Archive for July 2013






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“County Executive Astorino has been a true friend and supporter of both the hispanic and law enforcement communities”

White Plains, NY–July 16th….County Executive Rob Astorino was today endorsed by the Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association for re-election. The July endorsement was unprecedented for the organization, which historically has waited until the fall to announce its preferred candidate. Astorino was joined by members of the association to announce the endorsement at Don Coqui restaurant in White Plains.

“The Hispanic Law Enforcement Association wholeheartedly endorses County Executive Astorino for re-election,” said Vice President Hector Lopez. “County Executive Astorino has been a true friend and supporter of both the hispanic and law enforcement communities. Westchester residents have been well-served by his leadership, and working together, we can continue to crack down on crime and enhance our quality of life.”

“I’m honored to receive the support of the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association,” said County Executive Astorino. “They are on the frontlines, working to keep us safe and protect our communities. We must make sure that they continue to have the support and resources they need to do their jobs and make it home safely to their families. Estoy agradecido por su apoyo y espero seguir trabajando junto a Ustedes durante otros cuatro años.”


My State of the County Address on Tuesday, I pledged to deliver the fourth straight budget with no property tax increase while also preserving essential services, promoting economic growth, and protecting our municipalities against federal efforts to dismantle local zoning.




 I announced:

  • A partnership with the Business Council of Westchester, the Westchester County Association and the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association to stop Albany’s unfunded mandates;
  • A new food rescue initiative to redistribute unused food from our schools, hospitals, hotels, and restaurants to our food pantries and soup kitchens;
  • My leadership to ensure that the new Tappan Zee Bridge has mass transit the day it opens; and,
  • Support for expanding cleaner and cheaper natural gas to the Westchester County Airport and the Material Recovery Facility in Yonkers.

I also presented an update on several of our initiatives, including:

  • The County’s new Local Development Corp., which has already approved $128 million in low-cost and tax exempt financing to nonprofit agencies at no risk to county taxpayers;
  • Reinventing Playland for the 21st century with an investment of $34 million in private money and a management agreement with a team of world-class operators who will restore the park as a year-round destination for Westchester’s families;
  • “Safer Communities,” which has built a coalition among our schools and municipalities to share resources and best practices as part of the County’s ceaseless effort to keep our kids, our schools and our communities as safe as they can be;
  • The County is a year ahead of the annual benchmarks for facilitating the construction of 750 units of affordable housing under the 2009 housing settlement with HUD; and
  • A bi-partisan joint action with the Board of Legislators to prevent HUD from re-allocating $7.4 million in federal funds already promised to Westchester’s communities in 2011.

From day one, our goal has been to deliver results. But results don’t come easy. Priorities must be set. Hard choices must be made. Partisanship must give way to partnership. Rhetoric must yield to leadership.


Westchester County continues to move forward carefully and steadily. We pledged to protect taxpayers, and we did just that. We pledged to preserve essential services, and we did just that. We pledged to promote economic growth, and we did just that. And working together, we will continue moving Westchester County toward an even brighter future.



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Statement from the Campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

April 24, 2013.

“We congratulate Mr. Bramson on his nomination tonight and look forward to a healthy debate in the fall election season, based on the issues. County Executive Astorino has delivered on the promises he made to Westchester voters four years ago — like his no tax increase pledge — and he is laying the groundwork for a healthy and economically vibrant Westchester going forward.  It is a record anyone would be proud to discuss.” — Jessica Proud, spokeswoman, Friends of Rob Astorino.

We endorse Michael Rotanelli for Yonkers City Council President.

We announce our Endorsement of Michael Rotanelli for Yonkers City
Council President.

We support and like, Mr Rotanelli’s Platform of him being supportive of Affordable Housing, for creating Smart Development in Our City and also the jobs that go along with those Development Projects and also how the Yonkers City Budget impacts the Quality of Life for the Youth of our City, since they are the future of Yonkers.

Rotanelli is tested in the political arena with the last race he ran
under his belt for Yonkers City Council 3rd District from 2 years ago,
that campaign was a very grassroots, active and run with the spirit of
returning our City of Yonkers back to the City of Gracious Living once

This City needs a proven leader as our next City Council President,
someone who knows the issues and most importantly knows our city
inside and out.

We need a City Council President who will be the voice of the people
and also will be someone who will stand up no matter what issue and
always make sure that Council President put our city above politics as
usual and also above any self promotion and on the Democratic Side of
the Aisle, the candidate who you think about with those qualities in
spades is Michael Rotanelli and that is why we endorse him in the
strongest terms in this race for Yonkers City Council President.

The thing that separates Rotanelli from the other Candidates in this race is his passion, fire in the belly, being a life long resident of Yonkers and also his love for our City and his belief that the City of Yonkers greatest days are still ahead of us in the future.

We endorse Michael Rotanelli as the Yonkers City Council President in
the strongest terms, Rotanelli is the leader with business sense who believes that Yonkers City Government should be run like a business.

We also feel that Rotanelli is the best hope for the Dems to keep the
Office of Yonkers City Council President and the Majority of The
Yonkers City Council in the hands of the Yonkers Democrats.

We need to Elect Michael Rotanelli as our Yonkers City Council President and bring new leadership to the office of The Yonkers City Council President. It is time to put our City first ahead of Politics as Usual.

This Editorial is the sole opinion of The Yonkers Insider.

The Yonkers Insider

Source: Women for Westchester.

The Women’s Equality Act needs your help!

Calling All Women for Westchester.

Women for Westchester has the opportunity to support 2 amazing women running for election for the Westchester County Board of Legislators – Catherine Parker for the 7th County Legislative District and Rachelle “Rocky” Richard for the 14th County Legislative District (CLD).

Catherine is running to replace Judy Myers who is retiring. The Republican opponent is extremely well funded and very conservative. (The 7th CLD is comprised of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and parts of Harrison, New Rochelle and Rye.)

Rocky is challenging the 18-year-incumbent Bernice Spreckman who voted against guaranteeing women safe access to reproductive health centers and opposes the Women’s Equality Agenda. (The 14th CLD is comprised of southeast Yonkers and part of Mt. Vernon.)

Both women potentially face primaries. Catherine will have a Democratic Primary and possibly an Independence Party Primary.

Rocky may have an Independence Party Primary.

These women are strong supporters of the Women’s Equality Agenda, and will fight for us and our families.

We need you to volunteer. Please let me know if you can make calls, hand out literature, staff tables, write letters to newspapers, go door-to-door, etc.

Email me: Catherine@WomenforWestchester.com

We have the potential to elect our own Wendy Davis team right here in Westchester. But we really need to fight to make it happen and we need your help.

Summer Concert Series continues.

The Untermyer Performing Arts Council
this Saturday, July 20th

“Swinging with THE RAT PACK!”

When Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. hit the stage,

it was always a “swingin affair”! These enormously talented entertainers, known as “The Rat Pack”, were the coolest cats to ever play Las Vegas…. or anywhere for that matter! Now, three skilled New York actors are bringing the songs, the laughs and the charisma of Frank, Dean and Sammy back to life in “Swinging with THE RAT PACK!” This trio of professionals is highly skilled in improvisation and live interactive performance. When they perform, they not only capture the look and sound of Frank, Dean and Sammy, but their irresistible charm and chemistry as well! Just like the original Rat Pack, the show is completely spontaneous and full of ad-libs…making it a must see…over and over again!!”Luck be a Lady”, “That’s Amore”, “The Lady is a Tramp” and “Candy Man” are just some of the timeless classics you’ll enjoy during the show along with a whole lotta ring-a-ding-ding!!!”Swinging with THE RAT PACK!” is a fun-filled 90 minute musical celebration that re-creates the magic of The Rat Pack, with a very special guest appearance from Marilyn Monroe, and is as close as you can get to hanging out in the front row at the Copa!!

“Swinging with THE RAT PACK!” has performed at various corporate events and private affairs throughout the country. This show has thrilled audiences in casinos in Atlantic City, BB King’s in Times Square, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Harrah’s St. Louis and more!

This spectacular event will be held at
Untermyer Park, 945 N. Broadway, Yonkers

Admission Free – Bring Your Own Seating

This event made possible by
Empire City at Yonkers Raceway,
Arts Westchester with funding from Westchester County Government,
and our loyal patrons.

Done in cooperation with Mayor Mike Spano & the Yonkers Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

Looks like rain – call 914.375.3435 after 2 PM Saturday for rain site information and directions.

The Untermyer Performing Arts Council –
37 Years of Tradition, Vision, & Excellence in the Arts.


Support the group with a proven track record of serving the community at Untermyer Park and throughout Yonkers.

Please consider a tax deductible donation to :

UPAC, P.O. Box 49, Yonkers, NY 10702

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The Untermyer Performing Arts Council, Inc.
invites you to a
Patriot’s Day Event of Reflection & Music
Untermyer Park’s Grecian Gardens
945 N. Broadway, Yonkers
September 11th from 5 to 6 PM
featuring music by the

USO Metropolitan Trio

The USO Show Troupe Trio of Metropolitan New York is made up of talented and dedicated Broadway and Off-Broadway performers. 

Rain or Shine

Please join us in these gardens known for meditation & beauty
as we bring people together through music & the arts.

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