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Vol. 15/Number 14

April 5, 2013


The ongoing conflict over the fate of the Village of Mamaroneck’s goose population took an unexpected turn on March 27 when Democratic trustees Ilissa Miller and Andres Bermudez-Hallstrom requested that the board cancel its contract with the USDA to slaughter the geese and start fresh to find a more humane solution to the problem. The issue has caused significant controversy in previous weeks and the village has drawn criticism from animal rights activists since the contract was made public. However, the decision to slaughter the animals has also received support from residents who are just now voicing that sentiment. “If we do this in a way that allows homeless people to be fed, I think that’s a great idea,” Resident Brett Moeller said. “We kill fish to eat, we raise cows to be killed. We’re doing this a lot more humanely than anyone could imagine.” Moeller also said that he plays softball in Harbor Island Park over the summer, and that goose droppings are a health hazard. Roseanne Aresty, who was on the Board of Mamaroneck Junior Soccer League for 10 years, also contacted the Board of Trustees via email, and said that the problem of goose droppings in Mamaroneck has only gotten worse over time. “The goose population has grown exponentially, and the harbor is literally covered in a carpet of goose deritus,” Aresty said. “It is dangerous and filthy. We come home from playing a soccer

game, and our cleats and clothes are completely covered in thick goose poop.” Despite support for slaughtering the geese, trustees Miller and Bermudez-Hallstrom both stood firm in their views and said that there are ways to negotiate with the USDA that may or may not result in a cancellation of the contract. At the very least, the provision that called for the slaughter of the animals seems to have divided the board. “I don’t think killing [the geese] is going to solve the problem,” Miller said. “This needs to be managed from a short term and a long term perspective.” Miller said that the board should leave it up to the USDA to decide if it wants to work with the village, and if a compromise can’t be reached, the board should start fresh and look for entirely new alternatives. The contract was signed on Dec. 14, 2012, four days after Miller and Bermudez-Hallstrom took office. The village was given 120 days, until April 13, to cancel or reach a mutual agreement with the USDA to abandon the plan completely. “I was satisfied with a compromise to request that the USDA strike the part of the agreement that said they would execute the geese,” Miller said. One issue that the board is considering, as the deadline for the out clause draws near, is the potential legal ramifications of canceling the contract, after the 120 days has passed. “If you have a valid signed contract as a municipality, you’re bound by the terms of that contract,” USDA continued on page 13

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Rye Neck senior Matt Franks throws a pitch in the Panthers’ April 1 season opener against Woodlands. Franks struck out 10 batters in 5 innings in a lopsided 17-1 win over the Falcons. For more, see page 15. Photo/Bobby Begun

Village trustees debate rogue decision-making By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees recently took a closer look at what the responsibilities its elected officials should and should not be after it was agreed that Trustee Leon Potok, a Democrat, took initiatives that were outside of his responsibilities as an officer of the village. On March 27, the board criticized Potok for his decision to contact Dr. Stephen J. Garber, an expert in wildlife managemet, regarding a humane alternative to the USDA contract to slaughter the village’s geese. According to Deputy Mayor TRUSTEES continued on page 14

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees had a public discussion about what the responsibilities of elected officials should be after Trustee Leon Potok contacted Dr. Stephen J. Garber for an alternative to the village’s agreement with the USDA to slaughter geese. File photo

Proposed Larchmont budget to raise taxes 2.5% By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

The Larchmont Village Board of Trustees unveiled a preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year on Monday night that calls for $16.8 million in general fund expenditures and reflects a 2.49 percent tax rate increase. Mayor Anne McAndrews, a

Democrat, began a brief budget discussion during the board’s regular meeting by saying that the village is facing a “major increase” in pension costs. A closer look at the preliminary budget reveals that those costs are expected to jump by $260,726, or roughly 18.1 percent, in fiscal year 2013-14. Retirement costs alone will total roughly $1.7 million and

account for 10.7 percent of the total expenditures. The board has no control over mounting pension or health insurance costs, McAndrews said. Health insurance costs alone will cost the village nearly $1.5 million in the upcoming fiscal year. As shown in the preliminary budget document, the cost of “total fringe BUDGET continued on page 6

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Drury Drive project sparks controversy

The Drury Drive Municipal Drainage Improvement Project has caused residents to question whether or not the village owns the street. If the street were considered private, the village’s decision to allocate nearly $100,000 for the project is a violation of the Gift and Loan Clause of the New York State Constitution. Photo courtesy Stuart Tiekert By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

Residents of the Village of Mamaroneck have recently begun to question the implementation of The Drury Drive Municipal Drainage Improvement Project. The plan to curb flooding in the area involves the installation of temporary erosion and sediment controls, demolition of existing asphalt pavement, and curb, trench and culvert excavation as well as installation of drainage infrastructure and catch basins. The village received sealed bids for the project up until Feb. 20. However, it is still unclear whether or not flooding issues on Drury Drive are public or private matters, or if the village is allowed to allocate funding to improve it. According to resident Sue McCrory, about $90,000 is being devoted to the project, but that could be a violation of the New York State Constitution’s Gift and Loan Clause. The clause states that, “No county, city, town, village or school district shall give or loan any money or property to or in aid of any individual, or private corporation or association or private undertaking.” Gerry Fraioli, a resident of Drury Drive, hired Commander Engineers to perform an inspection of flooding around his home, and would stand to reap significant benefits from the drainage improvement project. In the engineering report, it was made clear that flooding at the Fraioli residence was caused by a neighboring property. “I observed first hand from the photographs…provided that general flow of water in Drury Lane is toward the driveway that separates your house from your neighbors house,” Charles D. Robben, an engineer,

said in the report to Fraioli. “This driveway is the neighbor’s driveway and is fully on the neighbor’s property.” There was also evidence that the driveway causing flooding was recently resurfaced, thus changing the grade of the property. Robben said that it is his opinion that Fraioli should consult with an attorney regarding how to handle the problem of flooding, but made it clear that it was caused by the neighboring property, and is a private matter. Stuart Tiekert, a resident who has repeatedly requested information on Drury Drive, has said that the village has not maintained any records on the matter. “There is not one record. I foiled all of the communications about Drury Drive. There is not one piece of communication available,” he said. On Feb. 23, Tiekert requested a proof of ownership by the village of Drury Drive and was informed that such information could not be provided to him in an email from village Deputy Clerk Sally Roberts. According to a memo issued by Village Manager Richard Slingerland on March 25, Drury Drive is a public road within the village and has been one since the 1980s. “Drury Drive has not been considered a private road for a very long time,” Slingerland said. If Drury Drive is, in fact, a public road, it allows for the village to implement its plan using budgeted funding, but only if that plan is designed to benefit the area as a whole, and not only a few select residents. Meanwhile, the village continues to move forward with the Drury Drive Municipal Drainage Improvement Plan and, according to its contract, has asked that the contractor of the project finish on or before May 10, 2013.

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C ommunity Briefs Large works come to Larchmont Mamaroneck Artists Guild The public will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with artists at an opening reception on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery is located at 126 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, New York. Admission is free. Five-hour prelicensing class Formula One Driving School, located at 584 Mamaroneck Ave. has the five-hour prelicensing class scheduled for Saturday April 6 at 10:00 a.m., Sunday April 7 at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday April 10 at 4:00 p.m., Sunday April 14 at 10:00 a.m., Saturday April 20 at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday April 24 at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday April 27 at 10:00 a.m. This class is required by New York State for new drivers before they can take their road test. Please call 914-381-4500 or visit our web site at to register for this class, or for other services and for upcoming insurance reduction/point reduction class dates. Boat Show Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mamaroneck. McMichael Yacht Brokers will have more than fifty boats on display 15’ to 50’. Sail and power. 447 E. Boston Post Rd. and 700 Rushmore Avenue, Free admission. Pet Rescue event Puppy/Dog Meet & Greet Saturday, April 20 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Petco 1275 Boston Post Road Larchmont 10538 (914)834-6955 Cancer support available Support Connection, Inc., a not-for profit organization that provides free, confidential support services for people affected by breast

and ovarian cancer, offers a wide range of free support groups women with breast and ovarian cancer. Groups focus on topics pertaining to living with cancer through all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. They are offered in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, and by toll-free teleconference. For a complete calendar of groups at all locations, visit Advance registration is required for all groups; call 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. The following support groups are scheduled Westchester in April: At the support connection office in Yorktown: • Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 23, at 7 p.m. • Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: For women who have or had breast cancer at a young age. Apr. 10, at 7 p.m. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor: • Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 15, at 7 p.m. At the Yorktown Jewish Center in Yorktown Heights: • Support Group for Women Living with Recurrence: For women living with recurrence of breast or ovarian cancer, with advanced stage and/or metastasis. Apr. 19, at 12:30 p.m. By teleconference: For those unable to attend groups in-person, there are monthly Telephone Support Groups via toll-free teleconference, enabling women to participate regardless of their location and from the comfort of their homes. Call a few days ahead to learn how to participate. The Ovarian Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 8 p.m. The Breast Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 8 p.m. Westchester Library System’s 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon The Westchester Library System will hold its 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY. The event celebrates National Library Week and features talented authors Deidre Bair, Marie Howe and Dorothy Wickenden who will discuss their newly published books. The luncheon, which will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., will be followed by an

author signing. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Tickets for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95 for general admission. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s efforts to expand its e-book collection and increase digital media content for all Westchester public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (914) 231-3226 or visit Give spring cleaning a new meaning Sign up today for the Outdoor Community Yard Sale and Sustainability Fair on Sunday, April 21, to be held across from Memorial Park, sponsored by the Larchmont/ Mamaroneck League of Women Voters. Go to to print the registration form and learn about the silent auction and other events. Free admission. Proceeds from space rental and silent auction will go to benefit the energy improvements and renovations to the Hommocks Ice Rink. You keep the rest. Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center hosts annual benefit The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center will be honoring board members John P. “Sean” Coffey of Bronxville and Emily Cohen of Mamaroneck at its annual benefit on Tuesday, April 23 at Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis and co-host of the popular “Religion on the Line” radio show on WABC Talk Radio, will be the keynote speaker.

The annual benefit raffle features a roundtrip excursion for two to Amsterdam with hotel accommodations and a private tour of the Anne Frank House. The annual benefit is HHREC’s major fundraiser, supporting Holocaust and human rights educational programs that reach students, teachers and the greater community in Westchester, Fairfield and Putnam Counties. For more information and to make annual benefit reservations, go to or call 914 696-0738. Village of Mamaroneck annual Clean Up and Green Up Day Saturday April 27, 2013 9:00 a.m. Grand opening of the Mamaroneck Marine Education Center 9:30 a.m. Clean up parks, waterways, beaches and neighborhoods Learn about the importance of clean water Help plant a tree Free snacks for volunteers Green-up Mamaroneck All participants will receive free re-usable Mamaroneck Shopping Bags Sponsored by The Board of Trustees, The Committee for the Environment, Flood Mitigation Committee, Tree Committee 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

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High school students host fundraiser for Senegal library By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

Students for Senegal, an organization comprised of Mamaroneck High School students, recently announced that it will reveal plans for the construction of a new library in the Village of Lambaye with a gala at Molly Spillane’s on April 10. Students for Senegal was co-founded by Amary Seck, an AP chemistry teacher and native of the Village of Lambaye. The group originally sought to foster a cultural exchange between students in the U.S. and students in Senegal, and to provide aid to villagers in need. “We are going to raise awareness of the difficult conditions people live in there, and the lack of opportunities for education,” Seck said. “The village has changed so much. We have given them a lot of hope.” Seck said that since its beginnings four years ago, the group has been very studentbased and thrives primarily on the hard work of everyone involved. For the past four years, Students for Senegal has raised money for the development of Lambaye through bake sales, barbecues, concerts and auctions and has sent students on two trips to the village to get better acquainted with the culture of the people who live there. The group has also sent toys, school supplies, soccer equipment and a computer to Lambaye.

Meeting the villager’s face-toface was one of the most rewarding parts of the effort thus far, said Anna Roeblin, a Mamaroneck High School student who went on a second trip to Senegal that lasted from Feb. 16 to Feb. 25. “Going on the trip made it a lot more real,” she said. “We knew what we were working for, but going there made it tangible.” Students said they were welcomed with kindness when they arrived in Lambaye, and that it was an experience that resonated with them. “The people [in Senegal] were very sweet, you just felt the love,” Greer Thelander, a member of the Students for Senegal, a Mamaroneck High School student organization, arrives in Senegal on Feb. 16 and acquaints itself with children in the Village of Lambaye. Students for Senegal has hosted fundraisers, Mamaroneck club said. The construction of a new li- auctions and bake sales to benefit the villagers of Lambaye and is taking things a step further by unveiling plans to build a new library for students. Photo/Simon Levinson brary is the latest effort by Students for Senegal to help develop the village. The by architects from BKSK Architects, a firm had a couple of meetings with [BKSK], and process has been daunting, but also a learning based in Manhattan that also designed the it was really eye opening to work with them,” Levinson said. “We also focused on exactly experience, said Simon Levinson, a member of Mamaroneck Library. In February, students visited the village what we want this place to be. Do we just the group who has been handling a majority of the administrative duties involved in fund-rais- along with Jennifer Preston, who works at want it to be a place that people can go just BKSK, in order to gather information regard- to get books, or do we want it to be a place ing and collaborating with architects. “We came back with a real sense of what ing what type of building would best suit the where kids can go hang out after school?” Tickets to the upcoming gala are $50, and the problems were in Lambaye, and, through needs of teachers and students. The plans for that, we realized that a learning center would the facility are the result of a collaboration of there will be live music as well as an auction, Mamaroneck students, residents of Lambaye the proceeds of which will all go toward conhave the biggest impact,” Levinson said. The plans for the library were handled and a team of architects at BKSK. “We’ve struction of the Lambaye Learning Center.

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benefits,” including health insurance, dental insurance, workers compensation, Social Security, the MTA commuter tax, life insurance and unemployment insurance, will be $2.5 million and account for approximately 15 percent of general fund expenditures. Employee salaries will once again account for the lion’s share of expenditures at approximately $7 million or 41.49 percent of the budget. Fielding a question from Democratic Trustee John Komar, Village Treasurer Denis Brucciani acknowledged that a significant portion–approximately 86 percent–of the village expenditures are either mandated or contractually driven. “That means the board has about $3 million to play with,” Komar said. “It’s very important for people to understand and recognize.” The proposed budget also includes $3.4 million in appropriations for the police department, $1.7 million for the fire department and $632,206 for street maintenance. The latter includes $76,500 for repaving. “A major cost to localities is simply paving streets,” said McAndrews. “It may be beneficial for us to cooperate with other municipalities–we are very conscientious about costs.” The budget process began back in January, when department heads and representatives from organizations that receive funding from the village made their budget requests.

Representatives from the LarchmontMamaroneck Community Counseling Center were among the first to make their pitch for village funding in the fiscal year 20132014. While the center’s executive director, Dr. Mark Levy, then requested a 4 percent funding increase, Larchmont’s preliminary budget reflects “flat funding” of $40,000 for the center’s operating expenses. The village has held the line on funding since FY 20082009. A representative from the Sheldrake Environmental Center also requested support from the village during the budget talks. Addressing the Larchmont Board of Trustees at its Feb. 11 work session, Holly Moskow asked the group to consider a $4,000 contribution to the center during its upcoming budget deliberations. The village has contributed as much as $8,000 in the past, she added. “We recognize that the village incurs great expenses, but we hope that you will consider Sheldrake,” Moskow said. The village, which has not contributed to the center since the 2010-2011 fiscal year, did not include any funding in its preliminary budget for FY 2013-2014, either. The board will hold a public hearing on the preliminary budget at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Village Hall, and an additional hearing will be held April 22, if necessary. The final spending plan must be adopted by the end of the month, McAndrews said.

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County executive demands HUD release federal funds By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Republican County Executive Rob Astorino have been repeatedly at odds over a lawsuit filed against the county in 2009. The lawsuit was filed by a housing advocacy group called the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro-New York, which claimed that Westchester County had been dishonest about its attempts to integrate housing among people of mixed-incomes, and sought to prevent local governments from using income and race as a way to impact housing choice. The federal government ruled in favor of the advocacy group and ordered that Westchester County build 750 new affordable housing units spread across its towns and villages over a seven-year span, as well as pay the government $8.4 million and the center $2.5 million. Additionally, the settlement required that the county aggressively market the new housing projects to low-income individuals outside of Westchester. The settlement was reached under thenCounty Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat. After Astorino took over in 2010, HUD attempted to force Westchester to restructure its zoning in order to prevent the county from using such boundaries as a way to segregate citizens of varying race and income. Astorino has made it clear that, while he will adhere

to the original terms of the settlement, dismantling the county’s zoning is out of the question. Each municipality in the county has home rule authority on all matters relating to planning and zoning, meaning each adopts its own zoning ordinances. Such authority is set under state law. Recently, HUD decided to withhold $7.4 million in grant funding for local development projects to ensure that the county complys with its rezoning demands. But, according to some in the county, the decision may be hurting the very people the federal government claims to want to help, and also may be a detriment to some municipalities that have already made efforts to build affordable housing. Jeffrey Zuckerman, who is the chair of the Tuckahoe Housing Authority, said that many of the grants the village was recieving were going to good use, and losing them won’t be easy. “There is no place we can turn to replace that funding. The fact that we can no longer apply for such grants is a tremendous loss to the Tuckahoe Housing Authority,” Zuckerman said. “So many of the parks in Tuckahoe were re-done and other necessary projects were completed, all with the help of grants.” Additionally the Town of Mamaroneck will lose $90,000 that could have been used to improve sidewalks on Ward Avenue as well as $75,000 for a walkway next to a CVS on Mamaroneck Avenue.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently made the decision to freeze $7.4 million in grant funding in order to force Westchester County to adhere to the terms of an affordable housing settlement. Critics say the decision is counterintuitive insofar as it will hurt many of the people that the original settlement sought to help. County Executive Rob Astorino has said that he refuses to change his position. Photo/Diana Costello

George Oros, Astorino’s chief of staff, said that HUD’s move to withhold grant money was bewildering. “We feel that the county’s record speaks for itself. We’re one hundred and five units ahead of HUD’s benchmark of building the housing units,” Oros said. “We’re questioning HUD’s judgement when they’re taking away 7.4 million dollars, 86 percent of which goes to communities that are not part of the settlement.” Oros said that a possible solution would be

to continue searching for exclusionary zoning, and if such zoning is found, only that particular municipality should be penalized. Astorino has insisted that HUD release the grant money, and said that he doesn’t intend on changing his position or adhering to any conditions that are outside of the original agreement. “I will do what is in the settlement,” Astorino said, “but I will not yield to the federal government’s views. They can’t take away the rights of the private property owner.”

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Business Briefs Harrison salon celebrates big anniversary

Joli Salon & Spa is the landmark destination for Westchester residents who seek ultimate pampering and beauty care from top professionals in the industry. This month marks a special milestone for the salon as they have been operating under the ownership of master stylist Roberto for 20 years. “I am fortunate and privileged to be part of this community and serve the clientele in this area for the past 20 years. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my loyal staff and family. Through the years the salon has evolved and maintained a level of high elegance and integrity,” Roberto said. “We give

back to the community whenever possible through events such as Hair Cuts for Hunger or Locks of Love.” Roberto and his staff pride themselves on customer care and are dedicated to creating a look of natural beauty with healthy, radiant styles and effortless elegance. From traditional hair and nail services to sunless tanning, laser hair removal, and facials, Joli offers an endless array of superior services and products to enhance and maintain your style. Spa treatments rejuvenate and refresh from the inside out, allowing natural beauty and radiance to come through. Whether you’re looking to refresh an existing style, or revamp your appearance altogether, Joli’s team of stylists and colorists will work closely with you to achieve the look you desire. In celebration of their anniversary, Joli will be offering a new customer discount of 20 percent off with mention of this article. Joli Salon & Spa is located on 343 Halstead Avenue, Harrison, N.Y. in the Harrison shopping center. Appointments can be made Tuesday through Saturday by calling 914835-0200. Kinetic Sports Club offers five-star, family friendly fitness facility Who says serious fitness can’t be a family affair? Certainly not Kinetic Sports Club, a new concept in fitness located at 872 Pelham Parkway in Pelham Manor, New York. From the seriousminded adult fitness enthusiast to the family that just wants to go out and play, the state-of-the art fitness facility strives to be the first to provide five-star, family friendly fitness.

“We saw a real need in the Pelham area for a place the entire family could come to support their health, wellness and fitness needs,” said Laura Butcaris, general manager of Kinetic Sports Club. “Ours will have all of the beautiful amenities of an upscale fitness club, yet unlike most upscale clubs, children and families are welcome and encouraged.” As part of its grand opening celebration, Kinetic Sports Club is offering a 30-day money back guarantee. The group fitness fanatic will find much to love about Kinetic Sports Club’s three group fitness studios and a weekly lineup of 60 to 70 classes including Pilates mat, yoga, studio cycling with myRide+, Les Mills Body Pump, Zumba and bootcamp. The Club’s 1,000 square foot functional training area offers clients the opportunities to train using TRX, Kettlebells, climbing ropes, a Kinesis workout and much more. Those who prefer to sweat individually can choose from a wide variety of equipment from LifeFitness, Precor, and Technogym. A team of Elite Personal Trainers, some of the most experienced and well-regarded in the area, are also on hand to keep clients’ goals on track, offering one-on-one sessions, partner sessions and small group training. For the kids, Kinetic Sports Club features over 10,000 square feet of athletic fields, including a soccer field and regulation size basketball court. Children will be able to participate in soccer classes, basketball, dodgeball and flag football as well as youth fitness classes such as kids yoga and Zumbatonic. One-on-one, sport-specific coaching and training, as well a youth athletic speed school, are also available for the serious athlete. Finally, kids of all ages will enjoy Kinetic Sports Club’s aquatic center, which features a 50-foot adult lap pool, a waterslide and a fun splash pad with sprinklers. Swim lessons will also be offered. Amenities will rival those offered by the most elite clubs in Manhattan. The Kinetic Sports Club Juice Bar offers a wide variety of shakes, juices and snacks. Luxurious locker rooms include steam and sauna, towel service, digital lockers, and the basics-shampoo, conditioner and body wash. For more information about Kinetic Sports Club, visit, or call 914-738-4000. Summer musical theatre camp in Harrison

New York Performing Arts Center, located at 378 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY will be holding a summer children’s musical theater camp from June 24 to July 26, 2013. Camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 can choose from one, two, three, four or five weeks. Each week of camp will focus on scene

work, choreography, and songs from a specific Broadway show. There is limited space available, so register as soon as possible. Call 914-358-4222 for more information, or visit the web site at Hospital Review names Dr. Linda Efferen to list of 100 CMOs to know Becker’s Hospital Review has named New Rochelle native Linda Efferen, MD, chief medical officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, to its prestigious list of the “100 Chief Medical Officers to Know” in the United States. The list is based on individuals’ experience in overseeing medical and quality affairs at their respective organizations. The 100 CMOs are indispensable members of hospital and health system leadership teams and have demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in safety and quality. Members of the list do not and cannot pay to be included on this list. Becker’s Hospital Review is a Chicagobased publication focusing on hospital and healthcare news and business advice. The primary audience for the publication is hospital executives and healthcare industry leaders. As South Nassau’s chief medical officer, Dr. Efferen is responsible for facilitating medical staff interactions with hospital administration and the governing board and for assuring the effective and efficient delivery of quality medical care consistent with the hospital’s mission. She also assists with strategic planning and execution, as well as the implementation of disease management programs, and monitors the effectiveness of management practices and productivity indicators. Dr. Efferen is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. She has been listed in the Consumers Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Physicians, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (for seven years), Best Doctors’ Best Doctors in America and has received a host of awards/honors, including a spot in the 2010 class of Long Island Business News’ Long Island’s Top 50 Business Women. Clinical professor of medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, she is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the New York Academy of Science, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Critical Care Physicians, American College of Medical Quality, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For more information, visit The next Business Briefs section will run on May 3. Please send any submission for our May issue to by Friday, April 26. Each submission can include one picture and must be between 175-225 words. If you have any questions, email Deputy Editor Jason Chirevas at

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City discusses deer population control By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

RYE – City officials are considering a bowhunting proposal intended to control the growing local deer population this fall. Officials and some residents say that the deer population in the city’s wooded areas has grown past the point of being manageable, though others question the effectiveness of hunting with a bow and arrow. The proposal comes on the heels of other animal population control initiatives in neighboring municipalities. According to Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, the proposal for a deer management team came after city officials received numerous emails in January from residents, particularly in the Greenhaven section of the city, who were concerned with the deer population. Three properties located on Boston Post Road in Rye have been identified as areas where a deer management program would be effective: Rye Golf Club, the Jay Heritage Center and the Marshlands Conservancy. “The deer have presented themselves as a driving hazard and they are carriers of deer ticks which in turn carry Lyme Disease,” Councilwoman Parker said. City Manager Scott Pickup said that deer sometimes attract coyotes, which attacked three local children in the summer of 2010. He said that because of such a high deer

population, they lack food and subsequently destroy the city’s natural habitat. Pickup said, “It’s supposed to be as humane as hunting can be considered.” The county Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation has been managing a deer control program since 2008 following a symposium four years earlier that determined that deer were a problem in the county and hunting was the best way to control them. John Baker, director of the county program, said that the number of deer are five to 10 times higher than what local forests can support, and the animals are destroying healthy fauna growth that will regenerate only when the population is decreased. Similar deer management programs were implemented in communities such as Millbrook in Dutchess County and Pound Ridge after a spike in deer numbers in 2010. But not everyone felt that bow hunting was the best way to take care of the deer. Norman Cooper, a 40-year Rye resident, said that, though he has tried sound and odor devices to keep deer away from his property and hasn’t seen any improvement, he didn’t think hunting with a bow and arrow was practical in a suburban area like Rye. “To say that we’re using a handful of bow hunters, it sounds to me that we’re going back 200 years,” Cooper said. Rye resident Chris Molinari she has a problem with the proposal. Molinari said that, by conducting her own research, she found 24 studies on bow hunting from across the coun-

The City of Rye is proposing a bow-hunting program to reduce the deer population in three wooded areas during the fall. Local officials say that the deer population is five to 10 times higher than what the city’s forests can support. Contributed photo

try that show that the practice is inhumane and wasteful. “What we are dealing with is wounding and crippling our deer population,” Molinari said. “As an avid user of our parks and marshlands, I feel like deer are part of that experience.” After her 8-year-old daughter was recently stricken with Lyme Disease, Alison Heaton, who lives near the Rye preserve in the Greenhaven section of the city, said that the consequences of doing nothing to control the deer are severe as well. She said that her children no longer want to play in their backyard because of the overabundance of deer droppings.

“As a mother of four, I really hope we do something to curb the deer population,” she said. This deer discussion comes shortly after the Village of Mamaroneck signed a contract with the USDA to have a large number of the village’s geese slaughtered in order to cut down on droppings in local parks. Just like the deer proposal has in Rye, Mamaroneck’s goose initiative caught the ire of some residents, national media and wildlife defenders, who said that the process of killing geese is cruel and inhumane. The city will continue its discussion of deer control in May.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing of the qualified voters of the Mamaroneck Union Free School District, Westchester County, Mamaroneck, New York, will be held in the Library Classroom at Mamaroneck High School at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 for the presentation of the budget document. The budget document will be available in the Administration Offices, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, New York, and in each school building on May 1, 2013.

2. The Mamaroneck Avenue Election District is co-extensive with the Mamaroneck Avenue School District.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required to fund the Mamaroneck School District budget for 2013-2014, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any resident of the District during business hours beginning May 7, 2013, except Saturday, Sunday or holidays, at the Administration Offices, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, New York, and at each of the school buildings. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting and Election of the Mamaroneck Union Free School District, Westchester County, Mamaroneck, New York, will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, for the purpose of voting upon: 1. Adoption of the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year; and 2. Election of two members of the Board of Education for full three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2016, to succeed Nancy Pierson and Matthew Schoengood. The vote will be taken between the hours of 7 o’clock a.m. to 9 o’clock p.m. in each of the four election districts at the following places: 1. Central Election District: The voting place of this Election District shall be the Central School, Palmer Avenue, Larchmont New York. 2. Mamaroneck Avenue Election District: The voting place of this Election District shall be the Mamaroneck Avenue School, Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, New York. 3. Chatsworth Avenue Election District: The voting place of this Election District shall be the Chatsworth Avenue School, Larchmont, New York. 4. Murray Avenue Election District: The voting place of this Election District shall be the Murray Avenue School, Murray Avenue, Larchmont, New York.

1. The Central Election District is co-extensive with the Central School District.

3. The Chatsworth Avenue Election District is co-extensive with the Chatsworth Avenue School District. 4. The Murray Avenue Election District is co-extensive with the Murray Avenue School District. A qualified voter shall vote at the place herein above designated within the School District and Election District in which such qualified voter resides. Voting machines will be used to record the vote. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that personal registration of voters is required. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that for the purpose of preparing a register for each election district, the members of the Board of Registration shall meet in Conference Room N101, Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, on the following day and for the indicated hours: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7:0010:00 a.m. and 4:00-8:00 p.m. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Board of Registration shall meet during the Annual Meeting and Election at the election districts (each elementary school) for the purpose of preparing a register for meetings or elections to be held subsequent to such Annual Meeting or Election. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that immediately upon the completion of the register so prepared by members of the Board of Registration, and not later than five days prior to Tuesday, May 21, 2013, the register shall be filed in the District Clerk’s office and thereafter shall be open to inspection by any qualified voter of the school district between the hours of 9 o’clock a.m. and 4 o’clock p.m. on each day up to and including Monday, May 20, 2013, except Sundays and also available for inspection on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any person who shall be registered with the Board of Registration of the school district, and who has voted in 2009, 2010, 2011, or 2012 in a School District election, or who shall be registered to vote in general elections, shall be entitled to vote at said election without re-registering with the School District. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for office of

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USDA from page 1

Village Attorney Charles Goldberger said. “You could be sued if you try to unilaterally cancel it.” The board met with USDA representative Ken Preusser at its April 1 work session to discuss the possibility of cancelling the contract as well as various ways to reach a compromise. The parties agreed that the village would move forward with the provision of oiling goose eggs to prevent them from hatching, but that a non-lethal approach would be taken to manage the existing geese. Preusser made several recommendations for making the landscape less attractive to the geese, which included letting grass grow taller, and enforcing a no-feeding policy for residents in the village, but also said that many techniques work more efficiently with a less-dense population of geese.

Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said that, because of the playing fields located in Harbor Island Park, some recommendations for modifying the environment are out of the question, namely letting grass grow. Other possible alternatives that Preusser urged the board to reconsider were the use of collies to chase the geese out of the parks, as well as the use of pyrotechnics to scare them away through a process known as hazing. Preusser did mention that while some of these techniques will make the geese fly away, some will inevitably return. The board plans on continuing negotiations with the USDA to reach a compromise on the contract that will take a non-lethal, costeffective approach to managing the village’s goose problem.

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Louis Santoro, a Republican, Potok’s decision to contact Garber was in direct conflict with the rules of local government outlined by the New York Conference of Mayors. “In matters like this, you have to go through the village manager. [Trustee Potok] had no business representing himself as a trustee,” Santoro said. In a municipality like the Village of Mamaroneck, board members are expected to set policies together and let the administration implement them in a manner that can be agreed upon, according to Assistant Village Manager David Sarnoff. Potok contacted Garber, who previously handled the overabundance of geese at LaGuardia airport, and asked if he knew of any other methods that the board could review along with its USDA contract. There was no collaboration between Potok and Garber on the proposal that was presented at a work session in March, but the board still felt that Potok acted outside of his responsibilities. Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican, said that unless a trustee is at a scheduled meeting, they are not allowed to present themselves as an elected official unless otherwise approved by the board. “Any trustee that goes on their own, and doesn’t have the authority to do it under the village manager form of government, potentially

could extend liability on behalf of the village,” Rosenblum said. “It creates a situation where there is only a downside, and no upside.” Potok defended his actions, saying that it is unclear whether or not he did anything wrong by seeking additional consultation. “I went down and identified myself as a trustee, and asked whether or not they would be able to offer alternative proposals to the village to consider. I think this has been presented generically, vaguely. Perhaps we should consult NYCOM,” Potok said. According to Potok, the NewYork Conferece of Mayors strictly prohibits trustees from directing department heads or village employees, but says nothing about contacting third parties for alternatives to current policies. Potok also said that the mayor’s comments about potential liability are unfounded. “It’s a sham argument,” Potok said. “It’s beyond imagination that the USDA would sue the village for a contract of $8,700. The mayor raised the issue of liability without any real analysis of whether that concern is real or not.” While Democratic Trustee Ilissa Miller appreciated Potok’s initiative, Village Manager Richard Slingerland said that any individual trustee should not solicit proposals in any capacity without consulting the rest of the board, regardless of their intent. “We could have a hundred proposals on any

given week for a myriad of different services,” Slingerland said. “What the board should do if it has a desire for a certain discuss it, then establish a policy. And then the village manager’s office and staff would pursue that.” The Handbook for Elected Officials, published by the New York Conference of Mayors, states that, “trustees have no authority in their individual capacities to enter into contracts or other agreements or to approve payment of

POETIC LICENSE Town/Village of Mamaroneck Poet Laureate Mary Louise Cox

The whole of life lies in the verb seeing. -Teilhard de Chardin

Between Seasons By Shameka S. Hamlet, guest poet Time escapes as an old season fades into yesterday A sudden, new beginning

contracts on behalf of their municipality.” Potok made it clear that he did not enter into any contractual agreement with Garber or approve any proposal, but only sought out his professional consultation. The board agreed that it would consult the New York Conference of Mayors to gain a more clear-cut understanding of how trustees should go about seeking services for the village.

that resembles the echoes of history But amidst its predictability are the mild whispers of uncertainty Though it’s called by the same name as seasons gone by It seeks to invoke a separate interpretation from its identical counterfeits Just when you thought it was springtime, snowflakes spit out of the sky. Don’t ask why. It’s simply a new season trying to be unique. Mary Louise Cox is the poet laureate of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck


Why it’s finally fun to root for the Yankees (and Mets) Every spring, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day brings with it the hope–however fleeting–that this could be “the year” for your team, even if “your team” happens to be the Chicago Cubs. But in the weeks leading up to the 2013 season, I was sensing something different about this year. I know that I, a devout Red Sox fan, didn’t have the highest hopes for a good season, given the disastrous nature of the 2012 campaign. But it wasn’t just me. Mets fans, still smarting over the losses of R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana, didn’t seem excited for the year–which is no surprise considering that the team hasn’t fared well recently. But, amazingly, for the first time in my adult life, I saw Yankees fans similarly consumed by a newfound doom-and-gloom outlook on the season. WFAN listeners who railed for years that the Yankees relied too heavily on homerun hitters were now calling the talk shows demanding to know where the pop was in the 2013 lineup. Yanks fans fretted about the health of the infield while bemoaning the perceived lack of hustle from Robinson Cano, who is inarguably the best position player on the team and was the only superstar in the Yankees opening day lineup. For the first time in 20 years, it seemed like nobody was giving the Mets or Yankees a chance. But, as an outsider, I have to say, there’s a lot to look forward to for both fanbases this year. For the Mets, it’s pretty apparent that this team isn’t built to win a championship right now. They’re in a division with the Nationals, who just happen to be the best team in baseball. The Mets are young, but, unfortunately, they have an outfield filled with retreads and glorified AAA players (I know that Collin Cowgill has gotten off to a good start, but still). And that’s where the fun starts. In my mind, this team has the potential to be like the Metropolitans of 1983. With a young nucleus with potential stars on the hill, like Zach Wheeler and Matt Harvey, and in the field (the imminent arrival of catcher Travis D’Arnaud is of par-

ticular interest). The Mets might not win a whole bunch of games this year, the–‘83 Mets went 68-94–but they could be fun to watch; the first step towards building a contender. This is the ground floor, Met fans, and, if everything works out, watching this team over the next three years could be something special. As for the Yankees, I think that their current roster, filled with aging veterans looking to prove they still belong in the league, likeVernon Wells and Kevin Youkilis as well as exciting, though frustrating, younger players like Eduardo Nunez filling in for legends, makes for some enticing drama, something the Bronx Bombers–with their exorbitant payrolls of the last 15 years–have sorely lacked. This opening day roster gives a fanbase that still longs for blue-collar players like Scott Brosius a chance, for the first time in years, to be an underdog again. Can this team, currently looking like an outsider in the playoff picture, somehow overcome all these obstacles and injuries to make a run in the last year of Mariano Rivera’s final season? That might have even me rooting for the Yanks come playoff time. So, enough with the teeth-gnashing, and enough with the whining. Baseball season is here, and it’s about to get interesting.

SPORTS Panthers win season opener

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On April 1, The Rye Neck Panthers kicked off the 2013 baseball season on a high note, defeating Woodlands in a 17-1 rout. With a good group of returning veterans, the Panthers could be poised to make some waves in League III-A this year. Senior righthander Matt Franks made the opening day start for the Panthers, striking out 10 batters in five innings of work. According to head coach Tyler Slater, Franks will be a focal point of the team’s pitching staff this year, as he has been in years past. “Matt has been our opening day starter in each of the past three years,” said Slater. “I think that his experience, along with his ability, is going to be key for us this year.” Franks helped his own cause offensively, driving in

Centerfielder Jakob Calvini leads off first base against Woodlands on April 1. Calvini went 2-5 with 2 RBIs in the season opener.

Shortstop Chris Cascione steps up to the plate against Woodlands on April 1. Cascione is one of the veterans who will be asked to lead Rye Neck in 2013.

five runs on two hits, while Jakob Calvini also got in on the action, going 2-5 with 3 RBIs. Calvini, along with fellow seniors Chris Cascione and Tom Pipolo, should be the driving force behind the Panthers offense this year, according to the head coach. Other players, including Chris Pennell, are also expected to have an impact as well. “Those three guys are basically going to be the meat of our lineup,” said Slater. “All of them are three-year starters, so they have plenty of experience on the varsity level.” With 11 athletes returning from last year’s squad, Slater said that he is expecting contributions from a number of younger players who may not have gotten many innings in the past, such as Angelo Spedafino, who will be a factor both offensively and on the mound. “I think that, for some of these guys, even the ones on varsity last year, the physical maturity is going to help,” Slater said. “They’re bigger, stronger and more athletic than they were last year.” The Panthers have a tough test early in the season, playing three games in a row

Senior Matt Franks throws a pitch against Woodlands on April 1. Franks, who has been Rye Neck’s opening day starter three years in a row, struck out 10 batters in 5 innings to pick up his first win of the year. Photos/Bobby Begun

against Croton Harmon, Rye Country Day and Harrison from April 9 to 11. That stretch against competitive teams will certainly be a strain on the Panthers pitching staff, but it could be a jumping off point for the rest of the season, according to Slater. “I’m not a big goal setter,

because I don’t want to set unrealistic goals,” said the head coach. “I think we definitely have the ability to compete with teams this year. But having the ability to compete and actually executing are two very different things.” The Panthers’ three-game home stand starts on April 9 at 4:30 p.m.

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