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September 28, 2016

The New York Times

President Barack Obama told CNN that Congress made a “political vote” by overwhelmingly voting to override his veto of a measure that allows families of those killed during the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.

“It’s an example of why sometimes you have to do what’s hard. And, frankly, I wish Congress here had done what’s hard,” Obama told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a town hall with a military audience set to air at 9 p.m. ET.

“The concern that I’ve had has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia per se, or my sympathy for 9/11 families,” Obama said. “It has to do with me not wanting a situation in which we’re suddenly exposed to liabilities for all the work that we’re doing all around the world.”

The override is the first of Obama’s presidency. It was supported by lawmakers from both parties. The Senate approved the override on a 97-1 vote. Hours later, the vote in the House was 348-77, with one Democratic member voting “present.”

Coming Soon to Mount Vernon: The Beehive

Mayor Thomas, MVIDA to Launch Business Incubator

 

(Wednesday, September 28, 2016) –  Mount Vernon’s very own small business incubator is coming soon. Mayor Richard Thomas, in his role as Chairman of the Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency, announced the initiative at this week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors’ award ceremony. (See the speech here). The Beehive, as the incubator will be known, will attract a swarm of entrepreneurs, business owners, creators, coders and visionaries of all types.

 

The vision of the Beehive is to create a space for connection, innovation and collaboration. The Beehive will offer participants access to professional consultants, technology labs, media studios, and a space to create. The Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency is committed to offering $100,000 in grants and loans to area businesses via a competitive process where participants appear before the MVIDA.

 

Mayor Richard Thomas said, “The Beehive will take the best practices of business incubators in the region and across the country. The IDA’s role is to put our strength behind business and help existing businesses, as well as start-ups, grow and flourish. Mount Vernon will create a level-playing field for business to access talent, capital, ideas, and a network. This is the recipe to create jobs, economic progress and growth for a sustainable future.

 

MVIDA Executive Director Sean McIntyre said, “”Project Beehive, the first of its kind in our community, will serve as an invaluable resource for Mount Vernon’s small businesses. It will incentivize start-ups, established businesses, and entrepreneurs to compete for seed funding in what will be dubbed the “Honey Pot Challenge”.  Project Beehive will cultivate an abundant supply of innovation and resources for businesses that will get our economy moving forward again.”

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Two children and a teacher shot at elementary school in Townville, SC, county official says. Teenage suspect in custody.

Families of those killed in the terror attacks on 9/11 are now legally allowed to sue Saudi Arabia after both chambers of Congress voted for the first time to override a veto by President Barack Obama.

Just hours earlier, the Senate approved the override on a 97-1 vote, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid as the lone Senator voting to sustain the President’s veto.The final vote was 348 to 77, as one Democratic member voted present.

The Senate has passed a bill to fund the government and the federal response to Zika.

The House is expected to approve the bill later Wednesday, avoiding a potentially embarrassing government shutdown just weeks before the election.

The measure — which funds the federal government through December 9 — was passed two days before federal agencies were set to run out of money.

ASTORINO INVITES SENIORS TO GOLDEN HARVEST DANCE AND TALENT SHOW

Annual event to be held October 19 at the County Center in White Plains

 

County Executive Robert P. Astorino invites senior citizens to showcase their talents and dance the afternoon away at the annual Golden Harvest Dance and Talent Show on Wednesday, October 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Admission and parking are free.

“Seniors are a vibrant part of our county and enjoy staying active through health and wellness events,” Astorino said. “So if you are a senior and you want to enjoy an afternoon of socializing, entertainment and dancing on October 19, the Golden Harvest Dance and Talent Show is for you. Hope you can make it.”

All local seniors age 60 and over who have a special talent that they would like to share are welcome to be part of the talent show, which will kick off the day at 11 a.m. Singers, dancers, instrumentalists, group performers, magicians and seniors with unusual acts are welcome. Registration is required for the talent show. To sign up, please call (914) 813-6300.

A box lunch will be available at 12 noon, which will include a chicken salad sandwich, salad, cookie and juice. Suggested lunch contribution is $4. Reservations are required for lunch and table seating. The concession stand will be open; no outside food may be brought into the County Center. The deadline for both lunch and table reservations is Wednesday, October 5. To reserve, call (914) 813-6416 or (914) 813-6449.

From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., seniors can dance to the sounds of Stolen Moments Entertainment, who play the oldies, Big Band, Latin, Salsa and more. The event will also include group and line dances, ballroom dancing and dance instructions for the Salsa and Merengue.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The event is open to all Westchester County senior citizens age 60 and older.

The Golden Harvest Dance and Talent Show is sponsored by Westchester County’s departments of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and Senior Programs and Services, as well as the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services.

The County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. The County Center is served by the Westchester County bee-line bus system. Go to http://seniorcitizens.westchestergov.com or call (914) 813-6300 to learn more.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES MAJOR NATIONWIDE AGREEMENT WITH NBTY, HERBAL SUPPLEMENT MAKER FOR WALGREENS AND WALMART.

Leading Supplements’ Manufacturer NBTY, Inc., To Use DNA Barcoding To Authenticate Herbal Ingredients For First Time; Conduct Tests To Detect Peanuts, Soy, And Other Allergens; Invest $250k In Herbal Genetic Research; Require Ingredient Makers To Submit To Third-Party Certification; And Double On-Site Audits Of Major Suppliers.

Reforms – Which Exceed Permissive FDA Standards – Follow A.G. Investigation Finding Majority Of Tested Supplements From Walgreens, Walmart, And Others Didn’t Contain Detectable DNA From Listed Plant; NBTY Follows GNC And Nature’s Way As Third Major Supplement Manufacturer To Initiate Key Industry Reforms.

Schneiderman: I Urge the Rest Of The Herbal Supplement Industry To Seize This Moment And Go Much Further To Protect Consumers.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a major agreement with Long Island-based herbal supplement manufacturer NBTY to implement new quality control measures for all herbal supplements sold nationwide to confirm their authenticity, ensure their purity, and educate consumers about their chemical content. The Attorney General’s settlement with NBTY is the third such agreement to require DNA barcoding and other testing, labeling, and manufacturing reforms to protect supplement consumers that exceed the more permissive FDA requirements. Advancing under New York’s strong consumer protection laws, the Attorney General previously reached accords with GNC and Nature’s Way.

“When consumers take an herbal supplement, they should be able to do so confident that the plant on the label is the plant in the bottle, and that every reasonable precaution was taken to ensure the product’s authenticity and purity,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Consumers can only have that confidence if the companies that sell herbal supplements employ the best and most reliable testing measures for combating fraud and ruling out dangerous allergens. I am pleased that NBTY has joined GNC and Nature’s way and agreed to increase transparency, improve quality control, and do more to protect consumers, and I urge the rest of the herbal supplements industry to do the same.”

Under today’s agreement, NBTY will phase in DNA barcoding on herbal ingredients within two years. By the end of year one, NBTY will test all ingredients derived from no fewer than 12 distinct species. By the end of year two, it will extend testing to all herbal ingredients with a reliable and scientifically valid barcode. The agreement also requires NBTY to implement an annual testing protocol to detect allergens (peanuts, milk, soy, eggs, and wheat) in finished herbal products; to double the number of on-site audits of major ingredient suppliers; to mandate that all NBTY “active” ingredient suppliers—which are exempt from FDA rules—receive certification from a third-party accreditation body and abide by generally accepted manufacturing practices; and to invest no less than $250,000 in herbal authenticity genetic research in the first year. In addition, NBTY will take concrete steps to partner with Cornell University and other major research institutions to further the transparency and traceability of herbal dietary supplements, including through DNA barcoding.

DNA barcoding is a technique used to authenticate organic materials using unique reference sequences of DNA, a reliable scientific technique for verifying the identity and presence of plant species.

In February, 2015, Attorney General Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, after a study commissioned by the office failed to detect identifiable genetic material for the plants depicted on the labels in most of the four retailers’ herbal supplement products. These included NBTY-manufactured supplements sold at Walgreens and Walmart. The study further detected DNA associated with plants not listed on the labels, as well as the presence of potential allergens. In launching his investigation, the Attorney General raised concerns about the measures in place to ensure the authenticity and purity of herbal supplements – which are taken by more than half of all American adults – and the sufficiency of federal standards regulating this $60 billion worldwide industry.

Previous scientific studies had uncovered substitution and adulteration in herbal supplements sold by various U.S. manufacturers, including supplement derived from bilberry, saffron, skullcap, black cohosh, saw palmetto, and many others. The off-label substitutes are typically cheaper and, in certain cases, have been linked to serious medical consequences, including liver failure. Contamination separately poses a significant danger to those who have food allergies or take medication – and there have been a number of examples of supplements endangering consumer safety. A 2013 outbreak of hepatitis that struck at least 72 people in 16 states was traced to a tainted supplement.

In March, 2015, Attorney General Schneiderman secured a landmark agreement with GNC requiring the company to perform DNA barcoding on the “active” plant ingredients used in its products, and to implement a series of other measures to enhance the authenticity and purity of their products. In May, 2015, Attorney General Schneiderman issued a joint statement with a major supplement industry trade group, endorsing the application of DNA barcoding as part of a multi-faceted approach to assuring authenticity and identifying substitution.

In September, 2015, Attorney General Schneiderman reached an accord with another manufacturer, Nature’s Way, which agreed to improve the manufacturing and marketing of an herbal supplement derived from devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), and announced that it would employ DNA barcode testing across its major herbal products lines. The Nature’s Way agreement came after a DNA barcoding study from the New York Botanical Garden concluded that the devil’s claw supplements sold by Nature’s Way and other manufacturers contained a cheaper, less desirable species.

Today’s agreement with NBTY builds on the earlier agreements to further reform the herbal supplements industry. As with the office’s previous agreement with GNC, the agreement with NBTY notes that the FDA does not mandate the use of DNA-based technologies, and that there is no evidence that NBTY did not administer the minimum testing procedures the FDA requires. Instead, the investigation raised questions regarding the sufficiency of those requirements in relation to state consumer protection laws.

Specifically, the FDA allows companies to choose their own methodology to support their product claims. Given the existence of chemically-similar natural or synthetic substitutes, the Attorney General’s Office remains concerned that these alternate methodologies (typically chemical tests, which can be faked), standing alone, fail to provide acceptable assurance of the authenticity of herbal supplements. Moreover, current FDA regulations do not require testing to confirm that contamination, even with allergens, falls below relevant safety thresholds.

NBTY committed to implement DNA barcoding during herbal supplement production for the first time, to enhance other aspects of its operations, and act as catalyst within the industry to achieve vital reforms, as follows:

Authentication: NBTY will implement genetic barcoding of its herbal supplement products in two phases. In the first year, the company will barcode all herbal ingredients derived from 12 distinct plant species. In the second year, the company will barcode all remaining herbal ingredients in its products for which reliable and scientifically valid barcoding is available.

NBTY will invest $250,000 in herbal authenticity genetic research and education in the first year, including genetic research, and will take concrete steps to establish partnerships to improve the authenticity of herbal ingredients. Specifically, NBTY committed to partner with scientific institutions to further the development of uniform standards to authenticate herbs and contribute to the development of public genetic standards libraries. NBTY also committed to take steps to partner with Cornell University and other scientific institutions to further the transparency and traceability of herbal dietary supplements.

Good Manufacturing Practices: NBTY will actively support the establishment of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Guidelines for Botanical Raw Material through industry associations to further authenticate and track plant material from the harvesting of plants to testing of the raw material. NBTY will also require that all “active” botanical ingredients supplied by NBTY’s herbal suppliers and used in Herbal Dietary Supplements will be manufactured in GMP compliant facilities and that their facilities be certified through a third-party accreditation body.

Supplier Site Risk Assessment: NBTY will pursue improvements in quality procedures with its suppliers designed to ensure the authenticity of the herbs from harvest to consumption. Specifically, NBTY will double its number of on-site audits from 12 to 24 to ensure proper herbal identification and authenticity testing for all lots received from herbal suppliers.

Allergen Detection and Labeling: Beginning in the next 12 months, NBTY will randomly test its herbal products on no less than an annual basis using a scientifically valid methodology for each of the following five, major allergens: (1) eggs; (2) milk; (3) wheat; (4) soy; and (5) peanut. NBTY will also upgrade its label text to ensure that supplement consumers with food allergies can make informed decisions, including by disclosing in easily understood terms all known major allergenic substances present in the manufacturing of herbal dietary supplements.

Improve Consumer Information. Over the next two years, NBTY will develop educational materials, including scientific content to provide transparency from seed to shelf, including the chemical composition of any extracts, and advise consumers of potential interactions (if any) of the herbs or extracts. These materials will be developed by NBTYs Nutrition and Scientific Affairs Department and will be made via a consumer-facing website and as part of product information fact sheets made available to consumers and to retailers selling NBTY products.

The Attorney General’s review of industry practices to ensure the authenticity and purity of herbal supplements is ongoing.

The case is being handled by Executive Deputy Attorney General Marty Mack and Assistant Attorney General Deanna Nelson together with Simon Brandler, Senior Advisor and Special Counsel to the Executive Division.

To see the copy of the agreement, click here.

STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON THE PASSING OF SHIMON PERES.

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement:

“Today I join those across the world mourning the loss of Shimon Peres. He was one of the finest statesmen and leaders we will ever see—a tireless warrior who helped establish the Israeli state and create the unbreakable bond forged with the United States. But what I admire most about President Peres were his determined efforts at achieving peace and understanding, no matter the circumstances or the odds. As we search for common understanding and reconciliation through our present conflicts, let us use his eternal optimism and hopefulness as our guiding light.”

Former Head Coach Fran Fraschilla To Host NYC Media Day

Hempstead, NY – The New York College Basketball Media Day, scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, at Hofstra University, will be hosted by ESPN Analyst and former Manhattan College Men’s Basketball Coach Fran Fraschilla.

“As someone who grew up in New York City loving college basketball and then getting a chance to coach here, I am thrilled to be a part of the New York College Basketball Media Day,” commented Fraschilla. “It’s a great way to kick off the season and highlight many of the area’s outstanding student-athletes.”

The event, which will take place in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, will begin at 11:00 am and conclude around 1:30 pm.

Joining Manhattan and Hofstra will be Columbia, Iona, LIU Brooklyn, St. Francis Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Wagner.

The New York College Basketball Media Day will begin at 11:00 am with a welcome from Fraschilla. That will be followed by brief introductions of each of the head coaches in attendance, who will then offer a few words about their programs.

The media will then have time for one-on-ones with the head coaches, including two-time Metropolitan Coach of the Year Steve Masiello, and student-athletes in attendance before concluding the event around 1:30 pm.

Fraschilla, who was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012,  joined ESPNas a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. He serves as an analyst primarily on Big 12 men’s basketball games, is a staple on ESPN’s coverage of the NIT and a regular on ESPN and ESPNUstudio shows. In addition to men’s college basketball, Fraschilla previously worked an analyst onESPN’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship coverage from 2007-14.

He also provides commentary for the NBA Draft, the FIBA Basketball World Cup and has covered the NBA and high school basketball.

Fraschilla coached at the collegiate level for 23 years, posting an overall record of 175-100. When he joined ESPN, he ranked as the 34th winningest active coach in men’s college basketball. His teams made eight post-season appearances in nine years, including three NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1995 and 1998).

Fraschilla, who graduated from Brooklyn College in 1980, served as a head coach of the Jaspers from 1992-1996, twice leading them to the NCAA Tournament, and St. John’s from 1996 to 1998.

Active in several charity organizations, Fraschilla has participated in the NABC/American Cancer Society’s “Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Attack,” NY State Special Olympics, The O’Hara Foundation, St. John’s Bread and Life and White Plains Parks and Recreation. He was chairman of the NABC Committee on Academics from 1994-2002.

Fraschilla served as an Honorary Chairman for the 2000 New Mexico Special Olympics Summer Games, as well as the Honorary Chairman for the UNM Library Development program.

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OLIVA ENDORSED BY AFFILIATED POLICE ASSOCIATION OF WESTCHESTER.
Oliva is the only challenger to be endorsed in the 12 state and federal legislative races that include Westchester

Phil Oliva, the Republican candidate for New York’s 18th Congressional District today announced that he has been endorsed by the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester (APA).

The APA of Westchester is an organization representing 53 local PBAs and over 10,000 members with a focus on law enforcement issues.
Officials at the APA said they liked what Oliva had to say on issues related to law enforcement and public safety.

“Phil Oliva is a strong and straightforward kind of guy who understands the complexities of law enforcement. He has family in law enforcement, he understands the challenges our officers face today, and we’re confident that he will represent us well in Washington and fight for policies that increase public safety.  We’re proud to endorse his candidacy for U.S. Congress,” said Robert Buckley, the 1st Vice President of the APA of Westchester.

Oliva said he was honored to receive the endorsement.
“The men and women who wear the uniform deserve our respect and appreciation for their service to our communities. Today, their job is tougher than ever and they deserve our support. As congressman I will do everything I can to increase public safety and improve police-community relations,” said Oliva.
Oliva was the only challenger this year to be endorsed by the APA in the 12 state and federal legislative races that include a part of Westchester.This is the second major endorsement Oliva has received in recent weeks.  He was previously endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association with 325,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs as members.Oliva, 43, is making his first run for elected office and has pledged to serve no more than four 2-year terms if elected.  He has over 20 years experience working in the public and private sectors.  He is President of Gipper Communications, LLC, a New York-based consulting firm, and also a top advisor to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. During Astorino’s 2014 race for governor, Oliva co-authored an economic plan that was called “A Plan for New York Revival” by the Wall Street Journal, adding that it would “lift the state’s flagging economy” if enacted.Oliva earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA from Siena College where he also played Division I baseball and Division I-AA football. He and his wife Jessica live in Somers with their children: Philip (4), Daniela (2) and Luke (7 months).

Don’t forget that tickets are now available for our Annual Westchester Cocktail Party, taking place at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains on Monday, October 17th. You won’t want to miss your opportunity to celebrate the progress we’ve made together for Westchester’s environment – become a sponsor or purchase your tickets today!

From strengthening local parks to preparing our infrastructure for a changing climate, Westchester County is a key environmental battleground.

NYLCV will honor the Pace Energy and Climate Center at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and we’re excited to welcome Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Amy Paulin and Westchester County Legislator Francis Corcoran as our special guest speakers!

Make sure you’re in attendance for this exciting evening to benefit our sustainability work in Westchester. Become a sponsor or purchase tickets today!

Hope to see you there!

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The US Senate has overturned President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill to allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government.

The House is expected to follow suit; It will be the first veto override of Obama’s presidency.

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September 28, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
President Obama is on track for his first veto override. Senators voted 97 to 1 to affirm a bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:38 PM EDT

A sweeping bipartisan majority in the Senate rejected President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot, all but assuring that Mr. Obama would suffer the first override vote of his presidency. The vote was 97 to 1, with only Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, siding with the president. Read more »

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They’re calling as many rich people as they know before Friday’s FEC fundraising deadline, hoping that whomever picks up the phone will write them a check for $2700. When they’re done with those calls, most will head to fancy fundraisers packed with lobbyists, where they’ll ask for even more money.

I’m so lucky that because of emails like this, our people-powered movement allows me to actually go out and talk to voters. I just came from a meeting about the Hudson River cleanup, and tomorrow I’m going to a local forum and an event about a proposed pipeline project.

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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WILL INCLUDE MORE TOWN-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS IN LAND USE REVIEWS –WATCH VIDEO OF TOWN BD DISCUSSION WITH OUR COMP PLAN CONSULTANT

CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL ENDORSES PLAN

 

Yesterday, members of the Greenburgh Town Board met with Ferrandino & Associates at our work session to discuss the final version of the Comprehensive Plan. The comprehensive plan, once approved, will be the first comprehensive plan ever adopted by the Greenburgh Town Board. The plan will help guide future land use decisions for the town. You can watch the video of the meeting by clicking to the following link.  We stream work session discussions live and also archive meetings on the site.

 

http://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/09272016-1777

 

Board members recognize the importance of working with school districts on land use applications. The comprehensive plan will include applicable school districts in the initial distribution of subdivision, site plan, special permit and zoning amendment applications/petitions.  We intend to invite School Boards to designate a representative who would sit in on interviews with possible land use consultants and provide input on the land use consultants who will be reviewing applications.

Excerpt from Page 8-35 of the Comprehensive Plan: “Although separate entities, cooperative planning between the schools and Town, to the extent practical, can result in achieving mutual goals. As an example, an understanding of the pedestrian routes used by students and parents can allow the Town of Greenburgh to prioritize sidewalk improvements. Referring land-use development applications (subdivision, site plan and special permit) to the applicable school district could foster coordinative planning. For large scale projects, and projects, which could require an Environmental Impact Statement, inviting a school district official to contribute comments early in the process could promote better planning.”

 

Last night the Commissioner of Planning, some members of the Town Board and I met with the Pocantico School Board to discuss land use initiatives. We have asked to meet with all school boards within the town.

 

Special thanks to Greenburgh Councilman Francis Sheehan, chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee and the members of the committee, for thier hard work and dedication during the past eight+ years interacting with residents, civic groups, public officials, advisory boards –preparing the plan. They met weekly (sometimes more) and were very responsive to community input.

The following is a memo received from the Greenburgh Conservation Advisory Council endorsing the plan:

 

From: Sigal, Mike <msigal@stblaw.com>

Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2016 1:10 PM

To: Paul Feiner; Town Board; Garrett P. Duquesne

Cc: Judith A. Beville; Teresa Tori; Richard Ronde; Sharon Hernstadt; Greg Theisen; Margaret Beal; Donna Maiello

Subject: CAC Third Report and Recommendation to Town Board on Draft Comprehensive Plan

 

To: Town Supervisor

Town Board

Commissioner of Community Development and Conservation

 

CAC Third Report and Recommendation to Town Board on Draft Comprehensive Plan

 

During the course of development of the Draft Comprehensive Plan, the CAC issued three Reports to the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.  Virtually all of the CAC’s recommendations were adopted.

 

The CAC has reviewed (a) the final Draft Comprehensive Plan recommended to the Town Board by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee in December 2015 and (b) the slip sheet changes dated 6/3/16, 7/11/16 and 7/31/16 proposed to alter the Draft Comprehensive Plan.

 

The CAC issued two Reports and a Position Paper regarding environmental issues in those slip sheets.   Representatives of the CAC met with two members of the Town Board and the Commissioner of Community Development and Conservation regarding concerns the CAC had about those proposed changes.   The meeting resulted in resolutions of the five issues raised by the CAC, and they are reflected in revised slip sheets (“September Slip Sheet Changes”).

 

Under Chapter 520 of the Town Code, the CAC is to advise the Town Board on environmental matters affecting the Town and its residents.   From an environmental perspective, the CAC RECOMMENDS to the Town Board that it adopt the Comprehensive Plan.   This Recommendation is premised on the assumptions that the September Slip Sheet Changes are incorporated by the Town Board into the December 2015 Draft Comprehensive Plan and no other changes are made relating to environmental matters.

 

The CAC wishes to thank the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the Commissioner of Community Development and Conservation, and the Town Board for their consideration of the CAC’s environmental views for the future of the Town.

CONSERVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL

September 18, 2016

 

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This is a press event aboard the Science Barge, with Mayor Spano flipping the switch on a new energy system donated by Green Mountain Energy Sun Club that will double the Barge’s energy reserves. Tons of Green Team youth, neighbors, and Science Barge interns will be on hand for the occasion, ushering in a more powerful era for the Barge.
Date and time — October 6, 4:00 pm
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NY-19 Poll
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John Faso: 43%
Zephyr Teachout: 42%

This is incredible. We knew our election would be close. But with just six weeks left, a new independent poll has our opponent and his special-interest super PACs ahead by just ONE percent.

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CITY OF YONKERS DECLARES VICTORY AS NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT ORDERS WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO ADDRESS INHUMANE & DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT COUNTY-FUNDED HOMELESS SHELTERS IN YONKERS.

YONKERS, NY – September 27, 2016 — Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano declared victory today as the New York State Supreme Court ordered Westchester County to take responsibility for the inhumane and unsafe conditions at 101 North Broadway in Yonkers, a county-funded shelter. The Astorino Administration has been utilizing the building as a shelter despite it being condemned and deemed unfit for human habitation. The county-funded facility continually has been cited with dozens of housing and fire code violations and overcrowding citations.

“The City has shined a light on the deplorable conditions that have existed at 101 North Broadway that the county believed to be satisfactory to house the homeless,” said Mayor Spano. “Today, the courts agreed that the county must adhere to its constitutional obligation in securing the safety and well-being of the region’s homeless.”

The county has until Friday, September 30 to rectify all the code violations.

Yonkers fire and housing officials noted that on September 21, 101 North Broadway, operated by the Sharing Community and funded by Westchester County had no occupancy permit. Despite not holding a temporary residence permit since 2014, the county shelter continued to warehouse individuals in the facility.  Inhumane conditions at 101 N. Broadway include structural deficiencies, dead vermin, unsanitary spaces, little to no lighting, fire hazards caused by faulty and exposed wiring, overloaded electrical outlets, combustible objects near the boiler and soot residue, implying possible carbon monoxide build up.

“We’ve seen a blatant disregard of the responsibilities of the county and its shelters and more importantly, we’ve seen the county administration turn its back on the health and well-being of our region’s homeless,” stated Mayor Spano. “We are judged in a society by how we treat our most vulnerable citizens and with the evidence put in front of the judge today, it became obvious to the judge that the county is deeply mistreating and dismissing those who have fallen on hard times.”

Today’s court decision reaffirmed the city’s right to enter the premise to inspect and stop the county from continuing to dangerously overcrowd 101 North Broadway.

“The City can’t in good consciousness ignore the housing conditions and the obligation to the health and safety of these individuals and our residents,” said Mayor Spano. “We will continue to monitor the conditions at 101 North Broadway and be sure to the county lives up to the court order.”

Adding, “I also find it interesting that County Executive Astorino decried Governor Cuomo’s executive order earlier this year that mandated local governments to take homeless individuals off the street and into shelters, stating it’s ‘a lot more complicated than simply rounding them up and bringing them into a shelter.’ But that is exactly what Astorino is doing – he’s herding them into tight and unsafe places with no regard of the inhumane conditions inside.”

“The county needs to live up to the legal and moral obligations of serving the region’s homeless, not just in Yonkers, but in the entire county – we all pay taxes towards the services the county is supposed to provide. I believe they have fallen short of providing those services,” stated Mayor Spano.

Mayor Spano is calling on New York State to investigate how the county provides its services to the region’s homeless.

Zephyr Teachout’s job on my campaign for president was to figure out what motivated our supporters, and how to take tremendous online enthusiasm and turn that into work offline.She knew the way to organize this “people power” wasn’t to sit at her desk, but to go out and actually talk to folks. So she drove around the country to organize meetings with grassroots supporters.

During one of those meetings, Zephyr told a group of supporters, ”You are seizing political power back and are doing it in a really beautiful way.”

I’m proud to say the same thing to you now. You’re helping Zephyr take on billionaires and their super PACs with tens of thousands of contributions averaging just $19 a piece. Your work is what makes up a true grassroots campaign. You have the power.

This is why Zephyr’s goal of 150,000 contributions by Friday’s huge FEC deadline is so important.

Can you stand with me and Zephyr by adding a $3 contribution to her campaign before Friday’s deadline?

I know that together, we have the power to help Zephyr win. Thank you.

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Here’s what’s going on @ TheBDAC!

Openings & Closings
Our TATOO: OFF THE BODY exhibition will close October 8th. Come check it out before it’s gone! A Special Screening of SKIN STORIES, a PBS documentary, is scheduled for the closing day.
Next up: INCLUSION, which opens October 15th.
Please join us during our new hours this fall:
Fridays 3-8 pm
Saturdays 12-5 pm
Upcoming Events

ArtSpeak/From Page to Performance, co-hosted b Xanath Caraza and Golda Solomon, will take place on Saturday, October 8th, 1:30 – 5 pm. Please visit our website http://bluedoorartcenter.org/gallery/artspeak  or email gs@goldajazz.com for more info.

Blue Door Art Center is launching a series of free art workshops for children this fall. First one: a ceramic workshop for young children led by Vicky Youngman on October 29th, followed by collage and drawing workshops for middle-school students led by Sylvia Vigliani on November 5th and December 10th. If you’d like to lead a workshop or know a child who would want to attend, please contact info@bluedoorartcenter.org
Upcoming Deadline:
 
Inclusion
INCLUSION is a unique exhibition highlighting the themes of LBGTQ life and culture. We encourage members of the national community to submit work for this exhibition. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.
To Submit Work: Visit our website www.Bluedoorartcenter.org, Go to CALL FOR ARTISTS & Follow the submission instructions. There is no application fee for submitting work. Each accepted work will be charged a $25 installation fee.
OPENING RECEPTION: OCTOBER 15
HOLIDAY SHOW

Our annual holiday show is back! Each year, we showcase a great variety of artworks that are unique and affordable. It is a great opportunity to reach out to a diverse and appreciative audience.

To Submit Work: Visit our website www.Bluedoorartcenter.org, Go to CALL FOR ARTISTS & Follow the submission instructions. There is no application fee for submitting work. Each accepted artist will be charged a $25 installation fee.

About Us
Blue Door Gallery presents widely attended and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibitions in a welcoming environment. BDG publishes books on many of its outstanding exhibitions and makes available the chap books of our poets.
Other community art programs at the gallery include monthly “Open Stage” performances, poetry writing workshops, art themed videos, art classes, performances and other special events.
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.
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Planned Parenthood understands that voting is a fundamental right and the best way to participate in our democracy, which is why today, we celebrate National Voter Registration Day by urging everyone across the nation to get out and REGISTER.

Voting is not just a political act; it’s a personal one. There are many issues at stake in this election including equal pay, LGBTQ rights, reproductive health, economic and racial justice, along with immigration reform. This election is one of the most important that our nation has faced – with the potential to have far reaching effects on All of our futures, which is why it is so important to ensure that you vote in November.

NVRD 2016

It takes just 5 minutes to make sure you have a voice in this year’s election. In order for us to live in a true democracy – where all voices are heard and represented – we MUST exercise our right to vote and prioritize the fight for voting rights to ensure that EVERYONE is heard, no matter what.

Take time today to make sure that not only do you have the power to vote – that your friends and family have that power as well. Register today and vote on November 8th.

See you at the polls –

Leila Ensha
Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager

Care. No matter what.

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STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC T. SCHNEIDERMAN ON CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST WAYNE ISAACS.

 

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement today:

 

In July of 2015, my office was appointed as Special Prosecutor in cases where an unarmed civilian dies during an encounter with police, and in cases where there is a significant question as to whether the civilian was armed and dangerous. Pursuant to that authority, on July 4th of this year, my Special Investigation and Prosecutions Unit launched an investigation into the death of Delrawn Small. We conducted a thorough investigation and, as I have always pledged, followed the facts where they led, without fear or favor. After a thorough investigation, we concluded that the evidence warranted a presentation to a grand jury. Yesterday, that grand jury voted, and returned an indictment of NYPD officer Wayne Isaacs on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Manslaughter in the First Degree. Pursuant to that indictment, Mr. Isaacs was taken into custody this morning and arraigned today in Brooklyn Supreme Court. My office takes the prosecution of this matter very seriously, and intends to prove the alleged charges against Mr. Isaacs beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. At today’s arraignment, the judge granted our office’s request for bail at $500,000, along with the requirement that Mr. Isaac’s surrender his passport and firearms, restrict his travel, and wear an ankle bracelet to be monitored by the court. As is always the case in our system of justice, Mr. Isaacs is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

STATEMENT BY A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON DEFENSE OF EPA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN IN U.S. COURT OF APPEALS.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement today on arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” a rule requiring fossil-fueled power plants to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to the Clean Air Act.

“Today, my office is leading a coalition of 25 states, cities, and counties in defense of the Clean Power Plan, regulations that will, for the time ever, limit climate change pollution from our nation’s largest source, fossil-fueled power plants.  In our states, we have demonstrated the opponents’ ‘doom and gloom’ predictions are wrong – our states have shown that power plant pollution can be cut dramatically, while holding the line on utility bills, maintaining grid reliability, and adding billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to our economies. I look forward to the Court upholding the Clean Power Plan, and ensuring that we will continue to take essential actions in fighting the unprecedented health, environmental, and economic impacts of climate change.”    

In November 2015, the Attorney General, leading a coalition of 25 states, cities and counties, intervened in defense of the Clean Power Plan against legal challenge.   Joining in the coalition are states of New York, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, the District of Columbia, the cities of New York, Boulder, Chicago, Philadelphia, South Miami and Broward County, Florida.

The Clean Power Plan is the culmination of a decade-long effort by New York and partnering states and cities to require mandatory cuts in the emissions of climate change pollution from fossil fuel burning power plants under the Clean Air Act. The Clean Power Plan, along with the companion rule on new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, will control these emissions by setting limits on the amount of climate change pollution that power plants can emit.  The rule for existing plants is expected to eliminate as much climate change pollution as is emitted by more than 160 million cars a year – or 70% of the nation’s passenger cars.

EPA adopted the Clean Power Plan through a multi-year stakeholder process that drew heavily on the experience of states and utilities in reducing power plant greenhouse gas emissions. A number of states, including New York, have already taken a leading role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by moving forward with their own programs.

New York and eight other states are part of the “Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative” (RGGI), which has reduced regional carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by 40 percent from 2005 levels. The RGGI states have shown that by a combination of encouraging shifts to less carbon-intensive fossil fuel generation, increasing reliance on renewable energy, and using proceeds to invest in energy efficiency, substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are possible over a relatively short period, while supporting economic goals and maintaining grid reliability. An independent analysis found that in the first three years of the RGGI program, the reinvestment of allowance auction proceeds is reducing total energy bills across the region by $1.3 billion and adding $1.6 billion to the regional economy, creating an estimated 16,000 jobs in the process.

PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW: HOUSE REPUBLICANS RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO ADDRESS PRIORITIES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES 

House Republicans are once again threatening a government shutdown and putting honest, hardworking American families at risk. The stakes are too high — the people of Flint, Michigan and those infected by the Zika virus deserve better. Tomorrow, Democratic Members highlight the potential costs of Republican inaction.

 

WHO: Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA-34)

Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Joe Crowley (NY-14)

Additional Members TBD

WHEN: Tomorrow, September 27, 2016, at 10:00 AM

 

WHERE: HVC-210 alcove. Watch live online here.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES KATHERINE MILGRAM AS NEW CHIEF OF INVESTOR PROTECTION BUREAU.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the appointment of Katherine C. Milgram as the new Chief of the Attorney General’s Investor Protection Bureau, a part of the Division of Economic Justice. In that role, Ms. Milgram is charged with enforcing the Martin Act, New York State’s securities law, and overseeing the Bureau that has been the driving force behind critical financial industry reforms on behalf of investors. 

“Katherine has played an instrumental role in leading the Investor Protection Bureau as Deputy Bureau Chief and Acting Chief, and she has demonstrated a commitment to protecting investors and aggressively pursuing some of our Office’s most important work,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “I am confident that with Katherine’s leadership, the Investor Protection Bureau will continue to pursue innovative and effective enforcement actions that improve markets and protect investors.”

Katherine Milgram said, “It is an honor to lead the Attorney General’s Investor Protection Bureau, and I look forward to continuing the Bureau’s proud tradition of aggressive but fair enforcement of New York’s securities laws. I am delighted to continue to work with the Bureau’s talented team to protect New Yorkers and all investors. Having represented financial institutions and individuals in the securities industry, I appreciate various perspectives on the important work that this Office does in helping to keep investors safe.”

Katherine C. Milgram joined the Investor Protection Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General in 2013, initially serving as an Assistant Attorney General, and later as Deputy Chief of the Investor Protection Bureau.  In addition to contributing to the day-to-day management of the Bureau, Ms. Milgram has worked on a number of the Office’s most significant cases, including a case against Bank of New York Mellon regarding the bank’s fraudulent foreign exchange practices, the Insider Trading 2.0 Initiative, the ongoing case against Maurice R. Greenberg and Howard I. Smith for their roles in accounting frauds committed by AIG, and the ongoing investigation of ExxonMobil. 

Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Milgram was an attorney in private practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Bracewell LLP, where she represented clients in criminal, regulatory, and internal investigations, securities litigation, and other commercial disputes. Ms. Milgram also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. Kugler in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ms. Milgram is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Middlebury College.

The Investor Protection Bureau is responsible for enforcing New York State’s securities law, the Martin Act.  The Martin Act gives the Attorney General broad law enforcement powers to conduct investigations of suspected fraud in the offer, sale, or purchase of securities. The Division of Economic Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Manisha M. Sheth.

***MEDIA ALERT***

 

YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO OFFICIALLY OPEN HA! COMEDY CLUB AT RIDGE HILL.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and businessman Anthony DiNapoli will officially open HA! Comedy Club, tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 11:30 am at Ridge Hill  –  2nd level – above the Yardhouse Restaurant.

 

HA! Comedy Club joins a short list of comedy clubs in Westchester County and the lone comedy club in the City of Yonkers.  Comedians slated to perform at HA! have been featured on nationally televised networks, performed at some of the most well-known venues throughout the metropolitan area and have toured nationally with some of the biggest names in the industry.

 

 

Join Mayor Thomas for a 2017 Budget Town Hall!

 

Last week, Mayor Richard Thomas issued his proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The Thomas budget offers a historically low tax rate and invests in the services that will guide Mount Vernon along a steady path of revitalization while restoring vital positions to our police and fire departments.

 

The “Thomas Budget” moves Mount Vernon forward but we can’t do it without you. We need you to get informed, become engaged, and join the team in support of this historic budget.  This Thursday, September 29, Mayor Thomas will host a Town Hall to discuss the budget, answer questions and, above all, receive your input.  Grab your friends and neighbors and join us at 6:00pm in City Council Chambers on the 29th.

 

RSVP by emailing MayorThomas@cmvny.com or calling 914-665-2360. Thank you for helping to move Mount Vernon forward!

 

Click here to watch the official Budget Presentation to the Board of Estimate and Contract.

 

Visit: www.cmvny.com/2017budget to download the budget presentation.

Here’s what — and who — you’ll see at South by South Lawn:

Earlier this year, President Obama stopped by South by Southwest ® to issue a challenge to creative thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs across the country:

“We are at a moment in history where technology, globalization, our economy are changing so fast,” he said. “How can we start coming up with new platforms, new ideas, new approaches across disciplines and across skill sets to solve some of the big problems that we’re facing today?”

On Monday, October 3, President Obama is bringing the creative thinkers and innovators who work at the cutting-edge of the changing world we live in to help answer that question. From filmmakers and artists to entrepreneurs and public leaders, the White House will host inspiring and effective people who are dedicated to change to discuss how we can leverage our newest technologies to tackle our toughest challenges.

It’s called South by South Lawn — and here’s a taste of what you can expect to see.

INTERACTIVE:

President Obama in Conversation with Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

President Obama will join a conversation with Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe about the importance of protecting the one planet we’ve got for future generations.

Following the conversation, attendees will watch the domestic premiere of DiCaprio’s new climate documentary film Before the Flood presented by National Geographic in a first-of-its-kind film screening on the South Lawn of the White House.

FILM:

SXSL presents The White House Student Film Festival

On Sunday, October 2, the American Film Institute (AFI) will welcome the young artists of the 3rd Annual White House Student Film Festival with a day to premiere some of their work. Students in grades K-12 submitted more than 700 short films on this year’s theme: The World I Want to Live In. Some of these aspiring filmmakers from around the nation will be joined by professional artists who work behind and in front of the camera. Special guests will include Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, Executive Producers Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy, and President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities member Alfre Woodard.

EXHIBITS:

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Learn firsthand what it’s like to be locked up in solitary confinement. This virtual reality experience places the viewer inside a 6-foot by 9-foot cell with little more than a bed and toilet. People can experience the psychological impacts of confinement, like blurred vision, hallucinations, and a sense of floating that may occur after long-term sensory deprivation. The Guardian used game engine technology and The Mill worked from first-person accounts of cell design and spatial audio capture to create this groundbreaking and innovative documentary.

And don’t miss special musical performances by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Lumineers, DJ Beverly Bond, and more!

Get all the details here to learn how you can tune in and participate in this one-of-a-kind event at the White House: www.whitehouse.gov/SXSL

Tune in Tonight to RNN for My Debate Analysis

I’ll be joining RNN’s debate analysis panel tonight for a pre and post analysis of the presidential debate. The panel starts from 6-7PM, picks up again from 8:30-9PM and post-debate analysis runs from 10:30-11PM.

I’m the Republican on the panel and former Congressman Steve Rothman (NJ) is the Democrat. The debate itself will be airing on RNN too, so you can tune in for the pre-debate analysis and stay for the debate and post-debate panel. Also, follow me on Twitter where I’ll be live-tweeting during the debate.

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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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One of the mistakes that often happens in Washington is that people are afraid to think big. They don’t want to, or can’t, think about how to take on the enormous challenges facing our country. I don’t think that’s good enough. We have to think big, and to do that I need our people-powered movement to do what most would think is impossible.

That’s why we’re setting a goal that I don’t know if we can achieve before Friday’s FEC fundraising deadline. But I think it’s important that we try.

We want to say at Friday’s FEC fundraising deadline that we have more than 150,000 contributions to our campaign. As of this morning, that means we need 26,973 contributions in the next 5 days. It’s a lot, but it’s not impossible.

There is no stronger message we could send when we are facing a barrage of millions of dollars from billionaire-funded super PACs than responding with 150,000 contributions to our campaign. That’s why I’m asking you directly:

Can you rush a $3 contribution to our campaign and help us try to reach our huge goal of 150,000 contributions before Friday’s official FEC fundraising deadline? Add yours here.

Progress towards our goal of 150,000 contributions

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We can show that no matter what billionaire-backed super PACs can throw at us, our movement is stronger. With tens of thousands of people contributing 150,000 times, the message to the political establishment will be unmistakable.

We’re proving that it is possible to run for Congress backed by people-power, not big corporate interests.

This won’t be easy. But it’s very, very important.

Rush your $3 contribution before Friday’s official FEC fundraising deadline and help us try for our goal of 150,000 contributions to our campaign.

Thank you. glad I can count on you.

– Zephyr

 

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September 25, 2016

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September 25, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Arnold Palmer, the charismatic face of golf, has died at 87. He helped bring the sport (and a drink) to the masses.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:09 PM EDT

Arnold Palmer, the champion golfer whose full-bore style of play, dramatic tournament victories and magnetic personality inspired an American golf boom, attracted a following known as Arnie’s Army and made him one of the most popular athletes in the world, has died, a close friend said on Sunday, requesting anonymity to allow the family to make the statement. Mr. Palmer was 87. Read more »

Golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who helped turn the sport from a country club pursuit to one that became accessible to the masses, died Sunday at the age of 87, according to the U.S. Golf Association.

Palmer won over 90 golf tournaments, including the Masters four times, the U.S. Open in 1960 and the British Open in 1961 and 1962.

Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández has died.

unexpectedly, the team announces.

“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time,” the team said in a statement.

September 25, 2016

The New York Times

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September 25, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
The Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez, one of Major League Baseball’s top pitchers, was killed in an accident, the team announced

Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:53 AM EDT

The Miami Marlins said on Sunday that Jose Fernandez, one of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers, was killed in a boating accident. “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time,” the team said in a statement. It also announced that a Sunday game against the Atlanta Braves is canceled. Read more »

September 25, 2016

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Top Stories

September 25, 2016

TOP STORIES
“I want to see what I don’t even know exists.” Young women from rural India hope a factory job means a new life.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:04 PM EDT

Experiments like one in Bangalore, luring young women to fill factory jobs, collide with a traditional way of life that keeps them in seclusion until an arranged marriage. Over four months, we followed two sisters, Prabhati and Shashi Das, as they became the first unmarried women who have ever migrated from their village to work. Read more »

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

 September 19  to September 23, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Exposing Multi-Million Dollar Bid-Rigging Scheme

This Thursday, Attorney General Schneiderman criminally charged SUNY Polytechnic President, Alian Kaloyeros, and real estate developer, Joseph Nicolla, for engaging in illegal bid-rigging. The complaint alleges that Kaloyeros agreed to steer the awarding of tax-payer funded contracts to handpicked companies, including Nicolla’s Columbia Development. The charges outline how the scheme aimed to enrich powerful people at the expense of the state’s public university system – a blatant and brazen abuse of taxpayer dollars and the public trust. Read the Politico story here.

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  • Watch the press conference here.

Operation Dirty Dope: Largest Drug Bust in Attorney General’s Task Force History

Attorney General Schneiderman, in coordination with the New York State Police and Massachusetts DEA Task Force, indicted 25 individuals for engaging in a nation-wide heroin smuggling ring. The investigation, “Operation Dirty Dope,” is the single largest seizure in the 46-year history of the state’s Organized Crime Task Force. The bust seized 35 kilos of heroin, 2 kilos of Fentanyl and chemicals laced into the heroin including chicken anesthetic, Novocain, nail polish remover, and roach killer. Read the New York Daily News article here.

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Data Breach Settlement at Trump Hotels

The Attorney General reached a settlement with Trump Hotel Collection involving a data breach that resulted in the exposure of over 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal data. Infiltrators hacked into the company’s payment processing system and deployed malware designed to steal credit card information. The hotels have agreed to pay $50,000 in penalties and reform its data security practices. Read The Hill piece here.

Friendly reminder: First half of school taxes are due on Friday September 30th. Visit the tax department’s web page to find out how you can pay on line or by credit card. The town of Greenburgh acts as a tax collector for the school districts. The town has no involvement in setting the tax rates of the schools. School budgets are approved  by independent School Boards and the voters each spring.  An interesting bit of information: The town is required by law to pay the school taxes owed whether taxpayers pay or not.  So, if you don’t pay your school taxes we have to give the schools 100% of the taxes owed to them. The town is able to put a lien on the property and we eventually get paid (with penalties and interest).  The town is currently completing our reassessment. The bill you received earlier this month uses the old assessment numbers. The April tax bill will be the first time the new assessment numbers take effect.

http://www.greenburghny.com/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=10&TPID=1742

 

You are invited to attend a concert today between the hours of 4-6 PM at Woodlands Community Temple. It’s part of a nationwide concert series being held across the nation today to call attention to the victims of America’s gun violence. It’s a concert: #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence.
http://concertacrossamerica.org/.   More than 350 events are being held nationwide showcasing more than 1,000 artists and performers.
The concert takes place Woodlands Community Temple off of Worthington Road. It’s a  highly participatory Non-denominational “sing-in.” Raise your voices together in action-inspiring folk and contemporary song, led by Ellen Dreskin, Jonathan Gordon, Kenny Green, Adam Hart, Ira and Julia Levin, Jenny Murphy, and others.

500,000+ souls  were murdered by firearms in the last 50 years. . The enormity of loss is unbearable and all too easily forgotten and so, with music, we create a positive national moment of collective remembrance supported by action.

 

 

THE FOLLOWING PRESS CONFERENCE IS CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.

 

 

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MAYOR MIKE SPANO, YONKERS OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, YONKERS POLICE & FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers Office of Emergency Management, Yonkers Police Department and Yonkers Fire Department will hold an Emergency Preparedness press conference on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm at the residence of Elizabeth Hemingway, 217 Gailmore Drive in Yonkers.

The presentation, in honor of September as National Emergency Preparedness Month, will inform residents on how to be prepared for natural disasters, severe storms, home fires or any other type of emergency.

Greetings,
Due to Mayor Spano’s availability, the press conference tomorrow, September 26, will now be at 1:30pm. See further details and map, attached. Please join us for this very exciting news about a project that will significantly revitalize an area that sorely needs it! Community stakeholders will also be in attendance.
Best,
Holly
Holly Malekian, Director of Development
Groundwork Hudson Valley
22 Main Street
Yonkers, NY  10701

September 24, 2016

The New York Times

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September 24, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Correction: The Charlotte police will release videos in the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. It is unclear whether he was armed.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 4:51 PM EDT

The Charlotte authorities said Saturday that they would release dashboard and body camera recordings in the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, whose death has prompted large and sometimes violent protests. The decision is a reversal by the city government, whose leaders previously contended that disclosing the recordings so soon after the shooting could undermine a criminal inquiry by the State Bureau of Investigation. Read more »

MOUNT VERNON HAS SPOKEN.

Praise, Support for Mayor Richard Thomas’ Historic Budget.  

The Thomas Administration has brought Transparency to City Hall. From releasing the 2017 budget publicly to empowering residents to participate on Facebook Live, the process has never been more open. The people are speaking… and they have a lot to say! Comments include praising the historic low tax rate and investment in city services to pure disgust at the behavior of Comptroller Maureen Walker during the Board of Estimate meeting on September 20, 2016 and fury at being overtaxed.

 

The Thomas budget moves Mount Vernon forward but we can’t do it without you. We need you to Get Informed, Become Engaged, and Join the Team. This budget funds efforts to restore Memorial Field, strengthens public safety, preserves parkland, and improves quality of life.  

 

Team Mount Vernon needs your support! Join us here and take a stand for sustainable change! Email us at MayorThomas@cmvny.com or call 914-665-2360 to see how you can help Move Mount Vernon Forward!

 

Click here to watch the official Budget Presentation to the Board of Estimate and Contract.

Take a look at the feedback on the budget below and share it with others.

 

 

 

Alex Myteberi is a six year old from Edgemont. He was praised by President Obama this past week for offering his home for a  child refugee from Syria. Watch the amazing video prepared by the White House. Alex is a real inspiration and a credit to the town of Greenburgh.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09/21/six-year-olds-letter-president-we-will-give-him-family

 

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/scarsdale/2016/09/22/scarsdale-obama-syrian-boy/90834784/

The William L. Carter Foundation’s Community Champion Classic Basketball game will take place tonight September 24, 2016 at the Theodore D. Young Community Center. The festivities will start at 6:30 pm with a FREE autograph session with a retired NBA Player. The pre-game session will also include motivational speeches from a former NBA Star who had dreams of making it to the NBA at a young age and was able to live his dream. Find out how he made to the top and made it through some of the trials and tribulations that come with big dreams. He will share his story which parallels the stories of many of our youth today.  Also – free Knicks giveaways and a prize wheel. Don’t miss a great showcase of basketball and activities for all to enjoy.

Later tonight celebrity coaches NBA Legend Larry Johnson and Chris Taft will be a part of the Basketball game

BOOK SALE TODAY

The Friends of the Greenburgh Library are holding their annual book sale this weekend. Doors open Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, September 26 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  I have attached the flyer promoting the sale.

 

Saturday – the Hastings fire department parade at 1:30 PM.  It’s a county wide parade. If you enjoy parades, this will be among the best. This is the 140th anniversary of Protection Engine Co No 1.  A few hundred firefighter’s will be marching with the Westchester County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.

Last month, Darryl Howard was exonerated after serving 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Through it all, his wife Nannie was by his side.

This weekend, Darryl and Nannie Howard are celebrating 18 years of marriage! The couple dated as teenagers and got married in 1998 while Darryl was still incarcerated.

After all these years, Darryl and Nannie are making up for lost time and enjoying life together as husband and wife for the first time outside of prison. Send them a message to help them celebrate!

Send a Message
Photo: Darryl and Nannie Howard embrace moments after he is released from prison. Credit: Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Our campaign just put out a new ad that we thought you might want to see. Zephyr’s driving a boat across the Hudson River, talking about how we need to stop big polluters. Check it out:

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It’s going to take all of us, working together, to roll back the wave of anti-abortion restrictions that have passed in the states these last few years and stop new laws from passing.

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America is committed to this work but we need support from people like you to get it done. Will you pitch in right now to help women get the care they need — no matter where they live, no matter what?

Sincerely,
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Mayor Thomas Joins President Obama For The Opening Of National African American Museum Of History And Culture.

 

(Friday, September 23, 2016) –  Tomorrow, Mayor Richard Thomas will join President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis, artists and musicians for the opening ceremony of the National African American Museum of History and Culture. The National African American Museum of History and Culture is “a people’s journey and a nation’s story”.

 

Mayor Thomas is honored that the White House invited him to represent the City of Mount Vernon at this historic occasion.

 

WATCH THE OPENING CEREMONY HERE: https://nmaahc.si.edu/ The program begins at 10:00am, Saturday, September 24th and follow Mayor Thomas on Facebook.

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MAYOR MIKE SPANO, YONKERS OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, YONKERS POLICE & FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers Office of Emergency Management, Yonkers Police Department and Yonkers Fire Department will hold an Emergency Preparedness press conference on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm at the residence of Elizabeth Hemingway, 217 Gailmore Drive in Yonkers.

The presentation, in honor of September as National Emergency Preparedness Month, will inform residents on how to be prepared for natural disasters, severe storms, home fires or any other type of emergency.

September 23, 2016

The New York Times

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Breaking News Alert

September 23, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Senator Ted Cruz, who declined to endorse Donald Trump at his party’s convention, said today, “I will vote for the Republican nominee”

Friday, September 23, 2016 3:45 PM EDT

Senator Ted Cruz said on Friday that he would vote for Donald J. Trump for president, two months after Mr. Cruz pointedly declined to endorse his former rival in a speech at the Republican National Convention. “After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” Mr. Cruz wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. Read more »

Yonkers Accepts President Obama’s

“My Brother’s Keeper” Community Challenge

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, along with the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, in collaboration with Dr. Jim Bostic of the Nepperhan Community Center and Yonkers Thrives announced the City of Yonkers this week accepted President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge and will implement a cradle-to-college and career mentoring program for young men of color in Yonkers.
“Yonkers proudly accepts the challenge set forth by our president to create a robust and thoughtful program to unlock the full potential  of young men of color in Yonkers,” said Mayor Spano.
The My Brother’s Keeper initiative addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Through this initiative, the City of Yonkers joins with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations across the country that are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college to become productive citizens.
To see more pictures from the day, click Here.
To learn more about President Obama’s
“My Brother’s Keeper” Community Challenge, click Here.

From The Mayor’s Desk…

Dear Yonkers,
For the past two months we have been voicing our opposition to a proposal by the US Coast Guard to establish 10 new anchorage locations in the Hudson River; with the largest anchorage to be placed in Yonkers. The proposal would accommodate up to 16 shipping vessels, spanning approximately 715 acres.
Our advocacy group is called the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance and we need your help.
Let’s “Protect Our Hudson” and “Ban The Barges” together!
Please join us in voicing your opposition to the Coast Guard by submitting comments and signing our Petition Here
Thank you.
– Mayor Mike Spano

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Continues Monday 

In continuation of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, in partnership with Yonkers Public Schools, invite you to join them as they award this year’s Essay Contest winners!

‘Tour de Yonkers’
This Sunday

The 9th annual Tour de Yonkers is taking place this Sunday, September 25th.  The tour has 3 options of distances: 12 miles, 25 miles or 50 miles.  All rides begin at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander Street in Yonkers.

“The Tour de Yonkers is your chance to see it all in Yonkers, and has become a wonderful part of living in our city,” said Mayor Mike Spano.

For more info or to register, go to www.YonkersBikeClub.org

Yonkers Marathon is One Month Away!
Register Today

Mayor Spano Joins Snapchat

Mayor Mike Spano has officially joined Snapchat – the hottest social media app & platform. Through the Snapchat app, you’ll be able to explore the  City of Yonkers and the life of  Mayor Spano through his eyes.
Give us a follow Yonkers! @MayorMikeSpano  
Little Learners

Register today for our City’s
Pre-School Programs for 3 and 4   year olds.
Need A Photo?

If you’d like to see more photos or to download a photo from any of our past events, check out Mayor Mike Spano’s Flickr page by visiting  here!

Around Town: What’s happening in Yonkers 
9/24 – Melanoma Symposium
Iona College – New Rochelle
8:15 AM – 12:00 Noon
Learn More9/24, 10/1, & 10/15 (Saturdays)  | FREE Tai Chi Exercise Classes   Yonkers Riverfront Library  | 2PM – 3:30PM
Learn More9/25 – Gold Star Mothers Ceremony | GSM Monument on Waterfront  |  10:00 AM9/27 & 10/18 (Tuesdays)
FREE Falun Dafa Exercise Classes
6:00PM-7:30PMLearn More10/2 – Yonkers Columbus Day Parade  |  1:00 PM  | Learn More10/5-10-6 | MWBE Forum – Small Business Forum for Minority & Female Entrepreneurs | Empire State Convention Center in Albany
Learn More10/22-23 – Yonkers Marathon Weekend.  Larkin Plaza & Trevor Park.  |  Learn More*Adopt A Pet! | Yonkers Animal Shelter | 1000 Ridge Hill Blvd. | Open 7 Days from 11AM – 4PM
Call 914-377-6730
Green Cities Commuter Challenge Officially Begins

 

This week, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) – along with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson & White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, launched the first Green Cities Commuter Challenge to see which city can reduce greenhouse gas emissions the most over the next two years.
By directly promoting a reduction of driving by city employees to and from work, the cities are helping the state meet its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
Yonkers Students Honored By Mariano & Clara Rivera

   

The College of New Rochelle, along with New York Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera and his wife, Clara Rivera, presented full scholarships to two deserving high school students from Yonkers this week in New Rochelle.
Cheyenne Abreu, an honors graduate from Lincoln High Schooland Luis Soto, an honor roll graduate from Roosevelt High School, are this year’s recipients of the Mariano and Clara Rivera Scholarship, bestowed on students who have achieved academic excellence while being actively involved in their communities.
“Today is a proud day for our Yonkers Public Schools, led by Superintendent Dr. Quezada,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “Cheyenne and Luis represent the same qualities that we take pride in as Yonkers residents – hard work and helping others. There is no doubt in my my mind that they are going to make the most of this opportunity and make their family and city very proud.”
The Mariano and Clara Rivera Scholarship, which was first created in 2014, is a four-year scholarship that covers tuition, as well as room and board for its recipients.
YPD Launches “Need To Read”         Book Donation Program

Mayor Mike Spano, along with Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, formally announced this week the start of the city’s  “Need To Read” program.  The newly formed initiative aims at donating new and gently-used books, through donations from book fairs and other donations, to as many children as possible throughout the City of Yonkers.
“Just like our Youth Bikes Drive earlier this month, this is another terrific partnership with Yonkers Police that is going help many children in our community,” said Mayor Spano.  
The Yonkers Police Department has already collected about 10,000 books over the summer which will be distributed through the “Need to Read” program.
Anyone who would like to donate new or gently used books through this program should call the Yonkers Police Department Community Affairs unit at 914-377-7375.
Fall is in the Air!
Register for Programs at YonkersNY.gov
For the complete City of Yonkers Parks, Recreation & Conservation Fall Brochure,  visit us Here
Office of Emergency Management to Offer a FREE October Class

Are you prepared for an emergency?  Do you know what to do and who to call?  Have you prepared an emergency kit?  If you answered no to one of these questions, you should consider taking a FREE Yonkers C.E.R.T. course.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program
is a 20 hour course designed to teach participants how to pre-plan for a disaster, how to respond to emergency situations and how to assist their neighbors and community in a time of emergency.
The Yonkers Office of Emergency Management will be conducting an October Class that will be taught at the OEM training facility located at 789 Saw Mill River Road.

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

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YONKERS DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN SERVICES HONORS CITY’S GOLD STAR MOTHERS.

 

Ceremony to be held at Gold Star Mother Memorial at Van Der Donck Park Sunday, September 25 at 10AM.

 

The Yonkers Department of Veteran Services will honor the mothers of fallen military service men and women Sunday, September 25 at 10AM at the Gold Star Mothers Memorial at Van Der Donck Park.

 

The ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the women in Yonkers whose child died in combat while defending the U.S. The mothers honor the memory and sacrifice of their child by supporting their country, assisting veterans and helping fellow Gold Star Mothers. Gold Star Mother’s Day has been nationally recognized since 1936.

 

The family of Keith Lamont Scott has released cell phone video, recorded by his wife, that shows the moments leading up to his fatal shooting by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

“Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon,” Rakeyia Scott says on the video. It is the first publicly released footage of the shooting, which spurred days of protests in Charlotte.

Police said Scott had a gun as he exited his vehicle, and that Officer Brentley Vinson shot him after Scott did not comply with officers’ commands to drop the weapon. Scott’s family has said he was reading a book and waiting for his son to come home from school when the shooting happened.

. . 9/25/16 – Gold Star Mothers Ceremony – GSM Monument – 10am 9/24/16 – YPD vs. YFD Football Game – Proceeds go to Quinn for the Win – Gorton High School – 5pm9/24/16 – The Mother’s “Light in the Sky” Ceremony – City Hall Unity Fountain – 1pm9/24/16 – Hands on Nature & Hudson River Family Seining – CURB – 35 Alexander St. – 11am- 4pmUpcoming EventsFor 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.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 Thursday, October 6, 2016.This week the Mayor announced the Satellite Tax Office will be available on Tuesday, September 27 at Will Library (1500 Central Park Avenue), Wednesday, September 28 at Homefield House (911 Saw Mill River Road) and Thursday, September 29 at Coyne Park Senior Center (777 McLean Avenue).Satellite Tax Office         Summer may be over, the fun on McLean Avenue happens year round. At the annual fall festival, plenty of people “Met Me on McLean” including Legislator David Tubiolo, Rye Deputy Mayor Julie Killian, former Mayor John Spencer and so many other friends, groups and neighbors from around the City. Do you see yourself in one of the pictures below? Have a great picture to share? Email me!McLean Avenue Fall FestivalOfficer Sava joined the Yonkers Police Department in July 2007 and served in the Third and Second Precincts where he served with great loyalty, professionalism and distinction. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Sava’s family and the entire Yonkers Police Department who are mourning his loss. This week we mourned the loss of Yonkers Police Officer Peter Sava, Jr.  Officer Sava passed away suddenly on Friday, September 15th at 35 years of age. He is survived by his father, Peter Sava, Sr., sister, Nicole Sava as well as his niece, Hope Cleveringa and nephew, Aldan Cleveringa, the DiMase family as well as many aunts and uncles.RIP Officer Sava  For full details on more of $1 billion in ongoing development, see this list of projects and descriptions:In the months ahead, we will see groundbreakings for Cintas, the expanded Elizabeth Seaton Pediatric Center, and the adaptively re-used Boyce Thompson Center, where the amazing Fortina restaurant will join our local list of culinary treasures.The FedEx Center will be opening today and that will be a big boon to our economy. The South West Executive Park is also creating jobs with ongoing projects like the Courtyard by Marriot, which joins the growing hotel boom in Yonkers including the opening of Hyatt Place in the Cross County Center, the construction of the Hampton Inn and the recently renovated Royal Regency both located on Tuckahoe Road.There are many ongoing projects worth highlighting. Downtown has exciting projects in various stages of approval or that are being built along the industrial waterfront of Alexander Street including Extell and Avalon Bay. Other exciting developments include UNO micro units in iPark, RXR Yonkers Rising, Teutonia Hall and other projects to complete our greenway and make Yonkers a better place to live, work and play. This week I gave an update to the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce on the $1 billion in ongoing economic development here in our City. All four corners – north, south, east and west are undergoing revitalization throughout our 18 square miles. This means more jobs, higher property values and an expanded commercial tax base.

4TH ANNUAL LALOR FOR ASSEMBLY TRAPSHOOT AND BBQ

Saturday, October 8, 201610:00am – 2:00pm
Whortlekill Rod & Gun Club – 540 Route 376 – Hopewell Jct., NY 12533
You are invited to a fun-filled day of trap shooting, giving sportsmen the opportunity to showcase their sport and newcomers a chance to learn.
Trapshoot (10am – 1:30pm) BBQ (11:30am – 2pm)

$100 For BBQ & Trap Shoot
$50 for Just the BBQ
$350 for Foursome of BBQ & Trap Shoot (Must Pay In Advance)

NEW ADDITION TO THE LALOR FOR ASSEMBLY TRAP SHOOT: PRIZES!
Prizes for will be awarded for:
• Highest Score by a Foursome
• Highest Score by a Newcomer (Newcomer = anyone who has shot trap fewer than four times)
• Highest Score by a male shooter
• Highest Score by a female shooter

Shotguns and instruction will be provided.
• BBQ includes grilled chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, baked potato, corn,  soda, water & beer.
• First Time Shooters & Families Welcome. RSVP Requested – Space is Limited

Journal Ads / Sponsorships Also Available
Trap House Sponsor $250 (Includes 1 ticket and quarter page journal ad)
Event Sponsor $350 (Includes 3 tickets and half page journal ad)
Lunch Sponsor $500 (Includes 4 tickets and full page journal ad)
BBQ Sponsor $1000 (includes 5 tickets and back inside cover ad)
Second Amendment Sponsor $2000 (includes 5 tickets, front inside cover ad, and event banner)
Repeal the SAFE Act Sponsor $4400 (includes 5 tickets, back cover ad, and event banner)

For more details contact us at info@kmlny.com or (845) 616-3509

Pay online here or checks can be made to “Lalor for Assembly” and mailed to: PO Box 334 Hopewell Jct. NY 12533

September 23, 2016

The New York Times

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Breaking News Alert

September 23, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
The Charlotte victim’s wife filmed the encounter. The video shows an officer shouting, “Drop the gun.” She shouts, “He doesn’t have a gun.”

Friday, September 23, 2016 1:08 PM EDT

A cellphone camera video made by the wife of Keith L. Scott before he was fatally shot by the police in Charlotte shows the moments before and after the incident, including the wife’s pleas to her husband to get out of his truck, and her pleas to the police not to shoot him. But the video, which was given to The Times on Friday by attorneys for the family, does not include a view of the shooting itself. Nor does it answer the crucial question of whether Mr. Scott was brandishing a gun, as the police have maintained. Read more »

Muscoot Farm Named In Honor Of Alfred DelBello
Late County Executive played pivotal role in preserving historic Westchester park >>

Minority-Owned Businesses Get Ready To GROW!
County hosting major bi-lingual small business seminar >>

Astorino Issues ACE Challenge To Students
5th annual program rewards academic excellence with free season pass to Playland >>


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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN, NEW YORK STATE POLICE, MASSACHUSETTS DEA TASK FORCE ANNOUNCE TAKEDOWN OF NATIONWIDE DRUG RING IN “OPERATION DIRTY DOPE”.

25 People Indicted In Heroin Smuggling Ring That Stretched From Arizona Across Eastern Seaboard; Eight Facing Major Trafficking Charges.

More Than 33 Kilos Of Heroin Seized; Total Street  Value More Than $13 Million; Biggest Seizure In History Of State’s Organized Crime Task Force.

Schneiderman: We Will Use Every Tool At Our Disposal To Curb This Crisis.

Criminal Indictment Available

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, New York State Police (NYSP), and the Massachusetts DEA Task Force today announced the indictment of more than two dozen people for their roles in an alleged national heroin smuggling ring.

The investigation, dubbed “Operation Dirty Dope,” seized more than 33 kilos of heroin and 2 kilos of Fentanyl, with a total street value of more than $13 million.

The operation — which began with the New York State Police Troop L Narcotics Enforcement Unit in April 2015 and netted alleged dealers and traffickers in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and New Jersey — is one of the largest heroin seizures ever in New York and is the single largest single seizure in the 46-year history of the state’s Organized Crime Task Force.  The bust also seized 300 grams of cocaine, two semi-automatic handguns (including one inscribed with a drug cartel’s insignia) and eight vehicles (four of which contained sophisticated concealed compartments, or “traps,” designed for the purpose of smuggling narcotics).

“Operation Dirty Dope is another step in our multi-faceted effort to curb the heroin crisis that is destroying our communities,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Our message to dealers and traffickers is simple: we will not tolerate anyone smuggling death into our state. I want to thank all of our law enforcement partners across the country, especially the New York State Police and the Massachusetts DEA Task Force, who helped bring these defendants to justice.”

 “The valuable partnerships developed through the Organized Crime Task Force were the key in bringing down this illegal drug trafficking organization,” said New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II. “I want to thank State Police Troop L, the Attorney General’s Office, and all our partners for the hard work that has resulted in 25 dangerous criminals behind bars, and a significant amount of heroin and other drugs of our streets.”

“Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in Massachusetts and across the North East,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “Heroin is causing deaths across the Commonwealth in record numbers and DEA is committed to aggressively pursuing Drug Trafficking Organizations who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison across Massachusetts in order to profit and destroy people’s lives and wreak havoc in our communities. This investigation would not have been a success without the continued commitment of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners.”

The indictments, unsealed in Bronx County Court today, detailed a sophisticated distribution ring that allegedly moved most of the drugs from Mexico into Tucson, Arizona. From Arizona, the drugs were allegedly moved in hidden compartments in cars from Arizona to the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Pennsylvania. From there, traffickers moved the drugs to sell in Suffolk County and the central Massachusetts town of Leominster.

The investigation utilized confidential informants, wiretaps, and physical and video surveillance.

In the wiretaps, the defendants can allegedly be heard discussing plans to mix other chemicals — including chicken anesthetic, Novocain, acetone (nail polish remover), roach killer (boric acid), fentanyl, and more – in with the heroin to add to the bulk and value.

During bail arguments, it was also alleged that traffickers used people addicted to heroin as human guinea pigs to test the quality of the cut heroin, flagrantly disregarding whether the laced heroin would kill them or not.

Those charged as major traffickers include:

  • Daniel Abascal Pena
  • Argenis Grullon, a/k/a “Alpha” or “Hanley”
  • Reymon Rivera Ortiz, a/k/a “Dioco”
  • Francisco Martinez Reyes, a/k/a “Viejo”
  • Edwin Nunez Sierra, a/k/a La Papa
  • Carlos Almonte, a/k/a Luis Rivera
  • Carlos Hierro-Mata
  • Luis Aude-Mora

Others indicted include:

  • Manuel Castillano a/k/a “Cuñado”
  • Manuel Amparo, a/k/a “Cacu”
  • Tomas Salinas
  • Hector Diaz, a/k/a “Shorty”
  • Gisette Hernandez
  • Jandhel Restituyo Vasquez
  • Yeimy Matias
  • Ryan Martinez
  • Fernando Suero
  • Oscarhyl Martinez Aude
  • Manuel Torres, a/k/a “Raul”
  • Amauris Sanchez
  • Domingo Pena
  • Juan Miguel Marte Javier
  • Carlos Alberto Borges Perez
  • Jose R. Rodriquez a/k/a “Rafa”
  • Luis Martinez, a/k/a “Majimbe”

Those charged as major traffickers could face life in prison if convicted. All others could face 8 1/3 to 25 years if convicted.

Several additional agencies assisted in the investigation, including the Tucson Arizona United States Marshal Service, Fitchburg Police Department, Army Air National Guard, South Florida Money Laundering Strike Force, North Miami Police Department, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark, the New York Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigation and the New York City Police Department. 

The investigation was conducted by OCTF Investigators Kerry Buttner and Naomi Jimenez together with The New York State Police Troop L Narcotics Enforcement Unit, and the New England Field Division Worcester HIDTA. OCTF investigators are supervised by Deputy Chief Christopher Vasta. The Attorney General’s Investigations Bureau is led by Chief Investigator Dominick Zarrella.

The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General James Cudden, together with OCTF Analyst Nicole Accurso. Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff runs the Organized Crime Task Force and Kelly Donovan is the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Division.

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

 

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Friends,

To date, I have been outspent in my race for congress by a nearly 10-1 margin this year, yet the race (according to recent polling) remains very close.  Don’t take my word for it.  Take my opponent’s own words in an email he sent out last evening:  “We know this district is competitive, and with Republicans surging nationally, we have every reason to expect we’ll need to fight for every last vote.”

Sean Patrick Maloney is very wealthy and has millions in his war chest but he’s been a poor congressman who prefers to play political games instead of getting things done.

I am unable to fund my own race for Congress and must rely on the generosity of others whether it be $5 or $500.  As I told someone recently, I see myself as David.  I have a slingshot and good aim. I just need a few rocks.

But why Donate to me?
Watch this video: “Guys Like Me”
And then please contact me if you’d like to further discuss your potential investment. You can respond to this email or call me on my cell at:  845-661-4473.
Maloney is right.  We WILL “fight for every last vote.”  Please help make this a fair fight with a donation of $20, $50 or $100 today. I don’t need to match Maloney dollar for dollar.  I just need enough dollars to fight back.
With enough resources we will win and I’ll fight to get America back on the right track and give our district the representation we deserve.
Thank you very much.
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 CONGRESSMAN BECERRA: 34th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SAW THE GREATEST DROP IN ITS UNINSURED RATE OF ANY  CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus issued the following statement in response to data released today by the American Community Survey, showing that California’s 34th Congressional District had the greatest drop in its uninsured rate than any congressional district in the country: 

“I’m thrilled to learn that my district saw the greatest drop in its uninsurance rate over two years of any district in the country – the uninsured rate of 33.1%  in 2013 dropped to 18.6% in 2015. No one can credibly deny that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and that the state exchanges like Covered California set up by the law have proved effective and necessary to give hardworking Americans access to affordable health care. Through the ACA, we are building a healthier America.

 

“There is still much work to be done to make sure every child, mother, father and the elderly resident of our district are insured with health coverage. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we are closer to meeting our goal of providing quality, affordable care to every American who needs it.

 

“I will continue to work to make sure that all men, women and children in my district can get access to quality, affordable care.”

 

 

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST SUNY POLYTECHNIC PRESIDENT AND A MAJOR CAPITAL REGION REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER IN ALLEGED BID-RIGGING SCHEME .

SUNY Poly President Is Accused Of Fraudulently Steering Taxpayer-Funded Contracts To Handpicked Companies. 

Felony Complaint Available Here 

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the filing of a felony complaint charging two individuals for a scheme to rig the bidding process for three multimillion-dollar contracts. Alain Kaloyeros, 60, of Slingerlands, the President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been charged with three felony counts of Combination in Restraint of Trade and Competition. Joseph Nicolla, 59, of Schenectady, the president of Columbia Development, has been charged with one felony count of Combination in Restraint of Trade and Competition.

The felony complaint alleges that Kaloyeros steered, or agreed to steer, the awarding of contracts to handpicked companies, including Nicolla’s Columbia Development.

“The charges filed today outline a blatant and brazen abuse of taxpayer dollars and the public trust,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This self-serving scheme alleged in the complaint was particularly egregious because it was aimed at enriching powerful people at the expense of the state’s public university system. We will continue to hold public officials accountable and ensure that all officials are held to the same high standard of integrity that New Yorkers deserve.”

Kaloyeros is scheduled to be arraigned in Albany City Court on Friday, September 23rd. Nicolla is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, September 26th.

If convicted on all charges, Kaloyeros faces a maximum sentence of 4 to 12 years in prison. If convicted on all charges, Mr. Nicolla faces a maximum sentence of  1.3 to 4 years in prison.

According to the felony complaint, Kaloyeros, a government official, engaged in an ongoing scheme to direct the contracts for government financed projects to favored companies, including Nicolla’s company, Columbia Development. Rather than use a fair and competitive process to award contracts, Kaloyeros allegedly improperly used the Request for Proposal process to award certain contracts for the construction of facilities for SUNY Poly.

This collusion is evidenced in three separate alleged schemes:

The first scheme involved a contract for the development of a SUNY Poly student housing complex on Loughlin Street in Albany that was awarded to Nicolla’s company, Columbia Development. According to the felony complaint, Kaloyeros colluded with Columbia to give the company an unfair competitive advantage in the bidding process for the project. As part of the alleged scheme, Kaloyeros, who exercised effectively unilateral control over the bidding process, forwarded a solicitation from a rival construction company to Nicolla six months before the issuance of a state RFP.  Then, a month before the RFP was issued, he allegedly sent Nicolla a note stating “time to prepare an RFP for student housing,” with the specifications included. According to the felony complaint, the housing project was to ultimately be financed with revenue from “room fees” paid by SUNY Poly students.

The second scheme related to the construction of the so-called NanoFab West research building. According to the felony complaint, Kaloyeros orchestrated the hiring and firing of multiple firms participating in the project, and ultimately awarded the most lucrative contract to a contractor who agreed to provide a $50,000,000 loan to a non-profit organization connected to SUNY Poly and effectively controlled by Kaloyeros. As part of the its proposal the contractor offered to provide a $3,000,000 research grant to SUNY Poly. According to the felony complaint, Kaloyeros’ compensation was determined in part by the amount of research grants awarded to SUNY Poly.

The third alleged scheme involved a collusive agreement with an architectural firm, where, in exchange for the firm’s agreement to lease space in a SUNY Poly building, Kaloyeros agreed to give the firm future work on SUNY Poly projects. According to the felony complaint, the architectural firm would increase its future rent payments to SUNY Poly in proportion to the amount of future state dollars steered to the company by SUNY Poly. According to the felony complaint, Kaloyeros boasted about his ability to unilaterally control the RFP process and to “write an RFP in such a way that only one company could win it.”

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

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Christopher Baynes of the Public Integrity Bureau under the supervision of Public Integrity Bureau Chief Daniel Cort and Deputy Bureau Chief Stacy Aronowitz.  The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.

The investigation was conducted by Investigator Mark Spencer and Legal Analyst Sara Pogorzelski. The Investigations Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Dominick Zarrella and Deputy Bureau Chief Antoine Karam. Forensic auditing analysis was provided by Associate Forensic Auditor Jason W. Blair from the Forensic Audit Section, led by Chief Auditor Edward J. Keegan, Jr.

Attorney General Schneiderman also thanked the Office of the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has been conducting a separate investigation into related conduct, and has been coordinating its investigative efforts with the Office of the Attorney General.

 

September 22, 2016

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September 22, 2016

BREAKING NEWS
Yahoo said 500 million accounts were hacked in 2014, possibly by a “state-sponsored actor.” It urged users to review their accounts.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 3:05 PM EDT

In a statement, Yahoo said user information — including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords and in some cases security questions — was compromised in 2014 by what it believed was a “state-sponsored actor.” It did not name the country involved. The company said it was working with law enforcement officials, and resetting passwords and security questions. It encouraged users to review their online accounts for suspicious activity and to watch out for suspicious emails. Read more »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CITY OF YONKERS ACCEPTS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” COMMUNITY CHALLENGE.

Mayor Spano, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada Announce Yonkers’ Participation in National Mentoring Initiative Targeting Young Men of Color.

YONKERS, NY – September 21, 2016 — Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, along with the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, in collaboration with Dr. Jim Bostic of the Nepperhan Community Center and Yonkers Thrives today announced the City of Yonkers accepts President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge and will implement a cradle-to-college and career mentoring program for young men of color in Yonkers.

 

Over 200 young men of color from eight Yonkers Public Schools with administrators and teachers, CNN Law Analyst Matthew Horace, New York State Regent Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr., Yonkers police and fire officers as well as former professional athletes including NBA Player Association President Mel Davis, former NBA players Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Lowes Moore and Olympian metal winner Erison Hurtault joined city officials and community partners for today’s announcement at Lincoln High School.

 

“Yonkers proudly accepts the challenge set forth by our president to create a robust and thoughtful program to unlock the full potential young men of color in Yonkers,” said Mayor Spano. “There are many young men who need help, who are not receiving positive reinforcement at home or otherwise and so it is incumbent on us as leaders in our communities to place them back on track so they can reach their full potential. Working with our community partners especially the Yonkers Public Schools, the Nepperhan Community Center and Yonkers Thrives, we can build ladders of opportunity for these young men – in and outside the classroom – by connecting them with mentors and help them achieve success.”

 

My Brother’s Keeper initiative addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the City of Yonkers joins with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations across the country that are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college to become productive citizens.

 

Goals of an “MBK Community” are to ensure that:

  • children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally prepared
  • children read at grade level by third grade
  • young people graduate from high school
  • young people complete post‐secondary education or training
  • youth out of school are employed
  • young people are safe from violent crime and receiving the second chances they deserve

 

With the assistance of the Yonkers Public Schools, Nepperhan Community Center and Yonkers Thrives, My Brother’s Keeper in Yonkers will uniquely connect young men of color with a network of mentors and educational programs provided by the school district and the community that will foster education, employment and life and social skills for Yonkers youth. Yonkers joins 200 other communities that have accepted the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge

 

“Educators constantly seek opportunities to engage our young men of color to achieve at high levels,” noted Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools.  “What we have learned is that this work requires more than just great educators; it’s a challenge that must be embraced by the entire community.  This initiative aligns with our work inviting citizens and businesses to open their hearts and contribute to the success of all students, helping them reach their full potential.  All children must have the opportunity, as I did, to believe the American Dream is truly within their reach.”

 

Dr. Jim Bostic, Executive Director of Nepperhan Community Center stated, “President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge is a major step forward for the City of Yonkers, who I believe in many ways is still suffering from the ravages of years of segregated schools, and it’s heretofore inability to effectively educate boys of color.”

Mayor Spano added, “Yonkers has an advantage in accepting this challenge as we already have a MBK backbone in place to ensure the success of this program and of our children.”

 

Research shows that boys and young men of color, regardless of socio-economic background, are disproportionately at risk throughout the journey from their youngest years to college and career.  For instance, large disparities remain in reading proficiency, with 86 percent of young black males and 82 percent of young Hispanic males reading below proficiency levels by the fourth grade – compared to 58 percent of young white males reading below proficiency levels.  Additionally, the disproportionate number of black and Hispanic young men who are unemployed or involved in the criminal justice system alone is a perilous drag on state budgets, and undermines family and community stability.  These young men are more than six times more likely to be victims of murder than their white peers and account for almost half of the country’s murder victims each year.

 

For learn more and become a mentor with My Brother’s Keeper in Yonkers, visit www.yonkersny.gov/mbk.

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
INTERMITTENT
ROADWAY/BRIDGE CLOSURE
FULTON AVENUE/PELHAM PARKWAY OVER EASTCHESTER CREEK

CITY OF MOUNT VERNON\VILLAGE OF PELHAM MANOR
BRIDGE REPAIRS

ROADWAY: Fulton Avenue drawbridge.

LIMITS: Between Secor Lane and Edison Avenue.

WHAT: Bridge repairs.

IMPACTS: The Fulton Avenue Drawbridge over the Eastchester Creek (linking Route 1 in Pelham Manor with South Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon) will intermittently be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic for bridge repairs.

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016 between the hours 9:00 and 2:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY:

 

NYSERDA, NYSDOT and Three Mayors Launch Tri-City Competition to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Westchester. 

 

What: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York State Department of Transportation and three Westchester mayors will launch an innovative transportation competition.

 

This project advances Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and reliable energy system for all New Yorkers. This project will help the State in achieving its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

 

When: Thursday, September 22 at 10 a.m.

 

Where: Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701

 

Who:

  • Noam Bramson, Mayor, New Rochelle
  • Tom Roach, Mayor, White Plains
  • Mike Spano, Mayor, Yonkers
  • John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA
  • John Lyons, President and CEO, MetroPool
  • Ryan Croft, COO, TransitScreen

 

Visuals: Unveiling of new digital displays that will be available in each of the three cities.

 

Parking: Attendees are urged to take mass transit to the event. The Yonkers Metro North station is across the street from the library, providing rail and bus access to the event location. There is no parking at the library. The Buena Vista parking garage is two blocks away at 8 Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers.

 

 

 

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

Yesterday  the Greenburgh Town Board voted to approve the amended site plan application of Hampshire Management, which includes a 4,000 sq. ft. expansion of Trader Joe’s and the addition of a new free standing 6,000 sq. ft. retail or medical office building in the parking lot behind Best Buy. The project includes a new driveway along Dalewood Drive, which will allow for limited vehicular access to and from Central Park Avenue. The project does not include the construction of a driveway at North Washington Avenue.  The project initially included an additional 12,900 sq. ft. retail building, which was removed during the review process.

The entire work session can be viewed on the town website: www.greenburghny.com.  Discussions with the applicant, Police Chief, Commissioner of Planning and members of the Town Board took place at the beginning of the meeting and at the end of the meeting prior to the vote. A link to the video appears below:

http://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/09202016-2111

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Please let us know what you think about our new website by filling out the form and making suggestions.
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Eighty-four percent of the white working class say government does not represent their views, according to a new CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

The new CNN/KFF survey delves deeply into this pivotal group to understand their experience in an America where changing demographics and economy have arguably impacted this group more than almost any other.

Contrary to many assumptions about this group, the poll finds working class whites generally happy with their lives, and mostly satisfied with their personal financial situation. Just 18% say they are angry about the way things are going in their own lives, and 44% think America’s best days lie ahead.

But the white working class harbors deep concerns about the country’s economy, the amount the government is doing to help the working class and their own ability to influence politics.

Watch AC360 and visit CNN.com and the CNN Politics App for more results and analysis from the survey.

The suspect in Saturday’s bombings in New York and New Jersey has been charged with four counts in federal court: Use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing, destruction of property and use of a destructive device.

The charges against Ahmad Rahami were filed in Manhattan.

Former President George H.W. Bush on Monday told a room of about 40 people that he would vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to sources close to Bush — an extraordinary rebuke of his party’s nominee.

Representatives of the Bush family are declining to publicly acknowledge the former president’s decision. But sources close to Bush tell CNN that he shared his plans with board members of the bipartisan Points of Light Foundation during what he believed was a private gathering Monday in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Over a dozen unlocked vehicles were entered last night in the Joyce Road section of Hartsdale and property was stolen from within the cars. Additionally, one unlocked vehicle with a key left inside was stolen.  If each of these cars was locked this e mail would not have been written!
We are stepping up patrols and asking residents to help protect them
selves by locking their vehicles at night. This crime of opportunity is plaguing many communities in Westchester and we believe the Greenburgh police have previously arrested the subjects responsible for last night’s crimes. Our officers have been in the Bronx most of the day following up.
 
The Greenburgh police department also  has a neighborhood watch program. Neighbors who participate in the neighborhood watch efforts help the police look for suspicious activity. Let us know if you’re interested in setting up a neighborhood watch program on your street. We can have a police officer meet with you and your neighbors at someone’s home, provide neighbors with safety tips and advise you what action steps you could take to help us keep your neighborhood very safe.

Wednesday, September, 21 10:00 am

My Brothers Keeper
Sup. of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada and
Rev. Dr. Jim Boston, Director Nepperhan Community Center
Lincoln High School Auditorium
375 Kneeland, Yonkers
Saturday, September 24  10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sister-to-Sister Empower Black Women & the Girl-Child
Girl-Power Luncheon
Mercy College Rotunda, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Guest Speaker Hon. Kathie Davidson, Supervising Judge Family Courts, 9th Judicial District
Tickets: (includes luncheon and forum) Adults $55; Students w/ID $20 Special $65 mother and daughter
Thursday Sept 29 7:00pm
Yonkers Police 4th Precinct Meeting
53 Shonard Place
Information on Block Watchers Program (sign up)
Wed., October 5, 2016  6:00pm
Hispanic Heritage  Month Celebration
Yonkers City Hall

The United States has reached the preliminary conclusion that Russian warplanes bombed an aid convoy and warehouse belonging to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, two US officials say.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said that about 20 civilians were killed Monday night in the attack, as was the director of the area Red Crescent branch.

Eighteen of the convoy’s 31 trucks were hit, the United Nations said. No one has claimed responsibility.

Senator Latimer pushes Mandate Relief Agenda.

“Mandates, Local Share of Medicaid Costs are Crushing New York Property Taxpayers.”
 
 
With local governments paying more than $8 billion per year for Medicaid expenses, more than local governments in the other 49 states combined, as well as hundreds of other unfunded mandate totaling millions of dollars, state Senator George Latimer today called for the adoption of a package of bills to bring real relief to local governments.
 
“Westchester County has among the highest property taxes in the nation. Part of the reason our taxes are so high is because 40% of our entire property tax revenue goes to pay the local share of Medicaid – something that happens in no other state in the nation,” Senator Latimer said.
 
Latimer, a former member of the Westchester County Legislature and served as its chair, noted that this is a problem across the state, with several counties finding their entire property tax levy consumed by Medicaid costs.
 
“Medicaid costs continue to grow each year, and the property tax cap means that the percentage raised from property taxes used to pay for it will get larger every year as well,” Senator Latimer said. Latimer noted that when the tax cap was adopted in 2011, it was intended to be coupled with future mandate relief measures. For the property tax cap to work, Latimer said, “New York State needs to get serious about Mandate Relief.”
 
Senator Latimer continues to support proposals to have New York State take over the entire non-federal share of Medicaid (S.429), as well as other measures for mandate relief, including:
 
S.6452A  – Would move the Congressional and Statewide election primary dates to the same day, to be held in June. This complies with a federal court mandate and would save up to $50 million dollars.
 
S.6486 – Increases the state government’s share of the cost of the state mandated early intervention program, which provides special needs services to children up through age 2.
 
S.2898A – Establishes a defined contribution pension plan for non-civil service and elected public employees.
 
S.3991A – Limits the amount of money local governments are required to contribute to the state and local retirement system to 2% or the consumer price index.
 
S.2295 – Requires the state to pay the costs of any and all state mandated programs provided by local governments and school districts.
 
S.213A  – Eliminates local government’s mandated payment of the MTA mobility tax.
 
 
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we just found out about a new poll of voters in Zephyr’s district, and it has good news. It shows Zephyr winning by five percent:

NY-19 Poll for DCCC (Sept. 13-14)
Zephyr Teachout: 47%
John Faso: 42%

Just a couple weeks ago we told you about a poll from Zephyr’s opponent that had him winning by five points. Now this poll shows Zephyr leading by five. This tells me two things: what we’re doing is working, and our race is very, very close.

We can’t let up now. That is why we are asking you directly, with just 10 days before our FEC fundraising deadline:

Can you make a $3 contribution to our campaign to continue this incredible momentum? Chip in here if you can.

It’s a good sign that this latest poll shows Zephyr winning, but we can’t be complacent. Super PACs are pouring millions of dollars from hedge fund billionaires into our race. We need to do everything we can to fight back against the billionaires, increase this lead, and make sure we win.

Thank you for all the work you’re doing to help Zephyr.

Best,

Kim Maier
Campaign Manager, Zephyr Teachout for Congress

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The FBI interviewed bombing suspect’s Ahmad Rahami’s father in 2014 after a violent domestic dispute.

That interview stemmed from a tip alleging that Rahami’s father was calling his son a terrorist, two US officials say.

Rahami has been directly linked to bombings Saturday in New Jersey and New York, according to authorities.

There are contradictory accounts of how Rahami came to the attention of law enforcement. His father told reporters that he contacted the FBI and expressed his concern after the dispute.

In the interview, however, the father ended up downplaying his concern, saying it was a misunderstanding.

At the time of this interview, Rahami was already in jail following a family dispute in which he was accused of stabbing a relative.

The FBI ran through more checks but never interviewed Ahmad Rahami, according to officials.

Hello all,

 

We’ve had quite a bit of interest in the Block Watcher Program.  Now that Fall is upon us and everyone’s schedules have calmed down a bit, we’d like to go ahead with it.  I’ve been in touch with our Community Affairs Division and arranged for them to come up to the 4th Precinct on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:45 PM to give the presentation.  It should take between an hour and a half to two hours.  If you’re interested in participating please RSVP to this email or just give me a call in the office.  I’d like to get a head count by Monday 9/26 if possible.  Please feel free to pass this on to your neighbors and anyone who may be interested in joining us.  If you can’t make it next week, don’t worry!  We’ll schedule another presentation in the near future.

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

Lieutenant Lawrence Block

Executive Officer, 4th Police Precinct

City of Yonkers Police Department

53 Shonnard Place

Yonkers, NY  10703

Sean Patrick Maloney believes Hillary Clinton is “very trustworthy” and “a person of high integrity,” and he even calls her his “personal hero.”

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Please chip in $10, $20 or $50 today and help me defeat the Hillary/Maloney money machine and let’s get America back on the right track.

Thank you.

Phil Oliva

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Please be advised that a Legislation and Codes Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 7:30pm (following the Real Estate Committee meeting) 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. AN ORDINANCE CREATING A NEW ARTICLE XVI ENTITLED “COMPLETE STREETS POLICY” OF CHAPTER 103 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF YONKERS ENTITLED “STREETS AND SIDEWALKS”

 

  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has been directly linked to devices in New York and New Jersey, FBI Special Agent William Sweeney said today. 

Sweeney also said a traffic stop of five people in New York led to searches and interviews in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Rahami’s last known address was in Elizabeth, and an explosives-laden backpack was found there Sunday night.

Officials believe Rahami is linked to that backpack, a bombing Saturday in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and a bombing in New York that wounded 29 people.

“We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. He previously resisted calling it terrorism.

In other developments:

  • Rahami was taken into surgery after his shootout with police.
  • The Rahami family cited discrimination and harassment in a a 2011 lawsuit filed against the city of Elizabeth and the Elizabeth Police Department.
  • The owner of a bar in Linden, New Jersey, said he spotted Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his bar this morning and alerted police. He said he had been watching CNN on his laptop when he recognized the suspect.

you’ve heard from us that Bernie rallied with Zephyr on Friday. It was incredible — a yuuuuuge crowd turned out and Bernie gave a perfect case for why we need to elect Zephyr. Here’s are Bernie’s full remarks. Read Bernie’s speech, share it with your friends, enjoy the photos, and if you can, chip in $3 to Zephyr’s grassroots campaign to send an unmistakable message to the billionaire class.

— Bernie Sanders’ speech for Zephyr —

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Let’s make history and elect Zephyr Teachout!

This is an extraordinary turnout and all of you really do have an opportunity to make history.

There are 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives. You are about to elect the most outstanding member, a leader at the time that we need leaders.

I would not be here today if I were not deeply impressed about the person that Zephyr is and the campaign that she is running.

These are difficult days for our country. I think you all know that. We are looking at a time when the middle class in this country is disappearing when we have a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality such that almost all new income is going to the top 1%.

In the past 16 years we’ve seen the number of billionaires increase ten times.

But at the same time we continue to have the highest level of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth.

At the same time we have the very rich getting richer, we have outrageous levels of young people trying to pay off student debt.

You all know that we live in a competitive global economy. We need as a nation the best educated workforce in the world.

Our job — and Zephyr understands this — is to make public colleges and universities tuition free, not to saddle young people with oppressive debts that they’ll be forced to pay off for decades.

Zephyr will tell you this but very few other people will. The great crisis of the many we face, in many respects — our country is marching towards oligarchy. Very few people will talk about it, the media will not talk about it,. But we are looking at a nation where a handful for billionaire families not only control our economy, but because of Citizens United, they want to buy the U.S. government.

You are seeing that reality right here. It’s not an academic or abstract idea. It’s happening in this district at this level. Wall Street billionaires are pouring in substantive amount of money for Zephyr’s opponent. Two billionaires have put in half a million each.

Ask yourself two questions: what kind of democracy are we living in when billionaires think they can buy elections? Why are billionaires pouring in substantial amounts of money to Zephyr’s opponent? What do they want?

Zephyr’s raising money the old fashioned way the way we raised money in our campaign. I was proud that our average donation in the presidential race was $27.

Turns out Zephyr’s average contribution is less than that. It’s $19!

Contribute $19 »

One candidate gets tens of thousands of donations, averaging $19. Another candidate gets half a million a piece from billionaires. You tell me which side we’re on.

Zephyr understands that all of us have got to be thinking big, not small. To understand that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, when we all come together, black and white, Native and Latino, gay and straight, men and women: Zephyr will fight all efforts to try to break us up and divide us as Donald Trump and his supporters are trying to do.

And Zephyr understands that at a time when we have so much income and wealth inequality — yes the wealthiest people in this country and the largest corporations are going to pay their fair share of taxes.

Zephyr understands that there is something is profoundly wrong when a handful of wealthy and powerful corporations write trade agreements which work for CEOs of multinational corporations but cost Americans millions of decent-paying jobs.

Long time ago, Zephyr and I were just chatting about this, many many years ago she and I were at a meeting together to say no to NAFTA. We were right then a we are right today to say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

We demand that corporate America start investing in this country, to create good paying jobs for the people of New Paltz, for the people of Vermont, and for the people of America.

I understand that Zephyr’s opponent was a lobbyist in support of a fracking oil pipeline. Let me say to that gentleman and to the people of this community: climate change is real. Climate change is caused by human activity and the emission of carbon. Climate change is already causing devastating problems in our country and around the world.

One of the real outrages of contemporary politics is that we have a major political party and the Republican candidate for president who are rejecting science. Who are telling us that climate change is a hoax. It’s not a hoax. Climate change is a reality that Zephyr understands that we’ve got to deal with and deal with forcefully.

Our job is to take on the fossil fuel industry and their pipelines and to tell them that the future of our planet is somewhat more important than their short-term profits.

Zephyr understands that as a nation we can create millions of decent paying jobs by moving to energy efficiency by moving to such sustainable energies like wind, solar and other new technologies.

If Zephyr Teachout is elected to the U.S. Congress — I’m very confident you are going to elect her — you will have a leader in Congress at a time when we are in desperate need of bold leadership.

You will have a leader who has the guts to stand up to the billionaire class and tell these greedy people that they cannot have it all.

You will have a congresswoman who understand that grassroots democracy and bringing our people together and mobilizing people is the only way that real change ever, ever takes place.

So to my mind in this campaign the choice is extremely clear. On one hand you have a candidate beholden to Wall Street billionaires, and on the other hand you have a candidate beholden to the grassroots of this community and to the working people of this community.

So in the strongest possible terms let me suggest to you that this race is one of the most important congressional races in America. The choices are so clear. If you elect Zephyr the message goes out all over the country that when people stand together — that when we continue the political revolution — that Wall Street and their billionaires can pour in all the money you want.

Look around you here today. This is what we have. They have billionaires. We have the people. And when we stand together, people will win.

I’ve known Zephyr for a number of years, so I have not the slightest doubt. When you elect Zephyr she’s not just going to be another member of Congress. She’s going to be a leader.

Please welcome Zephyr Teachout!

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Thanks for all you do to support Zephyr and our movement. We can do this. Let’s win.

Add a $19 contribution to our campaign now.

– Team Zephyr

 

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“Game of Thrones” wins top drama, and “Veep” is top comedy at Emmys. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” wins awards including outstanding limited series.

Greenburgh receives AAA’s highest award for traffic safety…reducing speed limits on Seely, Robin Hill, Mount Joy to 25 MPH…awarded bid for Seely Place sidewalk…your suggestions wanted for more safety enhancements!

GREENBURGH ONE OF THREE COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK STATE TO RECEIVE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF NEW YORKS HIGHEST AWARD—PLATINUM AWARD FOR OUR COMMUNITY TRAFFIC SAFETY  PROGRAMS

We just got some good news from the AAA. Greenburgh is one of three communities in NYS to receive the AAA’s highest award “Community Traffic Safety Award.”  The award will be presented in October to us. Our commitment to building sidewalks, our digital speed boards, our enforcement efforts and a new initiative we are starting: promoting motorcycle safety contributed to this award.

WE REDUCED SPEED LIMITS ON SEELY , ROBIN HILL AND MOUNT JOY TO 25 MPH..Traffic parking restrictions on LINCOLN PLACE BETWEEN COUNTY CENTER ROAD AND SOUTH ROAD ENACTED.

At our last Town Board meeting we voted to reduce the speed limits on Henry Street, Robin Hill Road and Mount Joy   to 25 MPH.    We also adopted the recommendation of the Greenburgh Police to add parking restrictions on Lincoln Place between the intersections of County Center Road and South Road. We found that vehicles parked

near the these intersections makes it difficult to turn due to reduced sight distance.

TOWN BOARD AWARDS BID FOR SEELY PLACE SIDEWALK TO PETER LANDI.

  The Town Board awarded the Seely place sidewalk construction job to Peter Landi for an amount not to exceed $146,141 at our last Town Board meeting. Work is expected to start in October and should take about six weeks. The Commissioner of Public Works and I met with some residents of Seely Place last week to discuss the work.

  The police department and Town Board are always trying to make Greenburgh a safer place for motorists, pedestrians and children. If you have any suggestions please e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com. I will ask the police department to review your recommendations. Over the years many changes have been made as a result of feedback from our residents.

Mayor Richard Thomas to Unveil 2017 Budget.

Thomas Budget Puts Money Back in Mount Vernon Taxpayers’ Pockets; Strengthens Core Services.

 

(Sunday, September 18, 2016) – Mayor Richard Thomas and his administration have been working around the clock, continuing to streamline government operations and invest taxpayer money back in the City of Mount Vernon. On Tuesday, Mayor Thomas will unveil the administration’s budget proposal containing a 0.7 percent tax rate for the 2017 fiscal year, trimming the increase down even more than previously estimated. 

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The Thomas Budget:

 

·         Comes in under the “tax cap”.

·         Makes the City of Mount Vernon eligible for a New York State Property Tax Rebate for the first time.

·         Invests in human capital, equipment, and infrastructure.

·         Strengthens public safety and supports our dedicated uniform service personnel.

 

Mayor Richard Thomas said, “Every year, the City of Mount Vernon has overtaxed its people and increased the funds in its coffers. The city’s savings account has increased while taxpayers have been forced to cut costs and pinch pennies. In 2013, there was $9.6 million in the fund, that figured increased to $12 million in 2014; $17.4 million in 2015; and we estimate the 2016 reserve level will top $19 million. It’s shameful to tax the money right out of people’s pockets and stash it away, leaving our infrastructure and core services struggling.”

 

“It’s a new day in Mount Vernon. We are presenting a budget that uses existing resources wisely and doesn’t spend foolishly. We are investing in infrastructure and we are investing in human capital. People are tired of potholes in the road; they are tired of broken streetlights, we know they want a stronger, more robust level of services from City Hall. Best of all, our budget comes in under the tax cap positioning homeowners to receive a tax rebate of $500 per household.”

 

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS.

 September 12  to September 16, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Protecting Children From Online Tracking Technology

This week, Attorney General Schneiderman announced settlements with Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro and JumpStart Games for their violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). In a two-year investigation called “Operation Child Tracker,” the Attorney General’s office found that websites operated by these companies had tracking technology that illegally enabled third-party venders to track children’s online activity, which is in violation of COPPA. The office will continue its investigation to hold accountable those who violate the law by tracking children online. Read the Bloomberg article here.

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Watch the press conference here.

Speaking On Civil And Religious Rights

On Thursday evening, Attorney General Schneiderman co-hosted a community forum on civil and religious rights in Westchester. At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Attorney General addressed religious freedom and the Religious Rights Initiative, a project of the Civil Rights Bureau that addresses religious rights issues and enforces anti-discrimination laws.

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Remembering the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising

On the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, Attorney General Schneiderman, Director of the New York State Archives Thomas Rullers and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, announced the creation of a new public website that hosts a digital collection of documents relating to investigations and litigations arising from the 1971 prison uprising and its aftermath. The Attica uprising began when inmates took several prison guards hostage and took control of parts of the prison. After a four-day siege, the prison was retaken by state police and prison officers. This accessible database will allow all to pay homage to the lives lost and those forever changed as a result of the uprising. Read the Times Union story here.

Bernie Sanders: “Let’s make history and elect Zephyr Teachout!”

Bernie and Zephyr

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“This race is one of the most important congressional races in America. The choices are so clear.

“If you elect Zephyr, the message goes out all over the country that when people stand together — that when we continue the political revolution — that Wall Street and their billionaires can pour in all the money you want.

“They have billionaires. We have the people. And when we stand together, people will win.”

– Bernie Sanders

Contribute $3 to our campaign and prove that people power can beat the billionaire class.

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Earlier this summer the NY State Legislature and Governor authorized Greenburgh and Ossining to become the first communities in New York State to phase in property tax increases after reassessment.  Residents who qualify will pay part of their tax increases in years one and two. By the third year they will pay the entire taxes. The town and Ossining authorized the phase in for home owners whose assessments increased by more than 25%. Additional criteria: homeowners must earn less than $500,000 and only homes without building violations can benefit from the phase in. Residents who apply could be subject to an interior inspection.

September 15th was the deadline to apply. 1,044 homeowners applied for the phase in.  Westchester County still has not conducted a county wide reassessment and many communities in Westchester have not reassessed properties in over 60 years–creating inequities and numerous certiorari tax grievances.  Members of the Town Board and I promised residents, prior to the initiation of the reassessment process that we would push for hardship provisions.  A thank you to the Governor for signing the authorization and to State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti for lobbying their colleagues to allow Greenburgh to implement a phase in.

EARLIER this year the Greenburgh Town Board turned over land that previously was used as a no kill animal shelter by the Elmsford Animal Shelter and Pet’s Alive to Paws Crossed. We have a deed restriction requiring that the property be used for a no kill shelter or for a municipal purpose. Paws Crossed will be holding their dedication today at 12 noon to 3 PM in Elmsford on Warehouse lane.

http://www.pawscrossedny.org/

ARDSLEY DAY is tomorrow, not today. Lots of fun activities for your family to enjoy.

PAUL FEIINER

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Zephyr Teachout was one of the first people whom I endorsed as part of our political revolution, and I was proud to rally with her today — and with thousands of her supporters — to support her campaign for Congress.

When it comes to taking on corruption and special interests, there’s no one like Zephyr. She literally wrote the book on political corruption, and the Supreme Court justices who opposed Citizens United cited that work in their dissent.

Zephyr is the real deal. It would be a pleasure to serve with her in Congress, and that’s why today I am asking you directly:

Please add a $3 contribution to Zephyr’s campaign now to elect the first member of Congress from our political revolution.

If you care about the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on the health of our democracy, you can just look at Zephyr’s race for Congress.

Billionaires from Wall Street who made their money sending jobs overseas are funding super PACs to help elect a former lobbyist to Congress.

If that doesn’t speak to exactly what’s wrong with our political system, I don’t know what does.

We need people in Congress who will fight to get big money out of politics, who will fight for a nationwide ban on fracking, and who will vote against disastrous trade deals like the TPP.

I know that Zephyr will be on the right side on those issues and so many more.

Thousands of people stood with Zephyr and me today to send a clear message to special interests and the political establishment. It’s time to clean up Congress and Washington, and Zephyr is the exact kind of person we need to make that happen. Let’s do everything we can to help her win.

Please contribute $3 to Zephyr’s campaign today and help continue our political revolution.

Thank you,

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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I am proud to announce that I have received the coveted endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association with 325,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs.

NFIB said:  “Phil Oliva would be a strong voice for small business owners in Congress.”

As a small business owner myself, I certainly know the many burdens placed on small businesses by our government and I will work to reduce as many of these unnecessary regulations and mandates as possible so that Main Street can thrive and create the good jobs we need.

You can also count on me to fight in Congress for a:

  • Flatter, fairer and simpler tax code.

  • Moratorium on any new regulation and a review of all existing regulations (eliminating those determined to be unnecessary).

  • Cap on all new government spending.

  • Repeal and replace of job-killing Obamacare.

To reignite our economy, we need to partner with the backbone of our economy –

the small business community.  I will.

Phil Oliva
Candidate for U.S. Congress

Chip in $25, $50, or $100 today, and help me get America back on the right track.

Informational Meeting – Social Security Benefits

Attend an informational meeting about Social Security benefit options and how they may influence your retirement decisions.

 

 
Are you planning to take early retirement? Or do you want to continue working until, or beyond, full retirement age?
 
Whatever your plans, this meeting will help you make informed decisions about your Social Security benefit options, and
how much money you may need from other sources to supplement your retirement income. You’ll also find out about
variable annuities, a retirement income strategy which provides a steady stream of income that can help bridge any
gaps. Topics include:
  • Maximizing Social Security income for you and your spouse
  • Understanding the impact and potential costs of starting Social Security benefits before your full retirement age
  • Strategies to help reduce taxation of Social Security benefits
*Dates:
Wednesday, September 21
Time:
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location:
  Mount Vernon Public Library
28 1st Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Guest Speaker 
Michael Visconti,
VP, Prudential Annuities
MUST REGISTER BY
Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2016 
Seats Limited
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Mount Vernon Public Library | 28 S. First Ave. Mount Vernon, NY 10550 | 914-668-1840
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Small Business Spotlight: Apple Picking

One of the great things about this time of year in our area is the opportunity to pick your own apples and buy fresh apple cider, cider donuts and other great items at local orchards.

Dutchess County Tourism has complied this great list of pick-your-own apple orchards in Dutchess County. Here are the locations in the 105th Assembly District:
BARTON ORCHARDS
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63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag
845-227-2306
www.bartonorchards.com

FISHKILL FARMS
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9 Fishkill Farm Rd., Hopewell Junction
845-897-4377
www.fishkillfarms.com

MEADOWBROOK FARM

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29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls
845-297-3002
www.meadowbrookfarmmarket.com

 

 

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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AMERICAN DREAM AUCTION

Dear Mount Vernon family and friends,

Every day, people ask my office how to buy homes and other properties in Mount Vernon. In the past, the process has been murky and open to only a select few. We’re proud to announce we have proposed a new, streamlined process that will enable everyone to have a bite at the American Dream.

We recently sent a proposal to the Real Estate Committee to develop a process that would provide new housing and economic stability to the City of Mount Vernon. Strengthening the middle class and attracting millennials is essential for our city to grow and develop. One way to achieve sustainable growth is through promoting innovative concepts around housing. Specifically, we can revitalize Mount Vernon neighborhoods by setting aside select city-owned properties to auction off to key demographic groups.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, in 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived in a multigenerational household, up from 42.4 million (17%) in 2009 and 27.5 million (12%) in 1980.  This trend shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. We recommended to the Real Estate Committee that the City of Mount Vernon develop policies and practices that support this challenge and assist millennials, in particular, in transitioning to becoming new property owners. Our recommendation is that ten (10) properties for millennials and ten (10) properties for multi-generational families be auctioned off by Mount Vernon, for Mount Vernon. We have identified resources available to us that can help the facilitation of this policy from concept to credit repair to construction to completion.

The goal is to create new opportunities by leveling the playing field, strengthening our tax base, revitalizing neighborhoods, and moving Mount Vernon forward.

The millennial housing auction idea is nothing new. It was previously put forth in the city’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan. We believe that the plan is needed now more than ever. For instance, census data shows that the home ownership rate in Mount Vernon (38.8% in the year 2014) is well below that of national (62.9% in the year 2015), state (53.8%  in the year 2014) and county (61.9% in the year 2014) home ownership rates. Our housing auction will increase home ownership rates in Mount Vernon leading to a stronger middle class, resulting in long-term economic growth and stability.

We look forward to Mount Vernon being the first city in the state to push forth these types of auctions and policies to make us the city of happy homes once again. Please call the City Council and the Comptroller’s office to show your support for Mount Vernon’s American Dream Auction.

Respectfully,

Richard Thomas

Mayor, City of Mount Vernon

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In 1974, I led an expedition to explore the great New England Seamount Chain. Thousands of feet underwater, the chain includes four underwater volcanic mountains that formed over 100 million years ago when the North American plate migrated over a “hot spot” — an area where heat rising through the earth melts rock into magma, creating massive undersea volcanoes like in the Hawaiian Islands.

Standing high above the surrounding ocean floor, these massive undersea mountains are visible oases of life in an otherwise vast, undersea desert. On their rocky slopes, fragile deep sea corals feed in the nutrient rich waters that flow past.

Protecting these unique habitats is critical to the survival of not only these beautiful coral gardens, but also the small fish and other marine creatures that call these magical gardens home. They need these nurseries of the very deep in order to survive. And we need them — as a foundational element of our food chain.

That’s why I am so pleased that today President Obama designated the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument — protecting these mountains and canyons, their surrounding area, and the wildlife they sustain for our future.

As the first-ever national marine monument established in the Atlantic Ocean, this designation is vital to both the ongoing protection of some of our most important underwater ecosystems and the future climate resiliency of our oceans, which are essential guardians of our future.

The monument will provide refuge for protected animals, like sea turtles and whales, as well as species of coral found nowhere else on Earth. It also encompasses three underwater canyons that are even deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Protecting this area bolsters the sea’s ability to sustain itself, but it is also critical to protecting ourselves — and our future. It’s also an ongoing reflection of President Obama’s commitment to conservation. To date, he has protected more land and water than any other president in history.

That’s pretty incredible.

I hope you’ll take a moment to explore this awe-inspiring deep sea wonder and celebrate our first Atlantic monument with me.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bob Ballard
Department of Ocean Engineering
The University of Rhode Island

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Moments ago I just finished the first debate with my opponent. It couldn’t be more clear what’s at stake: John Faso wants to protect special interests and keep big money in politics. I want to clean up Congress and overturn Citizens United. He supports fracking and was even a lobbyist for a fracking pipeline. I want to protect our water and ban fracking everywhere.

Here’s the problem: I’m not just running against the opponent who will be on the ballot. I also have to run against at least two super PACs funded by hedge fund billionaires who want us to lose.

This is our chance to show that our grassroots movement can take on super PACs and the billionaires who want to buy our democracy.

If you can, please chip in $3 to our campaign now and send an unmistakable message to the billionaires who want us to lose. A strong showing from our movement after this first debate will have a huge impact.

I was glad to debate the person who’ll be on the ballot against me. But I also want to debate the hedge fund billionaires who are spending at least $1.6 million against us.

No matter what, I believe that tens of thousands of people standing together to take on the special interests will be more powerful than big money. Thanks for helping us prove it.

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CHAIRMAN BECERRA CALLS FOR SOLUTIONS TO RISING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA-34) delivered remarks today at an event sponsored by RealClearPolitcs on the rising cost of prescription drugs. Excerpts from his remarks, which covered how Congress can keep prescription drug costs low and the need for increased transparency and oversight in the pharmaceutical industry, can be found below: 
“The easiest step that we can take is congressional oversight, so that we all get to see what’s happening in this industry. Second part of this is transparency: let’s find out what going on and why prices are rising and how this industry operates. Once you have those, you can decide on which fork in the road to take.
“Caps are interesting because they do help consumers. They don’t reduce the price of the medication, but it does keep it capped for those consumers. I’m hoping the industry recognizes something has to be done and that it has to be a part of the solution. The more Americans get frustrated by pharmaceuticals, the news they hear about drugs going up in price by 5000%, that’s going to force the industry to change because consumers will demand a change from us and we will exact that from everyone else.
“You have to have access. People demand these medications. Healthcare is not a commodity. Healthcare isn’t something you can return or easily substitute; for example, if you buy your kids a new pair of shoes and don’t like them, you can return them and buy a new pair, but if your child has cancer and you’ve been using a drug that doesn’t work and there are no substitutes, you probably just lost—  if not the life of your child — than you have lost several years off your child’s life.”

Federal consumer safety regulators have recalled the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after dozens of users reported the device caught fire while charging.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission told customers to “immediately stop using and power down” the device.

Samsung said on September 2 that it would stop selling Galaxy Note 7s. The company has received 92 reports in the United States of the batteries overheating, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage from fires, the CPSC said Thursday.

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last year, our Hudson River communities united to fight the construction of an office tower that would have spoiled the views of the river and the Palisades.  This year another, more serious threat, confronts us.  And the Board of Legislators again is joining our colleagues in government, our neighbors, and civic groups to protect the Hudson River Valley.

The United States Coast Guard has proposed creating anchorage sites for up to 73 barges  in the Hudson River, in ten locations between Yonkers and Kingston.  The largest site, with capacity for 16 barges, abuts the waterfronts of Yonkers, Hastings-on-Hudson and Dobbs Ferry.  The Federal Register has stated that 72 of 73 of the barge slots are for long-term storage.  The sites, given the barges’ size and turning radius, will take up thousands of acres.

Of course, we see the occasional barge make its way on the Hudson, and that is part of the River’s charm, as well as a reminder of its industrial past.  However, these new anchorages anticipate an alarming increase in the amount of barge traffic, and in the amount of time that  they spend on our shores.  More alarming still is the cargo.  Instead of the refined petroleum products that generally  travel in today’s shipments, any new shipments will likely contain a highly volatile form of crude oil extracted in North Dakota and slated for export.  This product is nearly impossible to clean from riverbeds in case of a spill, and is more likely to explode; nor will it help meet our domestic energy needs.

Turning our beloved river and waterfronts into a reindustrialized zone for dangerous crude oil makes no sense on so many levels.  The potential for environmental harm is great; the homeland security implications of parking massive petroleum bombs outside our communities – including near the Indian Point nuclear power plants, with reactors and spent fuel pools near the riverbank – makes existing terrorism threats even worse.  Allotting so much of the river to oil barges will create hazards for recreational boaters.  And the increased risk of boating accidents and other disasters will place an unfair burden on our local first responders.

This ill-advised plan also risks the many billions of dollars of investment made by our Federal, State, County and local governments, as well as by private developers and businessowners, in transforming our local waterfronts from abandoned industrial zones into housing; parks and trailways; and restaurants, shops, offices and other commercial enterprises.  Compromised view sheds, light pollution, oil spills and the prospect of major industrial disasters  have no place along our lovingly restored shorelines.  Our taxpayers and investors are entitled to enjoy the fruits of the last 40 years of investment, and not have to fear the prospect of having it ruined by industries dependent on the spoliation of others’ homes.

On August 30, I sent a letter to the United Stated Coast Guard, focusing on the need to consider threats that this new rule imposes on the waterfront communities in my legislative district (the Villages of Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington).  And at our September 12 Board of Legislators meeting, we unanimously passed a resolution opposing these new anchorages.  You can read my August 30 letter here and view the Board’s resolution and backup legal argument here.

I also urge everyone who loves the Hudson River to take a stand.  You may send written comments to the United States Coast Guard here.  You may also sign petitions circulated by community groups by visiting www.hudsonriveranchorages.org and www.change.org. If you would like more information about the risks posed by these anchorages, you may begin with the Riverkeeper website.  Subsequent updates will include information about other organizations’ efforts as it becomes available.

In the first bit of good news about this issue, the Coast Guard has extended the written comments period to December 6, and is planning public hearings for the spring of 2017. Since this issue will remain with us for some time, I will continue to send updates, to keep you informed.

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky

 

 

 

 

 

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YONKERS TO HOST ART EXHIBIT AT RIVERFRONT LIBRARY TO KICK OFF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.

Mayor Mike Spano, along with the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board, are hosting an art exhibit in downtown Yonkers titled: Honoring our Traditions – Celebrating our Accomplishments – Building our Future – on Thursday, September 15 at 5:30 pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Library.

 

The artwork, created by local Hispanic artists, connects to aspects of the Latino community in the City of Yonkers as they represent and honor Latino culture.  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), the exhibit is geared towards creating a community awareness of rich Hispanic culture and unity amongst all communities in Yonkers.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES BEAU BUFFIER AS NEW CHIEF OF ANTITRUST BUREAU.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the appointment of Beau W. Buffier as the new Chief of the Attorney General’s Antitrust Bureau, a part of the Division of Economic Justice.

“I am pleased to welcome Beau Buffier to our office, where he will spearhead some of our office’s most innovative and critical work,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Beau brings a breadth of experience in antitrust matters, and will be a true asset to both our ongoing and future antitrust work.”  

Beau Buffier said, “I am privileged to be joining an agency with such a long and proud history of antitrust enforcement. Under Attorney General Schneiderman’s leadership, New York has won ground-breaking cases that have promoted competition and protected consumers not only in New York but nationwide.  I am excited to become part of such a dynamic office and I look forward to working with the talented team at the Antitrust Bureau to ensure that all New York consumers and businesses receive the benefits of competitive markets.”

Beau W. Buffier is currently a partner in the New York office and co-head of Shearman & Sterling’s Global Antitrust Group. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Buffier has developed deep expertise across a diverse array of antitrust matters including global price-fixing investigations and follow-on litigation, monopolization and abuse of dominance cases, merger investigations and challenges, competitor collaborations, antitrust compliance and intellectual property-related matters. He regularly speaks and publishes on significant antitrust matters and was recognized by the New York Law Journal as a “Rising Star” in the top 40 attorneys under 40 in 2013 and by Law360 as one of 2015’s top competition attorneys under 40. Mr. Buffier received his LL.B. from the University of Sydney and LL.M. from New York University School of Law. Beau’s first day at the Attorney General’s office will be October 10.

The Antitrust Bureau is responsible for enforcing New York State laws prohibiting anticompetitive business practices, and representing the interests of New York and New York consumers in national antitrust matters. Beau Buffier will lead a team dedicated to ensuring that New York consumers and local businesses receive the benefits of full and fair competition. The Division of Economic Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Manisha M. Sheth.

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CHAIRMAN BECERRA:  STANDING WITH CALIFORNIA DELEGATION TO GRANT HEALTH FOR ALL.

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA-34) led a California delegation of Members of Congress and State Senator Ricardo Lara (champion of Health for All legislation) at a press conference today on the Administration to approve a federal waiver that would allow undocumented immigrants to gain access to unsubsidized health care through Covered California.  

The California delegation included: Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27),  Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), , Rep. Norma Torres (CA- 35), Rep. Janice Hahn (CA- 44), Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California and immigrant rights advocates

A transcript of Chairman Becerra’s remarks may be found below.

“Today is about not having to worry about taking your son or daughter to the hospital or to the doctor, and having the fear of going bankrupt. That was one of the premises behind the Affordable Care Act six years ago, and today more than 20 million Americans know that they can take their child to the doctor or hospital and not worry going bankrupt as a result.

“In California, the state that had the most success getting people uninsured, insured, we have been able to cut our uninsured rate by half. Millions of Californians today have the same things that most of us here took for granted, and that is quality affordable health care for your families. So what is happening today is that California is not standing still. The State Legislature and the Governor have said we should make the Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act available to more Americans. And in this case, they are going to make it available to undocumented families in America at no Federal Tax Payer expense. Let me repeat that, California has decided to make the Marketplace –the Health Exchange– offered in California available to the undocumented families, without charging federal taxpayers a single penny. Now they will have an opportunity to get affordable health care insurance and not get ripped off by those who try to get advantage of them.

“That is what the rest of the country should do. Those of  from California are thrilled that our state has moved forward, our Legislature and our Governor have moved forward and we are so pleased that Senator Ricardo Lara is here today, one of the champions of the legislation.”

NFIB: “Oliva would be a strong voice for small business owners in Congress”

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September 14, 2016 … Phil Oliva, the Republican candidate for New York’s 18th Congressional District today announced that he has received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association with 325,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs as members.

“Phil Oliva would be a strong voice for small business owners in Congress,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “He knows that we need strong small businesses if we want to have a strong economy and good jobs. In the House, he would work to reduce the burden of regulations and high taxes.”

“I’m proud to receive NFIB’s endorsement.  I will be a champion in congress for our small businesses and entrepreneurs and help them lead us back to economic vitality,” said Oliva. “As a small business owner myself, I certainly know the many burdens placed on small businesses by our government and I will work to reduce as many of these unnecessary regulations and mandates as possible so that Main Street can thrive and create the good jobs we need.”

Rod Winchell, owner of Romar Machine & Fabrication in Walden, said Oliva was only the second politician to ever visit his facility in over 25 years being in business.

“Phil came by and wanted to know about our business and what he could do to help us in congress. It wasn’t just a stop by. He stayed for nearly two hours. Not only does he care, but he knows what he’s talking about and he has good business sense,” said Winchell. “We need people like Phil Oliva in office if businesses like mine are going to stay open. Taxes, regulations and health care costs are killing us. Phil understands that and will do something about it.”

Oliva earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and is also the President of Gipper Communications, LLC, a New York-based consulting firm.

The WFP has had some exciting election nights over the past 18 years. But last night was one of the best primary nights I can remember.

In race after race, WFP candidates racked up a clean sweep of our priority contests across New York state. Here are some of the highlights:

A new era for Lower Manhattan. In the battle for Sheldon Silver’s former seat in the 65th Assembly District, WFP candidate Yuh-Line Niou came roaring back from her narrow loss on the WFP line in April’s special election to win a high-profile, six-way primary race for the Democratic nomination. Yuh-Line is the child of immigrants and an energetic advocate for working families. We were excited to help turn out voters for her yesterday, and we can’t wait until she gets to Albany.

Right-wing big money loses again. In races in NYC and on Long Island, WFP candidates fended off primary challengers backed by the billionaire-funded “New Yorkers for Independent Action” SuperPAC seeking to privatize public schools. That included Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymembers Latrice Walker and Pamela Harris in NYC and Assemblymember Phil Ramos on Long Island, all of whom won despite a massive, million-dollar independent expenditure from NYIA. WFP organizers were on the ground in many of these races as well. The lesson: New Yorkers don’t want to see big, out-of-district money dictate who gets to represent them in Albany.

Electing progressives to open seats. Finally, WFP candidates also swept our priority open seat races for the State Assembly. WFP Progressive Pipeline candidate Anthony Eramo, a third-generation union member, won his hard-fought primary on the South Shore of Long Island. Progressive reformers Tremaine Wright and Robert Carroll both won their primaries for open Assembly seats in Brooklyn. And Monica Wallace won her primary in Western New York. Together with our ongoing work to recruit, train, and elect candidates with our Progressive Candidate Pipeline, this work is how we will shape the Assembly for years to come.

Yesterday’s results showed that New York’s progressive movement is alive and well. But nights like last night are impossible without your support.

Help us keep on fighting to win in November up and down the ballot and elect the next generation of progressive leaders. Join now as a WFP sustainer with a monthly contribution of $10 or more — and get a ticket to join us at our gala in NYC tomorrow night with Bernie Sanders.

At the gala, you’ll get the chance to hear from Bernie, Nina Turner, Juan González, and progressive activists across the city and the state. I’m also honored to announce that we will be joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Tickets are going fast, and may not be available at the door. Make sure to RSVP before midnight tonight.

Can’t make it to the gala? Join as a WFP sustainer and help build the independent progressive power we need to continue our year-round work.

Thank you, and here’s to even bigger victories in November and beyond.

In Solidarity,

Bill Lipton
New York State Director
Working Families Party

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US Sports Fall After School Soccer.

Day/Times: Fridays 4pm-5pm/5pm-6pm

Location: Secor Woods Park

Dates: Sept. 23- Nov. 4

Ages: Kindergarten-1st / 2nd– 4th grades

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Paws Crossed will have their grand opening this Saturday, September 17th in Elmsford. The Greenburgh Town Board turned over the property that used to house the Elmsford Animal Shelter and Pet’s Alive to Paws Crossed earlier this year.

Paws Crossed is a new no-kill rescue.

Rebecca Solomon of News 12 Westchester will emcee the event’s Doggie Fashion Show.

The grand opening will be begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. There will be vendor and food booths, music, a pet parade, pet portraits, a pet psychic, and the opportunity to meet adoptable pets and tour the newly renovated facility.

The event will run from noon to 3 p.m. The shelter is located at 100 Warehouse Lane South, in Elmsford.

 

For more on the history of Paws Crossed and ways you can volunteer or adopt, visit its  website  or follow it on  Facebook.

The William L. Carter Foundation’s Community Champion Classic Basketball game will take place on September 24, 2016 at the Theodore D. Young Community Center.  The High School All Star game starts at 7:00 PM and the Men’s All Star game starts at 8:00 PM.  The game between the Theodore D. Young Community Center and the Nepperhan Community Center will feature Greenburgh vs Yonkers in a head to head full court battle.  With celebrity basketball coaches – NBA Legend Larry Johnson from the New York Knicks and Retired NBA Star Chris Taft from the Golden State Warriors, both teams are in for some tough competition.  The proceeds from the game will benefit the William L Carter Community Leader Scholarship Fund.

The youth on both sides have been working hard in anticipation of the games and the celebrity coaches are excited to be a part of the tournament in support of the William L. Carter Foundation.  Originally from New York, Chris Taft, who has his own organization centered on inspiring the dreams of youth indicated he was “honored to have the opportunity to participate” and feels that this is a great opportunity for him to support an organization that parallels his views and dedication to inspiring the youth.

Chris’ message is one of encouragement.  He overcame obstacles in his life and career and wants to encourage and inspire the youth to follow their dreams and never give up.   “I want them to know, I was just like them.  I was a kid living in a tough neighborhood.  I know that feeling of loving basketball and wanting to do everything I can with the sport but having days when things just aren’t going good or feeling like why do I have to go through this”.  Chris said that he was told that he would never be able to walk or play basketball again, but through God’s blessings and healing power in his life he was able to come back and do things that he was told he would never be able to do.  “There is no obstacle you can’t overcome”, Chris said.   This is the same message that the William L. Carter Foundation teaches.  It is the message of William L. Carter himself who overcame obstacles in his life to become a celebrated member of his community.

Chris was very excited to hear about the William L. Carter Inspiration Program starting in October.  The program meets once a week with youth to mentor and prepare them for college, jobs, and whatever their future holds.  “That just shows me the foundation’s dedication and desire to help out anywhere that is needed.  That is awesome” said Chris.   The foundation is striving to show constituency and commitment to the community of Greenburgh.  After their inauguration in April 2016, the William L. Carter Foundation was hard at work for the community and youth of Greenburgh with a very successful summer.  The foundation gave four scholarships to students from the Greenburgh community.  They had a very successful Jazz Clinic where young qualified Jazz musicians had the opportunity to practice with Jazz great Kenny Lee and his band and perform on stage with the band at the William L. Carter Jazz Concert series.  For more information on the William L. Carter Foundation go to http:// WLC.Foundation

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Assemblymember Shelley Mayer; Peter Kelly, Chef Owner of X2O and The Xavier Restaurant Group; and John Rubbo, CEO, and Nick Califano, Chairman of the Board, of Yonkers Brewing Co., Celebrate New  Legislation Allowing the Sale of Alcohol During Sunday Brunch.
   

Assemblymember Shelley Mayer; Peter Kelly, Chef Owner of X2O and The Xavier Restaurant Group; John Rubbo, CEO, and Nick Califano, Chairman of the Board, of Yonkers Brewing Co. at X20 Restaurant toasting the signing of legislation (S8140/A10728) that allows the sale of alcohol during Sunday Brunch.

 

Yonkers, NY- September 14, 2016– Assemblymember Shelley Mayer was joined by Peter Kelly, Chef Owner of X2O and The Xavier Restaurant Group, John Rubbo, CEO, and Nick Califano, Chairman of the Board, of Yonkers Brewing Co.  at X20  Restaurant in downtown Yonkers in celebrating recently enacted legislation (S8140/A10728) that allows the sale of alcohol during Sunday Brunch.

This bill, recently signed by Governor Cuomo, amends and updates provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (“ABCL”) and makes related amendments to other laws in conjunction with recommendations made by the Alcoholic Beverage Working Group created by Governor Cuomo in November of 2015.

Of particular importance, this legislation facilitates the growth of the brunch and the craft beverage manufacturing industries.  The bill allows restaurants and bars to begin sales of alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. on Sundays.  In addition, restaurants and bars outside New York City can apply for up to twelve permits per year to sell alcohol between 8AM and the new permissible time of 10AM, to allow for special events like international soccer tournaments.

“This bill modernizes and simplifies our alcohol control laws, and will allow Yonkers’ restaurants and bars and those throughout New York to expand into the brunch market,” said Assemblymember Shelley Mayer.  “This is another example of the government working to make important, thoughtful changes that will facilitate economic development and ease regulatory burdens in support of small businesses.”

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “I’m always happy to find ways to bolster business and our economy. Businesses must be able to meet the demands of today’s customers, so reviewing and updating state laws to help them thrive is good business for everyone. These establishments, like so many others, are integral to our local and state economies. Undoubtedly, these changes will bolster economic growth and customer satisfaction – a good recipe.”

Peter X. Kelly, Chef Owner of X2O and The Xavier Restaurant Group stated, “This hard fought legislation will allow the hospitality industry to drive more business in NY State and entrepreneurs to better serve their communities.”

John Rubbo, CEO of Yonkers Brewing Co. shared, “We applaud the Governor and Legislature for modernizing this archaic law. This will serve as an enhancement to the lifestyle of Sunday morning brunchers and to the entire Yonkers Waterfront restaurant community.”

“Restaurants and patrons around New York are thrilled to have the Brunch Bill in effect,” said Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the NYS Restaurant Association. “Not only will it open up new revenue streams for the restaurant industry, but it will also help them meet customer demand for a popular request. We thank Governor Cuomo and all the legislators, including Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, who worked to make this a reality. Cheers!”

CALIFORNIA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION URGES APPROVAL OF QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The California Congressional Delegation will call on the Obama Administration at a press conference Wednesday morning to approve a waiver allowing undocumented immigrants to purchase unsubsidized health insurance through Covered California, the state’s health benefits exchange. If approved, California would become the first state in the nation to allow individuals and families without legal immigration status to purchase care through the state’s health exchange. 37 members of the California Congressional delegation have signed onto a letter urging the White House to approve the state’s waiver request.   

 

WHAT: Press conference in support of California’s request for an Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act.

              WHO:

·         Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chair of the House Democratic Caucus

·         State Senator Ricardo Lara, Author of the #Health4All Waiver

·         Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

·         Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

·         Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)

·         Rep. Norma Torres (CA- 35)

·         Rep. Janice Hahn (CA- 44)

·         Representative from the National Immigration Law Center

·         Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California

·         Immigrant rights advocates

WHEN:  Press conference in support of California’s request for an Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act.
WHERE: U.S. Capitol House Triangle (South side of Capitol, near the steps outside)

In an astonishing moment of increased political energy and public discussion about the state of policing, imprisonment, sentencing, and surveillance, Critical Resistance (CR) will be hosting Profiles in Abolition: The Hard Road to Abolition // Strategies to Win, a night of lively conversation featuring acclaimed scholars and powerful activists Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Mariame Kaba, Mujahid Farid, and Abraham Paulos. A limited number of press passes are available. For more information and bios of speakers, please visit www.criticalresistance.org/abolition.

 

What:     The Hard Road to Abolition // Strategies to Win

  

When:    Friday, September 16, 2016

Doors 6:00pm, Event 7:00pm

 

Where:   The New School

 The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

 66 West 12th Street

 New York, NY 10011

 

Who:      Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Mariame Kaba, Mujahid Farid, moderated by Abraham Paulos. Hosted by Critical Resistance. CR is a national organization working to end the prison industrial complex by challenge the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. Our chapter in New York City is focused on projects with the goal of closing Attica prison.

 

 
THANK YOU MOUNT VERNON DEMOCRATS

Thank you so much for your support of our campaign! Judge Nichelle Johnson won the Democratic Primary by an overwhelming margin. It would not have been possible without your vote of confidence.
We cannot thank you enough for  the work so many of you did – going across neighborhoods to knock on doors and put up yard signs. Thanks for making phone calls, hosting events, donating funds, and convincing friends and family to get out and vote. Your donations, support, prayers, efforts, time and commitment to the Keep Judge Nichelle Johnson Campaign are appreciated.
Once again, thank you and we look forward to your continued support on Election Day on Tuesday, November 8th.
 
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PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY: HOUSE REPUBLICANS DOWN TO THE WIRE WITH LITTLE TIME LEFT TO ADDRESS PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES, THE BUDGET AND MORE  

House Republicans are once again putting Americans at risk by recklessly dragging their feet and refusing to take adequate action to prevent gun violence or address public health emergencies, from Zika virus prevention to the Flint water crisis. Join us tomorrow with questions about Congress’s agenda.
WHO:        Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA-34)

Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Joe Crowley (NY-14)

WHEN:       Today, September 13, 10:00am ET
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Today voters will exercise their right to select a Democratic Party candidate for November’s 36th District State Senator race. Jamaal Bailey will fight hard for us so that we get our fair share from Albany. He will make sure our voices are heard and our concerns understood. Articulate and Albany savvy, he is from our neighborhood and has received the backing of most major and community based organizations within the district. A vote for Jamaal Bailey is a vote for YOU!
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Today is Election Day. Please make sure you get out and exercise your right to vote!

I look forward to being your rock solid conservative Republican Assemblywoman!

  • Fighting for the sanctity of life!
  • Fighting against taxes and out of control government spending!
  • Fighting for our Second Amendment!
  • Fighting against sanctuary cities, driver’s licenses for illegals and against Sharia law!
  • AND fighting tirelessly for YOU, seniors, veterans, taxpayers, working families, and small business owners!

Polls will be open from 6 AM – 9 PM. If you need help finding a polling location, please visit: www.elections.ny.gov.

Let’s take back our government!

God Bless,

Suzi McDonough

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During the summer I had the chance to chat with some recent college graduates who still can’t find work. It’s frustrating to have a degree from a two year or four year college, to have spent tens of thousands of dollars (or over six figures) getting a degree and then to have no job.

I’m forming a networking group of recent college graduates. This group will meet, exchange ideas about employment opportunities and strategies and reach out to some possible employers and people who could help them land a job. If your son or daughter recently graduated college and if they are still out of work, please encourage them to contact me. My e mail is pfeiner@greenburghny.com.

This initiative is a follow up to an effort I started over six years ago when I formed a job club. Over 300 people have found work as a result of this effort. I hope we will be able to help recent college graduates find meaningful job opportunities and will also invite recent graduates who have some time to volunteer their time –helping to organize this effort.

Don’t get discouraged!

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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If you are heading to lunch, can you do me a favor and vote on the way?

Polls are open today from: 6AM – 9PM.

If you need help finding a polling location, please visit: www.elections.ny.gov.

Let’s take back our government!

God Bless,

Suzi McDonough

P.S. – Early reporting suggests that low turnout by consistent Republican voters may give recently registered liberals a chance to influence the election. I need your vote!

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

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

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman reminded voters 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, September 13.  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. 

“Ensuring that all eligible voters have the ability to cast an effective ballot on Election Day is the cornerstone of our democracy,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office is here to work with the Board of Elections to resolve a wide range of issues that may come up at the ballot box, and I urge all New Yorkers to contact my office immediately if they encounter any possible improprieties.”

To determine whether you have a contested election in your election district, contact your county Board of Elections.

In New York City and the counties of Erie, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Putnam, polls open at 6 AM and close at 9 PM. In all other counties polls open at 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. That investigation is active and ongoing.

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.

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

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF “OPERATION CHILD TRACKER,” ENDING ILLEGAL ONLINE TRACKING OF CHILDREN AT SOME OF NATION’S MOST POPULAR KIDS’ WEBSITES.

Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro, And JumpStart Violated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act By Allowing Illegal Third-Party Tracking Technology At Websites For Barbie, Nick Jr., My Little Pony, American Girl, Hot Wheels, And Dozens Of Others. 

Companies Agree To Pay Penalties Totaling $835,000, Adopt Comprehensive Reforms To Protect Children From Improper Tracking.

 

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has reached settlements with Viacom, Inc., Mattel, Inc., Hasbro Inc., and JumpStart Games, Inc., resolving investigations into the companies’ violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).   

 

“Operation Child Tracker,” a two-year, first-of-its-kind investigation by the Attorney General’s office, discovered that websites operated by these companies were home to tracking technology that illegally enabled third-party vendors, such as marketers or advertising companies, to track children’s online activity in violation of COPPA.

 

The companies – whose online properties include some of the most popular children’s websites, including websites associated with Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon (Viacom); Barbie, Hot Wheels, and American Girl (Mattel); Neopets (JumpStart); and My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, and Nerf (Hasbro) – agreed to pay a combined $835,000 in penalties and implement significant reforms.

 

“Federal law demands that children are off-limits to the prying eyes of advertisers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Operation Child Tracker revealed that some of our nation’s biggest companies failed to protect kids’ privacy and shield them from illegal online tracking. My office remains committed to protecting children online and will continue our investigation to hold accountable those who violate the law by tracking children.”

“In enacting COPPA, Congress wisely provided for law enforcement by both the FTC and state attorneys general, so that there are multiple cops on the beat protecting children’s privacy,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We applaud these important actions by the New York Attorney General’s office, and appreciate their coordination with the Commission.  These settlements send a strong message to companies about the importance of complying with the COPPA Rule.”

“These important settlement agreements are the latest illustration of just how important it is for businesses, parents, and policymakers to be more vigilant about protecting the online privacy of kids and to build in privacy by design,” said Ariel Fox Johnson, Senior Policy Counsel at Common Sense Media, a recognized leader in educating families about online privacy and security. “We applaud Attorney General Schneiderman and the companies for working together to ensure these web sites no longer enable the tracking or commercial profiling of kids and hope that the settlements will bring greater awareness about steps we should all take to make sure that the online world of children is educational, fun, and also safe.”

COPPA prohibits the unauthorized collection of children’s personal information on websites directed to children under the age of 13, including the collection of information used to track a child’s movements across the web. Each of the settling companies allowed third party tracking technologies on their websites in violation of COPPA.

 

Each of the settling parties has agreed to comprehensive reforms to protect children from improper tracking in the future. These include regular electronic scans to monitor for third party tracking technologies, adopting procedures for vetting third parties’ data collection practices to ensure that they comply with COPPA, and providing notice to third parties when they are operating through a website covered by COPPA.  Three of the companies — Viacom, Mattel, and JumpStart — will also provide regular reports to the office regarding the results of their scans and pay penalties totaling $835,000. Viacom will pay $500,000; Mattel will pay $250,000; JumpStart will pay $85,000. Hasbro participated in an FTC-approved “safe harbor” program and will not pay a penalty.

 

Each of the settling companies cooperated in “Operation Child Tracker” and took remedial measures after being contacted by the Attorney General. 

 

How Targeted Advertising and Tracking Works

 

Most online shoppers have encountered advertisements for a product that seems to follow them from website to website. These advertisements are known as online behavioral advertisements or OBA, a form of targeted advertising that selects an advertisement to serve to an individual based on previously collected information about that individual, such as the individual’s Internet browsing history, demographic information, or personal interests. 

 

One of the most common tracking technologies used for OBA is the web browser cookie, a small text file sent by a website to a user’s computer and stored by the user’s web browser.  Every time the user connects to the website’s server, all of the cookies stored by that website on the user’s computer are retrieved and their values are transmitted to the server. Where a third party is integrated into many websites, cookies can be used to track a user’s browsing history across those websites; each time a user visits a website that incorporates the third party, the user’s browser will transmit information from the user’s cookie to the third party, thereby notifying the third party of the user’s visit to the website. 

 

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

 

In 1998, Congress enacted COPPA to protect the safety and privacy of young children online.  COPPA prohibits operators of certain websites from collecting, using, or disclosing personal information (e.g., first and last name, e-mail address) of children under the age of 13 without first obtaining a parent’s consent. The operators of websites directed to children under the age of 13 (a “child-directed website”) and the operators of websites that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information from a child under the age of 13 (collectively, “covered operators”) are subject to COPPA.

 

In July 2013, revised FTC regulations associated with COPPA took effect, expanding the definition of “personal information” to include persistent identifiers that can be used to recognize a user over time and across websites, such as the ID found in a web browser cookie or an Internet Protocol (“IP”) address. The revision effectively prohibits covered operators from using cookies, IP addresses, and other persistent identifiers to track users across websites for most advertising purposes, amassing profiles on individual users, and serving online behavioral advertisements on COPPA-covered websites.  Covered operators can, however, use persistent identifiers to support the internal operations of a website. 

 

Websites are strictly liable for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by independent third parties that are allowed to operate through their websites.   The FTC found that strict liability was necessary in light of the “complex infrastructure of entities” often found operating on websites that have the opportunity to collect personal information from children.  The FTC concluded that the operator of the website should be accountable because it “is in the best position to know which plug-ins it integrates into its site, and is also in the best position to give notice and obtain consent from parents.” Indeed, absent the strict liability standard, “there would be no incentive for child-directed content providers to police their sites or services, and personal information would be collected from young children, thereby undermining congressional intent.” 

 

Operation Child Tracker

 

Operation Child Tracker is a first of its kind investigation into illegal online tracking of young children in violation of COPPA.  The investigation examined the most popular children’s websites for unauthorized tracking. The office found that four website operators, Viacom, Mattel, JumpStart, and Hasbro, had allowed third party tracking on their websites prohibited by COPPA. The office’s findings regarding each of the individual website operators are summarized below.

 

Viacom

Viacom operates the Nick Jr. website, at www.nickjr.com, and the Nickelodeon website, at www.nick.com. The Nick Jr. website features content associated with animated children’s shows from Viacom’s Nick Jr. television network, including “Dora the Explorer,” “Bubble Guppies,” and “Blues Clues,” which have historically been directed to children 2-5 years old and their parents.  The Nickelodeon website features content associated with animated and live-action shows from Viacom’s Nickelodeon television network, including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “Alvinnn!!!! and the Chipmunks,” which have historically been directed to children 6-11 years old. Millions of people visit the Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon websites each month.

 

The office of the Attorney General found a variety of improper third party tracking on the Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon websites.  These included the following:

 

  • Many advertisers and agencies that placed advertisements on Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon websites introduced tracking technologies of third parties that routinely engage in the type of tracking, profiling, and targeted advertising prohibited by COPPA. Viacom considered several approaches to mitigate the risk of COPPA violations from these third parties, including removing adult advertising (which was more likely to employ third party tracking technologies) from a child-directed section of the Nick Jr. website and monitoring advertisements for unexpected tracking technology using scanning software on a case-by-case basis. However, Viacom did not timely take either approach and did not implement sufficient safeguards for its users.
  • Some visitors to the homepage of the Nick Jr. website were served behavioral advertising and tracked through a third party advertising platform Viacom used to serve advertisements. Although Viacom considered the homepage of the Nick Jr. website to be parent-directed, and thus not covered by COPPA, the homepage had content that appealed to children. Under COPPA, website operators must treat mixed audience pages as child-directed. Viacom also inadvertently introduced the third party advertising platform onto another child-directed section of the Nick Jr. website for a six-week period.

Mattel

Mattel, a designer and manufacturer of toys, operated websites associated with many of its toy brands, which include Barbie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, American Girl, Max Steel, Monster High, Polly Pocket, and Thomas & Friends. In all, 26 of Mattel’s websites feature content for young children, including online games, animated cartoons, and downloadable content such as posters, computer desktop wallpaper, and pages for young children to color. Millions of people visit Mattel’s websites each month. 

 

The office of the Attorney General found that a variety of improper third party tracking technologies were present on Mattel’s child-directed websites and sections of websites. These included the following:

 

  • Mattel deployed a tracking technology supplied by a third party data broker across its Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Monster High, Ever After High, and Thomas & Friends websites.  Mattel used the tracking technology for measuring website metrics, such as the number of visitors to each site, a practice permitted under COPPA. However, the tracking technology supplied by the data broker introduced many other third party tracking technologies in a process known as “piggy backing.” Many of these third parties engage in the type of tracking, profiling, and targeted advertising prohibited by COPPA. 
  • A tracking technology that Mattel deployed on the e-commerce portion of the American Girl website, which is not directed to children or covered by COPPA, was inadvertently introduced onto certain child-directed webpages of the American Girl website. 
  • Mattel uploaded videos to Google’s YouTube.com, a video hosting platform, and then embedded some of these videos onto the child-directed portion of several Mattel websites, including the Barbie website. When the embedded videos were played by children, it enabled Google tracking technologies, which were used to serve behavioral advertisements.

JumpStart

JumpStart, a developer of educational and entertainment software and websites for children, operates the Neopets website, which it acquired in April 2014. The website enables users to create and care for cartoon virtual pets. Pet owners play simple animated games to earn points, which can be redeemed for virtual food, clothing, and gear for their pets. 

 

Visitors to the Neopets website can navigate the site and play games with or without an account. Users that choose to register an account must provide a date of birth during the account registration process. As of the end of 2014, there were several million registered accounts that belonged to users under the age of 13. 

 

The office of the Attorney General found that several improper third party tracking technologies were present on the Neopets website, both for logged-in users under the age of 13 and users who were not logged-in. These included the following:

 

  • JumpStart failed to configure the advertising platform used to serve ads on the Neopets website in a manner that would comply with COPPA. As a result, users under the age of 13 were served behavioral advertising and tracked through the advertising platform. 
  • JumpStart integrated a Facebook plug-in into the Neopets website. Facebook plug-ins are integrated into many websites and allow Facebook to track users across the Internet. Facebook uses the tracking information for serving behavioral advertising, among other things, unless the website operator notifies Facebook with a COPPA flag that the website falls is subject to COPPA. JumpStart did not notify Facebook that the Neopets website was directed to children.

Hasbro

Hasbro, a producer of toys and games, operated websites associated with many of its popular toy brands, which include My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, Nerf, and Transformers. Many of these websites featured content for young children, including online games, animated cartoons, and downloadable content such as posters and pages for young children to color. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Hasbro’s websites each month.

 

The office of the Attorney General found that several improper third party tracking technologies were present on Hasbro’s child-directed websites and sections of websites. These included the following:

 

  • Hasbro engaged in an advertising campaign that tracked visitors to the Nerf section of Hasbro’s website in order to serve Hasbro advertisements to those same users as they visited other websites at a later time, a type of online behavioral advertising prohibited by COPPA known as “remarketing.” 
  • Hasbro integrated a third-party plug-in into many of its websites, that allowed users to be tracked across websites and introduced other third parties that engaged in the type of tracking, profiling, and targeted advertising prohibited under COPPA.

 

It is important to note that Hasbro participated in a safe harbor program. A website operator that complies with the rules of an FTC-approved safe harbor program is deemed in compliance with COPPA.  However, safe harbor programs rely on full disclosure of the operator’s practices and Hasbro failed to disclose the existence of the remarketing campaign through the Nerf website. 

 

Settlement Agreements Require Comprehensive Reforms

 

Viacom, Mattel, JumpStart, and Hasbro have each entered into settlement agreements with the office of the Attorney General requiring them to adopt comprehensive reforms.  These include the following:

  • Conducting regular electronic scans to monitor for unexpected third party tracking technologies that may appear on their children’s websites.  Three of the companies, Viacom, Mattel, and JumpStart will provide regular reports to the office regarding the results of the scans.
  • Adopting procedures for vetting third parties before they are introduced onto their children’s websites to determine whether and how the third parties collect, use, and disclose, and allow others to collect, use, and disclose, personal information from users.
  • Providing notice to third parties that collect, use, or disclose personal information of users with information sufficient to enable the third parties to identify the websites or sections of websites that are child directed pursuant to COPPA.
  • Updating website privacy policies with either (a) information sufficient to enable parents and others to identify the websites and portions of websites that are directed to children under COPPA or (b) a means of contacting the company so that parents and others may request such information. 

 

Lessons from Operation Child Tracker

 

The investigation revealed that website operators have not done enough to ensure that their children’s websites are free of improper third party tracking technologies. For example:

 

  • Website operators are not sufficiently vetting advertisers, advertising networks and other third parties that they allow on their websites to determine whether third parties collect personal information from users or allow others to do so.
  • Website operators are not monitoring their websites for unexpected third party tracking technologies that are inadvertently introduced or piggy-back off of other third parties.  
  • Website operators are having difficulty keeping up with rapidly changing ad technology to ensure COPPA compliance.

 

This case was handled by Bureau of Internet and Technology Assistant Attorney General Jordan Adler, Deputy Bureau Chief Clark Russell, Bureau Chief Kathleen McGee, and Director of Special Projects Vanessa Ip. The Bureau of Internet and Technology is overseen by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Manisha M. Sheth.

 

 

 

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MAYOR MIKE SPANO, YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO RECOGNIZE ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH WITH PLEDGE 182 CAMPAIGN AT SCHOOL 25.

 

Mayor Spano and Superintendent Dr. Quezada to Ask Students to Pledge to Attend the 182-Day School Year.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada, School 25 Principal JoAnn DiMaria and School 25 students, parents, teachers and staff will recognize Attendance Awareness Month at an assembly on Thursday, September 29 at 1:30 pm at School 25 in Yonkers (Auditorium, 579 Warburton Avenue). School 25 currently has the lowest attendance rate of the 41 Yonkers Public Schools.

 

The Mayor and Superintendent will announce the Pledge 182 campaign, asking Yonkers students to commit to attending school every day and on time. Research shows that students who miss 10% of the school year (18 days or 2 days per month) are not as academically successful through their school years and have a more difficult time graduating.


 


Attached is a copy of the Yonkers City Council Agenda for Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

 

Regards,

 

 

Mike Ramondelli

Deputy City Clerk

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Greetings,
Please join us on Monday for a press conference with Mayor Spano to announce a Bank of America grant to fund community engagement around the Yonkers Greenway in an area that is hungry for revitalization.
Details attached.
All the best,
Holly
Holly Malekian, Director of Development
Groundwork Hudson Valley
22 Main Street
Yonkers, NY  10701
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Please be advised that a Budget Committee Meeting has been scheduled ‎for Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Yonkers‎ ‎City Hall, 4th floor.‎

 

Agenda Items:

 

  1. Resolution approving an agreement between the City of Yonkers and the Local 456, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (White Collar Unit). (Negative Fiscal Impact)

 

  1. Any additional items that may properly come before this Committee.

 

 

Nerissa D. Peña

Second Deputy City Clerk

City of Yonkers

CITY OF YONKERS TO ACCEPT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” COMMUNITY CHALLENGE.

 

Mayor Spano, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada to Announce Yonkers’ Participation in National Mentoring Initiative Targeting Young Men of Color.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, along with the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, in collaboration with Dr. Jim Bostic of the Nepperhan Community Center and Yonkers Thrives will accept President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) Community Challenge Wednesday, September 21 at 10AM at Lincoln High School (375 Kneeland Ave.)  and implement a cradle-to-college and career mentoring program for young men of color in Yonkers.

 

Over 200 young men of color from eight Yonkers Public Schools, CNN Law Analyst Matthew Horace, New York State Regent Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr., Yonkers police and fire officers as well as former professional athletes including Track and Field Olympian Erison Hurtault, NFL star Ray Rice, former NBA player and NBA Player Association President Mel Davis, former NBA players Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Lowes Moore and John Starks will join city officials and community partners for the announcement.

 

My Brother’s Keeper initiative addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the City of Yonkers joins with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations across the country that are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class. 

For Immediate Release:  YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO HOST SATELLITE TAX OFFICES AT THREE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE CITY.

Residents Can Pay City Taxes and Visit with the Mayor’s Constituent Services Staff on September 27 at Will Library, September 28 at Homefield House and September 29 at Coyne Park.

YONKERS, NY – September 20, 2016 Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that he will again launch the Mayor’s Satellite Tax Office on Tuesday, September 27 at Will Library (1500 Central Park Avenue), Wednesday, September 28 at Homefield House (911 Saw Mill River Road) and Thursday, September 29 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 Thursday, October 6, 2016.

 

“Paying your City taxes is mandatory but the experience doesn’t have to be challenging. We’ve made a concentrated effort to make City Hall more accessible so residents can have a more enjoyable experience, said Mayor Mike Spano.

 

For those residents who prefer to pay their tax bills at City Hall, Mayor Spano is once again offering a one-stop shop for residents at City Hall, as well as  expanded visitor parking at the City Hall parking garage to include dozens of new parking spaces and one-hour parking.

 

The City Clerk, Cashier’s Office and Assessor’s Office are all conveniently located on the 1st floor of City Hall, allowing constituents to pay their taxes, water bills, obtain birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, dog licenses and other permits in one easy location.

 

“City government belongs to the taxpayers and we want the experience here to be a positive one,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Our main goal here at City Hall is that our residents, especially our seniors, will have a more productive overall experience.”

 

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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAYOR SPANO TO OFFICIALLY SWEAR IN MEMBERS TO THE YONKERS AFRICAN AMERICAN ADVISORY BOARD.

Yonkers, NY – September 14, 2016Mayor Mike Spano today announced the re-launching of the African American Advisory Board (AAAB), as eight members will be officially sworn into the AAAB this evening at Yonkers City Hall.  The 5:30 pm ceremony, that will take place in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall, will be followed by a public meeting between the Advisory Board and Mayor Spano.

“I’m honored to recognize these eight individuals as the African Advisory Board expands during such an important time in our society,” said Mayor Spano.  “These passionate members of our community have the ability to lead positive initiatives in our city and are committed to mentoring the younger African Americans in Yonkers for the future as well.”

The Advisory Board’s three committees include Education, Employment and Safety. The AAAB has helped advocate for Mayor Spano’sRebuild Yonkers Schools” campaign, have been extremely active in the water testing of Yonkers Public Schools and an active partner in the Yonkers Police Departments’ National Night Out community event.

“As Chair of this Advisory Board, I want to see that the AAAB put forth every effort possible to assist the Mayor in bridging any gaps, mending any wounds and address the needed issues that the African American have encountered while living in Yonkers. While education, safety, and employment are our focus, we want be enlightened on all of the community’s concerns,” said AAAB Chairwoman, Renee Milligan. 

The ceremony will swear in the following AAAB members: Renee Milligan, Chair; Dwanita M. Crosby, Vice-Chair; Andrea Brown; Diana Brown-Temple; Karen Schullere; Kevin Morton; Deborah Baker and Sandy Amoyaw.

The Mayor’s African American Advisory Board (AAAB) was established in January of 2014, with the goal to connect with the community leaders of the City of Yonkers and hear the issues that affect their constituent’s quality of life. In Yonkers, the African American community represents the 3rd largest ethnic group. As a result, the AAAB was created so that the African American community could express themselves and have a true platform within the city.  

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MAYOR SPANO AND YONKERS POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT DONATED BIKES FROM “MAYOR MIKE’S YOUTH BIKES DRIVE” TO NORTH YONKERS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano along with the Yonkers Police Department will present 14 bikes, collected from “Mayor Mike’s Youth Bikes Drive” to the North Yonkers Boys & Girls Club, Monday, September 12 at 11:30 am at 223 Ridge Ave. The bikes, for boys and girls ages 5-13 years of age, will be donated to children in need.

 

Launched in 2012, the bike drive has collected and distributed dozens of bikes, helmets, locks and other equipment to Yonkers children in need. To donate to the Mayor’s bike drive, residents are encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Department Community Affairs Division at (914) 377-7375.

 

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MAYOR SPANO AND YONKERS POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT DONATED BIKES FROM “MAYOR MIKE’S YOUTH BIKES DRIVE” TO NORTH YONKERS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano along with the Yonkers Police Department will present 14 bikes, collected from “Mayor Mike’s Youth Bikes Drive” to the North Yonkers Boys & Girls Club, Monday, September 12 at 11:30 am at 223 Ridge Ave. The bikes, for boys and girls ages 5-13 years of age, will be donated to children in need.

 

Launched in 2012, the bike drive has collected and distributed dozens of bikes, helmets, locks and other equipment to Yonkers children in need. To donate to the Mayor’s bike drive, residents are encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Department Community Affairs Division at (914) 377-7375.

 

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MAYOR MIKE SPANO & THE CITY OF YONKERS TO COMMEMORATE THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 AT TWO REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES SUNDAY, SEPTEMEBER 11.

 

At Yonkers 9/11 Waterfront Memorial at 8:30 AM;

At Conor Park’s 9/11 Monument at 7:00 PM

 

Mayor Mike Spano will join members of the Yonkers community at two events on Sunday, September 11 to remember and honor the 26 Yonkers residents who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

 

The City is hosting two memorials on Sunday. The first event will be adjacent to the Yonkers 9/11 Waterfront Memorial (Water Grant St.) and the second event will take place at Conor Park – where the City dedicated a monument derived from a 38-foot, 4,000 lb. piece of World Trade Center steel.

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO AND YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT TO SWEAR IN NEWLY PROMOTED OFFICERS.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano joins Yonkers Fire Department Commissioner Robert Sweeney on today, September 6 at 1:30PM in the Ceremonial Courtroom at Yonkers City Hall for the promotions and swearing in of an Assistant Chief, two Captain and two Lieutenants.

Don’t Miss It!  September 10th is going to be Incredible! Read about the 25 Bands, the Exhibitions, Shows, Food, Special Kids Entertainment and so much more in this Email Countdown Series!

You and Your Family are Invited!
Westchester’s Largest FREE Festival
25 Live Bands Including Scott Helman, Brand Nubian and Tito Puenté Jr., Free Children’s Music and Activities, Environmental Exhibitions, Clearwater Sloop and Science Barge Tours, Free Bouncy Castles and Slides, Animal Show, Art Exhibits, Free Kayaking, Fashion Show, International Cuisines, Craft Vendors, and So Much More!
Bring the Kids!
For families with kids, Riverfest will offer lots of special fun! There will be a separate children’s area and stage near our environmental education center, the Science Barge. The children’s stage will feature world class Grammy nominated singers including Billy Kelly, the Popups and Joanne Leeds and the Nightlights.
There will also be a bouncy castles, slides, games and even an animal show featuring unique exotic creatures of all kinds hosted by The Outraghiss Pets Animal Show and all are completely FREE! 
 
Click here to see the day’s schedule of performers:

Riverfest Schedule

Come for the music, the exhibitions, the shows, the classic cars, and the food. Come with the kids and the whole family. Experience the best Yonkers has to offer. You will be happy you did! 
A Fun FREE Festival For The Whole Family!
For more information, visit the Yonkers Riverfest website:
For more Information about all the great things to see and do in Downtown Yonkers:
A note about Riverfest and Our Sponsors
The Riverfest, located in historic Downtown Yonkers truly represents the diversity of the city, with its multitude of ethnicities and residents of all ages.  The Riverfest provides a unique opportunity to benefit the local community through increased access to green space, art, music, and family entertainment. Riverfest represents the best of Yonkers and its sponsors. This 24th Annual Riverfest is presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID in cooperation with Mayor Mike Spano and The City of Yonkers. Presented by Domino Sugar. Riverfest is only possible due to the support of our many generous sponsors, including Gold and Silver level sponsors St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Houlihan Lawrence of Yonkers, Mill Creek, Sound Associates, and C+C Apartment Management.  Other wonderful sponsors include ArtsWestchester, LWS Homecare, Con Edison, 66 Main, PFK O’Connor Davies, Dolphin Restaurant, Liberty Lines, Smith Buss & Jacobs, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Hudson Park/Strategic Capital, Rising Development, NY Inflatables, and UnitedHealthCare

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

Click here to learn more about the Yonkers Downtown BID and all the great things going on.

Zuppa Restaurant: Delectable Modern Italian Cuisine, Impeccable Service.

Zuppa’s beautifully appointed Main Dining Room
Today’s focus is  Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge.
Opened in 2003, Zuppa was one of the first projects to spark the re-development of Yonkers’ Downtown Waterfront District. Owner, Robert Leggio created Zuppa out of the old Gazette Newspaper’s press warehouse.
Zuppa’s is a white table-clothed Italian restaurant that you will remember forever.  Their cuisine is Italian featuring a refined collection of dishes that have inspired them during their growth with the emphasis on enjoyment, taste and pairings.  The interior has a warm Southern Italian inspired decor set amongst 100+ year old brick walls, 14 foot ceilings and original wood floors.  The first dining room houses an extraordinary bar, home to hundreds of liquors, an artisinal beer collection, 25 wines by the glass and nightly working mixologists.  The second dining room is surrounded by an art collection featuring local artists.  Guests are served by their well trained staff and supervised by a nightly working sommelier.
Larger Parties Can Experience Dining in Zuppa’s Intimate Wine Cellar
The third dining room is in their wine cellar.  Dine in a private room surrounded by a 2,500 bottle collection and flickering candles.  Anywhere you happen to be while in Zuppa, you will enjoy your experience.  Their  promise is to make your time at Zuppa Restaurant memorable.

They are the winners of many awards which speaks volumes about what you can expect from this amazing restaurant: Westchester Magazine “Restaurant of the Decade”; Intown Magazine: 5 Stars “Wow”; Westchester Magazine: Best modern Italian restaurant; New York Times: Very Good (Twice);  Zagat: 22 service 24 food 22 decor; Wine Spectator: Award of Excellence (Twice)

Zuppa Restaurant is located at 59-61 Main Street, Yonkers, NY 10701 in the historic Gazette Building.  They are open for dining MondayThursday 11:30am-10:00pm, Friday 11:30am-11:00pm, Saturday 5:30-11:00pm, and Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm.

Looking for a Wonderful Place to hold a Private Party?
Zuppa’s philosophy is to treat every one of your guests as if they were dining individually. They have many different options for parties. Not only do they help you select your menu, wine choices, flowers, entertainment, and cake, but they also have many rooms to choose from to accomodate from 10 to 150 people. Their Special Events Managers Nando Paterra, Edi Dedi and Robert Leggio have planned some of the most premier parties in Westchester. Whatever the event, they will assist with all the details and be part of your special day from start to finish. They also specialize in both wine & beer pairings for smaller groups.
For more about Zuppa Restaurant or to
call for reservations:
For more about Downtown Yonkers and all of the great restaurants, bars and events visit:
 
                                 YonkersDowntown.com
This Restaurant Spotlight is brought
to you by the Yonkers Downtown BID. 
The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY is a 501©(3) non-profit organization created in 2002. The BID was formed to build working partnerships, encourage investment, and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers Downtown.
It works to promote and implement economic revitalization initiatives and increase the quality of life for all those in Downtown Yonkers. It promotes and preserves the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests while mobilizing public and private resources for these purposes. www/yonkersdowntown.com

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YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO DISTRIBUTE OVER 600 BACKPACKS TO SCHOOL 13 STUDENTS AT 5th ANNUAL “BACKPACK TO SCHOOL” DRIVE.

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada, Board of Education Trustees and parents and students of Yonkers Public Schools for the 5th Annual Backpack to School Drive Wednesday, August 31 at 12:00 pm at School 13 (195 McLean Ave, Yonkers).

 

The Mayor will distribute donated backpacks and school supplies received through the Backpack to School Drive to Yonkers families in need. Backpacks and supplies were donated by Heavenly Productions, Empire City Casino, Access Bag N’ Pack and Yonkers residents.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAYOR MIKE SPANO & CITY OF YONKERS ANNOUNCE PLAN TO DEAL WITH DEMOLITION OF HAAS MURALS.

 

Yonkers, NY – August 26, 2016 — Faced with the owner’s determination to demolish two adjoining buildings that house one of the three landmarked Richard Haas murals in downtown Yonkers, Mayor Mike Spano today announced that the City is taking steps that would allow it to  reproduce it adjacent to their original location.

“We will not allow the essence of these historic murals to be lost to Yonkers, especially now as our downtown undergoes an artistic, residential and commercial renewal,” Spano said.

At issue are buildings at 36 and 38 Main Street, on which one of the three panels of the mural are painted. Although the City landmarked the murals earlier this year, the owner has submitted an engineering report indicating the buildings are unsafe and has applied for demolition permits. “Due to lack of maintenance by the owner over the years, the City is forced to accept that the buildings are unsafe, and that the demolition must proceed,” said Spano, adding, “But we are developing a plan to keep the legacy of these murals alive.”

Earlier this month, the City contracted with the renowned Acheson Doyle Architects to undertake an assessment of the options for preserving and/or replicating the mural on 36 Main Street.  As a result, the City recently commissioned a high-resolution photograph of the mural so it could be precisely reproduced. “We are now identifying where we could reproduce the murals, using the photographs as a basis,” said Spano.

Possibilities, he explained, would be for the reproductions to be painted on a wall erected on land the city owns adjacent to the existing buildings, or to reproduce the murals on other buildings in the area in cooperation with other building owners or developers.

Spano said he recently met with Richard Hass, the renowned artist and Yonkers resident who created the murals in 1997, to outline the City’s efforts.

“Yonkers has been extremely fortunate to have Richard Haas as a resident,” said Mayor Spano, adding, “He is foremost among the many artists who are bringing about an arts revival in Yonkers. We are so grateful to have had his murals as part of our downtown for nearly twenty years. While we are disappointed the current building owners have not worked to preserve the original artworks by maintaining the structures, we are hopeful we can create reproductions that will be every bit as inspirational as the originals.”

 

A special FREE family presentation of 

HOOK, LINE & SINKER: STAGE PUPPET SHOW.
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 . 7:00pm
The Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB).
35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY.  Rain or Shine

HOOK, LINE & SINKER: Fishing the Hudson River harnesses the power of mask and puppet theater to peer beneath the surface and explore the Hudson’s dual identity as prolific natural ecosystem, and PCB-contaminated Superfund site. www.armofthesea.org.  Download info here.

Performance sponsored by the Hudson River Fish Advisory Outreach, a program of the NYS Dept. of Health. For more information contact the Yonkers Downtown BID at 914-969-6660, info@yonkersdowntown.com or www.YonkersDowntown.com
Friday Night Jazz, Blues & More on the Waterfront – Season Finale.  August 26th, 6:30pm.
 
THE JT PROJECT
The JT Project is a musical collective, incorporating the most talented jazz and soul musicians in New York City. Their latest single “Overdrive ferociously climbed upBillboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts to #1 earlier this summer.
Friday, August 26th, 2016. 6:30-8:00pm.  Rain or Shine
Yonkers Downtown Watefront, 1 Pierpointe St., Yonkers, NY

More Events Coming Soon

A Special finale to our kids summer events series with a DJ Dance Party.  August 27th, 4-5pm, Van Der Donck Park, Yonkers.

The biggest, free family festival in Westchester County.  25 Live music performances and so much more. September 10th.

Closing reception for “Artists Walk N Talk” Exhibition.  August 27th, 3:30pm.  13 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, NY

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a great summer! Time continues to fly by and we continue to cheer on Team USA. While out and about this week, I ran into two of my very good friends, State Senator Terrence Murphy and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. The Senate Majority has worked closely with our Council Majority here in Yonkers and they have been instrumental in delivering additional funding to our schools by ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment and approving the Rebuild Yonkers Schools program.

Senator Murphy and I also stand together in our opposition to the Coast Guard’s proposal to create sixteen new barge anchorages in the Hudson River. These long-term “parking spaces” for commercial barges include ten sites in Yonkers where several vessels could attach to moorings or drop anchor.
Yonkers was one of the first municipalities to come out against the proposed rule. On Monday, I will join Senator Murphy and environmental groups to cite why the proposal should be rejected.
I recently sent a letter to the Coast Guard expressing my opposition. You are encouraged to weigh-in on the proposal during the public comment period, which ends on September 7th. You can express your thoughts to the Coast Guard by clicking here.
Board of Education Vacancy
Trustee Curtis Kendrick has resigned from the Yonkers Board of Education. This week the Mayor announced a public search to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education, which is the official policy making body of the School District.

Qualified and committed Yonkers residents can apply for the new vacancy online by visiting www.yonkersny.gov. The Board of Ed is striving to provide the best in quality education for our children.The Yonkers Thrives Executive Committee will serve as a blue ribbon panel and review all submissions. Once the Executive Committee reviews all candidates, the team will gather a list of qualified applicants and provide it to the Mayor, who will then appoint the new board member.

I would like to thank Trustee Kendrick for his years of service and dedication to the Yonkers Public Schools during his time as a Trustee.

Curb Appeal Awards
Yonkers is home to numerous beautiful homes, both historic and modern. Each year, the City holds its Curb Appeal Awards, to recognize the hard work and dedication of individual homeowners and showcase Yonkers’ beautiful homes and neighborhoods to the region and beyond.

If you want to nominate a homeowner who has taken pride in their home and pride in Yonkers for the Curb Appeal Awards, you can do it online by clicking here. As part of their citywide recognition, homeowners will be given a sign for their property, recognizing their distinction.

There are three Curb Appeal categories and nominations should be submitted by September 9. To see more information about past winners, please click here.

Rail Bike Trail

The trail along the former Getty square spur of the New York and Putnam Railroad that is being created by Groundwork Hudson Valley is nearly complete. You can read more about the exciting project here.

Groundwork is working with the City of Yonkers to create an urban trail for walking, running, and bicycling along the abandoned railroad branch. This “RailTrail” will eventually stretch from New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park to the downtown Yonkers’ waterfront, reinvigorating the neighborhoods that declined after the “Old Put” stopped running.

Groundwork has led an extensive community engagement process involving residents, community and business leaders, and government officials in planning and design decisions. The RailTrail will improve access to local businesses and parks, promote physical activity to combat obesity, and connect with transit and other trails.

In addition to the City of Yonkers, key funders of the effort are the Westchester Community Foundation, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Brownfields, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Impact 100 Westchester, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Local stakeholders include St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers (MHACY), Manhattan College Kinesiology Department, Living Transformation, Steppin’ Up Yonkers, and the South Broadway BID.
Upcoming Events
 
8/20/16 – Hands on Nature & Hudson River Family Seining – CURB 35 Alexander St. – 11am – 4pm
8/20/16 – Visit the Science Barge – 99 Dock St. – 12pm – 6pm
8/20/16 – Belly Dance Class – Riverfront Library – 3:30pm – 4:30pm
8/20/16 – Riverwalk Children’s Entertainment Series featuring the Two by Two Animal Show – Van Der Donck Park – 4pm – 5pm
8/20/16 – Family Studio Art & Science Projects – Hudson River Museum – 1pm – 4pm
8/20/16 – Free Star Show – Hudson River Museum – 7pm
8/20/16 – Hudson River Museum presents: So Please You – Hudson River Museum Amphitheater – 8pm
8/21/16 – 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence Day – St. Michael’s Church – 10am – 12:30pm
8/21/16 – Family Studio Art Projects – Hudson River Museum – 1pm – 4pm

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or complaints, you can contact my office by calling (914) 377-6060.
Gratefully,
Liam J. McLaughlin
914-377-6060
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Movies on Main StreetJoin us tomorrow for a trip down the Yellow Brick Road with “The Wizard of Oz.”  Don’t miss this opportunity to see a classic film outdoors on the big screen.

 

  • What:Movies on Main Street: The Wizard of Oz
  • When:Tuesday, July 21st, 8:00pm
  • Where:86 Main Street, Yonkers
  • Who:The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, community members and families.  All press are welcome to attend and take photos!

 

Riverwalk Wednesdays Join the Mad Science performers as they bring some interactive science experiments with Yonkers children of all ages!  This opportunity will help our children’s experience with STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grow.

 

  • What:Riverwalk Wednesday: Mad Science
  • When:Wednesday, July 22nd, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Where:Van Der Donck Park, 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers
  • Who:The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, community members and families.  All press are welcome to attend and take photos!

 

Friday Night Jazz

Our classic Friday Night Jazz events continue this Friday with a Yonkers favorite, Ainsile Street Vibes. Brooklyn based jazz group, these trendy performers will keep the crowd moving with their dynamic mix of jazz, latin, salsa, and classical repertoire.

  • What:Friday Night Jazz: Ainslie Street Vibes
  • When:Friday, July 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Where:71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers
  • Who:The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, community members and families.  All press are welcome to attend and take photos!

Latest Update On Recovery Efforts

REMINDER: 6PM HALLOWEEN CURFEW HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENING 
Be Aware of Impersonators and Price Gouging
 
Due to the impact of Sandy with down trees, impassable roads and dangerous dangling powers lines, I strongly urge parents to postpone their children’s trick or treating activities to Saturday when it will be safer to be out on the streets. In addition, I have imposed a mandatory curfew from 6PM this evening to 6AM tomorrow morning for all under 18 years of age.

 

Let me be clear, it is simply unsafe to have our children out on the streets tonight. This is a public safety matter, however if you insist on celebrating Halloween this evening, please exercise caution and common sense.

 

On another note, residents are advised not to allow any unknown personnel into their homes. As always, please take steps to verify identification before allowing anyone on your property and call Yonkers Police if further assistance or information is needed, or to report suspicious activity.

 

Additionally, please be aware and report any instances of price gouging at gas stations. I worked with NYS Attorney General Schneiderman last year to identify and penalize a case of price gouging here at a local Yonkers gas station following Irene and am prepared to take action again to assure the full prosecution of any gas station found to be taking advantage of motorists during this very difficult time. To report price gouging please contact the Yonkers Consumer Protection Bureau HELPLINE at (914) 377-3000.

 

The City of Yonkers remains under a State of Emergency. The safety of our children and residents is our number one priority and we ask everyone to please adhere to the City’s safety tips and guidelines. We have some difficult weeks ahead in getting our city fully operational again but I have no doubt we will come out of this, as we have in the past, a stronger city.
Additional information will continue to be announced through the restoration and recovery period. Residents with questions or non-emergency concerns should contact the Mayor’s Help Line at (914) 377-HELP (4357). All emergencies should be directed to 911 emergency response.
Please be safe.
MIKE SPANO
Mayor
Important Safety Tips:

– Drive with caution/drive defensively

– Stay away from downed wires

– Stay hydrated

Check on neighbors, especially seniors and those with young children

– If you experience power loss use battery operated lighting and avoid use of candles

– Do not walk or drive through flooded areas

– Please call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED to report power outages

– Do not run extension cords between houses

– Stay tuned to TV/radio/internet for latest updates

Day 3 here we come!

So far you have helped us raise $8465 from online donations and checks in the mail!

This incredible amount of support goes to show how important equitable education funding is to all of us. And we are proud to work together with you to champion this cause.

There’s still time to support the #EdWalk — give today. Your donation will help pay for a meal for a walker, for water to keep them hydrated, or for a bed for them to sleep at night.

I’m walking because I know that all of our kids deserve a high quality public education. I will keep fighting until we achieve this goal.

This is what will keep me going for 150 miles.

But I need your help.

Donate today to the #EdWalk for CFE to ensure that every child in the state receives a quality education that will prepare them for their future.

In equity,

Maria Bautista, NYC Campaign Coordinator

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Help us raise $25K in 5 days to support the #EdWalk for

CFE!

For far too long, our students have been short changed. For more than a decade students have not been given the resources they need to succeed. This is why I will be walking with Parents, Students, Educators and Community Members 150 miles from NYC to Albany, Oct. 2- Oct 11th to send a strong message to Governor Cuomo and the Senate Republicans to stand on the right side of history and finally fully fund every school!

I’m walking because it’s the 10 year anniversary of the landmark decision for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a court case that ordered New York State to provide $5.5 billion in funding for our schools. But 10 years later schools are still owed $3.9 billion statewide!

If you can, walk with us — but if you can’t, show your support by helping to sponsor the walk. [Walk Route]

We can’t do this without you! We need your voices, your time and your support. Any donation, large or small will help us reach our goal to raise $25K in 5 days!

Help cover the cost of food, snacks and water for all of us walking, our hotel lodging in the evenings, gas and rental fees for the van escorting us on this journey and other expenses that may arise.

Help support the #EdWalk for CFE.

We start walking on Sunday, keep up with our progress by following the hashtag #EdWalk on Twitter.

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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PRESS RELEASE

Small Cities Court Decision Disregards the Needs of Upstate Students School Funding Lawsuit will Move Forward on Appeal.

Albany (September 19, 2016). Today’s ruling in Maisto v. State of New York, also known as the Small Cities Lawsuit, was met by an immediate determination by the plaintiffs’ attorneys to file an appeal of the decision regarding school funding.

While the judge in the case found that student outcomes in many of the plaintiff districts are “not acceptable,” the judge failed to address the lack of essential resources due to inadequate funding in these schools. The case involves students in the Niagara Falls, Jamestown, Utica, Kingston, Port Jervis, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Mount Vernon school districts.

The judge’s decision relied on the findings of a report issued by Governor Pataki during the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) lawsuit, decided in 2006. In that lawsuit, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled that the Pataki report provided a reasonable basis for a “determination of the costs of providing a sound basic education in New York City.” However, the Court of Appeals did not make any judgement in the CFE lawsuit about whether the report’s findings were valid for the rest of New York State.

The Pataki report recommended that the entire rest of the state receive only 25% of the funding it recommended for New York City. By contrast, the Foundation Aid formula, which was created by the Governor and Legislature in 2007 in response to the CFE court order, used the Pataki number for New York City in order to create a formula to provide proportional funding to schools in the rest of the state.

“The implication of the judge’s order is that New York City schools should be fully funded, but that it is okay to have a double-standard where schools in the rest of the state only get a small fraction of that ordered for New York City. That is simply unacceptable and is why the plaintiffs have already announced their intention to appeal this case. And by the way, the state has failed to fully fund New York City schools as ordered in CFE,” said Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education. 

“It is time for the Governor and the Legislature to finally fully fund the Foundation Aid formula. From Mount Vernon to Poughkeepsie to Utica, students in already under-resourced schools have faced devastating cuts to programs and services. The court failed to thoroughly examine these facts.”

AQE, Activists Call on U.S.D.O.E. to Investigate Success Academy

AQE led a group of parents and activists to the Department of Education on November 19th to deliver a petition to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Nearly 35,000 people signed the petition that called on Secretary Duncan to investigate the disciplinary practices being carried out by Success Academy, which regularly suspends students as early as Kindergarten. One school in the chain of charters also singled out individual students on a ‘Got to Go’ list.

AQE was joined by Color of Change, the Justice League, Million Hoodies Movement, Black Youth Power 100, New York Communities for Change, the Black Institute, Citizen Action of New York, Urban Youth Collaborative, Class Size Matters and Make the Road NY in protesting the ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ at Success Academy.

Recently, President Obama came out to condemn excessive suspensions like those used at Success Academy that unfairly target Black and Latino youth. We have to continue to fight against these practices that damage our society as a whole. AQE is asking all of its supporters to write a letter to President Obama urging him to pressure Secretary Duncan to investigate Success Academy.

Write the President now.

If they are allowed to continue these harsh disciplinary practices, the only victims will be the students.

Small City Schools Owed $1.1 Billion; Parents Await Verdict

Earlier this month, New York State’s attorneys and those representing the plaintiffs involved in Maisto vs. the State of New York lawsuit released their findings of fact.
The court documents filed in the case, known as the Small Cities lawsuit, show that both the sides concede that the eight small school districts are owed $1.1 billion. These schools have been shortchanged by the state since 2007 when the Foundation Aid Formula was put into place. This legislation called for each student in New York to have a “sound basic education.”
By leaving the schools without this money, drastic changes had to be made in those districts. Teachers were laid off, programs were cut and the students suffered.
The next step in the process is for both parties to file legal briefs, which will bring the trial to an end and allow the judge to issue her official ruling. Based on the facts found, it is hoped these schools will finally get the money they are owed and need to help their students succeed.

AQE’s Fundraiser Celebrates 3 Champions of Education

On November 5th, AQE hosted its annual Champions of Education Gala in New York City. Nearly 200 supporters filled to the UFT reception area to honor three individuals whose work in education over the past year has been tireless. Andy Pallotta of New York State United Teachers, Laura Wolff of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and Natasha Capers of the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice were all feted at the event for their dedication to ensuring each student in New York State receives a quality education.
The evening began with a great performance by the Royal Knights Marching Band, a group of students from Brooklyn. Among the speakers was Stephanie Miner, Mayor of Syracuse and first female mayor of any of New York’s big five cities, and Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers.
Thanks to all of the efforts from our supporters, AQE was able to reach its goal in order to continue its fight for students across New York. Check out our photos of the event here.

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Join Us Advocacy Day 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 12 Spend the Day in the NYS Capitol to Advocate for Your Public Schools! Click here for more information and registration

We had some important victories in 2015

Here are some highlights from the year that is coming to close:

Budget victories:

  • $1.6 billion in new school funding
  • $75 million for struggling schools
  • $30 million for Pre-K

Legislative victories:

  • Defeat of the education tax credit that would give $300 million away to private and parochial schools and their billionaire donors at the expense of taxpayers.
  • Defeat the increase in the charter school cap

More victories:

  • Exposed hedge fund billionaires who spend millions to try to take control of public schools.

Reports released:

  • Record Setting Inequality: New York’s Opportunity Gap Is Wider Than Ever
  • Children Can’t Wait: Make Quality Early Learning a Top Priority in the 2015 Enacted Budget
  • Gubernatorial Delinquency: Cuomo’s Failure to Fund New York City and New York State’s Public Schools
  • Prioritizing Equity: Lessons for Budget Negotiators from Senate and Assembly Education Budget Proposals
  • Restoring Justice in Buffalo Public Schools: Safe and Supportive Quality Education for All

Read all the details here.

We have more to fight for:

  • NYS continues to rank near the bottom in educational equality with a spending gap of $8,733 per student between rich and poor districts.
  • NYS has failed to deliver the $5 billion Campaign for Fiscal Equity funding owed to our schools.
  • In 2015 NYS created a system of receivership which uses high stakes tests to grade and punish schools and allows struggling schools in poor communities to be taken over by a receiver who is not accountable to local voters.
  • Governor Cuomo promised pre-K to every 4-year-old in NYS but has yet to deliver.

‘Education Inc.’ Screenings Go Statewide

Since September, AQE and the New York State United Teachers have been on the road screening the documentary Education Inc. From Potsdam to New York City people gathered to watch and discuss the film that highlights the story of Douglas County, CO, and how corporate money was used to upend the public school system. Those in charge of these changes exploited Douglas County for its public money while the students and teachers suffered at the hands of their own administrators.
The documentary shows the realities of charter schools and the motives that perpetuate them. These organizations lead campaigns financed by outside donors to manipulate the educational environment so that they can directly extract tax dollars. The documentary seeks to expose how charter schools were used by big business to destroy a public school system in Colorado, and warn about what could happen when these organizations are left unmonitored.
Each screening was followed by a panel discussion on education reform in New York State and how to fight against it. Panel members included AQE organizers, parents, community members and teachers on how education reform was implemented in New York State and how to fight against it.

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PRESS STATEMENT

AQE Applauds Common Core Task Force Recommendation for Moratorium on Using Tests to Grade Teachers
Calls for Moratorium on Grading and Punishing Schools Based on Tests

ALBANY (Dec. 10. 2015) — In response to the report from the Common Core Task Force, the Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement today:

“The recommendation for a moratorium on using tests to grade teachers is very important. The Governor should move forward with this plan. If the tests are not valid for grading teachers, then they are not valid for grading schools. Therefore, Governor Cuomo should also place a moratorium on top down, punitive receivership in struggling schools,” said Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. “Don’t get me wrong, significant interventions are needed in struggling schools including investment in high quality curriculum and family engagement. They also require more supports for students, such as social workers and health clinics. These strategies will work, but they must be coupled with local control. The state appears to be learning from the error of its ways. Using high-stakes testing to grade and punish teachers is wrong, so there is no justification for continuing to use these same tests to grade and punish schools.

As recommended the state re-evaluate the standards to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate. But standards are not enough, schools need a high quality curriculum that meets the needs of the whole student and this requires state investment to improve the course offerings in our neediest schools. We see it as the wealthiest schools have great curricula and poorer schools can only offer less options. In this process it is important that the state engage all the stakeholders including teachers, parents and students.”

A bill that would stabilize state funding for CUNY and SUNY is on Governor Cuomo’s desk right now. Unfortunately, it appears that the Governor will NOT sign it. Thousands of students need the Governor to sign that bill. Their education depends on it.

Please send him a message right now telling him how important it is that he sign the bill.

The “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) bill would require the State to fund predictable increases to operating costs at CUNY and SUNY for such expenses as utilities, rent and salaries.

It would ensure that tuition hikes are used to enhance education at CUNY and SUNY, rather than to offset underfunding from the State.

Governor Cuomo himself said that the tuition increases should make “it possible for public university systems to add faculty, reduce class size, expand program offerings, and improve academic performance.”

But his budgets have not funded operating cost increases, forcing CUNY and SUNY to raise tuition. This situation, dropping CUNY and SUNY into a hole of debt, is  unsustainable for students and our public universities.

We need to make sure that the Governor hears loud and clear that the people of New York expect him to sign the MOE bill. Do your part to deliver that message by sending a letter.

Thank you.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

 

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back to our community.

And there is none more deserving of your generosity than our children. With your help, all of our children, regardless of where they live or their family income, can have access to a quality education.

Every child deserves a quality education as that is the ticket to fulfillment of his or her dream. The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) works on a grassroots and legislative level to demand that New York State provides the resources needed to ensure that our children, every single one of them, can learn in public schools that brim with opportunities in a supportive and safe environment. 

But sadly, many of our public schools in New York have been starved of funding, looted by some Albany politicians who are more concerned with tax breaks for billionaires than children and their schools. As a result, many schools have been stripped of the programs and resources that will lead children to bright futures.

AQE’s organizing applies the pressure on our elected officials needed to make the difference in these schools.

Your contribution of $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 allows us to bring parents to Albany to fight for their children and their schools.

Last year, our grassroots efforts won $1.6 billion more in school funding, $75 million for struggling schools, and $30 million for Pre-K. We only succeeded because thousands of parents stood up and made their voices heard. Your contribution gives them the tools they need to succeed.

We can do even more in 2016 with your contribution today.

On #GivingTuesday, give to who really matters, our children. Invest in the future and help AQE make sure each student in New York has a chance, regardless of race, family income or zip code.

 

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day of opportunity to give back.

And there is no one more deserving of your generosity than our most vulnerable, our children in poverty.

You can help ensure they have the opportunity to get the quality education they deserve and that is their ticket to pursue their dreams.  A contribution to the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) provides the resources needed so that we continue the fight for our children, every single one of them, regardless of their community or family income, to have access to a quality education. 

Half of the children in New York State are living in poverty. Some of these children often don’t know where they will sleep or what they will eat. Their school is a haven of stability in their lives. AQE’s organizing applies the pressure on our elected officials needed to make the difference in these schools.

Sadly, so many children’s schools have been robbed of funding for decades – looted by some of Albany’s politicians who are more concerned with tax breaks for the wealthy than children in poverty. As a result, many schools have been stripped of the programs and resources that will lift these children up and lead them to a brighter future.

Your contribution of $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100 allows us to bring parents to Albany to fight for their children and their schools.

With your help, AQE will continue its battle for more resources for public schools. Last year, our grassroots efforts won $1.6 billion more in school funding, $75 million for struggling schools, and $30 million for Pre-K. We only succeeded because thousands of parents stood up and made their voices heard. Your contribution gives them the tools they need to succeed.

We can do more with your contribution on #GivingTuesday.

This #GivingTuesday give to who really matters, the students. Invest in the future and help AQE make sure each student in New York has a chance, regardless of race, family income or zip code.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

That’s right! Success Academy charter schools suspended one first grader 19 times! It is part of a pattern of suspensions that hits black students across the country four times as often as their white peers. But no one is a greater culprit than Eva Moskowitz’s privately-run Success Academy charter schools where excessive suspensions of black and Latino youth, calls to 911 on first graders and the targeting of individual students with a “Got to Go” list are part of the school culture. Yet the federal government just awarded Success Academy $13.4 million.

Many of you joined with over 33,000 of us and signed a petition calling on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to investigate Moskowitz’s school suspensions and withhold her funding until she changes her policies. Many of you have also written your members of Congress and New York Governor Cuomo about the issue. Thank you for what you have done. But more action is needed. We are gearing up for an all-out campaign focused on federal and state officials to demand that they hold Moskowitz and Success Academy accountable and we need you to help make it happen.

Act right now to help us ramp up this campaign and put the necessary pressure on federal and state officials. Your contribution now of $5, $10, $50, $250 will help to pressure US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Congress and Governor Cuomo to stop Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academy from pushing out young children.

Moskowitz has become one of the leading spokespersons nationally for a well-funded attack on public education. Hedge fund billionaires and notorious arch conservatives like Wal-Mart’s Walton family, are putting up hundreds of millions to advance this cause. By pushing out students who are academically or behaviorally challenging, Moskowitz’s Success Academy charter schools can improve their overall test scores as part of their political strategy to push a school privatization and testing agenda. Meanwhile students who are suspended or pushed out are simply pushed aside and these students are overwhelmingly black and Latino.

Across the country we are engaged in a battle to preserve public education and to ensure every student has access to a high quality education. But this promise will never be fulfilled as long as the federal government is selectively funding privately run charter schools that are pushing out students who are the most challenging academically and behaviorally.

Take action now! Your contribution will provide the grassroot financial support we need to compete with Eva Moskowitz’s and her billionaire backers. Please do not delay. Make your contribution right now!

Eva Moskowitz’s disturbing practices primarily punish students of color, demoralizing them, and often leading them to drop out of school. Students who drop out are much more likely to end up in prison. That is why it is called the school to prison pipeline!

Please do not delay! Act now.

In solidarity,
Zakiyah Ansari
Advocacy Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

The featured documentary, Education Inc., explores how public education is under attack not only here in the Empire State, but across the nation. From Colorado to Chicago to New York State, millionaires, billionaires and corporate America are leading a campaign to privatize public schools and starve them of resources. Join us Tuesday night to learn what we can do to to stop the corporate education reformers, and preserve Public Education as we know it. 

Education Inc. Documentary and Discussion

Will Public Library

 1500 Central Park Ave Yonkers, NY 

This event is free and open to the public.

7:00-9:00pm Tuesday, November 17th

From testing to privatization, we can protect our kids from the corporate ed reform agenda! Please join the conversation to discover what issues face our schools, and what we can do to stop it.

For more information, please contact chad@aqeny.org for more details. To see the trailer for Education Inc. click here.

Best,
Chad Radock
Statewide Campaign Coordinator
Alliance for Quality Education

Thank you for helping to make our annual Champions of Education celebration a rousing success. 

Your support for AQE and our champions, Natasha Capers, Andrew Pallotta and Laura Wolff, made Thursday evening a night to remember. So too did our wonderful speakers including Mayor Stephanie Miner and Randi Weingarten, presenters Robert Jackson, Bill Samuels and Karen Scharff and the invigorating Royal Knights Marching Band.

We also would like to thank all of the school children who submitted art for the event. Their beautiful drawings, that adored the venue walls, reminded us all of our purpose – to provide an enriching education to all students. And finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the winning artists, Alayna Bierly, Paige Konis, Zoe Sauve, and Justin Zhao who handed over their charming, gracefully framed works, as awards for our honorees.

Click here a slideshow of the event.

The joint effort not only made for a wonderful evening, it furthered the cause to ensure that all students in New York State receive a quality, public school education.

Of course, if you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet, please feel free to donate an amount of your choosing. Every dollar makes a difference to the children of New York State.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

November /

   Blue Door Art Center
Greetings!

Be ready to stretch, create art on an Ipad and watch a movie, all in one week!
Brush up on your creativity and be ready to share your talent with friends or new friends you make. You may be surprised at a hidden talent that’s ready to blossom.
Your friends at the Blue Door Art Center.

Community Yoga
Thursday, November 5th
7-8:00 p.m.
Be ready to stretch and breathe deeply at community yoga!
After a stressful day at work, this class will offer the opportunity to relax and reach your inner core of peace and calm.
Instructor Catherine welcomes all skill levels, from beginner to advanced.
Matts are provided. $10 at the door. Space is limited to 10 people.
Contact the gallery at 914-375-5100 to reserve your space.

Creating Art with your smartphone 
and tablet
Saturday, 
November 7th 1-2:30
Facilitated by Jean Messner, painter and digital artist
If you are an artist but may be intimidated by using technology, then you will want to attend this exciting workshop. Jean can speak from experience that she was one of those artists, intimidated by technology.                         Jean Messner’s Digital Art
She has fallen in love with her iPad
and all of the “tools” that are available to artists.
The artist tools on the iPad that will be demonstrated resemble actual artists’ tools. The first hour Jean will speak about the process and showing tablet and smartphone tools. The remaining time will be spent on demonstrations. A short question and answer will follow the demonstration.

Participants are encouraged to bring their electronic devices to follow along and are encouraged to download ArtRage app before day of workshop.

To update to the latest version:
1.  Delete app from device.
2.  In App Store reinstall ArtRage. The app will update without charge.

Participants will have the opportunity to print completed pieces at the end of each session. Each person will submit images on line and pay for prints at time of ordering. $20 BDAA members/$25 BDAA non-members.

 Chi-hwa-seon Painted Fire
 Saturday, November 7th
 Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
 Film begins at 7:00 p.m.
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Director awared, Chiwaseon is a vivid portrait of the turbulent life and times of Korea’s greatest artist. As remarkably embodied by Choi Min-sik, the temperamental, passionate brush master Jang Seung-up paints with a martial artist’s fervor while indulging a rock star’s single-minded lust for life. Amidst the tumult and destruction of nineteenth centtury Korea, “Ohwon,” as he comes to be called, fights to escape both the rigid artistic boundaries and the social fetters that would deny his low-born, unschooled genius.
Discussion follows screening.
Hosted by Arle’ Sklar-Weinstein.
$10 suggested donation. Light refreshments provided.
Quarterly Journal  Vol 2.1
Outside Inside/Self-Examination

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th

Blue Door Quarterly Journal has had a highly successful first year of publishing stimulating and richly imaginative poetry, prose and visual images, each to a specific theme.
The theme can be interpreted any way you can imagine.
We are seeking submissions from emerging and established artists/writers in the forms of: Fiction, Non-fiction, Photography, Poetry, Fine Art, Graffiti/Street Art. Each selected artists/writers will receive a free copy.
You may send in your submissions at:  http://bluedoorquarterlyjournal.submittable.com/submit.
Submission guidelines:
* Three (3) submissions per artist
* Maximum word count- 2,000
* Previously published work not accepted
* All submissions must be original work of artist
* The following formats are accepted: PDF, DOC, DOCX,
   Tiff, JPG.
* Hi-Res images at 300 dpi with minimum of 6″ only
Please include two – three sentences on how your work relates to the current theme.
Artists retain original rights to their work. However, all submissions are subject to editing by the Journal editorial staff.
Questions: Email bluedoorjournal@gmail.com.
Please have all of your files, dimensions and descriptions ready.
About Us

Blue Door Gallery presents widely attended and critically-acclaimed fine art exhibitions in a welcoming environment. BDG publishes books on many of its outstanding exhibitions and makes available the chap books of our poets.

Enjoy the “Handmade Artist’s Books” currently on display through Saturday, November 14th.

Mark on your calendar the next ArtSpeak/From Page to Performance, which will be on Saturday, November 14th at 1:30.

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
 
 

sponsor logos 2015

Not an art-maker?  Be an art-lover and supporter  You may find something that 

catches your eye and feeds your soul.
If you or your creative friends have workshop ideas or would like to share your craft,

feel free to email the gallery at info@bluedoorartcenter.org and we will respond asap.

Arle´ Sklar-Weinstein, Gallery and Art Center Director

Luis Perelman, Art Association and Art Center Director

Robin Hutchinson, Gallery Manager

Naajidah Correll, Assistant Manager

Hector Santiago, Outreach Coordinator

It’s not too late!

Tickets are still available for AQE’s 2015 Champions of Education Gala!

Come join us on this Thursday, November 5th to honor:

Natasha Capers, Coordinator at NYC Coalition for Educational Justice

Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President of The New York State United Teachers

Laura Wolff, Program Director at The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

6 p.m. Thursday at UFT, 52 Broadway, NYC

Help us celebrate these individuals and all they have done for public education.

Don’t miss out honoring their accompishments!

Right now the school-to-prison pipeline is one of the biggest issues facing our youth, especially Black, Latino, LGBTQ, and students with disabilities. Suspensions mean lost schooling for children and increased dropout rates, something that parents, researchers, and the Obama Administration have acknowledged directly fuel the school-to-prison pipeline.

This is why we’re firm in our support for Fatima Geidi, a mother who has started this petition “Tell the U.S. Department of Education to Stop Funding the Kindergarten to Prison Pipeline.” She’s bravely started this petition in order to bring necessary attention to the “zero tolerance” disciplinary codes that many charter schools practice nationwide, and that her own child suffered the brunt of in New York City’s Success Academy Charter Network.
More than 5,000 have already signed. Join them in ending funding to schools that suspend our youngest students.

Eva Moskowitz, the CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools, has become the nation’s most outspoken champions of suspending students. Bragging on suspending 5-year-olds, and claiming that it is best to “start them young,” she was recently exposed for having a “Got to Go” list of students one of her schools deemed unfit. These students were repeatedly suspended until parents felt forced to remove them. Just last year one of her schools issued 44 out-of-school suspensions to just 203 kindergarteners and first graders. Her aggressive suspension policies criminalizes Black and Latino students.

Tell Arne Duncan to stop Eva Moskowitz’s  “Got to Go” hit list.

If the Federal Government wants to stop the school-to-prison pipeline, it should take back the $13.4 million it budgeted for Success Academy this year alone.

Please join us in supporting Fatima to fight back against the injustices done against her son, and the injustice of the national government funding Success Academy and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Sign the petition to ask Secretary Duncan to conduct a civil rights investigation into this schools practices and withhold any further federal funding until these practices are removed!
In solidarity,

Zakiyah Ansari
Advocacy Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

We have a crisis across the country with school arrests and suspensions. We all were horrified to see a South Carolina police officer assault and handcuff a 16 year black student in her classroom. But the school-to-prison pipeline starts the disparate treatment of our youngest black students in school. Black children make up 18% of preschoolers, but 48% of pre-school suspensions. Overall black students are 4 times more likely than their white peers to be suspended. Latino, LGBT and special needs students are also more likely to be suspended. The data is clear suspensions lead to dropouts, which often lead to prison.

This is why I’ve started the petition “Tell the U.S. Department of Education to Stop Funding the Kindergarten to Prison Pipeline”

My 10-year-old son Jamir has faced multiple school suspensions when he was a student at Success Academy charter schools in New York City. He was routinely asked to be picked up or was suspended for minor infractions like being too emotional or not going up the school stairs in a timely manner. My son has special needs and he can act out when not provided the proper supports, but Success Academy did nothing to help him. I finally had to withdraw my son.

Tell Arne Duncan to stop the Eva Moskowitz’s Kindergarten to Prison Pipeline.

Jamir and I are not alone. On October 29th, the New York Times reported on a Success Academy “Got to Go” list of students the school wanted to get rid of. These students faced numerous suspensions as early as kindergarten and most of the parents withdrew their children as a result. Moskowitz has boasted on national TV and in a prominent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal about her harsh discipline policies including her suspension of kindergarteners. Last year one of her schools issued 44 out-of-school suspensions to just 203 kindergarteners and first graders.

Join me to in stopping funding to Eva Moskowitz’s Kindergarten to Prison Pipeline.

But because Moskowitz has the backing of hedge fund billionaires who use their political muscle to buy influence for her and other zero tolerance charter schools in Washington, D.C., nothing is being done about it. In fact Eva Moskowitz has used her political connections to rake in over $37 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education. She was just awarded $13.4 million of $335 million that the Department awarded to charter schools across the country. If the U.S. Department of Education is going continue to fund Eva Moskowitz’s zero tolerance charter schools in New York, then they will turn a blind eye to zero tolerance charter schools across the country.

We cannot allow the U.S. government to fund a kindergarten to prison pipeline. That is why I joined with the Alliance for Quality Education and the Urban Youth Collaborative to ask you to send this petition to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calling on him to stop funding the Kindergarten to prison pipeline.

Fatima GeidiParents, AQE Take on Receivership Regulations

New York State has implemented a new law, known as receivership, aiming at improving “persistently struggling schools.” The new legislation calls for the schools to engage parents and the community to create plans for improvement. Concerned parents, Dionne McNeil of New York City, Ivette Alfonso of Albany and Beverly Usher of Rochester, along with AQE’s Executive Director Billy Easton, testified in front of the Assembly Education Committee about the law. The parents and Easton fear that the state’s top-down approach will not lead to improving struggling schools. They also stated that this law does not allow for enough time for schools to meaningfully engage parents and the community, does not include adequate funding for all struggling schools and does not ensure that proven-to-work strategies such as community schools are a requirement from day one. The state’s logic is that extra funding and monitoring these schools will help them to perform better, but the state has given the schools minimal time to develop these plans over the summer. Easton, parents, and others on the AQE staff also met with State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on receivership. They repeated their concerns raised in the testimony about the top-down approach to improving schools. They asked SED to ensure meaningful participation of parents and the community and enough funding so that each struggling school will be set up for success, not failure.AQE’s Billy Easton Seizes Podium After Eva Moskowitz’ Non-Announcement

Earlier this month, Success Academy’s Eva Moskowitz took the time to announce she is not running for mayor of New York City in 2017. There was speculation that Moskowitz would challenge the current mayor Bill de Blasio, but she quickly ruled that out.

After Moskowitz finished her announcement, Billy Easton, the Executive Director of AQE, took the opportunity to seize the podium. He was critical of Moskowitz, arguing that her press conference was a ‘non-announcement’ and criticizing her for being funded by billionaires and acting as a “stalking horse” to forward their agenda. Bertha Lewis, President of the Black Institute also took to the podium with Easton, saying that while Moskowitz was a city council member, she never tried to fight the issues of failing schools and is simply trying to push her own political agenda. This comes days after Moskowitz and her Families for Excellent Schools released a racist TV ad that depicted a black boy who has no future and a white boy who will succeed in school and go to college. AQE and other organizations demanded the video be taken off the air.AQE and Coalition Support Reforms of School Discipline

AQE and coalition support reforming school discipline laws in New York. The current laws do not take factors like age, environment, and prior history into account. Currently students as young as Kindergarten can be suspended for nonviolent behaviors, like violating the dress code and tardiness. AQE joined a press conference to announce the introduction of the bill that would reform current laws to protect students and end the school-to-prison pipeline sponsored by Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan. Former Chief Justice of New York State Judith Kaye and Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan who spoke at the press event, stated that the bill would create a more positive environment in schools that discourages the threat of these harsh penalties, and wants to use them as a last possible resort. The Nolan bill also seeks to reform the current policies for students who are suspended, requiring notices to be sent to parents in the language that best suits them, as well as reforming the process for these students when they are kept out of school. These students should still have access to outside of the classroom education while they are suspended. Their ability to learn should not be compromised by the school’s decision to suspend them.

AQE and NYSUT Protest Campbell Brown Appearance by Land, Air and Sea

FORUM ON EDUCATIONAL INEQUALITY
Westchester for Change hosts forum with featured speaker
New York State Regent, Judith JohnsonDate: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Place: The Ethical Culture Society of White Plains, 7 Saxon Woods Road, White Plains

The greatest education reforms in our country have been born when society is galvanized by questions of moral importance. American public schools were once the vehicle that provided access to the concept of economic mobility. Public schools were viewed as the great equalizer. The notion was that each student, regardless of birth conditions, would receive an education that led to opportunities to climb the American economic ladder of success. Today, that access is closed for far too many children.

Now we ask, what is the role of public education in a democratic society? How can we ensure equitable education for all? Challenging decades of inequality is hard but essential work if we are to preserve our democratic principles of social justice.

Westchester for Change is delighted and fortunate to have Regent Judith Johnson of the New York Board of Regents as its featured speaker for its next forum, which is on educational inequality. Ms. Johnson, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in the Department of Education in the Clinton administration, is also a former superintendent of both the Peekskill and Mount Vernon public schools.

Regent Johnson will discuss the characteristics that define public school education inequities, the implications for our democracy if left unaddressed, and invite us to consider strategies to fulfill the state’s mission of providing a public school education that offers opportunities for all students to emerge from school prepared to participate as members of a democratic society.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Cosponsoring groups include: Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York, Concerned Families of Westchester, Ethical Society of Westchester, Greenburgh Democrats, Greenburgh NAACP, Mt. Vernon United Tenants, Scarsdale Democratic Town Committee, White Plains Democratic City Committee, White Plains NAACP, WESPAC (list in formation).

RSVP by emailing www.westchester4change@gmail.com or on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/166686173674943/

The children of New York need your help.

As they prepare to go back to school, we all must suit up for yet another fight to protect their right to a “sound basic education.”

As you know, Gov. Cuomo and his big campaign donors are itching to siphon more funds away from public education. Why? So the available public dollars can be spent on more tax breaks for hedge fund financiers.

Join the urgent fight today with a donation, small or large, to protect public education. Your contribution now $5, $10, $50, $250 or more does make the difference.

Stealing resources from public schools only hurts children. Cuts have already stripped schools of essential programs to educate children. In the years since Gov. Cuomo took office, art, music, advanced placement classes, special education, Career and Tech Ed programs and more have sadly shrunk.

But Gov. Cuomo and Albany are willing to divert more money from schools, simply to satisfy his big dollar donors’ desire for more tax breaks. Needless to say, this is pay-to-play politics at its worst.

Won’t you join right now in the battle against Gov. Cuomo and his hedge fund buddies with a contribution of $5, $10, $15 or $25? The hedge funders have already ruined the economy. Let’s stop them from destroying our schools.

We can’t wait, in these next few weeks leading to the start of school, we have to hit the ground running with our campaign to support and improve New York’s public schools.

There is no time to waste. Act now. Please make a contribution today.

In solidarity,
Billy Easton
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality EducationPublic schools had some big victories in 2015.
We won $1.6 billion in school funding, including $1.3 in direct aid to schools. We fought for $75 million to improve struggling schools and got our message regarding receivership through to the Board of Regents that our schools need to be set up for success, not failure. Another $30 million was added to Pre-Kindergarten across the state.

We defeated the education tax credit, which would have reimbursed millionaires and billionaires for their donations to private schools. We defeated the proposed massive increase in charter schools, with only a minimal increase in the cap.  And perhaps most importantly we exposed the hedge fund billionaires who are putting profit before justice in trying to seize control of our public schools.

For more information on budget, click here, or on the end of session deals on education, click here.

Of course, there is more work to be done, especially when it comes to fighting off the billionaires who want to privatize our schools, securing the funding our schools are owed from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and reversing the destructive misuse of high stakes standardized testing.

Nothing could be accomplished without your financial contribution. And for that, we thank you.

Here’s what’s new at AQE.


AQE Report: Buffalo Schools’ Code of Conduct Results in Fewer Suspensions, More School Days

The Advancement Project, the Alliance for Quality Education, Citizen Action of New York and the Public Policy and Education Fund released a new report that tracks the progress made by Buffalo City Schools as a result of its newly adopted code of conduct that encouraged restorative justice over excessive suspensions.

The report, Restoring Justice In Buffalo Public Schools: Safe And Supportive Quality Education For All, showed that long- and short-term suspension for non-violent offenses are down, which has resulted in more days in school for students. However, the report also revealed that racial disparities in suspensions are still a problem at Buffalo City Schools. The majority of students suspended are black or Latino, and many of these students are suspended for vague behaviors.

The report goes on to make recommendations to remedy the problem, including addressing racial disparities, which would include training for teachers and administrators; and investing in community schools, which would provide safe, welcoming environments for all students and their families.

Read more, click here.


AQE Makes Plans for 2016 at Annual Summer Retreatat Carey Institute for Global Good

Though we had many successes in 2015, we are not resting on our laurels.

At AQE’s annual summer retreat at the end of June, the staff met for three days to discuss plans for 2016.

We are committed to fight for equity, adequacy and excellence for every student, regardless of zip code, socioeconomic status or race. Wouldn’t you join us in our journey?


27,000 Say ‘No’ to Raising Charter School Cap

This past spring, thousands of parents, educators and taxpayers across the state told Gov. Cuomo and the Republican-led Senate to put a  halt on raising the charter cap.

More than 27,000 signed a petition, sponsored by AQE, New York State United Teachers and the United Federation of Teachers, the demanding the charter cap remain flat and that regional limits be kept.

The petition, that stretched 160-feet and was unfurled on the second floor of the Capitol, also demanded that the Legislature enact laws to require charter schools to educate all children, including high need students.

To read more, click here.


Parents Rally at Regents Meeting on Receivership

Our works goes beyond the halls of the Capitol.

Case in point was last June when AQE and parents from New York City to Buffalo gathered on the steps of the New York State Education Building to ask the New York State Board of Regents to take input from parents when deciding on the fate of struggling schools that could be placed under receivership.

Moving inside to the Regents meeting room, the parents sought to ensure the schools will be set up for success, not failure, and that they, the parents, will have a real voice in the schools under receivership.

The Regents voted on emergency regulations for receivership, but will vote on final recommendations in the fall. Meanwhile, AQE will continue to fight to ensure the regulations include the thoughts and concerns of parents across the state.

To read more, click here.


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Working Families Party Recognizes Jasmine Gripper

Jasmine Gripper, the Legislative Coordinator and Statewide Education Advocate of the Alliance for Quality Education, was honored at the Working Families Party’s 17th annual Gala on June 25th in Brooklyn.

Gripper was among four young honorees who were noted for their strong activism in such movements as environmental, racial, education and workers rights.

Gripper, who is a well-known face at the New York State Capitol, advocates for educational quality and equity. A native of Queens and a graduate of Hunter College, Gripper started her career teaching throughout the world including South Korea, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. In 2010, she returned to New York to work as a first grade teacher in Brooklyn.

She left teaching to become a field organizer for President Obama’s Organizing for America in the battleground state of Ohio in 2012. For the past several years, she’s been an advocate at the Alliance for Quality Education, working in Albany to promote equitable access to early education and full funding for New York public schools.

“The Working Families Party is a beacon of social and economic justice for all,” said Gripper. “Thank you to the WFP for standing with the Alliance for Quality Education in the fight for equity in public education. It is a thrill and a privilege to be recognized by the party for the work I do. However, there is much more to be done. But, when WFP and labor and community groups come together we can win.  I look forward to returning to Albany to continue the fight for funding equity for the students of New York.


Tax Credit Fails

One of AQE’s toughest battles centered around the education tax credit, the sweetheart deal that Gov. Cuomo wanted for his hedge fund billionaire backers.

The tax credit, that Cuomo deceitfully dubbed the Parental Choice in Education Act, would have reimbursed wealthy donors 75 percent of their contributions to private
and parochial schools. For example, if one of the Governor’s friends contributed $1.3 million to a school like Fieldston, that friend would receive a $1 million back from the state. In the first year alone, credit was estimated to cost the state taxpayers $150 million.

Early on AQE and more than three dozen good government group, civic organizations and unions opposed the tax credit in a memo. AQE then hosted three press conferences on the tax credit: one with clergy, one with the AQE’s many allies that opposed the credit and one with attorneys who questioned the credits constitutionality.

The relentless pressure on lawmakers worked. The tax credit was killed in the final
days of the legislative session.

PRESS RELEASE

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan Flips His Stance on Charter Schools, Contributing to Gridlock in Albany
New Social Media Campaign Targets Him as Flip Flop Flanagan

NEW YORK (June 18, 2015) – Senator Flanagan has proposed a bill that contradicts his previous statements regarding charter schools and whether or not state legislators should be concerned with them at all.

“Why don’t we go to the root of the problem and fix traditional public education?” Senator Flanagan told Capital Pro in November. “That’s where our energy should go, not in an ever-increasing number of charters.”

AQE is launching a twitter and social media campaign targeting Senator Flanagan using the following meme:

However, in a dramatic flip-flop Senator Flanagan’s newest bill would result in 160 new charter schools by merging the New York City cap and the statewide caps into one.  In addition he would allow the charters for failed charter schools to be reissued to create more new charter schools—currently the charters for failed charter schools expire. Flanagan’s bill also proposes that any public school that becomes a charter will not be counted under the cap. Flanagan’s demand for more charter schools is one of the major issues gridlocking Albany right now.

“It’s stunning that Senator Flanagan would flip flop from saying he wants to champion public schools to trying to dramatically increase the number of charters. In the process he is adding to the gridlock in Albany that is endangering the housing of over 2 million New Yorkers,” said Billy Easton, Executive Director for the Alliance for Quality Education. “By his own admission an ever increasing number of charter schools means that the state is neglecting its responsibility to focus on fixing traditional public schools. He should stand by his principles not by the hedge fund billionaires who are pushing a privatization agenda.”

“Senator Flanagan is shifting his focus from the most pressing issue of repairing our existing public education system towards charters that do not serve the neediest students and do they perform better. That is a classic flip flop,” said Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Quality Education. “It’s a shame that Flanagan has reneged on what he knows is right, and that is focusing on the majority of our students.”

The question of the day is: Where were these billionaires when AQE and the #WeCantWait Coalition were out on the streets fighting for equitable funding for all? No where. These billionaites have never fought for equity. But now they are claiming that they are fighting for education with the education tax credit, dubbed Parental Choice in Education Act (PCIE). With misleading and misinformed mailers they claim that the Assembly is standing in the way of educational progress. The reality is the education tax credit gives a huge tax break to these millionaires and little support for parents and schools.Call your Assembly Member today and ask them to stand strong against the education tax credit for billionaires.
The false flyers and robo calls are blaming the Assembly for all sorts of educational sins, none of them are true. Here’s the rundown of the facts:

Claim #1:  Your assembly member is standing in the way of sending our schools help.

  • This bill would do little or nothing to help public schools. The main thing it does is send our tax dollars to private schools and their donors.
  • Thanks to the Assembly, Education received the largest increase in funding in recent years.
    Publically funded religious instruction is not permissible under the Constitution of the United States of America nor the Constitution of the State of New York either directly or indirectly.

o   As a matter of fact, New York Civil Liberties Union stated that this law is unconstitutional because New York’s Constitution prohibits indirect funding of religious education, and that is exactly what this is.

o   The New York Civil Liberties Union has committed in a press conference last week that this law, if passed, will be challenged in court.

#2: The PCIE would encourage donations to critical school programs such as pre-k and afterschool programs like art, music and tutoring.

  • Only a small fraction of this funding would go to public schools, the vast majority would go to private schools and their donors. In fact if someone makes a $1.3 million donation to benefit a private school, New York taxpayers would have to reimburse them $1 million.
  • Donations will not be made to every school.  In fact donations are mostly likely to go to schools that need the funding the least.

Call your Assembly Member today and ask them to stand strong against the education tax credit for billionaires.

Claim #3: The PCIE is opposed only by “special interests.”

  • The special interests are the millionaires and billionaires who stand to benefit from this boondoggle. New York taxpayers would be on the hook to reimburse 75% of their donation—up to $1 million per donation.
  • A very large coalition of 49 education, community, political, and good government groups have opposed this proposal, and the list grows every day.

Click here to read the opposition memo from nearly 50 groups. 
Claim #4:  Assembly members gave themselves a raise. 

  • This is untrue.  The last raise that was passed into law was in 1999 according to the New York Times.
  • The mailer cites A.6721 as proof that legislators increased their pay without a vote.  This is untrue as well.  This measure in the budget establishes a commission on legislative, judicial and executive compensation.  Nowhere in the language does it enact or guarantee a pay raise.

Claim #5:  Right now the State Assembly is considering a bill (the Parental Choice in Education Act) that would help give every child, regardless of income or zip code, the opportunity to accomplish whatever they dream – without raising taxes.

  • As of this minute, the PCIE has not been introduced in the Assembly.  There have been no hearings, and no committees have discussed the governor’s program bill in its current form.  Therefore, there has not been any formal consideration of this bill by the lower house of the legislature.
  • This proposal would cost the state $150 million a year out of the current money that the state has.

o   This money would be better served if sent to underfunded public schools in high needs school districts.

  • There is no proof that this proposal would help kids in all zip codes.  What if your local district does not have a wealthy donor?  This proposal is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt at public funding of private schools with a significant tax break to the wealthy.

Call your Assembly Member today and ask them to stand strong against the education tax credit for billionaires. 

Claim #6: More schools like Blessed Sacrament are in danger of closing – hurting our kids.

  • Catholic Schools have closed due to the growth in charter schools. A recent study published in the Albany Government Law Review found that in New York State one Catholic School closed for every charter school that opened.
  • Unfortunately instead of fighting the expansion of charter schools, the Cardinal has joined a campaign financed by charter school investors who right now are seeking even more charter schools. Sadly this coalition could actually lead to further closings of Catholic schools.
  • Instead of fighting the privately run charter schools, this bill would take tax money that could go to our public schools.

Claim #7: If the New York Assembly Refuses to Act, Afterschool programs music and art could suffer – And shut down…  Afterschool programs could be forced to shut down while our Assembly Member sits by.

  • In many high needs districts, afterschool programs have been cut since 2010.  This includes athletics, music programs, tutoring programs, art programs, student enrichment programs and more. The money that this bill would send to private schools and their donors could instead go to after school programs in our public schools.
  • By not considering this legislation the Assembly is protecting taxpayers and opposing a sweetheart deal for the hedge funders and other billionaires that want to take our tax dollars.

      Call your Assembly Member today and ask them to stand strong against the education tax credit for billionaires.

Claim #8:  Hardworking teachers will not be reimbursed for the purchase of school supplies for their classrooms.

  • The benefit that would be extended to the teachers would be $200.  This is hardly a benefit to stop the presses for when wealthy Hedge Fund Billionaires would be getting 75% of their donation back as a tax credit.
  • Teachers in high need schools spend between $700-$1000 per teacher on school supplies, instructional aids, and decorations for their classroom. If we fully fund schools, according to the state constitution, teachers would not have to buy supplies.

Claim # 9:  There will be less funding for Pre-K and afterschool programs like art and music classes.

  • When the governor proposed his state-wide pre-K plan, he promised a blank check to our schools to open new, full-day pre-K programs.

o   The governor did fund pre-K for NYC, but lags far behind of his blank check promise upstate.

o   The governor did not significantly expand his pre-K program in its second year, he only added $30million.

Call your Assembly Member today and ask them to stand strong against the education tax credit for billionaires. 

It looks like Gov. Cuomo and his campaign contributors might win their heart’s desire, yet another tax break for billionaires in the form of the education tax credit that uses your tax dollars to subsidize private schools.Under the Cuomo plan our tax dollars will reimburse big money donors for 75% of their private school donation—we would be on the hook to refund them $1 million of out of $1.3 million donation.  It adds up to $150 million a year that should be going to our public schools. And we need you to get involved today.

Please join our fight by making a donation right now. Your support is vital to our campaign to get the State Assembly to stand tall and stop the giveaway of our tax dollars to private schools and their billionaire donors.

Your contribution of $5, $10, $50 or $250 could make the difference in the final days of this fight.

It’s seems like a no-brainer. Students are more important that billionaires and our public money should go to our public schools.

But these big donors are pouring millions in. They are providing the cash to bombard the public with misleading mailers, TV ads and robo calls. Their campaign is full of misleading falsehoods about this billionaire boondoggle.

Together we have to fight back. Together we can win.

But there is no time to waste. Act now. Make a contribution today.

Not only is Cuomo’s tax credit plan a giveaway to his wealthy campaign contributors, it hurts our public schools. The state should be fairly funding our public schools, not finding ways to subsidize private schools and their donors. Since many of these schools are religious schools the Cuomo plan starts us down the slippery of ending the separation of church and state by providing state taxpayer dollars to support religious education.

Please join us to stop Cuomo’s private school tax credit. Your donation could be the difference between success and failure. Any size contribution will help. Please act right now. We only have days to win this battle and we need you with us.

Thank you,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality EducationPRESS RELEASE

AQE, NYS PTA and Assembly Members Call for Regents to Give as Much Attention to Rules for Struggling Schools as to Teacher Evaluations.
Parent & Community Engagement Key to Success.
ALBANY (June 1, 2015) — The Alliance for Quality Education and the New York State Parent Teacher Association along with members of the NYS Assembly called on the NYS Board of Regents to pay as much attention to the regulations they must enact regarding struggling schools as they have to teacher and principal evaluations.

The Regents are expected to enact regulations at the June 15 meeting of the Board even though the future of these schools has not received much public debate since being included in the state budget at the end of March.  There are approximately 170 schools that will be immediately affected by the Regents regulations that will govern the implementation of the new law. About 25 of these schools are eligible for $75 million in new funding as a result of being classified in the law as “persistently failing.” The remaining schools are labeled by the state as “failing” and it is unclear at this time what funding will be available for them in the future. If the schools do not show adequate improvement then they can be taken over by the appointment of an independent receiver with the power to override decisions of the school board, prior to that time the local superintendent would have the same powers as the receiver.

Both AQE and NYS PTA are calling on the Regents to avoid publicly using the word “failing” when referring to these schools because it stigmatizes schools, students and families, and undermines school improvement. The press conference identified key priorities for the Regents to include in their regulations:

·       Require robust parent and community engagement in the process of creating a turnaround plan and in implementing school reforms;
·       Require an adequate planning process that includes comprehensive student and community needs assessment, particularly for schools that are eligible for funding, in order to ensure these schools have high quality plans;
·       Clarify that the superintendent has both the obligations and the powers of the receiver in including the requirement to turn schools into community schools so long as funding for these programs is available;
·       Require that the standard of improvement recognize the different starting points of each school and is based upon the school plan’s strategies to serve the social, emotional, health and family engagement needs of students as their academic needs.
·       Require that the superintendent and receiver cannot use the powers of mass removal of current staff in these schools without first meeting clearly defined criteria, removal of staff should be seen as a last resort.

“Addressing the needs of our struggling schools will require careful planning, resources, time and above all meaningful collaboration between communities, families and their schools beginning with establishment of relationships that will endure and that at least initially define success in a variety of ways unique to each school community,” said Rick Longhurst, Executive Administrator of the New York State Parent Teacher Association.

“The Board of Regents must give as much attention to these struggling schools as they are to the teacher evaluations,” said Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance of Quality Education. “They need to pass regulations that set these schools up for success, not for failure. Parents must have a strong voice in determining the future of their children’s schools and the schools must have high quality plans before any funding is awarded. The measure of progress in these schools must look at the whole needs of the students including their social, emotional and health needs, as well as the need for academic progress. All of this will be governed by Regents regulations and to date, these schools have not received the attention from the Regents that is needed.”

“The Assembly Majority conference was successful in allocating $75 million in this year’s state budget to invest in 27 struggling schools,” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.  “Our state must lead on this issue and I will continue to advocate for additional funds to ensure that every child receives a fair, basic education regardless of where they reside.  I would urge the Board of Regents and the State Education Department to create and implement a viable plan for our struggling schools that all of our educational stakeholders including school districts, administrators, teachers, parents, students and residents can work with.”

“We have to prioritize our struggling schools,”  said Assemblywoman Latrice Walker. “It is essential for the Board of Regents to develop a process to ensure that these students and schools are set up to succeed. It is essential to the health of our community that they get this right.”

“Children are our future and it’s essential that we invest in growing the future and ensuring our economic viability. Part of growing the future includes providing a quality education regardless of zip code and to help do that we need to build community schools engaging families and the surrounding communities,” said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy. “I look forward to hearing more from the Board of Regents for Priority Schools to make sure a framework is created to give these schools the opportunity for turnaround and success.”

“The education of our children is one of my top priorities as a member of the Assembly,” said Assemblyman Harry Bronson.  “Every year I fight for the funding needed so our children will have the resources they need to succeed, including a substantial increase this school year.  I have met with and urged the Regents to ensure these funds are used for their intended purpose: to educate our children.  It is my hope that Regents remember our children, their parents and the educators when drafting these new regulations for school improvement.”

“Local control of our public schools is critical to the success of our communities. Each community is different and each student has different needs and local input from our parents, teachers and students is key to improving and strengthening our schools,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “I’m so proud of the strong partnerships with the schools in my district, which was built with personal visits, participation at student events and interaction with our educators. The fight for public education is not over and I remain committed to building stronger communities with our local schools.”

Gov. Cuomo is once again trying to trick the public into supporting yet another tax break for his billionaire campaign contributors.He is pushing the deceitfully-dubbed Parental Choice in Education Act, his latest scheme disguised as a way to provide needy children with a private school education. But in reality, the act is designed to reimburse wealthy donors who contribute large sums of money to private schools. Under the act, state taxpayers will reimburse 75 percent of the donors’ contributions.

The New York Times Editorial Board criticized the Governor for promoting this bill. “This energetic effort for an expensive and possibly unconstitutional bill that Mr. Cuomo has named the Parental Choice in Education Act could cost the state more than $150 million a year. That money should be used to help almost 2.7 million public school students in the state, not given to wealthy donors subsidizing mainly private or religious schools.”

Here’s a 60 second video that explains how this tax credit would work and why it’s bad public policy.

Please stand with us and more than 30 other organizations that are united against the Parental Choice in Education Act.

New York State continues to fail to provide a sound basic education to all of its children. During a time in which state leaders have abandoned their legal commitment to adequately fund public education, we must not open the door to another attempt to chip away at the public education infrastructure. This proposal would make a bad situation worse.

The state has limited resources, and now is not the time to divert hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds to parochial and other private schools. Please stand against the Parental Choice in Education Act.

Sincerely,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

This year’s fight for public education was fierce.But with the help of New Yorkers like you, the Alliance for Quality Education won $1.6 billion in funding for public schools and another $75 million for struggling schools. These funds will make an immediate difference in the education of 2.7 million New York school children. 

Join us with a donation of any size, as AQE continues to fight for New York’s public schools. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of our school children.

We also obtained $30 million for pre-K for New York’s young children in a budget that initially did not include an expansion of the state’s pre-k programs.

None of this could have been achieved without your time and treasure. For that, we thank you.

However, the battle is not over.  The private school tax credit could divert hundreds of million away from public schools into the pockets of billionaire campaign contributors.

We need your help right now to stop this!

If Governor Cuomo gets his way then everyday taxpayers like you and I will be on the hook to for $150 million in a program to benefit private schools. The largest share of this will be a direct taxpayer subsidy to wealthy donors to private schools. If these donors want to fund private schools, that is their choice, but you and I should not be required to repay them for their donation. But is exactly what Governor Cuomo wants. Our public dollars should go to our public schools, not for private schools and their donors.

Winning this fight depends on your involvement. Please donate today to further AQE’s efforts to right these potentially damaging policies before they become a reality for millions of New York’s school children.

Thank you.

Billy Easton,
Executive Director for the Alliance for Quality Education

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PRESS RELEASE

Parent, Religious, Labor Groups and Education Advocates Fight to Block Gov. Cuomo’s Flawed Tax Break for Wealthy

ALBANY (May, 18, 2015) – Education advocates, religious and labor organizations and parent groups have joined forces to block Gov. Cuomo’s education tax credit proposal that he has deceitfully dubbed Parental Choice in Education Act.

Disguised as a way to provide needy children with a private school education, the act is a tax credit designed to reimburse wealthy donors who want to contribute large sums of money to private schools. Under the act, state taxpayers will reimburse 75 percent of the donor’s contributions.  In the first year alone, the act will cost the state $150 million.

The three dozen organizations decry the tax break as one that siphons taxpayer money from public schools and funnels it into the pockets of millionaires and billionaires. As part of the effort to block the act, the groups will launch a social media campaign and will release more information on the tax break in the forthcoming weeks.

The groups have also released a video that underscores how the act will further burden taxpayers and debilitate public schools.

The long list of opponents to the act are: A. Philip Randolph Institute, AFSCME, Advocates for Children of New York, Alliance for Quality Education, Balcony, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Citizen Action of New York, Citizen Budget Commission, CSEA, DC 37-AFSCME, La Fuente, League of Women Voters of New York State, Long Island Jobs with Justice, Long Island Progressive Coalition, Make the Road, NAACP-New York State Chapter, New York City Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York State AFL-CIO, New York State Association of School Business Officials, New York State Federation of School Administrators, New York State Parent Teacher Association, New York State School Boards Association, New York State United Teachers, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Public Employees Federation, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, Rochester – Finger Lakes Pride @ Work , Rural Schools Association of New York State, School Administrators Association of New York State,  Strong Economy for All, The Black Institute, The Council of School Superintendents, United Federation of Teachers, and Working Families Party.

“New York cannot afford another poorly targeted tax break,” said Carol Kellermann, President of the Citizen Budget Commission. “The Education Tax Credit would be a costly subsidy for private education.”

“We are concerned that the proposed education tax credit will allow individuals to divert money from the tax stream and send it to favored schools, scholarships and other programs, including religious programming, with no public oversight,” said Robb Smith, Executive Director of Interfaith Impact of New York State. “This bill is designed to permit wealthy donors to make an end run around the New York constitution, which prohibits taxpayer funding of religious education. In the end, the taxpayers will have to make up for the money that is being diverted. We believe in the wisdom of the separation of church and state. We want to see New York fully fund its public school system, not take even more money away from our schools through this misguided legislation.”

“The Reform Jewish Movement affirms the deep commitment of the Reform Movement to the principle of separation of religion and the state which has safeguarded religious liberty for all in this country,” said Barbara Zaron, co-chair of Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV). “This commitment and an equally deep commitment to public education as the cornerstone of the American democratic process drives us to affirm our opposition to any form of governmental aid to elementary and secondary schools under the supervision or control of any religious denomination. Consistent with this traditional opposition of Reform Judaism, we oppose the proposals to allow tax credits for tuition paid and/or scholarships awarded to students of non-public schools.”

“We have yet to see any proof that the education tax credit would address the fiscal issues that face religious schools,” said Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director for the League of Women Voters in New York State. “Public schools students should not have to pay the price. We cannot drain public dollars to benefit privately operated schools.”

“Our public schools are called upon to fulfill our state constitution’s promise of a sound basic education for all children, whatever their circumstances, wherever they come from, whenever they arrive,”said Robert Reidy, Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. “State government’s first obligation needs to be to honor its promises to public schools, by ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment and rebuilding the Foundation Aid formula – not to launch an expansive new commitment to private schools serving only some students.”

“Providing wealthy campaign contributors tax breaks while public school students are deprived of education resources is outrageous,” said Karen Scharff, Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York. “This plan is nothing but another million-dollar giveaway of public money to super wealthy donors who fund political campaigns.”

“The Governor’s new Parental Choice in Education Act is a veiled attempt to give away our tax dollars to his campaign donors,” said Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Coordinator for the Alliance for Quality Education. “Why should New Yorkers pay for wealthy donors contributions to private schools? This is a multi-million dollar expense for the state and will divert more money away from already struggling public schools. School funding policies should not be made on the whim to a handful of wealthy individuals and corporations. Instead of prioritizing his campaign donors, the Governor should be focused on supporting our public schools, which serve all kids.”

“The private school tax credit scheme Governor Cuomo is pushing is really just more Albany business as usual:  the seven billionaires behind the ‘Educational Fund’ gave $4.6 million dollars in campaign cash to get themselves a big tax break,” said Michael Kink, Executive Director of Strong Economy for All Coalition. “Their ‘educational fund’ seems to have done more educating of influential politicians — particularly Dean Skelos and the Senate Republicans — than of students.

“New York needs to drop the reverse Robin Hood shenanigans and stop trying to fund private and religious schools at the expense of public schools,” said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “Education is the foundation for future success for both New York’s children and the state’s financial well-being. Transferring public money to private schools undermines both. It also violates the foundational principle that bars the government from endorsing religion.”

“People make a conscious decision to pay for a private school education instead of using public schools, just like they make a decision to use a private golf course over a public one, or a private beach club over a public swimming pool, are we to subsidize every person’s decision to use a private facility over a public one, where would it end,” said Michael Borges, Executive Director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials.

“Despite its new name, the governor’s education tax credit scheme is essentially a voucher program designed to reward the hedge fund billionaires who contribute to his campaign,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen E. Magee. “The fact is, the governor’s misguided plan would only aggravate the challenges that confront our poorest districts by siphoning critical funding away from students and schools that are most in need.”

“The state’s priority should not be giving tax breaks to the wealthy, but rather investing in its public schools to ensure all students have the resources needed to succeed,” said New York State United Teachers Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta. “Given that one-third of our school districts in 2015-2016 will be operating with less aid than six years ago, our focus must be on adequately funding public education — not rewarding wealthy campaign contributors at the expense of children in need.”

“This tax credit is just another scheme to reward billionaires. It gives them the power to send money to their favorite private schools, and takes a big chunk out of their tax bill,” said Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers. “At the same time, it drains money from public schools. Supporters can use all the smoke and mirrors that they want, but in the end this is scam that will hurt public school students.”

“New York’s first obligation is to use tax dollars to adequately fund public education. Yet, there are great disparities in school district financial resources throughout the state. Lawmakers must remedy that situation before they provide tax incentives that would benefit non-public schools,” said Timothy G. Kremer, Executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.

“For New York State to consider diverting available funds away from public education while it has a law that unconstitutionally withholds funds from school districts is unconscionable,”said David A. Little, Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association of New York State. “If that the state cannot afford its public educational system, it certainly can’t afford a second one.”

“Our first priority must be to fully fund our public schools,” New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said. “We need a financial commitment to provide our public education system with the necessary resources needed to ensure all children get the educational opportunities they deserve. An investment in our public schools is an investment in our future.”

Express Yourself in the AQE Art ContestPlease have your young artists create either a painting or a drawing that illustrates his or her vision of a perfect education or school!The winners will receive a $100 gift card and will have their artwork awarded to AQE’s honorees at the Champions of Education celebration in New York City! Winners will be honored at the event too.

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

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

The deadline is Friday, June 26. Artworks will not be returned.

We are anxiously awaiting the creative pieces from your students!

Click here for a flyer.
Click here for a permission slip.
Check out last year’s winners and submissions.

Have a question? Contact Jasmine Gripper at 518-432-5315, ext 105 or at jasmine@aqeny.org

Parade for Education in March gathered AQE and its supporters at the New York State Capitol.A Thank You from AQE’s

Executive Director Billy Easton

If you were one of the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who engaged in a fierce battle against Governor Cuomo’s outright attack on public education, I’d like to personally thank you.

Cuomo was backed in his efforts by a handful of billionaire hedge fund managers who are promoting a privatization and test and punish agenda for our schools. On some important issues, with the support of the State Assembly Majority, our students and communities won, on others we suffered significant setbacks for students, teachers, and schools.

Please take the time to read our evaluation of the 2015-16 New York State budget.

The fight for our public schools continues. It will include appealing to the State Board of Regents on important issues like receivership or state takeover of public schools dubbed as ”failing” as well as plans for a new teacher evaluation system that the Governor would like to link to more high-stakes tests.


Rally and Parade Draws Thousands

Last month, nearly 2,000 parents, teachers, students and community members marched the streets of Albany to demand that the Governor and the Legislature fund New York public schools fairly and equitably and to oppose the destructive policies that weaken public schools.

Former New York City Councilman Robert Jackson, who was the original plaintiff in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, led the AQE parade as grand marshal. The long line of supporters, including two marching bands,  marched from the Albany Armory to the New York State Capitol.

Once inside, the throng of marchers unfurled three 50-foot  banners that listed how much money Gov. Cuomo and the state owes every public school in New York State.

Read more or watch a video in which Ellenville students talk about how the parade affected them.


Rev. Barber, center, was the keynote speaker on Moral Monday at the Capitol in January. He was joined by students and education advocates at the podium on the center landing of the Million Dollar Staircase.

Rev. Dr. Barber Inspires at Rally on

Million Dollar Staircase in Capitol

Rev. Dr. William Barber, the founder of the Moral Monday movement of social justice and the president of the North Carolina NAACP, was inspired activitists and education advocates to demand that Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers do what is morally right – fund schools equitably.

Standing with him at the podium was the President of the New York State NAACP conference Dr. Hazel Dukes, President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten, the President of the United Federation of Teachers Michael Mulgrew, the Executive Vice-President of the New York State United Teachers Andy Pallotta as well as AQE’s Executive Director Billy Easton and Advocacy Director Zakiyah Ansari.

Click to read more or watch a video of the day’s events.


Hedge Clippers Reveals Billionaires’

Influence on Albany and Governor

Since 2000, 570 hedge fund managers and top executives have contributed $39.6 billion to Albany candidates and select committees.

Topping the list of  beneficiaries is Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He pocketed $4.8 million from hedge fund billionaires; and his education policies reflect this influence. He,  with his hedge fund croonies, are promoting school privatization, state takeover of public schools and high-stakes test that punish schools and teachers. And that’s just for starters.

Read all the Hedge Clippers reports here.


Update on Small Cities Case

Maisto vs. the State of New York, the case involoving parents of eight small New York State cities who sued the state for fair and adequate funding for their schools, wrapped up in March. A verdict from Albany Court Supreme Court Justice Kimberly O’Connor is expected within months.

The case’s outcome will affect 55,000 students from Mount Vernon, Port Jervis, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Utica, Jamestown and Niagara Falls. The team of lawyers argued that the students are owed at $11 billion in foundation aid, which has stripped from the schools since 2008. The attorneys showed the devastating consequences that resulted in the loss the funding.

Regardless of the ruling, the lawyers expect the state will appeal, thus potentially holding back the necessary state aid from these schools for years.


Read more.

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers engaged in a fierce battle against Governor Cuomo’s outright attack on public education. Cuomo was backed in his efforts by a handful of billionaire hedge fund managers who are promoting a privatization and test and punish agenda for our schools. On some important issues, with the support of the State Assembly Majority, our students and communities won, on others we suffered significant setbacks for students, teachers, and schools.The State Senate Majority, backed by the same hedge fund cabal, was closely aligned with Governor Cuomo on many of his efforts.  In January Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he saw “giving the governor more control of education as appropriate.” When talking specifically about teacher evaluations, Skelos made it very clear that the Senate was standing with the Governor: “We want to make sure it’s strong and it means something. The Assembly is, unfortunately, trying to water it down.” The Senate also stood with the Governor on diverting money from public schools to private schools through an education tax credit, on more funding for privately run charter schools and on increasing the number of these publicly funded, privately run schools in New York State.

This year’s budget fight is not the end of the road, the well-financed attacks on public education will continue and our demand for high-quality education for all students without regard to race, income and zip code is far from over. AQE has been at the forefront of the fight for educational quality and opportunity for all students for a long time. Please take the time to read our evaluation of the 2015-16 New York State budget.

Strong Grass Roots Movement

•    We saw a strong grass roots movement explode across New York State. It unified parents who have been organizing for racial and economic justice in school funding with the rapidly growing parent-led opt out movement, and teachers and their unions focused on protecting the integrity of their profession and educating our children. This may be the most important outcome of this budget fight.

Fair and Adequate Funding
•    $1.6 Billion in school funding, including $1.3 billion in direct formula aid to schools is significant. The amount of the school funding is a major victory and substantially more than Governor Cuomo proposed although it does not meet the standards necessary to make real progress on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
•    Preliminary analysis shows that funding prioritized high need schools. Stay tuned for more detail.

$75 Million to Improve Struggling Schools

•    Tremendous opportunity to win lasting improvements without state takeover. We won $75 million for local school districts to invest in 27 struggling schools. These funds will convert these schools into community schools with health and social services, improve curricula, provide a longer school day or school year, keep students in school through reduced suspensions and increased attendance, and more. We must organize in these schools and make sure these plans work.
•    Partial victory on state takeover. The Governor proposed a state takeover for 178 struggling schools and for entire school districts without proposing any resources for improvement. The State Assembly fought back on this issue. Provisions for state takeover of districts were defeated. Options for state takeover of schools were delayed for one or two years depending on the school during which time local districts will have the opportunity to make needed improvements. After one or two years there is a provision for appointment of a receiver to run the school, but this appointment is made by the school district, rather than being made by the state. It is troubling that the Governor succeeded in labeling these schools as “failing,” which undermines schools and students and that the receiver, if appointed, will have too many powers.  The Board of Regents has considerable power over what happens to these schools and we must organize to make sure this program works to benefit students, schools and communities.

Teacher Evaluations
•    The teacher evaluation system is the most troubling part of the reforms that were enacted. While the Governor did not get exactly what he wanted, the role of standardized testing in evaluations is given equal weight to the role of observations. This will mean more teaching to the test and more stress for students, teachers and schools, which will have damaging consequences for students. The law is very prescriptive, but the Regents have some say over the implementation of the evaluations. AQE is going to stay on top of these issues and work to get both the Regents and the legislature to take the action needed to get a fair teacher evaluation system.

Pre-Kindergarten
•    A small but important victory. We won $30 million for pre-K for upstate and suburban New York. We have a long way to go to get to universal pre-K, but our work led to a step in the right direction.

Private School Tax Credit
•    A Major Victory. The proposal by the Governor and the State Senate Majority to divert $100 million to $300 million away from public schools and into the pockets of private school donors was defeated thanks to the State Assembly Majority. We need to stay vigilant on this issue.

Privately-run Charter Schools
•    Public Funding for Charters. While regularly starving our public schools, Governor Cuomo and the Senate Majority sought to increase tuition payments for privately run charter schools. This was defeated in this budget.
•    However, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced that the Senate Majority had secured $25 million in bullet aid for charter schools. This is one time, not ongoing, funding. But it raises a serious concern about why the Republican Senators would prioritize privately run charter schools, primarily in New York City, over public schools in their own district. This bullet aid still needs to be distributed and people in these Senate districts should advocate with their Senator that the money goes to local public schools, not privately run New York City charter schools.

Charter Cap Fight Delayed

•    Governor Cuomo tried to force through a major growth in the number of charter schools. The fight over raising the cap on privately run charter schools was delayed and will be part of the legislative debate between now and June.

DREAM Act

•    Senate Republicans and their Hedge Fund Allies Block Educational Justice. The Senate Republicans were put in power by the same billionaires who are promoting Governor Cuomo’s anti-public education agenda. These Senators ran for office on an immigrant bashing agenda and they stood as a blockade to winning the DREAM Act which is a vital civil rights and educational opportunity issue for immigrant students.

What needs to happen next

•    We need to continue building the movement. As our movement grapples with working across issue areas – from fair funding to testing – we must grapple with working effectively together across the lines of race, class and geography.  For too long, too many students in high-poverty communities, many of which are communities of color, have been in schools that are under resourced. While high stakes testing is an assault on these communities and their schools, there are many other issues that are also priorities for parents and students in these communities.
•    We need to hold all our elected officials accountable and we need to recognize that many fought side by side with us. Without the support of the Assembly Majority we would have seen major giveaway of tax dollars to private schools and privately run charter schools. We would have seen an instant state takeover of struggling schools with little or no investment in those schools. And we would have seen a wholly inadequate investment in school funding with no emphasis on equity. We need to work with the Assembly to hold the Regents accountable on struggling schools and we need to demand that the entire legislature changes the teacher evaluation system to a system that makes sense for students, teachers and schools.
•    This budget fight was politically damaging to the Governor. His education proposals were wildly unpopular and the public strongly rejected them by a 63% to 28% margin. His overall popularity dropped as a result. We need to keep the spotlight on him and make sure that all politicians understand that standing up for the Governor’s agenda is not only bad policy, it is bad politics.
•    AQE played a major role in the Hedge Clippers Campaign that raised public awareness that a small cabal of super wealthy billionaires are behind the attacks on public education championed by Governor Cuomo. We have to continue to put the pressure on these hedge fund billionaires who have spent $39.6 million in New York on lobbying and campaign donations to push their anti-equity, anti-public school, pro-testing agenda.

Thank you for all you have done to fight for our students, our schools and our communities. Keep fighting!

In solidarity,

Billy Easton
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

Chad Radock, AQE’s Statewide Campaign Coordinator leads a rally cry at the Capitol during the 2015 budget battle.Check it Out
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Tens of thousands of New Yorkers engaged in a fierce battle against Governor Cuomo’s outright attack on public education. Cuomo was backed in his efforts by a handful of billionaire hedge fund managers who are promoting a privatization and test and punish agenda for our schools. On some important issues, with the support of the State Assembly Majority, our students and communities won, on others we suffered significant setbacks for students, teachers, and schools.The State Senate Majority, backed by the same hedge fund cabal, was closely aligned with Governor Cuomo on many of his efforts.  In January Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he saw “giving the governor more control of education as appropriate.” When talking specifically about teacher evaluations, Skelos made it very clear that the Senate was standing with the Governor: “We want to make sure it’s strong and it means something. The Assembly is, unfortunately, trying to water it down.” The Senate also stood with the Governor on diverting money from public schools to private schools through an education tax credit, on more funding for privately run charter schools and on increasing the number of these publicly funded, privately run schools in New York State.This year’s budget fight is not the end of the road, the well-financed attacks on public education will continue and our demand for high-quality education for all students without regard to race, income and zip code is far from over. AQE has been at the forefront of the fight for educational quality and opportunity for all students for a long time. Please take the time to read our evaluation of the 2015-16 New York State budget.

Strong Grass Roots Movement

•    We saw a strong grass roots movement explode across New York State. It unified parents who have been organizing for racial and economic justice in school funding with the rapidly growing parent-led opt out movement, and teachers and their unions focused on protecting the integrity of their profession and educating our children. This may be the most important outcome of this budget fight.Fair and Adequate Funding
•    $1.6 Billion in school funding, including $1.3 billion in direct formula aid to schools is significant. The amount of the school funding is a major victory and substantially more than Governor Cuomo proposed although it does not meet the standards necessary to make real progress on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
•    Preliminary analysis shows that funding prioritized high need schools. Stay tuned for more detail.

$75 Million to Improve Struggling Schools

•    Tremendous opportunity to win lasting improvements without state takeover. We won $75 million for local school districts to invest in 27 struggling schools. These funds will convert these schools into community schools with health and social services, improve curricula, provide a longer school day or school year, keep students in school through reduced suspensions and increased attendance, and more. We must organize in these schools and make sure these plans work.
•    Partial victory on state takeover. The Governor proposed a state takeover for 178 struggling schools and for entire school districts without proposing any resources for improvement. The State Assembly fought back on this issue. Provisions for state takeover of districts were defeated. Options for state takeover of schools were delayed for one or two years depending on the school during which time local districts will have the opportunity to make needed improvements. After one or two years there is a provision for appointment of a receiver to run the school, but this appointment is made by the school district, rather than being made by the state. It is troubling that the Governor succeeded in labeling these schools as “failing,” which undermines schools and students and that the receiver, if appointed, will have too many powers.  The Board of Regents has considerable power over what happens to these schools and we must organize to make sure this program works to benefit students, schools and communities.Teacher Evaluations
•    The teacher evaluation system is the most troubling part of the reforms that were enacted. While the Governor did not get exactly what he wanted, the role of standardized testing in evaluations is given equal weight to the role of observations. This will mean more teaching to the test and more stress for students, teachers and schools, which will have damaging consequences for students. The law is very prescriptive, but the Regents have some say over the implementation of the evaluations. AQE is going to stay on top of these issues and work to get both the Regents and the legislature to take the action needed to get a fair teacher evaluation system.Pre-Kindergarten
•    A small but important victory. We won $30 million for pre-K for upstate and suburban New York. We have a long way to go to get to universal pre-K, but our work led to a step in the right direction.Private School Tax Credit
•    A Major Victory. The proposal by the Governor and the State Senate Majority to divert $100 million to $300 million away from public schools and into the pockets of private school donors was defeated thanks to the State Assembly Majority. We need to stay vigilant on this issue.Privately-run Charter Schools
•    Public Funding for Charters. While regularly starving our public schools, Governor Cuomo and the Senate Majority sought to increase tuition payments for privately run charter schools. This was defeated in this budget.
•    However, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos announced that the Senate Majority had secured $25 million in bullet aid for charter schools. This is one time, not ongoing, funding. But it raises a serious concern about why the Republican Senators would prioritize privately run charter schools, primarily in New York City, over public schools in their own district. This bullet aid still needs to be distributed and people in these Senate districts should advocate with their Senator that the money goes to local public schools, not privately run New York City charter schools.

Charter Cap Fight Delayed

•    Governor Cuomo tried to force through a major growth in the number of charter schools. The fight over raising the cap on privately run charter schools was delayed and will be part of the legislative debate between now and June.

DREAM Act

•    Senate Republicans and their Hedge Fund Allies Block Educational Justice. The Senate Republicans were put in power by the same billionaires who are promoting Governor Cuomo’s anti-public education agenda. These Senators ran for office on an immigrant bashing agenda and they stood as a blockade to winning the DREAM Act which is a vital civil rights and educational opportunity issue for immigrant students.

What needs to happen next

•    We need to continue building the movement. As our movement grapples with working across issue areas – from fair funding to testing – we must grapple with working effectively together across the lines of race, class and geography.  For too long, too many students in high-poverty communities, many of which are communities of color, have been in schools that are under resourced. While high stakes testing is an assault on these communities and their schools, there are many other issues that are also priorities for parents and students in these communities.
•    We need to hold all our elected officials accountable and we need to recognize that many fought side by side with us. Without the support of the Assembly Majority we would have seen major giveaway of tax dollars to private schools and privately run charter schools. We would have seen an instant state takeover of struggling schools with little or no investment in those schools. And we would have seen a wholly inadequate investment in school funding with no emphasis on equity. We need to work with the Assembly to hold the Regents accountable on struggling schools and we need to demand that the entire legislature changes the teacher evaluation system to a system that makes sense for students, teachers and schools.
•    This budget fight was politically damaging to the Governor. His education proposals were wildly unpopular and the public strongly rejected them by a 63% to 28% margin. His overall popularity dropped as a result. We need to keep the spotlight on him and make sure that all politicians understand that standing up for the Governor’s agenda is not only bad policy, it is bad politics.
•    AQE played a major role in the Hedge Clippers Campaign that raised public awareness that a small cabal of super wealthy billionaires are behind the attacks on public education championed by Governor Cuomo. We have to continue to put the pressure on these hedge fund billionaires who have spent $39.6 million in New York on lobbying and campaign donations to push their anti-equity, anti-public school, pro-testing agenda.Thank you for all you have done to fight for our students, our schools and our communities. Keep fighting!In solidarity,Billy Easton
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education
Chad Radock, AQE’s Statewide Campaign Coordinator leads a rally cry at the Capitol during the 2015 budget battle.Check it Out
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Despite media reports of a deal on the state budget, important unresolved issues like what to do about “struggling schools,” are still being negotiated. Gov. Cuomo is labeling our struggling schools as “failing.”  The Assembly is fighting back, but the Senate Majority appears to be sitting on the sidelines.Everyone agrees that these schools need funding to become community schools and they are making $75 million available for these schools. But when will the money be made available? The Assembly wants to make the money available immediately so that schools can improve under local control. The Governor may want to wait a year when the schools could come under state control. Again the Senate Majority appears to be missing in action despite the fact that 12 Republican Senators represent schools on the Governor’s “failing” list.

Call these Senators and tell them not to set up struggling schools for failure. Tell them to release the $75 million immediately so these schools can move forward and succeed. Tell these senators to oppose labeling these schools as failing and to give them access to the funding now.

The Governor seems to be standing in the way of releasing this money that is vital for their improvement. And the Senate Republicans, who represent these schools, aren’t doing enough to fight for them.

Here is the list of Senators who represent these struggling schools. Call them today and tell them set up their schools for success, not failure. Tell them to release the money to the local districts not wait for a state takeover.

George Amedore at 518-455-2350
Kemp Hannon at 518-455-2200
Susan Serino at 518-455-2945
William J. Larkin at 518-455-2770
Joseph E. Robach at 518-455-2909
Hugh Farley at 518-455-2181
David J. Valesky at 518-455-2838
Joseph Griffo at 518-455-3334
Philip Boyle at 518-455-3411
Thomas Croci at 518-455-3570
Michael Venditto at 518-455-3341
Kathleen Marchione at 518-455-2381

It is unfair to make the students wait for a state takeover to get the educational resources they need.

The Governor is pushing on the wrong side on these issues, the Assembly is pushing back, but the Senate Majority is not doing enough.

What can you do?

Call these Senators’ offices now. Insist that they oppose any budget which labels the schools as “failing” and any budget which makes these schools wait for extra funding for improvements.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

Gov. Cuomo still doesn’t get it.

An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers oppose his damaging education agenda, but he’s still pushing it with Senate Republicans.

Senate Republicans say they are with voters and will oppose his policies, but here in Albany they are silent. But you know that more high-stakes testing to evaluate teachers, starving our schools of funding, and state takeover of struggling local public schools are bad ideas.

Tell your Senator to reject all of Gov. Cuomo’s harmful education schemes.

Here’s why.

More testing will only create more stress on students and more teaching to the test, not teaching and learning.

A proposal of $1.4 billion in more school aid is not enough to even the playing field for many struggling schools that have been chronically underfunded for decades. Schools need at least the $1.8 billion in new school aid.

Finally, state takeovers of schools only wrenches away local control over our precious institutions. It does nothing to improve public schools.

So tell your Senator to stand with our students and oppose Gov. Cuomo’s plans for more tests, less funding and state takeover of schools.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

Today, Gov. Cuomo received his mid-term report card. And not surprisingly, he is failing.

We need our state representatives to oppose Governor Cuomo’s chronic starvation of our public schools and his wrong-headed policies including more high-stakes testing and state takeover of schools. Tell your state representatives in Albany that Gov. Cuomo’s education agenda is wrong and must be reversed.

Right now, the Governor and the Legislative leaders agreed that school aid will increase by at least $1.4 billion in this year’s budget. This is substantially less than the $2 billion recommended by 87 legislators and the New York State Board of Regents.

This is unacceptable.

Tell them to reject ANY increase in reliance on standardized testing to evaluate teachers. That will only force more teaching to the test and less student learning.

Tell your legislators that our students need a budget with adequate funding, fairly distributed. Tell then they must reject the Governor’s agenda that calls for more tests and starvation funding so that every student can finally receive a “sound, basic education.”

In solidarity,

Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

Governor Cuomo wants to run our schools as test prep factories and he has the support of your Republican Senator.   Tell your Senator their vote for heaping more teaching to the test on our kids is unacceptable. Tell them to stop supporting the testing mania in this budget. Tell them our schools need to be fully and fairly funded with a $2 billion increase and to say no to Governor Cuomo’s attacks on public education. Governor Cuomo wants to double the role of standardized testing in our public schools. He wants 50% of teacher evaluations based on state tests and he wants the state to close or take over local schools based on test scores. This will mean more teaching to the test, more stressed out students and less focus on art, music and other subjects that cannot be tested. The Senate Majority gives lip service to opposing over testing, but they supported the Governor’s proposal on testing with unspecified “modifications.”
When it comes to funding our schools, the Senate Majority did not do enough. The proposed an appropriation that is only $250 million more than the Govenor’s unacceptable budget and $400 million less than the Assembly proposal.
Tell your Senator to stop supporting Gov. Cuomo’s harmful agenda including an overload of high-stakes testing. And tell them to fully fund our schools. Give our students a fighting chance against Gov. Cuomo and his cronies in the state Senate.In solidarity,Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

Governor Cuomo says he has an Opportunity Agenda, but his education agenda is slamming the door shut on opportunity for hundreds of thousands of students in every corner of the state. Governor Cuomo has failed to address the educational crisis of our day which is the dramatic inequality for students based on the wealth or poverty of their zip code.
Sign our petition to Gov. Cuomo because every student needs an opportunity to succeed.There is no denying the numbers–the Cuomo policies have increased educational inequality to record setting levels and this budget fails to address inequality. The $1.1 billion proposed increase is half of what the Board of Regents and 83 state legislators have identified as what is needed.
Governor Cuomo is pushing an agenda of good sound bites and bad education policy. Takeover of public schools by the state and by private entities has no track record of success.

In what has become all too typical for Andrew Cuomo, his actions are motivated by personal politics, not public education policy.

Petition the Governor to do the right thing for education.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

On Sunday, the New York Times’ editorial board zeroed in on the flaws in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s misguided education policies.Essentially, the Times editorial board called Cuomo’s policies as “political score-settling” and indicted him for ignoring the real problem in our schools – inequity. The Times described our schools as racially and economically segregated, which “prevents many poor districts from lifting their children up to state standards.”

Please urge Gov. Cuomo to revise his destructive education policies and increase school funding by $2.2 billion, comply with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court ruling and support universal Pre-K.

This important editorial echoes everything that the Alliance for Quality Education has been maintaining for years. Gov. Cuomo’s continual attack on teachers and call for excessive testing of students; along with his continual push to bust up public schools in favor of privately run charter schools is a distraction from the real issue – unfair funding of our schools.

Tell Gov. Cuomo to refocus his education policy and fund our schools fairly.

Please join us on Moral Monday, Jan. 12, in the State Capitol to demand fairness in education funding.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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Tell Gov. Cuomo: It’s Time to Fully and Fairly Fund Our Schools!

Graduation rates went up slightly… by an unacceptable 1%!

Governor Cuomo has failed to address inequality in our schools across the state, and the latest graduation rates prove that we are far from closing the opportunity gap.

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New York’s highest court ordered our state government to fairly fund our schools—it’s called the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Instead Governor Cuomo has been starving our schools. Vital educational program have been cut, class sizes have gone up and students have lost thousands of teachers. Governor Cuomo simply has been ignoring our public schools. As a result the gap in graduation rates between wealthy and poor communities is a whopping 30%! 

One of the most shocking statistics in the new report is that while 43 percent of white students received an advanced Regents diploma, only 12 and 9 percent of Latino and black students respectively got the same. This represents a massive failure to address the racial inequalities in educational opportunity.


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Tell Gov. Cuomo that a measly 1% increase in graduation rates shows that his underfunding of public schools has serious consequences. Tell him to fully and fairly fund all public schools, so that every student gets the opportunity to a high-quality education no matter where they live.

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In solidarity,

Billy Easton,
Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

It’s shocking, but true.  Children in New York State’s most needy public schools have been abandoned.

These students, many of whom are Black and Latino or living in poverty, attend one of 205 school districts that are continually cut out of funding by the state. And despite the best efforts of some legislators, the state has no plan to fund for these schools districts adequately. As a matter of fact, the state blatantly flouts the decade-old Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) court case that ruled the state must provide more funding to these schools. This harsh neglect violates thousands of children’s constitutional rights to a “sound, basic education.”

This can end, with your help.

Donate today so that the rights of children in high need, low income schools will be upheld so they can receive the support and encouragement they need to succeed.

The most recent report from the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), CFE Derailed: The State of Our Schools in the Wake of the 2016 New York State Budget, found that with the current state funding formula in place, 81 percent of high needs schools are off track for full funding.

You can join the fight for high need school districts with a contribution to AQE. A donation of $5, $25, $50 will be dedicated to fighting for children in high need schools.

Your donation of any size will support AQE’s devoted grassroots and legislative efforts to force the state to live up to its legal obligation to fully fund the most needy public schools.

Give today. Your donation will make a difference to New York’s schoolchildren.

In solidarity,

Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

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Welcome back to your AQE weekly education newsletter! Lots of news for you this week!

Clergy Call for School Funding

Three dozen Schenectady clergy, representing 60 congregations, gathered at the Capitol on Monday to urge their state representatives to fight for more funding for Schenectady City Schools.

The clergy, along with AQE, Citizen Action of New York and the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, are seeking the $62 million in foundation aid, which, based on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, is owed to Schenectady schools.

After a Moral Monday gathering in the War Room, the clergy lobbied Senator Hugh Farley as well as Assemblymembers Angelo Santabarbara and Phil Steck. Senator George Amedore ducked out on the clergy. But they got him to commit to a public meeting this week.

Patriotic Millionaires Seek Higher Taxes

A delegation from the Patriotic Millionaires traveled to Albany to support legislation that will close the carried interest tax loophole at the state level. Currently, the tax loophole provides Wall Street money managers with preferential tax treatment.

“It is unconscionable that the carried interest loophole allows money managers in New York pay a lower tax rate on the income that they earn by investing other people’s money than hard working New Yorkers in every city and town from Plattsburgh to Buffalo,” said Morris Pearl, Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, “It’s time to close the carried interest loophole and New York has tremendous power to lead the nation towards a more fair and just tax system.”

AQE agrees and is pushing for the bill’s passage, which is co-sponsored by Assemblymembers Jeff Aubry and Sean Ryan.

The New York Times editorial board also endorsed the idea, which you can read here.

Community School Support

At a press conference during Citizen Action’s first lobby day, parents from communities across the state joined with Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes to call for greater investment in creating community schools. The group said $250 million is necessary to build community schools, which is shown to be the best alternative to turning around struggling schools.

The call for $250 million will fund a bill that the Senator and Assemblymember are co-sponsoring. Now the push is on for the Assembly to provide a pathway for parent and community engagement, a key element in ensuring community schools succeed.

Rochester Students Honor Champions of Positive School Climate

Champions of positive school climate, in and outside the classrooms of the Rochester City School District, were honored at an award ceremony on Thursday at the Edgerton Recreation Center.

The event, hosted by students from Gates-Chili and Edison Tech High Schools, put a spotlight on 78 students, parents, teachers, staff and community members who go the extra mile to improve the climate in city schools. The evening will also honor two organizations: G2 Rochester and School Without Walls.

AQE was there along with Metro Justice and Rochester City School District’s Office of Parent Engagement.

One-House Budgets are Out

AQE is praising the Assembly’s proposed $2.1 billion school aid increase, but find the Senate’s proposal shafts high need schools. The Assembly’s proposal includes $1.1 billion in foundation aid, a quarter of the total amount of Foundation Aid owed.
The Senate’s proposal of $1.6 billion weakens the Foundation Aid formula further harming high need schools.
Read AQE’s Statement on the Assembly Proposal here. Read AQE’s Statement on the Senate Proposal here.

Charter School Violence

Amid recent hedge-fund backed pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools ads claiming that New York City Schools are unsafely violent, George Joseph finds that charter schools have double the rate of violence as district schools.

FES is closely tied to Success Academy, who has been consistently under fire for their harsh discipline practices, and with their recent ad has seemingly come to their defense; claiming that NYC public schools are in a “state of emergency.” However, research and reporting show that violence in charter schools has spiked 54% over the past year.

In fact, in nearly every category, violent or nonviolent offenses, charter schools have seen a rise in disciplinary action at a rate higher than that of district public schools. For more information read the article here.

CUNY Rising

Dozens of organizations aligned last Thursday to support #CUNYRising in their efforts to freeze tuitions for CUNY as the state threatens a $3,000 hike. The group is also fighting for a salary raise for professors and staff.

Elected officials and members of the coalition marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in demonstration.

Read more on the issue here.

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Sign our petition here, urging legislators to Stand Up 4 Kids!!
Stay tuned for more to come!

Alicia Arrington,
Communications Organizer of the Alliance for Quality Education

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Dear MoveOn member,

I spent five years leading the NAACP—through the election of our first Black president, through the worst assault on voting rights in two generations, and through the Zimmerman acquittal and the movement that grew after it. Long before that, as a teenager, I cut my teeth community organizing in Harlem and Mississippi. From the country’s biggest city to its biggest civil rights association, I’ve seen this political game at every level.

What I haven’t exactly seen before is a presidential candidate like Senator Bernie Sanders—and that’s why I endorsed him earlier this month and why I’m asking you to volunteer this weekend ahead of some of the most important elections of this primary. There are thousands of events taking place across the country where you can make a difference. Click here to find one near you.

Bernie’s got a level of integrity you rarely see in politicians today. He’s got a boldness of vision that’s shaken the Democratic Party this year. And he’s got a moral clarity and authenticity that I think are the reasons he’s been drawing such huge crowds wherever his campaign goes.

I’ll tell you that Bernie’s got something else too—a legislative history and agenda to match his fiery rhetoric. Bernie’s universal health care plan would improve the lives of millions of people, particularly Black and Latino Americans who are still disproportionately uninsured today. His plan to make college more affordable is going to make the middle class obtainable for entire communities of people who have been systematically left out. And his people-over-profits approach to international trade would make sure we’re creating jobs in communities whose industries have disappeared, instead of giving more jobs away.

Despite what you’ve been hearing on the 24-hour news cycle, Bernie can definitely win this nomination; the delegate math proves it. The Democratic Party’s superdelegates will not vote until July. That means the only thing that counts right now are the delegates earned at the polls, where Clinton and Sanders are only one vote apart.

Moreover, the most important question for us is not just who can win the primary itself, but who can beat Donald Trump at the polls in November. For weeks now, every poll has been clear: Sanders is the only candidate who would defeat Trump handily in a head-to-head match this fall. But the millions of us behind Bernie’s “political revolution” have to get us there first.

Anyone, no matter where they are in the country, can help turn out voters for Bernie in South Carolina’s Saturday primary and the upcoming Super Tuesday states by spending a few minutes calling voters or some time volunteering at a local event.

Will you sign up to volunteer today or tomorrow before it’s too late?

When I first began campaigning for Bernie Sanders, I recalled the words of the late, great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said that “a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” That means someone who is visionary and not constrained by what leaders of the status quo tell us is possible.

I’ve seen Bernie in action, and I know he’s the type of leader we can trust to fight for the future of all our nation’s children as if they were his very own. I’ve also heard the stories of his time as a student activist in Chicago, fighting housing segregation and leading the local CORE chapter—the stories he’s too humble to harp about in public but that paint the picture of a man who’s carried a lifelong commitment to justice.

For decades, Bernie’s been a consistent, principled, and courageous fighter against the evils that Dr. King referred to as the giant triplets of racism, militarism, and greed. I know that’s the reason that legends like Harry Belafonte have proudly endorsed Bernie as well.

MoveOn members are known for taking on the tough fights—the uphill battles, the ones that shift what’s possible. In this election, Bernie is the candidate who shifts what’s possible. I hope you feel the same way and will help me get him into office.

If you’re able to volunteer ahead of a critical primary in South Carolina this Saturday—or before the long list of states voting next Tuesday—please do sign up today.

Thank you,

Benjamin Todd Jealous
Civil Rights Leader

P.S. This photo’s been going around since this weekend, after the Chicago Tribune found it in their archives. It’s Bernie Sanders being arrested in 1963 during a civil rights demonstration on the south side of Chicago. Coincidentally, Bernie mentioned this incident at a dinner I attended recently, and he said immediately after this picture was taken, he was thrown into a police van.

Chicago Tribute: Bernie sanders being arrest at anti-segregation protest in 1963.

Want to support our work? We’re going all out to help Bernie Sanders win the Democratic nomination. Polls across the country show that the race is close, so we really can win. But we can’t do it without small-dollar donations from people like you. Click here to chip in.


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AQE’s Champions of Education Gala is next week on Thursday, November 5th in New York City. We will be honoring three individuals who have fought to better education for every student in New York.

 

Natasha Capers, Coordinator, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice

Natasha Capers is the coordinator and parent leader of the New York City Coalition of Educational Justice (CEJ), an organization that seeks to end the inequities in New York City public schools. At CEJ, she works on two major campaigns: College-Ready Community Schools and Parent Engagement as well as Parent Power School. Those campaigns work to build community schools with strong student supports as well as a college-bound culture. Read more….

 

Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President, The New York State United Teachers  A grassroots leader and longtime educator, Andrew Pallotta was elected executive vice president in 2009 to help guide NYSUT’s massive political mobilization and legislative efforts. An elementary school teacher for more than two decades, Pallotta leads the legislative and political action activities of members across the state, and has encouraged and fostered grassroots engagement. Read more….

 

Laura Wolff, Program Director, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation  During her 25- year tenure at the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Laura Wolff served as Senior Program Officer, Acting Executive Director, and Program Director. She managed the foundation’s New York grants program on “Improving the Performance of Public Institutions in New York,” and its national program dedicated to protecting reproductive rights and enhancing access to comprehensive reproductive health services. Read more….

They have worked tirelessly to achieve these goals, so come celebrate them with us at 6 p.m. at 52 Broadway in New York City!
Our co-chairs are: Stephanie Miner, Mayor of the City of Syracuse Bill Samuels, Founder of EffectiveNY Zephyr Teachout, CEO and Board Chair of Mayday PAC Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers Ocynthia Williams, Project Manager of Harlem Renaissance Education Pipeline
We hope to see you there!
Reserve your ticket today.
Thank you for your continual support,
Billy Easton Executive Director Alliance for Quality Education

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September 28, 2016

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September 28, 2016

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The missile that shot down a passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014 was trucked in from Russia, investigators found. 298 people died.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:19 AM EDT

A Dutch-led investigation has concluded that the powerful surface-to-air missile system that was used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine two years ago, killing all 298 on board, was trucked in from Russia at the request of Russian-backed separatists and returned to Russia the same night. The report largely confirmed the already widely documented Russian government role not only in the deployment of the missile system, called a Buk, or SA-11, but the subsequent cover up, which continues to this day. Read more »

September 22, 2016

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September 22, 2016

Watch: Gunfire at a protest in Charlotte, N.C., left a man on life support (not dead, as the city first said). Our reporters were there.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:26 AM EDT

A second night of protests set off by the police killing of a black man in Charlotte, N.C., spiraled into chaos and violence after nightfall Wednesday when a demonstration was interrupted by gunfire that gravely wounded a man in the crowd. Charlotte officials had said earlier that the man had been killed in the unrest. Our reporters were on the scene. Read more »

September 20, 2016

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September 20, 2016

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The father of the suspect in Saturday’s bombings called him a terrorist 2 years ago, prompting an F.B.I. review, officials said

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:35 AM EDT

Two years before Ahmad Khan Rahami went on a bombing rampage in New York and New Jersey, his father told the police that the son was a terrorist, prompting a review by federal agents, according to two senior law enforcement officials. Separately on Tuesday, another official said that when Mr. Rahami was captured during a shootout with the police, he was carrying a notebook that contained writings sympathetic to jihadist causes. Read more »

September 19, 2016

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September 19, 2016

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Gov. Chris Christie knew about the scheme to close bridge lanes in 2013, prosecutors said — and he knew while it was happening

Monday, September 19, 2016 11:47 AM EDT

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knew that his close associates were involved in a plan to shut down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as it was happening and that the closings were intended to punish a local mayor for declining to support him, prosecutors said on Monday. It was the first time Mr. Christie, a Republican, has been accused of knowing about the scheme as it unfolded. Read more »

September 19, 2016

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September 19, 2016

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Officials said the suspect in the Manhattan bombing, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody

Monday, September 19, 2016 11:23 AM EDT

The police took into custody Monday the man they believed to be behind the bombings Saturday night, Ahmad Khan Rahami, according to law enforcement officials. Read more »

September 19, 2016

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September 19, 2016

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The F.B.I. is seeking a 28-year-old in connection with the Chelsea bombing, and the police have raided a New Jersey home

Monday, September 19, 2016 7:57 AM EDT

Hours after five pipe bombs were discovered near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J., federal agents and the police raided a home nearby early Monday morning as part of the sweeping search for the person or people responsible for Saturday night’s bombing in Manhattan. The police released a photograph of a 28-year-old man, described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent, , Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted in connection with the attack. Read more »

September 19, 2016

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September 19, 2016

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White voters are keeping Donald Trump’s hopes alive in Florida, a state he badly needs, an Upshot/Siena College poll says

Monday, September 19, 2016 7:05 AM EDT

Donald J. Trump has almost no plausible path to the White House unless he wins Florida, a rapidly changing state where Hispanic voters could deal a decisive blow to his chances. But a new poll, by The New York Times Upshot/Siena College, suggests that Mr. Trump is keeping his hopes alive in Florida, the largest and most diverse of the crucial battleground states. The reason: White voters favor him by a large margin. Read more »

September 19, 2016

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September 19, 2016

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“The People v. O.J. Simpson” dominated the Emmys. “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” repeated in the two top categories.

Monday, September 19, 2016 12:25 AM EDT

For a ceremony that can be numbingly predictable, the Emmys were energized by a slew of first-time winners. The success of the O.J. series set the theme for the evening as Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown all scored their first Emmy victories. Rami Malek won his first Emmy as well in a wide-open race for best actor in a drama, for his role as the tortured hacker in USA’s “Mr. Robot.” And in a big upset, Tatiana Maslany won as best actress in a drama for her numerous performances in BBC America’s “Orphan Black.” Read more »

September 18, 2016

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September 18, 2016

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Two bombs planted in Manhattan were filled with shrapnel and designed to inflict maximum damage, the authorities said

Sunday, September 18, 2016 7:54 PM EDT

A bomb that injured 29 people on Saturday in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and another that failed to detonate, were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones and Christmas lights that set off a powerful explosive compound, law enforcement officials said on Sunday. Read more »

September 17, 2016

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September 17, 2016

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A powerful explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring 25 people, authorities said

Saturday, September 17, 2016 10:29 PM EDT

A powerful explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring 25 people, shattering windows and forcing the closure of several blocks, the authorities said. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening, the Fire Department said on Twitter. Read more »

September 16, 2016

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September 16, 2016

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Donald Trump backed off birther claims: “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.”

Friday, September 16, 2016 11:38 AM EDT

Marking a sharp reversal from his previous position, Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said at a news conference that he was now satisfied that Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii. His remark came after Mr. Obama on Friday expressed scorn for the entire subject. “I was pretty confident about where I was born,” he said. “I think most people were as well. My hope would be that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that.” Read more »

September 15, 2016

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September 15, 2016

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are virtually tied in the presidential race, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll

Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:01 AM EDT

With less than eight weeks before Election Day, Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a tight contest, with both candidates still struggling to win the confidence of their respective bases, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has the support of 46 percent of likely voters nationwide, to 44 percent for Mr. Trump, the Republican, including those who said they were leaning toward a candidate. Looking more broadly at all registered voters, Mrs. Clinton holds a wider edge, 46 to 41 percent. Read more »

September 13, 2016

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September 13, 2016

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Household incomes rose sharply in 2015, after years of stagnation. The median household income was $56,500, a census report said.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:38 AM EDT

The income gains of 5.2 percent over the previous year are an important turning point in the recovery from the 2008 recession, the deepest since the Great Depression. They show that recent economic gains are being distributed more broadly. But the recovery remains incomplete. Read more »

September 06, 2016

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September 06, 2016

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Gretchen Carlson, a former anchor, won $20 million and an apology in her sexual harassment case against Fox News and Roger Ailes

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:02 AM EDT

The parent company of Fox News said on Tuesday that it had settled a lawsuit with its former anchor Gretchen Carlson, who said that Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her when he was chairman of the network. A 21st Century Fox Corporation news release did not specify a settlement amount but a person briefed on the settlement said that it amounted to $20 million, and that Mr. Ailes was responsible for a portion of the payment. The person also said Fox News was in settlement talks with other women at the network. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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June 10, 2016

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Gordie Howe is dead at 88. Known as “Mr. Hockey,” he was one of the greatest and most durable players in the history of the sport.

Friday, June 10, 2016 10:55 AM EDT

Gordie Howe, one of the greatest and most durable players in the history of hockey, who powered his Detroit Red Wings teams to four Stanley Cup championships and was 52 years old when he finally hung up his skates, has died, the Red Wings said in a Twitter message Friday morning. Read more »

June 09, 2016

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June 09, 2016

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People in Zika-affected regions — much of Latin America and the Caribbean — should consider delaying pregnancy, the W.H.O. advised

Thursday, June 9, 2016 3:33 PM EDT

People living in areas where the Zika virus is circulating should consider delaying pregnancy to avoid having babies with birth defects, the World Health Organization has concluded. The advice affects millions of couples in 46 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean where Zika transmission is ongoing or expected. At the moment, Puerto Rico is the only part of the United States known to have local transmission of the virus. Read more »

June 09, 2016

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June 09, 2016

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President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.”

Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:03 PM EDT

President Obama on Thursday formally endorsed Hillary Clinton and implored Democrats to come together to elect her after a bruising primary, saying the stakes of the election were too high to allow party divisions to stand in the way of defeating Donald J. Trump. Read more »

June 08, 2016

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June 08, 2016

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Maria Sharapova has been suspended from tennis for two years after a positive doping test in January

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:27 AM EDT

Maria Sharapova was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, it was announced Wednesday. Sharapova, 29, announced in March that she had tested positive for meldonium, a heart medication that is said to improve blood flow and allow athletes to recover faster, which the World Anti-Doping Agency banned in January. Read more »

June 08, 2016

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June 08, 2016

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Hillary Clinton has won California, The A.P. says. The victory helped bolster her claim to a historic nomination.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:32 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night after decisive victories in the California, New Jersey and New Mexico primaries, and she quickly appealed to supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to unite with her against Donald J. Trump. The Associated Press reported early Wednesday that Mrs. Clinton had won California, but Mr. Sanders gave no indication that he would yield, insisting earlier that he would continue his campaign and barely acknowledging her achievement. Read more »

March 13, 2016

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March 13, 2016

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Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and Oregon Are Top N.C.A.A. Seeds

Sunday, March 13, 2016 5:49 PM EDT

Kansas, the Big 12 tournament champion, was one of the four No. 1 seeds in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament field announced Sunday night. The other three top seeds in the 68-team field were the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament winner North Carolina, the Pacific-12 tournament champion Oregon and the A.C.C. runner-up Virginia. Kansas (30-4) is in the tournament for the 27th consecutive year, tying the record set by North Carolina from 1975 to 2001. Kentucky, the Southeastern Conference champion, made the field for a record 55th time, while Cal State-Bakersfield, the Western Athletic Conference tournament winner, and Stony Brook, which captured the America East, will make their first appearances in the N.C.A.A. tournament. Read more »

February 01, 2016

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February 01, 2016

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The Zika virus is a global emergency, the W.H.O. said, citing possible links to infant brain damage

Monday, February 1, 2016 1:35 PM EST

The World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency, a rare move that signals the seriousness of the outbreak and gives countries powerful new tools to fight it. Read more »

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Experiencing the Presidential Campaign: A Virtual Reality Film

The best part of a campaign event? The crowd. Our virtual reality film puts you in front of four presidential candidates as they make their pitches.
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January 30, 2016

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January 30, 2016

OPINION
The Times editorial board announces its endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary

Saturday, January 30, 2016 11:06 AM EST

For the past painful year, the Republican presidential contenders have been bombarding Americans with empty propaganda slogans and competing, bizarrely, to present themselves as the least experienced person for the most important elected job in the world. Democratic primary voters, on the other hand, after a substantive debate over real issues, have the chance to nominate one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history. Read more »

January 29, 2016

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January 29, 2016

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Facebook is banning gun sales on its network, which had become a way for private dealers to elude background checks

Friday, January 29, 2016 6:19 PM EST

Facebook is banning private sales of guns on its flagship social network and on its Instagram photo-sharing service, the company said late Friday. President Obama, state attorneys general and gun safety groups had increased pressure on the company to stop the flow of Facebook posts and Instagram messages offering guns for sale, often without background checks Read more »

January 28, 2016

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January 28, 2016

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The final G.O.P. debate before the Iowa caucuses is beginning — without Donald Trump. Follow it live.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:05 PM EST

With the Iowa caucuses less than a week away, the Republican candidates have a final chance to present their message, without any interruptions from the front-runner, Donald J. Trump. He is holding a competing event all on his own. Read more »

January 28, 2016

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January 28, 2016

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The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas, world health officials say

Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:12 AM EST

Officials from the World Health Organization said on Thursday that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and announced that they would convene an emergency meeting on Monday to decide whether to declare a public health emergency. “The level of alarm is extremely high,” said Margaret Chan, the director general of the W.H.O., in a speech in Geneva. Read more »

January 26, 2016

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January 26, 2016

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Donald Trump will not participate in the Republican debate on Thursday, his campaign manager said

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:28 PM EST

Donald J. Trump said Tuesday it was pretty “irrevocable” that he would skip the event, which will take place just days before the Iowa caucuses. Read more »

January 26, 2016

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January 26, 2016

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The leaders of an antigovernment standoff in Oregon have been arrested and one person has been killed

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:26 PM EST

Ammon Bundy, the head of an antigovernment group that occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, was arrested and one person died Tuesday night, the F.B.I. and the State Police said. Five other people, including Mr. Bundy’s brother Ryan Bundy, were also in custody. Read more »

January 26, 2016

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January 26, 2016

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The leaders of an antigovernment standoff in Oregon have been arrested and one person has been killed

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:26 PM EST

Ammon Bundy, the head of an antigovernment group that occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, was arrested and one person died Tuesday night, the F.B.I. and the State Police said. Five other people, including Mr. Bundy’s brother Ryan Bundy, were also in custody. Read more »
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Abe Vigoda, the character actor who found fame in “The Godfather” and “Barney Miller,” has died at age 94

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2:47 PM EST

Abe Vigoda, the sad-faced actor who emerged from a workmanlike stage career to find belated fame in the 1970s as the earnest mobster Tessio in “The Godfather” and the dyspeptic Detective Phil Fish on the hit sitcom “Barney Miller,” died on Tuesday morning in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94, having outlived by about 34 years an erroneous report of his death that made him a cult figure. His daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Mr. Vigoda had died in his sleep at her home. Read more »

January 21, 2016

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January 21, 2016

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Putin ‘probably approved’ the poisoning of a Kremlin foe in 2006, British inquiry says

Thursday, January 21, 2016 4:49 AM EST

A high-profile British inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer and foe of the Kremlin, concluded on Thursday that his murder “was probably approved” by the head of Russia’s spy service and President Vladimir V. Putin. The finding by Robert Owen, a retired judge, in a 328-page report represented by far the most damning official link between Mr. Litvinenko’s death on Nov. 23, 2006, and the highest levels of the Kremlin. Read more »

January 21, 2016

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January 21, 2016

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Putin ‘probably approved’ the poisoning of a Kremlin foe in 2006, British inquiry says

Thursday, January 21, 2016 4:49 AM EST

A high-profile British inquiry into the poisoning of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer and foe of the Kremlin, concluded on Thursday that his murder “was probably approved” by the head of Russia’s spy service and President Vladimir V. Putin. The finding by Robert Owen, a retired judge, in a 328-page report represented by far the most damning official link between Mr. Litvinenko’s death on Nov. 23, 2006, and the highest levels of the Kremlin. Read more »

January 20, 2016

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January 20, 2016

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U. S. stock markets are down more than 3 percent, pressured by falling oil prices and economic worries

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:46 PM EST

Near midday, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 500 points, or about 3.1 percent. The benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down more than 3.2 percent, continuing the steady slide in the markets that have settled in since the beginning of January. The Nasdaq was also down more than 3.2 percent. The Dow was hit hard after IBM, one of the 30 blue-chip stocks in the gauge, reported a drop in its fourth-quarter profit after the markets closed on Tuesday. Read more »

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