YONKERS WATCHDOG.

 

Friends of Mayor Ernie Davis
MOUNT VERNON LAUNCHES NEW POTHOLE INITATIVE
City of Mount Vernon, NY
Mayor Thomas Lays Out Pothole Initiative Plan
It’s pothole season again and the City of Mount Vernon and the Department of Public Works are on alert. With a blizzard that dropped 20+ inches of snow across the region; we must prepare for the potholes that form after such an event.
Freeze & thaw weather cycles produce potholes when icy water and snow seep into concrete and asphalt, solidify then expand to cause cracks that widen into potholes as vehicles travel over them. Dramatic shifts in temperature can increase the potential for damage. Potholes are a nuisance on any road, but when they occur we must be vigilant in patching and paving them up.
While we are still in the winter season we are taking advantage of the warm weather to assess and survey the streets for potential pothole hotspots. Our Department of Public Works will be addressing the potholes with a city-wide planned approach once the survey is complete.
In the next couple of months look forward to the unveiling of our Pothole Initiative. Going forth we ask the public to send photos of major potholes to www.Facebook.com/MayorRichardThomas or use the hashtag #PotholeMV so that we can track THEM. We will work to resolve the issue and put forward a process to fix these potholes.

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Calendar of Events in the City of Mount Vernon for February

City of Mount Vernon, NY
Calendar from the Office for the Aging Senior Programs for the Month of February
Activities and Events for Seniors
Menu – February 2016

City of Mount Vernon, NY, 1 Roosevelt Square, City Hall, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

Zombie Home to be Demolished in 
Mount Vernon

Mayor Richard Thomas will cap off the first month of his administration by demolishing a zombie home that has been plaguing the community for years.

 

The “Zombie Home” on 136 Park Avenue will be demolished, Sunday January 31st, at 3pm ET.

Following a historic blizzard, which dropped 20+ inches of snow in the area and caused the collapse of the Sports Underdome, the Thomas Administration determined that this building was an imminent threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Mayor Thomas is calling on those in the community to come out and watch the tearing down of this monument of urban.  Together, we will reclaim our community.
City of Mount Vernon, NY, 1 Roosevelt Square, City Hall, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

The following streets must be free of all vehicles from 12:01AM – 8:00AM on Thursday January 28, 2016 to allow snow removal. The authority lies within the Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency.

 

Vehicles remaining on the street will be ticketed and towed for the safety and welfare of the public and DPW employees.

 

NO PARKING 12:01AM to 8:00AM THURSDAY JANUARY 28th  ON THE FOLLOWING STREETS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
  • Prospect Ave. between Park Ave. & Portugal Place
  • 3rd St. between 6th Ave. & Union Ave.
  • South 5th Ave. between 1st St. & 2nd St.
BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
 
Alternate Side Parking Rules are in effect and Sanitation Pick-ups & Recycle Collection are on regular schedule.

 

For Immediate Release

 

State of New York Loans Mount Vernon Specialized Snow Removal Equipment

 

 
(Tuesday, January 26, 2016) Mount Vernon, NY – The State of New York has provided special equipment to Mount Vernon to aid in ongoing snow removal efforts.
The equipment, the RPM 217 Loader Mounted Snow blower, is designed to effectively scoop snow and funnel it directly into a truck for efficient removal. This snow blower will allow the city to move up to 2000 tons of snow an hour.

(Fourth Avenue and First Street around 1:30am)

In order to maximize the use of this equipment, street closures are in effect.

The following streets must be free of all vehicles from 12am to 8am t allow snow removal, based on the current state of emergency as declared by the Mayor.

 
No Parking 12am to 8am on the following streets until further notice:
  • South 4th Avenue between 2nd Street &3rd Street
  • 1st Street between 5th Avenue & 3rd Avenue
  • 2nd Street between 5th Avenue & 3rd Avenue
  • Gramatan Avenue from Prospect Ave to North Street
By Order of the Commissioner of DPW
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For video of the RPM 217 in action clearing out snow from 4th Avenue click

Here

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR ERNEST D. DAVIS REGARDING

MEMORIAL FIELD COURT DECISION
December 28, 2015 – “The NYS Supreme Court has ruled that neither Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas nor Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams had any legal right to file a lawsuit to stop work at Memorial Field. Therefore, it was ordered that their case is dismissed.
I formerly cautioned Mayor-Elect Thomas against the folly of following dictates of Legislator Lyndon Williams. Now we have accrued a legal bill for an activity that could have easily been resolved through cooperation.
This lawsuit has contributed to embarrassing the city and creating a bill that the Mayor-Elect’s administration will be charged with paying. As time goes on I hope better decision-making will be advised to avoid future frivolity and strain on the city’s financial resources.”
 
 
 
MAYOR DAVIS RESPONDS TO FIRE UNION CLAIMS CITY IS UNPROTECTED
 
 
News 12 interviews Fighterfighter Union president Ernie Richardson who claims the city is left unprotected, implying the administration is at fault.  Mayor Davis calls for
investigation of firefighter use of sick time costing taxpayers tens of thousands since October.
 
 
 

City of Mount Vernon, NY

Press Release

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15TH … @ 11:30AM

DATE CHANGED FROM MONDAY 12/14/15 NEW DATE: WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH … @ 6pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17TH … @ 11:30AM

SIDEBAR – Just an FYI: Remember last month, filming done in MtVernon … City Hall? See A bit of MtVernon on the small screen … Go to: ~ SHOWTIME On Demand ~ Series ~ “The Affair” WATCH: ~ Opening: Crowd Scene … City Hall Plaza

Fast Forward to approximately 0:32 time/count:

WATCH:

~ Court Scene … City Council Chambers

Check it out …

 

Commercial Break …

Before you start your holiday shopping

… fuel up at KRISPY KRUNCHY and then ...

… You KNOW NO cooking will be done after a full day/night of shopping,

so why not stop by KRISPY KRUNCHY & take dinner home ?!!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Come and Enjoy the Last Few Warm Days of 2015
The Downtown Carnival
14 RIDES * FOOD * GAMES * PRIZES * MUSIC
MOUNT VERNON, NY
DATE:
 Thursday, 10/22 – 5pm – 10pm
Friday, 10/23 – 5pm – 11pm
Saturday, 10/24 – 3pm – 11pm
Sunday, 10/25 – 1pm – 9pm
LOCATION: Mount Vernon, NY Municipal Parking Lot
Corner of East Prospect Ave. & North 3rd Ave
(Across from Food Town)
ConEd
 

Memorial Field Tennis Center Building Construction Under Way

Work continues at Memorial Field. The Tennis Center building  is about to be constructed. Steel beams that frame the building were installed today and construction is expected to be completed very  soon. The ground floor of the structure will house a pro shop, reception area, office, concession stand, locker rooms and a fabulous viewing area overlooking the courts. The second floor will house a large multipurpose room and viewing area as well as  rest rooms.
See What Else is Happening

 

 

Mount Vernon Tennis Center Building Costruction Begins

 

Ernest D. Davis, Mayor

914-665-2300

www.cmvny.com

Sheridan Ave between California Road and Stuyvesant Plaza

Con Edison continues to upgrade the gas transmission system in Mount Vernon. Excavation of test pits will continue through the next two weeks on Sheridan Avenue between California Road and Stuyvesant Place. Test pits are typically 6 by 10 feet street excavations used to verify underground facilities prior to gas pipe installation.
Work is scheduled until the full restoration anticipated to be by the end of fall. Your service will not be interrupted. For more information call Public Affairs at 1-914-925-6361 or e-mail WestchesterPA@conEd.com.
Brookside Avenue between Beechwood and Warwick Avenues
Con Edison will be working in conjunction with the Mount Vernon Water Department on this project which began today, Monday, 9/28. Temporary restoration is scheduled for 8 weeks with permanent restoration to follow. Weekend work may be necessary in order to expedite this project.
Con Ed will store material and equipment alongside the road while they work and may need to excavate parts of your sidewalk, driveway, or lawn. If you have any private facilities such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences buried in your lawn, please let Con Edison know.  Gas service will be interrupted as Con Edison transfers from the old gas main to the newly installed gas main. Arrangements will be made with all gas service customers to minimize impact.  If you are not home when work is completed, please call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633), so they can return to restore your service.
 
Statement from Mayor Ernest D. Davis

Update on Investigation of Death

of Raynette Turner

 

 

 

As the City of Mount Vernon mourns the loss of one of our citizens, Mrs. Raynette Turner, we ask again that the community, including the press, respect Mrs. Turner’s life, as well as her family, as they transition through a very difficult time. I recently spoke with Mrs. Turner’s family and was advised that a local funeral home has donated its services. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. 

 

We have made every effort to keep the dialogue open surrounding Mrs. Turners’ death and have answered, to the best of our ability, questions put forth by those concerned. Please remain mindful that the investigation is continuing. Every effort will be put forth by this administration to make sure that Mrs. Turner’s death is investigated in a manner that is comprehensive and thorough.

 

To that end, the City of Mount Vernon welcomes the independent investigation of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and we will fully cooperate with and assist his team. In addition, we are formulating our own internal team which includes a former New York State Assistant Attorney General and a former New York State Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights; as well as a former federal prosecutor.

 

In the meantime, I ask again that we show respect as we get through this very tragic event.

Mayor Ernest D. Davis

City of Mount Vernon, New York

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Con Edison Issues Gas Line ScheduleDouglas Place Between Edgewood & East Devonia Avenues

CON ED UPGRADES
 DOUGLAS PLACE BETWEEN EDGEWOOD AND EAST DEVONIA AVENUES

Con Edison began upgrading gas main and services on Douglas Place between Edgewood and East Devonia Avenues.  Temporary restoration is scheduled in 3 to 4 weeks with permanent restoration to be completed in the fall.

Con Edison will store material and equipment alongside the road while they work and may need to excavate parts of sidewalks, driveways or lawns. If property owners have any private facilities such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences buried in your lawn, please let us know.

Gas service will be interrupted as Con Edison transfers from the old gas main to the newly installed gas main. Arrangements will be made with all gas service customers to minimize impact.

If you have any questions about this work, please call Rob Hernandez at 1-917-634-7891. For more information or to receive updates on this project, please contact Westchester Public Affairs at 1-914-925-6361, or e-mail WestchesterPA@conEd.com 

Mayor Ernest D. Davis wants to assure residents that pipeline upgrades are steadily progressing and work will be completed in affected areas more quickly with the warmer weather. Once all work is completed, roadways will be repaved.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

Call Con Edison Public Affairs at 1-914-925-6361 or e-mail WestchesterPA@conEd.com

 

Thomas Rodney Iglehart

Former husband of

Linda Jones Iglehart

Father of

Keon & Koya Iglehart

We Celebrate His Life:

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Viewing/Wake: 10:00 a.m. – Noon Service: Noon

Camelot Funeral Home, Inc. 174 Stevens Avenue Mount Vernon, New York 10550

 

Interment:

– Immediately following service –

Kensico Cemetery 273 Lakeview Avenue

Valhalla, New York 10595

 

Repast: 2:00 p.m.

Runyon Heights Community House/Center

21 Runyon Avenue

Yonkers, New York 10710

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DR. LEROY RAMSEY — JOE DIOGUARDI
PARTNERS FOR WWI AND WWII AFRICAN AMERICAN  MEDALS OF HONOR
HISTORIC CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015
CITY HALL PLAZA – 6:00 PM

The City of Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon Central Committee for Veterans Affairs and the Mount Vernon Veterans Service Agency  acknowledge the historic award of The Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson, at long last, and the historic contributions to racial justice in our nation’s military by Dr. Leroy Ramsey and former Congressman Joe DioGuardi.  These two determined and courageous men waged a decades long battle for WWI and WWII African American war heroes to receive our nation’s highest military honor, The Medal of Honor.

 The historic award of The Medal of Honor to Sgt. Henry Johnson, at long last, and the historic contributions to racial justice in our nation’s military by Dr. Leroy Ramsey and former Congressman Joe DioGuardi. will be celebrated when a memorial plaque is unveiled in their honor. This event is free and open to the public. Representatives from lodges, posts and legions will also be in attendance as well as the Joe DioGuardi and the family of Dr. Leroy Ramsey.

Dr. Ramsey’s connection to Mount Vernon was established during public school desegregation efforts some 40 years ago when, as administrator of intercultural relations and educational integration for New York State’s Department of Education, the Pennington Grimes Center for Creative Education was established. He would then go on to meet Congressman Joe DioGuardi who was representing Mount Vernon in Congress and, together, they would lead the charge against all odds to have African American war heroes from WWI and WWII receive The Medal of Honor.  Congressman Mickey Leland, who then headed the Congressional Black Caucus, accepted DioGuardi’s invitation to join him in a congressional effort to reconsider the awarding of the Medals or honor for deserving WWI and WWII African /American soldiers.

In 1987, Republican Congressman Joe DioGuardi, along with the late Democrat Congressman Mickey Leland of Houston, Texas, initiated legislation to confer Medals of Honor on Black American military war heroes from WWII and WWII, in order to begin the process of correcting an historic racial injustice. DioGuardi now plans to work with Dr. Ramsey’s children, David and Julia, in the  fight to secure more Medals of Honor  for Black American war heroes from WWI and WWII. “I believe that there are dozens more African American soldiers deserving of our nation’s highest military honor,” said DioGuardi. “Our job will be done when every African American War hero who served in WWI and WWII, and who is objectively entitled to receive  The Medal of Honor, actually receives it.”

It is fitting to recap the history of Black American war heroes from WWI and WWII. On April 24, 1991, the first Medal of Honor was awarded to war hero Cpl. Freddie Stowers of South Carolina by President George H. W. Bush. Then, on January 13, 1997, President William Clinton awarded The Medal of Honor to seven WWII Army heroes as a result of an agreement for an independent study arranged by Congressmen Joe DioGuardi and Mickey Leland with the Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci in 1988 (shortly after which Mickey Leland died tragically in a humanitarian mission to Ethiopia). On June 2, 2015, President Barack Obama posthumously bestowed The Medal of Honor on World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson, for whom Congressman Joe DioGuardi and Dr. Leroy Ramsey first started their historic work in 1986.

  INDEPENDENCE DAY CEREMONY Saturday, July 4St. Paul’s Church — 897 South Columbus Avenue

On Saturday, July 4th, treat yourself to another historic activity at St. Paul’s National Historic Site.

Come celebrate the 133rd Independence Day Celebration on the Old Village Green, the site is famous for its connection with the patriotic printer John Peter Zenger and the establishment of an American free press.

A pre-program concert begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a formal program that includes a tolling of the bells and a reciting of the Declaration of Independence for the 130th year by a member of the Banning family. Refreshments and tours of the historic chrch, built in 1787, and its Bill of Rights Museum will be free of charge afterward.

St. Paul’s is a National Historic Site, in part because it faces the green where the journalist John Peter Zenger was tried in 1773 for publishing allegedly seditious accounts of an election.

Con Edison Issues Gas Line Schedule For South 11 Avenue As Work Begins

CON ED UPGRADES
11TH AVENUE BETWEEN SECOND AND THIRD STREETS

Con Edison is busy attempting to complete work on upgrades in Mount Vernon. On Tuesday, June 9, Con Edison began excavating for gas main and service upgrades.

Temporary restoration is scheduled in 4 to 6 weeks with permanent restoration to be complete by late- summer. Con Ed will store material and equipment alongside the road while they work. Portions of sidewalks, driveways, or lawns may need to be excavated during work. If property owners have any private facilities such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences buried in their lawns, please let Con Ed workers know.

Mayor Ernest D. Davis wants to assure residents that pipeline upgrades are steadily progressing and work will be completed in affected areas more quickly with the warmer weather. Once all work is completed, roadways will be repaved.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

Call Con Edison Public Affairs at 1-914-634-7891 or e-mail WestchesterPA@conEd.com

 

 

Vera M. Glover

… long time Mount Vernon, New York resident

peacefully departed this life on Sunday, June 7, 2015

 

The late John A. Glover, Jr., husband

The late Ronald Earl Glover, son

John Thomas Glover of Valrico FL, son

Patricia Glover of Queens NY, former daughter in law

Carolyn Drake of Mount Vernon NY, niece/cousin

 

Grandchildren

Franklin Watkins/Michaelle of Queens NY

Tasha Gravely-Green of Riverdale MD

Sean Glover of Queens NY

Perquita Pena/John of Raleigh NC

Lesette Glover of Mount Vernon NY

and Alexandria Glover of Yonkers NY

Brother

George T. Jones of Queens NY

Sisters

Jelena “Jaye” Coleman of Harlem NY

and

Joyce Fox-Lee/David of New Rochelle NY

Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wake: 10:00 AM    ~    Service: 11:00 AM

 

MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH

141 South Ninth Avenue

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

Reverend Dr. Darren M. Morton

Senior Pastor

Westchester County Clerk Mobile Office

Applying or renewing a passport will be easy when the Westchester County Clerk brings its community outreach mobile office to Mount Vernon City Hall on Tuesday, June 9, 2014 from 11 am – 2 pm. Community outreach staffers will be on hand to assist residents with applying for United   States passports, including having a photo taken. Bring along a Certified Transcript of Birth with raised seal (commonly referred to as long form Birth Certificate that includes parents’ names), valid state or government issued identification such as a valid driver’s license, government identification card or military identification card and a passport photo if you have one and of course the $135 for adult applicants (16 and over) and $105 for child applicants (under 16).

SUMMER CAMPS & ACTIVITIES

Youth Bureau Safe Haven Summer Camp

Designed for youth ages 6 through 12, this affordable camp runs from July 6 through August 14 at the Longfellow Elementary School. Youth participate in science, technology, English, art and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) activities and enjoy field trips that have included Splish Splash, Quassey Park and Lake Compounce.  The program operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   Fee:  $450

Recreation Junior Camp

Kids ages 5 through 8 will enjoy activities planned at the Traphagen Elementary School, Camp runs from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, July 6 through August 14. Fee: $550

Recreation Senior Camp

Kids a little older will have fun doing what big kids do. For those ages 9 through 12 camp will be held at Holmes Elementary School, July 5 though August 14 from 9am to 3pm. Fee:  $550

Mobile Camp Program

Kids of all ages looking for something to do during the day can visit one of our free mobile camps at the following city playgrounds:

  • Howard Street Playground –  Monday – Thursday, 10am – 12pm
  • Fleetwood Playground – Monday – Thursday, 10am – 12pm
  • Old 7th Avenue Playground – Monday – Thursday, 1pm – 3pm

Summer Clinics

Budding athletes can get specialized instruction at any one or more of our sports clinics this summer.  The clinics are designed to increase knowledge of the sport, improve skills, promote sportsmanship, and most importantly, let kids have fun!

  • Tennis Clinic – Ages 7 – 17, Fridays – June 26 to August 28 , Fee:  $100  Mount Vernon Tennis Center Courts, 665 Garden Avenue, 4pm to 8pm
  • Basketball Clinic – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 – August 14, Fee:$425 or $90/week Mount Vernon High School, 100 California Road, 1pm to 5pm
  • Biddy Outdoor Basketball – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 to August 14,  Fee:  $35 Hartley Park Court (Gramatan & Lincoln Avenues) Mondays & Tuesdays – 4:30pm to 8:30pm – Saturdays, 9am to 11am
  • Soccer Clinic – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 to August 14, Fee: $200 or $50/week Hutchinson Field Dome, 655 Garden Avenue, 4pm to 6pm
  • Band/Drumline – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 – August 7 , Fee: $200    250 Nelson Mandela High School, 250 Gramatan Avenue, Monday  – Thursday, 9am
  • – 2:30pm

Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

Teens aged 15 – 17 have an opportunity to learn and earn a stipend if they participate in a 6 week entrepreneurship skills training programs sponsored in partnership between the Mount Vernon Extension Center of S?UNY Westchester Community College, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Westchester Community College Gateway to Entrepreneurship. APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY, JUNE 5. Applications available at Mount Vernon High School (STRONG Office), Thornton High School (WWDAY Office). For further information, please contact Mrs. Debbie Butler or Mr. Wayne Woodbury at the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, 914-665-2344.

G.E.M. Summer Leadership Academy

Running July 6 through August 8, the free GEM Leadership Academy (fnded by the Westchester County Youth Bureau) was created for girls in grades 7 and 8 and was designed to empower and is designed to empower and cultivate leadership skills in a safe, enriching environment. Contact the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at 914-665-2344 for more info and to enroll.

MORE SUMMER FUN 

Pack up the family, lawn chairs and snacks for additional activities your young people can enjoy.

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series – June 17 through September 1, 7pm Concerts are held on City Hall Plaza, in Fleetwood and Hartley Park. Special concerts also happen at locations around the city. Look for the schedule to be published soon.
  • Summer Movie Nights – Free outdoor screenings of popular block buster movies on Monday nights from July 6 to August 31 at Hartley Park and Doles Community Center. Movies start at 8pm so be on time.
  • Look out for info on our summertime fairs and events

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SUMMER CAMPS & ACTIVITIES

Youth Bureau Safe Haven Summer Camp

Designed for youth ages 6 through 12, this affordable camp runs from July 6 through August 14 at the Longfellow Elementary School. Youth participate in science, technology, English, art and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) activities and enjoy field trips that have included Splish Splash, Quassey Park and Lake Compounce.  The program operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   Fee:  $450

Recreation Junior Camp

Kids ages 5 through 8 will enjoy activities planned at the Traphagen Elementary School, Camp runs from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, July 6 through August 14. Fee: $550

Recreation Senior Camp

Kids a little older will have fun doing what big kids do. For those ages 9 through 12 camp will be held at Holmes Elementary School, July 5 though August 14 from 9am to 3pm. Fee:  $550

Mobile Camp Program

Kids of all ages looking for something to do during the day can visit one of our free mobile camps at the following city playgrounds:

  • Howard Street Playground –  Monday – Thursday, 10am – 12pm
  • Fleetwood Playground – Monday – Thursday, 10am – 12pm
  • Old 7th Avenue Playground – Monday – Thursday, 1pm – 3pm

Summer Clinics

Budding athletes can get specialized instruction at any one or more of our sports clinics this summer.  The clinics are designed to increase knowledge of the sport, improve skills, promote sportsmanship, and most importantly, let kids have fun!

  • Tennis Clinic – Ages 7 – 17, Fridays – June 26 to August 28 , Fee:  $100  Mount Vernon Tennis Center Courts, 665 Garden Avenue, 4pm to 8pm
  • Basketball Clinic – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 – August 14, Fee:$425 or $90/week Mount Vernon High School, 100 California Road, 1pm to 5pm
  • Biddy Outdoor Basketball – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 to August 14,  Fee:  $35 Hartley Park Court (Gramatan & Lincoln Avenues) Mondays & Tuesdays – 4:30pm to 8:30pm – Saturdays, 9am to 11am
  • Soccer Clinic – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 to August 14, Fee: $200 or $50/week Hutchinson Field Dome, 655 Garden Avenue, 4pm to 6pm
  • Band/Drumline – Ages 7 – 17, July 6 – August 7 , Fee: $200    250 Nelson Mandela High School, 250 Gramatan Avenue, Monday  – Thursday, 9am
  • – 2:30pm

Summer Entrepreneurship Academy

Teens aged 15 – 17 have an opportunity to learn and earn a stipend if they participate in a 6 week entrepreneurship skills training programs sponsored in partnership between the Mount Vernon Extension Center of S?UNY Westchester Community College, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Westchester Community College Gateway to Entrepreneurship. APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY, JUNE 5. Applications available at Mount Vernon High School (STRONG Office), Thornton High School (WWDAY Office). For further information, please contact Mrs. Debbie Butler or Mr. Wayne Woodbury at the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, 914-665-2344.

G.E.M. Summer Leadership Academy

Running July 6 through August 8, the free GEM Leadership Academy (fnded by the Westchester County Youth Bureau) was created for girls in grades 7 and 8 and was designed to empower and is designed to empower and cultivate leadership skills in a safe, enriching environment. Contact the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at 914-665-2344 for more info and to enroll.

MORE SUMMER FUN 

Pack up the family, lawn chairs and snacks for additional activities your young people can enjoy.

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series – June 17 through September 1, 7pm Concerts are held on City Hall Plaza, in Fleetwood and Hartley Park. Special concerts also happen at locations around the city. Look for the schedule to be published soon.
  • Summer Movie Nights – Free outdoor screenings of popular block buster movies on Monday nights from July 6 to August 31 at Hartley Park and Doles Community Center. Movies start at 8pm so be on time.
  • Look out for info on our summertime fairs and events

SATURDAY, MAY 30TH

CELEBRITY BASKETBALL CHALLENGE

@ MVHS !!

FOR TICKETS and/or INFORMATION ~

Call Ahmed Rodriguez: 646-387-6553

 

SATURDAY, MAY 30TH … THIS WEEKEND!!

TUESDAY, JUNE 2ND

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH

SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST … FATHER’S DAY – “Drama @ the Doles!”

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24TH

SUMMER 2015: July & August

 

 

This SATURDAY, MAY 30TH … CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME

at MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mount Vernon to Hold Pre-Dedication of

Anthony T. Fava Park

Veterans Memorial Park Honors Military Service

Saturday, May 23, 2015

1:00pm

Corner Lincoln & Stevens Avenues

 

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2015 – Looking fresh with new plantings and a stonework wall enclosing the park, this plot of land situated at the corners of Lincoln, Stevens and Mount Vernon Avenues has often been overlooked as a memorial to city military service personnel. On Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., Mayor Ernest D. Davis will be joined by the Central Committee for Veterans Affairs for a pre-dedication ceremony of the Anthony T. Fava Veterans Memorial Park.

 

“All of the work done in this space that stands as a memorial to the brave men and women who sacrificed their own lives for us, was done in-house,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “The park now stands as a fitting tribute to our veterans and will greet residents and visitors on the west end of our city.”

 

The park was redesigned in house. Public works masonry employees with the assistance of a public works junior engineer did all of the work. They erected the stone walls and fountain centerpiece from bedrock extracted from Memorial Field and laid out the paths through the park. Landscape crews laid new sod and put in plants to soften the edges of the rock. An eagle will sit atop the pool centerpiece, representing the freedoms that all Americans enjoy because of the sacrifices of our veterans.

 

Mount Vernon native PFC Anthony T. Fava, lost his life in combat while serving with the Army during WWII, also has an American Legion Post named in his honor. Anthony’s brother, John L. Fava, is currently Commander of the Anthony T. Fava American Legion Post 1768 and is Chairman of the city’s Central Committee for Veterans Affairs.

 

“The Fava family has for decades been instrumental in fighting for veterans of our armed services and they, like so many other families, need a place like this to reflect,” said Mayor Davis.

For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor, at 914-665-2572.

 

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, CEREMONY AND DEDICATION

Wreath Laying Ceremony, 9am at City Hall

Parade, 10am

 

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2015  – Mount Vernon’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the city’s transportation center at Prospect and Park Avenues with John Fava, Chairman of the city’s Central Committee for Veterans Affairs (CCVA) feeling proud to be an American. “The veterans and their families who call Mount Vernon home deserve this acknowledgement for the service they all have given this country,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “We can never march enough to thank them for helping to keep us free.”

 

Led by a police escort, city, state, and national representatives, Veterans groups, fraternal and civic organizations, students from Mount Vernon Schools, marching bands and members of the city’s police and fire departments, the parade will march through the city’s downtown to the grandstand at Gramatan and Sidney Avenue. At the end of the parade a ceremony dedicating the Gold Star Mothers Base and official Veterans ceremony will be held.

 

“The Gold Star Mother base is in place and it looks beautiful,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “Those mothers who grieve  the loss of a child to combat, no matter during what war, will have a place to be honored and recognized for their sacrifice.”

 

Prior to the start of the parade, a wreath laying ceremony will be held at 9:00am on City Hall Plaza.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the City Council chambers. The parade procession will follow a police escort from Prospect to Park Avenue, right onto Park Avenue to South 1st Avenue, making a right on East 3rd Street to South 4th Avenue, a right on South 4th Avenue to North Gramatan Avenue and right onto Sidney Avenue.

 

For additional information contact Commissioner Jonathan Logan at 914-665-2319.

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MEMORIAL FIELD TENNIS CENTER OPENING PARTY

Kela Tennis Hosts Mount Vernon Tennis Center Party

Monday, May 25, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Memorial Field Tennis Courts

431 Garden Avenue

 

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2015  – The new tennis courts at Memorial Field have are open for play and have already hosted competition play. Kela Tennis at Mount Vernon Tennis Center will be hosting a Memorial Day celebration opening party.

 

“We are fortunate to have Kela Simunyola interested in managing our tennis center,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “His reputation of building tennis programs into prominence is well known and his own indoor tennis program has helped to develop stars on the USTA circuit.”

 

Kela, who came to the United States from Zambia on a scholarship to Concordia College in Bronxville, is a tennis professional who has taught numerous students through his programs in New York and Florida. The Simunyola family received USTA Eastern’s Family of the Year Award for their years of dedication to tennis, one that stretches among over 10 individuals and across many generations. Kela is a former director of tennis at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester. With the addition or Kela Tennis, the courts, which meet USTA stands, are expected to draw high level tennis competitions.

 

RSVP to kelateennis@icloud.com if you are interested in attending the opening party. For more information contact Kela Tennis at 914-665-6666

 

 

REVISED GARBAGE AND YARD WASTE PICKUP SCHEDULE 

Memorial Day – Holiday Week

Mount Vernon, NY, May 20, 2014 – The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of May 25, 2015.

 

  • There will be no regular Southside garbage pickup on Monday, May 25
  • Regular Monday Southside garbage pickup will be on Tuesday, May 26
  • Regular Northside yard waste pickup will be on Tuesday, May 26
  • There will be no pickup of recycling commingles on Wednesday, May 27
  • Regular Tuesday Northside garbage pickup will be on Wednesday, May 27
  • Regular Thursday Southside pickup of garbage, rubbish pickup plus recyclable bottles, cans and  plastics remains in effect
  • Regular Northside Wednesday pickup of recyclable bottles, cans and plastics will be on

Thursday, May 28

  • Regular Southside Thursday garbage and rubbish pickup remains in effect
  • Regular Northside Friday garbage and rubbish pickup on the will be on Friday, May 29
  • Regular Southside Wednesday pickup of recycled bottles, cans and plastic on the will be on Friday, May 29
  • Alternate side of the street parking on both sides of the street and metered parking has been suspended on Monday, May 25, 2015, for Memorial Day

 

PLEASE REFER TO SANITATION SCHEDULES FOR CHANGES IN PICKUPS DURING HOLIDAY WEEKS.  RECYCLABLES AND YARD WASTE WILL NOT BE PICKED UP IN PLASTIC BAGS.

Please contact the Department of Public Works at 665-2460 for additional information.

 

Join us ~ Make it
 A  Steam House Weekend …
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Saturday, May 9th
IMANI’S 5th Annual FASHION & TALENT SHOW …


– and –
Sunday, May 10th
Celebrate with the special lady/ies in your life …



Reservations Highly Recommended

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Mount Vernon Wins Water Taste Contest

After placing 2nd to White Plains last year, on Thursday, May 5th Mount Vernon reclaimed best tasting water honors in the county. Westchester County Department of Health’s annual municipal water taste contest had taste testers finding Mount Vernon’s water the tastiest in front of the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains. Now its off to the Albany finals!

Mobile Shredder Coming This Saturday

The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be making a stop at the Municipal Parking Lot on 5th Avenue and 2nd Street on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Residents can have confidential papers shredded a no cost on  a first come, first served basis between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  A maximum of four boxes per resident will be allowed.

NYS Custom Plates for Military and Veteran Drivers
New York State offers custom license plates to veterans and military members reflecting their military service or affiliation. Qualified disabled Veterans under federal Title 38, Part III, Chapter 39 or can qualify for and apply for Congressional Medal Of Honor custom plates Veterans 62 years of age or older can qualify and apply for Former Prisoner of War custom plates. Veterans can also have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left hand of their photo document at no additional fee if they are a qualified U.S. military veteran who was honorably discharged and have a NYS driver license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card. Check http://dmv.ny.gov/ for full details.

RENEW THE CITY – Be A Part of Something Good
RENEW The City
RENEW The City

 

Alliance Church’s  community day of service stops took them to Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. On May 16th this one day intergenerational event will make its first New York stop in Mount Vernon to help Renew the City.

Combining the day’s events with our Annual Cleanup Day activities, we’re asking all neighborhood associations, cultural and social organizations to join with others in giving Mount Vernon a facelift. There simple things you can do to make a difference in how people perceive our city. Just picking up paper along the curb in front of your home, sweeping your sidewalk and clipping your hedges and grass is a start. If you’d like to volunteer for some of our other projects give us a call at 914-665-2343.  We’d be happy to sign you up.

Police & Community Working Together

 No one wants to live in a community where the police are feared and it is assumed that they are not to be trusted.  We’ve found that most people just aren’t aware of some basic things to make interaction with the Mount Vernon police easier. Come out and learn how you can better understand police policy and procedure and what you need to do to make interacting with them easier.

 

Join us ~ Make it  A  Steam House Weekend … ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday, May 9th IMANI’S 5th Annual FASHION & TALENT SHOW … – and – Sunday, May 10th Celebrate with the special lady/ies in your life … Reservations Highly Recommended–Con Edison Issues Gas Line ScheduleStreet Paving/Fleetwood Work Begins

 

CON ED STREET RESURFACING ALONG AREAS OF 4th AND 5th STREETS

Con Edison will begin paving  on May 4, 2015 and continue until May 15, 2015 on the following roadways:

  • Union Avenue traveling east along 4th Street to just past the Nuber Avenue   intersection.
  • The Intersection of South Columbus Ave and 4th Street continue east along East    4th Street turning south at the intersection of East 4th and Gardner Avenue   ending just before 5th Street.
  •  West 4th Street between South 6th Avenue and South 7th Avenue.
  • West 5th Street between South 10th Avenue and Mundy Lane.
WORK TO BEGIN ON FLETCHER AVENUE

Con Edison will be upgrading the gas main and services on Fletcher Avenue from East Lincoln Avenue to Primrose Avenue.

Excavation will begin on Monday, April 27 and continue for 6 weeks. Con Edison will store material and equipment alongside the road while they work.

Parts of sidewalks, driveways, or lawns may need to be excavated while Con Edison Works. Property owners having any private facilities such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences buried in their lawns should notify Cond Edison crews. Permanent restoration of streets, sidewalks and lawn areas are scheduled for mid-summer.

Con Edison may need to temporarily interrupt your service while they connect new gas lines, and will need access to your gas appliances to restore service. You will be notified in advance if this needs to be done. An appointment will be scheduled when you will be home to let them in. Always ask for ID before letting anyone in your home.

GASLINE UPGRADE TO BEGIN PHASE 1 IN FLEETWOOD

Con Edison will be upgrading gas main and services on Gramatan Avenue. Excavation will begin Wednesday, April 29 at the intersection of Gramatan Avenue and West Sidney Avenue and continue on Gramatan Avenue to East Lincoln Avenue.

Work will be performed at night between the hours of 9pm -7am in order to minimize impact and inconvenience to the community.  This part of the project will take approximately 6 weeks.

Gas service will be interrupted as Con Edison transfers from the old gas main to the newly installed gas main. Arrangements will be made with all of Con Edison gas service customers to minimize impact.

NEED HELP WITH PIPE LINE UPGRADES?

Call Con Edison Public Affairs at 1-914-925-6361 or e-mail WestchesterPA@conEd.com

 

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1 Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon, NY 10550

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Bereavement Notice
MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
Rev. Dr. Darren M. Morton, Senior Pastor
 
Celebration of Life and Legacy
Rev. Dr. Richard H. Dixon, Jr. 
Pastor Emeritus
October 3, 1923 – April 25, 2014

The Macedonia Baptist Church joins First Lady Emeritus Earnestene Dixon and the Dixon Family as we mourn the loss of Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Richard H. Dixon, Jr.   Dr. Dixon serves as the 5th Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church from 1958 -2002.  During his pastorate, he was a pioneer in civil right, social justice, and community affairs.   He is the founder of the United Black Clergy of Westchester.  As the Chief Chaplin and 2nd Deputy Commissioner of the Mount Vernon Police Department, Dr. Dixon was a spiritual advisor to thousands of police office for a half of century.

Rev. Dixon was known as the People’s Pastor, and could be found daily walking the streets of Mt. Vernon, the halls of hospitals and nursing homes, and visiting prisons.   He was a pastor without walls that extended far and wide beyond the boundaries of a church building, city limits, state lines, and the United States shores.   Truly, he was a Man after “God’s Own Heart”.

We treasure our time with Rev. Dixon and thank God for allow us to be blessed by his presence and leadership for 57 years.

 

Celebration of Life and Legacy Services:

_________________________________________________________________

 

Sunday, May 3rd

4pm – 6pm: Public Viewing 

6pm – until: Evening of Celebration 

 

Monday, May 4th

10am: Funeral Services

(All clergy are asked to wear black robes)

 

All Services will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church

141 S. 9th Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

 

 

Condolences may be faxed to The Dixon Family

c/o Macedonia Baptist Church

141 S. 9th Avenue

Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

Fax: 914-667-6741

Tel: 914-667-2333

 

Please keep The Dixon Family in your prayers. 

Macedonia Baptist Church | 141 S. 9th Avenue | Mount Vernon | NY | 10550

4th STREET RESURFACING

RESCHEDULED FOR WEEK OF APRIL 27 

Resurfacing of the roadway along West 4th Street between Franklin and South Columbus Avenues HAS BEEN RESCUEDULED. WORK WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, APRIL 27th AND LAST UNTIL FRIDAY, MAY 1st

Milling and repaving of streets along this section of the Con Edison gas pipeline route will be between the hours of 7am and 5pm. No parking restrictions will be posted. This rescheduling has become necessary because the Mount Board of Water Supply must repair a broken water main in the area.

4th Street Paving to Begin

4th STREET RESURFACING MONDAY
BETWEEN FRANKLIN & COLUMBUS

Resurfacing of the roadway along West 4th Street between Franklin and South Columbus Avenues will take place on Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 between the hours of 7am and 5pm. No parking restrictions will be posted.

This final stage of construction in this area will give the roadway back to the community.

OFFICE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION MOTORIST ALERT

 

Safety at the Pump

Smoking while pumping gas, entering and exiting the car while pumping, and talking on cell phones while refueling are dangerous.

No explanation needs to be given why anyone should smoke while pumping gas, but not many are aware of the danger involved when someone starts to fill their vehicle, enters and exits their vehicle, and then touches the gas nozzle. When you get into your vehicle, your clothes pick up static electricity from the carpet and seats. When you get out of the car, you are susceptible to a static shock. This static shock could and has ignited gas vapors. To date the Petroleum Equipment Institute has documented 150 cases of this type of fire which to some, isn’t bad considering how many people fill up in a day.

 

If you must exit your car while fueling, make sure you touch metal before you reach for the nozzle. Touching metal will cause the static electricity that has built up in your body to discharge. You can touch your car door or the pump itself.

 

Warnings regarding the use of cell phones while refueling have been issued by oil companies. Three instances of fires attributed to cell phones as reported by the Shell Company. In on instancea cell phone rang in their pocket during a refuel; another when a person answered a phone, and lastly a phone on the trunk of a car ignited gas vapors when it rang destroying the car and the pump.

 

Here are a few rules for safety at the pump:  

 

  1. Always turn off your engine.
  2. Never smoke while refueling.
  3. Leave your cell phone in the car and do not use it until you have finished refueling your vehicle.
  4. Do not enter you car in the midst of fueling it.       If you must, touch a piece of metal to discharge yourself before touching the nozzle.
  5. Do not fill plastic storage containers, such as those for lawnmowers while they are in the trunk of your vehicle.       Take them out of the trunk and place them on the floor grounding them.
  6. Do not use your vehicles’ gas cap wedged in the nozzle handle so you don’t have to squeeze it.
  7. If a fire should occur during your refill, back away from the vehicle and leave the nozzle in the fill pipe of the car.
  8. Use the appropriate storage container for transporting gasoline. Do not use any plastic container.
FOR MORE CONSUMER PROTECTION INFORMATION CONTACT THE MOUNT VERNON OFFICE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AT 665-2433

 

Check out JP’s “Breathe”:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kEUmBwO-ZA

It is with deep sorrow that we inform

the passing of

 

Robert J. Harris

Father of

Brent Harris

and

Che’ Harris

 

Son of The Late

Robert and Fannie Harris

 

Brother of

Darryl “D.D.” Harris

 

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

at

Grace Baptist Church

One Grace Plaza  |  52 South 6th Avenue

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Pastor

 

Viewing:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Service:

11:00 a.m.

Repast:

Immediately following service

Levister-Doles Banquet Hall

Grace Baptist Church

 

Last chance to enter raffle to win a 55 inch Curved TV.Raffle will be held at 7:30 pm tonight at Best Buy in Mount Vernon.$5 — Someone will take this Curved TV home , it may as well be you!But you got to be in it to win it.
Something’s Always Happening in the city of Mount Vernon
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IMPORTANT CON ED
PIPELINE UPDATE
1st AVENUE BETWEEN SOUTH FULTON AND BROOKDALE PLACE UPGRADES 

 

Con Edison will be upgrading gas main and services on East 1st Avenue between South Fulton Avenue and Brookdale Place. Excavation began Monday, April 6 and will continue for 30 days. Final street restoration will be completed in late spring. Material and equipment will be stored alongside the road while Con Ed works.

Parts of sidewalks, driveways or lawns may need to be excavated during work. If property owners have any private facilities such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences buried in your lawn, please let Con Edison crews know. Your service may need to be temporarily disconnected while your new gas lines are connected, therefore, Con Edison will need access to your gas appliances to restore your service. You will be notified in advance if this needs to be done. An appointment will be scheduled for when you will be home. As a safety precaution, always ask for identification from anyone requesting entry into your home.

If you are not home when crews have completed their work, please call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) as soon as you return for prompt restoration of your service.

 

  HELP OUR RESIDENTS BE FIRE SAFE!
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO INSTALL    HOME SMOKE DETECTORS

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT DRIVE THURSDAY, APRIL 9

6:30 P.M., CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 1 ROOSEVELT SQ.

       HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND

 SPREAD THE WORD. IT’S LIKE GETTING CASH FOR GUNS. PLEASE FOLLOW ALL SAFETY RULES WHEN TRANSPORTING FIREARMS. ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

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1 Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon, NY 10550

 

Here’s Your Invitation to the Comedy Event of the Season Co-Sponsored by LWL Enterprises and the City of Mount Vernon
The “Rock a Bye Baby” lady from New Jack City will host this year’s Red Carp0et Kickoff at the Mount Vernon Doles Community Center, 250 South 6th Avenue. Phyllis Ann Stickney has an impressive acting career and the comedienne is also very involved in social issues. In the late 1980’s to mid 1990’s she was one of Hollywood’s most promising talents. A string of roles in films such as What’s Love Got to Do With It, Malcolm X and the TV series, A Different World won over viewers and critics. A Harlem Arts Alliance member, she spent a decade transforming the formerly drug-infested St. James Court building in Harlem and launched several new business ventures. She is regarded as one of the most intelligently hilarious comic talents and was recognized by HBO in THE HISTORY OF BLACKS IN COMEDY.
Bronx born and raised stand up comedian Freddie Ricks incorporates characters of African, Indian, South American, and European descent into his act, impersonating his characters with flawless ease.   He’s appeared on BET’s Comic View, Def Comedy Jam, The Apollo Comedy Hour and It’s Showtime at the Apollo and is hailed to be one of the hottest and most versatile clean comedians in the business. Ricks is a true veteran in comedy and has been in movies such as “Baby Boy” with Tyrese and “SHAFT” along side Samuel L. Jackson and Vanessa Williams. His style of comedy is very eclectic, ranging from urban humor, to Shakespeare to a combination of both. Freddie puts on a full PERFORMANCE rather than just joke telling.
Standing at 6’1, Chloe Hilliard is a journalist turned comedienne who knows how to rock a killer afro. Born in Brooklyn and raised in a large Hasidic neighborhood, Chloe brings a unique perspective to her humor. She has been a culture/entertainment journalist, writing for The Village VoiceEssenceVibeKing, and The Source. Most recently, Chloé was the Editorial Director of Loop21.com. She served as the Managing Editor/Social Media Manager for VIBE, a staff writer for The Village Voice, News Editor at The Source and appeared on CNN Headline News, ABC News, Our World with Black Enterprise and C-Span. She was recently made her national TV debut on NBC’s smash hit “Last Comic Standing” and appeared on AXSTV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” She’s got enough hands on experience to keep us in stitches.
Christian comedienne Tiffini Thrower will be in her hometown bringing gut busting hallelujah laughs to the audience.   Tiffan, who bills herself as a teacher, comedienne, minister and always a student, has been starring in a one woman show, Laugh At My Life, where she walks the audience through her life, one  laugh at a timel
 Performing stand up comedy since the age of 11, 14 year old Simon Cadel has already had audiences at Caroline’s Comedy Club, The Comic Strip Live, NY Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy, and Levity Live. Cadel who has been described as a comedian who “happens to be a kid,” has material that is smart, observational, and high-energy. He has been described as having a level of sophistication and depth of understanding of satire and humor not expected to be found in some one his age.

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It is with deep sorrow that we inform

the passing of

Mamie E. (Connally) Bostic

Wife of Joseph B. Bostic

Mother of MoniKa Bostic

Daughter of Estella Myers

 

Wake:

Monday, April 6, 2015

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mount Olivet Apostolic Faith Church

130 West 7th Street

(Corner of Rev. Beatrice D. Bostic Way)

Mount Vernon, New York 10550

Pastor: Bishop Errol O’Savio

 

Funeral Service:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Bowen Memorial Baptist Church

14 North Columbus Avenue

Mount Vernon, New York 10553

Pastor: Reverend Hugh Farrish

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Flowers can be sent to

Mount Olivet Apostolic Faith Church

After 1:00pm on Monday, April 6th please

Thank you kindly

 
*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***
Alternate side of the street parking suspended Thursday and Friday, April 2 & April 3 for Easter holiday weekend.
METERED PARKING & GARBAGE PICKUP IN EFFECT

Upcoming Event – Thursday, April 2

Help Westchester Crimestoppers Remove Guns From Mount Vernon

Drop by the African American Club House this Thursday and show your support when the Westchester Crime Stoppers hosts a fundraiser. Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund upcoming gun buyback. Please DO NOT bring guns to this event. We’ve set aside a separate day for gun purchases. Read the flyer below for more info.

Be Gun Smart

 Store guns away from children and transport unloaded firearms in the trunk of your car.

 

Westchester
Crimestoppers Inc

 

Fundraiser
Thursday
April 2
African American Club
(AAC)
6pm – 9pm
Suggested Donation
$25
WCCS Executive Committee
Derickson  Lawrence
Chief John Costanzo
Chief Joe Benefico
Rev. H. B. Marriott
Damaris Mone
Steve Wilson
Robert Debenedictis
Darryl Selsey
Kieran O’Leary
Sean Mcintyre
Ernest D. Davis, MayorTerrance Raynor, CmsnrRichard Burke, Dep. CmsnrGaylord Worrell, Dep. CmsnrReginald Ward, Dep. Cmsnr.
www.cmvny.com

Last Day to Register

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Check Out This Great Opportunity for Teens & Young Adults

Eric V. Tait , media consultant and award-winning broadcast journalist and documentarian, has been running Media Magic, an exciting and unique program at the Doles Center right here in Mount Vernon. Along with his Creative Program Director Keith Gonzalez, Tait’s crafted a program that will teach our young people all about television production. With extensive experience in media, Tait is currently Producer/Host of MEDIA WATCH (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) and a former Producer/Host for 20/20 News Magazine and OUR WORLD Documentary Unit.

 

 FYI – Tait previously took Mount Vernon High School students on a hands-on, on-the-job exposure and training with the critically acclaimed “Then I’ll Be Free To Travel Home” and “Every Voice And Sing!“documentaries.

Casting  Call

Floyd Cromwell Productions now casting for roles of lead  role of Aunt Ether Tyler, supporting roles of Solly Two Kings, Black Mary, Eli, Citizen Barlow, Rutherford Selig and Caesar Wilkes. Auditions: April 4 – 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Doles Community Theatre. For more information contact cromwellproductions@gmail .com -or- backstage.com

Spring Into Laughter

Buy Your Ticket Now 

 

Upcoming Event – Thursday, March 12

Help Westchester Crimestoppers Remove Guns From Mount Vernon

Drop by Maggie Spillane’s Ale House this Thursday and show your support when the Westchester Crime Stoppers hosts a fundraiser. Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund upcoming gun buyback. Please DO NOT bring guns to this event. We’ve set aside a separate day for gun purchases. Read the flyer below for more info.

 

Be Gun Smart

 Store guns away from children and transport unloaded firearms in the trunk of your car.

 

Westchester
Crimestoppers Inc

 

Fundraiser
Thursday
March 12
Maggie Spillane’s Ale House
6pm – 9pm
Suggested Donation
$25
WCCS Executive Committee
Derickson  Lawrence
Chief John Costanzo
Chief Joe Benefico
Rev. H. B. Marriott
Damaris Mone
Steve Wilson
Robert Debenedictis
Darryl Selsey
Kieran O’Leary
Sean Mcintyre
Ernest D. Davis, MayorTerrance Raynor, CmsnrRichard Burke, Dep. CmsnrGaylord Worrell, Dep. CmsnrReginald Ward, Dep. Cmsnr.
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If you’ve got the RIGHT stuff,
you just might be invited to participate in the
02/21/15 SHOWCASE
City of Mount Vernon, NY Announces CANCELLATIONS.

 

 

ALL CITY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, OCTOBER 31st, 2012


Stay informed by visiting the city’s website at www.cmvny.com.

 
Mayor Ernest D. Davis

The City of Mount Vernon News

1 Roosevelt Square

Mount Vernon, NY 10550

www.cmvny.com

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Metrocard Van

I’m happy to let you know that Westchester County’s full-service MetroCard Mobile Van, provided by the County’s Department of Transportation in conjunction with the MTA New York City Transit Authority, will be making rounds throughout Westchester, including Yonkers, to assist riders interested in purchasing MetroCards.

MetroCards can be used on the county’s Bee-Line bus system as well as New York City’s transit system. The MetroCard Mobile Van provides transit riders with a “one-stop shop” for all MetroCard services. In addition, staff will be available to explain rates, discounts and answer any questions.

Regular MetroCards will be available for purchase and existing cards may be refilled.

Riders will also be able to apply for reduced rates if they are 65 and older or have qualifying disabilities.

For your convenience, a list of Yonkers dates are listed below.  For other cities, dates and times or if you have any questions regarding the MetroCard Mobile Van and other MetroCard locations, call the Bee-Line Hotline at (914) 813-7777.

MetroCard is the automated regional fare collection system managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sincerely,

Metrocard Van Schedule
   
Monday, Feb. 15 Location
10 a.m. – noon New Rochelle Huguenot St./North Ave.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Mount Vernon August Petrillo Plaza
(Across from Food Town Supermarket near
Mount Vernon East Train Station)
   
Tuesday, Feb. 16  
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Peekskill at Peekskill Library
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Tarrytown Wildey and Cortlandt Sts. (By McDonalds)
   
Wednesday, Feb. 17  
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South
Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Trans-Center Water Street and N.
Lexington Ave.
   
Thursday, Feb. 18  
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall Main St./MLK Blvd.
   
Friday, Feb. 19  
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Yonkers Will Library 1500 Central Park Ave./Tuckahoe Rd.
   
Saturday, Feb. 20  
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall/Forever 21, Main Street/MLK Blvd.,

Estimados Amigos y Vecinos,

Estoy contenta de avisarles que la Van Móvil de servicios completo de MetroCard en el Condado de Westchester, estará proveída por el Departamento de Transportación del Condado en conjunto a la Autoridad de Transito MTA New York City, y estará viajando a través del Condado, incluyendo a Yonkers, para asistir a pasajeros interesados en comprar las MetroCards.

MetroCards pueden ser usadas en el los autobuses Bee-Line del Condado igual que en la Ciudad de Nueva York. La Van Móvil de MetroCard proveerá a los pasajeros “compras de una-parada” para todos los servicios de MetroCard. Adicionalmente, empleados estarán disponibles para explicar los precios, descuentos y cualquier otra pregunta que tengan.

MetroCards regulares estarán disponibles para comprar y tarjetas actualmente en existencia podrán ser rellenadas.

Pasajeros también podrán aplicar para tarifas reducidas si son mayores de 65 años de edad o con discapacidades calificantes.

Para su conveniencia, abajo encontrara una lista de fechas que la van estará en Yonkers. Para otras ciudades, fechas y horas y preguntas sobre la Van Móvil de MetroCard u otros lugares de MetroCard, llamen la Línea Telefónica de Bee-Line (914) 813-7777.

MetroCard es el sistema automatizado de tarifas regionales manejadas por la Autoridad de Transportación Metropolitana (MTA).

Sinceramente,

Horario de la Van Metrocard
   
Lunes, 15 de Feb. Lugar
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. New Rochelle Huguenot St./North Ave.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Mount Vernon August Petrillo Plaza
(Across from Food Town Supermarket near
Mount Vernon East Train Station)
   
Martes, 16 de Feb.  
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Peekskill at Peekskill Library
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Tarrytown Wildey and Cortlandt Sts. (By McDonalds)
   
Miércoles 17 de Feb.  
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South
Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Trans-Center Water Street and N.
Lexington Ave.
   
Jueves, 18 de Feb.  
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall Main St./MLK Blvd.
   
Viernes, 19 de Feb.  
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Yonkers Will Library 1500 Central Park Ave./Tuckahoe Rd.
   
Sábado, 20 de Feb.  
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall/Forever 21, Main Street/MLK Blvd.

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The City of White Plains is preparing an action plan for the Downtown White Plains Transit District. It is focused on redefining the area ​immediately surrounding the White Plains Metro North and Bee-Line Bus ​Stations and beyond​​ ​toward the downtown core.

Join us to share your unique perspectives and ideas for a more active, sustainable, walkable, and better organized area at the Imagine Downtown White Plains Transit District’s Public Open House and Idea Sharing meeting hosted by Mayor Roach.

There will be presentations about the project and opportunities for the public to share their ideas for the future of the Downtown White Plains Transit District.

Where:
White Plains Public Library, 2nd Floor
100 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY 10601

When:
Thursday, February 11, 2016

6:30-8:30 PM

The invitation is attached below.  The Library is fully accessible.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Public Safety Committee to Hold Emergency Preparedness Session with Israeli Expert

WHO: – Legislator Ben Boykin, Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety & Social Services
– Yoni Yagadovsky, Director of International Relations for Magen David Adom
– Other Legislators and members of the Committee
WHAT: Magen David Adom (MDA) is Israel’s ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical first responders for the state’s more than 8 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli  government to serve in this role.

Yoni Yagadovsky is the Director of International Relations for Magen David Adom.  He has been involved in the response to almost every mass casualty incident that’s taken place in the last 25 years in the Jerusalem region.  He also runs training drills and maintains relationships with all MDA friends’ societies around the world.  He began his tenure at MDA as a youth volunteer in 1975, became an EMT in 1981, got his paramedic certification in 1990, and has held his current position since 2004.  He previously served as the director of MDA’s Jerusalem region.

WHEN: Monday, February 8 at 12:00 Noon

RSVP: Melanie Montalto, (914) 995-8620 by February 5

WHERE: Westchester County Board of Legislators
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor
White Plains, NY

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

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BHM Invite

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Residents who suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy may have a second chance to obtain federal assistance.  My office received the following email about Small Business Administration aid.  We hope that this information will help those still trying to get back on their feet.

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky


News Release

SBA Encourages Superstorm Sandy Survivors to
Apply for Disaster Assistance

NEW YORK – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and member of President Obama’s Cabinet, was in New York City today to promote disaster assistance for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. She joined Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-7), Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, to announce that the SBA has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is December 1, 2016.

Administrator Contreras-Sweet stated, “The additional time for businesses, homeowners and renters to request federal disaster loans will go a long way in continuing to support the rebuilding efforts of the communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. I want to thank the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Small Business Committees for their leadership on this issue. I was pleased to join Rep. Velazquez in her district today to make sure those impacted by this disaster take advantage of this expanded opportunity.  To date, the agency has received more than 1,000 applications.  We have improved processing time on applications and, on average, provide a disaster loan decision in eight days and cash disbursement on average five days after receipt of loan closing documents.  To date, we have approved $2.5 billion dollars in loan assistance to more than 37,000 individuals and businesses affected by Sandy.”

In December, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Recovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act of 2015, which gives the SBA Administrator the authority to make disaster loans for Superstorm Sandy for a period of one year. The bill authorizes SBA to revise the disaster deadline for major Presidential declarations for Superstorm Sandy in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.  Additionally, SBA will be accepting applications under its related agency declarations for North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Virginia, West Virginia and certain counties in Maryland.

SBA has opened disaster centers across select counties in the affected areas and reviews activity levels on a continuous basis. SBA has made more than 370,000 phone calls and sent 286,000 emails to inform people that it is accepting disaster loan applications again.

Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates are as low as 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional details on the locations of recovery centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is December 1, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is December 1, 2016.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The new year has brought new incentives for Con Edison customers who purchase eligible energy-efficient appliances for their homes.

The company will give customers $75 for buying eligible high-efficiency refrigerators, $50 for dishwashers, $35 for clothes washers and $20 for dehumidifiers.

And though air conditioning may not be first on New Yorkers’ minds during winter, customers will need to cool off a few months from now. Con Edison will help residential customers with $30 rebates for eligible room ACs.

Customers can get information about Con Edison’s incentives for residential appliances by going to http://www.coned.com/energyefficiency/energystar.asp

Owners of multi-family buildings with at least five residential units can qualify for incentives as well.

The multifamily program provides incentives for upgrades to gas and electric equipment. Eligible projects include LED light fixtures, high efficiency boilers, pipe insulation, roof insulation, and energy management systems. Customers can get information on the projects in common areas and individual units that qualify here http://coned.com/energyefficiency/multifamily-rebates.asp

Con Edison is also taking applications from residential customers with central air conditioning (cooling) for a free smart thermostat, app and installation ($400 value), and a $25 check. Customers with central air can also buy an Internet-connected thermostat from a Con Edison-approved service provider, and receive $85.

Find information about all of Con Edison’s energy efficiency programs here http://www.coned.com/energyefficiency/

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, the Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved funding in the amount $103,507 to finance the installation of three roof mounted solar arrays and for improvements to the underlying roof structure at St. Christopher’s Church in Buchanan.  The funds are reserved for the financing, acquisition, construction and installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements that will yield significant cost savings over time.  The church was eligible for the bond because it is a non-profit entity and Buchanan is a participant in the Energy Improvement Corporation, a consortium of municipalities that is dedicated to facilitating the financing of renewable energy projects.

St. Christopher’s Church will repay the bond with average annual energy savings expected to be $14,582.  After the debt service on the bonds this will yield an annual savings of $3,525 per year.

I’m glad to see a prominent member of our community take advantage of a program like this.  This success can serve as an example of the savings our government could find if we invest in these same technologies ourselves.

If you or someone you know in our community is interested in more information about these funding opportunities, you can click here.

Sincerely,

Catherine

Park Ranger

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Ashford Avenue Bridge

As you all know, the Ashford Avenue Bridge rehabilitation project is about to cause significant changes in the way we travel through our communities.  We now have some tentative information about when we can expect lane and ramp closures.  Since the information is only tentative, it is subject to change; but having a general  idea of what will happen, and when, will help all of us to prepare, logistically and psychologically, for what is coming.

First, I would like to emphasize that, with the many traffic adjustments that will occur over the next few years, knowledge will definitely be power. Westchester County has created the Ashford Avenue Bridge E-Mail Newsletter as part of the County’s Quick News service; I would strongly recommend that all of you who use the bridge to sign up.  The listing is at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe  I also urge you to pass on this email to friends, neighbors and loved ones who drive in our area, so they can sign up for Quick News updates and/or my newsletters.  Information will also be available at the project webpage, www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge.

Here is what we know about scheduling so far.  Occasional lane closures may begin as early as February 1.  Two weeks after those closures begin – as early as February 15, based on the tentative information we have received —  the ramp to and from the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway will be closed for demolition and replacement. Those who depend on that ramp to get on or off of the Parkway should begin thinking now about alternative routes, and the prospect of allowing more travel time to and from their destinations.  After the southern half of the bridge is replaced, the exit portion of the ramp will be reopened; but the entrance will remain closed until both halves of the bridge are reconstructed.

It  now appears that access to the Southbound Saw Mill River Parkway will not be directly affected by the project.

Several months after the ramp closure – the information we now have suggests that this will happen in June – the bridge will be reduced to two lanes of traffic from the current four.  This will undoubtedly result in longer travel times for people crossing the bridge, or traveling to points nearby.  The lane reduction will last for the bulk of the approximately three-year project.

Once the project begins in earnest, the construction period will definitely cause inconvenience to motorists in our area.  The bridge handles over 20,000 vehicles a day, and those vehicles will have to cue up, or go elsewhere.  I anticipate that these closures will send substantially more traffic to Lawrence St. and to Route 119; it appears that Route 9 and Ravensdale Road/Jackson Avenue will be affected as well.

Living with this project will not be easy, but it is absolutely necessary to protect everyone who goes over or under the structure. Many of you have expressed concern, and in some cases anxiety, about the bridge’s current condition; and rightly so.  Even with the millions of dollars spent on emergency repairs the last few years, the bridge is still the worst County-owned bridge in Westchester, with a State DOT score well below any reasonable person’s comfort level.  Once the work is done, we should have a safe bridge for decades to come.

The only thing worse than living with this project, would be attempting to live with the bridge as it continued to deteriorate.  With good information and planning, we’ll get through this.  Please contact me with any information, questions or concerns that you may have along the way.

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky

__________________________________________________________Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Ashford Avenue Bridge

As you all know, the Ashford Avenue Bridge rehabilitation project is about to cause significant changes in the way we travel through our communities.  We now have some tentative information about when we can expect lane and ramp closures.  Since the information is only tentative, it is subject to change; but having a general  idea of what will happen, and when, will help all of us to prepare, logistically and psychologically, for what is coming.

First, I would like to emphasize that, with the many traffic adjustments that will occur over the next few years, knowledge will definitely be power. Westchester County has created the Ashford Avenue Bridge E-Mail Newsletter as part of the County’s Quick News service; I would strongly recommend that all of you who use the bridge to sign up.  The listing is at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe  I also urge you to pass on this email to friends, neighbors and loved ones who drive in our area, so they can sign up for Quick News updates and/or my newsletters.  Information will also be available at the project webpage, www.westchestergov.com/ashfordavenuebridge.

Here is what we know about scheduling so far.  Occasional lane closures may begin as early as February 1.  Two weeks after those closures begin – as early as February 15, based on the tentative information we have received —  the ramp to and from the Northbound Saw Mill River Parkway will be closed for demolition and replacement. Those who depend on that ramp to get on or off of the Parkway should begin thinking now about alternative routes, and the prospect of allowing more travel time to and from their destinations.  After the southern half of the bridge is replaced, the exit portion of the ramp will be reopened; but the entrance will remain closed until both halves of the bridge are reconstructed.

It  now appears that access to the Southbound Saw Mill River Parkway will not be directly affected by the project.

Several months after the ramp closure – the information we now have suggests that this will happen in June – the bridge will be reduced to two lanes of traffic from the current four.  This will undoubtedly result in longer travel times for people crossing the bridge, or traveling to points nearby.  The lane reduction will last for the bulk of the approximately three-year project.

Once the project begins in earnest, the construction period will definitely cause inconvenience to motorists in our area.  The bridge handles over 20,000 vehicles a day, and those vehicles will have to cue up, or go elsewhere.  I anticipate that these closures will send substantially more traffic to Lawrence St. and to Route 119; it appears that Route 9 and Ravensdale Road/Jackson Avenue will be affected as well.

Living with this project will not be easy, but it is absolutely necessary to protect everyone who goes over or under the structure. Many of you have expressed concern, and in some cases anxiety, about the bridge’s current condition; and rightly so.  Even with the millions of dollars spent on emergency repairs the last few years, the bridge is still the worst County-owned bridge in Westchester, with a State DOT score well below any reasonable person’s comfort level.  Once the work is done, we should have a safe bridge for decades to come.

The only thing worse than living with this project, would be attempting to live with the bridge as it continued to deteriorate.  With good information and planning, we’ll get through this.  Please contact me with any information, questions or concerns that you may have along the way.

Sincerely,

MaryJane Shimsky

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Dear Neighbor,

If you take the Saw Mill River Parkway, you should know there will be some ramps closures Friday, Jan. 22.

The state Department of Transportation said crews will be performing maintenance activities, weather permitting, at the northbound and southbound Exit 13 (Farragut Avenue) ramps from the parkway.

Motorists will be advised to follow the posted detour. There will be signs and flaggers.

The DOT said drivers should use caution traveling through a work zone. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.

Sincerely,

MaryJane ShimskyDear Friends and Neighbors,

ConEd Video

Con Edison is closely monitoring the winter storm that is expected to hit our region this weekend and preparing to respond to any service problems that occur.

Customers can report downed power lines,outages and check service restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633)When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

The combination of the snow and gusting winds could bring down power lines, causing customers to lose power and creating a safety hazard. In addition, road salt will mix with melting snow and could damage underground electrical wiring, possibly leading to outages.

Crews will give priority to restoring service lines that will provide power to the most customers as quickly as possible, then move on to restore smaller groups and individual customers who are without power.

Con Edison offers a number of mobile solutions so you can manage your accounts, report and check the status of an outage, learn energy-saving tips, and more. Text REG to OUTAGE (688243) to sign up for text notifications, and follow the prompts.

You will need to enter your Con Edison account number to complete the registration process. Once you’ve registered, you will not need your account number to report or check the status of a power problem. For more information, go to: http://www.coned.com/mobileapp/

Con Edison offers the following storm tips to customers to help weather the possible effects of a storm:

  • If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with any object.Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by snow, tree limbs, leaves or water.
  • Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored.  If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
  • Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
  • For more storm tips and preparation, go to www.conEd.com

In addition, the company is in close contact with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services to coordinate storm-response if needed.

Sincerely,

Catherine

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As your new County Legislator, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what I’ll be working on your behalf during the 2016-2017 Legislative term and how to reach me if there is anything you need from Westchester County Government.

I am honored to have been appointed Chairman of the Environment and Health Committee.  The Committee will meet each Monday at 3pm.  All BOL Committee meetings are streamed live and are available on-demand on the BOL website at www.westchesterlegislators.com.  I also plan to restart the Septic Sub-Committee which help us take the lead on septic management.

In addition to my work as Environment and Health Committee Chair, I will also be serving on several other committees;

Budget and Appropriations Committee – Because I was elected to fill an open seat, I was sworn in as Legislator immediately upon my election.  Normally Legislators are sworn in after January 1st.  That means that I was part of the review and negotiations for the 2016 budget.  I am proud to say that working with a bipartisan coalition, we were able to reach a deal with the County Executive that delivered no tax increase to the County tax levy for the sixth consecutive year.  This budget also preserved the social safety net and added back important positions at County parks like Muscoot Farm and Ward Pound Ridge.

Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee – We will address important issues facing Westchester County like the completion of the Fair and Affordable Housing Settlement and finalizing a public private partnership to operate Playland Amusement Park.

Energy and Regional Efficiencies Committee – We will look to achieve energy savings throughout County operations and also identify opportunities for shared services and consolidation for our municipal government partners.

Public Safety and Social Services – I view the role of County Government as providing an effective array of essential social services balanced against protecting the already overburdened taxpayers in Westchester County.  In this committee we will provide oversight for the non-profit partners who work with the county to deliver social services as well as our County Police and Emergency Services.

Infrastructure Committee – The proper maintenance of county roads, bridges and other facilities is critical to both public safety and economic growth in our region.  We will review proposed capital projects and monitor ongoing public works.

As you can see, I have taken on a big work load and lot of responsibility for my first term.  My biggest job is and will always be providing you, my constituents, with a responsive and accessible representative in County Government.

You can email me at Corcoran@westchesterlegislators.com or call my office at 914-995-2883.  I promise that your email or calls will always be returned promptly.

I plan to host casual opportunities to chat with residents over a cup of coffee and I will send out a list of dates and places shortly.

I look forward to serving you as your County Legislator and I hope I can count on you to help make our county and communities, the best they can be.

Sincerely,

Francis T. CorcoranDear Friends and Neighbors,

As your new County Legislator, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what I’ll be working on your behalf during the 2016-2017 Legislative term and how to reach me if there is anything you need from Westchester County Government.

I am honored to have been appointed Chairman of the Environment and Health Committee.  The Committee will meet each Monday at 3pm.  All BOL Committee meetings are streamed live and are available on-demand on the BOL website at www.westchesterlegislators.com.  I also plan to restart the Septic Sub-Committee which help us take the lead on septic management.

In addition to my work as Environment and Health Committee Chair, I will also be serving on several other committees;

Budget and Appropriations Committee – Because I was elected to fill an open seat, I was sworn in as Legislator immediately upon my election.  Normally Legislators are sworn in after January 1st.  That means that I was part of the review and negotiations for the 2016 budget.  I am proud to say that working with a bipartisan coalition, we were able to reach a deal with the County Executive that delivered no tax increase to the County tax levy for the sixth consecutive year.  This budget also preserved the social safety net and added back important positions at County parks like Muscoot Farm and Ward Pound Ridge.

Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee – We will address important issues facing Westchester County like the completion of the Fair and Affordable Housing Settlement and finalizing a public private partnership to operate Playland Amusement Park.

Energy and Regional Efficiencies Committee – We will look to achieve energy savings throughout County operations and also identify opportunities for shared services and consolidation for our municipal government partners.

Public Safety and Social Services – I view the role of County Government as providing an effective array of essential social services balanced against protecting the already overburdened taxpayers in Westchester County.  In this committee we will provide oversight for the non-profit partners who work with the county to deliver social services as well as our County Police and Emergency Services.

Infrastructure Committee – The proper maintenance of county roads, bridges and other facilities is critical to both public safety and economic growth in our region.  We will review proposed capital projects and monitor ongoing public works.

As you can see, I have taken on a big work load and lot of responsibility for my first term.  My biggest job is and will always be providing you, my constituents, with a responsive and accessible representative in County Government.

You can email me at Corcoran@westchesterlegislators.com or call my office at 914-995-2883.  I promise that your email or calls will always be returned promptly.

I plan to host casual opportunities to chat with residents over a cup of coffee and I will send out a list of dates and places shortly.

I look forward to serving you as your County Legislator and I hope I can count on you to help make our county and communities, the best they can be.

Sincerely,

Francis T. CorcoranDear Friends and Neighbors,

As your new County Legislator, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what I’ll be working on your behalf during the 2016-2017 Legislative term and how to reach me if there is anything you need from Westchester County Government.

I am honored to have been appointed Chairman of the Environment and Health Committee.  The Committee will meet each Monday at 3pm.  All BOL Committee meetings are streamed live and are available on-demand on the BOL website at www.westchesterlegislators.com.  I also plan to restart the Septic Sub-Committee which help us take the lead on septic management.

In addition to my work as Environment and Health Committee Chair, I will also be serving on several other committees;

Budget and Appropriations Committee – Because I was elected to fill an open seat, I was sworn in as Legislator immediately upon my election.  Normally Legislators are sworn in after January 1st.  That means that I was part of the review and negotiations for the 2016 budget.  I am proud to say that working with a bipartisan coalition, we were able to reach a deal with the County Executive that delivered no tax increase to the County tax levy for the sixth consecutive year.  This budget also preserved the social safety net and added back important positions at County parks like Muscoot Farm and Ward Pound Ridge.

Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing Committee – We will address important issues facing Westchester County like the completion of the Fair and Affordable Housing Settlement and finalizing a public private partnership to operate Playland Amusement Park.

Energy and Regional Efficiencies Committee – We will look to achieve energy savings throughout County operations and also identify opportunities for shared services and consolidation for our municipal government partners.

Public Safety and Social Services – I view the role of County Government as providing an effective array of essential social services balanced against protecting the already overburdened taxpayers in Westchester County.  In this committee we will provide oversight for the non-profit partners who work with the county to deliver social services as well as our County Police and Emergency Services.

Infrastructure Committee – The proper maintenance of county roads, bridges and other facilities is critical to both public safety and economic growth in our region.  We will review proposed capital projects and monitor ongoing public works.

As you can see, I have taken on a big work load and lot of responsibility for my first term.  My biggest job is and will always be providing you, my constituents, with a responsive and accessible representative in County Government.

You can email me at Corcoran@westchesterlegislators.com or call my office at 914-995-2883.  I promise that your email or calls will always be returned promptly.

I plan to host casual opportunities to chat with residents over a cup of coffee and I will send out a list of dates and places shortly.

I look forward to serving you as your County Legislator and I hope I can count on you to help make our county and communities, the best they can be.

Sincerely,

Francis T. Corcoran

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Metrocard Van

I’m happy to let you know that Westchester County’s full-service MetroCard Mobile Van, provided by the County’s Department of Transportation in conjunction with the MTA New York City Transit Authority, will be making rounds throughout Westchester, including Yonkers, to assist riders interested in purchasing MetroCards.

MetroCards can be used on the county’s Bee-Line bus system as well as New York City’s transit system. The MetroCard Mobile Van provides transit riders with a “one-stop shop” for all MetroCard services. In addition, staff will be available to explain rates, discounts and answer any questions.

Regular MetroCards will be available for purchase and existing cards may be refilled.

Riders will also be able to apply for reduced rates if they are 65 and older or have qualifying disabilities.

For your convenience, a list of Yonkers dates are listed below.  For other cities, dates and times or if you have any questions regarding the MetroCard Mobile Van and other MetroCard locations, call the Bee-Line Hotline at (914) 813-7777.

MetroCard is the automated regional fare collection system managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sincerely,

Estimados Amigos y Vecinos,

Estoy contenta de avisarles que la Van Móvil de servicios completo de MetroCard en el Condado de Westchester, estará proveída por el Departamento de Transportación del Condado en conjunto a la Autoridad de Transito MTA New York City, y estará viajando a través del Condado, incluyendo a Yonkers, para asistir a pasajeros interesados en comprar las MetroCards.

MetroCards pueden ser usadas en el los autobuses Bee-Line del Condado igual que en la Ciudad de Nueva York. La Van Móvil de MetroCard proveerá a los pasajeros “compras de una-parada” para todos los servicios de MetroCard. Adicionalmente, empleados estarán disponibles para explicar los precios, descuentos y cualquier otra pregunta que tengan.

MetroCards regulares estarán disponibles para comprar y tarjetas actualmente en existencia podrán ser rellenadas.

Pasajeros también podrán aplicar para tarifas reducidas si son mayores de 65 años de edad o con discapacidades calificantes.

Para su conveniencia, abajo encontrara una lista de fechas que la van estará en Yonkers. Para otras ciudades, fechas y horas y preguntas sobre la Van Móvil de MetroCard u otros lugares de MetroCard, llamen la Línea Telefónica de Bee-Line (914) 813-7777.

MetroCard es el sistema automatizado de tarifas regionales manejadas por la Autoridad de Transportación Metropolitana (MTA).

Sinceramente,

 

 


Metrocard Van Schedule

Monday, Jan. 18 Location
10 a.m. – noon New Rochelle Huguenot St./North Ave.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Mount Vernon August Petrillo Plaza
(Across from Food Town Supermarket near
Mount Vernon East Train Station)
Tuesday, Jan. 19
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Peekskill at Peekskill Library
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Tarrytown Wildey and Cortlandt Sts. (By McDonalds)
Wednesday, Jan. 20
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South
Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Trans-Center Water Street and N.
Lexington Ave.
Thursday, Jan. 21
10 a.m. – noon Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall Main St./MLK Blvd.
Friday, Jan. 22
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Yonkers Will Library 1500 Central Park Ave./Tuckahoe Rd.
Saturday, Jan. 23
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Yonkers City Hall/MCU Building, 36-40 South Broadway
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. White Plains Galleria Mall/Forever 21, Main St./MLK Blvd.

 

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for seasonal park rangers to patrol county parks this summer. Applications are due by Feb. 19 and are available online at  http://publicsafety.westchestergov.com/.

Uniformed park rangers work under the supervision of county police officers to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in the county’s parks. They assist park users, provide information on park rules and procedures, help in searches for lost children, perform basic first aid on occasion and make regular security checks of buildings and facilities.

First-time park rangers are paid $14 hourly. Salaries are higher for those who have worked as a ranger for the county before.

To qualify, applicants must be a high school graduate, at least 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Westchester County and possess a valid New York State driver’s license by the time of appointment.

Accepted candidates must attend a three-week training program at the Westchester County Police Academy.

Sincerely,

Virginia Perez


Estimados Amigos y Vecinos,

El Departamento de Seguridad Publica del Condado de Westchester esta aceptando aplicaciones para patrullar en los parques del condado como guardaparques temporales este verano. El último día para aplicar es el 19 de febrero y las aplicaciones están disponibles en la siguiente página  http://publicsafety.westchestergov.com/.

Guardaparques uniformados estarán trabajando bajo la supervisión de los policías del condado para mantener una atmósfera sana y salva en los parques. Ellos asistirán a los usuarios de los parques, proveerán información de las reglas y procedimientos, ayudaran en la búsqueda de niños perdidos, harán los primeros auxilios básicos si es necesario y harán reviso de seguridad regularmente en los edificios y facilidades.

Guardaparques primerizos serán pagados $14 por hora. Los salarios son aumentados para los guardaparques que han trabajado para el condado anteriormente.

Para calificar, los aplicantes deben de haberse graduado de escuela secundaria, tener mínimo de 19 años de edad, ser ciudadano de los Estados Unidos, ser residente del Condado de Westchester y tener una licencia valida del Estado de Nueva York a la hora de la cita.

Candidatos aceptados tendrán que atender a un programa de entrenamiento de tres semanas en la Academia de Policías del Condado de Westchester.

Sinceramente,
Virginia Perez

Sheila M. Marcotte Reports

Volunteer New York

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Volunteer New York! calls on those who live and work in Westchester to use volunteer service as a way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, January 16th, people from all walks of life will gather to do good together. Join hundreds of volunteers, inspired by a message of hope and equality, to help address local needs related to hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness, homelessness, and more.

With over 19 different local projects to choose from, most are family-friendly and a great way to introduce the value of service to everyone.

To learn more and sign up, please visit www.volunteernewyork.org/MLK or call 914.948.4452.

Please help spread the word.

Sincerely,

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Sheila M. Marcotte Reports

Volunteer New York

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Volunteer New York! calls on those who live and work in Westchester to use volunteer service as a way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, January 16th, people from all walks of life will gather to do good together. Join hundreds of volunteers, inspired by a message of hope and equality, to help address local needs related to hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness, homelessness, and more.

With over 19 different local projects to choose from, most are family-friendly and a great way to introduce the value of service to everyone.

To learn more and sign up, please visit www.volunteernewyork.org/MLK or call 914.948.4452.

Please help spread the word.

Sincerely,

____________________________________________________________________

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The day is finally here! The Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation has advised us that January 4, 2016 is the start date for the Ashford Avenue Bridge rehabilitation project.

September 20, 2018 is the scheduled completion date.

While the start date for the project is January 4th, County DPW does not anticipate any significant traffic impacts in the immediate future.  Initially, construction equipment will be staged and utilities will be moved.

Once the project begins in earnest (I have not yet received a specific date), the construction period will definitely cause inconvenience to motorists in our area.  The bridge, which handles over 20,000 vehicles a day, will be down to two lanes for the bulk of the project.  For the initial half of that time period, the entrance ramp to the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway will also be closed.  I anticipate that that closure will send substantially more traffic to Lawrence St. and to Route 119.

Living with this project will not be easy, but it is absolutely necessary to protect everyone who goes over or under the structure.  Many of you have expressed concern, and in some cases anxiety, about the bridge’s current condition; and rightly so.  Even with the millions of dollars spent on emergency repairs the last few years, the bridge is still the worst County-owned bridge in Westchester, with a State DOT score well below any reasonable person’s comfort level.  Once the work is done, we should have a safe bridge for decades to come.

With the many traffic adjustments that will occur over the next few years, knowledge will definitely be power. Westchester County has created the Ashford Avenue Bridge E-Mail Newsletter as part of the County’s Quick News service; I would strongly recommend that folks who use the bridge sign up. Anyone can sign up for these e-mail newsletters at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe

The only thing worse than living with this project, would be attempting to live with the bridge as it continued to deteriorate.  With good information and planning, we’ll get through this.  Please contact me with any information, questions or concerns that you may have along the way.

Sincerely,

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The day is finally here! The Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation has advised us that January 4, 2016 is the start date for the Ashford Avenue Bridge rehabilitation project.

September 20, 2018 is the scheduled completion date.

While the start date for the project is January 4th, County DPW does not anticipate any significant traffic impacts in the immediate future.  Initially, construction equipment will be staged and utilities will be moved.

Once the project begins in earnest (I have not yet received a specific date), the construction period will definitely cause inconvenience to motorists in our area.  The bridge, which handles over 20,000 vehicles a day, will be down to two lanes for the bulk of the project.  For the initial half of that time period, the entrance ramp to the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway will also be closed.  I anticipate that that closure will send substantially more traffic to Lawrence St. and to Route 119.

Living with this project will not be easy, but it is absolutely necessary to protect everyone who goes over or under the structure.  Many of you have expressed concern, and in some cases anxiety, about the bridge’s current condition; and rightly so.  Even with the millions of dollars spent on emergency repairs the last few years, the bridge is still the worst County-owned bridge in Westchester, with a State DOT score well below any reasonable person’s comfort level.  Once the work is done, we should have a safe bridge for decades to come.

With the many traffic adjustments that will occur over the next few years, knowledge will definitely be power. Westchester County has created the Ashford Avenue Bridge E-Mail Newsletter as part of the County’s Quick News service; I would strongly recommend that folks who use the bridge sign up. Anyone can sign up for these e-mail newsletters at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe

The only thing worse than living with this project, would be attempting to live with the bridge as it continued to deteriorate.  With good information and planning, we’ll get through this.  Please contact me with any information, questions or concerns that you may have along the way.

Sincerely,

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Dear Neighbor,

2016 budget signing

Over the past four years, it has been my distinct honor and pleasure to serve as your representative on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. As I look back on my time at the Board, I am grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting so many of you at events across our community. You only reaffirm my belief in the bright future of Westchester County.

Since I took office in 2012, I pledged to you that I would not increase the county tax levy. Westchester has the highest property taxes in the entire United States. I’m proud to have partnered with County Executive Rob Astorino as we supported a more affordable Westchester County for our children and grandchildren by adopting four budgets with 0% increases.
I am also pleased to have stood against the federal government’s blatant overreach with regard to our property rights and the problematic 2009 Affordable Housing Settlement. I still believe that the zoning in our communities is not discriminatory. This fight, however, is not yet over. The next two years will be critical in completing the terms of the settlement, and I’m confident that my successor, Legislator Margaret Cunzio, will defend our community from unelected bureaucrats in Washington D.C. seeking to usurp local control of zoning.
As Westchester’s economy is slowly improving, the Committee on Economic Development and Capital Projects, which I chaired for the past two years, has been successful in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and putting our neighbors in the construction trades back to work. Hundreds of millions of dollars in capital projects have been approved in this regard and we must continually build upon this effort in the years to come.
Ultimately, these past four years have been an extraordinary experience. While I know that we may not have always agreed on particular issues, I truly appreciated your feedback. Dialogue is one of the most important aspects of public service. As Pope Francis reminds us: Dialogue isn’t easy; it isn’t theater. You have to be honest and open.
I urge you to continue to stay involved, especially in local government affairs. Our community deserves representatives who will faithfully represent you and your neighbors, and not their own self interests. As a taxpayer, you should expect nothing less.
From my family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy 2016.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 10, 2015

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND WEEKEND CLOSURES START FRIDAY NIGHT FROM YONKERS TO WHITE PLAINS

Work is part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project

 

Motorists are advised that portions of the northbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed this weekend between the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Westchester County Center starting on Friday night, December 11, at 10 p.m. and continuing until Sunday, December 13, when the northbound parkway is scheduled to re-open at 4 p.m. This weekend night closure is necessary to continue to enhance the drainage system as part of the Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

Northbound closures start Friday, December 11, at 10 p.m. and continue to Sunday, December 13, at 4 p.m.:

  • There will be no access from the six lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway to the four lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway. All traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) to White Plains.
  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be accessible to local traffic at all times at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road):

o   Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.

o   All northbound traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, re-entering the northbound parkway at Crane Road.

  • The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.  Numerous variable message signs will be used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at 995-2555. Full details on this project are available at www.westchestergov.com/craneroadbridge. Sign up for special email alerts on this project at www.westchestergov.com/subscribe.

Dear Neighbor,

I am forwarding a link to a Daily Voice article about possible fire safety problems with hoverboards, so that you can keep your family safe this holiday season.


Westchester Hoverboard Fire One Of Several Reported Across Country

by Tom Auchterlonie 12/10/2015

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — A hoverboard toy fire at a Chappaqua home earlier this week has garnered attention and is the latest of several simila…
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A recent uptick in reports of telephone scammers posing as the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Attorney General’s Office has prompted New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to issue a consumer alert Monday.

New York residents are warned to watch for these common telephone scams:

IRS/Tax Collection Scam: The caller will claim to be an agent or police officer from the Internal Revenue Service or Attorney General’s Office calling about a past due tax balance that is owed.

Grandparent Scam: Typically, this scam comes in the form of an urgent phone call whereby the caller claims to be “your favorite grandson” or just says “It’s me” prompting the grandparent to supply the needed name. The scenario is usually something like this: The “grandson” is out of town and needs money fast, or to make bail, or to pay for automobile repairs or medical expenses. The caller begs the grandparent not to tell his parents, just wire the money immediately

Jury Duty Scam: The caller will claim to be an officer of the court and say there’s a warrant for the arrest of the victim for failing to report for jury duty. The scammer will also claim that there is a fine for failing to show up for jury duty, and that unless the fine is paid immediately, the police will be sent to the victim’s home to make an arrest.

Lottery Scam: The caller says you’ve won a foreign lottery and requests that you, as the “winner,” send a check or to wire money to cover taxes and fees.

Utility Scam: The caller claims to be a representative of a local utility provider. In some cases, the scammer has the victim’s correct account number and advises the resident that their utility bill is past due and must be paid immediately to avoid termination of service.For more information on ways to protect yourself, visit http://www.ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/publications/Identity_Theft_Tips_for_Protecting_Your_Privacy_2011.pdf.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE BARRIER

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Installation of concrete barrier.

IMPACTS:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times.
  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

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

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Dear Neighbor,Jandon Scholars ProgramThe Westchester County Board of Legislators work in collaboration with the Jandon Foundation to award college scholarships to academic achievers whose families are on public assistance or living below the poverty level. Jandon Scholars receive $12,000 over their four years in college. The program is unique in that it follows the students throughout their college career.

Click here for the 2016 Application. The Application Deadline is February 26, 2016.

For further information, please visit www.jandonscholars.org.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY-CRANE ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

 

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Bronx River Parkway Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

IMPACTS:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times.
  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Beginning Friday, December 4 at 10:00PM, until 4:00 PM Sunday, December 6, 2015.

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

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY-CRANE ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

 

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Bronx River Parkway Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

IMPACTS:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times.
  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Beginning Friday, December 4 at 10:00PM, until 4:00 PM Sunday, December 6, 2015.

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

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Dear Neighbor,

It’s been slightly over 2 weeks since the County Executive has proposed his budget plan for 2016 and we’ve heard lots of compelling testimony around many related topics.

As part of the ongoing efforts to engage community members like yourself in our dialogue, I’d like to share a few more thoughts with you on the budget plan based on the presentations we’ve been given by various stakeholders.

This week we are hearing from several more departments including those involved with delivering capital projects, who are all critical to ensuring the quality of life that we are used to in Westchester County.

I will continue to be in touch with you as this process moves forward.

Sincerely,


PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

12/09 – BOL Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains, NY

Note: Public Hearings are scheduled for 7pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Numbered speaker cards will be given out at 6:15pm. Only one speaker card per person shall be given out. Speakers shall be limited to three minutes. Anyone may submit a written statement in advance which will be included in the record.

Dear Neighbor,

It’s been a little over a week since the County Executive has proposed his budget plan for 2016 and we’ve heard lots of compelling testimony around many related topics.

As part of the ongoing efforts to engage folks like yourself in our dialogue, I’d like to share a few more thoughts with you on the budget plan based on the presentations we’ve been given by various stakeholders.

  • In our district we have important cultural institutions including Katonah Museum of Art, Caramoor, John Jay Homestead and the Hammond Museum, all of which have education outreach programs serving our local residents and schools throughout the county. All would be hurt by the proposed 20% cut in arts funding.
  • Last week we heard from the Department of Social Services, whose contracted agencies and non-profit partners are slated to receive cuts that will certainly disrupt essential services.  Nonprofit partners such as Hopes Door and My Sisters’ Place serve victims of domestic violence who can reside anywhere and can be our neighbors.

Read the Journal News’ recap of our first budget hearing in Yonkers

  • Concerns were raised about public safety and security as a result of proposed cuts.
  • The diminishing Planning Department will not be able to handle the needs of the homeowners that have been impacted by the “hundred-year” floods that happen every 5 years now.  And the majority of our district is within the New York City Watershed, with most homeowners on septic systems, and we benefit from initiatives to protect our water supply, and assistance from County Planning aids us in this goal.

This week we are hearing from several more departments including the District Attorney, Consumer Protection and Corrections, who are all critical to ensuring the quality of life that we are used to in Westchester County.

The Board of Legislators has 2 more hearings scheduled (one this evening) and I am working with other legislators to schedule another one to make sure we hear about the impacts from as many Westchester residents as we can.  If you are unable to attend any of these hearings I urge you to email any comments or concerns to me. I will continue to be in touch with you as this process moves forward.

Sincerely,

Alan Cole


PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

11/24 – Horace Greeley High School, 70 Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua, NY

12/09 – BOL Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains, NY

Note:Public Hearings are scheduled for 7pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Numbered speaker cards will be given out at 6:15pm. Only one speaker card per person shall be given out. Speakers shall be limited to three minutes. Anyone may submit a written statement in advance which will be included in the record.

Holiday
Volunteer

Opportunities

November  –  December
see them all at www.volunteernewyork.org/holiday

 

Deliver Thanksgiving Food Baskets
with Family Service Society of Yonkers
On Nov. 25th from 9am – 4pm
Yonkers or Mount Vernon

Volunteer to Help on Thanksgiving Morning
with United Hebrew of New Rochelle
On Nov. 26th
New Rochelle

Be A Driver or Runner During the Holidays
with Meals on Wheels of New Rochelle
Ongoing  / Call to schedule for a specific date
New Rochelle

Be Part of the Meals that Heal Program
(For Groups of 10 or More)
with Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley
Ongoing / Call to schedule for a specific date
Valhalla

Packing Day for Operation Defend the Holidays
with United for the Troops
On Nov. 28th from 9am – 12pm
Yorktown Heights

Help with Christmas Tree Sales
with Green Chimneys
From Nov. 28th – Dec. 20th
Brewster

    

December

Holiday Gift Wrapping Days
with Open Door Family Medical Center
From Dec. 5th – 16th (times vary)
Ossining

Giving Tuesday Volunteer
with Volunteer New York!
On Dec. 1st (times vary)
Tarrytown

Charity Warehouse Sale Volunteers
with Volunteer New York! and SPCA of Westchester
From Dec. 4th – 7th
Elmsford

Support Kids’ Kloset
with WJCS Kids’ Kloset
On Dec. 1st from 10:30am-12:30pm
White Plains

Toy Drive Pick Ups
with Open Door Family Medical Center
From Dec. 1 – Jan. 1st  2016 (times vary)
Throughout Westchester

Give Thanks Wrap-A-Thon
with Open Door Family Medical Center
From Dec. 1 – Jan. 1st 2016 (times vary)
Ossining

Santa Day Helpers
with Open Door Family Medical Center
From Dec. 1 – Jan. 1st 2016 (times vary)
Ossining 

Food Pantry Food Preparation
with Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow Community Food Pantry
On Dec. 9th from 7-9pm
Tarrytown

Food Pantry Food Distribution
with Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow Community Food Pantry
On Dec. 10th from 9-10:30am or 7-8pm
Tarrytown

Holiday Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble
with JCY Westchester Community Partners
On Dec. 12th and Dec. 13th
Yonkers

Jingle Bell Run / Walk for Arthritis
with The Arthritis Foundation
On Dec. 12th from 8:30am – 12pm
Purchase

Westchester’s Christmas Dinner 2015
with Westchester’s Christmas Dinner
From Dec. 23 – Dec. 26th
Katonah

Dear Neighbor,

The Westchester County Clerk will bring its community outreach mobile office to The College of New Rochelle (29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY) to process passport applications on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Community outreach staffers will be on hand to assist residents with applying for United States passports, including having a photo taken.

To make the process move faster, applicants can fill out Application for Passport, Form DS-11 (downloadable at http://www.westchesterclerk.com/) that must be signed in front of a staff member. Bring along a Certified Transcript of Birth with raised seal (commonly referred to as long form Birth Certificate that includes parents’ names), valid state or government issued identification such as a valid driver’s license, government identification card or military identification card and a passport photo if you have one.

It will cost $135 for adult applicants (16 and over) and $105 for child applicants (under 16) and can be paid by check, money order or credit card. This amount includes a $25 processing fee.

Please Note: You will need to have a passport to enter the United States by air, land or by sea unless you are a child under the age of 16 entering by land or sea with proof of U.S. citizenship or an adult with another travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. All children, including newborn infants, appear with the parent when applying for a passport. Parents of children under age 16 must provide consent of both parents in order for a passport to be issued if one parent makes the application.

Applicants age 16 through 17 must sign their name on the application. Minors involved in custody disputes may not apply for passports if a child’s name has been entered in The Children’s Passport Issuance Alert.

For more information contact the Westchester County Clerk at 914.995.3086 or visit them on the web at http://www.westchesterclerk.com/.

Sincerely,

Catherine Parker

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season approach us, Westchester County’s fiscal year is also coming to an end.  The new fiscal year for the County leaves me with less optimism than ever before.

Last week, the County Executive proposed a $1.8 billion budget for Westchester that is a product of past failures and continues to fall short on the results that we need for the Sound Shore.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be providing many updates on the budget process.  I hope that will draw you into the conversation with us.  Here are my first thoughts:

  • The budget proposal continues to rely heavily on borrowing to pay for operating expenses.  This is akin to paying rent on your credit card.
  • The diminishing planning department will not be able to handle the needs of the homeowners that have been impacted by the “hundred-year” floods that happen every 5 years now.

There are several chances to have your voice heard during this budget process and I urge you to join in and stand up for the quality of life that helped your family choose Westchester once upon a time.

Best wishes,

Catherine Parker


PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE

11/19 – Yonkers Public School 30, 30 Nevada Place, Yonkers, NY

11/24 – Horace Greeley High School, 70 Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua, NY

12/09 – BOL Chamber, 148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor, White Plains, NY

Note: Public Hearings are scheduled for 7pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Numbered speaker cards will be given out at 6:15pm. Only one speaker card per person shall be given out. Speakers shall be limited to three minutes. Anyone may submit a written statement in advance which will be included in the record.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

WARBURTON AVENUE C.R. 75I
VILLAGE OF HASTINGS ON HUDSON

BRIDGE CLOSURE
BRIDGE REHABILIATATION

ROADWAY: Warburton Avenue.

LIMITS: Washington Avenue and Main Street.

WHAT: Concrete barrier removal.

IMPACTS: The southbound direction of Warburton Avenue Bridge over Cropsey Lane will be closed to motorists. A detour will be posted using Main Street to Broadway (US9) to Washington Avenue. The northbound lane of Warburton Avenue Bridge over Cropsey Lane is currently closed to motorists. The northbound closure will continue until December 1, 2015.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (weather permitting).

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 11-504.

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

Portions of the Bronx River Parkway northbound will be closed for road paving tomorrow, Nov. 17, and Wednesday in Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains, according to the Westchester County Department of Transportation.

The closures are scheduled for between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and will stretch along the Bronx River Parkway from the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Westchester County Center in White Plains, weather permitting. Motorists are urged to seek alternative routes if possible.

As a result, there will be no access from the six lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway to the four lane portion of the northbound Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.

All traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) to White Plains.

Local traffic will be accessible between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road at all times:

  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All northbound traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, re-entering the northbound parkway at Crane Road.

The northbound Bronx River Parkway will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

Numerous message signs will be used to alert motorists of the upcoming closures.

For additional information, contact Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation at (914) 995-2555.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORIES


SINGLE LANE CLOSURE
BRIDGE INSPECTION
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY
TOWN OF GREENBURGH

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: At the I287 Bridge.

WHAT: Bridge Inspection.

IMPACTS: Single right lane of the Northbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed to motorists on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM within the above limits. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays during this work.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 between the hours of 9:30AM and 3:30 PM.

WHO: NYSDOT contract # D031078.


ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
PAVING OPERATIONS
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY
VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Paving operations

IMPACTS:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park
  • Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times.
  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 18, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and
3:30 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 15-207

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

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Dear Neighbor,

Golf

Current E-Z Reserve golfers can now pre-register for the 2016 Golf Westchester E-Z Reserve program between Saturday, Nov. 7 and Monday, Nov. 30, at the six county-owned golf courses.

The E-Z Reserve program enables golfers with a valid Westchester County Park Pass to book a starting tee time for a series of weeks.

During the November sale period, E-Z Reserve holders from 2015 can reserve the same tee time/day for the 2016 season. If the holder does not reserve during this pre-registration period, the tee time will be made available for reservations starting Tuesday, Dec. 1, when all remaining E-Z Reserve tee times will be made available to all golfers wishing to join the program. These E-Z Reserve times will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through March 1 and are limited to one tee time per weekend day.

Golfers reserve the specific time, but the specific slot in the sequence of reservations is not guaranteed.

A non-refundable fee of $350 per player is due at pre-registration and payable by cash, check or Visa, MasterCard or American Express. As a bonus for pre-registering, the 2016 E-Z Reserve season is increased from 25 to 30 weeks, beginning the weekend of April 2 and ending the weekend of Oct. 22.

After this registration period, any remaining E-Z Reserve tee times will be available at golf courses beginning the first day of play in 2016. These tee times will be sold for a fee of $300 per player for 25 weeks.  The date of golf course opening for the 2016 season will be announced.

The 25-week program starts the weekend of April 9 and ends the weekend of Oct. 1. E-Z Reserve applications will be available at all courses.

For more information, visit http://golf.westchestergov.com/ez-reserve-program.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

HALL PLACE RAMP, C.R. 47I
LANE CLOSURES
MILLING AND PAVING
CITY OF YONKERS

ROADWAY: Hall Place Ramps.

LIMITS: Hall Place Ramp between Central Park Avenue and Hall Place/ Hillview Avenue.

WHAT: Milling and paving operations.

IMPACTS: Hall Place On/Off Ramps will be subject to lane closures of traffic controlled by police/ flag persons between the above limits.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 15-207.

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This coming Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is Election Day.  On the ballot will be a referendum that, if approved by the voters, will give the Board of Legislators (BOL) and the public more time to review the County budgets before they are voted on.  The referendum would change the date that the County Executive is required to submit the Capital Budget to the BOL from November 15th to October 15th each year.  The deadline to submit the annual Operating Budget would be moved up from November 15th to November 10th.

The proposed changes are based on one of the recommendations from the Charter Revision Commission and are a perfect example of the fine work that comes from citizen involvement in local government.

To demonstrate the importance of this measure, I thought you should understand that these are not decisions we take lightly.  This is the first Westchester County-wide referendum to be voted on by the general electorate since Election Day 2000.

Below is the language of the referendum that will be on the November 3rd ballot.  Please take a moment to read the referendum so that you can make an informed decision when you cast your vote on November 3rd. Please note that this referendum is printed on the back of your ballot.


PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE,
COUNTY PROPOSITION NUMBER ONE

AMENDMENT OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY CHARTER §167.61(1)
Local Law Intro. No. 7343-2014, adopted by the County on December 8, 2014, amends County Charter §167.61(1) by changing the date of submission of the County Executive’s proposed County budgets for capital and current purposes from November 15th to October 15th for capital purposes and from November 15th to November 10th for current purposes.
1.  Under the current provisions of §167.61(1), the latest date for submission of the County Executive’s proposed budget to the County Board for the ensuing fiscal year for both capital and current purposes is November 15th.  The proposed amendment would provide that the County Executive submit to the County Board proposed County budgets for the ensuing fiscal year not later than October 15th for capital purposes and not later than November 10th for current purposes.
2. The purpose of this proposal is to increase the time within which the County Board can evaluate the County Executive’s proposed budgets.

Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Yes (  )        No (  )


Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Dear Neighbor,

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In Mount Vernon there is a high percentage of our residents that have this condition. If you are one of these persons or know of anyone who is suffering from this condition, please  pass this information along.

I urge you to take advantage of this program below.


Montefiore | Mount Vernon

Diabestes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes
Awareness Month

The Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, in conjunction with Montefiore Mount Vernon Family Health and Wellness Center invites you and your guests to get physically fit at:

Let’s Move it in Mount Vernon!

Get Moving with Zumba, hula hoops, cardio, healthy snacks, give–aways and MORE!!

Thursday, November 5th

3:30 – 5:30pm

Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital

Belsky Auditorium

53 Valentine Street

Mount Vernon

For additional information call: 914.361.6195

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Westchester County Health Department will give free flu shots to residents by appointment at vaccine clinics in White Plains and Yonkers this month and next month.

Choose among these three locations and schedule a visit:

  • Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the County Center, 198 Central Avenue (Side Rooms A – D), White Plains, NY 10606: Go to http://health.ny.gov/Go2Clinic and click on Westchester or call 995-7425.
  • 1st and 3rd Fridays at the White Plains Health Department Clinic, 134 Court Street, White Plains, New York 10601, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., call 995-5800.
  • 2nd and 4th Fridays at the Yonkers Health Department Clinic, 20 South Broadway, 2nd Fl., Yonkers, New York 10701, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., call 231-2500.

Flu shots are recommended for everyone over six months of age, with rare exceptions. People most at risk for complications from the flu include pregnant women, adults age 65 and older, children under the age of five, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and anyone who has certain underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

To avoid spreading the flu, cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands frequently with soap and water frequently. If you do get a respiratory infection, stay home until 24 hours after your fever subsides to avoid spreading your germs. Clean surfaces you touch often, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones.  Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat healthy food.

For more information about the flu, contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000 or go to www.westchestergov.com/health.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Dear Neighbor,

I will be the guest speaker at the Fleetwood Neighborhood Association Fall Event. Please see the date and time below.

I hope that you will attend.

Community Fleetwood Neighborhood Association
Community Meeting
Thursday, October 22nd
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:
11 East Broad Street
Fleetwood Synagogue

 

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Dear Neighbor,

Free rabies vaccines are available for dogs, cats and ferrets owned by Westchester County residents on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Road in New Rochelle. No appointment is needed. For more information, call the Humane Society at 914-632-2925.

Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given.

Under New York State law, dogs and cats must receive their first rabies vaccine no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccine, with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used.  Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $2,000.

Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of infected animals.  Those animals most commonly infected are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.  However, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are also at risk because they can easily contract rabies from wild or stray animals.

A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need to get a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known or suspect rabid animal.  Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal.

A change in an animal’s behavior is often the first sign of rabies.  A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame.  It may lose fear of people and become docile or it may become particularly excited and irritable.  Staggering, spitting and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted in infected animals.  Adults should encourage children to avoid touching unfamiliar animals and to immediately tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal.

All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000.  After hours, callers should follow instructions in the recorded message for reporting public health emergencies 24 hours a day.

To learn more about preventing rabies, go to www.westchestergov.com/health.

Sincerely,

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

The Westchester County Health Department will give free flu shots to residents by appointment at vaccine clinics in White Plains and Yonkers this month and next month.

Choose among these three locations and schedule a visit:

  • Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the County Center in White Plains: Go to http://health.ny.gov/Go2Clinic and click on Westchester or call 995-7425.
  • 1st and 3rd Fridays at the health department clinic in White Plains, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., call 995-5800.
  • 2nd and 4th Fridays at the health department clinic in Yonkers: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., call 231-2500.

Flu shots are recommended for everyone over six months of age, with rare exceptions. People most at risk for complications from the flu include pregnant women, adults age 65 and older, children under the age of five, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and anyone who has certain underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

To avoid spreading the flu, cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands frequently with soap and water frequently. If you do get a respiratory infection, stay home until 24 hours after your fever subsides to avoid spreading your germs. Clean surfaces you touch often, such as doorknobs, water faucets, refrigerator handles and telephones.  Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat healthy food.

For more information about the flu, contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000 or go to www.westchestergov.com/health.

Sincerely,

Volunteer at the Healing Half & 10K!

Westchester Medical Center
http://www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/

VOLUNTEERS are needed now for the 12th Annual Westchester Running Festival event on Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Whether you are available Pre-Race day to help with Packet-Pickup or you have a group of people interested in being a CHEERING stations – Come and join in the excitement of the event! If you have a group that is interested in volunteering (water stations, etc. or providing entertainment (band, boy/girl scouts, cheerleaders, etc.) along the course, contact info@genesisadventures.com .

For more information, click here.


Volunteer and Celebrate Fall at
Sheldrake Environmental Center’s Festival!

Sheldrake Environmental Center
http://www.sheldrakecenter.org

Come out and help! You’re guaranteed a great time for a great community cause! Volunteers are needed in these areas: Setting up, Food distribution, Arts & Crafts, Raffle table, Cleaning up, Face Painting…and more. The event is Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm. volunteers are needed any time between 11 am and 4:30 pm, but especially from 1 to 4 pm. Contact Amy at 914-834-1443 or at scheduling@sheldrakecenter.org.

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

With heavy rain and windy conditions expected over the next several days, and the impact of Hurricane Joaquin to our area still uncertain, Con Edison reminds customers to prepare for the potential of power outages and to stay safe. Utility crews will be ready throughout the coming weekend to respond to any service problems that occur.

The combination of heavy rain and high winds in parts of the region could cause trees and branches to hit overhead lines, bringing wires down and knocking customers out of power. Multiple days of rain can soften the ground, making it more likely that some trees may fall.

Anyone who sees downed wires should stay away from them, as they may be live. Do not touch downed wires with your hands or any object. Be aware that downed wires can be hidden from view by leaves, tree limbs or water.

ConEd Video

Customers can report service problems and restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633)When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

Click here to see a video on the restoration process. Depending on the severity of storm damage, crews will give priority to restoring service lines that will provide power to the most customers as quickly as possible, then move on to restore smaller groups and individual customers who are without power.

Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

Con Edison offers a number of mobile solutions so you can manage your accounts, report and check the status of an outage, learn energy-saving tips, and more. Text REG to OUTAGE (688243) to sign up for text notifications, and follow the prompts.

Customers can also download Con Edison’s free iPhone and Android app, My conEdison, to report and check the status of a power problem, and view the company’s interactive online outage map.

Con Edison offers the following tips to customers to help weather the possible effects of a hurricane:

  • Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately.
  • If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
  • Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.
  • For more storm tips and preparation, go to www.conEd.com

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

____________________________________________________________Dear Neighbor,

Westchester County’s full-service MetroCard Mobile Van, provided by the county’s Department of Transportation in conjunction with the MTA New York City Transit Authority, will be making rounds throughout the county to assist riders interested in purchasing MetroCards. See below for schedule.
MetroCards can be used on the county’s Bee-Line bus system as well as New York City’s transit system. The MetroCard Mobile Van provides transit riders with a “one-stop shop” for all MetroCard services. In addition, staff will be available to explain rates, discounts and answer any questions.
Regular MetroCards will be available for purchase and existing cards may be refilled. Riders will also be able to apply for reduced rates if they are 65 and older or have qualifying disabilities.
MetroCard is the automated regional fare collection system managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. For more information on the MetroCard Mobile Van and other MetroCard locations, call the Bee-Line Hotline at (914) 813-7777
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
October 21
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 noon
October 22 
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 noon
October 23
Will Library
1500 Central Park Ave/Tuckahoe Rd.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
October 24
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
November 18
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
November 19
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 noon
November 20  
Will Library
1500 Central Park Ave /Tuckahoe Rd.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
November 21
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
December 16
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
December 17
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
December 18
Yonkers Will Library
1500 Central Park Ave/Tuckahoe Rd.
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
December 19
City Hall/MCU Bldg.
36-40 South Broadway
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
December 16
White Plains
Trans-Center
Water St. & N. Lexington Ave
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sincerely,

Gordon A. BurrowsDear Neighbor,

New York State Senator Terrence Murphy recently announced his “Hudson Valley Thank a Veteran Tour.” The first event is a free pancake breakfast in our area on Saturday, October 10 from 9-11 AM at the Mt. Pleasant Community Center (125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla).

Due to limited seating, Senator Murphy’s office is asking that veterans or their family members RSVP online or call (914) 962-2624. Volunteer opportunities are also available for those interested.
This event is a great way to honor the men and women who have fought to defend our country and freedoms. We will never be able to fully repay these individuals for their service and sacrifice.
Please feel free to pass this email along to any veteran you may know in our community.
Sincerely,

Dear Neighbor,

County Executive Robert P. Astorino has announced that a “bonus” Bicycle Sunday has been added to the program’s autumn schedule on Sunday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bicycle Sundays, the popular, long-running Westchester County Parks program, sponsored by Con Edison and New York Presbyterian Hospital, is held on the Bronx River Parkway in May, June and September each year. The bonus event, which comes one week after the final regularly scheduled Bicycle Sunday of the year on Sept. 27, is being added to the calendar as a “makeup” for a pair of rain cancellations this past spring.
“As dry as it has been this summer and fall, we did actually have a couple of rainy Sundays this past spring,” Astorino said. “I hope that everyone takes advantage of what we expect will be a beautiful autumn day and join us on October 4.”
During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The course runs from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Exit 4/Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip of 13.1 miles. There are many points of entry and exit along the way. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each week.
Parking is available at the County Center lot in White Plains for a fee of $7.
Bicycle Sundays is presented by Westchester County Parks, with additional support provided by Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc. and 100.7 WHUD radio.
In the event of rain, the program is cancelled. Call the County Center for information at
(914) 995-4050 or visit parks.westchesterov.com.
Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

Dear Neighbor,

As part of Preparedness Month across New York, NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, today encouraged customers to create an emergency plan and prepare a portable emergency supply kit with enough food, water, medications and other consumables to last seven to 10 days.
In the event of a power interruption, NYSEG and RG&E urge customers to:
• Stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701.
• Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas and away from windows and doors.
• Stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. If a basement or home is in danger of flooding, customers should contact their utilities to turn off electricity and/or natural gas service.
Before a Storm Strikes
– Anyone who uses life-sustaining equipment that operates on electricity should contact NYSEG right away (NYSEG: 1.800.572.1111; RG&E: 1.800.743.2110). Customers may be enrolled in a critical customer program or provided specific advice on how to prepare for power interruptions.
– Keep flashlights, a battery-powered radio or TV and fresh batteries handy.
– Have at least one telephone that is not dependent on electricity. (Cordless phones won’t work during a power interruption.)
– Keep a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand.
– Make sure cell phone batteries are fully charged.
During a Power Interruption
– Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
– To report a power interruption, contact NYSEG at 1.800.572.1131; RG&E at 1.800.743.1701. Our telephone systems let callers report the problem, help our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provide customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer or mobile device during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at nyseg.com and rge.com.
– Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.
– Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.
– Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
– Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.
– Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
After Power Is Restored
– If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG to have services turned on.
– Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.
– Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.
Preparedness Month is a national effort sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The 2015 National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” FEMA encourages Americans to create a family emergency communications plan that includes up-to-date contact information for individuals that may need to be reached during a disaster.
Sincerely,
Alan Cole
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday evening, September 21st,  I, along with my legislative colleagues, approved the plan for a new Family Court facility in the City of Yonkers.  The new facility which will be located at 131 Warburton Avenue is half a mile from the current facility at 53 South Broadway.  The existing facility dates back to 1979.  The new Family Court will be located within the same building as the Yonkers branch of the County’s Department of Social Services.  The relocation to this site and the design plan have been applauded by Family Court Administrators, Family Court Attorneys and Social Services Advocates because it provides easy and convenient access to services and additional oversight and security for families all within one location.

The plan to move the Family Court has been in the works for nearly five years.  In a 2010 report the Office of Court Facilities and planning said,  “One of the fundamental safety and security problems at the Yonkers facility is the absence of three separate and secure patterns of circulation: one for the public, one for the judges, and one for prisoners. The result is the commingling of these groups in an emotionally charged Family Court environment, which poses serious challenges for the Court’s security staff.”  the report goes on to state, “There are also a variety of security concerns with respect to the hearing rooms, primarily as a result of their limited size and locations. For example, the hearing room used for Permanency Planning proceedings is undersized and inadequate. These proceedings typically involve many participants and the lack of sufficient space results in extreme congestion. There is also little separation between the parties and the referee, which adds to security concerns. In addition, the lack of secondary exits from hearing rooms creates security issues since the referee lacks an exit near the bench. Any security-related situation occurring in the hearing room could result in the referee being trapped, without a secure route to evacuate the hearing room.”  A very careful design plan has been created for the new facility which mitigates these problems and also creates private conference rooms where parties can meet.

In addition to vastly improving the safety and efficiency of the Yonkers Family Court, the move will save County taxpayers $14 million in operating costs compared to the existing facility over the course 20 years.

I not only represent Yonkers but am a practicing attorney who appears frequently in Family Court. The folks who are appearing in family court are our neighbors and our friends.  Most of them are living through the scariest and most stressful time of their lives.  It is our responsibility to make sure that the services and facilities that we provide to them, including our Judges, Court officers and personnel are the best they can be.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

A new private park for public use in downtown White Plains opened in early July.  It’s a peaceful spot right in the middle of the City where you can go and enjoy.

This is the first privately-owned park with public access in Westchester County. The park, which was built by the Cappelli Organization, is part of the redevelopment of downtown White Plains which began with City Center and concluded with Renaissance Square.

While I was a member of the White Plains Common Council, I fought for the creation of this passive open space at this location.  The park was a requirement for the approval of the Renaissance Square development.   As County Legislator, I have continued to work for its completion.

The 11,000-square-foot park is located at Mamaroneck Avenue and Main Street between Grace Church and Cappelli’s Renaissance Square development which includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester.

Boykin talking to constituents at park

The Cappelli Organization, the City of White Plains officials and Grace Church worked together on the park’s design for over a year, resulting in a modern park that complements the popular plaza and fountain across Main Street. The park includes plantings and trees highlighted by stone pavers, benches and a waterfall illuminated at night.

The park opens as Grace Church celebrates their 150th anniversary at their present building and lends a sense of openness and welcome in the heart of White Plains.

Please share with your friends and family and come and enjoy!

Ben Boykin

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FREE MOVIE – Strange Magic
Wednesday, July 29th • Kinsley Park
Rated PG • Movie starts at dusk
For rain contingency plan, call 377-6450 • Bring your own seating and blankets



FREE CONCERT – McLean Avenue Band
Thursday, July 30th • Coyne Park

Music starts at 7PM
For rain contingency plan, call 377-6450 • Bring your own seating and blankets



YONKERS ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Sunday, August 2nd • Empire City Casino

Hundreds of local residents will join in on the track for a simultaneous Ice Bucket
Challenge to help reignite the movement and benefit ALS research.
For more information or to register, visit YonkersNY.gov/IBC



FREE SOCCER CLINIC (For Yonkers Kids Ages 6 to 9)
Wednesday, August 269:00 am – 11:00 am
Fleming Field, 140 Fillmore Street
Hosted by Sarah Lawrence College soccer coaches and players
Registration is required. Register at yonkersny.gov/soccer
For more information, contact the Parks Department at (914) 377-6450Yonkers Office for the Aging will distribute farmers market coupons to qualified Yonkers seniors. The coupons will be available at the Office for the Aging on Monday, July 27 & Tuesday, July 28 at the Peter Chema Community Center (435 Riverdale Avenue) from 9:00am- 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm. 

The coupons are available to qualified applicants 60 years or older and who are currently receiving or eligible to receive SSI, public assistance, food stamps, Section 8 housing subsidy or have a monthly income of $1,815.00 per month or less for a one person household; $ 2,456.00 per month or less for a two person household and $ 3,098.00 per month or less for a three person household.
Photo ID and proof of age and Yonkers residency are required. No appointments are needed; only one booklet per household; limited quantity. Yonkers seniors are able to use the coupons at the farmers markets located throughout the area.
Yonkers-own St. John’s Church, located at South Broadway and Hudson Street in Getty Square, hosts its own farmers market. Additionally, the Saw Mill River Youth Market located at Van der Donck Park in Larkin Plaza is open on Fridays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm until October 24.
The farmers market hours and locations are as follows:
St. John’s Church
One Hudson St.
July 9 – Nov 19/Thursdays 7:00am to 5:00pm
Saw Mill River Youth Market
Van Der Donck Park
June 5 – October 30/Fridays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Every Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm until November 15
The Senior Farmers Market Program is funded through the Food and Nutrition Service division of the United States Department of Agriculture and Markets in cooperation with the NY State Office for the Aging, NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

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Dear Neighbor,

Enjoy the culture, music and food of Italy at the Italian Heritage Celebration, Sunday, July 26, from noon to 7 p.m., at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. The event is part of a series of cultural heritage festivals held in the parks on weekends during the summer.

Vendors will offer arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, souvenirs and more. Food purveyors will offer a wide selection of Italian dishes.

Admission and parking are free. The event will be held rain or shine. Bring blankets or chairs for informal seating on the lawn.

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the northern end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla.

For more information, visit http://parks.westchestergov.com/ or call (914) 864-PARK.

Sincerely,

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Celebrate our country’s Independence Day with live music and one of the area’s most stunning fireworks shows at the annual Music Fest & Fireworks on Friday, July 3, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

Pre-concert entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and the Gerard Carelli Orchestra takes the stage at 8 p.m.; fireworks will follow at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. Carpooling is suggested. Concert-goers should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating as well as a picnic supper.

Event will be held rain or shine.

The Music Fest is presented by Westchester County Parks and sponsored by First Niagara Foundation with support from radio station 100.7 WHUD and the Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.

The Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla.

For more info, go to westchestergov.com/parks or call (914) 864-PARK.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

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Dear Neighbor,

I recently had the privilege bestowed upon me to serve as the County Legislator for the communities of Mt. Kisco, Bedford, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge and part of Somers after Peter Harckham stepped down earlier this month.

Peter was an outstanding representative who went out of his way to make sure that you knew he was fighting for the right things in White Plains.  I will work hard every day to make you feel as secure in that as you did when Mr. Harckham was the Legislator.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I may be of any assistance to you on any issue related to Westchester County.  I can be reached by phone at (914) 995-2810 or by e-mail at Cole@westchesterlegislators.com.

I have been active in government and politics for more than twenty five years and filling this seat is an honor that tops all of those activities.  I am grateful for this opportunity and am confident that I will hit the ground running to give the residents of northern Westchester a place to go to voice their concerns and have an avenue of advocacy at the county level.

Sincerely,

Alan Cole

Dear Neighbor,

Since taking office, County Executive Rob Astorino has made revitalizing Playland Park in Rye a priority of his administration. It has also been a priority of mine since I began my tenure at the Board of Legislators. The park has lost approximately $3-5 million of taxpayer money per year for many years now. Playland is a tremendous asset given its history and location on the Long Island Sound. Unfortunately, it has also been a drain on the hard-earned tax dollars of Westchester County taxpayers. My belief, as well as the belief of many hard-working taxpayers, is that county government should not be in the amusement park business. Playland is the only government-run amusement park in the entire United States. While our Playland management and workforce has done their best trying to maintain the park, there is little that will substitute for professional management from a team of individuals that has been successful in managing amusement parks throughout the United States.

Over the years, Playland has run into numerous setbacks and issues, including natural disasters and simply the cost of maintaining an aging facility in addition to meeting current safety standards and expectations. The park requires a significant financial investment in order to restore its original character and the County can only do so much on its own without placing an unreasonable tax burden on its citizens.

On Monday, June 15, the Board of Legislators passed legislation, with my support, to sign a 15-year agreement with Standard Amusements to operate the facility after several months of a comprehensive vetting process in the committee that I chair,  Budget and Appropriations, and the committee on Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing.

The public/private partnership includes the following terms:

  • Standard Amusements will pay the county $2.25 million up-front and then invest at least another $22 million in the first five years of a 15-year agreement.
  • Standard Amusements will also make annual escalating payments to Westchester County starting at $300,000 and rising approximately 2% each year.
  • Westchester County will receive 7.5% of the profits once Standard recoups its initial investment.
  • The County will continue to undertake several capital improvement projects at the park.
  • There was also an agreement reached to protect County employees who currently work at Playland from losing their employment as a result of the partnership.
  • Standard Amusements will co-manage the park with the County for the remainder of the 2015 season and look to take over control of operations by November 1, 2015.

Rye Playland LogoFor more information, please visit: http://www3.westchestergov.com/latest-news/230-top-3/4912-astorino-wins-bol-approval-for-revitalization-of-playland.
Given the multiple instances over the past years of some members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators inappropriately delaying necessary investments in the County’s infrastructure, this represents a good instance of working together in the best interests of our taxpayers. I am very excited for the future of Playland.

Sincerely,

Dear Neighbor,

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful facility like the Westchester County Center, which local high schools and colleges often use for commencement exercises.  But for those of you who may be traveling in the area of Tarrytown Road/Route 119 and Central Avenue during those times, there can be serious traffic delays.  Below is a schedule of remaining graduation ceremonies so you can plan accordingly.

Congratulations to all of our graduates this year!

Sincerely,

Schedule of Upcoming Graduations at the County Center
198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

6/25
White Plains Middle School / High School Graduation

Thursday, Middle School 3pm & High School 7:30pm

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6/26
Greenburgh Central Schools Woodlands High School Graduation

Friday, 7:30pm

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6/27
Lakeland / Walter Panas High School Graduations

Saturday, 10am & 2pm

Dear Neighbor,

During the Board of Legislators June 15th meeting, the much-anticipated vote to approve the management agreement between the County and Standard Amusements took place and passed unanimously.

After being instrumental in dismantling the Sustainable Playland proposal, Democrats on the Board of Legislators felt that the public-private partnership needed to include commitments to undertake certain capital projects and protect employees to avoid layoffs as a result of this deal and they were successful in those efforts.

I’m proud that we were able to accomplish our goals to improve such a valuable asset right in our community and do it in a way that makes this gem primed for success for generations to come.  Here are some of the highlights of the new Playland Management agreement:

  • Standard Amusements will pay the county $2.25 million upfront, and then invest at least another $22 million in the first five years of a 15-year agreement. It will also pay annual escalating payments starting at $300,000 and cut the county in on 7.5 percent of the profits once it recoups its initial investment.
  • Westchester County will commit to the following capital improvements:
    • North Boardwalk (currently in design)
    • Colonnades
    • Lights on Playland Parkway
    • Playland Structural system
    • Fire Suppression System
    • Playland Pathway

The County Executive’s initial proposal to turn the park over to Sustainable Playland raised significant concerns for local residents and ultimately did not hold up to scrutiny from the Board of Legislators.  When the County Executive entered into the agreement with Standard Amusements, the Board of Legislators began their due diligence again and has significantly improved it from its original form by securing commitments about capital projects, size and scope of the park and employee protections.

Playland belongs to the people of Westchester.  Working together to infuse the park with needed capital we can restore this beautiful, iconic place to its historic glory and successful future.

Sincerely,

Dear Neighbor,

Living in the immediate area around Playland has given me a unique perspective on how to approach the revitalization of Playland Park.  It truly is the crown jewel of the county Park system and is deserving of a better treatment than it has received in the last several decades.

This conclusion is a no-brainer as both a resident of the Playland neighborhood and a Westchester County taxpayer.  Understanding the impact Playland has in our neighborhood and the value that significant improvements would bring, I fought to make sure that the park got much of what it has deserved while it has decayed over the years.

The result is the largest investment in Playland since it was built. 

I’m proud that we were able to accomplish our goals to improve such a valuable asset right in our neighborhood and do it in a way that makes this gem primed for success for generations to come.  Here are some of the highlights of the new Playland Management agreement:

  • Standard Amusements will pay the county $2.25 million upfront, and then invest at least another $22 million in the first five years of a 15-year agreement. It will also pay annual escalating payments starting at $300,000 and cut the county in on 7.5 percent of the profits once it recoups its initial investment.
  • Westchester County will commit to the following capital improvements:
    • North Boardwalk (currently in design)
    • Colonnades
    • Lights on Playland Parkway
    • Playland Structural system
    • Fire Suppression System
    • Playland Pathway

The County Executive’s initial proposal raised significant concerns for local residents and ultimately did not hold up to scrutiny from the Board of Legislators.  When the County Executive entered into the agreement with Standard Amusements, the Board of Legislators began their due diligence again and has significantly improved it from its original form by securing commitments about capital projects, size and scope of the park and employee protections.

It was also important that the neighbors of Playland have a seat at the table to advise Standard Amusements and the County about what the community priorities are as Playland’s changes begin to take place.  Thanks to the collaboration with Friends of Edith Read Sanctuary, Westchester Children’s Museum, Save the Sound and the Westchester Historical Society, this advisory board will be able to protect the cultural and historic value of Playland.

This was not a perfect process by any stretch but I believe that the taxpayers will benefit from the increased value of Playland as a result of the capital infusion it will receive.

Sincerely,

Catherine Parker

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Toxic Toys

Something that is meant to bring joy to our kids on a daily basis should not contain dangerous toxins that could imperil the health and safety of those we love.

That’s why I sponsored the “Children’s Product Safety Act, which recently passed the Board of Legislators unanimously.  The Children’s Product Safety Act will prevent the sale of infant and children’s products that include harmful toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadium and cobalt within the County of Westchester.

The toxic chemicals in children’s products have been linked to a host of serious medical problems including learning and developmental disabilities, asthma, pediatric and other cancer, infertility, obesity and more.

Many children’s products including toys and clothing contain these eight toxic chemicals and known carcinogens.  This bill enables Westchester’s consumers of infant and children’s products to assure the health and welfare of infants, children and the environment.

Once enacted, the Children’s Product Safety Act would be enforced by the County Department of Consumer Protection.  The department would undertake a 12 month public education campaign to alert retailers of which chemicals are harmful and then with random spot checks of products already on shelves.

Similar pieces of legislation have already passed the Albany County Legislature and are being considered in Suffolk, Duchess and Onondaga counties. The State Assembly has passed similar legislation in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion while the State Senate is still yet to take action despite having bipartisan support in that chamber as well.

Our families deserve the comfort of knowing that the toys their children play with will not have harmful impacts on their health and I’m proud that we have given that to them.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is rare that a detached single family home is offered for sale as an affordable unit.  This 3 bedroom home with garage within walking distance of the Croton Falls shopping and train station is a rare opportunity.  Interested homebuyers must apply by Monday, June 15.   Eligible applicants include 3+person households with a maximum household income of $76,050 for a 3 person household, $84,550 for a 4 person household, $91,300 for a 5 person household and $98,050 for a six person household.   Do not hesitate to call Rose Noonan of the Housing Action Council at (914) 332-4144 if you have questions.

Please share with family and friends who might be interested in this opportunity.

Sincerely,
Ben Boykin

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY-CRANE ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

 

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Bronx River Parkway Crane Road Bridge Replacement.

IMPACTS:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times.
  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

Additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555

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SAVING YOUR GRANDKIDS WITHOUT LOSING YOURSELF:
An Interactive Workshop for Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children and Teens

The Westchester County Board of Legislators,
The Family Society of Yonkers Kinship Support Program
and The Westchester Grandparents Coalition
invite you toA forum for grandparents and relative caregiversMonday, June 15, 2015
9:30 am to 12 pm
Yonkers Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center, 2nd FloorKeynote Speaker:
Deborah Langosch, PhD, LCSW
Project Director, Kinship Care
Program and Clinical Coordinator,
Loss and Bereavement Program
Jewish Board of Family and
Children’s Services, NYCLight refreshments will be served.Park at the Buena Vista Garage,
2 blocks south of the library on 8 Buena Vista AvenueRSVP by June 11, 2015
Bettye Malone or Carolyn Fluckinger
914-963-5118, bmalone@fssy.org, cfluckinger@fssy.org
 

The Daughters of Liberty’s Legacy
Westchester County, NY
Respectfully request your presence at a

Medal of Honor Remembrance Ceremony
Honoring
Robert C. Murray (Vietnam 1970)

Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 West Stevens Ave., Hawthorne, NY

(Sect. 43, enter through gate off the Taconic Parkway) gateofheavenny.com for map

Please RSVP to
Debra Palazzo, Vietnam Commemorative Chair
debra@daughtersoflibertyslegacy.com
PH (914) 495-3631

Staff Sgt. Murray’s squad was searching for an enemy mortar that had been threatening friendly positions when a member of the squad tripped an enemy grenade rigged as a booby trap. Instantly assessing the danger to the men of his squad, S/Sgt. Murray unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own safety, threw himself on the grenade absorbing the full and fatal impact of the explosion. By his gallant action and self sacrifice, he prevented the death of the other members of his squad. S/Sgt. Murray’s extraordinary courage and gallantry, at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

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Dear Neighbor,

Security World Inc., of Valhalla, is proud to sponsor and host “Drive and Dine III” on Sunday,  June 7. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. with registration for a 28-mile police escorted drive throughout Westchester. Antique cars, sports cars, motorcycles, and emergency service vehicles will depart Mt. Pleasant Town Hall (1 Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla) at 11:00 a.m. for the ride, passing through a dozen Westchester towns and seeing roughly 10 static displays by Fire Departments. For route details, visit: www.securityworldinc.com/map.

Around 12:30 p.m., all of the vehicles will return to Mt. Pleasant Town Hall for a community car show, raffles, auctions, music, and food to continue in honoring and remembering our servicemen and servicewomen past and present. 100% of the proceeds raised through registration, raffles, auctions, and donations goes to support Wounded Warrior Project(www.woundedwarriorproject.org). For more information, visit:www.securityworldinc.com/wwp.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dear Neighbor,

A boil water advisory has been issued by the Westchester County Department of Health for Wednesday, 5/27 from 10 a.m. through midnight for the following municipalities served by the United Water Rate District No. 1.

Approximately 150,000 people are in the affected areas of New Rochelle, Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe and the Pelhams (town and village of Pelham and the Village of Pelham Manor).

The advisory is being issued as a precautionary measure while New York City Department of Environmental Protection performs scheduled maintenance of its chlorination system resulting in inadequate disinfection of water.

A boil water advisory means that residents in the affected area must boil all tap water at a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute prior to drinking it or using it to prepare food, wash dishes by hand or brush teeth. Restaurants, delis, bodegas and all food service establishments in the affected area also must boil water before serving it or using it to prepare food. Residents also can use bottled water as an alternative to boiling.

The advisory does not extend to bathing, clothes washing or the use of a dishwasher.

For more information, residents should contact United Water Rate District No. 1 at 914-632-6900 or visit their website at www.unitedwater.com/westchester.

Sincerely,

Gordon A. Burrows

Dear Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to you today. I am honored to inform you that Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed me to a position in the New York State Office of Community Renewal and that I have accepted. Therefore, I am sad to report to you that I will be stepping down from my position on the Westchester County Board of Legislators after the June 1st meeting.

This new chapter in my public service will allow me to return my roots in housing and community renewal, and to work with communities and organizations throughout the Hudson Valley.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served you for the past eight years as your Legislator and for the trust that you have vested in me. Serving you in the Westchester County Legislature has been by far the most rewarding experience in my professional life. I look forward to continuing to serve you and the people of Westchester in my new capacity.

I will be in communication before I leave. Thank you for your support and consideration.

Sincerely,

 

Peter Harckham

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Mock LegislatureSamuel J. Preston Elementary School 5th Grade Class

We have completed another successful year of the Student Legislature Program.  Run by the Westchester County Board of Legislators, this program is offered to fifth grade students and complements the fifth grade study of government.  Held in the Board’s Legislative Chambers at the Michaelian Office Building in White Plains, the program gives students a chance to participate in a “Mock Legislature”.  The student “Legislators” are assigned to “committees” to discuss issues and then serve as legislators to debate and vote on these issues.

Nearly all the elementary schools in the White Plains Public School District, as well as all the public elementary schools in Scarsdale and in West Harrison participate in the program each year, along with the Solomon Schechter School in White Plains.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated teachers who, despite their ever increasing responsibilities, take time to bring their students to the Board of Legislators to have them learn how their county government works.  I also thank the teacher assistants and parents who came with the students.  And of course, thanks to all the students who participated in the program.  Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The  Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election will take place on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.

Voting times and locations are as follow:

In Scarsdale, polling hours are between 7:00am to 9:00pm at the Scarsdale Middle School Gym, (134 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale).Voting Map

In Harrison, polls are open 7:00am to 9:00pm in your neighborhood elementary school.

In White Plains, polling hours are Noon to 9:00pm, at six voting districts (see map for your voting district). If you have any questions about your location in White Plains, you can call the main number at 422-2000.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Dear Neighbor,

As many of you may know, Playland recently opened for another season and is poised for another strong year just like the last one.

There has been a lot in the news about the future of Playland and I wanted to inform you of two important opportunities to have your voice heard as a part of the process.

The Board of Legislators will be holding two public hearings in the next few weeks with the hope that we can attract as many sound shore residents to voice their opinions as possible.

Please forward this to anyone that you think may also be concerned about Playland’s future.

Public Hearing 1:
Wednesday, May 20th at 7 PM
Westchester County Board of Legislators Chamber
148 Martine Avenue, 8th Floor
White Plains, NY
Public Hearing 2:
Tuesday, June 2nd at 7 PM
Rye City Hall
1051 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY

We also welcome written testimony for either of these public forums.  If you would like to submit comments in writing, please e-mail them to Parker@westchesterlegislators.com.  If you have any questions about either of these events, please don’t hesitate to call my office at (914) 995-2802

Best wishes,

Catherine Parker

Dear Neighbor,

The Westchester County Clerk will bring its community outreach mobile office to Pound Ridge’s Scotts Corners Market on Monday, May 18th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Community outreach staffers will be on hand to assist residents with applying for United States passports, including having a photo taken.

What do you need to apply?

  • Proof that you are a United States citizen such as a previous U.S. Passport or an original or certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • A valid driver’s license or a government issued identification card.
  • The total fee is $135 for adult applicants (16 and over) and $105 for child applicants (under 16). The $25 processing portion of the fee can be paid by check, money order or credit card. The remainder of the fee, $110 for adults and $80 for children must be paid by check or money order made out to the U.S. Department of State. We cannot accept cash on the Mobile Office. Applications will also be accepted for the U.S. Passport Card for land and sea border travel, only. The fee for adults is $55.00 and for children, the fee is $40.00.
  • Staff can take your passport photo for an additional $10.00 fee.
  • If you need your passport in about 2-3 weeks, expedited service costs an additional $60.00 for each passport application which must be expedited.

Questions? Do not hesitate to call (914) 995-3082 weekdays or visit www.WestchesterClerk.com.

Why apply now?
Routine passport applications are now taking approximately 4-6 weeks. For an additional charge, expedited service will result in your obtaining your passport in about 2-3 weeks. But only in emergency circumstances can a passport application be processed more quickly, so do not delay.

Please Note: You will need a passport to enter the United States by air, by land or by sea unless you are a child under the age of 16 entering by land or sea with proof of U.S. citizenship or an adult with another travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.

Sincerely,

Peter Harckham

Dear Neighbor,

Something that is meant to bring joy to our kids on a daily basis should not contain dangerous toxins that could imperil the health and safety of those we love.

That’s why I sponsored the “Children’s Product Safety Act, which recently passed the Board of Legislators unanimously.  The Children’s Product Safety Act will prevent the sale of infant and children’s products that include harmful toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadium and cobalt within the County of Westchester.

The toxic chemicals in children’s products have been linked to a host of serious medical problems including learning and developmental disabilities, asthma, pediatric and other cancer, infertility, obesity and more.

Many children’s products including toys and clothing contain these eight toxic chemicals and known carcinogens.  This bill enables Westchester’s consumers of infant and children’s products to assure the health and welfare of infants, children and the environment.

I want to specifically thank the Rye YMCA for sending written support with other sound shore residents from my district.

Once enacted, the Children’s Product Safety Act would be enforced by the County Department of Consumer Protection.  The department would undertake a 12 month public education campaign to alert retailers of which chemicals are harmful and then with random spot checks of products already on shelves.

Similar pieces of legislation have already passed the Albany County Legislature and are being considered in Suffolk, Duchess and Onondaga counties. The State Assembly has passed similar legislation in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion while the State Senate is still yet to take action despite having bipartisan support in that chamber as well.

Our families deserve the comfort of knowing that the toys their children play with will not have harmful impacts on their health and I’m proud that we have given that to them.

Sincerely,

Catherine Parker

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Toxic Toys

Something that is meant to bring joy to our kids on a daily basis should not contain dangerous toxins that could imperil the health and safety of those we love.

That’s why I sponsored the “Children’s Product Safety Act, which recently passed the Board of Legislators unanimously.  The Children’s Product Safety Act will prevent the sale of infant and children’s products that include harmful toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadium and cobalt within the County of Westchester.

The toxic chemicals in children’s products have been linked to a host of serious medical problems including learning and developmental disabilities, asthma, pediatric and other cancer, infertility, obesity and more.

Many children’s products including toys and clothing contain these eight toxic chemicals and known carcinogens.  This bill enables Westchester’s consumers of infant and children’s products to assure the health and welfare of infants, children and the environment.

Once enacted, the Children’s Product Safety Act would be enforced by the County Department of Consumer Protection.  The department would undertake a 12 month public education campaign to alert retailers of which chemicals are harmful and then with random spot checks of products already on shelves.

Similar pieces of legislation have already passed the Albany County Legislature and are being considered in Suffolk, Duchess and Onondaga counties. The State Assembly has passed similar legislation in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion while the State Senate is still yet to take action despite having bipartisan support in that chamber as well.

Our families deserve the comfort of knowing that the toys their children play with will not have harmful impacts on their health and I’m proud that we have given that to them.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Some of you may remember the Waterwheel Restaurant in Ardsley.  The site has now been transformed into Fair and Affordable Condos. This Thursday, May 14 an information session on the Waterwheel Condominium will be held at the White Plains Library at 6:30 p.m. 

This could be a great opportunity for income qualifying families to own there own home.  There are 22  two and three bedroom condominiums in this development which is located at 867 Saw Mill River Road.  The condos have open living areas for kitchen, living and dining areas.  Each condo has a separate HVAC forced air, gas fired system. Retail shopping is nearby.  The Bee-Line Bus offers regular services between Yonkers, White Plains and Harrison and between the Bronx and the Westchester Community College in Valhalla.  A bus stop is within walking distance. There is on-site parking.

Applications are due by June 1, 2015.  Applications and brochures – in English and Spanish – can be downloaded from Housing Action Council’s website at www.housingactioncouncil.org.

Click here for an informational flyer.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Below is a press release from White Plains Mayor Tom Roach regarding the Park WhitePlains parking app that was launched on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Please share this information with you family and friends.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin


City of White Plains Letterhead

For Immediate Release:
Contact:
Karen Pasquale, Office of the Mayor
Tel:  (914) 422-1411
kpasquale@whiteplainsny.gov

John Larson, Commissioner of Parking
Tel: (914) 422-1232
jlarson@whiteplainsny.gov

White Plains Launches ParkWhitePlains, Mobile Parking App
1st Municipal Mobile Parking App in Westchester

WHITE PLAINS, NY – May 4, 2015Parking in White Plains is getting a whole new look. Mayor Tom Roach today introduced ParkWhitePlains, a new mobile parking payment technology designed for the City. This new application is replacing the current mobile payment system, Pay-by-Phone. The ParkWhitePlains app will bring increased convenience and ease of use along with custom features developed for White Plains.

The app builds on the City’s efforts over the past several years to utilize technology to make parking easier and help parkers avoid getting tickets. The number of parking tickets issued in the City has been steadily decreasing over the past five years. It is expected that this app will further contribute to that trend.

“This is the type of technology our residents, businesses, shoppers and work force can embrace and get excited about. No other municipality in Westchester has a parking infrastructure like White Plains,” said Mayor Roach. “We’re leveraging our network of municipally-owned garages and lots to make parking easier, faster, more convenient, and less stressful.”

When the app launches on May 4, parkers will be able to utilize it for parking in most of the City’s off-street meters. The service will expand to the on-street meters later this year. Parkers can easily download ParkWhitePlains through the App Store for iPhone and Google Play Store for Android. Parkers can also manage their parking through the ParkWhitePlains mobile web application, which is accessible on any device with an internet connection at ParkWhitePlains.com.

The ParkWhite Plains app is free and offers a quick registration process. It allows parkers to easily and quickly pay for parking without utilizing a meter, manage their parking, and extend their parking time remotely. The app offers a visual countdown timer to help parkers keep track of the time left in their parking session.

And there’s more. ParkWhitePlains will also display public parking locations in the City to help parkers find the public garages and lots most convenient to where they want to go. Another exciting feature of ParkWhitePlains is its merchant validation option. This gives city merchants the opportunity to pay for all or part of a customer’s parking session. From the merchant perspective, the validation system is easy to use and can be customized to best meet the needs of individual businesses. It’s also a great way for city merchants to promote their business. As parkers enter a particular garage or lot, information about merchants located nearby who are also participating in the merchant validation system will pop up, including business name, address, and the specific parking discount offered. Such information will be readily available for parkers to see.

Passport, the industry leader in mobile payments, was selected to provide a private label application for the City of White Plains following successful private-label launches in numerous cities nationwide as well as internationally. Recent launches include the cities of Boston, Toronto, and Chicago.

“We’re thrilled to provide the White Plains community with the most advanced mobile payment technology in the industry”, said John Larson, Commissioner of Parking at the City of White Plains. “We continuously strive to improve the parking experience for our community, and we believe that the solution Passport offers will allow us to do so for years to come.”

About Passport

Passport is the industry-leading mobile payments company specializing in integrated urban mobility solutions. The company provides feature rich software platforms that offer parking and transit agencies a more effective and efficient way to manage their operations and serve their customers.Passport’s mobile payment systems are deployed in over 1,000 locations in 43 states and provinces across the US and Canada, with clients such as Chicago, Toronto and Boston.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Passport is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital. For more information, please visit www.gopassport.com.

The ParkWhitePlains app can be used at the following City-owned parking structures and lots:

Chester-Maple Garage
Hamilton-Main Garage
Library Garage
Lexington-Grove West Garage (Galleria)
Lexington-Grove East Garage (Galleria)
TransCenter Garage
Longview-Cromwell Garage
Lyon Place Garage
White Plains Center Garage (City Center)
Waller-Maple Lot
Court Street Lot
Quarropas Lot
Mamaroneck Avenue Lot
Shapham Place Lot

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Spring has finally arrived and Bicycle Sundays are underway!

During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The Bronx River Parkway will be closed between the Westchester County Center and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

I hope you can get out and enjoy the weather and get some exercise.  Please share this email with your friends and family!

Ben Boykin


WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY

CITY OF WHITE PLAINS & YONKERS, TOWNS OF
EASTCHESTER & GREENBURGH AND VILLAGES OF
BRONXVILLE, SCARSDALE & TUCKAHOE


ROADWAY: Northbound and Southbound Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Bronx River Parkway between the Westchester County Center and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Bike & Skate Sunday’s.

IMPACTS: All lanes of the Bronx River Parkway will closed to traffic within the above limits. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes such as the Sprain Brook Parkway, Route 100, and Route 22 to avoid delays during this event.

WHEN: Sunday’s May 3, 10, 17 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; September 13, 20, and 27, 2015 between the hours 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. (Weather Permitting)

WHO: Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

NOTE: For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

Dear Neighbor,

One of the main reasons that I wanted to serve as your County Legislator was the fact that many years have gone by since Westchester County had a strong enough commitment to environmental protections and energy efficiencies.

I’m very happy to let you know that the Board of Legislators recently made huge strides towards making Westchester County more environmentally sustainable than it has been in years.

On Monday night, one of my top priority pieces of legislation passed the Board of Legislators to create an Energy Director for Westchester.

The new office of the Energy Director would be charged with finding opportunities for grants and funding for energy efficient upgrades to infrastructure and net significant savings in energy costs to the county incorporating technologies that would reduce dependence on carbon and in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This legislation followed similar models of Energy Director Positions in the region including Yonkers, New York City and Philadelphia.  These individuals in other places have already saved taxpayers significant amounts of money by implementing cost-saving measures that are environmentally-focused.

Families all over the county have taken steps to become more energy efficient and realize real savings every month as a result.  It is long overdue that this county takes steps in the same direction by creating a Westchester County Energy Director.

I’m proud to have been a part of this effort on your behalf.

Sincerely,

Catherine Parker

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY

CITY OF WHITE PLAINS & YONKERS, TOWNS OF
EASTCHESTER & GREENBURGH AND VILLAGES OF
BRONXVILLE, SCARSDALE & TUCKAHOE


ROADWAY: Northbound and Southbound Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Bronx River Parkway between the Westchester County Center and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Bike & Skate Sunday’s.

IMPACTS: All lanes of the Bronx River Parkway will closed to traffic within the above limits. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes such as the Sprain Brook Parkway, Route 100, and Route 22 to avoid delays during this event.

WHEN: Sunday’s May 3, 10, 17 and 31; June 7, 14, 21 and 28; September 13, 20, and 27, 2015 between the hours 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. (Weather Permitting)

WHO: Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

NOTE: For additional information please contact Westchester County Parks at (914) 864-PARK or the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND

PAVING OPERATIONS

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY
VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER


ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Paving operations

IMPACTS: The Northbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed:

  • Northbound Closure Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
    There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.

NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times:

  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

Additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

What we send down our drains and toilets can hurt our environment, as well as cost millions of dollars of wastewater treatment equipment.  If you are wondering what is and what is not safe to pour or flush down your drains, the following information may be useful.

Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
PAVING OPERATIONS
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER


ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Paving operations

IMPACTS: The Northbound Bronx River Parkway will be closed:

Northbound Closure (Thursday, April 23,and Friday, April 24, 2015)
• There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
• All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.

NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times:
• Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
• All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
• The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.

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

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Dear Neighbor,

Westchester County Park Passes are now available at many parks and golf courses throughout the county.

Passes are available to any county resident age 12 and older who has either a driver’s license or photo identification with proof of Westchester residency.

The Park Pass is a photo identification card that provides you with admission to all county-owned parks, pools and beaches, along with discounts on parking and golf when applicable. One park pass holder can bring two adults and children under age 12 into all county swimming facilities. Regular admission fees apply to each guest.

An individual pass costs $75 and is valid for three years from date of issue. It must be obtained in person. It is non-transferable and can only be used by its owner.

AFamily Park Pass is available for families who need to purchase two or more park passes for their household. The pass is $150, which covers two adult passes plus passes for any children ages 12 through 18 living at home. The Family Park Pass is valid for three years from month of purchase. All family members must be present at the time of purchase.

Senior Citizen Park Passes for adults age 60 and older are available for a fee of $75 and are valid for six years from date of issue. Park Passes for disabled residents are also available for $75 and are also valid for six years. An eligibility form must first be obtained from the county’s Office for the Disabled by calling (914) 995-2957. A Medicare is also acceptable proof of disability.

Passes are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all six county-owned golf courses: Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake in Yonkers, Hudson Hills in Ossining, Maple Moor in White Plains, Mohansic in Yorktown Heights, and Saxon Woods in Scarsdale; and at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River.

Passes are also issued weekdays (Monday through Friday only) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westchester County Center in White Plains and at the parks department’s administrative offices at 450 Saw Mill River Road in Ardsley.

At Croton Point Park, passes are issued year-round, seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At Playland Park in Rye, passes are issued from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the amusement park is closed. When the park is open, passes are available from 11 a.m. until one hour before the park closes. For park hours go to RyePlayland.org or call (914) 813-7000.

Beginning Saturday, May 2, passes will be available daily through Labor Day, at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, June 13, passes will be available daily at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains and Willson’s Waves parks in Mount Vernon. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (914) 864-PARK or go to http://parks.westchestergov.com/.

Sincerely,

Bernice Spreckman

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today is Earth Day, and with that in mind I thought I would send a message out that would have one simple step that we can all take. What we send down our drains and toilets can hurt our environment, as well as cost millions of dollars of wastewater treatment equipment.  If you are wondering what is and what is not safe to pour or flush down your drains, the following information may be useful.

Sincerely,

Catherine Parker

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992
NORTHBOUND MAIN STREET EXIT 21
SOUTHBOUND CHATTERTON AVENUE EXIT 21

ROAD CLOSURE
BRIDGE REPAIRS

CITY OF WHITE PLAINS


ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Main Street (Northbound)/Chatterton Avenue (Southbound) Exits 21.

WHAT: Bridge repairs.

IMPACTS: Bronx River Parkway northbound at Main Street (Exit 21) will be closed to motorists within the above limits. Motorists will be diverted to re-enter the northbound Bronx River Parkway at the Westchester County Center (Exit 22). Bronx River Parkway southbound at Chatterton Avenue (Exit 21) will be closed to motorists within the above limits. Motorists will be diverted to re-enter the southbound Bronx River Parkway at Main Street.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21 & Wednesday, April 22, 2015 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works & Transportation.

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

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last month, I proposed a plan to allow Westchester residents to more easily access two county databases that monitor home improvement contractors.  The proposal would allow consumers the ability to easily check both a contractor’s licensing status as well as if the contractor has any liens and or judgements against them, all on one webpage.  The linking of the Consumer Protection Department to the Westchester County Clerks Judgments and Liens page is now online and it has never been easier to check out a home improvement contractor.

Below are some tips and suggestions for anyone considering a home improvement project.

Sincerely,

Coffee and Conversation
With Your Local Officials

County Legislator Catherine Parker
Senator George Latimer
Assemblyman Steve Otis

Coffees with Catherine Borgia

Stop by for a cup of coffee and
discuss State and County issues.

Saturday April 25, 2015
Ruby’s Oyster Bar and Bistro
45 Purchase Street, Rye, NY
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Beginning at 11AM, we will discuss any topics related to the newly announced plan for Playland.

Save the Date

Forum on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Ribbon Thursday, April 23rd,
6p.m. – 8 p.m.

Belsky Auditorium, 53 Valentine Street,
Mount Vernon, NYHosted by Montefiore Mount Vernon

Contact Geneva Jermin, Program Director,
Community Health & Education 914-361-6195Love is not abuse

Montefiore Mount Vernon

EVENT:                     Bicycle Sundays

SPONSORS:              Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks

Bicycle Sundays

WHERE:                    Bronx River Parkway from Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.

WHEN:                      Sundays in May, June and September

SCHEDULE:             May 3, 10, 17 and 31
June 7, 14, 21 and 28
September 13, 20 and 27

TIMES:                      10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ADMISSION:            FREE

PARKING:                 Parking is available at the County Center lot in White Plains for a fee of $7. You can alternatively bike/jog/walk from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla along the trail to the County Center.

PRESENTED BY:      Westchester County Parks

SPONSORS:               Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks, with support from radio station WHUD 100.7

MORE INFO:             parks.westchestergov.com/ or call County Parks at (914) 864-PARK

Dear Neighbor,

Nothing is more important than ensuring that residents of Westchester County have clean air and water.

Westchester County recently received the approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with a $10 million water treatment plan that will bring the County into compliance with the Federal Clean Drinking Water Act. This is welcomed news for Westchester taxpayers who live in Water District 1 (Mount Vernon, Scarsdale, White Plains and Yonkers).

Although the outcome of this process is satisfactory, it did not come easy. The County was engaged in protracted litigation that potentially could have resulted in fines of $37,500 per day beginning in 2012 until the final court proceedings ended. If the case ended in 2016, the penalties could have mounted to $82 million. In addition, if the county lost the court battle, it would still have to build a water filtration plant which was estimated to cost $100 million.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) stepped in and requested that the County Attorney commence negotiations with the U.S. Justice Department and the EPA to settle the lawsuit rather than exposing county taxpayers to substantial financial risks of continued litigation.

The County had conducted studies and started design of two ultraviolet facilities to bring the Water District into compliance. However, the EPA had not reviewed or signed off on this solution. The BOL’s Law Committee solicited the input of the four affected municipalities, all of whom agreed that the County should pursue a negotiated settlement of the dispute. The Law Committee decided that the County should obtain the approval of the Federal Government by entering into a Consent Decree before moving forward. As the result of this decision, the County Attorney commenced negotiations and reached tentative agreement in a Consent Decree that is presently before the BOL for its approval.

The consent decree requires the County to pay a civil penalty of $1.1 million. There is still work to do in mitigating this penalty but the substantial financial risks faced by County are now behind us.

We believe it is important for the County to build a cooperative working relationship with the Federal Government to amicably resolve disputes rather than contentious litigation. The resolution of this dispute proves such a relationship is possible while providing county residents safe drinking water and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Having this consent decree, in advance of construction, provides assurance that the County can build the water treatment facility within the specified time-frame without the uncertainty of whether the facility is in compliance with Federal Law and still save taxpayers money.

Sincerely,

Lyndon D. Williams, Chairman of the Law Committee

Dear Friends,
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I had hoped that the County Executive’s administration had learned from the SPI debacle, that communication is paramount to a successful process. Communication is paramount to legislators who must perform due diligence, to local officials who must be allowed to voice concern, and to the taxpayers of Westchester County who have a diversity of opinion on Playland, and who should be heard.

This issue of communication would also foster the sense that we are all on the same team, we all want to see a better arrangement for Playland, and we are all eager to see success. Unfortunately, the lack of information, including that contained in the County Executive’s unnecessary $100,000 report, does nothing to quell the sense that there may be those in the administration that are continuing to hamper Playland’s future.  It saddens me to see the jewel of the Westchester County Park system in effect, held for ransom by those individuals.

At the Board of Legislators, we’re going to keep up the pressure on the administration to get the answers that you deserve about one of the County’s most valuable assets.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

Sincerely,

Catherine Parker

Dear Friends and Neighbors,Bicycle Sundays are here again.  Come out and get some exercise and enjoy the warm weather!Please forward this e-news to family and friends who may be interested in this information.Ben Boykin

EVENT: Bicycle Sundays
SPONSORS: Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks
WHERE: Bronx River Parkway from Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.
WHEN: Sundays in May, June and September
SCHEDULE: May 3, 10, 17 and 31
June 7, 14, 21 and 28
September 13, 20 and 27
TIMES: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ADMISSION: FREE
PARKING: $7 parking at the County Center lot in White Plains
PRESENTED BY: Westchester County Parks
SPONSORS: Con Edison and Friends of Westchester County Parks, with support from radio station WHUD 100.7
MORE INFO: westchestergov.com/parks or call County Parks at (914) 864-PARK

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to invite you to participate in a Public Forum on Family Issues which is being held by The Westchester County Families Task Force.  This Task Force is a consortium of representatives from the County Board of Legislators and various not-for-profit organizations from around the County, working together with the goal of improving the lives of Westchester Families.

The forum is taking place on April 9th beginning at 6:30 at the White Plains Public Library and is the first of several forums being held around the County.  Your Legislators will be able to hear directly from you about the  issues your family is facing and what could make life a little easier for Westchester families.  The Task Force will provide information on available programs and resources and ways to get involved in improving the community. The Task Force will be creating a legislative agenda based on the feedback they receive from the public forums.

Come and make your voices heard.  Please be sure to forward this e-news to your family and friends who may be interested in participating.

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

LANE CLOSURES
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY
NORTHBOUND/SOUTHBOUND
BRIDGE INSPECTION
CITY OF YONKERS

ROADWAY: Northbound/Southbound Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Bronx River Parkway between the Cross County Parkway and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Midland Avenue Bridge Inspection.

IMPACTS: There will be single northbound lane closures within the above limits on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

There will be single southbound lane closures within the above limits on Thursday, April 2, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

There will be single northbound lane closures within the above limits on Friday, April 3, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Two travel lanes of will be maintained at all times in each direction during this work.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, thru Friday, April 3, 2015 daily between the hours of 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 14-931.

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

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

LANE CLOSURES
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY
NORTHBOUND/SOUTHBOUND
BRIDGE INSPECTION
CITY OF YONKERS

ROADWAY: Northbound/Southbound Bronx River Parkway.

LIMITS: Bronx River Parkway between the Cross County Parkway and the Sprain Brook Parkway.

WHAT: Midland Avenue Bridge Inspection.

IMPACTS: There will be single northbound lane closures within the above limits on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

There will be single southbound lane closures within the above limits on Thursday, April 2, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

There will be single northbound lane closures within the above limits on Friday, April 3, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Two travel lanes of will be maintained at all times in each direction during this work.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, thru Friday, April 3, 2015 daily between the hours of 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 14-931.

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

Dear friends,One of the best things about living on the Sound Shore is our proximity to Playland. Often on summer weekends,  my family and I ride our bikes to Playland after dinner. We ride a few of the rides, have some cotton candy, stroll along the boardwalk, and maybe catch some fireworks. This is summer at its best!Season passes for Westchester County residents makes these visits one of the best bargains around – $80! Now, through April 30th, save 10% when you purchase four or more.Lastly, Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or just the arrival of Spring, I hope that it’s a happy occasion.See you at Playland!Catherine Parker2015 Playland Spring Offer

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Ambassador Rendering

I wanted to let you know of an opportunity that exists right here in our district for residents in need of assisted living.

The newly built Ambassador in Scarsdale is offering  suites at affordable prices to individuals with incomes at or less than $43,560.  Located at 9 Saxon Wood Road off of Mamaroneck Avenue, the Ambassador is an assisted living and memory care community offering a suite (shared by two individuals) with all utilities included, three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, transportation, recreation activities, and wellness programs. The monthly cost for the housing and the services per resident is $2,372.50.  This is a market rate development with two affordable suites available to four income qualified individuals.  Applications are due by April 15, 2015.  A lottery will be conducted shortly on April 20. An information sheet and an application (also available in Spanish) are available on the Housing Action Council website:  www.housingactioncouncil.org

Sincerely,

Ben Boykin

Electricians Recruit Apprentices

The Westchester-Fairfield Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, Local Union #3, will conduct a recruitment from April 6, 2015 through April 17, 2015 for 50 electrician apprentices.

Applications can be obtained by sending a registered letter to: Westchester-Fairfield Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, P. 0. Box 509, White Plains, NY 10602. The registered letter must contain the applicant’s name and address including zip code (please print). The request letters will be accepted for 10 business days or until 1,000 registered letters have been received, whichever occurs first. Please do not include any documents or money with your registered letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to retain the post office receipt for the registered letter. Applications will be accepted by REGISTERED MAIL ONLY. Applications received by any other means, including any other mail classifications, will not be accepted. Registered letters requesting an application must not be postmarked earlier than April 6, 2015, but no later than April 17, 2015. All registered letters postmarked April 6, 2015 will be honored with an application even if the number of letters received exceeds the 1,000 limit.

If you receive an application, there is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Please note, you may request that this fee be waived. Fee waivers will be approved upon showing verifiable proof of financial need. Completed applications must be mailed to Westchester-Fairfield Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Committee, P.O. Box 509, White Plains, NY 10602 and postmarked no later than May 15, 2015.

The Committee requires that applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old as of December 31, 2015.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as GED or TASC) including a passing grade for one year of Algebra or High School Regents Math. An official transcript will be required after acceptance into the program.
  • Must be physically able to perform the work required as determined by a complete physical examination by a physician, at the committee’s expense, after selection and prior to indenture.
  • Must be a resident, of at least two years, within the Greater New York Metropolitan area (within a 60 mile radius of White Plains, NY).
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have reliable means of transportation to job sites and related instruction classes. Apprentices may be required to drive company-owned vehicles.
  • Must report for the electrical trades’ aptitude test when scheduled.

For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or Local Union #3 at (914) 946-0472. Apprentice programs registered with the Department of Labor must meet standards established by the Commissioner. Under state law, sponsors of programs cannot discriminate against applicants because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or marital status. Women and minorities are encouraged to submit applications for apprenticeship programs. Sponsors of programs are required to adopt affirmative action plans for the recruitment of women and minorities.

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BRONX RIVER PARKWAY, CR 9992

SINGLE LANE CLOSURE
TRAFFIC SENSOR RESTORATION
VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE

 

ROADWAY:  Bronx River Parkway Northbound
LIMITS: At the Greenacres Bridge
WHAT: Traffic sensor restoration.
IMPACTS: The Bronx River Parkway will have single lane closures within the above limits.
WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works and Transportation Contract # 14-534.

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

Dear Neighbor,
The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for seasonal park rangers to patrol county parks this summer. Applications are due by Feb. 20 and are available online at the Department of Public Safety’s web pages: http://www.westchestergov.com/ps.
Uniformed park rangers work under the supervision of county police officers to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in the county’s parks. They assist park users, provide information on park rules and procedures, help in searches for lost children, perform basic first aid on occasion and make regular security checks of buildings and facilities.
First-time park rangers are paid $14 hourly. Salaries are higher for those who have worked as a ranger for the county before.
To qualify, applicants must be a high school graduate, at least 19 years of age, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Westchester County and possess a valid New York State driver’s license by the time of appointment.
Accepted candidates must attend a three-week training program at the Westchester County Police Academy.
Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth said that many police officers in Westchester, including himself, had their first exposure to a law enforcement career by working as a park ranger. “By receiving Police Academy training and working under the supervision of county police officers, park rangers get a unique view into law enforcement and the career opportunities that exist,” he said.
For more information, please visit www.westchestergov.com/ps.
Sincerely,

 

 

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY-CRANE ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

 

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Bronx River Parkway Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

IMPACTS:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times.
  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Beginning Friday, December 11 at 10:00PM, until 4:00 PM Sunday, December 13, 2015.

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

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROADWAY CLOSURE
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY NORTHBOUND
BRONX RIVER PARKWAY-CRANE ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

VILLAGE OF SCARSDALE, TOWNS OF GREENBURGH & EASTCHESTER

 

ROADWAY: Bronx River Parkway Northbound.

LIMITS: Between Sprain Brook Parkway and Westchester County Center (Exit 22).

WHAT: Bronx River Parkway Crane Road Bridge Replacement Project.

IMPACTS:

  • There will be no access from the 6 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway to the 4 lane portion of the NB Bronx River Parkway at the Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • All Traffic will be diverted onto the Sprain Brook Parkway and then Central Park Avenue (NY 100) all the way to White Plains.
  • NB BRP will be accessible to local traffic at the following locations (between the Sprain Brook Parkway and Harney Road) at all times.
  • Entrances from Paxton Ave, Elm Street, Scarsdale Road, Thompson Street and Leewood Drive will be open.
  • All NB traffic will be diverted at Harney Road to Scarsdale Avenue and East Parkway, reentering the NB BRP at Crane Road.
  • The NB BRP will be open to traffic at Crane Road and all points north.

WHEN: Beginning Friday, December 11 at 10:00PM, until 4:00 PM Sunday, December 13, 2015.

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

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Bee-Line buses and Paratransit vehicles are running on or close to schedule.

 

Further information can be obtained by clicking on our web page at

www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

Bee-Line buses and Paratransit vehicles are running with 15 minute delays.

 

Routes 32 is operating on the standard snow detour.

 

Further information can be obtained by clicking on our web page at

www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

Bee-Line buses and Paratransit vehicles are running with approximately 30 minute delays.

 

Routes 8, 9, 30, 32, and 55 are operating on the standard snow detours.

 

Route 25 detoured in both directions. Eastbound – from Kimball Ave – remain on Kimball Ave, left turn on McLean Ave to regular route. Westbound – from McLean Ave – remain on McLean Ave, right turn on Kimball Ave to regular route.

 

Further information can be obtained by clicking on our web page at

www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

 

 

Bee-Line buses and Paratransit vehicles are running with minor delays.

 

Routes 30 is operating on the standard snow detour.

 

Further information can be obtained by clicking on our web page at

www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

The construction work on Warburton Avenue that impacted southbound Route 1 buses will be completed earlier than

expected. The bus will return to regular route effective 4:00 pm today, and the detour scheduled for tomorrow is

cancelled.

 

For Bee-Line schedule information, please visit us at: www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus

Effective Wednesday, December 9th, Thursday, December 10th, and Friday December 11th, between 9:00 am and

4:00 pm southbound buses will be detoured off of Warburton Ave. between Spring St. in Hastings and Wells Ave. in

Yonkers.

This closure is related to work on the Warburton Ave. Bridge. Bee-Line Route 1 passengers traveling south should plan

to use bus stops on North Broadway during this period.  We apologize for your inconvenience.

 

For Bee-Line schedule information, please visit us at: www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus

Effective Wednesday, December 9th, and Thursday, December 10th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm southbound buses

will be detoured off of Warburton Ave. between Spring St. in Hastings and Wells Ave. in Yonkers.

This closure is related to work on the Warburton Ave. Bridge. Bee-Line Route 1 passengers traveling south should plan

to use bus stops on North Broadway during this period.  We apologize for your inconvenience.

 

For Bee-Line schedule information, please visit us at: www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus

This construction project previously scheduled for Monday 11/23 & Tuesday 11/24 has been

postponed until further notice.

Effective Wednesday, November 18th,  Monday November 23rd, and Tuesday November 24th,

between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm southbound buses will be detoured off of Warburton Ave. between

Spring St. in Hastings and Wells Ave. in Yonkers.  This closure is related to work on the Warburton

Ave. Bridge. Bee-Line Route 1 passengers traveling south should plan to use bus stops on North

Broadway during this period.  We apologize for your inconvenience.

 

For Bee-Line schedule information, please visit us at: www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

Effective Monday, October 5th, and until further notice, southbound buses will be

detoured off of Warburton Ave. between Wells Ave. in Yonkers and Spring St. in

Hastings.  This closure is related to work on the Warburton Ave. Bridge. Between

9:30 am and 3:30 pm, Route 1 passengers should plan to use bus stops on North

Broadway.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

For Bee-Line schedule information, log on to

www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

On both Friday July 3rd, and Saturday July 4th, Bee-Line buses and Paratransit will operate

on a Saturday schedule.

For Bee-Line schedule information, log on to www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

Bee-Line bus and Paratransit service will be suspended effective Monday,

January 26, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

There will be NO bus or Paratransit service on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Service will resume on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 when road conditions

allow for safe and timely operations.

 

For further information on our website, please access us at: www.westchestergov.com/beeline.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS ENGINEER RECOGNIZED BY NEW YORK STATE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS 

City Engineer Paul N. Summerfield, P.E. to be Awarded “Outstanding Engineer in Government” by Westchester/Putnam Chapter at Annual Ceremony Friday, February 19

YONKERS, NY – February 4, 2016 – Yonkers City Engineer, Paul N. Summerfield, P.E., will be presented “Outstanding Engineer in Government” Friday, February 19 by the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). The award is recognition for the considerable contributions Summerfield has made to the City of Yonkers, as well as the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of NYSSPE.

“City Engineer Summerfield and the entire Engineering Department have been a crucial component to moving our City forward over the past four years through their innovative efforts and advances including the award-winning Saw Mill River Daylighting Project,” said Mayor Spano. “We are now in Phase III of the project and it continues to be Yonkers’ greatest revitalization success story.”

The Daylighting of the Saw Mill River at Van Der Donck Park broke ground in 2010 and officially opened in fall 2012. Since then, Phase II and III have begun construction at Mill Street Courtyard and New Main Street, respectively. When completed, the Courtyard at New Main Street will include more than 100 feet of uncovered River, a pedestrian foot bridge and open green space. Phase III at New Main Street opened as a public park in June 2015; an engineering firm has been selected to finalize the design and landscape of the park and construction is set to begin in September 2016.

Mayor Spano added, “City Engineer Summerfield has been an instrumental leader of the Engineering team over the last four years, making him a deserving recipient for this award.”

 

Summerfield is a licensed New York State Professional Engineer with over 30 years’ experience. As City Engineer, Summerfield supervises a staff of 28 while providing professional engineering services to the City of Yonkers. Summerfield is responsible for numerous City infrastructure design and construction projects, including road and bridge construction and reconstruction, traffic engineering, installation and replacement of water mains and sewers, and construction of City buildings, waterfront and parks facilities.
Summerfield was recently appointed a Member of the Westchester County Stormwater Advisory Board. He is a member of various professional societies including National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers and Institute of Transportation Engineers.

 

Summerfield holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Birmingham in England and an MA in Applied Mathematics from Hunter College, City University of New York.

 

February 17 – February 23 is recognized as National Engineer’s Week. In celebration of the week, NYSSPE honors those professional engineers who have made significant contributions to their profession.

Kids Camp is Back, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, with the 1982 musical Annie, on February 15-18

Kid’s Camp is back at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, celebrating cherished children’s films for the whole family. This President’s Week, it’s the 1982 musical, ANNIE from February 15 through February 18.  All shows are at 11:00 am. Let’s go to the movies – to see ANNIE with the family! When you’re stuck in a day that’s gray and lonely, ANNIE puts a smile on your face and a tap in your step, even an uptight all-business Daddy Warbucks can’t resist the charm. Scrappy girls and stray mutts prevail, the hard-knock life is more virtuous then Easy Street, and we’re all dancing for joy that We Got Annie!

Kids Camp screenings are open to ages 3 and up. Please, no infants (parents, check out Baby Day screenings instead). All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Choose-your-own-ticket price for reserved seats for just $1-3 each, which will be donated to local non-profit, Youth Theater Interactions. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers opened is a state-of-the-art movie house featuring luxurious seating with dine-in food and bar service during the movie, 4K digital projection and digital audio sound, located at 2548 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, (914) 226-3082.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, with 21 theatres across the US, is a lifestyle entertainment brand with an acclaimed cinema-eatery, the largest genre film festival in the United Sates and an online collectible art store. Named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. More information at http://drafthouse.com/yonkers
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Attached is a copy of the City Council Agenda for Tuesday, February 09, 2016.

02-09-2016 Agenda with No Backup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

9th ANNUAL YONKERS IDOL SEARCHES FOR ITS NEXT SINGING STARS.

 

Three-Round Singing Competition Kicks-Off Saturday, February 27th at Nodine Hill Community Center.

 

Yonkers, NY – February 3, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation today announced that the City is searching for Yonkers’ next great young singers to compete for the titles of Yonkers Junior Idol 2016 and Yonkers Idol 2016. The three-round competition will kick off at the Nodine Hill Community Center on Saturday, February 27th. Yonkers residents are encouraged to register for the competition at www.register.communitypass.net/yonkers.

 

“Yonkers Idol is a wonderful tradition in our City bringing together the very best singing talent our City has to offer,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I am continually impressed each year by the caliber of singers at such a young age and I look forward to attending the finale event each year.”

 

Those interested in auditioning must be between the ages of 15-19 years old to qualify for Yonkers Idol or between the ages of 10-14 years of age to qualify for Yonkers Junior Idol. First auditions will be a cappella and limited to 1 verse and 1 chorus of a song. Winners will hold their title for a year and win a cash prize, courtesy of the Untermeyer Performing Arts Council Teresa Fund. The title provides performance opportunities for various City of Yonkers events throughout the year.

 

Call backs from the February 27th audition are scheduled for Monday, February 29th. Location for call backs will be announced at a later date. The final round of competition will take place at the May 14th show, which is free and open to the public.

 

Consolidate Primaries and Save Tax Dollars.

Statement on Assembly Bill to Consolidate Primaries (A.9108) from Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – East Fishkill).

“This consolidation would save taxpayers $25 million. Moving the state primary to June, ensures that overseas military voters have time to get their votes counted.”

“Career politicians like the status quo because the two primary dates allow state elected officials to simultaneous run in a primary for Congress without having to give up their Assembly or State Senate seat. Also, the entrenched establishment likes the September primary because it often shortens an opponent’s ability to run against an incumbent to the two months after the primary. If you are an incumbent Republican for example, and you have two Democrat opponents running in a primary, the eventual winner of that primary only has from mid-September to early November to wage a general election campaign against the incumbent. In short, the September primary is part of the incumbent protection racket.”

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 Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..


www.KMLNY.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MAYOR SPANO NAMES THREE YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WINNERS OF REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. POEM CONTEST

 

Students to Read Winning Essays at Black History Month Celebration Thursday, February 18th at Yonkers City Hall

YONKERS, NY – February 2, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the winners of the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Poem Contest that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and honors the life and legacy of one of the world’s greatest social activists for social change. Fifth grader Angelica Lopez-Tucker of PEARLS Hawthorne School, seventh grader Mantasha Khan of Yonkers Middle High School, and eleventh grader Kayla Casanova of Roosevelt High School were selected by Mayor Spano as the contest’s winners.

This year’s theme was Hallowed Grounds: Sites of the Civil Rights Movement and asked Yonkers students to reflect on why it is important to preserve the memory of the locations – Montgomery, Selma and so many others – that helped change America. A student from the Yonkers elementary, middle school and high school grade levels were selected by Mayor Spano and the members of Mayor Spano’s African American Advisory Board from among over 300 poem submissions.

 

“I was very impressed with the caliber of poems we received this year and it was difficult to narrow it down to just three winners,” said Mayor Spano. “I am continually impressed and inspired by the talent and dedication of our City’s youngest residents, our students, and I commend their work in this year’s contest.”

 

The students will recite their work at the annual Black History Month Celebration that will take place in the Ceremonial Courtroom of City Hall on February 18th at 6:00PM.

 

The essay submissions will be displayed beginning this week at City Hall and on the City’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofyonkers) for Yonkers residents to enjoy.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a dead heat in Iowa with 95% of the caucus sites reporting.

Follow complete coverage of Iowa results and analysis on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, according to a CNN projection, defeating real estate mogul Donald Trump in the country’s first presidential contest.

Cruz had seen seen strong support in Iowa recently after building on grass-roots support from evangelical Christians and social conservatives, groups that are strong in the state.

Republican Mike Huckabee says he is suspending his presidential campaign.

Follow complete coverage of Iowa results and analysis on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

Democrat Martin O’Malley will suspend his presidential campaign after not registering in Iowa caucus results, campaign sources tell CNN.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a very tight race for the Democratic lead in Iowa.

Follow complete coverage of Iowa results and analysis on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

The Iowa caucuses are underway, and Americans are getting their first chance to vote for or against Donald Trump.

Follow complete coverage of Iowa results and analysis on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MAYOR MIKE SPANO & YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS LAUNCH ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN TO REBUILD YONKERS SCHOOLS

 

Four Phase Plan Seeks $2 Billion Partnership with New York State to Rebuild All 39 Existing Schools and Build 3 New Schools

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today led the launch of “Rebuild Yonkers Schools,” a public advocacy campaign to generate support to rebuild Yonkers Public Schools

 

YONKERS, NY – February 1, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin, Yonkers City Council, School Board President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh and the Board of Education Trustees along with Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools today launched Rebuild Yonkers Schools, a public advocacy campaign to generate support for the City’s proposal to rebuild all 39 existing public schools and build three new schools in Yonkers. Starting this month, Yonkers will lobby for a $2 billion, four phase plan to be passed by the New York State Legislature which would provide the necessary funding to rebuild the deteriorating infrastructure of Yonkers schools.

 

The average age of Yonkers Public Schools is 75 years old with many as old as 100 years old, making them some of the oldest in New York State. The District is also one of two districts in New York with a growing enrollment teaching 27,000 students, which is currently 4,100 seats over capacity. As a result, these students are being taught in spaces that were never intended to serve as classrooms such as basements, libraries and auditoriums. Alternate classroom accommodations including annexes and mobile trailers also have become overcrowded.

 

“It has become very apparent that there is an infrastructure crisis in our schools,” said Mayor Spano. “We can no longer bandage our way out of this increasingly damaging issue facing our schools, and more importantly our students. The time has come to completely rebuild Yonkers schools and create a modern, healthy learning environment for every Yonkers student.”

 

In order to rebuild Yonkers Public Schools, Mayor Spano will be lobbying this legislative session for a continued partnership with New York State for the funding needed to execute the plan. The State has already partnered with upstate cities to rebuild the entire school stocks in Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester, even as those student populations decline while Yonkers continues to grow.

 

Mayor Spano added, “Over the last few years, we’ve faced some serious challenges in our schools, but we’ve come out on top because of the partnership we have with Governor Cuomo, our local delegation and the entire State Legislature.  Let’s take that partnership and let’s strengthen it, build upon it and rebuild our schools.”

 

Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Yonkers Schools said, “Our schools are at or over their capacity and cannot accommodate current technology or required additional instructional space for our growing enrollment and increasing need for in-district space for Students with Disabilities and English Languages Learners. This can be remedied by Yonkers’ proposed legislation for the reconstruction of our schools. I support this legislation and will vigorously lobby for its adoption.”

 

“This is about learning and making sure we provide for safe and healthy environments for our students,” said Dr. Nader J. Sayegh, President of the Yonkers Board of Education. “This plan will mean state-of-the-art buildings, new classrooms to reduce overcrowding and playing fields for our kids, providing Yonkers students with the same opportunities already available to so many students across New York.”

 

If approved, the $2 billion plan will roll out in four phases with an estimated completion date of 2029. The four phases of the plan includes:

  • Phase I – infrastructure improvements in all 39 schools and the building of three new schools (new Gorton High School, proposed new schools on Ravine Avenue and off of Ashburton Avenue)
  • Phase II-IV – Extensive renovations, additions and infrastructure improvements at every school

 

Yonkers City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin said, “You can’t build a well-rounded education without building better schools and it begins by implementing a model for Yonkers similar to what the other big five school districts have received that brings us together to finance the long overdue rebuilding of our school facilities.”

 

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “I am glad that Mayor Spano has started this essential conversation about reinvesting in our public school facilities. No student should be forced to attend classes in a school that is crumbling around them, and it is crucial that we invest in our school infrastructure so our children have equal opportunities to learn, grow and succeed in the new economy. I am very proud of our success last year in securing an additional $25 million to offset the Yonkers school funding crisis and I will continue fighting so all schools receive the state aid they deserve.”

“Yonkers deserves the support for needed capital in our schools that has been provided to other major cities in New York State, said George Latimer, New York State Senator, 37th Senate District. “I support this initiative on behalf of the children of Yonkers and their parents.”

 

New York Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, 90th Assembly District, said, “As a longtime champion of the Yonkers Public Schools, I look forward to working with my colleagues locally and in Albany to help repair and rebuild the schools for the children of Yonkers, as they deserve.  I commend Mayor Spano for his innovative approach to finding critical funding to invest in our schools.”

 

“We have schools with cornerstones dating as far back as the early 1900s and even the 1800s,” said Councilman Mike Breen, Education Chair for the Yonkers City Council. “It is time we take action and rebuild our schools so that we can educate our students in the environments suitable for the 21st century. It is time Yonkers becomes part of the equation in modernizing New York State schools. I urge our community to rally around this cause that will benefit students today and our future generations.”

 

As part of the effort, Rebuild Yonkers Schools released a new website and video at www.rebuildyonkersschools.com and social media platforms, www.facebook.com/rebuildyonkersschools and www.twitter.com/rebuildyonkersschools.

 

YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO UNVEIL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN URGING NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO PASS $2 BILLION INFRASTRUCUTRE PLAN TO REBUILD YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada Monday, February 1 at 10:00 am at Gorton High School (100 Shonnard Place, Yonkers) to unveil the City’s new advocacy campaign urging the New York State Legislature to pass a $2 billion, four-phase plan to physically rebuild Yonkers’ 39 public schools.

The average age of the Yonkers Public Schools is 75. Currently, Yonkers schools are 4,100 students over capacity.

 

Dear Friend,

We were saddened this week by the sudden and unexpected passing of Yonkers Fire Lieutenant Anthony Mangone, who was known to many of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.
Tony served in the Marine Corps from 1984-87. He joined the Yonkers Fire Department in November 1994 and spent his career working in Ladder Co. 71 in southwest Yonkers.
He was known for having a personality that was larger than life. Tony was a big guy with a booming voice and big heart whose zest for life will sorely be missed.
You can read more about his story here.
Hear about the Education Investment Tax Credit from Cardinal Dolan.
Hear about the Education Investment Tax Credit from Cardinal Dolan.

Funding Our Schools

 

The City Council passed two resolutions this week urging Albany lawmakers to support Yonkers school children, with the Council’s Majority voting in the affirmative. The resolutions call for the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, and passage of an education tax credit.

The GEA was implemented when one party controlled Albany back in 2010, as a means of closing the $10 billion budget deficit which that party had created. Each year, the GEA takes back a percentage of our school funding and sends it to Albany. The GEA has already robbed our schools of $110 million in funding that is rightfully ours.

This City Council is the first municipality to successfully join a case to overturn the GEA, and we have taken further action by urging Albany to end it once and for all. Why anyone would be against ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment is a mystery to me.

The second resolution also urged Albany lawmakers to support Yonkers school children and adopt Senate Bill S1976-A, which passed the State Senate as well, where it was supported by State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer, who is a cosponsor. The measure would provide a tax credit of up to 75% for donations to public schools, not-for-profits that support public education such as Yonkers Partners in Education, as well as private and parochial schools.

The new funding is split equally between public and private schools. See the attached flyer for more information on the proposed education tax credit:
To get involved, contact your Assemblymember and ask them to put the Senate bill to the floor for a vote by clicking here.
Both resolutions passed the City Council 4 to 3 and will be forwarded to Albany lawmakers, even though the education tax credit resolution passed the City Council 6 to 1 last year. This means the Council’s Minority voted to oppose ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment and also opposes additional funding for Yonkers Public Schools and school children.
Yonkers Library Survey
 
The Yonkers Public Library wants to hear from you! Help shape the future of the Yonkers Public Library! Click below to fill out a brief survey about library services, and share the link with your friends and family. You just might win an iPad mini! You can take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/yonkerspl
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The special guest speaker at the event was Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant of the Empowerment Church in Baltimore.

This month, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Dinner at the Nepperhan Community Center.

The power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not only his ability to make people believe in themselves, but also inspiring us with the notion that when we believe together, the power of “we” can effect real change. Our society has made much progress toward becoming a more tolerant place where the American dream is achievable for all.
While his goals of universal humanitarianism and peace are still yet to be achieved, they are more laudable than ever. This week, let us remember the legacy of Dr. King and continue to work together to give back to our community.
Council Passes Active Shooter Training for Schools
The City Council passed a resolution in January which requires Yonkers Public Schools to engage in active shooter training.

The number of incidents nationwide where crazed individuals have attacked schools has risen dramatically during the last few years. While we have been fortunate that these outbreaks of violence have not occurred in Yonkers, we can never be too prepared.

In order to enhance school safety, it is the determination of this City Council that the Yonkers Board of Education, in conjunction with the Police Department, should develop and implement programs concerning school safety drills for the students and faculty, which will involve not only the swift evacuation of the schools, but where the students should congregate after leaving the building and ways in which to alert the parents of the evacuation.

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

Michael Nolan Fundraiser
 
Yankee legend Mariano Rivera along with Michael Nolan’s friends, family and incredible local artists will be performing and paying tribute to Mike this Sunday, January 31st 2016 at Rory Dolan’s. In memory of Michael, please help the Nolan family create a new Michael Nolan Scholarship Fund by supporting this upcoming event.
Con Edison Work Notice
From now until February 15, Con Edison will be performing work along Grassy Sprain Road on a gas construction project.
According to Con Edison, the company may need to store supplies and equipment along the road in some areas. They may need to excavate sidewalks, driveways or lawn areas near some homes.
If your property is affected, Con Edison is required to restore it. If you have private facilities buried in your lawn, such as sprinkler lines or electric dog fences, please notify Con Edison’s Construction Management Group weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You may reach Kevin Dowling at Dowlingke@Coned.com or 914-789-6652. You may also contact Kelly Sue Polao at Polaok@Coned.com or 917-681-0435.

During the work, gas service may be interrupted temporarily. Con Edison will notify you in advance if your service will be affected. If you are not home when work is completed and your gas line is still not in service when you return, please call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633), so they can return to restore your service.If you have any questions, please contact Westchester Public Affairs at 1-914-925-6361 or WestchesterPA@conEd.com.

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

Please be advised that a Real Estate Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 6:00pm, in the Council Chambers, 40 South Broadway, Room 407, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Item/s:

 

 

  1. Resolution approving the recommendation of the Landmarks Preservation Board and designating an area of the City of Yonkers ‘The Richard HAAS Mural Historical District’  pursuant to section 45-5(J) of the code of the City of Yonkers.

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you,

 

Connie Braun

On behalf of John J. Larkin

Real Estate Committee Chair

Majority Leader, Councilmember, District 6

YIDA MOVES FORWARD WITH PHASE III OF COTTAGE GARDENS REBUILD.

 

 

The revitalization of the Cottage Gardens neighborhood is continuing, as the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA) today gave initial approval to the Cottage Place Gardens Phase III plan, which will create 70 units of new housing at Cottage Place Gardens and nearby Warburton Avenue.

 

This continues the replacement of the outmoded Cottage Place Gardens housing project with modern rowhouse apartments, and adds the replacement of a deteriorated Mitchell-Lama townhouse at 209 Warburton Avenue.

 

A joint project of the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers and The Community Builders, which is private-sector housing developer, today’s approval follows the successful development in recent years of Cottage Place Gardens Phase I and Phase II.

 

The YIDA will assist the new development by providing a sales tax exemption on materials used in construction, a mortgage tax exemption on the transfer of the land, as well as a temporary property tax abatement.

 

The 1940s era Cottage Place Gardens consisted of 256 units of public housing that had become severely deteriorated. These units are being replaced with modern family units.  The plan approved today will replace three buildings at 8 Cottage Place Gardens that contained 56 units.

 

The Community Builders will also replace a nearby deteriorating building at 209 Warburton Avenue that contains 21 units and which was built under the State’s Mitchell-Lama program many years ago.”

 

“The renewal of Cottage Place Gardens is a major Yonkers success story,” said Mayor Mike Spano who Chairs the YIDA, adding, “What once was becoming blighted is now emerging as a family-friendly neighborhood of modern homes. They are better to look at, are better to live in, and best of all are affordable for the many working people and families who want to live in Yonkers.”

 

“Yonkers continues to lead the way in demonstrating the power of public-private sector partnerships” said YIDA President Ken Jenkins, adding, “Neither the Housing Authority nor the Community Builders Corporation could do this alone.  But together, along with help from the YIDA and other governmental levels of support, they are creating first class housing for our city.”

 

The overall project will cost an estimated $36.674 million to construct, including remediation of the sites and disposal of asbestos used in construction of the buildings to be demolished.

 

The new homes will be LEED accredited for environmental efficiency, and each will have its own entrance.  On-site parking will be provided for each apartment. Ten percent of the homes will be set aside for persons with disabilities.

 

January 28, 2016

 

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF YONKERS FIRE LT. ANTHONY MANGONE

 

“Fire Lt. Anthony Mangone was a hero in the truest sense of the word. He served his country as a Marine and his city as a Yonkers Firefighter. A 21-year veteran of the department, Anthony always made it a priority to give back to the community that gave so much to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mangone family and the Yonkers Fire Department,” said Mayor Mike Spano.

 

Visitation and funeral arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation

 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

2:00 – 8:00 PM

 

Sinatra Funeral Home

601 Yonkers Avenue

Yonkers, New York 10704

(914) 963-5263

 

Service

 

Friday, January 29, 2016

10:30 AM

 

St. John the Baptist Church

670 Yonkers Avenue

Yonkers, New York 10704

COUNCIL SPLITS ON SUPPORTING 

YONKERS SCHOOL CHILDREN
YONKERS, NY – The Yonkers City Council today passed two resolutions urging Albany lawmakers to support Yonkers school children, with the Council’s Majority voting in the affirmative. The resolutions call for the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, and passage of an education tax credit.
Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin said, “The GEA has already taken $110 million of our school funding back. This City Council is the first municipality to successfully join a case to overturn the GEA, and we have taken further action tonight by urging Albany to end it once and for all. Why anyone would be against ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment is a mystery to me.”
The resolutions note that Albany lawmakers can support Yonkers school children by the passage of two pieces of legislation. The first, Senate Bill S6377, passed the State Senate 53 to 9 and was delivered to the State Assembly.
After passing the Senate, the bill was referred to the Assembly Education Committee, where the Assembly could take action and put it on the Assembly Calendar if it so chooses. The resolution passed by the City Council on Tuesday urges the Assembly and the Governor to support Yonkers school children and enact the Senate bill.
Council member Dennis Shepherd said, “The GEA was implemented when one party controlled Albany back in 2010 as a means of closing the $10 billion budget deficit that party had created. Members of that same party tonight voted to continue stealing money from our kids when the Minority voted to oppose the end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment.”
The second resolution also urged Albany lawmakers to support Yonkers school children and adopt Senate Bill S1976-A, which passed the State Senate as well, where it was supported by State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer, who is a cosponsor.
Majority Leader John Larkin said, “The State Senate has already passed this important legislation. It is time for the State Assembly and the Governor to act. This bill will provide over $70 million in new funding for public schools, and tens of millions to support non-profit organizations like YPIE that serve children in public schools, as well as ten million to reimburse teachers who pay out of their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms.”
The bill now sits in the Assembly Ways & Means Committee, where it died last year. Bills must pass both houses before they can be considered by the Governor.
The City Council’s resolutions put pressure on the State Assembly to move the Senate versions of the bill forward for a vote. According to the state government publication ‘How a Bill Becomes Law‘ under the rules of the State legislature, the Senate bills can now be voted on by the State Assembly. It reads:
Passing a Bill
After explanation, discussion or debate, a vote is taken. If a majority of the Senators approves, the bill is sent to the Assembly. (emphasis added)
 
“In the Assembly, you again have a chance to influence the bill as it moves through a process basically the same as that in the Senate. It is referred to a committee for discussion, and if approved there, it goes to the full membership for a vote.
 
“If the bill is approved in the Assembly without amendment, it goes on to the Governor. However, if it is changed, it is returned to the Senate for concurrence in the amendments.
 
“(The reverse procedure is followed if the Assembly first passes a bill identical to a Senate measure or if the Senate amends an Assembly bill.)
As the publication states, an Assembly version of a bill is not needed to pass a Senate bill in the Assembly, and vice-versa. Bills that are one-house in origin routinely pass both houses.
Council member Mike Breen, chairman of the City Council Education committee, said it was mind-boggling anyone could oppose the resolutions adopted by the City Council. “The Education Tax Credit supports all children,” he said.
“This is money we don’t have that can go a long way toward correcting the unfair school funding formula, which is even harsher on Yonkers kids when coupled with the Gap Elimination Adjustment,” Breen said. “A vote against these resolutions was a vote against all our kids and a vote to keep the GEA, and that is what we saw tonight.”
Both resolutions passed the City Council 4 to 3 and will be forwarded to Albany lawmakers, even though the education tax credit resolution passed the City Council 6 to 1 last year. This means the Council’s Minority voted to oppose ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment and also opposes additional funding for Yonkers Public Schools and school children.

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CITY OF YONKERS, U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT KICK-OFF TRAINING SESSION TO CONNECT LOCAL BUSINESSES TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join officials from and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Thursday, January 28 at 10AM at Yonkers Riverfront Library to kick off a full-day training session to help connect local businesses to government contracting opportunities.

 

The free event will bring together experts from federal, state and city agencies, as well as local partners, to identify government-funded projects and investments that will create opportunities for Yonkers’ small business community, and to provide those businesses with the resources and technical assistance they need to successfully bid for government contracts across the New York metropolitan area.

Thank you for being part of our email newsletter. I hope you can take part and enjoy some of our upcoming events. Showing Alumni and Friends what Sacred Heart has to offer. Please pass along our email to fellow classmates and friends of Sacred Heart Community.

 

Annual Appeal
Give from your Heart to Ours – Give the gift of Catholic Education

Our 2015-2016 Annual Appeal is underway. 100% of this years contributions will go towards tuition assistance. Help us provide the gift of Catholic Education. To make your tax-deductible contribution, visit www.sacredhearths.org and click our Annual Appeal icon on the home page, make your check payable to Sacred Heart High School, or be on the look-out for our students phone calls during our annual 
phone-a-thon next month.
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For more information contact,

 (THIS WEEKEND)
KATHY MAYER BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Join us at Sacred Heart Gym for the Seventh Annual Kathy Mayer Basketball Tournament:
Games:
Friday, 1/29/16
5:00 pm Westlake v. Cathedral

7:00 pm Sacred Heart v. Saunders

Saturday, 1/30/16
3:00 pm Consolation Game
5:00 pm Championship Game

Friday February 5,2016
Students of SHHS will have an Open Gym Night
7:00-10:00pm $2 Student ID’s Mandatory

 

Scholarship Dinner 
Saturday April 16, 2016
Sacred Heart High School
Request the pleasure of your presence
at our annual

Scholarship Dinner

Honoring:
Mr. Lawrence McCrudden ’58
Mr. Pat Raccioppo
&
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Crosby & Family

(2008, 2012, 2014)

Saturday, April 16, 2016
half past six in the evening
Sacred Heart High School Dining Hall
34 Convent Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10703RSVP April 2, 2016
For Ticket Information Call The Development Office: 914- 965-2182


Hold the Date:

April 22, 23, & 24 2016

 

“THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE”

for more information on supporting Sacred Hear Players

Contact Director Mrs. Rose Ann Di Gennaro Azerier ’62

Phone: 914-965-6953
Sacred Heart High School Drama Club’s Shows
  • 1999/2000 Lost in Yonkers & Guys & Dolls
  • 2000/2001 Barefoot in the Park & Grease
  • 2001/2002 Dracula & Godspell
  • 2002/2003 The Diary of Anne Frank & Oliver
  • 2003/2004 Rumors & Carousel
  • 2004/2005 The Odd Couple & West Side Story
  • 2005/2006 Arsenic & Old Lace & Little Shop of Horrors
  • 2006/2007 Steel Magnolias & Sweet Charity
  • 2007/2008 Twelve Angry Men & Damn Yankees
  • 2008/2009 The Man Who Came to Dinner & Hello, Dolly!
  • 2009/2010 Lost in Yonkers & Guys & Dolls
  • 2010/2011 Our Town & Hairspray
  • 2011/2012 The Late Christopher Bean & 42ND Street
  • 2012/2013 The Odd Couple & How to Succeed in Business Without Trying
  • 2013/2014 Harvey & Anything Goes
  • 2014/2015 Neil Simon’s RUMORS & IN THE HEIGHTS
    Ken Ludwigs – “Game’s Afoot” & “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Upcoming Reunions

NEW DATE April 23, 2016 Class of 1962
Contact person Linda Herko
October 8, 2016 Class of 1966 Contact person Tony Alfonso
Class of 1996 is in the works 
Contact person Bernadette McAdams Riordan

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SHHS GOLF OUTING
June 2, 2016
Dunwoodie Golf Course
More information to follow in next newsletter

Thank you for your continuous generous support.
Sincerely,
Patti Triarsi
34 Convent Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10703
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With just 5 short days before the Iowa Caucus, Mr. Trump will be holding a special event tomorrow night to benefit Veteran Organizations at Drake University – Sheslow Auditorium and we want you to be there! The address of the venue is 2507 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Register for tickets at TrumpDrakeU.Eventbrite.com.

Please arrive early and limit personal items to expedite entrance into the auditorium.
We hope that you will be able to attend this special rally in honor of our veterans. See you tomorrow!
Sincerely,

Team Trump

What a great honor — the Reverend Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University, one of the most respected religious leaders in our nation, has just endorsed me!

We are less than one week away from the Iowa Caucus! If you do not know your Caucus location please go to DonaldJTrump.com to determine where you should be on Monday night to show your support.
We are leading in all national and state polls and together we will Make America Great Again!

 

Best Wishes,


Donald J. Trump

Best of Westchester 2016 Readers’ Ballot.  Let us know your Westchester favorites!
The Yonkers Downtown BID is so proud of our local businesses and want all their fans to vote for them to be a “Best of Westchester”.  There are so many categories and choices, giving you a great opportunity to share your favorites.

This is open to all businesses in Westchester County, so vote for your favorite.  However, we have a special place in our heart for the wonderful businesses in Downtown Yonkers.  Below is a sample of the categories, with some suggestions of our favorites.  Vote now.

Alfresco Dining: La Bella Havana, Dolphin
American Restaurant: Paxos, Yonkers Brewing Co.
Appetizers: Khangri, Paxos, Dophin
Asian Restaurant (Not Japanese/Sushi): Family Kitchen
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich: Andiamo, The Wedge, Paxos
Bagels: Manor Bagels
Bakery (American): La Pinata
Bar Food: Yonkers Brewing Co, Soyo, Tyrone House
Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar): Yonkers Brewing Co
Bistro: X20, Zuppa, Dolphin
Bread Bakery: La Pinata
Breakfast: Paxos, Andiamo
Brewery/Distillery: Yonkers Brewing Co
Brunch: X20, Yonkers Brewing Co
Burger (Classic): Paxos, Tyrone House
Craft Beer Pub: Yonkers Brewing Co, Soyo
Craft Cocktails: SoYo, Dolphin
Diner: Paxos
Farmers’ Market: Groundwork Hudson Valley, St. John’s Church
Fish Market: Ocean Fish Market
French Fries: Dolphin, Paxos, Yonkers Brewing Co
Guacamole: Gaupo, La Bella Havana
Indian Restaurant: Nawab
Italian Restaurant (Not A Pizzeria): Zuppa
Japanese Restaurant: Khangri
Latino Restaurant (Non-Mexican): La Bella Havana
Martini: Dolphin, Zuppa, X20
Mexican Restaurant: Guapo
New Restaurant (Opened in 2015 or later): Yonkers Brewing Co
Pizza (any category): The Pizza Place, Anselmos, Giovanni, Singas, Pizza Dora
Private Dining Room: Zuppa, X20, Dolphin, Giovannis
Romantic Restaurant: Dolphin, Nawab, X20, Zuppa
Sandwiches: Andiamo, The Wedge
Seafood Restaurant: Dolphin
Special-Occasion Restaurant: Zuppa, X20, Dolphin, Grand Roosevelt Ballroom
Sushi: Khangri
Tacos: Gaupo, El Poblano Café
Waterside Dining: X20, Dolphin
Wine Store: Wine In Due Time
Beauty Salon: Dominican Style, Grape & Grey
Day Spa: Yonkers Wellness Center
Hairstylist: Aminata African Hair Braiding, Palisade Hair Style, Simone’s Hair Salon
Makeup Shop: Avon
Mind/Body Programs: Yonkers Wellness Center
Workout, Yoga, Fitness: Retro Fitness, Yonkers YMCA
Frame Shop: LyMac Awards
Furniture Store: Rogers Furniture, AAA Furnature
Hardware Store: Rubin Bros
Athletic Shoes: Foot Action, The Loop, Sneaker World
Department Store: CH Martin, Rainbow
Optical Store: Designer Optical, The Vision Place
Art Gallery: Blue Door Art Gallery, Urban Studios Unbound, PC4, Riverfront Library
Event Space: Grand Roosevelt Ballroom
Happy Hour: Yonkers Brewing Co, Soyo, Gaupo, Tyrone House, La Bella Havana
Irish Pub: Tyrone House
Library: Yonkers Riverfront Library
Local Theatre Group: Youth Theater Interaction
Lounge: Zuppa, Dolphin, Gaupo, Dylan’s Lounge
Music Venue: Yonkers Brewing Co, La Bella Havana
New Bar (Opened 2015 or later): Yonkers Brewing Co
Non-Profit Event: Yonkers Riverfest, YoFi Fest, Friday Night Jazz
Public Park: Van Der Donck Park
Baby Clothes: Jackie’s Kids
Girl’s Clothes: Cliquers, Rainbows, Easy Pickins
Karate School: USA Martial Arts
Music School: Manor House Academy of Music
Take the Kids: Yonkers Riverfront Library, Yonkers Waterfront
Caterer: Le Moulin Catering, Zuppa, Nawab, Giovanni’s
Florist (and Wedding Florist): Fly Me To the Moon
Limo Service: Manhattan Motoring
Shoe Repair: Harry’s Shoe Repair
Travel Agency: Cisne’s Travel, Delgado Travel, World Travel & Tours
Cake/Dessert: La Pinata Bakery
Hair: Aminata African Hair Braiding, Palisade Hair Style, Grape & Grey
Makeup: Avon
Videographer: Sight & Sound Productions
Wedding Caterer: Le Moulin Catering
Wedding Venue: Grand Roosevelt Ballroom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITY OF YONKERS TO OFFER FREE AARP TAX COUNSELING PROGRAM TO SENIOR RESIDENTS

Tax Aide Program Available February 1- April 18

YONKERS, NY – January 27, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that the City’s Office for the Aging together with the Will Branch of the Yonkers Public Library will offer a TAX-AIDE program from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a program that allows for low to moderate income taxpayers to have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring that those taxpayers receive applicable credits and deductions.

“Paying your taxes can be a stressful and confusing process and we want to make sure we give every effort to provide our senior residents with all of the aid that they qualify for,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “This tax aide program is designed to assist seniors every step of the way.”

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is free for taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention paid to those 60 and older. Through assistance by a team of trained volunteers, this program has helped low to moderate income individuals for more than 40 years.

Trained volunteer tax counselors will be on hand to assist Yonkers residents who  qualify at the following times and locations. No appointment is necessary; residents will be assisted on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • Office for the Aging Peter Chema Community Center,  435 Riverdale Ave, Yonkers Mondays from February 1 through April 18 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Yonkers Public Library Grinton I. Will Branch, 1500 Central Park Ave Tuesdays & Wednesdays from February 2 through Wednesday, April 13 9:30am-1:30pm

All required tax reporting forms will be available at the Tax-Aide sites. AARP coordinators for the program request that residents bring with them their previous year’s tax returns, W-2 and/or 1099 forms, and all other documentation concerning their income for 2014.

This free nationwide program is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. For additional information, contact Yonkers Office for the Aging at (914) 377-6822.

 

Upcoming Yonkers City Council, Meeting.

01-26-2016 Agenda with No Backup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CITY OF YONKERS CANCELS CITY AND SCHOOL PROGRAMS IN ANTICIPATION OF WEEKEND SNOW STORM 

 

Yonkers, NY – January 22, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that the City of Yonkers has issued the following program cancellations for tomorrow, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2016 in anticipation of Saturday’s snow storm:

 

Program Cancellations

  • All programming taking place in Yonkers Public Schools including: testing at PEARLS, gymnasium and community programs on Saturday and Sunday
  • All recreation programs at Parks Department Community Centers & Office for the Aging Community Centers
  • Aquatics at Mark Twain & Yonkers Avenue Pool
  • Project Friendship/Young Adult Club
  • Indoor Permit Holders at Yonkers Public Schools
  • Coyne Park Rifle Range
  • All Programs at Murray’s Skating Rink on Saturday only
  • Yonkers Recycling Center will close at 12pm on Saturday

 

While the Yonkers Department of Public Works has brined the streets for tomorrow, and continues to keep efforts in place to protect the safety of residents, Mayor Spano reminds residents of the following safety tips:

 

  • Residents, business owners, property owners and renters should not shovel snow into the street so fire, police and ambulance crews can safely access emergency routes
  • Residents, business owners, property owners and renters are reminded to clear their sidewalks and ensure that fire hydrants are clear and clean of snow and ice within six hours after every snowfall, which ends in the daytime, and before 12:00 pm of the day after any snowfall, which occurs during the night.
  • The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all; otherwise don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
  • Protect your water meter from icy drafts and freezing temperatures. Most frozen meters are caused by drafts from an open basement door or window so double check your property for drafts as the cold weather sets in

In addition, the Yonkers Police Department has issued the following safety tips:

 

  • Have flashlights, a battery-operated radio or television and fresh batteries handy
  • If you must use candles, please be careful and keep them far away from
  • children and flammable materials
  • Store adequate supplies of non-perishable food that need not be refrigerated
  • If you use an alternate-heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heater, be sure to provide adequate ventilation. Otherwise, carbon monoxide poisoning could occur
  • Shut doors to unused rooms and close the drapes to retain heat
  • Check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly and live alone

 

Residents should be advised that meters are in effect for Saturday and alternate side street parking is suspended. In the event of an emergency or if you require assistance, residents also are encouraged to:

  • Call the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline at 377-HELP (4357)
  • Visit the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofyonkers
  • Visit the City’s Twitter at @cityofyonkers for updates on cancellations throughout this and every weather event.

 

Other important numbers include: Con Ed Emergency at 1-800-752-6633 and Yonkers Police Non-emergency at 914-377-7900.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: YONKERS SPANO PRESENTS PALISADE PREPARATORY SCHOOL WITH SCHOOL OF THE MONTH AWARD FOR DECEMBER 2015.

 

YONKERS, NY – January 21, 2016 – Mayor Spano joined members of Yonkers City Council, Yonkers Board of Trustees President Dr. Nader Sayegh, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada, Assistant Superintendent Christine Montero, Commissioner Charles Gardner and members of Yonkers Police Department at Palisade Preparatory School today to present the School of the Month Award for December 2015 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students at the school. Mayor Spano recognized the school’s Public Safety Academy, which gives young men and women interested in law enforcement, fire services and emergency management the opportunity to advance their careers at an early age.

 

“I’m so proud of the work being done at Palisade Prep to provide our young people with opportunities to engage with our First Responders and hopefully seek a similar career path in the future,” said Mayor Spano. “Who better to serve and protect our community than some of our very own?”

 

The Public Safety Academy, a program that launched earlier this year, is designed for young men and women with an interest in one of three careers: Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS and Emergency Management. By enrolling in the program, students have the opportunity to take elective courses that pertain to those careers.

 

The EMS course, offered in partnership with Westchester Community College, allows high school seniors over the age of 18 who have completed the course the opportunity to take the test to become a licensed EMT.

 

Palisade Preparatory plans to roll out additional elective courses in Spring and Fall 2016.

 

“I want to commend Palisade Preparatory School on their continued efforts to align themselves with our City’s First Responders and create programming that offers students the opportunity to advance their future careers. The work being done at Palisade Prep is not only an investment in the students, it’s an investment in the future of our City,” said Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada.

 

“On behalf of the Board of Education trustees and the administration I would like to congratulate Palisade Preparatory School Principal Dr. Michelle Yazurlo and the entire staff on this well-deserved honor and the work they have done developing the District’s first public safety career pathway program,” said Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh. “This school is a shining example of how important our work is with the Yonkers Police Department, not only at this school but in all our schools. I commend Commissioner Gardner and his team.  Working together as a community we achieve greater results.”

 

“We have a special relationship with Palisade Preparatory School because of the Public Safety curriculum which is available for their students. One day we hope to see many of these students amongst our ranks and serving in public safety agencies throughout our region.  The Yonkers Police Department congratulates Palisades Preparatory School on today’s much deserved honor and we look forward to working with students and staff at this school in the future,” said Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

 

Mayor Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools.

 

Renowned French Chef Opens in Downtown Yonkers.

 

The highly anticipated Grand Opening of Le Moulin Eatery and Wine Bar is scheduled for 12:30pm on Friday, January 29th, 2016. Hosted by the Yonkers Downtown BID, join Mayor Mike Spano, community leaders, and others as we celebrate this unique addition to the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront.

 

After over two decades of catering the finest affairs in the region, internationally traveled executive chef Josyane Colwell is opening Le Moulin (“The Mill”), a unique experience on the historic Yonkers waterfront. Part wine bar, part eatery, Le Moulin combines old world country elegance with the casual atmosphere of a neighborhood café. Its light filled space with stunning Hudson and Palisades views is the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine deliciously paired with Josyane’s ‘Tentations Gourmandes’ – a menu of creative small plates inspired by her early life in the south of France, always using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

 

This stylish cafe, joins Peter’s Kelly’s Xavier’s on the Hudson and the Dolphin Restaurant, to create a unique culinary hub overlooking the majestic Hudson River. The world renowned chef and owner of Le Moulin, Josyane Colwell, brings a heightened sense of beauty and artistry to the exquisite dining experiences she creates for her clients. For over thirty years she has created successful events for celebrities, “people like us”, and corporations. Her unique style and special talents make these occasions not just memorable, but magical. Le Moulin’s diverse and exciting changing wine list, offers a daily selection of wines by the glass, meant to be tasted and enjoyed alone or among friends.

Le Moulin is a place dedicated to the pleasure of good food, wine and the arts.

 

GRAND OPENING

Le Moulin Eatery and Wine Bar

January 29th, 2016. 12:30pm

One Pierpointe Street, Yonkers, NY

www.lemoulincatering.com

914-469-6762

 

About Le Moulin

When planning weddings, corporate events or fundraisers, Josyane has an uncanny ability to mirror and amplify what the clients want to tell those who join them at such a special moment. She brings her coordination skills and sense of complete responsibility to every occasion, whether it is a three-day business conference for Fortune 500 CEO’s at the Pratt Mansion in New York City, a holiday party for ABC, NBC or Sky Team or an intimate dinner party at home. To learn more about Le Moulin, go to www.lemoulincatering.com.

Recently 35,000 of you signed my petition demanding that state and federal regulators investigate Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy corporate charter school for the outrageous practices of routinely suspending students for minor infractions. Overwhelmingly these suspensions affect students of color.
Earlier this week the State University of New York announced that Success Academy is under investigation for its “Got to Go” list–a list of students that Success Academy wanted to push out of one of its schools.  And yesterday parents from Success Academy filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against Success Academy for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.
Meanwhile, Families for Excellent School, Success Academy’s lobbying arm, was in Albany yesterday to lobby for more funding for Success Academy. It is an insult to all New Yorkers that our state government would consider increasing funding for Success Academy when it is violating students civil rights, routinely suspending students and pushing students out.
Tell Governor Cuomo and your state representative not to give Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy that rewards them for suspending Black children at alarming rates and pushing students out.
A recent New York Times article reported that Success Academy suspended 4 to 23 percent of its students in 2013-14 school year. That compares with an average of 3 percent in public schools. The article also reported that Success calls 911 on students, some as young as first grade.
The students they are targeting with this disturbing practice are overwhelming black students and students with disabilities.
Tell Governor Cuomo and your legislator not to give Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy a funding increase while they are targeting children they don’t want to teach. With State University of New York investigating Success Academy’s violations and with a civil rights complaint pending with the U.S. Department of Education there is no way that a Success Academy should be eligible for a funding increase, but that is exactly what Governor Cuomo has proposed in his budget.
Write to Governor Cuomo and your state representative today and tell them now is the time to investigate Success Academy, not to give them a funding increase.
Thank you, Fatima Geidi
PS: Click here to read the Daily News story about Success Academy violating civil rights of disabled students. For Immediate Release
 

CITY OF YONKERS, U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT TO HOST TRAINING SESSION TO CONNECT LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH GOVERNMENT CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Training Session to be Held at Yonkers Riverfront Library Thursday, January 28 from 9:30AM-4PM;

Register at www.YonkersNY.gov

 

 

YONKERS, NY – January 21, 2016 –  Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will host a full-day training session on Thursday, January 28th from 9:30am to 4pm to help connect local businesses to government contracting opportunities.  The free event, which will be held at the Riverfront Library – 1 Larkin Plaza, will bring together experts from federal, state and city agencies, as well as local partners, to identify government-funded projects and investments that will create opportunities for Yonkers’ small business community, and to provide those businesses with the resources and technical assistance they need to successfully bid for government contracts across the New York metropolitan area. The event will be sponsored by the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency and Sterling National Bank.
“Joining forces with the SBA and HUD to bring the resources that many of our small business owners are seeking is instrumental in the continued economic growth of Yonkers,” said Mayor Spano. “This training session compliments the many tools and streamlined processes Yonkers is already implementing to stimulate our economy. I encourage anyone interested in expanding their business opportunities in Yonkers and being part of our local revenue successes to participate.”

 

The training is part of the City’s Strategic Alliance Memorandum with SBA to provide services to local small business owners and an ongoing partnership with HUD under the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Initiative and Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant. The initiative builds on a series of workshops offered last fall on small business startup.
“This is just the next step in SBA’s commitment to Yonkers under our historic agreement,” said SBA’s Region II Administrator, Kellie LeDet.  “Federal contracts set aside to small businesses nationally are $125 billion and in New York State over $10 billion; but often local firms and businesses are unfamiliar with government procurement processes and requirements, making them less likely to bid and win. We hope businesses will take advantage of this event and learn how to become a successful bidder.  Under the leadership of Beth Goldberg, SBA’s New York District Director, this is just the first of a series of conferences that will build the knowledge base of local businesses and the financial community here in Yonkers.”

 

The City’s commitment to supporting its locally owned and operated businesses as a core component of growing the economy comes at a moment of great government investment in Yonkers through programs like HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods, Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, and other revitalization initiatives.
“HUD’s place-based model of community revitalization works across government jurisdictions and program lines to accomplish priorities generated at the local level,” said Holly Leicht, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Training Yonkers’ small businesses on how to bid on federal contracts will help those businesses grow and will spark the kind of vibrant local economy the City’s residents and stakeholders aspired to achieve at the outset of HUD’s Community Needs Assessment two years ago.”
The event will consist of three separate panels, with additional time to connect with panelists at the end of the session:

 

  1. Government Contracting Opportunities– the nuts and bolts of how to bid on government contracts. In addition, attendees will learn about SBA’s program on preferential bidding for companies who are in or locate to the Yonkers HubZone;

 

  1. Technical Assistance– who to go to in order to get help preparing necessary bid materials;

 

  1. Lending– what funding sources are available and what needs to be prepared for each lender.  Traditional and non-traditional financing will be discussed.

 

The event will be kicked off by Mayor Mike Spano; Kellie LeDet, Region II SBA Administrator; Holly Leicht, Region II HUD Administrator; and Beth Goldberg, SBA District Director of the New York Office.

 

To register for the training, visit our Eventbrite page, “Government Contracting for Small Businesses,” via www.yonkersny.gov  or contact Mary Alice Brady at MaryAlice.Brady@YonkersNY.gov .

 

 

Join me as I officially announce my campaign for the 94th New York State Assembly District on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6PM – 8PM at Putnam County Golf Course: 187 Hill St, Mahopac, NY 10541.

For more information or to RSVP please contact: Suzi@Suzi4ny.com or (914) 403-8463. Click here to donate online!

 

superbowl - CopyYonkers Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will host a workshop, Pride at Work: Equal Opportunity Employment Rights of the LGBTQ Community. Information will be geared toward the specific circumstances of the LGBTQ community but much of the information is relevant to all areas of potential discrimination.

This free workshop will take place January 26, 2016, 6 PM at the Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701.  .   Información está disponible en Español.

 
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food supply issues, tech changes in the health industry, a new Democratic election
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The Holy Grail Cell
The Discovery of The Holy Grail
The Holy Grail is a special genetic structure – A key cell with each of us. It is representative of the notion that there exists a perfect physical “cell”, which in turn leads to a perfect entity-the Holy Blood concept. This cellular unit is biological and is developed according to certain principles of creation, organization and functionality. When human behavior follows these principles, with selfless intent, mastery ensues-sometimes enlightenment.
It is a visible, comprehensive method for defining the structure of Nature. It is a set of principles and systems we utilize every day.
To see how The Holy Grail can help you or for additional information please checkout our website http://www.drbobflower.com/the-gilchrist-institute/discovery-holy-grail/
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It is a visible, comprehensive method for defining the structure of Nature. It is a set of principles and systems we utilize every day.
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It is a visible, comprehensive method for defining the structure of Nature. It is a set of principles and systems we utilize every day.
To see how The Holy Grail can help you or for additional information please checkout our website http://www.drbobflower.com/the-gilchrist-institute/discovery-holy-grail/
My book The Exceptional Mind and Student Success is now available on Amazon!
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Suzi McDonough OP-ED: No Pensions For Convicted Legislators

As we have witnessed over the past few years, many legislators have been convicted of felonies, for abusing their power and the public trust.  How is it that they are still allowed to collect their pension and retirement benefits?

The elected officials in Albany just don’t seem to get it. On Election Day when we walk through the doors and cast our collective votes for an elected official, we are giving them power. We are entrusting in them to do what is right and what is fair.

There are many good elected officials who work hard for the people, and I thank them.  There is no room or tolerance however for those who abuse their power and there must be some consequence.

Nobody said politics was easy and it can certainly be a thankless job. That is no excuse for the mess that has become our state capitol. Though we may not all agree on certain issues, we certainly did not vote to give them the power to manipulate, to steal, or to abuse their power.

Some in the Senate and Assembly have once again put forth legislation proposing to remove pension and retirement benefits from persons convicted of certain felonies.  This legislation must pass and I strongly believe that any elected official who has abused their power and is convicted of a felony should not be entitled to their pension and benefits.

Let’s send a message and take away what they now do not deserve, no pensions!

Suzi McDonough is a Councilwoman in the town of Carmel, NY and a candidate for the 94th New York State Assembly District, which includes parts of Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. 

For Immediate Release

 

 

MAYOR MIKE SPANO: CITY INVESTS IN YONKERS FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH NEW APPARATUS AT FIRE STATION 3

 

New Trucks Part of the More than $10 Million of Capital Investments in the

Fire Department Since 2012

 

YONKERS, NY – January 14, 2015 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Fire Department Commissioner John Darcy today announced that the City has made major investments in the Yonkers Fire Department by purchasing new apparatus for the City’s busy Fire Station 3 on Vark Street. The new Engine 303 and Tower Ladder 71 were manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus and replace equipment that was more than 16 years old.

 

“Our firefighters and fire officers put their lives on the line to protect life and property in Yonkers,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “They deserve the very best equipment and that is why my Administration is committed to making the investments to better protect those who keep us safe.”

 

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

 

Fire Station 3 primarily serves the southern and western portions of the City, but is prepared to respond to calls city-wide. Engine 303 is among the busiest engine companies in Yonkers, and responds to fire and medical emergency calls. Tower Ladder 71 is one of two Tower Ladders in Yonkers.

 

The new Engine 303, which was manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, is made of stainless steel which allows for greater strength and corrosion resistance. While made from stronger materials, the new engine is smaller than the outgoing apparatus which allows for greater maneuverability, especially on some of the more narrow streets in Southwest Yonkers.

 

The new Tower Ladder 71, also manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, has a platform at the end of a heavy duty ladder which can extend to 75 feet high.  One of Tower Ladder 71’s many functions is to search for and rescue victims.  The platform gives great versatility to perform many rescue and firefighting functions at fires and in other emergency situations. The new Tower Ladder will replace a 16-year-old American LaFrance Tower Ladder.

 

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

 

Engine 303 and Ladder 71 are the newest apparatus to be placed into service within the last month. In December, Mayor Spano announced the addition of a new Engine 304 to be placed in the Yonkers Fire Department fleet.

 

January 13, 2016

 

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S

‘BUILT TO LEAD’ AGENDA FOR 2016.

 

In response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s joint State of the State/Budget Speech, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano released the following statement:

 

“Today Governor Cuomo set forth an ambitious agenda that will continue to transform New York State, make historic investments in our schools, stimulate local economies, build world-class infrastructure and tackle the issues of poverty and inequality in our cities. I applaud the Governor’s proposals and look forward to continuing to work with him and leaders of the Senate, Assembly and our Yonkers Delegation. I also look forward to working with State Leaders to strengthen our partnership and ensure that Yonkers schools receive the resources that they deservingly need.”

– MEDIA ADVISORY –

 

Catholic Charities and ShopRite Supermarkets Partnering to Replenish Food Pantries and Feed Hungry Families in Westchester County/Hudson Valley

Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign Kick-Off Thursday, January 14 @ 11 am, ShopRite Greenway Plaza, Yonkers

 

WHAT:                Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York (which includes Westchester County and the mid-Hudson region), and ShopRite Supermarkets will launch the renewed support of 26 ShopRite stores in this year’s archdiocesan-wide Feeding Our Neighbors campaign. Stores will participate through Point of Sale collections from Sunday, January 10 through Saturday, January 30. At checkout, shoppers will be asked to make donations of cash or non-perishable food to the annual food drive.

WHO:                   Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York; Tom Urtz, VP, Operations, ShopRite; Steve Levy, Deputy Mayor, City of Yonkers; Father Jose Feliz Ortega, Pastor, St. Peter’s Parish in Yonkers will kick-off the annual campaign. The food pantry at St. Peter’s will be one of the beneficiaries of food collected through the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign.

WHEN:                Thursday, January 14 at 11am

WHERE:             ShopRite Supermarket, Greenway Plaza, 25-43 Prospect Street, Yonkers

WHY:                   Catholic Charities and ShopRite Supermarkets are joining forces once again to ensure that hungry New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley have enough to eat at this time of year when need is high and donations are low. Feeding Our Neighbors is an archdiocesan-wide effort to raise food and funds to replenish food pantries and soup kitchens that feed hungry neighbors during the most critical time of the year.

In 2015, Feeding Our Neighbors raised the equivalent of 1.3 million meals, supported in large part by $93,000 in cash donations and more than 17,000 pounds of food collected at ShopRite locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Catholic Charities, in partnership with ShopRite, aims to surpass those results in 2016 to feed the hungry across New York.

 

– MEDIA ADVISORY –

 

Catholic Charities and ShopRite Supermarkets Partnering to Replenish Food Pantries and Feed Hungry Families in Westchester County/Hudson Valley

Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign Kick-Off Thursday, January 14 @ 11 am, ShopRite Greenway Plaza, Yonkers

 

WHAT:                Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York (which includes Westchester County and the mid-Hudson region), and ShopRite Supermarkets will launch the renewed support of 26 ShopRite stores in this year’s archdiocesan-wide Feeding Our Neighbors campaign. Stores will participate through Point of Sale collections from Sunday, January 10 through Saturday, January 30. At checkout, shoppers will be asked to make donations of cash or non-perishable food to the annual food drive.

WHO:                   Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York; Tom Urtz, VP, Operations, ShopRite; Steve Levy, Deputy Mayor, City of Yonkers; Father Jose Feliz Ortega, Pastor, St. Peter’s Parish in Yonkers will kick-off the annual campaign. The food pantry at St. Peter’s will be one of the beneficiaries of food collected through the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign.

WHEN:                Thursday, January 14 at 11am

WHERE:             ShopRite Supermarket, Greenway Plaza, 25-43 Prospect Street, Yonkers

WHY:                   Catholic Charities and ShopRite Supermarkets are joining forces once again to ensure that hungry New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley have enough to eat at this time of year when need is high and donations are low. Feeding Our Neighbors is an archdiocesan-wide effort to raise food and funds to replenish food pantries and soup kitchens that feed hungry neighbors during the most critical time of the year.

In 2015, Feeding Our Neighbors raised the equivalent of 1.3 million meals, supported in large part by $93,000 in cash donations and more than 17,000 pounds of food collected at ShopRite locations throughout the Hudson Valley. Catholic Charities, in partnership with ShopRite, aims to surpass those results in 2016 to feed the hungry across New York.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

A MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., DAY COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND THE BLACK VOTE

 

       Yonkers, NY, Monday, January 18, 2016…Institutional AME Zion Church is pleased to host a special event sponsored by the Westchester Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Yonkers NAACP. Community co-sponsors include Westchester for Change, Yonkers Chapter of Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Community Voices Heard, Yonkers YMCA and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Zeta Nu Omega Chapter. All community members, families and teens are invited. Juanita Lewis of Community Voices Heard will present research on the correlation between socio-economics and the Black vote. All teens present at this event can register to vote. Their registration will take effect on their 18th birthday. A mock 2016 presidential election with sample ballots will be conducted. Honored guests are Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who will provide remarks on pending voting legislation before the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Institutional AME Zion Church is located at 42 Bishop William J. Walls Place, off of North Broadway and between Ashburton and LaMartine Avenues and is handicap accessible.  Limited parking is available at the side of the church. Street parking is also available. The church is handicap accessible.

For information, contact Nicole Benjamin at (914)486-2330.

3pm – 5pm. Thank you. Nicole

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SUZI MCDONOUGH MAKES ASSEMBLY BID OFFICIAL, KICKS OFF NEW ‘COFFEE WITH SUZI’ TOWN HALL LISTENING TOUR

Mother. Leader. Neighbor.

Mahopac, NY (01/11/16) — Carmel Town Board Member Suzi McDonough has made it official as a candidate for the New York State Assembly.

“The response over the past few months has been overwhelming, and I am officially declaring my candidacy for State Assembly! We are excited to run a positive campaign with a conservative message and bring the people’s voice to Albany.”

While making the announcement on social media today, Suzi will officially announce her candidacy for New York State Assembly with friends and family at a fundraiser to be held in the next few weeks. Details will be released in the next few days.

On news that the incumbent is possibly not seeking reelection, Suzi said, “Whether the incumbent is in or out, I am in this race to win it. Frankly, he seems to blow with the wind, and we are ready for any challenge. Should he choose not to run, I wish him all the best. The hard working voters of this district deserve a serious, conservative voice that is truly committed to public service for the right reasons. While I am pro life, pro second amendment and a solid fiscal conservative, I will serve as a loyal public servant to all of my constituents, and on both sides of the aisle.”

In June, Suzi unveiled her campaign website (www.suzi4ny.com) to personally set the framework for her exploratory campaign and what will be a positive, grassroots campaign. Suzi has stuck to that theme and will continue to do so.

Looking to meet as many voters as possible, Suzi also unveiled an ambitious plan, hosting “Coffees With Suzi” as part of an aggressive town-by-town listening tour. Suzi has personally met with over 1,000 voters in the past few months and has already begun door to door in the district.

“As a local leader I know that each town in this district has it’s own issues and concerns, and I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and dig into the details. Putnam and Westchester families deserve a respected conservative voice in Albany to watch out for our families, our communities and our state. And if elected, I will be honored to be that voice,” Suzi continued.

Over the next several months, Suzi will also be hosting individual town hall meetings to listen to the specific concerns of voters throughout the district. The dates, times and locations will be finalized within a few weeks. This is the second round of such listening tours and will allow Suzi to hear from voters firsthand while building awareness of her campaign throughout Westchester and Putnam counties.

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

The 94th Assembly District elections will occur in 2016.

The New York legislative session is up and running, and NARAL Pro-Choice New York is as committed as ever to advocating for the reproductive rights and health of New Yorkers.

We are already in the halls of the Capitol talking to legislators about the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act.  This bill would ensure that you get the birth control you need at no cost, and would allow you to get 12 months of pills at a time!

Support access to birth control by signing our petition, urging your elected representatives to sign onto the bill. 

The Assembly is already poised to pass some familiar bills: The Reproductive Services Act would enshrine in state law Roe v. Wade’s protections for a woman’s right to choose. The Boss Bill would prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of employees’ personal reproductive health care decisions. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) would grant critical civil rights protections to transgender and gender-non-conforming individuals. All of these pieces of legislation have previously failed to pass in the Senate, and we’re working hard to ensure their passage in 2016.

On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address and lay out his legislative agenda and budget proposals for 2016. We look forward to hearing about his priorities and hope that he plans to make passing reproductive rights and health legislation a priority.

It’s a new year, but we’re up against some of the same battles. With your continued support, we stand committed to advocating for New Yorkers, working with lawmakers, and doing all we can to ensure we end this session proud of the reproductive rights victories we’ve achieved.  We hope you’ll join us, and support the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act. Click here to sign our petition letting your representatives know you want better access to birth control!

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

Some updates and reminders… SHHS

Upcoming Reunions

April 9, 2016 Class of 1962 Contact person Linda Herko
lindaherko@msn.comOctober 8, 2016 Class of 1966 Contact person Tony Alfonso
Class of 1996 is in the works
Contact person Bernadette McAdams Riordan
Hold the Date:

April 22, 23, & 24 2016

 

“THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE”

 

for more information on supporting Sacred Hear Players
Contact Director Mrs. Rose Ann Di Gennaro Azerier ’62

Phone: 914-965-6953
Sacred Heart High School Drama Club’s Shows
  • 1999/2000 Lost in Yonkers & Guys & Dolls
  • 2000/2001 Barefoot in the Park & Grease
  • 2001/2002 Dracula & Godspell
  • 2002/2003 The Diary of Anne Frank & Oliver
  • 2003/2004 Rumors & Carousel
  • 2004/2005 The Odd Couple & West Side Story
  • 2005/2006 Arsenic & Old Lace & Little Shop of Horrors
  • 2006/2007 Steel Magnolias & Sweet Charity
  • 2007/2008 Twelve Angry Men & Damn Yankees
  • 2008/2009 The Man Who Came to Dinner & Hello, Dolly!
  • 2009/2010 Lost in Yonkers & Guys & Dolls
  • 2010/2011 Our Town & Hairspray
  • 2011/2012 The Late Christopher Bean & 42ND Street
  • 2012/2013 The Odd Couple & How to Succeed in Business Without Trying
  • 2013/2014 Harvey & Anything Goes
  • 2014/2015 Neil Simon’s RUMORS & IN THE HEIGHTS
    Ken Ludwigs – “Game’s Afoot” & “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

January 4  to January 8, 2016

TOP HEADLINES

Enhancing Data Privacy For Uber Passengers

The Attorney General announced a settlement with Uber that requires the company to adopt leading data security protection practices to protect its riders’ personal information. The Attorney General’s investigation began after several public reports that Uber executives and staff have access to riders’ geo-location information in real time. The settlement requires Uber to encrypt rider geo-location information, adopt multi-factor authentication that would be required before any employee could access especially sensitive rider personal information, as well as other leading data security practices.  It also requires Uber to pay a $20,000 penalty for failure to provide timely notice to drivers and the Attorney General’s office regarding a data breach that occurred in September 2014.

Bringing Drug Runners To Justice

The leader of a major Capital Region drug ring has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Daquan Murray, aka “Benji Got The Juice,” was part of a Troy Gang called the Young Gunnerz, who allegedly purchased large quantities of drugs from a supplier in the Bronx, and then brought the narcotics back to Troy for distribution throughout Albany County, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, and elsewhere in and outside of New York State. The case against the Young Gunnerz gang has resulted in criminal charges against 21 defendants. To date, 15 have pleaded guilty.

Protecting Competition In Elder Care

Competition among health service providers is critical for New Yorkers, which is why the Attorney General has reached a settlement with UnitedHealth Group resolving concerns that the company’s business practices in the state unlawfully restrained competition in the market for certain elder and long-term care insurance products. The Attorney General’s office had received complaints that UnitedHealth was requiring skilled nursing facilities looking to participate in its insurance network to also contract with the company for a separate institutional special needs plan. This settlement will preserve the vibrant competition among institutional special needs providers, and will ensure freedom of choice for skilled nursing facilities and their patients.

Protecting Access To Abortion Services

The Attorney General is leading a coalition of 13 states urging the Supreme Court to protect the constitutional right to access abortion services. The friend-of-the-court brief asks the Court to invalidate two provisions of Texas law that significantly restrict access to abortion services in the state. The provisions at issue—requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and requiring clinics to comply with the standards for surgical clinics—were purportedly enacted to protect the health of women, but the trial court found that the provisions would not in fact protect women’s health, and could even undermine it. The Attorney General is committed to ensuring that all women have free access to a full range of reproductive health care services.

Uncovering Nursing Home Neglect

 The Attorney General announced the guilty plea of the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center over allegations of a cover-up of resident abuse and neglect. The plea resolves allegations arising from the suppression of two incidents of patient abuse and neglect, and related charges of falsifying records. One alleged incident involved a medication error that went unnoticed for several days, while the second alleged incident involved a resident suffering from dementia engaging in unlawful sexual conduct towards another resident in an unsupervised dining room. When these incidents came to light, it is alleged that owner Gerald “Jerry” Wood III criminally eavesdropped on investigators from the Attorney General’s Office while they were conducting an interview with a nursing home employee about the incidents. The Attorney General is committed to holding nursing facilities accountable for their responsibility to treat patients with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Stopping The Theft Of State Pension Benefits

The Attorney General and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced the sentencing of Terence Fitzpatrick for stealing more than $78,000 in state pension benefits. Fitzpatrick, a resident of New Jersey, was accused of stealing the benefits issued to his deceased godfather, Thomas Sullivan, who died in 2003. Fitzpatrick, who had been acting as power of attorney on behalf of Sullivan, failed to notify the retirement system of the death of his godfather or his wife, who had received Sullivan’s benefits until 2006.  Instead, Fitzpatrick utilized his power of attorney to access the account and withdraw pension benefits paid on Sullivan’s behalf during a six-year period between November 2006 and August 2012.

Taking Down An Insurance Brokerage Fraud Scheme

Two Rochester residents have been arrested for allegedly perpetrating a scheme to defraud clients of their Rochester insurance brokerage. It is alleged that over a period of 3 years, Gary and Bonnie Gubiotti stole from agency clients by falsely inflating insurance premiums, failing to remit refunds, and forging finance agreements. It is charged that in total, the duo stole more than $150,000 from clients, and both face up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. New Yorkers trust their insurance brokers to provide them with honest advice and coverage in the event of an emergency, and violating that trust to line one’s own pockets will be prosecuted by the Attorney General to the fullest extent of the law.

Protecting Medicaid Against Fraud

Schenectady personal care aid Nicholas Gallup has been sentenced for submitting false time sheets to Capital District Physicians Health Plan, causing more than $1,000 in overcharges to Medicaid. Gallup with a co-defendant, allegedly failed to provide services to a Medicaid recipient over a period of three months, and even called into a telephone time-keeping system to falsely document that they had provided care for the Medicaid recipient. In a separate case, a Rochester nurse, Schmeka Morgan, will return more than $8,000 to Medicaid for fraudulently billing Medicaid hours that she did not work. Morgan also faces three years’ probation as a result of her actions.

Thank you for being apart of our email blast. I hope our newsletter keeps you informed, not only of upcoming events but all that Sacred Heart has to offer.

Sincerely,

Patti Triarsi
Sacred Heart High School

Tuesday January 19, 2016
PTA Meeting 7:00pm
Join us for a chit chat. Our newly formed Parents Association will be gathering in the library to discuss fundraising and other activities for both parents and students. Lead by example and get involved.

MID-TERMS
Midterm exams begin on Wednesday January 20th – Friday January 29th Check out the school website for more information www.sacredhearths.org

Annual Appeal is underway
Support Sacred Heart High School
Dear Friends and Alumni,
Sacred Heart High School continues its mission of providing a quality Catholic education to teens who live in lower Westchester and upper Bronx Counties. As with many other places, the school and parents struggle with the cost of education. We are committed to keeping our tuition affordable ($8,500), but it is not enough to meet the running expenses of the school. Salaries, utilities and maintenance expenditures exceed monies raised through tuition. At the same time, we know that parents cannot afford a higher tuition rate.  Many of our families struggle to make ends meet and some of our families live below the poverty line. Our parents recognize the value of a Catholic education and make numerous sacrifices to send their teens to the “Heart”.  Our school is in need of your financial assistance.  Would you please consider making your own sacrifice so that we can continue nurturing these teens’ hearts?  All the funds generated through the appeal will be granted to families based on their need. The more you give, the more students and families we can assist. Please help our students meet their goal of receiving a Catholic education through your generous gift.
Fr. Maurice Moreau, O.F.M. Cap.
Pastor and Head of School
Donations can be mailed to the Development office of SHHS
34 Convent Ave. Yonkers, NY 10703 or visit our website for electronic payments on our Alumni Tab
                         www.sacredhearths.org/make-a-donation

Join us:
Scholarship Dinner (New Date)

Saturday April 16, 2016

The Administration of
Sacred Heart High School
Request the pleasure of your presence
at our annual
Scholarship Dinner
Honoring:
Mr. Lawrence McCrudden ’58
Mr. Pat Raccioppo
&
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Crosby & Family
(2008, 2012, 2014)
Saturday, April 16, 2016
half past six in the evening

Sacred Heart High School Dining Hall
34 Convent Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10703


RSVP April 2, 2016

 For Ticket Information Call The Development Office: 914- 965-2182
Upcoming Class Reunions
Class of 1962 April 9, 2016

to be held here at “The Heart”

Contact person Linda Herko lindaherko@msn.com

Class of

1966 10/08/2016

to be held at Dunwoodie

Contact person is Tony Alfiero
 
Class of 1996  more information to follow contact person is
Bernadette McAdams Riordan
 
contact alumni/development office for information regarding a class reunion 

 

Artist Call for Entry- Winter 2016 Exhibition
Call for Entry! US+U, located at 66 Main Street in downtown Yonkers, is currently accepting submissions for our Winter 2016 Exhibition.

US+U is a member supported gallery, with a structure similar to that of a co-op. Members will pay a monthly fee that allows us to cover marketing and promotion, printing of exhibition programs,  a web-designer to create artist profiles on our website, refreshments and catering for receptions and other basic operating expenses.

Artists can choose to be members show by show or commit to anywhere between a 2-12 month contract. This membership approach gives artists the flexibility to participate when it’s best for them and take time off when needed. Selected Artists will be asked to sit one day a month during the 2 month exhibition timeline and be invited to gallery meetings as scheduled.

Membership Fee: $100 per month
Student Rate: $50 per month with a valid student ID

To submit to our current Call for Entry:
DUE SUNDAY JANUARY 17TH, 2016 @ 5PM
*Selected Artists will be notified by Tue Jan 19th;
Drop off is Fri Jan 22nd, 2016 (Hours TDB)
Exhibition Opening Reception will be Saturday, February 6th, 7-10pm

1.) Artists should send in 5-10 .jpeg images (up to 3MB each) of AVAILABLE Artwork. Images should be titled with your LAST NAME & Number (e.g. Smith1, Smith2, etc.) Photographs and/or images with frames: Please send images with the frame included so we can see the final appearance. We ask that frames are black or white for a more contemporary look, but will make consideration on case- by-case basis when needed.

2.) Corresponding Image List- describing the following -Title, Size, Medium, Your Price before Gallery Commission is added on top & Year (e.g. Smith1= “Slant”, 18″x24″, Mixed Media, $1200, 2013)

3.) General BIO – A brief paragraph about yourself (e.g. Education, Place of Birth, etc.)

4. ) Artist Statement – A general paragraph about your artwork (e.g. Approach/Concept, Medium/Use of Materials/Inspiration)

5.) All of the above should be sent to our curator: melissa@urbanstudiounbound.org

*There is no charge to submit to an exhibition. Once accepted, artists will be notified and asked to pay the membership fee at that time.

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Happy Holidays!
On behalf of Hudson Link’s Board of Directors, Staff, Students, Alumni and their families, I’d like to thank you for being part of our extended family and wish you and yours happy holidays.
May the season bring you and your family joy, peace, and love.
 
With a warm heart,

 

Sean Pica
Executive Director

P.O. Box 862 | Ossining, NY 10562 | (914) 941-0794 | www.hudsonlink.org

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Happy Holidays!
On behalf of Hudson Link’s Board of Directors, Staff, Students, Alumni and their families, I’d like to thank you for being part of our extended family and wish you and yours happy holidays.
May the season bring you and your family joy, peace, and love.
 
With a warm heart,

 

Sean Pica
Executive Director

P.O. Box 862 | Ossining, NY 10562 | (914) 941-0794 | www.hudsonlink.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dear Friend,
There were more great holiday events around the city this week to spread holiday cheer. The celebrations continued throughout Yonkers.
Remember, tonight is the Untermyer Gardens Grand Holiday Illumination, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best events of the year in Yonkers. The event begins at 6pm at Untermyer, and I hope you will be able to join us.
This week the Yonkers Downtown BID held the annual tree lighting in Getty Square.
We listened to the 2015 Yonkers Junior Idol at the Untermyer tree lighting event.
The annual Ridge Hill Menorah lighting drew a crowd to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah on Sunday.
Yonkers Wins Big in the Hunger Games
 

The winners of the Governor’s “Hunger Games” economic development competition were announced this week, and it appears that the odds were in our favor. Numerous projects in Yonkers Received Funding:

  • $90,000 for the Yonkers Arts and Culture Project. The City of Yonkers, ArtsWestchester and the Yonkers Board of Education will work with local artist Vinnie Bagwell to develop an urban-heritage public sculpture that will help to revitalize the downtown-waterfront district.
  • $99,888 for the Greyston Foundation for production training. Greyston will train 75 workers in various job skills.
  • $200,000 to Greyston Foundation for capital improvements at the bakery. Greyston Bakery will invest in equipment upgrades at its Yonkers facility..
  • $394,280 to Groundwork Hudson Valley for the Yonkers Rail Trail Phase 1 Capital Construction. Groundwork Hudson Valley will use funding to construct phase one of a 2-mile rail-trail that stretches from the Downtown Yonkers Waterfront to the 242nd Street subway station in Riverdale. This segment includes a major new park and play area along the trail, which was a primary request of local residents during the planning phase.
  • $500,000 to R.J. Rose Realty for the Yonkers Carpet Mills Arts District Revitalization Project. R.J. Rose Realty will make critical improvements to the former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills site to transform the aging facility into a working arts and new technology hub.
  • $1,250,000 to SoYo Exalta, LLC, for the South Yonkers Mixed Use Transit-Oriented Developement Project. SoYo Exalta will undertake the construction of a mixed-use transit-oriented development, nearly a full square block at the center of Van Der Donck Park.
  • $400,000 to the City for the Yonkers Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Riverwalks Expansion. The City will construct two waterfront walkways recreational trails along the western edge of the city’s waterfront, intersecting at the Metro North Line Yonkers station.

Yonkers made out the best of any municipality in the Mid-Hudson region, which received over $90,000,000 in funding total, although we did not score in the top 3 regions (which received additional $500,000,000). Our region’s plan even co-oped Yonkers motto of making our region a place to “Live, Work, and Play.” The City Council is proud to help support these efforts, even if the funding mechanism and the way projects are chosen are not something everyone can agree upon.

St. Barnabas Youth Festival Choir
As we previously chronicled, the girls from the Saint Barnabas Youth Festival Choir are gearing up for their trip to the Vatican. In the holiday spirit of giving, the parish is attempting to raise money to help defray the cost of sending the choir singers to Rome. Saint Barnabas is located off McLean Avenue and the parish serves Yonkers residents.
The group is the only choir from the Archdiocese of New York chosen to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  The choir will sing under the direction of Dr. John A. Romeri and Patrick Flahive, leaving New York on December 31st and returning January 7th.
The girls have been practicing and rehearing for the past year. There are 24 students participating, and the cost of sending each is approximately $2,950, to cover the tour, travel to airports, choir dresses, etc. The families have been paying out of pocket, but currently, there is a $5,000 shortfall. If you can help, please send your donation to St. Barnabas Parish, 401 East 241st St., Bronx, NY 10470. For more information, contact Ms. Sharon Traditi at 718-324-0865.
Aquatics Registration Now Open
The weather might be cooler but the Yonkers aquatics program is just heating up! Registration for aquatics classes for the 2016 season begin this week.
The Mark Twain Pool and the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation are an approved Training Center for the Starfish Aquatics Institute and an Authorized Provider for StarGuard™ and StarFish Swimming™.
Download the 2016 Winter Brochure to see the full list of classes and register online.
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Dear Friend,
There were more great holiday events around the city this week to spread holiday cheer. The celebrations continued throughout Yonkers.
Remember, tonight is the Untermyer Gardens Grand Holiday Illumination, which is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best events of the year in Yonkers. The event begins at 6pm at Untermyer, and I hope you will be able to join us.
This week the Yonkers Downtown BID held the annual tree lighting in Getty Square.
We listened to the 2015 Yonkers Junior Idol at the Untermyer tree lighting event.
The annual Ridge Hill Menorah lighting drew a crowd to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah on Sunday.
Yonkers Wins Big in the Hunger Games
 

The winners of the Governor’s “Hunger Games” economic development competition were announced this week, and it appears that the odds were in our favor. Numerous projects in Yonkers Received Funding:

  • $90,000 for the Yonkers Arts and Culture Project. The City of Yonkers, ArtsWestchester and the Yonkers Board of Education will work with local artist Vinnie Bagwell to develop an urban-heritage public sculpture that will help to revitalize the downtown-waterfront district.
  • $99,888 for the Greyston Foundation for production training. Greyston will train 75 workers in various job skills.
  • $200,000 to Greyston Foundation for capital improvements at the bakery. Greyston Bakery will invest in equipment upgrades at its Yonkers facility..
  • $394,280 to Groundwork Hudson Valley for the Yonkers Rail Trail Phase 1 Capital Construction. Groundwork Hudson Valley will use funding to construct phase one of a 2-mile rail-trail that stretches from the Downtown Yonkers Waterfront to the 242nd Street subway station in Riverdale. This segment includes a major new park and play area along the trail, which was a primary request of local residents during the planning phase.
  • $500,000 to R.J. Rose Realty for the Yonkers Carpet Mills Arts District Revitalization Project. R.J. Rose Realty will make critical improvements to the former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills site to transform the aging facility into a working arts and new technology hub.
  • $1,250,000 to SoYo Exalta, LLC, for the South Yonkers Mixed Use Transit-Oriented Developement Project. SoYo Exalta will undertake the construction of a mixed-use transit-oriented development, nearly a full square block at the center of Van Der Donck Park.
  • $400,000 to the City for the Yonkers Downtown Transit-Oriented Development Riverwalks Expansion. The City will construct two waterfront walkways recreational trails along the western edge of the city’s waterfront, intersecting at the Metro North Line Yonkers station.

Yonkers made out the best of any municipality in the Mid-Hudson region, which received over $90,000,000 in funding total, although we did not score in the top 3 regions (which received additional $500,000,000). Our region’s plan even co-oped Yonkers motto of making our region a place to “Live, Work, and Play.” The City Council is proud to help support these efforts, even if the funding mechanism and the way projects are chosen are not something everyone can agree upon.

St. Barnabas Youth Festival Choir
As we previously chronicled, the girls from the Saint Barnabas Youth Festival Choir are gearing up for their trip to the Vatican. In the holiday spirit of giving, the parish is attempting to raise money to help defray the cost of sending the choir singers to Rome. Saint Barnabas is located off McLean Avenue and the parish serves Yonkers residents.
The group is the only choir from the Archdiocese of New York chosen to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  The choir will sing under the direction of Dr. John A. Romeri and Patrick Flahive, leaving New York on December 31st and returning January 7th.
The girls have been practicing and rehearing for the past year. There are 24 students participating, and the cost of sending each is approximately $2,950, to cover the tour, travel to airports, choir dresses, etc. The families have been paying out of pocket, but currently, there is a $5,000 shortfall. If you can help, please send your donation to St. Barnabas Parish, 401 East 241st St., Bronx, NY 10470. For more information, contact Ms. Sharon Traditi at 718-324-0865.
Aquatics Registration Now Open
The weather might be cooler but the Yonkers aquatics program is just heating up! Registration for aquatics classes for the 2016 season begin this week.
The Mark Twain Pool and the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation are an approved Training Center for the Starfish Aquatics Institute and an Authorized Provider for StarGuard™ and StarFish Swimming™.
Download the 2016 Winter Brochure to see the full list of classes and register online.
As always, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 914-377-6060. I remain,

Yours truly,

Liam J. McLaughlin

Please be advised that a Real Estate Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015   6:00pm to 7:30pm, in the City Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th Floor.

 

Agenda Items:

 

  1. RESOLUTION APPROVING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR A PLANNED URBAN REDEVELOPMENT FOR THE PROPOSED COTTAGE PLACE GARDENS AT BLOCK 2094, LOTS 1, 2, 40 & 56; BLOCK 2098 LOT 1 ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS 172, 188 & 209 WARBURTON AVENUE AND 33 ASHBURTON AVENUE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE VII OF THE YONKERS ZONING CODE.

 

 

  1. RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AMENDMENT  TO A PLANNED URBAN REDEVELOPMENT SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR

PARKING BLOCK 2600, LOTS 4, 401-549 ON THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS 23 WATER GRANT STREET (PIERPOINTE ON THE

HUDSON CONDOMINIUM AKA SCRIMSHAW HOUSE) PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 43, ARTICLE VII AND ARTICLE IX OF THE

YONKERS ZONING CODE.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you,

 

Connie Braun

Chief of Staff

On behalf of John J. Larkin

Real Estate Committee Chair

Majority Leader, Councilmember, District 6

Sacred Heart High School

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!
We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you part of our school community!!!
Boys Varsity Soccer Supported by several hundred fans, the Sacred Heart Boys Soccer team completed an undefeated season, triumping over Cathedral Prep, 3-2, this past Sunday afternoon.The game began as a defense struggle, with both teams seeking to control the midfield.  The Irish took the lead when Senior Captain Eddie Nika broke down the left wing and cut toward the Cathedral net.  Sophomore Andres Benitez found himself unguarded at the far post, volleying home Nika’s cross to give the Irish a 1-0 lead.   Keyed by two first-half goals by Sophomore Andres Benitez, and the go-ahead brace by Junior Ryan Connaire in the second half, the Irish completed a defense of their CHSAA Intersectional B Division Title.
Today Senior Jaclyn DeLuca will sign “A Letter of Intent” with Binghamton University to play Softball. Jaclyn a senior has been playing softball since she was 8yrs. old. Her position is short stop. Along with playing for SHHS Jaclyn is a transfer student from Good Council and has played on  “Frozen Ropes” a showcase team in Chester NY.

Sacred Heart is extremely proud for Jaclyn and wishes her continued success in all she has to offer.

Join Sacred Heart Players
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HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

This Weekend

Friday 11/20 7pm
Saturday 11/21 7pm

Sunday 11/22 5pm

 
Join Sacred Heart Alumni

and Students

Wednesday 11/25/2015
6:00-9:00pm
for
Volleyball & Basketball

PTA updates:
        On Tuesday 11/10 our PTA got together for an open discussion.
My thoughts are that we opened up so many avenues of discussion my hope is to continue those avenues at our next meeting.
Thank You to Mrs. DeCecco and Mrs. Triarsi for their dedication to this project.
         We got the OK from Father Mo, and Mrs. DeCecco, to have an Open Gym Night on Friday, 2/5/16, in the high school gym. (for our students)
At our next meeting Father Matt Janeczko will be able to lead us round, see what we can plan, and not plan, for that evening.
        One committee of Volunteers is needed to supervise the open gym.
(any event planned by us, or anyone else, as a rule, must be adequately supervised).
One committee of Volunteers is needed to help Mrs. Triarsi decorate the cafeteria for the Scholarship Dinner.

      SHHS acquired some expensive and helpful (and free) technology from Good Counsel Academy.

Our next meeting is Tuesday 12/15 7pm in the  High School Library

Schneider to seek Yonkers 5th District seat

Cliff Schneider, a 32-year resident of Yonkers, has kicked off his campaign for City Council to represent Crestwood, Colonial Heights, Lawrence Park, Northeast Yonkers and the Yonkers section of Fleetwood stating, “the district needs more attentive representation”. He is a Democrat running on the Working Families Parties who will caucus with the Democrats when elected to once again bring a progressive majority to the City Council.

 

Schneider is a Vietnam Veteran who was honorably discharged after four years of active duty. He is married and the father of a daughter, who attended Yonkers Public Schools from pre-K to graduation from high school, has spent most of his professional career in nonprofit administration and education. He has served as the executive director of three social service agencies, including mental health, addiction/recovery, and environmental organizations. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Hudson River Valley Environmental Institute, with sites on the Hudson River (Beczak Environmental Education Center) and at Sleepy Hollow (Kingston Park Environmental Education Center).

 

He has also served as a board member for several nonprofit organizations, as representative to the former Yonkers Green Policy Task Force and for 13 years was a trustee of the Yonkers Public Library. Schneider is currently president of the Yonkers Public Library Foundation (which raises funds for the library system), an organization that he helped to create.

 

Schneider has devoted much of his years in Yonkers to community development and planning—working with various agencies to foster economic growth—and has been recognized by city, county, and state officials for his support and development of community-based projects as well as the Yonkers Human Rights Commission for his contributions to the city.

 

Noting that providing an excellent public education to all Yonkers students is of utmost importance to city residents, Schneider says that if elected he will devote much of his efforts to strengthening the school system. In addition to working to ensure that our kids get a good education, one that prepares them for college or for the workforce, Schneider will focus on making certain that other critical services aren’t overlooked when it comes to budgeting. Of great importance—the Police, Fire and DPW, as well as public transportation and senior-citizen services. With a shortage of funds, he points out that every dollar must be carefully spent to preserve these essential services.

 

Schneider says that he enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity to further serve the city he has already served for 32 years—this time as City Councilperson from the 5th District. For more information about Cliff Schneider’s campaign—or to ask a question or provide input—check out the web site schneidercampaign.org.

 

Dr. Fred Hernandez a Yonkers school administrator will be kicking off his campaign for the position of Yonkers Mayor . The fundraiser will be this Sunday with a brunch – June 14th at 10 am at Dia Y Noche Restaurant at 640 Mclean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704.

Dr. Fred Hernandez is the President of the Puerto Rican Parade.

Michael Meyer, Republican Party candidate for Yonkers City Council in the 3rd District, also has the backing of the Conservative Party as well.  3rd District Councilman Michael Sabatino has Democrat, Independence and Working Families Party Nominations. He could face a primary on the Democrat side. We will keep you posted on the Elections of 2015.

Kathleen Thomas, A Democrat will challenge Republican County Legislator Gordon Burrows for his seat.

The Yonkers Republican City Committee nominated former Yonkers City Councilman Bill Nuckel for Yonkers Mayor, along with Michael Meyer for Yonkers City Council in the 3rd District, among their candidates for Election 2015.

Westchester Guardian Newspaper Publisher Sam Zherka goes to Federal Court in White Plains on Thursday, June 18, 2015 for his latest pre-trial hearing.

Sources tell The Yonkers Watchdog that Yonkers City Council Aide Ivy Reeves may be let go by Yonkers City Councilman Michael Sabatino.

Also we hear that Katherine Thomas is considering a run for Westchester County Legislator in the 15th District against Gordon Burrows, Westchester County Legislator.

We also hear that Michael Meyer, A Republican will seek the office of Yonkers City Council in the 3rd District and could setup a rematch from 4 yrs ago with Councilman Michael Sabatino.

We will continue to keep everyone posted on the latest developments in Vote 2015 in the City of Yonkers and County of Westchester.

This is the sole view and opinion of The Yonkers Watchdog.

Yonkers Watchdog

JSN Recap – Late Run Lifts Manhattan To 65-57 Win Over Rider.

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Riverdale, NY – Manhattan ended the game on a 12-2 run, including scoring the final nine points, en route to posting a thrilling 65-57 win over Rider.

Senior Shane Richards notched his eighth 20-point performance of the year and the 15th of his career, finishing with a game-high 28 points while going 8-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from deep.

In a match-up that featured 16 lead changes and eight ties, the Jaspers improve to 9-11 and 6-5 in the MAAC with the victory while the Broncs fall to 9-14 and 5-7 in the league.

In a back-and-forth second half, Manhattan was able to gain control thanks to shooting a blistering 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the floor, including 80.0 percent (4-of-5) from distance.

At the final media timeout, Teddy Okereafor hit a layup and was fouled before hitting the free throw when play resumed to give Rider a 55-53 with 3:57 to play..

From that point, it would be all Jaspers. Sophomore Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, NC / Fayetteville Academy) quickly answered with a three-point play of his own before Zedric Sadler broke the press and briefly answered for the Broncs with a jumper.

Junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) then gave Manhattan a 58-57 lead with a jumper before the Jaspers held firm on the defensive end. Richards then made the visitors pay with a three pointer before canning a pair from the line after a Rider miscue.

Waterman would add two free throws to cap off the Jaspers’ game-ending 12-2 spurt, including nine-straight over the final 3:06. Waterman scored 10 of his 12 points after halftime while pulling down a team-best seven rebounds to pace the frontcourt effort.

Williams added 11 points off the bench while senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, NY / Robinson School (NJ)) and junior Tyler Wilson (Bronx, NY / Cardinal Hayes) combined for 10 assists, against just three turnovers to round out the top performers for Manhattan.

Thanks to their strong second half, the Jaspers converted on 52.4 percent (22-of-42) from the floor, including 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from deep, and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the line.

Okereafor scored a team-best 19 points to pace the Rider effort, which saw the Broncs post a decisive 33-21 advantage on the glass, including 11-1 on the offensive end.

Manhattan will look to make it two in a row at Fairfield on Sunday, February 7 at 3:30 pm.

Manhattan Set To Renew Rivalry With Iona.

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New Rochelle, NY – Manhattan (8-10; 5-4 MAAC) returns to action at Iona (10-9; 7-3 MAAC) on Friday, January 29 at 7:00 pm on ESPNU.

TOP STORYLINES
#1 – The teams have met in each of the last three MAAC Championship games with the Jaspers winning the last two titles.

#2 – The Gaels took both regular season meetings a year ago and has won the last three meetings at the Hynes Center by an average of 8.0 ppg.

#3 – This will be the first game for Manhattan in eight days as the Jaspers’ scheduled game at Saint Peter’s was postponed twice and will now be made up on February 17.

QUICK HITS
* Manhattan defeated Monmouth on Thursday, January 21 by a 78-71 count thanks to a career-high 20 points from Calvin Crawford, on 8-of-12 shooting.

* For his efforts, Crawford became the first Jasper to be named MAAC Player of the Week this year.

* Fueled by Crawford, the bench outscored the starters 46-32.

* Crawford is now the fourth different player to hit for at least 20 points this season.

* Junior Rich Williams added 15 points and freshman Thomas Capuano 11 off the bench, with the second unit shooting 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the floor.

Steve Masiello improved to a perfect 5-0 against Monmouth for his career with the victory.

* Masiello is 62-34 (.646) against MAAC teams, including going 33-11 (.750) at home and 21-21 (.500) on the road.

* Since Masiello took over in 2011-2012, seven of the 11 match-ups with Iona have been decided by four points or less.

* All five of Manhattan’s’ MAAC wins have come by eight points or less with three of their four losses coming by five points or less.

* The Jaspers claimed their fifth MAAC Championship in the teams’ last meeting by a 79-69 count thanks to 21 points and 10 rebounds from Tournament MVP Ashton Pankey.

* For his career, senior Shane Richards is averaging 11.0 points per game over nine outings with Iona while shooting 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from distance, but is making good on just 33.3 percent (7-of-21) in three games at the Hynes Center.

* DYK?? Just six players (out of 12) that played double-digits in last year’s title game will be active for Friday’s match-up, including two from Iona.

* Manhattan has won seven of its last 10 games thanks to averaging 73.3 ppg while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, including 41.0 percent from long range, and 74.7 percent from the line.

* Defensively, the Jaspers are limiting the opposition to just 43.9 percent shooting from the floor and 29.1 percent from deep, including 21.7 percent (18-of-83) after halftime, over the last nine.

* Richards is averaging a team-best 17.9 points per game over the last 10 games while shooting 43.5 percent (50-of-115) from the field, 43.3 percent (29-of-67) on threes and 87.7 percent (50-of-57) from the line.

* Also during the last 10 games Williams (14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and sophomore Zane Waterman (11.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Crawford (10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and senior RaShawn Stores (10.0 ppg, 3.3 apg) are also scoring in double-figures. During that time, Stores is shooting 43.2 percent (19-of-44) from deep with a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio while junior Tyler Wilson is averaging 5.8 assists each time out.

* In the last five minutes over the last 10 games Manhattan has outscored the opposition by an average of 4.1 points per game thanks to making good on 79.7 percent (55-of-69) from the line while holding opposing teams to 32.2 percent shooting (29-of-90), including just 17.9 percent (5-of-28) from long range.

* In the win over Monmouth, the Jaspers hit on each of their last four shots while ending the game on a 13-2 run, including 9-0 after the Hawks went up two with just under two minutes to play.

* This season, opposing three-point shooters are converting on 37.8 percent (54-of-143) in the first half compared to a scant 28.1 percent (39-of-139) after halftime.

* Over the final five minutes/overtime during MAAC play, Manhattan is shooting a blistering 81.8 percent (45-of-55) from the line.

* Despite failing to notch double-figures in points for just the second time this season in the thrilling victory over Monmouth, Richards handed out a career-high matching five assists and hit the go-ahead three pointer.

* Over the last five games, Richards is averaging 17.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game during that time while shooting 48.4 percent (15-of-31) from beyond the arc, highlighted by a career-high 32 points in the win at Canisius, on 11-of-14 shooting (6-of-7, 3-pt).

* On the year, Richards has led Manhattan in scoring 11 times with 16 double-figures performances while notching seven of the Jaspers’ 14 20-point performances and now has 14 for his career.

* After halftime over his last 10 games, Richards is notching 10.5 points each time out while shooting 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from long range and 91.2 percent (31-of-34) from the line, highlighted by hitting for 25 in the second half of the victory at Canisius and 15 of his team-high 21 points in the win vs. Siena.

* In the victory over Morgan State, Richards converted a career-high seven three pointers en route to registering 28 points with seven caroms.

* A 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Second Team selection, Richards was the hero in the first win of the year, a 69-67 come-from-behind triumph over George Mason, thanks to banking in a jumper with 1.2 seconds to play after earlier becoming the 37th member of the school’s 1,000-point club.

* The New York native ranks among the MAAC leaders in scoring (17.7 ppg-4th), free throw percentage (.835-4th), threes (2.6/game-5th) and minutes (37.1-2nd).

* From long range, Richards has converted at least three triples in 56 of his 116 games – including at least four 31 times – and is the school’s single-season (92-2015) and career (280) leader in threes. When he connects on four in a game, the Jaspers are 21-10, including 17-7 over the last three seasons.

* Lost in the midst of Richards’ offensive outburst in the win at Canisius was Williams’ third career double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) with a career-high five assists. Following his 11-point, eight-rebound performance at Niagara he has now paced the team on the glass a team-best 10 times.

* He had his second double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) in the win over Morgan State after registering his first against Columbia (17 points, 11 rebounds).

* Williams has also hit for at least 20 points four times, highlighted by career-high 26 in the victory over George Mason.

* On the year, Williams, who paced Manhattan in scoring for the fourth time in the win over Fairfield with 14 points, is among the MAAC leaders in scoring (15.7 ppg-10th), rebounding (6.8 rpg-7th), defensive rebounds (5.2 drpg-4th) and free throw percentage (.791-10th) while leading the team in rebounding a team-best 11 times.

* Williams has improved both his scoring (+10.2 ppg) and rebounding (+5.3) numbers from a year ago.

* The duo of Richards and Williams became the first set of Jasper teammates to each notch 20 points in a game this year in the win at Morgan State and are averaging a combined 33.4 points per game (2nd MAAC).

* Stores scored 14 points with a season-high six assists, against just one turnover, and three steals in the win over Monmouth and leads the MAAC with a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio.

* Over his last eight games, Stores is averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 42.9 percent (18-of-42) from deep with a 3.5 assist/turnover ratio. In the win over Niagara, Stores scored 15 points, highlighted by four free throws over the final 11.9 seconds, after hitting for 16 points over a career-high 49 minutes in the win over Siena.

* Stores scored a career-high 18 points against Marist, fueled by a career-high matching five three pointers, and is averaging 9.1 points and 3.1 assists (11th MAAC) per game on the year while ranking second in the MAAC with a 43.1 percent (28-of-65) conversion rate from long range with 1.9 triples (13th MAAC) and 1.3 steals (11th MAAC) per game.

* For his career, Stores, a 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Third Team selection, is shooting 41.1 percent (65-of-158) on threes after halftime for his career, including making good on 44.0 percent (40-of-91) since the start of last year. Stores also has a 3.5 assist/turnover ratio (60 assists/17 TO) over the last two years in the second half.

* The Jaspers are 43-22 over the last three years when Stores, who was granted an extra year of eligibility on July 22, 2015 by the NCAA, starts including going 17-8 last year.

* Both Richards & Stores are the only MAAC student-athletes to have played in the last three MAAC title games and have been a part of 65 total wins, including going 8-1 during MAAC Tournament play.

* Wilson, who helped energize Manhattan’s recent back-to-back 90-point performances, is averaging a MAAC-best 5.8 assists per game and has registered a career-high 10 assists twice this season, including most recently in the victory at Morgan State.

* Wilson, who has paced the squad in assists in 16 games this season, also dished out 10, against one turnover, vs. Marist. His performance against the Red Foxes was the first double-figure outing by a Jasper student-athlete since Von Damien Green had 10 against Saint Peter’s on January 30, 2002.

* On the year, Wilson, who has also handed out at least seven assists on nine occasions, leads the MAAC and is 24th nationally (5.8 apg) while also ranking among the league leaders in steals (1.4 spg-6th) and assist-turnover ratio (1.7-7th).

* Waterman has scored in double-figures in six of his last eight, averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during that time while shooting 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from the floor.

* He notched his first career double-double with 12 points and a personal-best and a Jasper season-high 13 points in the win over Siena after a career-high 23 points at EKU and has scored in double-figures nine times.

* Waterman, who scored 22 points against Columbia, ranks among the league leaders in scoring (10.8 ppg-26th), rebounding (5.8 rpg-16th), field goal percentage (.478-10th) and offensive rebounding (2.1 opg-10th).

* Crawford, who scored 20 against Monmouth after recording 19 in his previous three games, had 14 points in the victory over Fairfield, 15 points in the win over Siena and 13 in the victory at Canisius.

* Manhattan turned Siena over 23 times and rank 21st nationally with a MAAC-best 16.1 forced turnovers per game and have turned the opposition over at least 16 times in 11 games.

* During Masiello’s tenure, the Jaspers are 20-9 when forcing the opposition into at least 20 turnovers.

* The Jaspers registered 10 steals in the win over Monmouth and are 33-5 when hitting the 10-steal standard since Masiello took over the program, including 22-2 over the last three years.

* Manhattan also had 10 steals in the victory over Fairfield and lead the MAAC and rank 39th nationally with 7.9 per game.

* The Jaspers are 42-5 when leading at the half over the last three seasons, including going a perfect 15-0 a year ago. Additionally, since the start of last season Manhattan is 22-2 when leading with five minutes to play and 18-13 in games decided by 10 points or less.

* Masiello, who holds a career record of 87-63 (54-31 MAAC), set the school-record for MAAC Tourney wins a year ago with his eighth against Iona while breaking ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla’s previous mark.

* Since returning to Riverdale, Masiello has led Manhattan to a pair of MAAC Titles as well as a pair of 20-plus win campaigns. In his first tenure, he was a part of two MAAC Championships and three 20-plus win seasons. All told, Masiello has been a member of four of the five Jasper MAAC Championship teams and five of Manhattan’s 12 20-win seasons in accruing a 170-99 record.

* In his 20th season as either a player or a coach, Masiello has a career collegiate record of 448-209, including 327-181 on the sidelines, with one National Title, two National Championship appearances, two Final Four appearances, six Elite Eight berths, eight conference championships, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and 15 20-win seasons.

KEY MANHATTAN MATCH-UPS
Focus – This is one of the biggest rivalries in college basketball so emotions will be high at the onset. Manhattan will have to draw upon its big-game experiences over the last few seasons and maintain its trademark poise and precision.
Three-Ball – Iona is averaging a MAAC-high 9.9 three pointers per game, including 10.5 during league play. The Jaspers have been outstanding over the last 10 games to the tune of 29.1 percent, including 21.7 percent after halftime.
Defend A.J./&Isaiah – A.J. English and Isaiah Williams are two of, if not the two best players in the MAAC and will find ways to leave their marks on the game. However, Manhattan must dog the pair as it has done in the past as English is averaging 2.9 turnovers per game in his career against the Jaspers while Williams is shooting just 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from deep.

LAST 10 GAME JASPER SPLITS
Second Half FG% (.475) | First Half FG% (.433) 
Second Half FG% D (.411) | First Half FG% D (.470)
Second Half 3-Point O (47-of-108) | .435) | First Half 3-Point O (37-of-97) | .381)
Second Half 3-Point D (18-of-83) | .217) | First Half 3-Point D (28-of-75) | .373)

NOT SHABBY
Over the last three years, Manhattan is 21-7 when limiting teams to less than 40 percent shooting, 25-8 when winning the battle of the boards and 34-15 when forcing more turnovers than the opposition.

UP NEXT
The Jaspers host Rider on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 pm.

Manhattan Set To Renew Rivalry With Iona

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New Rochelle, NY – Manhattan (8-10; 5-4 MAAC) returns to action at Iona (10-9; 7-3 MAAC) on Friday, January 29 at 7:00 pm on ESPNU.

TOP STORYLINES
#1 – The teams have met in each of the last three MAAC Championship games with the Jaspers winning the last two titles.

#2 – The Gaels took both regular season meetings a year ago and has won the last three meetings at the Hynes Center by an average of 8.0 ppg.

#3 – This will be the first game for Manhattan in eight days as the Jaspers’ scheduled game at Saint Peter’s was postponed twice and will now be made up on February 17.

QUICK HITS
* Manhattan defeated Monmouth on Thursday, January 21 by a 78-71 count thanks to a career-high 20 points from Calvin Crawford, on 8-of-12 shooting.

* For his efforts, Crawford became the first Jasper to be named MAAC Player of the Week this year.

* Fueled by Crawford, the bench outscored the starters 46-32.

* Crawford is now the fourth different player to hit for at least 20 points this season.

* Junior Rich Williams added 15 points and freshman Thomas Capuano 11 off the bench, with the second unit shooting 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the floor.

Steve Masiello improved to a perfect 5-0 against Monmouth for his career with the victory.

* Masiello is 62-34 (.646) against MAAC teams, including going 33-11 (.750) at home and 21-21 (.500) on the road.

* Since Masiello took over in 2011-2012, seven of the 11 match-ups with Iona have been decided by four points or less.

* All five of Manhattan’s’ MAAC wins have come by eight points or less with three of their four losses coming by five points or less.

* The Jaspers claimed their fifth MAAC Championship in the teams’ last meeting by a 79-69 count thanks to 21 points and 10 rebounds from Tournament MVP Ashton Pankey.

* For his career, senior Shane Richards is averaging 11.0 points per game over nine outings with Iona while shooting 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from distance, but is making good on just 33.3 percent (7-of-21) in three games at the Hynes Center.

* DYK?? Just six players (out of 12) that played double-digits in last year’s title game will be active for Friday’s match-up, including two from Iona.

* Manhattan has won seven of its last 10 games thanks to averaging 73.3 ppg while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, including 41.0 percent from long range, and 74.7 percent from the line.

* Defensively, the Jaspers are limiting the opposition to just 43.9 percent shooting from the floor and 29.1 percent from deep, including 21.7 percent (18-of-83) after halftime, over the last nine.

* Richards is averaging a team-best 17.9 points per game over the last 10 games while shooting 43.5 percent (50-of-115) from the field, 43.3 percent (29-of-67) on threes and 87.7 percent (50-of-57) from the line.

* Also during the last 10 games Williams (14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and sophomore Zane Waterman (11.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Crawford (10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and senior RaShawn Stores (10.0 ppg, 3.3 apg) are also scoring in double-figures. During that time, Stores is shooting 43.2 percent (19-of-44) from deep with a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio while junior Tyler Wilson is averaging 5.8 assists each time out.

* In the last five minutes over the last 10 games Manhattan has outscored the opposition by an average of 4.1 points per game thanks to making good on 79.7 percent (55-of-69) from the line while holding opposing teams to 32.2 percent shooting (29-of-90), including just 17.9 percent (5-of-28) from long range.

* In the win over Monmouth, the Jaspers hit on each of their last four shots while ending the game on a 13-2 run, including 9-0 after the Hawks went up two with just under two minutes to play.

* This season, opposing three-point shooters are converting on 37.8 percent (54-of-143) in the first half compared to a scant 28.1 percent (39-of-139) after halftime.

* Over the final five minutes/overtime during MAAC play, Manhattan is shooting a blistering 81.8 percent (45-of-55) from the line.

* Despite failing to notch double-figures in points for just the second time this season in the thrilling victory over Monmouth, Richards handed out a career-high matching five assists and hit the go-ahead three pointer.

* Over the last five games, Richards is averaging 17.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game during that time while shooting 48.4 percent (15-of-31) from beyond the arc, highlighted by a career-high 32 points in the win at Canisius, on 11-of-14 shooting (6-of-7, 3-pt).

* On the year, Richards has led Manhattan in scoring 11 times with 16 double-figures performances while notching seven of the Jaspers’ 14 20-point performances and now has 14 for his career.

* After halftime over his last 10 games, Richards is notching 10.5 points each time out while shooting 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from long range and 91.2 percent (31-of-34) from the line, highlighted by hitting for 25 in the second half of the victory at Canisius and 15 of his team-high 21 points in the win vs. Siena.

* In the victory over Morgan State, Richards converted a career-high seven three pointers en route to registering 28 points with seven caroms.

* A 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Second Team selection, Richards was the hero in the first win of the year, a 69-67 come-from-behind triumph over George Mason, thanks to banking in a jumper with 1.2 seconds to play after earlier becoming the 37th member of the school’s 1,000-point club.

* The New York native ranks among the MAAC leaders in scoring (17.7 ppg-4th), free throw percentage (.835-4th), threes (2.6/game-5th) and minutes (37.1-2nd).

* From long range, Richards has converted at least three triples in 56 of his 116 games – including at least four 31 times – and is the school’s single-season (92-2015) and career (280) leader in threes. When he connects on four in a game, the Jaspers are 21-10, including 17-7 over the last three seasons.

* Lost in the midst of Richards’ offensive outburst in the win at Canisius was Williams’ third career double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) with a career-high five assists. Following his 11-point, eight-rebound performance at Niagara he has now paced the team on the glass a team-best 10 times.

* He had his second double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) in the win over Morgan State after registering his first against Columbia (17 points, 11 rebounds).

* Williams has also hit for at least 20 points four times, highlighted by career-high 26 in the victory over George Mason.

* On the year, Williams, who paced Manhattan in scoring for the fourth time in the win over Fairfield with 14 points, is among the MAAC leaders in scoring (15.7 ppg-10th), rebounding (6.8 rpg-7th), defensive rebounds (5.2 drpg-4th) and free throw percentage (.791-10th) while leading the team in rebounding a team-best 11 times.

* Williams has improved both his scoring (+10.2 ppg) and rebounding (+5.3) numbers from a year ago.

* The duo of Richards and Williams became the first set of Jasper teammates to each notch 20 points in a game this year in the win at Morgan State and are averaging a combined 33.4 points per game (2nd MAAC).

* Stores scored 14 points with a season-high six assists, against just one turnover, and three steals in the win over Monmouth and leads the MAAC with a 2.7 assist/turnover ratio.

* Over his last eight games, Stores is averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 42.9 percent (18-of-42) from deep with a 3.5 assist/turnover ratio. In the win over Niagara, Stores scored 15 points, highlighted by four free throws over the final 11.9 seconds, after hitting for 16 points over a career-high 49 minutes in the win over Siena.

* Stores scored a career-high 18 points against Marist, fueled by a career-high matching five three pointers, and is averaging 9.1 points and 3.1 assists (11th MAAC) per game on the year while ranking second in the MAAC with a 43.1 percent (28-of-65) conversion rate from long range with 1.9 triples (13th MAAC) and 1.3 steals (11th MAAC) per game.

* For his career, Stores, a 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Third Team selection, is shooting 41.1 percent (65-of-158) on threes after halftime for his career, including making good on 44.0 percent (40-of-91) since the start of last year. Stores also has a 3.5 assist/turnover ratio (60 assists/17 TO) over the last two years in the second half.

* The Jaspers are 43-22 over the last three years when Stores, who was granted an extra year of eligibility on July 22, 2015 by the NCAA, starts including going 17-8 last year.

* Both Richards & Stores are the only MAAC student-athletes to have played in the last three MAAC title games and have been a part of 65 total wins, including going 8-1 during MAAC Tournament play.

* Wilson, who helped energize Manhattan’s recent back-to-back 90-point performances, is averaging a MAAC-best 5.8 assists per game and has registered a career-high 10 assists twice this season, including most recently in the victory at Morgan State.

* Wilson, who has paced the squad in assists in 16 games this season, also dished out 10, against one turnover, vs. Marist. His performance against the Red Foxes was the first double-figure outing by a Jasper student-athlete since Von Damien Green had 10 against Saint Peter’s on January 30, 2002.

* On the year, Wilson, who has also handed out at least seven assists on nine occasions, leads the MAAC and is 24th nationally (5.8 apg) while also ranking among the league leaders in steals (1.4 spg-6th) and assist-turnover ratio (1.7-7th).

* Waterman has scored in double-figures in six of his last eight, averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during that time while shooting 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from the floor.

* He notched his first career double-double with 12 points and a personal-best and a Jasper season-high 13 points in the win over Siena after a career-high 23 points at EKU and has scored in double-figures nine times.

* Waterman, who scored 22 points against Columbia, ranks among the league leaders in scoring (10.8 ppg-26th), rebounding (5.8 rpg-16th), field goal percentage (.478-10th) and offensive rebounding (2.1 opg-10th).

* Crawford, who scored 20 against Monmouth after recording 19 in his previous three games, had 14 points in the victory over Fairfield, 15 points in the win over Siena and 13 in the victory at Canisius.

* Manhattan turned Siena over 23 times and rank 21st nationally with a MAAC-best 16.1 forced turnovers per game and have turned the opposition over at least 16 times in 11 games.

* During Masiello’s tenure, the Jaspers are 20-9 when forcing the opposition into at least 20 turnovers.

* The Jaspers registered 10 steals in the win over Monmouth and are 33-5 when hitting the 10-steal standard since Masiello took over the program, including 22-2 over the last three years.

* Manhattan also had 10 steals in the victory over Fairfield and lead the MAAC and rank 39th nationally with 7.9 per game.

* The Jaspers are 42-5 when leading at the half over the last three seasons, including going a perfect 15-0 a year ago. Additionally, since the start of last season Manhattan is 22-2 when leading with five minutes to play and 18-13 in games decided by 10 points or less.

* Masiello, who holds a career record of 87-63 (54-31 MAAC), set the school-record for MAAC Tourney wins a year ago with his eighth against Iona while breaking ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla’s previous mark.

* Since returning to Riverdale, Masiello has led Manhattan to a pair of MAAC Titles as well as a pair of 20-plus win campaigns. In his first tenure, he was a part of two MAAC Championships and three 20-plus win seasons. All told, Masiello has been a member of four of the five Jasper MAAC Championship teams and five of Manhattan’s 12 20-win seasons in accruing a 170-99 record.

* In his 20th season as either a player or a coach, Masiello has a career collegiate record of 448-209, including 327-181 on the sidelines, with one National Title, two National Championship appearances, two Final Four appearances, six Elite Eight berths, eight conference championships, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and 15 20-win seasons.

KEY MANHATTAN MATCH-UPS
Focus – This is one of the biggest rivalries in college basketball so emotions will be high at the onset. Manhattan will have to draw upon its big-game experiences over the last few seasons and maintain its trademark poise and precision.
Three-Ball – Iona is averaging a MAAC-high 9.9 three pointers per game, including 10.5 during league play. The Jaspers have been outstanding over the last 10 games to the tune of 29.1 percent, including 21.7 percent after halftime.
Defend A.J./&Isaiah – A.J. English and Isaiah Williams are two of, if not the two best players in the MAAC and will find ways to leave their marks on the game. However, Manhattan must dog the pair as it has done in the past as English is averaging 2.9 turnovers per game in his career against the Jaspers while Williams is shooting just 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from deep.

LAST 10 GAME JASPER SPLITS
Second Half FG% (.475) | First Half FG% (.433) 
Second Half FG% D (.411) | First Half FG% D (.470)
Second Half 3-Point O (47-of-108) | .435) | First Half 3-Point O (37-of-97) | .381)
Second Half 3-Point D (18-of-83) | .217) | First Half 3-Point D (28-of-75) | .373)

NOT SHABBY
Over the last three years, Manhattan is 21-7 when limiting teams to less than 40 percent shooting, 25-8 when winning the battle of the boards and 34-15 when forcing more turnovers than the opposition.

UP NEXT
The Jaspers host Rider on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 pm.

JSN Recap – Strong Bench Effort Lifts Manhattan To 78-71 Win.

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Riverdale, NY – Fueled by a season-high 46 points from the bench and a 13-2 game-ending run, Manhattan defeated Monmouth 78-71 in front of a frenzied Draddy Gymnasium crowd and an ESPN3audience.

Sophomore Calvin Crawford (Middletown, NY / St. Thomas More (CT)) paced the second unit, which outscored the starters by a 46-32 count, with a career-high 20 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, with six rebounds and three blocks.

With the victory, the Jaspers improve to 8-10 and 5-4 in the MAAC while the Hawks fall to 14-5 and 6-2 in the league.

Monmouth opened the game with a 14-2 run and appeared poised to put the game away early. However, Manhattan and most notably senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, NY / Robinson School (NJ)) had other ideas. Stores answered with a three-point play before hitting a layup as the Jaspers quickly ripped off six-straight points.

Collin Stewart briefly answered with a triple and with the Hawk advantage at 19-10 with 12:45 to play until halftime. Manhattan then made its big push with 10-straight points in assuming a 20-19 advantage with 8:44 to play in the opening stanza on the first of what would be many big shots on the night from Thomas Capuano (Fr., Hastings-on-Hudson, NY / Iona Prep).

Later in the half, the Jaspers ripped off a 12-2 run en route to taking a 36-30 lead at the break.

Manhattan outscored the visitors by a 34-16 count to end the first and grabbed a halftime advantage thanks to parlaying eight Monmouth miscues into a 13-2 advantage in points off turnovers.

After halftime, the lead would grow to nine on six occasions but the Hawks would continue to fight before making their move with just seven minutes to play. Deon Jones hit a layup before Justin Robinson canned a triple and two from the line in reclaiming the lead for visitors at 64-63 with 5:17 to play.

The Monmouth advantage would grow to 69-65 with 3:13 to play following a Micah Seaborn jumper before Crawford immediately answered with a layup and Capuano a layup off a nifty pass from Stores in tying it up at 69-69.

After Chris Brady converted a layup, senior Shane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) hit a back-breaking three pointer to reclaim the lead for the Jaspers. Crawford then split a pair from the line before Capuano hit a three pointer from the left side with the shot clock running out. Capuano followed with a steal and Stores hit two free throws in putting the fininishing touches on a thrilling 78-71 victory.

Manhattan shot 47.3 percent (26-of-55) from the floor, including 40.0 percent (10-of-25) from deep, and 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the line while forcing 17 turnovers that led to a 23-14 advantage in points off turnovers.

Chris Brady paced the Hawks with 15 points as Monmouth won the battle of the boards by a 38-29 count, leading to advantages of 36-26 in the paint and 14-8 on second-chance opportunities. Robinson added 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals in an outstanding effort for the visitors.

Junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) had 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds while Stores added 14 points and six assists with Capuano chipping in with 11 points. Rounding out the top performers was Richards, who notched a career-high matching five assists and three steals.

The Jaspers are at Saint Peter’s on Sunday, January 24 with tip time slated for 3:00 pm on ESPN3.

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Riverdale, NY – Senior Shane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) scored a game-high 22 points to lead Manhattan to a 69-64 victory over Niagara at Draddy Gymnasium.


With the win, the Jaspers improve to 7-10 and 4-4 in the MAAC while the Purple Eagles fall to 5-14 and 3-5 in the league.


Manhattan closed out the game with a 7-3 run over the final 2:36 after Nigara pulled to within one at 62-61 on an Emile Blackman dunk. However, the Jaspers rose to the occasions forcing turnovers on each of the next three Purple Eagle possesions, including two by drawing charges.

Senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, NY / Robinson School) put the game on ice with four free throws over the final 11.7 seconds en route to finishing with 15 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

Manhattan opened the game by hitting on nine of its first 15 shots en route to going in front 23-12 with 11:27 to play until halftime. Additionally, the Jaspers assisted on all nine field goals in setting the tone for the game.

Niagara would trim the deficit to four on a pair of occasions before Manhattan went into halftime up 39-31 thanks to making good on 50.0 percent from the floor (15-of-30) and from long range (7-of-14).

After halftime, the Purple Eagles would rally to tie the game at 46-46 with 12:49 to play on a Matt Scott layup only to have Richards answer just 24 seconds later with a three pointer. Stores followed with a layup off a steal as the Jaspers would not trail the rest of the way.

Richards notched his seventh 20-point performance of the year and the 14th of his career, finishing up 5-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from distance, and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line en route to his aforementioned 22 points.

Junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) and sophomore Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, NC / Fayetteville Academy) each added 12 points and five rebounds to round out the double-figure scores while classmate Calvin Crawford (Middletown, NY / St. Thomas More (CT)) pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.

Scott led all players with 21 points and eight rebounds to pace the Niagara effort.

Manhattan returns to action against Monmouth on Thursday, January 21 with opening tip slated for 8:00 pm.

Notes:
* Manhattan forced 18 turnovers that led to 21 points and have turned the opposition over at least 15 times on 11 occasions.

* Six of the Jaspers’ eight MAAC games have been decided by six points or less.

* Waterman has scored in double-figures in six of his last seven games.

* Manhattan drew three offensive fouls after recording just three in the previous six games.

* The Jaspers limited the Purple Eagles into just 16.7 percent (2-of-12) shooting from long range, including 1-of-6 after halftime.

*Over the last nine games, the Manhattan defense is limiting opposing shooters to just 21.3 percent (16-of-75) on threes after halftime.

*Prior to the game was the program’s annual Alumni Game. Click HERE for the highlights.

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JSN Recap: Canisius Clips Manhattan, 65-62

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Riverdale, NY – Canisius hit four-straight free throws over the final 11.4 seconds en route to posting a 65-62 victory over Manhattan at Draddy Gymnasium.

The Golden Griffins improve to 8-10 on the year, including 3-4 in the MAAC, while the Jaspers fall to 6-10 and 3-4 in the league.

Trailing 57-51 at the final media timeout (3:58), junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) started a 6-0 run with a steal and a dunk. Sophomore Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, NC / Fayetteville Academy) then hit the front end of a one-and-one before junior Tyler Wilson(Bronx, NY / Cardinal Hayes) grabbed the ensuing offensive rebound and kicked it out to seniorShane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) for a game-tying triple with 3:12 to play.

The teams then traded scores over the next four possessions and with Canisius up 63-62, Phil Valenti blocked Wilson’s last-second attempt before Malcolm McMillan grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0.3 seconds to play. McMillan then hit a pair from the line to provide the aforementioned 65-62 final score.

Richards paced Manhattann scoring for the 10th time this season with 14 points while adding four assists and four rebounds. Waterman also hit for double-figures with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

In the opening half, the Jaspers quickly jumped out in front 13-3 thanks to making good on 5-of-7 from the floor, However Canisius would chip away before taking a 20-19 lead with 7:47 to play until halftime on a Valenti jumper. After Wilson answered with a running layup, the Golden Griffins ended the half on a 13-2 run in grabbing a 33-23 advantage at intermission.

Canisius sustained their lead for most of the second half thanks to Valenti, who scored 17 of his game-high 28 points after halftime. McMillan added 17 points and six rebounds while Jermaine Crumpton chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Despite the defeat, Manhattan was able to limit the Golden Griffins’ high-powered three-point attack to just 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from long range.

The Jaspers return to action on Sunday, January 17 against Niagara with opening tip slated for 2:00 pm.

JSN Recap: Canisius Clips Manhattan, 65-62

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Riverdale, NY – Canisius hit four-straight free throws over the final 11.4 seconds en route to posting a 65-62 victory over Manhattan at Draddy Gymnasium.

The Golden Griffins improve to 8-10 on the year, including 3-4 in the MAAC, while the Jaspers fall to 6-10 and 3-4 in the league.

Trailing 57-51 at the final media timeout (3:58), junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) started a 6-0 run with a steal and a dunk. Sophomore Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, NC / Fayetteville Academy) then hit the front end of a one-and-one before junior Tyler Wilson(Bronx, NY / Cardinal Hayes) grabbed the ensuing offensive rebound and kicked it out to seniorShane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) for a game-tying triple with 3:12 to play.

The teams then traded scores over the next four possessions and with Canisius up 63-62, Phil Valenti blocked Wilson’s last-second attempt before Malcolm McMillan grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0.3 seconds to play. McMillan then hit a pair from the line to provide the aforementioned 65-62 final score.

Richards paced Manhattann scoring for the 10th time this season with 14 points while adding four assists and four rebounds. Waterman also hit for double-figures with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

In the opening half, the Jaspers quickly jumped out in front 13-3 thanks to making good on 5-of-7 from the floor, However Canisius would chip away before taking a 20-19 lead with 7:47 to play until halftime on a Valenti jumper. After Wilson answered with a running layup, the Golden Griffins ended the half on a 13-2 run in grabbing a 33-23 advantage at intermission.

Canisius sustained their lead for most of the second half thanks to Valenti, who scored 17 of his game-high 28 points after halftime. McMillan added 17 points and six rebounds while Jermaine Crumpton chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Despite the defeat, Manhattan was able to limit the Golden Griffins’ high-powered three-point attack to just 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from long range.

The Jaspers return to action on Sunday, January 17 against Niagara with opening tip slated for 2:00 pm.

Manhattan Returns Home To Face Canisius.

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Riverdale, NY – Manhattan (6-9; 3-3 MAAC) will look to sweep the season series against Canisius (7-10; 2-4 MAAC) for the third-straight season and fourth time in five years on Friday, January 15 at 7:00 pm.

TOP STORYLINES
#1 – Senior Shane Richards scored a career-high 32 points, on 11-of-14 shooting (6-of-7-3pt), in the Jaspers’ 94-86 win over the Golden Griffins last week.

#2 – Manhattan posted season-highs in points (94), field goal percentage (.558) and 3-point field goal percentage (.636) in the teams’ first meeting.

#3 – The Jaspers’ 14 three pointers in the teams’ last match-up are the most since converting 14 in a 105-98 quadruple overtime loss at Canisius on January 30, 2000 and are just one off the school mark set in a win over Niagara on February 27, 1994.

QUICK HITS
* Manhattan’s 63.3 percent three-point conversion rate (14-of-22) in the win at Canisius is its best single-game mark since making good on 83.3 percent (10-of-12) in a 71-70 win at Columbia on November 12, 2013.

* The Jaspers also scored on 17 of their final 20 offensive possessions in the first meeting with the Golden Griffins, going 11-of-17 (.647) from the floor, including 5-of-7 (.714) from deep, and 11-of-12 (.917) from the line.

* Manhattan hit for at least 90 points (Siena-92) in back-to-back games last week for the first time since going for 102 in a win over Niagara on February 27, 1994 and 99 in a MAAC Tournament victory vs. Iona on March 5, 1994.

* Richards’ aforementioned career-high 32 points marks the first time a Jasper has hit for at least 30 since George Beamon had 31 in a win at Monmouth on February 19, 2014 and the is the most sinceMichael Alvarado had 33 in a victory over Marist on January 12, 2014.

* Over his last three games, Richards is averaging 21.7 points per game while shooting 55.3 percent (21-of-38) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from deep.

* Head Coach Steve Masiello holds an 8-1 record against Canisius and is 15-2 as a member of the Manhattan Basketball program (7-1-assistant).

* Since taking over the head coaching reins in 2011-2012, Masiello is 60-33 (.645) against MAAC teams, including going 31-10 (.756) at home and 21-21 (.510) on the road.

* Richards is averaging 15.7 points per game vs. the Golden Griffins for his career while shooting 54.8 percent (34-of-62) from the floor, including 51.2 percent (25-of-49) from deep.

* In four games at the Koessler Center, he averaged 20.5 points per game while making good on 68.3 percent (28-of-41) from the floor and 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from distance. In three games against Canisius at home he is averaging just 9.3 points per game on 28.6 percent (6-of-21) shooting, including 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from distance.

* The last time out, Manhattan dropped a 55-53 decision to Niagara despite allowing a season-low 55 points while limiting the Purple Eagles to 35.6 percent (21-of-59) shooting, including 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from deep.

* The Jaspers have won five-of-seven thanks to averaging 74.9 ppg while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor, 43.3 percent from deep and 76.3 percent from the line.

* Manhattan is also limiting the opposition to just 31.3 percent (36-of-115) shooting on threes during its recent run, including 21.9 percent (14-of-64) after halftime.

* Additionally, in the last five minutes over the last seven games the Jaspers have outscored the opposition by an average 4.6 points per game thanks to making good on 80.0 percent (40-of-50) from the line while holding opposing teams to 31.3 percent shooting (21-of-67), including just 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from long range.

* This season, opposing three-point shooters are converting on 40.3 percent (48-of-119) in the first half compared to a scant 29.2 percent (35-of-120) after halftime.

* Over the final five minutes/overtime during MAAC play, Manhattan is shooting a blistering 83.3 percent (30-of-36) from the line.

* Richards’ 32 points in the win at Canisius marked the 12th Jasper 20-point performance this season and the 11th game Manhattan has had a 20-point scorer.

* Richards, who had a team-high 21 points with seven rebounds and four assists in the victory over Siena before hitting for a team-high 12 at Niagara, paced the squad in scoring in all three games last week and a team-best nine times this season.

* Over his last seven games, Richards is averaging a team-best 19.3 points per game while shooting 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from deep and 86.4 percent (38-of-44) from the line. Additionally, after halftime he is notching 11.6 points each time out while shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from long range and 91.3 percent (21-of-23) from the line.

* In the victory over Morgan State, Richards converted a career-high seven three pointers en route to registering 28 points with seven caroms.

* A 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Second Team selection, Richards was the hero in the first Jasper win of the year, a 69-67 come-from-behind triumph over George Mason, thanks to banking in a jumper with 1.2 seconds to play. He also became the 37th member of the school’s 1,000-point club earlier in the night.

* The New York native ranks among the MAAC leaders in scoring (18.3 ppg-4th), free throw percentage (.823-5th), threes (2.5/game-6th) and minutes (37.1-2nd).

* From long range, Richards has converted at least three triples in 55 of his 113 games, including at least four 30 times, and is the school’s single-season (92-2015) and career (272) leader in threes. When he connects on four in a game, the Jaspers are 20-10, including 16-7 over the last three seasons.

* Lost in the midst of Richards’ offensive outburst in the win over Canisius was junior Rich Williams‘ third career double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) with a career-high five assists. Following his 11-point, eight-rebound performance at Niagara he has now paced the team on the glass a team-best 10 times.

* Over his last three games against the Golden Griffins, Williams is notching 15.7 points per game while shooting 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the field.

* Williams is averaging 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game over the last 10 games with three double-doubles while making good on 46.5 percent (60-of-129) from the floor, and 86.5 percent (32-of-37) from the line.

* He had his second double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) in the win over Morgan State after registering his first against Columbia (17 points, 11 rebounds).

* Williams has also hit for at least 20 points four times, highlighted by career-high 26 in the victory over George Mason.

* On the year, Williams, who paced the Jaspers in scoring for the fourth time in the win over Fairfield with 14 points, is among the MAAC leaders in scoring (16.4 ppg-7th), rebounding (7.1 rpg-6th), defensive rebounds (5.3 drpg-3rd) and free throw percentage (.787-12th).

* Williams has improved both his scoring (+10.9 ppg) and rebounding (+5.6) numbers from a year ago.

* The duo of Richards and Williams became the first set of Manhattan teammates to each notch 20 points in a game this year in the win at Morgan State and are averaginga combined 34.7 points per game (2nd MAAC).

* Junior Tyler Wilson helped energize the Jaspers’ back-to-back 90-point performances last week, posting a 3.33 assist/turnover ratio (20 assists/6 assists) and is averaging 6.9 assists per game with a 2.18 assist/turnover ratio over the last seven. Wilson has registered a career-high 10 assists twice this season, including most recently in the victory at Morgan State.

* Wilson, who has paced Manhattan in assists in all 15 games this season, also dished out 10, against one turnover, vs. Marist. His performance against the Red Foxes was the first double-figure outing by a Jasper student-athlete since Von Damien Green had 10 against Saint Peter’s on January 30, 2002.

* On the year, Wilson, who has also handed out at least seven assists nine times, leads the MAAC and is 16th nationally (6.3 apg) while also ranking among the league leaders in steals (1.5 spg-6th) and assist-turnover ratio (1.8-4th).

* Sophomore Zane Waterman notched his first career double-double with 12 points and a personal-best and Manhattan season-high 13 points in the win over Siena. He hit for a career-high 23 points at EKU and has hit for double-figures in four-of-five, averaging 13.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during that time.

* Waterman, who scored 22 points against Columbia, ranks among the league leaders in scoring (10.6 ppg-27th), rebounding (5.9 rpg-14th), field goal percentage (.469-13th) and offensive rebounding (2.3 opg-8th).

* Fellow sophomore Calvin Crawford is averaging 12.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game over his last four. He scored a career-high 15 points in the victory over Siena with three blocks and two steals before registering 13 points and five caroms in the victory over Canisius. On the year, he is averaging 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds each time out while shooting 45.8 percent from the field.

* Senior RaShawn Stores has picked it up of late and is averaging 10.6 points and 3.2 assists per game over the last five games while posting a 4.0 assist/turnover ratio, highlighted by going for 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in the win over Siena.

* Stores scored a career-high 18 points against Marist, fueled by a career-high matching five three pointers, and is averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 assists (14th MAAC) per game on the year while making good on 44.0 percent (22-of-50) (4th MAAC) from long range.

* For his career, Stores, a 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Third Team selection, is shooting 42.1 percent (64-of-152) on threes after halftime for his career, including making good on 45.9 percent (39-of-85) since the start of last year. Stores also has a 3.47 assist/turnover ratio (52 assists/15 TO) over the last two years in the second half.

* The Jaspers are 41-21 over the last three years when Stores, who was granted an extra year of eligibility on July 22, 2015 by the NCAA, starts including going 17-8 last year.

* Both Richards & Stores are the only MAAC student-athletes to have played in each of the last three MAAC title games and have been a part of 64 total wins, including going 8-1 during MAAC Tournament play.

* Manhattan turned Siena over 23 times and rank 25th nationally with a MAAC-best 16.0 forced turnovers per game and have turned the opposition over at least 16 times in nine games.

* During Masiello’s tenure, the Jaspers are 20-9 when forcing the opposition into at least 20 turnovers.

* Manhattan also had nine steals against Siena before registering seven at Niagara and lead the MAAC and rank 56th nationally with 7.7 per game.

* The Jaspers had 10 steals in the win over Fairfield and are 32-5 when hitting the 10-steal standard since Masiello took over the program for the 2011-2012 season, including 21-2 over the last three years.

* Manhattan is 40-5 when leading at the half over the last three seasons, including going a perfect 15-0 a year ago. Additionally, since the start of last season the Jaspers are 21-2 when leading with five minutes to play and 16-12 in games decided by 10 points or less.

* Also, over the last three years, Manhattan is 21-7 when limiting teams to less than 40 percent shooting, 25-8 when winning the battle of the boards and 32-14 when forcing more turnovers than the opposition.

* Masiello, who holds a career record of 85-62 (52-30 MAAC), set the school-record for MAAC Tournament wins a year ago with his eighth against Iona while breaking current ESPN analyst and former Jasper Head Coach Fran Fraschilla’s previous mark.

* Since returning to Riverdale, Masiello has led Manhattan to a pair of MAAC Titles as well as a pair of 20-plus win campaigns. In his first tenure, he was a part of two MAAC Championships and three 20-plus win seasons. All told, Masiello has been a member of four of the five Jasper MAAC Championship teams and five of Manhattan’s 12 20-win seasons in accruing a 168-98 record.

* In his 20th season as either a player or a coach, Masiello has a career collegiate record of 446-208, including 325-180 on the sidelines, with one National Title, two National Championship appearances, two Final Four appearances, six Elite Eight berths, eight conference championships, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and 15 20-win seasons.

KEY MATCH-UPS
Defense – Manhattan allowed Canisius to score 86 points, shoot 50.0 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from distance in the first match-up and will need to tighten up those numbers.
Tough Points – The Golden Griffins are averaging a MAAC-high 82.1 points per game and have arguably one of the finest offenses among mid-major teams. That being said, the Jaspers need to make the visitors earn those points and yield nothing easy.
Balance – In the last meeting, four different Manhattan players scored in double-figures. The Jaspers will need that balance to be successful not only against Canisius but for the rest of the season.

GOLDEN GRIFFIN PERSONNEL
Malcolm McMillan leads four double-figure Canisius scorers with 16.6 points per game while also handing out 4.4 assists each time out. Phil Valenti is the primary option down low, averaging 14.8 points and a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game. Kassius Robertson (14.6 ppg) and Jermaine Crumpton (12.5 ppg) round out the double-figure scorers for the Golden Griffins.

ASSISTING THE EFFORT
Manhattan handed out a season-high 21 assists while posting a 2.63 assist/turnover ratio in the last meeting with Canisius.

DID YOU KNOW???
Manhattan Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tom O’Connor hired Canisius Head Coach Jim Baron as St. Bonaventure’s Head Coach in 1992.

REVENGE
The Jaspers avenged a 35-point loss to Siena from December with a thrilling 92-87 victory in triple overtime on January 4.

90-POINT CLUB
Manhattan’s 92 points also marked its most in a game since a 90-72 victory over Niagara on February 16, 2014.

BALANCE
The Jaspers had five student-athletes notch double-figures in points in its win over Siena for the first time this season.

CLOSING IT OUT ON DEFENSE
Manhattan closed out the win over Fairfield by holding the visitors scoreless over the final 3:25 as the Stags missed four shots, turned it over twice and came away empty-handed on each of their final eight possessions.

LAST SEVEN GAMES SPLITS
Second Half FG% (.477) | First Half FG% (.436) 
Second Half FG% D (.386) | First Half FG% D (.486)
Second Half 3-Point O (34-of-75) | .453) | First Half 3-Point O (23-of-61) | .377)
Second Half 3-Point D (14-of-64) | .219) | First Half 3-Point D (22-of-51) | .431)

UP NEXT
The Jaspers host Niagara on Sunday, January 17 at 7:00 pm.

Manhattan Drops 55-53 Heartbreaker To Niagara.

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Niagara University, NY – Justin Satchell tip-in with 1.2 seconds left lifted Niagara to a 55-53 win over Manhattan at the Gallagher Center.

Senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, NY / Robinson School (NJ)) banked in a three at the buzzer but the shot was ruled to have been released with no time on the clock.

The Purple Eagles improve to 5-12 and 3-3 in the MAAC while the Jaspers fall to 6-9 and 3-3 in the league. 

Manhattan jumped out to the early 7-4 lead, highlighted by this Samson Akilo (Lagos, Nigeria / Nazareth (NY)) three-point play before Niagara ripped off eight-straight points in taking a 12-7 lead with 15:43 to play in the first half.

Junior Tyler Wilson (Bronx, NY / Cardinal Hayes) immediately answered with this layup before finding sophomore Calvin Crawford (Middletown, NY / St. Thomas More (CT)) for this layup.

After the Purple Eagles responded with a pair of buckets, senior Shane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) hit this jumper and this three pointer while kick-starting a 12-4 run that saw Stores reclaim the lead with this triple as the Jaspers took a 23-20 lead with 3:54 to play in the opening stanza.

Thanks to its big push, Manhattan ended the half by making good on 7-of-9 from the floor in taking a 29-28 lead at intermission.

In the second half the lead would swell to five on four occasions as the Jaspers led 42-37 with 12:15 to play following a Crawford tip-in.

Niagara would then embark on a game-changing 14-1 run over the next four-plus minutes in jumping in front 51-43 with 7:43 to play.

In what would prove to be a back-and-forth contest, Manhattan responded with eight-straight points to tie the game up at 51-51 with 3:29 to play.

After Emile Blackman hit a pair from the line, Richards tied it up with this layup while making it a 53-53 game with 1:21 remaining.

After both teams missed opportunities to take the lead, Satchell tipped in Blackman’s errant shot to provide the final 55-53 score.

Richards led the Jaspers in scoring for the ninth time this season, finishing with 12 points while Williams and sophomore Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, NC / Fayetteville Academy) each had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds to round out the double-figure scores. Wilson again facilitated the offense to the tune of a game-high seven assists, against just two runovers.

Marvin Prochet led Niagara with 12 points while Matt Scott had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Despite being outrebounded 46-27, the Jaspers forced 16 turnovers while limiting the Purple Eagles into just 35.6 percent (21-of-59) shooting, including 27.3 percent (3-of-11) from long range.

Manhattan will host Canisius on Friday, January 15 with opening tip slated for 7:00 pm.

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Richards’ Career-High 32 Lifts Manhattan To 94-86 Win At Canisius.

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Buffalo, NY – Senior Shane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) scored a career-high 32 points on just 14 shots in leading Manhattan to a decisive 94-86 victory over Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center.


Richards’ big day fueled an offensive attack that converted a blistering 63.2 percent (14-of-22) on threes from long range while falling one short of the school record of 15 set on February 27, 1994 in a 102-58 win against Niagara at Draddy Gymasnium.The Jaspers won for the third-straight time and the fifth time in six games in moving to 6-8 and 3-2 in the MAAC while the Golden Griffins fall to 7-8 and 2-3 in the league.In four career games at the Koessler Athletic Center, Richards is now averaging 20.5 points per game while shooting 68.2 percent (28-of-41) from the field, including 67.7 percent (21-of-31) from long range.After Canisius took what would prove to be its final lead of the game at 56-55 with 12:53 to play in the second half, Manhattan put together one of its most impressive offensive performances of the year. Over the final 12-plus minutes, the Jaspers converted offensively on 17 of their final 20 possession  whlie going 11-of-17 (.647) from the floor and 5-of-7 (.714) from distance before making good 11-of-12 (.917) from the line over the final 1:19.Despite the impressive showing, the Golden Griffins were able to trim the deficit to 75-73 with 5:13 to play following an Isaiah Gurley three pointer. Senior RaShawn Stores (Bronx, NY / Robinson School (NJ)) immediately answered with a three of his own. After forcing a stop on the defensive end, Richards grabbed an offensive rebound before finding Calvin Crawford (So., Middletown, NY / St. Thomas More (CT)) for a layup in stretching the lead out to 80-73 with 3:26 to play.Malcolm McMillan briefly quelled the momentum with a pair from the line before Richards canned his sixth and final three pointer while kickstarting a game-clinching 8-0 run that stretched the lead out to 13 at 88-75 with 53 seconds remaining.Lost in Richards’ offensive explosion was junior Rich Williams‘ (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) third double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) of the year to go along with a career-high five assists. Crawford added 13 points and five rebounds while Stores had 11 points in giving Manhattan four double-figure scorers for the third-straight game.In the first half, Canisius jumped out to a 13-6 lead before Williams canned this three pointer off of one of Tyler Wilson‘s (Jr., Bronx, NY / Cardinal Hayes) game-high seven assists and Richards followed with this three pointer.Later in the half, Canisius was up five while appearing poised to break the game open with just over six minutes until halftime and Richards was on the bench with three fouls. However, Manhattan flipped the script, ripping off a 11-1 run in assuming a 34-29 lead with 4:03 until halftime.Williams hit this jumper before freshman Thomas Capuano (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY / Iona Prep) followed with a three of his own. After Canisius momentarily quelled the bleeding with a free throw, Stores canned this three pointer before following suit with this triple in capping the game-changing spurt.The Golden Griffins would trim the lead to 41-38 at the break and would continue to fight the rest of the way.Phil Valenti paced Canisius with 26 points and seven rebounds while McMillan added 17 points.

Manhattan returns to action on Saturday, January 9 at Niagara on Time Warner Cable with opening tip slated for 3:00 pm.

Notes:
* Head Coach Steve Masiello improved to 15-2 (8-1 HC) against Canisius while a member of the Jasper program.

* Masiello is now 60-32 (.652), all-time, against MAAC opposition.

* Richards’ 32 points marks the first 30-plus point performance by a Jasper since George Beamon had 31 against Monmouth on February 19, 2014. The 32 are also the most since current staff member Michael Alvarado had 33 against Marist on January 12, 2014.

* The 14 three pointers are the most since converting 14 in a 105-98 four quadruple overtime loss at Canisius on January 31, 2000.

* Manhattan also has hit for at least 90 points in back-to-back games for the first time since going for 102 in a win over Niagara (2/27/94) beore scoring 99 points in a MAAC Tournament victory over Iona (3/5/94).

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Manhattan Aims For Third-Straight Win At Canisius On ESPN3.

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Buffalo, NY – Winners of four-of-five, Manhattan (5-8; 2-2 MAAC) returns to action on Thursday, January 6 at Canisius (7-7; 2-2 MAAC) on ESPN3.

TOP STORYLINES
#1 – The Jaspers claimed both meetings between the teams last year and have won five-straight in the series.

#2 – Manhattan leads the all-time series by a 53-33 count.

#3 – The Jaspers are also 15-11 in Buffalo since the teams became MAAC rivals in 1989-1990, including winning 10 of the last 13 meetings at Koessler.

QUICK HITS
* Manhattan returns to action after defeating Siena 92-87 in triple overtime. It was the Jaspers’ first-ever triple-overtime win and the first contested since dropping a 108-105 decision to Fairfield on February 27, 1988.

* The 92 points marked the first time Manhattan hit the 90-point plateau since a 90-72 victory over Niagara on February 16, 2014.

* Head Coach Steve Masiello is 14-2, all-time, against Canisius while a member of the Jasper program (7-1 HC).

* Since taking over the head coaching reins in 2011-2012, Masiello is 59-32 (.648) against MAAC teams, including going 31-10 (.756) at home and 20-20 (.500) on the road.

* The Jaspers have won four-of-five thanks to averaging 75.4 ppg while shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, 39.2 percent from deep and 77.7 percent from the line.

* Manhattan is also limiting the opposition to just 29.3 percent (24-of-82) shooting on three’s during its recent run, including 18.2 percent (8-of-44) after halftime.

* Additionally, in the last five minutes over the last five games the Jaspers have outscored the opposition by an average 4.6 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent from deep and 80.0 percent from the line.

* Manhattan, which avenged an earlier 35-point setback at the hands of Siena, had five student-athletes notch double-figures in points in its win over the Saints for the first time this season.

* The Jaspers were able to enact a measure of revenge thanks to making good on 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the line over the final five minutes of the second half and in overtime and are now converting on 85.7 percent (18-of-21) in the final five minutes/overtime of MAAC play.

* Senior Shane Richards led the way against Siena with a team-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. For Richards, it was his team-leading fifth 20-point game of the year and the 12th of his career. The 20 points also marked the 11th Manhattan 20-point performance this season and the 10th time in 13 games the Jaspers had a 20-point scorer.

* Over his last five games, Richards is averaging a team-best 18.2 points per game while shooting 38.9 percent (14-of-36) from deep and 91.2 percent (31-of-34) from the line.

* In the victory over Morgan State, Richards converted a career-high seven three pointers en route to matching his career-high of 28 points with seven caroms.

* Richards, who scored a game-high 26 points in the first game with Siena, finished up the year with a 23.5 point per game average against the Saints and has now paced the squad in scoring six times.

* A 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Second Team selection, Richards was the hero in the first Manhattan win of the year, a 69-67 come-from-behind triumph over George Mason, thanks to banking in a jumper with 1.2 seconds to play. He also became the 37th member of the school’s 1,000-point club earlier in the night.

* For his career, Richards is averaging 13.0 points per game against Canisius while making good on 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the floor and 45.2 percent (19-of-42) from deep. Additionally, in three career games at Koessler Gym he is averaging 16.7 points per game while shooting 62.9 percent (17-of-27) from the field and 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from long range.

* In last year’s game on the road against the Golden Griffins, he notched his lone double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) while making good on 6-of-10 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from deep, with three of his triples either tying or giving Manhattan the lead.

* The New York native ranks among the MAAC leaders in scoring (17.8 ppg-4th), free throw percentage (.837-5th), threes (2.4/game-7th), defensive rebounds (4.2 drpg-9th) and minutes (38.1-1st).

* From long range, Richards has converted at least three triples in 54 of his 111 games, including at least four 29 times, and is the school’s single-season (92-2015) and career (265) leader in threes. When he connects on four in a game, the Jaspers are 19-10, including 15-7 over the last three seasons.

* Sophomore Zane Waterman notched his first career double-double with 12 points and a personal-best and Manhattan season-high 13 points in the win over Siena. He has now hit for double-figures over the last three games for the first time in his career and is averaging a team-best 16.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during that time.

* Waterman began his outstanding three-game stretch with a career-high 23 points and seven rebounds at EKU before recording 14 points and seven caroms in the victory over Fairfield.

* Waterman, who scored 22 points against Columbia, ranks among the league leaders in scoring (11.0 ppg-26th), rebounding (6.2 rpg-12th), field goal percentage (.475-12th), three-point percentage (.371-15th) and offensive rebounding (2.4 opg-7th).

* Fellow sophomore Calvin Crawford had another big game in the victory over Siena, scoring a career-high 15 points with four rebounds, three blocks and two steals after notching a team-high matching 14 points and a career-best five caroms in the win over Fairfield. He is averaging 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

* Junior Rich Williams joined forces with Crawford to help the Jasper second unit score a season-high 37 points with the Brooklyn native depositing 19 points, on 7-of-12 shooting.

* Williams is averaging a team-leading 16.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game over his last eight contests with a pair of double-doubles while making good on 48.5 percent (50-of-103) from the floor, 40.0 percent (10-of-25) from distance and 88.9 percent (24-of-27) from the line.

* He notched his second double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) in the win over Morgan State after registering his first against Columbia (17 points, 11 rebounds).

* Williams has also hit for at least 20 points four times, highlighted by career-high 26 in the victory over George Mason.

* On the year, Williams, who paced the squad in scoring for the fourth time in the win over Fairfield with 14 points, is among the MAAC leaders in scoring (16.6 ppg-7th), rebounding (6.7 rpg-7th), defensive rebounds (4.9 drpg-3rd), offensive rebounds (1.8 orpg-15th) and free throw percentage (.784-12th).

* Williams has improved both his scoring (+11.1 ppg) and rebounding (+5.2) numbers from a year ago.

* The duo of Richards and Williams also became the first Manhattan set of teammates to each notch 20 points in a game this year in the win over Morgan State and are second in the league with a combined 34.4 points per game.

* Helping fuel the Jaspers’ season-high 92 points in the win over Siena was junior Tyler Wilson, who handed out eight assists. Wilson has registered a career-high 10 assists twice this season, including most recently in a 78-66 win over Morgan State.

* Wilson, who has paced Manhattan in assists in all 13 games this season, also dished out 10, against one turnover, vs. Marist. His performance against the Red Foxes was the first double-figure outing by a Jasper student-athlete since Von Damien Green had 10 against Saint Peter’s on January 30, 2002.

* On the year, Wilson, who has also handed out at least five dimes on nine occasions, leads the MAAC and is 18th nationally with 6.2 per game while also ranking among the league leaders in steals (1.5 spg-5th) and assist-turnover ratio (1.7-6th).

* Joining Wilson in the starting backcourt is senior RaShawn Stores, who hit for double-digits for the third time this season in the victory over Siena, finishing up with 16.

* Stores scored a career-high 18 points against Marist, fueled by a career-high matching five three pointers, and is averaging 8.3 points and 2.9 assists (12th MAAC) per game on the year while making good on 41.5 percent (17-of-41) (5th MAAC) from long range.

* For his career, Stores, a 2015-2016 All-MAAC Preseason Third Team selection, is shooting 41.9 percent (62-of-148) on threes after halftime for his career, including making good on 45.7 percent (37-of-81) since the start of last year. Stores also has a 3.27 assist/turnover ratio (49 assists/15 TO) over the last two years in the second half.

* The Jaspers are 40-20 over the last three years when Stores, who was granted an extra year of eligibility on July 22, 2015 by the NCAA, starts including going 17-8 last year.

* Both Richards & Stores are the only MAAC student-athletes to have played in each of the last three conference title games and have been a part of 61 total wins, including going 8-1 during MAAC Tournament play.

* Manhattan turned Siena over 23 times and rank 22nd nationally with 16.4 forced turnovers per game and have turned over the opposition at least 16 times eight times.

* During Masiello’s tenure, the Jaspers are 20-9 when forcing the opposition into at least 20 turnovers.

* Manhattan also notched nine steals against Siena and lead the MAAC and rank 44th with 8.0 per game.

* The Jaspers had 10 steals in the win over Fairfield and are 32-5 when hitting the 10-steal standard since Masiello took over the program for the 2011-2012 season, including going 21-2 over the last three years.

* Manhattan bested Fairfield 72-66 is 4-0 this year when limiting the opposition to less than 70 points and 33-6 over the last three years.

* The Jaspers closed out the win over the Stags by holding the visitors scoreless over the final 3:25 as Fairfield missed four shots, turned it over twice and came away empty-handed on each of their final eight possessions.

* Manhattan is 39-4 when leading at the half over the last three seasons, including going a perfect 15-0 a year ago. Additionally, since the start of last season the Jaspers are 20-2 when leading with five minutes to play and 15-11 in games decided by 10 points or less.

* Also, over the last three years, Manhattan is 21-6 when limiting teams to less than 40 percent shooting, 25-8 when winning the battle of the boards and 31-13 when forcing more turnovers than the opposition.

* Masiello, who holds a career record of 84-61 (51-29 MAAC), set the school-record for MAAC Tournament wins a year ago with his eighth against Iona while breaking current ESPN analyst and former Jasper Head Coach Fran Fraschilla’s previous mark.

* Since returning to Riverdale, Masiello has led Manhattan to a pair of MAAC Titles as well as a pair of 20-plus win campaigns. In his first tenure, he was a part of two MAAC Championships and three 20-plus win seasons. All told, Masiello has been a member of four of the five Jasper MAAC Championship teams and five of Manhattan’s 12 20-win seasons in accruing a 167-97 record.

* In his 20th season as either a player or a coach, Masiello has a career collegiate record of 445-207, including 324-179 on the sidelines, with one National Title, two National Championship appearances, two Final Four appearances, six Elite Eight berths, eight conference championships, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and 15 20-win seasons.

KEY MATCH-UPS
Defense, Defense, Defense – Canisius is averaging a blistering 84.9 points per game while averaging 10.1 three pointers and making good on 73.4 percent from the line. Manhattan has been outstanding defensively over the last five games, yielding just 71.0 points per game while yielding an average of less than five three pointers.
Pressure – The Golden Griffins are turning it over just over 11 times a game and will be facing a Jasper team that has turned the opposition over at least 16 times eight times.
Continue The Process – Manhattan sits in the exact same position as it did a year ago, 5-8 and 2-2 in the MAAC. The Jaspers must stick to the script and follow that path that has yielded three-straight trips to the MAAC Championship and two titles.

LAST FIVE GAMES SPLITS
Second Half FG% (.492) | First Half FG% (.414) 

Second Half FG% D (.378) | First Half FG% D (.500)
Second Half 3-Point O (23-of-49) | .469) | First Half 3-Point O (15-of-46) | .326)
Second Half 3-Point D (29-100 | .290) | First Half 3-Point D (40-101 | .396)

NON-CONFERENCE RECAP
Manhattan, which finished up non-conference play with a 3-6 record, faced an arduous slate that consisted of four games against teams that qualified for the postseason a year ago, including three that participated in the NIT (Saint Mary’s, Bucknell, St. Francis Brooklyn). Additionally, six of the non-conference opponents have qualified for the NCAA Tourney this decade.

40-MINUTE CLUB
The Jaspers had four of their eight available scholarship players log at least 40 minutes in the win over Siena:
Richards (50), Stores (49), Wilson (46), Crawford (40)

FOR STARTERS
Manhattan has used eight different starting line-ups through their first 13 games.

INJURIES APLENTY
The Jaspers have had seven players (six scholarship) miss a total of 41 games due to injury this year.

IRON MEN
Nine times this season a student-athlete has played at least 40 minutes in a game (Richards 2x, Williams 2x, Wilson 2x, Capuano, Crawford, Stores).

CLIMBING THE LADDER
Richards, who became the 37th member of the school’s 1,000-point club in the win over George Mason, is currently 24th with 1,171 points, just one behind former teammate Rhamel Brown.

UP NEXT
Manhattan is at Niagara on Saturday, January 9 at 3:00 pm.

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JSN Recap: Manhattan Topples Siena 92-87 In Triple Overtime

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Riverdale, NY – Manhattan posted a thrilling 92-87 triple-overtime victory over Siena at Draddy Gymnasium in front an ESPN3 audience.


With with the win, the Jaspers improve to 5-8 and 2-2 in the MAAC while avenging an earlier 35-point loss to the Saints, which fall to 9-6 and 2-2 in the league.


Senior Shane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) scored seven of his team-high 21 points in the final overtime session to lead a Manhattan squad that placed five student-athletes in double-figures for the first time this season.

In the pivotal final session, junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) opened the scoring with a tip-in before Richards canned his third triple of the game to put the Jaspers up 84-79 with 4:01 to play.

Siena would continue to fight and trim the deficit to one at 88-87 with 1:03 remaining following a Ryan Oliver three pointer. Richards then grabbed an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession before converting on the second chance to make it a three-point game with 15 seconds remaining. Richards then capped his big-play trifecta with a steal before calmly draining a pair at the line to cap the Jaspers’ 92-87 victory.

Richards finished up with his 12th career 20-point performance while going 6-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from deep, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line with seven rebounds and four assists over 50 minutes of action.

Manhattan, which has now won six-straight at home against Siena, will look to make it three in a row on Thursday, January 7 at Canisius with opening tip on ESPN3 slated for 7:00 pm.

JSN Recap: Balanced Effort Lifts Manhattan To 72-66 Win

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Riverdale, NY – Fueled by four double-figure scorers, Manhattan posted a hard-fought 72-66 win over Fairfield in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action at Draddy Gymnasium.

With the victory, the Jaspers improve to 4-8 and 1-2 in the league while the Stags fall to 6-6 and 1-2 in the circuit.

In a nip-and-tuck affair that featured nine lead changes and eight ties, it was a relentless Manhattan offensive attack that posted a 46-22 advantage on points in the paint, including 16-8 of the second-chance variety, that was the difference.

While the Jasper offense posted its most balanced effort of the season, it was the defense that turned in arguably its finest late-game performance in recent memory. After Tyler Nelson hit a three pointer to trim the lead to 69-66 with 3:25 to play, the visitors were held without a point the rest of the way. The Stags were forced into four errant shots, turned it over twice and came away empty-handed on each of their final eight possessions.

In the second half, Manhattan shot a blistering 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from the floor and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the line, including 83.3 percent (5-of-6) over the final five minutes.

Sophomore Calvin Crawford (Middletown, NY / St. Thomas More (CT)) scored a career-high 14 points while coming up with a key steal with 1:39 to play and two defensive rebounds in the last minute to lead the way for the Jaspers.

Classmate Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, NC / Fayetteville Academy) matched Crawford with 14 points with seven rebounds and junior Rich Williams (Brooklyn, NY / Vermont Academy (VT)) also hit for 14 points with a game-high nine rebounds.

Senior Shane Richards (New York, NY / York Prep) rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points while classmate RaShawn Stores (Bronx, NY / Robinson School (NJ)) added nine points with four assists and four steals.

Gilbert led all players with 23 points while Nelson added 19 points to lead the way for Fairfield.

Manhattan will next host Siena on Monday, January 4 at 7:00 pm in a game that will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Notes
* The Jasper defense limited an opposing offense to less than 40 percent shooting for the first time this season.

* Manhattan is 3-0 this season when notching 10 steals or more and21-2 over the last three years.

* The Jaspers are 4-0 when limiting the opposition to 70 points or less and 33-6 over the last three years. They also are 4-0 when leading or tied with five minutes and 19-2 since the start of last season.

* Head Coach Steve Masiello improved to 5-0 at home against Fairfield and is 30-10, all-time, at Draddy Gymnasium against MAAC opposition.

* Waterman has now scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

* All 24 of Manhattan’s two-point field goals came in the paint while its five dunks match its combined total in the first 11 games.

* The starting line-up of Stores, Tyler Wilson (Jr., Bronx, NY / Cardinal Hayes), Richards, Samson Akilo (So., Lagos, Nigeria / Nazareth (NY)) and Waterman was the eighth different set of starters employed by Masiello this season.

* The Jaspers won the battle of the boards for the fifth time this season while their 44 caroms are a season high.

Manhattan Drops 76-64 Decision At Eastern Kentucky

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Richmond, KY – Jarelle Reischel notched 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in leading Eastern Kentucky to a 76-64 win over Manhattan in the final non-conference game of the year for both teams at Paul S. McBrayer Arena.

Sophomore Zane Waterman (Winston-Salem, NC / Fayetteville Academy) scored a career-high 23 points to lead the way for the Jaspers which fell to 3-8.

The Colonels scored the first 18 points of the game en route to improving to 9-6 on the year, including a perfect 8-0 at home.

Manhattan was a different team after intermission, shooting a scorching 57.7 percent (15-of-26), including 63.3 percent (7-of-11) from distance. Leading the attack was Waterman, who scored 21 of his 23 points after halftime on 8-of-11 shooting. The North Carolina native also added seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and o