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Vol. 28 No. 17•

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• 16 Iyar 5773

• April 25 2013

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bill clinton endorses fried for county exec county exec race heats up, candidates look for approval as debates ensue

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After an early endorsement from Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, back in December of last year, former President Bill Clinton formally endorsed David Fried earlier this week.




President Clinton gave the following endorsement: “I worked closely with David Fried when he served in my administration, traveling the country and world with me and Hillary. I have followed his career and I believe he has the vision


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east ramapo school president resigns Daniel Schwartz, who served as the president of the school board told the Advocate that he had to resign due to personal reasons. Schwartz, who presided over the board for almost two tumultuous years added; "There is still much work do be done in the district." Moses Friedman may not seek re-election and Nathan Losman, will not run for a real full-term. There will very likely be three open seats for new candidates this voting season. In a very lengthy

and fairly balanced article in New York Magazine this week, Yehudah Weissmandl told the author "The private school community is two-thirds of the district’s children. They are very organized, very vocal.” The article was titled Them and Them, and illustrated the tension in East Ramapo as the districts diverse populations scramble for resources. Several ideas for solutions have been put forward recently, among them, splitting the district in two.

Senator Carlucci's Legislation passes in senate In response to the underlying gas shortage and commuter crisis that occurred following Hurricane Sandy, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) has announced the passage of legislation (S.2680D) that will require

key gas stations within the downstate New York metropolitan region to be prewired with a transfer switch and have a generator available, either directly owned or through a lease or rental agreement. The downstate region concont. Page 14

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and experience to lead Rockland forward to a new era of fiscal responsibility and government accountability. I am happy to endorse my friend David Fried for Rockland County Executive.” David Fried was a Presidential Advance Aide during the Clinton Administration from 1998 to 2001. In response to the first ever endorsement for a county official from a former US president, Mr. Fried stated, “I am proud and humbled that President

Clinton has the confidence in my experience and skills to trust that I am the best person to lead Rockland County out of the financial crisis facing our community.” In December Nita Lowey endorsed Fried and said he has the energy, experience, leadership skills, and commitment to public service that will make him an excellent County Executive. “We have worked together on a wide range of issues to improve the cont. Page 11

Monsey Family Medical Center highlights when sunscreen doesn't help: how to protect your child We all need some sun exposure; it's our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. It does not take a lot of much time in the sun to get the vitamin D they need, a few minutes a day is sufficient. On the other hand, research has shown that repeated unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays may cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer. Most children store a lot of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, that is why it is important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely. With the right precautions, you can greatly

reduce your child's chance of developing skin cancer. “Most parents ask the wrong question when they ask what type of sunscreen should they put on their children”, remarked Dr. Gerson Gluck, a pediatrician on staff at Monsey Family Medical Center. “The only way to keep children safe from sun exposure is to cover them up properly.” The sun radiates light to the earth, and part of that light consists of invisible ultraviolet (UV) rays. When these rays reach the skin, they cause tanning, burning, and other skin damage. Sunlight contains three types of ultraviolet rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. “Because infants have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, their skin burns more cont on

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as we go to press GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES WIRELESS SERVICE HAS ARRIVED AT 30 ADDITIONAL UNDERGROUND SUBWAY STATIONS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that 30 additional subway stations now have wireless voice and data communication capability allowing New York City subway riders to make and receive cell phone calls, send and receive texts and e-mail and access Wi-Fi underground. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials were joined by executives from Transit Wireless, AT&T, TMobile USA and Boingo Wireless to demonstrate the new capability at the City’s busiest station, Times Square. “This goes beyond providing cell service underground. It brings our customers a new level of security –with the ability to dial 911 in an emergency,” said Governor Cuomo. “Customers now know that when they see something, they can now say something using their device to call 911. And now with all the major carriers on board, the vast majority of MTA customers will have the ability to do so.” Representatives from Verizon and Sprint were also on hand to announce that both carriers are finalizing agreements to participate in the network, meaning that all four major carriers are expected to provide cell phone and data connectivity to their customers in underground stations in the first two phases of the project.

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Publisher's Desk A Weekly Editorial By:


Mendel Hoffman

hile it is still months away until the County Executive race really heats up, candidates are sharpening their campaign arsenals. We are starting to see debates, endorsements, and ideas being thrown around, questions and scrutinized. New Government, fresh ideas, knowledge and breadth of running a stable economic region are all on the table. Many great ideas abound, choosing the right person to lead the county is difficult. A president has a vice president, a mayor has a deputy, why not create a second position in the County Executive chambers? There are obviously very strong candidates running this year for the job. The race is on, and it is going to heat up real soon. To take the edge away, let us elect two of the candidates and have them serve the people side by side. The County needs leadership. The tax-payers demand it, the money is running out for the county budget. We do not want to see everything outsourced to Jersey, do we? Let us take an example from our Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and build real regional economically feasible industries. Let us start fresh, keep Rockland County strong financially. For this we need all the help we can get. So this November, will you be voting for just one, or do we need more help than that?

letters to the editor Dear Editor, Last week was a hard week for our country. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families and victims of the horrific events in Boston and in Texas, and we are grateful to the first responders who acted heroically in response to both tragedies. Even as these events unfolded, millions of Americans were disappointed and angry about the defeat of key legislation to make our country safer. The Senate voted against stricter gun laws, failing the families of Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, and the other victims of gun violence. Not only did they fail to make America a safer place, but they voted against the 9 out of 10 Americans who support tougher background checks and making sure criminals can’t buy deadly weapons. Our fight is far from over and now it is more crucial than ever that you add your voice to this fight. I will keep fighting to make sure that we have tougher background checks, close loopholes that allow criminals to purchase

deadly weapons, and keep weapons of war off our streets. Let’s keep fighting together. Nita Lowey US Congress To the editor: Let's do some math regarding the recent hike in the state minimum wage. The number of Democrats elected to the State Senate — 33. The number of Republicans elected to the State Senate — 30. The number of Senators who said they supported raising the minimum wage right away to $9 an hour — 32. A majority. The percentage of New York voters who supported raising the minimum wage — 80 percent; a majority of whom wanted a raise closer to $10 than to $9. Republican voters by 2 to 1 wanted a minimum wage hike. Then how did we come up with a minimum wage hike of only $8 an hour this year? Senator Jeff Klein and his IDC group; Five Democrats who gave power to the minority Republicans in order to make

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"democracy work" better. How much money will low-income workers lose by delaying the minimum wage hike to $9 an hour over three years — and then no indexing? $1.2 billion. Maybe more. Money that could have been used to feed their family. Or pay the landlord or utility company. Or buy clothes. And tip workers were dropped. They now have to wait for the Labor Department to rule on a new wage order. Republican senators wanted a subminimum wage for young workers. No one else did. So what did the other three men in the back room agree to: the first tax credit in the U.S. to subsidize employers — including Walmart, if they hire young workers at the minimum wage. The cost to taxpayers: $20 million to $40 million a year — or more, no one really knows. But it creates incentives for employers to increase the number of low wage jobs that it fills with teenagers paid exactly the minimum wage rate. This is not how democracy is supposed to work. Mark A. Dunlea, Executive Director, Hunger Action Network of NYS

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national & international news updates Boston Bombing Suspect Says Brothers Weren't In Touch With Overseas Terrorist Groups Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators in writing Monday that neither he nor his older brother were in touch with any overseas terror groups. Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, backed Williams' report that the suspects were not involved with any Islamic terrorist groups. The news organization tweeted the information Monday night. NBC was the first media outlet to report that Suspect 2, as he was dubbed by the FBI, was captured late Friday evening. Tsarnaev and brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police, were motivated by religion, according to U.S. officials. Investigators have also been looking into Tamerlan Tsarnaev's time spent in Russia. The older brother was known to have travelled to two predominantly Muslim Russian provices, Dagestan and Chechnya. Authorities were exam-

ining whether Tsarnaev may have been influenced by the region's militant population, who have railed against Russian security forces for years. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says there is no evidence that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were targeting New York City. But he says one may have been planning to party in the city after the attack. Kelly said he was told Tsarnaev may have been intending to come to New York to party, or for a party, after the bombings. But Kelly said it’s not clear if any specific plans were made. UN Official: Boston Got What It Deserves A U.N. special investigator has stirred up controversy with his provocative published remarks about the Boston marathon bombings, drawing the ire of top U.N. and government officials. Richard Falk, the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories who reports to the 47-nation U.N.

Human Rights Council in Geneva, wrote about the attacks in an April 21 commentary in Foreign Policy Journal that “the American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the postcolonial world.” The British and U.S. missions to the U.N. in New York and the advocacy groups Anti-Defamation League and U.N. Watch all questioned Falk’s capabilities for the U.N. job. Spokesman Martin Nesirky said Wednesday that Secretary-General Ban Kimoon rejects Falk’s comments, which could undermine the U.N.‘s credibility and work. Redesigned $100 Bill By October The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will begin circulating a redesigned $100 bill this fall, more than two years after its initial target. The Fed has set a new target date of Oct. 8. The redesigned note incorporates added security features, such as a blue, 3-D

security ribbon and a disappearing Liberty Bell in an inkwell. The features are designed to thwart counterfeiters. The revamped bill had been expected to go into circulation in February 2011. But in December 2010, officials announced an indefinite delay.

They said they needed more time to fix production issues that left unwanted creases in many of the notes. “We made numerous process changes to address the creasing issue and we are back in full production,” said Dawn Haley, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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Albany & washington news briefs Congresswoman Nita Lowey Announces $191,000 in Federal Funding for Domestic Violence Prevention in Westchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that My Sister’s Place, a local nonprofit that supports victims of domestic violence, will receive $191,188 in federal funding as part of a new initiative aimed at reducing domestic violence-related homicides. My Sister’s Place has been selected by the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women to participate in the first 12-month phase of the Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction Demonstration Initiative, which seeks to identify the best ways to prevent domestic violence-related homicides in communities around the country. This includes helping to build the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to identify and serve high-risk victims as well as monitoring high-risk offenders. “While much progress has been made in reducing instances of domestic violence, the sad reality is that too many families know the pain of domestic violence and too many remain at risk for further violence,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I am

pleased that My Sister’s Place, a longtime provider of critical services to families in Westchester County, has been selected as one of only 12 organizations around the country to participate in this important initiative. I am hopeful that it will help identify ways we can prevent domestic violence in Westchester County and around the country.” Earlier this year, Congresswoman Lowey supported legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. The legislation was passed on February 28th. Comptroller DiNapoli REPORTS rockland IS losing millions The general fund deficit for the Rockland County,has already grown from $31.5 million at the end of fiscal 2008 to $96.5 million at the end of fiscal 2011, according to a report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Now, the county's revenue projections for fiscal 2013, which ends Dec. 31, may be optimistic and are not supported by a specific analysis, DiNapoli said. The county's budget relies on $175 million in sales and use tax revenue for 2013 - an increase of $6.8 million, or 4 percent, from last year. "The county faces difficult budgeting choices. But the path to more accurate

and realistic budgeting begins with an honest conversation about the numbers," DiNapoli said in a statement.

No Fleet Week this Week due to budget cuts Hosted nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the City's celebration of the sea services. This annual event also provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding

Tri-State area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness first hand the latest capabilities of today's Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Team. Fleet Week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays throughout the week, as well as public visitation of many of the participating ships.The official statement was the following: "Unfortunately, there will be no Navy ships in New York this year for Fleet

Week and no additional Sailors or Marines. We look forward to the opportunity to participate in future Fleet Weeks and we greatly appreciate the city's patience and understanding during these unusual times. Thank you NYC for what you do for our service men and women each and every day. Hope to see you next year! "

Anthony Weiner’s Press Strategy As he explores a potential mayoral campaign in New York City Anthony Weiner has become his own one-man press shop, often trading barbs with reporters on the news of the day. And, for a man who was forced to resign from Congress because of inappropriate electronic communications, Mr. Weiner doesn’t appear to expend much effort filtering his speech. For example, a Politicker reporter shares a name with a famous ice hockey player, and Mr. Weiner, an avid hockey fan himself, focused on that fact during one of many interview requests.


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rockland & regional Legislature Passes Schoenberger’s Bill to Aid River Communities The Rockland County Legislature unanimously passed Legislator Ilan Schoenberger’s resolution that calls upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite the release of Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) for Rockland County that are essential to the restoration and rebuilding of properties in Rockland’s Hudson River communities that were damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. ABFEs are the recommended elevation of the lowest floor of a building calculated to reduce the risk of floodwaters in the event of catastrophic events. FEMA issued ABFE data for Westchester County, NYC and several counties in New Jersey, including neighboring Bergen County, when it determined that the current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) might not provide adequate levels of protection for restoration of damaged structures or new construction in light of the damage that was caused by the October storm. ABFE data was not issued for Rockland County, however, at the urging of Rockland County’s Fire and Emergency Services and Planning Department, FEMA agreed to issue ABFE data in a two-month time period. “Why FEMA did not provide Rockland with advisory information at same time it was provided to Westchester and Bergen Counties is a question for another day,” said Legislator Schoenberger. “Why we now have to wait two months for our data is the current question. I am pleased that my colleagues supported my request for swift action. This advisory information is crucial to ongoing restoration, future planning and necessary to ensure that property is protected in the event of future occurrences."

City Council aims to raise smoking age in New York City from 18 to 21 After three terms of aggressive public-health m e a s u r e s championed by Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is spearheading the city’s latest crusade to bar under-21s from buying cigarettes. A Council bill announced Monday by Quinn and Health Commissioner

Thomas Farley would make New York the first major city in the country to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. “That will literally save lives,” Quinn said. “The more difficult it is for [young people] to gain access to tobacco products, the less likely they are to start smoking.” The bill is a sign that Quinn, a leading mayoral contender, would carry on Mayor Bloomberg’s trademark public health agenda if elected. Under Bloomberg, the city has also banned trans fats and required restaurants to post calorie counts. Officials cite data showing that 80% of smokers in the city started before age 21 — and a study that found raising the legal age to 21 could cut smoking rates among 18-to-20year-olds by more than half. “If we can prevent our youth from starting smoking before they’re 21, we may just be able to protect an entire generation from a lifetime of being addicted to the world’s most dangerous drug,” Farley said. Young smokers who were interviewed said new laws would not stop them from getting cigarettes.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES HOUSING EXTENSION FOR SANDY VICTIMS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 28-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program beginning on May 1st, which was the deadline for the last extension granted earlier in April. This new extension allows eligible survivors from Superstorm Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels. The new checkout date for those in the TSA program is May 29, 2013. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the new checkout date. “Nearly six months after the storm, this program continues to be an essential resource for Sandy victims who still cannot return home, which is why we asked FEMA for an extension beyond the program’s usual sixmonth life,” Governor Cuomo said. “This extension for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program will give more time to those without a housing solution to find one.” This is a short-term program that places families in hotels while they work toward a longer-term housing plan.

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thomas b. vanderbeek, p.E. CoMMISSIoNER April 17, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Prendergast (845) 364-2085

toR Improves loop #2 bus service in Monsey Circular bus route will operate in both directions

POMONA, NY – Beginning on Sunday, April 21st, 2013, the Transport of Rockland (TOR) Loop #2 will be improved by adding bi-directional service to the existing bus route. Loop #2 provides convenient transportation to shopping centers in Monsey and transfer options to other bus routes on Highway 59. This improvement will enable passengers to reach destinations more quickly and spend less time waiting for and traveling on the bus. Changes to land use and redevelopment of existing properties required an analysis of existing service in the area. “The County is pleased to be able to provide this improvement for the popular TOR Loop #2 bus service,” said County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef. “This is one more way the County is working hard to increase efficiency and upgrade service with no additional cost to the County.” “With this improvement, trips will take less time and passengers will not need to wait as long for the next bus,” said Planning & Public Transportation Commissioner Thomas Vanderbeek. “The improvement will also add a new “front door” stop at Amazing Savings and other stores located in the newly redesigned Town Square shopping center. It makes the service much more efficient and enables us to serve more people.” The new Loop #2 service will operate from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm instead of 7:00 am to 8:40 pm. The new schedule adds mid-day service where there was higher demand, and eliminates two early morning trips and four evening trips that had little or no ridership. The improvement also includes bringing the route back to Highway 306 from Blauvelt Road, but the route will continue to serve all other previous stops. From Shopper’s Haven Mall on Hwy 306, the Eastbound Loop #2 will travel on Hwy 59 to serve the Town Square (Amazing Savings). It will then serve the Atrium Plaza before entering local Monsey streets via Robert Pitt Drive for a trip that eventually terminates back at Shopper’s Haven. The Westbound Loop #2 bus will depart from Shopper’s Haven Mall in the opposite direction, traveling on Hwy 306 to serve Blueberry Hill Apartments and several other housing complexes, then through Monsey on the same streets as the Eastbound trips, but in the opposite direction. Passengers can choose to ride in whichever direction gets them to their destination most quickly. Because the “loop” route is now bi-directional, passengers will also no longer need to wait at Shopper’s Haven parking lot for the bus to “lay over”. For Loop #2 schedules or other transit inquiries, go to or call the Rockland Transit Information Center at (845) 364-3333, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. ###

Friedman Outlines Plan to Improve Government in Village of Spring Valley Five points For a new Future restore the public trust 1. Forensic Financial Audit of Village Finances & Debt 2. Salary Freeze for Elected Officials 3. Law Enforcement Audit of all Village Projects For Potential Corruption Among Officials honest budgeting that works For taxpayers 1. End “Tax You and Pay Me” 2. End Wasteful Spending – Including on Mayor’s Vehicle – & Create Efficiencies To Reduce Costs 3. Approve Fire District Consolidation new revenue sources – not new taxes – For a new era 1. Create A Spring Valley Green & Solar Initiative Modeled After Past Successes 2. Develop A Real Economic Development Plan With The NYS Economic Development Council 3. Build A Partnership With Albany For Grants & Funding – As We Have Done In Ramapo infrastructure For a new century 1. Repair The Decades-Old Potholes & Crumbling Streets 2. Become A Serious Partner With Rockland & Ramapo to End Chronic Flooding 3. Join The Fight Against Higher Utility Rates & Improve Storm Reponses Coordination one village For all communities 1. Create A Real Funding Assessment Plan For Community Groups 2. Mayor’s Office Will Take An Active Role In Fostering Honest Dialogue 3. Fulfill The Village’s Legal Obligations & Restore Hi-Tor Animal Shelter Funding

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Family Health Talk


Dr. Esther Bekritsky Dr. Gerson Gluck


Dr. James Israel Dr. Arthur Landau Dr. Debra Grohman Dr. Delatre Lolo Dr. Manoj Pulicottil Elana Klein, PA Erick Araujo, PA Brian Blitz, PA


Dr. Jamie Giraldo


Dr. Joel W. Allen Dr. Debra Kirschner Melissa A. Carco, PA Ayelet Honig, NP


Dr. Genady Benyaminov Dr. Sarah Hanna Dr. David Horowitz Dr. Ramin Kashani Dr. Stacey Lubetsky Dr. Jacklyn Tadros

SPECIALTY Dr. Harry Baldinger - Podiatry Dr. Michael Ginsburg- Podiatry Dr. David Schwalb - Urology Dr. Renata Witkowska - Allergy Dr. Samuel Wong - Ophthalmology Dr. Soren White - Dermatology Dr. Philip Fried - Dermatology Hanna Raice MS, RD, CDENutrition Counseling Aaron Muller, Speech Therapy Melech Karp, Speech Therapy

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easily than that of older children.” explains Dr. Gluck. “Sunscreen should not be applied to babies Sunscreen under 6 months of age, so they absolutely must be New federal guidelines for sunscreen Absorbs UV Sun’s rays kept out of the sun whenever possible”, concluded labels will give consumers better radiation Dr. Gluck. If your infant must be in the sun, dress information about a productÕs him or her in clothing that covers the body, includeffectiveness. ing hats with wide brims to shadow the face. Use Updated labels an umbrella to create shade. Skin • Products that Lots of good sunscreens are available for children, protect against UVA Epidermis including formulations for sensitive skin, long-lastand UVB will read ing waterproof and sweat-proof versions, and easyBroad spectrum application varieties in spray bottles. What matters Dermis most in a sunscreen is the degree of protection • Sunscreens that from UV rays it provides. When faced with the overonly protect against UVB labels will read whelming sea of sunscreen choices at drugstores, • UVA rays • UVB rays Only penetrate concentrate on the SPF (sun protection factor) Product has been Penetrate deep, epidermis and cause numbers on the labels. For children age 6 months shown only to help weaken tissues; sunburn; SPF only protects and older, select an SPF of 30 or higher to prevent prevent sunburn, cause cancer against these rays both sunburn and tanning. Choose a sunscreen not skin cancer or Source: Skin Cancer Foundation, U.S. Food and Drug Administration early skin aging that states on the label that it protects against both Graphic: Melina Yingling © 2011 MCT UVA and UVB rays (referred to as "broad-spectrum" sunscreen). In general, sunscreens provide better protections against UVB rays than UVA rays, making signs into a false sense of safety. Purchase sunglasses with labels of skin aging a risk even with consistent use of sunscreen. ensuring that they provide 100% UV protection. To avoid possible skin allergy, don't use sunscreens with When children get sunburned, they usually experience PABA; if your child has sensitive skin, look for a product pain and a sensation of heat — symptoms that tend to with the active ingredient titanium dioxide (a chemical- become more severe several hours after sun exposure. Some also develop chills. Because the sun has dried their free block). Sun exposure damages the eyes as well as the skin. Even skin, it can become itchy and tight. Sunburned skin begins one day in the sun can result in a burned cornea (the outer- to peel about a week after the sunburn. Encourage your most, clear membrane layer of the eye). Cumulative expo- child not to scratch or peel off loose skin because skin unsure can lead to cataracts (clouding of the eye lens, which derneath the sunburn is vulnerable to infection. If you are leads to blurred vision) later in life. The best way to pro- worried about your child’s sunburn please call the Monsey tect eyes is to wear sunglasses. Not all sunglasses provide Family Medical Center to make an appointment with your the same level of ultraviolet protection; darkened plastic pediatrician at 845-352-6800. or glass lenses without special UV filters just trick the eyes

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Blood Pressure Screening Vision & Hearing Screening Diabetic Screening Dental Care Services Body Mass Index Screening Organ Donor Registration CPS3 (Cancer Prevention Study) registration and more! CO-SPONSORS/PARTICIPANTS: Rockland County Health Department, Lions Club of Nanuet, Indian Nurses Association of New York (INANY), Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA), Nyack Hospital’s Breast Center, Community Medical & Dental Care For more information, contact: Legislator Aney Paul (, 845-304-1580) or Barbara Chuck (Lions Club, 845-536-0928)

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Family Health Talk Ben Gilman

Spring Valley Family Medical Center 175 Route 59, Spring Valley NY 10977

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life can be stressful, and that's normal

By: Mrs. Gitty Klienman he pressure to cook, bake, clean, organize, run er- vantage, but only for the time being. However, if the perrands, etc. all at once, is enormous , and this cre- son remains under stress, the body’s ability to remain in ates stress. Stress is so common, it almost doesn’t ‘survival’ mode is diminished; increasing the stress levels, need to be stressed, yet people are unaware of just how thus creating the ‘fight or flight’ response again. Then, much their emotional and physical well-being is affected when the body is unable to keep up, it is back in stress mode, thus creating a vicious cycle. Therefore, stress has by stress. Studies have shown that episodes of illness, doctor visits, to be managed before it escalates.



and trips to the hospital, doubled (at least), during highstress periods when compared to lower-stress periods. In addition, it was found that some of the prime causes of depression, anxiety, overeating, and disease, are linked to increased stress. If a person has a genetic predisposition to a mental illness, heightened stress is likely to bring it out and cause it to develop and evolve into something greater. (The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health) Therefore, understanding what stress is and what it does to your body, is of paramount importance. ‘Stress’ is mentioned and discussed often, but do we really know what stress means? Stress is created when the demands or expectations are greater than the resources available. For example if Ricky needs three hours to get ready for shabbos, and she only has one hour, this will create stress. If Shimon needs to prepare a shiur, but he is unable to find the proper sefer, he will be under stress. In the above situations, the resources needed to help the individuals do what was expected and demanded of them were not available or sufficient, creating a situation of stress. Throughout the year, there are some times that are more stressful than others. Stress can come from both good and bad situations and create both major and minor stressful situations. It is usual for an unfortunate circumstance such as death, divorce, job loss, accident, emergency or illness to put stress on the individual (s) affected by these circumstances. However, a happy occasion such as a birth, wedding, family gathering, holiday, vacation, can also create stress. All of the above occurrences create situations of greater needs and demand, without necessarily increasing and sometimes even decreasing the resources available. Whether the cause is good or bad, major or minor, stress needs to be managed before it builds up and escalates out of control. Stress puts the body in a ‘fight or flight’ or ‘survival’ mode, increasing adrenaline in the body so that the person has a greater ability to do what he needs to do at the time. This reaction of the body makes sense, because it is the body’s way of trying to help increase its resources, thus lowering the stress! In some situations this surge of adrenaline is very helpful and can be a great thing. Take the example of Ricky. Because Ricky does not have sufficient time to get ready for Shabbos, she is under stress. As a result of this heightened stress, Ricky gets a surge of adrenaline, allowing her to finish the necessary preparations in record time. However, if Ricky will constantly be under stress on Shabbos and for the rest of the week, due to the many demands of her job and family, she will be unable to function properly. In the above scenario, the extra stress was to Ricky’s ad-

Stress affects the person, on all levels, physically, mentally and emotionally. The mind and body are intrinsically connected. Therefore, when one thinks of something, it might trigger an emotional and even sometimes physical response in his body. Therefore, when one is thinking about, or is in a stressful situation, all areas of functioning will be affected. To illustrate this, try the following exercise: Think of an area in your life that is stressful for you, an unfinished project, unmet deadline, difficult relationship, etc.. Notice how you are feeling and what your body’s response is. How are your muscles, are they tense or relaxed? Did your heart rate stay the same increase or decrease? What about your breathing? Are you sweating or shivering? Chances are you noticed greater muscle tension, increased heart rate, shallow breathing and possibly sweating, shivering or both. This is because, as mentioned above, your body goes into ‘survival’ mode, in order to protect itself from the effects of stress, and to try to accommodate the increased demands. In survival mode, the body only focuses on survival, and all other functions are disrupted. Therefore, one cannot think clearly or properly control their thoughts and emotions. This poses a challenge, because in stressful situations, it is essential that one have the ability to remain calm and try to problem solve. But if the stress is not managed and it takes over, the person is not even capable of seeing himself out of the stressful situation. Furthermore, stress increases the cortisol levels in the body. The study quoted in the beginning of the article found that the reason increased levels of stress was largely cause for illness, was because of the cortisol factor. The cortisol factor explains that when a person is under high levels of stress, the body produces increased cortisol. However, too much cortisol impacts the physical, mental and emotional functioning of the person and creates a wide range of illnesses and dysfunction. If reading all this information has not stressed you out, then you did not read very closely. Initially, reading all this information about how closely stress is related to chronic disease, it may seem very hopeless. However, worry no longer! Know that stress is manageable. By controlling stress, you will be able to live in ‘regular’ mode and not in constant ‘survival’ mode, and cortisol levels will be maintained. You need to have motivation, and knowledge about how to go about it. Future articles will discuss stress management and relaxation techniques. Many times, stressful situations call for more professional help. Seek out one of the many competent and knowledgeable therapists at Project Ohr who will help you cope with and manage stressful situations. Call 845-352-6800 ext 6849

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Metabolic syndrome Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of heart disease risk factors that increase your odds of developing heart disease, stroke or diabetes.

you may The diagnosis

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Obesity Particularly at waist; apple shape

High blood pressure or on blood pressure medication

Resistance to insulin Hormone that regulates body’s sugar levels People with metabolic syndrome:

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overnor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a series of LED lighting upgrades throughout the Thruway and Canal system that are projected to reduce the Thruway Authority’s electric costs by an estimated 20 percent. These lighting upgrades also provide improved visibility, helping to maintain and enhance safety on the Thruway and Canal systems. The Thruway Authority is working to incorporate energy-efficient technologies such as LED lighting as they become available. “As we celebrate Earth Week, New York is continuing to move forward with efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs in state government by adopting new green technologies,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Thruway’s LED lighting project is one example of how we are doing our part to use less electricity. In addition, these environmentally friendly upgrades will result in significant savings – and pay for themselves – which is great news

for toll payers.”

“In addition to reducing our electric costs by nearly 20 percent, this inno-


vative lighting technology is more environmentally friendly and enhances both the safety and security of our motorists. We’re providing a better product and actually cutting costs at the same time,” said Thruway Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “These upgrades are part of our wide-ranging effort to work more efficiently in every aspect of Thruway operations while continuing to provide motorists with the best possible experience.” In addition to extending the program to all 60 toll plazas and barriers in the system and its 26 maintenance locations, the Thruway Authority is currently partnering with HMS Host Corporation to upgrade the parking lot and exterior lighting at Chittenango Travel Plaza. The Thruway Authority anticipates similar projects occurring at various travel plazas in the future. The Thruway Authority also integrates environmentally friendly solar technology at 289 locations and has begun a project to install wind turbines in the Buffalo Division.

Americans Care Less About the Environment than ever

mericans place less importance on environmental issues than they did in 1971, a year after Earth Day was established, according to a new poll. But the poll also finds that more Americans are taking some steps to protect the environment, such as cutting down on electricity use, eating organic foods and recycling. The first survey was a telephone poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for Richard Nixon between May 7 and 25, 1971, that included broad questions about attitudes toward the environment and environmental spending. The second was a separate Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted using in-person interviews between July 16 and August 2, 1971, and measured actions respondents said they had recently taken to help protect the environment. Both surveys were accessed through the Roper Center's iPoll database. Although differences in methodology between the 1971 polls and the online HuffPost/YouGov

poll may account for some of the differences in results, the responses make clear that environmental issues have become less important to Americans over the past four decades. The 1971 Nixon poll found that 63 percent of respondents said that it was "very important" to work to restore and enhance the national environment, with 25 percent saying it was "fairly important" and only 8 percent saying it was "not too important." But in the 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll, only 39 percent of respondents said it was very important, while 41 percent said it was fairly important and 16 percent said it was not too important.

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Study: Chicken, Ground Beef Pose Food Poisoning Risk An analysis of more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness shows that ground beef and chicken have caused more hospitalizations than other meats. The report by the Center for Science in Public Interest says chicken nuggets pose the lowest risk of foodborne illness. The group used government data on 1,700 outbreaks over 12 years to analyze salmonella, E. coli, listeria and other pathogens that were definitively linked to a certain meat. To calculate which meats were riskiest, CSPI ranked the foods in which contamination was most likely to cause hospitalizations. Some meats may have had more illnesses but were less likely to cause severe illness. After ground beef and chicken, CSPI categorized turkey and steak as “high risk” and deli meat, roast beef and beef as “medium risk.” Salmonella and E. coli, pathogens that contaminate meat and poultry during shchita and processing, accounted for a third of the illnesses surveyed. Clostridium perfringens, a lesser-known pathogen

that usually grows after processing when foods are left at improper temperatures for too long by consumers or food establishments, accounted for another third. While a large number of chicken illnesses were due to clostridium perfringens, chicken led to many hospitalizations partly because of the high incidence of salmonella in chicken that isn’t properly cooked. According to the report, listeria, salmonella and E. coli required the most hospitalizations. The group noted that the data is incomplete because so many foodborne illnesses are not reported or tracked. The CDC estimates that as many as 48 million Americans get sick from food poisoning each year. To reduce foodborne illnesses from meat, CSPI recommends what they call “defensive eating” — assuming that meat can be unsafe. Safe handling includes not letting meat juices drip onto other food or counters, cleaning cutting boards and plates that have held raw meat, wearing gloves when preparing meat and washing hands often. Cooks should also make sure meat is heated to the proper temperature before eating it.

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the past three weeks, the price of Officials Say 264 Injured In Over oil has fallen by 9 percent to $89 a barrel. Marathon Bombing That has helped extend a slide in gasoline A total of 264 people injured in last week’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon were treated at 26 hospitals in the days following the attack, the Boston Public Health Commission said on Tuesday. Three people died in the attack. Authorities have revised the number of injured several times over the past week as additional cases proved to be linked to the explosions on April 15. The latest count is higher than earlier estimates and reflects patients who may not have sought medical help at the scene but later checked in to hospitals in the area, said Nick Martin, a spokesman for the commission. “There are people that, I think, felt like they had minor injuries right after and they realized their symptoms weren’t going away,” Martin said. About 48 people remained hospitalized as of Monday, according to hospital officials.

Gas Prices Drop A sharp decline in the price of oil this month is making gasoline cheaper at a time of year when it typically gets more expensive. It's a relief to motorists and business owners and a positive development for the economy.

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prices that began in late February. Nationwide, average retail prices have fallen by 27 cents per gallon, or 7 percent, since Feb. 27, to $3.52 per gallon. Analysts say pump prices could fall another 20 cents over the next two months. Diesel and jet fuel have also gotten cheaper in recent weeks, which is good news for truckers, airlines and other energy-intensive businesses.

Electric Taxis Are Hitting The NYC Streets Six all-electric Nissan taxis are being used as part of a pilot program. Officials want to examine how well the operators of the car can incorporate electric charging into their daily routine. Re-charging can take about eight hours, although officials are also testing other devices that can provide partial re-charging, said a spokesman for the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set a goal of electrifying one-third of the city’s taxi fleet by 2020. “Nissan’s proven track record with electric vehicles will put us ahead of the curve in helping us answer important questions about incorporating electric taxis into the fleet,” Bloomberg said.

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bill clinton endorses fried for county exec continued from page 1 quality of life in Rockland since he served on my Congressional staff almost 10 years ago. In the important areas of economic development, David has creative short-term and long-range solutions to help Rockland meet its fiscal challenges. I am proud to endorse him in this race,”concluded Lowey. The Correction Officers Benevolent Association of Rockland County (COBARC) endorsed him back in February. Fried has already outlined a few missteps he thought the established government had

David Fried addressing the crowd at his candidacy announcement in December as his father looks on

made along the way dragging the bond rating down as a dire financial status ensues. Fried had said this disturbed him so personally it persuaded him to resign his Village Justice job and focus on Rockland's larger picture. Some of his motivation for running stemmed from his work on the bench, and the frustration he had with lack of County funds. “Last year I was sent a memo from the County stating probation officers would no longer appear in court because the county couldn’t afford money for gas,” said David when he gave an announcement speech in December. “I could not believe they would allow the difference between justice served and justice denied to be determined at the gas pump. I

realized at that very moment that we do not only suffer from a deficit of dollars and cents but also from a deficit of ideas.” Fried has also addressed the glaring lack of vision and leadership in county government. He has called for a minimum 10% reduction in salary for the County Executive, appointees, and commissioners; “I [As a County Legislator] voted against my own pay raise… and I will continue that approach as County Executive” “By creating policies and incentives to show prospective job creators and business taxpayers that they don’t have to look to New Jersey anymore . . . I will make sure that Rockland is open for business again. My economic development team and I will partner with our towns and villages to fill store fronts and turn vacant, run-down, commercial buildings into engines of opportunity.” Among the municipal issues debated last week in Clarkstown Town Hall, were the environment and safety. Fried wants Indian Point shut down immediately. Aside from the threat it poses to Rockland, and the metropolitan areas of New York, there have been no evacuation plan that has properly worked. He would also like to see the creation of a water district, and better air quality control. As County Executive, Fried said, "I will fight to empower Rockland’s ability to protect our water. I will appoint a panel to explore why Rockland doesn’t have a water district and direct the County Attorney to provide legal support. I pledge to include representatives from the Rockland Water Coalition in the process. Creating a water district has merit because it can give us a seat at the table." Many of these regulatory services have been

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Addressing what the State Comptroller said recently of the county’s financial woes, Fried believes there is a complete disconnect between county government leadership and the people it serves. “The residents are paying high taxes, but not getting what they deserve.” “The public deserves more”

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Almost 15 million (11.8 percent) employed U.S. wage and salary workers belonged to a labor union in 2011; the percent by state: Less than 5%




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Self-Employment Assistance Program: In 2012, The Program Helped More than 360 Unemployed NYers Start Their Own Business Governor Andrew M. Cuomo an- in communities across the state." nounced the expansion of a state program that helps unemployment Previously, an unemployment ininsurance recipients start their own surance beneficiary was only elibusinesses. gible to participate in SEAP during the first 26 weeks of receiving unRecipients of unemployment in- employment benefits. The Goversurance benefits generally must nor's action extends eligibility for demonstrate that they are actively the program to those that have seeking work to be eligible for as- passed the 26 week mark, and are sistance. Under New York's Self- receiving Emergency UnemployEmployment Assistance Program ment Compensation (EUC). (SEAP), unemployed New Yorkers interested in launching their own To enroll in the program, particibusinesses, rather than seeking pants must have received at least other employment opportunities, 13 weeks of regular unemployment are eligible to receive unemploy- benefits or have 13 weeks of EUC ment insurance benefits and entre- remaining. Participants also must preneurial training while they work develop a business strategy, attend full-time to start their own business- 20 hours of entrepreneurial traines. The Governor today announced ing, meet with a business counselthe expansion of the program to or at least twice and work full-time benefit long-term unemployed New on starting their businesses. Yorkers. “SEAP graduates are leading the “Small businesses are the fuel that way as New York expands and cremakes New York’s economic en- ates new businesses across the gine run,” Governor Cuomo said. State,” said State Labor Commis“Under the Self-Employment As- sioner Peter M. Rivera. “I’m very sistance Program, the state has pleased that the Labor Department worked successfully with unem- is able to make this program availployed New Yorkers with an entre- able to more unemployed, ambipreneurial spirit to give them the tious New Yorkers.” resources they need to launch their In 2012, 586 unemployment insurown businesses. The program is ance claimants participated in the a win-win, giving the unemployed SEAP, of which an estimated 363 a better shot at reaching for the started their own businesses. American Dream, while spurring the start of new small businesses


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Senator Carlucci Announces Senate Passage of Legislation Requiring Gas Stations to Have Backup Emergency Generators from page 1 sists of New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties. The legislation now heads to the Assembly for an up-or-down vote and then to the Governor’s desk. Back in December 2012, Senator Carlucci introduced legislation, modeled off of similar existing laws in hurricane-prone states such as Florida, in order to help New York State deal with the new reoccurring threat of natural disasters in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Shortly thereafter, Governor Cuomo announced the inclusion of this program in his 30-day amendments into his Executive Budget.

“In the direct aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we found out how vulnerable and isolated we can become when there is no plan in place to deal with the repercussions of a gas crisis,” said Senator Carlucci. “Recognizing the need to act quickly when the power goes out, this legislation will ensure that we have the tools at our disposal to keep the gas flowing, our roadways from becoming a hazard, and keep our economy from grinding to a screeching halt.” The legislation incorporates a combination of financial incentives, specific prewiring requirements, generator requirements, and financial penalties in the event of noncompli-

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ance. All requirements of the legislation are contingent on the availability of federal mitigation funds or other approved resources. In other words, if there is no money available to offer, these requirements do not apply. Financial Incentives Direct cash grants, to be paid for with federal mitigation funds, shall be available through a grant program developed by NYSERDA, as follows: · Up to $10,000 for prewiring exAdvocate Publisher Mendel Hoffman applauding Senator penses at any exCarlucci on his Bill Passage. isting gas station that is subject to the requireNYSERDA is also required to set up a proments below gram to establish a pool of generators for · Up to $13,000 for prewiring expens- deployment to gas stations in an emergency. es and to directly purchase a generator NYSERDA will either directly purchase or for any existing gas station subject to the enter into rental or lease agreements for generators to be deployed to gas stations in an requirements below · To the extent funds are available, up emergency. Gas stations participating in this to $10,000 for prewiring and/or genera- program will only be required to pay the actor purchase for stations that are newly tual cost of generator rental, deployment and constructed or substantially renovated installation. If there are not enough generators available, priority will be given to those after April 1, 2014 stations that are deemed most essential to · To the extent funds are available, grants public safety and well-being. will be available for any gas station that is not subject to any of these requirements but which wishes to participate in the program


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FBI PROBE UPDATE 6 NY Politicians Plead Not Guilty To Corruption

Six politicians pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a federal case that alleges an audacious plot to buy a line on New York City's mayoral ballot.

will, it's about how much, and that's our politicians in New York, they're all like that."

None of the defendants, including state Sen. Malcolm Smith, spoke at Tuesday's arraignment; their not guilty pleas were entered by their lawyers. Smith is accused of scheming with New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran, a Republican, to bribe county Republican leaders for the GOP line on this year's mayoral ballot.

In a separate bribery scheme, Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret are accused of taking money and property to approve a real estate project. All six defendants remain free on bail.

The indictment said two Republican Party leaders, Joseph Savino, of the Bronx, and Vincent Tabone, of Queens, accepted tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for their agreement. Halloran is also accused of agreeing to steer City Council funds to a company in exchange for more bribes. The indictment quotes him as saying, "That's politics; it's all about how much. Not about whether or

The bribery and extortion charges produced hand-wringing in the city and in Albany, where Smith was removed from his most influential post. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in reaction to this . last week, proposed anti-corruption and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who announced the charges three weeks ago, said Monday that he has met with the FBI "to discuss expanding our corruption efforts."

Canada Foils Terror Plot Targeting Passenger Train Police say they have arrested two men accused of conspiring to carry out an "al-Qaeda supported" attack targeting a Via passenger train in the Greater Toronto Area, following a cross-border investigation that involved Canadian and American law enforcement. In a press conference that followed a report by CBC's Greg Weston, police named the two accused as Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, from Toronto. They have been charged with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack and "conspiring to mur-

"We are alleging that these two individuals took steps and conducted activities to initiate a terrorist attack," she told reporters. RCMP said while they believe the individuals accused had the "capacity and intent" to carry out an attack, they believed there was "no imminent threat" to the public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure. In a statement, Via Rail reiterated that "at no time" was there an imminent threat to the safety of the public or Via rail passengers or staff.

The two men arrested are accused of plotting to attack a passenger train in the Toronto area

der persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group." Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officials said the two accused were plotting to derail a passenger train. Jennifer Strachan, chief superintendent of RCMP criminal operations in the province of Ontario, said the two suspects watched trains and railways in the Greater Toronto Area.

"We co-operate with all involved in ensuring the safety and security of our passengers, our employees and the public," Via said. According to Via, its trains carry nearly four million passengers annually. Police have been investigating since August 2012. International intelligence sources tell CBC News that Canadian law enforcement agencies were ready to shut down the alleged plot and make the arrests months ago.

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The Amazing Astorino: Can Any Democrat Beat Westchester's Republican Wonder? an op-ed by Ryan Karben


t's good to be the Westchester County Executive. The suburban county has a $1.7 billion budget, 5000 employees and its own amusement park. But a lifetime pass for Playland isn't the ambition of the incumbent on the 9th Floor of the Michaelian Office Building. Rob Astorino wants to be New York's governor. Will his 2013 re-election stand in the way? Westchester is a political palace. Hillary Clinton went suburban cozy in its tony Chappaqua. Astorino's putative statewide rival, Governor Andrew Cuomo, nests in nearby Mt. Kisco. Harry Wilson, who ran a competitive statewide race for Comptroller in 2010, is a Westchesterian. The massive investment in a replacement for the dilapidated Tappan Zee Bridge, which lands in Westchester's Tarrytown, is no accident. On many levels, Westchester's Democrats are thriving. Last year, they sent Republican Nan Hayworth packing from Congress and chose George Latimer for an open seat in the State Senate. Democrats command a 10 to 7 majority on the county's Board of Legislators. But neither Latimer, nor other popular Democrats like Scarsdale Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, are taking on Astorino. Astorino won in a historic upset four years ago, besting his well-financed, 3-term predecessor Democrat Andy Spano in a suburban tax revolt. Astorino failed to fell Spano four years earlier. In 2009, the radio host powered to a convincing victory with thousands of Democratic votes. So who are the Democratic Davids willing to tussle with this GOP Goliath? A diverse trio, each representing a distinct slice of Westchester's Democratic electorate. Democrats agreed to forgo a primary and embrace whomever wins the party's vote of its district leaders on April 24th. The loudest voice among the challengers is the current chief of the County Legislature. Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, has tangled with Astorino at every turn. Jenkins has cast himself a defender of Democratic values and Astorino as a Tea Party conservative. He has fought Astorino's cuts to child care and opposed public transit fare hikes. He has sued (sometimes successfully) to limit the County Executive's power.

With a solid base in Yonkers (the Southern Westchester city will cast 16.5% of the votes at the convention) and some surprising support in the county's northern Somers, Jenkins has a path to the nomination. The African-American Jenkins will also pull support in heavily minority Mt. Vernon, which casts a bit under 11% of the vote. But Jenkins political challenge in government has never been building a base, it's been getting and holding a consensus. Though he was selected by his Democratic colleagues as their Chairman, he had to unseat fellow Legislator, and current opponent for the party' nomination, Bill Ryan to do it. And two of Jenkins fellow Democrats humiliated the chairman this past December, when they bolted from the party's opposition to Astorino's proposed budget and made a deal with their GOP colleagues. Jenkins critics cite these internal party battles as a temperament issue for the Chairman; his supporters view it as the price for Jenkins' willingness to do battle for their values. Ryan, of White Plains, has a deeper governmental resume than Jenkins or Noam Bramson, the New Rochelle Mayor who splashily entered the race in December. Ryan served in the State Assembly from 1982 to 1984, famously beaten by the then obscure Mayor of Peekskill, George Pataki in 1984 Reagan landslide. Well regarded by his colleagues in Albany, Ryan remained on the Assembly Democrats' payroll as a regional liaison for 18 years after losing his election. What is absent amid all the jockeying, however, is a Democratic consensus on how to oust Astorino. When discussing the race, Democrats cite the county's growing Democratic party enrollment edge. And Astorino's heated resistance to a federal fair housing order has encountered judicial hostility that could begin to rub swing voters the wrong way while energizing black and Latino Democrats. With a multi-million dollar campaign chest, stable tax rates and divided opposition in the County Legislature, Astorino is as well-positioned as any GOP incumbent could be in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans 250,000 to 132,000. But the Democrats' surprising unity in Westchester after a tradition of messy primaries is the mark of party seeking victory.


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frustration level. We need to observe our children carefully, and perhaps it would help to discuss problems with them directly. Why guess about how to direct your helpful efforts when you can accurately determine the truth first hand?

It’s the people stuff that counts. With that powerful lesson in motion, we can talk about addressing the actual errant behavior. How can we get kids to access help when they truly need it? Dr. Koedinger and his team at Carnegie Mellon tried one approach. They tweaked the software to make it a little more intelligent, or should we say, sensitive. The software program measured some of the habits, including response time and clicking impulsivity demonstrated by users. If the software detected quick and impulsive-ish response time accompanying repeated errors, the computer would show a message suggesting that the user please slow down and relax a bit. At the same time, the program extended an invitation to access help. This sensitive approach by the computer successfully generated a significant change in behavior on the part of many of the users. Many of them shed or delayed their gaming and cheating habits. And even better was the finding that the new and improved behavior was internalized and transferred to other computer program learning tasks. Nice! The only downside expressed by Dr. Kodinger, et al. is that the behavior did not transfer to non-computer operated learning or studying. That’s okay. We can take it from here. Our professional advice: The next step about how to generalize slowing down, reading help signs, and ultimately getting help when not in front of a computer requires a human being in the form of a caring teacher or parent. It’s the people stuff that counts. Adults have to make accessing help irresistible and worth it for the child. You have to show him that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. You may also need to first validate his belief that the subject matter is not interesting or important to him, and then show him how it can be valuable in the long run. That may be accomplished with other people stuff, like class discussions in which classmates explain the value of what they are learning. By the way, if no one can substantiate the subject’s value, you should probably stop teaching it. The bottom line: There is nothing like personto-person coaching. People are much better at it than computers are. People are warm through and through, whereas computers are only warm to the touch near their processor. Computers may have something that resembles a brain. People also have hearts. An invitation to accept help requires an extended hand. That’s also a people thing that can be done physically and lovingly. We are discussing ways to get children to access help. It can be done. This is front and center of the goal of “helping children to help themselves.” Eliezer and Miryam Vilinsky are educational consultants in private practice. They provide direct instruction to students, conduct teachertraining seminars and consult with schools and families worldwide. They can be reached at Educational Support Services at 426-3673 and at The weekly edition of Educational Insights is available via subscription. Please call for details.


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