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June 21, 2013
Democrats name all-female slate By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
sues facing the town…some came to a resolution, some haven’t.” Discussing several ongoing issues After a special caucus held on still before the council—including June 10, the Harrison Democratic union contract negotiations, zoning and illegal housing—Verano Committee has named is hopeful to, if elected, its slate for the 2013 bring a little bit of change to election. It is the first allthe board. female Democratic slate Having no prior experiin Harrison history. ence in politics, Verano At the top of the balsaid she is willing to give lot, Joan Walsh, the it her all and run a reliable, former two-term mayor responsible and respectof Harrison, leads the ful campaign. An active all-female ticket with Joan Walsh member of community and the intent of reclaiming civic organizations, Verano leadership from first-term previously served as a memincumbent Mayor Ron ber of the West Harrison Belmont, a Republican. Neighborhood Association, “I felt a sense of rechairwoman of the Senior sponsibility to the town,” Citizens Committee, and as said Walsh, 78, regarding a participant in several funcher candidacy, “which tions with the St. Anthony of I’ve worked so hard for, Padua church. for so long.” “I really feel you need to Joining Walsh on the lead by example,” Verano ticket, council hopeful Rosemarie said. Rosemarie Verano has Verano Democratic district leadthrown her hat in the ring ers first convened on May 13 with the hopes of unwith the intent of nominatseating one of two GOP ing candidates for local and incumbents, Marlene county office. However, only Amelio and Joseph Michael LaDore was named Cannella. to the local slate, at the time, “I’m flattered to be with the rest of the slate still given the opportunity,” to be determined. Verano, 60, said after reLaDore has since decided ceiving word on the final to drop out of the race due slate. Verano is a single Elizabeth “Jimmi”to Walsh’s mayoral candiPritchard dacy. In his place, Democratic parent and lifelong resident of West Harrison who de- Chairwoman Elizabeth “Jimmi” clared an interest in running on the Pritchard—a former town councilDemocratic ticket this past week. woman in the 1990s—has filled out She hopes to bring a new perspec- the slate. “I’m excited…I think we have tive to issues facing the town. “It’d be nice to get some fresh the right blend of people,” said people up [on the board],” said Pritchard, 70. “Mike [LaDore] had Verano. “There are a number of isDEMS continued on page 12
dance Harrison Athletic Director Patricia Seligman speaks at the senior awards banquet on June 6. Seligman, who is retiring, recently sat down with The Harrison Report to discuss her tenure at Harrison High School. For story, see page 15. Photo/Mike Smith
LaDore drops out of council race, endorses Belmont By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
After receiving the endorsement of the Harrison Democratic Committee, Town Council candidate Michael LaDore officially rescinded his candidacy due to political differences with the recentlyassembled balance of the slate— namely the mayoral candidate, Joan Walsh. "It's a shame," LaDore said. "I thought I had a good shot to win one council seat...but they chose to put a full slate together instead.” According to LaDore, he warned
district leaders that he would not run alongside Walsh on the ticket. However, despite the warning, district leaders voted to put former Mayor Walsh on the ticket anyway. "I guess my candidacy didn't mean anything," LaDore said. In dropping from the Democratic line, LaDore said he no longer intends to run for one of two Town Council seats—held by Republican incumbents Joe Cannella and Marlene Amelio—and has no designs on a third-party candidacy. “It’s too much of an uphill battle.” LaDore said. LaDore has yet to hold public
office, but has been involved in local politics for almost 40 years. He even previously served as the chairman of the Harrison Democratic Committee. In 1995, he lost a bid for mayor after running on the Independence Party ticket against former Mayor Phil Marraccini, a Republican. During the last election season, in 2011, LaDore sought the GOP nomination for mayor, but decided to drop out of the race before a primary was held. Had he continued, LaDore would have faced then mayoral candidate Ron Belmont in LADORE continued on page 14
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County Independence Party backs Belmont administration By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
Gearing up for the November 2013 elections, the Westchester County Independence Party has endorsed the five incumbent Republican candidates seeking re-election in Harrison. Although the county party has selected a predominantly Democratic list of endorsees, the party run by controversial Chairman Giulio “Doc” Cavallo plans to back the Republican Party candidate, incumbent Mayor Ron Belmont, on his bid for a second term in office. Belmont first took office in 2012; the mayor’s seat comes with a two-year term. “It’s wonderful,” said Belmont about the county endorsement. “It’s better to be on the line than off it.” For Belmont, the additional support of the Independence Party is reflective of the town’s accomplishments during his tenure in office. “I guess they see how hard we work here in Harrison,” he said. During Belmont’s first run for office in 2011, the Independence Party leadership initially backed then-Democratic Mayor Joan Walsh’s bid for re-election, but Belmont filed an opportunity-to-ballot petition, triggering a primary for the line. Belmont went on to win the primary and Independence Party line on his way to a landslide victory over Walsh in the general election. However, Walsh, who is running again this
year as the Democratic candidate for mayor, doesn’t seem interested in returning the favor. “It never occurred to me,” Walsh said when asked if she had any intent to primary Belmont for the Independence ticket. “I don’t know…I had planned to run a very quiet campaign.” For the upcoming 2013 race, the county party announced its endorsements a few days before members of the Harrison Democratic Committee had even pulled together its final slate. Apart from the mayoral endorseRon Belmont Marlene Amelio Joe Cannella ment, the county Independence Party has also chosen to endorse the two GOP incumbents taxes and sustain services in town. Greer and Tax Receiver Nancy Briotte-Masi on running for re-election to the Town Council. “It is always gratifying when a party, out- their respective bids for reelection. With two open seats on the five-member side of the Republican [Party] sees the work Although members of the Harrison board, four candidates—two Republicans you’ve been doing for the town,” Amelio said. Democratic Committee can push for a primary, and two Democrats—will compete in the “I am personally grateful to receive their sup- they have yet to state whether it plans to petiNovember elections, with the seats awarded port.” tion. to the two highest vote-getters. Calls to Harrison Democratic Chairwoman The Independence Party has endorsed the “Obviously, we are all very pleased to full Republican slate of candidates including Elizabeth “Jimmi” Pritchard were not rereceive the Independence endorsement,” said Belmont, Cannella, Amelio, Town Clerk Jackie turned as of press time. Republican Councilman Joe Cannella, an 11year incumbent. Republican Councilwoman Marlene Amelio, a one-term incumbent gearing up for re-election, said the Independence endorsement is reflective of the combined efforts of a cohesive group that has worked to maintain
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Community Briefs Harrison Library children’s events Open play at the library June 21 at 10 a.m. Come meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers, and children. Make new friends, play, read, and have fun. Blocks and preschool LEGOs will be available for the little ones while parents chat. Storyland with Miss Bonnie June 24 at 10:30 a.m. Miss Bonnie will read stories to children ages 0 to 3, siblings welcome. LEGO Hour at the library June 24 at 3:30 p.m. Come play with the library’s large collection of LEGOs. Board Games at the library June 24 at 4 p.m. Bring a friend or two and play one of the library’s many board games in the Children’s Room. Circle Time for Tots with Miss Claudia June 26 at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. Songs, dancing, stories and more for ages 0 to 3, siblings welcome. Children’s Movie June 27 at 3:30 p.m. Come watch an entertaining children’s movie. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Open Play at the Library June 28 at 10 a.m. Come meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers, and children. Make new friends, play, read, and have fun. Blocks and preschool LEGOs will be available for the little ones while parents chat. Harrison Public Library events Volunteers Needed for Summer Reading Program If you are 14 years old or older, you can share your love of reading with children this summer. Earn community service hours and feel good about helping others. Volunteer this summer to read with children and help make our summer reading program a success. Stop by the information desk at the downtown library to fill out an application. For info, call 914-835-0324. Memoir writing seminar The Harrison Public Library will be host-
ing a program to assist older residents of the Harrison community in the writing and sharing of their personal memoirs. The program will consist of a series of writers’ workshops, titled “The Power of Memoir: Bringing Stories From Your Life to the World,” and will be held at the Harrison Public Library’s Community Room every Thursday from June 20 until July 20, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is free of charge. Pre-registration is required, please call 914-835-0324. Each workshop will be led by professional writer and educator Bill Wertheim and consist of meditative exercises, writing lessons, small groups, and the presentation of each participant’s work to his/her classmates for feedback. As possible sources of inspiration for participants, music and imagery from the library’s various collections may also be incorporated into the workshops. In addition, a public reading will be held at the end of the series, during which participants will present their completed works to the community. Art exhibit Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Rites of Passage,” collages and small 3D wall sculptures by Debra Friedkin at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, June 21 to 28. Debra works in various media, including collage, painting, and sculpture. The characters and settings are iconic and range from prehistoric to futuristic–strange and fabulous creatures and animals, fossilized dinosaurs, mythical unicorns, abstract modern figures, aliens and humans or just body parts, as well as surrealistic creations. The exhibit may be viewed Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Computer orientation June 22 at 10:30 a.m. One-hour class for the computerized library catalog and Internet. If you are feeling left behind in this technology-driven world, this class is for you. Identity theft and you June 24 at 7 p.m. Sarah Camacho from Wells Fargo Bank will talk about how to avoid identity theft. Open to all ages. Women of jazz Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m.
The White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Women of Jazz on Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. in the theatre on the third level of City Center in downtown White Plains. The program on June 29 features the music of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in an evening of smooth tunes from some of the most distinctive young jazz singers performing in NYC today. Join Kat Gang, Terese Genecco and LaTanya Hall as they wrap their spinetingling vocals around classics such as “That ‘Ol Black Magic,” “What a Difference a Day Makes,” “Mr. Wonderful” and “Strange Fruit,” accompanied by the Barry Levitt Trio. We’re chilling the martinis and turning up the sizzle. Tickets are $35 for adults; $25 for students in high school and younger. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the WPPAC website at www.wppac. com, call the box office at 914 328-1600 or visit the box office during business hours at the third level of City Center. Classical music performance at Katonah’s Caramoor On Sunday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Venetian Theater, The Emerson String Quartet will make its American debut performance with its new cellist, Paul Watkins. Watkins, a much-lauded cellist as well as music director of the English Chamber Orchestra, replaces David Finckel. The distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and dedicated chamber musician joins the quartet’s Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer and Lawrence Dutton for their 37th season. Watkins officially joined the group May 11, 2013, and will perform with his new colleagues extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia after the Caramoor debut. Tickets: $15, $20, $30, $40. Children under 18 are half price. To order tickets, call the box office at 914232-1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp Soundview Sports Summer Day Camp has developed a unique movement-based program for 3 and a half to 5-year-old boys and girls. Age appropriate sports and activities, including swim instruction, will be offered. Created by Soundview Sports educators, together with experienced pre-school and elementary school physical education and health professionals, the Soundview Sports Summer Mini Day Camp focuses on fine-motor as well as gross-motor skills. For the past 18 years, Soundview Sports has offered a Summer Sports Skills Building Day Camp at Manhattanville College for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The Soundview Sports
Summer Mini Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m .at Manhattanville College throughout the summer. Lunch is included. Camp starts on Monday, June 24 and ends on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Please call Soundview Sports at 914-3235400 and/or visit soundviewsports.com for further information on all of our programs. Summer art classes at Greenburgh Nature Center Enjoy a five-class series of art instruction. Learn, explore and create in the beautiful outdoor setting of the nature center. Students work independently and in groups, learning to use a variety of basic supplies, as well as simple sketching, painting and more. Each class focuses on a new technique, ranging from landscapes to portraits, cartoons to still-lifes. Instructor Jake Hurwitz is a fun, outgoing and experienced art teacher who relates well with young students. Session Dates: Saturdays, July 13 to Aug. 10 Sundays, July 14 to Aug. 11 Class Times: Group 1, ages 7 to 10: Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon Group 2, ages 7 to 10: Sundays 10 a.m. to noon Group 3, ages 11 to 14 plus: Saturdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Classes run for two hours and are held outdoors, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, class held indoors. Pre-registration and pre-payment required online. See website to register and pay. Classes start promptly, so please arrive on time. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Session Fee, which covers five classes and all supplies: Members $150 Non-members $175 Eugene J. Feeley Harrison High School student aid fund appeal For over 65 years, “The Feeley Fund” has enabled needy and worthy Harrison High School graduates to attend accredited colleges and/or schools. Since 1947, more than 1,000 have received loans or grants to pursue their post-high school education and training. The Feeley Fund needs you to share our confidence in the future of our Harrison youth. Please respond to our request by sending your contribution to The Feeley Fund, 255 Union Ave., Harrison, N.Y. 10528. For more info call Lola Geiger, Executive Director at 914/939-7066. Deadline for our Community Briefs section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correcting the record In the June 14 edition of The Harrison Report, the story, “High School cuts counselor’s services to once a week,” states Student Assistant Counselor Dana McCarthy’s salary is $111,150, when in fact that number is the combined total of her fringe benefits, FICA, MTA tax, mileage, training, supervision, materials, supplies and her salary. McCarthy is not a school social worker, but an employee of the Student Assistance Services Corporation.
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County executive launches “Democrats for Astorino” By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
On June 13 in the Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino announced the launch of “Democrats for Astorino,” a committee of Westchester Democrats who have come together to support the county executive in his upcoming November re-election. Joined by former state Assemblyman Ronald Tocci of New Rochelle, and Westchester Jewish community leaders Martine Fleishman and Nancy Zaro, Astorino welcomed the support of Democrats who believe his accomplishments during the past four years have transcended party lines and have earned him their support. Astorino will face New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat, who recently received the endorsement from the Westchester Independence Party, in the general election. Astorino was first elected into office in 2009 when he pulled off an historic upset unseating incumbent County Executive Andy Spano. Democratic Astorino supporters said they chose to back the county executive in this election because of his ability to increase social service spending while reducing the tax levy each year since he took office. “I am a lifelong Democrat and a committed community leader and I’m backing Rob Astorino because he has been accessible and
supportive of our community,” said Dr. W. Franklin Richardson, senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church, a congregation of more than 4000 members. “Rob’s concern and commitment to economic development and economic empowerment of people in our community is the main reason why I’m supporting him for re-election.” Former Assemblyman Tocci echoed Richardson’s comments, saying Astorino’s “sincere concern for overburdened taxpayers” is a major reason he is now in support of the county executive. Tocci, however, has been immersed in a long-standing feud with Bramson. Tocci has also been outspoken, as a representative of a veterans group in New Rochelle, against Bramson’s administration. In 2002, Tocci lost a Democratic primary in the 91st assembly district to Bramson.Tocci, however, went on to defeat Bramson in the general election as a Republican. Democratic supporter Nancy Zaro said her support for Astorino came from his diligence in standing up to the federal government in regards to a 2009 anti-discrimination housing settlement that mandated the county build 750 units of affordable housing. Astorino has made it clear that he thinks the federal government is attempting to dismantle the county’s current zoning and he refuses to let that happen, nor will he do anything else the Department of Housing and Urban Development asks if it falls outside of the
County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, recently gained the support of several Westchester Democrats, who joined him in the formation of a “Democrats for Astorino” coalition. Pictured with the county executive are Nancy Zaro, left, Dr. W. Franklin Richardson, and former state Assemblyman Ron Tocci, right. Contributed photo
parameters of the settlement. “I’m proud to help lead Democrats for Astorino because Rob is a champion for Westchester, and he is defending our towns against Washington overreach,” Zaro said. Astorino said gaining support from
Democrats in Westchester is indicative of one of the first goals he set for himself after being elected as county executive. “I said I would represent Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike in ASTORINO continued on page 7
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HUD report cards suggest additional affordable housing
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County Executive Robert Astorino, center, discusses the federal monitor’s report cards, which were sent to 31 municipalities as a form of encouragement following the federal affordable housing settlement. Photo/Diana Costello By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has begun issuing “report cards” to Westchester communities involved in a controversial housing settlement that include benchmarks and goals for how much affordable housing each locale should be striving for. Through James Johnson, the federal monitor hired by HUD to oversee the county’s implementation of the affordable housing settlement, the report cards were issued as a means of encouraging communities to move forward with building affordable housing at their own discretion through benchmark suggested numerical goals. According to the report cards that were recently released on the county’s website, Bronxville has made no progress in satisfying the 100 affordable housing unit goal set by the federal government; Larchmont has made no attempt to promote affordable housing, but does allow for multi-family apartments; the Town of Harrison has constructed no affordable housing and does not provide incentives or mandates for affordable housing, and the Town of Mamaroneck has not adopted an affordable housing allocation put forth by the county’s planning department that called for 125 affordable housing units. The two most significant allocations the federal government made via these report cards were a suggested 975 affordable housing units in Mt. Pleasant, and 756 units in Harrison, both of which, by themselves, would exceed the countywide legal requirement of 750 units as outlined in the 2009 settlement. These figures came from a Rutgers University study that was not adopted by the county and was not part of the original settlement. The original housing settlement was reached
under then-County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, and came about because HUD believed the county excluded residents from living in certain areas based on income and, consequently, their race. The original terms of the settlement mandated the county build 750 units of affordable housing within seven years and spread throughout 31 communities, $8.4 million be paid to the federal government and $2.5 million to the anti-discrimination center. Since taking office in 2010, Republican County Executive Rob Astorino has developed a contentious relationship with HUD because he believes HUD has asked the county to adopt additional provisions that were not part of the original settlement. The county executive has repeatedly said he will not give in to the federal government, and recently criticized their latest decision to place additional pressure on the communities that were considered part of the 2009 settlement in the form of “report cards.” Astorino’s major bone of contention is the idea that the county should build more than the already agreed-upon 750 units of affordable housing. “The report cards clearly document HUD’s overreaching and the vulnerability of local communities to Washington’s attempts to take control of or abolish local zoning,” Astorino said. “The county is ahead of schedule in complying with the settlement, but it won’t be bullied or threatened by HUD to do things that are not in the settlement.” Barry Caro, campaign manager for Democratic New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who is running against Astorino for county executive in November, said the claims made by the Astorino administration regarding the report cards have no basis in reality, and are merely a scare tactic used by Astorino to gain support in the election.
“You can talk about any kind of numbers you want, but the only number that HUD has the ability to force Westchester to build is 750,” Caro said. “The clear facts here don’t back Astorino up. To get re-elected, he needs people to get mad at the federal government, and, if the federal government is not going to do things to get people mad, he is going to make things up.” In total, the federal government has suggested the county build 5,847 units via the report cards, according to Ned McCormack, communications director for Astorino, although the suggested units are not a legal obligation put forth by HUD and are not binding. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice A. Jones said that HUD would not stop encouraging the county to build affordable housing units even after the 750 unit requirement had been met. “We would never say only do 750 units and stop,” he said. McCormack said a number of the communities that have received the report are displeased, because there has been no indication of how these housing projects will be financed. “Reaction from local municipalities has been confusion, anger and disbelief,” he said. “Nowhere are the costs of these allocations discussed, or their impact on local services or the environment.” While McCormack calls the provisions of the report cards obligatory, no legal consequences can arise if a given community chooses not to follow through on the benchmarks set by HUD. The report cards were designed by the Pratt Center for Planning, and were issued to each of the 31 eligible communities on March 21.
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Have a swing for Lola, but do not hire this man harrison Happenings Mayor Ron Belmont
Recently, I attended a meeting hosted by Con Edison designed to inform municipal leaders and local elected officials on the utility company’s updated storm response strategy. Con Edison is responding to recent recommendations from municipal leaders and their emergency personnel. Hurricane Sandy made it very clear that Con Edison policies and procedures must anticipate certain risks to infrastructure due to severe weather patterns. It was an informative meeting and I am confident that Con Edison is making strides in preparing for future weather-related events. The Harrison Children’s Center would like to invite the community to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground at the Leo Mintzer Center in West Harrison on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. The playground will be named “Lola’s Playground” in honor of Lola Geiger, a founding member of The Harrison Children’s Center. Lola has dedicated many years of service to the children of Harrison. The playground was funded by generous supporters of The Harrison Children’s Center. It has come to my attention that, recently, residents and businesses of the Village of Mamaroneck have been warned that the village police department has been informed of a few complaints over the past couple of weeks regarding a home improvement contractor approaching homeowners and a local business indicating that his company has extra material on their truck and, as they are in the area doing work, they would offer to do work at half their normal rate. Mamaroneck Village police have been informed that alleged problems have occurred, involving incomplete work that was paid for in full. To date, the company
has not returned to finish the job. I am circulating this information to give notification to our residents and businesses in an effort to prevent incidents like this from occurring in Harrison. Please be aware that, in the coming months, sidewalk improvement construction will be commencing. The following projects should be completed by spring 2014: 1. Union Avenue and Harrison Avenue intersection, sidewalk on northwest side. 2. Sterling Road and North Street intersection, handicapped ramp on each west side corner going across Sterling Road and the west side sidewalk from Sterling Road to Cooper Place. 3. Cooper Place and North Street intersection, handicapped ramp crossing Cooper Place and handicapped ramps at the northwest, southwest and northeast quadrants of the intersection. In addition, two crosswalks, one across Cooper Place and one across North Street, will be added or restored. Please proceed with caution. My office has recently been contacted by the Harrison High School Reunion Committee for classes 1972, 1973 and 1974 to ask me to share this information: All are invited to join their classmates for a reunion weekend, Oct. 18 and 19, 2013. The weekend begins on Friday night, Oct. 18‑location TBA. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Huskies take on the Rye Garnets at Harrison High School‑the new field‑at 2 p.m. Tailgate with friends at noon in the parking lot of the old high school. Saturday evening, Oct. 19, a night of fun, food, dancing and celebrating begins at 7 p.m. at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook. Evening includes a two-hour open bar and buffet dinner, music and dancing. Cost: $100 per person. Please make your check payable to: HHS Reunion and mail it to: HHS Reunion, P.O. Box 414, Harrison, N.Y. 10528. For more information, please visit facebook. com/groups/307536359357595/.
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this county,” Astorino said. “It is especially gratifying...to see and hear from so many Democrats and independents who are supporting my candidacy four years later.” It’s not foreign for political candidates to be cross-endorsed by those of opposing parties but the likelihood that such a committee will provide any political weight during the campaign seems remote. State Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat, said that, while the formation of the committee will help Astorino, it will not be a decisive factor and support from other parties in elections is not atypical. “In general, there are going to be Democrats who support Rob and Republicans who support Noam,” Latimer said. “I had Republicans who announced for me in my last campaign. It is usually not a decisive factor. In this case,
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it seems like individuals are making individual judgments.” Nonetheless, representatives from Bramson’s campaign ridiculed the formation of “Democrats for Astorino”—saying they don’t see it as a threat—and Astorino would have been better off using his time in other endeavors. “If this is all our opponents can muster for ‘Democrats for Astorino,’ that’s a pretty clear sign that Democrats are united behind Noam Bramson,” Barry Caro, campaign spokesperson for Bramson said. “Ron Tocci won his last election as the Republican and Conservative Party candidate, and is the furthest thing from a ‘major’ Democratic leader. Perhaps Rob Astorino’s time today might have been better spent working on an economic development strategy so that major employers...don’t cut hundreds of jobs in our community,” he said.
What’s Your Beef? What’s bothering you today?
Collected on Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck “At Stepinac High school in White Plains, there needs to be a slower speed limit, especially with the elementary school around the corner.”
“That I have to go to work and can’t get lunch with my husband.” Shana Ginipro, 36, Astoria
Bernice Spina, 75, Mamaronek
“I’ve been smoking and trying to quit, but it has been a real pain.” Ron Andresen, 66, California
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“I wish I could find a part-time job to keep busy.” Robert Plenty, 79, White Plains
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Rye Country Day School Class of 2013 John Nicholas Almodóvar – Bronx Adam Lawrence Alpert – Purchase Brianna Nicole Arroyo – Bronx Matthew Galyon Beatty – Riverside, Conn. Carolyn Mattiace Binder – Scarsdale Ariana Boccanfuso – Purchase John Philip Carroll – Scarsdale Ryan Francis Carroll – Carmel Elena Kendra Conn - Greenwich, Conn. Ruben Javier Conn – Mt. Vernon Matthew Jeremiah Crowley – Rye Merritt Cullman – Rye Claire Carole D'Arcangelo – Greenwich, Conn. Megan Mary D'Arcangelo – Greenwich, Conn. Tyler Scott Davidson – Rye Ignacio de Lera Fernández – Rye Peter Alexander Duncan – Rye Summer Elbardissy – White Plains Eleanor Julia Fanto – Larchmont Holly Michelle Farkas – White Plains Anthony Kyriakos Faustini – Purchase Taylor Erin Forte – Pleasantville Madison Lane Friedman – Harrison Samantha Lindsay Friedwald – Purchase Valerie Renee Gard – Greenwich, Conn. Robert Thomas Allen Garry – Mamaroneck Andrew J. Gillen – Hartsdale Anne Blanche Grayer – Harrison Christopher Nicholas Hanson – Rye
Emily Rose Hauben – Larchmont Miranda Beatrice Hearst – Larchmont Henry Eric Heller – Harrison Wenchen Huang – Mamaroneck Bonnie Grace Ishiguro – Mt. Vernon Elizabeth Hannah Judd – Stamford, Conn. Julie Michelle Kahn – Greenwich, Conn. Riley Whittington Kaminer – Harrison Jillian Hannah Katz – Stamford, Conn. Nicholas James Kemp – Mt. Kisco Robert Sunho Kim – Rye Nicole Ann King – Harrison James MacMillian Kissell – Rye Georgia Kleiner – Pelham Stefanie Rachelle Kligman – Rye Stephen Alanson Knight – Rowayton, Conn. Danielle Ines Ledesma – Stamford, Conn. Robert Philip Levine – Riverside, Conn. Robert Leslie Linton – Rye Brittany Miranda Maldonado – Bronx Clare Melissa McClintock – Larchmont Elizabeth Rice McCurdy – Larchmont Raishaun Michael McGhee – Greenwich, Conn. John Patrick McGovern – Rye Rebecca Pearl Mendelsohn – Larchmont Matthew Joseph Mollerus – Larchmont Victoria Sanford Montgomery – Rye Marlana Jane Moysak – Rye Samuel Murphy – Purchase
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Save the Sound nitrogen appeal moving forward By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
of its oxygen due to nitrogen pollution that it has caused serious detriment to the organisms living in the water. Save the Sound, an organization formed in “A large pocket of the Long Island Sound... 1972 devoted to protecting coastlines along had been transformed [from nitrogen overthe Long Island Sound, recently found that load] into a dead zone,” Andersen said. an appeal it filed against the Great Neck Andersen also wrote that, at one point, the Water Pollution Control District and the state portion of the sound between Hempstead Department of Environmental Conservation Harbor and Mamaroneck had no oxygen at would remain on the table after a judge denied all, due to nitrogen dumping as well as polmotions made by both organizations to have lution. it dismissed. The Great Neck treatment plant dumps The appeal was filed to stop the Great Neck its nitrogen directly into this portion of the Water Pollution Control District from dis- sound, according to Schmalz, specifically becharging an excessive amount of nitrogen into tween Nassau and Westchester counties. the sound. The appeal filed by Save the Sound is prediAccording to Leah Schmalz, director of leg- cated on the idea that the new, higher limit set islative and legal affairs for Save the Sound, by the DEC violates the state's Clean Water the DEC signed a consent order with the Act prohibition against backsliding which Great Neck Water Pollution Control District states that the DEC may not issue permits that in May 2012 that would allow the treatment make rules regarding nitrogen dumping less plant operators to dump a larger amount of stringent than they already are. nitrogen into the sound than before. Save the Sound also contends that the DEC Currently, federal law limits the amount of and the Great Neck Water Pollution Control nitrogen that can be discharged into the sound District entered into the agreement without a at 238 pounds per day, but, after the consent public hearing, which is required in cases like order was signed, the treatment plant began this one. dumping around 500 pounds per day, with a “Part of our appeal is based on the fact daily limit of 653 pounds. that the DEC did not go through the proper “We’re very pleased that our appeal will go channels involving publicizing a public hearforward,” said Schmalz. “The DEC's decision ing,” said Laura McMillan, interim director to let Great Neck discharge more nitrogen of communications for Save the Sound. She violates the Clean Water Act and hurts the said, in addition to drawing attention to the sound’s health.” Schmalz said that an increase lack of transparency involving the consent in the amount of nitrogen in the sound reduces order, Save the Sound also contends that nithe amount of oxygen in the water, making trogen is still one of the biggest concerns for the ecosystem's plant and animal life suffer. the body of water today. Tom Andersen, former consultant for Save “The goal of eliminating annual summer the Sound and author of “This Fine Piece of dead zones is our top priority for the western Water,” which catalogs nearly a decade of sound right now,” she said. “Nitrogen is the pollution in the sound, said that a large por- most negatively influential thing that is going tion of Long Island Sound has lost so much on in that region.” Mamaroneck Town Supervisor and co-chair of Save the Sound Nancy Seligson, a Democrat, told The Harrison Report that there is a long history to nitrogen pollution in the sound and the appeal came from the results of the Long Island Sound Study. The study was formed in 1985 to restore the sound and has advocated for a reduction in nitrogen from all sewage treatment plants surrounding the body of water. “Basically, the Long Island Sound Study called for 58.5 percent reduction in nitrogen from all sewage treatment plants in the Sound,” Seligson said. “Save the Sound learned, upon investigation, that Great Neck has not been complying with that upgrade beSave the Sound appealed an agreement between the cause of the [DEC] consent order” Department of Environmental Conservation and the Great Both the Mamaroneck and New Neck Water Pollution Control District that allowed for the Rochelle sewage treatment plants release of nitrogen into Long Island Sound. According have been required to comply with to Save the Sound, excess nitrogen has been shown to the 58.5 percent reduction with the damage ecosystems in Long Island and Westchester. Mamaroneck Harbor is just one part of the sound that has deadline for such compliance set felt the effects of nitrogen dumping. File photo for the year 2016.
The county’s sewage treatment plant in the Village of Mamaroneck was one among many facilities in Westchester that was given a 2016 deadline to reduce its nitrogen output by 58.5 percent. An appeal filed by Save the Sound with the Department of Environmental Conservation is predicated on the claim that the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District is not complying with this upgrade. Photo/Chris Gramuglia
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New town program hits public access Channel 75 in Harrison By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER email@example.com
Mulling the concept after taking his annual State of the Town address viral by posting it directly to the town’s website, Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont is at it again.
Mayor Ron Belmont highlights the past year in the Town of Harrison, in his first-ever televised address. The pilot episode of the new “Harrison Now” series is the first original programming of its kind created by the town in recent years.
On June 10, a post on the town’s website entitled, “2012 Video Report,” appeared, linking users to what the mayor hopes will be the first of many original public access programs. The pilot, called “Harrison Now,” took several months to finish and primarily uses material from Belmont’s 2013 State of the Town address. “Time became a factor,” Belmont said. “I am very busy and we didn’t have a producer.” Looking to record a series of similar television programs each month, Belmont said he wants to add something new for viewers who are tired of tuning into the drab public access channel 75 on Cablevision, which currently runs live and repeat showings of Town Council meetings as well as meetings from neighboring municipalities. In order to tackle the technical aspect of putting together a show, the town approached Dan Wolfe, a SUNY Purchase student, with the hope he would be able to edit and record the final video before putting it on the airwaves. For Wolfe, filming and editing the pilot program was a pretty simple task, despite the mayor’s busy schedule. “The schedule had changed a few times,” said Wolfe, 19. “But [Belmont] knew exactly what he wanted to talk about before we started filming.” According to Wolfe, he was first contacted by the town around September of last year, to try and put more original programming on
Video footage of some of the work performed over the past year by the Harrison DPW Highway division.
Channel 75. A Harrison High School graduate, Wolfe is focusing on media at SUNY Purchase and has some past experience through his work with the Harrison Central School District’s cable club. In order to highlight some of the town’s accomplishments over the past year, Wolfe compiled footage of ongoing construction along Westchester Avenue, the recently-installed playground at Emelio Scatenato Congress Street Park—that, in previous years, did not
meet safety standards—and cape seal repavement work performed last year by the town’s Department of Public Works Highway division, to try and make the pilot more visually appealing to viewers. Although the pilot is currently the only original program airing on Channel 75 at press time, Belmont said he looks forward to the next installment of “Harrison Now,” which he said would showcase the town’s Meals on Wheels program.
Larchmont ‘Movie Man’ shares his passion for classic film Having been a resident of Larchmont for more than 45 years, you could say that Rob Goldstone is a real man about town. And while he may be just that, he is also a man about film. But not just any film. He is the quintessential film buff with a firm belief that the best films of all time are those produced during Hollywood’s “golden age,” films produced between 1930 and 1960. But Goldstone is much more than simply a film buff. Over the past several years, he has been passionately sharing his love for classic film with those around him by screening films and discussing all of the things that make them great, including the books that the films are based on. His passion drove him ultimately to a unique concept for sharing and presenting the films he loves, creating “The Book and the Movie,” a monthly film series held at the Larchmont Public Library in which he screens classic films and discusses not only the film, but also the book the film is based on. Goldstone’s love for film grew from his youth into his adult years. For many years, he was president of his family’s $40 million manufacturing business. While manufacturing paid the bills, his love of film and his passion for sharing that love is what really sustained him. His thirst for the films he loves never has been quenched and is evidenced by the fact that he has seen the Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman classic, “Casablanca,” more than 145 times. And that’s but one film of the hundreds
that he has seen, multiple times. It is interesting to note that Goldstone’s passion for film doesn’t extend far beyond the films produced in the early 1960s. There’s a reason for this. The 1960s were a time of tremendous change within the social fabric of our nation and the changes the country experienced had a profound impact on film and how films are made. “The films of Hollywood’s golden age have it all. Starting with a great story, these films have stars and great supporting casts in which many are often stars in their own right,” Goldstone said. “They also have great soundtracks by master composers such as George Gershwin, Lorenze Hart and many others, who were equally talented, as well as masterful film directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Frank Capra. These films didn’t have to rely on storyless special effects like many of the films of today.” Goldstone has been diligently working on a book which will be called “The Book and the Movie,” taking its title from his film series. While his passion lies with the films themselves, he has done a mammoth amount of research into the backstory of the making of each film and presents a host of little-known facts about each film in his monthly presentations. These facts and anecdotes will appear in his book and will serve to make it unique among film books. He will also include his own personal experiences with film stars
Larchmont resident Rob Goldstone shares the films of Hollywood’s golden age with the community in his “The Book and the Movie” film series, seen each month at the Larchmont Public Library. Contributed photo
and personalities. “The Book and the Movie” series has become a popular monthly event for many, to the point that Goldstone has been recognized for his work with Letters of Achievement from former County Executive Andy Spano, former state Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer and other prominent local officials. Some regular attendees
of “The Book and the Movie” monthly series affectionately know Rob as the “Movie Man.” For more information about the Rob Goldstone’s “The Book and the Movie” monthly presentations, call the Larchmont Public Library at 914-834-2281 or visit the library online at www.larchmontlibrary.org. (Submitted)
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Native Goods: Doing it right in Port Chester Two twenty-somethings in Port Chester are turning the concept of a retail store upside down and inside out. And they may just be on to something. Walk by Native Goods, adjacent to the Capital Theater on Westchester Avenue, and you might think its just another men’s fashion retail store catering to a young, urban population. But you would be dead wrong. These two young men, who grew up in Port Chester, are doing things that very few retail storeowners are doing; they are listening to their customers. In fact, their customers actually drive their business. With the use of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, website, blog) Native Goods customers are directly dictating what they buy and when they buy it. “Because we are very close in age to our customers; I’m young, only 21, we can relate to them and them to us. They use Instagram and Twitter to tell us what they want to see in our store. We listen,” co-owner Luis Mendoza said. Native Goods is a mecca in Westchester for the sneaker culture, a trend started decades ago by rappers and basketball players that led to a California event called the Dunkxchange in 2005 that gave “sneakerheads” the opportunity to buy, sell and trade sneakers and apparel. According to the website dunkxchange.com, there are now more than 200 Dunkxchange events all over the United States. And it’s not only about the sneakers–there’s a trifecta of fun stuff that goes right along with it; music, art and fashion. On June 9, Mendoza and fellow Native Goods co-owner Jormar Costillo put on an event they called “The Connect Show” at St. Peters Church across from their store. The purpose of the event was to raise funds for a skate park they want to build in Port Chester’s Rec Park. “We got the idea to build a skate park from our customers. We thought that if Port Chester
could build a dog park, they could build a skate park, too,” Mendoza said. Mendoza and Costillo applied for a grant from the Tony Hawk Skate Park Foundation and the Rob Dyrdeck Foundation, named after the aforemetioned skate kings, but haven’t heard back yet. In the meantime, they are raising their own funds and working with the local government to see what Westchester can be done. “We wanted to build wanderer it in Columbus Park unLisa Jardine derneath [Interstate] 95, just like the FDR skate park in Philadelphia, but we were told that the [Village] of Port Chester doesn’t own that park,” Mendoza said. Though the pair’s park plans are yet to be resolved, their Connect Show was a huge success, with more than 500 people in attendance. “Father Albert at St. Peters was a huge supporter. Before I even got to fully explain what we wanted to do at the church he said ‘yes.’ He feels the Port Chester community is not always supportive of their youth and he wanted to help in anyway he could,” Mendoza said. And if the drove of teenagers leaving the churchyard carrying cardboard sneaker boxes was any indication, there was heavy buying and selling inside. Mac Killian, a 14-year-old student at Rye Middle School, attended the event. “I’m friends with the owners and I like to buy clothes from Native Goods,” Killian said. “This event was great because I was able to meet new people in the community who are interested in sneakers, clothes and music.” Costillo and Mendoza welcome anyone with an interest or curiosity in the sneaker culture to stop by. On any given weekday afternoon, there could be up to 30 kids just hanging out, the same on weekends. Their typical customer is a male between the ages of 15 and 20 but sometimes girls come in, too. “These kids are so smart and so clued-in to social networking–we learn so much from them. We want them to feel at home here,”
The co-owners of Native Goods recently held a skate-off event called “The Connect Show” to raise money for a skate park the duo is hoping to build in Port Chester.
The store also carries gear to satisfy the skateboarding culture.
Native Goods Co. co-owners Jormar Costillo, left, and Luis Mendoza.
An impressive collection of sneakers can be found at the Native Goods menswear boutique located in Port Chester near the Capital Theater.
Mendoza said. “Port Chester has a significant Hispanic population, but we draw kids from all of the surrounding communities. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, we come together for the love of the culture. Why hate on
each other?” Mendoza said. Why indeed?
Lisa Jardine is a freelance writer who has frequently contributed to CNN.com among other publications. She is currently a student in the MFA creative writing program at Manhattanville College. She is always on the lookout for a 166 Westchester Ave. Port Chester great story, an amazing restaurant, Facebook: nativegoodsco an unusual day trip or a must-see culInstagram: nativegoods tural event (in Westchester County). Twitter: @nativegoods To contact Lisa you can email her at Website: lyfestylegoods.com firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her As of July 1, Native Goods will be relocaton twitter @westchesterwand. ing to 145 Irving Ave., in Port Chester.
The Connect Show seemed to leave its mark, according to Native Goods co-owners Jormar Costillo and Luis Mendoza. Photos/Lisa Jardine
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his own reasons why he wanted to pull out, and I’m sorry he did, but we felt it really important there be no holes in the slate.” According to Pritchard, the allfemale slate has also acquired the assistance of former Councilman Pat Vetere, a lifelong Harrison resident, who will serve as the Walsh team’s advisor. “Pat is one of those people who is popular on both sides of the aisle,” Pritchard said. Also on the ticket, the Democrats have nominated Margaret “Peg” Conover for town clerk and Maria Fiore for receiver of taxes. A 24-year West Harrison resident, Conover said she joined the ticket because of her experience writing minutes for the Silver Lake Co-Op board. “I felt like running because I have a strong sense of community service…and the background skills to do the job,” Conover said of her candidacy. For Fiore, a retiree with over 30 years experience as manager of the local J.P. Morgan Chase branch, this is an opportunity to stay active in the community. “I’ve been at home for about a year,” said Fiore, 66. “I do miss the people…being out there and helping my Harrison friends.” Apart from her history in banking and finance, Fiore is a notary public, holds a New York State life insurance license, and currently serves on the Harrison Friends of the Opera Board of Directors. She received a proclamation from the town in 2010 for her service.
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Harrison high salutes its brightest
Harrison High School’s Class of 2013 Summa Cum Laude honorees. Contributed photo
Harrison High School is proud to announce 52 seniors have earned summa, magna, and cum laude recognitions for the Class of 2013. Three years ago, the students of Harrison High School worked with administrators and Board of Education members to develop a system that would not reward only the school’s valedictorian and salutatorian, but rather create a tiered system of honors as determined by a student’s cumulative weighted grade-point average. The result was three levels of distinction: Summa Cum Laude for students earning a weighted 98.00 or higher; Magna Cum Laude for students earning a 95.00-97.99; and Cum Laud for students earning a 93.00-94.99. Summa Cum Laude Honorees (pictured above): listed in alphabetical order Kaylee Araoz, Jennifer Blum, Jason Burger, Jacob Coonin, Anshul Doshi, Kate Faxon, Patricia Geller, Bilal Haider, Ryo Inkyo, Lauren Jacobowitz, Steven Jacobson, Adam Kohutnicki, Rajan Mehra, Bryan Pon, Mikie Sakanaka, Gregory Sohanchyk, Nicole Suozzo, Serena Takada, Porn-in Thongkhamyoo Magna Cum Laude Honorees: listed in alphabetical order Jake Bogart, Amy Carton, Elizabeth Crozier, Dylan Dobrenis, Allison Fuerst, Tyler Hart, Jacob Lerner, Michelle Loguidice, Thomas Lovinger, Julia McManus, Peri Mendelsohn, Brett Moretzky, Sara Purinton, Laura Senande, Pornprom Thongkhamyoo, Devin Ullerick, Grant Wissak, Jake Zuckman Cum Laude Honorees: listed in alphabetical order Frank Antolino, Sarah Berman, Jillian Cacchione, Imogen Caird, Daniela Castillo, Raymond Corona, Jeffrey Ebert, Talya Evans, Taylor Friedwald, Rachel Kalichman, Jung Suh Kim, Hayley Kronthal, Sarah Murphy, Nicholas Pipitone, Kaitlyn Talibon (Submitted)
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a primary for the seat. LaDore has also run two unsuccessful campaigns for a spot on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, both for which he received the endorsement of the local Republican committee. After switching party registration to Democrat in 2011, LaDore returned to the local political scene this year with the goal of unseating 11-year incumbent Councilman Cannella. However, Walsh’s candidacy pushed LaDore from the ballot. According to LaDore, his beef with the former mayor stems partially from the way he feels she turned her back on residents affected by Project Homerun. During her 2007 mayoral campaign, Walsh opposed the project spearheaded by former Mayor Steve Malfitano, citing plans to complete the project as a park for passive recreation. However, once in office, her modified proposal did not reflect passive park property. “I think running Joan is a big mistake…and it speaks volumes that [Harrison Democratic Chairwoman Jimmi Pritchard] is running,” LaDore said. Leaving a gap on the ballot, Democratic Chairwoman Jimmi Pritchard said she would run for council, so each seat faces a contested election. Walsh said she was unaware that LaDore’s candidacy was contingent on whether or not she would run. “I am very sorry he decided to drop out,” Walsh said. “I think he would’ve been a good councilman.” Returning from a trip to Italy on June 4, Walsh said she had only just agreed to join the fray because she doesn’t believe in letting anyone run unopposed. Unbeknownst to Walsh— who told The Harrison Report that she had not spoken to LaDore one-on-one—adding her name to the top of the ballot would result in the loss of a potential council candidate. Instead of departing from the Democratic slate amicably, LaDore said he will endorse current Mayor Ron Belmont and Town Clerk Jackie Greer, both Republicans, on their respective bids for re-election this November. “I will support Ron,” LaDore said. “He deserves another two years to do something for
the town.” Endorsing only members of the current regime, LaDore’s decision comes as a surprise, after he nearly faced off against Belmont himself in a September 2011 primary. “Mike is a very good man, and I hate to see him out of the race,” Belmont said. “He is someone who has always been involved [with the town].” LaDore said he will endorse Greer on her re-election to the apolitical town clerk position, saying even the Democrats are pleased with her and that opposing her candidacy would not benefit the town. As the campaign moves forward, LaDore wouldn’t say who he would support for council in his stead. Although LaDore gave his endorsement to the opposing party, he said he will not switch party registration again. “Party affiliation doesn’t mean anything at this level,” LaDore said. “My intention was always to do what’s right for Harrison.” And while the final slate of Democrats was reason enough for LaDore to drop his candidacy, for the second consecutive local election season, he said he will wait to see how the 2013 electoral season pans out. “I am going to sit back and relax for the next week or so,” LaDore said.
Sports The beat goes on In many respects, the end of any scholastic year is bittersweet. While graduations are celebrations of the academic achievements of our local high school students, they are tinged with melancholy—a reminder that a distinct part of the lives of the young men and women clad in caps and gowns is at an end and that new challenges lie ahead. But it also serves as a reminder that the cycle will continue. Our departing seniors will leave to go into the world while new classes rise up to take their place—both in the halls of our high schools and on our athletic fields. Local seniors certainly left their mark on the Section I landscape, as they seem to do every year. There was no shortage of great moments this year, indelible sporting moments that will forever live on in the minds of those seniors who will move on to bigger things. Of course there was ‘the shot’—Khalil Edney’s game-winning buzzer-beater to give New Rochelle its first section title since 2006 and made Edney and the Huguenots national heroes on ESPN. Moments such as that one, and Edney hoisting the state football title back in November will be long remembered. But
while those are undeniable in their greatness, there have been a handful of other moments, other stories that are just as meaningful, though not as broad in scope. Stories like New Rochelle baseball, led by senior hurler John Valente, earning its first victory over rival Mamaroneck in six years; a game that Huguenot coach Pete Annunziata admitted meant so much to his ace. Other streaks fell this live mike year, including Rye’s eightgame winning streak over Mike Smith Harrison in ‘The Game.’ Watching senior quarterback Vinnie Nicita and his teammates celebrate the end of a drought was certainly a moment I will remember for a long time. I will also remember talking to lineman Joe Bellantoni after Tuckahoe punched its ticket to states. In 2010, when the Tigers won a state title, Bellantoni was an undersized lineman, a sophomore scrapper who—despite his starting role—was like the team’s younger brother. I remember when his father died, just prior to that state title game, and how Bellantoni still went out and played, knowing that the rest of the Tuckahoe community was behind him. In 2012, Bellantoni was the undeniable leader and anchor of that Tiger line, someone
Khalil Edney goes up for a shot against Mount Vernon in the Section I title game on March 3. In the final seconds of that game, Edney hit a buzzerbeater game-winning shot that gained national attention and was the best sports moment of the 2012-13 season. Photo/Bobby Begun
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whose tireless work and time in the trenches made him a teammate to look up to in times of need. These moments, these players, will be missed. But the great thing about high school sports is there is always someone waiting in the wings, someone ready to step up, take the big shot and write their own history. Rye golfer Alexis Hios—who placed second in the state this year—might very well bring Rye another piece of hardware for their trophy case in her senior year. Young football stars, like Mamaroneck’s Marquez JacksonAllen and Rye Neck’s Jakob Calvini, will have another chance‑two in Jackson-Allen’s case‑to find glory on the gridiron. Tuckahoe’s Cassie McGrath, Mamaroneck’s Kimi Chiapparelli, and Rye Neck’s Diana King are all-stars already, but will only get better as the years go on. So farewell seniors. Your time here will not be forgotten, by you, your teammates or your friends and family. But one word of advice before you go— don’t be strangers. Come back when you can, cheer on your old teammates, the kids you mentored, the JV players who looked up to you as role models. Although your time might be done, there’s no saying what magic the future might hold for our up-and-coming stars.
Seligman reflects on Harrison tenure By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
Patricia Seligman speaks at the Harrison Senior Sports Banquet on June 5. Seligman served as Harrison’s Athletic Director for four years. Photo/Mike Smith
With Harrison Athletic Director Patricia Seligman set to retire at the end of the school year, the search is on for a suitable replacement. Seligman announced her retirement earlier this school year, ending her four-year term at the helm of Harrison’s physical education, health, and athletic departments. During her time at Harrison, Seligman said her style‑especially when it pertained to athletic coaches‑was to have a hands-off approach and to trust coaches with the day-to-day issues that faced their programs. “I have a simple rule: Never micromanage,” Seligman said. “Let the coaches coach and let the players play. If you let the coaches coach and you just support them, it's amazing what can happen.” Over the course of her tenure, Harrison hired 79 new coaches across all levels of play, and the results have been hard to argue. Harrison’s sports teams have had great success over the last four years, winning back-to-back section titles on the volleyball court, reaching the state title game in football, and continuing dominance in the world of indoor and outdoor track. Despite all of the Huskies on-field success, however, Seligman said her proudest moment as an athletic director came this May, when all 29 varsity programs were selected to be ScholarAthlete teams, something that denotes their prowess in the classrooms as well.
“This is an unbelievable accomplishment realized by only 24 schools throughout the state last year,” said Seligman. “I am grateful to the superintendent and the Board of Education for their unwavering support of the athletic program, especially during these financially difficult times.” Of course, Seligman’s job reached far beyond the sporting world as she also oversaw the school’s health and physical education programs. Notably, she embraced the “New Gym” paradigm, which eschews activities like dodgeball in favor of more progressive ideas such a team-building rope climbs and yoga. “I encourage coaches, teachers and athletes to step outside of their comfort zone and take a chance,” said Seligman. “I did four years ago, and I’m glad I did.” The school district has been looking to fill the position since Seligman announced her retirement and, while candidates for the spot have not been made public, a final decision could be made soon. “Harrison has been actively recruiting for the director of PE, health and athletics position throughout the spring,” Assistant Superintendent Brian Ladewig told The Harrison Report. “We have several finalists that we will be bringing to committee interviews next week.” As for her time in Harrison, Seligman was grateful for the opportunity to oversee the Huskies for as long as she did. “I've met so many good people here in Harrison,” she said. “The relationships will last a lifetime.”
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PCRA turns 10, shines at national meet By Mike Smith SPORTS EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 9, the Pelham Community Rowing Association finished up another go-around at the U.S. Youth Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Over the past decade, the New Rochelle-based organization has become one of the more prominent—and successful— teams in the nation, and this year was no different as the PCRA finished third, thanks to some terrific performances. The PCRA, celebrated its 10th anniversary at its home on Glen Island on June 1, christening three new boats and celebrating 10 years of rowing excellence. The celebration continued a week later as the club, which has sent boats to nationals for the past five years, had another terrific weekend. The PCRA has turned heads on the national scene, especially given their 2011 performance in which they unseated the six-time defending champions and broke a regatta record in the process. Though they weren’t able to quite repeat last year’s success, they did not come away empty-handed. In one of the more surprising finishes of the regatta, the girls quad—featuring Harrison’s Liliane Lindsay and Mamaroneck’s Ellie Sawyer, as well as Pelham native Lauren Veith and Riverdale Country School junior Julia Sesler—took third place in the Class A final, eeking out a medal with a late race burst and a finishing just .01 of a second ahead of the fourth-place boat. According to Lindsay, who was making her third trip to nationals, the finish far exceeded
From left: Liliane Lindsay, Lauren Veith, Julia Sesler and Ellie Sawyer pose with PCRA coach Guy Monseair after taking third at nationals on June 9.
PCRA co-founder Angelo Rubbo–along with his wife Rosemary–christen “The Rubbo” on June 1. at Glen Island. For a decade, the PCRA has been one of the premier rowing clubs in Westchester County. Contributed photos
the team’s expectations heading into the season. “Even though we have been to nationals in the past, this year, it was pretty much a whole different boat,” said the Harrison senior. “Three girls from the quad graduated last year, so, coming in, we didn’t know what to expect from ourselves. When we did start thinking of nationals, we didn’t know how we would do.”
With the graduation of her more experienced crewmembers, Lindsay said that she took it upon herself to become more of a leader as the season wore on. “I went from being the youngest girl in the boat to being one of the more experienced ones,” she said. “With two of the girls being newer, they looked to me and Ellie for support and advice.”
From left: County Executive Rob Astorino, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, County Legislator Jim Maisano and Republican candidate for county legislator John Verni join PCRA co-founders Bill O’Connor, Brian Clark, and Angelo Rubbo at the PCRA’s 10th anniversary celebration on June 1.
With a terrific performance at nationals behind her, however, Lindsay has no plans to rest. On June 22, she headed up to New London, Conn. to take spend the summer training at the United States Coast Guard Academy with 34 other elite high school rowers. Over the course of the summer, Lindsay and her fellow rowers will be under the tutelage of some of the top instructors in the United States as they
train and compete for a spot to represent the U.S. Youth National Team at the Junior World Rowing Championships, which will be held in Lithuania this August. “This is going to be a new level of challenge,” said Lindsay. “It’s going to be a high level of competition, and a lot of girls there are going to be incredibly fast. It’s going to be great to row and train with girls at that level.”