miles. The North County trail connects to the 7.5 mile Putnam County trailway in Baldwin Place in Somers.  The three trails provide a 43.7 mile route.”
 
When I was a member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators in the 1980s and early 1990s I lobbied aggressively for the county to purchase the Old Putnam Railway and to turn the abandoned rail into a bike path. At almost every meeting of the Board of Legislators for over a year I presented Legislators with petition signatures calling on the county to purchase the property as open space. One of the last votes I cast was for the acquisition of the property. 

This week, from Tuesday July 26 through Friday July 29, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway – Tuesday July 26 through Friday July 29
  • Northbound Right Lane–  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Pier 1 Demolition
  • Southbound Right Lane – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – West Abutment Excavation
  • New York State Thruway (I-87)None
  • Ashford Avenue

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

 

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

Earlier this week the Greenburgh Town Board voted to authorize a two year phase in of tax increases for property owners who will experience an assessment increase that is greater than 25%. The phase in was authorized by the New York State Legislature (thanks to Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti) and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.   The application and instructions appear below. Please note that property owners who wish to file must submit the application to the Assessor no later than September 15, 2016.

PAUL FEINER

Residential Reassessment Exemption Application

This application is being submitted to determine if property owner is entitled to the assessment exemption described in the amended New York State Tax Law section 485-S. Deadline to file: Sept 15, 2016

Owner’s Name: ______________________________________________ Parcel ID: _______________________

Assessor’s Office

177 Hillside Ave.

Greenburgh, NY 10607

(914) 989-1520

Any additional owners, please list below (#4).

Property Location: ______________________________________________ Zip Code: _____________________

Please check the box that best answers the question:

1. Is the difference between the equalized 2015 Assessment and the 2016 Assessment greater than 25%? Yes No

a. Percentage changed _______________% (see instruction sheet on back)

2. Is this property a one, two, or three family home? Yes No

3. Is this your primary residence? Yes No

4. Are all owners residing at this location? Yes No

If “no”, please explain: __________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________.

5. Are you currently receiving the STAR exemption or credit? Yes No

If “no”, please explain:__________________________________________________________________________________.

6. Are all property taxes paid as of 5/1/16 (taxable status date)? Yes No If “yes”, please provide signature(s) of Receiver / Treasurer.

Town Receiver (For County, Town, and School): ______________________________________________________________

(Signature)

Village Treasurer (For Irvington or Ardsley properties only):____________________________________________________

(Signature)

7. Have you filed a grievance for the 2016 assessment year? Yes No

8. Has there been improvements to your property since the date of purchase? Yes No If “Yes”, please explain:

___________________________________________________________________________________________.

Acknowledgement: By signing this application you confirm that all provided answers are accurate and complete. By signing and submitting this application you also agree to the following:

a. The property may require an interior inspection.

b. The property must have an original or substitute Certificate of Occupancy. (Please provide documentation).

c. The exemption, if granted, cannot be transferred to new owner.

d. The exemption is not applicable if assessed value increase was due, in part, to physical improvements.

________________________________________________ Date: ___________________Phone #:____________________________

Owner’s Signature Notarized (only one owner is necessary)

State of _____________ County of_______________________. Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed) before me this ________________ day of ______________________, 20_____. By ________________________________________ personally known ______ OR produced identification ______ Type of identification produced ____________________________________ ______________________________________________ My Commission Expires _________________________

Notary Name Here. Notary Public

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING THE RESIDENTIAL REASSESSMENT EXEMPTION APPLICATiON

ALL MATERIALS MUST BE FILED BY SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2016

**THE APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR APPROVED IF INCOMPLETE**

Please provide the following:

EXAMPLE

2015 Assessed Value 1__9,500_______________

divide line 1 by .0309 2 9,500/.0309 = 307,443 (2015 Equalized Assessed Value)

2016 Equalized Assessed Value 3__455,000_____________

subtract line 3 by line 2 4 455,000-307,443=147,557

divide line 4 by line 3 147,557/455,000=32.43%

A document that shows your home has an original or substitute Certificate of Occupancy.

o (This information can be obtained from your local building department in the form of a C.O., Temp C.O., Pre-date letter, etc.)

 Signature of the Town Receiver of Taxes, on appropriate line of application, to confirm that your County/Town/School taxes are current (as of 5-1-16), and Signature of Village Treasurer (ONLY if property is located in the Village of Ardsley or Irvington), on appropriate line of application, to confirm Village taxes are current (as of 5-1-16).

o Town Tax Receiver Anne Povella (914) 989-1550 177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY 10607

o Ardsley Treasurer Marion DeMaio (914) 693-1550 507 Ashford Ave Ardsley, NY 10502

o Irvington Treasurer Brenda M. Jeselnik (914) 591-7070 85 Main St., Irvington, NY 10533

 Your notarized signature

o There will be NO opportunity to get your signature notarized at Town or Village Halls (You can find a notary public in most banks, post offices, law offices, or other various businesses).

 Applications must only be submitted to the following:

Town of Greenburgh

Assessor’s Office

177 Hillside Avenue

Greenburgh, NY 10607

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE UPON SUBMISSION TO ASSESSMENT DEPARTMENT.

(including all supporting documentation)

 Approval/Denial letters will be sent no later than December 1, 2016.

 Contact Assessor’s Office with any questions at (914) 989-1520.

For Office Use Only

1, 2, or 3 family STAR Home C.O. Open bldg. permits Taxes current Purchased prior 5/1/16

Assessor’s signature:____________________________________________ Date:____________________ Approved

2015 Eq AV:___________________ 2016 AV:____________________ __________% change Denied

We are currently investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Old Tarrytown near the intersection of Knollwood Road. Old Tarrytown Road is temporarily closed between Manhattan Avenue and Knollwood Road while detectives conduct an accident investigation. The closure is expected to last several hours. Please avoid the area and take alternate routes if possible.

Chief Chris McNerney

 

Aside from receiving our quality recreational and tournament tennis instruction, at the most reasonable rates in Westchester, each camper will be able to choose from the following ” electives” , at no extra cost! Campers may choose an elective or continue with tennis instruction. Electives generally run for ½ hour.

 

*Swimming

*Basketball

*Kickball

*Soccer

 

The weeks of August 15th and 22nd there will be an “early drop off” 7:45am and/ or “late pick-up-6:00pm option, for $100.00, per week.

 

RECREATIONAL TENNIS CAMP

1. Morning-1/2 day- 9:30-12:30 pm

2. Full Day- 9:30-4:00 pm

 

Recreational Tennis Camp

(racquets provided, where necessary)

*Games and prizes each week

* Quick Start play format for children 10 and under

* Smaller racquets, low-pressure balls

* Advanced play for higher skilled players

* Electives, as listed above

 

Call Roberta Moloney at 914-693-8985, x 112. Or 124 for information.

 

FULL DAY CAMP

PROGRAM CODE/SESSION/DATE

0115-6/Session VII/July 25-July 29

0115-7/Session VIII/Aug 1-Aug 5

0115-4/Session V/Aug 8-Aug 12

0115-6/Session VII/Aug 15-Aug 19

0115-7/Session VIII/Aug 22-Aug 26

DAY/TIME:  Mon.-Fri./9:30am-4:00pm

LOCATION:  Anthony F. Veteran Park

AGE:  up to 16yrs

FEE:  $300 Res./$330 Non-Res.

 

 

TENNIS CAMP – HALF DAY (Morning)

PROGRAM CODE/SESSION/DATE

0017-3/Session IV/July 25-July 29

0017-4/Session V/Aug. 1-Aug. 5

0017-5/Session VI/Aug 4-Aug. 8

0017-6/Session VII/Aug 15-Aug. 19

0017-7/Session VIII/Aug 22-Aug. 26

DAY/TIME: Mon.-Thu./9:30am-12:30 (Fri. rain date)

LOCATION: Anthony F. Veteran Park

AGE: Up to 16 yrs.

FEE: $150 Res./ $165 Non-Res

 

 

TOURNAMENT TENNIS CAMP

1. Morning- ½ day–9:30-12:30 pm

2. Full Day-9:30-4:00 pm

 

Tournament Tennis Camp

* Focus on conditioning, footwork

* Game- styled tennis drills

* Round-robin match play

* Development of effective match strategies

* Matches with other facilities

* Electives, as listed above

*Participants must be able to serve, rally and score their own matches.

Contact Colleen Till at 914-693-8985, X112 or 124, for information

 

FULL DAY

PROGRAM CODE/SESSION/DATE

0026-3/Session IV/July 25-July 29

0026-4/Session V/Aug 1-Aug. 5

0026-5/Session VI/Aug 8-Aug. 12

0026-6/Session VII/Aug 15-Aug. 19

0026-7/Session VIII/Aug 22-Aug. 26

DAY/TIME: Mon.-Thu./9:30am-4:00pm (Fri. rain date)

LOCATION: Anthony F. Veteran Park

AGE: up to 16 years

FEE: $353 Res./ $425 Non-Res

 

 

 

HALF DAY – MORNING

PROGRAM CODE/SESSION/DATE

0027-4/Session IV/July 25-July 29

0027-5/Session V/Aug 1-Aug. 5

0027-6/Session VI/Aug 8-Aug. 12

0027-7/Session VII/Aug 15-Aug. 19

0027-8/Session VIII/Aug 22-Aug. 26

DAY/TIME: Mon.-Thu./9:30am-12:30pm (Fri. rain date)

LOCATION: Anthony F. Veteran Park

AGE: up to 16 years

FEE: $176 Res./ $212 Non-Res

 

 

AFTER CAMP-PRE SCHOOL SESSION

PROGRAM CODE/SESSION/DATE:

0015-9/Session V/Aug. 29-Sep. 2 (1/2 day)

DAYS/TIME:  Mon.-Thu./9:30am-12:30pm (Fri. Rain Date)

FEE:  $100.00 resident/$120.00 nonresident/1-1 week session

0014-9/Session VI/Aug. 29-Sep. 2 (full day)

DAYS/TIME:  Mon.-Thu./9:30am-4:00pm (Fri. Rain Date)

FEE:  $198.00 resident/$236.00 nonresident/1-1 week session

LOCATION:  Anthony F. Veteran Park

AGE:  Up to 16 yrs.

CLASS SIZE:  30 max.

A special 1-week clinic to “bridge the gap” between the summer season and the opening of school.

 

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY (former frank’s nursery) to make presentation on August 4th at 9:45 AM, not July 26th

Plans and application are available for download on the town website: link below.

EVENING PRESENTATION BETWEEN 6 and 7 PM BEFORE TOWN BOARD MEETING STARTS

UPDATED CHANGE OF DATE FOR PRESENTATION OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY –AUGUST 4  9:45 am

 

Please note that Capitol Senior Housing (CSH), the applicant who is proposing an assisted living facility at the former Frank’s Nursery at 715 Dobbs Ferry Road, will be making a presentation to the Town Board at a work session on Thursday, August 4th at 9:45am.  Our meeting is held at Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave. Later that evening, the applicant will be making a similar presentation to interested residents from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. The proposal consists of a special permit (Assisted Living Facility – Town Board Approval, referral to Planning Board) and site plan (Town Board approval, referral to Planning Board), Planning Board wetland/watercourse and tree removal (Town Forestry Officer approval) permit application associated with the demolition of an existing nursery and garden center (formerly Frank’s Nursery) and the construction of a three-story, 101 unit (115 beds), 105,000 sq. ft. assisted living facility, with related improvements. The applicant proposes to remediate soil and groundwater contamination at the site in connection with the NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program. The plans and applications are available for download at the following address: http://www.greenburghny.com/Cit-e-Access/formcenter/index.cfm?TID=10&DID=353 Scroll down to the headings TB 16-06.

 

Please note that there is no work session of the Town Board on Tuesday, July 26th, therefore there will be no presentations on this matter on July 26th.  Paul Feiner

Gas Leak in front of 69 Fort Hill Road

 

Con Edison on scene digging up roadway I/f/o 69 Fort Hill Rd

 

Fort Hill Rd closed both North and South at Pheasant Run.

 

Con Ed: No ETA for reopening.

 

Con Ed: No ETA for gas leak repair.

 

 

Paul Feiner

Last call to enroll in our Last Blast Extended Camp for children who are developmentally disabled.

Camp dates:  August 15-19 from 9-3pm.

Location:  Anthony Veteran Park

For more information contact:  Noel Broccoli, Director of Special Recreation at nbroccoli@greenburghny.com

The Greenburgh Town Board approved a local law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and passed by the NYS Legislature (thanks to the hard work of Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti) that will phase in tax hikes over a two year period for those who have experienced at least a 25% increase in the assessed value of their property.  Those who qualify will have to submit an application to the Assessor by mid September. There is an income requirement (must be able to qualify for STAR). And, those who take advantage of the phase in must have no building  violations.

The application is being prepared and can be accessed on the town website (assessor’s page) within the next day or two.  Ossining, which also is reassessing all properties, is also  implementing similar policies.  To watch the discussion of the Town Board work session today click on to the  link below.  Assessor Edye McCarthy discusses the phase in.  The goal of the legislation is to help those who are experiencing very large & sudden increases in their taxes as a result of the reassessment.  Only those who meet the guidelines and who are experiencing tax hikes will receive them.

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor
EXPLANATION OF PHASE IN LAW–AND DISCUSSION WITH ASSESSOR AND TOWN BOARD

https://youtu.be/zJZl4Y9Ak5IP

The Westchester County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring a construction accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Due to a collapsed construction crane, all lanes are closed in both directions. Expect extensive delays and consider alternate routes.

Greenburgh police is on the scene. I have been advised by the Police Chief Chris McNerney that  the crane is being cut up and the center median will be moved to allow for the traffic to move. The southbound lanes are being opened now and they are removing some sections of the center median to allow northbound traffic to turn around. There is no ETA on when the northbound lanes will be open. Tarrytown PD has closed down the ramps to the bridge. The Greenburgh police department has sent tech rescue teams, EMS to the scene and we will be monitoring traffic backup problems.  There were a few minor injuries according to the police chief.  It could have been much worst—we were lucky there were no fatalities or serious injuries. A miracle!

 

I hope that there will be a review of bridge construction safety oversight procedures that are in place. Motorists shou