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Vol. 13/Number 14

State of emergency

County: HPD shooting accidental By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER dan@hometwn.com

A new Harrison Emergency Operations Center is in the design phase. The command post, once constructed, would be located adjacent to police headquarters and serve as a center for town and police officials during disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. For story, see page 6. File photo

Still no preliminary school budget as vote nears By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER dan@hometwn.com

As the April 26 mandatory deadline to adopt a school budget for 2013-14 rapidly approaches, Harrison school administration officials have yet to release any proposed plan, as of press time. And the news has started to evoke some concern amongst the local community. Resident Pat Angarano said that the only budget information pro-

vided on the district’s website is the date of the budget vote, which is on May 21. Angarano, who wrote a letter to The Harrison Report, said he is concerned over the transparency, or lack thereof, of the district’s budget process to date. “School taxes are a big part of our tax bill in this town,” Angarano said. “I know there are many Harrison residents who do not have children in our schools, but don’t they have the right to know about the budget

The Harrison Central School District has yet to disclose its proposed budget for 2013-14. Residents of the district will be asked to vote on the budget on May 21. File Photo

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process?” According to Schools Superintendent Louis Wool, the district is using every piece of data available to construct an accurate budget, which he said sometimes requires the board update it up to the deadline. “It is our responsibility to determine how to craft a spending plan that doesn’t create fear or issue statements that cannot be verified,” Wool said. “We want to provide an accurate picture instead of early preliminary work.” Angarano referenced school districts in neighboring communities that have regularly updated their websites to include information on the upcoming budget. “I looked at the Mamaroneck and Rye schools’ websites and the information about their budgets is prominently posted and broken down to various stages in the process,” Anagarano said. Currently, spending proposals have been presented in all of the area schools. Rye City schools’ $75.5 million budget was first pitched on Feb. 12; the Mamaroneck school budget, which is proposing $127.7 million in spending was released to the public on March 14; and the $234.2 million New Rochelle school BUDGET continued on page 15

Following a six-month investigation, the county Department of Public Safety has determined the officer-involved shooting along the I-287 corridor in Harrison was accidental, according to a report submitted to the District Attorney. On Oct. 18, Harrison Police Lt. Vito Castellano, a 15-year police veteran and firearms instructor, fired two shots from his weapon during a multijurisdictional sting operation executed by members of the Harrison Police Department, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies. According to police officials, one of the shots fired struck Daniel DiBiase, 55, one of three men who were indicted by federal prosecutors with alleged ties to an interstate burglary ring. Police also apprehended Carmine Stanzione, 57, and Jason Foskey, 34, for their role in two burglaries in Bedford and New Canaan, Conn. Sources indicated that one of the shots fired during the high profile bust also struck fellow Harrison police officer Detective Stephen Barone. Following the incident, Harrison police officials called upon investigators with the county to review the case. County Public Information Officer Kieran O’Leary, told The Harrison Report that the depart-

ment has concluded its investigation. O’Leary wouldn’t offer further comment. On March 29, Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Westchester County District Attorney, told The Harrison Report the DA’s office has fully reviewed the report and concurs with the Department of Public Safety’s findings. “The officer’s weapon was accidentally discharged,” Chalfen said. “Therefore we have no basis to go forward with criminal charges.” Chalfen said that apart from the Department of Public Safety’s findings, he would not comment further on the details of the report, which includes specific details regarding the officer’s firearm used during the incident. However, according to a report in The Journal News last October, the lieutenant fired two rounds from an AR-15 rifle. “I think the county police department did a very thorough and extensive investigation and their findings are concrete,” said Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini. Harrison Police Lt. Castellano refused comment regarding the county’s findings, as of press time. Additional sources have indicated that Barone has sought legal counsel after he was shot during the incident in question. However, it remains unclear if he plans to file suit against the town.

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Increase in state aid restored to school district By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER dan@hometwn.com

The Harrison Central School District’s reduction in state aid has been restored in its entirety despite a missed state deadline to file an annual performance evaluation plan. School officials were given a formal approval of their plan from the state Education Department on Jan. 22, five days after the filing deadline. The state’s decision came after a debate with school district officials minutes before the deadline regarding a measure added to the requirements of high school principal evaluations that take the percentage of students admitted into a four-year college into consideration. Prior to SED reversing course, district officials were under the assumption that Harrison would not be eligible for any increase in aid funding this year unless the department backdates its approval. The 2013-14 budget originally allocated $3.2 million in state aid for the Harrison Central School District, an increase of $98,175 from last year. However, $46,000 of that increase was in jeopardy once the district failed to meet the state’s deadline. During a Monday press conference alongside members of the Harrison Central School District Board of Education, ParentTeacher Council, and the teachers union, state

Assemblyman David Buchwald, a Democrat, said the district would have been penalized $46,000 this year and every year going forward for the missed deadline and discussed the importance of the restored funding. “The New York State budget fixes that injustice, so school districts and our children will no longer be punished,” Buchwald said. In addition to the district receiving its allotted share of state aid, Harrison School Superintendent Louis Wool said that a recent change in the state statute would ensure other districts are not penalized in perpetuity. “The change in the statute is just as important,” Wool said. “This will have a wider effect for school districts across the state of New York.” With the district’s portion of state aid fully restored, Board of Education President Dennis DiLorenzo said the district will continue its effort to meet its budgetary goal of maintaining existing school programming for students while staying within the guidelines of the mandated tax levy cap. Karen Magee, president of the Harrison Association of Teachers, also commended local legislators for their role in restoring funding to the district. “Our schools need continued adequate funding to provide our students with a proper education,” Magee said. “One that allows us to continue to focus on the individual needs of

Democratic State Assemblyman David Buchwald announces that New York State will restore aid to the Harrison Central School Districtat an April 1 press conference. Administrators were initially informed by the state Education Department that the district would be penalized $46,000 annually for failing to meet a Jan. 17 deadline to file a faculty performance evaluation plan. Photo/Daniel Offner

our students, which ultimately will set them up for a lifetime of success.” According to Harrison Parent Teacher Council Co-President Lynn Kaplan, the efforts of the state brought the support of parents in

the community as well. “With this funding…we can continue to invest in our children’s education, keep our classrooms vibrant and provide students with necessary tools to succeed,” Kaplan said.


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C ommunity Briefs Adult tennis lessons The Harrison Recreation Department will offer two sessions of five tennis lessons for adults at the Harrison High School courts on Saturday or Sunday mornings. Session I classes begin April 6 or 7, Session II classes begin May 11 or 12. Beginner and advanced classes available. Maximum of four students per class. Beginner class $150, advanced class $225. Contact Sollazzo Center, 270 Harrison Ave. or Leo Mintzer Community Center, 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison. Harrison Public Library events Library seeking artists Artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue, for approximately one month during 2014 are invited to submit samples of their work for review by a juried art committee sponsored by the Harrison Council for the Arts. The samples and related items may be submitted in person at the library on May 17, 2013, after 9:30 a.m. and must be picked up the next day after 11:30 a.m. (no sign up or appointment required). Two-dimensional art only is eligible. The samples must include two different pieces of the actual art, the artist’s resume and at least

12 copies, all different, of the artist’s work in the form of 35mm slides or photos or prints. For more details, see www.harrisonpl. org or contact Dan Briem at the library dbriem@wlsmail.org 914-835-0324. Children’s events Saturday, April 6 11:00 a.m. Calling all kids! Stop by to read to Angie from Therapy Dogs International. Dogs don’t mind if you make mistakes. Monday, April 8 10:30 a.m. Jeffrey Friedberg Musical Program 4:00 p.m. Board Games at the library Tuesday, April 9 3:30 p.m. Join us for an entertaining children’s movie Wednesday, April 10 10:00 a.m. Circle Time for Tots with Miss Claudia 11:00 a.m. Circle Time for Tots with Miss Claudia Friday, April 12 10:00 a.m. Open play at the library for kids and their caregivers Monday, April 15 10:30 a.m. Storyland with Miss Bonnie 4:00 p.m. Board Games at the Library Book club discussion Millennium Book Club, will discuss “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. Open to all. For info call 914/835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org. Movies at the library Thursday, April 11, 2013 at noon. Join us

to view “Lincoln.” You may bring your lunch; refreshments courtesy of the Friends. Info call 914-835-0324 www.harrisonpl.org Luncheon with Buchwald and Latimer The League of Women Voters of Harrison invite the community to their 63rd anniversary luncheon and meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 12 noon at the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue. Join us for “Albany Comes to Harrison” with Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman David Buchwald. Reservations required for lunch. Call Lola Geiger 914/9397066. Harrison players open mic night Saturday April 6, 2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Harrison Veterans’ Memorial Building 210 Halstead Avenue Harrison, NY Anyone can participate. You can sing, dance, share poetry, do comedy, play an instrument or just come to enjoy the evening. Performers must arrive at 7:00 p.m. to sign in. $5.00 admission for all Call 914-698-4599 for more information Pet Rescue events Puppy/dog meet & greet Sunday, April 7 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pepe Infinity 300 Central Avenue White Plains 10606 www.NY-PetRescue.org petrescueny@aol.com (914) 834-6955 Puppy/dog meet & greet Saturday, April 13 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Northwinds Kennels 402 Old Post Road Bedford 10506 www.NY-PetRescue.org petrescueny@aol.com (914) 834-6955 “God of Carnage” at the Harrison Library Friends of the Harrison Public Library present 2009 Tony Award winner “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. A playground altercation between elevenyear-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their principles in tatters. This M&M Production is directed by Michael Muldoon and features M&M cofounder Melinda O’Brien, M&M veterans Elise Godfrey and Gary Simon with Bruce Pearl making his M&M debut. For info call the library at 914/835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org. Topical novel discussion Love at the Edge, written by noted writer and educator Joan Katen, will be the focus of a discussion with the author at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the realities of the

Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the novel tells the story of two young people of opposite backgrounds, culture, and belief systems, who meet in Paris and fall in love. The ECSW is located at 7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains, next to the Saxon Woods Pool, off Mamaroneck Avenue. It is wheelchair accessible and child care is available. There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Call Bridget McGraw 914-777-5022 for more information or visit www.ethicalculturesociety.org. 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. 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 www.supportconnection.org. 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. 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 news@hometwn.com.


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County executive demands HUD release federal funds By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

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 froze $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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Town emergency operations center in design phase

Harrison Police Headquarters along North Street, seen here, is slated for construction of a new emergency operations center. The center will be attached to the rear of the facility and will serve as a command center in an emergency. File photo By DANIEL OFFNER STAFF REPORTER dan@hometwn.com

Harrison Police Headquarters will soon be receiving a facelift with the construction of an emergency operations center behind the

police station on North Street. Following a meeting of the Harrison Town Council on March 21, members of the board agreed to hire a design firm, Sarrazin Architecture, to develop a site plan for the new facility. The cost of the design is expected to

cost roughly $12,000, with the cost of future construction estimated at $360,000. Entering into the preliminary design stages, the emergency center will serve as an extension of the town’s police department and focus on facilitating communications with other municipal, county and state services in an emergency situation. In Rye City, its emergency center has been part of the local police department since 1997. According to Rye City Police Commissioner William Connors, the function of the emergency operations center is only made active in an emergency. “The emergency operations center serves as a location where the city manager and emergency manager [the police commissioner in a dual-role] coordinate operations,” Connors said. “It is typically made available during natural or man-made emergency situations.” The local area has been inundated in recent years by an increase in natural disasters. Floods have long plagued communities such as Rye, Mamaroneck and Harrison but the frequency and prolific nature of such rain events have led to an added concern for local officials. Commissioner Connors said that in the weeks following the October 2012 Hurricane Sandy, the EOC was operational 16 hours a day for a period of about two weeks. During the height of the storm roughly 90 percent of

Rye City was left without power and dozens of fallen trees and downed power lines blocked roads throughout the community. For the members of the Harrison Town Council, the decision to undergo the capital renovation project came last September, when the board approved to bond its share of the capital project, with the remaining funding stemming from a federal grant through the state Division of Homeland Security. According to Comptroller Maureen MacKenzie, the town received $275,000 in federal funds for the development of an operations center. Harrison also bonded a total of $94,760 for its share of the renovation costs. Additionally, the federal grant was used to cover the $12,000 expense for engineering design and consulting services. Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini said that, because of budgetary restrictions, the department has been able to do nothing more than keep the existing police facility as up to date as possible. “Ultimately, I would like to stop putting money into this facility,” Marraccini said about police headquarters, citing that he would prefer to instead set aside funding towards a new police station attached to the municipal courthouse. “Potentially, at some point, I would like to incorporate the emergency medical services with the emergency services of the police department.”

Pet Rescue Twitch is a very handsome boy, about a year old, with beautiful white whiskers that glimmer against his black coat. He has a slight neurological disorder that causes him to tilt his head. He came from Yonkers where he was picked on by other cats. Twitch is all around a very sweet boy. This kitty loves petting and simply adores being brushed. Twitch responds wonderfully to humans and will make for a wonderful feline companion. The adoption donation for Twitch is $75. If you have a soft spot in your heart for a gentle, sweet and playful kitty, please contact Larchmont Pet Rescue at 914-8346955 or visit www.NYPetrescue.org to meet Twitch. (Submitted)


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City discusses deer population control By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER ashley@hometwn.com

RYE – City officials are considering a bow-hunting 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 at-

tract 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

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

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 country 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

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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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City manager faces growing scrutiny amid controversies By CHRISTIAN FALCONE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF chris@hometwn.com

RYE – It has been a difficult 12 months for the public persona of Rye’s city manager and its elected officials, with the local government embroiled in several high-profile management scandals. But the pressure on City Manager Scott Pickup only further intensified this month with the release of two no confidence votes against him and the City Council apparently left to mull his future. The City Council was supposed to assess the situation in an executive session following its March 20 meeting, but canceled due to time constraints. It is expected that the council would meet on April 3 to discuss its management concerns. Councilwoman Julie Killian, a Republican, said the issue can no longer wait, and the City Council needs to collectively sit down and discuss the conduct of the city manager. Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, said the plan all along was to sit down and discuss the impact of the golf club report with Pickup and formalize a city manager review process. It was also recently learned that the City Council has not performed any substantive review of the city manager since he took over the position in July 2010. In Pickup’s employment agreement, it states that he was subject to semi-annual evaluations. Councilman Joe Sack, a Republican, said

Rye City Manager Scott Pickup remains the target of ongoing criticism due to several city controversies under his watch. Two votes of no confidence and a City Council review have only added to calls for a resolution. Contributed photo

over the years he and Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, have asked for periodic reviews. “It never happened,” he said. But Mayor French said, between last year’s issues related to his building code violations and the subsequent Board of Ethics review, the Rye TV scandal and the investigation into Rye Golf Club, the timing was never right to review Pickup’s performance. He also said

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that no one on the City Council has ever moved the idea forward. “Nobody has driven the process,” French said. The way Pickup handled several of the bigger controversies that have engulfed the city over the last year, such as the golf club and Rye TV controversies, remain serious concerns for Councilman Sack. “There are some things that are glaringly problematic, and I think those items have overshadowed and overcome a lot of the other good stuff that goes on,” the councilman said. “Because of that there is a bit of a crisis of confidence.” Councilwoman Parker said she felt that some in the community now have a lack of confidence in city government; while the issues have become muddled and criticism of city management has increased in recent months. “We do need to have a conversation about what can change,” the councilwoman said. But the City Council seems in disagreement over the severity of the situation and what culpability, if any, the city manager may have had. At a Rye Golf Club Commission meeting on March 20, a majority of commissioners voted that they had no confidence in Pickup, as he was the person responsible for overseeing the city-owned golf club where mismanagement by a former club manager, Scott Yandrasevich, had gone on unchecked for years.

Commissioner Angela Sposato said, “He lied to us,” regarding comments made by the city manager at a Sept. 27, 2012, golf commission meeting where he said the relationship with the former club manager, who is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and RM Staffing & Events, had been vetted and found to be above board. That same night, the Rye PBA announced its members had issued their own no confidence vote against Pickup. However, Mayor French said a vote of no confidence is a standard tactic during contract negotiations and added that the full City Council supports the city manager in labor negotiations. The PBA has been without a new contract for more than four years. However, concerns of the public and City Council as it relates to the golf club are legitimate, according to the mayor, with some of the problems due to how the government is set up and some of it the city manager’s own doing based on public comments he has made. French wouldn’t assess the city manager’s role in what has transpired within city government over the past year, but said those conversations are taking place. “That is why we’re talking to him about Rye Golf Club,” French said. “To have those conversations to make sure everyone is on the same page, but clearly there are concerns from all sides.” A phone call to City Manager Pickup was not returned as of press time.


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Mamaroneck trustees request cancellation of USDA geese contract By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

MAMARONECK – The ongoing conflict over the fate of Mamaroneck’s goose population took an unexpected turn on March 27 when two trustees 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, Democratic trustees Ilissa Miller and Andres 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.” The contract was signed on Dec. 14, 2012, four days after Miller and BermudezHallstrom 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. 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. 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

Mamaroneck trustees continue to mull the best way to rid the village of its goose population. File Photo

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.

Harrison Report reporter tells her story Meeting the man of your dreams, falling in love and getting married. It sounds like every woman’s dream. But what if you suddenly found out that your husband self-identified as, and wanted to become, a woman? That’s exactly what happened to Connecticut-based reporter Alexandra Bogdanovic. As the daughter of music and television icons Sonny and Cher, Chastity Bono grew up in the public eye. So it was shocking to people everywhere when she became Chaz. Her decision to “become” a man made headlines around the world, but Bono is not alone. Transgender men and women frequently appear on television talk shows and reality programs to share their stories. In doing so, they inevitably get the attention they seek; although it may not always be the kind of attention they want. While many come forth in an effort to promote tolerance, acceptance and understanding in mainstream society, their decision to live as–or, in some cases, have surgery to become –the opposite gender often sparks curiosity and visceral reactions born from ignorance. “Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey,” a new book from author Alexandra Bogdanovic, tells the other side of the story. Part tragedy, part comedy, part love story, the book tells the story of the author’s real life experience of meeting a man, falling in love, getting married and finding out her husband wanted to become a woman. This book is the story of

what happened after she learned the truth. “Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey” is now available for $13.00 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/AlexandraBogdanovic or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com. (Submitted)


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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 sup-

port 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 www.kineticsportsclub.com, 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 spe-

cific 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 www.nyperformingartscenter.com 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 www.southnassau.org. The next Business Briefs section will run on May 3. Please send any submission for our May issue to biz@hometwn.com 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 news@hometwn.com.


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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF ANNUAL PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING, ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND VOTE ON BUDGET OF HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT HARRISON, NEW YORK NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Meeting of the qualified voters of the Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York, will be held at the Louis M. Klein Middle School, a schoolhouse in said District on May 8, 2013 at 7:15 P.M. for the purpose of this discussion of the expenditure of funds and the budgeting thereof as required in Section 2017 of the Education Law in Subdivision 5 thereof and for the transaction of such business as is authorized by the Education Law. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the money which will be required for the ensuing school year for school purposes may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District during the fourteen days immediately preceding the Annual School District Meeting, May 21, 2013, except Saturday, Sunday or Holiday, at each of the following schoolhouses in which school is maintained during the hours designated. Harrison High School - 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Louis M. Klein Middle School - 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Elementary Schools - 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.: Harrison Avenue School, Parsons Memorial School, Purchase School & Samuel J. Preston School Office of the District Clerk - 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Real Property Tax Exemption Report prepared in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law will be annexed to any tentative/preliminary budget as well as the final adopted budget of which it will form a part, and shall be posted on District bulletin board(s) maintained for public notices, as well as on the District’s website. FURTHER NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that pursuant to the provisions of the New York State Education Law, a Special School District Meeting of the inhabitants of the Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York qualified to vote at School District Meetings and/or Elections of said District will be held at the places hereafter set forth on May 21, 2013 between the hours of 7:00 A.M and 9:00 P.M., prevailing time, for the purpose of voting on voting machines for the appropriation of necessary funds to meet the necessary expenditures for the school year 2013-2014, on all propositions duly filed with the Board of Education, and to fill two (2) vacancies on the Board of Education. The qualified voters will fill the following vacancies:

the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2013, for a new term commencing July 1, 2013 and expiring on June 30, 2016.

line and east of the Villages of Mamaroneck line to the northwesterly side of the New England Thruway.

Each vacancy shall be considered a separate and specific office and a separate petition is required to nominate a candidate for each office. The petition shall be directed to the District Clerk, shall be signed by at least 45 qualified voters of the District, shall state the residence of each signer, the name and residence of the candidate, and shall describe the specific vacancy on the Board of Education for which the candidate is nominated which description shall include at least the length of the term of office and the name of the last incumbent, if any. Forms complying with these requirements may be obtained from the Office of the District Clerk, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, New York between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M., prevailing time, Monday through Friday. Petitions are due not later than on April 22, 2013 at 5:00 P.M.

That area north of both sides of Webster Avenue from the New England Thruway to Harrison Avenue; thence from the easterly side of Harrison Avenue to Hillside Avenue thence south along Macy Road and thence east along the northerly side of Halstead Avenue to the Rye City line. Thence along the Rye City line to the intersection thereof with Purchase Street and the place of beginning.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that applications for Absentee Ballots may be applied for at the Office of the District Clerk, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, New York. If the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than 3:45 P.M. (Prevailing Time) on May 14, 2013. If the Ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than 3:45 P.M. (Prevailing Time) on May 20, 2013. No absentee ballot shall be counted unless it shall have been received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00 P.M. on May 21, 2013.

Both sides of High Ridge Road to the intersection with Lake Street; thence southwest along both sides of Lake Street; thence southwest along both sides of Lake Street to Silver Lake Boulevard; thence southerly along both sides of Silver Lake Boulevard to Westchester Avenue to the intersection thereof with Anderson Hill Road; thence on a direct line in a northerly direction from said intersection to and along Spring Lake Drive, Kingston Avenue, Clark Place and Sherman Avenue to Washington Street; thence northwest along both sides of Washington Street and the cul-de-sacs and dead end streets directly north and northeast of said Washington Street; thence easterly along Stony Crest Road and Rocky Ridge Road to High Ridge Road and the place of beginning.

A list of all persons to whom Absentee Ballots shall have been issued will be available in the Office of the District Clerk, on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, between the hours of 8:30 A.M. (Prevailing Time) and 3:30 P.M. (Prevailing Time). FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the place in each Election district where said voting will be held, including a description of each Election District is as follows: Election District A: At the Harrison Avenue School in Harrison, New York. Said Election District A comprises a portion of the area formerly constituting the area of Union Free School District No. 6 of the Town of Harrison, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at Harrison Avenue School as follows:

Election District B - at the Samuel J. Preston School in West Harrison, New York. Said Election District B comprises the area formerly constituting the area of Union Free School District No. 7 of the Town of Harrison, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at Samuel J. Preston School as follows:

Election District C - at the Purchase Elementary School on Purchase Street, in Purchase, New York. Said Election District C comprises the area formerly constituting the areas of Union Free School District No. 2 of the Town of Harrison and Rye, Westchester County, New York, and Common School District No. 5 of the Towns of Harrison and North Castle, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at Purchase Elementary School as follows:

a. The office of Abby Mendelsohn, a member of the Board of Education, which term expires on June 30, 2013, for a new term commencing July 1, 2013 and expiring on June 30, 2016.

Both sides of Kenilworth Road from the northerly side, of Ironwood Lane and thence southwest to the City of White Plains line.

b. The office of Jason Schechter, a member of

That area southeast of the City of White Plains

Election District D - at the Parsons Memorial

The southerly side of Polly Park Road from Purchase Street to Timber Trail, and from thence both sides of Polly Park Road to North Street.

School in Harrison, New York. Said Election District D comprises a portion of the area formerly constituting the area of Union Free School District No. 6 of the Town of Harrison, Westchester County, New York, which encompasses the area designated as the boundary line for attendance at the Parson Memorial School as follows: From the furtherest southwesterly point of the boundary line between the Village of Mamaroneck and the Town of Harrison; thence southeast along said line and the Town of Rye line; thence northeast along the City of Rye line Halstead Avenue (county Road 54); thence along the southerly line of Halstead Avenue to Macy Road; thence north along Macy Road to the southerly side of Hillside Avenue to Harrison Avenue; thence along the westerly side of Harrison Avenue to a point one hundred (100) feet south of Webster Avenue; thence along said projected parallel line one hundred feet south of Webster Avenue to the New England Thruway; thence southwest to the Village of Mamaroneck line and the place beginning. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Education Law, Section 2035, Subdivision 2, the Board of Education has adopted a rule with respect to the submission of questions or propositions to be voted upon by voting machines at school district meeting or elections requiring any petition or request from qualified voters for the submission of questions or propositions to be voted upon at any such meeting or election, and reserving to the Board of Education the right to edit such questions or propositions without changing the substance thereof for the purpose of preparing ballots for voting machines. FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that although voting machines will be used to record the votes on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, there will be no registration of voters in advance of said meeting. Accordingly, all persons shall be entitled to vote as aforesaid who present themselves at the polls and execute a statement to be provided by the Board of Education, indicating that they possess the following qualifications: 1. A citizen of the United States. 2. 18 years of age.

That area east of the westerly boundary of Election District B, commencing at the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Anderson Hill Road; thence in an easterly direction along Westchester Avenue to the City of White Plains line; thence southerly along said line to Ironwood Lane thence continuing south along a projected line to Polly Park Road at the intersection thereof with Timber Trail; thence east along the boundary lines of the City of Rye, Village of Rye Brook, and boundary line of the City of Rye, Village of Rye Brook, and Town of Rye to the intersection thereof with the Town of North Castle line; thence westerly and southerly along said Town of North Castle line to the City of White Plains line where same intersects Election District B at or about Silver Lake Boulevard, including all that area north and east of the line forming Election District B, thence along said line to the intersection of Westchester Avenue and Anderson Hill Road and the place of beginning.

From the westerly side of Purchase Street from Polly Park Road that borders on Westchester Country Club and south there from to the Rye City line.

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3. A resident with the District for a period of 30 days next preceding May 21, 2013. Pursuant to Education Law Section 2018-c, all new persons offering to vote at any school district meeting or election for which registration is not required, shall provide one form of proof of residency. Acceptable proof of residency shall be driver’s license, non-driver identification card, a utility bill, or a voter registration card. By order of the Board of Education, Harrison Central School District, Harrison, New York. Dated: Harrison, New York April 5, 2013 Christine Beitler District Clerk


14 • THE HARRISON REPORT • April 5, 2013 LEGAL NOTICES

NOTICE TO BIDDERS The Harrison Central School District hereby invites the submission of sealed bids for the following: RFB #13/14-5 Musical Instrument Repair Bids shall be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “RFB #13/14-5: Musical Instrument Repair” on the outside. Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2013 by the Purchasing Agent (or his duly designated representative), Harrison Central School District, Business Office, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528; (914) 630-3011; Fax: (914) 835-2715, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read. Specifications and bid forms may be obtained at www.empirestatebidsystem. com or from the district Business Office beginning Monday, April 4, 2013. The Harrison Central School District is not responsible for bids opened prior to the bid opening if bid number and opening date do not appear on the envelope. Bids opened prior to the date and time indicated are invalid. The bidder assumes the risk of any delay in the mail, or in the handling of the mail by employees of the Harrison Central School District, as well as improper hand delivery. The Harrison Central School District reserves the right to waive any informalities in the bids, or to reject all bids, or to accept any bid which in the opinion of the Board will be to their best interest. By order of the Board of Education Gene George Purchasing Agent Dated: April 4, 2013 NOTICE TO BIDDERS The Harrison Central School District hereby invites the submission of sealed bids for the following: RFB #13/14-7 Windows – Provide & Repair Bids shall be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “RFB #13/14-7: Windows – Provide & Repair” on the outside. Bids will be received until 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by the Purchasing Agent (or his duly designated representative), Harrison Central School District, Business Office, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528; (914) 630-3011; Fax: (914) 835-2715, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read. Specifications and bid forms may be obtained at www.empirestatebidsystem. com or from the district Business Office begin-

ning Monday, April 1, 2013. The Harrison Central School District is not responsible for bids opened prior to the bid opening if bid number and opening date do not appear on the envelope. Bids opened prior to the date and time indicated are invalid. The bidder assumes the risk of any delay in the mail, or in the handling of the mail by employees of the Harrison Central School District, as well as improper hand delivery. The Harrison Central School District reserves the right to waive any informalities in the bids, or to reject all bids, or to accept any bid which in the opinion of the Board will be to their best interest. By order of the Board of Education Gene George Purchasing Agent Dated: April 1, 2013 NOTICE TO BIDDERS The Harrison Central School District hereby invites the submission of sealed bids for the following: RFB #13/14-8 Small Engine Equipment Repair Bids shall be submitted in sealed envelopes marked “RFB #13/14-8: Small Engine Equipment Repair” on the outside. Bids will be received until 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by the Purchasing Agent (or his duly designated representative), Harrison Central School District, Business Office, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528; (914) 630-3011; Fax: (914) 835-2715, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read. Specifications and bid forms may be obtained at www.empirestatebidsystem. com or from the district Business Office beginning Monday, April 1, 2013. The Harrison Central School District is not responsible for bids opened prior to the bid opening if bid number and opening date do not appear on the envelope. Bids opened prior to the date and time indicated are invalid. The bidder assumes the risk of any delay in the mail, or in the handling of the mail by employees of the Harrison Central School District, as well as improper hand delivery. The Harrison Central School District reserves the right to waive any informalities in the bids, or to reject all bids, or to accept any bid which in the opinion of the Board will be to their best interest. By order of the Board of Education Gene George Purchasing Agent Dated: April 1, 2013

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Notice is hereby given that SEALED PROPOSALS for: Bid Number C12/13-02: Glass Window Wall and Doors for Harrison High School Phase 2 NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PROJECT # 660501060011026 will be received by the Board of Education by the Purchasing Agent of the Harrison Central School District at 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, New York 10528; 914-630-3011; and will be publicly opened in the Business Office at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The contract documents may be examined at the office of the project architect, H2M Architects & Engineers, 575 Broad Hollow Rd, Melville, NY 11747, at the office of the project construction manager, Arris Contracting Co, Inc., 189 Smith St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or at the office of the Purchasing Agent, Harrison Central School District, 50 Union Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528 between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. Monday through Friday beginning on Friday, April 5, 2013. Bids must be presented on the standard proposal form in the manner designated therein and as required by the Specifications. All bids must be enclosed in sealed envelopes which are clearly marked on the outside: “Bid Number C12/13-02: Glass Window Wall and Doors for Harrison High School Phase 2”. The name of the bidder and bidder’s address must also appear on the outside of the envelope. The Harrison Central School District is not responsible for bids opened prior to the bid opening if bid number and opening date do not appear on the envelope. Bids opened prior to the date and time indicated are invalid. The bidder assumes the risk of any delay in the mail, or in the handling of the mail by employees of the Harrison Central School

District, as well as improper hand delivery. A PRE-BID WALK THROUGH HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 AT 3:00 P.M. AT HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL – CAFETERIA, 255 UNION AVENUE, HARRISON, NY. Each proposal submitted must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond, made payable to the HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the total amount of the bid, as a commitment by the bidder that, if its bid is accepted, it will enter into a contract to perform the work and will execute such further security as may be required for the faithful performance of the contract. Certification of bonding company is required for this bid, see Instructions for Bidders section. The specifications indicate that windows for this project must be manufactured by Architectural Window Manufacturing Corporation, Rutherford, NJ. The Harrison Board of Education has standardized windows for this project and substitutes will not be permitted. Each bidder shall agree to hold his/her bid price for forty-five (45) days after the formal bid opening. It is the Board’s intention to award the contracts to the lowest qualified bidder who can meet the experience, technical and budget requirements. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids, waive any informalities and to accept such bid which, in the opinion of the Board, is in the best interests of the School District. Gene George Purchasing Agent HARRISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION 50 Union Avenue Harrison, New York 10528 Date: April 4, 2013

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April 5, 2013 • THE HARRISON REPORT • 15 BUDGET from page 1

budget was presented on March 7. According to Dan Carlin, an assistant superintendent in Bronxville, it is typical for a school district to continually provide updates to the proposed budget online. “It’s normal [for a school district] to put all its cards on the table,” Carlin said. “Budgets aren’t a secret.” The Bronxville Union Free School District released its proposed $45.5 million spending plan on Feb. 2, and have since held three board meetings and two Saturday workshops on the upcoming budget. Harrison Board of Education Vice President Abby Mendelsohn said that the district’s current budget cycle has been a difficult one, as the board has worked to try and keep the upcoming spending plan as low as possible. “The board is in a really difficult spot,” Mendelsohn said. “We are living within the tax cap while trying to do what is best for the kids.” The vice president added that new chal-

lenges tied to the recent struggle to regain state aid funding have also made it difficult for the district to determine a preliminary cost for a proposed budget. However, within the newly-minted state budget, the Harrison school district was informed it would receive its allotted share of state aid for 2013-2014, which represents a $98,175 increase in state aid funding from last year. Angarano also said that the Harrison schools website does not accurately provide residents with budget meeting schedules, or how residents can volunteer for the citizens budget committee. Board of Education President Dennis DiLorenzo said, “The citizen’s budget committee is open to any member of the community who wants to provide input. DiLorenzo said the budget committee has been working with Assistant Superintendent of Business Robert Salerno and the board to provide additional insight to the school budget process.

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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.


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Huskies eying league title as season kicks off By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

Coming into the 2013 season, Harrison lacrosse coach Jason Rabinowitz said that the goal for his team is simple; namely, winning a league title. Led by some elite offensive talent and a good group of veterans, the Huskies’ goal doesn’t seem to be a far fetched one as they kick off the season this week. Harrison lost just six seniors to graduation last spring, and bring back 16 players from last year’s squad. This includes standout attacker Jake Marino who, as a sophomore, was third in the section with goals scored. Marino, however, isn’t the only notable returner, as longstick middie Robert Waldman and goalie Steve Forrest–who saw time last year on the varsity level, will also be charged with keeping Harrison in ballgames this year. The Huskies also benefit from a senior transfer in Kevin Nathanson, a two-sport star who has emerged as a true team leader and was named captain early this spring. “Kevin was a big transfer,” said Rabinowitz. “He’s one of the senior guys we are going to be relying on this year.” While Rabinowitz understands that Marino will be the focus of opposing defenses this year, he is confident that not only will Marino still get his points, but his teammates will also benefit from the extra attention the opposition will be giving the UMassbound junior. “We’ve designed our offenses with the philosophy that teams will key on him, but in our preseason, other teams have still had trouble stopping him even with double teams,” said the head coach. “But when he is covered, we have three or four other guys who are going to be able to score and we’re going to exploit those matchups.” The Huskies open up the season against Stepinac on April 3-after press time-and will be at home for their first three contests, playing Ossining and White Plains, before hitting the road on April 8 to take on Horace Greeley in their league opener. On April 10, the Huskies will travel up to Arlington to play a top Section I team in the Admirals. According to Rabinowitz, the team’s play early in the season could be indicative of the way the year will go. “It’s a nice little start to the year,” said the head coach. “I think we have a chance to win the league this year and get ready for a playoff run. I think we’d be disappointed if we don’t win the league.”

Sophomore goalie Steve Forrest works on his hand-eye coordination at a March 18 practice. Forrest saw time on the varsity level last year and will be the Huskies goalie in 2013. Photos/Bobby Begun

Harrison teammates battle for a ground ball on March 18. Harrison will start with three straight home games before hitting the road to kick off their league schedule.

A Harrison attacker tries to slip one past goalie Steve Forrest on March 18. Harrison’s offense boasts a number of scoring options including Jake Marino, who scored the third-most goals in Section I last year.


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