Yonkers Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Concert
Tuesday, December 2nd, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
The Annual Yonkers Tree Lighting in historic Getty Square is one of the most majestic, traditional events in the City of Yonkers. For over 100 years, Getty Square has been the center of commerce, transportation and celebrations for the entire Hudson Valley Region. During the holiday season, hundreds of residents and visitors flock to Getty Square to witness a classic tree lighting. Afterwards, the crowd is treated to live holiday music and entertainment, highlighted by 2014 Yonkers Idol winners Tiffany Kam and Amara Barlow Valerio. There will also be amazing professional performances, including the iconic voice of Carolyn Hardings. Visits from Santa Claus, free Hot Chocolate, lights, games, and a wonderful community all come together to unite our city during this time of celebration.
On Tuesday, December 2nd, join Mayor Mike Spano, Council President Liam McLaughlin, and other public officials and community leaders to celebrate this event. The Yonkers Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) will also recognize a local business that has given back to the community in exceptional ways.
The Yonkers Annual Tree Lighting is produced by the Yonkers Downtown BID, in conjunction with the office of Mayor Mike Spano, the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreations, and Conversation, and Yonkers City Council. We received donations from local businesses including Beyond Costumes, The Wedge Sandwich Shop, and C.H. Martin Department Store.
We hope that everyone, young and old, can join the City of Yonkers as we light our holiday tree and celebrate our city. Visit https://yonkersdowntown.com/tree-lighting/ for pictures, programs, and more.
Address: Getty Square, Yonkers, NY (1 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701)
Date: December 2nd, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
For Immediate Release: Off-Duty Yonkers Firefighter Saves Home.
A fire broke out in the 27 Belmont Terrace home of former Yonkers City Councilman Dennis Robertson Saturday morning, but was contained by good neighbor and off-duty firefighter PJ Goldfedder until firefighters arrived a few minutes later.
A little after 10:45 am, firefighter Goldfedder of Engine Company 306 heard a banging at his door. Upon answering, he was quickly informed by his neighbor’s daughter that their kitchen was on fire. Goldfedder sprung into action, grabbing a fire extinguisher from his own kitchen and rushing across the street.
After confirming with the family that all occupants were out and 911 had been called, Goldfedder entered the smoke filled home and made his way to the kitchen.
By this time the fire extended from the oven to the surrounding cabinets and was rolling over the ceiling. Using his extinguisher, Goldfedder knocked down the flames and closed the oven door.
Members of Engine 309 and Ladder 72 of the Yonkers Fire Department, both from Station 9 just two blocks from Goldfedder’s house, arrived on the scene to finish the work that Goldfedder had started, fully extinguishing the fire in less than an hour.
Goldfedder remained humble when asked about his actions that morning, pointing to the actions of Robertson’s daughter. “It was her quick thinking to come and get me that put me into the position to help.”
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FREE Movies on Main Street.Join us for one of the greatest classics of all time and take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road. See “The Wizard of Oz” outdoors on the big screen. It’s so much better than on the TV!
FREE Riverwalk Wednesdays Mad Science makes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fun! This lively, interactive performance allows Yonkers children of all ages to participate in experiments and grow in a playful environment. Rain or shine.
FREE Friday Night Jazz
Our series continues this week with the crowd favorite Ainslie Street Vibes coming to us from Brooklyn! These trendy and oh-so-popular performers will keep the crowd moving with their dynamic mix of jazz, Latin, salsa, and classical repertoire. An event not to be missed! Rain or shine.
For more information visit www.YonkersDowntown.com.
| Existing home sales sold at the fastest pace since 2007 and
median prices reached a record high.*Sales nationally have increased 3.2% and the median price is $236,400,
up 6.5% from last year and above the peak prices set in July, 2006.In the Ocean Beach area, the news is even better!
Sales are up 4% and the median price has increased 7% to $260,000.*According to the to the National Association of Realtors
Dear Friend & Neighbor,
As the school year winds down and summer approaches, I know many of you will be taking time to relax and enjoy the warm, fun months ahead with family and friends. This month also marks the end of the legislative session and, as we enter these final few weeks, I wanted to update you on the good progress we’ve made. I’m proud to report that many of my InvestNY policy proposals and community initiatives are moving forward:
- $1.6 billion increase in education aid
- $250 million for four new Metro North stations in The Bronx
- $100 million in state funding for NYCHA — the largest increase in more than 15 years
- $50 million for middle-income housing construction and Mitchell-Lama preservation
- Funding for the Bronx H.I.R.E. jobs program
- Funding to combat the high rate of Latina suicide
- Funding for YMCA health and wellness initiatives
- Funding for the Stand Up to Violence (SUV) program
- $1 million for the construction of the Van Cortlandt Park Pedestrian Bridge
- Funding for the Riverdale Senior Services Women’s Wellness Program
- Funding for the Pelham School District
- Funding for the Mt. Vernon School District
- Funding for the Pennington School
As we wrap up the legislative session, I’ll be working in Albany to pass common-sense policies that put more money back into the pockets of our hard-working families — like providing real property tax relief for homeowners, raising the minimum wage, enacting meaningful Paid Family Leave, helping seniors cut back on high utility bills and more.
The summer season is one of my favorites and I want to make sure that you “Save the Date” for many of my upcoming community events listed below. As always, please don’t hesitate to call my district office at (718) 822-2049 should you need assistance or have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you. Here’s to a great summer!
Albany Spotlight: Providing Real Property Relief for Homeowners
New York City residents pay some of the highest taxes in the state and because of that they deserve more relief. That’s why this month, I was proud to introduce legislation that will provide homeowners across the five boroughs — including co-op and condo owners — with property tax rebates of up to $500 for the next three years.
We need to provide relief for New York City households in a way that reflects the reality of what they are paying for a roof over their heads. This new bill will put more money back in the pockets of taxpayers with a sensible, realistic approach tailored to the needs of local residents. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly in the coming weeks to pass this important piece of legislation.
Students in the 34th Senate District Are Getting a BOOST
Earlier this year, I was proud to announce increased funding for our local schools through Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students). Project BOOST is an academic and cultural enrichment program which provides students with the resources they need to succeed now and into the future. Thanks to this vital funding stream, schools across the 34th Senate District have been able to provide students with innovative new activities and after-school programs like ballroom dancing, robotics, cultural anthropology, exciting trips to museums, Broadway shows and much more.
Throggs Neck Houses Community Clean-Up Day
It’s always true that when the community comes together for a cause, anything is possible. In April, I was proud to sponsor the Throggs Neck Houses Community Clean-Up Day together with the Throggs Neck Houses Residents’ Council, Community Board 10 and volunteers from the Police Service Area #8 Explorers. At this special event, community members joined together to collect trash and debris, clear walkways and spruce up streets after the long winter.
Senator Klein Celebrates Opening Day in The Bronx & Westchester
Nothing says spring like baseball! Last month, I toured little league celebrations across The Bronx and Westchester — marching along with children and families and cheering on youngsters in uniform. I’m proud to support our little league teams which teach our children the values of teamwork, leadership and community. Good luck to all the local teams this year and remember: when we play together, everyone wins!
Klein Donates Orchids to Seniors at Bronx House
In April, I was happy to donate more than 30 orchids from the New York Botanical Garden to seniors at Bronx House. The flowers, which were given away in a raffle, included a wide variety of species and colors. Stay tuned for more fun giveaways this summer!
Senator Klein Announces $1 Million Study to Reduce Traffic Congestion at Hutchinson Metro Center
In May, I was proud to announce $1 million in state funding for the NYC DOT preliminary design study to reduce congestion at the Hutchinson Metro Center in The Bronx. The study will develop a conceptual plan to construct a new southbound access ramp to the Hutch Metro Center via the Hutchinson River Parkway. This smart investment will benefit The Bronx for years to come and reduce congestion in a heavily trafficked area ripe for future growth.
Justice for Job Seekers
Last month, I released an undercover report that detailed the unscrupulous and fraudulent practices occurring at New York City employment agencies. Unfortunately, all too often, registered employment agencies across the five boroughs skirt the law, and more disturbingly, unregistered or illicit agencies cheat workers out of hard-earned cash with bogus promises to secure employment. No job seeker should be charged outrageous fees, be given false hiring leads, or empty promises. That’s why I have introduced legislation in the State Senate that would modify licensing procedures for employment agencies; make it more difficult for them to defraud workers; improve enforcement of existing regulations; and enable victims to seek legal recourse. In the coming weeks, I will work with my colleagues in state government to reform these grossly outdated practices for all New Yorkers.
Klein Celebrates Remarkable Achievements of Bronx Veteran & True American Hero
I was proud to honor Analiza Benjamin, Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve Nurse Corps. and North Bronx Healthcare Network Senior Associate Director for Nursing Administration, at the 2015 Veterans Hall of Fame Celebration in Albany. I salute Analiza Benjamin — and all our fearless men and women in uniform — who have fought bravely for the ideals, democracy and freedom we hold dear.
Standing Up for Seniors
This month, I’ll be hosting town halls across the 34th Senate District to encourage seniors and individuals with disabilities to check their eligibility and sign up for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) and Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) programs. While SCRIE/DRIE can significantly reduce rent payments by freezing rates for eligible households and providing rebates to help cut costs, EPIC can also help alleviate the burden facing seniors by lowering the out-of-pocket cost of prescription drugs.
Last year, I was proud to lead the fight in Albany to raise the SCRIE/DRIE income cap to $50,000 and help seniors get the relief they need. I also expanded eligibility for older adults under EPIC by raising the income threshold to $75,000 for individuals and $100,000 for married couples.
Together, these vital programs offer substantial discounts that can help keep life affordable for seniors living out their golden years right here in The Bronx and Westchester. Please join me at one of my upcoming town halls (listed in our events section) to learn more about SCRIE/DRIE and EPIC and what these programs can do for you.
Blood Sweat & Tears to Headline RiverFest 2015
Riverdale’s annual celebration of the beauty of the Hudson River and unity of the local community returns this year and is better than ever. I’m proud to announce that I will be co-sponsoring RiverFest 2015 and was able to secure Grammy award-winning group Blood Sweat & Tears to headline this special event!
There will also be performances by artists Rob Taube, Steve Oates, Rob Schiffmann and more. Families and children will have the chance to enjoy scenic boat rides, sample some delicious food, learn more about the waterfront and take in a variety of fun-filled games and activities.
So head down to RiverFest on Sunday, June 14th for a day filled with good music, good friends and lots of laughs. Hope to see you there.
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Dear Friend & Neighbor,
During the past few months, I’ve been working hard up in Albany to make sure New York City and the Bronx and Westchester gets its fair share. That means fighting for more property tax relief for homeowners and renters, creating good-paying jobs in the community and finding ways to boost our local economy. And that’s just the start.
In a city where more than 2.5 million people pay over half their annual income in rent, and the cost of owning a home is skyrocketing – I’m fighting to make life more affordable for you. That’s why I’ve introduced an enhanced property tax plan to reduce the burden for New York City homeowners and renters. Last month, I also unveiled a new housing plan that would commit more than $500 million in combined City and State funding to improve and repair our public housing stock and increase the number of new affordable housing units being constructed for middle-income and low-income families.
This year, New York State will decide how to spend $5 billion in settlement funds we received from financial institutions. I’ve introduced a comprehensive plan – A New Deal for New York – that invests those dollars right back into the very neighborhoods and pockets they came from. My New Deal plan is aimed at creating good-paying jobs through infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, rail, transit, parks projects and more.
Creating economic opportunity for New Yorkers is not just about investing in our future; it’s about making sure our communities are safe, too. Here in the Bronx, I’ve made protecting our children and families a top priority, and this month, the State Senate unanimously passed my legislation that will prohibit sexual predators from living in family homeless shelters and residing within 1,000 feet of universal pre-kindergarten programs.
Please don’t hesitate to call my district office at (718) 822-2049 should you need assistance or have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you. Our upcoming events are posted below. Come join us! I hope to see you soon.
PRIMAVERA ITALIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM GRADUATION CEREMONY
BRONX – On February 28th, I celebrated the hard work and achievement of this year’s graduating class of Primavera Italian Language Students at St. Benedict’s School. At the ceremony, I was proud to be honored by Loretta Ziano, the program’s director, for the funding support and dedication I have shown the Primavera Program for many years. ‘Complimenti’ to the graduating students!
FIGHTING TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE FROM DANGEROUS PREDATORS
MANHATTAN – This February, I released a comprehensive report “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders,” which found dangerous predators living near universal pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs across New York City. Taking fast action, the State Senate unanimously passed my legislation that will impose harsher residency restrictions on offenders and prohibit them from living near where our youngest children go to school.
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE BRONX
THROGGS NECK – Black History Month recognizes the incredible contributions of African-Americans in our community. This year, I celebrated with friends at Villa Barone Manor and honored a few outstanding Bronxites for their hard work, including: April Horton, Director of External and Government Affairs at Verizon; Paul Moore, Principal of Moore Development Group; Rev. Dr. Kahlil Mootoo, Pastor at Bright Temple A.M.E. Church; Loretta Masterson, President of the Sack Wern Houses Residents Council; Darrin Speight, President of the Shorehaven Condo Association; Debra Stern, Founder and Executive Director of the Amani Public Charter School; Aleatha Williams, Founder and President of Youth Leaders On The Move. Congratulations to all the honorees and thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate!
SENATOR KLEIN LAUNCHES MONTH-LONG TOUR OF BRONX SENIOR CENTERS
RIVERDALE – In February, I launched my new Senior Affordability Survey to gauge New York seniors’ most-pressing financial issues. The simple, straightforward survey documents the most common challenges facing elderly New Yorkers, including the rising costs of homeownership, skyrocketing property taxes, maintenance and upkeep expenses, utility bills, and more.
In order to help make life more affordable for New York’s seniors, I have also unveiled a series of new proposals that include a senior utility tax break, the creation of a utility consumer advocate to fight unscrupulous rate increases and the creation of new affordable senior housing developments across the state. As a cornerstone of my 2015 Invest NY plan, finding solutions to these problems are essential measures in promoting financial security and long-term stability for those living out their golden years.
SENATOR KLEIN HONORED BY JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE STAND UP TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM
PELHAM PARKWAY – This month, I was proud to be honored by Jacobi Medical Center for my work with the Stand Up to Violence (SUV) program here in the Bronx. Gun violence remains a serious public health issue and SUV’s proven approach makes it clear to our young people that guns and gang violence do not need to be a way of life.
SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL ‘VALENTINES FOR VETERANS’
BRONX – I was proud to host the 20th annual ‘Valentines for Veterans’ celebration on February 13th at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Together with Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham and students from P.S. 83., we donated more than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and gift bags to outstanding veterans and servicemen.
INVESTING IN NEW YORK CITY’S PUBLIC HOUSING
MANHATTAN – In February, I stood with my IDC colleagues, Senator Adriano Espaillat and Councilman Ritchie Torres to call for increased funding for New York City’s public housing stock. We also unveiled a series of bold new proposals that will reinvest, update and repair NYCHA facilities and work to strengthen oversight and increase accountability measures for the Authority. These important proposals will work to preserve our public housing and ensure all New Yorkers have access to safe, secure, sanitary housing for years to come.
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Campaign season is fast approaching and I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received. I want to give you an update on my reelection bid and ask you to lend your efforts to continue the work we already accomplished for The Bronx, Westchester County and New York.
Just today on City Island the Uniformed Fire Officers Association backed me. It is an endorsement I truly cherish because of the hard work they do to keep our homes and families safe. Yesterday, I was endorsed by the Detectives’ Endowment Association, who thanked me for my work on issues like the SAFE Act and Operation SNUG, which contribute to fewer dangerous guns on our streets and safer neighborhoods for all.
I am very proud that these endorsements have joined those of so many of my other supporters, including the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union, the Transportation Workers Union Local 100, Plumbers Union Local 1, the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, Teamsters Joint Council 16, DC 9 IUPAT, Steamfitters Local 638, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, National NYCPD 10-13 Organization, Port Authority PBA, the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, Liberty Democratic Association, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Bronx Democratic County Committee Chairman Carl Heastie, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assemblyman Luis Sepulvda, Assemblyman Marcos Crespos, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Council Member Annabel Palma, Council Member James Vacca, Council Member Ritchie Torres, Council Member Vanessa Gibson, Council Member Andrew Cohen, Former Council Member June Eisland, Village of Pelham Trustee Joel Marty, Town of Pelham Democratic Committee Co-Chairman Ed Doty and Democratic Leader Lewis Goldstein.
The real strength of a campaign, however, is the volunteers who put in the time making phone calls, collecting petitions and getting the word about the election out in their communities. Can I count on you to volunteer for my campaign?
Thank you for your support and I hope to see you soon!
With Warm Regards,
Volume 4, Issue 2, February 2013
Last year, I issued a report showing the need for passage of a minimum wage hike in New York. In that report, the data illustrated that increasing the minimum wage would boost the wages of all affected workers by roughly $950 million. While all New Yorkers would benefit from an increase to the minimum wage, some of New York’s residents would see greater gains than others. Data on New York’s workforce makes it clear that women and minority workers are more likely than male or white workers to hold jobs that pay the minimum wage or slightly above. Since women and minority workers are more likely to hold these lower paying jobs, they also stand to see the greatest benefit from an increase in the minimum wage.
In the report I just released last week, the data outlines how New York’s female and minority would directly benefit from a state minimum wage increase, taking home an average of $800 – $1,000 in additional take home pay for New York’s women and minority workers.
By putting more money in the pockets of hard-working New Yorkers, a higher minimum wage will immediately increase local consumer spending. That’s why I’ll be working hard in the coming weeks and months ahead to make sure that we get this done for our workers and for our state’s economy.
New School Funding Announced.
As pictured above, I had lunch with PS 83 students in the Project BOOST program at a restaurant in Morris Park and spoke to students about how their experiences outside the classroom have shaped their learning in the classroom. I have supported Project BOOST programs at 12 district schools and hope to visit all the recipient-schools in the months ahead.
Four Loko Succumbs to Pressure, Changes Packaging.
After applying years of pressure, the makers of the popular—and dangerous—alcoholic malt beverage Four Loko, the product’s manufacturers have finally agreed to substantial changes to their packaging. The product has been widely linked to incidents of alcohol poisoning amongst high school and college students, with increased hospitalization rates reported in areas where consumption of the beverage is at its highest. That’s why I launched an investigation into the product’s safety in 2010, subpoenaed the products manufacturers in 2011, and passed legislation restricting the product’s sales to liquor stores only in 2012.
On Tuesday, as part of an agreement with the FDA, Four Loko’s manufacturers have agreed to include an “alcohol facts panel” on the back of each can and to make the product resealable, which experts agree will make customers far less likely to consume the entire beverage in an unsafe amount of time. Four Loko’s 12% alcohol content makes a single serving far more potent than that of an ordinary alcoholic beverage—in fact, a super sized can delivers the alcoholic equivalent of 4-5 beers.
Valentines Day for Vets.
I joined Miss USA 2012, Nana Meriwether, in hosting the 18th Annual “Valentines for Veterans” event at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. After the program, Miss USA, children from the PS 83 Children’s Choir and I helped distribute valentines and gift bags given by children at 25 schools across the Bronx.
Free Flu Vaccines.
Last week, I hosted a free flu vaccine event in Riverdale so that members of the community can protect themselves against influenza. We are in the heart of the flu season and it is important to take preventative measures for the good of your family, friends and coworkers.
Jeff Klein, New York State Senator, 34th District
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News from State Senator Jeff Klein.
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2013.
It’s a new year and we’ve hit the ground running. On our first official week of work, the legislature passed my comprehensive gun control legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Within the first two days of the 2013-2014 legislative session, both the New York Senate and the Assembly passed the toughest gun control law in the country with overwhelming, bipartisan support. The NY SAFE Act bans all new assault weapons, closes loopholes in background checks when buying guns, reduces the number of permissible clips in a magazine from 10 to 7 and increases penalties for illegal gun possession.
I am most proud of a provision that will enable law enforcement to remove firearms from those individuals who, as a result of a severe mental illness, are a serious threat to the themselves or to others. This new law will keep firearms out of the hands of those patients who mental health professional have good reason to believe may harm someone. This comprehensive gun package seeks to protect New Yorkers from senseless gun violence while preserving and protecting every citizen’s Second Amendment rights.
The start of this year’s legislative session was particularly important to me, as I was elected President Pro Tempore and Co-Leader of the Senate chamber.
In these new roles we are now in an even stronger position to pass meaningful legislation that will move New York forward. As in the past I look forward to doing so on a bi partisan basis.
Latino Diabetes Awareness Movement
Earlier this week, I joined members of the Hispanic Federation and leaders of Mount Sinai medical center in bringing attention to the issue of diabetes in the Latino community here in the area. The press conference preceded the Latino Diabetes Awareness Day on Thursday, January 17, in which 10 medical centers offered free diabetes testing across the Bronx. I am also honored to take part in their new educational campaign highlighting the five steps in preventing and treating diabetes.
Free Hockey Clinic Program Launch
On Wednesday, January 16th, I attended the launch of the free hockey clinic program in the Bronx. The hockey clinic program is offered through a partnership between Madison Square Garden’s New York Rangers, Coca-Cola, NYC Department of Parks, the Boys and Girls Club and local YMCA sites. Serving over 2,500 New York City children, this free hockey clinic program promotes physical activity, teamwork and overall health, while introducing young Bronxites to the sport of hockey.
Last week, I met with teachers, principals and counselors at 11 schools across the Bronx and Westchester participating in the Project Boost program through the Center for Educational Innovation. Project Boost provides funding to schools for supplemental activities that allow teachers to expand their curriculum and enhance the learning experience for students. Recipients of Project Boost funding shared what projects they had developed. This new funding enables schools to now offer everything from ballroom lessons to experiencing authentic Chinese cuisine. I am proud to have been able to provide funding to this program and look forward to seeing these programs in action throughout the spring.
New York State Senator Jeff Klein
Getting Electricity Back – Just in Time for Christmas.
Donna of the Bronx contacted my office following difficulty in getting her electricity back after it had been shut off due to Sandy. Her electricity provider, ConEdison, would not turn on her electricity without authorization from the Department of Buildings (DOB). Our office found that DOB had listed her building under the incorrect address because her residence was on two lots and Donna had listed it on one address, while DOB had her at another. After our office rectified this, DOB authorized ConEdison to turn her lights back on, but unfortunately it was too late on a Friday for her to get electricity that weekend. With our persistence, Donna got electricity first thing Monday morning – just in time for the Christmas holiday.
Events: On Wednesday January 30th, we will be meeting with residents to discuss electrical issues following Superstorm Sandy.
WHO: Pelham Utility Task Force Meeting
WHEN: 6 – 9 PM
WHERE: Daronco Town House, 20 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803
RSVP: Call our office at 718-822-2049 or email Mike Grubiak at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend or learn more.
On Thursday, January 31st, Fleetwood Senior Group will have their second meeting to discuss Elder Law, following a lunch.
WHO: Fleetwood Senior Group Meeting
WHEN: 12 – 1 PM
WHERE: Sinai Free Synagogue, 550 N. Columbus Ave, Mt. Vernon, NY
RSVP: Call our office at 718-822-2049 or email Mike Grubiak at email@example.com to attend or learn more.
On Saturday February 23rd, we will celebrate Black History Month with our annual breakfast.
WHAT: Annual Black History Month Breakfast
WHERE: Villa Barone Manor 737 Throggs Neck Expressway Bronx, New York 10465
RSVP: Call our office at 718-822-2049
Paid for by Jeff Klein for New York.
Michael Meyer for Yonkers City Council – 3rd District Video.
ABREU WINS SUPPORT FROM HISPANIC DEMOCRATS
Yonkers, NY – Piedad Abreu, a local business owner and community leader running for election as County Legislator, received the unanimous support today from the Executive Board of the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester.
“Piedad Abreu, a longtime community activist, has the right sense of priorities and the energy and ability to have a positive impact for change in the community,” said Robin Bikkal, founder and co-chair of the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester. “She has vowed to work to restore damaging social services and day care cuts while also working to create jobs and bring public improvements to the community. Piedad has a long record of community involvement in the City of Yonkers and wide respect from the local constituency. We are proud to support her and look forward to joining her campaign.”
Abreu, who has lived in southwest Yonkers for twenty-three years, is competing in a Democratic primary race against incumbent Virginia Perez. In May, Abreu was endorsed by the Yonkers Democratic City Committee at a mini-convention in which Perez failed to attend.
Bikkal added that the legislative district Perez currently serves “has been neglected in every way by County government, and as it has a significant population of Hispanics and those in need, the district deserves honest and competent representation. Instead of addressing the district’s needs, the incumbent, Virginia Perez, has proved herself a Democrat in name only, as she has sided with Republicans to cut the social services and day care availability that her constituents need. We feel strongly that she has failed in her responsibilities while defying the compassion of her heritage.”
Abreu thanked the Executive Board of the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester for its support and welcomed their assistance.
“It’s time the residents of Southwest Yonkers had a strong, reliable voice on the County Board of Legislators,” said Abreu. “They deserve an untiring advocate for their needs rather than a backroom participant in bad deals that have hurt our community.”
Last week, Abreu won the endorsements of the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body and Civil Service Employee Association Locals 860 and 9169.
Piedad Abreu, candidate for Westchester County Board Legislator in the Democratic Primary to Southwest Yonkers’ 17th District is earning support from organized labor.
Piedad Abreu maintains incumbent Legislstor Perez voted to advance a bill to give raises as high as 17% to three County Commissioners, who are already at the top of the County pay scale. Abreau suggest that action is perceived as an insult to the rank and file of the county workers who are without a contract and no raise since 2011.
Piedad Abreu asserts she will give voice and advocate for job creation and work to prevent layoffs.
Ms. Abreu has been endorsed by The Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body, The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Locals 860 and 9169.
The Central Labor Body represents thousands of workers in many member unions from the public and private sector of the AFL-CIO. Local 860 of the CSEA represents most Westchester County workers. CSEA Local 9169 represents workers in the Yonkers School District.
“I am proud to have the endorsements of these three major labor organizations. I look forward to working together with them on behalf of workers and to retain existing jobs and create new ones”, said candidate Abreu.
LEGISLATOR PEREZ VOTES AGAINST YOUTH PROGRAMS.
At the Westchester County Board of Legislators meeting on June 15th Legislator Virginia Perez again joined with the Republicans on the County Board to deny funding to agencies shut out by the Astorino administration’s bungling of youth funding.
Piedad Abreu, candidate for the 17th County Legislative District said, “the people of Yonkers deserve a County Legislator who will advocate for these critical programs that provide essential services to at-risk youth. Ms. Perez has again sided with the Astorino administration in cutting services and increasing costs to families in the 17th District.”
Perez has been silent while the Astorino administration hijacked the transparent process for distributing over 2 million dollars appropriated to Invest in Kids. Long standing programs were unceremoniously swept away and requests for information on the selections made have been denied.
“Sunshine is the best cleanser, and I will make sure that the people understand how decisions were made with public money. Thousands of Westchester’s youth will not be served because of Ms. Perez’s vote”, said Abreu