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Vol. 15/Number 19

Rye’s Parker seeks county seat By CHRISTIAN FALCONE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, has decided to run for county legislator—and not Rye City mayor—seeking a seat that incumbent Judy Myers has held since 2005. At a May 2 press conference in Mamaroneck, Myers, a Democrat, announced that she would not seek a fifth-term as county legislator, adhering to a self-imposed term limit. Her term is set to expire at the end of 2013. I am term-limiting myself out,” Myers said. “I really do believe eight years is a terrific term length. If it’s good enough for the president of the United States than it is good enough for the county board.” Myers, 60, held court at the

Mamaroneck Town Center to publicly pass the torch to Parker choosing to endorse her candidacy for county legislator. The two have become close allies and friends over the last two years. According to Parker, it was Myers, a Mamaroneck Town resident, who asked her to run for the county seat. And after some soul-searching and discussion with family, Parker came to the conclusion that she would best be able to serve Rye as a county representative. Parker, 47, notified Rye Democrats via email on April 30 of her decision. She was long rumored to be considering a run for Rye mayor—something she confirmed last year—even more so after incumbent Mayor Douglas French, a Republican, announced last month that he PARKER continued on page 7

May 10, 2013

Noam can stop him now!

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson has secured the Democratic nomination for county executive and will square off with incumbent Republican Rob Astorino in the fall. For more, see page 3. Photo/Bobby Begun

Two candidates for open Board of Education seat By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

County Legislator Judy Myers, left, stands beside Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, during a May 2 press conference announcing she won’t seek a fifth-term in office. Instead, Myers, a Democrat, endorsed Parker’s candidacy to fill her seat. Photo/Bobby Begun

Robert Cox and Dr. Pamela Davis are both seeking a Board of Education seat being vacated by longtime board member Mary Jane Reddington, who served for nearly 30 years. “With the way the board is set up, I think it is difficult to run against an incumbent, so I would want to run for an open seat,” said Cox, who lost in a school board bid in 2011. “Now there’s an open seat.”

Cox, a 19-year New Rochelle resident, and his wife Maria Suarez-Cox, are parents of four children who have all been educated in the city’s public schools. Two graduated from New Rochelle High School, one currently goes to school there and one attends Albert Leonard Middle School. Although he is likely best known to New Rochelle residents as the founder and managing editor of “Talk of the Sound,” a website devoted to city news, Cox has also worked

on Wall Street and managed venture capital portfolio companies. His candidate biography indicates that Cox, who graduated from Notre Dame and earned a masters degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, “has consulted to some of the largest financial institutions in the world.” While Cox bills himself as someone with “extensive civic and school board experience” who has attended and actively participated in more than 100

Board of Education meetings, his opponent is relatively new to the city. Davis, who has lived in New Rochelle for seven years, said her experience as an educator and desire to give back to the community prompted her to seek a school board seat when the opportunity arose. “I’ve been a teacher for 20 years, and when I give back to the community, I give to children,” Davis said. Davis, who does not have any BOARD continued on page 10


Save the Sound hosts environmental summit By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

Save the Sound hosted its 22nd annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit at Iona College on April 26. The summit titled, “Superstorm Sandy and the ‘New Normal:’ Rebuilding for Resiliency and Adapting to Climate Change” focused on a variety of different issues, including how coastal communities can properly adapt to climate changes, and how local municipalities can better prepare for the growing possibility of severe weather events. Andrew Revkin, a New York Times climate blogger, journalist and author was a featured speaker at the event along with state Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat, Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson, a Democrat, Environmental Protection Agency Director of the Long Island Sound Study Mark Tedesco, Democratic state Assemblyman Steve Otis, and New Rochelle Mayor, Noam Bramson, a Democrat. Seligson said the most important part of the summit was

Keynote speaker and New York Times climate blogger Andrew Revkin, right, delivers a presentation on the importance of communication and dialog about climate change and rising sea levels. He was joined by the author of “This Fine Piece of Water,” Tom Andersen. Photo/Chris Gramuglia

that it gave residents an opportunity to see how making small changes in their own lives can have a profound impact on the environment, specifically the Long Island Sound. “The real take away from something like this, is that people learn that they have to do things differently. Climate changes and an increased number of storms are here to stay,” she said. In his presentation, Revkin

discussed the importance of engaging in productive conversation with the public regarding climate change. “Conventional media are a shrinking wedge of an explosively growing pie of communication tools, and no issues are more in need of clearer communication than the challenges of building resilience to climate hazards and stemming emissions of greenhouse gases,” Revkin said.

A large portion of the summit was devoted to the rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy, and Latimer discussed how the state responded, as well as how it is continuing efforts to repair affected municipalities. “Various New York State agencies have been involved in the affected areas since the hours immediately following Superstorm Sandy, and over the last few months have continued

their efforts to rebuild and repair our communities.” said Latimer pointing to the issues over Con Edison’s, and other utility companies,’ repsonse to power outages due to the hurricane. “In the most recent state budget, we allocated billions of dollars for recovery and mitigation efforts and have taken strides to protect people from abuses and negligence on the part of power providers that were not properly prepared for a storm of this magnitude.” Latimer also said Superstorm Sandy made it clear that many aspects of the state’s preparation for future events needed to be redesigned, and that communication with citizens is integral to the process. Tedesco said that the problems in climate change associated with Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy are only going to become more severe due to rising sea levels and continual shifts in climate along Long Island Sound. “This timely conference highlighted the opportunities available to make our coasts and communities more resilient to a changing climate,” he said.

Bramson said that there are number of factors that are preventing communities from working together in matters concerning the environment, and that they need to be addressed. “It’s not as though we don’t understand the importance of prioritizing for the future,” Bramson said. “We all demonstrate this in our private lives... but we have problems demonstrating those same virtues in the public square.” Bramson also said that private interest groups are preventing progress. “By the way, for the folks who are lobbying against the reality of climate change, there’s a special place in hell for them, right alongside the doctors who were on the tobacco company payrolls,” he joked. Save the Sound is an environmental group formed in 1972, that strives to preserve and protect coastal communities and island sites from pollution and deterioration. The group holds summits each year to discuss important coastal issues and developments and is active in both New York and Connecticut.


Democrats nominate Bramson for county executive By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

At an April 24 convention that ran more than five hours and saw two rounds of ballots cast, Westchester County Democrats nominated New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson as the party’s

candidate for county executive. A seemingly unified party will now turn its attention to its primary goal of removing Republican Rob Astorino from office. The Westchester County Center drew nearly 2,000 delegates and supporters for the three candidates in the

Supporters and advocates of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson wave banners and signs shortly before their candidate received the Democratic nomination for county executive. Bramson won the nomination in a majority vote after the second ballot. Photos/Bobby Begun

Democratic convention, the first contested nomination in years. After accepting the party’s nomination, Bramson addressed delegates and supporters, asking them to acknowledge the other candidates, county Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins of Yonkers and County Legislator Bill Ryan of White Plains, for their support. Bramson made it clear that his political platform is vastly different from Astorino’s. “The choice in this election is between a plan of action that honors the mainstream values of Westchester, or a record of neglect that honors only the extreme agenda of the Tea Party,” Bramson said. After delegates from towns and cities across the county cast ballots in a run-off vote, Bramson received the nomination after midnight, outpacing Jenkins with a 54 percent majority vote. Bramson received 97,915 votes in the second ballot to Jenkins’ 80,249, which equates to 45 percent. The New Rochelle mayor also topped the first ballot with 49.5 percent of the total vote—nearly missing the 50 plus one percent

Mayor Noam Bramson addresses the Westchester County Democratic Convention after being nominated to run for county executive against incumbent Rob Astorino.

majority mark that would have declared him the winner. In the first round of voting, Jenkins captured 42 percent of the vote while Legislator Ryan came away with just 7 percent of the vote and was eliminated prior to the run-off. Armed with a strong backing

in Yonkers, the county’s largest city, Jenkins, who plotted a county executive challenge to his political rival Astorino for years, seemed to be the oddson favorite heading into the convention. After his opening remarks, crowds chanted his name. Ultimately, though, he

could not prevail over Bramson, whose widespread support stretched across the county and reached far into northern Westchester. There was talk before the convention of a potential Democratic primary after the BRAMSON continued on page 13


Norovirus sickens Hilton Westchester attendees By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER

A rash of gastrointestinal illness, known as Norovirus, in people who attended events at the Hilton Westchester over two weekends in April has prompted a full-scale investigation by the Westchester County Department of Health. According to Caren Halbfinger, the health department’s communications director, isolated cases of Norovirus symptoms were first reported on April 9 from an event the previous weekend, which prompted initial investigations. After this first smattering of reports, two weeks went by without further incident. The health department expanded its investigation when it received an influx of reported cases on April 24. In accordance with county health department recommendations, the Hilton Westchester, located on Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook, arranged for an outside contractor to provide an industrial cleaning of all hotel surfaces, with a special focus on the banquet halls.

While the hotel was never shut down at any point, the Hilton also contracted for corporate health staff and corporate sanitarians to be present in order to assure that staff members carried out all health department recommendations, county health officials said. The hotel discontinued service of uncooked foods prepared on site. In addition, health department inspectors are currently reviewing sanitary procedures throughout the hotel. “We are working closely and cooperatively with hotel management and are taking a series of aggressive steps to stop the spread of the virus,” said. Halbfinger. As of press time, the health department was not releasing the number of reported cases of illness, although media reports have estimated the number as being anywhere from scores to hundreds. “We do not have an estimate, nor do we expect to,” Halbfinger said. “Once we have two reports, that’s all we need to start our investigation. There was a significant amount of illness reported.”

The Westchester County Department of Health has an investigation underway to address a recent rash of illness in people who attended events at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook. Photo courtesy Hilton Westchester

When encountered in hotel settings, Norovirus is often found to be the cause for acute gastrointestinal discomfort and illness, according to county health officials. Norovirus is a group of viruses that causes symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Rye Councilwoman Catherine Parker, a Democrat, was one of the victims of the illness, describ-

ing her symptoms during the experience as “Exorcist-like.” Before she attended a Carver Center event at the Rye Brook hotel on Friday, April 26, Parker said a friend who called the county executive’s office told her conditions had been declared safe following the first cases of illness reported on April 24, which stemmed from large events held on April 20

and April 21. Parker said she soon became sick after attending the April 26 event the following weekend. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Norovirus is the leading cause of food borndisease outbreaks in the U.S. Food can get contaminated with Norovirus at any point when it is being grown, shipped, handled or prepared, especially foods

that are eaten raw like fruits and vegetables. While there is no treatment other than drinking plenty of fluids, most people usually recover in a couple of days after the illness has run its course. According to health department officials, one person was hospitalized due to symptoms, but it turned out to be for an unrelated illness. NOROVIRUS continued on page 12


Astorino talks HUD, taxes at State of the County address By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, delivered his final State of the County address of his first-term in office. Republicans hope it won’t be the county executive’s last. Astorino, preparing for a reelection run this year, focused the address on a wide variety of issues, from the current status of the county’s contentious relationship with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to how he plans on protecting taxpayers while also promoting economic growth within the county. Speaking before an audience at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, on April 23, Astorino summarized his approach with what he called the “three P’s,” which are protecting taxpayers, preserving essential services and promoting economic growth. “Westchester County continues to move forward carefully and steadily,” Astorino said. “We pledged to protect taxpayers, and we did just that. We pledged to preserve essential

County Executive Rob Astorino delivered his fourth State of the County address on April 23. Astorino focused on protecting taxpayers, preserving essential services and promoting economic growth. He also brought county residents up to date on the rift between Westchester and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. File photo

services, and we did just that. We pledged to promote economic growth, and we did just that. And, working together, we will continue moving Westchester County toward an even brighter future.” The county property tax levy

was reduced by 2 percent in 2011 under Astorino and remained unchanged in 2012 and 2013. Astorino said that, while a 2 percent reduction in the levy does not seem like a lot, relative to the 17 percent increase over the previous five years, under

former County Executive Andy Spano, a Democrat, it is a step in the right direction. According to a statement issued by Astorino communications director Ned McCormack, unfunded state mandates, like the rising cost of employee pensions and Medicaid, remain the biggest impediment to tax relief in the county. This year, for example, state mandates cost the county $466 million, or 85 percent of the total property tax levy. Despite rising costs, Astorino cut property taxes and maintained a large number of services, including roads, bridges, airports, public safety, health and education, McCormack said. The county executive mentioned the importance of safety during events like Hurricane Sandy, and how, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, protecting the public is a high priority. “Going forward, you have my commitment that Westchester County will continue to lead a ceaseless effort to keep our kids, our schools and our communitiess as safe as they can be,” he said. Astorino also touched on his

plans to create opportunities for large and small businesses to thrive by providing financial incentives through the Westchester Industrial Development Agency, the county’s primary outreach organization to businesses. The reopening of Playland for its 85th season was also mentioned by Astorino, as were several updates on the sustainable future of the park. Lastly, the county executive reaffirmed his position on a 2009 settlement that required the county to build 750 units of affordable housing. Astorino said that he will continue to move forward with the installation of the units and thinks that county residents should be proud that the effort is ahead of schedule. He also said that he would not give in to the additional demands of the Department of Housing and Urban Development which may lead to the county filing a lawsuit against the federal department. “HUD thinks it can trample on Westchester because it has the misguided notion that zoning and discrimination are the same thing. They are not,” the county executive said. Democrats Ken Jenkins, chair-

man of the county Board of Legislators, and Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle and Astorino’s ballot opponent in November, responded to the county exec’s address with heavy doses of skepticism. “Instead of offering a clear plan of action to grow our economy, attract jobs, and cut waste through shared services, the county executive presented an empty string of platitudes and distortions,” Bramson said. “It is time for a forward-looking strategy to attract investment to our urban centers, plan for smart, sustainable growth, and provide real leadership for Westchester taxpayers.” Jenkins said that Astorino has been out of touch on too many issues, citing a piece of legislation involving section-8 housing that the county executive would not sign. Jenkins said that criticizing state and federal governments is not the answer to Westchester’s problems. “Let’s not point fingers or fix blame on Albany or Washington and wait for solutions to arrive at our doorstep,” the board chairman said.


New brewery planning Westchester opening By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER

Tuckahoe—Beer connoisseurs, rejoice. Broken Bow Brewery is set to open this summer in Tuckahoe, the first brewery to ever open its doors in the village and one of only a handful in Westchester County. The business is owned by Merrill Lynch head-turnedbeer brewer Lyle LaMothe, his wife and three adult children. Named after Mrs. LaMothe’s hometown in central Nebraska, Broken Bow will serve distinct lager, stout and American pale ale recipes that will be distributed to local bars and restaurants in the community. Mr. LaMothe, 52, of Bedford, started home brewing about 10 years ago when his eldest son Michael came home with a beginners brewing kit. As they became more experienced, LaMothe said they started creating their own recipes. After LaMothe retired as the head of wealth management for Merrill Lynch two years ago, he said that friends started to rave about his beer and suggest that he open his own business. “It’s a hobby that grew into a profession,” LaMothe said. “Over the past five years, we

A look at Broken Bow’s tap handle

increasingly received pressure from friends who tasted the beer and said that we should open a micro brewery.” His stout is comparable to Guinness, but a little lighter with a hint of chocolate flavor. Broken Bow’s American pale ale is hopsbased with a citrus taste. LaMothe collected his brewing equipment and the hops for his recipes from around the world. David Barbuti, the architect for the project, said that seven stainless steel tanks will be set

up on the inside of the brewery for fermenting along with two copper kettles. The skeleton of the old tile company remains, but Barbuti said that the entire inside had to be upgraded and insulated. Broken Bow will have a rustic look to it, he said, and LaMothe is trying to reuse as many of the items left behind in the building as possible. “There was a large sink inside, and it’s going to be drilled out and taps will be put in there,” Barbuti said. “They’re very sustainable so they’re trying to reuse a lot of things.” LaMothe said his lager recipe is similar to what a customer may find in the supermarket, but with a slightly richer flavor. The LaMothe family’s realtor searched for six months before they found property on Tuckahoe’s Marbledale Road, which was once home to a tile warehouse. Opening a brewery requires an industrial setting because of the size and nature of production, and LaMothe said that he had to apply for zoning board variances because there has never been a brewery in the village before. Once the board decided that the brewery wouldn’t have a negative impact on noise level and traffic, they gave Broken Bow an approval.

“We’re opening a tasting room with tours on Fridays and Saturdays,” LaMothe said. “We want people to come in and experience first hand how it all works.” Though the family lives in Bedford, LaMothe said that Tuckahoe and the abandoned tile building were perfect for his brewing business. “When you’re trying to brew beer commercially, you look for high ceilings, lots of power and a good source of good water,” LaMothe said. “It so happens that water here close to New York City is exceptional for it.” The family has knowledge and experience in web design, yeast culturing, marketing and finance, LaMothe said, and that, as a parent, it’s great knowing that his children want to get involved as funding partners in the micro brewery. “It’s really become a family fashion and I’m happy to say that my extended family now wants to get involved,” LaMothe said. LaMothe said that he hopes to have construction finished sometime in May, with an official grand opening to be set

Broken Bow’s new brewery, which opens this month, will be bottling and distributing its beer in growlers, pictured. Photos/Kathy LaMothe

soon after. Westchester is already home to the Captain Lawrence Brewing

Company which operates out of Elmsford and the Peekskill Brewery, a brewery pub in Peekskill.

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wouldn’t seek a second term in office. Parker said she has spent the last year coming to a decision on which seat to make a play for. Her candidacy for county office now leaves Rye Democrats in need of a mayoral candidate for this year’s City Council elections. “I was thinking I can continue to make a difference, and maybe even a bigger difference, to Rye, even though I won’t be sitting on the City Council any longer [if elected],” Parker told our sister paper, The Rye Sound Shore Review in an exclusive interview on May 1. “I can bring something very positive to the community [and] that weighed heavily on my decision.” A fourth-generation county resident originally from Bedford, Parker said that is also at the root of her run. In recent times, she has taken an interest in more widespread county issues like the planned redevelopment of Playland. Since 1997, she has also owned a small travel store, Parker’s, located on Purchase Street in Rye. “It seems clear that I have a skill set that will bring positive change to the county,” Parker said in her email to Rye district leaders. “I will bring my common sense, small business experience, and collegial nature to the new job.” Parker, as a registered independent, was elected to the Rye City Council in 2007. She was re-elected in 2011, this time on the Democratic line, and started her second term as the only Democrat in office. She failed in her first election bid in 2005. Parker plans to focus her campaign on affordability while working to maintain services and keep property taxes down. She said her experience in Rye

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a candidate for county executive, stands alongside Mamaroneck Town Councilwoman Jane Elkind-Eney. Photos/Bobby Begun

government with keeping property taxes low will serve her well going forward. “Rye has been a great training ground for this,” she said. Since winning a hard-fought 2011 re-election campaign against former Republican Rye City Councilwoman Suzanna Keith, Myers said she has been well aware she was approaching the end of the road. She began working closely with Parker “so she could seamlessly move into a position to represent the 7th district.” “[Parker] has definitely sharpened her teeth at the [Rye] City Council level,” Myers said, referring to the controversy and political infighting that has plagued the Rye City Council over the last two years. “I think she is more than ready to take on the Board of Legislators.” Now in her ninth year in county office, Myers won a special election in 2005, filling the seat vacated when incumbent George Latimer, a Democrat, moved into the state Assembly. That November, Myers won a general election, securing her first full-term as a legislator; she would cruise to

Talking with fellow Democrats, state Assemblyman Steve Otis was on hand for the Myers-Parker press conference. A former Rye City mayor, Otis spent 2008 and 2009 on the Rye City Council with Parker.

victories in 2007 and 2009. Prior to being elected to the county Board of Legislators in 2005, Myers served six years as a Mamaroneck Town councilwoman. She plans to fill out her term by helping Parker get elected as well as help Democratic county executive candidate Noam Bramson, the mayor of New Rochelle, win in November. Myers said she also hopes to join Bramson’s transition team were he to defeat County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican. Myers has been part of a Board of Legislators Democratic majority that has repeatedly butt heads with Astorino’s administration since the county executive took office in 2010. The legislator said her legacy is in a bill that requires fast food establishments in the county to provide calorie counts. She also helped earn stimulus money for nitrogen removal in the Long Island Sound and secured $4.5 million in flood mitigation funding in the wake of the 2007 floods that devastated Rye and Mamaroneck. However, Myers seemed most proud of her vote in favor of settling an affordable housing lawsuit that has pit county Republicans and Democrats against each other in recent months. For Rye, a Parker victory would mean the city would be home to the county’s legislative seat and representatives in both state houses. Myers’ legislative district includes Rye, Mamaroneck, Larchmont and portions of New Rochelle and Harrison. The county seat has been in Democratic hands dating back to the beginning of Latimer’s tenure in 1992. The county GOP has yet to announce any challenger to the seat this year. County legislators are elected to serve two-year terms.


April 25… A traffic stop resulted in a New Rochelle man’s arrest on a felony charge. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, an officer stopped a vehicle driven by Joseph A. Petrizinni, 47, of 52 Chauncey Ave., after he noticed a seatbelt violation. “The seatbelt was in a poor state of repair. It was useless and ripped,” Schaller said. “The officers were waiting for his license and registration when they noticed that the state decals and inspection sticker didn’t look right.” Further investigation determined the inspection sticker was forged, Schaller said. Petrizinni was charged with possession of a forged instrument, which is a Class D felony, and display of a forged certificate without inspection, which is an unclassified misdemeanor. April 25…Officers responded to a report of a larceny from a garage at 355 Huguenot St. around 3:30 p.m. Police said a 31-year-old New Rochelle resident reported that he had been using a laptop computer around 3 p.m. and noticed that it was missing half an hour later. The computer was reportedly worth $600. April 25…Police received a report of a larceny from an apartment at 306 Huguenot St. around 7:14 p.m. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said a 78-year-old woman who lives there reported the theft of $6,000 from her pocketbook.

The woman also relayed that she believed a cleaning crew that had been in the apartment took the money, Schaller said. April 26…A Hanson Lane resident reported a motor vehicle theft around 5:45 a.m. According to police, the victim reported the 2012 Mercedes Benz C300 was taken from the driveway sometime overnight. The owner did not provide a value for the car. May 3… Officers responded to a reported burglary at 44 Parkridge Ave. around 3:18 p.m. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the 37-year-old homeowner reported that the door was unlocked when someone ransacked sometime between 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. The perpetrator(s) took $18,000 in cash that was kept under a mattress in the basement, various watches, a laptop computer and some liquor, Schaller said. The burglar(s) also took a set of car keys for a BMW and ransacked the vehicle, Schaller added. May 4…A couple in the process of moving out of a Meadow Lane apartment reported a burglary there around 8:14 a.m. According to police, the victims, who are both in their 40s, reported the incident occurred sometime after 10:30 a.m. April 30. The perpetrator(s) apparently gained entry through a bedroom window and rummaged through the apartment at 147 Meadow Lane, police said. Two laptop computers and a radio were allegedly taken.

May 4...Officers responded to a report of a possible burglary at the Iona College dorms located at 715 North Ave. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, a student reported that someone had gotten into her dorm room while she and her roommates were out between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A bag and wallet containing $100 were reportedly taken. The victim said she thought the door was locked when the incident occurred, according to Schaller. There were no signs of forced entry, he said. May 5…A Bronx resident was allegedly assaulted at 51 Horton Ave. Police said the woman sustained minor injuries when she was kicked in the back and punched in the face during an altercation with two other people. She did not seek medical treatment. May 5…A man who was involved in a fight at a Horton Avenue nightspot assaulted a security guard who stopped the fracas, police said. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the security guard who stopped the fight at 51 Horton Ave. said one of the men involved got into a vehicle occupied by two women and then ran over his foot as he left the scene. The guard said the man also tried to back into him with the car before he took off going southbound on Horton Avenue, according to Schaller. The guard was not transported to the hospital by ambulance.

What’s Your Beef? What’s bothering you today?

Collected on Purchase Street in Rye

“How ineffectual the U.S. Congress is as a whole.” Michael Hoffman, Rye Brook, 65

“Governor Cuomo’s 2 percent property tax levy cap. It’s not good for schools or municipalities.” Kendall Egan, Rye, 46

“The House recently passed a bill called CISPA which would give government more control over the Internet.”

“Taxes have gone up a crazy amount.”

Nikola Bulatovic, Harrison, 22

-Reporting and photos by LIZ BUTTON

Daniel Powierski, Rye Brook, 29


Happy Mother’s Day: A greeting to all mothers By CINDY INMAN

With great joy I celebrate a mother’s role on this planet. The gift of motherhood is joyous, gracious, and busy. We love our children, and our children love us, but with everyone’s varying personalities and busy habits, we can become an overwhelmed household of love. Let’s look at this through Ask Cindy’s eyes; a place for everything and everything in its place. That’s nice, but what about the overflow of stuff? Purge and get rid of some stuff. There, I said it. We think we need so much of many different things. We do not. Let’s energize our home space with a renewed focus on household order. Currently, women are being celebrated and recognized as leaders throughout the world. It is a slower process than we might like, but it is happening. Additionally, we are the leaders in the home, as quiet as it is kept. Gently stated, ladies, you know of what I speak. The dilemma is whether an entire home can be pulled together after all of these years of co-habitation without best practices. Yes, it can happen. This renewal home cleaning and organization of personal content will erase the past and start a new agenda of best practices. This will serve all well. The home base must be our positive energy source. Otherwise, where will we get our day-to-day positive charge to continue the required grind? Our home base allows us to exhale, to relax, and to enjoy a customized environment within. This serves as our haven from the outside world. So let’s de-clutter, clean up every room’s surface, large and small appliance, floors, floor grout lines, light fixtures, recessed lighting, décor furniture pieces, and decorative items in the home. Let’s do one room at a time. Get excited with the fact that a new dawn for the home can be yours. Moms, a clean and orderly homestead enhances everyone’s leadership skillsets as well. All of this is a gift that keeps giving because we love our family. Hopefully, this friendly lead-in for all of this renewal can be the aha moment. Let’s give it a shot. Organization and cleaning collectively will energize and enhance everyone’s well being. I guarantee this. The “Ask Cindy How” monthly column should become required reading. If you need me to help with the initial how-to process just call me. I will come without judgment and with a smile. Happy Mother’s Day! Warmly, Cindy, your friend in the house cleaning industry.

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children of her own, has been a fifth grade computer teacher in Elmsford since 1994. Prior to that, she was a kindergarten computer teacher in Mount Vernon for two years. Today, she also works as an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, where she has served as the dissertation committee chair since 2009. In those capacities, she teaches qualitative and quantitative research design methods to doctoral candidates and serves as a research leader and advisor to doctoral candidates writing dissertations “on topics related to K-16 education.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Rutgers University in 1991, and a master’s degree in education and reading from the College of New Rochelle in 1994. In 2006, she received her doctorate in instructional media and technology from Columbia University, where she graduated with high honors. Outside of the classroom, Davis organizes regional robotics competitions and serves as a consultant for after school robotics programs

Robert Cox

Dr. Pamela Davis

in several communities. She also lectures and leads workshops on robotics and Science Technology Engineering and Math education. In interviews this week, both candidates shared their thoughts about some of the challenges facing the Board of Education and how they plan to address those challenges if they are elected. When asked about the district’s financial challenges–including a proposed budget for

2013-2014 that calls for $239 million in total expenditures and has enough new revenue to restore 14 teaching positions –Davis said the situation is not unique to New Rochelle. She also said she isn’t happy about it. “These are tough economic times,” Davis said. “There’s no superhero that can come in and fix everything. All we can do is look at ways to alleviate the impacts on the kids and ways to help teachers cope with larger

class sizes. We will have to buckle down and be creative.” According to Cox, more can and should be done to address the situation. “For a public school system to be firing teachers out of the classrooms–which is what’s being done now–that’s a financial crisis,” Cox said. “When the board members and administration put forward the proposed budget [for 2013-2014], they said everything that can be done has been done [to minimize the need for budget cuts]. That’s not the case.” Cox said many of the ideas he pitched during his 2011 school board bid were incorporated in a report issued by the Citizens Advisory Committee on the budget in 2012. Other ideas, such as using biometric systems to track time and attendance to make sure school district employees are being paid for the hours they actually work, and using similar technology for inventory control have yet to be implemented, Cox said. “There are relatively easy things the district could do that could save millions of

dollars that haven’t been done,” Cox said. Cox and Davis agree that school security is extremely important, especially in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., last winter. Both candidates say a recent assessment conducted by an outside consultant yielded some positive results, but Davis said she needs to take a closer look at it before she can say what else should be done. “Steps are being taken to address school security, but we need to look at the findings of the report before we decide what to do next. I don’t want to have some type of police state [in the schools],” Davis said. Cox said he has been calling for an outside assessment of school safety in New Rochelle “for years.” While the outcome of the report that was recently released to the public was fairly positive, Cox said many recommendations issued by the consultants are actually mandated under state law. More needs to be done to bring the school district into compli-

ance with state law, and Cox said he would “push hard” to make sure that happens. “I have kids in the schools. My wife works there. It’s personal for me,” Cox said. Both candidates also said residential developers who get tax breaks from the city must be prepared to provide the school district with fair compensation for the cost of educating any children that end up living in the development. Specifically, both said Forest City Ratner, the developer for the Echo Bay project, must be prepared to “make the school district whole.” “The issue is extremely important to me because it’s right around the corner from where I live,” said Davis, who resides in the city’s Sun Haven neighborhood “There’s no way that development can go on if the developer is not held responsible not only for the amount per child, but the amount per child as time goes on. School district residents will vote on the Board of Education election on May 21. School board members serve five-year terms.

L etters Let our veterans save the New Rochelle Armory I read with interest Alexandra Bogdanovic’s excellent 3/15/13 article about the New Rochelle Armory that was listed under “Where - Profiles of some of the most interesting Westchester places”. Unfortunately, the New Rochelle mayor and some serving on the City Council don’t seem to think so, and it appears to me that they intend to destroy it. I am a wife of a veteran and the daughter of a navy surgeon who served in World War II. I am grateful for all our veterans who have served our country and I feel the need to speak out. On April 16,2012, I hand delivered a letter to the mayor’s office. I never received a response. When I attended a hearing about the armory on March 13 at City Hall, I was appalled when I heard Peter Parente state that the same developer still wants to take away the armory’s land and possibly the annex. The annex is the heart of the building. I hope that every person who is a veteran, is related to a veteran, is a friend of a veteran or knows a veteran will voice their objections loud and clear! Lets support our veterans and let them save the New Rochelle Armory. Susan Amlicke, Larchmont



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The Hilton, in Rye Brook, also provided a 72-hour paid furlough to all banquet service and kitchen staff from April 30 through May 3. Last weekend, the county Department of Health added its own staff, bringing in two sanitarians to preside over preparations for that weekend’s major event, which carried on despite recent circumstances. Hotel management will continue to notify organizers of upcoming events about the recent spate of illnesses, according to county health officials. As for deciphering the disease’s origin, Halbfinger said, “We honestly don’t know and probably never will. Norovirus is in the community atlarge-there are cases every year. We can speculate that it came in from the community to several staff members and spread from there.” To help determine the source of the illness and to identify any new cases, public health nurses have reached out to those who may be affected, according to department officials. Parker said she got a call from the health department asking her how many days she was ill. According to some county elected officials, however, budget cuts have shed doubt on the county health department’s ability to adequately handle the situation. County Legislator Judy Myers, a Democrat, said the department has 22 percent fewer employees in 2013 than it did in 2010 and conducted 9 percent fewer inspections. But Peter DeLucia, the health department’s assistant commissioner, said that the 22 percent reduction refers to administrative staff overall, not field inspectors in the environmental health division, who handle inspections. And a possible explanation for the lower number of routine inspections could be that health inspectors disrupted their normal schedule to visit thousands of restaurants during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy last year to do emergency sanitation, according to DeLucia. “We always have enough staff to make sure we make all of our state mandates,” DeLucia said. Assistant Commissioner DeLucia said County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, and the county’s health commissioner are always adamant that the department has enough staff and resources to protect public health to the utmost degree. But, DeLucia said, “no matter how many staff you have, nothing could prevent what happened recently at the Hilton Westchester,” nor could any number of inspections. Health department officials said the Hilton Westchester got the OK after the department’s last two inspections in December 2012 and January 2013. For the foreseeable future, DeLucia said, the hotel will now be held to an even more frequent inspection schedule.


Annual dance strengthens bond between New Rochelle youth, seniors By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

Going to the senior prom took on a whole new meaning for some New Rochelle residents on April 27, when members of the city’s Youth Council hosted a spring dance for senior citizens at Temple Israel for the first time. “I thought this would be a great venue,” said Adam Itzkowitz, who helped the Youth Council secure the new location. “We wanted to attract seniors from this part of New Rochelle, and I think the dance will get even bigger in the future.” The dance, which used to be held at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center, attracted approximately 30 seniors and 20 volunteers from the Youth Council. Doors opened at 4 p.m. The music was still energizing the room at 5 p.m. when everyone sat down

Teens and seniors hit the dance floor at an annual spring dance. Photo/Alexandra Bogdanovic

to eat dinner, which was catered by a local restaurateur. “We’ve been doing this

for more than 10 years,” said Michelle Oliveros, a senior youth worker. “We want to bring older

and younger people together.” Carlee Palmer, a high school senior, has been involved in the

November. He’s the wrong man in the wrong job in the wrong county.” The attention now shifts to the general election in November. The Astorino camp will face a tough road to reelection against Bramson, who will be armed with several million dollars in his war chest and a decisive voter registration advantage, which favors Democrats countywide by more than 100,000 voters. In his last

campaign finance filing with the state Board of Elections in January, Bramson had roughly $530,000 in the bank. Astorino, 46, and Bramson, 43, hold very polarizing views as candidates. Bramson is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, believes in conducting universal background checks on individuals purchasing firearms, and has criticized Astorino for bringing gun shows back to the County

Center after a 10-year ban. He said the returning shows have turned Westchester into a “grocery store” for gun purchases. Bramson is also a pro-choice candidate; Astorino, seeking a second term in office, is pro-life. Bramson has also criticized Astorino for how he has dealt with the Departmet of Housing and Urban Development—with which the county agreed to an affordable housing settlement that requires it to construct 750 units throughout 31 Westchester communities—saying that the county executive’s stubbornness has hurt a number of communities in need of federal grants. HUD has threatened to withhold $7.4 million in funding to Westchester, claiming the county executive has been reluctant to comply with the parameters of the settlement. A life-long resident of New Rochelle, Bramson spent 10 years on the New Rochelle City Council. He became mayor in January 2006 to complete Timothy Idoni’s unexpired term after Idoni was elected county clerk. Bramson was first elected to the City Council at the age of 25. He is now in his third-term as mayor of New Rochelle after being re-elected in 2011. Bramson is a Harvard graduate, and has a master’s degree in public policy.

event since her freshman year. She said the dance serves as a great way for her peers to bond and create relationships with the senior citizens. “It is very important for youth and senior citizens to interact,” said Stephen Bozier, another high school senior who serves on the Youth Council. “We are just beginning our adult lives, and the senior citizens really want to interact with us.” To that end, the council hosts other events, such as spa days and fashion days, for the city’s older residents, Bozier said, but the dance is by far the biggest event the council hosts for the seniors and everyone looks forward to it. As they finished dinner, Rachel Humphrey and her “date,” Carmine Secchiano, said they were enjoying the evening. “We’re having a lovely time,” Humphrey said. “Everyone

looks gorgeous, the food is delicious and the music is nice. We appreciate every moment.” Humphrey and Secchiano, who have both been to the dance before, said they definitely planned on hitting the dance floor when they finished their meal. While volunteers cleared the tables set up in a large auditorium at the temple, disc jockeys played a wide variety of music ranging from Frank Sinatra classics to current tunes. Some senior citizens danced together and some danced with the teens that joined them in the middle of the room. Kelly Johnson, executive director of the city’s Youth Bureau, seemed pleased as he watched the people on the crowded dance floor. “The kids raise the money for this. They plan it. They do it all,” Johnson said.

BRAMSON from page 3

candidates announced their intentions late last year, but all three men pledged they would not seek a primary and support the convention’s nominee. In conceding, Jenkins said he would stick to the pledge and all county Democrats should be focusing their efforts on one common goal. “There is one thing that unites us all,” he said. “The top priority for everyone in this room is beating Rob Astorino in

County Legislator Ken Jenkins reacts to losing the nomination for county executive to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson at the Westchester County Democratic Convention. Despite not getting the nomination, Jenkins said he supports Bramson and believes the real goal for Democrats should be to defeat Rob Astorino in November.

A Ken Jenkins supporter holds a sign to her head in disappointment as it was announced that her candidate lost to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. Photos/Bobby Begun

Representatives from Astorino’s campaign offered congratulatory remarks for Bramson soon after he secured the nomination. “We congratulate Mr. Bramson on his nomination tonight, and look forward to a healthy debate in the fall election season, based on the issues,” Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for Astorino, said. “County Executive Astorino has delivered on the promises

he made to Westchester voters four years ago�like his no tax increase pledge and he is laying the groundwork for a healthy and economically vibrant Westchester going forward.” Along with Bramson, Democrats also re-nominated incumbents Janet DiFiore for district attorney and Idoni for county clerk, both countywide seats. The county executive is elected to a four-year term.



Teams to watch Rye Neck baseball Over the course of the season, the Rye Neck Panthers have established themselves as perhaps one of the top teams in all of Class B. The Panthers have an astounding 12-2 record. What makes the Panthers fun to watch however, is that they aren’t led by one dominant player, but instead have bought into the concept of “team baseball.” They’ve gotten solid performances out of starters like Matt Franks and Matt Garcia, they don’t make many mistakes in the field, and they’ve shown a real knack for getting timely hits. The Panthers aren’t going to beat themselves, which means few other teams are either.

Tuckahoe softball At 13-0, the Tigers are en-

joying their best season in recent memory and turning heads around Section I. Amy DeSalvio’s squad has matched up with bigger schools and never backed down. The Tigers have been led by starter Cassie McGrath, who has picked up all 13 wins and boasts a sub-2.00 ERA. Offensively, Tuckahoe is hitting .466 as a team and are again led by McGrath, who is hitting .592.

Mamaroneck girls lacrosse Mamaroneck has been playing well as of late, with players like Keira Taussig providing an offensive boost in the second half of the season. As the reigning league champs, the Tigers will likely have a chance to defend

their title on the field on May 9, when they take on Scarsdale. The winner of that tilt will likely claim the 2013 throne.

Bronxville/Rye girls lacrosse The race for the Class C crown will be a hotly contested one, and two hometown teams are definitely in the mix. The Broncos, led by Gretchen Richter started off strong but went through a mini-slump in mid April, dropping games to Lakeland-Panas, Scarsdale and Mahopac. The Garnets have been playing well but are coming off a tough loss to Ossining. Although there are other teams who could make a case for winning the section this year, it looks like the Broncos and Garnets are on a collision course.

Alleyne signs with UCONN

Chris Cascione hits against Woodlands on April 1. The Panthers have racked up an 12-2 record thanks to inspired team play. Photo/Bobby Begun

Martial artists fight cancer

Martial arts students work out at the second annual Rhodes Kajukenbo fundraiser for pediatric cancer in 2011. Two years later, the fundraiser is running strong and is set to take place on May 18. Photo/Mike Smith

Justin Alleyne signs his national letter of intent to enroll at UCONN on April 25. Alleyne’s breakout winter put him on the radar as a Division I prospect. Photo/Bobby Begun

On April 25, New Rochelle track star Justin Alleyne made his collegiate decision, signing his letter of intent to run for the UCONN Huskies next fall. Alleyne emerged as a top-

flight runner during the winter season, winning first place in the 1,000m run at the Class AA championships. He also won the Emerging Elite 800m at nationals.

Alleyne has been running competitively for just over one year. He will likely run the 400m, 800m, and 400m hurdles events for the Huskies next year. -Reporting by MIKE SMITH

On May 18, local martial artists will be squaring off with cancer, as the New Rochellebased Rhodes Kajukenbo and The Pit will be holding its fourth annual fundraiser to support the battle against pediatric cancer. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sifu Dusty Rhodes and his students will be working out for charity,

raising money through fitness classes, a bake sale, and raffles for prizes including three autographed pieces contributed by local hero and Super Bowl champion, Ray Rice. All money raised from the event will be donated to the St. Judes’ Children’s Research Hospital, a cause that Rhodes

and his students have been supporters of since 2009. To date, they have raised $11,000 for the hospital. Rhodes Kajukenbo is located at 224 Union Street in New Rochelle. Contributions can me made via paypal to -Reporting by MIKE SMITH

SPORTS Huguenots split season series with Tigers



On April 30, the New Rochelle Huguenots were able to secure their first win over Mamaroneck since 2006 as they escaped with a 5-4 win against the Tigers on their home field. Although they would lose to the Tigers in the rematch on May 3, the loss—Mamaroneck’s third in a row—has opened up the landscape for teams vying for a league crown. Huguenot starter John Valente struggled with control early on and gave up a run in the first inning, but settled in nicely over the next four innings to hold the Tigers to 6 hits on the afternoon. “He was so excited for the game, I think he wanted to dominate it,” said head coach Pete Annunziata. “That’s the kind of kid he is.” Valente’s counterpart, Mamaroneck’s Brandon Fitzgerald, also had command issues, loading the bases in the first inning before giving up a two-run single to Jared Weisel to give the Huguenots their first lead of the ball game. The Huguenots picked up

Jared Almonte offers at a pitch on May 3. Almonte and the Huguenots fell to the Tigers on the day, but defeated their rivals three days earlier in a 5-4 thriller.

two more runs when Nick Teto hit a blooper that was misplayed by Mamaroneck, and Anthony

Mirabile followed that up with a single that drove in yet another run.

Anthony Mirabile delivers a pitch on May 3. Mirable pitched a complete game against the Tigers in the loss, but drove in a run during the Hugenots’ April 30 win.

Tigers coach Mike Chiapparelli said that, while the team defense has usually been on point this season, the Tigers have picked up the disturbing habit for making costly miscues. “We’ve been playing better defense,” said Chiapparelli. “It’s just sometimes we’ll make a mistake in a big spot.” Valente continued to pitch well, but ran into some trouble in the seventh. As his pitch count grew–he would throw 133 pitches on the day–he appeared to lose the zone, hitting the first two Tigers before a mound visit helped him regain composure. He was able to record two outs before a costly error on a steal cut the lead to 5-3. A few batters later, JC Ruggiero singled in another run make it a one-run game. Valente, however, was able to rear back and shut down the rally, forcing a game-ending popup. “The game meant so much to him, I knew I had to let him finish it,” said Annunziata. “He has that kind of mentality where it’s ‘let me strap the team to my back and I’ll get it done.” The Huguenots fell 5-1 to Mamaroneck in the rematch on May 3, but still have league games with Mount Vernon left on the schedule. The regular season concludes on May 11 with a

tilt against Clarkstown South. As the playoffs approach, Annunziata is hoping that some signature wins, against both Mamaroneck and Fox Lane, could portend a deep playoff run.

“We’ve been getting better as the season has gone on, and that was the goal, ” said Annunziata. “I think there are a lot of teams that don’t want to see New Rochelle in the playoffs.”

John Valente makes a play from the infield against Mamaroneck. The Huguenots have beat some good teams this season and could be contenders in the playoffs. Photos/Mike Smith


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