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Vol. 13/Number 14

April 5, 2013

State aid eases school budget woes By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER

Rye Neck senior Matt Franks throws a pitch in the Panthers’ April 1 season opener against Woodlands. Franks struck out 10 batters in 5 innings in a lopsided 17-1 win over the Falcons. For more, see page 16. photo/Bobby Begun

Accident highlights pedestrian safety concerns By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER

A 13-year-old skateboarder was injured when he was struck by a large SUV, on March 26, at the intersection of Apawamis and Midland avenues, police said. The accident took place about two blocks from the Rye Recreation’s skate park. According to Police Commissioner William Connors, the driver, a 47-year-old male who is not a Rye resident, was driving south on Midland around 12:45 p.m. when the boy crashed into his car, sustaining lower back and leg injuries. He was later transported to Sound Shore Medical Center. The teen was coasting down the “fairly steep” hill on Apawamis and was trying to make a left turn onto Midland, police said. According to witnesses, the SUV had the green light and did not appear to be driving overly fast, Connors said. “Even one of these is too often. We hate to see anything where a child is involved,” said Connors. Over the years, enforcing skateboarding safety has often been a challenge for the department, Connors said, and it becomes even more difficult as pedestrian traffic

increases during warmer weather. Around this time of year, the police department sends out an advisory letter to the school district reminding parents and students to heighten their attention to road safety risks, Connors said. “There are some young people who use skateboards almost as a means of transportation now,” Connors said, specifically citing the popularity of longboards, the skateboard’s lengthier counterpart. Legally, the commissioner said, skateboards are considered vehicles and are required to comply with traffic laws just like a bicycle, meaning skaters must ride single file on the right side of the road, and must obey all traffic control devices. Unfortunately, Connors said, police have observed a great deal of noncompliance with these laws, with young skateboarders often riding against traffic and without helmets, which are required by law for those under the age of 14. “They are often doing stunts and tricks. It’s an area where we see a lot of risky behavior,” Connors said. Officers often see kids doing tricks on Purchase Street, clinging to vehicles, riding in the dark, weaving across roadways and blocking

streets to ride downhill, according to police. Additionally, enforcement for these kinds of offenses is a challenge, Connors said, especially because “a lot of [these skateboarders] are under the age of 16 and not subject to summonses.” When a young skateboarder is found to be in violation of traffic ordinances, the skateboard is confiscated and brought to police headquarters, whereas a driver or older skateboarder would get a ticket. “Unfortunately, we frequently get challenges from parents about why we took their child’s skateboard,” Connors said. Instead of merely an admonishment, he said, parents should see these moments as an opportunity to reinforce the rules of the road in their children’s minds. The city has grown accustomed to pedestrian safety issues over the years, with several instances of vehicles striking children. The most notable case was in 2006, when Jarrid Amico, 10, was hit and killed by an oncoming van while riding his bike outside his Midland Avenue home. ACCIDENT continued on page 15

With a recent influx of $105,000 in state aid and other fortuitous financial news, school administration officials said Tuesday that the district could afford to preserve and even add certain employee positions in its 2013-2014 budget. At an April 2 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Alvarez put forth the recommendation to retain two special education positions that were previously on the chopping block. In addition, district proposed retirement incentives that kicked in on March 29 led, as hoped, to some attrition in staff, Alvarez said, resulting in an increase in fund balance and allowing for the possibility of additional essential personnel to join the middle school administrative staff. The newest version of the administration’s proposed spending plan for the 2013-2014 school year calls for $76.7 million in spending—a $3 million increase over the current year’s budget. This value is up from the $75.5 million proposed at the board’s last meeting on March 19. The administration also announced Tuesday the addition of $1.1 million in new debt service since this is the first year debt costs from the school’s $16.35 million high school bond will kick in. While this debt is excluded from calculations for meeting the state’s 2 percent property tax levy cap, the addition of the new debt costs does result in further increases to the property tax levy, Assistant Superintendent for Business Kathleen Ryan said. Now, at a projected 4.65 percent increase, the tax levy is up from 3.04 percent when the budget was first presented on Feb. 12. Board of Education members

stressed Tuesday that this levy increase remains under the maximum amount allowable and will not necessitate a tax cap override. Now, since the tax base to support the levy has grown, the property tax rate increase has also risen to 4.59 percent, district officials said. In order to comply with the tax cap, school administrators said they were trying to shift staffing without cutting employees in an effort to save $2.3 million. The number to cut is now 27 full time equivalent positions, down from 28.9 as previously estimated. Board of Education President Laura Slack said that the board will be able to deliver a better idea of how many actual full-time employees will be laid off at their next meeting, scheduled for April 16. Superintendent Alvarez’s budget recommendation has been able to identify cost savings by looking at enrollment, current programs and locating opportunities for efficiencies. Rather than curricular cuts, these efficiencies include synchronizing the schedules at the elementary schools and in the middle and high schools to allow for more efficient use of staff, reducing hours for certain school aides, and miscellaneous administrative restructuring. In announcing the windfall in state aid and attrition in staff due to retirement incentives, Alvarez recommended restoring the two special education positions. “On thinking about our needs in special education, we realized it was important for us to preserve some of the components that we currently have based on student needs and based on some enrollment,” Alvarez said, “and particularly our ability to keep some students in the district that would otherwise be in out-ofSTATE AID continued on page 13


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City seeks “next steps” to watershed flooding Rye Neck school budget ups spending 4% By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER

City officials are looking at new measures to prevent flooding catastrophes within the Blind Brook Watershed like the one that caused over $80 million in damage when the Bowman Avenue Dam overflowed in April 2007. Last month, the city engineering department sent out a request for proposals from licensed contractors to develop a study that will lead to the “next steps” on the watershed, which is surrounded by residential developments. Major storms, like hurricanes Irene and Sandy, tend to cause significant flooding in pockets of Rye, which is at a lower elevation and often on the receiving end of upstream rainfall. According to City Manager Scott Pickup, the firm chosen will “update some of the Blind Brook hydrology that has already been done, and then make recommendations for other potential projects.” The work will entail study and analysis of flood control structures within the watershed to find more effective ways to reduce flood elevations in the city and include past reports done on flooding from as early as 1979. The firm the city selects to complete this new study will also be charged with evaluating studies prepared for the Westchester County Airport in 2010 and Pepsico, located in Purchase, in 2012 as well as report on any potential for flooding due to proposed im-

provements at these locations. Pickup said the city has already received one proposal for the new study and is currently going over project information with three or four other firms. Submissions are due by April 12. In the meantime, the city Flood Committee is investigating other locations upstream where water could be retained in order to minimize downstream flooding, Brett said. The next flood mitigation measure on Pickup’s list would be a retention basin upstream on the SUNY Purchase campus. The city manager said the city is in preliminary conversations about flood mitigation operations on the campus, but it may take years to get state and federal funding partners in place. Pickup added that he also expects any of these projects to have a lengthy environmental review. A project of that magnitude would bring about cost projections of over $20 million. Last summer, a project, estimated at possibly more than $10 million, to expand the upper pond at the Bowman Avenue Dam site was finally scrapped after a long awaited feasibility study found that there wasn’t enough costbenefit to the project. Elevating the dam was also discussed as part of that due diligence, but members of the flood committee pointed out that this would entail another lengthy permitting process and funding cooperation from higher levels of government, according to city officials. One of the city’s mitigation projects that is FLOODING continued on page 7

New editor-in-chief named After more than six years serving as associate editor of The Rye Sound Shore Review, we are pleased to annouce Christian Falcone as the new editor-in-chief of our parent company, HomeTown Media Group. Known for his investigative brand of journalism, Christian, 34, has collected numerous awards for his work. Most notably, he took home honors for his coverage of the 2007 floods as well as Tropical Storm Irene. Most recently, he uncovered the alleged corruption at Rye Golf Club that led to an ongoing criminal investigation by the Westchester County district attorney’s office. Prior to joining HomeTown Media Group in February 2007, Falcone reported for the Long Island Press and The Queens Courier. He is a graduate of Hofstra University. Christian can be reached at 914-653-1000 x19 or at

Sound Shore Review’s new reporter The Rye Sound Shore Review is pleased to announce Liz Button as our new staff reporter. Previously, Liz covered Bedford and Mount Kisco for an Internetbased hyperlocal publication. Before that, she worked for a publication in her hometown of Trumbull, Conn. as a freelance reporter and fill-in editor. Preceding her time there, she worked in publishing in New York City. She is a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in English. Reach Liz at 914-653-1000 x19 or


The Rye Neck school community got its first look at the proposed spending plan for the 2013-2014 school year during the Board of Education’s March 20 meeting. As presented by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Peter Mustich, the proposal calls for approximately $38.2 million in total expenditures and reflects a 4.09 percent spending increase from the current budget. The draft budget also reflects a 1.37 percent tax rate increase for Rye Town homeowners and a 7.82 percent tax rate increase for Rye City homeowners, but an “equalization” formula employed by the respective municipalities ensures that taxpayers whose homes have similar values will pay similar taxes. “The driver of this story is that Rye Neck is a highly successful school district. We are meeting and exceeding expectations,” Mustich said. “But that doesn’t happen by chance. Education costs money.” Mustich said the proposed spending plan for the upcoming school year meets the district’s key objectives by keeping programs in place and maintaining class sizes. Enrollment projections for 2013-2014 show a net increase of 31 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The average class sizes in the elementary schools will remain relatively unchanged at 21 or 22 students per class in

kindergarten; 22 to 23 students per class in first grade; 20 to 21 students in second grade; 22 students in third grade; 22 to 23 students in fourth grade; and 20 to 21 students in fifth grade. The proposed spending plan includes funding for full-day kindergarten, the arts and music, extracurricular activities, support services, reading and psychologists, and all state-mandated programs. Changes the school board considered—but ultimately passed on—during the preliminary budget deliberations included reducing the kindergarten program to half a day, cutting five staff positions in the elementary grades while increasing class sizes and reducing the number of teacher assistants, guidance counselors, nurses, psychologists and reading positions. Other potential program changes would have affected the strings and instrumental lessons, modified sports and librarians. “We would have been running a shadow of what we have,” Mustich said. “I think the board got to the point where everyone realized there’s no fat left in the budget‑there’s no place left to go.” Board of Education President Guy Pipolo agreed that is the case. “When we sit down to look at potential cuts, we do look at every scenario,” he said. “But ultimately we want to preserve the program. RYE NECK continued on page 11

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Community Briefs

Miriam’s Attic opens select Saturdays Miriam’s Attic is pleased to announce that it will open one Saturday each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April to October. The shop will be open the first Saturday of the month except in July, which will be the second Saturday of the month because of the July 4 holiday. Miriam’s Attic, which is staffed by volunteers, is open to the public every Tuesday, year-round, and features quality furniture, household and kitchen items, women’s jewelry, scarves, and handbags plus much, much more. The Osborn is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization and all of the proceeds from Miriam’s Attic benefit The Osborn’s Charity Care Program. Donations to Miriam’s Attic are tax-deductible and are accepted every Tuesday when the shop is open, or by appointment. To make a donation or for further information, please contact Susan Olson at 925-8372 or Upcoming SPRYE events Add a little drama to your life Sunday, April 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you like theater, join other SPRYE members in a fun play reading on a Sunday after-

noon in a member’s home. No previous experience required. Coordinated by Cary Fuller, beloved retired Rye Country Day School teacher of English and Drama. Home of Paul Hicks, 637 North St., Rye. Refreshments following the reading. Free Current events discussion/breakfast Port Chester Diner, Boston Post Rd. Friday, April 12 at 9 a.m. $12.00 Lessons from My Mother:A Discussion of Elder Law Issues by Rye resident and attorney David Cutner Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. Free. Home Care Technology Expo SPRYE will sponsor an event that will explore trends in remote care and showcase assistive technology that helps the elderly to continue living in their homes as an alternative to residential treatment facilities. The event will take place at Rye Free Reading Room on Sunday April 21 at 2:30 p.m. Participants include TellaBoomer Telecare Services, Osborn Home Care, and Rye Senior Advocacy Committee. The program should be of interest to seniors, baby boomers, caregivers, and their families. For more information visit our website at or call our office at 914-481-5706. Beyond the Bed: 200 Years of Quilting History Thursday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St.-

Rt. 22, Katonah. $5.00 lunch optional, to be determined. Rye Historical Society events Meet Caroline from American Girl Doll American Girl Doll returns to the Square House Museum. On Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Girls ages seven to11 will delight in the heroic tale of young Caroline Abbott from upstate New York during the War of 1812. This engaging program will be led by volunteer Heather Schindler and includes special themed craft activities. The cost for the program is $15 per child and includes all supplies. Reservations are suggested as space is limited and can be made by calling the Rye Historical Society at (914) 967-7588. The Rye Historical society is located at 1 Purchase Street, Rye, NY. The Square House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call (914) 967-7588 or visit our website, www. “Girls Night Out” The Fabulous Forties Get ready for another fantastic “Girls Night Out” at the Square House Museum. Enjoy cocktails and history on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. for “The Fabulous Forties.” Through fashion and photographs, participants will learn about this important decade marked by war, rationing, big band music, and movie stars. They will also have an opportunity to view a selection of clothing and accessories from the society’s extensive costume collection. The cost for the program is $20 for members; $30 non-members. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the Rye Historical Society at (914) 967-7588. The Square House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, please call (914) 967-7588 or visit our website, 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. 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 childcare is available. There is no charge but donations are always welcome. Call Bridget McGraw 914-777-5022 for more information or visit www.ethicalcul- 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 al l stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. They are offered in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, and by toll-free teleconference. For a complete calendar of groups at all locations, visit Advance registration is required for all groups; call 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. The following support groups are scheduled Westchester in April: At the support connection office in Yorktown: Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 23, at 7 p.m. Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: For women who have or had breast cancer at a young age. Apr. 10, at 7 p.m. At Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor: Breast Cancer Support Group Apr. 15, at 7 p.m. At the Yorktown Jewish Center in Yorktown Heights: Support Group for Women Living with Recurrence: For women living with recurrence of breast or ovarian cancer, with advanced stage and/or metastasis. Apr. 19, at 12:30 p.m. By teleconference: For those unable to attend groups in-person, there are monthly Telephone Support Groups via toll-free teleconference, enabling women to participate regardless of their location and from the comfort of their homes. Call a few days ahead to learn how to participate. The Ovarian Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 8 p.m. The Breast Cancer Telephone Group will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 8 p.m. Westchester Library System’s 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon The Westchester Library System will hold its 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY. The event celebrates National Library Week and features talented authors Deidre Bair, Marie Howe and Dorothy Wickenden who will discuss their newly published books. The luncheon, which will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., will be followed by an author signing. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Tickets for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95 for general admission. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s efforts to expand its e-book collection and increase digital media content for all Westchester public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (914) 231-3226 or visit Deadline for our Community Briefs section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to

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Freedom of information, in the wind all over A RYE OLDTIMER Judge John Carey

Just as we in Rye are working on questions of public access to records in the files of our local government, similar efforts are going on at other levels, even at the level of the United Nations with its 193 member countries. A public statement from the United States Mission to the UN issued on March 28 declared our country to be “very pleased by today’s decision by the Fifth Committee [of the General Assembly] to make all of the internal audit reports of the UN Office of Oversight Services publicly available online beginning later this year. “This groundbreaking decision, reached after many years of initiatives by the United States and others toward greater transparency, follows similar declarations by the Executive Board of UNICEF and the Joint Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS last June to make their respective internal audit reports available online. “Taxpayers and citizens around the world

are demanding of their governments more transparency and accountability and today’s decision helps insure that the United Nations itself maintains the standards it helps promote around the world. We believe this decision represents a turning point in the way the UN does business, and are committed to working with member states to ensure that disclosure of audit reports becomes a permanent fixture at the UN.” Do we in Rye hear this message, about a turning point in how we do business? Are we ready to fully embrace freedom of information and transparency in the operations of our own local government? The UN is also leading the way on transparency of relations between private parties and governments. A report dated Feb. 28, A/CN.9/783, put forth draft rules from the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on transparency in treatybased investor-state arbitration. The draft rules cover publication of information at the commencement of arbitral proceedings, publication of documents such as the statement of claim and the statement of defense, submissions by third parties, and on what happens at hearings. Then there are provisions defining exceptions to transparency, just as we in Rye are bound by exceptions to disclosure set out in the New York State Public Officers Law.

And while we are looking around at ways we could improve our local government, we ought to consider the time-honored institution of the ombudsperson, which originally came out of Sweden ages ago. The ombudsperson acts as an intermediary between citizens and their public officials, quietly carrying on private discussions to resolve differences that might otherwise erupt into unseemly and unproductive confrontations. Looking again at the United Nations for an example, we see that a former Canadian Judge serves as the UN ombudsperson. She looks into cases where individuals or entities are accused of links with al-Qaeda or the Taliban. Her recommendations whether to continue or dismiss a particular case carry great weight, providing both sides with assurances of fair play. The same principle could be utilized here in Rye. Contentious situations like the one involving the late Robert Schubert could be studied quietly and mediated privately, leading to solutions not possible through tense public exchanges. But not everyone is suitable for the function of ombudsperson. The right person must be self-effacing, modest and soft-spoken, adept at understanding other people and their true motivations, at finding common ground and at nudging people towards it, in other words, a true mediator.

A true mediator does not make decisions for contending parties but instead draws out from them what their deepest needs and wishes are. It may take time, but the mediator’s goal is to help the parties themselves arrive at mutually agreeable solutions. This is different from what an arbitrator does, which is to listen to both sides and then lay down the law with a decision that is binding on the parties unless they have agreed that what the arbitrator says is advisory only. The role of television in decision-making in local government is often debated. It is sometimes claimed that lawmakers and members of the public alike are tempted to posture before the cameras in ways that they would not do if their actions were being reported only on paper. That may be true, but if we truly believe in open government, then the facial expressions and tones of voice of both public officials and members of the public should be on display so that those of us watching at home can form our own opinions of those who choose to join the public debate. There is an old saying: “Fools’ names, like their faces, often appear in public places.” But that cynical remark does not detract from the importance of public exchanges of opinion on public issues, even if views sometimes seem to be getting expressed with excessive emphasis. Reach John Carey at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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nearly fully operational is the $2.2 million sluice gate, located at the Bowman Avenue Dam. The sluice gate is meant to regulate the flow of water downstream through a mechanical gate-like device. “The sluice gate has gone through its first round of acceptance testing, and so far it’s operational,” Pickup said. The automated gate must still undergo a few more tests, he said. Councilwoman Laura Brett, a Republican who serves as liaison to Rye’s Flood Committee, praised the city’s most recent mitigation project. “We’re hoping for a certain amount of mitigation, but we know [the sluice gate] is not the whole solution,” Brett said. At its Wednesday meeting, after press time, the City Council was expected to adopt the “development and planning standards” required for the payment of county funds toward the sluice fate project. The city has its own planning standards, which, City Manager Pickup said, are as rigorous, if not more so, than those of the county.

Flooding in the city has become increasingly commonplace in recent times with Rye officials continuing to seek measures to help mitigate flooding along the Blind Brook. A request for proposals has been sent out seeking to further study the Blind Brook Watershed. File photo

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Political bracketology The champion continues her run at history As has been the norm in recent years, the women have taken control of the HomeTown Challenge. As we head into the Final Four, defending champion Paula Gamache is back in familiar territory‑the top spot. Tied with Gamache is last year’s runner-up, Councilwoman Catherine Parker, followed by Mayor Douglas French and Councilwoman Julie Killian. However, it is only three women whose champion pick, Louisville, remains alive. The tournament has been memorable so far, this year. Witchita State’s cinderella run has captured the minds of

many throughout the college basketball nation. But the Shockers will have their hands full against the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Louisville. On the other side of the bracket, the Michigan Wolverines are back in the Final Four after a lengthy drought that dates back to the early 1990s. They face Syracuse and its dreaded matchup zone, which confused and frustrated both Indiana and Marquette as the Orangemen secured a birth in Atlanta. The Final Four is upon us and time will tell which one of our contestants gets to cut down the proverbial nets. Each contestant’s Final Four picks are as follows:

Paula Gamache Louisville Louisville Ohio St. Kansas Indiana Indiana



Councilwoman Catherine Parker 63 Louisville Louisville Louisville Gonzaga Florida Florida Indiana

Mayor Douglas French Louisville Ohio St. Ohio St. Kansas Kansas Kansas Marquette


Councilwoman Julie Killian 60 Louisville Louisville Louisville Ohio St. Florida Indiana Indiana

Councilwoman Laura Brett Louisville Gonzaga Gonzaga Kansas Kansas Kansas Marquette


Editor Emeritus Mark Lungariello 54 Mich. St. Ohio St. Ohio St. Kansas Kansas Kansas Florida

Councilman Joe Sack 53 Oregon Wisconsin Wisconsin Georgetown Georgetown Georgetown Syracuse

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Village blocks “geese” mail By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

Mamaroneck – Village officials have come under fire for what some believe to be an infringement on their civil rights after it was discovered on March 8 that all emails with the words “goose” or “geese” in the subject line were banned from reaching the village staff’s servers. The controversial issue of how to best deal with the ongoing problem of the large wild goose population in the village’s parks and the droppings it leaves has, in recent weeks, caused residents and animal rights activists from across Westchester to make attempts to contact the village board with suggested alternatives, but the amount of attention to the issue has proven to be too much for the village’s servers to handle, prompting the board’s decision to filter incoming messages. Emails that contained a subject line regarding the village’s geese were returned with a message that read, “The following organization rejected your message:” A number of Mamaroneck residents who received the message are viewing the action as a violation of their civil rights, as well as an attempt to keep their voices from being heard. But it’s not only residents that have become invovled as the board has received messages from as far away as Canada and Australia. Village resident Sue McCrory said that the

decision to ban the emails is a violation of citizens’ constitutional rights. “I thought it was outrageous,” McCrory said, “and totally contrary to the law. The whole notion of filtering something based on its content is so unconstitutional.” Gina von Eiff, a resident who has repeatedly contacted the Board of Trustees on this issue, sees the action as an attempt to intentionally censor the opinions of residents. “I keep reading that residents are not speaking out. I’m a resident. How many other residents’ emails were bounced back because they wrote the banned word in the subject line?” von Eiff said in an email to the Village Board. According to Von Eiff, no other community has banned emails based on their content. Despite the public’s allegations of civil rights violations, the reason for the email block was an administrative one, according to Mayor Norman Rosenblum, a Republican. “We were getting twenty-five to fifty emails an hour, and they could have crashed our servers,” said Rosenblum, who has received threats over his stance on the issue. “The village manager decided to place a block on those messages, and I support him a hundred percent for what he did.” According to the mayor, many animal rights groups are part of worldwide networks that are responsible for the large amount of emails to the village. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said

Sound Shore Review 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: or at or (Submitted)

The Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees decided to block emails with any subject line containing the words “goose” or “geese” after a public meeting on the matter attracted widespread criticism from animal rights groups. Village Manager Richard Slingerland said the decision was made to prevent the village’s email servers from crashing. File photo.

that the majority did not come from residents, and that there are no legal issues at stake. “The vast majority of these emails were not residents communicating,” Slingerland said. “They were automated, general emails from multiple groups seeking to automatically communicate with the board members, which in turn distracts and obfuscates the board and staff’s attentions away from the concerns of

other residents,” According to Slingerland, many residents were still able to communicate with the board through other means, and, as of March 21, the filter has been reset to only reject automated messages. The board is scheduled to meet with a USDA representative this week to further discuss the goose population problem.


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 914-834-6955 or visit to meet Twitch. (Submitted)

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New Rochelle hosts free rabies clinic By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

A free rabies clinic in New Rochelle on April 7 will give Westchester County pet owners a chance to have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated against the lethal disease. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stamen Animal Hospital, which is located at 61 Quaker Ridge Road. Turnout is usually pretty steady and Dr. Maria Violi, who owns the practice, said the vaccinations are done on a “first come, firstserved basis.” Generally speaking, Violi said she and her staff typically see about 65 to 75 animals during the free clinics. Stamen Animal Hospital has been teaming up with the county to do the clinics for at least 10 years, she added. In a press release announcing the event, Dr. Sherlita Amler, the county health commissioner, said it is vital to have companion animals vaccinated against rabies. “Vaccinating your pet against rabies will protect your pet and your family in case your pet has contact with a rabid or potentially rabid animal,” Amler said. According to the health department, rabies is a “fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of infected animals.” While raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes are the animals most commonly infected, rabies can also be transmitted to pets that come into contact with wild or stray animals. Pet owners–especially cat owners who keep their animals indoors, should not be lulled into a false sense of security, because bats and rodents that carry rabies can get inside, Violi said. According to the county health department, infected animals exhibit several different symptoms. The initial characteristics include a change in the animal’s behavior.

the mouth, according to county health officials. Because rabies can also be transmitted to people, the health department advises adults to “encourage children to avoid touching unfamiliar animals and to immediately tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal.” All animal bites or contact with animals that may have rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Health Department by calling 914813-5000. According to information on the agency’s website, 61 out of 615 animals, or 9.9 percent, of animals tested for rabies in the county in 2011 were confirmed rabid. In 2010, 39 out of 531 of animals tested were confirmed rabid and in 2009, 36 out of 606 of animals tested were confirmed rabid. “A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need to get a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known A free rabies clinic will be held in New Rochelle this weekend.

“A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame,” the agency said in the announcement about the upcoming clinic. “It may lose its fear of people and become docile, or it may become particularly excited and irritable.” Infected animals will sometimes stagger, spit or froth at

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We’re here to progress.” The school district has trimmed spending by $3.7 million over the past five years, Mustich said. Of that, the district eliminated approximately $1 million in personnel costs by cutting more than 18 positions. As proposed, there will be a net increase of 2.2 staff positions in 2013-2014. That includes a new fifth grade teacher at Bellows Elementary School, a part-time high school social studies teacher, one full-time and one part-time teaching assistant and one new safety position. A BOCES technology assistant position and a part-time position allocated to the district’s food services division will be eliminated. The total cost associated with the changes is $69,234. Salaries and benefits will continue to make up the biggest chunk of the district’s expenditures‑77 percent‑in the coming school year. Salaries alone are expected to total more than $20 million, and benefits are expected to be roughly $9.3 million. The estimated pension costs are expected to be $3.3 million or a 33.2

percent increase from the current budget. Another significant change in proposed expenditures is the removal of a $200,000 line item for security equipment from the regular budget. The board now intends to put forward a $1.47 million capital bond proposition for security projects with the budget vote in May, Mustich said. In addition to reducing spending and the resulting tax rates, bonding for the security improvements has several advantages, he said. “The district becomes a ‘harder’ target immediately, and the entire project will be accomplished in one year versus over the course of seven years,” Mustich said. “Security does not compete with program for funding, and the district will receive 19 percent state funding in the form of building aid [if the bond passes].” The board’s next budget hearings will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 3 and 7:30 p.m. April 17. The final budget hearing will be held at 9 a.m. May 8, and the public will vote on the budget and security bond May 21.

or suspect [sic] rabid animal,” the health department said. “Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal.” Consequently, rabies vaccinations are not optional in New York State. In fact, state law mandates that dogs and cats receive their first rabies vaccine before they are four months old. A second rabies shot must be given within a year after the first one, and additional shots must be administered every one to three years thereafter, depending on the type of vaccine. The penalty for owners who do not have their pets vaccinated or keep the vaccinations up to date is a maximum fine of $2,000. Pet owners who want to take advantage of the free clinic at Stamen Animal Hospital must bring cats and ferrets in carriers and dogs must be on leashes. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. For more information about the clinic, call 914-632-1269, and for more information about rabies, visit

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LEGAL NOTICES Notice of Public Hearing, Annual Budget Vote & Election of Board of Education Members of the Rye City School District page 1 of 4 Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing on the Rye City School District 2013-2014 proposed budget will be held Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in the Rye Middle School Multipurpose Room, located at the corner of the Boston Post Road and Parsons Street, Rye, NY beginning at 8:00 p.m. Further notice is hereby given that the Annual Budget Vote and Election of the Rye City School District will be held on May 21, 2013, and that the polls of such election will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to vote by voting machine upon the following items: 1. To adopt the annual budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014 and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the district. 2. To elect two members of the Board of Education, for three-year terms commencing July 1, 2013. Further notice is hereby given that a copy of the detailed statement in writing of the amount of money which will be required for the school year 2013-2014 for school purposes, exclusive of public moneys, specifying the several purposes and the amount of each, and specifying separately the total amount estimated necessary for payment to the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Second Supervisory District of Westchester County, as provided by Section 1716 of the Education Law, as well as the Real Property Tax Exemption Report in accordance with Section 495 of the Real Property Tax Law will be posted on the District’s web site and also may be obtained by any resident in the District during business hours beginning May 7, 2013 at the administrative office and all school buildings within the district. Notice of Annual Budget Vote and Election -2Further notice is hereby given that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education shall be filed with the District Clerk, at 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Suite 100S, Rye, New York no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2013. Each candidate shall submit petitions signed by at least 100 qualified voters of the District and shall state the name and residence of the candidate. Further notice is hereby given that the Board of Registration will meet for the purpose of registering voters on May 7, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Administration Office, 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Suite 100S, Rye New York. Qualified voters who are not registered with the Westchester County Board of Elections may register at that time. Any persons known or proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Registration to be entitled to vote shall be entitled to have their names placed upon such register, provided they have proven to the satisfaction of said Board of Registration to be entitled to vote at such election. The register will be filed in the District Clerk’s office and open for inspection to any qualified voter of the District school days beginning on May 8, 2013 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America; (2) 18 years of age or older; and (3) a resident of the District for 30 days preceding the annual vote and election. A qualified voter must become a registered voter in order to vote. If a voter has registered and has voted at a Board of Education election within the last four calendar years, he/she is eligible to vote at this election. If a voter is registered and able to vote at general Notice of Annual Budget Vote and Election -3– elections, he/she is also eligible to vote at this election. All other persons who wish to vote must register. Further notice is hereby given that applications for absentee ballots may be obtained between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. any working day, at the office of the District Clerk, or by calling that office (967-6100, ext. 6278), or by printing an application from the District’s web site, HYPERLINK “” www., District, Election and Budget Information. Completed applications must be received by the District Clerk at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 5 p.m. on the date of the election. A list of persons to whom absentee ballots are issued will be available for inspection in the office of the district clerk during business hours. Any qualified voter present in the polling place may object to the voting of the ballot upon appropriate grounds by making his/her challenge and the reasons therefor known to the inspector of election before the close of the polls. Further notice is hereby given that any referenda or propositions to amend the budget or otherwise to be submitted for voting on May 21, 2013 must have been filed with the Board of Education, 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, on or before April 22, 2013, must have been typed or printed in the English language, must have been directed to the Clerk of the School District, must have been signed by at least five (5) percent of the number who voted at the previous election; and Notice of Annual Budget Vote and Election -4must state the name and residence of each signer. The Board of Education will not entertain any petition to place before the voters any proposition the purpose of which is not within the powers of the voters to determine, or any proposition which fails to include a specific appropriation where the expenditure of monies is required by the proposition. Elaine Cuglietto District Clerk City School District of Rye, New York 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, 100S Rye, New York 10580 Publication Dates April 1, 2013 April 15, 2013 April 29, 2013 and May 13, 2013   FILENAME \p \* MERGEFORMAT T:\District Clerk\ELECTION\Legal Notices\legalnot13.doc

FEMA seeks applicants for youth council By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

Area teens interested in being on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council are now invited to apply. “The Youth Preparedness Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national council,” FEMA representative Hilary Kraus said in a statement announcing the opportunity. “Another benefit is completing a youth preparedness project of their choosing.” Anyone age 12 to 17 who is engaged in “individual and community preparedness” is encouraged to apply to serve on the council, Kraus added. Examples of such activities include participation in National Preparedness Month; participation in the Citizen Corps Council; using social media to further disaster preparedness; participation in various after school activities focused on disaster and emergency preparedness; and increasing local disaster awareness. Nominations by adults “familiar with the youth’s preparedness activities” are also being accepted. “The nomination announcement went far and wide, including outreach to state, local, tribal and territorial officials, emergency management associations, congressional offices, private sector partners, faith-based and non-profit organizations,” said FEMA Spokesman Dan Watson. Only 14 members serve on the council at any given time, Watson added. Council members will be selected based on vacancies and announced next month. Members typically serve one-year terms, but FEMA can invite council members to extend their service for an additional term. “Those who are chosen will attend the Youth Preparedness Council Summit, a meeting with emergency management leadership to discuss steps to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters,” Kraus said. “Council members may also participate in national, regional, state, tribal and local preparedness meetings.” Their responsibilities aren’t limited to participation in the summit, however. Council members must also represent their peers’ perspectives on disaster readiness and “relay information within their communities.” Council members are also expected to “develop and complete a preparedness-related project specific to his or her region and interests.” The completed project can also be presented at national, regional, state, tribal and local meetings. Finally, the council members will participate in conference calls with FEMA. During those calls, they will provide “ongoing input” on various “strategies, initiatives and projects.” FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council in 2012. According to a portion of the agency’s website dedicated to the topic, the Council supports “FEMA’s emphasis on and dedication to involving the whole community in preparedness related activities.” “Engaging youth is an integral step in preparing the nation for all hazards,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Youth have a unique ability to influence their peers and families to be more resilient, and children play an important role in disaster preparedness, during and after a crisis.” In order to be considered for selection to the council, prospective candidates must submit a completed application form, a narrative and a letter of recommendation. The letter can be from any adult, such as a parent, guardian, community first responder or teacher. All applications and supporting materials must be received by April 19. To get application packets and learn more about the Youth Preparedness Council, visit STATE AID continued from page 1

district programs.” This influx also allows the administration to fund five more team leader positions for the middle school, one per house, as opposed to the plan to have one per grade. “We think that with a little bit of money, we could get a lot of support and lot of services for the middle school,” said Alvarez. At Tuesday’s meeting, there was also talk of combining department chairs at the high school and middle schools, cutting back on special education services for those who are not legally deemed “partially proficient,” cuts to the middle school’s modified sports program, cutting an additional clerical and custodial position, and reducing budgets for school clubs.

Ryan said that they were able to keep the budget at a tax levy cap level compliant with the use of $2.3 million in fund balance, but “the board has been careful to erode this fund balance in as reasonable a manner as possible.” Unfortunately, because of the tax cap environment and increasing costs in state-mandated retirement and healthcare costs, Ryan said, “this board and other boards are dependent on using up their savings account just to sustain the program.” The board is set to adopt a budget at April 16 meeting, and a public hearing is set for May 7. The public budget vote is set for May 21.

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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.

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

Becker’s Hospital Review names Dr. Linda Efferen to list of 100 CMOs to know

Becker’s Hospital Review has named New Rochelle native Linda Efferen, MD, chief medical officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, to its prestigious list of the “100 Chief Medical Officers to Know” in the United States. The list is based on individuals’ experience in overseeing medical and quality affairs at their respective organizations. The 100 CMOs are indispensable members of hospital and health system leadership teams and have demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement in safety and quality. Members of the list do not and cannot pay to be included on this list. Becker’s Hospital Review is a Chicagobased publication focusing on hospital and healthcare news and business advice. The primary audience for the publication is hospital executives and healthcare industry leaders. As South Nassau’s chief medical officer, Dr.

Efferen is responsible for facilitating medical staff interactions with hospital administration and the governing board and for assuring the effective and efficient delivery of quality medical care consistent with the hospital’s mission. She also assists with strategic planning and execution, as well as the implementation of disease management programs, and monitors the effectiveness of management practices and productivity indicators. Dr. Efferen is board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. She has been listed in the Consumers Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Physicians, Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (for seven years), Best Doctors’ Best Doctors in America and has received a host of awards/honors, including a spot in the 2010 class of Long Island Business News’ Long Island’s Top 50 Business Women. Clinical professor of medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, she is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the New York Academy of Science, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Critical Care Physicians, American College of Medical Quality, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For more information, visit The next Business Briefs section will run on May 3. Please send any submission for our May issue to by Friday, April 26. Each submission can include one picture and must be between 175-225 words. If you have any questions, email Deputy Editor Jason Chirevas at

“What’s Your Beef?” “What’s bothering you today?” Collected on Purchase Street in Rye “I’m annoyed about this rider protecting the use of Monsanto in a bill passed by Congress last week.” Aaron Goldberg, 60, Mamaroneck

“There is no covered bus station [near] St. Vincent’s Hospital. People have to stand out in the rain to wait for the bus.” Jenny Dobell, 50, Harrison

“Today’s commute driving from New York City to Rye” Jimmy Yen, 39, New York City

“The inequality between the rich and the poor” Mary Alice Minogue, 72, Rye

Summer musical theatre camp in Harrison

Kinetic Sports Club Southern 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 serious-minded adult fitness enthusiast to the family that just wants to go out and play,

holding a summer children’s musical theater camp from June 24 to July 26, 2013. Camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Children ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 can choose from one, two, three, four or five weeks. Each week of camp will focus on scene work, choreography, and songs from a specific Broadway show. There is limited space available, so register as soon as possible. Call 914-358-4222 for more information, or visit the web site at

New York Performing Arts Center, located at 378 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY will be

-Photos and reporting by LIZ BUTTON

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In 2010, the City Council chartered the now defunct Rye Shared Roadways Committee, which, led by resident Steve Cadenhead, proorposed a projectthe council is now mulling to mark certain Rye roads with double arrow lane markings called “sharrows,” which indicate to cars and bicycles where they may share the road safely. The project, implemented, last year, has been considered a success anecdotally. In his letter to parents of the city school district last April, Connors encouraged residents to use Rye Recreation’s skate park, located on Midland Avenue. According to Rye Recreation attendant Jen Giusti, warmer weather makes April and May the park’s busiest months, with a total of 108 users recorded last April. This year, the park’s grand opening is scheduled for Sunday, April 8. The park operates from April to October. Permit fees are $77 for residents and $99 for non-residents, with daily fees of $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents, and all participants must sign a waiver.

Astorino announces new economic development team County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced the appointment of Eileen Mildenberger as the new director of Economic Development for Westchester County on March 21. She takes over for Larry Gottlieb, who recently left to become president and CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. Mildenberger previously served as the executive director of the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency. Replacing her at the IDA will be Jim Coleman, who brings more than 25 years experience in business and government to the position. Astorino’s appointment of Coleman, who will start April 8, was unanimously approved by the IDA board at its March 21 meeting. “These moves strengthen our outstanding economic development team,” Astorino said. “Eileen and Jim both share my commitment to promoting economic growth and creating an environment for job creation. They bring talent, experience and a continuity to our economic development efforts.” In her role as executive director of the IDA, Mildenberger helped attract more than $500 million in private sector capital investment to Westchester, assisting businesses from start-up biotech companies to global giants like PepsiCo and IBM. Prior to the IDA, Mildenberger worked 12 years at the Empire State Development

Corporation, the final three as chief operating officer. She managed day-to-day operations for the state’s economic development arm and had direct oversight for all key departments in the 500-person agency, which has a $30 million budget. During her time at ESDC, she created guidelines and procedures for business assistance programs resulting in economic benefits of more than $100 billion. Prior to ESDC, she practiced bankruptcy law. In her new role as director of Economic Development, Mildenberger will serve as the liaison to the business community and help businesses and entrepreneurs stay, grow and relocate to Westchester. She will also oversee the county’s Office of Tourism and Film. Mildenberger is a graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in Finance, and has a law degree from the Jacob Fuchsberg School of Law at Touro College. “Our county has a rich and diverse mix of businesses that range from global corporations to savvy start-ups,” said Mildenberger. “The job of the Office of Economic Development is to serve the entire spectrum of Westchester businesses with the resources they need to grow.” Coleman has enjoyed a successful 25-year career in business working for several different corporations‑including PepsiCo, Altria and American Express‑serving in roles responsible for business development, sales, consulting and

marketing. As executive director of the IDA, Coleman will help lead a powerful economic tool for the county. As a means of creating or retaining jobs, the IDA offers financial incentives to eligible companies and organizations. Through the IDA, businesses can qualify for bonds and exemptions from sales and mortgage recording taxes for certain pre-approved expenditures relating to construction, furnishings and equipment. In addition, Coleman will also lead the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, an agency within the Office of the County Executive, which promotes equality and eliminates barriers to participation in state contracts by minority-owned and women-owned businesses. Coleman is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in economics. He lives in Scarsdale with his wife Cathy. “The IDA and the Minority and WomenOwned Business Enterprise are part of the foundation that drives job creation in Westchester County,” Coleman said. “From financial incentives to general business support, these agencies will be an active partner in promoting successful economic development. I want to thank County Executive Astorino for the opportunity to serve our business community and all of our residents in Westchester.” (Submitted)


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 particular 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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Panthers win season opener By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

On April 1, The Rye Neck Panthers kicked off the 2013 baseball season on a high note, defeating Woodlands in a 17-1 rout. With a good group of returning veterans, the Panthers could be poised to make some waves in League III-A this year. Senior righthander Matt Franks made the opening day start for the Panthers, striking out 10 batters in five innings of work. According to head coach Tyler Slater, Franks will be a focal point of the team’s pitching staff this year, as he has been in years past. “Matt has been our opening day starter in each of the past three years,” said Slater. “I think that his experience, along with his ability, is going to be key for us this year.” Franks helped his own cause offensively, driving in five runs on two hits, while Jakob Calvini also got in on the action, going 2-5 with 3 RBIs. Calvini, along with fellow seniors Chris Cascione and Tom Pipolo, should be the driving force behind the Panthers offense this year, according to the head coach. Other players, including Chris Pennell, are also expected to have an impact as well. “Those three guys are basically going to be the meat of our lineup,” said Slater. “All

of them are three-year starters, so they have plenty of experience on the varsity level.” With 11 athletes returning from last year’s squad, Slater said that he is expecting contributions from a number of younger players who may not have gotten many innings in the past, such as Angelo Spedafino, who will be a factor both offensively and on the mound. “I think that, for some of these guys, even the ones on varsity last year, the physical maturity is going to help,” Slater said. “They’re bigger, stronger and more athletic than they were last year.” The Panthers have a tough test early in the season, playing three games in a row against Croton Harmon, Rye Country Day and Harrison from April 9 to 11. That stretch against competitive teams will certainly be a strain on the Panthers pitching staff, but it could be a jumping off point for the rest of the season, according to Slater. “I’m not a big goal setter, because I don’t want to set unrealistic goals,” said the head coach. “I think we definitely have the ability to compete with teams this year. But having the ability to compete and actually executing are two very different things.” The Panthers’ three-game home stand starts on April 9 at 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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