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The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.

The announcement — which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual — was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year. The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years.

July 01, 2016

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Attorney General Lynch won’t overrule prosecutors if they decide to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s email server, an official said

Friday, July 1, 2016 7:31 AM EDT

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch plans to announce on Friday that she will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, a Justice Department official said. Her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case. The Justice Department had been moving toward such an arrangement for months — officials said in April that it was being considered — but a private meeting between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton this week set off a political furor and made the decision all but inevitable. Read more »

June 30, 2016

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Adnan Syed of “Serial” is getting a new trial. The Maryland man’s murder conviction was examined in the hit podcast.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:00 PM EDT

A judge in Maryland has granted a retrial to Adnan Syed, whose conviction for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend was the subject of the first season of the hit podcast “Serial,” Mr. Syed’s lawyer announced Thursday. The decision to grant Mr. Syed, 35, a retrial is a major victory for an inmate who has long maintained his innocence and has exhausted all other avenues of appeal. He was convicted of the murder of Hae Min Lee in 2000 and has been serving a life sentence in prison. Read more »

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The Pentagon has lifted its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, removing one of the last barriers to service

Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:47 PM EDT

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Thursday removed one of the final barriers to military service by lifting the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the armed forces. The move has faced resistance from some at the highest ranks of the military, who have expressed concerns over what they consider a social experiment that could potentially harm the military’s readiness and effectiveness in combat. Read more »

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But “close” isn’t the same as “over the goal.” Now that we’re in General Election mode, “close” just won’t be good enough.

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Dear Friend,

We are starting to shift our campaign operation into full gear and I could not be more proud of the message (see below) we have to deliver to the voters of the 105th Assembly District. I need your help to make sure we have the resources necessary to get our message out in this unpredictable election year.

You can contribute online here or mail checks to:
Lalor for Assembly
PO Box 334
Hopewell Junction NY 12533.

start up presser.jpg

  • Leading From the Front On Spending: In 2015, I unilaterally saved taxpayers $172,808 by refusing to participate in the Assembly’s latest pork-barrel scheme, turning down $125,000 in pork. I also reduced my office mail budget by $26,942 and refused the Assembly’s per diem payments for meals and hotels ($9,804) and travel allowances ($2,062) as well as a leadership stipend for my position as the ranking member of the Real Property Taxation Committee ($9,000). By doing so, I unilaterally saved taxpayers $172,808 in 2015 and we are on track to save taxpayers a similar amount in 2016.
  • Defending the Second Amendment: I am a cosponsor of A.3350 and A.3943 which would completely repeal the SAFE Act. I am also a cosponsor of Assemblyman Butler’s fine bill, A.10354, which limits the application of the SAFE Act to the counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York, Bronx and Westchester. This bill allows those state legislators who want to surrender their Second Amendment rights in the New York City metro area to do so, but preserves our rights upstate. I also successfully joined with a bipartisan coalition to fight against anti-Second Amendment legislation in the City of Poughkeepsie.
  • Eternal Vigilance: I have been an outspoken advocate for national security and the security of New York, which remains the number one target of Islamic terrorists. I was the first New York State lawmaker to oppose the relocation to New York of Syrian refugees, who, the FBI Director admits, cannot possibly be properly vetted. I support U.S. aid to refugees in the form of food, water, medical supplies, shelter and security and persuading Arab Gulf countries such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain to resettle refugees in the region. Read my New York Post op-ed here. I opposed the Iran nuclear deal which frees up $150 billion in funds to the Iranian regime, the number one state sponsor of terror. I also opposed Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to give New York City ID cards to illegal immigrants because doing so creates a national security nightmare. Terrorists will be able to easily obtain official government IDs and we can’t guarantee these ID cards won’t be used to board planes or facilitate other nefarious activities.
  • Standing Up For Vets: After Governor Cuomo twice vetoed the Veterans Equality Bill, I continued to lead the fight to again get the bill through the legislature and signed into law. Last month we accomplished the mission and the bill to allow veterans from any era to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service was signed by the governor. Prior to this bill becoming law, New York only allowed veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit. For instance, Iraq veterans were eligible, while Afghanistan veterans were not. This law fixed that inequity.
  • Relentless Supporter of Small Business: I opposed Governor Cuomo’s minimum wage hike because it is an unfunded mandate on businesses that gives big corporations an advantage over small business, and actually decreases opportunities for the entry-level workers that minimum wage advocates claim they want to help. I am a co-sponsor of the Small Business Full Employment Act which would enact various measures to provide tax and regulatory relief for small businesses to encourage growth. For example, the bill would require a small business economic impact statement prior to the passage of any rule or regulation that impacts small businesses.
  • Leader of Anti-Corporate Welfare Movement: I continue to be the most outspoken and effective opponent of corporate welfare in the state, leading the fight against the taxpayers’ $420 million subsidy for Hollywood filmmakers, exposing, in detail, the Start-Up NY debacle, challenging tax credits for Viacom while the company laid off New Yorkers and successfully fighting to stop expensive subsidies for a billionaire’s biofuel business from being included in the budget. I advocate taking the billions of tax dollars our state spends to subsidize hand-picked corporations and putting it toward across-the-board tax relief for all New Yorkers and businesses who pay taxes.

    For more details on these and other areas of our campaign message, click here.

    Your immediate $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 contribution will help us get this message to every nook and cranny of the 105th Assembly District and achieve victory in November. You can contribute online here or

    Mail checks to:
    Lalor for Assembly
    PO Box 334
    Hopewell Junction NY 12533.

    Onward to Victory,
    Kieran

###

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

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN URGES FCC TO PROTECT CONSUMER PRIVACY AS COMMISSION WEIGHS GREATER RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION BY BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE PROVIDERS.

Schneiderman’s Comments On The FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rulemaking Emphasize Increased Transparency, Choice, And Security To Better Protect Consumer Privacy.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) regarding the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to establish privacy rules for Broadband Internet Access Service (“BIAS”) providers. In his comment to the FCC, Schneiderman expresses support for the FCC’s proposed rulemaking and provides several recommendations designed to maximize consumer choice, transparency, and security.

“As the gateway to the internet, BIAS providers are able to collect an unprecedented breadth of personal information about their customers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This letter comment urges the FCC to ensure the privacy of BIAS customers and impose reasonable notice and reporting requirements on BIAS providers.  Meaningful choice and online privacy should be the mainstays of consumer experience on the Internet.”

In his comment, Schneiderman applauds the FCC for its focus on the three pillars of consumer privacy: transparency, choice, and security. In particular:

Transparency: Schneiderman expresses support for the FCC’s proposed rules requiring BIAS providers maintain persistently and easily accessible privacy polies, written in clear and conspicuous language. Schneiderman recommends that the FCC further require BIAS providers to:

  • Make privacy policies as concise and specific as possible; and
  • Translate privacy policies into the language that the BIAS provider previously used to communicate with its customers, including during advertising and sales.

Choice: Schneiderman expresses support for the FCC’s proposed rules granting BIAS providers implied consent to use customer data as necessary to provide the contracted-for service, requiring BIAS providers to give customers opt-out consent regarding the use of their data for purposes of marketing communications-related services, and requiring BIAS providers to secure permission from customers before engaging in any other third-party commercial uses of their data. Schneiderman recommends that the FCC further require BIAS providers to:

  • Contractually obligate all data recipients to limit their use of data received via implied permission to those purposes enumerated in the FCC’s proposed rule;
  • Present customers with the privacy notice and choice option(s) upon initial login to the BIAS provider’s website and in such a manner that customers are likely to read them;
  • Give customers the option to easily revisit the privacy notice and adjust their choice options upon all subsequent logins to the BIAS provider’s website; and
  • Display an alert on the login landing page of the BIAS provider’s website in the event of any changes to the BIAS providers’ privacy policies and/or choice options.

Security: Schneiderman expresses support for the FCC’s proposed rules requiring BIAS providers to protect customer information that is stored or otherwise crosses their networks against unauthorized use or disclosure and recommends that the FCC:

  • Require BIAS providers to give notice following a data breach “in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay” on top of a fixed deadline;
  • Require BIAS providers to contractually obligate any affiliates or third parties to notify the BIAS provider in the event of a data beach; and
  • Post on the FCC website the data breach notices it receives pursuant to this rule.

Schneiderman further expresses his support for the FCC’s broad definition of personally identifiable information, recognizing that emerging technologies make it far too easy to link facially non-identifying information to consumers and their devices.

Currently, BIAS providers are not subject to statutory protections regarding the privacy of their customers’ data. The rules proposed by the FCC, and supported by Attorney General Schneiderman, would protect consumer privacy by applying the privacy requirements of the Federal Communications Act to BIAS providers.

This matter was handled by Deputy Bureau Chief Clark Russell and Bureau Chief Kathleen McGee of the Bureau of Internet and Technology, Senior Enforcement Counsel and Special Advisor to the Attorney General Tim Wu, and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Manisha Sheth.

Federal safety regulators warned owners of more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras that they should not drive their cars until their Takata airbags are replaced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said new tests show these airbags have a much higher risk of exploding and killing a driver or passenger.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF POLITICAL CONSULTANT STEVEN PIGEON AND GUILTY PLEA OF STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOHN A. MICHALEK.

Steven Pigeon Indicted For Bribery, Rewarding Official Misconduct And Grand Larceny By Extortion.

Supreme Court Justice Michalek Pleads Guilty To Felony Bribe Receiving And False Filing.

Schneiderman: Anyone Who Breaches The Public Trust Will Be Held Accountable By My Office.

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the unsealing of an indictment charging political consultant G. Steven Pigeon, 55, with Bribery in the Second Degree, a class C felony; Bribery in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Grand Larceny theft by extortion in the Third Degree, a class D Felony; and six counts of Rewarding Official Misconduct in the Second Degree, a class E felony. Pigeon was arraigned today by the Honorable Donald F. Cerio, Jr. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Schneiderman also announced the guilty plea of John A. Michalek, 65, a New York State Supreme Court Justice, in connection with the same alleged scheme, for receiving bribes from Pigeon, and for filing a false document with the New York State Office of Court Administration when he appointed a receiver who had been suggested by Pigeon. Michalek [pronounced MIKE-uh-lik] entered a guilty plea yesterday afternoon before Hon. Donald F. Cerio, Jr., in Erie County Supreme Court to two felonies, including Bribe Receiving in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony.  In addition to entering the plea, Michalek submitted a letter of resignation to the Chief Administrative Judge, effective immediately.

Today’s charges stem from an ongoing public corruption investigation by the Office of the Attorney General.

“As we allege in today’s indictment, Steve Pigeon engaged in a multiyear scheme to bribe a sitting state judge in an effort to win access and favors for his clients and associates,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I will not stand for this kind of brazen contempt for the rule of law and the interests of everyday New Yorkers. Anyone who breaches the public trust will be held accountable by my office. Our investigation is ongoing.”

Pigeon is alleged to have provided benefits to Michalek—including box seat tickets to Sabres games and a ticket to a $1,000 per head fundraiser—and agreed to help Michalek attempt to secure an appointment to the Appellate Division of the New York, in exchange for Michalek violating his duties as a judge. As alleged in the complaint, Michalek and Pigeon engaged in ex parte communication, during which time Michalek provided Pigeon confidential insight, and the opportunity to provide confidential input, into matters before the court. Those matters included active litigation in which Pigeon had an interest.

According to the complaint, during the course of their relationship, Michalek also appointed a Pigeon associate to a lucrative receivership. Michalek allegedly selected an attorney of Pigeon’s choosing to serve as a receiver, when that person was not on a court issued list of qualified receivers.  In order to appoint that person, Michalek filed a document with the Office of Court Administration where he falsely claimed that he required that attorney’s expertise in handling that receivership. 

The indictment also charges Pigeon with Grand Larceny by Extortion in relation to that appointment, by alleging that Pigeon illegally extracted an illegal $5,000 consulting fee from the same Michalek-appointed receiver.

According to the complaint, the communication between the two men shows that Michalek also sought Pigeon’s assistance in obtaining employment for one of his relatives and in seeking an appointment to a government position for a second relative. 

Assistant Attorney General Susan H. Sadinsky of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau and Assistant Attorney General Diane M. LaVallee of the Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau are prosecuting this case under the supervision of Public Integrity Bureau Chief Daniel Cort and Deputy Bureau Chief Stacy Aronowitz.  The investigation was handled by Supervising Investigator Richard Doyle and Investigator Brian G. Ross of the Investigators Bureau, which is led by Deputy Chief Antoine Karam and Chief Dominick Zarrella, Senior Investigator of Major Crimes Christopher Weber of the New York State Police and Senior Agent Brian A. Burns of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Senior Analyst Robert Vanwey of the Attorney General’s Office also worked on the investigation.  The Attorney General’s Office thanks First Assistant United States Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Guerra, III, Chief, Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of New York for their work on the case. The Attorney General’s Office also wants to thank the New York State Board of Elections Division of Election Law Enforcement and Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman for their assistance.  Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan leads the Criminal Justice Division.

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

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Across Canada, ordinary citizens, distressed by news reports of drowning children and the shunning of desperate migrants, are intervening in one of the world’s most pressing problems. Their country allows them a rare power and responsibility: They can band together in small groups and personally resettle — essentially adopt — a refugee family. In Toronto alone, hockey moms, dog-walking friends, book club members, poker buddies and lawyers have formed circles to take in Syrian families. We reported this article over five months, interviewing over 100 people, including dozens of sponsors and refugees. Here’s what one refugee said about the experience: “It’s like I’ve been on fire, and now I’m safe in the water.” Read more »
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Thank you! We are so close to filling our Rapid Response Fund with $50,000.

But we’re not quite there yet — and the FEC deadline is just about 12 hours away. Can you make a contribution to help us raise $50,000?

We have to be ready for my opponent John Faso, a lobbyist, to run a very negative campaign, and for his SuperPACs to throw everything AND the kitchen sink at me.

I believe that the future of our country lies in our people, not in big money donors and lobbyists who seek to divide us for their profit. I believe in the great American spirit of democracy, where every person’s voice matters, not just that of billionaires.

So we are building from anger to hope, from community to isolation. We are building a strong, broad, resilient, spirited and grounded grassroots fighting force, ready for anything that John Faso’s SuperPACs throw our way!

We didn’t build this campaign with half-a-million-dollar checks. We built it $5 or $10 at a time — in fact, 97% of our contributions are under $100. As long as we keep this up, we can and will beat Faso and whatever spending his insider buddies throw our way.

We’re really counting on this $50,000 to get us started in the General Election.

I know we can make it.

So please, chip in $5 or $10.

Thank you for all of your help!

Zephyr

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Dear Friend,

We are starting to shift our campaign operation into full gear and I could not be more proud of the message (see below) we have to deliver to the voters of the 105th Assembly District. I need your help to make sure we have the resources necessary to get our message out in this unpredictable election year.

You can contribute online here or mail checks to:
Lalor for Assembly
PO Box 334
Hopewell Junction NY 12533.

start up presser.jpg

  • Leading From the Front On Spending: In 2015, I unilaterally saved taxpayers $172,808 by refusing to participate in the Assembly’s latest pork-barrel scheme, turning down $125,000 in pork. I also reduced my office mail budget by $26,942 and refused the Assembly’s per diem payments for meals and hotels ($9,804) and travel allowances ($2,062) as well as a leadership stipend for my position as the ranking member of the Real Property Taxation Committee ($9,000). By doing so, I unilaterally saved taxpayers $172,808 in 2015 and we are on track to save taxpayers a similar amount in 2016.
  • Defending the Second Amendment: I am a cosponsor of A.3350 and A.3943 which would completely repeal the SAFE Act. I am also a cosponsor of Assemblyman Butler’s fine bill, A.10354, which limits the application of the SAFE Act to the counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Richmond, New York, Bronx and Westchester. This bill allows those state legislators who want to surrender their Second Amendment rights in the New York City metro area to do so, but preserves our rights upstate. I also successfully joined with a bipartisan coalition to fight against anti-Second Amendment legislation in the City of Poughkeepsie.
  • Eternal Vigilance: I have been an outspoken advocate for national security and the security of New York, which remains the number one target of Islamic terrorists. I was the first New York State lawmaker to oppose the relocation to New York of Syrian refugees, who, the FBI Director admits, cannot possibly be properly vetted. I support U.S. aid to refugees in the form of food, water, medical supplies, shelter and security and persuading Arab Gulf countries such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain to resettle refugees in the region. Read my New York Post op-ed here. I opposed the Iran nuclear deal which frees up $150 billion in funds to the Iranian regime, the number one state sponsor of terror. I also opposed Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to give New York City ID cards to illegal immigrants because doing so creates a national security nightmare. Terrorists will be able to easily obtain official government IDs and we can’t guarantee these ID cards won’t be used to board planes or facilitate other nefarious activities.
  • Standing Up For Vets: After Governor Cuomo twice vetoed the Veterans Equality Bill, I continued to lead the fight to again get the bill through the legislature and signed into law. Last month we accomplished the mission and the bill to allow veterans from any era to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service was signed by the governor. Prior to this bill becoming law, New York only allowed veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit. For instance, Iraq veterans were eligible, while Afghanistan veterans were not. This law fixed that inequity.
  • Relentless Supporter of Small Business: I opposed Governor Cuomo’s minimum wage hike because it is an unfunded mandate on businesses that gives big corporations an advantage over small business, and actually decreases opportunities for the entry-level workers that minimum wage advocates claim they want to help. I am a co-sponsor of the Small Business Full Employment Act which would enact various measures to provide tax and regulatory relief for small businesses to encourage growth. For example, the bill would require a small business economic impact statement prior to the passage of any rule or regulation that impacts small businesses.
  • Leader of Anti-Corporate Welfare Movement: I continue to be the most outspoken and effective opponent of corporate welfare in the state, leading the fight against the taxpayers’ $420 million subsidy for Hollywood filmmakers, exposing, in detail, the Start-Up NY debacle, challenging tax credits for Viacom while the company laid off New Yorkers and successfully fighting to stop expensive subsidies for a billionaire’s biofuel business from being included in the budget. I advocate taking the billions of tax dollars our state spends to subsidize hand-picked corporations and putting it toward across-the-board tax relief for all New Yorkers and businesses who pay taxes.For more details on these and other areas of our campaign message, click here.Your immediate $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 contribution will help us get this message to every nook and cranny of the 105th Assembly District and achieve victory in November. You can contribute online here or

    Mail checks to:
    Lalor for Assembly
    PO Box 334
    Hopewell Junction NY 12533.

    Onward to Victory,
    Kieran

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

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Boris Johnson, who helped lead the campaign for Britain to leave the E.U., says he won’t run for prime minister

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The race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister of Britain was turned upside down on Thursday when Boris Johnson, widely seen as the leading candidate, chose at the last minute not to run, after his closest ally, Michael Gove, challenged him for the job. The remarkable turn of events was the latest political aftershock from Britain’s vote last week to leave the European Union, and it could benefit another candidate, Theresa May, the home secretary, who laid out her case on Thursday for why she should lead the party. Read more »

Turkish officials have strong evidence that the Istanbul airport attackers came from the Syrian ISIS stronghold of Raqqa and that ISIS leadership was involved in the planning, a senior Turkish government source told CNN.

The death toll from the attack has risen to 43, officials say.

The men who carried out Tuesday’s terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish official told CNN.

Turkish security forces have detained 13 people, including three foreign nationals, in connection with the terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, state broadcaster TRT reported.

What an incredible victory in our primary last night!

But now the real fight begins, and it’s serious.

We are in a swing district, and have a chance to change the future of our country.

John Faso, my Republican opponent, is the ultimate insider. He’s an assemblyman turned lobbyist. He has voted against equal pay four times. He’s taken money from fossil fuel companies to advocate for eminent domain for fracked gas pipelines. He defends Citizens United and Super PACs. Hedge fund manager, Paul Singer, donated $500,000 on Faso’s behalf just last week. Wall Street would be thrilled to have him in Congress.

If John Faso goes to Washington, he will close the doors of power behind him.

I am running to break down those same doors of power, the ones that keep Americans shut out.

This is why it’s so important that we are ready for what is going to be a brutal general election.

Thursday is the end of the FEC quarter, and the first FEC deadline of the General Election for us.

We are launching a “Defeat Faso” Rapid Response Fund to give ourselves a post-primary, General Election boost before the FEC deadline in 24 hours.

We need to raise $50,000 before Thursday at midnight. If you can, make a contribution to our Rapid Response Fund.

Even if you give $5 or $10, it will go a long way to helping us reach our goal.

Thank you for everything you did to make this primary a success. And thank you for helping out today!

Zephyr

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At least 41 people are dead from the attack on Istanbul’s airport, an official says. Of the dead, 37 have been identified: 10 are foreign nationals and 3 are dual-nationals.

At least 36 people are dead and at least 147 are wounded after three terrorists armed with guns and bombs attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, Turkish officials said.

Turkish and U.S. officials say they suspect ISIS involvement in the incident.

Turkey has seen a spate of deadly attacks in recent months.

THE ATTACK

The attackers, carrying guns, arrived at the airport via taxi. Preliminary findings suggest all three opened fire then detonated themselves using suicide vests.

Two of them were at the international terminal and the third one was in a nearby parking lot, a Turkish official tells CNN.

Video from inside the terminal appears to show an attacker detonating a bomb.

Police fired shots at the suspects near the international terminal in an effort to neutralize them, according to a Turkish official.

THE INVESTIGATION

Although there have been no claims of responsibility, ISIS militants are suspected to be behind the airport attack, Turkish officials say.

“The signs point to Daesh but investigation is ongoing,” said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Daesh is another name for ISIS.

U.S. officials also say the attack bears the hallmarks of ISIS because of its target and method, using weapons and explosions.

The PKK, the Kurdish militant separatists who resumed hostilities with Turkey last year, are less likely to be behind the attack because that group tends to target military and security installations, officials said.

As CNN has reported previously, counterterrorism officials are bracing for more attacks like this across Europe. “This is sadly the new normal,” one U.S. official said.

The airport will remain closed to flights temporarily, according to the airport’s official Twitter account.

 

TURKISH RESPONSE

Turkish officials called for unity in the wake of the attacks and condemned the violence.

President Tayyip Erdogan said that the attack, which took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, “shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values.”

“This attack has also exposed once again the evil face of the terrorist organizations which target innocent civilians,” he said.

Yildirim, addressing the nation on television, said that terrorism threatens all countries and that global cooperation is needed to beat it back.

“Solidarity is the best answer to today’s attack,” he said.

AMERICAN RESPONSE

The Obama administration strongly condemned the attack.

“Ataturk International Airport, like Brussels Airport which was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a prepared statement. “We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism.

President Obama was briefed on the attack by Lisa Monaco, his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, according to a White House official.

A U.S. State Department official told CNN all personnel at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul have been accounted for. “We are making every effort to account for the welfare of U.S. citizens in the city,” the official said.

At least 36 people have been killed and another 147 wounded in the suicide attacks at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, according to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Three bombers were also killed, Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin said.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

At least 28 people have been killed and 60 others injured in an attack by three suicide bombers at Ataturk Airport in Turkey, Istanbul governor says.

At least 10 people have died and 20 were injured after explosions at Istanbul’s airport, Turkey’s justice minister said.

Two suspects blew themselves up at Ataturk Airport, a Turkish official says. The official says police fired shots at the suspects in an effort to neutralize them.

Two explosions and gunfire took place at the Istanbul Ataturk airport Tuesday, the Turkish interior ministry said.

The unanimous passage of the Safe School Drinking Water Act was one of our greatest successes of this year’s legislative session. When we alerted our members to the lead crises in New York’s schools, hundreds of you contacted legislators across the state to tell them that something needed to be done, and they listened.

This common sense legislation will mandate testing at all schools, disclose test results to parents and teachers quickly, and provide funding to schools to pay for testing and remediation. Once signed, this law will help protect children across the state from lead poisoning from contaminated school drinking water.

Now we need your help again. The only thing standing in the way of mandated lead testing and reporting in school drinking water is the Governor’s signature. Let him know that you want this important legislation signed into law today! >>

Delfim, the health of our children can’t wait. The sooner this legislation is signed and in the books, the sooner we can protect children in schools across the state from lead poisoning. Until Governor Cuomo signs this bill, school lead testing will remain voluntary and scattered, with the neediest schools forgoing testing due to the expense.

With Governor Cuomo’s signature, lead testing, reporting, and remediation will be mandated and funded in schools across the state. Parents and teachers will no longer have to worry that we are unknowingly harming our children when they drink from school water fountains.

Act now to tell Governor Cuomo to sign this important bill into law today >>

Thank you!

Christopher Goeken, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations
New York League of Conservation Voters

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“Oliva Wins Big!”

Dear Friends,

Last night, we were able to celebrate a big win, and it could not have been done without you.

We prevailed with nearly 60% of the vote against a self-funder who did nothing but attack at every opportunity. We took a different tact – we talked about the issues that working families in the 18th district care about – and we won.  I am proud of the positive campaign that we ran.

Now the next battle begins – and we’ve already seen the kind of political dirty tricks Sean Patrick Maloney and his DC cohorts will use to cling to this seat.

Just last week, Sean Patrick Maloney and the Democrats were forced to fire a tracker and turn over tapes of him stalking my family. That’s the kind of politics New Yorkers are fed up with.

Will you pitch in today and tell them enough of this garbage?

Help us send a message to the corrupt DC dirty tricksters, end the political games once and for all and send a guy like me to clean up Washington.

Thank you for your support.
Phil

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Thank you for making me your nominee for the 19th Congressional District.

Each of you has worked hard to bring us to this moment. Since January, you organized hundreds of town halls and meetings from Callicoon to Sand Lake to Saugerties. We talked about the issues most important to you — whether it be debt, music in schools, or Social Security. We talked about how private financing of elections and Super PACs corrupt democracy.

We even put 18,000 miles on my car in only 5 months!

But we weren’t just talking. We were building.

We were building from anger to hope, isolation to community. We were building a community that is resilient, spirited and grounded, ready for any fight.

We built this campaign together. You won this for all of the 19th District. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

This campaign is important because we are facing a true crisis in our democracy and economy. Congress is frozen and corrupt, gridlocked and nonresponsive.

Now, the real fight begins. There are stark differences between my Republican opponent and me. John Faso is the ultimate Albany insider. He continues to benefit from the rigged system that has shut ordinary people out of politics. If he gets to Washington, he will continue to keep the doors of power shut and locked.

I am running for Congress to break down those doors in Washington D.C.; the doors that are keeping the people of America – the real people, the citizens of America – locked out.

I’ve been fighting well-paid lobbyists on behalf of working families my entire life. I will fight until we win – for the people of NY 19. For the American people.

I will be calling on your help again from now to November. As we continue building, we can show our fellow citizens how to renew our nation and make it better than it ever was in the past.

Again, I cannot thank you enough for all the building you have done and will do for this campaign.

Zephyr

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of major college basketball, has died, according to a statement from the Pat Summitt foundation. She was 64.

June 28, 2016

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June 28, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
A two-year House inquiry into the 2012 attacks on a U.S. compound in Libya found no new evidence of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:24 AM EDT

Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead. The 800-page report, however, included some new details about the night of the attacks, and the context in which it occurred, and it delivered a broad rebuke of government agencies like the Defense Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department — and the officials who led them — for failing to grasp the acute security risks in the Libyan city, and especially for maintaining outposts in Benghazi that they could not protect. Read more »

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June 28, 2016

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Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in major college basketball who led an ascendance of women’s sports, has died. She was 64.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:44 AM EDT

Pat Summitt, who was at the forefront of a broad ascendance of women’s sports, winning eight national basketball championships at the University of Tennessee and more games than any other Division I college coach, male or female, died on Tuesday. She was 64. Her death was confirmed on the website of the Pat Summitt Foundation. Ms. Summitt stepped down after 38 seasons and 1,098 victories at Tennessee in April 2012, at 59, less than a year after she learned she had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Over nearly four decades, Ms. Summitt helped transform women’s college basketball from a sport ignored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association into one that drew national television audiences and paid its most successful coaches more than $1 million a year. “In modern history, there are two figures that belong on the Mount Rushmore of women’s sports — Billie Jean King and Pat Summitt,” Mary Jo Kane, a sports sociologist at the University of Minnesota, said in 2011. “No one else is close to third.” Read more »

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June 27, 2016

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Volkswagen will pay nearly $15 billion to settle emissions cheating in the U.S. It’s one of the largest ever consumer class actions.

Monday, June 27, 2016 6:50 PM EDT

Volkswagen has agreed to pay nearly $15 billion to settle claims stemming from its diesel emissions cheating scandal in what would be one of the largest consumer class-action settlements ever in the United States. The proposed settlement, valued at $14.7 billion and involving the federal government and lawyers representing the owners of about 475,000 Volkswagen vehicles, includes more than $10 billion to buy back affected cars at their pre-scandal values, and additional cash compensation for the owners, according to two people briefed on the settlement’s terms. Read more »

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The following is the public Election Day (June 28) Schedule for Phil Oliva, the endorsed Republican candidate for Congress in the 18th District.

11 a.m. — Voting with his family at his local polling site.

Heritage Hills Community Center

1000 W Hill Dr.

Somers, NY 10589

 

8:30 p.m. — Will await and receive Primary election results at the Putnam County Board of Elections.
25 Old Route 6
Carmel, NY 10512

OLIVA FAMILY SAYS THEY’VE YET TO RECEIVE FIRED TRACKER TAPES DESPITE BEING PROMISED THEM BY MALONEY ONE WEEK AGO

 

June 27…Phil Oliva, the endorsed Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for the 18th Congressional District, and his wife Jessica, today demanded Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) turn over to them all the raw and unedited video footage obtained by a since fired “tracker” who was working on behalf of the Maloney campaign.  Maloney had first promised to return the tapes on June 21st but there has been no sign of the tapes, nor any communication from the Maloney campaign, according to the Olivas.

The now fired tracker admitted on video to contacting Oliva’s wife on Facebook and visiting the Oliva residence, once startling the candidate’s wife as he peered through the kitchen window.

The Olivas said they are concerned about what may be on the tapes, especially any inappropriate footage that may have been taken of Mrs. Oliva or their young children in their home and without their knowledge or consent.

“We didn’t ask for any of this but the first step towards ending this whole sordid saga is with the handing over of the tapes, all the raw, unedited footage,” said Oliva.  “My wife and I are seeking peace of mind and I think that’s a very reasonable request that most everyone can understand.”

Oliva said that if the tapes are not turned over by the Maloney campaign this week then he and his wife would pursue legal means to secure the footage of their family.

“I have no idea why there is this delay.  This isn’t hard.  Just turn over the tapes as promised and let’s move forward,” said Oliva.

Today is Zephyr’s primary election. I hate to do it — but I have to share a piece of bad news with Zephyr this morning.

Yesterday, she set a daily goal to raise $30,000.

We fell short. We came incredibly close — raising $25,342.

But here is a bit of good news. After crunching some numbers, I figured that we can still hit our $1,000,000 FEC deadline goal — but ONLY if we raise an additional $20,000 by midnight tonight.

Will you rush in $5, $20, or more to help us hit this goal?

We’re up against the clock — so that means there is no time to waste. Donate now!

Thanks for everything you’ve done! I know with your help this goal is within reach.

Ellen Foster
Finance Director
Zephyr Teachout for Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned the conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell, and hundreds of years of bribery law.

McDonnell received lavish gifts — like a Rolex and a $20,000 shopping spree — in exchange for political favors to a dietary supplement manufacturer.

The Supreme Court decision is a direct affront to our democracy and the power of the people.

The court held that “setting up a meeting, hosting an event, or calling an official (or agreeing to do so) merely to talk about a research study or to gather additional information,” did not qualify as an “official act” in this case. In other words, it is okay to give fancy gifts to get better treatment, so long as a particular law isn’t about to be voted on.

By saying that politicians can receive gifts in exchange for political favors, the Supreme Court further legitimized corrupt behavior. It gave lobbyists bearing gifts more power, and shut out ordinary citizens.

Republican front runner John Faso is a part of that network in Albany and would be in Washington. I’m running for Congress to raise up people’s voices and shift power away from massive corporations and the uber wealthy.

To win, I need your support to fight against big money in politics and the special interests. Our FEC deadline is on Thursday and I have a goal to raise $1,000,000.

Your grassroots strength has gotten us this far — 97% of our contributions have been under $100. This proves we have the energy and ability to defeat the special interests.

Will you donate $5 or $10 so we can stun the special interests come June 30th?

Thanks,
Zephyr

WE HAVE ANOTHER BOLD GOAL FOR THIS THURSDAY
PLEASE READ ABOUT MY FATHER’S PLANS BELOW

Anyone who knows me knows exactly what I think about Donald J. Trump.

He is an amazing man – there is nobody I admire more. I consider him my best friend, and could not be more proud that he is my father.

Today, I am honored to kick off his most ambitious fundraising campaign yet.

Delfim, Hillary Clinton’s campaign machine and her liberal media allies are desperate. First, they claimed we raised too little. Then, when donors like you helped us to raise $11 million in just a few days, they claimed we were lying.

The truth is we did better than $11 million and no amount of spin from Crooked Hillary’s machine can change that fact. We cannot let them get away with this.

That’s why we set another Trump-sized goal. We are working to shatter records again this week – by raising another $10 million before the Federal Election Commission’s 2nd quarter fundraising deadline this Thursday at midnight. Afterwards, our results will be covered heavily by the media.

Join my father and me, and chip in a $10, $20, $50, $100, or $250 contribution today. Will you help us SHOCK Hillary Clinton and the political establishment?

We are fighting as a family and a very fed-up country to build this historic effort, and bring voters over to Team Trump. The support of friends like you over the last week is making a huge impact.

Every day we’re reaching more and more people, Delfim – convincing them that a Trump presidency will mean they can finally believe in American again.

I know that my father has the vision, determination and tenacity to get great things done for our country – something he’s proven throughout his life and career. I’ve worked side by side with him in business, and I’ve watched him up close in action my entire life.

Donald J. Trump is the man our nation needs in the White House at this moment. Please help us make history.

No fight is too tough for my father. He had no problem taking on the political establishment to secure the Republican nomination, and now he’s going after Lying Crooked Hillary Clinton in a way that no one has ever gone after her before.

I hope you will stand with us today by rushing a contribution using this secure link.

Thank you,

Eric Trump
Executive Vice President
The Trump Organization

P.S. Hillary Clinton’s campaign machine and her liberal media allies are desperate. First, they claimed we raised too little. Then, when donors like you helped us to raise $11 million in just a few days, they claimed we were lying. So we’ve set another Trump-sized goal to raise another $10 million by Thursday at midnight.

Please chip in what you can to help make Donald J. Trump the next President of the United States – your support by MIDNIGHT this Thursday is crucial.

WE HAVE ANOTHER BOLD GOAL FOR THIS THURSDAY
PLEASE READ ABOUT MY FATHER’S PLANS BELOW

Anyone who knows me knows exactly what I think about Donald J. Trump.

He is an amazing man – there is nobody I admire more. I consider him my best friend, and could not be more proud that he is my father.

Today, I am honored to kick off his most ambitious fundraising campaign yet.

Delfim, Hillary Clinton’s campaign machine and her liberal media allies are desperate. First, they claimed we raised too little. Then, when donors like you helped us to raise $11 million in just a few days, they claimed we were lying.

The truth is we did better than $11 million and no amount of spin from Crooked Hillary’s machine can change that fact. We cannot let them get away with this.

That’s why we set another Trump-sized goal. We are working to shatter records again this week – by raising another $10 million before the Federal Election Commission’s 2nd quarter fundraising deadline this Thursday at midnight. Afterwards, our results will be covered heavily by the media.

Join my father and me, and chip in a $10, $20, $50, $100, or $250 contribution today. Will you help us SHOCK Hillary Clinton and the political establishment?

We are fighting as a family and a very fed-up country to build this historic effort, and bring voters over to Team Trump. The support of friends like you over the last week is making a huge impact.

Every day we’re reaching more and more people, Delfim – convincing them that a Trump presidency will mean they can finally believe in American again.

I know that my father has the vision, determination and tenacity to get great things done for our country – something he’s proven throughout his life and career. I’ve worked side by side with him in business, and I’ve watched him up close in action my entire life.

Donald J. Trump is the man our nation needs in the White House at this moment. Please help us make history.

No fight is too tough for my father. He had no problem taking on the political establishment to secure the Republican nomination, and now he’s going after Lying Crooked Hillary Clinton in a way that no one has ever gone after her before.

I hope you will stand with us today by rushing a contribution using this secure link.

Thank you,

Eric Trump
Executive Vice President
The Trump Organization

P.S. Hillary Clinton’s campaign machine and her liberal media allies are desperate. First, they claimed we raised too little. Then, when donors like you helped us to raise $11 million in just a few days, they claimed we were lying. So we’ve set another Trump-sized goal to raise another $10 million by Thursday at midnight.

Please chip in what you can to help make Donald J. Trump the next President of the United States – your support by MIDNIGHT this Thursday is crucial.

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Alamo Drafthouse Announces 2016 Summer Kids Camp Lineup

The heat-beating, doldrums-busting series returns with a lineup of fun family favorites and a new choose-your-own-ticket price option with proceeds benefiting local charities

Alamo Drafthouse is happy to announce the return of its annual Summer Kids Camp screenings. Programmed specifically for families, Summer Kids Camp is affordable fun for all, with a mix of new favorites and classic kid-friendly films.

The “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranges from $1 to $3 per person, with 100% of ticket sales donated to local nonprofits. This allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating. So, families can have summer fun while also helping their communities.

“Kids Camp reaches almost 100,000 kids and parents during the summer, providing affordable and fun movies for everyone,” says Director of Family & Community Engagement Amy Averett.  “We are excited to grow this program to support great local nonprofits through ticket sales donations.”

New this year is an expanded Kid’s menu with new entrees like Turkey Meatball Sliders and new sides like Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, along with perennial kid favorites like chicken strips and cheese pizza. The new menu includes both prix fixe and a la carte options. The “Choose Your Own Adventure” meal includes one main dish, one side item and one sweet, all for $8. “This new format is more health conscious and also allows more room to accommodate vegetarian diets and food sensitivities,” says Averett. “It also happens to be tasty and fun.”

In Yonkers, the local nonprofits that will receive a donation will be Westchester SPCA and Hudson Valley Writer’s Center.

The line-up will be as follows:

Clash Of The Titans – 6/27-30
A League Of Their Own – 7/4-7
Neverending Story – 7/11- 14
The Boxtrolls – 7/18- 21
Babe – 7/25-28
Karate Kid (1984) – 8/1-4
Shaun The Sheep – 8/8-11
The Lego Movie –  8/15-18
The Dark Crystal – 8/22-26
Iron Giant – 8/29-9/1

Join the Alamo Drafthouse Family Facebook page to keep up with all the family events at the Alamo Drafthouse:  https://www.facebook.com/AlamoDrafthouseFamily

Kids Camp screenings are open to ages 3 and up. Please, no infants (parents, check out Baby Day screenings instead). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Our regular “No Talking” policy is still in effect, so noisy families may be asked to leave.

About Alamo Drafthouse
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 19 years later, the now 25-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. 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 two Academy Award nominations in its short three-year existence, and Badass Digest, an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

Vote for Phil Oliva in Today’s GOP Primary, Polls Open Noon – 9PM, NY’s 18th Congressional District

Dear Friend,

There is a Republican primary today to determine who will face former Clinton and Spitzer aide, Congressman Sean Maloney in November. I am supporting Phil Oliva of Somers.

Phil is a self-made family man who worked his way through college to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College and then a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. To pay for school, Phil took out loans and worked several jobs – waiter, landscaper, warehouse worker – even working in the college cafeteria where he served food to his classmates.

Phil serves as a top advisor to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. During Astorino’s 2014 gubernatorial bid, Phil co-authored, with Rob, an economic plan that was lauded as “A Plan for New York Revival” by the Wall Street Journal, saying it would “lift the state’s flagging economy” if enacted. Separately, he is also the President of Gipper Communications, LLC, a New York-based business and communications consulting firm.

For more information click here.

I hope you will go out today and cast your vote for Phil Oliva.

Best,
Kieran

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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..

 

 

Vote for Andrew Heaney in Today’s GOP Primary, Polls Open Noon – 9PM, NY’s 19th Congressional District

Dear Friend,

There is an important Republican primary election today in New York’s 19th Congressional District to determine who will be the Republican candidate to run in November for the seat being vacated by the retiring Rep. Chris Gibson.

I am supporting Andrew Heaney, a successful businessman and family man from Millbrook.

Heaney is the outsider in this race who refused to play the party bosses’ games. He is also a staunch defender of our 2nd Amendment rights. Heaney’s groundbreaking plan to fix the VA includes requiring members of Congress to get their healthcare from the VA until the VA gets its act together.

Bottom Line: Andrew Heaney Is The Only Candidate In The Race Who Can Win In November. Andrew Heaney is the outsider with the business experience general election voters are looking for. Heaney’s opponent is exactly the opposite. Democrat leaders are salivating over the opportunity to run against a Republican lobbyist who has been in government since I was in grade school and who lost his last two elections. Democrats don’t want to face Andrew Heaney, an outsider with a successful business record.

More info on Andrew Heaney here and here.

I hope you will go out today and cast your vote for Andrew Heaney.

All the best,

Kieran

 

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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..

Lalor on Arrest of Recently Paroled Murderer

East Fishkill, NY – (6/27/16) –  Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill) renewed his call for the New York State Board of Parole to rescind parole for murderer Terry Losicco after Losicco’s arrest for a parole violation today.

“Three months ago I told the Board of Parole that releasing Losicco was a mistake,” said Lalor. “Now he’s proven himself to be a danger to society again. The Board of Parole broke the law and its own rules to release Losicco. They tried to cover-up that mistake with lies about when they decided to grant parole. The decision to grant parole was dangerous. Now we see that once Losicco was loose he quickly broke the law again. The Board of Parole needs to fix their mistake, acknowledge that they broke the law and rescind Losicco’s parole immediately.”

In 1980, Losicco brutally murdered and raped 67-year-old grandmother Eleanor Prouty. He was paroled in March. Brooks Prouty, the victim’s grandson contacted Lalor through a mutual friend and asked for his help fighting the decision. Prouty has been leading the family’s fight to keep Losicco in prison for years. Lalor’s vocal opposition to the parole, including his New York Post op-ed, sparked an investigation of the Board of Parole by the New York State Inspector General.

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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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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES PARTIAL MULTISTATE AND FEDERAL SETTLEMENTS OF UP TO $15 BILLION WITH VOLKSWAGEN, AUDI AND PORSCHE, INCLUDING UNPRECEDENTED RELIEF FOR DEFRAUDED NEW YORKERS. 

Partial Settlement Enables Over 21,500 New York Car Owners To Sell Their Cars Back To Companies At Pre-Scandal, Fair Market Value, Plus Receive A Cash Payment Of At Least $5,100. 

Settlements Will Also Provide New York With Over $115 Million For Environmental Projects To Improve New York’s Air Quality; And Over $30 Million In Additional Monetary Recoveries To New York State.

Schneiderman: These Settlements Are An Unprecedented Win For New York Consumers, But The Investigation Into The Full Scope Of All Three Companies’ Misconduct Will Continue And My Office Will Press For Substantial Environmental Penalties.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced New York State’s participation in an interrelated series of partial settlements with Volkswagen AG and its Audi and Porsche affiliates arising from Volkswagen’s violations of emissions standards and state consumer protection laws.

As part of the settlements, some of which are still subject to court approval, all owners of 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine VW and Audi diesel cars in New York will be entitled to be paid full, pre-scandal fair market value for their vehicle, in addition to a cash payment of at least $5,100. Under the deal, car owners may also choose to keep their vehicle and wait to see if VW and Audi develop acceptable emissions fixes; car owners who exercise this option will also receive a cash payment of at least $5,100.

The settlements will also direct to New York over $115 million for environmental projects to improve New York’s air quality, as well as over $30 million in additional monetary recoveries for the state’s general fund.

New York State will continue its investigation into the scope of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche’s illegal conduct and their liability for environmental penalties.

“The evidence reviewed so far concerning Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche points to a culture of corporate arrogance and conscious disregard for the rule of law and the rights of consumers,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “These partial settlements announced today exact a stiff price from Volkswagen for its deception of consumers and the environmental damage it has caused in New York and across the country.  But make no mistake:  we will continue to investigate and pursue Volkswagen for its violation of our environmental laws, and we will seek the imposition of additional penalties in amounts sufficient to ensure that Volkswagen and any other car manufacturer complies with the standards required of them.”

“These partial settlements are a positive step towards addressing Volkswagen’s deliberate so-called ‘clean diesel’ fraud of consumers, and state and federal regulators,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. “New York will continue to hold Volkswagen accountable for its violations of our state’s environmentally protective vehicle emissions regulations.”

Today’s sweeping agreements are unprecedented. The principal components of the settlements include:

  • Volkswagen is required to repurchase or modify all of the more than 487,000 2.0 liter engine diesel vehicles that Volkswagen and Audi falsely marketed in the United States as compliant with federal and state emissions standards, when in fact they emitted harmful NOx pollutants at rates many times higher than the law permitted. As part of the settlement, a VW and Audi 2.0 liter engine diesel car owner can sell the car back to VW at the pre-scandal fair market value, or wait to see if VW and Audi develop acceptable emissions fixes; whether cars are sold back to Volkswagen or fixed, the car owner will also receive a cash payment of at least $5,100 over and above the market value of the car. Under this agreement, which is subject to the approval of the federal court presiding over the class action litigation and the FTC and EPA’s lawsuits, Volkswagen is to set aside up to $10 billion to address car owner claims.  The current settlement does not address the relief to be received by owners of the 6-cylinder, 3.0 liter engine diesel SUVs and luxury sedans sold in the U.S. by VW, Audi and Porsche; the resolution of those claims awaits further engineering studies and negotiations with Volkswagen.
  • Volkswagen will pay about $1,100 per car directly to the states for the companies’ repeated violations of the states’ and other jurisdictions’ laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive marketing and trade practices. This agreement, which Attorney General Schneiderman’s office secured together with the attorneys general of five other states on behalf of a coalition in which over 40 states participated, will generate over $500 million in nationwide payments by Volkswagen, including over $30 million in penalties going to the State of New York.
  • Volkswagen will fund of a $2.7 billion Mitigation Fund. This Fund, which also is subject to court approval, is to be used by all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to address the harm caused to the environment by Volkswagen’s unlawful diesel vehicles.  States will be able to spend money from the Mitigation Fund to pay for diesel engine replacement and retrofit projects and other measures that will reduce NOx and other harmful emissions from numerous different sources.  Approximately $117 million of these monies will be administered by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation for air quality improvement programs in New York.
  • Volkswagen’s commitment to invest $2 billion in the United States over the next 10 years for the development of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV, that is, electric) and supporting infrastructure.  $800 million of these monies are to be spent in California and the balance, or $1.2 billion, for ZEVs and ZEV infrastructure in the rest of the country.
  • Volkswagen also will pay $20 million to the states for their costs in investigating this matter and to establish a fund that state attorneys general can draw from in future consumer fraud investigations, including of possible violations by automobile manufacturers.

Significantly, this broad settlement does not waive or limit the ability of state and federal authorities to seek additional penalties from Volkswagen for its violations of environmental laws and regulations. 

The settlements are embodied in separate agreements, some of which are subject to court approval, among Volkswagen, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), car owners in private class action suits, and over 40 states who have joined together in a coalition headed by six state Attorneys General, in which Attorney General Schneiderman’s office played a leading role.

The New York Attorney General’s office is continuing its investigation and, working with the Department of Environmental Conservation and its partners in other states and the federal government, intends to hold Volkswagen and its affiliated companies to account for those violations and ensure that willful violations of New York’s environmental laws are appropriately punished.

This investigation is being handled by Senior Enforcement Counsel David Nachman; Assistant Attorney General Noah Popp of the Consumer Protection Bureau; Deputy Bureau Chief Lisa Burianek, Affirmative Litigation Section Chief Michael Myers and Assistant Attorneys General John Turrettini, and Brian Lusignan of the Environmental Protection Bureau; and Senior Trial Counsel David Ellenhorn, with the assistance of Laura Sarli of the Attorney General’s Investor Protection Bureau.  The Consumer Protection Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Jane Azia and the Environmental Protection Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Lemuel Srolovic. Manisha Sheth heads the Attorney General’s Division of Economic Justice and Alvin Bragg the Division of Social Justice.

For additional information on the settlement, please visit www.VWCourtSettlement.com.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN REMINDS VOTERS OF HIS ELECTION DAY HOTLINE TO ENSURE ACCESS DURING THE JUNE PRIMARY.

Attorney General’s Hotline Troubleshoots A Range Of Election Day Issues.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman reminded New Yorkers that his office has created a hotline to help troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues and barriers encountered by voters at the polls for the primary today. The Attorney General urges voters experiencing problems or issues at the polls to call the office’s hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time today between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. The hotline will be staffed by attorneys and staff in the office’s Civil Rights Bureau.  

“My office is deeply committed to ensuring that all eligible voters have the ability to cast an effective ballot on Election Day,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “I urge all New Yorkers to immediately contact my office if they face any barriers at the polls. We will investigate and follow up on any complaints regarding any alleged improprieties at the voting booth.”

New Yorkers should be aware that not all counties in the state are hosting a contested primary. To determine if your polling place will be open, contact your county Board of Elections here.  

In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange and Putnam where contested elections will occur, primary polls open at 6 AM and close at 9 PM.

In all other counties with contested elections, polls open at 12 noon and close at 9 PM.

The Attorney General’s Office has operated the hotline since November 2012.  During previous efforts the office fielded hundreds of complaints from voters across the state and worked with local election officials and others to promptly address issues encountered by voters at the polls. The Election Day hotline is part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s ongoing statewide initiative to ensure that voters do not encounter language barriers on Election Day. 

During the April 19th Presidential Primary, the Attorney General’s office received over 1,000 complaints about voter irregularities at the polls. In response, the office announced an investigation into alleged improprieties in primary voting by the New York City Board of Elections. On Thursday, June 23rd, the office sent a letter asking NYC BOE to implement the legally required affidavit ballot process and remind poll workers of the correct practices for the primary today. A similar letter was sent to all other county Board of Elections where a contested primary is occurring today.

In addition, the Attorney General’s Office will focus on barriers impacting voters with disabilities, voter intimidation reports, and other issues faced by minority voters. Registered voters have the right to accessible elections.  This means that voters with disabilities or language access issues have the right to request assistance from any person of their choice.  In addition, all registered voters have the right to vote free from coercion or intimidation, whether by election officials or any other person.

The office will receive and respond to election-related complaints relating to any of the statutes that the office enforces.

New Yorkers should be aware that New York has a closed primary system. In order to vote in a party’s primary election, a voter must be affiliated with that party. The deadline to register was June 3.

The Attorney General’s Election Day hotline is being led by Assistant Attorneys General Ajay Saini and Diane Lucas, and Volunteer Assistant Attorney General Joseph Abboud of the Civil Rights Bureau, led by Bureau Chief Lourdes Rosado. The Social Justice Division is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg.

YONKERS RESIDENT DAVID TUBIOLO
IS LEGISLATOR CANDIDATE FOR LD-14.

 

Yonkers resident David Tubiolo announces his candidacy at the Heritage in Yonkers on June 25th for the 14th County Legislative District seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

YONKERS, NY – When legendary Westchester County Legislator Bernice Spreckman stepped down on June 7th, she left big shoes to fill. The Westchester County Board of Legislators must call a special election with 90 days of that date, and today, long-time Spreckman aide David Tubiolo announced his candidacy for upcoming special election to replace her to a crowd of nearly two hundred.

“Regardless of when this election is, whether it’s tomorrow, August, September, or November, I am ready to run, I am ready to fight for you, and I am ready to win,” Tubiolo said. “At the Board of Legislators, I’ve worked on a wide range of issues that affect us each and every day. From senior programs, flood mitigation, transportation and helping those who need a hand up—I’ve seen a lot of the good that government can do when it works well.”

He continued, “But chief among those issues is making sure that people can afford to continue to live here. It’s very simple.  If young people like myself and those who are entering their golden years cannot afford to live here, there will be no future here.”

Tubiolo, a fourth-generation Yonkers resident, spent the last five years as a top aide to Spreckman. In addition to his legislative experience, since graduating from Syracuse University, Tubiolo has helped businesses grow by improving their visibility and performance.

A past President of the Untermyer Performing Arts Council (UPAC), he is currently Vice-President of the Yonkers Exchange Club, Vice-President of the Second Precinct Community Council, and a Board member of the Hyatt Association, the Sons of Italy Calandra Lodge and the Parish Council of St. Barnabas Church.

“The ‘Unsinkable’ Bernice Spreckman has had a long and successful career of standing up for the people of Yonkers and Mount Vernon, a legacy that will be hard to match, but one that all leaders should strive to obtain,” Tubiolo said. “When Bernice decided to retire I knew this district will needed a representative who will be as passionate an advocate as she is. I’ve learned a great deal about what it means to be an effective, passionate and caring public servant. It’s all about putting people over politics.”

During the event, Tubiolo was joined by Wesctchester County Legislators Jim Maisano, John Testa, Gordon Burrows, Sheila Marcotte, David Gelfarb, Yonkers City Council Presdient Liam McLaughlin, City Council members John Larkin, Mike Breen and Dennis Shepherd, Westchester Republican County Committee Chairman Doug Colety, Westchester Conservative Party Chairman Hugh Fox, Yonkers GOP Chairman Justin Tubiolo and Mt. Vernon GOP Chairman Thomas Keller, along his family, and a crowd of almost two hundred supporters, who spent the day canvassing and making phone calls about the upcoming campaign. The 14th Legislative District covers portions of east Yonkers and Mt. Vernon.

“The best day I’ve had in Congress…”

House Republicans’ report on the attack in Benghazi paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012.

CNN has obtained a portion of the report and the full version is expected to be released today.

Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack, told the House Benghazi Committee last year that she was aware of the dangers in Libya but “there was no actionable intelligence” indicating a planned attack.

The portion of the report obtained by CNN doesn’t offer a scathing indictment of Clinton. But it does argue that intelligence was available suggesting an attack was possible, and Clinton and a top aide, Patrick Kennedy, should have realized the risks posed to the Benghazi mission by extremist groups.

People always ask me why I’m running for Congress. The response is always the same. Our country is heading in the wrong direction and our local congressman, Sean Patrick Maloney is an out-of-touch Washington politician who’s part of the problem.
Here’s just the latest evidence of that:
This past week, Maloney took part in the circus “sit in” on the floor of the House of Representatives calling for more gun control. Far from being embarrassed, Maloney called the sit-in “the best day (he’s) had in Congress.” WOW.

If that stunt was his best day in four years, then the joke is on us.

If you’re not laughing, then please help me.

I won’t “sit-in,” I’ll stand up…and fight for policies that grow the economy, secure the border, strengthen the national defense and defend the Constitution.

Tired of the political stunts and games? Then please chip in $20, $50, $100 or $250 today and help me put an end to it.

Thank you
Phil

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REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS, PHIL OLIVA AND HIS WIFE JESSICA, TO DEMAND REP. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY TURN OVER TO THEM VIDEO FOOTAGE OBTAINED BY FIRED “TRACKER”

Phil Oliva, the endorsed Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for the 18th Congressional District, and his wife Jessica, will hold a 11:30 a.m. press conference Monday, June 27, at the Elephant Hotel in Somers, to demand Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) turn over to them the raw and unedited video footage obtained by a since fired “tracker” who was working on behalf of the Maloney campaign.  The tracker had admitted to contacting Mrs. Oliva online and visiting the Oliva home and peering through the kitchen window.
Maloney had agreed to turn over the tapes on June 21st but no sign of the tapes have been forthcoming. The Olivas are concerned about what may be on the tapes, especially any inappropriate footage that may have been taken of Mrs. Oliva or their young children in their home and without their knowledge or consent.
WHO: Phil Oliva (GOP Candidate in NY-18), Jessica Oliva

WHAT: Concerned parents demand Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) turn over to them the raw and unedited video footage obtained by a since fired “tracker” who was working on behalf of the Maloney campaign, and who admitted to visiting the Oliva home.
WHEN: Monday, June 27
11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Elephant Hotel
335 US-202
Somers, NY

June 24, 2016

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June 24, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Weeks before the Rio Olympics, the lab handling all drug testing for the Games has been suspended by world anti-doping officials

Friday, June 24, 2016 2:06 PM EDT

Six weeks before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian laboratory that was set to handle drug testing at the Games has been suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a new escalation of world sport’s doping crisis. Read more »

June 25, 2016

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June 25, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Bill Cunningham, the legendary fashion photographer, has died. “To see a Bill Cunningham street spread was to see all of New York.”

Saturday, June 25, 2016 5:10 PM EDT

Bill Cunningham, the street-style photographer whose photo essays for The New York Times memorialized trends ranging from fanny packs to Birkin bags, gingham shirts and fluorescent biker shorts, died Saturday in New York. He was 87. In his nearly 40 years working for The Times, Mr. Cunningham operated both as a dedicated chronicler of fashion and as an unlikely cultural anthropologist, one who used the changing dress habits of the people he photographed to chart the broader shift away from formality and toward something more diffuse and individualistic. In the process, he turned into something of a celebrity himself. Read more »

Conservative columnist George Will says he is leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump.

No country has ever decided to leave the European Union — until now. The UK’s vote to separate from the EU reverberated around the world Friday, causing markets to crash and setting off emotional peals of thunder.

Here’s a snapshot of what happened today:

Markets plunge, plummet, tumble, nosedive and more
Shock rolled through global markets Friday, and U.S. stocks dove right along with them. The Dow closed down 611 points, 3.4%, while the S&P 500 lost 3.6%. The Nasdaq dropped 4.12%, down 10% from its recent high.

Our own measure of the emotional roller coaster, CNNMoney’s Fear & Greed Index, slipped into Fear mode on Friday. Could this get as bad as the 2008 financial crisis? Whoa, market experts say, Keep Calm and Carry On. Here are some buoyant stocks to buck those spirits up.

In the UK, scenes of joy and anguish
Celebrations erupted in London streets, while anger erupted elsewhere. You’ve stolen our future, say Britain’s youngsters, 64% of whom voted to stay.

New divisions
The soul-searching runs deep across other divides. Scots, who voted in 2014 to stay in the UK themselves, are having second thoughts. Meanwhile, Ireland sees an opportunity to reunite their own island — and some Brits are frantically looking to pick up Irish passports themselves.

But this is “not a moment for hysterical reactions,” cautions EU President Donald Tusk. He’s hoping to ward off further exits by nervous EU nations.

There’s reason for the U.S. to be nervous, too
The possibility of a less stable Europe means economic risk at home, plus a few more concerns. The good news is your UK vacation just got a lot cheaper.

Obama tried to put a good face on it all, saying the U.S. will still be special friends with the UK. As you might expect, Trump suggested Obama was to blame for the Brexit, yet cheered the vote for independence as a herald of his own predicted success.

He said all this from his own golf course in Scotland, which, as we mentioned before, was pretty firmly in the stay camp.

Dow closes 610 points down in reaction to UK vote to leave EU.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES ELECTION DAY HOTLINE TO ENSURE ACCESS FOR VOTERS DURING THE JUNE PRIMARY.

Attorney General’s Hotline Troubleshoots A Range of Election Day Issues.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has created a Hotline to help troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues and barriers encountered by voters at the polls for the primary on Tuesday, June 28.  The Attorney General urges voters experiencing problems or issues at the polls to call the office’s hotline at 800-771-7755 or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov at any time on Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. The hotline will be staffed by attorneys and staff in the office’s Civil Rights Bureau.  

“My office is deeply committed to ensuring that all eligible voters have the ability to cast an effective ballot on Election Day,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “I urge all New Yorkers to immediately contact my office if they face any barriers at the polls. We will investigate and follow up on any complaints regarding any alleged improprieties at the voting booth.”

New Yorkers should be aware that not all counties in the state are hosting a contested primary. To determine if your polling place will be open, contact your county Board of Elections here.  

In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange and Putnam where contested elections will occur, primary polls open at 6 AM and close at 9 PM.

In all other counties with contested elections, polls open at 12 noon and close at 9 PM.

The Attorney General’s Office has operated the Hotline since November 2012.  During previous efforts the office fielded hundreds of complaints from voters across the state and worked with local election officials and others to promptly address issues encountered by voters at the polls. The Election Day hotline is part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s ongoing statewide initiative to ensure that voters do not encounter language barriers on Election Day. 

During the April 19th Presidential Primary, the Attorney General’s office received over 1,000 complaints about voter irregularities at the polls. In response, the office announced an investigation into alleged improprieties in primary voting by the New York City Board of Elections. On Thursday, June 23rd, the office sent a letter asking NYC BOE to implement the legally required affidavit ballot process and remind poll workers of the correct practices for the primary on Tuesday. A similar letter was sent to all other county Board of Elections where a contested primary is occurring on Tuesday.

In addition, the Attorney General’s Office will focus on barriers impacting voters with disabilities, voter intimidation reports, and other issues faced by minority voters. Registered voters have the right to accessible elections.  This means that voters with disabilities or language access issues have the right to request assistance from any person of their choice.  In addition, all registered voters have the right to vote free from coercion or intimidation, whether by election officials or any other person.

The office will receive and respond to election-related complaints relating to any of the statutes that the office enforces.

New Yorkers should be aware that New York has a closed primary system. In order to vote in a party’s primary election, a voter must be affiliated with that party. The deadline to register was June 3.

The Attorney General’s Election Day Hotline is being led by Assistant Attorneys General Ajay Saini and Diane Lucas, and Volunteer Assistant Attorney General Joseph Abboud of the Civil Rights Bureau, led by Bureau Chief Lourdes Rosado.  The Social Justice Division is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg.

From Monday June 27  through Friday July 1, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

Ashford Avenue – Stage 1 – demolition and replacement of the south half of the bridge

  • Monday June 27 between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM
    • Short term stoppages of traffic, in the EB direction, will occur for placement of additional temporary concrete barrier, lengthening the work zone to include the spans over the NYS Thruway.
    • Completion of  the Stage 1 Traffic Pattern will further reduce the eastbound left turn lane at the approach to the traffic signal at Route 9A (Saw Mill River Road).
    • Only 1 lane in each direction will be remain on the Ashford Avenue Bridge at all timesuntil the summer of 2018.
      • Stage 1 (south half demolition and replacement) is expected to be completed in June 2017
      • Stage 2 (north half demolition and replacement) is expected to be completed in June 2018
      • All 4 lanes will be reopened during Stage 3, in the summer of 2018.

New York State Thruway (I-87) – Installation Slurry Protection

  • Monday 6/27 to Thursday 6/30
    • SB  left lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Saw Mill River Parkway

  • None

We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

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

THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

June 20  to June 24, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Taking Down SAFE Act Violators

Attorney General Schneiderman and NYSP Superintendent George Beach charged three men on multiple weapons counts for illegally selling over 100 assault rifles. Each assault weapon is banned in New York under the 2013 Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (SAFE Act). These charges are the result of a two-year investigation into the illegal sales of assault weapons in Western New York, and they are the largest enforcement action against violations of SAFE Act-related provisions. Read the New York Times story here.

Safe Act

Protecting Workers’ Rights in the Job Market

The Attorney General continued his efforts to enforce violations of non-compete agreements, which are not permitted by New York law. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches agreed to stop including non-compete agreements in their hiring packets as well as inform its franchises that non-compete agreements are unlawful and should be voided. Read the New York Daily News story here.

 

Combating Housing Discrimination

The Attorney General reached settlements with two real estate brokerage firms for unlawful housing discrimination. Through undercover testing, his office found that both firms were denying housing to prospective tenants with Living in Communities III rental assistance vouchers. Living in Communities (LINC) III, are government vouchers intended to assist homeless victims of domestic violence in securing safe housing. Read the Politico story here.

Disappointing Inaction on Immigration

The The Attorney General issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration:

“I am extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court declined to overrule the lower court’s misguided preliminary injunction. President Obama’s executive actions, if allowed to go forward, would give millions of undocumented immigrants a measure of security, protecting them from deportation and allowing them to work legally and contribute fully to the country they call home.  Instead, they are now once again left in limbo. It’s important to recognize that President Obama was compelled to act in response to Congress’s repeated and inexcusable failure to meaningfully reform our nation’s immigration system. Instead of passing comprehensive immigration reform, many members of Congress continue fanning anti-immigrant flames, and in the process, fail immigrant communities and the nation at large. It is absolutely imperative that Congress finally end the gridlock and do its job by passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation as soon as possible. I urge all members of our nation’s immigrant community to stay strong. Today’s decision may be a setback, but we will continue fighting until all immigrants have the legal rights and economic opportunities they deserve.”

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Last night UK voters shocked the world.

I’m sure you saw the news, Delfim. Voters in the United Kingdom chose to leave the flawed and failing European Union and reassert control over their borders, politics and economy, taking a brave stand for freedom and independence. It’s been dubbed “Brexit” in the media.

These voters stood up for their nation – they put the United Kingdom first, and they took their country back.

With your help, we’re going to do the exact same thing on Election Day 2016 here in the United States of America.

I am fighting to upend the failed Big Government status quo in Washington, so that Americans can start believing in the future of our country again. And if elected President of the United States, I will strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain.

Will you stand with me at this critical time?

Yesterday UK voters exercised their right to self-determination for all the world to see. And today, our friends across the Atlantic are looking forward to a return to greater freedom and a better future for their children and grandchildren.

Voters here face the same choice on Election Day.

Delfim, the political elites didn’t see this coming. Wall Street and the media didn’t have a clue. And they want to believe just as badly that we cannot win in November.

Let’s send another shockwave around the world. Let’s take back our country from the corrupt career politicians and put Americans first. Let’s re-declare our independence.

Please stand with me today to reclaim freedom from the corrupt Washington establishment and Make America Great Again.

Thank you.

Best Wishes,

Donald J. Trump
Candidate for President of the United States

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This was a HUGE week for Team Trump.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump sent out the very first fundraising email of this campaign. It was a record-shattering success. If you were able to help, thank you.

And if you just haven’t had a chance to yet, please take a moment to chip in today.

Our goal was to raise $2 million in 48 hours, which Mr. Trump committed to match $1 for $1. It took just 12 hours to hit this mark – stunning the Clinton campaign and the liberal media!

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On Wednesday, Mr. Trump hit it out of the park when he delivered a scathing indictment of world-class liar Hillary Clinton’s disastrous record and dangerous agenda.

It has been hailed as the speech conservative Republicans have been waiting decades to hear from their presidential nominee.

Delfim, will you stand with Team Trump at this critical stage of the campaign with a $10, $25, $50, or $100 contribution, or more if you can?

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On Thursday we launched the “Lying Crooked Hillary” campaign – a new website and series of videos detailing Clinton’s Legendary Lies. The first video has already received an amazing 2.5 million views, and nine more videos will be released in the weeks ahead.

Delfim, Team Trump is taking the fight to Lying Crooked Hillary like nobody has ever done before.

And on Friday, Mr. Trump released a powerful statement commending UK voters for taking a stand for freedom and independence. They voted to take their country back and determine their future, just like the American people can do on November 8, 2016.

To win on Election Day we must continue building our momentum. Please chip in today to help us make voters believe in America again.

Please stand with us to make Donald J. Trump the next President of the United States.

Thank you,

Paul Manafort
Campaign Chair and Chief Strategist, Trump for President

Voting for the historical 13th Congressional District race begins in less than 3 days. Unfortunately the baseless accusations and lies have reared their ugly head again. One of the candidates, Keith Wright, is accusing Adriano Espaillat of trying to suppress the African American vote and Keith Wright is also accusing me of supporting Giuliani against Dinkins (another lie) and making some wild connection between that lie and Donald Trump.

These tactics are shameful! But candidates who are losing and have no issues or integrity usually resort to these lies 2 or 3 days before the election. They attack the frontrunners. Guess I’ve been correct all along, this race is between myself Adam Clayton Powell and Adriano Espaillat. Period. Let the best one win.
Keeping The Faith,
Adam

That’s right my friend!  After dozens of debates, forums, train stations, senior centers, supermarkets, etc. our candidate Adam Clayton Powell is poised to take this race on Tuesday!

Adam has outperformed all the candidates during the debates!  Here’s the NY1 News debate last Monday, in case you missed it click here and see it for yourself.  Adam is head and shoulders above the competition due to his experience, energy and commitment.  He’s clearly the one to best represent all of us in the United States Congress…….and we’re just a few hours from the finish line!
Only two people have represented this historic district since 1944, Adam’s dad who helped to create it and Charles Rangel.  Adam will be the 3rd Member of Congress in just a few hours.  That’s history!
Please click here now and help us with a contribution.  Help us make history, help us to win this historic race on Tuesday!
VICTORY IS OURS!
The Powell Team

A jury has found that the intro to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” was not stolen from another band.

The Los Angeles jurors decided Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were not guilty of copyright infringement.

A lawsuit accused the pair of stealing the licks from a song by the band Spirit. That song, “Taurus,” is an instrumental ballad that was released four years prior to “Stairway to Heaven.”

The decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is having a ripple effect around the world Friday, with British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation and global markets tumbling.

Here’s the latest:

Cameron, who opposed the Brexit, says he will step down — but didn’t give an exact timetable for his departure. And who might replace him? Maybe Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London who was a leading proponent of the move to leave the EU. Johnson is one of the country’s most popular and eccentric politicians. But he’s gone from a figure of fun to a serious contender to replace Cameron.

MARKETS PLUNGE

The news is crushing global financial markets. The pound plunged to its lowest level in more than 30 years before recovering a bit.

Stocks in London and Europe took one of their biggest falls in years. London’s FTSE 100 index plunged as much as 8% at one point. The FTSE 250 index dropped 7.5%. Many analysts see the FTSE 250 as a more accurate reflection of the British economy.

  • Germany’s DAX is down 7%
  • The French CAC is plunging 8%
  • Stocks in Ireland are down nearly 10%

Dow futures, which indicate how shares in the U.S. will open at 9:30 a.m. ET, dropped 500 points.

Asian investors panicked as well. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei closed down 7.9%, with shares in Hong Kong and Australia slumping about 3%.

BANKS REEL

The global banking industry also is reeling. But the Bank of England expressed confidence in the resilience of the UK’s  financial sector, and said it was ready to provide support if needed.

WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR THE BRITISH?

It could affect everything from home prices, to tourism, universities and EU citizens living in Britain.

WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR THE UK?

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the option for a second independence referendum is being considered. “Scotland voted to stay in the EU. It is democratically unacceptable to be taken out of EU against our will.”

AND WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE EUROPEAN UNION?

There are 27 countries still in the EU. The decision by the UK to go it alone leaves the jilted European Union with some tough soul-searching of its own as it contemplates a new future.

 

Get the latest updates on this quickly moving story by checking in with CNN throughout the day.

CNNMoney EU Referendum Breaking Newsletter

Britain has voted to leave the EU, a shock development with profound implications for markets and economies around the world.

Here’s what you need to know:

After a long night of vote counting, CNN, along with major UK media outlets, called the race for the “Leave” campaign. It leads by more than 1 million votes with 90% of districts reporting.

Markets are a bloodbath: The pound has already plunged more than 13% to below $1.33, its lowest level since 1985. London’s main stock index is also set to tank when it opens for trading.

In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei tanked 6.7%, and Hong Kong’s main index dropped 3.7%. Futures suggest that New York is also in for a rough trading day.

Investors are searching for safety: Look for gold and U.S. Treasuries to spike as money pours into perceived safe havens.

The big takeaway? This isn’t a one-day event. Britain’s decision to depart from the EU has injected huge amounts of uncertainty into markets, and it has the potential to upend Europe’s established political order. Buckle up!

Pound drops 11% against the U.S. dollar as 60% of the vote is counted in the UK’s historic referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

With more than 20% of votes counted in the UK referendum, the race is tight between “Leave” and “Remain” campaigns.

London’s financial district, known as the City of London, has voted to remain in the European Union. It’s the first district in the capital to declare a result in the once-in-a-generation referendum.

The final, nationwide result is expected to be announced Friday morning. Almost 46.5 million people were registered to take part in the historic vote.

Stay with CNN as results come in.

David Cameron announces resignation as Prime Minister following UK vote to leave the EU.

UK votes to leave the European Union. Results show Leave campaign winning with over 51% of the vote.

Voting ends in UK’s historic referendum; result will decide if UK becomes first country to leave the European Union.

June 24, 2016

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BREAKING NEWS
David Cameron says he plans to resign as prime minister of Britain after the country’s decision to leave the European Union

Friday, June 24, 2016 3:45 AM EDT

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West. Not long after the vote tally was completed, Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the campaign to remain in the bloc, appeared in front of No. 10 Downing Street to announce that he planned to step down by October, saying the country deserved a leader committed to carrying out the will of the people. The stunning turn of events was accompanied by a plunge in the financial markets, with the value of the British pound and stock prices in Asia plummeting. Read more »

June 24, 2016

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June 24, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Britain has voted to exit the E.U. It is a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:54 PM EDT

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West. With 309 of 382 of the country’s cities and towns reporting early on Friday, the Leave campaign held a 52 percent to 48 percent lead. The BBC called the race for the Leave campaign shortly before 4:45 a.m., with 13.1 million votes having been counted in favor of leaving and 12.2 million in favor of remaining. The value of the British pound plummeted as financial markets absorbed the news. Read more »

I’m proud to announce that New York’s Bravest, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association, endorsed my re-election campaign for Congress this week. This is such an honor for me but we’ve got more work to do.

 

There are only 4 more days before my primary. I hope you will join these brave men and women by making sure you get out to vote this, and spread the word to others.

 

Carolyn receiving the endorsement FDNY FOA and UFA

 

Carolyn Maloney stood as tall as the Twin Towers after 9/11 and today she stands as tall as the Freedom Tower.”

Jake Lemonda, President of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association

 

 

Working hand in hand with the firefighters and fire officers, and many, many others, I wrote and fought to pass in 2010 the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation to provide health care to our 9/11 first responders and survivors. And this past December, as these programs began to expire, we worked together again and passed an $8.1 billion reauthorization so that the tens of thousands of men and women, responders and survivors who rely on these programs never have to worry about losing their life-saving benefits.

 

This endorsement comes on the heels of support from the New York State AFL-CIO, New York State United Teachers, the Sierra Club, National Organization of Women-NYC, and many others.

 

With my primary right around the corner, I hope I can count on your support too. Please make sure to get yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbors, to the polls on Tuesday, June 28. The polls are open from 6am to 9pm.

 

Thanks for your support.
Best,


Carolyn B. Maloney

 

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I wanted to make sure you saw this, Delfim.

A hedge fund manager Paul Singer wrote a check for $500,000 on Zephyr’s opponent’s behalf. As her finance director, $500,000 makes me incredible nervous.

But Zephyr is right. This is what we’re up against. This is what happens when you spend your life working against special interests and money in politics. They’ll cut big checks to prop up your opponent without flinching.

Zephyr asked you to raise $50,000 — 10% of Singer’s spending — to give us a boost going into Primary Day.

Last time I checked, we raised $20,380. That’s a great start — but we’re not quite there yet. If you can, rush in your $5 or $10 contribution.

Ellen

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Zephyr Teachout
Subject: What I’m up against

Friends,

The frontrunner for the 19th Congressional District Republican nomination is an Albany Lobbyist named John Faso.

This week, he defended Citizens United and Super PAC spending hours after it was revealed that hedge fund manager Paul Singer has written a check for half a million dollars on Faso’s behalf. This wouldn’t be the first time either.

For me to raise half a million dollars, I need to reach 50,000 people who will give $10. It takes months.

For John Faso, it just takes a wink and a nod and his Super PAC sponsor writes a big check.

This is the reason I’ve spent my career fighting money in politics — it breeds politicians beholden to special interests instead of the public interest. When I ask you for $5 or $10, it’s because this is what we’re up against. I rely on your help.

Let’s match 10% of Singer’s spending with grassroots power. Help us get to $50,000 by making a contribution of whatever amount makes sense for you.

Paul Singer is a billionaire and well-established Republican donor who Fortune Magazine once called “Mitt Romney’s hedge fund kingmaker.” Billionaires like him want to control our politics and democracy.

I’m not just running against John Faso — I’m running against Paul Singer and have a primary election at the end of this month with a serious challenger.

I need your help. We can beat back half a million dollars with strong grassroots support. Give what you can toward our $50,000 goal.

Thank you.

Zephyr

After you head to the polls on Tuesday, please join me for my Election Night Party! I’ll be at the Senate Garage in Kingston on Tuesday, June 28th starting after polls close at 9:00 p.m.

 

For more information or to RSVP, please email info@ZephyrTeachoutForCongress.com.

I hope to see you there!

– Zephyr

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON SUPREME COURT DECISION IN FISHER V. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Fisher v. University of Texas:

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas is an important victory for students, colleges, and states across the country.  Today’s ruling recognizes the important role that student body diversity plays in a public university’s identity and educational mission.  I am pleased that my office was able to play a small role in today’s decision by joining an amicus brief authored by the State of Massachusetts in support of the University of Texas’ holistic admissions program.” 

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN IN RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT DEADLOCK ON PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON IMMIGRATION.

Schneiderman: Today’s Decision A Setback, But The Fight Continues

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s deadlocked ruling that lets stand the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals preliminary injunction against the Obama Administration’s recent executive actions on immigration, pending a trial:

“I am extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court declined to overrule the lower court’s misguided preliminary injunction. President Obama’s executive actions, if allowed to go forward, would give millions of undocumented immigrants a measure of security, protecting them from deportation and allowing them to work legally and contribute fully to the country they call home.  Instead, they are now once again left in limbo. It’s important to recognize that President Obama was compelled to act in response to Congress’s repeated and inexcusable failure to meaningfully reform our nation’s immigration system. Instead of passing comprehensive immigration reform, many members of Congress continue fanning anti-immigrant flames, and in the process, fail immigrant communities and the nation at large. It is absolutely imperative that Congress finally end the gridlock and do its job by passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation as soon as possible. I urge all members of our nation’s immigrant community to stay strong. Today’s decision may be a setback, but we will continue fighting until all immigrants have the legal rights and economic opportunities they deserve.”

New York and fifteen other states joined an amicus brief authored by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in United States v. Texas, a legal challenge by Texas and other states to the President’s authority to take executive action on immigration.  The states’ Supreme Court amicus brief, and similar briefs filed in the lower courts, asked that the executive actions be allowed to go forward. 

Democrats are headed to the floor of the House and will end their sit-in protest over gun control, a senior leadership aide tells CNN.

“We are going to the floor to end this now,” the aide said.

The Baltimore police officer driving the van when Freddie Gray was fatally injured was found not guilty on all charges.

Caesar Goodson opted for a bench trial presided over by Judge Barry Williams, rather than a trial by jury.

Gray, who was 25, suffered a spinal injury and died in April 2015, about a week after he was arrested and placed into a prisoner van that Goodson was driving. His death spurred protests that eventually turned violent, setting fire to Baltimore and thrusting the city into the national debate on police brutality.

In a crushing blow to the White House, the Supreme Court Thursday announced it was evenly divided in a case concerning the President’s controversial executive actions on immigration.

The ruling means that the program will remain blocked from going into effect, and the issue will return to the lower court. It is exceedingly unlikely the programs will go into effect for the remainder of the Obama presidency.

A mass shooting at a cinema in Viernheim, Germany, has left 25 people wounded, German public TV reports.

Viernheim is in western Germany, near Frankfurt.

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the University of Texas practice of using race of applicants as a factor in admissions.House of Representatives adjourns until after July 4, but Democrats promise to continue their protest on the floor of the House in an effort to get a vote on a gun control bill. North Korea has “significantly improved” its missile engine technology, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. Multiple breaking and developing stories are underway in the U.S. and around the world.

Here is a special breaking newsletter with the latest:

GERMANY THEATER ATTACK:

An assailant who attacked a German cinema has been killed, a German official said. Authorities said police responded to an early report of shots fired by a man with a rifle.

SUPREME COURT:

The high court issued rulings on two pressing issues: affirmative action and immigration.

In the immigration case, the justices delivered a crushing blow to the White House. The court’s 4-4 ruling on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration means that a lower court ruling blocking the programs will remain in effect. Obama expressed disappointment, saying the decision “takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”

The Supreme Court also upheld the University of Texas practice of using applicants’ race as a factor in admissions. The 4-3 ruling greenlights the limited use of affirmative action policies by schools.

FREDDIE GRAY CASE:

The Baltimore police officer driving the van when Freddie Gray was fatally injured in April 2015 was found not guilty on all charges. The officer, Caesar Goodson, faced the most serious charges of all the police charged in the case. Goodson opted for a bench trial presided over by Judge Barry Williams, rather than a trial by jury.

HOUSE SIT-IN:

Republicans tried to shut it down, but the Democrats’ now 24-hour-long sit-in protesting the lack of action on gun control after the nightclub massacre in Orlando is still going strong. The protest started Wednesday morning, and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi later said the sit-in would continue “until hell freezes over.”

EU REFERENDUM:

Meanwhile, voters in the UK are deciding if Britain will remain in the European Union.

Stay tuned to CNN on whatever screen is nearest to you for the latest updates on all these stories and more.

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson outlined differences he had with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during a CNN town hall Wednesday night.

On Trump: “Starting with immigration, starting with free trade, going on and on and on, killing the families of Muslim terrorists. Really, it’s what’s coming out of his mouth that I really have issues with.”

When it came to Hillary Clinton attacking Trump’s business record or Trump calling Clinton corrupt, Johnson said he would “leave that to others.”

“I don’t think either of us are going to engage in any sort of name-calling,” the former New Mexico governor said. “We’re going to keep this to the issues, and the issues are plenty.”

Answering questions from voters of a variety of backgrounds, Johnson and running mate Bill Weld dove into guns, abortion and immigration.June 23, 2016

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June 23, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
A Baltimore police officer who drove the van in which Freddie Gray rode before he died was acquitted of all charges

Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:01 AM EDT

The officer who drove the van in which Freddie Gray sustained a fatal spinal injury was acquitted on Thursday of second-degree murder and six lesser charges, leaving prosecutors still without a conviction after three high-profile trials in a case that has shaken this city. “The court finds there is insufficient evidence that the defendant gave or intended to give Mr. Gray a rough ride,” said Judge Barry G. Williams, reading his ruling softly but clearly in a cavernous downtown courtroom. “There has been no evidence presented at this trial that the defendant intended for any crime to happen.” Read more »

June 23, 2016

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June 23, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
A tie by the Supreme Court leaves President Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation blocked

Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:48 AM EDT

The Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation and allow them to work. The 4-4 tie left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the plan, dealing a sharp blow to an ambitious program that Mr. Obama had hoped would become one of his central legacies. Instead, even as the court deadlocked, it amplified the already contentious election-year debate over the nation’s immigration policy and presidential power. Read more »

June 23, 2016

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June 23, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to race-conscious admissions in Texas — a major win for affirmative action supporters

Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:20 AM EDT

The vote was 4-3. Only seven justices participated in the decision, as Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself for prior work on the case as United States solicitor general and the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat remains vacant. The case concerned the University of Texas’ idiosyncratic admissions program. Read more »

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN OFFERS TIPS TO HELP NY HOMEOWNERS “GO SOLAR”

Provides Valuable Information For Homeowners To Participate In Fast-Growing Solar Market

Schneiderman: These Tips Will Help Homeowners Navigate The Process Of Choosing To ‘Go Solar’.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced new consumer tips released by his office aimed at helping New York homeowners become more savvy about home solar electric-generating systems.  The consumer tips – entitled “Going Solar: Tips and Considerations for Homeowners” – provides information for New York homeowners on the different types of solar contracts available – such as solar purchases, solar leases, and power purchase agreements (PPA’s), and information for how to evaluate solar companies and their proposals.  The tips also provide an overview of important parts of solar contracts and the steps required before solar can be installed on a home.

“New York’s solar power market is growing by leaps and bounds, offering homeowners lower electric bills and clean power in every corner of the state,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “However, as with any new technology, many homeowners interested in solar power for their homes may not know where to start.  These tips will help homeowners become more savvy consumers by providing information on home solar electric systems and providers, and important issues they should consider before entering a contract.”

Over the last five years, over 50,000 New Yorkers have installed solar equipment, according to data provided on the Open New York website.

The tips being announced by Attorney General Schneiderman’s office today seek to strengthen the State’s rapidly growing solar market by providing information to help homeowners better understand the distinctions between solar purchases, solar leases, and solar power purchase agreements (PPAs). Attorney General Schneiderman’s tips also identify and explain important issues for homeowners to evaluate in a solar contract proposal, including: Power Production Guarantees, Price Escalator Clauses, Roof Insurance, and Home Sale Considerations in the event you need to move during the contract term.  In addition, Attorney General Schneiderman offers a number of consumer tips for finding the right solar company and solar contract, such as:

  • Strength in numbers — See if your community has a “Solarize” or “Community Solar” buyers club that can reduce costs.
  • Get proposals from more than one solar company.
  • Ask the solar companies for references from customers in your area.
  • Get in writing from the solar company all promises and conditions.
  • Make sure you qualify for any tax credits built into purchase contracts; consult a tax advisor.
  • Be efficient — making your home more energy efficient can reduce the size and cost of solar.

“I applaud Attorney General Schneiderman for creating this consumer protection resource to assist New Yorkers in choosing reputable clean energy providers,” said Adam Flint, Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager at the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition. “As an energy professional who works every day with clients on the ground in the Southern Tier, I know how important public trust in the honesty and competence of providers is in advancing the economic, employment and environmental benefits of clean energy.”

“Working with our municipal and community partners, our agency has helped hundreds of Central New York homeowners to make the switch to clean, affordable solar power through the SolarizeCNY campaign,” said Chris Carrick, Energy Program Manager for the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board. “Grassroots programs like Solarize have shown that educating consumers helps them to make prudent decisions about how to invest their money, and we commend New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman for helping to grow the state’s solar power market by providing homeowners with valuable information.”

“In the past few years, the NYS solar market has grown an astounding 575% and as more home owners, business leaders, campuses, etc. consider going solar, it’s vital that they make informed decisions,” said Betta Broad, Outreach Director, New Yorkers for Clean Power. “Attorney General Schneiderman’s consumer tips couldn’t come at a better time.”

“This guide will be an excellent resource for ANCA’s constituents as we work on implementing clean energy projects in Northern NY,” said Kate Fish, Executive Director of the Adirondack North Country Association. “We applaud Attorney General Schneiderman for providing additional tools to help North Country residents make informed decisions about going solar.”

“The Rochester Solar Power Organizational Team (ROCSPOT) applauds the efforts of Attorney General Schneiderman to provide accurate, fair, and useful information to New York State’s consumers as they consider solar for their homes and businesses,” said Dr. Susan Spencer, President of ROCSPOT. “This brochure will assist our organization in education, and allow us to better serve Rochester’s citizens as they transition to solar power with ROCSPOT.”

In addition, Attorney General Schneiderman is strongly recommending that owners of large parcels of land that may have been recently solicited by solar companies to host large “solar farms” consult an attorney before entering into any lease or lease-option, as these contracts are much more complex than typical residential solar contracts.  

The brochure was developed by Jeremy Magliaro, Policy Analyst in the Environmental Protection Bureau with input from Shawn Morris, Director of Public Information, Assistant Attorneys General Charlie Donaldson of the Environmental Protection Bureau, Michael J. Danaher Jr.,of the Binghamton Regional Office, and Amy Schallop, of the Consumer Frauds Bureau. The Environmental Protection Bureau is led by Lemuel M. Srolovic. The Binghamton Regional Office is led by James E. Shoemaker and the Consumer Frauds Bureau is led by Jane Azia.  The Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs is Marty Mack. 

MALONEY AGREES TO TURN OVER FIRED “TRACKER” TAPES.

Oliva asks Maloney to join him and agree not to use trackers and reject all dirty tactics.

Westchester, June 22, 2016 … Phil Oliva, the endorsed Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for the 18th Congressional District today thanked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) for agreeing to turn over to him and his wife all the raw and unedited video footage obtained by a since fired “tracker” who was working on behalf of the Maloney campaign. The tracker was fired after admitting to stalking Oliva’s wife on Facebook under false pretenses and visiting the Oliva residence on multiple occasions, once startling the candidate’s wife as he peered through the kitchen window.

Oliva and his wife Jessica had been asking for the tapes out of concern that there was inappropriate footage of their young children or Jessica taken in their home without their knowledge or consent. Maloney’s decision to turn over the tapes was first reported by News 12 Westchester Reporter/Anchor, Tara Rosenblum.

“I thank Sean for coming to this decision. I’m sure he thought of his own family and realized this was the right thing to do,” said Oliva. “My wife and I honestly don’t know what is on the tapes and we hope it’s nothing but we needed this for peace of mind and I’m pretty sure most people can understand that. We still don’t know who told this guy to do what he did but we’re hopeful this won’t happen again.”

Oliva said that both campaigns should forgo the practice of using “trackers” and asked Maloney to agree not to replace the fired tracker with a new one.

“I don’t like the practice. To me, trackers are used to harass and intimidate and that is incredibly cynical and I’d hope that Sean would agree, especially after this latest disaster,” said Oliva. “Instead of trackers let’s just have a series of debates and discuss the real issues in a meaningful way and leave aside the political games and dirty campaign tactics.”

Please check out yesterday’s incredible Daily News op-ed written by world renown environmentalist Bill McKibben about Attorney General Schneiderman’s “noble fight” to root out potential fraud in the fossil fuel industry.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Galvin

Join Black Westchester Magazine and Councilman André Wallace at our First Annual Black History Month Celebration

BW Black History Month Celebration

Black Westchester Magazine and Councilman André Wallace come together for the first annual Black History Month Celebration.

This year we will be honoring Ernest D. Davis – First African-American County Legislator, Maureen Walker – First Elected African-American Female Comptroller in New York State and Terrance Raynor – The Last African-American Police Commissioner in Westchester County.

Our Keynote Speaker will be none other than Dr. Lenora Fulani who was the First African-American Female presidential Candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.

Date: Thursday, February 25th
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Donation: $20
Location: The Embassy At First – 28 East First Street, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH BUFFALO BIODIESEL OVER LAWSUITS TARGETING SMALL BUSINESSESCompany Filed Over 600 Lawsuits Against Businesses Claiming Breach Of Contract 

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an agreement with Buffalo Biodiesel, a company that collects cooking oil waste and converts it into biodiesel, over claims that the company filed lawsuits against hundreds of small businesses across Western New York and several surrounding states. The over 600 lawsuits, most of which were filed in Buffalo City Court, made various breach of contract claims against small businesses that had entered into a contract with the company. Buffalo Biodiesel sought thousands of dollars, sometimes as much as tens of thousands of dollars, in damages from ‘mom and pop’ restaurants.

The agreement announced today requires Buffalo Biodiesel to withdraw all applications it made for default judgments, to vacate default judgments it has taken against unrepresented businesses, and return any money it might have collected on judgments. Buffalo Biodiesel has also agreed that, before it files any new court actions, the company will provide notice to businesses of its intent to sue in order to give the businesses the opportunity to resolve matters without a lawsuit.

“Our legal system rightfully allows for parties to sue when a breach of contract occurs, but that right should not be used as a license to unjustly bully and intimidate small businesses,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The agreement announced today required the termination of hundreds of pending lawsuits filed against mom and pop businesses that lack the financial resources to fight costly court battles.”

The lawsuits that were examined by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office began in March 2013. By 2015, the total number of lawsuits eclipsed 600, virtually all of which were filed in Buffalo City Court.  The Attorney General’s investigation showed that frequently the small businesses sued by Buffalo Biodiesel did not respond to the lawsuits and, as a result, Buffalo Biodiesel applied for default judgments to the clerk of the Buffalo City often seeking damages in the thousands of dollars.  The investigation concluded that most of the Buffalo Biodiesel lawsuits for which it was seeking default judgments, however, were improperly filed in Buffalo City Court. 

The investigation also showed that the complaints initiating the lawsuits were virtual carbon copies of each other.  The complaints, while alleging breach of a contract, provided very little specific information on how the small business was supposed to have done do.  Also, when seeking default judgments, Buffalo Biodiesel did not, as required by law, provide a sworn affidavit from someone with personal knowledge describing the facts of the breach.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General James M. Morrissey of the Buffalo Regional Office. The Buffalo Regional Office is led by Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge Michael Russo. The Buffalo Regional Office is part of the Division Of Regional Affairs led by Deputy Executive Attorney General for Regional Affairs Marty Mack.

THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

February 8  to February 12, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Continuing To Rebuild New York After The Housing Crisis

The Attorney General secured another victory in his efforts to help New Yorkers rebuild in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis: a $3.2 billion settlement with Morgan Stanley. The agreement, negotiated by the joint state federal Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group co-chaired by Attorney General Schneiderman, brings $550 million to New York. The funds are earmarked to help build affordable housing, combat the proliferation of zombie homes and provide loan reductions to families facing foreclosure. The settlement resolves allegations that Morgan Stanley misrepresented the quality of the mortgage loans it securitized and sold to investors, and that it sold loans with material defects to investors. This settlement delivers resources to the families and communities all across the state that need them the most.

Enforcing Wage Theft Laws

Arthur Anyah, the owner of a Peekskill-based Home Health Care, has been arrested for allegedly failing to pay 52 workers more than $110,000 in wages for more than two years. The aides, who provided services to clients such as bathing, preparing food, and assisting with toileting, were allegedly induced to keep working after Anyah and the company stated or implied that they would eventually get paid. The Attorney General has returned more than $21 million in restitution and damages to workers subjected to wage theft since he took office, and will continue to take aggressive action against those who think they can skirt the law and take advantage of hard working New Yorkers.

Stopping Fraudsters From Preying On New Yorkers

MoneyGram Payment Systems is revamping and improving its anti-fraud measures thanks to a multi-state settlement reached with the Attorney General and 48 other states. The settlement follows complaints from consumers who used MoneyGram’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties that were seeking to defraud consumers. As part of the agreement, MoneyGram has agreed to maintain and continue to improve a comprehensive and robust anti-fraud program designed to help detect and prevent consumers from suffering financial losses as a result of fraud-induced wire transfers. Furthermore, the company will pay a total of 13 million dollars to the states to fund a nationwide consumer restitution program and for the states’ costs and fees.

Cracking Down On False Advertisements Online

The Attorney General announced settlements with four companies for their role in posting fraudulent content on the internet. One company called Machinima, which distributes video content related to video games on YouTube, allegedly paid gaming experts to endorse several games the company was promoting online. Premier Retail Group, a chain of cosmetic and beauty stores that offer services for a certain skin treatment brand, solicited reviewers through advertisements posted on Craigslist to write positive reviews in exchange for samples and other forms of compensation. Similar practices were uncovered following an investigation into ESIOH Marketing, which solicited writers over Craigslist to write over 200 fake reviews of its small business clients. Finally, a spa company in New York paid a businessman hundreds to post fake positive reviews on Yelp for their services. Consumers rely on reviews and other endorsements on the Internet to inform themselves in making daily purchasing decisions, and deserve honesty and transparency in the reviews and endorsements they read online.

Rooting Out Public Corruption in Monroe County

The fourth and final defendant involved in a Monroe County bid-rigging scheme has pleaded guilty. It is expected that that Daniel Lynch will be sentenced to two-and-one-third to seven years in state prison and be required to pay approximately $600,000 in restitution and forfeiture. Lynch and co-conspirators were charged in November 2013 with a scheme to rig the bidding process for a number of multi-million dollar public works contracts in Monroe County.  This guilty plea demonstrates that the Attorney General is committed to ensuring that taxpayer funds are being spent appropriately. Those who violate the public’s trust will held accountable.

Providing Consumer Relief Under Lemon Laws

The Attorney General announced that over $12 million has been recovered by New Yorkers since 2011 thanks to Lemon laws, which provide a legal remedy for consumers who have repair or warranty issues with new or used cars. The Attorney General’s Lemon Law arbitration program provides both consumers and the auto industry a fair and effective means to resolve disputes. In 2015 alone, $2.5 million was awarded to dozens of consumers. To apply for arbitration, visit here and submit your complaint.

Protecting New York’s Workers’ Compensation Fund

The Attorney General, working with the State Inspector General, announced the sentencing of a former Department of Transportation employee for fraudulently obtaining nearly $10,000 in Workers’ Compensation Benefits over a period of approximately eight months. It was alleged that Corey Cragnolin claimed he suffered an injury while at work, and claimed that he was not working in any capacity while accepting the benefits. Yet between the period of September 2013 to May 2014, Cragnolin was running his own home improvement and contracting business, which included repairing roofs, cleaning and repairing chimneys, cleaning and repairing gutters, among other projects. Cragnolin must now repay nearly $10,000 as part of his sentencing.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH BUFFALO BIODIESEL OVER LAWSUITS TARGETING SMALL BUSINESSES

Company Filed Over 600 Lawsuits Against Businesses Claiming Breach Of Contract 

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an agreement with Buffalo Biodiesel, a company that collects cooking oil waste and converts it into biodiesel, over claims that the company filed lawsuits against hundreds of small businesses across Western New York and several surrounding states. The over 600 lawsuits, most of which were filed in Buffalo City Court, made various breach of contract claims against small businesses that had entered into a contract with the company. Buffalo Biodiesel sought thousands of dollars, sometimes as much as tens of thousands of dollars, in damages from ‘mom and pop’ restaurants.

The agreement announced today requires Buffalo Biodiesel to withdraw all applications it made for default judgments, to vacate default judgments it has taken against unrepresented businesses, and return any money it might have collected on judgments. Buffalo Biodiesel has also agreed that, before it files any new court actions, the company will provide notice to businesses of its intent to sue in order to give the businesses the opportunity to resolve matters without a lawsuit.

“Our legal system rightfully allows for parties to sue when a breach of contract occurs, but that right should not be used as a license to unjustly bully and intimidate small businesses,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The agreement announced today required the termination of hundreds of pending lawsuits filed against mom and pop businesses that lack the financial resources to fight costly court battles.”

The lawsuits that were examined by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office began in March 2013. By 2015, the total number of lawsuits eclipsed 600, virtually all of which were filed in Buffalo City Court.  The Attorney General’s investigation showed that frequently the small businesses sued by Buffalo Biodiesel did not respond to the lawsuits and, as a result, Buffalo Biodiesel applied for default judgments to the clerk of the Buffalo City often seeking damages in the thousands of dollars.  The investigation concluded that most of the Buffalo Biodiesel lawsuits for which it was seeking default judgments, however, were improperly filed in Buffalo City Court. 

The investigation also showed that the complaints initiating the lawsuits were virtual carbon copies of each other.  The complaints, while alleging breach of a contract, provided very little specific information on how the small business was supposed to have done do.  Also, when seeking default judgments, Buffalo Biodiesel did not, as required by law, provide a sworn affidavit from someone with personal knowledge describing the facts of the breach.

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General James M. Morrissey of the Buffalo Regional Office. The Buffalo Regional Office is led by Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge Michael Russo. The Buffalo Regional Office is part of the Division Of Regional Affairs led by Deputy Executive Attorney General for Regional Affairs Marty Mack.

Buffalo Company: ESD Claims Baseless, Absurd

Contractor Has Completed $400 Million in Complicated Public Works Projects, Including Airport and Major Roadways
Buffalo–February 16, 2016 …The Buffalo construction company that was awarded the $20 million Canalside Skating rink contract — before being controversially replaced by a rival firm that donated lavishly to the campaigns of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul — today ripped the state agencies for their baseless and absurd claims about company.
A day after calling on U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to probe the circumstances of their case, Dreamco Development Corporation and DiPizio Construction, is defending itself against ludicrous and outrageous public statements made by officials at Empire State Development who claim the company was in over its head on an ice rink.
“You have to wonder how low these Cuomo surrogates will stoop to cover up their own incompetence,” said Jerry McKinstry, a spokesman for Dreamco Development Corporation and DiPizio Construction. “They are clearing trying to throw a family business with an impeccable reputation under the bus — and that is just deplorable.”
The DiPizios have built complex publicly financed projects across the Western New York region, totaling $400 million. Those projects include much larger and more complex jobs than an ice rink, notably at Buffalo Niagara International Airport and major roadways in Western New York. Specifically, they include:
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport:  From 2001-2006, over $ 45 million including two phases of $22 million construction of parking facilities, which includes a concrete tunnel, revenue control equipment, communications, specialty landscaping and overhead signage.  Also part of the projects were a remote fuel facility, including 7,000 feet of Jet A fuel lines, safety and fire suppression systems to provide fuel for the airlines as well as a runway extension that included 500,000 gallon underground storm drainage retention system, and 250,000 gallon underground glycol retainage system.
  • Extension of main runway at Buffalo Niagara International Airport: In 2006, this $30 million project included technical landing equipment, in-pavement lighting and placement of 600,000 cubic yards of fill material.
  • Reconstruction of Harlem Road: In 2006, this $22 million project included three new roundabouts, granite paver installation, decorative concrete retaining walls, signage, and street lighting.
  • Reconstruction of Transit Road: In 2010, this $30 million project included new waterline, sanitary sewer and new roundabouts. It also included blasting and removal of 26,000 cubic meters of limestone rock and installation of 72″ concrete piping below ground, all while maintaining five lanes of traffic for roughly 30,000 cars per day.
“One look at any of these projects and it’s clear DiPizio Construction was not over its head with an ice rink,” McKinstry added. “But I suspect that was the case for the state officials charged with overseeing Canalside.”
Rosanne DiPizio,  CEO with Dreamco Development Corporation and acting CFO and project manager with DiPizio Construction, has been an outspoken critic of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board President Thomas Dee and Empire State Development Regional Chairman Sam Hoyt, appointees of Gov. Cuomo, for unfairly and unilaterally terminating her family’s construction company — in business for 37 years with an impeccable reputation and record of results.
DiPizio and her family owned business won the contract to build the Canalside rink in 2012 by being the lowest responsible bidder. After being wrongly blamed for delays, the contract was given to Pike Construction after DiPizio completed 50 percent of the job. DiPizio is currently suing the ESD, ECHDC and its leaders for blaming her for the project’s delays and tarnishing her company’s reputation. Rosanne DiPizio was the project manager on all the jobs mentioned above and Bernie DiPizio was the superintendent on all of them. These are the same two people that the State officials say “were in over their heads.” Really?
In an in-depth piece published by The Buffalo News this past week, Norman J. Noon, president and business manager for Local 17 of the International Union of Operating Engineers who worked with the company on runways and the fueling facility at the airport, told the newspaper that DiPizio Construction and its leader, Bernard DiPizio, did excellent work.
“I’ve known him for 10 years and by reputation for 40 years. He has a sterling reputation among local construction people,” Noon told the newspaper. “I think what happened to him on this project is a travesty. They submitted the low bid for the project at Canalside. Some rules of the job were changed midstream and they got blamed for it.”
Subcontractor George R. Schlemmer, chief executive officer of Buffalo-based Industrial Power & Lighting Co., in both court testimony and an interview with The Buffalo News said it was the state’s consultants and engineers who were to blame for design changes and delays.
“These approvals, a process that should have taken a month, or no more than two months, took the better part of a year,” Schlemmer told The Buffalo News. “Bernie DiPizio is salt of the earth, a very honest man. I don’t know if his company will survive this, but I would work with him again.”

Buffalo Company: ESD Claims Baseless, Absurd

 

Contractor Has Completed $400 Million in Complicated Public Works Projects, Including Airport and Major Roadways

 

Buffalo–February 16, 2016 …The Buffalo construction company that was awarded the $20 million Canalside Skating rink contract — before being controversially replaced by a rival firm that donated lavishly to the campaigns of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul — today ripped the state agencies for their baseless and absurd claims about the company.

 

A day after calling on U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to probe the circumstances of their case, Dreamco Development Corporation and DiPizio Construction is defending itself against ludicrous and outrageous public statements made by officials at Empire State Development who claim the company was in over its head on an ice rink.
“You have to wonder how low these Cuomo surrogates will stoop to cover up their own incompetence,” said Jerry McKinstry, a spokesman for Dreamco Development Corporation and DiPizio Construction. “They are clearly trying to throw a family business with an impeccable reputation under the bus — and that is just deplorable.”

 

The DiPizios have built complex publicly financed projects across the Western New York region, totaling $400 million. Those projects include much larger and more complex jobs than an ice rink, notably at Buffalo Niagara International Airport and major roadways in Western New York. Specifically, they include:

 

  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport:  From 2001-2006, over $ 45 million including two phases of $22 million construction of parking facilities, which includes a concrete tunnel, revenue control equipment, communications, specialty landscaping and overhead signage.  Also part of the projects were a remote fuel facility, including 7,000 feet of Jet A fuel lines, safety and fire suppression systems to provide fuel for the airlines as well as a runway extension that included 500,000 gallon underground storm drainage retention system, and 250,000 gallon underground glycol retainage system.
  • Extension of main runway at Buffalo Niagara International Airport: In 2006, this $30 million project included technical landing equipment, in-pavement lighting and placement of 600,000 cubic yards of fill material.
  • Reconstruction of Harlem Road: In 2006, this $22 million project included three new roundabouts, granite paver installation, decorative concrete retaining walls, signage, and street lighting.
  • Reconstruction of Transit Road: In 2010, this $30 million project included new waterline, sanitary sewer and new roundabouts. It also included blasting and removal of 26,000 cubic meters of limestone rock and installation of 72″ concrete piping below ground, all while maintaining five lanes of traffic for roughly 30,000 cars per day.

 

“One look at any of these projects and it’s clear DiPizio Construction was not over its head with an ice rink,” McKinstry added. “But I suspect that was the case for the state officials charged with overseeing Canalside.”

 

Rosanne DiPizio,  CEO with Dreamco Development Corporation and acting CFO and project manager with DiPizio Construction, has been an outspoken critic of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board President Thomas Dee and Empire State Development Regional Chairman Sam Hoyt, appointees of Gov. Cuomo, for unfairly and unilaterally terminating her family’s construction company — in business for 37 years with an impeccable reputation and record of results.
DiPizio and her family owned business won the contract to build the Canalside rink in 2012 by being the lowest responsible bidder. After being wrongly blamed for delays, the contract was given to Pike Construction after DiPizio completed 50 percent of the job. DiPizio is currently suing the ESD, ECHDC and its leaders for blaming her for the project’s delays and tarnishing her company’s reputation. Rosanne DiPizio was the project manager on all the jobs mentioned above and Bernie DiPizio was the superintendent on all of them. These are the same two people that the State officials say “were in over their heads.” Really?

 

In an in-depth piece published by The Buffalo News this past week, Norman J. Noon, president and business manager for Local 17 of the International Union of Operating Engineers who worked with the company on runways and the fueling facility at the airport, told the newspaper that DiPizio Construction and its leader, Bernard DiPizio, did excellent work.

 

“I’ve known him for 10 years and by reputation for 40 years. He has a sterling reputation among local construction people,” Noon told the newspaper. “I think what happened to him on this project is a travesty. They submitted the low bid for the project at Canalside. Some rules of the job were changed midstream and they got blamed for it.”

 

Subcontractor George R. Schlemmer, chief executive officer of Buffalo-based Industrial Power & Lighting Co., in both court testimony and an interview with The Buffalo News said it was the state’s consultants and engineers who were to blame for design changes and delays.

 

“These approvals, a process that should have taken a month, or no more than two months, took the better part of a year,” Schlemmer told The Buffalo News. “Bernie DiPizio is salt of the earth, a very honest man. I don’t know if his company will survive this, but I would work with him again.”

 

Dear MoveOn member,

My father was Eric Garner. He was murdered by the police in New York City in 2014. His killer was never indicted for the crime. My father’s last words were, “I can’t breathe,” as a police officer choked him to death, on video.

I want you to know that my father was loved dearly—by me, by my daughter, Alyssa, who misses her Pop-Pop, and by his whole family.

My father was taken too early—by a corrupted criminal justice system. It’s a system that, honestly, has always targeted Black people but that’s grown so far out of control thanks, in large part, to the crime policies of the 1990s. Today, I’m confident that there’s only one presidential candidate who is both prepared to and serious about taking on that corrupt system.

That’s why I endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders—and made this video explaining my decision. I hope you’ll watch it—it’s a video that I had complete control over, and one that I put my heart into.

Erica Garner, activist and daughter of the late Eric Garner, explains why she's endorsing Sentor Bernie Sanders for president.

Some days, I feel like a representative for people throughout this whole nation who’ve watched their fathers—or their brothers or their sisters or their mothers—gunned down or beaten down by the police and the entire crooked system.

I’m behind anyone who’s going to listen and speak up for us, and I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders.

There’s no other person who’s speaking about this. Bernie Sanders talks honestly and openly about ending our epidemic of mass incarceration and police killings. People are dying. I’m never gonna forget and I don’t want the world to forget about my father, or the countless other lives that have been taken. This is real.

I believe Bernie Sanders is a protestor—he’s not scared to go up against the criminal justice system. He’s taken on other systems—from the military-industrial complex to Wall Street—his entire career. He knows you can’t fix a corrupt system with bandaids.

He’s not scared to stand up for us—and to fight for a full solution. That’s why I’m for Bernie Sanders. I hope you’ll watch my video and pass it along to people you know.

Thank you.

Erica Garner
Activist, daughter of the late Eric Garner

Current Exhibition: Future/ Canvas on view through March 5th, 2016

An Entirely Digital Art Experience

This Week at Blue Door:
THIS FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE FOR ART SUBMISSIONS for the next show ‘Big Ideas in Small Packages’ Make sure you have your work submitted by Friday February 19th. For more information regarding requirements for this show visit our website under ‘Call For Artists’ or call the gallery during business hours.
DIGITAL WORKSHOPS THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20th Join our Featured Artist, and Co-Curator of Future/Canvas, Jean Messner, as she leads participants through a workshop teaching them how to create artwork through the use Tablets and Smartphones. $20 for Members, $25 Non-Members. 2-4pm
Future Digital Workshops: February 27th & March 5th 2-4pm
THIS FRIDAY, SUPPORT THE LOCALS!
Join Blue Door Art Center for its Monthly: Support The Locals Event, This month features William Branch, a local Yonkers Resident, also known as MC Pure Passion. Come by for this Free, Open to the public event Hosted by William Branch, with other special guest performers. This will kick-off the release of his new album, come check out his new music before it is released to the public. Albums for Sale at Event.
Want to Participate? Sing? Perform? Come By!
Sign Up at 630pm
Friday February 20th, 2016

7-10pm

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

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Not an art-maker?  Be an art-lover and supporter  You may find something that 
catches your eye and feeds your soul.
If you or your creative friends have workshop ideas or would like to share your craft,
feel free to email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org and we will respond asap.
Arle´ Sklar-Weinstein, Gallery and Art Center Director
Luis Perelman, Art Association and Art Center Director
Madeline Yee, Assistant Director/Gallery Manager
Robin Hutchinson, Membership/Registrar
Naajidah Correll, Assistant Manager
Hector Santiago, Outreach Coordinator
Chris Baxter, Grant Writer

You are invited to my annual State of the City Address on Thursday, March 3rd.  To make a reservation please email Jennifer Lanser of the Chamber of Commerce or call 914-632-5700Here are all the details.

This month’s news includes a wide-ranging interview with the League of Women Voters, flood mitigation assistance for the neighborhoods around the Hutch, and good press coverage for the City’s downtown development efforts.

Plus check out my piece in the Huffington Post on the craziness of the presidential primary process.

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

And remember you can receive news on a more timely basis by liking me on Facebook or following me on Twitter.

Catie joins me in sending good wishes.

Best,

Noam

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Photo Credit: Journal News

New Rochelle on “Leading Edge” as LoHud Looks at Community Benefit Agreements

February 17, 2016 —

Good story on the front page of yesterday’s Journal News concerning the role of community benefit agreements in linking private development to public goods. This concept is a key part of the new downtown zoning New Rochelle adopted late last year, and New Rochelle is featured prominently in the article. Money quote from Julian Gross, … Continue reading New Rochelle on “Leading Edge” as LoHud Looks at Community Benefit Agreements →

Water Main

Information Following Water Main Break

February 16, 2016 —

A water main break created significant problems last night in many parts of town. Even though New Rochelle is served by a private water company, many residents do – understandably – contact the City for information or with questions. So to clear up some uncertainty, I just recorded this City-wide robo-call: This is a message … Continue reading Information Following Water Main Break →

Smart Growth Conference

Smart Growth Conference on March 24th

February 12, 2016 —

I’ll be a panelist at this conference on smart growth on March 24th. Interesting line-up of participants, so please register to come, if you are interested in the topic.

Revised Zoning is Proposed for the Gray Areas, But Setbacks Would Greatly Limit the Practical Effect of the Change.

Seeking Balance on Davenport Neck

February 10, 2016 —

Davenport Neck on New Rochelle’s waterfront contains several of our city’s most attractive neighborhoods, one of our most beautiful parks, and – at the various beach clubs – some of our most heavily-used recreational facilities and event venues. With all these different (and often conflicting) land uses coming together in a small area with only … Continue reading Seeking Balance on Davenport Neck →

City Hall Rainbow

Rainbow Over City Hall

February 6, 2016 —

There’s no pot of gold buried in New Rochelle City Hall, but don’t tell that to Joe Rogot, who took this neat photo.

Flood copy

Hutch Flood Relief Gets Boost from State Grant

February 5, 2016 —

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin has come through for residents of New Rochelle, Scarsdale, and Eastchester by securing a $1 million State grant to help pay for flood mitigation at the Hutchinson River. This press release has more. The neighborhoods surrounding the Hutch experience some of the worst flooding in our region, but addressing the problem isn’t … Continue reading Hutch Flood Relief Gets Boost from State Grant →

Election Coverage

A Crazy Way to Fill the Most Important Job on Earth

February 4, 2016 —

Rubio shakes up Republican race by surging into third! Hillary holds off Bernie to remain front-runner! Trump humbled by second-place showing! These are the breathless headlines out of Iowa. And they’re crazy. I don’t mean they’re wrong . . . just crazy. Iowa and New Hampshire have hosted the opening rounds of the Presidential nominating … Continue reading A Crazy Way to Fill the Most Important Job on Earth →

Hillary in Westchester.  Noam Bramson in the upper right.

Hillary in Top Form at Westchester Event

January 28, 2016 —

A touching moment just after Hillary’s speech this morning in White Plains. That’s me looking on in the upper right. Hillary got an enthusiastic reception in her home county. And she was in top form, demonstrating unrivaled command of the issues and a clear-eyed understanding of what it takes to accomplish big goals.

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Worth Watching (I Hope)

January 28, 2016 —

If you have a little spare time, please watch this half-hour interview with the League of Women Voters. Most of our conversation focused on economic development, but we also touched on politics, roles and responsibilities in City Hall, and the nature of public service.

SOTC 2016

State of the City Address on March 3rd – You’re Invited

January 27, 2016 —

The annual State of the City Address is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, March 3rd. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and, more importantly, look ahead to future challenges. Please join me! This event is sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, which also hosts a cocktail hour and dinner … Continue reading State of the City Address on March 3rd – You’re Invited →

WSJ

New Rochelle in Wall Street Journal

January 26, 2016 —

New Rochelle gets a prominent mention in this Wall Street Journal article about the region’s strengthening rental market. Residential development is only one piece of our overall downtown plan, but it’s a critical piece that helps support local businesses and create positive economic and cultural activity. Plus, for New Rochelle to be a community where … Continue reading New Rochelle in Wall Street Journal →

Owen Snow

Snow Day

January 24, 2016 —

Plows are still out. Aiming to have all roads passable today. At least Owen is having fun.

I wanted to make sure you saw this terrific New York Times profile on Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen a more flattering piece. It really speaks to her resilience, tenacity and ability to get things done. Whether it’s fighting for equal rights, taking on the big banks (before it was hip), or passing consumer protection laws, she does not take no for an answer.

I hope you read the article and enjoy it as much as I did.

Thanks! – Darren

Congresswoman’s Long Quest: Bringing Pandas to New York

New York Times – By ALEXANDER BURNSFEB. 4, 2016
Representative Carolyn B. Maloney at the Bronx Zoo. She has lobbied for years to bring a pair of pandas to New York City. Todd Heisler/The New York Times 

It is an obsession that has taken her to the other side of the world, one that has turned casual conversations into arm-twisting negotiations, and innocuous radio chitchat into a stealth attack on the mayor of New York.

This is the story of Representative Carolyn B. Maloney and her unusual ursine quest: to bring a pair of pandas to the city.

Securing pandas for any American city is an undertaking of extraordinary diplomatic and financial complexity. The costs of leasing pandas from China, feeding them and building a suitable habitat would run into the tens of millions of dollars. And given that four American zoos already have pandas, persuading reluctant Chinese officials to relinquish two more to New York has been exceedingly difficult.

And yet, Ms. Maloney has been undeterred.

“After the financial crisis, 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, it’s about time to have something happy,” she said on a recent Monday, as she strode through the Bronx Zoo, wrapped in a scarf ornamented with pandas. “Let’s have a panda.”

Ms. Maloney with a panda during her visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province, China, in August 2014. Office of Representative Carolyn Maloney 

Her efforts carry all the marks of a lawmaker practiced in the art of hardball, and illustrate the surprising forms political advocacy can take.

Needing the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat, Ms. Maloney castigated him on the radio, declaring on a program on WNYM-AM last winter that the mayor plainly “doesn’t like pandas.” She won the backing of another Democrat, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who often jousts with Mr. de Blasio.

Her office sent letter after letter to Chinese officials soliciting support, and in summer 2014 she traveled to China to visit a panda preserve in Chengdu.

And in a fund-raising coup, Ms. Maloney recently secured the support of Maurice R. Greenberg, the billionaire former chairman of A.I.G., who has agreed to help gather money for the project. Mr. Greenberg said he will host a breakfast in March to help initiate a fund-raising campaign for a panda exhibit.

“Our city,” he said in a statement, “would benefit in numerous ways from this project.”

At its most basic level, Ms. Maloney’s passion is understandable: Who doesn’t love pandas? (A brief video of Tian Tian, one of the pandas at Washington’s National Zoo, frolicking in the snow during last month’s blizzard has been shared roughly two million times on Facebook.)

But the congresswoman’s enthusiasm for pandas is deeply personal, she said, dating back decades to when one of her young daughters aspired to become a panda scientist. That daughter is now in business school.

Ms. Maloney, 69, said she had found that pandas have a unique power to bring people together. She recalled, for instance, a tense meeting with Chinese officials after NATO forces inadvertently bombed China’s embassy in Belgrade in 1999, during the war in Yugoslavia.

Ms. Maloney, wearing a panda-themed scarf, said her enthusiasm dated back decades, to when one of her young children aspired to become a panda scientist. Todd Heisler/The New York Times 

The coiled tension in the room eased, she said, only after she “finally broke the ice with pandas.”

In 2016, Ms. Maloney’s quest has advanced to a new phase. She has successfully worn down the mayor, but his support came with a consequential caveat: Mr. de Blasio and the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the Central Park Zoo and the Bronx Zoo, declined to back any panda plan that relied on city or zoo money. Any panda exhibit would have to be financed entirely by private resources.

David Towne, the chairman of the United States-based Giant Panda Conservation Foundation, said a project of the scale envisioned in New York would require “support at the $50 million level.”

Mr. Towne, who said he had spoken with Ms. Maloney, warned that even if backers raised that much money, a New York panda project would face uncertain prospects, given that zoos in Atlanta, Memphis, San Diego and Washington already have giant pandas on display.

“China has been very vocal in saying, no more pandas to North America, or to the U.S., specifically,” Mr. Towne said.

For those reasons and others, Ms. Maloney has faced deep skepticism from officials in City Hall and conservation leaders in New York. An initial proposal to bring pandas to the Central Park Zoo foundered after she grudgingly conceded that the zoo did not have the necessities required for a panda habitat — as zoo officials had insisted all along.

In fall 2014, Ms. Maloney’s office drafted a letter, directed at Chinese officials, for the mayor to sign. City Hall left it without a signature for over a year — a particular sticking point, since China would not consider lending pandas to the city without Mr. de Blasio’s support.

But Ms. Maloney, now serving her 12th term in Congress, where she represents parts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, did not rise in New York politics by taking no for an answer: She first won a seat on the City Council at age 36 by defeating an incumbent Democrat, then ousted an entrenched Republican congressman a few years later. More recently, she spent much of the fall as a highly visible advocate for reauthorizing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Congress renewed the law in late December.

Baby pandas at the Chengdu Research Base. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 

At times, Ms. Maloney’s indifference to the obstacles in her path has generated friction on its own. In summer 2014, a senior official at the conservation society appealed to City Hall, writing in an email that things had reached “a new level of absurdity” as Ms. Maloney intended to bring a Chinese delegation to the Central Park Zoo.

“I think a statement saying that we appreciate her passion but we are not interested in pandas would be helpful,” the official wrote. “Clearly she doesn’t hear it when we say it to her respectfully.”

Nevertheless, Ms. Maloney received a message in October from the Chinese ambassador in Washington, Cui Tiankai, agreeing that China’s forestry authorities would enter preliminary talks with New York and would “consider the formal initiation of cooperation when conditions are mature.”

At the white-tie Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in November, Ms. Maloney cornered Mr. de Blasio to further plead her case, and this time she brought reinforcement: John A. Catsimatidis, the billionaire political donor and owner of the supermarket chain Gristedes.

Gradually, Ms. Maloney and her negotiating partners approached a point of consensus. City Hall agreed to sign her letter, with the understanding that private funds would be required, and that the 265-acre Bronx Zoo would be a more appropriate site.

Ms. Maloney has also smoothed relations with the conservation society, and agreed during her visit to the Bronx Zoo to back a bill the group supports, designating the bison as the nation’s official mammal.

Mr. Catsimatidis, a candidate in 2013 for the Republican nomination for mayor, said he intended to lead a fund-raising drive and estimated that he could collect the money for a panda exhibit in 90 days.

More support has come from an even less likely source: the former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican and a zoo enthusiast, who said in an email that New York would benefit from “these remarkable animals.”

“Surely the greatest American city ought to have pandas,” Mr. Gingrich wrote.

Ms. Maloney said she felt closer than ever to her ultimate aim. She said she envisioned a bamboo forest upstate, to secure a reliable food supply for the pandas, and she has begun to brainstorm what kind of animals New York could give to China as a token of appreciation and cultural exchange.

“Maybe,” she mused, “the upstate deer are so sweet, and they’re sort of a symbol of peace.”

We just won the New Hampshire primary.

I want to thank you for helping us win. But what I am about to tell you is important:

There are 14 primaries and caucuses over the next three weeks, and you can be certain that our victory tonight will prompt a desperate response from the nation’s financial elite and the political establishment who want to stop our campaign to transform America.

Who knows what they’re going to throw at us next. All I know is we must be ready to respond, organize, and win.

Click here to make a $3 contribution to our campaign and MoveOn’s efforts to help us win. With your help, we are going to win this Democratic primary, the White House, and take our country back from the billionaire class.

Nine months ago, if you told somebody that we would win the New Hampshire primary, they would not have believed you. Not at all. Too bold, they would have said. Not enough money to compete against the billionaires.

You showed them tonight.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDS. FEB 10.

 

Local Coalition Calls for Statewide GMO Labeling Law

Mt Vernon, NY — On Wednesday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m., a local coalition of community groups, restaurants and residents will call on local Assembly Member Gary Pretlow to sign on as cosponsors to Assembly Bill 617 to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs). Members of the coalition, which include local businesses, restaurant owners, parents, faith leaders, and community organizations believe consumers have the right to know what’s in our food. The bill was introduced in January, and currently has 73 co-sponsors in the New York State Assembly.

Overwhelmingly, Americans want mandatory labeling of genetically modified food. According to polls by ABC News, over 90% of consumers support mandatory labeling. In December, The New York Times penned a powerful editorial supporting GMO labeling. Just weeks ago, Campbell’s Soup announced its intention to label GMO products, citing polling that shows over 90% of Americans want mandatory labeling.

What: Coalition members will make statements in support of GMO labeling and call on Assembly Members to support A. 617.

When: Wednesday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m

Who: Reyna Gonzalez, local mother Rabbi Morris W. Barzilai, local spiritual leader

Chuck Bell, Program Director, Consumers Union

Ashleigh McGuire, Organizer, Food & Water Watch

 

 

Where: Outside of Assemblyman Pretlow’s district office at 6 Gramatan Avenue, Mt Vernon, NY 10550.

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want to let you know how honored and excited we are to have your support. Together, we will make this country stronger and better than ever by making Mr. Trump our next president.

 

One of my favorite parts of this campaign experience has been visiting each state and meeting thousands of supporters who share Mr. Trump’s dreams for this great nation. Like you, many citizens are anxious to elect a leader who will secure our borders, build our military, defend our Second Amendment rights, and repair our economy. My faith in the United States of America is revitalized at every Trump rally.

On Tuesday, we held a huge rally in Little Rock, Arkansas where Mr. Trump was greeted by more than 12,000 supporters. Yesterday, we held two events in New Hampshire and today, we are heading down to Florence, South Carolina.

 

We are looking forward to the primary election in New Hampshire on Tuesday Mr. Trump is well-loved and respected in the state, and he is a huge fan of the people of New Hampshire (which makes me especially proud as a Granite State native!).

 

Thank you for your continued support— I’m proud to call you a teammate.

Sincerely,

Corey

Corey R. Lewandowski
Campaign Manager

 

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JCOPE CONFIRMS IT: DON’T TALK TO EDITORIAL WRITERS

“It’s as though JCOPE is delivering a surgical strike against ed boards.”
New York–Feb. 8…Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) sent the clearest instructions yet to New York public relations executives late Friday: Do not communicate with editorial writers. Doing so will trigger arduous JCOPE oversight.
Under JCOPE’s controversial and unilaterally achieved new “Advisory Opinion,” New York public relations executives who speak with editorial board writers in an attempt to influence them in behalf of a client must register as lobbyists, placing them under JCOPE’s jurisdiction.
JCOPE did not address the most obvious question: How will they monitor compliance without subpoenaing the emails, phone records, Twitter, SMS, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other messages between PR officials and editorial writers? Nor did the Cuomo entity explain why newspaper editorial boards are being singled out as influencers in a multi-platform digital world.
Many editorial writers have said that JCOPE’s new regulation would have a chilling effect on the free exchange of information between journalists and their sources. Others have warned that government monitoring of those exchanges would be a logical and necessary enforcement step.
“JCOPE’s chairman Daniel J. Horwitz is apparently a bright guy: He was Bernie Madoff’s attorney; so I can’t figure out for the life of me why he is driving an initiative this intellectually asinine and constitutionally flawed,” said Bill O’Reilly, a partner at New York communications firm The November Team (TNT). “It’s as though JCOPE is delivering a surgical strike against editorial boards. If Mr. Horwitz can’t explain what’s really behind this initiative, perhaps his boss and patron, Governor Cuomo, can.”
Mr. Horwitz, a long-time and generous donor to Mr. Cuomo, was appointed to his position by the governor, and his wife, a respected public servant, serves as the $225,000-per-year President and COO of The Battery Park City Authority.  Her appointment was delivered by Mr. Cuomo.
“We want to make our position crystal clear,” said TNT partner Jessica Proud. “We believe that this initiative is an Andrew Cuomo overreach on steroids. We find it impossible to imagine JCOPE, a body famously criticized as feckless, launching such a clumsy attack on The First Amendment on its own. This has Andrew Cuomo written all over it.”
The Cuomo Administration has publicly expressed concern about this initiative, yet it has not answered a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to provide communications on this issue between itself and JCOPE.  JCOPE claimed legal immunity to FOIL requests.
“Under JCOPE’s ruling, PR firms will simply stop talking to editorial boards,” said TNT Managing Director Jerry McKinstry, a former journalist and editorial board member. “I can’t imagine how that’s in any way a healthy thing in a democracy.”
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When we started our campaign, we were down 44 points in New Hampshire. Today, just three days away from the state’s primary, our political revolution has a real chance to win.

As I said in Thursday’s debate, I believe what is required in this moment is to think big.

I believe that we can provide health care for every man, woman, and child in this country. I believe that we can create an economy that works for everyone, and not just a handful of wealthy elites. And I believe that we can put an end to millionaires and billionaires buying our candidates and elections.

But we have to do well in New Hampshire if we’re going to move that vision forward. So I have to ask directly:

Can I count on you to contribute ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary? It is a critical state for our campaign, so your contribution right now is more important than ever before.

Click here to contribute 
$10 to our campaign and MoveOn’s efforts to help us win New Hampshire, win the Democratic nomination, and win the White House.

A few days ago, the people of Iowa showed that, against all odds, our political revolution has a chance to win this election. I don’t take money from millionaires and billionaires. There is no super PAC waiting in the wings. But I know that if we stand together, I believe we can do even better in New Hampshire next week.

Please add your contribution now before New Hampshire votes on Tuesday.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

MAYOR RICHARD THOMAS APPOINTS GUN TOTING CROOKED LAWYER TO CITY’S TOP LAWYER POST

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SECRETARY RICHARD THOMAS

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MAYOR JOSEPH SPIEZIO

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EDITORIAL FROM
“THE ORACLE”
Mount Vernon Exposed is pleased to announce that “The Oracle” has committed to writing for Mount Vernon Exposed.
Misguided Mayor Thomas:
Once again I have watched you on television as you carefully vocalized your well-crafted political script to delude the public.  I understand all too well the games which you play as I myself was once misguided and entangled in a world of corruption such as you are today.  Like a well-rehearsed routine taken from the Bowery Boys I would also create a diversion and sideshow while my hand reached into the cookie jar.  I have since changed my ways for the lord has taught me well.  But Mayor Thomas, you have continued to sell yourself, your brothers and sisters for your own self-aggrandizement.
You will never see what you’re doing because you are visionless caused by your own foolish pride. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13.  Stop carrying your bible just for show; begin to read it, as it is your only way out.
Your Puppet Master will continue to set the stage for you to glorify yourself as your payment, and in return he commandeers our city knowing you’re not wise enough to understand.  Your Puppet Master knows you are not a good shepherd, but thinks of you as hireling fool who will throw anyone under the bus to save himself.  I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.” John 10:11-12. Take a good look around you Mayor as your sheep are dwindling right before your very eyes.  You need to change your ways because there is nothing worse than ignorance in action.  I am praying for you and our city as I continue to watch from afar.
The Oracle 

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Dear MoveOn member,

Ready for a political revolution?

We’re just about 24 hours away from the Iowa caucuses, and I’m just back from being on the road with Bernie Sanders.

The Iowa ground is rumbling. The air is crackling. And the roar of the crowds just keeps getting louder.

Bernie’s campaign is our hope revolution. This is what our vibrant democracy looks like. And if everyone who believes in Bernie’s vision chips in right now, we could make history.

Will you join me and chip in $10 to support the Bernie Sanders campaign and MoveOn’s efforts supporting him?

Click here to chip in.

This movement gains momentum every single day—and has been given a huge boost by the volunteer and financial support of MoveOn members. I’m very grateful for the passion and dedication to Bernie’s campaign that MoveOn members have already shown over the past few weeks. But to ensure Bernie wins, we need to continue giving it our all.

That’s why I went to Iowa, and why I hope you’ll chip in $10—or whatever you can—to help Bernie win.

With your support, the campaign will be able to pay for more field organizers, who can coordinate phone bank hours, on-the-ground canvassing, and other person-to-person activities—the things that absolutely matter when you’re down to the wire.

It takes guts, faith, and—yes—money to stand up to the billionaire class and turn the tide of a nation like Bernie’s doing right now. Click the link below to stand with Bernie, as Bernie stands up for all of us:

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Bernie would be the first to tell you that all this excitement is not about him. “Baloney,” he’d say with his customary warm bluster. This fight for the future of our nation is about us—progressives on the move to take back our country. Once and for all.

It’s about damn time we got to be on the right side of history, don’t you think? No matter who gets the credit—Bernie, you, or I.

It takes all of us. Click here to support the movement with a $10 contribution.

Come on. We’ve got a viable presidential candidate who’s morally, ethically, socially, and politically with us on issue after issue that matters.

So let’s fight for him—hearts pumping, arms open wide, voices raised together.

Please chip in $10 right now to Bernie Sanders and MoveOn’s proven strategy and winnable campaign.

Bernie’s running an inspiring campaign. He’s strong in the polls. And he’s done it all without compromising the issues that we care about the most. But he needs us to win.

That’s a fair deal, since we need a leader who’s courageous and levelheaded in a time of great crisis—like Bernie was in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

We need a leader who’s willing to put education of our kids, fair wages for working people, and the health and well-being of our elders first—one leader who’ll never yield to billionaire whims.

We need a leader whose definition of being “tough on crime” is dealing directly and responsibly with the shameful root causes of rising incarceration—generational poverty, hunger, and unemployment.

We need a leader hell-bent on vanquishing Citizens United, one who’ll help us kick Big Money the hell out of Washington, D.C.—and give this nation’s government back to the people, to whom it truly belongs.

Friends, we need Bernie Sanders. And he needs us—right now—to win.

Please. Click here and give what you can right now. For Bernie. For the values you hold dear. For the world you want to pass on to future generations.

Thanks for all you do.

—Susan Sarandon
Actor/Director

P.S. This is a picture of me stumping for Bernie in Iowa. I wish you could hear the triumphant roar of the crowds there. Feel the ground rumble. See the people reach for him. This is our moment. Please help achieve what’s possible—a Bernie Sanders presidency—by giving what you can right now.

Want to support our work? The average contribution from a supporter like you affords the Bernie Sanders campaign nearly two extra hours of work from a field organizer who can mobilize about ten volunteers at a single canvass or phone bank. And now, MoveOn.org has joined the effort. Click here to chip in $10, or whatever you can.


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Something surprising happened this week: State Sen. John Bonacic expressed support for the Reproductive Health Act — commonsense legislation that protects abortion rights in our state and updates our law to meet the standards set in Roe v. Wade.

Sen. Bonacic’s support is so surprising because he is the first and only member of the senate Republican conference to take a pro-choice position and support this legislation.

We’ve always known that New Yorkers of all political stripes support advancing access to abortion for New York women — and we hope that Sen. Bonacic’s support encourages more of our elected officials to support the pro-choice values their constituents hold dear.

Thank Sen. Bonacic for supporting the RHA – and encourage him to convince Senate leadership to follow suit.

Sen. Bonacic is also the lead sponsor of the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act — a bill that will make sure that New Yorkers have access to contraception with no co-pay, easier access to emergency contraception, and the option of getting 12 months of birth control at one time. The CCCA passed the Assembly on Monday, and now Sen. Bonacic is shepherding it through the State Senate.

Let’s tell Sen. Bonacic that we stand with him — and that we appreciate him standing with us!

For Choice,
Andrea Miller
President
NARAL Pro-Choice New York

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Please Join Us for
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor’s 40th Birthday Bash

Friday January 29th – 7pm-9pm
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Featuring the Music of The Mighty Flynn – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
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Our Sponsors So Far

Please Join Us for
Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor’s 40th Birthday Bash

Friday January 29th – 7pm-9pm
The Blue Fountain Restaurant – 826 Rt. 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 http://www.thebluefountain.com/

Featuring the Music of The Mighty Flynn – Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
http://www.mightyflynn.com/

Buffet Dinner / Cash Bar

Tix Still Available $65 per person/$50 if two or more people

Our Sponsors So Far

County Executive Marcus Molinaro
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth
Dr. William Barrick
The Dagar Group
Matthew Kennedy
Peg & Richard Birney

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available
Bicentennial Sponsor: $250
Big 4-0 Sponsor: $500
Old School Sponsor: $1,000
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THE NOVEMBER TEAM OFFERS FREE PHILADELPHIA TRIP TO WHOMEVER CAN BEST EXPLAIN STATEMENT FROM

JCOPE CHAIRMAN DANIEL J. HORWITZ

 

“Nobody here is suggesting that a garden-variety telephone conversation between a reporter or editorial board and a consultant is necessarily considered to be lobbying.” — JCOPE Chairman Daniel Horwitz

 

New York–Jan 28…New York political and corporate communications firm The November Team today announced a special contest open to all New Yorkers in an attempt to better understand a statement made this week by Daniel J. Horwitz, Chairman of the controversial New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).

 

Horwitz, who was appointed to his position by Governor Andrew Cuomo, led a controversial JCOPE ruling this week that requires New York public relations firms that discuss matters of public affair with reporters editorial board members to register as lobbyists, putting them under JCOPE’s jurisdiction and requiring them to file bi-monthly reports outlining their interactions with the press.

 

Following that controversial ruling, Chairman Horwitz was quoted in a Gannett publication saying, “Nobody here is suggesting that a garden-variety telephone conversation between a reporter or editorial board and a consultant is necessarily considered to be lobbying.”

 

The November Team is offering a free round trip Megabus ride to Philadelphia, two free tickets to view the First Amendment at the National Constitution Center Hall, and lunch for two at nearby Chickie’s and Pete’s, voted the Best Sports Bar in America, to anyone who can most ably define “a garden variety conversation” between public relations executives and editorial writers.

 

“I know what a garden variety tomato is,” said November Team partner Bill O’Reilly, “but I can’t for the life of me tell you what a garden variety conversation is between an editorial board and a source. We debated and debated this internally, and finally decided we were just going to have to throw the question out to the public for help.”

 

“This is actually a great relief to me, because as I understand it, I have only had garden variety conversations with ed board members,” said November Team partner Jessica Proud. “I can’t remember the last time I dialed up The Times ed board just to say ‘hello.’ But maybe someone can better explain what JCOPE is trying to say.”

 

“I really wanted to win that Philadelphia trip, but this garden variety question is a tough one,” said November Team managing director Jerry McKinstry, a former journalist and editorial board member. “When I was on an ed board, I thought garden variety calls were an attempt to influence me. But with this JCOPE definition, I’m now totally confused — and I’ve taught graduate-level journalism.”

 

Submissions can be sumbitted by visting www.NovemberTeam.com and pressing the “Contact” button or by Twitter, @NovemberTeam.

 

The November Team issued a formal letter to JCOPE this morning announcing its refusal to comply with this new and, it argues, unconstitutional regulation.

In his State of the State, Governor Cuomo promised a renewed commitment to education. But his budget numbers tells a different story. His proposal of $961 million for education is woefully inadequate.

What our students need is $2.9 billion for education. This amount of funding is necessary to help our schools recover from years of chronic underfunding and massive cuts. This funding will go towards an engaging curriculum, smaller class sizes, music, art, Advanced Placement courses, full day pre-K, programs for English Language Learners and 21st century career and technical education. Without this increase in foundation aid to schools, millions of schoolchildren will have less opportunity, and spend yet another year without programs and services that are necessary to help them to learn and grow.

You can help. Ask your state representatives to fight for a budget that fully funds schools at $2.9 billion.

A total of $2.9 billion is just a downpayment on the funding promised to schools as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a lawsuit that found the state violated the constitution to grant all children “a sound basic education.” The state was ordered to provide $5.5 billion in classroom operating aid to schools over four years.  It’s has been ten since the state’s highest court ruled. The state still owes billions.

When you consider the needs of schools labeled as “struggling” or “persistently struggling,” schools that should be transformed into community schools, the need is even greater.


And then there is the issue of pre-K. The Governor promised pre-K to every three- and four-year-old throughout the state, but never delivered on the promise. He has funded only New York City. With 115,000 four-year-olds waiting, it’s time for the rest of the state to catch up to New York City and time for the governor to keep his promise.

Tell your Senator and Assembly member to stand up for kids and fight for a budget that will serve the needs of every student.

This is the year. The state is running on a recurring multi-billion dollar surplus. This money should support schools as a quality education makes a difference in the lives of every child. The future of our children, thus our entire state, is at stake.

Write your state representative today and tell them now is the time to fully fund our schools.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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In his State of the State, Governor Cuomo promised a renewed commitment to education. But his budget numbers tells a different story. His proposal of $961 million for education is woefully inadequate.

What our students need is $2.9 billion for education. This amount of funding is necessary to help our schools recover from years of chronic underfunding and massive cuts. This funding will go towards an engaging curriculum, smaller class sizes, music, art, Advanced Placement courses, full day pre-K, programs for English Language Learners and 21st century career and technical education. Without this increase in foundation aid to schools, millions of schoolchildren will have less opportunity, and spend yet another year without programs and services that are necessary to help them to learn and grow.

You can help. Ask your state representatives to fight for a budget that fully funds schools at $2.9 billion.

A total of $2.9 billion is just a downpayment on the funding promised to schools as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a lawsuit that found the state violated the constitution to grant all children “a sound basic education.” The state was ordered to provide $5.5 billion in classroom operating aid to schools over four years.  It’s has been ten since the state’s highest court ruled. The state still owes billions.

When you consider the needs of schools labeled as “struggling” or “persistently struggling,” schools that should be transformed into community schools, the need is even greater.


And then there is the issue of pre-K. The Governor promised pre-K to every three- and four-year-old throughout the state, but never delivered on the promise. He has funded only New York City. With 115,000 four-year-olds waiting, it’s time for the rest of the state to catch up to New York City and time for the governor to keep his promise.

Tell your Senator and Assembly member to stand up for kids and fight for a budget that will serve the needs of every student.

This is the year. The state is running on a recurring multi-billion dollar surplus. This money should support schools as a quality education makes a difference in the lives of every child. The future of our children, thus our entire state, is at stake.

Write your state representative today and tell them now is the time to fully fund our schools.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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Alliance for Quality Education’s
Analysis of the 2016-17 Executive Budget Proposal

Governor Cuomo’s budget on education is woefully inadequate to ensure every students constitutional right to “a sound basic education.” The New York State Board of Regents called for a $2.4 billion increase in school aid. The Alliance for Quality Education called for a $2.9 billion increase in school aid, whereas the governor’s budget increases school aid by $961 million. It is now up to the legislature to ensure that there is adequate funding for our students.
School Aid increase:
The proposed school aid increase for 2016-17 is at $961 million. This amount includes the increases in the following aids:
•    $266 million in Campaign for Fiscal Equity funding which is basic classroom operating aid, also known as Foundation Aid
•    $189 million in Gap Elimination Adjustment restoration
•    $408 million in expense based and other aids including: building and transportation aid
The $266 million in Foundation Aid does nothing for schools and students as it is not enough to improve their programming and services. The Foundation Aid formula, which was the result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit and was enacted in 2007, was designed to be funded at no less than a $1.1 billion increase in order to properly distribute school aid and make up for chronic underfunding of high need schools. $1.47 billion would be necessary to provide a 3 year phase in of CFE. The current spending gap between rich and poor schools is $8,733 per pupil, fulfilling CFE could narrow this by $3,088.
Community Schools:
The budget includes $100 million for turning schools labeled as “struggling” and “persistently struggling schools,” schools  into community schools. Contrary to previous years, this funding thankfully is not distributed through competitive grants. Seventy five ($75)  million of the $100 million is allocated to the 17 school districts that have “struggling” and “persistently struggling schools.” The remaining $25 million is allocated to other high need districts; some of these allocations are as small as $17,000 which is not enough to create a community school.

The move towards community schools is a positive step by the Governor. If the state is serious about turning these schools into community schools that have engaging academic program and services to meet students’ needs, then the funding needs to be adequate. Last year the governor and the legislature determined that $75 million was required for 20 schools or $3.75 million per school on average. Based on that, the state should be providing least $535 million for 144 schools.

In addition, the receivership law should be repealed because it interferes with creating community schools. The receivership law has top down approaches that are contrary to community schools. Under receivership in New York State parents have not been adequately engaged in school redesign. In addition, receivership allows the firing of up to 50% of teachers which is highly disruptive and counterproductive.

Prekindergarten:
The Executive Budget includes $22 million for pre-K for three year olds, calling it the Empire State Pre-K program. The funding will be available to districts that already have a pre-K program. Districts will have to apply for the competitive grant. If they get it, they will be able to create new half or full day seats for three year-olds.

The governor’s proposal also includes the creation of the Empire State Pre-K board which replaces the role of the Board of Regents and SED with political appointees by the governor, senate, and the assembly, making such important funding susceptible to political manipulations. There are currently 6 different pre-K programs in NYS. While experts recommend consolidating programs to create greater alignment educationally this proposal would create yet another pre-K program.

This proposal is significantly smaller than the $125 million that the Alliance for Quality Education, other early childhood advocates, and the NYS Board of Regents recommended as necessary to move forward on the goal of providing universal pre-K to all three- and four-year-olds in the state. The governor promised “a blank check” to any district that wanted to expand its pre-K, but his budgets have not fulfilled that promise outside New York City. Currently, there are approximately 115,000 four-year-olds waiting for pre-K.

There is also another $2 million for QUALITYstarsNY, the state’s quality rating and improvement system for pre-K and early education programs, bringing the annual funding to $5 million. This is a positive initiative, we recommend $25 million for quality initiatives.

Child Care subsidies: 
The governor’s budget includes only $10 million for the new federal health and safety regulations and no new funding towards child care subsidies. Early care and learning advocates, including the Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for College campaign and the Alliance for Quality Education, recommend at least $190 million to meet the federal health and safety regulations and the create new child care subsidy slots for low income families.
Private School Voucher/ Tax Credit:
Governor Cuomo once again is pushing to establish an Education Tax Credit, also called the Parental Choice in Education Act:
The Executive Budget tax credit program costs taxpayers $150 million under a Parental Choice in Education Act. This is nothing more than a give-away to the wealthy and a diversion of public resources to private schools. Corporations and individual taxpayers would receive a tax credit equal to 75 percent of their contributions, up to a $1 million.
Charter Schools:
At a time when public schools are owed nearly $5 billion, the governor has proposed to increase state aid to privately run charter schools in a number of ways.
1)    Unfreezing the basic tuition for NYC Charter schools. This would increase the amount of funding NYC must transfer to charter schools for basic tuition by $12.4 million.
2)    Increasing Charter school supplemental tuition aid by $150 to $500 per pupil and is estimated to cost $63 million in FY 2017
3)    Adding  $27.4 million for per pupil funding for state aid to charter schools
4)    NYC facilities aid to charters would be made permanent requiring NYC DOE to pay rent for new or expanding NYC charter schools
Currently, both the SUNY board of trustees is investigating the infamous “Got to Go” list at Success Academy and the US DOE, Office of Civil Rights have open investigations on discriminatory discipline practices involving students of color and students with disabilities at Success Academy’s charter schools.  Until we can determine that students in these schools are receiving equal protection under the law, we are calling for a freeze in any expansion proposals for Success Academy and we are calling for the legislature to oppose any increase in funding for Success Academy.
Dream Act:
The executive budget enacts the Dream Act to allow undocumented immigrants to access state aid for higher education. There will be $27 million available. This is key to expanding access to higher education opportunities to create pathways out of poverty and into successful futures.


Lift 2% Spending Cap:

In order to create a budget that really works for all of us and not just the 1% it is time for NYS to end the self-imposed 2% spending cap. With a recurring surplus well into the billions it is time to invest in children and families. Over 50% of children in NY are currently living in poverty. It is imperative that the state increase its investment in education, childcare and other services to protect children and ensure they have access to opportunities to succeed.

More information is available by calling AQE’s Executive Director Billy Easton or Legislative Director Jasmine Gripper at 518-432-5315 or emailing them at beaston@aqeny.org or jasmine@aqeny.org.

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FACTS AGAINST FEAR A proposal to presidential candidates to reassuringly place the risk of death by terrorism in perspective by comparing it with other causes of death in America sothat one of them who thinks strategically may emerge as the enlightening leader that leads an enlightened People and as the Champion of Justice

 

By Dr.Richard Cordero, Esq. Ph.D.,University of Cambridge, England M.B.A., University of Michigan Business School D.E.A., La Sorbonne, Paris Judicial Discipline Reform New York City Dr.Richard.Cordero_Esq@verizon.net, RicCordero@verizon.net,CorderoRic@yahoo.com, Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@cantab.net,Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@outlook.com

 

www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-richard-cordero-esq/4b/8ba/50/

 

This openletter may be republished and redistributed, provided it is in its entirety and without any addition, deletion, or modification, and credit is given to its author, Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq.

 

[Sent as an individualized letter to each of thepresidential candidates.]

 

 

Dear Presidential Candidate,

 

This is a proposal for you to emerge as the leader who enlightens andreassures the national public when as a result of the terrorist attacks inParis and San Bernardino some presidentialcandidates have misled the public into thinking that terrorism is the main deathrisk that it runs. You can put terrorism in perspective by comparing itwith other leading causes of death that have mortality rates indisputably andeven surprisingly higher, e.g., hospital infections and lightning.

 

By thinking strategically, you can responsibly use comparativestatistics, as illustrated in the supporting table(* >ol:365), in a novel way: to reassure the public andattract it to your website through crowd fact-checkingand posting.

 

To that end, you can reassuringlycomment at rallies, debates, and interviews on the need to confrontterrorism with a sense of proportion so as not to be unduly impressed by theday to day events or even exploited by demagoguery for political gain at theexpense of the public peace of mind. Then you can unfold a paper and read thetable’s title aloud: Factsagainst Fear:a table comparingterrorism with other causes of death in America*.

 

* Allendnote and blue parenthetical references are keyed to my study of judges and theirjudiciary titled and downloadable as follows (this letter is at page * >ol:362 andthe table at 365):

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

or http://Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/jur/DrRCordero_jud_unaccountability_reporting.pdf

 

If these links do notdownload the file in Internet Explorer, download either of the followingbrowsers, install it, copy the first link above into the browser’s search box,and press ‘Enter’. If the file, which has over 830 pages and is more than 57 MBin size, does not download, try using the other links and then the otherbrowser:

 

Google Chrome: https://www.google.com/chrome/

 

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

 

That table will be only the first of many on a widespectrum of subjects and serve as a template for the presentation of verifiabledata.

 

So you can invite the public to contribute to researching the incompleteentries of the table and submit their findings to your website for verification.

 

You can announce that the most prolific submitters of verifiable andenlightening statistics and analysis[1]* will be publicly recognized and invited to becomemembers of your campaign’s virtual teams of enlighters. Their task will be toturn your website into the most trusted and visited source of presidentialelection information and the most reliable fact-checking entity. Their missionwill be to provide the truth-in-fact foundation for your motto: An enlighteningleader leads an enlightened people[2].

 

You can portray the table(s) as your means of running a campaign based onfacts, as opposed to fearmongering, other negative emotions, and hyperbole.This will illustrate how you as president will run a transparent, honestadministration based on facts actively shared with, and verifiable by, We the People.

 

Naturally, the public that is attracted to your website to post and checkfacts will also find there information about your platform and upcomingrallies, and have the opportunity to donate to your campaign.

 

The aboveproposal further illustrates the potential of strategic thinking. Indeed, thelatter has given rise to another proposal(ol:311):

 

You can draw electoral support from the huge[3]untapped voting bloc of people dissatisfied with the judicial and legalsystems. Their dissatisfaction derives from judges’ self-discipliningauthority, their abuse of it by systematically dismissing complaints againstthem[4],and their secretive functioning[5].By so doing, they are able to disregard the facts and the law applicable tocases to gain benefits risklessly, to the dismay of one or more parties.

 

You can tap the bloc’s support[6]by presenting at a press conference and rallies the evidence[7]thereof contained in the above-mentioned study.

 

Youcan invite the public to post on your website its judicial complaints so that itcan analyze them for coordinated wrongdoing patterns[8], thus attracting Republicans andDemocrats alike; and to join you in calling for nationally televised hearings onjudges’ wrongdoing (to be known as yourhearings), and journalistic and officialinvestigations even as your teams of enlighters conduct their own(ol:194§E).

 

Judges who give “even the appearance of impropriety”[9] can be led to resign[10]. As president, you can nominate theirreplacements to secure your legislative agenda’s constitutionality[11].

 

Byleading We the People’s “petitionfor a redress of grievances”[12], you can emerge as their Champion ofJustice[13].

 

I offer to make a presentation[14] of these proposals to youand your officersat a video conference or in person.

 

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

 

Sincerely,

s/Dr.Richard Cordero, Esq.

 

Endnotes

[1]. You can post the accompanying table(ol:365) and ask people to use it as a template whensubmitting their research findings. The latter will be subject to an initialphase of vetting by the public. Findings that survive such vetting will beposted as your campaign’s official facts.

[2]. After presenting to your audience the Facts Against Feartable, you can ask it and the rest of the American public poignant rhetoricalquestions to cause them to perform a balancing test:

  1. Given thecomparative statistics already presented, would you prefer to take your chanceswith falling victim to terrorism or becoming a victim of any of the othercauses of death in America whose chance of occurrence is 10s, 100s, or 1,000sof times higher?
  2. When a member ofyour family, a relative, a friend, a neighbor, a workmate or fellow Americandies in a car accident, a house fire, a drive-by shooting, or by foodpoisoning, do you say that their deaths do not count because they did not die avictim of terrorism?
  3. The federal government spends more than itcollects in taxes, which explains why its borrowing limit has to be raised sooften; otherwise, it would run out of funds and have to close down. Imaginethat the government manages to gather $5 billion to reduce the mortality of oneof the causes of death in America. If you could vote on how to allocate thosefunds, would you vote to allocate them to fight terrorism or to combat any ofthe other causes of death with significantly higher mortality rates, such ascancer or car crashes?

[3]. In the federal and state courts, 50million new cases are filed annually(jur:8fn4, 5).They involve at least 100 million parties, each of which may consist of two,ten, a hundred persons or the thousands of members of a class. In addition,every case affects the parties’ relatives, employees, clients, shareholders, similarlysituated people, etc. To those cases must be added the scores of millionspending and those deemed by parties to have been wrongfully decided by judgeswho risklessly took their property, liberty, and the rights and duties thatdetermine their lives.

[4]. Official statistics cited in my study(jur:21§1) show that federal judges dismiss 99.82% of complaintsagainst their peers and deny up to 100% of petitions to review such dismissals(jur:10-14). Theycover for each other due to the principle of mutually dependent survival(Lsch:16§1).

In the last 227 years since thecreation of the Federal Judiciary in 1789, the number of its judges –2,217 werein office on 30sep13(jur:22fn13)– impeached andremoved is 8! So they not only are appointed for life “during good Behaviour”, but also know based on that historical record that they are in effectirremovable. Impeachment is a useless mechanism for judicial integrity. They also rely on the constitutionalprovision that prohibits diminishing their salary(jur:22fn12).

Federal judges dispose of around75% of appeals to their circuit courts with reasonless summary orders, and ofup to an additional 15% with decisions so “perfunctory”that they mark them “not for publication” and “not precedential”, turning them into arbitrary, ad hoc fiats of raw unaccountable power.They are in practice secret because hardly findable, but if found, they areuseless since they do not establish a precedent; hence not worth looking for. Theyare anathema to a legal system based on precedent as a means of keepingjudicial power in check and predictable.

If you were in their position,would you be irresistibly tempted to abuse your power for your benefit and thatof your peers, other insiders, and your protectors since to do so was riskless?

[5]. The Federal Judiciary and its judges are themost secretive(jur:27§e) branch and publicofficers, holding all their policy-making, administrative, adjudicative, anddisciplinary meetings behind closed doors.Wrongdoing festers in secrecy, which makes it infectious. This requires ‘thebest disinfectant, sunlight’, as Justice Brandeis put it(jur:158¶350b). Today, the sun of information andknowledge shines through the Internet. A presidential candidate can out ofprinciple or opportunism use his or her website, in addition to stump speechesand access to journalists, to shine light onjudicial wrongdoing and cause an outraged national public to follow his or herbright lead toward Equal Justice Under Law.

[6]  People feel offended by judgeswho took advantage of their ignorance of the law, inability to afford lawyers,lack of access to the media, and impotence before judges who abused them becausethey could get away with it. For them, vindicating their position is a drivingpersonal matter. They make for passionate supporters of one who canhelp them in their quest for justice.

[7]  Official statistics from the Administrative Office of theU.S. Courts and official reports, and statements from justices and judges arepresented and their implications analyzed at jur:21§§1-3.Those sections contain the most compelling general evidence of judges’wrongdoing. For evidence concerning specific justices, see jur:65§§1-4. For the enabling circumstances ofwrongdoing, i.e., unaccountability, secrecy, coordination, and risklessness,see ol:191¶6.

[8]  Judges can be unfair,partial, and dismissive of the rule of law because doing so does not constitutein practice a breach of their oath of office and dereliction of duty that carryadverse consequences; rather, it is merely an option. Hence, they do wrong individually,and worse yet, engage in wrongdoing coordinated among themselves(jur:86§§4-c) and with other insiders of the judicial and legal systems. Among the latterare the politicians who recommended, endorsed, nominated, confirmed, appointed,and co-opted them into their party list, and who protect them as ‘their men and women on thebench’. Coordination renders their wrongdoing more secure, routine, susceptibleof extension into more areas, apt to develop the complexity of schemes, e.g., abankruptcy fraud scheme and concealment of assets(jur:65§§1-3),and thus more profitable.

[9]   Their Codeof Conduct enjoins them to “avoid even the appearance of impropriety”(jur:68fn123).

[10]  Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas failed tomeet this standard and was led to resign on May 14, 1969, even though he hadbeen nominated to the chief justiceship by Pres. Johnson(jur:92§d).

[11]   Packingthe courts due to vacancies is different from what P. Roosevelt tried to do(jur:23fn17a).

[12]  Only a national figure with ample access tojournalists can lead an enlightened and outraged(ol: 333§G) national public in successfully exercising its1st Amendment right to “assemble, and topetition the Government for a redress of grievances”(jur:130¶b)against judges who self-exempt from any responsibility, e.g., by invoking theirunconstitutional doctrine of judicial immunity.

[13]  Thisrequires strategic thinking: being perceptive, nimble, and astute to quicklydetect even slight developments, such as the above proposals, and reactpromptly to change one’s plan of action as required to turn those developmentsinto opportunities to advance one’s interests.

[14]  I offer to present also to groups interestedin a multidisciplinary academic(jur:128§4) andbusiness(jur:119§1) venture to research thenature, extent, and gravity of judges’ wrongdoing and expose it to outrage thenational public and cause it to assert its status as We the People, the masters of ‘government, not of men and women,but by the rule of law’, where none of their public servants, such as judges,is above the law, so that all are accountable to the People and liable tocompensate the victims of their wrongdoing. Exhaustive private,electoral, journalistic, and official diagnostic exposure must precede comprehensivejudicial reform(jur:158§§6-8) treatment.

Template

that Advocates of Honest Judiciaries can use

to argue the equivalent law in their respective jurisdiction,

rather than their emotions or notions of “what’s not right”,

when appearing before appellate judges on an appeal

charging a judge below with wrongdoing

that has caused a party injury in fact

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http://Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/OL/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.pdf >ol: 244; 240.

This article may be published and distributed, provided it is

in its entirety and without any addition, deletion, or modification.

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By

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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

New York City

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Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@cantab.net, CorderoRic@yahoo.com, Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@outlook.com, RicCordero@verizon.net

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www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-richard-cordero-esq/4b/8ba/50/

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Outline for Oral Argument

held by Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq.

before the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department,

of the New York State Supreme Court [a trial court]

 

http://Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/OL/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.pdf >ol:244

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  1. Introduction for pro ses intent on orally arguing their case rather than chanting its requiem

 

When you argue before an appellate panel of judges –normally three or five-, you are expected to argue reversible errors made by the judge below. Those errors are in principle errors of law. But even when you argue that a fact was treated in error by the judge, e.g., was give too much or too little weight, whether in the admission of evidence or in the instructions to the jury, the same principle applies:

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On appeal, you are expected to cite other cases, rules, or laws that support your argument for affirmance or, what is more frequent, reversal of the decision appealed from. You cannot appeal a decision just because you do not like it. An appeal is not merely an opportunity for a party to tell a panel his or her side of the story. It is certainly ill-advised to alienate the panel with a rambling, teary account brimming with all sorts of irrelevant facts. If you do not want to be dismissed by the panel as yet another pro se who has no clue what he or she is doing, clearly identify the reversible error and then move on to provide the legal basis for assigning it as such.

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Assuming that you are arguing for reversing the decision below, limit yourself to the two or three errors that you can show to be such with the strongest legal arguments. Only the judge’s reversible errors matter to the panel. There is an obvious reason for that: Not every error is reversible. If it is not, it does not provide ground for reversing the decision of the judge below.

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Never take a ‘shotgun approach’ by citing every minute error. If you cite non-reversible errors, everything that you feel in your layman’s gut ‘wasn’t right’, never mind something done by somebody other than the judge, you only dilute the panel’s attention. When you rant or vent your anger about an incident for which you have no legal basis to argue that it is a reversible error, you only give the panel an excuse to brand your forehead with a lethal label: Pro Se. That turns your oral ‘argument’ into the inept storytelling of a legal death foretold: that of your appeal.

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As it is, when you file in a federal court and check the “pro se” box of the case information form, it is as if you were marking it DOA: Dead on Arrival. In the Federal Judiciary, pro se cases are weighed as a third of a case while a capital punishment case is weighed as ten cases(* >jur:43¶81). In a capital case, there is already a corpse and a living person on his or her way to becoming one. It is because of the type of case and, thus, what is at stake, that it is so weighed.

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

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A pro se case is given a 30 times lighter weight than a capital case regardless of its nature and the stakes, and no matter whether the brief was written by joe schmock or actually by an anonymous lawyer. It is so weighed because you checked the “pro se” box.

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Consequently, when judges see that a brief was written by a pro se, they give it the perfunctory attention that the official weighing of the case authorizes them to give it. It is a self-fulfilling weighing. Likewise, if at oral argument you start telling the sob story of your case, the judges will shut their ears and close their minds. You are talking to yourself while irritating the judges just as the shrill alarm of a fire drill does.

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Therefore, if you are going to appear pro se, do your homework to learn what you have to do to perform like a lawyer. Lawyers went to graduate, law school for three years after the four years of college. Reasonably assume that they learned something that judges expect to see in their briefs and when they appear at oral argument.

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Do not wing it! The casual writing on the back of a napkin is not the shorter version of a brief. Do not improvise yourself as a lawyer before judges. First, compose your brief by doing thorough legal research and writing, and rewriting, and revising, and reviewing, and checking and double-checking its content, grammar, and format. Practice your oral argument alone and before other people; otherwise, hire a lawyer or do not bother to file your brief or appear to orally argue it. Instead, use your effort, time, and money to give your case a decent burial in a Kleenex box and light candles for your way ahead without it. It was Dead on Arrival.

 

To keep your appeal alive at oral argument, study the template below and adapt it to your case.

 

 

  1. Template for the outline to use at oral argument

 

  1. The judge below committed reversible error by:

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  1. dismissing the motion in question without reading it, whereby he denied Plaintiff-Appellant (P) his due process right under the New York State and U.S. constitutions to be ‘heard’ through his writing; and

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  1. pretending that the motion could only be served on Defendants (Ds) under one procedural provision although there are 14 available to do so, whereby he denied P equal protection of the law under those constitutions.

 

  1. Civil Practice Law and Rules [CPLR, similar to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which is the model for many state civil practice codes, even as to their rule numbering] §105(d): “A “civil judicial proceeding” is a prosecution…of an independent application to a court for relief.” P is applying in this court for relief from a grievance against conduct that the judge below adopted on his own given that Ds neither answered nor appeared, thus defaulting

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  1. Summons and complaint(A:41,45) [blue text references are to the record on appeal] mailed under CPLR §312-a, received 4oct12.

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  1. Letter(A:60-64) of 31oct12 of Ds’ attorney to P acknowledged receipt and discussed claims:

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  1. The key factor in service is whether the notice was “reasonably calculated, under all the circumstances, to apprise interested parties of the pendency of the action and afford them an opportunity to present their objections“, Court of Appeals (highest court in New York) in Ruffin v. Lion Corp.(A-9)

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  1. CPLR §306(e): “A writing admitting service by the person to be served is adequate proof of service”; §312-a(b) attorney can acknowledge receipt; Morrissey v. Sostar: “The fact of service conferred jurisdiction. Once proper service was made, any deficiency in the affidavit did not take away jurisdiction which was obtained.”(A:10)

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  1. Ds failed to answer P’s complaint and subsequent motion for default and declaratory judgment(A:3) or appear to contest under CPLR 320 the summons issued by court to them.

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  1. P paid the filing fee and acquired a contractual right to have the court enforce the notice appearing on its summons: “Should you [D] fail to answer, a judgment will be entered against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint”(A:41).

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  1. No appearance at the 11mar13 hearing of the motion for default and declaratory judgment

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  1. P was entitled to default judgment under CPLR 3215(a) Default. When a defendant has failed to appear [or] plead, the plaintiff may seek a default judgment against him.

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  1. Judge denied P due process and equal protection of the law when he:

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  1. refused to hear P at hearing: “I don’t want to hear about it! You have to file an affidavit under 308”(A:269)

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  1. a. Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge, Part 131, Audio-visual Coverage of Judicial Proceedings, §131.1(a) “These rules are promulgated to comport with the legislative finding that an enhanced public understanding of the judicial system is important in maintaining a high level of public confidence in the Judiciary”.

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1) One cannot understand the irrationality of a judge holding a hearing who does not want to hear the parties or of a court allowing that to happen without holding the judge liable for showing contempt of process.

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  1. Part 100 Judicial Conduct (JC) 100.3(B)(6): “A judge shall [not ‘may’, a duty, not a matter of discretion] accord to every person who has a legal interest in a proceeding…the right to be heard according to law

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  1. denied P the benefit of CPLR §312-a by prejudging 308 as the only applicable rule

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  1. a. ignored CPLR §312-a: “As an alternative to the methods of personal service authorized by section…308

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  1. b. disregarded CPLR §102: to apply the rules so that they are “not inconsistent with the constitution, [or] act of the legislature. No rule …shall abridge or enlarge the substantive rights of any party

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  1. c. disregarded his duty under CPLR §104 to “apply the rules liberally” by limiting service to only one of the 14 CPLR service provisions

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  1. disregarded CPLR §103: to give substance priority over form by ‘not dismissing a proceeding not brought in the proper form, rather “the court shall make whatever order is required for its proper prosecution

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  1. disregarded priority to be given under CPLR §2001 to parties’ rights rather than their deficiencies in procedural compliance or their papers: “At any stage of an action, including the filing of a summons…the court may permit a mistake, omission, defect or irregularity…to be corrected, upon such terms as may be just, or, if a substantial right of a party is not prejudiced [it] shall be disregarded.” E.g.:

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1) CPLR §5520(c) Defects in form: Where a notice of appeal is premature or contains an inaccurate description of the judgment or order appealed from, the appellate court, in its discretion, when the interests of justice so demand, may treat such a notice as valid.

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  1. closed his mind to contrary views, revealing a temperament unfit for judicial office

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  1. denied(A:1a.iii) without reading the motion for default and declaratory judgment
  2. said “I will take a look at it”(A:269), either misleading P if he had no intention to take any look at it or failing to keep his word

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  1. b. claimed without stating any reason that he was denying the motion due to P’s “failure to submit proof of service in accordance with CPLR”

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1) failed to notice P’s Affidavit of Service(A:6) and its listing as the first item of the motion’s Table of Contents(A:3)

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2) disregarded CPLR §2101(f): “A defect in the form of a paper, if a substantial right of a party is not prejudiced[Ds were served, A¶2], shall be disregarded by the court, and leave to correct shall be freely given

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3) disregarded CPLR §3026, which concerns the substance of: “Pleadings[, which] shall be liberally construed. Defects shall be ignored if a substantial right of a party is not prejudiced

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  1. irresponsible and unprofessional for the judge to deny a motion without reading it in an unjustified rush to take it off his workload

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1) did not give himself the material time necessary to read it(A:269) when scribbling his denial on a form while still on the bench and having it mailed to P the same day of the hearing

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  1. denial of P’s constitutional due process right to opportunity to be heard in defense of his view on service under CPLR §312-a rather than 308

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  1. disregarded P’s CPLR §105(d) “application for relief” in the declaratory judgment branch of the motion for default and declaratory judgment(A:3)

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  1. a. did not even mention it in his denial, though that branch was in the motion’s title(A:1c) and the Relief Requested(A:32)

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  1. b. disregarded CPLR §3001: “If the court declines to render such a declaratory judgment it shall state its grounds

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  1. breached the contract for judicial adjudicative services in exchange for which P had paid court fees as consideration for forming a contract for adjudicative services

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1) the Administrative Judge for Civil Matters of the Supreme Court, Kings County, states in the opening statement of the Court’s official website, http://www.courts.state.ny.us/courts/2jd/kings/Civil/index.shtml: “It is our intention to provide quality service to attorneys and all litigants, whether or not you are represented by counsel”.

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  1. discriminated against P for being pro se

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  1. a. but had heard at length two couple of parties on hearing morning

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  1. b. disregarded JC 100.3(B)(4) to “not, by words or conduct, manifest bias or prejudice” when he asked P whether he was pro se(A:269)

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  1. disregarded the Standards of Civility, Judges’ Duties To Parties: “1. A judge should be patient, courteous and civil to lawyers, parties and witnesses”, putting an end to the hearing in less than two minutes

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  1. denied benefit of diligence duty, taking 5 months to deny reargue motion

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  1. disregarded duty under CPLR §104 “to secure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every civil judicial proceeding

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  1. disregarded JC 100.3(A): judicial duties of a judge take precedence over all the judge’s other activities”; and 100.3(B)(7): “A judge shall dispose of all judicial matters promptly, efficiently and fairly.”

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  1. denied(A:1b.iii) reargue motion(A:121,124) without allowing P oral argument

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  1. in 5 months did not find 10 minutes to talk to P

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  1. b. pattern of not hearing party to evade challenge to his preconceptions

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  1. disposed of P’s motion to reargue with:

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  1. reasonless, conclusory, lazy statement: It “is without merit”(A:1b.iv)

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  1. quoted Ds’ attorney, “Nobody considers himself or herself served”

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1) being served is not D’s subjective state of mind, but the legal consequence of objective act of delivering summons according to any service provision of CPLR, including §312-a, used by P

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2) disregarded his JC 100.3(B)(1) duty to “be faithful to the law and maintain professional competence in it

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3) showed gross incompetence because he ignored the law

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4) was too arrogant to admit that he had made a mistake

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  1. knew he could treat P’s motions perfunctorily because it means nothing in practical terms if this court merely reverses him, given that ‘due to their relationship’(next) it will not hold him accountable and liable to anybody

.

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  1. Court’s duty under JC 100.1 “to uphold the integrity of the judiciary and its independence…from undue influence of relationships” to their peers, and, 100.3(B)(1), “shall not be swayed by…fear of criticism” of them, but, 100.3, “shall perform the duties of judicial office impartially and diligently”, not being partial to their views, but open to those of others

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  1. The law lacks the power to bend judges’ minds to its rules or guide them to justice.

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  1. Judges are bent on going to Court of Appeals or Federal Judiciary and guided by the fearsome cry of mutually interdependent survival: ‘If you bring me down, I’ll take you with me!

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  1. Newsday’s investigation of judges in Suffolk richly rewarding supporters, by Editor D. Henley and Reporters S. Peddie and Will Van Sant; 4oct14; http://data.newsday.com/projects/long-island/melius-receivership/; audited thousands of judicial documents; Chief Administrative Judge opened an investigation

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  1. Court should hold judge liable to P for injury in fact, e.g., prolonged penury due to D’ breach of contract, fees, caused him since 11mar13

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  1. apply to him: ‘a person intends the reasonable consequences of his acts

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  1. just as Newsday did, Court should audit judge’s decisions(A:309; 314¶122g3) to determine pattern of disregard of judicial and contractual duties by being irresponsible, incompetent, and unprofessional

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  1. hold public hearings to hear parties, lawyers, clerks, and judges on whether judge has failed “to avoid even the appearance of impropriety”, JC 100.2

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  1. do audit/hearings and make history just as Supreme Court ordered bussing in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 because ‘separate education is an inherent violation of the Equal Protection clause

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  1. if it cannot grant this relief, certify this question to Court of Appeals:

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1) Is it a denial of due process and a violation of the equal protection of the law to maintain the separation between, on the one hand, Judges Above the Law, who are immune from liability to those whom they harm by violating the law and their contract for judicial services, and on the other hand, the people, who are held liable to compensate those whom they harm?

.

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  1. Relief should be granted: “no substantial right of Ds was prejudiced”, CPLR §3026; P’s right to default Ds under §and to “a speedy and inexpensive determination”, §104, denied; and injury in fact

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  1. grant the relief requested(A:314§H), including, but not limited to this:

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  1. reverse the two orders(A:1a.iii; A:1b.iii) and remand to a different judge

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  1. grant the declaratory judgment branch of the motion for default and declaratory judgment(A:314¶122f), including, among other things:

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1) P is a citizen of NY and is entitled to the protection of its courts and the benefit of its laws; so the case will not be removed to Ds’ jurisdiction and their influence on it(A:14§§D,E)

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2) under CPLR 306-b “the court, upon good cause shown or in the interest of justice, [will] extend the time for service”(A:32¶g) if need be

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  1. refund all court fees below beginning with that of reargue motion(A:315¶h) and hold Ds and judge jointly and severally liable to pay P attorneys’ fees –pro se is “attorney”, CPLR §105(c)– and the expenses incurred during years of litigation since 11mar13

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  1. reverse the denial of P’s motion for a waiver of the filing fee in this court and refund the fee because its payment was occasioned by the failure of a Judiciary’s agent, i.e., the judge below, and the Judiciary itself to perform or supervise him properly, so that to charge that fee amounts to profiting from their own failure to deliver the contracted-for services.

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On the out-of-court strategy

for judicial wrongdoing exposure and reform

.

This article is at:

http://Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/OL/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.pdf >ol:236.

 

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  1. As in the above case, a lawsuit involving two parties may generate an appeal that tries to hold the lower court judge liable to either or both parties for his or her wrongdoing. That appeal may need to be kept procedurally alive in court by taking all the steps and meeting all the deadlines for its proper and timely prosecution even if one is fully aware that there is no realistic expectation that judges will hold one of their own liable(ol:158).

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  1. Hence the proposed out-of-court strategy for exposing the riskless wrongdoing of unaccountable judges and advocating judicial reform(ol:236).

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  1. The strategy centers on causing media members, such as investigative journalists and talkshow hosts, to pursue in their own personal and professional interest the two unique national stories of President Obama-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor and Federal Judiciary-NSA.

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  1. The information about judges’ wrongdoing thus provided will so outrage that national public as to stir it up to force politicians campaigning in the primaries and the presidential election to take a stand on the issue of judicial wrongdoing, open official investigations, and hold nationally televised hearings thereon.

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  1. Thanks to their subpoena, search & seizure, contempt, and penal powers, the official investigators, e.g., Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice, its FBI, and their state counterparts, will expose even more outrageous information. That will turn the issue of judges’ wrongdoing into a decisive one of the nominating conventions and the presidential election campaign.

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  1. This will cause the national public to demand that politicians undertake judicial reform to prevent, detect, and punish similar outrageous conduct of judges in connivance with the politicians who recommend, nominate, and confirm them.

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  1. The out-of-court strategy for judicial wrongdoing exposure and reform is part of Dr. Cordero’s study of the Federal Judiciary and its judges, the models for their state counterparts, titled:

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Exposing Judges’ Unaccountability and Consequent Riskless Wrongdoing:

Pioneering the news and publishing field of judicial unaccountability reporting

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

or

http://1drv.ms/1IkvhB8

or

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=8E3D78595FC3EBB8!156&authkey=!AMV7fOyVzLPJU6g&ithint=file%2cpdf

or

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqw00v30ex3kbho/DrRCordero-Honest_Jud_Advocates.pdf

or

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx26luEuzfjgc1hiZXctZjdLQlE/edit?usp=sharing

or

http://Judicial-Discipline-Reform.org/jur/DrRCordero_jud_unaccountability_reporting.pdf

.

If these links do not download the file in Internet Explorer, download either of the following browsers, install it, copy the first link above into the browser search box, and hit ‘Enter’. If the file, which is close to 50MB, does not download, try using the other links:

.

Google Chrome:

https://www.google.com/chrome/

or

Mozilla-Firefox:

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

.

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

.

Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq.

Judicial Discipline Reform

New York City

Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@cantab.net, RicCordero@verizon.net, Dr.Richard.Cordero.Esq@outlook.com,

Corderoric@yahoo.com

.

www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-richard-cordero-esq/4b/8ba/50/

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

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

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Watch the interview with Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq., by Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, on the issue of exposing judges’ wrongdoing and bringing about judicial reform, at:

.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2362oh_dr-cordero-u-s-judiciary-goes-rogue-99-82-complaints-vs-judges-are-dismissed-u-s-justice-sonia-sotom_news

or

Dr. Cordero: U.S. Judiciary goes Rogue – 99.82% complaints vs. Judges are dismissed; U.S. Justice Sonia Sotomayor hides assets with impunity.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Westchester County Health Department recommends residents take a few simple precautions now to protect themselves, their families and their pets from rabies this summer.

Of the 150 animals that were submitted for rabies testing this year through the end of May, 7 were confirmed rabid, including 3 raccoons, a bat, a fox, a skunk and a cat. In 2015, 41 were confirmed rabid, including 16 raccoons, 9 bats, 9 skunks, 6 cats and a fox.

To avoid rabies exposure, it’s also important to keep creatures like bats out of your home. In most cases, treatment can be avoided if the bat is caught and tested for rabies. But if the bat is rabid, a series of life-saving vaccines must begin soon. Whenever a bat is found in a room with young child, a pet, a sleeping or mentally impaired person, contact with the bat must be suspected, so call the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000.

Watch this video to learn how to safely capture a bat in your home: http://health.westchestergov.com/rabies

What can you do to keep animals away from and out of your home?

  • Always make sure doors and windows are secure and that any small openings that will allow an animal entrance into your home are closed off. This includes screening, chimneys, attic vents, and air conditioners.
  • If a bat finds its way into your house, confine or capture it (without further exposing yourself) for possible rabies testing.  Never release a bat due to the possibility of pet or human exposure. Instead, call the health department at 914-813-5000 to arrange for testing.
  • Cover garbage cans securely to avoid attracting animals.
  • Don’t leave food for people or pets outside and unattended. Don’t scatter birdseed or crumbs on the ground.

How can you tell if an animal is rabid?

  • Unusual behavior may be the first sign of rabies in an animal.
  • A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame.
  • Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted.                                                      

What should you do if bitten or scratched by a wild or stray animal?

  • Wash the bite or scratch with warm, soapy water.
  • Call your doctor or hospital to find out if additional treatment is needed.
  • Report the incident to the health department, 24 hours a day, at (914) 813-5000. If calling after business hours, follow the recorded instructions for reporting public health emergencies.

What should you do if your pet fights with another animal?

  • Wear gloves when handling your pet during and after an encounter with another animal.
  • Call your veterinarian and the animal control officer in your community to report the incident.
  • If your pet is exposed to a suspect rabid animal, try to keep the animal in sight until the police or a wildlife trapper arrive.
  • If your pet bites or scratches someone, confine your animal. Call the Westchester County Health Department immediately at 813-5000 and contact the veterinarian for your pet’s rabies vaccine records.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

ASTORINO SEEKS SENIOR HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS.

Nominees must be making or have made lasting contributions in Westchester County.

 

            Do you know a senior who is making or has made a positive difference in Westchester County through his or her professional life, volunteer work or both?  If so, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino invites you to submit a nomination to the Westchester Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, now in its 34th year.

“The Hall of Fame is a special tradition that honors seniors who have given their time and energy to improve the quality of life in their communities or the county at large” Astorino said. “Don’t miss this great opportunity to shine a light on people who merit special recognition for their contributions.”

Those selected will be inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame at a festive luncheon on Friday, December 2 in the Grand Ballroom of the Westchester Marriott Hotel.

Nominations are due by September 16 and may be obtained online at westchestergov.com/seniors.

To be nominated, a person must:

    • Be at least 60 years old and live in Westchester
    • Have made significant contributions to improve life in the county
    • Be an outstanding leader or advocate
    • Have done professional work that reflects innovative solutions to fulfill unmet community needs (if nomination is based on paid professional work)
    • Not be a past Hall of Fame inductee (see list of former inductees at westchestergov.com/seniors).

All nominations will be reviewed by a judging committee of past Senior Hall of fame honorees, members from DSPS’ Aging Network, the county’s Senior Council and the Older Americans Act Advisory Council.

Gala hosts are the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS), Westchester County Parks and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said that seniors have helped Westchester to become known for its renowned quality of life.

“Today’s older generation molded a way of life that reflects the caring and generosity of its people,” she said.

Please submit your nominations online at westchestergov.com/seniors or if you prefer to mail your nomination, contact Rose Cappa at rose@theeventdepartmentny.com or (914) 747-0519.

Also contact Cappa to learn how to become a Hall of Fame sponsor or to sponsor a particular honoree.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Westchester County Health Department recommends residents take a few simple precautions now to protect themselves, their families and their pets from rabies this summer.

Of the 150 animals that were submitted for rabies testing this year through the end of May, 7 were confirmed rabid, including 3 raccoons, a bat, a fox, a skunk and a cat. In 2015, 41 were confirmed rabid, including 16 raccoons, 9 bats, 9 skunks, 6 cats and a fox.

To avoid rabies exposure, it’s also important to keep creatures like bats out of your home. In most cases, treatment can be avoided if the bat is caught and tested for rabies. But if the bat is rabid, a series of life-saving vaccines must begin soon. Whenever a bat is found in a room with young child, a pet, a sleeping or mentally impaired person, contact with the bat must be suspected, so call the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000.

Watch this video to learn how to safely capture a bat in your home: http://health.westchestergov.com/rabies

What can you do to keep animals away from and out of your home?

  • Always make sure doors and windows are secure and that any small openings that will allow an animal entrance into your home are closed off. This includes screening, chimneys, attic vents, and air conditioners.
  • If a bat finds its way into your house, confine or capture it (without further exposing yourself) for possible rabies testing.  Never release a bat due to the possibility of pet or human exposure. Instead, call the health department at 914-813-5000 to arrange for testing.
  • Cover garbage cans securely to avoid attracting animals.
  • Don’t leave food for people or pets outside and unattended. Don’t scatter birdseed or crumbs on the ground.

How can you tell if an animal is rabid?

  • Unusual behavior may be the first sign of rabies in an animal.
  • A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame.
  • Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted.

What should you do if bitten or scratched by a wild or stray animal?

  • Wash the bite or scratch with warm, soapy water.
  • Call your doctor or hospital to find out if additional treatment is needed.
  • Report the incident to the health department, 24 hours a day, at (914) 813-5000. If calling after business hours, follow the recorded instructions for reporting public health emergencies.

What should you do if your pet fights with another animal?

  • Wear gloves when handling your pet during and after an encounter with another animal.
  • Call your veterinarian and the animal control officer in your community to report the incident.
  • If your pet is exposed to a suspect rabid animal, try to keep the animal in sight until the police or a wildlife trapper arrive.
  • If your pet bites or scratches someone, confine your animal. Call the Westchester County Health Department immediately at 813-5000 and contact the veterinarian for your pet’s rabies vaccine records.

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky

 Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Want to be a police officer in Westchester County?

Applications are being accepted now through July 25, 2016, for the Civil Service exam for Police Officer. The exam will be administered on Nov. 19, 2016, and anyone interested in taking it must apply by July 25 with the Department of Human Resources at humanresources.westchestergov.com.

Typically, the exam is given only once every four years, so those who want to be a police officer must take the exam now or likely wait until 2020.

To be eligible to take the exam, applicants must, at the time of the examination and for at least one month prior to the exam, be legal residents of Westchester County and possess a high school diploma or equivalency. On the day of exam, they may not be over the age of 35, unless they are a veteran of the Armed Forces as defined by New York State law.  Police officer candidates cannot be appointed until they turn 20, but can take the test before then.

Those who pass the test are put on a list ranked by test score, and the list is used to hire police officers as positions become available. The Westchester County Department of Public Safety and all local police departments with the exception of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle and Mount Vernon hire from this list.

The test will be administered at various locations within the county. Specific locations will be announced prior to the November exam.

The exam application fee is $100. Waivers may be available for some applicants.

There is also a separate application for the title of Police Officer (Spanish Speaking). We encourage those who are bilingual in English and Spanish to apply for both titles, requiring two separate applications and fees. This is the only way to appear on both lists and have the possibility of being hired for whichever title becomes available, even though there is only one written exam in English. There will be an oral proficiency Spanish exam for those who pass the written exam.

Details about the fee waivers, the language proficiency examination and other information are described in the official examination announcement at humanresources.westchestergov.com.

For more information, contact the county Department of Human Resources at exam@westchestergov.com or (914) 995-2123.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

 

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Metrocard Van

I’m happy to let you know that Westchester County’s full-service MetroCard Mobile Van, provided by the County’s Department of Transportation in conjunction with the MTA New York City Transit Authority, will be making rounds throughout Westchester, including Yonkers, to assist riders interested in purchasing MetroCards.

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

Regular MetroCards will be available for purchase and existing cards may be refilled.

Riders will also be able to apply for reduced rates if they are 65 and older or have qualifying disabilities.

For your convenience, a list of Yonkers dates are listed below.  For other cities, dates and times or if you have any questions regarding the MetroCard Mobile Van and other MetroCard locations, call the Bee-Line Hotline at (914) 813-7777.

MetroCard is the automated regional fare collection system managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sincerely,

Virginia Perez

 

METROCARD VAN SCHEDULE

Monday, July 18

Location

10 a.m. – noon New Rochelle Huguenot St./North Ave.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Mount Vernon August Petrillo Plaza
(Across from Food Town Supermarket near
Mount Vernon East Train Station)
Tuesday, July 19
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Peekskill at Peekskill Library
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Tarrytown Wildey and Cortlandt Sts. (By McDonalds)
Wednesday, July 20
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall MCU Bldg. 36-40 South Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Trans-Center Water Street and N.
Lexington Ave.
Thursday, July 21
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall MCU Bldg. 36-40 South Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall Main St./MLK Blvd.
Friday, July 22
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Yonkers Will Library 1500 Central Park Ave./Tuckahoe Rd.
Saturday, July 23
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall/Forever 21, Main Street/MLK Blvd.

 

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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

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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.

 

Jams and Jellies – 10 a.m. – 12 noon Learn how to preserve your summer harvest for the winter by taking your favorite fruits and turning  them into a delicious spread that can

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SUNDAY

Spin ‘n’ Knit – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Calling all spinners and knitters, beginning or experienced! Come gather in an informal atmosphere and be part of a monthly spinning and

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

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, June 20, 2016 the Board of Legislators unanimously approved a measure authored and introduced by me, which requires County buildings to display and distribute voter registration forms, colloquially known as the “Boykin Bill.”

The Act, co-sponsored by Legislators Catherine Borgia, MaryJane Shimsky, and Lyndon Williams, is a common sense measure intended to increase access to voter registration forms, in both English and Spanish, throughout Westchester County during not only this hotly contested election year but for all subsequent elections. The Act also requires County departments to maintain a link to a New York State Voter Registration Form on their webpage.

Access to the ballot box is a cornerstone of our Democracy. The easier we make it for people to participate in our system the more informed and engaged electorate we will get now and in the future.

This Act re-establishes the policy set forth by County Executive Andy Spano through Executive Order No. 11 of 2002, which was repealed by Current County Executive Robert Astorino through Executive Order No. 1-2015. As noted by some good government groups who have opined on this legislation, it simply requires that County offices have a box with registration forms and a sign saying “take one.”

Legislator MaryJane Shimsky who chairs the Committee on Infrastructure charged with overseeing bills related to the Board of Elections stated “If people in government are serious about increasing voter turnout, making voter registration forms available in government offices that serve the general public is a no-brainer.  It is our job to reach people; and putting forms in a box and placing them where people gather is one more way to reach people.”

Please share this information with your family and friends

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
ASHFORD AVENUE C.R. 134
VILLAGES OF DOBBSFERRY & ARDSLEY
BRIDGE REHABILITATION
SHORT TERM TRAFFIC STOPPAGES

ROADWAY: Ashford Avenue.

LIMITS: Ashford Avenue between Southfield Avenue and Saw Mill River Road (Rt.9A)

WHAT: Bridge rehabilitation.

IMPACTS: 

  • Short term stoppages of traffic, in the eastbound direction, will occur for placement of additional temporary concrete barrier, lengthening the work zone to include the spans over the NYS Thruway.
  • Completion of the Stage 1 Traffic Pattern will further reduce the eastbound left turn lane at the approach to the traffic signal at Route 9A (Saw Mill River Road).

WHEN: Monday, June 27, 2016, between the hours of 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation contract # 09-547.

Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge.

Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

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

Dear Neighbor,

The Westchester County Youth Council (WCYC) is a countywide, youth-led, multi-issue advocacy program designed to empower and equip young people to create positive change in their communities. WCYC provides opportunities for youth to cultivate and exercise leadership skills through a wide variety of youth-led community service, advocacy, and activism initiatives.  Through this program, Youth members hone in on public speaking, organization, and leadership skills – enabling them to develop a sense of confidence to make changes in their community.
A major component of the group is diversity – not only is the issues they tackle, but how they interact as a group.  WCYC brings Westchester’s youth together in a way that breaks down stereotypes and draws parallels between all youth experiences, thus building strong and lasting bonds between participants that go beyond their short time with our program. They currently have over 50 members with 32 schools and 16 communities represented!  The program also runs year-round with all trips and activities offered for no-cost to our members, insuring any and all who wish to join can do so.
Please consider nominating youth whom would benefit from an opportunity to grow as young leaders. These youths should have an interest in learning more about social justice issues and developing peer leadership skills. However, we also encourage you to nominate youth whom show potential leadership capabilities or a yearning to understand and interact with social discourse.
To apply click here. For more information please contact Daniel Wohl at dwohl@fsw.org.
Sincerely,

Catherine

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

At a time where there are calls for increased security nationwide, as Chairman of the Public Safety & Social Services Committee, I asked the Department of Public Safety to appear before the Committee on Tuesday, June 21 to continue its discussion of the impact of several police officer vacancies and the need to fill them immediately.  The Astorino Administration replied saying no one would be coming to discuss the matter with the legislators.

Clearly, the administration does not find the issue of public safety important enough to send representation to discuss police vacancies and basic safety concerns with the committee tasked with oversight of the Department. The approved budget for the 2016 fiscal year calls for three vacant officer positions to be filled. We are headed into the 7th month of the year, when County Parks are full of people, and these officers have not been hired, and our parks are not adequately patrolled.

Westchester County PBA President Mike Hagan was on hand to discuss some of the concerns that members of the union have expressed to him. To add to the concerns about understaffing, Mr. Hagan said the Department is facing 12 vacant officer positions with recent and pending retirements.  He said the Department currently lacks the resources to perform basic preventative police practices, from safety patrols of our parks and roads to operations to combat the rising heroin epidemic.

Operating without the proper number of officers is a dangerous proposition for both the officers who are on duty and for the public at large. The officers who are on duty are stretched thin to the point where they must abandon one post to cover a basic call elsewhere. At a time when security should be paramount, the County Executive seems to want to put it on the backburner.

Please share with your family and friends.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

I would like to share with you some important information about the services that Westchester County offers to our Veterans – see below.

Also, it’s very important that veterans contact the Westchester County Veterans Service Agency when they are discharged, so that this office can reach out and offer to help them upon their return home.

Please share this email with any veterans you know.  When our veterans need assistance, they can always contact the Veterans Service Agency, 112 East Post Road, Room 442, White Plains, New York, (914) 995-2145 or (914) 995-2146.

Thank you,

Sheila Marcotte


 

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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

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

 

Jams and Jellies – 10 a.m. – 12 noon Learn how to preserve your summer harvest for the winter by taking your favorite fruits and turning  them into a delicious spread that can

last throughout the season. Workshop fee: $35; pre-registration required.

 

Cricket’s Birthday Party – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us for an ice cream party to celebrate the 3rd birthday of the farm’s Dutch Belted cow Cricket. Pre-registration required at  (914) 962-2368.

 

 

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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148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
www.westchestergov.com
Phone: (914) 995–2900

AGING NETWORK LEGISLATIVE SPEAK-OUT FRIDAY.

Focus is to engage senior community on decreasing housing costs through shared services.

 

            Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino is encouraging residents to attend the Aging Network’s Legislative Speak-Out and breakfast on Friday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the County Center in White Plains. The educational forum will be led by George Oros, Astorino’s Chief of Staff, to enlighten leaders about the importance of decreasing costs through shared services.

“Too many of New York’s seniors are leaving the state because they simply can no longer afford to live here,” Astorino said. “This event will offer an open dialogue about the problems seniors face when trying to stay in their homes, and allow them to talk directly with their elected officials about solutions.”

Westchester County is ranked first of the 3,143 counties nationwide in terms of median property taxes. The average yearly property tax paid by Westchester County residents amounts to about 8.1 percent of their yearly income. Westchester County is ranked fifth of the 3,143 counties for property taxes as a percentage of median income, according to Tax-Rates.org.

In his 2016 annual State of the County address in April, Astorino said an increase to the county property tax levy was out of the question.

“Once again, for the seventh straight year, I am pledging to submit a budget to the Board of Legislators in the fall that will not raise the county tax levy,” Astorino said. “The 3,142 other counties in America are getting the job done cheaper. So when some say we should raise taxes, remind them of that.”

The Speak-Out will be hosted by Department of Senior Programs and Services Commissioner Mae Carpenter, the Aging Network, and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services. Former County Legislator Bernice Spreckman, who recently resigned from the Board, will be recognized for her years of service to the senior community.

“These are very challenging times for home owners in Westchester, especially our seniors,” Carpenter said. “This is an important opportunity for you to become knowledgeable about how to speak more effectively to our policy makers about shared services. Education, advocacy and collaboration are the components for positive change.”

Coffee and Conversation
With Your Local Officials

Senator George Latimer
Assemblyman Steve Otis

County Legislator Catherine Parker

Stop by for a cup of coffee and
discuss State and County issues

Saturday June 18, 2016
Session 1: Ruby’s Oyster Bar and Bistro
45 Purchase Street, Rye
10:45 a.m. NEW TIME

Session 2: Nautilus Diner
1240 W Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
2:00 p.m. 

Coffee and a nosh are free
Literature on state and county programs
No reservation required               

Catherine F. Parker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 14, 2016

 

ASHFORD AVENUE LONG-TERM LANE CLOSURES START WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Closures are part of the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp Rehabilitation Project

 

Motorists are advised that Ashford Avenue in Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Southfield Avenue and Saw Mill River Road (Rt. 9A) starting on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m.  This traffic pattern will continue for approximately one year and will commence the Stage 1 construction of the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp Rehabilitation Project.  Motorists will be traveling on the northern portion of the bridge, while the southern portion of the bridge is demolished and replaced.  Next year, when the southern side of the bridge is completed, traffic will shift to that side in order for the northern side of the bridge to be demolished and replaced.

The $17.9 million project to fully rehabilitate the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp along the border of Ardsley and Dobbs Ferry started pre-construction on January 4, 2016, and began impacting traffic on March 1 with off-peak lane closures on Ashford Avenue, the Saw Mill River Parkway and the New York State Thruway (I-87).  It is expected that all four lanes of traffic will be restored on the Ashford Avenue Bridge by the summer of 2018.

The construction stages of the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp Rehabilitation Project include:

  • Pre-Stage, which began on January 4, 2016, and runs until June 2016.  During the Pre-Stage there were off-peak lane closures on Ashford Avenue for off-structure utility relocations as well as on the Saw Mill River Parkway and New York State Thruway (I-87) for preparation work.  The closure of the northbound entrance & exit ramps to Ashford Avenue occurred during the pre-stage on March 14, followed by the demolition of the ramps.
  • Stage 1, expected to begin on June 15, 2016, and continue for approximately one year. During Stage 1, the southern side of the Ashford Avenue Bridge will be demolished and replaced.  One lane in each direction on Ashford Avenue will be open to traffic with no access to or from the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway.
  • Stage 2, expected to begin in June 2017 and last approximately one year.   During Stage 2, the northern side of the Ashford Avenue Bridge will be demolished and replaced.  One lane in each direction on Ashford Avenue will be open to traffic with no access to the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway.  Exit 17 northbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway will be reopened.
  • Stage 3, expected to begin in June of 2018 and last approximately four months.  During Stage 3, the Ashford Avenue Bridge will be restored to two lanes in each direction during peak periods with final paving and sidewalk work occurring in midday periods.  The interchange (exit/entrance ramps) with the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway will also be fully restored during peak periods.

 

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at (914) 995-2555. Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at http://www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

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Muscoot Farmers Market
Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
www.westchestergov.com
Phone: (914) 995–2900

 

From Monday, June 13 through Friday June 17, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Ashford Avenue – Stage 1 – demolition and replacement of the south half of the bridge
    • Wednesday June 15 at 7:00  PM (weather permitting) (NIGHT WORK)
      • Short term (<5 minute) stoppages of traffic, primarily in the EB direction, may occur on the night of June 15 (7:00 PM – 3:00 AM) for pavement marking installation and temporary concrete barrier placement.
      • Only 1 lane in each direction will be available on the Ashford Avenue Bridge at all time sstarting on the evening of June 15, 2016, until the summer of 2018.
  • Stage 1 is expected to take 1 year and be followed by Stage 2 (north half demolition and replacement) for an additional year.
  • All 4 lanes will be reopened during Stage 3, in the summer of 2018.
  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Installation Slurry Protection (NIGHT WORK)
    • Monday 6/13 – NB left and center lanes will be closed from 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM
    • Tuesday 6/14 – NB center and right lanes will be closed from 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM
    • Thursday 6/16 – SB  center and right lanes will be closed from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM

We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last three months, those of us who use the Ashford Avenue Bridge have watched the demolition of the northbound ramp and the pre-construction prep of the main span proceed on schedule.  Now, the main work is about to begin — the demolition and reconstruction of the bridge itself.

This coming Wednesday, June 15, there will be intermittent closures — mostly in the eastbound direction — after about 7 PM.  And, starting Wednesday evening, only two lanes of the bridge will be open for the rest of the reconstruction project — as long as three years.

In the short term, be prepared for the possibility of worse than usual traffic tie-ups at the tail end of Wednesday evening’s rush hour.

In the long term, with two lanes operating on the bridge instead of the usual four, it is now time (if you haven’t already) to plan for long-term disruptions to our traffic patterns.  I urge everyone to:

— allow extra time for any trips involving the Ashford Avenue Bridge, or access to exits 16 or 17 of the Saw Mill River Parkway;

— consider expanding your usual repertoire of “ways to there from here.”  We have a pretty extensive menu of parkways, highways and other roads.  This is the time to try alternatives; and

— please report your problems to us.  While there is no way to avoid all of the pain during the construction period, there may be adjustments to our strategies which can help.  Please report your difficulties (the whens and wheres) to    me, and I’ll make sure to notify the appropriate authorities.

The next few years will not be easy; but at the end of it, we’ll have a new bridge that all of us can feel safe driving over (or under).  And please let me know of any problems along the way.

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND
WORK EXTENSION
LONG TERM SINGLE LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORK
CITY OF YONKERS
ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).
LIMITS: Between Palmer Road and the Sprain Brook Parkway.
WHAT: Work extension of bridge joint replacement.
IMPACTS: The right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway on Monday, June 6, 2016 continuing until Monday, June 20, 2016.
WHEN: Monday, June, 6, until Monday, June 20, 2016.
WHO: New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Joint Replacement.
For additional information please contact the Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at (914) 995-2555.

Bridge Project:

  • Ashford Avenue – Stage 1 – demolition and replacement of the south half of the bridge

o   Wednesday June 15 at 7:00  PM (weather permitting) (NIGHT WORK)

  • Short term (<5 minute) stoppages of traffic, primarily in the EB direction, may occur on the night of June 15 (7:00 PM – 3:00 AM) for pavement marking installation and temporary concrete barrier placement.
  • Only 1 lane in each direction will be available on the Ashford Avenue Bridge at all times starting on the evening of June 15, 2016, until the summer of 2018.
  • Stage 1 is expected to take 1 year and be followed by Stage 2 (north half demolition and replacement) for an additional year.
  • All 4 lanes will be reopened during Stage 3, in the summer of 2018.
  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Installation Slurry Protection (NIGHT WORK)

o   Monday 6/13

  • NB left and center lanes will be closed from 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM

o   Tuesday 6/14

  • NB center and right lanes will be closed from 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM

o   Thursday 6/16

  • SB  center and right lanes will be closed from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Saw Mill River Parkway

o   None

 

We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

 

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

 

Friday

Farm Stand Open – 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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

eggs, maple syrup, pies and jams. All vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Open every

Friday through November 18.

 

Saturday

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

 

Herbs for Health: Herbal Healing Salve Making – 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Salves are the perfect introduction into the wonderful world of plant medicine to learn an assortment of oils, herbs and essential oils you can

use in your salve. You’ll make your own jar of slave to take home with you. Fee $35; 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.

RiverRiders FREE community paddling
kayaking, paddling and environmental awareness


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FREE kayaking, paddle-boarding and environmental awareness at JFK Marina 
Thursdays, 4-7pm weather permitting from June 16 – September 1, 2016NEW FOR 2016: STAND-UP-PADDLE-BOARDS

click here for the Public Kayaking CALENDAR

JFK Marina is located on the Hudson just below Riverside High School in Yonkers.

YRPC is now running a free public kayaking program at JFK Marina. Come on down to join in the fun!

Beginner kayakers who are YPRC members are encouraged to come to this program to develop their kayaking skills.

Volunteers are needed to help run this fantastic program. The current schedule is Thursday evenings from 4:00 – 7:00pm. You can sign up for 30 minute slots.

To volunteer, please sign up here:

For more information or to volunteer, email the coordinator
or call 718-354-6141Check here for
PUBLIC KAYAKING FAQs

The Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club (YPRC), a 501C3 all volunteer run not-for-profit organization, is once again very proud to announce that it will offer FREE community paddling to the public at JFK Marina in Yonkers, NY from June 16  until September 1, 2016.

The program is run every Thursday (weather permitting) from 4pm to 7pm. Please check this page starting on June 1, 2016 to see the start date for the FREE community paddling program and for group contact information.

We encourage groups of 8 or more to contact our group coordinator to arrange a scheduled day and time in which to participate in the program. Individuals are welcome to walk-up and sign up on the spot. Participants over 18 years of age will need to sign an adult waiver, participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or guardian who is authorized to sign the minor waiver for them.  NO ONE will be allowed on the water without a signed waiver form. Youths less than 6 years of age ARE NOT allowed to participate in the program due to insurance regulations.

YPRC will provide all equipment including boats (we use single and double sit-on-top kayaks), life Jackets and paddles. YPRC also provides safety- trained volunteers on and off the water in a protected cove at JFK Marina to make sure that every participant is safe and has a rewarding experience on the water.

YPRC has successfully run this program since 2006, putting thousands of youth and adults on the water and introducing them to environmental stewardship of our waterways.

In the summer of 2015 the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club put over 1,194 youth and adults on the water as part of this program.

Please take a look at our FAQs for additional information.

If you have any questions, please contact our program coordinator.

Groups may pre-register for the FREE kayaking program for a specific date and time starting May 18, 2015

ALL KAYAKING PROGRAMS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT, PLEASE CHECK OUR CALENDAR FOR CANCELATIONS

REGISTRATION FOR GROUPS  

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND
WORK EXTENSION
LONG TERM SINGLE LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORK
CITY OF YONKERS

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS: Between Palmer Road and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Work extension of bridge joint replacement.

IMPACTS: The right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway on Monday, June 6, 2016 continuing until Monday, June 20, 2016.

WHEN: Monday, June, 6, until Monday, June 20, 2016.

WHO: New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Joint Replacement.

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,I wanted to bring to your attention two important deadlines for affordable rental housing that you or someone you know may benefit from.

  • June 10 – Grace Terrace in Mount Vernon (senior housing…at least one member of the household must be 55 years of age or older)
  • June 15 – Lofts on Saw Mill River in Hastings-on-Hudson  – 12 affordable units within a new residential community of 66 apartments

Applications must be postmarked by the deadline dates.

The links below will take you to the Housing Action Council website where you can view details in either English or Spanish on both the developments.

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

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Dear Neighbor,

Mobile Shredder

One of the best ways to minimize the risk of identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, is to take the step of shredding documents before disposing of them. This prevents thieves from stealing and using your unique identifying information such as your name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number.

To help combat identity theft, Westchester County government put a Mobile Shredder into service several years ago. Unlike a home shredder that can only handle a limited number of sheets of paper at a time, this powerful piece of equipment pulverizes entire boxes of files at a time!  Since it was first put into service, thousands of residents have brought their confidential papers to be shredded and hundreds of tons of paper have been recycled.

The Mobile Shredder will be in Mount Vernon on Friday, June 24 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the 5th Avenue and 2nd Street parking lot.

I encourage you to protect yourself from being an identity theft victim and take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of old documents and files you no longer need or use.

The Mobile Shredder is a free service. The county offers it not only to Westchester residents but to local municipalities and Westchester’s public schools that once had to pay private shredding companies to dispose of their confidential files safely.  This is yet another example that demonstrates the county’s commitment to developing strategies to share services with local municipalities in order to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.

For more information on the Mobile Shredder and the county’s entire recycling program, please visit http://environment.westchestergov.com/mobile-shredder.

Sincerely,

Lyndon D. Williams

Changes in Our Regional Energy Grid:
Reducing Carbon While Saving Money
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

7pm – Refreshments / 7:30pm  – Program

Community Choice Aggregation, micro grids, demand-response pricing—New technology combined with changes in the energy market structure are producing opportunities for reducing carbon emissions while saving money—if you understand the new system!  Come learn how you as a consumer can take advantage of all these new energy elements to both save money and reduce your carbon footprint.   Presentation by Westchester Power and Sustainable Westchester.   Program free and open to all.

For more information, call: 914-564-9696 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org

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148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
www.westchestergov.com
Phone: (914) 995–2900

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND
WORK EXTENSION
LONG TERM SINGLE LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORK
CITY OF YONKERS

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS: Between Palmer Road and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Work extension of bridge joint replacement.

IMPACTS: The right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway on Monday, June 6, 2016 continuing until Monday, June 20, 2016.

WHEN: Monday, June, 6, until Monday, June 20, 2016.

WHO: New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Joint Replacement.

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

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND
WORK EXTENSION
LONG TERM SINGLE LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORK
CITY OF YONKERS

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS: Between Palmer Road and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Work extension of bridge joint replacement.

IMPACTS: The right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway on Monday, June 6, 2016 continuing until Monday, June 20, 2016.

WHEN: Monday, June, 6, until Monday, June 20, 2016.

WHO: New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Joint Replacement.

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Metrocard Van

I’m happy to let you know that Westchester County’s full-service MetroCard Mobile Van, provided by the County’s Department of Transportation in conjunction with the MTA New York City Transit Authority, will be making rounds throughout Westchester, including Yonkers, to assist riders interested in purchasing MetroCards.

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

Regular MetroCards will be available for purchase and existing cards may be refilled.

Riders will also be able to apply for reduced rates if they are 65 and older or have qualifying disabilities.

For your convenience, a list of Yonkers dates are listed below.  For other cities, dates and times or if you have any questions regarding the MetroCard Mobile Van and other MetroCard locations, call the Bee-Line Hotline at (914) 813-7777.

MetroCard is the automated regional fare collection system managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sincerely,

METROCARD VAN SCHEDULE

Monday, June 20 Location
10 a.m. – noon New Rochelle Huguenot St./North Ave.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Mount Vernon August Petrillo Plaza
(Across from Food Town Supermarket near
Mount Vernon East Train Station)
Tuesday, June 21
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Peekskill at Peekskill Library
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Tarrytown Wildey and Cortlandt Sts. (By McDonalds)
Wednesday, June 22
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall 40 South Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Trans-Center Water Street and N.
Lexington Ave.
Thursday, June 23
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall 40 South Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall Main St./MLK Blvd.
Friday, June 24
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Yonkers Will Library 1500 Central Park Ave./Tuckahoe Rd.
Saturday, June 25
9:30 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall/Forever 21, Main Street/MLK Blvd.

 

Next week, from Monday June 6  through Friday June 10, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Ashford Avenue – Pre-Stage Punch List

o   Monday 6/6 through Friday 6/10

  • EB & WB Right Lane may be closed from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Installation of Work platform above Saw Mill River

o   Monday 6/6 and Tuesday 6/7

  • NB right shoulder will be closed from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Saw Mill River Parkway

o   None

 

We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

 

Stage 1 (full time lane reductions on Ashford Avenue) is projected to start on the evening of Wednesday June 15, weather permitting.

 

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

Con Ed Warns Customers About New Service Turnoff Scam

Daily Voice |  05/26/2016

Con Edison is warning customers not to fall for scams in which a caller threatens a service turnoff unless the customer purchases a pre-paid card or arranges for a transfer via MoneyGram to pay a bill.

These callers are not from Con Edison and Con Edison does not accept payments of electric or gas bills by pre-paid debit cards, or by MoneyGram or similar transfers, Con Ed said.

The company said it has recently seen a spike in reports from customers who were contacted by the scammers.

Con Edison said it believes the scammers are calling customers randomly, not targeting just those who owe back payments.

The company has received complaints from both residential and business customers.

The scammers sometimes even tell the customer about a store near the customer’s home that sells pre-paid cards. The scammer instructs the customer to pay cash to put money on the card and to then provide the number on the card to the person who called. Once the customer provides the scammer with the card number, the scammer steals the money on the card.

There have even been reports of these scammers making a Con Edison phone number show up on the customer’s caller ID.

Anyone who feels they may have been a target of an imposter or a payment scam should call their local police department.

 

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Cultural Heritage Celebrations 2016

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.

 

Cultural Celebration

Date / Time

Location

Albanian Sunday, June 5, noon – 7 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Portuguese-American Sunday, June 5, noon – 7 p.m. Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale
African-American Sunday, June 26, noon – 7 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Polish Sunday, July 10, noon – 6 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Hispanic Sunday, July 17, noon – 7 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Italian Sunday, July 24, noon – 7 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Irish-American Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale
Heritage of India Sunday, August 7, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Jewish Sunday, August 21, noon – 6 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Saturday

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

 

The Farm Kitchen: Traditional Breads – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join Maria to make three breads: polenta, focaccia and a quick bread.

Fee $45, $40.50 for members of Hilltop Hanover Farm. Registration required.

 

Sunday

Spin ‘n’ Knit – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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.

 

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VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY AT PLAYLAND

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Phone: (914) 995–2900

On Memorial Day, Monday May 30th, 2016, Bee-Line buses and Paratransit will

operate on a Sunday schedule.

 

For Bee-Line schedule information, please visit us at:www.westchestergov.com/beeline.

Next week, from Tuesday May 31  through Friday June 3, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway – Placement of overhead slurry protection
    • Tuesday 5/31 – NB Left Lane will be closed from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Wednesday 6/1 – NB Left Lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Installation of Work platform above Saw Mill River
    • Thursday 6/2 and Friday 6/3 – NB right shoulder will be closed from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public with Stage 1 (full time lane reductions on Ashford Avenue) scheduled to begin next month.

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

Next week, from Tuesday May 31  through Friday June 3, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway – Placement of overhead slurry protection

o   Tuesday 5/31

  • NB Left Lane will be closed from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

o   Wednesday 6/1

  • NB Left Lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Installation of Work platform above Saw Mill River

o   Thursday 6/2 and Friday 6/3

  • NB right shoulder will be closed from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 

We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public with Stage 1 (full time lane reductions on Ashford Avenue) scheduled to begin next month.

 

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season approaches, the Westchester County Department of Health is providing local residents a dozen outdoor safety tips for the summer season.

Follow their food safety tips, use insect repellents and sunscreen and stay hydrated, so that this weekend’s celebrations can be the start of a healthy season of outdoor enjoyment. It’s also a good idea to remove items from your yard that could hold standing water to avoid breeding your own mosquitoes.

11 more tips from the Health Department:

  • Barbecue safely by thawing meat and poultry slowly in the refrigerator or under cold running water before cooking. Harmful bacteria usually grow in the “danger zone” between 40° and 140° F, so marinate and keep all meat and poultry in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill it.
  • Transport food in a cooler filled with ice to keep it at 40°F or below.  Keep the cooler out of the direct sun and avoid opening the lid too often. Keep beverages in a separate cooler.
  • Cook your food to the right temperature, which is160 degrees for ground beef, 150 degrees for pork, 165 degrees for chicken and hot dogs should be always be cooked to steaming hot (at least 165 degrees).  Always use a food thermometer to be sure the food has reached a safe internal temperature.
  • Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.Discard any food left out for more than two hours after cooking, or one hour if it more than 90°F outside.
  • Don’t cross-contaminate. Don’t reuse marinades on cooked food unless you boil them first, and don’t use the same plate, cutting board and utensils for vegetables or for cooked food that you used for raw meat.
  • Wash hands, surfaces and utensils frequently with soap and water or antiseptic wipes.
  • To avoid heat exhaustion, take breaks from the sun and drink water or uncaffeinated beverages every hour. Signs of heat exhaustion include headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness and exhaustion, as well as cool, moist, pale or flushed skin. Move out of the sun and apply cool, wet cloths to the skin.
  • Spray insect repellent containing DEET on your clothes and exposed skin to avoid mosquito bites, and follow the directions on the label.
  • Remove tires, trash can lids and buckets that can hold standing water to keep mosquitoes from breeding, add dunks to flower pot drip trays and birdbaths that must remain outdoors.
  • Avoid attracting animals by collecting and disposing of food and litter.
  • Perform tick checks on people and pets after spending time outdoors. To remove ticks safely, follow the steps at www.westchestergov.com/health.

For more information, visit www.westchestergov.com/health or call the Westchester County Health Department at 914-813-5000.

Sincerely,

Lyndon D. Williams

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The Westchester County Rent Guidelines Board will meet to hold public hearings to take testimony and evidence pertaining to the Board’s setting of guideline rates of rent adjustment for housing accommodations within its jurisdiction, subject to the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (ETPA), for leases commencing between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, as follows:

DATE:     Wednesday, June 1, 2016
TIME:      7:00 PM
PLACE:   1 Larkin Center, Riverfront Library
Yonkers, New York

DATE:      Monday, June 6, 2016
TIME:     
7:00 PM
PLACE:   White Plains Library
100 Martine Avenue
White Plains, New York.

DATE:     Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
TIME:    
7:00 PM    
PLACE:   Mount Vernon City Hall, Council Chambers
1 Roosevelt Square
Mount Vernon, NY

DATE:      Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
TIME:     
7:00 PM  
PLACE:   Westchester District Rent Office
75 South Broadway, Suite 350
White Plains, New York
For the Westchester County Rent Guidelines Board review of the tabulations.

DATE:      Monday, June 20th, 2016
TIME:     
7:00 PM  
PLACE:   White Plains Library
100 Martine Avenue
White Plains, New York
For the presentation of the positions of the Tenant and Owner members of the Board including rebuttal, discussion and vote for the purpose of setting rent guidelines for the one–year period commencing on October 1, 2016.

DATE:      Wednesday, June 22, 2016
TIME:     
7:00PM
PLACE:   White Plains City Hall
255 Main Street
White Plains, New York
Additional date for the purpose of setting rent guidelines if necessary.  

Certification
The Board anticipates scheduling a public meeting to be held during September, 2016 (specific date to be determined) to certify the rent adjustment guidelines for the October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017 guidelines year to be voted upon by the Board on June 20, 2016.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Westchester County will mark the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with a documentary and discussion on Thursday, June 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Mount Vernon Senior Center Amory, 144 North 5th Ave, Mount Vernon.

The 20-minute documentary, “An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America,” brings viewers into the homes of courageous American seniors to hear their poignant stories about the abuse, neglect and exploitation they have experienced. Following the documentary, a discussion will be led by Gary Brown, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Attorney General’s Westchester Regional Office; and Fredric I. Green, Second Deputy District Attorney Chief, Special Prosecutions Division, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  Brown is also the AG’s statewide elder abuse coordinator.

The program is sponsored by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services and the Livable Communities Elder Abuse Collaborative of the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

Elder abuse refers to the intentional, neglectful or exploitive acts by a family member, caregiver, “trusted” individual or stranger that lead to, or may lead to, the harm of an older person. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or financial and the problem crosses social and economic lines.

This program is open to the public, but registration is suggested. Please call (914) 813-6300 for more information and to register.

Sincerely,

Bernice Spreckman

WJCS Job Fair

Open Positions: 
RNs, LPNs, Direct Support Professionals, Community Habilitation,
Social Workers, Case Managers and Clinicians

Full time and part time

 

DATE:         Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WHERE:     WJCS Headquarters, 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

WHEN:      4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

PLEASE BRING:  hard copies of your resume, references and Identification.

JOIN US on June 1, 2016 and learn about the employment opportunities WJCS has to offer.

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

I would like to share with you some important information about the services that Westchester County offers to our Veterans – see below.

Also, it’s very important that veterans contact the Westchester County Veterans Service Agency when they are discharged, so that this office can reach out and offer to help them upon their return home.

Please share this email with any veterans you know.  When our veterans need assistance, they can always contact the Veterans Service Agency, 112 East Post Road, Room 442, White Plains, New York, (914) 995-2145 or (914) 995-2146.

Thank you,

James Maisano
County Legislator, District 11 and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran


 

ASTORINO ANNOUNCES 10TH ANNUAL WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY TO BE MARKED IN WESTCHESTER JUNE 9. 

 

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that the county will mark the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with a documentary and discussion on Thursday, June 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Mount Vernon Senior Center Amory, 144 North 5th Ave, Mount Vernon.

“Elder abuse is a shameful crime aimed at vulnerable people and it will not be tolerated,” Astorino said. “I welcome the opportunity to once again put a spotlight on this serious issue, and I invite residents to learn more about the signs of abuse and where to go for help.”

The 20-minute documentary, “An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America,” brings viewers into the homes of courageous American seniors to hear their poignant stories about the abuse, neglect and exploitation they have experienced. Following the documentary, a discussion will be led by Gary Brown, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Attorney General’s Westchester Regional Office; and Fredric I. Green, Second Deputy District Attorney Chief, Special Prosecutions Division, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.  Brown is also the AG’s statewide elder abuse coordinator.

The program is sponsored by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services and the Livable Communities Elder Abuse Collaborative of the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

Elder abuse refers to the intentional, neglectful or exploitive acts by a family member, caregiver, “trusted” individual or stranger that lead to, or may lead to, the harm of an older person. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or financial and the problem crosses social and economic lines.

This program is open to the public, but registration is suggested. Please call (914) 813-6300 for more information and to register.

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are fortunate to have a wonderful facility like the County Center, which local high schools and colleges often use for commencement exercises.  But for those of you who may be traveling in the area of Tarrytown Road/Route 119 and Central Avenue during those times, there can be serious traffic delays. For your information, I am passing on this year’s schedule of County Center graduations and ceremonies.  That way, people who travel in the area can take note and plan accordingly.

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

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin


Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains NY 10606
(914) 995-4050

2016 Graduation Ceremonies

Date


School


Time


Estimated Attendance


5/26/16 College of Westchester 2:00 PM 4,000
6/9/16 BOCES 6:00 PM 1,800
6/22/16 Yonkers Middle/High  School

Saunders High School

3:00PM

6:00 PM

2,500

2,500

6/23/16 White Plains Middle School

White Plains High School

3:00PM

7:30 PM

4,000

4,400

6/24/16 Mt. Vernon High School

Woodlands High School

1:00 PM

7:30 PM

4,400

2,000

6/25/16 Walter Panas High School

Lakeland High School

10:00 AM

2:00 PM

4,400

4,400

6/26/16 Yonkers High Schools

Riverside High School

Gorton High School

Lincoln High School

Roosevelt High School

 

8:00AM

10:30 AM

1:00PM

3:30PM

 

3,500

3,500

3,500

3,500

DOORS OPEN:
High Schools – About an hour and a half prior to ceremony
Colleges – About two hours prior to ceremony

Durations of ceremonies– About two hours

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Westchester County presents its annual Albanian Heritage Day, which will take place on Sunday, June 5, noon to 7 p.m., at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

It is expected to be a fun day, celebrating the rich culture and traditions of Albania through music, dance, food and activities for all ages right here in Westchester’s own version of “Central Park”!

Entertainment will include dancing and live music by Gezim Nika, Valbona Peraj and Dritan Papa with the “Kastrioti” Band – plus surprise performances as well as sports activities including soccer, volleyball and chess tournament. Albanian foods and beverages will be available for sale.

The festival will be held rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring blankets or folding chairs for seating on the lawn.

The event is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and the Mother Teresa Center of Our Lady of Shkodra Church.

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway, in Valhalla.

Please be advised that on June 5 the Bronx River Parkway will be closed for Bicycle Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

********Kensico Dam Plaza can be accessed via Route 22, from the north or south.*********

For more information and directions to the parks, call (914) 864-PARK or go to parks.westchestergov.com.

Sincerely,

Virginia Perez

Bring your family to the farm for a daylong celebration of the farm this Saturday, May 28, at Hilltop Hanover Farm and

Environmental Center in Yorktown Heights.

 

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can enjoy farm tours, hayrides and games, visiting with the animals, a plant and seed sale,

along with food and craft vendors.

 

Free admission and parking.

 

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

For more info, go to HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

 

VILLAGE OF ARDSLEY

There is no water main construction scheduled for Friday, 5/20/2016.

Work will re-commence in the north bound lane of Saw Mill River Road (NYS 9A) on Monday, May 23.  Construction will occur in Saw Mill River Road the entirety of the week of 5/23.

Notes regarding Memorial Day Holiday:

Friday 5/27 – due to special holiday work hour restrictions, no work within public ROW will be performed this day.

Monday 5/30 – due to Memorial Day Holiday, no work will be performed this day.

Construction is anticipated in and around the intersection of Ashford/Saw Mill River Rd./Addyman square starting Tuesday 5/31.  Work is expected to occur the entire week.

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ASIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

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148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
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Phone: (914) 995–2900

Notice of Public Hearing, proposed fare increase
for Bee-Line Bus ParaTransit.

Public Notice

The topic of this hearing is to review the proposed fare increase for the Bee-Line Bus ParaTransit which is scheduled to take effect in June 2016.

The May 31 meeting is from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. It will be held at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave. in White Plains.

The County Center is served by Bee-Line routes 1W, 3, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 27, 40, 41, 77 and F.

The Westchester County Center is an accessible building.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Westchester County has presented a plan to protect residents from the potential threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. The plan includes:

  • Giving residents free minnows that can eat mosquito larvae in their backyard ponds and water features.
  • Applying larvacide to catch basins on county and municipal roads, already covering half the county.
  • Doubling the number of mosquito trap sites and adding a new type of trap to attract the mosquitoes that could transmit Zika.
  • Targeting limited areas for ground spraying should a locally acquired case be confirmed or nearby mosquitoes test positive for Zika.

Use EPA-registered insect repellents when outdoors, and always follow the label instructions. Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeve shirts, long pants and socks. Don’t sleep with your windows open, unless the windows have screens in good condition. Prevent mosquito breeding sites around your home and visit the health department’s website for up to date health information, including our “Keep Healthy and Bug Off” brochure.

Objects around your yard or driveway could provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, such as old tires, a watering can and a trash can lid. Dump them out, scrub them off to remove any mosquito eggs and put them away. It’s also a good idea to clear the leaves out of your gutters. Check your screens and repair any tears to avoid becoming a mosquito’s next meal.

The Health Department is giving away free minnows for backyard ponds and water features and free larvacide tablets (commonly known as dunks) for birdbaths, planter drip trays, rain barrels and unused pools today through Saturday at the Westchester County Airport, Loop Road, Building 2:

  • Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If you miss these dates, to get free larvacide tablets, call 1-888-364-4723.

Residents can report standing water in abandoned pools and elsewhere to the health department at (914) 813-5000.

For more information about Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, visit health.westchestergov.com.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

Friends and Neighbors,

If you are planning to travel to downtown Ardsley, there will be periodic closures of Route 9A over the course of the next few weeks, as Suez Water is installing new pipes.  I am including with this email the first alert we’ve received from the Village of Ardsley; we’ll provide updates as they become available.

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky


VILLAGE OF ARDSLEY

SUEZ PROJECT UPDATE – MAY 18, 2016

Be advised that SUEZ expects to reach 9A with the water main by today, May 18th. Due to the space requirements of the project work, we anticipate closing 9A from Ashford Ave. to Center St. for northbound traffic during the hours of 9:30AM – 3:30PM. Northbound traffic will be re-routed to American Legion Dr. and down Center St. or Heatherdell Rd., depending on conditions. This closure may last for several days during the hours stated above. The Ardsley Police Department will be directing traffic through the area and will be allowing large trucks and busses only through 9A, as necessary. At this time, SUEZ does not plan to be working this Friday, May 20th.

 

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ASTORINO ANNOUNCES NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY MAY 25.

Free events taking place across 17 municipalities in Westchester County.

 

            Tap dancing, gentle tai chi exercises, lap swimming and low-impact aerobics are just some of the free activities that will take place across 17 municipalities in honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 25, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced today.

“Fitness is essential for anyone who wants to live a healthy life and remain active in the community,” Astorino said. “I encourage residents to get out and enjoy these programs, which will be just as educational as they are fun.”

The programs are free and open to county residents who are 60 years or older, but programs in some communities require seniors to register and/or be a resident to take part.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day always takes place in May in honor of Older Americans Month. It is organized nationwide as a public/private partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market. The Westchester programs are organized by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and its Health and Wellness Collaborative, which is composed of 20 community organizations.

DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said that National Senior Health and Fitness Day gives seniors an opportunity to try a new exercise or fitness class, learn about new health and wellness programs, and have fun.

“Exercise helps to keep you fit, and when you’re in shape you can remain independent longer,” Carpenter said. “Being in shape is also important because it can also help to prevent falls.”

            Below is a list of sessions that will be taking place. Interested seniors should call each location directly to learn its address, the times and how to register.  The locations and their telephone numbers can also be found at www.westchestergov.com/seniors.

 

2016 National Senior Health & Fitness Day Locations:

  • Eastchester/Lake Isle Senior Center: (914) 337-0390. Tap dancing, drawing, games, cards, Medicare update, exercises.
  • Dobbs Ferry/Embassy Club: (914) 693-7792. Morning exercise, healthy lunch raffle and prizes.
  • Greenburgh/Theodore Young Community Center: (914) 989-3600. Line dancing, exercise, healthy lunch and prizes.
  • Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center: (914) 834-8840. Dancercise, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Kathy Santoro, “Stay Strong and Fit” exercise class, bocce games, healthy lunch and snacks.
  • Mount Kisco Senior Nutrition Program: (914) 666-8931. Tai chi and blood pressure screening.
  • Mount Pleasant Community Center/Phelps Hospital and the Town of Mt. Pleasant. NYS Citizen Preparedness Training, nutrition and cooking demonstration, line dancing, spirituality, lunch and music appreciation. RSVP to Ellen Woods (914) 366-3937, ewoods@pmhc.us.
  • Mount Vernon Armory Senior Center: (914) 665-2315. Free exercise classes, info on living a healthy lifestyle, healthy lunch, snacks and prizes.
  • New Castle Parks & Recreation: (914) 238-8888. “It’s Your Move to Better Health,” strength and balance fitness class, healthy lunch and Qi Gong.
  • New Rochelle/Hugh A. Doyle Senor Center: (914) 235-2363. Stay Fit and Strong exercise class, healthy lunch, nutrition presentation with DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Antonella Caggiano, Stretch, Breathe & Meditate class, natural spa, facials and relaxation.
  • Ossining Senior Center: (914) 762-1350. Brain fitness, group walk, low impact aerobics, blood pressure screening, healthy lunch, healthy snack Bingo.
  • Peekskill Senior Center: (914) 734-4250. Quilters Club, “The Workout” with Geri, outside fitness walk and healthy lunch.
  • Port Chester Senior Center: (914) 939-4975. Walking in Lyons Park, healthy lunch, nutrition presentation with DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Kathy Santoro, and chair exercise program.
  • Rye Brook / HealthSource of Rye Brook (914) 934-2000. Complimentary blood pressure screenings, 5-10 minute therapeutic medical massage and body fat analysis.
  • Somers Nutrition Program: (914) 232-0807. Seated yoga class, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Theresa George, healthy lunch, outside fitness walk and raffle.
  • White Plains: (914) 422-1331. Day-long program with several health talks on “Connecting Spiritual Wellness and Spirituality,” “Internet Safety,” “70 is the new 50,” “The Importance of Humor,” and “Healthy Aging Through Nutrition.” Plus, Forever Young Singers, Zumba, and Hearing Health. Hosted by The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.  Sponsored by The Fitness Center at Burke, White Plains Hospital, White Plains Recreation & Parks Community Center, Bristol Assisted Living, and Sprain Brook Manor Rehab.
  • White Plains: CenterLight Healthcare PACE Center. Spanish Program. Fall Prevention program, Zumba Class, lunch, nutrition presentation, “Healthy Meals on a Budget” and facility tour. Program is currently full, but Spanish-speaking residents can call DSPS at (914) 813-6393 for other options.
  • White Plains: Family YMCA (914) 949-8030. Silver Sneakers Classic exercise class, Zumba Gold and gentle yoga. YMCA membership not required in recognition of NSHFD (pertains to group classes only, class size is limited).
  • White Plains: YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester (914) 949-6227, ext. 208. The YWCA will be open to non-member seniors 60+ for the day’s activities and classes. All lap swimming, fitness center and fitness classes. Fall prevention screenings will also be administered. Class size limited, call to confirm.
  • Yonkers YWCA: (914) 963-0640 x105 (held on Tuesday, May 24th). Zumba Gold exercise class, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Patty Szeliga, raffles, prizes and healthy lunch.
  • Yonkers Office for the Aging: (914) 377-6826. Different activities planned for each of the senior nutrition programs in Yonkers.  Call number above for schedules, times and locations.
  • Yorktown Senior Nutrition Center: (914) 962-7447. Stretching and balancing exercise demo by Solaris, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Theresa George, healthy lunch, and prizes.

 

Dear Friends, As you are probably aware, a majority of legislators voted for the management agreement with Standard Amusements to take over the operations of Playland. I was not one of them, and it is difficult to accept that most of my colleagues thought this 30 year contract will in any way reduce the burden to you, the taxpayer. In the process of voting for this agreement there were approximately $32 million worth of capital projects for Playland that once paid back with interest will cost you $38 million.

As I have written before, several other large capital projects are still to be added.

But the news on Playland is not the only bad news. More troubling than that is the report that we received Monday from the administration’s budget director on the state of the county’s finances for the first quarter. There is a structural deficit to the budget, and it looks like this:

*First Quarter Fiscal Forecast for Fiscal Year 2016, Page 14

As you can see, there is a budget gap of over $17.6 million dollars.- My prediction is that the chickens will come home to roost once the systemic policy failures are noted by our credit agencies, and those are:

  • Borrowing for tax certiorari.
  • Overestimating sales tax revenue.
  • Reserves so low that they are rendered useless.
  • And let’s not forget negotiating against Westchester County taxpayers with a deal that favors the private company.

Yes, that brings us back to the contract for Playland. This year, it will cost us $750,000 that had been expected from revenue for Playland. Sad to see that I only had to wait two weeks to say I told you so

Sincerely,

Catherine F. Parker

 

Safety’s No JokeWhen someone comes to your door claiming to be from Con Edison, ask for credentials.

It’s not rude, it’s safe.

Here’s how to tell a real Con Edison employee from a fake one:

  • Con Edison employees will readily prove their identity. An imposter won’t.
  • Con Edison employees wear a photo ID with their name and employee number.
  • Con Edison employees will gladly give you their supervisor’s name and ask you to call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) to verify their identity.

Share these tips with your neighbors, family members and the elderly.

Rehabilitation of the Ashford Avenue Bridge and Ramp – Lane Closures Week of May 23 – May 27

Next week, from Monday May 23  through Friday May 27, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Install temporary concrete barrier
    • Monday 5/23
    • SB Left Lane closed from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Saw Mill River Parkway (for placement of overhead slurry protection)
    • Tuesday 5/24 (NIGHT WORK)
    • NB Left Lane will be closed from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • NB Left and Right Lane (FULL CLOSURE) closed from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM from Lawrence street to Route 119.
    • SB Left Lane will be closed from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM
    • Wednesday 5/25 & Thursday 5/26 (NIGHT WORK)
    • SB Left Lane will be closed from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • SB Left and Right Lane (FULL CLOSURE) closed from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM from Ashford Avenue to Lawrence Street.

There will be no lane closures on Friday May 27 in advance of Memorial Day Weekend and we are not anticipating any lane closures on Ashford Avenue next week.  We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

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

Westchester County Announces
National Senior Health And Fitness Day May 25
Free events taking place across 17 municipalities in Westchester County

Tap dancing, gentle tai chi exercises, lap swimming and low-impact aerobics are just some of the free activities that will take place across 17 municipalities in honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 25th.  All senior residents are encouraged to get out and enjoy these programs, which will be just as educational as they are fun.

The programs are free and open to county residents who are 60 years or older, but programs in some communities require seniors to register and/or be a resident to take part.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day always takes place in May in honor of Older Americans Month. It is organized nationwide as a public/private partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market. The Westchester programs are organized by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and its Health and Wellness Collaborative, which is composed of 20 community organizations.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day gives seniors an opportunity to try a new exercise or fitness class, learn about new health and wellness programs, and have fun.

Below is a list of sessions that will be taking place. Interested seniors should call each location directly to learn its address, the times and how to register.  The locations and their telephone numbers can also be found at www.westchestergov.com/seniors.

2016 National Senior Health & Fitness Day Locations:

  • Eastchester/Lake Isle Senior Center: (914) 337-0390.Tap dancing, drawing, games, cards, Medicare update, exercises.
  • Dobbs Ferry/Embassy Club: (914) 693-7792.Morning exercise, healthy lunch raffle and prizes.
  • Greenburgh/Theodore Young Community Center: (914) 989-3600. Line dancing, exercise, healthy lunch and prizes.
  • Town of Mamaroneck Senior Center: (914) 834-8840.Dancercise, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Kathy Santoro, “Stay Strong and Fit” exercise class, bocce games, healthy lunch and snacks.
  • Mount Kisco Senior Nutrition Program: (914) 666-8931.Tai chi and blood pressure screening.
  • Mount Pleasant Community Center/Phelps Hospital and the Town of Mt. Pleasant. NYS Citizen Preparedness Training, nutrition and cooking demonstration, line dancing, spirituality, lunch and music appreciation. RSVP to Ellen Woods (914) 366-3937, ewoods@pmhc.us.
  • Mount Vernon Armory Senior Center: (914) 665-2315. Free exercise classes, info on living a healthy lifestyle, healthy lunch, snacks and prizes.
  • New Castle Parks & Recreation: (914) 238-8888. “It’s Your Move to Better Health,” strength and balance fitness class, healthy lunch and Qi Gong.
  • New Rochelle/Hugh A. Doyle Senor Center: (914) 235-2363.Stay Fit and Strong exercise class, healthy lunch, nutrition presentation with DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Antonella Caggiano, Stretch, Breathe & Meditate class, natural spa, facials and relaxation.
  • Ossining Senior Center: (914) 762-1350.Brain fitness, group walk, low impact aerobics, blood pressure screening, healthy lunch, healthy snack Bingo.
  • Peekskill Senior Center: (914) 734-4250.Quilters Club, “The Workout” with Geri, outside fitness walk and healthy lunch.
  • Port Chester Senior Center: (914) 939-4975.Walking in Lyons Park, healthy lunch, nutrition presentation with DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Kathy Santoro, and chair exercise program.
  • Rye Brook / HealthSource of Rye Brook (914) 934-2000. Complimentary blood pressure screenings, 5-10 minute therapeutic medical massage and body fat analysis.
  • Somers Nutrition Program: (914) 232-0807.Seated yoga class, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Theresa George, healthy lunch, outside fitness walk and raffle.
  • White Plains: (914) 422-1331. Day-long program with several health talks on “Connecting Spiritual Wellness and Spirituality,” “Internet Safety,” “70 is the new 50,” “The Importance of Humor,” and “Healthy Aging Through Nutrition.” Plus, Forever Young Singers, Zumba, and Hearing Health. Hosted by The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.  Sponsored by The Fitness Center at Burke, White Plains Hospital, White Plains Recreation & Parks Community Center, Bristol Assisted Living, and Sprain Brook Manor Rehab.
  • White Plains: CenterLight Healthcare PACE Center. Spanish Program. Fall Prevention program, Zumba Class, lunch, nutrition presentation, “Healthy Meals on a Budget” and facility tour. Program is currently full, but Spanish-speaking residents can call DSPS at (914) 813-6393 for other options.
  • White Plains: Family YMCA (914) 949-8030.Silver Sneakers Classic exercise class, Zumba Gold and gentle yoga. YMCA membership not required in recognition of NSHFD (pertains to group classes only, class size is limited).
  • White Plains: YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester (914) 949-6227, ext. 208.The YWCA will be open to non-member seniors 60+ for the day’s activities and classes. All lap swimming, fitness center and fitness classes. Fall prevention screenings will also be administered. Class size limited, call to confirm.
  • Yonkers YWCA: (914) 963-0640 x105 (held on Tuesday, May 24th). Zumba Gold exercise class, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Patty Szeliga, raffles, prizes and healthy lunch.
  • Yonkers Office for the Aging: (914) 377-6826.Different activities planned for each of the senior nutrition programs in Yonkers.  Call number above for schedules, times and locations.
  • Yorktown Senior Nutrition Center: (914) 962-7447.Stretching and balancing exercise demo by Solaris, nutrition presentation by DSPS registered dietitian nutritionist, Theresa George, healthy lunch, and prizes.

Next week, from Monday May 23  through Friday May 27, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • New York State Thruway (I-87) – Install temporary concrete barrier

o   Monday 5/23

  • SB Left Lane closed from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Saw Mill River Parkway (for placement of overhead slurry protection)

o   Tuesday 5/24 (NIGHT WORK)

  • NB Left Lane will be closed from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • NB Left and Right Lane (FULL CLOSURE) closed from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM from Lawrence street to Route 119.
  • SB Left Lane will be closed from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM

o   Wednesday 5/25 & Thursday 5/26 (NIGHT WORK)

  • SB Left Lane will be closed from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • SB Left and Right Lane (FULL CLOSURE) closed from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM from Ashford Avenue to Lawrence Street.

 

There will be no lane closures on Friday May 27 in advance of Memorial Day Weekend and we are not anticipating any lane closures on Ashford Avenue next week.  We continue coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

 

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

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY C.R. 9992
CITY OF WHITE PLAINS
WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER EVENT

 

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway.

LOCATION: Westchester County Center.

WHAT: Westchester Community College Graduation Ceremony.

IMPACTS: Bronx River Parkway will be subject to traffic disruptions at the above location due to the special event occurring at the Westchester County Center. Motorists are advised to avoid the Bronx River Parkway in the vicinity of the County Center (Exit 22).

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016, between the hours of 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Parks.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY C.R. 9992
CITY OF WHITE PLAINS
WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER EVENT

 

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway.

LOCATION: Westchester County Center.

WHAT: Westchester Community College Graduation Ceremony.

IMPACTS: Bronx River Parkway will be subject to traffic disruptions at the above location due to the special event occurring at the Westchester County Center. Motorists are advised to avoid the Bronx River Parkway in the vicinity of the County Center (Exit 22).

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016, between the hours of 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Parks.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

Yoga on the Farm – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Bring a mat. Drop-in fee $25.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

 

Herbs for Health: Spring Medicinal Weed Walk – 10 a.m. – noon

Join herbalist Bonnie Rogers to learn the vast selection of spring weeds that are edible, nutritious, and medicinal. You’ll also enjoy some delicious herbal tea, along with a sample and recipe for a wild weed pesto. Fee $30; pre-registration required.

 

Vegetable Kits for Every Gardener – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Times vary)

Geared towards novice growers, this workshop offers a one-hour lecture on gardening techniques and accompanying vegetable kits to give you everything you need to get started. Fee $45; pre-registration required.

 

Spin & Knit – 11 a.m. – noon

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.

 

Vegetable Container Gardening – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.                    

Whether you have a deck, patio, or a small backyard, you can learn to grow great vegetables  by maximizing your space.Learn about soil, seed selection, choosing the right transplant, pest management, and more.  Fee: $30; 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.

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW “READY, SET, GROW!”
BILINGUAL BUSINESS SEMINARS

Small business owners invited to attend events in Peekskill, Yonkers and New Rochelle

A new series of bilingual business seminars will take place in Peekskill, Yonkers and New Rochelle as part of Westchester County’s ongoing focus on supporting small business owners in Westchester. The “2016 Ready, Set, Grow!” events are free and will take place on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as follows:

  • May 21 – Peekskill, Westchester Community College Extension Center, 27 N. Division St.
  • June 4 – Yonkers, Westchester Community College Extension Center, 8510 Mall Walk
  • June 11 – New Rochelle, Family Christian Center, 592 Main Street

“2016 Ready, Set, Grow!” is presented in partnership with the Office of Economic Development, the Hispanic Advisory Board, and Westchester Community College’s Gateway to Entrepreneurship.

To register, please email HABEvents@Westchestergov.com or call (914) 995-4123.

This series is presented as a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWBE/DBE) opportunity.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY C.R. 9992
CITY OF WHITE PLAINS
WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER EVENT
ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway.

LOCATION: Westchester County Center.

WHAT: Mercy College Graduation Ceremony.

IMPACTS: Bronx River Parkway will be subject to traffic disruptions at the above location due to the special event occurring at the Westchester County Center. Motorists are advised to avoid the Bronx River Parkway in the vicinity of the County Center (Exit 22).

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Parks.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.
The Best Water in Westchester
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Mani-Pedis All Around At Spa-Tacular
Survivors of domestic violence enjoy a day of pampering >>

Honor Flight Brings Heroes To Washington, D.C.
Program gives veterans opportunity to travel to WWII Memorial >>

Westchester Student Scientists Honored
Astorino hosts Acorda Scientific Excellence Awards >>


‘No Child Wet Behind’ Benefit Walk

Check out other events
on our Calendar

For more news: www.westchestergov.com

     

148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
www.westchestergov.com
Phone: (914) 995–2900

 

There will be a test of the Indian Point sirens in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties on May 18th at approximately 10:30 a.m. This sounding is only a test.

 

If there were an emergency at the nuclear power plants, the sirens would be sounded continuously at full volume for four minutes, followed by an activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on radio and television stations to broadcast important information and instructions. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate, rather they are intended to alert the public to tune to an EAS radio or TV station for important information.  This sounding is ONLY A TEST. No action by the public is necessary.

 

Dear Neighbor,

Mobile Shredder

One of the best ways to minimize the risk of identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, is to take the step of shredding documents before disposing of them. This prevents thieves from stealing and using your unique identifying information such as your name, address, phone number, credit card number or social security number.

To help combat identity theft, Westchester County government put a Mobile Shredder into service several years ago. Unlike a home shredder that can only handle a limited number of sheets of paper at a time, this powerful piece of equipment pulverizes entire boxes of files at a time!  Since it was first put into service, thousands of residents have brought their confidential papers to be shredded and hundreds of tons of paper have been recycled.

The Mobile Shredder will be in Hastings-on-Hudson this Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 134 Southside Ave in the commuter parking lot.

I encourage you to protect yourself from being an identity theft victim and take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of old documents and files you no longer need or use.

The Mobile Shredder is a free service. The county offers it not only to Westchester residents but to local municipalities and Westchester’s public schools that once had to pay private shredding companies to dispose of their confidential files safely.  This is yet another example that demonstrates the county’s commitment to developing strategies to share services with local municipalities in order to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.

For more information on the Mobile Shredder and the county’s entire recycling program, please visit http://environment.westchestergov.com/mobile-shredder.

Sincerely,

Next week, from Monday May 16 through Friday May 20, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway (for placement of overhead slurry protection)
    • Monday 5/16 to Wednesday May 18
    • NB Right Lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Ashford Avenue (for off structure utility access & concrete barrier adjustments)
    • Thursday May 19 & Friday May 20
    • EB and WB Right Lanes will be closed from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day.

We are not anticipating any lane closures on NYS Thruway next week and continue to coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

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

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Next week, from Monday May 16  through Friday May 20, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway (for placement of overhead slurry protection)

o   Monday 5/16 to Wednesday May 18

  • NB Right Lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Ashford Avenue (for off structure utility access & concrete barrier adjustments)

o   Thursday May 19 & Friday May 20

  • EB and WB Right Lanes will be closed from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day.

 

We are not anticipating any lane closures on NYS Thruway next week and continue to coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

 

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

WESTCHESTER COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW “READY, SET, GROW!”
BILINGUAL BUSINESS SEMINARS

Small business owners invited to attend events in Peekskill, Yonkers and New Rochelle

A new series of bilingual business seminars will take place in Peekskill, Yonkers and New Rochelle as part of Westchester County’s ongoing focus on supporting small business owners in Westchester. The “2016 Ready, Set, Grow!” events are free and will take place on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as follows:

  • May 21 – Peekskill, Westchester Community College Extension Center, 27 N. Division St.
  • June 4 – Yonkers, Westchester Community College Extension Center, 8510 Mall Walk
  • June 11 – New Rochelle, Family Christian Center, 592 Main Street

“2016 Ready, Set, Grow!” is presented in partnership with the Office of Economic Development, the Hispanic Advisory Board, and Westchester Community College’s Gateway to Entrepreneurship.

To register, please email HABEvents@Westchestergov.com or call (914) 995-4123.

This series is presented as a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWBE/DBE) opportunity.


EL CONDADO DE WESTCHESTER ANUNCIA EL NUEVO “¡PREPARADO, LISTO, CRECE!”
SEMINARIOS BILINGUES DE NEGOCIOS

Dueños de negocios pequeños están invitados a los eventos de Peekskill, Yonkers y New Rochelle

Una serie nueva de seminarios bilingües de negocios tomaran lugar en Peekskill, Yonkers y New Rochelle como parte del continuo enfoque del Condado de Westchester en apoyar a los dueños de negocios pequeños en Westchester. El “¡Preparado, Listo, Crece del 2016!” es una serie de eventos gratis que tomaran lugar los sábados de 2 p.m. a 4 p.m. de la siguiente manera:

  • May 21 – Peekskill, Westchester Community College Extension Center, 27 N. Division St.
  • June 4 – Yonkers, Westchester Community College Extension Center, 8510 Mall Walk
  • June 11 – New Rochelle, Family Christian Center, 592 Main Street

“¡Preparado, Listo, Crece del 2016!” es presentado en asociación con la Oficina de Desarrollo Económico, el Comité Asesor Hispano, y la Entrada a la Iniciativa Empresarial del Westchester Community College.

Para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a HABEvents@Westchestergov.com o llame al (914) 995-4123.

Esta serie es presentada como Negocios Adueñados por Minorías y Mujeres.Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWBE/DBE)

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Dear Neighbor,

For over 4 decades, the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. has worked to make high-quality, affordable child care a reality for Westchester families. Part of a state and national network of child care resource and referral agencies, the Council links families to child care options, supports over 750 child care providers and programs with training, technical assistance and resources, and partners with the local community to build a stronger Westchester.

The Child Care Council of Westchester would like to have a better understanding of parents wants and/or needs for child care!

  • Are you a Westchester resident who has a child aged 12 or under?
  • Are you using child care? Looking for child care?
  • Are you satisfied with your arrangements?
  • What do you think about the cost of child care?
  • How do your child care payments impact your family?

Click here to complete the survey.

Please take 6 to 8 minutes to fill out our survey on parents’ child care choices, preferences and challenges in Westchester County. Your answer will help the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. do a better job of representing families’ child care needs in our community. Your information will be kept confidential.

The deadline to complete the survey is June 1, 2016.

For more information, contact Nicole Masucci, Director of Family & Employer Services at 914-761-3456 ext. 139 or visit www.ChildCareWestchester.org.

Sincerely,

Lyndon D. Williams

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The  Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Voting times and locations are as follow:

In Scarsdale, polling hours are from 7:00am to 9:00pm at the Scarsdale Middle School Gym, (134 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale).

In Harrison, polls are open 7:00am to 9:00pm in your neighborhood elementary school.

In White Plains, polling hours are Noon to 9:00pm, at six voting districts (see map for your voting district).  Please note that the polling place has changed in Voting District 1 to the Battle Hill Community Room. If you have any questions about your location in White Plains, you can call the main number at 422-2000.

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

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

YORKTOWN SENIOR LAW DAY SET FOR MAY 19.

Free event offers advice from attorneys, certified financial planners and geriatric care managers.

 

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino has announced that attorneys, certified financial planners and geriatric care managers will offer nine free workshops on elder law topics, plus free one-on-one consultations as part of the Yorktown Senior Law Day on Thursday, May 19.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jefferson Village Community Center, 3480 Hill Blvd., Yorktown. Registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To sign up call (914) 813-6300 or visit www.westchestergov.com/seniors. Seniors will sign up for the 15-minute consultations on the day of the event.

“Senior Law Day helps to inform seniors of their rights, benefits and how to manage their finances,” Astorino said. “It can make all the difference as to whether they can continue to grow older in their homes and communities. I thank all the professionals who volunteer their time to make this worthwhile event happen.”

An estimated 3,500 seniors, their families and caregivers have learned about their rights since Senior Law Day began in 1999. A workshop and consultations will also be available in Spanish.

The Department of Senior Programs and Services presents Yorktown Senior Law Day with the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and the Ninth Judicial District of New York State Office of Court Administration. Steve Schurkman, Esq., a Partner with Keane & Beane in White Plains, is Chair of Yorktown Senior Law Day.

 

The below are workshops to be presented at Yorktown Senior Law Day arranged by time:

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

  1. Estate Planning/Elder Law 101 – Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning-Planning to preserve your assets
  2. Legal and Financial Planning for the Newly Diagnosed Dementia Patient
  3. Smart Seniors- Smart Investors: Don’t Get Scammed

 

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

  1. Nuts and Bolts of Financial Planning- Planning to make your assets last through retirement.
  2. How Do I Pay For Long Term Care? Planning with and without Long Term Care Insurance.
  3. To Probate or Not to Probate? Do I use a Will or a Trust?

 

12:00–12:45 p.m.

  1. Avoid 10 Greatest Gaffes in Estate and Retirement Planning
  2. Planificación de Bienes: Testamentos, Cuidados Médicos y Finanzas
  3. Take Charge: Planning In Advance for Your Healthcare

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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; Maker, Fragale & Di Costanzo, LLP; Robert Leitner, CFP, RIA, Financial Advisory Network; Rosenthal & Markowitz, LLP; 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 Osborn & Osborn Home Care; The Woodlawn Cemetery; Wartburg; Westchester Center for Independent and Assisted Living; Westchester Elder Care Consultants, LLC; and Westchester Library System. Thank you also to our Friends of Senior Law Day: Caring People Home Health Care Inc.; Bruce Segal Marketing Sense for Businesses; and Jeffrey S. Goldstein, Esq.

 

 

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY C.R. 9992
CITY OF WHITE PLAINS
WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER EVENT

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway.

LOCATION: Westchester County Center.

WHAT: Purchase College Graduation Ceremony.

IMPACTS: Bronx River Parkway will be subject to traffic disruptions at the above location due to the special event occurring at the Westchester County Center. Motorists are advised to avoid the Bronx River Parkway in the vicinity of the County Center (Exit 22).

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016, between the hours of 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Parks.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

Saturday

Yoga on the Farm – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Bring a mat. Drop in fee $25.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

 

Photographic Garden Tour – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
SOUTHBOUND

WORK POSTPONEMENT
LONG TERM SINGLE LANE CLOSURE

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WORK

CITY OF YONKERS

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway (Southbound).

LIMITS: Between Palmer Road and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Postponement of bridge joint replacement.

IMPACTS: The previously scheduled closure of the left lane followed by the right lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway on Monday, May 9, 2016 is postponed until Monday, May 16, and continuing until Monday, June 6, 2016.

WHEN: Monday, May, 16, until Monday, June 6, 2016.

WHO: New York State Department of Transportation Bridge Joint Replacement.

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

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Next week, from Monday May 9 through Friday May 13, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • New York State Thruway  (I-87) – overhang bracket installation

o   Monday 5/9

  • SB Left Lane will be closed from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Ashford Avenue (for off structure utility access)

o   Tuesday 5/10 through Friday 5/13

  • WB Right Lane will be closed from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day

 

We are not anticipating any lane closures on the Saw Mill River Parkway next week and continue to coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

 

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

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY C.R. 9992

CITY OF WHITE PLAINS

WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER EVENT

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway.

LOCATION: Westchester County Center.

WHAT: Nyack College Graduation Ceremony.

IMPACTS: Bronx River Parkway will be subject to traffic disruptions at the above location due to the special event occurring at the Westchester County Center. Motorists are advised to avoid the Bronx River Parkway in the vicinity of the County Center (Exit 22).

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016, between the hours of 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Parks.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
ASHFORD AVENUE C.R. 134
VILLAGES OF DOBBSFERRY & ARDSLEY
BRIDGE REHABILITATION
SINGLE LANE CLOSURE

ROADWAY: Ashford Avenue.

LIMITS: Ashford Avenue between Southfield Avenue and Saw Mill River Road (Rt.9A)

WHAT: Bridge rehabilitation.

IMPACTS: There will be single lane closure of Ashford Avenue in the Westbound direction within the above limits on Tuesday, May 10, Thru Friday, May 13, 2016 between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. Motorists are advised to use as an alternate route to avoid delays.

WHEN: Weekdays beginning Tuesday, May 10 and continuing daily until Friday, May 13, 2016, between the hours of 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation contract # 09-547.

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

Join us at Westchester’s 2016 Earth Day celebration this Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza!

This year’s event will feature live music and entertainment for all ages, farmers’ market vendors, environmental exhibitors, giveaways, and more. There will be compost bins and rain barrels for sale; today is the last day to receive a free kitchen scrap pail when you reserve a compost bin or rain barrel online.

In addition, the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities will present 24 local organizations and municipalities with Earth Day Awards for notable environmental achievements and recycling programs. Come spend the day outdoors with family and friends, support local businesses and organizations, and learn ways to make positive impacts on the environment.

Admission and parking are free. The event will be held rain or shine.

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at 1 Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla.

For more information or general recycling questions, visit environment.westchestergov.com or call the Westchester County
Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to invite you to join me on May 11, 2016 for a free Immigration Mobile Clinic in New Rochelle presented by the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. Please click here for additional information and I ask that you forward the details to anyone who may be interested in attending.

I hope you could stop by to say hello,

James Maisano

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

To eliminate mosquito breeding sites and prevent the spread of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the Westchester County Health Department will offer free minnows, mosquito dunks and “Keep Healthy and Bug Off” brochures to residents on six Mosquito Control Days this month.

Residents with ornamental ponds should add the fathead minnows to the water to keep it from becoming a mosquito breeding site. The dunks serve the same purpose in birdbaths, rain barrels and unused pools.

Health Department staff will be available to answer questions and give out “Keep Healthy and Bug Off” brochures, which offer advice on how residents can prevent mosquito bites and eliminate standing water around their homes to keep mosquitoes from breeding nearby.

Residents with ponds who want the minnows should bring a bucket or pail to 2 Loop Road at the Westchester County Airport. The building is the first right from the airport access road. Minnows will be distributed in watertight plastic bags, and residents should plan to bring them straight home and release them into ponds with at least eight inches of water.

  • Wednesday – Friday, May 4-6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday – Friday, May 19-20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To eliminate breeding sites, the health department will begin to apply larvicide to catch basins that hold standing water but are clear of debris starting Monday, May 9th.

Larvaciding teams will evaluate and treat as needed, all catch basins on county and municipal roads throughout the county over the next few months.

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, residents should eliminate standing water from around their properties, especially after it rains.  Large areas of standing water on public property that cannot easily be removed should be reported to the Health Department by calling (914) 813-5000.

To learn more about mosquito prevention, visit the Health Department’s website at www.westchestergov.com/health.

Sincerely,

Alfreda A. Williams

Saturday

Yoga on the Farm – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Bring a mat. Drop in fee $25.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

 

Mother’s Day Herb Planter Sale Hilltop Hanover’s planters are filled with wonderful aromatic herbs that will produce throughout the summer and fall. Each is made from reclaimed plastic bottles and filled with four fragrant organic herbs. It willlook wonderful indoors

or out. The herbs will continue to produce throughout the summer and into the fall. Fee $30; reserve one today &

pick up between 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

 

The Farm Kitchen: Pasta Making – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join Maria to make both egg and a plain flour pasta, featuring ravioli and flavored pasta. Fee $45, $40.50 for Friends of Hilltop

Hanover Farm.

Berries & Beyond – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Discover how to best establish and maintain healthy berry plants. Topic include site selection, preparing the soil, pruning, and harvesting. Fee: $30.

 

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.

 

 

PLAYLAND REVISITED

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am pleased to provide you with an update on Playland.

On Monday, May 2, 2016, the Board of Legislators approved a revised agreement (“agreement”) between Westchester County (“the County”) and Standard Amusements, LLC. (“Standard”) by a vote of 13 to 4. In addition, the Board of Legislators approved spending $33.208 million in capital investments for Playland. I voted to approve the agreement and the capital spending.

Working with my Democratic colleagues, I restructured the agreement to save taxpayers millions of dollars by ensuring that Standard does not double count their management investment. I also had provisions included in the agreement to clarify that rides added to Playland by Standard could not be removed.  These changes will permit the County to begin to share in net profits sooner and will reduce the financial impact on our taxpayers.

The key points of the agreement include:

  • Standard will manage Playland for a term of 30 years
  • Standard will make payments to the County of $2.25 million by June 15, 2016 of which $500,000 is non-refundable and $1.5 million will be placed in a special reserve account by the County, of which a portion may revert to Standard if certain conditions are not met
  • Standard will invest $5.0 million in Playland prior to June 1, 2017
  • Standard will make a management investment of at least $27.75 million and up to $32.75 million within five years
  • Standard will continue to make additional capital investments in Playland over the 30 year term
  • The County will make capital investments of at least $33.208 million, which were approved on May 2
  • Standard will continue to co-manage Playland with the County and will take over full management in either 2017 or 2018 depending upon when the County has made at least 50% of its required capital investments which were approved by the Board on May 2
  • Standard will pay the County an annual Management Fee of $300,000 which will increase by at least 2% per year
  • In addition to the annual Management Fee, the County will share in net profits (after Standard has recouped its management investment) starting at 8% and growing to 12% over the term of the agreement
  • Standard will pay the County rent for various booths and other items at Playland

When Standard takes over full management of Playland, the County will be reimbursed for 100% of salaries and overtime costs plus 30% of salaries for fringe benefits for County employees that will continue to work at Playland for Standard.  After two years, Standard will reimburse the County for 100% of County employees’ costs for salaries and overtime and 100% of fringe benefits. County employees who will no longer work at Playland will be provided other jobs within the County at the same pay, pay grade and benefits. In addition, Standard will reimburse the County for police and park ranger services.

Playland will continue to provide summer employment opportunities for many youth in Westchester.

The Board of Legislators will decide to either replace or close the Playland pool by July 31, 2016. Standard will manage this area once the County has made its decision.

While not perfect, this agreement and Board approved capital spending will result in much needed investment in Playland by the County and Standard of at least $61 million. Taxpayers will not have to pay directly for $27.75 million of management investment that will be put up by Standard.  Instead, the operating cash flow from Playland will be used by Standard to recoup this investment. The $33.208 million capital investment by the County will cost the taxpayers approximately $2.6 million per year in principal and interest payments on the new debt to finance the County’s capital expenditures. These are needed capital investments in Playland that have been deferred by the County and would have been required regardless of an agreement. This $2.6 million will be partially offset by payments from Standard to the County for the annual Management Fee and net profits share.

Under this public/private deal, the County will continue to own Playland and will have considerable leverage over Standard. Playland will receive new rides and upgrades to the Park’s infrastructure, resulting in an updated and revitalized park for Westchester. Over time, the County will reap financial benefits and at the end of the term of the agreement, the County will continue to own Playland.  Our historical Playland will be revitalized for us and future generations to enjoy.

Playland is opening on May 7 for the 2016 season. I am working to improve the customer experience for everyone with this agreement between Standard and the County. While neither party got all that they wanted, I believe that we negotiated a better situation for our taxpayers while enhancing this historical jewel.

You may view the full agreement here.

Please share this information with your family and friends.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

____________________________________________________________

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

To eliminate mosquito breeding sites and prevent the spread of West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, the Westchester County Health Department will offer free minnows, mosquito dunks and “Keep Healthy and Bug Off” brochures to residents on six Mosquito Control Days this month.

Residents with ornamental ponds should add the fathead minnows to the water to keep it from becoming a mosquito breeding site. The dunks serve the same purpose in birdbaths, rain barrels and unused pools.

Health Department staff will be available to answer questions and give out “Keep Healthy and Bug Off” brochures, which offer advice on how residents can prevent mosquito bites and eliminate standing water around their homes to keep mosquitoes from breeding nearby.

Residents with ponds who want the minnows should bring a bucket or pail to 2 Loop Road at the Westchester County Airport. The building is the first right from the airport access road. Minnows will be distributed in watertight plastic bags, and residents should plan to bring them straight home and release them into ponds with at least eight inches of water.

  • WednesdayFriday, May 4-6, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • ThursdayFriday, May 19-20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To eliminate breeding sites, the health department will begin to apply larvicide to catch basins that hold standing water but are clear of debris starting Monday, May 9th.

Larvaciding teams will evaluate and treat as needed, all catch basins on county and municipal roads throughout the county over the next few months.

To help prevent mosquitoes from breeding, residents should eliminate standing water from around their properties, especially after it rains.  Large areas of standing water on public property that cannot easily be removed should be reported to the Health Department by calling (914) 813-5000.

To learn more about mosquito prevention, visit the Health Department’s website at www.westchestergov.com/health.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

____________________________________________________________

ASTORINO REQUESTS PROPOALS FOR SERVICES THAT BENEFIT CAREGIVERS

Funding for Social Adult Day Services comes through federal grants

 

County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified agencies to provide Social Adult Day Services. The funding comes from grants through the federal Older Americans Act.

Social Adult Day Services include structured, comprehensive programs that provide socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care and nutrition in a protective setting during the day or overnight but for less than 24 hours.

“Our RFP outreach is important because it enables the county to offer the highest quality services to adults and their caregivers,” Astorino said. “It gives us an opportunity to look at our options and compare costs. Our ultimate goal is to help adults remain in their homes and their communities by offering their caregivers temporary rest and relief from caregiving responsibilities.”

Proposals must be received by May 26 at the following address: The Department of Senior Programs and Services, County Office Building, 9 S. First Ave., 10th Floor, Mount Vernon, NY 10550.

For details about this and other RFPs, please visit: http://www.westchestergov.com/rfp.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Spring has finally arrived and Bicycle Sundays are underway!

During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The Bronx River Parkway will be closed between the Westchester County Center and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

I hope you can get out and enjoy the weather and get some exercise.  Please share this email with your friends and family!

Ben Boykin


WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY

CITY OF WHITE PLAINS & YONKERS, TOWNS OF
EASTCHESTER & GREENBURGH AND VILLAGES OF
BRONXVILLE, SCARSDALE & TUCKAHOE


ROADWAY: Northbound and Southbound Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Bronx River Parkway between the Westchester County Center and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Bike & Skate Sundays.

IMPACTS: All lanes of the Bronx River Parkway will closed to traffic within the above limits. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes such as the Sprain Brook Parkway, Route 100, and Route 22 to avoid delays during this event.

WHEN: Sunday’s May 1, 8, 15 and 22; June 5, 12, 19 and 26; 2016 between the hours 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. (Weather Permitting)

WHO: Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

NOTE: For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

Effective Saturday, May 7th

Route 75 will begin operating between Playland Park & the Rye Railroad Station on days

that Playland is open to the public. 

 

Hours of Operation

Route 75 will begin operating 1½ hours before the Playland opening time & continue

operating until ½ hour after the Playland closing time.

 

For Bee-Line schedule information, please visit us at:www.westchestergov.com/beeline.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Motorists are advised that one lane of the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed weekdays starting on today, May 2, and continuing until Monday, May 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Palmer Road and Desmond Avenue in Yonkers.

This closure is necessary for bridge joint replacement work being performed by the New York State Dept. of Transportation.

One southbound lane of the parkway will be closed at a time. Initially, the left lane will be closed for approximately two weeks, followed by the right lane closure for approximately two weeks.

Numerous variable message signs will be used to alert motorists of the upcoming lane closure.

For additional information on the Bronx River Parkway, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at (914) 995-2555.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I was joined by my colleagues at the Board of Legislators in passing a Bond Act in the amount of $6,800,000 for rehabilitation work to reduce inflow/infiltration at the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The Bonds will also fund a Sewer System Evaluation Survey.

The rehab work will take place at several sites along the Trunk Lines that carry sewage through all seven Yonkers sewer districts to the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The projects include, replacing 450 linear feet of corrugated iron pipe within the Hutchinson River.  The new ductile pipe will be placed out of the water flow along the east side of the river.

In addition, the Bond Act will fund rehabilitation of the Roberts Avenue combined sewage overflow (CSO) regulators and the installation of a new CSO regulator to supplement the existing regulator.  The regulator was originally built in the late 1930s.

The system evaluation survey will identify potential failure/erosion sites along the trunk line.  Those sites will be replaced or repaired as needed.

I have long advocated for the county to invest more in the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure the highest standards of environmental compliance.  As part of a previous Bond Act, I convinced the County Executive to create a schedule for the completion of rehab and expansion work at the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant specifically as such work relates to odor remediation.

I am gratified that I was able to deliver on my commitment to Yonkers residents, especially those who reside near the plant to get this important work done.  The Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant serves people from all over Westchester County.  I will continue to insist that Westchester County do everything and anything necessary to ensure that Yonkers residents and their local environment are protected…that includes protection from odors. The County Executive and the Public Works Commissioner have assured me that they will stick to the schedule that we agreed to and I will continue to monitor their progress and to engage in community outreach to keep residents informed.

Sincerely,

Virginia Perez


Estimados Amigos y Vecinos,

Mis colegas se unieron a mí en la Junta de Legisladores para aprobar un Acto de Bono en la suma de $6,800,000 para trabajos de rehabilitación para reducir el flujo de entrada/infiltración en la Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales de Yonkers. Este bono financiara una Encuesta de Evaluación del Sistema de Drenaje.

El trabajo de rehabilitación tomara lugar en varios lugares a través de las líneas troncales que cargan el drenaje por los siete distritos de drenaje en Yonkers hacia la Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales en Yonkers. Estos proyectos incluyen, reemplazar 450 pies de tubería de hierro corrugado en el Rio Hutchinson. La tubería dúctil nueva será colocada fuera de la corriente de agua a la orilla este del rio.

Adicionalmente, este Acto de Bono financiara la rehabilitación de reguladores del desbordamiento de drenaje combinado en la Avenida Roberts y la instalación de un regulador nuevo para suplementar el regulador actual, que fue construido en los 1930.

La encuesta de la evaluación del sistema identificara fallos potenciales/sitios de erosión a los lados de las líneas troncales. Esos sitios serán reemplazados y reparados mientras sean necesarios.

Por mucho tiempo he abogado para que el Condado invierta más en la Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales en Yonkers para asegurar los estándares más altos de cumplimiento ambiental. Como parte del Acto de Bono, convencí al Ejecutivo del Condado que cree un horario de realización esta rehabilitación para y trabajos de expandir en la Planta, específicamente porque es relativo a la remediación de olores.

Me complace que pude cumplir mi compromiso a los residentes de Yonkers, especialmente a esos que residen cerca de la Planta para completar este trabajo tan importante. La Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales en Yonkers le sirve a gente a través del Condado de Westchester .Continuare insistiendo que los ambientes locales estén protegidos… Eso incluye protección de olores. El Ejecutivo del Condado y el Comisionado de Trabajos Públicos me han asegurado que se adhieran al horario que acordamos y yo continuare monitoreando el progreso, y mantendré la comunicación con los residentes.

Sinceramente,

Virginia Perez

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BICYCLE SUNDAYS

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148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
www.westchestergov.com
Phone: (914) 995–2900

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The New York State Thruway Authority is planning to close three of the four northbound lanes – Westchester County to Rockland County – from 9 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 and again from 9 p.m. on Saturday to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.

The construction will not affect the southbound lanes from Rockland County to Westchester County. Motorists are advised to plan ahead or take alternatives routes, if possible.

Sincerely,

 

Gordon A. Burrows

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Spring has finally arrived and Bicycle Sundays are underway!

During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The Bronx River Parkway will be closed between the Westchester County Center and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

I hope you can get out and enjoy the weather and get some exercise.  Please share this email with your friends and family!

James Maisano


WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY

CITY OF WHITE PLAINS & YONKERS, TOWNS OF
EASTCHESTER & GREENBURGH AND VILLAGES OF
BRONXVILLE, SCARSDALE & TUCKAHOE


ROADWAY: Northbound and Southbound Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Bronx River Parkway between the Westchester County Center and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Bike & Skate Sundays.

IMPACTS: All lanes of the Bronx River Parkway will closed to traffic within the above limits. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes such as the Sprain Brook Parkway, Route 100, and Route 22 to avoid delays during this event.

WHEN: Sunday’s May 1, 8, 15 and 22; June 5, 12, 19 and 26; 2016 between the hours 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. (Weather Permitting)

WHO: Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

NOTE: For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Next week, from Monday May 2 through Friday May 6, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

New York State Thruway  (I-87) – overhang bracket installation

  • Monday 5/2 – SB Right Lane from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday 5/3 – NB Left Lane from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday 5/4 – NB Right Lane from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Thursday 5/5 – NB Left and Center Lanes from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM (NIGHT WORK)
  • Friday 5/6 – SB Right and Center Lanes from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM (NIGHT WORK)

We are not anticipating any lane closures on Ashford Avenue or the Saw Mill River Parkway next week and continue to coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

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

Sign up for special email alerts on this project at http://www.westchestergov.com/subscribe (Ashford Avenue Bridge QuickNews)

Westchester’s 2016 Earth Day celebration is coming to Kensico Dam Plaza on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m.
This annual springtime celebration is sponsored by Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities,
with support from Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Westchester Green Business Challenge, and will offer
live music and entertainment for all ages; exhibits by local environmental organizations; a farmers market featuring
locally grown produce, ready-to-eat foods and earth-friendly products; a compost bin and rain barrel sale; giveaways;
and more.
To reserve a compost bin or rain barrel for purchase, please complete the online form at environment.westchestergov.com.
Reserve a bin or barrel by May 4 and receive a free kitchen scrap pail. Admission and parking are free. The county’s
Mobile Shredder will also be present at the event. Residents can bring up to four boxes of confidential papers per household
for shredding.
A highlight of the day’s festivities will be the presentation of the county’s Earth Day Awards for environmental achievements
and community recycling programs.

Admission and parking are free. The event will be held rain or shine.

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at 1 Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla.

For more information or general recycling questions, go to environment.westchestergov.com or call the Westchester County
Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425.

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Saturday

Yoga on the Farm – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Bring a mat. Drop in fee $25.

 

Farm Tour – 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

 

 

Sunday

Spin & Knit

11 a.m. – noon

Calling all spinners and knitters, beginning or experienced.  Join the 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.

 

 

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.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we at the Board of Legislators are nearing the end of our due diligence process on the extended and revised Playland management agreement, we are going to have one last public hearing, to give Westchester residents an opportunity to be heard.  The hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 PM, at Rye City Hall, 1051 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.

If you cannot make the hearing, you can always call, write or email us.

Playland is at a crossroads.  Attendance is growing after a period of decline, but the physical plant needs a great deal of investment to keep it the kind of place that so many Westchester residents remember from their childhood, and want to bring their children and grandchildren to.  All comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.

All documents relating to the Playland Management Agreement and video of previous meetings can be viewed on the Board of Legislators website at: http://westchestercountyny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

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

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky

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148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
www.westchestergov.com
Phone: (914) 995–2900

Next week, from Monday April 25 through Friday April 29, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway (for overhang bracket installation)
    • Either the right or left lane, in one direction at a time, will be closed during the hours specified below:
      • Northbound – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
      • Southbound – 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

We are not anticipating any lane closures on Ashford Avenue and continue to coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

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

Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe (Ashford Avenue Bridge QuickNews)

ASTORINO ANNOUNCES 48th ANNUAL ‘SALUTE TO SENIORS’ AT COUNTY CENTER MAY 4

Event offers live entertainment, a business expo and a health fair for older adults

 

            Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that the 48th annual Salute to Seniors is set for Wednesday, May 4, at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The free event will feature a business expo with over 90 vendors, as well as live entertainment, dancing, a health and wellness fair, and more. The event will be in full swing from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (914) 813-6300 or visit www.westchestergov.com/seniors.

“Salute to Seniors is just as informative as it is fun,” Astorino said. “As always, we’ll have a wide variety of opportunities both for seniors and caregivers. It’s an exciting event that you won’t want to miss.”

Back again this year is the county’s Telehealth Intervention Programs for Seniors (TIPS), an innovative program that uses technology to remotely monitor a person’s health. TIPS enables seniors to be proactive about their health without having to travel to a medical facility or doctor’s office. Seniors in the program also receive health and wellness information, counseling and a social needs assessment to see what benefits they may be entitled to receive.

DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said that Salute to Seniors takes place in May because it is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail.” Last year a record 2,000 seniors attended the Salute.

“Westchester County is a frontrunner in services and programs for seniors,” Carpenter said. “When seniors are in good health, they can remain independent and continue to live in their homes and communities as they age. Seniors who join us at Salute will have a head start on how to do just that.”

The event is sponsored by Westchester County Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and The Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services; and co-sponsored by the county departments of Parks, Recreation and Conservation; and Public Works and Transportation.

JMC, site development consultants of Armonk, are a proud sponsor of this year’s Salute and have contributed funds to support transportation for senior groups to attend the event.

Many popular mainstays of the Salute will return this year:

  • Live music, dancing and entertainment.

o   Salute to Seniors will be rocking in the afternoon with C.P., an entertainer bringing the music of Little Richard and James Brown to the stage.  C.P. is one of the most talented and versatile celebrity impersonators in the country, a regular performer and weekly host at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater.  C.P. is provided through www.bubbygram.com. In addition, the Lindy Hop All-Stars & The Rhythm Stompers presented by Westchester Ballroom will add to the fun with “The 1950s Rewind Show.” This dynamic dance group will present a high energy, high flying dance collective specializing in the American social dances traveling through time, charting the evolution of social dances and how they adapted and evolved to fit the 1950’s music styles.

  • Business Expo: More than 90 businesses, organizations and government agencies specializing in products and services for older adults and caregivers will be in attendance.
    • New vendors this year include Hakuna Home Care; Brower and Russo Interior Design, Inc.;  AMERIGROUP Corporation; Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield; West Ledge – Emerald Peek; A & J Home Care; Center for View Restoration; Northern Manor Multicare Center, Inc.; Sans Souci Rehabilitation & Nursing Center; Marquis Home Care and more. Seniors will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the county’s departments of Social Services, Health and Consumer Protection as well as the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts and the Public Service Commission.
  • Health and Wellness Fair: 17 health care providers will offer strategies for improved health.

o   Providers this year include Memory Training Systems Inc.; Dr. Bruce Pinker from Progressive Foot Care; and Sifu Domingo Colon of the Tai Chi School of Westchester.  Dr. Michelle Verhave from Home Dental Care will conduct oral cancer screenings, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists from DSPS and NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital will assess seniors’ weight status and nutritional health. Two pharmacists from Burke Rehabilitation will provide one-on-one sessions with seniors to review their medications and blood pressure screening will be provided by Greenburgh Health Center and Northern Westchester Hospital. Also returning will be St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Services for lung screenings and the Center for Vein Restoration, which screens for varicose veins, spider veins, and related conditions.  New providers will include Avon, to share healthy skin care regimens, and Montefiore New Rochelle Diabetes Education Center conducting diabetes risk assessments. Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian offering a brief screening for mood, health and well-being.

  • Fitness Workshops: Take time to participate in our fitness workshops in the morning.

o   Sifu Domingo Colon of the Tai Chi School of Westchester will introduce seniors to seated Tai Chi; the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester and StepWISEnow will showcase a balance workout; and Healthways SilverSneakers will give seniors a snapshot of their fitness program designed specifically for older adults in their demonstration of SilverSneakers Classic, Circuit and Yoga programs.

  • Unclaimed Funds: Is the state holding any unclaimed funds in your name?
    • A representative from the New York State Comptroller’s Office will have a booth where seniors can find out if the state is holding any unclaimed funds in their names.
  • Reduced-Fare MetroCard Registration:  Seniors who want to sign up must bring a photo ID.
    • This enables seniors to travel at 50% discount on all Bee-Line buses in Westchester County, with free transfers to New York City buses and subways. A free jar of honey awaits those who sign up.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROAD & ENTRANCE RAMP CLOSURES

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY SOUTHBOUND C.R. 9992

TOWN OF GREENBURGH

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE

TREE TRIMMING OPERATIONS

ROADWAY: Southbound Bronx River Parkway, Pipeline Road & Ardsley Road Southbound Entrance Ramps.

LIMITS: Southbound Bronx River Parkway between Crane Road (Exit 12) and Harney/Strathmore Road (Exit 10). Pipeline Road & Ardsley Road Southbound Entrance Ramps.

WHAT: Tree trimming operations.

IMPACTS: The southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed to motorists within the above limits as well as the Pipeline Road and Ardsley Road Southbound Entrance Ramps on Monday, April 25, 2016 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

WHEN: Monday, April 25, 2016 between the hours 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

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

Next week, from Monday April 25 through Friday April 29, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway (for overhang bracket installation)

o   Either the right or left lane, in one direction at a time, will be closed during the hours specified below:

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

 

We are not anticipating any lane closures on Ashford Avenue and continue to coordinate our project with other projects in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

 

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Board of Legislators will be holding another public hearing about the proposed amended management agreement with Standard Amusements to run Playland for 30 years. It will take place on Tuesday, April 26th at Rye City Hall, 1051 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580, at 7 PM. I expect some members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators will be joining me to hear your concerns. It will be streamed live by RyeTV, and recorded and aired.

Sincerely,

Catherine

Dear Friends,

As you may know, as the deal stands today:

  1. It is still for a 30 year term
  2. The fee is still set at $300,000, increasing 2% annually
  3. The capital projects for the taxpayer to fund is now $32 million dollars, down from the proposed $58 million given to the Board of Legislators by the County Executive
  4. The profit share after Standard recoups their own $27 million dollar investment is:
    • 8% for years 1-10
    • 10% for years 11-20
    • 12% for years 21-30

When I asked Standard during the committee meeting what the estimate for their profit would be during those first ten years, their answer couldn’t have been clearer – they don’t expect to see a profit.  As to the next twenty years, and Standard’s expectations, they seem hopeful, but far from reassuring that we should expect any significant dollars from a profit share to offset our investment.

The debt service will cost the taxpayers annually $2.8 million dollars, and yet we will still not have completely restored the historic architecture, for instance, the colonnades are no longer included. The swimming pool is in terrible shape. It needs approximately $10 million to rebuild or $2million to take it down. Strangely, that decision will be made months after we are supposed to vote for this deal, but the cost and consequence to you will be discussed at another time. In other words, there is much more infrastructure work to be done, and I fear it is at your expense. Frankly, I don’t understand some of my colleagues of both parties who know that these decisions are important to the big picture of this deal, but seem hellbent on rushing to vote.

As it stands today, I will not be voting in favor of this agreement between Westchester County and Standard Amusements if the vote is taken May 2, 2016. 

I would like to hear your thoughts whether you agree or disagree with me. Tonight, we are having a public hearing at the Board of Legislators, 148 Martine Ave, White Plains at 7 PM. On Tuesday, April 26th, I am holding a public hearing at Rye City Hall at 7PM. For both hearings, speakers will get 3 minutes to be heard.

Sincerely,

Catherine F. Parker

Dear Friends and Neighbors,There has been a lot in the news about the future of Playland and I wanted to inform you of an important opportunity to have your voice heard as a part of the process.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators will hold a hearing for the public tonight, April 20th at 6:30PM in the BOL Chambers. (148 Martine Ave., White Plains, 8th floor)

All documents relating to the Playland Management Agreement and video of previous meetings can be viewed on the Board of Legislators website at: http://westchestercountyny.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

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

If you would like to submit comments in writing, please e-mail them to Williams@westchesterlegislators.com.  If you have any questions about either of these events, please don’t hesitate to call my office at (914) 995-2837.

Sincerely,

Lyndon D. Williams

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

TUCKAHOE ROAD C.R.36

ALTERNATING SINGLE LANE CLOSURES

PAVING OPERATIONS

CITY OF YONKERS

 

ROADWAY: Tuckahoe Road.

LIMITS: From Winnebago Road to the Bronx River Parkway.

WHAT: Paving Operations.

IMPACTS: Tuckahoe Road will be subject to alternating single lane closure of traffic controlled by flag persons and Police personnel between the above limits.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 15-513.

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

Vegetable Garden Workshop — 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Explore basic vegetable gardening from seed to table with head farmer Max Zanke, who will take you

through soil preparation, selection of heirloom varieties, seeds, pest management and post harvesting.

Learn various techniques including succession and companion planting. Fee $30; pre-registration required.

 

The Farm Kitchen: Baking Bread the Global Way  — 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Join chef Rinku Bhattacharya to explore four different global breads and learn how to incorporate seasonal herbs and

light vegetables into your bread making repertoire by making the following:

  • Tomato Rosemary Naan – A skillet whole wheat version of the classic Indian flatbread seasoned with rosemary and infused with tomatoes.
  • Mint Paratha – Classic Indian Flatbreads infused with Mint and Cumin
  • Herbs of Hilltop Focaccia Bread
  • Gluten Free Lentil Crepes with Shallots and Cilantro

The class is hands-on, and will include a signed copy of Rinku’s award winning cookbook, The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles.

Fee $45, $40.50 for members of Hilltop Hanover Farm; 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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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Con Edison customers now generate more than 100 megawatts of clean, renewable power with solar panels on roofs in New York City and Westchester County.

Customers in the five boroughs and Westchester have completed 8,415 solar projects atop houses, condo buildings, skyscrapers and expansive warehouses, generating 105.4 megawatts, enough to power about 16,000 homes annually.

With Earth Day 2016 approaching this week, it’s an accomplishment worth noting for Con Edison customers, the utility and public-sector partners that have worked to create a vibrant solar market in the New York City area.

As recently as the end of 2010, the amount of solar generation in New York City and Westchester was only 8.5 megawatts. The pace has accelerated dramatically since then and customers installed nearly 35 megawatts of production in 2015 alone.

George and John Utley, the brothers who own manufacturing company Utley’s Inc. in Woodside, Queens, are among those using the sun’s rays to produce electricity. They placed 80 panels that produce 20 kilowatts atop their factory. (To see a video, go to: http://bcove.me/xu84g6jc)

The business was paying up to $10,000 a month for electricity during the summer months. John Utley said the panels went into service last November and he is eager to see how much money they cut off the company’s electric bill during the summer of 2016.

Utley’s, founded in 1945, makes prototype containers for the cosmetics and liquor industries. Clients such as Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and Cuisinart hire Utley’s to make prototype containers and then decide whether they want to have the containers manufactured on a large scale, filled with product and displayed on store shelves.

John Utley said he placed a 10-kilowatt system on his home in New Jersey in 2007, reducing his monthly electric cost by as much as $200 a month, and has since added a five-kilowatt array to his garage.

Seeing the savings he and his brother decided to place panels on their business. The Utleys took advantage of $22,000 in incentives from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority and expect a return on their investment in six years.

Con Edison tries to make the interconnection process as easy and quick as possible for customers who choose solar. The company does not require an engineering review for systems under 25 kilowatts.

The company contributed technical support for the creation of the New York City solar map (http://nycsolarmap.com/), which shows the solar potential for every building in the city. A page on Con Edison’s own website explains the installation process (www.coned.com/solar).

Here’s a breakdown by region of the solar installations and solar production in New York City and Westchester County:

PV by Borough

# of Installed Systems

Total MW

Brooklyn

647

12.97

Bronx

341

9.80

Manhattan

129

2.49

Queens

1,331

18.69

Staten Island

3,310

28.01

Westchester

2,657

33.45

TOTAL

8,415 systems

105.4 MW

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

MANAGING PESTS AROUND THE HOME.
Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County.

FIGHT THE BITE! STEPS TO AVOID AND MANAGE BED BUGS IN THE HOME
SESSION 1 OF 2016 MANAGING PESTS AROUND THE HOME – Bed bugs are biting insects that can have devastating impacts on homeowners, both emotionally and financially. While infestations are difficult to manage without professional help, early identification allows homeowners to manage bugs on their own. …

TAKE THE STING OUT OF FALL: HOW TO MANAGE STINGING INSECTS AROUND THE HOME
SESSION 2 OF 2016 MANAGING PESTS AROUND THE HOME – Bees, wasps and hornets are ecologically valuable insects that provide pollination services and/or natural control of pest populations. However, the presence of these stinging insects near homes and schools can represent a health threat for allergic…

HOME INVASION: THE STORY OF THE OVERWINTERING PESTS
SESSION 3 OF 2016 MANAGING PESTS AROUND THE HOME – The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a notorious overwintering pest that enters homes in the falland emerges in the spring. Although these pests do not cause damage to the house, their presence is unwanted. This presentation will cover the biology of o…

AVOIDING AND MANAGING TICKS AROUND THE HOME
SESSION 4 OF MANAGING PESTS AROUND THE HOME 2016 – Lyme disease is the most common arthropod-borne pathogen in the United States, with approximately 30,000 cases reported each


LEARN MORE
https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.cce.cornell.edu/attachments/14707/Managing_Pests_Around_the_Home_Series_2016.pdf?1460562619

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

A new Lion’s Club is being formed and will be named the Central Westchester Lion’s Club. The new Lion’s Club, which will be based in White Plains, is open to individuals and families throughout Westchester County.

http://www.westchesterlegislators.com/enewsletter/2016/CentralWestchesterLionsClubMeetingFlyer.pdf

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

 

Ben Boykin

Next week, from Monday April 18 through Friday April 22, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway (NYSDOT Fiber Optic Cable Relocation)
    • Northbound Right Lane from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, daily

We are not anticipating any lane closures on Ashford Avenue.  However it should be noted that the ongoing construction on Ashford Avenue at Pearl Street in Dobbs Ferry is not part of the Ashford Avenue Bridge project but is for a Con Edison Gas Main Replacement.  Likewise, construction about to commence on Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A) north of Ashford Avenue in Ardsley, is related to a Water Main Replacement project for Suez Water.

We continue to coordinate our project with others in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

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

Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe (Ashford Avenue Bridge QuickNews)

Next week, from Monday April 18 through Friday April 22, the following closures are planned for the Ashford Avenue Bridge Project:

  • Saw Mill River Parkway (NYSDOT Fiber Optic Cable Relocation)

o   Northbound Right Lane from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, daily

 

We are not anticipating any lane closures on Ashford Avenue.  However it should be noted that the ongoing construction on Ashford Avenue at Pearl Street in Dobbs Ferry is not part of the Ashford Avenue Bridge project but is for a Con Edison Gas Main Replacement.  Likewise, construction about to commence on Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A) north of Ashford Avenue in Ardsley, is related to a Water Main Replacement project for Suez Water.

 

We continue to coordinate our project with others in the area to limit disruptions to the traveling public.

 

Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge.

Yoga on the Farm – 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

A mixed level (beginner-advanced) class with farmer and certified Yoga instructor Michelle Graham.

Fees and registration required.

 

Spin & Knit

11 a.m. – noon

Calling all spinners and knitters, beginning or experienced.  Join the 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.

 

 

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.

Share with Westchester County Veterans.  Please note, in person registration required. See flyer for details. Call us with questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tugboat Tragedy On The Hudson
Giant crane on the way to raise vessel next week >>

Astorino Announces Fathering Conference
Chef Jeff of the Food Network among notable speakers >>

Golf Westchester Season Officially Open!
New tee-time system available on smartphones, tablets >>


The Fest for Beatles Fans

Check out other events
on our Calendar

 

For more news: www.westchestergov.com

     

148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
www.westchestergov.com
Phone: (914) 995–2900

Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens.

 

Please join us for this important FREE program designed to help you and your loved ones

stay safe in the event of an emergency.

 

This four-hour course is designed to enhance the caregiver’s awareness

of vulnerability factors associated with senior citizens.

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sign-up for either morning or afternoon training sessions

8 a.m. – 12 Noon

or

1 p.m. –  5 p.m.

Location:

Westchester County Emergency Services

4 Dana Road

Valhalla, NY 10595

 

Registration is required by March 24.

To sign up, please email Jay Pascua pascuajp@hawaii.edu with your email, full name, contact phone number, and work or home address including zip code.

For additional information or questions call Jay at 1-808-725-5228

 

 

 

Learn how to create your own homestead vegetable garden, start up a bee hive, start a flock of chickens

and preserve the seasons bounty through fermenting, freezing and dehydration during Homestead Happiness

workshops this Saturday, March 5, at Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center in Yorktown Heights.

 

Beekeeping: Hive & Apiary Set-up – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Regina Blakeslee of Hudson  Valley Natural Beekeepers will teach you about hive placement, how to order bees,

assemble your hive, and maintain tools and equipment.

 

Vegetable Gardening – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Get a jump start on planning your spring garden.  Featuring discussion with our farmer on seeds, tools, soils and

vegetable choice.

 

Backyard Chickens – 11 a.m. – noon

Start your own backyard chicken coop by learning about breeds, feed, and humane practices for caring for your hens.

 

Food Preservation – noon – 2:30 p.m.

Donna Simons of Pound ridge Organics will teach the basics of fermenting, freezing and dehydration, allowing plenty

of time for you to perfect your craft for later in the season when vegetables become abundant.

 

Fee for each class is $25, $22.50 for Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm. Pre-registration is required.

 

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

 

For more information about programs or to register for events, go to HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

Learn about the medicinal and healing uses of herbs during an 8-session series of classes at Hilltop Hanover Farm

in Yorktown Heights.

 

Bonnie Rogers of Bonnie’s Herbals will focus on the unique benefits of particular herbs for your health and wellness.

Two of these classes will be seasonal weed walks during which she will identify edible weeds, discuss their benefits,

and suggest ways to prepare and use them.

 

Classes meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Class fees are $40, $30 for Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm.

 

For  a full description of each class click on the “register now” links below.

 

April 9  — Herbs for Stress & Anxiety

Since stress is the single most common contributor to illness, using herbal medicine to balance your stress and anxiety

is not only about relaxing your body, but about keeping your body balanced.

REGISTER NOW

 

May 21 – Spring Medicinal Weed Walk

Learn firsthand the vast selection of spring weeds that are edible, nutritious, and medicinal.

REGISTER NOW

 

June 11 – Herbal Healing Salve Making

You’ll learn about an assortment of oils, herbs and essential oils you can use in your salve.

REGISTER NOW

 

July 9  — Kitchen Herbal Medicine

Discover the health benefits of garlic, ginger, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and much more.

REGISTER NOW

 

Aug. 13 — Herbs for Optimal Brain Function

A discussion of foods and herbs to help enhance your brain power and take home an herbal remedy to help with your focus.

REGISTER NOW

 

Sept. 10 — Fall Medicinal Weed Walk

Learn to identify the medicinal and edible plants which are available in the fall.

REGISTER NOW

 

Oct. 8 — DIY Organic Skin Cream

If you’re interested in a healthy, organic, inexpensive way to have beautiful skin, make a wonderful, herbal skin cream from

ingredients found in your kitchen.

REGISTER NOW

 

Nov. 12 — A Healthy Immune System

If you are living with fatigue, stress, bloating, acid reflux, IBS, heartburn, or inflammation, learn dietary and herbal choices you

can make to achieve optimum health.

REGISTER NOW

 

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

 

For more information about programs or to register for events, go to HilltopHanoverFarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

 

There will be a test of the Indian Point sirens in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties on February 17th at approximately 10:30am. This sounding is only a test.

 

If there were an emergency at the nuclear power plants, the sirens would be sounded continuously at full volume for 4 minutes, followed by an activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on radio and television stations to broadcast important information and instructions. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate, rather they are intended to alert the public to tune to this or another EAS radio or TV station for important information.  This sounding is ONLY A TEST. No action by the public is necessary.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 5, 2016

 

county completes construction on crane road bridge.

Astorino Thanks Contractor, Construction Industry for Completing Project On Time and On Budget.

 

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced construction for Crane Road Bridge has completed on time and on budget. Crane Road Bridge is the largest bridge construction project that Westchester County has ever undertaken at a total cost of $53 million.

“The good news today is that we now have a modern and safe bridge in place that will make it easier to get around Westchester and hopefully take some of the stress out of the busy lives of the people who use the Bronx River Parkway,” Astorino said. “Despite all the moving parts and competing interests, the team has for all practical purposes brought the project in on time and on budget.”

Astorino congratulated the general contractor, E.E. Cruz and Co. Inc., the Construction Industry Council, the project’s construction workers, and the various unions for completing Crane Road Bridge on time and on budget. He also thanked the residents and merchants of Scarsdale as well as Bronx River Parkway motorists for their patience, saying E.E. Cruz and the county worked to keep disruptions at a minimum.

The project is currently $500,000 under budget, expected to be enough to cover a few outstanding invoices. All four lanes of the parkway opened to motorists on September 4, 2015, with all work completed on December 20. Astorino added, “In a perfect world, we would have finished a little sooner, but despite some tough weather we saw during three years of construction, this project was completed in the shortest possible amount of time.”

Joseph Malandro, president and COO of E.E. Cruz and Co. Inc., said the uniqueness of the bridge’s “mushroom caps” structure motivated the company to bid on the project because “it was an engineering challenge to build it.”

“It’s a pleasure for us to complete this project,” Malandro said. “This was the first Westchester County project that we bid successfully and completed successfully, and we will be bidding on Westchester County projects in the future.”

Ross Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council, credited a Project Labor Agreement for the success of construction on the Crane Road Bridge.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the construction industry when the County of Westchester and County Executive Astorino move forward with projects that improve the community and create safe roadways,” Pepe said. “This project, which employed dozens of workers from the local area, had a specialized Project Labor Agreement in place to ensure continuity for the workforce and contractors so the project could flow correctly and be completed on time and on budget.”

The Crane Road Bridge project:

  • expanded the four lanes from 9.5 feet in width to 11 feet;
  • added a 4 foot right shoulder and a 2.5 foot left shoulder;
  • added a 260-foot long deceleration lane for exiting traffic at Exit 12 northbound;
  • improved the curves to increase stopping sight distance and allow the advisory speed to increase from 20 mph to 30 mph;
  • added a sidewalk to the south side of the bridge;
  • and, installed a pedestrian ramp to access the southbound Metro-North Station platform and the Bronx River Parkway Reservation pathway.

“I believe very strongly that infrastructure is the essence of government. It’s keeping our roads and our bridges safe—that’s what the county should be doing,” Astorino added. “There’s a lot government is doing that we shouldn’t be doing, and it quite frankly takes resources away from infrastructure projects.”

Over the last five years, Westchester County has put nearly $1 billion to work on capital projects, creating nearly 11,000 construction jobs. With the Capital Plan passed as part of the 2016 budget, Westchester will spend another $1 billion over the next five years, creating nearly 11,000 more jobs.

The Bronx River Parkway’s Crane Road Bridge is made up of two bridges, one over the Bronx River, commonly referred to as the “mushroom bridge,” and the other over the MTA Metro-North Railroad track north of the Scarsdale Station, commonly referred to as the “railroad bridge.” These bridges share a common middle abutment. The original Crane Road Bridge was a major contributing element to the designation of the Bronx River Parkway Reservation on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction of the new bridge follows policies of the U.S. Department of the Interior for historic bridges.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 17, 2015

 

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY SOUTHBOUND WEEKEND CLOSURES START FRIDAY NIGHT

FROM YONKERS TO WHITE PLAINS

Work is part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project

 

Motorists are advised that portions of the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed this weekend between the Westchester County Center and Ardsley Road (Exit 11) starting on Friday night, December 18, at 10 p.m. and continuing until Sunday, December 20, when the southbound parkway is scheduled to re-open at 8 p.m. This weekend night closure is necessary to continue to enhance the drainage system as part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

Southbound closures start Friday, December 18, at 10 p.m. and continue to Sunday, December 20, at 8 p.m.:

  • There will be no access to the southbound Bronx River Parkway in White Plains, south of the County Center.
  • All traffic will be diverted onto Central Park Avenue, south to the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • Entrances to the southbound Bronx River Parkway at Main Street and Fenimore Road will be closed.
  • The southbound Bronx River Parkway will be open at Ardsley Road and all points south.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Numerous variable message signs will be used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at 995-2555. Full details on this project are available at http://www.westchestergov.com/craneroadbridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at http://www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2015

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND WEEKEND CLOSURES START FRIDAY NIGHT FROM YONKERS TO WHITE PLAINS

Work is part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project

 

Motorists are advised that portions of the northbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed this weekend between the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Westchester County Center starting on Friday night, December 4, at 10 p.m. and continuing until Sunday, December 6, when the northbound parkway is scheduled to re-open at 4 p.m. This weekend night closure is necessary to enhance the drainage system as part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

Northbound closures start Friday, December 4, at 10 p.m. and continue until Sunday, December 6, at 4 p.m.:

  • There will be no access from the six lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway to the four lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway. All traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) to White Plains.
  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be accessible to local traffic at all times at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road):
    • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive.
    • All northbound traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, re-entering the northbound parkway at Crane Road.
  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Numerous variable message signs will be used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at 995-2555. Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/craneroadbridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

 

Friday

Taste the Fall at Hilltop – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local artisan food vendors offer tastings and foods for sale on Fridays throughout the fall.

 

 

Friday & Saturday

Farm Stand Open —  Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  &  Saturday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Check website for what’s available each week.

 

Saturday

U-Pick –10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Bring your own bag or basket and harvest your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Pay at the tent stand.

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

Spin & Knit – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Beginners and experienced craftspeople are welcome to join in an informal atmosphere as part of this monthly

group. No fee for first-timers.

 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Pre-orders Now Available

Order your turkey, vegetables, pies and breads for pick up on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Hilltop Hanover now. Go to the

website for ordering information and details.

 

 

For more information, weekly produce availability, or to register for programs, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org

or call (914) 962-2368.

 

Friday

Taste the Fall at Hilltop – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local artisan food vendors offer tastings and foods for sale on Fridays throughout the fall.

 

 

Friday & Saturday

Farm Stand Open —  Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  &  Saturday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Check website for what’s available each week.

 

Saturday

U-Pick –10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Bring your own bag or basket and harvest your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Pay at the tent stand.

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

 

Sunday

Rescuing the Thanksgiving Side Dish – noon – 2 p.m.

Join chef Maria Reina and learn how to create several easy and delicious side dishes for your Thanksgiving

dinner or to take with you to a friend’s feast using veggies and produce from the farm. Fee $25, $22.50 for

Friends of Hilltop Hanover; pre-registration required.

 

For more information, weekly produce availability, or to register for programs, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org

or call (914) 962-2368.

There will be a test of the Indian Point sirens in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties on November 4th at approximately 10:30 a.m. This sounding is only a test. No action by the public is necessary.

 

In an actual emergency, the sirens would sound continuously at full volume for four minutes, followed by the broadcast of an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message on radio and television stations. Sirens are not a signal to evacuate, but rather for people to tune to an EAS radio or TV station for information and instructions. Once again, this sounding is ONLY A TEST. No action by the public is necessary.

Friday

Taste the Fall at Hilltop – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local artisan food vendors offer tastings and foods for sale on Fridays throughout the fall.

 

 

Friday & Saturday

Farm Stand Open —  Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  &  Saturday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Check website for what’s available each week.

 

Saturday

U-Pick –10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Bring your own bag or basket and harvest your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Pay at the tent stand.

 

Halloween Happenings at Hilltop – Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come in costume and get 10% off produce, meet Zombie farmers, pick pumpkins, have some cider and play

cow-pie bingo. Free farm tours and crafts.

 

 

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

For more information, weekly produce availability, or to register for programs, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org

or call (914) 962-2368.

 

Learn why plastic bags are problematic for the environment, where they end up, and what can be done

about them during the Conservation Café  “Bag the Plastic: the Effects of Plastic Bags on the Environment”

Friday, November 6, at the Greenburgh Public Library.

 

Speakers for the program will include:

 

  • Patti Wood, co-founder and Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, who will

discuss the problems plastic bags pose for the environment;

 

  • Anne Bobroff-Hajal, member of Eco-Neighbors in White Plains, who will present research she has

conducted on the impact plastic bag legislation has had on various local communities;

 

  • Catherine Parker, Westchester County Legislator, who will discuss proposed legislation for a plastic

bag ban for Westchester County;

 

  • Nancy Seligson, Supervisor of the Town of Mamaroneck, who will highlight actions that individual

communities can take to “ditch the plastic.”

 

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations.

The program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free. Pre-registration

is requested at bagtheplastic.eventbrite.com.

 

The Greenburgh Public Library is located at 300 Tarrytown Rd, Elmsford, NY 10523.

 

Conservation Café offers a forum for constructive dialogue about current environmental issues and is sponsored by

Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Grassroots Environmental Education, Greenburgh Nature Center,

Mianus River Gorge, Pace University, Teatown Lake Reservation, Westchester County Parks, and Westchester Land Trust.

 

Friday

Taste the Fall at Hilltop – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local artisan food vendors offer tastings and foods for sale on Fridays throughout the fall.

 

Couples Cooking: Indian Style – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Chef Rinku Batthcharya will teach couples how to cook several traditional Indian dishes using seasonings

and various ingredients from the farm. Class limited to eight couples. Fee $112.50 per couple for members,

$125 per couple non-members; pre-registration required.

 

 

Friday & Saturday

Farm Stand Open —  Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  &  Saturday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Check website for what’s available each week.

 

Saturday

U-Pick –10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Bring your own bag or basket and harvest your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Pay at the tent stand.

 

Meet the Ladies! – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Get to know and learn about the farm’s chickens.

 

Building your Immunity – 10 a.m. – noon

Just in time for cold and flu season, learn how to use elderberry and other natural immune-building plants to boost

your immune system. Fee $ 31.50 members, $35 non-members; pre-registration required.

 

 

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

For more information, weekly produce availability, or to register for programs, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org

or call (914) 962-2368.

Friday

Taste the Fall at Hilltop – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local artisan food vendors offer tastings and foods for sale on Fridays throughout the fall.

 

 

Friday & Saturday

Farm Stand Open —  Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  &  Saturday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Check website for what’s available each week.

 

Saturday

U-Pick – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Bring your own bag or basket and harvest your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Pay at the tent stand.

 

Spin & Knit – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Beginners and experienced craftspeople are welcome to join in an informal atmosphere as part of this monthly group. No fee for first-timers.

 

Meet the Kids! – Saturday, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet and learn about the farm’s latest new arrivals – the goats.

 

 

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

For more information, weekly produce availability, or to register for programs, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org

or call (914) 962-2368.

Friday

Taste the Fall at Hilltop – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local artisan food vendors offer tastings and foods for sale on Fridays throughout the fall.

 

 

 

Friday & Saturday

Farm Stand Open —  Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  &  Saturday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Check website for what’s available each week.

 

Saturday

U-Pick – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Bring your own bag or basket and harvest your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Pay at the tent stand.

 

Seasonal Lunch-&-Learn Vegetable Cooking Series – Saturday, 2 p.m.

Executive chef Maria Reina offers inspiration and tips for how to select, store and prepare your fresh seasonal

produce. Fee $31.50 members, $35 non-members; pre-registration required.

 

 

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

For more information, weekly produce availability, or to register for programs, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org

or call (914) 962-2368.

 

Friday

Taste the Fall at Hilltop – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local artisan food vendors offer tastings and foods for sale on Fridays throughout the fall.

 

Friday & Saturday

Farm Stand Open —  Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  &  Saturday, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

Check website for what’s available each week.

 

Saturday

U-Pick – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Bring your own bag or basket and harvest your own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Pay at the tent stand.

 

Bonnie’s Weed Walk – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join herbalist Bonnie Rodgers for an informational weed walk and learn about the medicinal properties of

weeds in your own backyard. Fee $35 for non-members, $31.50 for members of Hilltop Hanover;

pre-registration required.

 

Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking – Saturday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This class will emphasize vegan and vegetarian dishes with a selection of five dishes that are simple and work well for

cooler weather, along with a discussion of  herbs and spices. Fee $35 for non-members, $31.50 for members;

pre-registration is required.

 

Farm-to-Table Dinner – Saturday,  7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fundraiser partnering with local chefs and restaurants for a tapas-style tasting with beer and cider.

Tickets are $75 per person; pre-registration is required.

 

 

Sunday

Spin & Knit – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Gather in an informal atmosphere and be part of this monthly group. No fee/registration required for first-time attendees.

 

Pizza Contest – Saturday, October 4, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Yorktown Small Business Association will host its second annual pizza and the first apple/pumpkin pie contest at the farm.

Fee $10 per person for tastings and soft drinks. Pre-registration required.

 

 

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

For more information, weekly produce availability, or to register for programs, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org

or call (914) 962-2368.

Farm Stand Open —  Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

 

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

 

Spin- and Knit-In – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Calling all spinners and knitters, beginning or experienced! Join the informal atmosphere of a monthly

spinning and knitting group. No fee or registration required for first-time attendees; $5 for each subsequent class.

To register, go to www.groups.yahoo.com/group/HanoverSpinKnitIn.

 

 

Check the website weekly for available produce www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.

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

For more information, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

 

Farm Stand Cooking Class – Friday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Have you found yourself at the farmers market, or with your farm share, looking for some inspiration?

Chef Maria Reina, Executive Chef and Owner of Bella Cucina Maria,  will give you tips on how to select, store

and prepare your market produce. Each class will explore seasonal, just harvested ingredients. Registration

is required; $25 per person, $20 for members. Go to hilltophanoverfarm.org/events.

 

Farm Stand Open —  Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

 

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

 

Check the website weekly for available produce www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.

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

For more information, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

 

Farm Stand Cooking Class – Friday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Have you found yourself at the farmers market, or with your farm share, looking for some inspiration?

Chef Maria Reina, Executive Chef and Owner of Bella Cucina Maria,  will give you tips on how to select, store

and prepare your market produce. Each class will explore seasonal, just harvested ingredients. Registration

is required; $25 per person, $20 for members. Go to hilltophanoverfarm.org/events.

 

Farm Stand Open —  Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

 

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

 

Check the website weekly for available produce www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.

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

For more information, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
NORTHBOUND
LANE CLOSURE
GUIDE RAIL REPAIR OPERATIONS
CITY OF YONKERS
ROADWAY: Northbound Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: At Oak Street Entrance Ramp.

WHAT: Guide rail repair operations.

IMPACTS: The Northbound left lane of Bronx River Parkway will be closed to motorists within the above limits.

WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 15-200.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2015

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY CLOSURES BEGIN FRIDAY NIGHT

FROM YONKERS TO WHITE PLAINS

Work is part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project

 

Motorists are advised that portions of the northbound and southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed between the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Westchester County Center from Friday, July 10 at 10 p.m. to Saturday, July 11 at 10 p.m.

Northbound closures on the parkway are the following:

  • There will be no access from the six lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway to the four lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.

Ø  All traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) to White Plains.

  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times:

Ø  Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.

Ø  All northbound traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, re-entering the northbound parkway at Crane Road.

  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

Southbound closures on the parkway are the following:

  • There will be no access to the southbound Bronx River Parkway in White Plains, south of the County Center Exit 22.
  • All traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue, then south to the sprain Brook parkway.
  • Entrances to the southbound parkway at main Street and Fenimore Road will be closed.
  • The southbound parkway will be open at Ardsley Road and all points south.

Southbound parkway exit ramp to Crane Road (Exit 12) closure July 10 to August 15:

  • Exit 12 from the southbound parkway to Crane Road will be closed from Friday, July 10 at 10 p.m. to August 15.
  • A detour will be posted using the southbound parkway to Exit 10 Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue.  Route 22 is suggested as an alternative to the detour route.

These closures are necessary to complete construction of the new southbound roadway including installing the remaining portions of the permanent concrete median barrier, west fascia bridge rail, guide rail, curbs, waterproof the concrete bridge, reconstruct the north and south bridge approaches and pave the new southbound bridge and approaches as part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Numerous variable message signs will be used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at

995-2555. Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/craneroadbridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
ROADWAY CLOSURE & RAMP CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY-CRANE ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Bronx River Parkway Crane Road Bridge Replacement.

IMPACTS:

Northbound Closure:

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

Southbound Closure

  • There will be no access to the SB BRP, in White Plains, south of the County Center.
  • All Traffic will be detoured onto Central Avenue, south to the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • Entrances to the Southbound BRP at Main Street & Fenimore Road will be closed.
  • The SB Bronx River Parkway will be open at Ardsley Road and all points south.
  • SB BRP Exit Ramp to Crane Road (Exit 12) Closure July 10 to August 15.
  • Exit 12 from the SB BRP to Crane Road will be closed from 10:00 PM July 10 to August 15.
  • A detour will be posted utilizing the SB BRP to Exit 10 (Harney Road, to Scarsdale Avenue.
  • Route 22 is suggested as an alternate to the detour route.

WHEN: Bronx River Parkway Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11, 2015 between the hours of 10:00 PM and 10:00 PM. Exit 12 Southbound Ramp Closure, July 10 to August 15, 2015.

Farm Stand Open: Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

Farm Stand Cooking Series –Friday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.                                        

Have you found yourself at the farmers market, or with your farm share, looking for some inspiration?

Executive Chef Maria Reina  will give you tips on how to select, store and prepare your market produce.

Each class will explore seasonal, just harvested ingredients. Registration is required; fee $25 per person,

$20 for members.

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

For registration information, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2015       BRONX RIVER PARKWAY SOUTHBOUND OVERNIGHT CLOSURE EARLY SATURDAY

In Scarsdale, Greenburgh and Eastchester

Work is part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project

 

Motorists are advised that the southbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed overnight early Saturday, June 27 from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. at Crane Road Exit 12 in the Village of Scarsdale, and Towns of Greenburgh and Eastchester.

Southbound traffic will be detoured to Crane Road/East Parkway and may re-enter the parkway at Ardsley Road or Harney Road.  Northbound traffic will remain unaffected.

These closures are necessary to conduct new drainage work and electrical crossings on the bridge as part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Numerous variable message signs will be used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at

995-2555. Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/craneroadbridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

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Farm Stand Open: Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

Behind the Scenes Saturday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., in front of Building C.

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Hilltop Hanover and see all the hidden areas you won’t see on a normal day.

Homesteader Workshop Series: Composting 101 —  Sunday, 10 a.m. – noon.

Discover the many things you can do at home to increase your food independence and peace of mind by closing

the gap between yourself, your food, and the land. Fee $35 per person, $30 for members. Pre-register online

at hilltophanover.org/events.

.

Check the website weekly for available produce www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.

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

For more information, go to HilltopHanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

Farm Stand Cooking Class Series: Friday,  4 p.m. – 6 p.m.Wondering what to do with all the beautiful, fresh produce? Join chef Maria Reina of Bella Cucina Maria for

tips on how to select, store and prepare your market produce. Registration is required;  $25 per person,

$20 for members of Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm.

Farm Stand Open: Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m. 

Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

Spin ‘n’ Knit-In – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join this monthly group of crafters for socializing and camaraderie.

Preserving the Harvest Series: Jams and Jellies Making – Saturday, , 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

Learn how to take your favorite summer fruits and turn them into a tasty treat that you can enjoy all year long.

Fee $30 per person, $25 for members and children ages 8-12 free when accompanied by an adult.

Pre-registration is required. Others in series are Pickles on July 18 and Tomato Sauce on August 15.

 

Check the website weekly for available produce hilltophanoverfarm.org.

 

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

More information at info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2015       BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND CLOSURES ON THURSDAY

FROM YONKERS TO WHITE PLAINS

Work is part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project

 

Motorists are advised that the northbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed on Thursday, June 11 from

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers to the Westchester County Center (Exit 22) in White Plains.

Northbound parkway closures:

  • There will be no access from the six lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway to the four lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) to

White Plains.

  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times: entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • Northbound parkway traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, and then re-entering the northbound parkway at Crane Road.
  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

These closures are necessary to complete underground electrical cable pulls for new street lighting on the bridge as part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Numerous variable message signs are being used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at

995-2555. Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/craneroadbridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

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Farm Stand Opens for the Season: Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

Check the website weekly for available produce www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.

Father’s Day Hike Around Hilltop Hanover – Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. – noon.

Take dad for a guided hike around the property and woods. Hike is weather permitting. Meet in the office.

 

Summer Gardening Series: Pests and Disease – Saturday, June 13, noon – 1 p.m., in Barn F.

Learn the ABCs of pest and disease management including weed identification, weeding techniques, and structural

solutions such as organic-mulching and raised beds. Fee $20 per person, $5 for children ages 8-12. Pre-registration

is required.

 

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

More information at info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

Farm Stand Opens for the Season: Fridays, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Purchase fresh farm produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthesized fertilizers or herbicides.

U-Pick – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Enjoy harvesting your own vegetables, herbs and flowers grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides

or synthetic fertilizers. Pay for your produce at the tent stand in the field.

Check the website weekly for available produce www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.

Farm Stand Cooking Class Series: Friday, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., in Barn F.

Wondering what to do with fresh seasonal produce? Chef Maria Reina will give you tips on how to select, store and prepare your fresh produce. Fee $25 per person, $20 for members of Hilltop Hanover Farm. Pre-registration is required at HilltopHanoverFarm.org/events.

 

Herbal Salves – Saturday, June 6, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., in Building F. 

Learn about homemade medicinal salves that are easy to make. Each participant will go home with recipes and an herbal salve. Fee $25 per person, $20 for members. Pre-registration is required at HilltopHanoverFarm.org/events.

 

Monthly Spin and Knit –Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. – 1p.m., in Building A Historic House

Gather in an informal atmosphere as part of a monthly spinning and knitting group. No fee or registration required for first time attendees; $5 for each subsequent class. HilltopHanoverFarm.org/events.

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

More information at info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

Vegetable Kits for Sale – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., in Barn F.Each contains Hilltop Hanover seedlings and Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds. Get started by watching

a one-hour lecture on gardening techniques. Fee $45 per kit.

Eco-Gardening Series: Native Gardening for Beneficials – 10 a.m.

Join Kim Eierman to learn how to attract and support these valuable insects throughout their life cycles.

Fee $40 adult, members $35. Pre-register online at www.hilltophanoverfarm.org/events.

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

More information at info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

Vegetable Kits Available– Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in Barn F.Each contains Hilltop Hanover seedlings and Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds, along with a one-hour

lecture on gardening techniques to help you get started. Fee $45 per kit.

Eco-Gardening Series: Native Gardening for Beneficials – Saturday May 23, 10 a.m.

Join Kim Eierman to learn how to attract and support these valuable insects throughout their life cycles.

Fee $40 adult, members $35. Pre-register online at www.hilltophanoverfarm.org/events.

Annual Farm Fest 2015: Memorial Day at the Farm – Monday, May 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Open house, farm tours, farm stand, seed and plant starter kits for sale, craft and food vendors.

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

More information at info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

  BRONX RIVER PARKWAY CLOSURES START FRIDAY NIGHT FROM YONKERS TO WHITE PLAINS

Work is part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project

 

Motorists are advised that there will be a major closure on the Bronx River Parkway in both directions this weekend, starting on Friday night, May 15 at 9 p.m. (southbound) and continuing until Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m. from the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers to the Westchester County Center (Exit 22) in White Plains.

The Bronx River Parkway northbound will be closed Friday night, May 15 at 10 p.m. to Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m.:

  • There will be no access from the six lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway to the four lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) to

White Plains.

  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times: entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • Northbound parkway traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, and then re-entering the northbound parkway at Crane Road.
  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

The Bronx River Parkway southbound will be closed Friday night, May 15 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m.:

  • There will be no access to the southbound parkway south of the County Center in White Plains.
  • All traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue and then south to the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • Entrances to the southbound parkway at Main Street and Fenimore Road will be closed.
  • The southbound parkway will be open at Ardsley Road and all points south.

These closures are necessary to install the remaining seven (7) pre-cast concrete box beams over the Metro-North Railroad tracks as part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.  If the beams can be installed in one night, the parkway will re-open on Saturday morning.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Numerous variable message signs are being used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at

995-2555. Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/craneroadbridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

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Totally Turtles – Saturday, May 16, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., in Historic House A.

Join New York State licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Patricia Johnson and learn about these wonderful

native reptiles and how you can help protect them. Fee $15 per adult, $10 for members of Hilltop

Hanover; children 5 and older are free when accompanied by an adult.

Pre-register online at www.hilltophanoverfarm.org/events.

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

More information at info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

Veterans Appreciation Day at Rye Playland May 24th 2015_Mother’s Day Herb Planter Sale — Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Pick up a beautiful herb planter containing four different culinary herbs that will look beautiful onmom’s windowsill or porch and will assist her with her culinary creations.Cost $30 each; pre-registration required at HilltopHanoverFarm.org/events.Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is located at 1271 Hanover Street in Yorktown Heights.For more information, go to info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.EVENT:
SPONSORS: Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks
WHERE: Bronx River Parkway from Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.
WHEN: Sundays in May, June and September
SCHEDULE: May 3, 10, 17 and 31
June 7, 14, 21 and 28
September 13, 20 and 27
TIMES: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ADMISSION: FREE
PARKING: $7 parking at the County Center lot in White Plains
PRESENTED BY: Westchester County Parks
SPONSORS: Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks, with support from radio station WHUD 100.7
MORE INFO: westchestergov.com/parks or call County Parks at (914) 864-PARK

Eco Gardening Workshop Series: Backyard Habitat Gardens –Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. – noon, Barn F.

Create your own backyard Garden of Eden while providing sanctuary for creatures large and small.  

Fee: $40.

 

Online registration is required for all programs at HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

 

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

For more information, go to info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

Monthly Friday Night Potluck & Film Series – Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.,  Barn F. 

Bring a healthy meal to share and watch a film, meet new people and help celebrate the farm.

Fee: free to members of Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm, $5 door charge per family.

Fresh Food Talk for Pets– Sunday, March, 22, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join holistic veterinarian Nancy Ying for information to help improve the health of your pet.

Fee: $25 non-members, free to members.

 

Monthly Homesteader Workshops Series – Sundays, beginning March 22, 10 a.m. – noon. 

A look at many of the things you can do at home to increase your food independence and peace of

mind by closing the gap between yourself, your food, and the land. Upcoming workshops include:

Mar. 28 – Backyard Chickens; Apr. 19 – Lawn to Garden; May 17 – Foraging; June 14 – Composting 101;

July 19 – Backyard Greenhouse; Aug. 16 – Seed Saving.

Series fee: $180 non-members, $150 members; individual class $35.

 

Online registration is required for all programs at HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

 

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

For more information, go to info@hilltophanoverfarm.org or call (914) 962-2368.

 

 
Press Release Free Kids Series 2016

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MAYOR SPANO TO HOST YONKERS FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will host the City’s annual Fourth of July Festivities on Monday, July 4th on the Yonkers waterfront.  The evening will be full of family-friendly entertainment and music, starting at 5PM. The evening concludes with a fireworks display after 9:15PM over the Hudson River.

The Yonkers Waterfront, from Warburton Avenue down to the Pier, between Main and Dock Streets, will be blocked off from traffic starting at 4PM, so residents can walk around and enjoy the downtown restaurants, shops and stages set for entertainment.

4th of July Entertainment includes:

Amphitheatre Stage

5:00 to 6:00 PM –  Emilyn Brodsky

6:00 to 7:30 PM –  Willie Villegas Y Entre Amigos

7:45 to 9:15 PM –  Total Soul

 

Main Street Stage (between Buena Vista Ave. & Market St.)

6:00 to 7:30 PM –  Mike Squillante

7:45 to 9:15 PM –  Anthony Flammia

 

Van der Donck Park

Kid-friendly activities include inflatables, carnival games and dance parties.  Fireworks, provided by Pro Engineering/Bay Fireworks, will conclude the festivities from 9:15 to 9:30 PM at night.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: YONKERS MAYOR SPANO OPENS MILL STREET COURTYARD, PHASE II OF THE DAYLIGHTING OF THE SAW MILL RIVER.

 

Daylighting at Mill Street Courtyard Includes the Unearthing of 100-foot Portion of Saw Mill River; Opening of 20,000 Square Feet of Public Space and the Rehabilitation of Adjacent Live/Work Space.

 

Daylighting of the Saw Mill River at Mill Street, Yonkers.

 

Yonkers, NY – June 30, 2016 — Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today officially opened Phase II of the Daylighting of the Saw Mill River at Mill Street where the City unearthed a 100-foot portion of the Saw Mill River, constructed close to 20,000 square feet of open public courtyard space, and is providing for the rehabilitation of adjacent buildings and properties.

 

“The daylighting of the Saw Mill River has provided a tremendous boost to Yonkers’ economy, helping to spur economic development, create jobs and bring new businesses to our downtown,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “With the continuation of the daylighting at Mill Street, we are providing an open urban civic space that provides residents and visitors greater access to our waterfront district and revitalizing city.”

The newly constructed courtyard has transformed a commercial block within the center of downtown Yonkers into a European style piazza which includes a pedestrian and vehicular bridge, a new pedestrian gateway that will provide seamless access from the Saw Mill River daylighting at Van Der Donck Park and public artwork. Artwork includes a three-story mural (‘Wildfire’) painted by a Dutch artist Eelco Van Den Berg, which is his largest mural yet in the United States as well as a mirrored glass pole (‘As We Reflect’) created by Haifa Bint Kadi of Groundwork Hudson Valley, which is described to reflect the diversity of Yonkers. Also featured in the courtyard is a mill stone that was uncovered during construction and is believed to date back 150 years when the old Yonkers Flouring Mill was once housed there.

 

The $8 million project is funded in part by the Environmental Facilities Corporation Green Innovation Grant and Empire State Development’s Saw Mill Acquisition Grant. Edgewater Design, LLC. and PS&S designed and engineered the project.

“Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the Consolidated Funding Application process allows New York State Communities to tailor their economic development priorities to meet local needs,” said Sabrina M. Ty, President and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. “The Mill Street Courtyard and Stream Daylighting Project highlights that investment in green infrastructure not only yields environmental benefits, but improves the community’s quality of life and pays economic dividends.”

“The opening of the Mill Street Courtyard is a major milestone in daylighting the Saw Mill River, which is already creating jobs, by attracting business investment and visitors to downtown Yonkers,” said ESD’s Mid-Hudson Regional Director Meghan Taylor. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, downtowns across the state are being revitalized and restored as the economic engines they were intended to be.”

 

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Phase II of the Saw Mill River Daylighting Project continues the progress we have made in revitalizing this area and provides an economic boost to our community. This is an excellent example of the great work that can be accomplished when state resources help spur local growth and investment. I am proud of the work my colleagues and I have done to ensure state funding for this vital project, and commend Mayor Spano for moving forward on this effort.”

 

“Yonkers is recognizing that the new generation of our workforce desires walkability, wants convenience to work, home and leisure,” added Mayor Spano. “I believe we are accomplishing that here in Yonkers – attracting millennials with each new development and innovative project. I want to especially thank our Governor and delegation for supporting our efforts so that projects like this can attract more people to stay here, make a living, and take part in our City’s future.”

 

The Daylighting of the Saw Mill River is a four-phase project which includes new urban river and parks through the center of downtown Yonkers, in which the Saw Mill River was once buried beneath the City in the 1920s. The first phase of the daylighted River at Van Der Donck Park was completed in 2011.

 

Phase I of the Saw Mill River Daylighting, known as Van der Donck Park, has earned national, statewide and regional recognition, including the “National Recognition Award” by the American Council of Engineering Companies, “Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award” by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, “Project of the Year” by the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, “Project of the Year” by the Construction Management Association of America, “William White Award” by the American Planning Association, and the “New York Honor Award” by the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Phase III, expected to break ground in 2017, will revitalize more portions of the long-buried river, including improving river banks and installing plantings to create a 1.25 acre open, green public space and a gateway to the Yonkers shopping district.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAYOR SPANO LAUNCHES ‘EXPERIENCE YONKERS’

City of Yonkers Becomes the First City in the U.S. To Permanently Install Digital Light Art and Music Display.

Mayor Spano Unveils “Experience Yonkers” at Yonkers Larkin Center with President of Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, Norm Jacknis.

 

Yonkers, NY – June 30, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano last night launched the long-awaited Experience Yonkers, an urban light and sound display in the Yonkers waterfront district. The interactive urban experience will feature art and music projected on the exterior side wall of the Yonkers Riverfront Library, on the sidewalks of Getty Square and under the Main Street overpass. Experience Yonkers content will feature video, music, art and information relating to Yonkers and its community. Yonkers is the first city in the U.S. to permanently install and display this technology, created by Gotham Innovation Greenhouse.

“Yonkers is creating an interactive urban experience and destination that is inviting and innovative for our residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor Spano. “Experience Yonkers is a new way to highlight the transformative initiatives happening in the city, including our emerging arts scene and booming economic development, while celebrating our local communities and their achievements. I want to give a special thanks to Gotham Innovation Greenhouse for investing here so that Yonkers can continue to engage its residents and be the place for live, work and play.”

Experience Yonkers will feature video content that will run each night at Yonkers Riverfront Library at Larkin Center and in Getty Square, while sound will play from speakers mounted on nearby street light posts. The installation also will include colorful moving light shows and exterior wall lightings under the Main Street overpass that can be created and changed daily.

“There have been wall projections and technology like this in a few U.S. cities and several in Europe — but those have mostly been for short term art festivals,” said Norm Jacknis – President and Co-Founder of Gotham Innovation Greenhouse.  “Yonkers is the first big city in the country to create a permanent installation of this kind to bring history, performance, interactivity and inspiration on a permanent basis.  Yonkers will be the first big city that other cities emulate when it comes to this kind of digital technology.”

The new technology will not only contain video and music, but also have the capability to play connected drone footage and communicate via social media for mobile devices. Yonkers residents will eventually be able to submit video footage or musical selections as part of Experience Yonkers’ digital content via the city’s website at www.yonkersny.gov.

Gotham Innovation Greenhouse is a non-profit organization that aims to bring new and delightful urban experiences to the residents of large cities through the latest in new digital technologies.

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YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO OPEN MILL STREET COURTYARD, PHASE II OF THE DAYLIGHTING OF THE SAW MILL RIVER.

 

Daylighting at Mill Street Courtyard Includes the Unearthing of 100-foot Portion of Saw Mill River; Opening of 20,000 Square Feet of Public Space and the Rehabilitation of Adjacent Live/Work Space.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will officially open Phase II of the Daylighting of the Saw Mill River at Mill Street Thursday, June 30 on Mill Street Courtyard (between North Broadway/Warburton Ave.) at 1PM.  The courtyard includes a 100-foot unearthed portion of the Saw Mill River, close to 20,000 square feet of open public courtyard space, and the rehabilitation of adjacent buildings and property.

 

The Daylighting of the Saw Mill River is a four-phase project which includes a new urban river and parks through the center of downtown Yonkers, in which the Saw Mill River was once buried beneath the City in the 1920s. The first phase of the daylighted River at Van Der Donck Park was completed in 2011. Phase III of the daylighting, located on New Main Street between Nepperhan Avenue and Ann Street, is underway and provides for perimeter pedestrian walkways as well as improved river water quality, improved marine habitat and enhanced water/sewer performance.

 

 

For Immediate Release:

 

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO HOST SATELLITE TAX OFFICES AT THREE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE CITY.

 

Residents Able to Pay City Taxes and Visit with the Mayor’s Constituent Services Staff on July 11 at Homefield House, July 12 at Will Library and July 13 at Coyne Park.

 

YONKERS, NY – June 28, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that the City will launch the Mayor’s Satellite Tax Office  Monday, July 11 at Homefield House (911 Saw Mill River Road), Tuesday, July 12 at Will Library (1500 Central Park Avenue) and Wednesday, July 13 at Coyne Park Senior Center (777 McLean Avenue).

 

The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and the City’s Tax Department will be available from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm all three days to meet with Yonkers residents and accept City property tax payments, which are due July 15, 2016.

 

“We know that for many of our residents, seniors especially, it can be difficult to make it to City Hall during the day. That’s why the Satellite Tax Offices were created, to provide a satellite location that’s close to home and in your neighborhood,” said Mayor Mike Spano.

In addition to accepting tax payments, the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services will be on hand to serve as a one-stop shop for residents and offer assistance with a wide range of issues. The Office works one-on-one with residents and serves as a link between the public and city government.

 

For more information, residents can contact the Office of Constituent Services at (914) 377-6010 during regular business hours. Residents can also contact the Mayor’s Help Line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 377-HELP (4357) for assistance.

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MAYOR SPANO TO UNVEIL NEW DIGITAL LIGHT ART AND MUSIC EXPERIENCE IN YONKERS WATERFRONT DISTRICT

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will unveil Experience Yonkers, a new digital light art and music display Wednesday, June 29 at 8:30pm at Van Der Donck Park at 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers. Experience Yonkers will be a permanent urban light display in the Yonkers waterfront district which will include light art and music projected on the side of the Yonkers Riverfront Library and on the sidewalks of Getty Square. Content will feature video, music, art and information relating to Yonkers and its community.

The City of Yonkers is the first city in the United States to permanently install and display this technology, created by Gotham Innovation Greenhouse.

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Attached is a REVISED copy of the City Council Agenda for Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

06-28-2016 Revised Agenda without Backup

06-01-2016 Special City Council Meeting

06-28-2016 Agenda without Backup

Dear Friends,

This past week, I joined the Mayor and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner to unveil a new mobile phone app called Yonkers PD Tips to the public.
The App allows residents to not only submit anonymous tips to the police but also access agency alerts, social media channels, important information and more to fight crime! All from the the palm of your hand.
Tipsters can still send anonymous tips by manually texting the keyword YPD plus the tip to 847411. All tips are anonymous.

Bernice Spreckman’s Retirement
This week, we celebrated the many years of hard work and dedication by the legendary, “unsinkable” Bernice Spreckman. She will be sorely missed, but even in retirement she will continue fighting for our seniors and all Yonkers residents.

Yonkers Hispanic Parade
 
This week we marched in the annual Yonkers Hispanic Day Parade where we were joined by News 12’s Lisa Reyes, who was this year’s grand marshal. The weather was beautiful and the day showed how in the diverse tapestry of our national fabric, we are all proud Americans.

 
Ukrainian Heritage Festival
 
This week also marked the kick-off of the 31st annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival. In the past, the City Council has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of the Ukraine over Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. The Ukrainian diaspora represented here are all proud Americans too and we are fortunate to enjoy their culture and friendship.

Summer Calendar
 
Checkout what’s happening this summer, courtesy of the Yonkers Downtown BID!
 
For more on what to do this summer, checkout the summer film calendar:

 
Upcoming Events
6/25/16 – Dance & Music Festival – Hudson River Museum – 8pm
6/25/16 – City of Yonkers Veterans & Service Members Appreciation Day – JFK Marina – 12pm – 4pm
6/25/16 & 6/26/16 – Family Studio Art & Science Projects – Hudson River Museum – 1pm – 4pm
6/26/16 – Movie at the Library: Concussion – Riverfront Library – 2pm – 4:30pm
6/26/16 – Family Day: Tongue in Cheek – Hudson River Museum – 1pm – 5pm
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
School is out and this summer there are amazing activities for families in Downtown Yonkers!!
Something wonderful everyday in Downtown Yonkers

Riverwalk Saturday Children’s Events
The Riverwalk Children’s Entertainment Series is back in Downtown Yonkers this Summer! This year’s program promises to be better than ever! Featuring world-class children’s musicians, performers, animals, science, all wonderful family entertainment, every Saturday from 4-5PM on the Riverwalk in beautiful Van Der Donck Park by the waterfront. These weekly FREE shows feature a variety of entertainment for children of all ages.  Here is the exciting line up!
Kicking of the series is the award winning kid’s star, Sonia De Los Santos.  For years, Sonia has been touring the world, lighting up the stage with Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends. She is a Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner, was hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know”.

The Riverwalk Children’s Entertainment Series is produced by the Yonkers Downtown BID with significant support from Domino Sugar and the City of Yonkers.
Visit www.YonkersDowntown.com for more information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: YONKERS MAYOR SPANO ANNOUNCES MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO ASHBURTON AVENUE CORRIDOR.

 

Two-Year Project to Improve Road and Traffic Along Main East/West Corridor to Yonkers Waterfront.

 

YONKERS, NY – June 22, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City’s plans for major road and traffic improvements along the one mile stretch of Ashburton Avenue. The two-year project, extending between Yonkers and Warburton Avenues, will improve east/west access to the Yonkers waterfront.

 

“As the Yonkers waterfront district continues to thrive, we are also turning our attention to how you get there,” said Mayor Spano. “One of the longstanding obstacles to both bus and private vehicle movement in Yonkers is Ashburton Avenue, which is one of the two east/west corridors that provide access to the downtown. Today, we start the process in creating a more efficient traffic flow to our beautiful waterfront and the revitalization taking place there.”

 

The Ashburton Avenue improvements will include:

  • New traffic signals at nine intersections with computerized timing systems that will synchronize traffic lights
  • Countdown pedestrian signals and striped crosswalks
  • Additional turning lanes
  • Improved bus lanes
  • New asphalt pavement and striping
  • New curbs and sidewalks with Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A) compliant ramps
  • New street lights
  • Additional on-street parking spaces
  • Improved drainage

 

The $15 million project is made possible through federal, State Highway and New York State Empire State Development Funds.

“The planned improvements to Ashburton Avenue will help provide access to the Hudson River waterfront, reclaiming a vital piece of Yonkers’ history and attracting visitors to the city,” said Empire State Development Mid-Hudson Regional Director Meghan Taylor. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, downtown areas across the State are being revitalized to spur job creation and economic growth.”

“We are very appreciative to our federal and state partners, including Governor Cuomo, for assisting us with this project,” added Mayor Spano. “They recognize that Yonkers’ economic development and residents’ quality of life will greatly improve as a result of their aid.”

The construction along Ashburton Avenue will be managed by the City Engineering Department. ELQ Industries, Inc. is serving as the general contractor, with Lockwood, Kessler & Barlett, Inc. serving as design consultants and Savin Engineers, P.C. as the project support engineers.

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YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO AWARD YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS GRADUATING SENIOR WITH ANNUAL MAYOR’S AWARD

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will award graduating Riverside High School senior Fleurette Joseph with the annual Mayor’s Award Wednesday, June 22 at 3pm at Yonkers City Hall. Since 2012, Mayor Spano has awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to one Yonkers Public Schools graduating senior who is in strong academic standing, a participant in extracurricular programs, a positive influence within his or her community and recognized as a role model and leader amongst his or her peers. Later this week, Joseph will graduate 7th in her class of 222 students.

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YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO ASHBURTON AVENUE CORRIDOR

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano along with City Engineer Paul Summerfield will announce plans Wednesday, June 22 at 11AM at the intersection of Ashburton Avenue and Saw Mill River Road for major road and traffic improvements along the one mile stretch of Ashburton Avenue. The 2-year project, extending from Yonkers to Warburton Avenues, will include new curbs, sidewalks, street lights, traffic signals and turning lanes and will improve east/west access to the Yonkers waterfront. The $15 million project is funded by federal, state and city dollars.

COUNCIL CRITICAL OF YONKERS

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION DEAL
YONKERS, NY – With a call to “Rebuild our Schools,” they asked to be treated like other cities, but what Yonkers school children received was something different entirely. The state legislature passed legislation this week to create the Yonkers Joint Schools Construction Board, which pays Yonkers less than two-thirds of what other upstate cities receive.
Council President Liam McLaughlin said, “Our state delegations spent months tweaking the language to give themselves more oversight and control and completely missed the boat on the most important aspect of the legislation, the reimbursement rate for the city. We agree with the Mayor that it is a nice first step, but the rate that was passed is woefully inadequate. The parents, teachers, administrators, students and their families that have stood with us to rebuild our aging schools are to be commended.”
Under the legislation that was passed, Yonkers will receive less than a 70% reimbursement from the state for its capital construction, far short of the overall goal for the city of 98% reimbursement that was requested. That amount is on par with what Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, who have undertaken similar school reconstructions, receive from state government.
Majority Leader John Larkin said, “Albany took $110 million from us with the Gap Elimination Adjustment, they left a $28 million hole after the IMA, and then another $11 million hole next year at the expiration of the mortgage fund transfer to the schools. Albany’s efforts to rebuild our schools have once again left us holding the bill. As the parent of four children who graduated from the Yonkers Public Schools I say enough is enough.”
Yonkers, the first municipality to successfully join a Campaign for Fiscal Equity case, New Yorkers’ for Students Education Rights v. State of New York following a vote by the City Council Majority, is currently litigating with Albany to recover the $110 taken by the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, created as a budget balancing gimmick by Senate Democrats in 2010. Senate Republicans fully restored the GEA this year.
Council member Mike Breen said, “As education chairman I was pleased that the City was able to provide yet another an increase for Board of Education’s budget to $539 million, an increase of $15 million, plus an additional $35 million for school improvements and $5 million for textbooks and equipment. Albany has not done its share, though, and the budget could have been far less painful to taxpayers if we received the additional funding we are entitled to.”
Council member Dennis Shepherd said, “Why has our delegation supported school funding for Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester, while shortchanging the people they are supposed to represent?”
A new public authority created by the legislation would be authorized to borrow up to $2 billion to cover the costs of refurbishing 37 schools and building 3 new schools, making the City’s local share almost $600,000,000, a price tag the Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent has said is unaffordable.

Even though Yonkers is considered to be one of the “big five” school districts, the state requires the City to fund forty-five percent of the cost of education. Meanwhile, the other districts pay no more than twenty percent.

COUNCIL CRITICAL OF YONKERS
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION DEAL
YONKERS, NY – With a call to “Rebuild our Schools,” they asked to be treated like other cities, but what Yonkers school children received was something different entirely. The state legislature passed legislation this week to create the Yonkers Joint Schools Construction Board, which pays Yonkers less than two-thirds of what other upstate cities receive.
Council President Liam McLaughlin said, “Our state delegations spent months tweaking the language to give themselves more oversight and control and completely missed the boat on the most important aspect of the legislation, the reimbursement rate for the city. We agree with the Mayor that it is a nice first step, but the rate that was passed is woefully inadequate. The parents, teachers, administrators, students and their families that have stood with us to rebuild our aging schools are to be commended.”
Under the legislation that was passed, Yonkers will receive less than a 70% reimbursement from the state for its capital construction, far short of the overall goal for the city of 98% reimbursement that was requested. That amount is on par with what Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, who have undertaken similar school reconstructions, receive from state government.
Majority Leader John Larkin said, “Albany took $110 million from us with the Gap Elimination Adjustment, they left a $28 million hole after the IMA, and then another $11 million hole next year at the expiration of the mortgage fund transfer to the schools. Albany’s efforts to rebuild our schools have once again left us holding the bill. As the parent of four children who graduated from the Yonkers Public Schools I say enough is enough.”
Yonkers, the first municipality to successfully join a Campaign for Fiscal Equity case, New Yorkers’ for Students Education Rights v. State of New York following a vote by the City Council Majority, is currently litigating with Albany to recover the $110 taken by the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, created as a budget balancing gimmick by Senate Democrats in 2010. Senate Republicans fully restored the GEA this year.
Council member Mike Breen said, “As education chairman I was pleased that the City was able to provide yet another an increase for Board of Education’s budget to $539 million, an increase of $15 million, plus an additional $35 million for school improvements and $5 million for textbooks and equipment. Albany has not done its share, though, and the budget could have been far less painful to taxpayers if we received the additional funding we are entitled to.”
Council member Dennis Shepherd said, “Why has our delegation supported school funding for Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester, while shortchanging the people they are supposed to represent?”
A new public authority created by the legislation would be authorized to borrow up to $2 billion to cover the costs of refurbishing 37 schools and building 3 new schools, making the City’s local share almost $600,000,000, a price tag the Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent has said is unaffordable.
Even though Yonkers is considered to be one of the “big five” school districts, the state requires the City to fund forty-five percent of the cost of education. Meanwhile, the other districts pay no more than twenty percent.

Dear Friends,

This week we suffered the horrendous shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando which claimed the lives of 49 Americans.
The Islamic State has once again struck us on American soil. That such extremism could have reached our shores reminds us that we must defend this great nation which is a beacon of freedom and hope to people around the world. Painting Islam with a broad brush makes the problem worse, but it doesn’t matter if radical Islamic terrorists planned these murders or if they simply inspired them. These acts of terror are a problem we must confront, together.
The Orlando jihad is all too reminiscent of December’s murders in San Bernadino and the Boston Marathon massacre. Even in the face of these homegrown threats we remain vigilant in the face of terror and pray for the victims of this brutal terrorist attack and their families.
Flag Day
On June 14th, we celebrated the 241st birthday of the United States Army and the national observance of Flag Day. It is important for us to remember what the flag represents. On June 14th, 1777, the Continental Congress passed an act establishing the star spangled banner as the official flag for our new country.
As we came together in the aftermath of 9/11, we should once again join together as one nation, rally around the flag and stay united in the fight against terrorism.

Our Flag Day ceremony was held in honor of Alfred Weissman, businessman, veteran and family man, for his many contributions to Yonkers. His service in WWII led to his love for our US flag and for many years he helped organize the Flag Day ceremony at City Hall. It was a fitting tribute to dedicate the City’s flag pole to him and makes us even that much more mindful of all our flag represents.

Rebuild Yonkers Schools

 
This week we received word that Albany approved the Rebuild Yonkers Schools legislation. However, absent is the financial component that was at the heart of the issue.
Our state delegation spent months tweaking the language to give themselves more oversight and control and completely missed the boat on the most important aspect of the legislation, the reimbursement rate for the city. We agree with the Mayor that it is a nice first step, but the rate that was passed is woefully inadequate. The parents, teachers, administrators, students and their families that have stood with us to rebuild our aging schools are to be commended.

Under the legislation that was proposed by the City, the state would have reimbursed us 98% of the capital costs to rebuild our schools, as they did with Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester. However, our delegation proposed and passed legislation that would only reimburse Yonkers less than 70% of costs. This change in the proposal would cost Yonkers taxpayers approximately $560 million dollars. Why do Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester deserve almost full reimbursement, while the State wants Yonkers taxpayers to shoulder a $560 million burden.

The Council Majority takes issue with this action. You can read our sentiments here.

American History Awards
The 2016 Yonkers Historical Society History Awards will be presented to notable high school students from each of Yonkers’ public schools on June 26, 2016.
The event will be held at the Sherwood House at 340 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers at 2:30 p.m. A highlight of the award presentations will be a talk by Mercy College business Professor Tom Milton, who will discuss the path to a career in history. Mr. Milton is a business professor at Mercy College and the prolific author of fourteen books.
Students receiving History awards are:
Yonkers Montessori Academy
Amanda Prechtl

Dioni Vega

Palisade Preparatory School
Yanerlis Perez

Odrick Palmer

Saunders Trade & Technical High School
Vanessa Vazquez

Cesar Colon

Yonkers Middle/High School
Tatiana Pugacheva

Anthony Earl

Lincoln High School
Nichole Pacheco

Enyel DiRenzo

Gorton High School
Ysberth Emil

Jose Martinez

Please take this opportunity to join the Society as we honor these deserving students, and visit the historic Sherwood House on our last opening of the season. The House will reopen in the fall.

Refreshments will be served, and Society publications, as well as a selection of books related to local and regional history, will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the Yonkers Historical Society at 914-961-8940.

Michael Nolan Memorial Softball Tournament
Many of us have been deeply affected by the tragic death of Michael Nolan. A Memorial Softball Tournament will be held this year in his honor to help raise money for the Michael Nolan Memorial Fund, which has been setup to reward two deserving Yonkers student athletes with a scholarship each year. The tournament will be held on July 23rd, please see the flyer below for details on how you can get involved.

Happenings and Events
 
At the Council Meeting this week, we were joined by the Saunders Trades and Technical High School girls softball team and their coach, John Volpe. The Blue Devils recently won their fourth straight Yonkers City tournament championship. They also recently advanced to the quarter finals of the class A section 1 tournament. As always, they made us very proud. Go Saunders!
 

 
Westchester Magazine Food & Wine Festival
Debbie and I had a great time this week at the Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival with our good friends Beth Ann and Richard Martinelli. Yonkers was well represented among the top places to eat in the County! Once again, Westchester Magazine put together a spectacular event.

 
 

Hudson River Museum Gala

It was a great night at the Hudson River Museum Gala…even though I did not win the Hamilton tickets in the Live auction. I had to stop well short of the final bid!
During the event, we honored Jan Adelson, the outgoing Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Hudson River Museum. First elected in 2003, Jan led the Museum to an unprecedented record of achievement; she attracted a strong team of Trustees who successfully guided the Museum through the worst recession since the Great Depression. She oversaw the physical transformation of the facility with a new Entrance, a new Education Center, a new 21st Century Planetarium, a new Hudson Room, modernized collection galleries, an outdoor Amphitheater overlooking the Hudson River, and now, underway, the final piece of the master plan: expanded Exhibition Space, state of the art collection storage and an auditorium.

We wish incoming Chair good luck and success. A special thank you to my friend Richard Halevy (pictured below), the Director of Community Development for all his fine work at the Gala.

Hispanic Cultural Foundation Parade Kick-off
We had a wonderful afternoon at the Hispanic Cultural Foundation’s kickoff fundraiser at La Lanterna Ristorante for the Yonkers Hispanic Day Parade! We hope to see you at the Parade on Saturday. The music, the festive atmosphere and the delicious pig-roast are undoubtedly the precursor to a wonderful parade on Saturday. The parade lineup starts at noon, at South Broadway and McLean Ave. See you there!

 
4th of July Fireworks
 

The City will host a Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks on the Yonkers Waterfront, presented by Empire City Casino. The evening will be full of family-friendly entertainment and music, starting at 5PM on the Yonkers Waterfront. The evening concludes with a fireworks display after 9:15PM over the Hudson River.

The Yonkers Waterfront, from Warburton Avenue down to the Pier, between Main and Dock Streets, will be blocked off from traffic starting at 4PM, so residents can walk around and enjoy the downtown restaurants, shops and stages set for entertainment.

The 2016 4th of July Celebration schedule includes:

Amphitheater Stage

5:00 to 6:00 PM – Emilyn Brodsky

6:00 to 7:30 PM – Willie Villegas Y Entre Amigos

7:45 to 9:15 PM – Total Soul

Main Street Stage (between Buena Vista Ave. & Market St.)

6:00 to 7:30 PM – Mike Squillante

7:45 to 9:15 PM – Anthony Flammia

Van der Donck Park

Kid-friendly activities including inflatables, carnival games and dance parties

Fireworks, provided by Pro Engineering/Bay Fireworks, will conclude the festivities from 9:15 to 9:30 PM at night. For updated information on the Yonkers 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Presented by Empire City Casino, visit yonkersny.gov.

 
Upcoming Events
6/18/16 – Path through History: Saw Mill River Heritage Trail Tour – Philipse Manor Hall – 10am – 12pm
6/18/16 – Opening Reception: Putting It All Together – Blue Door Art Center – 2pm -5pm
6/18/16 – Mid-Summer Night’s Dream – Hudson River Museum – 8pm – 10pm
6/18/16 – Yonkers Hispanic Cultural Foundation Hispanic Day Parade – Start at South Broadway & McLean Ave – End at Getty Square- 12pm
6/18/16 & 6/19/16 – Family Studio Art & Science Projects – Hudson River Museum – 1pm – 4pm
6/19/16 – Movies at the Library: Creed – Riverfront Library – 2pm – 4:30pm
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

 

YONKERS JOINT SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION ACT PASSES IN NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE.

Approved Legislation Allows for the Rebuilding of Yonkers’ 39 Schools 

Bill Now Moves To Governor’s Desk.

 

YONKERS, NY – June 16, 2016 – Just five months after Mayor Spano launched the Rebuild Yonkers Schools campaign, the New York State Legislature today passed the enabling legislation that will allow the City of Yonkers to repair and rebuild the school district’s 39 schools.  Yonkers now will be able to start the process of planning to rebuild its schools as part of a 13-year, 4 phase project.

 

“We are very thankful that this bill has made it through both the Assembly and Senate to begin the process to rebuild our 39 schools,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “While it wasn’t everything we hoped for in terms of state reimbursements, it builds a strong foundation to start the next phase of the process.”

 

Yonkers will receive approximately 70% reimbursement from the state for its capital construction, but the overall goal for the city is 98% reimbursement – on par with other upstate cities Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo – who have undertaken similar school reconstructions.  “Although we are not at a 98% reimbursement just yet; the reimbursements are still over a year away from being available, so it gives us another opportunity next year in Albany,” said Mayor Spano.

 

“Now that we have succeeded in these crucial steps, our next goal is that the Governor looks favorably upon this and signs the legislation so we can continue to move forward in the process,” continued Mayor Spano.  “We could not have gotten this far and achieved this much in our ‘Rebuild Yonkers School’ campaign without the support of the Delegation: Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblywoman Shelly Mayer, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, Senator George Latimer, Yonkers City Council, Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada, the Board of Education, the PTA and all of the trustees and organizations who have supported us.  I’m thankful to all who have supported this crusade and I’m excited for the next steps.”

 

The legislation creates the Yonkers Joint Schools Construction Board, which can bond for the cost of construction.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

MAYOR SPANO ANNOUNCES YONKERS LGBTQ FLAG RAISING CEREMONY IN MEMORY OF THOSE KILLED IN ORLANDO.

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Pride Week Kicks Off Monday June 20th at 5pm.

 

YONKERS, NY – June 16, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Advisory Board today announced they will host its annual flag raising ceremony, June 20 at 5pm at Yonkers City Hall as a kickoff to Pride Week. The ceremony also will pay tribute to the 49 lives lost in the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida.

 

“Yonkers stands with Orlando and the LGBTQ community across the country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this senseless act of hate.” said Mayor Spano. “This year’s ceremony is especially poignant as we spread the message that we cannot rest until all citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, are treated fairly and equally.  We take pride in living in a city with such great diversity – Yonkers’ greatest strength. Not one person or radical group can ever diminish that.

 

Joining in the commemoration will be The LOFT, Westchester’s LGBTQ Community Center, located in White Plains.  LOFT Executive Director, Judy Troilo stated, “Our hearts and minds go out to all the family, friends and loved ones who are mourning today. We are heart broken and outraged by this horrific act of violence against the LGBT community.  The devastating loss of 49 beautiful lives and the scores of injured is a painful reminder that hate and discrimination continuous to plague our country. We must come together as a nation to fight hate and discrimination against all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation and gender identities. We stand with Orlando and encourage unity in the name of love. We want our community to know we are here for them and our doors are open.”

 

Mayor Spano’s LGBTQ Advisory Board Co-chair, Eileen O’Connor noted, “The Mayor’s Yonkers LGBTQ Advisory Board extends our deepest condolences to the families of the Orlando Shooting Victims. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow and can only imagine what they are feeling.  We stand in solidarity with the LGBT community in Orlando and around the nation in rejecting homophobia, denouncing violence against our community, whatever the source.   We will not forget the names of our brothers and sisters killed in this terrible tragedy. We will learn about them and carry their stories with us forever.”

 

A reception will follow the flag raising ceremony at Yonkers Brewery at 92 Main Street, Yonkers.

Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 5:30pm in the City Council Conference Room, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor, 40 South Broadway, Room 406.

 

 

 

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

 

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE GENERALLY AMENDING CHAPTER 31 OF THE YONKERS CITY CODE ENTITLED “CONSUMER PROTECTION CODE” IN REGARD TO ARTICLE XIV, ENTITLED “HOME IMPROVEMENT BUSINESSES AND CONTRACTS.”

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 85 TO THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS ENTITLED “FILMING” IN THE CITY OF YONKERS.

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 93 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS ENTITLED “LITTERING” IN RELATION TO PENALTIES

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS BY AMENDING IN PART CHAPTER 23 ENTITLED “SIDEWALK CAFÉS.”

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE VI, OF PART 2 OF CHAPTER 109, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS CREATING A NEW SECTION 59, ENTITLED “USE OF MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHILE JAYWALKING”

 

 

  1. RESOLUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF YONKERS CALLING UPON THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO PASS LEGISLATION TO ALLOW EARLY VOTING, AND FOR ELECTION PROCESS REFORM

 

  1. RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION DESIGNATING PARKING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS EMPLOYED BY THE CITY OF YONKERS AS PEACE OFFICERS.

 

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 5 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS CREATING A NEW ARTICLE XIII, ENTITLED “ARREST AND CONVICTION RECORDS; INQUIRIES”

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 37 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS CREATING A NEW ARTICLE XIII, ENTITLED “ARREST AND CONVICTION RECORDS; PRIVATE EMPLOYER INQUIRIES”

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 5:30pm in the City Council Conference Room, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor, 40 South Broadway, Room 406.

 

 

 

The following Items will be on the Agenda:

 

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE GENERALLY AMENDING CHAPTER 31 OF THE YONKERS CITY CODE ENTITLED “CONSUMER PROTECTION CODE” IN REGARD TO ARTICLE XIV, ENTITLED “HOME IMPROVEMENT BUSINESSES AND CONTRACTS.”

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 85 TO THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS ENTITLED “FILMING” IN THE CITY OF YONKERS.

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 93 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS ENTITLED “LITTERING” IN RELATION TO PENALTIES

 

  1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS BY AMENDING IN PART CHAPTER 23 ENTITLED “SIDEWALK CAFÉS.”

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE VI, OF PART 2 OF CHAPTER 109, OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS CREATING A NEW SECTION 59, ENTITLED “USE OF MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHILE JAYWALKING”

 

 

  1. RESOLUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF YONKERS CALLING UPON THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO PASS LEGISLATION TO ALLOW EARLY VOTING, AND FOR ELECTION PROCESS REFORM

 

  1. RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION DESIGNATING PARKING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS EMPLOYED BY THE CITY OF YONKERS AS PEACE OFFICERS.

 

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 5 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS CREATING A NEW ARTICLE XIII, ENTITLED “ARREST AND CONVICTION RECORDS; INQUIRIES”

 

  1. A GENERAL ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 37 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS CREATING A NEW ARTICLE XIII, ENTITLED “ARREST AND CONVICTION RECORDS; PRIVATE EMPLOYER INQUIRIES”

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO PRESENT MAY SCHOOL OF THE MONTH AWARD TO EUGENIO MARIA DE HOSTOS MICROSOCIETY SCHOOL.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will present the City’s School of the Month Award for May 2016 to Eugenio Maria De Hostos Microsociety School on Thursday, June 16 at 11:00 am in the school’s Freedom Square  (75 Morris St, Yonkers, NY) highlighting the school’s commitment to providing a real world experience to children between grades Pre-k – 8th grade. The microsociety at Eugenio Maria De Hostos prepares younger generations for the formidable challenges life may offer.

 

Created in January 2014, Mayor Spano’s School of the Month Award recognizes the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff. Learn more at www.yonkersny.gov/school.

 

Media Advisory From

Office of the Mayor and

Yonkers Industrial Development Agency  

 

 

Yonkers Industrial Development Agency Program to Award $125,000 in Scholarships to Thirty Yonkers Students in Wednesday Ceremony.

 

Thirty outstanding Yonkers high school seniors will receive $125,000 in scholarships at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday June 15th at 4:30 p.m. in the Yonkers Riverfront Library Auditorium, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701.

 

The annual  scholarship program was created in 2000 under an agreement between the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, Classic Residence by Hyatt (now the Five Star Premier Residences) and the Wishcamper Group.  The two organizations agreed to establish scholarship funds for Yonkers students through 2016 as a condition of receiving construction and renovation incentives from the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency for Hyatt’s assisted living facility and for Wishcamper’s Parkledge Apartments project.

 

This innovative program not only promotes economic development in Yonkers, but helps outstanding students with the ability to obtain a college education.

 

Scheduled to attend the ceremony in addition to the students and their families are:

Mayor Mike Spano, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada, YIDA President Ken Jenkins, Angie Alvarez & Johanna Rincon representing Parkledge, Jane Kennedy representing Five Star, Samuel Wallis representing Yonkers Partners in Education, and and Rev. Maurice Moreau of Sacred Heart High School.

Media Advisory From

Office of the Mayor and

Yonkers Industrial Development Agency  

 

 

Yonkers Industrial Development Agency Program to Award $125,000 in Scholarships to Thirty Yonkers Students in Wednesday Ceremony

 

Thirty outstanding Yonkers high school seniors will receive $125,000 in scholarships at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday June 15th at 4:30 p.m. in the Yonkers Riverfront Library Auditorium, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701.

 

The annual  scholarship program was created in 2000 under an agreement between the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, Classic Residence by Hyatt (now the Five Star Premier Residences) and the Wishcamper Group.  The two organizations agreed to establish scholarship funds for Yonkers students through 2016 as a condition of receiving construction and renovation incentives from the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency for Hyatt’s assisted living facility and for Wishcamper’s Parkledge Apartments project.

 

This innovative program not only promotes economic development in Yonkers, but helps outstanding students with the ability to obtain a college education.

 

Scheduled to attend the ceremony in addition to the students and their families are:

Mayor Mike Spano, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada, YIDA President Ken Jenkins, Angie Alvarez & Johanna Rincon representing Parkledge, Jane Kennedy representing Five Star, Samuel Wallis representing Yonkers Partners in Education, and and Rev. Maurice Moreau of Sacred Heart High School.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MAYOR SPANO ANNOUNCES YONKERS FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS PRESENTED BY EMPIRE CITY CASINO.

 

City of Yonkers Celebrates Independence Day with Entertainment on the Waterfront Starting at 5PM, Concluding with Fireworks Over the Hudson River.

 

 

YONKERS, NY – June 14, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City will host a Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks on the Yonkers Waterfront, presented by Empire City Casino.  The evening will be full of family-friendly entertainment and music, starting at 5PM on the Yonkers Waterfront.  The evening concludes with a fireworks display after 9:15PM over the Hudson River.

“I am thrilled that Yonkers once again will come together on July 4th to celebrate our country’s independence right here on our beautiful waterfront,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “This July 4th will be a full day of fun activities and fireworks for residents of all ages to enjoy.  Special thanks to Empire City Casino for making these festivities a reality – as always, they are a true community partner to Yonkers.”

“July 4th is not only a time to enjoy the love of family and friends,” said Tim Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino. “It is a time to reflect on the incredible freedoms we enjoy, to remember the sacrifices of the men, women and families who protect those freedoms, and celebrate this incredible country and city in which we are blessed to live.  It is our honor to be able to provide the great City of Yonkers with a Star-Spangled Spectacular that will light up the sky.”

The Yonkers Waterfront, from Warburton Avenue down to the Pier, between Main and Dock Streets, will be blocked off from traffic starting at 4PM, so residents can walk around and enjoy the downtown restaurants, shops and stages set for entertainment.

The 2016 4th of July Celebration schedule includes:

Amphitheatre Stage

5:00 to 6:00 PM –  Emilyn Brodsky

6:00 to 7:30 PM –  Willie Villegas Y Entre Amigos

7:45 to 9:15 PM –  Total Soul

 

Main Street Stage (between Buena Vista Ave. & Market St.)

6:00 to 7:30 PM –  Mike Squillante

7:45 to 9:15 PM –  Anthony Flammia

 

Van der Donck Park

Kid-friendly activities including inflatables, carnival games and dance parties

 

Fireworks, provided by Pro Engineering/Bay Fireworks, will conclude the festivities from 9:15 to 9:30 PM at night. For updated information on the Yonkers 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Presented by Empire City Casino, visit yonkersny.gov.

***MEDIA ALERT***

CITY OF YONKERS TO HONOR FLAG DAY ON TUESDAY, JUNE 14 AT 1PM AT CITY HALL

The City of Yonkers will celebrate Flag Day Tuesday, June 14 at 1PM at Yonkers City Hall Plaza to honor the United States of America’s bold red, white, and blue.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join members of the City Council, the Jewish Council of Yonkers, Yonkers veterans and members of the community for the City Hall celebration.

Mayor Spano will honor the late Alfred Weissman with his family by dedicating the East Flag Pole at City Hall in his memory. Alfred Weissman was an active supporter of many local charities, and for many years sponsored events such as Flag Day and Veterans Day observances in the City of Yonkers.

***MEDIA ALERT***

MAYOR SPANO TO RECOGNIZE YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOL WINNERS FOR WINNING NEW YORK STATE’S AAA TRAFFIC SAFETY CONTEST

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will invite Yonkers Public School students Kaitlyn Antonelli and Kiana Lucas to City Hall on Tuesday, June 14 at 3:00pm to recognize them for their award-winning safe teen driving video entitled, “A Matter of Life and Text.”

Out of 1,600 participants in New York State, Kaitlyn and Kiana are two of several winners awarded for their outstanding informational video on the real life dangers/consequences of texting and driving.

Dear Friends,

An undercover investigation by journalists from Project Veritas has gone viral. Pat Puleo and Paul Diamond, President and Vice-President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, were caught on tape conspiring to sweep allegations of child abuse under the rug. Myself, Majority Leader John Larkin, and Council members Dennis Shepherd and Mike Breen have called upon them to resign effective immediately.
A New York Post editorial from June 8, ‘A Teachers Union at Work‘ makes it clear that City employees, in their capacity as President and Vice-President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, advised “fraud and violations of workplace rules to a man they thought was a teacher who’d hit a student.”
There is much good that happens in our schools and many fine teachers and employees. We cannot let the actions of a few outshine the hard work and dedication of so many, but we also cannot allow a situation where a cover-up could be directed by City employees to hide allegations of child abuse, use of racial epithets, theft of honest services and fraud in the school system. We feel those responsible should resign immediately.
The Mayor has already asked the Board of Education to cease negotiating a new contract while the Inspector General investigates the potential cover up. My colleagues in the Council Majority and I have vowed not to support a new contract until those responsible have stepped down.